Little Accidents

Synopsis: A recent coal mining accident has killed several miners and left the small town community scarred and traumatized. The wealthy mining executive responsible for the accident, Bill Doyle, wants to pretend that it never happened, referring to the mining families as "trailer trash". His wife Diana and son JT know better, though. Diana is drowning in guilt and feels socially awkward around the other rich snobs she used to be friends with. She copes with it by having an affair with Amos, the lone survivor of the mining accident who now walks with a limp and lives with his dying father. JT is worried that his father will go to prison, and takes out his anger on the mining families' children, especially Owen Briggs. Owen is a young boy who lost his father in the disaster. He lives with his bad-tempered aunt, his grieving mother, and his little brother James, who has Down's Syndrome. One day Owen is in the woods with James, and he gets into a fight with JT, accidentally going too far...
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sara Colangelo
Production: Amplify Films
  2 wins & 12 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

- Let's go.

- Whoo!

Have a good ride, guys. I feel for you.


Come on, beauty queens.

Come on.





Do you have a personal

representative present with you today?


Now, Mr. Jenkins, we'd like to

thank you for going on the record.

Your testimony, as you can imagine,

is of the utmost importance to us,

since you're the only

survivor of the accident.

So if you could just

begin by telling us,

best you can,

what happened that morning.

Do you remember leaving home?

Well, it was, you know,

just like any other day.

I don't remember if we even

started working, you know,

before it happened.

Well, how did you get to work?

My truck.

What was it like outside that morning?

Was it raining, or stormy?

Was it raining?

I don't remember.

Was there lightning?

I can't say.

Did your cap lamp work?

It was working as far as I know.

But then it went out

like the rest of them did.

What are you doing over there?

Get away from that old mine!

You don't know how

deep those things are.

Remember what Dad said?

There are snakes and chiggers

in there, you better watch out.

- Hey.

- Nice headphones. Let me see that.

- This an MP3?

- Yeah.

- That's cool.

- Look, it's even got a little camera on it.

- I gave you everything I got.

- Dude, we need three more bucks.

I got like two bucks, give me a beer.

What's in this wallet of

yours, huh? -Hey, wait.

Come on. Give it

back. -Let me see this.

You should have wads of cash in here.

You hit the f***ing jackpot.

What do you mean?

My dad said. You're gonna be rich.

Hey, over here, come on.

Dude, you better not...

- Whoa!

- Oh, sh*t!

Mr. Jenkins, can we have

a word on your recovery?

No, it's not okay, it ain't okay.

Get back out of the way.

Get back out of the way. You all right?

Hey, kid, it is good

to see you again, buddy.

Hey, Carl, nice to see you.

Wow, it's a miracle, that's what it is.

Hey, folks, how about a round of

applause for Amos Jenkins here, huh?

I heard that you was

having some problems

remembering stuff in

the interview there.

Yeah, you know, things

get a little blurry.

Don't let us down now.

There's lots of folks counting on you.

Ten men got crushed down there.

Yeah, I don't need no reminding, Carl.

Why are you boys

interfering with my lunch?

Basil, don't be a scab. You've

been a miner your whole life.

Easy, Carl.

I ain't on no side here.

Don't be underestimating

the position you're in.

Nobody's underestimating anything.

That's the guy representing

the other families.

Hey, I'm just trying to

take care of everyone.

You're a victim, too, you know.

Will you just let me do the

talking with the union guys?

They're a bunch of vultures.

Every time something

bad happens they just...

Circle the carcass.

I don't need you

meddling in my business.

Well, if I ain't meddling,

everybody else is gonna be meddling,

because everybody's gonna

be wanting a piece of you.

Hey, baby. What did you do all day?

You still playing those games?

How many damn gunshots

do I gotta listen to?

Hey, sweetheart!

- Hi.

Let me see all these new

games, you spoiled brat.

Quit messing with my sh*t, Aunt Nellie.


Give me a kiss.

Thank you.

You should buy something

nice for yourself.

They don't need more stupid toys.

Well, buying them new video games

ain't gonna bring Junior back.

Amos is back, you know.

I don't know. It's

probably gonna weird me out.

He looked good, better

than everyone said.

You already break that?

No, I'll fix it.

It fell on the ground.

Are we rich now?

You see all those bills on the

table? Why are you asking that?

Well, because of Dad. Are we richer now?

Well, sure. I mean, there's a little

extra money that they gave everyone.

I mean, that's why you got

us this thing and the Xbox?

Why? Did someone say something to you?

No. They were just all

like, "Oh, that's new. "

Just ignore it, there are so

many trashy kids in this town.

How long you gotta leave

that crap in your hair?

This crap? You want some of

this crap in your hair, huh?

- No.

- Come on, get out of here.

Go put your brother to bed. -Okay.

For what we are about to receive,

let us truly be grateful. Amen.


How's that right arm?

Oh, it's all right.

Left side's perfect, though.

I think I can start

driving on my own now.

I ain't stopping you.

I was thinking I'd call that lawyer,

that the union folks suggested.

These lawyers, they'll trip

you up, if you don't watch them.

Make you say all sorts of stuff.

They ain't gonna put words in my mouth.

Are you so sure?

And then what?

You gonna be the big

shot that closes down

the Bonford Coal Company?

We lost men in there.

I'd keep to myself, if I was you.

Just keep telling them

you don't remember.

Try to get back to work,

back to being productive.

How many notebooks

do you think you need?


And you need pens and

stuff too, probably?


- Yeah, that's fine.

Where's Dad?

Dad? He's in Pittsburgh. Doing what?

He left Wednesday. The coal convention.

Is that me?

Stupid car.


- Oh, my God.

Sh*t. Who the hell did that?

Okay. Come on, let's get back inside.

Come on, come on, come

on. It's just some punk.

Are they mad at Dad? What?

Because of the mine?

or that was just some

dumb prank, or what.

Yeah, well, online,

people are mad at him.

Please stop reading that stuff.

I don't understand the half of it.

Now I gotta get that

f***ing thing replaced.

It's fine.

Hey, Mom will be back at nine.

She went to the union meeting.

I'm going out for a

little bit, all right?

I wanna go.

No, you stay here. Keep your butt

on that couch, and watch your TV.

Don't move.

Why are you following me?

Go on back, I'll be home soon.

Go back, before I smack you.

Go home.

- Light it.

- There's one left.

No. No.

Like, swing it.



That's some nice stuff right there.

What's that? Fireworks.

Stay there.

Hey, guys.


Good going, dude. Give

me one of those, man.

You ever heard of a six-pack before?

Man, that smells.

These smoke balls are lames.

Sh*t, there ain't nothing

to do in this f***ing town.

Get out of this f***ing

shithole, take the first damn bus.

I bet you've never been on a bus.

No, he only rides in fancy

cars. -Shut up, Kenny.

Next dig, come on!

Does your brother know to like

do sh*t, like read and write?

He can read a little.

Do you think he's gonna be able like

f*** girls, and get a driver's license?

That would suck if he has to

live with your mom forever.

JT, you might never get

your driver's license.

Hey, it's almost 7:00. Katie

said we could all come over, so...

Oh, I want to see her.

- Yup.

Let's go.

Dude, I just got here. Come on.

Oh, yeah, we'll miss you, man. -Aww.

Group hug!

Oh, my God!

You guys like to act like faggots?

Ooh, girlfriend, you

got a saucy mouth on you!

Come on, come on.

Wait up!

- Dude, you better not.

Come on.

Come on, James. Let's go home.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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