icon Film Profile: The Deer Hunter - (1978)
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7.5/10 Stars
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"One of the most important and powerful films of all time!"


  • Director: Michael Cimino
  • Genre: Drama, Cult Movies,
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Duration: 225 Mins

This multi-Oscar winner from Michael Cimino remains one of the finest and most controversial movies about the Vietnam War, notably for the harrowing sequence in which American PoWs are forced by their Vietcong captors to play Russian roulette, a compelling if historically dubious metaphor for the war. Running for three hours, it begins, Godfather-style, with a long wedding party at which a group of Russian emigrant steelworkers get drunk and then hunt deer before boarding their plane for the heart of darkness. Starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage and John Cazale, this is a modern version of the Second World War drama The Best Years of Our Lives, showing how men and America itself cope with the horrors of war and its aftermath. It is a story of reconciliation and national renewal, by turns shocking and moving, which won the best picture Oscar as well as statuettes for Walken and director Cimino. There were also nominations for De Niro and Meryl Streep, in her first major role. With its mournful guitar theme, this intense drama lingers long in the memory and elevated Cimino to the front rank of American directors. But his next film was the notorious flop Heaven's Gate, and he has only worked occasionally since.
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Cast List:
Michael Vronsky : Robert De Niro
Stan, "Stosh" : John Cazale
Steven : John Savage
Nick : Christopher Walken
Linda : Meryl Streep
John : George Dzundza
Axel : Chuck Aspegren
Steven's mother : Shirley Stoler
Angela : Rutanya Alda
Julien : Pierre Segui
Axel's girl : Mady Kaplan
Bridesmaid : Amy Wright

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