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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

G | | 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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(novel), (screenplay)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Spiros Antonapoulos
Peter Mamakos ...
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 ...
Spareribs
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Dr. Copeland (as Percy Rodriguez)
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Portia
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Storyline

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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Drama

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G | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

31 July 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Montgomery Clift was approached to play Singer (Alan Arkin's character) in an early 1960s version that never got off the ground. See more »

Goofs

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: [Lying on the beach on a blanket] Kiss me, Harry. Kiss me the way married people kiss.
Harry: Do you think we should?
Mick: Please let me have just one thing the way I want it to be.
[He kisses her]
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Crazy Credits

And Introducing

Sondra Locke

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Connections

References Two for the Road (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

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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The most poignant movie I have ever seen.
17 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Reading the book is giving me an incredible introduction to the substance of the story. I am seeing some profound insights to individuals that gives understanding to people I know. Especially religious people are portrayed so I understand the religious mind so much better. One element of the movie that is missing in the reviews I've read so far is the musical score. Composed by Dave Grusin the theme sends a chill into my psyche when I hear it years after viewing the movie. Mick seems to be a surprisingly deep person; considering her environment. Her love of classical music exposes a mind that rises well above her simple life. This is the nature of genius and is probably part of Carson McCuller's own persona. I would believe she writes from memories of her own childhood.


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