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Night of the Hunter, The

Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

The critical consensus

Ignored for a long time, this film is now impossible to ignore. Mitchum is magnetic.

*****Adam Smith, Empire Online, 13/01/2014

The result ranks as one of the greatest movie monsters of all time in a film that remains as powerful as it is unique.

*****Miles Fielder, The List, 16/01/2014

Charles Laughton's superlative film (released in a newly restored version) fits somewhere between Southern Gothic horror, crime thriller, kids' movie and Depression-era morality fable.

*****Geoffrey MacNab, 16/01/2014

A gripping, complex chiller.

*****Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 16/01/2014

A perennially unsettling masterpiece from which modern chillers could learn much.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 19/01/2014

Few films since have proved so widely iconic and influential.

*****Mark Asch, Little White Lies, 17/01/2014

Still great after all these years.

*****James Mottram, Total Film, 13/01/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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