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Lonely Hearts (2006)

Based on the true story, two homicide detectives track Martha Beck and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, a murderous pair known as the "Lonely Hearts Killers" who lured their victims through the personals.

Director:

Todd Robinson

Writer:

Todd Robinson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Det. Elmer Robinson
James Gandolfini ... Det. Charles Hilderbrandt
Jared Leto ... Ray Fernandez
Salma Hayek ... Martha Beck
Scott Caan ... Det. Reilly
Laura Dern ... Rene Fodie
Michael Gaston ... D.A. Hunt
Bruce MacVittie ... Det. Eastman
Dan Byrd ... Eddie Robinson
Andrew E. Wheeler Andrew E. Wheeler ... Det. Tooley (as Andrew Wheeler)
Alice Krige ... Janet Long
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Delphine Downing
John Doman ... Chief MacSwain
Bailee Madison ... Rainelle Downing
Ellen Travolta ... Ida
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Storyline

In the late 1940's, Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez were America's notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers". Their lethal scam was simple; they would swindle and then viciously murder lovelorn war widows who would answer their personal ads in which Ray would describe himself as a sexy Latin Lover. Ironically, Ray's initial introduction to Martha was as a prospective mark. But when they met, it was love at first sight, perhaps as a result of their penchant for kinky sex and their mutual love for duplicity and easy money. With Martha posing as Ray's sister, they bilked elderly spinsters and widows of their savings and then viciously murdered them in a bloodbath of sexual frenzy. When they were arrested, Martha and Ray confessed to 12 killings, although it is believed the actual number is closer to 20. At their sensational trial, Martha and Ray cooed, held hands and seemed as though they could not get enough of each other. Their plea of not guilty by reason of insanity was rejected, and on ... Written by Anonymous

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Love can be murder. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2006 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

Lonely Hearts See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,423, 15 April 2007

Gross USA:

$188,565

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,520,835
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The real Martha Beck was of a very different stature to that of actress Salma Hayek and at the time of her death weighed well over 200lbs. On her execution day it was discovered that she would not fit into the electric chair so was seated on the arm rests when the fatal shock was administered. See more »

Goofs

When the aircraft lands at the Albany, NY, airport, a runway sign indicating Runway 28 is seen. Albany has four runways, none of which are runway 32. The closest runway to that is runway 28. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Det. Eastman: [to Robinson] Hey, we're all proud of you buster... Charlie... Small town cop dropping a pair like this. You wait a a lifetime never even sniffling this guy.
[chuckle]
Det. Eastman: You want to make a move to the burbs, you let me know. It's a phone call. Hey, maybe you wanna through the switch, I can fix that too.
[laughs]
Charles Hilderbrandt: You're such an asshole.
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Connections

Featured in The Making of 'Lonely Hearts' (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

JUNE LIGHT
Written and Performed by Jack Trombey
Published by Rouge Music (PRS)
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
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Decent Film, Flawless Hayek
1 February 2007 | by jp_011205See all my reviews

When a film features a cast with names like John Travolta, Laura Dern, Salma Hayek, & James Gandolfini you would expect it to be excellent wouldn't you? Unfortunately, this is not the case with Todd Robinson's, 'Lonely Hearts'. While it is decent, it's a shame to see so much potential wasted.

'Lonely Hearts' depicts the story of Martha Beck, played by Salma Hayek, and Raymond Fernandez, played by Jared Leto. The duo are more commonly known as the Lonely Hearts Killers. They travel across the country scheming widows and spinsters out of their money. Once the two have their grasp on the unsuspecting women's fortune, they murder them and proceed onto the next target. As the duo start to become a bit sloppy on their route, detectives Robinson and Hildebrandt, played by Travolta and Gandolfini, begin to get closer to capturing them. As time passes it appears their killing spree just may be over.

The cast named here is really good, at least on paper. I don't know what happened, but something went wrong here. There is absolutely no chemistry between Travolta and Dern. It's almost like they hate each other. Nicole Kidman would have been much more fitting choice to play the role of Rene. Her candidness could have added just the right element needed to make the on screen relationship work. The best acting exhibited here though is by the beautiful Salma Hayek. She is flawless as she exudes complete acrimoniousness and madness in her role as Martha Beck. It'll be no surprise to me if this time next year we hear her name among the buzz for an Oscar nod for best supporting actress.

In addition to the mismatch of Travolta and Dern, director and writer Robinson further screws up what could have been with a partly repulsive script. Most of Ganfolfini's narratives are stagnant and repetitive. Of course, not much can be expected from Robinson taking into consideration his poor track record. Neither of his first two films, both documentaries, were successful.

Never fear, all is not lost. Where Robinson fails in his screenplay, he makes up for it with his lovely directing. I would even go as far to say it's right on par with Alfonso Cuaron's amazing achievement, 'Children of Men'. So even despite it having a few weak points, I still recommend seeing 'Lonely Hearts' upon it's release to theaters this March.


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