Cold Heaven (1992)

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Nicolas Roeg's Cold Heaven (based on a novel by Brian Moore) examines grief and loss and spiritual questions concerning belief and faith. Theresa Russell plays Maria, a woman in deep despair over the death of her husband Alex (Mark Harmon) in a boating accident. When Alex's body disappears from the morgue, she becomes convinced that he is still alive. Before her husband's death, she had been ready to abandon her marriage and start over again with another man, Daniel (James Russo). But Alex's death has made her guilty and has given her pause. Complicating matters is when Maria begins to see visions of Alex before her. Re-discovering her abandoned Catholicism, she begins to speak with a Carmelite nun (Talia Shire), Father Niles (Will Patton) and Monsignor Cassidy (Richard Bradford) about her Bernadette-like visions.
Rating: R
Genre: Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By: Nicolas Roeg
In Theaters: wide
Runtime:
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Cast

James Russo
as Daniel
Talia Shire
as Sister Martha
Will Patton
as Father Niles
Richard Bradford
as Monsignor Cassidy
Julie Carmen
as Anna Corvin
Diana Douglas
as Mother St. Agnes
Seymour Cassel
as Tom Farrelly
Castulo Guerra
as Dr. DeMencos
Daniel Addes
as Dr. Mendes
Jim Ishida
as Dr. Tanaki
Jeanette Miller
as Sister Katarina
Dan Ades
as Dr. Mendes
Martha Milliken
as Sister Anna
Margarita Cordova
as Registrar
Sal Lopez
as Young Doctor
Gary Pagett
as Doorman
Helen Boll
as Maid
Dennis Kelly
as 1st Doctor
David Meyers
as 2nd Doctor
Alexis Alexander
as Waitress
Valerie Hastings
as 2nd Nurse
Susan Sells
as 3rd Nurse
Carmela Rioseco
as Mexican Nurse
Sam Vlahos
as Alvarado
David Rodriguez
as Cab Driver
Alex Alexander
as Waitress
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
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Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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The ambitious film doesn't always make sense.

Full Review… | July 23, 2012
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August 7, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Cold Heaven

Being a Nicolas Roeg fan, I put a considerable effort into finding this movie, which was no easy feat given it's been out of print for years and never released on DVD. Having finally watched it, I can see why it's not worth a DVD release. Not sure if it's the worst Roeg's movie, but must it must be way up there. The story in itself is intriguing and had a potential for being an excellent psychological thriller. Unfortunately, the movie is so incoherent, nothing really makes sense (not in a good way) - as if the director wasn't sure what kind of movie he was attempting to make. Really bad performances don't help matters, either. This could have been a TV movie directed by someone you never heard of, bit I honestly refuse to believe it was directed by the same person who brought us Walkabout and Bad Timing.

Gabriel Knight
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(** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] Interesting concept, but the film just didn't work for me. It becomes a little bit too far fetched as it goes on.

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