Heaven's Gate

Heaven's Gate

Kris Kristofferson
Director: Michael Cimino Cast: Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kristofferson
, Christopher Walken
Christopher Walken
, Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
Michael Cimino

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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 Waterston) and his hired gun Nate Champion (Christopher Walken). Attempting to mediate is idealistic Harvard graduate and county marshal Averill (Kris Kristofferson), who is both Nate's friend and his romantic rival for the affections of Ella Watson (Isabelle Huppert). However, war erupts, at great cost to all involved. Flush from his success with the Oscar-winning The Deer Hunter (1978), Cimino demanded creative control, and his insistence on shooting on location and building historically accurate sets and props multiplied the film's original budget to a then-astronomical $36 million. When United Artists premiered the original 219-minute version (sight unseen), they discovered that Cimino had produced an elliptical epic, compounding the box-office difficulties of making a Western without any major stars. Critics howled about Cimino's incomprehensible self-indulgence, and United Artists pulled the film after several days. Re-released five months later, 70 minutes shorter, Heaven's Gate bombed again, and MGM bought out the financially crippled United Artists. The ailing Western genre virtually vanished during the 1980s, Cimino's career never recovered, and Hollywood studios had had enough of bankrolling financially risky ventures by "auteur" directors. Heaven's Gate's reputation recovered somewhat after its video release, as it garnered praise from some viewers for such visually remarkable sequences as the Harvard dance and the final battle, as well as for David Mansfield's haunting score. Steven Bach's book Final Cut provides a full production history.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2012
UPC: 0715515101219
Original Release: 1981
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 3:36:00
Sales rank: 8,985

Special Features

Director-approved two-dvd special edition features:; Disc one: ; New, restored transfer of part I of director Michael Cimino's cut of the film, supervised by Cimino; New restoration of the 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Cimino; New illustrated audio interview with Cimino and producer Joann Carelli; ; Disc two:; New, restored transfer of part II of director Cimino's cut of the film, supervised by Cimino; New restoration of the 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Cimino; New interviews with actor Kris Kristofferson, soundtrack arranger and performer David Mansfield, and second assistant director Michael Stevenson; Restoration demonstration; Teaser and TV spot; ; Plus:; A booklet featuring an essay by critic and programmer Guilia D'Agnolo Vallan and a 1980 interview with Cimino

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kris Kristofferson Marshal James Averill
Christopher Walken Nathan D. Champion
Isabelle Huppert Ella Watson
Sam Waterston Frank Canton
Brad Dourif Mr. Eggleston
John Hurt Billy Irvine
Jeff Bridges John H. Bridges
Joseph Cotten The Reverend Doctor
Rosie Vela Beautiful Girl
Ronnie Hawkins Wolcott
Geoffrey Lewis Trapper
Jack Blessing Actor
Norton Buffalo Actor
Willem Dafoe Actor
Waldemar Kalinowski Photographer
Mady Kaplan Actor
Caroline Kava Actor
Allen Keller Actor
Anna Levine Actor
Kevin McClarnon Actor
Elizabeth McGovern Actor
Gordana Rashovich Actor
Mickey Rourke Actor
Stefan Scherby Large Man
Jerry Sullivan Actor
Gabriel Walsh Actor
Nicholas Woodeson Small Man
Mary Catherine Wright Nell
Kai Wulff Actor
Marat Yusim Actor
Jarleth Conroy Actor
Robin Bartlett Mrs. Lezak
Paul Koslo Mayor
Richard Masur Cully
Tom Noonan Jake
Terry O'Quinn Capt. Minardi
Judi Trott Actor
T-Bone Burnett Member of the Heaven's Gate Band
Stephen Bruton Member of the Heaven's Gate Band

Technical Credits
Michael Cimino Director,Screenwriter
Richard W. Adams Sound Editor
Joann Carelli Producer
Brian Cook Asst. Director
Herbert Spencer Deverill Art Director
Eleanor Fazan Choreography
Maurice Fowler Art Director
Lisa Fruchtman Editor
Jerry Greenberg Editor
Michael Grillo Asst. Director
J. Allen Highfill Costumes/Costume Designer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
David Mansfield Score Composer
Charles Okun Producer
Peter Price Production Manager
William H. Reynolds Editor
Tom Rolf Editor
Winston Ryder Sound Editor
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heaven's Gate
1. Opening Credits [3:05]
2. Harvard, 1870 [2:56]
3. Imperative Duty [3:17]
4. According to Ability [4:26]
5. Spinning to Strauss [3:01]
6. Fists and Flowers [2:09]
7. "It's Over" [1:31]
8. Twenty Years Later [1:16]
9. Shadow of Death [4:39]
10. "The Asshole of Creation" [6:26]
11. Hired Guns [6:56]
12. The Association [4:27]
13. Reunited [7:18]
14. Price of Land [2:24]
15. Canton's Plan [2:08]
16. "One of Us" [1:25]
17. Cockfight [2:55]
18. War on a County [3:19]
19. Keeping the Peace [3:05]
20. The Best Pie [6:19]
21. Birthday Present [4:45]
22. Averill's Plea [5:28]
23. Heaven's Gate [5:16]
24. Dance for Two [3:58]
25. Champion's Warning [6:54]
26. Dropping Off Averill [2:36]
27. Proposal [4:37]
28. What Nate Wants [3:28]
29. Backbreaking Work [2:02]
30. Death List [3:13]
Disc #2 -- Heaven's Gate
1. "Your Name's On It" [2:35]
2. Wallpaper [5:27]
3. Rifles on Rails [4:13]
4. No Escape [2:46]
5. Grab the Tongue [4:12]
6. The Names [6:04]
7. Intruders [6:50]
8. "We Are the Law" [3:30]
9. Walking Out [7:07]
10. Last Drink [1:31]
11. "I Just Quit" [4:19]
12. Up In Flames [5:59]
13. Holding Together [4:36]
14. "I Told You So" [4:10]
15. Charging In [1:33]
16. Ring of Fire [6:24]
17. Last Words [3:41]
18. Roman Strategy [2:31]
19. Final Assault [6:59]
20. "It's the Rules" [2:50]
21. Sad Waltz [2:46]
22. Cruel Fate [2:58]
23. Adrift [8:08]
1. Color Bars [:20]

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