Heaven & Earth



              If war produces one thing, it's many cemeteries. And in cemeteries, there are no enemies.


Le Ly Hayslip is a girl growing up in a Vietnamese village. Her life changes when the communist insurgents show up in the village to fight the forces of first France and then the United States. During the American involvement, Le Ly is captured and tortured by South Vietnamese government troops, and later raped by the Viet Cong because they suspect that she is a traitor. After the rape, her relationship with her village is destroyed, and she and her family are forced to move.

Her family moves to Saigon and she is employed by a family there. The master of the household misleads her into believing that he genuinely cares for her, and she falls pregnant by him. The master's wife becomes enraged and Le Ly's whole family is forced to move back to their former province. There she meets Steve Butler, a sergeant in the US Marine Corps. When she first meets him she is not interested in a boyfriend or marriage, having been through so much suffering. Steve falls for Le Ly and treats her very well, making a big difference in her life while in Vietnam.

The two leave Vietnam and move to the United States. Their life together begins well, but years of killing and life in the bush take their toll on Steve who becomes uncontrollably violent. The relationship falters. Yet, she finds a key to make the marriage work through Buddism, going with fate as it occurs.


















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Movie Script

Directed by Oliver Stone
Produced by Oliver Stone
Arnon Milchan
Mario Kassar
Written by Oliver Stone
Le Ly Hayslip
Starring Tommy Lee Jones
Joan Chen
Haing S. Ngor
Music by Kitaro
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 13, 1993
Running time 140 min
Language English







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