Michael Cimino, who helmed the brilliant classic "The Deer Hunter" in 1978, returned with this overlong, overdone Western three years later. At a ridiculous 3 hours 40 minutes, this endless epic, even with its intermission, seems bloated, and yet there is no plot to speak of. Performances from Kris Kristofferson and Oscar-winner Christopher Walken (1978 - Best Supporting Actor, "The Deer Hunter") seem stiff and lazy. Overall, the film is a dazzling mess, with wonderful period acuracy and beautiful cinematography. Perhaps Cimino should've gone over his screenplay a few more times and paid a visit to the editing room before he released this wasted effort. Thumbs down.