As Dennis Pitt, Anthony Perkins plays a disturbed young man who, as a teenager, burned down his home without knowing that his aunt had returned home to die in the fire. That doesn’t mean that, after many a year in an institution, he is not a bit psychotic. Indeed, he reminds me of the lead character in Alan Rudolph’s Choose Me, who like Dennis, is released from a mental institution perhaps not really ready for the real world, and still definitely a bit “crazy,” although in the Rudolph hero seems primarily crazy for love.
The couple’s first “caper” involves an attempt to disconnect the series of chutes which carry the chemicals into the stream next to which the factory sits. During their actions, however, the night guard suddenly appears and is accidentally killed. Dennis, who had known the guard, is at least sanguine, but Sue Ann immediately makes sure that the fall has actually killed him, assuring Dennis that his body is in the stream, after she willfully relieves the victim of his gun. They’ll think that he died with the chute’s fall, she proclaims, ordering Dennis to hide in the woods while she goes off to her the hygiene class.