Errol Morris

Gates of Heaven

Gates of Heaven

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.

Film Info

  • Errol Morris
  • United States
  • 1978
  • 83 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #751

Available In

Collector's Set

Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida

Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida

Blu-Ray Box Set

1 Disc

$31.96

Collector's Set

Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida

Gates of Heaven/Vernon, Florida

DVD Box Set

2 Discs

$23.96

Gates of Heaven
Credits
Director
Errol Morris
Produced and edited by
Errol Morris
Director of photography
Ned Burgess
Still photographer
John Giannini
Egyptian photograph
Francis Firth
Sound
Jay Miracle
Additional sound
Lucy Bruell
Additional sound
John Knoop
Additional sound
Walter Saxer
Environmental sound
I. S. Teibel
Environmental sound
Syntonic Research
Supervising editor
Charles Laurence Silver
Contributing editor
Suzanne Fenn
Associate editor
Brad Fuller
Production manager and assistant editor
George Csicsery
Postproduction consultant
George Berndt
Mixers
Thomas Fleischman
Mixers
Trans-Audio
With special thanks to
Cinnabelle Morris
With special thanks to
Benjamin Esterman
With special thanks to
William Edmundson

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