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7,522 Ratings

Days of Heaven

Directed by Terrence Malick
United States, 1978


Set at the turn-of-the-century, is the tale of a young steelworker who accidentally kills his boss and flees the city. With his girlfriend and his little sister in tow, they travel to the Texas Panhandle.

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Days of Heaven Directed by Terrence Malick

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1979 | Winner: Best Director

Academy Awards

1979 | Winner: Best Cinematography

1979 | 3 nominations including: Best Costume Design

National Board of Review

1978 | 2 wins including: Best Film

Throughout the film, Shepard lingers somewhere outside of its center of gravity. . . . Malick’s dialogue is sparse and the character is shy, so Shepard does much of his acting through facial expressions, which are so subtle they barely feel like acting. His penetrating gaze seems to look beyond the camera. Like a silent film star, he can speak volumes without as much as a word.
July 05, 2018
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Who would have predicted that DAYS OF HEAVEN would be the most influential American film of the past ten years? A number of movies would be almost impossible without its influence—THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, THERE WILL BE BLOOD (which tipped its hat by employing DAYS’ ingenious production designer, Jack Fisk), most of the work of David Gordon Green—that Malick’s unprecedented approach has come to seem almost familiar.
November 16, 2012
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It’s always a shock to discover that Days of Heaven runs a mere 94 minutes; its scale is so impossibly vast, its perspective so breathtakingly cosmic, that wrapping your arms around it seems a fool’s errand. But if Malick’s movie tells us anything, it’s to be humble in the face of the monumental.
June 28, 2012
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What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    Malick's much celebrated film oscillates between character development and a depiction of an imposing social and natural milieu beyond the control of individual agency. Both motifs are elegantly treated by Almendros but again the indecisive mix of an agrarian epic and art film remains unecessarily fragmentary and far too absorbed in landscape photography. Thus, characters remain fuzzy, in spite of undeniable bravura.

  • Daniel Roque's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    Pastoral poetry filled with stunning shots from the prairie fauna and flora and a forbidden romance to get along to. It would be much more interesting if Bill and Abby were indeed blood brothers - a good incest always spices up.

  • Z's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    Migrant workers fighting for their basic survival, a man who can't run fast enough from past transgressions, a couple whose passion must be hidden and camouflaged from the world, a young girl forced to grow up too soon, her eyes ringed with tears from the unrelenting, confusing, adult horrors she has been exposed to. Malick gives this constant sorrow a stunning, aesthetic luster. Essential cinema from a true master.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    From the pioneering Pan-A-Glide to the 'magic hour' of filming, the reverse-time peanuts from a helicopter to simulate locusts to the shallow focus wheatfield fire... Creative resource; the ingenuity of lo-fi authenticity. Malick's cinematic ambitions to contemplate the mythical and infinite are in full flow, as are his attempts to master Griffithesque lighting techniques. A reclusive auteur deserving of acclaim.

  • Jason's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    An impressionism which marries language/consciousness w/ the infinite natural world in all its finite bits. Malick's cinema becomes totally dense here. Dense in a good way. It is against dualism. The film, like all worlds, or the world of all worlds, is a pulsing, organic, crowded unity. Uncle Nestor's photography is peerless, but never needlessly pretty. He didn't need 'Scope, so neither does yr stupid li'l movie.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    "Beathtaking, sunset kissed cinematography but I couldn't connect with the characters." Might as well add that as my review for all Malick films. Reminded me of 'Barry Lyndon', funnily enough: both stories of deeply flawed sociopaths bathed in natural light (but at least Kubrick's had a barrelful of wit.)

  • film_lies101's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    People love to go on about the cinematography in this film, but if you are using the sun/sky as your light source you really have to be trying to fuck it up. This is first Malick film that ended up being kinda disappointing to me, the voice-over sounds so affected this time around it just took me out of the film every-time it came on. The characters are barely sketches and when they do speak they mumble. Frustrating.

  • joey Noodles's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    Such a lyrical and (obviously) beautiful piece of work. Who cares if it has no story, well, usually I do, but in this film there is something else there. Something in this film feels magical, it doesn't need to have story, I am satisfied with watching people walk around for 90 minutes. I find this extraordinary.

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