- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 16, 2010
- Originally Released: 1955
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Disc One: New Documentary featuring interviews with Producer Paul Gregory, Sanders, Feeney, Jones, and Author Jeffrey Couchman
- New Video Interview with Laughton Biographer Simon Callow
- Clip from The Ed Sullivan Show in which cast members perform a scene deleted from the film
- Fifteen-Minute archival documentary about the film, featuring Robert Mitchum
- Archival Interview with Cinematographer Stanley Cortez
- Gallery of Sketches by Davis Grubb, author of the source novel
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Disc Two: Charles Laughton Directs "The Night of the Hunter," a two-and-half-hour treasure trove of outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage
- New Video Conversation Gitt and Film Critic Leonard Maltin about Charles Laughton Directs
- Plus a Booklet featuring essays by critics Terrence Rafferty and Michael Sragow
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
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..."
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.
Essential Cinema |
Film Noir |
Theatrical Release |
- 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.