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Michael Cimino
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Born February 3, 1939
New York City
Died July 2, 2016
Los Angeles, California
First The Sicilian

Michael Cimino (February 3, 1939 – July 2, 2016) was an American film director, writer and author. A third generation Italian-American, he began in commercials before becoming a screenwriter, mostly famously penning The Deer Hunter featuring John Cazale and John Savage. He then proceeded to directed Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Heaven's Gate (which flopped) and The Sicilian, often working with his partner Joann Carelli.


  • Silent Running (1972)
  • Magnum Force (1973)
  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974)
  • The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • The Rose (1979)
  • Heaven's Gate (1980)
  • The Dogs of War (1981)
  • Year of the Dragon (1985)
  • The Sicilian (1987)
  • Desperate Hours (1990)
  • The Sunchaser (1996)
  • No Translation Needed (2007)

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