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Five Minutes of Heaven [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Liam Neeson , James Nesbitt , Oliver Hirschbiegel    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Liam Neeson, James Nesbitt, Anamaria Marinca, Mark Ryder, Diarmuid Noyes
  • Directors: Oliver Hirschbiegel
  • Writers: Guy Hibbert
  • Producers: Andrew Lowe, Cameron McCracken, Don Mullan, Ed Guiney, Eoin O'Callaghan
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Ifc Independent Film
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003498SCQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,161 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 86 Minutes of Healing 2 Jan 2011
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I got the impression from this film that both actors were doing a lot more than acting. Maybe there are different forms of patriotism and maybe this is one of the best. The total absurdity of any deliberate killing is underlined in this sensitive account of the turmoil of two individuals separated by the width of political views, by the depths of religious feeling and by the length of a bullet's deadly track. Wherever in the world there is conflict there is a lesson for them in this film. The fallen are not the only victims.

I suspect this film is one to recommend to the most unlikely cinema audience - to those with blood on their hands. I believe it could have great healing power. The politics and roles of the two protagonists could be swopped around without changing the basic message of the film. For the rest of us I think this will stand on its own feet as a wonderful piece of cinema in the hands of two very fine actors. To James, Liam and all involved not just congratulations but thank you.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tense Drama 4 Sep 2010
This is a brilliant piece of work; the writing, direction and acting are faultless - you may well think to yourself, 'not another story dealing with the troubles,'but this is one of the best; there is no sickly sentiment and it takes no sides is a story of reconciliation and all it entails. Nesbitt and Neeson are perfectly cast, with the former surprising me somewhat - I never really rated him as a top actor before this performance, but I stand corrected.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The maturity and truthfulness of this piece is remarkable. I was brought up in N.Ireland and lived there until just after the Agreement started to work out.

When film works best it is not simply accurate or moving it is truthful capturing the essence of a subject. This movie is really film at its best. The people I know from home who have seen it were deeply moved. It is deeply cathartic. I will admit that I was shaking after I saw this and weeping like at last somebody got it. At last the story of all the anger, sorrow, shame and frustration that being an Ulsterman has been over the years. Somebody in another review has said it had a neat ending. I beg to differ. It has a deeply truthful ending. There simply were no winners in the conflict. Everybody lost. And the courageous part is that right now people are carrying the burdens you see at the end of the movie and clinging (sometimes by their fingertips) to peace.

If you want to look into the dark courageous wounded soul of the vast majority of the Troubles generation, watch this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where there's life, ... 19 Jun 2010
Some of the finest acting I've ever seen from the two leads.
The subject matter is very sensitive indeed, but is treated with enough dignity to put it into perspective, rather than just sensationalise.
It should be remembered that this is a story of just two men, and is not meant to generalise or represent the conflict as a whole.
A tense and gripping film well worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 mins of heavan 2 April 2010
this was a great film riviting right to the end ,the acting was very good a real good watch well worth the money
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant acting in "What If" scenario 27 Jun 2010
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James Nesbitt once again shows what a brilliant and under-appreciated actor he is.Liam Neeson's character is excellent as Alister Little.The film displays a sensitive depiction of what might have happened if the two had ever met. In the interviews in the extra section we find out what would have occured should that ever happen.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Minutes Of Heaven 24 July 2010
Excellent to include when speaking on Restorative Justice Practices and outcomes with the offending community.
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By Delly
A thoughtful and thought provoking piece which gives an insight into The Troubles on a very personal level.

The character of Joe, played by James Nesbitt, manages to be funny and entertaining without trivialising the deeper issues of tragic loss and it's consequences on family. On this note, one of the least convincing parts of the film is how the mother blames and reacts to the helpless younger son, who was just a child, for the death of his older brother which he traumatically witnessed while nearly suffering the same fate himself. People grieve in different ways but portraying the mother like this is a major and probably unnecessary weakness in the plot, a lazy option on the part of screenwriter in depicting the family being torn apart.

The character of Joe, the killer, played by Liam Neeson is the opposite being an intense and brooding characterisation of a tortured soul seeking redemption. Ironically, he seems to understand the state of mind and needs of his victim better than anyone else around him. They need each other to release them from their torment but it's nothing as simple as plain forgiveness.

Both performances work well for their characters and it's a credit to the film and the turnaround that the real Alistair Little has made in his life that we can empathise with both the victim and the killer. "I don't think I have a right to ask for forgiveness. It only adds insult to injury and places yet another burden upon relatives and family members" says the real Alistair Little.

It's worth watching the "extras" section on the disc to get some further insight. The two main protagonists are real living people but most of the story is fictional apart from the murder and the killer's quest for redemption.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 6 hours ago by Patrick Brady
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent Irish film
Published 1 month ago by WD
3.0 out of 5 stars Wrong ending for me
The start is the best part of this film..when the guy is dying in the plain and Neeson helps him to accept that he will die soon and not to be scared is fantastic acting and very... Read more
Published 6 months ago by wayne bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant acting!
Excellent film with great acting. James Nesbitt was absolutely amazing in this role. Great film, well worth buying. I recommend it.
Published 9 months ago by Adriana del Paso
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Minutes of Heaven
Fantastic performances from Nesbitt and Neeson. So pleased I made the effort to buy this Movie. Will watch it again and again.
Published 10 months ago by mmm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Minutes Of Heaven
Brilliant performances from Liam Neeson and James Nesbitt. Very good drama about Northern Ireland Troubles and affects of it. Two parts of the past Northern Ireland meets again.
Published 10 months ago by Marko
5.0 out of 5 stars Must See
Both actors outstanding and the tension between them jumps out at you. James Nesbit is so believeable in this role.
Published 16 months ago by Thomas McCafferty
3.0 out of 5 stars so so
just a movie. I would not recommend this movie it may be ok to watch on TV not to buy it
Published 17 months ago by Kevin O'Keeffe
5.0 out of 5 stars My five minutes of heaven, how can that not be good for me?
An estimated 3720 people were killed as a result of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

This film is a fiction inspired by two men who bear the legacy of one of those... Read more
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