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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

Unrated  |   |  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 16-year-old daughter.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Spiros Antonapoulos
Peter Mamakos ...
Charles Spirmonedes
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Blount (as Stacy Keach Jr.)
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Beaudine
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Margaret 'Mick' Kelly
Biff McGuire ...
Mr. Kelly
Jackie Marlowe ...
Bubber Kelly
Laurinda Barrett ...
Mrs. Margaret Kelly
Robbie Barnes ...
Ralph Kelly
Wayne Smith ...
Harry
Richard Fingar ...
Sucker Wells
Sherri Vise ...
Delores
Gavin Paulin ...
Spareribs
Percy Rodrigues ...
Dr. Copeland (as Percy Rodriguez)
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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 problems. The lives of the people Singer touches are varied, linked only by their friendship with Singer. His friends include a deaf-mute, a drunk, 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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Mary Badham tested unsuccessfully for the role of Mick. See more »

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When Dr. Copeland goes in to see Judge Bronson he enters via a swinging door with a glass panel in it. A member of the camera crew is reflected in the glass as it swings shut. See more »

Quotes

Mick: But, Mama... I wanna make something of myself, Mama. I got this feelin' inside me like I was destined for something.
Mrs. Kelly: We all have that feelin' when we are young. It will pass!
Mr. Kelly: Margaret, don't!
Mick: Well, I know it won't be easy, but without a high school diploma, what chance have I got?
Mrs. Kelly: The same chance I had. You'll meet some fella and get married. If you're lucky, you'll love him. You'll have kids. That's what life is, Mick. That's all it is!
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Referenced in Mork & Mindy: The Honeymoon (1981) See more »

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
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Written by Dave Grusin and Peggy Lee
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This movie taught valuable lessons
3 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie, it is one of my all time favorites. I saw this movie for the first time when I was 12. My mother and I would stay up to the wee hours of the morning watching classic movies, and this was one of them. Not only was this a well acted movie, but it made such an impact on me even at a young age. No matter what your background, your ability or disability, race or age, all the characters of this film seemed to find each other despite all that. This film took on the prejudices against race, the disabled and confronted them with true human emotion. I highly recommend this film, especially to young people, I promise this film is not out dated it is timeless and it's lessons are as well!


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