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The night of the hunter

Author: Charles LaughtonJames AgeePaul GregoryRobert MitchumShelley WintersAll authors
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2010.
Series: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 541.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : NTSC color broadcast system : English : Two-DVD special edView all editions and formats
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A self-styled preacher marries and murders the widow of an executed convict with whom he once shared a cell. He then terrorizes her two young children to force them to tell him the whereabouts of the $10,000 he knows their father hid before his imprisonment.
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Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Film adaptations
Film noir
Fiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Drama
Named Person: Davis Grubb; Davis Grubb
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Laughton; James Agee; Paul Gregory; Robert Mitchum; Shelley Winters; Lillian Gish; James Gleason; Evelyn Varden; Peter Graves; Don Beddoe; Billy Chapin; Sally Jane Bruce; Gloria Castillo; Walter Schumann; Stanley Cortez; Hilyard Brown; Robert S Golden; Alfred E Spencer; Jerry Bos; Stanford Naughton; Jack Rabin; Louis DeWitt; Davis Grubb; UCLA Film and Television Archive.; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.; Paul Gregory Productions.; United Artists Corporation.; Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN: 9781604653502 1604653507
OCLC Number: 665161089
Language Note: English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Notes: Publisher location from publisher website: The Criterion Collection, 215 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor, New York, NY 10003.
From the novel by Davis Grubb.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1955.
Digital restoration by UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Credits: Music by Walter Schumann ; photography by Stanley Cortez ; art direction by Hilyard Brown ; film editor, Robert Golden ; set decoration, Al Spencer ; wardrobe, Jerry Bos ; sound, Stanford Naughton ; special photographic effects, Jack Rabin, Louis DeWitt.
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Evelyn Varden, Peter Graves, Don Beddoe, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce, Gloria Castilo.
Awards: Named to the National Film Registry in 1992 by the Library of Congress.
Target Audience: Not rated.
Description: 2 videodiscs (93 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (28 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; region 1, NTSC; widescreen (1.66:1) presentation; Dolby digital mono.
Contents: Disc 1. Feature --
Special features: Commentary with second-unit director Terry Sanders, film archivist Robert Gitt, film critic F.X. Feeney and author Preston Neal Jones. 'The making of The night of the hunter' documentary; 'Moving pictures' documentary; 'Stanley Cortez' interview; 'Simon Callow on Charles Laughton' interview; 'The Ed Sullivan Show' excerpt from the September 25, 1955 episode; Davis Grubb sketches ; Disc 2. Charles Laughton directs 'The night of the hunter,' a two and a half hour compilation of outtakes and behind the scenes footage --
Introduction by Robert Gitt and Leonard Maltin ; Booklet: 'Holy terror,' essay by Terrence Rafferty --
'Downriver and heavenward with James Agee,' essay by Michael Sragow.
Series Title: Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs), 541.
Other Titles: Making of The night of the hunter.
Moving pictures.
Charles Laughton directs The night of the hunter.
Night of the hunter (Motion picture)
Responsibility: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Paul Gregory Productions ; screen play by James Agee ; produced by Paul Gregory ; directed by Charles Laughton ; United Artists.

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A self-styled preacher marries and murders the widow of an executed convict with whom he once shared a cell. He then terrorizes her two young children to force them to tell him the whereabouts of the $10,000 he knows their father hid before his imprisonment.

"The Night of the Hunter -- incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed -- is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters, are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic -- also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee -- is cinema's most eccentric rendering of the battle between good and evil." -- Publisher.

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