Heaven's Gate

Heaven's Gate

  • 1980
  • R
  • 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

Writer: Michael Cimino

Stars: Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, John Hurt, Isabelle Huppert, Sam Waterston

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.

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  • 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 by their striking visual style and controversial subject matter.

Main Cast


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

Certificate: R

Genres: adventure, drama, western

Keywords: montana, showdown, brothel, marshal, dance, immigrant, studies, idealist

Categories: montana, hitman, prostitute, 1890s, gang rape, anarchist, love triangle, brothel, cattle ranch, sheriff, evil landowner, frontier, immigration, socialism, national guard, idealist, settler, epic, cowboy, western town, outlaw


Producer: Joann Carelli

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

Director of photography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Original music composer: David Mansfield

Executive producer: Denis O'Dell, Charles Okun

Production design: Tambi Larsen

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 219 min

Country: USA

Language: English, French, German, Polish, Russian

Sound Mix: Dolby

Aspect Ratio: 2.40 : 1

Color: Color

Also Known As

  • I cancelli del cielo (IT)