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Stealing Heaven (1988)

 -  Drama | History | Romance  -  28 April 1989 (USA)
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Abelard, a respected philosopher and teacher in 12th-century Paris, is hired to tutor the intelligent and beautiful Heloise. They soon fall in love, but must hide their affection because ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Heloise
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Fulbert
Bernard Hepton ...
Bishop
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Suger
Patsy Byrne ...
Agnes
Cassie Stuart ...
Petronilla
Philip Locke ...
Poussin
Victoria Burgoyne ...
Prostitute
Antonia Cutic ...
Landlady
Diana Belinic ...
Girl in street
Davor Fejzagic ...
Boy in street
Mark Jax ...
Jourdain
Timothy Watson ...
François (as Tim Watson)
Andrew H. McLean ...
Gerard (as Andrew McLean)
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Abelard, a respected philosopher and teacher in 12th-century Paris, is hired to tutor the intelligent and beautiful Heloise. They soon fall in love, but must hide their affection because Abelard is sworn to celibacy. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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This was actress Susan George's first project as a producer, working with her husband Simon MacCorkindale behind the cameras. Neither appears in the cast. See more »

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I agree with Blackmonk
13 April 2001 | by (Deering NH USA) – See all my reviews

I find myself in total agreement with BlackMonk. This is the ultimate philosophical love story. It attempts to answer the age-old question: What is the purpose of life? Is it to serve God, as Abelard thought, or to pursue happiness on Earth, as Heloise believed?

The film makers do a brilliant job of setting up the dramatic conflict between these two views of life. The writing, dialogue, direction, and acting are all first rate. This is one of the greatest movies ever made, and one of history's greatest love stories! Kim Thompson should have received an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal of Heloise. She was Heloise.

It amazes me that one little film gimmick, a feather, could be used so brilliantly to help answer one of life's eternal questions. Make sure you pay close attention to the opening scene, one of the greatest scenes in movie history.

Enthralling!




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