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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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He preached against 'suffer the little children.' Then he went out and practised it. [Video] See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: The Stepfather (2014) See more »

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This movie should be erased from existence.
8 December 1998 | by Ivan-28See all my reviews

These comments are probably superfluous, since most viewers rated this a "one (awful)" -- as did I. Still I noticed 3 votes giving it a ten. Either they never saw the original or have confused this on with it. Yikes!

This made-for-TV monstrosity is the definitive case of why classic films should never be remade. Richard Chamberlain hams up his role to the point of unintentional laughs. But the unimaginative direction keeps the movie dull, so it doesn't work as camp, for those who like that sort of thing. It adds nothing new to the original story.

In the original, the movie was seen from the viewpoint of the children. The remake puts their horror secondary to the ridiculous performance of Richard Chamberlain's preacher.

To those who look favorably on this remake, please seek out the original at your video store. You will be in for a real treat.


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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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