A Little Trip to Heaven

Synopsis: After a suspicious fatal car accident in Hastings where the identity of the victim was forged, the Quality Life insurance company sends their smart investigator Abe Holt to identify the body. The unique beneficiary of the one million dollars death benefit is the sister of the victim, Isold, who lives with her son Thor and her husband Fred in a poor cabin in the middle of nowhere. Along the investigation, Abe discloses the truth about the fraud, but feels sorry for Isold and Thor and tries to help them with tragic consequences.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Baltasar Kormákur
Production: First Look Home Entertainment
  4 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min


After 20 years of payment,

Mr. Fender,

this can't be!

Considering the circumstances,

I think the death benefit

is more than generous.

But we only missed a couple

of payments toward the end!

You know, a lawyer could probably

get you a bigger settlement.

But in the long run, he's gonna cost you.

After the policyholder's

Paramed came back clean,

he signed up for a Preferred Best Rate.

Essentially, this means we

lowered his monthly premiums,

because he didn't drink,

and he didn't smoke.

Now, if I can just draw your attention

to the highlighted section right here.

But Hector, he quit the smoking years ago.

Perhaps you would turn and

look at the screen behind you.

As you can see,

the policyholder was not

exactly honest with you.

You spied on my husband?

You bastard!

I'm afraid that I'm gonna

have to take this check back.

But you can't!

You just gave it to me!


maybe not.

Maybe if I told them

that you had already accepted it.

Little trip to heaven

On the wings Of your love

Banana moon Is shining in the sky

Feel like I'm in Heaven

When you're with me

Know that I'm in Heaven When you smile

Though we're stuck here On the ground

I've got something That I found

And it's you

You're my North Star

When I'm lost And feeling blue

The sun is breaking Through the clouds

Don't you know, Know it's true

Honey, all the other stars

Seem dim around you

I'm thanking my lucky stars

That I've found you

When I see Your smiling face

I know nothing's Gonna take your place

And it's you

I'd shout like that old fly

What are you drinking, sugar?

Give me a Bud.

You gonna need a room?


Just passing through.

Well, ain't that a crying shame.

You want another shot, honey?

On the house.

Not tonight, hon.



Thanks, man.

Do I know you?

It's pretty slick out there.

You really should slow down.

What the...?

It's stuck.

The belt's stuck!

Slow down and stop the car! Let me out!


No. No!


All right, then.


I've originally guessed

that about half of you

climbed aboard this bus after the accident.

You all know that this

Huntsville community bus

is owned by the city.

And you're thinking that the city

might pay out big bucks.

A nice juicy settlement if you

were to file a medical claim.

Well, I'm here to tell you

that you're breaking the law.

In the past, you could get

away with this for sure.

But what you might not know,

is that behind that mirror

is a video camera.

You all have been videotaped.

Now, I'm gonna sit right here,

I'm gonna close my eyes,

and I'm gonna count to ten.

I strongly advise those of you who would

like to remain free citizens to leave

before I get to the count of nine.











Did you give them the video speech?

The city ought to install those things.

It'd make our jobs a hell of a lot easier.

I've got a doozy for you,

up in North Hastings.

Our contact down at the Police Department,

he heard that a guy named Kelvin

Anderson died in the car accident.

There's a woman named Isold,

his sole beneficiary, Kelvin's sister.

Kelvin busted out of prison a few

years back, nobody's seen him since.

Until now.

Who the hell insured a con man

with a million dollar death benefit?

One of our bureaus down south.

He did it before he went to prison.

You want it, then?

North Hastings?

It's a couple hours.

Come on, the drive will do you good.

Can't this wait till Monday?

Actually, Weaver called ahead, and the

local yokels are kinda expecting you.

He's a big scam artist, Abe.

Weaver wants you to get on it right away.

A weekend in Hastings.

You're the man, Abe.

Yeah, I'm the man with no wife and no kids.

Geez, Frank.

It's a lot of money, Abe.

Make sure this guy is really dead.

And if he is dead,

dig up some dirt on him.

About time you got here.

Hello, fella!


Name's William.

My son, Russle.


Abe Holt.

Nice to meet you.

How was the drive?


The car is registered

to one Kelvin Anderson.

Which came as quite a surprise.

How's that?

At first, we thought it was Fred's Malibu.


Fred McBride.

He's married to Isold.

They, drive the same car.

We ran the plates, checked the VIN number,

it all checks out.

We also found Kelvin's driver's

license in the glove box.


Yeah. Poor sap.

Burned to a crisp.

He must have been drunk.

Let's hope so, for his sake.

Great, we can nail him for drunk driving.

That'll teach him a lesson.

What's on the other side?

His sister, Isold.

I reckon he came to hide out with her.

You fellas know Kelvin?

No, they're not from around here.

What do you think?

You gonna have to pay out on this one?


Looks like that.

How much you reckon to lose?

A lot.

The death benefit's worth a million dollars.

Death benefit.


A million bucks?

Who gets all that money?

Isold's the sole beneficiary of this.

Sh*t! Fred's gonna

be drunk for a decade.

Yeah, it's like you hit the jackpot.

It came at a pretty high price.

She lost her brother.

Some might say that.


Let's get the hell out of here.

When are you gonna break

the news to the sister?

You're in a hell of a rush.

How about we ID the body before

we start upsetting people?


No! Sorry!

Can I talk to you?



Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you.

Well, you sure did.

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Baltasar Kormákur

This is an Icelandic name. The last name Samper is a family name, but this person is properly referred to by the given names Baltasar Kormákur.Baltasar Kormákur Samper (born 27 February 1966) is an Icelandic actor, theater and film director, and film producer. He is best known for directing the films 101 Reykjavík, Hafið, A Little Trip to Heaven (starring Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker), a film based on the book Mýrin (Jar City) by Arnaldur Indriðason, Contraband, 2 Guns (starring Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington) and Everest. more…

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