Director Michael Cimino's epic look at how the Vietnam War affected a small Pennsylvania steel community was a huge hit at the box office and garnered several awards, including a Best Picture Oscar. Though its emotional power is undeniable, the film has been justifiably criticized for its
somewhat thoughtlessly slanted view of the war and its implicitly racist depiction of the Vietnamese.
Three hours long and neatly divided into three acts, the film follows a trio of close friends--Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage)--from the eve of their tour of duty in Vietnam to the resumption of their interrupted lives. Just before t...