The Night of the Hunter is a 1955 thriller film directed by Charles Laughton, starring Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters. The film follows a corrupt preacher who marries a widow in order to get his hands on the money her late husband had stolen, but her children are determined to protect their inheritance. Based upon the novel by Davis Grubb, which was inspired by the true story of Harry Powers, who was hanged in 1932 for the murder of two widows and three children in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
The film is considered one of the greatest films ever made. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1992. The influential French film magazine Cahiers du Cinéma selected The Night of the Hunter in 2008 as the second-best film of all time, behind Citizen Kane. Mitchum’s performance is also considered to be one of the greatest film performances in American cinematic history.
Join us for The Night of the Hunter on the big screen, with a brief introduction of the film’s history, fun facts on its production, and why it remains an important work of cinema art.
Featuring raffle prizes (raffle tickets for $1) and one free drink ticket with each admission.