A Match Made in Heaven is a 1997 television movie inspired by actual events. It is about a dying widow who plays matchmaker to her 32-year-old unmarried son and sets him up with a nurse that she meets. The film stars Olympia Dukakis, John Stamos and Kelly Rowan.
A dying widow plays matchmaker to her 32-year-old unmarried son and sets him up with a nurse that she meets.
Olympia Dukakis as Helen Rosner
John Stamos as Thomas "Tom" Rosner
Kelly Rowan as Jane Cronin
Della Reese as Katie Beale
Mitchell Whitfield as Gordon Rosner
Stephanie Erb as Allyce Rosner
Thomas "Tom" Rosner (Stamos) is a successful lawyer and happens to be a good catch. However, his unmarried state is the greatest sorrow of his mother, Helen (Dukakis), who is a cancer patient.
As Helen visits the hospital for a check-up, she encounters her doctors new nurse, Jane Cronin (Rowan), a single woman who is hesitant to meet someone new after getting out of a five-year relationship. She is taken by Janes beauty, compassion, intelligence and sense of humor, and immediately decides that she is the one for her son. Helen plays matchmaker between the two of them, much to the chagrin of her longtime caretaker, Katie Beale (Reese).
Tom and Jane decide to humor Helen by going out on a date, but Tom is wrong in assuming that Jane likes him. In turn, Jane tells Helen that her date was "the worst social experience since the dawn of man." Undeterred, Helen manages to convince Jane to go out with Tom again. The second date goes successfully, but this time, Tom is afraid to commit because he feels he isnt the kind of man Janes looking for.
Helen succeeds in making her son see Jane again by employing jealousy, but just as things are going well between the couple, she learns that her cancer is back. This fuels her determination to finally get Tom to settle down with Jane, which frustrates Katie into telling her that she is meddling so much with her sons life that she is not allowing him to move on and live it on his own. Meanwhile, a torn-apart Tom goes back to his old ways and meets a girl at a bar who he reluctantly takes home with him.
Jane encounters the girl and flees Tom immediately. Tom becomes withdrawn and depressed, not only because of Jane, but also because of his mothers illness.
Meanwhile, as Helens condition worsens, she begins to realize that she is not going to be around forever to look after her son.