1978   USA The Deer Hunter
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Director:Michael Cimino
Studio:Universal Studios
Writer:Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn
IMDb Rating:8.2 (106,145 votes)
Awards:Won 5 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 19 nominations
Duration:183 min
Michael Cimino  ...  (Director)
Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn  ...  (Writer)
Robert De Niro  ...  Michael
John Cazale  ...  Stan
John Savage  ...  Steven
Christopher Walken  ...  Nick
Meryl Streep  ...  Linda
George Dzundza  ...  John
Chuck Aspegren  ...  Axel
Shirley Stoler  ...  Steven's Mother
Rutanya Alda  ...  Angela
Pierre Segui  ...  Julien
Mady Kaplan  ...  Axel's Girl
Amy Wright  ...  Bridesmaid
Mary Ann Haenel  ...  Stan's Girl
Richard Kuss  ...  Linda's Father
Joe Grifasi  ...  Bandleader
Vilmos Zsigmond  ...  Cinematographer
Comments: Winner of 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture 1978

Summary: Winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, The Deer Hunter is simultaneously an audacious directorial conceit and one of the greatest films ever made about friendship and the personal impact of war. Like Apocalypse Now, it's hardly a conventional battle film--the soldier's experience was handled with greater authenticity in Platoon--but its depiction of war on an intimate scale packs a devastatingly dramatic punch. Director Michael Cimino may be manipulating our emotions with masterful skill, but he does it in a way that stirs the soul and pinches our collective nerves with graphic, high-intensity scenes of men under life-threatening duress. Although Russian-roulette gambling games were not a common occurrence during the Vietnam war, they're used here as a metaphor for the futility of the war itself. To the viewer, they become unforgettably intense rites of passage for the best friends--Pennsylvania steelworkers played by Robert De Niro, John Savage, and Oscar winner Christopher Walken--who may survive or perish during their tour through a tropical landscape of hell. Back home, their loved ones must cope with the war's domestic impact, and in doing so they allow The Deer Hunter to achieve a rare combination of epic storytelling and intimate, heart-rending drama. --Jeff Shannon

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