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Michael Cimino (I) (1939–2016)


Michael Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts; later he filmed advertisements and documentaries and also wrote scripts until the actor, producer and director Clint Eastwood gave him the opportunity to direct the thriller Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974). But his biggest success was The Deer Hunter (1978) which won the Oscar for best film. ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The Deer Hunter
(1978)
Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate Writer
(1980)
Year of the Dragon
(1985)

Filmography

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 2007 Il pianto della statua (short story "The Wind Sculpture")
 1985 Year of the Dragon (screenplay)
 1985 250.000 Mücken im Pappkarton (TV Movie)
 1980 Heaven's Gate (written by)
 1979 The Rose (story - uncredited)
 1978 The Deer Hunter (story)
 1974 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (written by)
 1973 Magnum Force (screenplay)
 1972 Silent Running (written by - as Mike Cimino)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Novel: "Big Jane". Paris: Editions Gallimard, 2001. ISBN 2070417603 See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 5 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Mike Cimino

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

This is a lonely country and people die of loneliness as surely as they die of cancer. But I also know that in every friendship there's the potential for destructiveness as well as nourishment. See more »

Trivia:

In 1981, he was hired by CBS to direct "Live on Tape," a film about camera crews. but after Heaven's Gate (1980) crashed and burned at the box office, CBS changed their minds; the movie remains unmade to this day. See more »

Trademark:

Sudden bursts of violence in seemingly tranquil or naturalistic settings (the church shootout early in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Vietnam jungle warfare in The Deer Hunter (1978), Chinatown gangster-warfare in Year of the Dragon (1985), taking a family hostage in the suburbia of Desperate Hours (1990), astronauts joyriding moon-buggies through an orbital greenhouse in Silent Running (1972)... See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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