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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…
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…
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.
Film Citizen – The Deer Hunter
In 1978, barely three years after the Vietnam War ended, Michael Cimino brought to theatres the first big budget depiction of the war and the experience of Vietnam veterans returning to the United States. Despite good reviews, the film was lambasted for being racist, a piece of fascist propaganda and utterly dishonest in depicting Russian roulette as being part of the warscape.
The plot revolves around a group of friends hailing from a steel town in Pennsylvania especially Mike, Nick and Steve who have all volunteered for Vietnam. Steve’s wedding is also the farewell party before the film wrenches the viewer through twenty or so amazing minutes of combat footage as the three end…
While it is very slow and drawn out, "The Deer Hunter" is an excellently performed movie about the horrors of war.
Such a poetic way of capturing before/during/after Vietnam. There has been no real documented evidence of Russian Roulette being used on soldiers but that's not really they point. To me this is all about youthful bravado and winning being tampered down by time and through the sheer chaos of human action and violence. Having to take a loss and how each individual deals with that in a community that is more or less oblivious to large mechanisms at work.
This movie is a mess on a couple of levels. Scenes cut from one to another without hints at a transition. The central image/metaphor of Russian roulette is muddled and sensationalist. The historical inaccuracy in such a major production may well be considered pop culture malpractice. The depiction of North Vietnamese people, as some of the people involved in the making later admitted, is deplorable. It's racist at worst and - if its just about finding an exotic setting where the leading men are challenged by foreign inhumanities - orientalist at best.
Extremely strong cast performances do a lot to keep the film interesting and helps one make sense of the past acclaim.
Curious Oscar bait that serves as an interesting 'when they were young' for Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, and Meryl Streep. Over-relies on what appears to be its sole fact about Vietnamese culture but makes its point.
Incredibly different war movie, with very little actual war taking place, more just the horror of war and the effect on those who are left behind. De Niro and Walken are both brilliant, but the story does drag in quite a few places, making it hard to watch for repeat viewings.
One of the finest films of the 1970s as Michael Cimino's epic story of three steelworkers who go to Vietnam for the war only to return damaged and lost as it features great performances from Robert de Niro, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, John Savage, and the late John Cazale.
Michael Cimino has become a laughing stock. He ruined his career with Heaven's Gate (which isn't a bad film, folks. Set aside 4 hours and determine for yourself if it's bad) and every film after it has been a critical failure. No film of his cannot match, however, his Magnum Opus.
The Deer Hunter is a film that thrives on emotion. The trees wave with meaning, the deer glance at you with the upmost fear and regret. What does it all mean?
We start the film learning about the 3 main men and their friends.
Steve is getting married to a pregnant woman, whose child is not his. He is a naive and childlike character. Nick is the goofball, the…
A roller coaster. Amazing cast. The direction given to the actors seems to be very natural giving a heightened realism. The characters interactions and relationships with each other is so convincing. I love how much of a slow burner it all is. The wedding scene is amazing. The build up to the war is brilliant. The shock and the contrast of the fucked up situation they find themselves in in nam is crazy. The cinematography is beautiful. The film and the lenses used look gorgeous as are the design and the colours of the film. DEER ME, a fantastic film.
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