Heaven's Gate (1980)



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A notorious artistic and financial failure, Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate was blamed for critically wounding the movie Western and definitively ushering out the 1970s Hollywood New Wave of young, brash, independent filmmakers. Taking a revisionist, post-Vietnam view of American imperialism, Cimino used the historical Johnson County War incident in Wyoming to create an impressionistic tapestry of Western conflict between poor immigrant settlers and rich cattle barons led by Canton (Sam … More

Rating: R
Genre: Western, Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Cimino
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 1, 2013
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Kris Kristofferson

as James Averill
Christopher Walken

as Nathan D. Champion
John Hurt

as Billy Irvine
Sam Waterston

as Frank Canton
Isabelle Huppert

as Ella Watson
Jeff Bridges

as John H. Bridges
Joseph Cotten

as `The Reverend Doctor...
Roseanne Vela

as Beautiful Girl
Rosie Vela

as Beautiful Girl
Paul Koslo

as Mayor Lezak
Stefan Scherby

as Large Man
Waldemar Kalinowski

as Photographer
Terry O'Quinn

as Capt. Minardi
John Conley

as Morrison
Margaret Benczak

as Mrs. Eggleston
James Knobeloch

as Kopestonsky
Erika Petersen

as Mrs. Kopestonsky
Robin Bartlett

as Mrs. Lezak
Marat Yusim

as Russian Merchant
Aivars Smits

as Mr. Kovach
Gordana Rashovich

as Mrs. Kovach
Jarlath Conroy

as Mercenary in New Sui...
Anna Levine

as Little Dot
Pat Hodges

as Jessie
Mickey Rourke

as Nick Ray
Kai Wulff

as German Merchant
Steve Majstorovic

as Czech Merchant
Gabriel Walsh

as Zindel's Clerk
T-Bone Burnett

as Member of the Heaven...
Jack Blessing

as Emigrant Boy
Stephen Bruton

as Member of the Heaven...
Jerry Sullivan

as Governor of Wyoming
David Cass Sr.

as Moustached Mercenary
Paul D'Amato

as Bearded Mercenary
Anatoly Davidov

as Fighting Bulgarian E...
Nina Gaidarova

as Bulgarian Emigrant's...
Wally McCleskey

as Chicken Fighter
Gary 'Buzz' Vezane

as Canton's Bodyguard
H.P. Evetts

as Wolcott's Bodyguard
Bruce Morgan

as Miner Mercenary
Bobby Faber

as Harvard Class Marsha...
Judy Trot

as Irvine's Girlfriend
Brad Dourif

as Mr. Eggleston
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Critic Reviews for Heaven's Gate

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (9)

On a purely sensory level, Heaven's Gate is overpowering.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Top Critic

If anything, Michael Cimino's inert disaster of a Western has gotten worse over the years ...

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

The longer version is impressive as long as the characters and settings remain in long shot; only when the camera gets closer do the problems start.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It really is a stinker.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The balance of director Michael Cimino's film is so confusing, so overlong at three-and-a-half hours and so ponderous that it fails to work at almost every level.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Top Critic

For all the abuse heaped on it, this is -- in its complete version, at least -- a majestic and lovingly detailed Western which simultaneously celebrates and undermines the myth of the American frontier.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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