Deer Hunter

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An in-depth examination of the way that the vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA.


Studio Universal
SKU 40722054
UPC 025192797620
UPC 14 00025192797620
Format DVD
Release Date 9/6/2005
Rating Rating
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note This epic look at the Vietnam War and its effects told through the lives of a tight knit group of friends from a Pennsylvania town was Michael Cimino's second film and established him in the pantheon of American directors. Complex and emotionally raw performances from Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep earned each an Academy Award nomination, and Christopher Walken's portrayal of Nick, who survives capture but is unable to escape its trauma, is a tour de force that earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. With a keen eye for nuance and a carefully structured script, Cimino interweaves the rituals great and small that make up the lives of his characters, creating a poignant sense of what remained constant and what was forever changed by their experience of the war.
Plot Summary
Summary An epic three-hour tale of lives forever changed by the Vietnam War, THE DEER HUNTER follows the transformation of a tight group of friends from a working-class town, taking its place alongside such classics as ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT in telling a story of war and disillusionment. On the eve of going to war, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken), and Steven (John Savage) gather for Steven's wedding. Leaving Steven to his wedding night, Mike, Nick, and pals Axel (Chuck Aspergren), Stan (John Cazale), and John (George Dzundza) depart for the mountains and one last hunting trip. The hunting trip is a funny, poignant scene that firmly establishes the characters as they set off for Vietnam immediately after the trip. The scenes in Vietnam, especially the Russian roulette game, are among the most brutal war scenes on film. The characters' eventual return to the States is emotional and gut-wrenching. Michael Cimino's award-winning film is a powerful look at friendship and love in the midst of war.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "One shot is what it's all about; a deer has to be taken with one shot."--Michael (Robert De Niro)
Variety "...The film remains intense, powerful and fascinating for more than three hours....The acting, throughout, is outstanding. Walken's performance is a marvel..." 11/29/1978
New York Times "...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....[Streep] gives a smashing film performance..." 12/15/1978 p.C5,Included in the New York Times's "10 BEST FILMS OF 1978" 12/31/1978 p.II:1
Total Film "Hell is war in Michael Cimino's decade-defining classic..." 12/01/2003 p.116
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n unforgettable study of friendship, pre-, during and post Vietnam." 12/01/2006 p.209
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "Cimino's is a political film that makes its points through the trials of its characters..." 01/01/2007 p.147
Sight and Sound "Cimino's sprawling Vietnam drama is an intimate epic, favouring the personal over the political....This is an ensemble cast par excellence." 02/01/2007 p.81
Michael Cimino
Christopher Walken
Robert De Niro
Meryl Streep
Cast & Crew
Christopher Walken - Actor
John Savage - Actor
Meryl Streep - Actor
Michael Cimino - Director
Michael Cimino, et. al. - Story By
Michael Cimino, et. al. - Producer
Peter Zinner - Editor
Robert De Niro - Actor
Stanley Myers - Original Music By
Vilmos Zsigmond - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 27976
UPC 00025192797620
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 184 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1
Oscar (1979) Michael Cimino, Winner, Best Director,Christopher Walken, Winner, Best Supporting Actor,Peter Zinner, Winner, Best Film Editing,C. Darin Knight, et al., Winner, Best Sound
Golden Globe (1979) Michael Cimino, Winner, Best Director
ReviewSource Apollo Leisure Guide
Review The most heart wrenching film yet made on the effect of the Vietnam War on the fabric of American life. Three friends are permanently disfigured by the war, and appear helpless to explain their pain. A challenging, great film.
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie And Video Guide
Review Stunning film about young Pennsylvania steelworkers, their lives before, during, and after wartime duty in Vietnam. Long but not overlong, this sensitive, painful, evocative work packs an emotional wallop.
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Special Edition, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Actor De Niro,Robert
Label Mca Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes ...a mesmerizing epic about shattered innocence and lost faith... an absorbing and manipulative piece which overpowers the viewer.

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