Days Of Heaven details
|Starring:||Robert J. Wilke, Sam Shepard, Stuart Margolin, Timothy Scott, Doug Kershaw, Linda Manz, Bob Wilke, Jackie Shultis, Gene Bell, Brooke Adams, Bob Wilson, Richard Gere|
|Genres:||Drama - Romantic, Romance - General|
|Studio:||PARAMOUNT HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
Days Of Heaven
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||02 Jul 2001|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English|
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A masterpieceBy harryangel from Norfolk , 30 May 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Here we have a movie as enigmatic as its creator. Terrence Malick with only 3 films to his name constructed a film of such staggering beauty it is hard to sum up in mere words. The plot which will sound vaguely familiar concerns a love triangle between Bill(Gere), his girlfriend masquerading as his sister Abby(Adams) and a dying farmer(Sheppard). Emotions are restrained and muted and you will find yourself not caring much for these 3 characters.
The point here is to fully appreciate the film you have to realise the events being told by the girl(Manz) are from her point of view and memories. She is far too young to completely fathom the situations going on around her and many times instead of concentrating on the seemingly important affair between Bill and Abby she tells us of a circus troop that landed on the farm or her sightings of poor people in the streets their tongues hangin out of their mouths".
This is what makes this film a highly original and extremely moving experience. We are being shown the heart of a young girl who never really understood what was happening to her.
Incredible natural light photography from Nestor Almendros and one of Morricones very best scores make this an overwhelming experience for the eyes and ears. Certainly one of the greatest American films of the 1970s and perhaps all time.
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Days of HeavenBy a customer , 24 Jun 2012great film lovely countryside nice shots of the counry.
Sould have been a bit longer, and explained what happened to the girl.
Beautiful to watchBy Ferry41 (223 reviews) from Oxford , 08 Apr 2012Beautifully filmed with spectacular landscapes and sunsets. I found the screenplay too vague though, and the film floated along with the most minimal of stories. Little character development. And then it suddenly ends. Good if you want something nice to watch though.
Early century pastoral among golden wheat and blues guitarsBy LeonHarper (61 reviews) from At the movies , 02 Mar 2012Malick's second feature is an early century rich pastoral over Texan prairies where a love triangle gently mingles among golden wheat and blues guitars quietly drifting towards its fateful end.
Malick and director of photography Nestor Almendros prioritize photography over any other pretext. The film is a visual story bathed with honesty and simplicity. Most of the action takes place in the magic hours of the sunset. The light is natural, dim, and magnificent. Seas of wheat sway gloriously engulfing the bodies and passions of the itinerant workers. A whispering voice-over by Linda Manz adds innocence and candour along the way, a dimension that prevails over the dialogue, grossly ignored and underappreciated.
Beautiful Brooke Adams and competent Sam Shepard are two thirds of a love triangle, basic storyline told efficiently here but with puritanical restraint. Richard Gere adds as much to the film as the plastic cutlery used for catering the extras. Gere is one of the most expressionless actors who roamed the Earth since mankind jumped off the trees. Those smallish eyes do not foretell good news. They are so hard to pinpoint. They fade into their holes and vanish into the face. Malick was not astute here and cast a wooden pole.
The film is an accomplished effort, a classic of the Malicks repertoire, steaming towards the cult status. Elements of the film will linger in the mind of the viewer for decades. Its brilliance is true Malick, the way we like him.
I'm Sorry will you say that againBy jackjojo (12 reviews) from Sheffield , 07 Feb 2012Yes! OK to the visuals, lovely as a Colgate toothpaste ad. but very wearing after a while when there is little else in the way of substance. I'd love to have a discussion with the scriptwriter as to just how satisfied was he with the way his dialogue was handled. Most of it was unintelligable...especially the irritating voice over....most of it a muttered, at best whispered.. and just out of earshot..hard to understand actors who need a couple of years training at a decent drama school to learn somethng of voice and speech. When you cant understand what actors are saying the interest soon wanes. What is the point of having a script if its mauled as it is here.
This fault is common to Terence Malick films and I will surely
look out for the next one...and miss it!!!
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Beautiful imagesBy Zamy (552 reviews) from London , 18 Jul 2011This film is rated as one of the best films of the 1970s. A lot of the credit must go to cinematographer Nester Almendros and Haskell Wexler who took over when Almendros had to leave for another commitment. Watching it again after a long break the images continue to impress but the story seems incredibly slight with under-developed characters. Without the Linda Manz voiceover Malick would not have achieved the coherent movie we have today. So it was an inspired stroke that saved the movie but the effort apparently exhausted Malick and, despite having pleased the bosses at Paramount, he retired to Paris and would not make another feature film until The Thin Red Line in 1998. It is a good film, unconventional in its focus of image over story, but for me, I prefer the approach where the direction of actors is the main focus of the filmmakers art.