Heaven's Gate

Heaven's Gate (1981)

Genres - Action-Adventure, Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Western Film  |   Release Date - Apr 24, 1981  |   Run Time - 219 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Heaven's Gate is a 1980 American epic Western film written and directed by Michael Cimino. Loosely based on the Johnson County War, it portrays a fictional dispute between land barons and European immigrants in Wyoming in the 1890s. The cast includes Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Sam Waterston, Brad Dourif, Joseph Cotten, Geoffrey Lewis, David Mansfield, Richard Masur, Terry O'Quinn, Mickey Rourke, Willem Dafoe and Nicholas Woodeson, the last two in their first film roles. It is generally considered one of the biggest box office bombs of all time, often being described as one of the worst films ever made.

There were major setbacks in the film's production due to cost and time overruns, negative press (including allegations of animal abuse on-set), and rumors about Cimino's allegedly overbearing directorial style; the film resultantly opened to poor reviews, earning only $3.5 million domestically (from an estimated $44 million budget), eventually causing its parent studio, United Artists, to collapse, and effectively destroying the reputation of its director, Cimino, previously a rising Hollywood auteur from the success of his 1978 film The Deer Hunter, winner of the Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director in 1979. Cimino had an expensive and ambitious vision for the film, pushing it nearly four times over its planned budget. Its resulting financial problems and United Artists' consequent demise led to a move away from the brief 1970s period of director-driven film production in the American film industry, back towards greater studio control of films, as had been predominant in Hollywood until the late 1960s.

In the decades since the film's release, however, general assessment of it has become more nuanced, and, in some cases, more positive, with some critics now describing Heaven's Gate as a "modern masterpiece"; the 1980 re-edit of which after poor test screenings being characterized as "one of the greatest injustices of cinematic history". The BBC ranked Heaven's Gate 98th on their 100 greatest American films of all-time list.

Movie Info

Budget

$44,000,000

Box Office

$3,484,523

Themes

Tags

19th Century, Brothel, Cimino, Cockfight, Cult, Dance, Epic, Heaven, Hollywood, Immigrant, Love Triangle, Montana, True Stories

Attributes

Filming Location: Pinewood Studios
Narrative Location: Wyoming

Alternate Titles

A mennyország kapuja
HU
As Portas do Céu
PT
Brama niebios
PL
Cennetin Kapısı
TR
Dangaus vartai
LT
Das Tor zum Himmel
AT, DE
Heaven's Gate
AU, CA, DK, DE, IN, GB, US
Heaven's Gate - Das Tor zum Himmel
AT, DE
Heaven’s Gate – Das Tor zum Himmel
DE
Himmelporten
NO
I cancelli del cielo
IT
I pyli tis Dyseos
GR
La porte du paradis
FR
La puerta del cielo
AR, MX, PE, ES
Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate
, US
O Portal do Paraíso
BR
Paydirt
US
Poarta raiului
RO
Porten till evigheten
FI
Portti ikuisuuteen
FI
Taramul fagaduintei
RO
Tengoku no mon
JP
The Johnson County War
The Johnson County Wars
, US
Vrata raja
HR, RS, SI, YU
Wrota niebios
PL
Η Πύλη της Δύσεως
GR
Брама небесна
UA
Врата рая
, RU
Вратата на рая
BG
天国の門
JP
天堂之門
TW