Man Hunt

Man Hunt

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Director: Fritz Lang

Cast: Fritz Lang, Walter Pidgeon, Joan Bennett, George Sanders

     
 

A hunter finds himself in a world of danger when he decides to stalk Adolf Hitler in this taut WWII thriller. Capt. Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) is an expert big-game hunter from England. While hunting in Bavaria, he happens upon Hitler's Berchtesgaden estate and spots the Fuhrer; he has his rifle in tow, and he toys with the idea of firing at the dictator, even raising…  See more details below

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A hunter finds himself in a world of danger when he decides to stalk Adolf Hitler in this taut WWII thriller. Capt. Thorndike (Walter Pidgeon) is an expert big-game hunter from England. While hunting in Bavaria, he happens upon Hitler's Berchtesgaden estate and spots the Fuhrer; he has his rifle in tow, and he toys with the idea of firing at the dictator, even raising the unloaded weapon, putting Hitler in the crosshairs, and pulling the trigger to make the gun click. Unfortunately, this draws the attention of Maj. Quive-Smith (George Sanders), a Gestapo leader assigned to guard the Führer, who promptly apprehends Thorndike, drags him off and attempts to force him to sign a confession. When he refuses, he's brutally beaten and dumped into a hole in the woods, and must climb out and make his way to safety, by hiding as a stowaway on a Danish steamer. The poor fellow then runs afoul of the menacing Mr. Jones (John Carradine), who steals his passport and identity. By the time Thorndike returns to London, the hunter has become the hunted, with Gestapo agents combing the streets looking for the would-be assassin. Man Hunt was directed by Fritz Lang, the great German director who fled to Paris in 1933 rather than accept a commission from Joseph Goebbels to make Nazi propaganda films. He came to America the following year.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The first of Fritz Lang's anti-Nazi features begins with one of those "what if" moments that preoccupy history buffs and dovetails nicely with Lang's preoccupation with the vicissitudes of destiny. None other than Adolph Hitler himself is seen through the crosshairs of a rifle scope. The gunman, hiding among some trees, slowly pulls the trigger and the gun clicks. It was just a practice shot. He carefully loads a single bullet into the chamber, but just as he is about to fire, a leaf falls on his gun, causing him to miss and attracting the attention of a patrolling SS Guard, who promptly apprehends him. The would-be assassin turns out to be the dashing Captain Thorndike, played with consummate charm by Walter Pidgeon. After suffering torture at the hands of his Nazi captors, he finagles an escape aboard a boat bound for London. There he enlists the help of a streetsmart Cockney girl (Joan Bennett) to help him avoid his pursuers. From there, the film follows a relatively standard chase film arc -- albeit with at least one shockingly brutal plot twist -- from foggy nighttime London streets (brilliantly evoked by Arthur C. Miller's low-key lighting) to the remote English countryside. If nothing else, Man Hunt proves that, even when churning out wartime propaganda with a generic story line, Lang was still capable of making a work that is both darkly compelling and, given his own experiences with the Nazis, intensely personal.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2009
UPC:
0024543465393
Original Release:
1941
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
25,143

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by Author Patrick McGilligan; Rogue Male: The Making of Man Hunt ; Original Theatrical Trailer; Restoration Comparison; Advertising Artwork and Still Galleries

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Walter Pidgeon Capt. Thorndike
Joan Bennett Jerry
George Sanders Maj. Quive-Smith
John Carradine Mr. Jones
Roddy McDowall Vaner The Cabin Boy
Ludwig Stossel Doctor
Heather Thatcher Lady Risborough
Frederic Worlock Lord Risborough
Roger Imhof Capt. Jensen
Egon Brecher Whiskers
Lester Matthews Major
Holmes Herbert Farnsworthy
Eily Malyon Postmistress
Arno Frey Police Lieutenant
Fredrik Vogeding Ambassador
Lucien Prival Umbrella Man
Herbert Evans Reeves
Keith Hitchcock London Bobby
Charles Bennett Actor
Frank Benson Actor
Walter Bonn Actor
Sven Hugo Borg 1st Mate
Cyril Delevanti Cab Driver
Carl Ekberg Adolf Hitler
Richard Fraser Navigator
Douglas Gerrard Policeman
William Haade Sentries
Bobby Hale Costermonger
Olaf Hytten Secretary
Hans Joby Tracker
Kurt Kreuger German Attache
Edgar Licho Little Fat Man
Bruce Lister Co-Pilot
Virginia McDowall Postmistress' Daughter
Adolph Milar Pigeon Man
Otto Reichow Actor
John Rogers Cockney
Clifford Severn Cockney Boy
Bob Stephenson Actor
William Von Brincken Chief of Harbor Police

Technical Credits
Fritz Lang Director
Travis Banton Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Day Art Director
Wiard Ihnen Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Kenneth MacGowan Producer
Allen McNeil Editor
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Dudley Nichols Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Man Hunt
1. Main Titles [1:19]
2. Somewhere In Germany [3:55]
3. A Sport [10:04]
4. Questions In High Places [1:25]
5. A Hunting Accident [5:43]
6. Escaping The Dogs [1:34]
7. The Stowaway [3:28]
8. The Imposter [3:26]
9. The Fatted Calf [2:43]
10. A Need To Vanish [1:45]
11. A Real Man [11:46]
12. A Pin For Her Hat [1:23]
13. On His Way To Nowhere [7:45]
14. Derailed [2:21]
15. Tube Murder Mystery [1:27]
16. A Real Woman [7:21]
17. A Visit From Gestapo [6:38]
18. Three Weeks Later [4:11]
19. A Way Out [2:21]
20. A Man's Purpose/End Titles [2:07]

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Man Hunt 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Period movie about a well talked era of American History. Provocative title and story about pre-world war two fictional event proposing the attempt to assassinate Hitler. Movie was a thriller with constant movement involving the hunted would be assassin. The story flowed well with logical and believable scenes. The ending was terrible completely ruining the entire story when the hero is shown parachuting into Germany with a rifle and an announcer suggesting that the hero was commissioned to locate and kill Hitler. The ending ruined the story.
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