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The Deer Hunter (1979) Movie Information

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Drama, War





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Michael Cimino


Robert De Niro
Christopher Walken
John Cazale
John Savage
Meryl Streep
George Dzundza





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A bunch of hunting friends must go to Vietnam, who are all from a small town, change, and don't come back the same.

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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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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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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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  Daniel Corleone
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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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