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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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Vengeance Takes No Prisoners See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

As with the casting of Midori (Youki Kudoh), there was really only one person to portray Colin. Several actors were considered, but ultimately director Craig Lahiff and producer Helen Leake felt that only actor Russell Crowe had the right blend of machismo and vulnerability required. See more »

Goofs

During the initial bank robbery scene, there is a distinct lack of pedestrians on the streets for scene supposedly shot during bank opening hours. See more »

Connections

Featured in Heaven's Burning: Script to Scene (2001) See more »

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SONG FOR A DREAMER
Written by Robin Trower and Keith Reid
Performed by Procol Harum
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Bonnie & Clyde - Aussie style
8 September 2001 | by lizswindenSee all my reviews

Admittedly I'm a dedicated Crowe fan and have almost all his old movies but when I first got Heaven's Burning I found it a bit odd and would have said - well all great actors have to put in time on mediocre movies before they get to the top stuff. However after watching it again today for about the sixth or seventh time, I have to say that it really is very watchable. Even those awful sideburns. But thanks for not inflicting them on us again Russell. Yes its a road movie crossed with Bonnie & Clyde,Aussie version, but the tender little love story, the fast pace, the violent bits and the collection of grotesque characters met on the way make for an interesting ride.


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