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It has emerged the Oscar winning director of film classic The Deer Hunter, considered making a film in Kerry.

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Michael Cimino, who passed away last weekend, travelled to Kerry with film executives in the early 1980s to survey locations.

 

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The Deer Hunter won five Oscars and starred Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken and Meryl Streep but Cimino suffered commercial setback afterwards with ‘Heaven’s Gate’.

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He is said to have considered Kerry to make a film based on Morgan Llywelyn’s book ‘Lion of Ireland’ – the story of Brian Boru.

 

Pádraig Hartnett was a porter in Killarney’s Great Southern Hotel at the time; he recalls Cimino’s visit and says Inch Beach in West Kerry was scouted for a major battle scene: