MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 143 this week

Heaven's Gate (1980)

6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 8,326 users  
Reviews: 175 user | 96 critic

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a sheriff born into wealth attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 31 titles
created 14 May 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 05 Dec 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 15 Feb 2013
 
a list of 42 titles
created 29 Oct 2013
 
a list of 24 titles
created 4 weeks ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Heaven's Gate" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Heaven's Gate (1980)

Heaven's Gate (1980) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Heaven's Gate.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A racist Vietnam vet becomes a New York cop and cracks down on organized crime in Chinatown.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane
The Sunchaser (1996)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael Reynolds is a rich oncologist who has a $175,000 sports car, a multi-million dollar home, and a new boost in his career. Brandon 'Blue' Monroe is a dying patient who kidnaps ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jon Seda, Anne Bancroft
The Sicilian (1987)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Egocentric bandit Salvatore Giuliano fights the Church, the Mafia, and the landed gentry while leading a populist movement for Sicilian independence.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Christopher Lambert, Terence Stamp, Joss Ackland
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

An escaped con on the run from the law moves into a married couple's home and takes over their lives.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Mickey Rourke, Anthony Hopkins, Mimi Rogers
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

With the help of an irreverent young sidekick, a bank robber gets his old gang back together to organize a daring new heist.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jeff Bridges, George Kennedy
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam war impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale
Fade to Black (1980)
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A shy, lonely, film geek goes on a killing spree against those who bully and browbeat him, while at the same time, he stalks his idol; a Marilyn Monroe look-alike.

Director: Vernon Zimmerman
Stars: Dennis Christopher, Tim Thomerson, Gwynne Gilford
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An inside look at the hectic production of Heaven's Gate, the media circus that turned it into a synonym for movie flop and how it added to the tectonic change that occurred in Hollywood film studios after it infamously flopped.

Director: Michael Epstein
Stars: Steven Bach, Hal Ashby, Sandy Berke Jordan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Nathan D. Champion (as Chris Walken)
...
...
...
...
...
...
John L. Bridges
...
Major Wolcott
...
Mayor Charlie Lezak
...
Trapper Fred
...
Cully
Rosie Vela ...
Beautiful girl (as Roseanne Vela)
Mary Catherine Wright ...
Nell (as Mary C. Wright)
...
Small man
Edit

Storyline

Michael Cimino's bleak anti-western based on events in 1890s Wyoming. Sheriff James Averill attempts to protect immigrant farmers from wealthy cattle interests, and also clashes with a hired gun, Nathan Champion, over the woman they both love, Ella Watson. Both men find themselves questioning their roles in the furious conflict between wealthy landowners and European immigrants attempting to build new lives on the American frontier, which culminates in a brutal pitched battle. Written by Bernard Keane <BKeane2@email.dot.gov.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What one loves about life are the things that fade. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | | |

Release Date:

19 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate  »

Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$1,500,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1981 re-cut) | (original cut) | (2012 director's recut)

Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to Steven Bach's book "Final Cut", after principal photography had ended, Michael Cimino was granted $3 million dollars to film the prologue and epilogue. The prologue scene that takes place at Harvard University, but which was shot in Oxford, England after Harvard had refused to let them shoot on the campus. He was given that money with an ultimatum which was to have the prologue done in the specific amount of time ordered by the studio with no more money to be spent on wasted film. However, Cimino asked for $5.2 million but the studio refused. Instead Cimino agreed to the $3 million. The studio would have completely scrapped the entire prologue and epilogue, if Cimino had not followed orders. See more »

Goofs

The opening scenes and epilogue are supposed to take place at Harvard, but were shot in Oxford, England. Oxford's buildings are built in a variety of architectural styles, while Harvard buildings are solely Georgian. See more »

Quotes

Ella Watson: I never cheated on you. I always made Nate pay.
See more »


Soundtracks

"Mamou Two-Step'
Written by Doug Kershaw'
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
What did Hollywood have against Heaven?
4 November 2000 | by (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) – See all my reviews

I was expecting this movie to be a stinker but I wanted to see for myself, but I was surprised how good of a movie this was. I know longer movies often don't do well at the box office but why this was pulled and not allowed to be viewed by the public is beyond me. It maintained my interest throughout and the scenery and photography is breathtaking at times. The plot was good and the morality play was a good one. I liked the realism which was along the lines of "Unforgiven". I had to rent this movie to see it but it was definitely worth it.


56 of 91 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The feeling when you've finished this film PunchPynchon
Criterion is currently working on releasing Heaven's Gate eskenazi
What languages the immigrants? bookworm345
Waste of time laughing_solo
Blu-ray? caride
5 hr 20 min version??? jeek
Discuss Heaven's Gate (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?