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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  • Chuck Aspegren was not an actor when he was cast in the movie. He was the foreman at a steel works visited early in pre-production by Robert De Niro and Michael Cimino. They were so impressed with Aspergen that they decided to offer him the role. He was the second person to be cast in the film after De Niro.
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  • In the scene at the VFW hall where they are playing bingo, the guy calling out the numbers on the winning card calls B-15, but when the board comes into view showing the numbers that had been called, B-15 is not lit up.
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    • Michael: Stanley, see this? This is this. This ain't something else. This is this. From now on, you're on your own.
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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