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Heaven's Prisoners (1996)



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In southern Louisiana, ex-cop Robicheaux and his wife witness a plain crash. He rushes to the crash and rescues a little Salvadoran girl. The couple informally adopts the girl, but when he investigates the crash, Robicheaux finds himself caught up in a deadly morass of organized crime.

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Alec Baldwin
as Dave Robicheaux
Kelly Lynch
as Annie Robicheaux
Teri Hatcher
as Claudette Rocque
Eric Roberts
as Bubba Rocque
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Minos P. Dautrieve
Joe Viterelli
as Didi Giancano
Tuck Milligan
as Jerry Falgout
Hawthorne James
as Victor Romero
Don Stark
as Eddie Keats
Paul Guilfoyle (II)
as Detective Magelli
Socorro Santiago
as Spanish Nun
Gray Fredrickson
as Sheriff Len Whitley
Don Yesso
as Jungle Room Bartender
Anne Schedeen
as Jungle Room Patron
Joe Hess
as Johnny Dartez
Gray Frederickson
as Sheriff Len Whitley
Lenore Banks
as Woman Driver
Don Brady
as Apartment Man
Marion Zinser
as Apartment Woman
Glenn Gomez
as Piano Mover
Tom Burgess
as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Heaven's Prisoners

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Heaven's Prisoners [is] such an overwrought and high-strung example of melodramatic excess that they should have scheduled rest breaks for the actors. The movie has plot enough for three films, although still not quite enough to make sense of this one.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

[A] bayou slog.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4
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Baldwin needs to fire his manager

March 11, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Baldwin is shockingly uninteresting, walking through this role... or should I say sweating, for Dave is covered in perspiration in practically every scene.

January 8, 2005 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

A humid and sweaty potboiler that fritters away the potential to be hot and steamy.

July 10, 2003 | Rating: 0/5

Script is so bad that you want to laugh at it rather than with it.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Heaven's Prisoners

Heaven's Prisoners is a mediocre movie - the kind one expects from the no-name made-in-Canada movies. It has this problem where the bad guys just kill their enemies in cold blood, whereas the hero - even though he is an ex-cop - can only shoot the bad guys in self defence. So the ways the movie deals with eliminating the bad guys can be quite convoluted.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Ex-cop and ex-alcoholic Dave Robicheaux (Alec Baldwin) and his wife Annie (Kelly Lynch) move to the Bayou where they open up a bait shop and seem to be living the perfect life. One day while the couple are out on the Bayou a plane crashes nearby their boat. Dave goes in to try and save the passenger's lives. Everyone is dead except for a little girl. The couple takes the young girl back to their place where they plan on raising her but one day Dave gets a visit from DEA officer who informs Dave that the plane crash wasn't an accident but a murder plot, which Dave has messed up. Dave uses his detective skills and asks questions about the plane. His inquiries lead him to Bubba Rocque, played by Eric Roberts, a childhood friend who claims that he is innocent and his wife Teri Hatcher who seems to have plans outside of her husband's affairs. In the process, his wife is killed and the film becomes one of revenge to determine who is behind all this mayhem. If you're an Alec Baldwin fan, you might enjoy this movie, as I did!

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer


Alec Baldwin gives an outstanding performance as ex-cop who finds himself drawn back into the sleazy underworld of New Orleans when a plane crashes in the waters near his bait shop. Adapted from the hardboiled detective novel by James Lee Burke, the film is deliberate in its pace and may disappoint some viewers, but excellent performances, stylist direction and a blue-powered soundtrack make it a rich character study in a mystery setting.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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