Waking the Dead

Synopsis: Fielding Pierce lives the life of an aspiring politician - in 1972 he's serving in the Coast Guard (trying to avoid Vietnam in the most honorable way), and by 1973 he has entered law school. Along the way he falls in love with Sarah, a fiercely idealistic woman who devotes her life to helping others - unfortunately she's killed in an explosion while assisting members of the Chilean resistance. Nine years later, in the middle of a congressional election, Fielding is suddenly flooded with thoughts and visions of his lost love.
Director(s): Keith Gordon
Production: USA Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
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105 min

that sends the message to people...

that lying and corruption

in government is wrong.

I know that we think of law

as something that is cerebral.

I won't say that it's a courageous

stance to take, but it's a...

We know the war is evil.

It's a way for me

not to become disenfranchised...

you know, become some radical member

who is now in prison...

Should I be taking notes?

Eat your lunch.

Carry on. Sorry.

Mimi, get me Don Ragland

on the phone in my office.

Fielding, don't hurt yourself.

When do you have to get back

to the war?

Can I buy you dinner tonight?

Can I talk?

What do you do

in the coast guard?

Right now I have patrol

in New York Harbor.

Not glamorous, but...

it's not the army, Canada or jail.

Do you think they might

send you to Vietnam?

And the war is ending

pretty soon.

The war's been ending soon

for a long time.

It's just something

that I have to do.

I have one too.

One what?

A sense of destiny.

Okay, what's

your sense of destiny?

When I was little,

I wanted to be a nun.

It's a true story!

Well, what stopped you?


As it should.

Now I want...

a life of

unbelievable adventure...



And, at the last

possible moment, sainthood.

I want a life that makes sense.


still haven't told me how you got

the idea you wanted to be a senator.

That's not actually what I want.

I want to be...

the president.

Why are you smiling?

Because you mean it.

- You're still part of the same system.

- So what do I do, go to Canada, to jail?

Yes! I mean,

if it's what you believe in.

I think that's easy for you to say

because you can't be drafted.

That is so patronizing.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

But if I do those things...

either of those things...

I risk throwing away

everything that I've worked for.

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Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon is a screenwriter and film producer. In 1976 he was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen for French Connection II. In 2001 he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for Waking the Dead. Beginning his career in 1959, he has nearly fifty years of experience. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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