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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Actors: Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett, Stacy Keach, Chuck Mccann
Director: Robert Ellis Miller
Genres: Drama
UR     2008     2hr 3min

When hearing-impaired John Singer moves to a Southern town to continue his friendship with a recently institutionalized fellow deaf mute, his compassion changes the lives of a small circle of struggling people--who discove...  more »


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Actors: Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke, Laurinda Barrett, Stacy Keach, Chuck Mccann
Director: Robert Ellis Miller
Creators: James Wong Howe, John F. Burnett, Joel Freeman, Marc Merson, Thomas C. Ryan, Carson McCullers
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Classics
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/08/2008
Original Release Date: 07/31/1968
Theatrical Release Date: 07/31/1968
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 2hr 3min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 14
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

One of the greatest screen performances of all time.
Miles D. Moore | Alexandria, VA USA | 06/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Robert Ellis Miller's film version of "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" is decent and straightforward, but what makes it a classic is the performance of Alan Arkin as deaf-mute John Singer. Arkin's performance moved me to tears in 1968, and subsequent viewings confirm my conviction that Arkin gives here one of the greatest performances ever recorded on film. Why has Arkin's work in "Heart" been so thoroughly forgotten? When "Premiere" magazine a few years ago did an article on actors throughout screen history playing handicapped characters, it completely ignored Arkin, although his performance was Oscar-nominated. "Heart" also contains fine early performances by stars-in-the-making Stacy Keach and Cicely Tyson, as well as a performance (also Oscar-nominated) by Sondra Locke that far exceeded anything she did afterward. But it is Arkin who dominates this film, and those who see his performance will cherish it forever."
American Pastoral: captures the spirit of McCullers' poetic
Samuel Chell | Kenosha,, WI United States | 07/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"No, it's not the novel, which is a multi-plotted study of four characters whose lives are symmetrically developed and eventually tied together like the themes in a sonata, all of them linked by their attraction to a deaf-mute as an alternative to a profound sense of futility, despair and, above all, loneliness felt by each of the four. The ultimate irony is that the only character who affords the others a solace from their alienation is himself the most isolated and miserable character in the story, denied even an illusory companionship when his only friend dies.

The film omits much of the confused and failed political agendas of the black Southern doctor (Dr. Copeland) and the inarticulate Marx idealogist (Jake Blount) as well as the antisocial preoccupations of the novel's unlikely, voyeuristic hero, the restaurant owner, Biff Brannon. But by focusing on the struggles of the deaf-mute (Alan Arkin) and the idealistic young woman seeking to escape from oppressive social circumstances (Sondra Locke), it accomplishes more than many films. In fact, I can think of few movies that so effectively represent life in a small-minded, provincial Southern community: a form of American pastoral that is also a microcosm of life--from racial and social prejudice to economic hardship to dreams of personal freedom and achievement to the universality of the loneliness that paradoxically joins and separates the often dysfunctional family of humanity.

This is a film with a lot of heart, one moreover that's capable of gettihg under your skin and leaving a lasting impression much like McCullers' writing. Its strengths are more likely to be apparent to someone who sees the movie before reading the novel that inspired it. Most importantly, despite simplifying, sentimentalizing, and "sanitizing" the original novel considerably, this is not the kind of film present-day Hollywood would risk an investment on. It retains far too many of the themes, realistic portrayals and aesthetic elements of serious, non-escapist literary art to be seen as a viable property for a popular and commercially successful movie, or even as a candidate for a DVD transfer."
Read hearts not lips (recommended)
K. Williams | Los Angeles, CA USA | 04/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Try as he may, stranger John Singer (Alan Arkin) just can't fit in. Responding to a vacancy ad, he becomes a single-room boarder in the home of a financially challenged family. Despite his handicap, he is one of the most helpful and caring persons in this southern town he tries to call home. If others could only read hearts as well as he reads lips, his internal vacancy could be very easily filled. Nevertheless, his loneliness -- transparent to onlookers -- grows with unspoken words until it eventually becomes unbearable.

It is hard to believe that Arkin can deliver such a dramatic role without uttering a word. This is a testimony to true versatility as you compare him in WAIT UNTIL DARK. Obviously Arkin must be accompanied by a great supportive cast. And he is with Cicely Tyson delivering a powerful performance."
When will we see this in DVD?
Robert D. Whitlock | Tokyo JAPAN | 04/07/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have wondered why this touching and very compelling film adaptation of Carson McCullers' The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter has not yet appeared in DVD. I believe that issuing it in DVD would give new life to this moving story of friendship and family relationships. Even though it was made in the late 60s, it has a universality that reaches into the present and has a strong message for us."