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Heaven Is for Real -- A small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
Heaven Is for Real -- A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
Heaven Is for Real -- A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
Heaven Is for Real -- A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
Heaven Is for Real -- 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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16 April 2014 (USA) See more »
Based on the incredible true story See more »
A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Greg Kinnear ... Todd Burpo

Kelly Reilly ... Sonja Burpo

Thomas Haden Church ... Jay Wilkins

Connor Corum ... Colton Burpo

Lane Styles ... Cassie Burpo

Margo Martindale ... Nancy Rawling

Jacob Vargas ... Michael
Thanya Romero ... Rosa

Danso Gordon ... Ray

Rob Moran ... Dr. O'Holleran

Nancy Sorel ... Dr. Charlotte Slater

Darcy Fehr ... Lee Watson

Vivian Winther ... Katherine Watson
Pete Hudson ... Old Man Watson
Ursula Clark ... Painting Girl

Mike Mohrhardt ... Jesus

Bryan Terrell Clark ... Turce (as Bryan Clark)
Randy Apostle ... Slim Forrest
Julia Arkos ... Newspaper Reporter
Candace Smith ... Pay Clerk
Cruise Brown ... Playground Boy

Keenan Lehmann ... Playground Boy
Michael Mills ... Marine C.O.

Kevin Anderson ... Mr. Baxter

Jon Ted Wynne ... Mr. Jackson
Darren Felbel ... Mr. Parker
Lois Brothers ... Woman from Choir Group
Mike Bell ... Bubba

Susan Kelso ... Neighbor Lady
Amber Lynn Partridge ... Zookeeper

John B. Lowe ... Todd's Doctor

Mitch Ainley ... Heywood

Ali Tataryn ... Angel
Mike Palmer ... Fire Chief
Blake Taylor ... Loner
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ina Barrón ... Angel (uncredited)
Anthony Lambert-Whitford ... Wrestler (uncredited)

Callie Lane ... Sister in Heaven (uncredited)
Michael Mills ... Marine C.O. (uncredited)
Lorrie Papadopoulos ... Church Parishioner (uncredited)

Karl Thordarson ... Handel (uncredited)

Cassandra Tusa ... Butterfly Pavilion Patron (uncredited)

Karen Tusa ... Butterfly Pavilion Patron (uncredited)
Lisa Vivian ... Hospital Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Randall Wallace 
Writing credits
Randall Wallace (screenplay) and
Chris Parker (screenplay) (as Christopher Parker)

Todd Burpo (book "Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back") and
Lynn Vincent (book "Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back")

Produced by
Sue Baden-Powell .... executive producer
T.D. Jakes .... producer
Phyllis Laing .... co-producer
Sam Mercer .... executive producer
Joe Roth .... producer
Andrew Wallace .... co-producer
Derrick Williams .... executive producer
Kim H. Winther .... co-producer
Original Music by
Nick Glennie-Smith 
Cinematography by
Dean Semler (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Wright 
Casting by
Sheila Jaffe 
Production Design by
Arvinder Grewal  (as Arv Grewal)
Art Direction by
Jody Lynn Clement  (as Jody Clement)
Larry Spittle 
Set Decoration by
Steve Shewchuk 
Costume Design by
Michael T. Boyd 
Makeup Department
Kristy Greig .... assistant makeup artist
Nina Kvaternik .... makeup artist
Michael Mills .... makeup: for Mr. Kinnear
Doug Morrow .... makeup department head
Catherina Saites .... key hair
Alisha Talbot .... key makeup
Melizah Anguiano Wheat .... department head hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)
Production Management
Sue Baden-Powell .... unit production manager
Adam Moos .... executive in charge of production
Lesley Oswald .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maria Battle-Campbell .... second assistant director
Danielle Dumesnil .... second second assistant director
Kim H. Winther .... first assistant director
Art Department
Gary Barringer .... concept artist
Gary Barringer .... graphics artist
Peter Baureiss .... on-set painter
Ryan Berzuk .... property master
Lloyd Brandson .... key scenic artist
Janelle Dufton .... greens assistant
Chad Giesbrecht .... lead dresser
Kim Hamin .... on-set dresser
Rachel Kendall .... set dresser
Allan McGowan .... set dresser
Joshua Min .... concept artist
Jamie Lou Morneau .... art department coordinator (as Jamie Morneau)
Justin Neufeld .... lead greens
Dean A. O'Dell .... set designer
Aaron Sims .... concept artist
Brian Smith .... construction coordinator
Katharina Stieffenhofer .... key greens
Mark Stratton .... property master
Sound Department
Kami Asgar .... supervising sound editor
Ranjani Brow .... adr loop group
Tom Y. Burns .... re-recordist
Tom Y. Burns .... recordist
Anita Cannella .... foley artist
Benjamin L. Cook .... sound effects editor
Jeff Gross .... foley mixer
Wendy Hoffmann .... adr loop group
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Greg Jenkins .... junior sound editor
Leon Johnson .... production sound mixer
Amy Kane .... foley artist
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
Howard London .... adr mixer
Sean McCormack .... supervising sound editor
Eric Neufeld .... utility sound
Erin Oakley .... supervising adr editor
Nancy Parker .... foley artist
Will Riley .... dialogue editor
Sacha Rosen .... boom operator
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor
Dean A. Zupancic .... re-recording mixer
John St. Denis .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Laird McMurray .... special effects coordinator
Ed Preston .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Minyoung Choi .... compositor
Daniel Chuba .... visual effects executive producer: Hammerhead (as Dan Chuba)
Caitlin Content .... compositor
Robert Cribbett .... compositor (as Rob Cribbett)
Jon Doyle .... compositor
Derick Dressel .... visual effects artist: 3D
Michelle Eisenreich .... visual effects producer: Hammerhead
Mathias Frodin .... compositor
Brandon Gonzales .... matte painter: Hammerhead
Inseok Hwang .... compositor
Sunho Hwang .... compositor
Changhee Jung .... compositor
Katrina Kim .... visual effects coordinator
Sejung Kim .... compositor
Shira Mandel Kluger .... compositor (as Shira Mandel)
Seokjun Kyoung .... visual effects artist: 3D
Kyungjin Lee .... compositor
Minhee Lee .... compositor
Seung Yong Lee .... co-visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead (as Seungyong Lee)
Dan Levitan .... visual effects supervisor: time-lapse photographer
Isaac Lipstadt .... visual effects coordinator
Eric Mancha .... visual effects artist: 3D
Daniel Mellitz .... compositor
Shin Nam .... visual effects line producer: Hammerhead
Karl Rogovin .... visual effects artist: 3D
Wondae Seo .... compositor
Angella Szynkowski .... vfx i/o
Linda Tremblay .... digital compositor
Derek Zavada .... system administrator
Dave Dunaway .... stunt rigger
Brian Ho .... stunt performer
Sam Robinson .... Stunt Double: Jay Wilkins
Darren Ross .... stunt performer
Sean Skene .... stunt coordinator
Grant Smith .... stunt rigger
Rick Skene .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lorne Bailey .... lamp operator
Gary Barringer .... daily still photographer
John Clarke .... chief lighting technician
Federico De Marco .... libra head technician
Virgile Dean .... dolly grip
Keith Eidse .... camera operator
Sean Elliott .... first assistant a camera
Conroy Finnegan .... grip
Allen Fraser .... still photographer
Spiro Grant .... second assistant b camera
Wes Grycki .... grip
Patrick Hogue .... digital imaging technician
Thayer MacInnis .... lamp operator
Stephen Maier .... b camera operator
Alex Martinez .... second assistant a camera
William Mills .... key grip (as Bill Mills)
Jeremy Milmine .... lamp operator
Mark Motoch .... generator operator
Christophe Nachtigall .... second grip
Andrew Pedley .... video assist
Nicolas Phillips .... lamp operator
Tai Pu .... assistant chief lighting technician (as T'ai Pu)
Wes Reid .... grip
Julian Saray .... key rigging grip
Jay 'Sully' Sullivan .... dolly grip (as Jason Sullivan)
Justin Tocher .... grip
Shauna Townley .... first assistant camera
John Trapman .... aerial director of photography
Peter Wilke .... a camera/stedicam operator
Tyler Woeste .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Animation Department
Gary Barringer .... animator
Casting Department
Shelly Anthis .... extras casting
Tineka Becker .... casting associate
Angela Boehm .... casting assistant
Nick Cotton .... casting assistant
Jim Heber .... casting: Winnipeg
Ashley Lambert .... adr voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michelle Boulet .... costume supervisor
Katelynd Johnston .... assistant costume designer
Nancy Jones .... costume set supervisor
Angela Vaags .... costume assistant
Angela Wells .... costumer
John D. Williams .... costumer
Libid Zyla Harder .... costumer
Editorial Department
Mandy Arnold .... digital intermediate editor
Steve Bowen .... digital colorist
Caroline Keith .... post-production assistant
Mark Perzely .... first assistant editor
Sebastian Shepard .... post-production assistant
Mykel Thuncher .... colorist
Emily Wallin .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Michael Chirsky .... location scout
Bernard Narvey .... location manager
Michael Nava .... location production assistant
Cliff Sumter .... assistant location manager
Luke Annand .... locations production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Nick Glennie-Smith .... conductor
Kevin Globerman .... digital score recordist
Benoît Groulx .... orchestrations
Tom Hardisty .... scoring recordist
Suzie Katayama .... music copyist
Colleen M. Lutz .... score mixing assistant
Satoshi Mark Noguchi .... score consultant
Jasper Randall .... choir contractor
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
Suzanne Waters .... singer: choir
Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz .... music editor
Transportation Department
Douglas Arsenault .... driver: cast
Ernie Buck .... transportation coordinator
Ron Jennings .... picture vehicle coordinator
Ryan Kulbaba .... driver: cast
Pat Martin .... head driver
Steve McGuire .... transportation captain
Dave Perich .... driver: cast
Jeff Zaporzan .... driver: honeywagon
Other crew
Geoff Banjavich .... stand-in
Bob Bedard .... head chef
Aaron Brager .... production assistant
Mel Braun .... vocal coach
Dave Brown .... firearms safety coordinator
Bryan R. Burns .... key set pa
Bryan R. Burns .... production assistant (as Bryan Burns)
Jennifer Bydwell .... product placement
Jayme Carr .... assistant: to Mr. Roth
Puneet Chawla .... set production assistant
Paul Courchaine .... production accountant
Mike Currie .... craft service
Gloria Davies .... unit publicist
Janelle Dufton .... craft service
Diana Fabas-Pirie .... studio teacher
Ira Goldklang .... legal affairs
Elspeth Grafton .... script supervisor
Ashley Greyson .... marketing
Tamara Harland .... production assistant
Lucy Herrera .... production accountant
Ashley Hirt .... assistant: to Ms Baden-Powell
Diane Howard .... interviewer: journalist
Cathie Hutfluss .... medical consultant
Shannon Jacques .... accounting clerk
Liam Karp .... production assistant
Akiane Kramarik .... provider: "Prince of Peace"
Callie Lane .... stand-in
Monique Ledohowski .... assistant accountant
Benedicte LeMaitre .... stand-in
Michael MacPherson .... assistant production coordinator
Pota Manolakos .... first assistant accountant
Tamara Mauthe .... production coordinator
Crystal Mikoluff .... payroll accountant
Kimberly Mikoluff .... travel coordinator
Zoe O'Brien-Moran .... production assistant (as Zoe O'Brien Moran)
Amber Lynn Partridge .... animal handler
Dimitrius Sagriotis .... production assistant
Lauren Scott .... assistant: to Mr. Mercer
Christine Solberg .... assistant to Greg Kinnear
Emily Stricker .... production assistant
Chelsea Sumter .... production assistant
Jody Thiessen .... production assistant
Robert Velo .... production financing
Cullen Wallace .... assistant: to Mr. Wallace
Matt Webber .... stand-in
Dani Dare .... voice actor (uncredited)
Dara Iruka .... voice actor (uncredited)

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Rated PG thematic material including some medical situations
99 min
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Did You Know?

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 for the 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 »
Factual errors: There is a scene in the movie that depicts the Burpo's home shaking due to a train passing by. In reality, although there are train tracks that go into Imperial, they do not pass through - they literally stop in Imperial, although the track bed was laid out for miles past the west side of the town. In addition, the Burpo's home is located at the north end of Imperial where the tracks come into town on the south side.See more »
[first lines]
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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59 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
A Nice Family Drama, Not Even Remotely Preachy, 18 April 2014
Author: RichardSRussell-1 from United States

Heaven Is for Real (1:39, PG) — borderline, 3rd string, original

You might be surprised that this film attracted an atheist activist like me. But I went to see it because — as part of my self-imposed obligation to catch EVERY science-fiction and fantasy movie that hits town so I can review them for my listserv and at SF cons — it looked like it might have some fantasy elements. I ended up classifying it as "borderline", which is where I put movies that are not clearly SF or fantasy but might be if viewed from a certain angle. This one leaves it open to interpretation whether little 4-year-old Colton Burpo actually experienced a trip to heaven while he was unconscious on the operating table at death's doorstep with a burst appendix.

The Burpos are presented as being among the nicest people you could ever hope to meet, and not in any "holier than thou" sense but as solid, down-to-Earth working folk, a kind, loving, and happy family. The dad, Todd Burpo, a part-time Protestant minister in Imperial, Kansas, is humble and declines the title "Reverend", saying "Call me Todd" even to members of his own congregation. He wears a work shirt and sits in the pews with the other congregants while the church service is doing other things, like Bible readings or singing led by Todd's wife Sonja.

The skeptical attitude is clearly articulated by several different characters in the film, including Todd Burpo himself, who's obviously having trouble wrestling with and reacting to what his son has been saying about his brief sojourn in heaven. And the conclusion is not some grand revelation or depiction of the "real" heaven but rather an informal sermon in which Todd (well played by Greg Kinnear) talks thru his uncertainties and tells his fellow congregants that "on Earth as it is in heaven" means that we should each value the little bit of heaven we share when we appreciate the people who love us.

Frankly, an avowed humanist couldn't have put it much better.

Still, there's the obvious fact that little Colton has been drenched in religion for almost his entire waking life, and that such total immersion surely accounts for everything he claims to have seen. And the Burpos had been having serious financial difficulties, a not-so-subtle motive for playing Colton's story for any financial benefit it might bring. Nor does the film stint from dramatizing those perfectly naturalistic explanations.

In short, if you were expecting a piece of pious propaganda, this isn't it. It's more like a nice, non-saccharine family drama with unusual subject matter, kind of along the lines of We Bought a Zoo. On my 9-point scale, it rates a 6.

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