Eraserhead (1977) Script


Girl named Marry called on the pay-phone.

Said she's set her parents and you're invited to dinner.

Oh, yeah?

Thank you very much.

You're late, Henry.

I didn't know if you wanted me to come or not. Where have you been?

You never come around anymore.

Dinner's almost ready.

Come on in.

Hello there.


I'm very pleased to meet you.

Sit down.

It's Henry. isn't it?


Marry tells me you're a very nice fellow. What do you do?

I-I am on vacation.

What did you do?

Oh, I'm sorry.

I work in the Lapell's factory.

I am a printer.

Henry is very clever in printing.

Yes, he sounds very clever.

I thought I heard a stranger.

We've got chicken tonight. Strangest damn things, they're man-made.

Little damn things, smaller than my fist.

But they're new.

I'm Bill.

Hello, I'm Henry. Henry is at Lapell's factory.

Print is your business, ha? Plumbing is mine.

30 years. I've seen has never had changed for patching to the hell how it is now!

I put every damn pipe in this neighborhood.

Dad! Bill!

Pipes ain't growing alone. I make sure they don't. Look at my knees.

Look at my knees! Bill!

Are you hungry? Bill!

The girls had heard this before... but 14 years ago, I had an operation on my arm here.

Doctors said I won't be able to use it. But what the hell do they know, I said.

And I rubbed it for a half hour every day and I've got those... I could move it a little.

And I got... so I could turn a faucet and pretty soon I had my arm back again.

Now I can't feel a damn thing in it. All numb...

I'm afraid to cut it, you know.

Mary usually does the carving but maybe tonight you'll do it, Henry.

All right with you?

Of course.

I'd be happy to.

I just... just cut them up like regular chickens?

Sure, just cut them up like regular chickens.

It'll be all right.

Excuse me.

Well, Henry, what do you know?

I don't know much of anything.

Henry, may I speak to you a minute?

Over here.

Did you and Mary have sexual intercourse?

Why? Did you?

Why are you asking me this question? I have a very good reason.

But now I want you to tell me.

I-I'm very... I love Mary.

Henry, I asked you if you and Mary had sexual intercourse.

I-I don't think it's any of your business. Henry!


You're in very bad trouble if you won't cooperate.

Well... I...

Mary! Mother!

Answer me! I'm too nervous.

There's a baby. It's at the hospital. Mom!

And you're the father. It isn't possible...

It's still unsure it is a baby. It's premature, but there's a baby.

After the two of you are married which should be very soon, you can pick the baby up.

Mom, he's got his nose bleeding.

I'll get ice.

Will you mind, Henry, you and I getting married?


This dinner is getting cold.

Is there any mail?


Shut up!

Shut up!

I can't stand it. I'm going home.

What are you talking about? I can't even sleep. I'm loosing my mind.

You're on vacation, now. You can take care of it for a night.

Will you come back tomorrow?

All I need is a decency of that sleep.

Why don't you just stay home?

I'll do what I wanna do.

And you better take real good care of things while I'm gone.

Oh, you are sick...

Move over.

Move over. Move over!

I locked myself out of my apartment.

And it's so late.

Where's your wife?

She must've gone back to her parents, again.

I'm not sure.

Can I spend a night here?

In heaven everything is fine In heaven everything is fine In heaven everything is fine

You've got your good things and I've got mine

In heaven everything is fine In heaven everything is fine In heaven everything is fine You've got your good things and you've got mine

In heaven... ...everything is fine

Ok, Paul!

Hi ya sonny, what've you got there?

Counter, Paul!

It's ok.

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