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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.

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Bill
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Abby
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The Farmer
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Linda
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The Farm Foreman (as Robert Wilke)
Jackie Shultis ...
Linda's Friend
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Mill Foreman
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Harvest Hand (as Tim Scott)
Gene Bell ...
Dancer
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Fiddler
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Vaudeville Leader
Frenchie Lemond ...
Vaudeville Wrestler
Sahbra Markus ...
Vaudeville Dancer
Bob Wilson ...
Accountant
Muriel Jolliffe ...
Headmistress
John Wilkinson ...
Preacher
King Cole ...
Farm Worker
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Mill Worker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Terrence Malick

Written by

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Terrence Malick ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jacob Brackman ... executive producer
Bert Schneider ... producer
Harold Schneider ... producer

Music by

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Ennio Morricone

Cinematography by

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Néstor Almendros ... (as Nestor Almendros)

Film Editing by

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Billy Weber

Editorial Department

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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
Richard Garibaldi ... home video mastering colorist (uncredited)

Casting By

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Dianne Crittenden

Art Direction by

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Jack Fisk

Set Decoration by

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Robert Gould

Costume Design by

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Patricia Norris
Jerry R. Allen ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Jamie Brown ... makeup artist
Bertine Taylor ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Coulter Adams ... second unit manager
Les Kimber ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jacob Brackman ... second unit director
Skip Cosper ... first assistant director
Rob Lockwood ... second assistant director
Martin Walters ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Johnny Lattanzio ... painter (as John Lattanzio)
Alan Levine ... property master (as Allan Levine)
Barry Merrells ... assistant propmaster

Sound Department

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Philip Boole ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Allan Bromberg ... assistant: sound editor
Robert Burton ... special audio assistant
Allen Byers ... special audio assistant
Charles L. Campbell ... sound effects editor (as Charles Campbell)
James Cox ... special sound effects
Michael Galloway ... sound recordist
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 ... re-recording mixer
Sharron Miller ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Mel Merrells ... special effects
John Thomas ... special effects

Stunts

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Erin Talbott ... stunt flyer
Joe Watts ... stunt flyer

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Bailey ... camera operator
Edie Baskin ... special still photographer / 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

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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

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Jered Green ... wardrobe: men

Music Department

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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

Script and Continuity Department

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Wallace C. Bennett ... script supervisor (as Wally Bennett)

Transportation Department

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John Brumby ... driver
Don Nablo ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Blue André ... executive assistant: Bert Schneider (as Blue Andre)
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

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Bill and Abby, a young couple who to the outside world pretend to be brother and sister are living and working in Chicago at the beginning of the century. They want to escape the poverty and hard labor of the city and travel south. Together with the girl Linda (who acts as the narrator in the movie) they find employment on a farm in the Texas panhandle. When the harvest is over the young, rich and handsome farmer invites them to stay because he has fallen in love with Abby. When Bill and Abby discover that the farmer is seriously ill and has only got a year left to live they decide that Abby will accept his wedding proposal in order to make some benefit out of the situation. When the expected death fails to come, jealousy and impatience are slowly setting in and accidents become eventually inevitable. Written by Theo de Grood

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Taglines You've got to go through Hell before you get to Heaven See more »
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Also Known As
  • Les moissons du ciel (France)
  • Días del cielo (Spain)
  • Días del cielo (Spain, Castilian title)
  • Himmelska dagar (Sweden)
  • Dias de Paraíso (Brazil)
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Runtime
  • 94 min
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Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Shot almost entirely at "magic hour," the hours between day and night early in the morning and late in the evening. Terrence Malick wanted to have a white sky and no sight of the sun. This was the first film to utilize a new Eastman ultra light-sensitive stock negative which enabled clarified images to be shot in the magic hour; at dawn, at dusk and into the night. See more »
Goofs Towards the end of the movie, Bill fires three shots from a double-barreled shotgun without reloading. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Wiz/Who is Killing The Great Chefs of Europe?/Girlfriends/The Big Fix/Days of Heaven (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Enderlin See more »
Quotes Linda: Nobody's perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you.
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