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Heaven's Gate (1980)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  19 November 1980 (USA)
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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.

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Nathan D. Champion (as Chris Walken)
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John L. Bridges
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Major Wolcott
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Mayor Charlie Lezak
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In 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. 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>

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The only thing greater than their passion for America...was their passion for each other. See more »


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19 November 1980 (USA)  »

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$44,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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There is no time lapse between the song played for the roller skaters, Jim taking Bridges out to the wagon, and Jim coming back in for his dance with Ella. Still, when he goes back inside, the entire crowd is gone, and Jim and Ella are no longer wearing the roller skates. See more »

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Captain Minardi: Do you know what I really dislike about you, Jim? You're a rich man with a good name. You only pretend to be poor.
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An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), Op. 314
(as "The Blue Danube Waltz")
Music by Johann Strauß
Performed by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic (as The New York Philharmonic Orchestra)
Waltz danced on the lawn and heard as a theme
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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.


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