The Deer Hunter

Director:   Michael Cimino
Year:   1978
Language:   English
Time:   183 minutes

A group of high school friends from a western Pennsylvania steel town enlist in the army at the height of the Vietnam War. We experience their bonds of friendship and strains of conflict before, during and after their war experiences. None escapes the war unbroken. The film received five Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Rated R for violence, language and brief nudity.

This is a special presentation in conjunction with Shepherd University's Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence program. In lieu of a post-film discussion, please consider attending Dr. James Broomall's talk "Soldiers' Tales from the Civil War: Stories of Home and the Trauma of War" in Reynolds Hall at 5:30.


About the director Michael Cimino.

Other background on the film.

A selection of reviews of the film.

About the 2018 Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence, Karen Spears Zacharias.