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Lonely Hearts (1991)

Alma, a lonely woman, falls for the conman who steals her money after seducing her. Frank doesn't want Alma around him, but he cannot do anything about the situation in case she goes to the... See full summary »

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Andrew Lane

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R.E. Daniels (story), Andrew Lane (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Frank
Beverly D'Angelo ... Alma
Joanna Cassidy ... Erin Randall
Herta Ware Herta Ware ... Gran
Bibi Besch ... Maria Wilson
Rebecca Street ... Jane Ericson
Miriam Flynn ... Helen
Sharon Farrell ... Louise
Sandy Baron ... Apartment Manager
Ellen Geer ... Martha
Marlyn Mason ... Beverly Ross
Charles Napier ... Robby Ross
Simone Study Simone Study ... Social Security Client
Jack Jozefson Jack Jozefson ... Detective
Darcy Shean ... Speaker at Meeting
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Storyline

Alma, a lonely woman, falls for the conman who steals her money after seducing her. Frank doesn't want Alma around him, but he cannot do anything about the situation in case she goes to the police. Hot on the trail of the two is a female private detective, working for another of Frank's victims. Written by Rob Hartill

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Obsession makes strange bedfellows


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Rated R for sensuality, language and violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1993 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Annunci di morte See more »

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Gibraltar Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Alma: Did you just say you are a recent widow?
Martha: Yes.
Alma: It's only been a year for me too.
Martha: You lost your husband?
Alma: It was a freak accident,it was, unbelievable actually.
Martha: We don't have to talk about it.
Alma: He was away on business in Japan and ah, the hotel he was in caught fire. He was trapped in his room and he had to jump 5 stories. Miraculously he survived the fall, it was another man jumping from the 10th floor that landed on top of him.
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Fair melodrama, superb acting lifts it above a Lifetime movie
27 June 2002 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

It seems extraordinary that the producer was able to attract these superb actors to this movie - a script that needed to get deeper into the characters than it did and sometimes seemed to avoid evolution. Yet the acting lifted a "woman as victim" melodrama starring Beverly D'Angelo to something more. D'Angelo's ability to convey someone with little self-esteem, her grabbing at something hopeful, her lust, her confusion - were so vividly portrayed. D'Angelo is one of the finest actresses anywhere.

Joanna Cassidy is also a wonderful actress who lends some interest to a standard role. She and D'Angelo look very right together in their respective roles. Cassidy, the self-confident private detective, is tall, lanky and strong-looking - given to wearing jeans. D'Angelo, the lonely obsessive lacking self-esteem, is soft, shorter, voluptuous verging on plump, and wears very feminine clothes except at low ebb when she dons sweats. The viewer is reminded how beautiful both women are - both have stunning eyes.

The director uses food interestingly - when D'Angelo is abstaining from rich foods, she's moving away from Roberts -when indulging, she's in his clutches.

Eric Roberts is quite good as the vulnerable ladies' con man who never means to kill. The screenwriter does a poor job with his character. Each time he appears to suffer remorse, he takes actions that don't bear any relation to the remorse. The script seems to jump about in dealing with him. In fact, the poor treatment of this character is probably the greatest weakness in the movie.

The climax is terribly predictable - which is unfortunate. In its desire to satisfy the audience, it simply serves up the usual dessert.

AS the other person commented, this movie is worth watching for its performances D'Angelo is simply superb, Cassidy somehow makes one interested when she's on the screen, and Roberts is dandy. I'd recommend it.


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