Running on Empty (1988) - full transcript

The Popes are a family who haven't been able to use their real identity for years. In the late sixties, the parents set a weapons lab afire in an effort to hinder the government's Vietnam war campaign. Ever since then, the Popes have been on the run with the authorities never far behind. Today, their eldest son wants a life of his own although he is aware that would mean that his parents would either get caught or he will never see them again.

All right!
Hit that ball!

Good pitch.

Come on!

Ah, shit.

Hang in there, man!

Take it easy.

Hey, hey, pitcher!

Throw it!


Lighten up,

Come on, it's
only a game.

Throw it now.

Hey, let's go now!

Hey, hey, hey!


Hey, man,
believe it or not,

you made
the starting line-up.

No shit.

Yeah, andrews has
the chicken pox.

You're good for
two games at least.

That's great.

If you don't like it,
why do you do it?

my life.


Jomo, come here!

Come here.

Now, listen, jomo.

I want you
to take this to harry.

Take it to harry.

Go on,

take it to harry!

Go on!

Go on, jomo!

Jomo! Jomo!

Come on. Come on.

All right, come on!

I still think
you should go.

I can't get off
from work.

You're the one that knows
all those statistics.

I can't remember nothing.
My brain's a sieve.

How did you learn
all that stuff?

It's in
the government reports.

It's in the library.

You think they'll
really listen to us?

If they don't,

there will be 1,500 barrels
of radioactive waste

buried a few miles
from here.

I'll rehearse you.

There's a point arena
delegation going, too,

and joe
will be there.

I got to go.
I'll Miss my ride.

Oh, martha.

The study group's at
my place on thursday.


How'd it go?

They wanted me
to lobby in tallahassee.

I told them
to send joe and paula.

The nerve
those assholes have,

putting that shit
near humans.

Let's blow this pop stand.
I'm starving.

We got shoes,
two cars, four feds.

Stay. Stay. Stay.


There's jomo!

You two
get into bed.

What's going to happen
to her?

Someone will
take her home.

We never
left her before.

-hE kept that!
-gEt into bed!

It's morning!

Get into bed!

I'm going to wash
my hair.

Who's this?

Mom and dad.
Who do you think?

You're kidding!

"arthur and annie pope
continue to elude capture

"despite several sightings
of the couple,

"who went underground
after claiming responsibility

"for the 1971 bombing

"of the university
of massachusetts

military research lab."

What's "elude" mean?

Not getting caught.

"the laboratory
is credited

"with the development
of napalm,

used extensively
in the vietnam war."

Why'd they
have to blow it up?

Because they didn't
stop making it

when they asked them

Come on, danny.
I'm serious!

They were dropping
that stuff on people.

"annie pope is the former
anne patterson,

of donald patterson,

president of american

Is this grandpa?

It must be.

And grandma?


Do you
remember them?


Not even a little?

They look
kind of uptight.

Industrial waste
all around!

Get 'em while
they're hot.

Get' em
before they rot.

All right!

your mother?

She's in the shower.

I talked this morning
with some of the people

who knew
the pope family.

John kungle played ball
with the young man

who was known
as richard mcnally.

He was
a good friend?

He was a cool dude!

That's how legends
are made.

What's his iq?

No. He's going to ucla.

No kidding.

No, I'm not kidding.
He's going to ucla.

Excuse me.

These photos
are 20 years old

and are not considered
too reliable.

The couple is still wanted
for the 1971 bombing

of their university lab,
in which a janitor was blinded.

Miami fbi officials said
the popes should be considered

as possibly armed
and dangerous.

In further local news--

There's food
for you.

You look pretty,

get into bed,
kemo sabe.


Let's see.

Blue eyes,
blond hair.

You're ok.

Or are you?

the matter, kid?

I don't know.

I just feel kind of
lousy, you know?

You're supposed
to feel that way at 17.

It's terrific not
recognizing yourself

when you look
in the mirror.

It's wonderful
having a new name

every six months.

We were there a long time.
It's hard to leave.

We may have to cut
your hair, too.


Maybe this time
I could shave my head.

Your brother in.


I hate this.

Phillies won again
last night.

Things are looking
good, then.

Things are
looking great!

The macarthur feud
with truman.

I don't think
we covered that

in the local paper.

You'd better try
the washingtonian.

No, I'm interested

in how it affected
the nation's heartland.

This is
social history.

I could show you
the eagle.

We just put
our back issues

on microfilm.


This is it?

Mm-hmm. Sit right
over there.

St. Martin's hospital,
medical records.



Where do you want it
mailed, Mr. Mansfield?

I'll pick it up.

I need a passport.

The company's
sending me to cairo.

You in oil?


Your favorite oldies station
in norfolk, virginia...

the cat needs to be fed.

Need anything else?

No. I'll call the booth
again in two weeks.


your mother...

She died
four weeks ago--


Your father
was with her.

You were just
too hot to contact.

Said to tell you not
to worry about him.

He's ok.


Ok, who wants


How's, uh...



This kid in my class

traded me duke snider
for valenzuela.

Yeah? So?

So he's a jerk!

Snider's worth
about $20.

He's from
the brooklyn dodgers.

He's old!

This card
is an antique.

Can I have
white bread?

Just eat it.

Hey, kid?

You, what's
your name?


Why are you
asking him that?

He's not
used to it yet.

He better get
used to it fast.

What's my name?


Paul what?

Paul manfield.

Spell it.


What's your mother's name?
I'm waiting.


And your brother?

All right?

What the hell's
your problem?

Got some clothes
in the city.

Why don't you--

You can wear
the thrift shop ones.

The new ones
have to be washed first.

Yes, sir!

about this afternoon.

Sophie's dead.


A month ago.

The big "c".


I talked to her
after the feds came

to tell her
we were ok.

She never let on.

I could just see her
standing there with morris--

Two fat old jews,

to their red-diaper baby

on a phone
from a laundromat...

And she's
fucking dying.

That lady loved me.

Last winter,
when they arranged

to have her meet me
in chicago,

she flew there
on an hour's notice...

Alone, in a blizzard.

She's terrified of flying.

She was green
when she got off the plane.

I took her
to the lounge to talk.

We sat in a corner,

and I said,
"i wish it was easier."

"you wish it were easier,"
she says.

She's correcting
my grammar

like I'm one
of the kids she teaches.

There's nothing left
to go back to now.

There's only us
and the boys.

We're all that's left.

We must...

We have to hang on
to each other.

May I see his records?

I'm afraid I lost
his records.

I packed them,

but I can't
find them.

I'm always losing
things, right?

My husband says
i'd probably lose my head

if it weren't
screwed on.

Make sure you write
for those records, ok?

You can have
two electives--

Music, typing, mechanics,

computer programming,
or home economics.





Oh, uh...
Home economics.

His dad's a cook.


Find an empty seat,
mr. Manfield.

All right.
Listen up, everyone.

All right!




All right!

Whoa! Yeah!

♪♪ you must be
my lucky star ♪♪

♪♪ 'cause you shine on me
wherever you are ♪♪

♪♪ think of you ♪♪

♪♪ and I start to explode ♪♪

♪♪ I think all night-- ♪♪

listen again,

Can anyone tell me
the difference

between these two pieces?


One's pop and the other
is classical?

At least we know
you're not deaf.

How about you,
mr. Spaulding?

Could you give us
a deeper distinction?

The first one's bad...


And the second one's

Well, that's, uh,
a matter of opinion,

not a fact.

I'm sure several people
in this room would disagree.

How about you,
mr. Manfield?

Would you
venture a guess?


You can't dance
to beethoven.

Oh, baby!

That's very good,

Do you listen
to much beethoven?

No, not really.

How did you identify
this piece?

I guess
I've heard some.

Well, I'm sure
the rest of the class

can identify
the other composer.

You're correct. You can't dance
to Mr. Beethoven.

Can you tell me why,
mr. Manfield?

Because the beethoven piece
doesn't use

a constant rhythm
or tempo!



And madonna's 4/4 time
all the way through.

The melody changes,
but the rhythm is constant,

so you can dance to it.

The quartet changes both
melodically and rhythmically.

I'm going
to play them again.

You listen for this.

Mr. Manfield?

We'll have to find
an instrument for you.

An instrument?

who takes music

is required to play
in the orchestra.

Do you play


Play something.

Well, you don't have to
play in the orchestra.

I'd like to hear
how you sound

on the steinway
I have at home.

Get out of here.



Get a job, dad?

You bet.
I'm-a za cook!

which kind.


You got it.


Do you have
to say that?

Where'd you
get this?

Public library
lost and found.

April can be
cold up here.


Keep those slugger
hands from cracking.

Did you
make the team?



What about me?

Nothing in your size.

We have to chop some
firewood on saturday.

I'll do it tomorrow.
I'm not going to school.

How come?

They're taking
class pictures.

How's that school?

Teachers know
anything you don't?

They're ok.

Did you have any trouble
with registration?

I had to see
the guidance counselor.


He wanted to know
what colleges I applied to.

What did you
tell him?

I said I hadn't decided.

Good. Just tell them

Otherwise, they'll
keep bugging you.

How about you,
small stuff?

I don't want



There's a kid in my class
who's really crazy.

You're not
the poster child

for mental health.

He knows
train schedules.

It might
come in handy.

Really, dad. All over.

He knows what time
trains leave

from omaha
to atlanta, georgia.

Get to know
this kid.

What are you doing
with that safety pin?

What safety pin?

I got a job.

My dear, how will
you contribute

to this false
capitalist economy?

I'll be a receptionist
for a Dr. Milton cosswell.


There was a sign
at the post office.

He doesn't mind
paying me in cash.

It's probably good
for his taxes or something.

Anyway, it means
I can pick up supplies

if we need them,

and he seems
like a pretty nice guy.

Oh, mom, thanks!


Well, sounds good.

Looks like we all
got what we wanted.


Is anyone home?


Who are you?

I live here.
Who are you?

Is Mr. Phillips
your father?


Is this you?

I've destroyed
the negative.

I belong here.
How about you?

Your father said
I could use the piano.

The door was open.

We do have a bell.

I rang the bell.
No one answered.


You go to the school?


I haven't
seen you there.

I just started.

How come
you're not there?

I had a fever
last night.

My mom made me
stay home.

I'm better.
I was bored.

You're strange.
I cut.

I didn't feel like
having my picture taken

with those subhumans.

You're very good,
you know.

Oh, I'm ok.

What's your name?

Oh. Michael.

I'm lorna.

Better be going.

Where are you from?


Born in california?

New york.

I want to go
to school there.

My mother's afraid
i'll get mugged.

Your family move a lot?

No, not really.
You play?

Nah. God, no.

I couldn't stand
to practice.

My older brother
is the virtuoso.

He's at yale.
He does everything right.

Where are you going?

Oh, that.

I haven't thought
about that much.

You're going to have to
apply next semester.


What do you mean, yeah?

Look. I really...
I got to go.

You're certifiable.

You're welcome.

I'll never
figure it out.

How did you do it?

Mr. Manfield, I'd like
a word with you.

See you.

I understand you visited
my house yesterday.

I looked
at your piano.

You did more
than look.

You have
a piano at home?

No, sir.

How do you practice?

I can't much.

You're a talented
musician, manfield,

but that doesn't
give you the right

to act like
a criminal.

Is that clear?

Yes, sir.


We'll find you
a piano.

Now, let me see, girls.

Thank you.

Just go to the back
of the line.

You are certifiable.

What is this?

Some sort of
smart-ass joke?

You're taking

I want to learn
to cook.

Right. You want to make
apple brown betty.

What are you doing here?

They wouldn't let me
take auto mechanics.

I didn't have time
to go to the supreme court.

That leaves
phillips and manfield.

Please, would you take
the last booth?

Now, today's menu
is tuna walnut casserole.

This may be
auto mechanics

after all.

Take your 4-cup
measuring bowl...

My father thinks
you're the best thing

since sliced bread.

That's not
what he told me.

A can of tuna...

Don't let him
scare you.

You can do anything
if you play music.

1/2 cup of walnuts...

We're having a chamber
music concert saturday.

They're boring as hell.

You want to come?

Two stalks of celery.

I'll think about it.

The celery.


He's getting seduced
by all this bourgeois crap!

Fucking chamber music.

It's music,
for god's sake.

Decadent, white-skinned
privileged crap!

A lot of people
sitting around

in ties and pantyhose,
in wing chairs...

-lIke your mother's.
-lIke my mother's.

He's not going.

Says who?

Says me.

When did you become
the minister of culture?

You'd let him go
if it was rock 'n' roll.

You bet I would.

Are you
out of your mind?

It's not safe.

He doesn't have to
be on display

for the entire
community of waterford.

And because it's not
rock 'n' roll.

You think
you're cute, dad,

but you're
full of shit.

Don't talk to me
like that.

You taught me
to question authority!

Who do you think
you are? General patton?

Why isn't school
any more dangerous?

Because there are
600 other kids at the school.

Give me a break.

You're not going!

Mr. Manfield, to what
do we owe this pleasure?

Lorna invited me.

She usually doesn't show
such good judgment.

There's some people
I want you to meet.

Sam, michael manfield--
The boy I told you about.

Perhaps we can
convince you to play.

Well, I have
nothing prepared.

You were working
on brahms.

Excuse me.

I'd like to,

but I have to
pick up my brother.

You can play
before you go.

I'd like to get michael
something to eat.

I'd like to
hear you soon.

Hi, betty.

So, how come you didn't
want to play for them?

Personally, I wouldn't
consider it.

You're supposed to
love the stuff.

Ok. It's all right.

You don't
have to explain.

Mozart was crazy, too.

You want to go
up to my room?


Finish your milk.

Excuse me.

Guitar is my life.

♪♪ baum! Tch tch
tch tch tch ♪♪

♪♪ tiddy baum,
beta beta beta ♪♪

♪♪ baum tch tch
baum tch tch baum ♪♪

♪♪ ah, whoa! ♪♪

you're very
confusing, you know.

Who, me?


Sometimes you can
be so straight,

then you turn around
and you're like that.

It's always "yes, sir,"
and "no, sir."

I'm polite.

Polite is phony.

It's not phony.

It avoids

Is that what you're
doing now?

You're avoiding

Don't you ever
want to say,

"cut the shit"?

Is michael there?
I want him to play.

Um...he left.

He went to
pick up his brother.

I thought this
was my room.

Your mother
wants you downstairs.

Well, there's a tree.

Mrs. Powell? The doctor
will see you now.

Oh. Did I leave
my purse out here?

Thank you.

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

Do you have
an appointment?




What's cooking,

I can see you

on the corner
of michigan avenue--

Mexican blouse,
crazy silver things.

Silver earrings, yeah.


God, that was
a long time ago.


How's artie?

He's ok.

He's great,

Um...he did some work
in florida

on a toxic waste dump,

and here he organized
a food co-op,

and...he's trying to get
his restaurant to unionize.

And how's you
and artie?

We're ok.

I mean,
you know, it's...

It's hard.

I think about you.

I think about you.

Hope you're safe.

How do you
manage this?

You got a house,
two kids.

It's kind of like
you're leading

a regular life.

I'm a good liar.

But I'm tired.

Well, shit.


Hey, chief.



That's all you got to say

to this guy that drove
800 miles to see you?

You look great.

How come I feel
so uneasy?

take a walk.

I'm tired.

Go ahead, paul.

You haven't seen him
for 12 years.

You're out of your
fucking mind!

I don't owe you
a goddamn thing!

Your asshole friend here

wants me to rob
a fucking bank!

Political action,
he calls it.

We've been
assigned this job

by the liberation army,

who are under
the mistaken impression

that they've been
supporting us

and we owe them

What do they want
my kids to do?

Knock off
the fucking president?

You want to show
what you got in your car?


It's my stuff.

That's not the impression
you gave me.

Let's look! Shall we?

Get the kids down here.

I want them to see.

This guy's still
a fuckin' maniac.

Boys! Boys!
Get down here!

I want you to know,

guns are not
what we're about.

Now get back
in the house.

You're going to change
the world, artie,

by organizing these
little food co-ops.

I'm going out.

You can stay
the night,

but when I get back,

I don't want to
see these

within 10 miles
of my kids.

Well, annie,

i'd like to
explain this.

I'm listening.

You know, we've been
under a long time.

A lot of bad shit's

A lot of bad shit
keeps happening.

We're dead...

As far as the rest
of the world is concerned.

We pull an action,

and they bury it
in the newspapers.

It's like
it didn't happen.

The pigs or the media
only pay attention

when something or somebody
gets blown away.

Oh, great.

If you can't beat 'em,
join 'em.

Well, do you think
we'll win this

by turning
the other cheek?

Hunh! Well...

Why don't you try
walking on water?

Try growing up.

It was over as soon
as the war ended.

No. The war
didn't end.

The war ain't ever
gonna end.

This has got nothing
to do with politics,

the merchandise
in my car.

This is just,
artie's pissed.

Artie's pissed...

'cause artie's jealous.

And artie's jealous...

'cause you want me.

And I sure want you.

That's a bad

And sooner or later,
that's going to blow up.

You know,
I feel sorry for you.

I do.

You're a 46-year-old

Everything has to be
your way, doesn't it?

When you want it,
where you want it.

You're not a revolutionary.

No. That requires more
than playing with guns

or with yourself.

It requires compassion,

Hey! You judgin' me?


No. You judge
yourself, lady.

You're living like
some kind of silly-ass,

suburban housewife!

You're living a lie...

Just like you've said.

Why don't you just take this
little norman rockwell family

and turn them in?

Feds will be glad
to get them.

You can get
the fuck out.

I wish I could.

Now get out.

You ok, mom?


I'm fine.

Go to bed.

♪♪ pretty woman ♪♪

♪♪ walkin' down the street ♪♪

♪♪ pretty woman ♪♪

♪♪ the kind
i'd like to meet ♪♪

♪♪ pretty woman ♪♪

♪♪ I don't believe you ♪♪

♪♪ you're not
the truth ♪♪

♪♪ no one could look
as good as you ♪♪

♪♪ pretty woman ♪♪

♪♪ won't you
pardon me? ♪♪

♪♪ pretty woman ♪♪

♪♪ I--I couldn't
help but see ♪♪

♪♪ pretty woman ♪♪

♪♪ that you look
lovely as can be ♪♪

♪♪ are you lonely
just like me? ♪♪


I am not paul.
I am not paul!

I am ar--ar--

Come in.

Don't call me paul.
I am arthur.

Shh! Shh! Shh!

I am arthur!

I am arthur eli pope!


What's the matter
with dad?

He's been drinking.

Born in plattsburg,
new york,

july 16, 1944.

U.s. Citizen!

My mother's mai--

Maiden name
is silbowitz.

My father's real name
is popov. Morris popov.

Driver's license number
is 4357...




My draft number
is ms89...


My name is...pope.

It's ok.

You said walk,
not hike.

Are you tired?


It's beautiful.


I was really surprised
when you called me.


I wasn't sure
if you liked me or not.

Sometimes you'


Well, I'm not
too sure

if you like me,

Take it on faith.

I usually don't follow
people I don't like

for 10 miles into
the middle of the woods.

Why are you
so angry?

That's wit, not anger.

You scare
a lot of people.

Who besides you?

A lot of people
scare me.

Who scares you?

People who are nice,
like my parents.

What's wrong
with being nice?

Well, let's
put it like this.

My mother
is really nice.

She never does anything
wrong or mean.

She even gives her
old clothes to the maid,

but she doesn't really
want to know her.

In 10 years,

she's never even
seen betty's husband.

He waits in the car
when he picks her up.

Well, your father's
sure not like that.

Why? Because he plays
madonna in class?

What does he know
about you

except that you're good
on the piano?

They see
what they want to see,

and they block out
everything else.

They don't seem to
get in your way.

It's their way

of not believing
who I really am.

They think eventually
i'll turn back into

the little girl
in the picture on the piano.

And what do you think? really
want to know?

I think that
i'll go to new york

and I'll learn
to write,

and that I'll come home
every christmas

and everyone
will be really polite.

That doesn't sound so bad.

Maybe not, but I'm not
in new york yet.

So what about you?

I don't know
a thing about you.

You might as well
have sprung full-grown

out of the head
of zeus.

Who are your parents?
Ozzie and harriet?

Yeah, sometimes.

Do I get to
meet them

and see how you
came out so perfect?

I showed you mine.
You show me yours.

I guess this is
the end of the rest stop.

What did I say?

I thought it'd be
nicer down here.

You don't transmit
too much information.


I said,
you don't transmit

too much information.


So what
are you doing

over the summer?

I have a job
pumping gas.

You finally got the supreme
court to hear your case, huh?


What about you?

I don't know.

You thought it'd
be nicer over here?


What are you doing?

I'm looking for something
for my mom's birthday.

Oh, yeah?

In case somebody
left a cuisinart

on the beach?

It has to be something
you make or find.

When's her birthday?

Next week.

That's beautiful.

It's for your mother.

You give it to her.


It must be nicer
over there.

Here. Chop these.

No, no, no, watch.

Watch. Move.

You hold the knife,
and you just do that.

That's neat.
Let me try.

No, no.
I'm a vegetarian.

I don't want pieces

of tiny fingers
in my stew.

Were you
expecting someone?


I'm lorna.

Michael invited me.

Oh, well, uh...
Come in.


Your friend's



Can I help?

No. No. It's ok.
Thank you.

You cut
your finger.


Is this
your girlfriend?

Hi. I'm stephen.

Oh, that was
delicious, babe.

You outdid

It's pilgrim food
for my very own w.a.s.p.,

but you must
forgive me, darling.

I couldn't make
one of those jell-o molds.

Ha ha ha!

You're forgiven
this time.

And now for
the piece de resistance.

Let me, dad.

You're under arrest.


Now, look at this,

you've got it

all over
your bellybutton.

I'm old enough to set
the house on fire.

♪♪ happy birthday to you ♪♪

♪♪ happy birthday to you ♪♪

♪♪ happy birthday, dear sam ♪♪

♪♪ happy birthday to you ♪♪

hey, yeah.


All right!

I'm sorry. I thought your
mother's name was cynthia.

On birthdays,
we're all sam.

It's a little family
tradition resulting from

a particularly good
lsd trip I took in 1968.

Ha ha ha!

More wine, hmm?

Give me a break.

In europe,
kids drink wine.

Get your mother
her present

before I call
alcoholics anonymous.




Oh, it's just
what I wanted.





What is that--
A butterfly?

No. It's a whale
of a present.

Ha ha ha!

I'll play it
for you sometime.

Here. This is, uh...

From lorna.

Oh, that's beautiful.

Thank you, lorna.

Oh, look at that. get later.

You bet. Ha!

On your feet.

Here. Let me help.

I like her.

I like her, too.

I know.

...bringing you
james taylor.

♪♪ just yesterday mornin' ♪♪

♪♪ they let me know
you were gone ♪♪

♪♪ suzanne, the plans they made
put an end to you ♪♪

♪♪ I walked out
this morning ♪♪

♪♪ and I wrote down
this song ♪♪

♪♪ I just can't remember
who to send it to ♪♪

♪♪ I've seen fire,
and I've seen rain ♪♪

♪♪ I've seen sunny days
that I thought would never end ♪♪

♪♪ I've seen lonely times
when I could not find a friend ♪♪

you sure this is
a phillips' kid?

They didn't switch you
at the hospital, did they?

♪♪ won't you look down
upon me, jesus? ♪♪

♪♪ you got to help me
make a stand ♪♪

♪♪ just got to see me
through another day ♪♪

♪♪ my body's achin',
and my time is at hand ♪♪

♪♪ I won't make it
any other way ♪♪

ha ha!

♪♪ oh, I've seen fire,
and I've seen rain ♪♪

♪♪ I've seen sunny days
that I thought would never end ♪♪

♪♪ I've seen lonely times
when I could not find a friend ♪♪

sing it, honey.

♪♪ but I always thought
that I'd see you again ♪♪

I can't believe
how incredible they are.

Ha ha ha!

Do you know what
my mother would do

if I gave her a shell
for her birthday?

They're ok.

you all over--

Afraid to commit

I thought
it was just me.

I'm very happy
with you.

I'm very happy
with you, too.

Ha ha ha!

It's ok.
I want to.

You weren't in cooking.

You noticed.

Where were you?

I cut.


Because I didn't
want to see you.

Come on in.

Good play!

Hey, manfield, can I talk
to you for a minute?

You don't have to
look so anxious.

I want to talk to you
about your college plans.

I was thinking
of taking a year off,

maybe traveling
to europe.

I think you ought to make
an application.

I'd like you to consider
applying to juilliard.

Early admission.

I looked
at your records.

You should have
no trouble getting in.

There's nothing in your file
from your old school.

It was lost
when we moved.

When it comes through,
i'd like to see it.

In the meantime,
you look at that.

I'd be happy
to write you

a letter
of recommendation.

Thank you.

Get back to me
when you've looked at it.


Shh. You wouldn't
talk to me.

Now get up,
go down the stairs,

and out
the back door.

Be quiet!

I'll be right
behind you.

I'm barefoot.


Sit down.

What am I doing?

I just wanted to
talk to you.

You wouldn't listen
the other day at school.

I couldn't stay
with you that night...

Not because
I didn't want to.


If you want to go back,
it's fine with me.

You're a bully.


I'm a liar.

My name
isn't michael.

It's danny.

My parents are
arthur and annie pope.

They're in trouble
with the fbi

for blowing up a napalm
laboratory in 1971.

A man was
almost killed--

A janitor who wasn't
supposed to be there.

We put sam
on all the birthday cakes

because we change our names
every time we move.

I've been doing this
since I was 2.

I don't know
any other way.

I wanted to tell you
that I was sorry.

I wanted to explain
why I can't talk

about a lot of things
like college.

I can't go to college.
I can't leave them,

and I wanted
to tell you

why I couldn't
be with you--

Not without
your knowing.

I didn't want to
lie to you.

I have no right
in telling this to you.

It's dangerous for you,
and it's dangerous for them,

but I'm sorry. I just
couldn't stop myself.

You can do
what you want.

Tell your dad.
Anything. I don't care.

I just needed you
to know.

I don't know
what I'm doing...

And I love you.

I love you.

What do I call you?

Nothing changes.

And they really
don't want you

to go
to school, huh?

We haven't talked
about it.

I can't ask them.

Why not?

It would mean
breaking up the family

and not seeing
them again.

They don't have
anything else.

I can't believe
they want you to give up

your whole life
to stay with them.

You know, talk to them.
They'll understand.

You have a lot of
secrets, don't you?

And now you have
another one.

Been to see lorna?

I like
that one, huh?

She's full
of beans.

Ha ha ha.

You really like her,
don't you?

Well, the smart ones
are always the best.

You sleeping
with her?



Go ahead.
Hit the sack.

You got school


So how long have you
been playing violin

after you stopped
thinking seriously of piano?

About five years.

When did you come
to the states?

In 1980.

All right.
Thank you very much.

Mr. Manfield?

We're ready
for you now.

Who did you say
you studied with?

Edward phillips.

Where was this?


New jersey?


We don't have
all your records.

There was a school fire
at my old school,

and the records
were lost.

We only moved
to new jersey this year.

You've only studied
with Mr. Phillips

for a short time?

Yes, ma'am.

Who else have
you worked with?

Oh, a lot
of different people.

No one important.

See, we move a lot.

You'll have to supply us
with s.a.t. Scores,

and we'll have to have
those records.


Mr. Manfield?

Oh, sorry.

You are very talented...

You know?


A cheese pizza
for Mrs. Patterson.

I don't think Mrs. Patterson
ordered a pizza.

Well, is this
murray hill 6-8434?


Then someone
ordered it.

Just a minute.

What's this
about a pizza?

Well, you ordered one.

I didn't.

Will you have to
pay for it?

Oh, no. I'll
have to eat it.

Eat it? Ha ha ha!

I really don't care.
Hold on.

Could you knock
next time?


I have to go. Bye.

I was wondering
if michael mentioned

anything to you
about his old school.

Not much. Why?

Well, they never
sent his records.


The school has
no record of him.

They probably got eaten
by a computer or something.

They don't have a computer
in blue hill, kentucky.

What are you
on his case for?

We don't know
anything about him.

So he's
an ax murderer.

I thought he was
the best student

you ever had.

He is, but that doesn't explain
his missing records.

You want to know
who he is, talk to him.

He's a person!

He's not
a computer print-out.

Would you please
close the door?

Mrs. Manfield?


Thank you
for coming.

Would you like
some coffee?

No, thanks.

I want to talk to
you about michael.

I didn't want to
meet at school.

He's been upset
lately and nervous,

and I thought maybe

there was something
at home.


I know these things
are private.

I thought
I could help.

But there isn't
anything, really.

Maybe he's worried
about juilliard.


You know
about his plans?


And you
don't object?


They were very impressed
with his audition.


They're prepared
to take him

just as soon as they
get his records.

Well, he'll have to go
then, won't he?

Is there
a financial problem?

Yeah, well, we're not
the rockefellers.

He could be worried
about that.

We always manage.

He could get
a scholarship.

He's very talented.

We don't have much,
but we care about our kids.

I'm sure you do.

Has he ever had
a serious teacher?

How has he gotten
this far?

Well, I don't know.
He picks it up.

We move around
a lot. Why?

Blue hill has no record
of michael manfield.


Oh! Ha ha ha!

That's because
he wasn't registered there

under manfield.

I was married before.
Paul adopted him.

It took until this year
to adopt him legally.

He's under
my old husband's name.

He can't finish
his application

without those records.

I'll get them.

They won't release them
to anyone but parents.

I'll get them,
all right?

All right.

Now if you'll
excuse me.


What's wrong, mom?


Ha ha!

I just love you.




Got to go pick up
your father.

You like it?

I traded the van
in for it.

It's more practical.

it keeps them guessing.

What's up, sam?

Don't call me that.


Danny's applied
to college.



How do you know?


He wants him to go.

Why doesn't he keep
his goddamn nose

out of our business?

Because he thinks
he's talented.

Has danny told you
about this?


What are we
going to do?


fucking shit!

Why can't he go?

We'll never
see him again.

We could arrange
to meet him.

Is that what
you want?

10 minutes
in an airport

and the fbi
all over his ass?

You want him
in phone booths

like my parents,

only connecting
through the network?

I don't think so.

If he goes,

we're never going
to see him again,

and that is
unacceptable to me.

I never even
let myself

think about this.

God, I was so stupid.

All I wanted was that
we would be together.

We should've left danny
with my mother.

We never
should've had harry.

Stop it.

I can't, arthur.

Look what
we're doing to them.

They've been running
their whole lives,

and they
didn't do anything.

It isn't fair.

It isn't
goddamn fair.

They've taken
some bumps.

It won't help
to beat yourself up.

Look at them,
for god's sakes.

Look at those kids.
They're magnificent.

Huh? They're beautiful

and bright and caring.

How badly
could we have done?

We should
turn ourselves in.

So we can
sit in prison

for the next
15 years

and look at the kids
through bars?

You can only
get through this

one day, one hour
at a time.

That's what
i'm doing, arthur.

And danny's
all grown-up.

We have to
let him go.

Ahh! This tooth
is killing me.

I think
I lost a filling.

Better go see jonah.

I'll take a bus.

I always worry when you
go into the city.


That's where
they get everyone.

It's been quiet.

Sometimes it gets
too quiet.

Remember what you said
when the kids were small?

Don't worry, unless you
don't hear anything.

Be careful, right?

Ha ha ha!


I don't
see anything,

and there's nothing
on the x-ray.

I'm not complaining.

You need anything else?


No, thanks.
We're ok.

I'm working
for a g.p.

How about cash?


If you'd
give me some notice,

I could arrange
to have more.

Oh, no.
This is great.


You always make me
feel so guilty.


You're living it.

Yeah, I guess I am.

Jonah, um...

I need you to make
a phone call for me.

Of course.


Hi, dad.

I asked jonah
to set this up.

You can call the cops
if you want to.

Look, um...

I'm sorry.

This is hard
for me, too.

Will madame
have a drink?

No, thank you.

I wonder if you'll ever
know what it's like

not to see your child
for 14 years.


Not knowing whether
she's living or dead.

Not knowing...

Whether that child
is responsible

for the death and mutilation
of other human beings...

Whether to hold
yourself responsible

for that death
and mutilation

'cause it is your child

that's pulling the triggers,
setting the bombs--

I didn't
kill anybody.

Look, I didn't
come here

to defend myself
or talk politics.

If you don't
believe by now

that what I did
was to stop the war,

nothing will
make you understand.

A man was blinded
and paralyzed.

He wasn't supposed
to be there.

Don't you think

I would've blinded
and paralyzed myself

to take that back?

It's all
arthur's influence--

No, dad, it isn't.

It was my idea.

I'm living with
the consequences.

I don't believe it.

That's your problem.

Your mother and me...

Do you ever
think about us?

Do you really
have to ask that?


The last thing
I remember you saying to me

was that I was
an imperialist pig,

personally responsible
for the war,

the spread of poverty,


I was young.


Yeah, you were young...

And talented...

And beautiful...

So full of love.

My god, annie,

why did you
throw it all away?

Your mother
misses you terribly.

And danny.

Will you take him, dad?

He wants
to study music.

He's good.

They want him
at juilliard.

Just like they wanted you.

You still have
that practice board?

So far.

Danny learned
to play piano on it.

So you taught him?

There's some irony
in this,

don't you think, annie?

Here you are...

Asking me
to take danny...

Into a life...

That you ran from
like a shot out of hell.

This what he wants?

I think so.

Got himself an audition
without telling me.

He'll need money and
people to care for him.

Don't you think
this is too much to ask?

Hardly know the boy.

If we take him...

There'll be fbi agents

following us
everywhere we go.

You'll never
be able to see him.

We're too old
for this.


I think it's
too much to ask.

I have another son.

He's 10.


Heard about it
on the news.

I plan to
turn myself in

when he's...

When he doesn't
need me anymore.

When he's old enough.

And arthur?

I can't
speak for him.

think about this.


I should go.


He can come to us.


Tell mom
that I love her...

That I thought about
you both so often...

And I've called out
to you.

I'm sorry that
I've caused you

so much pain.

I guess
i'm about to see

what it feels like.

I love you, dad.

I saw my father.

You what?

I saw donald.

You just walked
into his office

and sat down
at his desk?

No, I had lunch
with him

at la petite marmite.

What for?

To see
if he'd take danny.

Take danny?

So he can
go to college.

You're kidding.

He said he would.

He said he would?

Do you know
what could have happened?

Did phillips
put you up to this?

No, nobody put me
up to this.

It's not
about phillips.

It's about danny.

He wants to go.
He applied.

He went
to an audition.

He went
fucking where?


I don't
believe my ears.

Just give him a chance.

I'll see if deborah

can make him up
some records.


The school I put
on the registration form

told phillips there was
no michael manfield.

It's going to be ok.

He can get records
in time.

We're moving
base camp, kids.

You have a few days,
and we're gone.

Cover your tracks.

You hear me?

Do you have anything
you want to tell me?



My father
wants to move on.


He gets a sense.

Just like that?

Just like that.



just disappear?

What about us?

They need me.

I need you.

You didn't
talk to them?

You can't keep running
away from something

you had nothing
to do with.

You deserve
your own chance.

I want to
talk to you.

There's nothing
to talk about.

You were letting
your feelings

affect your judgment.

it's academic.

Nobody will talk.

You don't know that.

They'll try
to pick up

they can now.

We're finished here.

We can close up
shop slowly, can't we?

We'll have to.

we'll attract attention.

Everybody goes to work
and school until further notice.

If there's a problem,

meet at the picnic area
near route 80.

Stay calm.

Hey, dad, can I talk
to you a minute?

Not now.

I was thinking
about staying.

Don't you
have school?

In half an hour.

I want to stay.


This isn't a good time
to discuss this.

We can't talk now.

We're in trouble here.

I taught you!

I taught you!
We cannot break rank.

A unit is as good
as its weakest link.

We're a unit!

I taught you all of this.
Don't you remember that?

I don't want to hear you
talking about this

in front of your mother
or your brother.

Do you hear me?

Are we finished
talking about this now?

Mrs. Taylor?

Just remove everything
and put on the gown.

The doctor will see you
in a few minutes.

All right.

I'll be right back
to weigh you.

Could you help me
with this zipper, dear?

Did you hear what happened
to elizabeth powell?

No, I didn't.

The fbi
came to see her.

The car used in
that bank robbery--

Where they killed
those policemen--

It was rented
with her credit card.

Can you believe it?

How could they
have got it?

She never even
uses it herself.

That's how come
she didn't notice

it was gone.

Those people are
crooks, Mrs. Taylor.

They probably
took her name

from the phone book

and made up
a false card.

Imagine the luck.

paul manfield, please.

His wife.

We're in a hurry.

Gus took plastic
from one of my patients.

He used it
to rent the car.

Uh, frankie?

I'm going out
for a smoke.

Are we
in a hurry, mom?

Yeah, we have to
get danny.

I hope your husband's
all right.

Thank you.

Ok, let's go.

Mom, I'll meet
you there.

We don't
have much time.

I'll meet you there.

Salinger uses imagery
in catcher in the rye--

Excuse me.


Mr. Mcguire would like
to see lorna phillips.

Did he
send a note?

No, ma'am.

Ms. Phillips?

We're leaving.

You didn't ask them?

I did.

Artie fell apart.

He didn't
make any sense.

Without us,
he can't keep it going.

He needs us
to hold him up.

All families break up.

Why do you have to
carry the burden

of someone else's life?

He's my father.

I love you.

But I have to go.

I don't know how
to say good-bye.

Well, don't.

...had control problems.

He's looking
to the bullpen.

Where is he?

He'll be here.

He's saying good-bye
to his girlfriend.

Jamie moyer will...

He knows better
than this.

...a pitching change
for the cubs.

We'll be back
after this pause.

This is bob stone
with a z-90 newsbreak.

New jersey police
report the death

of liberation army member
gus winant,

at large after the bank robbery
yesterday afternoon.

He was shot
near waterford,

where he had
stolen a car

and was attempting
to flee.

More at 5:00.

We return you now
to the ball game.

Lance parrish, hitting...

Get the bike
out of the back.

Now, get on it.

What are you
talking about, dad?

Get on the bike.

You're on
your own, kid.

I want you to
go to juilliard.

But, dad, I want to
go with you.

We'll see you again.

You can be sure.

Your mother has arranged things
with your grandfather.

All right? Call him.

And I think

you have some
friends around here.

I love you, baby.

We all love you.

Now go out there
and make a difference.

Your mother and I tried.

And don't let anyone
tell you any different.

♪♪ so look down
upon me, jesus ♪♪

♪♪ you gotta
help me make a stand ♪♪

♪♪ just got to
see me through another day ♪♪

bye, danny!

♪♪ my body's achin',
and my time is at hand ♪♪

♪♪ I won't make it
any other way ♪♪

ha ha!

♪♪ oh, I've seen fire,
and I've seen rain ♪♪

♪♪ I've seen sunny days
that I thought would never end ♪♪

♪♪ I've seen lonely times
when I could not find a friend ♪♪

sing it, honey!
Ha ha ha!

♪♪ but I always thought
that I'd see you again ♪♪