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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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mississippi Delta 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, 17 May 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,005,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally slated for release in the fall of 1994 when Savoy Pictures (who originally produced and financed the film to it's competition) delayed it. The film was then slated for a 1995 release by the studio, but was finally shelved again because Savoy Pictures had folded in Bankruptcy. Last of the Dogmen (1995) was the final film released under the Savoy Pictures banner. Heaven's Prisoners and a few of the remaining titles that had been delayed for release by Savoy, were picked up by other studios. New Line Cinema finally released the film in the Spring of 1996. See more »

Goofs

When Dave goes to see Bubba at his house for the first time his shirt switches back and forth from soaking wet to dry. See more »

Quotes

Jerry Falgout: Don't you remember me?
Dave Robicheaux: It's Jerry somethin'-or-other, right? You went up the road 'bout five years ago for bashin' in some tired, wizened, broken-down old man with a lead pipe, ain't that right, Jerry? How was Angola, brother?
Jerry Falgout: Can I buy you a drink, Lieutenant? As I recall, you used to get kinda thirsty 'bout this time of day.
Dave Robicheaux: Hey, you're gettin' in my face, partner.
Jerry Falgout: So?
Dave Robicheaux: So right about now I'm thinkin' your head'd make a real nice toilet brush.
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Soundtracks

Good Moanin' Blues
Performed by Walter Horton (as Walter 'Shakey' Horton)
Written by Willie Dixon
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Great work by the cast..
28 May 2000 | by Hollywood-3See all my reviews

Great work by the cast - not so great when it comes to the writing. Heaven's Prisoners lacked a couple of key elements in writing and the film suffered as a result. Once again Kelly Lynch did a fantastic job and made tremendous use of limited screen time. Baldwin wasn't too bad either. This probably ranks as one of his best performances along with The Hunt for Red October. Teri Hatcher was HOT. Overall - Heaven's Prisoners is worth renting - if only to check out the great work by a talented, if not successful, cast.


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