Man Hunt

Man Hunt

DVD - 2009
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A British hunter on vacation in the Bavarian Alps, in the forests near Adolf Hitler's home, gets Hitler in his gun sight and ponders whether or not he should shoot him. But a Gestapo leader intervenes, capturing him and torturing him in order to force him to confess to being a hired British assassin. Thorndike refuses to confess and manages to escape--then the hunt is on.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2009, [1941]
Edition: Full frame.
Copyright Date: ©2009
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE MAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
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✅ I laugh at those who think there is some sort of political message to be derived from this movie. Hitler's dead, you can move on. The film is a tense suspense thriller, about a hunter who has Hitler in his sights, when complications ensue, maybe a little farfetched, but so is life.The two leads are well played, and the movie doesn't waste a second of its 105 minutes. Recommended. (If you want the real story, look up "The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot," and yes, that's an actual movie.)

Vincent T Lombardo Dec 23, 2015

This film was released in 1941 before the attack on Pearl Harbor, but takes place in 1939 a few months before the beginning of World War II. The film clearly takes the position that the world must stop Hitler, and I think that the British protagonist played by Walter Pidgeon personifies American neutrality in 1941. Although the movie is preachy and uneven with an ending that is a bit disappointing, it is a good political thriller, and is funny and romantic as well as dark and moody. The cast is great, particularly George Sanders and Joan Bennett.

ChampionMDR Jun 18, 2015

Terribly predictable, propagandist and cliched, but still an entertaining flick because of high caliber actors and director.

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em_ily
Jun 22, 2013

Big disappointment. Hard to believe that this is the same Fritz Lang who made Metropolis, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and M. Silly, hokey and poorly written script wastes the talents of some good actors. Culminates in an absolutely ludicrous ending.

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ericstride
May 22, 2013

This film has to be viewed with the production date in mind. It is 1941 and Britain is at war with Hitler's Germany. It is, in a sense, a propaganda film, and it shows. The story line is at best fanciful. On the plus side we have two sterling actors, Walter Pidgeon and George Sanders, and a very young Roddy McDowall, in his first film. Sadly, the dialogue they are given is often very bad. On the negative side, we have Joan Bennett, an American actress, sporting what is possibly the worst Cockney accent on film. The film's final scenes are very silly indeed, almost embarrassingly so. It was a disappointing film in so many ways.

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missy2
Jul 12, 2012

Fritz Lang's "Man Hunt" takes you on a suspenseful adventure as you follow the not-always-brilliant protagonist as he tries to escape the clutches of pursuing Nazis.

Lang demonstrates that not only did he outmaster Hitchcock with his suspenseful use of camera angles and lighting, but that he could also create a female character that was more than one
dimensional (a classic Hitchcock shortcoming).

Sadly the last ten minutes of this film seems to have had a war propaganda message tacked onto it -- it really doesn't show any of Lang's artistic imprint at all.

But the film is still well worth seeing for those who enjoy heightened suspense and intrigue.

George Sanders has never acted better (Sanders did this brilliant acting before he fell into the claws of Hollywood stereotyping) and does a commendable German accent as well!

Recommended.

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madishoemake
Nov 11, 2011

Goodness! Goodness! Goodness! Definitely my favorite with Walter Pidgeon. If you have a stomach for minor gore, a definite recommendation.

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