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Heaven's Prisoners (1996)

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A hardened New Orleans cop, Dave Robicheaux, finally tosses in the badge and settles into life on the bayou with his wife. But a bizarre plane crash draws him back into the fray when his family is viciously threatened.

Director:

Phil Joanou

Writers:

James Lee Burke (book), Harley Peyton (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alec Baldwin ... Dave Robicheaux
Kelly Lynch ... Annie Robicheaux
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Robin Gaddis
Eric Roberts ... Bubba Rocque
Teri Hatcher ... Claudette Rocque
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Minos P. Dautrieve (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Badja Djola ... Batist
Samantha Lagpacan Samantha Lagpacan ... Alafair
Joe Viterelli ... Didi Giancano
Tuck Milligan ... Jerry Falgout
Hawthorne James ... Victor Romero
Don Stark ... Eddie Keats
Carl A. McGee Carl A. McGee ... Toot
Paul Guilfoyle ... Det. Magelli
Christopher Kriesa ... Priest (as Chris Krisea)
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Storyline

Ex-detective Dave Robicheaux has made a new life for himself and his wife Annie running a bait shop in the outskirts of New Orleans. When they save a little girl, the sole survivor of a plane crash, their lives become forever changed. They take the orphan child into their home and prepare to raise her. However, a visit from DEA agent Dautrieve brings out the detective instincts in Robicheaux and he begins to ask about the rest of the passengers. This brings trouble to Robicheaux and he turns to drug lord Bubba Rocque, a childhood friend. But the friendship becomes estranged when an assault on the Robicheaux home leaves one victim...Annie. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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For an ex-cop obsessed with an unsolved murder, trusting the wrong woman could be a deadly choice.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language, and for some nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film was completed and produced two years before its actual release. See more »

Goofs

The amount of sweat on Dave when he talks to Dautrieve for the first time. See more »

Quotes

[first lines - in the confessional]
Dave Robicheaux: I want a drink. I want a drink all the time. Sometimes I wake up in the morning, my eyes pop open and I think I gotta have a drink. A beer, a Bloody Mary, whatever. Even now, and I don't know why. I haven't had a drink in three years.
Priest: Three years, huh?
Dave Robicheaux: Yeah. Sometimes I'll be talking with my wife and the whole time we're talking I'm thinking about this bar I used to go to. The whole conversation I'm thinking, I'd rather be in that bar than anywhere. The glasses ...
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Connections

Spun-off from The Big Easy (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ain't Gonna Suffer No More
Performed by John Lee Hooker (as Johnny Lee Hooker)
Written by John Lee Hooker (as Johnny Lee Hooker)
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd.
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Robicheaux is a character well known to award winning writer James Burke
25 July 2007 | by lacarpoolSee all my reviews

while this movie does not really capture the flavor of Burkes "prose" it's nice to see recognition of one of fictions better characters. Noticeably missing is the character "Clete Purcell" who was Dave R's former NOPD homicide partner. I see that Tommy Lee Jones will tackle A TV version of another Robicheaux mystery of which 16 Robicheaux novels have been written. Moe action by Baldwin and an interplay between he and the missing Clete Purcell might have brought this movie along further into another feature. New Orleans is always the great mixture of characters and places for mystery, murder and mayhem.

Alex Baldwin does a great job given some of the missing flavor of James Lee Burkes writing. Baldwin made a great looking "Shadow" as well with an unfortunate script.


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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven's Prisoners See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,308,797, 19 May 1996

Gross USA:

$5,009,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,009,305
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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