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Movie : The Deer Hunter

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Steel town USA. A group of young men get off the night shift at the mill and head for the bar. A lot of excitement in the air. Three of the group are getting ready to ship out to Vietnam plus one of them is getting married that night. Plus one more planned deer hunt before the boys are split up for a while. It’s all good camaraderie and bravado. Living in the moment and having a good time. Secure in their friendship and common place in life. It’s what they know and are used to and then BOOM! We are in country, Vietnam in the middle of a living nightmare and a long way away from home and what we remember life to be. Will it ever be the same for the group of friends and those around them?

The Deer Hunter is an intense ride. Michael Cimino along with those he gathered together create a film that got to me on a lot of levels. The story, the sense of place, performances all under Cimono’s direction had me engaged. He takes a small group of people and shows us the impact an event (war)  has on all connected. What if?

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The performances of all the characters are truthful. DeNiro, Walken, Savage, Cazale lead the cast and make you believe in this group of friends who will soon be torn apart physically, mentally and emotionally. This group along with the supporting cast bring some memorable scenes to life. Some of the lesser charged scenes with Savage and Cazale really hit the mark. I believed these guys were friends and I believed what was happening to them. I think one of the reasons for that was the actors fully committed to the circumstances. There are more than a few stand out performances

Just watched it recently (My gal wanted to see it again) and was entertained. But it does take a bit of the wind out of you. Bit of a gut shot.

“I love this fucking place. Promise you won’t leave me over there”

 

61 comments on “Movie : The Deer Hunter

  1. hanspostcard
    May 17, 2020

    One of the towns where The Deer Hunter was filmed- was the town next to where I grew up- 5 miles away.. great movie.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 17, 2020

      Filming in those kinds of places gives the story authenticity for me. You around when they were making it> “Great movie”. I agree.

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      • hanspostcard
        May 17, 2020

        I was a teenager at the time before I could drive. I don’t know how many days they spent there- it was filmed in a number of towns in WV and PA I guess. I remember someone later telling me they saw Bob De Niro running naked down the street. I guess I should consider myself fortunate I was too young to drive…

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        DeNiro liked that running around naked stuff. Maybe he was doing it on his off time or rehearsing for the scene. You could have given Bob a ride if you had your licence. Thanks Hans.

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  2. badfinger20
    May 17, 2020

    I remember the first time I saw it. I just sat in silence after the end. Great movie.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 17, 2020

      I think I remember that reaction from a few people. It kinda has that effect. Still does. Cimono made a good one.

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      • badfinger20
        May 17, 2020

        Only a few movies have done that to me. Platoon…when I saw it in the theater before the other Vietnam movies came out…a buddy and mine just didn’t talk on the way home.
        I may watch The Deer Hunter again soon.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        Yeah, I’ve had a few experiences like that. Platoon is another good one.
        Let me know how Deer Hunter goes if you watch it again. Revisits always interest me. I’m sort of the same way with film as i am with music. Numerous repeat watches (listens) on certain ones.

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      • badfinger20
        May 17, 2020

        Me also. My son is going to college and studying films and film making…and I love watching films with him. Citizen Kane, A Clockwork Orange, Godfather, Goodfellas, etc…of course we watched them before.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        My son Big Earl) took film studies also. What sort of films is he making if you dont mind me asking? You have my interest. You have watched some good ones together

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      • badfinger20
        May 17, 2020

        He just finished his freshman year. He has made some with his friends…he calls them indie dramas… but he is really interested in cinematrogaphy. He has corresponded with a few…Roger Deacon is his hero right now…he emailed him a few times.
        Bailey is just getting started but he is hitting it out of the park right now…4.0 in his first year…(yea I’m a dad lol)
        In the fall he gets more into film. He split some with his core and film studies so far. He lives for movies. I’m encouring him but I told him…make sure you get your core first.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        Very cool. Sounds like he has a passion. Is that the same Roger D that works for the Coens sometimes?

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      • badfinger20
        May 17, 2020

        Yes he did 1917 also… I spelled his name wrong…Deakins… Bailey came to me…he acted like I would act like if I talked to Paul McCartney.
        He exchanged a few emails with him. He is also talking to some local film people trying to make contacts also. He does have the passion.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        I knew it would be Deakins. He’s fantastic.

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      • badfinger20
        May 17, 2020

        I was thinking of the bass player for Queen…Deacon…why I don’t know. 1917 is outstanding…the constant take

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      • badfinger20
        May 17, 2020

        Oh…he talked about posting some of his videos…when he does I’ll tell you…What kind of films does your son make?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        Do that on his work. Earl went a different route with his career.
        If your interested I have a little experience in that field. Is there a way we can contact each other outside of Badfinger?CB?

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      • badfinger20
        May 17, 2020

        Yes….so bots won’t pick up the address…I’ll sapce out the address it’s max.gower @outlook.com

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  3. I tell you CB, during those years if a movie didn’t ha DeNiro in it I wouldn’t watch it! Still love the guy. Recently saw The Irishman and he’s still top of the pops! I don’t like those movies, though, that remind me of things I did as a youth…my greetings from Spain and all the best,
    Cheers!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 17, 2020

      I think we have already agreed on our admiration for DeNiro’s work. He is good in this one.
      I respect the feelings you have on these kinds of films.
      Take it easy over there Francisco. Are things getting leveled out in your parts?

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      • Things are getting better here CB, tomorrow we go into Phase 1, so the bars, restaurants and stores will open and we can meet with friends and family. Hope all is well over there as well. Always good to hear from you. Let me know what you think of some of the short jazz pieces I have used in some of my video clips as background. It’s hard to work with the band while we were confined but now it is getting easier. Take good care and all the best,
        Francisco

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        Good news Francisco. I was over at your place and was looking at your Picasso piece. . I’ll pop by later today and spend some time. I wasnt aware or missed what you mentioned but will look and listen more carefully. Thanks.

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      • Thank you CB

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  4. Aphoristical
    May 17, 2020

    I saw a little of this at film class at University, but never the whole thing.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 17, 2020

      I’d be curious in what context they’d be showing it in film school. What part of the film making they would focus on. Good use of a pop song in one of the scenes. If you’re a film fan you might find some interest in it.

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  5. 1537
    May 17, 2020

    Big impact film for me. Like you say, not necessarily the most famous scene but the whole sense of place and friendship. Not sure I could manage it more than once a decade though.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 17, 2020

      “Impact” is the word. And your right about “once a decade”. I referred to that thought. As time goes on it doesnt lose anything. Maybe even gets stronger.

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  6. deKE
    May 17, 2020

    I need to stream this one sooner than later.
    Great pick and writeup CB

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 17, 2020

      Thanks deKE. Have you seen it?

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      • deKE
        May 17, 2020

        Yes but its been years ago. I like your site and Buried on Mars as you guys have all the movies covered.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        Cool. Yes Mars is hitting the mark with his takes. I’ve been picking up a few from planet Mars.

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      • deKE
        May 17, 2020

        Kev is a great writer and so are you! It’s great as blogs are the way to go.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        To kind deKE. Mars is the real thing. I’m just trying to get the word out on things I dig. If it wasnt for “spell check” and my “ghost writer” Jethro Bodean, I’d be hooped. But I’ll take the compliment and say thanks fella.

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  7. Jim S.
    May 17, 2020

    This pulls a lot of strands together. For one thing, it was 1978, just three years from the end of the Vietnam War, which is still painful here but was like a raw wound back then. There are very few rah-rah movies that have anything to do with that war. The other thing is that the ’70s were the last Golden Era of filmmaking. Jaws had come out a few years before and the “special effects summer blockbuster” was to eventually overtake the serious subject matter film.

    Case in point – somebody mentioned “Irishman.” it was barely released in the theaters and the only ones who would pony up the money were Netflix. Yet the theaters (when they’re open) are filled with Avengers 1 through 90 million etc.
    It was so great back in this era to have so many great films to go to and to have guys like Siskel and Ebert to talk about A movies along with the smaller ones we didn’t know about.

    Anyway, enough old guy whining. This one is the real deal but it’s not the kind of movie you rewatch a lot. Too intense. Mao! Mao!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 17, 2020

      With you on your first and third paragraphs.
      Dont get me going on the middle one. Always hard to find the good stuff. Just harder now a days cause it gets buried by the promotion of the stuff you mentioned. No different with music. These kinds of films just cant compete with the ones that are pushed. I still keep digging Doc. The good stuff is still out there. Or should I say the stuff that I dig.

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      • Jim S.
        May 17, 2020

        You’re right about the music. There was a golden era but it ain’t now. I just took a walk and listened to CCR playlist. Got jazzed up by Aphoristical’s post.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        I’ll have to get over and check out the CCR. I was thinking about their version of ‘Good Golly Miss Molly’ after the LR news. “Doc took a walk”. I like that. I did the same with the Fab T-Birds yesterday.

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      • Jim S.
        May 17, 2020

        Some good suggestions over there.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 17, 2020

        The buck stops with CB when it comes to CCR Mr. ME.
        Yes I’m going to head over soon.

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      • Jim S.
        May 18, 2020

        CB is the alpha and the omega on CCR.

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  8. Yeah, Another Blogger
    May 17, 2020

    Have you seen Cimino’s movie Heaven’s Gate? If you have, is it as bad as many people think?

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 17, 2020

      Yes I have and no, it’s not bad. In fact I liked it. Some flaws but still worth a watch. But CB isn’t like “many people”. I did a take on the “Roller skating” scene from the film. It’s long and dusty.

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  9. hotfox63
    May 18, 2020

    Heavy stuff, CB! I saw this once in the movietheatre in the 80s. I still remember the scene in which the two american prisoners were forced by their Vietnamese guards to play “Russian Roulette” against each other.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 18, 2020

      Yeah that’s tough to watch. I guess that was the effect Cimino was going for. He went from celebrating a wedding right into the living hell.

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      • hotfox63
        May 19, 2020

        This scene with the Russian roulette can also be seen as a metaphor for the fact that for a soldier in war – not just in the Vietnam war – the question of life or death is hardly in his own hands, but is primarily determined by accident.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 19, 2020

        Whatever way you look at t, it holds up a mirror to the horrors of what happens.

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  10. BuriedOnMars
    May 18, 2020

    Dah… CB! This is getting a 4K remaster coming out next week. I almost had myself convinced that I didn’t need it. Now I do!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 18, 2020

      I await your take Mars. Now you are making me want to watch it again. To intense for right away. But I will be back.

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      • BuriedOnMars
        May 20, 2020

        I have watched it twice before but both happened a long time ago. I am overdue for a fresh viewing.

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  11. Tony
    May 22, 2020

    I love this film. I mean.. fuck; it’s just one of those films that stays with you even if you’ve only watched it once (I think I’ve seen it half a dozen times). It’s such an intense film, you end up so invested in the characters it can be shattering to watch

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 22, 2020

      You got me beat on the watches. You absolutely get “invested” in the characters.
      Did you get through the Burn’s doc yet? That stirs some emotions.

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      • Tony
        May 22, 2020

        I did and… it ruined me, CB. Just… holy shit. A real eye opener and so intense. I’m preparing myself for his WW2 doc and while that’s an area of history I’m pretty well versed and researched in I’m sure he’ll do the same there

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 22, 2020

        It’s the political angle that was the piss off for me. I wont stir you up with that shit (probably already did). He did his research. What a mess. No wonder people are still trying to heal from that cluster *&^$*.
        Didnt know he had a new one coming. Something to look forward to. I have an interest in it plus a personal connection. My old man was on the Murmansk Run looking for U-boats.

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      • Tony
        May 22, 2020

        It’s an older series he did. Oh really? Hunting the iron coffins?

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 22, 2020

        I thought you was talking a new one. I remember that one now. Revisit time. I watched a couple docs lately, one on Adolf and another on Stalin. I go through periods of getting into that stuff.
        Yeah, the old man wasn’t the same when he came back from that one. Not a lot good came out of it other than he fought the good war. Think about this one Tony. He was from the Canadian prairies. The biggest body od water he ever saw growing up was a river he could jump across. Then he’s 18 sitting on a war ship dropping depth charges in the Atlantic high seas. Hows that for a change of pace.

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      • Tony
        May 22, 2020

        Couldn’t agree more. I think that’s what I find so fascinating; ordinary people thrust into the extraordinary. Both my grandparents fought – one navy throughout and in the other by tank into Normandy in ‘44, the latter deeply changed by what he saw. It would be impossible not to be

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        May 22, 2020

        My hats off to all veterans. They have a special brotherhood and sisterhood that is a closed club.
        Good stuff T.

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  12. Tommy
    May 24, 2020

    A super intense movie – the thing that I always find striking about it is the juxtaposition of the wedding scenes and the memorable “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” segment with the horrors that awaited them in Nam. Two vastly separate worlds that were so close in other ways.

    Like Taxi Driver, it’s too intense (for me) to want to watch it too often, but this movie isn’t as claustrophobic in its scope, so it’s more entertaining – while it remains just as disturbing.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      May 24, 2020

      I like how it went from the characters familiar world to their new reality. Yeah it is disturbing. Regular folk getting thrown into circumstances they couldn’t imagine. Life changing. The film did a good jog. Thanks for dropping by Tommy.

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