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Heaven's Prisoners

4.1 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

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Heaven's Prisoners (DVD)

Alec Baldwin stars as ex-detective Dave Robicheaux, who sees a drug-smuggling plane go down in the Gulf of Mexico and rescues a little girl from the wreckage. He and his wife (Kelly Lynch) take the orphaned Salvadoran girl into their home and prepare to raise her; however, a visit from a DEA agent brings out Dave's detective instincts. He begins to suspect that the crash was no accident. The DEA, the local mob, and Dave's old criminal pal Bubba Rocque (Eric Roberts) all converge on the small Louisiana town with dire warnings of bloodshed or worse. Dave's world begins to collapse when his investigation results in the murder of his wife. Enraged and undaunted, Dave becomes determined to bring everyone involved in the crime to justice.

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson, Eric Roberts, Teri Hatcher
  • Directors: Phil Joanou
  • Writers: James Lee Burke, Harley Peyton, Scott Frank
  • Producers: Alec Baldwin, Leslie Greif, Andre Morgan, Hildy Gottlieb, Albert S. Ruddy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZT79
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,178 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Heaven's Prisoners" on IMDb

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Now, I know the above sounds cliche, but in this case, it's really true. I give the movie four stars for atmosphere and for really trying. I watched this movie twice and enjoyed it both times, for the cinematography alone-- which captures everything from the dense, powerful nature of the Louisiana swamps and bayous; to the gothic power of Louisiana Roman Catholic churches; to the cracked, decaying but colorful beauty of New Orleans itself. And where the movie stuck to the book, it was a very good adaptation. Baldwin falls a bit short in his characterization of Robicheaux, looking more often like he was having "digestive" problems than internal angst, but he obviously loves the character and does his best to depict a very internalized personality. Eric Roberts, by no means matching the physically imposing power of the novel's Bubba Rocque, gives his character the dark, attractive charisma and vitality that author James Lee Burke so often infuses the "gray" characters Robicheaux encounters in the novels, and adds some fun and zing to it, as well. Teri Hatcher is damn nasty, beautiful and seductive in the femme fatale role, and Masterson pulls off her role with just the right amount of sympathy and sass (though physically, each actress matches her opposite character in the novel, but it's not a problem here). It's unfortunate that Kelly Lynch doesn't give Robicheaux's doomed wife such memorable character, but in the novel series the character has one entire book behind her before her tragic end. The real problems come with the Hollywood ending-- why they did this instead of the more realistic and affecting ending in the novel, I'll never know (I recommend you read the book to find out-- it's a much more satisfying and telling conclusion).Read more ›
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I have read all of James Lee Burke's David Robicheaux novels. They are fantastic and I highly recommend them to anyone looking for some good reading.
While reading the books I have often tried to pictures which actors could play Robicheaux. A few come to mind: Bruce Willis, Tommy Lee Jones, Harrison Ford and Alec Baldwin. In fact, Baldwin was the guy I pictured the most in the role. And I was amazed to find out he actually was starring and producing the film.
For whatever reasons the film does not fully work. The acting, casting and direction are great. But the film just does not cut it.
If you are fans of the books, the movie is interesting just to see visually what we have been picturing in all these novels. If you are unfamiliar with the books you will find the movie average at best.
My advice is to read some of the books and then check out the film.
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This is an outstanding movie-if- you know how to watch it! The Cajun life is very different from what most folks think and this flick was made to the Cajun Standard. We ain't talken Miami Vice here. Even the inbred,line bred villins did an exceptional job. Eddie Keech and Victor Ramono looked as if they were born with 8 count shrimp in their mouth. The BB King Blues music in the bars was alright but there could of been some Androux Bordoux music instead as so the movie could really live up to what they were trying to reproduce. I think all the cast did a good job (next time use some Buyoo stand-ins). Overall this movie is about the best Cajun movie around. I put it right up there with the 1974 hit "Hard Times"with Charles Bronson and Robert Tessier!

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Sure, everyone buys the video for the Teri Hatcher nude scene. You might as well...it did such bad box office that it went straight to TBS (minus nudity)so you won't be recording the unedited original off cable. You could just download the pix from a hundred sites, but dang rabbit, Teri is so sexy in this film that you want to get the whole thing. And while everyone criticizes Alex Baldwin's Cajun accent, Hatcher gets it smooth as silk. Girls, Listen...I didn't read the book. My wife did. And we agreed to see the film after seeing the trailer. She votes thumbs up. As a licensed private detective, I'm not sure I buy the uncoastered Gin Rickey water-mark taste test but, as Johnny Carson liked to say "You buy the premise--you buy the bit." I bought it on VHS.
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Overall, I thought this was one of the best crime-genre movies I've ever seen. I feel Baldwin was a good selection to play the main character. Maybe his accent is not perfect, but it ranks among his best performances. It is interesting to watch his subtleties in interacting with different types in the movies, be they cops or criminals. Baldwin is able to combine the strong imposing physical presence and a caring aspect that makes the movie interesting and very entertaining.
The cinematography and music score add to the artsy, film-noir ambience. You'll get more out of it after the second or third viewing. I was lucky enough to see it first at the big screen back in '96. Highly recommended.
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I for one love the flick. I thought that Alec Baldwin played Dave Robicheaux very well. Also I thought that Eric Roberts as Bubba Rock was an inspired choice. And it wasn't the actor's fault that the film sat on a shelf for years. They just got caught in the crumbling of Orion Studios. Thus no promotion was assigned to the film when it finally emerged. The saddest thing that may have occurred was that it cooled the creation of further films based upon the other Dave Robicheaux novels. I always felt that John Goodman would have made a grand Cletus Purcell!
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