“It’s getting dangerous to be poor in this country.”
A sheriff (Kris Kristofferson) tries to stop the slaughter of 125 innocent immigrants in 1890s Wyoming.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Christopher Walken Films
- Historical Drama
- Immigrants and Immigration
- Isabelle Huppert Films
- John Hurt Films
- Joseph Cotten Films
- Kris Kristofferson Films
- Sam Waterston Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this notoriously pretentious, painfully slow, annoyingly confusing historical drama has gone down in film history as “one of Hollywood’s greatest fiascos”: a big-budget ($36 million) flop which nearly “ruined United Artists.” Although he posits that anyone watching will believe “he or she could have done a better editing job”, Peary simultaneously doubts that this bloated film is even salvageable. Director Michael Cimino’s narcissistic tendency to linger too long on each of his scenes was hinted at in the interminable opening wedding sequence of his otherwise powerful Vietnam-era drama The Deer Hunter (1978); here, however, that tendency is impossibly out-of-control. It’s a rare instance when I can’t finish a title listed in Peary’s book, but Heaven’s Gate was a notable exception.
- Vilmos Zsigmond’s cinematography
Yes, but only for its notoriety.
- Controversial Film
- Historically Relevant