The Todd Killings (1971) - full transcript

Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmid ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of high school kids in a small California town. Girls find him attractive and are only too willing to accompany him to a nearby desert area to be his "girl for the night." Not all of them return, however. Featuring Richard Thomas as his loyal hanger-on and a colorful assortment of familiar actors in vivid character roles including Barbara Bel Geddes, Gloria Grahame, Edward Asner, Fay Spain, James Broderick and Michael Conrad.

[intense music]

[keys clacking]

(male #1)
'What did she look like?'

She's little and...blond.

Uh, she's 15.


What was she wearing
when she disappeared?

Uh, I-I don't know.
She was going to bed.

Do you, uh, know any reason
why she would leave home?

She didn't leave home.
Somebody took her.

[intense music]

Uh, Mrs. Mack, what were your
daughter's personal habits?

She smoke, drink?

- Uh, take narcotics?
- No.

[upbeat music]

Let's split.

Where the hell will we go, man?

Hey, there's that
Paul Newman thing

in the Cactus Desert Drive-in.

Who the hell wants
to look at that old man?

I'll tell you, Eddie,
as a social director

'you're nothin'.'

'There's always Fae.'

Ugh, what? Again?

[intense music]

[all panting]


- Oh.
- Mm.


What the hell are you afraid of?
There's nobody looking.

Is there ever anybody looking?

Come on, come on,
let's get out of here.

(female #1)

Come on, Andy, you can drive.

I can't drive.


You can drive.

Sure, Andy, you can drive.

Hey, Andy, you can drive.

- He can drive.
- He can drive.


- I'll make him drive.
- What else can you do?

Can you drive?


[intense music]

[upbeat music]

Oh, hey, do you know
what Eddie is?

- What?
- He's a Sagittarius.

Hey, did you do a chart
on Skipper?

She's been having wet dreams
about Skipper

for about three weeks now.


I suppose you're not
interested in him.

- I don't.
- Yeah, right, sure, sure, sure.

- Man, I don't.
- Yeah.

I really don't.

I mean, he's weird
and he's too old.

Well, then why do you
keep asking me

to fix you up a date with him?

What are you thinking?


Get lost.


(female #1)
Hey, Andy.

Can you drive like this?


Don't. Come on, I gotta drive.

- What about this?
- Don't. Come on, man.

- Yeah, he can drive.
- Hey, come on, it's alright.


(female #1)
Hey, Andy.

I can also water ski.

- Yay!
- Mm.



[guitar music]

- Hey, stop. Pick him up.
- 'What for?'

'Pick him up!'

Jesus Christ.

What do you always
pick up creeps for?


You going to Darlington?

Hey, you wanna do that again?



Come on, get in.

[guitar music]

- What's your name?
- Billy. Billy Roy.

I like you, Billy.

Andy likes you.

Norma like you.

We like you a lot.

Dig the haircut.

Ah, you've been to reform
school, haven't you, Billy boy?

- Hm.
- Yeah, he's proud of it too.

- What's your bag?
- Me, I'm a professional killer.

She's gone.

And she never left home without
telling me where she was going.

'Can't you understand that?'

Look, uh, you can't blame us

for not getting too upset,
Mrs. Mack.

'They don't wanna stay home
any longer.'

You said you weren't
goin' out tonight.

I changed my mind.

Well, what is it
with the secrets?

I thought we were
going with each other.

Well, what do you want me to do?

I don't want you to do anything.

Will I see you tomorrow night?

You act as though we didn't
even go to bed together.

What does that make us?

[indistinct chatter]

- Hey, check out Joe, man.
- Hey, Skipper.

- Hi, Skipper.
- Hi, Skipper.

Hey, Billy!

- 'Hi, Skipper.'
- 'Hey!'

- 'Hi, Skipper.'
- 'Skipper, hi.'

- Hi, Skipper.
- Hi.

- Hi, Skip.
- Hello.

- Can we have a raw egg?
- What?

A raw egg!
Get me three cups of coffee

and three Rogue beers.

- Hi, Skipper.
- Hi, Skipper.

Oh, there are the gigglers.

Are you feeling naughty
tonight, Skipper?

Um, you're getting
a fine, fine pair, Mindy.

Hi, Skipper.

- Hi.
- Hey.

Hey-hey, Amata.

Hi, remember me?
Billy, Billy Roy.

- I was in your English class.
- Oh, yeah. I remember.

I'm comin' back.

I, uh, dropped out
for a little while.

Oh, well, good.
Uh, see you, Billy.

She turn you on?

I'll get her to ball you.


- Peyote.
- 'Help yourself.'

- Where'd you get the lights?
- LA.

What do you do
with so many books?

The only thing I ever read all
the way through was "Dracula."

[beats drum]

You're a born loser.

I like born losers.

I pick them out,
I'm nice to them.

It's, it's the thing with me.

What are you, a winner?

Well, I try
to hang words together

'in all the strung-out spaces.'

[strums guitar]

♪ I kill tonight Billy ♪

♪ Di di di di di ♪

♪ Ta da da da dum ♪

♪ Di di di ♪

♪ Then bury them out
in the sand ♪

What's that?

I told you that
I killed somebody tonight.

You didn't think I meant it.
I did.

(male #2)
Do you have relations with men?

I try not to.

But sometimes there's a guy
who's really sweet.

It's so easy, um..

We're both men.
We both know where it's at.

It's not personal.
You're not giving anything away.

I'll only be a minute.

Good morning!

Hello, ladies!


How do you do?


Hi. How's it goin'?

- Hi.
- Hi.

Well, what did they, what did
they bring in you here for?

Uh, my eyes went bad on me.

Uh, but I can still
take care of myself.

I told them
I could take care of myself.


It's all set.

Well, I-I-I don't like it.

Well, don't worry about it.

'You're gonna be okay here,

Sure, everything
will be alright here, dad.

Goodbye, dad.

Welcome to your new home,
Mr. Carpenter.

- Morning, Skipper.
- Hello, mother.

If you just follow me, please

we'll get you settled.

This way.

The routine's
really very simple.

Rise at 7:00,
breakfast at 8:00

and then you can spend the rest
of the morning pretty much--

(male #3)
Uh, Miss Todd.

Miss Todd, I, I wanted
to go to Tijuana today.

I wanted to go to the bullfight.
I-I've never seen them.

- Mister--
- And I-I want to see 'em.

Mr. Robinson, you'll have
to wait for your son to come.

- He'll take you to Tijuana.
- But he never comes.

He's missed
the last three visitor's days.

Uh, it's an excursion.
It doesn't cost a lot of money.

If you could just let me
have 15 bucks.

Mr. Robinson,
this is Mr. Carpenter.

He's gonna be with us a while.
Why don't you show him around?

Well, what kind of a place
is this, anyway?

You can't loan me 15 bucks.

Mr. Robinson, I'm trying to be
as charitable as I can.

Your son
hasn't only missed coming

he's also missed
the last two payments on you.


- Hey.
- Hey, what?

I need my weekly allowance
in advance.

- You do, do you?
- Uh-huh.

You ever think of getting a job?


You think the Lord put me on
this Earth just to support you?

Yes, I do.

I want you working, Steven.

Oh, not again, please.

No, I mean it, Steven.
I'm not kidding.

I want you to go to work.

Now that juice comes
to 40 cents a quart, young man.

So drink up.

Come on. Drink.

I never liked
that frozen crap myself.

I want my allowance instantly.

If I do not get it instantly

in fact if I do not get it
four seconds flat

I will..


- Hm. Mm-hmm.
- Hm.

I think you're capable of that.


- Ooh, thanks, beautiful.
- Okay, rent.

Oh, for Christ's sake.

Why must we go through
this charade all the time?

Because I want you to learn
the value of a dollar.

Oh, well, I'll never learn that.
You know it for me.

That's not a very neat bed,
Mr. Miller.

We can do better than that.

- This Carpenter?
- Yeah.

We could use a little of your
help around here, you know.

Robbing the cadavers?

I'd rather die
than make my living that way.

How do you think you're living
if not on them?

We all make our living
doing things like that.

That's what life is all about.

- Mr. Robinson.
- Huh?


Hope they have some good bulls
in Tijuana.

Thank you, boy. See, I di..

You know, 20 years ago,
they had a big whore house

down there that was that dandy.

- Yeah?
- Lot of girls.

Lot of pretty girls.



Billy! Billy boy.

Why didn't you tell me
you were gettin' out?

I would've picked you up.

Oh, I didn't, I didn't find out
till the last minute.

Well, I'm just a friend
of Billy boy's.

Well, come on in. Come on.

- Let me look at you.
- Skipper Todd.

Well, what did they
feed you there?

Didn't, did they,
didn't they feed you?

They, yeah, they fed us.

But you've lost so much weight.

He never eats and..

Uh, unless somebody
watches him and then

and then it's peanut butter
or tuna fish sandwiches.

Oh, that's a problem among
all young people, Mrs. Roy.



Oh, Billy.

Well, how are things
at the garage?

Well, they're, they're fine.

They're, they're,
they're just fine.

He'd be there the rest
of his life if they let him.

I gotta take care of something.

Oh, no, no, Billy.
Billy, where are you going?

Uh, somewhere.

Well, I was going
to give you some lunch.

I'll be right back.

Uh, Fred, Fred, talk to him.

Well, maybe he just
wants to look around.

It's been a long time
since he's been around, honey.

Who does th-these water colors?

Oh, I, I take a class at the Y.

Well, I like your work,
Mrs. Roy. Uh..

Hey, that's Billy, isn't it?

That's right.

Let's split.

Well, it's been a pleasure,
Mrs. Roy. And you, sir.

- Goodbye.
- Bye-bye.



Well, nice boy.

Yes, yes, a very nice boy.

(woman on speaker)
'What was that last thing?'

A cheese burger, a root beer

a French fry and a fried dildo.

(woman on speaker)
'Smart ass.'

Sure you don't want somethin'?

What are you so uptight about?

I'm uptight.

Yeah, I know. But why?

'Cause I hurt them
by getting sent up there.

But what do I about it?

I can't talk to them.

Of course, you can.
What's there to talk about?

You know what I smell
in your house, Billy?

It's, it's the ugliest smell
in the world.

Just stale dreams.

Your man's workin' in a garage.

That's alright because
that's what he was meant to do.

But it's not alright
with your old lady, is it?

'Cause she's still stuck
with her stale dreams.

Uh, dreams she gets out
of better homes and gardens.

A color TV, which your father
hasn't paid for yet.

Anyway, she's gonna cool out

if she sees the possibility
of a still white house

and a little black maid.

Are your folks any better?

Hell, no. They're worse.

My old lady is part
of one of the prime

occupations of Darlington.

Give your parents away.

Ever since I was a little kid

I've watched them
bring those old folks around.

Get them out
of our sensitive eyesight

because they're wrinkled
and need care.

They pretend charity and love.

But they're murderers.

They're liars.

That's what
this whole society is about.

No more civil rights,
sheer hatred.

'Spiro Agnew can board it.'

'Angela Davis.'

This rat bucket is sinkin'
and everybody knows it.

So groove.

[indistinct chatter]

Uh, listen,
couple of cheese burgers.

Hold the secret sauce, huh?

Fetch, Eddie, fetch.

Hey, kill, Eddie baby.

- Hey, Skipper.
- How's it going, man?

Where's Eddie going?

I think the little dude's
just searching

for his manhood over there.

[girls laughing]



Fae! Fae, come here.

One, two.

[indistinct shouting]


Anything interesting happening?

(male #4)
'Amata just showed up.'

'Just as always,
Robbie at 12 o'clock.'

Yeah, but, uh,
she don't like to be chased.

She likes to, uh,
do the chasing, man.

You think
you can handle that, Skipper?

- You know it.
- Where'd you go last night?

I was showin' this rube
some sights.


Okay. You said you're gonna
help me make it with her.

You would pick the only virgin
in Darlington.

- Hey, hello, Amata.
- Hi.

- How's it going?
- Okay.

- Wow. Great tan you've got.
- Thank you.

Hey, you're really sticking out
in the sun.

- Thank you.
- Now what's this?

Oh, lotion. Here, I gotta
give you a hand with that.

You don't wanna lose the tan.
Oh, sit down there.

Hey, Billy, come here!



- 'Nice, nice.'
- 'Isn't that nice?'

- 'I like that.'
- 'Well, if you like some more.'

- 'Ooh.'
- 'How you doin', man?'

- Amata.
- Yeah?

You know Billy here, don't you?

- You're going to.
- Yeah, sure. Hi.

- Hi.
- Here.

He's the best sun tan
lotion applier in the business.

Go to it.

Goodbye, Skip.

Thank you.


Jackie, cut it out.



Hey, Robbie,
uh, Skipper's interested.

Why don't you come on over?

If he's that interested,
let him come over himself.

He said he wants to see you.

- How much did he pay you?
- What do you mean?

I mean, he'd have to go pretty
far to find that good a pimp.


She's not interested.

Say something to Robbie.


Say something, Eddie.

Shake it, Robbie!

[boys laughing]

(male #2)
Exactly what are your feelings
towards these girls?

Well, I could sleep with them
once because it degrades them.

It...makes them all dirty.

The worst thing about it is,
is if you meet a chick

who isn't bad,
you can't screw at all

because you don't
wanna make her dirty.


'Nice view.'

Jackie, why don't you
go over to Cindy's?

Okay. You tell mother
where I've gone, alright?

How does it feel
to look down at us plebeians

at the bottom of the hill?

You actually came to see me
without any of your baby pimps?

Wow. How do I rate this honor?

Oh, I just loved
your performance at the pool.


So you're the one
who rides the dune buggy

and services
all the little girls, huh?

Oh, yes. Speaking of little
girls, how old are you?

- Sixteen.
- Hm.

Just about your speed, too,
isn't it?

Ah-huh. Uh, it's a good age.

It's a little over the hill
these days, but it will do.

- How old are you?
- Twenty three.

Why don't you do something
besides hanging around the pool?

I'm a songwriter. I'm-I'm gonna
mortalize all of us here.

Want a drink?

Uh, sure.

You know,
it's interesting to see

what turns on
all the little girls.

- Mm-hm.
- What do you think it is?

Is it because you're a creep?


Or is it
because you're dangerous?

Uh, it's some of each.

Sue Ellen's mother
goes around saying that

you're responsible
for her disappearance.

Mm-hm. Well, what do you think?

Wouldn't be surprised.

Well, I'll do everything I can
to keep up the surprises.

When are we gonna make it?

Who said we were?

Well, uh, don't punish me.

I mean, there's a lot of guys
who'd had the privileges.

Unless, of course,
they're lying.

Um, are your parents home?

Back any minute.

Ah, well, you can always
catch me at the Renaissance.

Yeah, I know.

[telephone ringing]

'I know Sue Ellen's mother
had you guys pick me up.'

'So I don't blame you.'

'Look, I, I've always
wanted to be a cop'

especially since I was
in the, uh, second grade.

Well, that's, uh, unusual.

Well, you know, I'm an orphan.

Orphans have this thing
about authority figures.

See, kids with parents,
they all wanna be Jesse James

and the kids that are orphans

they all wanna be the sheriff,
you know.

It's stupid, I guess.

God, it's no joke to be a cop
these days, is it?

I mean, you know, you throw
a punch at a lousy commie

protesting the Vietnam War

those damn dirty kids
start carrying signs.


You know, but don't lose heart
because I think

the Supreme Court's gonna start
seeing things your way.

Look, uh, are you puttin' us on?

Puttin' you on?
What do you mean puttin' you on?

We, uh, picked up
your girlfriend, Norma.

She's in the other room.

She told us everything.


Yeah, I mean what you did
with Sue Ellen.

'Now why would your girlfriend
wanna tell lies about you?'

For revenge. Jealousy.

Hell, you know better than I do.

Women are irrational.

But she didn't really do that,
did she?

But you guys are good.
You're really good.

The timing and everything,
it was..

God, it was great.

Look, uh..

There's talk that you're the,
uh, drug man around town.

Oh, I wish I were.

I mean, if I come across any,
would you fellas like a little?

Look, we've been pretty easy
with you so far.

What's the matter,
don't you like to turn on?

I thought you might.

There's a friend of mine,
Little Mike.

Now he says that
you picked him up one day

and you made a deal with him.

You told him
that you wouldn't bring him in

if he split a kilo with you.

So I thought you were users.

But then maybe you gentlemen
wanna use it

for commercial purposes.

I don't know.

- I think I'm leaving.
- We're not finished.

Are you making charges?
Either book me or let me go.

You're playing
a pretty tough game, kid

and we're gonna get you.

And when we do,
we're gonna bounce on you.

- Hard.
- Real hard.

It's my pleasure, gentlemen.

You have to put 'em on with some
kind of character, you know--

Dig this. I was telling these
chicks that I was an orphan

so that they'd have pity on me.

Now really, they'll go to bed
with you a lot easier

if they got pity on you.

No, really.

You'd be surprised
how powerful an emotion pity is.

Well, anyway, look,
when I was, uh, I was 14

I got into an argument
with my adoptive father

and that's when
he told me the truth.

He said, uh, oh, yeah.

"You ain't one of mine

then you don't act
like one of mine."

- 'Hi, Amata.'
- 'Hi.'

- There she is.
- Alright. Just sit tight.

Dear Amata has consented
to be joining us for a drink.


Listen, Billy,
why don't you two go on up

and I'll join you later
at my cabin?


[intense music]


Is that
your professional blanket?

Come here.

You're not helping me very much.

Does it matter?

What the hell did you
come out here with me for?

Because I was bored stiff.

Get your goddamn clothes on.

Well, don't worry about it.

Nobody's ever made me
feel anything.

Oh, congratulations.

Well, it isn't much of a career
for a 23-year-old man, is it?

I mean, pulling all
the little girls' pants down.


You know,
fornication isn't much

but it's about all
that Darlington has to offer.

And if you can't enjoy that,
then you don't really have

too much to look forward to,
do you?

'I didn't know it was you until
I took out this class picture.'

You were standing
in the row behind me.

Oh, yeah.

I said, of course, it's Amata.

It's always been Amata.

Remember somebody used
to ring your bell

and no one would be there?


- That was me.
- Oh.

I'd do it,
then I'd run behind the car.

I was hopin'
to get a look at you.

But then your aunt
would come to the door

and I wouldn't get
to see you at all.

Hm. Skipper said
he was going to come

but I guess
he isn't going to come.

It used to become
a thing with me

at the sheriff's farm.

I thought about you,
not 'cause you were the most

beautiful girl in my class.

Thank you.

But.. know,
someone like in my class.

Oh, thanks again.

Someone who could be my girl.

'Maybe we could go camping
together some time.'

'You know,
pitch a tent somewhere.'

- 'Hm.'
- 'Maybe have a sleeping bag.'

'It's always..'

when I was most happy..'

'...when I've been alone
in the woods.'

Amata doesn't seem to be
the outdoor type, Billy.

- Hi, Skipper. Hi.
- Hi.

You have a really nice place
here, really nice.

But I was getting kind of bored.
In fact, I was even gonna leave.

Hm, oh, well,
you don't wanna do that.

We're just gonna
have a nice party here.

- Is there something to eat?
- Oh, yeah?

I'll arrange us some grapes.

- Grapes.
- I was kind of hungry.

- Come on in here.
- What's in here?

Come on, get some of those
exotic grapes, huh?

What's in here?

Well, it is something
that'll make you feel very nice.

What, w-what's it gonna
make me feel nice like?

Oh, now don't worry about it.
Just makes you feel very nice.

- I don't want any of that.
- Sniff. Just sniff.

- I don't want anything.
- Come on, sniff it.

Now look, I don't have time
for all that. Sniff it.

- I don't want it, Skipper.
- Sniff it.

No, thank you. No, thank you!

- Sniff it.
- No! No!

Mm, I don't want it.
I don't want it.

Sniff. Come on,
you damn broad, sniff it.


I don't want it.
I don't want it.

I don't..

I don't want it.
I don't want it.

- Don't make me do it again.
- Come on, come on.

I don't want any.

- Go on, get in there.
- What'd you do to her, man?

I gave her some stuff.
Come on.

I don't want her that way.

Oh, don't be an idiot. Go in
again and take her, will you?

Then talk her about nature
and the woods. Go on.

Ah, [indistinct]
You spoiled it all!


Cool it, man.
Cool it. Cool it.

Watch it. Cool it, man.

You don't know
what you're doing.

Now you've been whining
and bitching about that broad.

Now you go in there
and take her.

'Cause if you don't,
I don't care.

That's it. Easy.

Easy, Billy boy.

You don't wanna get hurt, man.

You know what I mean?

[Amata sobs]

'I don't want it.'

'Oh, please.'


[Robbie whispers]
'What are you doing here?'

You know what I'm doing here.

[intense music]

[breathes heavily]

I love you.


I love you.

- Ah.
- 'Ow.'

You hookers are all alike.

You steal a man's wallet
when he's asleep.

- Skipper, that hurts.
- Well, I should hope so.

This trip has been outlawed
in 47 states.


You shouldn't have
come in here, ma.

My God, this must be the end
of little Rico.

Oh, Skipper,
you look just awful.

Must be this wholesome life
I'm leading.


You smoking marijuana?


What's so funny?


I haven't heard that word
since I was ten.

Who the hell asked you to come
in here and clean up, anyway?

Yeah, well, somebody's got to.

Well.. of these days,
you're gonna come in here

when I'm in the sack
with someone.

Then what are you gonna do?

Serve us breakfast on a tray?

You're still seeing that Roberta
what's-her-name all the time?

- So what?
- Oh.

That girl
has a very bad reputation.


Not good enough
for your all-American boy?

Well, like you could be so much
if you wanted to.


[banging on door]

Where is Skipper?
I gotta see him.

'I gotta make him tell me
where she is.'

- Well, where who is?
- Sue Ellen. Where is he?

Well, why? What's happened
to her? What's the matter?

She's gone. She hasn't been home
for over two weeks.

Where is she?
Where is my daughter?

I, look,
she's not here, Mrs. Mack.

Uh, you can take a look around.
Really, she's not here.

You're lying. He's lying!
Look at him.

I haven't seen her
in a long time.

What have you done
to my daughter?

Oh, you son of a bitch!
Where is she?

- Wait a minute.
- Tell me! Tell me!

- Just wait a minute.
- Tell me! Tell me!

- Just a minute.
- Mother.

Don't you dare
talk to my son like that.

If Sue Ellen's gone,
why don't you go to the police?

- They'll find her--
- I went to the police.

And they won't do anything!

Well, if they won't do anything

what do you expect us to do?

Now get out of here
and leave my son alone!


Now go on!


Oh, hey, it's Skipper.

There he is.
Darlington's Tolstoy!

Well, how's the new novel
coming, Sam?

- Not very well.
- Mm.

You just never give up, do you?

Maybe I should.

Oh, no, now don't do that, Sam

because you're our town's
only intellectual.


Uh, sometimes I agree with you.

What about you, Skipper?

You were one of the brightest
students I ever had.

- What are you doing?
- Freaking out.

[girls screaming]

- Hi, Skipper.
- Hi, Skipper.


Whee! Ooh!

Ladies. Oh, Francis,
this is your date. Billy.

(male #2)
'You feel women make demands
on you you can't meet.'

It's almost as though
I could kill them.

Because I can't meet the demands
they make on me.

'Makes me feel terrible.'

- Why?
- Why?

Well, we all have a stake
in Vietnam, don't we?

I mean, those boys
are fighting our fight.

They're trying to help
keep freedom in Asia.

They're honoring our word.

I can't do anything about it
because I'm a..




Oh, he didn't quite
believe me, you know

but he didn't have the guts
to induct me.

What a crappy profession.

- I got it.
- Hey, wait up.

Hey, Tom. Let me have one.


How are things with Amata?

Are you kidding?

I love her, man.


[indistinct chatter]

♪ I buried her out
in the sand Billy ♪

♪ I took her life away ♪

♪ My fingers
around her throat Billy ♪


♪ And then she tried
to scream ♪

'That's it.
Stay away from here.'

I just like to hear your music.

You know what kind of a fan
I am of yours.

You just made murder
sound beautiful, that's all.

'Hey, alright, wait a minute?'

Now what kind of a party
is this?

Come on, have some beer,
have some fun.

Fae, come here.
Do me a favor, will you?

Billy's girl, she's dragging it.
Will you take care of him?

[all laughing]

- Hey, can we watch them?
- Whoo!

Okay, what's bugging you?

Why did you fix up
Billy with Fae?

Hm, why not?
She's a community pig.

People aren't crap.

They do have feelings.

Tell me all about it.

Well, they're not the way
you think they are.

You know, in that last bus stop
my mother runs

you know,
those old guys keep a picture.

You know what it's a picture of?

It's a picture of the person
that sent them there.

That's where it's at.

I'm not gonna put myself on.

- You're not?
- 'Mnh-mnh.'

Where are you at?

And why do you go out
with girls my age?

You're trying to hang on
to your high school glory?

Or are you just afraid
to find out

that you're like everybody else?

Screw you.

There's no love?

There's nothing?

It's crap. You're just, you're
living the way you wanna live.

Then why did you buy me
the boots?

I don't know why the hell
I bought you the boots.

Alright, you can take them back
if you're sore at me.

'What are you doing?'

Come on in the house.

Come on. Come on in.

Alright, you don't come
in the house, we're through.

(male #5)
'"Moby-Dick" is the story
of the hunt for a whale'

'but it is much, much more.'

'It is a story of revenge'


'and self-destruction.'

'I think I mentioned last week
the story of the, uh, whaler'

'who left New Bedford,

'on a whaling trip
of three years'

'and his ship was sunk'

by an enormous whale,
not a white whale.

Well, he survived that journey
after about 26 days

in the open sea
and he wrote a diary.

And it was from this diary
that Melville got the idea

'for "Moby-Dick."'

'"Moby-Dick" is written
on many levels.'

'It has a kinship
to "Don Quixote"'

'and later on'

with Hemingway's
"The Old Man And The Sea."

In-incidentally, if any of you
want a copy of that, uh, diary

I can get it if you leave
your name with Mrs. Roy

and $1.95.

You got $1.95?

I'll bring it in next week.

'The character of Ahab is
perhaps one of the most vivid'

'and larger-than-life characters
in all fiction.'

Hi there.
I think Billy's still asleep.

Oh, what, what's going
on here, Mrs. Roy?

This is a home extension course
in a novel.

We get together
at a different house every week.

- I'll go wake up Billy.
- Oh, no, no, no, no.

You're shelling out good money
for this cause.

You go right over there and sit
down and get your money's worth.


(male #5)
'The test of the great novel'

'is the universality
and timelessness'

'and the issues raised
in "Moby-Dick"'

'can easily
be placed in context'

'in these violent times
of 1970.'

'I think we can sum it up
this way.'

"Moby-Dick" possess more
than one level of reality

because it seeks to develop more
than one level of consciousness.

'Now I think our hour
is just about up so, uh..'

'...for next week,
I think we should all have read'

'through the chapter
on The Whiteness Of The Whale.'

Any quick questions
before I'm lured off

by industry
into a higher-paying job?


Sir, I have a question.

Yes, Skipper?

Well, don't you think
that Herman Melville was a fag?



Any more questions?

'If not,
I'll see you all next week.'

Oh, you're gorgeous, Sam,
you really are.

Melville in Darlington.

You're giving them the
significance of the white whale

and they're going home
and playing with themselves

thinking of the young,
handsome teacher.


Goodbye, Mr. Goodwin,
and thank you.

- Pleasure.
- I'll go wake up Billy now.

Still keeping up
the watercolors, Mrs. Roy.

Mustn't let that
home team down.

Why? Why, Skipper?

Why are you putting her on?

Don't you think she knows
you're putting her on?

- So what?
- Well, listen, man.

Who gives you credentials
to go around

hurting people's feelings?

We're all going through
the same crap, boy.

- Mnh-mnh. Not me.
- Listen.

Those women are trying.

They're pathetic,
but they're trying.

They've been sentenced to death.

Now they are appealing
their conviction.

What are you doing?

What are you contributing
to this society?

This society?

I wouldn't contribute
my fingernails to this society.

Now all I wanna see
is this society

out of the way
and down the tube.

Oh, it's great, it's great.
Are you a communist?

A hippie?

Black Panther?

Are you setting bombs
on the city hall?

Are you organizing
gorillas up on the hills?

What's your plan, Skipper?

I'm a musician for one thing.
I write songs for another.

Does it support you?

Uh, it-it will
one of these days.

I believe you're supported
by the old people's home

your mother operates.

You know, you're so square,
you're quaint.

Am I? I guess I am.

for Eugene McCarthy?

I still like McCarthy.

Kids of today scare
the crap out of you, Sam.

I think they're wonderful.

The ones
who are protesting the war

the ones who are going to jail
for their beliefs.

What are you doing?

You're probably the backwash.

We're going through
a revolution.

There's always the backwash.

Ones who are going through
terrible convulsions

because they're dead.

They're left behind.

You wanna be
a one-man revolution

but you are the epitome
of everything you hate.

You're more bourgeois
than any of these ladies.

And more pitiful.

Hey, Skipper!

Hey, Skipper!


Hey, Skipper.

You ought to talk to Perry
about Robbie.

He scored her first night.

Now you're not serious
about her, are you, Skipper?

Look, I'm not serious
about anyone.

Now what the hell difference
does it make to me?

He turned green.
You really turned green!

You can do better, Skipper.
Believe me, you can do better.

Look, I got things on my mind.

Okay, I give her two weeks.

Hey, babe, what's with Roberta?
Do you really dig her?

Oh, now what do you think?
Come on, give me the jacket.

Hey, stud.

Listen, you've always
had the hots for Roberta.

Why don't you give her a call?

Man, I, uh, I don't wanna
intrude on your territory.

No, it's alright.
I want you to.

Come here.

I have a party tonight..



Here he comes, Skipper.

[indistinct chatter]

Come on, get out.
Go on, get out of here.

Beat it, Billy.

Just a minute.

Okay, now what were you
gonna do with him?

I was gonna fuck him.

- Leave me alone!
- Wait a minute.

- Wait a minute.
- Go away from me!

- Just leave me alone!
- Stop, stop it!

No! No!

- Don't.
- Stop.

Oh, you're driving me crazy.

I wasn't gonna do anything.

I love you, Skipper.

(male #6)
'I got the beer!'

Hey, I got the beer!

[indistinct chatter]

I got the beer!
Hey, I got the beer!

Oh, baby! I got the beer!

Whoo, hoo-hoo!

Oh, baby!

Hey, who need a beer?

Hey, alright!

[indistinct chatter]

No, I don't real..
I really don't want to.

I'm not kidding because..

...I don't think
that it's really right, but..

Because we don't even know
each other and, um..

See that girl over there?

You know, I don't mean to talk
about it, she's my best friend

but she is the hottest number
you will ever find.

She plays an innocent thing,
but she is really too much.

I tell you.
You know, there are sometimes

where, like, we'll go to a party
and she'll see a guy

and right away, you know,
these little horns go out.

You know, she goes chasing it.
It's really too much.

Here's your wheel
and here's your hubcap

and you take your screwdriver,

You put one end of it
right under here and you just..

Like that,
and then on the other side

just like that and you..


- No!
- Hey.

Don't touch me. No!

Don't touch me anymore!

Leave me alone!

'I don't wanna go to bed
with those boys anymore.'

I wanna erase it!
I wanna cleanse myself!

I wanna go home!

'I wanna be cleansed!'

- She's gonna drown.
- Come on!

- Oh, hey!
- Fae.

- Come on! No!
- Oh, Fae.

- No.
- Leave me alone!

- Get yourself up!
- No, no!

- Fae!
- Come on.

- Fae, cool it!
- Come on!

For crying out loud, Fae,
why don't you lay off

those damn pills?

[indistinct chatter]

I don't wanna go home.

- Wait, wait, wait, wait.
- Let me go.

- 'Come on, snap out of it!'
- 'Get an ambulance.'

Get into the car, goddammit!

Get in.

[Fae sobbing]

'I don't wanna go..'

'I don't wanna go home.'


What are you doing?
Stop it, Skipper, you can't--

- Get away from me!
- No! You don't..

[Norma screams]

Oh, don't you do that to me,

Oh, no, not after all
I've done for you.

- Shut up.
- I took her by the hands--

- Shh. Will you shut up--
- ...and by the legs and feet.

And Andy and I,
we put her down into the hole.

- What?
- Shut up.

- She doesn't mean anything--
- I put her down into the hole.


And we covered her
and buried her.


'It doesn't mean anything!'


it doesn't mean anything!'

Come on, let's go.

I'd rather go to the drive-in.

Well, I can't stay with you.
I've gotta meet someone.

Oh, you got a date with Skipper.

Mom and dad said
you shouldn't see him anymore.

Jackie, I told mom and dad
I'm going with you

and that was the only way
to get out of the house.

Alright, but if I don't
like the movie

I'm going to walk out.

I'll meet you
at Skipper's cabin.


Hey, did you do it?

Did you kill her?

What do you want, kind lies..

...or the brutal truth?

The truth.

I could tell you
it was an accident.

That we didn't mean to do it.

How did it happen?

Boring evening and..

...we just didn't have
anything else to do.

Nothing else to do?

Why do you look so surprised?

Haven't you ever wondered what
it was like to kill someone?

I wanted to know
what it was like.

Why Sue Allen?

It almost wasn't her.

It could have been anybody.

I tried to call her at first
and she wasn't at home.

And then I tried
three other girls.

Three others?

You see how they're dead
without me?

They're zombies. I give them
whatever life they have.

There's a power in that.

I wanted to test that power.

I thought how can I test it?

And it was only in killing
someone. Don't you understand?

I could have told you lies.

You killed her..

...because you wanted to see
what killing was like?

I'm trying to ask myself.. could I still love you?

Could you kill me.. 'cause it would seem..

...the practical thing to do?

Could you?

I could put you away
for the rest of your life.

Could you do it?

I mean,
is life really that way?

Could you do it?


Oh, no.

Oh, please.


[dramatic music]

I didn't like the movie,
so I thought I'd probably just..

[Jackie screams]

Hey, man, I'm dancing in there
with my old lady.

What do you want? Look,
how important can this be, huh?

You set me up
and then you take me away.

Just, listen, alright.
I want you to do a favor--

Come on, man. Can we do it later
like tomorrow--

- No, no, no--
- This was a pretty heavy date.

It'll only take a minute,
I promise you.

That is not gonna..

Hey, hey, man! Wait a minute.

- Come here.
- What's going on?


Come on, get in.

Come on, go.

Roberta's father
is a neighbor of mine.

He's a good man.

I know what it means to have
trouble with your daughters.

I've had some with mine.

Word has it..

...that Roberta and Jackie
are missing.

You've been having
some conversations

with the local constables.


But now I'm in it.

I want you to tell me
everything you know.

Come here, kid.

What happened to the girls?

Well, I'm more worried
about them than the old man is.

You gonna tell me what happened?

Well, I'll, I'll tell you
what I think.

I think we should notify
the Nevada authorities.

Why the Nevada authorities?

I like Roberta. It's not a very
gentlemanly thing to talk about.

Forget about being a gentleman.

Can I take you
into my confidence?

Yeah, you do that.


Well, there was another guy.

Um, it was an older guy.

I, I thought
you were the only guy.

Well, she-she used to see him

and then she'd tell them
she was going out with me.

What's his name?

Never learned it.

You know,
she wouldn't tell me.

But he had
Nevada license plates.


You better be telling me
the truth, you understand?

God, I wanna find her more
than you do, more than anybody.

Look, I wanna, I wanna make
that trip with you if I can.

We may ask you to do just that.

Thank you.
Thank you very much.

Hey, man, you know who that was?
That was Fred Reardon.

You better be telling the truth.

Hey, cool it, will you?
Just get in.

Come on.
You better tell me the truth.

What happened to 'em?
You know.

Where are they?

They're in the back.

Just relax.

[intense music]

Come on.

Come on, Billy, damn it.
Give me a hand, will you?

Come on.

'Just dig, will ya?'

Dig, Billy, dig.

Man, it's all rocks.

Dig it, Billy.
Come on, dig it.

'You can do it, Billy.
Just dig.'

Just use your hands, man.

[dramatic music]

Come on, Billy, get in.

You're gonna kill me too.


Wait, wait.


[dramatic music]

For God's sake,
will you leave us alone?

- I'm guarding Amata.
- Guarding Amata?

Are you out of your mind?

Oh, what do you want
from us, huh?

I want five minutes with Amata.
Please, Mr. Hassin.

I wouldn't hurt her
for anything in the world.

I just want five minutes
with her, Mr. Hassin, please?



Wait here.


Billy, I mean, you just
have to leave me alone.

I mean,
you just drive me crazy.

I love you, Amata.
You're my girl.

Now you're acting crazy, Billy.

I'm worried about you, Amata.

I have dreams. I..

I-I-I dreamed somebody tried
to do something to you.

Who'd wanna do
anything to me?

- Uh, somebody.
- Who?

- S-Skipper.
- Get out of here!

Oh, no, listen, Amata.
I love you.

I'm trying to save you.
I'd do anything to save--

Alright, alright.
That's enough of that.

- That is enough--
- Oh, you care for him?

Everybody cares for him!

- If you only knew what he did!
- Come on now.

He killed 'em!
He killed Roberta and Jackie!


you gotta listen to me.

Skipper, you gotta,
you gotta get out of here.

What is it?

I told them.

- Told 'em what?
- About the bodies.

Rob, Roberta and Jackie!

I had to protect her
from you, man.

- You're killing me here.
- I had to protect her, man!

You had to protect her?

You had to have
that stupid bitch?

No, it wasn't like that,

I was the best friend you had.

I was the only friend you had.
You killed me.

Skipper, you gotta get out
of here. You gotta go.

They're coming.
They're gonna be here.

- I'll be waiting for them.
- Skipper.

Go on,
get out of here, you fink.

[intense music]

[indistinct chatter]

Okay, here we go. Hot popcorn!

Hot buttered popcorn right here!

Soft drinks!
Cold drinks! Peanuts!

'Hot combo corn right here!
Who's next?'

(male #7)
'Ice-cold soda!'

'Soda. Get your ice-cold soda!'

[indistinct chatter]

Come on. Let's go.

Hey, wait a minute, Bill.
Hold it.

From here on, it is solid rock.

Just wait a minute, okay?

Now, look,
I remember they were here.

I remember,
I remember the place.

I remember the spot,
I remember the tree

and I helped him bury 'em.
Now just wait.

You just gotta give me
a little more time.

You got all the time
you needed--

- Wait a minute, hold--
- 'Put those rocks down.'

'Come on, put those down.'

Wait a minute.

He moved them.

He must have moved the bodies.

- Come on, Jack.
- He moved them!

- Come on, son, let's go.
- That son of a bitch moved 'em!

Come on.

A monster.

They call me a monster.

(male #8)
'You've got a visitor.
Your lawyer.'

'Come on, Skipper.'

I'm a monster.

I'm the one they're gonna use
to scare the little brats

when they won't go
to sleep at night.

- Keep moving, Skipper.
- Alright.

I wonder
how Skipper's making out.

Oh, he's probably doing fine.

(male #9)
'He's giving them more trouble'

'than they're getting
knowing Skipper.'

- Hey, Skipper!
- Skipper, here we are!

[all clamoring]

I've been doing a little
thinking about your songs.

- We'd like to make a contract--
- Alright, alright.

That's it now.
Come on, let's go.

Mr. Todd, this is your chance
to make a statement.

- Charlie, give us a break here.
- Alright.

- 'Give a statement, will you?'
- Give a statement.

I respect the district attorney.

I believe he's doing his job

to the best of his ability

but he doesn't know the facts.

Everybody knows that
Billy Roy hated Roberta.

[indistinct chatter]

I never believed
that he'd kill her.

I mean, I was shocked.

I was more astounded
that he accused me.

I mean, it seems incredible.

Uh, God is on my side
and I know He'll help me

and the whole truth
is gonna come out.

I really and truly do believe
that God will really help me.

Alright, alright, come on, boys.

Alright, boys, that's it now.
Come on.

We gotta get moving now.

[all clamoring]

Now come on, let's go!

They have Andy, they have Norma

'and they've told them

What do you want me to do?

- Lead them to the bodies.
- Okay, I want a new lawyer.

Now just a minute, please.

The girls are dead
and someone has to pay for that.

You tell me
that you didn't do it.

Well, I have my own ideas.

There is a way that
you can beat a lot of time.

They want vengeance,
give it to them.

You'll be surprised how quickly
that can turn to charity.

You didn't know what you were
doing. It was the LSD.

You wanna go to every boy in the
country and play it with them.

Don't get started the way I did.

Don't even smoke grass.

See what can happen.

You'll emerge out of it
a national hero.

You can carry it off.

Best actor I've ever seen.

It wasn't the acid.

Oh, I know.

Ah, I, uh, know that.

I told myself it was..

...because you could turn me
in for Sue Allen.

But it wasn't the reason.

The reason was I didn't want her
to control my life.

Let's go.

Why'd you fink on him, huh?
Why'd you fink on him?

Come on, move along.
Move along, move along.

- Why'd you stop?
- Over here.

That's a log.

No. That's Roberta.

- You see those boots?
- Hm.

I bought those boots for her.
She liked them very much.

'Alright, that's enough.'

'The other one?'

She's buried right,
right next to her.

Right over there.

Easy, easy.

Oh, my God, Robbie.

Oh, man.

You see, the magazine says
that-that I crushed her head.

You-you look at that,
you could see

that, uh, her skull
wasn't even touched.

(male #4)
You know, it's funny.

I always thought
Skipper loved Roberta.

He did.

(male #4)
God, he-he couldn't
have killed her.

'Jesus Christ. What are we
gonna do without Skipper?'

[intense music]


[intense music]