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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
Chuck Aspegren ... Axel
... Steven's Mother
... Angela
Pierre Segui ... Julien
Mady Kaplan ... Axel's Girl
... Bridesmaid
Mary Ann Haenel ... 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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Best Picture 1978 See more »

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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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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

The deer that Michael shoots is an Asian Red deer and not indigenous to North America. See more »

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

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Tattletale Eyes
(1976) (uncredited)
Written by Jody Emerson
Performed by George Jones and Tammy Wynette
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The Deer Hunter is a masterful piece of cinema
24 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

The Deer Hunter (1978) This is an epic war drama film about a trio of steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after they fight in the Vietnam War. The cast includes Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza. The story takes place in a little working class town south of Pittsburgh, and in Vietnam. The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Christopher Walken. It also marked Meryl Streep's very first Academy Award nomination. She is now the most nominated actor in history. It was named the 53rd greatest American film of all time by the American Film Institute (AFI). The film's initial reviews were mostly positive. It was hailed by many critics as the best American epic since The Godfather. The late Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four stars and called it "one of the most emotionally shattering films ever made." This film is an American classic. It is my favorite drama, and perhaps my favorite film of all time. It even holds up nearly 40 years later. My willingness to try older films, any films, was because of this picture. Movies are like these are why film lovers should really give older movies a shot. I suggest the AFI's top 100 films as a starting point. The Deer Hunter is a masterful piece of cinema that explores the human condition in a way few films do today.


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