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The Night of the Hunter: 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.

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Ratings: IMDB: 8.1/10 Metascore: 99% RT: 98%
Released: September 29, 1955
Runtime: 93 mins
Genres: Drama Thriller
Countries: USA
Director: Charles Laughton
Actors: Billy Chapin Cheryl Callaway Corey Allen Don Beddoe Emmett Lynn Evelyn Varden George Wallace Gloria Castillo Gloria Pall James Gleason James Griffith John Hamilton Kathy Garver Lillian Gish Michael Chapin Paul Bryar Peter Graves Robert Mitchum Shelley Winters

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Posted by EraseTheHate 4 years, 8 months ago
+7 | +8 / -1

This movie was amazing. Brilliant. The acting was really good. This was actually kind of a creepy movie! Amazing thriller. This is a MUST SEE!

Posted by proana 4 years, 8 months ago
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A breathtaking film. The plot, the acting, the score, everything about it was amazing! It was rather creepy, and stuffed full of emotion and twists and turns. It kept me highly entertained, I could not take my eyes off the screen once it began. A must see.

Posted by Hellbound999 2 years, 6 months ago
+4 | +4 / -0

shall try not to make my praise of this movie come out like criticism of so many other movies, but I re-saw Night of the Hunter last night - after not having seen it for twenty years or so - and not only was it even better than I remembered it, but it also made me wonder whether this one-off by Laughton is not the overlooked masterpiece of all time. We often come across the phrase 'not a film, but a poem' when it comes to Bergman, Eisenstein, Tarkovsky and their ilk, but NotH strikes me as the movie that most deserves this epithet - and more. It also seems to me that Laughton is putting in practice some of the things he must have picked up from his collaboration with Bertolt Brecht ten years before, on the set of Galileo - he opens with, and returns to, the epic theater practice of letting Lilian Gish address the camera, and the sets of this movie are always stylized and theatrical, except for a few of the long shots. The shot of the murdered Willa under water, her hair waving with the river weed, has haunted me for twenty years, along with the deep focus shots of creatures in the foreground as the kids pass down the river in the skiff. the kids are great actors, and I've never seen Mitchum better - balancing between the devil incarnate and a slapstick clown. I think this film is right up there with "Citizen Kane". 10/10

Posted by mikey84 3 years, 1 month ago
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Seen this movie a few times now. This is one of those movies that was truly ahead of its time when released! Robert Mitchum was truly one of the great screen legends of all time! The rest of the cast was awesome too. classic. 10/10

Posted by monkap1000 3 years, 9 months ago
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Laughton found the child actors in the film difficult for HIM to direct. Robert Mitchum took over the direction for most of those scenes. Check out the deep plane cinematography in the river scenes - awesome.

Posted by 2ndKingDavid 4 years, 1 month ago
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Superb acting, enchanting cinematography and gut-wreching tension - this builds up this awesome thriller!

Posted by RichardWhiteley 4 years, 9 months ago
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An amazing film that 9 out of 10 times would be a complete train wreck, even in the hands of far more experienced directors than Laughton. His adroit balancing of the fairytale aspects with the more prosaic passages is one of the greatest achievments in cinema. Its probing into Puritanical religion and its implicit critique as to the credence society gives to religious figures remains relevant

Posted by busheepoo 4 years, 10 months ago
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This is a really creepy old, black and white movie. It gave me the creeps when I saw it, and that was just a few years ago. Robert Mitchum has that creepiness about him that makes him irresistable.

Posted by jfett5 4 years, 7 months ago ( Edited 4 years, 7 months ago )
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This was one of those films that pleased you to the taste of frosting, some of your highest expectations. This movie was so good that it seems like it was really ahead of its time. Brilliant acting, especially by Robert Mitchum himself. From this film, he may be the best actor that I have ever seen. This is one of these films that are so good that they put you in that imaginary world of theirs and make you dwell on your own life, make your life kinda mix in with the movie. The horror and thrilling was wonderful, had me yelling for the person not to do something after many years. I am not usually that scared of these killing films, I even study serial killer minds, but this one gave me the creeps. Enjoy!

Posted by bwlamorte 5 years, 2 months ago
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A great depiction of the malevolence involved with religious ideology, and Christianity in particular. Preachers and their apocalyptic "visions" aren't always what they may seem to be. Robert Mitchum in a golden performance, as a conman, guised as a preacher of God's word. A classic for the ages!

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Posted by palsarmir 5 years, 3 months ago
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What a great Thriller awesome acting and cast.It's easy to see that Charles Laughton was thought by Alfred Hitchcock and was working for almost 20 yrs with Hitchcock.And of course good'ol"Bobby"Mitchum his priceless.5/5 must watch if you're a true thriller lover

Posted by magicmojoman 5 years, 4 months ago ( Edited 5 years, 4 months ago )
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As good as it gets for its time. Rather strange performance despite the black and white it is featured in. Humans appear to be just as mean and cruel back then as they are now. Invest an hour and a half on this and then move onto the next flick to forget. Enjoy your popcorn.......

Posted by FogLegsz 5 years, 4 months ago
+2 | +3 / -1

I LOVE this movie!!!! 5/5

Posted by Qaisar 6 years ago
+2 | +2 / -0

This film is way ahead of its time, not only in subject matter but also in cinematic style. The subject is a psychopathic preacher who believes that God is telling him to murder women, usually widowers, and take their money.

Posted by ratlady 6 years, 10 months ago
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The PERFECT movie. 10/10

Posted by gayle23 6 years, 11 months ago
+2 | +2 / -0

I love this movie !

Posted by mandyme 11 months ago
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In terms of directing , this is an exceptional film. But I've got some issues with the writing, especially with regards to Willa's character development (which was too sudden, bizarre and nonsensical); the supposedly menacing Harry's comical, over-the-top response to the gun shot; and lastly... singing with the murderer? Although I deeply admire the hauntingly beautiful imagery of the film, I was bothered by the inconsistencies in the writing...8.5/10.

Posted by azzuro75 1 year, 11 months ago ( Edited 1 year, 11 months ago )
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An absolute gem... Mitchum's peek a boo scene in the dark... Terrific. 5/5

Posted by raidmar 2 years, 9 months ago
+1 | +1 / -0

a very great movie. loved the suspense. everyone was really great, especially Billy Chapin, (John). 10/10

Posted by GavinGeorge 3 years, 1 month ago
+1 | +1 / -0

This is like David Lynch makes a 1955 Xmas movie set in the depression. I loved it. The little girl Pearl looks like Alison Goldfrapp.Robert Mitchum is freaky evil. I'll get high and watch this again at Xmas.

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