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The Deer Hunter (1978)

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

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Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela, and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors, the three friends fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Drama | War

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23 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$48,979,328, 31 December 1980
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Trivia

At the Academy Awards, Michael Deeley made a deal with fellow Producer David Puttnam, whose film Midnight Express (1978) was nominated, that each would take five hundred dollars to the ceremony, so if one of them won, the winner would give the loser the five hundred dollars to "drown his sorrows in style". See more »

Goofs

When the guys sang "Drop Kick Me Jesus" at the bar just prior to the Vietnam scenes they were singing a song that would not be written until 1976. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Michael: Hey, watch out, Axel. We'll be calling him old fireballs after tonight.
Axel: Fuckin' A.
Michael: Not bad.
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We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of our Thai crew in the production of "The Deer Hunter" See more »

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Referenced in Hayan chonjaeng (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

God Bless America
(1918) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Sung by all in the final scene
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Immense poignancy
18 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I cannot fathom the absolute horror that war brings to a persons life, but never has a film depicted it more harrowing than The Deerhunter. At 182 minutes, it seemed to fly by, leaving me wanting more and wishing this would not end. all facets are explored, all people's emotions are laid bare, not just the combatants. If we obviously did not know better, one would have to say this was a British film, as it has all the best elements that British movie making displays. i can eulogise for hundreds of lines, but this really is the ONLY American movie i can think of (others? apart from taxi driver) that is RAW. A strange word i know but the movie oozes a raw edge to it. Immense performances from all concerned, and if i had to say, i believe i have not seen Christopher Walken in a better role. One of the very few films i deservedly give 10/10. A must for any collection and a stunning example of every aspect of film making coming together, albeit for a sombre depiction of life.


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