Days of Heaven

Synopsis: Days of Heaven is a 1978 American romantic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, and Linda Manz. Set in 1916, it tells the story of Bill and Abby, lovers who travel to the Texas Panhandle to harvest crops for a wealthy farmer. Bill encourages Abby to claim the fortune of the dying farmer by tricking him into a false marriage.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Sam, a busy man, checks his watch.


Bill puts his hand on the ground. Sam drops a

keg of roofing nails on it and, his work done, leaves with

his gang. Bill sobs with pain.


Bill and Steve drag a safe by a rope through a

vacant lot beyond the mill. Blackie walks behind.


You know what I'm doing with my end? Buy a boat.

Get that? I had a boat. I had a nice apartment, I had a

boat. Margie don't like that. We got to have a house. "I

can't afford no house," I said. She says, "Sell the boat." I

didn't want to sell my boat. I didn't want to buy the house.

I sell the boat, I buy the house. Nine years we had the

house, eight of them she's after me, we should get another

boat. I give up.


Same as always, I do all the work, you gripe

about it.

Suddenly FOUR POLICEMEN surprise them from ambush. Bill lets

go of the rope and starts to run. Steve does not give up

immediately, however, and they shoot him down. Bill picks up

Steve's gun and fires back. Three of the Policemen go

chasing after Blackie, whom they soon bring to heel. The

FOURTH stays behind taking potshots at Bill while he attends

to Steve.


Steve, badly wounded, is about to die.


Run. Get out of here.



I love you so much. Why didn't you run. Don't die.

Steve dies. Bullets kick up dust around him. He takes off

running. One of the bullets has caught him in the shoulder.


ABBY, a beautiful woman in her late twenties,

attends to Bill's wounds in a big vaulted sewer. Her sister

URSULA, a reckless girl of 14, stands watch.



They shot the shit out of him. My brother. I

couldn't believe what I was seeing.

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Terrence Malick

Terrence Frederick Malick is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career as part of the New Hollywood film-making wave with the critically acclaimed films Badlands and Days of Heaven, before a lengthy hiatus. more…

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Submitted by aviv on January 26, 2017


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