This is a watch once movie which is why I can't review it (I need to have seen it recently in order to do that). But it is a good watch it once, once you get about 2/3s in, it will all make sense. Watch something like Billy Eliot after though.
Michael (Robert De Niro), Steven (John Savage), and Nick (Christopher Walken) are lifelong friends that all work in a factory together during America's war with Vietnam. They are all three very close to one another, and decide to go and fight in the war. But just before they leave Steven marries and a big farwell party is held for them, and the friends go on one final deer hunting trip together. But once at war Michael and the gang are captured and forced to play Russian Roulette. Michael … more
Pros: Stuff Cons: Less stuff The Bottom Line: Yet even less stuff A glance at the AFI top 100 list shows movies created by directors of widely varying talent and fame. Some of the movies were directed by real, canonized silver screen legends: Steven Spielberg directed six, Martin Scorsese directed three, Stanley Kubrick directed four. Some of the other movies were directed by well-known directors who have solid reputations and … more
This epic look at the Vietnam War and its effects told through the lives of a tight knit group of friends from a Pennsylvania town was Michael Cimino's second film and established him in the pantheon of American directors. Complex and emotionally raw performances from Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep earned each an Academy Award nomination, and Christopher Walken's portrayal of Nick, who survives capture but is unable to escape its trauma, is a tour de force that earned him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. With a keen eye for nuance and a carefully structured script, Cimino interweaves the rituals great and small that make up the lives of his characters, creating a poignant sense of what remained constant and what was forever changed by their experience of the war.