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Plot, Details & Awards

Days Of Heaven

PG In Theaters 06/9/1993 , 95min.
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Plot & Details

Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, the long-awaited follow-up to his 1973 debut Badlands, confirmed his reputation as a visual poet and narrative iconoclast with a story of love and murder told through the jaded voice of a child and expressive images of nature. In 1916, Chicago steelworker Bill (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) flees to Texas with his little sister Linda (Linda Manz) and girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) after fatally erupting at his boss. Along with other itinerant laborers, they work the harvest at a wealthy, ailing farmer's ranch, but the farmer (playwright Sam Shepard) falls in love with Abby, and, believing her to be Bill's sister, asks the three to stay on at his elysian spread. Seeing it as his one real chance to escape perpetual poverty, Bill urges Abby to marry the sick man. Marriage, however, has more restorative powers, and the farmer has more magnetism, than Bill had planned. "Nobody's perfect," Linda impassively observes in one of her many voiceovers, after their brief paradise is erased by plagues of locusts, fire, and lethal jealousy.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Robert W. Glass, Jr. Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Ennio Morricone Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Néstor Almendros Won
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Pat Norris Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound John Reitz Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Barry K. Thomas Nominated
1978 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound John K. Wilkinson Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1979 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award Ennio Morricone Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Nominated
1978 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Terrence Malick Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1979 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award Ennio Morricone Won

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1979 Cannes Film Festival Best Director Terrence Malick Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Cinematography Néstor Almendros Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 National Board of Review Best Picture Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 National Society of Film Critics Best Director Terrence Malick Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director Terrence Malick Won

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