The story behind the film
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.