R | | Comedy, Drama
A college professor lives his life with reckless abandon after being diagnosed with a terminal illness.
When Richard leaves the chancellor's office and stumbles outside, he hears the campus bells ringing. This is a symbolic reference of a line from a John Donne work regarding humanity and death: "...for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee." Later in the film, a copy of Ernest Hemingway novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" can be seen on a bookshelf in Richard's office. He then tells Peter that he wants to see the campus bells.
We have something to celebrate.
Richard: What's that? Oh, you've got cancer too.
Shortly after the professor finds out about his disease, he stomps into the campus pond, cursing and kicking. At some point, he falls and, as we see from above, is submerged at least up to his neck. We see quite an amount of water splashing on him, wetting his shoulders and the back of his jacket right up to his head. In the next scene, however, only half of his torso is wet - to the upper half of his chest - while his face, hair, and shoulders are completely dry as if he had gently walked into the water and sat down.
There is a dedication to Betty Sue Depp, Johnny's mother, at the very end.