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The Deer Hunter

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Michael Cimino

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About the Movie

Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director, and one of AFI's Top 100 Films of All Time, The Deer Hunter follows a group of Pennsylvania steelworkers from their blue-collar lives, hunting in the woods of the Alleghenies, to the hells of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken star in this unforgettable saga of friendship and courage. Experience the brutality of war and the depths of emotional strain on the human spirit in this extraordinarily powerful film classic.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 63
  • Fresh: 59
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Its feelings for time, place and blue-collar people are genuine, and its vision is that of an original, major new film maker. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jan 16, 2014

Fresh: This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map. – Frank Rich, TIME Magazine, Mar 2, 2015

Fresh: The film is ambitious and it succeeds on a number of levels and it proves that Cimino is an important director who deserves to be watched carefully. – Charles Schreger, Variety, Feb 27, 2018

Fresh: It has no more moral intelligence than the Clint Eastwood action pictures, yet it's an astonishing piece of work, an uneasy mixture of violent pulp and grandiosity, with an enraptured view of common life -- poetry of the commonplace. – Pauline Kael, New Yorker, Mar 2, 2015

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Customer Reviews


I have been waiting for what seems like forever for The Deer Hunter to be added to iTunes, and it's finally here! Gripping performances by Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep, and the final career performance for the late John Cazale, this epic explores the lives of a close-knit group of friends from a small Pennsylvania steel town and how they are devastated by the effects of the Vietnam War. A must-have in any film collection.


Deer Hunter is one sided and too long. I don't get the hype. But Walken and Niro are fun.

They don't make them like this Anymore.

For $4.99 it worth buying, Walken plays the classic Walken role, and he could walk off of this set right onto True Romance or King of New York.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1978

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