Test Your Knowledge: The Deer Hunter Quiz

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Test Your Knowledge: The Deer Hunter Quiz
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It was an agonizing artistic statement about a war that every American wanted to forget. How much do you know about 'The Deer Hunter?'
When did the film debut on network television?
President's Day 1991
election night 1980
It was a political film meant to make a political (and anti-war) statement.
Flag Day 1988

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Who directed the movie?
Michael Cimino
His follow-up to "The Deer Hunter" was "Heaven's Gate," a flop that tarnished his reputation.
Deric Washburn
Stanley Myers

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How long did it take to mix sound for the film?
about five weeks
about five months
The director took his time experimenting with Dolby Stereo capabilities, which were new back then.
three days

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In what year was the film released?
1981
1975
1978
It premiered in Los Angeles and rolled out to the rest of the country in 1979.

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About how much was Christopher Walken paid for his role in the film?
around $25,000
That was actually a raise due to the fact that shooting went past the schedule completion date.
around $80,000
around $100,000

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Why didn't studio executives like the movie when they first saw it?
It was too long.
They were adamant that the movie needed to be much shorter to have any shot at success.
It was too violent.
It was too vulgar.

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How many deer were killed for the deer hunting scene?
zero
Instead, the crew relied on a tranquilizer dart; the animal went on to a have a commercially-successful career.
two
eight

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In what state does the story take place?
Pennsylvania
It's a town of fewer than 10,000 people in the Pittsburgh metro area.
Alabama
North Carolina

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Altogether, in how many different states was the movie filmed?
two
four
In addition to Pennsylvania, the crew visited Ohio, West Virginia and Washington.
six

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What species of deer was used during filming?
whitetail
mule
elk
It wasn't a deer at all…it was an elk.

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How many times did John Savage and Robert De Niro jump into the river for the shooting of one famous scene?
15 times
It was a 30-foot drop, and they did it themselves instead of relying on stunt doubles.
40 times
80 times

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Other than the United States, in which country was the movie filmed?
Vietnam
Philippines
Thailand
It was the first movie about the Vietnam War shot in Thailand, made not long after the real war finally ended.

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How long did it take the crew to film the movie?
two months
four months
half a year
The changing locations and realism made the film challenging to shoot.

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Why did CBS renege on its agreement to televise the movie on the network?
The movie was too violent.
The film's psychotic violence was too much for network TV.
The director angered studio executives.
It got poor reviews.

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Which actor died during the making of the film?
John Savage
George Dzundra
John Cazale
He died of lung cancer at the age of 42 but finished his scenes just in time.

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Who paid for Cazale's health insurance during filming?
Robert De Niro
He was adamant that Cazale be included as part of the cast in spite of his failing health.
Meryl Streep
Michael Cimino

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Who was the original choice to play the character named Mike Vronsky?
Christopher Walken
Roy Schneider
Schneider reportedly had creative differences with the production team; De Niro replaced him.
John Travolta

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What year was the movie's soundtrack released on CD?
1986
1990
It wasn't until more than a decade later that the soundtrack received CD treatment.
1979

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For how many Academy Awards was the movie nominated?
three
nine
It won a whopping five Oscars at the 51st Academy Awards.
seven

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For which Academy Award was the film NOT nominated?
Best Visual Effects
It did, however, win Best Picture and Best Director.
Best Supporting Actor
Best Film Editing

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Why did executives premiere the movie in New York and L.A. before the rest of the country?
De Niro was having a public meltdown.
They wanted to beat the Oscar deadline.
They wanted to squeeze the movie into consideration for that year's Academy Awards.
They weren't sure the movie was good enough for a full rollout.

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With which actor was Meryl Streep involved with during filming?
John Savage
John Cazale
She took the role in part because she wanted to be near her dying boyfriend.
Robert De Niro

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How long was the very first version of the film?
five hours
3.5 hours
It was later cut down to "only" 183 minutes.
90 minutes

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Which actor won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar?
John Cazale
Robert De Niro
Christopher Walken
Walken plays the character named Nick Chevotarevich.

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Why did the director fire the primary film editor?
He hit on the director's wife.
He was drunk all the time.
He was editing too much from certain scenes.
More specifically, Cimino wanted the long wedding scenes to be even longer.

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What was the approximate final budget for the film?
around $15 million
The initial budget was less than $9 million but the number climbed during production.
around $8 million
around $26 million

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How much did the film make at the box office?
around $50 million
It was a financial success and was (and is still) lauded by critics everywhere.
around $72 million
around $90 million

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Why was a live bullet in the gun during the scenes featuring Russian roulette?
to make the acting more real
It's hard to imagine this kind of thing happening in today's Hollywood.
De Niro was secretly hoping someone would die.
It was an accident.

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How many people are said to have died copying the Russian roulette scene in real life?
four
dozens
Dozens of people risked their lives (and lost) after imitating the infamous scene.
hundreds

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Why did the Russian roulette scene cause an uproar?
It wasn't based on reality.
Many critics say the scene unfairly portrays the Vietnamese as more brutal than the Americans.
It led people to kill themselves.
It could have killed De Niro.

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