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Terrence Malick (written by)
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Release Date:
13 September 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 12 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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In the Magic Hour See more (173 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)
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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
 
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
Gino Havens .... casting assistant (as Geno Havens)
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
 
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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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The biplane in the "Flying Circus" is a De Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth, an aircraft first produced in 1931.See more »
Quotes:
Linda:There were people sufferin' in pain and hunger. Some people their tongues were hangin' out of their mouths.See more »
Movie Connections:
References City Girl (1930)See more »
Soundtrack:
Swamp DanceSee more »

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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
In the Magic Hour, 31 July 2006
Author: MacAindrais from Canada

Days of Heaven (1978) ****

"Nobody's perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you."

This line delivered by Linda Manz in Terrence Malick's gorgeous masterpiece, 'Days of Heaven,' sums up everything you need to know about life on earth. Much of Malick's themes have been devoted to man versus nature, and the idea of perfection is not outside that realm - imperfection is the nature of mankind.

Richard Gere, in his greatest performance, plays Bill, a hot headed, lower class worker, who in a moment of mistake accidentally kills his boss in a Chicago factory. We see that the boss is hassling Bill, but we never know why, we just see faces but no distinguishable voices over the roar of the factory. Bill, his sister (Manz) and his girlfriend Abby, played by Brooke Adams, take off for the panhandle, hitching a ride on a train. Bill and Abby tell everyone that they are all brothers and sisters, because as you know, "people talk." They find work on a farm owned by the rich farmer, played by Sam Shepard. Many other films would make the farmer the bad guy, giving him trade mark heel characteristics, but Shepard's farmer, who we learn is dying, is soulful, and yearning for love. He see's Abby, and is interested, and eventually will ask her to stay - after Bill hears the doctor tell him he has about a year to live. They decide to stay, and after some persuasion from Bill, Abby will marry the dying farmer so that they can be heir to his fortune. Suspicions arise, and hearts and lives are broken, and the Days of Heaven will come to a halting end.

The cinematography is some of the most breathtaking ever captured on film. 'Days of Heaven' could even considered a masterpiece for its aesthetic beauty alone, if the story were not so terrific. Everything about the film is magnificent. Ennio Morricone's score is haunting and beautiful. You will remember it forever, along with Linda Manz' unforgettable narration, likely one of the greatest voice overs in film history. Many have criticized Malick's distancing techniques and muted emotions. We are always kept at arms length away. But these people don't realize that the story is a memory, a memory from the real main character - Linda. Also, in a method that Robert Bresson used, by distancing us emotionally, it leaves us to add our own emotions and imaginations in the story, heightening the power of the film, as long as you are willing not to be spoon-fed what to think.

Terrence Malick is a filmmaker who came out of nowhere with his talents already fulfilled, and he has not stopped since. His films are filled with such heartbreaking beauty and symbolism, and he is one of the few living filmmakers who truly are creating art, rather than just entertainment. He had one of the greatest debuts ever, in the mesmerizing and haunting 'Badlands,' the deepest and most philosophical 'The Thin Red Line,' which is likely the greatest contemporary war film (as suggested by the late Gene Siskel)and the stunningly beautiful 'The New World.' His films are deep and meaningful, and to get into the underlying symbolism and themes of them here would be pointless, and better saved for a long essay.

Days of Heaven is one of the greatest, and most beautiful films ever made. Cinema is at a low point recently, but as long as Terrence Malick is still making films, we still have some heavenly art to look forward to.

PS - Hopefully someone like Criterion will create a new DVD, as the current one has some soundtrack problems. Imagine seeing it restored, visually and audibly.

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