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Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 6 October 1978 (USA)
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A hot-tempered farm laborer convinces the woman he loves to marry their rich but dying boss so that they can have a claim to his fortune.

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Terrence Malick

Writer:

Terrence Malick
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Bill
Brooke Adams ... Abby
Sam Shepard ... The Farmer
Linda Manz ... Linda
Robert J. Wilke ... The Farm Foreman (as Robert Wilke)
Jackie Shultis Jackie Shultis ... Linda's Friend
Stuart Margolin ... Mill Foreman
Timothy Scott ... Harvest Hand (as Tim Scott)
Gene Bell Gene Bell ... Dancer
Doug Kershaw ... Fiddler
Richard Libertini ... Vaudeville Leader
Frenchie Lemond Frenchie Lemond ... Vaudeville Wrestler
Sahbra Markus Sahbra Markus ... Vaudeville Dancer
Bob Wilson Bob Wilson ... Accountant
Muriel Jolliffe Muriel Jolliffe ... Headmistress
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Storyline

Bill and Abby, a young couple who to the outside world pretend to be brother and sister are living and working in Chicago at the beginning of the century. They want to escape the poverty and hard labor of the city and travel south. Together with the girl Linda (who acts as the narrator in the movie) they find employment on a farm in the Texas panhandle. When the harvest is over the young, rich and handsome farmer invites them to stay because he has fallen in love with Abby. When Bill and Abby discover that the farmer is seriously ill and has only got a year left to live they decide that Abby will accept his wedding proposal in order to make some benefit out of the situation. When the expected death fails to come, jealousy and impatience are slowly setting in and accidents become eventually inevitable. Written by Theo de Grood <tdg@xs4all.nl>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You've got to go through Hell before you get to Heaven See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Días de gloria See more »

Filming Locations:

Raymond, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,446,749

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,475,702
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although filmed in Alberta, Canada, the film takes place in the Texas panhandle, which is mentioned. We also see a Texas license plate and the Texas flag is flown outside the house. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie where the train is pulling up toward three red grain elevators with sunburst symbols on them, people are seen hopping off the train. Stenciled one of the train cars is A.P.R.A., which stands for Alberta Pioneer Railroad Association, which never had a rail line operating in the panhandle of Texas. This portion of the film was shot in Alberta, however. See more »

Quotes

The Farmer: I think I love you.
Abby: What a nice thing to say.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.6 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Swamp Dance
Words and Music by Doug Kershaw
Performed by Doug Kershaw
Used by permission of Tree Publishing Co., Inc. B.M.I. Copyright 1974
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Full surprise within the American film universe.
28 February 1999 | by Nuno-6See all my reviews

This movie was a full and happy surprise for me. This man, Malick, stood twenty years out of business because he had to be, afterwards, after such a beautiful movie he couldn't and shouldn't return with any other thing shorter than this.

Days Of Heaven is absolutely perfect cinema, the plot is not important, Malick simply wants to fill your senses and he achieves it.

I haven't had the chance to watch it in a theatre, I was four years old at the time, I've watched it on television, and I understood immediately, this man is a hero for building up such a magnificent film in the United States, in Hollywood.

A true director builds a universe of his own, with its own "time flow" and dreams and that is what Malick achieved with this film, magic, sacral art. Some sequences are "almost" (a big almost) Tarkovskyand this is a big commendation.


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