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Heaven's Prisoners (1996)



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Set in the steamy swamps of southern Louisiana, this action thriller centers on the exploits of Dave Robicheaux (based on a character created by author James Lee Burke) an alcoholic New Orleans cop who exchanged life on the force for a remote bait shop in the swamplands. There he and Annie, his wife, live happily until they witness a small plane crash in the Gulf. Robicheaux rushes to the site, dives in and manages to save a small Salvadoran girl. He and Annie, informally adopt the child to keep … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Scott Frank , Harley Peyton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
New Line Home Entertainment


as Dave Robicheaux

as Annie Robicheaux

as Claudette Rocque

as Bubba Rocque

as Minos P. Dautrieve

as Didi Giancano

as Jerry Falgout

as Victor Romero

as Eddie Keats

as Detective Magelli

as Spanish Nun

as Jungle Room Bartende...

as Sheriff Len Whitley

as Jungle Room Patron

as Johnny Dartez

as Sheriff Len Whitley

as Woman Driver

as Apartment Man

as Apartment Woman

as Piano Mover

as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Heaven's Prisoners

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (10)

[A] bayou slog.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | May 17, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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