|Living with the Dead|
|Genre|| Drama |
|Based on||Talking to Heaven|
by James Van Praagh
|Written by||John Pielmeier|
|Directed by||Stephen Gyllenhaal|
|Starring|| Ted Danson |
|Theme music composer||Normand Corbeil|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producers|| Greg Gugliotta |
Stanley M. Brooks
Scott W. Anderson (co-executive producer)
Stephen Gyllenhaal (co-executive producer)
|Producers|| Preston Fischer |
Richard J. Anobile (associate producer)
John Pielmeier (co-producer)
James Van Praagh (co-producer)
|Running time||240 min.|
|Production companies|| Nitelite Entertainment |
Columbia Broadcasting System
Once Upon a Time Films
|Distributor|| CBS |
MTI Home Video
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