Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.
Arthur spends his time with booze and whores. His dad has a wife lined up for him that he keeps rejecting - until it's her or being cut off from $750,000,000. Then he goes shopping where he falls in love with a shoplifter.
Will arrives for his last year at The Carolina Military Institute, in the Deep South USA, in the 1960s. A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, for the first time and Will is asked to keep an eye out for the inevitable racism. The racists come in the form of The Ten, a secret group of the elite students. They want Pearce to leave on his own free will, but are prepared to torture him to make it 'his free will'. Will is forced to help Pearce and he is prepared to risk his own career to do so.Written by
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Author Pat Conroy based the character of Colonel Thomas Berrineau (aka The Bear) in this film on Lieutenant Thomas Courvoisie (aka The Boo), Assistant Commandant of Cadets at The Citadel between 1961 and 1968, whom Conroy named his first novel, "The Boo" (1970) after. See more »
When Poteete falls and hits the pavement, Will is shown looking away from one angle, then looking forward toward the body when the angle changes. See more »
Do you know what this is, boy?
[Holds up a coin]
It's a quarter, sir.
Shut up! Open your mouth and stick out your tongue.
[Poteete sticks out his tongue and Gilbreath places the coin on it]
[Gilbreath grabs Poteete's throatt, forcing him to swallow the coin]
That's good boy, that's reeeal good. You're gonna be my little piggy-bank.
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Bill Paxton is referred to in the closing credits as "Wild" Bill Paxton. See more »
NBC edited 6 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »
Bland adaptation of the Conroy novel about misconduct in a military academy
If there were no Pat Conroy novel to compare this film to, the movie might fare better. Gone is the "love interest" (major) and added is a much more upbeat ending. Conroy's novels tend toward cynicism and this one is no different. Keith and Prosky do a good job of creating two of the main characters. There is some suspense toward the end, but too much is communicated too fast to be believable. Location shots are impressive (England!) and the pacing is right. The music (Howard Blake) is weak. One would like to have seen this film directed by Sam Peckinpah or Martin Scorsese.
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