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The Deer Hunter ()


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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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  • Won 5 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 26 nominations.
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Michael
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Stan
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Steven
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Nick
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Linda
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John
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Axel
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Steven's Mother
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Angela
Pierre Segui ...
Julien
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Axel's Girl
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Bridesmaid
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Stan's Girl
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Linda's Father
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Bandleader
Christopher Colombi Jr. ...
Wedding Man
Victoria Karnafel ...
Sad Looking Girl
Jack Scardino ...
Cold Old Man
Joe Strnad ...
Bingo Caller
Helen Tomko ...
Helen
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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
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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
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Hilary Brown ...
Herself (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
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US Embassy Guard (uncredited)
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Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
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Altar Boy (uncredited)
Tom Madden ...
Steelworker (uncredited)
Michael Santiago ...
Steel Worker (uncredited)
Joel Thingvall ...
Steel Worker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Michael Cimino

Written by

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Michael Cimino ... (story) &
Deric Washburn ... (story) and
Louis Garfinkle ... (story) &
Quinn K. Redeker ... (story)
 
Deric Washburn ... (screenplay)

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Joann Carelli ... associate producer
Michael Cimino ... producer
Michael Deeley ... producer
John Peverall ... producer
Marion Rosenberg ... associate producer
Barry Spikings ... producer

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Stanley Myers

Cinematography by

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Vilmos Zsigmond ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Peter Zinner

Editorial Department

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Thomas K. Avildsen ... assistant editor
Penelope Shaw ... assistant editor
Florence Williamson ... assistant editor (as Flo Williamson)

Casting By

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Cis Corman

Art Direction by

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Ron Hobbs
Kim Swados

Makeup Department

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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

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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

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Michael Grillo ... second assistant director (as Mike Grillo)
Charles Okun ... assistant director
Chase Newhart ... trainee assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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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) / poster designer (uncredited)
Donald B. Nunley ... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Donald A. Bolger ... boom man (as Don Bolger)
Teri E. Dorman ... sound editor
James Fritch ... sound editor
Michael Galloway ... sound
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

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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

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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
Jay King ... stunt performer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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Michael Denison ... assistant: Cis Corman, Thailand
Beth Donohue ... assistant: Cis Corman, Thailand

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sandy Berke Jordan ... costumer: women (as Sandy Berke)
Laurie Riley ... costumer: men
Eric Seelig ... costume supervisor
Mutita Na Songkla ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

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Frank Ernst ... location manager: Thailand
M.R. Boonyalak Sukawasdi ... location manager: Thailand
Charles Hubbard ... location manager: Thailand (uncredited)

Music Department

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William Saracino ... supervising music editor
John Williams ... performer: main title theme
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Frank 'Cat' Ballou ... transportation coordinator: U.S.A.
Arthur Dunne ... transportation coordinator: Thailand (as Arthur Dunn)

Other crew

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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)
John Chambers ... finance executive (uncredited)
Dick Delson ... publicist (uncredited)
David Hakim ... publicity writer (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone ... caterer (uncredited)

Thanks

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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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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The Man Who Came to Play (United States)
  • Deer Hunter (Japan, English title)
  • Voyage au bout de l'enfer (France)
  • Die durch die Hölle gehen (Germany)
  • El cazador (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 183 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Co-Writer and Director Michael Cimino convinced Christopher Walken to spit in Robert De Niro's face. When Walken actually did it, De Niro was completely shocked, as evidenced by his reaction. In fact, De Niro was so furious about it, he nearly left the set. Cimino later said of Walken, "He's got courage!" See more »
Goofs When Michael comes back from Vietnam he has a full beard while in uniform. He would not have been able to leave Vietnam in uniform until haircut and facial hair complies with uniform regulation AR 670-1. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Can't Take My Eyes Off You See more »
Crazy Credits We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of our Thai crew in the production of "The Deer Hunter" See more »
Quotes Michael: Stanley, see this? This is this. This ain't something else. This is this. From now on, you're on your own.
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