Follow That Dream

Synopsis: When the Kwimper family car runs out of gas on a new Florida highway and an officous state supervisor tries to run them off, Pop Kwimper digs in his heels and decides to do a little homesteading. He and his son Toby and their "adopted" children - Holly, Ariadne and the twins - start their own little community along a strip of the roadside. The fishing is good and the living is easy until the mob sets up a gambling operation and the state supervisor sics a sexy social worker on the Kwimpers in an effort to take away Ariadne and the twins.
Director(s): Gordon Douglas
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
109 min

- Pop!

- No. We ain't stopping the car again.

We don't wanna stop.

We want to know, are we good boys?

Yeah, yeah, you're good boys.

All right, Toby, give them a piece of candy.

Thank you.

- It ain't even.

- I know.

- Now it is.

- Yeah.

- Thanks.

- You're welcome.

You ain't gonna use that road,

are you, Pop?

Why not?

Well, that sign says "closed to the public."

We ain't the public,

we're part of the government.

They send me cheques.

I keep them busy and happy.

We're dependent on each other.

We ain't the public, Toby.

- Damn it, I lost my traction.

- Don't get upset, Pa, I'll lift her off.

You'll do nothing of the kind.

You're getting $63.80 a month...

...because the Army

totally disabled your back.

Now, how's it gonna look

if somebody comes along...

...and you're lifting up an automobile?

My back don't feel totally disabled.

It don't matter how your back feels,

it's what the Army doctor says that counts.

I keep telling you, Pop, they examined me

right after my first judo lesson.

It was a little twisted up,

but it twisted back the next lesson.

- Toby, we'll get out.

- That's okay.

Didn't twist your back again, did you, son?

- No, sir, I just used mostly my hands.

- Good. Good.

I wonder where the road goes.

It's hard to tell,

just from looking at one end.

- Hey, Pop?

- Yeah, Holly?

Listen, I've been taking notice.

We haven't passed a house...

...or even a gas station

the whole time we've been on this road.

Well, it stands to reason.

It's a brand new road.

The country ain't caught up with it yet.

Doesn't your gas gauge read "empty"?

When my gas gauge says "empty,"

it's still got three gallons left in it.

I can't understand it.

Where you going, son?

I'm gonna jog up the highway

and get some gasoline.

- You gonna do nothing of the kind.

- Why not?

One of those government

Highway Patrol wagons... gonna come along here any minute.

Now, Pop, there won't be any patrolling

if this road doesn't go anywhere.

And why wouldn't this road

wanna go nowhere?

Maybe the government ran out of

money before they could finish it.

How many times do I have to tell you that

the government don't run out of money?

Only people run out of money.

Government's loaded.

Wake me up when that truck patrols by here.

All right, Pop.

Gee, Toby, it's gonna be getting dark

in a couple of hours.

I don't see how we can prevent it.

I'm awful thirsty. So are the children.

I'm sorry, Holly, but I don't happen to have

any drinking water on me right now.

I wonder what's keeping that patrol car?

- Toby.

- Yeah?

We could dig for some.

Well, there's always

what you call ground water...

...and it doesn't mix with the salt water... if you dig down to the water level,

you can get the fresh.

Well, another thing I don't have on me

is a shovel.

Why, it's soft ground. All you need

is sort of a scoop or something.

There ought to be something around here

we could use.

- What about this?

- No, not your pop's fender.

Oh, I'll put it back on before he wakes up.

I hit one.

- You did not.

- I did so.

All right now, just keep throwing.

We need more coconuts.

Higher. Higher. That's good.

Higher. Higher.

- Hey, Pop, do you wanna try one?

- No, I don't wanna try one.

Keep hitting higher.

Here you go, Ariadne.

You're just as happy as a house cat,

ain't you?

Women like doing things for other people.

Don't men ever feel like that?

- What did I say that was so funny?

- Oh, nothing.

I was just remembering,

after your folks died, when Pop took you in.

What a skinny, scrawny little thing

you were.

All eyes and elbows.

And now you're practically...

Well, like you said, practically a woman.

- Toby.

- Yeah?

Will you look at me?

No, I mean real good.

I know you're a woman, Holly.

And I know I said practically,

and that bothers you, don't it?

Yeah, well, I am 19 years old...

...and I'm kind of well-built.

Yep, I know that, too.

And I'm glad of it.

Are you, Toby?

'Cause I'm trying

not to notice things like that...

...and you're a good one

to practise not noticing on.

Well, why me...

...and, well, what's

wrong with noticing girls?

Well, that's how they catch you.

Pop told me all about it the day I got

sent home from band practice...

...for grabbing Amy Plotka.

Do you remember Amy?

Yeah, I remember Amy.

You know anything about sex, Holly?

Of course I do.

Who told you?

I don't remember.

Never you mind.

You've been living with us

since you was 13.

- You know about it then?

- Oh, Toby, leave me alone.

I'm sorry, honey,

I didn't aim to make you mad.

I was just trying to explain

what you asked me.

Well, then explain. Don't ask questions.

Well, it's just like Pop said,

women are natural nesters.

Just look at the way

you took to nesting right here.

Cooking dinner and everything,

starting from scratch.

Well, I would dearly love to know

what's so awful about nesting?

It's just being married and having a house.

Well, nothing.

Except doing it when you don't want to.

I think a man ought to be allowed

to wait till he wants to.

Women don't aim to let you wait.

That's why I use my education against them.

- Your education?

- Multiplication tables.

Anytime some pretty gal

is standing around bothering me...

I just close my eyes and I say,

one times one is one...

...and one times two is two

and right on through the eights.

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Charles Lederer

Charles Lederer was an American screenwriter and film director. He was born into a prominent theatrical family in New York, and after his parents divorced, was raised in California by his aunt, Marion ... more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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