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Not All Angels Are Innocent
The true story of a crime that shocked a nation
Directed By
Produced By
Distributed By
Country
New Zealand
Language
Release Date
October 14, 1994
Runtime
99 mins (Cut Version) 108 mins (Uncut New Zealand Version)
Rating
R (U.S.A) R18+ (Australia) 18A (Canada) R18 (New Zealand)


Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 drama film, based on an infamous murder that occurred in New Zealand in the 1950s, directed by Peter Jackson. It launched the careers of Kate Winslet, and Melanie Lynskey, who where both young teenagers at the time. The film was voted in 2006 by an American television network as one of the 50 Films To See Before You Die, at #22.

Plot Edit

Spoiler warning: The following contains plot details about
the entire movie.

In 1950s New Zealand two teenage girls, Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, meet when Juliet transfers to Pauline's school. Drawn together by the fantasy world they create together the girls become close friends and, over the course of two years, eventually lovers. They continue seeing each other after their families forbid it and step in to separate them. They eventually murder Pauline's mother to prevent the separation. Their crime is discovered, and both are sent to prison.

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