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Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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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 Diana Kent ... Hilda Hulme
Clive Merrison ... Dr. Henry Hulme
Simon O'Connor Simon O'Connor ... Herbert Rieper
Jed Brophy ... John / Nicholas
Peter Elliott ... Bill Perry
Gilbert Goldie Gilbert Goldie ... Dr. Bennett
Geoffrey Heath Geoffrey Heath ... Rev. Norris
Kirsti Ferry Kirsti Ferry ... Wendy
Ben Skjellerup Ben Skjellerup ... Jonathan Hulme
Darien Takle Darien Takle ... Miss Stewart
Elizabeth Moody Elizabeth Moody ... Miss Waller
Liz Mullane ... Mrs. Collins
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Storyline

Based on the true story of Juliet Hulme and Pauline Parker, two close friends who share a love of fantasy and literature, who conspire to kill Pauline's mother when she tries to end the girls' intense and obsessive relationship. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Juliet Hulme was revealed to be mystery writer Anne Perry who came forward and revealed her real identity in 1994 during the making of the film, but all attempts to find Pauline Parker failed. In 1997, Pauline Parker was finally traced to a rundown cottage on a farm near Strood, Kent, England, where she currently runs a children's riding school. Since assuming the name of Hilary Nathan, she has become a devout Catholic and devoted her life to handicapped children. See more »

Goofs

When Steve arrives with his new Doris Day record, the record jacket bends and crushes as he gets out his board money for Honora, revealing that the jacket is empty. See more »

Quotes

[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 New Zealand version ran 108 min. Peter Jackson then cut 9 minutes from the film for the international release. (he has mentioned that the 99 min. cut is the one he prefers.) See more »


Soundtracks

The Loveliest Night of the Year
Written by Irving Aaronson (as Aaronson) / Paul Francis Webster (as Webster) / Juventino Rosas (as Rosas)
By Permission of EMI Music Publishing
Performed by Mario Lanza
Courtesy of BMG/Arista/Ariola Limited
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Kate's Big Break
12 March 2007 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of Kate Winslet, she is my favorite actress of all time, simply because she is possibly the most honest. It seems like she has the most natural talent and when she has a role she embraces it, recently I had a message from a IMDb user who asked me if I saw this film and if I hadn't, I should due to the fact that Kate was amazing in it. I also noticed it in my "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" book, so I had passed it over at Hollywood Video and figured to give it a look. I noticed also that it was directed by Peter Jackson who is now more famous due to the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but I thought this film was really over looked and one of his finest. It's incredibly unique, artistic, and disturbing in some ways.

Pauline is a out cast at school and she meets the new girl, Juliet, together they find out that they have a major thing in common, a wile imagination. They want to write a story together, they go as far as to call each other by their story names and spend time with each other constantly. But the parent's concerns grow more and more as the girls become a little more... "obsessive" of each other. Juliet's parents wish to send to her Africa to live with her aunt, but Juliet and Pauline do not want to let go of each other, and Pauline sees only one obstacle keeping them from seeing each other, her mom. So they devise an evil plan to get rid of her mom, permanently.

Heavenly Creatures was incredibly unique and an amazing film. I couldn't believe my eyes watching this film, it was so interesting to watch, especially being in these girl's minds and imagination. Kate and Melanie had great chemistry and Peter Jackson made this film into his own. I would recommend it for movie buffs and definitely if you want to see how Kate got her start, she was amazing.

9/10


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