Storm Fear (1955) Movie Script

Hey, Hank. Look at this one.
It must weigh at least a pound.
Sure. Easy.
Hey, Hank. Looks like more snow.
Yeah. It looks that way.
We could be in for a real storm.
- Yeah.
We'd better hurry if we want to
get to town before it starts.
Why do you go into Batterskill
for the whole weekend, Hank?
A man has to go to town every few
months to let off a little steam.
Got a girl in town?
- A girl?
- Seventeen? You are kidding.
No I'm not. I've got seventeen girls
and they're all crazy about me.
Say it.
- Okay. I give. I give.
Okay, come on.
I got to get going anyway.
I bet mom didn't think
we'd catch anything.
She didn't know who she
was dealing with, did she.
Wait a minute. Your feet.
Oh yeah.
Look, mother.
Did you catch them all yourself?
- No.
Hank helped a little.
- I imagine.
Put them in the sink, David.
- Yes, mother.
Where is daddy?
I'll get it.
In his room working.
Thank you.
Come here, David.
You snagged your pants.
When you go to bed put them on your
chair and I'll mend them for you.
Now go and wash your hands.
- Okay.
I used to think I liked summertime best.
Now I don't know.
Now I like winter best. Hank has more
time to go hunting and fishing with me.
You'd better stop talking like that.
Or your mother will fire me.
Who turned the radio up?
- I did.
Turn it off, David.
I am trying to write.
Yes, sir.
Look at the fish we caught, daddy.
Don't keep them in the kitchen.
They'll smell out the whole house.
We're having them for supper tonight.
David, take off your boots please.
- And turn the radio off.
Yes, sir.
I'll be on my way.
I'll be back in a couple of days. Got to
get some things in town for the farm.
What do you have to get?
For one thing, I'd like to get
a new wheel for the tractor.
Can't that wait until next spring?
It could. But I'd hate to be
without it in case we need it.
Thank you again for our radio.
It was the nicest Christmas present
you could have thought of.
I'm glad you liked it.
Anything I can get for
you in Batterskill?
No. Nothing I can think of.
No. Thank you, Hank.
So long everybody.
- Bye. Have a good time.
Bye, Hank. Thanks again for my 0.22.
That's okay.
When I come back we'll go hunting.
Why didn't you thank Hank for our radio?
He didn't get it for me.
He certainly did.
He got it for both of us.
I know who he got it for.
You think I'm a child, Elizabeth?
Do you think I don't know why he
stayed on here for two years?
Fred, please.
- I know what I'm talking about.
You're in this godforsaken
country because of me, son.
If my health improves I'll
see you get out of here.
I know this new book
of mine will be sold.
I'm going to be able to take
you and your mother ..
Is there a door in this barn big
enough to get this car through?
Answer me.
No. There isn't.
- Yes?
Someone is coming.
He came in a car and drove
right up to our barn.
The man was going to hit me.
Hello, Liz.
Surprised to see me?
Yes. I am.
I am.
You're looking good.
Thank you.
So are you.
Hi, Davey.
Fine, sir.
Anybody else with you?
Fred is in the living room.
Nobody else staying with you?
We have a hired man. Why?
Where is he?
He has gone for a couple of days.
What's the matter, Charlie?
I've been shot.
That's nothing. Just a graze.
I was lucky.
It's my leg that's
giving me the trouble.
Hello, Fred.
Where you come from?
What has happened to you?
I have been shot.
The bullet is still in there.
How did you get shot?
You'll never learn, will you Charlie.
I'll call a doctor.
No. I don't need any doctor, Fred.
All I need is a little rest.
I'll be alright.
Don't be childish.
You should have a doctor.
Who are these people?
That is Benjie and that is Edna.
You look as though you have a
fever and I am calling a doctor.
Now look. I don't want any doctor.
I told you not to phone, Fred.
Next time, listen to me
when I tell you something.
We're going to be here until morning.
Until then I am giving the orders.
Let me go.
Let me go.
David. Take the milk to the cooler.
Yes, mom.
You must get it through your head, Fred.
I am no kid brother anymore.
What's the idea, Charlie?
What are you trying to ..
- Don't start chewing on me, Liz.
It wasn't my fault.
Listen. You got a room I can use?
You can use mine.
Where you taking that?
Taking it with me. Any objections?
No. Just asking you.
I want you to stay down here. I don't
want nobody coming in or going out.
You understand?
- Okay.
Both of you get some sleep. I want to
pull out first thing in the morning.
In there.
I want to know what happened, Charlie.
- I don't want to talk about it, Liz.
Lay off, will you.
Can't you see my leg is killing me?
Benjie, give me a shot.
Later. When we get settled.
We only got half a bottle.
Half a bottle?
- Uhuh.
Does your old man have anything
to drink in the house?
You mean booze?
- Yeah.
No. He never drinks anything like that.
It must run in the family.
You were surprised to see your
uncle Charlie, weren't you?
How do you know he is my uncle?
Is he really?
- That's what he told me.
How was he shot?
Was he hunting?
Hey. How old are you, kid?
That coat. It's mink, isn't it?
Yeah. Do you like it?
Yes, ma'am.
It must have cost two or
three hundred dollars.
You hit it right on the nose, kid.
When you grow up kid, you'll find out.
Is that man really my uncle?
Yes. He is your uncle.
I'll go up and see how his leg is.
- No. You stay down here.
I don't want you upstairs.
Because I don't want you up there.
Yes, sir.
Whose guns are those?
The 0.22 is mine.
The other two are my father's.
I cut that tree down myself.
Up on the mountain.
- Just like Radio City music hall.
Smell it.
It smells good.
It smells like a tree.
Liz, my leg has started
hurting real bad.
The bullet has to come out.
Liz, you're the only one
here I trust to do it.
What is that for?
For Max.
- Max? Who is that?
My dog.
Dog? I don't see no dog around here.
He's dead.
What do you want?
The bullet has to be removed from
Charlie's leg. Will you help me?
Let him get a doctor.
You know he can't.
He is in terrible pain.
Are you going to help me?
- No.
Kid, get me a couple of glasses.
- David.
If you want glasses get them
yourself. They're in there.
David, you're not to do
any errands for him.
Yes, sir.
Take this upstairs.
What are you doing?
- It's for your friend.
The only painkiller
we've got around here.
I don't want any drinking in this house.
Where can we drink? In the barn?
Give me that.
Come on. Try it.
Remember the first time
I met you on the beach?
You had on that little red bathing suit.
Stop it, Charlie.
David, get the lamp off
the bureau so I can see.
It looks infected, Charlie.
Are you sure you trust me to do it?
- I told you I did.
Come on, Liz.
If you're going to do it, do it.
I've never done anything
like this before.
Alright. So you haven't.
I can do it myself.
David. Bring the lamp around here.
Now if you feel sick
or anything, tell me.
Just don't back up or .. drop the lamp.
- Okay.
I think you had better
take this, Charlie.
I don't want it.
It will hurt.
I told you I don't want it.
Come on.
Go ahead.
Put the lamp back now.
- Yes, ma'am.
Liz, I would like a little water.
I'll get it.
- Take these with you.
Did it break the bone?
- No.
It was in the flesh.
You've more lives than a cat.
If it hit the bone you'd
be going nowhere.
Take this with you please.
Yeah, you.
- Okay.
- Yeah?
Now will you tell me what happened?
- I don't want to talk about it.
I'm sorry but I want to talk
about it now. I have to ..
Thank you, Davey.
[ Radio: ]
"News bulletin. Robbery in Batterskill.
The first in this area in eight years."
Hey, Charlie!
"The National Bank of Batterskill was
held up and robbed of $85,000."
"A police officer was killed."
"One member of the gang who
goes by the name of Sam Carney .."
"Was critically wounded and captured by
the police. He is not expected to live."
"The other three criminals driving a tan
Plymouth sedan were seen heading south."
"One of them was shot in the leg."
"Highway patrols are alerted
to be on the lookout."
"Well, there seems to
be no tax relief .."
I am no killer, Davey.
Charlie, do you think Sam will talk?
No. He'd want Edna to get away.
Well, we fooled them.
They think we're heading south.
My luck is holding out.
- Yeah.
Why did you come here?
I planned on coming here from the first.
I won't lie about that.
I forgot about the kid.
I really forgot about him, Liz.
I forgot all about him, Liz.
- That's just like you.
You'll never change.
Not one bit will you change.
Come on, David.
Will you go on up. Like a good fellow.
- Stay here, David.
David. You'll go on out.
Close the door, will you.
No. You haven't changed.
Do you know what his is going to
mean in a one-horse town like this?
I am sorry, Liz. I'm sorry.
You are always sorry.
You were sorry about me.
You were sorry about David.
You were sorry you were married.
You can't go on always thinking that
being sorry will help everything.
What about your wife?
She left me four years ago.
She had more sense than
I gave her credit for.
Who is the girl downstairs? Your girl?
Oh, she is nothing.
When I saw you come in and walk
over to the couch I thought ..
I felt like years ago.
Now I wouldn't let you touch me.
Okay, I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
You're always sorry.
Is that all you can say?
It is not just David and me.
There is a man dead.
Maybe two by now.
And all you can say is you're sorry.
Shut up and listen to me.
I didn't plan on hurting anybody.
Not you, not the kid, not Fred.
And I didn't plan on
anybody getting killed.
I just figured the robbery and
coming here. That's all.
Do you know what they're
going to do to you?
They'll kill you.
They will electrocute you.
You know that, don't you?
Why did you do it?
How can you kill a man and lie there
as calmly as if nothing happened?
How could you?
- Shut up.
I did not kill anybody.
Get that straight. My gun is right
over there in the jacket. Go and ..
Take a look at it. It hasn't been fired.
I don't know who did
kill that cop but I didn't.
And I am not getting caught.
Get that straight.
If I kill ten men.
I am not getting caught.
Giving her a once-over, buster?
Edna, I think the kid is sweet on you.
Don't you let him kid you, Dave.
Are you an actress?
An actress. That's the best yet.
What is so comical?
You know I could be singing and dancing.
Right this minute if I wanted to.
Any place in New York City.
You act? Act like we're in a nightclub.
- Okay.
Would you like that, Davey?
- Sure.
Presenting the one and only ..
Edna Rogers.
The girl with the golden voice.
And the classy chassis.
For me and my true love
will never meet again.
On the bonny, bonny
banks of Loch Lomond.
You take the high road.
And I'll be in Scotland afore you.
For me and my true love
will never meet again.
On the bonny, bonny
banks of Loch Lomond.
For me and my true love
will never meet again.
You could get a job doing
a dance in a freak show.
You creep. You.
You're the lousiest creep I ever met.
They ought to put you away someplace.
Because you're so crazy.
Shut that hole.
When they get you this time my little
creepy friend they'll either kill you ..
Or put you away in a nut house where
you can't hurt nobody never again.
That's where you belong, Benjie.
In a nut house.
Shut up.
Do you hear me?
- Get out of here.
Both of you. Get out of here.
Get out of this house right now.
I'm telling you to get out of here.
Leave my father alone! He's sick.
Shut up.
Take it easy, champ.
You'll cough up a lung.
You don't need no keys, champ.
See how simple it is without a key.
Uncle Charlie. Uncle Charlie.
I told you to leave him alone.
Get away.
- Leave my gun alone.
Give me my gun.
What's going on?
This creep here started for the gun.
You crazy fool. What did you do?
- I didn't do nothing.
What you mean, nothing?
Look at the place.
Well, he ..
He started for the gun.
He tried to run us out, Charlie.
Don't you raise a hand. You hear me?
Let go of me, Charlie.
Let me go. Let me go.
You hear me?
- Yeah, Charlie.
Get up. Go out and get
a broom and clear it up.
Keep away from me.
I don't need your help.
What has been happening? Where's David?
- Everything is alright.
Come up to bed.
- No.
You stay right here, David.
And you stay right there
where you belong.
You're a good pair, the two of you.
Just alike.
There's no shame in either of you.
Just like old times, isn't it Charlie?
If you want it, take it.
Just get out of here.
Don't get worked up.
Go back, Elisabeth. Go back, go back!
You're nothing but a bum, Charlie.
You'll end up in the
gutter, just like Papa.
A thieving, murdering bum. You'll end
up just like I told Mama you would.
I haven't seen you in years.
Why must we always fight?
Can't we get along now?
- Because you're no good.
Now get out of here and take
the rest of them with you.
Elizabeth too.
But she's not having David.
Not as long as I'm alive.
- You're way off base, Fred.
Don't get worked up.
You think I won't turn you in, Charlie?
If I get the chance, I will.
So help me, I will.
What was daddy talking about?
Nothing, David.
He is sick.
He didn't mean those things.
Come on. Let's go to bed.
Uncle Charlie.
Alright, Benjie.
Put it back.
I just want my share. That's all.
- Next time, I'll kill you.
Put it back. Come on.
Get out of here.
Thanks, Davey.
- That's okay.
Better get back to bed
and get some sleep.
And Davey.
Don't worry about your gun.
I'll send you another one.
Goodnight, uncle Charlie.
Charlie. The kid says we
can't make it out of here.
The kid's right.
We must stay here until it clears.
Stay here?
- Take it easy.
Nobody knows we're here.
- Charlie.
I'll get us out of here
in plenty of time.
I'm lucky. Haven't I always been lucky?
Let me do the worrying, will you?
Just go on downstairs like I told you.
Okay. How is your leg?
- Nothing for you to worry about.
What are you doing here?
- I want to talk to Charlie.
I thought you were leaving this morning.
- How can we leave? Look outside.
Come on, use your head. What do you
expect me to do, clear the roads?
I want to get out of here
more than you want us to.
I brought you a clean shirt.
What time is it?
Time? High noon.
Ready to leave?
- We're stuck.
What do you mean?
- We're stuck. Look out the window.
What are we going to do?
Big-shot says we got nothing to
worry about. Him and his luck.
Can I help you any?
- No thanks.
I'd be glad to help.
No, thank you.
- Anything.
Except wash the dishes
on account of my nails.
You know, you're a
pretty nice-looking dish.
I'd like to see you sometime.
In a bikini.
You put lipstick on today, didn't you?
Let your hair down.
What is it with you and Charlie?
You used to be his girl?
You did, didn't you?
Don't touch me.
Here's your breakfast, uncle Charlie.
- Thank you.
How is your leg?
- Much better, Davey. Thanks.
Much better. Say, do me a favor.
Get me my pen out of my coat pocket.
Not that pocket, Davey. The other one.
That's right. Have you
had your breakfast, yet?
You sit down and eat these eggs.
I don't want any.
Mr Charlie.
Did you ever shoot at
anybody with that gun?
How do you like it, living up
here in these mountains?
It's okay. Daddy doesn't like it.
Is that so? Is he still writing books?
But he never makes any money.
He had one book published.
About four years ago.
- Did he? I didn't know that.
Anything since?
- Nope.
He has one he sent away now.
He says this one is
going to be a success.
Yeah. Your father was
always a smart guy.
I always had to look out for him though.
I was younger but I was tougher.
I never let anybody pick on Fred.
He'd always sit around
the house reading.
Learning something.
I just about worshipped
Fred when we were kids.
Mama did too.
He had the brains alright, your father.
Where did you learn to play that?
I picked it up years ago.
I wish I could play tunes like that.
- I'll teach you sometime.
Will you?
- Sure.
How come you didn't come to
visit us before, uncle Charlie?
I don't know.
I've been away a lot, I guess.
Why? Did you miss me?
I didn't even know you.
Well now you do. If you had known
me would you have missed me?
You are a good kid.
So are you.
Where is your dog?
I don't have any dog.
Yeah. But you had one.
How did you know that?
I don't know.
I just figured. All the kids in the
country have dogs, don't they?
I had one once.
Someone sent me a puppy.
I never knew who sent
it and I asked daddy.
He wouldn't answer at first.
And then he said: just a friend.
But he never liked the dog.
Where's the dog now?
What happened to it?
I came home from school one day.
He had shot him.
What did he do that for?
He said it was chasing
and killing the chickens.
But Max never chased
or killed any chickens.
I was sick for a week after that.
I sure was crazy about that dog.
Davey, would you ..
Get me some more coffee
please like a good fellow?
Alright, uncle Charlie.
Do you want some coffee now, Fred?
If I do, I'll get it myself.
Hey .. Davey.
David, your breakfast is on the stove.
I've had breakfast. Uncle Charlie
didn't want his eggs so I ate them.
He wants some more coffee.
- Alright. Get it.
Bring down his dirty dishes right away.
I want to get things washed up.
David. I will have some.
Daddy .. who was it sent me Max?
You tell him, Liz.
You tell him, Liz.
Tell him who sent him the dog.
Alright, Fred. I'll tell him.
Your father sent you the dog, David.
That's right, David. Your father.
Here is your coffee, uncle Charlie.
- Just put it up there.
How soon do you think before they'll
have the roads cleared down below?
I don't know.
Listen. If I needed your help
would you help me, Davey?
You go on out, David.
I want to talk to Charlie alone.
I like your hair this way, Liz.
It's just the way you used to have it.
You and your friends have
to get out of here, Charlie.
Yeah? Well, we're going
when we're good and ready.
What about us?
Have you ever in your entire life
thought about anyone except yourself.
What do you mean? Who was I thinking of
when I paid the deposit for this farm?
So Fred could have a nice healthy
climate and write his books and ..
And become a big-shot genius.
And pay me back maybe.
I suppose I was thinking
about myself, huh?
That was an agreement you had with Fred.
- Agreement? There was none.
It was just that I thought
of you and the kid and him.
All my life.
But you used him when you needed him.
- What do you mean, 'used him'?
It was his idea to marry you.
He always wanted you. As far as it goes,
it's your fault as much as anyone's.
The kid and everything.
I was honest with you
right from the start.
That's right.
You paid us off.
And your conscience too.
For a few thousand dollars.
David, me and Fred.
You don't owe us anything and
we don't owe you anything.
But if you were a man and
you had any conscience left ..
You would think of David and me.
You know.
I thought of you, Liz.
I thought of you a whole lot.
All the way up here I
was thinking about you.
How you were when I first met you.
When you first came to the city.
You were just a kid.
A real .. kid.
And you were the prettiest
thing I'd ever seen.
You remember that ..
That time on the pier when ..
That poor guy you thought was
me and you pushed in the water?
So long.
Do you remember the first
time I ever took you out, Liz?
I thought about that a lot of times.
A lot of times.
You've not changed much since then, Liz.
Yes I have, Charlie.
You're just as pretty
now as you were then.
Don't, Charlie.
Please, don't. Charlie. Please.
It's just like long ago, isn't it?
When all I had to do was whistle.
Shut up.
- Isn't it?
Let me go. Let me go.
You remember, Liz.
All I had to do was whistle.
Fred was right about you, Charlie.
You're nothing but a bum and you'll
end up right where you belong.
I hope they catch you.
And I hope they kill you, Charlie.
Come in.
- Come here a minute.
Now look.
This is where we came in. Right?
- Yes.
And over here is the
state highway going north.
- What's in between?
That mountain there.
It's called Lone Pine Peak.
It looks like only a
few miles on the map.
It is. But you must go over the mountain
and there's no road or anything.
How far is it to the highway?
I'm not sure exactly.
Over fifteen miles maybe.
Have you ever gone over it?
- The peak?
- Sure.
But not in weather like this.
Uncle Charlie.
- Yeah?
Look what I found.
- What is that?
The bill of sale that came with my dog.
Look. It says: Purchaser. Charles Blake.
Isn't that your name?
- Yes.
Well then.
Why did daddy just say he sent
for the dog when he didn't?
Did he say that?
- Sure.
Mother said .. 'your father sent it'.
And he said:
'That's right. Your father'.
And then he left.
I don't know, Davey. A long time ago.
Maybe I bought it for him or something.
You know, I'm getting kinda hungry now.
You want to get me some chow?
Okay. I'll take down your dirty dishes.
And don't be long.
I want to talk to you.
- Yes?
Yeah. Somebody's coming up to the house.
Get everybody in the living room.
Come on.
Come on, come on. In the living room.
Hurry up.
Come on. Not her.
In there.
Now Liz.
- What?
I want you to get rid of them.
You'd better get rid of them, Liz.
Benjie is in there with Davey.
Benjie has got a gun.
Don't give him any excuse to use it.
He'd like nothing better.
Now go and see if you
can tell who it is. Go on.
It's the hired man.
Okay. Get rid of him.
Suppose I can't?
Suppose he's back to stay?
Then you may be needing a new hired man.
You tell him.
Hello Hank.
Are you surprised to see me?
Yes. What are you doing back so soon?
I didn't get any farther yesterday
than Will Evans' place.
The postman left these
at Will's for Fred.
He couldn't make it up here yesterday.
So Will hailed me and asked if I'd bring
them up for Fred and I said I would.
I stopped in for a drink.
One drink led to another
and then another and ..
And then the storm started and Will
persuaded me to stay overnight.
I couldn't get the jeep
through this morning.
That wind.
It's fierce.
Drifts ten or twelve feet high.
That's the longest two
miles I ever walked.
Could I have a cup of coffee?
I can get it.
Who is your company?
Well, I see you got a plate
full of cigarette butts.
Fred doesn't smoke and I know you don't.
Ed Harris dropped by last evening.
These are from Fred's publisher.
I figured he'd be anxious for them.
- Thank you.
Where is Fred?
In bed.
He wasn't feeling so good today.
Where is David?
He is upstairs.
He has got a cold.
Maybe I will just go up and say hello.
I was just there.
He is asleep.
I want to say something to you.
- Please, Hank.
What are you doing to yourself?
A real woman like you withering away.
What do you get from life?
- Be quiet.
What you paying penance for?
When do you stop punishing yourself?
What are you talking about?
You don't know anything.
I know. You know what I am talking
about. I'm talking about you and Fred.
And David.
What about him? What do you think
this ugly life here is doing for him?
There's no love, nor affection.
Not from Fred.
Not from you.
How dare you talk to me like this.
I am a good woman.
I'm a very good mother.
- Sure. You sew on his buttons.
You fix his meals. But when do
you put your arms around him?
When do you kiss him?
You don't know what
you're talking about.
You're drunk.
You don't know what you're saying.
I know what I am saying.
I want you to stop wasting
your life like this.
You deserve better. You and David.
- Please, will you stop it.
I want you to leave Hank. Right now.
Right this minute.
You've got to listen to me.
I am not talking for myself.
Get back here.
Please, Liz. Believe me.
Please. You have got to go.
I could be a good
father to that boy, Liz.
I brought you some mail, Fred.
I promised Will I'd come back and keep
him company until the road is cleared.
So I ..
Your mail is there on the table, Fred.
See you in a couple of days.
I'm sorry.
Hey, Benjie.
Let the kid go.
- Okay, kid. Back in the kitchen.
Did you hear me?
- I don't want to.
Charlie, do you think he's wise to us?
- No. I don't.
You did a real good job, Liz.
This is from that publisher.
Do you want to read it?
Fred. Davey told me you had a
book published a few years ago.
I was very happy to hear about it, Fred.
'None of your manuscripts
merit publication and ..'
'Your revisions have been
a waste of your time and ..'
Give me that.
Daddy, don't.
Go away, David.
Don't do that. Fred, don't do that.
No, Charlie.
I'm going to burn
every last one of them.
They're no good.
They never have been any good.
Fred. Don't.
Shut up.
I'll bash you with this.
Stay there. Stay where you are.
I don't take that off you or anyone.
You gave your last order, big-shot. You
got us into this with your big deals.
Put the gun down, Benjie.
- Why?
I can shoot up the whole bunch of you.
We'll get caught anyway.
Come back here.
Stay there, Liz.
Charlie, please.
I said not to mess with me, didn't I?
Lay off the kid.
Get your gun. Pick it up.
Hurry up.
- Okay.
Put it away.
He's alright, Liz. He's not hurt.
Will you please go on downstairs.
Leave him with me a minute.
Will you please.
Just a minute.
Benjie, you're stupid.
- What you trying to do?
Listen, you lamebrain.
Suppose we can't go back
the way we came in?
How do we get out of here?
- I don't know. How?
Over that mountain out there.
You know your way over it?
- No. But ..
The kid. He could take
us over that mountain.
Now go on downstairs.
- Okay, Charlie.
I want you to forget what Benjie did.
He is scared, Davey. He's scared stiff.
He is a little .. you got to be careful
with him. You try and forget it.
Why do you keep him around?
Do you like him?
Nobody likes Benjie.
I need him, Davey.
He does what I tell him to.
Davey. Here.
I want you to have this.
It's always brought me luck.
What did you do?
I will get another one.
Why don't you lie down
and rest a bit, huh?
Are you going to?
Yeah, I guess so. I guess so.
How do you feel, uncle Charlie?
Not too hot, kid. Not too hot.
Supper, everybody.
Is everybody asleep?
Don't it smell good?
Everything is ready, Charlie.
I got a wonderful supper.
I love to cook.
You know I can cook, honey.
So you can cook. So shut up.
- Drop dead.
What are you doing?
I can't drink my milk straight.
Hi, honey.
I've made a wonderful supper.
You don't have to do a thing.
Thanks. It's very kind of you, Edna.
Think nothing of it. You know,
us girls have got to stick together.
Did you get a good rest?
- Yes, thank you.
Well, that's nice.
Now you just sit down at the table
and I'll wait on you for a change.
Thanks. But I'm going to eat in my room.
David. You'll have to
eat upstairs with me.
Yes, ma'am.
Fix us two plates.
I'll take this one in to your father.
I brought your supper.
Believe me.
I was so sorry about this afternoon.
Hank was drunk.
He didn't mean all those things.
He was so drunk he didn't
know what he was saying.
Hank was right, Elizabeth.
There's no happiness here
for you or me or David.
- None.
When I married you.
I thought I was being noble.
Providing a home.
But I was only thinking of myself.
Because I wanted you.
I thought you would love me.
That you would forget about Charlie.
I did the best I could.
I never told you I loved you, Fred.
I made the best home for you I could.
That's not what I want, Liz.
I want you.
Do you understand?
I want you to love me the
way you loved Charlie.
I can't, Fred. I can't.
Come on, David.
It's about time for the 7 o'clock news.
How does it taste? Good, huh?
What did you put in it, fertiliser?
I hope it kills you.
- It could kill the whole bunch of us.
Look, you.
- Button up, the two of you.
"Two men, one wounded. And a woman
are travelling in a tan Plymouth sedan."
"The fourth member of the gang, wounded
by the police, died during the night."
"Latest clues now make it certain
the robbers are hiding near here."
"Trapped by heavy snows between the
Batterskill highway and the mountains."
"Snow plows will work all night so the
police can search the neighboring area."
"Everyone is urged to report suspicious
characters to the police immediately."
"Have you friends been
avoiding you lately?"
We should get the kid and get out now.
They got snow plows.
We must stop them getting here tonight.
We're not going out in the
dark on that mountain.
We stay here until it's light.
- Charlie.
Look. If you want out, get
your coat and get going.
If you're staying you
do exactly like I say.
Have you asked the kid if he'll take us?
- No. But he'll take us.
Suppose he won't? How do you know?
I know.
Charlie doesn't seem like
a bank robber to me.
I like him.
What have you and your uncle
Charlie been talking about?
Nothing much.
I want you to stay away from him, David.
He's no good and he never
has been any good.
Yes, ma'am.
If you were older David I could tell
you a lot about your uncle Charlie.
I could tell you what his word is worth.
Yes, ma'am.
Sometimes when you are young.
Well, you do things you shouldn't.
Things that you are ashamed of later on.
And then you have to
pay for these things.
Maybe all your life.
I just want you to stay away
from him. That is all.
Promise me?
I promise.
What is it, uncle Charlie?
Sit down over here, Davey.
Where it's warm.
It's stopped snowing.
We got to get out of here
as soon as it's light.
Listen to that wind, uncle Charlie.
It's going to make terrible drifts.
The roads will be worse than ever.
- I don't care about the mountain roads.
I want you to take me and Edna
and Benjie over that mountain.
I got to get out of here.
The cops will be here today for sure.
Two men were killed.
I didn't kill them, Davey. I didn't.
You shouldn't steal, uncle Charlie.
You shouldn't have stolen the money.
You don't always get a chance in
this life to do what you should.
Have you ever gone hungry?
Have you ever seen
your mother go hungry?
- I have.
We didn't have money for rent,
for clothes, for heat, for food.
I broke the door of a
grocery store one night.
A couple of cops saw me go
in and they came in after me.
There was some money
in the cash register.
They took it. When we got
in front of the judge ..
They said I took the money
and got rid of it somehow.
The judge didn't believe
anything I told him.
And sent me to reform
school for six months.
And when I got out I got me a
job for fourteen bucks a week.
One of those cops came round and said
I had to give him four bucks a week.
Or he'd get me sent
back to reform school.
I gave it to him for a few weeks.
Then I said I wouldn't, so he framed me
and I got sent back to reform school.
Each time I got out it was the same.
They never gave me a
chance to go straight.
I'm sorry, uncle Charlie.
I didn't know that.
But anyway ..
Here I am with the money
to get out of the country ..
And get a new start in life with the
cops looking for me everywhere.
Waiting to kill me.
Kid, I thought you liked me. Now you
refuse to show me over a lousy mountain.
I do like you and I don't want
to see you killed but ..
Then help me. Then help me.
I can't.
- Look. Please, Davey.
Please. I'll not forget it. If you help
me I promise I'll make it up to you.
I just can't.
- Why?
I made a promise to mother.
Davey, listen. I saved your life today.
Benjie would have killed you.
You brought him here, uncle Charlie.
I'm sorry.
I can't go.
Charlie. I'll take you.
We got to get out of here fast.
Daddy has gone for the police.
How long ago?
- I don't know.
Listen. Hurry up and get ready.
Don't make any noise, Davey.
We don't want to wake your mother.
Where is the dough?
- Right here.
Come on, Edna. I'll help you
put on your snowshoes.
I'll take it.
Alright. Let's go. Come on.
They are snowshoes.
- Those things?
How do you walk in them?
- You just walk.
What is happening, Charlie?
We got to get out of here, Liz.
Fred has gone for the police.
Fred out in this snow? He couldn't have.
- Well, he has.
Where are you going?
He is taking us over the mountain, Liz.
David, don't you dare.
You'll stay right here.
Charlie. You know you can't
get over it in this snow.
Don't you have any sense at all?
He doesn't know anything.
He is just a boy.
Do you have an idea how
far it is over the mountain?
Did you see the drifts outside today?
It's worse up there.
If you want to go, go.
But don't take him with you, Charlie.
Listen to me, Liz.
We're going and David has already
agreed to show us the way.
Isn't that right, Davey?
Isn't that right?
- Yes.
David, don't move.
Charlie, he's just a child.
You aren't taking him.
He'll tell you what to do but
he doesn't have to go with you.
David, don't you understand?
They are .. they're trying to use you.
None of them are any good.
They are no good.
They'll just take you and use you
and try and kill you afterwards.
I've got to go, mother.
I'll be alright.
Edna. Take the boy and wait at the barn.
Go ahead, Davey.
- David.
David, come back.
David. David, come back.
Charlie, don't you have any decency?
Get that rope over there.
Benjie, let's go.
Look, Liz. We don't want to
do this but we can't help it.
Well, what are we doing?
- Wait a minute, will you.
- Charlie, hurry up.
Shut up.
Hey, Davey.
We had to tie your mother up.
We didn't hurt her, Davey.
We had to do it or she would
have tried to follow us.
There will be people here
soon enough to let her loose.
Which way, Davey?
Up there.
I don't know if she can make it.
There's an easier way down about a mile.
- Right. Let's get going.
Say, Charlie.
You want me to carry the dough?
- I got it.
I just want to make it easier for you.
Come on.
You shouldn't do that, Edna.
You're going to need that sweater.
It will get awful cold.
- I'm too hot with all this stuff on.
I am dying.
It will be easier on you if
you left the fur coat behind.
You won't get so tired then.
- It took me ten years to get this coat.
It goes where I go.
If this is left behind
I am going to be in it.
I cannot wear this coat anymore.
I can't even carry it. It's too heavy.
Carry it for me, Benjie.
Why don't you bury it?
With yourself in it.
I'll take you.
I hate you, you creep. I hate you.
You're mean. I will ..
Somebody come down here and help me.
My ankle is hurt.
What are we going to do, uncle Charlie?
See if you can walk on it, Edna.
I can't. It's broken. I can feel it.
It's broken.
You lousy creep.
- What do you want?
Hold this.
What are you doing?
- I'm leaving this for her.
Leaving her money? Are you crazy?
- Cut it out.
It's a long story.
Come on, Davey.
- Now look, Davey.
There's nothing we can do, kid.
I'm as sorry about it as you do but ..
But there's nothing we can do.
Come on.
No, Charlie.
Don't leave me here please.
Charlie, Benjie.
I'll give you all my share of the money.
I don't want it. You take it, Benjie.
Please don't go. Don't leave me here.
Davey. You got to get hold of yourself.
There was no way to get to her.
I know.
But Davey.
They'll be after us. They will find her.
They'll find her. She'll be alright.
Wait a minute.
My bandage is coming loose.
I got to fix it.
You should have stayed
behind with that leg.
Let me do it for you, uncle Charlie.
Thanks, kid.
I knew something was wrong
when I woke up this morning.
Those shoes I kicked.
I knew they weren't yours.
Then I heard on the
radio about the robbery.
Hank, they've got David.
They're headed for Lone Pine Peak
with him. You've got to get him.
I'm afraid they'll use him as a shield.
Alright. Don't worry.
Fred is dead.
I found him in the snow.
He must have started for help.
I'll call Evans and have somebody
come over and stay with you.
You can't.
They ripped the phone off the wall.
Go and get him. I'll be alright.
How long have they been gone?
- About three hours.
Hank. Please be careful.
They are killers.
I'll be careful.
Get him.
Please don't let them hurt him.
Yeah. That's much better.
Uncle Charlie.
- Yeah?
When you get off this mountain.
What are you going to do?
Well, the first thing is to get a car.
I want to go with you.
Go with me?
You must have rocks in your head.
I want to.
Get some sense, will you Davey.
Look, kid.
I'm happy you want to go with me but you
can't. You're just talking kid's stuff.
I'm not a kid. If I can take you
over this mountain I'm not a kid.
Alright. You are not a kid.
You don't understand, Davey.
I will be running maybe
for the rest of my life.
I don't care. I don't care.
Because you don't know
what it is like, Davey.
Only somebody who runs knows.
When that cop fell over I should have ..
Started from scratch.
I can say it was smart to come
here but that don't make it so.
It was dumb. It was stupid.
Now look, Davey.
You are just tired and keyed up.
Someday you'll thank me.
Where do you think you are, Charlie?
Look what you done.
You scared baby boy. He's balling.
Don't, Davey. Davey, no.
So help me, I'll kill you!
Benjie, I'll kill you.
Benjie, I'll kill you!
Don't hit him anymore.
Stay there.
I got news for you, big-shot.
You ain't killing nobody.
You are all finished.
You ain't going nowhere.
You ain't doing nothing from herein out.
Stay there.
I'm going to kill you now, big-shot.
Look at me.
Look at me!
I'm going to put a nasty hole right
in the middle of your precious face.
If you do.
The kid won't take you
over the mountain.
You can't get out of this place alone.
Shut up.
Ask him.
Ask him.
Even with a gun you
couldn't make him do it.
How will you get over the mountain?
You can't even walk.
I'll walk.
Come on, Davey. Help me up.
What is that?
Snow plows clearing the road.
- How far away are they?
A few miles. We'll go to the Evans farm.
- Hurry it up. Hurry it up.
What is it, uncle Charlie?
I got to stop for a while, Davey.
I'll try to slow down.
Uncle Charlie, listen to me. We must do
something quick because just over the ..
What's going on?
- Nothing.
The snow plows are coming closer.
Come on.
We can't.
We got to stop for a while.
Can't you see he's all tired out?
That's too bad.
He stays here.
Give me that.
Get moving.
I'm not going.
You are going.
And it had better be the right way.
Go on.
Don't go.
Don't leave me.
Keep moving.
Move it.
Come back. I said get back here.
Get back here.
I'll take you with me, Davey.
I'll take you.
Just don't leave me.
Uncle Charlie, listen to me.
Uncle Charlie, would you listen to me?
We got to think of
something awful quick.
Because just over the crest
you can see the highway.
Davey. You got to stall them, Davey.
Stall them.
If he sees the highway, he'll kill us.
If I could get my hands on ..
I'm going to get you for this, kid.
Don't you forget it.
You got to let me lean on you.
You got to help me.
Crawl on your hands and knees.
Up there.
Up there!
What are you doing?
A snow shoe is loose. I got to fix it.
- You'll fix it when we get there.
What's that over there?
Just a shack.
Anybody live there?
No. Nobody stays there in winter.
Wait. Wait a minute.
Get away from the top.
We have to.
There is a drop up there.
Yeah. We'll just have a look at it.
Up there.
Up, up.
A drop, huh?
That's it, Charlie. That's it, big-shot.
What do you say now?
Where is your luck now?
Why don't you beg?
Maybe I'll let you go.
Can't you talk?
Why can't you talk?
Because you are stupid.
You are stupid. Not me.
I am going to kill you now.
I am going to kill you.
I am going to ..
Give me that.
Give me that or I'll just take it.
Give me that.
[ Gunshot! ]
It wasn't your fault, Davey.
You had to do it. He would have killed
us both of us if you hadn't shot him.
I know that but I never
wanted to kill anybody.
Davey. I am sorry, boy. I am sorry.
Those snow plows.
They're getting real close.
How is your leg, uncle Charlie?
I don't know. It's kinda numb.
Are you ..
Are you ready, Davey?
- Yes, I am.
What's the matter?
- I can't make it.
I just can't make it.
I think one of my ribs is broken.
Sure you can make it, Davey.
Listen. It's downhill
all the way from here.
We'll get a car as soon as we
get to the highway. Come on.
I can't. You go on.
What about you?
You'll freeze to death, Davey.
No I won't.
I'll crawl over to the shack.
I'll be warm there.
I'll take you.
No. You have got to go.
You're going to be okay
here all alone, Davey?
After you get a good start.
I will build a fire.
Somebody is bound to see the smoke.
Now you get going.
Good luck, Davey.
Let me hear from you sometime.
Goodbye, Davey.
Bye, uncle Charlie.
Don't Hank.
Uncle Charlie. Look out.
Uncle Charlie.
Uncle Charlie.
I'm so sorry.
Now it's you who's sorry.
How is Davey?
He is very upset.
He's bitter against everybody
because of what's happened to you.
I think he hates me too.
It's not right, Charlie.
He doesn't understand.
He is still just a boy.
He looks up to me.
He looks up to me.
At least I've got .. somebody.
Hello, uncle Charlie.
I'd like to see him alone, Liz.
Goodbye, Charlie.
Bye, Liz.
How do you feel, uncle Charlie?
I want to tell you.
I am sorry you had to
take me to the shack.
I wish you hadn't.
I tried to call you.
I tried to warn you.
That is alright, Davey.
Uncle Charlie.
Do you remember about Max, my dog?
You gave him to me. Didn't you?
Davey, I ..
I got to tell you something.
Davey, I had this coming to me.
I lied ..
To you, Davey. All that ..
Stuff about the cops framing
me wasn't true, Davey.
They gave me every break they could.
I didn't take it.
You understand, Davey?
I am no good.
Do you understand?
Your uncle Charlie is ..
A bum.
Just a bum.
It was you who gave me Max, wasn't it?
Don't forget me, Davey.
It was you, wasn't it?
Don't ever ..
Forget me, Davey.
I won't.
I won't ever forget you.
I love you.