A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As a film about a love triangle against the bleak backdrop of a Texas farm in the early 20th Century, there isn't much here in terms of positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Characters are basically motivated by survival and greed.
Violence & Scariness
A character is killed in a fight at a steel mill. There is gun and knife play resulting in murder. A fist fight breaks out when one character makes an incest joke at the expense of another character. A massive fire is set to combat a plague of locusts on a farm.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are undercurrents of sexual tension throughout the film, especially as The Farmer realizes that Abby and Bill have lied about being sister and brother. Some intimacy and romantic gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A tween girl frequently smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Days of Heaven is an award-winning 1978 story of a love triangle in the early 1900s that turns violent. While not gratuitous, the scenes of violence include murder, fist fights, shootings, and stabbings. For younger viewers, the more heady explorations of Social Darwinist survival, nature (Mother and human), and symbolism manifested through the change of seasons will probably go over their heads, but for viewers eager for films with deeper meanings and rare beauty, Days of Heaven is an unforgettable experience. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Days of Heaven is one of those films that should be seen more than once to appreciate the subtleties in how the story is conveyed. The story of the love triangle itself would have been enough to make this an enjoyable movie, but when matched with Malick's capacity to capture great meaning through visuals, it becomes a cinematic gem of American filmmaking.
Director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life, The Thin Red Line) thrusts a familiar love triangle story against an unforgettable backdrop of the difficulties of the American Dream in the early 20th Century. He wraps the story and the visuals in an exploration of human nature, ambition, survival, Social Darwinism, and the Industrial Revolution. The colors of the skies and the wheat fields, the noises of steel mills and locusts, and the inevitable confrontations between the characters in the film's climax all make this a must-see for movie lovers, especially fans of 1970's cinema.
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