The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter
  • 1978
  • US
  • 3h
  • 18
  • Directed by: Michael Cimino
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep

The Vietnam war has the effect of disrupting the lives of a small steel town, as various friends go off to face the horrors of war and return with emotional scars. A daring triptych structure, the first part of which displays a rare sympathy for the traditions and rituals of the emigrant community, marks this out as a Cimino movie, as he explores his favourite theme of American idealism being stretched almost to breaking point. Superb performances all round.

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