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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 »
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Awards:
Won 5 Oscars. Another 25 wins & 18 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Immense poignancy See more (1049 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 
 
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: 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 A. 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)
James Yasotorn .... special effects crew: Thailand (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
Jeff Gershman .... second assistant camera: California unit (uncredited)
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)
 
Location Management
Frank Ernst .... location manager: Thailand
M.R. Boonyalak Sukawasdi .... location manager: Thailand
Charles Hubbard .... location manager: Thailand (uncredited)
 
Music Department
William Saracino .... supervising music editor
John Williams .... performer: main title theme
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
 
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
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
Robert Werden .... unit publicist (as Bob Werden)
David Hakim .... publicity writer (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:
183 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:16 (re-rating) | Australia:MA15+ (cable rating) | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Brazil:18 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-18 (1979) | France:12 | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:PG12 (2010) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 (DVD rating) | New Zealand:R16 (video rating) | Norway:18 | Norway:15 (2008) (re-rating) | Norway:15 (2007) (re-rating) | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1987) | USA:R (PCA #25008) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to Christopher Walken, the historical context wasn't paramount: "In the making of it, I don't remember anyone ever mentioning Vietnam!" Robert De Niro added to this sentiment: "Whether [the film's vision of the war] actually happened or not, it's something you could imagine very easily happening. Maybe it did. I don't know. All's fair in love and war." Producer Barry Spikings, while proud of the film, regrets the way the Vietnamese were portrayed. "I don't think any of us meant it to be exploitive," Spikings said. "But I think we were ... ignorant. I can't think of a better word for it. I didn't realize how badly we'd behaved to the Vietnamese people ..."

Michael Deeley, on the other hand, was quick to defend Michael Cimino's comments on the nature and motives of the film: "The Deer Hunter (1978) wasn't really 'about' Vietnam. It was something very different. It wasn't about drugs or the collapse of the morale of the soldiers. It was about how individuals respond to pressure: different men reacting quite differently. The film was about three steel workers in extraordinary circumstances. Apocalypse Now (1979) is surreal. The Deer Hunter (1978) is a parable ... Men who fight and lose an unworthy war face some obvious and unpalatable choices. They can blame their leaders.. or they can blame themselves. Self-blame has been a great burden for many war veterans. So how does a soldier come to terms with his defeat and yet still retain his self-respect? One way is to present the conquering enemy as so inhuman, and the battle between the good guys (us) and the bad guys (them) so uneven, as to render defeat irrelevant. Inhumanity was the theme of The Deer Hunter (1978)'s portrayal of the North Vietnamese prison guards forcing American POWs to play Russian roulette. The audience's sympathy with prisoners who (quite understandably) cracked thus completes the chain. Accordingly, some veterans who suffered in that war found the Russian roulette a valid allegory."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The deer that Michael kills in the hunting scene is not the same species as the one that is strapped to the hood of the Cadillac when the hunting party arrives back into town.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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Soundtrack:
Memory Eternal (Vechnaya Pamyat)See more »

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90 out of 138 people found the following review useful.
Immense poignancy, 18 January 2006
Author: kevandeb from UK

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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