Living with the Dead (film)

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Living with the Dead
Talking to Heaven.jpg
Genre Drama
Based onTalking to Heaven
by James Van Praagh
Written by John Pielmeier
Directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal
Starring Ted Danson
Mary Steenburgen
Diane Ladd
Michael Moriarty
Theme music composer Normand Corbeil
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers Greg Gugliotta
Shanna Nussbaum
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)
Cinematography Jeff Jur
Editor Neil Mandelberg
Running time240 min.
Production companies Nitelite Entertainment
Columbia Broadcasting System
Gaslight Pictures
Once Upon a Time Films
Distributor CBS
MTI Home Video
Sonar Entertainment
Original networkCBS
Original release
  • April 28, 2002 (2002-04-28)
(Part 1)
  • April 30, 2002 (2002-04-30)
(Part 2)

Living with the Dead (released in Europe as Talking to Heaven) is a 2002 American made-for-television supernatural crime drama film directed by Stephen Gyllenhaal and starring Ted Danson, Diane Ladd, Queen Latifah, Mary Steenburgen and Jack Palance. It was inspired by the life of medium James Van Praagh. The film first aired on CBS in the U.S. and was later rated PG-13. [1]


In the United States, the film was released as Living with the Dead; the working title was Talking to Heaven, and this was also the release title in Europe.


Seven dead boys are trying to communicate through James (Ted Danson), to tell their story of how they died, and how their murderer is still out there. James agrees to work alongside the detective investigating the murders, and discovers who murdered the seven boys. [2]



The movie was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. [3]

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  1. `Living With the Dead' brings Danson to life, Allan Johnson, Chicago Tribune , April 26, 2002; accessed February 17, 2013
  2. Messages From Beyond, Susan King, Los Angeles Times , April 28, 2002; accessed February 17, 2013
  3. IMDb