- Includes Original Theatrical Trailer
- Collectible Booklet
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 18, 2000
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
- Dolby Digital Mono - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Additional Products:
- Behind-the-Scenes Booklet
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 01/26/1994
"...A beaut -- an old-fashioned clash of good and evil with stark photography that pays homage to the silent era..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/24/1996
"...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..."
Total Film - 12/01/2003
"...This noirish, dreamy chiller ripples between arthouse cine-poem and Hollywood suspenser with a fearful sophistication..."
Uncut - 12/01/2004
"Mitchum is awesome and strange."
Empire - 09/01/2008
"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."
New York Times - 09/08/2010
"[I]t's so beautifully wrought and so unnerving that it practically qualifies as a full-scale directing career unto itself."
A.V. Club - 12/01/2010
"[T]he greatest directorial one-off in cinema history....Its elemental power comes from its grasp of the conflicts and obsessions that give America its character..." -- Grade: A
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2011
"[A] beguilingly sinister and heartfelt Southern gothic -- the most singular in Hollywood history..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A tall, handsome "preacher" - his knuckles eerily tattooed with "love" and "hate" - roams the countryside, spreading the gospel...and leaving a trail of murdered women in his wake. To Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum), the work of the Lord has more to do with condemning souls than saving them, especially when his own interests are involved. Now his sights are set on $10,000 - and two little children are the only ones who know where it is. "Chill
...dren!" the preacher croons to the terrified boy and girl hiding in the cold, dark cellar...innocent young lambs who refuse to be led astray.
"A finely acted, imaginatively directed chiller with brooding power" (Variety), The Night of the Hunter stars Mitchum in the most daring and critically acclaimed performance of his career. Spellbinding, ominous, and hauntingly suspenseful, this extraordinary film noir classic remains "one of the most frightening movies ever made" (Pauline Kael).
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.
- THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is the only film directed by actor and stage director Charles Laughton.
- THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1992.