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« Reply #15 on: June 03, 2007, 10:17:34 AM »

Well, I just saw this movie last night and I have mixed feelings about it.


The first 3 hours of the film IMO were fantastic, especially the scenes at Harvard and in Casper, Wyoming. I thought most of the characters were underdeveloped and 2 dimensional. The final 40 minutes were a let-down. The movie was building up to something more but doesn't deliver and the last 5 minutes on the yacht were so pointless.

Excellent attention to detail and brilliant direction by Michael Cimino, but he pays to much attention to detail and wanders away from the basic elements of film-making such as character development.


I'd give this flawed epic a 3/5.

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« Reply #16 on: June 04, 2007, 12:43:51 AM »

I remember seeing most of this awhile back and thought the same thing. I have to rewatch it though to give  you my full opinion though.

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« Reply #17 on: June 04, 2007, 04:54:00 PM »

Well, I just saw this movie last night and I have mixed feelings about it.


The first 3 hours of the film IMO were fantastic, especially the scenes at Harvard and in Casper, Wyoming. I thought most of the characters were underdeveloped and 2 dimensional. The final 40 minutes were a let-down. The movie was building up to something more but doesn't deliver and the last 5 minutes on the yacht were so pointless.

Excellent attention to detail and brilliant direction by Michael Cimino, but he pays to much attention to detail and wanders away from the basic elements of film-making such as character development.
After watching the peasants rolling around in the skate rink for what seemed like hours I couldn't wait for the regulators to show up and blow them all away. This is a serious flaw in a film where the director wanted audience sympathies to go to the sheepmen. I was rooting for the cattle guys all the way.

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« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2007, 02:59:16 PM »

I didn't mind the skating rink scene. It wasn't too long but there are plenty of useless scenes in the film.

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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2007, 08:37:37 PM »

All the backlash this film has recieved, makes it more appealing to me. I hope to watch it someday, I loved the Deer Hunter, so maybe this will be decent.

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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2007, 08:42:47 PM »

I've never seen it in its entierty just bits and pieces I guess its a candidate for the Netflix cue.  Wink

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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2007, 08:51:32 PM »

I might give in to Netflix, I doubt my local library will have it.

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« Reply #22 on: July 09, 2007, 09:12:45 PM »

I'm sold on it now, especially since my local near by video rental store went tits up,  its a great way to sample films. Afro

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« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2007, 09:28:34 AM »

I really need to see this, mainly for the fact that The Deer Hunter is the greatest film known to man (yes, it's a fact!).

I wish Cimino was still making films today - he was a potentially masterful director.

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« Reply #24 on: July 10, 2007, 10:41:20 AM »

too bad Heaven's Gate blew his chance. He is more like a one hit wonder now.

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« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2007, 04:25:19 PM »

I really need to see this, mainly for the fact that The Deer Hunter is the greatest film known to man (yes, it's a fact!).

I wish Cimino was still making films today - he was a potentially masterful director.

Yeah, but he got so caught up in his own ego that on the set of Heaven's Gate he forgot one of the most important director's skills: make a good movie!

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« Reply #26 on: July 11, 2007, 07:45:13 AM »

 Grin i'm afraid that's exactly what happened to him!

I heard he was trying to adapt some Balzac books now.. or at least he has been trying for years. Still, i would be a producer, i wouldn't give him a penny, he's far too dangerous! he killed united artists...

Anyway, I LOVE the deer hunter... did you know that the french title is very different? "voyage au bout de l'enfer", ie stg like "A Journey In Hell", with a big reference to Celine's book Voyage au bout de la Nuit.

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« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2007, 02:50:59 PM »

I looked the film up on wikipedia, and I found it rather unpleasent when I was directed the other Heaven's Gate.

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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2007, 12:56:31 PM »

I didn't know people liked this!

I may just have to rent it soon...

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« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2007, 01:35:56 PM »

I didn't know people liked this!

I may just have to rent it soon...

The movie is mediocre.


Could've been an epic masterpiece but Cimino should've hired a decent screenwriter.

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