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The Deer Hunter

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An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.


  • Robert De Niro
  • John Cazale
  • John Savage
  • Christopher Walken
  • Meryl Streep
  • George Dzundza
  • Chuck Aspegren
  • Shirley Stoler
  • Rutanya Alda
  • Pierre Segui

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It is not an anti-war film. It is not a pro-war film. It is one of the most emotionally shattering films ever made.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

What distinguishes The Deer Hunter most is its many rich characters and the size of its vision. This is a big film, dealing with big issues, made on a grand scale. Much of it, including some casting decisions, suggest inspiration by The Godfather. [9 Mar 1979]

Metacritic review by Gene Siskel
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune