It was an agonizing artistic statement about a war that every American wanted to forget. How much do you know about 'The Deer Hunter?'
It was a political film meant to make a political (and anti-war) statement.
His follow-up to "The Deer Hunter" was "Heaven's Gate," a flop that tarnished his reputation.
The director took his time experimenting with Dolby Stereo capabilities, which were new back then.
It premiered in Los Angeles and rolled out to the rest of the country in 1979.
That was actually a raise due to the fact that shooting went past the schedule completion date.
They were adamant that the movie needed to be much shorter to have any shot at success.
Instead, the crew relied on a tranquilizer dart; the animal went on to a have a commercially-successful career.
It's a town of fewer than 10,000 people in the Pittsburgh metro area.
In addition to Pennsylvania, the crew visited Ohio, West Virginia and Washington.
It wasn't a deer at all…it was an elk.
It was a 30-foot drop, and they did it themselves instead of relying on stunt doubles.
It was the first movie about the Vietnam War shot in Thailand, made not long after the real war finally ended.
The changing locations and realism made the film challenging to shoot.
The film's psychotic violence was too much for network TV.
He died of lung cancer at the age of 42 but finished his scenes just in time.
He was adamant that Cazale be included as part of the cast in spite of his failing health.
Schneider reportedly had creative differences with the production team; De Niro replaced him.
It wasn't until more than a decade later that the soundtrack received CD treatment.
It won a whopping five Oscars at the 51st Academy Awards.
It did, however, win Best Picture and Best Director.
They wanted to squeeze the movie into consideration for that year's Academy Awards.
She took the role in part because she wanted to be near her dying boyfriend.
It was later cut down to "only" 183 minutes.
Walken plays the character named Nick Chevotarevich.
More specifically, Cimino wanted the long wedding scenes to be even longer.
The initial budget was less than $9 million but the number climbed during production.
It was a financial success and was (and is still) lauded by critics everywhere.
It's hard to imagine this kind of thing happening in today's Hollywood.
Dozens of people risked their lives (and lost) after imitating the infamous scene.
Many critics say the scene unfairly portrays the Vietnamese as more brutal than the Americans.