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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was completed and produced two years before it's actual release. 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

Bubba Rocque: Dave Robicheaux drowned in the bottle and went into the swamp to sleep it off.
Didi Giancano: He may have been asleep, but that was before you dropped a fucking plane on his head and woke him up. Guys like that, when they wake up, they don't go back to sleep so easy. Not without help.
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Connections

Referenced in Rules of Engagement: Atlantic City (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

I Still Love You
Performed by Veneice Stark
Written by Willie Mitchell
Courtesy of Hi Records
Under license from CEMA Special Markets
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So, right about now I'm thinking' your head would make a real nice toilet brush.
8 January 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I love reading James Lee Burke's novels about Dave Robicheaux. I also love movies set in New Orleans or anywhere in Louisiana. They always have good music and interesting characters. This film is no exception.

Now, I will not compare the movie to the book. Each has to stand on it's own as an art form. I just like seeing some favorite characters brought to life on screen.

Don Stark (Bob from "That '70s Show"), Hawthorne James (Se7en, Amistad), and Oscar nominee Eric Roberts (Runaway Train, The Dark Knight, A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) played bad guys and they had a New Orleans flavor about them. Oscar-nominee Alec Baldwin (The Cooler) seemed a little forced in his attempt to be Cajun.

Teri Hatcher ("Desperate Housewives") was hot as usual, especially when she was standing starkers on the balcony.

Joe Viterelli (Analyze This, Analyze That) was perfect as a mob boss.

Kelly Lynch, Vondie Curtis-Hall ("Chicago Hope") and Mary Stuart Masterson (Benny & Joon) rounded out a great cast in a good movie.


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