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 <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.

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The amount of sweat on Dave when he talks to Dautrieve for the first time. See more »


Claudette Rocque: [to the other woman] Hello.
Dave Robicheaux: Claudette Rocque, this is my friend Robin. She's gonna be, uh, stayin' with us for awhile.
Claudette Rocque: Oh.
[to Robin]
Claudette Rocque: Have we met?
Robin Gaddis: Not formally.
Claudette Rocque: You're a performer of some kind. Oh that's right; you work at that little place on Bourbon: Smilin' Jacks.
Robin Gaddis: That's right. Now I remember you, too. You came in one time, with a couple of... real pretty girls, asked me to work a private slumber party. But I don't really go in for that sort of thing.
Claudette Rocque: I think you got me mixed up with someone ...
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Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 14 May 1996 (1996) See more »


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Great work by the cast..
28 May 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Great work by the cast - not so great when it comes to the writing. Heaven's Prisoners lacked a couple of key elements in writing and the film suffered as a result. Once again Kelly Lynch did a fantastic job and made tremendous use of limited screen time. Baldwin wasn't too bad either. This probably ranks as one of his best performances along with The Hunt for Red October. Teri Hatcher was HOT. Overall - Heaven's Prisoners is worth renting - if only to check out the great work by a talented, if not successful, cast.

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