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A documentary about a pet cemetery in California, and the people who have pets buried there.

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Lucille Billingsley ...
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Zella Graham ...
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Cal Harberts ...
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Dan Harberts ...
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Phil Harberts ...
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Scottie Harberts ...
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Mike Koewler ...
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Floyd McClure ...
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Ed Quye ...
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Florence Rasmussen ...
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Directed by

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Errol Morris

Produced by

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Errol Morris ... producer

Music by

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Dan Harberts

Cinematography by

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Ned Burgess

Film Editing by

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Errol Morris

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George Berndt ... post-production consultant
George Paul Csicsery ... assistant editor
Suzanne Fenn ... contributing editor
Brad Fuller ... associate editor
Jack Harrell ... color timer
Charles Silver ... supervising editor (as Charles Laurence Silver)

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George Paul Csicsery ... production manager (as George Csicsery)

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Lucy Bruell ... additional sound
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
John Knoop ... additional sound
Jay Miracle ... sound
Walter Saxer ... additional sound

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Francis Frith ... still photographer: Egyptian photograph
John Giannini ... still photographer
Dyanna Taylor ... additional photographer

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William Edmundson ... special thanks
Benjamin Esterman ... special thanks
Cinnabelle Morris ... special thanks

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Plot Summary

The men who run a pet cemetery, and the men and women who bury their pets, become the subject of this documentary. We first meet Floyd McClure, a paraplegic with a dream to create a pet cemetery. One inspiration is the death of his collie years before; and the other is the local rendering plant, which turns animals into glue. He realizes his dream, only to see it fail. Then we visit a successful pet cemetery, run by a father and his two sons. One is a frustrated musician, nursing a broken heart. The other is joining the family business after selling insurance in Salt Lake City. Throughout, we also meet the people who have buried their pets. Written by J. Spurlin

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Also Known As
  • Οι πύλες του Παραδείσου (Greece)
  • Bramy niebios (Poland)
  • Врата небес (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Portais do Céu (Brazil)
  • A mennyország kapui (Hungary)
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  • 85 min
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Trivia German film director Werner Herzog had made a bet with fledgling director (and current film student) Errol Morris that if Morris made a film about pet cemeteries, Herzog would eat his shoe. Morris went on to make this film, so Herzog kept his promise. The meal is documented in the film Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980). See more »
Quotes Mourning pet owner: There's your dog; your dog's dead. But where's the thing that made it move? It had to be something, didn't it?
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