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Night of the Hunter (1991)

A false preacher ingratiates himself with a dead man's family to find where he hid the money from a robbery.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Davis Grubb (novel), Edmond Stevens (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Harry Powell
Diana Scarwid ... Willa Harper
Amy Bebout Amy Bebout ... Pearl Harper
Reid Binion Reid Binion ... John Harper
Ray McKinnon ... Ben Harper
Mary Nell Santacroce Mary Nell Santacroce ... Mrs. Spoon
Burgess Meredith ... Birdy
Ed Grady ... Walt
Joe Inscoe ... Lieutenant
Bobby McLamb Bobby McLamb ... Parson
Rich Valliere ... Store Owner
George Nannarello George Nannarello ... Bingo Caller
Jeffrey Pillars ... Mechanic (as Jeff Pillars)
Pat Hall Pat Hall ... Pentecostal Witness
Dick Olsen Dick Olsen ... Fire Chief
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A false preacher ingratiates himself with a dead man's family to find where he hid the money from a robbery.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nacht des Jägers See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Was being broadcast on ITV, in the early hours of 31st August 1997. At approximately 01.30, during a commercial break, ITN News interrupted programming with the initial report of the car crash that ultimately killed Princess Diana and Dodi Al Fayed. Little information was known at the time and thus the film then resumed for the remainder of it's duration. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the second sequence in the doll factory, when Mrs. Spon approaches Willa to tell her it's lunchtime. See more »

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Can't improve on perfection.
20 May 1999 | by TresixSee all my reviews

This is further proof that good (no, GREAT) movies shouldn't be remade. Richard Chamberlain, good actor that he is, is not suited for this role. Robert Mitchum's Harry was cunning enough to hide this evil streak from Shelley Winter's Lylah until it was too late. Chamberlain's Harry is so high strung, it's a wonder that Dianne Wiest's Lylah isn't packing the kids up and running within five minutes of meeting him. Maybe this film, the made-for-TV versions of WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE and IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (remade as IT HAPPENED ONE CHRISTMAS) should stand as testament that you just CAN'T improve upon greatness no matter how hard you try.


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