NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

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THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Charles Laughton
USA, 1955
Fiction, 93min, OmdU

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Charles Laughton
USA, 1955
Fiction, 93min, OmdU

Cast: 
Robert Mitchum
Shelley Winters
Lillian Gish
Billiy Chapin
Sally Jane Bruce
Peter Graves
Screenplay: 
James Agee
Charles Laughton nach einer Vorlage von Davis Grubb
Sound: 
Stanford Houghton
Camera: 
Stanley Cortez
Editor: 
Robert Golden
Composer: 
Walter Schumann
Decoration: 
Hilyard M. Brown
Alfred E. Spencer
Costume: 
Evelyn Carruth
Jerry Bos

Production: 
United Artists
World Sales: 
United Artists
Distribution in Austria: 
ABC Filmverleih Friedrichgasse 24 8010 Graz (0316) 82 11 86 18 ngri@eunet.at
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter is one of the greatest of all American films, but has never received the attention it deserves. 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. Many great movies use actors who come draped in respectability and prestige, but Robert Mitchum has always been a raffish outsider, and here he stars in an unforgettable role as a psychopathic preacher in relentless pursuit of two children who have their dead father's stolen fortune hidden in a doll. Many great movies are realistic, but The Night of the Hunter is an expressionistic oddity, telling its chilling story through visual fantasy. What a compelling, frightening and beautiful film it is, and how well it has survived its period. Setting his story in an invented movie world outside conventional realism, Laughton gave it a timelessness. (Roger Ebert)