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 film. ... See full bio »

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

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(1978)
Heaven's Gate Writer
(1980)
(1972)
(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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Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 4 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:

[July 2002, 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. See more »

Trivia:

Had Heaven's Gate (1980) been a hit instead of a flop, he intended to follow it up with another epic that he had already scripted: "Conquering Horse." This screenplay was a generational saga, tracing the history of the Sioux Indians in America. He planned for the entire movie to be told in authentic Sioux dialogue, with English subtitles. To date, this picture has never been filmed. See more »

Trademark:

Characters disillusioned with the American Dream (The Deer Hunter (1978), Heaven's Gate (1980), The Sunchaser (1996)). See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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