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04/22/2018 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Deer Hunter

When a war leaves destruction and sadness scattered worldwide, there are human responses. Leaving aside political manifestos and such, art, literature and cinema are the most common trends of expression used. If you asked somebody during the 70s "Hey, do you know Michael Cimino?", they would reply negatively. However, if your second question were "Have you seen The Deer Hunter?", you would most probably receive an emotional answer.

The Deer Hunter is a straightforward masterpiece, very complete from three different points of view:

1) Character development. The magnificent cast helped a lot.
2) Extraordinary direction and storytelling, focusing on all the aspects and assigning each and every one of them the same weight of importance.
3) The pre-war, war and post...

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03/03/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Deer Hunter review

A story of friends consisting of steel workers Michael (Robert De Niro), Steven (John Savage), and Nick (Christopher Walken), with the often bullied Stanley (John Cazale), John (Dzundza) and burly Axel (Chuck Aspegren). They experience marriage, war and loss. Linda (Meryl Streep) becomes close with Michael. Various tragedies ensue and the gang still proves that their bond is strong. The locations and cinematography were gorgeous. Score was apt and performances were really professional. Aside from the lack of good editing and wasted scenes such as the overlong shots of the wedding and emphasis of the Russian roulette's. Theme's of war, pressure, sanity, inhumanity and love were tackled. Overall, The Deer Hunter can be entertaining and dull at times.

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03/27/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Effective although too long.

The deer hunter's success may have caused problems but that does not make the film itself bad. Yes the film is too long, and at the same time it seems a bit rushed namely how quickly they get captured and one characters insanity occurs oddly because it happens after wards but not instantly after what would cause his problems. In fact that part of the story would not have really worked well at all if the actor did not pull it off as well as he did. The rest really does work, in terms of the intensity of some seems and the emotional impact of others. It is shot well especially the hunting scenes and most of the scenes are very authentic. You care about most of the characters since it shows them before the war, and it really shows the effects of the war well except that one problem.


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11/25/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Review - The Deer Hunter (1978)

Michael Vronsky (Robert Di Niro) and Nick Chevotarevich (Christopher Walken) were two friends who left home to fight in Vietnam. When they returned, they realized how much their lives had changed in the Best Picture winning film, "The Deer Hunter."

I know there was some hunting in the movie, but after watching this movie I still don't understand the title. The hunting I suppose is supposed to be symbolic of something, but it just doesn't make itself clear at any point during the movie.

Anyway, there's really not much to talk about with this movie, mainly because the story is so flat. The acting is mostly emotionless and overall it's just boring.

I really can't say much else about the movie. It's just not worth talking about, and really shouldn't have won Best Picture in my honest...

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