The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

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

In 1968, Michael, Nick and Steven, lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel town, prepare to ship out overseas following Steven's elaborate wedding and one final group hunting trip. In Vietnam, their dreams of military honor are quickly shattered by the inhumanities of war.

Director: Michael Cimino

Screenwriter: Deric Washburn

Stars: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage

John Peverall 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.


  • 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...

Main Cast


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

Production Design: Ron Hobbs, Kim Swados

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


Source: based on a story by Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle and Quinn K. Redeker

Tagline: One of the most important and powerful films of all time!

Genres: drama, war

Certificate: R

Categories: vietnam war, russian roulette, return from war, pennsylvania, post traumatic stress disorder, fall of saigon, vietnam war veteran, vietcong, hunting, russian american, homecoming, veterans hospital, blue collar, steel worker, allegheny mountains, saigon vietnam, southeast asia, friendship, small town, u.s. army, vietnam, group of friends, cage, double amputee, playing pool, domestic violence, clairton pennsylvania


Year: 1978

Runtime: 183 min

Country: USA

Language: English, French, Russian, Vietnamese, Cantonese

Color: Color

Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo

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)


  • 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 ...