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Michael Cimino's 'The Deer Hunter' and Hollywood's belated response to the Vietnam War

Michael Cimino's 'The Deer Hunter' and Hollywood's belated response to the Vietnam War

Right from the start, Hollywood struggled with the Vietnam War, a conflict that deeply divided public opinion and defied easy representation on-screen.

The 1968 John Wayne film “The Green Berets,” released at the height of the conflict, was an old-fashioned war drama and ignored the moral gray areas of the increasingly confused war effort. Other movies dealt with the issues only indirectly or focused on the stateside antiwar counterculture that was growing parallel to the conflict. It wasn’t until well after the last chopper left Saigon in 1975 that Hollywood attempted a more in-depth look at the...

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