Two teenage girls share a unique bond; their parents, concerned that the friendship is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge.

Director:

Peter Jackson

Writers:

Fran Walsh (screenplay) (as Frances Walsh), Peter Jackson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Lynskey ... Pauline Parker
Kate Winslet ... Juliet Hulme
Sarah Peirse ... Honora Parker Rieper
Diana Kent ... Hilda Hulme
Clive Merrison ... Dr. Henry Hulme
Simon O'Connor ... Herbert Rieper
Jed Brophy ... John / Nicholas
Peter Elliott ... Bill Perry
Gilbert Goldie ... Dr. Bennett
Geoffrey Heath ... Rev. Norris
Kirsti Ferry ... Wendy
Ben Skjellerup Ben Skjellerup ... Jonathan Hulme
Darien Takle ... Miss Stewart
Elizabeth Moody ... Miss Waller
Liz Mullane ... Mrs. Collins
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Storyline

Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme met in school during the 1950s. Instant best friends, they proceeded to spend every minute possible together, often writing about a fantasy land of their own invention. More and more estranged from their respective families, the two girls realise that they are extremely different from most other people, and agree to take any steps necessary to ensure that they are not seperated. The two families are increasingly concerned about the girls' friendship in a strictly moralistic era. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The true story of a crime that shocked a nation. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a chilling murder and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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The film received restricted or adults-only certificates from most countries' film rating boards, but a lenient PG rating in its native New Zealand. See more »

Goofs

On the day Juliet coughs up blood in class, the date written on the chalkboard is 11 May. Although in real life, Pauline's diary notes that 11 May was the first day Juliet coughed up blood, this event occurred during the May holidays when the girls' school was closed. See more »

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[first lines]
[Director Peter Jackson opens with the scene that should, logically, end the film: that is, the moments immediately following the murder. The girls Juliet and Pauline run screaming up the hill-path to the tea-house, sobbing and covered in blood. The scene is intercut with b&w visions of the two running across a ship deck to meet Dr. and Mrs. Hulme, whom they both refer to as their mother, as the first three exclamations of "Mummy!" demonstrate]
Juliet Hulme: Mummy!
Pauline Parker: Mummy!
Juliet Hulme: Mummmmy!
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Crazy Credits

Preceding the opening credits: "During 1953 and 1954 Pauline Yvonne Parker kept diaries recording her friendship with Juliet Marion Hulme. This is their story. All diary entries are in Pauline's own words." See more »

Alternate Versions

The original ending included a final ship sequence in which Pauline, stranded on the dock, watches Juliet and her family sailing away. The camera cuts to Pauline, then pans back to reveal her alone on the dock with her mother's bludgeoned body at her feet. The screen fades to black and we hear Pauline scream "No!" before the epilogue appears. See more »

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Funiculi, Funicula
Written by Peppino Turco (as Turco) / Luigi Denza (as Denza)
Performed by Mario Lanza
Courtesy of BMG/Arista/Ariola Limited
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Shocking ... Riveting ... Unforgettable
22 October 2004 | by danenielsenSee all my reviews

Heavenly Creatures, based on a true story, is written, directed and produced by Peter Jackson of Lord of the Rings fame. This film captivates, catching you off guard.

Jackson sets the audience up in the beginning by focusing on the tranquil, predictable world of 1950s Christchurch, New Zealand. Before long, the peaceful world is exposed for what it is, repressed.

Two teenage girls, Juliet and Pauline, befriend each other at a private girl's school. They find out they have a lot in common. Sharing a world of fantasy and make believe, leads to an insane reversal. Their fantasy world becomes their reality.

Once they cross that line, their otherwise superficial, conventional world is turned upside down. All the repressed dysfunction surfaces. Ironically, Juliet's mother is a psychotherapist who doesn't see her daughter's neurosis becoming a psychosis. Eventually, Pauline and Juliet go off the deep end, drowning in their make believe world. By the end of the film, they do the unthinkable.

Kate Winslet is superb as Juliet. The rest of the cast is outstanding. Peter Jackson does a masterful job of capturing the essence of 1950s religious repression in New Zealand. It could be England or American in the 1950s. Heavenly Creatures will appeal to anyone who enjoys psychological twists and turns.


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Country:

New Zealand | Germany

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 October 1994 (New Zealand) See more »

Also Known As:

Heavenly Creatures: The Uncut Version See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,592, 20 November 1994

Gross USA:

$3,049,135

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,049,135
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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