Michael Cimino

<b>The director:</b> Michael Cimino<br>
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<b>The crime:</b> "Heaven's Gate" (1980)<br>
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<b>The story:</b> Not all directors are detested because of their low-brow aesthetic. After a promising early career studded with awards and praise, Cimino went wildly overbudget with his revisionist western "Heaven's Gate." The project nearly bankrupted the studio, was a box office dud and helped put a permanent crimp on his career. A subsequent run-in with executives over his direction of "Footloose" caused him to spend the rest of his career working outside the studio system. And though "Heaven's Gate" enjoyed a bit of a reprieve in the eyes of audiences years later, the rest of his films have been met with indifference.

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The director: Michael Cimino

The crime: "Heaven's Gate" (1980)

The story: Not all directors are detested because of their low-brow aesthetic. After a promising early career studded with awards and praise, Cimino went wildly overbudget with his revisionist western "Heaven's Gate." The project nearly bankrupted the studio, was a box office dud and helped put a permanent crimp on his career. A subsequent run-in with executives over his direction of "Footloose" caused him to spend the rest of his career working outside the studio system. And though "Heaven's Gate" enjoyed a bit of a reprieve in the eyes of audiences years later, the rest of his films have been met with indifference.

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