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90 Minutes in Heaven (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 11 September 2015 (USA)
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A man involved in a horrific car crash is pronounced dead, only to come back to life an hour and a half later, claiming to have seen Heaven.

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Michael Polish

Writers:

Michael Polish (screenplay by), Don Piper (based on the book by) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Christensen ... Don Piper
Kate Bosworth ... Eva Piper
Hudson Meek ... Chris Piper
Bobby Batson ... Joe Piper (as Bobby Blagg Batson)
Elizabeth Hunter ... Nicole Piper
Nicholas Pryor Nicholas Pryor ... J.V. Thomas
Michael Harding ... Dick Onerecker
Cynthia Barrett ... Anita Onerecker
Bruce Taylor Bruce Taylor ... Grandpa Joe
Matt Bauman ... Mike Wood
Trevor Allen Martin ... Barry Wilson
Sallye Hooks ... Hattie Mann
Mark Oliver ... Police Officer
Matthew Cornwell ... EMT #1
Jody Thompson ... EMT / Ambulance Driver #1
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Storyline

Based on a true story. A man was in a car crash and was in the car, without a pulse for an hour and a half, while EMT's and police waited for the coroner to pronounce him dead before he can be moved. A man comes along, who feels led to pray for the victim, gets in the car and starts to pray while singing praise songs. The 'dead' man starts singing along and EMT's confirm he now has a pulse. The victim fights his recovery, as he is angry that he was in heaven, only to have God bring him back in incredible pain. Was there a purpose to his return to earth?

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Taglines:

Hope lives

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense accident and injury images | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Although the movie is advertised as a true story, the claims of Don Piper having 'gone to heaven' have never been independently verified, and are taken only by his word. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Oh! Heavenly Dog (2016) See more »

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Amazing Grace
Written by John Newton (uncredited)
(c) Elvis Presley Music
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Kate Bosworth keeps her figure while scarfing down McDonald's
2 April 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Don't be fooled by the title. There was nothing heavenly about this film. It's a corny, hokey, clichéd, dull, slow, and an inaccurate melodrama about a young minister, Don Piper (Hayden Christensen) who suffered traumatic injury in a car accident. The paramedics who arrive at the scene cannot find a pulse and leave him unattended awaiting a coroner.

Another minister caught in the resulting traffic jam enters the car and starts praying and singing, at which point he returns to life by joining in the hymn. He has been "dead" for 90 minutes. Now, it has happened that people who are being worked on with a defibrillator, etc., have come back after 90 minutes. But this guy was in a car with plastic over him.

Kate Bosworth plays the minister's wife, Eva, as if she had been heavily sedated. On the other hand, the minister is transferred to a hospital that allows him unlimited access to morphine so he is, in fact, heavily sedated. And about halfway through this 121 minutes of hell, you'll wish you were, too.

Unfortunately, Christensen's character is unlikeable as he slides into self-pity. When fireworks are going on outside, he says in his narration, those are the only fireworks left in our marriage now. He's been flat on his back in intractable pain -- I don't know what he expected.

The character is on an IV for 45 days+. He would have had a PIC line by then. Also, he's given no pain medication while they're trying to stimulate bone growth with a fixator, which is incredibly painful.

One other thing - of course the recovery is very expensive so at one point he is moved to a less expensive hospital. And all the staff becomes black. Low, producers, LOW.

The acting is uniformly bad with the exception of Fred Thompson, who comes off like John Barrymore compared to the rest of them. He offers him a milkshake - McDonald's obviously threw some money at this thing. They're everywhere.

As far as learning anything about the character's NDE, you won't, except for the last minutes of the film. Maybe heaven is worth the wait, but getting to this part of the film is not since you had to go through hell to get there. It's too little, too late.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

90 Minutes in Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,035,273, 13 September 2015

Gross USA:

$4,842,699

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,842,699
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2.35 : 1
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