Is it as good as its advance word and nine Academy Award nominations suggest? Yes.
| Original Score: 4/4
This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map.
The film is ambitious and it succeeds on a number of levels and it proves that Cimino is an important director who deserves to be watched carefully.
A disgusting account of what the evil Vietnamese did to poor, innocent Americans stands at the center of this Oscar-laden weepie about macho buddies from a small industrial town.
This is probably one of the few great films of the decade.
It is a heartbreakingly effective fictional machine that evokes the agony of the Vietnam time.
Its feelings for time, place and blue-collar people are genuine, and its vision is that of an original, major new film maker.