Five Minutes of Heaven

Release Date: 
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
On DVD: 
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Running Time: 
89 minutes

In 1975 Belfast, seventeen year old Protestant Alistair Little shot and killed nineteen year old Catholic Jim Griffin as retaliation for a threat made toward his gang.  It was his first and only murder, and one he asked to commit.   Griffin’s young brother Joe witnessed the shooting, his mother blamed him for not stopping it, and his family slowly disintegrated, while Little served thirteen years for the crime.  That is the fact-based set-up for Five Minutes of Heaven, director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall) and screenwriter Guy Hibbert’s (Omagh) tale of the lifelong aftermath of a killing: the senseless destruction, collateral damage, the desire for vengeance, and the need for, if not forgiveness, then some measure of peace.