The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter


(out of 5)

Moving film adaptation of the novel by Carson McCullers. A deaf-mute man () leaves town to follow his only friend () who has been placed in an asylum.  In his new location he rents a room in the house of an impoverished family whose father is unable to work since an accident put him in a wheelchair. The daughter of the house (a superb ) is a burgeoning teenager who is about to experience the difficulties of adolescence, while Arkin makes the friendship of a racist doctor () whose daughter () has her own troubles when a bunch of white teenagers attack her boyfriend. It feels more like a novel than a movie, with its small-arcs and character details, but the direction and performances are excellent and it is never for a moment boring. Arkin is delicately sympathetic, his hushed mannerisms and quiet emotionality perfectly opposed to Locke’s brash, fiery rages.

Warner Brothers/Seven Arts

USA, 1968

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1968

Golden Globe Awards 1968

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