Doug, the child of a middle-class family, invites a school friend, Andy, to join him and his friends for a ball game. Andy lives with his widowed mother, who takes in washing to supplement the Welfare income she receives to help make ends meet. Each time Andy meets Doug and his friends for a game, or to go fishing, he is a little bit late, because his mother depends on him to help her with all the wash each day. Doug’s other friend, Tommy, resents having to wait for Andy each time. But he resents even more the fact that Andy, so bereft of the “advantages” Tommy enjoys, manages to be equally adept at games, and an even better fisherman than he is – with the help of his stick-and-bent-pin fishing rod.
Andy is a tolerant child, and does not seem to resent Tommy’s constant taunting, belittling remarks. Tommy’s hostility towards Andy finally boils over, however, and he demands that Doug choose between Andy and him.
Doug, who likes both Andy and Tommy, is forced to choose between an established friendship and a burgeoning one; a painful, hurtful decision either way. His choice, and the humiliation and sorrow it causes on all sides, raises questions about prejudice, understanding and friendship for all people, young and old.
Produced by: Richard Rich, James Koford and James Melton • Directed by: Richard Rich
Color • 21 Minutes