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This visionary interpretation of the American West earned Terrence Malick Best Director honors at Cannes in 1979. At the turn of the 20th century, Richard Gere accidentally kills his boss in a Chicago steel mill. He hops a train to Texas with girlfriend Brooke Adams and kid sister Linda Manz, all posing as siblings to avoid trouble. They find work on Sam Shepard's farm during harvest time — but a love triangle develops between Shepherd, Adams and Gere. The legendary cinematography, using only natural light and shot mainly during the "magic hour" before sunset, won an Oscar® for cinematographer Néstor Almendros. DIR/SCR Terrence Malick; PROD Bert Schneider, Harold Schneider. U.S., 1978, color, 94 min. RATED PG

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94 Minutes
Romance drama


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