The Deer Hunter
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9 Nominations / 5 Wins
Year 1978
Director Michael Cimino
Writer Michael Cimino, Deric Washburn, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker
Starring Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, Meryl Streep
51st Academy Awards

The Deer Hunter is a 1978 British-American war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino. The film stars Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Savage, John Cazale, Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza.




Michael, Steven and Nick are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela and their wedding-party is also the men's farewell party. After some time and many horrors the three friends 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. Michael makes it possible for them to escape, but they soon get separated again.