Rent The Deer Hunter (1978)

3.9 of 5 from 298 ratings
2h 56min
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Synopsis:
When Michael (Robert De Niro), Steven (John Savage) and Nick (Christopher Walken) are captured by the Vietcong, they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors, who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds, and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfill an old promise to one of his friends, he makes an unexpected, horrific discovery.
Also featuring astonishing performances from Meryl Streep as the woman both Michael and Nick fall in love with, and John Cazale as their unhinged and insecure friend Stan, 'The Deer Hunter' is widely acknowledged as one of cinema's great masterpieces and contains some of the most memorable scenes in film history.
Actors:
, , , , , , Chuck Aspegren, , , , , , Mary Ann Haenel, , , Christopher Colombi Jr., Victoria Karnafel, Jack Scardino, , Helen Tomko
Directors:
Producers:
Michael Cimino, Michael Deeley, John Peverall, Barry Spikings
Writers:
Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn
Others:
Peter Zinner, Richard Portman, Darin Knight, Jim Klinger, Aaron Rochin, William McCaughey, Vilmos Zsigmond, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

1980 BAFTA Best Cinematography

1980 BAFTA Best Editing

1979 Oscar Best Supporting Actor

1979 Oscar Best Picture

1979 Oscar Best Director

1979 Oscar Best Editing

1979 Oscar Best Sound

BBFC:
Release Date:
30/10/2006
Run Time:
176 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary By Director Michael Cimino
BBFC:
Release Date:
28/09/2009
Run Time:
183 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • 'Realising The Deer Hunter': Interview with Director Michael Cimino
  • 'Shooting The Deer Hunter': Interview with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond
  • 'Playing The Deer Hunter': Interview with Actor John Savage
  • 'Vietnam War: Unknown Images': Documentary on the Vietnam War
  • Presentation by Mickey Rourke
  • Director's Commentary
  • Trailer
  • BD-Live
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/08/2018
Run Time:
184 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • New Interview with Film Critic David Thomson
  • 1979 ITV South Bank Show Interview with Michael Cimino
  • Realising 'The Deer Hunter' - Interview with Michael Cimino
  • Shooting 'The Deer Hunter' - Interview with Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Playing 'The Deer Hunter' - Interview with John Savage
  • Michael Cimino Audio Commentary
  • Vilmos Zsigmond and Journalist Bob Fisher Audio Commentary
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes

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Reviews (1) of The Deer Hunter

Powerful, moving film. Superb stuff. - The Deer Hunter review by RP

Spoiler Alert
12/06/2012

The US action in Vietnam was long and bloody, and when you consider that over 3 million Americans served in the war, that over 58,000 servicemen died not to mention all the casualties, and that an estimated 4 million Vietnamese (on both sides) lost their lives during the conflict perhaps it's not surprising that there are so many films dealing with the war. It touched the whole of US society - and one small section of that society is the subject of this film.

It follows the lives of a group of friends who work together in a steelworks in a small town in Pennsylvania. After work they drink beer together, at weekends they go hunting together, they know each other's families, wives, girlfriends, go to the same church (Russian Orthodox - they are from eastern European stock), they quarrel over small things - they're just normal working class guys. They are part of their community.

And then they serve in Vietnam - and their lives change forever. Michael (Robert de Niro), Nicky (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage) are taken prisoner by the Viet Cong and are forced to play Russian Roulette while their guards bet on the outcome. They escape, but Steven's legs are broken. The war continues, they go their separate ways, the war ends, they return home to rebuild their lives - if they can. Michael finds that Steven is hospitalised, disabled and confined to a wheelchair. Someone sends him money regularly from Saigon. Michael goes to Saigon, tracks down Nicky who has remained there, traumatised and mentally disturbed by the war and - horrifyingly - still playing Russian Roulette.

I found this film to be quite extraordinarily moving. It isn't really about the Vietnam war - it could be any war - and in fact the war scenes form only a small part of the film. It is about the aftermath of war and how it affects those involved, both the soldiers and their wives/girlfriends, and how those effects will last for the rest of their lives. There are arguments about how realistic the story about Russian Roulette is, about the hunting scenes, the use of non-Pennsylvania locations etc. But this is a powerful film and the performances by de Niro, Meryl Streep and particularly by Christopher Walken are superb. This was also the last film made by the always excellent John Cazale.

Highly recommended - 5/5 stars. [Aside: There are very many films about the Vietnam war - for an extensive list search on Wikipedia for "vietnam war in film"]

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