The Deer Hunter (1978): A Great Films mini-review

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Michael Cimino


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An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA.

My mini-review:

A true Vietnam War classic that wears its emotions on it's sleeves. Robert De Niro steals the show with an unbelievably powerful performance. It also stars a magnificent portrayal by Meryl Streep as well as Christopher Walken. It is an anti-war film that shows how devastating a war can be on a town and it's inhabitants. It is one of the best war films about Vietnam. It is a must see!

Favorite Scenes: (Spoiler Alert!)

  • Michael goes deer hunting
  • “This Is This” scene
  • “Russian Roulette” scene
  • “One Last Shot” scene

Outstanding performances:

  • Robert De Niro (as Michael)
  • Christopher Walken (as Nick)
  • Meryl Streep (as Linda)


3 hours and 2 minutes




Drama / War