Michael Cimino

Heaven’s Gate

Heaven’s Gate

A breathtaking depiction of the promise and perils of America’s western expansion, Heaven’s Gate, directed by Michael Cimino, is among Hollywood’s most ambitious and unorthodox epics. Kris Kristofferson brings his weathered sensuality to the role of a Harvard graduate who relocates to Wyoming as a federal marshal; there, he learns of a government-sanctioned plot by cattle barons to kill the area’s European settlers for their land. The resulting battle is based on the bloody real-life Johnson County War of 1892. Also starring Isabelle Huppert and Christopher Walken, Heaven’s Gate is a savage and ravishingly shot take on western movie lore. This release presents the full director’s cut, letting viewers today see Cimino’s potent original vision.

Film Info

  • Michael Cimino
  • United States
  • 1980
  • 216 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.40:1
  • English
  • Spine #636

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored transfer of director Michael Cimino’s cut of the film, supervised by Cimino
  • New restoration of the 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Cimino and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New illustrated audio interview with Cimino and producer Joann Carelli
  • New interviews with actor Kris Kristofferson, soundtrack arranger and performer David Mansfield, and second assistant director Michael Stevenson
  • Trailer and TV spot
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic and programmer Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and a 1980 interview with Cimino

New cover by Eric Skillman

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored transfer of director Michael Cimino’s cut of the film, supervised by Cimino
  • New restoration of the 5.1 surround soundtrack, supervised by Cimino and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray edition
  • New illustrated audio interview with Cimino and producer Joann Carelli
  • New interviews with actor Kris Kristofferson, soundtrack arranger and performer David Mansfield, and second assistant director Michael Stevenson
  • Trailer and TV spot
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic and programmer Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan and a 1980 interview with Cimino

New cover by Eric Skillman

Heaven’s Gate
Cast
Kris Kristofferson
James Averill
Christopher Walken
Nathan D. Champion
John Hurt
Billy Irvine
Sam Waterston
Frank Canton
Brad Dourif
Mr. Eggleston
Isabelle Huppert
Ella Watson
Joseph Cotten
The Reverend Doctor
Jeff Bridges
John L. Bridges
Geoffrey Lewis
Trapper Fred
Paul Koslo
Mayor Lezak
Richard Masur
Cully
Ronnie Hawkins
Wolcott
Roseanne Vela
Beautiful girl
Mary C. Wright
Nell
NIcholas Woodeson
Small man
Stefan Shcherby
Big man
Waldemar Kalinowski
Photographer
Terry O’Quinn
Captain Minardi
John Conley
Morrison
Margaret Benczk
Mrs. Eggleston
Tom Noonan
Jake
Jarlath Conroy
Mercenary in new suit
Allen Keller
Dudley
Mickey Rourke
Nick Ray
Credits
Director
Michael Cimino
Produced by
Joann Carelli
Written by
Michael Cimino
Director of photography
Vilmos Zsigmond
Editors
Tom Rolf
Editors
William Reynolds
Editors
Lisa Fruchtman
Editors
Gerald Greenberg
Art director
Tambi Larsen
Executives in charge of production
Dennis O’Dell
Executives in charge of production
Charles Okun
Executive in charge of postproduction
William Reynolds
Music
David Mansfield
Costumes designed by
Allen Highfill
Art directors
Spencer Deverill
Art directors
Maurice Fowler
Set decorators
Jim Berkey
Set decorators
Josie MacAvin
Choreographer
Eleanor Fazan
Musical supervision
Joann Carelli
Makeup
Ben Nye
Special effects makeup
Tom Burman
Assistant directors
Michael Grillo
Assistant directors
Brian Cook
Second assistant directors
Michael Stevenson
Second assistant directors
Terry Needham
Second assistant directors
Dennis Capps
Second assistant directors
Richard Graves
Camera operator
Jan Kiesser
Assistant cameramen
Michael Gershman
Assistant cameramen
Eric Engler
Assistant cameramen
Ken Nishino
Supervising sound editor
James J. Klinger

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