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Heaven & Earth (1993)

During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles with life hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Le Ly Hayslip (book), Jay Wurts (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haing S. Ngor ... Papa
Bussaro Sanruck Bussaro Sanruck ... Le Ly - Age 5
Supak Pititam Supak Pititam ... Buddhist Monk
Joan Chen ... Mama
Thuan K. Nguyen Thuan K. Nguyen ... Uncle Luc
Hiep Thi Le ... Le Ly
Lan Nguyen Calderon Lan Nguyen Calderon ... Ba
Thuan Le Thuan Le ... Kim
Dustin Nguyen ... Sau
Mai Le Ho ... Hai
Vinh Dang Vinh Dang ... Bon
Khiem Thai Khiem Thai ... Brother In Law
Liem Whatley ... Viet Cong Captain
Michelle Vynh Le Michelle Vynh Le ... Viet Cong Cadre Woman
Tuan Tran Tuan Tran ... Rapist
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Storyline

The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Lasting victories are won in the heart. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo y la tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$379,807, 25 December 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,864,949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alcor Films,Canal+,Ixtlan See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Oliver Stone dedicated the film to his mother, just as he had dedicated Wall Street (1987) to his father. See more »

Goofs

When Steve picks up Le Ly and her kids when the south is being overrun, he flies in on an Army helicopter, despite the fact that him and his friends are all in the Marines. See more »

Quotes

Mama: Tears are God's way of paying you back for what He's taken.
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood vs. Religion (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Budapest Strings
Courtesy of Delta Music Inc.
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A Different Perspective of War
21 March 2006 | by agent52See all my reviews

A different perspective of war, and very much needed one. This story covers the lives affected by war. The male lead undergoes emotional strain while the female lead contrastingly grows strength from, or perhaps in spite of the war.

The movie's subtext is thankfully never handed to you in a Hollywood-direct manner - yet the movie develops it thoroughly for the viewer. This is the most plain statement there is that war is much more than the sides of the conflict, the survivors, the wounded, the dead. And, it makes clear that the trauma caused affects many for a long long time, and for each it is their own journey.

Oliver Stone is obviously a master movie maker. He is a great story teller and you are always provided a visual and sound experience like no other. This movie contains some incredibly beautiful shots which all by themselves are worth the viewing. When combined with the plot, the beauty contrasts with the brutatilty to help develop the subtext mentioned above.

You might notice I have never said if I like the film. Because the subject matter makes me queasy, uneasy, I don't think I could ever say I like this. But, this is a very powerful film that got under my skin. So, here I am recognizing the movie for its message and method, not necessarily for providing me a Pavlovian reaction seeking more.

Instead of plopping in another war DVD, try this one. I bet you will walk away and it will continue to live with you.


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