Defending Your Life
Country of Origin: United States
Production year: 1991
Director: Albert Brooks
Rating: Rating
UPC [Locale]: 085391-204923
Running time: 1:51 (111 Min.)
Casetype: Snapper
Format: NTSC, 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
DVD-Format: Single-Sided, Single-Layered
Released: April 03, 2001
Collection type: Owned (#493)
Status: Available
Purchase date: May 05, 2005
Purchase price: Hidden
Review (movie): 10 / 10
Review (video): 6 / 10
Overview
Daniel Miller was tooling along a Los Angeles street, listening to Something's Coming when something came — a bus. One head-on crash later, Daniel wakes up deceased. And his troubles are just beginning.

Double Academy Award® winner* Meryl Streep joins writer/director/star Albert Brooks (The Muse, Lost in America, Mother) for a witty peek at the afterlife, where you can eat all you want and not gain an ounce. But there's a catch: you're saddled with Defending Your Life. If you can't make a case for having lived a full and fearless one, you must go back to Earth and try again. Daniel's life was far from fearless. But after he meets the remarkable Julia (Streep), he's determined not to go back. Yes, there is a laugh after death!

*Best actress (1982) for Sophie's Choice and Best Supporting Actress (1979) for Kramer vs. Kramer.
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Genres
Comedy
Fantasy
Romance
Studios
Production Studios:
 • Warner Bros. Pictures
 • Geffen Pictures
Media Companies:
 • Warner Home Video
Audio format
English  Dolby Digital Surround
French  Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles
English
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Tags
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Discs
# Description A B DS DL A DL B
1Main Feature
Features
 • Scene Access
 • Feature Trailers
 • Production Notes/Bios
 • Closed Captioned
Crew
Direction
Albert Brooks....Director
Writing
Albert Brooks....Writer
Production
Herbert S. Nanas....Executive Producer
Michael Grillo....Producer
Cinematography
Allen Daviau....Director of Photography
Film Editing
David Finfer....Film Editor
Music
Michael Gore....Composer
Sound
Dane A. Davis....Supervising Sound Editor
Thomas Causey....Production Sound Mixer
Wayne Artman....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Frank Jones....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Tom Dahl....Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art
Deborah L. Scott....Costume Designer
Ida Random....Production Designer
Richard Reynolds....Art Director
Dennis Dion....Visual Effects
Hallie D'Amore....Make-up Artist
J. Roy Helland....Make-up Artist
George L. Little....Costume Designer
Visual Effects: Dream Quest Images
Mat Beck....Visual Effects
Cast
Albert Brooks....Daniel Miller
Michael Durrell....Agency Head
James Eckhouse....Jeep Owner
Gary Beach....Car Salesman
Julie Cobb....Tram Guide
Peter Schuck....Stan
Time Winters....Porter
Rip Torn....Bob Diamond
Sharlie Stuart....Susan
Beth Black....Soap Opera Woman
Clayton Norcross....Soap Opera Man
James Mackrell....Game Show Moderator
Game Show Contestants
Wil Albert
Sage Allen
Mary Pat Gleason....Waitress
Maxine Elliott....Elderly Woman on Tram
Marilyn Rockafellow....Helen
Roger Behr....Comedian
Meryl Streep....Julia
Art Frankel....Arthur
Ernie Brown....Ernie
Lee Grant....Lena Foster
Daniel's Judges
George D. Wallace
Lillian Lehman
Raffi Di Blasio....Daniel as a Boy
Kristopher Kent Hill....Bully
Eric Ehasz....Child in Schoolyard
Matthew Scharch....Daniel as an Infant
S. Scott Bullock....Daniel's Father
Carol Bivins....Daniel's Mother
Ethan Randall....Steve
Gary Ballard....Mr. Wadworth
Mary Mukogawa....Sushi Hostess
Toshio Shikami....Head Sushi Chef
Sushi Chefs
Kagko Shikami
Samee Park
Tommy Inouye
Ken Thorley....Frank
Bob Braun....Talk Show Host
Jennifer Barlow....Talk Show Guest
Buck Henry....Dick Stanley
Joey Miyashima....Casio Tipster
Nurit Koppel....Daniel's Date
Susan Walters....Daniel's Wife
Used Car Salesmen
Sidney Chankin
Greg Finley
Leonard O. Turner....Sam
Cliff Einstein....Julia's Prosecutor
Julia's Judges
Rachel Bard
Newell Alexander
Shirley Maclaine....Shirley Maclaine
Hal Landon....Man in Past Lives Pavillion
Ida Lee....Woman in Past Lives Pavillion
Noley Thornton....Victorian Girl
Glen Chin....Sumo Wrestler
James Ekim....Native
Clarke Coleman....Knight
Ron Colby....Majestic Doorman
David Purdham....Peter
James Paradise....Stage Manager
Jerry Prell....Banquet Manager
Arell Blanton....Fire Marshall
Shana Ballard....Julia's Daughter
Chris Macris....Julia's Son
Joseph Darrell....Maitre d'
James Manis....Eduardo
Alex Shaefe....Martin
Cathleen Chin....Ticket Counter Agent
Tram Port Attendants
Lisa Sears
Mark Dunlap
Vernon Roguen
Dennis Germain....Tram Driver
Glenn Reeves....Man at Past Lives Pavillion (uncredited)