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Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 13 June 2004 (USA)
An inside look at the hectic production of Heaven's Gate (1980), the media circus that turned it into a synonym for movie flop and how it added to the tectonic change that occurred in Hollywood film studios after it infamously flopped.

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Michael Epstein

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Steven Bach (book), Michael Epstein
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Credited cast:
Steven Bach Steven Bach ... Himself (as Stephen Bach)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Ashby ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandy Berke Jordan Sandy Berke Jordan ... Herself (as Sandra Jordan)
Jeff Bridges ... Himself
Richard Burton ... Mark Anthony (archive footage)
Joann Carelli Joann Carelli ... Herself (archive footage)
Kathleen Carroll Kathleen Carroll ... Herself (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Cimino ... Himself (archive footage)
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself (archive footage)
Willem Dafoe ... Narrator (voice)
Dick Deats Dick Deats ... Himself (as Dicky Deats)
Brad Dourif ... Himself
Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
David Field David Field ... Himself
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An inside look at the hectic production of Heaven's Gate (1980), the media circus that turned it into a synonym for movie flop and how it added to the tectonic change that occurred in Hollywood film studios after it infamously flopped.

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English

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13 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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Final Cut: The Making of 'Heaven's Gate' and the Unmaking of a Studio See more »

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Willem Dafoe: [voiceover] There would be appeals, threats, even prayers for cost-cutting, all to no avail, for Michael Cimino knew that the executives at UA were weak. That was evident from the beginning.
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The Making of a Disaster
16 December 2016 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004)

**** (out of 4)

Jeff Bridges, Brad Dourif, Kris Kristofferson and Vilmos Zsigmond are just some of the people involved with HEAVEN'S GATE who are in this documentary to discuss the making of the movie. In case you're not familiar, United Artists pretty much gave director Michael Cimino everything and anything, which ended up costing a lot of people their jobs when the budget went out of control and this was followed by some very bad press and even worse box office.

This documentary does a fantastic job at discussing one of the biggest disasters in Hollywood history. Thankfully it does feature interviews with so many people involved with the production so this gives a terrific look at what was going on behind-the-scenes and what Cimino was actually doing. It rather remarkable to hear this story because it's just shocking to think that there was a time when something like this could have happened. Various options are discussed about what the studio could have done to the director or should have done to it and the reasons why nothing happened.

If you're a film buff then you'll certainly love this documentary because it's perfect at showing what can go wrong when a director is given full control of everything on a film. There are some great archival materials dealing with the release of the picture and how everything pretty much fell apart until the studio was left with a disaster. The only negative thing is that Cimino refused to be interviewed for the film as it would have been great getting his side of everything.


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