Heaven is for Real

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  99 min.
Release Date: April 16, 2014
DVD: July 22, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 3.96
based on 208 votes and 60 reviews
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Cast: Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum, Margo Martindale, Thomas Haden Church

Inspiration: Colton Burpo


During an emergency appendectomy operation, Colton Burpo, only four years old at the time, claimed he'd been to heaven and sat on Jesus' lap. At first no one pays attention to the little boy, but when he reveals details of what happened while he was having an out-of-body experience, including describing what his parents were doing during his surgery and where they were, his family has second thoughts about his claims.

Colton talks about his great-grandfather, whom he's never met, and identifies him through a photo he's never seen. He also tells his parents he saw his other sister, who was miscarried at two months, saying she was happy to see him in Heaven. However, not everyone believes Colton, and it creates stress for the family.

A film adaptation of the novel by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.

  Canadian Connection: Filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba and surrounding areas. Some cast members are Canadian.

Director: Randall Wallace
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): T.D. Jakes, Joe Roth
Screenplay: Randall Wallace, Christopher Parker
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/heavenisforreal/

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  • 5 stars "Heaven is for Real is a wonderful feel good movie. Great cast. I would recommend this movie to others"
  • 5 stars "What a pleasure to see that a producer and big picture studio would take the time to make a movie about something that doesn't involve violence and war. Christmas is all about Christ and we believe in Christmas so why would we doubt that a child would make up such stories. Great congrats to the producer for doing this movie ..... more people should see this to remind them that positive attitudes can make a better life for all."
  • 1 star "blue eyes, blond hair, white - give me a break!"