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Heaven's Gate (1980)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Feb 29, 2000

Budget $44,000,000

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Running Time
3 hours, 39 minutes

Country USA

Studio United Artists

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Other Titles
• Heaven's Gate
• Johnson County Wars (1980)
• Heaven's Gate - Das Tor zum Himmel (1983)
• Das Tor zum Himmel (1983)
• Johnson County War (1980)

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Genre: Drama, Western, Epic, Outlaws, Love Triangle, Society, Culture Clash, Prostitution, Melodrama, Law, Surreal, Tragedy, Gore, Deception, Murder, Love, Police

Tagline: What one loves about life are the things that fade.

Plot: An epic post-Vietnam look at the Western genre and the exploitation of immigrant settlers, HEAVEN’S GATE is based on the historical 1890s Johnson County War incident in Wyoming. Visually remarkable sequences and a haunting score frame the story. Sheriff James Averill (Kris Kristofferson), educated in the east and full of idealism, attempts to protect immigrant farmers when wealthy land barons hire mercenaries to settle their scores. The hired guns, including Nathan Champion (Christopher Walken), plan to kill a number of farmers whose names appear on a death list and whom the farmers believe have been stealing their cattle. Backed by the army and the federal government, the mercenaries prepare to attack the farmers when Averill and Champion clash over the impending massacre and Ella Watson (Isabelle Huppert), a local prostitute and woman they both love. Shot right after Cimino’s triumphant DEER HUNTER, the film is a violent, unsentimental look at the American frontier.

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 Directed by
Michael Cimino
The Deer Hunter, Year of the Dragon, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
 Written by
Michael Cimino
Silent Running, The Rose, The Deer Hunter
Kris Kristofferson
Planet of the Apes, Blade II, Blade
Christopher Walken
Catch Me If You Can, Sleepy Hollow, Wedding Crashers
John Hurt
Alien, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Hellboy
Sam Waterston
The Killing Fields, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Serial Mom
Brad Dourif
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Alien: Resurrection
Isabelle Huppert
I Heart Huckabees, 8 Women, The Piano Teacher
Jeff Bridges
The Big Lebowski, K-PAX, Arlington Road
 Music By
David Mansfield
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, The Apostle, Transamerica

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