Waking the Dead

Synopsis: Fielding Pierce lives the life of an aspiring politician - in 1972 he's serving in the Coast Guard (trying to avoid Vietnam in the most honorable way), and by 1973 he has entered law school. Along the way he falls in love with Sarah, a fiercely idealistic woman who devotes her life to helping others - unfortunately she's killed in an explosion while assisting members of the Chilean resistance. Nine years later, in the middle of a congressional election, Fielding is suddenly flooded with thoughts and visions of his lost love.
Director(s): Keith Gordon
Production: USA Home Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


A short time ago...

terror apparently struck

this quiet neighborhood...

on the outskirts of Minneapolis.

A car bomb destroyed a vehicle...

carrying two Chilean nationals...

and, apparently,

a young American woman.

The FBI is refusing comment.

However, early reports indicate

the bombing was carried out...

by Chilean government agents.

The agents were trying to stop

Francisco and Gisella Higgens...

who have been

touring around the US...

speaking out against Chile's

military dictatorship.

Minneapolis police believe the bomb

was detonated by remote control...

and that all three occupants of the car

were killed instantly.

The bodies have been removed to

Minneapolis Community General Hospital.

As for the young American woman...

it's not yet officially known,

but we have learned...

that she was Sarah Williams,

an activist from Chicago...

who was also working

with the sanctuary movement.

Sources tell us that she had made

several trips to Chile herself...

assisting in bringing

political refugees into the US.


the death of a young American girl...

on American shores...

will throw a whole new light

on both the sanctuary movement...

and, possibly,

on the government's relationship...

with the Chilean regime.

I'm Bill Haugland

reporting live from Minneapolis.

- Waking the Dead -


Hi, Fielding.

Kill anyone today?

Not yet, Tamara.

Is Danny here?

He's in his office.

I'm here to see the boss.

Who are you?

I'm his brother.


- Go on in. He's expecting you.

- Thanks.

You're new here, right?

Do you like it here?

Yeah, I love it.


- Good morning, Private.

- Colonel.

It's a damn good feeling knowing you're

out there patrolling New York Harbor.

The f***in' Cong could be

shoppin' on Fifth Avenue like that.

Fielding, I want you

out of that coast guard.

- Come on!

- No, really.

I'm worried about you.

What if Nixon takes the wrong pill

and sends you guys over to Vietnam?

Name one national political leader

who hasn't served his time, Danny.

And by the way, you remember

that little coast guard song...

that you made me learn?

My new assistant just told me

what "Semper Paratus" means.

I don't like

this "Always Ready" sh*t.

I get distinct death vibes.

Your new assistant?

The girl out there?

Yeah. Sarah.

A Catholic girl.

They know their Latin.

My coast guard fights for me

And our shore's liberty

We will be strong

Semper Paratus us

Even if die we must

We'll never fail the trust

That we've been shown

- Good, let's go.

- No way. We're not done yet.

We're proud, we're true, we're brave

We fear not pain nor grave

Our tide rolls on

We'll sail the ocean blue

Coast Guard, we love you

and everybody too

I can't remember

the rest of the words

Viking's doing this book on J. Edgar

Hoover that sounds a lot like ours.


Good. Cancel ours and get us

out of the whole f***in' thing.

We don't wanna deal with the FBI.

It's just a big headache we don't need.

Ready for lunch?

- Do you mind if I join you?

- Yes.

You mind?

I mean, no.

- We'll all go together.

- Okay. I'll go get my bag.

Check it out.

Who am I?

"Yes... No..."

Very smooth.

The thing about Harvard...

for somebody from the working class,

like us...

is that there is a terrible sense

of isolation, of aloneness there.

Not to mention

I was a year younger than everyone.

It was like walking around campus with

"scholarship kid" tattooed on my head.

I do believe, though, that politics

can still make a difference.

But you have to become

a part of it.

You become one of the people

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Robert Dillon

Robert Dillon is a screenwriter and film producer. In 1976 he was nominated by the Writers Guild of America for Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen for French Connection II. In 2001 he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for Waking the Dead. Beginning his career in 1959, he has nearly fifty years of experience. more…

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