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A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.
One of the first films to employ the subject of Vietnam War into its premise, The Deer Hunter tells the story of three young factory workers in Pennsylvania who enlist into the army to fight the ongoing war in Vietnam, only to discover that war isn't a noble venture they imagined but a hellish chaos which in the end, completely changes their overall personalities.
The film is a three act feature in which the first act introduces its three primary characters, their friendships, the women they're in love with & their perspectives on life. The second act is set in Vietnam & covers the brutality they undergo there. And the final act depicts the massive change war has brought into not just…
‘This is this. This ain’t something else. This is this.’ – Michael
I spent an irrationally long amount of time when deciding what I wanted my 1000th film to be. After watching The Deer Hunter I can quite comfortably say that I made the right decision, because the film is great. Despite the three length of the film I was never bored and the action kept me captivated - from the deliberately slow-paced beginning to the tense and exhilarating finale.
It would be a mistake to call The Deer Hunter a war film, or at least a standard war film. The focus is not on the Vietnam War, but on how the experience shaped the characters when they return. Most…
As someone who has lived his entire life in Struthers Ohio, it was great to see our small town in a feature film for once, the bowling scene was shot in the Bowladrome which is about 1 minute down the street from my house.
Crazy to see how little Ohio and PA have changed in the years since this released, the film really feels authentic in the way it captures small town life in a dying steel-town.
On top of the obvious local significance that this film holds for me it's also a brilliant and complex character study and anti-war tale with De Niro at his absolute best.
"I like the trees"
Very few films can hit me as emotionally as Michael Cimino’s, The Deer Hunter. This epic masterpieces exudes emotion, it practically is emotion. The performances are incredible, the cinematography and musical score is full of grit, and the screenplay is incredibly jarring. Everything is at top class here. I was worried, after reading some reviews over the past few years since my last watch that it would be jingoistic and rely purely on nationalism to affect the audience, but to my delight, it is anything but said concerns.
Like The Thin Red Line, this is a “war” movie. I say “war”, because it simply has the setting of a war. But it starts out with an hour long introduction in…
excuse me but holy fucking hell this movie did an excellent job of fucking me up. adding to my list of films that make me cry
A film about important things.
"I like the trees"
" 'This is this.' What the hell's that supposed to mean? 'This is this.' " - Stanley (And me)
Shocked by how genuinely moved I was by this. It even brought me to tears a few times.
Performances from the main cast have to be some of the most accurate and realistic representations of PTSD I've ever seen on film. Just extraordinary filmmaking.
And I know I'm a bit late, but nevertheless: Michael Cimino, RIP.
absolutely phenomenal film and a brilliant character study that perfectly displays the psychological effects warfare can have on the human mind.
The theme from the Deer Hunter is a good theme. Christopher Walken's best role.
Wow. What a devastating, stressful, evocative, important film. Christopher Walken was astounding. I haven't watched a movie that inspired that many different, strong emotions from me in quite some time.
A truly powerful film that utilities the war setting brilliantly to tell a small story on a massive scale. Very few movies can show such devastating psychological consequences as this this one. I don't think I need to go in to detail about how amazing the acting and directing is. You already know that.
Something I can and want to say however is that the run-time is NOT too long. The long introduction is necessary for us to get to know the characters. That's why the second half after the war is so amazing. It's because we've been on such a journey with these characters that we feel for them, every step they take.
This is impeccable film-making and is perhaps the best film to have won the Best Picture award ever.
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