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AmoresPerros

ThefilmopensintheharshstreetsofMexico,whereayoungmannamedOctavioandhispalJorgearespeedingdown
theroad.InthebackseatoftheircarliesOctavio'sdog,Cofi,arottweilerwho'sbleedingallovertheseat.Octaviois
freakingout,notjustbecausehehastotakeCofitoaveterinarian,butheandJorgearealsobeingchasedbysomethugs
inayellowtruck,shootingatthem.Eventually,Octaviolosesthem,butwreckshiscaratanintersection.Thiswrecksets
thestagefortherestoftheplot.
Wethencutbackafewdays,whereweseeapunknamedJarochosubmittinghisdogintothebackalleydogfights,held
byoverweightthugGerardo,knownas"Fatso".Jarocho'sdogwinsthefight,killingtheotherdog,andJarochocollectsan
easy20,000pesos.Jarochoisfeelingsohighandmightythathedecidestolethiswinningdoglooseonsomestrays,but
isstoppedwhenavagrantnamedElChivopullsoutamachete,causingJarochoandhispalstowalkaway.Instead,
JarochoseesOctavio'srottweiler,Cofi,wanderingthestreets,andfullyawareofthis,heletshisdoglooseonit.Wethen
seearundownhome,whereOctavioliveswithhismother,hisbrother,Ramiro,andRamiro'swife,Susana.Octaviois
secretlyinlovewithSusana,anddespisesRamiro,whobeatsandcheatsonher.Ramiroworksascashieratalocal
supermarketandisconstantlyoutofmoney,sohecan'tpayfordiapersormilkforthebaby,whichfrustratesSusana.To
earnalittleextracash,Ramiroandhisbuddyholdupgasstations,dugstoresandgroceries.Oneday,Ramirosays,hewill
robabank,andgetallthemoneyheneeds.
JorgeeventuallyshowsupatOctavio's,andtellshimthatCofikilledJarocho'sdog.CofirunsuptoOctavio,coveredin
blood,andsitsbyhismaster.Suddenly,Jarochodrivesup(intheyellowtruck)anddemandsthatOctaviogivehimthe
moneyhewilllosenowthathisdogisdead;alternatively,OctaviocanlendCofitohim.Octaviorefuses,butJarocho
threatenshimandsaysthatOctaviooweshim.OctaviojustlaughsasJarochodrivesaway.ThisgivesOctavioanidea.He
decidestosubmitCofiintothelocaldogfights,andtalkstoFatso.AfterseeingCofiwinafightquickly,Fatsoagreesto
letOctavioparticipate,andsaysthatCofiisgoodforeightfights.Everytimethere'safight,Jarochoentersanewdog,
andeverytime,Cofikillsit.Soon,Octavioisrakinginsomeseriouscash.ItisnowthatheasksSusanatogoawaywith
him,totheborderwheretheycouldopenalittleshopandlivetogetherwithSusana'sbaby.Susanapolitelyrefuses,
sayingherloveisforRamiro.However,SusanadoesconfideinOctaviothatsheispregnantagain,andifRamirofinds
out,he'llbeveryangry.Octaviopromisesnottotell.Onenight,OctaviogoestothedrugstorethatRamiroworksat,and
buyssomesuppliesforthebaby.Ramirogetsannoyed,claimingthathecanprovideforhisownchild,andthreatens
Octavio.OctaviotellsRamirothathe'snotafraidofhim,andheadbuttshimintheface,makingRamiro'snosebleed.
WhenRamirogetshome,hebeatsthecrapoutofOctavio.
AfterwinningmoremoneyfromCofi'sfights,OctaviokeepspushingSusanatogoawaywithhim.Heeventriestomake
passesather,butshekeepsbrushinghimaway.Finally,however,Susanagivesin,andsheandOctavioembarkonan

affair.Heasksherwhatshe'sgoingtonameherunbornchild.Shesaysifit'sagirl,thenSusanawouldbenice.Octavio
suggestshisownnameifit'saboy,butSusanadoesnotrespondtothat.Soon,Ramirobeginstocatchonaboutwhere
Octavio'smoneycomesfrom,andinsistsonhavinghalfofwhatOctaviogets,sinceCofiistechnicallyRamiro'sdog.
Octaviorefuses.Ramirothenpullsoutagun,pointsitatCofi,andfires.Octaviojumps,butthegunisempty.Ramiro
thendemandshalfoftheearnings.
Afewdayslater,FatsonotifiesOctaviothatJarochohasaClassAfightingdog,andthathechallengesOctaviotoa
privatefight,withnooutsidebets,foracool40,000.Octavioaccepts,butasksFatsoforafavor.Thefavor,asitturnsout,
isgettingridofRamiro,so,afterworkonenight,RamiroisjumpedbyFatso'sthugs,takentothemiddleofnowhere,and
beatentoaninchofhislife.ThissceneplayssimultaneouslywithOctavioandSusanahavingsexontopofthewashing
machine.Octaviothenaskshertocomeawaywithhim,thatweekend,sincehe'sabouttohitabigscore.Thenightbefore
thefight,though,OctaviolearnsthatRamirohasleft,withSusanaandthebaby.Octaviosearcheshisthings,andfinds
thatmostofhiswinningsaregoneaswell.Thenextday,heandJorgescroungeupabout20,000.WhileOctaviois
countingthemoney,Jorgeiswatchingatalkshow,featuingabeautifulyoungmodelnamedValeria(Thiscomesinto
playlater).
OctavioandJorgegothefight,andeventhoughtheyhavejust20,000insteadoftheinitial40,000,Jarochoagrees,and
thefightbegins.Cofiisdoingsomeseriousdamagetotheotherdog,whensuddenly,Jarochopullsoutagunandshoots
Cofi.Octaviofreaksout,andtellsFatsotodosomething,butFatsojustclaimsthatthisisbetweenthem.Jorgeand
OctaviocarryCofitotheircar,andputhiminthebackseat.OctaviotellsJorgetostartthecarandkeepitrunning,then
walksbackinside,andstabsJarochointhestomach.Octaviothenrunsbacktohiscar,andspeedsaway,beingpursued
byJarocho'sthugs.Thisiswherethewreckoccurs.
Thenextstoryinvolvesthemodel,Valeria,whowasseenearlier.Shehasjustfinishedthetalkshow,andisbeing
escortedbyadashingoldermoviestar,whoisrumoredtobeherboyfriend.Heleadshertoanicelyfurnishedapartment,
withallofherthingsandaniceviewofanadvertisementonabillboardwithherpictureonit.Valeriafindsthisrather
spooky,untilherrealboyfriend,anoldermannamedDaniel,surprisesher.He'sboughttheapartmentforthem,with
everythinghehad,andlefthiswifeandtwodaughtersforthemuchyoungerValeria.Whensherunstoembracehim,part
ofthefloorgivesunderherheels.Danielhasalsobroughtherdog,alittleterrier(Ithink)namedRichie.Theirdinneris
complete,exceptforthewine,whichValeriagoestoget.She'sinhercarwithRichie,andwhenshepullsintoacertain
intersection,sheisblindsidedbyOctavio.Valeriaisrushedtoahospital,whereDaniellearnsfromherdoctorthat
Valeria'srightleghasalmostbeencompletelycrushed,butit'ssalvageable.Richie,however,survivedthecrashwithouta
scratchonhim.Valeriaisfinallyallowedtogohome,butshegrowsboredofbeingalonewhileDanielisatwork.One
day,whilesheisplayingfetchwithRichie,theballrollsintotheholeinthefloor,andRichieclimbsintofindit.Valeria
callshimback,buthedoesn'tcome.WhenDanielcomeshomefivehourslater,Richiestillhasn'tcomeback,andValeria

isgrowingworried.Inthemiddleofthenight,ValeriacanhearRichiescratchingandwhimpering.ShetellsDanieltogo
rescueRichie,butDanielhasnosuccess.ItisduringthisperiodoftimethatValeriaandDaniel'srelationshipgrows
strained.SheisconstantlynaggingathimfornottryingtorescueRichie,andheishavingsecondthoughtsaboutleaving
hiswife.Onenight,theyhaveanenormousfight,withthesoundsofRichietryingtoescapeinthebackground.Thenext
morning,DanieltellsValeriahe'llbehomeinafewhours.Valeriasaysshedoesn'tcareifhenevercomesbackatall.
Thatnight,Danielcomeshome,butValeriahaslockedhimoutoftheirbedroom.Daniel,notinthemoodforafight,
decidestosleeponthecouch.Laterintothenight,hedemandstobeletbackin.Hefinallybreaksdownthedoor,and
findsValerialyingonthefloor,unconscious.Danielrusheshertothehospital,whereherdoctorexplainsthatherleg
eventuallybecameinfectedwithgangreneandhadtobeamputated.Danielgoeshomethatnight,andafterhearing
Richie,tearsapartthefloor,untilhefindsthepoorlittledog,lyingunconscious.ThesoundsheandValeriahadbeen
hearingwereactuallysomeratsthatinhabitedthebuilding.Valeriafinallycomeshome,andisveryupset.Shegoestothe
windowandtakesDaniel'shand.Theadvertisementthathadoncehadherpictureonitisnowgone,andthebillboardis
nowupforrental.
Thefinalstoryinvolvesthevagrant,ElChivo.Chivowandersthestreetsandcollectsthecity'sstrays.Also,heisapart
timehitman.Earlyinthefilm,heshotabusinessmaninarestaurantinbroaddaylight.Later,heisreadingthenewspaper
aboutthemurder,andthepaperstatesthatnosuspectshavebeenfound.Onanotherpage,Chivoreadstheobituaryofa
woman.Hebeginstotearup,andgoestothefuneral.Hestandsandwatchestheservicefromafar.Anolderwomanatthe
funeralseeshim,andescortsthedeceased'sdaughteraway.Then,thewomanconfrontChivo,andtellshimtogoaway.It
isrevealedthatthewomanishissisterinlaw,andtheyounggirlwashisestrangeddaughter,whothinksthatChivois
dead.Throughsomeexplanationsfromacrookedcop,welearnthatChivousedtobeaprofessor,butonedayhewent
madandjoinedtheguerrillas.Helefthiswifeanddaughterandeventuallywascapturedandservedtimeinprison.When
thecopfoundhim,Chivowasnothingmorethanawino,butthecophiredChivotodosomehits,andChivowassogood,
thatthecopkeepssendingbusinesshisway.Anewassignmentcomesup,anditinvolvesayoungbusinessmanwho
wantshispartnerdead.Chivoasksfor100,000upfront,anddemandsanother50,000oncethejobisdone.Chivothen
beginstofollowthepartneraround.Oneday,whilestandingatthecornerofastreet,Chivoseestwocarscollide(Octavio
andValeria).ChivorushesovertoOctavio'scar,andhelpsOctavioout.Octaviohasbrokenhisleg,andhassomegashes
tohishead,butJorgeiskilled.HealsoswipesOctavio'smoneyandwalletandeventakesthewoundedCofibacktohis
hideaway.ChivonursesCofibacktohealth.Healsomakesseveralattemptstoestablishcontactwithhisdaughter,but
nothingcomesofit.Heevenbreaksintoherapartmentwhensheisnotthere,andstealsagraduationpictureofher,her
mother,andherstepfather.Chivogoestoaphotobooth,takessomepicturesofhisshaggyandweatheredface,andplaces
hisphotooverthefaceofthestepfather.Ashepassesthephotobooth,ChivoseesRamiro,withSusanaandtheirbaby.
Ramirofinallydecidestorobthebankwithhisbuddy,andisalmostsuccessful,untilanoffdutycoprushesinandshoots
Ramiro,killinghim.Athisfuneral,Octavio,nowbaldwithcutsonhisheadandbeingsupportedbycrutches,confronts
Susana,andtellsherthatheisleavingthatweekend,andthathe'llwaitforher.Susanasaysno,thatOctaviodoesn'tgetit,

andfinallydeclaresthattheunbornchildwillbenamedRamiro.Afewdayslater,Octaviowaitsatthebusstationforher,
butshenevershows.Octaviodoesnotgetontothebus.
Oneday,ChivocomeshomeandfindsCofi,withbloodalloverhim.Chivorushestothebackofhishideawayandfinds
hisotherdogsaredead,killedbyCofi.Chivoissotornupaboutthis,hepullsouthisgunandisabouttoshootCofi,but
can'tbringhimselftodoit.Heburnstheremainsoftheotherdogs,anddecidestocarryoutthehit.Heapprehendsthe
partnerataBlockbuster,andtakeshimbacktohishideaway.Chivotiesthepartnerupagainstapole,andleaveshim
thereforafewdays,yetdoesnotkillhim.Chivothencontactsthebusinessmanandtellshimtocometothehideaway.
Thebusinessmanshowsupwiththerestofthemoney,butisshockedtoseehispartnerstillalive.Chivoquicklyturnsthe
tables,andtiesthebusinessmanupaswell.Chivothenlearnsthatthetwomenarenotonlypartner,butbrothersaswell.
Thenextmorning,Chivoawakesandshavesandcutshishair.Hestealsthebusinessman'ssuit,andleavesthetwothere,
stilltieduploosely,butplacesaloadedgunbetweenthem,sotheywillkilleachother.Hestopsatthephotoboothand
takesanotherpicture,thistimewithhiscleanedupface.ChivotakesCofiandtheygobacktoChivo'sdaughter's
apartment.Usingthebusinessman'scellphone,Chivocallshisdaughter'sphoneandleavesamessage,sayinghowsorry
heisthathewasn'tthereforher,andthathelovesher.Hethentakesoutthegraduationphoto,andputsthenewphotoon
topoftheoldone.Hethensellsthebusinessman'sSUVtoachopshop,andwandersintotheunknown,withCofibyhis
side.
Thesecretintheireyes
Thestory,setin1999,istoldinflashbackform:inJune1974afederaljusticeagent,BenjamnEspsito,becomes
spellboundbyandsubsequentlyentangledintheinvestigationofthecrimeofayoungwoman,brutallyrapedand
murderedinsideherhouseinaBuenosAiresneighbourhood.Herwidowedhusband,bankemployeeRicardoMorales,is
shockedbythenews;Espsitovowstofindthekillerandbringhimtojustice.Inhisordealheisaidedbyhisalcoholic
assistentPabloSandovalandanewcomer,theupperclasslawyerIreneMenndezHastings,whotakesoveras
departmentchief.Espsito'srivalingpartnerRomanopinsthemurderontwoimmigrantworkerssoastogetridofthe
matteranissuethatenragesEspsito,whoattacksRomanoinafury.
HefindsatipsoonenoughwhilelookingoversomeoldpicturesprovidedbyMorales:hecomesacrossadubiousyoung
manidentifiedasIsidoroGmezwholooksatthevictiminasuspiciouswayinseveralphotos.Espsitoinvestigates
thewhereaboutsofGmez,anddeterminesthatheislivingandworkinginBuenosAires,butfailstolocatehim.
EspsitoandSandovalbreakintoGmez'shouseholdinthecityofChivilcoy,hometownnotonlyofGmez,butalsoof
Morales'sillfatedwife.Duringtheillegalsearch,they(unwillingly)stealasetofletterswrittenbythesuspecttohis
mother.BackinBuenosAires,thedeedearnsthemtroublebackatthecourthouse,andneithermakeanythingoutthe
letters.Inaddition,GmezremainsatlargeduetoacarelessphonecallmadeearlierbyMorales,whodesperatelywanted

toapprehendthekillerofhiswife.Intheend,itisSandovalwhocomesacrossanewlead:afellowdrinkerinthebar
identifiesthevariousnamesmentionedinthelettersasbeingthoseofvarioussoccerplayersofRacingClub.
AfteridentifyinghimasaRacingClubfan,EspsitoandSandovalattendasoccermatchwhereRacingClubplays
againstHuracninthehopeofcatchingGmez.WiththeassistanceofpoliceofficerMolinariandhismen,theyspothim
amongthecrowd,butasuddengoalprovidesthenecessarydisturbanceforGmeztoslipaway.Asurrealpursuitensues
inwhichGmeznearlyvanishes,buthe'sultimatelyknockeddowninthemiddleofthepitch.EspsitoandIrene
Hastingssubsequentlystageafake,largelyillegalinterrogationattheoffice.Theysucceedinbringinghimtoconfessthe
murderbytauntinghimandhurtinghismachopride.
Justiceseemsserved;however,barelyayearlater,GmezisreleasedbyaspitefulRomano,whoisnowworkingfora
governmentagency.Amidincreasingpoliticalviolence,Gmezissettoworkasahitmanforthefarrightwingofthe
Peronistparty.EspsitofindsSandovalshotdeaduponarrivinghomeSandovalusedtopassthenightatthehouseofhis
coworker,duetoendlessargumentswithhiswifeabouthisdrinkproblems.Hepresumes,andimagines,thatSandoval
waskilledbyhitmensentafterhimself,perhapsunderRomano'sorders,andthatSandovalposedasEspsitoand
sacrificedhislifeforhisfriend.AbuddingromancebetweenBenjamnandIrenethelatterthenrecentlymarriediscut
shortbySandoval'sdeathandEspsito'sultimatedecisiontoexilehimselfdeepwithinthecountryside,withthehelpof
someofIrene'srelatives.Herethemoviemakesadefinitestopin1999.Aftercomingbackfromexilein1985,Espsito
returnedtoanuneventfulcareerinBuenosAiresuntilhisretirement.Hauntedbythepast,he'sdeterminedtowritedown
hisstoryinnovelform.HepresentstheframeworktoIrene,stillmarriedandwithchildren.Sheremainsresentfuland
hardenedfromtheirsuddendeparture24yearsearlier,andforapparentlyneverhavinghadherfeelingsreturnedbyhim.
EspsitodrivestoChivilcoytomeetMorales,thewidower,whohastakentoaquietlifeandgraduallyletgoofhis
obsessionwiththemurdercase.Espsitopromiseshimthathewillnotrestuntilhecanputtheconvictonceagaininjail.
AhesitantMoralesthenconfessestohavingkilledGmezmanyyearsago,havingkidnappedhimandshothiminthe
trunkofhiscar.AdisturbedEspsitoleaves,butuponthinkingovercertainfacts,secretlyreturnstoMorales'shouse.
Sneakinginside,heisshockedtofindthatMoraleshasamakeshiftcellinhishomeandthathehaskeptGmezchained
insideforover24yearsaspunishmentforhiswife'sdeath.Hekepthimalivebyfeedinghimandtendingtohim,butnot
oncein24yearstalkingtohimnorlettinghimout.MoralesrepeatswhathehadmantainedinfrontofEspsitobackto
1974:that,insteadofadeathsentence,hebelievestheboredomofameaninglesslifeinjailtobetruejustice.
Espsitoleaves.HepaysavisittoSandoval'sgrave.KnowingthatGmezwillneverbeafreemanagain,hefinally
comestotermswithhislife.HevisitsIreneonemoretime,wherehefinallyrespondstoherfeelings.Theirlove
rekindled,theysmilinglyshutthemselvesinheroffice.

Casablanca
IntheearlyyearsofWorldWarII,December1941,theMoroccancoastalcityofCasablancaattractspeoplefromallover
theworld,particularlyNazioccupiedEurope.ManyaretransientstryingtogetoutofEurope;afewarejusttryingto
makeabuck.Mostofthemgamblersandrefugees,Nazis,resistancefighters,andplainoldcrooksfindtheirwayto
Rick'sCafAmricain,aswanknightclubownedbyAmericanexpatriateRickBlaine(HumphreyBogart).Thoughwe
learnlaterthatRickonceharboredenoughidealismtoputhimselfatrisktofightfascism,he'snowembitteredand
cynical,professingtobeneutralanddetached:"Istickmyneckoutfornobody."
Ugarte(PeterLorre)comestoRick'swithlettersoftransitheobtainedbykillingtwoGermancouriers.Thepapersallow
thebearertotravelfreelyaroundGermancontrolledEurope,includingtoneutralLisbon,Portugal;fromLisbon,it's
relativelyeasytogettotheUnitedStates.TheyarealmostpricelesstoanyoftherefugeesstrandedinCasablanca.Ugarte
planstomakehisfortunebysellingthemtothehighestbidder,whoisduetoarriveattheclublaterthatnight.However,
beforetheexchangecantakeplace,UgarteisarrestedbythepoliceunderthecommandofCaptainLouisRenault(Claude
Rains).AcorruptVichyofficial,RenaultaccommodatestheNazis.UnknowntoRenaultandtheNazis,Ugartehadleft
theletterswithRickforsafekeeping,because"...somehow,justbecauseyoudespiseme,you'retheonlyoneItrust."
ThenthereasonforRick'sbitternessreentershislife.IlsaLund(IngridBergman)arriveswithherhusbandVictorLaszlo
(PaulHenreid)topurchasetheletters.LaszloisarenownedCzechResistanceleaderwhohasescapedfromaNazi
concentrationcamp.TheymusthavetheletterstoescapetoAmericatocontinuehiswork.AtthetimeIlsafirstmetand
fellinlovewithRickinParis,shebelievedherhusbandhadbeenkilled.Whenshediscoveredthathewasstillalive,she
leftRickabruptlywithoutexplanationandreturnedtoLaszlo,leavingRickfeelingbetrayed.Aftertheclubcloses,Ilsa
returnstotrytoexplain,butRickisdrunkandbitterlyrefusestolisten.
AtdifferenttimesRickandIlsatormentthemselvesbyaskingtheclub'spianoplayer,Sam(Arthur"Dooley"Wilson),to
playAsTimeGoesBy,asongtheylovedwhentheyweretogetherinParis.Thefamousline"Playitagain,Sam,"which
referstothissong,doesn'tactuallyappearinthemovieIlsasays"Playit,Sam,"andlater,Rickorders"Playit!"While
Samplaysthesong,RickreminiscesabouthisaffairwithIlsainParis.ThoughsheseemshappytobewithRick,her
moodneartheendoftheirtimetogetheriscautiousbecauseshehaslearnedherhusbandmaynotbedead.Whenthe
NazisbegintocloseinonParis,shereceiveswordthatVictorisindeedaliveinanotherpartofEurope.SheandRickhad
beenplanningtotakeatraintoSouthernFrancetoescapetheGermanArmy'sassault;however,ontheplatformRick
receivesahandwrittenletterfromher.Shewritesthatshecan'texplainwhyshe'sleavinghimbutsheloveshim.Rickand
Samleavewithouther.
Thenextnight,Laszlo,suspectingthatRickhastheletters,speakswithhimprivatelyaboutobtainingthem.They're
interruptedwhenagroupofNaziofficers,ledbyMajorStrasser(ConradVeidt),commandeerSam'spianoandbeginto

singDieWachtamRhein(TheWatchontheRhine),aGermanpatrioticsong.Infuriated,Laszloordersthehousebandto
playLaMarseillaiseinhonorofOccupiedFrance.ThebandleaderlookstoRickforguidance;henods.Laszlostarts
singing,aloneatfirst,thenlongsuppressedpatrioticfervorgripsthecrowdandeveryonejoinsin,drowningoutthe
Germans.Inretaliation,StrasserordersRenaulttoclosetheclub.
Laterthatnight,IlsaconfrontsRickinthedesertedcafe.Herefusestogiveherthedocuments,evenwhenthreatenedwith
agun.Sheisunabletoshoot,confessingthatshestillloveshim.RickdecidestohelpLaszlo,leadinghertobelievethat
shewillstaybehindwhenLaszloleaves.
Laszloisjailedonaminorcharge.RickconvincesRenaulttoreleaseLaszlo,promisingtosethimupforamuchmore
seriouscrime:possessionofthelettersoftransit.However,RickdoublecrossesRenault,forcinghimatgunpointtoassist
intheescape.Atthelastmoment,RickmakesIlsagetontheplanetoLisbonwithherhusband,tellingherthatshewould
regretitifshestayed:"Maybenottoday.Maybenottomorrow,butsoonandfortherestofyourlife."
MajorStrasserdrivesup,tippedoffbyRenault,butRickshootshimwhenhetriestointervene.Whenhismenarrive,
RenaultinformsthemthatStrasserisdeadandcoversforRickbysharplyorderingthemto"rounduptheusualsuspects."
HethenrecommendsthattheybothleaveCasablanca.Renault,suggestingtheyjointheResistance,walksintothefog
withRickwhosays"Louis,Ithinkthisisthebeginningofabeautifulfriendship.
SynopsisforTheGodfather
Inlatesummer1945,guestsaregatheredfortheweddingreceptionofDonVitoCorleone'sdaughterConnie(TaliaShire)
andCarloRizzi(GianniRusso).Vito(MarlonBrando),theheadoftheCorleoneMafiafamily,isknowntofriendsand
associatesas"Godfather."HeandTomHagen(RobertDuvall),theCorleonefamilylawyer,arehearingrequestsfor
favorsbecause,accordingtoItaliantradition,"noSiciliancanrefusearequestonhisdaughter'sweddingday."Oneofthe
menwhoaskstheDonforafavorisAmerigoBonasera,asuccessfulmorticianandacquaintanceoftheDon,whose
daughterwasbrutallybeatenbytwoyoungmenbecausesherefusedtheiradvances;themenreceivedminimal
punishment.TheDonisdisappointedinBonasera,who'davoidedmostcontactwiththeDonduetoCorleone'snefarious
businessdealings.TheDon'swifeisgodmothertoBonasera'sshameddaughter,arelationshiptheDonusestoextractnew
loyaltyfromtheundertaker.TheDonagreestohavehismenpunishtheyoungmenresponsibleinreturnforfuture
serviceifnecessary.
Meanwhile,theDon'syoungestsonMichael(AlPacino),adecoratedMarineheroreturningfromWorldWarIIservice,
arrivesattheweddingandtellshisgirlfriendKayAdams(DianeKeaton)anecdotesabouthisfamily,informingherabout
hisfather'scriminallife;hereassuresherthatheisdifferentfromhisfamilyanddoesn'tplantojointhemintheircriminal
dealings.Theweddingsceneservesascriticalexpositionfortheremainderofthefilm,asMichaelintroducesthemain

characterstoKay.Fredo(JohnCazale),Michael'snextolderbrother,isabitdimwittedandquitedrunkbythetimehe
findsMichaelattheparty.Sonny(JamesCaan),theDon'seldestchildandnextinlinetobecomeDonuponhisfather's
retirement,ismarriedbutheisahottemperedphilandererwhosneaksintoabedroomtohavesexwithoneofConnie's
bridesmaids,LucyMancini(JeannieLinero).TomHagenisnotrelatedtothefamilybybloodbutisconsideredoneofthe
Don'ssonsbecausehewashomelesswhenhebefriendedSonnyintheLittleItalyneighborhoodofManhattanandthe
DontookhiminandsawtoTom'supbringingandeducation.Nowatalentedattorney,Tomisbeinggroomedforthe
importantpositionofconsigliere(counselor)totheDon,despitehisnonSicilianheritage.
AlsoamongtheguestsatthecelebrationisthefamoussingerJohnnyFontane(AlMartino),Corleone'sgodson,whohas
comefromHollywoodtopetitionVito'shelpinlandingamovierolethatwillrevitalizehisflaggingcareer.JackWoltz
(JohnMarley),theheadofthestudio,deniesFontanethepart(acharactermuchlikeJohnnyhimself),whichwillmake
himanevenbiggerstar,butDonCorleoneexplainstoJohnny:"I'mgonnamakehimanofferhecan'trefuse."TheDon
alsoreceivescongratulatorysalutationsfromLucaBrasi,aterrifyingenforcerinthecriminalunderworld,andfillsa
requestfromthebakerwhomadeConnie'sweddingcakewhowishesforhisnephewEnzotobecomeanAmerican
citizen.
Afterthewedding,HagenisdispatchedtoLosAngelestomeetwithWoltz,butWoltzangrilytellshimthathewillnever
castFontaneintherole.WoltzholdsagrudgebecauseFontaneseducedand"ruined"astarletwhoWoltzhadbeen
groomingforstardomandwithwhomhehadasexualrelationship.WoltzispersuadedtogiveJohnnytherole,however,
whenhewakesupearlythenextmorningandfeelssomethingwetinhisbed.Hepullsbackthesheetsandfindshimself
inapoolofblood;hescreamsinhorrorwhenhediscoverstheseveredheadofhisprized$600,000studhorse,Khartoum,
inthebedwithhim.(AdeletedscenefromthefilmimpliesthatLucaBrasi(LennyMontana),Vito'stop"buttonman"or
hitman,isresponsible.)
UponHagen'sreturn,thefamilymeetswithVirgil"TheTurk"Sollozzo(AlLettieri),whoisbeingbackedbytherival
Tattagliafamily.HeasksDonCorleoneforfinancingaswellaspoliticalandlegalprotectionforimportingand
distributingheroin.Despitethehugeprofittobemade,VitoCorleonerefuses,explainingthathispoliticalinfluence
wouldbejeopardizedbyamoveintothenarcoticstradethejudgesandpoliticianshe'salliedhimselfwithoverthe
courseofseveraldecadeswouldrenouncetheirfriendshipswithhimifheweretoenterthedrugtrade.TheDon'seldest
son,Sonny,whohadearlierurgedthefamilytoenterthenarcoticstrade,breaksrankduringthemeetingandquestions
Sollozzo'sassurancesastotheCorleoneFamily'sinvestmentbeingguaranteedbytheTattagliaFamily.Hisfather,angry
atSonny'sdissensioninanonfamilymember'spresence,privatelyrebukeshimlater.DonCorleonethendispatchesLuca
BrasitoinfiltrateSollozzo'sorganizationandreportbackwithinformation.Duringthemeeting,whileBrasiisbentover
toallowBrunoTattagliatolighthiscigarette,heisstabbedinthehandbySollozzo,andissubsequentlygarrotedbyan
assassin.

SoonafterhismeetingwithSollozzo,DonCorleoneisgunneddowninanassassinationattemptjustoutsidehisoffice,
anditisnotimmediatelyknownwhetherhehassurvived.FredoCorleonehadbeenassigneddrivingandprotectionduty
forhisfatherwhenPaulieGatto,theDon'susualbodyguard,hadcalledinsick.Fredoprovestobeineffectual,fumbling
withhisgunandunabletoshootback.WhenSonnyhearsabouttheDonbeingshotandPaulie'sabsence,heorders
Clemenza(RichardS.Castellano)tofindPaulieandbringhimtotheDon'shouse.
SollozzoabductsTomHagenandpersuadeshimtoofferSonnythedealpreviouslyofferedtohisfather.WhenTomis
released,SollozzogetswordthattheDonhassurvivedtheattemptonhislife.HeangrilytellsTomtopersuadeSonnyto
accepthisoffer.
Enraged,SonnyrefusestoconsideritandissuesanultimatumtotheTattaglias:turnoverSollozzoorfacealengthy,
bloodyandcostly(forbothsides)gangwar.Theyrefuse,andinsteadsendSonny"aSicilianmessage,"intheformoftwo
freshfishwrappedinLucaBrasi'sbulletproofvest,tellingtheCorleonesthatLucaBrasi"sleepswiththefishes."
ClemenzalatertakesPaulieandoneofthefamily'shitmen,RoccoLampone,foradriveintoManhattan.Sonnywantsto
"gotothemattresses"setupbedsinapartmentsforCorleonebuttonmentooperateoutofintheeventthatthecrime
warbreaksout.OntheirwaybackfromManhattan,ClemenzahasPauliestopthecarinaremoteareasohecanurinate.
RoccoshootsPauliedead;heandClemenzaleavePaulieandthecarbehind.
Michael,whomtheotherMafiafamiliesconsidera"civilian"uninvolvedinmobbusiness,visitshisfatheratasmall
privatehospital.Heisshockedtofindthatnooneisguardinghimanursetellshimthatthemenwereinterferingwith
hospitalpolicyandweretoldtoleavebythepoliceabout10minutesbeforeMike'sarrival.Realizingthathisfatheris
againbeingsetuptobekilled,hecallsSonnyforhelp,moveshisfathertoanotherroom,andgoesoutsidetowatchthe
entrance.MichaelenlistshelpfromEnzothebaker(GabrieleTorrei),whohascometothehospitaltopayhisrespects.
Together,theybluffawaySollozzo'smenastheydriveby.PolicecarssoonappearbringingthecorruptCaptain
McCluskey(SterlingHayden),whoviciouslypunchesMichaelinthecheekandbreakshisjawwhenMichaelinsinuates
thatSollozzopaidMcCluskeytosetuphisfather.Justthen,Hagenarriveswith"privatedetectives"licensedtocarryguns
toprotectDonCorleone,andhetakestheinjuredMichaelhome.SonnyrespondsbyhavingBrunoTattaglia(Tony
Giorgio),theeldestsonandunderbossofDonPhillipTattaglia(VictorRendina),killed(offcamera).
FollowingtheattemptontheDon'slifeatthehospital,SollozzorequestsameetingwiththeCorleones,whichCaptain
McCluskeywillattendasSollozzo'sbodyguard.WhenMichaelvolunteerstokillbothmenduringthemeeting,Sonny
andtheotherseniorFamilymembersareamused;however,Michaelconvincesthemthatheisseriousandthatkilling
SollozzoandMcCluskeyisinthefamily'sinterest:"It'snotpersonal.It'sstrictlybusiness."BecauseMichaelisconsidered

acivilian,hewon'tberegardedasasuspiciousambassadorfortheCorleones.Althoughpoliceofficersareusuallyoff
limitsforhits,MichaelarguesthatsinceMcCluskeyiscorruptandhasillegaldealingswithSollozzo,heisfairgame.
MichaelalsoimpliesthatnewspaperreportersthattheCorleoneshaveontheirpayrollwoulddelightinpublishingstories
aboutacorruptpolicecaptain.
MichaelmeetswithClemenza,oneofhisfather'scaporegimes(captains),whopreparesasmallpistolforhim,covering
thetriggerandgripwithtapetopreventanyfingerprintevidence.HeinstructsMichaelabouttheproperwaytoperform
theassassinationandtellshimtoleavethegunbehind.HealsotellsMichaelthatthefamilywereallveryproudof
MichaelforbecomingawarheroduringhisserviceintheMarines.ClemenzashowsgreatconfidencethatMichaelcan
performthejobandtellshimitwillallgosmoothly.TheplanistohavetheCorleone'sinformersfindoutthelocationof
themeetingandplanttherevolverbeforeMichael,SollozzoandMcCluskeyarrive.
BeforethemeetinginasmallItalianrestaurant,McCluskeyfrisksMichaelforweaponsandfindshimclean.Afterafew
minuteswhereMichaelandSollozzoconverseinItalian,Michaelexcuseshimselftogotothebathroom,wherehe
retrievestheplantedrevolver.Returningtothetable,hefatallyshootsSollozzo,thenMcCluskey.Michaelissenttohide
inSicilywhiletheCorleonefamilypreparesforalloutwarfarewiththeFiveFamilies(whoareunitedagainstthe
Corleones)aswellasageneralclampdownonthemobbythepoliceandgovernmentauthorities.Whenthedonreturns
homefromthehospital,heisdistraughttolearnthatitwasMichaelwhokilledSollozzoandMcCluskey.
Meanwhile,ConnieandCarlo'smarriageisdisintegrating.TheyarguepubliclyoverCarlo'ssuspectedinfidelityandhis
possessivebehaviortowardConnie.ByItaliantradition,nobody,notevenahighrankingMafiadon,caninterveneina
marriedcouple'spersonaldisputes,eveniftheyinvolveinfidelity,money,ordomesticabuse.Oneday,Sonnyseesa
bruiseonConnie'sfaceandshetellshimthatCarlohitheraftersheaskedhimifhewashavinganaffair.Sonnytracks
downandseverelybeatsupCarloRizziinthemiddleofacrowdedstreetforbrutalizingthepregnantConnie,and
threatenstokillCarloifheeverabusesConnieagain.AnangryCarlorespondsbyplottingwithTattagliaandDonEmilio
Barzini(RichardConte),theCorleones'chiefrivals,tohaveSonnykilled.
Later,Carlohasoneofhismistressesphonehishouse,knowingthatConniewillanswer.ThewomanasksConnietotell
Carlonottomeethertonight.TheverypregnantanddistraughtConnieassaultsCarlo;hetakesadvantageofthe
altercationtobeatConnieinordertolureSonnyoutintheopenandawayfromtheCorleonecompound.WhenConnie
phonesthecompoundtotellSonnythatCarlohasbeatenheragain,theenragedSonnydrivesoff(aloneandunescorted)
tofulfillhisthreatagainstCarlo.OnthewaytoConnieandCarlo'shouse,SonnyisambushedatatollboothontheLong
IslandCausewayandviolentlyshottodeathbyseveralcarloadsofhitmenwieldingThompsonsubmachineguns.

TomHagenrelaysthenewsofSonny'smassacretotheDon,whocallsinthefavorfromBonaseratopersonallyhandle
theembalmingofSonny'sbody.RatherthanseekrevengeforSonny'skilling,DonCorleonemeetswiththeheadsofthe
FiveFamiliestonegotiateaceasefire.Notonlyistheconflictdrainingalltheirassetsandthreateningtheirsurvival,but
endingitistheonlywaythatMichaelcanreturnhomesafely.Reversinghispreviousdecision,Vitoagreesthatthe
CorleonefamilywillprovidepoliticalprotectionforTattaglia'strafficinheroin,aslongasitiscontrolledandnotsoldto
children.Atthemeeting,DonCorleonededucesthatDonBarzini,notTattaglia,wasultimatelybehindthestartofthe
mobwarandSonny'sdeath,despiteshowingearlysignsofsenility.
InSicily,Michaelpatientlywaitsouthisexile,protectedbyDonTommasino(CorradoGaipa),anoldfamilyfriend.
Michaelaimlesslywandersthecountryside,accompaniedbyhiseverpresentbodyguards,Calo(FrancoCitti)and
Fabrizio(AngeloInfanti).Inasmallvillage,MichaelmeetsandfallsinlovewithApolloniaVitelli(SimonettaStefanelli),
thebeautifulyoungdaughterofabarowner.TheycourtandmarryinthetraditionalSicilianfashion,butsoonMichael's
presencebecomesknowntoCorleoneenemies.Asthecoupleisabouttobemovedtoasaferlocation,Apolloniaiskilled
asaresultofariggedcar(originallyintendedforMichael)explodingonignition;Michael,whowatchedthecarblowup,
spotsFabriziohurriedlyleavingthegroundssecondsbeforetheexplosion,implicatinghimintheassassinationplot.(Ina
deletedscene,Fabrizioisfoundyearslaterandkilled.)
Withhissafetyguaranteed,Michaelreturnshome.Morethanayearlater,in1950,hereuniteswithhisformergirlfriend
KayafteratotaloffouryearsofseparationthreeinItalyandoneinAmerica.Hetellsherhewantsthemtobemarried.
AlthoughKayishurtthathewaitedsolongtocontacther,sheacceptshisproposal.WithDonVitosemiretired,Sonny
dead,andmiddlebrotherFredoconsideredincapableofrunningthefamilybusiness,Michaelisnowincharge;he
promisesKayhewillmakethefamilybusinesscompletelylegitimatewithinfiveyears.
Twoyearslater,ClemenzaandSalvatoreTessio(AbeVigoda),complainthattheyarebeingpushedaroundbythe
BarziniFamilyandaskpermissiontostrikeback,butMichaeldeniestherequest.Heplanstomovethefamilyoperations
toNevadaandafterthat,ClemenzaandTessiomaybreakawaytoformtheirownfamiliesintheNewYorkarea.Michael
furtherpromisesConnie'shusband,Carlo,thathewillbehisrighthandmaninNevada(Carlohadgrownupthere),
unawareofhispartinSonny'sassassination.TomHagenhasbeenremovedasconsigliereandisnowmerelythefamily's
lawyer,withVitoservingasconsigliere.Privately,Hageninquiresabouthischangeinstatus,andalsoquestionsMichael
aboutanewregimeof"soldiers"secretlybeingbuiltunderRoccoLampone(TomRosqui).DonVitoexplainstoHagen
thatMichaelisactingonhisadvice.
Anotheryearorsolater,MichaeltravelstoLasVegasandmeetswithMoeGreene(AlexRocco),arichandshrewd
casinobosslookingtoexpandhisbusinessdealings.AftertheDon'sattemptedassassination,FredohadbeensenttoLas
VegastolearnaboutthecasinobusinessfromGreene.MichaelarrogantlyofferstobuyoutGreenebutisrudelyrebuffed.

GreenebelievestheCorleonesareweakandthathecansecureabetterdealfromBarzini.AsMoeandMichaelheatedly
negotiate,FredosideswithMoe.Afterward,MichaelwarnsFredotoneveragain"takesideswithanyoneagainstthe
family."
Michaelreturnshome.Inaprivatemoment,VitoexplainshisexpectationthattheFamily'senemieswillattemptto
murderMichaelbyusingatrustedassociatetoarrangeameetingasapretextforassassination.Vitoalsorevealsthathe
hadneverreallyintendedalifeofcrimeforMichael,hopingthathisyoungestsonwouldholdlegitimatepowerasa
senatororgovernor.Somemonthslater,VitocollapsesanddieswhileplayingwithhisyounggrandsonAnthony
(AnthonyGounaris)inhistomatogarden.Attheburial,TessioconveysaproposalforameetingwithBarzini,which
identifiesTessioasthetraitorthatVitowasexpecting.
MichaelarrangesforaseriesofmurderstooccursimultaneouslywhileheisstandinggodfathertoConnie'sandCarlo's
newbornsonatthechurch:
DonStracci(DonCostello)isgunneddownalongwithhisbodyguardinahotelelevatorbyashotgunwielding
Clemenza.
MoeGreeneiskilledwhilehavingamassage,shotthroughtheeyebyanunidentifiedassassin.
DonCuneo(RudyBond)istrappedinarevolvingdoorattheSt.RegisHotelandshotdeadbysoldierWilliCicci(Joe
Spinell).
DonTattagliaisassassinatedinhisbed,alongwithaprostitute,byRoccoLamponeandanunknownassociate.
DonBarziniiskilledonthestepsofhisofficebuildingalongwithhisbodyguardanddriver,shotbyAlNeri(Richard
Bright),disguisedinhisoldpoliceuniform.
Afterthebaptism,TessiobelievesheandHagenareontheirwaytothemeetingbetweenMichaelandBarzinithathehas
arranged.Instead,heissurroundedbyWilliCicciandotherbuttonmenasHagenstepsaway.RealizingthatMichaelhas
uncoveredhisbetrayal,TessiotellsHagenthathealwaysrespectedMichael,andthathisdisloyalty"wasonlybusiness."
HeasksifTomcangethimofffor"oldtimes'sake,"butTomsayshecannot.Tessioisdrivenawayandneverseenagain
(itisimpliedthatCiccishootsandkillsTessiowithhisowngunafterhedisarmshimpriortoenteringthecar).
Meanwhile,MichaelconfrontsCarloaboutSonny'smurderandforceshimtoadmithisroleinsettinguptheambush,
havingbeenapproachedbyBarzinihimself.(ThehitmenwhokilledSonnywerethecoremembersofBarzini'spersonal

bodyguard.)MichaelassuresCarlohewillnotbekilled,buthispunishmentisexclusionfromallfamilybusiness.He
handsCarloaplanetickettoexileinLasVegas.However,whenCarlogetsintoacarheadedfortheairport,heis
immediatelygarrotedtodeathbyClemenza,onMichael'sorders.
Later,ahystericalConnieconfrontsMichaelattheCorleonecompoundasmoverscarryawaythefurnitureinpreparation
forthefamilymovetoNevada.SheaccuseshimofmurderingCarloinretributionforCarlo'sbrutaltreatmentofherand
forCarlo'ssuspectedinvolvementinSonny'smurder.AfterConnieisremovedfromthehouse,KayquestionsMichael
aboutConnie'saccusation,butherefusestoanswer,remindinghertoneveraskhimabouthisbusinessorwhathedoes
foraliving.Sheinsists,andMichaeloutrightlies,reassuringhiswifethatheplayednoroleinCarlo'sdeath.Kaybelieves
himandisrelieved.ThefilmendswithClemenzaandnewcaporegimesRoccoLamponeandAlNeriarrivingandpaying
theirrespectstoMichael.ClemenzakissesMichael'shandandgreetshimas"DonCorleone."AsKaywatches,theoffice
doorisclosed.

SynopsisforTaxiDriver
TravisBickle(RobertDeNiro)goestoaNewYorkCitytaxidepotwhereheappliesforajobasadrivertothetough
talkingpersonnelofficer(JoeSpinell).TravisclaimsthatheisanhonorablydischargedMarine(itisimpliedthatheisa
VietnamVeteran).Aftermakinganimpressiononthepersonnelofficer,Travisgetsthejobforthenightshiftduetohis
chronicinsomnia.
Viahisnarrativejournal,Travisissoonrevealedtobealonelyanddepressedyoungmanof26years.Hisoriginsand
hometownareunknown.HesendshisparentslettersaswellasbirthdayandChristmascards,lyingabouthislifeand
sayingheworkswiththeSecretService.Travisspendshisrestlessdaysaloneinhisrundownapartmentsomewherein
Manhattan,orinseedyporntheatersonandoff42ndStreet.Atoneporntheaterhetriestomakeanadvanceonthe
concessionladytonoavail.Heworks12or14hourshiftsduringtheeveningandnighttimehourscarryingpassengers
amongallfiveboroughsofNewYorkCity.Sometimesduringhisbreaks,hegoestoalocalallnightdinertohave
somethingtoeatorjustafewcupsofcoffeewherefellowtaxidriversalsohangoutduringtheirlatenightlunchbreaks.
OneofwhomisaselfappointedphilosophicaltypenamedWizard(PeterBoyle).Wizardtalksaboutthedegradationof
thenighttimeinthecity.Travisbarelyinteractswiththeothertaxidrivers,mainlyspeakingawkwardlyandshylywhen
he'sspokento.
Duringtaxidriving,TravisspiesandbecomesinfatuatedwithawomannamedBetsy(CybillShepherd),acampaign
volunteerforNewYorkSenatorCharlesPalantine,whoisrunningforthepresidentialnominationandispromising
dramaticsocialchange.TravisspiesBetsyjokingwithacoworkernamedTom(AlbertBrooks).Travisworksupthe
nervetoaskheroutandBetsyisinitiallyintriguedbyTravis.Sheagreestoadatewithhimafterheflirtswithherover

coffeeandsympathizeswithherownapparentloneliness.ShecompareshimtoacharacterintheKrisKristoffersonsong
"ThePilgrim."
Travisisfurtherrevoltedbywhatheconsidersthemoraldecayaroundhim.Onenightwhileonshift,Iris(JodieFoster),a
12yearoldchildprostitute,getsinhiscab,attemptingtoescapeherpimp.ShockedbytheoccurrenceTravisfailsto
driveoffquicklyenoughandherpimp,"Sport"(HarveyKeitel),reachesthecab.SportforciblygrabsIrisawaywithhim
andgivesTravisacrumpledtwentydollarbillasabribenottosayanything,whichhauntsTraviswiththememoryofhis
failuretohelpthegirl.
Duringoneofhisshifts,TravispicksupSenatorPalantinehimself(LeonardHarris)andanaide.Hetellsthesenatorhe
planstovoteforhimandthesenator,actinglikearealpolitician,tellsTravishelearnsmorefromcabdriversthanlimo
drivers.ThesenatorasksTravis"what'stheonethingthatbugsyouthemost?"andTravisrespondsthathewouldlikethe
nextpresidentto"cleanthescumoffNewYorkCity."
Ontheirdate,howeverduetohislackofsocialskills,TravistakesBetsytoapornotheatertoviewahardcoreSwedish
"sexeducation"film(titled:LanguageofLove).Offended,sheleaveshimandtakesataxihomealone.Thenextdayhe
triestoreconcilewithBetsy,phoningherandsendingherflowers,butallofhisattemptsareinvainandsherefusesto
speakwithhim.Goingbackintothecampaignoffice,TravisconfrontsBetsyandshoutsthatshewill"burninhelllikethe
restofthem".
Rejectedanddepressed,Travislaterpicksupaman(directorMartinScorsese)whoappearstobeasmentallyunbalanced
asheis.ThemantellsTravistoparkoutsideanapartmentbuildingwhilelettingthemeterrun.HetellsTravistolookat
thewomaninthewindowandtellshimthat'shiswifeinherboyfriend'sapartment.HetellsTravisheplanstokillthem
bothwitha.44Magnum.
Oneeveningatthediner,TravisapproachesandtriestoexpresshisdespairtoWizard,butwhenWizardmakesahalf
heartedresponsetoTravis'problemswiththeteenprostituteandothers,Travisangrilyrespondswith:"that'sjustabout
thestupidestthingIeverheard".
Travis'sthoughtsturnmoreviolent.Disgustedbythepettystreetcrime(especiallyprostitution)thathewitnesseswhile
drivingthroughthecity,henowfindsafocusforhisfrustrationandbuysanumberofpistolsfromanillegal
drug/weaponsdealer(StevenPrince).
TravisdevelopsanominouslyintenseinterestinSenatorPalantine'spublicappearancesanditseemsthathesomehow
blamesthepresidentialhopefulforhisownfailureatwooingBetsyandmaybehopestoincludeherbossinhisgrowing

listoftargets.Backathisapartmentwithhisnewlypurchasedguns,hebeginsaprogramofintensephysicaltrainingand
practicesamenacingspeechinthemirror,whilepullingoutapistolthatheattachedtoahomemadeslidingaction
holsteronhisrightarm("Youtalkin'tome?").Later,hehangsaroundaPalantinerallyandasksasuspicioussecret
servicemanaboutjoiningtheservicebeforedisappearingintothecrowd.
Inanaccidentalwarmup,Travisrandomlywalksintoarobberyinarundowngrocerystoreandshootsthewouldbe
thief(NatGrant)intheface;addingtothebizarreviolence,thesympatheticgroceryowner(VictorArgo)encourages
Travis(whohasnopermitforhisguns)tofleethesceneandthenproceedstoclubtheneardeadstickupmantodeath
withasteelpole.
Later,seeingIrisonthestreet,hefollowsher.Anotherdaylater,Travisaskstopayforhertime,andissenttoSport.A
tenseconversationensuesbutSportsendsTravisuptoIris'sroom.Onceinherroom,Travisdoesnothavesexwithher
andinsteadtriestoconvincehertoleavethiswayoflifebehind.
Thenextday,TravisandIrismeetforbreakfastatalocalcoffeeshopandTravisbecomesobsessedwithsavingthisnave
childwomanwhothinkshangingoutwithhookers,pimpsanddrugdealersismore"hip"thandatingyoungboysand
goingtoschool.IrisconsidersTravis'sofferbutthenSportseducesandconvinceshertostay,while(seemingly)Travis
spiesintothewindowfromhiscab.TraviswritesanotetoIrisincludingallhismoneyandstatingthathedoesn'tintend
tosurvive.
Anylingeringdoubtintheviewer'smindaboutTravisBickle'ssanityisobliteratedwhenheissuddenlyandshockingly
showntobesportingacrudeMohawkhaircutatapublicrally.Hecreepsthroughthecrowdandpreparestoassassinate
SenatorPalantinebutisspottedbySecretServicemenandflees.
Travisreturnstohisapartmenttocollectallhisguns,thendrivesto"AlphabetCity"(anareaofNewYork'sLowerEast
sideconsistingofAvenuesAthroughE).HewalksuptoSportandconfrontshim.WhenSportflicksalitcigaretteat
him,Travissays"suckonthis"andshootsSportinthebelly.Stormingintothebrothel,Travisblowsthebouncer'shand
off.Sport,whohasfollowedTravis,grazesTravisneckwithabullet(causinganarterialgushfromhisneck)butTravis
unloadsoneofhisgunsintoSport,killinghim.Travisagainshootsthescreamingbouncerwhofollowshimupthestairs,
slappinghim.Iris'mafiosocustomershootsTravisinthearmandTravisshootshisfaceoff.ThebouncertacklesTravis
butTravisstabshimthroughthehandandfinallykillsthebouncerwithabullettothebrain.Hethencalmlytries
repeatedlytofireabulletintohisownheadunderhischinbutalltheweaponsareemptysoheresignshimselftoresting
onaconvenientsofauntilpolicearrive.Whentheydo,thebloodsoakedTravismimesshootinghimselfintheheadand
thenblissfullythinksofthemayhemandcarnageinhiswake.

AbriefepilogueshowsTravisrecuperatingfromtheincident.HehasreceivedahandwrittenletterfromIris'parentswho
thankhimforsavingtheirdaughter,andthemedia(innewspaperclipping)hailshimasaheroforsavingheraswell.
Travisblithelyreturnstohisjobandsuddenlyseemsonmorefriendlytermswiththeothercabbies.Onenightoneofhis
fareshappenstobeBetsy.ShecommentsabouthissavingofIrisandTravis'ownmediafame,yetTravisdeniesbeing
anysortofhero.Hedropsheroffwithoutchargingher.Asheisdrivingoff,hegetsastrangelookonhisfaceandadjusts
hiscab'srearviewmirror,givingtheimpressionthathisirrationalityisabouttobreakthroughagain.
SynopsisforForrestGump
ThefilmbeginswithafeatherfallingtothefeetofForrestGumpwhoissittingatabusstopinSavannah,Georgia.
ForrestpicksupthefeatherandputsitinthebookCuriousGeorge,thentellsthestoryofhislifetoawomanseatednext
tohim.Thelistenersatthebusstopchangeregularlythroughouthisnarration,eachshowingadifferentattituderanging
fromdisbeliefandindifferencetoraptveneration.
Onhisfirstdayofschool,hemeetsagirlnamedJenny,whoselifeisfollowedinparalleltoForrest'sattimes.Having
discardedhislegbraces,hisabilitytorunatlightningspeedgetshimintocollegeonafootballscholarship.Afterhis
collegegraduation,heenlistsinthearmyandissenttoVietnam,wherehemakesfastfriendswithablackmannamed
Bubba,whoconvincesForresttogointotheshrimpingbusinesswithhimwhenthewarisover.Laterwhileonpatrol,
Forrest'splatoonisattacked.ThoughForrestrescuesmanyofthemen,Bubbaiskilledinaction.Forrestisawardedthe
CongressionalMedalofHonorforhisheroism.
WhileForrestisinrecoveryforabulletshottohis"butttox",hediscovershisuncannyabilityforpingpong,eventually
gainingpopularityandrisingtocelebritystatus,laterplayingpingpongcompetitivelyagainstChineseteams.Atananti
warrallyinWashington,D.C.ForrestreuniteswithJenny,whohasbeenlivingahippiecounterculturelifestyle.
Returninghome,Forrestendorsesacompanythatmakespingpongpaddles,earninghimself$25,000,whichheusesto
buyashrimpingboat,fulfillinghispromisetoBubba.HiscommandingofficerfromVietnam,LieutenantDan,joinshim.
ThoughinitiallyForresthaslittlesuccess,afterfindinghisboattheonlysurvivingboatintheareaafterHurricane
Carmen,hebeginstopullinhugeamountsofshrimpandusesittobuyanentirefleetofshrimpboats.Lt.Daninveststhe
moneyinAppleComputerandForrestisfinanciallysecurefortherestofhislife.Hereturnshometoseehismother'slast
days.
Oneday,JennyreturnstovisitForrestandheproposesmarriagetoher.Shedeclines,thoughfeelsobligedtoproveher
lovetohimbysleepingwithhim.Sheleavesearlythenextmorning.Onawhim,Forrestelectstogoforarun.Seemingly
capriciously,hedecidestokeeprunningacrossthecountryseveraltimes,oversomethreeandahalfyears,becoming
famous.

Inpresentday,ForrestrevealsthatheiswaitingatthebusstopbecausehereceivedaletterfromJennywho,havingseen
himrunontelevision,askshimtovisither.OnceheisreunitedwithJenny,Forrestdiscoversshehasayoungson,of
whomForrestisthefather.JennytellsForrestsheissufferingfromavirus(probablyHIV,thoughthisisnever
definitivelystated).TogetherthethreemovebacktoGreenbow,Alabama.JennyandForrestfinallymarry.Thewedding
isattendedbyLt.Dan,whonowhasprostheticlegsandafiancee.Jennydiessoonafterward.
ThefilmendswithfatherandsonwaitingfortheschoolbusonlittleForrest'sfirstdayofschool.Openingthebookhis
sonistakingtoschool,thewhitefeatherfromthebeginningofthemovieisseentofallfromwithinthepages.Asthebus
pullsaway,thewhitefeatheriscaughtonabreezeanddriftsskyward.
SynopsisforTheShining
FormerteacherandrecoveringalcoholicJackTorrance(JackNicholson)interviewsforacaretakerjobattheOverlook
Hotelinanefforttorebuildhislifeafterhisvolatiletemperlosthimhisteachingposition.Thehotelmanager,Mr.Stuart
Ullman(BarryNelson),warnsJackthatheandhisfamilywillbesnowboundthroughmostofthewinterandofthe
potentialriskforcabinfever.Hedrivesthepointhomebyrecountingaseasonwhenthecaretaker,CharlesGrady,went
crazyandbrutalykilledhiswife,histwogirls(LisaBurnsandLouiseBurns)agedeightandten,andfinallyhimself.
Givenhisowndesperationandtheopportunitytopursuehistruepassion,writing,Jackacknowledgesthewarning,but
acceptsthejob.(theymurderedgirlsweretwins...thereforetheywerethesameage...)
Meanwhile,Jack'ssonDanny(DannyLloyd)hasaseizurewhiletalkingtohisimaginaryfriendTonyabouttheOverlook
Hotel.Hehasavisionofbloodsplashingoutofanelevatorinthehotel,animagewhichisrevisitedseveraltimes
throughoutthefilm.
UponDanny'sarrivalatthehotel,HeadchefDickHallorann(ScatmanCrothers)recognizesthatDannyistelepathic,and
speakstohimmentallytoofferhimsomeicecream.Heexplainsthatheandhisgrandmotherbothhadthegift;as
picturessenttelepathicallyseemedtoglow,shereferredtothiscommunicationas"shining."HealsocounselsDanny
aboutthehotel,hintingthatsomethingterriblehadhappenedthereandleftatrace,"asifsomeoneburnedtoast,"thatonly
peoplewhohadthegiftcouldperceive.DannyquestionsDickaboutwhatwentoninthehotel,andaboutroom237in
particularasDannycansensethatDickisespeciallyafraidofthatroom.Dickdoesnotanswer,butsternlywarnsDanny
tostayoutofthatroom.
Jack'smentalhealthdeterioratesrapidlyoncethefamilyisaloneinthehotel.Hehaswriter'sblock,sleepstoolittle,andis
irritable.Dannyhasvisionsofthetwomurderedgirls,buttellsnoone.Hecontinuestowonderaboutroom237.
Atonepoint,WendyandDannywalkthroughamazewithtallhedges,almostmakingagameoutofit,stoppingatdead
endsandfixingtheirmistakes.

Oneday,aballrollstowardDannyasheplayswithhistoys.Itappearstohavecomefromtheopendoorofroom237,
whichDannyenters.Atthatmoment,Wendy(ShelleyDuvall)comesrunningfromthebasementatthesoundofJack's
screams.ShecomfortshimashetellsherthathehadanightmareinwhichheusedanaxetochopDannyandherto
pieces.Beforeshecanreact,Dannyappearsattheotherendoftheroom,lookingdisorientedandsuckinghisthumb.His
sweaterisrippedandtherearebruisesonhisneck.Hedoesnotanswerwhensheaskswhathappened.Sheangrily
accusesJackandtakesthechildbacktotheirsuite.
Jackisfuriousabouttheaccusation.Hestormsaroundthehotel,makinghiswaytotheGoldBallroom.Sinking
defeatedlyontothebarstool,hisheadinhishands,Jackdeclaresthathewouldsellhissoulforonedrink.Whenhelooks
uphediscoversabartender(JoeTurkel),whoserveshimadrink.Jackisnonplussedbythesuddenappearanceofthe
bartenderandevenaddresseshimbyhisname,Lloyd.TheensuingconversationrevealsthatJackhadaccidentallyinjured
Dannyyearsago.AfranticWendyenters;Dannyclaimstohaveencountered"acrazywoman"inthehotelwiththemin
room237.Jackgoestoinvestigate.
Jack'sexplorationofroom237isatippingpointforthreecharacters:Danny,Jack,andDick.WhileJackisinsidethe
room,DannyappearstobehavingaseizureinhisownroomwhileDick,onvacationinFlorida,seemstopickupona
signalDannyissending.
Jackcautiouslyentersroom237andhearsnoisesfromthebathroom.Hewatcheslustfullyasayoungbeautifulnaked
woman(LiaBeldam)pullsbacktheshowercurtainandstepsslowlyoutofthebathtub.Thetwoapproacheachotherand
embraceinapassionatekiss.Jackcatchesaglimpseoftheirreflectioninthemirrorandseesthewomanisactuallya
rottingcorpse.Herecoilsinhorror,seeingthattheyoungladyhastransformedintoanelderlywoman(BillieGibson);a
walkingcorpsewithrotten,saggingskin.Shecacklesmadlywhilereachingforhimwithherstretchedarms.Ina
frightenedpanic,Jackstaggersoutoftheroom,lockingthedoorafterhim.
WhenhereportsbacktoWendy,Jackdeniesanythingamissinroom237.WendysuggeststheytakeDannytoadoctor.
Jackbecomesirate,lecturingWendyonherthoughtlessnessandblamingherforeverythingthat'sgonewronginhislife.
Insistingthattheycan'tleavethehotelbecauseofhisobligationtohisemployers,hestormsout,returningtotheGold
Room,whichisnowthesceneofanextravagantpartywithguestsdressedin1920sfashion.Lloydserveshimadrinkand
Jackgoestomingle.Hedoesn'tgetfarwhenabutlercarryingatrayrunsintohim,spillingadvocaatonhisjacket.The
butlerconvincesJacktocomeintothebathroomtocleanup.
ThebutlerintroduceshimselfasDelbertGrady(PhilipStone).JackremembersthestoryMr.Ullmantoldhimabouta
mannamedGradyandconfrontsGradywiththeinformation.GradyassuresJackthatnothingofthesorttookplaceand

that,furthermore,Jackhadalwaysbeenthecaretaker,notGrady.Jackisconfused,butseemstoacceptGrady'sstory.
GradygoesontotellJackthatDannyhas"agreattalent"andisusingittobringan"outsideparty"intothesituation.
GradyadvisesJackonhowtocorrectDanny,andhowtocorrectWendyifsheinterferes.
Meanwhile,backinFlorida,DickhashadnoluckcontactingthepeopleattheOverlookHotel.Hebooksthenextflight
toColorado.
AttheOverlook,WendyarmsherselfwithabaseballbatandgoessearchingforJack,intentonleavingthehotelwith
DannyandwithorwithoutJack.Duringhersearch,shespotshismanuscriptnexttothetypewriter.ShereadswhatJack
hasbeenwriting:hundredsofpagesofrepetitionsofasinglesentence,"AllworkandnoplaymakesJackadullboy.".
SherealizesJackhasgonemad.
Jackapproachesfrombehindandasks,"Howdoyoulikeit?"Wendyshriekswithalarmandturns.Aconfrontation
ensuesasJackdemandstoknowherintentionsregardingleavingthehotelwithDanny,whileWendyjusttriestoget
away.WendypleadswithJacknottohurther,andheswearsthathewillnot;instead,heintendstokillher.Wendyhits
Jackintheheadwiththebatatthetopofaflightofstairs,knockinghimunconscious.Jacktumblesdownthestaircase,
injuringhisankleintheprocess.
WendydragsJack'slimpbodytothepantryandlockshiminside,justasheregainsconsciousness.Jacktellsherhehas
sabotagedtheradio,aswellasthesnowcat,strandingthemalltherewithhim.Shegoesoutsidetocheckonthesnowcat,
andconfirmswhathetoldher.
Afewhourslater,JackisrousedfromanapbythesoundofDelbertGrady'svoice.Gradyexpressesdisappointmentand
alackofconfidenceinJack,butJackassureshimhecangetthejobdoneifgivenonemorechance.Thepantrydoorthen
suddenlybecomesunlocked.
Wendyhasfallenasleepinherroom.Dannyisinatrance,carryingaknifeandmuttering"redrum"repeatedly.Hetakes
Wendy'slipstickandwrites"REDRUM"onthebathroomdoor.Hebeginsshouting"REDRUM,"whichwakesWendy.
Sheclutcheshimtoher,thenseesthereflectionofthebathroomdoorinthemirror.Reversed,itreads:"MURDER."At
thatinstant,bangingsoundsstartcomingfromthedoor.
ThesoundisJackswinginganaxeatthelockeddoor.WendygrabsDannyandlockstheminthebathroom.Sheopensa
tiny,snowbankedwindowandpushesDannyout;heslidessafelytotheground.Shetriestogetoutthesamewindow,
butcannotfit.ShetellsDannytorunandhide.

Meanwhile,Jackhaschoppedhiswaythroughthefrontdoorandsaying"Wendy,I'mhome!Danny...Daddy'shome!"
Jackthenknockspolitelyonthebathroomdoor.WendyholdstheknifeandtriestosteadyherselfasJackbegins
choppingdownthebathroomdoor.Afterchoppingawayoneofthepanels,hestickshisheadthrough(inwhatwasto
becomeaniconicmomentinhorrorfilmhistory)andscreams,"Heeeere'sJOHNNY!"Jackstickshishandthroughthegap
toturnthelock.Wendyslashesathimwithaknife,landingablowtothehandandsendingJackrecoilinginpain.Jack
continuestochopawayatthedooruntiltheybothhearthelowrumbleofanapproachingsnowcatengine.Hestalksout.
ThesnowcatdriverisDick.Insidethehotel,hecallsout,butgetsnoreply.Jack,hidingbehindapillar,leapsoutathim
andswingstheaxeintohischest,killinghim.Danny,hidinginakitchencabinet,criesout,revealinghislocation.He
clambersoutofthesteelcabinetandrunsoutsidewithJackinpursuit.
Meanwhile,WendyhascollectedherselfandisonthelookoutforDanny,shehasseveralghostlyencounterswiththe
ghostsofthehotelastheyfinallybegintomaterializebeforeherduringthesearchbutrefusestoletthemdeterher.Atthe
sametime,axewieldingJackfollowsDannyintothehedgemaze.
DannyrealizesheisleavingatrailoffootprintsforJacktofollow.Hecarefullyretraceshissteps,settinghisfootonthe
holeshe'sjustcreated,andthenhidesbehindahedge.WhenJackarrives,heseesthatthefootprintshavedisappeared,but
doesnotrealizeDannyishiding.HechoosesapathandresumeschasingDanny.Dannycomesoutofhishidingspotand
followshisownfootprintsbacktothemaze'sentrance.
WendymakesherwayoutofthehoteljustasDannyemergesfromthemaze.Relieved,sheflingsdowntheknifeand
embraceshim.Jackletsoutabloodcurdlingshriekfromthemaze.DannyandWendywastenotimeescapinginthe
snowcatthatDickusedtogettothehotel.Jack,hopelesslylostinthemaze,freezestodeath.
Rightbeforetheendcredits,theaudienceseesaphotographofalavishballwhichishanginginthehotel.Inthecenterof
thepictureisayoungJack.Thecaptionreads,"OverlookHotel,July4thBall,1921.
SynopsisforPan'sLabyrinth
Anunseennarrator(PabloAdn'svoiceover)tellsofanundergroundkingdomthatwasdevoidofliesorpain.Longago,
theyoungprincessoftherealmescaped,curioustoseetheworldabove,butwasblindedbythebrightsunlightandall
memoriesofherpastwereerased.Sheeventuallysuccumbedtothenaturalworldasherinabilitytoadapttohernew
surroundingsleftherhelpless.Herfather,theKing,remainedhopefulthathisdaughterwouldreturntoherkingdom
someday,inanotherplaceandtime.

Spain;1944.TheSpanishCivilWarhasbeenoverforfiveyearsbutsmallgroupsofguerrillarebelscontinuetofight
againstthenewfascistdictatorshipledbyFranciscoFranco.TenyearoldOfelia(IvanaBaquero),aquietloverofbooks
andfairytales,istravellingwithhermother,Carmen(AriadnaGil),totheruralvillageofNavarrawhereCarmen'snew
husband,CaptainVidal(SergiLpez),anofficerofFranco'sarmy,isstationedwithhismenatanoldmill.Carmenis
heavilypregnantwithVidal'schild.Ofelia'sfather,atailor,haddiedduringthewar.
WhenCarmenandOfeliaarriveatthemill,sternVidalshowslittleconcernforhisnewstepdaughterbuttakesgreatcare
toensurethatCarmen'spregnancyprogressessmoothly.Hecommissionedalocaldoctor,Ferreiro(AlexAngulo)tostay
atthemillandtendtoCarmen.Ofeliawandersofftothenearbywoodswhereshediscoversastrangestonestructure.She
isfoundbyVidal'shousekeeper,Mercedes(MaribelVerd),whoexplainsthatthestructureisanancientlabyrinththat
Ofeliashouldnotenter,lestshegetlost.MercedesgentlyushersOfeliabacktothehouse.
OfeliaandCarmensettleintotheirbedroom.Dr.FerreirospeakswithVidalinhisstudy,explainingthatCarmenshould
nothavetraveledinsuchalatestageofanalreadydifficultpregnancy.ItbecomesincreasinglyobviousthatVidalonly
valuesCarmenasavesselforhischild,whichheiscertainwillbeasontocarryonhisname.Vidal'styrannicaltemperis
revealedthatnightwhenhebrutallymurderstwopeasantswhomhismenmistookforrebelfighters,butwhoweremerely
farmershuntingforrabbits.Vidalrealizesthisafterthemenaredead,butblameshissoldiersfortheerror,barkingthat
theyshould"learntosearchtheseassholesproperly"beforeconsultinghim.
Thatnight,Ofeliasleepsbesidehermother.Inthemiddleofthenightsheiswokenbythesoundofflutteringwingsand
beholdsalargeinsectshe'dspottedduringthethejourneytothemill.Theinsecttransformsintoatinyfairy,andgestures
toOfeliatofollowit.Itleadsheroutsidetothestonelabyrinth.WhenOfeliareachestheundergroundcenterofthe
maze,sheisgreetedbyafaun,(DougJones,voicedbyPabloAdn),asupernaturalcreaturethatishalfman,halfgoat.He
explainstoOfeliathatsheisreallythelonglostprincessfromtheundergroundrealm.ThefaunaddressesOfeliaas
PrincessMoanna,andexplainsthathehadbeensentbytheKingtobringherhome,butthatshemustfirstproveherself
worthyofreturning.ThefaunpresentsOfeliawithamagicbookthatwilldetailthreetaskswhichshemustcompleteby
thenextfullmoon.Thefirsttask,heexplains,istoretrieveakeyfromthestomachofagianttoadthatlivesbeneathafig
treeintheforest.Hegivesherthreemagicstoneswhichshemustfeedtothetoad.HealsotellsOfeliatolookforamoon
shapedbirthmarkonhershoulderthatidentifiesherastheprincess.
Meanwhile,MercedesandDr.Ferreiroareriskingtheirlivesbysecretlyaidingthegroupofrebelshidinginthewoods,
oneofwhomisMercedes'brotherPedro(RogerCasamajor).SinceVidalhaddecidedtostarveouttherebelsbykeeping
allavailablefoodandmedicinelockedupinthemill'sstoreroom,MercedesandFerreiromustsmugglethegoodssilently
inthedeadofnight.BotharealltooawareofthesadisticviolenceVidalinflictsuponthosewhodisobeyhim.

CaptainVidalishostingabanquetatthemillforsomelocalpoliticalfigureheads.CarmenexpectsOfeliatoattend,and
presentsherwithabeautifulnewdressandshoesfortheoccasion.Ofeliaacceptsthegiftswithlukewarmgratitude,as
sheisdistractedbythethoughtofthefirsttask.AsOfeliapreparestotakeherbath,sheexaminesthemagicbook,which
informsherthatthetaskmusttakeplacethatday.
Shortlybeforethedinnerparty,wearinghernewclothes,Ofeliaescapestothewoods.Shefindsthefigtreeandcrawls
intothecavernbelow.Shemanagestofeedthemagicstonestotheenormoustoad,whichvomitsoutitsinsides.Ofelia
findsthekeyamidthestickymess,anddeparts.Shereturnstothehouse,hernewdressruined.Carmensendshertobed
withoutsupper.
Duringthebanquet,Vidal'srigidviewsbecomeapparent.Hevowsnottorestuntileveryrebelisshotdead.Thetown
mayor(JuanjoCucaln)recallsbeinginthearmywithVidal'sfather,who,uponhisdeath,smashedhiswatchonarock
toensurethathissonwouldknowtheexacttimeofhisdemise.Vidaldismissesthis,claimingthathisfatherneverowned
awatch(thoughheisseenseveraltimesmeticulouslycleaninganoldpocketwatchinhisstudy).
Despiteherpunishmentfromhermother,Ofeliaispleasedwithhersuccessatcompletingthefirsttask.Checkingonthe
magicbookagainwhiletakingabath,bloodredinkbeginstospreadoverthepageintheshapeofawomb.Athudis
heardinthebedroomandOfeliafindshermothercollapsedonthefloor,hemorrhagingfromheruterusandbeggingfor
help.Dr.FerreirostabilizesCarmenwithapowerfulsedativeandinformsVidalthattheoutlookforhiswifeisgrim:she
mustremainonstrictbedrest.Vidalordersthedoctortosavehisson,evenattheexpenseofhiswife'slife.Ofeliaissent
toaseparatebedroomandiscomfortedbyMercedes,whohasbecomeOfelia'sfriendandprotectorasCarmengrows
weakerandweaker.
Vidalandhismencontinuetohuntforrebelsintheforest.Whileexaminingarecentlyabandonedcampsite,Vidalfindsa
smallglassvialofantibiotics,whichheeyessuspiciouslybeforepocketing.
Duringthenight,theFaunappearsinOfelia'sroomandaskswhyshehasnotbegunthesecondtaskyet.Ofeliaexplains
thathermotherisnotwell.Thefaungivesheramandrakeroot,explainingthat,whenplacedunderhermother'sbedina
bowlofmilkandfedwithdropsofblood,itwillimproveherhealth.Ofeliaobeys,feedingthethehumanoidmandrake
underCarmen'sbedwithherbloodfromherfinger.Carmen'sconditionquicklyimproves,andOfeliaisnowfreetobegin
hernexttask.
Thatnight,OfeliaisagainvisitedinherroomwallbytheFaunwhogivesherinstructionsforhersecondtask,which
involvesinvadingthelairofafearedmonsterandretrievingagoldendagger.Aboveallthings,Ofeliaiswarnedexplicitly
tonoteatanyofanythingfromtheenormousfeastthatshewillfindlaidoutonatablewithinthelair.TheFaungives

Ofeliaapieceofmagicchalk,anhourglass,andtheaidofthreefairies.Sheistousethechalktodrawamagicdoor
leadingtothemonster'slair,flipthehourglass,andreturnwiththedaggerbeforethelastgrainofsandfalls.
Afterforgingtheotherworldlydoorthroughherbedroomwall,Ofeliafollowsahallwaytoalargeroomwherea
magnificentfeastissetoutonalargetable.AttheheadofthetablesitsachildeatingcreatureknownasthePaleMan
(DougJones),completelymotionless,withtwoeyeballssetonaplatefrontofhim.Ofeliafindsthatthecreatureis
immobileanddoesn'trespondtoherpresence.OnthewallssheseeshideouspaintingsofthePaleMandevouring
children,andalargepileofchildren'sshoesinacorneroftheroom.Onthefarwallarethreecabinetdoors,oneofwhich
sheunlockswiththekeysheretrievedfromthetoad,andremovesthedesireddaggerfromwithin.Asshebeginstoleave,
shepausesbesidethetableandeyesaplatterofgrapes.Enchantedbythefoodandveryhungry,sheignorestheprevious
warningsoftheFaun'sandthepresentwarningsofthefairies.Ofeliaplucksagrapefromthebunchandeatsit.The
fairiesfranticallytrytoalertherasthePaleManjoltsawake,insertingtheeyeballsintosocketsinhispalms.Notseeing
this,OfeliaeatsanothergrapebeforesheturnstoseethePaleManapproachingher.Thefairiestrytodistractthecreature
buthegrabstwoofthemandeatsthem.Horrified,Ofeliarunswiththelastfairy.ThePaleManchasesOfeliadownthe
hallway.Inhorror,shenoticesthechalkeddoorwayclosingasthehourglassrunsout.However,Ofeliamanagestodraw
anotherdoorwayintheceilingandbarelyescapesbackintoherroom.
MercedesandFerreriomakeanotherdangerousvisittotherebelsinthewoods,bringingthemsuppliesfromthe
storeroom.Oneoftherebels,Francs(GonzaloUriarte),issufferingafromaninfectioninhislegfromabulletwound.
DoctorFerreirodeterminesthelegmustbeamputatedbeforegangrenespreadsbeyondit,andtakesontheunpleasanttask
intherebelhideout.
TheFaunrevisitsOfeliainherroomandshegiveshimthedagger,butadmitsthatsomethingwentwrongduringthe
secondtask.TheremainingfairyguideangrilywhispersintheFaun'sear,explainingOfelia'sdisobedience.He
admonishesherforherrecklessnessandtellsherthat,withthefullmoononlythreedaysaway,shemayneverprove
herselfworthyofreturningtoherkingdom.Hevanishes,leavingOfeliaaloneandinmisery.
Thenextday,loudcrashingsoundsareheardthoughthewoods.Vidalassembleshismenandtheyrushintothewoodsto
confrontwhattheyassumetobeattackingrebels,butdiscoveraderailedtrain,anapparentdecoymove,andnorebelsin
sight.Vidalreturnstothemilltofindthatthestoreroomismissingalargeamountofsupplies.Healsoseesthatthelock
isnotbrokenortamperedwith.ThisleadshimtosuspectMercedes,sinceshecarriestheonlykeytothestoreroom.He
questionsher,butsheassureshimthatshehadnothingtodowithit.
Vidalandhismenfinallyhaveadirectshootoutwiththerebelsonerainydayintheforest.Theycallouslyshootallthe
seriouslywoundedmentheyfind,butwhentheydiscoverarebelsustainingonlyalegwound,theyhaulhimtothe

storeroomforinterrogation.Mercedessoonlearnsthatarebelhasbeencapturedfortorture,andrushestothestoreroom
infearthatitisherbrotherPedro.Mercedescatchesaglimpseoftheman'sdesperatefacebeforethedoorswingsshut
andseesthattheunfortunateprisonerisnotPedro,butanassociatenicknamedTarta(IvanMassague).
VidalcasuallyshowsTartathearrayoftoolsthathewillbeusingto"extract"informationabouttherebels.Noticingthat
Tartaspeakswithaheavystutter,Vidaltauntshimwithaproposition:ifTartacancounttothreewithoutstuttering,he
willbesetfree.Vidaladdresseshissecondincommand,Garcs(ManoloSolo),whoconfirmsVidal'spowertorelease
him.TartaattemptsVidal'schallenge,butfails.Vidalbeginsthetorture.
Dr.FerreiroislatersummonedtothestoreroombyVidal,whowantshimtostrengthenTartaforanotherroundof
interrogation.FerrerioishorrifiedtoseeTartareducedtoabroken,bloodypulpwhoisbeggingfordeath.Ferreriogently
euthanizesthepoorman,angeringVidal,whofatallyshootsFerrerioashedepartsthestoreroom.Vidalhadalso
discoveredvialsofantibioticsinthedoctor'scasethatwereidenticaltotheonesfoundattherebelcampsite,confirming
Ferrerio'sinvolvementinaidingtherebels.
Later,Ofeliachecksonthemandrakebeneathhermother'sbed.SheisinterruptedviolentlybyVidal,whodiscoversthe
mandrakerootwithdisgust.CarmenwakesandVidalshovesthemilksoakedmandrakeintoherhands,chastisingherfor
lettingOfeliareadfairytalesandgetsillyideas.CarmeninsistsonspeakingtoOfeliaalone,andVidalleavesthem.
ThoughCarmenandOfeliahadacloseandlovingrelationship,Carmen'ssadanddismalviewoftheworldmadeasharp
contrastwithherdaughter'soptimisticinnocence.CarmenattemptstoprovetoOfeliathatmagicdoesnotexist,and
throwsthemandrakerootintotheblazingfireplace.Momentslater,Carmencollapsesinpain.Themandrake,whichhad
becometheembodimentofCarmen'shealth,isdestroyedintheflames.
Carmenisdraggedintoaharrowinglaborwhichshedoesnotsurvive.Shedeliversahealthyson,whichissatisfaction
enoughforVidal,butOfeliaisdevastatedbyhermother'sdeath.
Noworphanedandatthemercyofherevilstepfather,Ofelia'sonlyalllyisMercedes.OfeliaadmitstoMercedesthatshe
knowsthatsheandthedoctorhadbeenhelpingthemeninthewoods,butswearstokeepthesecrettoherself.Vidal
summonsMercedestohisstudythatnight,casuallymusingabouthowthestoreroomcouldhavebeenopenedsoeasily
whenshehadsupposedlygivenhimtheonlykeysometimebefore.Mercedes,knowingthatVidalhasdiscoveredher
secret,preparestoescapethemillthatnight.ShestopsbyOfelia'sroomtosaygoodbye,butendsupbringingheralongas
thegirlbeggednottobeleftaloneatthemill.
MercedesandOfeliaattempttoescapethatrainynight,butarequicklyapprehendedbyVidalandhismen.Vidaldrags
Ofeliabacktoherbedroom,furiousthatshehadknownaboutMercedesandFerrerioaidingtherebels.Helocksherin

herroom,givinghismenorderstokillherifanyonetriestobreakin.Hethenreturnstothestoreroom,whereMercedes
hasbeenbroughtandboundfortorture.
VidalbeginsthesamespeechhegavetoTarta,showingMercedesthevarioustoolshewillusetoextractinformation
fromher.Whilehisbackisturned,Mercedescutsthroughherbindswithasmallparingknifekepthiddeninherapron
andattacksVidal,plungingthebladeintohisbackandthenshovingitintohismouth.Shefuriouslywarnshimnotto
harmOfelia,andthenslashestheknifethroughthesideofhischeekbeforefleeingintotheforest.Vidal,notquite
incapacitated,ordershismentobringherbackatonce.
MercedesarrivesataclearinginthewoodsbeforeseveralofVidal'smencatchuptoheronhorseback.Garcestauntingly
approachesher,butabarrageofshotsringoutfromthesurroundingtrees,shootingallthemenofftheirhorses.The
survivingrebelsemergefromthewoods,ledbyPedro,whoembraceshissisterassheweepswithrelief.
Lockedawayinherroom,OfeliaisvisitedagainbytheFaun.Hehasdecidedtograntheronelastchancetoproveherself
asPrincessMoanna.Hetellsherthatthethirdandfinaltaskistofetchherinfantbrotherandtakehimintothecenterof
thelabyrinth.OfeliaescapesherbedroomusingthepieceofmagicchalkandsneaksintoVidal'squarterswherethebaby
boyiskept.OfeliatakesabottleofsedativepreviouslyadministeredtohermotherbyFerrerioandhidesinVidal'sroom,
watchinghimsewupthehorridgashinhischeek.Whileheisdistracted,Ofeliadrugshisglassofscotchheavilywiththe
medicine.Ashedrinks,gunfireandexplosionseruptastherebelsbeginanattackonthemill.Vidalrushestothedoorway
butbeginstostaggerashebeginsfeelingtheeffectsofthedrugs.VidalmakesouttheblearyimageofOfeliastandingin
thedoorwayholdingthebaby,whoshehadgentlytakenfromhiscradle.VidalstumblesafterOfeliaassherunstothe
labyrinthwithherbrother.
WhenOfeliareachesthecenterofthelabyrinthwiththebaby,theFauniswaitingforherwiththedaggerfromthePale
Man'slair.TheFaunexplainsthatthefullmoonisnighandthattheportaltotheundergroundrealm,PrincessMoanna's
kingdom,mustbeopenedwiththebloodofaninnocent.Hesaysheneedsadropofbloodfromthebabyjustapinprick
toopentheportalandreturnOfeliatohertruehome.Ofeliastaunchlyrefusestoletherbabybrotherbeharmedinany
way,andinsistsshewouldgiveupherchanceatenteringtheheavenlykingdomforhim.Vidalfinallycatchesuptoher
andseeshertalkingtonothingbutair.HeforciblytakesthebabyandshootsOfeliainthestomachbeforedepartingthe
labyrinth.AsOfeliabeginstobleedout,shecollapsesontothestoneportalinthebottomofthemaze.Herbloodbeginsto
dripintotheportal,andshefaintlysmilesasherbodybecomesstill.
Vidalexitsthelabyrinthwiththebaby,onlytobemetbyascoreofarmedrebels(includingMercedes)waitingforhim.
Knowinghecannotescapethemnow,hecalmlyhandshissontoMercedes,askinghertotellhimonedaywhattimeis

fatherdied.Beforehecanfinishhislastrequest,Mercedesfirmlyassureshimthattheboy"won'tevenknowyourname."
PedrothenshootsVidalintheface,leavinghimdeadattheentrancetothelabyrinth.
MercedesandtherebelsrushintothelabyrinthandfindOfeliableedingoutintothestonework.Mercedesweeps
uncontrollablyasOfeliadrawsherlastbreath.
AsOfelialeavesthemortalworld,sheistransportedtoagrandhallandseesbothherparents,aliveagain,sittingatoptall
thrones.ShehasbeencalledhomeasPrincessMoannaatlast,tobereunitedwiththeKingandQueen.TheFaunappears
andexplainsthatthelast"task"wasatestofhonorandintegrity.BecauseOfeliaofferedherownbloodtoopentheportal
insteadofherbrother's,sheprovedherselfbraveandkindheartedenoughtoreentertheundergroundrealm.
ThenarratorexplainsthatPrincessMoannabecametheeventualbelovedruleroftherealm,andthatsmalltracesofher
timeinthemortalworldarestillvisible,butonlytothosewhoknowwheretolook.
OneFlewOvertheCuckoo'sNest
In1963Oregon,RandlePatrickMcMurphy(Nicholson),acriminalwhohasbeensentencedtoafairlyshortprisonterm,
decidestohavehimselfdeclaredinsanesohe'llbetransferredtoamentalinstitution,whereheexpectstoservetherestof
histermfreeofprisonlaborandin(comparative)comfortandluxury.
Hiswardinthementalinstitutionisrunbyanunyieldingtyrant,NurseRatched(Fletcher),whohascowedthepatients
(mostofwhomare"voluntary"ortherebychoice)intodejectedinstitutionalizedsubmission.McMurphybecomes
ensnaredinanumberofpowergameswithNurseRatchedfortheheartsandmindsofthepatients.Allthetime,however,
thequestionisjusthowsaneanyoftheplayersinthewardactuallyare.
Throughouthisstayatthehospital,McMurphyformsdeepfriendshipswithtwoofhisfellowpatients:BillyBibbit
(Dourif),asuicidal,stutteringmanchildwhomRatchedhashumiliatedanddominatedintoaquiveringmess;and"Chief"
Bromden(Sampson),a6'5"muscularNativeAmericanwhohasschizophrenia.Recognizedbythepatientsinthewardas
deaf,andunabletospeak,theyignorehimbutalsorespecthimforhisenormoussize.Intheformer,McMurphyseesa
youngerbrotherfigurewhomhewantstoteachtohavefun,whilethelatterishisonlyrealconfidant,astheyboth
understandwhatitisliketobetreatedintosubmission.
McMurphyinitiallyinsultsChiefwhenheenterstheward,butattemptstousehissizeasanadvantage(forexample,in
playingbasketball,forwhichhisheightisfavorable).WhenMacseeshowsubmissivethepatientsareunderRatched's
tyrannicalcontrol,heresolvestoantagonizeherandundermineherauthorityasmuchaspossible.Atacounseling
session,McMurphyproposesthattheward'sworkschedulebealteredsothatthepatientscanwatchtheWorldSerieson

television.Whenthe1stmeetingcomestoahaltunderRatched'sauthority,Mactakeswagersonwhetherhecanliftthe
ward'smarblewatertreatmentcontrolpanelandthrowitthroughawindowtoescapeandwatchtheSeriesatabar.He
naturallyfails,butputsforthanextremeeffort.
ThenextdiscussionoverchangingtheworkdetailquicklybecomesabattleofwillswhenRatchedannouncesthata
majorityvotewillbeacceptable.However,Ratched,uponrealizingthatthevotemaygoMcMurphy'sway,altersthe
rulesslightly,statingthatvotesmustbetakenfromtheChronicandVegetablepatients.Whenthevotedoesn'tfavor
McMurphy,hebeginstoimaginethegameisonTVandralliesmostoftheotherpatientsbehindhim,causingamajor
ruckus.
McMurphyleadsthepatientsinabasketballgameagainsttheward'sorderlies.ChiefBromdenprovestobeaneffective
player,scoringseveralbaskets.Whiletheorderliesclaimthatthepatientsarecheating,McMurphyignorestheir
objections.Whilethepatientslaterrelaxinthehospitalpool,Macfindsout,fromanorderly,thathewon'tbereleasedat
theendofhisprisonsentence,butwillremaininthehospitalforaslongastheboardandRatcheddeemnecessary.
AnothercounselingsessioneruptsinviolencewhenthesubjectofRatched'scigaretterationingisaddressedbyanupset
patientnamedCharlieCheswick.AfightbreaksoutwiththeorderliesandMac,Bromden(who'dpulledMacoffoneof
theorderlies)andCheswickaresenttoadetentionareawhereelectroconvulsivetherapyisconductedondisruptive
patients.CheswickissentfirsttoundergoECT,whileMcMurphyandChiefwaitonthebench.Inthefewmomentsthey
havealone,McMurphyoffersChiefapieceofgum,andChiefverballythankshim.AsurprisedMcMurphyrealizesthat
Chiefcanspeakandhasactuallybeenfakinghissituationatthewardthewholetime.McMurphyresolvestoallowChief
inonhisescapeplanbecauseofhishiddenwisdom.Endingthisscene,amoredefiantMcMurphyemergesfromthe
detentionareatoanawaitingNurseRatched.
ClosertoChristmasMcMurphy,fedupwithRatched'soppressivemethods,sneaksintothenurse'sstationandcallshis
girlfriend,Candy,tobringboozeandassistinhisescape.Shebringsagirlfriend,andbothenterthewardwhen
McMurphyconvincestheward'snightattendant,Mr.Turkle,toopenoneoftheward'ssecuredwindows.Thepatients
drink,whileBillyflirtswithMcMurphy'sgirlfriend.
Laterintheevening,whenMcMurphyandtheChiefplantofinallyleave,Billy,upsetatMac'sdeparture,hintstoMac
thathewantsadatewithCandy.BillyandCandyaregivenaprivateroomandMacboostsBilly'sconfidence&allows
himtohavesexwithher.McMurphy,however,whilewaiting(believingtheencounterwillbequick),fallsasleepwith
therestofthepatients.

NurseRatchedarrivesinthemorningtodiscoverthepatientsasleephungover.Thoughclearlyupsetandangry,she
commandstheorderliestolocktheopenwindowandconductaheadcount.Whentheydiscoverthatonepatient,Billy,is
missing,Ratcheddemandstheotherstorevealhiswhereabouts.BillyisdiscoveredwithCandy,whoisimmediatelyled
outofthehospital.
RatcheddemandsthatBillytellhimwhoallowedhimtohavesexwithCandy.Billy,hisstutternoticeablygone,tellsher
thatMcMurphydid,andthattherestofthewardencouragedhim.ApassivelyangryRatchedthenthreatenstotellBilly's
mother,citingherlongtimefriendshipwithher.Billy'sstutterreturnsveryquicklyand,veryupset,begsRatchednotto
tellhismother.Whensheexplainsthatheshouldhavethoughtoftheconsequences,hebreaksdownintotearsandis
draggedawaytoDr.Spivey'soffice,screaming.McMurphy,stillinpossessionofTurkle'skeys,unlocksoneofthe
windowsandisabouttoescapewhenoneoftheorderliesscreamsloudly.
McMurphyandeveryoneelserushtotheroomwhereBillyhadbeenledto.Havingbeenleftalonemomentarily,he
commitssuicide,usingajaggedpieceofglasstoslithisthroat.AfterMcMurphyseeswhatthewardhasdonetohis
friend,heexplodesintoaviolentrage,stranglingNurseRatcheduntilsheisneardeath.Shesurvives,butMcMurphyis
knockedunconsciousbyoneoftheorderliesandtakenofftheward.
RumorsfloataroundthewardofMcMurphy'sfate.Somebelievehe'descaped,othersseemtoknowhewaslobotomized.
Lateonenight,McMurphyisquietlyreturnedtohisbedbyorderlies.TheChiefsneaksovertoMac'sbedandfindshim
unresponsive;healsoseestwoscarsonMac'sforehead,indicatingthathe'dbeenlobotomized.Unwillingtoleave
McMurphybehind,theChiefsuffocateshisvegetablelikefriendwithapillow.Heliftstheheavymarblehydrotherapy
fountainthatMacwasunabletobeforeand,hurlingitthroughabarredwindow,escapestoCanada.
SynopsisforCitizenKane
It's1941,andnewspapertycoonCharlesFosterKane(OrsonWelles,whoalsodirectedandcowrotethescript)isdead.
TheopeningshotsshowXanadu,Kane'svast,elaborate,andnowunkemptestateinFlorida.Interspersedwithsegments
ofhisnewsreelobituaryarescenesfromhislifeanddeath.Mostpuzzlingarehislastmoments:clutchingasnowglobe,he
mutterstheword"rosebud."Kane,whoselifewasnewsandwhosenewspapersnotonlyreportedbutformedpublic
opinion,wascentraltohistime,alargerthanlifefigure.Thenewsreeleditorfeelsthatuntiltheyknowwhoorwhat
Rosebudistheywon'thavethewholestoryonKane.HeassignsareportercalledThompson(WilliamAlland)to
investigateRosebud.
ThompsondigsintoKane'slifeandhearsalotofstories,butnoneofthemrevealthemeaningofRosebud.Thereporter
seesSusanAlexanderKane(DorothyComingore),thetycoon'sexwife;she'sdrunkandwon'tspeaktohim.Thenhe
readstheunpublishedmemoirsofMr.Thatcher(GeorgeCoulouris),Kane'searlyfinancialadviserandchildhood
guardian,wholaterbecameaprimetargetoftheKanenewspapers'trustbustingattacks.Inoneofmanyflashbacks,the

ThatchermemoirshowsKane'smothersigningguardianshipoftheboyandhisfortuneovertoThatcher,despitehis
father'sobjections.WhenCharlesobjectedviolentlytobeingsentawaywithThatcher,KaneSr.remarked,"whatthekid
needsisagoodthrashing."Mrs.Kaneresponded,"That'swhyhe'sgoingtobebroughtupwhereyoucan'tgetathim."
(SomepresentdayfansofthefilminterpretthistomeanthatMr.Kanewasabusive.1940saudiencesweremorelikelyto
havebelievedthatMrs.KanewasoverprotectiveandthatifCharleshadbeenallowedtogrowupenjoyingtheloveand
disciplineofhisparents,hislifewouldhaveturnedoutbetter.)
Yearslater,ashewasabouttogetcontrolofhisbusinessaffairs,Kane'sinterestinnewspaperswaspiquedwhenhe
noticedthatheownedthestrugglingNewYorkDailyInquirer.Don'tsellit,hefamouslywrotetoThatcher:"Ithinkit
wouldbefuntorunanewspaper"astatementthatexasperatesThatchergreatly.AscenewhereThatchervisitedKane
attheInquirertotalkhimoutofthrowingsomuchmoneyawayonlowclassjournalismshowedKaneusingthepaperto
instigatetheSpanishAmericanWar.ButinthesamesceneKaneearnestlytoldThatcherthathewantedtousejournalism
toprotecttheinterestsofordinarypeople.
Next,ThompsoninterviewsBernstein(EverettSloane),thegeneralmanagerofKane'snewspaperempire.Infurther
flashbacks,Bernsteinrecallshowhe,Kane,andKane'scollegefriendJedediahLeland(JosephCotten)tookoverthe
stuffy,unprofitableInquirerandtransformeditintoamoneymaker,eventuallyhiringthestaffoftherivalNewYork
Chronicle.
AtBernstein'surging,ThompsonseeksoutLeland,whorecountsthestoryofKane'sfirstmarriage(toEmilyNorton,
RuthWarrick)andmakessomenegativecommentsabouthisonetimefriend'scharacter.("Charliewasneverbrutal,he
justdidbrutalthings.""Hemarriedforlovethat'swhyhedideverything.That'swhyhewentintopolitics.Itseemswe
weren'tenough.Hewantedallthevoterstolovehim,too.Allhereallywantedoutoflifewaslove.That'sCharlie'sstory
it'sthestoryofhowhelostit.Yousee,hejustdidn'thaveanytogive.""HeneverbelievedinanythingexceptCharlie
Kane.")
LelandgoesontodescribeKane'ssecondmarriage,toSusanAlexander.Kanestartedseeingherwhilehewasstill
marriedtoEmily,duringhiscampaignforgovernor.Heranonananticorruptionplatform,promisingtoinvestigateand
bringdownhisopponent,politicalbossJimGettys(RayCollins).GettysfoundoutaboutSusanandthreatenedtotellthe
pressunlessKanewithdrewfromtherace.Kanerefused,thestorycameout,andhelosttheelectionalongwithhisfirst
marriage.HemarriedSusan(whothenonKanenewspapersdescribedisparaginglyas'a"singer"')soonafterhisdivorce
fromEmilywasfinal.AroundthesametimeheallowedadrunkenLeland,whoservedastheNewYorkpaper'sdrama
critic,totransfertothesamejobatKane'sChicagopaper.

Althoughhersingingtalentwasmodest,Kanewasambitiousonhiswife'sbehalf.Hepaidforvoicelessons,builtan
operahouseinChicago("Cost:threemilliondollars!"theobituaryreelnotes),andfinancedanelaborateproductionfor
herdebut.(TheworkSusanstarsinisidentifiedasSalammbointhenewspapercoverage,butit'safictionalizedversion
themusicwaswrittenspeciallyforCitizenKane.)Aftertheopeningnightperformance,Kanearrivedattheofficesofthe
ChicagoInquirertofindLelanddrunkagainandpassedoutoverhistypewriter,hischeekrestingonhisunfinishedand
verynegativereviewofSusan'sperformance.Kanefinishedthereviewinthesamenegativeveinandranitinallhis
papers,butfiredLeland.Susanwantedtoquit,butKaneinsistedshekeepperforminguntilasuicideattemptconvinced
himsheneededtogiveupsinging.(BythistimeThompsonisinterviewingSusanherself.)
ThecouplemovedtoFloridaandKanewenttoworkonXanadu("Cost:nomanknows"),wheremostoftheremaining
scenesareset.Kane's49,000acre"privatepleasureground,"ostensiblybuiltforSusan,includesamanmademountain,a
golfcourse,vastgardens,azoo,and,ofcourse,amansion.Inahuge,echoing,andnearlyemptystonehall,Susandid
jigsawpuzzlesandlongedtobeinNewYork.KanedeclinedtoleaveXanadu,butdidarrangeaneventhecalledapicnic,
involvinganovernightstayintheEverglades,alargeanimalspitroastedoverafire,richlyfurnishedtents,musicians,
andmanyguests.Intheirtent,Susanaccusedhimoftryingtobuylove,despiteneverlovinganyonebuthimself,andof
nevergivingheranythingthatmattered;heslappedher.Shortlythereaftershelefthim.Shealmostwaveredinherresolve
togowhenhebeggedhernotto,sayingshe'dhaveeverythingherownway.Helostherwhenheturnedtheemphasis
backonhimself,saying"youcan'tdothistome!"FromtheKanes'butlerRaymond(PaulStewart),Thompsonhearshow
KanetrashedSusan'sroomaftersheleftbutstoppedwhenhecameacrossthesnowglobe(whichwerecognizefromthe
deathbedscene).AsKanepocketedthesnowglobe,Raymondheardhimsay"rosebud."Raymondhasnoideawhatit
means.However,hetellsThompsonthathewasintheroomtohearKanesay"rosebud"againjustbeforehedied.
InXanadu'sbigstonehall,thereportersaregettingreadytoleave.Theplaceisjammedwithpackingcratesfullofartand
householdgoods,somevaluable,somenot.(There'sashotofallthecratesthat'saclearancestorofthewarehouseshotat
theendofRaidersoftheLostArk.)Thompsonexplainstotheotherreportersthatheneverfoundthemeaningof
Rosebud,butthatitdoesn'tmatter."Idon'tthinkitexplainsanything.Idon'tthinkanywordexplainsaman'slife."The
camerapansacrossthecratesandfindsthesledthatKaneplayedwithinthescenewherehisparentsturnedhimoverto
Thatcher;thewordRosebudisstenciledonit.Inthefinalscene,menaretossingtrashintoanincinerator.Raymondsays,
"Throwthatjunkin,too,"andingoesthesledRosebud,probablytheonlythingthatalwaysstayedwithKane."Hewasa
manwhogoteverythingandthenagainlosteverything,Rosebudmust'vebeensomethinghelostorsomethinghewanted
butnevergot".Theflamesconsumeit.Inanexteriorshot,thecamerapullsbackfromthesmokingchimneytothechain
linkfencewiththe"Notrespassing"signwithwhichthemovieopened,andthentoXanadu's"K"gate.
SynopsisforPulpFiction

LateonemorningintheHawthorneGrill,arestaurantonSunsetBoulevardinLosAngeles,acoupleofyoungBrits
calledHoneyBunny(AmandaPlummer)andPumpkin(TimRoth)discusstheprosandconsofrobbingbanksversus
liquorstores.Thentheyaddrestaurantstotheequation,realizingtheycanmakemorebytakingcustomers'walletsthan
theygetoutofthetill.Theystandupintheirboothandannouncethatthey'rerobbingthediner.
Earlierintheday,JulesWinnfield(SamuelL.Jackson)andVincentVega(JohnTravolta)arriveataSanFernando
Valleyapartmentbuilding.TheyarehitmenintheemployofMarsellusWallaceandhavecometoretrieveavaluable
belongingofWallace'sfromagroupofwouldbecrooksledbyayoungandnaiveguynamedBrett(FrankWhaley).
Theytakebackthevaluableitemkeptinabriefcase,itglowswarmlyandtransfixeswhoeverlooksatit.Julesrecites
whatheclaimsisaBibleverse,Ezekiel25:17,beforeheandVincentexecuteBrett.
Story#1:VincentVegaAndMarsellusWallace'sWife
Athisstripclub,MarsellusWallace(VingRhames)paysboxerButchCoolidge(BruceWillis)tothrowhisnextfight.
JulesandVincentarrive;thoughit'sonlyafewhoursaftertheirvisittotheValley,thetwohitmenaresportinggym
clothesinplaceofthesuitstheyworeearlierintheday.WhileJulesheadstothemen'sroom,Vincentgoestothebarand
encountersButch.Thementakeaninstantdisliketoeachother.VincentinsultsButchbutbeforeButchcanretaliate,
MarselluscallsVincentoverandembraceshim.MarsellusisleavingtownthateveningandVincentistotakeMarsellus'
wife,Mia(UmaThurman),outfordinnertokeepherentertained.RumorsaboundthatMarsellusgravelywounded
anotherassociate,Antoine,whohebelievedhadbeenimproperlyfriendlywithMia,soVincentisnervous.Before
pickingMiaup,hevisitshisdrugdealer,Lance(EricStoltz),andbuyssomehighqualityheroin.Properlysedated,he
escortsthecocaineaddicted,chainsmokingMiatoJackRabbitSlim's,aWestHollywood1950sthemedrestaurant.After
somesmalltalkaboutEuropeantravel,Mia'sfailedactingcareer,footmassage,andtherumorsaboutAntoine(which
Miadispels),MiaentersherselfandVincentinadancecontest.Theydancethetwistandwinanaward.Afterdinner,they
returntotheWallaces'home.VincentgoestothebathroomtotalkhimselfoutofmakingapassatMia.Meanwhile,she
discoversthebaggieofheroininhiscoatpocketand,assumingit'scocaine,snortssome.Sheimmediatelypassesoutand
beginstofoamatthemouth.Panicked,VincenttakesthedyingMiatoLance'swheretheyargueaboutwhattodowith
her.FollowingLance'sadvice,Vincentisabletoreviveherwithashotofadrenalineadministeredstraighttotheheart.
VincenttakesMiahome.TheyagreenottotellMarselluswhathappenedsincebothofthemwouldgetintroubleforit.
Story#2:TheGoldWatch
Thefollowingnight,beforehisfight,Butchdreamsofanincidentfromhischildhood:BackathisTennesseehomein
1973,CaptainKoons(ChristopherWalken)visitedButchtobringhimagoldwatch.ThewatchhadbelongedtoButch's
greatgrandfather,whotookittoWorldWarIwithhim.Butch'sgrandfatherhadtakenittoWorldWarII,andButch's

fathertoVietnam.Butch'sfatherdiedasaPOW,butgavethewatchtoKoonstoreturntoButch.Koonssaysthatheand
Butch'sfatherhadtohidethewatchintheirrectumstokeepitawayfromtheircaptors.
Butchwakesfromthedream.Insteadofthrowingthematch(notshownonscreen),hefightssoviciouslythathekillshis
opponent.HetookMarsellus'moneyandbetitonhimself;hiswinningswillamounttoasmallfortune.Butchmakes
smalltalkwithEsmarelda(AngelaJones),thedriverofthecabheisin,whorevealsthatsheknowshe'stheboxerwho
killedhisopponent;sheseemsfascinatedwiththetopicofdeath.EsmareldadrivesButchtotheseedymotelwhereheand
hisFrenchgirlfriend,Fabienne(MariadeMedeiros),arestaying,havingabandonedtheirapartment.Inthemorningthey
willtraveltoButch'shometownofKnoxville,Tennessee,claimtheirwinnings,andleavethecountry.Whilepackingthe
nextmorning,however,Fabiennerevealsthatsheforgotthegoldwatch,thebelongingButchcherishesaboveallothers.
Afterasavageoutburstinwhichhewrecksthemotelroom,ButchtakesFabienne'scartogetthewatch,parkingafew
blocksawayandwalkingthroughavacantlottohisapartmentbuildingasaprecaution.Heenterswithoutincidentand
findshiswristwatchinthebedroom.Herealizeshe'snotaloneintheapartmentwhenhenoticesasubmachineguninthe
kitchen.CatchingVincentoffguardasheemergesfromthebathroom,Butchkillshimwiththegunhefound.
Leavingtheapartmentwithhiswatch,ButchencountersMarselluscrossingthestreet.HetriestorunMarsellusoverwith
hiscarbutonlywoundshimandishitbyanothercarhimself.BothareinjuredandMarselluschasesButchintoapawn
shop.There,theowner,Maynard(DuaneWhitaker),overpowersthem.MarsellusandButchwakeupinthebasementof
thepawnshop,boundandgagged.MaynardhascalledhiscousinZed(PeterGreene),whoworksasasecurityguard.
MaynardandZedareapparentlyapairofredneckserialkillerswhokillpassersbywhohappenintotheirstore.Whilethe
Gimp(StephenHibbert),ahugemanchilddressedheadtotoeinblackleatherfetishgear,watchesButch,Maynardand
ZedtakeMarsellusintothenextroomandbegintorapehim.ButchescapesandknocksouttheGimp.Ratherthanleave
thepawnshop,heprocuresasamuraiswordandrescuesMarsellus;intheprocess,MaynardiskilledandZed
emasculatedbyashotgunblast.MarsellusstaysbehindtooverseethetortureexecutionofZed("I'magetmedievalon
yourass,"hetellshim),butpromisesthataslongasButchnevermentionswhathappenedandneverreturnstoLos
Angeles,MarselluswillforgetthatButchbetrayedhimintheboxingring.Butchagrees.Inthefinalscene,Butchand
FabienneleavetownonZed'schopperstylemotorcycle.
Story#3:TheBonnieSituation
Threedaysearlier,flashingbackintimetojustafterVincentandJulesfinishkillingBrettforstealingMarsellus'prized
possession,agangmembertheyhadnotknownaboutburstsoutofthebathroomandemptieshisgunpointblankatthem.
However,allofthebulletsmissVincentandJules,hittingthewallbehindthem,sotheykillthegangmember.Julesis
certainthisisamiraclebutVincentdismissestheidea.TheyleavewithMarvin(PhilLaMarr),Marsellus'insidemanin
thegang.Inthecar,VincentasksMarvinifhebelievesinmiracles,butaccidentallyshootshimintheheadandkillshim.

Theinsideofthecarisnowcoveredinbloodandbrainmatter.JulesdrivestothehouseofhisonlyfriendintheValley,a
formercolleaguenamedJimmie(QuentinTarantino).Jimmieletsthemhidethecarbutangrilytellsthemthattheyhave
togetridofthebodywithinanhourbeforehiswifeBonniecomeshomefromhernightshiftatahospital.Julescalls
Marsellusathishometoexplaintheirpredicament.MarsellusthencallsWinstonWolf(HarveyKeitel),asuaveand
professionalcriminalandgamblerwhosolvesproblems.WolfarrivesatJimmie'shouseandtellsVincentandJuleshow
tocleanupthecarandthemselvestheyhavetostripoutoftheirbusinesssuitsandwearJimmie'sspareTshirtsand
shorts(whichexplainstheirappearanceatthestripclub)thenhelpsthemdisposeofthecarandbodyatajunkyard
belongingtoadiscreetfriendnamedMonsterJoe,whosedaughterisMr.Wolf'sgirlfriend.
Withthewholesituationresolved,JulesandVincentdecidetohavebreakfastattheHawthorneGrill,wherethey
continuetheirdiscussionaboutmiracles.Julesrevealshisplantoleavehiscriminallifeandtraveltheglobeasa
mendicant,helpingthosesufferingundertyranny.Vincentmockshim,thengoestothebathroom.JustthenHoneyBunny
andPumpkin(fromtheprologue)begintheirrobberyofthediner.Theycollectthecashfromtheregisterandthepatrons'
wallets.JulesgivesPumpkinhiswallet,butwhenPumpkintriestotakeMarsellus'briefcase,Julespullshisgunand
disarmsPumpkin.WhileVincentholdsHoneyBunnyatbay,JulesexplainstoPumpkinhow,evenearlierthatmorning,
hewouldhavekilledPumpkinandHoneyBunnywithoutasecondthought.HereciteshisersatzversionofEzekiel25:17
again:"Thepathoftherighteousmanisbesetonallsidesbytheiniquitiesoftheselfishandthetyrannyofevilmen.
Blessedishewhointhenameofcharityandgoodwillshepherdstheweakthroughthevalleyofdarkness,forheistruly
hisbrother'skeeperandthefinderoflostchildren.AndIwillstrikedownupontheewithgreatvengeanceandfurious
angerthosewhoattempttopoisonanddestroymybrothers.AndyouwillknowmynameistheLordwhenIlaymy
vengeanceuponyou."
Julesexplainsthatwhilehepreviouslythoughtitwascooltomakesuchacoldbloodedpassagethelastthinghisvictims
heard,henowrealizesthatthe"tyrannyofevilmen"partofthepassagereferstohim,andheintendstobecomeabetter
person.HeandVincentallowHoneyBunnyandPumpkintoleavewithallthemoneybutnotthebriefcase.Theyleave
thedinerthemselvesandheadtoMarsellus'stripclub.
SynopsisforAnnieHall
AnnieHallisafilmaboutacomedian,AlvySinger(WoodyAllen),whofallsinlovewithAnnieHall(DianeKeaton).
Bothofthecharactersarecompletelydifferentbutbothstrikinglyentertainingandunusual.Alvyisanextremepessimist
thatobsessesoverthesubjectofdeathandhasverysarcasticandcynicalviewsabouttheworldandthepeoplearound
him.Annieisaditsyandclumsytalentedsingerandphotographer.WhenAlvyandAnniemeetforthefirsttimetheyare
instantlyattractedtoeachotherandasaresulttheirconversationsareawkwardbutneverthelessadorable.Thefilmtakes
youthroughthecouple'slovelives,beforeandaftertheirrelationship.Alvyoftencomesoutofthesceneheisintotalk
directlytotheaudienceabouthisviewsonwhateversituationheisin.

AlvySingerisaneuroticcomedianwhodesperatelywantstoanalyzehisrelationshipwithhisformergirlfriendAnnie
Hall.Thebeginningisromantic.Thenproblemsarise.Heisnottooenthusiasticaboutherideaofmovinginwithhim,
andleavingherapartment.Hedislikesherhabitofsmokingweedbeforehavingsexandherlackofeducation.Aftershe
enrollsinadulteducationclasses,shesoongetsattractedtoaprofessor.AlvyandAnniebreakupinafight.Hetriesto
calmdownandstartsanewrelationshipbutwithnosuccess.Afterawhileshecallshimandtheystartagain,convinced
theywillmakeitthistime.Everythinglookswonderful.Butsoontheybothrevealtotheirshrinksthattherelationshiphas
gonesouragain.AftervisitingCaliforniatheybreakup,peacefullythistime.
Alvyisproudabouttheircalmtransitionfromrelationshiptofriendship.Hetriestodateanotherwomanbutagainwith
nosuccess.HegetsapanicattackandfliestoCaliforniawhereAnnieisinahappyrelationship.Sherejectshim.Hegets
soupsetthatheendsupinjail.AftercomingbacktoNewYorkhewritesaplayabouttheirrelationship,butwithahappy
ending.HemeetsheragainlaterinNewYorkwithsomeotherguy.Theygoforlunchasfriends,rememberingtheirgood
times.Attheendherealizesthatalthoughrelationshipsareabsurdandirrational,westillneedtogothroughthem.We
needtobelievetheyarenotwhattheyare.
SynopsisforDr.Strangeloveor:HowILearnedtoStopWorryingandLovetheBomb
AttheBurpelsonU.S.AirForceBasesomewhereinthecontinentalUSA,theeccentricBrigadierGeneralJackD.Ripper
(SterlingHayden)ordersthe34nucleararmedB52'softhe843rdBombWingpasttheirfailsafepointswherethey
normallyholdawaitingpossibleorderstoproceedandintoSovietairspace.Healsotellsthepersonnelonthebasethatthe
USandtheUSSRhaveenteredintoa"shootingwar".
Inthe"WarRoom"atThePentagon,AirForceGeneralBuckTurgidson(GeorgeC.Scott)briefsPresidentMerkin
Muffley(PeterSellers)abouttheattackthatGeneralRipperordered.Althoughanuclearattackshouldrequire
Presidentialauthoritytobeinitiated,Ripperused"PlanR",anemergencywarplanenablingaseniorofficertolauncha
retaliationstrikeagainsttheSovietsifeveryoneinthenormalchainofcommand,includingthePresident,hasbeenkilled
duringasneakattack.PlanRwasintendedtodiscouragetheSovietsfromlaunchingadecapitationstrikeagainstthe
PresidentinWashingtontodisruptU.S.commandandcontrolandstopanAmericannuclearcounterattack.Turgidson
triestoconvinceMuffleytotakeadvantageofthesituationtoeliminatetheSovietsasathreatbylaunchingafullscale
attack.TurgidsonbelievesthattheUnitedStatesisinasuperiorstrategicposition,andafirststrikeagainsttheSoviet
Unionwoulddestroy90%oftheirmissilesbeforetheycouldretaliate,resultinginavictoryfortheU.S.with"acceptable"
Americancasualtiesof"nomorethan10to20millionkilled,tops...dependingonthebreaks".Heisrebukedwhen
MuffleyinsteadadmitstheSovietAmbassador(PeterBull)totheWarRoom,contactsSovietPremierDmitriKissoffon
thehotline,andinsistsongivingtheSovietsalltheinformationnecessarytoshootdowntheAmericanplanesbeforethey
cancarryouttheirstrikes.

GroupCaptainLionelMandrake(alsoplayedbyPeterSellers),anRAFexchangeofficerservingasGeneralRipper's
executiveofficer,realizesthattherehasbeennoattackontheU.S.whenheturnsonaradioandhearspopmusicinstead
ofCivilDefensealerts.WhenMandrakerevealsthistoRipper,andRipperrefusestorecallthewing,Mandrake
announcesthathewillissuetherecallonhisownauthority,butonlyRipperknowsthethreelettercodenecessaryfor
recallingthebombersandlocksthetwooftheminhisoffice.MandraketriestoconvinceRippertogiveupthethreeletter
code.ThepsychoticRipperrefusesandramblesonthattheCommunistshaveaplanto"sapandimpurify"the"precious
bodilyfluids"oftheAmericanpeoplewithfluoridatedwater,atheorythatoccurredtohimduringsexualintercourse,and
whichhebelievedtobethecauseofhispostcoitalfatigue.
Overthephone,anunseenanddrunkenKissoffrevealstotheSovietAmbassadorthattheircountryhasinstalledanactive
"DoomsdayDevice"whichwillautomaticallydestroyallhumanandanimallifeonEarthifanuclearattackweretohit
theSovietUnion.TheDoomsdayDeviceisoperatedbyanetworkofcomputersandhasbeenconceivedastheultimate
deterrent:asasafeguard,itcannotbedeactivated,oritwillsetitselfoff,becauseitshardwareandprogramshavebeen
configuredinsuchawaythatanattemptatitsdeactivationwouldberecognizedassabotage.Thedoomsdayweaponis
describedasbasedon"cobaltthoriumG"[thiswasinspiredbytherealideaofacobaltbomb,conceivedbynuclear
pioneerLeoSzilard,founderofCouncilforaLivableWorld].AccordingtotheSovietambassador,lifeonEarth'ssurface
willbeextinctintenmonthsandwasmadeasalowcostalternativetothebombrace.
ThePresidentnowcallsuponDr.Strangelove(a.k.a.Merkwrdigeliebe),aformerNaziandstrategyexpert(Sellersinhis
thirdrole).ThewheelchairboundStrangeloveisatypeof"madscientist",whoseeccentricitiesincludeaseverecaseof
alienhandsyndrome,sothathisrighthand,cladinanominousblackleatherglove,occasionallyattemptstostrangle
StrangeloveormaketheNazisalute(nooneintheroomactsifthisisunsusual).Strangelovealsoslipsinaddressingthe
President,aseither"MeinPresident"oreven"MeinFhrer".
StrangeloveexplainstheprinciplesbehindtheDoomsdayDevice,whichhesaysis"simpletounderstand...credibleand
convincing".HealsopointsoutthataDoomsdayDevicekeptsecrethasnovalueasadeterrent;theSovietAmbassador
admitsthathisgovernmenthadinstalleditafewdaysbeforetheyweregoingtoannounceitpubliclytotheworld,
becauseKissoff"lovessurprises".
U.S.ArmyparatrooperssentbythePresidentarriveatBurpelsontoarrestGeneralRipper.BecauseRipperhaswarned
hismenthattheenemymightattackdisguisedasAmericansoldiers,thebase'ssecurityforces,andRipperhimselfwitha.
50caliberM1919Browningmachinegunkeptinhisgolfbag,openfireonthem.AfterafiercefirefighttheArmyforces
winthebattleandgainaccesstothebase,andRipper,fearingtorturetoextracttherecallcodecommitssuicide.Colonel
"Bat"Guano(KeenanWynn)shootshiswayintoRipper'soffice,butsuspectsthatMandrake,whoseuniformhedoesnot
recognize,isleadingamutinyof"deviatedpreverts"andproceedstoarresthim.MandrakeconvincesGuanothathehas

tocallthePresidenttotellhimtherecallcode,whichhehasdeducedfromRipper'sdeskblotterdoodlestobebasedon
theinitialsforthephrasespeaceonearthandpurityofessence.Sinceofficephoneconnectionshadbeenknockedoutby
thefightingatthebase,MandrakeisforcedtouseapayphonetotrytocontactthePresident.Nothavingthecorrect
changetoplacealongdistancecalltothePentagon,MandrakepersuadesGuanotoshootaCocaColavendingmachine
togetthechangeoutofit,andeventuallyisabletoforwardthelikelycodecombinationstoStrategicAirCommand.
Thecorrectrecallcode,"OPE",isissuedtotheplanes,andthosethathavenotbeenshotdownreturntobaseexceptfor
one.ItsradioandfueltanksweredamagedbyaSovietantiaircraftmissile,withtheresultthattheplaneisneitherableto
receivetherecallcodenortoreachitsprimaryorsecondarytargetwhere,attheurgingoftheU.S.President,theSoviets
haveconcentratedallavailabledefenses.Onthecrew'sowninitiative,andlosingfuel,theplaneproceedstoflyatlow
levelunderradartoaclosertargetofopportunity.
Astheystarttheirbombrun,thedamagedB52'sbombbaydoorswillnotopen,andaircraftcommanderMajorT.J.
"King"Kong(SlimPickens)goesdowntothebombbaytoopenthemhimself.Hesucceedsjustastheplanereachesits
target,andoneofthenuclearbombsfalls,withKongstillsittingonit.Hestraddlesthebombandridesittotheground
likearodeocowboy,whoopingandholleringandwavinghiscowboyhat.Thebombexplodes,triggeringtheDoomsday
Machine.
BackintheWarRoom,Dr.StrangeloverecommendstothePresidentthataselectgroupofabout200,000ormorepeople
berelocatedintoadeepmineshaft,wherethenuclearfalloutcannotreachthem,sothattheU.S.canberepopulated
afterwards.Becauseofspacelimitations,Strangelovesuggestsagenderratioof"tenfemalestoeachmale",withthe
womenselectedfortheirsexualcharacteristics,andthemenselectedonthebasisoftheirphysicalstrength,intellectual
capabilities,andimportanceinbusinessandgovernment.GeneralTurgidsonrantsthattheSovietswilllikelycreatean
evenbetterbunkerthantheU.S.,andarguesthatAmerica"mustnotallowamineshaftgap".Meanwhile,theSoviet
AmbassadorretreatstoacorneroftheWarRoomandstartstakingpictureswithaspycameradisguisedasapocket
watch.
AvisiblyexcitedDr.Strangeloveboltsoutofhiswheelchair,shouting"MeinFhrer,Icanwalk!".Abruptly,thefilm
endswithabarrageofnuclearexplosions,accompaniedbyVeraLynn'sfamousWorldWarIIsong"We'llMeetAgain.
SynopsisforMemento
ThisisacomplexstoryaboutLeonardShelby(GuyPearce),amanwhoseabilitytomakenewmemoriesisdamaged
whenheisstruckintheheadwhileconfrontingtwopeoplewhoareattackinghiswife(JorjaFox)attheirhomeinthe
middleofthenight.HekillsoneoftheattackersduringtheattackandoneofthelastthingsLeonardremembersishis
wifedying.Hedevoteshislifetofindingandkillingthesecondattacker.

Themoviealternatesbetweencolorandblackandwhitesequences.Theblackandwhitesequencesproceedin
chronologicalorder,whilethecolorsequencesproceedinreversechronologicalorder.Theforwardblackandwhite
scenesandthereversecolorscenesalternateuntiltheymeetinthemiddleofthestoryattheendofthefilm.
InthetwodiscDVDset,theseconddisccontainsthemovieinchronologicalorder.Toplaythisversionofthemovie:(1)
selecttheclockicon;(2)selecttheanswer"C"toeverymultiplechoicequestion;and(3)arrangethetirechangingsteps
inreversechronologicalorder(3412).Themoviebeginstoplaywiththecreditsfirstinbackwardorder.Some
functions(fastforward,chapterskip,etc.)aredisabled.
Thissynopsisdescribesthescenesinchronologicalorder.Itisnottheplotorderpresentedinthefilm.
Thestorystartsinblackandwhite.LeonardShelbywakesupinaroomattheDiscountInnpuzzledastowhyheisthere.
Thephoneringsandhespeakswithanunknowncaller.Hetellsthecallerthathesuffersfromanterogradeamnesia,a
conditionwhichmakeshimunabletocreatenewmemories.HedescribestheconditionbydetailingthestoryofSammy
Jankis(StephenTobolowsky),whohadthesameproblem.
Leonarddescribeshowonemusthaveasystemofnotestodealwiththeproblemsandadrivetousethem.Leonardsays
hehasthedrivethatSammyneverhadandtheviewerseesLeonard'stattoo:"JOHNG.RAPEDANDMURDEREDMY
WIFE"aswellasothercluesandnotestattooedonhisbody.
LeonardcontinuesthestoryandexplainsthathehadjustbecomeaninsuranceinvestigatorwhenhemetSammyandwas
assignedtodeterminewhetherhisconditionwascoveredbyhisinsurancepolicy.Sammy'sconditionwasnotlikeother
casesofanterogradeamnesiainthatSammywasunabletolearnthroughconditioning.Afteradditionaltesting,Leonard
saysheconcludedthatSammy'sconditionwaspsychologicalandtheclaimwasdeniedbecauseSammywasnotcovered
formentalillness.
LeonardexplainshowMrs.Jankis(HarrietSansomHarris)metprivatelywithhim.Intryingtoplacateher,Leonardtold
herthatSammyshouldbeabletomakenewmemories.ShetestedSammy'smemorybyrepeatedlyaskinghimtogiveher
insulininjections.Shelapsedintoacomaandneverrecoveredfromtheoverdose.Sammywasthenconfinedtoamental
institution.
Duringthisconversation,thecallerandLeonardtalkaboutLeonard'squestandhowthepolicedidnotbelievethestory
aboutthesecondattacker.ThecalleridentifieshimselfasapolicemanandprovidesLeonardwithadditionalcluesforhis
quest.Leonardtattoosthefactthesecondattackerwasadrugdealer.ThecalleridentifiesthesecondattackerasJimmy
GrantzandtellsLeonardthathehassetupameetingwithJimmy.Leonardagreestomeetthecallerinthemotellobby.

Inthelobby,Leonardmeetsaman(JoePantoliano)andaskshimifheisOfficerGammell.ThemaninsiststhatLeonard
shouldcallhimTeddysinceheisundercover.TeddygivesLeonarddirectionstothemeetinglocationandLeonardgoes
tomeetJimmyatanabandonedbuildingoutsideoftown.
WhenJimmyGrantz(LarryHolden)arrives,herecognizesLeonardasthemanwiththememorycondition,demandsto
knowwhatLeonardisdoingthere,andaskswhereTeddyis.LeonardthreatensJimmywithatireironandtellshimto
strip.JimmypleadsforhislifeandtellsLeonardthatthereis$200,000inthetrunkofhiscarforpaymentofthedrugs
thatTeddywastohavebroughttothemeeting.LeonardstranglesJimmy,takesaPolaroidphotoofhisbody,andstarts
puttingonJimmy'sclothes.AsthephotoofJimmy'sbodydevelops,thefilmgraduallygoesfromblackandwhiteinto
color.
Theremainingstoryisincolor,butproceedsinthefilminreverseorder.
AsLeonarddragsJimmyintothebasement,hehearsJimmywhisper"Sammy..."beforedying.Leonardconcludesthatif
JimmyknewaboutSammy,hewasnotthesecondattacker.
TeddyarrivesatthesceneandtriestoconvinceLeonardthatJimmywasthemanhewasafter.Leonarddoesnotbelieve
him.TeddyfinallyadmitsthatJimmyGrantzwasadrugdealerwhodidnothaveanythingtodowithhiswife'skilling.
TeddythentellsLeonardthathiswifesurvivedtheattack.AccordingtoTeddy,SammyJankiswasafraudwhowasnot
evenmarriedanditwasLeonard'swifewhowasdiabetic.Teddyclaimstobethepoliceofficerwhoinvestigatedhis
wife'smurder.HesayshebelievedhimaboutthesecondattackerandhelpedhimtrackdownandkilltherealJohnG.
morethanayearago.TeddyclaimsthathetookapictureofahappyLeonardrightafterthesecondattackerwasdead.
LeonardforgotthekillingandbegansearchingforthedeadJohnG.alloveragain.TeddytellsLeonardthereareplentyof
JohnGstofindandadmitsthatheisevenaJohnG:hisfullnameisJohnEdwardGammellandhismothercallshim
Teddy.
BeforeLennycanforgetTeddy'srevelations,hedecidestocontinuethehunt,lyingtohimselftosethimselfuptokill
Teddy.HeputsanoteonTeddy'sphotosaying"Don'tbelievehislies,"recordsTeddy'slicenseplatenumberasJohnG's,
andleaveshimselfaremindertogetatattoooftheplatenumber,SG137IU.LeonardditchesTeddybythrowingTeddy's
carkeysintosomeweeds.LeonardthenleaveshispickuptruckattherefineryanddrivesawayinJimmy'sJaguar,still
wearingJimmy'sclothes.

AfterforgettingTeddy'srevelationsandtheliestohimself,Leonardfindsatattooparlorandhasthelicenseplatenumber
tatooedontohisleg.TeddyseestheJaguarparkedoutsideandcomesin,tryingtomovethecarandgetLennytogetout
oftowninsomenewclothes.LeonardseesthenoteonthebackofTeddy'spicturesanddecidestoleavewithouthim.
LeonardfindsanoteinthepocketofJimmy'ssuitcoat,whichheiswearing.ThenoteisfromaNatalietellingJimmyto
cometoFerdy'sbar.NotrealizingheiswearingJimmy'sclothesanddrivingJimmy'scar,Leonardthinksthenoteisfor
himandgoestomeetNatalie(CarrieAnneMoss).Hetellsherabouthiscondition.Nataliebelieveshisstoryafteratest.
NatalietakesLeonardtoherhomeandtellshimhecanstaywithher.Leonardrecountswhatheremembersoftheattack.
Hesaysheawoketosounds,gotagun,andfoundhiswifebeingstrangled.Leonardshotoneintruder,butasecondman
clubbedhimwithasapandsmashedhisheadintoamirror.Hegoesontoexplainthatthecopsdidnotbelievetherewasa
secondattacker.LeonardtellsNataliethatthesecondattackerwastoosmartandlefttheevidencetolookliketherewas
onlyoneintruder.
NatalietricksLeonardintogoingafteramannamedDodd(CallumKeithRennie),whosheclaimshasbeenharassingher
forthemoneyfromJimmy'spriordrugdeals.LeonardleavestolookforDodd.Teddyiswaitingforhimasheleaves
Natalie'shome.TeddytriestowarnLeonardaboutNatalie,butafterseeingthe"Don'tbelievehislies"noteonTeddy's
picture,Leonarddoesnotbelievehim.Leonarddoesdecideheshouldn'tstaywithNatalieandfollowsTeddy'sadviceto
gototheDiscountInn.
LeonardgoestotheDiscountInn.ThoughLeonardhasalreadypaidforaroom,Burt(MarkBooneJunior)atthefront
desktakesadvantageofhisconditionbyrentinghimasecondroom.Leonardcallsanescortservice.Whentheescort
arrives,Leonardexplainstoherthathewantsonlytorelivegoingtosleepthenightoftheattack.Afterfallingasleep,the
escortwakeshim.Heaskstheescorttoleave.Hethentakespersonalitemsbelongingtohiswifetoareservoirandburns
them.
Inthemorning,LeonardleavesthereservoirandisspottedbyDodd.LeonardescapesDoddandgoestoDodd'smotelto
waitforhim.WhenDoddreturnstohismotelroom,Leonardbeatshimandtieshimup.LeonardcallsTeddyforhelpin
dealingwithDodd.TeddycomestoDodd'smotelroom.LeonardandTeddyconvinceDoddtoleavetown.
ReturningthefavorofgettingridofDodd,LeonardspendsthenightatNatalie's.Inthemorningsheagreestotracethe
licenseplatenumbertatooedonLeonard'sleg.Laterthatday,Nataliegiveshimtheinformationalongwithdirectionsto
"anabandonedplaceoutsideoftown"whereaguysheknew"usedtodobiggerdeals".Leonardtakesitbacktohismotel.
Atthemotel,LeonardputsthecluestogetherandconcludesthatTeddyisJohnEdwardGammellandmustbethesecond

attacker.HecallsTeddyandtheygotothesameabandonedbuildingwhereJimmyGrantzwaskilledafewdaysearlier.
LeonardshootsTeddyinthehead.
SynopsisforPsycho
InaPhoenixhotelroomonaFridayafternoon,MarionCrane(JanetLeigh)andheroutoftownloverSamLoomis(John
Gavin)endastolenlunchtimeinterludewithyetanotherdisagreementabouttheirfuture.MarionwantstomarrySam,but
debtsinheritedfromhisfatherandhisownalimonypaymentsdonotleavehimenoughmoneytosupportherashewould
like.AstheyhavedonesooftenbeforeonSam'sbusinesstripstoPhoenix,theypartleavingtheirfutureuncertain.
Marionreturnstotherealestateofficewheresheworksasasecretary,arrivingjustaheadofherbossMr.Lowery
(VaughnTaylor)andhisclientCassidy(FrankAlbertson)whobuysahousefromLowerywith$40,000incash.Lowery
tellsMariontoputthemoneyinthesafedepositboxatthebankuntilMonday.Pleadingaheadache,Marionaskstotake
therestofthedayoffafterhererrandtothebank.
ButMariondoesn'tgotothebank.Onthespurofthemoment,shedecidestokeepthemoney,packsasuitcase,andstarts
drivingoutoftown,onlytobespottedbyherbossatanintersectionwherehegivesherasuspiciouslook.Worriedthat
shehasbeenfoundoutalready,shestillproceedsoutoftownonherwaytoFairvale,California,whereSamlives.Allthe
whileshekeepslookingbehindher,fearfulthatshe'sbeingfollowed.Shedriveswellintothenightandparksalongside
theroadtosleep.
Inthemorning,ahighwaypatrolman(MortMills)stopstoinvestigateherstoppedcar,andawakensher.Startledand
nervous,shearousesthepatrolman'ssuspicions.Helooksatherlicenseandregistration,takingnoteoftheplatenumber.
Heallowshertogoon,butfollowsherforawhile,whichintensifiesMarion'sagitation.
Realizingthathercarcaneasilygiveheraway,Mariondecidestotradeitinforadifferentcar.Shestopsinatausedcar
lot,hurriedlypaysthesalesman(JohnAnderson)$700cashforalikelysubstitute,andcompletesthedealasthesame
highwaypatrolmanwatchesfromacrossthestreet.Nervous,shedrivesawayandcontinuestowardFairvale.
Asnightfallsonthissecondnight,withherfearsofpursuitcrowdinginaroundher,shedrivesintoarainstorm.Unable
toseetheroadclearly,shespotsthelightedsignoftheBatesMotel,anddecidestotakearoomforthenight.Asthereare
noothercarsthere,andnooneinthemoteloffice,shehonksherhornuponseeingalightoninthehousebehindthe
motel,andasilhouetteinthewindow;ayoungmansooncomesdownthepathtogreether,andheintroduceshimselfas
NormanBates(AnthonyPerkins).HeisasoftspokenandshyyoungmanwhotellsMarionthathelivesinthelarge
housewithhismother.Themotelseldomhasguestsanymoresincethenewinterstatebypassedthelocalhighway,and
Marionrealizesthatsheprobablytookawrongturninthestorm.Stillnervousaboutbeingtrackedbythepolice,Marion

registersunderafalsename,andNormanchecksherintocabin1justnexttotheoffice.Whensheasksaboutfood,
MarionlearnsthatFairvaleisonlyfifteenmilesaway.
Normanofferstosharehissupperwithhersoshedoesn'thavetogooutagainintherain,andhegoesbacktothehouse.
Shebeginsunpacking,takingtimetorepackthemoneyinsideanewspaperwhichshesetsasideonthebedtable.Then
sheoverhearsashoutedargumentbetweenNormanandhismothercomingfromthehouse.MotherBatesseemstohavea
lowopinionofbeautifulyoungwomen,anddoesn'twantNormanassociatingwiththem.Hebringssandwichesandmilk
backtotheofficewhereMarionjoinshimintheparlorjustbehindthecheckindesk.
MarionistakenabackbyNorman'sstuffedbirdsthatfilltheparlor,aproductofhistaxidermyhobby.Intheir
conversationoversandwiches,Normantalksaboutbeingtrapped.JustasMarionpresentlyfeelstrappedbyherguilt,
Normanismorepermanentlytrappedinhiscoexistencewithhismotherandhermadness.ButasNormanobserves,we
allgoalittlemadsometimes.TakingNorman'ssituationasacautionarytale,MariondecidestoreturntoPhoenixtomake
amends,andtrytopullherselfoutofthetrapshe'sgottenherselfintobeforeit'stoolate.
WhenMariongoesbacktoherroom,Normantakesdownapicturefromthewallandlooksthroughapeepholewherehe
canwatchMarionchanging.Withanewburstofintensity,Normanhurriesupthehillandgoesintothehouse.
Inherroom,Marionsitsinherrobeandcalculatessomefigures,workingouthowshecanrepaythe$700shehasalready
spent.Thenshetearsupthepapercontainingthefigures,andflushesthepiecesdownthetoilet.Withnewfoundpeaceof
mind,sheslipsoutofherrobeandslippers,andstepsintothetubtoenjoyacleansingshower.
Unseenbehindher,thebathroomdooropens.Afigureapproachesandpullsbacktheshowercurtain.Itistheshadowy
figureofanoldwomanwieldingalargekitchenknife.Marionscreams.Thebladeliftshighintotheair,andthenstrikes,
andstrikesagain,andagain.Marioncannotescapetheslicingblowsoftheknife.Thesavageattackcontinues,overand
overagain,andthenherkillerleaves,thejobdone.Marionsinksdown,reachingfortheshowercurtainwhichripsdown
aroundher,andshefallsovertheedgeofthetub.Theshowercontinuestorunoverher,andherdilutedlifebloodflows
awaydownthetubdrain,herlifelesseyesfixedinafinalhopelessstare.
Fromthehouse,Norman'svoiceyellsoutinshock,"Mother!Oh,God!Mother!Blood!Blood!"Hecomesrunningdown
thehillandintoMarion'scabintofindtheaftermathofMother'sknifeattack.Hequicklycleansupthemurderscene.He
wrapsMarion'sbodyintheshowercurtainandplacesherinthetrunkofhercar,andgathersherbelongingsintothetrunk
aswell.Atthelastmomenthespotsthenewspaperonthebedtableandtossesitintothetrunk,notknowingthatit
containsthestolenmoney.Hedrivestoaswampnearthemotel,wherehepushesthecarinandwatchesitslowly
disappearintothedarkbog.

Oneweeklater,SamLoomisissittinginthebackofficeofhishardwarestoreinFairvale,writinganotetoMarion.He
haschangedhismind,andifit'snottoolatehewantstomarryherrightawayevenifhisfinancesarelimitedrightnow.
Marion'ssister,LilaCrane(VeraMiles),comesintothestoreandasksifMarionisthere.Samtellshersheisn't.Aprivate
investigatornamedArbogast(MartinBalsam)alsoentersthestoreandasksforMarion'swhereabouts.Hisinterestisin
recoveringthestolen$40,000,whichLilaknewabout,butSamdidnot.ArbogastisconvincedthatMarionissomewhere
inthistownclosetoherboyfriend,sohesetsoutonasearchofhotelsandboardinghousesaroundFairvaletotrackher
down.
WhenArbogastgetstotheBatesMotel,Normantellshimhehasn'tseenMarion,andthattherehaven'tbeenanyguestsin
weeks.ButArbogastmanagestolookattheregisterandseesthefalsesignatureinMarion'shandwriting.Caughtinhislie
thatherehadn'tbeenanyrecentguests,Normanadmitstorememberinghernow,andsaysshestayedthatSaturdaynight
andleftearlyonSundaymorning.ArbogastspotsMother'ssilhouettesittingatthewindowofthehouseandaskstosee
her,butNormanrefuses,sayingthathismotherisaninvalidandshouldn'tbedisturbed.WhenNormanletssliphis
Mother'simpressionsofMarion,Arbogastbecomesdeterminedtotalktoher,butNormaninsiststhatheleave.
ArbogastphonesSamandLilatotellthemthatMarionhadregisteredthepreviousSaturdaynightattheBatesMotelin
cabin1,andthathemeanstosneakbackandtalktoMrs.BatesregardlessofNorman'sobjections.Whenhegetsbackto
themotel,ArbogastlooksintotheofficeandtheparlorbrieflytoseeifNormanisthere,andtakesaquicklookintothe
motelsafewhichisstandingopen.Thenheheadsuptothehouseandgoesinside.Sensingthatnooneisdownstairs,he
startsupthestairs.Ashenearsthetopofthestairs,MotherBatesemergesfromthebedroomandstabshim.Hestumbles
backwardsdownthestairsandfallstothefloor,whereheissetuponandstabbedyetagain.
Atthehardwarestore,LilaandSamhavebeenwaitingforArbogast,andtheyarenowoutofpatience.Theyexpected
Arbogasttobebackthreehoursago,sotheydecidetolookforhim.SamtellsLilatostaybehindwhilehegoesouttothe
motel.Whenhegetsthere,hecallsoutbutnooneanswers.Norman,standingbytheswamp,hearsSamcalloutfor
Arbogast.
Samreturnstothestore,havingseennooneatthemotelorthehouse.NoArbogast,noBates,onlyasickoldladyunable
orunwillingtoanswerthedoor.SamsuggeststheygoseeSheriffChambers(JohnMcIntire)toreportthemissing
Arbogast.Atthesheriff'shouse,Chambersandhiswife(LureneTuttle)listentoSamandLilatelltheirstory.Attheir
urging,ChambersphonesthemotelandtalkstoNorman,whosaysthatthedetectivehadbeentherebuthadleft.When
LilapressesChambersaboutthemother,ChamberstellsthemthatNorman'smotherhasbeendeadandburiedforthepast
tenyears,havingpoisonedherloverandherselfintheonlymurdersuicideinFairvale'slivingmemory.ButSamandLila
insistthatthereisanoldwomanoutthere,andthatArbogasthadtoldthemthatNormanwouldn'tletArbogastseehis

motherbecauseshewastooill.Thatmakesthesheriffwonder,ifNorman'smotherisupthereatthemotel,thenwhois
buriedinthatgraveinGreenLawnCemetery?
Normanisworriedaboutallthepeoplewhohavebeensnoopingaround.Hisconcernsleadtoanotherunseenargument
withMotherinwhichhetellshersheshouldhideinthefruitcellarforafewdays.Sherefuses.Normansayshewillpick
herupandcarryherdownstairs.Sheberateshim,andinsistsshecouldwalkifshewantedto,butshedoesn'twantto.In
spiteofMother'sprotests,Normancarrieshismotherdownthestairs.
Thenextmorning,Sundaymorning,LilaandSammeetSheriffandMrs.Chamberscomingoutofchurch.Thesheriffhas
alreadybeentothemotelbeforechurchservices.Normanisaloneoutthere,hesays.Hesawthewholeplace.The
detectivehasprobablyjustmovedontopursuealeadwithouttellingthem.HesuggeststhatLilareportamissingperson
andatheft,andletthelawfindhersister.Andwiththat,theChambersgotheirway.Unsatisfied,LilaandSamdecideto
goouttothemotelforthemselves.Theirplanistoregisterashusbandandwifeandcheckintoacabin.Thentheywill
searcheveryinchoftheplace,insideandout.
Normanassignsthemtocabin10,andSaminsistsonsigningtheregister.AshepaysandasksNormanforareceipt,Lila
takesthekeyandgoesaheadtowardtheircabin.Onthewayshechecksthatthedoortocabin1isunlocked.Afterabrief
stopincabin10totalkmattersover,andaftertheyaresureNormanisnotnearby,SamandLilaentercabin1tosearch
forclues.Theonlythingtheycanfindisascrapofpaperwithsomethingsubtractedfrom40,000,provingMarionhad
beenthere.Butthatwasneverindoubt.Lilawantstotalktotheoldwoman,becauseshemusthavetoldArbogast
something.ShewantsSamtodistractNormanwhileshegoestothehouse.Samtriestodissuadeher,butsheinsistsshe
canhandleasickoldwoman.
SamfindsNormanintheofficeandstartstalkingwithhim,whileLilacirclesaroundbehindthemoteltothehouse.She
goesinandlooksthroughalltheroomsupstairs.ShegoesintoMother'sbedroom,asceneofoldfashionedlavishness
gonetoruin.Theoutlineofthewoman'sbodyisdeeplyimpressedintotheoldmattress.ShelooksintoNorman's
bedroom,alittleboy'sroomfrozenintime.
Meanwhile,SamhasbeentryingtogetNormantotalkaboutmoney,lookingforsomeindicationthatNormanhasthe
stolencash.Normanbeginstogrowagitated.WhenSamsuggeststhatNorman'smothermightknowsomethingaboutthe
$40,000,Normanbeginstorealizethathisotherguestmaybesnoopingaroundatthehouse.SamtriestokeepNorman
fromleaving,andtheystruggle.NormanknocksSamoverthehead,andSamfallsdazedtothefloor.
LilaisjustcomingdownthestairswhensheseesNormanrunningtowardthefrontdoor.Sheducksaroundbehindthe
stairsandpartwaydownthecellarstepstoavoidhim.Normanheadsupstairs.Lilastartstocomebackup,whenshe

noticesthecellardooratthebottomofthesteps.Thisisaroomshehasn'texaminedyet,andsheriskstheopportunityto
lookintoit.
Walkingthroughastorageroomandintothebarrenfruitcellarbeyondit,sheseesanoldwomansittinginachairfacing
thefarwall.Shewhispers,"Mrs.Bates."Butthewomandoesn'trespond.Shetapsthewomanontheshoulder.Thechair
swivelsaroundtorevealthedesiccatedremainsofanoldwoman'scorpse,herfacecontortedintoanearskeletalgrinand
seeminglystaringoutofeyelesssockets.
Lilascreamsandturnsaway,andherflinchingreactionsetsthebarehanginglightbulbtoswinging.Atthatmoment,the
livingsemblanceofanoldwomanentersatthedoorwieldingalargeknife,blockingtheonlyescaperoutefromthe
cellar.Inthenextmoment,Sam'stimelyarrivalsavesLila,ashesubduesthewouldbeassailantfrombehind.The
"woman's"wigfallsawaytorevealNormanBatesdressedintheguiseofhismother.
Lila,Sam,andSheriffChambersareamongabewilderedgroupofinterestedpersonswhositinanofficeintheCounty
CourtHouse,waitingtohearfromapsychiatristwhohasbeencalledintoexamineNorman.Thepsychiatrist(Simon
Oakland)enterstotellthemhehasgottenthewholestory,butnotfrom"Norman."HegotitfromNorman's"Mother."As
apersonality,"Norman"nolongerexists.Theotherhalf,the"Mother"halfofNorman'smindhastakenover,probably
foralltime.
Yearsago,hetellsthem,afterthedisturbingdeathofNorman'sfather,Normancametodependontheundivided
attentionofhismother.Butwhenshetookalover,thealreadyderangedNormanfeltasifhehadbeenreplaced.His
jealousycouldnotstandtoshareher.Sohepoisonedbothhismotherandherlover.Insteadoflettingherbeburied,he
stolethecorpseandtreatedittopreserveitasbesthecould.
Hiscrimeofmatricideoverwhelmedhisalreadyfragilemind,andhebegantodividehismindwithhismother,togive
herbackpartofthelifehehadstolenfromher.Hewenttogreatlengthstopreservetheillusionthatshewasstillaliveso
thathecoulddenytohimselfthathehadkilledher.Hebegantothinkandspeakforher.Hewalkedaroundwearingher
clothesandawoman'swigtofurtherenhancetheillusion.Attimeshecouldbebothpersonalitiesandcarryonbothsides
ofconversations.Othertimes,the"Mother"half,thedominanthalf,tookovercompletely.Hewasneverall"Norman,"
buthewasoftenonly"Mother."
Andbecausehewassopathologicallyjealousofher,heassumedshewasjustasjealousofhimandwouldnotlethimbe
attractedtootherwomen.WhenNormanmetMarion,hefeltastrongattractiontoher.Thatattractionsetoffthejealous
"Mother,"anditwas"Mother"whokilledMarion,thelatestinaseriesofyoungwomentomeetasimilarfate.
Afterwards,"Norman"wouldreturnasiffromasleepanddutifullycleanupafter"Mother's"crimes,sinkingallevidence

intotheswampnearthemotel.Butnowitlooksasif"Mother"haswontheinevitablebattlethatalwaysdevelops
betweenmultiplepersonalities,andhasdriven"Norman"outcompletely.
Inalockedandguardedroom,thephysicalshellofNormanBatessitsunmovingas"Mother's"thoughtsdominatethe
mind,freeof"Norman's"mentalpresence.Sheregretsthatshehadtocondemnherownson,butshecouldn'tlethimsay
thatshehadkilledthosepeople.Asifshecouldcommitmurder.Asifshecoulddoanythingexceptjustsitandstare.She
knowstheymustbewatchingher.Butshe'llshowthemwhatkindofpersonsheis.Shewon'tmoveamuscle.Shewon't
evenswatthatfly.Thenthey'llsee.They'llsay,"Whyshewouldn'tevenharmafly!"Andwiththat,"she"staresahead
motionlesslyas"her"facecontortsintoanearskeletalgrin.
Inafinalimage,atowchainbeginspullingMarion'scaroutofthebog.
SynopsisforTheConversation
HarryCaul(GeneHackman),aprivatesurveillanceexpertinSanFrancisco,hasbeenhiredbytheDirectortofollowand
recordtheactionsofhiswife,Ann(CindyWilliams),andherlover,Marc(FredericForrest).Usingthreeseparate
microphones,Caulandhisassociatesfollowthecouplearoundapark.Later,hepiecestogetheraconversationthat
clearlyindicatesthetwoareinarelationshipandthattheyfearbeingfoundoutbytheDirector.
Caulisasecretive,almostparanoidindividual.Healienateshisassistant,Stan(JohnCazale),becausehewon'tteachhim
moreaboutaudiosurveillance,andhisgirlfriend,Amy(TeriGarr),becausehewon'tsharewithherdetailsabouthis
careerorpersonallife.HealsorefusestohandoverthetapesofAnnandMarctotheDirector'sassistant,Martin
(HarrisonFord).TheDirectorhadspecifiedthatthetapesweretobeturnedoveronlytohim.MartinprotestsbutCaul
keepsthetapes.
Caulbecomesincreasinglyconcernedthat,werehetoturnthetapesovertotheDirector,thatsomeharmwouldcometo
AnnandMarc.Onthetapes,Marccanbeheardtosay"He'dkillusifhehadthechance."WhenheworkedontheEast
Coast,Caulhadparticipatedinasurveillancethatledtothedeathsoftwopersons.Heworriesthatthismighthappen
again,andgoestochurchtoconfesshissins.
AfterAmybreaksofftheirrelationship,Caulattendsasurveillanceconvention.Martinalsoattends,andCaulconfronts
himandordersMartintostopfollowinghim.HelearnsthatStanhasgonetoworkforMoran(AlanGarfield),aDetroit
basedsurveillanceexpertlookingtoexpandtotheWestCoast.Morandemonstratestoconventiongoersanewremote
audiosystemthatturnsanytelephoneintoalivemicrophone.AlthoughCaulpersuadesStannottoworkforMoranafter
theconventionisover,MoraniseffusiveinhispraiseforCaul.Lonelyandenjoyingthepositiveattention,Caulletshis
guarddownandtakesMoran,Stanandseveralothersbacktohisworkroomforapostconventionparty.Amongthe
partygoersisMeredith(ElizabethMcRae),ashowgirlwhoworkedatMoran'sconventionbooth.Meredithopenlyflirts

withCaulandinaprivatemoment,CaulopensuptoherabouthistroubleswithAmy.Thisconversationisrecordedby
Moran,whohadearlierplantedabugonCaul.Caulisoutragedandkickseverybodyout.Meredithstays,helpsCaulinto
bed,undressesherselfandsleepswithhim.CaulhasadreaminwhichhepursuesAnnthroughthefog,tellingherabout
howhenearlydiedasachild.Inthisdream,hewarnsAnnthattheDirectorplanstokillher."I'mnotafraidofdeath,"he
tellsherasshedisappearsintothemist,"butIamafraidofmurder."
WhenCaulawakensinthemorning,hediscoversbothMeredithandthetapesaregone.Frustratedandangry,hereturns
homeandtriestocalltheDirector.Caulhasliedtomanypeoplethathedoesn'thaveahometelephoneandissurprised
whenMartincallshimbackathome.MartintellshimthathetookthetapesanddeliveredthemtotheDirector.Caul
shouldcometotheofficetopickuphisfee($15,000).Cauldoesasasked,andfindstheseethingDirector(RobertDuvall)
listeningtotheconversation.TheDirectorcurtlydismissesCaulafterpayinghim.
Disturbed,CaulgoestothehotelthatAnnandMarcmentionedasmeetingplaceintheirconversation.Herentsan
adjoiningroomandinsertsamicrophonethroughthewalltolistentotheconversation.Hehearsshouting.Rushingtothe
balcony,heseesbloodyhandprintsontheglasspartition.Appalledandfrightened,hecollapsesinhisownroom.Upon
reviving,hebreaksintotheroomMarcandAnnhadrented.Theroomseemsorderly,butthetoiletisrunning.Hegivesit
aflushandbloodwellsout.
CaulgoestoseetheDirectorbutsecurityblockshisway.Onthestreet,heissurprisedtoseeAnnsittinginanidlingcar.
AnewspaperheadlineinformshimthattheDirectorhasbeenkilledinacaraccident.AnnnowcontrolstheDirector's
company.Later,asAnn,MarcandMartintrytoescapereportersaskingthemaboutaninquiryintotheDirector'sdeath,
theynoticeCaulwatchingthem.CaulrealizesthatthebloodyhandhesawinthehotelwastheDirector's;Marc's
statementthattheDirectorwouldkillthemifhehadthechancewasarationalizationoftheirdecisiontokillhim.
Backinhisapartment,Caulsitsalone,playinghissaxophonetohisfavoritejazzrecords.Hisphonerings.Whenhe
answers,nooneisthere.Hehangsupandresumesplaying.Itringsagain;thistime,MartintellshimthatAnnandMarc
knowhehasdeducedwhathappened,andthattheywillbelisteningtohim.MartinthenplaysbackarecordingofCaul's
saxophoneplaying.CompletelyconsumedbyparanoiaandforgetfulofMoran'sdemonstrationattheconvention,Caul
demolisheshisapartmentlookingforthebug.Unabletofindit,heresumesplayinghissaxophone.
SynopsisforAClockworkOrange
"Abitoftheoldultraviolence".

ThemovietakesplaceinLondonintheforeseeablefuture."Ourhumblenarrator"AlexDeLarge(MalcolmMcDowell)
andhisdroogs,Georgie(JamesMarcus),Dim(WarrenClarke),andPete(MichaelTarn),areseatedintheKorovaMilk
Barstonedonmilklacedwithnarcotics.
Shortly,thegangleavestheKorovaforanightofultraviolence.Theyencounterawino(PaulFarrell)inaconcrete
subwaytunnelunderalocalmotorway,andbeathimwiththeirtruncheons.Later,theyarriveataderelicttheater.Onthe
stage,anothergang,ledbyaschoolmatenamedBillyBoy,ispreparingtorapeavoluptuousgirl.Instead,thetwogangs
haveabattleinwhichAlexandhisdroogsarevictorious.
Alexandhisdroogsnextheadoutintothedarkcountrysidelookingforaction.AlexpilotstheirstolenDurango95sports
car.Afterplaying"hogsoftheroad",whereintheydriveonthewrongsideoftheroadandrunanumberofother
motoristsofftheroadintoditchesandoverembankments,Alexsuggestsmakingthe"surprisevisit".Theystopatafancy
countryhousethatdisplaysabacklightedsignthatsimplyreads"Home",thentricktheirwayintothehousebyhaving
Alexclaimtobethevictimofacaraccident.Theybeatthehomeowner,awriternamedFrankAlexander(Patrick
Magee),andgangrapehiswife(AdrienneCorri)whileAlexbrightlycroons"Singin'intheRain".
Whenthey'vefinishedhavingfun,thegangreturnstotheKorova.Awomanseatedatanadjacenttablesingsthechorus
fromBeethoven's9thsymphony.Listeningtothewoman,Alexisecstatic"Ifeltallthemalenkylittlehairsonmyplott
standingendwise"butDimruinsthemoodwhenhemakesafartingnoise.Alexhitshiminthecrotchwithhis
truncheon.Henceforth,DimisresentfulandthreateningbutAlexdismisseshim.
DawnisnighasAlexarrivesathisapartment.Beforegoingtobedhefantasizesscenesofviolencewhilelisteningto
Beethoven's9thsymphony.
Inthemorning,Alex'smother(SheilaRaynor)triestowakeAlexforschool,buthefeignsillness.Atthebreakfasttable
shediscussesthesituationwithhisfather(PhilipStone).Alex'sparentsseemfoolishandimpotent.WhenAlexlater
awakensandwandersabouttheapartmentinhisunderwearheencountershisprobationofficer,Mr.Deltoid(Aubrey
Morris),inhisparent'sbedroom.DeltoidissomuchamemberofthefamilythatAlex'smotherhadgivenhimakey.The
officerlecturesAlexabouthisschooltruancyandthreatenshimwithjail.ThenDeltoidisabashedwhenhediscoversthat,
inadditiontowater,thebedsideglassfromwhichhe'sbeendrinkingalsocontainsasetofdentures.
AfterDeltoidleaves,Alexbeginsanotherbusyday.Hepicksuptwogirlsatalocalshoppingmallrecordstoreandbrings
themhome.InaspedupsequencebackedbytheWilliamTellOverture,hehassexwithbothofthem.

Laterthatday,heencountershisdroogsinhisapartmenthouselobby.Theyominouslytellhimthatthey'vebeen
"talking".TheyfeelthatAlexhasbeenabusingthem,especiallyDim,andtheysuggestthatAlexhasbeentakingmore
thanhisfairshareofthespoilsfromtheirrobberies.ThenGeorgiesharesanideatomakelotsmoremoney.Hewantsto
robarichladywhoownsanupscalehealthfarmattheedgeoftown.AlexperceivesGeorgie'sindependentthinkingasa
threatbutappearstogoalongwithit.Hethenunexpectedlyattackshisdroogsastheywalkalongariverbankoutsidethe
apartmentblock.HethrowsfirstGeorgieandthenDimintothedirtyriverwater.WhenAlexofferstohelppullDimout
ofthewater,heslashesthebackofDim'soutstretchedhandwithahiddendagger.Alexmakestheexcusethatthesound
ofBeethovenfromanopenwindowinspiredhisviolencebuthisdroogsdon'tbelievehim.Theyallretiretoarestaurant
whereAlexfirsthumiliateshisdroogs,thenconsidersGeorgie'sidea.
Arrivingatthehealthfarmthatevening,thedroogstrythesametrickthey'dusedatAlexander'shousethepreviousnight:
trickingthewomaninthehouseintobelievingthatoneofthemhasbeeninjuredinatrafficaccident.However,the
proprietress(MiriamKarlin)issuspiciousandcallsthepolicetellingthemthatshe'dheardthenewsreportsaboutthe
writerandhiswifebeingtrickedinthesamemanner.Whenthedroogsaren'tletintothehouse,Alexclimbsupa
drainpipe,entersasecondfloorwindow,andconfrontsher.Theyfight,thewomandefendingherselfwithabustof
Beethoven,untilAlexstrikesherwithahugeplasticphallussculpture.Then,aspolicesirensareheardinthedistance,
Alexrunsoutthefrontdoor.Itisthereandthenthathisdroogstaketheirrevenge.DimhitsAlexinthefacewithamilk
bottleandthedroogsflee.AsAlexwrithesandscreamsonthegroundthepolicearrive.
Alexisarrested.Atthepolicestation,anuncooperativeandbelligerentAlexisquestionedbyseveralconstables.When
anoverzealousbeatconstablepunchesAlexinhisbandagedfacefornoreason,Alexkickstheofficerinthegroin.The
otherofficersthenbeatAlexuntilDeltoidshowsup.DeltoidtellsAlexthattheproprietressofthehealthfarmhasdied,
andhespitsinAlex'sfaceandtellshimhowdisappointedheis.Alexlaughsitoff,butissoonheadedforprison.
Prison.
Alexgetssentencedto14yearsinprison.HedepositshispossessionswithChiefOfficerBarnes(MichaelBates),
undresses,andisinspectedforhemorrhoids.Afteransweringseveralquestionsabouthishealthandpersonalwellbeing,
Alexisgivenprisongarb.He'snowprisonernumber655321.
Twoyearslater,Alexisshownschemingtogetfavorsbyfeigningpiety.Hehelpstheprisonchaplain(GodfreyQuigley)
withhisserviceandhestudiestheBible.Butratherthanthinkingpiousthoughts,AlexvisualizeshimselftorturingJesus
atthecrucifixion,killingpeopleinbattle,andlayingaboutwithconcubinesinanOldTestamentsetting.

Alextellsthechaplainthathe'sheardofanewtreatment,thesocalledLudovicoTechnique,thathelpscriminalsgetout
ofprison.Thechaplainsaysthatit'sexperimentalandthathe'snotsureit'srightforAlex.ButAlex,whowantsawayout
ofprisonlife,plotshowtobeselectedfortheexperiment.Later,thegovernment'sInteriorMinister(AnthonySharp)
visitstheprisonand,whenAlexmakesashowofhimself,theministerpicksAlexasaperfectLudovicosubject.Alexis
takenbeforetheprisongovernor(MichaelGover)whotellstheboythat,althoughhe'dratherpunishhim,Alexwill
shortlybereleased.
TheLudovicoTechnique.
ChiefOfficerBarnesthentransportsAlextotheLudovicoCentre.AlexisgivenaroomandisinterviewedbyDr.
Branom(MadgeRyan).Shepromiseshimthathe'llbefine,thengiveshimaninjection.
InhisfirstdayoftreatmentAlexappearsinanauditoriuminastraightjacket.Hisheadisstrappedtothebackofa
restrainingchairsothathecanneitherturnhisheadnorlookaway.Aneyedoctorinstallslidclampsthatforciblykeep
Alex'seyesopen.Then,whilethedoctorconstantlydropseyewashintoAlex'sgrotesquelyclampedeyes,Alexis
subjectedtotwoviolentfilms.Thefirstshowsexplicitscenesofaseverebeating,thesecond,agangrape.Halfway
throughthefirstfilmAlexbeginstofeelsick.Bytheendofthesecond,Alexisshoutingforsomethingintowhichto
vomit.Attherearoftheauditorium,Dr.Brodsky(CarlDuering)explainstoobserversthatthedrugadministeredtoAlex
causesaformofparalysiswithdeepfeelingsofterrorandhelplessness.Inhisroomfollowingthetreatment,Dr.Branom
assuresAlexthathisfeelingofsicknessisasignthathe'sgettingbetter.
OnthefollowingdayAlexisbackintheauditorium,thistimefortwoshows:morningandafternoon.Then,while
viewingscenesofNazisduringWorldWarII,Alexbeginsscreaminginearnest."Stopit!Stopit!Please,Ibegyou!It'sa
sin!"ThebackgroundmusicisnoneotherthanBeethoven's9thsymphony.Alexscreamsthatheshouldn'tbemadetofeel
sickwhilelisteningtosuchbeautifulmusic.Brodskyloudlyapologizessayingthatitcan'tbehelpedwhilequietlyhe
speculatestonearbystaffthatperhapsthisisthepunishmentelement,andwouldn'ttheprisongovernorbepleased.
Twoweekslater,presumablyafter12moretreatments,AlexisparadedbeforeagroupofdignitariesbytheInterior
Minister.Alexistherefordemonstrationpurposes.HeisfirstconfrontedbyanangryIrishman(JohnClive)whothrows
himtothegroundandforcesAlextolickhisboot.Nexthe'sapproachedbyastatuesqueplatinumblond(Virginia
Wetherell)cladonlyinpanties.ShecomesrightuptoAlexandtemptshim.Alexcollapsesinafitofnauseawhenhe
triestotouchherbreasts.TheInteriorMinisterproclaimsanewerainlawenforcementandsocialjustice,buttheprison
chaplainclaimsthattheprocedurehasdebasedAlex'shumannaturebytakingawayhisabilitytoactuallychoosegood
overevil.TheInteriorMinistercounterclaimsthattheonlythingthatmattersisresults.

WelcomeHome.
Alexreturnshometofindhisparentsplusastranger(CliveFrancis)sittinginthelivingroomreadingnewspaper
accountsofhisrelease.Heentersandtriestobefriendlybutismetonlybyawkwardexcuses.Whenheinquiresaboutthe
strangereatingtoastonthecouch,hisfathertellshimthatthestrangerisalodgerwhocan'tbekickedoutbecausehe's
alreadypaidthenextmonth'srent.Alexisupsetbutthelodger,whohasingratiatedhimselfwithAlex'sparents,pushes
thesituationbycastigatingAlexforthethingshedidbeforegoingtoprisonandforbreakinghisparents'hearts.Before
Alexcanhitthelodger,hispsychologicalconditioningkicksinleavinghimgaggingandfightingforair.Whenhehas
recovered,Alexstormsout.
AlexlaterstaresattheThamesriverbelowabridge,presumablycontemplatingsuicide.He'sapproachedbyabum
seekingsparechange.Alexfishessomecashfromhispocketandhandsitover.Then,takingacloserlook,thebum
recognizesAlexasthesameguywhobeathiminthesubwaytunneltwoyearsearlier.Alexlooksatthebuminhorror
andtriestoescape,butistrappedintheverysametunnelbythebumandhiselderlycompatriots.TheyhitandkickAlex
ashecowersontheground,disabledbyhisconditioning.Twoconstablesshowuptobreakupthefight.ToAlex'sfurther
horror,hisrescuersturnouttobeDimandGeorgie,twoofhisformerdroogs,whoarenowconstables.Demonstrating
thatpolicetraininghasn'talteredtheirbasicviolentnatures,theyhandcuffAlex,drivehimoutoftown,marchhimintoa
wood,pushhisheadintoacattletroughfilledwithfilthywater,andbeathimwiththeirbatons.Theythenremovethe
cuffsandleavehimbatteredandgasping.Withthoughtsofhomeechoinginhishead,Alexstaggerstothefirsthousehe
canfind.Itdisplaysawelcoming,backlightedsignthatsimplyreads:"Home".
Athome,FrankAlexanderisathistypewriter,sittinginthewheelchairthathe'sbeenpermanentlyconfinedtoeversince
hewasseverelybeatentwoyearsearlier.Julian(DavidProwse),hismuscularattendant,answersthedoorbell.AsJulian
opensthedoor,Alexcollapsesintotheentryway.Juliancarrieshimintothehouse.
WhenconfrontedbyaconcernedMr.Alexanderwhoasks:"MyGod.What'shappenedtoyou,myboy?"Alex,whonow
realizeshe'sattheverysameresidenceinwhich,twoyearsearlier,heandhisdroogshadgangedrapedAlexander'swife,
isthunderstruckbyhisprecarioussituation.ButherelaxeswhenherealizesthatMr.Alexanderdoesn'trecognizehim
"[voiceover]Forinthosecarefreedays,Iandmysocalleddroogsworeourmaskies,whichwerelikerealhorrorshow
disguises".Mr.Alexander,whorecognizesAlexonlyasthesubjectoftheLudovicotreatment,invitestheladtohavea
bathandsomesupper.
AsAlexrelaxesinthebath,Mr.AlexandercallsafriendwithwhomhediscusseshowAlex'sLudovicoconditioning
representsthethinedgeoftotalitarianism,andhowthatcanbeusedagainstthesittinggovernment.Ashefinishesthe

conversation,Alexanderleavestheimpressionthatthetimeforavisithasbeenarrangedwhenhelooksathiswatchand
replies,"He'llbehere".Hethenhangsupthephone.
Mr.Alexandersitsinhiswheelchairrelishingafantasyofpoliticalintriguewhenhebecomesawareofsingingcoming
fromthebathroom.Inhisbath,AlexhasstruckupabrightrenditionofSingin'intheRain.Mr.Alexander'sfacetwistsin
agonyandrageasherealizesjustwhoAlexis.
Later,atthedinnertable,anobviouslydistraughtMr.AlexanderencouragesAlextoeatanddrink.Flankedbythe
wheelchairboundMr.AlexanderandtheburlyJulian,AlexeatsaplateofspaghettiwhileMr.AlexanderinsiststhatAlex
havesomeredwinewithhismeal."Trythewine.Haveanother..."Mr.AlexandertellsAlex.Asheeats,Alexgrows
increasinglyfearful,wonderingifthehostilelookingoldmanknowshisrealidentity.ThenMr.Alexanderbringsupthe
subjectofhiswife'srapeandsubsequentdeath.Hebelievesthat,thoughsheofficiallydiedofpneumonia,itwasher
brokenspiritthatkilledher.Shewas,accordingtoMr.Alexander,avictimofthemodernage,justasAlexisavictimof
themodernage.HetellsAlexthattwofriendsareexpectedandthattheywillhelptheboy.
Aminutelater,mannamedDolin(JohnSavident)andawoman(MargaretTyzack)enter.TheyquestionAlexaboutthe
Ludovicotreatmentandwhetheritistruethat,inadditiontoconditioninghimagainstsexandviolence,ithasalsomade
himincapableoflisteningtomusic."No,missus",Alexreplies."Yousee,it'snotallmusic.It'sjustthe9th."Theyask
whathefeelswhenhehearsBeethoven's9thsymphonyandheadmitstothoughtsofsuicide.Thewomanthenasks,"Do
youstillfeelsuicidal?"Alexrepliesthathefeelslow,like"anysecond,somethingterribleisgoingtohappentome",at
whichpointhepassesout,facedown,intotheplateofspaghetti.Hehasbeendruggedbythewine.Dolincongratulates
Mr.AlexanderwhothenasksJuliantobringthecararoundtothefront.TheconspiratorshaveplansforAlexthatwill
embarrassthegovernment.
Alexawakensthenextmorninginasmall,secondfloorbedroominanunknowncountryhouse.Theroomisfloodedwith
thestrainsofBeethoven's9thsymphonyblastedfromastereointheroombelow"[voiceover]Iwokeup.Thepainand
sicknessallovermelikeananimal."AsMr.Alexanderbeamsinsatisfaction,Alexisdriventosuicide.Heleapsfromthe
secondfloorwindowtothestonepatiobelow.
Cured.
Days(ormaybeweeksormonths)later,Alexwakesupinahospitalwithlegs,arms,andheadincasts.Newspaper
clippingsrevealthatthegovernmentisbeingvilifiedforinhumanexperimentation.TheInteriorMinisterisbeing
subjectedtoespeciallyfierceattack.Whenhisparentsvisit,Alexgivesthemtheirmuchdeservedfinalrejection.

Later,DoctorTaylor(PaulineTaylor),apsychiatristwithbluehair,showsAlexaseriesofcartoonshavingsexualor
violentconnotations.Alexistosupplythepunchlines.SheistestinghimtodeterminewhetherhisLudovicoconditioning
isstillactive.Itisn't.
Laterstill,theInteriorMinistervisitsAlex.HeassuresAlexthathewantstobehisfriend.Withoilysmoothnesswell
lardedwithweaselwordstheMinisterapologizesforwhathisgovernmenthasdone.HepromisesAlexagoodjobona
goodsalary,providedofcoursethatAlexhelpsthegovernment."Wealwayshelpourfriends,don'twe?"Heassuresthe
ladthatthesubversivewriter,FrankAlexander,whohasbeenthreateninghimhasbeenputaway.Forhispart,Alexmilks
themeetingforallit'sworth.
AsthearistocraticMinisterspoonfeedsdinnertothejuvenilethug,Alexasksthenameofhisnewfriend.Decorously
clearinghisthroat,theMinisterrepliesthathisnameis"Frederick".HetellsAlexthathecanbeinstrumentalinchanging
publicopinion."Doyouunderstand,Alex?"heasks."DoImakemyselfclear?""Asanunmuddiedlake,Fred"isAlex's
response.Asasymboloftheirunderstanding,theMinistercallsforhisassistants.Theysweepinwithflowers,followed
byamassivestereosystemblastingBeethoven's9thsymphony,followedbyatroopofreportersandphotographers.Alex
poseswithhisnewfriend,Fred,asthechoralclimaxofBeethoven's9thsymphonyreachesitszenith.Alex'seyesroll
backintohisheadashefantasizesaboutanorgyinthesnowwithagorgeousblondtotheapplauseofVictorian
onlookers.
Alexisheardinvoiceover:"Iwascured,allright.
SynopsisforKillBill:Vol.1
BeforethecreditswelearnthatthefilmisabouttheDeadlyViperAssassinationSquad,whichhasfivemembers.A
quotationgivestheflavour:"Revengeisadishbestservedcold".Inmonochrome,agasping,bloodcoveredbride(Uma
Thurman)looksupfromachapelfloor.AhandwipesherfaceusingahandkerchiefwiththenameBillinthecorner,
whileamalevoiceexplainsthatwhatheisabouttodoisnotasadisticact,butamasochisticone.Justbeforeheshoots
herinthehead,theBridetellsBill(DavidCarradine)thatthebabyshecarriesishis.Agunshotisheardandtheopening
creditsbegin,backedbythesong"BangBang".
Chapter1:#2.Pasadena.
TheBridedrivesupinayellowandredpickuptruck,outsideasuburbanhomeandstrollstothefrontdoor.Assherings,
aflashbackshowstheBridecrashingtothefloorandlookinguptoseethefaceofoneofherattackers,VernitaGreen
(VivicaA.Fox).Assoonasthedoorisopen,theBride'sfistcrashesintoVernita'sface.Asavagefightfollows,firstwith
fists,thenwithknives.Thefightpauseswhenaschoolbusdrawsupoutsideandalittlegirlwalksthroughthedoor.The
antagonistshidetheirknivesandpretendnothingisamissdespitethewreckagearoundthem.Theybothreassurethe

child,Nikki(AmbrosiaKelley).TheBridementionsthatsheusedtohaveachildwhowouldbethesameageasNikki
(four).Vernitasendsthegirltoherroom.AtthispointVernitaisintroducedasamemberoftheDeadlyVipers,codename
Copperhead.TheBrideisalsoamember,codenameBlackMamba.TheBridemakesclearthatsheishereforrevengebut
promisesnottokillVernitainfrontofherchild.Theyplanafightlater,butwhileVernitaispreparingcerealforherchild
shefiresaconcealedgunattheBride.ShemissesandtheBridekillsherwithathrownknife.
Thechildwalksin,awitnesstohermother'sdeath.TheBrideapologisesbutexplainsthathermotherhaditcomingto
her.ShetellsNikkithatif,whenshegrowsup,shecan'tgetpastthekilling,sheshouldcomefindtheBride."I'llbe
waiting,"theBridepromises.Shereturnstothepickup,whichisemblazonedwiththewordsPussyWagon,crosses
Vernita'snamefromalistheaded"DeathListFive,"anddrivesaway.
Chapter2:TheBloodSplatteredBride
FouryearsearlierinanElPasoweddingchapel,policeareinvestigatingamassmurder.Thesheriff(MichaelParks)
drivesupandistoldthattherehasbeenanexecutionstylemassacreleavingninebodies,includingthebride,thegroom,
thepreacherandhiswife,theguests,andeventhepianoplayer.Thesheriffstrollsaroundcommentingonthemassacre,
stopsnearthebride,andremarksonhowgoodlookingshewas.Heimmediatelyrecognizesthenameshewasusing,
ArleneMachiavelli,asanalias.Ashekneelstolookmorecloselyather,shesuddenly(perhapsunintentionally)spitsin
hisface.Weseeherrushedtoahospital,wheresheliesinadeepcoma.
Asmartlydressedblondewomanwalksthroughthehospital,whistlingatune.Shefindsachangingroomandemerges
dressedasanursewitharedcrosspatchoveroneeyeandcarryingatraywithasyringe.AtitleidentifiesherasElle
Driver(DarylHannah)oftheDeadlyVipers,codenameCaliforniaMountainSnake.ShestandsoverthecomatoseBride
andsaysthathergiftistoallowhertodieinhersleep.Asshepreparestoinjectthecontentsofthesyringeintothe
Bride'sIVline,hermobilephonerings.ItisBill,whoordershertoabortthemissioninviewoftheBride'ssurvivalof
theirpreviouseffortstoassassinateher,andbecauseitwouldlowerthem.Elleisfurious,butdoesasorderedandleaves.
Fouryearslater,theBrideisstilllyinginacoma.Amosquitobitesherandshesitsupwithashriek.Inaflashbackshe
seesagunpointingatherandabulletapproachinginslowmotion.Shebeginstofeelherbody,firstnoticingthemetallic
soundofherskullandthenfeelingtheabsenceofthebabyinherwomb.Sheshrieksagainandsobspitifully.Whenshe
hearsapproachingfootsteps,sheliesbackandpretendstobestillinacoma.Anorderly(MichaelBowen)enters,
accompaniedbyalargetrucker(JonathanLoughran).Theorderlyexplainsthat,for$75,thisattractivewomanisavailable
forwhateverthetruckerwants.Themanpaysupandistoldthathecandoanythingaslongashedoesn'tleaveany
marks.TheorderlyleavesandthemanclimbsontopoftheBride.Ashestartstokisshershebitesdownonhislowerlip
andseversitinaprofusionofblood.He'sleftunconsciousordead.

TheBridetriestogetoutofbedbutcollapsesasherlegswillnotsupporther.Whenshehearstheorderlyreturningshe
picksupaknifeandcrawlsbehindthedoor.Heentersandstandsaghastatthecarnageandtheemptybed.Sheslasheshis
heelandhefallstothefloor.Then,slammingthedoorintohishead,shedemandstoknowwhereBillis.Shereadsthe
nameBuckontheorderly'snametag,whichtriggersmemoriesofhisearlierassaultsonher.Shegiveshimacouplemore
violentblowswiththedoor,perhapskillinghim,thensearcheshimforhiscarkeys.Thekeyfobsays"PussyWagon"in
distinctivepinkscript.Propellingherselftothebasementcarparkinawheelchair,theBrideisabletoidentifyBuck's
yellowpickupbecauseitsays"PussyWagon"ontheback.Shehaulsherselfinandstartsthelongprocessofgettingher
legsmovingagain.
AshotoftherestoftheDeadlyVipersgangintroducesORenIshii(LucyLiu),codenameCottonmouth,nowheadofthe
Tokyoyakuza.
Chapter3:TheOriginsofORenIshii
Inanimeformat,thefilmfollowsORen'sdevelopmentfromtheageofnine,whenshewitnessedthemurderofher
parents.Herfather,anAmericanmilitaryofficer,hadtriedtofightoffseveralyakuzahenchman,butwaskilled.The
yakuzaleader,asleazyoldman,Matsumoto,alsobrutallymurdersORen'sJapanesemother.ThelastofMatsumoto's
menlightsafireintheroom,lettingthehouseburntotheground.ORensurvivesandavengesthemurdersatage11in
bloodspoutingstyle,takingadvantageofMatsumoto'spedophilia.Shegrowsuptobeaworldclassassassin.
Meanwhile13hourshavepassedandtheBridehasregaineduseofherlegs,soshesetsoutonherrevengetrail.Wesee
herflyingtoOkinawa.
Chapter4:TheManfromOkinawa
TheBrideentersaJapanesesushibarandthereisalongishscenewiththejovialbarkeeperandsomeslapstickaction
withhisassistant.Thingsgetseriouswhenshetellsthebarkeeperthatsheislookingforhim,HattoriHanzo(Shin'ichi
Chiba).Sheexplainsthatsheneedssome"Japanesesteel"tokillvermin.Heshowshertohisatticwherehekeepsan
arrayofthekatanas(swords)hehasmade.Whenshetriesoneouthesaysthattheyarenotforsaleandhehasswornnot
tomakeanymore"instrumentsofdeath".Sheexplainsthather"vermin"isaformerpupilofhisandhecorrectlyguesses
thatshemeansBill.Heagreestomakeherasword,whichwilltakeamonth.HesuggeststheBridespendthattime
training.

AmonthlaterweseeHanzoexaminingthenewsword,whichhebelievesishisfinestwork.Hehandsittoherinasmall
andsolemnceremonywhereheadmitshebrokehispersonalpactnottomakeanymoreswordsbuthasdonesobecause
hesupportstheBride'smission.
Chapter5:ShowdownattheHouseofBlueLeaves
ThefilmreturnstoORenandshowsherasnewlyelectedHeadoftheCouncilofalltheyakuzabosses.Whenone
objectstoherelectiononthegroundsofhermixedraceorigin(sheisChinese/JapaneseAmerican),sheimmediately
beheadshimandwarnstheothersnevertodisparageherheritageinanywayorthey'llsufferthesamefate.Weare
introducedtoORen'slieutenants:herFrenchJapaneselawyerSofieFatale(JulieDreyfus),anotherofBill'sprotges;
herteenagebodyguardGogoYubari(ChiakiKuriyama),aviciouskillersportingaplaidskirtedschooluniform;and
JohnnyMo(ChiaHuiLiu,creditedasGordonLiu),theheadofherstrongarmmen,theCrazy88.
TheBridefliesintoTokyoandappearsinyellowleathersandhelmetridingayellowmotorbikewhileORenandher
motorcadeareheadingforarestaurant.TheBridespotsSofieinhercarandthereisaflashbacktoSofiecalmlytakinga
callonhermobilewhiletheBrideandherpartywerebeingslaughtered.ORenandherimmediatesubordinatesarriveat
therestaurantandareusheredupstairstoaprivatediningroombytheobsequiousowners.Atthebar,theBridesits
quietlyandwatches.
ORenandherpartyareenjoyingthemselveswhenORensensessomethingthreatening.Shethrowsasmalldartwitha
redtasselthroughthepaperwalltolodgeinabeaminthehallwayoutside,startlingtheBride,whoislurkingnearthe
privateroom.ORensendsGogotolookaround,buttheBridehasbracedherselfagainsttheceilingandGogodoesn'tsee
her.TheBrideentersthetoiletandwhilestrippingoffherleathers,hears"AuldLangSyne,"thedistinctiveringtoneof
Sofie'smobile.
WithSofieintow,theBrideloudlyannouncesherpresencefromtherestaurantfloor,whichbringsORenandherparty
rushingoutontothebalcony.WhiletheywatchsheslashesoffoneofSofie'sarmsandpandemoniumensuesasthediners
andstaffflee.
ORensendsherlieutenantsdownsinglyoringroupstokilltheBride,butallendupbeingcutapart.Thefinaldefender
isGogo,whoopposestheBride'sswordwithaballandchaininaviciousfight,endingwhentheBridekillsGogoby
embeddingabroken,nailstuddedtableleginhertemple.BeforeORenandtheBridecanengage,theroarofmotorbikes
isheardandtheCrazy88pourin.Theensuingbattleofoneagainstmanyislong,balleticandbloodybutfinallyonlyone
ofthe88remainstheyoungestandtheBridesendshimoffwithaspanking.SheannouncestothedefeatedCrazy88

thattheymayleave,buttheymustleavebehindtheirseveredlimbs,whichbelongtohernow.ShealsoordersSofieto
stay.
Outsideinthesnow,theBrideandORenfightitoutinalongandevenlymatchedswordfight.Atthestartofthefight,
ORencastsdoubtontheprovenanceoftheBride'ssword.TheBridewinsbyslicingoffthetopofORen'shead;before
shedies,ORenapologizesforanearlierinsultandremarksthattheswordmustreallybeaHanzo.Later,theBride
crossesORen'snamefromherlist.
TheBrideloadsSofieintoacaranddrivestoapointwhereshecanrollherdownasnowyslopetoahospital.TheBride
hastorturedSofie,cuttingoffherotherarmforinformationonthewhereaboutsoftheotherVipersandBill.AstheBride
drawsupher"DeathListFive,"weseeSofie,talkingtosomeonewhosefaceisnotseenbutwhoisclearlyBill.Shetells
Billthatunderthreatofhavingmorelimbscutoff,shehastoldtheBrideeverythingsheknows.Sheexplainsthatthe
BridekeptheralivejustsoshecouldtellBillinpersonallthathappenedandwarnhimthatsoonallofthemwouldbe
dead.Bill'sfinalwordsare"Issheawarethatherdaughterisstillalive?"