Writer-director Francis Coppola, scrutinizing the flight of a neurotic young woman and her efforts to assist a brain-damaged ex-football player, has developed an overlong, brooding film incorporating some excellent photography. Often lingering too long on detail to build effects, he manages to lose character sympathy.
Shirley Knight, in a neurotic panic because she dreads the ties of domesticity, runs away from her Long Island home and husband. She phones him from the Pennsylvania Turnpike to tell him she is pregnant and has to get away from home.
She picks up James Caan, an ex-football hero whose brain was damaged in a college game, who is hitchhiking to West Virginia to work for the father of a girlfriend from school.