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Heaven Is for Real (2014)

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A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.

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Randall Wallace

Writers:

Randall Wallace (screenplay), Chris Parker (screenplay) (as Christopher Parker) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... Todd Burpo
Kelly Reilly ... Sonja Burpo
Thomas Haden Church ... Jay Wilkins
Connor Corum ... Colton Burpo
Lane Styles ... Cassie Burpo
Margo Martindale ... Nancy Rawling
Jacob Vargas ... Michael
Thanya Romero Thanya Romero ... Rosa
Danso Gordon ... Ray
Rob Moran ... Dr. O'Holleran
Nancy Sorel ... Dr. Charlotte Slater
Darcy Fehr ... Lee Watson
Vivian Winther ... Katherine Watson
Pete Hudson Pete Hudson ... Old Man Watson
Ursula Clark Ursula Clark ... Painting Girl
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Storyline

This is the story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. His son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. The church turns on him and so does eveyone who is closer or further to him including his wife. Written by Sony Pictures Publicity

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG thematic material including some medical situations | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo sí existe See more »

Filming Locations:

Warren, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,522,221, 20 April 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$91,443,253

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,332,962
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (ACES)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Akiane Kramarik and Colton Burpo had a NDE, which allowed them having their revelations and visions. NDE is short for Near-Death Experience, a term established for the first time by doctor Raymond Moody in his 1975's book "Life After Life". In it, Moody compiled real stories about patients who by a brief time had died and later lived again. The different stories had several common points:

-To be out of the physical body.

-Float around the rooftop of the room, seeing the own body in the bedroom.

-X-rays senses, with capability to see and hear people (familiar, friends...) in the next rooms, or even long-distance senses, with capability to see and hear people far away from their own location.

-Travel by a tunnel to high speed, with a great white light at the end.

-Meet in the light parents and friends previously dead.

-See a retrospective about the own lifeline, like movie frames.

-Feel a great peace and tranquility while standing in the light.

-Feel (not see) the presence of a powerful entity look-a-like a god.

-A voice saying "It's not your time" or something similar, and return from the light.

-Have a great feeling to fall from a high altitude, returning to the physical body and finally back to life. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene in the movie that depicts the Burpo's home shaking due to a train passing by. In reality, although there are train tracks that go into Imperial, they do not pass through - they literally stop in Imperial, although the track bed was laid out for miles past the west side of the town. In addition, the Burpo's home is located at the north end of Imperial where the tracks come into town on the south side. See more »

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[first lines]
Todd Burpo: Is heaven a hope? Or as real as the earth and sky? I once asked my grandfather that question. And he said by the time he knew the answer, it would be too late for him to tell me. The day would come when I asked that question again, staring into the eyes of my son.
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We Will Rock You
Written by Brian May
Performed by Joss Glennie-Smith and Seth Glennie-Smith
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Not overly religious and not preachy - which is a very good thing.
21 April 2014 | by danielendySee all my reviews

I'm very spiritual but not very religious. This movie does an excellent job of sharing important information about the very real issues that near death experiences (NDEs) bring up. All the NDE stories have certain similarities and a judgmental God is not part of them at all. Religion doesn't matter either. All that matters is love for one another. IMO.

Those last few sentences were preacher than this whole movie -- which is a very good thing. It is very tough to tell a spiritual story without being preachy, but this movie does it very well.

If you have the slightest interest, you will enjoy this movie. Is it perfect? No, nothing is, but this movie is pretty good.

8 out of 10 stars. Acting is good too. Kudos to all involved in the production.

Epilogue: There's an odd phenomena happening with any movie that is religious or potentially religious, like this film. They get a lot of 1-star ratings. I'm certain these come from zealots. Mostly, I suspect they are militant atheists who think belief in God is the root of all of mankind's problems. I'm talking about the disciples of Richard Dawkins here. I'll bet serious money that most of the 1-star reviewers never saw the movie.

With a movie like this one there is another potential source of 1-star reviews, fundamentalists who like their religious ideas literal and straight from the bible. Those folks will not like this movie at all. Real spirituality is complicated.


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