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* ReferencedBy: At one point in ''Literature/{{Shtum}}'', Ben screams in his head the way Creator/RobertDeNiro screams while [[spoiler:trying to plug the bullet hole in Creator/ChristopherWalken's temple]].

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At one point in ''Literature/{{Shtum}}'', Ben screams in his head the way Creator/RobertDeNiro screams while [[spoiler:trying to plug the bullet hole in Creator/ChristopherWalken's temple]].



** Christopher Walken won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and didn't look back afterwards.
** Meryl Streep had been a OneSceneWonder in the film ''Film/{{Julia}}'', but her Oscar-nominated turn in this movie brought her to immediate attention.

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** Christopher Walken Creator/ChristopherWalken won the Oscar UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Supporting Actor and didn't look back afterwards.
** Meryl Streep Creator/MerylStreep had been a OneSceneWonder in the film ''Film/{{Julia}}'', but her Oscar-nominated turn in this movie brought her to immediate attention.

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* ReferencedBy: At one point in ''Literature/{{Shtum}}'', Ben screams in his head the way Creator/RobertDeNiro screams while [[spoiler:trying to plug the bullet hole in Creator/ChristopherWalken's temple]].
** The HeroicBloodshed movie ''Film/BulletInTheHead'' is a WholePlotReference to ''The Deer Hunter'', revolving around three friends taking an illegal job that sends them to Vietnam, only for the outbreak of war to screw over their plans. Both films contains instances where protagonists are forced to play Russian Roulette on each other as well.


* CaliforniaDoubling: Although the famous deer hunting scene was supposed to take place in western Pennsylvania, it was shot on Mt. Baker in Washington.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Although the famous deer hunting scene was supposed to take place in western Pennsylvania, it was shot on Mt. Baker in Washington.Washington State.


** Meryl Streep had been a OneSceneWonder in the film ''Julia'', but her Oscar-nominated turn in this movie brought her to immediate attention.

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** Meryl Streep had been a OneSceneWonder in the film ''Julia'', ''Film/{{Julia}}'', but her Oscar-nominated turn in this movie brought her to immediate attention.


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** AFIS100Years100Movies10THAnniversaryEdition: #53


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** The actors were all given photos of themselves together as children to carry in their back pocket - to emphasise the sense of comraderie between them. The props department made fake ID cards for everyone and other paraphernalia to enhance this.

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** The actors were all given photos of themselves together as children to carry in their back pocket - to emphasise the sense of comraderie camaraderie between them. The props department made fake ID cards for everyone and other paraphernalia to enhance this.


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* FakeNationality: Needless to say, none of the three leads were actual Russian-Americans.


* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/ComingHome'', also nominated for Best Picture that year. Creator/JaneFonda even sought Creator/MerylStreep to appear in that too, but she was already committed to ''The Deer Hunter''.

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With ''Film/ComingHome'', also another Vietnam-themed film. They were both regarded as the first big time Hollywood films to examine the war in its aftermath, and were both nominated for Best Picture that year. Creator/JaneFonda even sought Creator/MerylStreep to appear in that too, but she was already committed to ''The Deer Hunter''.Hunter''.
** Also with ''Film/ApocalypseNow'', as competing edgy, artistic epics set in Vietnam, made by a [[ThePerfectionist Perfectionist]] director. Since ''The Deer Hunter'' came out while Creator/FrancisFordCoppola was in the Troubled Post-Production phase of the fabled TroubledProduction of ''Apocalypse Now'', it managed to steal some of its thunder, but the two movies were still often linked in the public eye. One ''New York Times'' profile of Creator/MichaelCimino had him bragging that Coppola came to visit him and told him "You beat me, baby!", and Cimino also pointedly declared in the piece that "Vietnam was not the ''apocalypse''".


* BigNameFan: Creator/JodieFoster says this is her favourite film.


* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Known as ''Voyage au bout de l'enfer'' ("journey to the end of hell") in French.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Known as ''Voyage au bout de l'enfer'' ("journey to the end of hell") in French.French, and ''O Franco Atirador'' ("The sniper") in Brazilian Portuguese.

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* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Known as ''Voyage au bout de l'enfer'' ("journey to the end of hell") in French.


* DawsonCasting: There was some controversy as the actors were too old for their characters.

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* DawsonCasting: There was some controversy as the actors were too old for their characters.characters who are supposed to be in their late teens or early twenties.


* CaliforniaDoubling: Although the famous deer hunting scene was supposed to take place in western Pennsylvania, it was shot on Mt. Baker in Washington.



* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/ComingHome'', also nominated for Best Picture that year. Jane Fonda even sought Meryl Streep to appear in that too, but she was already committed to ''The Deer Hunter''.

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* DawsonCasting: There was some controversy as the actors were too old for their characters.
* DoingItForTheArt: The studio wanted to replace John Cazale when he was ruled un-insurable. Creator/RobertDeNiro put up the money for the insurance. Cazale died shortly after filming was completed.
* DuelingMovies: With ''Film/ComingHome'', also nominated for Best Picture that year. Jane Fonda Creator/JaneFonda even sought Meryl Streep Creator/MerylStreep to appear in that too, but she was already committed to ''The Deer Hunter''.



* NoStuntDouble: Creator/RobertDeNiro and John Savage performed their own stunts for the fall into the river, filming the thirty foot drop fifteen times in two days.
* PortrayedByDifferentSpecies: The deer which Michael allows to get away was actually an elk. The crew had a very difficult time trying to get the elk to look at them, as it was apparently used to various noises. It finally looked at them when someone in the crew yawned.



* ThrowItIn: Angela being warned about bumping her head off the doorway while being carried out? Rutanya Aldi accidentally hit her head while being carried on the first take.

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Angela being warned about bumping her head off the doorway while being carried out? Rutanya Aldi accidentally hit her head while being carried on the first take.take.
** George Dzundza completely blows the toast line when the group arrives in the mountains the first time. His reaction is legitimate, and a few of the other actors can be seen laughing in response.



** The original spec script, entitled ''The Man Who Came to Play'', was about people who go to Las Vegas to play RussianRoulette.
** The protagonist in the original script, Merle, was an individual who sustained a bad injury in active service and was damaged psychologically by his violent experiences, but was nevertheless a tough character with strong nerves and guts.



** Creator/RoyScheider was originally cast as Michael, but he was contractually obliged to star in ''Film/Jaws2'' and dropped out.

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** Creator/RoyScheider was originally cast as Michael, but he was contractually obliged withdrew from the production two weeks before the start of filming, due to star in ''Film/Jaws2'' and dropped out."CreativeDifferences".


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* WordOfGod: It is generally believed that Steven is not the father of Angela's baby, due to his remark that he "never really did it with Angela"; he was apparently the only one who offered to marry her, to save her the indignity of becoming an unmarried mother. In the DVDCommentary for the Special Edition DVD release, Creator/MichaelCimino revealed that Nick was the father. This was a highly debated issue by fans of the film that was, until then, a mystery.


* RetroactiveRecognition: The song that plays during the wedding reception sequence, just before the drinking ritual, would go on to become the Tetris theme just over a decade later.

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*** Just as well, because [[RealityIsUnrealistic blanks are still quite dangerous]], despite the common misconception that they are "safe", and carelessness with a blank [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon-Erik_Hexum has killed at least one person]].

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