The Deer Hunter (12)
Time Out rating:
Time Out says
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.
Cast and crew
Ron Hobbs, Kim Swados
Michael Cimino, Michael Deeley, John Peverall, Barry Spikings
John Savage, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Christopher Walken, Chuck Aspegren, George Dzundza