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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rene Fodie
Andrew E. Wheeler ...
Det. Tooley (as Andrew Wheeler)
Janet Long
Delphine Downing
Chief MacSwain
Rainelle Downing


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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Some people would kill to be in love. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 October 2006 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

Lonely Hearts Killers  »

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Box Office


$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$80,423, 15 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$188,565, 10 May 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Salma Hayek wore blue contacts throughout the film because the real Martha had blue eyes but Salma has deep brown eyes. See more »


When the aircraft is shown landing at Albany, you see a runway and taxiway sign that were not in use until decades later. See more »


[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.
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.
Charles Hilderbrandt: You're such an asshole.
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Performed by Frantic Faye Thomas
Written by Frantic Faye Thomas (as Faye Thomas)
Published by Swing Beat Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Tuff City Records/ Night Train International
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Could've been so much better....
26 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

Real life murderous couple Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Jared Leto) and their murderous love affair is the main story of Todd Robinson's Lonely Hearts. Detective Elmer C. Robinson (John Travolta) his own life a tragedy in itself connects deeply with these two killer lovers as he neglected his own wife so much chasing these two that she took her own life leaving him alone to raise their son. This is the story of Robinson's crusade to bring this bonnie And Cyde type couple to justice. With the aid of his partner Det. Charles Hilderbrandt (James Gandolfini) Robinson tracks these two across the u.s reaping all of the aftermath of their crimes. I hated my comparison to Bonnie And Clyde as they only robbed banks and maybe shot the odd policeman who happened to get in their way. Beck and Fernandez were way different Fernandez who was infatuated with Beck and would even kill for her and did, and Beck who was psychotic in her returned love for robinson Quoted as saying : I was the only woman for Raymond. This movie could've fallen in the footsteps of Bonnie and clyde if it was only made a tad cooler and more believable. Hayek is awesome in the role in fact left me wanting to see her again in the future in a psychotic role. The only part of this that i didn't like is Hayek is extremely beautiful with a nice figure and the real life Marth Beck was anything but. Weighing in at 250lbs she always feared losing Fernandez to one of his cons. Which made her all the more jealous and murderous. Leto does a solid job as fernandez however i didn't really get the fear that this couple really invoked from these two actors. This movie needed a lot more spooky overtones.

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