The Deer Hunter|
Academy Award® Winner
Starring Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage... View more >
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|by Shaun ||Jan 25, 2000|
With the exception of "The King OF Comedy" there is not one Robert DeNiro movie that i did not LOVE! Not only is this a DeNiro movie but it is also an instant classic that should be seen by whomever loves powerful movies. It won five academy awards including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), it is a critically acclaimed, extraordinarily powerful piece of film. It tracks down a group of steelworker pals from pennsylvania blast furnace to the cool hunting grounds of the Alleghenies to the lethal cauldron of the Vietnam war. Robert DeNiro gives an outstanding performance as Michael the natural leader of the group. The Deer Hunter is a searing drama of friendship and courage, and what happens to these qualities under stress. This is one of the most shattering emotional experiences that you will never forget.
These are your average neighbors that live across the street, the wedding in the begining is a nice part, then seeing Michael running through the streets naked and drunk, Meryl Streep gives an outstanding performance as Walken's girlfriend. Michael and Walken get called for to the Vietnam war, where they are trapped and forced to play a horrifiying game of russian roulette. I can go on and on but i don't want to spoil it for those who did not see it, it's also very lengthy (3 Hrs. 3 Mins.). Have I said enough?
"The Deer Hunter" isn't the first movie to be about the Vietnam War. It doesn't have enough War scenes to make it a Vietnam War movie. But the performances are powerful and the film was made by Michael Cimino in his impressive debut as director. The film centers around a Pennsylvania town in the 1960's as most of the men from that town has left for the Vietnam war. The movie also shows the town after the war, as it changed emotionally over the end of the war. Robert DeNiro gave a great performance as was Meryl Streep. But it was Christopher Walken that nearly stole the movie. But the center of this movie is the scene when Viet cong played that horrible game of Russian Roulette on the prisoners and Walken's character has pick up on that habit. I saw the movie for the first time many months ago and it won my heart. "The Deer Hunter" is must see.