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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…
"A deer has to be taken with one shot. I try to tell people that but they don't listen."
I know someone who enlisted in the army and was quickly put into action in the Middle East. I have pretty vivid memories of his demeanor prior to his deployment, and all of them involve him smiling. His zest for life was exhausting. His enthusiasm was so constant that it became tedious. You could never just sit back and relax and enjoy the moment because he was always thinking about what's next. What could we be doing that was more fun? What would the world look like tomorrow?
When he returned from his tour overseas, I met up with him for…
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…
I put this on while I was working and that was a big a mistake, I got nothing done. I knew it was 3 hours but I didn't realize I was going to be glued to the screen for 3 hours. De Niro and Walken are unreal, and boy did those russian roulette games get me HYPED. It drags a little towards the end but always engrossing.
Tralasciando le meravigliose sequenze che hanno fatto la storia di questo film, quel che salta subito agli occhi (e al cuore) è l'esaltazione dei sentimenti più puri dell'amicizia, dell'amore, del rispetto e della lealtà d'animo, in un'America mortificata e disillusa, destata da una colpevole sconfitta che ne segna irrimediabilmente l'anima, in profondità. Michael Cimino valorizza ogni millimetro della pellicola, non perdendo mai la bussola dell'emozione. Prestazioni attoriali da incidere nel bronzo (indimenticabile la Streep; commovente Cazale).
I went into this film with high expectations. A little too high. I came into this film expecting something like Full Metal Jacket or Saving Private Ryan but instead all I got was a drama surrounding the Vietnam war.
Highlights: Everything in Vietnam especially the first game, First Hunt (plus the music playing along with it), Last Game
Lowlights: Third Act, Meryl Streep's character, First Act was thirty minutes too long
This movie just left me speechless.
It doesn't happen often that a movie has this much of an impact to me as the deer hunter did. I was a bit bored and dissapointed with the first hour of this movie. But after I saw the rest of the film I totally got why that first hour was needed and I really appreciated the movie for that. I don't even want to talk too much about this movie because it just feels bad for some reason, because the characters seem so real and it feels so wrong to talk about their lives when you have never experienced life the way they did. I can say without a doubt that Robert de…
War and regular people from a working town in the middle of nowhere. People, whose lives are disrupted and destroyed. Very different from my other Vietnam-marathon films this weekend (Apocalypse now, redux and Good morning Vietnam) yet equally true to the subject. A cult movie, for sure. Have stayed in my head as one to watch for a long time, since I read this article in Vanity Fair in 2008 on the makings of the film and comparisons with another Vietnam film being made at the same time, Coming home. Good to have seen this, not really reason to watch again. Not even for the gorgeous mountain scenery.
This is it, I've found one of the most overrated films ever made. Despite all the praise this film receives there have been many dissenters that question the Vietnam sequences and question the racial politics towards the Vietnamese. Whilst I agree the Vietnamese are treated really poorly by the film, that is not what I want to talk about as Cimino and many others involved say that it doesn't matter, as the film is about how the war affects the people that go through it. This is what I want to talk about.
This film is just over 3 hours long and I feel if you want to do that you have to earn it. This film is broken up…
One of the most important and powerful films of all time! -?????????
Either this movie is just average, or it hasnt aged well. The first hour was great. I read a lot of people saying its the worst part, but its the only good part of the movie. I really felt, happy during it, and it reminded of myself, and my friends.
Then came the second hour. I was hyped for the russian roulette part, but it didnt give me any feelings at all. I wasnt shocked, scared or anything. It was more boring than the wedding. At this time the characters start acting like they have autism? They just dont act like normal functioning people. Its just weird.
Violence in movies depresses me and I also have difficulty watching animals getting hurt by humans, so the Deer Hunter wasn’t on my list – but, a good recommendation is a good recommendation; it must be followed up on. So once I was told about it, I committed.
The Deer Hunter is probably the most amazingly realistic and true-to-life movie I’ve seen. That it was something acted, dramatized, shot, by professionals was almost hard to believe, if this makes sense to say, because the actors, the characters, were so naturally, normally, ordinary – shot in the plain-light-of-day real – that it almost never occurred to me that they were speaking from a script or that Meryl Streep, Robert DeNiro John…
I had to watch it again. It secured the spot it had as my favorite film of all time. Here's to many more.
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