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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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)
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[in 2005, on dance and choreography] I studied a little bit of acting in New York, because I thought that, if I was going to direct actors, I should know something about acting, and I also studied a little bit of dance, and it was all good fun. But I can't write without placing my characters in space, I need to see in three dimensions inside my head, to have a three-dimensional space [ . . . ] I ... 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:

[Poetic Realism] His films are all stylized yet realistic, they have fatalistic views of life, and the overall tone is a mix of nostalgia and bitterness. All of these traits fit within the definition of the poetic realism film movement in France of the 1930s and through the war years, which probably accounts for a lot of Cimino's popularity in France. See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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