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The Deer Hunter
Directed by Michael Cimino
Produced by Barry Spikings
Michael Deeley
Michael Cimino
John Peverall
Written by Deric Washburn (story & screenplay)
Michael Cimino
Louis Garfinkle
Quinn K. Redeker (story)
Starring Robert De Niro
Christopher Walken
John Cazale
Meryl Streep
John Savage
Anthony Cimino
Music by Stanley Myers
Cinematography Vilmos Zsigmond
Distributed by Universal Studios (US)
EMI Films (non-US)
Release date(s) December 8, 1978
Running time 182 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Russian
Vietnamese
French
Budget US$15,000,000
All Movie Guide profile
IMDb profile

The Deer Hunter (1978) is an American English language film about a group of Rusyn American steel workers during the Vietnam War. Most of the story occurs in southern Vietnam and in working-class Clairton, Pennsylvania, their Monongahela River hometown south of Pittsburgh. The film features Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep. Image File history File linksMetadata The_Deer_Hunter_poster. ... Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. ... Introduction Barry Spikings (born 23 November 1939, Boston, Lincolnshire) started as a cub reporter on the Boston Standard ( Boston, Lincolnshire) and became a millionaire film tycoon, receiving the ultimate accolade for his film The Deer Hunter, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. ... Michael Deeley (born August 6, 1932) is a film producer who has helped create notable films such as The Italian Job, Blade Runner and The Deer Hunter. ... Quinn K. Redeker (born May 2, 1936 in Woodstock, Illinois) is an American actor and scriptwriter, who is well-known for his work acting on soap operas. ... Robert De Niro in 1988 Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American film actor, director, and producer. ... Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... John Frank Charles Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished Golden Globe Award nominated American film and stage actor whose brief career spanned several acclaimed films of the 1970s. ... Mary Louise Streep, mostly known as Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an Academy Award-winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... John Savage (born John Youngs on August 25, 1949 in Old Bethpage, New York) is an American film actor, producer, production manager and composer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Vilmos Zsigmond (born June 16, 1930) is a Hungarian-American cinematographer. ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... EMI Films is a motion picture production arm of The EMI Group, and its films were released between 1939 and 1990. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... The Deer Hunter is a 1978 film which tells the story of how the Vietnam War affects the people of a small town in Pennsylvania, although it was actually filmed in Mingo Junction, Ohio. ... // Events February 1 - Bob Dylans film Renaldo and Clara, a documentary of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour premieres in Los Angeles, California March 1 - Charlie Chaplins coffin is stolen from a Swiss cemetery 3 months after burial March - Leigh Brackett completes the first draft for Star Wars Episode... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Rusyn Americans refer to individuals who were born on, or who descended from, the territory of the historic Carpathian Ruthenia, western Ukraine, northeastern Slovakia, and southeastern Poland. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Clairton is a third-class city in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, along the Monongahela River and is part of the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area. ... The South Tenth Street Bridge over the Monongahela River in Pittsburgh in 2005 The Monongahela River in Fairmont, West Virginia in 2006 Monongahela River Scene, 1857[11] Opekiska Lock and Dam on the Monongahela River near Fairmont, West Virginia at river mile 115 The Monongahela River (pronounced , also known locally... Pittsburgh redirects here. ... Robert De Niro in 1988 Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American film actor, director, and producer. ... Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... Mary Louise Streep, mostly known as Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an Academy Award-winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ...


The Deer Hunter's inspiration is the novel Three Comrades, by German author and World War I soldier Erich Maria Remarque. That 1937 novel follows the lives of a trio of World War I veterans in 1920s Weimar Germany, while this film explores the effects and consequences of war violence and politically-manipulated patriotism upon a tightly-knit ethnic community, specifically, the meaning of friendship, ethnicity, honour, family, and community. Three Comrades is a novel written in 1937 by the German author Erich Maria Remarque describing the lives of three disillusioned German First World War veterans in 1928 Berlin. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ... Erich Maria Remarque (June 22, 1898 – September 25, 1970) was the pseudonym of Erich Paul Remark, a German author. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1920s is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Anthem Das Lied der Deutschen Germany during the Weimar period, with the Free State of Prussia (in blue) as the largest state Capital Berlin Language(s) German Government Republic President  - 1918-1925 Friedrich Ebert  - 1925-1933 Paul von Hindenburg Chancellor  - 1919 Philipp Scheidemann(first)  - 1933 Kurt von Schleicher (last) Legislature... For other uses, see Friendship (disambiguation). ... This article or section should be merged with ethnic group Ethnicity is the cultural characteristics that connect a particular group or groups of people to each other. ... For other uses, see Honour (disambiguation). ... a family of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in 1997 Family is a Western term used to denote a domestic group of people, or a number of domestic groups linked through descent (demonstrated or stipulated) from a common ancestor, marriage or adoption. ... A community is a social group of organisms sharing an environment, normally with shared interests. ...


Various parts of the Deer Hunter were filmed in several locations: the Pittsburgh geographic area; Cleveland and Mingo Junction, Ohio; Weirton, West Virginia; the North Cascades National Park, Washington (state), the Patpong region of Bangkok, Thailand - (representing the red light district in Saigon), and in Sai Yok, Kanchanaburi Province, Thailand. Cleveland redirects here. ... Downtown Mingo Junction in September 2006. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Columbus Largest city Columbus Largest metro area Greater Cleveland Area  Ranked 34th  - Total 44,825 sq mi (116,096 km²)  - Width 220 miles (355 km)  - Length 220 miles (355 km)  - % water 8. ... Weirton is a city located in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. ... Mount Despair, North Cascades National Park North Unit, 1967 map of the North Cascades National Park complex Lower Curtis Glacier in 2003 compared with 1985 Looking toward Magic Mountain from Sahale Arm north of Cascade Pass. ... For the capital city of the United States, see Washington, D.C.. For other uses, see Washington (disambiguation). ... Location within in Thailand Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governer Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ... Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành Chí Minh) is the largest city in Vietnam, located near the delta of the Mekong River. ... Sai Yok is a district (Amphoe) in the Kanchanaburi province in western Thailand. ... Kanchanaburi (Thai กาญจนบุรี) is the largest of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand. ...

Contents

Plot

The story is in three acts. Mike, Steven, Nick, Stanley, John, and Axel are American steel workers of Rusyn ancestry. Mike, Steven and Nick are soon leaving for service in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. Steven gets married before they ship off, and the following morning, all except Steven go on one last deer hunting trip. Rusyns, also called Ruthenians, Ruthenes, Rusins, Carpatho-Rusins, and Russniaks, are a modern group of ethnic groups that speak the Rusyn language and are descended from the minority of Ruthenians who did not adopt a Ukrainian national identity and become Ukrainians in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. ...


Act one

The first act depicts their Western Pennsylvania life at work, at home, at the bar, and at church. The climax is the celebration of the shotgun wedding of Steven and Angela, (who, it is initially implied, is pregnant by Stanley -- Steve tells Nick he's never "done it with Angela," but it is later implied, and confirmed by director Cimino, that the blond child is actually Nick's). Steven and Angela leave the church with the choir singing Mnohaja lita (God Grant you many years), and the reception features much wild and drunken singing and dancing to Ukrainian and Russian traditional music. After Mike drunkenly streaks through the town, Nick makes Mike promise that he will not leave him behind in Vietnam. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Coptic Orthodox Pope · Roman Catholic Pope Archbishop of Canterbury · Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      Faith... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into forced marriage. ...


The following day, on the final pre-war hunting trip, Mike, a sure-shot known for killing the best deer every year, berates Stanley for forgetting his boots. That existential theme is visually developed in the primitivism of hunting, and is underscored by Eastern Orthodox liturgical music. The Deer Hunter, Mike, kills his prey and takes it home atop the hood of his 1959 Cadillac car as a trophy. After the hunt, on the night before the comrades leave for war, John the bartender plays Nocturne in G-minor, Opus 15, No. 3, by Frédéric Chopin, to return them from the elation of the hunt to the calm of civilization. The musical interlude's introspective mood communicates the love they feel for each other, and contrasts their first-world modernity with the primitivity of war against third-world peasants. Liturgical music originated as a part of religious ceremony, and includes a number of traditions, both ancient and modern. ... Chopin redirects here. ...


Act two

The second act depicts their infantry combat in Vietnam, where Mike, a special forces soldier, is fortuitously reunited with Steven and Nick on a battlefield. Shortly before their air assault landed, Mike, with a flamethrower, was incinerating and shooting an NVA scout who has just killed villagers hiding in a spider hole. The reunion is brief, as the NVA are re-taking the pro-American village; mortar explosions end the reunion. For other uses, see Special forces (disambiguation). ...


The three comrades are captured by the NVA and turned over to the local Viet Cong. In a riverside prisoner of war camp, they are among other U.S. Army and ARVN prisoners, and ordered to entertain their gambling Viet Cong jailors by playing forced Russian roulette. All three play the sadistic game: first Steven (his gun fires but he is not seriously wounded), who is then put into an underwater cage to rot. Believing Steven to be mentally broken, Mike considers abandoning him to his fate, which Nick angrily rejects. Nick and Mike then face each other. To engineer their escape, Mike bluffs and tricks the drunken Communist jailors to allow him three bullets in the revolver, in place of just one. The jailors are elated at his insanity, and they increase their bets. Both Mike and Nick pull the trigger once -- they both survive, even though the gun has three bullets inside. Then, upon Mike's second turn, he quickly fires the pistol at the Viet Cong, and he and Nick overtake their weapons and kill the rest of the Viet Cong. After rescuing Steve and escaping downriver on a floating tree, an American helicopter rescues them, but only Nick succeeds; the weak Steven falls back to the river, with Mike choosing to drop into the river to rescue him. Steven's legs are severely broken in the fall; Mike carries him until they reach friendly lines. A Viet Cong soldier, heavily guarded, awaits interrogation following capture in the attacks on Saigon during the festive Tet holiday period of 1968. ... Russian roulette is a lethal form of gambling in which participants place a single round in a chamber of a revolver and, spinning the cylinder such that the location of the round is unknown, take turns putting the weapon to their temples (heads) and pulling the trigger until the weapon...

Steven and Angela's wedding reception.

Meanwhile, the psychologically dead Nick is recuperating in a military hospital in Saigon. Afterwards, he aimlessly searches for Mike in the red light district. After an aborted tryst with a Vietnamese prostitute, Nick encounters Julién Grinda, a champagne-drinking Frenchman outside of a gambling hall where Russian Roulette is the featured game. Grinda entices Nick to participate in Russian Roulette, and eventually leads Nick into the gambling den. Unbeknownst to Nick, Mike is seated in the crowd as a gambler. They do not reunite, though Mike sees Nick. Angered by the false machismo, Nick calls the bluff of the rigged game, spoils the gambling, and is ejected from the den. As they are chased out, Nick hops into Grinda's convertible, tossing the money into the air as the angry crowd follows. Mike, among the crowd, shouts at Nick, but his voice is drowned out by the noise. Image File history File links Deerhunterweddinglc. ... Image File history File links Deerhunterweddinglc. ... Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành Chí Minh) is the largest city in Vietnam, located near the delta of the Mekong River. ... The French Republic or France (French: République française or France) is a country whose metropolitan territory is located in western Europe, and which is further made up of a collection of overseas islands and territories located in other continents. ...


Act three

Back in the U.S., a welcome home party is planned for Mike, but he tells the cab driver to continue down the highway, passing the house. Mike spends the night in a hotel and chooses to return to the house the next morning when Nick's girlfriend, Linda (Meryl Streep) is alone. Mike eventually becomes romantically involved with Linda. Although Nick and Steven are still missing, Mike, Stanley, John and Axel go on a hunting trip. Mike gets the opportunity to kill a beautiful buck, but aims away at the last second, unable to follow through with another killing. In their hunting cabin, Stan pulls out his revolver, and Axel makes a lewd comment about Stan's girlfriend. Stan becomes angry and threateningly points the gun at Axel. Mike enters the room and quickly disarms Stan, who insists the gun was empty. When Mike discovers it had been fully loaded, he empties all the rounds out of the gun except one. He spins the chamber, places the gun against Stan's head and pulls the trigger. The gun doesn't go off. He then leaves the cabin and throws the gun into the mountains.


Mike later reunites with Stevie, who has lost his legs and is partially paralyzed and recovering in a Veterans' Administration hospital. Stevie reveals that someone in Saigon has been mailing large amounts of cash to him, which indicates that Nick is still alive -- and playing Russian roulette. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a Cabinet department of the United States government responsible for administering programs of veterans benefits for veterans, their families, and survivors. ...


Mike travels to Saigon just before its fall in 1975. With the help of the Frenchman Julién Grinda, he finds Nick in a crowded, loud roulette club, but Nick appears to have no recollection of his friends or his home in Pennsylvania. He is under the influence of heroin, and has track marks on his forearm. Mike pays the club management to face Nick in the game. During the final match, Mike tries to persuade him to come home. Mike speaks of his and Nick's time together during their deer hunting trips. Mike reminds Nick of his deer hunting philosophy, which is to only take one shot. Nick finally smiles and acknowledges Mike by repeating the words "one shot". With that, Nick raises the gun and shoots himself in the head. Combatants Democratic Republic of Vietnam National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Republic of Vietnam Commanders Van Tien Dung Nguyen Van Toan Strength ~130,000 ~50,000 Casualties Trivial Unknown The Fall of Saigon (in Vietnamese: Sá»± kiện 30 tháng 4, or April 30 Incident) was the... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ...


Mike brings Nick's body home to America, sadly fulfilling his promise from the night of the wedding. The film ends on the morning of Nick's funeral at the Russian Orthodox parish. Singing somberly "Vichnaya Pamyat" or "Memory Eternal," the remaining friends leave the church, and the film ends with the group having a mournful breakfast together while quietly singing God Bless America. God Bless America is an American patriotic song originally written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. ...


Credits

The film was written by Michael Cimino, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker and Deric Washburn, and directed by Cimino. Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. ... Quinn K. Redeker (born May 2, 1936 in Woodstock, Illinois) is an American actor and scriptwriter, who is well-known for his work acting on soap operas. ...


Producers

This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: senseless senseless If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page or at Wikipedia:Speedy deletions. ... A film producer creates the conditions for making movies. ... Michael Deeley (born August 6, 1932) is a film producer who has helped create notable films such as The Italian Job, Blade Runner and The Deer Hunter. ... Introduction Barry Spikings (born 23 November 1939, Boston, Lincolnshire) started as a cub reporter on the Boston Standard ( Boston, Lincolnshire) and became a millionaire film tycoon, receiving the ultimate accolade for his film The Deer Hunter, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. ...

Cast

Green Beret SSgt. Michael Vronsky (Robert de Niro)
Green Beret SSgt. Michael Vronsky (Robert de Niro)
Actor Role
Robert De Niro Michael "Mike" Vronsky
Christopher Walken Nikonar "Nick" Chevotarevich
John Cazale Stanley aka "Stosh"
John Savage Steven Pushkov
Meryl Streep Linda
George Dzundza John Welch
Chuck Aspegren Peter "Axel" Axelrod
Shirley Stoler Steven's mother
Rutanya Alda Angela Ludhjduravic-Pushkov
Amy Wright Bridesmaid
Pierre Segui Julien Grinda
Joe Grifasi Bandleader
Father Stephen Kopestonsky Russian Orthodox Priest

Image File history File links DeerNiro2_sm. ... Image File history File links DeerNiro2_sm. ... Robert De Niro in 1988 Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American film actor, director, and producer. ... Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... John Frank Charles Cazale (August 12, 1935 – March 12, 1978) was a distinguished Golden Globe Award nominated American film and stage actor whose brief career spanned several acclaimed films of the 1970s. ... John Savage (born John Youngs on August 25, 1949 in Old Bethpage, New York) is an American film actor, producer, production manager and composer. ... Mary Louise Streep, mostly known as Meryl Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an Academy Award-winning American actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. ... George Dzundza (born July 19, 1945) is an actor who is best known for his role as Sgt. ... Shirley Stoler (March 30, 1929 - February 17, 1999) was an American actress best known for her roles in The Honeymoon Killers and Lina Wertmullers Seven Beauties. ... Rutanya Alda (born Rutanya Skrastiņa, on October 13, 1942 in Riga, Latvia) is a Latvian-American actress. ... Amy Wright (born April 15, 1950 in Beloit, Wisconsin) is an American actress. ... A bridesmaid is a girl or young woman who attends to the bride during or after a wedding or marriage ceremony. ... Joe Grifasi (born on 14 June 1944 in Buffalo, New York, USA) is an American character actor. ... A bandleader is the director of a band of musicians. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ...

Filming locations

Filming locations include:

St. ... A view of Patpong at sunset Patpong (Thai: , Phatphong) is an entertainment district in Bangkok, Thailand, catering mainly, though not exclusively, to foreign tourists and expatriates. ... Location within in Thailand Coordinates: , Country Settled Ayutthaya Period Founded as capital 21 April 1782 Government  - Type Special administrative area  - Governer Apirak Kosayothin Area  - City 1,568. ... Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnamese: Thành Chí Minh) is the largest city in Vietnam, located near the delta of the Mekong River. ... Sai Yok is a district (Amphoe) in the Kanchanaburi province in western Thailand. ... Kanchanaburi (Thai กาญจนบุรี) is the largest of the central provinces (changwat) of Thailand. ... Mount Despair, North Cascades National Park North Unit, 1967 map of the North Cascades National Park complex Lower Curtis Glacier in 2003 compared with 1985 Looking toward Magic Mountain from Sahale Arm north of Cascade Pass. ... Downtown Mingo Junction in September 2006. ... Struthers is a city in Mahoning County, Ohio, United States. ...

Awards and recognition

Academy Awards record
1. Best Supporting Actor, Christopher Walken
2. Best Director, Michael Cimino
3. Best Editing, Peter Zinner
4. Best Picture, Barry Spikings, Michael Deeley, Michael Cimino, John Peverall
5. Best Sound, Richard Portman, William L. McCaughey, Aaron Rochin, C. Darin Knight
Golden Globe Awards record
1. Best Director, Michael Cimino
BAFTA Awards record
1. Best Cinematography, Vilmos Zsigmond
2. Best Editing, Peter Zinner

The Deer Hunter won Oscars in 1979 for Best Picture, Best Director (Michael Cimino), Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Christopher Walken), Best Film Editing, and Best Sound. In addition, it was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robert De Niro), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Meryl Streep), Best Cinematography (Vilmos Zsigmond) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actor. ... Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. ... Introduction Barry Spikings (born 23 November 1939, Boston, Lincolnshire) started as a cub reporter on the Boston Standard ( Boston, Lincolnshire) and became a millionaire film tycoon, receiving the ultimate accolade for his film The Deer Hunter, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. ... Michael Deeley (born August 6, 1932) is a film producer who has helped create notable films such as The Italian Job, Blade Runner and The Deer Hunter. ... Michael Cimino (born February 3, 1939, New York City) is an Australia film director. ... Vilmos Zsigmond (born June 16, 1930) is a Hungarian-American cinematographer. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Directing is one of the awards given to directors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Film Editing was first given for films issued in 1934. ... The Academy Award for Sound Mixing is an Academy Award that recognizes the finest or most aesthetic sound mixing or recording, and is generally awarded to the production sound mixers and re-recording mixers of the winning film. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Charles Rosher the first recipient in 1928 The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ... Vilmos Zsigmond (born June 16, 1930) is a Hungarian-American cinematographer. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ...


This film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, and is consistently on the Internet Movie Database's list of top 250 films. It is also ranked number 79 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time[1] The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about movies, actors, television shows, production crew personnel, and video games. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The theme song of The Deer Hunter, Cavatina, written by Stanley Myers and performed by classical guitarist John Williams is commonly known as The Theme from The Deer Hunter. See also Cavatina Cavatina is a classical guitar piece by Stanley Myers and is most famous for its role as the theme from The Deer Hunter. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... John Christopher Williams (born 24 April 1941) is one of the worlds best-known classical guitarists. ...


DVD releases

The Deer Hunter has twice been released on DVD. The first 1998 issue by Universal, with no extra features and a non-anamorphic transfer, has since been discontinued. A second version, part of the 'Legacy Series', was released as a two-disc set on September 6, 2005, with an anamorphic transfer of the film. The set features a cinematographer's commentary by Vilmos Zsigmond, interviews of the cast and crew, and deleted and extended scenes. The region-2 version of The Deer Hunter, exclusive to the UK, features a commentary track from director Michael Cimino. The film was released on HD DVD in 2006. A major selling point of DVD video is that its storage capacity allows for a wide variety of extra features in addition to the feature film itself. ...


Miscellanea

  • During an AMC broadcast of the film, gossip said Robert De Niro requested a live bullet in the Russian Roulette revolver, to heighten the intensity of the situation.[citation needed]
  • To render himself ghostly, Christopher Walken exclusively ate rice, bananas, and water for the week before his death scene.
  • Chuck Aspegren (Axel), was a Gary, Indiana, steelworker, in his first acting role.
  • During screenings of the short version of the film, director Cimino bribed the projectionist to interrupt it, in order to obtain better reviews of the long version.
  • The tie-in novel-isation opens with an epigraph by Ernest Hemingway:There is no hunt like the hunting of man; and those who have hunted other men long enough to like it, never care for anything else thereafter.
  • The deer hunted in the story are Red Deer, not native to North America.
  • The geography of the hunting mountain scenes clearly identifies it as the American Northwest, not the Northeast.
  • The movie popularized the Vietnamese phrase Di-di mau! — which loosely translates as Go ahead! and Get outta here!
  • The Russian roulette scene has been parodied in The Simpsons, as well as in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and television advertisements.[citation needed]
  • In the finale of the film Shaun of the Dead, the protagonist wears his necktie as a sweat band, like SSG Michael Vronsky (Robert De Niro) did in combat.
  • In the New Zealand movie Meet the Feebles, the Wynyrd character has a flashback to his Vietnam POW experience; he and others are caged and forced to play Russian Roulette.
  • The video game Conflict: Vietnam features a play level where characters are captured by NVA troops and forced to play Russian roulette.
  • The Russian roulette scene was aped in the gangs-in-schools drama film 187; local gangster-students threaten their Principal at his house, asking, "Have you seen 'Deer Hunter' Mister G?"
  • All scenes involving John Cazale, who had end-stage bone cancer during the shoot, had to be filmed first. Cazale passed away shortly after filming wrapped. Because of his illness, the studio initially wanted to get rid of Cazale, but his real life girlfriend, Streep, threatened to walk if they did. Cazale was kept on board.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... AMC was originally a basic cable channel that aired classic movies, largely pre-1950s, in a commercial-free, generally unedited format. ... This article is about the city. ... A tie-in novel is a novel that often is released and marketed to accompany some other release such as a movie or video. ... Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ... This article is about the species of deer. ... Darker red states are always part of the Pacific Northwest. ... Regional definitions vary The Northeastern United States is a region of the United States. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia is an American comedy series created by Rob McElhenney and developed by McElhenney and Glenn Howerton. ... Shaun of the Dead is a zombie-themed romantic comedy (or rom zom com as it dubs itself) or zombie comedy released in 2004. ... Robert De Niro in 1988 Robert De Niro (born August 17, 1943) is a two-time Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American film actor, director, and producer. ... Meet The Feebles (1989) is a black comedy film by director Peter Jackson. ... knulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din mammaknulla din...

References

  1. ^ 100 Greatest American Movies of All Time

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Awards
Preceded by
Annie Hall
Academy Award for Best Picture
1978
Succeeded by
Kramer vs. Kramer

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