Directed by Elia Kazan • 1972 • United States
Starring Patrick McVey, Patricia Joyce, James Woods
The penultimate film by legendary director Elia Kazan is a gritty, intensely disturbing independent project shot on 16 mm in and around the Kazan family’s own home. On a snowy winter’s day at their Connecticut farmhouse, Vietnam veteran Bill Schmidt (James Woods in his big-screen debut) and his girlfriend Martha (Patricia Joyce) receive an unexpected visit from two of his former army buddies (Steve Railsback and Chico Martínez). As the mystery behind their sudden appearance comes into focus, secrets are revealed and simmering tensions give way to shocking violence.