The Subject Was Roses

Synopsis: When Timmy Cleary (Sheen), comes home from soldiering, he's greeted by the open but strained arms of his two parents, John and Nettie, (Neal and Albertson). Once considered sickly and weak, he has now distinguished himself in the service and is ready to begin a new life. His parents, however, are still trapped in the bygone days of early and unresolved marital strife and begin emotionally deteriorating through several drama packed encounters. Now mature, the young Tim Cleary finally understands the family dynamics that has played all throughout his boyhood. By the simple act of bringing his mother roses on behalf of his father, Tim realizes he may have destroyed his family, but is helpless to obtain resolution which must come from both his parents.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Ulu Grosbard
Production: Warner Bros.
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
G
Year:
1968
107 min
498 Views


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Across the morning sky

All the birds are leaving

Oh, how can they know

it's time for them to go?

Before the winter fire

We'll still be dreaming

I do not count the time

Who knows

where the time goes?

Who knows

where the time goes?

Sad, deserted shore

Your fickle friends are leaving

Ah, but then you know

It's time for them to go

But I will still be here

I have no thought of leaving

I do not count the time

Who knows

where the time goes?

Who knows

where the time goes?

And I'm not alone

While my love is near me

And I know it will be so

Till it's time to go

So come the storms of winter

And then the birds

in spring again

I do not fear the time

Who knows how my love grows?

Who knows

where the time goes?

Looks like a lovely day.

Yeah.

Timmy still asleep?

I haven't heard him.

Breakfast ready?

I thought we'd all have

breakfast together.

No. I have to

go downtown.

Today?

Ruskin wants to see me.

I'll stop off at St. Francis,

offer a prayer of thanks.

All those casualties,

he never got a scratch.

We're very lucky.

You think he enjoyed the party?

He seemed to.

You know, it's the first time

I ever saw him take a drink.

He drank too much.

You don't get out of the army every day.

He was sick during the night.

Sure! It's probably

the excitement.

It was the whiskey.

You should have stopped him.

For three years, he's gotten along fine

without anybody telling him what to do.

I had to hold his head.

Nobody held his head in the army.

That's what he said.

But that didn't stop you.

He's not in the army anymore.

It was a boy that walked out

of this house three years ago.

It's a man that's come back in.

You sound like a recruiting poster.

You're ready to repeat the old mistakes.

Mistakes?

Pardon me.

You said mistakes.

It was a slip of the tongue.

I'd like to know what

mistakes you're referring to.

Can I have my coffee?

I'd really like to know.

He was 18 when he went away.

Until that time,

he showed no special skill at anything.

You treated him like he was a protege.

I think you mean prodigy.

What I really mean is baby.

For a baby,

he certainly did well in the army.

I didn't say he was a baby.

You treated him like one.

You were surprised he did well.

You didn't think he'd last a week.

"Bless us and save us,"

said Mrs. O'Davis.

Know why you were surprised?

"Joy, joy,"

said Mrs. Malloy.

Because you never understood him.

"Mercy, mercy,"

said old Mrs. Percy.

I never doubted he'd do

as well as anyone else.

Where he's concerned

you never doubted, period.

If he came in and said he could fly,

you'd help him out the window.

If you're saying I have

confidence in him,

you're right.

Why not?

Who knows him better?

Coffee's excellent.

He's exceptional.

Here we go again.

Yes, exceptional.

In what way?

I refuse to discuss it.

A person who's going to be famous

usually drops a few clues

by the time they're 21.

I didn't say famous.

I said exceptional.

What's the difference?

You wouldn't understand.

Here's something you better understand.

You can't treat him as though he'd

never been away. He's not a kid.

If you had stopped him

from drinking too much,

that would have been

treating him like a kid?

This is where I came in.

He was trying to keep up with you,

and you knew it.

You sound like you're jealous.

You two were so busy drinking,

you hardly paid attention

to anybody else.

You are jealous.

Don't be absurd.

He and I got along better yesterday

than we ever did before,

and you're jealous.

Well, well, well.

Can't Ruskin wait till Monday?

No. And don't pretend

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Frank D. Gilroy

Frank Daniel Gilroy (October 13, 1925 – September 12, 2015) was an American playwright, screenwriter, and film producer and director. He received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Subject Was Roses in 1965. more…

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