Buster's Mal Heart

Synopsis: The film follows a mountain man on the run from authorities who survives the winter by breaking into empty vacation homes. He's haunted by a recurring dream of being lost at sea and constantly has flashbacks of his former life of a family man.
Director(s): Sarah Adina Smith
Production: Well Go USA Entertainment
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min


"Life is whittled."

"Life's a riddle."

"Man's a fiddle

that life plays on."

"When the day breaks."

"And the earth quakes."

"Life's a mistake all day long."

"You tell me who gives

a good goddamn."

"You'll never get out alive."

"Don't go dreaming."

"Don't go scheming."

"A man must test his mettle."

"In the crooked ol' world."

"Starving in the belly

starving in the belly."

"Starving in the belly

of a whale."

"We're starving in the belly

starving in the belly."

"Starving in the belly

of a whale."


"Should auld acquaintance."

"Be forgot."

"And never brought to mind."

"Should auld acquaintance..."

"In days of auld lang syne."

"For auld lang syne."

"My dear..."

"We'll take a cup."

"Of kindness yet."

"For the sake."

"Of auld lang syne."

It was a cosmic mistake...

that we got this far.

One of us is a coward.

I don't think it's me.

Happy New Year, Buster.

Hey, we got your cave

surrounded, huh?

So, come out with your hands up.

Come on, Buster,

this is your last chance.


Come on,

Buster, come on, Buster.

The cost of

a fishing license is scheduled

to go up 10% next month

and that has a lot of

fishermen rushing to the river.

They want to make sure

that they're able to use

their current licenses before

they have to pay the hike.

And in other news, Buster is

back and roaming the hillsides.

The identity of the mountain

man remains a mystery.

The only image authorities have

is a five-second clip

captured on a rancher's

security camera last winter

several counties away.

The Sheriff's Department

believes this hermit

lives off the land

in the warmer months

and survives the winter by

breaking into empty vacation homes

for food and shelter.

He's earned the nickname "Buster"

from calling in

to radio shows with wild rants.

The calls increase in frequency

in the days

leading up to New Year's.

Y'all a bunch of sheep!

You know that?

Hey, Buster,

can you tell us where you are?

You're wasting your time.

I'm not Buster!



Buster has managed

to evade capture

for nearly five years.

Although he's committed

no known violent crimes,

authorities consider him

armed and dangerous.

Well, yeah,

we're gonna find him.

He can only keep this up

for so long.

Hey, uh, Buster?

Look, if you're listening, well,

we're on your scent now.

We're gonna get you.

So why don't you save us

all a lot of trouble

and turn yourself in?

"He's got the whole world."

"In his hands."

"He's got the whole wide world."

"In his hands."

"He's got the whole world."

"In his hands."

"He's got the whole world."

"In his hands"

"...whole world in his hands."

"He's got the little bitty baby."

"In his hands."

"He's got the little bitty baby..."

Hi. Baby!

"He's got the little bitty baby."

"In his hands."

OK, now is this... Is that good?

Is that clear?

One or two?

- This.

- That one?

- Two.

- OK.

"He's got

the whole wide world..."

Really? Please.

"He's got the whole world."

Good job, sweetie.

You want to sit here?

- Why is he doing that?

- Baby, sit up tall.

"He's got you and me,


I miss you, too.

I love you.

Yeah, yeah.

Put the little monster on.

I'm sorry I haven't seen you.

You were asleep when I got home,

and I had to take a nap.

Daddy had to take a nap too.

You get to hear my voice.

Love you.

Put your mom back on.


Good night.

I love you.


You don't have to help me.

I want to help you.

But you're already too tired.

Look at your eyes.

You know, my love...

I talked with your mom.

She doing okay?

Yes, she's good. For sure.

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