One Shot  The Making of 

The Deer Hunter

"It's a wonderful movie. I know it sounds strange but even at the time  I knew we had something special."

Chris Walken 

Limited Edition, Numbered, Large Format Book


By Jay Glennie

Only 1979 Numbered copies will be printed

Featuring Exclusive interviews with

Robert De Niro

Meryl Streep

Christopher Walken

John Savage

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"The Deer Hunter changed my life because I feel that working with Bob (De Niro) changed my life and gave me a lifelong friendship, which I treasure."

Meryl Streep


“I always felt that The Deer Hunter was going to be a good movie; otherwise I wouldn’t have done it. It had its flaws, but there was something very special about it. I responded to Mike,

I responded to his passion and how serious he was about the film and that is the same reason I responded to you and your book. I just knew that you were going to do such a great job, and that you care so much and I am very impressed with that. I saw right away that you were serious and knowing how hard you are working at producing this book makes me want to talk to you and it would be the same for Meryl, Chris, John, all of us. I’m very excited for it to be released; it’s going to be a wonderful book.”

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Robert De Niro to Author Jay Glennie

after their most recent meeting....

 One shot - The Making of the Deer Hunter


A behind‐the‐scenes‐ look at the making of the Oscar winning film. ‘One Shot’ the making of The Deer Hunter is written by Jay Glennie, with unparalleled access to the Robert De Niro Archives.

The large format book takes a comprehensive look at the landmark British film. Released to celebrate the film winning the most coveted of movie awards, the Best Picture Oscar in 1979 ‘One Shot’ includes exclusive interviews with cast & crew (including Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Chris Walken, John Savage and many more), EMI Film producers, Universal Studio executives and a loving foreword from Jeff Bridges for his friend, director Michael Cimino.

Featuring stunning on‐location images, many of which have never been published before, this book is the definitive account of the unlikely and often difficult journey from page to screen of Michael Cimino’s iconic film. A controversial film about a controversial war ‘One Shot’ details how Cimino took the playing the of Russian Roulette as a metaphor of the US involvement in Vietnam and in turn gave us one of cinemas greatest anti‐war films ever. Glennie examines how with Cimino at the helm the film, initially contracted to have a running time of two hours, became a three hour and four minute epic, resulting in the budget doubling from $7 million to $14.5 million and the departure of two producers.

From Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Chris Walken, famed cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond and their colleagues on the film we gain an understanding of the pressures and pleasures of shooting a film on location with a director who is determined to fulfil his vision. ‘One Shot the making of The Deer Hunter’ book looks at the personality clashes on set and the singular working methods of Michael Cimino and through first‐hand accounts and extensive research, we find out what it was like to work on the famed film. And after a tough shoot there was still more controversy to come with a studio refusing to release the film unless it was cut and the ensuing battle of wills that ensued; and then upon its release and subsequent success the controversy of its perceived right‐wing politics.

The Deer Hunter is now rightly revered as classic, a film of enduring power, showcasing the genius of Michael Cimino and the mesmerising presence of Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, John Cazale, Chris Walken and John Savage.

"When Michael (Cimino) passed I said how much I would remember our work together. Looking back it is of course a film that I am proud of, of course. I really enjoyed working on The Deer Hunter."

Robert De Niro




Robert De Niro : Michael Vronsky

Meryl Streep : Linda

Chris Walken : Nick Chevotarevich

John Savage : Steven Pushkov

George Dzundza : John Welsh

Rutanya Alda : Angela Ludhjduravic

Paul D'Amato : Green Beret

Dennis Watlington : Cab Driver



Barry Spikings : Producer

Michael Deeley: Producer

John Peverall : Producer

Joann Carelli: Associate Producer

Marion Rosenberg : Associate Producer

Deric Washburn : Screenwriter

Quinn K. Redeker : Writer (story)

Vilmos Zsigmond: Cinematographer

Michael Grillo: 2nd Assistant Director

Chase Newhart : Trainee Assistant Director

Nick McLean : Camera Operator

John Williams : Performer: Main Title Theme

Ken Kovach : Choir Master

John Learned : 2nd AD Thailand

Barry Butler : Production Assistant: Thailand

Patrick Gauvain : Production Assistant: Thailand

Robert Werden : Unit Publicist

Rupert Perry : EMI Music Soundtrack

Thom Mount : Universal Studios President

Willette Klausner : Universal Studios Publicity

Harry Ufland : Robert De Niro's agent

Mike Medavoy - Head of Production United Artists


Author Jay Glennie proudly presenting Mr Robert De Niro with a signed copy of Coattail Publications most recent book                      'Performance'  The Making of a Classic.

This came at the end of Jay's third one-to-one interview with the legendary film star in preperation for our forthcoming book. ....  'One Shot'  The Making of  the Deer Hunter

Robert De Niro has given us access to his incredible film archives, so we're really looking forward to flying out to Austin, Texas next month and unearthing some treasures for our forthcoming book on the making of The Deer Hunter. 



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The Making of a Classic

Written by Jay Glennie

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