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Almost Heaven (2006)

Donal Logue , Lynda Boyd , Shel Piercy  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donal Logue, Lynda Boyd, Julie Cox, Erin Karpluk, Tom Conti
  • Directors: Shel Piercy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: E1 Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0028YW36K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,848 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Almost Heaven" on IMDb

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Donal Logue and Tom Conti star in a romantic comedy that proves love will find you in the funniest of places…

Mark Brady (Logue) is a washed-up television director who’s given a second chance when he’s handed the opportunity to shoot a low-budget fishing show in Scotland. Forced to work alongside his ex-wife Taya (Joely Collins) under the worst possible conditions, Mark’s luck changes when he meets Nicki (Kirsty Mitchell), a fiery, fishing expert who offers the possibilities of love, redemption and a brand new start.

BONUS FEATURES: Audio Commentary with director Shel Piercy, Deleted Scenes, Making-of Featurette


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent indie, beautiful Scottish location filming August 9, 2009
Format:DVD
This is one of those films where the countryside locations almost outweigh the film itself. And even though this was made 15 films ago for Donal Logue, this showed he has some love story chops.

The story follows a washed up alcoholic director being given a last chance to direct a small fishing show in Scotland. Along the way we watch him learn about his dysfunctions, finding love, being able to work again, and most of all see him finding the fish (you will understand that if you watch it). The performances were solid, especially from Tom Conti and that voice of his. I did not like the editing style (some of the split screen scene changes similar to the Odd Couple TV show) nor the intermittent Lifetime schmaltz once in awhile, but overall the scenery and impending love story make for a fun watch. The music score was standard, but they slipped in a not too often heard Phil Collins vocal piece for the end scenes.

The picture is good, the sound is average and sometimes off, and the supplements are decent. The main featurette lasts 12 minutes and has most of the standard everyone is awesome cuts, but a few nice tidbits. The deleted scenes last 14 minutes and had some unique footage, especially the opening scene that was removed (I had been able to play the whole film in the store and was not aware these scenes would be NC17ish - oops). A trailer and commentary are also included, I was mostly listening for where they filmed - awesome locations.

A decent watch overall for a Scottish locale love story. Would be rated a weak R for sexual situations, language and brief nudity - deleted scenes included would give it a solid R. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK film November 18, 2009
Format:DVD
Almost Heaven is not a bad movie, but it's also not a very good movie, it is somewhere in that middle land of slightly above average films. It is a linear story about an overweight, cocky, self-possessed alcoholic television director that is asked to get back in the game.

The film opens with a phone ringing, a guy in his kitchen making coffee, and a very beautiful naked woman lying on her stomach shouting to answer the phone. Eventually she gets dressed, comes downstairs, he adds Scotch to his coffee, and she leaves. He finally answers the phone and his agent wants him to direct a new television series. Jump cut to Scotland and overweight drunk guy (Mark Brady played by Donal Logue) meets the cast and support people for a brand new fly fishing program he's directing. Oh the pain, his ex-wife is the host of the show.

The film is about redemption, and recovery from drinking. It's told in a light humorous tone, no dark depressing alcoholics in this movie. It follows the classic story line; will he meet the woman of his dreams, stop drinking, and make a fabulous hugely successful television show? Sadly, Almost Heaven doesn't bring much new to this old story. It wasn't hard to guess the ending.

There are three really bright spots in this film, and they rescue this film from the dumper, Tom Conti, Kirsty Mitchell, and Scotland. Tom Conti does a fabulous job as the drunk bar owner that befriends Mark Brady the director. I'm not a big Tom Conti fan, but in this role, I really liked him. Kirsty Mitchell plays a female ghinne (apparently Scottish for fishing guide) that is misunderstood and falls for our hero Mark Brady. The scenery in Scotland is stunning. If this were a travel movie for Scotland, it would have had better success.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A believable love story - and romantic too November 18, 2012
By MorganR
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This movie has a similar feel to the Tao of Steve, but is more grown up. I quite enjoyed it and have watched it several times now. It's an unlikely story, but all the more real for it. Unlike most romances, this one feels authentic.
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