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Director: Albert Brooks     Starring: Meryl Streep Rip Torn
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Format: DVD
Sku: 217465574
UPC: 883929152612
UPC 14: 00883929152612
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Editor's Note
Daniel Miller's got it all--great friends, a terrific job, and a brand-new BMW--that is, until he crashes the car into a bus as soon as he drives it off the lot. Daniel finds himself in Judgment City in the afterlife, where the newly dead have five days to defend the way they lived their lives in order to be allowed to move onward instead of going back to earth to live another one. As Daniel reviews his less-than-courageous life, he also enjoys the perks of Judgment City--the Past Lives Pavilion, all the food you can eat without any risk of weight gain--and Julia, the woman he's waited all his life to find. But if he can't prove his life wasn't governed by fear, Daniel has to go back--and Julia seems a shoo-in to move onward. This highly original, touching comedy stars Albert Brooks as Daniel Miller and Meryl Streep as Julia, with hilarious supporting performances by Rip Torn as Daniel's defender, Lee Grant as his prosecutor, and Buck Henry as a taciturn substitute lawyer.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/9/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1991
Video UPC UPC: 00883929152612
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Buck Henry
Video Cast Info Meryl Streep
Video Cast Info Lee Grant
Video Cast Info Rip Torn
Video Cast Info Albert Brooks
Video Cast Info Albert Brooks - Director
Plot Summary
While searching for a CD in his spanking-new BMW, a hotshot advertising executive runs smack into a bus. In the afterlife--where the food is great, unlimited, and nonfattening--he falls in love with an angelic woman. Now he has to prove to the judges he has overcome the fears that have plagued him through history so that he can go to a higher plane with his newfound love.

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone
"...[A] brilliantly inventive comic fantasy....DEFENDING YOUR LIFE makes a solid case for Albert Brooks as an inspired filmmaker and an incomparable clown..." 04/04/1991 p.59-60

Sight and Sound
"...The film is engagingly tempered with droll observation..." 08/01/1991 p.41

USA Today
"...DEFENDING YOUR LIFE is vintage Brooks..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars 03/22/1991 p.4D

Spirituality & Health
"Witty writing and fine performances by the ensemble cast make DEFENDING YOUR LIFE a total delight." 05/01/2005

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