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Heaven Is for Real (2014)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  16 April 2014 (USA)
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A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

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Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth ... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. Written by Sony Pictures Publicity

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,522,221 (USA) (18 April 2014)

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$91,443,253 (USA) (8 August 2014)
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Both Akiane Kramarik and Colton Burpo had a NDE, which allowed them having their revelations and visions. NDE is short for Near-Death Experience, a term established by first time by doctor Raymond Moody in his 1975's book "Life After Life". In it, Moody compiled real stories about patients who by a brief time had died and later lived again. The different stories had several common points: ·To be out of the physical body. ·Float around the rooftop of the room, seeing the own body in the bedroom. ·X-rays senses, with capability to see and hear people (familiar, friends...) in the next rooms, or even long-distance senses, with capability to see and hear people far away from their own location. ·Travel by a tunnel to high speed, with a great white light at the end. ·Meet in the light parents and friends previously dead. ·See a retrospective about the own lifeline, like movie frames. ·Feel a great peace and tranquility while standing in the light. ·Feel (not see) the presence of a powerful entity look-a-like a god. ·A voice saying "It's not your time" or something similar, and return from the light. ·Have a great feeling to fall from a high altitude, returning to the physical body and finally back to life. See more »

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The events in the film took place prior to 2004 when the pastors last child was born, so the grave stone for the dead Marine should not have read "Birth 1990 - Death 2009". See more »

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Todd Burpo: Is heaven a hope? Or as real as the earth and sky? I once asked my grandfather that question. And he said by the time he knew the answer, it would be too late for him to tell me. The day would come when I asked that question again, staring into the eyes of my son.
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Excellent Movie even if you don't believe in GOD!
25 July 2014 | by (Michigan) – See all my reviews

Let me first say that as a man of Science, I am not a believer in GOD. With that out of the way, I did not let that keep me from watching this movie. As most of what we watch on television these days is fictitious anyways it shouldn't matter what the subject matter of the movie is as long as it is good.

Now in the case of - 'Heaven Is for Real', I found the movie moving and very emotional. No matter what I believe about Heaven, I found the portrayal of the young boy's beliefs in this film very endearing and it almost wants to make you want to believe. I would only hope that as this kid gets older that his beliefs stay that strong, unless that is he decides to of course enlighten himself to reality someday. But if he so wishes to hold on to those beliefs, so be it, at least he will die happy and he will never know that his death was the end of his or her existence.

Anyway, whether you believe in GOD or not, I recommend seeing this film.


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