This was the Script for the second short film we worked on. It was Written by Phil Mallon based on a story by kris mallory.
LOCATION:BALTIMORE: A CITY STREET
EXT. STREET – MORNING
A man walking out of a city apartment building and walks down the street. He appears to be in his thirties, his body is covered by a full length, black trench coat. A white shirt and tie are barely visible at his neck line. The sun has just began to rise between the office buildings that line the street. The man stops at a newspaper machine to buy a paper. He removes a glove to fish in his pocket for change, puts two quarters in the machine, and grabs a paper. He continues down the street with the paper tucked under his arm. He cracks a smile as he begins to think about earlier that morning.
Flashback to earlier that morning
Richard is near the front door and is adjusting the collar on his coat. His wife grabs his briefcase on the table. She walks toward him, brushing the palm of her hand across his stomach as she walks to his other side.
Now donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t forget to hurry home after work. My mother is keeping Josh all nightÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Handing him the briefcase.
so think about how you want to spend all that time together.
Richard, still with the smile on his face, shakes his head in anticipation. He walks up to a bus stop bench and sits down. He checks his watch and He unfolds the paper to reveal the front page. Ã¢â‚¬Å“KILLER STRIKES AGAIN: Another woman found stabbed to death in her own homeÃ¢â‚¬Â. He opens the paper and begins to read another article as another man approaches the bench. Richard notices that the is a man standing in front of him and he lowers the paper.
The bearded man stands in front of Richard waiting to be remembered. He is wearing a ragged flannel coat with both of his hands in the pockets.
RICHARD examines the man standing in front of him. He is confused this person knows his name.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry, do we know each other?
Ray …, from back in high school…
RICHARD shakes his head and continues to look at RAY without recognition
…I lived down the god damn street from YOU for 6 years…You really donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t remember me?
Oh. Ray Mason. Christ man itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been years.
RAY looks over at RICHARD and smiles. He points down to the bench RICHARD is sitting on.
Mind if I take a seat, Rich?
(with hesitation) Um, Sure go right ahead.
RICHARD moves his briefcase out of the way so RAY may sit down. RAY adjusts his pants and sits on the bench next to RICHARD.
RAY looks at Richard dressed in his business suit. Then quickly examines himself and lets out a long sigh.
Sorry I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t recognise you man, it must be the beard.
RAY (with a chuckle)
Yeah, well you know itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cold out there.
They both sit for a moment of uncomfortable silence.
SoÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ how have you been?
Good. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been good. I work a lot. 12 hour days, that kind of thing.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m doing good myself. Wife. Son. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been working for Ellis Mortgage now for six years.
Oh, Ellis Mortgage.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve just been laying carpet. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not big bucks, you know, but it pays the bills. I guess we all canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be big shot executives.
RICHARD nods his head. Feeling awkward talking to someone he has nothing in common with.
Hey, I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t spend six years at ****** for nothing.
So…married now, huh?
Not Me. I guess you could say IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m still looking for that special woman.
RAY pauses for a second.
Hey, do you remember the time when Jimmy knightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s parents went away for the weekend and he had that big party? That was the time you walked in on me and Mary Dawson kissing. You know, I probably could have got to second base that night.
Ray pauses as if to reminisce. He lets out a small chuckle.
Ah, Mary Dawson. The one that got away. I wonder what happened to her.
Well itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funny you should mention her because she happens to be my wife.
My ex girlfriend, Mary?
RAY looks at RICHARD with dead eyes. RICHARD nods his head.
We met up a few years back at a conference. I asked her out to dinner, she said yes… I did ask about you, though. Besides, she said you two broke up after you dropped out of school.
RAY looks at RICHARD with a bit of disgust in his eyes.
Everyone including you knew how much she meant to me, we were close. Is that what you do to your friends? Steal the love of their life away?
RICHARD at this point is now feeling very uncomfortable around RAY. RICHARD uncrosses his legs and moves slightly towards RAY in a confused but understanding way.
Listen, RAY. You guys were broken up. I hadn’t talked with you in a long time.
RICHARD trails off as he sees an approaching bus about a block up the street. RICHARD stands up and grabs his briefcase, turns towards RAY to say his farewell. RICHARD checks his watch.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s my bus. I have to get going.
RICHARD and RAY lock eyes. RAY looks very angry and hurt. RICHARD looks at RAY with a mix of Pity and Guilt for hurting his old friendsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ feelings.
Listen Ray, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sorry things didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t work out between you too… we all go way back, maybe you could come over for dinner some time.
RAY stands up, stretches his body to regain his former composure, and puts his right hand out to shake RICHARD’s hand.
It was good seeing you RICHARD. No hard feelings. I think IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll take you up on that offer.
Great…It was good seeing you too. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m in the book. Look me up.
RAY smiles politely at RICHARD and shakes his hand. RICHARD in a rush to get out of the uncomfortable situation, nods his head to RAY and pats him on the shoulder, RAY pats RICHARD on his side as he walks away.
You can count on it.
RICHARD boards the bus, cut to a close up of RAY with a plain look, then to a wicked grin. RAY lifts his left arm to wave at RICHARD. RICHARD now in his seat doesn’t acknowledge the fact that RAY is waving.
INT. CITY BUS
RICHARD pulls out his newspaper again, opening it up to the page he left off on. As he opens the newspaper and notices where he touched the pages it is red. RICHARD is shocked. He looks at the newspaper confused on what it could be. RICHARD then opens his eyes widely, his mouth opens. RICHARD looks at his right hand and notices its covered in red. Blood.
FLASHBACK TO RICHARD AND RAYS FAREWELL AT THE BUS STOP.
CLOSE UP. RICHARD shaking RAYÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hand.
BACK TO SCENE OF RICHARD IN THE BUS.
INT. CITY BUS
RICHARD looks down at his left side where RAY patted him, his coat pocket, noticing more blood. We can see the out line of something in his pocket. He hesitates to reach inside. RICHARD reaches inside of his pocket and feels around… He slowly but eagerly pulls out what appears to be a carpenters knife, covered in blood.
RICHARD canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe what is happening. All of a sudden he hears the woman sitting across from him gasp. RICHARD looks over quickly. The woman is covering her mouth in shock at what she sees. RICHARD quickly roles the newspaper around the carpenters knife, noticing the headline on the paper. He slides the paper wrapped knife back into his pocket. RICHARD now realise that RAY had committed these horrible murders.
Wait…MaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢am. This isn’t what it looks like.
The Woman gets out of her seat and moves to the front of the bus. RICHARD panics, he reaches into his right coat pocket, and pulls out a cell phone. He goes through his numbers and dials HOME. RICHARD puts the phone to his ear. RICHARD watches as the lady makes her way to a POLICE OFFICER whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chatting with a passenger.
INT. RICHARD’S APARTMENT
The phone in the apartment is ringing. The sound of bath water is running in the distance. MARY is in the shower and is unable to hear the phone.
CUT BACK TO:
INT. CITY BUS
RICHARD looks ahead at the woman, she has approached the police officer. She says a few words to the officer and points over at RICHARD.
RICHARD is panicking. He moves closer to the back of the bus to buy some more time.
Come on come on come on, Mary pick up the damn phone.
At that moment the police officer is steadily approaching RICHARD with his hand on the butt of his gun.
Sir, I need you to put the phone down and put your hands where I can see them.
RICHARD looks up at the officer, his eyes beginning to water.
Wait, you don’t understand.
Richard, not thinking, goes to reach into his pocket to show the officer what was in his pocket. The officer draws his gun and aims at RICHARD. In a louder voice, repeats his order.
Slowly lay the phone down and put your hands in the air, now!
THE CAMERA TURNS TO SLOW MOTION. Richard releases the phone and the paper. THE PHONE DROPS TO THE FLOOR OF THE BUS. THE NEWSPAPER ALSO FALLS TO THE GROUND, AS IT DOES THE CARPENTERS KNIFE FALLS FROM INSIDE AND HITS THE FLOOR.
The officer sees the bloody carpenter knife fall from inside the rolled newspaper. RICHARD sees it as well and knows that there is no talking his way out of this. RICHARD puts his hands in the air as the officer advances. The officer kicks the knife away from Richard.
Listen to me. I want you to put your hands on your head, slowly stand up, and turn toward the back of the bus.
Richard is shaking his head in disbelief as he is handcuffed.
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m placing you under arrest for suspicion of homicide.
You have the right to remain silentÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
The officerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s voice trails off to the background. The only thing Richard can hear is ringing in his ears. In a panic, he begins to look from side to side as his breathing gets heavy.
(quietly, as if mumbling to himself)
No, itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not me.
The officer ignores RichardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s statement as he begins to search his pockets. Richard, seeing that he isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t listening to him raises his voice.
IT WASNÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T ME!
The officer doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like Richard raising his voice and gives him a shove as he pats his body down for weapons.
If you can not afford an attorney one will be provided to you. Do you understand these rights I have just told you?
You have to go to my house, (getting louder) you have to go to my house.
The officer pushes Richard down into a seat
Listen ass-hole, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to sit down and shut up. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want any trouble from you. You can tell your story to the detectives working on the case.
RICHARD drops his head and begins to cry. RICHARD is in total shock.
MaryÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ oh god Mary
The POLICE OFFICER reaches up and clicks on his radio.
Dispach, this is one-nineteen, I have a suspect in custody, hands covered in blood… weapon on his person, also covered in blood. Requesting back up at the corner of 34th and Bradford. We are in city bus number 619. Inform the detectives working the knife murders that they better get down here.
THE OFFICER clicks off his radio and whispers to RICHARD.
POLICE OFFICER (CONÃ¢â‚¬â„¢T)
Hear that asshole?
A womanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s voice crackles over the radio.
One-nineteen, backup is on the way. Detective Lucas has been notified and will be there a.s.a.p.
INT. RICHARD’S APPARTMENT
MARY is drying herself off with a towel. She leans over to dry her hair… the buzzer at the front door goes off.
MARY looks up at an angle, she is facing towards the front door through the bathroom. MARY reaches over and grabs a robe and puts it on. Quickly moving about the bathroom so she can answer the door, she looks at herself in the mirror and ruffles her hair. She then ties her robe and exits the bathroom, walking through the appartment to the front door.
The buzzer sound again. MARY gets to the call box and pushes the button.
VOICE FROM THE BOX
Is this Mary Seers?
Yes, whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s this?
An old friend.
An old Friend?
VOICE FROM THE BOX
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ray Mason, from high school. I just ran into your husband and he told me I should stop by to say hi.
EXT. APPARTMENTÃ¢â‚¬â„¢S FRONT DOOR
Ray is standing at the front door. He looks back up the street as the buzzer sounds to unlock the front door. He turns the knob and begins to enter.
INT. CITY BUS
Close up of RICHARD. The expression on his face goes from devastation to anger. Richard stands up abruptly.
Hey, I thought I told you to sÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Richard slams his head into the officerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s forehead. The officer falls to the isle between the seats.
hear that, asshole?
Richard quickly pulls his arms around his legs to get his hands in front of him. His face grimaces because he ordinarily would not be able to bend like that. He picks up the officerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gun and steps over the cop. He points the gun at the bus driver.
Open the damn door.
MARY smiles and unlocks the door knob lock… she opens the door. RAY is standing on the other side.
Oh my god, RAY?
RAY smiles and looks into MARY’s eyes.
Good to see you Mary.
What are you doing here?
RAY laughs. Mary looks Confused.
Well like I said, I ran into Richard about two blocks down. He told me you guys just lived down the street and that I should come over.
Well, Ray itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s really nice to see you, Ray, but I have to get dressed, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a very busy day. Let me give you our number and you just give us a cÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s funny MaryÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
Ray takes a powerful step into the apartment.
I found out a few months ago RICHARD and you were married. I wanted to come see you.
A few months ago…I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t?..
RAY quickly cutÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s her off.
Let me finish…Richard, You, Me, Everything had to be perfect. I was waiting for Richard today. I had to talk to him and make sure. Well, I made up my mind and gave him his gift. Hope he liked it. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got your present, here in my pocket.
MARY looks at RAY with a dropped face of interest and confusion and a bit of fear.
…What, is it Ray?
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the same thing I gave to all the others and they loved it. They all reminded me of you, you know? But no one could ever replace you, Mary. You are a special woman, Mary. Special.
RAY reaches into his pocket. MARY backs a step away and ray advances. A quick glimmer of light reflecting off of the partially exposed knife is seen.
ANGLE ON MARY
MARY’s eyes lighten up and her mouth opens as if to release a scream or fearful yell.
EXT. City Street
Richard is running down the street, still handcuffed and wielding a gun.
(yelling at the people on the street)
Get the hell out of my way.
INT. The Apartment
MaryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s head slams against the wall and she falls to the floor. Ray bends down at the waist to get closer to her face.
but you had to marry that FUCK!
Ray lifts the knife to stab Mary. Mary kicks Ray shin and he takes a step back in pain. Mary shuffles to her feet and runs for the living room. Ray catches up to her, spilling them both to the floor. They both roll around on the floor as she tries to stop him from cutting her. Ray is stronger though, as the blade slowly gets closer to her chest. The point of the blade begins to slice into her slowly as she lets out a scream. Ray suddenly jerks both arms into the air, he holds the knife with both hands, and lets out a yell.
EXT apartment building
RICHARD approaches the front door to the apartment building, types his code into the call box and enters the front door. He comes running up the stairs and into the hallway. He turns the corner as a shadowy figure is heading the other direction down the hall. RICHARDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s apartment door is hanging open as he enters cautiously. He looks around and sees his wife, laying lifelessly on the living room floor. He drops the gun as he kneels at her side. He canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even pick her up because of his handcuffed hands. He lays his face on her chest and rubs his hands against her face. He lifts his head up. His sad, tear-filled eyes change to angry, tear-filled eyes. Behind him, the officer from the bus is creeping up behind him. RICHARDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s devastation changes to revenge, as he picks up the gun. BANG, BANG. Two bloody holes appear on RichardÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s chest. He drops the gun as he gasps one last breath. He looks down at MARY and falls over. The officer is standing in the doorway with blood dripping from his nose and is trying to catch his breath.
FADE TO BLACK:
(in a whisper) So special.
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