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Stealing Heaven (1988)

R  |   |  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

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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Abelard i Heloiza  »

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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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Arranged by Nick Bicât and David Wulstan
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Touching and visually stunning
20 April 1999 | by (San Antonio, Texas) – See all my reviews

This romance is based on the real story of two lovers separated by the Catholic Church but bound by their hearts.

Set in Paris during the building of Notre Dame, young Heloise is brought from a convent to live with her uncle, a solicitor for the cathedral building fund. Heloise is well-educated and spirited, a dangerous combination for a woman in this time. She meets Master Abelard, a teacher at the cathedral and they fall in love despite his vow of celibacy.

The scandal of their love explodes when Heloise becomes pregnant.

The sets and costume are quite convincing--if only the actors sounded more French than English.

This is one of my favorite films despite the fact I have a book of some of Abelard's writings in which he displays a near-contempt for Heloise and those around him. A far cry from Derek de Lint's character.


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