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Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro in 'The Deer Hunter', 1978. This was Streep's first Oscar nomination.

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Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro - The Deer Hunter (1978) -- One of my favorite films. It really captured a piece of Americana in the Viet Nam War era.

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With fiance John Cazale in 1978... "I’ve hardly ever seen a person so devoted to someone who is falling away like John was," said Al Pacino. “To see her in the act of love for this man was overwhelming."

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The Deer Hunter (1978)

An in-depth examination of the way that the Vietnam war affects the lives of people in a small industrial town in the USA.

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Meryl Streep and fiance John Cazale at Lee Strasberg's 75th birthday party ~ 1976

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John Cazale and Meryl Streep on the set of "The Deer Hunter"

1 Tip to Improve Your On-Camera Technique from Backstage Award Winner, director Ryan R. Williams of Screen Actors System.

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John Cazale - as famous as Pacino had he lived?

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At 29, Meryl Streep was grieving for a dead lover, falling for her future husband, and starting work on Kramer vs. Kramer, the movie that would make her a star and sweep the 1980 Oscars. In an adaptation from his upcoming biography of the actress, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, Michael Schulman recounts the struggles—physical, emotional, and intellectual—that launched Streep’s legend.

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The Viet Cong Russian roulette scenes were shot in real circumstances, with real rats and mosquitoes, as the three principals (De Niro, Walken, and Savage) were tied up in bamboo cages erected along the River Kwai.

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