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Bill and Abby, a young couple who to the outside world pretend to be brother and sister are living and working in Chicago at the beginning of the century. They want to escape the poverty and hard labour of the city and travel south. Together with the girl Linda (who acts as the narrator in the movie) they find employment on a farm in the Panhandle, Texas. When the harvest is over the young, rich and handsome farmer invites them to stay because he has fallen in love with Abby. When Bill and Abby discover that the farmer is seriously ill and has only got a year left to live they decide that Abby will accept his wedding proposal in order to make some benefit out of the situation. When the expected death fails to come, jealousy and impatience are slowly setting in and accidents become eventually inevitable.


  • Richard Gere
  • Brooke Adams
  • Sam Shepard
  • Linda Manz
  • Robert J. Wilke
  • Jackie Shultis
  • Stuart Margolin
  • Timothy Scott
  • Gene Bell
  • Doug Kershaw

Did You Know?


  • John Travolta auditioned for and won the lead role of Bill, but ABC-TV wouldn't let him out of his contract for his series Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), and the part was eventually given to Richard Gere.
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  • The Texas flag is displayed upside down.
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    • [last lines]
    • Linda: I was hopin' things would work out for her. She was a good friend of mine.
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Above all one of the most beautiful films ever made. Malick's purpose is not to tell a story of melodrama, but one of loss. His tone is elegiac. He evokes the loneliness and beauty of the limitless Texas prairie. [7 Dec. 1997]

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Days of Heaven is the grand climax of the whole Bonnie and Clyde-Badlands tradition of outlaw-lovers-on-the-run movies. Shot by Nestor Almendros and the uncredited Haskell Wexler, it's a cinematographic masterpiece. [20 March 1998]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Days of Heaven is a visual poem. Slow and elegant, reverential in the way it celebrates the earth's contours and the play of light. [27 Oct. 1999, p.B3]

Metacritic review by Edward Guthmann
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle