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Classic Films: The Deer Hunter

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We’ve been out of the classic film game for a while now. But as it is Oscars and Bafta season we bring you one that gained 5 Academy Awards including Best Film and Best Director. Remember this?

We’ve been out of the classic film game for a while now. But as it is Oscars and Bafta season we bring you one that gained 5 Academy Awards including Best Film and Best Director. Remember this?

The Deer Hunter
Release Date – 27th February 1979 (UK)
Gross Revenue – $48,979,328

Robert de Niro stars in this gritty tale of three Steel workers from the same small American Village who are shipped out to the Vietnam war, showing their struggles to cope with the loss of friends and loved ones, and also becoming prisoners of war. It was one of the first, and some would say most controversial film to be critical of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, and after being released within 4 years of the war finally ending, the issues were still fresh in the minds of most. The deer hunter portrayed war in a way no other film before it had, and paved the way for many films such as Hamburger Hill, Saving Private Ryan and Platoon, where war was more realistic and depicted as a gritty, nasty environment.

The coup of gaining De Niro as the lead was a major plus point for new director Michael Cimino, some have said that if he hadn’t gained such a star, the film wouldn’t have been such a hit Subsequently, Cimino’s second film – ‘Heaven’s Gate’, contained no big name actors at the time (Even though it starred Kris Kristofferson, John Hurt & Christopher Walken) it was a major flop – go figure……

Worth watching just for the Russian Roulette sequences. Very Gripping. If you haven’t seen this film and want to see De Niro at his best I would recommend a watch!

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