The Deer Hunter

Synopsis: The Deer Hunter is a 1978 American epic war drama film co-written and directed by Michael Cimino about a trio of Russian American steelworkers whose lives are changed forever after they fight in the Vietnam War. The three soldiers are played by Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken and John Savage, with John Cazale (in his final role), Meryl Streep, and George Dzundza playing supporting roles. The story takes place in Clairton, Pennsylvania a small working class town on the Monongahela River south of Pittsburgh, and in Vietnam.
Genre: Drama, War
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 5 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 26 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
183 min


I can't believe this... My own

little boy... with a stranger!

The PRIEST smiles. He takes SAL'S MOTHER in his arms and

comforts her.


Another car lunges up the hill, gets about halfway and slides

back. As the car disappears, the door to one of the houses

bursts open and a group of giggling BRIDESMAIDS begin

scampering across the street. They have all been working on

their dresses, which are not completely finished, and they

all carry ribbons and scissors and pieces of material. As

they make their way to the other side of the street they all

wave away the snowflakes and grab each other for support. One

of the BRIDESMAIDS loses her dress entirely and with everyone

laughing she rushes back to retrieve it in her slip. When the

garment is repossessed a door comes open and the BRIDESMAIDS

disappear inside.

CAMERA HOLDS ON COLUMBINE STREET. The snow slants across the

little stores and piles on the gables of the tipsy little

houses. Another car appears, lunges at the hill and slides

back. Suddenly the door to the bakery comes open and a group

of OLDER WOMEN emerge carrying a huge wedding cake with a

miniature bride and groom standing on the top. The WOMEN are

all in their fifties and bundled in boots and dark overcoats.

They begin moving slowly up the street, in the driving snow,

with the great white cake held firmly between them.


The time clocks are lined against both walls. As a whistle

screams to mark the end of the shift thousands of men begin

checking out. NICK, SAL and MERLE are right up in the front

ranks and once they have clocked their cards they gather

together along the wall.


Where's Vince?


There's Albert!


Hey, Albert!!!

ALBERT -- six and a half feet tall and built like an ox --

changes course and plows across the river of homeward-bound


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Deric Washburn

Deric Washburn (born June 2, 1937) is an American screenwriter. Washburn was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in Providence, RI. He graduated from Harvard College, A.B. English Literature, in 1959. His early career was that of a playwright, penning the off-Broadway plays Ginger Anne and The Love Nest. He is best known for co-writing the original screenplay of The Deer Hunter with Michael Cimino. more…

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