Heavenly Creatures (1994)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Melanie Lynskey Pauline Parker
Kate Winslet Juliet Hulme
Sarah Peirse Honora Parker
Diana Kent Hilda Hulme
Clive Merrison Henry Hulme
Simon O'Connor Herbert Rieper
Barry Thomson Farmer/Policeman
Ray Henwood Professor
Peter Jackson Bum outside theater
Liz Mullane Mrs Collins
Peter Elliott Bill Perry
Elizabeth Moody Miss Waller
Movie Details
Director Peter Jackson
Producer Jim Booth; Peter Jackson; Frances Walsh
Writer Peter Jackson; Frances Walsh
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 99 mins
Country USA
Color Color
After winning a cult following for several offbeat and darkly witty gore films, New Zealand director Peter Jackson abruptly shifted gears with this stylish, compelling, and ultimately disturbing tale of two teenage girls whose friendship begins to fuel an ultimately fatal obsession. Pauline ( Melanie Lynskey ) is a student in New Zealand who doesn't much care for her family or her classmates; she's a bit overweight and not especially gracious, but she quickly makes friends with Juliet ( Kate Winslet ), a pretty girl whose wealthy parents have relocated from England. Pauline and Juliet find they share the same tastes in art, literature, and music (especially the vocal stylings of Mario Lanza ), and together they begin to construct an elaborate fantasy world named Borovnia, which exists first in stories and then in models made of clay. The more Pauline and Juliet dream of Borovnia, the more the two find themselves retreating into this fantastical world of art, adventure, and Gothic romance as they slowly drift away from reality. The girls' parents decide that perhaps they're spending too much time together, and try to bring them back into the real world, but this only feeds their continued obsession with Borovnia (and each other) and leads to a desperate and violent bid for freedom. Featuring excellent performances (especially by Kate Winslet ) and imaginative production design and special effects, Heavenly Creatures skillfully allows the audience to see Pauline and Juliet both from their own fantastic perspective and how they seem to the rest of the world. Remarkably enough, Heavenly Creatures is based on a true story; in real life, Juliet grew up to become mystery novelist Anne Perry. — Mark Deming
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 78
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 717951002976
Chapters 17
Release Date 13/01/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Theatrical Trailer