The Night of the Hunter (1955) Poster


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Version of 

Night of the Hunter (1991) (TV Movie)

Remade as 

The Streets of San Francisco: River of Fear (1975) (TV Episode)
Much of the plot of the movie was used for the TV story.

Edited into 


Referenced in 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
"Love" and "Hate" tattooed on Eddie's (Meatloaf) knuckles
The Onion Field (1979)
Smith has "L O V E" written on the fingers of his left hand
The Black Adder: Witchsmeller Pursuivant (1983) (TV Episode)
The witchsmeller pursuivant has the words "good" and "evil" tattooed on his knuckles.
Dune (1984)
The opening shot is mirrored.
Raising Arizona (1987)
H.I. says, "Sometimes it's a hard world for little things," almost a direct quote from the character played by Lillian Gish in The Night of the Hunter (1955).
Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures: The Ice Goose Cometh/Pirates with Dirty Faces (1987) (TV Episode)
Robert Mitchum is seen praying in Mighty's apartment.
Do the Right Thing (1989)
the source for a character with "love" on one set of knuckles and "hate" on the other.
Married with Children: Peggy Made a Little Lamb (1990) (TV Episode)
The Bundys discuss one of Peggy's relatives with "Love" and "Hate" tattooed to her knuckles.
The Simpsons: Some Enchanted Evening (1990) (TV Episode)
When the babysitter goes into the basement looking for Bart
Wild at Heart (1990)
Blood Salvage (1990)
Jake sings "Bringing in the Sheaves" like the psychotic reverend from the earlier film
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Buffalo Bill has the word "love" tattooed on his hand, which is possibly an homage to Reverend Harry Powell in the earlier film who had the words "love" and "hate" tattooed on his knuckles.
Delicatessen (1991)
The Ren & Stimpy Show: Space Madness/The Boy Who Cried Rat! (1991) (TV Episode)
"You're not like thee others!" is similar to a quote from this movie.
Mr. Nanny (1993)
In Mr. Nanny, the father hides a computer chip in his daughter's doll. Much like the money in Hunter
The Simpsons: Cape Feare (1993) (TV Episode)
Like the Robert Mitchum villain from that film, Sideshow Bob has "Luv" (Love) and "Hat" (Hate) tattooed on his knuckles.
Histoire(s) du cinéma: Seul le cinéma (1994) (Video)
French title credited and used footage.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Se7en (1995)
Mallrats (1995)
The character in jail with Ben Affleck at the end of the film has "LOVE" written on his hand.
It's My Party (1996)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Terror from the Year 5000 (1997) (TV Episode)
Crow: "This is where he accidentally drowns Shelley Winters."
The Big Lebowski (1998)
In "The Night of the Hunter," Ms Cooper remarks several times of children that "they abide," repeating it at the end of the picture. The Coen brothers echo this unique turn of phrase at the end of the Big Lebowski: "The Dude abides."
Love & Rage (1999)
Julien Donkey-Boy (1999)
A character named Pearl sings "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms".
Talk to Her (2002)
Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
When Barry punches his office wall then rests a bloody hand on his piano, the cuts on his knuckles spell the word "love."
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)
Dylan's ex boyfriend as a tatoo on the right hand, H.A.T.E. written on his fingers
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Made the list and was talked about.
The Ladykillers (2004)
Mrs. Munson hums 'Leaning On The Everlasting Arms' as she writes the check to Bob Jones University.
Joan of Arcadia: Vanity, Thy Name Is Human (2004) (TV Episode)
Adam invites Joan to go and see the film at the Rialto. He also refers to the film's star Robert Mitchum.
The Devil's Rejects (2005)
The 'love/hate' tattoos on each hand is a reference to the same thing on each of Robert Mitchum's hands.
ER: Jigsaw (2006) (TV Episode)
Willis has LOVE and HATE on his knuckles
The Missing Person (2009)
The song "Once Upon a Time There Was a Pretty Fly", composed especially for "The Night of the Hunter" is featured prominently in a scene in "The Missing Person".
Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (2009)
"Love and Hate are tattooed on his knuckles" (song lyrics)
Inspector Bellamy (2009)
Françoise mentions it in conversation.
La meute (2010)
Charlotte has the word "HATE" tattooed on the knuckles of her right hand.
True Grit (2010)
The opening song in "True Grit," "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms," was sung or whistled repeatedly by the preacher played by Robert Mitchum, including in a climactic scene, where Lilian Gish's character joins in. Also, one of the final scenes, in which Mattie Ross is being carried back to town on Rooster Cogburn's horse, is strongly reminiscent of a sequence in "Night of the Hunter" where the children run away from home to evade the preacher.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.128 (2011) (TV Episode)
Jay says it's his favorite scary film
L.A. Noire (2011) (Video Game)
One of the 50 gold film reels you can find.
Rust and Bone (2012)
The tattoos on Stéphanie's legs (Right/Left) are an hommage to Harry's Love/Hate hand tattoos.
Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks (2012) (TV Episode)
Amelia has HATE and LOVE written on her fists
After (2012)
Title is on the movie theatre marquee
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
Santa Claus' tattoos Nice and Naughty
Bob Chinn: Memories of Walt Davis & Manny Conde (2014) (Video)
This film is discussed briefly.
Gravity Falls: Sock Opera (2014) (TV Episode)
Dipper's reverend outfit for the play is like the one worn by Robert Mitchum's character Harry Powell.
Leaning (2014) (Short)
The short is an homage to
Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
The BARK and BITE on the knuckles of the dog in the cell is a reference to The Night of the Hunter, where Robert Mitchum had LOVE and HATE tattooed on his fingers.
Coronation Street: Episode #1.8829 (2016) (TV Episode)
Mary mentions the film when speaking about Shelley Winters' film roles.
Dear Eleanor (2016)
Frank quotes the movie.
Brimstone (2016)
Director admitted in the press conference at the Venice Film Festival he was inspired by it.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016) (TV Movie)
LOVE and HATE written on fists

Featured in 

The 43rd Annual Academy Awards (1971) (TV Special)
Histoire(s) du cinéma: Toutes les histoires (1989) (Video)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Siskel & Ebert: Hail, Hail, Black and White (1989) (TV Episode)
Clip shown to demonstrate the benefits of filming in black and white
Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star (1991)
Hate vs. Love story in the Spoon store and cellar scene with the children
Visions of Light (1992)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Siskel & Ebert: Villains: So Bad, They're Good (1995) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.
Siskel & Ebert: Men in Black/Wild America/Out to Sea (1997) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown for the segment on Robert Mitchum.
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Thrills: America's Most Heart-Pounding Movies (2001) (TV Special)
This film is #34 on the list.
Pulp Cinema (2001) (Video)
Clips shown.
Charles Laughton Directs 'The Night of the Hunter' (2002)
Outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
Reverend Harry Powell is #29 on the "Villains" list.
The 100 Greatest Scary Moments (2003) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004) (TV Mini-Series)
Clips are shown.
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers (2009) (TV Movie)
clips with robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters
Maltin on Movies: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010) (TV Episode)
Movie reviewed in this episode.
A Story of Children and Film (2013)
Clips shown
And the Oscar Goes To... (2014) (TV Movie)
Clip shown
The 50 Best Horror Movies You've Never Seen (2014) (TV Movie)
One of the featured films.
Supernatural: Form and Void (2015) (TV Episode)
features a scene with Robert Mitchum from the film, Night of the Hunter.

Spoofed in 

Fatal Instinct (1993)
Words on fingers are spoofed
Mister Smile (1999) (Short)
Surge of Power (2004)
LOVE and HATE are written on bad guy's fists but LOVE is scribbled out and HATE is written (so both wrists say HATE)

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