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YMMV: Heaven's Gate

The film

  • Designated Hero: Several viewers have found themselves rooting for the Association, as the immigrants, what with their lack of character development and rather annoying voices, come across as less likable.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The film has received popularity within some European critics circles.
  • Love It or Hate It: Either it's one of the worst films of the 1980's or a misunderstood masterpiece, with little or no middle ground.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Perhaps the definitive example; it's not only one of the biggest box office flops of all time, but widely considered one of the worst films of all time.
  • Too Cool to Live: Nathan Champion
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: The director, the cast, and everyone.
  • Vindicated by Video: After VHS and DVD releases, the film has acquired a bit of a cult following and is seeing a margin of critical revision postulating that it isn't really that bad. In particular, the 2013 re-release of the Director's Cut has been met with critical praise.
  • What The Hell, Casting Agency?: This was the producers' initial response to Cimino wanting to cast French actress Isabelle Huppert as the female (American) lead. Few people would argue that Huppert is in any way a bad actress, but her role in this film is probably the one that divides critics the most; in particular, the producers and many critics shared the opinion that her dialogue is fairly incomprehensible at times. Of course, one of the producers tried Executive Meddling. Cimino's response? "Go fuck yourself."

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