News - July 4, 2016

Heaven's Gate and Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino dies aged 77
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Heaven's Gate and Deer Hunter director Michael Cimino dies aged 77

Michael Cimino, best known for directing Deer Hunter and Heaven's Gate, has passed away at the age of 77. 

Cimino was pronounced dead yesterday (July 3rd) his body was discovered at his home in Los Angeles. He was found after friends had been unable to contact him. No cause of death has yet been determined.

He made his name as the co-writer of 1972 sci-fi hit Silent Running and would go to direct eight further films, winning an Oscar for Best Director and a Best Actor award for Robert De Niro for 1978's Deer Hunter. 

Speaking about Cimino, De Niro said: "Our work together is something I will always remember. He will be missed.”

Cimino will though be best remembered for Heaven's Gate, his epic 1980 Western which grossed only $3 million from a budget of $44 million and is credited with bankrupting previously successful studio United Artists. 

A number of other actors and directors have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Cimino and you can read their thoughts below:






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