It's 1955 and people in the small
town of Northfork are being evacuated from their homes to make room
for the construction of a dam. The film mixes scenes of trench-coat
clad government agents hired to remove townspeople who won't leave
and the sickbed dreams of an orphaned boy cared for by a priest. The
dreams include fantastic creatures that may or may not be angels.
With Mark Polish, James Woods, Nick Nolte, Anthony Edwards and Duel
Farnes. Directed by Michael Polish. [1:34]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - A man and a woman kiss passionately on
a bed, and we see her bare buttocks under her dress as he caresses
her. A young man and a young woman kiss tenderly.
VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man's feet are shown nailed to a
porch with railroad spikes (we see a bit of blood). A boy lies dead
and a man grieves over him. A man is shot with a tranquilizer dart
and falls to the floor unconscious. A man shoots at two men in a
car, breaking out the windshield which sprays them with glass. A man
shoves a man against a wall and threatens him. A man jumps across an
opening in a house, slips and hits his head. A cemetery is shown a
few times, with empty holes where coffins had been. A coffin pops to
the surface of a body of water (we see this a couple of times). A
man in a boy's dream has hands that he unscrews and replaces (a
wooden pair, a china pair); we hear twisting and a pop once when he
is changing hands. Another man in a boy's dream has brown-tinged
teeth. A woman in a boy's dream has safety pins attached to her
forehead that hold a wig in place. People talk about having wings
amputated. A boy falls out of bed and is shown on the floor. A boy
dreams of a creature that looks like a wooden horse on stilts and
with a lion's mane. A boy is very sick in bed, drifting in and out
of consciousness and near death. A boy has two scars on his head and
two scars on his back. Two men talk about the smell of death, and
two men talk about exhuming a woman's remains. A few explosions
shake buildings. Men throw furniture and belongings out of a house
and they crash through a window. A man prays for a boy to die. A man
puts a boy in a bathtub of water and ice (he has a fever).
PROFANITY 4 - 1 scatological term, 13 mild
obscenities, 4 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Progress, death, orphans,
government agents, fascistic tactics, being displaced, terminal
illness, grief, power plants, fate, angels.
MESSAGE - We are all angels, it's what we do with our
wings that separates us.