Directed by Robert Ellis Miller
A deaf mute (Arkin), left alone when his only friend (similarly afflicted) is committed to an asylum, moves to a new town, waiting expectantly. This being the Deep South, assorted misfits soon gather round him: an alcoholic drifter (Keach), a gawkily unhappy teenage girl (Locke), a black doctor with an outsize chip on his shoulder (Rodriguez). All of them pour out their troubles in his silent, sympathetic presence, feeling that their lives are richer for the shared relationship. Yet suddenly, for reasons they know nothing about, the deaf mute commits suicide (he has learned of the death of his friend), and they are left to reflect bitterly on how much they took, how little they gave. The theme is sentimental, of course, but as directed by Miller in a series of oblique, self-contained scenes - with excellent performances all round and superb camerawork from James Wong Howe - the film has much the same haunting, poetic quality as the Carson McCullers novel (her first) on which it is based.
Theatrical Release: July, 1968
DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC
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|Distribution||Warner Home Video - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC|
Average Bitrate: 5.54 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Subtitles||English (CC), French, Thai, None|
A typical Warner dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic DVD. Limited noise and colors are somewhat washed but everything else is super. Stable contrast and above-average detail - the captures below should bear this out. Audio offers a clear 2.0 channel track that does the job and there are optional English, French or Thai subtitles if required.
Extras offer just a trailer but the film itself is more than worth the price of admission for this DVD for under $15. Locke's debut is a memorable one and Arkin again proves why he is one of the more underrated in his profession using the narrative of McCullers' first novel of desperately afflicted lonely people in the Deep South.