The Deer Hunter

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This Vietnam-era epic is one of the most sophisticated explorations of war and its aftermath ever attempted.

Through a combination of emphatic cinematic technique and nuanced character acting, subtle naturalism and hallucinogenic intensity, The Deer Hunter paints a vivid, kaleidoscopic picture of the Vietnam War and the decay of once-impervious American ideals in the 1960s.

Expansive in scope and ambition, ‘The Deer Hunter’ moves from the steel mills outside of Pittsburgh to the mountains of Pennsylvania to the jungles of Vietnam as it explores the upheaval faced by a tight-knit group of Russian Americans when three of their number – Michael, Nick and Steven – enlist to serve in Vietnam.

Certificate: tbc     Distributor: Park Circus

Dir. Michael Cimino, US, 1978, 182 mins

Cast: Robert de Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale

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