The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

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Released 1968

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Director:
Robert Ellis Miller
Released:
1968
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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter follows John Singer (Alan Arkin), a deaf-mute who has moved to a Georgia mill town during the Great Depression. Based on the 1940 Carson McCuller's novel of the same name, Singer finds a room with the Kelly family only to find that the teenage daughter, tomboy Mick (Sondra Locke), is resentful he's living in her home. Mick loves music, though, and Singer manages to form a friendship with her by introducing her to classical music, which he can't hear but says he can feel. Throughout the film, Singer interacts with several townspeople, many of whom have been forgotten by their neighbors. He visits his friend Antonapoulos (Chuck McCann), who has been institutionalized. He reaches out to town drunk Jake Blount (Stacy Keach Jr.), who wants to revolutionize the labor force in the South. Dr. Copeland (Percy Rodriques) is the black physician in town, and he's dying. He's resentful his children, including daughter, Portia (Cicely Tyson), haven't chosen to become educated leaders for their race, taking instead the traditional and menial jobs usually available to people of color in the South. All visit Singer regularly and confide in him. The 1968 film earned Arkin an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor while Locke was nominated as best supporting actress in her film debut.moreless

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