Days of Heaven Movie Review Summary

Actors: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, Linda Manz

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Bill and Abby are a young, poor couple who flee Chicago early in the 20th century after Bill accidentally kills a fellow worker. They head south and west, pretending to be brother and sister, with Linda, Abby's 12-year-old sister, who narrates the tale. Eventually they arrive in the wheat fields of the Texas panhandle and find work on the farm of a handsome young farmer. The farmer falls in love with Abby and wants to marry her; when Bill and Abby learn that he is ill and may live only another year, they decide that she should marry him. When he doesn't die, jealousy and impatience lead to a crisis. Color and texture are almost characters in themselves with this gorgeous 1978 film, written and directed by Terrence Malick, and filmed mostly during "the magic hour" of dusk when the sky is white (or gold, or blue) and there's no sun. Malick made a masterpiece with this movie, but would not make another until "The Thin Red Line" 20 years later.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

DAYS OF HEAVEN is the second movie of Terrence Malick he wrote and directed in 1978. Nestor Almendros won the Academy award in the Best Cinematography category.

1916. Richard Gere, Brooke Adams and Linda Manz leave Chicago and its factories by train in order to find employment in a farm in Texas. In order to avoid questions, Gere and Adams pretend to be brother and sister. All summer, they harvest the fields of Sam Shepard, a rich handsome farmer suffering from a terminal disease. Sam falls in love with Adams who, with the approval of Richard Gere, accepts to marry him. But the naive Shepard seems to get better and Gere becomes jealous. As the crickets invade Shepard's fields, the confrontation between Gere and Shepard becomes inevitable. After a dramatic fight, Gere, Adams and Manz must run away to escape the policemen.

A UFO in Hollywood production. Masterpiece.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Days of Heaven

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   farmer Poverty story?    -   Yes Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas    -   Midwest Prairie?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   lot of descript of crop raising Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing

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