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Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino

Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939) is an American film director.

Cimino's biography is an example of one of the meteoric rises and falls that were seen in Hollywood in the 1970s. With two writing credits on his record (the science fiction film Silent Running and the second Dirty Harry film Magnum Force), he moved up to directing with the Clint Eastwood film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot which he also co-wrote with Eastwood. His second film, The Deer Hunter was a massive critical success, and won a number of Oscars, including one for Best Director.

On the back of this record, he was given free reign by United Artists for his next film, Heaven's Gate. The result not only was a financial disaster that nearly bankrupted the studio, but was widely viewed as being the most visible example of the out-of-control state of Hollywood at that time.

None of his subsequent films have matched the success of The Deer Hunter.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Michael Cimino Facts

BirthdayFebruary 3, 1939 (83)
Height5' 5" (1m65)  How tall is Michael Cimino compared to you?
Awards1979 Academy Awards: Best Director (for The Deer Hunter)
1979 Golden Globe Awards: Best Director - Motion Picture (for The Deer Hunter)

Selected Filmography

The Deer Hunter
Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
Heaven's Gate
Year of the Dragon
Best Picture Winners Spotlight Collection
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