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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

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 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

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

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Love kills. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The highly polished airliner is a Lockheed Model 10 Electra. 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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Soundtracks

Gee
Written and Performed by Mabel Scott
Published by Swing Beat Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Tuff City Records / Night Train International
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Decide for yourself but I thought it was excellent.
25 November 2006 | by apriliam3See all my reviews

I'm losing faith in this forum and some of the people that vote here... How can you possibly rate this film as a 1 or 2 or 3? Each to their own I suppose and for whatever reasoning or motives... For myself, I found this movie to be excellent. It held my interest from start to finish - and the finish was satisfying. Gandolfini and Travolta were excellent as you would and should expect. Salma Hayek gave what I think should be an award winning performance. Jared Leto was also superb... I can't say I've noticed him in anything of note before this. It was also nice to see Laura Dern again - I've been hot for her since watching Rambling Rose : ) All I can say is watch this movie and decide for yourself. I definitely recommend it.


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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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