Show Business: The Making of Apocalypse Next

Director Michael Cimino shoots a $30 million western

The Johnson County War, a bloody skirmish involving cattlemen, rustlers, vigilantes and the U.S. Cavalry in 1892 Wyoming, ranks well below Jenkins' Ear as a minor footnote to history. No longer. In fact, if the Guinness Book of World Records ever devises an entry for History's Most Expensive Minor Footnote, the frontier fracas may find itself at the top of the list. Credit for the elevation goes to Michael Cimino, 38, the Oscar-winning director of The Deer Hunter. Cimino's new film, Heaven's Gate, will dramatize the...

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