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The Night of the Hunter [DVD Boxset] [Criterion Collection]

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  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • In this eerie meditation on good and evil, a schizophrenic preacher--possibly the devil himself--relentlessly hunts two small children across the Depression-era Bible Belt to get at their dead father's stolen fortune. In Robert Mitchum's career-defining role as Preacher Harry Powell, he wears unforgettable tattoos of two four-letter words on his fingers: LOVE and HATE. Hauntingly directed by Charles Laughton, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is his only credited directorial effort, and it is a tour-de-force.
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  • Credits
    Robert Mitchum, Bob Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Shirley Schrift, Lillian Gish, Lillian de Guiche, Peter Graves, Peter Aurness, Evelyn Varden, Gloria Castillo, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, James Gleason, Sally Jane Bruce
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A beaut -- an old-fashioned clash of good and evil with stark photography that pays homage to the silent era..."
    USA Today

    "...One of the greatest of all American films....NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is an expressionistic oddity....What a compelling, frightening and beautiful film it is..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "...This noirish, dreamy chiller ripples between arthouse cine-poem and Hollywood suspenser with a fearful sophistication..."
    Total Film

    "Mitchum is awesome and strange."
    Uncut

    "There is a strong case to be made that this is the most original Hollywood film ever....Laughton's unique, haunted film achieved exactly what he had intended, provoking astonishment in everyone who saw it."
    Empire

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