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Days of Heaven (1978)

PG | | Drama, Romance | 6 October 1978 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Linda Manz ...
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The Farm Foreman (as Robert Wilke)
Jackie Shultis ...
Linda's Friend
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Mill Foreman
Timothy Scott ...
Harvest Hand (as Tim Scott)
Gene Bell ...
Dancer
Doug Kershaw ...
Fiddler
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Vaudeville Leader
Frenchie Lemond ...
Vaudeville Wrestler
Sahbra Markus ...
Vaudeville Dancer
Bob Wilson ...
Accountant
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>

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

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Drama | Romance

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6 October 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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Trivia

Cinematographer Néstor Almendros was going blind during production. Before each shot, he would have his assistant take a picture with a Polaroid camera and then would view it under a high-powered magnifying glass. See more »

Goofs

At about 7:25 into the movie, we see a bucolic farmyard scene, with a group of white ducks waddling by...yet we hear sound effects of Canada Geese. See more »

Quotes

Linda: Some sights that I saw was really spooky that it gave me goosepimples. That felt like cold hands touching the back of my neck, and it could have been the dead coming for me or something. I remember this guy, his name was... Blackjack. He died. He only had one leg, and he died. And I think that was Blackjack making those noises
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Referenced in Film Geek (2005) 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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A seminar on cinematography
6 March 2001 | by (Madison, Wi) – See all my reviews

A single amazing shot demonstrates what makes "Days of Heaven" so great: for ten seconds the camera focuses on wheat rolling in the wind like the surface of the ocean before a storm. Trouble is coming, and no amount of narration or expository dialogue could sum the situation up better. Brooke Adams, Sam Sheppard and Richard Gere are all excellent, but the real stars of this movie are Director Terrence Malick and Cinematographer Nestor Almendros. After reading the plot summary on imdb, you could watch this movie with the sound off and enjoy it just as much.


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