Drugs Are Expensive: The use of cocaine was so prevalent among cast and crew that the film became nicknamed 'The Great Montana Snow Storm' in the film press. At least one critic attributes a significant part of the cost of the film to the sheer expense of the rampant drug abuse:
"People wonder how a movie like Heaven's Gate could cost forty million dollars. I'll tell you. Twenty million for the actual film, and another twenty million, you can bet, for all that cocaine for the cast and crew."