Simple Men

Synopsis: Bitter about being double-crossed by the women he loved, (and with the police after him to boot), Bill vows to seduce the next woman he sees, then throw her away. His brother Dennis, meanwhile, is equally determined to track down their long lost father, a revolutionary who has been in hiding for 20 years. For different reasons, both leave New York and head for Long Island, out of money, and short on ideas. D:"Long Island is a a terminal moraine." B:"What's that?" D:"It's the material left behind when a glacier recedes." D:"Gee, then what the hell are we waiting for?"
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Hal Hartley
Production: Zenith Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

- Don't move.

- Okay.

- Did you just move?

- My foot's asleep.

I said don't move.

- Alright, good looking, get in the truck.

- But bill...

come on, i'm right behind you.

Come on frank,

what are you waiting for?

- What's wrong?

- Do you love me?

- Yes.

- Am i beautiful?

Yes, you're beautiful.

- Don't move.

- Okay.

- You want a drink?

- No, thanks.

- You sure?

- I'm not allowed to drink on the job.

- Hey, that's nice.

- It's the virgin mary.

- She's good looking, huh?

- She brings me good luck.

Can i have it?

- But she keeps me out of danger.

- You're not in danger.

- That true?

- Sure, it's true. My gun doesn't even work.

- Thanks.

- Be good to her,

and she'll be good to you.

Sorry, bill. It's all over.

- What is this?

- Vera's with me.

I got ideas of my own

how to run things.


I gotta do what i feel.

I gotta be happy.

- Since when are you unhappy?

- You deserve better than me, bill.

- What's this.

- It's three grand.

Three grand?

I put this whole thing together.

I stand to make ten times this

much once we deliver this stuff.

Be good to her,

and she'll be good to you.

What can i do for you, young man?

I believe my father's

being held here.

Who's your father?

- William mccabe.

- No sh*t?

Yes, sir.

Listen, kid.

I saw your father play with

the dodgers back in '56.

No matter what else people say

about him good or bad,

your old man was the greatest

short stop that ever lived.

- Can i see him?

- No.

Why not?

He had a stroke in his holding cell.

They took him to the hospital.


- What's wrong with you?

- Leave me alone.

Oh, they caught your father,

finally after 23 years.


Look it's in all the papers.

- Big deal.

- It is a big deal.

Says right here he's responsible

for that bombing.

- Bombing? What bombing?

- His dad, 23 years ago

he lobbed a bomb in the front

door of the pentagon.

- That hasn't been proven yet.

- He got away with it.

That's your dad, william mccabe,

the radical shortstop?

- What about my coffee?

- The man is a hero.

My father's a crazy old man.

Says here 7 people were killed

and he's responsible.

S'pose you believe everything

you read, right?

Drop dead.

Here. This ought to hold you

for a good long while.

- I got married.

- Oh, yeah? To who?


- How's the kid?

- Okay.

That money's for him.

Don't take your bad

conscience on me, bill.

- Hey. What are you doing in town?

- Working.

- You hear about dad?

- Yeah.

He's in the hospital.

Can i help you?

Yeah, we're here to see

about a patient, william mccabe.

- Are you his family?

- I guess so.

- He's our father.

- Is he okay?

I think your father's

a wonderful man.

I don't care what the newspapers

say about him.

Go back to your station, louise.

He wouldn't have blown up that building

if he knew those people were in there.

- He's a great man, falsely accused!

- Louise!

- Look lady, can we see him or what?

- No, you can't.

- Why not?

- Because he's gone.

Gone where?

He's escaped.

Mom, what's going on?

I'm leaving, dennis.

I'm going to florida.

I'm afraid your father might show up

and i just don't want to ever see him again.

- What are you doing in town, bill?

- Got anything to eat?

Have you seen mary?

I'm taking this bottle of scotch.

She lets that child run wild

in the streets you know.

Mom, do you know

where he might go?

- Who?

- Dad.

Keep an eye on dennis.

Don't let him do anything stupid.

Look, take this.

Where'd you get that?

Never mind where i got it.

Will you just take it? You'll need it.

Is this dirty money?

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Hal Hartley

Hal Hartley (born November 3, 1959) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and composer who became a key figure in the American independent film movement of the 1980s and '90s. He is best known for his films Trust, Amateur and Henry Fool, which are notable for deadpan humour and offbeat characters quoting philosophical dialogue.His films provided a career launch for a number of actors, including Adrienne Shelly, Edie Falco, Martin Donovan, Karen Sillas and Elina Löwensohn. Hartley frequently scores his own films using his pseudonym Ned Rifle, and his soundtracks regularly feature music by indie rock acts Yo La Tengo and PJ Harvey. more…

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