The Deer Hunter 1978

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This seminal Vietnam film opens with a wedding and a deer hunt before Mike, Nick and Steve leave for Saigon and war. They're captured by the Vietcong and forced to play Russian roulette while the VC take bets on their survival. They escape but their experiences leave with physical and spiritual wounds.

Starring:
Robert De Niro,John Cazale
Runtime:
2 hours, 56 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama, Thriller
Director Michael Cimino
Starring Robert De Niro, John Cazale
Supporting actors John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, George Dzundza, Shirley Stoler, Rutanya Alda, Chuck Aspegren
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Steven Moses on 14 Feb. 2003
Format: DVD
This film runs 'The Godfather' close for arguably the finest cast of any movie. The acting is second-to-none and boasts the combined talents of De Niro, Streep, Walken and Cazale. The early part of the movie is devoted to the relationships between the main characters and a marvellously joyous Russian Orthodox wedding scene that sets up the tragedy that befalls the three friends after their capture at the hands of the Viet-Cong. The changes both physical and mental as the men return from war and the effects on their loved ones is brilliantly portrayed. Russian roulette although arguably not historically correct is used as a metaphor for Walken's disregard for his own life and the hunting trip on De Niro's return only serves to highlight his own high regard for life.
It's one of those films that stays with you long after viewing and causes you to think deeply on the terrible effect war has on people and communities. Outstanding.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Touring Mars VINE VOICE on 14 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
'The Deer Hunter' is not a conventional war film. Rather, it's an exploration of the psychological effects of war on the individual. At over three hours long, some call this film epic, others horribly dull and depressing. Split into three acts, the first hour of the film follows the three main characters Mike, Nick and Steve (Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage) in their home town of Clairton, a small, industrial town with a large contingent of Russian immigrants. The story begins with Steve's wedding, which doubles as a send-off party for the three men who have volunteered to fight in Vietnam, but with no real knowledge of what to expect. However, an uninvited guest at the wedding, a 'Green Beret' who has recently returned from Vietnam, hints at what they can expect... he is a man who has been psychologically destroyed, and his unusual behaviour is greeted at first with anger, then amusement, but no real comprehension. We also follow the men on a last deerhunting trip in the mountains, as the film builds up our understanding of each character. Indeed, the deer hunting segments serve as a powerful metaphor that underpins the rest of the movie. The peace and tranquility of the mountains are counterposed with the sound of choppers and gunfire in Vietnam. From the outset it is clear that Mike, who sees deerhunting as more than just mere sport, has a deeper understanding of what the war will do to them, as is somehow better placed to cope...
The second third of the movie throws us straight into the thick of battle, from the sleepy streets of a small Pennsylvanian town, to the brutality of the Vietnam War.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By wilson on 5 Jun. 2011
Format: DVD
First off i've watched many many films in my short time here on earth. As i've studied film in college i have really began to see the beauty of filmmaking. The Deer Hunter for me is one of the best films i have ever seen and i believe ever will. The film first off introduces the audience to the relationship between 'the gang' of friends and we see intimate moments of friendship between them which comes back later to give some of the most brilliant moments ever in film history. Do not be fouled, this isn't a film based in Vietnam, the film shows only roughly 30 minutes for it's 3 1/2 film in Vietnam. I suggest you watch 'Apocalypse Now' if you are interested in that sort of film. This film is based entirely on the bond between the friends and the impact of Vietnam on them which changes them forever.
A glorious film by Michael Cimino and i suggest any one who is interested in watching a fantastic story and character development to watch this.

What a gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 29 Dec. 2014
Format: DVD
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Brilliantly crafted film follows the paths of three young men from small-town Pennsylvania, focusing mainly on De Niro's Michael and three times in their lives: just before they go to fight in Vietnam, some momentous times during the war, and the situation at home when they finally return. Heart-wrenching, epic, and a fantastic study of the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, not only on the people fighting the war but their loved ones at home. De Niro, Streep and Walken stand out in a superb cast - not much to complain about with this one.

Oscar Wins for Film Editing, Sound, Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Directing, and Best Picture. Oscar Nominations for Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Supporting Actress (Meryl Streep), and Lead Actor (Robert De Niro).
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By philipconcannon@yahoo.co.uk on 4 Mar. 2002
Format: DVD
One of the first american movies to deal with the vietnam war, The Deerhunter focuses on the effect of the war back home rather than dwell on the frontlines.Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher walken are three friends all set to go to war.the film begins by showing us a wedding where the characters are introduced and the relationships defined.this covers the first hour of the movie and Cimino's build up is deliberately slow and detailed to let us become familiar with and care for these characters.the movie then follows the men on a hunting trip in the mountains before the leave(the hunting seems almost like a stay of execution)before we are taken to the savagery of the battlefield.the most memorable and shocking scenes occur when the friends are captured and forced to play each other in russian roulette.these scenes have a raw power rarely seen in many movies with all the leads excelling.Walken in particular(an oscar-winning performance)is outstanding,his uniquely twitchy,nervous persona has never been so astutely utilised.
the aftermath of the war shows De Niro finding it impossible to adjust to life back home alienating his friends Meryl Streep(excellent, as ever)and John Cazale.Savage is without his legs in a veteran's hospital and Walken roams the vietnam streets playing russian roulette for money,a ghost searching for his deliverance. When that final curtain comes it is an incredibly powerful blow that will leave the viewer reeling.Gripping and powerful, The deerhunter is a perfect companion piece to Apocalypse Now and Platoon.It may be heartbreaking and gruelling but it is ultimately rewarding.
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