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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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Based on the incredible true story See more »


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

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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

At the end of the movie, Colton supposedly sees a picture of Jesus. Despite being portrayed as white by the Church, Jesus was most likely really a dark-skinned man. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: I Am Here... Now (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

We Will Rock You
Written by Brian May
Performed by Joss Glennie-Smith and Seth Glennie-Smith
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A loving story about a community that experiences something extraordinary
22 April 2014 | by rannynmSee all my reviews

I thought this film would be about a 9-year-old kid dreaming about heaven and speaking about it across the country. Boy was I wrong! "Heaven Is For Real" is a fantastic movie that people of all religions and walks of life will appreciate! It gives us hope.

This film has a lot to offer; more than people think. "Heaven Is For Real" has action, adventure, family, comedy, religion and drama.

The film starts with a look into a day of a Reverend. He has a wife, a 4-year-old son and a daughter. Soon however, the 4-year-old son gets very sick. However, while he is in surgery, the little boy has an out- of-body experience which he later shares with his Dad. What happens next is truly remarkable and unexplainable by all laws of science. If you would like to see it for yourself – you have to watch the film.

My favorite scene is right before the little boy gets sick. The family takes a vacation to Denver. On the way, they sing different songs. Then the boy asks, "Can we sing 'We Will Rock You?'" Everyone looks at each other for a second and then they all sing, out of tune, "We Will Rock You." It's funny and lighthearted.

This film may seem like its all about God and heaven, but really, it's not. "Heaven Is For Real" is a loving story about a community that experiences something extraordinary. I think the fact that they made a movie based on the real story is fantastic! It also benefits the film that the actors are so in touch with their roles and the camera shots are one of a kind and perfect for the scenes.

This film has a bit of mature content so I give it an age rating of 9 to 18. Also this film deserves 5 out of 5 stars.

Reviewed by Gerry O, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic. For more reviews go to kidsfirst dot org.


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