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Two girls have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

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Cast

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Sarah Peirse ...
Honora Parker Rieper
Diana Kent ...
Clive Merrison ...
Dr. Henry Hulme
Simon O'Connor ...
Herbert Rieper
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John / Nicholas
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Bill Perry
Gilbert Goldie ...
Dr. Bennett
Geoffrey Heath ...
Rev. Norris
Kirsti Ferry ...
Wendy
Ben Skjellerup ...
Jonathan Hulme
Darien Takle ...
Miss Stewart
Elizabeth Moody ...
Miss Waller
Liz Mullane ...
Mrs. Collins
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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From a secret world no one could see...came a crime no one could believe. See more »


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Rated R for a chilling murder and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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14 October 1994 (New Zealand)  »

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Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,049,135 (USA)
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Orson Welles' photograph in the stream is a reference to a similar shot in The Third Man (1949). See more »

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In art class, Mrs. Collins picks up some papers and a wooden tray with a circular shape carved into one end of it, then turns and talks to Juliet. In one shot the carving is facing her. In the next shot, the carving is facing away from her. See more »

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[Director Peter Jackson opens with the scene that should, logically, end the film: that is, the moments immediately following the murder. The girls Juliet and Pauline run screaming up the hill-path to the tea-house, sobbing and covered in blood. The scene is intercut with b&w visions of the two running across a ship deck to meet Dr. and Mrs. Hulme, whom they both refer to as their mother, as the first three exclamations of "Mummy!" demonstrate]
Juliet Hulme: Mummy!
Pauline Parker: Mummy!
Juliet Hulme: Mummmmy!
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Crazy Credits

Preceding the opening credits: "During 1953 and 1954 Pauline Yvonne Parker kept diaries recording her friendship with Juliet Marion Hulme. This is their story. All diary entries are in Pauline's own words." See more »

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Be My Love
Written by Nicholas Brodszky (as Brodsky) / Sammy Cahn (as Cahn)
By Permission of EMI Music Publishing
Performed by Mario Lanza
Courtesy of BMG/Arista/Ariola Limited
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Peter Jackson needs to go back and start making movies like this again
23 January 2006 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

In retrospect, you'd never know this is a Peter Jackson film. Not after becoming familiar with his recent work, anyway. "Heavenly Creatures" contains all the subtlety and nuances that his later work desperately needs - the graceful arc of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, despite its critical lauding, doesn't hold a candle to this film.

Melanie Lynskey plays Pauline, a young girl who, along with her best friend Juliet (Kate Winslet), often envisions herself in fantasy worlds and alternate realities. The two girls' parents become so worried about their fantasies that they separate the two girls - but, in a fit of rage, Melanie and Juliet plan a dreadful revenge.

Most shocking of all is that this story sounds like some lame supernatural thriller that would be on a made-for-TV special, in which the girls share some kind of psychic connection - but it's not like that at all. It's a true story, and it's handled quite delicately.

The performances are, for the most part, very good. Winslet shines in one of her earlier performances and displays raw talent.

Overall, watching this I couldn't help but be reminded of how talented Peter Jackson used to be, and how lately he has succumbed to making, for lack of a better description, Hollywood shlock. I liked "Lord of the Rings." I liked "King Kong." But this is better.


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