Sicilian, The (1987): Cimino’s Misfire

It’s hard to think of another Oscar-winner who has fallen from grace so quickly than Michael Cimino, whose The Deer Hunter swept the most important Oscars of 1978, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Over the past three ddecades, Cimino directed four or five picture, all artistic and/or commercial flops.  They include:

The Sicilian (1987)

Cimino directed The Sicilian from a Mario Puzo novel in 1987. The film bombed at the box office, costing an estimated $16 million, grossing $5 million domestically.

Desperate Hours (1990)

Cimino directed a remake of Humphrey Bogart’s last film, The Desperate Hours, in 1990, starring Anthony Hopkins and Mickey Rourke.  Rourke also appeared in Heaven’s Gate and Year of the Dragon. The film was another box office disappointment, grossing less than $3 million.

Sunchaser (1996)

Cimino’s last feature-length film is Sunchaser in 1996, starring Woody Harrelson and Jon Seda. While playing at that year’s Cannes Film Fest, it was a box-office flop.