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Angel Baby
by Roy Gonzales (rgonz26@aol.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review:
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Hamlin is a fifteen-year-old Chicana who, against her mother Ofilia’s wishes seemed destined for show bix. After penning her song ‘Angel Baby’ she is encouraged by Ofilia’s younger brother, Albert, a musican and the only paternal figure in Rosie’s life, to expose her music. So, backed by Albert’s band, Rosie performs ‘Angel Baby’ to a capacity crowd in her living room, but it is relentlessly broken up by Ofilia. Roise and Albert remain undeterred, however. The following evening Rosie again flanked by Albert’s band mesmerizes the kids at a dance in the high school gym with ‘Angel Baby’ She also captures the attention of Noah Tafolla, a guitarist in the competing band. Noah and Rosie and develop a romance. As her popularity grows, so does the relationship. Meanwhile Albert, eager for ‘Angel Baby’s’ success replaces his guitarist with Noah, producing an atmosphere where the two lovebirds can play and sing. The band, officially called The Originals, records ‘Angel Baby’ at an airplane hanger, then makes a zealous attempty to promote it vis several radio stations. But the big break occures in a large department store where ‘Angel Baby’ enraptures a mob of teenagers while catching the ear of a struggling record promoter for Brunswick Records, Murry Cohan. He gets the band a record deal, propelling Rosie to stardom. But it all happens so fast. Rosie, too immature for the machinations of manipulators too prevalent in the music industry, becomes a pawn for Alice Seckler, a ruthless record producer


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ANGEL BABY

FADE IN:

EXT. MID WEST TOWN - HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
A broken down house in the middle of an open field. A 30
year old man, handsome, tall, slams open the front door of
the house, carrying a suitcase.
                                                            
A suitcase is thrown in the back seat of a 1940's Cadillac.
                                                            
                       OFILIA (O.S.)
Get out! I hate you!
                                                            
A ten year old, dark hair, girl burst out of the house and
runs towards the moving car.
                                                            
ROSIE HAMLIN, tears running down her face, trying to catch
the car.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Dad, you can't leave! Come back!!
Please come back!! I'll be
good!!
                                                            
The Cadillac speeds down the dirt road away from the house.
Rosie stands in the middle of the road watching the car
disappear.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Please come back.
                                                            
 
EXT. SWEET WATER HIGH SCHOOL - SAN DIEGO - 1960 - DAY
                                                            
A quaint affair, with neatly cropped lawns and a flag raised
at full mast beneath a clear sky, basking in brilliance.
                                                            
 
INT. SWEET WATER HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Everything is lifeless. The classroom doors are closed.
It's all quiet until the lunch bell rings. The doors snap
open releasing throngs of hungry students, many of whom make
a beeline for their lockers.
                                                            
Others continue on towards the outside glass doors.
                                                            
ROSIE HAMLIN (15), thin, long dark hair, beautiful, marches
out of her class and heads for her locker.


2.

She opens it and from it retrieves a paper bag, then resumes
her way towards the two glass doors.
                                                            
 
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Swarms of students hurry out, many en route to a small
coffee shop across the street.
                                                            
 
INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY
                                                            
Droves of students flock inside, quickly making themselves
at home on stools and in booths where they gather in
cliques.
                                                            
Scanning the wall is a picture window which command a
spacious view of the high school campus. The window, lined
by a column of booths, resembles a picture-perfect postcard.
                                                            
The booths, of course, are occupied instantly by chatting
students. Meanwhile a Patsy Cline song is blaring on the
jukebox.
                                                            
Rosie strides in and grabs a stool before they're all taken.
Maintaining her anonymity, she orders a Coke then slips a
notepad out of her purse. She flips it open.
                                                            
INSERT - PAGE
                                                            
At the top is the title of a poem in progress entitled
"Angel Baby." Below are only two lines she's written. It's
just like heaven/Bein' here with you.
                                                            
BACK TO SCENE
                                                            
The waitress brings her Coke and, as she sips it amid the
growing beehive, she begins writing, all her attention
focused on her poem.
                                                            
 
EXT. HAMLIN HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
An unaesthetic, slightly dilapidated house in a lower class
part of town. Rosie enters FRAME as she ambles with books
in hand and sweater slung over her shoulder towards the
front door.
                                                            
 

3.

INT. HAMLIN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Simple, not overbearing. Attired in furniture from the late
Forties, A piano embraces the wall to our left. Rosie
enters and throws her books and sweater on the couch.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Mom, I'm home!
                                                            
She freezes as she waits for an answer. There is none.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Mom?!
                                                            
Again no answer.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Oh well.
                                                            
She heads for the piano bench and pulls out the homemade
sheet music of Angel Baby," shuts the bench, then sits on it
as she prepares to polish the song.
                                                            
She grabs a pencil nearly and makes a few corrections, then
plays the first two arpeggios, hesitates, then resumes
playing.
                                                            
                       OFILIA (O.S.)
Rosie! Stop playin' that damn
piano!
                                                            
Rosie stops and listens while her mother OFILIA yells some
more O.S.:
                                                            
                       OFILIA (O.S.)
You;ve got dishes to wash...
                                                            
Suddenly Ofilia wiggles into the living room, a homemade
beauty. Low-cut dress, tight at the hips, and coats of make
up to hide the lines and wrinkles that map her face.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Indicating the
       make up)
Mom, don't you wear too much of
that stuff?
                                                            
She turns around.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
Zip me up, sweetie.
                                                            
Rosie starts zipping the back of her mother's dress.
                                                            

4.

                       OFILIA
Never mind how much makeup I wear.
                                                            
Rosie is still zipping up her mom.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
No one has complained yet. By the
way, the sink is full of dishes.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I know. I heard you the first
time.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
After that I want you to do your
homework.
                                                            
Ofilia is almost zipped up when she spins around to face her
daughter.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
You'll never marry a doctor or
lawyer unless you're a good
housekeeper...
                                                            
Ofilia motions to her head.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
....and have a few beans jumping
around upstairs.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
But Mom, I don't wannna be a maid.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
You wanna be smart, don't you?
                                                            
Ofilia points at the piano.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
That thing's nothing but bad news.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Then why do we have it?
                                                            
A good question. Ofilia dismisses Rosie with a few paces to
the other side of the picture window concealed behind a
white curtain.
                                                            
Oflilia takes a peer through the window.
                                                            
We HEAR a car horn.
                                                            

5.

                       OFILIA
      (Elated)
I'm going out. See ya tonight,
sweetie.
                                                            
She kisses Rosie on the forehead before dashing out.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT - LATER - DAY
                                                            
A crush of people, mostly teenagers, eating and chatting.
                                                            
ALBERT HAMILN(21), handsome, slim, is seated at a booth with
his girlfriend.
                                                            
GLORIA MARTINEZ(19), sexy, vivacious, she sits close to
Albert. The rest of his band are alos seated close by.
                                                            
ANGLE - ROSIE
                                                            
as she enters and, not seeing them, walks over to the
separate stools.
                                                            
Albert places his finger to his lips for his friends to be
quiet as he stealthily rises and steals towards Rosie.
                                                            
He jabs her in the limbs, startling her. She makes an
about-fce, and relaxes when she sees him.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Shocked ya, uh?
                                                            
Rosie shyly shrugs her shoulders and smiles.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Tienes una sonrisa bonita.
                                                            
Rosie blushes.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
You have a pretty smile, too Uncle
Albert.
                                                            
He wraps his arm around her.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
C'mon, Rosie, join the gang.
                                                            
Albert gently steers Rosie to his booth, and the others make
room for them. As Rosie sits down, she's GREETED by about
everyone there. She's obviously well-liked. About the only
one Rosie doesn't know is Gloria.
                                                            

6.

                       ALBERT
Rosie, meet Gloria.
                                                            
Albert nuzzles Gloria's ear.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
...mi deliciosa.
                                                            
Gloria laughs. After Albert releases her, she shakes
Rosie's hand.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
You better watch your uncle.
                                                            
Albert abruptly changes the subject.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (To Rosie)
So your mom's gonna be gone all
night?
                                                            
Rosie nods. A broad smile graces Albert's face. He turns
to the others in his booth:
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Did you hear that you guys? It's
on!
                                                            
CLOSE ON ROSIE
                                                            
with a look of regret.
                                                            
 
EXT. HAMLIN HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
The street and driveway are jammed with cars. Teenagers
linger on the lawn and porch guzzling beers and listening to
live music coming from inside the house.
                                                            
The atmosphere is a bit rowdy, but not enough for the
neighbors to call the cops.
                                                            
 
INT. HAMLIN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Filled with teenagers having a good time. Many are dancing
to a lively dance tune.
                                                            
Albert and his band are playing the song with dramatic
verve.
                                                            
Teenagers bob to the beat of the song.
                                                            

7.

Rosie stands at the doorway, a smile pinned to her mug as
she captures a panoramic view of the band and the dancing
crowd.
                                                            
Gloria dances near the band, shaking wildly to the dark
pulsating room.
                                                            
Rosie watches the crowd drinking and dancing. Secluded
couples engaged in hushed confabs. Rosie watches the band,
her smile immutable.
                                                            
The song ends, and Albert's band decides to have a break.
Albert sets his guitar down, forges a path through the crowd
until he reaches Gloira.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Hey Albert, where're you headed?
                                                            
Albert smiles.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
I'll be back.
                                                            
He resumes his way through the crowd until he reaches Rosie,
still standing by the door.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Hey Rosie, you should be enjoying
yourself.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I am, Uncle Albert.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
C'mon and sing.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Shyly)
No...
                                                            
He motions with his finger.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
C'mon, Rosie, we've all got copies
of Angel Baby. All you have to do
is sing.
                                                            
The crowd is oblivious of Rosie and Albert.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
What can happen, Rosie? The worst
is you'd probably swallow the
microphone.
                                                            

8.

Rosie giggles.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Curling her nose)
Okay.
                                                            
Albert catches Rosie's hand and guides her to the band area.
                                                            
                       BAND MEMBER
      (Very congenially)
Hi Rosie.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (To the band)
Let's take fifteen after Angel
Baby.'
                                                            
The band members nod "no sweat" as Rosie takes her place
before the microphone. She's nervous and unsure of herself.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (So only Rosie can
       hear)
Don't worry, Rosie. Remember I'm
right behind you.
                                                            
She nods. She's more comfortable now as the band preps
itself. Then Albert turns to Rosie again.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Gently as usual)
Just let us know when you're
ready.
                                                            
A tense pause before she nods to the band.
                                                            
The music STARTS, and suddenly the audience hushes.
                                                            
The band is playing the prelude.
                                                            
Rosie belts out "Angel Baby."
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Singing)
It's just like heaven, Bein' here
with you.
                                                            
The band backs her up in an ocean of harmony.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Singing)
You're just like an angel, Too
good to be true"
                                                            

9.

The audience stands absorbed in Rosie and the melodious
"Angel Baby." She becomes the subject of silent talk among
the teenagers.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Singing)
'But after all, I love you I do.
Angel baby, my angel baby....
                                                            
 
EXT. HAMLIN HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
A car pulls up front, and Ofilia emerges, thunderstruck at
the sight of kids drinking and couples necking to the tune
of "Angel Baby." She turns to the car.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
Thanks for the ride.
                                                            
The car barrels away as the incensed. Ofilia lumbers her
way up the driveway shoving kids around, breaking up
couples.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
Get outta here!! Damnit, get the
fuck away from my house!!
                                                            
She slaps a beer can from a girl's hand.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
      (To the girl)
You heard me, you drunken whore!!
                                                            
Ofilia makes for the front door.
                                                            
 
INT. HAMLIN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Everyone is having a good time when Ofilia brashly barges
in, throwing kids around. The music suddenly STOPS.
                                                            
Rosie immediately flies through the dumbfounded crowd,
embarrassed, to her mother who opens the door and starts
hurling parties out. Those lucky to escape her wrath bolt
out on their own.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Ashamed)
I'm sorry. Mom.
                                                            
Rosie enters the crowd, which has fizzled considerably, and
starts asking everyone to leave.
                                                            

10.

                       ROSIE
      (Amiably)
C'mon everyone out. C'mon. Let's
go.
                                                            
She continues gently escorting people out as her mother's
ire increases. Ofilia AD-LIBS shouts for everyone to leave
or else.
                                                            
Soon about the only ones there are the band. Ofilia marches
straight up to Albert and locks stares with him.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
      (Emphatically)
You no good, talentless
son-of-a-bitch!!
                                                            
 
EXT. PRESIDIO PARK - DAY
                                                            
A vast, vernal green plot of land with arterial sidewalks
and a heterogeneous blend of people out to enjoy a sunny
Saturday afternoon: couples in lengthy promenades, babies
in strollers, kids flying kites, old people seated feeding
birds, etc.
                                                            
Two adjacent water fountains. A black boy bouncing a
deflated basketball stops by Fountain #1. to get a swig of
water, then hurries away. A couple of white girls wander
over to Fountain #2. One catches a quick sip before her
friend takes over as shafts of sunlight assail the solitary
fountain nearby.
                                                            
Albert, Gloria, and Rosie stroll along, not a care in the
world. Albert and Gloria are snuggled together. the three
are enjoying small talk, their mood as carefree as
ever--through Rosie appears a bit more reserved, as usual.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Out of the blue)
So, Rosie, what do you wanna be
when you grow up?
                                                            
Rosie smiles. The question allows her to escape into
fantasyland.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Oh, I don't know. A song writer,
I guess. Maybe a singer like
Patsy Cline.
                                                            

11.

                       ALBERT
You'll be a grownup before you
know it.
                                                            
Gloria laughs.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
And Al here will still be a kid.
                                                            
Rosie smiles.
                                                            
ANOTHER ANGLE - LARGE, DOOR LESS SHED
                                                            
ensconced in the womb of a neatly manicured hill. A
collaboration of instruments and amplifiers fills the
interior, used frequently by local bands as a makeshift
stage.
                                                            
A racial smorgasbord of musicians are working zealously
loading the equipment onto a pickup.
                                                            
 
INT. SHED - VARIOUS ANGLES - DAY
                                                            
Musicians are disengaging instruments from amps, unplugging
wire, hauling the equipment off the stage into the truck.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARK - DAY
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Some party last night, uh, Rosie?
                                                            
Rosie smiles shyly.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Reserved)
I guess.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
We understand if you don't wanna
say anything about your mom.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Heck, she was the party. Am I
some talentless loser?
                                                            
Gloria plants a fat kiss on his cheek.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
No. You're a talentless
son-of-a-bitch.
                                                            

12.

                       ROSIE
Say, Uncle Albert, there's
something I don't understand.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Yeah?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Wasn't Mom into that type of thing
when she was young?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Caught off guard)
I know what you're thinkin' Rosie.
You want explanations from
someone who hasn't any.
                                                            
He points to the hill beyond.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
On the other side, you guys, is
where everything's happenin'
                                                            
THEIR POINT OF VIEW - HILL
                                                            
A mound of spring-fresh greenery beneath a field of
sun-soaked azure.
                                                            
 
EXT. SHED - DAY
                                                            
The only people around are the musicians loading the last of
the musical paraphernalia into the back of the truck.
                                                            
A hundred yards down the sidewalk that skirts the hill,
Albert, Rosie and Gloria emerge.
                                                            
BACK TO SHED
                                                            
The musicians haul the last of the instruments and amps onto
the pickup when Albert and company arrive at the shed.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (To Gloria and
       Rosie)
They should've been here.
                                                            
The musicians stash the last of their equipment onto the
pickup, then take off.
                                                            
Albert, Gloria, and Rosie make for the large opening in the
hill. A few beats later we HEAR an approaching motor. The
three look back.
                                                            

13.

Another small truck winds down the sidewalk towards the
shed.
                                                            
The truck stops, and three MUSICIANS jumps out.
                                                            
                       MUSICIAN #1
Never let you down, Al.
                                                            
Albert turns to Rosie.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
So you wanna give it a spin?
                                                            
 
INT. SHED - LATER - DAY
                                                            
Crammed with musical gadgetry everywhere, just like before.
Only now a different band is here. A stream of wires flows
several yards out into the hill.
                                                            
Albert is looking as cool as always, seen glistening on his
guitar, before an audience of one--Gloria. Rosie stands,
more self-assured, behind the mike.
                                                            
She turns to the band in back, garrisoned at the instruments
and eager for Rosie's green light.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Ready, guys.
                                                            
The band obeys, delivering the intro before Rosie cuts in:
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Singing)
'It's just like heaven, Bein' here
with you....'
                                                            
 
INT. GYMNASIUM - NIGHT
                                                            
Dimly lit. Host to a sock hop where endless throngs of
teenagers swing in mad copulation with each others shadows
to wild, primordial beat of "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill
Haley and the Comets.
                                                            
ANGLE - STAGE
                                                            
A tableau of musicians hammering out "Rock Around the Clock"
                                                            
DAVID PONCE(18), the singer, greased-back coiffure a la
Evis, T-shirt, blue jeans and black-leather jacket, snuggles
the mike to his mug as he belts out the song.
                                                            

14.

NOAH TAFOLLA(17), laid back, handsome, casual, he's playing
the guitar.
                                                            
Rosie and Albert enter, then glance around before heading
towards the stage, sifting their way through the labyrinth
of teenagers. Albert finds a place to dance, oblivious of
Rosie as she treads on.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
This might be a good a place as
any to dance. I hope you don't
mind dancing with your Uncle
Albert but--
                                                            
He suddenly notices her plodding to the stage as if pulled
by some unseen, hypnotic force, then catches up with her.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Rosie
                                                            
Rosie stops, her eyes riveted on the band. She points
subtly at Noah.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Uncle Albert, who's that guy?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Why?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Reticent)
Oh, I don't know...there's
something about him
that's...different.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
He's Noah Tafolla. Don't you find
the singer more interesting?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
No, I don't like his hair.
                                                            
The song ends and David makes a stately bow as the audience
throws the band a symphony of applause.
                                                            
Rosie looks on with admiration--and possibly something
else--emonationg from her eyes.
                                                            
David and Noah hop down from the stage, a circuit of girls
showering them with currents of accolades as they slowly
make their way through the serried crowd towards Albert and
Rosie.
                                                            

15.

                       ROSIE
I'm going to get some punch.
                                                            
Before Albert can respond, Rosie stealthily glides away
through the throngs of clapping teenagers, looking back now
and then at the approaching pair.
                                                            
She managers to make herself invisible, her anonymity sealed
in the midst of the kids clapping and shouting more, more...
                                                            
David and Noah find Albert, who shakes their hands.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Hey, you guys, what's happenin'?
                                                            
                       DAVID
Hi, Al, who's that chick you were
just with? Fine lookin', I must
say. She was givin' me the eye.
Now she's split.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Be cool, she's my niece.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Stunned)
Niece?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Yeah, Rosie, and I don't know if
she was lookin' at you.
                                                            
David, slightly stung, looks behind as if Noah didn't exist.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Well, who else would she be lookin
at?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Someone else in your band.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Can't be, Al. I don't have a twin
brother in the band.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Chuckles)
Thank God.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Funny, amigo.
                                                            

16.

                       ALBERT
You really wanna know who she was
checkin out?
                                                            
The clapping and volts of praise ebb as Albert fixes his
eyes on Noah.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Hey, Noah, you might wanna talk to
her before she leaves.
                                                            
David turns to Noah, speechless. Noah shrugs his shoulder
as a smile slowly works its way on his face. He
nonchalantly pokes his head up above the crowd.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Where is she?
                                                            
Albert points in the direction where she vanished.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Good luck finding her.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Aping him)
Good luck finding her.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I'll find her.
                                                            
Noah disappears in the crowd in pursuit of Rosie.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Well, buddy, your band is next.
                                                            
Rosie scampers like a rabbit through unknown terrain through
the faceless crowd before reaching the front doors.
                                                            
Noah plays the cat as he walks casually through a crowd of
admirers, mostly female, ignoring their advances as he makes
an advance of his own--right towards the front doors.
                                                            
 
EXT. GYMNASIUM - NIGHT
                                                            
A tapestry of cars is woven on the street out front. Kids
are hanging out, mostly in couples. The place is a haven
from the noisy crowd inside.
                                                            
Rosie bolts out towards the tier of cars. A few beats later
Noah emerges from the doorway and stops, his eyes on Rosie.
                                                            

17.

                       NOAH
      (Calling out)
Excuse me, didn't you lose this!
                                                            
He produces a pencil from his pocket as Rosie looks back at
him.
                                                            
Rosie blushes with a broad smile before walking back to
retrieve her pencil. She lightly takes it from Noah's hand
and examines it briefly.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
This is a number three pencil. I
always use a number two.
                                                            
Noah wiggles his hand in his pocket.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (Embarrassed)
I could've sworn I had the right
one.
                                                            
Noah dismisses the subject.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Ah, so what. C'mon inside and
dance. The next band'll be on
soon.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yeah, in fifteen minutes.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Then let's talk.
                                                            
 
INT. GYM - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah and Rosie enter the packed room. Though the cheering
has stopped, the atmosphere is certainly not like the solace
of the cool, naked outdoors.
                                                            
Albert and David emerge from the crowd.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
So, Rosie, are you ready to do
your song. We're up.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Nonplussed)
What?
                                                            

18.

                       ALBERT
Don't worry, Rosie.
                                                            
Albert gently takes her hand.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (Surprised)
Wait Rosie. I didn't know--
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Ignoring Noah)
It's the only way you'll get
exposed. C'mon. They're waiting
for you. Just one song. You know
which one.
                                                            
He proceeds to escort her through the crowd. The wade
through the pool of gabbing teenagers. Surprisingly,
through, they're hardly noticed as they hope onto the stage.
                                                            
Albert fixes the mike, then signals to the other musicians.
He arouses everyone's attention.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Into mike)
Everybody, we'd like to do a song
written by my niece.
                                                            
Albert gestures to Rosie.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
A round of applause,
everyone--Rosie Hamlin.
                                                            
The audience, caught by surprise, has no choice but to clap.
And so it does--fervently.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Still into mike)
The name of the song is "Angel
Baby."
                                                            
A couple of beats, as the musicians man their positions.
Then the room, now quiet with wondering faces, becomes
charged with the first four chords....
                                                            
 
INT. GYMNASIUM - LATER - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah and Rosie slow daning to the Drifters, "This Magic
Monent" performed by Albert's band.
                                                            

19.

                       NOAH
I could never peg you as a singer.
                                                            
Rosie doesn't know what to say.
                                                            
                       NOAH
You were good up there.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I almost fell off the stage.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I almost did, too, the first time
I played before a crowd. After
that I wore sunglasses
until...well, I just got used to
it.
                                                            
Noah grimaces.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Say, Rosie?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yeah?
                                                            
                       NOAH
Did you ever learn to dance?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
No, why?
                                                            
                       NOAH
Because you keep stepping on my
feet.
                                                            
Rosie looks down.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'm sorry, I just--
                                                            
                       NOAH
You're nervous, right?
                                                            
Rosie nods demurely.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Very.
                                                            
He holds her closer, despite her awkwardness.
                                                            

20.

                       NOAH
Don't worry. That song...'Angel
Baby,' you wrote it yourself?
                                                            
Rosie proudely nods.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       NOAH
It would be a shame if it went on
unrecorded.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
You really liked it?
                                                            
                       NOAH
Rosie, I think our band needs a
singer.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Giggles)
I'll say. But I wouldn't wanna
leave Uncle Albert.
                                                            
 
INT. GYM - LATER - NIGHT
                                                            
The dance is now over, students clean up the trash left
behind. The band loads up their equipment and gets ready to
leave.
                                                            
Albert walks back into the gymnasium, he approaches Noah.
Rosie and Gloria wait at the entrance and watch.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Noah, have a mintue?
                                                            
David watches Noah talking to Albert.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Sure.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
I need a guitar player for a
record we're gonna do.
                                                            
                       NOAH
You're gonna do a record?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Yeah, 'Angel Baby,' and we need a
good guitar player.
                                                            

21.

David appears behind Noah.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Wait a minute. Wait a minute.
Noah plays in my band.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Don't you think it's up to Noah.
                                                            
Albert turns back to Noah.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
What do you want to do?
                                                            
Noah spots Rosie smiling at him.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Choose your next words carefully.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Looks like you've got yourself a
guitar player.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (Angry)
What are you talking about? Aren't
you forgetting something?
                                                            
                       NOAH
What's wrong with you?
                                                            
                       DAVID
After all the help I gave you.
This is how you repay me!
                                                            
David pokes Noah in the chest.
                                                            
                       DAVID
You can go fuck yourself.
                                                            
Noah punches David hard across the face. David goes down
hard from the punch.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I don't owe you anything.
                                                            
Noah puts out his hand to help David up from the floor.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Fuck you.
                                                            
Noah punches David again as he's getting up. David hits the
ground again.
                                                            

22.

                       NOAH
      (Rubbing his right
       hand)
I can do this all night.
                                                            
David stands, brushes off his clothes and walks away.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (To David)
It's doesn't have to be this way.
                                                            
Rosie watches and shakes her head.
                                                            
Albert approaches Noah.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Are you okay?
                                                            
                       NOAH
You think, you know someone.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
I know you don't know our songs
yet. But I have an idea how we
can pratice and get paid for it.
                                                            
                       NOAH
How are we gonna do that?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Wide smile)
You'll see.
                                                            
 
INT. THE GOLDEN HORSE RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
The restaurant's decorated like an old fashion western inn,
wooden tables, saw dust on the floor, etc. The people
inside are the over thirty and the music on the jukebox is
Hank Williams.
                                                            
Rosie and the band enter the restaurant, the people eating
watch them pass through.
                                                            
The stage is located in the bar area.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (To Albert)
Are you sure this is the right
place?
                                                            
Albert looks around.
                                                            

23.

                       ALBERT
Isn't this place great. The owner
said he'd meet us here.
                                                            
PAUL HALLASY(50), small, built like a barrel, he walks out
of the kitchen.
                                                            
                       PAUL
How you kids doing?
                                                            
Albert shakes Paul's hand.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Fine sir.
                                                            
                       PAUL
You kids can get set up over there
at the edge of the kitchen doors.
                                                            
Paul peeks over Albert's shoulder at the rest of the band.
Paul spots Rosie next to Noah.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Is she your singer? That little
girl right there?
                                                            
Paul points to Rosie.
                                                            
                       PAUL
      (To Albert)
How old is she, son?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'm twenty one sir.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Is there a problem?
                                                            
                       PAUL
I doubt you're twenty-one, so
please don't let me find you
ordering drinks from the car.
      (To everyone)
That goes for the rest of you.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
You got it sir.
                                                            
                       PAUL
Okay then, you kids have fun
tonight.
                                                            

24.

Paul goes back inside the kitchen. The band breathes a sigh
of relief.
                                                            
 
INT. GOLDEN HORSE RESTAURANT - KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
The kitchen's busy and noisy, the COOKS make dinner for the
crowds packing into the dinning area. In the corner of the
kitchen, the band sits eating.
                                                            
Rosie sits with a plate of food in front of her.
                                                            
                       NOAH
What's wrong? Aren't you hungry?
                                                            
Rosie pushes the plate away from her.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I can't, I'm too nervous.
                                                            
                       NOAH
It's going to be great. Trust me.
                                                            
Noah moves in closer to Rosie.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Can I ask you a question?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Smiles)
Yeah.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Are you going to eat that?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
I don't believe this guy. Do you
ever stop eating?
                                                            
Noah eats the food from Rosie's plate.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
I've been with this guy all day.
You've been eating all day.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I eat when I'm nervous.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Lights a
       cigarette)
Or maybe you're a pig.
                                                            

25.

                       NOAH
What about you, how many
cigarettes have you smoked today?
It's like being in the car with a
freight train.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
      (Blows a smoke
       ring)
I smoke because it makes me look
cool.
                                                            
The band breaks into laughter. Noah gives Albert the middle
finger and keeps eating.
                                                            
 
INT. GOLDEN HORSE RESTAURANT - BAR AREA - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosie heads back to Noah.
                                                            
                       NOAH
What's wrong? We've worked on
this song.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I know, but I don't sound like
Patsy Cline.
                                                            
The crowd grows louder. Rosie walks back to the center of
the stage.
                                                            
                       NOAH
You don't have to sound like her,
just sing the song. Trust me.
                                                            
Rosie grabs the microphone and sings. 'Walkin' After
Midnight.'
                                                            
The crowd gets quiet watching Rosie watching Rosie handle
the singing of the song. Rosie finishes the song, the crowd
gives her a warm around of applauds.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO;
                                                            
 
INT. GOLDEN HORSE RESTAURANT - LATER - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosie and Noah watch the crowd from the kitchen doors. The
crowd keeps applauding.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I can't believe that. They loved
us.
                                                            

26.

Paul enters the kitchen.
                                                            
                       PAUL
They want you guys back out there.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Ready to do another one?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yeah.
                                                            
The band goes back out onto the stage to the cheers of the
crowd.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. ALBERT'S CAR - DIRT ROAD - DAY
                                                            
The car speeds along a dirt road. The radio blast music,
Rosie and Noah sit in the back seat with all the band
equipment around them.
                                                            
Rosie's wearing a new dress, she moves around the back seat
nervously.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
The rest of the band's gonna meet
us up there.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Great.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
      (To Rosie)
Don't worry.
                                                            
Noah stops Rosie's hands from shaking.
                                                            
 
EXT. SAN MARCOS AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
The car pulls up to an old wooden sigh, 'San Marcos Airport'
The airport's filled with broken down airplanes.
                                                            
The car stops in front of a huge aircraft hanger. Rosie and
Noah climb out of the car and look around.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Are we flying to the studio?
                                                            

27.

                       ALBERT
This is the studio. The owner's
turning the hanger into a
recording studio.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I don't see the guys. I hope they
made it.
                                                            
The group heads to the front of the hanger. They spot the
rest of the hand waiting for them.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Looks like we're all here.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Let's go inside and check this
place out.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRCRAFT HANGER/RECORDING STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
A man works on an airplane, he's sticking half way out of
the engine.
                                                            
ROBERT BECK(30), thin, handsome, he climbs out of the
plane's engine, his overalls covered in grease. He wipes
his greasy hands on his overalls.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Are you sure this is the right
place.
                                                            
Robert climbs down off the airplane. He walks up to Albert.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
Hello everyone. My name is Robert
Beck, I'll be running the boards
for you today.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Where do we set up?
                                                            
In the corner of the vast aircraft hanger are five
microphones. To the side of the microphones sits a tape
mastering system.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
You can set up over there.
                                                            
 

28.

INT. AIRCRAFT HANGER/RECORDING STUDIO - LATER - DAY
                                                            
The band watches Noah talking on the pay phone in the
hanger.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Wait a minute, what do you mean
you can't make it?
      (Pause)
Oh my God, can't you rake the
leaves when you come back? Just
tell her you won't be gone long.
                                                            
Rosie shakes her head.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Hey, hold on. Tell your mother to
stop yelling.
                                                            
Noah pulls the phone away from his ear.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Okay, alright, if you can't, you
can't.
                                                            
Noah hangs up the phone.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Now what are we gonna do?
                                                            
A low flying airplane flies over, Rosie and the band duck
down in fear of the plane crashing into the hanger.
                                                            
Noah scans the band members.
                                                            
STEVEN MARTINEZ(18), short, face filled with pimples.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Steven, come here. You're gonna
play the sax.
                                                            
                       STEVEN
What? Are you kidding?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
That's a good idea. This is
costing to much money, to have a
leaf raking dumb ass mess it up
for us.
                                                            
                       STEVEN
I don't know.
                                                            

29.

                       NOAH
It's gonna be fine.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO;
                                                            
 
INT. AIRCRAFT HANGER/ RECORDING STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
Rosie waits in front of the microphone.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
      (To Rosie)
Are you ready?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yes.
                                                            
Rosie steps towards the microphone. Rosie sings, "Angel
Baby."
                                                            
The recording session goes on without any problems, except
when the sax is played. Everyone in the band grids their
teeth at the sound of the terrible sax playing.
                                                            
An airplane flies overhead.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
Damn it!! I can't wait to get all
these planes out of here.
                                                            
Robert sets up the tape machine again. He adjust the sound
on the microphone.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
Sorry about that. Let's try it
again.
                                                            
Rosie sings, "Angel Baby" again. She finishes the song all
the way through. The band turns to Robert.
                                                            
                       ROBERT
Except for the sax, it wasn't bad.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Good enough for the radio?
                                                            
                       ROBERT
I don't know about that.
                                                            
Another airplance flies low over the hanger. Rosie and the
band ducks down in fear.
                                                            
 

30.

INT. SWEET WATER HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
The bell rings, students run down the hallway heading to the
exits.
                                                            
 
EXT. SWEET WATER HIGH SCHOOL - PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
Students leave through the front gates of the high school,
heading for their cars in the parking lot.
                                                            
Rosie spots Gloria standing in front of a 1950's Chevy.
Gloria waves to Rosie. Rosie notices that Gloria's dressed
in a tight sweater and tighter short skirt.
                                                            
The male students pass Gloria and trip over themselves to
get a good look at her.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
What are you doing?
                                                            
                       GLORIA
What do you mean? I'm not doing
anything.
                                                            
Rosie throws her books in the backseat of the car and climbs
inside.
                                                            
 
INT. GLORIA'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Gloria starts the car and pulls out of the parking lot.
Rosie exams Gloria closer.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Are you gonna tell me, what you're
doing?
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Albert and I had a fight. So, I
wanted some attention.
                                                            
Rosie looks at what Gloria's wearing again.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
You sure did get the guys at my
school attention. Look at how
you're dressed.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
What's wrong with that. I want to
feel pretty. I think I look cute.
                                                            

31.

                       ROSIE
You look like a pin up.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
      (Wide smile)
You think so, cool.
                                                            
Gloria turns on the radio and flips through the stations.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
What was the fight about?
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Albert doesn't have a plan. He
wants to be a kid forever. He got
mad when I asked him if he was
going to get a real job.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I don't understand, I thought
playing music for money, was a
real job.
                                                            
 
EXT. SWEET WATER - MAIN STREET - DAY
                                                            
The Chevy speeds down the road, darting in and out of the
traffic. A few cars honk their horns at the on coming Chevy
as it speeds pass them.
                                                            
The Chevy comes to an open stretch of road, it flies down
the highway.
                                                            
 
INT. GLORIA'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Rosie hangs on for her life. Gloria turns the wheel like a
race car driver. Gloria flips the music up louder.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I want to get home in one piece.
                                                            
Gloria laughs.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Why are you so scared? I've been
driving since I was seven years
old.
                                                            
Gloria turns the wheel sharply to avoid hitting a slower
moving car in front of them. Rosie slides from one end of
hte seat all the way down to the other end.
                                                            

32.

                       ROSIE
You're crazy.
                                                            
 
EXT. HAMLIN HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Rosie stumbles out of the car.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
That was like a carnival ride.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
      (Laughs)
Shut up.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Do you want me to talk to Albert?
                                                            
                       GLORIA
No, don't do that.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Okay.
                                                            
She grabs her books from the backseat.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
I'll call you later.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Okay.
                                                            
Rosie watches Gloria speeds away from the house.
                                                            
 
INT. HAMLIN'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - LATER - NIGHT
                                                            
Albert sits in the living room sipping on a bottle of Coke.
Rosie steps out of the kitchen with a plate in her hand and
a sandwich sitting in the center of it.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
If you want more, I can make you
another one.
                                                            
Rosie sits.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Now what do we do? We've gone
this far.
                                                            

33.

                       ALBERT
When we get the record, we try and
get it played on the radio.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
How do we do that?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Go to every radio station and get
them to listen to the record.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Is that the way it's done?
                                                            
Rosie glares at Albert.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Hey, this is all new to me, I
didn't think we'd get this far.
                                                            
 
INT. RESTAURANT - TWO WEEKS LATER - DAY
                                                            
The restaurant's empty, except for Rosie and Gloria, waiting
by the front doors. Rosie checks her wristwatch.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
He said he'd be here at 12:30.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
It's 1:45 now.
                                                            
A few people enter the restaurant. Albert rushes in behind
them.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Its about time.
                                                            
Albert takes the small master of the .45 record out from his
jacket. He hands it to Rosie.
                                                            
Rosie looks at it wide eyed.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Let's go to your house to listen
to it. Come on.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Yeah, come on.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We have to call Noah.
                                                            
 

34.

INT. HAMLIN'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The whole family's placed near and around the record player.
The record falls into place and the needle moves over to
play the record.
                                                            
The MUSIC BUILDS UP to a polished version of "Angel Baby."
                                                            
The living room's filled with music. Rosie, Albert, Gloria,
and Noah sit wide smiles on their faces.
                                                            
Rosie glances at Ofilia who is not smiling. Ofilia stands
up and walks into the kitchen.
                                                            
Everyone in the living room watches her leave the room.
Rosie puts her head down in sadness.
                                                            
 
EXT. LOS ANGELES - BROADWAY DEPARTMENT STORE - DAY
                                                            
A 1940's blue Ford pickup truck bounces into the Broadway
department store parking lot. The truck heads towards the
back of the building, towards the shipping and receiving
doors.
                                                            
MURRY COHAN(50), large, heavy set, and slick like a car
salesman. He's dressed in a cheap two piece shut and cowboy
hat.
                                                            
Murry unloads boxes of records with the Highland label on
them.
                                                            
A hot dog vendor pushes his cart up to the truck behind
Murry. Murry kicks the door closed on his truck.
                                                            
                       VENDOR
Hey, Murry, where's the money you
owe me? It's been two weeks.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Wait a minute, you know I don't
get paid till Friday. I'll get
your money on Friday.
                                                            
                       VENDOR
But, you're never here on Friday.
I'm not falling for that shit
again.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Come on, don't be like that. I'll
be here on Friday. I promise.
                                                            

35.

                       VENDOR
Listen, don't ask me for anymore
credit, you son of a bitch. A
madder of fact, I'd better not see
you around here ever again.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Come on, don't be like that.
                                                            
The Hot Dog Vendor turns his cart around and walks off back
down the alley.
                                                            
Murry enters the back door of the department store.
                                                            
 
INT. BROADWAY DEPARTMENT STORE - ELEVATOR - DAY
                                                            
Albert, Gloria, Rosie, and Noah ride the elevator.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Are you sure this will work?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
I don't know, but it's worth a
try.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
I read somewhere, that this is how
the Safaris got started.
                                                            
The elevator doors slide open. Loud 50's music can be
heard.
                                                            
 
INT. BROADWAY DEPARTMENT STORE - THIRD FLOOR - DAY
                                                            
The third floor is the electronic department. The area's
filled with new Hi-Fi equipment and record players. Along
the walls are rolls of small listening booths.
                                                            
Each listening booth's filled with teenagers trying to hear
music. Albert approaches the MANAGER of the department and
speaks with him.
                                                            
Albert pulls the record from his jacket and hands it to the
Manager.
                                                            
Rosie watches the teenagers dancing around the listening
booths.
                                                            
 

36.

INT. RECORD DEPARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Rosie and Noah flip through all the records for sale. Albert
and Gloria walk back.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
He's gonna play it over the loud
speakers.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
What?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
He's gonna play the record over
the loud speakers to see what kind
of recation it gets.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Oh my God.
                                                            
Rosie's finishes her sentence and 'Angel Baby,' is piped
throughout the electronic department. All the teenagers
listen to the record. Rosie's surprised by the response.
                                                            
The teenagers have smiles on their faces and slowly move to
the beat of the music.
                                                            
 
INT. THIRD FLOOR - STOCKROOM - DAY
                                                            
Murry steps out of the freight elevator and into the
stockroom. A desk sits next to the door leading to the
electronic department.
                                                            
On the desk, a lunch is set up for someone to eat. A
sandwich,and apple, and a carton of milk. Murry spots the
food on the desk.
                                                            
Murry puts the boxes down. He stuffs half the sandwich into
his mouth. Murry pauses when he hears 'Angel Baby.'
                                                            
 
INT. ELECTRONIC DEPARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Murry walks out of the back stock-room and up to the
Manager.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Who is that singing? She's great.
                                                            
The Manager points to Rosie.
                                                            

37.

                       MANAGER
That little girl over there.
                                                            
Murry buttons his suit and tries to make himself more
presentable. Murry adjust his cowboy hat and slicks his
hair back with both hands. He walks up to Rosie.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Is something wrong?
                                                            
                       MURRY
No, I was in the back room and
heard your song. I had to find
out who was singing. The Manager
pointed to you.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
That's me.
                                                            
Murry hands Rosie a business card.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I don't believe it.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Highland would like to hear your
record.
                                                            
Murry hands Rosie a slip of paper.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Can we meet at this number?
                                                            
Albert takes the slip of paper out of Rosie's hand.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Sure, no problem.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Make sure you bring the master
record with you.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Why?
                                                            
                       MURRY
They may want to start pressing it
right away.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
It won't be a problem.
                                                            

38.

The teenagers rush the sales counter ready to buy a copy of
'Angel Baby.' Rosie watches all the action at the sales
counter.
                                                            
                       MURRY
You can see the kind of response
the record's getting. They all
want it.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
What time do you want to meet us?
                                                            
                       MURRY
Eight o'clock.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Okay.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Great, I'll see you there.
                                                            
The three watch Murry head off back to the stockroom.
                                                            
 
EXT. DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - SKYLIGHT HOTEL - NIGHT
                                                            
The hotel;s located in the worst part of Los Angeles. Most
of the buildings along the street are run down hotels and
stores.
                                                            
Albert pulls up in front of the hotel. Rosie, Noah, Albert,
and Gloria get out and scan the area.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
This can't be the right address.
Look at this place.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
This is what he wrote down.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Maybe it's nicer inside.
                                                            
                       NOAH
We'll see.
                                                            
 
INT. SKYLIGHT HOTEL - NIGHT
                                                            
The inside of the hotel's just like they feared, dirty, run
down, and falling apart. Rosie searches the lobby and spots
a few people sleeping.
                                                            

39.

A sign hangs from the rod iron elevator that reads, 'Out of
Order.' The carpet on the stairs is worn from being used so
much.
                                                            
The three march up the stairway towards the second floor of
the hotel.
                                                            
 
INT. SKYLIGHT MOTEL - HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Albert knocks on the door, Murry opens it and lets the three
into the room.
                                                            
 
INT. SKYLIGHT MOTEL - MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The room's small, a bed, a table, and couch.
                                                            
ALICE SECKLER(30), she resembles TAMMY BAKER on a bad day.
                                                            
LEROY SECKLER(40), thin, greasy hair, looks like a business
man with his briefcase and notebook.
                                                            
                       MURRY
      (To everyone)
This is Leroy and Alice Seckler,
they work for Highland records.
                                                            
                       LEROY
It's nice to meet you.
                                                            
Alice surveys Rosie closely. Leroy glances at Alice and
waits for her to greet the group.
                                                            
                       ALICE
It's nice to meet you.
                                                            
                       LEROY
Did you bring the master with you?
                                                            
                       ALBERT
Yes, we did sir. But you haven't
heard it.
                                                            
                       ALICE
We trust Murry. He must have
heard something special in you.
      (To Rosie)
Are you the singer?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yes I am.
                                                            

40.

                       ALICE
You're very pretty my dear.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Thank you.
                                                            
                       LEROY
We need to get your phone number
and address.
                                                            
Leroy hands the notebook to Albert, who writes down the
information in it.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Do you want to give us the master.
                                                            
Albert hands the record to Alice.
                                                            
                       LEROY
Don't worry. You guys are gonna
be famous.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGHLAND RECORDS - SID TALMADGE'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
SID TALMADGE(50), handsome, thin, he reads a memo. Gold
records hang on the walls of his office.
                                                            
Alice and Leroy wait in front of the desk watching him. Sid
opens a brown paper bag next to him.
                                                            
                       SID
Okay, what are you going to bother
me with today?
                                                            
                       ALICE
      (Taking charge)
We have a new girl for you to
hear. The kids at the Broadway
went nuts when they couldn't buy
her record.
                                                            
                       LEROY
They almost tore the place apart.
                                                            
                       SID
What's the song called?
                                                            
Leroy reads the label on the record.
                                                            
                       LEROY
It's called Angel Baby.
                                                            

41.

Sid works on a piece of cake wrapped in wax paper.
                                                            
                       SID
How old is she?
                                                            
                       ALICE
She looks about fifteen or
sixteen.
                                                            
                       SID
The kids really like her, huh?
                                                            
                       LEROY
They went for her in a big way.
She could be big if she's handled
the right way.
                                                            
                       SID
      (Angry)
What? You don't think I can
handle my people right? Is that
what you think?
                                                            
                       LEROY
      (Scared)
I didn't say that.
      (To Alice)
Did I say that? I didn't say
that.
                                                            
                       SID
Okay, alright, get the hell out of
my office. I have work to do.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGHLAND RECORD STUDIO - NIGHT
                                                            
Sid sits alone inside the control room. He takes out Angel
Baby and puts it on the turntable and plays it. The MUSIC
SLOWLY BUILDS UP.
                                                            
Sid sits back in his chair with a wide smile on his face.
                                                            
 
INT. SID TALMADGE OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Alice and Leroy stand in front of Sid's desk. Murry enters
the office. Alice and Leroy turn and look at Murry.
                                                            
Murry shrugs his shoulders at them.
                                                            

42.

                       SID
Good, you're all here.
      (Pause)
I want to sign this Rosie Hamlin
to a contract.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Great.
                                                            
Sid hands Murry a cigar and lights it for him.
                                                            
                       SID
And Murry, I'm gonna give you that
long awaited promotion, since
you're the one who found her.
                                                            
Murry smiles and sucks on his cigar.
                                                            
                       SID
I want her signed soon.
                                                            
Sid hands Alice and Leroy a set of standard contracts from
his desk drawer.
                                                            
                       SID
Leroy, you and Alice are gonna be
her managers. And Murry, I want
you to be her producer.
                                                            
                       MURRY
      (Worried)
Mr. Talmadge, I don't know how to
produce records.
                                                            
                       SID
That's why you have Alice and
Leroy to help you. I have a
feeling we have something big
here.
                                                            
 
INT. GLORIA'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The living room is decorated with the finest furniture.
                                                            
Gloria and Rosie walk out of the kitchen with a giant bowl
of popcorn. They both wear nightgowns. Rosie flops down on
the couch and Gloria sits on the floor.
                                                            
Gloria flips on the radio that's sitting on the table in
front of her.
                                                            

43.

                       GLORIA
Okay, tell me about you and Noah?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Smiling)
There's nothing to tell.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Oh yeah, sure. Don't lie to me, I
see the way you two look at each
other.
                                                            
Gloria grabs some popcorn.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
So, what's the story? Do you like
him or what?
                                                            
Rosie reaches over and turns the volume up on the radio.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Do you want to go out with him or
what?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Of course I do, but he's never
asked me.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Give him some time, he'll come
around.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I just hope it's soon.
                                                            
                       RADIO D.J. (O.S.)
Now for something new guys and
gals. A record hot off the
Highland record presses.
                                                            
Rosie and Gloria look at each other.
                                                            
                       RADIO D.J. (O.S.)
A new song by a fifteen year old
high school student right here in
our very own San Diego.
                                                            
Rosie and Gloria look at each other in shock.
                                                            
                       RADIO D.J. (O.S.)
Here she is with Angel Baby.
                                                            

44.

Rosie stands up and looks at the radio. Gloria jumps up
next to Rosie. Rosie jumps up and down.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Oh my God!! Oh my God!!
                                                            
Gloria hugs Rosie while they keep jumping up and down. The
phone rings on the table.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
      (Grabs the phone)
Hello. Yes, we have it on right
now.
                                                            
Rosie pulls the phone away from Gloria's ear.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
It's Albert, he wants to know if
we're listening to the radio.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Yells into the
       receiver)
YES WE ARE!!
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Okay, I'll see you later.
                                                            
Rosie keeps jumping up and down with excitement.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
I don't believe this. You're
gonna be famous.
                                                            
Rosie stops jumping.
                                                            
 
INT. HAMLIN HOUSE - BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
The sound of a car honking it's horn wakes Rosie. She jumps
out of bed, slips on her robe, and rushes out of her room.
                                                            
 
INT. HAMLIN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Rosie peeks out the window to see Murry sitting behind the
wheel of a brand new car. He's dressed in new clothes and a
new cowboy hat.
                                                            
Murry spots Rosie in the window and waves to her. He steps
out of his car and lights a cigar.
                                                            
 

45.

INT. NOAH'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Murry stands in the middle of the living room handing out
contracts to the members of the band. Murry hands Rosie and
Noah a three page contract.
                                                            
The band members are excited. There's a knock at the front
door.
                                                            
ALDELLA TAFOLLA(35), slim, and pretty, Noah's mother,
answers the front door.
                                                            
ANTONIO RENTAS(30), tall, dressed in an expensive three
piece suit.
                                                            
                       ALDELLA
Mr. Cohan, our lawyer is here.
                                                            
                       ANTONIO
I got here as soon as you called.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (To Rosie)
This is Antonio Rentas, he's our
lawyer. He's going to go over the
contracts.
                                                            
Noah hands Antonio his contract. Antonio flips through the
pages.
                                                            
                       MURRY
I want you to know, these
contracts are perfectly legal.
                                                            
                       ANTONIO
Well, I'll see about that.
                                                            
Antonio reads the contract. Murry watches closely.
                                                            
                       MURRY
      (To everyone)
I'll tell you what. I'll give a
hundred dollar bill to everyone
who signs their contracts now.
                                                            
Murry pulls out a roll of money from his pants pocket. He
counts out the money.
                                                            
                       ANTONIO
I want to talk to the head of
record company.
                                                            

46.

                       MURRY
I don't know about that.
      (Thinks)
He's in meeting all day today.
                                                            
                       ANTONIO
      (To Noah)
Don't sign these contracts, till I
talk to--
      (Reading the
       contract)
Sid Talmadge.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Highland wanted you go play at one
of our concerts. But, if you
don't sign the contracts. I don't
know if you will be able to play.
                                                            
                       ANTONIO
Can they play a concert without a
written contract?
                                                            
                       MURRY
Uh, I guess so, they will need to
sign something to play.
                                                            
                       ANTONIO
Can you put something together?
                                                            
                       MURRY
I'll make up something.
                                                            
 
EXT. UNITED ARTIST THEATER - DAY
                                                            
The marquee reads, 'Jackie Wilson, The Olympics, The Johnny
Otis band, The Safaris, and Rosie and the Originals'
                                                            
The theater's parking lot is peppered with cars belonging to
the members of the different bands. Alice drives up in her
new car and parks.
                                                            
Rosie steps out.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Noah said he'd be here.
                                                            
Rosie searches the parking lot.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I don't see his car.
                                                            

47.

                       ALICE
Why don't you go inside and I'll
wait for Leroy and Noah out here.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
If you see Noah, tell him where I
am.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Okay sweetheart. Whatever you
say.
                                                            
Rosie walks inside the theater. As soon as she's out of
sight. Noah pulls into the parking lot.
                                                            
Noah rushes out of the car and grabs his guitar case, he
runs up to Alice.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Noah, wait a minute. Where do you
think you're going?
                                                            
                       NOAH
Why? What's wrong?
                                                            
                       ALICE
Leroy and myself were thinking
that this band needs a
professional guitar player.
                                                            
                       NOAH
What? What are you talking about?
                                                            
                       ALICE
Noah, I think you should sit this
concert out.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Your kidding right?
                                                            
                       ALICE
No, I'm not. You have a big
influence on Rosie, she really
doesn't know what a professional
band needs.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Did you talk to Rosie about all
this?
                                                            
                       ALICE
She doesn't know about any of
this. I'll tell her we're
replacing you with another guitar
            (MORE)

48.

                       ALICE (cont'd)
player.
                                                            
Noah scans the parking lot.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Rosie's already inside. Your
replacement's on his way.
                                                            
Leroy drives up and parks next to them. He approaches Noah
and Alice with a young man carrying a guitar case.
                                                            
The GUITAR PLAYER(21), tall and slim. He puts out his
cigarette on the floor.
                                                            
                       GUITAR PLAYER
Hello everyone.
                                                            
Noah glares at the Guitar Player.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Does he even know the songs?
                                                            
                       LEROY
I guess you gave him the news?
                                                            
                       NOAH
Yeah, she gave me the news, and
it's fucken bullshit.
                                                            
                       LEROY
      (To the Guitar
       Player)
Go ahead and go inside, we need to
talk to Noah. It's okay, go
inside.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I don't believe this shit. I want
to talk to Rosie.
                                                            
                       LEROY
Noah, we don't have time for this.
We have a concert to put on.
                                                            
Alice opens the back door entrance to the theater. Just
inside the theater stands an elderly SECURITY GUARD.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I want you to keep this person out
of the theater.
                                                            
Alice points out Noah to the Security Guard.
                                                            

49.

                       NOAH
I don't fucking believe this!
                                                            
Leroy walks into the theater behind Alice. Noah stands
alone in the parking lot.
                                                            
 
EXT. UNITED ARTIST THEATER - DAY
                                                            
Noah sits on the curb in front of the theater. A shadow
falls on Noah.
                                                            
Noah glances up.
                                                            
NAT TARNOPOL(40), handsome, well dressed, he smiles at Noah.
                                                            
                       NAT
What are you doing kid. Why
aren't you inside getting ready to
play?
                                                            
                       NOAH
How did you do that? How did you
know I played.
                                                            
Nat laughs.
                                                            
                       NAT
You look like a musician that's
why. The guitar case next to you
was my next clue.
                                                            
Noah looks at the guitar case.
                                                            
                       NAT
You look like you need some help.
                                                            
 
INT. UNITED ARTIST THEATER - STAGE AREA - DAY
                                                            
The stagehands are busy doing last minute touch up's on the
lighting. Rosie paces the stage and watches the doors.
                                                            
The new Guitar Player tunes up his guitar. Rosie shoots an
angry glance at Leroy and Alice. Rosie storms at them ready
to tear them apart.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'll tell you right now. I'm not
gonna sing without Noah.
                                                            
Leroy and Alice roll their eyes.
                                                            

50.

                       LEROY
Rosie, you don't need him. We
found you a better guitar player.
A pro. This is what you're band
needs.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
That's what you said when you got
rid of my Uncle Albert. I don't
think I want to become a famous
singer.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I understand, but you need to
grow. If you don't like how you
do tonight. You won't have to
sing and you can go back to your
old life.
                                                            
                       LEROY
What? Let's talk about this
first.
                                                            
                       ALICE
      (Clamly)
No, it's up to Rosie.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Okay, that sounds fair.
                                                            
Nat Tarnopol walks onto the stage area followed by Noah.
                                                            
                       NAT
Who doesn't want this kid to play
his guitar?
                                                            
                       LEROY
It doesn't have anything to do
with you.
                                                            
                       NOAH
They don't want me in the band. I
don't understand what I did wrong?
                                                            
                       ALICE
This is a Highland record company
decision, we work for Highland
records.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Rosie and I don't work for
Highland, remember, we didn't sign
your contracts.
                                                            

51.

                       ALICE
      (Hiding her anger)
Fine, hey, you Guitar Player, take
a hike.
                                                            
                       GUITAR PLAYER
Hey!
                                                            
                       NAT
Don't worry, I'll talk to Sid
about this. Why don't we talk and
let the kids get ready for their
concert.
                                                            
Rosie and Noah watch Nat walk Leroy and Alice off the stage.
                                                            
                       NAT
Don't worry kids, it's going to
okay. Have fun tonight.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Thank you, Mr. Tarnopol.
                                                            
 
INT. ROSIE'S DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The dressing room's no bigger then a prison cell. Rosie
checks her hair in the lighted mirror. Stagehands rush pass
the opened door.
                                                            
JACKIE WILSON(25), tall, handsome, he stands at the doorway
watching Rosie. Rosie spots Jackie Wilson in the mirror.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
May I help you?
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
I just wanted to know who this
pretty little girl is?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
My name is Rosie. Rosie Hamlin.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
I'm Jackie. Jackie Wilson.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Excited)
You're Jackie Wilson. I don't
believe this. You're Jackie
Wilson.
                                                            

52.

                       JACKIE WILSON
I love your song.
      (Singing like
       Rosie)
'My Angel Baby, ooh ooh I love
you.'
                                                            
Rosie giggles.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
How do you hit those high notes?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I don't know.
                                                            
Noah rushes into the dressing room, he almost knocks over
Jackie Wilson.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Noah, will you be more careful. I
want you to meet Jackie Wilson.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (Excited)
Oh my God. I love your music.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
Well, thank you.
                                                            
A STAGEHAND enters the dressing room.
                                                            
                       STAGEHAND
Five minutes Originals.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
That's us.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
Are you nervous?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Not yet.
                                                            
 
INT. UNITED ARTIST THEATER - BACKSTAGE AREA - NIGHT
                                                            
Alice leads Leroy by the hand to a quiet spot away from all
the activity. Alice puts her finger on Leroy's chest.
                                                            
                       LEROY
      (Moves Alice's
       finger)
What's your problem?
                                                            

53.

                       ALICE
Noah's my problem. I want him
gone.
                                                            
                       LEROY
We already tried, remember? We
might as well give him a try.
                                                            
                       ALICE
We also agreed that we could
control Rosie better without him.
And he made me look bad. No one
does that and gets away with it.
                                                            
Alice pokes Leroy in the chest with her finger.
                                                            
                       LEROY
I'm not gonna have anything to do
with this. Just let the kids
play.
                                                            
                       ALICE
No.
                                                            
                       LEROY
You do this, and you're doing it
on your own.
                                                            
Leroy walks away. Alice spots Murry standing around getting
in the way of all the stagehands. Murry sees Alice waving
at him.
                                                            
                       MURRY
What can I do to help out? I want
to be more of a producer.
                                                            
Alice looks at Murry closely.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Murry, come over here, and I'll
tell you what you can do.
                                                            
Alice puts her arm around Murry.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I'll teach you everything you need
to know. Let's take a walk.
                                                            
Alice and Murry walk away.
                                                            
 

54.

INT. UNITED ARTIST THEATER - NIGHT
                                                            
The theater's filled with screaming teenagers waiting for
the curtain to open. A bright light shines from behind the
curtain to revile the band walking on stage.
                                                            
The crowd screams louder when the curtain goes up with Rosie
standing in front of the band. The MUSIC BULIDS UP.
                                                            
Rosie sings. 'Angel Baby,'
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. ROSIE'S DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The small room's filled with members of the band. Albert
and Gloria push through the crowd searching for Rosie and
Noah.
                                                            
Albert turns to Gloria and shakes his head.
                                                            
 
INT. STAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosie and Noah watch Jackie Wilson singing to the screaming
crowd.
                                                            
BACKSTAGE - LATER
                                                            
Jackie Wilson walks off the stage followed by the rest of
his band. Murry watches Rosie and Noah stop Jackie Wilson
as he comes off the stage.
                                                            
Murry waves to Rosie, getting her attention. Rosie nods and
walks over to Murry. Jackie grabs her by the hand.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (To Murry)
Hold on, I'll be right there.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
Do you know that person?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yeah, he's our producer.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
I would watch yourself with that
person.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Why? What's wrong with him?
                                                            

55.

                       JACKIE WILSON
Rosie, let me try and get you
under my management and my people.
                                                            
Murry watches the conversion closely.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
I'm gonna talk to Nat Tarnopol.
I'll see what I can do for you.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Okay. I'll see you later, I
guess.
                                                            
Rosie turns and walks up to Murry. Jackie Wilson watches.
                                                            
                       MURRY
You know Jackie Wilson? Why is he
looking at me like that?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I don't know, why don't you go ask
him.
                                                            
                       MURRY
What did he tell you?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
He just wanted to tell me how much
he enjoyed the show.
                                                            
                       MURRY
That was it?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
That was it.
                                                            
 
INT. BACKSTAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
Nat Tarnopol walks towards Jackie Wilson.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
That Rosie's a real fine singer,
don't you think so?
                                                            
                       NAT
She sounds like everyone else.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
Why don't you sign her to
Brunswick? You could make her a
star.
                                                            

56.

                       NAT
She's already signed with
Highland. It looks like she's on
her way to being a star.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
She needs someone to lead her in
the right direction. Not the
goons that run Highland.
                                                            
                       NAT
      (Laughs)
Goons run Highland. I guess I
could talk to Sid. Maybe I can
get him to sell her contract to
me.
                                                            
                       JACKIE WILSON
That would be great.
                                                            
 
INT. SID TALMADGE OFFICE - NIGHT
                                                            
Sid reads from a file on his desk. The door to the office
opens. Nat steps inside the office.
                                                            
                       SID
Why don't you come in.
                                                            
                       NAT
Thank you.
                                                            
                       SID
What's so important to get me here
in the middle of the night?
                                                            
                       NAT
Rosie and the Originals.
                                                            
                       SID
What about them.
                                                            
Nat sits in front of the desk. He reaches over and opens
the wooden cigar box on the desk.
                                                            
                       SID
Please, help yourself.
                                                            
Nat lights the cigar.
                                                            
                       NAT
Thank you.
                                                            

57.

                       SID
Cut the bullshit. What do you
want with Rosie Hamlin?
                                                            
                       NAT
I want to sign her to Brunswick. I
know you don't have her signed
yet.
                                                            
                       SID
Get out.
                                                            
                       NAT
How about this--
                                                            
                       SID
No.
                                                            
                       NAT
Hear me out. What about Highland
gets the profits from the concerts
and Brunswick gets the profits
from the record sales?
                                                            
                       SID
I don't get it? Why her?
                                                            
                       NAT
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       SID
What is it about this girl? Do
you want to get into her skirt or
something?
                                                            
                       NAT
It's nothing like that. Don't get
me wrong, I'd fuck the shit out of
that. But she's too young for me.
                                                            
                       SID
In a month, no one will know who
Rosie and the Originals were.
      (Thinks)
I really can't believe I'm about
to do this. Okay, you have a
deal. But, my people stay with
her.
                                                            
                       NAT
What people?
                                                            

58.

                       SID
Murry Cohan, Leroy and Alice
Seckler. They found her, they've
been with her from the start.
                                                            
                       NAT
Deal.
                                                            
                       SID
I'll let them know what's going
on.
                                                            
Nat and Sid stand and shake hands to the deal.
                                                            
 
INT. BRUNSWICK RECORDS - NAT TARNOPOL'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Rosie signs a four page contract on Nat's desk. Nat shakes
Rosie's hand. Rosie hugs Noah, Gloria, and Albert.
                                                            
Leroy and Alice watch from the back of the office with wide
smiles on their faces.
                                                            
                       NAT
Rosie, we are happy you've made
Brunswick your home. We want you
and Noah to go to New York to cut
an album. You do have enough
songs to do an album, don't you?
                                                            
Rosie turns to Noah, he nods his head.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yes, we do.
                                                            
                       NAT
Great. I guess you're all off to
New York.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Excuse me, I have one question?
                                                            
                       NAT
What's that?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
What happen to the contract we
were going to sign with Highland?
                                                            
                       NAT
You don't have to worry about
that. Think of this contract as
having the best of both companies.
                                                            

59.

                       ROSIE
I don't understand.
                                                            
                       NAT
You keep your managers from
Highland and you make records for
Brunswick.
                                                            
 
EXT. JET AIRLINER - DAY
                                                            
The Constellation one of the first jet airlines flies across
the country.
                                                            
 
INT. AIRLINER - DAY
                                                            
Rosie sits next to Noah, she sips her Coke. Alice and Leroy
sit behind them.
                                                            
A FLIGHT ATTENDANT places a tray of food in front of Noah.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Thank you.
                                                            
                       FLIGHT ATTENDANT
      (To Rosie)
Would you like to order lunch now?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
No, thank you.
                                                            
                       ALICE
      (Rudely)
I would like to order now please.
                                                            
The Flight Attendant rolls her eyes and turns to Alice.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I hope you don't turn to skin and
bones on me. You never eat in
front of me. I don't get it, do
you make a pig of yourself or
what?
                                                            
Rosie giggles.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I made her laugh. I don't believe
it.
                                                            
Rosie puts her head down and laughs to herself.
                                                            

60.

                       ROSIE
I just wish Albert and Gloria
could have come with us.
                                                            
Noah takes Rosie's hand.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'm so nervous, all I did was sing
a song.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Sometimes that's all it takes.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
And are you a little nervous?
                                                            
Noah looks out the window of the plane.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I'm scared out of my pants. Try
and enjoy the ride and stop
starving yourself.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Okay.
                                                            
ANGLE ON AIRLINER
                                                            
which flies over the city of New York.
                                                            
MONTAGE OF SCENES:
                                                            
The jetliner lands at Liguria Airport and taxis up to the
airport.
                                                            
Rosie and Noah look out the window of the taxi as they speed
through the downtown area of the city. The taxi stops in
front of a high rise building.
                                                            
The taxi takes them down through Time Square. Rosie sticks
her head out of the window of the taxi to take all the
sights and sounds in.
                                                            
The taxi pulls up to the front of the Plaza Hotel and stops.
Rosie gets out of the cab and seems overwhelmed by all the
sights and sounds of the city.
                                                            
 
INT. PLAZA HOTEL - LOBBY - DAY
                                                            
Rosie walks into the plush and stunning lobby of the hotel.
The group makes it way across the lobby.
                                                            
 

61.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
The doors swing open to a hotel room that's as big as an
apartment. Rosie puts her bags down. She watches the
BELLBOY pick up her bag and put it in the bedroom.
                                                            
On the table in the room is a basket filled with fruit.
Rosie pulls the card from the basket.
                                                            
--INSERT, 'Enjoy your stay in New York, Miss Hamlin, Nat
Tarnopol'
                                                            
Noah enters the room.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Isn't this great? How about this
room?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
It's incredible.
                                                            
Leroy passes by the room, he stops and walks in.
                                                            
                       LEROY
We have two hours before we go to
the studio.
      (Thinks)
I would use that time to rest up
from the trip.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Okay.
                                                            
                       NOAH
You think we'll have time to see
New York?
                                                            
                       LEROY
This isn't a vacation. You're
here to make a record. If you
want to come back here, you can do
what ever you want.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Sorry, I just thought since we are
already here.
                                                            
                       LEROY
      (Calms down)
We'll see, after the recording
session.
                                                            
Leroy leaves the room.
                                                            

62.

                       ROSIE
That usually means no.
                                                            
 
INT. BRUNSWICK RECORDING STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
The studio's modern for the early sixties. Leroy leads the
group into the studio.
                                                            
PAT ANDERSON(30), short, bald, he shakes hands with Rosie.
Paul's the recording engineer.
                                                            
The studio's filled with new instruments.
                                                            
                       PAT
Are you ready to go to work?
                                                            
 
INT. RECORDING STUDIO - ENGINEERING BOOTH - DAY
                                                            
Murry and Alice burst into the engineering booth and grab
seats. The two move their chairs up to the control board
next to Pat.
                                                            
                       PAT
Let's get them set up and make
some music.
                                                            
Leroy gets up off his chair and stands behind Pat.
                                                            
                       LEROY
Yeah, get them set up.
                                                            
Pat turns and glares at Leroy.
                                                            
 
INT. RECORDING STUDIO - DAY
                                                            
The band's set up and ready to play. Rosie waits in front
of the microphone.
                                                            
                       PAT
Okay, let's do it.
                                                            
Pat points to Rosie. Rosie sings: Lonely Blue Nights. Rosie
starts the second verse to the song.
                                                            
                       PAT
Hold it! Sorry Rosie. I'm
getting to much feed back in here.
Let's try it again, okay.
                                                            
Rosie turns to Noah, who shakes his head.
                                                            

63.

ENGINEERING BOOTH
                                                            
Pat moves back to the control board. Alice moves towards
him, Pat turns sharply to face Alice.
                                                            
                       ALICE
What's going on?
                                                            
                       PAT
What's going on with you?! Do you
mind not getting in my face? Or
do you want to leave.
                                                            
                       ALICE
No.
                                                            
Alice moves her chair back next to Leroy.
                                                            
                       PAT
Let's try this again.
                                                            
Rosie sings again.
                                                            
RECORDING STUDIO -- LATER
                                                            
The CAMERA PANS to the clock on the wall which reads,
1:30pm.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. RECORDING STUDIO - NIGHT
                                                            
The same wall where the clock now reads, 11:32 p.m. The
CAMERA PANS back to Rosie. Rosie appears tired and has had
enough.
                                                            
                       PAT
That was great, we'll call it a
night.
                                                            
Rosie stretches and yawns. Noah steps up behind her.
                                                            
                       NOAH
That was rough.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I don't think I ever sang so much
in my life.
                                                            
The rest of the band walks out of the studio.
                                                            

64.

                       NOAH
Just how tired are you?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Why?
                                                            
                       NOAH
I was thinking we could take a
taxi to a nice quiet restaurant
have dinner and see some of New
York.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
What about Leroy and Alice?
                                                            
                       NOAH
They can get their own dinner.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
You know what I mean. They won't
let us out of their sights.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Don't worry, it'll be okay.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL - NOAH'S ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah steps out of the bathroom, dressed in his best suit of
clothes. He checks his hair in the mirror. Noah picks up
the phone on the desk.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL - FRONT DESK - NIGHT
                                                            
The phone rings.
                                                            
The DESK CLERK(18), thin, slick back hair, picks up the
ringing phone.
                                                            
                       NOAH (V.O.)
Hello, is this the front desk?
                                                            
                       DESK CLERK
      (Rolls his eyes)
Yes it is.
                                                            
                       NOAH (VO.O.)
I'm planning a special night, a
romantic night. I was wondering
if you could arrange one of those
horse drawn taxis for me?
                                                            

65.

The Desk Clerk rolls his eyes again.
                                                            
                       DESK CLERK
This late, it may be difficult,
I'll see what I can do.
                                                            
                       NOAH (V.O.)
Thank you.
                                                            
 
INT. NOAH'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah checks his hair in the mirror again, he grabs his coat
and leaves the room.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL LOBBY - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah rushes down the stairs into the empty lobby. He
searches the area for Rosie. Rosie's nowhere to be found.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOTEL - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah steps outside the hotel and spots the horse drawn taxi.
Noah turns and goes back inside the hotel.
                                                            
 
INT. ROSIE'S HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Alice lays on the bed watching TV.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Rosie, are you gonna be in there
all night?
                                                            
INT. BATHROOM
                                                            
Rosie stands in front of the mirror.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'm fine. Why don't you go to
bed.
                                                            
                       ALICE (O.S.)
You don't need anything?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
No, go ahead and go to bed.
                                                            
Rosie is wearing her best shirt and skirt. She checks the
back of the skirt and makes sure its down.
                                                            

66.

                       ALICE (O.S.)
Okay, see you in the morning then.
                                                            
ROSIE'S MOTEL ROOM
                                                            
Alice shuts the door to the room and waits for Rosie to come
out of the bathroom. The door to the bathroom opens and
Rosie steps out wearing a long bathrobe.
                                                            
Alice stands by the door. Rosie jumps at the sight of
Alice.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I thought you left?
                                                            
Alice sees Rosie's ready for bed.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I thought I left my pen on the
bed, but I have it right here.
                                                            
Alice shows Rosie the pen in her hand.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I'll see you in the morning.
Remember, you have an album to do.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I know.
                                                            
Alice leaves the room. As soon as the door closes, Rosie
pulls the robe off. Rosie's wearing her dress under her
robe.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL - LOBBY - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosie rushes down the stairs and into the empty lobby. She
searches the area looking for Noah. Rosie walks up to the
Desk Clerk.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Excuse me, there's someone waiting
for me, do you know where he is?
                                                            
The Desk Clerk points outside.
                                                            
FRONT OF HOTEL
                                                            
Rosie rushes outside to find Noah stretched out in the horse
drawn taxi with his hands behind his head.
                                                            

67.

                       NOAH
Where have you been?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Alice was watching me like
somekind of bulldog.
                                                            
                       NOAH
What do you think of my taxi?
                                                            
The 80 year old DRIVER of the taxi tips his top hat to
Rosie.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
This is so neat.
                                                            
Noah helps Rosie into the taxi. The taxi pulls away from
the hotel and into the street.
                                                            
 
INT. CHINESE RESTAURANT - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosie and Noah are the only two people inside the
restaurant. The two sit eating from different plates of
food spread on the table.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
What are we gonna do about the
album?
                                                            
                       NOAH
How many songs do we need?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
About seven.
                                                            
                       NOAH
You mean to tell me, you don't
have seven songs in that notebook
of yours?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Maybe, about three, but what about
the other four? They except seven
songs by tomorrow.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Looks like we're in for a long
night, we can crank out four songs
tonight.
                                                            
Rosie tries to use the chop sticks to eat her bowl of
noodles.
                                                            

68.

An elderly CHINESE WAITRESS walks up to Rosie to help her.
                                                            
                       CHINESE WAITRESS
No, no, you hold like this.
                                                            
Rosie holds the chop sticks in the correct manner.
                                                            
                       CHINESE WAITRESS
Ah good, see, now you eat. Now
you expert.
                                                            
Rosie tries to grab noodles from the bowl, the noodles slip
between her chop sticks. The Chinese Waitress and Noah
laugh.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Oh well.
                                                            
Noah flips the chop sticks around his fingers like a pro. He
digs into the bowl of rice and eats with no problem. Rosie
watches Noah in amazement as he eats.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
You don't have to show off.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I'm sorry, I didn't know I was
showing off. I'm just hungry.
                                                            
 
EXT. ROCKEFELLER PLAZA - NIGHT
                                                            
The city's quiet and still, Rosie and Noah walk through the
plaza area. The couple gaze up at the giant Christmas tree
in the center of the plaza.
                                                            
Noah and Rosie sit next to each other. Noah turns and faces
Rosie.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I can't believe how beautiful this
city is at night.
                                                            
                       NOAH
It makes me miss San Diego.
                                                            
Noah moves closer to Rosie and looks deep into her eyes.
Noah moves in and kisses Rosie.
                                                            
 

69.

INT. HOTEL - HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosie walks down the hallway to her room. Rosie pulls out
her key. Noah steps up behind her.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Wait a minute, we can't go to bed
yet.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Yawns)
Why not.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Four more songs, remember?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
The songs, oh no.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I'll get my guitar and we can try
out some of your ideas.
                                                            
The door to Alice's room opens.
                                                            
                       ALICE
What the hell are you doing up
still?
                                                            
Noah and Rosie jump at the sound of Alice's voice.
                                                            
                       NOAH
We have to come up with a couple
of songs.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I thought you had enough songs for
the album?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We came up a little short.
                                                            
Alice walks up to Rosie.
                                                            
                       ALICE
How short?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
About four.
                                                            
                       ALICE
      (Angry)
What?!! Are you both crazy?!!
                                                            

70.

                       ROSIE
Keep your voice down, there are
people trying to sleep.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Keep your voice down.
                                                            
Alice looks like she's ready to spontaneity com-bust.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Don't worry. We can come up with
the songs by morning.
                                                            
                       ALICE
You better come up with something
by nine.
      (Checks her watch)
You have about six hours.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
That's plenty of time, if we get
started now.
                                                            
Rosie and Noah smile at Alice.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I don't like this, but I don't
have a choice.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I'll get my guitar.
                                                            
Noah rushes to his room and opens the door.
                                                            
                       ALICE
      (To Rosie)
How dare you sneak out on me.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We went out and had dinner. The
world didn't come to an end.
                                                            
Noah rushes back out of his room holding his guitar case.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Okay, I'm ready. And don't worry,
by eight we'll be ready to rock
and roll.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Where are you going to work on
these songs?
                                                            

71.

                       NOAH
We can work down in the lobby.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Okay, go ahead. But, I am not
gonna forget this.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Smiles)
Either will I.
                                                            
Alice stomps back to her room. Rosie and Noah look at each
other and smile.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL - LOBBY - NIGHT
                                                            
The lobby's empty, except for Rosie and Noah. The Desk
Clerk is busy putting away mail, he turns every few minutes
to check on what the two are doing.
                                                            
Noah works on a tune written on a piece of paper in front of
him. Rosie writes in her notebook and when she's finished
she hands the paper to Noah.
                                                            
HOURS LATER -- LOBBY
                                                            
Noah and Rosie write and play music. The Desk Clerk sleeps
in his chair. The PORTIERES vacuum the lobby area.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Are we done?
                                                            
                       NOAH
Almost.
                                                            
Rosie looks up at the clock on the wall, it reads 6:00a.m.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We have about three hours.
                                                            
Noah finishes writing on a piece of paper.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Okay, we're done.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We're done. I don't believe it.
                                                            
Rosie gathers up all the papers on the table. Noah turns to
Rosie, she's asleep in her chair.
                                                            

72.

                       NOAH
Rosie, come on. Wake up.
                                                            
Noah kneels down next to Rosie and kisses her on the lips.
Rosie stirs in her chair and wakes up with a smile.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Come on. We need to get cleaned
up. I'll meet you back down here
and I'll take you to breakfast.
                                                            
Rosie sits back in her chair and falls back to a sound
sleep.
                                                            
                       NOAH
You leave me no choice.
                                                            
Noah bends down and picks up Rosie and carries her up the
stairs.
                                                            
 
INT. RECORDING STUDIO - CONTROL ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Pat sits behind the control board, Alice, Leroy, and Murry
burst into the room. From behind the glass of the cotrol
booth, Rosie and Noah are handing out sheets of music to the
band members,
                                                            
Noah gives Pat the okay sign.
                                                            
                       PAT
Looks like we're ready.
                                                            
Alice shakes her head.
                                                            
 
INT. LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - DAY
                                                            
Rosie runs down the length of the airport terminal.
                                                            
AUNT SOKIE(40), pretty for her age, Rosie runs into her
arms. She hugs Rosie tight.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'm so glad to home. I missed you
so much. I have gifts for
everyone.
                                                            
                       AUNT SOKIE
I missed you too.
                                                            
Gloria and Albert run up to Rosie and hug her.
                                                            
 

73.

INT. RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
Rosie sits next to Noah. Albert and Gloria sit across from
them.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Did you tell your mom about your
tour?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
No, not yet.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
You better tell her soon. Didn't
they give you a month?
                                                            
                       NOAH
We're gonna use the month to put a
band together.
                                                            
                       ALBERT
The band wasn't that bad, even
when I was playing with you.
                                                            
                       NOAH
We're just looking for a different
sound.
                                                            
Noah moves Rosie closer to her and puts his arm around her.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We want a band that can kick ass.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Where are you gonna find a band
like that?
                                                            
                       NOAH
I have a few guys in mind, we'll
be ready.
                                                            
 
INT. NOAH'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
The giant living room's filled with young men. Rosie stands
next to Noah. These are all the new band members.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Rosie, this is Alfred Banett, he
plays the sax.
                                                            
ALFRED BANETT(20), tall, slim, he waves to Rosie from the
couch.
                                                            

74.

                       ALFRED
Hi.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Sitting right there is Chris
Taylor. He plays the drums and
also writes songs.
                                                            
CHRIS TAYLOR(22), handsome, well built, he shakes Rosie's
hand.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's nice to meet you.
                                                            
                       NOAH
And on base, the fast fingers of
Johnny Haines.
                                                            
JOHNNY HAINES(19), short, heavy set, he waves at Rosie.
                                                            
                       JOHNNY
I'm a big fan.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Cool, lets play some music.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. NOAH'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
The band plays in the center of the living room. The new
band sounds better then what they had before. Rosie sings
with a wide smile on her face.
                                                            
 
INT. HAMLIN HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Rosie takes the coffee pot off the stove and pours the
coffee into her mother's cup. Ofilia watches Rosie put the
coffee pot back on the stove.
                                                            
Rosie sits down at the table, Ofilia watches Rosie closely.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Why are you so quiet? What the
hell's wrong with you?
                                                            
Rosie takes a deep breath.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Mom, they want us to go back to
New York on tour.
                                                            

75.

                       OFILIA
What about school? What about me?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'll be doing a show for a man
named Alan Clark. This could make
us some money.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
And what about school?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
This could be our way to a better
life. I could get us a nicer
house. I could give you
everything you ever wanted.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
You need to finish high school.
It's something to fall back on. I
wanted you to go to college. You
won't be happy singing every
night.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I will be happy. I will have
people looking after me. Alice
Seckler is gonna be with me when
I'm not singing.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
And that's supposed to make me
feel better. I don't trust any of
them.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Well, Alice wants to meet you.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
Good, I want to meet her to. What
kind of person takes a teenager
out of school.
                                                            
 
INT. HAMLIN HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - LATER - DAY
                                                            
Alice sits on the couch. Ofilia walks into the room holding
a cup of tea.
                                                            
She hands the cup to Alice.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Thank you.
                                                            

76.

                       OFILIA
Miss Seckler, you said you would
take care of my little girl. I
don't want her dropping out of
school.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I can get her a tutor. She will
still get an education. She'll be
well taken care of. I'll watch
her personally. You have my word.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
She's to young to be away from her
family.
                                                            
Alice scans the living room.
                                                            
                       ALICE
You have a nice home Miss Hamlin.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
      (Under her breath)
Yeah right.
                                                            
                       ALICE
I'm sorry, what did you say?
                                                            
                       OFILIA
I said thank you.
                                                            
 
EXT. BROOKLYN PARAMOUNT THEATER - NEW YORK - NIGHT
                                                            
The front of the theater's filled with teenagers, Police on
horseback patrol the front of the theater. The lines of
teenagers goes halfway down the street.
                                                            
The CAMERA TILTS UP to the marquee which reads, Jackie
Wilson, Chubby Checker, Boddy Rydell, Bobby Vee, the Isly
Brothers, Johnny Martis, and Rosie and the Orginals.
                                                            
 
INT. PARAMOUNT THEATER - ROSIE'S DRESSING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The dressing room's large and plush, the walls are filled
with pictures of different famous rock and roll groups.
                                                            
Alice helps Rosie into her dress. Alice reaches over and
grabs a handful of tissue from the tissue box. She stuffs
the tissue into Rosie's bra.
                                                            

77.

                       ROSIE
      (Shocked)
What are you doing?
                                                            
                       ALICE
Trust me.
                                                            
Alice pulls the dress tight around Rosie's body and zips it
up.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Can you breath?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Barely.
                                                            
                       ALICE
You'll get used to it.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
And if I have to sneeze, I'm
covered.
                                                            
Noah enters the dressing room.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Hi baby.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Can't you see we're busy here.
Rosie needs to get ready.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (Cold)
Hi Alice, it's nice to see you
too.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Wow, you look great.
                                                            
Noah spins around and shows off his new suit.
                                                            
                       NOAH
You really like it?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yes, you look very handsome.
                                                            
Noah winks at Rosie.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (To Alice)
What do you think Alice?
                                                            

78.

Alice turns her back to Noah.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Okay, never mind then.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
When do we go on?
                                                            
                       NOAH
After Bobby Rydell.
                                                            
                       ALICE
And that's pretty soon, you better
round up your band.
                                                            
Murry enters the dressing room, he's eating a hero sandwich,
mustard drips from the sandwich onto his suit.
                                                            
                       MURRY
Did you see the crowd?
                                                            
                       NOAH
There really packing them in.
                                                            
 
INT. PARAMOUNT THEATER - STAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
The crowd's screaming as Bobby Rydell sings one of his most
popular songs. Rosie and the band watch from the side of
the stage.
                                                            
BOBBY RYDELL finishes his set to the sound of screaming
fans. He walks off the stage and up to Rosie and Noah.
                                                            
                       BOBBY RYDELL
Knock them dead guys.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Thank you.
                                                            
The curtain closes, Rosie and the band walks onto the stage.
Alice follows.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Do you know how big this concert
is?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Big.
                                                            
                       ALICE
Your record is a hit, and you have
hundreds of fans out there.
                                                            

79.

Noah is listening to Alice as he tunes his guitar.
                                                            
                       ALICE
You should treat this serious.
This is not play time.
                                                            
Noah turns to Rosie, he gets her attention. Rosie looks
over Alice's shoulder at Noah. Noah makes funny faces at
Rosie.
                                                            
Rosie keeps her head down to keep from laughing at Alice.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'll try.
                                                            
Alice turns sharply to Noah who stops making faces and
quickly goes back to his guitar. Rosie turns and laughs.
                                                            
STAGE
                                                            
The curtain opens and the band's ready to play. The
teenagers go crazy. The MUSIC BUILDS and Rosie sings.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. SAN DIEGO CITY HALL - SIX MONTHS LATER - DAY
                                                            
The city hall's a beehive of activity. Rosie and Noah walk
into the marble floored lobby. They walk up to the
directory.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Here we are. Are you sure you
want to go through with this?
                                                            
Rosie hugs and kisses Noah.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Yes.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Great.
                                                            
 
INT. COURT ROOM - DAY
                                                            
A JUDGE stands in front of Rosie and Noah. The Judge smiles
at the couple as he finishes.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
I now pronounce you man and wife.
                                                            

80.

Noah and Rosie look into each others eyes.
                                                            
                       JUDGE
You may kiss the bride.
                                                            
Noah pulls Rosie closer to him and kisses her long and hard.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Starting to cry)
I'm so happy.
                                                            
Noah wipes a tear away from Rosie's face.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Then why are you crying?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Because I'm happy.
                                                            
Rosie jumps into Noah's arms. Noah holds Rosie and carries
her out of the courtroom.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Now we have to tell my Mother.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Why did you have to ruin it.
                                                            
 
INT. HAMLIN HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
The house is quiet, Rosie and Noah walk into the living
room. Rosie searches the living room.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Calling out)
Mom! Are you home!!
                                                            
                       OFILIA (O.S.)
I'm in the back!!
                                                            
Rosie looks at Noah. Ofilia walks int the living room. She
wearing her gardening clothes.
                                                            
                       GLORIA
Where have you been all day?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (A deep breath)
Mom. Me and Noah get married.
                                                            
Ofilia backs up in shock and sits down on the couch.
                                                            

81.

                       OFILIA
Your only a child. You don't know
what it is to be married. What
are you thinking?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Mom, we love each other. We're
getting an apartment, we have a
place to live.
                                                            
Noah feels uncomfortable.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
      (To Noah)
You fucking son-of-a-bitch, you
didn't get her pregnant did you?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
No!
                                                            
                       OFILIA
I'll fuckin kill you where you
stand!
                                                            
                       NOAH
Are you crazy?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We got married cuz we love each
other.
                                                            
Oflilia gets up and walks over to Noah. She gets up to his
face. Noah holds his ground.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
You don't know what you're getting
into, either one of you.
                                                            
Noah winks at Rosie.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Does this mean I can call you Mom?
                                                            
                       OFILIA
Don't fuckin push me.
                                                            
 
INT. ROSIE'S AND NOAH'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
A door opens to an empty living room. Rosie and Noah stand
at the doorway to the apartment. Noah picks up Rosie and
carries her into the apartment.
                                                            
 

82.

INT. APARTMENT - LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Noah puts Rosie down. The two kiss passionately. Noah
closes the door. Rosie unbuttons Noah's shirt, Noah
unbuttons Rosie's shirt.
                                                            
Rosie unzips her skirt and lets it fall to the floor. Noah
picks up Rosie again and carries her into the bedroom.
                                                            
                                         DISSOLVE TO:
                                                            
 
INT. APARTMENT - BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
A sleeping bag lays on the floor. Rosie and Noah lay on top
of it staring at the ceiling.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I didn't know it was gonna hurt so
much the first time.
                                                            
                       NOAH
I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
It felt better the second time.
                                                            
Noah holds Rosie close to him.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Can we stay in bed all weekend?
                                                            
                       NOAH
Sounds good to me. But don't we
have to pack for the tour?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We can pack light.
                                                            
Rosie turns over and climbs on top of Noah. She lets out a
soft moan. She kisses him passionately.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I want to stay like this all
weekend.
                                                            
                       NOAH
No problem.
                                                            
                                         FADE OUT:
                                                            
FADE IN:
                                                            
 

83.

EXT. EL MONTE UNION STADIUM - NIGHT
                                                            
People and cars fill the parking lot of the stadium. The
people push and shove their way up to the box office.
                                                            
 
INT. EL MONTE UNION STADIUM - STAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
Stagehands rush around trying to set up the stage for the
next band. Rosie watches all the activity. Chris walks up
behind Rosie.
                                                            
Chris taps Rosie on her shoulder.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey, Noah wants to talk to you.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Thanks.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Later, can I show you some songs
I've been working on?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Sure.
                                                            
Noah tunes his guitar. Alfred watches him. Rosie walks up
to Noah.
                                                            
                       NOAH
When do you want to sing Angel
Baby? First or last?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Let's do it last. Everyone wants
to hear it. It will make more of
an impact.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Wow, more of an impact.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I think, I'm getting the hang of
how to play these concerts.
                                                            
                       ALFRED
Now, Noah, this is a very
important concert, I don't want
you messing around.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Geez, you sound just like Alice?
                                                            

84.

A stagehand knocks the microphone down as he passes it. The
microphone's kicked by another stagehand. Noah picks up the
microphone stand.
                                                            
The microphone has a frayed wire from behind kicked and cut
open.
                                                            
Noah adjust the microphone but he's zapped by the
electricity coming from the exposed wires on the microphone.
                                                            
Noah falls to the ground, shaking, holding the microphone.
                                                            
Rosie, Chris, and Alfred didn't see what happen to Noah.
Noah tries to speak, but sounds like a bad impression of
Elvis.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Hands on her hips)
Come on Noah, stop messing around,
                                                            
Noah tries to call out for help, but his voice is slurred
and even starts to sound like Elvis.
                                                            
                       ALFRED
Hey, that's a bad Elvis.
                                                            
The lights back stage start to flicker. Alfred notices
Noah's eyes rolling back into his head.
                                                            
                       ALFRED
Oh shit!!
                                                            
Alfred kicks the microphone stand away from Noah's hands.
the microphone flies across the stage and explodes with a
loud pop.
                                                            
Rosie stands with her mouth wide open.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (Catching his
       breath)
What the hell's wrong with you
people? I could have been killed.
                                                            
Rosie rushes over to Noah and holds him.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
I'm so sorry. Are you okay?
                                                            
                       NOAH
Yeah, I think so, I won't need to
plug in my guitar, I can power it
on my own.
                                                            

85.

Rosie and the band laugh.
                                                            
 
INT. EL MONTE UNION STADIUM - STAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
The curtain opens onto Rosie standing in the middle of the
stage. The MUSIC BUILDS UP, Rosie walks towards the front
of the stage. Rosie sings:
                                                            
 
INT. AUNT SOKIE'S HOUSE - NEW YEARS EVE - NIGHT
                                                            
Friends and family fill the living room. Aunt Sokie walks
out of the kitchen holding a giant plate of tamales.
                                                            
She puts the plate down on a table filled with food. Rosie
scans the table, holding an empty plate in her hand.
                                                            
The CAMERA PULLS BACK to revile, Rosie has a baby bump.
Rosie fills her plate with food.
                                                            
LIVING ROOM
                                                            
Noah plays his guitar for Rosie's cousins.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (To Noah)
You want me to fix you a plate?
                                                            
                       NOAH
I had something when you weren't
looking.
                                                            
Noah keeps playing.
                                                            
                       AUNT SOKIE
Rosie, how many months are you?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Six months.
                                                            
                       AUNT SOKIE
You can hardly tell.
                                                            
Rosie looks at her stomach.
                                                            
                       AUNT SOKIE
What are you two gonna do tonight?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
We're playing at a party in L.A.
                                                            

86.

                       NOAH
      (Looks at his
       watch)
We better hurry is we want to make
it on time.
                                                            
Rosie eats her food and sticks her tongue at Noah.
                                                            
                       NOAH
After you eat you're food.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Thank you.
                                                            
 
INT. NOAH'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosie tries to adjust the radio. Noah checks his
wristwatch.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Five minutes to midnight.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
 
INT. DRUNKEN WOMAN'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
A WOMAN(50), attractive, slim, she takes a long sip from a
small sliver flask. She lets go of the steering wheel for a
split second, the car turns sharply.
                                                            
The woman grabs the steering wheel and retakes control of
the car.
                                                            
                                         CUT BACK TO:
                                                            
 
EXT. NOAH'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
The car speeds down the freeway, the D.J. On the radio yells
out, 'Happy New Year.'
                                                            
 
INT. NOAH'S CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah turns to Rosie.
                                                            
                       NOAH
      (Kissing Rosie)
Happy New Years, baby.
                                                            

87.

From the inside of the car, the Drunken Woman;s car jumps
the center divider and heads straight at Noah and Rosie.
                                                            
Noah looks up from the kiss to see the on coming car heading
straight for them. Noah reacts quickly but it's to late.
                                                            
The force of the impact, throws the Drunken Woman through
the windsheld and onto the highway.
                                                            
The two cars hit head on and spin around in a mass of
twisted metal.
                                                            
 
EXT. FREEWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah weakly rises up from being thrown from the wreckage. He
stumbles back to the car and pulls Rosie's bloody body from
the car.
                                                            
Noah holds Rosie's lifeless body in his arms.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Rosie! Come on baby! Come on
baby! Wake up please!
                                                            
Two cars stop along the side of the freeway. In the
distance police cars are heard coming to the scene.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosie's rushed into the emergency ward with Noah at her
side. Rosie's still unconscious, as she's wheeled down the
hallway.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - WAITING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Noah watches the sun rise through the window in the waiting
room. Aunt Sokie and Ofilia watch the door waiting for the
doctor to enter.
                                                            
Noah goes through the door and up to the NURSE'S STATION.
One NURSE sits doing paperwork.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Excuse me, can you tell me how my
wife Rosie Tafolla is doing,
please.
                                                            
The Nurse checks a chart in front of her.
                                                            

88.

                       NURSE
The doctors are still with her.
We'll let you know.
                                                            
                       NOAH
Thank you.
                                                            
Noah goes back to the waiting room.
                                                            
                       AUNT SOKIE
Did you find anything out?
                                                            
                       NOAH
No. She said the doctors are
still with her.
                                                            
                       OFILIA
Can you just shut up. She's gonna
be okay.
                                                            
Ofilia wipes tears away from her eyes.
                                                            
                       AUNT SOKIE
She's gonna be alright.
                                                            
 
INT. HOSPITAL - ROSIE'S ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Aunt Sokie helps Rosie put on her clothes. Rosie's still
weak.
                                                            
                       ROSIE
Me and the baby want to go home.
                                                            
We can now see that Rosie's still pregnant.
                                                            
                       AUNT SOKIE
I'm just happy that baby is doing
okay. When you get home, you need
to get some rest. You got that?
                                                            
                       ROSIE
      (Off of look on
       her face)
I got it.
                                                            
A NURSE opens the door and pushes a wheelchair into the
room.
                                                            
                       NURSE #2
Okay, are you ready to go?
                                                            

89.

                       ROSIE
I can walk. It's no problem.