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Stealing Heaven (1988)

In medieval Paris, a young religious scholar and the beautiful niece of a local patrician fall madly in love and consummate their passion for each other. In the religious uproar that follows, they are condemned and brutally punished.

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Clive Donner

Writers:

Chris Bryant, Marion Meade (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek de Lint ... Abelard
Kim Thomson ... Heloise
Denholm Elliott ... Fulbert
Bernard Hepton ... Bishop
Kenneth Cranham ... Suger
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Agnes
Cassie Stuart ... Petronilla
Philip Locke ... Poussin
Victoria Burgoyne ... Prostitute
Antonia Cutic Antonia Cutic ... Landlady
Diana Belinic Diana Belinic ... Girl in street
Davor Fejzagic Davor Fejzagic ... Boy in street
Mark Jax Mark Jax ... Jourdain
Timothy Watson Timothy Watson ... François (as Tim Watson)
Andrew H. McLean Andrew H. McLean ... Gerard (as Andrew McLean)
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Storyline

Abelard, a respected philosopher and teacher in 12th-century Paris, is hired to tutor the intelligent and beautiful Heloise. They soon fall in love, but must hide their affection because Abelard is sworn to celibacy. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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Drama | History | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abelard i Heloiza See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Fred Zinneman had tried to film this in 1971, but it was abandoned. See more »

Goofs

In the construction montage towards the end of the movie, you can see an altar with a number of pumpkins on it. As a plant native to North America there wouldn't be any in 12th century Europe. See more »

Alternate Versions

UK cinema and video prints were cut for a '15' rating. See more »

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Spoofed in Tropic Thunder (2008) See more »

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Planctus
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Arranged by David Wulstan
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In response to Black Monk...
3 February 2006 | by baruchandbenedictSee all my reviews

This was a wonderful film, but I will admit that I am not writing this review to extol its virtues. In fact, I am writing in response to the foulest review preceding mine, "A Romance in which Philosophies Clash" by BlackMonk.

BlackMonk, your review of Stealing Heaven was an outrageous atrocity for which you should never be forgiven. Were I a ranking member of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, I would surely have you excommunicated immediately, or at least prescribe a penance of the most merciless and puritanical nature. Your conception of the middle ages is antiquated, outmoded, and uneducated; Your understanding of Abelard's thought is baseless and retarded, and your sense of taste is all but nonexistent. It would be to the benefit of all IMDb readers if you would lay down your wretched pen and never cast judgment on another work of artistic merit for the rest of your cursed days.

I suggest, sir, that you henceforth adhere to a strict regimen of daily self-flagellation, in the hopes that it will instill some piety and love of Beauty and the Divine within you. Should this fail, deep reflection or self-imposed exile may be your only hope of redemption.

sincerely, CMK


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