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Director: Michael Cimino Run Time: 183 min. Release Year: 1978

Starring: Christopher Walken, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro

Country: United States, United Kingdom
Language: English, Vietnamese, French, Russian, Cantonese


The 1970s: Pushing the Boundaries

A Film Center retrospective on the most groundbreaking films to come out of the 1970s.

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About the film:

Winner of five Oscars including Best Picture at the 1979 Academy Awards.

A group of working-class friends decide to enlist in the Army during the Vietnam War and finds it to be hellish chaos—not the noble venture they imagined. Before they left, Steven married his pregnant girlfriend—and Michael and Nick were in love with the same woman. But all three are different men upon their return.

“The idea of sacrifice permeates everything, along with the cruelty and horror. This is Cimino’s masterpiece.”

—Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

About the filmmaker:

Michael Cimino was an American director, screenwriter, producer, and author. Cimino studied architecture and dramatic arts in school, and he began his career filming documentaries and writing scripts. His filmmaking career took a turn when actor/director Clint Eastwood presented him with the opportunity to direct the film Thunderbird and Lightfoot (1974). The film starred Eastwood, and earned Jeff Bridges an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Following the success of Thunderbird and Lightfoot (1974), Cimino released his most popular to date, The Deer Hunter (1978); this film earned an impressive nine Academy Award nominations and five wins, including Best Picture and Best Director. He went on to director a handful of other well known films including Heaven’s Gate (1980), Year of the Dragon (1985), and The Sicilian (1987).

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