A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined.
Director: Michael Cimino
Won 1979 Academy Awards Award for Best Picture
Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.
"The Deer Hunter" is a big, awkward, crazily ambitious, sometimes breathtaking motion picture that comes as close to being a popular epic as any movie about this country since "The Godfather."
The wayward, maddening screenplay succeeds only in working up a gruesome melodramatic later -- hardly the catharsis promised by a bold treatment of the wounds of our most divisive war.
Just crazy enough to capture something of the madness of Vietnam, domesticated enough that it's mostly something concrete that you put your arms around. | Full Review...
The movie won five Oscars and, if anything, improves with age. | Full Review...
Tagline: One of the most important and powerful films of all time!
Genres: drama, war
Categories: vietnam war, vietcong, russian roulette, pennsylvania, wedding, hunting, saigon vietnam, russian american, homecoming, veterans hospital, southeast asia, return from war, blue collar, friendship, steel worker, post traumatic stress disorder, allegheny mountains, small town, fall of saigon
Editor: Peter Zinner
Casting: Cis Corman
Director of photography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Original music composer: Stanley Myers
Runtime: 183 min
Country: USA, UK
Language: English, French, Russian, Vietnamese
Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1
Color: Color (Technicolor)