The Deer Hunter – Michael Cimino (1978)


The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after they fight in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Savage, with John Cazale (in his final role), Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza playing supporting roles. The story takes place in Clairton, Pennsylvania, a small working class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, and in Vietnam. … In Clairton, a small working class town in western Pennsylvania, in late 1967, Russian-American steel workers Michael ‘Mike’ Vronsky (Robert De Niro), Steven Pushkov (John Savage), and Nikanor ‘Nick’ Chevotarevich (Christopher Walken), with the support of their friends and co-workers Stan (John Cazale) and Peter ‘Axel’ Axelrod (Chuck Aspegren) and local bar owner and friend John Welsh (George Dzundza), prepare for two rites of passage: marriage and military service. The opening scenes set the traits of the three main characters. … The next day, Mike, Nick, Stan, John, and Axel go deer hunting one last time. Mike is exasperated by his friends, especially Stan, who drinks and clowns, showing little respect for the ritual of hunting, which to Mike is a nearly sacred experience. Only Nick understands Mike’s attitude, but he is more indulgent toward his friends. Mike goes hunting afterwards and kills a deer with one clean shot. Act one finishes with the friends arriving back at Welsh’s bar, with Michael’s deer strapped to the hood of the car. …”
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YouTube: The Deer Hunter – Trailer, Robert De Niro, John Savage and Christopher Walken – The Deer Hunter, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage – Fuck it scene, Bar scene – Frankie Valli, Nick (Christopher Walken) suffers a nervous breakdown

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One Response to The Deer Hunter – Michael Cimino (1978)

  1. One of my favourite films, absolutely brilliant.

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