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Heaven's Gate ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations.
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Cast

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James Averill
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Nathan D. Champion (as Chris Walken)
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William C. Irvine
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Frank Canton
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Mr. Eggleston
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Ella Watson
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The Reverend Doctor
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John L. Bridges
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Maj. Wolcott
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Mayor Charlie Lezak
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Trapper Fred
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Cully
Rosie Vela ...
Beautiful Girl (as Roseanne Vela)
Mary Catherine Wright ...
Nell (as Mary C. Wright)
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Small Man
Stefan Shcherby ...
Big Man
Waldemar Kalinowski ...
Photographer
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Capt. Minardi
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Morrison (as John Conley)
Margaret Benczak ...
Mrs. Eggleston
Jim Knobeloch ...
George Kopestonsky (as James Knobeloch)
Erika Petersen ...
Mrs. Kopestonsky
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Mrs. Lezak
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Jake
Marat Yusim ...
Russian Merchant
Aivars Smits ...
Michael Kovach
Gordana Rashovich ...
Mrs. Kovach
Jarlath Conroy ...
Mercenary in New Suit
Allen Keller ...
Dudley
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Stefka
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Kathia
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Little Dot
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Jessie (as Pat Hodges)
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Nick Ray
Kevin McClarnon ...
Arapaho Brown
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German Merchant
Steven Majstorovic ...
Czech Merchant (as Steve Majstorovic)
Gabriel Walsh ...
Zindel's Clerk
Norton Buffalo ...
Private
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Emigrant Boy
Jerry Sullivan ...
Governor of Wyoming
Jerry McGee ...
Heaven's Gate Band
Cleve Dupin ...
Heaven's Gate Band
Stephen Bruton ...
D.B. Schultz - Heaven's Gate Band
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Heaven's Gate Band
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John DeCory - Skating Violinist
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Heaven's Gate Band (as T-Bone Burnett)
David S. Cass Sr. ...
Moustached Mercenary (as David Cass)
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Bearded Mercenary
Peter Osusky ...
Peter
Ivan Kormanik ...
Ivan
Michael Christensen ...
Juggler
Anatoli Davydov ...
Fighting Bulgarian Emigrant (as Anatoly Davydov)
Nina Gaidarova ...
Bulgarian Emigrant's Wife
Wally McCleskey ...
Chicken Fighter
Gary Vezane ...
Canton's Bodyguard (as Gary 'Buzz' Vezane)
H.P. Evetts ...
Wolcott's Bodyguard
Bruce Morgan ...
Miner - Mercenary
Bobby Faber ...
Class Marshal - Harvard
Judi Trott ...
Irvine's Girlfriend (as Judi Trot)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Chapman ...
Charles.
Steve Holbrook ...
Young mercenary
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Hangman (scenesDeleted)
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Morrison's Sentry (uncredited)
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Willy (uncredited)
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Refugee (uncredited)
Les Gapay ...
Extra (uncredited)
Ian Hislop ...
Bit Part - Graduation Scene (uncredited)
Al Nazario Hunter ...
Regulator (uncredited)
Lincoln Hurst ...
Harvard Undergraduate (uncredited)
David Lewis ...
Extra (uncredited)
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Immigrant (uncredited)
Eric Wood ...
Immigrant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Cimino

Written by

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Michael Cimino ... (written by)

Produced by

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Joann Carelli ... producer
Denis O'Dell ... executive producer
Charles Okun ... executive producer

Music by

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David Mansfield

Cinematography by

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Vilmos Zsigmond

Film Editing by

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Lisa Fruchtman
Gerald B. Greenberg ... (as Gerald Greenberg)
William Reynolds
Tom Rolf

Editorial Department

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Donah Bassett ... negative cutter
Melissa Bretherton ... assistant editor (as Mellissa Bretherton)
Neil Farrell ... assistant editor
Barbara Gandolfo-Frady ... assistant editor
Aubrey Head ... color timer
Harry Peck Bolles ... apprentice editor
Michael E. Polakow ... assistant editor
Michael Ripps ... assistant editor
Ralph Sandler ... assistant film editor
Penelope Shaw ... assistant editor
José Antonio Torres ... assistant film editor (as Jose Torres)

Casting By

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Cis Corman
Tony Gaznick
Jane Hallaren ... (as Jane Halloran)

Production Design by

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Tambi Larsen

Art Direction by

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Spencer Deverell ... (as Spencer Deverill)
Maurice Fowler

Set Decoration by

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James L. Berkey ... (as Jim Berkey)
Josie MacAvin

Costume Design by

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J. Allen Highfill ... (as Allen Highfill)

Makeup Department

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Christine Allsopp ... daily makeup artist uk
Thomas R. Burman ... special makeup effects artist (as Tom Burman)
Verne Caruso ... hair stylist (as Vern Caruso)
Ken Chase ... makeup artist
Tom Hoerber ... makeup artist (as Thomas A. Hoerber)
Mary Keats ... hair stylist
Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Jerry O'Dell ... makeup artist (as Gerald W. O'Dell)
Connie Reeve ... daily makeup artist uk
Ken Diaz ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Robert Grand ... production manager (as Bob Grand)
Denis O'Dell ... production manager (as Dennis O'Dell)
Charles Okun ... production manager
Peter Price ... production manager
William Reynolds ... executive in charge of post-production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Andy Armstrong ... second assistant director
Dennis Capps ... second assistant director
Brian W. Cook ... assistant director (as Brian Cook)
Richard Graves ... second assistant director
Michael Grillo ... assistant director
Duncan Henderson ... dga trainee
Terry Needham ... second assistant director
Michael Stevenson ... second assistant director
Ken Tuohy ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Ragnar Antonsen ... drapery foreman
Gus Basso ... greensman
Joseph D. Brady ... construction foreman
Carmine Goglia ... stand-by painter
Jaymes Hinkle ... scenic sign painter (as Jimmy J. Hinkle)
Dick Kyker ... property master
Maurice Larson ... sign painter gang boss
Nancy Mickelberry ... set designer
James F. Orendorff ... construction coordinator (as James Orendorff)
David Q. Quick ... assistant property master (as David Quick)
Rudy Reachi ... assistant property master (as Rodolfo Reachi)
Bob Sherwood ... stand-by propman
Alan Sims ... assistant property master / lead man
Robert J. Visciglia Sr. ... property master (as Robert Visciglia)
James T. Woods ... painter gang boss
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Tom Jung ... poster artist (uncredited) / poster designer (uncredited)
William Ladd Skinner ... set designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard Adams ... sound editor (as Richard W. Adams)
Donald A. Bolger ... boom operator (as Don Bolger)
Charles J. Bond ... cable person (as Charles Bond)
Arthur Carelli ... cable person
Ken Dufva ... foley artist
Michael Jablow ... assistant sound editor
Chris Jenkins ... re-recording mixer
James J. Klinger ... supervising sound editor
Jas. Klinger ... assistant sound editor
C. Darin Knight ... sound mixer (as Darin Knight)
Robert Knudson ... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudsen)
Skip Macdonald ... assistant sound editor
Don MacDougall ... re-recording mixer (as Don Mac Dougall)
Tom C. McCarthy ... sound editor (as Tom McCarthy)
Gene Radzik ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (2004 5.1 update)
Winston Ryder ... sound editor
Curt Schulkey ... sound editor
Jonathan Andrews ... sound liason (uncredited)
Malcolm Davies ... sound (uncredited)
Richard Portman ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dan Sharp ... sound re-recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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James Camomile ... special effects (as Jim Camomile)
Stan Parks ... special effects
Ken Pepiot ... special effects
Samuel E. Price ... special effects (as Sam Price)
Kevin Quibell ... special effects
Paul Stewart ... special effects

Stunts

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Buddy Van Horn ... stunt coordinator
William H. Burton Jr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Hank Calia ... stunts (uncredited)
David S. Cass Sr. ... stunts (uncredited)
Loyd Catlett ... stunt double: Jeff Bridges (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Tom Elliott ... stunts (uncredited)
H.P. Evetts ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Finnegan ... stunts (uncredited)
Alan Gibbs ... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Hart ... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunts (uncredited)
Leroy Johnson ... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison ... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Randles ... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Scott ... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Waters ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Tony Cridlin ... key grip
Ray De La Motte ... camera operator
Dick Deats ... key grip (as Richard Deats)
Doug DiGioia ... camera operator (as Doug DiGoia)
Eric Engler ... assistant camera
Jeff Gershman ... camera operator (as Jeff Gerhsman)
Michael Gershman ... assistant camera
Paul Gilbert ... camera operator
Ernst Haas ... still photographer
John Harris ... camera operator
Lee Heckler ... gaffer
John Hull ... grip
Jan Kiesser ... camera operator
Kyle T. MacDowell ... grip
Ken Miller ... best boy grip
Louis Niemeyer ... assistant camera
Ken Nishino ... assistant camera
László Pal ... additional camera operator
Kelvin Pike ... camera operator
Paul M. Pollard ... camera operator (as Paul Pollard)
László Regos ... camera operator (as Laszlo Regos)
Joseph D. Steuben ... camera operator (as Joseph Steuben)
Jenny Thomson ... camera operator: "b" camera, second unit

Casting Department

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Pam Caper ... casting associate
Jim Comfort ... extras casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Beth Alexander ... costumer
Sandy Berke Jordan ... costumer: women (as Sandy Berke)
James P. Cullen ... costumer
Barry Francis Delaney ... costumer (as Barry Delaney)
Claudia Everett ... wardrobe assistant
Lisa M. Lewis ... wardrobe
Frimi Okun ... costumer
Laurie Riley ... costumer: men

Location Management

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Alan B. Curtiss ... location manager
Joe Stanley ... location manager

Music Department

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Joann Carelli ... music supervisor
William Saracino ... music editor (as Bill Saracino)

Transportation Department

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Gene R. Johnson ... transportation coordinator (as Gene Johnson)

Other crew

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Ted Albert ... unit publicist
Bryan Buchanan ... lead stand-in
Kim Burke ... wrangler
Eleanor Fazan ... choreographer
Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer
Joy Helman ... unit publicist: UK
Scott Hough ... production assistant
Sally Jones ... script supervisor
Lynda Karjola ... production coordinator
Alex Matcham ... assistant accountant
Patty Nelson ... secretary: Mr. Cimino
Gene O'Brien ... wrangler (as Gene O'Brian)
Fred O'Dell ... wrangler (as Freddie O'Dell)
Betty Owens ... assistant production accountant
Sally Pardo ... production assistant
Ellen Ribner ... researcher
June Samson ... script supervisor
Dominic Santarone ... caterer
Ruth Santarone ... caterer
Tom Seidman ... assistant trainee (as Thomas Seidman)
Nanette Siegert ... production coordinator
William Snyder ... production assistant
Tad Tadlock ... additional choreographer
Ann Tait ... production controller (as Anne M. Tait)
Bill Twaddle ... wrangler
Rudy Ugland ... boss wrangler
Robert Weinstein ... researcher
Jerry Young ... wrangler
Natalie Drache ... script supervisor (uncredited)

Production Companies

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Distributors

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Special Effects

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Other Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

Wyoming, 1890. James Averill is the Sherriff of Johnson County, a county largely inhabited by foreign immigrants. The wealthy cattle owners view the immigrant farmers as a nuisance and hindrance to them enlarging their own land. The cattlemen's association, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, effectively declares war on the immigrant farmers, and gets the state government's blessing. They assemble an army of guns-for-hire, and, backed by US cavalry, set out to rid the state of the immigrants. James Averill's heart is with the immigrants but he is not sure they have a chance of winning the inevitable war. Written by grantss

Plot Keywords
Taglines What one loves about life are the things that fade. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate (United States)
  • The Johnson County War (United States)
  • The Johnson County Wars (United States)
  • La porte du paradis (France)
  • Heaven's Gate - Das Tor zum Himmel (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 325 min
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Box Office

Budget $44,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $12,032, 19 Nov 1980

Did You Know?

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Trivia This film is notorious for the amount of animal abuse that took place during production. Actual cockfights, decapitated chickens, and physical torture of horses, including at least four deaths are all proven to have taken place. The outcry prompted the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) to contractually authorize the American Humane Society to monitor the use of all animals in all filmed media. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western (1997). See more »
Soundtracks "Mamou Two-Step' See more »
Quotes Frank Canton: Mr. Champion, my grandfather was the Secretary of War to Harrison. His brother was the governor of the state of New York. My brother-in-law is Secretary of State. And to you, I represent the full authority of the government of the United States and the President.
Nathan D. Champion: Fuck him too.
Billy Irvine: Bravo, sir!
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