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Heaven & Earth (1993)

During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

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Oliver Stone

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Le Ly Hayslip (book), Jay Wurts (book) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Haing S. Ngor ... Papa
Bussaro Sanruck Bussaro Sanruck ... Le Ly - Age 5
Supak Pititam Supak Pititam ... Buddhist Monk
Joan Chen ... Mama
Thuan K. Nguyen Thuan K. Nguyen ... Uncle Luc
Hiep Thi Le ... Le Ly
Lan Nguyen Calderon Lan Nguyen Calderon ... Ba
Thuan Le Thuan Le ... Kim
Dustin Nguyen ... Sau
Mai Le Ho ... Hai
Vinh Dang Vinh Dang ... Bon
Khiem Thai Khiem Thai ... Brother In Law
Liem Whatley ... Viet Cong Captain
Michelle Vynh Le Michelle Vynh Le ... Viet Cong Cadre Woman
Tuan Tran Tuan Tran ... Rapist
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Storyline

The final movie in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy follows the true story of a Vietnamese village girl who survives a life of suffering and hardship during and after the Vietnam war. As a freedom fighter, a hustler, young mother, a sometime prostitute, and the wife of a US. marine, the girl's relationships with men suggests an analogy of Vietnam as Woman and the U.S. as Man. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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From Vietnam to America, one woman's journey from hope, to love, to discovery. See more »


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

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Vietnamese

Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo y la tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$379,807, 26 December 1993

Gross USA:

$5,864,949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,864,949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Alcor Films, Canal+, Ixtlan See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Chen (Mama) and Vivian Wu (Madame Lien) previously co-starred as the Empress Wan Jung and First Consort Wen Hsiu, respectively in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Steve picks up Le Ly and her kids when the south is being overrun, he flies in on an Army helicopter, despite the fact that he and his friends are all in the Marines. See more »

Quotes

Le Ly: [about Steve] In his big, craggy face was everything I loved about America.
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Alternate Versions

The U.S. LaserDisc version removed some voiceover narrations, which had been in the theatrical release and U.S. VHS and DVDs. According to the disc jacket, this was done at Oliver Stone's request. See more »

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Sau Dau Tree Song
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Powerful, Accurate View of the "American" War
4 July 2001 | by craigbentingSee all my reviews

I should state this up front:

I'm an American who was born in 1970 towards the end of the Vietnam War and I know very little about it *first-hand*. Most of what I know is from school and the media -- the men in my family who were there just don't talk about it. My wife and my closest friend for the past 9 years was born in Danang, (central) Vietnam, in 1969 and remembers some personal experiences as a child at the end of the war and after until she escaped without her family in 1982 to Hong Kong.

I've *been* to Vietnam including the areas where this movie takes place. This movie very accurately expresses a common view of the war by many Vietnamese people of the era -- that when a civil war like this occurs around you and your home with both sides there day and night your concept of right and wrong can easily change. (or heaven & earth "change places" as they put it in the movie)

If you can possibly get the DVD, you can see deleted scenes including an "alternate/extended" beginning to the movie. It was actually a 30 minute clip that was cut down to be the first 5 minutes of the released movie. It's very interesting because it illustrates many basic parts of Vietnamese life (mainly rural life) as it has been for hundreds or thousands of years.

Yes, this movie contrasts pre-war, war, and post-war life for the Vietnamese (for the ones who stayed there and also for Viet Kieu or overseas Vietnamese like my wife) sometimes in a ridiculously extreme way. Even though life was "idyllic" before the war and horrible during and after, the Vietnamese have fought for literally thousands of years to retain their national identity and independence not just against Americans but also the French, Japanese, and Chinese to name a few.

If you've been moved by other Vietnam War movies, but haven't seen this one then you have only seen the story told from our viewpoint, which is absolutely vain. If you haven't, you must see this movie for their view of the "American" war. Hopefully it will inspire you as it did me to learn more about the Vietnamese people and their long, proud history spanning thousands of years.


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