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Heaven's Burning (1997)

After a botched bank job, a gang takes hostage a Japanese girl on the run from an arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheel man saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with cops, the gang and her psycho husband on their tail.

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Craig Lahiff

Writer:

Louis Nowra
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Russell Crowe ... Colin
Yûki Kudô ... Midori
Kenji Isomura Kenji Isomura ... Yukio
Ray Barrett ... Cam
Robert Mammone ... Mahood
Petru Gheorghiu Petru Gheorghiu ... Boorjan
Anthony Phelan ... Bishop
Matthew Dyktynski Matthew Dyktynski ... Moffat
Colin Hay ... Jonah
Susan Prior ... Sharon
Norman Kaye ... Store Owner
Kate Fitzpatrick ... Gloria
Kuni Hashimoto Kuni Hashimoto ... Oshima
Salvatore Coco ... Gullbuddin
Christopher Duncan Christopher Duncan ... Confused Man (as Christopher Duncan)
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Storyline

"Heaven's Burning" tells the story of a man and a woman who are inexplicably thrown together, amid violence and chaos. They quickly find themselves on the run from many adversaries, but find time to fall in love along the way. Written by Dave Nusair <dnusair@chat.carleton.ca>

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Two Lives. Two Widely Differing Cultures. One Fate. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

Japanese | English

Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Céu em Chamas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Duo Art Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When he was invited to join the production, producer Al Clark saw an immediate link between it and his previous film, 'The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert' (1994), despite their obvious differences. "There's something irresistible about placing people in a landscape which they feel does not want them", he mused. "In 'Priscilla', it was two drag queens and a transsexual colliding with too much space. In 'Heaven's Burning', it's a country boy who's lost his bearings in the city and a Japanese couple in a state of complete dislocation. The wife is running away, and in the process, experiencing a deliriously exciting freedom. The husband is in pursuit, and in such pain, that he's acquired a kind of deranged numbness. He is emotionally wounded, but he has decided that revenge does not allow for compassion." See more »

Goofs

When Yukio is riding his motorcycle and suddenly comes across a kangaroo, when it cuts back to a front view of the motorcycle, you can see the ramp in the lower left corner of the screen as the motorcycle flies up and crashes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Heaven's Burning: Script to Scene (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

THE HONEYDRIPPER
Written by Joe Liggins
Performed by Joe Camilleri (as Jo Jo Zep) & The Falcons
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A film less ordinary
15 April 2002 | by Razors80See all my reviews

It takes a while to figure out where this movie's headed, but you'll probably be hooked by the time it gets there. Mix "A Life Less Ordinary" with "Reservoir Dogs" and throw in a dash of "Mad Max" and you'll come pretty close. It starts out looking like a drama, quickly turns into a crime thriller and frequently delivers elements of black comedy - with a nice little love story running through the middle of it all. The funny walk-ons (especially Colin Hay and his accordian) make the movie, and once you realise that you shouldn't take it seriously it's highly enjoyable. Wierd but worth watching.


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