Days of Heaven

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Released 1978

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Director:
Terrence Malick
Released:
1978
Rating:
PG
Days of Heaven is a 1978 romantic drama directed by Terrence Malick. Beautiful Abby (Brooke Adams) finds herself sacrificing everything to protect her boyfriend, Bill (Richard Gere). Hot-tempered Bill is now on the lam after killing a man during a fit of rage. Abby and Bill decide to masquerade as brother and sister, cloaking their identities. Along with Abby's little sister, Linda (Linda Manz), they flee from Chicago to Texas, where they assume that nobody will recognize them. The three feel lucky to find work as farm hands, although it is thankless manual labor. Even as a humble farm hand, Abby's beauty shines through, catching the eye of the farmer (Sam Shepard). Although shy, the wealthy farmer is also suffering from a fatal health condition, giving him the urgency he needs to approach Abby. Bill comes up with what he thinks is a genius plan: Abby should marry the farmer and inherit his wealth after he dies. After Abby and the farmer are married, however, life takes an unexpected turn, leaving tensions running high.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Variety

    A dramatically moving and technically breathtaking American art film, one of the great cinematic achievements of the 1970s. (Review of Original Release)

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Above all one of the most beautiful films ever made. Malick's purpose is not to tell a story of melodrama, but one of loss. His tone is elegiac. He evokes the loneliness and beauty...

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    As haunting as its vision of a crystal glass dropped into moonlit water. It lives up to its title. (Reviewed in 1999)

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    Drama

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    70s, Classics, Historical, Love & Romance