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The Night of the Hunter

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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

One of the greatest of all American films, but has never received the attention it deserves because of its lack of the proper trappings. Many great movies'' are by great directors, but Laughton directed only this one film, which was a critical and commercial failure long overshadowed by his acting career.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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

Part fairy tale and part bogeyman thriller -- a juicy allegory of evil, greed and innocence, told with an eerie visual poetry.

Metacritic review by Edward Guthmann
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle