Raintree County (1957) - full transcript

It's the mid-nineteenth century in Freehaven, Raintree County, Indiana. John Shawnessy has just graduated from high school at the top of his class, with a promising career as a writer. He is a romantic, principled, and an idealist, believing the story of the golden raintree - after which the county is named - growing somewhere, most likely in the county's swamp area, searching for and locating it which would provide all the answers to one's life questions. An idea passed down from his father, John also has a strong sense of place as belonging, and as such there is much anticipation in the probable marriage between John and his sweetheart Nell Gaither, a born and bred Raintree girl. However, there is an undeniable mutual attraction on first sight between John and Susanna Drake, a visiting southern belle. Despite Susanna's temporary stay in Raintree County which means that she and John may not have a future, they eventually do marry out of circumstance, leaving behind a heartbroken Nell. As their relationship progresses, differences in their life outlooks mirroring the differences between the north and south start to emerge, and which are brought to the forefront both personally and on a global level with the onset of the American Civil War. Their relationship issues are also exacerbated by secrets, both facts and beliefs, Susanna is keeping about her family history, with her parents and her black nanny being killed in a mysterious house fire when Susanna was a child.

Look at the birdie---look at the tree

My girls are the prettiest
known to the county

That's all

Mr. Durin, you've made us all models

Young ladies and gentlemen---

Now, young ladies and gentlemen---
alright, you cloud-headed

You've still 2 weeks before graduation

Let me remind you

Mr. Durin's picture taking is completed

You prepare yourself to Mr. Durin here
some time this week

an individual photograph

to appear in the Academy Album

Miss Kader---why are you standing there
as if transpiring?

ls it because you've left your books
in the study at the expense of

your splendid youth and innocence

or is it because you've already entered
into the miserable Harvard womanhood

there bitter with them?

Alright, stop all of that
or stop blushing


He's not here

0h, you mustn't see me hiding

Hide what?

Happy graduation, Seanacy

Thank you

Happy graduation to you

Thank you

l guess every thing, my dear

lsn't that nice?

We think the same thing

lsn't that crazy?

0pen your present, Johnny

lt's all about Raintree County

lt's illustrated with colored maps---
statistics and history---

and place adventures

lt's wonderful---just wonderful

Look---prominent citizens of
Raintree County

There're over hundred of them

Johnny, someday your name will be
the first on that list


0pen yours, come on

Well, l think you'll like it---
it weighs 6 lbs

0h, l think Baron the most magnificent
man ever lived

He seemed so much in need of

a good woman to love and love him

He never really found one


There's a photograph inside---
l wrote something on the back of it

Johnny, it's beautiful

You know what l think?

l think someday you're going to be
a great writer

lt's just beautiful

l've never heard such nonsense

wasting 3 days write this

What's this---a speech?

lt's not nonsense

lt's an honor to validate Victoria

lt goes to student first ranking
with scholarship

You know so much about it

What did you ever valid---validate---
whatever it's called?

Pap validated Victoria for the whole
Raintree County

Did you know that, Mom?

Your father?

Preach the sermon of the most
undesirable element

Waste the elegance that carries
a lot of ground

Undesirable element which we desire---

You object Pap elevating virtue welfare
to people?

What about my virtue welfare?

Why can't we get an inside pump?

Yeah, Pap---what about an inside pump?

That's not a joke

What you learn at that school?

You learn to have beer?

Your mother has pretty confused
with Heidelberg

You learn to smoke like tobacco?

Like a chimney

Huh, your father likes that ever here
he's German on the evil to tobacco

and at the regular pond some do it chew
and some do it smoke

But some end up there like still pole

l do offer the same

You know anything else?

Hm ---l learn my mother is a flaw and
what she said is hateful

by the way she said it

You never mount anything like---like that

Well, he ought to mount to something

He's related to one of the greatest
writers in the English language

Who's that?

Thomas Carlyle naturally

l think you're old enough to know

Joe, stop that foolishness

Well, l always thought one day

there'd be a great man in the family

Great man?

lf a great man is more than good
to find a job and farm this land

Why ever l curse with such a burden?

0h---which reminds me

How are you and Nell getting along?

Nell is a fine girl and she is---

Well, she's Raintree County

That means a lot of people like us---
people with roots

A man should not only marry his beloved

He should marry his region

A good wife is a good start---
taught greatness

Pap, define greatness


Well, a great man is one
who does good for others and

that's the way your father qualified



lf that great philosopher Socrates
were living today---

lf he were chosen sitting on that crack
chewing tobacco---

that's America---that's greatness

Do l shock you?

How can l shock such unenlightened
ground heads?

Are you stunned, Mrs. Lydia Gray?

0h, stop looking at me, child

That's big brown cow eyes on mules
like wax in the plate


Do l shock you, Miss Nell Kader?

Not as much as you like to

0h, there must be someone l shook

How about you, Johnny Seanacy?

l---relish it

You don't want to shock me
if you don't want shocking

Hm ---thanks, my boy

Now, about greatness---

We Americans measure greatness
in simple terms---in terms of money

We're always hunting with a tree of life

whose root is pure gold---

You have beautiful chest-like color
hair, my dear

But, there's another tree---

not of gold, but fulfillment---

whose flower is accomplishment
and fruit is love

They're the ways---
the ways of pleasantness

and these parts all leave to peace

Find that tree and
you'll find greatness

ln every land, every language toils
some of these trees

And we lndiana have our miss about it

That's the tree from which our county
takes the name

0ne day l ragged a creature who was
wandering on the shore of the lake

in the middle of the county

That creature was the man you all know---

Johnny Appleseed who spent his life

traveling to the pioneer West

planting apples in the wilderness

Among these thousands of seeds
there was one seed he cherished---

not Appleseed's, but exotic seed from China---

the seed of the golden raintree

The creature searched the tiny earth---
the one place---

Well, this one seed by taking root---

Someone from this county found
that place

But where that raintree was founded?

Nobody knows

Professor, how could such a tree grow

on cement in the county?

There's a swamp by the Paradise Lake

There perhaps stands the tree

lts sacred tonic trunk towering up
in chill silence

smacks deep in the middle of the county

Find that tree, boy,

and you'll learn
the secret of life yourself

Find it and become a hero of
Raintree County

Do you really think it there?

Why don't you have a real good see
for yourself?

Professor, you still haven't answered
the question

Do you really think it there?

lt's there alright

lt's there---

But the sacred fire is ready to be back

if you look for it

l'm sure you'll find it

What'll happen if what you presume
the raintree we don't find?

You see before you a seeker
who didn't find

No man of the race as the pitiable and
harmless creature you hold in vain

Alright, human---the show is over

Now, disappear---all of you

Attention, now easily slip away

Mrs. Gray, it's my time with you, huh?

Nell, what if you and l going to find
the raintree?

Professor said looking for the raintree
appears to be business

That asshole

So even dressed for it?

Are you serious?

Certainly l am ---come on

We mind it---find it

Johnny, not now


You scared?

Ah---is he fooling?

Look at him

What's up because of the tale
told by that idiot---

that expert in that calculated sanity?

Are you coming?

ls there the swamp---just because
Professor put a barge on you a year ago

about the raintree?

Would you take care of this for me?

lf you mind l take care this for you?

You can go ahead just now

Sure, Johnny---go right ahead

Huh, don't hurry back, brother

l hate with a thing like this happen

l'll never know how it happened

Yeah---it's really a shame

Well, Sir---is it Johnny Seanacy?

More like Johnny Appleseed

Ha---where have you been, Sir?

l'm walking

Get in, Johnny---we'll take you home

Come on, Johnny---get in there

Poor boy, you look half drowned

lt's nearly all drowned

You mean you look for that---
what you call it?

Yes, looking for the watch, Galwood

Did you find it?


0h, what a shame, pal

0r a pitiable harmless creature

Johnny, tell me what happened

Yes, brother---tell us all about it, huh?


Boy, it's hard to tell us like this

Galwood, when you tell our folks
about it---


l mean, say, you get the story straight

l entered the swamp like around here---

see it around that way

What are you---

0h, excuse me---you're quite right

l entered the swamp this way and
shove coming along that way

That's how he came over the swamp

‘You find the raintree?' l said

‘No' he said, ‘l nearly all drowned'

l figure that tried to cool his head---

But then she said

What did she say?

She said what a poor
‘pitiable harmless creature'

What's going on, boys?

0h, hello, Dr. Seanacy---

We were just talking about
your son Johnny

Nice brew

Don't you know your body is temple
of the spirit?

And you defined and polluted with
the devil brew you've had here

Why you say so, but---

Why don't you come around to our
next gathering, huh?

Come around to take a total afternoon
to pledge

l'll take the pledge right now

0h, no---we want men to take pledge
only when they're sober

But if they're sober, what's the sense
having the pledge taken place?

Wait, man---l want to testify that
l've been drunk for 2 weeks

l buy beer, wine and most of them
for friends

l'm drunk here now this minute

l can't find a man who can drink

as much as l can walk straight and
l can still foll any man around the county

Thank you now you just---
mark it day and hit town

Stand at any corner and listen to the
chapter of referendum of voice---

didn't he?

l hoped this subject under discussion
was sufficiently elevated to engage my interest


Professor, we were just talking about

your prominent student---

Speak of angels and hear their wings

Hm ---not that prominent student

Ah---Mr. Gray and his charming wife

How the entire world of possibility
did that chilly January win

such a blithesome man?

That reminds me---

Do you know the story about the old
judge who married an 18-year-old lady?

Sure you'd excuse me


0h, Pap---


Wow, here comes the hero of
Raintree County

l guess he'll go again for the raintree


Bob is here shitting his big fat mouth

Yes, man---if you really want to be hero

in Raintree County, all you gonna do

ls play the Flash Burgins
for the bare-foot race

Flash Burgins?

So you're Johnny Seanacy

Could be---who wants to know?

Do you hear that boy?

Should l tell this child who l am?

Why don't you tell him, Flash?

Son, you'll give me great satisfaction
and relegation to introduce to you and

these handsome intelligent dummies that

l'm the gentleman
who's better known as Flash Burgins,

fast runner in Raintree County

Never heard who he is

Listen, child---he's me

l certify most of the runners in the
north and the south

before they're qualified for the
0lympic Games

l'm half the horse and half the asshole
in their spare time

l buzz more skulls and rag more campus
and chase more ladies---

That's true

And there's a fine jump this year

Now little boy like you should
stand by and watch

Now who are you?

l'm Johnny Seanacy and

l can outrun any mule in the county

Come on, lad---what are you waiting for?

l race you right now





How about the church over there---

Right, any place you say

0n your march---1 ---2---

Stop it

What for?

Put your coat on, Johnny

What for?

They're not racing

This man Burgins here is afraid to run
you in regular official

because he's frightened of
losing money

Here's hat on somebody

l give you 1 for 2 note

You're just talking---
you know no one here can match you

lf someone came up here with hard coins
you'll try to wake out

Try me and see


My yarn is type of a teacher---
a molder for the young mind

This is done

This is not much, but it's the mind
l mold

l'll cover---me and the side kick

l'll postpone it to July 4

l'll take a bite of that myself

Strange, Johnny---but this is a sure win

See you in the race time, Johnny,

and l promise not to beat you for a while

Until then we'll see

Why did you do a thing like that?


Excuse me

lt has been 5 years since anyone laid

a bet against Flash Burgins

Now, if you can beat Flash, we'd clear
the biggest bit of money

ever waged in Raintree County


What happens if l don't and
lose all your money?

My dear boy, l've certain well-laid
plans which at the moment l'm at liberty

as to what do l vote, not even to you---
dear boy

My plan is called for a certain---
concentration of capital

l don't know, Professor---
sometimes you bother me

What are you up to?

Not more than 20 ways---l guess l can

Now, you relax for the athletic order

You're going to win the race

You're going to be the hero in
Raintree County

l got to go

And your beautiful girl

would be the carnival feat on your
sun-colored lucks

Gonna be fine---don't move

Here we go

Look at the birdie---look at the tree

My girls are the prettiest
known to the county

Alright, you can relax

Thank you very much


0h, it's you

Alright, you're next

0h, yeah---sure

Stand over there please

Now stand properly still

Hurry, Siona


0h, put this gown on

Let me help you

Look at the camera please

Please look pleasant

Here we go

Look at the birdie---look at the tree

My girls are the prettiest
known to the county

That's it

That's all?

Huh, how long it's supposed before---

l mean l was just wondering
how many days before l can...

Maybe 2 or 3 days

2 or 3 days?

0h, that's fine---

Ah, l'll see you in 2 or 3 days

Wait for me

0h, l didn't mean to scream

l'm afraid you'll find me
very unlady obviously

l like unladies

l saw you down the street ready to run---

what happened?

Well, me---postponed to July 4

You're a fast runner?

Pretty fast

l'm pretty fast runner myself

Well, how about a race some time?

You don't believe me, do you?

You'll be surprised how fast l can run

l'm as good as you can

You're Johnny Seanacy?

Say that again

Johnny Seanacy---
l found out from the phone book


Boy---you're definitely ready to graduate

l was never so embarrassed


Because l screamed

l enjoyed it

This is where l live

You live here?

Hm ---

Come on, Siona---you slow as a swan

l'll be saying goodbye now

You live by yourself?

l have 2 nigger girls to do the work

l love this house

l just opened it up again

My Dad loved it too

He was Senator for Louisiana and
New 0rleans before

Some people thought he could be

l mean President of the United States

We had---that what we had before Daddy died---

the plantation in New 0rleans

We had another one outside Bubana

When my aunt died last year---
l inherited this place

My name is Susana

Johnny, you want to say something?

0h, no---

You're cute---Johnny Seanacy

That July 4 race---what happens
when you win?

Well, according to a friend of mine---

lf l win, a beautiful girl will place
a wreath of olive leaves

on my sun-colored lucks

l like to be that girl

Maybe can be arranged

0h, it can be arranged alright---
l'll arrange it

You know l think l'm going to take
my picture too

There's always nice surprise---

Huh, what did l say?

Nothing, Galwood---
that was made for Johnny



Thank you, Ed


Ah, Johnny, there you're---

l'm looking all over for you

How are you feeling?


What you need is calm down---
you nerve is over juice

Good luck, Johnny---

l got a payback on you

Thank you---l'll do my best

How about a little drink?

0h, l used to lemonade


Lemonade is something
that will give you ulcer

What l mean was how about a little
drink of Bourbon


Now, don't get excited---
all l mean was just---

Even the present President would agree

the whole time l put it in, Jack

A draw---

God bless you

How about a little drink?

This old horse---

he doesn't think
l shouldn't touch any draught

Just to be sociable

Well, l'll give if you both drink


l've never been drinking in my life

What's going to happen l come out here---

Son, it'd be good for you to turn up
those muscles that's give you extra---

Forget about it, Professor

l forgot this boy can never win yet---

Burgins, l'll match you drink for drink

0h, come on

Let's be sociable

What to be, boy?

You name it and l order

Ah, what do we get?

How about a little Bourbon?

There's a couple of bottles right
out of steer---a bottle for each boy

Ah, just a minute---

let's have the drinks
poured from the same bottle


l just don't want any trick monkey do
around here

What are you---
we just have a bottle for each

They'll drink from the same bottle

Wow, you don't mean to say---

Kid me a fool, Professor

That's a new situation that you may do yourself

May l---?

Professor, l don't trust you---
you got sneaky eyes

lt's tea---cold tea

And you---you must've thought it
really a good thing

And fill it right up

Alright, man

New, let's get started


There's nothing to it---nothing to it

Come on---just fill the glasses

Johnny, you're unable---

How do you feel now?

l feel fine

0h, that's enough

Gentlemen, this boy is not used to
strong alcohol

Just to be sociable

Professor, don't worry about me

There's nothing to it, really

Stand back---give the boy a chance

Good work to Jack---alright to youth

New gentlemen, stand back---give me room

How you like that?

l tell you l've got another trick
l want to show you

Watch this---give me a hand

Alright, boys---watch this

That's enough---dry him off

That's only God would choose

He's out there now---
laughing to beat the kid

How dare you play a trick like this
on your best friends?

And poor Johnny here who never drinks
in his life

0h, he'd have been killed fresh

Flash is there hours ago

He bid me to chase---yelling for action

You'd better get Johnny out there

Johnny, this is it---are you ready?

Yes, let's go on ready

0h, l'd better put on my pants

Hello, boys---help yourself

When l wanna voice, you wanna be set
by hailer like this

l wonder a cannon Johnny can hear it

lt'd be 1 , 2, 3 and bang

Now remember, Johnny

l got 100 bet on you---100 dollars---

good luck

Where's it?

ls that we end up?


How about the girls down there?

You think too close?

They'll kill themselves

0nce again, boys

Alright---quiet everybody

0n your march---1 ---2---3

Who won---?

We've done it---we won 250 dollars

To me is 150

Where's Flash?

The king is there---long live the king


Nice to see you around here

Quiet voice

You've beautifully done it

Johnny Seanacy, allow me to present
to you on behalf of all these people

Present this wreath to the---
victory belongs to this boy

What about that race you and l
going to run?

l wouldn't have a chance


You, dear boy, are the wicked
pagan spirit

And you're the poor the financer

Today is the day of high hopes and
fair promises

Ah, l wonder the worker of the age

Professor, you've enough zidar

Hm, not enough---l gonna catch up with it

l've to protect my league

Why don't you run away and play with
this charming ambassador's

in the land of magnolia?

Let's go swimming---come on


You're sick of that thing

But you can think anything

Ah, life---liberty and pursuit
of happiness

0h, l gonna hate to leave here

Leave---when are you leaving?

Tomorrow---l'm going back to New 0rleans

You can't stay for a while?

0h, you're sweet

But you can come to visit me some time

You'd love there for sure

You have to go?

Well, l only came up here to resettle
the house

l was going to sell it---
but l think l'll hold it for a while

When you'll be back?

l don't know---maybe never

Tell me about the raintree

Where did you hear about that?

Do you think you'll never find it?

You don't think it a joke?

No, l believe it

l'll be looking for the raintree always

Supposing you do find it---

0h, it opens all locks---

it heals all wounds

Yes---maybe l'll never see you again



lt's silly---you've been running away
from me for weeks

Why don't you talk to me?

You weren't so anxious to talk to me
when that girl was in town

What do you mean?

Are you mad just because l saw her
a couple of times

A couple of times?

Huh, did you like that book of poetry
l gave you?


No, Baron was immoral---
he was a libertine

He was a great writer

l think being a good man is
far more important

Maybe a writer has a lot of experience

0h, so that's it---so that's what you're
doing with Susana

Johnny Seanacy---Baron of Raintree County

That's right---l'm a genius

Maybe someday l'll write

About what?

About the sullen tales l've known?

No, l think l'll write Raintree County---

about the lndians
when they first came here...

about Johnny Appleseed and the raintree---

The raintree?

That's another thing, Johnny

That day you went chasing the raintree
l was waiting for you

l didn't know where you had gone---
but l knew the swamp

l'm sorry---l guess l didn't realize

You just didn't realize anything

Johnny---to some people you're a man
of great importance

Your exact location is of intense
concern to---to some people

l'd better go, Johnny

Not yet



Johnny, l'd better go

lt's getting late---we'd better go

0h, no---you don't

Who's that?

Why don't you move up here and
find out?

So it was you

Who would you think it was?

You know anything about this?

You got anything to do with this?

Doing that?

The Professor---he ran off with Lady Gray

lf he is still in the county, he'll get
a chance out of thousand to get alive

We've got hundred men looking for her

Nobody can come to this county and

run off with another man's wife

lt occurs to me, young man, you're
a friend of this---

this man's

But a thing like this---
there're no nobbles

Whose side are you on?

l'm taking Nell home

No, l'll see you tomorrow

Alright, young man---l'm still waiting
for your answer

You'll get yourself a long wait---
l'm going home

Hello, Johnny

And what have you been up to?

Where's Lydia?

Wonderful woman---l did try carrying her
away from her husband

That's the day you won your race

Where's she?

She had missed the train
at the 3-mile junction

0r we'd have been hundred miles away
by now

As l got back to the buggy, 3 men
with guns marched up to the platform

l grasped the situation once thereon---

But that was only the beginning

0n the way back, the first man l met
asked if l heard about the man

who ran off with a man's wife

l'm a stranger here myself, l said

0n the road, l met a troop of camions
caring for the station---

Where's Lydia?

She's home right now
waiting for Mr. Gray

l took her straight back home

As for myself, l took off
like a street beggar

l guess you think l'm a bit scoundrel
right, Johnny?

l don't know---l don't know what l think

Don't think too bad of me

l suppose the heroic thing to be done
would be to stick around and

let the outraged husband discharge
his fury with a shotgun

But l hate that Sanctimonious warthog

too much to give him the satisfaction

Besides, l was scared

But one thing, Johnny---

Nothing happened---absolutely nothing

And that's the end just for it all

lf there's any phantom to be hanged---
the county would say

there might be some truth in it


l just managed the whole thing badly

Did you?

Come on

Where are we going?

You got to get out of the county

Well, good idea---it occurred to me

Johnny, why not up with us?

Study my example---
get out of Raintree County---

someone like you with a shotgun

Not me---you

l guess you're right

(ln French) Good for you---
good for us both

There he is

Come on---

Get on the train

Goodbye, dear boy---

go on for great better things

Get on the train

Wee want him

Where you've been, Mr. Gray?

Your wife has been home
for the past 12 hours

Nothing happened---absolutely nothing

He's a liar

You want to shoot me and later find out
he was right?

What are you afraid of?

You want him ---you take him

l'm going home

You get out of my way, boy---

or l'll cut your eyes out

Goodbye, dear friend

Remember me as a man who loves
Raintree County---

but just happens to lose
most of the people in it


Johnny, l had to come back---
l'm going to have a baby

Johnny, this letter was left
on the door steps for you

0h, thank you

Johnny, this marriage you announced---

Sit down

l can't honestly say l'm entirely
approved specifically---

But, under the circumstances of necessary
haste with which you've gone into---

l know---l certainly understand

Anyway, l think you're doing
a manly thing

l hope the young lady achieves
what she appears to be

Judge not the year be not judged

l know, Sir

Marry her, son---and be happy

Thank you

You need any money?

l don't know---l don't think so right now

0h, there was a letter that
came for you---

l---l have it here

0f course


Hello, Johnny

l got your letter

Johnny, as one for whom you want for perfection,

l just want to say good luck

and wish you all the happiness
in the world

And the poem you wrote for me and
the picture you gave me---

l just feel that l want to return it

l thought maybe you want it back

l really don't want to give it up

lt's just that---everything has changed

and l don't mean anything to you

We don't mean anything
to each other anymore

Nell---l'm sorry

lt's not your fault, Johnny---
everybody knows that

lt was July 4---

You drank all that whisky and
you went out to the race

No, l was responsible---nobody else

That's so much like you, Johnny

Why do you have so much conscience?

Maybe that's why l love you

Johnny, l love you so much

Did that l wish l didn't---l wish l---

The words of Lawrence Baron on the back
you wrote for me---

‘Forever love and before ever..-'

Still forever---

l wish you well

You're right, Mrs. Seanacy

l like the river---it even smells good

l really don't understand it

Would you smell mouse like it too?

Now, there's something l understand

All you've to do is go south once and
you'll love it

Well, a north Yanky to the south
is not so easy to understand

You ever read ?

l've married an abolitionist, have l?

That's skeleton in my classic

Now, you mustn't joke about it

Are they friendly?

Anyway, the worst thing---
has ever been the abolition

Like what?

That cabin Negro blooded---Negroid

Just one little tiny drop in the person
makes him all Negro

They just can't tell either

ls it gonna be room for 2 of us?

lt's only sort of a hobby---
l'm taking with me wherever l go

This is Jimmy---l've had it the longest

Where did you get it?

He needs a bath

0h, Johnny---forgive me my foolishness

0h, l do love you so

When l'm with you, l feel like nothing

can happen to me as long as l have you

You won't let anything happen to me

Will you, Johnny?

Enjoy yourself, Johnny?

Very much

Then what do you think about
the ever-glooming south?

As l said, l love it---l do

That sounds general, isn't it?

What you really think of it?

Well, Sir---l think highly of it

l'm only worried by all this
aristocrat succession


Remember, young man---

Union belongs to those who keep breath
in the cabinet

What cousin said means, Johnny---
if succession comes---

the north should succeed

Hear him say---

Sir, one thing you must understand

Johnny is a poet

He stays 2 months with his girlfriend---

therefore, he loves south

l'm not so sure you prove it

That's because he's a moralist

You won't get straight answers from him

He'll draw up opinion for another name

He's also a dreamer---

a seeker for the
meaning of life with capital wealth

Sir, your search has ended

Stay here with us and help us
to build our dream

We have thousand dreams

for a great republic on this soil of merit

with it's pretty homes and
most beautiful---women

0h, Sam ---you're wonderful

You shelf like some golden pitfalls

Cousin Sam ---Johnny doesn't like slavery

Does Johnny like to waive slaves
in the north?

Johnny doesn't like misery anywhere---

north or south

Here comes misery now---my wife

We're talking about the north, my dear---

slaves in the north---

Sam, you're boring---

l'll borrow your husband for a while

Excuse me

Don't look so serious

Here old men can only play
their dream of gold---

lt's not that---l'm counting

Cousin Johnny, are you ever in love?


l mean---were you ever really---in love?

Cousin dear, l'm in love

You know l love the way you say that

You did such a noble sound
in your precious accent---

Frankly, Johnny---cousin Susana just
isn't the right type for you

You're an attractive young man

0h, Susana, why disposed---
she didn't marry down here?

l guess supposing down here people know
too much about her

Don't you hear me?

You've borrowed my husband long enough---
cousin Barbara---

l reclaim him

0f course

l must've been beautiful

0h, it was, Johnny

lt was all white when
l was a little girl

Marble house was right above over there

Johnny, our neggars built it by hands

The furniture came from France

lt was so beautiful

The tower columns shed the veranda

l used to play there when it rained

The garden was so lovely cool
with roses and lilies

How this fire started?

No one knows


That was my Daddy and Mama buried

l was lucky to get out alive

l slept next to Henrietta at this room

She was burnt too

Who was Henrietta?

She was my dearest friend---
she was a great lady

How old were you?

Three---maybe 4

And you could remember it all?

Yes---no, l don't know

l can't remember what l exactly saw

l was told later on


What's the matter?

These used to be a little cabin
over there

l guess it's gone

This is where they buried her, Johnny

0h, you can't imagine
how lovely she was

She took care of me---
she was a great lady

l'm not ashamed to say that
although she was a Negro

0ne of these slaves?

0h, no---she came from Cuba

That was where l was born---Havana

Daddy was there for several years

and then came back with us

lt's funny to think of her now

Think of her lying down there
if she's lying down there

What do you mean
‘if she's lying down there' ?

lt's sort of family scandal

Some people say the graves were messed

My aunt said she wasn't sure if it was
her Henrietta sleeping in Mama's grave

l---l don't understand

l love you, Henrietta---l love you


Johnny, l know you don't understand

There was everything to me

because of her l was never alone

And now---do you feel someone watching
over us?

Just nobody here

How do you know?

Johnny, about this---this neggar girl---

l---l lied to you about it

lt---it never happened

Why did you tell me this?

You asked me about it

Well, you don't think my Mama---

You don't think my Mama would ever
allow me to---

l---l was always with my Mama---

l was always by her side

Why---why she loved me so much?

She never allowed me out of her sight

l---l was always with her

Susana---should we go home?

Good evening, l'm looking for Mr. Durex

Come on in, dear

Right in here

Thank you


Johnny, how do you know l was here?

Barbara said you were with Sam ---

she said you were here

Listen---l like to talk to you

Can you wait there?

We'd drive miles home
when we could talk then


Let's go in there

Would you excuse us?

Johnny, how about a drink?

Bobbie, what's all about

Susana's family and the fire?

Well, it's just old family scandal---

Johnny---but it's pretty gluesome

You see the day they had trouble to
identify a man in the,

fire but a woman

And the woman was another matter and
one of them was a lady of color

Why you go after that?

l like to know

Well it all began when Susana's mother---
you know

l don't know

She went insane

Susana's father gave up everything
to take care of her

At last he gave us his business
to seek her sense

But what they tried was too far gone

She couldn't be cured at all

lt was in Cuba

That's where he met another woman

What about the fire?

There were some wrangles---

2 bodies were found together


So it looks like something funny
had been going on

They might've been killed
before the fire

l mean everybody else got up and away

Why didn't they?

That's the question of identification---
which woman was that woman?


There was talk of Susana's father with

the woman who was found in shock

The woman---the woman---
who was found with?

l exaggerated, Johnny

Anyway, the thing was hers---

it was better the way as it was

0f course, there was a lot of talks---

You know how woman talk in this family---

women are worse the most

l don't want to scare you, boy

But you don't need a private life

because you've a beautiful wife

That's the worth of it

Alright, what happened after the fire?

Well, nothing much

0h, the excitement Susana had taken
and disappeared for 2 or 3 days

l forget now

They found her finally

She was in Henrietta's cabin
all the time

And Susana had to go up

to her aunt's place in Pennsylvania

That's all l know about it

Does anybody else know?

There's just one person---


You've to wait until she's ready
to tell you

Not Susana?

lt's Susana

Susana was 3 years old

0h, my boy---you think you marry a child?

Well, at time of the fire, my cousin
Susana was 9 years old

Dear, l got it away from here

Alright, Johnny---where should we go?

Could we go to Europe?

No, l like to go back to
Raintree County

But why?

We've plenty of money

Honey, l---l got to get a job---

l got to work

That's why we should be back home---

so the 2 of you can be resting

Johnny, l haven't been very honest
with you

You haven't?

When l told you l was going to have
a baby, l lied

l'm not going to have a baby

l lied because l wanted you more than

anything l ever wanted in my life

Because l---somehow l just---

0h, l don't know

Darling, one thing you must understand---

l love you very much

You'd never leave me, wouldn't you---

Hm ---l'll never leave you

l love you---let's go home

0h, yes---Johnny

Well, Miss Nell Kader---shame on you

While here my husband and l have been
home settled this time

you have yet to call on us
with your prettiest escape

l leave the breeding to you

How do you like here in
Raintree County?

Well, l hardly feel this town
so small anymore

Whatever you do for the day?

l take walks

How really?

You tell me who you walk with

l'm interested in all aspects
of real life

You won't be interested in me---
l walk alone

l just don't understand here

You're still young, you know---

and pretty as a swan

Are you interested in man?


Well, good---l just talked to you
like a school teacher---

like Johnny

You know, Miss Kader---

a school teacher
almost has remote little habits

like read and write and mess around
in the classroom

Anyway, l did want you to know
you're always welcome

Any friend of my husband's is
a friend of mine

And Johnny always did tell me
all his best friends in Raintree County

You're the best---goodbye

Hello, Johnny

0h, where you pop up from?

No place special

Galwood asked me to marry him

Mr. Seanacy---


He's going to politics---
what do you think, Johnny?

l mean you're always---
being my best friend

l think Galwood will make
a fine politician

You know that's not what l mean

Mr. Seanacy---a few months in your class

l learned more about poetry and

politics and life and---
that l've all the time going to school

The students seem to enjoy
creeping up on me

They're all in love with you

Teachers get falling in love with
is not occupation, right?

Me was different---

l fell in love with the student

So did l

All l thought was a mistake, wasn't it?

She tricked you into marriage, Johnny---

she wasn't pregnant

lt's one thing people around here
can't do without denial

l'm sorry, Johnny---l'm so ugly

No, Susana and l are going to have
a baby in April

l want you to know you're my
best friend

Well, l'm very happy for both of you---
until then, goodbye

How do you feel?

0h, l've trouble to sleep again---
that dream ---

Why you got up so early?

Doesn't it school election day?

l got to vote

You were out so late last night---

l wasn't the only one up there

The speech was fine

Thank God when Jones delivered it wise

You want to read it?

Come in

Morning---Mr. and Mrs. Seanacy

Good morning, Siona

Galwood Vs Jones---

l always wonder what's the beast for

l give you one guess

Galwood Vs Jones---

Youngest candidate ever to seek office
in lndiana State Legislature last night

rounded up his program campaign
at 3-mile junction

His enthusiastic denunciation of
teachers who used schools as platforms

to corrupt the youths of
Raintree County---

Those who stand on slavery question
were most violent that

Jones declared the best look to

democracy they only wanted to shit

A certain young teacher who instructs
the young, inflammatory and seditious

about the abolition includes a domestic
arrangement of his own home to colored people

The status with respect to freedom whose
protection of abolitionists claims monopoly as---

Who said who's?


Can you guess who's talking about?

But l think he's right

l think politics like charity
should begin at home

That's exactly what l intend to begin

What about Daisy and Siona?

What about them?

Honey, you lied to free those girls
and get rid of them

But they've been with our family
since they were born

They'd be unhappy any place else

l just don't understand you, Johnny---
after having insulted me

l just don't see how can you go on

being an abolitionist

Susana, you're not south now---

you can't have your slaves here

Johnny, l wish you wouldn't pick on me---

l don't feel well

Honey, l'm not picking on you

l---l just don't want slaves in my house

Alright, l wish we can get away
from here

l don't like this place

l just assume limited as a goat
in the hole

What anybody in the south ever did
to hurt you?

You know how nice and sweet they were

and how much they loved it

Jesus, l just don't see how you can

support a man like Lincoln---Lincoln

Why you despised Lincoln so much?

l mean it---that's well-known fact

You must've heard about it

What's about the fact?

l mean the fact Lincoln has
neggar blood in him

You don't believe it?

As Galwood or Jones

Dear, all l ask you just get rid of the girls---

pay them wages and do whatever you want

You don't love me...
you never did love me

You hate me because l'm southern

You've been asking questions about me

Dear, do what you want

But if those girls are not free by tonight,

l won't come back to this house

Hello, Johnny


ls it a wonderful victory?

You mean Galwood or Lincoln?

l haven't thought Galwood around here

You know sometimes being sick of people
is just afraid of people

You were so wrong with what you said
about Galwood

l think Galwood would make
a terrible politician

He was born in the year of 1835
with a little capital he built in 1860

That's funny

l also think he'd make
a terrible husband

How's he with you now?

Just fine


Now you look---you look older

l'm older

How's everything with you?



Well, l guess it's good time ready
to say goodbye

Say what?

Say goodbye


Hm ---

l'm going to lndianapolis

to live with my---my sister

l'm sorry---l mean l'm sorry
to hear you go

Goodnight, Johnny


Surprise---hello, our host Johnny boy

Johnny---it's for you, honey

lt's a party for you---

Galwood helped me do it


A drink, Johnny?

Thank you, no

0h, come on, pal---

l made this punch myself---

old lndian recipe---pure corn and
a little bit of lime

0h, aren't you gonna congratulate me
on the personal triumph

for my stand on slavery?

You don't stand, Galwood

You point like a bird
set upon opportunity

Well, to you l'll turn any shoe

l admire your humility


Quiet, everybody---
l've an announcement to make

Daisy, Siona---come here

That's a wicked speech, Galwood---
l'm ashamed of you

Don't miss that, honey

l'd slap my own grandma better than
the abolition of the poll

Quiet, everybody---

l---l want you all to know

l don't keep any slaves in this house

ln order to support Mr. Lincoln's election,

l'll free both these girls

From now on, they'll work for me
for wages

Now we've all sisters under the skin


Mr. Seanacy, we'll look after
your guests


What are you doing---?

Now you find me, Johnny

Go on beat me---hurt me

You're too good for me, Johnny


0h, Johnny---

What---what did l do wrong?

You didn't do anything wrong, honey

l love you, Johnny

l can do anything for you

l love you, Johnny

You know---you know what?

Why don't we just start up
getting rid of these damn dolls?

Yes, Johnny---yes

You too, honey


Now, maybe we have a little privacy
around here


Where's that doll?

Go to bed


No, l must find it---
l came up here to find it

You don't remember we got rid of
the dolls long time ago?

Come on

What's the matter?

What's the matter, darling?

0h, what's wrong?

l keep having awful dreams

The fire---Johnny, l'm scared

Susana, get some sleep, okay?

0h, Johnny

What's wrong?

What's the matter?

Wrong---l hate it come

Don't worry

l'm going---l'll be right back

lt hurts

l'll be right back


Mom, it happened---can you come over?


Can you come right over?

0f course, Johnny---
now you pick a bad day

What's going on here?

You haven't heard?

They've attacked on us

That's for sure anything

l'm not so sure

Now say the Americans will never fight
each other

We'll settle our difficulties

You mean right over?

Yes, Johnny baby---

come on

Every red-blooded boy in
Raintree County got into the fight

I'll be pig tide, hog tide---

Skined and stretched on the border---
Jack Seanacy


Good to see you

How are you?


Corporal, we want get in the war

You want get in the army, the first
thing you'll do is disarm

Look, you jerk---
if you look me the same right,

will you write me down now?

I'll run and get a pencil

Wear a blue suit like that with a
couple of rifles,

l look like somebody

Flash---Susana is having a baby right now

Well, is that so?

Don't you worry, Jack

With me at this war, it'd be over

with your kid house broke

Your boy has had same guts as we had
back to 1846

You got to taste the Gulf of Mexico
by July 4, huh?


l don't know everyone talks juice and
vinegar of this war

All we've done is lost for something

That's for Raintree County

Just the same, war is---

war is the most
monstrous thing to man's solution

Anything idea worth anything isn't
worth fighting for

Mr. Seanacy, your Mom said
you can go in now

Fastest man in Raintree County

Hm ---


lt's a boy

Yeah, it's a boy

Where was the other, Johnny?


There's another---it isn't right

Dear, just your imagination

No, there was another---one with that doll

Did they throw it away, Johnny?

No, dear

Are you absolutely sure?


Dear, do get some sleep



I don't want you to go

I'll be right here

You won't go, will you?

Where do I go?

You won't go to the war?

You won't go to the war

No, dear---I won't go to war



He'll make a runner like his Paw

Well, another little town will be made
reluctantly immortal by bloodshed

I got to have another bottle of whisky
with your father

To remove from battle seems to settle
my stomach

What did you have for your dinner?

No, it's the disease---

the disease is called ‘Civilian Paralysis'

l know---l guess l must be the only

civilian under 40 in the whole county

You got good reason, Johnny

I wonder

There're those you don't

Galwood would beat for good by
Syd Jones for instance

0h, he's a big man in the State Council

Maybe he could do better now

A hundred thousand happy boys have died

They couldn't spare me either

Galwood is a copper-head

Daddy, what's copper-head?

Well, l'll tell you later

How's your wife, Johnny?

She's alright


Hello, Johnny

This girl is jewel

She is

lt's something about a few years
in a big city

She left here a school girl
for sweetness in life

She returned a full-pledged newspaper
woman for justice in the crowd

Come on now---let's get back to work

Nell, how does it feel being back here
and free able?

Hm ---l like here better than lndianapolis---

it's a copper-head town

Daddy, what's copper-head?

Well, a copper-head is someone
who lives in the north

but sides with people living
in the south

You're still teaching---
still searching for the raintree?

That seems a long time ago, doesn't it?

You still think there's raintree
out there somewhere?

l don't know

Let's go and see?

Much too paralytic---

l know why you don't want to
look for it

You're afraid you'll find it

0nce upon a time, a war long time ago---

a little boy---

Daddy, when Mommy would come back?

l think she'll be back soon

Anyway, so there was the little boy
and he---

there's Mommy now

My darling---

Have you missed me today, Jimmy?

Have you missed me very much?

Mommy, l was afraid

You're afraid for Mommy---
isn't that sweet?

We don't leave you anymore, darling

Mommy is home---now you get to sleep

lt's way to your bed time---
sleep on luck, good boy

Goodnight, darling

Goodnight, Jimmy

Where were you all day?

Now Johnny, you know very well
where l was

l do?

l was in lndianapolis


As l very said on my note,

l just went there a few hours for shopping

What note?

Here---at the dress up

That's it---you see?

l can't find it, dear

l can't find the letter

But l put it there, you know

Don't worry, dear---
it really doesn't matter

You don't think they took it, do you?

0h, l must find it before it's too late

Why don't you find it tomorrow morning?

No, if l not find it now---

What did you have written on it?

Well, l---l wouldn't tell you---

l've promised not to

You believe me, don't you?

Yes, l do

You see, l have a great loss---

dearest thing in the whole world---


Jimmy, my precious little Jimmy



What are you doing?

lt's the house, don't you see?

Something terrible might happen to him

What do you mean ‘something' ?

Nothing gonna happen to him ---you crazy?

l'm sorry, Susana

Jimmy doesn't like me

He loves you

You can't expect him to understand

l don't understand either

l thought children were supposed to
create a boundary between parents

l think Jimmy has created
a great barrier

That's not true

Yes, it is, you 2 belong together---

you gonna part from me

l don't think so

0h, l wish only something l could do---

l gonna have something---

Dear, maybe you tell me

what happened the night of the fire

lt makes no different now---

don't you see, Johnny?

Things can't get better between us

lt's nobody's fault---
but it's such a pity

0h, Johnny, help me---help me---

you always help me

What can l do?

What happened that night?

l know something about that fire---

nobody else knows

l never told anyone

lt started not long before the fire
when Henrietta had been away

l was very excited the night
when she came back

l laid in the big house---
l couldn't sleep

l wanted my doll Jimmy, you know

And l remembered it left
in Henrietta's cabin

The house was so still that

l crabbed downstairs and went outside

The front door of the cabin was locked

So l went round to slip in
by the back door

lt was all dark inside the cabin

l listened---l couldn't hear anything

l crabbed to the stairs

l peeped up over the lamp
above the cabin

There were 2 people in the room

So l had the notion of what was like

between Daddy and Henrietta

l loved them both---

there was nothing
l'd have done for one of them

ln a few days Henrietta came up
to live in the house

There was my Mom who was so violent

0ne day when Daddy was away,

Mom came
down to find me in Henrietta's room

There was a terrible thing

She said awful things to me and---

all the time Henrietta just stood there

with her arms around me

So, that's why l hated Mama

l wanted to hurt her

l've been reading a book about

a person who wanted to hurt another person

He wrote him a letter---

but he didn't sign it

So l wrote a letter and left it in
Mama's picture album

which she was always looking through

lt was---it was just a little note

lt said ‘Daddy loves Henrietta..-

Yours truly well-meaning friend'

A well-meaning friend---l signed it

Was that silly?

That night l was in bed with Henrietta

lt must be very late when l found
l got to sleep

Suddenly l heard something like

so soft and mouthful through next room ---

Henrietta's room

l guessed l must go in bed to sleep

because the next thing l knew l---

l woke up coughing

The room was terribly hot and
there was a cracking sound and

my dolls were on fire

l tried to beat the fire
out of my dolls

l began to scream

George---one of our neggars came through
the window

and wrapped me up over the blanket

lt's somehow---it's somehow l could
hardly yap

They said ‘You still have dolls'

They sent to stay with my aunt

lt was until quite a while after this

she told me about Daddy,
Henrietta and Mom

Finally she brought me to Georgia
and here---

Did you tell her about the

l told her, but she said to me not to
tell anything about it to anyone

But l didn't tell her about the note

l left in Mama's picture album because l thought

because l thought l---

maybe l caused her to do this some way---

Then l cried and cried,

but no one knew
what l was crying about

They thought it was about the fire---

but it wasn't just that

What was it?

She killed them ---she killed them and

l hated her

l still hate her and
l hate myself for what l did

You didn't do anything, my dear---

you didn't do anything

0h, l don't know---l don't know---







Mom, hello

You see this?

Rivals invade Pennsylvania

Johnny, l want to talk to you
about this

lt looks like there's going to be
a big fight

lf Lee won this one, we're through

How's Susana?

l think she's alright

Johnny, if you ever need me
or l can help about it---

Mom, you know you'll be
the first person l'll come to




Nobody is here

What do you mean ‘Nobody is here' ?

She is not here



‘Darling, l've a safe conduct
to cross the lines

So by the time you read this,

little Jim and l will be on our way to Georgia

Don't be alarmed about me---
they can't follow me

l'm outwitting them this time

They'll stop at nothing---simply nothing

Unless l can get away from them ---

my life is not worth anything

You understand, don't you, Johnny?

You understand

Your loving Susana'

lf you find her, what good will do?

lt's all hopeless and useless

You can find Jim after the war

But right now what you're doing
is crazy

That's fool's madness what it was

l always have the high hope---

Well, what l mean is you're
such a long-headed boy

always so full of laughter

Now, she's drained and left out of you---

who do you have to do it?

She's alright, l tell you

l know why you're doing it---you pity her

Pap, l love her---

You take care of yourself, Johnny

Don't worry, Mom

l don't think the war will last
any longer

He'll be back anytime

l think of hope, kid

Dear Lord,

please bring this boy back
safe and---Amen

l've been with you for lifetime

l believe this is the shortest prayer
you've ever had






My dear


Johnny, that's all l can say---
it's Johnny

lt's fine after all these years in this
town we stopped

and talked and---

l never had any trouble talking

just like it now

lt's true

Johnny, just come back safe

l'll try

Try hard

lf anything happened to you, it'd be
the most beautiful murder

since the beginning of time

Nothing is gonna happen to me

lt just can't, Johnny,

because somehow

l know we'll find each other again

l don't know how, but l know that

l always know that and that's why
l came back here

l never stop loving you

When l walked these streets,

l said this is his town and

these people are his people

and this earth is his---his earth

You just don't know, Johnny




Well---while l'll be cousin l'll be squaw

Ladies and gentlemen---

Just start to dance to walk my Jack's
brand new pant

l've been squashing and rolling loud


l've been looking for you, Jack---

l see your name on the roll of new crew

Hey, boys

Store your kits over there

There's still space

That's port for you

Troopers, l want you to meet my old and
alcoholic drunken body, Jack Seanacy

Hey, Seanacy---
the man from Raintree County

Alright---now let's go

l just got here

Come on now

Sorry, l got to report in this soon

0h, let them find you---
they're pretty good

And besides, we got things to do and
somebody to meet

Come on


0h, never mind---let's go

Hold out, dear boy



Well, that was a long train

How did they set me on, Johnny?

What are you doing here?

Well, one battlefield is as dirty
as another

Where else should l be over the brave
half-yearly throwbacks of

Raintree County---my kind of people

Been chased by any towns lately?

0h---l never stayed long enough, dear boy

l'm a dear man walker on correspondence
with infinite capacity for being afraid

Tell me, what's the state scene
in lndiana these days?

l don't have to go around, l trust

0h, it's lack and off considerably
since you left

lt hasn't changed a lot, has it?

Time passes---

Deep scar of thunder has trenched me
and cared as on this bearded cheek

But bearded marks you know too many

a plant myth City of New York

0h, you're a freckle professor

Not at all

l loved that girl in Raintree County

He hasn't said this for 2 whole days

By the way, what was her name?

Her husband has somehow blacked my---
otherwise in memory

Lydia Gray---her husband only died
a couple of months ago

So the great mother finally got her

in a lukewarm bosom apocalypse, l presume

Measles, l guess

So the wit of guess is available

in case you want to know

Dear boy, for such romantic dreamer---

l envy you this simplicity of your concern

You see there?


Those fires over there

Hm ---

That one hill behind it---the one behind
are lousy with the rats

They'll be fighting for sure
in the morning

They look close already

Ah, the white destroyer---
gun of the arms---a toss

To all the men who go out and die

because they have luck to be born

one side or another of the south
or the north---and here to sleep

Let's have a goodnight with it
until tomorrow

Crusaders, you're starting a journey

to a new and unknown land---

a place called hell


September 19, 1863


Reach of majority language means
‘River of Death'

May 16, 1864

0saka, Georgia

Another day of dramatic call is making


Canasona Mountain

June 27, 1864

The army twisted the railroads to

something called ‘Southerners Neckties'


November 16, 1864

The first mortar cracked at the south
of summer

This year our army will cut us off
all major operations

as it gonna strike straight into

the heart of the enemy

And you brothers gonna stick to job and

your job is next stomach of this war

You gonna travel the army in front of
the ranks and

you gonna point the way to provision
of the ranks

You gonna believe the fact and
lead the land

You gonna be on your own free and
forget command


What's so good about it, north man?

l always say the general sends us
to our own deaths



Alright, hold your mouth

Tell me, 0rvil---

Are you animal, vegetable or mineral?

What's mineral?

0h, there's no time to spare---
Johnny , leaving all day

So you join this play for August, huh?

Lucas sis the best fighter
in all the world

The time you're confused in ferocity
with ability

But never mind, Lucas,

if you should get squashed

allowing you with the small
and that's it

To Johnny Seanacy, it's upset

Even sleeping,

l hear him pray for his loving boy

Professor, go home

As a matter of fact, l'm going

l'm going to marry Mrs. Lydia Gray

Now the chief obstacle in our way
has been removed

Thinking one day, boy, there're many
a devil as guards of the night

The home glooms make us always better

l like it

l've been a road runner long enough---
so much for me

But you, l can't follow---
you're with the battles

We'll be marching to New Georgia---

we're free of command

Free of command?

So this is your way finding Susana

Hm ---yes

Well, toss to the union and the real

You'll see the country swamp
where is lying seeing volume

So it's not easy to find us

There're only ourselves where we are---

folks of the north all lost in lndiana

Loss an army of 60,000 men---
please return to the owners---

sign and label them


Look, a Raintree County out in office

l entrust myself to the hands
of a gentleman

Where's your heart?

Take him over to the house

When l get caught, that's what comes
my leisure

Now move---move

Some ware is this?

l fought in 6 major engagements---
from Gettysburg to wilderness---

never been unhorsed

And then l get caught by 2 bummers

That's why l came to my leisure

You're right, Captain---

l'm ahead to turn you over to the army

Where's Susana?

Do you know where Susana is?

Susana Seanacy

l'm Johnny Seanacy---l'm her husband

Do you know where she is?

Do you know where the boy is?

l'm gonna find them

l'm gonna find them

She---she's gone long time ago

Don't---go her way

Come on down





That's my hero

Jimmy, l don't believe it---
l don't believe it at all

Captain---when does this war go to end?

l guess l can't go on much longer

We'll see---Captain Lee will buy
a long shot

Suppose all southerners will take
that career, huh?

Am l right

when somebody will continue
to fight for his career?

Jack, l'll tell you the truth

lt's too sad to know l'd blow
his head off

l never thought if they'd know it

Now Captain, l didn't

Mr. Seanacy, where you take Jim?

Back to my house there---
l'm trying to get him to Dubana

You'd better go by a close cut with me---

l'll probably prove myself for

Probably much better talk to this
asshole donkey

And the war is over, you gonna get
Miss Susana?


Don't do this, Mr. Seanacy

l never should have told you
where she was

You don't know what she was like
when they took her away

You don't know, Mr. Seanacy---

she really got sickness

not all the loving care in this world

could get rid of it

l know Miss Susana---

me and old George upstairs

He saved her in the fire---

he carried her through the window

The smoke in his lungs, he has been
holding it ever since

And then she got sick

She talked most strange

about Henrietta who could be her mother

She said ovezr and over---

Where she was?

You crazy too?

l delivered Susana

And from that time on Mrs. Strait
could never take care of her

So Henrietta had a deal---

they were always together

Susana wanted Henrietta
to be her mother

0nly she hated the idea of democracy

Henrietta was---just like me

0nly then l knew what the child was---

then the war going on inside her

Alright, let's move

Thank you, Patsy


l believe he breathes bad

Let's make it quick

Flash, are you alright?


Stay where you are

You hit?

You need me?

l'd make it settled, the pitch one

Stay where you are

We got to get out of here

You want me to take the kid?

No, l'll take care of him

Don't wait by my side---
you got to race the run

lt's the only chance for the day---
prefer 2 of us

Alright, let's go

Hey you---come out

What's wrong you, bums?

Just want to see you still there

Here you're there?

Why don't you go and play
somewhere else?

You keep us out of beauty---sleep---

We gonna get you a good luck sheep

Shame it---you shoot that pretty close

That isn't friendly---you decide to call

Comer save yourself

Not just fast---the longer l gonna
save free

Pal, where are you coming?

Well, come on

0h, come on---what are you waiting for?

l came from Raintree County---
l can look at it---here

Another glorious victory

Hey, Joey---he's coming your way

He dead?

No, lucky dog---war is over by him




Mrs. Roman?


l'm glad---l'm Johnny Seanacy

Have l told you in my letter---
Mr. Seanacy,

that she hasn't changed

Mrs. Seanacy is mentally deranged---


For the most part, she's normal
rather than rigid

Women are not very pretty, are they?

They're hungry mostly

We don't need to be on diet

We don't even have sanitary

Even with the war over, we're still
lack of everything

War or peace, nobody cares

Your wife is normal enough now

She's locked here because l thought
she might like privacy

Susana---l'm glad to see you

You shouldn't come

Mrs. Roman said you---


l come to love this sound in that wood---

that beautiful holy sound of it

l'm afraid---even in my own happiness
with you here

l'm taking you home with me


l've always got in your way

No, you haven't

Now you might even find your raintree

Susana, there's no raintree

But l think there's---
and l say it over and over again

and l make both of us miserable

And then you begin to pity me

and l can't accept your pity

l'd rather be alone

l don't pity you---l love you

That's the foundation to build on

You don't think the foundation too
wicked after all this time?

We're in an incomplete kind of love---

lt just wouldn't work

l like to try---l'd like to try





Now Lincoln belongs to us all---

to all the men who died

Say goodbye, Jim ---

Jim says goodbye

Goodnight, Jim

We'd better say goodnight



l want to talk to you

What about?


Not tonight, Professor---

l got million compositions to correct

l thought the world of yours
is a larger issue

Compositions to correct---
that's a sublime vocation

l'm afraid so, Professor

You're quite right, Johnny---
it's not a laughing matter

Lincoln got a bullet in the brain---
our country is still rip apart

l for one take the most hopeful view

About what?

Lincoln's reconstruction policy

0h, it never got started---
it was too gentle for most people



l was just in the neighborhood and
down to railroad station

paying my last tribute to Lincoln

0h, that's wit of you

Good evening---ladies

l---l just tell you a few minutes

l'll be very brief, Johnny

l intend to run for Congress

l intend to see the barrier south gets
just it deserves

There's no longer a barrier, Galwood

lt's beaten---and it's bleeding now

You're sentimental, Johnny

Personally l'm a practical politician

What do you want from
the sentimentalist?

My election gets lead the big things---

for me, perhaps, the presidency

And for me?

You name it, Johnny

Let bygones be bygones---
forgive and forget

We each have a war to fight---
you in your way---

me in mine

Lincoln in his---but now---

Now Lincoln becomes a useful symbol

and you'd better cash in on it

l don't cash in on any man

Johnny, l'm organizing a new party

Galwood, you always belong to the same party---

the party of yourself

Get out

Well, how do you like that snob now?

Johnny, you'll run against him

Statesman, that's a splendid notion

You could do it, Johnny

l always said he'd be a great man
in the family

0h, Johnny, what do you say?

Not me

Why not you?

You wanna be burying yourself
in the books all your life?

l'm no politician

Some of the time you call yourself
natural attitude for it---

You run your actor choice---

He spends his days teaching his
half-form-mind children

So he spends his nights writing a book---

a great book to guide the lost
in the wilderness

The book somehow never got written

Well, what happened to it?

l don't know---the children got talk

That makes me wildly happy

Well, you really wouldn't understand---

you're such an awful teacher

l'm not my student adorable

You might make a good politician



Why not?

Right now, politics is on your brow
like a high fever

Hm ---

And the fever is mourning

Yes---if l could now leap out---

lie out promise to Galwood

best days ever seen in the back
of the train getting out steam

when l'm squatting back in my arms with
a boy lighting fire-crackers under me

Yes, l'm sorry l was so---

so big mouth---big mouth, huh?



Goodnight, Professor

My dear---perhaps even presidency

Goodnight, Johnny


Good evening, Nell

Goodnight, Mom

Johnny, l think you're a great book
of your own life

Don't spoil it

What you did just now was very clever---

but it doesn't solve anything

What are you talking about?

About the Professor---your candidate---

but he's not mine

Who would you choose?



Johnny, who else could do with?

Who else could help you beat
the bleeding south?

0ne thing about the Professor---
he'll keep his word

Then he'll out lip and
out lie promise Galwood

What good he'll do with it?

Nell, l don't want to talk about it


Because l want you to do something
you're capable of doing?

Look---l'm out

l'm not going to run for Congress

Johnny, if you'd only just---

Look---it's final

Johnny, you can't escape responsibility


Johnny, whatever you do,

l know you'll do it honorably well



l'm sorry, Susana---l talk too much



Nell, you still love him, don't you?

We grew up together

We love Raintree County

We went everywhere together

Yes, l still love him

lt's because of me---

because of me you can't run for Congress

Dear, it's not because of you

Because l'm sick

You're not sick---it's just the---

Well, l'd like to stay here in
Raintree County

0h, l wonder---l wonder things
would be different

better if you found your raintree

l bet Nell could find it for you

Susana, that was long time ago
l went looking for the raintree

l'm not even sure l expected to find

But at least l learned to see
the raintree

lt's not nearly important as
what you find looking for it

l'm happy with what l ‘ve found..-you

All my life, l want someone to love
and love me---

someone whose voice is touching my ear
in the night---

shut out the bad dreams---

someone who'll always be bound to me---

And that's him ---with such great barrier

Johnny, don't---
don't work too late, darling

Mommy, what are you doing?


Jim, l gonna do something for Daddy---

it's a surprise

What's it?

We mustn't tell him
or it won't be a surprise

l won't tell

You see l'm going to find the raintree

For Daddy?

Yes, darling---for Daddy---

then everything will be alright

l'll find the raintree and
hand it to him gently---

with all my love

Can l go with you?

No, darling---l take Jimmy

l don't understand

Jim, darling---someday when you're older---

ask Daddy about it

He'll be able to explain---
it's Daddy what's for

The thing---only happened to your father

because he can't stay one day to have his picture

Now l was there

Mr. Seanacy---



Susana---hear me?

Johnny---you'd better come with me


He hasn't been found yet










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