The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter

DVD - 2012 | Widescreen edition
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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.


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Apr 25, 2019

The characters of John Singer in McCuller's novel and Billy Budd in Melville's novella are my two most beloved "Tragic-while-holding-the-Magic" fictional heroes in all of American Lit.

But unfortunately I cannot see the film (and Arkin's portrayal) because every single one of the Library's copies will not play on my DVD Player. It is painted blue on disc is that why? Help.

Mar 20, 2019

Really good movie and excellent acting by an ensemble of players.

Jan 15, 2019

The first time I saw this movie, I was a little disappointed that it lacked the sardonic humor and nasty edged characterizations of the source material, but on a second viewing, I enjoyed it a lot more. The camerawork is great and the music pitch-perfect, accompanying these emotional scenes without spelling out how the viewer should respond.

The acting is the prime reason to watch. Literally EVERYONE gives an amazing performance, with Alan Arkin, Cicely Tyson, and Sondra Locke being the standouts for me. Arkin is especially remarkable; most of the time, actors ham it up or aim for sopping pathos when they play disabled characters, but Arkin remembers he is playing a human being first. His performance is sensitive, yet intense and so painfully real. How does he remain such an underrated actor?

The plot says much about society in the late 1960s, yet the themes of alienation and confusion about one's place in the world remain timeless. I will say, I still find the episodic flow of the screenplay a bit awkward, but the episodes themselves are so powerfully rendered that the complaint is minor in nature.

Aug 16, 2016

To everything there is a season....

Set in the year 1965 - The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter's story takes place in the sleepy, southern town of Jefferson, Mississippi.

This film is a faithful screen adaptation of the novel (of the same name) written by Carson McCullers.

The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is one of several excellent novels written by McCullers between 1940-1956. At the height of her literary career, as a fiction writer, McCullers was a full-fledged member of the impressive NYC Literary 'Brat-Pack' which included, none other than, Truman Capote.

This picture stars Alan Arkin and Sondra Locke, both, in their film debuts.

Jan 27, 2015

Alan Arkin plays the ironically named Mr. Singer, a deaf mute who has a remarkable sensitivity to other people’s unhappiness coupled with an unfortunate inability to mind his own business. When his only friend, a fellow deaf mute, is committed to a mental hospital Singer moves to a nearby town in order to be closer to him but it isn’t long before the townsfolk, perhaps sensing his sympathetic nature, begin assailing him with their own tales of woe. There’s Mick, the alienated teenage girl whose dreams were put on hold when her father was crippled; the alcoholic drifter desperately trying to turn his life around; and the embittered black doctor who hates all things Caucasian and is hated in return by his spiteful daughter. Even the institutionalized friend is nothing more than a slovenly eating machine that uses him as a free meal ticket. Everyone is so busy crying on Singer’s shoulder they fail to realize that he is having problems of his own...until it’s too late. Miller ratchets up the misery factor in his film to the point where it starts looking like a parody of itself. There doesn’t appear to be anyone in this town who isn’t in the midst of a crisis and watching Singer drag his multiple crosses down main street becomes tedious after a while. We are bombarded with so much contrived anguish that when the final tragedy occurs it almost seems like comic relief. Miller’s attention to small details does manage to sketch a fairly convincing portrait of a small southern town though, and Sondra Locke shines in the role of Mick. But, ultimately, Arkin’s uneven performance as Singer is just not strong enough to carry the film through.

Aug 03, 2014

Sometimes I come across a movie I call a "Buried Treasure". It seems to be a good film but nobody is watching it. Such is the case with "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter". It stars Alan Arkin, which is a switch for him since he is usually a supporting actor. Sondra Locke is also staring in the movie, and she is not know as a big star. "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" is a big picture. It has been highly reviewed since it came out in 1968. I don't want to give away any details other than this is serious drama. If your looking for escapist entertainment, this wouldn't be a good choice. On the other hand, if you like movies that challenge you to think, then this is right up your alley. Thanks for reading the above. Please feel free to write your own review here on the KCLS web sight.

Austin J Feldkamp May 09, 2014

GOSH! What a depressing movie/ending!

Apr 29, 2013

Released in 1968 - The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is quite a remarkable motion picture._____ This film is a sparkling gem of sensitive, emotionally-charged performances and an equally stirring storyline. It is a compassionate, heart-felt film that deals maturely with subject matter such as loneliness and isolation._____ The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is a fairly faithful screen adaptation of the 1940 novel (of the same name) written by Carson McCullers._____ Set in the small town of Jefferson, Mississippi, this is a sentimental story that centers around a deaf-mute, John Singer, and the friendship that transpires between him and Mick Kelly, a tomboyish teenaged girl who lives in the house where's he's renting a room._____ On all counts this picture is a superb example of first-rate filmmaking.

Dec 28, 2012

A very good film

Apr 08, 2011

Good movie, the ending was a surpise.


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