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  • Jeffrey Kare
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    The Academy Award-Winning filmmaker behind The Deer Hunter and (his infamous follow-up) Heaven’s Gate has passed away…
    http://deadline.com/2016/07/the-deer-hunter-director-michael-cimino-dies-heavens-gate-1201782447/

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    GusCruz
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    Good God. One of the very greatest. I consider Heaven’s Gate one of the ten best American films of all time. He was also terrific with actors, always. I don’t care what anyone says – 77 is still too young.

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    I was surprised and saddened by this news of his passing. I wanted to him rise up and make at least one, final film.

    His captivating tale about male friendship, in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, starring two young and iconic actors is a terrific effort; The Deer Hunter, also an indepth film which tells a full story about those times and featuring my favorite Supporting turn from Chris Walken, and the rest of that fabulous cast, including John Cazale; the brash, unflinching Year of The Dragon; and of course, Heaven’s Gate, an underappreciated film by a perfectionist director/writer that should have been released in its entirety.

    RIP.

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    Andrew Carden
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    Heaven’s Gate is among the most beautiful and misunderstood pictures I’ve ever seen. Rest in peace, Michael.

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    Admittedly, I didn’t love The Deer Hunter as much as everyone else (I felt the first hour was really sluggish), but the battle scenes were fantastic and Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken’s performances were heartbreaking.

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    Several weeks ago I re watched “The Deer Hunter” again after a long, long time and found the majority of it a headache. The first hour was not only sluggish story wise but incredibly loud with seemingly not stop yelling. I agree that the actor’s were great and scenes in Vietnam well staged. Overall I didn’t like it as much as I had remembered.

    Admittedly, I didn’t love The Deer Hunter as much as everyone else (I felt the first hour was really sluggish), but the battle scenes were fantastic and Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken’s performances were heartbreaking.

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    Several weeks ago I re watched “The Deer Hunter” again after a long, long time and found the majority of it a headache. The first hour was not only sluggish story wise but incredibly loud with seemingly not stop yelling. I agree that the actor’s were great and scenes in Vietnam well staged. Overall I didn’t like it as much as I had remembered.

    Admittedly, I didn’t love The Deer Hunter as much as everyone else (I felt the first hour was really sluggish), but the battle scenes were fantastic and Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken’s performances were heartbreaking.

    You’re entitled to your opinion obviously, but I find it quite intriguing that you chose to write an entirely negative post on a RIP thread. Clueless much?

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    Deer Hunter isn’t my favorite Best Picture winner of all time but it’s a very well made movie and Cimino was definitely a talent I’m surprised never was given a break even decades after Heaven’s Gate to really make a comeback.

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    Good God. One of the very greatest. I consider Heaven’s Gate one of the ten best American films of all time. He was also terrific with actors, always. I don’t care what anyone says – 77 is still too young.

    Did you like Heaven’s Gate better than The Deer Hunter? I saw the first whole hour of that BP Oscar winner and got bored with it. What was so great about Heaven’s Gate? Just curious.

    RIP Michael Cimino.

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    Deer Hunter isn’t my favorite Best Picture winner of all time but it’s a very well made movie and Cimino was definitely a talent I’m surprised never was given a break even decades after Heaven’s Gate to really make a comeback.

    I love Cimino but it’s understandable why Hollywood could never forgive the man who brought down United Artists. Plus, he did follow up Heaven’s Gate with a few more pictures, all of which were flops too.

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    GusCruz
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    Good God. One of the very greatest. I consider Heaven’s Gate one of the ten best American films of all time. He was also terrific with actors, always. I don’t care what anyone says – 77 is still too young.

    Did you like Heaven’s Gate better than The Deer Hunter? I saw the first whole hour of that BP Oscar winner and got bored with it. What was so great about Heaven’s Gate? Just curious.

    RIP Michael Cimino.

    Yes. I think The Deer Hunter is absolutely terrific, but Heaven’s Gate is something else. It’s class commentary so efficient you can’t believe it. And this is pivot to period piece immersion in Cinema. Watch the 219 minute cut.

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    He actually directed a few more pictures after Heaven’s Gate. I always thought that film ended his career but he did get a few more chances. I think “Year of the Dragon” did ok but the rest were flops.

    I never really appreciated Deer Hunter until recently. I saw it last year and found the scenes after the war to have an incredible sadness to them. For instance Robert De Niro returning home and then avoiding his welcome home party. John Savage was particularly good too and Meryl made a lot of a “girlfriend” role which she didn’t really even want to play.

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    RIP. The documentary on “Heaven’s Gate” is fascinating.

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