An in-depth examination of the ways in which the U.S . Vietnam War impacts
and disrupts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.
In the small working class town of Clairton, Pennsylvania, in late 1967, steel workers Mike Vronsky,
Steven Pushkov, and Nick Chevotarevich, with the support of their friends and co-workers Stan and Peter "Axel" Axelrod
and local bar owner and friend John Welsh, prepare for two rites of passage: marriage and military service.
Mike is a serious but unassuming leader; Steven the groom-to-be, pecked-at by his mother; and Nick the introspective man
who loves deer hunting. Before the trio ships out, Steven and his girlfriend Angela marry in a Russian Orthodox wedding.
Mike works to control his feelings for Nick's girlfriend Linda. At the wedding reception held at the local VFW hall, the guys drink,
dance, sing, and enjoy the festivities, but then notice a soldier in a U.S. Army Special Forces uniform. Mike attempts to ask what
Vietnam is like, but the soldier ignores him. After Mike explains that he, Steven, and Nick are going to Vietnam, the Green Beret
raises his glass and says "fuck it". After being restrained from starting a fight, Mike goes back to the bar and raises his glass and
toasts him with "fuck it". The soldier glances over at Mike and grins.Later, Steven and Angela drink from conjoined goblets, a traditional
part of the Orthodox wedding ceremony. It is believed that if they drink without spilling any wine,
Stan: Alright you guys, whoever took my boots, I want them back. Axel: I got a boot for you, Stan, right up your ass! Stan: Hey Mike, lemme borrow your spears, eh? Michael: No, Stan. Stan: No? What do you mean no? Michael: Just what I said, no. No means no. Stan: Some fuckin' friend. You're some fuckin' friend, you know that? Michael: You gotta learn, Stanley. Every time you come up here,
you got your goddamn head up your ass. Axel: Maybe he likes the view from up there.
[John and Axel laugh]
VOYAGE AU BOUT DE L'ENFER ( french title) /
THE DEER HUNTER
IS A MOVIE DIRECTED BY
Director: Michael Cimino (born 1939.)
Duration: 3hours -> 1h before Vietnam War , 1h during War
and 1h after War : my favorite hour with remarkable actors
Michael: I'll tell ya one thing, if I find out my life had to end up being in the mountains,
it'd be all right, but it has to be in your mind. Nick: What? One shot? Michael: Two is pussy.
------------------------- Michael: A deer has to be taken with one shot. I try to tell people that but they don't listen. -------------------------- Michael: I'll tell you, Nick. You're the only guy I go hunting with, you know.
I like a guy with quick moves and speed. I ain't gonna hunt with no assholes.