CAST OF CHARACTERS
A chic, domineering woman in her sixties who
has made her son Frank dependent upon her for every
breath he takes. She is the irritant in the
household--the silent ruler--the silent enemy of
Frank is an unfeathered man who has never been
able to have fun. He is anxious to be a real father
to Jim, but has never learned how.
Tense and immature, she has never found the
husband she married. Upset by the presence of her
mother-in-law, mated with an ineffectual and joyless
man, she takes out her disappointment on him and on
The angry victim and the result. At seventeen he is
filled with confusion about his role in life. Because
of his "nowhere" father, he does not know how to be a
man. Because of his wounding mother, he anticipates
destruction in all women. And yet he wants to find a
girl who will be willing to receive his tenderness.
a junior partner in a law firm. Boyish,
attractive and debonair. Because he is frightened by
the adolescence of his daughter, Judy, his only
recourse is to criticize her.
Self-centered and frightened by the coming of
middle-age. She feels that Judy's blossoming youth
is threatening her wifely position as the desirable
object of the husband's attentions.
The victim and the result. At sixteen, she is in a
panic of frustration regarding her father--needing his
love and suffering when it is denied. This forces her
to invite the attention of other men in order to
Judy's brother. Because he is very young he is a
danger to nobody and thus will grow up happily--
certain of the love of his father who feels comfortable
in giving it.
Son of a divided family--an absent father and a
traveling mother--he feels himself the target of
desertion. At fifteen he wants to find a substitute
family for himself so that he need no longer feel
cold, and especially a friend who will supply the fatherly
protection and warmth he needs and cannot find.
A sado-masochistic boy of seventeen, who acts out
aggressively his idea of what a man should be in order
to hide his real sensitivities and needs. He was
probably rejected by both parents and must constantly
court danger and must constantly court danger in order
to achieve any sense of prestige or personal worth.
HELEN, CRUNCH, MOOSE, GOON, CHICK, COOKIE, MIL: All
searching for recognition in the only way available
to them; all suffering from unfulfilled hungers at
home; all creating an outside world of chaos in order
to bear the chaos they feel inside. They are
soldiers in search of an enemy.
A deep night sky. Matte shot. Camera searches slowly
upward through the heavens and the silver tone of a bell is
heard sounding the strokes of midnight.
On the final note of the bell, camera is full on the Milky
Way and there it rests, just long enough for a burst of
Easter singing to arise. The hymn is sung by the crude,
unmatched voices of children. Camera pans down to include:
Spire of a church. Camera continues its downward pan as the
singing continues and we pass a window beyond which is the
source of the singing. Camera pans off window to show--