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The Deer Hunter (1978)

USA 182m, Colour
Director: Michael Cimino; Cast: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, Meryl Streep

The Deer Hunter ranks with All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and Grand Illusion (1937) as one of the finest anti-war movies ever made. Despite the controversy surrounding the unsubstantiated use of “Russian Roulette” and its stereotypical portrayal of North Vietnamese soldiers as sadistic killers, the film explores the consequences of war and patriotism on the lives of the soldiers, their families and friends living in small town America near the end of the Vietnam War. Despite the explicit and graphic nature of the violence, which is often difficult to watch, the heartbreaking performances by De Niro, Walken, Savage and Steep rank amongst some of cinema’s finest ensemble performances (Klaus Ming September 2010).

4 comments on “The Deer Hunter (1978)

  1. CMrok93

    Great character study, as well as a great film on what the war can do to a man, before and after the war. Great review!

    • Klaus

      Thanks, it’s been years since I last watched the Deer Hunter. i was surprised how well it held up.

  2. Tim Tal

    A great film, hands down, however I’ve always thought that the title was a little misleading. I don’t know why.

    Cimino could have come up with something more creative (since the main topics of the film are love, vietnam war, and this russian roulette).

    I am in minority here, but imho the title doesn’t fit the film at all.

  3. Klaus

    I never thought about the title much. I don’t think it’s all that bad, but not particularly inventive either.

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