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Stealing Heaven (1988)

In medieval Paris, a young religious scholar and the beautiful niece of a local patrician fall madly in love and consummate their passion for each other. In the religious uproar that follows, they are condemned and brutally punished.

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Clive Donner

Writers:

Chris Bryant, Marion Meade (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Derek de Lint ... Abelard
Kim Thomson ... Heloise
Denholm Elliott ... Fulbert
Bernard Hepton ... Bishop
Kenneth Cranham ... Suger
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Agnes
Cassie Stuart ... Petronilla
Philip Locke ... Poussin
Victoria Burgoyne ... Prostitute
Antonia Cutic Antonia Cutic ... Landlady
Diana Belinic Diana Belinic ... Girl in street
Davor Fejzagic Davor Fejzagic ... Boy in street
Mark Jax Mark Jax ... Jourdain
Timothy Watson Timothy Watson ... François (as Tim Watson)
Andrew H. McLean Andrew H. McLean ... Gerard (as Andrew McLean)
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Storyline

Abelard, a respected philosopher and teacher in 12th-century Paris, is hired to tutor the intelligent and beautiful Heloise. They soon fall in love, but must hide their affection because Abelard is sworn to celibacy. Written by Eric Sorensen <Eric_Sorensen@fc.mcps.k12.md.us>

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Drama | History | Romance

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Country:

UK | Yugoslavia

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1988 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Abelard i Heloiza See more »

Filming Locations:

Yugoslavia

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Runtime:

(uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Trivia

John Quarmby and Edmund Kente were on the possibles list for Poussin. See more »

Goofs

In the construction montage towards the end of the movie, you can see an altar with a number of pumpkins on it. As a plant native to North America there wouldn't be any in 12th century Europe. See more »

Alternate Versions

Original international version was cut by seven minutes for its U.S. release to avoid an X rating. Both versions are available on video. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Resonamus Laudibus
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by David Wulstan
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Worthwhile film
13 January 2006 | by rkroningiSee all my reviews

Good enough movie, great story. Abelard and Heloise share one of the great love stories of history. Throw in the religious environment of the middle ages, the clergy's sacred vow of chastity, and a life long enforced penitence, not to mention the unmentionable punishment for any male, and you have a worthwhile film if at all well-made, which this one is. It's a shame that more meaningful movies like this one can't be made available to the American public. The U.S. version has been cut of some sexual content to avoid an R rating, but the love scenes are still erotic and moving. Period costuming also add to the color and enjoyment of 'Stealing Heaven'. As an added bonus, you get philosophical and theological argument and debate. A really worthwhile film overall.


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