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Heaven's Burning (1997)

After a botched bank job, a gang takes hostage a Japanese girl on the run from an arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheel man saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with cops, the gang and her psycho husband on their tail.

Director:

Craig Lahiff

Writer:

Louis Nowra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Colin
Yûki Kudô ... Midori
Kenji Isomura Kenji Isomura ... Yukio
Ray Barrett ... Cam
Robert Mammone ... Mahood
Petru Gheorghiu Petru Gheorghiu ... Boorjan
Anthony Phelan ... Bishop
Matthew Dyktynski Matthew Dyktynski ... Moffat
Colin Hay ... Jonah
Susan Prior ... Sharon
Norman Kaye ... Store Owner
Kate Fitzpatrick ... Gloria
Kuni Hashimoto Kuni Hashimoto ... Oshima
Salvatore Coco ... Gullbuddin
Christopher Duncan Christopher Duncan ... Confused Man (as Christopher Duncan)
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Storyline

"Heaven's Burning" tells the story of a man and a woman who are inexplicably thrown together, amid violence and chaos. They quickly find themselves on the run from many adversaries, but find time to fall in love along the way. Written by Dave Nusair <dnusair@chat.carleton.ca>

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Taglines:

Two Lives. Two Widely Differing Cultures. One Fate. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Céu em Chamas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

AUD 16,525 (Australia), 9 November 1997, Limited Release
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Duo Art Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Brian Breheny was working on a movie in Los Angeles when he received a call from producer Al Clark urging him to read "a really good script". Louis Nowra's screenplay immediately sparked his interest. Returning to Australia, he met with director Craig Lahiff and decided that this picture was too intriguing a project to overlook. Breheny said: "The fact that it was a road movie with a natural progression, with characters who were really fleshed out by the end, was extremely challenging. I also loved the interplay between the two leads and the distinct variations within the story, combining action with romance, comedy with violence. Visually, I felt that there was a great deal that could be achieved." See more »

Goofs

When Yukio accidentally shoots his translator, he is first seen pulling back the slide of his 1911 pistol and the slide locks to the rear. The slide of a 1911 will only lock back if a) the slide lock is pressed up or b) the pistol magazine inserted is empty. Since Yukio knew nothing about firearms it is unlikely he would lock back the slide by himself, so the pistol that accidentally shot his friend was empty of any ammunition. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Interview Featurette with Cast and Crew (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

DON'T FORGET TO REMEMBER
Written by Barry Gibb and Maurice Gibb'
Performed by The Bee Gees
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Another good Australian effort.
16 February 2005 | by andy-1036See all my reviews

I first saw this movie in a late night slot on a satellite movie channel. The movie has a more than interesting cast of quirky and disturbing characters that appear throughout is length, in some respects quite similar to a Coen brothers film. The two central characters meet in the most unusual of circumstances and have more than one reason to hide themselves from their respective pursuers. The film portrays a different side to Australia, especially with the mixture of cultures presented. There are enough action scenes within film to keep the pace up and is accompanied with a good soundtrack. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and would recommend it.


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