Heavenly Creatures

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Heavenly Creatures is a 1994 drama film about two girls who have an intense fantasy life; their parents, concerned the fantasy is too intense, separate them, and the girls take revenge. The story was based on the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder.

Directed by Peter Jackson. Written by Fran Walsh and Peter Jackson.
Not all angels are innocent.taglines

Pauline Parker[edit]

  • She is most unreasonable. Why could not mother die? Dozens of people are dying all the time, thousands, so why not mother? And father too.
  • [voiceover, from her diary] We have decided how sad it is for others that they cannot appreciate our genius.
  • [narrating] We realised why Deborah and I have such extraordinary telepathy and why people treat us and look at us the way they do. It is because we are MAD. We are both stark raving MAD!
  • [from her diary] My new year's resolution is a far more selfish one than last year. It is to make my motto, eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow, you may be dead.
  • [narrating] This notion is not a new one but this time it is a definite plan which we intend to carry out. We have worked it out carefully and are both thrilled by the idea. Naturally we feel a trifle nervous, but the pleasure of anticipation is great.
  • [narration] The next time I write in this diary, Mother will be dead. How odd... yet how pleasing.
  • It's a three act story with a tragic end.

Juliet Hulme[edit]

  • Only the best people fight against all obstacles in pursuit of happiness.
  • All the best people have bad chests and bone diseases. It's all frightfully romantic.
  • Affairs are much more exciting than marriages. [pause] As Mummy can testify.
  • Stick it up your bottom!
  • [about the murder of Honora Parker] I think she knows what's going to happen. She doesn't appear to bear us any grudge.

Dialogue[edit]

[Juliet and Pauline are running screaming up the hill covered in blood, the scene intercuts with black and white scenes of them running across the deck of a ship towards Dr and Mrs Hulme]
Juliet Hulme: Mummy!
Pauline Parker: Mummy!
Juliet Hulme: Mummmmy!
[the scene changes from the ship to the hilltop tea-house. The girls are screaming hysterically as the tea-house woman runs out to see what the noise is all about]
Pauline Parker: It's Mummy! She's terribly hurt!
Juliet Hulme: Please! Help us!

Juliet Hulme: Daddy says the Bible is a load of bunkum.
Pauline Parker: But we're all going to Heaven.
Juliet Hulme: I'm not. I'm going to the Fourth World. It's sort of like Heaven, only better, because there aren't any Christians. It's an absolute paradise of music, art and pure enjoyment.

Pauline Parker: I felt thoroughly depressed and even quite seriously considered committing suicide. Life seemed so much not worth the living and death such an easy way out.
Honorah Parker Rieper: Love, you can still write to each other.
Pauline Parker: Anger against Mother boiled up inside me, as it is she who is one of the main obstacles in my path. Suddenly a means of ridding myself of this obstacle occurred to me. If she were to die...

Dr. Henry Hulme: Mrs. Rieper, may I come in?
Honorah Parker Rieper: Yes, of course.
Dr. Henry Hulme: Thank you.
[They sit in the parlor]
Dr. Henry Hulme: Your daughter's an imaginative and spirited girl.
Honorah Parker Rieper: Look, if she's spending too much time at your house, you only need to say. All those nights that she spends over, she assured us that you don't mind.
Dr. Henry Hulme: It, it's rather more complicated than that. Since Mrs. Hulme and I have returned home, Juliet has been behaving in a rather disturbed manner... surliness, general irritability - most uncharacteristic.
Herbert Rieper: Sure I can't tempt you to a nice sherry, Dr. Hulme?
Dr. Henry Hulme: No, thank you. The thing is...
Honorah Parker Rieper: Yvonne hasn't been herself, either. Locking herself away in her room, endlessly writing.
Dr. Henry Hulme: My wife and I feel the friendship is... unhealthy.
Herbert Rieper: No arguments there, Dr. Hulme! All that time inside working on those novels of theirs. They don't get fresh air or exercise!
Honorah Parker Rieper: I'm not sure what you mean, Dr. Hulme.
Dr. Henry Hulme: Your daughter appears to have formed a rather unwholesome attachment to Juliet.
Honorah Parker Rieper: What's she done?
Dr. Henry Hulme: She hasn't done anything. It's the intensity of the friendship that concerns me. I think we should avert trouble before it starts.

Taglines[edit]

  • Not all angels are innocent.
  • The true story of a crime that shocked a nation.
  • From a secret world no one could see...came a crime no one could believe.

Cast[edit]

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