Heaven and Earth

Directed By: Oliver Stone Starring: Tommy Lee Jones Joan Chen

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Studio Warner
SKU 40698883
UPC 012569596498
UPC 14 00012569596498
Format DVD
Release Date 9/30/2008
Rating Rating
Race Relations
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note In this final film of his Vietnam trilogy, Oliver Stone turns his cameras away from the experience of the American combatants to focus on the devastating effect of the war on the Vietnamese people. Starring Hiep Thi Le as Phung Le Ly, it recounts the epic journey of her life, which began in an idyllic village in Central Vietnam living as her people had lived for thousands of years. When the war broke out, she was plunged into a maelstom, trapped between the forces of North and South. Separated from her family, Le Ly was imprisoned by the South Vietnamese, who used an assortment of tactics on her, including electric shock treatment, and upon release from prison, she was raped by a vicious gang of Viet Cong. After escaping to Saigon, she becomes pregnant by an employer and is fired. She turns to prostitution to survive, until Steve Butler (Tommy Lee Jones), an American Special Forces officer, impulsively asks her to marry him and return to America with him. She agrees to marry him and moves with him to San Diego but finds that, after a life in the military, he has a more difficult time adapting to life in the U.S. than she does. HEAVEN AND EARTH is a profoundly moving saga of resiliency in the face of unspeakable suffering.
Plot Summary
Summary The final chapter in Oliver Stone's acclaimed Vietnam trilogy, HEAVEN AND EARTH dramatizes the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip (Hiep Thi Le), tracing her epic journey from innocent Vietnamese farm girl to guerrilla to prostitute to California housewife and nascent entrepreneur. Previously focused on the war's effect on Americans, whether civilians or combatants, Stone here takes stock of the incalculable damage done to the land of Vietnam and its people due to what is now recognized as a tragic error in judgment.
Sight and Sound "...It offers a spectacular, palliative portrait of a beautiful country chronically afflicted with the blight of military destruction..." 03/01/1994 p.40-1
Variety "...Impressive....A memorable job of recreating the village as well as teeming Saigon....Colorfully dense widescreen images of the recent past..." 12/27/1993
Entertainment Weekly "...The movie is vintage Stone: raw, manipulative, powerful..." 12/24/1993 p.36
Oliver Stone
Tommy Lee Jones
Joan Chen
Cast & Crew
Tommy Lee Jones - Star
Joan Chen - Star
Debbie Reynolds - Star
Hiep Thi Le - Star
Haing S. Ngor - Star
Bill Brown - Post-Production Supervisor
David Brenner - Editor
Oliver Stone - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1993
Catalog ID 59649
UPC 00012569596498
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed
DVD, Widescreen
Product Attributes
Actor Jones,Tommy Lee
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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