• The Deer Hunter (1978)

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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: War, Drama

Production Co: Universal Pictures

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  • A simultaneuosly touching and harrowing experience that puts the audience directly in the shoes of one man's experience of Vietnam. show more

  • 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

  • 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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