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Frank Fitts is a closet/repressed homosexual. There are a few pointers for this: He had a Southern upbringing, one which is very Christian and anti-gay He has a failed marriage and barely touches his wife He was in the army, a society of men, possibly with a lot of man-on-man action going on He is also vehemently anti-gay which could be interpreted to be a ...


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This scene is set-up as sort of a who-dunit to start with. The actual scene where Lester is killed just shows a gun to the back of his head and it's unclear who pulled the trigger. His daughter looks very serious in the video her boyfriend takes of her when she says she wants her dad dead. Her boyfriend then gives a very serious ( I might do that for you) ...


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Ricky's father, Frank Fitts (played by Chris Cooper) is hyper-controlling and wants to maintain a strict control over both his wife and Ricky - and does so with an ever-present threat of physical violence. It also becomes apparent that Frank has some repressed homosexual feelings. This is evident from the later scene where he unexpectedly gives into ...


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Spoiler It's pretty obvious from the blood on Fitts that he was the shooter. Also, there is a shot near the end of the film that shows Fitts' gun case sans a revolver which is seen earlier. These combined make it clear that Fitts is the shooter. Fitts believed that Lester was his son's gay lover. You may recall that there is a scene where Fitts sees his ...


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I'm pretty sure Carolyn intended to kill Lester, or at least she believed she intended to. She had been listening to the "take life by the horns" motivational tapes and felt she was justified in removing Lester from her life. She looked very intense sitting in the car before going inside. It wasn't until she heard the gunshot and found Lester dead that she ...


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I'm no expert or religious scholar. My limited background is reading Stephan Mitchell's translation of the Tao te ching (not for class) + two philosophy of religion classes. With Ricky, the true tao is the tao that cannot be spoken. I agree, his fascination with tapes seems to focus on capturing a force beyond words. To add to your points, Lester seems ...


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He was a repressed homosexual. Fitts killed Lester, because Lester who rejected Fitts now knows his shame. He could not live with that. Why did Fitts kiss Lester? Because everything up to that moment in Fitts' mind indicated Lester was a homosexual, but more than that....he came to assume Lester was also hiding it behind his marriage just as Fitts' hides ...



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