A breathtaking depiction of the promise and perils of America’s western expansion, Heaven’s Gate is among Hollywood’s most ambitious and unorthodox epics. When a Harvard graduate relocates to Wyoming as a federal marshal, he learns of a plot to kill the area’s European settlers for their land.
Magnificent. Just be sure to see the full 3 hour, 48 minute version, not one of the chopped-up butchered cuts. The distributors who butchered this film, not Cimino, are responsible for the ruination of the venerable film company started by Griffith, Chaplin, Pickford and Fairbanks.
Cimino's epic Western never stood a chance as the critics were gunning for him even before the film was released. Stories of a spiralling budget, being way behind schedule and out of control filtered out from the shoot and critics who felt they had over praised his previous film The Deer Hunter began to sharpen their pencils. Ignore all the brickbats: he delivered a timeless masterpiece. A magnificent piece of work..