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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:09 PM
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"The Night Of The Hunter" (film) -- worth renting?
Just read a review which describes this film as an "under-appreciated classic". However, I've been disappointed before with "under-appreciated classics".
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some guy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:12 PM
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1. definitely
Robert Mitchum is scarey in that film.
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:13 PM
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2. Yes.
Robert Mitchum played a great role. 'Harry Powell' gave me the jeebers first time I saw the film.

Great cinematography.
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Cant trust em Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:34 PM
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3. It's scary in a 1959 kind of way
I saw this movie a few weeks ago. It's worth spending 4 bucks on.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:48 PM
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4. It is a seriously brilliant film.
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FloridaJudy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:52 PM
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5. Scared the fertilizer out of me.
Robert Mitchum is truly menacing as the psychopathic preacher.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 06:53 PM
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6. Of all the recent talk about great cinematic psychopathic villians and monologues...
I can't believe nobody mentioned The Night of the Hunter.

"Oh, little lad, you're staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E! It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E! You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man. The right hand, friends, the hand of love. Now watch, and I'll show you the story of life. Those fingers, dear hearts, is always a-warring and a-tugging, one agin t'other. Now watch 'em! Old brother left hand, left hand he's a fighting, and it looks like love's a goner. But wait a minute! Hot dog, love's a winning! Yessirree! It's love that's won, and old left hand hate is down for the count!"
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:28 PM
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7. I believe it was Charles Laughton's only directorial endeavor...
Robert Mitchum does an excellent job, as does the rest of the cast. Walter Schumann did the score and his music (heavy on the low brass) does much to add to the overall sinister mood.

I find the movie "unsettling."
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:07 PM
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16. It was. Pity. n/t
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 07:29 PM
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8. It's a great film.
Definitely worth renting.

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cemaphonic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 01:52 AM
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9. worth buying
It's a great movie, with one of the creepiest villains ever, and some truly memorable imagery. (One of the reasons it was unsuccessful in its original release was that the visual style was closer to the older German Expressionist movies of the the silent era than the realistic approach that has dominated ever since).

And you'll get to see the origin of the Love/Hate jailhouse tattoo thing that has been quoted in "Rocky Horror", "Do the Right Thing," et al.

It does have an annoyingly cloying ending though.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 07:38 AM
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11. You might want to delete that last sentence......(it's called "suspense").
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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 08:35 AM
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13. "Laughton went back and added lace doilies and root beer floats...
to the movie. I liked it better darker" Big Bob Mitchum
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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 02:57 AM
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10. from a movie review website:
from 2005:

My favorite choice, however, (and Ill write
about it in-depth in an upcoming column) is The Night of the Hunter (August 9). This tale of a serial killer
disguised as a preacher (Robert Mitchum at his malevolent best) in search of stolen money was the only film
directed by closeted gay actor Charles Laughton. Its an inspired choice for the Grant Park setting and Ill be
staking out my lawn space early that night. Further information on the festival (which is free to the public) at 312-
744-3315
http://www.knightatthemovies.com/Knight_at_the_Movies_H...


btw--he loves this movie


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mitchum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 08:28 AM
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12. Yes, it is very much worth renting
very much so
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 08:44 AM
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14. One of Robert Mitchum's best performances
Edited on Thu Jul-24-08 08:44 AM by Amerigo Vespucci
A classic film noir, and proof that the inherent evil of a normal, flesh & blood human being can be about 100 times scarier than a guy wearing makeup with bolts on his neck.

I never realized that the film was "under" appreciated...but regardless of that, N.O.T.H. is all about atmosphere, characters, and the focused insanity of Mitchum's character. There are no car chases or shoot-outs or explosions or sex scenes, which may explain why it's "under-appreciated."

:toast:
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sarge43 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-24-08 12:07 PM
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15. Oh yes.
Mitchum's performance alone is worth it. God, that man could scare the stuff out of you.

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