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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 e.g. the Oscar for the ... See full bio »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 11 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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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 (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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Other Works:

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

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2 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 2 Articles | See more »

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5' 5" (1.65 m)

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When asked by "People" magazine, Nov. 11, 1996 issue, how the disaster of Heaven's Gate (1980) affected his life: "It was really a great trauma, as everyone knows. Since then, I've been unable to make any movie that I've wanted to make. I've been making the best of what is available." See more »


Producer Dino De Laurentiis offered him the chance to direct "Hand Carved Coffins" based on a Truman Capote work but Cimino turned it down; to date the project has not been produced. See more »


Sudden bursts of violence in seemingly tranquil or naturalistic settings (the church shootout early in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Vietnam war fighting in the jungle in The Deer Hunter (1978), mob attacks in Chinatown in Year of the Dragon (1985), kidnapping of a family in the suburban home of Desperate Hours (1990)). See more »


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