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 »

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(1978)
(1972)
Heaven's Gate Writer
(1980)
(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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Personal Details

Other Works:

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

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 5 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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[in 2015] 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. See more »

Trivia:

In 2001 she received the French honor 'L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres'. See more »

Trademark:

Characters disillusioned with the American Dream (The Deer Hunter (1978), Heaven's Gate (1980), The Sunchaser (1996)). See more »

Nickname:

Nikki See more »

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