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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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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 <pwong@nt.net>

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


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

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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AUD 170,610 (Australia) (1 November 1996)
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The name of the character Alafair in the movie and book is the real name of the author's (James Lee Burke) own daughter, who is now also a writer. See more »

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As Roger Ebert points out in his review, "a character tastes the ring of moisture left by a cold drink, and identifies who must have been drinking it, even though gin cannot permeate glass and the moisture would have been, according to the best theories of condensation, pure water." See more »

Quotes

Dave Robicheaux: Drop it, Toot, or I'm gonna park one in the back of your fuckin' head.
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I Ain't Gonna Suffer No More
Performed by John Lee Hooker (as Johnny Lee Hooker)
Written by John Lee Hooker (as Johnny Lee Hooker)
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Another Pretty Solid Modern 'Noir'
29 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I guess you could call this a "neo-noir," which is a modern-day film noir. It has that atmosphere, especially in New Orleans which seems to always been pictured on the seamy side in films. After the devastation that took place there last year, perhaps filmmakers will kinder to the city in future movies.

Anyway, a seedy New Orleans, some good blues music and five varied-and-all interesting lead characters make this a very watchable movie. Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Teri Hatcher, Mary Stuart Masterston and Eric Roberts all contribute with good performances All but Roberts are the "good guys" in this one.

The movie keeps your attention and has you involved for most of the two hours. The action is well-dispersed. My only complaint is a small one: Baldwin with the southern accent doesn't sound natural. Otherwise, a good modern-day crime story.


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