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Gun For Hire
by CJ (rufio1232@hotmail.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Westerns   User Review:
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A short film about a cowboy style hitman in Montana who gets set up in a job by the people who hired him. First Draft of a film we will be shooting next month. Thinking about removing the titles.


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FADE IN:

EXT. DRIVEWAY - DAY
                                                            
TEXT ONSCREEN: THE HIT
                                                            
COWBOY stands against BILL'S garage smoking. The door starts
to creep upwards as a car pulls in the driveway. The driver,
noticing the man waiting, stops and gets out of his car
before entering the garage.
                                                            
As BILL stands from his car, COWBOY draws his gun and aims,
but stops.
                                                            
                       BILL
Woah, woah, what the hell's going
on here?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
      (lowering his gun)
Jesus, Bill. I almost shot you,
you know that?
                                                            
                       BILL
Shot me? What for?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
Bill, what the fuck are you doin'
here?
                                                            
                       BILL
No, what the fuck are you doing
here?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
What the fuck are you doing here?
                                                            
                       BILL
I fuckin' live here! What the fuck
are you doing here?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
Jesus Bill. They hired me to kill
you.
                                                            
                       BILL
What, why me?
                                                            

2.

                       COWBOY
I don't know. They told me to come
to this address at this time
because this guy, YOU, always
comes home for lunch now.
                                                            
                       BILL
Yeah?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
So I'm standing here, at this
address, at this time, waiting for
this guy to come home for lunch.
and you come driving up that
driveway. Jesus Bill.
                                                            
                       BILL
Well what the fuck? Who hired you?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
The thing is, I don't know. I just
deal with this other guy named
Bill.
                                                            
                       BILL
I don't know any other Bill.
                                                            
COWBOY stands back for a second, thinking. He takes a deep
breath.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
      (almost whispering)
Jesus Bill.
                                                            
Another deep breath.
                                                            
Then, COWBOY turns to BILL, quickly raises his gun and lays
him out.
                                                            
COWBOY walks into the open garage and picks up an AXE from
against the wall. He walks back to BILL'S dying body on the
driveway.
                                                            
Bill slowly turns his head to the case on the ground, he
spits up blood.
                                                            
                       BILL
      (Whispering)
It's a fuckin' cigar man.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
What the fuck? Like a metaphorical
cigar?

            (MORE)

3.

                       COWBOY (cont'd)
You're an idiot, Bill.
                                                            
BILL turns his head up and looks one last time into COWBOY'S
cold eyes. He draws his last breath.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
      (bending over)
You know Bill, I always did like
you. But when they paid me all
that money to lay you out, I
thought about it, you know? And
although I really did like you, I
decided that...I like money
more...Yup, I like money a lot
more.
                                                            
As soon as COWBOY finishes his sentence he raises the axe
and begins to dismember the corpse.
                                                            
COWBOY douses the body and surrounding area in gasoline from
the garage.
                                                            
COWBOY gets a match from his jacket and lights a cigarette
in his mouth. He then throws the match on the ground,
igniting the gasoline he had dumped there as well as BILL'S
BODY.

OPENING CREDITS play as the FIRE BURNS
                                                            
 
EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT
                                                            
COWBOY stands alone against a light post. light from above
illuminates him and the ground around him but leaves the
surrounding area almost pitch black.

Out of the darkness BILL2 slowly, cautiously walks into the
light where COWBOY stands.
                                                            
                       BILL2
You made it.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
      (beat)
Yeah.
                                                            
                       BILL2
Well...I guess you earned this,
cowboy.
                                                            
BILL2 takes an ENVELOPE from his jacket and hands it over.
COWBOY immediately puts it in his own jacket and produces a

4.

PACK OF CIGARETTES. Taking one for himself he offers the
pack to BILL2 who takes one as well.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
You never told me---
                                                            
                       BILL2
I told you everything you needed
to know.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
It's just not what I had expected.
                                                            
COWBOY drags slowly on his cigarette, enjoying it.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
So that's that?
                                                            
                       BILL2
That's that.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
and the case?
                                                            
                       BILL2
I guess I'll take care of that.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
Nice doing business.
                                                            
COWBOY turns to walk away.
                                                            
                       BILL2
One last question, Cowboy, 'for I
leave you to your money... how
fuckin' stupid do you think I am?
                                                            
Just as he asks the question, BILL2 walks forward and
plunges a KNIFE into COWBOY'S stomach, sending him straight
to the ground.

BILL2 throws his cigarette on the ground and stomps it out
quite near COWBOY'S face. He grabs the ENVELOPE from inside
COWBOY'S jacket and returns it to his.
                                                            
 
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
TEXT ONSCREEN: THE CASE
                                                            
                       BILL2
that's the deal. Bring the package
to the meeting point outside
Browning, my man will be waiting
            (MORE)

5.

                       BILL2 (cont'd)
there. Then head to the parking
lot and meet me there. Easy
-peasy.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
And what's my end of it?
                                                            
                       BILL2
Five thousand cash dollars. After
the job.
                                                            
COWBOY studies BILL2'S face.
                                                            
                       BILL2
That meet with your approval,
cowboy?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
That's fine.
                                                            
                       BILL2
That my highly recommended friend,
I leave to you.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
I think we have a deal then, Bill.
                                                            
                       BILL2
One more thing, I have to ask you
to kill someone, too. I'll double
your payment.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
Who is it?
                                                            
                       BILL2
      (standing up)
Well, in my line of work, doing
deals like this, it just doesn't
look good if someone opposing
me... didn't die. He's the only
one outside of me and the
recipient who know what's in this
case. That's all you need to know.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
COWBOY sits and stares at the case, wondering what's inside.
                                                            
 

6.

EXT. PARK BENCH - DAY
                                                            
BRODY and BILL2 sit next to each other on a bench in a
vacant park.
                                                            
                       BRODY
He's fuckin' money crazy. That's
all this guy cares about. So in
the sense of "Do you want to get
this job done"? Yes, he's your
man. Because he'll fuckin' do it.
He'll do it to the point where you
won't even know... what the fuck,
ok? All psychoanalysis aside, this
is a guy you most defiantly
want... starting line up. Up
there, hittin' with the big guys.
                                                            
                       BILL2
So we'll use 'em. This story is
just going to have a different
ending than originally decided on.
                                                            
                       BRODY
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       BILL2
you know his friend, Bill, right?
                                                            
                       BRODY
Yeah.
                                                            
                       BILL2
Well he happens to be the only
other person in this... whole wide
world that knows what's in that
case of ours. And that's not good
business, Brody.
                                                            
                       BRODY
Agreed, Bill. What's the sketch?
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. DRIVEWAY - DAY
                                                            
Fast-motion tracking shot from the end of BILL's driveway to
the garage, where COWBOY stands, smoking.
                                                            
                       BILL2 (V.O.)
Well send this cowboy to his
friend's house and have him wait.
When Bill... that motherfucker...
            (MORE)

7.

                       BILL2 (cont'd)
gets home for lunch our cowboy
will take him out.
                                                            
fast-motion mixed with slow-motion shots of the discussion
between COWBOY and BILL and then the murder as the VOICE
OVER is recited.
                                                            
                       BILL2 (V.O.)
And after the shot is heard, you
and your man will pull up, and
take this Cowboy out, once and for
all.
                                                            
BRODY'S car pulls up to the end of the driveway. He and his
man jump out and run up the driveway with guns drawn. at the
garage they find COWBOY standing, hands raised in front of
the fire. The case is on the ground next to him.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK BENCH - DAY
                                                            
                       BRODY
So this is some elaborate plan to
take out this big hitter who's
been taking jobs with the
competition and the only other
person who knows what's in this
case all in one scene?
                                                            
                       BILL2
That's what's going to happen.
                                                            
 
EXT. YARD - DAY
                                                            
TEXT ONSCREEN: THE CHASE
                                                            
COWBOY stands with his hands raised and the case at his feet
while BRODY and his man approach. They arrive at him and
stand for a few seconds. Just enough time for COWBOY to
react. He picks up the case and runs for a nearby fence.
COWBOY throws the case over and jumps it himself. He runs
out into the street and is followed by BRODY and his man who
ran back down the driveway to the street.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREETS - DAY
                                                            
COWBOY runs down the street and turns the corner, easily
outrunning his pursuers.
                                                            
 

8.

EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
COWBOY makes it to a small church park where he hides the
case under a slide and turns to meet his chasers.
                                                            
BRODY'S man stands and fires as BRODY runs for cover by the
building. COWBOY takes the first shooter out without
hesitation.
                                                            
COWBOY and BRODY then enter a cool gunfight which turns into
a fist fight on the playground. Eventually, COWBOY finds his
pistol in the snow and guns BRODY down.
                                                            
After resting for a minute and getting his bearings, COWBOY
takes his phone out and dials a number, it rings.
                                                            
                       BILL2
Yeah?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
Bill, it's me.
                                                            
                       BILL2
My man. Everything go alright?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
What the fuck do you think?
                                                            
                       BILL2
Calm down, calm down. What
happened?
                                                            
                       COWBOY
Not now.
                                                            
                       BILL2
Then meet me. the parking lot just
outside of town. Two hours.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
what about the case?
                                                            
                       BILL2
Bring it.
                                                            
COWBOY hangs up his phone, holsters his gun, and lights a
cigarette. He walks to the slide where he hid the case,
grabs it and walks in the direction he came.
                                                            
 

9.

EXT. DRIVEWAY - DAY
                                                            
COWBOY returns to BILL'S house and gets into his car. The
keys are still in the ignition.
                                                            
COWBOY starts BILL'S car and looks down to the shifter. It's
a stick shift.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
You're fucking kidding me.
                                                            
COWBOY gets out of BILL'S car, leaving it running. He runs
to the end of the driveway and jumps in BRODY'S car.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
BRODY'S car starts and tears off down the street.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT
                                                            
                       COWBOY
And the case?
                                                            
                       BILL2
I guess I'll take care of that.
                                                            
                       COWBOY
Nice doing business.
                                                            
COWBOY turns to walk away.
                                                            
                       BILL2
One last question, Cowboy, 'for I
leave you to your money... how
fuckin' stupid do you think I am?
                                                            
Just as he asks the question, BILL2 walks forward and
plunges
a KNIFE into COWBOY'S stomach, sending him straight to the
ground.

BILL2 throws his cigarette on the ground and stomps it out
quite near COWBOY'S face. He grabs the ENVELOPE from inside
COWBOY'S jacket and returns it to his.
                                                            
TEXT ONSCREEN: AND THE CIGAR
                                                            

10.

BILL2 picks the case up from the ground and opens it. He
pulls out a rather large, dark CIGAR. BILL takes a CUTTER
from his pocket, cuts the end and lights the CIGAR.
                                                            
                       BILL2
Thanks for the smoke, cowboy.
                                                            
BILL2 walks into the darkness, smoking his cigar.
                                                            


FADE OUT.


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