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Michael Cimino: Heaven's Gate (1980)


Saturday Jan 19, 2013 (7:30pm)



Egyptian Theatre (Venue Partner)

6712 Hollywood Blvd


Directions: The Egyptian Theatre is just east of Highland Avenue between Las Palmas Avenue and McCadden Place. Metro Stop: Hollywood & Highland


$7 - 11

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Originally released in 1980 and called "the worst movie of all time," Michael Cimino's anti-Western epic Heaven's Gate is one hellish movie ride. Like Cleopatra before it, Heaven's Gate — a fictionalized foray into the Johnson County War — suffered an overblown budget that almost bankrupted its studio and killed the careers of its actors (Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert), ultimately poisoning the response of critics and audiences when it finally washed up at the box office. But time has been good to the drama: this newest cut is actually considered a masterpiece in movie-making. Check it out in its glorious (and controversial) entirety.

Julian Hooper, Flavorpill

Egyptian Theatre says…

New Restoration: Heaven’s Gate, 1980, Park Circus/MGM, 219 min. After his Academy Award-winning triumph with The Deer Hunter, director Michael Cimino broadened and deepened his epic vision of America even further with this elegiac Western. Kris Kristofferson is a sheriff caught in the middle of mounting tensions between affluent landowners and newly arrived homesteaders in 1890s Wyoming; complicating matters is a burgeoning love triangle among Kristofferson, his paramour Ella (Isabelle Huppert) and hired gun Christopher Walken. In Cimino's hands the personal, political, and historical intersect to powerful effect, with a majesty more apparent than ever in this stunning new restoration personally supervised by the director. Discussion following with director Michael Cimino (schedule permitting).