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The Night of the Hunter

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  • Three Reasons Criterion trailer
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Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

Cast

  • Robert Mitchum
  • Shelley Winters
  • Lillian Gish
  • Evelyn Varden
  • Peter Graves
  • James Gleason
  • Billy Chapin
  • Sally Jane Bruce

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Metacritic

100

It’s the most haunted and dreamlike of all American films, a gothic backwoods ramble with the Devil at its heels.

Metacritic review by Tom Huddleston
Tom Huddleston
Time Out London
100

This is the only film Laughton ever directed, and he packed it with a mixture of eerie chills, ingenious suspense, and absurdist humor. It's a genuine classic.

Metacritic review by David Sterritt
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
100

Laughton understood Agee's proximity to Grimm vaudeville, and fashioned the most intensely expressionistic movie of its day.

Metacritic review by Michael Atkinson
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice