Michael Cimino, Writer-Director of 'The Deer Hunter' and 'Heaven's Gate,' Dies at 77

July 3, 2016 4:10 AM

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Michael Cimino, Writer-Director of 'The Deer Hunter' and 'Heaven's Gate,' Dies at 77

He won two Oscars for the Vietnam classic, but his wildly overbudget film about the settlement of the American West brought down a studio.

Michael Cimino, who won Oscars for director and best picture for the powerful 1978 Vietnam War drama The Deer Hunter, died Saturday. He was 77.

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