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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

 -  Drama  -  31 July 1968 (USA)
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When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 14 year-old daughter.

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John Singer
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Mick
Laurinda Barrett ...
Mrs. Kelly
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Blount (as Stacy Keach Jr.)
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Spiros Antonapoulos
Biff McGuire ...
Mr. Kelly
Percy Rodrigues ...
Doctor Copeland
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Portia
Jackie Marlowe ...
Bubber
Johnny Popwell ...
Willie
Wayne Smith ...
Harry
Peter Mamakos ...
Spirmonedes
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Beaudine
Hubert Harper ...
Brannon
Sherri Vise ...
Delores
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Sentimental story centers around a deaf-mute, Singer, and Mick, a teenager who lives in the house where he rents a room. Mick and Singer become friends, though they are separated by Singer's lack of communication ability and Mick's struggle with teenage traumas. The lives of the people Singer touches are varied, linked only by their friendship with Singer. His friends include a deaf-mute, a drunk, a and a doctor. Singer does his best to help those around him solve their problems, but who is there to help him solve his own? Written by Melissa Portell <mportell@s-cwis.unomaha.edu>

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...and from this man who could not speak or hear, the girl heard many things.

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31 July 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Joseph Strick dropped out of the film as director early in the production and was replaced by Robert Ellis Miller. See more »

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Carnival is supposedly taking place on a warm summer night judging from characters' lightweight costumes but actors' frosty breath can be seen in a number of shots. See more »

Quotes

Mick: [At the gravesite] Why did he do it? I keep asking myself that over and over.
Doctor Copeland: Oh, I don't suppose any of us will ever know that. None of us ever knew him... not really. We all brought our troubles to him, never stopping to think he may have troubles of his own.
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Written by Dave Grusin and Peggy Lee
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22 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is, as promoted, simply a nice story about a really good guy: a deaf mute who helps some people and, in the end, desperately needed someone to help him.

Alan Arkin is memorable as the deaf mute and Sondra Locke, in her first screen role, also shines as the second lead. A pity Locke was never given roles this meaty since then. Percy Rodriguez also is memorable here.

Since this is good storytelling, from a best-selling book by Carson McCullers, all the characters here stand out. It's not a fast-moving film yet it is an involving story in which the viewer winds up caring about these people. Yes, the ending is sad and shocking but, in this case, a good ending because it makes you reflect more on what perhaps you and I neglect to do: to remember that everyone needs encouragement from time to time, even the encouragers.

This movie a throwback to some of the nice films of the 1940s, except that, despite being rated "G," there were several instances of profanity in here, including one usage of the Lord's name in vain. Still one for the whole family.


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