In a story that could be called uglier than Bonnie and Clyde, America's notorious "Lonely Hearts Killers" Martha Beck (Salma Hayek) and Ray Fernandez (Jared Leto) committed as many as 20 murders during the late 1940's. With Martha posing as Ray's sister, the lovers would respond to the personal ads of war widows and spinsters. Showering the lonely women with attention, Ray would gain their confidence and then the pair would swindle them out of their savings, often killing them when their game was over. Several books and films have chronicled these killers, but this latest film focuses on two New York detectives. Elmer C. Robinson (John Travolta) and Charles Hildebrandt (James Gandolfini) from the Nassau County Police Department begin investigating one of the murders, and the case gets personal. Robinson, who is struggling with his wife's recent suicide, sees the case as a way to answer questions of accountability, and to better understand his relationship with his son. Together the partners slowly put together the pieces of this gruesome puzzle and determine that this was not an isolated murder, but one of many. Add to the already stellar cast list Laura Dern as Robinson's secret love interest who is fighting for a place in Robinson's life. Todd Robinson follows every bizarre, gruesome, kinky twist leading up to the capture of the notorious serial killers. Lonely Hearts looks into the darkness of isolation, vulnerability, and unexplained cruelty and shines a light.
Lonely Hearts is Todd Robinson's directorial debut. He is currently finishing the screenplay The Senator's Wife and will next direct The Last Full Measure in 2007. His extensive television credits in writing and producing include Astronauts, The Rescue, The Third House, The Young Riders, Life Goes On, Man of a Thousand Faces, The Outsiders, The Wings of Denali, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. His movie credits include Bad Boys II, Angel Fire, Wild Bill: Hollywood Maverick, That Others May Live, The Four Diamonds, Mermaid, Go Tigers!, and White Squall, which won the Worldfest Special Jury Grand Prize for Best Screenplay. Robinson wrote, directed, and produced The Legend of Billy the Kid, which won a Prime Time Emmy Award™. He also directed the documentary series Stand and Be Counted with producing partner David Crosby.