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Heaven's Prisoners (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Thriller  |  17 May 1996 (USA)
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A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bubba Rocque
Minos P. Dautrieve (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Badja Djola ...
Samantha Lagpacan ...
Didi Giancano
Jerry Falgout
Eddie Keats
Carl A. McGee ...
Det. Magelli
Priest (as Chris Krisea)


Ex-detective Dave Robicheaux has made a new life for himself and his wife Annie running a bait shop in the outskirts of New Orleans. When they save a little girl, the sole survivor of a plane crash, their lives become forever changed. They take the orphan child into their home and prepare to raise her. However, a visit from DEA agent Dautrieve brings out the detective instincts in Robicheaux and he begins to ask about the rest of the passengers. This brings trouble to Robicheaux and he turns to drug lord Bubba Rocque, a childhood friend. But the friendship becomes estranged when an assault on the Robicheaux home leaves one victim...Annie. Written by P. Wong <>

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For an ex-cop obsessed with an unsolved murder, trusting the wrong woman could be a deadly choice.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

17 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mississippi Delta  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


AUD 170,610 (Australia) (1 November 1996)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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New Line Cinema released the film at the start of the US summer season, hoping it would be a good counter-programmer to the blockbusters like "Twister" and "Mission:Impossible". Instead, the film quickly faded from screens after being steamrolled by those two big releases. See more »


When Robin Gaddis sits at the bar answering Robicheaux's questions she has a drink with spear of fruit. In some of the shots, the spear has an orange slice and two cherries, in other shots, an orange slice and one cherry (and no, she doesn't eat one of the cherries). See more »


Dave Robicheaux: Drop it, Toot, or I'm gonna park one in the back of your fuckin' head.
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Good Movie; entertaining
9 November 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Excellent flick. Caught me by surprise on TV, never heard of it. Very well done; all actors superb. Violent and good action yet slow enough to go deep. Interesting story and atmosphere down in Louisiana. Knowing that Alec Baldwin is from Long Island I thought the accent was done well enough to be convincing. I agree on someone's comment on the DEA agent/ friend. His character could have been more established but no real harm done. I really got into this movie.

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