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The Deer Hunter
One of the most important and powerful films of all time!
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 entire 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…
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…
The Deer Hunter was released in 1978 and has become a favorite among many film buffs. And for good reason. The film is emotionally complex and powerful, firing on all cylinders. The Deer Hunter is not a film I can watch all the time, due to its length and emotional drainage, but I still consider it to be one of the greatest films ever made.
All of the performances are fantastic, which each character given the perfect amount of development. You really care for the characters throughout the film, and that credit goes to the actors. Robert De Niro is just fantastic, really disappearing into his role. The always underrated John Cazale gives a great performance also, as does Christopher…
Classic. Simple answer. With memorable performances from De Niro, Walken, and Savage. Everything about it makes it amazing. The stunning cinematography, beautiful hunting sequences, its incredible score and one of most iconic and intense scenes in the history of film. Cinematic Excellence.
Well, it took over 2 months but I finally got around to finishing The Deer Hunter. I needed to stop it after the first act of the film back in early August, and with being best man in a wedding and TIFF getting in the way, I was able to watch the rest tonight.
Because it was such an abrupt change from one act to the next, it made for a pretty easy return and yet a jarring welcome back to Cimino's film. At first I felt the beginning of the film was far too long (and maybe it still is?), but when I realized it wasn't about Vietnam, it all came together nicely. Much of the film is spent…
My favourite thing about this movie is its rounded portrayal of the events. This isn't the definitive Vietnam movie or the definitive movie about the brutality of war , but its rarely we see things come full circle quite like this. My favourite thing about the deer hunter is the way we're dropped into the war. There is no boot camp scene , there is no deployment.
This film highlights the tragedy of Vietnam so well , one minute they're everyday working guys enjoying their young life in rural America. They're singing , hanging out , dealing with every day issues like marriage and women. The beginning sets up a lot about their lives and personalities in a short space…
#79 on AFI's Top 100 Movies (1998). Walken. DeNiro. Streep. The famous actors are film icons today, recognizable by just their last names. The Deer Hunter brought these acting dynamos together in a classic film that plays like it learned a lot from another icon: The Godfather.
Grim and long
De Niro is ace though
A Masterpiece in three Episodes - One more vital than the other. But together they creat an almost three dimensional view at a group of people at the time of Vietnam war. Stunning piece of Art, extraordinary played by Walken, de Niro, Cazale, Streep etc. Stunning cinematography, well written and used pieces of music. And a smart director putting it all together. Chapeau!
The scenes of the friends spending time together back home, either in the bar, at work or at the wedding, work well. The acting (including De Niro, Walken, Streep and Cazale in and around their prime) is top-notch well cast and they work great with each other. The juxtaposition with the war and how this impacts their lives is successfully, though Cimino's indulgences are there for all to see. A good, not great 'Nam film with great actors, though pacing and representation of Vietnamese are issues.
Watched this again after 30 odd years - still moving. But this time I was struck by the beauty of a young John Savage and god how I wish John Cazale had got to age - that face would have been sooo watchable. Also reminded me how I used to get excited at a new DeNiro film...Robert, Robert what have you done...this was this but most of the rest has been crap
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So that was Deer Hunter. After all that time, that was it. Boy, what a disappointment. Sheesh.
Does anything in this 3 hour slog have any sort of purpose whatsoever? The entire first hour and change could've been cut out completely without affecting the anything but the runtime, which is absurdly over the top. Even after the first hour the film doesn't pick up. And Chris Walken won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor? Who exactly was he supporting because he was hardly in the thing. I know Anthony Hopkins won Best Oscar with virtually no screen time but this is different. Not only was Walken hardly…
Finally watched The Deer Hunter. Slightly too long but really enjoyed it. The only film as well that I have seen Robert De Niro so happy in. Well, at the beginning anyway.
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