The Deer Hunter [DVD] [1978]

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  • Release Date: 03/06/2012
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (31 out of 32)

Special Features


  • Feature Commentary with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher

Synopsis


The Deer Hunter
One of several 1978 films dealing with the Vietnam War (including Hal Ashby's Oscar-winning Coming Home), Michael Cimino's epic second feature The Deer Hunter was both renowned for its tough portrayal of the war's effect on American working class steel workers and notorious for its ahistorical use of Russian roulette in the Vietnam sequences. Structured in five sections contrasting home and war, the film opens in Clairton, PA, as Mike (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken), and Stan (John Cazale, in his last film) celebrate the wedding of their friend Steve (John Savage) and go on a final deer hunt before the men leave for Vietnam. Mike treats hunting as a test of skill, lecturing Stan about the value of "one shot" deer slaying and brushing off Nick's urgings to appreciate nature's beauty. As Mike ruminates post-hunt, the film cuts to the horror of Vietnam, where the men are captured by Vietcong soldiers who force Mike and Nick to play Russian roulette for the V.C.'s amusement. Mike turns the game to his advantage so they can escape captivity, but the men are permanently scarred by the episode. Steve loses his legs; Nick vanishes in the Saigon Russian roulette parlors. Mike returns alone to Clairton a changed man, as he rejects the killing of the deer hunt and finds solace with Nick's old girlfriend Linda (Meryl Streep). Disgusted by the antics of his male cohorts at home, Mike decides to bring Steve back from a veterans' hospital, and he returns to Saigon to find Nick. As Saigon falls, Mike discovers how far gone Nick is; the survivors gather in Clairton for a funeral breakfast, singing an impromptu rendition of "God Bless America." ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Robert De Niro
    Robert De Niro - Michael
  • John Cazale
    John Cazale - Stan
  • John Savage
    John Savage - Steven
  • Meryl Streep
    Meryl Streep - Linda
  • Christopher Walken
    Christopher Walken - Nick



Customer rating

4.8
97%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of - in not - the best Vietnam war movies

    Posted
    Jesper

    I saw this movie the first time back in 1978, and it has been on my top list ever since. It was a very different movie in those days, and still is today, compared to what else has come out about this war. The way the movie takes its time to describe the caracters and their background is well worth the time it takes, as it makes you understand so much more about who the 3 young men, and their friends and families, are and why they get torn apart the way they do. The hunting scenes after Mike returns, makes the whole story come together in an incedible way. The acting done by Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken is outstanding, but one must not forget the supporting roles of John Savage, John Cazale and George Dzundza, as they are the catalyst that make the main caracters come alive so believeable. Should be on every film lovers shelf.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Action & Adventure, Drama, Film!

    Posted
    Alone
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    Awesome Action, Adventure, Drama Film! The Deer Hunter was both renowned for its tough portrayal of the war's effect on American working class steel workers and notorious for its historical use of Russian roulette in the Vietnam sequences. Structured in five sections contrasting home and war, the film opens in Clairton, PA, as Mike (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken), and Stan (John Cazale, in his last film) celebrate the wedding of their friend Steve (John Savage) and go on a final deer hunt before going off to Vietnam.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Flawed bur excellent film

    Posted
    HitchFan

    The Deer Hunter is a flawed masterpiece. The acting is top notch, the photography superb, and the directing terrific-to a point. Cimino's ego (which alater almost bankrupted a studio and pretty much killed his career) is on full display as he lets too many scenes go on too long. Still, it's a fine work that manages to be simple and complex at the same time. Regarding the blu ray transfer, it is positively gorgeous, putting the dvd copies to shame.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't wanna get this deer.

    Posted
    ClaytonJohn
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    This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Towards the beginning of the film, at least 45 minutes are spent on ONE scene - it's a wedding followed by a wedding reception - where NOTHING happens. The plot is not furthered or anything; you just see a wedding ceremony followed by a reception where you see people dancing and drinking - that's it! For 45 minutes! By the time that scene is over, you don't even wanna watch the rest of the movie.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic movie brilliant cast

    Posted
    lvarts

    I really appreciate the arts and powerful portrayal by the actors who give their best to enlighten us with their art taking us to places so vividly that we would have never experienced nor visualized, while leaving us with knowledge and giving us space to think, engage in dialogues..what a gift!!!! The Deer Hunter is a compelling story about genuine friendship and love, gaining strength and hope, it explicates the impact of war on loved ones and the emotional challenges faced by those who sacrificed their lives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great Vietnam War flick

    Posted
    prlwctd

    Although this is technically a war film, this is really a story about friendship. Specifically, a group of Pennsylvania friends (Robert De Niro, John Savage, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, & John Cazale) and their lives before, during, & after Vietnam. Don't be fooled by the title (it refers to the group's favorite pasttime before the war), this is a touching tale which is also responisble for making Russian Roulette a household name.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sad but great

    Posted
    greatoned
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    Are you depressed? If so stay far away from this one until you're feeling better as it is so bleak it'll make you question your life. Brilliant acting all around here including a haunting performance from Christopher Walken that you'll never be able to un see. Slow paced but truly worthy of your time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Picture 1978

    Posted
    Jugdish10
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    To this day I had no idea what went on in Vietnam during the war. This movie opened my eyes a little bit as it really didn’t have a few combat scenes but still a great movies about friends and what war does to the human mind.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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