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The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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Starring (View all)
Glen Walters Glen Walters
Townswoman
George Wallace George Wallace
(uncredited)
Charles Sullivan Charles Sullivan
Townsman
James Stone James Stone
General Storekeeper
Lucile Sewall Lucile Sewall
Townswoman
Robert Robinson Robert Robinson
Townsman
Edna Holland Edna Holland
Woman Feeding Hungry Children
Jack Perry Jack Perry
Townsman


Written by (View all)
Charles Laughton Charles Laughton
screenplay contributor
James Agee James Agee
(screenplay by)


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A classic and suspenseful masterpiece!

12 years, 1 month ago at Sep 8 8:37
4 votes
"Leaning... leaning... safe and secure from all alarms. Leaning... leaning... leaning on the everlasting arms."

Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter is another definitive example of a monochrome masterpiece tragically overlooked and criticised upon initial release. Director Charles Laughton was reportedly so disappointed and saddened by the film's poor critical and commercial ... read more

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7 years, 3 months ago at Jul 17 17:01
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The Night of the Hunter is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell, whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters, are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethe... read more

A classic

6 years, 6 months ago at Apr 19 20:49
4 votes
Since I kept hearing great things about this flick, I was really eager to check it out. Well, I have to admit it, it is a really odd feature, the only directing effort by Charles Laughton, Robert Mitchum’s favorite movies of his one, and, unsurprisingly, it was a critical and financial flop when it was released. Honestly, could you expect such a weird dark tale to reach an audience back in the 5... read more
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A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.
Release date: 24 November 1955
UPC: 027616799425
Tags: Thriller (22), Film Noir (21), 1950s (20), Drama (16), 1955 (14), Crime (13), Usa (12), Murder (12), Religion (11), Prison (9), Children (9), Widow (9), Con Artist (8), Psychological (8), Money (8), Chase (8), Christmas (7), Bank Robbery (6), Boat (6)
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“"The Night of the Hunter" is now rightfully considered a bona fide classic of post-war Hollywood, but its evocative cinematography and offbeat touches received a cool response from the critics and audiences of 1955. Its intentionally anomalous rejection of the rigidity and strictures of cinematic visual storytelling were woefully misunderstood, and due to its esoteric unconventionality, it was perceived as melodramatic and stilted. Indefinable and defiant, the film was viewed as a failure of its time, unfairly maligned until a resurgence of new Hollywood auteurs universally recognised it as an influence; the contemporaneous critical analysis was even more positive, further renewing interest in the film as a wrongly scorned masterpiece deserving of veneration. In 1992, the film's reappraisa” read more

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