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October 15, 2016
First seen in 2016. There were some scenes that were way too long and some way too short. I didn't know a whole lot about but seeing the ratings I expected much more. The acting was good but the film just didn't put it together as well as it could have.
October 8, 2016
Slow, deliberate and heartbreaking. De Niro is superb.
October 2, 2016
The finest Vietnam War film of all time in terms of the emotional effect the war had on those who participated in it. Whereas 'Platoon' was probably the most realistic in terms of its combat sequences, 'The Deer Hunter' is most likely the pinnacle depiction of the horrific PTSD that the American soldiers experienced as a result of their service in that war. An emotionally shattering, overwhelming film experience. A true masterpiece.
September 19, 2016
Despite the quality of the cast etc, just blind US jingoism. Unwatchable.
September 5, 2016
One of the supreme artistic experiences ever made for silver screen. Sublime and raw at the same time, with talent and performances beyond words. Thanks Christopher, Robert and Michael, Vilmos...
½ August 24, 2016
Good, fun and exotic but a bit too much paprika
½ August 21, 2016
Classic Vietnam era epic with stellar cast. Some scenes are too long (bad influence of Coppola's The Godfather) but overall a masterpiece about friendship, sacrifice and love.
August 20, 2016
It's the 1970s, when the fallout from the Vietnam War highlighted the difficult division between warlife and homelife. When Walken did more than just mug, and De Niro actually tried. And when Hollywood films could be stark, scary, truthful, and difficult, yet still sentimental. The film was fine for the first half hour...and then we got to Vietnam. Holy Moses. Corny? Perhaps, at times. Powerful? You bet.
½ August 17, 2016
Vietname and America war bandaged by Good romance, honest plot and perfect casting. This movie brought you a trully tragic story about a main cast (De Niro) who become a hero for his friends at war time.
August 5, 2016
This movie is everything. It's a Vietnam war epic drama that talks about love, friendship, family, and bonding. It's one of the best drama films if not THE best film I've ever seen. Definitely on the top 5 my list. What's really good here are the performances, it's emotional , and genuine, you can feel their emotions which is very relatable. I've seen intense shit on films but this one has that very memorable intense scene which is breathtaking that puts you at the edge of your seat. It's violent I'm telling you, some parts, I can't just stand to watch. Set aside, this film is a magnificent piece of art. Brilliant directing and performances. A movie to laugh, to cry, to celebrate and to learn. Definitely a piece of cinema that we definitely missed today. Thank you for Cimino! Great job on this great film.
½ July 28, 2016
When it gets to the russian roulette scene... you can't help but shut the hell up... powerful stuff...
½ July 22, 2016
Starts off slow but it's more to develop the characters and the movie is pretty long but at the end it left an impression on me about that era during the Vietnam war.
July 18, 2016
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 first interesting and well-deliberated Vietnam film to hit the big screen) and Vilmos Zsigmond behind the camera meant that this would prove something special. Scenes that will haunt you forever. My favourite shot is the incredible 360-degree pan shot around Linda's bedroom when she realizes she's given up on Nick and is going to declare her love to Michael--extraordinary stuff. What's YOURS?

Many film lovers who despise Cimino's work instantly clam up when 'The Deer Hunter' is mentioned...and there's a reason for that. It's deservedly considered one of the finest American films of the 70's--a decade that was chock-full of great ones.
July 9, 2016
Breathtaking and gripping, an awesome experience impossible to forget
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July 3, 2016
Michael Cimino's ambitious, brilliant, multi-layered epic is one of most powerful and emotionally shattering motion pictures of the 20th century. It concerns a close-knit group of blue collar friends from a small Pennsylvania town who all work at the steel mill. Robert De Niro delivers magnificent Oscar nominated performance as Michael the strong-willed natural leader of the group, Christopher Walken as Michael's sensitive best friend Nick delivers an unforgettably potent Oscar winning performance, and John Savage delivers an intensely effective performance as the youngest member of the group who has just gotten married to his pregnant girlfriend. They all proudly go together to serve their country in the Vietnam War, which they are profoundly ignorant of. They will be suddenly thrust into the many mindless horrors of that vicious war. The hell they experience after being captured and sent to a riverside Vietcong prison camp where their sadistic captors make them play Russian roulette with each other as they bet money on which one of them will survive are some of the most excruciatingly disturbing and shocking scenes in cinematic history. Masterful Academy Award winning direction by the late Cimino, with tremendous supporting performances by young Meryl Streep in her superb Oscar nominated film debut, and in his final screen role the late great character actor John Cazale gives a superlative performance as their neurotic friend Stan, and George Dzundza delivers a wonderfully amusing turn as their giggling bar owner friend John. This great motion picture which has because a cinematic classic shows the incalculable damage not only to the American solider who was psychologically devastated by that awful war, but to the soul and conscience of America. "The Deer Hunter" swept most of the critics awards including the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Picture, and was richly awarded with 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director: Michael Cimino. Am American masterpiece. Note: This film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" motion pictue. Highly Recommended.
July 3, 2016
Essential viewing. A classic American film.
½ July 1, 2016
De Niro and Walken make the movie come alive, even if the circumstances shown in the film are more or less hypothetical. Some of the most intense scenes ever filmed in Hollywood lie between the complicated melodrama. Cimino manages to bring the best out of both De Niro and Walken, but at times the runtime can feel bloated.
½ June 29, 2016
Though it's thoroughly bloated due to the director's stubbornness and many of the plot strands stay and wander, The Deer Hunter proves to be an affecting, personal film. It's simply more about the men than political correctness. Great performances and cinematography all around.
June 21, 2016
It can be slow at times, but its not without purpose. The Deer Hunter is a masterpiece with heart-breaking moments, mind-blowing acting and a beautiful portrait of human nature and the effects of war
June 9, 2016
Pretty artsy but also quite brutal and intense. Very long (I stayed up too late) but good the whole time. Fantastic performances. Another Vietnam War film (nothing really new to the table) but it was just done so well.
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