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Story

Not many movies can take credit for bringing about the demise of a movie studio--but Michael Cimino's ego-driven, overblown Western is one of them. These days, its $40 million budget would barely cover the cost of an Adam Sandler film--but in 1981, it virtually put United Artists out of business. Cimino, fresh from an Oscar for The Deer Hunter, spent months assembling this ultimately gorgeous and confusing story of the Johnson County cattle wars of 1881, with a cast that included Kris Kristofferson, Jeff Bridges, John Hurt, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, and many more. Almost four hours in its original form, the film was cut to less than three for an abortive commercial release, then restored for video. Anyway you look at it, this is a mess better viewed as a curiosity than anything else. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Collectible Trivia Booklet

Cast

Kris KristoffersonJames Averill
Christopher WalkenNathan D. Champion
John HurtBilly Irvine
Sam WaterstonFrank Canton
Brad DourifMr. Eggleston
Isabelle HuppertElla Watson
Joseph CottenThe Reverend Doctor
Jeff BridgesJohn L. Bridges
Ronnie HawkinsMajor Wolcott
Paul KosloMayor Charlie Lezak
Geoffrey LewisTrapper Fred
Richard MasurCully
Terry O'QuinnCapt. Minardi
Jack ConleyMorrison
Tom NoonanJake
Mickey RourkeNick Ray
Willem DafoeWilly

  • Genre: Western
  • Theme(s): Wild West
  • Director: Michael Cimino
  • Producer: MGM/UA
  • Length: 219 mins
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 19, 1980
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMay 1, 2001
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