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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.
The first time that I saw this I was too young to really appreciate it and the movie left me a little cold. This time around I was able to appreciate some great elements in the film, such as the acting, the metaphors, and the ending which was completely devasting. Yet, I still didn't love it, I think my biggest problem was the characters. I never felt like I had a deep understanding or connection to them. The first thirds begin a lot like The Godfather, in a wedding filled with all the characters that will populate this world. I don't want to compare the two because they are different films, but in The Godfather you feel like you know…
I cant ever watch IT again. Heavy shit
Well, according to IMDB, this is Jodie Foster's favorite movie, and who am I to argue with her?
I hadn't seen this in a loooooooong time, and, well, I don't remember it being as long as it was (like, Heaven's-Gate-long). The pacing is for the most part, pretty good, however. It's just over an hour until we get to Vietnam, and the first hour does a good job of immersing us in the reality of John Savage, Christopher Walken and De Niro's characters as they have one last big night on the eve of their deployment to 'Nam and Savage's wedding. It's impossible to miss the placement of the steelworks factory in the center of the town, and the roads…
Tough watch, but totally worth it. The second act is totally raw and deniro at his finest.
Part of lists:
- Directors Ranked: Michael Cimino
- “Well, it’s 1, 2, 3, what are we fightin’ for?” (Vietnam War Features & Docs I’ve Seen)
- Retro Theatrical Screenings
- Closing Credits that Put a Face to the Name
- Jokes in Film
I don't have anything new to say about this harrowing masterpiece, so I will just make a simple observation: I believe the lead singer of CAKE, John McCrea, saw this film at an impressionable age and simply wanted to become Robert De Niro's pre-'Nam Michael. And so he did. The goatee, the clothes, the hat - I swear that resemblance can't have been coincidence.
This film just brings out every emotion for me. I laugh, I smile, and I cry. Every performance is completely flawless. This movie has entered my top five. It is a masterpiece.
To be reviewed on Episode #2 of Let's Take Five....
I have heard for many years about how this is one of the greatest films, but had never watched it until now. I saw a small amount of it maybe 8 or 9 years ago when my brother watched it with a friend, but I didn't stick around for too long. But my god, this deserves the praise it gets heaped upon it. I agree in a way with the others who say this isn't a war film, but I don't completely agree. It is a war film, just not in the sense that people are used to. Most war films have violent action scenes, scenes where you hear nothing but guns firing and explosions for minutes at a time,…
Excellent, intense, beautiful and horrible.