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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) &
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Release Date:
23 February 1979 (USA) See more »
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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 24 wins & 18 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(547 articles)
War Films at the Oscars
 (From Scott Feinberg. 13 October 2014, 8:30 AM, PDT)

138 days til Oscar: That's your Best Picture length!
 (From FilmExperience. 7 October 2014, 6:31 AM, PDT)

Breaking: Streep & Blunt Trading Places
 (From FilmExperience. 2 October 2014, 6:52 AM, PDT)

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The Best Film Ever made about War See more (961 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 deer which Michael allows to get away was actually an elk - the same one often used on commercials for Hartford Insurance. The crew had a very difficult time trying to get the elk to look at them, as it was apparently used to various noises; it finally looked at them when someone in the crew yawned.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the wedding dance, we hear the Catsatchok, composed by Russian musician and opera singer Boris Rubaschkin, who was just 13 years old by the end of the war and had not yet composed that song.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:
Referenced in Meet the Feebles (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
God Bless AmericaSee more »

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37 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
The Best Film Ever made about War, 18 June 2007
Author: Lord_Crypto from Pennsylvania Wilderness

Most of you after reading my title are already going to be upset. I do consider this to be the best film ever made about war. I do not look at this film being about the Vietnam War. I look at this film being about war (Period).

I think this film is as excellent as it is for one good reason, showing the effects of war. True, we see the films where men are shaped by war, what events make them who they are, and how the events of war transform them. It is mainly about what the war has done to them. The Deer Hunter takes a bigger step back from that and shows the entire character transformation. It does not just show the transformation of a soldier, but also the transformation as a civilian. You spend a good 40 minutes in the Deer Hunter getting to know the main characters and getting a feel for their personalities. The first 40 minutes is about character development and almost getting an attachment to those characters. This makes their transformation more effective for the viewer and they almost feel for the character and what they are going through. Than those characters get thrown into war and you see the events that change them. The things they had to experience as a soldier. And than, most importantly, we see the changes in their characters after the war. And we do not just see the changes in the soldiers, we see the changes that their friends and lovers undergo as a result of the war. We are not just looking at one soldier, we are looking at a network of friends and how they are changed due to the war. Even those who did not go to war are still effected. And the fact all the characters are from a small town makes it that much more powerful. The Deer Hunter is a powerful film about how war effects everybody, not just the soldiers involved in it.

The cast is terrific! Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryll Streep, and Christopher Walken. Need I say more. Christopher Walken won an Oscar for best supporting actor in this film. The script is beautifully written and the movie is filmed perfectly. I can find nothing wrong with anything about this movie. I mean, it did win 5 Oscars in 1978 including Best Picture and Best Director for Michael Cimino.

This movie is emotionally powerful. I can not say this film is accurate about war, I can only give my opinion and take from the film what I can. I am an 18-year old teen who has an almost complete control over his emotions. This film brought me the closest to tears I have ever been by a movie. It is an absolute masterpiece. This is one of the greatest films ever made. Take the time to watch this film, it is a classic that hits you the hardest emotionally.

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