Join us as we commemorate the 40th anniversary of Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, one of the most powerful and important war films of all time.
Three close friends and Pennsylvania steelworkers – Mike (Robert DeNiro), Steven (John Savage), and Nick (Christopher Walken) – live simple lives hunting deer, drinking beers at their local pool hall, and courting women. When they enlist to fight in the Vietnam War, their lives are changed permanently after they are captured by the Viet Cong and subjected to unimaginable torments, including a game of Russian roulette that has gone down in history as one of the most intense scenes in cinema history.
Upon its release, The Deer Hunter earned nine Academy Award nominations, and won five, including Best Director and Best Picture. Widely viewed as the first critical Vietnam War film to reach a mainstream audience, The Deer Hunter is a controversial look at the toll of war on the human spirit that influenced a wave of films critical of the Vietnam War, and war itself, in the 70’s and 80’s.
Directed by Michael Cimino | 1978 | 183 mins. | Rated R.
Wednesday, December 26th – 12:30pm, 4pm, 8pm
Thursday, December 27th – 12:30pm, 4pm, 8pm
“This excruciatingly violent, three-hour Viet Nam saga demolishes the moral and ideological cliches of an era: it shoves the audience into hell and leaves it stranded without a map.” – Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
“It is not an anti-war film. It is not a pro-war film. It is one of the most emotionally shattering films ever made.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
“The film is ambitious and it succeeds on a number of levels and it proves that Cimino is an important director who deserves to be watched carefully.” – Charles Schreger, Variety