Sunrise in Heaven



After a devastating car crash leaves her husband on life support, one woman must find strength in her faith as she faces the prospect of his passing. Recalling their courtship through flashbacks, she relives the early days of their relationship and how they fell in love. Their journey wasn’t easy as she faced resistance from her conservative father (Corbin Bernsen), a decorated officer, who made it clear he didn’t want his daughter dating anyone from the military. But their love was stronger than any obstacle encountered in this true story of family, faith and resilience.

Dove Review

In Sunrise In Heaven, both the present and the past have love, challenge and faith. In the present: the couple who’ve been married for decades, their car crash, and the prayers. In the past: they meet when he’s a G.I., her father’s disapproval of the relationship, and the patience. It was not easy then, and it is not easy now. He’s paralyzed, loss is so close, and skepticism may be trying to barge in. But there are already two things at home: love and faith.

Sunrise In Heaven feels impactful when the actors are given space to pour emotion into the story and scenes. The film significantly benefits from their performances, and through some well-acted points, we have the opportunity to connect and react. Talking about love, challenges, and faith is one thing, but to also view the emotional specifics is more. Though there are moments where Sunrise In Heaven may fumble some of its impact (such as through a distractingly edited montage) when the emotion is given attention, the emotion may get our attention.

Those emotional scenes, along with some of the content, may be better for an older, prepared audience. There’s an accident, with blood on characters; lying, including a young woman lying to her parents about seeing a young man; romance, kissing, and talk of “making out.” Harsher topics are tackled, too, such as unkindness, a scene where a character is threatening with a gun, and hard medical challenges and choices.

For viewers who are prepared for the emotion and content, Sunrise In Heaven is Dove-Approved for Ages 12+.

The Dove Take:

An emotional and well-acted story of love and faith in the midst of challenges.

Content Description

Faith: Discussion of God, faith, and heaven; characters pray; a skeptical character appears to have her faith grow; Scripture is referenced; crosses are seen.
Integrity: Some characters seek to do what is good; characters grow.
Sex: Romance and affection are discussed and shown; couples kiss and hug; characters talk of dating, and “making out”; on a double-date, one couple starts to make out; the young woman of the other couple tells the young man, “I’m not making out with you”; flirting; a young woman calls another woman “easy”; a young man calls a young woman “babe.”
Language: Some name-calling and mild language; “oh my gosh”; “suck-up”
Violence: A car crash, which may be startling; some blood is seen on characters after an accident; a character threateningly cleans a gun and aims it in the direction of another character, and later during target shooting, fires and nearly misses them; there is talk of injury and paralysis.
Drugs: Though never discussed, an accident may have been caused by a drunk driver.
Nudity: A young woman wears a top that is formfitting.
Other: A young woman lies to her parents about dating a young man, and later the young man lies as well; doubting God; emotional topics and scenes, including a character being taken off of life support; a character dies; unkindness; arguing; a character behaves threateningly; talk of cleaning toilets, and a character says that they “…can’t pee in a public bathroom anymore.”


Company: Cinedigm
Director: Waymon Boone
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 85 min.
Starring: Dee Wallace, Corbin Bernsen, Jenn Gotzon Chandler
Reviewer: John P.