The Deer Hunter
- 180 min
- Directed by: Michael Cimino
- Cast: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep
The Vietnam war has the effect of disrupting the lives of a small steel town, as various friends go off to face the horrors of war and return with emotional scars. A daring triptych structure, the first part of which displays a rare sympathy for the traditions and rituals of the emigrant community, marks this out as a Cimino movie, as he explores his favourite theme of American idealism being stretched almost to breaking point. Superb performances all round.
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