Gates of Heaven Gates of Heaven
  • United States
  • 1978
  • 83 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #751

Errol Morris burst out of the gate with this brilliant debut feature, about two pet cemeteries in Northern California and the people involved with them. Such a description, however, can hardly do justice to the captivating, funny, and enigmatic Gates of Heaven, a film that is about our relationships to our pets, each other, and ourselves. Both sincere and satirical, this is an endlessly surprising study of human nature.

Cast

Credits

DirectorErrol Morris
Produced and edited byErrol Morris
Director of photographyNed Burgess
Still photographerJohn Giannini
Egyptian photographFrancis Firth
SoundJay Miracle
Additional soundLucy Bruell, John Knoop and Walter Saxer
Environmental soundI. S. Teibel and Syntonic Research
Supervising editorCharles Laurence Silver
Contributing editorSuzanne Fenn
Associate editorBrad Fuller
Production manager and assistant editorGeorge Csicsery
Postproduction consultantGeorge Berndt
MixersThomas Fleischman and Trans-Audio
With special thanks toCinnabelle Morris, Benjamin Esterman and William Edmundson

Film Essays

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Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida: Bullshitting a Bullshitter

By Eric Hynes March 24, 2015

Words—they conceal and reveal so much about us, as Errol Morris’s elusive and brilliant first films attest. Read more »

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Gates of Heaven and Vernon, Florida: Bullshitting a Bullshitter

By Eric Hynes March 24, 2015

Words—they conceal and reveal so much about us, as Errol Morris’s elusive and brilliant first films attest. Read more »

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