Synopsis: Albany, New York, Halloween, 1938. Francis Phelan and Helen Archer are bums, back in their birth city. She was a singer on the radio, he a major league pitcher. Death surrounds them: she's sick, a pal has cancer, he digs graves at the cemetery and visits the grave of his infant son whom he dropped; visions of his past haunt him, including ghosts of two men he killed. That night, out drinking, Helen tries to sing at a bar. Next day, Fran visits his wife and children and meets a grandson. He could stay, but decides it's not for him. Helen gets their things out of storage and finds a hotel. Amidst their mistakes and dereliction, the film explores their code of fairness and loyalty.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Hector Babenco
Production: Vestron Video
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
143 min

It is heck so cold here.

-Hey, Francis.

-Hey, Pee Wee.

-Have you come back?


-Do you know where Helen is?

-I have not seen her in a long time.

I find her enough.

You see jommen out well.

-Where have you been given the shoes from?


I received a total of dressen

in the hospital.

The doctor says I have cancer. It is the

first time that I have received nothing.

Cancer? It was bad.

He says

I want to die for-a-half years.

So I said

that I would drink me ihjel.

So he said:

"Do as you like. You're done."

Yes, yes, Grandma ...

It was then resentful.

-Do you have something to drink?

-I have one dollar.

-I got it by a nurse.

-So are we on the path.

If we're going to find a job today

and earn some money?

I had some last night,

but they are used up.

We need a place to sleep.

It may be cold in the night.

Working where?

At the cemetery. They will be grave.

One guy said that they need people.

Can you money or just a

free grave when you walk honour?

It may therefore be the same.

I do not gidder

digging my own grave.

I knew Grogan when I was a boy.

He owned all the power in the city.

-He has not much left now.

-Say it is not.

People like him

never provide a good arrangement.

Tell me one thing ...

Looking for a spessiell?


Would you like

to be in such a stone?

I have never heard of a boom

that has been given a headstone.

I do not need a stone.

Only I do not

are going to die alone.

You will die first.

So I send out invitations.

Hey, Gerald.

How is it, son?

There's good up here.

It's pretty view of the river.

Are you aware of --

-That you are here

along with the rest of the family?

Your lies farfar

four graves farther.

Damn rather ...

Excuse me.

I lost you do not

because I was full.

I had only drunk 4 beer

after I came home from work.

You smatt out of bleia,

and then your mother said:

"At, no."

We would pick up both.

But we rrte you do not,

for you as so strange.

Broren, Billy, came in and said:

"Why is Gerald so queer?"

Damn, too.

I remember it all together.

I remember it all together.

I remember even in the red

and yellow fields in the linoleum ...

... that you landed on.

Hello, Franny!

Franny, trucks are here

to run us back.

-Do you know someone who is buried there?

-Yes, a little boy.

-Deaths him when he was small?

-Yes, quite small.

How did that happen?

-He fell down.


-On the floor.

-On the floor?

I come when

a few times a day, --

-But I'm not dead yet.

Yes, you think you are.

What should we now?

Why ask you about it?

Do you have any deals?


-Do you have tickets to the opera?


-I only want to know how I'm going away.

-There have not known you for 20 years.


We have to find out where Helen is.

-What is called Helen?


-What else?

-She has only one name.

It is fine if you do not want to say it.

It allows you to write up.

If you want to eat at the mission tonight?

The priest has on offer pretty good food.

I got soup in which yesterday

because I was so hungry, --

-But it was musty.

Bomsene are just starving.

They do not believe in anything.

I lived here

the time I was married.

In the house.

-When were you here last?

-For 22 years ago.

-Who lives there now?

-Some I knew immediately.

Baseball - the path is there yet.

Where I played as a boy.

-I was pretty good to throw.

-What year was it?

-I do not know. 1901.

-When I was 5 years old.

How old are you now? 8 years?

Sporvognen a strike that year.

Streikebrytere, streikebrytere!

-I'd prefer not to meet someone.

-Just go.

Get the streikebryteren away!

He has not allowed

to run the stroller.

Forsvinn from the track!

Run back to stable.

You do not have no past here.

Skulls are crushed!

I think you've killed him, Francis.

It is best to tensions.

-Why you killed me?

-It was not on purpose.

Why threw the stone, so I

had kraniebrudd? The brain rant out, --

-And I died.


receive salaries that are deserving.

You need not be thus?

You stupid swine.

You took from us the job,

so we will not be able to support the family.

And you who have failed your family?

You have not been home in 22 years.

I lost the little my son.

He died.

I could not take it.

A tystar bounded off.

You can not defend your action.

It can I do this so!

-What is it you can?

-Damn to death scab!

Can you sit down?

-I am no death scab.

-No, you look just like one.

Just came with soup.

Let me ask all of you

fortapte and hopeless souls:

Who gives you the opportunity for salvation?

It makes Jesus.

Jesus keeps what he promises.

Will someone here to change his life?

God says:
Come to me.

Take him at it.

Kneler, and be saved.

It is in order. Amen, brothers.

Wake up, boom.

Now comes supper.

-Is not Helen arrived yet?

-No. I have been here throughout the day.

It is good to keep you from the rail.

I think I have a job for you.

-I dug in kirkegrden today.


-It's not great to grave.

-Maybe this is better.

Rosskam, skraphandleren,

need a helper.

If you are not drinking,

you can earn a schilling.

-I will talk to him.


But I need a couple of socks.

My own is horrific.

Do you have grown up in a barn?

Close the door. It is cold here in.

-Where have you been?

-It just blows you in?

I could have been dead,

without that you had marked it.

Yes, when you just go your way.

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