Days of Heaven

Starring: Richard Gere & Brooke Adams Director: Terrence Malick  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Days of Heaven
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1978
  • Label: Criterion
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Commentary: Billy Weber - Editor; Jack Fisk - Art Director; Patricia Norris - Costume Designer; Dianne Crittenden - Casting Director
    • Interviews:
      1. Haskell Wexler - Cinematographer
      2. John Bailey - Camera Operator

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
Performer: , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Screenwriting by
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Composition by &
Art Direction by
Produced by &
Director of Photography: &
Executive Production by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I been thinkin' what ta do wit' my fyoochuh... I could be a mud doctuh..." (Linda Manz)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1978 - Best Cinematography: Nestor Almendros
Cannes 1979 - Best Director: Terrence Malick

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety - 09/13/1978
"...DAYS OF HEAVEN is a dramatically moving and technically breathtaking American art film, one of the great cinematic achievements of the last decade..."
New York Times - 12/31/1978
Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1978" -- "...[Malick is] extraordinarily gifted....Excellent performers..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 12/07/1997
"...DAYS OF HEAVEN is above all one of the most beautiful films ever made..."
USA Today - 10/11/1996
"...Gorgeous....A bizarre, early century love triangle..."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2008
"Terrence Malick's melodrama is an unlikely masterpiece, and one of the most beautiful films ever committed to celluloid."
Total Film - 10/01/2011
5 stars out of 5 -- "Largely lensed in the window between sunset and nightfall, it's a magic hour masterpiece..."

Plot Synopsis:

Terrence Malick's second film is a lyrical screen poem about life in America at the turn of the century. When a Chicago steel-mill worker is fired after a fight with his supervisor, he hops a train for the Great Plains with his girlfriend and his younger sister. The trio join itinerant workers following the farming season and find a place with a quiet, lonely landowner. As the year passes and the harvest nears, a fateful love triangle develops, with fiery consequences. The performances match the moody compositions in this elegy for the premodern prairie, which now stands firmly as one of the most beautiful motion pictures of all time.

Plot Keywords:

Essential Cinema | Love Triangle | Period Piece | Recommended | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: September 14, 1978.
  • The majority of the film was photographed at the "magic hour," just before the sun sets, giving the film a naturally luminous glow.
  • Haskell Wexler replaced director of photography Nestor Almendros when the latter had to leave due to another contractual obligation.
  • DAYS OF HEAVEN was originally screened in 70mm.
  • Terrence Malick, known for his meticulousness, took two years to edit the film.
  • The film features one of Sam Shepard's first screen appearances. The Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright and author went on to act in movies such as THE RIGHT STUFF, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, and THUNDERHEART.

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  • Sales Rank: 104,637
  • UPC: 715515026321
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