Based on the incredible true story

When a little boy has a near death experience neither his friends or family believe him until he talks about those who died years before. Based on the book 'Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back,' written by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent and published by Thomas Nelson on November 2, 2010.

  • 1 hr 40 minPGHDSD
  • Apr 16, 2014
  • Drama

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  • Greg KinnearTodd Burpo

    Greg Kinnear was born on June 17, 1963, in Logansport, Indiana, USA to Edward Kinnear, a career diplomat with the US State Department, and Suzanne (nee Buck) Kinnear, a homemaker. He has two brothers -- James, vice president-investments at Wachovia Securities in Arizona who was born in 1957, and Steve, a business manager with the Billy Graham Training Center in North Carolina who was born in 1959. His family moved often, including Lebanon and Greece. While a student in Athens, Greg first ventured into the role of talk show host with his radio show "School Daze With Greg Kinnear". Returning to college in the States, he attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, graduating in 1985 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He headed out to Los Angeles, landing his first job as a marketing assistant with Empire Entertainment. He auditioned to be an MTV VJ, but was not selected and became an on-location reporter for the channel. He had bit parts on L.A. Law (1986) and Life Goes On (1989). He would later become the creator, co-executive producer, and host of Best of the Worst (1991) (1990-91). His breakthrough was as first host of Talk Soup (1991) (1994), when he left the show for the NBC late-night talk show, Later (1994). In 1994, Kinnear had his first big screen role, as a talk show host in the Damon Wayans comedy Blankman (1994). In 1995 he won the role of David Larrabee in Sydney Pollack's remake of Billy Wilder's 1954 classic Sabrina (1995). Next was the lead in the 1996 comedy Dear God (1996). In 1997, he was cast in James L. Brooks's blockbuster comedy-drama As Good as It Gets (1997), receiving an Oscar nomination as best supporting actor. In his next film, the romantic comedy A Smile Like Yours (1997), he starred opposite Lauren Holly as part of a couple trying to have a baby. The film met with lukewarm reviews and a low box office. His next film, You've Got Mail (1998), struck gold. He played Meg Ryan's significant other, a newspaper columnist. Next he played Captain Amazing in Mystery Men (1999). His more recent films have Nurse Betty (2000), Loser (2000), and Someone Like You (2001).
  • Kelly ReillySonja Burpo

    Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly (born 18 July 1977) is an English actress. Her performance in After Miss Julie at the Donmar Warehouse made her a star of the London stage and earned her a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress of 2003. Reilly was born and brought up in Chessington, Surrey, England, the daughter of a hospital receptionist mother, and Jack Reilly, a police officer. She attended Tolworth Girls' School in Kingston, where she studied drama for GCSE. Her grandparents are Irish. Reilly wrote to the producers of the television drama Prime Suspect to ask for work, and six months later she auditioned for a role in an episode of Prime Suspect 4: Inner Circle, which was broadcast on ITV on 7 May 1995. Six years later, she again appeared alongside Helen Mirren in the film Last Orders. Her first professional role was followed by a series of parts on the English stage. She worked with Terry Johnson in four productions: Elton John's Glasses (1997), The London Cuckolds (1998), The Graduate (2000) and Piano/Forte (2006). Johnson wrote Piano/Forte for her and said, "Kelly is possibly the most natural, dyed-in-the-wool, deep-in-the-bone actress I've ever worked with." Reilly has stated that she learned the most as an actor from Karel Reisz, who directed her in The Yalta Game in Dublin in 2001. She said, "He was my masterclass. There is no way I would have been able to do Miss Julie if I hadn't done that play." By 2000, Reilly felt she was being typecast in comedy roles, and actively sought out a role as the young Amy in Last Orders, directed by Fred Schepisi. This was followed by a role in the Royal Court's 2001 rerun of Sarah Kane's Blasted. The Times called her "theatrical Viagra". In 2002, Reilly starred alongside Audrey Tautou and Romain Duris as Wendy, an English Erasmus student, in the French comedy L'Auberge espagnole (The Spanish Apartment). She reprised her role in the 2005 sequel, Les Poupées russes (The Russian Dolls) and the 2013 follow-up, Casse-tête chinois (Chinese Puzzle). Also in 2005, Reilly had roles in such films as Mrs Henderson Presents and Pride & Prejudice. Reilly's first lead role came in 2008 in the horror film Eden Lake and, in 2009, she had a high-profile role on prime-time British television in Above Suspicion. Reilly also appeared in three major films: Sherlock Holmes, Triage, and Me and Orson Welles. In 2011, Reilly reprised her role as Mary Watson in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. In 2012, Reilly appeared opposite Sam Rockwell in A Single Shot and had a leading role in Robert Zemeckis' Flight opposite Denzel Washington. In 2014, Reilly starred with Greg Kinnear in the film Heaven is for Real and in the John Michael McDonagh film Calvary. The same year Reilly starred in the short-lived ABC series Black Box, as Catherine Black, a famed neuroscientist who explores and solves the mysteries of the brain (the black box) while hiding her own bipolar disorder from the world. In 2015, Reilly starred in the second season of HBO's True Detective as Jordan Semyon, the wife of Vince Vaughn's character Frank Semyon. The same year, Reilly made her Broadway debut opposite Clive Owen and Eve Best in Harold Pinter's play Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre.
  • Jacob VargasMichael

    Jacob Vargas began his acting career when he was discovered breakdancing in a schoolyard at age 12. His introduction to acting came with a bit part as a breakdancer on the hit TV show Diff'rent Strokes (1978). In 1995 he won the very first ALMA Award (for Emerging Artist of the Year) for his work in both Allison Anders' Mi vida loca (1993) and Gregory Nava's My Family (1995). He later starred in films such as Selena (1997), Get Shorty (1995), American Me (1992), Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) and the cult favorite Next Friday (2000) as Ice Cube's nemesis, Joker. He later shined as Tijuana cop Manolo, 'Benicio del Toro''s partner in Steven Soderbergh's Academy Award- winning film Traffic (2000), which earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award and another ALMA Award. He then made us laugh as Sammy the chef in John Moore's Flight of the Phoenix (2004) and brought depth to Marine sniper Cortez in Academy Award-winning director Sam Mendes' war drama Jarhead (2005). In 2006 he starred as a straight-arrow DEA agent opposite Laurence Fishburne and Paul Walker in the action drama _Death and Life of Bobby Z, The (2006)_ and joined an all-star cast as a politically charged busboy in Emilio Estevez's historical drama Bobby (2006) and played a psychologically tortured drone pilot in Alex Rivera's sci-fi political love story _Sleep Dealer, The (2006)_. Not satisfied with just being labeled as an actor, he has also been focusing his talents on writing and producing through his production company, Third Son Productions. In 2001 he executive produced and starred in the independent film Road Dogz (2002). He also co-produced and starred in the stage play "Latinologues", which ran on Broadway in 2005 and is available on DVD. Through Third Son Productions, he is currently developing several feature film and television projects.
  • Nancy SorelDr. Charlotte Slater

    Nancy Sorel is an award winning American and Canadian actor and voice artist known for Less Than Kind (2008), Heaven Is for Real (2014), Breakthrough (2019), How It Ends (2018), The Grudge (2020), Once Upon a Christmas Miracle (2018), The Man in the High Castle (2015) & Barbie: Fairytopia (2005). Nancy Sorel was born on May 14, in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. The third child of tool maker, Alphonse J Weglowski and R.N. Diane Sorel Weglowski. She attended B.M.C. Durfee High School of Fall River and then went on to receive a degree in Theatre and Film from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. While at U Mass Amherst, she booked her first professional acting gig at the University Playwrights festival with guest artist, Bill Pullman. He inspired her to move to New York City pursue acting professionally. After earning her degree and moving to New York City, she began acting Off Broadway at the Ernie Martin and Intar Theaters. During this time she also worked in commercials, print and after a few months in New York, won the the role of Coco, on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Shortly thereafter, Nancy relocated to Los Angeles to star in the NBC daytime series Generations (1989). During that time she also guest-starred in Prime Time shows, Movies of the Week and Pilots including Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989), Murder, She Wrote (1984), Empty Nest (1988), The X-Files (1993) and The Outer Limits (1995). She then went on to play the role of Sammy, on Fox's sitcom Down the Shore (1992). After shooting numerous projects in Vancouver and spending her early 20's filming back and forth between LA and Vancouver, she eventually called Canada home, where she continued to worked on numerous television projects such as Hope Island (1999), Beggars and Choosers (1999), Seven Days (1998), First Wave (1998), The Twilight Zone (2002), Stargate SG-1 (1997), Tru Calling (2003), The 4400 (2004), and many MOW's. It was in Canada that Nancy met and married her husband, manufacturer and actor, Paul Magel. They have two children. Nancy is most well known for her more recent projects including playing Clara Fine, on the HBO critically acclaimed and multi award winning series, Less Than Kind, for which she won 2 Canadian Comedy Awards ( 2009 & 2010), and an ACTRA Award (2014) and was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award in 2014, for her role on the series. The following year she was nominated for 2 more ACTRA Awards, for her performances in the Sony feature film (with Greg Kinnear) Heaven is for Real, in which she played Dr. Charlotte Slater, and for her portrayal of Marm McGoldrick, the 1860's New York City mob boss on the series The Pinkertons. Whether she is playing a Hallmark mom (Kathy Krueger, in Once Upon A Christmas Miracle 2018), an FBI Agent ( Agent Cole Grudge 2019) a recently widowed school teacher grappling with her faith ("Mrs Abbott" Fox 2000's Breakthrough 2019) or a 1960's socialite of the Third Reich ( Mary Dawson, Man In The High Castle, season 2 & 3, 2017-2018) Nancy has enjoyed becoming a sought after veteran of both the US and Canadian film & television industries.
  • Ali TatarynActor

  • Connor CorumColton Burpo

    Connor Corum is an actor, known for Heaven Is for Real (2014), The Stray (2017) and Entertainment Tonight (1981).
  • Candace SmithActor

  • Darren FelbelActor

  • Jon Ted WynneActor

  • Lane StylesCassie Burpo

    Lane Styles is an actress, known for Heaven Is for Real (2014), Silent Night (2012) and Reasonable Doubt (2014).