Steve Daly
October 24, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Devil and Daniel Webster

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Alec Baldwin, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall
director
Alec Baldwin

We gave it an A-

We may never see the Alec Baldwin-directed remake of this creepy folk tale, wherein Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the devil and Anthony Hopkins her orator opponent. But now for the first time, there’s a complete print of the original that’s mainly pristine (except for a lot of annoying flicker). Featuring James Craig as the farmer who sells his soul to Satan — Walter Huston, in a deliciously pugilistic turn. A- EXTRAS Baldwin reads the Stephen Vincent Benet story on an audio track, and a text essay with audio cues parses Bernard Herrmann’s Oscar-winning, woodwind-infused score.

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