The movie that saw splatter-king Peter Jackson lauded by a whole new audience was born from Fran Walsh's long fascination with the Parker-Hulme case: two teenagers who invented imaginary worlds, wrote under imaginary personas, and in June 1954 murdered Pauline Parker's mother. Walsh and Jackson's kinetic vision of friendship, creativity and tragedy was greeted with Oscar nominations, deals with indie powerhouse Miramax, and rhapsodic acclaim for the film, and newbies Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet. Time magazine and 30 other publications named it one of the year's 10 best films.
...combines original vision, a drop-dead command of the medium and a successful marriage between a dazzling, kinetic techno-show and a complex, credible portrait of the out-of-control relationship between the crime’s two schoolgirl perpetrators.– David Rooney, reviewing Heavenly Creatures in Variety
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Funded with the assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission.
Music composed by Peter Dasent
Soundtrack includes 'The Humming Chorus' (murder sequence) from Madame Butterfly, composed by Giacomo Puccini, performed by the Hungarian State Opera
Closing credits song: 'Your'll Never Walk Alone'. Sung by Mario Lanza, composed by Rodgers and Hammerstein