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Heaven's Gate (Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate) (1980)

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Kris Kristofferson Kris Kristofferson
James Averill
Christopher Walken Christopher Walken
Nathan D. Champion
John Hurt John Hurt
William C. Irvine
Sam Waterston Sam Waterston
Frank Canton
Brad Dourif Brad Dourif
Mr. Eggleston
Isabelle Huppert Isabelle Huppert
Ella Watson
Joseph Cotten Joseph Cotten
The Reverend Doctor
Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges
John H. Bridges


Written by
Michael Cimino Michael Cimino
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10 years, 2 months ago at Sep 5 23:46
Heaven's Gate is a beautiful film. Almost every frame perfectly captures the allure of the classical romantic West. Sadly, the rest of the film is essentially a disaster. If one looked up maniacal ego trip in the encyclopedia there would likely be a portrait of director Michael Cimino slapped on the page. The beauty of the film is hindered by a mess of a story, countless wasted minutes, horrib... read more

An average movie

3 years, 10 months ago at Jan 6 9:16
Even though this movie has obviously a terrible reputation, I still wanted to check it out for many years, especially since I always had a weak spot for Michael Cimino's work. Well, after finally watching the damned thing, even though it was definitely not the worst movie I have seen, it still didn't really work though. The main issue I had was how long and how slow the movie was. I mean, the shor... read more
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Description: A notorious artistic and financial failure, Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate was blamed for critically wounding the movie Western and definitively ushering out the 1970s Hollywood New Wave of young, brash, independent filmmakers. Taking a revisionist, post-Vietnam view of American imperialism, Cimino used the historical Johnson County War incident in Wyoming to create an impressionistic tapestry of Western conflict between poor immigrant settlers and rich cattle barons led by Canton (Sam Waterston) and his hired gun Nate Champion (Christopher Walken). Attempting to mediate is idealistic Harvard graduate and county marshal Averill ... (more)
Release date: 19 November 1980
UPC: 027616837127
Tags: Epic (5), Western (5), Drama (3), 1980 (3), Brothel (2), Hired Gun (2), Ranch (2), Poor (2), Outlaw (2), Harvard University (2), Settler (2), Frontier (2), Rustler (2), Immigrant (2), Sheriff (2), Prostitute (2), 1980s (2), Police (2), Love Triangle (2)
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