Odds Against TomorrowDVD - 2003
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I was on the force 30 years. I had my own squad, and I knew everybody. Everybody was my friend until they needed a patsy. I know about you, Earle. Two stretches: One for assault with a deadly weapon, one for manslaughter.
Maybe you got me wrong, Burke. I never stolen nothing in my life. Except maybe a watermelon when I was a boy on the farm.
-I don't want a Big Joe with more decorations than Dillinger. I want a safe thing. I want a man who needs some money to set himself up. I want a man with guts. I want a serious guy in trouble. And that's you. That's me. That's the both of us.
The horses are still running, and I'm still losing.
I'm paying $100-a-week interest.
- Well, that can't leave you much.
Just my teeth.
I did all my dreaming on my mother's knee.
They sure changed your color when they rehabilitated you at Sing Sing.
-$50,000 can change it back.
I come down for my money, Johnny.
- I don't have it.
Maybe you're not looking hard enough. Maybe you think I'm a jerk who can wait forever?
You're outside the law.
-Well, a little inside, a little outside. More or less. Everything is more or less. Just name it.
There's just one thing wrong with it.
You didn't say nothing about the third man being a nxgger.
There is a hurry. I have to make it, Lorry, and I have to make it now. It wasn't too bad when I was grubbing along by myself. It was always too tough, too greedy, but now, because of you... I have to make it on my own
because of you, any way I can.
-No, you don't. Not just any way. You mustn't even try.
I have to.
-Earle, listen... I have you, right? You have me. What difference does it make where the money comes from?
You knew Gowers in jail, didn't you?
-No, at the Millionaires' Club. Where else?
You know, I knew you were in trouble when I fell in love with you. I knew it. I knew it would be rough for us, honey, and it would take time. But I didn't care. You don't have to be the great big man with me, Earle. I don't care about things like that. There's only one thing I care about.
- I know. But what happens when I get old?
You are old now.
You tell that peckerwood boss of yours... if he looks hard at my wife or baby I'm blowing him a new one. I don't want to see you here. You gum up the scenery.
-We like it here.
I'm telling you to fade or I'm turning you right in... now, to those cops.
How did it feel when you killed that man? I'm sorry. I'm stupid.
- You want me to make your flesh creep? No. Forget it... I enjoyed it. It scared me, but I enjoyed it. I hated that man so, I could've killed him all over again... even though I didn't mean to.
- What did he do to you?
He called me. He insulted me...
- Not tough enough to change you.
For what? To hold hands with those ofay friends of yours? I'm trying to make a world fit for Eadie to live in.
- It's a cinch you're not gonna do it with a deck of cards and a racing form.
But you are? You and your big white brothers. Drink tea with them and stay out of the watermelon patch. Maybe our little colored girl will be Miss America, is that it?
-I won't listen when you talk like that.
Why don't you wise up? It's their world and we're just living in it.
Don't worry about it, boy. We'll be right there with you. All you have to do is carry the sandwiches in a white monkey jacket. And give him a big smile. And say, "Yes, sir." You don't have to worry, and you don't have to think. We'll take care of you.
- Then you'll have to start right now.
Don't beat out that Civil War jazz here. We're in this together, each man equal. We'll take care of each other. It's one big play. Our only chance to grab stakes forever. I don't want to hear... what your grandpappy thought
on the old farm in Oklahoma. You got it?
-I'm with you, Dave.
Like you say, it's just one roll of the dice. It doesn't matter what color they are. So as they come up seven.
Earle, I'm like all the rest of them. I keep telling you how to live and not letting you be what you are.
-Never mind about me. I spoil everything. I can't help it. I just have to spoil it.
Not for me, darling. You know, I just kept waiting here, and I thought if you would come home... nothing would ever spoil it for us. I thought of how I won't let myself see the way you feel about the money. How it has to be your own, or we just can't last. And you're right. That's the way it is. Only don't leave me, Earle. Please, darling, don't leave me.
-I'll never leave you. I've been leaving all my life... since when I can first remember. When the wind blew us off the land in Oklahoma... we left. After that, I never stayed. Not in the Army, not in Detroit, not anyplace. I'd start something, if it didn't work right away, I'd blow it. It was always something. A lousy captain, or a Polack foreman in the auto works... or it'd be too slow. I'm getting too old to take things slow. If I don't make it now, I never will. I mean with you, too. It's now or never.
Aren't things ever easy for you, Earle?
- Only when I get mad. Then they get too easy. I think that's why I get mad, to make it easy.
I know you were a tough cop, Dave... but a sudden noise in the night is like to frighten brother bones.
-Johnny was in the same war as you.
Sure, and he had the big white master to hold his hand. He better not crap out.
- He won't.
If he does, I'll hold his hand.
Your mother wouldn't know you in those dark glasses.
-She would if I held up a bank.
Get wise to yourself. You're another black spot on Main Street.
Listen to me, Johnny. That cop wouldn't recognize you in 100 years. We have to take some chances. You're a gambling man. Gamble.
-It depends on the odds.
...The odds will never be right.
-I know how to handle him. I've been handling them all my life. He's no different.
The next time you call me (boy), I'm going to see you.
-I'll be waiting.
You're not just another white spot to me.
Don't worry about Slater. He's a hard nose, but he's dependable in the clutch. It's going to work.
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