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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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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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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$187,389 (USA) (4 May 2007)
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The real Martha Beck was of a very different stature to that of actress Salma Hayek and at the time of her death weighed well over 200lbs. On her execution day it was discovered that she would not fit into the electric chair so was seated on the arm rests when the fatal shock was administered. See more »

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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 »

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[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.
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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.
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Travolta's Cinematic Vehicle
4 October 2010 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

The real-life story of Ray Fernandez and Martha Beck is quite compelling. They teamed up in the early 1950s to swindle lonely old ladies out of their fortunes. That storyline is presented directly and clearly in the 1969 movie "The Honeymoon Killers".

Unfortunately, the same storyline gets lost in "Lonely Hearts", a drab, dreary, really dreadful movie less interested in the Fernandez/Beck plot than in the promotion of Hollywood celebrity Travolta, who plays an obsessed cop on the scent of the depraved duo. After the first few minutes the viewer easily gets the drift of this film.

Every time Travolta, or his cop buddies, came into view, I fast-forwarded the DVD. What I wanted to see was Fernandez and Beck, not some irrelevant cop, and surely not a cop played by Travolta, an actor who needs to retire. With every movie he makes, he looks worse and worse. His cop buddy here, played by James Gandolfini, is hardly any more appealing, with all that unnecessary bad language. And the inclusion of the totally untalented Scott Caan makes a mockery of the casting. But it gets worse.

The real Martha Beck was heavy, even fat. Here, they cast thin, voluptuous Salma Hayek to play Beck. Clearly, the filmmakers were not interested in historical authenticity. They probably reasoned, incorrectly, that viewers are ignorant of the facts in the case. Further, the pouty, one-note performance of Hayek is laughably embarrassing. She is another actor who needs to retire.

"The Honeymoon Killers" is a film that definitely has its weaknesses. But at least it focuses on what is important, the story of Fernandez and Beck. It is an honest movie. Anyone interested in the facts needs to watch that movie, not this one. "Lonely Hearts" is not far removed from outright mendacity, and is clearly aimed at promoting current Hollywood star celebrities at the expense of historical accuracy.


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