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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Spiros Antonapoulos
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Charles Spirmonedes
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Beaudine
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Das Herz ist ein einsamer Jäger  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Joseph Strick dropped out of the film as director early in the production and was replaced by Robert Ellis Miller. See more »

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Carnival is supposedly taking place on a warm summer night judging from characters' lightweight costumes but actors' frosty breath can be seen in a number of shots. See more »

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Doctor Copeland: [Hearing that his son-in-law's leg has been amputated] Must be something I can do.
Portia: I'll tell you what you're gonna do. They're sendin' Willie home as soon as he can travel. He's gonna need a lot of care, so we're gonna move him here.
Doctor Copeland: [Visibly distraught] Of course, yes.
Portia: [Bitterly] I'll cook and do the cleanin' and such... but all the time you'll know I'm hating you. I got a feelin' I'm gonna be a very good hater... and if I ain't, I can learn.
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Sondra Locke

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References The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) See more »

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I Can't Afford to Let You Go
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Written by Dave Grusin and Hermine Hilton
Performed by Mac Davis
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Moving Story of Love and Kindness
23 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

This was one of the first movies I bought for my VHS collection and would like to see it brought out in DVD with additional commentary.

A story of one man's isolation from others by the fact of being a deaf-mute individual with apparently only one true friend (another deaf-mute whom he love's like a brother). In spite of this physical disability he becomes an important part of all the other characters involved by being a confidant and sounding board for their lives. His patience and quiet concern and attention allows them to sort through their own motives and problems and come to an understanding of them.

Unfortunately because of this disability he remains isolated from being able to take comfort from them when he needs it most. The HEART of the story. To be able to give so much and yet still be denied the love and understanding of the very people you have helped so much. In that respect many of us are Lonely Hunters.

A wonderful and introspective movie about feelings and motivations. View it if you can.


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