Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter (1978)

The Deer Hunter starring Robert De Niro, John Savage, Christopher Walker and Meryl Streep is a confronting film exploring the camaraderie of men and the horror of war.

Set in 1968, follows three friends, Michael, Steven and Nick, who enlist to fight in Vietnam. Before they leave, they celebrate at Steven’s wedding and go on one last hunting trip.

The bloody reality of war is not what the friends expected, and they are eventually taken prisoner by the Vietcong who force them to play Russian Roulette.

After they return home Steven, traumatised and struggling to fit back into society, learns that Nick has never left Vietnam and goes back to try and help his friend.

Rated R

Duration: 3 hrs and 3 minutes.

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