- Country: USA
- Genres: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
- Release: 1955-11-24
- Director: Charles Laughton
- Writers: James Agee , Davis Grubb
- Language: English
- Stars: Robert Mitchum , Shelley Winters , Lillian Gish , James Gleason
- Runtime: 92 min
- Awards: 2 wins.
- AKA: Caniler avcısı (Turkey) , Shab-e shekarchi (Iran) , Kludedukken (Denmark) , Noć lovca (Serbia) , Ο θανατοποινίτης με το σημάδι (Greece) , La nuit du chasseur (France, French Republic) , La noche del cazador (Spain) , Kariudo no yoru (Japan) , The Night of the Hunter , 獵人之夜 (Taiwan) , Die Nacht des Jägers , Die Nacht des Jägers (Austria) , The Night of the Hunter (Canada) , De jagersnacht (Belgium) , La morte corre sul fiume (Italy) , La noche del cazador (Mexico) , O Mensageiro do Diabo (Brazil) , Ніч мисливця (Ukraine) , O thanatopoinitis me to simadi (Greece) , Ночь охотника , The Night of the Hunter (United States of America) , Pimeydessä vaeltava (Finland) , The Night of the Hunter (United Kingdom) , Trasdockan (Finland) , Die Nacht des Jägers (Germany) , 狩人の夜 (Japan) , Leylat alsayyad (Egypt) , A vadász éjszakája (Hungary) , The Night of the Hunter (Australia) , Räsynukke (Finland) , I nyhta tou kynigou (Greece) , Trasdockan (Sweden) , Noaptea Vanatorului (Romania) , La noche del cazador (Argentina) , Jegeren i mørket (Norway) , La nuit du chasseur (Belgium) , Нощта на ловеца (Bulgaria) , Noc lovca (Slovenia) , Noc myśliwego (Poland) , La noche del cazador (Uruguay, Eastern Republic of) , A Sombra do Caçador (Portugal, Portuguese Republic) , La nit del caçador (Spain) , Ночь охотника (Russian Federation) , Mensageiro do Diabo (Brazil)A Sombra do Caçador, A vadász éjszakája, Caniler avcisi, De jagersnacht, Die Nacht des Jägers, I nyhta tou kynigou, Kariudo no yoru, Kludedukken, La morte corre sul fiume, La noche del cazador, La nuit du chasseur, Mensageiro do Diabo, Noaptea Vanatorului, Noć lovca, Noc mysliwego, O Mensageiro do Diabo, O thanatopoinitis me to simadi, Pimeydessä vaeltava, Räsynukke, Trasdockan, Ο θανατοποινίτης με το σημάδι, Ночь охотника, Нощта на ловеца, 暗夜寻宝, 狩人の夜, 猎人之夜, 猎人的夜晚, 雾夜惊魂
- Plot: It's the Great Depression. In the process of robbing a bank of $10,000, Ben Harper kills two people. Before he is captured, he is able to convince his adolescent son John and his daughter Pearl not to tell anyone, including their mother Willa, where he hid the money, namely in Pearl's favorite toy, a doll that she carries everywhere with her. Ben, who is captured, tried and convicted, is sentenced to death. But before he is executed, Ben is in the state penitentiary with a cell mate, a man by the name of Harry Powell, a self-professed man of the cloth, who is really a con man and murderer, swindling lonely women, primarily rich widows, of their money before he kills them. Harry does whatever he can, unsuccessfully, to find out the location of the $10,000 from Ben. After Ben's execution, Harry decides that Willa will be his next mark, figuring that someone in the family knows where the money is hidden. Despite vowing not to remarry, Willa ends up being easy prey for Harry's outward evangelicalism; she is a pious woman who feels she needs to atone for her sins which led to Ben doing what he did, especially as Harry presents himself as the preacher who worked at the prison and provided salvation to Ben before his death. Harry quickly figures out that John and Pearl know where the money is. Conversely, John doesn't trust Harry, John who first tries not to show to Harry that he indeed does know where the money is, and then second constantly reminds a more-trusting Pearl of their promise to their now-deceased father. With Willa devoted to her new husband, John and Pearl need some other adult assistance in evading Harry's veiled threats, an adult who not only can see the honesty and goodness in children but who can also see a true wolf in sheep's clothing like Harry.
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