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Film: The Deer Hunter

Nick: "I don't think about that much with one shot anymore, Mike."
Michael: "You have to think about one shot. One shot is what it's all about. A deer's gotta be taken with one shot."

A 1978 film directed, co-written, and co-produced by Michael Cimino, his last film before the infamous disaster Heaven's Gate. It won Five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, and for Christopher Walken as Best Supporting Actor.

In the 1960's, three friends, Nick (Christopher Walken), Michael (Robert De Niro), and Steven (John Savage) are enlisted to fight in Vietnam just as Steven weds his girlfriend, Angela. Nick and Michael, who both love the same woman, Linda (Meryl Streep), celebrate their last days of freedom by going deer hunting. When they do go to war, the experience is very much a nightmare; eventually, they are imprisoned by the Viet Cong and are forced to play Russian Roulette. The trio escape their captors, but they don't really escape the consequences of the war.


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