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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter If, in 1968, director Robert Ellis Miller sensed that Old Hollywood message movies were ceding ground to tales of moral ambiguity, at least he...The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter If, in 1968, director Robert Ellis Miller sensed that Old Hollywood message movies were ceding ground to tales of moral ambiguity, at least he...2008-01-18Stacy KeachChuck McCannCicely Tyson
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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Starring: Alan Arkin, Sondra Locke; Starring: Stacy Keach, Chuck McCann, Cicely Tyson; Director: Robert Ellis Miller

If, in 1968, director Robert Ellis Miller sensed that Old Hollywood message movies were ceding ground to tales of moral ambiguity, at least he guaranteed they’d go out with a bang. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter is an adaptation of Carson McCullers’ novel — about a benevolent deaf-mute (Arkin) in a small Georgia town — reduces the characters to the obstacles they face: poverty, racism, schmaltzy soundtrack music. Arkin and Locke (as a confused teen) are impressive, but they exist in a vacuum; stripped of McCullers’ forceful prose, all that remains is bland sanctimony. EXTRAS None. C+

Originally posted January 18 2008 — 12:00 AM EST

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