Rabbit, Run (1970) - full transcript

Harry and Janice Angstrom of Reading, Pennsylvania, have a young adolescent son, Nelson Angstrom. An artificial stone siding salesman, Harry is still most defined as a star basketball player from his high school days, then when he was nicknamed Rabbit. On a Friday evening, Harry, based on events earlier in the day that made him quit smoking cold turkey to be a better person, decides, also on the spur of the moment, to abandon his job and the family, alcoholic Janice who he only married because she was pregnant with Nelson and who in turn doesn't seem to care about him or Nelson, except for the support she requires from him to survive. Him leaving is despite Janice being pregnant. With no plans, he hops in the car with nothing more than the clothes on his back. In the short term, he decides he wants to stay with a friend of a friend he meets the following night, Ruth Leonard, a party girl. What happens in the intervening months is that life around him still dictates what he does, his attempts to foster some semblance of what he considers a normal, a loving relationship even on the first night with Ruth still only him reacting to life around him. Harry still knows about what is going on with the family as Janice's family's pastor, Reverend Jack Eccles, enters his life, his end goal to get Harry to return to Janice on his own want. Through it all, Harry may or may not ultimately find what he's looking for for himself.

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* look up and down

* anything happenin'?

* try downtown

* maybe somethin' could

* gotta be careful

* when nothin' is happenin'

* you start feelin' bad

* when you wanna feel good

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, tell me, man

* something's gotta happen

* it's been awful quiet

* in this neighborhood

* believe me, man

* somethin' good
has to happen *

* it has to, man

* when you've been waitin'
so long *

* when it finally happens

* everything changes

* somethin' turns good,
and nothin' goes wrong *

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, listen, man

* something's gotta happen

* it's been awful quiet
in this neighborhood *

* you really can't explain it

* but you know

* all the good things open up
and grow *

* good feels good way down
deep inside *

thanks. That felt good.

* there's nothin' that you feel
you have to hide *

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, listen, man,
when you get that feelin' *

* things can't be bad
if you're feelin' good *

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, believe me, man,
when you get that feelin' *

* things can't be bad
if you're feelin' good *

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, listen, man,
when you get that feelin' *

* things can't be bad
if you're feelin' good *

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

[ horn honks ]

* anything good?

* oh, believe me, man,
when you get that feelin' *

hey, Janice,
guess what, honey.

[ Cartoon music playing ]

Honey, take a shot.

I quit. I quit smoking
for good. That's it.

Two minutes ago,
I quit for good.

The way you came in,

I thought you made
a sale or something.

No, I didn't make a sale.

As long as you quit,

can I have
what you have left?

I just ran out.

No. I threw them
in the air.

That's what you do
when you quit.

If you're really
going to quit,

up in the air.

You are something,

Boy, you really
are something.


Harry, was that your last
pack of cigarettes?

Honey, do you have any
left in your drawer?

Janice, where's the car?
I didn't see the car.

I left it at my mother's.

That's terrific.

That's just the goddamn
place to keep the car.

I was tired.

Oh, I can see that.

How many of them
friggin' things

you have so far today?

Okay, the car's
at your mother's.

Where's Nelson?

I left Nelson
at your mother's.

You're a mess, Janice.

I mean, you really
are a mess.

I mean,
you're so organized.

The car's at your mother's,
the kid's at my mother's.

What the hell
did you do today?

What? Tell me.
What did you do today?

I left Nelson
at your mother's

because I went into town
with my mother.

Is that so complicated?

Why do you have to be
such a bastard, Harry?

Hey, honey, did you go
anywhere today?

Did you buy something?

My mother bought a scarf
at kroll's on sale --

purple Paisley.


Uh, well, did you
buy something?

Didn't you get something?

What? Come on, tell me.

A bathing suit.


A bathing suit.

A bathing suit?
But why?

Because it made me think

about how I'll be able
to fit into one again.

That's why.

I'm sorry, okay?

I'm sorry, too.

So, uh, you bought
a bathing suit today.

I think that's terrific --
I mean, really terrific.

It's red with a strap
that goes behind the neck.

And there's this
little pleated skirt

that you can just
take off if you want.

And then my varicose veins
started to hurt,

so mom and I
went downstairs

and had a coke
in kroll's basement,

and then
she brought me home.

You want to know how
I quit smoking today?

I was walking past
the schoolyard,

and these kids said,

"hey, you want to try
a few shots?"

They probably knew who I was
through an older brother.

They knew I was the rabbit.

I go in, and everything
goes swish.

I felt terrific.

I said, "I quit."
Up went the cigarettes.

I ran all the way home.

Well, I didn't play
any basketball,

so could you go get Nelson
and pick me up a pack?

Screw you, Janice.
That's all.

Just screw you
and your lousy old fashions,

and screw you.

No, fuck you.

What the hell
am I doing back here?

Honey, I'll go
and fix supper.


Think you can do it
without burning yourself?

Harry, please don't
forget my cigarettes.

Hi, Mrs. Springer.

I guess Janice left
the car keys with you, huh?

No, she left them
right there in the car

where anyone
could just come along

and drive it away.

I'll get them
for you, Harry.

Wait just a minute.

Hey, anybody that would
want to steal our car

could get away with it
by pleading insanity.

Well, how's Janice?

Oh, she's making dinner.

All right.
Well, goodbye, Harry.

Goodbye, Mrs. Springer.

Hi, Harry.


Cup of coffee, Harry?

No, thanks, mom.
Janice is making dinner.

Nelson ate up
nearly everything

on his plate,
didn't you, Nellie?

Come on. I told you,
don't call him Nellie, huh?



Ready to go home?


Mrs. Angstrom:
How is Janice, Harry?

Well, she's just...

Just getting bigger.

Hey, Harry.
Good night, pop.

Good night, dear.

Good night, mom.

Good night, Nellie.

Harry doesn't like him
to be called Nellie.

Yeah. Where are you
going, mamie?

Heavy date.
Good night.

Good night, dear.

What the hell?

Did that dress
shrink or something?

Who is she going with?

Oh, some boy.

Why don't you let Nelson
stay over with US tonight?

He's been so good
all day.

You know what, mom?
Janice is making dinner.

He ate already, Harry.
He's all full.

Yeah, okay?

Yeah, I guess so.

You be a good boy
for Nana, all right?


Give daddy a kiss.

All right,
good night, mom, pop.

Good night, Harry.

Good night.

I'll, uh,
see you tomorrow.

[ Cartoon music playing ]

Tweety: I thought I saw
a puddycat.

Man: Here's an old cat
who knows chickens, Sarah --

a tweety bird cat.

Bawk! Bawk! Bawk! Bawk!

Ain't nobody here
but US cwickets.

Suffering succotash.

Now I got you,
you little bird.

I'll have a swell dinner
tonight all by myself.

First I got to get a little
salt and pepper on you.

[ Turns off television ]

[ Turns on television ]

Woman: Purchase necessary.

Your super surprise envelope

could contain one
of 5,000 prizes,

including an all-expense paid
two weeks at fabulous,

fun-filled Miami beach.

See you in Miami?

Why not?

[ Drums beating ]

[ Cartoon music playing ]

[ Starts engine ]

[ Turns on radio ]

* came the way it's gone

* oh, ohh

* glory

* glory

* my breath sings about you

* my soul is singin' a song

* lord, lord --

[ engine stalls ]

God damn it.

[ Starts engine ]

* hallelujah

* the truth keeps marching on

* oh, yes, it does now

* ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

* oh, lord

* ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

* ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

* every mornin'

* the sun lights the soul

man: It's George Michael

from the music authority
in Philadelphia -- wifl.

Candy staton --
"stand by your man."

* sometimes it's hard

* to be a woman

* giving all your love

* to just one man

* oh, yeah

* you'll have bad times

* he'll have good times

* doing things that
you don't understand *

Man: Swing and a miss,
and that retires the side.

We'll be back
with the top of the 9th

after this brief message.

Man #2: Guys with style
don't listen to hit songs.

They write 'em.

Guys with style
don't comb their hair.

They style it with d-e-p --

dep for men
hairdress styling gel or cream.

Dep for men
gives you something

yesterday's hair grooming
products can't --

styling control.

Woman: * hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

[ Changes radio station ]

Man: Jack Edward shell
on the big 6-0 -- wzio.

Back in 5
after the news at 9:55.

[ Changes radio station ]

Man: * and black's white today,
and day's night today *

* and most guys today
that women prize today *

* are just silly gigolos

[ Changes radio station ]

Frank Sinatra:
* and each time I roam

* Miami

* Chicago is

* calling me home

* Chicago is

* why I just grin
like a clown *

* it's my kind

group: * hold on

* just a little bit
tighter now, baby *

* I love you so much,
and I can't let go *

* no, no, no

[ slow piano music playing ]

Woman: * he dances overhead

* on the ceiling near my bed

* in my sight

* through the night

* I tried to hide in vain

* underneath my counterpane

* there's my love

* up above

* I whispered,
"go away, my lover *

* it's not fair"

* but I'm so grateful
to discover *

* he's still there

Hey, Mr. Tothero?

Mr. Tothero.

The great Harry angstrom.

Hey, coach.

Listen, Mr. Tothero,
I need your advice.


what I really need

is a place to sleep
for a little while.

are you trying to say

you don't have a home
to go to?

Well, I did --
I mean, till last night.

It just
sort of fell apart.

Well, what do you mean
fell apart?

I drove all the way
to Virginia,

and then, you know,

I just turned around
and came home.

I've run out.
I really have.

Well, Harry,

that doesn't sound like
mature behavior at all.

Well, it's hard
to explain.

My wife,
she's an alcoholic.

She is? Really?

Well, you've tried
to help her,

haven't you, Harry?

Well, sure, I have.

Um, what do you mean...

Well, most important --
did you drink with her?

No, sir, never.

I can't stand the stuff.
I don't like the taste.

Maybe you
should have, Harry.

Maybe you should have.

Then maybe she could
have controlled it.

Oh, you married

that adorable little
Janice springer, didn't you?

Yeah, I sure did.

She's dumb.
She's such a mess.

Oh, Harry,
that's a harsh thing to say

about any human soul.

You look terrible, Harry,
just terrible.

Harry, you asked
for two things,

two things, Harry --

a place to sleep
and some advice.

Harry, I'm going to
give you a place to sleep,

provided -- provided,
Harry, when you wake up,

we must have
a long and serious talk

about this crisis
in your marriage.

It's not you
I'm worried about, Harry,

it's Janice.

She doesn't have
your coordination.

[ Door opens ]

Here's my mansion, Harry,

your old coach's
home and hearth.

It's all yours.

Thanks a million, coach.

I just need
a couple hours' sleep,

and then I'll be able
to think better.

That's all we ask, Harry.

What's that, Harry?

That -- that thing
you're wearing.

It's the gold fist
you gave me.

Remember? Gold...

Um...is there a bathroom?

It's downstairs.

I might as well
forget it.


Harry, you've slept
like a baby.

It's getting dark outside.
Come on, get up.

We're going out.
I've got a girl for you.

Good. Bring her in.

You don't mean Janice,
do you?

Janice? Let's not talk
about little mutts

like Janice springer,
Harry boy.

You've slept like a baby.
It's getting dark outside.

Come on. Get up, Harry.
Aren't you hungry?

Hunger, Harry.

Try to understand
an old man's hunger.

You eat and eat and eat,

and it's never
the right food.

What's this girl business?

What is it?

Tits, Harry.

Tits and pussy.

That's what it's
really about, isn't it --

tits and pussy?


Listen, I think
I'd better run along.

No, Harry.

I thought that we were
going to talk about Janice

when I got up.

We will, Harry,

as soon as our social
obligations are satisfied.

If you want to go back
to Janice springer right now,

you just say so.

No, god, no.

Good, good.
You'll need a fresh shirt.

Well, yours wouldn't
fit me, coach.

It wouldn't? What size
do you wear, Harry?

A 15 1/2 -- 33.

Oh, it's my size exactly.
I knew it.

Just don't button
the top button.

Oh, Harry, these young ladies
we're going to meet --

I don't know what
yours is like,

but promise me you'll
behave like a gentleman.

Oh, yeah.

You'll like
my friend Margaret, Harry.

She's come to grips.

Oh, really? With what?

Several strikes
against her since birth,

and she's come to grips.

Do you realize, Harry,
that women have hair

on every part
of their bodies?

No, I never really
thought about it.

Well, do, Harry.
Do think about it.

Women are monkeys,
my boy -- monkeys.


Then why do we
love them, Harry?

Answer that, and you'll
answer the riddle of life.

Now, but this is no time
to get serious, Harry boy.

Um, you want to put
the top down?

Oh, sure, sure.


It looks
a little better.

This is the night,
Harry boy.

The women are dropping
down out of the trees.

Blippity, blippity.

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

It's such a pleasure

to introduce two such
wonderful people as you two.

Does everybody
call you Harry?

Doesn't anybody
call you Harold?

Never Harold.
Either Harry or rabbit.

Yeah, that's right.

All the boys used
to call you rabbit.

All the other players.

Funny, somehow
I'd forgotten that.

So this old bum
was your coach?


Hey, he was no bum.

He was a great coach.

Oh, no, Harry.

You were a great coach --
the best.

I was, but now I'm just
a vile old bum

fallen among princesses.

Now, now, you're
nothing like a bum.

As Harry's coach,

I was concerned
with developing

the three tools we were
given in life --

the head, the body,
and the heart.

How about the crotch?

Now, Harry,
you listen to me.

Basketball is
an elegant game.

Yeah, sure is.

You know, yesterday I was
walking past the brewery,

and these kids
were playing --

let me finish, Harry,

and then you can talk,
all right?

See, an athlete like Harry
who has had heart

can never become,
in the deeper sense,

a failure
in the game of life.

What do you do
for a living?

Oh, well, nothing.
I mean, not anymore.

I was selling phony stone siding
till yesterday.

Noble calling.

You remember my best night,

the time we went down
to the end of the county

to play that school?

What school, Harry?

At the end of the county.

End of the county?

Oh, oh, yeah.

It had a bird's name.

It was Robin --

no, it wasn't that.
Oriole, oriole high.

Oriole high, of course.

Now I remember --
the oriole high.

Yeah, I'd forgotten
that, too, but --

oh, waiter, waiter,
another round, please.

The same thing
all around.

Double cutty rocks,
three daqs.

Three daqs, right.

You were a natural.
Yes, you were.

Do you know the first game
he ever played,

he made 20 points?


Think of that girls. 23.

Say, listen,
are we going to eat

or sit just here and listen
to you two guys bullshit

about basketball
all night?

Margaret, please,

Pay no attention
to her, Harry.

Take a tramp to dinner,
and the first thing --

you son of a bitch.

We're going.

You son of a bitch.

Are you coming,
Margaret, dear?

Can you believe
this creep?

Harry, don't get up.

Don't let our vulgarity
spoil your evening.

I couldn't borrow your car,
could I, Harry?

How would
I get anywhere?

That's right. Just forget it.
It was an insane thought.

Sick bastard.

Tothero: And don't
forget, Harry,

the door to my mansion
is always open.

I'll be fine.
I'll get a hotel room.

We must have
a long talk sometime.

All right.

Margaret, dear?

Does your friend always
haul off

and hit people like that?

but he happens to like it.

Like it?
Who likes being hit?


Well, somebody ought
to straighten her out.

She's dumb, boy.
I mean, really dumb.

Dumber than you know.

Don't be too sure.

I married to one
dumber than they come.

Oh, is that right?

Well, I mean, I was.

Well, what do you mean?

Well, I'm sort of --

sort of separated.

Where's your wife?

She's probably
at her parents.

I just left her
last night.

I see,

and this is your big
Saturday night out.

Well, you don't understand.

I'll explain it to you.

I don't want
to hear about it.

Well, what do
we talk about?

Ha ha ha.


Are you really moving
into a hotel tonight?

Yeah, guess I have to.

Hotels are
so damned expensive

once you start
living in them.

You know, even my little
apartment's expensive.

Well, where is
your little apartment?

On summer street.

It's a couple of blocks
from here.

Oh. How expensive
is your little apartment?

Well, I don't think that's
any of your business,

is it?

What's the matter?


Hey, listen,
I got an idea.

Why don't you let me
give you a little something

towards your rent?

Now why would you
want to do that?

Just bighearted,
I guess.

Would a $20 help?

$40 would.

* look up and down

* anything happenin'?

* try downtown

* maybe somethin' could

* you gotta be careful

* when nothin' is happenin'

* you start feelin' bad

* when you wanna feel good

hey, cut it --

get out.

I just had to hug you.

Hey, what's wrong with that?
I just wanted to hug you.

Hug me? Kill seems
more like it.

I just had to get it out
of my system.

I know all about
your systems.

Bing, bang --
it's all over.

Uh, it won't
be like that.

Well, it better be

'cause I want you
out of here.

No, you don't.

You all think
you're such great lovers.

I am.

Well, that's the bed.
I'll be back in a minute.

Where are you going?

I got to go
to the John, okay?

You're not going to get
undressed in there, are you?



I mean, well,
let me undress you.


Well, I still have
to go to the John.

Uh, don't close
the door.

Jesus Christ.

Yeah, well, you know.

What are you?

You think you're married
to me or something?

Pretend this
is our wedding night.

You've got
a lot of nerve

for a guy I just met
an hour ago.

Well, I meant
just for tonight.

Ha ha.

Hey, I'll do that.
Let me do that, okay?

I'll do it.

Hey, watch out.

Don't try your lover stuff
on me. Just come and go.

Go ahead, hit me.

You want to hit me?
Go ahead, hit me.

Oh, boy.

It's what Margaret has to do
for your old flaky friend

to get him going.

I don't want to talk
about him.

Well, then stop
screwing around

and undress me.

You sure have
a sweet tongue.

Coming in?

You still have that
crummy makeup on your face.

I'm going to get
a washrag.

I don't want
my goddamned face washed.

Hey! Hey, wait.


Why did you have
to do that, rabbit?

I just love you
too much not to.

Ha ha.

Ha ha ha.

You know, that sounded good,
you just calling me rabbit.

Well, you know, in that
damned elastic underwear,

you kind of look like
a bunny rabbit.

Ha ha ha.

Do you always get in bed

before you take
your underwear off?

Oh, come on.

I didn't like the way
you were watching me.

Ha ha ha.

Oh, you are something.

I'm something.

You're something.

* you don't love me

* you don't love me

* you don't love me

* you don't love me

* you don't love me

* you don't love me

* you don't love me

* you don't love me

[ Church bells chime ]

Ruth: Sunday mornings.

I could throw up
every Sunday morning.


You know, I once had
a guy that came in here

at 8:00 Sunday mornings.


Yeah, he had to teach
Sunday school at 9:30.


Why, don't you like
the idea of Sunday school?

Do you?

Yeah, I think I do.

Just get out of my bed.

Tell me why you
like me so much.


'Cause why?

'Cause you're --
ha ha ha.

You're bigger than I am.

Hey, I'll tell you what.

I'll go out,
get US some stuff,

and you can
cook US lunch.

You know,
you're pretty mixed up

about the wedding night
and the morning after.

You got somebody
coming in here today?

No, I don't have anybody
coming in here today.

Well, great.
What will I get?

Well, what do you want?

Yeah, I really wanted
lamb chops,

but that store
on the corner,

they only had hot dogs,
or they had salami,

or they had hash in cans.
I hate meat in cans.

I used to love to cook
when I was in school.

You know how

everybody's supposed
to be good at something?

Cooking was my thing.
I was really good at cooking.

I was also the fattest kid
in the school.

You told me about that
last night.

That shirt is filthy.
Did you know that?

Well, it's not mine.


Well, actually, you see,
it's tothero's.

Maybe I ought to go home
to the apartment

and get some
clean clothes.

your wife's there?

Oh, she won't be.
She's at her mother's.

I think you'd like it
if she was there.

I would like hell.

You know,
I'm scared of her.


No, she's a menace.

Oh, that poor simple wife
you wanted to talk about?


I'd say
you're the menace.

Well, let me ask you
something, rabbit.

Where are you taking
those clothes you're getting?

Well, I thought
I'd bring them here.

You know, I just
meant for tonight.

You're not busy or anything
tonight, are you?

I don't know. Maybe.

I don't know.

Probably not.


Listen, I love you.

Oh, rabbit.

Good afternoon,
Mr. Angstrom.

Oh, hi.

Just doing
a little spring cleaning.

I beg your pardon.
Are you Harry angstrom?


I'm Jack eccles.

where are you going?

Oh, I'm not going anywhere.

Well, perhaps I can
give you a lift.

No, I'm not going anywhere.

I'd like to talk
to you.

You really don't
want to, do you?

No, I really would
like that.



This is about Janice,
isn't it?



No, I quit smoking

Oh, wow. You're
a better man than I am.

Anyway, when you didn't
come home on Friday night,

your wife was
in such a state --

alcoholic and otherwise --
that her mother called me.

Hey, listen,

I'm awful sorry.
I didn't mean --

don't worry about that,

but one thing I did want
to ask you, Harry -- hop in.

Oh, it's locked.

All right,
just a minute. Here.

What --

what exactly is your...

You know, plan?



I really don't --
don't have a plan.

I guess I'm playing it
by ear.

I see.

What did your wife do
that made you leave?

She asked me to get her
a pack of cigarettes.

Poor kid.

I mean, she's really
such a mutt, you know.

Well, why are you
sitting here with me?

'Cause you caught me.

Well, what made you
go home, hmm?

I needed clean clothes.

I left the keys there
for the car.

You know, her father
gave it to US.

He owns a used car lot.

Don't you need it
to escape?

No, I don't think so.

If I were to leave my wife,
I'd get into my car

and drive a thousand miles
without stopping.

Hey, that's what I did.

I mean, I drove all the way
to Virginia, you know,

and then, you know,
I said to hell with it.

Harry, would you like me
to take you to your wife?

No. Look, I think i'd
better get out of here.

Do you believe in god?


Do you believe that god

wants you to make
your wife suffer?


Can I drop you off
where you're staying now?

Well, I'm not
staying anywhere.


[ Brakes screech ]

[ Rattling ]

Sound like
you're falling apart.

Huh? Oh,
it's my golf clubs.

Oh, yeah?

Hey, you play?

When I was a kid,
I caddied a little.

How about US getting
together for a game?

I haven't got any clubs.

I can borrow a set
for you easy.

How's 2:00 on Tuesday?
Can I pick you up?

No, I'll come
to your place.

742 Frazier Avenue,
2:00 on Tuesday.

I'm going to play some golf
with him on Tuesday.

You're kidding.

I mean it. I told him
I don't know how.

Oh, rabbit,

you just blunder right
through it all, don't you?

I mean, he got hold of me.

Oh, poor baby.

Rabbit, you are just

Ha ha ha.

Are you really
a whore, honey?

Are you really a rat?

In a way.

Well, then...

* marry me

[ rings doorbell ]

Woman: Coming.


Reverend eccles
live here?

Well, then I guess
he's expecting you.

He told me to be here
at 2:00.

Won't you come in,

Hey, um, are you
the babysitter?

I'm the wife.


You have a visitor.

You asked him
to come by.

To, uh, play golf.

To play golf.

Jack: Harry?
I'll be right down.


Yeah, Harry angstrom.

Angstrom, of course.

The springer's son-in-law.

My, my.
The one who ran away.


Best first drive
I ever saw.

Hey, um,
before I forget,

would you be interested
in a job?

No, I don't think so.

What kind?

Parishioner of mine

has this remarkable
rhododendron garden

out toward appleboro,
and she needs a gardener.

Her late husband was

an incredible
rhododendron enthusiast.

I don't know anything
about gardening.

That's all right.

Mrs. Smith says
there's no gardeners left

for what she can afford --
$60 a week.

That's your minimum wage.

Yeah. Wouldn't
be a full 40 hours.

You'd have plenty
of free time.

Free time is what
you want, isn't it?

I'm not even sure
I'm going to stay

in this part
of the country.

Girl kicking you out?

What girl?

What's her name --
Ruth Leonard?

Strange thing
about you mystics,

and you do put yourself
up to be a mystic.

It's remarkable

how often your ecstasies
wear tight skirts.

I didn't have to show up
here today, you know it?

No, I know you didn't.

Forgive me, Harry.

For some reason,
I'm very depressed.

I'm sorry.

She seemed in good spirits
on Monday.

She was out in the backyard
with this other woman.

They were giggling away
when I came by.

What did this
other woman look like?

I'm not really sure.

I was distracted
by her sunglasses.

They were the mirrored kind
with the wide sidepieces.

Peggy green --
that moron.

God damn it.

For a beginner,

you haven't miss the ball
completely one time.

Oh, now,
stroke it, Harry.

Stroke it, huh?

You know, uh,

there's something
you should know.

When Janice and I first
started going together,

we used her girlfriend's
apartment to get together

once in a while,
you know?

Well, she never once
came in our bed

the way she did
in that one.

Harry, you're obviously
deeply involved with Janice.

How can you just
leave her like this?

There was this thing
that wasn't there.

What is it, Harry?
Is it hard or soft?

Is it blue? Is it red?
Does it have polka dots?

The truth is, Harry angstrom,
you are monstrously selfish.

You're a coward.

You don't care
about right or wrong.

You worship nothing

but your own
worst instincts.

Ah, now that is a plant.

My Harry's pink Bianchi.

I'm still a farmer's daughter,
Mr. Angstrom,

and a farmer's daughter

never learns
the meaning of sit.

These past two months
I've been with you,

I sure know what you mean.

You don't mind walking
in and out of your garden.

Come on, now.
Sit down. There.

Oh, when Harry
was alive,

people from all over
used to wander through here.

He was such a showoff.

This one woman --
Mrs. Foster,

lipstick halfway
up to her nose --

used to say,
"why, Mrs. Smith,

this must be
what heaven is like."

Well, sir,
one year I said to her,

"well, if I'm driving
6 miles

"to St. John's episcopal
church every Sunday

"just to get myself
another splash of rhodies,

"I might as well
save myself the trip,

'cause I don't want to go."

Wasn't that a dreadful thing
to say to her?

She's passed on now,
poor thing.

Well, uh, now she knows
what heaven's like.

Maybe what looked
like rhodies to her

looked like alfalfa
to a farmer's daughter.

Exactly. Exactly.

You know, Mr. Angstrom,

it's such a pleasure
having you here.

You and I, we think alike,
don't we?

Now, don't we?

You have it pretty good,
don't you?


I said, you have it
pretty goddamned good.

US going swimming
on my day off?

What's so great
about that?

That's not what I meant.

Look at all you've got --

eccles to play golf
with every week

while he keeps your wife
off your back,

sweet old Mrs. Smith
desperately in love with you.

You think she is in love
with me?

I mean, Mrs. Smith?

And then, of course,
you've got me.

I'm a mystic.

That's what Jack eccles
keeps telling me.

I give people
a special faith.

Well, you give me
a pain in the ass.

Hey, listen,
what's your beef?

I take care of you.

How come I work
at an insurance company

eight hours a day?

Quit. I don't care.
Sit around all day.

Now I'm going to
tell you something.

When I left Janice,
I made a terrific discovery.

Like what?

Like if you got the guts
to be yourself,

people will pay you a price
for you, and gladly.

You're becoming
quite a golf player.

Well, playing golf
with someone

might be one way
to get to know him.

You can't lead someone
to Christ unless you know him.

What do you know

about Harry angstrom
that I don't?

That he's a good man,
for one thing.

Nice to say,

but not if you're
nine months expecting

and your husband's running
around with some floozy.

You think that's funny?

No one thinks it's funny,
Mrs. Springer,

but I'm quite sure
that he'll come back to her.

You've been saying that
for two months.

Uh, would you get me
that stool over there?

I got to get my legs up.


Oh, thank you.

Thank you.
That's a real relief.

He has no reason
to come back

unless we give him one.

Peggy green hears

he's leading
the life of Riley.

God knows
how many women he has.

Just one, I'm sure.

Strange thing
about Harry.

He is by nature
a domestic creature.

Next you'll be telling me
this is all Janice's fault.

Never wanted him to go
with that girl.

To look at her, you know
she's two-thirds crazy.

Surely you
don't mean that.

Gets herself pregnant
so poor hassy

has to marry her.

He can hardly tuck
his shirttail in.

He was, as you say,
at one time.

Well, some die young,
and some are born old.

What does Mr. Angstrom
think Harry should do?

Crawl back. What else?

Oh, how are you doing,

Mr. Angstrom.

We've just been talking
about your son.

I feel terrible
about all this.

He goes on about that girl

as if she were
the mother of Christ.

That's not so.

I just don't see how Harry
could make such a mess.

It was the army.

He came back
from that army camp

a different boy.

That's true, father.

High school,
he was outstanding.

You'd be proud
of his basketball.

Excuse me.
See you later, mom.

I'm late.

Mr. Angstrom:
Where are you going?


Anyhow, Harry comes
home from the army,

all he thinks about now
is chasing ass.

Watch your language.

I'm sorry.
Excuse me, father.

A good swift kick
is what he needs.

The way you talk,

you'd think poor hassy
was your enemy.

He is my enemy.

At night, I walked
the streets looking for him.

He became my enemy.
Don't you talk.

You didn't see
that girl's face.

I know these young bums
today, father.

They can't stick
to anything.

They're cripples,

human garbage.

I think you've got it wrong,
Mr. Angstrom.

I really do.

Barbara knows
all the best places.

You're the one wanted
to get out of the house.

I ain't complaining.

Yeah, I noticed.
Don't fall in.


Hey, well,
look at you two.

What did you expect?

I mean,
still hanging together.

Harry angstrom,
how the hell are you?

Barney? Jesus.
How you been?

Hey, how you been?

How's life treating you,
you old lech?

Word around
is you got it made.

Hey, uh, how's tothero?


Nutty old creep
had a stroke or something.


He moved in with his wife,
last I heard.

Barney: What are you
guys drinking?

Ruth: Daiquiri -- two.

Old angst was the best.
High scorer every year.

Of course, we all had
to feed him the ball.

He was tothero's
prized pupil.

They went in, though,
didn't they, barn?

Not all the time.

Please, let's don't
talk basketball.

Every time
we meet somebody,

this bastard talks
nothing but.

Hi, ruthie.
How you been?

I often think about you.

Well, don't waste
your time.

Ruthie and I spent one
of the wackiest weekends

in Atlantic city once.

We went
with another couple.

Sounds like a ball.

Disgusting pair.

They never left
the motel.

This guy we're talking
about -- Hank fine?

Claimed he achieved
11 climaxes in 36 hours.


Oh, the worst thing

was that they did it
in the car coming home.

Here we are in
the Sunday night traffic,

I turn around,

and there is Betsy
in the back seat

with her dress
up around her neck.

Hey, hey, we finally made
them drive, remember?


Oh, this guy,

he had some
of the flakiest ideas.

He told US that right
before the crucial moment,

you're supposed
to slap your partner

in the face
as hard as you can.

What if you're not
in that position?

Slap whatever
you can reach.

Hey, what did this guy
think about biting?


Yeah, yeah, you know,

a good -- really,
a big, hard bite.

Nothing better.

See, there was
this cathouse,

you know, and I was
in the army in Texas.

You don't want
to hear about it, do you?

Sure, go ahead.

There was this,
um, girl,

whose backside
had been bitten so much

that it looked
like a piece of cardboard

left in the rain.

They said that was all
she was good for.

They swore
she was still a virgin.

That's absolutely fantastic!

Hey, angst, isn't that
your sister up there?

Is it, honey?

How do you know her?

I see her around.

You do, huh?

What are you doing here?

Well, hi.

Johnny, this is
my big brother Harry.

Hi, big brother Harry.

What's new, mamie?

What's new, Harry,
is mom and dad are sick

with the mess
you got yourself in.

They'd really be sick

if they saw you hanging out
in a joint like this.

Why? What's wrong
with this?

This clown
should know better.

Who do you think
you're talking to?

Leave him alone, Harry!
Cut it out!

[ Woman screams ]

Mamie: Harry.

Come on, we're going.
Come on.


A weekend in Atlantic city
with that bastard.

What makes him a bastard?

He's not and I am.

Who said that?

You did.

Don't try to switch
things around.

You see your kid sister

and you practically
wet your pants.

You see the creep
she was with?

If this is what
seeing your sister

does to you
with some guy,

I'm glad
we're not married.

What brought that up?

You did. The first night,
that's all you talked about.

That was a nice night.

All right.

All right, my ass.

You've laid Barney,
haven't you?

I guess.

What do you mean
you guess?

He was a date.

What the hell
does that mean?

How do you think
fat ruthie got dates?

Then the answer
is yes, right?

I said so.

Well, how many others, huh?
50, 100, 300, 500?

That's a stupid question.


How many times
have you been to the movies?

It's the same thing
to you?

No, it's not
the same thing to me.

You knew what I was.

Well, I'm not sure I did.

Did you ever pose
for pictures?

For money?


Well, did you ever, uh...

You know, go down?

Rabbit, maybe we better
say bye-bye right now.

I don't want to say
bye-bye right now.

I want an answer.

Then the answer is yes.

So the, uh,
the answer's yes, right?

Hmm? With Barney?

Don't start this again.

What does Barney
have to do with US?

He has, um, plenty.

Could you do the same,

uh, for me that you
did for him?

If you wanted me to.


Are we talking
about the same thing?

Yeah, yeah.

In cold blood,
just like that?

Is that so terrible
to you?

May I ask
what I've done?

The way
you acted tonight.

How did I act?

Like -- just like
what you were.

I didn't mean to.

Well, that's just
the way it, um...

It looked.

You're pretty cute.

You just want it,
that's all.

That so awful?

Only because
you think it is.

Maybe I don't.

Maybe I --
maybe I don't.

What is this
going to prove?

That you love me,
for one thing.

Will it?

Yeah. Yeah, it will.

Do I take
my clothes off?


* I'm gonna make you

* make you love me

* I'm gonna make you
love me right now *

* yeah

[ telephone rings ]

[ Ring ]


Thank god you answered.
Thank god.

Who the hell is this?

Jack eccles.

Oh, hi, Jack.

Janice is starting
to have the baby.

Yeah? Where is she?

Uh, St. Joseph's.

I guess I should
be there.

I mean,
I really should.

I can pick you up.

No. Um, I'll walk.

You sure?

Yeah, yeah.
10 minutes.

I'm praying
for you, Harry.


I'll start now
and meet you there.

Yeah, okay.

Um, honey?

Hey, Ruth?

Um, I got to go out.

My wife's having a baby.

I guess I'm supposed to
see her through this thing.

I ought to be back
in a couple hours.

I, uh, I love you.

Listen, I got
to do this thing.

It's my baby
she's having.

She's so dumb.

I don't think she can
do it by herself, you know?

And, uh...

It's the least I owe her,
for Christ's sake.

If you don't
say something, Ruth,

I'm not
going to come back.


Mrs. Springer.

If you came here hoping
she's going to die in there,

you better go back
to wherever you came from

because she's been doing fine
without you right along.

There's a very good article
in here by Jack nicklaus

on controlled putting.
Very interesting.

Jesus Christ.

Well, look who it isn't.

Honey, you got
to take it easy now.

Take it easy.

I have no legs.

It's the funniest feeling.

You haven't?

They gave me a spinal
the very last minute,

then I remember them
saying, "push,"

and then here's this teeny,
angry baby looking at me.

All the time
I kept thinking,

"it's Harry's baby."

It was like
I was having you.

The only thing
I really minded

was this old nun shaving me
with a dry razor.

She did?

Hey, did we want a girl?

Come on. Say we did.

Yeah, we really did.

We have a little baby.

God, I --

I don't know why
I did what I did.

I don't know why.

You look so good.

Uh, you look terrific.

Harry, did you make love
to other women?

It's okay if you did.

You see,
I figure that way

you'll make
better love to me.

No, Harry,
I didn't mean that.

You're a good lover, Harry.

You know,
you're pretty sexy

for someone
who's gone through

what you've gone through.

That's the way you feel.

You're funny.

I'd like to get you in bed
right here beside me,

but it's so narrow.

Mr. Angstrom,

your wife better
get some sleep now.


Harry, please don't
leave me.

Um, well,

I'll come back
tomorrow, okay?

Mr. Angstrom?

Mr. Angstrom,
are you awake?

I'm up.
I'll be right out.

It's 12:20.

Jack said to tell you
visiting hours

are between 1:00 and 3:00.

Uh, where's Jack?

At church playing ping-pong
with the children

or discussing contraception
with one of the wives.

You know, working.

Jack's very fond of you,

though I can't
imagine why.

You know,
Jack showed me something

driving home last night.

There's been no direction
in the way I've been living.

He and I think alike
in a lot of ways.

It's the differences
I find interesting.

Um, I don't get it.

It's very simple.

The basic difference
between you and Jack

is that you're not
afraid of women.

Oh, uh, Jack is?

Oh, yeah.

It's his christianity.

Makes him very neurotic.

You'd be surprised.

I-I dig Jack.

I dig you.

Hey, I mean, uh,
I dig you.

A week ago I would
have blown my mind

for an opportunity
like this,

but I got this wife
and baby now.

Thanks, anyway.

Son of a bitch.

Holy Christ.
Forget I said thanks.

Pardon me, young man.
I'm Mrs. Tothero.

You had dinner with Charles
and me one time,

but I just can't think
of your name.

It's angstrom,
Harry angstrom.

That's it -- angstrom.

Charles was so proud
of you.

Um, I hear
he's been sick.

Two strokes,

one since he's been here
at the hospital.

He's here?

Yes. Could you
just come visit him

for a minute, please?

My wife had the baby, coach.

It was a girl.

7 pounds, 10 ounces.

Mrs. Tothero: He can't lift
his arms, Mr. Angstrom.

He's completely helpless.

He sees you.

I think he can
hear what you say.


I certainly want to
thank you, Mr. Tothero,

I mean, really thank you

for everything you did
for me and Janice

to get US
back together again.


Thank you,
young man.

Thank you very much.

Listen, you can't stay
at the eccles again tonight.

Where do you
plan to stay?


Well, I thought
that Nelson and I

would move back
into the apartment.

Hey, listen, do you have
a quarter in your change?


A quarter.

Could you put it
in the television?

You see, mom and I
got used to watching

this real good show when
I was home alone so much.

Hey, I saw
the baby, honey,

you know,
through the window.

Looked terrific.

That's good. Harry, would
you please turn up the sound

just a little bit, please?

Nelson: Mom-mom
gave me this.


Mom-mom gave me this.

Mom-mom gave you
this truck?



Mom-mom and pop-pop?


That was nice
of them, huh?



Did you know that mom-mom
is mommy's mommy?


Did you know that mommy
was coming home Friday

from the hospital?


With a new baby?


You knew that, too?

Well, won't that
be nice?

Will you go away when
mommy comes home again?



No, I'm not going to
go anywhere.

I'm going to stay home
and play with Nelson, okay?





Ha ha!

How do you do, Nelson?

I know pastor eccles
phoned you,

but I thought i'd
tell you myself.

I'm going to work
for my father-in-law.

I'm going to try
to sell used cars.

You know, with the baby
and Nelson,

I guess I have to.

Yes, of course.
Don't talk on so.

Your boy is allowed
to eat candy, isn't he?

Sure, I guess so.

Well, let the boy
have his pick.

No, not that one, Nelson.
You won't like it.

It's got a cherry in it.

Shush, Harry. Let the boy
have what he wants.

One thing we did, Harry,

we brought the rhodies
in this year.

We did that, didn't we?

That would have pleased
my Harry, I know that.

Working here
has been like, uh,

well, like heaven, like
what's-her-name once said.

Alma foster, dear soul.

Lipstick halfway
up her nose.

I'll never forget her.
Not a brain in her body.

It's been my duty
keeping this garden up.

Well, uh,
you'll get somebody.

This would be a great job
for a high school kid.

No, Harry, no one else.

I doubt if I'll
be here next spring

to watch Harry's
rhodies come in.

I held back that thought
all last winter,

and then one day there you
were burning the cuttings.

It was then that I knew we'd
bring them in this year.

You gave me that,
Harry -- life.

You did.

You have a gift,
and it's a good one.

A good one.

Fine, strong man.

Goodbye, Nelson.

Janice: We're home.

Oh, Harry.

That's your sister Becky.

I know.

Go ahead.
You want to touch her?

Go ahead. Come on.

Nelson: Uh...

He's going to be a real boy,
dribble like his daddy.

He couldn't be...

He's got those little springer
hands like his mother.

How's mam doing?

We don't see much
of mam anymore, Harry.

So now you're going to
try your hand selling cars.


What's going to
happen to that girl

you've been
living with?


Oh, uh, well, she can
take care of herself.

She really never expected
anything from me.

Well, it's the truth.

I'm not saying
anything, Harry.

I'm not saying one word.

Harry: Hi, nels.

Hi, daddy.

Pretty nice for her.

Harry, bad joke.

What, honey?
I was only kidding.

Well, I'm not.

She's been at me
every couple of hours.

I think I'm going dry.

In two and a half weeks?

I fed her three times
in four hours.

There just doesn't
seem to be enough.

Well, uh, have a drink
or something.

You have a drink.

I don't need a drink.

Well, you need something.

You walk in, and the baby
starts crying.

She was just fine
until you got home.

Then forget it.

Just forget it.

Becky wet, mommy?

She's just hot, honey.
She'll be all right.


Do you hurt?
I mean, down there?


Sometimes I don't.
I just need some rest.

[ Becky crying ]

Oh, god.

It's all right.
Honey, I'll get her.

If she doesn't need
to be changed,

try walking her.
I'm exhausted.

[ Stops crying ]

Must have been
a bubble, huh?

Poor little thing
gets so hungry,

and I just don't have
enough milk for her.

Well, I can't
understand that.

They've been looking
like melons lately.

Please, just don't start
getting a taste for melon.

[ Chuckles ]

I'm going to
fix you a drink

whether you like it
or not, okay?



Harry, honey,
I want to go to sleep.

Why do you wait till now
to tell me?

I don't know.
I didn't know.

Didn't know what?

I didn't know
what you were doing.

I thought you were
being gentle, being nice.

I am being gentle.
I'm being nice.

But not when
I can't do anything.

You can't?

No, I can't,
not for six weeks.

They told you that.

Well, honey, you could
love me, couldn't you?

I do love you.

Honey, please,
can't you go to sleep?

Honey, I can't.
I just love you too much.

I can't, I can't.

Okay? Just for
a little bit, honey.

Just let me
cuddle up real close.

Come on, honey.


Honey, come on,

Come on, honey,
just turn over.

I'm not a whore, Harry.

Don't try some trick you
learned with your whore on me.

First thing I've asked you
since you come home.

I know. You've been
wonderful to me.

Thank you,
Mrs. Angstrom.

Harry, where are you going?

Out, I'm going out.

Honey, I've just had a baby.
Try to imagine how I feel.

I can, but right now
the important thing

is how I feel, and I
feel like getting out.

Harry, please
don't go out.

Kiss your precious ass!

I ain't going to kiss it.

[ Tearfully ]
For god's sake, Harry.

Daddy's at work, Nelson.

Did daddy go away again?

Daddy's at work, Nelson.

Daddy's not away.

Daddy's with pop-pop
selling cars.

That's right.

Daddy works very hard
selling cars.

Man: A bachelor who is
a field supervisor...

[ Telephone rings ]

A bachelor who is a sales
supervisor have in common?

[ Ring ]

Answer -- they all dig a date
with this delightful dish.

[ Ring ]

Announcer: From Hollywood,

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of the world, in color,

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It's your daddy.

You just hush a minute.


Janice, it's daddy.

It's after 11:00.
Harry hasn't shown up yet.

Is everything all right?

Everything's fine.
We're all just fine.

Well, let me speak
to Harry.

Is he there?

He's out, daddy.

He had to go out
very early.

He didn't go to the lot.

You want to know why?

He had this station wagon
prospect or something,

so Harry had to meet him

to show him
some station wagon.

So, you see, Harry really
loves his job, daddy.

All right, darling.

Don't worry about anything.
Everything's fine.

Are the children
there with you?


I don't like you
to cry, mommy.

Go lay down, Nelson,
and take your nap.

Go ahead. Mommy has to
clean up the house.

They'll kill me
if they see you,

oh, smeared like this.

Tell you what.

Mommy fix Becky
nice bath.

Make Becky all clean.

Good Becky.

And no crying, Becky.

No crying, Becky.

Mommy fix your bath.

To hell with
the crayons, Becky.

Mommy clean you all up,

all sweet.

A nice new diaper.

All pretty for mom-mom
and pop-pop.


Good thing
I caught it, Becky.

Two minutes,
and the tub runs all over,

all over the floor.

[ Becky crying ]

Okay, Becky.

Here we go, baby.

We're going to
make you all clean.

Here we go, a nice bath.

Here we go.


[ Sobbing ]

Pretty Becky!

Oh, thank god!

I can't do it, Becky.

Oh, thank god, Becky.
Thank god.


Hello, Jack?
Harry angstrom.

Where are you, Harry?

You won't believe this.

I spent the night
in an all-night movie.

Harry, please stop
a minute.

Listen, I've been
calling home,

and nobody answers.

Janice didn't do
something stupid

like move back with
her folks again, did she?


A terrible thing
has happened to US.

Kills his own baby.

He did not kill his baby.

It was an accident.
He wasn't there.

Runs out again,

sends his moronic wife
back to the bottle.

You set this up,
Jack -- you.

Say it. I killed
the baby then.

Oh, god,

a Christian martyr.

When do you give up
on that son of a bitch?

Eccles forgives me,

We talked
for about an hour.

That thing that I
used to talk about,

well, he was right.

There's just
no such thing.

There just isn't.

There isn't?

No. No, honey.


If this has been anybody's
fault at all, it's mine.


Hassy! Hassy!

Oh, god, what have
they done to you?

Oh, you poor dear.

Poor daughter.
Oh, poor daughter.


"Oh, god,
whose most dear son

"did take little children
into his arms and bless them,

"give US grace,
we beseech thee,

"to entrust the soul
of this child

"to thy never-failing
care and love

"and bring US all
to the heavenly kingdom

to the same thy son --
Jesus Christ, our lord."


"'I am the resurrection
and the life,' saith the lord.

"'Though he were dead,
yet shall he live,

"'and whosoever liveth
and believeth in me

shall never die.'"

Do graciously we pray thee
with all those who mourn,

but casting every care
on thee,

thy will be done.

Now in the name of the father,
the son, and the holy ghost,

bless you and keep you
now and forevermore. Amen.


What are you looking
at me for? Huh?

What's the matter
with you people?


Well, she did it.

Harry: Honey...

Oh, honey...

you didn't mean it.

Hey, I love you.

Eccles: Harry!

Don't run!

[ Knocks on door ]

Leave me alone, rabbit.

Just leave me alone.

Come on, Ruth.

Hey, look, this time
it's really bad.

Everything goes bad
around you, rabbit.


What did I ever
do to you that was bad?

Well, I'm here, right?
I mean, I'm here now.

Well, it feels right.

I mean, it really does.
It feels right.

Who cares what you feel?

You run here from
your own baby's funeral.

Who told you that?

Your minister.

He called here for you.

You know the night
before the accident,

I was here all night
looking for you.

You didn't come home
all night.

Just get out
of here, rabbit.

Get far away from me.
Go home to your wife.

I can't, not anymore.
I mean, it's over.


If you wanted
to marry me,

I'd like that.

I really would.

If you could work it out,

if you could divorce
the wife you already have

and find a good enough job
that would take care

of everything
that would be involved...

If we were married,
it would be all right.

It would?

But that's it,

that's really it.

So if you feel like
getting the hell out,

then you just
get the hell out.

You're so good, Ruth.
You really are.

Look, um,

what you said is fair.

I mean, uh,
I'll work it out.

Somehow I'll do it.


Look, um,

first thing I do is I go
get US something to eat.

like the first time?

Franks and limas?

I'm really hungry.

Look, um,

first we'll eat,
then we'll talk.

I'll be right back.

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, listen, man

* something's gotta happen

* it's been awful quiet

* in this neighborhood

* you really can't explain it,
but you know *

* all the good things open up
and grow *

* good feels good
way down deep inside *

* there's nothin' that you feel
you have to hide *

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, listen, man

* when you get that feelin'

* things can't be bad
if you're feelin' good *

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, believe me, man

* when you get that feelin'

* things can't be bad
if you're feelin' good *

* hey, man

* anything happenin'?

* say, man

* anything good?

* oh, listen, man

* when you get that feelin'