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Heaven & Earth (1993)

During the Viet Nam War, a Viet Namese woman struggles hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

Director:

Oliver Stone

Writers:

Le Ly Hayslip (book), Jay Wurts (book) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haing S. Ngor ... Papa
Bussaro Sanruck Bussaro Sanruck ... Le Ly - Age 5
Supak Pititam Supak Pititam ... Buddhist Monk
Joan Chen ... Mama
Thuan K. Nguyen Thuan K. Nguyen ... Uncle Luc
Hiep Thi Le ... Le Ly
Lan Nguyen Calderon Lan Nguyen Calderon ... Ba
Thuan Le Thuan Le ... Kim
Dustin Nguyen ... Sau
Mai Le Ho ... Hai
Vinh Dang Vinh Dang ... Bon
Khiem Thai Khiem Thai ... Brother In Law
Liem Whatley ... Viet Cong Captain
Michelle Vynh Le Michelle Vynh Le ... Viet Cong Cadre Woman
Tuan Tran Tuan Tran ... Rapist
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Storyline

The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Lasting victories are won in the heart. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

According to Oliver Stone, he held auditions for the lead role, and Hiep Thi Le (who ended up as the lead role) was pushed into doing the audition by one of her friends. See more »

Goofs

When Steve picks up Le Ly and her kids when the south is being overrun, he flies in on an Army helicopter, despite the fact that he and his friends are all in the Marines. See more »

Quotes

Papa: Go back to your son. Make him the best son you can. That is the war you must fight. That is the victory you must win!
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. LaserDisc version removed some voiceover narrations, which had been in the theatrical release and U.S. VHS and DVDs. According to the disc jacket, this was done at Oliver Stone's request. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Temple of Deliverance
Written by Eugene Gales, Eric Gales and Hubert Crawford, Jr.
Performed by The Eric Gales Band
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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So many things happened in such a short life.
28 July 2008 | by Hunky StudSee all my reviews

Wow, some people live their lives the same way like robots till their death, but this woman lives her life with so many dramas. Same thing is happening in Iraq now, people here in the US are enjoying their lives to the fullest while so many innocent Iraqi people are suffering with no end.

I am surprised that the rating is not too high. The movie "Deer hunter" which was also about Vietname war, it was so slow and boring. If it didn't win some Oscars, I would have stopped watching in the middle of it. This movie is about the same feature length, but this one is much more emotional, and not boring at all.

It is another tear-jerking movie. This movie helped me to understand the pain that Vietnamese people suffered during the war. It is very authentic. Those are the common people who just want to make the best out of their lives, they just want to live. It was especially touching when she finally came back to her village, and her brother told her about how he felt throughout the years. She is not a hero, but she is such a brave woman who suffered so much, who almost died. How many of us will ever live a life like hers. In the end, this movie makes all of us to treasure the life that we have now, there are so many people who are living in this world who still don't have the things that we take for granted.

Thank you for all those who worked on this great movie.


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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heaven & Earth See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$379,807, 26 December 1993

Gross USA:

$5,864,949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,864,949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alcor Films, Canal+, Ixtlan See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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