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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter Details


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 Rodriguez), and Copeland's poverty-stricken daughter (Cicely Tyson). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 31, 1968


Awarded by
New York Film Critics Circle Alan Arkin Best Actor 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Alan Arkin Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Arkin Best Actor 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sondra Locke Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1968 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sondra Locke New Star of the Year - Female 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sondra Locke Best Supporting Actress 1968 Nominee


Alan Arkin
as John Singer
Sondra Locke
as Mick Kelly
Laurinda Barrett
as Mrs. Kelly
Stacy Keach
as Blount
Chuck McCann
as Antonapoulos
Biff McGuire
as Mr. Kelly
Cicely Tyson
as Portia
Johnny Popwell, Sr.
as Willie
Peter Mamakos
as Spiramonedes
John O'Leary
as Beaudine
Jackie Marlowe
as Bubber Kelly
Hubert Harper
as Brannon


Robert Ellis Miller
Marc Merson
Carson McCullers
Book Author
James Wong Howe
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Joel Freeman
Executive Producer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Robert J. Anderson
First Assistant Director