The Deer Hunter (1978)

The Deer Hunter (1978)
  • Time: 182 min
  • Genre: Drama | War
  • Director: Michael Cimino
  • Cast: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep


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.


  • “The Deer Hunter” is truly a piece of art. I enjoyed getting to know the characters in the beginning of the film, and I also enjoyed the aspect of getting a closer look at not the war, but the mental feel of the war. Films like these show us how disfunctional our society is, and what a complicated world it is we live in. The film itself is slow moving, but there is no “big point/climax” in my eyes that you have to get to. The point of this film is for us to understand that not everyone is a perfect product of society, and it gradually teaches us at a rate we can fully learn. Robert De Niro gives his best performance yet and so does Christoper Walken, the movie is deeply moving and brutal. Everyone should see this film at least once, because i can guarantee you will remember it forever!

  • Post traumatic stress disorder is one of the side effects of war that can destroy people’s lives (that’s not including death, destruction of property and pure terror that are also products of war). Michael Cimino’s war drama The Deer Hunter is a film that succinctly looks at the trauma (albeit fictional) that soldiers go through to end up with PTSD.

    The movie follows three Russian-American men, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steve (John Savage), all from the same small West Pennsylvania steel mining town, who go off to fight in the Vietnam War. Whilst there, they are captured and made to play Russian Roulette. They escape and Michael returns to America to find that Steve has been terribly injured and Nick is nowhere to be seen.

    Michael feels distant and removed from the town he has come back to. This is something that a lot of soldiers have reported feeling once they return from a warzone. This is nothing compared to how the character of Steven feels. Not only is he mentally scarred from the torture that he went through, but he is ashamed of the injuries that he sustained during the war; the loss of both legs, and refuses to see his wife. Nick becomes so unstable that he is unable to recognise Michael when he finds him in an illegal betting ring where the contestants play Russian Roulette.

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