The movie was written by Michael Cimino, Louis Garfinkle, Quinn K. Redeker and Deric Washburn, and directed by Cimino.
It won Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Christopher Walken), Best Director (Michael Cimino), Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Sound. In addition, it was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Robert De Niro), Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Meryl Streep), Best Cinematography (Vilmos Zsigmond) and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. It has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry and is consistently on the Internet Movie Database's list of top 250 films.
Some people contend that The Deer Hunter sparked a string of Russian roulette suicides because of its dramatic depiction of captive soldiers forced to play Russian roulette.