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)
(1985)
Magnum Force Writer
(1973)

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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:

[2005] Take any John Ford film, whether it's The Quiet Man (1952) or The Searchers (1956) or They Were Expendable (1945), a film I'm actually seeing tonight because I've never seen it on a big screen. Ford had such a simplicity of technique . . . No complicated camera moves, nothing exotic; all he cares about are the people and you don't even notice the camera. We just go along with the people--... See more »

Trivia:

Among his dream projects that have stalled in development: An adaptation of "The Fountainhead"; a biopic on Fyodor Dostoevsky; an adaptation of the novel "The Yellow Jersey" (a bicycle marathon-themed novel that at one time reportedly caught the interest of Dustin Hoffman); an adaptation of the Andre Malraux novel "Man's Fate"; a film about the Tour de France; an adaptation of "Crime and ... See more »

Trademark:

Striking visual style: Painterly compositions, jittery tracking shots, and wide vista establishing shots that emphasize the earth/nature (Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), The Deer Hunter (1978), Heaven's Gate (1980), Desperate Hours (1990), The Sunchaser (1996)). See more »

Nickname:

The Ayatollah

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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