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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

Writers:

Steven Bach (book), Michael Epstein
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Credited cast:
Steven Bach Steven Bach ... Self (as Stephen Bach)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Ashby ... Self (archive footage)
Sandy Berke Jordan Sandy Berke Jordan ... Self (as Sandra Jordan)
Jeff Bridges ... Self
Richard Burton ... Mark Anthony (archive footage)
Joann Carelli Joann Carelli ... Self (archive footage)
Kathleen Carroll Kathleen Carroll ... Self (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... Self (archive footage)
Michael Cimino ... Self (archive footage)
Francis Ford Coppola ... Self (archive footage)
Willem Dafoe ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Dick Deats Dick Deats ... Self (as Dicky Deats)
Brad Dourif ... Self
Douglas Fairbanks ... Self (archive footage)
David Field David Field ... Self
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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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Documentary

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Not Rated
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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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Alternate Versions

The DVD and blu-ray release of HEAVEN'S GATE in the UK by the label, Second Sight, contains a "DVD version" of the documentary which has been reworked, edited and shortened from it's original TV broadcast length, to 55 minutes. See more »

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Features Heaven's Gate (1980) See more »

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Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate was a fascinating look at the way that production unravelled for the late Michael Cimino
6 July 2016 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Having never seen the movie Heaven's Gate itself, I've always been fascinated by the tale of woe concerning the studio involved-United Artists-and especially the director who made it-the now-late Michael Cimino. He declined to an interview here so what we see of him is from his interview with Gene Shalit on the "Today" show. Among the actors interviewed from the movie are Brad Dourif, Kris Kristofferson, and Jeff Bridges who now owns some of the sets from the Montana location. Willem Dafoe made his debut (uncredited) in the movie and does the narration here. Of the UA executives interviewed, the most fascinating was from Steven Bach who eventually wrote the book about the thing called Final Cut which I read and thought was fascinating if longish. Of Cimino's other films, I've seen and liked The Deer Hunter and Year of the Dragon. I also have a DVD of Thunderfoot and Lightfoot which I hope to watch and review next...


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Language:

English

Release Date:

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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