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Days of Heaven -- One of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time, Days of Heaven is a moving story about two men who love the same woman. Richard Gere, a fugitive from the slums of Chicago, finds himself pitted against a shy, rich Texan (Sam Shepard) for the love of Abby (Brooke Adams).


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Release Date:
13 September 1978 (USA) See more »
You've got to go through Hell before you get to Heaven See more »
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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Won Oscar. Another 12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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One of the most haunting and beautiful films ever made See more (177 total) »


  (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
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Mel Merrells .... special effects
John Thomas .... special effects
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
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
Crew verified as complete

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94 min
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?

Even though Richard Gere's first notable role was in Looking for Mr. Goodbar in 1977, he actually made Days of Heaven first, but the film took two years to edit and wasn't released until 1978.See more »
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 »
The Farmer:I always thought that being alone was just something that a man had to put up with. It was like I just got used to it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cinematographer Style (2006)See more »
Carnival of the Animals - The AquariumSee more »


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94 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
One of the most haunting and beautiful films ever made, 27 March 2002
Author: katsat from Hawaii

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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