Hearts in Atlantis
by Mark Rivers
Jew William Goldman wrote the screenplay for Hearts in Atlantis, which was based on
two Stephen King stories. I don't know which two; I quit reading Stephen King books after
Bag of Bones, which, I expect, will also be made into a movie, since it involves a
crazy White guy on a shooting spree, and a negress getting gang-raped by a bunch of White
Southerners in Dixie-flagged civil war hats.
Hearts in Atlantis stars David Morse as Robert Garfield, who goes back to his
hometown in Connecticut for the funeral of his friend John "Sully" Sullivan. He finds out
that his other childhood friend (and first love), Carol Gerber, is also dead, so he spends
the rest of the movie reminiscing to 1960, where, as 11-year-old "Bobby" Garfield (Anton
Yelchin), he spends his days romping with his pals, while Motown tunes blare happily in the
One day, a mysterious stranger, Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins), moves into the upstairs
bedroom. Bobby's widowed mother, Elizabeth (Hope Davis), needs the money, you see, since
his deadbeat dad left them in the lurch when he croaked.
The new boarder spends his days smoking cigarettes, relaxing on the porch, and drifting off
into little trances while mumbling cryptic messages like "They're coming," and "They're
getting closer." Gasp! What could it all mean?
During his more lucid moments, Ted waxes philosophical about life and its wonders, teaching
Bobby about the beauty of the world, and bla bla bla. Ted also pays Bobby a dollar a week
to read the newspaper to him, and to keep an eye out for "low men." At first we're led to
think that these low men are aliens or monsters, but it turns out that they're just FBI
agents looking for runaway psychics.
See, according to Hearts in Atlantis, the FBI (under J. Edgar Hoover) around 1960,
was using psychics to detect communist spies in the U.S. When any psychic became a communist
(or a communist sympathizer), or simply didn't want to do it anymore, the FBI hunted him down
and...shot him? Tortured him? Forced him back to work? Who knows? We only see Ted being
carted away by about a dozen square-shouldered grey-flannel-types. So...the FBI agents are
the bad guys, which must mean that the commies are the good guys. Well, glad we could get
that sorted out. Thanks, Mr. Goldman and Mr. King.
There is only one negro in the film (not counting Motown chattering on the soundtrack); a
solemn soldier presenting the flag to Sully's widow at his funeral. The villains are the
White government agents and the White teenagers from the Catholic school who tease the
children mercilessly, and later beat Carol senseless with a baseball bat. Also evil is
Elizabeth's lecherous White employer, who brutally rapes her while they are at a
Next time you have a Jew at your disposal, ask him why negroes were so under-represented in
Hearts in Atlantis. Ask him why there can be a sweet, redeeming negro in other
Stephen King movies set in New England's past (e.g. The Shawshank Redemption,
The Green Mile), but why, when there are so many despicable characters in this
story, there is hardly a negro to be found.
On second thought, don't bother asking him...you already know the answer. Join the
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