The Devil & Daniel Webster 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…
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The Devil & Daniel Webster

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Movie Rated: Unrated; Genres: Drama, Sci-fi and Fantasy; With: Edward Arnold and Walter Huston; Distributor: Criterion

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.

Originally posted Oct 24, 2003 Published in issue #734 Oct 24, 2003 Order article reprints