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Heaven & Earth (1993)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bussaro Sanruck ...
Supak Pititam ...
Buddhist Monk
Thuan K. Nguyen ...
Uncle Luc
Hiep Thi Le ...
Lan Nguyen Calderon ...
Thuan Le ...
Vinh Dang ...
Khiem Thai ...
Brother In Law
Viet Cong Captain
Michelle Vynh Le ...
Viet Cong Cadre Woman
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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 <>

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An amazing true story of survival. See more »

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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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$33,000,000 (estimated)


$5,864,949 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Oliver Stone dedicated the film to his mother, just as he had dedicated Wall Street (1987) to his father. 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: Right is only the goodness you carry in your heart...wrong is all that comes between you and the love.
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Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »


Japanese Drums
Written and Performed by Kitarô
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Forget Vietnam
10 June 2003 | by (Padova, Italia) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why most people don't appreciate this movie. I guess one reason is that it's not easy to look at your own people, US soldiers, as enemies, or at your country - in the final - as the land of fatty meaninglessnes. Or maybe they were expecting something different from Stone, something more than that history - not so unusual as someone observed - of a simple vietnamese country girl. The point, for me, is that this is not a film about the vietnam war, which is only the background. If you make the effort to forget the vietnam war, its historical and cultural legacy, to avoid being on the side of one of the armies (maybe is easier for me, being an italian), you'll discover one of the most intense movie about the family and the bonds with the earth where you belong. Stone through the story of this simple girl succeeded in telling the story of entire humankind, analizing those which are its roots, its ties, its hopes, its condemnations. Honestly, one of the best movies I've ever seen. Sincere, profound, touching. True.

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