The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

  • 1978
  • R
  • 183 min
  • USA, UK
  • drama, war

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

Writer: Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn

Stars: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep

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.

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  • Michael Cimino
    Michael Cimino
    Michael Cimino was an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for writing and directing The Deer Hunter, which won 5 Academy Awards including Best Director, and the controversial followup, Heaven's Gate. His films are characterized by their striking visual style and controversial subject matter.

Main Cast


  • Vincent Canby (New York Times)

    "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."

  • Gary Arnold (Washington Post)

    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.

  • Tim Brayton (Antagony & Ecstasy)

    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...

  • Kate Muir (Times (UK))

    The movie won five Oscars and, if anything, improves with age. | Full Review...


Producer: Michael Cimino, Michael Deeley, John Peverall, Barry Spikings

Editor: Peter Zinner

Casting: Cis Corman

Director of photography: Vilmos Zsigmond

Original music composer: Stanley Myers

Associate producer: Joann Carelli, Marion Rosenberg

Sound: Richard Portman, Aaron Rochin, William L. McCaughey, C. Darin Knight

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 183 min

Country: USA, UK

Language: English, French, Russian, Vietnamese

Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo

Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Color: Color (Technicolor)

Also Known As

  • Il cacciatore (IT)
  • El Francotirador (AR)
  • Voyage au bout de l'enfer (FR)
  • El cazador (ES)
  • Die durch die Hölle gehen (DE)
  • O Franco Atirador (BR)