Three go-go dancers holding a young girl hostage come across a crippled old man living with his two sons in the desert. After learning he's hiding a sum of cash around, the women start scheming on him.
In the early 1950s, Martha Beck, who lives with her slightly senile mother, is the head nurse in a Mobile, Alabama hospital. She is bitter about her life, she not having male companionship in large part because she is overweight, while her bitterness in turn does not endear her to people. She is initially angry with her best friend, Bunny, for signing her up to a lonely hearts club, but eventually decides to give it a try. Through it, she meets Ray Fernandez, a suave Spanish immigrant living in New York, he who contacted Martha as the first through the club. After Ray's trip to Mobile to meet Martha, they fall in love. Upon a subsequent visit Martha makes to Ray in New York - which leads to her being fired in part for her time off work - he decides to be up front with her: that she is not only not his "first" but that he is really a con man who, primarily through the club, seduces then bilks lonely women of their money. Pretending to be his sister to prospective targets, Martha ...Written by
You could have read it in the papers. Maybe you did. He was a cool cat...but cool. She was a fat chick...but fat. They were lovers who loved honeymoons. Other people's. From which the other people never returned. See more »
In Spain was only released in Madrid and Barcelona in subtitled version. See more »
When Martha and Myrtle have an argument and Myrtle tells Martha she intends to take "Charles" with her to Little Rock, a microphone is visible right next to Myrtle. It doesn't look like a boom mic, but rather a handheld one because you can definitely see someone moves it a little to catch Shirley Stoler's line. See more »
Biopic based on Martha Beck and Raymond Fernandez, a couple dubbed The Lonely Heart Killers. Martha is an obese nurse who is a sad and pathetic individual who meets a con-man Raymond through a Loney Hearts club. He swindles women into falling in love with him and bilks them out of their fortunes. Martha and Raymond are meant for each other as they're both despicable, hateful people. This film is among the best biopics that I've seen. And aside from a few fairly campy moments, it's acted marvelously.The decision to shoot in black and white was brilliant. A lot of films get praised highly and don't warrant it. But this film deserves every accolade praised upon it.
My Grade: A
DVD Extras: 30 minute Interview with Leonard Kastle; essay except with rare photos and clippings from Beck and Fernandez's trial and incarceration; Biographies, and Theatrical Trailer
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