He had his son bury artifacts - his mother's picture and his favorite childhood stuffed animal, in order to become a man and take his father's place.
In the startling opening sequence, they found the bloody remains of a town massacre where animals were gutted and people were decimated, leaving a river of blood.
However, symbolic of its times, it also included some gay stereotypes and images, and negativity.
Set in the late 1960s, it told about a gay birthday party (held for Harold (Leonard Frey)) in an Upper East Side apartment among some miserable and bitchy individuals that turned confessional and vindictive as the night wore on.
When Harold came late and was reprimanded by Michael, he replied:"What I am, Michael, is a 32 year-old, ugly, pock-marked Jew fairy, and if it takes me a while to pull myself together, and if I smoke a little grass before I get up the nerve to show my face to the world, it's nobody's god-damned business but my own. "They also played a game in which they each telephoned their most loved one - revealing many past anxieties and issues.