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Not to be confused with the Hong Kong film ''Film/TianDi'' which is re-titled ''Heaven and Earth'' in foreign releases.


* BreakTheCutie: The whole plot, especially in the first half of the movie

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* BreakTheCutie: The whole plot, especially in the first half of the moviemovie, is about Le Ly going through one terrible situation after another



* {{Eagleland}}: Most of the American soldiers in Vietnam are very much Flavor 2. When Le Ly actually comes to the United States, it's initially portrayed as Flavor 1, but it later turns out that Flavor 2 is lurking under the surface.

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* {{Eagleland}}: Most of the American soldiers in Vietnam are very much Flavor 2. When Le Ly actually eventually comes to the United States, it's initially portrayed as Flavor 1, but it later turns out that Flavor 2 is simply lurking under the surface.



* SemperFi: Averted mercilessly.

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* SemperFi: Averted mercilessly. The Marines are portrayed in very unglamorous way as bunch of gung-ho grunts with nothing elite or special about them, while the Vietnamese mock them as crybabies that can't do anything without shoes and sunglasses.



* WarIsHell: Oh, yes.

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* WarIsHell: Oh, yes. The film makes sure to portray each side of the conflict as utterly evil and conducting one war crime after another, so the audience has nobody but Le Ly to root for.

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* DomesticAbuse: While things are nice for a while after they return to America, eventually Steve becomes unpredictably angry and violent, at one point aiming a gun at the back of Le Ly's head.


* ShellShockedVeteran: Steve Butler

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Steve ButlerButler, [[spoiler: eventually leading to his [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]].]]


* CaliforniaDoubling: Vietnam was filmed in Thailand. Stone tried to get permission to film in Vietnam, but the communist government didn't like the scenes which portrayed the Viet Cong unsympathetically, [[CrapsackWorld never mind that every side is portrayed that way]].


Creator/OliverStone[='s=] third film about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, following ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' and ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly''. These three films are often said to form a "trilogy", although they merely share subject matter and do not take place in a shared continuity.

Released in 1993, ''Heaven & Earth'' is most notable for telling the story of the war from the Vietnamese perspective, a viewpoint which Stone had been criticized for excluding in his two previous Vietnam films. The movie is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, being adapted from the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese peasant girl who married an American soldier and became a humanitarian in the U.S.

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Released in 1993, ''Heaven & Earth'' is
Creator/OliverStone[='s=] third film about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, following ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' and ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly''. These three films are often said to form a "trilogy", although they merely share subject matter and do not take place in a shared continuity.

Released in 1993, ''Heaven & Earth'' This film is most notable for telling the story of the war from the Vietnamese perspective, a viewpoint which Stone had been criticized for excluding in his two previous Vietnam films. The movie is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, being adapted from the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese peasant girl who married an American soldier and became a humanitarian in the U.S.


Released in 1989, ''Heaven & Earth'' is most notable for telling the story of the war from the Vietnamese perspective, a viewpoint which Stone had been criticized for excluding in his two previous Vietnam films. The movie is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, being adapted from the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese peasant girl who married an American soldier and became a humanitarian in the U.S.

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Released in 1989, 1993, ''Heaven & Earth'' is most notable for telling the story of the war from the Vietnamese perspective, a viewpoint which Stone had been criticized for excluding in his two previous Vietnam films. The movie is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, being adapted from the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese peasant girl who married an American soldier and became a humanitarian in the U.S.


Released in 1989, ''Heaven and Earth'' is most notable for telling the story of the war from the Vietnamese perspective, a viewpoint which Stone had been criticized for excluding in his two previous Vietnam films. The movie is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, being adapted from the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese peasant girl who married an American soldier and became a humanitarian in the U.S.

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Released in 1989, ''Heaven and & Earth'' is most notable for telling the story of the war from the Vietnamese perspective, a viewpoint which Stone had been criticized for excluding in his two previous Vietnam films. The movie is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, being adapted from the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese peasant girl who married an American soldier and became a humanitarian in the U.S.


''Heaven and Earth'' is most notable for telling the story of the war from the Vietnamese perspective, a viewpoint which Stone had been criticized for excluding in his two previous Vietnam films. The movie is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, being adapted from the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese peasant girl who married an American soldier and became a humanitarian in the U.S.

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Released in 1989, ''Heaven and Earth'' is most notable for telling the story of the war from the Vietnamese perspective, a viewpoint which Stone had been criticized for excluding in his two previous Vietnam films. The movie is VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory, being adapted from the memoirs of Le Ly Hayslip, a Vietnamese peasant girl who married an American soldier and became a humanitarian in the U.S.


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* GenreKiller: The 1980s fad of Vietnam War movies came to an end with ''Heaven and Earth'', which either killed the genre or confirmed that it was dead now.

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* GenreKiller: The 1980s fad of Vietnam War movies came to an end with ''Heaven and Earth'', which either killed the genre or confirmed that it was dead now.


* BillingDisplacement: Creator/TommyLeeJones is first billed, although he does not appear until halfway though the film. Creator/JoanChen, who plays the main character's mother, is billed second. Hiep Thi Le, who plays the actual main character, is billed ''tenth'' (with an [[AndStarring "And Introducing"]] credit).


Creator/OliverStone[='s=] third film about TheVietnamWar, following ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' and ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly''. These three films are often said to form a "trilogy", although they merely share subject matter and do not take place in a shared continuity.

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Creator/OliverStone[='s=] third film about TheVietnamWar, UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, following ''{{Film/Platoon}}'' and ''Literature/BornOnTheFourthOfJuly''. These three films are often said to form a "trilogy", although they merely share subject matter and do not take place in a shared continuity.


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* SemperFi: Averted mercilessly.



* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The Viet Cong, of course. The people in Le Ly's village are very supportive of the V.C. and her brothers go off to fight for them. Ultimately, however, the V.C. are shown to be [[NotSoDifferent just as murderous and despicable as their American enemies]].

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* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: The Viet Cong, of course. The people in Le Ly's village are very supportive of the V.C. and her brothers go off to fight for them. Ultimately, however, the V.C. are shown to be [[NotSoDifferent just as murderous and despicable as their American enemies]].enemies]].
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