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Terrence Malick (written by)
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Release Date:
6 October 1978 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You've got to go through Hell before you get to Heaven See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 13 wins & 11 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Remembrance of Things Past See more (186 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Gere ... Bill

Brooke Adams ... Abby

Sam Shepard ... The Farmer
Linda Manz ... Linda

Robert J. Wilke ... The Farm Foreman (as Robert Wilke)
Jackie Shultis ... Linda's Friend

Stuart Margolin ... Mill Foreman

Timothy Scott ... Harvest Hand (as Tim Scott)
Gene Bell ... Dancer
Doug Kershaw ... Fiddler

Richard Libertini ... Vaudeville Leader
Frenchie Lemond ... Vaudeville Wrestler
Sahbra Markus ... Vaudeville Dancer
Bob Wilson ... Accountant
Muriel Jolliffe ... Headmistress
John Wilkinson ... Preacher
King Cole ... Farm Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Terrence Malick ... Mill Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Terrence Malick 
 
Writing credits
Terrence Malick (written by)

Produced by
Jacob Brackman .... executive producer
Bert Schneider .... producer
Harold Schneider .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Néstor Almendros  (as Nestor Almendros)
 
Film Editing by
Billy Weber 
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Fisk 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould 
 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Jerry R. Allen (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Jamie Brown .... makeup artist
Bertine Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Coulter Adams .... second unit manager
Les Kimber .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jacob Brackman .... second unit director
Skip Cosper .... first assistant director
Rob Lockwood .... second assistant director
Martin Walters .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Johnny Lattanzio .... painter (as John Lattanzio)
Alan Levine .... property master (as Allan Levine)
Barry Merrells .... assistant propmaster
 
Sound Department
Philip Boole .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Allan Bromberg .... assistant: sound editor
Robert Burton .... special audio assistant
Allen Byers .... special audio assistant
Charles L. Campbell .... sound effects editor (as Charles Campbell)
James Cox .... special sound effects
Peter Gregory .... sound crew: Glen Glenn
Louis Hogue .... boom operator
Stephen Katz .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as Steve Katz)
Glen Lambert .... boom operator
Jean Marler .... sound crew: Glen Glenn
Clyde McKinney .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Colin C. Mouat .... sound effects editor (as Colin Mouat)
John T. Reitz .... sound effects mixer (as John Reitz)
George Ronconi .... sound mixer
Alan Splet .... special audio assistant
Robert Thirlwell .... sound crew: Glen Glenn
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
Joe Wachter .... sound crew: Glen Glenn
John Wilkinson .... re-recording mixer
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mel Merrells .... special effects
John Thomas .... special effects
 
Stunts
Erin Talbott .... stunt flyer
Joe Watts .... stunt flyer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bailey .... camera operator
Edie Baskin .... special still photographer
Edie Baskin .... title photographer
James F. Boyle .... gaffer (as James Boyle)
Robert Eber .... special assistant camera (as Bob Eber)
Chansonetta Emmons .... title photographer
Bruno Engler .... still photographer
Henry Hamilton Bennett .... title photographer
Clyde Hart .... key grip
Lewis Hine .... title photographer
Frances Benjamin Johnston .... title photographer
Malcolm Kendall .... best boy
Frank Merrells .... dolly grip
Ken Middleham .... time-lapse photographer
William Notman .... title photographer
Rod Parkhurst .... camera operator
Kent Remington .... special assistant camera
Paul Ryan .... photographer: second unit
Haskell Wexler .... additional photographer
Andrew D. Wilson .... electrician (as Andy Wilson)
Eric Van Haren Noman .... panaglide operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Terry Bolo .... casting assistant
Barbara Claman .... casting assistant
Geno Havens .... casting assistant
Judith Lamb .... casting assistant (as Judy Lamb)
Karen Rea .... casting assistant (as Karen Grossman)
Elinor Renfield .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jered Green .... wardrobe: men
 
Editorial Department
Caroline Biggerstaff .... additional editor (as Caroline Ferriol)
Roberta Friedman .... assistant editor
Tikki Goldberg .... editorial consultant
Dessie Markovsky .... editorial consultant (as Dessy Markovski)
Susan Martin .... additional editor
Bob McMillian .... color consultant
Barbara Morrison .... negative cutter
Jeffrey Schneider .... editorial consultant
Marion Segal .... additional editor
George Trirogoff .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Gabriella Belloni .... music coordinator
Denny Bruce .... music coordinator
Daniel Allan Carlin .... music editor (as Dan Carlin Jr.)
Enrico DeMelis .... music coordinator
Sandro Fois .... music recording engineer
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... music mixer (as Robert Glass Jr.)
John Iles .... music recording engineer
Leo Kottke .... composer: additional music
Sergio Marcotulli .... music recording engineer
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Ted Roberts .... music editor
Rick Smith .... musician: harmonica
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
John Brumby .... driver
Don Nablo .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Blue André .... executive assistant: Bert Schneider (as Blue Andre)
Wallace C. Bennett .... script supervisor (as Wally Bennett)
Peter Broderick .... special assistant to director
Michael Burns .... assistant to producer
John Chesko .... assistant to producer
Leslie Cox .... assistant to producer
Joe Dodds .... wrangler
Reg Glass .... wrangler
Michie Gleason .... assistant to producer
Dixie Gray .... wrangler
Edward Hill .... senior accountant
Nancy Coan Kaclik .... special assistant to director (as Nancy Kaclik)
Chet Luton .... supervising engineer: MGM
Irene Malick .... researcher
Heather McIntosh .... location accountant
Isabella Miller .... wrangler
Peter Neufeld .... researcher
Clenton Owensby .... technical advisor
Dan Perri .... title designer
Rosalia Purdum .... researcher
John Scott .... wrangler
Nathalie Seaver .... researcher
Michelle Shapiro .... production secretary
Marilyn Tasso .... production secretary
Susan Vermazen .... researcher
Bob Wilson .... wrangler
 
Thanks
Chris .... dedicatee
Dauna .... dedicatee
Deborah Eisenberg .... special thanks
Redd Foxx .... special thanks
Jill Jakes .... special thanks
Joseph D. Kelly .... special thanks (as Joe Kelly)
Tom Kobayashi .... special thanks
Stuart Margolin .... special thanks
Roger Mayer .... special thanks
Patrick Norris .... special thanks
Gordon Radley .... special thanks
Bob Rafelson .... special thanks
Greta Ronningen .... special thanks
Walter Rosenblum .... photos courtesy of
Wallace Shawn .... special thanks
Susan .... dedicatee
Ian Underwood .... special thanks
Wallace Wolf .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
94 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (35 mm prints) | 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the hunting scene, ring-necked pheasants are clearly seen. Ring-necked pheasants, a non-native game bird, would not be introduced to Texas until 1933 or 1934.See more »
Quotes:
Linda:The sun looks ghostly when there's a mist on a river and everything's quiet. I never knowed it before. And you could see people on the shore, but they was far off and you couldn't see what they were doing. They were probably... calling for help or something, or they were trying to bury somebody or something.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cinematographer Style (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Swamp DanceSee more »

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31 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Remembrance of Things Past, 12 September 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Days of Heaven is, in fact, what its highest praisers want you to believe: awe-inspiring cinema, sometimes even mind-blowing in what can be filmed and brought forth in a beautiful, seamless mold of narrative and poetry, photographed with an eye for the prairie and fields like very few others and for the period detail. But it's also wonderful- and haunting- because it evokes what it is to look back on something and remember things vividly, clearly, with a subjectivity that is startling in its scarred interior. This is child-actor Linda Manz, her first role in what is a relatively small career, and she voices, in grungy but fine vocal, from afar at times even as she's one of the principle players.

She's the kid sister of Bill (Richard Gere, a very good if not extraordinary performance compared to others), a factory worker who kills a man by accident and runs off with his girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams), and the three of them end up working for a farmer (Sam Shephard), and soon there's a love triangle formed wrapped around an elaborate con of Bill and Abby being brother and sister. These are just the facts, but director Terence Malick isn't after just those, but after a sad look back from a perspective of wonderment and horror and a kind of fractured innocence. It goes without saying that since it is a Malick picture one will expect the painterly landscapes of the fields, those intimate close-ups with bugs and waving fields of grass. But Malick is able to put a unique vision into the perspective of that of a little girl, who is seeing and experiencing everything as it is, not as it may be really imagined or wanting to be.

So there's a lot of interest already just in the nature of the farming on this panhandle in early 20th century. But there's just little things, little fantastic bits that stick in your mind, probably forever: the workers in the field toiling away; the black man tap-dancing by the barn; the airplane circus people coming by and showing silent films. Most notably, as well, are near biblical visions like the plague (and extinguishing by lots of fire) of locusts. And through all of the many, many beautiful shots, there's a tender and perfectly tragic love story played out with great work by Adams and a young Shepherd. Manz too, I might add, is excellent in a role that could have been mucked up by anyone else (also trumping a later future first-time performance in Malick's own The New World with the woman playing Pocahontas).

And as if the crisp eye of Malick and his DPs Nestor Almendros and Haskell Wexler weren't enough, there's Ennio Morricone on the soundtrack to boot. Here's a crucial part of Malick's success in translating the theme of remembrance and feeling both the moment and the mood of the whole period and characters in the film (sometimes combined): just listen to the theme of the movie, used later in movie trailers and commercials, as it reckons a nostalgic tinge for something that one can't firmly grasp but is felt deeply and without really fully knowing the whole scope. Overall, Days of Heaven is almost too good, too beautiful- it's the kind of picture that defines reputations, for better or worse. Like Malick's. A+

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