A Night in Heaven

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"In class, he's just another face in the crowd. In "Heaven", the hottest dance club in town, he's the main attraction."
  • R
  • 1983
  • 1 hr 23 min
  • 4.2  (1,461)

In 1983, A Night in Heaven was released, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Christopher Atkins, Lesley Ann Warren, and Robert Logan. It tells the story of a college professor, Faye Hanlon (Lesley Ann Warren), who is married to a dull and unambitious man, Jack (Robert Logan). Her life takes an unexpected turn when she starts to fantasize about one of her students, Rick Monroe (Christopher Atkins), who works as a male stripper in a local nightclub, The Fantasy.

Faye starts to attend The Fantasy every night, watching Rick’s performances and becoming more and more obsessed with him. One night, after Rick’s show, Faye follows him into the dressing room and offers him a ride. In the car, Faye asks Rick to come home with her, but he initially declines, claiming he has another show to do. However, Faye convinces him to come home with her, and they spend the night together.

The next morning, Faye regrets her decision and asks Rick to leave. However, Rick soon discovers that Faye is a professor at his college, and he decides to use their relationship to his advantage. He blackmails Faye into giving him better grades and a recommendation for law school, threatening to expose their affair if she refuses.

Faye’s life spirals out of control as she struggles to keep her career and marriage intact while dealing with Rick’s increasingly manipulative behavior. Meanwhile, Rick continues to work at The Fantasy, where he catches the eye of another woman, named Angel (Denise Galik). Angel becomes obsessed with Rick, leading to a dangerous love triangle.

The film explores themes of obsession, manipulation, and power dynamics in relationships. It also delves into the idea of how societal expectations and pressures can drive individuals to make reckless decisions. With a mix of drama, romance, and eroticism, A Night in Heaven provides an intense and emotional viewing experience.

The acting performances in A Night in Heaven are strong, particularly from Lesley Ann Warren, who portrays Faye’s internal struggle with conviction. Christopher Atkins delivers a convincing portrayal of Rick, managing to evoke both desire and disgust from the audience. Robert Logan’s performance as Jack, Faye’s husband, is realistic and grounded, serving as a contrast to the wilder, more passionate characters of Faye and Rick.

The film’s soundtrack, which includes songs from popular artists like Eddie Money and Cheap Trick, complements the film’s mood and atmosphere perfectly, adding to the overall 80s aesthetic.

Despite receiving mixed reviews upon its release, A Night in Heaven has since gained a cult following for its raw and unapologetic portrayal of human weakness and desire. The film’s exploration of complex and often uncomfortable issues still resonates with audiences today, making it a timeless classic of 80s cinema.

Overall, A Night in Heaven is a film that challenges audiences to examine their own perceptions of love, lust, and the balance of power in relationships. It may not be a film for everyone, but for those who are willing to take the journey, it offers a gripping and emotional experience that is hard to forget.

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    1 hr 23 min
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    4.2  (1,461)