• The Deer Hunter (1978)

The Deer Hunter

Release Date: 1978

DVD Release Date: March 31st, 1998

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: Drama , War

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Friendship, Growing up, Soldier, Escape, 1960s, 1970s, Friend, Girlfriend, Wife, Transformation

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    For me, The Deer Hunter is THE great American film of 1978. I realize that we still have a few major releases yet to come, like Superman, but I can't imagine anything more timely, more important, more uncompromising than this Universal-EMI production. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It is not an anti-war film. It is not a pro-war film. It is one of the most emotionally shattering films ever made. show more

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    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]

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Awards

Nominated Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Film Editing
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Winner Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Winner Directing
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Best Picture
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Sound
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role