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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:

[before deciding to restore Heaven's Gate (1980)] I'm not revisiting the past, like Francis Ford Coppola, re-cutting Apocalypse Now (1979) 29 times. Why do you think Francis is re-cutting Apocalypse? He's dried up. I'm going forward; he's going backward. [July 2002] See more »

Trivia:

In 2001, Cimino published his first novel, "Big Jane". Later that year, the French Minister of Culture decorated him with the honor 'Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres' and he received the Prix Littéraire Deauville 2001, an award that previously went to Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal. Cimino said: "Oh, I'm the happiest, I think, I've ever been!" He also wrote a book called "Conversations en miroir" ... See more »

Trademark:

[Poetic Realism] His films are all stylized yet realistic, they have fatalistic views of life, and the overall tone is a mix of nostalgia and bitterness. All of these traits fit within the definition of the poetic realism film movement in France of the 1930s and through the war years, which probably accounts for a lot of Cimino's popularity in France. See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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