R | | Adventure, Drama, Western
A dramatization of the real-life Johnson County War in 1890 Wyoming, in which a Sheriff born into wealth, attempts to protect immigrant farmers from rich cattle interests.
The final battle sequence, featured in the original cut that Michael Cimino had screened for United Artists executives, is rumored to have been the length of a full-length motion picture.
Nathan D. Champion:
Why don't you come in for a while? You haven't been here for a long time. I fixed the place up inside.
Ella Watson: What have you done to it?
Nathan D. Champion: Wallpaper.
The little boy that plays Kovac's son while the family is butchering the cow looks directly at the camera while smiling while they drag out the basket containing the cow's innards.
Writer-director Michael Cimino was coaxed to revisit his film for a 2012 video release via The Criterion Collection and supervised a 2K transfer from the YCM separation negatives from which he noticeably changed the original look of the film from a subdued sepia to a more rich "Technicolor" appearance. He also made a number of revisions, including the removal of the intermission thus creating a straight cut, reversed a "pull out" shot to a "pull in" and made a number of other tweaks as well as a re-tweak of the soundtrack.
English, Russian, French, Polish, German