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Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 17 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

14 October 1994 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)


$3,049,135 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (uncut)

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Almost all locations used for filming were the genuine locations where the events occurred. The tea shop where Honorah Parker ate her last meal was knocked down a few days after the shoot ended. According to director Peter Jackson, when they got to the location of the murder on the dirt path, it was eerily quiet; the birds stopped singing, and it didn't seem right. So they moved along a couple of hundred yards. See more »


Near the beginning of the film, we see the girls running past a poster of _Creature from the Black Lagoon_ (1954) in 1952. It could be an advance poster, but this seems highly unlikely since "Creature" wasn't released until March 1954 in the States - let alone New Zealand. See more »


[first lines]
[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 »


The Humming Chorus
Written by Giacomo Puccini (as Puccini)
Performed by the Hungarian State Opera
Courtesy of Hungaraton Classics
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User Reviews

Looming Darkness.
20 July 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story that took place in New Zealand in the mid-1950s, "Heavenly Creatures" is one of those films that seems tame at first glance, but is full of explosive devices. Co-writer/director Peter Jackson (of "The Lord of the Rings" fame) crafts a highly-disturbing motion picture about two teenaged girls (Melanie Lynsky and Kate Winslet, in the role that put her on the cinematic map) who have a highly potent relationship that is based on their love for literature and their love for a conjured-up fantasy world. Their intense friendship borders the line on a deep obsession as the two become inseparable. Their parents believe that lesbianism may be part of the partnership. Even though there are dream sequences and undertones aplenty to point to that, the girls' friendship does not go that way in real life. As others try to separate them for good, the girls come up with a devious plan to destroy who they feel is the major culprit (Lynskey's mother, played by Kirsti Ferry). The movie goes into a dark place and its somewhat sweet candy-coating tries to hide the fact that this was a truly major incident in a time and place where things like this just did not occur. Jackson was going for something like Peter Weir's equally disturbing "Picnic at Hanging Rock", but ends up creating a film that runs rings around that disappointing work. Jackson's smart direction just enhances a really intelligent Oscar-nominated screenplay. Kate Winslet does truly steal the show from Lynskey who was meant to be the real focal point of the production. A good film that would lead to even better works for the major players involved. 4 stars out of 5.

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