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Format: DVD
Sku: 205068953
UPC: 715515026321
UPC 14: 00715515026321
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The Criterion Collection.
One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philospher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting movies of the twentieth century, and his glorious period tragedy Days of Heaven, featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros, stands out among them. In 1910, a Chicago steel worker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor and flees to the Texas panhandle with his girlfriend (Brooke Adams) and little sister (Linda Manz) to work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire-Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating at once a timeless American idyll and a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

"The most gorgeously photographed film ever made.  The Village Voice
"One of the great cinematic achievements of the 1970s.  Variety

Editor's Note
Terrence Malick's follow-up to BADLANDS is an exquisitely photographed story of a group of early-20th-century itinerant workers who find themselves entangled in a deadly love triangle. Bill (Richard Gere) and Abby (Brooke Adams) are lovers who are forced to flee Chicago after Bill accidentally murders his foreman. Together, with Bill's little sister, Linda (Linda Manz), they settle on the land of a wealthy farmer (Sam Shepard) and spend their days working in the wheat fields. Bill discovers that the farmer is terminally ill and convinces Abby to marry him so they can inherit his fortune. As the days progress, it becomes apparent that the farmer isn't getting any sicker, and when he discovers that Abby and Bill had initially set out to con him, their carefree existence comes to a deadly end.

Notorious for its extended postproduction schedule, DAYS OF HEAVEN remains a beautifully composed work of art. Malick uses dialogue minimally, sometimes choosing not to fade in the sound of a scene until the actors have finished speaking. To combat this, he applies Linda's innocent voice-over--as he did with Sissy Spacek's in BADLANDS--to add a poetic dimension. Combined with Nestor Almendros's Oscar-winning cinematography and Ennio Morricone's mellifluent score, DAYS OF HEAVEN is a timeless motion picture that confirms Malick's directorial prowess.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/23/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 1717
Video UPC UPC: 00715515026321
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Brooke Adams
Video Cast Info Linda Manz
Video Cast Info Richard Gere
Video Cast Info Sam Shepard
Video Cast Info Bert Schneider - Producer
Video Cast Info Billy Weber - Editor
Video Cast Info Ennio Morricone - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Jack Fisk - Art Director
Video Cast Info Jacob Brackman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Nestor Almendros - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Terrence Malick - Director
Video Cast Info Terrence Malick - Writer
Plot Summary
Terrence Malick's second film is a lyrical screen poem about life in America at the turn of the century. When a Chicago steel-mill worker is fired after a fight with his supervisor, he hops a train for the Great Plains with his girlfriend and his younger sister. The trio join itinerant workers following the farming season and find a place with a quiet, lonely landowner. As the year passes and the harvest nears, a fateful love triangle develops, with fiery consequences. The performances match the moody compositions in this elegy for the premodern prairie, which now stands firmly as one of the most beautiful motion pictures of all time.


Winner (1980)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Ennio Morricone, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music

Winner (1979)
   Video Award Name Cannes Film Festival, Terrence Malick, Best Director

Nominee (1979)
   Video Award Name Cannes Film Festival, Terrence Malick, Golden Palm Award
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Terrence Malick, Best Director - Motion Picture
   Video Award Name Golden Globe, Days of Heaven, Best Motion Picture - Drama

Winner (1979)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Nestor Almendros, Best Cinematography

Nominee (1979)
   Video Award Name Oscar, Patricia Norris, Best Costume Design
   Video Award Name Oscar, Ennio Morricone, Best Music, Original Score
   Video Award Name Oscar, John Wilkinson, et. al., Best Sound

Memorable Quotes

"I been thinkin' what ta do wit' my fyoochuh... I could be a mud doctuh..." (Linda Manz)

Professional Reviews

"...DAYS OF HEAVEN is a dramatically moving and technically breathtaking American art film, one of the great cinematic achievements of the last decade..." 09/13/1978

New York Times
Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1978" -- "...[Malick is] extraordinarily gifted....Excellent performers..." 12/31/1978 p.II:1

Chicago Sun-Times
"...DAYS OF HEAVEN is above all one of the most beautiful films ever made..." 12/07/1997 p.5

USA Today
"...Gorgeous....A bizarre, early century love triangle..." 10/11/1996 p.3D

Sight and Sound
"Terrence Malick's melodrama is an unlikely masterpiece, and one of the most beautiful films ever committed to celluloid." 02/01/2008 p.96-97

Total Film
5 stars out of 5 -- "Largely lensed in the window between sunset and nightfall, it's a magic hour masterpiece..." 10/01/2011

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
Terence Malick's "Days of Heaven'' has been praised for its painterly images and evocative score, but criticized for its muted emotions: Although passions erupt in a deadly love triangle, all the feelings are somehow held at arm's length. This observation is true enough, if you think only about the actions of the adults in the story. But watching this 1978 film again recently, I was struck more than ever with the conviction that this is the story of a teenage girl, told by her, and its subject is the way that hope and cheer have been beaten down in her heart. We do not feel the full passion of the adults because it is not her passion: It is seen at a distance, as a phenomenon, like the weather, or the plague of grasshoppers that signals the beginning of the end...This is a movie made by a man who knew how something felt, and found a way to evoke it in us. That feeling is how a child feels when it lives precariously, and then is delivered into security and joy, and then has it all taken away again--and blinks away the tears and says it doesn't hurt. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Malick,Terrence
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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