The Deer Hunter

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A group of working-class friends decides to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos -- not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend -- and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

  1. Michael Cimino

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Deric Washburn


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  1. Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro

    Michael Vronsky

  2. John Cazale

    John Cazale


  3. John Savage

    John Savage

    Steven Pushkov

  4. Christopher Walken

    Christopher Walken

    Nikanor "Nick" Chevotarevich

  5. Meryl Streep

    Meryl Streep


  6. George Dzundza

    George Dzundza


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 3h 3m

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $50,000,000.00

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Release Information

  • December 8, 1978
    R, Theatrical



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A review by talisencrw

By talisencrw

With director Cimino's recent death and his reputation in tatters since the debacle of 'Heaven's Gate', I decided to visit 'The Deer Hunter'. Though over three hours long, it's astonishing, paced so achingly right and I can see why he rightfully earned the 'carte blanche' that would unfortunately lead to his downfall (as well as an entire studio's) as soon as he made his next film. But to reach such heights and to have such ambition--as well as undeniable talent--is a victory in and of itself. Just armed with the main five actors alone, at the zenith of their craft, a fine script (really the fi... read the rest.

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