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The Night of the Hunter (1955) Movie Reviews

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02/21/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Night of the Hunter review

"Children are man at his strongest." Ben Harper (Peter Graves) is about to get caught and hanged for his crime. Before the police arrive, he leaves a message to his children to John (Billy Chapin) and Pearl (Sally Jane Bruce). Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) marries Ben's wife and tries to persuade his kids. Rachel Cooper (Lillian Gish) takes care of the little ones after they escape from an encounter with Powell.

The screenplay, one of its highlights, was effective and not too preachy. Had some very clever lines like "The right hand, friends, the hand of love. Now watch, and I'll show you the story of life. Those fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warring and a-tugging...Now watch 'em! Old brother left hand, left hand he's a fighting, and it looks like love's a goner. But w...

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01/16/2012 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

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A self-styled preacher and woman hating murderer insinuates himself into the life of a young widow whose husband stashed his stolen loot somewhere at his home. Night Of The Hunter has a lot to commend it; Robert Mitchum's creepy performance concretes his Cape Fear inspired reputation as film noir pyscho of choice and he is ably aided by a hollow eyed Shelley Winters as the unfortunate victim of his attentions and Lillian Gish as the goodhearted, wily old bird who ultimately proves his undoing. And as for the visuals, there are more stunning images to be seen in this single film than most directors manage in their entire career. Unfortunately, the performances of the children just don't measure up and seeing as they are the lynch pin of the entire story, this harms the film's effectiveness...

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