The Heart is A Lonely Hunter (1968)


“Sometimes I feel like that’s what my whole life is like. Not really being anything. Just looking at a lot of pictures. It scares me.” – Mick

Number of Times Seen – 1 (17 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A deaf mute travels to another city to be closer to his best friend when he is committed to a mental hospital.  While there, he encounters many hardships that he never expected to have to deal with.

My Take on it – I have always liked Alan Arkin in the interesting roles he has played over the years.

He is wonderful here as a deaf mute and is the brightest point in the story.

The plot itself unfortunately isn’t very captivating or interesting to watch unfold.

This film is based on a novel that was a best seller and I assume that the book is much better because it’s much easier to understand the characters and their true motivations when presented in the written form which allows them to describe feelings of the characters as things happen.

This is especially important for a story about a deaf mute man.

This story deals with numerous different themes that range from being related to racially charged actions or a teenager trying to come to terms with her life in a family that needs her help both physically and financially.

We also get to see the way that characters need to find ways to overcome their own personal demons that deal with loneliness and boredom due to their own physical limitations.

Playing a deaf mute in a film is never an easy job and Arkin does it quite well here in order for us to try and get a better understand of his actions throughout, but ultimately that isn’t enough to make this film any better.

Bottom Line – Arkin does a wonderful job as a deaf mute, but the story itself isn’t captivating enough. Perhaps the novel this is based on was much better at describing the feelings of the characters who must deal with the changing circumstances around them whether they be racial charged or just dealing with overcoming loneliness and boredom.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Unable to find white suits large enough to fit Chuck McCann, costumers had him wear old suits previously worn by studio character actor Sydney Greenstreet. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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