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The Deer Hunter -- An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA.

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Director:
Writers:
Michael Cimino (story) &
Deric Washburn (story) ...
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Release Date:
23 February 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
One of the most important and powerful films of all time! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 31 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
As great as ever See more (960 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert De Niro ... Michael

John Cazale ... Stan

John Savage ... Steven

Christopher Walken ... Nick

Meryl Streep ... Linda

George Dzundza ... John
Chuck Aspegren ... Axel
Shirley Stoler ... Steven's Mother

Rutanya Alda ... Angela
Pierre Segui ... Julien
Mady Kaplan ... Axel's Girl

Amy Wright ... Bridesmaid
Mary Ann Haenel ... Stan's Girl
Richard Kuss ... Linda's Father

Joe Grifasi ... Bandleader
Christopher Colombi Jr. ... Wedding Man
Victoria Karnafel ... Sad Looking Girl
Jack Scardino ... Cold Old Man
Joe Strnad ... Bingo Caller
Helen Tomko ... Helen
Paul D'Amato ... Sergeant
Dennis Watlington ... Cab Driver
Charlene Darrow ... Red Head
Jane-Colette Disko ... Girl Checker
Michael Wollet ... Stock Boy
Robert Beard ... World War Veteran
Joe Dzizmba ... World War Veteran
Stephen Kopestonsky ... Priest (as Father Stephen Kopestonsky)
John F. Buchmelter III ... Bar Patron
Frank Devore ... Barman
Tom Becker ... Doctor
Lynn Kongkham ... Nurse
Nongnuj Timruang ... Bar Girl
Po Pao Pee ... Chinese Referee
Dale Burroughs ... Embassy Guard
Parris Hicks ... Sergeant
Samui Muang-Intata ... Chinese Bodyguard
Sapox Colisium ... Chinese Man
Vitoon Winwitoon ... NVA Officer
Somsak Sengvilai ... V.C. Referee
Charan Nusvanon ... Chinese Boss
Jiam Gongtongsmoot ... Chinese Man At Door
Chai Peyawan ... South Vietnamese Prisoner
Mana Hansa ... South Vietnamese Prisoner
Sombot Jumpanoi ... South Vietnamese Prisoner
Phip Manee ... Woman In Village
Ding Santos ... V.C. Guard
Krieng Chaiyapuk ... V.C. Guard
Ot Palapoo ... V.C. Guard
Chok Chai Mahasoke ... V.C. Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hilary Brown ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joe Cummings ... US Embassy Guard (uncredited)

Gary Jones ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)

James Kall ... Altar Boy (uncredited)
Tom Madden ... Steelworker (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ... Steel Worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Cimino 
 
Writing credits
Michael Cimino (story) &
Deric Washburn (story) and
Louis Garfinkle (story) &
Quinn K. Redeker (story)

Deric Washburn (screenplay)

Produced by
Joann Carelli .... associate producer
Michael Cimino .... producer
Michael Deeley .... producer
John Peverall .... producer
Marion Rosenberg .... associate producer
Barry Spikings .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner 
 
Casting by
Cis Corman (casting by)
 
Art Direction by
Ron Hobbs 
Kim Swados 
 
Makeup Department
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist
Edwin Butterworth .... makeup artist (as Ed Butterworth)
Mary Keats .... hair stylist
Dick Smith .... special makeup: Thailand
Daniel C. Striepeke .... special makeup: Thailand (as Daniel Striepeke)
 
Production Management
David C. Anderson .... production supervisor: Thailand (as David Anderson)
Claude Binyon Jr. .... production manager: U.S.A.
Ira Loonstein .... unit production manager: Thailand
Bill Lukather .... unit production manager: U.S.A.
Michael Orlando .... production supervisor: Thailand
Elliot Schick .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Grillo .... second assistant director (as Mike Grillo)
Charles Okun .... assistant director
Chase Newhart .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Gus Basso .... greensman
John Blezard .... assistant: to Ron Hobbs, Thailand
Ron Galloway .... prop man: Thailand
Richard C. Goddard .... set decorator: U.S.A. (as Dick Goddard)
Alan Hicks .... set decorator: Thailand
Art Lipschultz .... prop man: U.S.A.
Harold McConnell .... leadman: Thailand
Bud Peifer Jr. .... prop man: U.S.A. (as Bud Peifer)
George Stokes .... construction coordinator: U.S.A.
James T. Woods .... painter: Thailand (as Jimmy Woods)
Mickey Woods .... construction coordinator: Thailand
Robert M. Anderson .... property master: Thailand (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Donald B. Nunley .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Donald L. Bolger .... boom man (as Don Bolger)
Teri E. Dorman .... sound editor
James Fritch .... sound editor
Stephen Katz .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Steve Katz)
James J. Klinger .... supervising sound effects editor
C. Darin Knight .... sound mixer (as Darrin Knight)
Bobbe Kurtz .... looping editor
William L. McCaughey .... re-recording mixer (as William McCaughey)
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
Frank M. Reale .... re-recording mixer (as Frank Reale)
Aaron Rochin .... re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Fred Cramer .... special effects
Garry Elmendorf .... assistant special effects (as Gary Elmendorf)
Jay King .... assistant special effects: Thailand
Bob Myers .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Ian Wingrove .... pyro supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Max Balchowsky .... stuntman
Jerry Brutsche .... stuntman (as Jerry Bruthsche)
Howard Curtis .... stuntman
Ted Duncan .... stuntman
Bob Harris .... stuntman
Carey Loftin .... stunt coordinator: US
Troy Melton .... stuntman
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator: Thailand
Jack Verbois .... stuntman
Chuck Waters .... stuntman
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Jay King .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Bravo .... camera operator (as Ricky Bravo)
Greer Cavagnaro .... still photographer: U.S.A.
Katrina Franken .... still photographer: Thailand
Michael Gershman .... assistant cameraman (as Mike Gershman)
Philip Jones Griffiths .... special still photographer
Wynn Hammer .... still photographer: U.S.A.
Daniel R. Jordan .... grip (as Danny Jordan)
Keith Kelsay .... assistant cameraman
Jack Kirk .... electrician
Dieter Ludwig .... still photographer: Thailand (as Deiter Ludwig)
Rick Martens .... gaffer
Danny Marzolo .... electrician
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Robert Moore .... key grip (as Bob Moore)
Fred Muncey .... best boy electrician
Lou Noto .... assistant cameraman
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Don Whipple .... best boy grip
Larry Whitehead .... electrician
Tim Ryan .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Michael Denison .... assistant: Cis Corman, Thailand
Beth Donohue .... assistant: Cis Corman, Thailand
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sandy Berke Jordan .... costumer: women (as Sandy Berke)
Laurie Riley .... costumer: men
Eric Seelig .... costume supervisor
Mutita Na Songkla .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Thomas K. Avildsen .... assistant editor
Penelope Shaw .... assistant editor
Florence Williamson .... assistant editor (as Flo Williamson)
 
Music Department
William Saracino .... supervising music editor
John Williams .... performer: main title theme
 
Transportation Department
Frank 'Cat' Ballou .... transportation coordinator: U.S.A.
Arthur Dunne .... transportation coordinator: Thailand (as Arthur Dunn)
 
Other crew
Barry Butler .... production assistant: Thailand
Joann Carelli .... production consultant
Eleanor Dawson .... advisor: Vietnamese
Richard Dioguardi .... technical advisor: military
Exa Durham .... production secretary
Frank Ernst .... location manager: Thailand
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Michael Flynn .... production assistant: Thailand (as Mike Flynn)
Patrick Gauvain .... production assistant: Thailand
Ralph Naradini .... marine engineer
Patty Nelson .... secretary: Mr. Cimino
June Samson .... script supervisor
Nanette Siegert .... production coordinator
M.R. Boonyalak Sukawasdi .... location manager: Thailand
Robert Werden .... unit publicist (as Bob Werden)
David Hakim .... publicity writer (uncredited)
Charles Hubbard .... location manager: Thailand (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Hilary Brown .... grateful acknowledgement: The ABC Evening News (as Hillary Brown)
Sherman Grinberg .... grateful acknowledgement: The ABC Evening News
Stephen Kopestonsky .... grateful acknowledgement: St. Theodosius Cathedral (as Reverend T. Stephen Kopestonsky)
Ken Kovach .... grateful acknowledgement: choir director, St. Theodosius Cathedral
Michelle Kuhar .... grateful acknowledgement: The Ohio Film Bureau
Tim Potts .... grateful acknowledgement: The Office of Film Promotion, Pennsylvania Department of Commerce
John D. Rockefeller III .... grateful acknowledgment (as Governor John D. Rockefeller III)
Mr. Thompson .... grateful acknowledgement: liason and technical advisor, Thailand
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deer Hunter" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
182 min
Country:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:MA (cable rating) | Australia:R (original rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-18 (1979) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG12 (2010) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 (video rating) | Norway:18 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1996) (2006) | USA:R (PCA #25008) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The church used in the wedding sequence was the Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral located in Cleveland, Ohio. One can clearly see the name plaque in one scene.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the first hunting scene as they're changing their clothes, Michael and Stan are arguing about Mike's boots. Nicky is seen putting on a sweater and had both arms in when it cuts back to Mike who delivers his "This is this" lines. When it cuts back to Stan and Nicky, Nicky is once again putting the sweater on as if it was never on in the first place.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
God Bless AmericaSee more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Where were the hunting scenes filmed?
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73 out of 105 people found the following review useful.
As great as ever, 12 June 2002
Author: vaneyck from Old Lyme, CT

I've now seen this film three times with a decade or more between viewings, and every time I see it I come away feeling that movies can't get any better than this. People always comment on the Viet Nam scenes, and it's true that they are as powerful and intense as any war scenes ever filmed. The Russian-roulette betting game, in both its up-river and Saigon venues, may be the most riveting, shattering plot device ever invented, as measured by the pounding of the heart.

But it's the 'home front' scenes that stick with me through the years. I think all the steel town scenes are nearly perfect, untoppable. And that very much includes the Eastern Orthodox wedding and its sequel. When anyone tells me they were bored I just shake my head. There's no arguing with short and shallow attention spans. You're either capable of appreciating art or you're not.

I do have a quibble or two. The deer-hunting scenes looked like nowhere I've ever seen in Pennsylvania, or anywhere else East of the Rockies. I think Cimino deliberately picked an ethereal location above the clouds as a contrast to the steel town. When John Cazale and the others get loaded and act like jerks it jars on Michael, because they have brought the stupid distractions of ordinary life to an extraordinary place. This would matter less if the 'genius loci' were not so strongly present in the other home front scenes. I wish he had used the soft, green forested hills of Pennsylvania for the hunting.

And some of the dialogue--Meryl Streep's in particular--wouldn't work on the page, and only first-rate acting by an inspired ensemble--has there ever been a better cast of young actors?--pulls it off. But these are forgivable errors in one of the finest films ever made.

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