The Deer Hunter

  • Film
  • Drama
14 Love It

This is probably one of the few great films of the Seventies. It's the tale of three Pennsylvanian steelworkers, their life at work, at play (deer-hunting), at war (as volunteers in Vietnam). Running against the grain of liberal guilt and substituting Fordian patriotism, it proposes De Niro as a Ulyssean hero tested to the limit by war. Moral imperatives replace historical analysis, social rituals become religious sacraments, and the sado-masochism of the central (male) love affair is icing on a Nietzschean cake. Ideally, though, it should prove as gruelling a test of its audience's moral and political conscience as it seems to have been for its makers.

Release details

Release date: Friday August 1 2014
Duration: 182 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Cimino
Screenwriter: Deric Washburn
Cast: Chuck Aspegren
Christopher Walken
John Cazale
Robert De Niro
Meryl Streep
John Savage
George Dzundza

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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ray

Not only one of the great films of the decade, but easily one of the best films ever. Anyone who disagrees should go back to their comic books.

ray

Not only one of the great films of the decade, but easily one of the best films ever. Anyone who disagrees should go back to their comic books.

Ray Brown

From heaven in the mountains of Pennsylvania to the hell of the war in Vietnam and beyond we follow the lives of three friends and their love for each other and their country.

Ray Brown

From heaven in the mountains of Pennsylvania to the hell of the war in Vietnam and beyond we follow the lives of three friends and their love for each other and their country.