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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…
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…
‘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…
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.
Once upon a time I deeply connected with The Deer Hunter. My circumstances and life experiences in the intervening years have changed considerably, to the point where what I once took away from this has ebbed away into the background and distant memory a little, as if it were a past live that shared the same skin.
The unforgettable structure, ensemble performance and Cavatina rendition are all still as powerful as they ever were. Robert De Niro's final click of the trigger is far and away the most romantic bromance gesture in cinematic history.
But the overall canvas, Cimino's direction, and above all the content components, no longer quite resonate with me as richly as they once did. The Deer…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The Deer Hunter.
What an outstanding film. Even at 3 hours I was so engaged by this movie. I think season 2 of The Wire owes its cast of characters to Michael Cimino.
Yes I think the wedding stuff goes on a while but spending a full hour with these guys is why the next 2 hours are so impactful.
The length of this movie and how the movie shifts from the second hour to the last so suddenly. We're in Vietnam and then bam, Michael's welcome home bash and the people are acting the same but of course Mike isn't the same guy at all.
How the movie cuts from them in the bar.... to Mike lighting a guy…
There are classic films that you get excited about watching because you expect to really enjoy them and have some fun with the story, and then there are films like The Deer Hunter where you know the experience might be rewarding but you're probably not going to enjoy it. Sure enough, this intense film about the horrors of war and the way it traumatizes the soldiers who go through it, was not easy to watch. It did an amazing job of showing the awful way that humans can treat each other and how dramatically that can tear apart ordinary lives. One of the interesting aspects is that it accomplishes all this without a single line of expository dialogue. We are…
Sooo, this was on telly...
My dad was never very good with names, with titles or plots when it came to movies. Often halfway through a film he would suddenly remark "I think I've seen this" and still be surprised by the ending. He remembered odd details, very specific scenes or moments, not necessarily important ones. One of the things he remembered was the "Can't take my eyes off of you" song. Whenever that song came up somewhere he would turn to me and ask, "hey what's that film with this song? I think it's about Vietnam. Was it the film where Al Pacino was like a hunter and they were forced to play Russian Roulette? What's the name of…
Just one shot!
After a very intensive weekend of watching diverse movies I finally have to say that "The Deer Hunter" was definitely my Highlight.
This film is segmented in three different parts.
The first part is introducing the main characters and their families. You're getting pure-bred into their little idyllic world and see their way of life.
The second part is in Vietnam and in my opinion the most touching and most exciting part of the movie. Especially the roulette game was very intensive and disturbing. The acting of "Robert de Niro" and "Christopher Walken" was so great that I totally believed their fear of dying.
The third and final part is showing the consequences of this war and their participation in…
A little long but De Niro and Walken are fantastic in this intense and confronting war film.
Intense af movie. That's all I have to say.
As far as Best Picture winners go, this one is somewhere in the middle in terms of aging. Other films have come along and done a better job at giving the whole picture of the Vietnam war, and this film unfairly caricaturizes the North Vietnamese. The focus on PTSD is something of a cliche today, and so watching the third act just doesn't have the potency is probably had when it first came out, but it does encapsulate post-Vietnam middle america.
Deliberately turning a blind eye to any political connotations of the war, the film puts the audience completely in the perspective of the main characters. An awkward rendition of God Bless America closes out the film, a moment I…
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