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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

(1978)
Heaven's Gate Writer
(1980)
(1985)
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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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 4 Interviews | 5 Articles | See more »

Official Sites:

Official Site [France]

Alternate Names:

Mike Cimino

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I never started out to make a film about the Vietnam War, I had no interest in the politics of war. I made a film about the effects of trauma and tragedy on a family...What has changed? Nothing...I'm sick of old men destroying people for their ideas...Any great movie about war is automatically anti-war if it tells the truth about war, you see the madness. [2015] See more »

Trivia:

Cimino was scheduled to work on The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984), which would have reunited him with Mickey Rourke from Heaven's Gate (1980). After Rourke and Eric Roberts signed on as the leads, Cimino wanted to finesse the screenplay with some rewriting and restructuring. However, the rewriting would have taken Cimino beyond the mandated start date for shooting, so Cimino and MGM parted ... See more »

Trademark:

Controversial subject matter (the Russian Roulette games set up by the Vietnamese in The Deer Hunter (1978), the negative stereotyping of the Chinese in Year of the Dragon (1985), the heroic portrayal of Italian criminal Salvatore Giuliano in The Sicilian (1987)). See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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