The Chronicle -

By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History - Filming of 'Worst Western ever' was an unforgettable spectacle in Oregon


January 24, 2019

Image provided/United Artists

The movie poster for "The Way West," when it was released in 1967.

If you've never heard "Harold Hecht's 'The Way West'" referenced as a legendary box-office bomb, that's probably because of Michael Cimino.

Cimino's epic testament to directorship run amok, a baroque five-and-a-half-hour Western picture titled "Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate," was probably the most colossal box-office bomb of all time. Nothing else has ever come close - not even "Ishtar." It earned only 8 percent of its $44 million budget back (equivalent to $132 million today). It lost so much money it drove its studio, United Artists, out of business.

Maybe if United Artists had taken a c...

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