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Heaven & Earth (1993)

During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles with life hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Bussaro Sanruck ...
Le Ly - Age 5
Supak Pititam ...
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Thuan K. Nguyen ...
Uncle Luc
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Lan Nguyen Calderon ...
Ba
Thuan Le ...
Kim
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Sau
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Hai
Vinh Dang ...
Bon
Khiem Thai ...
Brother In Law
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Viet Cong Captain
Michelle Vynh Le ...
Viet Cong Cadre Woman
Tuan Tran ...
Rapist
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Storyline

The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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From Vietnam to America, one woman's journey from hope, to love, to discovery. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cielo y la tierra  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$379,807, 25 December 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,864,949
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Whenever Le Ly is in a moment of terrible stress or pain, her eyes are wide open, looking upwards. When she is in a moment of joy or peace, her eyes are closed. See more »

Goofs

When Steve picks up Le Ly and her kids when the south is being overrun, he flies in on an Army helicopter, despite the fact that him and his friends are all in the Marines. See more »

Quotes

Papa: Right is only the goodness you carry in your heart...wrong is all that comes between you and the love.
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Soundtracks

A Whiter Shade of Pale
Written by Keith Reid, Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher (uncredited)
Performed by Procol Harum
Courtesy of Muscadet Productions, Inc.
By Arrangement with The Richmond Organization
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an unrecognised masterpiece
27 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I don't understand why this film has been rated so poorly, it really deserves better. The breath-taking landscapes, subtle imagery, the overall excellent craftsmanship alone make this movie worth seeing.

The unique and very personal perspective of this movie makes it hard to keep your distance. Some scenes are rather brutal, but these scenes are necessary for telling a realistic story. Definitely no Disney family movie though.

I give it a 9 out of 10, because even with 140 minutes runtime the story feels rushed and crammed. Sometimes less is more, I shall read the books now.


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