Based on a true story and published book, "Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back" by Todd, Sonja and Colton Burpo (Authors), and Lynn Vincent (Contributor), the movie takes the viewer on a journey through the eyes of an innocent four-year-old boy (Colton Burpo) who, after surviving an emergency appendectomy, describes in detail what he saw and experienced during his surgery.
Colton talks about having visited Heaven and his incredible experiences there … including meeting family members he never knew about.
He also describes how he left his body during the surgery and what exactly his parents were doing while the doctors were performing the operation.
"I lifted up and I looked down, Mom was in one room, you were in another room yelling at God" he says.
"Heaven is for Real" is scheduled to be released in theaters April 16th.
About Heaven is for Real:
"Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL brings to the screen the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son’s extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
The film stars Academy Award® nominee and Emmy® award winning actor Greg Kinnear as Todd Burpo and co-stars Kelly Reilly as Sonja Burpo, the real-life couple whose son Colton (newcomer Connor Corum) claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton recounts the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event."
Randall Wallace (Writer of Braveheart, Pearl Harbor, We Were Soldiers)
Randall Wallace and Christopher Parker
BASED ON THE BOOK BY
Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent
Joe Roth, T.D. Jakes
Sue Baden-Powell, Sam Mercer, Derrick Williams
Greg Kinnear(Rake-TV Series), Kelly Reilly, Connor Corum, Margo Martindale, and Thomas Haden Church
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There is no reason for a child to make up an elaborate story especially when that child would most likely get ridiculed by his or her classmates in school, which would cause his or her family to be scrutinized as well.
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#1 New York Times best-seller with more than 11 million copies sold and Amazon’s #17 best-selling book of all time. Heaven Is for Real was the best-selling non-fiction book of 2011 as reported by Nielsen’s Bookscan, and it was made in to a major motion picture by Sony in 2014.
“Do you remember the hospital, Colton?” Sonja said. “Yes, mommy, I remember,” he said. “That’s where the angels sang to me.”
When Colton Burpo made it through an emergency appendectomy, his family was overjoyed at his miraculous survival. What they weren’t expecting, though, was the story that emerged in the months that followed—a story as beautiful as it was extraordinary, detailing their little boy’s trip to heaven and back.
Colton, not yet four years old, told his parents he left his body during the surgery–and authenticated that claim by describing exactly what his parents were doing in another part of the hospital while he was being operated on. He talked of visiting heaven and relayed stories told to him by people he met there whom he had never met in life, sharing events that happened even before he was born. He also astonished his parents with descriptions and obscure details about heaven that matched the Bible exactly, though he had not yet learned to read.
With disarming innocence and the plainspoken boldness of a child, Colton tells of meeting long-departed family members. He describes Jesus, the angels, how “really, really big” God is, and how much God loves us. Retold by his father, but using Colton’s uniquely simple words, Heaven Is for Real offers a glimpse of the world that awaits us, where as Colton says, “Nobody is old and nobody wears glasses.”
Heaven Is for Real will forever change the way you think of eternity, offering the chance to see, and believe, like a child.
Continue the Burpos story in Heaven Changes Everything: The Rest of Our Story. Heaven Is for Real also is available in Spanish, El cielo es real.