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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)
Magnum Force
Magnum Force Writer
(1973)

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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Other Works:

Book: "Les voix perdues de l'Amérique". Paris: Flammarion, Coll. «Pop Culture», co-author Jean-Baptiste Thoret 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:

You know, I never studied cinema. I never knew how to make a film, and I still don't know. (...) I'm quite astonished that I made what I made (laughter). Because, as you must know, my background is architecture, painting, that's where I come from. I'm much more intrigued by a good building than by a good movie. I'm much more interested in a big bridge or a great new novel or a great painting. ... See more »

Trivia:

His nephew is novelist and screenwriter T. Rafael Cimino. See more »

Trademark:

Striking visual style: Painterly compositions, jittery tracking shots, and wide vista establishing shots that emphasize the earth/nature (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Deer Hunter (1978), Heaven's Gate (1980), Desperate Hours (1990), The Sunchaser (1996)). See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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