Heaven & Earth (1994)



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The third film in Oliver Stone's loose-knit Vietnam trilogy is a rarity among his oeuvre in that its focal character is a woman. Based on the autobiographies of Le Ly Hayslip, the film stars Hiep Thi Le as Le Ly, a Vietnamese farmer's daughter whose life is shattered by the onset of war. After becoming a Viet Cong spy, she is captured and tortured by the South Vietnamese; following her release, she finds herself alienated from society and marries an American soldier (Tommy Lee Jones).

Rating: R
Genre: Drama
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In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
Warner Home Video


as Steve Butler

as Le Ly Hayslip

as Mama

as Madame Lien

as Interrogator

as Young Sergeant

as Big Mike

as Larry

as 1st Dinner Guest

as 2nd Dinner Guest

as 3rd Dinner Guest

as Jewelry Broker

as Le Ly (age 5)

as Buddhist Monk

as Uncle Luc

as G.I. #1

as G.I. #3

as Supermarket Check-ou...

as Brother in Law

as Viet Cong Captain

as Viet Cong Cadre Woma...

as Neighbor's Wife

as Rapist

as Detective

as Helicopter Soldier

as Jimmy (age 20)

as Republican Colonel

as Teacher

as Marine in Helicopter

as Ky La Wizard

as Grenade Girl

as US Advisor

as Bald Onlooker

as 1st Torture Girl

as 2nd Torture Girl

as Snakeman

as Steward

as Herbalist

as Danang Cop

as Jimmy (age 1)

as Tall Marine

as Short Marine

as Bar Girl

as Siclo Driver

as Jimmy (age 3)

as Tommy (age 2)

as Jimmy (age 6)

as Staff Sergeant at Em...

as G.I. #2
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Critic Reviews for Heaven & Earth

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (9)

Some of the parts are undeniably gripping; what gets lost are the characters themselves.

Full Review… | March 13, 2015
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 5, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Heaven has so many themes, ranging from Buddhist spirituality to feminism, it ends up with none.

Full Review… | November 16, 2001
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 30, 2001
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Pretty flat and weak. I think Stone was afraid to take risks with this picture since he is dealing with a touchy subject particularly Vietnam. The performances is mediocre and easily forgettable. Hiep Te Li tried her best as Ly Li Hayslip but fails. If anything good is to come of this it would have to be the cinematography handled expertly by Robert Richardson.

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Brian R

Super Reviewer

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.

Sarah Prisbylla

Super Reviewer

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