The Deer Hunter(1978)
Multiple Oscar-winning classic of American 1970s cinema, an elegy to a trio of blue-collar workers and their service in the Vietnam War. Features Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Christopher Walken, John Savage, Meryl Streep and the now iconic Russian roulette sequences.... More
Three young working-class men are taken from their humble steel mill jobs to the army recruitment centre, taking their deer-hunting skills to the battlefields of Vietnam. Before their deployment, Michael (De Niro) and Nick (Walken) attend Steven’s (Savage) shotgun wedding – which also doubles as the men’s leaving party. But the horrors they experience as airborne infantry will shake the trio, significantly altering their lives forever.
In order to heighten tension during the Russian roulette sequence, Robert De Niro insisted on putting a single bullet in the gun. Because they were responsible, they made sure the live round wasn't in the chamber before the trigger was pulled. However, the slapping during that scene was not faked at all.Hide