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3.5
322 Ratings

Man Hunt

Directed by Fritz Lang
United States, 1941
Drama, Thriller

Synopsis

British hunter Thorndike vacationing in Bavaria has Hitler in his gunsight. He is captured, beaten, left for dead, and escapes back to London where he is hounded by German agents and aided by a young woman.

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Man Hunt Directed by Fritz Lang
A sensation upon initial viewings in June 1941 (only days before Germany invaded Russia), the movie has a long, silent opening scene, with the Nazi leader in his Berchtesgaden hideaway framed in the sniper’s gun sight, that still packs a wallop. The rest of the movie is beautifully lit, expertly directed and considerably enlivened by the presence of Joan Bennett, obviously enjoying herself in the role of the teenage cockney quasi-prostitute who comes to Pidgeon’s aid.
October 09, 2014
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…The integrity of the fantasy world being created before the camera is something being believed in by its creators, and in turn, presumably, by the audience. It is telling us a story; Man Hunt is a wartime thriller invoking a wartime audience’s imagination.
November 02, 2012
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The opening sequence of Fritz Lang’s “Man Hunt” is still powerful today; imagine how it must have struck the audience on June 13, 1941, when “Man Hunt” opened at the Roxy in Times Square… “Man Hunt” was originally meant as a project for John Ford, and the screenplay is by Ford’s regular collaborator, Dudley Nichols. But Lang folds the film entirely within his own personality.
May 15, 2009
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What are people saying?

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Man Hunt

    Joan does Hedy in one of the worst cockney accents ever put on film. George Sanders is absolutely amazing, and Walter Pidgeon and Fritz Lang do their part for the war effort. It was labeled propaganda at the time, but the appeasement clearly wasn't working. Read Kasman's article on this film. It has great insights on Lang's methodology.

  • ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film Man Hunt

    Though obviously a propaganda film against the nazis, it doesn't entirely let the other countries off the hook by criticizing their lack of action. With such a subject matter, you'd think this would be rather dark and pessimistic, which it slightly is near the end, but it is mostly light-hearted and tonally similar to North By Northwest and The 39 Steps. Politically didactic but also an immensely watchable Lang.

  • Ingrid Bergman's rating of the film Man Hunt

    Great storyline masterfully directed by Fritz Lang and featuring talented actors. However, Joan Bennett's attempt at a British accent was dreadful (and that's being polite) and the script wasn't great especially the dialogues between the 2 leads.

  • João Eça's rating of the film Man Hunt

    an espionage thriller with some noir qualities, this fritz lang masterpiece is not only a romantic tour de force as the first anti-nazi film in cinema history. with a powerful cast (pidgeon, bennet, sanders, mcdowall, carradine), gorgeous photography, incredible locations and atmosphere, this film is all about one thing: the will of every single person to fight for what he believes in: love and humanity, most of all.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Man Hunt

    I don't know whether you're like me or not but when I see 'Man Hunt' I smell the masterpiece from the first minute of the film on. I don't need to analyze the movie, I don't need to thoroughly examine the credits to inwardly feel that what I'm seeing is worthy to stay in the annals of Cinema. When I spend 105 minutes without looking at my watch, it's enough for me. Respect. Indispensable. See it on Blu-Ray.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Man Hunt

    Ever the iconoclast, Lang underscores scenes of conversation with a melodramatic soundtrack, but allows scenes of action & suspense to play out against the sound of heightened actuality. Combined with a political commentary wielded like a sledgehammer & a subtext about war turning pacifists into killers, the films feels almost as Brechtian as the subsequent Hangmen Also Die! Lang's filmmaking is as ever astonishing.

  • Thomas's rating of the film Man Hunt

    Part noir, part melodrama and a wholly satisfying thriller. The plot unravels at a grippingly steady, brisk pace. The cinematography is crisp and sharp, but also wonderfully subdued when it needs to be, perfectly complementing the foggy London locations where the story mainly takes place. John Carradine's sinister performance as Pidgeon's relentless pursuer is genuinely chilling and maniacally terrifying.

  • Diderot's rating of the film Man Hunt

    One of Lang's lesser-viewed thrillers and thoroughly satisfying. George Sanders plays the most impossibly British German commander, and Joan Bennett is still charming while barely holding her accent.

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