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R| 3 hr. 3 min.

Plot Summary
In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel town, prepare to ship out overseas following Steven's elaborate wedding and one final group hunting trip. In Vietnam, their dreams of military honor are quickly shattered by the inhumanities of war; even those who survive are haunted by the experience, as is Nick's hometown sweetheart, Linda (Meryl Streep).

Cast: Robert De Niro , Christopher Walken , John Savage , John Cazale , Meryl Streep , George Dzundza , Chuck Aspegren , Shirley Stoler

Director: Michael Cimino

Genres: War

Distributor: MCA/Universal Pictures [us], Universal Pictures

The Deer Hunter (1978)

Release Date: December 8th, 1978|3 hr. 3 min.

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  • What distinguishes The Deer Hunter most is its many rich characters and the size of its vision. This is a big film, dealing with big issues, made on a grand scale. Much of it, including some casting decisions, suggest inspiration by "The Godfather." [9 Mar 1979] show more

  • Brutally memorable, The Deer Hunter is an emotionally draining production that draws a vivid portrait of its characters and their milieu--and succeeds in showing the devastating effect of the war on their lives, as well as their brave attempts at renewal. Unfortunately, the film falters when it comes to the larger questions of America's involvement in Vietnam. show more

  • A big, awkward, crazily ambitious, sometimes breathtaking motion picture that comes as close to being a popular epic as any movie about this country since "The Godfather." show more

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