The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, USA, 1978)

The idea of sacrifice permeates everything, along with the cruelty and horror. This is Cimino’s masterpiece.
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

In tribute to Michael Cimino, who died on 2 July, we're showing the film that brought him fame, an Oscar and the free-rein to make the infamous Heaven's Gate.

Michael, Steven and Nick (Robert De Niro, John Savage & Christopher Walken) are young factory workers from Pennsylvania who enlist into the Army to fight in Vietnam. Before they go, Steven marries the pregnant Angela (Meryl Streep), and their wedding party also serves as the men's farewell party. 

Michael Cimino's masterpiece won 5 Academy Awards (including Best Picture 1978) and is also John Cazale's last film. Essential.