Written March 20, 2012
Written August 07, 2016
"The Deer Hunter" won't give you the sensation of what it was like to fight on the battlefield in the jungles of southeast Asia. It won't show you the bloody and brutal violence that occurred in this horrible war. What it will give you is the psychological and emotional destruction that are brave soldiers experienced on the home-front after experiencing unimaginable horror. Michael Cimino s first up to show the true affects war has on both the individual and community level when Pennsylvania steel workers enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. After some time and many horrors, the men fall in the hands of the Vietcong and are brought to a prison camp in which they are forced to play Russian roulette against each other in perhaps the single most disturbing and intense scene in entertainment history. Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, and Meryl Streep all deliver remarkable performances that allow you to connect with the pain and horror each character is facing. Few films can tackle so many deep feelings like "The Deer Hunter," while also keeping engaged at each conflict from start to finish. This is a powerhouse film of true horror and hope that deserves the title "classic."