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Featured Players

Christopher Walken, 1978

Christopher Walken


George Dzundza, 1978

George Dzundza


Shirley Stoler, 1978

Shirley Stoler


Chuck Aspegren, 1978

Chuck Aspegren


Rutanya Alda, 1978

Rutanya Alda


The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter
© EMI Films

Source of Film

The Deer Hunter

screenplay by Deric Washburn (1937- ) based on the story The Man Who Came to Play by Louis Garfinkle (1928-2005) and Quinn K. Redeker (1936- ).


Veteran screenwriters, Garfinkle and Redeker, sold their story about Russian Roulette and gambling in Las Vegas to EMI Films.   Director Michael Cimino and Washburn then set the story in Vietnam and added more characters.   All four received their only Academy Award nomination for Writing.

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Film Run-time and Synopsis

3 hour, 2 minutes

A group of friends fight in the Vietnam War and then struggle to re-integrate themselves after their harrowing tour of duty.   Robert De Niro stars.

Film Awards

MPAA Rating

Rated R

Box Office Ranking

  • 1978 Domestic Box Office Rank: #10U.S. flag

Theatrical Revenues

  • (Adjusted Gross)
  • Domestic Theatrical Release:  $179mU.S. flag

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