DirectorRon Underwood Initial DVD releaseNovember 17, 1998 Duration LanguageEnglish
Release dateAugust 13, 1993 (1993-08-13) WriterGregory Hansen (short film), Gregory Hansen (screen story), Erik Hansen (screen story), Brent Maddock (screen story), S.S. Wilson (screen story), Brent Maddock (screenplay), S.S. Wilson (screenplay), Gregory Hansen (screenplay), Erik Hansen (screenplay) CastRobert Downey Jr. (Thomas Reilly), Charles Grodin (Harrison Winslow), Kyra Sedgwick (Julia), Elisabeth Shue (Anne), Tom Sizemore (Milo Peck), Alfre Woodard (Penny Washington) Similar moviesPirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, What Dreams May Come, City of Angels, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Casper, Defending Your Life
TaglineThe story of four souls who needed a body and one guy who needed some soul.
Heart and souls 1993 trailer
Heart and Souls is a 1993 American fantasy comedy-drama film directed by Ron Underwood. The film stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Thomas Riley, a businessman recruited by the souls of four deceased people - his guardian angels from childhood - to help them rectify their unfinished lives, as he is the only one who can communicate with them.
In San Francisco, 1959, four people embark on the same bus. A single mother named Penny Washington leaves her three children at home to work in her night shift as a telephone operator. A singer named Harrison Winslow is afraid of the stage and quits his audition. A waitress named Julia regrets turning down her boyfriend John's marriage proposal and leaves her job to seek him out. A small-time thief named Milo Peck fails to retrieve a collection of vintage stamps that he had conned out of a young boy. The bus driver, Hal, has a serious accident, killing himself and everyone on board.
Meanwhile, Frank Reilly is driving his pregnant wife Eva to the hospital. Frank successfully swerves to escape the bus, just before it drives off an overpass, but Eva delivers their baby in the car. Hal ascends into the next life, but the souls of the four passengers become the guardian angels of the boy, Thomas Reilly, and can be seen only by him. Seven years later, the boy's parents and teachers begin to worry about his obsession with these "imaginary friends" and discuss submitting him to psychological exams. After realizing their presence is harming Thomas, the quartet decides to become invisible also to him. Unknown to Thomas, they remain by his side.
Twenty-seven years later, in 1993, Hal returns with his bus and prepares to finally take them to the next life. The quartet learns from Hal that they've been with Thomas all these years because he serves as their corporeal form; they were supposed to ask him for help in resolving the problems they left behind. If he ever refused, one of them should have inhabited his body and made him cooperate. After convincing Hal to buy some more time for them to rectify their unfinished lives, they reappear to Thomas, who is now a ruthless businessman and indecisive in his relationship with girlfriend Anne.
Thomas reluctantly agrees and, through a series of mishaps, the lost souls are freed: Milo by returning the stolen stamps, Harrison by facing his fears and singing to a live audience, Penny by discovering the fates of her children and Julia by encouraging Thomas to repair his relationship with Anne, as she was never able to do the same with John. In the end, Thomas becomes a better man and he dances with Anne as four stars twinkle in the night sky, symbolizing that Penny, Julia, Harrison, and Milo are finally at peace.
Robert Downey, Jr. as Thomas Reilly
Eric Lloyd as 7-year-old Thomas Reilly
Charles Grodin as Harrison Winslow
Alfre Woodard as Penny Washington
Kyra Sedgwick as Julia
Elisabeth Shue as Anne
Tom Sizemore as Milo Peck
David Paymer as Hal the Bus Driver
Bill Calvert as Frank Reilly
Lisa Lucas as Eva Reilly
Richard Portnow as Max Marco
B. B. King as Himself
Wren T. Brown as Sgt. Wm. Barclay
Kurtwood Smith (uncredited) as Patterson
Chloe Webb (uncredited) as Patient in Psychiatric Ward
The film was shot on-location in San Francisco, California.
Heart and Souls received mixed reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 55% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 22 reviews.
Saturn Award (Best Actor in a Leading Role) - Robert Downey Jr.