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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)

Approved  |   |  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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Spiros Antonapoulos
Peter Mamakos ...
Charles Spirmonedes
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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)  »

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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 »

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Doctor Copeland: [to Singer with great irony] Strange how life works itself out! Here I am... a man who has hated all whites for as long as I can remember. Now, in the last year of my life, a secret, shared only by us, links me closer to you than anyone else. A superb joke... if you have a sense of humor.
[singer reluctantly shakes his head 'no']
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Symphony #47 in C Major, 'Jupiter,' K 551
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By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1788)
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My Personal Favorite
28 November 2003 | by (In the Pacific now; L.I. past) – See all my reviews

I'm 55, and have seen countless movies in my day, from silents to computerized re-makes of classics. I won't repeat all the wonderful things said about this movie by others, but only endorse their views and feelings: The filming, the setting, the story, the casting, the music....combined they add up to make this movie stand out a bit above all others. I saw "Lonely Hunter" when it came out, and perhaps 2 or 3 times since then, and it has certainly stood the test of time. I don't see how you could find a more moving, sensitive, and thought-provoking production. Only recently have I read the book, and, despite one viewer's comments, believe the film to be a wonderfully compact and visual interpretation of same; a joy to behold, and one that has positively influenced my life in many ways. Would just like to add that the latest movie to have such an effect on me, although not necessarily for the positive(!), has been "American Beauty". "The Heart" surely rates a 10/10!


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