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Movie Urban Legends

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‘The Deer Hunter’ (1978)

Legend: Scenes from "The Deer Hunter" inspired several real-life Russian roulette suicides.

True or False?: This legend is TRUE.

Several controversies arose after "The Deer Hunter" featured Robert DeNiro putting a gun to his head and pulling the trigger in an intense Russian roulette scene. Critics were upset because there are no documented instances of the Vietcong using Russian roulette with POWs during the Vietnam War, while others were insistent that the movie was inspiring real-life suicides.

The latter turned out to be true. The Louisville Courier-Journal stated that close to 40 boys and men accidentally shot themselves during "Deer Hunter"-inspired games of Russian roulette. Others studies on the trend found similar results. —XFINITY Entertainment Staff (Photo: Universal Pictures)

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