The movie that nearly broke United Artists, and very soon after it came out and bombed, UA was bought by MGM. For the amount over budget the film went, it is doubtful that had Cimino been allowed to release his preferred cut the movie would not have made its money back but, and this is a big but, perhaps the legacy of the film would not have been so dark. A superb film, by a director whose career was cut short well before his time was up. A film of epic beauty, and emotional strength. A film that pulls together so many memorable scenes, and effortlessly ties multiple story lines together with such ease by a director who may have been considered a tyrant, but proves the end was worth the means.
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