The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

 (309)7.62 h 3 min1968PG
Stacy Keach and Sondra Locke made their film debuts in Carson McCuller's poignant story of a deaf mute who brings warmth into the lives of lonely people in a small Southern town.
Robert Ellis Miller
Alan ArkinSondra LockeLaurinda Barrett
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Stacy KeachChuck McCannBiff McGuirePercy RodriguesCicely TysonJackie MarloweJohnny PopwellWayne Smith
Marc MersonThomas C. Ryan
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Steve VranaReviewed in the United States on January 20, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Tender Film of Loneliness and Alienation
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An adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel of the same name, "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" explores the themes of loneliness and alienation as the central character John Singer (a deaf mute played by Alan Arkin) interacts with a young girl (Sondra Locke), an alcoholic (Stacey Keach), and a black physician (Percy Rodrigues).

This was Sondra Locke's first movie role and she earned an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. Alan Arkin also earned an Oscar nomination for best actor. I am usually disappointed with film adaptations of novels, but this is an instance where the film was every bit as good as the novel.

The only bonus feature is a 3-minute theatrical trailer. Subtitles are available in English, French and Thai. The running time of the film is 2:03:43. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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ConstanceReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Extraordinary work by Carson McCullers transposed to film.
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (an extraordinary and profound work by novelist Carson McCullers transposed into film) is a masterpiece. Actor, Alan Arkin, without speaking a single line of dialogue, is outstanding in his portrayal of a deaf/mute who is highly sensitive to other's deeper needs, but is required to bear too much in his isolated heart. Highly recommend.
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MatmorReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A beautiful performance:)
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It was such a long time since I had read Carson Mc Cullers; "The Heart is a lonely Hunter", and I therefore thought I would look at this movie from 1968. I was not disappointed. The actors are eminent and the feeling for the story so touching. Both Alan Arkin and Sondra Locke are ideal as the main characters here. Mentioned must also be the children, which to me acted absolutely as children would in such a time. Living in Scandinavia, it is not easy to know how life would have been in a sleepy Southern town in USA at that time, but to me it felt absolutely true and honest.Actually, all the actors are good, and I would like to recommend this movie to anyone interested in our recent past.
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lionsroarcatsdonotReviewed in the United States on September 6, 2017
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One of the best films. William.
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One of a very few films ever I was choked into tears by. Haunting beauty. See it if you haven't. I you have, see it again.The dire pain of loss and loneliness of a kind only visited upon young innocents. It's uplifting.
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Kathy YoderReviewed in the United States on September 17, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good acting and story line
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I love the book and keep it in my collection for rereading. The movie is very good, the actors are all excellent and this keeps your interest. The movie is close to the book, but the book does give more details about the characters. I still recommend this movie it delves into many issues about all the interactions and lives of the charaters.
Naomi S.Reviewed in the United States on January 21, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A film I watched over and over.
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A beautiful and tragic portrayal of a small-town stranger who, despite his own, secret suffering reached out to make unlikely friends.
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Gerald LeeReviewed in the United States on June 10, 2019
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Sondra Locke's movie debut
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Very interesting and thought provoking movie about persons with disabilities (i.e. deaf-mute) and how they cope with life, And the obstacles they must overcome to life with people without disabilities. Strong performances by Alan Arkin and Sondra Locke in her first movie role. This is now my favorite movie of all time.
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Thomas W. MitchellReviewed in the United States on September 18, 2020
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Perhaps Alan Arkin's greatest performance! Fantastic story with deep meanings.
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Fabulous, memorable performances by all especially Alan Arkin. Oscar-level movie that is loaded with emotion and diverse character studies. Great story not to be missed.
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