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The Discovery of Heaven (2001)

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God is disappointed with the human race and wants his stone tablets back. An angel is given the assignment and, with Gabriëls help, tries to manipulate several humans on earth to get his ... See full summary »

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Angel (as Viv Weatherall)
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Gabriel (as Jeroen Krabbe)
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Onno
Gillian Barge ...
Onno's mother
Nettie Blanken ...
Coba
Victoria Carling ...
Margareth Quist
Lois de Jong ...
Granddaughter Quist (as Loïs de Jong)
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Onno's father (as John Franklyn Robbins)
Geraldine Alexander ...
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Nicholas Palliser ...
Diederik Quist
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Max
Emma Fielding ...
Helga
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Bart Bork
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Red Haired Protestor
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God is disappointed with the human race and wants his stone tablets back. An angel is given the assignment and, with Gabriëls help, tries to manipulate several humans on earth to get his job done. But humans have a will of their own... Written by Anonymous

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25 October 2001 (Netherlands)  »

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NLG 20,000,000 (estimated)
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After all the auditions for 16-year-old Quinten were done without much success, Jeroen Krabbé stared out of the window and Neil Newbon happened to pass by. "That's what Quinten should look like" he mumbled, not yet knowing the guy was an actor. See more »

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Max: I've discovered you, you bastards!
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Quite good adaption of a great novel
26 October 2001 | by (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

First of all, I am obliged to say my view on this movie was somewhat coloured, because the novel this movie is based on is one of my favourites and I know it by heart.

If you have read the novel, you should watch this movie really open-minded. The novel is a 900+-pages book with a lot of details and symbolism which you cannot completely explain in a 2-hour movie. However, the main story line and the highlights have been pretty well preserved, although the plot has been simplified and explained a bit.

On the other hand, if you haven't read the novel, I'm not too sure whether or not this is such a great movie. Of course, at no point the picture gets boring or inexplicable, but because so much details of the novel have been left away, the true meaning of the book and the real mission of the main character get drowned in the special effects and the smooth directing.

In the end, I'd have to give this movie a 9 out of 10, with one of the main drawbacks being the length: if this picture has lasted for another hour or two, the power of the novel would have remained so much more intact.


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