Heaven's Gate

Heaven's Gate

  • R
  • 1980
  • 219 min
  • USA
  • adventure, drama, western

A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.

Director: Michael Cimino

Screenwriter: Michael Cimino

Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt

Heaven's Gate contains too many ideas and striking spectacle to be a disaster, but this western buckles under the weight of its own sprawl.


  • Michael Cimino
    Michael Cimino

    Michael Cimino was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for writing and directing The Deer Hunter, which won 5 Academy Awards including Best Director, and the controversial followup, Heaven's Gate. His films are characterized...

Main Cast


Producer: Joann Carelli

Editor: Lisa Fruchtman, Gerald B. Greenberg, William Reynolds, Tom Rolf

Casting: Cis Corman, Tony Gaznick, Jane Hallaren

Director Of Photography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Original Music Composer: David Mansfield

Costume Design: J. Allen Highfill

Executive Producer: Denis O'Dell, Charles Okun

Production Design: Tambi Larsen, James L. Berkey

Sound: James J. Klinger, Winston Ryder, Curt Schulkey, Chris Jenkins


Tagline: The only thing greater than their passion for America... was their passion for each other.

Genres: adventure, drama, western

Certificate: R

Categories: johnson county war, wyoming, evil landowner, frontier, hitman, 1890s, anarchist, settler, cattle ranch, socialism, western town, prostitute, gang rape, love triangle, brothel, sheriff, immigration, national guard, idealist, epic, cowboy, outlaw, immigrant, massacre, racism, siege, final battle


Year: 1980

Runtime: 219 min

Country: USA

Language: English, French, German, Polish, Russian

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.40 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby

Also Known As

  • I cancelli del cielo (IT)