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The Deer Hunter (1979) Movie Reviews

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Yojimbo 04/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Although the scene setting is a little over long, this is still a remarkably powerful war film that studies the impact of Vietnam on a group of smalltown friends at a very personal level. Uniformly excellent performances, especially by the haunted Christopher Walken and an unforgettable climax.

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preston 01/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

This is a great movie, but it's hampered by a painfully long run time. Cutting the wedding reception scene by about 30 minutes could move The Deer Hunter into my top 50, but an hour long first act (prologue?) is just too much to make this movie one of my all time favorites. One of the most suspenseful movies ever made if you can make it to the second act without falling asleep. It's so good, but at the same time, almost unwatchable.

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Snoogans 01/21/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

There is a good story and great acting here, but the long running time does hamper the experience. I don't mind movies that exceed 2 and 1/2 hours, but here it just slows everything down to a crawl and a number of scenes fell like the ones you watch on the 'deleted scenes' section of the dvd special features.

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mitchellyoung 12/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

This is a crushing portrait of the horrors of war, because it takes the time to create real and heartfelt characters and then places them in the most brutal and gruesome of circumstances. The Russian Roulette scene is infamous for being incredibly tense and squirm-inducing, but the entire film is a thought-provoking view of how war changes people.

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The Film Rebel 11/11/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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4/4 

The most compelling portrayal of the horrors of war and how it affects those who partake in it. A masterpiece.

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gideon43 05/30/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

A movie which over the years has withstood some criticism and controversy. Hardly liked by Vietnam Veterans and deemed by some to be racist, the Deer Hunter is nevertheless a powerful and harrowing experience. More about male friendship than the horrors of battle, this is a film that concentrates on the effects and aftermath of going to war. Emotionally potent, at times devastatingly so, the Deer Hunter is a compelling study of insanity, intolerance and grief. Stunningly directed with powerhouse performances from De Niro, Walken and Streep, the Deer Hunter may not be the most accurate depiction of combat ever, but it would be difficult not to put it on anyone's list of the best War movies of all time.

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sapien 01/17/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

An excellent movie. One of the best war movies ever. But, hey, it has De Niro in it, so it kinda has to be great.

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Chris Kavan 12/19/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3/4 

Although it suffers from some pacing issues, Deer Hunter is still a landmark Vietnam film with some great scenes and all-around decent cast (especially De Niro). It requires some patience, but I think it's worth it.

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sodapop 02/25/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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3.5/4 

This one has amazing performances and you really can't wrong with circa 1975-1980 DeNiro. A well deserved Best Picture Oscar for a smart and moving work if albeit not an "easy" one.

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Allison 12/22/2007 (0 of 1 found this helpful)

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1.5/4 

Overrated and overblown. Responsible for giving Michael Cimino free reign on Heaven's Gate, and thereby eventually ruining American cinema altogether. But no one had the foresight, so whatever. It made no impression on me, perhaps because it is so revered by everyone.

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