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Heaven's Gate

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Epic but brutal Western has nudity, sexual violence.

Movie R 1980 219 minutes
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Heaven's Gate is a sprawling and slow-burning Western, of epic-scale, that requires your full attention across its three and a half hour runtime, yet succeeds in rewarding the patient viewer. The movie, which encountered a myriad of problems during its production, was considered a major flop upon release, but has a reputation that has grown increasingly more respectable over time, and it's clear to see why.

Director Michael Cimino's tale is pointedly relevant, as much so now as it ever has been when taking the global refugee crisis into account. The performances elevate the material and ensure the viewer remains absorbed, although it can at times feel like hard work. But thanks to the likes of Kristofferson, Walken, and a brilliant Huppert, audiences are persuaded to remain on board as the movie reaches a dramatic finale that ensures the first three hours were worth sitting through.

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