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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

G | | Drama | 31 July 1968 (USA)
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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Spiros Antonapoulos
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Charles Spirmonedes
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Beaudine
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Margaret 'Mick' Kelly
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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 ...
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Dr. Copeland (as Percy Rodriguez)
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Portia
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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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Comedian Jackie Vernon was initially cast in role ultimately played by Chuck McCann. 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: [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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Sondra Locke

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Referenced in Mork & Mindy: The Honeymoon (1981) See more »

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Symphony #47 in C Major, 'Jupiter,' K 551
(uncredited)
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(1788)
[Heard at concert in movie theater and on record Singer gives to Mick]
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Phenomenal performaces make this a memorable and haunting film!

I will not forget this movie for the rest of my life! Although the direction is excellent with a very good script and good production values, the performances are the standout aspect of this remarkable film. Alan Arkin and Sondra Locke make the film work and were both nominated for Oscars for their work here. Their scenes are magic, but Arkin is easily the stronger performance of the two. The supporting cast is very good, but Chuck McCann deserves special mention here. A comedian who's work has mainly been very lighthearted, he plays a straight dramatic role here and does a excellent job. A very human, very touching, very emotional film, the last 15-20 minutes will stay with you a very long time. Turner Classic Movies runs this on occasion and it is currently in print. Most highly recommended.


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