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Heaven Is for Real

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Directed byRandall Wallace
Screenplay byRandall Wallace
Christopher Parker
Based onHeaven Is for Real
by Todd Burpo
and Lynn Vincent
Produced byJoe Roth
T. D. Jakes
Devon Franklin
StarringGreg Kinnear
Kelly Reilly
Connor Corum
Margo Martindale
Thomas Haden Church
CinematographyDean Semler
Edited byJohn Wright
Music byNick Glennie-Smith

Production
companies

TriStar Pictures
Roth Films

Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing

Release date

  • April 16, 2014

Running time

99 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$12 million[2]
Box office$102 million[2]

Heaven Is for Real is a năm trước American Christian drama film[3] written and directed by Randall Wallace and co-written by Christopher Parker, based on Pastor Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent's 2010 book of the same name. The film stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum, Margo Martindale, and Thomas Haden Church.[4]

The film has received mixed critical reviews, but nevertheless was a box office success, grossing $101 million against a $12 million budget, becoming the second-highest grossing Christian film of all time.[5]

Plot[edit]

Four-year-old Colton Burpo is the son of Todd Burpo, pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Nebraska. Colton says he experienced Heaven during an emergency surgery after having acute appendicitis. He describes to tướng his incredulous family about having seen the surgeon operating on his ruptured appendix, his mother calling people in the waiting room to tướng pray, and his father in another room yelling at God to tướng not let him die. He also speaks of incidents with people he never met or knew about: meeting a great-grandfather who had died long before he was born, an unborn sister he never knew about who had died in a miscarriage, and having met Jesus.

Colton speaks about his experiences in Heaven, and Todd is faced with the dilemma of determining the legitimacy of his son's experience. Todd's wariness about discussing the situation erodes the confidence of the board members of his church, and he is contacted by several members of the truyền thông. When Todd is called by a radio station for an impromptu on-air interview, he invites them to tướng attend his sermon the following Sunday. At church, he preaches about his son's experiences and reveals his tư vấn for him.

Following the events at the church, Todd is doing research on the Internet and finds a story about a Lithuanian girl who had a similar experience. Her recall of Jesus was identical to tướng that of Colton. Todd tries to tướng speak to tướng Colton further about the experience but he is interrupted by his wife revealing that she is pregnant with their third child. Photos of Colton and his family are shown in the present day.

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Cast[edit]

  • Connor Corum as Colton Burpo
  • Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo, a small-town pastor in Nebraska[6]
  • Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, Burpo's wife[7]
  • Lane Styles as Cassie Burpo, Burpo's daughter and Colton's sister
  • Margo Martindale as Nancy Rawling
  • Thomas Haden Church as Jay Wilkins[4]
  • Mike Mohrhardt as Jesus
  • Ali Tataryn as Angel
  • Ina Barron as Angel
  • Jacob Vargas as Michael
  • Nancy Sorel as Dr. Charlotte Slater
  • Danso Gordon as Ray
  • Darcy Fehr as Lee Watson
  • Amber Lynn Partridge as The Zookeeper
  • Kevin Anderson as Mr. Baxter

Production and development[edit]

In May 2011, Sony Pictures acquired the film rights of the book Heaven Is for Real. It was announced that Joe Roth would be producing the film with T. D. Jakes for the TriStar Pictures division of Sony Pictures.[8] On August 23, 2012, Braveheart writer and Secretariat director Randall Wallace signed on to tướng direct.[9]

On March 19, 2013, it was announced that Greg Kinnear was in talks to tướng star, and he later joined the cast.[6] On April 15, 2013, actress Kelly Reilly joined the film.[7]

On July 17, it was reported that composer Nick Glennie-Smith would score the film,[10] and behind the scenes, the director of photography was Dean Semler.[11]

Shooting began in the last week of July 2013 in Selkirk, Manitoba.[4]

Release[edit]

The film was released on April 16, năm trước and held a 3,048 theater count through its 4th week.[10]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

At the over of box office run rẩy, Heaven Is for Real earned a gross of $91,443,253 in North America and $9,026,536 in other territories for a worldwide total of $100,469,789 against a budget of $12 million.[12]

The film grossed $3.7 million on its opening day. It went on to tướng gross a total of $22.5 million in its opening weekend, playing in 2,417 theaters for a $9,318 per-theatre average finishing in second behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

The biggest markets in other territories were Mexico, Poland, and Colombia where the film grossed $1.9 million, $1.4 million, and $1.2 million, respectively.[13]

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Critical response[edit]

Heaven Is for Real received mixed reviews. The film holds a 51% rating on the film aggregator trang web Rotten Tomatoes, based on 89 reviews, with an average score of 5.6/10. The site's consensus states, "Heaven Is for Real boasts a well-written screenplay and a talented cast, but overextends itself with heavy-handed sequences depicting concepts it could have trusted the audience to tướng take on faith."[14] On another trang web, Metacritic, it has a 47/100 score (indicating "mixed or average"), based on reviews from 27 critics.[15]

In CinemaScore polls conducted during the opening weekend, cinema audiences gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to tướng F scale.[16]

Jeb Lund, a columnist for The Guardian,[17] expressed skepticism about the depiction of the story in the film. The red markers which Colton Burpo claims Jesus had on his hands and feet are well known. The boy could have easily guessed that his minister father would have been praying, or nursing staff could have told him.[18]

Accolades[edit]

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Recipient Result Ref(s)
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Drama Heaven is for Real Nominated [19]
People's Choice Awards Favorite Dramatic Movie Heaven is for Real Nominated [20][21]

See also[edit]

  • Akiane
  • Miracles from Heaven (film)
  • Breakthrough (2019 film)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (PG)". Columbia Pictures. British Board of Film Classification. May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Heaven Is for Real". BoxOfficeMojo.com. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  3. ^ "Heaven Is for Real (2014)". IMDB.
  4. ^ a b c "'Heaven Is for Real' movie starts filming in Canada". christianretailing.com. July 30, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  5. ^ "Christian Movies at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Greg Kinnear in Talks to tướng Star in Sony's 'Heaven Is for Real'". hollywoodreporter.com. March 19, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Kelly Reilly Lands Lead In Sony Drama 'Heaven Is For Real'". deadline.com. April 15, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  8. ^ "'Heaven Is For Real' Headed For Movie Adaptation Through Sony Pictures, Joe Roth And T.D. Jakes". deadline.com. May 9, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "'Braveheart' Writer Randall Wallace Believes 'Heaven Is For Real'". indiewire.com. August 24, 2012. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Nick Glennie-Smith to tướng Score Randall Wallace's 'Heaven Is for Real'". filmmusicreporter.com. July 17, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  11. ^ "TriStar Pictures' 'HEAVEN IS FOR REAL' begins production". prnewswire.com. July 17, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
  12. ^ "Heaven is for Real (2014)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved September 1, 2018.
  13. ^ "Heaven is for Real international box office". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  14. ^ "Heaven Is for Real (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 13, 2021.
  15. ^ "Heaven Is for Real". Metacritic. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  16. ^ "Weekend Report: 'Captain' Three-peats, 'Heaven' Rises Over Easter Weekend". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  17. ^ Jeb Lund. "Jeb Lund". The Guardian. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  18. ^ "How Hollywood Screwed Up a Simple Tale of a Four-Year-Old Going to tướng Heaven and Coming Back - VICE - United States". VICE. April 21, 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  19. ^ Nordyke, Kimberly (August 10, 2014). "Teen Choice Awards: The Complete Winners List". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 17, 2014.
  20. ^ "Nominees Full List". Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2016.
  21. ^ People's Choice Awards 2015: The winner's list, Entertainment Weekly, Retrieved January 8, 2015

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Heaven Is for Real at IMDb
  • Heaven Is for Real at Box Office Mojo
  • Heaven Is for Real at Rotten Tomatoes
  • Heaven Is for Real at Metacritic Edit this at Wikidata