An American Affair

Synopsis: What if a boy's coming of age included a relationship with a woman in her 30s, a free spirit who paints and who numbers the President of the United States among her lovers? In Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1963, junior-high student Adam Stafford becomes obsessed with his new neighbor, Catherine Caswell. He steams open her mail, reads her diary, peers into her windows, and hides in her closet. CIA agents notice him; he sees them meet with her and with an anti-Castro Cuban. She hires Adam to work in her garden, and they become friends of sorts. Is theirs an American affair?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): William Olsson
Production: Screen Media Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

Together we shall save our planet

or together we shall die in flames.

First comes love, / i

then comes marriage, / i

They always look like they're having more fun.

Everyone has more fun.

Obviously they have more fun than we do.

Have you seen Patricia?

They are huge!

She says she's gonna let me touch them.


She said! She did! For a dollar.

To you? She said that to you?

Not exactly, not to me.

Thought so.

Carl said you were faggot.


So - he said you were fag.

Well, what are you gonna do?


You can't do nothing.

Some friend you are...

- Come on, fag!

- You're the fag!

Let's see what you got.

Fight, fight!

That's for setting me up.

What... are you... doing?

Nothing sister.

God smiles on remorseful Mr Stafford,

not the impenitent.

Gentlemen, it's five o'clock.

Detention is over.

In the eyes of God all sinners

can be redeemed.

Yes, sister.

My eyes see differently.

Yes, sister.

- Jimmy, I...

- F*ck you!

I didn't mean...

You're an asshole...

Both of you.

Mom? Dad?

Son? You in there?

Yeah, I'm here.

You... working hard in there?

Leave him alone, Mike.

Poor son...

He'll go blind... grow hair on his palms...

Mike, he's 13...

he's at age.

Hey, guys.

Roger, have you seen Patricia this morning?

She's very beautiful.


Could you hurry up?

What's the rush? King

gets arrested all the time.

I want a good seat.

The Richmond Museum of Modern Art.

Your presence is

requested at the White House

for an evening's entertainment.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Jaqueline Bouvier Kennedy & John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

To see what I have seen

see what I see.

Use with care.


Catherine Caswell


Can I help you with something?

Yeah, I uh, I live across the street.


I was wondering if you need

any work done. You know in the garden,

around the house.

I'm trying to earn some money.

For what?

A trip. To Europe.

With my class.

That sounds very adventurous.


- Adam.

Are you coming in?

What can you do?

- What?

Around the house.

Oh. Cleaning, fits...

All the usual stuff.

And you want me to pay you for that?

For my trip...

To Europe?

You know him? President Kennedy?

We've met...

My mom shook hands with him once,

at a dinner.

She said it made her feeling she was naked.

You father mustn't have liked that too much.

My dad said he stole the election

by being a pretty boy on a television.

What do you think?

I don't know, I didn't see it.

I need my garden landscaped.

Can you do that?


Have you ever do it before? Worked in a garden?

Then I'm not gonna pay you very much, am I?

I'm a fast learner.

I bet you are.

Come back tomorrow.



Made her feel like she was naked...


Adam, dinner.


Now, Adam, now.

I said I'm coming.

Just not while you're in the bathroom, right?



I said I'd be right there.

- Hey, Faith.

- Hi.

Hi, Patricia.


F*ck off, Carl.

Right... f*ck off.

- Okay.

I was just wondering if... you know

you'd want to come by my house sometime after school...

And do what?

I don't know.

Talk, listen to some records...

Yeah, I'd like that.

Great, so...

Mr Stafford, is there a faintest possible reason

you might have for not being where you're supposed to be?

No, sister.

I thought not.

It's me, Adam... from next door.

- Your garden?

- Right.

I'm going to be your gardener...

Who painted these?

I did.

Do you like them?

I think so, but... they're just colors, right?

You know, aren't they supposed to mean anything?

Color is color.

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