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Days of Heaven (1978)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Mar 30, 1999
• R2: 2 Jul 2001

MPAA Rating
PG

Running Time
1 hour, 35 minutes

Country USA

Studio Bert Schneider, Harold Schneider, O.P. Productions, Paramount

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Other Titles
• Days of Heaven

• Tage des Himmels (1979)



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Genre: Drama, Love Triangle, Suspense, Murder, Tragedy, Period Piece, Love, Deception

Tagline: Your eyes... Your ears... Your senses... will be overwhelmed.

Plot: Terrence Malick’s follow-up to BADLANDS is an exquisitely photographed story of a group of early-20th-century itinerant workers who find themselves entangled in a deadly love triangle. Bill (Richard Gere) and Abby (Brooke Adams) are lovers who are forced to flee Chicago after Bill accidentally murders his foreman. Together, with Bill’s little sister, Linda (Linda Manz), they settle on the land of a wealthy farmer (Sam Shepard) and spend their days working in the wheat fields. Bill discovers that the farmer is terminally ill and convinces Abby to marry him so they can inherit his fortune. As the days progress, it becomes apparent that the farmer isn’t getting any sicker, and when he discovers that Abby and Bill had initially set out to con him, their carefree existence comes to a deadly end.

Notorious for its on-set difficulties and extended postproduction, DAYS OF HEAVEN remains a beautifully composed work of art. Malick uses dialogue minimally, sometimes choosing not to fade in the sound of a scene until the actors have finished speaking. To combat this, he applies Linda’s innocent voice-over--as he did with Sissy Spacek's in BADLANDS--to add a poetic dimension. Combined with Nestor Almendros’s Oscar-winning cinematography and Ennio Morricone’s mellifluent score, DAYS OF

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 Directed by
Terrence Malick
The Thin Red Line, The New World, Badlands
 Written by
Terrence Malick
The Thin Red Line, The New World, Badlands
 Cast
Richard Gere
Chicago, Pretty Woman, The Jackal
Sam Shepard
Black Hawk Down, Swordfish, The Notebook
Brooke Adams
The Dead Zone, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Sometimes They Come Back
Linda Manz
The Wanderers, Out of the Blue, Buddy Boy
Robert J. Wilke
Spartacus, High Noon, The Magnificent Seven
Stuart Margolin
Kelly's Heroes, Guilty by Suspicion, Death Wish
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 Music By
Ennio Morricone
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Untouchables, Once Upon a Time in America



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