Heaven's Burning (1997)

R  |   |  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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Anthony Phelan ...
Matthew Dyktynski ...
Colin Hay ...
Norman Kaye ...
Store Owner
Kate Fitzpatrick ...
Christopher Duncan ...
Confused Man (as Christopher Duncan)


"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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Céu em Chamas  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 16,525 (Australia) (7 November 1997)


AUD 16,525 (Australia) (7 November 1997)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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Written by Robin Trower and Keith Reid
Performed by Procol Harum
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Wild movie--Try it you'll like it
25 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wild fun Austrailian movie that is well worth the ride The action dominates the movie with a collection of odd broken characters that you so often find in Australian movies. The story sometimes borrows themes from other 'road movies' which are fairly familiar, but the unique characters in the movie make this road movie unique in its own very strange way. Russell Crowe a la sideburns is still very cool, yet he does not dominate each scene as he has done in every movie he has made in the past 5 years. His somewhat understated presence allows his co-star Yidori (?) shine - a wonderful Japanese actress whose ingénue childlike looks contrast sharply with her bizarre change or metamorphosis from the gentle opening scenes. The classical musical romantic score is placed in a wild funny contrast to the plot,sometimes in a very campy way--yet it still works. This is not a great movie or a classic--but it has the zany features of movies like "TRUE ROMANCE', (a cult classic) I would highly recommend this movie for what it it is -- a wild action packed funny bizarre ride with a good run of crazy people--- This movie may be a 10 if you view it the Austrailian way --with a keg of good beer--wish I 'd seen this movie on the big screen but I don't recall this movie in the theater years ago-Enjoy--there are even a few good lines that will make you want to go back to it someday so a DVD purchase would not be wasted....

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