Film / Days of Heaven

Nobody's perfect. There was never a perfect person around. You just have half-angel and half-devil in you.

A 1978 Terrence Malick film.

Set in 1916, a steelworker named Billy (Richard Gere) kills a foreman out of anger. Fearing reprisals, he runs away with his sister Linda (Linda Manz) and girlfriend Abby (Brooke Adams). Pretending that Abby is his sister so as to avoid gossip, Billy and his crew hitch a train to the Texas panhandle, where they find work in the wheat fields of a rich but sick farmer (Sam Shepard). When the farmer falls in love with Abby, Billy convinces her to marry him, thinking that he will die within the year and they can inherit his money. Of course, things don't work out quite so well...

This Movie Contains The Following Tropes:

  • Excuse Plot: Why do they pretend to be siblings? So we can have a movie.
  • Fauxlosophic Narration: For lack of a better term. Linda's voiceovers both comment on what's happening storywise and veer off into philosophical rambles. Reportedly, Malick didn't script the narration. He showed Manz the film and had her speak (in character) into a microphone whatever came to mind as she watched it.
  • No Name Given: The farmer, the foreman...pretty much every character apart from the three leads, and even they aren't given last names.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Happens a few times, particularly with Brooke's Chicagoan accent.
  • Scenery Porn: Many arguments could be made that this is THE most beautiful film ever shot.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: The farmer vs. Billy.