The deer hunter
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One of several 1978 films dealing with the Vietnam War (including Hal Ashby's Oscar-winning Coming Home), Michael Cimino's epic second feature The Deer Hunter was both renowned for its tough portrayal of the war's effect on American working class steel workers and notorious for its ahistorical use of Russian roulette in the Vietnam sequences. Structured in five sections contrasting home and war, the film opens in Clairton, PA, as Mike (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken), and Stan (John Cazale, in his last film) celebrate the wedding of their friend Steve (John Savage) and go on a final deer hunt before the men leave for Vietnam. Mike treats hunting as a test of skill, lecturing Stan about the value of "one shot" deer slaying and brushing off Nick's urgings to appreciate nature's beauty. As Mike ruminates post-hunt, the film cuts to the horror of Vietnam, where the men are captured by Vietcong soldiers who force Mike and Nick to play Russian roulette for the V.C.'s amusement. Mike turns the game to his advantage so they can escape captivity, but the men are permanently scarred by the episode. Steve loses his legs; Nick vanishes in the Saigon Russian roulette parlors. Mike returns alone to Clairton a changed man, as he rejects the killing of the deer hunt and finds solace with Nick's old girlfriend Linda (Meryl Streep). Disgusted by the antics of his male cohorts at home, Mike decides to bring Steve back from a veterans' hospital, and he returns to Saigon to find Nick. As Saigon falls, Mike discovers how far gone Nick is; the survivors gather in Clairton for a funeral breakfast, singing an impromptu rendition of "God Bless America." ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
A circle of friends who work together at a Pennsylvania steel plant, are transported to the violence of Vietnam.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Iron and steel workers -- Drama.
Clairton (Pa.) -- Drama.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
|Publisher|| Universal City, Calif. :Universal Home Video,2001
De Niro, Robert.
Cazale, John, 1936-1978.
Savage, John, 1949-
Walken, Christopher, 1943-
Universal Pictures (Firm)
Universal Studios Home Video (Firm)
Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken.
Director of photography, Vilmos Zsigmond ; editor, Peter Zinner ; music, Stanley Myers.
In English with optional English, French, or Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned.
DVD release of the 1978 motion picture.
Special features include: production notes; cast and filmmaker biographical information; film highlights; theatrical trailer.
DVD; Dolby digital surround, Region 1 encoding; widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio).
Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor.
1 videodisc (183 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.