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The Night of the Hunter

(Rated M)

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“Would you like me to tell you the little story of right hand, left hand?”

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Beautiful, haunting and dreamlike, The Night of the Hunter is Charles Laughton’s singular masterpiece that manages to blend film noir, Southern Gothic horror and folk fable all at once. An unforgettable Robert Mitchum stars as Reverend Harry Powell, a traveling preacher-slash-serial killer whose dark motives for marrying an unsuspecting widow (Shelley Winters) are uncovered by her two young children, John and Pearl. Once the children flee, Powell hunts them down through the eerie wetlands of the Deep South.

Why You Should See This Film

Selected by filmmakers Miguel Gomes, Tsai Ming-Liang and Peter Strickland as one of the greatest films of all time in the 2012 Sight & Sound poll, The Night of the Hunter has made an indelible impact on popular culture. Selected as one of the 100 Most Beautiful Films by French cinema bible Cahiers du cinéma, it's a film that will stay with you forever.

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  • Year: 1955
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Charles Laughton
  • Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters
  • Duration: 92 minutes
  • Language: English
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