I Dismember Mama (1972) - full transcript

Albert tried to kill his rich snobby mother once. Then he was institutionalized. Now he's escaped. Albert is after his mother again. And he will torture and kill anything that lays in the way...

[waves crashing]

[projector whirring]

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[intriguing music]

[projector whirring]

[door opens]

[projector clicks]

Came into my room
without knocking.


You know, you're not supposed
to watch this kind of film.

I pay for it.

This is my projector,
and this is my room.

I know,

but you know what the doctor says

about your watching
this kind of stuff.

It's not good for you.

[door closes]

I like it.

I like to look at it.

What does he know
about what I like?

[nurse chuckles]

Come on now, Albert.

It's a nice--

- [nurse yelling]
- [dramatic music]

Don't watch this!

[nurse screaming]

[overlapping yelling]




[nurse gasping]

No, stop it.

Stop it, Albert!


No, no!

No! [sobbing]

No! Stop it! Stop!




Are you all right?

He almost killed her.

You don't want to be cured,
you miserable bastard.

You guys came into my room
without knocking, didn't you?


[dramatic music]

[gentle music]

Mommy, when is Albert coming home?

Now, don't ask a lot
of nosy questions

that doesn't concern a little girl.


Now stop moving around so much.

I'll never get this zippered up.


Off to school.

- Alice.
- Oh, yes, ma'am.

I've asked you several
times to get out

the goblets for
tonight's dinner, Alice.

I was just going to
do it, Mrs. Robertson.

Annie, show Mrs. Robertson
how pretty you look.

You look very lovely, my dear.

Thanks, Mrs. Robertson, for
the lovely dress you bought.

Thank you, Mrs. Robertson.

- Goodbye, mama.
- Uh, huh, huh.

Run into your room
and get your sweater.

And don't forget your books!

Now, will you get the goblets?


[Dr. Burton] You hurt that nurse?

[Albert] My mother has
taken everything from me.

[Dr. Burton] No one has
taken anything from you.

My mother is a whore.

In the Middle Ages, she would
have been stoned to death.

[Dr. Burton] Your mother
is not a whore.

And this is not the Middle Ages.

Albert, what do you want?

I want my films.

[Dr. Burton] They agitate
you, Albert?

You're here because
we've got to deal

with your feelings
that all women are whores.

You tried to knife your mother.

She's unclean.

She's depraved.

But it doesn't do any good
to explain to you, does it?


[Dr. Burton] Your
mother wants to see you.

- [Dr. Burton] Will you talk with her?
- Oh, not here.

At home.

You let me go home.

- [Dr. Burton] I can't.
- You can!

You're in complete charge of me.
I've seen the papers.

[Dr. Burton] Then you should
know that I can't let a man

in your condition go anyplace.


You are a stupid, deformed,
subhuman creature

that does not deserve to be alive.

And I have had enough
of this conversation.

All right, Albert.

I'll see you tomorrow.

There ought to be wars

to kill off all the
misfits and culls.

Like this one.

Now, what good is

breeding if all it ever results
in is a multiplication of worms?

[phone rattling]

[phone rings]


Robertson's residence.

Mrs. Robinson, please.

She's out in the garden right now.

Would you like to leave a message?

No, I'd like to talk to her.
This is Dr. Burton.

Oh, yes, Dr. Burton.
I'll go get her.

I'll hold it.

Tell her I'm coming
out to see her.

It's about her son.

Thank you.

[phone clatters]

They do look like a bunch
of nuts, aren't they?

Of course you don't
really belong here, do you?

Well, I thought it would
be a relief for you

to talk to someone
it's not caged up.


You always say you're
not off your rocker.

I don't want to hear
anything you have to say.


there's no rule against
attendance talking to the idiots.

It comes with the job.

I know exactly
what you're doing.

You want to annoy me
until I attack you,

and then you're going
to use it as an excuse

to report me to the doctor again.

[attendant laughing]

Hey, you know, you're right.

Maybe you're not completely
bug-house at all.

You really roughed
up that nurse.

You know what that means?


The State Mental Hospital.

The doctor can't keep you here.
That's the law.

You're a violent and dangerous nut,

and we can't handle you.

Now, why don't you
get violent with me?

How come you only have your tantrums

with the patients
that can't fight back?

And the nurses?

You're a spoiled,
rotten $30 million brat.

I put you down in the coal
mines with a pick handle

and see if that would cure you.

Have you ever seen
the State Hospital?


They wrap you up in a straitjacket

with the electric wires,

and a rubber hose in the
face if you try anything.

Think about it, sweetheart.

[Albert] Wait.

What do you want?

[Albert] I've always wanted
to see one of my films.

I'll show you one.

What are you talking about?

We took all your films away.

[Albert] I've got some left.

- [Albert] I hid them.
- [attendant] Yeah?

Where are they?

[Albert] I'll show
them to you but...

you've got to promise
me something first.


[Albert] I want you
to help me escape

before they send me
to the State Hospital.

Sure, pal.


You can count on me.

Alright, get the shades.
Pull up the screen.



[projector whirring]

Mrs. Robertson.

Dr. Burton, how nice to see you.

Although, if you've come
all the way out here

from the hospital, there
must be something wrong.

Yes, I'm afraid there is.

What has my poor baby done now?

Mrs. Robertson.

Albert attacked a
nurse this morning.


How dreadful.

She must have provoked it.

I don't think so.

Laura, I can't help Albert.

[Laura chuckles] Why?

[sighs] Well, for one,
I simply can't reach him.

I've tried.

Albert needs...

The type of help we're
not set up to give him.

He needs maximum security.

Oh. Dr. Burton, you're not
suggesting I send my son

to an institution for insane people?

There's no shame in
having a son like this.

Albert is not insane.

He's emotionally disturbed
and he needs help.

[dramatic music]

[projector whirring]

All right. I do appreciate
all you've done for...

[phone ringing]

No need for that.

Thank you for coming,
Dr. Burton.

Please understand we're only set up

to handle mildly disturbed cases.

But I strongly urge you--

Why doesn't Alice
answer that phone?


Yes, he's still here.
Just one moment, please.

It's for you.


Oh my God.

Is anything the matter?

[alarm blaring]

Officer, that boy cannot be held
responsible for what he does.

Do you think this guy is
crazy and not responsible

for his actions, right?
That has to be wrong. Wrong.

[phone ringing]

Wait, if that's him

try to keep him on
as long as possible

and try to find out where he is.

I'll use the phone in the kitchen
and try to trace the call.


Hello, Mother.

Albert, darling.

Where are you?

I can hardly wait to see you.

[car horn honks]






Hey dad,

I'd get her out of
here If I were you.

[upbeat music]

[curtains rattling]

[upbeat music continues]

[suspenseful music]

[tense music]

[tense music]

[dramatic music]

[door closes]

You must be Albert.

I recognize you
from your pictures.

Who are you?


Alice Loman.

I work for your mother.


I take care of the house.

Well, I better be going.

I have an appointment.

Where's my mother?


She left.

Where did she go?

She-- she didn't say.

Well, I better be on my way, I, I...

I got to go.

What's she afraid that
I was going to kill her?


No, of course not.

She just had some plans and...

And off she went. [chuckles]

Hey, why don't I go downstairs
and fix you some lunch?

I could cook anything.

Uh, what would you like?



Chicken? Mr. Robertson,
yeah, I can cook that.

Tell me something.

Are you a virgin?


I don't--

I don't know if that it's
any of your business.

I mean...


Just answer my question.

I don't know what you're
asking, Mr. Robertson,

but let me tell you something.

Whatever you're asking,
I don't scare.

I'm not trying to scare you.

I asked you a question.

Are you a virgin?

I have a daughter. She's 11.

I'm a widow.

I'm a respectable woman.

Poor Alice.

Poor, poor Alice.


What are you going to do?


You tell me where Laura
went and I'll let you go.

What do you want her for?

I'm going to kill
her for locking me up

and taking everything away.

She didn't do that.

The courts did it.

She told them.

How could she help it?

You attacked her.

Shut up!


Are you afraid?

I might be.

All right?



I'm not going to kill you.

You do what I say

and I won't kill you.

What do you want?

Take your clothes off.


I said take
your clothes off.


But, but...


All right, come on!

Come on!

Come on!

Take the ribbon out of your hair.

Okay, lift your breasts up.

I don't understand.

Come on, come on.

Use your hands.

Push them up.

Now dance.

I don't know how.

[stuttering] Just... dance. Come on!

I don't know how!

[Albert screaming] I said dance!



Now sing.


[singing] Le-- Let me
call you, sweetheart.

I'm in love with you.

Let me call you, sweetheart.

I'm in love with...

Come on, come on, sing!


[singing] In your eyes...


[phone ringing]

She doesn't answer.
She must have left.

[doorbell rings]

[doorbell rings]


[suspenseful music]

[soft music]

[suspenseful music]

[soft music]


Hello. Why was the door locked?

It was just like
that when I came in.

Where's my mother?

Your mother?

My mother and I live here.

You don't know who I am,
but I know who you are.

You do?

You're Albert.

I recognize you
from the picture.

See? That's you.

You're very pretty.

Who are you?

I'm Annie.

Where's my mother?

Your mother...

Well, your mother got sick and

she had to go to the doctors.

And she wants you
to wait right here for her.

Mama went to the doctor?

Yeah, but it's nothing very bad.

And she wants you
to wait right here.

That's awful.

How did she get sick?

Well, she just started feeling bad,

and she went to the doctors.

While you're waiting, would
you wanna see something funny?

I think I better go to the
doctor to see my mother.

She's not going to be very long.

And she said for me
to be sure and tell you

to wait right here for her.

[insects chirping]

Has anything happened?

No, no, no.

You know, I just thought I'd get
my men out here first, you know?

- Well...
- What about the house?

Oh, it'll be covered.
It'll be covered.

I want you to know the whole thing

is my fault, actually, my fault.

He should have been in an
institution with maximum security.

Yeah, I knew it,

but I send him there.


Well, he's out now, isn't he?

And when we catch him, it's...

It's going to cost the
taxpayers to feed him

for the rest of his life.

Nobody who's sick
is without hope.

He is a human life.

Sure. Sure, they all are.

You know what I'd do?

Give them all a nice,
quiet pill and that's it.

We don't kill the insane.

I know, I know, I know, I know.

But you know what
I'd like you to do?

I'd like you to take a look
at one of them after one of these

idiots whacks him up with an ax.

Listen, I'm sorry.
With all due respect, ma'am.


Don't worry, Laura.
I'll stay here with you.

Hey, look, look,
I got my men outside.

I don't like seeing nobody
chopped up, you know?


So you're going to be all right.

What will happen to Albert?

Well, we are going to
catch him, you know.

He'll be hiding in
a closet somewhere,

and I'll feed him for
the rest of his life.

Penned up.

Look, if I hear anything,
I'll let you know, all right?

- [sobbing]
- [door closes]

[gentle music]

[orchestral music playing ]

[soft piano playing]


You know,

Albert and I really
love each other.

Why would he want to hurt me?

Who could have loved him more?

His father traveled so much.

He was so much older than I.

When he was home, he was too tired

or too busy to pay much
attention to Albert.

But I was always there.


He used to come into my bed
and I held him and cuddled him.

I took him everywhere with me.

When he was only ten years old

he'd pick out the dress
he wanted me to buy.

I don't know.

[melancholic music]

- [upbeat music]
- [both laughing]

What do you like the best?

The circus or the movies

or carnival or a magic mountain?

Hmm. Magic mountain.

Let's go there.

I can't. I didn't ask my mother.

Well, she said for me
to take care of you

and for me to make
you happy in there.

She'll be right there.
That's what she said.

I bet she wouldn't
let me eat candy.


It's bad for your teeth.

Oh, but this is good to you.

It's good to you, is
made out of peanut butter

and honey and milk and
it helps your teeth.

[chuckles] You're not fooling me.

Cross my heart and hope to die.

Stick a needle in my eye.

Let's see your teeth.


See? No cavities.

You have fillings.


You know what we're going to need
if we go to Magic Mountain?

A coat?

We're going to need some money.

I'll tell you what.
You wait right here.

I'll go get some.

You can eat a bowl
of candy, all right.

- I'll be right back.
- Okay.

[soft music]

Hey, Mom.



[dramatic music]

[orchestral music]

[intriguing music]

[orchestral music]

[intriguing music]

[suspenseful music]



I've got the money.

We can go.

Oh, boy!

Are we friends?

- Sure.
- Really?


Okay, come on. Let's go. Come on!

[gentle music]


[Albert howling]

[dramatic music]

[upbeat music]

Yeah. Hey, listen, why don't
you have some of the guys

check, uh, check the porno hubs
and some of them sex bookstores?

You know, because he's some
kind of sex freak, you know?

Yeah. Yeah. Okay.

All right. Hey, wait a minute.
Wait a minute. Listen...

Listen, uh, listen...
What's happening at the houses, huh?

Both of them.


Okay, okay, I'll check you later,
all right?

All right, bye.

[car horn honking]

[gentle music]

The Magic Mountain is closed
until the wintertime,

but I got a better idea.

[upbeat music]

♪ Poor Albert,
can you tell me where you are? ♪

♪ Poor Albert,
can you take your lover very far ♪

♪ Is it real or do you
know it's just a dream? ♪

♪ Can it really be as
lovely as it seems ♪

♪ Poor Albert,
what's the future hold in store? ♪

♪ Poor Albert, do you know
what you are looking for? ♪

♪ Are you living in the
shadows of your side? ♪

♪ [indistinct]
bright end of the light ♪

♪ Poor Albert ♪

♪ Has living let you down? ♪

♪ Poor Albert ♪

♪ Is no one else around? ♪

♪ Can another share
the world you see ♪

♪ Or is that something
that can never be? ♪

♪ All of your life ♪

♪ You've been living alone ♪

[dramatic music]

[sighs] Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ.

Did you look all over the house?

[officer] What for?

She had a kid.
Didn't you know that?

- What kid?
- Hey, Harry!

- Harry, did you see a kid?
- Huh? No.

She had a kid,
for Christ's sakes.

Didn't you guys-- Look around,
for Christ's sakes!

Come on, you guys.
Come on, will you?

For Christ's sakes!

Jesus Christ!

[phone rings]


I don't know.

Where was the kid this morning,

Uh, at school.
A-- Alice said she was on half day.

She was on--

Jesus Christ. She must have--

She must have come home
before my men got here.

Do you know he has her?

No. No,
We don't know nothing except, uh--

Except this.

This guy carves him up real good,
you know?

Would it help if I came there?

No, no, no. Just do me a favor.

Ask Mrs. Robertson where
she might have gone.

All right? Friends,
relatives, anything. Ask her.

I can't.

What do you mean, you can't?
Listen, listen, buddy.

You let this fruitcake loose,
and we're not

responsible for that.
Do you understand?

I know I did,
but I can't tell her.

All right. All right.

I'll tell you what,
for Christ sakes.

When we find the kid,

we're going to let you pick
up the chunks piece by piece.

Do you understand that?
Piece by piece.

She told the maid to leave.

She had no idea she'd stay
in the house.

Did Alice stay?

- Is anything wrong?
- No, nothing's wrong.

They're just making
out a report.

Look, do me a favor, will you?

Will you ask her,
for Christ's sakes?

Friends, relatives, anything.
Just ask her.

Have they found Albert?
Did he go to the house?

He was there, but he left.

Look, Burton! [sighs]

Look, the kid might still be alive.
Will you ask her?

I'll call you right back.

Don't call--

[phone thuds]

Honey, you're not telling me
what he said.

Has Albert done something?

[Burton] He was there.
He wrecked the house a little.

They're looking for him now.

What will happen?


They'll find him.

Sit down, Laura.

What is it? What's wrong?

[pills rattling]

Take these.

Come on, drink up.

Will my mother be back
from the doctor's now?

Your mother?

Yeah. She was sick and
went to the doctor's.

You said she'd be right back.

No, she's not going
to be back yet.

She's, uh--

She'll be a little bit longer.

And when will she be back?

I'm supposed to go home right
after school

and now I'll get in trouble.

Annie, don't think about that.

Did you ever take
a great holiday

and go stay in a hotel

and eat breakfast
in a restaurant?


That's what your
mother wants you to do.

Tomorrow she's going
to be at Laura's other house.

But now she wants you
to go to a hotel

and she wants you
to stay there.

And you can have anything
you want for breakfast.

And no matter what you want,

she told me to be sure
that you get it.

So how about another
stuffed animal?

Do you want a big one?
Or maybe a tiny little one?

They have them just like that.

Oh, I have plenty of them.

Come on, Annie.
Let me buy you one.

I want you to like me.

I want you to be my friend.

I want you to love me.

I love you.

My mother says to love everybody
because that's what God does.

- God does that?
- Yes.

Did you ever think that

maybe God might be
in the jaws of a shark?

Or in the leaves?

Or in all the cars
that bump fenders?

No. God's in the Bible.

But couldn't it be
in a merry-go-round?

No, he's in the church.

Didn't you ever go to church?

You know something?

You are clean and pure.

And undefiled.

[gentle music]

You're the sweetest of all
the visions of meaning there are.

That's you.

[Annie chuckles]

[car horn honking]

[Annie] Is this
where we're going in?

[Albert] Yes.

The king of England
once stayed here,

and then the king of Belgium used
this as his bridal suite.

[Annie] What's a bridal suite?

[Albert] It means the king stays
here with his bride,

and she's all in pure white.

[Annie] This hotel
looks very old.

[Albert] It is.
It was built in Victorian times.

You're too young to know
about the Victorian age,

but it was, um...

It was a beautiful time
when men were gentlemen

and ladies were all pure
and those that weren't

were killed or driven away.

- [Annie] Am I pure?
- [Albert] Yes.

Yes, you are.

Come on. They've reserved
the bridal suite for us.

[gentle music]

Better sleep in.

- It's another bedroom.
- I know.

[eerie music]

We're going to play a game now.

A beautiful game.

What is it?

You put your nightgown on.

And then you find out.

[traffic noise]

[eerie music]

[wedding music]

[traffic noise]

[suspenseful music]

[phone rings]

- Hello.
- Doctor.

I'd like to speak
to my mother, please.

Albert, where are you?

May I speak to my mother,

Where are you, Albert, please?

I'm very peaceful at the moment.

I want you to do
what I'm asking.

All right, Albert.

She's here.

Talk to him.
Don't say anything to upset him.

Hello, Albert.

Hello, Mother.

Mother, I'm, I'm sorry

about everything.

I want you
to do something for me.

All right, Albert. I will.

I need some money,

and I want you to have
some ready for me.

All right, Albert.

I'm going
to be going away with someone.

I'm going to be taking a bus
trip or something. I don't know.

But I'll need some money now,
and I'll need some for later.

And you can send me
some then, okay?

Tell him you'll come
there and talk to him.

Do you want me
to bring it there to you?

No, I'll come for it.

All right, then.
I'll have it here for you.


I know the doctor is there.

If, um...

If the police are there, say--

- Yes.
- All right.

I want you to tell
them something for me.

Tell them that I will be there
for the money in the morning

and that Annie will be with me.

And I wouldn't want anything
to happen to Annie, Mother.

So be alone.

You got that? Alone.

Ask him where he is.

I am at the opera seeing Carmen.
Tell him that.

He's at the opera,
seeing Carmen.

Goodbye, Mother.

I've killed you,
but you still exist, don't you?

Did he say he's coming here?

He'll be here tomorrow morning,
with Annie.

If I had a father,
I'd like him to be just like you.

Well, I'd like to be your father.

And your friend.

Your playmate.

[eerie music]

[upbeat music]

Hey, listen, that's why I'm calling,

because, uh...

[chuckles] I can't.

I'm not going to be able
to come home for dinner.

That's all. I just can't.


Honey, that's not it.
That's not the point.

I love you.
Of course I love you.

I love you.

Honey. It's about--

It's a kid. It's a little girl.


Yeah. Some maniac [indistinct].


God, I love you.

Yeah, I do. I do.

I'll be home as soon as I can.


Good night.


[suspenseful music]

[tense music]

[upbeat music]

♪ Oh,
I just want to be with you ♪

♪ That is all I want to do ♪

♪ See your face the
whole day through ♪

♪ I just want to be with you ♪

♪ Oh,
I just want to be with you ♪

♪ That is all I want to do ♪

♪ See your face the
whole day through ♪

♪ I just want to be with you ♪

♪ Oh,
I just want to be with you ♪

The death of innocence
and the birth of disgust.


Don't pay any attention to him.

What did you say?
You just spoiled my shot.


I said this reminds me
of the pool room at Arles

in the Van Gogh painting.

In the what?

He meant it as a representation
of the dissolute life.

But the result is
warmth and beauty.

What's with him?

Forget it. He talks fruity.

Go on, make your shot

[balls clacking]


You don't control your cue.

And you can't
control your mouth.

Now beat it. She belongs to me.

- Is that your father?
- No, it's not my father.

Did you know that my family has
been in business for 75 years

and that my grandfather was
nominated for governor of his state?

Yeah. Where was that?


Did you know my grandfather
was George Washington's horse?

- Why do you talk to him?
- "Why do you talk to him?"

You rich or something?

My family has five factories
and 30 stores at least.

- Prove it!
- Why should I want to prove it?

Because I think
it's a stupid lie

and you made it all up.

Will you forget him
and stop talking to him?

Let her talk to
anybody she wants to.

You're not her father.

You think I'm lying?

I don't think, I know.

Why don't you go
to that phone and prove it?

Who would I call?

Just call someone who says
this guy knows what he's

talking about and he's rich.

Does the name Robertson
mean anything to you?



Here. Cards.


Pick it up now, would you?

No. You get out of here
and leave her alone.

Look, am I bothering anybody?

Van Gogh painted the pool
room at Arles because he

was interested in people.

Is that so wrong?

Listen to me.

You leave this room
with him, I'll put this stick

over your head!

Will you?
I don't think you will.

Why don't you keep this for me?

You're not going to do that,
are you?

You said you wouldn't do that.

Will you shut up?

I'll be back in a few minutes,

All right.

Just keep the table, okay?

I don't like it.

And you said that your
grandfather was a governor once?

Just nominated.

Well. Let's go talk about it.


Now you believe I'm rich?

But I see it.

- See what?
- The money.

Do you want a drink first?

All right.

Got you okay.


[glasses clink]

You said you were rich.

I didn't say I was rich.

I said my family was rich.

Just a minute.

You said you had money,
and I'd like to see

a little bit of it right now.

- Would you?
- Yes, I would.



All right.

You see that?

You see that?

Yeah, I see it.

Wait a minute. Wait, wait.

Uh. I want you
to do something first.

What do you want me to do?

I feel like dancing
a little bit.

Come on, let's dance.

- Right here?
- Yeah, sure.

Come on. Come on.


[ominous music]

[ominous music]

[tense music]

[eerie music]

[Albert] Stop. Stop.



[somber music]


[dramatic music]











[door creaks]





Annie, where are you?

Hey, Annie.

Hey, Annie!


Annie, don't run away from me.

Hey, Annie, come back here!

Where are you?

Annie, I love you!

Don't run away from me.

[ominous music]


[dramatic music]


Oh, boy.

Annie, you fooled me.

You're just like all the rest,
aren't you?

Just like all the rest.

You are just like all the rest!

[Annie screams]

[siren wailing]

[tense music]

[suspenseful music]

[ominous music]

[Annie screams]

[Albert screams]

[loud thud]


[Annie screams]

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey!

It's all right, it's all right!

It's all right, it's all right.

It's all right.
It's going to be all right.

It's going to be all right,


It's going to be okay.


All right. It's all right.

[Albert] There was a time, Annie,
when men were gentlemen

and ladies were pure.

- [Annie] Am I pure?
- [Albert] Oh, yes.

You're the sweetest of all
the visions of meaning there are.

[suspenseful music]

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