The Night of the Hunter details
|Formats:||12 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce, Gloria Castillo|
|Collections:||100 Top Thrillers, Directorial Debuts|
The Night of the Hunter
|Run time:||1 hour 29 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Mar 2001|
|Dubbed:||German, French, Spanish, Italian|
|Subtitles:||Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, German|
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A dark psychological thrillerBy Rotoscoper (5 reviews) from Bowdon , 15 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]The Night of the Hunter has at its heart a dark role for Robert Mitchum as the calculating, ruthless and manipulative preacher.
However as a thriller it explores unexpected territory. Principally there is the issue of masculinity, and the lack of a hero-figure - men are absent, abdicate responsibility, or abuse those around them. The women on the other hand frequently step into the breach as heroines, bold protectors of their charges.
Since the adult-to-adult relationships are largely dysfunctional, the objects of their attention are the children. They represent the future but are constantly put in jeopardy by the weaknesses of their elders. And although seemingly vulnerable, the young constantly show themselves as resourceful and robust, dependent yet able to survive despite the most extreme terror.
At the intersection of these themes is the character of the son John. He seeks to find a replacement for the father who has both let him down, and provided financially for him. He can trust no-one, yet loves his mother even as she puts the whole family in jeopardy. Despite his longing, he has to become a man to protect his family from outside threats, embodied in the aquiline form of the Preacher.
It is in these rich themes, realised through stark photography and a sharp economical script that we are asked to face our fears for the future, and the shortcomings of our own responsibilities to those around us.
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gripping - one of the great screen villainsBy rd45 (2 reviews) , 21 Apr 2012I hadn't seen this for 20+ years, but watching it again I was on the edge of my seat. Totally gripping. Mitchum gives one of the all-time great screen villain performances.
Watch out to see who's right at the front of the angry mob at the end, axe in hand. She changed her tune.
Mesmeric MitchumBy DeathOfNarrativeCinema (156 reviews) from Wallingford , 08 Dec 2011Mannered story of good and evil. Mitchum makes a terrific bully, a mixture of smarmy piousness and vicious, violent evil. You can kind of see why Laughton didn't make more films, as this black and white film looks like a cross between Tim Burton, Dr Caligari, and an eastern European puppet fantasy, and was hardly mainstream cinema in 1955. But it's a classic. Even if you don't like it, there are scenes (the body in the lake, Mitchum whistling his hymn) that you'll never forget.
absolutely terrifyingBy quintus (52 reviews) from Witney , 29 Nov 2011This is one of the most terrifying films you will ever see. I had to turn it off before the end and watch the last bit by daylight the next morning. As a study in evil, Robert Mitchum as the con-man preacher is a masterwork of convincing acting. The hungry gullibility of a small, poor, isolated rural community for the vividness of life he seems to bring is heartbreaking. it is a brilliant film.
Recommended ViewingBy a customer , 21 Sep 2011Excellent film which captures the harshness of small town America back in the early 20th century. Robert Mitchum is thoroughly convincing as a terrifying predator. Some beautifully phantasmagorical cinematography adds to the mood and feel of the film. Haunting and engaging, I'd recommend it.
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beware of religious zealots ...By a customer , 19 Jun 2011amazing- shot in black and white - story of hardship in depression in america - robert mitchum brings dark brooding sex appeal and shocking violence to a small town - despite this- story is about hope and showing kindness to children