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Days of Heaven

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Terrence Malick

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Plot Summary

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 voice-overs, after their brief paradise is erased by plagues of locusts, fire, and lethal jealousy. An extraordinary cinematic achievement of sight and sound by writer/director Terrence Malick.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 45
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 8.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: One of the great cinematic achievements of the 1970s. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It is the closest to poetry in motion that I have ever seen. – Andrew Ross,, Apr 11, 2006

Fresh: Almost incontestably the most gorgeously photographed film ever made. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Perhaps the most typical example of a '70s American art film -- daring, romantic, rebellious but also filled with longing for the beauty of the past. – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Quite possibly the most beautiful film ever made...

But please do yourself a favor and buy or rent the DVD. A film this gorgeous-looking is not meant for a tiny little iPod screen.


Malick is one of the few who understands the relationship between dream and cinema. More an experience than a film. This work speaks to the deepest kind of human consciousness; our relationship to the universe, and the magical catastrophe of existence. Transcendent.

Very Dark Movie

Too dark for my taste, this movie left me feeling sorry. Sorry for the people who endured this era. Sorry for the poor who work so hard to bring in the harvest and sweat to manufacture items of convenience for society. Sorry for the characters depicted in this movie. And finally, sorry for the way commercialism has devasted our beautiful landscapes, resources and nature. Being sorry isn't such a bad thing---everyone should learn to apologize---but wow--this movie just forces you to be sorry. I'm sorry...that this dark movie has made me write such a bleak review. Sorry for you, if you're reading this.

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Days of Heaven
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1978

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