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7,726 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?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    [Cinémathèque PT #394: 35 mm (2006)] Almost 40 years old.#this is the hardest Malick to love, mostly because they're waiting for him to die so they can move in. "homem doente, homem pra sempre" # /R.I.P. Sam Shepard./

  • 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.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    I wonder if people who complain about the characters are watching the actors, because I'm never in doubt of the moral burden writ across each expressive face. Of the magnitude of finding something like paradise, which humans naturally cannot sustain. It's devastating and epic, spiritual in a Spinoza sense that unifies each living thing. For my money perhaps the finest American film of the 70s.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Days of Heaven

    Une oeuvre d'une beauté fascinante, magnifiée par la chatoyante caméra de Nestor Almendros qui scande un époustouflant hymne à la nature, traversée d'un constant souffle épique, où les hommes ne semblent être que des fétus de paille, balayés par des événements qui les dépassent et les brisent.

  • 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.

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