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Almost Heaven [Import]

Julie Cox , Alisa Cox , Shel Piercy    Unrated   DVD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found... March 22 2013
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Sometime ago I saw this movie on tv I tried everywhere to find it with no luck .... Just wasn't looking in the right place amazon is amazing quick efficient and well priced I love all the products I have ordered ...
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The movie is a sweet romantic movie with a good giggle throughout ...love it
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent indie, beautiful Scottish location filming Aug. 9 2009
By Steve Kuehl - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is one of those films where the countryside locations almost outweigh the film itself. And even though this was made 15 films ago for Donal Logue, this showed he has some love story chops.

The story follows a washed up alcoholic director being given a last chance to direct a small fishing show in Scotland. Along the way we watch him learn about his dysfunctions, finding love, being able to work again, and most of all see him finding the fish (you will understand that if you watch it). The performances were solid, especially from Tom Conti and that voice of his. I did not like the editing style (some of the split screen scene changes similar to the Odd Couple TV show) nor the intermittent Lifetime schmaltz once in awhile, but overall the scenery and impending love story make for a fun watch. The music score was standard, but they slipped in a not too often heard Phil Collins vocal piece for the end scenes.

The picture is good, the sound is average and sometimes off, and the supplements are decent. The main featurette lasts 12 minutes and has most of the standard everyone is awesome cuts, but a few nice tidbits. The deleted scenes last 14 minutes and had some unique footage, especially the opening scene that was removed (I had been able to play the whole film in the store and was not aware these scenes would be NC17ish - oops). A trailer and commentary are also included, I was mostly listening for where they filmed - awesome locations.

A decent watch overall for a Scottish locale love story. Would be rated a weak R for sexual situations, language and brief nudity - deleted scenes included would give it a solid R. Enjoy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK film Nov. 18 2009
By Daniel G. Lebryk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Almost Heaven is not a bad movie, but it's also not a very good movie, it is somewhere in that middle land of slightly above average films. It is a linear story about an overweight, cocky, self-possessed alcoholic television director that is asked to get back in the game.

The film opens with a phone ringing, a guy in his kitchen making coffee, and a very beautiful naked woman lying on her stomach shouting to answer the phone. Eventually she gets dressed, comes downstairs, he adds Scotch to his coffee, and she leaves. He finally answers the phone and his agent wants him to direct a new television series. Jump cut to Scotland and overweight drunk guy (Mark Brady played by Donal Logue) meets the cast and support people for a brand new fly fishing program he's directing. Oh the pain, his ex-wife is the host of the show.

The film is about redemption, and recovery from drinking. It's told in a light humorous tone, no dark depressing alcoholics in this movie. It follows the classic story line; will he meet the woman of his dreams, stop drinking, and make a fabulous hugely successful television show? Sadly, Almost Heaven doesn't bring much new to this old story. It wasn't hard to guess the ending.

There are three really bright spots in this film, and they rescue this film from the dumper, Tom Conti, Kirsty Mitchell, and Scotland. Tom Conti does a fabulous job as the drunk bar owner that befriends Mark Brady the director. I'm not a big Tom Conti fan, but in this role, I really liked him. Kirsty Mitchell plays a female ghinne (apparently Scottish for fishing guide) that is misunderstood and falls for our hero Mark Brady. The scenery in Scotland is stunning. If this were a travel movie for Scotland, it would have had better success.

Donal Logue is the low point in the film. Donal has a long history in film and television; he is a fairly major actor that should know better. In this film, he phoned in his performance, mostly reading his lines. I cannot imagine why any woman is attracted to him, he is overweight, sports a hideous 5 day beard, drinks like a fish, has some pretty nasty tattoos, and is rude. As a side note, be very careful with the bonus features, he rolls around naked on the floor with a very beautiful blonde, it is not pretty. The supporting cast is good, nobody necessarily stands out.

The film is roughly 40 minutes too long at an hour and forty minutes. The film would play better as a made for television movie. The film was reasonably well shot, nothing jumped out as really bad camera work. The sound seemed functional, I could hear the dialog but that was about all. The bar scenes and people trying to be drunk were very poorly done, they looked like a badly done BBC television show. Editing was standard work a day melodrama. The music was very pretty, but added nothing to the film.

The DVD is chock full of bonus features. The same old nattering on and on making of featurette is included. The deleted scenes are only worth watching for that first scene. The director made a brilliant choice in not using the scene presented in the bonus features. It is simply way too explicit, and seeing Donal Logue's belly on top of that beauty was just too much.

The film is not rated. There are several bedroom scenes where intercourse can be imagined, but no body parts are shown. There is an advertisement for lingerie at one point (Mark's ex-wife tries to seduce him in a very lovely bit of full coverage lingerie), in a larger budget film, they would have mentioned Victoria's Secret there. There is no frontal nudity. There's some strong language here and there. There are many drinking scenes and the effect of being drunk. No violence, save a frozen dead fish thrown in the river. Except for the one deleted scene, this is very likely a PG-13 film.

I didn't hate this film, but then again, I didn't love it. It's a very old story that, in hind sight, is pretty boring. The scenery is beautiful and Tom Conti is worth watching even if you are not one of his fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A believable love story - and romantic too Nov. 18 2012
By MorganR - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie has a similar feel to the Tao of Steve, but is more grown up. I quite enjoyed it and have watched it several times now. It's an unlikely story, but all the more real for it. Unlike most romances, this one feels authentic.
4.0 out of 5 stars Serviceable but falls just short of being really good. Nov. 2 2013
By J. Dykstra - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This movie is about an alcoholic TV producer who gets sent to Scotland to produce a TV show starring his ex-wife. The guy is a likable character and you find yourself cheering for him to finally give up the booze, but it seems like he continually slips back into drinking. When he gets to Scotland, his show sort of bogs down because they can't catch any fish which is what the show is supposed to be about. There are a number of interesting characters in the movie and they seem to have a decent deal of chemistry as they interact. There's nothing tacky in the movie, but there are also few innovative or interesting twists. In the end, the movie is a lukewarm feel-good love story when the main character befriends and falls in love with a local female fishing guide who is a single mother. This is a serviceable low-budget romantic comedy but it isn't terribly memorable. I think a little less focus on drinking problems and a little more development in the love story would have made this movie a bit better, but it's still work a look.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost Heaven Dec 8 2011
By Calvin L. Toler - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a good movie i think you would enjoy it if your into romance it'll bring a felling over you like I need to call my lady and ask her out.
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