Down in the Valley

Synopsis: Tobe is about 16, living with her dad and younger brother in LA's San Fernando Valley. She invites a gas station attendant named Harlan to come to the beach with her and her friends. He's from South Dakota, wears a cowboy hat, talks country, and has been a ranch hand. They have a great time, his simple expressions seem like wisdom, he's attentive and polite, and even though he's more than twice her age, she wants to spend time with him. When her father objects, she rebels. Harlan, meanwhile, thinks she's his soul mate, and he starts making plans to get her away from her father. Worlds are set to collide, but which ones?
Director(s): David Jacobson
Production: ThinkFilm
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114 min

Hey Tobe!

- What?

- Where are you going?

- Nowhere.

- Can I come?

I kinda rather be alone.

Let me come!

- You don't even know where I'm going.

- i dont care.


Just don't bother me.

You cant even spit!

Cigarette helps.


But don't inhale it,

just hold the smoke in your mouth.

Hold it...


Hold it...

okay, blow it out.


he picks up his bolt,

it's like pretty big

- walks over to where i am, and he stick his hand off the fence

- Wade's here!

Hang on a sec.

Anyway, the fool sticks his hand out

and drops it down, can you imagine?

He smashed the windshield

of a passing car!


- Anyone home?

- Hold on.

- did anyone ever teach you to knock?

- I'll start knocking when you start working.

I'll see you later.

I need you to Get dinner for you and Lonnie tonight,

I'm going out.

I can't, April's coming, and in 15 minutes

I have to get ready!

She can wait.

I've been with Lonnie all day,

I just wanna go out.

15 minutes wont kill you.

get chicken for him

and you can have the rest.

- will you be okay on your own?

- Yeah.

Can I?

I told you i dont want you sleeping in Tobe's room,

can't you just

sleep in your own room

with the light on?

I thought i saw someone outside my window.

well if there really is someone outside your window, then come and get me?

You told me not to bother you.

well don't if it's just a shadow.

- I'll be right there!

- You're a knockout!

- You're going to school like that?

- It's spring break.

all you kids ever get is breaks,

no wonder you have no idea about anything.

- Where are you going?

- To the beach.

Hold on!

- What ?

- Don't stay out so late again.


put a shirt on!

She's 18, who gets fake tits at 18?

- That's f***ing disgusting.

- No, I think she looks better.

- She feels better too.

- Right, all the guys looking at her now.

I say she's such a b*tch.

Yeah, she's a skank!

- Does he work here?

- oh my god What a weirdo!

Be quiet!

- Howdy.

- Howdy!

What can i do for you'll?

you can fill it up with unleaded, Tex.

Will do.

- He said "howdy"...

- Oh my gosh, he's pathetic.

Knock it off, Jeremy.

Tex, can you check the oil?


I'm gonna do your windows too.

- Great, a real cowboy.

We promise you guys full service,

so we got to give full service.

- Are you for real?

- What?

Are you for real?

I think so.

Wanna get a squeeze?


He's real!

- Can you believe it!

- In the flesh...

- You touched the cowboy.

- How cool!

How's the oil?

all right.

The belt's a bit ragged up.

how far you are going?

- Just going to the beach.

- Really?

that's nice, I've never been to the beach.

How long have you lived here?

Not too long.

you can drive there,

In like less than an hour.

I can't, I don't have a car.

How come?

How come I don't have a car?

I don't like 'em...

they make you lazy.

pretty funny place to work if you don't like cars.

aint that the truth, you gotta make a living

So what about this fanbelt?

It should get you there.

Have a good time.


do you Wanna come?

with you To the beach ?

kind of .

you actually got to work that.

you know what,let me see about that.

hold on.

Can we go?

I invited Tex to the beach

- I can't believe it!

- Are you nuts?

- What are you thinking?

- Maybe he's a psychopath.

- Is he coming or not?

- I'm waiting for my change still.

Get lost!

Is that offer for real?


did you get off work?

- Sort of...

- sort of?

He said i could go,

but if i go, don't comeback.

why would you wanna do that?

I wanna see the beach with you.


Come on.

- So, what's your name?

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