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Heaven & Earth (1994)



Critic Consensus: Heaven & Earth is a well-intentioned glimpse into an underrepresented perspective on Vietnam, but Oliver Stone's solemn storytelling keeps audiences at a fatal distance from Hiep Thi Le's enigmatic heroine.

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Movie Info

El retrato de una mujer vietnamita (Hiep Thi Le) que sobrevive los horrores de su patria desgarrada por la guerra, y que soporta un matrimonio con un veterano turbulento. (Tommy Lee Jones). Joan Chen, Haing S. Ngor, Debbie Reynolds, Dustin Nguyen, Conchata Ferrell, Vivian Wu. Director: Oliver Stone. Basada en los recuerdos apuntados de Le Ly Hayslip.

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Tommy Lee Jones
as Steve Butler
Vivian Wu
as Madame Lien
Michael Paul Chan
as Interrogator
Tim Guinee
as Young Sergeant
Dale Dye
as Larry
Annie McEnroe
as 1st Dinner Guest
Marianne Muellerleile
as 2nd Dinner Guest
Marshall Bell
as 3rd Dinner Guest
Le Ly Hayslip
as Jewelry Broker
Supak Pititam
as Buddhist Monk
Thuan K. Nguyen
as Uncle Luc
Khiem Thai
as Brother in Law
Liem Whatley
as Viet Cong Captain
Michelle Vynh Le
as Viet Cong Cadre Woman
Tuan Tran
as Rapist
Aron Starrat
as Helicopter Soldier
Peter Duong
as Republican Colonel
Hieu Van Vu
as Teacher
Phil Neilson
as Marine in Helicopter
Michael Lee
as Ky La Wizard
Thanh Vo
as Grenade Girl
George Roarke
as US Advisor
Dave Cooper
as Bald Onlooker
Irene Ng
as 1st Torture Girl
Thuc-Hanh Tran
as 2nd Torture Girl
Vu Anh Phan
as Snakeman
Mai Le
as Steward
Term Saefam
as Herbalist
Tran Huy
as Danang Cop
Yeun Yong Dumda
as Jimmy (age 1)
Kevin Gallagher
as Tall Marine
Brian Helmick
as Short Marine
Catherine Al
as Bar Girl
Somsak Hormsombat
as Siclo Driver
as Jimmy (age 3)
Don Ho Jr.
as Tommy (age 2)
Phuong Huu Le
as Jimmy (age 6)
Scott Barkwill
as Staff Sergeant at Embassy
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Critic Reviews for Heaven & Earth

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

Some of the parts are undeniably gripping; what gets lost are the characters themselves.

March 13, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What Oliver Stone has created is his Mrs. Miniver for the Vietnam era.

November 21, 2004 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Mr. Stone tells this tale vigorously, but he has the wrong cinematic vocabulary for his heroine's essentially passive experience.

June 5, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/5

Heaven has so many themes, ranging from Buddhist spirituality to feminism, it ends up with none.

November 16, 2001 | Full Review…

Heaven and Earth has the epic scope one would expect from a film of this magnitude, but it lacks much of the narrative strength of Stone's first two Vietnamese tales.

October 30, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

This is the first time [Stone] has tried to place himself inside a woman's imagination, and that he succeeds so well is due partly...to an extraordinary performance by Hiep Thi Le in the leading role.

October 30, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heaven & Earth


Oliver Stone's Heaven & Earth completes his "Vietnam Trilogy" by examining the conflict through a Vietnamese woman, a woman who later marries a US solider and moves away. It's not as compelling on an emotional level as his other two (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July), as it seems to tackle too many themes, and doesn't have a completely focused message. The initial set-up is especially by-the-numbers and familiar, until Tommy Lee Jones's character is introduced, from that point the story takes on a much more interesting direction, with some excellent exchanges by the two actors. Hiep Thi Le's performance is also noteworthy, with a very expressive face that conveys a great deal of emotion. Uneven, but ultimately solid. 3.5/5 Stars

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Pretty flat and weak. I think Stone was afraid to take risks with this picture since he is dealing with a touchy subject particularly Vietnam. The performances is mediocre and easily forgettable. Hiep Te Li tried her best as Ly Li Hayslip but fails. If anything good is to come of this it would have to be the cinematography handled expertly by Robert Richardson.

Brian R
Brian R

Super Reviewer

A much different perspective on the Vietnam War than I'm used to seeing. I appreciated it, but don't know if I would watch the movie again.

Sarah Prisbylla
Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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