IT is a "huge film" in the sense that it lasts for 3 hours...
Nothing really profound, in my opinion, only 3 stars from me, we did not watch the extra features that are included, after 3 hours of watching the film. A bit Too long...
Too much lead-up to the theme and the real story. This movie could be cut by 40 mins without losing a single item. Great Story but too long to tell it.
I write this as a Vietnam Veteran as well as a film lover. Unfortunately too many people will think that this story details accurately the events which occurred in South East Asia during the 1960's, however I feel that Hollywood's idea of a war film cannot rely solely upon accuracy and needs to sensationalize the story and throw away the truth. Certainly there must have been many times when military men were compromised in their occasional off duty hours, but this story although interesting, shocks with fabricated myths designed to horrifying even the most stoic viewer, having said that, I still enjoyed the film for what it is.
This film won a swathe of Academy Awards in 1979, including Best Picture and Best Director for Michael Cimino. Christopher Walken receieved the Best Supporting Actor and De Niro and Streep were also nominated but missed out. Some reviewers have criticised it for its pacing, but that is what contributes to the beauty and the horror of its subject matter: how the war affects a small town and specifically a group of friends in that tight knit community. The wedding and the establishment of characters and their relationships is beautiful. De Niro watching Streep dance at the wedding is one of the most wonderful underplayed moments. The horror and madness of the war is there long enough. The story isn't about war, it is about the effects of war and the process of recovery. It is a great film, perhaps not for all (see some earlier reviews), but worth the investment of time and one that you will carry with you for a long time.
hmmm.. definitly an anti-war movie. but stretched to the limit.... looooong wedding... long hinting scene... very short about the horrors of war... then the emotional/ psychological/physical effect of the aftermath of was...
I am sure it was very good at its time....
The acting and scenery and the mood of the music were very fitting, but it is to long over everything.
Saw it when it first came out at the cinema. Didn't get into it then at all, so thought I'd give it another try. My mistake. A few decades or so have not changed my distaste for this type of film. Just can't see the point.
A bit slow to start with (the first hour was all about one of the main characters getting married), but a stark portrayal of 3 friends' experience of the soldiering in the Vietnam war. Come to think of it the film was slow all round, but a very original story. Give it a go if you have a lot of time and patience. De Niro gives a good performance, along with Meryl Streep.
This film made me feel sad. Excellent acting, great story and timeless in many ways.
Gloomy recapturing of rust belt Americans' reaction to the horrors of the Vietnam war and how it affects the remainder of their lives. Highly rated and still with an impact, but wallows at the ending. PTSD was less-understood than it is today, and when this film was made insufficient time had elapsed since the war's end in 1975 for the full horror to be acknowledged. We know more now, and Deer Hunter is no longer the shocker it once was.
Really good movie! recommend it to all!
A brilliant film about ordinary people and war. What's striking it's that it's an anti-war movie until the very last shot. And the music is perfectly matched.
Boring, boring, boring… I do not understand why it was so overrated. All these never-ending nature and
industrial shots just make you sleep. Wedding scenes are simply ridiculous. Huge waste of time – you
will certainly find better things to do than trying to sit this farce through.
This was a very long film that should never have been that long. It took an hour to introduce the characters, with a huge wedding scene that just seemed to go on and on, and was completely unnecessary. The little bit of action in the middle of the film just couldn't pull it through. The main characters weren't particularly likeable either, I just didn't feel for them at all. Definitely not a film that I could get into, and there are better films about Vietnam out there, such as "The Odd Angry Shot".
This is one tired American "classic" with such grand aspirations that it strains to fulfil. The soundtrack which is frequently praised felt so awkward, the same simple theme popped up at the most predictable moments, adding absolutely nothing to the movie except a pained, pathetic pity towards anyone who was moved by it. The Russian roulette felt like a novelty, something that was suspenseful at first but very quickly became stale. The acting is what The Deer Hunter should be remembered for. Christopher Walken is fascinating to watch.
A sometimes harrowing portrayal of the Viet Nam war and the depravity that was Saigon in those days. But the insight and the reality of a Russian immigrant community living the American life - or nightmare in the case of VN - is captivating.
Yes this movie is the Vietnam's Gone With The Wind, LONG and POINTLESS. The cinematography was hardly spectacular, and the plot is painfully slow and weak. The POW Russian Roulette sequence may have been confrontational in the 70’s, but should never have carried this movie to classic status. For Vietnam war films watch The Odd Angry Shot (also from the 70’s), Platoon, Casualties of War and maybe the Vietnam mini-series.
I great film and worth seeing although it is slow in parts and you might need a coffee to stay awake.
Excelent movie. Shows you how war, especially war scafolding an unpopular regime,for condemnable reason, in a no win situation can ruin individuals,families and the whole commununity.
A classic! A story of friendship and war told in a unique and moving way.
Arguably the best film to come from the "Vietnam era". The complex character developement and fascinating subplots make this a true masterpiece. As relevant today as the day it was made, and now a true classic.
Very good acting - interesting approach. The Russian wedding, music and dance, was the most enjoyable part of the film.
I saw The Deerhunter when it was originally released and time has not dulled nor made redundant its message. To see it again brought back the horrors of the Vietnam war, and a timely reminder of the lengths to which governments will go to deceive the people (cf the Iraq war). This is one of the best anti-war movies ever made.
I'm 36 years old and my whole life I've been told I have to see this movie. I finally did and apart from the Vietnam section in the middle and some Russian Roulette scenes , I really can't see what all the fuss is about.
A moving account on the effect of war on men and the absurdity of patriotism.
An absolute classic, great soundtrack and all star line-up.