The Deer Hunter

Title: The Deer Hunter
Year: 1978
Director: Michael Cimino
Writer: Deric Washburn; story by Michael Cimino, Washburn, Louis Garfinkle & Quinn K. Redeker
Starring: Robert De Niro, John Cazale, John Savage, Christopher Walken, Meryl Streep
Music: Stanley Myers (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Walken), Best Editing and Best Sound; Oscar nominations for Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (De Niro), Best Supporting Actress (Streep) and Best Cinematography; currently #137 on IMDb’s Top 250
Length: 182 minutes
Synopsis: a group of friends, before and after fighting in Vietnam
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), yesterday
Subjective Rating: 2/10 (Terrible).
Objective Rating: 4/10 (gets points for concept, characters, dialog and acting) c. 2.1/4 (Okay).

Unbelievably boring. There’s only about fifteen or twenty minutes in the whole film that have any interest. The audio and video quality are often worse than a home video. I’m shocked that a movie so critically acclaimed could be so poorly made.


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