The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

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Overview

Based on the novel by Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter stars Alan Arkin as John Singer, who is deaf. Singer moves from a small town in order to be close to his institutionalized friend Antonapoulos Chuck McCann, who is deaf and mentally impaired. Singer rents a room with a family whose father, Mr. Kelly Biff McGuire, is unable to earn a living due to a serious injury. His teen-aged daughter Mick Sondra Locke, in her film debut is at first resentful of Singer's presence, but he ingratiates himself by...
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Overview

Based on the novel by Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter stars Alan Arkin as John Singer, who is deaf. Singer moves from a small town in order to be close to his institutionalized friend Antonapoulos Chuck McCann, who is deaf and mentally impaired. Singer rents a room with a family whose father, Mr. Kelly Biff McGuire, is unable to earn a living due to a serious injury. His teen-aged daughter Mick Sondra Locke, in her film debut is at first resentful of Singer's presence, but he ingratiates himself by introducing her to classical music which he can "feel," if not hear. Singer likewise tries to brighten the lives of such unfortunates as alcoholic Blount Stacy Keach Jr., also making his first film appearance, dying black doctor Copeland Percy Rodriguez, and Copeland's poverty-stricken daughter Cicely Tyson.
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Oscar nominations may be given out too freely to actors who play the disabled, but Alan Arkin truly earns his in the film version of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers' novel about the intersecting lives of loners in a small Southern town. Arkin perfectly assimilates the shorthand communication style of a deaf man, right down to the knowing smiles directed at those flabbergasted about how to interact with him. His proud, contained performance earns audience respect without resorting to pity, which John Singer would not tolerate for a moment. Still, it's poignant that the only friend with whom he can truly connect is Antonapoulos (Chuck McCann), who is deaf and mentally impaired. Antonapoulos is intellectually inferior to the chess-playing Singer and unwittingly he tries Singer's seemingly bottomless patience. Singer attempts to branch out by helping a struggling drunk (Stacy Keach), a petulant teenager (Sondra Locke), and an officious doctor (Percy Rodriguez), but each takes him for granted in unknowingly thoughtless ways. The subplots in Robert Ellis Miller's film don't truly come together, feeling like floating strands out of different movies, which edge toward melodrama. The film labors to afflict almost every character with some abnormality, just to underscore the thesis that the world is full of lost souls trying to connect with each other. But the central character portrait of Singer is vivid and heartbreaking, excusing some of the film's minor faults. Locke makes a forceful debut, which also earned her a supporting actress nomination.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2012
  • UPC: 883316676776
  • Original Release: 1968
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,903

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Singer
Sondra Locke Mick Kelly
Laurinda Barrett Mrs. Kelly
Stacy Keach Blount
Chuck McCann Antonapoulos
Biff McGuire Mr. Kelly
Percy Rodrigues Dr. Copeland
Cicely Tyson Portia
Johnny Popwell Sr. Willie
Wayne Smith Harry
Anna Lee Carroll Nurse Bradford
Hubert Harper Brannon
Peter Mamakos Spiramonedes
Jackie Marlowe Bubber Kelly
John O'Leary Beaudine
Technical Credits
Robert Ellis Miller Director
Robert J. Anderson Asst. Director
John F. Burnett Editor
Dave Grusin Score Composer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Marc Merson Producer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
LeRoy G. Deane Art Director
Albert S. Greenway Makeup
Thomas C. Ryan Producer, Screenwriter
Joel Freeman Producer
Carson McCullers Source Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This film was destroyed by editing, I can not recognize it from its original

    I was looking forward to seeing this film,now 40 years later. I saw scenes that were not in the original, and some of the original scenes were gone. The beauty of the story, and intensity were gone. Leave the originals alone!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Timeless classic in both movie and score

    The extraordinary performance of both Alan Arkin and Sondra Locke (former wife of Clint Eastwood) were amazing! The BGM (back ground music) engraved the film and embedded in my heart forever! I personally choice this timeless classic as the best American film score ever written in 20 century. Dave Grusin is a truly genius and his talent reflects on many his great works as composer, arranger, conductor, pianist, jazz player and producer (attention to details). WOW! The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (DVD/CD) is a collector item and it's good for anyone who understand and cherish "love"!

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