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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

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Original title
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Running time
123 min.
United States United States
Thomas C. Ryan (Novel: Carson McCullers)
Dave Grusin
James Wong Howe
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Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Drama | Southern Gothic. Impaired Hearing
Synopsis / Plot
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 Rodrigues), and Copeland's poverty-stricken daughter (Cicely Tyson). (Hal Erickson: All Movie Guide)
1968: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Actor (Alan Arkin), Supporting Actress (Sondra Locke)
1968: Golden Globes: 4 Nominations, including Best Film - Drama
1968: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actor (Alan Arkin)
1968: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Drama Screenplay
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