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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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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 »

Official Sites:

Official Site [France]

Alternate Names:

Mike Cimino

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)] It's a fun film, I love the characters in the story, and I'm surprised I made it that way. [2005] See more »

Trivia:

In the late 1970s, Cimino passed on an offer to direct Oliver Stone's screenplay for Midnight Express (1978). A few years later, he met Stone again and optioned his screenplay for Born on the Fourth of July (1989). Cimino was eager to make the film, going so far as to offer to work for nothing, even attracting Al Pacino for the role of Ron Kovic. The producers declined. The film was eventually ... 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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