The Deer Hunter, Heaven’s Gate, and the Price of a Vision


The first biography of the acclaimed and derided filmmaker Michael Cimino—and a reevaluation of the infamous film that destroyed his career—now in paperback!


ISBN: 9781419747120 Category:

Charles Elton


The director Michael Cimino (1939–2016) is famous for two films: the intense, powerful, and enduring Vietnam movie The Deer Hunter, which won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in 1979 and also won Cimino Best Director, and Heaven’s Gate, the most notorious bomb of all time. Originally budgeted at $11 million, Cimino’s sprawling western went off the rails in Montana. The picture grew longer and longer, and the budget ballooned to over $40 million. When it was finally released, Heaven’s Gate failed so completely with reviewers and at the box office that it put legendary studio United Artists out of business and marked the end of Hollywood’s auteur era.

Additional information

Weight 414 g
Dimensions 14.2 x 22.2 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 4 May 2023
Number of pages 320
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.2 x 22.2 cm
Weight 414 g


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Charles Elton was a director of the Curtis Brown agency, representing film directors and screenwriters in London and Los Angeles. He was an independent TV producer before becoming an executive producer of drama at ITV in England, where he has been responsible for many award-winning shows. He is the author of two novels.