The Night of the Hunter Movie Review 1955

Information and Film Reviews for The Night of the Hunter the Movie

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The nightmarish story of psychotic bogus preacher Harry Powell (Mitchum) who has the words H-A-T-E tattooed on the knuckles of his left hand and L-O-V-E on his right. He marries lonely widow Willa Harper (Winters), who has two children, in the hopes of finding the cache of money her thieving husband (Graves) had stashed. Gish plays Rachel, the shotgun-wielding, Bible-reading old lady who defends the kids when Harry threatens them. A dark, terrifying tale, completely unique in Hollywood's history. Mitchum is terrific. From novel by Davis Grubb and, sadly, Laughton's only directorial effort.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 93 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Mystery & Suspense, Family Ties, Christmas, Tattoos, Clergymen, 4 Bones
James Agee
Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Don Beddoe, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, James Gleason, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce, Gloria Castillo, Mary Ellen Clemons, Cheryl Callaway, Corey Allen, Paul Bryar
Stanley Cortez
Charles Laughton
Walter Schumann
United Artists, Paul Gregory


Natl. Film Reg. 1992.

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