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 »


Known For

The Deer Hunter Director
Heaven's Gate Director


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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


5' 5" (1.65 m)


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

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Personal Quote:

[2005, on transcendence in art] . . . there comes a moment--not just in the movies, I mentioned cinema because it involves a large group of people, but it can also happen in a dance company. There are so many elements you have to combine perfectly to achieve a great moment of cinema--150 people in a soundstage, wires, cameras, technicians, actors, written scenes, dialogues, time, light . . . when... See more »


The Johnson County War became Heavens Gate with an budget of $7.5 million budget when filming started in April 1979 but had risen to $40 million when filming ended. See more »


Sudden bursts of violence in seemingly tranquil or naturalistic settings (the church shootout early in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Vietnam jungle warfare in The Deer Hunter (1978), Chinatown gangster-warfare in Year of the Dragon (1985), taking a family hostage in the suburbia of Desperate Hours (1990), astronauts joyriding moon-buggies through an orbital greenhouse in Silent Running (1972)... See more »


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