6.5/10
19,466
79 user 72 critic

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.

Director:

Todd Robinson

Writer:

Todd Robinson

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Chapter 27 (2007)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A film about Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the infamous murder of Beatle John Lennon.

Director: J.P. Schaefer
Stars: Chuck Cooper, Victor Verhaeghe, Robert Gerard Larkin
Sunset Strip (2000)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A comedy that takes place over twenty-four hours on the Sunset Strip, in 1972.

Director: Adam Collis
Stars: Simon Baker, Anna Friel, Nick Stahl
Mad City (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A disgruntled security guard holds a school trip group hostage, while a news reporter forms a bond with him.

Director: Costa-Gavras
Stars: John Travolta, Dustin Hoffman, Alan Alda
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A tenacious lawyer takes on a case involving a major company responsible for causing several people to be diagnosed with leukemia due to the town's water supply being contaminated, at the risk of bankrupting his firm and career.

Director: Steven Zaillian
Stars: John Travolta, Robert Duvall, Kathleen Quinlan
Amargosa (2000)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The inspirational story of Marta Becket: 76-yr old singer, writer, dancer, painter, visionary, and her creation Amargosa.

Director: Todd Robinson
Stars: Ray Bradbury, Tom Willett, Paul Becker
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A headstrong young woman returns to New Orleans after the death of her estranged mother.

Director: Shainee Gabel
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, John Travolta, Gabriel Macht
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

When Danny witnesses his stepfather Rick murder a man, Danny's father Frank has to protect his son from the greatest danger.

Director: Harold Becker
Stars: John Travolta, Nick Loren, James Lashly
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In Paris, a young employee in the office of the US Ambassador hooks up with an American spy looking to stop a terrorist attack in the city.

Director: Pierre Morel
Stars: John Travolta, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Kasia Smutniak
Living It Up (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Living It Up tells the story of a bus driver who is on the verge of committing suicide when a man offers him some friendly advice - borrow 100 million pesetas from the Mafia and do ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Cuadri
Stars: Salma Hayek, Carmelo Gómez, Tito Valverde
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

When the daughter of a well-known and well-respected base commander is murdered, an undercover detective is summoned to look into the matter and finds a slew of cover-ups at West Point.

Director: Simon West
Stars: John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe, James Cromwell
Americano (2011)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A man who returns to Los Angeles to wrap up his mother's estate sets out in search of the mysterious woman named in her will.

Director: Mathieu Demy
Stars: Mathieu Demy, Geraldine Chaplin, Chiara Mastroianni
Documentary | Biography | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  

The creative journey of Texas singer-songwriter Amy Cook and her band.

Director: Todd Robinson
Stars: Amy Cook, Bobby Daniel, John C. Kelley
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Det. Elmer Robinson
James Gandolfini ... Det. Charles Hilderbrandt
Jared Leto ... Ray Fernandez
Salma Hayek ... Martha Beck
Scott Caan ... Det. Reilly
Laura Dern ... Rene Fodie
Michael Gaston ... D.A. Hunt
Bruce MacVittie ... Det. Eastman
Dan Byrd ... Eddie Robinson
Andrew E. Wheeler Andrew E. Wheeler ... Det. Tooley (as Andrew Wheeler)
Alice Krige ... Janet Long
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Delphine Downing
John Doman ... Chief MacSwain
Bailee Madison ... Rainelle Downing
Ellen Travolta ... Ida
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2006 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lonely Hearts Killers See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,423, 15 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$188,565, 10 May 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,517,423
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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.
See more »


Soundtracks

I'm in Town
Performed by Frantic Faye Thomas
Written by Frantic Faye Thomas (as Faye Thomas)
Published by Swing Beat Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Tuff City Records/ Night Train International
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Decent Film, Flawless Hayek
1 February 2007 | by jp_011205See all my reviews

When a film features a cast with names like John Travolta, Laura Dern, Salma Hayek, & James Gandolfini you would expect it to be excellent wouldn't you? Unfortunately, this is not the case with Todd Robinson's, 'Lonely Hearts'. While it is decent, it's a shame to see so much potential wasted.

'Lonely Hearts' depicts the story of Martha Beck, played by Salma Hayek, and Raymond Fernandez, played by Jared Leto. The duo are more commonly known as the Lonely Hearts Killers. They travel across the country scheming widows and spinsters out of their money. Once the two have their grasp on the unsuspecting women's fortune, they murder them and proceed onto the next target. As the duo start to become a bit sloppy on their route, detectives Robinson and Hildebrandt, played by Travolta and Gandolfini, begin to get closer to capturing them. As time passes it appears their killing spree just may be over.

The cast named here is really good, at least on paper. I don't know what happened, but something went wrong here. There is absolutely no chemistry between Travolta and Dern. It's almost like they hate each other. Nicole Kidman would have been much more fitting choice to play the role of Rene. Her candidness could have added just the right element needed to make the on screen relationship work. The best acting exhibited here though is by the beautiful Salma Hayek. She is flawless as she exudes complete acrimoniousness and madness in her role as Martha Beck. It'll be no surprise to me if this time next year we hear her name among the buzz for an Oscar nod for best supporting actress.

In addition to the mismatch of Travolta and Dern, director and writer Robinson further screws up what could have been with a partly repulsive script. Most of Ganfolfini's narratives are stagnant and repetitive. Of course, not much can be expected from Robinson taking into consideration his poor track record. Neither of his first two films, both documentaries, were successful.

Never fear, all is not lost. Where Robinson fails in his screenplay, he makes up for it with his lovely directing. I would even go as far to say it's right on par with Alfonso Cuaron's amazing achievement, 'Children of Men'. So even despite it having a few weak points, I still recommend seeing 'Lonely Hearts' upon it's release to theaters this March.


11 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 79 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed