The Deer Hunter is an astonishing . Powerful and vivid epic about three men, steelworkers from Pennsylvania, whose lives are changed irrevocably int he tragic devastation of the Vietnam war. When Michael (Robert De Niro). steven (John Savage) and Nick (Christopher Walken) are captured by the Vietcong. They are forced to play Russian Roulette by their brutal captors, who make bets on their survival. The experience of capture leaves them with terrible physical and spiritual wounds and when Michael returns to Saigon to fulfill an old vow to one of his friends. He makes an unexpected, horrific discovery. Director Michael Cimino's The Deep Hunter won no less than 5 Oscars in 1978 for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Walken), Best Editing And Best Sound.