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July 6, 2016
Excellent film about the Vietnamese people and the Vietnam War by Oliver Stone, the final film in his 'Vietnam' Trilogy.
April 21, 2015
It started off strong, but that whole dysfunctional relationship thing practically ruined it and the film didn't even end on a satisfying note.
½ April 8, 2015
April 18, 2014
The shooting is simply sublime
December 16, 2013
sad and powerful, It's as as the killing fields, But what was
August 9, 2013
This was supposed to be part of Oliver Stone's "Vietnam Trilogy" after Platoon and Born On The Fourth of July. This was nowhere near as epic as either of those. Worth seeing, but not one of Stone's best films.
August 7, 2013
One of Tommy Lee Jones best performances. The story is excellent even though it has the usual Oliver Stone anti-American slant to it. It is refreshing to see part of the war from the Vietnamese point of view. Well worth watching.
½ July 19, 2013
With HEAVEN AND EARTH, Oliver Stone completed his trilogy of Vietnam war films, which included PLATOON and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY. Not having seen either of those two films, I cannot make any comparison, but HEAVEN AND EARTH is, for the most part, a very moving and harrowingly powerful production. It's based on the real-life story of Le Ly Hayslip, an unfortunate Vietnamese woman who spends a tragic childhood in her wartorn country and, unexpectedly, becomes successful in America. The first half of the movie features some of the most horrifying war images ever put to film (especially a long, arduous torture scene involving honey, ants, and snakes), making it difficult to bear, yet at the same time it's the strongest part of the film. The second half loses a lot of the narrative's momentum, however, as it focuses on Le Ly and her doomed marriage to her emotionally unstable husband, tortured war veteran Steve Butler (Tommy Lee Jones). That said, there is one very passionate scene in which Steve confesses the vile deeds he was forced to commit during his time in Vietnam which had me riveted. The pain and grief Jones puts into his performance is nothing short of mesmerizing. Aside from that, the film is gorgeously photographed, and Kitaro's musical score does a phenomenal job of illustrating a tragic pastoral of Vietnam. Despite its faults, HEAVEN AND EARTH is still worth a look, but be warned, it's not a pleasant movie to sit through by any means.
½ June 22, 2013
Heaven & Earth est un des films les plus humains d'Oliver Stone, avec une histoire magnifique, des sequences incroyables et des personnages fantastiques. Malheureusement, l'actrice principale (Hiep Thi Le) est tout le temps supplantee par ses collegues, Tommy Lee Jones et Joan Chen, ce qui affaiblit considerablement les joutes verbales qui jalonnent le film. Une petite parenthese feminine originale dans la filmographie de Stone.
May 9, 2013
One of Oliver Stone's films in his trilogy of Vietnam stories. This film has amazing cinematography and insightful acting by the lead character. This film depicts the story from a Vietnam woman's point of view. I really liked this memoir. Tommy Lee Jones had good acting as well.
February 26, 2013
Bit of a random movie that goes all over the place.
½ December 30, 2012
The third film in Oliver Stone's Vietnam Trilogy after Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989). This one was a little different, based on two books, When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace, which Le Ly Hayslip, and it showed the Vietnam War from the side of the Vietnamese. It sank without trace at the time, which is a shame, as it's better than what people makes it out to be, alot better in fact. It tells the epic story of Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le), who grew up in a small Vietnamese village, and got her first taste of war in the 1950's when the communist insurgents show up to fight against the French troops. 10 years later, the Vietnam war starts and she's captured by the South Vietnamese troops and she's raped by the Viet Cong. But, she meets Steve Butler (Tommy Lee Jones), a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marines, and she finds solace in him, and he falls for her and takes her back to America. She is overwhelmed by all the things America has that Vietnam doesn't, but all is not wine and roses in the land of freedom. It's a moving and epic film, it's a surprisingly sensitive film too. Newcomer Hiep Thi Le gives a brilliant performance as Le Ly, and Jones shows a sensitive if tortured side, and there's support from Joan Chen, Haing S. Ngor and Debbie Reynolds. It's got amazing cinematography by Robert Richardson, and it's one in need of a reappraisal as it's maybe one of the best Vietnam films ever made.
½ November 13, 2012
Average war film with great performances from Jones & Chen.
½ October 29, 2012
This movie is amazing!!!
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½ October 26, 2012
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
August 26, 2012
This movie is a great movie, love and war
August 13, 2012
Its well made with great cinematography and a powerful score but the plot is a little thick and jumbled together.
July 29, 2012
Yes, it may seem sentimental, melodramatic and whatnot, but then again, the character has gone through a war and marriage to a damaged marine. Make of it what you will: there aren't many films these days made from the point of view of "the other side" as it were.
June 3, 2012
This movie is exceptional and epic! I remember watching it as a kid. I give this movie 5 star because it hits home... my personal experience as a Vietnamese refugee, and the stories of my parents... the close depiction of Vietnam--the culture, the people... beyond stereotypes, Oliver Stone makes a moving, heartfelt, heart-wrenching, and dense movie that is truly beautiful!! I will remember it for a lifetime... <3
June 2, 2012
Very good movie. Makes some understand that people are not fortunate like others.
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