The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

By Michael Cimino

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1978-12-08
  • Advisory Rating: R
  • Runtime: 3h 3min
  • Director: Michael Cimino
  • Production Company: Universal Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • iTunes Price: USD 9.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 3.99
From 2,554 Ratings


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.




  • Excellent

    By Walker DJB
    This movie is one of the greatest movies ever done. If you can’t spell De Niro your a moron and shouldn’t leave a review.
  • Perfectly fine length of time

    By Benvillars
    I had to give this 5 stars not only because its a good film, but because some other people were complaining about its 3 hour length, they can watch 8 seasons straight of Game of Thrones but complain about 1 movie thats the length of 2 Disney movies. It’s perfectly fine for what it wanted to convey, grow up.
  • Unique

    By Ecuagringo
    I wonder how many reviewers saw The Deer Hunter in the theater when it came out over 40 years ago. This movie shook Hollywood and pushed this country to think about war, youth, patriotism in a different way. The length of this movie is a gift. It places you with the characters in a mundane, routine and safe life. The quick, action and violent chaos in the Vietnam scenes are supposed to give you a taste of what that world was about. Do not look at this movie through a 21st century, fast-paces YouTube/Netflix/Amazon lense. You will miss the many kernels of priceless film-making it offers.
  • WKB

    By Wiesbaden AFB
    Has got to be one of the best films I have ever seen - right up there with "Ordinary People", etc.
  • It's not a film about Nam

    By BlueDoors
    In this film, Vietnam is used as a metaphor. The filmmakers were not trying to claim that the Vietcong soldiers literally played Rissian Roulette. War is hell and it brings out the best or the worst in people. With this group of draftees we are surprised by which resulst for which of them. The reckless one becomes the rock they rely on, the stable one falls apart... Life plays itself out unpredictably.
  • You Won’t Get Your Time Back

    By damittucker
    I read the reviews, I thought a Vietnam war film would be great! I was so wrong. First off the movie is 3 hours long. At this time in the film industry, I don’t believe, they even knew how to properly pace the film, which they didn’t. They spent the entire first hour building the characters, they could’ve and should’ve spent half that. They finally make it to Vietnam an hour and a half in, the best part of the movie ensues. Robert De Niro makes it back, says and does little for another lengthy part of the film, you know he’s going back to Vietnam for Walken he just takes his sweet time doing it. By the time he’s finally gone to get him I’m already done with the movie. This movie is excessively long. An hour AT LEAST should have been edited out. Wasted shots left and right. The character progression for a film of this length is just laughable. Just please don’t waste your time, watch any other Vietnam war movie. I would suggest Tigerland, We Were Soldiers, Platoon, or even Casualties of War.
  • Good movie but way to long

    By Rambo8649
    This movie was way too long, mostly in the beginning. The entire movie is in dire need of re-editing. If about an hour was cut out, it would be a better film. Excellent source material, this could have been an unbelievable movie if the writing, directing, and editing were better.
  • Classic

    By Littlebopeepwithouthesheep
    Most patriotic movie. So sad funny and beautiful. Absolutely love it . What America is and will always be. Poetry on film.
  • Pull the trigger

    By Asantekamill
    Extremely overrated,like everything DeNero has ever done. Boring, tedious and wrong on its history. Only Walken redeems the dreadful material as watchable. DeNero has to be the most over rated, empty ,vacant and devoid of any charm or personality actor ever!
  • They don't make them like this Anymore.

    By Blackrainbmx
    For $4.99 it worth buying, Walken plays the classic Walken role, and he could walk off of this set right onto True Romance or King of New York.