Michael Cimino (I) (1939–2016)


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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 the Oscar for Best ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Known For

The Deer Hunter Director
(1978)
(1972)
Heaven's Gate Director
(1980)
(1985)

Filmography

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 2007 To Each His Own Cinema (segment "No Translation Needed")
 1996 The Sunchaser
 1987 The Sicilian
 1980 Heaven's Gate
 1967 United Airlines: Take Me Along (TV Special)
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Personal Details

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 | 5 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Mike Cimino

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)

Relatives:

T. Rafael Cimino (niece or nephew) | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[in 2013] You can have this incredibly gorgeous frame, magically lit, and you get the actors there, and just as you're ready to roll, a little cloud comes in front of the sun and the shot turns to shit. So you've got a choice: Do you shoot it looking utterly mediocre, or do you wait? And the mountain knows you're looking at your watch. And the mountain says, "I'm going to test this joker". ... See more »

Trivia:

Turned down an offer to direct The Bounty (1984). 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 »

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