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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 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+

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