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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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Storyline

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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Alec Baldwin was hoping to return to the Dave Robicheaux character in a follow up to be called "Dixie City Jam", but this film's failure at the box-office led to the sequel being scrapped. See more »

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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 »

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Dave Robicheaux: [to Annie] You and me... that's the only thing I have in my whole life that means anything to me anymore.
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Dave Robicheaux: Please don't let me... mess that up.
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Robicheaux is a character well known to award winning writer James Burke
25 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

while this movie does not really capture the flavor of Burkes "prose" it's nice to see recognition of one of fictions better characters. Noticeably missing is the character "Clete Purcell" who was Dave R's former NOPD homicide partner. I see that Tommy Lee Jones will tackle A TV version of another Robicheaux mystery of which 16 Robicheaux novels have been written. Moe action by Baldwin and an interplay between he and the missing Clete Purcell might have brought this movie along further into another feature. New Orleans is always the great mixture of characters and places for mystery, murder and mayhem.

Alex Baldwin does a great job given some of the missing flavor of James Lee Burkes writing. Baldwin made a great looking "Shadow" as well with an unfortunate script.


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