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


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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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


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$379,807, 25 December 1993, Limited Release

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Did You Know?


The Vietnamese government wouldn't allow Oliver Stone to film on location due to the script's unflattering depiction of the Viet Cong. See more »


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 »


Papa: Go back to your son. Make him the best son you can. That is the war you must fight. That is the victory you must win!
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An underrated film
18 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth" is a fantastic film that shows what the effects of war are on the human spirt. Now, more than ever this film is very poignant. The movie is based upon two of Lelay Hayslip's memoirs which chronicle her growing up in Vietnam and the effects of war upon her, her family and her country. It was fascinating and at times very difficult to watch. I couldn't help but thank God that as Americans we have not had to experience what the Vietnamese went through. The view of war that Stone portrays is very humanistic. One line in the film was especially riveting.... "Rebuilding a country after war is like having a family thru rape". We see how the war throws apart Lelay's family. If you haven't seen this film.. I highly recommend it!

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