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Heaven's Prisoners (1996)

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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)


$5,005,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (Ontario)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 Dave goes to see Bubba at his house for the first time his shirt switches back and forth from soaking wet to dry. See more »


Bubba Rocque: Dave Robicheaux drowned in the bottle and went into the swamp to sleep it off.
Didi Giancano: He may have been asleep, but that was before you dropped a fucking plane on his head and woke him up. Guys like that, when they wake up, they don't go back to sleep so easy. Not without help.
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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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I beg to differ
29 April 2005 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

I thought the opening scene was one of the best movie openings I've ever watched - beautifully written and sensitively played.

Drawn in from the outset, I was happy to watch the plot unfold. Yes, it could be argued that the main protagonist brings his troubles upon himself but that is hardly a plot fault - some people do.

Problems with the film? I don't know why an actress of Mary Stuart Masterson's caliber should take on such a nothing role. And the plane crash looked cheap and unconvincing. Otherwise, I have no complaints. I love the books and I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

I have read the previous reviews which seem to be critical for the most part and I am left wondering why they are so. I've watched a lot of rotten films and this certainly isn't one of them. I give it an eight out of ten. I enjoyed it.

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