The Deer Hunter

Year: 1987

Genre: Drama | War

Country: The United States of America

Running Time: 183 mins

Director: Michael Cimino

Cast: Robert De Niro / Christopher Walken John Cazale

Synopsis :

Whilst 'The Killing Fields' is arguably one of the most emotionally powerful films shot in Thailand, 'The Deer Hunter' is one of the most significant both politically and in the history of cinema.

Initially, the studio considered shooting on back-lots in the USA, but it was clear that this could never appear authentic. So it became the first feature film depicting the Vietnam War to be shot in Thailand.

A camp was built on the River Kwai. The only difficulty was finding extras who could portray the brutal guards. The first actor could not bear to slap actor DeNiro in the face.

It is perhaps important to remember that the film was released only four years after the fall of Saigon, and its message, widely seen as anti-war, was still highly controversial.

However, in spite of controversy it won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, earning a place in film history, and a great compliment to the skills of Thai crews.

Recommendation :

Great performances by DeNiro, Streep and Walken, and Oscar-winning direction make this intense and violent film a must-see for anyone interested in war and its effect on the participants.