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The Deer Hunter (1978)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Michael
... Stan
... Steven
... Nick
... Linda
... John
... Axel
... Steven's Mother
... Angela
Pierre Segui ... Julien
... Axel's Girl
... Bridesmaid
... Stan's Girl
... Linda's Father
... Bandleader
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Storyline

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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Release Date:

23 February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Came to Play  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$48,979,328, 31 December 1980
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The studio wanted to replace John Cazale when he was ruled un-insurable. Robert De Niro put up the money for the insurance. Cazale died shortly after filming was completed. See more »

Goofs

The level of Michael's beer while he is leaning against the post at the wedding reception goes up after he drinks. 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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Crazy Credits

We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of our Thai crew in the production of "The Deer Hunter" See more »

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Soundtracks

Drop-Kick Me, Jesus (Through the Goalposts of Life)
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Written by Paul Craft
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The worst highly rated movie ever!
2 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

How this movie got such a high rating is beyond me. There are maybe two good scenes in the whole thing, which hardly makes it worth while enduring the other 2+ hours of it. The beginning drags on and on, then when the characters are finally in Viet Nam, the scene is ludicrous.

For a movie that is suppose to show the effects of war on a group of people living in a small steel mill town, it fails miserably.

Seems to me the character development was very weak to begin with, and just gets weaker as it goes. I was so bored and disappointed towards the end of this mess of a movie, that I finally turned it off about 15 minutes from the end. I figured it was a lost cause to continue, and I had already wasted over 2 hours of my life watching this crap.

Aside from being painfully boring, with no real character development, ludicrous war scenes, a complete failure to get any point across, and totally non-rational events, I guess it was OK. I'd give it a zero rating if I could.


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