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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Personal Details

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)
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Personal Quote:

[July 2002, on The Deer Hunter (1978) post-9/11] They've been running The Deer Hunter (1978) like crazy on Bravo. And here is the whole goddamned Congress singing "God Bless America" on the steps of the US Capitol. I said, "Holy shit, this is the ending of the movie". Do you get now, 20 years later, why that was in the movie? See more »

Trivia:

Shortly after the Michael Collins biopic was canceled, he quickly started pre-production work on "Santa Ana Wind", a contemporary romantic drama set in L.A. The start date for shooting was to have been early December 1987. The screenplay was written by Floyd Mutrux and the film was to be bankrolled by Nelson Entertainment, which also backed Collins. Cimino's representative added that the film was... See more »

Trademark:

Abrupt flash-forwards (The Deer Hunter (1978), Heaven's Gate (1980), Year of the Dragon (1985)) See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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