Ghosts of the Heartland
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Ghosts of the Heartland
A big-city reporter returns to his quiet hometown in hopes of penning the story that will win him a Pulitzer, only to discover that his old nemesis, a McCarthyite thug, rules the town with an iron fist. The year is 1952: paranoia is sweeping the nation, and Roland Lu is heading back to Millville. The last time Roland came home someone was murdered, and it's beginning to look like history may repeat itself. Roland's family and friends live in constant fear for their lives, and it's all due to one man: Frank Dugan. Under Dugan's rule, the Chinese population of Millville is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Except for Santoro, the acting and the movie itself lack much of a sense of urgency. But it gets the look right on a microscopic budget, and its heart is in the right place."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Blumberg's point is that racism was/is bad -- hard to argue with that. It's equally hard to argue that the classic noirs would've been better off had they taken frequent time-outs for lectures on racial justice."
‑ Vadim Rizov, Village Voice
"Might have been more effective with a little more honey and a lot less vinegar."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Despite some forgivably mediocre performances,...[it's] a visually stylish noir film that's often intriguing, suspenseful and provocative."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"The ambience may be right, but the film lacks what makes actual midcentury middle-American noir so effective: subtext."
‑ Karina Longworth, Time Out New York
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