The Deer Hunter (1978)
An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S. Vietnam War impacts and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
"The Deer Hunter" is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after they fought in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and John Savage, with John Cazale (in his final role), Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza playing supporting roles. The story takes place in Clairton, Pennsylvania, a small working class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, and in Vietnam.
In 1996 it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", and was named the 53rd greatest American film of all time by the American Film Institute in 2007 in their 10th Anniversary Edition of the AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies list.
Genre': Drama, War
Release date: December 8, 1978 (Los Angeles)
Director: Michael Cimino
Screenplay by: Deric Washburn
Story by: Deric Washburn, Michael Cimino, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker
Music by: Stanley Myers
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Edited by: Peter Zinner
Cast: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Christopher Walken, George Dzundza
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
* © 1978 - Universal