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The Good Heart (2009)

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A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing.



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Boði ...
Nurse Nora
Nurse Mona
Sonnie Brown ...
Nurse Woo (as Kim Songwon Brown)
Seth Sharp ...
Nurse Billy
David Moss ...
Homeless #1
Dale A. Smith ...
Homeless #2
Michelle J. Nelson ...
Nurse Sheila (as Michelle Nelson)
Henry Yuk ...
Chin Lee (as Henry Yuk Lui)


After a suicide attempt, Lucas, a young homeless man in New York City, is taken in by Jacques, the gruff owner of a small bar. Jacques is on his fifth or sixth heart attack, and he wants Lucas to run the bar after he dies. Jacques has many rules: don't be friendly, don't serve walk-ins, no food or flowers or candles, put the cash in the freezer every night. Lucas, on the other hand, has a good heart: he gives his money away, he talks to customers, and, when April, a young French woman who has washed out of flight-attendant school, enters the bar chilled to the bone, Lucas takes her in. If Jacques won't tolerate April, what will Lucas do? Written by <>

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Everyone needs a refuge from the world.



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Rated R for language and a disturbing image | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

17 March 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

O Bom Coração  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$3,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,955 (USA) (30 April 2010)


$19,959 (USA) (21 May 2010)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Jacques' new room mate, Ben, suddenly collapses, he falls backward. But in the next shot he is lying face down. See more »


Doctor Lipinski: There's a reason we call you a patient, you know, and that's because you have to be patient.
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Referenced in Teen Wolf: The Tell (2011) See more »

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9 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's a great line: Life's too short for lousy cars.

This is uttered while watching his old station wagon being crushed at the junkyard.

Here's a bit that's hilarious because the delivery is subtle: "It's amazing how broccoli always makes you f@rt.

In a way, broccoli is the embodiment of f@rt.

If you could capture a piece of f@rt; materialize it; I imagine it would look pretty much like broccoli.

the incarnation of f@rt." The movie kept me laughing and crying throughout.

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