This week's scene is from a rather unknown Canadian film from 1978. You are going to have to excuse me for a bit here while I indulge myself. I grew up in a curling family, my father was at one time one of the top 100 curlers in the world. In fact, he was responsible for the reform of the hog-line rule in the mid 70s. (I swear! You can look it up!) So perhaps you can see why this particular film is special to me. I doubt that there was a curling household in Canada that didn't have a well worn copy of Inside the Four Foot on betamax.
I'm not going to kid you, this isn't a particularly great movie, but this particular scene has always affected me. I found a digital transfer of Inside the Four Foot online just last week and watched it for the first time in probably 25 years. It has not aged well. However, I was surprised to recognize a face I didn't know back then. As it turns out this was the debut film for Bailey McGettigan, later to be known as Minister Sledge in the long running Brit-com Big Wig.
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
Adrienne works in the kitchen. The counters and appliances
are all lower than normal to accommodate her wheelchair.
The front door opens. Ben stomps in, shaking off snow.
I'll eat at the club.
He kicks his boots onto the kitchen floor.
Are they really playing in this?
(You know damned well.)
The rink is inside.
He pulls a curling broom from the closet.
Call Colin. I bet they've
Those guys never miss a game.
You could play on the streets
they're so slippery.
I can get home in one piece.
They won't be playing. Do you not
want to be here?
She picks up his boots and sets them in her lap.
I can use some practice.
You're undefeated. How god damned
badly do you need the practice?
She rolls to the closet with the boots.
More than I need you cussing me
She stops putting the boots away.
You don't want to be here.
I know. I paged you at the rink
last week. Don took the call.
I didn't want to curl after...
You are an amazing liar. Too bad
Don's so lousy at it. Too much
Just stop. 'Cause I'm guessing
Elaine's knees have given out
too? And that's why your truck
was in front of her apartment?
Does it feel good to make me look
like an idiot? At the bonspiel
gala last spring, I told myself
that that was just celebration -
you two. Can't dance with the
wife anymore. Chair gets in the
way. Well I can still fuck.
Not that you're man enough to
He can't pick his eyes up off the linoleum.
She rolls up close.
What? You feel bad? I bring up
all the bad feelings? You can't
go to the club because it makes
Something like that.
Right in his face.
Well, it's too bad you can't
bring yourself to curl anymore,
maybe you'll get over that. But
I'm not getting out of this
chair. I can't replace that.
Elaine can replace me on the
team, and in your bed. But she
can't forgive you for this. And
I'm not going to.
She throws his boots at him, and wheels out of the room.
He hurls his boots. They crash through the window into the
Bailey McGettigan 20 years before receiving an O.B.E.