Gates of Heaven
|Gates of Heaven|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Errol Morris|
|Produced by||Errol Morris|
|Edited by||Errol Morris|
|Distributed by||New Yorker Films|
|Running time||85 minutes|
The film, like Morris' other works, is unnarrated and the stories are told purely through interviews. It is divided into two main sections. The first concerns Floyd "Mac" McClure and his lifelong quest to allow pets to have a graceful burial. McClure's business associates and his competitor, a manager of a rendering plant, are interviewed. Eventually the business fails and the 450 animals have to be dug up and transported to the Bubbling Well Pet Memorial Park. This operation is run by John "Cal" Harberts and his two sons. This business is far more successful, and continues to operate today, run by Cal's son Dan Harberts.
Noted director Werner Herzog pledged that he would eat the shoe he was wearing if Morris' film on this improbable subject was completed and shown in a public theater. When the film was released Herzog lived up to his wager and the consumption of his footwear was made into the short film Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. Gates of Heaven launched Morris' career and is now viewed as a classic. In 1991, Roger Ebert named it one of the ten best films ever made. The film's acclaim stems less from its coverage of pet cemeteries than how Morris builds on this base to explore issues such as mortality and the afterlife.
Roger Ebert wrote that the film is an "underground legend," and in 1997 put it in his list of Great Movies.
- Three Feet Under. Metroactive. Retrieved November 28, 2010
- Ten Greatest Films of All Time. Roger Ebert's Journal. Retrieved Mar 1, 2014
- "Gates of Heaven". Chicago Sun Times. November 9, 1997. Retrieved 2008-03-11.
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