In Heaven’s Prisoners Alec Baldwin is a recovering alcoholic ex-New Orleans cop who, with wife Kelly Lynch, has retired to the bayous, where they run a bait shop. But out on the lake one day, they witness a plane crash that changes their lives. The sole survivor is a Spanish speaking child (Samantha Lagpacan) who they take in. But she has a dangerous secret and their lives are suddenly invaded by DEA agents, drugs runners and hitmen, all suggesting it would be healthier to keep their noses out of other people’s business.
When Lynch is murdered, Baldwin starts looking for answers, from old friend and shady character Eric Roberts, his wife Teri Hatcher and stripper Mary Stuart Masterson, all of whom have information but all of which leads him further into a dangerous world of drugs and illegal immigrant smuggling. As the body count rises, Baldwin has to resort to all his cunning to just stay alive and avenge his wife…
Based on a novel by James Lee Burke, Harley Peyton and Scott Frank’s screenplay contains twists, turns and double crosses galore while Joanou’s set pieces match his work on Final Analysis. Baldwin’s central performance as a driven man trying to hold himself together in a dangerous world is matched by Roberts’ hint of viciousness beneath his banter, while Masterson, in her brief appearance, does her best to steal the film.
Cast: Alec Baldwin, Kelly Lynch, Eric Roberts, Teri Hatcher, Mary Stuart Masterson, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Badja Djola, Samantha Lagpacan, Joe Viterelli, Tuck Milligan, Hawthorne James, Don Stark, Carl A. McGee, Paul Guilfoyle, Chris Krisea
Director: Phil Joanou
Writers: Harley Peyton, Scott Frank from the novel by James Lee Burke
Composer: George Fenton
Director of Photography: Harris Savides
Production Companies: New Line Cinema, The Rank Organisation, Ruddy Morgan Productions, PVM Entertainment, Savoy Pictures
Release Date: 17 May 1996
Running Time: 132 minutes
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
Tagline: For an ex-cop obsessed with an unsolved murder, trusting the wrong woman could be a deadly choice.
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