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'90 Minutes in Heaven' mistakes trauma for drama

'90 Minutes in Heaven' mistakes trauma for drama

A powerful true-life story of faith, hope and survival has been turned into a didactic, painful slog in "90 Minutes in Heaven." Based on the 2004 best-selling book by Don Piper and Cecil Murphey, the film chronicles Baptist minister Piper's 1989 car wreck and his torturous road to recovery with the help of family and friends.

The twist in Piper's tale: He was pronounced dead by rescue workers at the accident scene only to awake 90 minutes later. During that period, Piper says, he visited heaven, in all its traditional glory. Despite this wondrous experience, Piper goes through tremendous soul-searching before he understands its meaning and can share what he felt with...