Holly Sargis: One day, while taking a look at some vistas in Dad's stereopticon, it hit me that I was just this little girl, born in Texas, whose father was a sign painter, who only had just so many years to live. It sent a chill down my spine and I thought where would I be this very moment, if Kit had never met me? Or killed anybody... this very moment... if my mom had never met my dad... if she had never died. And what's the man I'll marry gonna look like? What's he doing right this minute? Is he thinking about me now, by some coincidence, even though he doesn't know me? Does it show on his face? For days afterwards I lived in dread. Sometimes I wished I could fall asleep and be taken off to some magical land, and this never happened.

Holly Sargis: At this moment, I didn't feel shame or fear, but just kind of blah, like when you're sitting there and all the water's run out of the bathtub.

Holly Sargis: [Last lines of the film]


Holly Sargis: Kit and I were taken back to South Dakota. They kept him in solitary, so he didn't have a chance to get acquainted with the other inmates, though he was sure they'd like him, especially the murderers. Myself, I got off with probation and a lot of nasty looks. Later I married the son of the lawyer who defended me. Kit went to sleep in the courtroom while his confession was being read, and he was sentenced to die in the electric chair. On a warm spring night, six months later, after donating his body to science, he did.

Kit Carruthers: Sir... Where'd you get that hat?

Trooper: State.

Kit Carruthers: Boy, I'd like to buy me one of those.

Trooper: [the trooper smiles] You're quite an individual, Kit.

Kit Carruthers: Think they'll take that into consideration?

Kit Carruthers: [recording a message] Listen to your parents and teachers. They got a line on most things, so don't treat em like enemies. There's always an outside chance you can learn something. Try to keep an open mind. Try to understand the viewpoints of others. Consider the minority opinion. But try to get along with the majority of opinion once it's accepted. Of course Holly and I have had fun, even if it has been rushed. And uh, so far a good sign, hadn't got caught. Excuse the grammar.

Deputy: [Looking at Kit, in custody in the police car] You know who that son of a bitch looks like? You know, don't you?

Sheriff: No.

Deputy: I'll kiss your ass if he don't look like James Dean.

Kit Carruthers: I'll give you a dollar if you eat this collie.

Cato: I wouldn't eat it for a dollar.

Kit Carruthers: [recording a message] My girl Holly and I decided to kill ourselves. The same way I did her Daddy. Big decision, you know. Uh, the reasons are obvious. I don't have time to go into right now. But, one thing though, he was provoking me when I popped him. Well that's what it was like. Pop. I'm sorry. I mean, nobody's coming out of this thing happy. Especially not us. I can't deny we've had fun though.

[Kit slow dances to "A Blossom Fell" by Nat King Cole with Holly]

Kit Carruthers: Boy, if I could sing a song like that. If I could sing a song about the way I feel right now... it'd be a hit.

Holly Sargis: He needed me now more than ever, but something had come between us. I'd stopped even paying attention to him. Instead I sat in the car and read a map and spelled out entire sentences with my tongue on the roof of mouth where nobody could read them.

Kit Carruthers: Suppose I shot you. How'd that be?

Holly Sargis: [voice over narration] Then sure enough Dad found out I been running around behind his back. He was madder than I ever seen him. His punishment for deceiving him: he went and shot my dog. He made me take extra music lessons everyday after school, and wait there 'till he came to pick me up. He said that if the piano didn't keep me off the streets, maybe the clarinet would.

Kit Carruthers: Don't worry, now. I'm gonna' get you off these charges. There's a whole lot of other boys out there waitin' for you. And you're gonna' have a lot of fun... Boy, we rang the bell, didn't we? I'll say this, though. That guy with the deaf maid? He's just lucky he's not dead, too. Of course, uh, too bad about your dad...

Holly Sargis: Yeah.

Kit Carruthers: We're gonna' have to sit down and talk about that sometime.

Kit Carruthers: You Tired?

Holly Sargis: Yeah.

Kit Carruthers: Yeah, you look tired... Listen, honey. when all this is over, I'm going to sit down and buy you a big, thick steak.

Holly Sargis: I don't want a steak.

Kit Carruthers: Well, we'll see about that... Hey, lookie.

Holly Sargis: [a while after friend Cato shot] How's he doin'?

Kit Carruthers: I got him in the stomach.

Holly Sargis: Is he upset?

Kit Carruthers: He didn't say nothing to me about it.

Holly Sargis: [voice over narration] Little did I realise that what began in the alleys and back ways of this quiet town would end in the Badlands of Montana.

Holly Sargis: [voiceover narration] It was better to live a week with someone who loved me for what I was, then years of loneliness.

[first lines]

Holly Sargis: [voice over narration] My Mother died of pneumonia when I was just a kid. My Father kept their wedding cake in the freezer for ten whole years. After the funeral he gave it to the yard man. He tried to act cheerful but he could never be consoled by the little stranger he found in his house. Then one day hoping to begin a new life away from the scene of all these memories he moved us from Texas to Port Dupree, South Dakota.

Kit Carruthers: Hi, I'm Kit. I'm not keeping you from anything important am I?

Holly Sargis: No.

Holly Sargis: [Voiceover narration] Kit was glad to leave South Dakota behind, and cursed its name. He said that if the Communists ever dropped the atomic bomb, he wished they'd put it right in the middle of Rapid City.

Holly Sargis: [telling a joke to Cato] Did you hear about the guy at the nuthouse that walked around naked except for hat and gloves? This nurse came up to him and said, "You can't walk around that way." And the guy says, "It's okay, nobody comes around here anyway." And the nurse says, "Well, what do you have on the hat and gloves for?" And the guy says, "Well, you never know..."

Holly Sargis: [voice over narration] Of course I had to keep all of this a secret from my Dad. He would had a fit because Kit was ten years older than me and came from the wrong side of the tracks so called.

Holly Sargis: [voice over narration] We hid out in the wilderness down by a river in the grove of Cotton Woods. Being the flood season we built our house in the trees.

Holly Sargis: [voice over narration] At the very edge of the horizon we could make out the gas fires of the refineries at Missoula, while to the south we could see the lights of Cheyenne, a city bigger and grander than I'd ever seen.

Kit Carruthers: [the Sheriff has just grabbed the hat right off Kit's head and thrown it out the window of the police car] You tossed my hat out the window.

Sheriff: Want to sue me?

Kit Carruthers: No.

Kit Carruthers: I always wanted to be a criminal, I guess. Just not this big of a one.

Kit Carruthers: Hey, I found a toaster.

Father: [to Kit] I don't want you hanging anymore. I don't wanna see you again. Understand?

Holly Sargis: [voice over narration] They hadn't found but one set of bones in the ashes of the house so we knew they'd be looking for us. Kit made sure we'd be prepared. He gave me lectures on how a gun works, how to take it apart, and put it back together again, in case I had to carry on without him. He said that if the devil came at me, I'd shoot him with a gun. One day I carried thirty pounds of wood a distance of five miles. Another day while hiding in the forest I covered my eyes with make up to see how they'd come out.

Kit Carruthers: [after shooting someone] Think I got him?

Holly Sargis: I don't know.

Kit Carruthers: Well I'm not going down there and look.

Kit Carruthers: I quit my job... How do you say "quit my job" in Spanish?

Holly Sargis: Something "mi trabajo".

Kit Carruthers: Well, I'm goin' to work as a cowboy now.

Kit Carruthers: [after shooting her father] Oh, uh... if you wanna call the police, it's fine. Won't be so hot for me.

Kit Carruthers: Hi, I'm Kit. I'm not keeping you from anything important, am I?

Holly Sargis: No.

Kit Carruthers: Well, I was just messing around over there, thought I'd come over and say hello to you.


Kit Carruthers: I'll try anything once.


Kit Carruthers: What's your name? I said mine.

Holly Sargis: Holly.

Kit Carruthers: Listen, Holly, you want to take a walk with me?

Holly Sargis: What for?

Kit Carruthers: Well. I got some stuff to say. Guess I'm kind of lucky that way. Most people don't have anything on their minds, do they? Oh incidentally, my last name is Carruthers. Sounds a little too much like "druthers," doesn't it?

Holly Sargis: It's okay.

Kit Carruthers: Well, nobody asked me what I thought. They just hung it on me.

Kit Carruthers: I shot him in the stomach.

Holly Sargis: Is he mad?

Kit Carruthers: He didn't say nothing to me about it.

Kit Carruthers: Get out of here! Run! Someone's coming! Hide! Hey! Holly.

[last lines]

Trooper: You're quite an individual Kit.

Kit Carruthers: Think they'd take that into consideration

Holly Sargis: [voice over narration] We planned a huge network of tunnels under the forrest floor, and our first order of business every morning was to decide on a new pathway for the day.

Kit Carruthers: We'll keep headin' for that mountain. Just remember I said it wasn't such a hot idea.

Holly Sargis: Did it go the way it's supposed to?

Kit Carruthers: Yeah.

Holly Sargis: Is that all there is to it?

Kit Carruthers: Yeah.

Holly Sargis: Gosh, what was everybody talkin' about?

Kit Carruthers: Don't ask me.

Holly Sargis: Well, I'm glad it's over. For a while I was afraid I might die before it happened. Had a wreck or some deal like that.

Kit Carruthers: Where'd you get them antlers?

Cato: They come with the house.

Father: What do you think'll happen to her if she stuck with you, Kit? A guy like you?

Kit Carruthers: That's the point, stupid.

Holly Sargis: Don't call me, "stupid."

Holly Sargis: [voiceover] In the stench and slime of the feedlot he'd remember how I'd looked the night before. How I ran my hand through his hair and traced the outline of his lips with my fingertip. He wanted to die with me, and I dreamed of being lost forever in his arms.

Holly Sargis: What's your friend's name?

Girl: Jack.

Holly Sargis: You love him?

Girl: I don't know.

Holly Sargis: I gotta stick by Kit. He feels trapped.

Girl: Yeah, I can imagine.

Holly Sargis: Well, I've felt that way, hadn't you?

Holly Sargis: [voiceover] I left Kit in the parlor and went for a stroll outside the house. The day was quiet and serene but I didn't notice, for I was deep in thought and not even thinking about how to slip off. The world was like a faraway planet to which I could never return. I thought what a fine place it was full of things that people can look into and enjoy.

Holly Sargis: [voiceover] On Thursday, the governor of Oklahoma sent out the National Guard to stand watch at the Federal Reserve Bank in Tulsa when word got out that Kit meant to rob it. It was like the Russians had invaded.

Kit Carruthers: Hi! What'cha doing?

Rich Man: Just thinking.

Kit Carruthers: Good a way to kill time as any.

Holly Sargis: Kit's downstairs playin' with the dictaphone. Sometimes he acts like there's somethin' wrong with his bean. Hope nothin' ever goes wrong with mine.

Rich Man: You think he's crazy?

Holly Sargis: I don't know, he's kind of odd. They claim I've got him wrapped around my little finger. But I never told him to shoot anybody.

Holly Sargis: [voiceover] We lived in utter loneliness, neither here nor there. Kit said that "solitude" was a better word, 'cause it meant more exactly what I wanted to say. Whatever the expression, I told him we couldn't go on livin' this way.

Holly Sargis: [voiceover] l made up my mind to never again tag around with the hell-bent type no matter how in love with him I was.

Caller at Rich Man's House: Hi, Mr. Scarborough here?

Kit Carruthers: Yeah. The thing about him, he's down with the flu. He's sick.

Caller at Rich Man's House: Really?

Kit Carruthers: Yeah. I'd invite you inside except it's contagious. Don't want to start an epidemic.

Kit Carruthers: We're gonna take the Cadillac for a while. How'd that be?

Rich Man: Fine.

Kit Carruthers: Don't worry, I won't let her drive.

Holly Sargis: [voiceover] Kit took the bottle and spun it around leaving to fate which direction we should take.

Kit Carruthers: That guy must pay through the nose to keep this place up. Lawn, gas and electric. Bagworms. Plus the upkeep on the cars. You get a little money in your pocket and you think all your problems are solved. Well, let me tell you. They're not.

Holly Sargis: [voiceover] He took and buried some of our things in a bucket. He said that nobody else would know where we put 'em and we'd come back someday, maybe, and they'd still be sittin' here just the same, but we'd be different. And if we never got back, well somebody might dig 'em up 1,000 years from now and wouldn't they wonder.

Father: You sumpin'.

Kit Carruthers: Takes all kinds, sir.