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Heaven Is for Real (2014)

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A small-town father must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.


Randall Wallace


Randall Wallace (screenplay), Chris Parker (screenplay) (as Christopher Parker) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Kinnear ... Todd Burpo
Kelly Reilly ... Sonja Burpo
Thomas Haden Church ... Jay Wilkins
Connor Corum ... Colton Burpo
Lane Styles ... Cassie Burpo
Margo Martindale ... Nancy Rawling
Jacob Vargas ... Michael
Thanya Romero Thanya Romero ... Rosa
Danso Gordon ... Ray
Rob Moran ... Dr. O'Holleran
Nancy Sorel ... Dr. Charlotte Slater
Darcy Fehr ... Lee Watson
Vivian Winther ... Katherine Watson
Pete Hudson Pete Hudson ... Old Man Watson
Ursula Clark Ursula Clark ... Painting Girl


This is the story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. His son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event. The church turns on him and so does eveyone who is closer or further to him including his wife. Written by Sony Pictures Publicity

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG thematic material including some medical situations | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 April 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cielo sí existe See more »

Filming Locations:

Warren, Manitoba, Canada See more »


Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,522,221, 20 April 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital


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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


Both Akiane Kramarik and Colton Burpo had a NDE, which allowed them having their revelations and visions. NDE is short for Near-Death Experience, a term established for the first time by doctor Raymond Moody in his 1975's book "Life After Life". In it, Moody compiled real stories about patients who by a brief time had died and later lived again. The different stories had several common points:

-To be out of the physical body.

-Float around the rooftop of the room, seeing the own body in the bedroom.

-X-rays senses, with capability to see and hear people (familiar, friends...) in the next rooms, or even long-distance senses, with capability to see and hear people far away from their own location.

-Travel by a tunnel to high speed, with a great white light at the end.

-Meet in the light parents and friends previously dead.

-See a retrospective about the own lifeline, like movie frames.

-Feel a great peace and tranquility while standing in the light.

-Feel (not see) the presence of a powerful entity look-a-like a god.

-A voice saying "It's not your time" or something similar, and return from the light.

-Have a great feeling to fall from a high altitude, returning to the physical body and finally back to life. See more »


While having a emotional discussion in the cemetery, Todd is looking at the ground while Nancy is speaking. The camera angle changes and suddenly Todd is looking at Nancy. See more »


[first lines]
Todd Burpo: Is heaven a hope? Or as real as the earth and sky? I once asked my grandfather that question. And he said by the time he knew the answer, it would be too late for him to tell me. The day would come when I asked that question again, staring into the eyes of my son.
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Will Give Some Pause for Reflection
24 July 2014 | by bob-rutzel-1See all my reviews

This is based upon a true story.

At 4-yrs of age Colton Burpo (Connor Corum) has a near death experience and later claims to have been in Heaven, and saw Jesus, Angels and some family members.

The movie opens with a young girl, about 12-yrs of age, painting an All Seeing Eye on a gray sky background. More about her later.

Colton's father Todd (Greg Kinnear) isn't sure what to make of all these allegations. Todd is a minister in a small town in Imperial, Nebraska and becomes confused with many things Colton says because he knows they are true and these are things Colton couldn't know at his young age. But, he wants to believe. His wife, Sonja (Kelly Reilly) demands that Todd focus on things happening now as she doesn't believe what Colton is saying. She has an immediate change of heart later on when she and Colton have a heart to heart. This is quite a scene.

However, the townspeople are upset and want this to go away and there is even talk of replacing Todd as their minister.

This movie is not Religion specific, but it is definitely a Christian movie talking about Jesus, Angels and the like. I couldn't help thinking that Atheists may have a change of heart or at least have questions after seeing this. That is, if they bother to view the movie.

I am sure there was more in the best selling book with the same title than we were told in the movie. Colton says Heaven is Real, it's just like here only better, and that everyone there is young. When Todd shows him some pictures of what some painters portray what Jesus looks like, Colton says Jesus doesn't look like any of the pictures he is shown.

But when Colton is shown a picture, on a computer screen, of Jesus painted by Akiane Kramarek, he says, "That's him. That's s what Jesus looks like." Akiane is that young girl mentioned above and she is a real person (I looked her up on Wikipedia) who says she was told, by Jesus when she was 4-yrs of age, to continue her painting of images in Heaven.

I found the acting performances to be okay, but gave slack to some because my focus was on what Colton saw and didn't care if some didn't give an Oscar Worthy performance. However, Connor Corum as Colton gives an outstanding performance as you come to believe he wasn't just acting, but was actually there in Heaven. He was that convincing. Kudos.

The cinematography was outstanding as it should be in a movie of this consequence. The photography was exceptional.

I don't know about you, but I plan to purchase a book of Akiane Kramarek's paintings. I want to see more of Heaven. Don't you? (7/10)

Violence: No. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: No.

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