The story be­hind the film

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - YOUR MOVIE PLANNER -

Meryl Streep took a part in the film so she could be close to her part­ner John Cazale, (inset) who was dy­ing from can­cer. Cazale was a gifted stage and film ac­tor, best known for his roles as Fredo in The God­fa­ther and Sal in Sid­ney Lumet’s clas­sic heist movie Dog Day Af­ter­noon. The Deer Hunter was Cazale’s last movie. He died on March 12, 1978, at the age of 42, be­fore the film was fin­ished.

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