Cry of the Hunted

Cry of the Hunted, with a sympathetic cop chasing a sympathetic escaped convict from California into the Louisiana swamps, shows the tensions of the other films. It also has a surreal dream sequence which underlines the love-hate magnetism that draws the cop after the fugitive, and a script which creates a Chinese boxes puzzle of moral commitments and debts; it generally succeeds in playing off futility and unthinking passion, and has a fine William Conrad part as the voice of normal prudence (ignored).”

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