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on 20 January 2017
[MOVIE | 5 out of 5]
Run time: 183:43 mins. | Production: 1978
Here's a rare occasion that I can 100 % agree with the Academy Awards: It won a total of five Oscars in 1979:
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Christopher Walken), Best Film Editing and Best Sound.
That was before the Academy Awards started awarding horrible movies (TITANIC) and bad actors (DiCaprio)...
THE DEER HUNTER is an epic war drama about three soldiers in the Vietnam war portrayed by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage. It was co-written and directed by Michael Cimino and even as of today stands out as one of the best war movies ever made.
THE DEER HUNTER is a tragic and depressing film. It deals more with the aftermath of the war and the effects of the war on the soldiers and their families. It's one of those few films that the characters actually grow on you and what happens to them haunts you even after the end credits roll. The psychological depth this film has is phenomenal.
The lead actors are superb, especially Christopher Walken, who even steals the show from Robert De Niro, something that normally would be impossible..
THE DEER HUNTER has been criticized for its portrayal of the Vietnam war, mainly the American side, Critics made the same mistake here that they made with AMERICAN SNIPER: the film is not about the war, about it being right or wrong, it is about the PEOPLE that fought in the war, the soldiers and the psychological effects of the war. And this the film get 100 % right. At the end it is irrelevant whether the war was right or wrong, at the end it is about the effect the war had on the soldiers, their friends and families.
THE DEER HUNTER is definitely a must-see, right up there with APOCALYPSE NOW.

[VIDEO | 4 out of 5]
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1

[AUDIO | 4 out of 5]
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
- English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
- Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono

English HoH, French, Spanish

[EXTRAS | 2 out of 5]
- Feature Film on DVD
- Audio Commentary with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fischer
- Deleted and Extended Scenes (16:57)
- Theatrical Trailer (2:47)
- My Scenes Feature
- 100 Years of Academy Award Winners Featurette (9:35)
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on 13 December 2014
If this were just a film about a small town wedding in late 60s America, that would merit it being called a masterpiece on its own - the mistimed kisses, the stumbles and awkwardnesses that happen in every wedding party, are beautifully observed. The segue into the horrors of the Vietnam War jolts us into a terrifyingly different kind of film. The controversial Russian roulette scene will always divide audiences, and it is best interpreted perhaps, as an allegory of America's post-industrial decline instigated by suicidal military adventurism abroad, rather than as a literal event. Likewise, viewers will be divided as to whether or not the closing moments of the film are intended to be ironic. This is a serious and and important film, not so much for its coverage of the conflict in VIetnam, but more as a document of America struggling to find and assert its identity in an increasingly bewildering world dominated by the Cold War. Robert de Niro, Meryl Streep, John Savage and Christopher Walken all excel in their roles, as does Streep's partner, John Cazale, who insisted on completing filming despite being terminally ill and in considerable pain. Seen through the prism of America's more recent military involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Deer Hunter remains as relevant as ever.
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on 24 January 2017
I did not know what to expect from a movie produced in 1978 but despite its length the film has a scope and that is to understand how people are affected by traumatic events, physically, mentally or both. It is about heroism, about friendship and family, a bit about love, too; it is about keeping it real no matter how hard it can prove to be.Let's not forget the great actors!
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on 9 April 2014
This is a definitive romance and anti war novel a film of the Russian Orthodox era of entrapment in a conflict that grew out of Japan 1946 and cost the USA its biggest cost to date. Superb acting and it made Christopher Walken a name, if you want to see dancing you should see this. Thanks De Niro Walken and support, always good. Many different scenes of life in the industrial conflict we now only see remnants and rubble from. Rusted steel. We saw some in Boston and there is a little on Blondie Union City Blue. Plenty of it left in UK ports beaches and industrial city as well but we did not suffer the casualties that time. The film and the industry, it still has a sense of local beauty and life style enjoyment. Ordinary life at its fullest.
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on 22 June 2013
Incredible story. Stellar performances.

Centred around a Russian community in a Pennsylvanian mining town and the friends affected by the Vietnam war.

Christopher Walken and Robert De Niro pack in stunning performances as the two friends who endure the torture of being forced to play Russian roulette with each other by their ruthless Vietnamese prisoners and emerge changed for ever. But it was the heart-breaking fate of Walken's character that really hit me in the stomach. No wonder he won an Oscar.

This is all at once a shocking, thought provoking yet highly entertaining film that hammers home the tragedy and sacrifice of war and the effects it has on families and communities. A must have for anyone who enjoys war movies.
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on 27 July 2017
Not bad at all! I have seen endless war films, but this one is the most unusual and shocking that I have seen! It seems unbelievable this type of thing happened, but I have to say it will keep you glued to your seat! Get it and you will see for yourself!
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on 20 February 2017
What a cast, what a movie. A study on the effects of war on friends and family. A must see movie.
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on 4 November 2014
A film I always have admired and am glad I now have it as part of my collection. Excellent performances by all and despite the veracity of the Russian roulette scenes well deserving of the five academy awards it won. An interesting footnote of course is the power it gave to the director, Michael Cimino,who was 'given his head' and went on to make Heavens Gate that all but bankrupted United Artists !
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on 15 November 2015
A story of many layers. I have seen it at least four times, and every time like the first time it tells me something new, raises questions about life, shutters my protective indifference and makes me realise that I do give a damn.
First time I watched it as an action movie - I liked it
Second time as a political criticism - Spot on
Third time as a great story about friendship - couldn't be better
This time a film about life - I'll be thinking about it for another 20 years
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on 22 January 2018
Classic film and very good remaster. It loses one star for having Meryl Streep in it.
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