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Heaven's Gate (1980)
The Greatest American Epic I've Ever Seen
I've seen a lot of movies in my time. Some of them bad, some okay, some which are masterpieces. Without a doubt, Heaven's Gate is the best film I've seen so far. It is a combination of poetry and realism,the likes of which I've never seen in a movie before. Most films I've seen are either more poetic or realistic. The story involves an association of farmers whose product is being stolen by poor and starving European immigrants in Johnson County, Wyoming. Said association decides to create a death list of 125 immigrants much to the outrage of Johnson County Marshal Jim Averill (Kris Kristofferson). The stage is set for a bloody showdown between the immigrants and the association. This scenario is based on a true story called the Johnson County War. As the story goes on, a love triangle develops between the main characters and idealism and realism come to a clash that you won't forget. This film has been overshadowed by controversy due to it's extreme failure at the box office, but don't worry. Heaven's Gate is a masterpiece.