Heaven's Gate Poster

Release Date: November 19th, 1981

DVD Release Date: February 29th, 2000

R|3 hr 38 min

Plot Summary
Harvard graduate James Averill (Kris Kristofferson) is the sheriff of prosperous Jackson County, Wyo., when a battle erupts between the area's poverty-stricken immigrants and its wealthy cattle farmers. The politically connected ranch owners fight the immigrants with the help of Nathan Champion (Christopher Walken), a mercenary competing with Averill for the love of local madam Ella Watson (Isabelle Huppert). As the struggle escalates, Averill and Champion begin to question their decisions.

Cast: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, John Hurt, Jeff Bridges, Sam Waterston

Director: Michael Cimino

Genres: Historical drama, Western

Production Co: United Artists, Partisan Productions

Distributors: Metro Goldwyn Mayer, United Artists

Keywords: Gritty, Rivalry, Transformation, Love


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