Heaven & earth

Language and/or Subtitles: English
Format: DVD 2000
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With Heaven and Earth -- cobbled together from two autobiographical reminiscences (When Heaven and Earth Changed Places and Child of War, Woman of Peace by Le Ly Hayslip -- Oliver Stone completes his self-declared "Vietnam Trilogy" (the other films being Platoon and Born On the Fourth of July) of films examining the Vietnam War from different perspectives. Heaven and Earth begins in the central Vietnamese village of Ky La during the 1950s. Phung Le Ly (Hiep Thi Le) is an innocent peasant girl, helping her mother (Joan Chen) to tend the rice paddies while being lectured in the ways of life by her father (Haing Ngor). The idyllic peace of the village is disrupted when a jet bomber crosses the skies. Soon the village is decimated as the American-backed South Vietnamese government troops and the Viet Cong engage in brutal warfare in which the victims are the innocent villagers. Le Ly is both tortured and raped. She leaves Ky La for Danang for a life as a prostitute. There she meets the tall and craggy American soldier Steve Butler (Tommy Lee Jones), a kind but lonely man who isn't looking for sex but for someone to settle down with -- as he says, "I want an Oriental wife." They marry, and Steve takes her back to the United States, where her in-laws look at her not as a wife but as a pet. In the harsh glare of 1970s U.S. culture, Le Ly has trouble adjusting to the American way of life. But not as hard a time as her husband, who, after twenty years in Vietnam, discovers he cannot adapt to civilian life. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Additional Information
Series Oliver Stone collection.
Subjects Vietnam War, 1961-1975.
Feature films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :Warner Home Video,2000
Edition Widescreen version.
Other Titles When heaven and earth changed places.
Child of war, woman of peace.
Contributors Hayslip, Le Ly. When heaven and earth changed places.
Hayslip, Le Ly. Child of war, woman of peace.
Jones, Tommy Lee, 1946-
Chen, Joan, 1961-
Ngor, Haing.
Le, Hiep Thi.
Stone, Oliver.
Kitarò„, 1953-
Warner Bros.
Regency Enterprises.
Studio Canal+.
Alcor Films.
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Participants/Performers Tommy Lee Jones, Joan Chen, Haing S. Ngor, Hiep Thi Le.
Other Contributors Director of photography, Robert Richardson ; editors, David Brenner, Sally Menke ; music, Kitaro.
Language English
In English and French with optional subtitles in French, Spanish and Portugese.
Notes DVD release of the 1993 motion picture.
Based on the books When heaven and earth changed places by Le Ly Hayslip with Jay Wurts and Child of war, woman of peace by Le Ly Hayslip with James Hayslip.
Rated R.
For special features see interactive menu.
System Details DVD; Dolby digital, surround.
Description 1 videodisc (140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 0790750767
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