The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968)


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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Carson McCullers, Thomas C. Ryan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 8, 2008
Warner Home Video


as John Singer

as Spiros Antonapoulos

as Mrs. Kelly

as Blount

as Mr. Kelly

as Bubber Kelly

as Spiramonedes

as Beaudine

as Nurse Bradford

as Deputy Sheriff Ivor

as Dr. Copeland

as Nurse Bradford
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Critic Reviews for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | June 26, 2008
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Time Out
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New York Times
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Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Touching drama.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Alan Arkin is amazing.

May 23, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Gorgeous film and an outstanding performance by Chuck McCann. The performances remain with you long after viewing.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

What an emotional roller coast ride ... I am always in awe of films that manage capture the beauty and tragedy of the nature of life in equal measures, making us want to live life to its fullest while being aware of the frail nature of all things that surround us, hold us together and make us get up in the morning and keep us awake at night. The performances are incredible and kudos goes out to the casting director for choosing the perfect actors and actresses without keeping one eye out on the Hollywood league and its ever-numbing lust for superficial beauty and style.

A fantastic film ... a true masterpiece.

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

This is a beautiful,heartbreaking film-give it a chance!

Audrey Lush

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