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The Deer Hunter

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
The Deer Hunter
Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Time Out says

5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Release Details

  • Release date:Friday 1 August 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
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