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http://www.aellea.com/script/nightofthehunter.txt 1 of 102 8/16/08 11:25 PM The Night of the Hunter by James Agee, David Grubb & Charles Laughton FULL SHOT -- THE STARLIT SKY VOICE And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying. .. FADE sky to DAY. LAP DISSOLVE TO LONG SHOT -- HELICOPTER -- OHIO RIVER COUNTRY High over the country, CENTERING the winding river. VOICE Beware of false prophets. ... LOWER LONG SHOT -- HELICOPTER -- RIVER COUNTRY We approach a riverside village. VOICE ... which come to you in sheep's clothing . .. A CLOSER, LOWER HELICOPTER SHOT We descend low over a deserted house; CHILDREN in yard run and hide; we hear "IT" counting "five, ten, fifteen, twenty. .." VOICE ... but inwardly, they are ravening wolves. MEDIUM SHOT -- "IT" He finishes his count with a loud "Hundred" and turns, then: "IT" What's wrong? We PAN as he comes towards a little boy, beside an open cellar door, who gestures towards the open door. "IT" looks down. "IT" (a low gasp) Heyy! (then he shouts to all and to us) Heyy! We DOLLY IN fast to, and TILT DOWN into, open cellar, into: CLOSE SHOT -- A LEG A skeletal leg in a rotted fume of stocking and a high-heeled shoe. We HOLD a moment, then PULL UP and AWAY over the converging heads of several CHILDREN. A CHILD whimpers softly.
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http://www.aellea.com/script/nightofthehunter.txt 2 of 102 8/16/08 11:25 PM HELICOPTER SHOT The yard and the CHILDREN, same angle and height as the last descending helicopter shot. We PULL BACK and AWAY. VOICE Ye shall know them by their fruits. DISSOLVE TO HIGH LONG SHOT -- HELICOPTER CENTERING the river. VOICE A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit. ... LOWER LONG SHOT (HELICOPTER) CENTERING on open touring car, as it drives along a river road. VOICE Neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. We stoop low towards the car. VOICE Wherefore by their fruits, ye shall know them. CUT TO CLOSE SHOT -- PREACHER He is the driver of the car. Pleasant river landscapes (PROCESS) flow behind him. He is dressed in dark clothes, a paper collar, a string tie. As he drives, he talks to himself. PREACHER What's it to be, Lord, another widow? Has it been six? Twelve? ... I disremember. He nods, smiles, and touches his hat. We see a farm couple in a poor wagon. PREACHER You say the word, and I'm on my way. LAP DISSOLVE TO CLOSE SHOT -- PREACHER DRIVING He brakes his car in a small riverside town; then proceeds. PREACHER You always send me money to go forth and preach your Word. A widow with a little wad of bills hidden away in the sugar-bowl. LAP DISSOLVE TO CLOSE SHOT -- PREACHER DRIVING He shifts into second gear, climbing a steep little hill. PREACHER
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http://www.aellea.com/script/nightofthehunter.txt 3 of 102 8/16/08 11:25 PM I am tired. Sometimes I wonder if you really understand. (pause)
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2011 for the course TMA 319 taught by Professor Russell during the Winter '11 term at BYU.

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