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Deer Hunter

Deer Hunter

The Deer Hunter

Title change

To some, dropping or adding a "the" in front of a movie title may seem trivial, but to those experiencing the Mandela Effect it is very significant.

The famous 1979 Vietnam war movie is seen everywhere today as "The Deer Hunter", but some remember it as just "Deer Hunter" and there's a fair amount of residue showing this to be the case. 

Dropping "The" from a title, or even adding it, has been causing confusion for many years now. Another well known example is "The Nightmare on Elm Street", which is far better known without the "The". It isn't restricted to movie titles. Bands such as "The" Velvet Underground and "The" Eagles are examples.


The film won five Academy Awards and was named the 53rd greatest movie of all time by The American Film institute. So you'd have thought they'd all get the name right, but still this isn't the case. It tells the story of 3 steelworker friends from Pennsylvania who also go hunting deer together. They enlist to the army for the Vietnam war, and after a harrowing ordeal where they are captured and escape, eventually two return to the US as drastically changed men, and one returns to Vietnam to find the third. The horrors of the was have inflicted serious psychological damage on all involved, and the movie explores this to the bitter end.

The movie ran way over budget, and was initially criticised for being anti-American and way too long. The infamous Russian Roulette scene in particular was particularly heavily slated because there were no documented instances of it ever happening, so was a total fabrication. Allegations of racism against the Vietnamese people were rife too.

Speech patterns

Dropping or adding "The" as a prefix to something seems common and arbitrary. Many instances are just dismissed as being innocent and unimportant. The difference the this one is how people are very sure it has somehow changed.