90 Minutes in Heaven is a 2015 Christian drama film directed by Michael Polish, based on the bestseller novel by the same name. It is the first film by Giving Films, a sister company to retail chain Family Christian Stores, and the company plans to donate all profits from the film to charitable organizations.
Don Piper (Hayden Christensen) was involved in a horrific car crash and was pronounced dead at the scene and covered by a tarp. 90 minutes later, he had been brought to the emergency room and returns to life, and claims to have seen Heaven and visited with deceased relatives while there.Hayden Christensen as Don Piper
Kate Bosworth as Eva Piper
Dwight Yoakam as Jon
Fred Thompson as Jay B. Perkins
Michael W. Smith as Cliff McArdle
Michael Harding as Dick Onarecker
Rhoda Griffis as Principal Mary Nell
The project was shot in Atlanta, Georgia, and the shooting finished in March 2015. Since its publication, Don Piper's book was twice on the New York Times Best Seller list, was listed as a USA Today best-seller, and has sold 7 million copies in 46 languages.
The producers chose to stay as true to the book which inspired the film as possible:
[sic]"I think a lot of people read books, especially true stories, and then the movie is not even close to the real story and they make up things. I told Don that I thought the story stood for itself and my commitment to him was that it would be true to the book, and be true period." - Rick Jackson
Actress Kate Bosworth stated she "was amazed how Piper's story affects so many people" and that she felt blessed "to be a part of the movie's cast." Filming began in January 2015, and by March 8, 2015, filming has wrapped and the project went into post-production.
90 Minutes in Heaven was released on DVD and Blu-ray on December 1, 2015.
90 Minutes in Heaven has received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the film holds a rating of 24%, based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 4.4/10. Metacritic gives the film a score of 28 out of 100, based on reviews from 9 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".