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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.
‘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.
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Recommended by Matt McCune
It's a travesty that Michael Crimino's career virtually ended after the Heaven's Gate fiasco. With the Deer Hunter he showed that he was a visionary capable of delivering an fantastically directed and acted film filled with raw emotion. Its also a travesty that De Niro doesn't have at least 4 Oscars. The biggest travesty however was the death of John Cazale, one of the greatest character actors ever. RIP John Cazale, he went out exactly how I would have wanted to, making masterpieces and bangin Meryl Streep in her late 20s.
I've seen this film about ten times in my life time, I'm 29...sooo I will probably see it another 20 times before I kick it, its that great.
At 3 hours, "The Deer Hunter" does feel a bit overlong, but I get the impression that was Michael Cimino's point. The film's first-third, and a long portion of its final third, offer an in-depth examination into the lives of these characters, as well as how their lives were all torn apart by the Vietnam war. The film's middle section, which takes place in Vietnam, offers a deeply disturbing and violent look into the conflict, and while I'm not quite sure that it's an accurate depiction of what happened at that time, I don't think it has to be. "The Deer Hunter" is not so much a war film as a character study that shows how violence impacts them all.…
Yes, it is long. Three hours long. But it is neatly segmented into three distinct acts, with clear divides between them, so it is not much of a burden to watch.
Act One: The Wedding
It is amazing that he spends a full hour setting up characters and setting, without much going on. It reminds me of Dazed and Confused without the nostalgia, or perhaps the first segment of Fanny and Alexander. We are watching our main characters and most of our supporting characters in their everyday life, over a single 24 hour period. The wedding is central, but it isn't the only event, and it arguably isn't the most important event. What stuns me about this segment is the…
**Part of the Best Picture Project**
A strange experience of a film to watch. It looks like a masterpiece. There are scenes in the film that give the impression of a masterpiece. The contrast between men who were born for war, men who would never be ready for it, and men who were ruined by it is well realized, and worth its three hour running time.
But for some reason, I don't feel the masterpiece.
I'm a strong believer of the idea that you know when you've seen a true masterpiece immediately after you've seen it. The catharsis is present. There's a sense of elation. Your worldview is changed. The sun seems just a bit more brighter, and the shade…
While The Deer Hunter is certainly fantastic, I will not lie and say I absolutely loved it. To start, at least 45 minutes or more on spent on character development and it's drawn out boredom until the hunting trip. At this point, the movie was a solid 2 *, but it transformed suddenly into a suspenseful war scene. After this point, the movie works excellently on many levels: acting, story, emotion and thrills. The Russian Roulette scene(s) are absolutely chilling and certain the best of it all. Then it returns to the friends' home of Clairton when things get very raw and powerful and concludes very well.
The Deer Hunter works but struggles along the way. There's hour long build…
Emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally DRAINING. And then some. A little too obvious at times as well. Mostly fine.
Fresh off of Kubrick's amazing Full Metal Jacket which embedded me into my campaign to watch the classic Vietnam war films I somehow hadn't managed to see, I thought I wouldn't see another Vietnam war film so moving. I was wrong. Granted, FMJ is still an amazing achievement, 'The Deer Hunter', utterly shocked me to the core. This film is broken into 3 very distinctive acts, Before the War, During the War and After the War. It is with this structure that it manages to execute it's deeply traumatic viewer experience.
Before the war: De Niro and pals prepare for their close friends wedding, and speak of one last hunting trip before heading off to the then, exciting experience…
Watched stoned with Ben in my apartment
Great acting, sound track and critique of the Vietnam war.
Soo formulated. The tension in the first part gets our hope up and then that comes crashing down as the movie goes on.
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