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Days of Heaven (1978)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  13 September 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Manz ...
The Farm Foreman (as Robert Wilke)
Jackie Shultis ...
Linda's Friend
Mill Foreman
Timothy Scott ...
Harvest Hand (as Tim Scott)
Gene Bell ...
Doug Kershaw ...
Vaudeville Leader
Frenchie Lemond ...
Vaudeville Wrestler
Sahbra Markus ...
Vaudeville Dancer
Bob Wilson ...
Muriel Jolliffe ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

13 September 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Días de gloria  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The visual motif of the far-off farmhouse surrounded by wheat fields is reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth's 1948 painting "Christina's World" as well as Edward Hopper's painting "House by the Railroad". It is also reminiscent of Reata, the ranch home of the Benedict Family in Giant (1956). See more »


The two WWI aircraft in the film had their first flights in December 1916 (the Sopwith) and July 1917 (the Fokker Triplane) so it's highly doubtful that either one was flying in Texas in 1916-17, when the story takes place. See more »


Linda: Sometimes I'd feel very old, like my whole life is over, like I'm not around no more.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Staying Alive (2015) See more »


Written and Performed by Leo Kottke
Used by permission of Overdrive Musc A.S.C.A.P. Copyright 1978
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One of the most haunting and beautiful films ever made
27 March 2002 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

If any movie could be called filmed poetry, this would be it. From its first opening shot to its last frame, there is such lyricism and emotion and beauty that it almost leaves you speechless. I have not seen this movie in years, but it still affects me and I want to write about it. There is a pervading sadness to the movie, like a memory of something wonderful that could have been, that should have been, that almost was, and is all the more tragic because it was in your hands but slipped through your fingers. This is not a movie for everyone, but if you believe that film can be one of the highest forms of art, this is the film to see.

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