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Heaven (1998)

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A struggling architect, being sued for divorce by his wife and struggling with booze and gambling, finds work remodeling a friend's strip club, the Paradise. There he meets a transsexual ... See full summary »

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Scott Reynolds

Writers:

Chad Taylor (based on the novel by), Scott Reynolds (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Donovan ... Robert Marling
Daniel Edwards Daniel Edwards ... Heaven (as Danny Edwards)
Richard Schiff ... Stanner
Joanna Going ... Jennifer Marling
Patrick Malahide ... Melrose
Karl Urban ... Sweeper
Michael Langley Michael Langley ... Sean Marling
Jeremy Birchall Jeremy Birchall ... Tree
Clint Sharplin Clint Sharplin ... Nicely
Barry Spring Barry Spring ... Wibber
Jon Brazier Jon Brazier ... Billy
Dean Stewart Dean Stewart ... David
Jane Fullerton-Smith Jane Fullerton-Smith ... Candy (as Jane Fullerton Smith)
Jean Hyland Jean Hyland ... Mrs. Daniels
Valerie Williams Valerie Williams ... Claire
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A struggling architect, being sued for divorce by his wife and struggling with booze and gambling, finds work remodeling a friend's strip club, the Paradise. There he meets a transsexual stripper who is bothered by accurate, but extremely violent visions of future events. The increasingly violent visions start including the architect, who doesn't believe in the prophesy. One who does however is a psychiatrist who is seeing both the stripper and the architect and is sleeping with the ex-wife. He uses the prophecies for his own financial gain. Finally the scenes from the vision move into reality amidst many plot turns. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Every Seduction Is A Gamble.

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Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for vicious, bloody violence including rape, pervasive strong language, and sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

New Zealand | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aihmalotos ston paradeiso See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,983, 2 May 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,983, 2 May 1999
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Quotes

Robert Marling: I'm the chairman of the fuckin' board!
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Someday
(Bryan Bell (as Bell) / Riqi Hadfield (as Hadfield) / Dead Flowers)
Dead Language Music
Performed by Dead Flowers
Courtesy of Wildside Records
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How Things Can Go Wrong in a Life...
18 January 2004 | by Daryl-7See all my reviews

I liked this movie quite a lot. The chopped-up plotline was a little annoying sometimes, but it was quite effective. Small things like intersplicing the phone call between the husband and wife with the phone call between the wife and psychologist.

The acting was quite good. Heaven, the transvestite, is this huge guy but somehow he comes off as being feminine and almost delicate. The big exception in the acting department is Martin Donovan. Several posters here thought he was good. In my opinion, he was almost bad enough to ruin the entire film! He is as wooden as a soap opera actor, and his timing is some of the worst I've ever seen. Differences in opinions, I guess.

This movie is well worth watching. A trip to the dark side of town, of obsessions, of addictions (gambling) and the human mind. Dark? yes. Entertaining? Also yes.

8 stars


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