The Deer Hunter is an astonishing powerful and vivid epic about three men steelworkers from Pennsylvania whose lives are changed irrevocably in the tragic devastation of the Vietnam war. When Michael Steven and Nick are captured by the Vietcong they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfil an old vow to one of his friends he makes an unexpected horrific discovery. Director Michael... Cimino's The Deer Hunter won no less than 5 Oscars in 1978 for Best Picture Best Director Best Supporting Actor Best Editing and Best Sound. [show more]
In order to emphasis just how great a film is and increase the interest of potential viewers, you must first highlight its flaws. If the reader is still interested in the film, it's worth watching. In my opinion, the following are the shortcomings and controversies of this film. It's over 3 hours long and takes an hour before we actually arrive in Vietnam (leading to understandable criticism of the films editing), it's a war film with minimal footage of combat or true depiction of what was documented to have taken place in Vietnam, it has been criticised for its unsympathetic portrayal of the Vietnamese and/or of the American soldiers, some see it as anti-war, some see it as pro-war... however, none of these detractors have gone on record to state that they understand it to be a complete work of fiction, whilst using a real event as a platform for the story.
If you're still reading, you're still interested in just how "The Deer Hunter" will take you on an emotionally draining journey of 3 men who leave their small town lives behind and enlist in the army, at the time of the Vietnam War.
The story is told in the format of a play in 3 acts; the first act is the introduction to the characters, their friends & family, the small industrial Pennsylvanian town they live in and, if you listen carefully enough, provides an insight into their traits and general state of mind that may be useful in determining the causes of each characters fate. The second act is a brief but haunting depiction the events that unfold while these characters are out in Vietnam; capture, torture, escape and a parting of ways that leads each down a chilling path in the aftermath of the war. The third act is the return home of the lead character, Michael (Robert De Niro), his attempt to adjust to life in his hometown and the fulfilment of the promise he made to his friend, Nick (Christopher Walken), to bring him back from Vietnam, should anything happen to him.
To truly grasp and understand the beauty of this film, you have to devote the time to watching the whole thing, with an open mind. You will almost certainly get caught up in the emotional and psychological effects of war, whilst witnessing some truly breathtaking performances, notably Christopher Walken's (for which he won an Academy Award for 'Best Supporting Actor'), leaving you to draw your own conclusions as to what happened and why. There is also a great supporting cast including Meryl Streep and John Cazale, in his final performance. "The Deer Hunter" won the Academy Award for 'Best Picture' of that year. In my opinion, it is on of the best pictures of all time.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. The Deer Hunter is an astonishing, powerful and vivid epic about three men, steelworkers from Pennsylvania, whose lives are changed irrevocably in the tragic devastation of the Vietnam war. When Michael, Steven and Nick are captured by the Vietcong, they are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors, who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfil an old vow to one of his friends, he makes an unexpected, horrific discovery. Director Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter won no less than 5 Oscars in 1978, for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing and Best Sound. Actors Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, John Cazale, John Savage, George Dzundza, Joe Grifasi, Rutanya Alda & Pierre Segui Director Michael Cimino Certificate 18 years and over Year 1978 Languages English Duration 2 hours and 58 minutes (approx) Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.
Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher Walken star in this Michael Cimino war drama. As Michael (De Niro), Steven (Savage) and Nick (Walken) volunteer to serve in Vietnam, they fail to foresee the horrors that will encapsulate their future lives. When the men are captured by the Vietcong and forced to play Russian roulette for their entertainment, Michael and Steven manage to escape leaving Nick to fight off the enemy. As Steven is shipped home, severely disabled and damaged by the whole experience, he discovers that Nick has sent him money to help him get back into society. When the news of the fall of Saigon reaches home, Michael vows to return to Vietnam to bring home his friend.