Heaven Is for Real (film)

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Heaven Is for Real
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Randall Wallace
Produced by Joe Roth
T. D. Jakes
Screenplay by Randall Wallace
Christopher Parker
Based on Heaven Is for Real 
by Todd Burpo
and Lynn Vincent
Starring Greg Kinnear
Kelly Reilly
Connor Corum
Lane Styles
Margo Martindale
Thomas Haden Church
Music by Nick Glennie-Smith
Cinematography Dean Semler
Edited by John Wright
Roth Films
Screen Gems
Distributed by TriStar Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 16, 2014 (2014-04-16)
Running time 99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $12 million[2]
Box office $99,397,065[2]

Heaven Is for Real is a 2014 American Christian drama film directed by Randall Wallace and written by Christopher Parker, based on Pastor Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent's 2010 book of the same name. The film stars Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Jacob Vargas, and Nancy Sorel. The soundtrack of the film contains Darlene Zschech's song "Heaven in Me".[3] The film was released on April 16, 2014.


Heaven Is for Real is the story of Colton Burpo, the four-year-old son of Pastor Todd Burpo from Imperial, Nebraska who says he experienced Heaven during emergency surgery. He talked about looking down to see the doctor operating, his mother calling people to pray in the waiting room and his father in another room yelling at God. The family did not know what to believe. In Heaven, Burpo says he met his miscarried sister whom no one had ever told him about and his great-grandfather who died thirty years before Burpo was born. Sharing seemingly impossible details about each, Burpo then went on to describe the horse that Jesus had and his physical appearance.

The film also features the artwork of Akiane Kramarik.



In May 2011, Sony Pictures acquired the film rights of the book Heaven Is for Real. It was announced that Joe Roth would be producing the film with T.D. Jakes for the TriStar Pictures division of Sony Pictures.[6] On August 23, 2012 Braveheart writer and Secretariat director Randall Wallace signed on to direct.[7]

On March 19, 2013, it was announced that Greg Kinnear was in talks to star, and he later joined the cast.[4] On April 15, 2013, actress Kelly Reilly joined the film.[5]

On July 17, it was reported that composer Nick Glennie-Smith would score the film,[8] and behind the scenes the director of photography was Dean Semler.[9]


Shooting began in the last week of July 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[3]


The film was released on April 16, 2014 and held a 3,048 theater count through its 4th week.[8]


Heaven Is for Real received mixed reviews. On film aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 46% rating, with an average score of 5.4/10, based on reviews from 74 critics. The site's consensus states: "Heaven Is for Real boasts a well-written screenplay and a talented cast, but overextends itself with heavy-handed sequences depicting concepts it could have trusted the audience to take on faith."[10] On another website, Metacritic, it has a 47/100 score (indicating "mixed or average"), based on reviews from 26 critics.[11]

Box office[edit]

Heaven Is for Real grossed $3.7 million on its opening day. It went on to gross a total of $22.5 million in its opening weekend, finishing in 2nd behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As of July 31, 2014 the film has grossed $91,269,771 in the United States and $8,127,294 in other territories for a total of $99,397,065.[12]


  1. ^ "HEAVEN IS FOR REAL (PG)". Columbia Pictures. British Board of Film Classification. May 13, 2014. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Heaven Is for Real". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved August 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "'Heaven Is for Real' movie starts filming in Canada". christianretailing.com. July 30, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Greg Kinnear in Talks to Star in Sony's 'Heaven Is for Real'". hollywoodreporter.com. March 19, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Kelly Reilly Lands Lead In Sony Drama ‘Heaven Is For Real’". deadline.com. April 15, 2013. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "‘Heaven Is For Real’ Headed For Movie Adaptation Through Sony Pictures, Joe Roth And T.D. Jakes". deadline.com. May 9, 2011. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "'Braveheart' Writer Randall Wallace Believes 'Heaven Is For Real'". indiewire.com. August 24, 2012. Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Nick Glennie-Smith to Score Randall Wallace’s ‘Heaven Is for Real’". filmmusicreporter.com. July 17, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  9. ^ "TriStar Pictures' 'HEAVEN IS FOR REAL' begins production.". prnewswire.com. July 17, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Heaven Is for Real (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Heaven Is for Real". Metacritic. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=heavenisforreal.htm

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