I saw your movie. What happened?
The film starts out in the Pacific at the end of World War II. Freddie Quell is in the Navy. He’s a sex-obsessed alcoholic. He makes his own brand of moonshine out of paint thinner and whatever else happens to be lying around. He drinks fuel from a torpedo. He simulates having sex with a woman-shaped sandcastle while he’s on R&R waiting for the war to end. He ends up sleeping on the beach next to this ‘sandcastle.’ When he’s discharged from the Navy, he enters a hospital for psychiatric treatment, presumably for battle fatigue. During his treatment he does the Rorschach test, where everything looks to him like genitalia [male or female, it doesn’t matter]. He gets a job as a department store photographer, but he loses that job after he gets violent with a customer. Then he goes to Salinas, CA to harvest giant cabbages, but he loses that job after on elderly worker gets sick from drinking his moonshine. So he’s an alcoholic sex-addict with a nasty temper who can’t hold a job – in short, a loser.
Another question – the movie pretty much starts and ends with Freddie Quell sleeping on a beach. Was everything that happened in between just a dream?
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