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Michael Cimino writes and directs this large-scale Western starring Kris Kristofferson and Christopher Walken. Set in the late 1800s in Johnson County, Wyoming, the film follows the conflict between American cattlemen and European immigrants. Harvard graduate James Averill (Kristofferson) is appointed marshal to keep the peace, but clashes with his friend, gunfighter Nate Champion (Walken), who is working for land baron Frank Canton (Sam Waterston). Champion, like Averill, is vying for the attentions of Ella Watson (Isabelle Huppert), the madam of the local brothel, which only adds to the rivalry between the two men. Soon the situation in Johnson County worsens and war breaks out with disastrous consequences. The cast also includes Joseph Cotton, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt and Mickey Rourke.
Richly textured and visually compelling, this lavish, epic western retells the true story of Wyoming's infamous Johnson County War - a brutal conflict during which wealthy cattlemen, backed by the U.S government hired mercenaries to murder 125 immigrant settlers.
From the incredible beauty of the magnificent landscapes to the explosive violence of the bloody battle itself, Heaven's Gate combines breathtaking cinematography, Oscar-nominated Art Direction and memorable performances by Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert and Jeff Bridges in a spectacular, panoramic and ultimately haunting look at the reverse side of the American dream.
So totally underrated as a film and as a western.... this is a classic piece of story telling and while it isn't perfect it is much better than the critics would have you believe. Read morePublished 4 days ago by David Priol
It was great then and its great now - the mauling Cimino received on release of this movie was totally over egged, badly presented and without any justification. . Read morePublished 24 days ago by Lonely Boy
Why can't the UK edition not be 216-219 mins as per Director's Cut? Or is the information of 207 mins wrong!?!
In France they have 217mins french language only edition ....
I now know why the critics slated this film - charity shop here it comes.Published 1 month ago by Mike Pinchen