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  • 11 years ago
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    The Deer Hunter (1978)
    Director: Michael Cimino
    Screenwriter:Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn
    Studio: Universal
    Production: EMI, Universal
    Starring Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, George Dzundza

    Genre: War
    Running Time: 183 Minutes
    Country: US

    Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken), and Steven (John Savage) are three buddies from the steel mill town of Pittsburgh. They are like schoolmates, hanging out in a local bar and enjoying weekends of deer-hunting. Michael and Nick are also both in love with Linda (Mryl Streep), who seems to juggle both of the men. But their placid life is soon to be changed after they are enlisted in the airborne infantry of Vietnam. So they all celebrate a goodbye at Steven's wedding and they leave to Vietnam, where they are captured by the enemy and forced to play a game of Russian Roulette. They escape and return home, but their lives are forever changed...
  • 11 years ago
  • Absolutly an incredible movie! I loved seeing Deniro and Walkan before they established themselves as what they are today. The heart of this movie isnt the Vietnam war, i think its really about the affects on the town the friends left behind. Also i think Deniro does a beautiful job returning from the war. hes like a different person. I am one of the people who beleives the Russian Ruolette in the movie was a metaphor for the entire philosophy and execution of the Vietnam War. The final showdown is one of the most powerful scenes i have ever watched in a film, and i really beleive this movie is one of the greatest films of all time.
  • 11 years ago
  • Finally someone responding to this. Well, I pretty much agree with you. The film is fantastic in its subtleties. It's a war film, but there's not a lot of action, which leaves the characters as the focus. The acting is fantastic, and I agree with you about the ending and how powerful it is. If any film is successful at showing the effects of war on people, it's this. The characters were written so they seem real, and we can relate to them. Which I suppose will have me contradict myself when I say that I think the film could have been much shorter, because the first hour basically has nothing happening. True, we get to know the characters and see them in their home having fun and being themselves, but do we really need a 40 minute wedding party of which only 5 minutes is spent advancing the film and the rest is just people getting drunk? Either way, amazing film, great cast, powerful message.
  • 11 years ago
  • I was so happy when it won for best picture that year. It was such a powerful and moving film. This will always be the movie I identify with Christopher Walken.

  • 11 years ago
  • You must be an old

    This was the first feature film ever made about the Vietnam War, im really glad the casting was so great, and it was so charecter driven instead of a blind acion flick. I really agree that the first hour got borderline flat out boring, and that wedding reception was dreadful. I did however really like that scene where the solider is alone at the bar, and the drunk buddies approach him and ask what's over there waiting for them. That was great cinema. I think the role of the reception scene and the bowling scene and all the other drawn out pre-departure scenes was deffinetly to establish the feeling of family and brotherhood between these three men. im glad they ended it when they did, because they really stretched it to the limit. Another great scene was in the cabin on the first huting trip since Deniro(i forget his charecters name), his little friend was always toting around his pistol and Deniro really showed him how he changed while in Vietnam. The river-prison was also done wonderfully, as well as their escape. Just a great movie.
  • 11 years ago
  • Im am not a guy, and the same age as Shania Twain & Cindy Crawford, but younger than Demi Moore or Johnny Depp!

    Guess I'm still old to you, oh well. I was 12 or 13 when my brother took me to this movie.

    Anyway, I agree with all you said, except that the wedding scene was meant to show their town and very ethnic cultural backgrounds. I'm sure you must have got this though. Did you catch the wine spill on the wedding dress? Very significant! After you have seen it as many times as I have though, you begin to do the dishes when the wedding scene begins. It WAS just a wee bit long.

    Also.... did you know that John Cazale , was married to Meryl Streep. He died of cancer quite young. Really sad. He was also great in Dog Day Afternoon & The Godfather 1 & 2.

    Steve Buscemi reminds me of him somehow.
  • 11 years ago
  • Didn't "Coming Home" with Jane Fonda come out before Deer Hunter? < I had to fake my age to see it >.

    I'll have to check this out. I thought I saw Deer Hunter after. No videos back in the late seventies unless you had the bucks!
  • 11 years ago
  • You may very well be right, i heard about it being the first feature ever made about the war from my dad, and he has known to be wrong occasionally
  • 11 years ago
  • Well.... in my videohounds review book it has both movies listed as coming out in 1978. So I guess which came first is just splitting hairs.

    When I was five years old, It was normal to watch vivid war images from Vietnam on the news. I was afraid that Canada was at war, and couldn't understand how we were apart from the US { American?, we were all North Americans }. Canadian kids couldn't understand because of the mutual TV coverage. I always felt very personal about this subject, because it scared me and was so much a part of our lives at that time.
    For interests sake, I have a friend who is a free lance Photographer, and covers alot of current conflicts for Canadian and American publications. When I asked her why we see so little of the current conflicts in the media coverage, < only light flashing at attacks ect. on CNN > She told me it was because of the negative backlash that occurred during the Vietnam war. Now the Military keeps the press at arms length to cover their asses.

    At five years old , I watched Guerrilla fighters live, and saw exactly what the soildiers were encountering. Scary but just goes to show how events can be altered according to what some government wants you to see. Reporters will rarely be allowed to record these type of things anymore, unless done in secret. I guess it is good for children, but keeps all of the rest of us at the mercy of our limited news coverage

    Just thought you might find this interesting.

    Too bad we are still enduring the same type of suffering after all these years!
  • 9 years ago
  • Oh my god, that was the saddest movie ever. I cant believe what Nick did! He was such a nice guy, and had such a good life, why would he do that? Why? He could have been in the mountains and the nature and cabin ... Why? Why Would He Do That? Saddest movie ever!!! :oops: At the end, it wasn't even him, but then he started to come around, and then he killed himself. WTF?!?! So sad.. soooo soo sad.
  • 9 years ago
  • A spectacular movie I have not yet bought.
    Walken at his dramatic best.
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