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This is a real classic about the Vietnam War and the brutality of war in general. Very realistic, showing how some American POWs were brutally treated by North Vietnamese Regulars. Gripping and extremely memorable performances by De Niro and Christopher Walken.
I too thought this was one of the better films to look at how the Vietnam war (and war in general) changes people, especially with the conflicts between Americans at home.
This character driven film is among the best, among other good ones, such as Platoon (1986); Full Metal Jacket (1987); Casualties of War (1989); Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and even Apocalypse Now (1979).
The recent production of Ken Burn's detailed and balanced portrayal of the Vietnam war, over 10 episodes is also a very good look at what and why it happened, and how it eventually split America into two.
When the fantasy of being a macho soldier meets reality of war and how that war shapes and twists them forever. A reality check. One of my all time favs. Right up there with Born on the 4th of July.
Cimino is a great director who takes his time in a long, careful first act before throwing his characters inside a terrifically tense, gut-wrenching second act that makes us deeply consider the tragic effects of war on veterans, with Walken and De Niro in spectacular performances.
Great movie. Character development is the most important aspect in this movie. At least one hour spent at the beginning of the movie to let us know the intertwining between each character. Makes the end all that more meaningful.
Directed by Michael Cimino and released in 1978, this 183-minute Vietnum-war-time drama tells the story of a trio of Russian American steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after they fight in the Vietnam War.
One of the most talked-about sequences in the film is the Vietcong's use of Russian roulette with POWs.
These scenes were contrived since there were no documented cases of Russian roulette in the Vietnam War.
According to Associated Press reporter Peter Arnett, there was not a single recorded case of Russian roulette in its 20 years of war and the central metaphor of the movie is simply a bloody lie.
Despite a long-running film, the storyline seems to get confused because the scenes switch back and forth abruptly without a meaningful continuity.
After all, its editting is poor; so is directing.
Although its theme appears to be friendship, the story as a whole makes little sense just as the Vietnum war turned out to be a total failure for the States.
Fun to watch these actors when they were young. The first third, too long was young yahoos at steel mill, wedding and reception; a couple scenes where guys hit or brutalized their girlfriends while the girls smiled-weird; then a hunting trip drinking driving and arguing before a deer is shot. looks like a real death scene. Indicative of American society at the time.Fast forward suddenly to a grenade being thrown into a cellar of women and children- too abrupt scene change. Then the horror of a civil war on the other side of the world that the U.S. should not have been involved in. 58, 191 names of soldiers who died were on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall by 1983. Between 1 and 3 million people died, most of them Vietnamese. Boy, the U.S. really helped those Vietnamese, NOT! I moved to Canada in 1970 to protest this war, the draft and the policies of the U.S. government/military. Watching this movie just made me mad all over again. I off for a walk in the woods where live deer roam freely.
Intense movie about Vietnam, and it;s after effects on a group of smalltown Americans- a great American film.
Roger Ebert' s review: . . . http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/the-deer-hunter-1979
Excellent film, one of my all-time favorites. Each actor in his or her own magnificence, all presenting marvels of insight into their particular characters. Nowadays younger people have no contact with the draft, but it was all-pervasive in my generation. This film is in thorough touch with that reality and presents it so well, that it was for me in 1977 an emotional rescue. Every scene is real to me, even to this day. The moments of lightness have a bittersweet quality made sweet and lovely in Christopher Walken's dancing with Meryl Streep. A favorite movie to this day. It's too bad Michael Cimino hasn't made another movie, but he doesn't need to.
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