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Heaven's Prisoners
     

Heaven's Prisoners

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Director: Phil Joanou

Cast: Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Mary Stuart Masterson

 

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An ex-cop trying to stay away from trouble finds it literally crashing into his backyard in this crime thriller. Dave Robicheaux (Alec Baldwin) is a former New Orleans police detective who, after kicking an addiction to alcohol and confronting some serious problems with his partners, has left law enforcement behind to run a bait shop in a small Louisiana bayou town.

Overview

An ex-cop trying to stay away from trouble finds it literally crashing into his backyard in this crime thriller. Dave Robicheaux (Alec Baldwin) is a former New Orleans police detective who, after kicking an addiction to alcohol and confronting some serious problems with his partners, has left law enforcement behind to run a bait shop in a small Louisiana bayou town. One day, Dave and his wife Annie (Kelly Lynch) see a small plane plummet from the sky and crash into the swamp; the pilot dies, but Dave is able to rescue a young Hispanic girl from the wreckage. Dave and Annie take the child in, but as they try to find out more about the plane crash and who the little girl might be, they discover that she's actually an illegal alien from Salvador and that the pilot was involved with a local drug ring. Dave, constitutionally unable to let a mystery go unsolved, begins asking enough questions and making enough trouble that he finds himself on the bad side of his old high school friend Bubba Rocque (Eric Roberts). Bubba is a local crime boss who controls the area's drug traffic, keeps a boxing ring in his front yard, and has a wife, Claudette (Teri Hatcher), who enjoys greeting her guests naked. Dave's inquiries eventually become too much for Bubba and his henchmen, and in the midst of a violent raid on their home, Annie is killed. Dave becomes obsessed with bringing Bubba and his men to justice and gets some unexpected help from Robin Gaddis (Mary Stuart Masterson), an exotic dancer with a heart of gold. The DVD release of the film offers the theatrical trailer.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0794043672521
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:13:00
Sales rank:
12,584

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alec Baldwin Dave Robicheaux
Kelly Lynch Annie Robicheaux
Mary Stuart Masterson Robin Gaddis
Eric Roberts Bubba Rocque
Teri Hatcher Claudette Rocque
Vondie Curtis-Hall Minos P. Dautrieve
Lenore Banks Woman Driver
Walter C. Bassett Actor
Don Brady Apartment Man
Badja Djola Batist
Gray Fredrickson Sheriff Len Whitley
Paul Guilfoyle Detective Magelli
Joe Hess Johnny Dartez
Patricia Huston Nun
Hawthorne James Victor Romero
Carl A. McGee Toot
Tuck Milligan Jerry Falgout
James Hooks Reynolds Truck Driver
Socorro Santiago Spanish Nun
Anne Schedeen Jungle Room Patron
Don Stark Eddie Keats
Saul Stein Dom
Joe Viterelli Didi Giancano
Don Yesso Jungle Room Bartender
Chuck Zito Tony

Technical Credits
Phil Joanou Director
Alec Baldwin Executive Producer
Aude Bronson-Howard Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Stephan Buck Asst. Director
Dorree Cooper Set Decoration/Design
Dennis Dion Special Effects
George Fenton Score Composer,Songwriter
Scott Frank Screenwriter
Gray Fredrickson Executive Producer
Hildy Gottlieb Executive Producer
Leslie Greif Producer
Michael Alan Kahn Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Monroe Kelly Art Director
Andre Morgan Producer
Kim Ornitz Sound/Sound Designer
Harley Peyton Screenwriter
Linda Phillips-Palo Casting
Albert S. Ruddy Producer
Harris Savides Cinematographer
William Steinkamp Editor
John Stoddart Production Designer
James Lee Burke Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. "I Want a Drink"/Main Titles
2. Plane Crash Ahead
3. An Interesting Family
4. DEA Business
5. Smiling Jack's Blushing Bride
6. The Rules of the Game
7. "I Know Bubba Rocque"
8. Not Welcome in New Orleans
9. A Talk With Bubba
10. Victor Romero Says Hello
11. It's a Jungle Room Out There
12. Management Issues
13. The Only Meaningful Thing
14. One Rainy Night
15. "Donde Está Annie?"
16. Knock-Down Sit-Down
17. Going After Toot
18. "He Killed My Wife"
19. A Fan in Robin
20. What Claudette Wants
21. A Good Businesswoman
22. Eddie in the Tub
23. Husband Without Future
24. The Suffering Room
25. Message on a Postcard
26. Death and Dry-Cleaning
27. The Battered Wife
28. End Credits

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Heaven's Prisoners 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If every movie were perfect, if every script were flawless, if every actor were Humphrey Bogart and every actress were Lauren Becal, if every director were John Huston then what fun would there be on Oscar night? I am a `B¿ movie fan and this is a really fine example of a `B¿ detective movie. Plenty of action, plenty of beautiful scenery and people, a halfway decent plot, plenty of logical unpredictability, and it plays well on the small screen. It has more grit than ¿The Big Easy¿ and a fairly good cast. And it has an honesty that saves us from suffering through an ending with a dime store moral. This is a good movie for one of those evening when you have nothing else to do and no one special to do it with. So warm up the VCR/DVD, pop up a big bowl, dump on the butter and salt, pop the top on a cool one and enjoy.
MysteryfanTN More than 1 year ago
The Dave Robicheaux series of detective novels by James Lee Burke ranks among the finest detective fiction. Burke's protagonist, a New Orleans homicide detective who returns to his boyhood home to fight crime, spends alot of time soul searching and introspectively dealing with his alcoholism and his past. For that reason the novels are a challenge to bring to the screen and this DVD shows that. This DVD is at its best when showing the lush Louisiana bayou country and the seamy underside of New Orleans. The cinematography is first rate. Not so the acting. Alec Baldwin is not a convincing Robicheaux and some of the villians are almost cartoonish. Two exceptions: Eric Roberts as the vain and conflicted Bubba Rocque plays his 'tormented villian' role well and Teri Hatcher as his slutty and manipulative 'desperate housewife' shows far more acting talent- and skin- than she does on television. Overall, the movie is quite watchable for Robicheaux fans and action sequences are generally done well. But to get the 'full experience', reading the book- all of the 'Robicheaux' books actually- is highly recommended. A movie was also developed for 'In the Electric Mist', a later Robicheaux series novel. This DVD, with Tommy Lee Jones as a far more convincing Robicheaux and better performances throughout, is also highly recommended.
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