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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Show Show Self (13 credits)
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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 | 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:

[in 2005, on science-fiction] I don't find it interesting. I think the world is far too interesting for us to try and make up a new one. For me, the dimensions of human art are measureless. Like Coleridge [English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge] says, "Caverns measureless to man, spaces measureless to man." There's so much of interest in real life and most people who write science fiction are ... See more »

Trivia:

He was in talks to direct "The Yellow Jersey", a bicycle racing drama with a script by Carl Foreman and starring Dustin Hoffman. The project was ultimately abandoned, as it proved logistically difficult to shoot during the actual Tour de France. See more »

Trademark:

Casting of non-professional actors in supporting roles ( Chuck Aspegren in The Deer Hunter (1978), Ariane in Year of the Dragon (1985)). See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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