Brooks Douglass and his sister, Leslie, grew up in a home filled with love, compassion, and faith. Their father, Richard, was a leader in the Baptist Church. Their mother, Marilyn, was a woman of faith and talent, turning down a scholarship to the renowned Juilliard School to join Richard in the Brazilian mission field.
On their return, Brooks age 16 and Leslie 12, Richard became pastor of a large church in Oklahoma City. On Oct. 15, 1979, Brooks opened the door of their modest family home to what he believed was a man in need. The man, a drugged-up drifter named Glen Ake, was joined by his partner, Steven Hatch. They pulled out guns, tied up the Douglasses, repeatedly assaulted Leslie, shot all four family members, and left them for dead.
Ake and Hatch were caught, tried, and, in 1980, sentenced to death. For the next 16 years, however, the suffering rolled on as a legal system created to protect the rights of the accused dragged the Douglass children time after time to testify in court and relive that night.
In 1995, a second turning point came. On a legislative tour of a state prison, Brooks saw Ake–requested a chance to talk to the man who had destroyed his family. HEAVEN’S RAIN shares the dramatic result of that meeting.
Heaven’s rain is the gripping story surrounding the real-life tragic events that took place in the lives of the Douglass family. After the brutal murder of Brooks Douglass’ parents and rape of his sister, Brooks goes on to become the youngest state senator in Oklahoma history where he passed a series of victims’ rights bills. This story is as compelling as it is hard to watch. The tragic events of the brutal assaults are depicted as realistically as possible and yet as difficult as they may be to watch are essential parts of this moving story. In the end, Brooks is faced with the choice of being forever haunted by his past or choosing to forgive the criminals who perpetrated such a heinous crime against him and his family.We encourage you to carefully read our content descriptions below so you are aware of the intense content of this film. That said, we are pleased to award this film our “Faith Based” Seal with a caution for its violent content.