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Days of Heaven
(1978)
You've got to go through Hell before you get to Heaven
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Stars: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz, Robert J. Wilke
Director: Terrence Malick
Writer: Terrence Malick
Language: English
Studio: Criterion Collection
Duration: 94
Rated: PG
DVD Release: March 2010

One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has made some of the most visually arresting movies in history, and his glorious period tragedy Days of Heaven, featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros, stands out among them. A Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor, and he, his girlfriend (Brooke Adams), and his little sister (Linda Mans) flee to the Texas Panhandle, where they find work harvesting in the wheat fields of a wealthy farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

Stills from Days of Heaven


Richard GereBill
Brooke AdamsAbby
Sam ShepardThe Farmer
Linda ManzLinda
Robert J. WilkeThe Farm Foreman (as Robert Wilke)
Néstor AlmendrosCinematographer
Billy WeberEditor
Jackie ShultisLinda's Friend
Stuart Margolinmill foreman
Timothy ScottHarvest Hand (as Tim Scott)
Gene BellDancer
Doug KershawFiddler
Richard LibertiniVaudeville Leader
Frenchie LemondVaudeville Wrestler
Sahbra MarkusVaudeville Dancer
Bob WilsonAccountant
Muriel JolliffeHeadmistress
Ennio MorriconeComposer
Genre: Drama, Romance
Media: Blu-ray
Sound: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
IMDb: 0077405