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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

Alec Baldwin and Paul Guilfoyle have both starred in films directed by Roger Donaldson. Baldwin; The Getaway (1994) and Guilfoyle; Cadillac Man (1990). See more »

Goofs

When Robin Gaddis sits at the bar answering Robicheaux's questions she has a drink with spear of fruit. In some of the shots, the spear has an orange slice and two cherries, in other shots, an orange slice and one cherry (and no, she doesn't eat one of the cherries). See more »

Quotes

Dave Robicheaux: I want those other two men that killed my wife.
Bubba Rocque: I had nothin' to do with that, Dave. When I wanna straighten out a problem, a person's gonna see this face.
Dave Robicheaux: They were your people.
Bubba Rocque: I'm gonna tell you somethin', and I'm gonna tell you only once. Now you can accept it, or you can stick it up your ass. I am one guy. I am not a crime wave. And when you mess with the action outta New Orleans, you fuck with hundreds of people. Do you understand, Dave Robicheaux?
Dave Robicheaux: My wife had to be buried in a closed ...
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Twenty Ton Weight
Performed by The Hoax
Written by The Hoax
Courtesy of Code Blue/Atlantic Recording Corporation
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Dave Robicheaux, New Orleans detective
6 March 1999 | by jess-30See all my reviews

Nearly remake of 'The Big Easy' with very similar plot. Former police detective, supposedly kicked off force, for excessive violence, becomes involved in criminal underworld machinations involving his old childhood friend. Some New Orleans ambiance but not enough for dyed-in-the-wool fans. Essentially slightly above-average action film with lots of graphic violence and not too many surprises in the plot.


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