Katherine (1975) - full transcript

A harrowing look at the 60s and early 70s through the eyes of Katherine Alman, a wealthy debutante who slowly, but inexorably spirals down into a fight for the causes that shook a nation, leading a path to the underground life.


-Well, I never
thought that Katie

would go to those extremes.

In a word, she was
spirited, impatient.

Katie was always strong minded.

You couldn't say no to her.

She took it as a challenge.

And if she didn't agree with
you, she wasn't one to give in.

That's the kind of American
stock she comes from.

-Um, if she hadn't left
home, maybe none of this

would have happened.

But then, nobody stays home.

She was quite good when she
was young, always giving things


She was pretty.

She had tiny hands, soft skin.

She really wasn't like any
of those other young people.

Selfish, foul-mouthed young
men, they-- they changed her.

-She was very.

Beautiful she was a model
revolutionary soldier.

And by that I mean that
when it really got heavy,

the radicals started
to fade, but not Kate.

She was total commitment.

-It's just that
she got caught up

in that revolutionary

She couldn't turn back
even if she wanted to.

Because, well, that
would have meant failure.

She never allow herself
to lose anything.

-I think I should
go and study you.


Because you're a man?


-It's set for 9 o'clock.


-All right?


-If you get to the court house
on time, then nobody gets hurt.



-Be careful, huh?


-Good luck.

-Thank you.

-Hey, you've got exactly
one hour till 9:00.


-I love this country.

I've had the best it
can offer, and I've

seen the worst it could be.

And I'm committed to
making America a better

place, no matter what the cost.

For in your time,

we have the opportunity
to move not only

towards the rich society
and the powerful society,

but upwards to
the Great Society.

The Great Society rests on
abundance and liberty for all.

It demands an end to poverty--

-We were uh, we were supposed
to be the cream, the educated

future wives and
mothers of America.

But we really had no idea
what we wanted to do.

But Katherine was like all of
us, sort of passing through.

At college, she was pretty
competitive and all that.

But she wasn't an
exit or everything.

She was bright.

She had a good sense of humor.


-OK, Miss Denver, Miss
Denver, I bet a penny.


-You can't a penny!

I've already bet a quarter.

You can call me,
raise me, or fold me.

But you cannot at this
late date bet a penny.

-Look, Kathy, Mark may
be coming down this week.

Want me to ask him to
bring a friend for you?

-I just want to play!

Anyway, Saturday I'm
supposed to teach.


Well, cancel it.

-She's dedicated, Margo,
a dedicated educator.

-She's just saving her body
for future generations.

-Sewing it up for
posterity, huh?

-Sacrificing himself
to bring enlightenment

to those less fortunate!

-As it just so happens,
ladies, that I would prefer

to spend this Saturday teaching
kids to read than wrestling

with one of Mark's
jerky friends, OK?



[INAUDIBLE], telephone!




-Play before you go.

-Oh, fine, I will.


Look what I did!

Oh, I'm so sorry.


A full house!

I just got canned.

-Does that beat four nines?

-Does that beat four nines.


-In the West, you'd be dead.

-Oh, last chance for happiness.

Want Mark to bring a friend?



-The lion was r-- re-- red.

-How did you feel when you
were in juvenile court?

-I don't know.

I guess I was a little scared.


-The lion was scared.


-Hi, Katherine.


-Hey, I didn't
think you'd make it,

what, with graduation
and everything?

-I wouldn't leave
without finishing this,

are you kidding?

Hey, thanks for the
recommendation to VSA.

-What's that?

Volunteer Service Abroad.

They accepted me.

-Well, I'm not surprised.

You're good at this.

Are you going?

-I think so.


Not sure, huh?

Don't go through life
waiting to be absolutely

certain before you
attempt something.


Kathy, are you up?



-I'm getting married.

-I know that.

-No, no, no, I'm
getting married now.

Mark's 1-A, and he's
gonna get drafted.

They don't draft married men,
so we're getting married.

-Oh, that's romantic.

-It's not his fault
there's a draft.


It sounds like you're getting
drafted instead of him.

-Least I'll know what I'll
be doing next year, which

is more than some people
on this bed can say.



-Well, congratulations!


-Oh, it's delicious.

Oh, Katherine, I forgot.

You received an award
from college today.

They sent it to the house.


I didn't get any awards.

-Well, I guess they
just forgot to tell you.

-Thornton, where's the award?



Had it on [INAUDIBLE].

I've got it.

"For conduct above and beyond
the duties of a daughter,

we present you with this
Annual Alman Attagirl Award.


-Thank you, Daddy.

Thank you, Mother.

-And by the way, dear.

Louise wrote and said that
you could use her apartment

while you're at graduate school.

-Well, she didn't
exactly say that.

-But she implied it.

-I don't think I'll
be needing it anyway.

-Well, where will you stay then?

-I'm not gonna go next year.

-You're not going to
graduate school, Katie?

-I wrote you.

I want to work in South America.


What difference can a young girl
in college make in a jungle?

-It's not really a jungle.

-Katie, what's the point of it?

-I want to do something
to help people.

-Noble motive.

Why can't you do it here?

-They need me there.

-They've never
heard of you there.

-Well, I want to go.

-Well, we're not
going to let you.

-You can't stop me.


-I will run my own life, mother.

-But hold on here, just hold on.

You want to go down there.

We want you to stay.

Let's see if we can work
out some kind of compromise.

Now let's say I were to pay for
two fully qualified teachers

to go, what would
you say to that?

-I'd say that's a
very generous gesture.

-Them, instead of you.

-But I want to
see what I can do.

-Well, you're not doing it for
them, you're doing it for you.

It's obviously not what
we want for you, Katie.

-Obviously, but I'm going.


You're old enough to
run your own life.

If that's what you really
decide that you want to do,

that's what you'll do.

-Look, it's not the
end of the world.

I go and teach for
a couple of years,

and most likely I'll come back
and meet the man of my dreams,

get married, and have a family.

And we'll all live happily
ever after, especially Mom.

-I grew up a princess in a
fairy tale-- no suffering,

no hardships, no misfortunes.

It's a good luck.

Everybody should be so
lucky, but they aren't.

Just look at those
kids I taught.

I mean, 14-year-old American
kids who can't read.

I was amazed and angry.

I'd lived in a
protective shell so long.

You see that now
that I know, I felt

I had to do something about it.

Sometimes I wish I'd
been a troublemaker when

I was young that it wouldn't
be such a surprise to everybody


But I was always so damn good.


believe that every man

must some day be free.

We believe in ourselves.

I have today ordered to Vietnam
the air mobile division.

-Katherine, she was so
eager to find some way

to be of service
to our world here.

I was worried.

She was over anxious.

She could not get used
to our slower pace.

She was supposed to teach
hygiene and nutrition.

But that was not enough for her.

She began to teach the
children how to read.







-Katherine, I want
to talk to you.

-I know.

You've finally decided to give
up the church and marry me.

-Katie, the women
are saying you're

telling their husbands
not to pay the rent.

-Filthy rumors.

-It's not true then?

-Well, I didn't say that.

-Well, what are
you telling them?

-I'm teaching them to read.

-The men don't need to read.

Besides, I don't think you
should be with them alone.

-Do you want to go with me?

Don't worry.

I'm pretty strong, see?


-Fuerte [SPANISH].

Father, God's on my side.




-El camesino tra-- baja--
trabaja la te-- tierro.

-Muy bien.



-El trabajo!

El trabajo!


Hello from the newlyweds.

Mark and I are
honeymooning, and I meaning

moaning on the romantic riviera.

Mark finished his law
school in January.

So if you need any legal
advice to your peasant friends,

wait until then and
we'll fly to your rescue.

Get this-- Sharon is modeling
in New York for "Vogue,"

far cry from her
philosophy studies, huh?

Listen, kiddo, why don't
you please come home and get

married so we can go
to lunch together.

Don't eat the food down
there or you'll get fat

and I'll have to
hire you as my maid.

I really do miss you and
think of you so often.

I love you.

See ya, kiddo.

Your friend, Margo.



-Senor Vega the landlord says we
cannot learn from you anymore.


-He says he will
double our rent.

-Julio, he has no
right to do that.

-He has the land.

He's rich.

He's powerful.

-You must resist him.

You can refuse to work.

You could strike.

-No, we can't do nothing.

-Why, are you afraid?

-We are not afraid.

We are poor.

I'm sorry.




I've got something for you.


-Wait a minute.

Julio, these are for you.


-(SCREAMING) Stop it!

Stop it!

Stop it!

Stop it!

-He's gone.

Vega has driven him
away, his whole family.

-Why don't you do something?

Whose side are you on?

-I'm on the side of God.

-And who's side he on?

Senor Vega's?



I've got something to show you.

It's good price,
senorita, all US products.

Spare a minute.

Good price.

It's all the best product.

-Where did you get those things?

Those aren't
supposed to be sold.

They're gifts of
the American people.

-No se, senorita.








-Who was he?

Why'd they shoot him?

-He's some bandido




Where are you living?

-In the mountains
with some friends.

Come with me.

-OK, let me get my clothes.





-Julio says you can help us.

We'll need money to buy
guns and ammunition.

-I'll help you get food
and medicine, but not guns.

-Why not?

-Well, I have nothing
to do with bloodshed.

-Do you think anything
will change without blood?

They're Killing us.

I won't have to
kill them in return?

-You can change things
without bloodshed.


-You can teach [INAUDIBLE]
to read and write.

Then they can deal
with the government.

-The government in this
country belongs to the rich.

They have the
power and the guns.

They will give us
nothing no matter

how well we read or write.

-Well, at least we can
improve the way of life.

Help avoid malnutrition and
unsanitary living conditions.

-That's nothing.

You only delay the
revolution by such things.

You dilute the
anger of the people

and keep them from rising
up to kill their oppressors.

It is hungry people who make
revolution, poor people.

-Do you really think the
people want a revolution?

-If you were truly one of
the people, if you were poor,

you will not ask
such a question.




do thank you for your help.




-This is Senorita Alman.

I regret that we have
not spoken before.

But I've been hearing a lot of
good things you're doing here.

-Is that why you had Julio
beaten and driven away?



-Ah, that fellow?

My overseer says he
refused to the work.

It is not fair to the others
if one would not work.

-He was beaten and drive
away at your orders

because he dared
to stand up to you.

-Senorita Alman, I am
unhappy that you've

chosen me to be your enemy.

I hoped we might work
together to help these people.

-How can you say
that when you won't

pay them enough to live on?

You won't lower their rents.

You won't give them an education
so they can help themselves.

Why is it you're so afraid
of what I teach them?

-Oh, my dear young
girl, I'm not afraid.

How can one so young
be so self-assured?

-If you're not afraid,
then why are you

trying to stop the
men from my classes?

-Senorita Alman, how
long have you been here?

A year?

You live by moments,
days, a year.

But we live by centuries.

These people do as their
fathers and grandfathers did,

just as I do as
my ancestors did.

You will go away.

They will forget.

But nothing will change.

-You're wrong.

Things are changing now.

-Like what, the bandits
up in the hills?

That's a problem we have
had many times before.

It is a problem we
know how to deal with.

-You can't shoot all
of them, Senor Vega.

-I shoot no one!

What right do you have
to come and interfere?

How do you justify
your arrogance?

That you're American?

You think of us as
backward savages

to whom you bring enlightenment?

Tell me, in your own
country, are there

not enough problems
to divert you?

-We don't people and
drive them off their land.

And we don't shoot everybody
who disagrees with us.

-You're a very young
person, Miss Alman.

I wish you a long
and happy life.


-This is foolish, Katherine.
where will you live?

-In a hut, like the rest
of your parishioners

If I'm gonna understand them,
I've got to live like them.

-I must warn you.

There'll be trouble
if you persist

in your actions, great trouble.

-That's the idea, Father.

-Well, at first we got a
letter from her every week.

I knew she was lonely
and missed home

and-- so I sent her some gifts.

-And then her letters
started changing.

She got very serious, bitter.

She asked for money, a
good deal of it, in fact.

She said it was to help
the people down there.

She asked for books, political
books, Regis Debray and Marx.

She was writing
letters to Congress

and the State Department about
the misuse of American aid.

We began to really worry.







-Katherine, there's
someone to see you.

-Miss Alman, my
name's Ted Mitchell.

I'm from the embassy.

I'm afraid I have
some bad news for you.

In light of several
complaints that we received--

-What complains.

-About your work here, I'm
afraid that the ambassador has

no other choice but to ask
you to leave the country.

-What complaints?

-Now everything is right
here in these documents.

One thing you've
been interfering

in local business affairs.

-Business affairs?

-Also there's some question
about your teaching.

You seem to have been
receiving some very

literature in the mail.

-How do you know?

Have you been opening it?

-Look, isn't it true that you've
been buying contraband goods

on the black market,
and some of these goods

have turned up in
the hands of bandits?

You seem to have forgotten
that you are here

as a guest of this
country's government.

-A corrupt government.

-A friendly government.

-Oh, a friendly government.

Doesn't matter whether they're
corrupt or honest just as

long as they're friendly, right?

-Look, I'm sorry,
I-- I really am.

-Oh, yeah, I bet you are.

-I've got a plane
ticket home for you.

It leaves today.

I'll help you get
your things together.

-I have no things, just some
people to say goodbye to.

I failed to do anything
down there, really.

I felt empty, weak,
powerless, ridiculous.

I think it's senseless to help
the victims of a cruel system

if you let the
system remain cruel.

But I just didn't
believe then that one

had to kill to
better one's life.

I thought both Vega
the landlord and Juan

the revolutionary were wrong.

There had to be
another alternative.


I've come here

to recommended that you bring
the most urgent decencies

of life to all of
your fellow Americans.

There are men who cry
out, we must sacrifice.

Are they going to sacrifice--

-Oh, when she came back
from South America,

she was really different,
kind of out of it, you know,


She talked about
going to grad school,

which made Mom and
Dad pretty happy.

I could see she was
really miserable.

I mean, hardly anyone
could talk to her.

-You look awfully good
on that stud, dear.

-Such language!

-Well, she did.

Have some lemonade?

-No thanks.

-Katie, you remember
the old MacIntyre place?

You used to ride
down to Mac's pond?


-Your father's
thinking of buying it.

-What happened to Mac?

-Well, after his wife
died, he start drinking,

and let the ranch go to pot.

It's up for auction, and
I'm tempted to grab it.

-It'd be an awfully
nice place for someone

to raise some grandchildren.

-Mom, your hints are about
as subtle as a battleship.

-What about the MacIntyres?

Where will they go?

-Back east, I suppose.

Mac's got a son back there.

-Oh great.

-What's that matter, Katie?

-Do we need Mac's ranch?

-No, we don't need it.

But I've always had a
liking for that place.

Besides, it's good
rental property.

-Well, if we don't
need it, why don't you

let Mr. MacIntyre keep it?

-Katie, you've-- you
don't seem to understand.

He has to sell.

It's the sheriff's auction.

-Then why don't you buy it
and give it back to him?

-I'm sorry I brought it up.

I thought you'd be pleased.

-Did you think I'd be pleased
to see somebody lose his ranch?

My own father, grabbing it
just because he has the money.

-Katie, that money is
responsible for comfort

and well-being.

-I don't want my
comfort and well-being

to depend on somebody
else's hardship.

You know, when I
first came back here,

I thought there was a big
contrast between down there

and here.

There's no contrast at all, just
done more business like here,

more American.

-Oh, Kate wasn't really
sure what she wanted to do.

Grad school didn't
make sense to her.

She was getting
nuts living at home.

We met for the first time
when she answered an ad

to join a group of
us that had formed

a free school down south.

We were providing an alternative
for the outmoded racist school


And that was the
first time I met her.

She walked through that door
and immediately got shot.

-Everybody gets
three shots, right?


-How many is that?

-One, two, three.


Three shots fall down, and
you have to count them to--



Here we go, one, two, three.



No, you're supposed
to fall down.

-Oh, sorry.

-You're supposed to count to 10.

-Uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco,
seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez.

-You're supposed to count!

-I just did.

-I didn't hear you go one, two,
three [INAUDIBLE] or nothing.

-Oh, Robert, Robert.

You've got to lighten
up on the lady, man.

She was counting in Espanol!


She was counting in Spanish.

Now, do you remember
when we were

talking about other languages,
French, and Spanish,

and German?

Well, this was Spanish.

She was talking another
language, a different language.

-Yeah, you're the one that
don't know nothing, Robert.

-OK, now Robert, if you
give her a little slack,

maybe we can convince her
to stick around and teach

us all how to count in Spanish!

What do you think about that?

-I might.

-Welcome to chaos.

I'm Lillian Coleman.


-Bob Kline.


-I think you made a hit.

OK, now listen up.

This is Kate.

I don't know much about
her, except that she

can count to 10 in Spanish.

Huh, should we let her stay?


-I think you can
stay, and I think

you all made a
wonderful decision.




-Think you'll survive?

-I think I will.

I'm not so sure
about my eardrums.

-You know how long it took us
to get a peep out of those kids?

First couple of weeks,
they just sat there,

acting like they thought they
were supposed to in a school.

-You did good.

-I think I did.

Thank you.

-That took a while, but we
finally go through to them

that our school was difference.

And [INAUDIBLE] heads batted
in for acting like kids.


The only problem we have now
is the local school board

tends to identify noisy
kids with a commie plot,

very logical.

After you, ladies.

-I'm glad you're here, Kate.

-So am I.

-By the way, watch
out for that one.

He's known to be a
pretty fast worker.

-Thank you very much
for the recommendation.

You got a place to stay?

-Yeah, boarding house till
I can get an apartment.

-Plenty of room at place.

-You are a fast
worker, aren't you?


I just think of people see
their lives about this long.

When in reality, their
lives are about that long.

So I think we get
right down to it.

So, do you have, a, a boyfriend?

B, a husband?

C, one or more
[INAUDIBLE] lovers.

Just check one of the above.

-None of the above.

-Oh, great.



-You wear contacts?



-I don't like the way
I look in glasses.

-Now let me ask you a question.

Wait a minute.

Wait a minute.

Isn't the point to see
as clearly as possible?


Do you have glasses?


-Put them on.

-Thank you.

Just put it in there.

See what I mean.

-I think you look ravishing.


-Speaking as a
long life ravisher.

-You're too much.

-Get out of town,
you nigger lover!

-Hey, thank you.

That was the mayor.

Probably heard you were in
town, came to say howdy.

-Phew, and I thought South
America was a foreign country.

-Oh, yeah, well, see, that's
'cause you're-- you're new

to these parts, see?

Pretty soon you'll catch on.

See, as a foreigner
in these parts,

you might find it
strange for some folks

to call other
folks nigger lover.

But that's 'cause you don't
understand the nuances, ma'am.

Now, do you know what
I mean by nuances?


-See, down here they figure
that if a black man rubs up

against a white man, that
white man turns black.

Now some of them just
say half an half.

Now who wants to walk around
living black and white?

Who wants to be a newspaper,
if you get my meaning? [LAUGHS]


-Is them animals fake?

-No, they're real.

Or they were.


-They're just dead and stuffed.

-Ooh wee!

I wouldn't mind stuffing her.

--[INAUDIBLE] stuffed
animals in here.

-Well, somebody shot them,
and somebody stuffed them,

and here they are.

-How come they shot them?

-Well, so they could put them
in here for people to see.

--[INAUDIBLE] some people
who want to shoot them?

-I wonder which of
them's daddy he is, huh?

-Ain't their daddy.

It's her boyfriend.

She likes them black and

-Hey, honey, how 'bout me?

I ain't black, but
I sure am hairy.

-Come on, get out of here.

Ya'll get out of here.

Ya'll don't belong
in here anyway.

-You all be careful
of those books now!

-Come on, come on!

Let's go.

Come on.

-OK, then what did you expect?


What do you think
a kid's gonna do?

No, no, keep this
on your face, Kate.

What do you think
a kid's gonna do

if you slap them in a face, huh?

Not hit you back?

Not hit a lady?

Let me just tell
you something, Kate.

This is not "Gone
with the Wind."

I want to you
something, that you're

lucking that you weren't killed.

I mean, damn lucky.

At least raped.

-Shut up!

-No, I will not shut up.

This is serious, Kate.

Now listen.

You've got to face the fact.

Some of these people hate you.

-I know it was stupid.

I just didn't think!

God, I didn't want
those kids to see that!

-See it?

They know more than you
and I put together, Kate.

They have grown up in it.

I just wish to hell I
had been there with you.

-Oh, god, what would have done?

would you have done?

I'll tell you what
I would've done.

I would have looked that
cracker right in the eye,

and I would have
said, so long, buddy.

And I would have been
stone on the wind.

You would've seen
one white shaggy blur

going right through the door.

[INAUDIBLE] Do your stuff.

And I wouldn't have stopped
until I was in Canada, Kate,

I was in Canada.

They don't call me "non-violent
Kline" for nothing, you know.


-Oh, Bob!



-The guy really belted me.

-I know he did.

Is that better?

That's got to be better.


Here, my sweetie pie.


Get in there!





Keep it down.

-What's happening?

-This is Reverend Mills.

He's chairman on
the church board.

-Our landlord.

-And these gentlemen are
from the fire department.

-I'm sorry to say that
we've discovered about two

dozen violations
of our fire code.

The basement is a main
problem down here.

Upstairs ain't
much of the matter.

Now I figured if we could
block off this area that way

we might not have to condemn--

-This is ridiculous.

-We're only doing our job, miss.

-You're doing a job, all right.

-We are trying to
protect these children.

-You're not trying to
protect these children.

You don't give a damn
about these children!

You just want us out.

-You ought'nt to
talk that way, miss.

Won't do a bit of good.

-You've got two weeks to
make up your mind, Reverend.

-And if we don't, you're
gonna throw us out?

Just gonna pick up the kids,
throw them on the street too?

-Mr. Kline, please.

-Why don't you throw
us out right now, huh?

OK, OK, you said what you
wanted to say, not get out!

Get out!


-Gentlemen, I--
Gentlemen, I'm sorry.

I'll see you ou

-(WOMEN'S VOICE) Anything
you say, [INAUDIBLE].

Anything you say.

Three guesses what
[INAUDIBLE] is gonna decide.

-You shut up!

You know nothing about
it, so you just shut up.


It's just that we haven't
lost a school, we lost a room.

We'll find another
room, Lillian.

We'll meet on the
street if we have to.

They're not about
to shut us down.

-The school is shut down!

It is in its present form.

It just speeds things up now.

-What do you mean?

-I'm gonna lay it
on you straight.

We don't want no white
faces teaching black kids.

You understand?

-No, I don't understand.

-Let me ask you a
question, what difference

does it make what color we are?

-It makes all the difference.

We don't want no kids
growing up saying,

whitey ain't so bad 'cause
I dug my white teacher.

Kids got to learn to
think black, act black.

And you the wrong color
in the wrong place.

See, white people got to
straighten their own stuff out

before they go around
helping anybody else.

Do you understand?

You've got to liberate
your own self.

And the first step is for you
realize that you are the enemy.

You were born the enemy.

And you grew up learning
how to be the enemy.

You're responsible.

You've got to face
that about yourself.

-Wait a minute, man.

What do we have to do to prove
that we are not the enemy?

-You've got to die.

Or figure out some way to
get born all over again.

-Do you believe all that?

-Not everything.

-Are you gonna teach
the kids to hate?

-We're gonna teach them
how to love themselves.

Look, you're both my friends.

But right now, hate is the
strongest weapon we got.

Besides, you can't love a
system you're trying to destroy.

If you do, then you
really are the enemy.

-My white skin
has given me a lot

of privileges in this society.

And that fact has been hard
for me to come to grips with.

I didn't want to admit it,
but when those black power

advocates rejected us,
they had good reason.

'Cause I could always go
back home and live off

the profits of an unjust system.

And for them, there
was no going back.

There was nothing
worth going back to.

-Hey lady, spare some change?

-I don't have any.

-Come on, I'll take anything.

I love you.

Oh, come on, lady.

Hey, I love you anyway.

What we expected

to come from the bombing.

We felt that it would
improve the morale

of people in South Vietnam--


-Kate and I left the South
together and became organizers

for the SDS, Students
for a Democratic Society.

We were like traveling salesman
for the, uh, the movement.

We went from campus to
campus, trying to consolidate

anti-war sympathizers
into a political group.

Then we got into
draft resistance

and added motivation
there was that kids

suddenly became [INAUDIBLE].

no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!

Hell no, we won't go!



-I think I want
to see my parents.


-And I want them
to see you too, OK?



I want them to see both of us.


-I'm pregnant.


-Did you hear what I just said?

-Oh, sorry.


You just said you were pregnant.


You don't have to worry.

Won't make you marry me.

-I'm not worried about that.

What do you want to do about it?

-I think I want to have it.





-You want it?


Sure, I want it.


-Yeah, really!

Can't you imagine
a little curly hair

Ho Chi Kuei running around?

Do I want it?

-You mean it?



-Do I want it?

(SINGING): I'm gonna

lay down my sword and shield.

Boom boom.

Down by the river side,
down by the river side.

-Take it, ace.

-Ain't gonna study war no more.

I ain't gonna study war no more.

I ain't gonna study war no more!

No more!

-No more.

-After the revolution,
I'll take up singing.

-Oh, god.

Look at those war planes.

BOB: People live here?

KATHERINE: Only the best.

BOB: Oh.

You gonna tell
them about our kid?


But not away.

They're gonna have
enough problems

just getting used to you, toots.


KATHERINE: And don't
you tell them either.

BOB: Me?


BOB: Yeah.


BOB: Bring on the lying.




-Hello, everybody!

It's me!

-It's me!

-What a surprise, what
a wonderful surprise!

-Oh, Katherine!

Why didn't you let us
know you were coming?

What have you done to your hair?

Well, you look so thin.

Are you dieting?

-No, I always look like this.


-Mommy, Daddy, this is Bob.

-How do you do?

-How do you do?

-Pardon our manners,
Bob, we've just

had no idea where Katie's been.

It's so good to see her.

Come on in.

-Kathy, why didn't you phone us?

Oh, why didn't you
write us in so long?

Listen, Liz is engaged.

Can you believe it?

-Engaged to whom?

-Well, do you remember that
boy she used to go out with,

Len Coulter?

Well, it's Len's cousin
Alan from Stanford.

-Good ol' Liz.

Where is she?

-She's at Alan's
parents for the weekend.

-Oh, they're
together constantly.

He's such a nice boy.

You know, we're
really very delighted.

-Bob, can I get you something?

A drink or something?

-How about a martini?


Who says the generations
have nothing in common?

-Mr. Alman, this is quite
a table you've got here.



-Play a game later.

First, of the drinks.


-How long are you gonna stay?

-Oh, I don't know yet.

We have to be in New
York for a meeting.

-Well, we're having a little
party for Liz and Alan

next week.

Now you will stay for that.

-I don't think so.

-She's here now.

That's what really counts.



-Is uh-- Bob your-- um.

-Yes, Mom, he is.

-Hey, Bob, if you
burned your draft card,

what will happen to you?

Sooner or later, they're
gonna try to bust me.

-And send you to jail?

-No, I'm not gonna
waste any time in jail.

If they come after
me, I'll either go

underground or
split the country.

-Do you think you'll ever settle
down and lead a normal life?

-What's a normal life?

-Now you know very
well what I mean.

And don't get angry.


No, what's a normal life?

Pretending there's
nothing wrong.

-Oh, I'm not going
to get into one

of those kinds of discussions.

Come on, help me.

-Mother, this
country's changing.

You wouldn't believe
how much is changing.

Bob and I've traveled all over.

We've seen it.

We're in a revolution
whether you know it or not.

-Well, I don't know
anything about politics,

and I don't care about them.

I guess I'm just too
ignorant to understand.

-You don't feel any sense of
duty to serve your country.

-Sure I do.

That's why I'm not
going to Vietnam.

-Yeah, but we're
fighting to protect

the peoples of South
Vietnam from invasion.

-You're wrong.

We are the invaders there.

And if you think we
can win by supporting

a corrupt government,
you have to think again.

Excuse me.

-Mother, you play
at being ignorant,

just a poor dumb female.

Whatever Daddy says,
that's what you believe.

-That is absolutely not true.

-It is true.

-It is not.

-It is.

It's not just you, it's
practically all women.

You hide behind that
femininity, gentility.

You let yourself be treated
like idiot children.


-Sandwiches, everybody.

Come and get it!

-Mommy, listen to me.

-I told you I don't want to get
into this kind of discussion.

-You mean you don't want to
discuss anything that might

disturb your little dream world.

-Now if you mean by that
that I'm very, very content

will my life, you're right.

Isn't that what
life is all about?

To be happy?


Not if your happiness depends
on the oppression of others.

Not if you buy your contentment
with their suffering,

no it doesn't!


-Uh, it's your shot, Mr. Alman.

-Well, I-- oh.

You have a very shrewd
fellow here, Katie.

Bob and I have been having a
very interesting discussion.

Haven't agreed on
a single thing,

but it has been interesting.

-Well, I've had enough of
the politics for one night.

I'm going to bed.

Thornton, will you
show Bob is room?

-Bob's sleeping in my room.

-He certainly is not.

This is our house.

He is not sleeping in your room.

-Mother, Bob and
I've been sleeping

together for nearly two years.

And there's something
else I want to tell you.

-Mrs. Alman, anywhere
is fine with me.

-Thank you, Bob.


-We shouldn't have come here.

It was bound to be this way.


Just be tolerant
of us, won't you?

That's part of what you're
fighting for, isn't it?


But you haven't even
spare for your parents?

-I'm sorry, Daddy.

-You know something, Katie?

This friend of yours turned
my own strategy around on me.

Got me drunk, beat me.

Let's go to bed.


-How's my baby?

-What you want?

-Some day, son, this is
going to be all yours.


-Katie, your great grandfather
was a rebel in his own way,

ran away from Ireland when he
wa 15, fought at the [INAUDIBLE]

commune, came over here
with hardly a penny

and turned it into a fortune.

-Communist turned capitalist.

Sorry I never met him.

-Katie, what do you
really want to do?

-I want to work to change
our political system.

-Into what?

-Well, with racism at
home and imperialism

abroad, anything would
be an improvement.

-I think it was
Churchill who once said,

the democratic
form of government

is a totally inadequate system.

But it's the best
system we have.

Those weren't exactly his words,
but it was something like that.

-American democracy
doesn't exist, Daddy.

It's a myth.

When's the last time
the majority of citizens

even voted?

And when they do,
they're so misinformed,

how could they even vote right?

-Katie, what would you
rather have, a dictatorship

and repression behind
the iron curtain?

-Oh, Daddy, don't start that.

-But an answer?

-Good morning.

-Morning, Bob.

-Been talking about me?


-No, as a matter of
fact, we've been talking

about Katie's great grandfather.

-He was a rebel too.

-Oh yeah?

What do you think
your grandson will be?

-Don't you think it's a little
premature to talk about that?

-I'm just using my imagination.

I can ask, can't I?

You ready?


-Well, let's go.

-See you soon.

I'll write.

-Katie, be careful.


-My parents are good
people, at least

they're people who
think they're good.

But they're just as responsible
for the system's injustices

as anyone, probably
more responsible.

Their wealth comes
from another's

poverty, their position
from exploitation.

I just wanted them
to understand this,

to see the contradiction
in their goodness.

But more important, I
wanted them to accept me

as I am not the way
they wanted me to be.


--this political year.

Accordingly, I shall
not see, and I will not

accept, the nomination of
my party for another term

as your president.

-I hadn't seen or heard
from Kat for years.

The word was that she
was combing the country

preaching peace and
working odd jobs.

There was even a rumor that
she was a real revolutionary

and had been to North Vietnam.

This was definitely
not the Katherine

that I knew at college.

My sympathies were with
the anti-war movement,

but I couldn't get
much involved seeing

as how my second baby was due.

And I was approximately
the size of a large tank.


Just a minute!



Oh, and look at you!

-Look at you!

Look like you're read

-Yeah, so how come
you're in Chicago?

-I'm here for the convention.

I had a second, so I
thought I'd drop by.

Where's Mark?

-Oh, Katherine,
successful lawyers

are not home during the day.


-I want to introduce you to
the real power in the family.

Come here, right over here.


This is Abe.


-Yeah, Abe.

-Hi, baby.

Hello, Abe.

-You think he looks like me?


-We'll fix it.

All right, e enough with Abe.

Abe can take care of himself.

Hey, listen, you want some
tea or coffee or something?



-I don't know.

-Want to sit down?


-We'll sit over here.

Have a seat.



-The convention, huh?

What candidate are
you supporting?

-None of them.

You've go to change the
system, not the personalities.

-Well, that's a little
extremist, isn't it?

-Repressive societies
need radical changes.

-You sound like a textbook.

-I'm serious.

-I just hope you know
where to draw the line?


-Some revolutionaries end up
shedding blood, don't they?

-Only when no one will
listen to the truth.

Anyway, it's gonna be a
peaceful demonstration.

It'll be fun.

Why don't you come?

You might enjoy it.

-Oh, no, it's not for me.


Because you're a woman?

Because you're only
supposed to make the coffee,

and clean the house, do
laundry, and raise the family?

-Well, I'd say I was doing a
little bit better than that.

-Yeah, you are.

It looks pretty
prosperous around here.

-Oh, well look who's
talking about wealthy.

-My father's wealthy.

I'm not.

-I'm sorry, Kathy.

-It's OK.

How's it feel?

-Oh, it's great.

Except for the throwing
up at the beginning.

-I know I, hate that part too.


You're pregnant?


-Oh, when'd you get married?

-I didn't.

Do you have to to have a baby?

-No, no you don't have to.

Oh, you sure are changing.

-For the better.

Look, I've got to go.

-Will I see you again?

-Sure, I'll stop
by before I leave.

-I really missed you.

-Me too Bye, Margo.

-Bye, kiddo.



-You have 30 seconds
to clear this area.





Let me in, dammit, my
father's playing here.

Hello, operator.

I want to make a
long-distance collect

call to Denver, Colorado.


Hello, Daddy?

-Are you all right?

-Yeah, just a little
gas in my lungs.

-Can't believe what I'm
seeing on television.

-Daddy, Bob's been arrested.

You've got to send me
money to post bail.

-All right, I'll take
care of everything.

-I've got to have it now.

I want to get him
out of there, OK?

-All right, I'll send
you anything you need.

Katie, be careful.



-Let me go!

Let me go!


-Take it easy, it's over now.

-I want to get out.

I don't belong here.

I want to get out.

I'm not supposed to be here.

I want to get out.

-It's gonna be OK. [INAUDIBLE]
saw what happened last night.

-I don't care--

-Leave her alone.

There are gonna be a lot of
little punks fading after this.

Now we're better
off without them.

From now on, it's the
toughest and the strongest.


-Where you been?

-Just hanging out.

Where have you been?

-Hanging out.

My neck!

My neck!

My neck!

Free at last!

(SINGING) America, America,
God shed his grace on thee.

-I take it it wasn't
so bad in there.

-Kate, I had the best experience
of my life, except for the fact

I'm so hungry I can't stand it.

Do you know, those
pigs did us a favor,

putting us all
together in that room?

I have never felt so
much strength in my life.

I mean, you could
literally feel it.

-Well, I didn't like it.

-Did they give you a
hard time in there?


But I decided I'm
going all the way.

-Oh yeah?


-I'm gonna have an abortion.

-You want to talk about
this for a minute?

-There's nothing to talk about.

-No, no, no, sister.

Let's talk about
this for a minute.

-I just can't have
a baby now, Bob.

-And I am no part
of this decision?

-It's my body.

It's my life.

-There's a little bit of
me in there too, you know.

-How can I have a baby now, huh?

Face it.

It's gonna get
tougher and bloodier.

Don't you understand?

It's selfish to have a baby now.

-All right, all
right, just don't cry.

All right, just--
I mean, we don't

have to decide it
right now, do we?

But I'd like to
talk about it, OK?

It'll be OK, right?

Oh god.

-Do you love me?

-Do I love you?

I love you.

-That convention was a
turning point for all of us.

The rally had turned into a war.

The revolution was
no longer imaginary.

It was real now.

And it was clear that
the police state wasn't

going to give up
without a battle.

I mean, there was
blood in the streets.

I don't forget those images.

They're burned into
my head forever.

They changed my life.

If we were going to win, it
would take all our strength.

Revolution is full-time thing.

You see, it-- it takes
complete dedication.

I couldn't worry about a baby.

There were more
important things to do.

I-- I-- anyway, I didn't want
to bring a child into this world


First you make the world a
better place for children,

and then you have the children.

Abortion is a simple thing.

It doesn't leave any
marks, except in your head.

Anyway, there wasn't any
time to brood about it.

We hadn't been
prepared for a fight.

But now that we knew
we would have to,

we began to train
ourselves for battle.


Richard Milhous Nixon,

do solemnly swear that I will
faithfully execute the office

of president of the
Unted United States

and will to the
best of my ability

preserve, protect, and
defend the constitution

of the United States--

-After that convention, nothing
was the same, not the movement,

certainly not us.

We were both pretty hurt and
pretty angry I would say.

We joined with a group of
underground revolutionaries.

Most of them were
wanted by the pigs.

We weren't wanted.

But since our friends were,
it amounted to the same thing.


Wait a minute.

It was a good point.

It was a good point, but we're
talking about violence here.

I'm talking about the
Cambodian bombings.

I'm talking about
the My Lai massacres.

I'm talking about the
killing of blacks.

It's about time
that we meet some

of this violence with
violence of our own.


-That kind of talk is
totally counterproductive.

It shows that you
don't want to do

the hard job of-- of
changing people's minds.

-Totally the opposite.

-Now, look, a revolution has
got to start with education.

Once you teach the people
what's really going down,

what's really happened,
then they'll join you.

-Oh, cock cock.

We have been wimpy about an
arms struggle a bit too long


I mean, we have to teach
ourselves that we can't only

take it, but we can dish it out.

And I'll tell you
something else.

I know that public opinion
will be on our side.


-That's it.

If you're not willing to
fight, you don't belong here.

If you're not with us,
you're our enemies.

Now either you
fight or you split.


-We have to fight!

-Split or fight?

-That's right!


-Stay and fight!

-Let them go.

-Stay and fight!

-We should kick them out!

This is a war cry,
not a tea party.

Now our greatest weakness
has been in our belief

in our weakness.

Now we have to clearly
show our strength.

People know what's wrong.

They want to know
what to do about it.

We've got to stand up
in the face of the enemy

and risk our own lives.

We will show them. hat
you do is you fight back.

We support all those who take
up the gun against imperialism.

We too must take up the gun.

You don't need a weatherman to
know which way the wind blows,

because it's clearly in the air.

Now we'll forecast the end
of the system in blood!

We are the weathermen!

Seize the day!

-Seize the day!

-Come on!

-Seize the day!

Seize the day!

Seize the day!

Seize the day!

-Be my prince charming?

-Uh uh.

-Then who are you, and what
are you doing in my bed?

-I'm your heating man.

-Well, heating man,
go do your stuff.

It's freezing in here.

-It's supposed to.

Don't you know that
every revolution begins

with the tenants
freezing their butts off?

-Get up and go turn the heat up.

-No, I think I'll
stay here and you go.

-No, you go.



-Oh, a contest to see who goes.









One, two, three.


Would you look at this?

This doesn't work.

-We ought to move!

-Yeah, we don't have any money.

How about if you ask your
father to give us more money.

-I don't think he's interested
in financing a revolution.

Yeah, but do you think that
he's interested in heating up

his daughter?

-Aren't you the heating man?

-Come on, Kate.

-He's given us
enough already, Bob.

-Yeah, I think that he can
afford a little bit more.

I mean, what is this?

Is he so sacred?


I mean, he's got it.

We don't.

All we're doing is asking
him to share the wealth.

-I don't want to ask him.

What's the matter with you?

-No, what's the matter with you?

Your father's just another
capitalist, that's all.

It costs money to make
a revolution, Kate.

You've got to take it
from where you can get it,

and he's got it.

-Leave him alone!

-Well, what the hell for?

And since when did family
become so important to you?

-Don't mind me.

-What's up?

-It's all set for tonight.

Are you smoking?


-Don't you know that stuff
is counter revolutionary.

It takes your mind off the work.

-That's a thought.




-Well, where are they, Jessica?

You think they'll show?

-Yeah, they'll be here.

-You got the bread?


Come on.


-Did you get the money, man?

Come on.

-No, the skinny one's got it.

-Let's see the stuff first, huh?

-OK, give me the bread.

I said, give me the money.

OK, it's yours.

-Oh, thank you very much.

It's very kind of you.

We'll put it to
good use, I promise.


You want to know the truth?


-I hope you all blow
your stupid heads

off, except we dig the bread.

-You stupid pig.

-Forget it, let's go.

-Don't you know we're
doing it for you.

Or maybe you want to get your
head blown off in Vietnam.

-Who cares where he gets
wasted, Kate, let's go.

-We got an invitation
to my sister's wedding.

-Monogamy is a bourgeois trait.


-Marriage forces
dependency, lies.

We've got to bust away from it.

-[INAUDIBLE] away from it.

-I mean it, Kate.

-What are you so upset about?

We're not married.

-Yeah, but we live like we are.

-What's the matter?

-Our relationship,
it's too possessive.

It's too confining.

It's too bourgeois.

-Is this a speech?

Do you want me to stop eating?

-I'm serious, Kate.

-It sounds like
you're using theory

to justify your own side.

-Well, maybe I am.

But let's face the fact.

We're becoming too
dependent on one another.

And if we're going
to survive, we

have to be as
self-reliant as possible.


-If you want to go with
Jessica to Washington, go.

Only, don't try to make
it sound like some kind

of revolutionary action.

-I can do more work there.

-I'll be alone without you.

-The group is
forming a collective.

I think you should join.

-The group's politics and
mine might be the same,

but I'm not sure
about our feelings.

-It'll help you learn to grow
and live with them as a group.

It'll be good for you, Kate.

It will be good for you.

It'll be good for us.

-Look, I don't mind
becoming self-reliant.

Maybe I need to.

And I don't mind working my
problems out with a collective.

And I don't want
to cling to you,

and I don't want
to be a property.

But just it felt safe with
you, and I'll miss you.

-You'll be with me.

-No, I won't.

That's why I'll miss you.

That was the last
time I saw Bob.

The FBI was closing in on
us after that gun incident

and especially on him
for draft evasion.

So he decided to
split for Canada.

And I decided to
stay in the States

and go officially underground.

Being underground is a
totally different lifestyle.

You have to practically
become another person.

Because anyone you
ever knew-- family,

friend-- becomes a
threat to your survival.

Your past is your
biggest problem.


RICHARD NIXON: Cooperation
with the armed forces

in South Vietnam, attacks
are being launched this week

to clean out major
enemy sanctuaries

on the Cambodian-Vietnam border.

This is not an
invasion of Cambodia.

We are not--


-To disappear.

In the past, she had
phoned, written a latter.

She began to talk as
if she was an outlaw.

Then she stopped
talking altogether.

She cut herself off from
her family, her friends, me.

I hired a detective.

He traced her to Southern
California, couldn't find her.

I wanted to help her, but
I just didn't know how.

I felt impotent.

I just didn't see what I
could do to-- to keep her.



brigade has arrived!


-Where'd you get that stuff?

-Involuntary donation.

How much we got in
the [INAUDIBLE], huh?

-We've got $15 left.

-Kate and I have
a job next week.

-Is it safe?

-Don't be so paranoid.

-What do you mean don't
be so paranoid, huh?

There's a rat in Seattle,
and the whole collective gets


And this one is writing
letters to his mother.

I don't know if
he's an informer,

or if he's just plain stupid.

-Hey, come on, man.

You know I'm no rat.

No, tell him.

-You've got to learn
your family's here, Carl.

All we've got is each
other, because there

isn't anybody else.

We don't need anybody else.



-OK, who's gonna clean this up?


Well, I'm not either.


-Communicated weathermen.

As the nationwide show
of our militant strength,

we will execute violent
confrontations against the pig

state and its
corrupt institutions.

These actions will be
conducted in various cities

on the same day.

All the people, young and old,
will see our power and join us.

This day of rage
will be the spark

for the beginning of a
national mass uprising.


Where are the others?

-Hey, uh, maybe we
should wait, huh?

-No, we're not.

Let's go!


Grab their teacher, Mary.

This is an action of the women
[INAUDIBLE] of the weathermen.

We're here to free the school.

The schools belong to you.

You've got to take over.

You've got to throw
out your teachers.

Strike because your
classes are a bore.

Strike to show your opposition
of the war and racism.

Strike to seize
control of your lives.


Take over.

-Pigs are coming, let's split!

-Come on!




-Come here, come here.

-Just knock if off, huh?

Come along.

We'll take a little ride.

Come on, little girl.

Come on.

You can do it now.

Come on.

-Turn your head to
the side, profile.

Turn it to the other side.


-Turn around.

Mother's maiden name.



-Hearing is set for
two weeks from today.

You are ordered not to leave
this city or this state.



-[CRIES] Come on.

Come on.

Hey, everybody!

Look what I've got!


Thank God, what a wonderful
time to surprise us.


We're just having a little party
for Liz and Alan's anniversary.

-Well, don't let
me spoil the party.


You've made it.

Alan, bring some champagne.

Oh, you haven't met Alan.

This is Alan.

This is Kate, my
daughter, And Alan's

parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cooly.

-Here, let me.

Let me take your thanks.

-You'll have to excuse me.

-No, I'll go.

-No, let me.

-No, I'll go.


Oh, Katherine, come on
back in the living room.


-Now you're not
being very polite.

-You can't deal politely with
those you wish to overthrow.


But these are your
sister's husband's family.

Our friends, your relatives.

-Even my parents.

-Do you really believe
all that you're saying.

-You don't realize, Mommy.

I'm your daughter.

I'm like you.

I say what I believe.

-Well, I believe that if you
continue y life like this,

you'll lose everything.

-I have no choice.

-You always have a chance.

-Not now.

I'm part of a group, a movement.

We think and act together.

-Well, that's all so romantic
and exciting when you're young.

But tell me, what
happens when you grow up?

Are there any old

-Well, uh, Mao's
what, in his 70s?

-Katherine, I'm not
talking about the Chinese.

-I am.

-You don't understand.

I'm worried about you.

-I can see that, Mommy.

And I love you for it.

But it can't be helped.

I'm doing what must be done.

-Well, I-- I give up.

Liz, you talk to her.

You're the only other
sane one around here.

-You OK?


-Well, are you gonna
stay with us for awhile?

-No, I'm supposed to
appear in court next week.

-For what?

-Breaking and entering,
assault and battery,

creating a nuisance, and
being a revolutionary.

-Are you gonna tell pa?

-No, I'm not going to tell him.

-Why not?

-Because I'm not
gonna appear in court.


-I'm not going to give them
a chance to put me in prison.

-Now what makes you
think you'd go to prison?

-Because I did everything
they said I did.

And they, uh, put
revolutionaries in jail.

It's policy, you know.

-Oh come on.

Daddy would never
let you go to jail.

-Daddy doesn't run
my life now, Liz.

-What will you do?

-Go back underground.

-How will we know where you are?

-You won't But I'll
be thinking of you.

I love you, you know.

-I love you too, Kathy.

-OK, I've waited long enough.




"Dearest mother and father.

I shouldn't even be writing
you, but I feel I have to.

I'm about to do things
that you probably

will never be able to approve.

But these are things
that I believe in,

and they must be done."


"Too many of my generation
have already sold themselves

to the false streams of status,
material wealth, and hypocrisy.

But I refuse to
follow that path."


"I know I have-- I
haven't ever fully

expressed my fondness for you."

-And I have often been
to rigid in my actions.

I know you've not
always understood me,

but I hope my family will
never be ashamed of me

for what I'm doing is
right and I'm proud of it.


I've loved you all very
much and always will,

even though I can never be
the daughter you once had.

With these words I
give you all an embrace

from your obstinate,
prodigal Katherine.



-She just wasn't sane, you know?

-And she was not

She was sabotaged
by counter agents.

I know that for a fact.

-But the way she changed--
I couldn't reach her.

-The best thing
that could happen

is someone to take her place,
because Katherine was right.

That's it.

--[CRIES] When they said they
could identify her by a filling

in her tooth, I
mean-- a filling.

It almost seemed as if it
weren't Katherine who died.

-I know her actions were wrong,
but her intentions were good.

I just wish she could
have found some other way.

I mean, it's so tragic.

I had a daughter.

Now she's gone.