Down 432 this week

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 »

IMDb Picks: October

Of course the return of "The Walking Dead" is on our radar this month. See which other movies and TV shows we're excited about in IMDb Picks.

Visit IMDb Picks

On Amazon Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 people
created 21 Nov 2011
a list of 23 people
created 21 Nov 2012
a list of 31 people
created 16 Jun 2015
a list of 28 people
created 7 months ago
a list of 26 people
created 1 month ago

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Michael Cimino's work have you seen?

User Polls

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

Known For

The Deer Hunter
Heaven's Gate
Heaven's Gate Writer
Year of the Dragon


Hide Hide Show Show Writer (9 credits)
 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)
Show Show Director (8 credits)
Show Show Producer (4 credits)
Show Show Thanks (4 credits)
Show Show Self (10 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

Related Videos


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 »

Official Sites:

Alternate Names:

Mike Cimino


5' 5" (1.65 m)

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

Nobody lives without making mistakes. I never second-guess myself. You can't look back. I don't believe in defeat. Everybody has bumps, but as Count Basie said, "It's not how you handle the hills, it's how you handle the valleys." See more »


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 »


Controversial subject matter (the Russian Roulette games set up by the Vietnamese in The Deer Hunter (1978), the negative stereotyping of the Chinese in Year of the Dragon (1985), the heroic portrayal of Italian criminal Salvatore Giuliano in The Sicilian (1987)). See more »


The Ayatollah

Star Sign:


Message Boards

Recent Posts
RIP AndrewDavidScott76
Stephen King says Cimino's the worst tkmr4523
Will he ever direct again? mbanwait
One-Hit-Wonder? gohstwhowalks
Could MAN'S FATE rescue his career? laszlo-11
Discuss Michael Cimino on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page