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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 Vietnam War disrupts and impacts 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 »
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Touching drama about the ruin of a group of men's friendship by war See more (956 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)
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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
 
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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:
John Cazale was very weak when filming began, and for this reason, his scenes were filmed first. Michael Cimino knew from the start that Cazale was dying from cancer, but the studio did not. When they found out, they wanted to replace Cazale. When Meryl Streep learned of their intentions, she threatened to quit if they did. Cazale died shortly after filming was completed.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Linda goes to Mike and Nick's trailer for the first time, the trailers hitch as well as the tail lights can be seen. The wires from the tail lights are seen running into the windows above the hitch. The tail lights should be on the rear while the hitch is on the front.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 From Zero to Ten (2002)See more »
Soundtrack:
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Touching drama about the ruin of a group of men's friendship by war, 30 June 2005
Author: Danherb from Germany

"The Deer Hunter" is not a film about the Vietnam war, as it is wrongly said in many cases.

"The Deer Hunter" is a film tells the story of 3 friends within about 5-6 years, during which their friendship is repeatedly put to the test.

It is primarily a picture of the contemporary life of a group of people around 30 living in a small American town during the Vietnam war.

The first hour of the film portrays the every day life of three friends Mike (De Niro), Steven (Savage) and Nick (Walken), who look forward to Steve's wedding but at the same time have to prepare for their commitment in Vietnam. The main actors (above all De Niro and Walken) perfectly picture the character's inner conflict between their easygoing home town life and the forthcoming assignment in Vietnam. Despite this conflict the characters don't show their concerns to their environment.

Particularly Nick is worried about him and his friends leaving his home town and perhaps never coming back, but he only tells his best friend Mike of his thoughts, who is much more resolute and sees their engagement as a strong masculine act.

Cimino manages to show the simple irrationality of young men, going to a senseless war from which they might never return for the only purpose of glory and approval, and abandoning their settled and happy life for it. The spectator just can't understand why those young men voluntarily sign for the army and give up everything they have. The passage from the small-town-idyll to the war cruelty is greatly pictured. Cimino does not show the three friends' way to Vietnam or the training, he immediately switches from a happy get-together to the cruel war captivity of the Vietcong. This passage perfectly underlines the contrast and the inexplicability of the three men's actions.

Although the passage that is set in Vietnam is only about one third of the whole film long, the war is omnipresent at any time, which is probably the best benefit of the whole film, Cimino does not need to bomb the spectator with pictures of crying children, mutilated soldiers or desert battlefields in order to illustrate the cruelty of war. Far from it! The changed behavior of all characters after the friends' returns tell more about wars' capability of changing someone's life, than anything else.

And the fact that the many dreams that these three friends had before they went to Vietnam didn't come true, because of their longing for recognition by becoming an acclaimed veteran can even pluck your heartstrings.

Cimino's great directing and the cast's awesome acting provide for a touching and honest drama about the friendship of a group of young men, that is destroyed by the Vietnam war.

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