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Heaven's Burning (1997)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  3 April 1998 (USA)
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After a botched bank job, a gang takes a hostage, Japanese girl on the run from arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheelman saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with the cops, the gang and her psycho father on their tail.

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Midori
Kenji Isomura ...
Yukio
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Mahood
Petru Gheorghiu ...
Boorjan
Anthony Phelan ...
Bishop
Matthew Dyktynski ...
Moffat
Colin Hay ...
Jonah
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Sharon
Norman Kaye ...
Store Owner
Kate Fitzpatrick ...
Gloria
Kuni Hashimoto ...
Oshima
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Gullbuddin
Christopher Duncan ...
Confused Man (as Christopher Duncan)
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"Heaven's Burning" tells the story of a man and a woman who are inexplicably thrown together, amid violence and chaos. They quickly find themselves on the run from many adversaries, but find time to fall in love along the way. Written by Dave Nusair <dnusair@chat.carleton.ca>

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Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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AUD 16,525 (Australia) (7 November 1997)

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AUD 16,525 (Australia) (7 November 1997)
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When Yukio accidentally shoots his translator, he is first seen pulling back the slide of his 1911 pistol and the slide locks to the rear. The slide of a 1911 will only lock back if a) the slide lock is pressed up or b) the pistol magazine inserted is empty. Since Yukio knew nothing about firearms it is unlikely he would lock back the slide by himself, so the pistol that accidentally shot his friend was empty of any ammunition. See more »

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Another great little Aussie film
13 May 2005 | by (new york city) – See all my reviews

I love movies that take me totally by surprise. Turned on the TV, saw a Russel Crowe movie I'd never heard of was starting in a minute and decided I'd give it a whirl. For the next 100 minutes, I don't remember breathing. What could be described as a formulaic detective, on the lam movie was packed with the little things that make movies worth watching.

It has a stellar leading cast who evolve in totally unpredictable ways over a very short period. Throw in your typical colorful Aussie characters, tribal Afghan crazies, and Japanese you'd never see act that way in Japan and let the bullets fly.

Maybe I also really enjoyed it because in a cast of misfits and crazies, the one who turned out to be the craziest (who starts off the sanest) is driving around the countryside on my motorcycle, a beautiful black Triumph Thunderbird (although it could have been a bonnie, but I don't think so).

But I really enjoyed the subtle things that separate good movies from bad. There are thematic (and landscape) shifts, accurate and slightly ugly social commentary, a little philosophizing, Afghan woman with hijaab as computer hacker, and tasty Aussie back-country scenes (the corner country bar, B&S dance), and some father/son dynamics to go with typical on the lam love developing.

So see this movie, I bet you'll find things you like about it too.


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