Defending Your Life
The first true story of what happens after you die.

Stars: Albert Brooks, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn, Roger Behr, Beth Black
Director: Albert Brooks
Writer: Albert Brooks
Language: English
Studio: Warner Home Video
Duration: 112
Rated: PG
DVD Release: April 2001

Yuppie Daniel Miller is killed in a car accident and goes to Judgment City, a waiting room for the afterlife. During the day, he must prove in a courtroom-style process that he successfully overcame his fears (a hard task, given the pitiful life we are shown); at night, he falls in love with Julia, the only other young person in town. Nights are a time of hedonistic pleasure, since you can (for instance) eat all you want without getting fat.

Albert BrooksDaniel Miller
Meryl StreepJulia
Michael DurrellAgency Head
James EckhouseJeep Owner
Rip TornBob Diamond
Gary BeachCar Salesman
Roger BehrComedian
Beth BlackSoap Opera Woman
Julie CobbTram Guide
Peter SchuckStan
Time WintersPorter
Sharlie StuartSusan
Clayton NorcrossSoap Opera Man
Jim McKrellGame Show Moderator
Wil AlbertGame Show Contestant
James MacKrellGame Show Moderator
Sage AllenGame Show Contestant
Mary Pat GleasonWaitress
Maxine Elliott HicksElderly Woman on Tram (as Maxine Elliott)
Marilyn RockafellowHelen
Art FrankelArthur
Ernie BrownErnie
Lee GrantLena Foster
George WallaceDaniel's Judge (as George D. Wallace)
Lillian LehmanDaniel's Judge
Raffi Di BlasioDaniel as a Boy
Kristopher Kent HillBully
Eric EhaszChild in Schoolyard
Matthew ScharchDaniel as an Infant
S. Scott BullockDaniel's Father
Carol BivinsDaniel's Mother
Ethan EmbrySteve (as Ethan Randall)
Gary BallardMr. Wadworth
Mary MukogawaSushi Hostess
Toshio ShikamiHead Sushi Chef
Kagko ShikamiSushi Chef
Samee ParkSushi Chef
Tommy InouyeSushi Chef
Ken ThorleyFrank
Bob BraunTalk Show Host
Jennifer BarlowTalk Show Guest
Buck HenryDick Stanley
Joey MiyashimaCasio Tipster
Nurit KoppelDaniel's Date
Susan WaltersDaniel's Wife
Sidney ChankinUsed Car Salesman
Greg FinleyUsed Car Salesman
Leonard O. TurnerSam
Clifford EinsteinJulia's Prosecutor (as Cliff Einstein)
Rachel BardJulia's Judge
Newell AlexanderJulia's Judge
Shirley MacLaineHerself
Hal Landon Jr.Man in Past Lives Pavilion
Ida LeeWoman in Past Lives Pavilion
Noley ThorntonVictorian Girl
Glen ChinSumo Wrestler
James EkimNative
Clarke ColemanKnight
Ron ColbyMajestic Doorman
David PurdhamPeter
James ParadiseStage Manager
Jerry PrellBanquet Manager
Arell BlantonFire Marshall
Shana BallardJulia's Daughter
Chris MacrisJulia's Son
Joseph DarrellMaitre D'
James ManisEduardo
Alex SheafeMartín
Cathleen ChinTicket Counter Agent
Lisa SearsTram Port Attendant
Mark DunlapTram Port Attendant
Vernon RoguenTram Port Attendant
Dennis GermainTram Driver
Allen DaviauCinematographer
Michael GoreComposer
David FinferEditor
Ida RandomProduction Designer
Richard ReynoldsArt Director
Deborah Lynn ScottCustome Designer
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Media: DVD
Sound: Dolby
IMDb: 0101698