Gene Hackman (Floyd)Teri Garr (Louise)Burgess Meredith (The General)Elias Koteas (Jimmy)Kevin Cooney (Charlie)David Doty (Virgil)Gil Glasgow (Baytch)Becky Ann Baker (Dorothy)Marietta Marich (Lois)Alexandra Masterson (Annie)William Larsen (Jack Hill)Mitchell Gossett (Marone)Mark Walters (Johnny Gorman)Benjamin F. Jones (Digby)Ed Geldart (Man #1)Lawrence Elkins (Boy)Tiny Skaggs (Stranger #1)Bill Johnson (Stranger #2)
In Texas, Floyd is the owner of a decadent bar nearby the coast. He misses his wife Dorothy, who disappeared one year ago, and does not pay attention to the business, giving credit to everybody. His senile father-in-law The General lives with him demanding care. He has two employees, the former inmate of a mental institution Jimmy and the spinster Louise that has a love affair with him and has offered her saving to become his partner. Floyd has a huge tax debt and his pseudo-friend Charlie is forcing him to sell the place very cheap. However Louise finds that a bridge will be built soon and will increase the value of the bar.