Gowan McGland (Tom Conti) is a creatively blocked Scottish poet who ekes out a day-to-day existence by exploiting the generosity of strangers in an affluent Connecticut suburb, where he recites his verse to various arts groups and women's clubs. Gowan is something of a leech, cadging expensive dinners from well-off patrons (usually stealing the tips afterward) while seducing their bored wives and affecting a superior attitude toward the smug bourgeois types he exploits.
|Julius J. Epstein
|Robert Ellis Miller
|bar fight bourgeois college student dental care denture lose old english sheepdog pet dog steal suburb tape recorder turn
|Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
|Taft Broadcasting Company
|AFI Catalog of Feature Films Searchlight Pictures