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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
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... 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 ... Det. Tooley (as Andrew Wheeler)
Alice Krige ... Janet Long
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Delphine Downing
John Doman ... Chief MacSwain
Bailee Madison ... Rainelle Downing
Ellen Travolta ... Ida
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Storyline

Ray Fernandez is a slick charmer who cons lonely women out of their savings. Then he meets Martha Beck, a woman of similar morals and modus operandi, and they're perfect for each other. He continues seducing women out of their savings, however, leading to jealousy on Martha's part. The result is a series of murders across several states. On their trail is a pair of jaded yet experienced and resourceful police detectives. Written by grantss

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


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

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Trivia

While the real Raymond was Spanish and the real Martha was white their actors who play them is Jared who is white and Salma is Spanish. See more »

Goofs

After the police find the blood under the floor boards in Fernandez's house, we hear Hildebrandt's voice-over that the cops just missed the couple as they were 5 miles away in Seaford, NY buying a flop top car. Fernandez's home was in Valley Stream which is close to 20 miles away from Seaford, not 5 miles. 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.
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Connections

Version of The Honeymoon Killers (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiggles
Performed by Red Prysock
Written by Bobby Robinson and Red Prysock
Published by Spirit One Music Group o/b/o Bobby Robinson Sweet Soul Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group
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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.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2006 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lonely Hearts See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,423, 15 April 2007

Gross USA:

$188,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,520,835
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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