Synopsis: Like Polanski's heroine in Repulsion, Susannah York's character is one that is seemingly haunted by memories of undisclosed magnitude. These memories are perhaps rooted in some sort of past sexual turmoil that causes York's character to see men as inherently the same.
Genre: Drama, Horror
Director(s): Robert Altman
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

"In Search of Unicorns...

"a Book for Children."

Chapter 1.

All in a night, spring came...

...rushing from beyond

the ends of the earth...

...and spilling out

all over Umberny...

...its sack full of colors...

...and buds and birds' eggs...

...snails and tadpoles...

...rainbows and newborn animals.

Bees hummed...

...mammoths gamboled...

...meadows rang

with the plighting of troths...

...and deep

in his ancestral cave...

Hero... Fairbeard frisky...

Lord of all Umbs...

...snored and grunted...

...stirred and groaned...

...and got out of bed

to look outside.

"Fiddle-fuddle, Umb.

"A thousand spitting curses!"


Una stared at the carved,

curving creature...

...delicate, questing, perfect...

with arched neck

and a single slender horn.

"Sir Frisky," she cried.

"Sir Frisky, what was it?

"What did I see?"

Hero stared back.

"Why, a unicorn."

Una was trembling

like an aspen...

...pale as a unicorn herself.

Straight past his nose

zoomed 7 enormous butterflies...

with eyes like stars

and bright blue wings...

...and each one was humming.

And then Hero

started to tremble...

...for it seemed to be

him who was humming...

...not with his usual

tuneless hum...

...but a butterfly's humming...

...just as if one

had flown down his throat.

The stone circle

was shrouded in stillness.

There was no whisker of wind...

...but the holy tree

swayed and tossed... if in the grip

of some terrible storm.

Deep sobbing broke

from its trunk... though some locked creature

was struggling to escape.

It was raining...

a sudden, torrential downpour.

Snug in Rose Nest with all

the blinds pulled down...

Amberlash was cozily

entertaining Eggbert to tea.

"This lovely weather

should hold...

"shouldn't it,

Eggbert, darling?

"No one could catch cold,

not seriously...

"I mean, die of pneumonia...

out tonight."


In the pit, the water

rose round Una's ankles...

...creeping up about her knees.

"Oh, bother. Blast!"

She sobbed.

"I bet I'll drown."


the sounds of something...

...came crashing through

the forest, nearer and nearer...

...several somethings.

And then she heard

the snorkeling trumpetings of...

"Hero! Hero!

"Help, help! Get me out!"

In a flash, the Lord of Umberny

was off his steed...

...leaning over

the edge of the pit...

...stretching a long arm down

in the pouring rain.

"It's no good," Una sobbed.

"I can't see anything...

"not even your hands.

"I'm too deep."

- Hello?

- Cathryn?

It's Joan. Can you talk?

Hey, you sound different.

Are you all right?

Yeah. Fine.

You didn't sound

like yourself.

Must be the connection.

You know what just happened?

That son of a bitch

called me just now.

He wants me to pay

some goddamn percentage...

...of last year's taxes...

...because we were legally

community property then...

...or some such bullshit.

Oh, God.

Well, yeah. I had a date

with this guy Howard.

You don't know him.

Only met him last week

at some party or other.

Anyway, he was

sitting right here...

...and I broke down

and just cried...

...and hung up on him.

Then I made a damn fool

out of myself with Howard.

Told him to leave,

that I couldn't go out.

And he... Ouch! God... Damn it!

That cat!

Well, he just stepped right

on my boob.

That hurts.



Joan, is that you?

No. Who did you want?

I was talking to Joan.

Is that you, Cathryn?

- Who's speaking, please?

- Don't you know?

Cathryn! Cathryn!

Are you there?

Cathryn, can you hear me?

Well, what happened?

I don't know.

Must have been a crossed line.

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Robert Altman

Robert Bernard Altman (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006) was an American film director, screenwriter, and film producer. A five-time nominee of the Academy Award for Best Director and an enduring figure from the New Hollywood era, Altman was considered a "maverick" in making films with a highly naturalistic but stylized and satirical aesthetic, unlike most Hollywood films. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in American cinema. more…

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