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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)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was completed and produced two years before it's actual release. 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: What'd the guy look like?
Annie: He looked like a big bad guy.
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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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