Days of Heaven

Release Date: June 9th, 1993

DVD Release Date: March 30th, 1999

PG |1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary

A screen poem about life in America at the turn of the century. A story of love and murder told through the voice of a child and expressive images of nature in 1916. A steelworker flees Chicago after a fight with his boss; he takes his little sister and girlfriend with him.

Cast: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz, Robert J. Wilke, Jackie Shultis, Stuart Margolin, Timothy Scott

Director: Terrence Malick

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Dark, Deception, Love triangle, Girlfriend, Escape, Fall, Sister, Temptation, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Above all one of the most beautiful films ever made. Malick's purpose is not to tell a story of melodrama, but one of loss. His tone is elegiac. He evokes the loneliness and beauty of the limitless Texas prairie. [7 Dec. 1997] show more

  • 100
    Edward GuthmannSan Francisco Chronicle

    Days of Heaven is a visual poem. Slow and elegant, reverential in the way it celebrates the earth's contours and the play of light. [27 Oct. 1999, p.B3]

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    Days of Heaven is the grand climax of the whole "Bonnie and Clyde"-"Badlands" tradition of outlaw-lovers-on-the-run movies. Shot by Nestor Almendros and the uncredited Haskell Wexler, it's a cinematographic masterpiece. [20 March 1998]

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Nominated Sound
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Costume Design