Comments on 1978 Best Picture: The Deer Hunter

220px-Deer_Hunter_soundtrack_coverDisturbing. Long.

Annoyed first at how long the wedding was (about 1 hour 15 minutes), relieved in the end because it meant less disturbing content.

Russian roulette. By most accounts, this was not a method of torture that was used during the Vietnam War, but for me is a credible means of both psychological and physical torture.

I wouldn’t watch it again. As it was, I watched on my computer in 2 “installments”.

Is it the great movie it’s claimed to be? Yes, probably, I just didn’t enjoy it.

One shot is what it’s all about. The deer has to be taken with one shot. I try to tell people that – they don’t listen.

~Michael Vronsky (played by Robert De Niro)



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