Days of Heaven
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Terrence Malick's Days of Heaven, the long-awaited follow-up to his 1973 debut Badlands, confirmed his reputation as a visual poet and narrative iconoclast with a story of love and murder told through the jaded voice of a child and expressive images of nature. In 1916, Chicago steelworker Bill (Richard Gere, stepping in for John Travolta) flees to Texas with his little sister Linda (Linda Manz) and girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams) after fatally erupting at his boss. Along with other itinerant laborers, they work the harvest at a wealthy, ailing farmer's ranch, but the farmer (playwright… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Visually and thematically, it's still one of the most beautiful films ever made."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Days of Heaven never really makes up its mind what it wants to be."
‑ Harold C. Schonberg, New York Times
"Ethereal, gorgeous, and evocative."
‑ Christopher Runyon, Movie Mezzanine
"Simply one of the most ravishing films ever made, luminous in a way that no other movie has been."
‑ David Sexton, This is London
"A second chance for Malick to cast away the chemical stained print and achieve the film he envisioned, and a second chance for audiences to experience a true classic on the big screen."
‑ Sophie Brown, Little White Lies
"One of the great cinematic achievements of the 1970s."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Almost incontestably the most gorgeously photographed film ever made."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"Unforgettable 1978 love triangle drama includes violence."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"A rich and rewarding experience, then as now celebrated for its intricacy and slowness."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Wholly divine."
‑ Matthew Leyland, Total Film
"Perhaps the most typical example of a '70s American art film -- daring, romantic, rebellious but also filled with longing for the beauty of the past."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It is the closest to poetry in motion that I have ever seen."
‑ Andrew Ross, Salon.com
"The refusal to privilege the 'big' over the 'small' is present in all of Malick's work, but it finds its first fully-realized expression here."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"The writing is witty, the story is told with a beguiling simplicity and the period is meticulously realised, not only in farming equipment and costume, but in attitudes and faces."
‑ John Bleasdale, Electric Sheep
"A film about awareness, standing still and being cognizant of the things around you."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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