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Description

Robert Mitchum stars in this thriller set in the 1930s in the rural American South. Psychopathic preacher Harry Powell (Mitchum) is arrested for a minor offence in a small West Virginian town. His cellmate, Ben Harper (Peter Graves), who faces the death penalty, confides that he has hidden $10,000 from a bank robbery. When Powell is released Harper has already been hanged, so the preacher tracks down his widow and children in an attempt to get his hands on the loot.

Product Details

Barcode
5050070005158
Department
Movies & TV
Released
19 Mar 2001
Type
Movies
Format
DVD
Genre
Modern Classic
Region
Region 2
Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
Studio
MGM Home Entertainment
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
  • Scene Access
  • Bonus Footage
  • Trailers
Runtime
89 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Night of the Hunter
Release Year
1955
Running Time
93 min
Language
English
Color
B&W
Categories
Dramas / Christmas / Classic / Clergy / Disturbing / Essential Cinema / Film Noir / On-The-Run / Psychos / Recommended / Suspense / Theatrical Release / Thriller
Official Website
http://www.mgm.com/title_title.php?title_star=NIGHTHUN
Ratings
IMDb
8.0
Rotten Tomatoes®
98% 90%
Metacritic
99
Synopsis
In this eerie meditation on good and evil, a schizophrenic preacher--possibly the devil himself--relentlessly hunts two small children across the Depression-era Bible Belt to get at their dead father's stolen fortune. In Robert Mitchum's career-defining role as Preacher Harry Powell, he wears unforgettable tattoos of two four-letter words on his fingers: LOVE and HATE. Hauntingly directed by Charles Laughton, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is his only credited directorial effort, and it is a tour-de-force.
Notes
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is the only film directed by actor and stage director Charles Laughton.

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1992.
Poster
Poster for Night of the Hunter
Cast & Crew
Director
Charles Laughton
Star
Don Beddoe / Sally Jane Bruce / Gloria Castillo / Billy Chapin / Lillian Gish / James Gleason / Peter Graves / Robert Mitchum / Evelyn Varden / Shelley Winters
Screenwriter
James Agee
Composer
Walter Schumann
Producer
Paul Gregory
Director of Photography
Stanley Cortez
Editor
Robert Golden
Costume Designer
Jerry Bros
Story
David Grubb
Movie Critics
A.V. Club
"[T]he greatest directorial one-off in cinema history....Its elemental power comes from its grasp of the conflicts and obsessions that give America its character..." -- Grade: A
Scott Tobias (1 Dec 2010, )
Chicago Sun-Times
"...One of the greatest of all American films....NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is an expressionistic oddity....What a compelling, frightening and beautiful film it is..."
Roger Ebert (24 Nov 1996, p.5)
Empire
"There is a strong case to be made that this is the most original Hollywood film ever....Laughton's unique, haunted film achieved exactly what he had intended, provoking astonishment in everyone who saw it."
Empire Staff (1 Sep 2008, p.161)
New York Times
"[I]t's so beautifully wrought and so unnerving that it practically qualifies as a full-scale directing career unto itself."
Stephanie Zacharek (8 Sep 2010, )
Sight and Sound
"[A] beguilingly sinister and heartfelt Southern gothic -- the most singular in Hollywood history..."
Tom Charity (1 Feb 2011, )
Total Film
"...This noirish, dreamy chiller ripples between arthouse cine-poem and Hollywood suspenser with a fearful sophistication..."
Daniel Webb (1 Dec 2003, p.47)
Uncut
"Mitchum is awesome and strange."
Uncut Staff (1 Dec 2004, p.183)
USA Today
"...A beaut -- an old-fashioned clash of good and evil with stark photography that pays homage to the silent era..."
Susan Wloszczyna (26 Jan 1994, p.5D)