Man Hunt (1941)

Man Hunt


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Geoffrey Household, Dudley Nichols
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 19, 2009
Twentieth Century Fox



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Critic Reviews for Man Hunt

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 17, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

This farfetched thriller offers some well-crafted noir-like breathtaking chase sequences that are tense and absorbing.

Full Review… | February 4, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In 'Man Hunt,' tracking shots are literally tracking shots: When Lang's camera glides, it's in pursuit of a quarry, as if it were participating in what the movie's hero refers to as 'a sporting stalk.'

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

it seems to lose sight of the daring adventure aspect and swerves into a fluffy romance

Full Review… | January 9, 2010
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Man Hunt

Captain Alan Thorndike: I present you with this dangerous weapon, madmoiselle, with my undying gratitude and admiration. May you never lodge it in the wrong heart.

Man Hunt is a very interesting movie from Fritz Lang. It has a little bit of everything and it's really well directed, which shouldn't be a shock coming from Lang. At once, it's fun and light and there's jokes and then all of a sudden tones will shift and the film changes to something more serious. This wouldn't work with a lot of other films, but it does here.

Capt. Thorndike is hunting in Germany. We see him come to a ledge and put Hitler in his sights. He pulls the trigger, but there isn't a bullet in it, which he knows. As he begins to get up to leave, he changes his mind and puts a bullet in the gun and re aims at Hitler. A Nazi guard spots him and takes him into custody. He ends up getting away, and soon the hunter becomes the hunted when Maj. Quive-Smith of the German Gestapo won't rest until Thorndike has signed a paper confessing to trying to assassinate Hitler under the command of the British military.

I really loved Man Hunt. There were two good performances from Walter Pidgeon and George Sanders, and although I didn't care for Joan Bennett; she didn't ruin the movie though. In the end, this was one hell of a fun and suspenseful ride from one of the masters, Fritz Lang.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Compact well directed drama of the dawning realization of the Nazi threat in Europe. A noir before that was a popular genre. Pidgeon handles his role well, moving from the lighter tone at the start of the film to the serious one later on. Joan Bennett is a breezy delight as a practitioner of the world's oldest profession. She did some of her best work in Lang films, he was a tough director but she was herself a straight shooter who had no problem giving as good as she got enabling them to work well together through four films.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Man Hunt is an earlier American Fritz Lang film that I'm also guessing is one of his most personal. Walter Pidgeon plays a famous British big game hunter who could have easily taken out Hitler. He's captured and his escape escalates, leaving the possibility of international ramifications almost imminent. Walter Pidgeon plays the man on the run and George Sanders is his adversary. Both are great here as is a baby Roddy McDowell. Joan Bennett's definitely easy on the eyes but her cockney accent made me want to forcibly remove my eardrums from my goddamned head, almost driving me as nuts as the dynamic between Pidgeon and Bennett. It's Joan Bennett! You ask if you can drink her bath water, you don't talk to her like she's your sister's kid! What the hell's wrong with you!?!? Lang's direction is often eerie and noirish and was a nice precursor to the other films he'd make with Bennett, Scarlett Street and Woman in the Window.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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