Open-Late Film Series: The Deer Hunter

Friday, September 20, 2019 • 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Heinz History Center
Pay what you wish (details below).

Add to Calendar09/20/2019 05:00 PM09/20/2019 09:00 PMAmerica/New_YorkOpen-Late Film Series: The Deer HunterJoin the Heinz History Center for its first-ever Open-Late Film Series in conjunction with the new exhibition, The Vietnam War: 1945-1975, and examine how Hollywood portrayed the Vietnam War, what it got right, and where it fell short. Heinz History CenterHeinz History CenterfalseMM/DD/YYYY

Doors open at 5 p.m. with full access to the Heinz History Center’s five floors of exhibitions, including The Vietnam War: 1945-1975.

At 6 p.m., join senior curator Leslie Przybylek for a short presentation on the significance of “The Deer Hunter” as a moment in film history and in how America remembers the Vietnam War. Following the presentation, join in a community conversation about the controversial film, its impact on the veteran community, and why it occupies such a deeply personal place in the hearts and minds of many veterans of the Vietnam War.

The screening of the film begins at 7:05 p.m. Please note that this film is considerably lengthy at 184 minutes. While there will be no scheduled intermission or break, attendees are encouraged to get up, leave the room, and walk around as is needed during the screening.

About the film – “The Deer Hunter”

In 1968, Michael (Robert De Niro), Nick (Christopher Walken) and Steven (John Savage), lifelong friends from a working-class Pennsylvania steel town, prepare to ship out overseas following Steven’s elaborate wedding and one final group hunting trip. In Vietnam, their dreams of military honor are quickly shattered by the inhumanities of war; even those who survive are haunted by the experience, as is Nick’s hometown sweetheart, Linda (Meryl Streep). Originally released in 1978.


Open-Late Film Series screenings are “pay what you wish” for all visitors – pay as much or as little as you’d like for admission! Refreshments will be available for sale, and the History Center will close to the public at the conclusion of the film screening.

Learn more about the Open-Late Film Series.

For more information, please contact Sam Moore at or 412-454-6373.