The Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter (1978)

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Corrected entry: The helicopter rescue scene from the suspended bridge has a shot with two people hanging off the runners even though they have not been picked up yet.

Correction: There were two helicopters, one of which presumably picked up and was transporting other recovered prisoners or MIA soldiers from near the river. The second helicopter returns for Michael, Steven, and Nick.

Corrected entry: The deer that appears in the film is a mule deer. Mule deer are not indigenous to Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania deer are white tailed deer.

Correction: Actually it's a Red Stag which is not indigenous to North America.

Corrected entry: During the scene when Michael pursues a deer and then refrains from shooting it, the bolt action on his rifle switches from a left handed model to a right handed model. When it switches the shots are flipped, also note other items that are reversed.

Correction: The revealing mistake is not that a GI learned how to shoot right-handed, the mistake is that they switched rifles; from left-hand action to right-hand action.Why would Michael go out and buy "another" 308 Remington(right-handed model) if he is a lefty and already has a left-handed model?

Corrected entry: The orthodox church (St. Theodosius) is a cathedral in Cleveland and never would be found in a small town.

Correction: Was it supposed to be in a small town? I always figured we were just seeing a corner of their community. Seems like a mill that big wouldn't be in a small town.

Corrected entry: When Christopher Walken is in Saigon after leaving the hospital, he is not wearing a name plate on his uniform. Name plates are required, and every other uniformed soldier is wearing one.

Correction: Hollywood has to change at least one thing on a uniform as not to bring charges for impersonating a soldier or the wearing of unauthorized awards and decorations. These are violations of the UCMJ and applicable to a civilian.

Corrected entry: In the early scenes of DeNiro deer hunting he is left handed and using a left handed bolt action rifle. Upon his return from Viet Nam he again goes deer hunting and he is right handed using a right handed bolt action rifle.

Correction: In the military, people, not all, but some people learn to fire a weapon right handed. There are adapters for the M-16 to keep the casings from hitting the left handed shooter. Some lefties eventually learn to fire the weapon right handed. Therefore, after fighting in Vietnam, he could very easily have switched his firing position.

Corrected entry: During the wedding, Meryl Streep's hair is down and flowing. At the wedding reception, it is up and curly.


Correction: Wedding receptions don't usually take place immediately after the wedding, but several hours later. She could have gone home to freshen up after the ceremony.

Factual error: The boys go deer hunting somewhere in the Appalachians, but the geology is all wrong. That scene is in North Cascades National Park in Washington State. In addition, the "deer" they are hunting is a Red Stag. Not typically found in the Appalachians.

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Michael: Stanley, see this? This is this. This ain't something else. This is this. From now on, you're on your own.

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Trivia: Roy Scheider was originally cast as Steven but quit the production two weeks before filming began.

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