Heaven (I) (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  21 February 2002 (Germany)
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A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Remo Girone ...
Filippo's Father
Alessandro Sperduti ...
Mattia Sbragia ...
Major Pini
Stefano Santospago ...
Mr. Vendice
Alberto Di Stasio ...
The Prosecutor
Giovanni Vettorazzo ...
The Inspector
Gianfranco Barra ...
The Lieutenant
Vincent Riotta ...
Chief Guard
Mauro Marino ...
Stefania Orsola Garello ...
Vendice's Secretary
Father High Rise
Giorgia Coppa ...
Older Daughter


Love, retribution and redemption. Devastated by her husband's death from a drug overdose, Philippa, a British teacher living in Turin, Italy, tries to bring justice to the biggest drug dealer in Turin when the local police ignore her information about him. In building a home-made bomb and setting off a plan that fails miserably, her status changes from young widow to that of a criminal in custody. Young police officer Filipo descends into Philippa's life, changing her bleak outlook on existence into one in search of tranquility among corruption, as they become unlikely soul mates and lovers. Written by Anna <dimenxia@yahoo.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 February 2002 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

En el cielo  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£78,207 (UK) (9 August 2002)


$774,317 (USA) (6 December 2002)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the movie Giovanni Ribisi speaks a quite good italian. Every native italian could tell his accent and his pronunciation are sometimes a bit off, but the overall performance is convincing. See more »


Crewmembers are briefly reflected in the front of a train as we see the main characters walk away from the train. Specifically, look for a man in a red tee-shirt. See more »


[first lines]
Helicopter Pilot: [in Italian supervising simulation] Follow the terrain. Good. Keep it perpendicular to the ridge. That's it. Under real conditions you might have to compensate for the wind here. Now, maintain you height. Watch your height, careful.
[climbing higher simulator switches off]
Helicopter Pilot: In a real helicopter you can't just keep flying higher.
Filippo: How high can I fly?
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References Jurassic Park (1993) See more »


Heaven Elisir
Original Composition "L'elisir d'amore"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Original Libretto by Felice Romani
Performed by Antonella Voce (vocal), Mauro Rimauro (clarinet), Ancongiulio Galeandro (accordion),
Franco Fraioli (bass), Marco Schiavoni (guitar)
Wedding music Arranged by Marco Schiavoni
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Beautiful and Brilliant
9 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews


This is one of Blanchett's most under-rated pieces of work. Not only stunning in it's visual and directing effects, but it has a screenplay that is hard to beat. Blanchett and Ribisi have perfect chemistry and the intense storyline is there from the beginning. I can't believe some of these usercomments said that the movie was slow-paced. Huh? The last half hour or so wasn't as dramatic as the first half, but its obvious why...they are forming their connection. There is still the intense worry that they will be caught, but I personally was more interested in seeing them form and discover their love for one another despite the stressful circumstance.I recommend this to anybody who wants to see a unique yet still stunning movie.

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