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7,771 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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