Deer Hunter

Deer Hunter

Robert De Niro
Director: Michael Cimino Cast: Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
, John Cazale
John Cazale
, John Savage
John Savage
Michael Cimino


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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."

Product Details

Release Date: 03/06/2012
UPC: 0025192128394
Original Release: 1978
Rating: R
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Time: 3:04:00
Sales rank: 6,497

Special Features

Feature Commentary with Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and film journalist Bob Fisher

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert De Niro Michael
John Cazale Stan
John Savage Steven
Meryl Streep Linda
Christopher Walken Nick
George Dzundza John
Chuck Aspergren Axel
Shirley Stoler Steven's Mother
Rutanya Alda Angela
Pierre Segui Julien
Mady Kaplan Axel's Girl
Christopher Colombi Wedding Man
Joseph Strand Bingo Caller
Amy Wright Bridesmaid
Mary Ann Haenel Stan's Girl
Richard Kuss Linda's Father
Joe Grifasi Bandleader
Paul D'Amato Sergeant
Michael Wollet Stock Boy

Technical Credits
Michael Cimino Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Del Acevedo Makeup
Ed Butterworth Makeup
Joann Carelli Associate Producer,Consultant/advisor
Fred Cramer Special Effects
Michael Deeley Producer
Louis Garfinkle Original Story,Screenwriter
Richard C. Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Dick Goddard Set Decoration/Design
Alan Hicks Set Decoration/Design
Darin Knight Sound/Sound Designer
Nick McLean Camera Operator
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Charles Okun Asst. Director
John Peverall Producer
Quinn K. Redeker Original Story
Marion Lignana Rosenberg Associate Producer
Fred Schuler Camera Operator
Eric Seelig Costumes/Costume Designer
Barry Spikings Producer
Kim Edgar Swados Art Director
Deric Washburn Original Story,Screenwriter
Peter Zinner Editor
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Deer Hunter
1. Main Titles: Clairton, PA [13:54]
2. Welsh's Lounge [8:43]
3. The Wedding [29:53]
4. The Deer Hunter [12:29]
5. The Last Round [3:44]
6. Vietnam [3:07]
7. Captured [4:38]
8. Russian Roulette [9:44]
9. The Escape [1:45]
10. The Life Left Behind [8:32]
11. Coming Home [8:02]
12. Veterans [42:57]
13. The Fall of Saigon [6:39]
14. Playing the American [2:32]
15. Last Rites [14:32]
16. God Bless America (End Titles) [6:05]

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