Days of Heaven

Days of Heaven

Criterion Collection Edition #409

One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting films of the twentieth century, and his glorious period tragedy DAYS OF HEAVEN, featuring Oscar-winning cinematography by Nestor Almendros, stands out among them. In 1910, a Chicago steelworker (Richard Gere) accidentally kills his supervisor, and he, his girlfriend (Brooke Adams), and his little sister (Linda Manz) flee to the Texas panhandle, where they find work harvesting wheat in the fields of a stoic farmer (Sam Shepard). A love triangle, a swarm of locusts, a hellish fire—Malick captures it all with dreamlike authenticity, creating a timeless American idyll that is also a gritty evocation of turn-of-the-century labor.

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Days of Heaven
  • Days of Heaven

    Directed by Terrence Malick • 1978 • United States
    Starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard

    One-of-a-kind filmmaker-philosopher Terrence Malick has created some of the most visually arresting films of the twentieth century, and his glorious period tragedy DAYS OF HEAVEN, featuring Oscar-...

Extras

  • DAYS OF HEAVEN Commentary

    This commentary features art director Jack Fisk and editor Billy Weber, who have worked with Terrence Malick on all of his films, as well as costume designer Patricia Norris and casting director Dianne Crittenden. They were recorded in 2007.

  • Richard Gere on DAYS OF HEAVEN

    The following audio interview with Richard Gere, set against images from DAYS OF HEAVEN, was recorded in 2007.

  • Sam Shepard on DAYS OF HEAVEN

    This interview with Sam Shepard was conducted in 2002 and is courtesy of Citrullo International.

  • John Bailey on DAYS OF HEAVEN

    John Bailey served as camera operator to Academy Award–winning cinematographer Nestor Almendros on DAYS OF HEAVEN. Both Almendros and Bailey had to leave before filming concluded, due to prior commitments, and Haskell Wexler took over. Here, Bailey talks about his friend Almendros, Terrence Malic...

  • Haskell Wexler on DAYS OF HEAVEN

    John Bailey served as camera operator to Academy Award–winning cinematographer Nestor Almendros on DAYS OF HEAVEN. Both Almendros and Bailey had to leave before filming concluded, due to prior commitments, and Haskell Wexler took over. Here, Wexler talks about his friend Almendros, Terrence Malic...