12th November, 13:30

The Night of The Hunter

75 Minutes
Director: Charles Laughton
Producer: Paul Gregory
Country: United States
Languages: English
Colour: Colour

While the novel The Night Of The Hunter became a national bestseller and was voted a finalist for the 1955 National Book Award, a similar level of interest failed to materialise for the movie adaptation. Stung by the lack of critical and box office success, its director never helmed another film.

In both, a murderous preacher hunts down the children of a convict who he believes hold the secret of where their father hid the proceeds of a bank robbery. In Laughton’s hands, however, it becomes a dark and nightmarish fable, featuring Robert Mitchum in a towering performance as the homicidal preacher.

 

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