Heaven & Earth war movie
Heaven & Earth war movie

Heaven & Earth (1993, United States)

Categories: partisans movies

Running time: 140 minutes

Language: English / Vietnamese


In 1950s the life of inhabitants of secluded village in Vietnam suddenly changed - politics got involved in their peaceful lifes together with soldiers and partisans. Teenage girl Le Ly observed how French army took over the terrain, later came Viet Cong and the South Vietnam army until the break out of Vietnam War, when the Americans came in. Since her village was in the area where Viet Cong was active she was arrested and tortured by South Vietnam soldiers, later raped by Viet Cong, who suspect her of being a traitor. Together with her family she was forced to leave the village and move to Saigon, where she found the employment as maid in a household. Believing that her employer is in love with her she starts an affair with him that leads to a pregnancy. From that point she becomes estranged from her family and tries to make it on her own in Saigon. Here she meets an American soldier Steve Butler when she gets involved in stealing his money. She was hoping not to meet him again, but he is stubborn and soon they fell in love.

Another Oliver Stone movie about Vietnam War, but this one is very unusual for Stone - instead of concentrating on experience of American soldiers in the jungles this time he presents the true story of Le Ly and her family during the conflicts in Indochina. We see how civilians were affected by the wars - even if they didnít want to get involved in politics the politics just burst into their life spreading fear, death and destruction. Even though the film shows completely different perspective from Platoon or Born on the Fourth of July, the message is still the same - no one gets through the war without injuries, physical or mental.




Our rating

5.2

Film value

4 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

1 / 5

Historical accuracy

4 / 5



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Creators of Heaven & Earth

Oliver Stone movies

Oliver Stone

director


Oliver Stone movies

Oliver Stone

screenplay


Le Ly Hayslip movies

Le Ly Hayslip

screenplay


James Hayslip movies

James Hayslip

screenplay


Jay Wurts movies

Jay Wurts

screenplay



Cast of Heaven & Earth

Hiep Thi Le movies hiep-thi-le

Hiep Thi Le

as Le Ly


Haing S. Ngor movies haing-s.-ngor

Tommy Lee Jones movies tommy-lee-jones

Tommy Lee Jones

as Steve Butler


Joan Chen movies joan-chen

Joan Chen

as Mama


Bussaro Sanruck movies bussaro-sanruck

Bussaro Sanruck

as young Le Ly


Thuan Le movies thuan-le

Thuan Le

as Kim


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Events depicted in Heaven & Earth

Vietnam War (1955-1975)