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Heaven & Earth (1993)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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With Heaven and Earth -- cobbled together from two autobiographical reminiscences (When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace by Le Ly Hayslip -- Oliver Stone completes his self-declared "Vietnam Trilogy" (the other films being Platoon and Born On the Fourth of July) of films examining the Vietnam War from different perspectives. Heaven and Earth begins in the central Vietnamese village of Ky La during the 1950s. Phung Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le) is an innocent peasant girl,

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Oct 19, 2004

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

June 5, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Heaven has so many themes, ranging from Buddhist spirituality to feminism, it ends up with none.

November 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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What Oliver Stone has created is his Mrs. Miniver for the Vietnam era.

November 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Overblown, forgettable Oliver Stone epic.

October 16, 2004

Touches the heart not only as a cross-cultural treasure but as Oliver Stone's most soulful movie.

March 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Stone has a keen directorial eye, and Heaven and Earth is usually interesting to watch.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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I found this story moving and at times wrenching...Oliver Stone has made his best film about Vietnam.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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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
October 26, 2012
Jeffrey Meyers

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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.
January 11, 2011
trisarahtops22

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A great film!
December 10, 2007
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