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The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
The Deer Hunter
  • R
  • 3h 3m
  • 1978
Certified Fresh86%
Common Sense Media Iconage 17+
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Winner of five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director, and one of AFI's Top 100 Films of All Time, The Deer Hunter follows a group of Pennsylvania steelworkers from their blue-collar lives, hunting in the woods of the Alleghenies, to the hells of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Academy Award® winners Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken star in this unforgettable saga of friendship and courage. Experience the brutality of war and the depths of emotional strain on the human spirit in this extraordinarily powerful film classic.
© 1978 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh86%
Critics Consensus: Its greatness is blunted by its length and one-sided point of view, but the film's weaknesses are overpowered by Michael Cimino's sympathetic direction and a series of heartbreaking performances from Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Epic war drama is extremely intense and graphically violent.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Deer Hunter, director Michael Cimino's 183-minute, 1978 epic, uses extreme violence to underscore the brutality of war and men's best and worst tendencies. The lives of three great friends are ruined when the Pennsylvania steelworkers join the army, see hideous combat in Vietnam, and suffer post-traumatic stress. The graphic violence and depiction of psychological trauma are not for kids. Women and children are deliberately killed by soldiers. Prisoners are tortured and, most famously, forced to play Russian Roulette for the amusement of captors gambling on the outcomes. Several men shoot themselves in the head. War trauma sends some of them even deeper into a netherworld of violence and, in at least one case, drug addiction. A drunk man who has stripped off his clothes is seen nude from far in the dark. The language is coarse: "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "bitch," "bastard," and "faggot." Men drink shots and beers with their breakfast. Drunk driving is depicted. The movie was a critical success, won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and was designated number 79 on the American Film Institute's list, "100 Greatest Movies." The commentary on violence, war, survival, and friendship may be lost on younger viewers amid the horror and violence.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 8, 1978
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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