Nowhere Man

Nowhere Man takes the central character, Bobby Randazzo, from college to Vietnam and back to the “horrors” of a global, postwar America. Along his journey, which ends in Miami, Bobby must confront issues connected with combat, ethnicity, love, religion, politics, ethics, and education. Ultimately, will he remain part of the conventional order, or will he leave it? If Bobby stays, how will he do so? Through work, marriage, and children? If Bobby rejects the conventional order, how will he do so? Through self-annihilation or self-denial? As he makes his decision, this Italian-American protagonist encounters a variety of compelling characters apart from his immediate family, including an army corporal, a clinical psychologist, a Catholic priest, a jailed Mafioso, a disabled veteran, and two black men: one a military enlistee, the other a bus passenger. In the end, however, it is Randazzo himself who must decide about his life—and he does.

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Writer Biography

A former film critic and film teacher, R. J. Cardullo was educated at the Yale Drama School, where he studied screenwriting with George Roy Hill.

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"Nowhere Man" is semi-autobiographical.