Under the Banner of Heaven

Under the Banner of Heaven

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Andrew Garfield leads this adaptation of Jon Krakauer's 2003 true crime novel following a devout detective whose faith is tested when a brutal crime occurs within his community. Created by the Oscar-winning writer of Milk. More

His latest investigation involves the murder of a mother and her child, and seems to be connected to an esteemed Utah family's spiral into LDS fundamentalism rooted in a distrust in the government.

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2022Rating: TV-MAUSAImagine Television, Aggregate Films
DramaTrue Story & Biography

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

When God Was Love

Detectives Jeb Pyre and Bill Taba investigate the brutal, sinister... More murders of an LDS woman, Brenda Wright Lafferty and her baby daughter in Utah’s typically serene Salt Lake Valley in 1984.

EPISODE 1.2

Rightful Place

With a lead suspect in custody, the investigation uncovers more... More ominous questions than answers as the hidden history of the once admired Lafferty family is exposed.

EPISODE 1.3

Surrender

The ongoing investigation leads Pyre and Taba into untrod woods... More where they unearth information that challenges Pyre's own faith, and draw more Laffertys into suspicion and custody.

EPISODE 1.4

Church and State

The investigation intensifies after Pyre uncovers details of the Lafferty... More family's fundamentalist beliefs, sparking a search for missing Lafferty brothers, Ron and Dan, and putting Pyre at odds with his own church leaders.

EPISODE 1.5

One Mighty and Strong

With evidence now pointing squarely toward fundamentalist Mormonism, Pyre turns... More to LDS Church leaders for guidance but is met with roadblocks. Undeterred, he discovers a list of names Brenda's killers plan to murder next.

EPISODE 1.6
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Due: 6 Jul 2022

Revelation

New details emerge about Brenda's attempt to reckon with some... More of the Lafferty family's most extreme members and beliefs, as Pyre and Taba hunt for those who killed Brenda before they can kill again.

EPISODE 1.7
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Due: 13 Jul 2022

Blood Atonement

As the details of the murders become clear, Pyre and... More Taba embark on an interstate manhunt, hoping to catch the killers before they complete their list of those to be "blood atoned."

Under the Banner of Heaven | Reviews

Deeply compelling and incredibly immersive, this unconventional true crime drama starring Andrew Garfield is a surprisingly complex critique of misogyny and enshrined traditions.

88%40 reviews

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

From the start, Under the Banner of Heaven demonstrates a quiet confidence.

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Decider

Decider

Under the Banner of Heaven could have been transcendent. As it is, it’s merely quite good.

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Stuff

Stuff

Further proof that Andrew Garfield is in the acting form of his life.

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Variety

Variety

(It) reframes the case with a deft and empathetic eye.

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IGN

IGN

(Under the Banner of Heaven) features a compassionate performance from Andrew Garfield, but even he has a hard time making space in such an exposition-centric story.

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Independent

Independent

Under the Banner of Heaven doesn’t hit the suspenseful beats we’ve come to expect from crime drama, but it has nuance the genre often lacks.

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ABC

ABC

Believe this: It will take a piece out of you.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

Under the Banner of Heaven is a mighty busy show... but it is held together by its fascinating, unique way of presenting faith.

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Decider

Decider

When the show is focused on the murder and the issues of faith it brings up, it’s at its most compelling.

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Salon

Salon

The show struggles under the weight of its history lessons...

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Under the Banner of Heaven | Trailers

Under the Banner of Heaven | Release Details

Under the Banner of Heaven is available to stream in New Zealand now on Disney+.