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Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate (2004)

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Credited cast:
Steven Bach Steven Bach ... Himself (as Stephen Bach)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Ashby ... Himself (archive footage)
Sandy Berke Jordan Sandy Berke Jordan ... Herself (as Sandra Jordan)
Jeff Bridges ... Himself
Richard Burton ... Mark Anthony (archive footage)
Joann Carelli Joann Carelli ... Herself (archive footage)
Kathleen Carroll Kathleen Carroll ... Herself (archive footage)
Charles Chaplin ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Cimino ... Himself (archive footage)
Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself (archive footage)
Willem Dafoe ... Narrator (voice)
Dick Deats Dick Deats ... Himself (as Dicky Deats)
Brad Dourif ... Himself
Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
David Field David Field ... Himself


An inside look at the hectic production of Heaven's Gate (1980), the media circus that turned it into a synonym for movie flop and how it added to the tectonic change that occurred in Hollywood film studios after it infamously flopped.

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13 June 2004 (USA) See more »

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Final Cut: The Making of 'Heaven's Gate' and the Unmaking of a Studio See more »

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Brad Dourif: I'm not used to doing fifty takes. I'm really not. I'm not used to doing a minimum of forty-two takes.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD and blu-ray release of HEAVEN'S GATE in the UK by the label, Second Sight, contains a "DVD version" of the documentary which has been reworked, edited and shortened from it's original TV broadcast length, to 55 minutes. See more »


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This one is HIGHLY recommended!
21 March 2006 | by InterleposSee all my reviews

This is a brilliant doc! Very captivating.

As I understand this "making of" has only been shown on TV (so far). I would guess a doc as good as this would warrant it's own release on DVD. If not that, it should at least be included in a future special edition of Heaven's Gate (which I'm sure we'll get someday).

All the interviews are very interesting. The stories that were told was funny, shocking, sad, mind-boggling, informative and captivating. It's funny that Willem Dafoe (who was fired from the set of heaven's gate, as an extra) is the narrator. He does a great job.

The craftsmanship that went into this making of is breathtaking. It's not often you see movie related documentaries done as well as this. Most of them are rush-jobs. This one was absorbing all the way through and is highly recommended to any movie fan interested in movie history.

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