A Member of Parliament, who had been reportedly killed in action during World War II, unexpectedly returns to his family, only to find that his wife has been persuaded to take his seat in the House of Commons.
Three strangers – two women and one man – find themselves trapped inside an unfamiliar house with no recollection of how they got there. They soon discover that the house has been borrowed to serve as a temporary way station between life and death.
Theresa is a successful teacher of deaf children during the day but after a short unhappy affair starts to spend her nights cruising bars. Her craving first for sex but later also for drugs leads into increasingly demeaning and dangerous situations at odds with her daytime commitment to her children.
After a sojourn in Mexico, undergrad Gnossos Pappadopoulis comes back to his college where, at the close of the 1950s, he partakes in the staples of the burgeoning counterculture movement: drugs, casual sex and radical politics. After Gnossos thumbs his nose at everything from the campus fraternities to the ideas espoused by his professors, he decides to leave school and head for Cuba with a friend. There, he once again struggles with the excesses of his hippie lifestyle.
Hotshot film student Tony Hall wins a prize for his short film and sets out to break into Hollywood. When financing for his documentary does not come through, Hall hits the streets alone to film, searching out moments of genuine humanity and truth. However, Hall’s definition of truth is slippery, and he sometimes manufactures incidents in front of the camera to obtain results. Eventually, his personal life starts to suffer, as well as his burgeoning professional career.
An enthusiastic young woman runs away to Chicago to start a new life. She is soon confronted with the emotional coldness of the big city, and has to search for her place in the scheme of things.
A gang plots the robbery of an armored-car company headquarters. Although the robbery itself goes off as planned, it’s not long before the gang members are fighting among themselves over everybody’s share of the loot and trying to avoid capture by the police, who are pouring all their resources into capturing the robbers. Based on a real-life 1950 Brinks Armored Car Co. robbery in Boston.
Study of a girl’s rise from the slums to society where she is wooed by a medical student, a lord and a boxer.