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Test Your Knowledge: The Deer Hunter Quiz
by Staff
It was an agonizing artistic statement about a war that every American wanted to forget. How much do you know about 'The Deer Hunter?'

When did the film debut on network television?

  • President's Day 1991
  • election night 1980
  • Flag Day 1988

Who directed the movie?

  • Michael Cimino
  • Deric Washburn
  • Stanley Myers

How long did it take to mix sound for the film?

  • about five weeks
  • about five months
  • three days

In what year was the film released?

  • 1981
  • 1975
  • 1978

About how much was Christopher Walken paid for his role in the film?

  • around $25,000
  • around $80,000
  • around $100,000

Why didn't studio executives like the movie when they first saw it?

  • It was too long.
  • It was too violent.
  • It was too vulgar.

How many deer were killed for the deer hunting scene?

  • zero
  • two
  • eight

In what state does the story take place?

  • Pennsylvania
  • Alabama
  • North Carolina

Altogether, in how many different states was the movie filmed?

  • two
  • four
  • six

What species of deer was used during filming?

  • whitetail
  • mule
  • elk

How many times did John Savage and Robert De Niro jump into the river for the shooting of one famous scene?

  • 15 times
  • 40 times
  • 80 times

Other than the United States, in which country was the movie filmed?

  • Vietnam
  • Philippines
  • Thailand

How long did it take the crew to film the movie?

  • two months
  • four months
  • half a year

Why did CBS renege on its agreement to televise the movie on the network?

  • The movie was too violent.
  • The director angered studio executives.
  • It got poor reviews.

Which actor died during the making of the film?

  • John Savage
  • George Dzundra
  • John Cazale

Who paid for Cazale's health insurance during filming?

  • Robert De Niro
  • Meryl Streep
  • Michael Cimino

Who was the original choice to play the character named Mike Vronsky?

  • Christopher Walken
  • Roy Schneider
  • John Travolta

What year was the movie's soundtrack released on CD?

  • 1986
  • 1990
  • 1979

For how many Academy Awards was the movie nominated?

  • three
  • nine
  • seven

For which Academy Award was the film NOT nominated?

  • Best Visual Effects
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Film Editing

Why did executives premiere the movie in New York and L.A. before the rest of the country?

  • De Niro was having a public meltdown.
  • They wanted to beat the Oscar deadline.
  • They weren't sure the movie was good enough for a full rollout.

With which actor was Meryl Streep involved with during filming?

  • John Savage
  • John Cazale
  • Robert De Niro

How long was the very first version of the film?

  • five hours
  • 3.5 hours
  • 90 minutes

Which actor won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar?

  • John Cazale
  • Robert De Niro
  • Christopher Walken

Why did the director fire the primary film editor?

  • He hit on the director's wife.
  • He was drunk all the time.
  • He was editing too much from certain scenes.

What was the approximate final budget for the film?

  • around $15 million
  • around $8 million
  • around $26 million

How much did the film make at the box office?

  • around $50 million
  • around $72 million
  • around $90 million

Why was a live bullet in the gun during the scenes featuring Russian roulette?

  • to make the acting more real
  • De Niro was secretly hoping someone would die.
  • It was an accident.

How many people are said to have died copying the Russian roulette scene in real life?

  • four
  • dozens
  • hundreds

Why did the Russian roulette scene cause an uproar?

  • It wasn't based on reality.
  • It led people to kill themselves.
  • It could have killed De Niro.