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One Shot - The Making of The Deer Hunter

A behind‐the‐scenes‐ look at the making of the Oscar winning film. ‘One Shot’ the making of The Deer Hunter is written by Jay Glennie, with unparalleled access to the Robert De Niro Archives.


The large format book takes a comprehensive look at the landmark British film. Released to celebrate the film winning the most coveted of movie awards, the Best Picture Oscar in 1979 ‘One Shot’ includes exclusive interviews with cast & crew (including Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Chris Walken, John Savage and many more), EMI Film producers, Universal Studio executives and a loving foreword from Jeff Bridges for his friend, director Michael Cimino.


Featuring stunning on‐location images, many of which have never been published before, this book is the definitive account of the unlikely and often difficult journey from page to screen of Michael Cimino’s iconic film. A controversial film about a controversial war ‘One Shot’ details how Cimino took the playing the of Russian Roulette as a metaphor of the US involvement in Vietnam and in turn gave us one of cinemas greatest anti‐war films ever. Glennie examines how with Cimino at the helm the film, initially contracted to have a running time of two hours, became a three hour and four minute epic, resulting in the budget doubling from $7 million to $14.5 million and the departure of two producers.


From Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Chris Walken, famed cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and their colleagues on the film we gain an understanding of the pressures and pleasures of shooting a film on location with a director who is determined to fulfil his vision.


‘One Shot the making of The Deer Hunter’ book looks at the personality clashes on set and the singular working methods of Michael Cimino and through first‐hand accounts and extensive research, we find out what it was like to work on the famed film. And after a tough shoot there was still more controversy to come with a studio refusing to release the film unless it was cut and the ensuing battle of wills that ensued; and then upon its release and subsequent success the controversy of its perceived right‐wing politics.


The Deer Hunter is now rightly revered as classic, a film of enduring power, showcasing the genius of Michael Cimino and the mesmerising presence of Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Cazale, Chris Walken and John Savage.

One Shot - The Making of The Deer Hunter



Robert De Niro : Michael Vronsky

Meryl Streep : Linda

Chris Walken : Nick Chevotarevich

John Savage : Steven Pushkov

George Dzundza : John Welsh

Rutanya Alda : Angela Ludhjduravic

Paul D'Amato : Green Beret

Dennis Watlington : Cab Driver



Barry Spikings : Producer

Michael Deeley: Producer

John Peverall : Producer

Joann Carelli: Associate Producer

Marion Rosenberg : Associate Producer

Deric Washburn : Screenwriter

Quinn K. Redeker : Writer (story)

Vilmos Zsigmond: Cinematographer

Michael Grillo: 2nd Assistant Director

Chase Newhart : Trainee Assistant Director

Nick McLean : Camera Operator

John Williams : Performer: Main Title Theme

Ken Kovach : Choir Master

John Learned : 2nd AD Thailand

Barry Butler : Production Assistant: Thailand

Patrick Gauvain : Production Assistant: Thailand

Robert Werden : Unit Publicist

Rupert Perry : EMI Music Soundtrack

Thom Mount : Universal Studios President

Willette Klausner : Universal Studios Publicity

Harry Ufland : Robert De Niro's agent

Mike Medavoy - Head of Production United Artists


The Deer Hunter legacy

Jeff Bridges


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