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Lonely Hearts (2006)

Based on the true story, two homicide detectives track Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through the personals.

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Det. Reilly
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Rene Fodie
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D.A. Hunt
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Det. Eastman
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Eddie Robinson
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Janet Long
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Ida
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In the late 1940's, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were America's notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers". Their lethal scam was simple; they would swindle and then viciously murder lovelorn war widows who would answer their personal ads in which Ray would describe himself as a sexy Latin Lover. Ironically, Ray's initial introduction to Martha was as a prospective mark. But when they met, it was love at first sight, perhaps as a result of their penchant for kinky sex and their mutual love for duplicity and easy money. With Martha posing as Ray's sister, they bilked elderly spinsters and widows of their savings and then viciously murdered them in a bloodbath of sexual frenzy. When they were arrested, Martha and Ray confessed to 12 killings, although it is believed the actual number is closer to 20. At their sensational trial, Martha and Ray cooed, held hands and seemed as though they could not get enough of each other. Their plea of not guilty by reason of insanity was rejected, and on ... Written by Anonymous

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Some people would kill to be in love. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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21 October 2006 (Taiwan)  »

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Lonely Hearts Killers  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$80,423 (USA) (13 April 2007)

Gross:

$187,389 (USA) (4 May 2007)
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Trivia

Salma Hayek wore blue contacts throughout the film because the real Martha had blue eyes but Salma has deep brown eyes. See more »

Goofs

When the aircraft lands at the Albany, NY, airport, a runway sign indicating Runway 28 is seen. Albany has four runways, none of which are runway 32. The closest runway to that is runway 28. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Det. Eastman: [to Robinson] Hey, we're all proud of you buster... Charlie... Small town cop dropping a pair like this. You wait a a lifetime never even sniffling this guy.
[chuckle]
Det. Eastman: You want to make a move to the burbs, you let me know. It's a phone call. Hey, maybe you wanna through the switch, I can fix that too.
[laughs]
Charles Hilderbrandt: You're such an asshole.
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Connections

Version of Deep Crimson (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Gee
Written and Performed by Mabel Scott
Published by Swing Beat Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Tuff City Records / Night Train International
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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let the killers lead
23 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

In the late 40s, Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto) is a hustler who cons rich women. He meets damaged Martha Beck (Salma Hayek). They become the notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers" who rob lonely widows using personal ads and then kill them. Robinson (John Travolta) and Hildebrandt (James Gandolfini) are homicide detectives. The killers eventually confess to twelve murders in total.

The cast is first rate. There is enough production value. However, writer/director Todd Robinson fails to generate any intensity for me. I think the most compelling characters are Fernandez and Beck. I would have like them to lead. Travolta and Gandolfini are great actors but I'm not fascinated by their characters. Following both sets of characters simply divides the attention of the audience.


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