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I asked this question at least 15 years back (I'm estimating), and possibly since (can't remember), in a few places online but it never got answered, or it got answered but not correctly. It's not a quiz question, just nobody was able to answer it.

Ok, about 30 years ago when I was a kid I remember seeing a film on TV. It was an American film (pretty sure as I remember baseball in one part of it), was in colour and I would hazard a guess it was either made in the 40's, 50's or 60's. I think it was probably set in the 40's, give or take a few years.

Details are very, very sketchy. All I remember was a young bloke, probably late teens, early 20's, had gone to baseball practice or a game. I seem to remember after the practice or game either he was driving home and came through a tunnel and crashed and died upon exiting the tunnel or a car came through the tunnel and crashed into and killed him. I think the car was red.

Literally the only other thing I remember, vaguely, was his mother at home (think she was washing up) and he could see her, although he was dead. I think at this point in the film she knew he was dead because she was upset and he couldn't comfort her. It was a good film.

The thing is I never saw the end of it because back then (around 1983/4/5) we didn't have a video and only the one TV and my mum wanted to watch bloody Coronation Street on the other side so turned it over. It bugs me every now and then and wondered if anybody recognised it? It's not Heaven can wait either.
  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    Didn't find anything for yours :-/

    I have one of these as well. A half-remembered artsy, moody romance from the 90s or early 2000s...could have been a movie, could have been a tv episode on Bravo or something similar...may have even been in French with subtitles. All I remember is through the film a secondary character was continuously working on turning a tank car into a submarine. At the end he succeeded, and dove. I think that may have paralleled the end of the romance. I remember a slightly brownish and glossy filter applied to the look.

    Over the years I've asked here and there but nobody's remembered that one. And just wasted another hour tonight looking for it after yours w00t!
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  • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
    Originally Posted by alistair View Post

    I asked this question at least 15 years back (I'm estimating), and possibly since (can't remember), in a few places online but it never got answered, or it got answered but not correctly. It's not a quiz question, just nobody was able to answer it.

    Ok, about 30 years ago when I was a kid I remember seeing a film on TV. It was an American film (pretty sure as I remember baseball in one part of it), was in colour and I would hazard a guess it was either made in the 40's, 50's or 60's. I think it was probably set in the 40's, give or take a few years.

    Details are very, very sketchy. All I remember was a young bloke, probably late teens, early 20's, had gone to baseball practice or a game. I seem to remember after the practice or game either he was driving home and came through a tunnel and crashed and died upon exiting the tunnel or a car came through the tunnel and crashed into and killed him. I think the car was red.

    Literally the only other thing I remember, vaguely, was his mother at home (think she was washing up) and he could see her, although he was dead. I think at this point in the film she knew he was dead because she was upset and he couldn't comfort her. It was a good film.

    The thing is I never saw the end of it because back then (around 1983/4/5) we didn't have a video and only the one TV and my mum wanted to watch bloody Coronation Street on the other side so turned it over. It bugs me every now and then and wondered if anybody recognised it? It's not Heaven can wait either.
    It was one of my favourite films. It WAS called "Heaven Can Wait" and starred Warren Beatty. His lightning quick athletic reactions in the tunnel meant he should have never been snatched from his body in the first place.

    And, he was a baseball player, he was allowed by Mr Jordan, a heavenly in charge guy, to inhabit the body of a rich guy who was thrown down a well. The guy was due to die. He sets about getting to play again using his money and influence on the team, something like that. Not seen it for years.

    If I'm wrong on this, and I think I'm not, then investigate some other films about this Mr Jordan character. They go back further in time. Perhaps a re-make using an old synopsis. I think though it is the film I'm describing and your memory is a bit muddled on it because it was a long time ago. The tunnel bit was highly familiar.
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    • Profile picture of the author alistair
      Originally Posted by Jason Kanigan View Post

      Didn't find anything for yours :-/

      And just wasted another hour tonight looking for it after yours w00t!
      Sorry bout that. No, I don't know what your is either.

      Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

      It was one of my favourite films. It WAS called "Heaven Can Wait" and starred Warren Beatty.
      Please refer to my final sentence in the original post.
      Originally Posted by alistair View Post

      It's not Heaven can wait either.
      I've scanned that film and it's definitely not that. Although that was a few years back so I may have to go over it again to make double sure.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kurt
      Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

      It was one of my favourite films. It WAS called "Heaven Can Wait" and starred Warren Beatty. His lightning quick athletic reactions in the tunnel meant he should have never been snatched from his body in the first place.

      And, he was a baseball player, he was allowed by Mr Jordan, a heavenly in charge guy, to inhabit the body of a rich guy who was thrown down a well. The guy was due to die. He sets about getting to play again using his money and influence on the team, something like that. Not seen it for years.

      If I'm wrong on this, and I think I'm not, then investigate some other films about this Mr Jordan character. They go back further in time. Perhaps a re-make using an old synopsis. I think though it is the film I'm describing and your memory is a bit muddled on it because it was a long time ago. The tunnel bit was highly familiar.
      Warren Beatty was a football QB in Heaven Can Wait, which is a remake of Waiting For Mr. Jordan, where the main character is a heavyweight boxer and plays the sax.
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      • Profile picture of the author lanfear63
        Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

        Warren Beatty was a football QB in Heaven Can Wait, which is a remake of Waiting For Mr. Jordan, where the main character is a heavyweight boxer and plays the sax.
        Well, my memory is playing tricks too on the sports professions. The tunnel death though is telling me that it was that film (Heaven Can Wait). I love all these types of movies and don't recall any others where a cyclist gets killed in a road tunnel.

        The film you are referring to is "Here Comes Mr Jordan" and the boxer gets killed in a plane crash.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kurt
          Originally Posted by lanfear63 View Post

          Well, my memory is playing tricks too on the sports professions. The tunnel death though is telling me that it was that film (Heaven Can Wait). I love all these types of movies and don't recall any others where a cyclist gets killed in a road tunnel.

          The film you are referring to is "Here Comes Mr Jordan" and the boxer gets killed in a plane crash.
          You are correct about Here Comes Mr. Jordan. However, you're incorrect about Beatty being a baseball player, he was a football player (QB) for the LA Rams IIRC. And I believe he was killed by a car in a tunnel.
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          • Profile picture of the author jimbo13
            Alistair

            If you have plenty of time you can go through the BBC Archives.

            I am assuming the film was on BBC 1 or BBC 2 as your mother flicked the telly over to ITV

            Ok, you will quickly bore of this so just look up your birthday and see what your dad was watching whilst your mother was at hospital.

            BBC Genome

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            • Profile picture of the author alistair
              Originally Posted by jimbo13 View Post

              I am assuming the film was on BBC 1 or BBC 2 as your mother flicked the telly over to ITV.

              Dan
              Believe it or not I did also actually check to see if the TV Times had an online archive of what used to be listed in their magazine because I've always remembered it as being on Channel 4, and that only started around 1982 so I wouldn't have had to search that much. I'll check now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
    From my late nite searching for "how to find film title from scene description" etc. since what I was doing obviously wasn't working, you can ask here

    Board: I Need To Know - IMDb
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    • Profile picture of the author alistair
      Good man. I think that was one place I asked years ago. Worth another try me thinks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
    Any of these?

    Baseball Movies
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    • Profile picture of the author alistair
      Originally Posted by Jill Carpenter View Post

      Any of these?

      Baseball Movies
      I think I've looked through that list or similar before, but will do so again once I get a bit of time. I'm not sure baseball has anything actually to do with the film other than remember that's what he'd been doing just before his ticket got punched.
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