The Deer Hunter

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The Deer Hunter
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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.


Release details

Release date:
Friday December 8 1978
183 mins

Cast and crew

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

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What a wild movie.I saw this in film class in High School, and it made me realize why films were worthy enough to even have a class dedicated to them.Up until that point, I thought of them as pure entertainment, but this movie transcends that.The absolute brilliant acting put on by the entire cast makes you buy into their world almost immediately, and when you see their lives ripped apart in tragic fashion, you become absolutely gutted.The iconic scenes of Russian roulette were some of the most mind boggling things I had ever seen as a young adult.Will never forget that experience.