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  • Actors: John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Salma Hayek, Laura Dern, Scott Caan
  • Directors: Todd Robinson
  • Producers: Holly Davidson, Holly Wiersma
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TYV3GM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,679 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Crime thriller set in the 1940s and based on a series of serial murders. In the late 1940s, 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. With Martha posing as Ray's sister, they milked elderly spinsters and widows of their savings and then viciously murdered them in a bloodbath of sexual frenzy. John Travolta and James Gandolfini play the two detectives assigned to track down the pair.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 May 2010
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The pursuit of two grifters by a rugged but damaged cop contains plenty of old Hollywood themes, but Lonely Hearts adds a grim realism to the process. The cops look like cops used to (big and bad and gray and old) with James Gandolfini setting the tone. They may not have the modern neon CSI but they follow "clews". Their prey are brilliantly played by Jared Leto as the oily confidence trickster preying on lonely women, and Selma Hayek as his possessive and psychotic lover. Taking a lover along when gulling a woman may seem to be a case of "three's a crowd" but Selma has a solution. The sadness of the lonely women, the sudden and thoughtless brutality of the killings, the strange logic of the killers and the dogged Inspector Javert give the film a sad quality that seems very much of its era.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Johnnybluetime VINE VOICE on 27 Jan. 2008
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Despite a,at times,somewhat wayward script we both enjoyed this film.It certainly helps that it has such a good cast,but it also has a good sense of time and place and recreates the late '40's early '50's very convincingly.Jared Leto and Salma Hayek are the real stars of the film as the murderous couple who prey on women through the Lonely Hearts ads.Hayek is frighteningly real as the possessive Martha and Leto is equally convincing as the sleazily weak yet violent Ray.She is driven to murder through a form of twisted love,he more because he is afraid of her and because he wants the money.Travolta and Gandolfini are almost as good,Travolta especially as the tormented detective haunted by his wife's suicide.
Good direction too.There were a couple of times where I was second-guessing the outcome of a scene,expecting the usual,lazy,cliche,only to be confounded.But it is the script that stops this being great rather than good.Although it is clever and interesting it tries at times for too much.Having said that,it's a better script than most and I'd recommend this film to anyone who's looking for something a little more emotionally engaging than your average Hollywood by the numbers thriller.It's got a good script,interesting characters who're given enough time to develop,and is nicely shot with a good eye for detail.I would add,though,that it is not for the weak of heart because several scenes are genuinely disturbing,although not gratuitously.If you enjoyed Zodiac I think you'll enjoy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 10 Dec. 2013
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An excellent late forties crime thriller with an all star cast, and great production values keep this production alive, on the negative side, a lame script. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2014
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This is a star studded cast of a remake of a previous film. Much of the story is true except the role of the murderess is played by Selma Hayek, not an obese older woman. John Travolta, plays Elmer Robinson, the lead detective based in Long Island. His partner, Charles Hilterbrandt, played by James Gandolfini. Raymond Martin Fernandz played by Jared Leto, and Scott Caan plays the smart a**** junior detective. It was directed by Todd Robinson, the grandson of the lead detective, Elmer.

Why, this escaped the theatre so soon in 2097 is a mystery to me. This is a film of the early 1950's. A couple are preying on lonely women, stealing their money, and then murdering the women, trying to make it look like suicide. They might have succeeded if not for Elmer Robinson's great intuit, and the killing if a policeman in the mid-west. This is a good detective film Travolta and Gandolfini have good chemistry. Travolta has an interesting personal story that plays into this film, well. However, it is Jared Leto and Selma Hayek who steal the film. They are riveting when they are in the screen. Well done.

Recommended. prisrob 08-04-14
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This 2006 release is based on the true story of the notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers" of the 1940s, Martha Beck [Selma Hayek] and Raymond Fernandez [Jared Leto]. Detective Elmer C. Robinson [John Travolta] is a tough ’old school’ 1930’s cop whose wife has committed suicide leaving her 12 year old son in the care of husband. When he gets called to investigate a suicide he can’t get the thought out of his head that something is not right. So begins this Film Noir made in that 1930’s –40’s ‘Phillip Marlowe’ style. Robinson soon finds himself on the trail of Fernandez, a schemer who swindles lonely women out of their war pensions and savings. Along the way he meets Martha and the bodies begin to mount.
The film is engrossing and entertains but the real Martha was ‘heavy sett’ so the film has taken liberties and tends to skip over the bizarre relationship between the killers. There are also a number of minor detail changes in the way the featured murders were carried out. –presumably to gain the 15 rating [lose a *]. Other than that, it is pschycologically chilling, but isn’t ‘sexy’ as the banner proclaims.
The acting is good, as is the sound and picture quality but extras are limited. The disc offers Play, scene selection, trailer, future releases and set up [basically 5.1, 2.0 and subtitles on/off]. A deserving **** rating if your looking for a story that’s easy to follow and follows the Raymond chandler mould.
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