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1982
by Brett Slaughter (golfnotom@hotmail.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review:
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Sin City's a hell of a place to do business. Ray Gordon figures that out the hard way. After his father dies and leaves him a small construction company in 172. Over the next ten years, Ray takes on the biggest projects and gets caught up in the biggest pickles with his longtime girlfriend Carolyn and his Uncle Marlon by his side.


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FADE IN:

EXT. OLDER VEGAS HOME - DAY
                                                            
LAS VEGAS 1972
                                                            
An older two story Spanish style home in an upper class Las
Vegas Neighborhood. A tarp covers part of the roof.
Scaffolding surrounds the home.
                                                            
A 1958 Chevy flatbed full of construction equipment, rests
against the curb in front of the house.
                                                            
CHUCK GORDON lies on his back on the roof of the home. He
hammers a couple nails into the second story eave.
                                                            
In his mid sixties, he is just as he appears, rugged and
tired, with the white hair to prove it.
                                                            
RHETT stands on the ground cutting some boards with a table
saw.
                                                            
Rhett's in his late forties, rough around the edges and
looks like he belongs in a bar.
                                                            
Chuck groans in discomfort, causing Rhett to look up.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Chuck, You doing okay up there?
                                                            
                       CHUCK GORDON
Yeah Rhett, I just don't like
lying on my back for nobody.
                                                            
                       RHETT
I bet there's a few people you
wouldn't mind lying on your back
for.
                                                            
Chuck sits up.
                                                            
                       CHUCK GORDON
Angie Dickinson, but that's about
it.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Lunch time?
                                                            
                       CHUCK GORDON
Just about.
                                                            

2.

LATER
                                                            
Chuck sits in the truck smoking a cigarette and drinking a
cup of coffee. Rhett sits beside him.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Well, I'm gonna go around the
corner and take a piss.
                                                            
                       CHUCK GORDON
Well shit, you don't have to say
it. But make sure nobody sees you.
                                                            
Chuck turns up the radio.
                                                            
                       RADIO ANNOUNCER
Here's a brand new hit this week.
Las Vegas's own; Wayne Newton.
                                                            
"Daddy Don't you walk so fast" plays from the radio.
                                                            
Chuck puffs his cigarette and relaxes.
                                                            
Rhett walks back towards the truck. He notices Chuck's glass
coffee cup broken on the ground. He approaches Chuck.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Chuck! Are you okay?
                                                            
As he gets closer, Chuck appears to be unconscious. Rhett
shakes Chuck's shoulder.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Chuck?
                                                            
Rhett looks down and notices Chuck's cigarette burning a
hole in Chuck's pants.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Holy shit!
                                                            
 
EXT. SAN FRANSISCO VIEW HOME - DAY
                                                            
The home sits on a hillside with a great view of the San
Francisco bay.
                                                            
About a dozen hippies sit around a living room. They smoke
weed, share a whiskey bottle and play guitar. A phone rings,
causing RAY GORDON, who's a little buzzed, to answer it.
                                                            
Ray is twenty four. A bit of a baby face with some shaggy
long hair. He's average height and isn't much to look at.
                                                            

3.

Brian BECK is on the other line.
                                                            
Beck is in his early fifties and looks a little snaky. A
professional sounding voice. Serious but lightly
sympathetic.
                                                            
                       RAY
Hey?
                                                            
                       BECK (V.O)
Ray, this is Brian. Brian Beck,
your Father's banker.
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah I remember you. Well, what
the hell are you calling me for?
                                                            
                       BECK (V.O)
Ray, it's your Father. He had a
heart attack and I'm afraid he's
dead.
                                                            
                       RAY
Okay.
                                                            
                       BECK (V.O)
Look, Ray. You need to come home
for a while. Your Mother is really
struggling here.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'll see what I can do.
                                                            
                       BECK (V.O)
Ray, we would all like to see you.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'll see if I can catch a bus.
                                                            
                       BECK (V.O)
Good. You're needed here.
                                                            
Ray hangs up the phone, puffs a cigarette and looks uneasy.
                                                            
 
INT. CHUCK GORDON'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
A sprawling one story with lush landscaping and a few large
trees. The center lot in the middle of a classy
neighborhood, with wide streets and well kept yards.
                                                            

4.

People walk in and out of the house. Around fifty people are
spread throughout the property. MAMA and Ray greet the
guests.
                                                            
Mama is in her mid sixties. A little wrinkled, but still
pretty. Ray's hair is cut and he appears to be far more
conservative in his appearance.
                                                            
She turns to a guest while proudly looking at Ray.
                                                            
                       MAMA
Well It's hard for me to believe
he's already twenty four. Just
yesterday he was crawling around
in the yard in a diaper.
                                                            
Mama pats Ray on the back.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well at least time cured me of my
immodesty.
                                                            
                       MAMA
It has done that.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Ray stands next to Beck in front of the house.
                                                            
                       BECK
Ray, your mother needs you. You
should hang around as long as you
can.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'll do what's best. But Beck my
Mother, she can't stand to be
treated like a dependent woman.
You know, it's just not her style.
                                                            
                       BECK
I know what you mean. But even
those who seem tough as nails, cry
alone in a dark corner sometimes.
                                                            
                       RAY
Let's just get passed this day and
then see what happens.
                                                            
An older sedan parks parallel to the house. CAROLYN Rodgers
gets out of the passenger seat and approaches the yard full
of people.
                                                            

5.

BUD Rodgers, Carolyn's father, gets out of the driver's seat
and reaches Carolyn and proceeds to walk next to her.
                                                            
CAROLYN, at twenty two is a simple girl possessing a unique
beauty. Shining with dark hair and an attractive body, she
effortlessly intrigues everyone with whom she graces.
                                                            
Bud, is a rough good ol' boy. He's in his sixties but looks
much older.
                                                            
                       RAY
Thanks for all your help Mr. Beck.
                                                            
Ray deserts Beck and quickly approaches Carolyn.
                                                            
                       RAY
It's good to see you.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'm so sorry.
                                                            
The two hug.
                                                            
                       RAY
Carolyn, it's been a long time.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Four years.
                                                            
                       RAY
What have you been up to?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'm waitressing. Down at the Green
Frog Cafe.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'll have to stop in and see you
soon.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Will you be here a while?
                                                            
                       RAY
I don't know. Probably not.
                                                            
Bud sticks his hand out to Ray.
                                                            
                       BUD
Your old man was a good guy. I
labored on quite a few of his
jobs.
                                                            

6.

Ray shakes Bud's hand.
                                                            
                       RAY
I know Bud. My dad always talked
highly of you.
                                                            
                       BUD
You make damn sure you take good
care of your Mother. It would mean
a hell of a lot to him.
                                                            
                       RAY
I sure will.
                                                            
Everyone on the property turns their heads as MARLON Calder
parks his bulky 1969 Buick, partly adjacent to the lawn and
partly on the curb.
                                                            
"One Man Army" blasts from the radio. Marlon removes his
leather jacket, tosses it in the car and walks up the lawn
toward Ray.
                                                            
Marlon is around forty with a mullet down to his shoulders.
He's an older hippie that wears sunglasses and sports flashy
clothes.
                                                            
Marlon puts both hands on Ray's shoulders.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Brother. I've been weeping for you
man. My heart has split in half.
                                                            
                       RAY
Marlon? Is that you?
                                                            
Marlon removes his sunglasses and puts his arm around Ray.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I'm here for you man.
                                                            
                       RAY
Marlon Calder! My Dad's favorite
cousin. How in the hell have you
been?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Fly. I've been fly. The sixties
have treated me very well.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well we're in the seventies now.
                                                            
Ray puts his arm around Marlon.
                                                            

7.

                       MARLON
See what I mean kid?
                                                            
                       RAY
Let's go see everybody!
                                                            
The two walk toward the house.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Kid It's been ages.
                                                            
                       RAY
And I'm not a kid anymore.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Ray stands in the kitchen alone with Mama.
                                                            
                       MAMA
It's sure good to have you home.
                                                            
                       RAY
It's good to be around Mama.
                                                            
                       MAMA
What would it take for you to
stay?
                                                            
                       RAY
You just say you need me and I'll
be here.
                                                            
                       MAMA
You know I don't need anybody. But
I want you around.
                                                            
                       RAY
It's good to be wanted.
                                                            
MORNING
                                                            
Ray slowly walks into the kitchen.
                                                            
Mama stands in the kitchen cooking a couple of eggs.
                                                            
                       MAMA
I'm making these for you, so you
better be hungry.
                                                            
                       RAY
I sure am Mama, but you don't have
to go to all this trouble.
                                                            

8.

                       MAMA
No, no, now don't you worry about
it. It's morning and my only kid
should get some breakfast.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well I do thank you for it, even
though I'm not a kid anymore.
                                                            
                       MAMA
Well, you'll always be mine.
                                                            
Brian Beck walks up to the front door.
                                                            
                       MAMA
Looks like we have company.
                                                            
Ray approaches the door as Beck knocks. He then quickly
opens it.
                                                            
                       RAY
What can I do for you Beck?
                                                            
                       BECK
Just the man I wanted to see.
                                                            
LATER FRONT PORCH
                                                            
Ray and Beck each finish eating their breakfast and drinking
orange juice.
                                                            
                       BECK
I didn't want to bring it up, but
your old man had a ten thousand
dollar loan through the bank. I
don't think your Mother knew about
it.
                                                            
                       RAY
I thought he cash flowed
everything.
                                                            
                       BECK
Well it was a gambling debt. But
look, we don't need to talk about
that. Why don't you sell his
equipment and tools and if that
doesn't bring enough money we'll
fix the books.
                                                            
                       RAY
Thanks for being so understanding.
                                                            

9.

                       BECK
To tell you the truth, your Father
always had the worst timing.
Didn't surprise me a bit when he
died at such a prime time.
                                                            
                       RAY
What do you mean? What are you
talking about?
                                                            
                       BECK
Yeah, your old man had a contract
building casinos with the
Williams. They just sold the
Silver Slipper and so now they're
building the Holiday.
                                                            
                       RAY
What will happen to the contract?
                                                            
                       BECK
I don't know what they're gonna
do. It's too bad, Rhett was all
ready gearing up to go. They had
twenty laborers all ready to go to
work.
                                                            
                       RAY
What kind of work was in the
contract?
                                                            
                       BECK
Installing windows, carpeting.
Simple things, just so damn time
consuming.
                                                            
                       RAY
Damn.
                                                            
                       BECK
Hell your old man would have made
around forty thousand. Then he
could of paid me back.
                                                            
                       RAY
I guess it was bad timing.
                                                            
                       BECK
You know what Ray? You could do
it.
                                                            
                       RAY
What do you mean?
                                                            

10.

                       BECK
You could run the job. Just go
down to the State office and file
your name with the company. It's
that easy.
                                                            
                       RAY
No way. No way in hell. There's a
reason I've avoided construction
all my life.
                                                            
                       BECK
Come on Ray, it's not that bad.
                                                            
                       RAY
I don't know. I wasn't even
planning on sticking around.
                                                            
                       BECK
This would be a hell of a chance
for you. Your Dad had the
contacts, Rhett does all the work.
You'd just have to manage.
                                                            
                       RAY
I've never managed anything in my
life. Sorry Beck, but I got a lot
of shit to do back in California.
                                                            
                       BECK
Piss on California. This is a
great idea. It could really be
something.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm not gonna do it. This just
ain't my cup of coffee.
                                                            
                       BECK
Well whatever. The hell with the
idea. I'll see you around. And
thank your Mama for this amazing
meal.
                                                            
                       RAY
You got it.
                                                            
Beck walks away as Ray stands up with the plates in his
hand.
                                                            
Marlon walks around the corner near a bush and sneaks up to
Ray.
                                                            

11.

                       MARLON
Dammit Ray, you should do it.
                                                            
Ray panics and drops the plates.
                                                            
                       RAY
Dammit's right. You just scared
the hell out of me. What are you
doing here?
                                                            
                       MARLON
I was urinating around the corner
when I heard your dilemma.
                                                            
                       RAY
You've been missing for twelve
hours. Did you sleep in your car
or something?
                                                            
                       MARLON
It's a hell of a story.
                                                            
                       RAY
You look like shit.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Well last thing I remember was
walking down the strip with two
big footed broads.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well one way or the other, I don't
think that running this business
is up my alley.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Sure it is. I mean I could help
you and who knows, maybe It'll
become something.
                                                            
                       RAY
Why do you care?
                                                            
                       MARLON
I think it's time my life had a
little more substance and a little
less substances.
                                                            
                       RAY
That's for damn sure. Hell I guess
it wouldn't hurt to go talk to the
Williams about it.
                                                            

12.

                       MARLON
Damn right. Let's do it. Let's
build Vegas.
                                                            
 
INT. GREEN FROG CAFE - DAY
                                                            
A small cafe with a few booths and some tables with chairs.
Around thirty people are spread throughout the cafe. A long
bar stretches down the center of the cafe.
                                                            
Carolyn fills some coffee cups with a pot. SHARI, the
waitress waits on tables as well. Shari is in her late
forties and is on the huskier side.
                                                            
Ray walks into the cafe and sits down at one of the booths.
Carolyn hurries toward him.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
So you are sticking around!
                                                            
                       RAY
The jury's still out.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
To be honest, I was hoping you
would stick around.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well that's reason enough to stay
a while.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
You want coffee or coffee?
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm gonna go against the grain and
say hot chocolate.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
You got it.
                                                            
Carolyn winks at Ray and walks away.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Carolyn leans against the table where Ray sits, as the two
laugh.
                                                            
                       RAY
You were wearing that poodle skirt
lip syncing to that song "Will You
Still Love Me Tomorrow."
                                                            

13.

                       CAROLYN
I can't believe you remember that.
                                                            
                       RAY
How could I forget? We had some
damn good times in High School.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
A lot can change in five years.
                                                            
                       RAY
It sure can.
                                                            
Shari walks up to Carolyn.
                                                            
                       SHARI
Carolyn, you have tables to tend
to.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Okay, sorry.
                                                            
                       SHARI
Just hurry up.
                                                            
Shari walks away as Ray stands up.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Will I see you around?
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm sure of it.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Good.
                                                            
Carolyn walks toward the kitchen, turns around and smiles at
Ray.
                                                            
Ray nods his head at her.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOLIDAY CASINO CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY
                                                            
A framed four story hotel and casino in the center of a
construction zone. Trucks enter and leave the site. Backhoes
dig while welders weld.
                                                            
CLAUDINE WILLIAMS stands between Marlon and Ray.
                                                            
Claudine is a pretty woman, dressed professionally. She's
around fifty years old but looks younger.
                                                            

14.

                       CLAUDINE WILLAMS
      (to Ray)
I really do appreciate your
willingness to continue the
contract, but I just don't know if
a young man such as yourself can
handle the responsibility.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Keep in mind that I'll be by his
side every minute of the day.
We'll see to it this project
shines like a diamond when we're
through.
                                                            
                       CLAUDINE WILLAMS
I just find it difficult after the
loss of your Father to believe you
should just jump into things.
                                                            
                       RAY
Ma'am, I have a lot to prove, I
know that. But what I can offer
you is my word. Everything I'am or
ever will be, I will put up for
this project.
                                                            
                       CLAUDINE WILLAMS
Damn! You certainly are
convincing. I'm from Texas, and in
Texas your word is everything.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well it's a good thing I live by
my word.
                                                            
                       MARLON
If you still need to run it buy
your husband, we understand.
                                                            
                       CLAUDINE WILLAMS
I don't need to run anything by
him. I've always been better
prepared to make decisions.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well Ma'am. It is an honor to say
working with you is my first
opportunity.
                                                            
Claudine and Ray shake hands.
                                                            

15.

                       CLAUDINE WILLAMS
One hell of a salesman. One hell
of a salesman.
                                                            
 
EXT. CHARLESTON BLVD LAS VEGAS - DAY
                                                            
Ray cruises a 1968 Lincoln down Charleston Blvd, when he
sees Carolyn walking down the road. He edges up to the curb.
                                                            
                       RAY
Want a ride?
                                                            
She pauses and lightly smiles.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Thank you for the offer, but I
love to walk. I can just get lost
in my thoughts.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well, are you gonna be walking
tomorrow night at seven?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I don't plan on it. Why?
                                                            
                       RAY
Let's go out to dinner. I know
this little place.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Really?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah, really.
                                                            
Carolyn slightly smiles.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Okay. Yes.
                                                            
                       RAY
You live in the same place?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
No, we moved. We're on the east
side now. In Winchester. Off of
Eastern.
                                                            
                       RAY
Oh, okay. What kind of house?
                                                            

16.

                       CAROLYN
      (reluctant)
It's not a house, it's just in a
park. A trailer park.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well, If I can't find it, I'll
just have to eat alone.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
It's by the bridge. The bridge
over the wash. You remember where
that is, don't you?
                                                            
                       RAY
Of course I do. We sure had some
good times on that bridge.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Yeah, we did. Our fist date ever.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'll see you tomorrow.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Bye Ray.
                                                            
Ray drives away.
                                                            
 
EXT. CHUCK GORDON'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
A knock is heard at the door.
                                                            
Ray answers it, seeing TERRY. Terry is twenty four, looks a
little rough and trashy.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (enthusiastic)
Terry! Damn it's good to see you.
                                                            
                       TERRY
I'm sorry I didn't come earlier, I
was in Kingman. But the second I
found out I hurried home.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well I'm glad you're here now.
                                                            
                       TERRY
You working here, living here?
                                                            

17.

                       RAY
Terry I've got a great offer for
you. What do you say you come work
for me?
                                                            
                       TERRY
Me and you reunited?
                                                            
                       RAY
Damn straight.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Let's do it.
                                                            
                       RAY
That's what I want to hear. Now
I'd love to sit and chat but I got
a date.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Already? Who with?
                                                            
                       RAY
Carolyn Rodgers. Who else?
                                                            
                       TERRY
You lucky, lucky man. Gonna try it
again huh?
                                                            
                       RAY
Well they say third time's the
charm.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Good luck buddy. You're gonna need
it.
                                                            
                       RAY
I sure will.
                                                            
Ray walks out to his car.
                                                            
Marlon walks into the room.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I'm Marlon Calder. Ray's cousin.
                                                            
                       TERRY
I'm Terry, Ray's best friend.
                                                            
The two shake hands.
                                                            

18.

                       MARLON
Well Terry. Any friend of Ray is a
friend of mine. What do you say we
go grab a beer at the Sands?
                                                            
                       TERRY
I'd say that's a damn good idea.
                                                            
 
EXT. RODGERS TRAILER - NIGHT
                                                            
The trailer is in a very low class park. Dirt yards are
filled with junk cars and used appliances. About a thousand
feet down the road, an old wooden bridge passes over a wash.
                                                            
"Pledging My Time" by Bob Dylan, plays as Ray drives his
gold Lincoln into the trailer park. He then pulls up to the
Rodger's Trailer.
                                                            
Carolyn walks out of the trailer and over to the Lincoln, as
Ray gets out of the car.
                                                            
                       RAY
Let me get that door for you.
                                                            
Ray opens the passenger door and Carolyn gets in.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I guess California taught you to
be a gentleman.
                                                            
                       RAY
I guess so. What do you say we go
have ourselves a great time?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'd say we better. I've been
thinking about this for a long
time.
                                                            
Ray shuts her door and gets in the car. The Lincoln drives
away.
                                                            
 
INT. SILVER SLIPPER - LAS VEGAS - NIGHT
                                                            
A mid sized casino built in 1950. Neon lights and the flashy
style of the sixties Las Vegas strip, create the style of
the Silver Slipper.
                                                            
A lounge with a small stage, booths and tables. A small
dance floor in the center of the room.
                                                            

19.

The men wear suits and the women wear dresses. People smoke,
drink and pick at their plates.
                                                            
SAMMY DAVIS JR, stands on the stage in front of his band.
                                                            
Sammy is a short African American with style, unlimited
talent and a youthful energy that can't be beat.
                                                            
                       SAMMY DAVIS JR
This next song, Dean Martin
claimed would be a big hit for me.
And I think he was proven right.
                                                            
The crowd roars with applause as Sammy begins singing "The
Candy Man".
                                                            
Thirty feet from the stage Ray and Carolyn sit in a booth.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
You know a little place to go eat,
huh?
                                                            
                       RAY
Turned out pretty well, didn't it?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I just didn't know we'd be eating
in front of the biggest singer in
the country.
                                                            
                       RAY
I have a few connections.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
How's your mother doing?
                                                            
                       RAY
She's tough. I think she brushes
things off too easily. She's
probably hurting inside, but she'd
never say it.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
It's important that you're here.
If not for me or you, for her.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well I think I'll be sticking
around for a while.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'm very glad to hear that.
                                                            

20.

                       RAY
What about you? How's your father?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Drinking his sorrows away.
                                                            
                       RAY
When did you move?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
About a year ago. My Father
severed all his connections and is
now known as the town drunk. Once
that happened, the work dried up
and we lost the house.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm sorry to hear that.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
It doesn't matter. Relationships
matter more. My Father could be
the biggest drunk in the world,
but at least he hasn't run out
like my Mother did.
                                                            
Ray rubs Carolyn's arm.
                                                            
                       RAY
Carolyn, I've missed you. More
than anyone else. More than
anything else.
                                                            
Sammy ends the song Candy Man.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn watch Sammy as they slightly cuddle.
                                                            
                       SAMMY DAVIS JR
About a month ago this year I was
standing beside the President. He
looked over at me and he said
"Sammy I want you to sing Mr.
Bojangles for me". I smiled back
and said-
                                                            
Sammy salutes.
                                                            
                       SAMMY DAVIS JR
Yes sir Mr. Nixon. I'll do it for
you.
                                                            
The crowd laughs.
                                                            

21.

Sammy Davis Jr starts singing Mr. Bojangles. A few couples
stand up and start to dance.
                                                            
                       RAY
You want to dance?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'd love too.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn start to dance on the floor in front of
Sammy.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I've missed you too.
                                                            
                       RAY
Good, I'm glad someone did.
                                                            
The two smile and lightly chuckle.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Don't plan on leaving anytime
soon, do you?.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well, as long as you don't leave
any time soon either. Deal?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Deal.
                                                            
Carolyn lays her head on his shoulder.
                                                            
 
INT. CHARLESTON BLVD LAS VEGAS - NIGHT
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn ride down the boulevard in the Lincoln. Ray
takes out an A-track from his A-track player and puts in a
different one.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
What is this? Another surprise?
                                                            
                       RAY
More of a trip down memory lane.
                                                            
"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" starts playing.
                                                            
Carolyn showcases a huge smile.
                                                            
                       RAY
I thought you'd enjoy it.
                                                            

22.

                       CAROLYN
I do.
                                                            
Carolyn scoots over so that she is next to Ray. He puts his
arm around her.
                                                            
They stop at a red light.
                                                            
                       THE SHIRELLES
      (singing)
"But will you love me tomorrow?"
                                                            
She looks up at him.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I will.
                                                            
Ray grips Carolyn's chin and kisses her on the lips.
                                                            
                       RAY
So will I.
                                                            
 
INT. BAR AT THE SANDS - DAY
                                                            
A Jazzy bar near the hotel lobby. A few people sit at
tables. Marlon and Terry sit beside each other at the bar.
They both have shot glasses filled with scotch.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I used to drink the cheap shit.
Coors, Bud. But now we can afford
the hard liquor.
                                                            
                       TERRY
I'll take anything at this point
in my life.
                                                            
Marlon lifts his glass. Terry matches him.
                                                            
                       MARLON
To the premium; cause we're worth
it.
                                                            
The two have a large gulp.
                                                            
                       MARLON
From now on you can have strict
preferences. Your going to the top
with us.
                                                            

23.

                       TERRY
Sounds good to me. I'm happy to be
on board.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Tell me. Earlier tonight you said
Ray needed luck when it comes to
Carolyn. What made you say such a
thing?
                                                            
                       TERRY
Ray's a talented man. Good at
sports. Hell he even was college
bound. Headed for Stanford. But he
has one weakness.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Carolyn?
                                                            
                       TERRY
You guessed it. He left her. She
stuck around. He was miserable at
college. Came home one day, drove
all night through Death Valley. He
went to her house, told her he was
coming home for good and the two
were gonna get married.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Something tells me she didn't
accept the offer.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Nope, she said no. She said if she
was the reason his future went to
hell, she could never forgive
herself. Then she let him go.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Damn. You think she loved him too
or just wanted freedom?
                                                            
                       TERRY
She loves him. And he loves her.
Hell maybe they love each other
too much. That's usually what
causes the most trouble.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What'd he do after she said no?
                                                            

24.

                       TERRY
He quit school, joined a commune
and got high all the time.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Oh golly.
                                                            
Marlon lightly laughs.
                                                            
                       TERRY
What you thinking?
                                                            
                       MARLON
He sounds a lot like me.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Well I guess we'll see how
everything works out this time.
                                                            
                       MARLON
We sure will.
                                                            
 
INT. HOLIDAY CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY
                                                            
ED DUVALL stands next to Marlon, in front of fifteen
laborers. Ed's in his late fifties and is a burly fellow
with a goatee. Rhett also stands in the crowd.
                                                            
Ray and Terry approach the men.
                                                            
                       RAY
Boys this is Terry. He'll be
working with us from now on.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Welcome to the crew.
                                                            
Ed puts his hand out and Terry shakes it.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Thanks.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Ray step over here a minute for
me.
                                                            
Marlon and Ray take a few steps away from the group.
                                                            
                       MARLON
We got a problem.
                                                            

25.

The two whisper discretely with each other as the group
stands in awkward silence.
                                                            
                       RAY
What is it?
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (quietly)
These boys need direction. They
don't know who's running the show
or even what to do.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (to group)
Men, thank you for showing up.
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (quietly)
They were thirty minutes late.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (to group)
I'm sorry we didn't communicate
the time correctly, but it's my
fault.
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (to group)
Yeah men, you were all late
dammit.
                                                            
                       RAY
Marlon, I got this.
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (quietly)
I know, you just got to be firm.
Slam the hammer down!
                                                            
                       RAY
      (to group)
Things are about to change. All of
you have been in the business
longer than me and for that reason
alone, I won't question your
skills.
                                                            
Marlon rolls his eyes.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'am your boss and I will require
certain things done in a certain
way, but I will not be unclear. I
ask you for eight hours a day. In
            (MORE)

26.

                       RAY (cont'd)
return for your time I will give
you a fair wage, but I will also
reward you along the way. This
company is going places and you're
all welcome to be a part of it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
But don't screw it up or you'll
all prove to be sons of bitches.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (smiling)
This is Marlon. If you don't
already know, he has no authority
whatsoever. Ed Duvall will be your
boss when I'm not around. Rhett,
you're second in command.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Thank you Ray.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (to Rhett)
My father would have preferred it
that way.
                                                            
                       RAY
Now let's get to work.
                                                            
The group gets to work as Marlon and Ray watch.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I think this partnership is gonna
work out pretty well, partner.
                                                            
                       RAY
You're just a tag-along. And don't
you forget it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Yeah, the best damn tag along
ever.
                                                            
                       TERRY
What am I supposed to do?
                                                            
                       RAY
Well I'd consider you to be Ed's
assistant.
                                                            

27.

                       MARLON
Yeah, so assist whenever he needs
assisting.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Sounds good enough. Marlon you are
a damn good leader.
                                                            
                       RAY
Oh Terry never was a good judge of
people.
                                                            
                       MARLON
We need to work on your opinion of
me.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm just giving you shit Marlon,
let's go get material.
                                                            
Ray and Marlon get in a truck and drive away.
                                                            
 
INT. RODGERS TRAILER - DAY
                                                            
The interior of the trailer is your typical single wide from
the 1970s. Shag carpet, tacky furniture.
                                                            
"Long as I can see the light" by Creedence Clearwater plays
from a record player. Ray and Carolyn sit on a fabric couch.
The two make-out with each other.
                                                            
                       RAY
It's damn good to be back in town.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I bet it is.
                                                            
The two continue kissing.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Look I wanna say I'm sorry about
this place. I mean, I just wish I
lived somewhere a little more
complimentary.
                                                            
                       RAY
No, don't worry about it. Besides
I don't care where I am as long as
I'm with you.
                                                            

28.

                       CAROLYN
That was the sweetest thing anyone
has ever said.
                                                            
                       RAY
Really?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Yeah, and the most ass kissing
thing ever said too.
                                                            
Carolyn lightly slaps Ray.
                                                            
                       RAY
Someday you'll live somewhere a
lot better.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
And how exactly is that gonna
happen?
                                                            
                       RAY
We'll see.
                                                            
Ray kisses Carolyn.
                                                            
 
INT. SILVER STATE BANK - DAY
                                                            
An average medium sized branch of a bank, with a back office
for Brian Beck.
                                                            
Ray walks into the bank and over to Beck's office. Beck
abruptly stands up.
                                                            
                       BECK
Ray, damn good to see you.
                                                            
Beck puts his hand out and Ray shakes it.
                                                            
                       RAY
Just wait a second.
                                                            
Ray pulls out an envelope full of cash from his back pocket
and lays it on the table.
                                                            
                       BECK
What's this?
                                                            
                       RAY
The ten thousand I owe ya. Plus
interest. And some more to start
up an account.
                                                            

29.

                       BECK
Well I see sticking around was in
your favor.
                                                            
                       RAY
Thanks for the suggestion Beck.
Now we'll do business together.
                                                            
The two sit down at the desk.
                                                            
 
EXT. FRONT OF RODGERS TRAILER - DAY
                                                            
Bud sits on a bucket as he sips a beer and watches a
sprinkler water a patch of grass.
                                                            
Ray drives up in his truck and gets out.
                                                            
                       RAY
Bud, good afternoon.
                                                            
                       BUD
Hey Ray. She's inside.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well this time I intended to see
you.
                                                            
                       BUD
What the hell would you want with
me?
                                                            
                       RAY
I want to offer you a job.
Management.
                                                            
                       BUD
Hell I barely manage to get up
before ten.
                                                            
Bud takes out a cigarette and lights it.
                                                            
                       RAY
It'll be pretty simple. It's
construction. Nothing you haven't
done before.
                                                            
                       BUD
Kid, don't feel like you gotta
give me special treatment cause
your chasing after my little girl.
                                                            

30.

                       RAY
Bud. I know you. You're a damn
good framer and a hell of a
carpenter. We could use someone
like you.
                                                            
                       BUD
What's it pay?
                                                            
                       RAY
Twenty thousand a year.
                                                            
                       BUD
Well shit, I'd lay in shit for
that kind of money.
                                                            
                       RAY
No shit laying here. But if you
need to you can tell someone to do
it for you. And comes with a
truck.
                                                            
                       RAY
Sign me up.
                                                            
Carolyn walks outside of the trailer toward Bud and Ray.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Here to take me to lunch?
                                                            
                       RAY
I am now. Let's go.
                                                            
Ray opens the passenger door of the truck for Carolyn. She
gets in the truck and he shuts the door.
                                                            
                       BUD
Ray thank you.
                                                            
                       RAY
Don't worry about it Bud. It will
be good to have you on the team.
                                                            
Ray gets in the truck and drives away.
                                                            
 
EXT. CANYON VIEWPOINT. - NIGHT
                                                            
A giant rock pit against a canyon. A great view of Las Vegas
and the strip.
                                                            

31.

Ray's truck is parked so that the bed faces the view. Ray,
Marlon and Terry sit in the back drinking beer and smoking
cigarettes.
                                                            
                       RAY
Another week of hard work over.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Shit, week wasn't that bad.
                                                            
                       TERRY
For you two it wasn't. I was the
one on the damn job all the time.
                                                            
                       RAY
And that's why your gonna get the
big bucks.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Why don't we go down to the casino
right now and bet against some
poor bastard out of towner.
                                                            
                       RAY
Cause you play once and it's over.
We'll spend all our time there.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Besides kid you ain't twenty one.
                                                            
                       TERRY
I'm twenty two dammit. And you
know it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I'm just giving you shit kid.
                                                            
                       RAY
Ole Marlon flings a lot of it.
Kinda Makes you wonder.
                                                            
                       MARLON
And what the hell is that supposed
to mean?
                                                            
Ray chuckles.
                                                            
                       RAY
Let's go back down to valley.
                                                            
The three get in the truck and drive away.
                                                            
 

32.

EXT. LAS VEGAS AREA - CONSTRUCTION - DAY
                                                            
LAS VEGAS 1973
                                                            
CITY HALL
                                                            
Marlon, Ray and LEE stand next to an empty lot in downtown
Las Vegas.
                                                            
Lee is in his mid fifties and wears a tie.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Ray this is Lee. The City's
construction manager. He's the man
in charge. We're gonna build City
Hall with him.
                                                            
                       LEE
Mr. Gordon.
                                                            
Lee and Gordon shake hands.
                                                            
                       RAY
You can trust our company to
provide the greatest quality in
Las Vegas.
                                                            
                       LEE
So you'll take care of the windows
and the carpeting?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah we can take care of those
things no problem.
                                                            
                       LEE
What about framing and concrete?
                                                            
                       RAY
What about it?
                                                            
                       LEE
All the other contractors are busy
building casinos. At your rate,
it'd be mighty helpful if you
could do a lot more for us.
                                                            
                       MARLON
We'd love too.
                                                            
Marlon abruptly shakes Lee's hand.
                                                            

33.

                       RAY
We would?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Yeah. Look Lee, Ray's just a
little nervous because our framers
are finishing up a project in
Phoenix. And knowing our luck, our
concrete boys are in San Diego
right now working on some parking
structure for a damn zoo.
                                                            
                       LEE
That shouldn't be a problem. Can
you start them within a month?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Oh yeah, that'd be easy.
                                                            
                       LEE
Sounds good.
                                                            
Lee walks away.
                                                            
                       RAY
Marlon, you are one stupid son of
a bitch.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What did I do?
                                                            
                       RAY
We don't have concrete workers or
framers. Hell I don't even know of
any.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Neither do I, yet.
                                                            
10 DAYS LATER
                                                            
Marlon, Ray and Ed stand in the empty lot looking at some
plans. They eye the empty lot, while standing in the middle.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well Ed, know of any concrete
workers?
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
I know a few from the Paiute
tribe.
                                                            

34.

                       RAY
Get em here as soon as you can.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I like Indians. They are very
efficient.
                                                            
                       RAY
Ed, what about framers?
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
I don't know any personally, but
hell I imagine anyone could figure
it out. There's a shelter down off
of Bonanza. There should be a
dozen or so men we could hire.
                                                            
                       RAY
Get em all. We're gonna need every
man possible.
                                                            
90 DAYS LATER
                                                            
Las Vegas City Hall, fills what was once the empty lot. It
has eleven stories and is the grandest building in the area.
                                                            
Marlon and Ray stand in the finished parking lot, staring at
the building with amazement.
                                                            
                       RAY
I cannot believe we pulled this
off.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I sure in the hell can.
                                                            
                       RAY
Marlon?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Yeah?
                                                            
                       RAY
We're building Vegas, aren't we?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Damn right we are.
                                                            
Ray and Marlon shake hands and pat each others shoulders.
                                                            
 

35.

INT. CHUCK GORDON'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Mama and Ray sit on the porch and sip their morning coffee.
Mama scans the newspaper while Ray relaxes.
                                                            
                       MAMA
You sure have been spending a lot
of time with Carolyn.
                                                            
                       RAY
I sure have. And enjoying every
moment of it.
                                                            
                       MAMA
Treat her right. Treat her the way
she deserves. It will everything
better.
                                                            
                       RAY
I will.
                                                            
                       MAMA
I didn't raise you not too?
                                                            
                       RAY
Did Dad treat you right?
                                                            
A long pause.
                                                            
                       RAY
I mean really? Did he?
                                                            
Mama sets the newspaper down.
                                                            
                       MAMA
We're all flawed. I guess it comes
with being human.
                                                            
                       RAY
Mama, I'm in my twenties. You can
be straight.
                                                            
                       MAMA
Ray he meant well. But sometimes
that's not enough. It's a start
but it's not the way to a strong
finish.
                                                            
                       RAY
He loved you. I know that.
                                                            

36.

                       MAMA
I do too. Now don't wait too long
to marry that girl. We don't need
a baby announced in the same week
as a wedding engagement in the
society page.
                                                            
                       RAY
I know the right order.
                                                            
                       MAMA
But your body might forget.
Remember, you are in your
twenties.
                                                            
 
INT. MONTAGE - RAY AND CAROLYN - TIME TOGETHER - DAY
                                                            
"You make me feel good", by the Zombies plays in the
background.
                                                            
DRIVE IN THEATER
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn sit in a car parked at the drive in. They
eat popcorn and lightly throw it at each other. Ray tickles
Carolyn causing her to giggle and spit out her popcorn.
                                                            
LAS VEGAS OUTSIDE DEPARTMENT STORE
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn walk down a busy street lined with palm
trees.
                                                            
They pass a department store with a model in the window
wearing a pair of very expensive shoes. Carolyn points at
them in interest.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn walk out of the store with Carolyn staring
at her new shoes.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Ray carries several department store bags, while Carolyn
carries one in one hand and an ice cream cone in the other.
                                                            
She licks the ice cream, revealing a little on her cheek.
Ray playfully wipes it off with his finger and the two kiss.
                                                            
 
INT. FANCY RESTAURANT - LAS VEGAS - DAY
                                                            
A dark restaurant with candles and an overly romantic tone.
                                                            

37.

Ray and Carolyn sit at a table bedside each other. Ray has
an arm around her as they sip wine and partake of
appetizers.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Ray, this has been the best year
of my life.
                                                            
                       RAY
Mine too.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
It's also the most I've ever spent
with you.
                                                            
                       RAY
How do you feel?
                                                            
Ray kisses Carolyn's shoulder.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'm so happy.
                                                            
                       RAY
That's all I care about. That's
all I will ever care about.
                                                            
Ray kisses her passionately.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I guess coming home was a good
decision then.
                                                            
                       RAY
The best decision of my life.
                                                            
The two kiss.
                                                            
                       RAY
I almost forgot the reason we came
here.
                                                            
Ray places a diamond necklace around Carolyn's neck as she
smiles in awe.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
This is amazing.
                                                            
                       RAY
I've been waiting along time to
give that too you.
                                                            

38.

                       CAROLYN
I love it. I love you, so much.
                                                            
                       RAY
I love you too.
                                                            
They kiss.
                                                            
 
INT. HOLIDAY CASINO - NIGHT
                                                            
Slot machines light up the room. Poker tables and every dice
game imaginable is represented. People fill the casino.
Cocktail waitresses serve drinks, while dealers deal cards.
                                                            
Claudine stands in the middle of the floor talking to a pit
boss.
                                                            
Marlon, Ray and Terry, dressed in suits, stand on the steps
of the foyer of the casino. Claudine notices the three.
                                                            
                       CLAUDINE WILLAMS
Boys! You helped build it. Now
it's time to enjoy it!
                                                            
The three walk up to Claudine. She hugs all three of them.
                                                            
                       RAY
It's good to see you, darling.
                                                            
                       CLAUDINE WILLAMS
Save your cash, drinks on the
house.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Well you don't mind if we loose a
little at the tables do you?
                                                            
                       CLAUDINE WILLAMS
Not one bit.
                                                            
Claudine walks away.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Marlon, It's time to teach me how
to win big.
                                                            
                       MARLON
You got it.
                                                            

39.

LATER
                                                            
Marlon sits at a slot machine while Terry and Ray stand
beside him.
                                                            
                       TERRY
You ready to go yet?
                                                            
                       MARLON
I still gotta win big.
                                                            
                       RAY
Doubt that'll happen.
                                                            
Marlon pulls the lever, but wins nothing.
                                                            
                       MARLON
So when you gonna marry that
woman?
                                                            
                       RAY
What the hell made you bring that
up?
                                                            
                       MARLON
You're spending a helluva lot of
time with her.
                                                            
Marlon pulls the lever. Loud noises go off as the slot
machine lights up.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Holy shit, I just won a thousand
dollars!
                                                            
                       RAY
Lucky guy.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Lucky or not! Damn good job
Marlon! What a score, what a
score.
                                                            
 
EXT. CASINO CONSTRUCTION SITE - MGM GRAND HOTEL - DAY
                                                            
The building is barely framed. Ed stands in the middle of a
large room intended to be the casino floor.
                                                            
Ray and Marlon walk up to Ed.
                                                            

40.

                       RAY
What was so important that I get
here so soon Ed?
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Can you see it? The project is
under new management.
                                                            
Ed and Ray look over at three men as they walk over toward
Ray and Ed.
                                                            
                       MARLON
This should be interesting.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
No shit.
                                                            
Standing in the middle is BENNIE, a short fat Italian. MARC
a tall skinny clean cut Italian, stands beside Bennie.
                                                            
RODNEY stands beside the two Italians. Rodney is a strait
laced construction foreman wearing a suit.
                                                            
                       RAY
Rodney. Who are your guests?
                                                            
Ray shakes Rodney's hand.
                                                            
                       RODNEY
It's time you all met. This is
Ray. Ray, this is Bernie and Marc.
They're out visiting various
construction sites.
                                                            
Ray puts his hand out to shake Bernie's.
                                                            
                       MARC
Bernie doesn't shake hands.
                                                            
                       RAY
Do you?
                                                            
Ray puts his hand out.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
You guys wanna do anything you
clear it with us first. If you
work like we work, we'll keep you
on. If not, well, you best work
like we work.
                                                            

41.

                       RAY
Well Mr. Bernie, with all due
respect, I'm not an employee. I'm
the boss. I own the company.
                                                            
Bernie puts his arm around Ray.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
Kid, when shit rolls down hill,
it's best not to be at the bottom.
And I'm always on top.
                                                            
                       RAY
I would agree.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
Then do what's best for everyone
and be on the top with us.
                                                            
Bernie and Marc walk away.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
Rodney, follow.
                                                            
Rodney walks away as well.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Well shit, things have changed.
                                                            
                       RAY
What do we do now?
                                                            
                       MARLON
You heard the man. We're his now.
This is the big leagues. If we
want the big bucks we gotta play
by their rules.
                                                            
                       RAY
What if-
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
I know what you're thinking Ray.
I'm thinking it too.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Don't worry guys. They only kill
their own.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Tell that to all the witnesses.
                                                            

42.

LATER - PARKING LOT - MGM GRAND HOTEL
                                                            
Ed sits in his truck with the door open. Ray stands beside
the truck.
                                                            
                       RAY
This is gonna be the biggest
project we've done so far.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Whoever thought we'd work on the
MGM. And with the outfit.
                                                            
                       RAY
It's gonna be different. That's
for sure. You've worked with them
before? How do we go about it?
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Just get the work done. Use their
Union guys and don't ask a single
damn question that doesn't need to
be asked.
                                                            
                       RAY
When this one's over, I'm gonna
give you a bonus. Go on vacation
or something.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Will do. What about you? You gonna
marry that girl someday?
                                                            
                       RAY
I don't know why everybody keeps
asking me that.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
It's cause we're all wondering.
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah, but I got to ask her first.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Well when you ask her, knock her
off her feet. That way you can
catch her when she falls. Gotta
show her you're good for
something.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'll remember that. Sounds like it
might work.
                                                            

43.

                       ED DUVALL
Been married over thirty years.
I'd say it does work.
                                                            
 
INT. LAS VEGAS HILTON - WESTGATE - NIGHT
                                                            
LAS VEGAS 1974
                                                            
A large indoor concert hall with room for ten thousand, is
filled to capacity.
                                                            
ELVIS PRESLEY stands on stage singing "Big Hunk of Love",
with fiery passion.
                                                            
In the midst of a large crowd of people, Ray and Carolyn
fast dance beside the stage.
                                                            
The song slows down as the band transitions into "The Wonder
of You." Before Elvis begins singing, the lights fade and a
spotlight, focusing on Carolyn, hits the dance floor.
                                                            
                       ELVIS
This song, by request, is
dedicated tonight to a Mrs.
Carolyn Gordon.
                                                            
Carolyn looks at Elvis in shock as he begins singing. He
quickly winks at her.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
He said my last name was-
                                                            
Carolyn turns around and glances down. She notices Ray
kneeling on the ground, holding a ring. She quickly gasps
and begins to tear up.
                                                            
                       RAY
Will you-
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Yes!
                                                            
Ray stands and the two embrace.
                                                            
They passionately kiss.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Definitely.
                                                            
 

44.

EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - LAS VEGAS - DAY
                                                            
A large building in the middle of downtown Las Vegas. Ed
runs a crew of twenty guys working all over the place.
                                                            
Ray and Marlon drive up in a brand new orange 1973 Chevy
4x4. It shines and looks like a working man's dream truck.
                                                            
INSIDE TRUCK
                                                            
                       MARLON
Just wait until you see his face.
He is gonna shit happy.
                                                            
                       RAY
Damn right. He'll like it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Like it? Hell he's gonna kiss you.
                                                            
Ed stares at the truck in amazement.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
      (to himself)
What the hell do we have here?
                                                            
Ray and Marlon get out of the truck.
                                                            
Ed approaches them with a smile.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
She's awful pretty.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm glad you think so. Your
opinion is the one that matters.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
What do you mean?
                                                            
Ray throws the keys at Ed. He catches them.
                                                            
                       RAY
It's yours.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Mine? Well shit, Ray. I don't need
this.
                                                            
                       RAY
Do you want it?
                                                            

45.

                       ED DUVALL
Hell yeah I want it.
                                                            
                       RAY
Then you need it. You've earned
it. That's for damn sure.
                                                            
Ed paces in shock.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Well thank you.
                                                            
Ed shakes Ray's hand and looks inside the truck with a wow
in his eye.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Well I told you he'd love it.
                                                            
                       RAY
You also said he'd kiss me. I'm
glad you were wrong about that
one.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Where's mine?
                                                            
                       RAY
Where's your what?
                                                            
                       MARLON
My truck?
                                                            
                       RAY
I thought you would want to pick
it out yourself.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Damn strait!
                                                            
 
EXT. MONTAGE - MARLON GETS A CAMARO - DAY
                                                            
The song "Vehicle" by the Ideas of March plays throughout
the montage
                                                            
LOT OF CHEVROLET DEALERSHIP
                                                            
A classic dealership with cars throughout the lot. Brand new
1974 vehicles fill the parking lot. Camaros, Blazers,
Trucks, Malibus, Corvettes.
                                                            
BUCK, the dealer manager shows Marlon and Ray around the
lot.
                                                            

46.

Buck is overweight, in his sixties, bald and wears a light
blue suit.
                                                            
                       BUCK
Back for another? Two cars in one
day?
                                                            
                       RAY
Why the hell not?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Yeah. Shit, we can afford it.
                                                            
                       BUCK
I've got nothing against it. Hell
I'll sell you the whole damn lot.
                                                            
LATER INSIDE DEALERSHIP SHOWROOM
                                                            
Nice room with checkered tile, desks and roll up doors.
Buck, Marlon and Ray stand in front of a 1974 Chevy Blazer
and a 1974 Chevy Camaro.
                                                            
                       RAY
We'll take both.
                                                            
                       BUCK
You want both?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Hell if we're gonna buy two, might
as well buy three.
                                                            
                       RAY
Can you give me a deal?
                                                            
                       BUCK
Hell yes.
                                                            
                       RAY
Let's do it.
                                                            
Marlon examines the Camaro.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Which one's mine?
                                                            
                       RAY
I think you're more of a Camaro
guy than me.
                                                            

47.

EXT - MARLON DRIVES CAMARO ON TWO LANE ROAD - DAY
                                                            
A two lane road in the desert on the outskirts of town.
Marlon approaches a stop sign. He looks to his left and
notices a pretty blond girl hitchhiking.
                                                            
He waves at the girl to come over to his car as he stops at
the stop sign. She gets in the car and the two start
kissing.
                                                            
EXT - LAS VEGAS STRIP - NIGHT
                                                            
Marlon cruises in his camaro down the strip, with the blond
hitchhiker in the passenger seat.
                                                            
He approaches a red light and sees a sexy brunette. She
notices him and smiles as they make eye contact.
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (to brunette)
Wanna party?
                                                            
The blond delivers Marlon a strange look as the brunette
nods her head in excitement.
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (to blond)
Open the door, let her in.
                                                            
The blond makes an angry face.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Come on baby, she can sit on your
lap!
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Marlon speeds down the strip in the Camaro. The blond sits
in the passenger seat while the brunette sits on her lap
with her head stuck out the sun roof. All three scream,
laugh and smile wildly.
                                                            
 
INT. INSIDE ROGER'S TRAILER - NIGHT
                                                            
Carolyn sits on the floor going through pictures. Ray sits
on the couch behind her. He rubs her shoulders.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I think we should display the
pictures of us chronologically.
The people will enter the grand
hall and see us in elementary
school together, and then middle
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48.

                       CAROLYN (cont'd)
school, high school. You get it?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah, I think that'll work.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Are you sure?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah. It'll be really nice.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
And I talked to one of my aunts.
She's really good at making
decorations so we can budget for
that. Besides I'd rather spend
more money on the cake and my
dress.
                                                            
                       RAY
Honey, Carolyn?
                                                            
Ray grasps Carolyn's chin so that she is facing him. He
moves in closer.
                                                            
                       RAY
Don't worry one bit about money or
anything. This wedding is going to
be everything you've ever dreamed
of.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I love you. I just am like every
other bride that wants it to be
perfect and knows I wont get all
that I want.
                                                            
                       RAY
You will though. That's the
difference between you and other
girls.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Thank you.
                                                            
                       RAY
No, thank you. You've given me
everything so I just want to give
you everything too.
                                                            

49.

                       CAROLYN
So where exactly are we gonna live
after we get married? I mean,
since you say our wedding budget
is unlimited, I think we should
save some for a little house.
                                                            
                       RAY
You let me worry about that. It's
a surprise.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
      (laughing)
But what if you pick the wrong
color or something? In a bad
neighborhood.
                                                            
                       RAY
It'll be blue stucco with orange
trim around the windows.
                                                            
Carolyn lightly hits Ray.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
You wouldn't do that to me!
                                                            
                       RAY
It is the seventies. Everything is
in.
                                                            
Carolyn stands up and hits him on the shoulder a little
harder. She then kisses him. She lays on top of him on the
couch as they proceed to make-out.
                                                            
 
INT. HOLIDAY CASINO - BANQUET ROOM - DAY
                                                            
LAS VEGAS 1975
                                                            
The song "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me" by
Dean Martin plays.
                                                            
A fancy banquet room filled with over a hundred people
elegantly dressed for a wedding reception. The tables are
decorated in white.
                                                            
Prime rib, crab, champagne and fancy chocolate fill a thirty
foot long table.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn shake hands with various people.
                                                            

50.

                       RAY
      (to Carolyn)
This is Judge Lawson and his wife.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn shake hands with the two.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (to Carolyn)
This is State Senator Parker.
                                                            
The two shake hands with the Senator.
                                                            
They approach four men, each fat and tan.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (to Carolyn)
This is Barry, he runs the Sands.
This is James, he runs the
Aladdin. This is Pierce he runs
the Dunes and this is Jerry, he
runs the Hacienda.
                                                            
Carolyn shakes hands with each of the four.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn dance gracefully across the dance floor as
the guests watch.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
You are one important man Ray
Gordon.
                                                            
                       RAY
Only because I'm married to the
most important woman in the world.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
You can always say the right
thing. But what kind of husband
are you going to be?
                                                            
                       RAY
The one you deserve; the best.
                                                            
The two smile at each other before kissing.
                                                            
 
INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Ray lies on the bed as Carolyn walks out of the bathroom.
She wears a sexy white satin night gown, every bit of her is
breathtaking.
                                                            

51.

She crawls across the bed to Ray. "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul
McCartney begins playing.
                                                            
She kisses Ray as he rubs her shoulders and she faces him.
The two gracefully kiss. They continue to kiss with
increasing passion as they roll over.
                                                            
He kisses her neck and ear. He kisses her neck and chest,
then her belly button.
                                                            
As Ray's head moves down, Carolyn's moans increase.
                                                            
 
INT. LAS VEGAS DINER - DAY
                                                            
A diner with about forty booths and a lime green interior.
Ray and Marlon sit in a booth with most of their food
finished.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What's it like being hitched?
                                                            
                       RAY
Couldn't be better. Hell, life
couldn't be better.
                                                            
                       MARLON
The sex is that good huh?
                                                            
Ray rolls his eyes.
                                                            
                       RAY
That's one way of putting it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
You looking for a house?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah.
                                                            
                       MARLON
You might wanna stretch your
budget.
                                                            
                       RAY
Whys that?
                                                            
                       MARLON
We've got these corporate sons of
bitches by the balls.
                                                            

52.

                       RAY
What about the Teamsters? The
Fremont and the Stardust?
                                                            
                       MARLON
That's mob money. They'll bury
themselves.
                                                            
                       RAY
You don't know that. First it was
Hughes, now the damn mob's taken
over. Remember our buddies? Bernie
and Marc?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Ray we got these son of bitches
exactly where we want them. I
swear to it.
                                                            
                       RAY
I have an idea.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Well if it's a good one, are you
sure I haven't suggested it?
                                                            
                       RAY
I think we should start using our
proceeds from the commercial work
to build residential houses out in
Spring Valley.
                                                            
                       MARLON
That's a whole nother line of
work. That's even risky for me.
                                                            
                       RAY
They're selling the lots cheap.
People are coming from New York
and Chicago to move here. They're
turning this hell hole into a damn
resort town.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I don't know about Residential.
There you got to deal with people.
Buyers and shit. Picky wives, push
over husbands.
                                                            
                       RAY
Think about the profit margin.
They're going for fifty thousand a
piece and we can get our hands on
the lots for just five grand.
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53.

                       RAY (cont'd)
After that it costs ten bucks a
square foot to build. It's a money
machine.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What are you gonna tell me next?
This hole in the sand is gonna
become family friendly with roller
coasters and a Mormon Temple.
                                                            
                       RAY
At this rate who knows what might
happen.
                                                            
 
EXT. GORDON MANSION - DAY
                                                            
A five thousand square foot house with a front balcony,
lions in the front yard, a circular driveway and pillars on
the porch.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn pull up in a brand new Cadillac and park in
the driveway. They get out of the car. Carolyn takes off her
sunglasses in amazement.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Wow!
                                                            
                       RAY
Best part is, it's below the
budget.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
It is?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yep.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
How big is it? How many bedrooms?
When can we move in?
                                                            
                       RAY
Five thousand square feet. Five
bedrooms. And it's already been
purchased.
                                                            
Carolyn looks deeply into Ray's eyes.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
By whom?
                                                            

54.

                       RAY
The wife of the luckiest man on
earth.
                                                            
Ray pulls out the key to the front door. In response Carolyn
grins.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Now why would we need a lot of
bedrooms?
                                                            
                       RAY
Well, we're gonna have a lot of
kids.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Really?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yep. We better start making them.
                                                            
The two kiss as they enter the house.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
First a tour.
                                                            
                       RAY
There will be time for that later!
                                                            
INSIDE GORDON MANSION
                                                            
A giant, open parlor with vaulted ceilings.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn make love on a rug to the song "Please Don't
Tell Me How The Story Ends" by Kris Kristofferson.
                                                            
 
INT. SPRING VALLEY SUBDIVISION - DAY
                                                            
LAS VEGAS 1976
                                                            
Ray, Marlon and Ed stand in front of an empty lot in a
desert subdivision.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Were gonna build in the middle of
this frying pan?
                                                            
                       RAY
They're building in Florida. And
it's hotter than hell down there.
                                                            

55.

                       ED DUVALL
They have the ocean.
                                                            
                       RAY
We have casinos, and besides it's
a dry heat.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
So is a gol damn oven.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Well Ed, shall we become
residential developers too, or
just stick to constructing
casinos?
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Stick to casinos. There will
always be sin in the world.
                                                            
                       RAY
Ain't that the truth.
                                                            
                       MARLON
It is. I would know, I'm it's
biggest partaker.
                                                            
                       RAY
So how long? Ninety days?
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
To build a three bedroom house?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yep.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
I'll get it done in ninety days.
No problem.
                                                            
                       RAY
And by the tenth one? Faster than
that?
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Yes, a hell of a lot faster.
                                                            
                       RAY
Let's do it!
                                                            
 

56.

INT. SILVER STATE BANK - DAY
                                                            
Brian Beck sits in a comfortable chair at a large desk. Ray
and Marlon sit across from Beck.
                                                            
                       BECK
You want one million dollars?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yes. We already have fifty
thousand in equipment. Not to
mention another fifty thousand in
various accounts.
                                                            
                       BECK
I understand that you've grown a
lot as a company, but that's a
large loan.
                                                            
                       RAY
Think about it Beck. When have I
or my Father ever let you down?
We've got two giant contracts
guaranteeing us at least two
hundred thousand profit.
                                                            
                       BECK
So you want this money to invest
out in Spring Valley?
                                                            
                       RAY
Exactly. We're going places. This
is a sure thing.
                                                            
                       BECK
I don't know what I can do for
you. I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Mr. Beck could I visit with you
alone about setting up a personal
account?
                                                            
                       BECK
No problem.
                                                            
                       RAY
Don't mind me, I have to go to the
bathroom anyways.
                                                            
Ray walks out of the office.
                                                            

57.

                       MARLON
Okay Beck. It's just me, cut the
bullshit. How we gonna get the
money?
                                                            
                       BECK
Marlon, I think I can help you
guys. Here's the deal. I have some
money that I need to distribute,
but it's gotta be a guarantee on
investment.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Oh it will be. But out of
curiosity, who's fronting this
cash?
                                                            
                       BECK
Remember the saying curiosity
killed the cat?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Yeah.
                                                            
                       BECK
Well it's literal down here in
Vegas. But with a little local
twist. Curiosity buried the cat in
the desert.
                                                            
                       MARLON
One hundred percent silence from
me! And don't worry about the kid,
I choose his moves.
                                                            
Marlon shakes hands with Beck and walks out of the office.
                                                            
                       BECK
That's the way it should be.
                                                            
PARKING LOT IN FRONT OF THE BANK.
                                                            
Marlon and Ray sit in the Lincoln. Marlon takes a check out
of his pocket and hands it to Ray.
                                                            
                       RAY
What's this?
                                                            
                       MARLON
A million bucks.
                                                            
                       RAY
How the hell?
                                                            

58.

                       MARLON
Old stiffs a damn pushover.
                                                            
                       RAY
You are the man Marlon! You are
the man!
                                                            
 
EXT. MONTAGE - RAY AND CAROLYN SPENDING MONEY - DAY
                                                            
FRONT OF GORDON MANSION.
                                                            
Ray drives up in a brand new 1976 Mercedes.
                                                            
Carolyn walks out of the house in shock.
                                                            
The two passionately kiss.
                                                            
BEVERLY HILLS
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn shopping at expensive stores.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn meet and greet Hollywood Celebrities.
                                                            
ASPEN
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn ski down some slopes.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn make love by a fire in a cabin.
                                                            
NEW YORK
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn check in at the Plaza hotel.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn walk through Central park.
                                                            
PARIS
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn kiss under the Eiffel tower.
                                                            
 
EXT. SPRING VALLEY SUBDIVISION - DAY
                                                            
The subdivision is just starting to be developed. A few
houses are up, while some lots our empty and a few just have
the foundation poured.
                                                            
Terry, shirtless, sweating and covered in mud, digs with a
shovel inside a trench. The trench is eighty feet long, four
feet deep and runs parallel with the homes and the street.
                                                            
Ray drives a brand new truck up to the end of the trench.
Marlon sits in the passenger seat.
                                                            

59.

Terry sees Ray's truck and angrily throws down his shovel.
                                                            
He climbs out of the trench and walks past Rhett and Bud,
who are sitting on a dirt mound dirt. They look exhausted as
two workers aid them in drinking some water.
                                                            
Terry storms up to Ray and Marlon as they step out of the
truck.
                                                            
                       RAY
Terry you don't look so good.
                                                            
                       TERRY
I look a hell of a lot better than
I feel.
                                                            
                       RAY
What's the matter? A little mud
don't bother you does it?
                                                            
Terry delivers a look of total frustration before swinging
at Ray. Ray falls to the ground. Marlon tackles Terry to the
ground.
                                                            
                       MARLON
You little son of a bitch.
                                                            
The two struggle on the ground.
                                                            
                       TERRY
He deserved it.
                                                            
Ray gets up.
                                                            
                       RAY
Let him go Marlon.
                                                            
Marlon stands up and leaves Terry on the ground.
                                                            
                       RAY
Now what the hell is your problem?
                                                            
                       TERRY
I'm exhausted.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I'm starting to think you ain't
right in the head.
                                                            
Terry stands up.
                                                            

60.

                       TERRY
I'm not. This crew has been
working their ass's off. From the
commercial jobs on the strip to
over here. Back and forth. Eight
hours a day at each.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well you're making a lot of money.
I don't hear you complain about
the truck we just bought you.
                                                            
                       TERRY
      (quietly)
It's all about money with you.
                                                            
                       RAY
What'd you say?
                                                            
                       TERRY
I said it's all about money with
you. It always has been dammit.
                                                            
                       RAY
You don't know what the hell
you're talking about.
                                                            
                       TERRY
What good is money if you don't
live to see the day you can spend
it? Of course you wouldn't know
about that. Hell I see Marlon on
the job more than you.
                                                            
                       RAY
You don't have the right to even
hint at something like that.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Ray look around. You don't know
what the hell is going on. We're
digging a trench by hand because
the man who can fix the crawler
won't be in till Monday. We're
working every Saturday and Sunday,
sixteen hours a day not counting
travel time.
                                                            
                       MARLON
So you have some complaints.
                                                            

61.

                       TERRY
Ray, your father in law and Rhett
both passed out three times this
week. Three times dammit.
                                                            
                       RAY
We'll fix it Terry.
                                                            
                       TERRY
You better or I'm not gonna be
around to wait till you do.
                                                            
Terry walks away.
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (to Ray)
Kid you're weak. You let him say
all that shit and then tell him
know how you're gonna appease him.
                                                            
                       RAY
Marlon, I don't need your shit
too. Now tell the boys they get
the day off. Hell give them the
week off.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Are you serious?
                                                            
                       RAY
      (aggressively)
Yeah. Now do it.
                                                            
 
INT. GORDON MANSION - NIGHT
                                                            
Ray lays in the bed watching TV as Carolyn walks out of the
bathroom with a nightgown on.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
      (solemnly)
Honey?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Can I tell you something?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah of course.
                                                            

62.

Ray turns the TV off with the remote as Carolyn crawls into
the bed. Carolyn leans close to Ray and looks into his eyes.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'm pregnant.
                                                            
                       RAY
Really? Are you sure?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Yes.
                                                            
                       RAY
How sure?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Perfectly?
                                                            
Ray gets a giant smile and hugs Carolyn. He then kisses her.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Are you happy?
                                                            
                       RAY
Of course. That's what I've always
wanted.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'm so happy!
                                                            
Carolyn and Ray kiss as she falls into his arms.
                                                            
 
EXT. FREMONT STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
The neon lights of Fremont street lights up the freeway.
"When You're Hot, You're Hot" by Jerry Reed plays.
                                                            
The Mint, The Golden Nugget, The California, The Fremont all
light up and shine.
                                                            
INSIDE THE CALIFORNIA
                                                            
Ray, Terry and Marlon walk through the California. The
casino is Polynesian themed and crowded with people.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Turned out nice, didn't it?
                                                            
                       RAY
Hard to believe we built the son
of a bitch. Or most of it anyways.
                                                            

63.

                       TERRY
Having fun at the Cal. Damn. Sure
is something to take pride in.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What do you both say we play us
some slots?
                                                            
                       RAY
Never was any good with slots.
Could never out smart the machine.
I'll play some black jack.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Good, we'll watch.
                                                            
LATER INSIDE THE CALIFORNIA
                                                            
Ray sits at a black jack table, facing a dealer. Marlon and
Terry stand close watching.
                                                            
                       RAY
Hit me.
                                                            
The dealer draws a card. Ray looks at it and slams it on the
table in annoyance.
                                                            
                       RAY
Shit!
                                                            
                       MARLON
Ray that's four grand you've lost
at this table.
                                                            
                       RAY
What the hell's your point?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Maybe switch tables?
                                                            
                       TERRY
Maybe we should just go. We got to
work tomorrow and it is two a-m.
                                                            
                       RAY
No, I'm doing good. We'll keep
playing. Hell we got lots of
money. Hit me again dealer.
                                                            
Ray takes a drink of beer as the dealer draws a card. Ray
looks at it and immediately displays a face of utter
disappointment.
                                                            

64.

                       RAY
Dammit!
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (to Terry)
I'm not gonna stand by and watch
this shit. I'm going for a walk.
                                                            
                       TERRY
I'll keep an eye on him.
                                                            
LATER - FREMONT STREET
                                                            
Marlon roams around Fremont street, while "Walk on the Wild
side" by Lou Reed plays. He passes drunks, a string of
casinos and partiers.
                                                            
He passes an alley and out of the corner of his eye he
notices a seductive red head. She motions him to walk over
to her with her finger.
                                                            
He reluctantly, with curiosity, walks into the alley. She
pulls him toward her and kisses him firmly. He then takes
control and kisses her.
                                                            
As the two make-out she pulls out a small bag of white
powder. She licks her finger and dips it into the bag.
                                                            
He puts his nose down for a sniff, but she backs off and
motions for some money.
                                                            
He pulls out two hundred dollars. She gladly takes it. He
snorts and then kisses her abruptly.
                                                            
LATER INSIDE CALIFORNIA
                                                            
Marlon walks into the California and sees Ray and Terry
waiting for him.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Where the hell have you been?
                                                            
                       MARLON
I went for a walk. I thought you'd
all be here for awhile.
                                                            
                       RAY
I ran out of cash.
                                                            
                       MARLON
So did I.
                                                            
 

65.

EXT. MONTAGE - 1977 - DAY
                                                            
1977
                                                            
"Rollin with Flow" by Charlie Rich plays.
                                                            
INT - HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
Carolyn holds a newborn baby boy in her lap as she sits on
the bed. Ray sits beside her and holds her hand. The two
smile at each other.
                                                            
EXT - LAS VEGAS - FREMONT STREET - DAY
                                                            
Main Street Station during Construction. Ray, Marlon, Ed and
Terry look up at the large casino and smile.
                                                            
INT - GORDON MANSION - DAY
                                                            
People gather for a birthday party. Mama wears a big party
cone hat. A one year old boy also has a cone hat on as well.
They both sit in front of a banner which reads; "Happy
Birthday Grandma and Ray JR."
                                                            
EXT - SILVER SPRING SUBDIVISION - DAY
                                                            
Ray, Terry, Marlon and Ed stand facing a home with a ribbon
across it.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
That makes one hundred!
                                                            
                       RAY
Damn, that's a lot of homes.
                                                            
                       MARLON
It's just a start.
                                                            
INT - DARK BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
A dark bedroom in sleazy motel. Marlon lays beside a
prostitute who lays on her back on the bed. He snorts some
cocaine that rests on her stomach.
                                                            
 
INT. GORDON MANSION - NIGHT
                                                            
A small party. Around thirty guests fill the Mansion. They
all look younger and wealthy.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn make their rounds talking to people. They
approach VAL and JANE Roberts.
                                                            

66.

Val is a handsome clean cut man in his thirties. Jane is a
beautiful trophy wife in her late twenties.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Ray this is Jane Roberts, she's
our neighbor and has a boy our
son's age. And this is her husband
Val.
                                                            
                       RAY
Carolyn, Val is my Attorney. Known
him for a couple years.
                                                            
Ray and Val shake hands.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
What a small world. It seems we
don't talk enough.
                                                            
                       RAY
Yes, well at least we have a good
excuse.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
And what would that be?
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm earning money and you get to
spend it.
                                                            
                       RAY
Val come out to the porch, we'll
have a cigar. Get caught up.
                                                            
Ray and Val walk out to the back porch.
                                                            
                       JANE
      (to Carolyn)
Don't worry. I never see my
husband either.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Thanks for trying, but that
doesn't solve the problem.
                                                            
                       JANE
Well, just so you know you're not
alone. How long have you been
married now?
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Almost three years, but it flies
when you're all alone.
                                                            

67.

                       JANE
So does five years.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
It seemed like everything was
great and then the second the baby
came, everything got serious.
                                                            
                       JANE
I know exactly how you feel.
Wouldn't trade the kid for
anything, but he sure did change
my world.
                                                            
LATER FRONT PORCH
                                                            
Terry stands on the front porch as he rings the doorbell and
waits. He's wearing notably low class clothes.
                                                            
Ray opens the front door.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Ray, how you doing?
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm entertaining some guests.
What's the problem?
                                                            
                       TERRY
Nothing I just haven't seen you
for a while.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well I'm a little busy.
                                                            
                       TERRY
I can come back.
                                                            
                       RAY
Good. See you then.
                                                            
Ray starts to shut the door when Terry grabs the door,
preventing it from being shut.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Hey, just real quick. I was just
up at the Holiday and I lost a few
hundred.
                                                            
Ray pulls out his wallet and hands Terry two hundred
dollars.
                                                            

68.

                       RAY
Don't go telling people I never
did anything for you.
                                                            
Ray shuts the door.
                                                            
                       TERRY
      (to himself)
Thank you Ray. Affluent asshole
                                                            
LATER - MASTER BEDROOM
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn sit on the bed, getting ready to go to
sleep.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Did Terry stop by tonight?
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
You don't see him much, do you?
                                                            
                       RAY
No. And by the way, thanks for
embarrassing me tonight.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'm sorry that I just wan to see
you more.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well, whatever.
                                                            
Ray shrugs his shoulders, turns out the light and lays down.
                                                            
Carolyn crawls into bed and turns so that she is facing the
wall and not Ray. Silent tears roll down her cheek.
                                                            
 
EXT. STRATOSPHERE CONSTRUCTION SITE - DAY
                                                            
The Stratosphere tower has been framed. The hotel has been
framed as well.
                                                            
Ray and Marlon drive up to the job. Ed and Rodney stand in
front of the building.
                                                            
Ray and Marlon rush up to Ed.
                                                            

69.

                       RAY
What's going on Ed? We came as
quickly as possible.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
It seems that we are not in a
contract with these guys.
                                                            
Rodney stands with his hands on his hips.
                                                            
                       RAY
Rodney what the hell is he saying?
                                                            
                       RODNEY
I'm sorry Ray. I guess you've all
been mistaken. There is no
contract here.
                                                            
                       RAY
The hell there is. Come on Rodney.
We have the same deal on the
Stratosphere that we had on Main
Street Station, The Cal, The MGM.
I mean what the hell are you
pulling on us?
                                                            
                       RODNEY
Like I said, the contract is void.
                                                            
                       MARLON
We cleared our schedule for you.
What the hell do we do now?
                                                            
                       RODNEY
I'm sorry, but that's not my
problem. I would suggest you pull
your men out as soon as possible.
                                                            
Bernie and Marc walk toward the men. They are in suits and
pointing at various workers.
                                                            
                       MARLON
It's them, isn't it?
                                                            
                       RAY
What do you mean?
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (pointing)
Those guys got you to flip Rodney.
Their union bought you out of our
contract. Didn't they?
                                                            

70.

                       BERNIE
What the hell are you trying to
say?
                                                            
                       MARLON
I'm not trying, I'm saying it.
Rodney's been paid. He's dirty
now.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
Who are you calling dirty you
filthy son of a bitch?
                                                            
                       RAY
Come on Marlon. It's not worth it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
It's bullshit.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
You watch it guy. You watch it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
It's hard to watch when you're
getting screwed in the back.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
You pile of shit. You pile of
shit!
                                                            
Bernie attacks Marlon and punches him in the face. Marc
grabs Bernie.
                                                            
                       MARC
Hey, hey. Let's watch it now.
                                                            
Ray helps Marlon up.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
Give me a reason. Give me a
freaking reason.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (to Marlon)
Let's get the hell out of here.
Nothing for us here.
                                                            
Ray and Marlon get in the truck and drive away.
                                                            
INSIDE TRUCK
                                                            

71.

Marlon opens the glove box and pulls out a bag of white
powder. Ray watches him suspiciously. Marlon opens the bag
and starts to snort.
                                                            
                       RAY
What the hell?
                                                            
Ray slams on his break and parks on the side of the road.
                                                            
                       RAY
What are you thinking you son of a
bitch?
                                                            
Marlon gets out of the truck. Ray follows him. He tires to
grab the bag but Marlon fights him off.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Let me go. Leave it alone.
                                                            
                       RAY
What are you thinking you idiot?
                                                            
                       MARLON
I need it.
                                                            
                       RAY
You dumb shit. You got money. You
came from nothing. Look at where
you are. Look at what I've given
you.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Not this. You had nothing to do
with this. I can claim it as my
own. I discovered it.
                                                            
                       RAY
And that's something to be proud
of?
                                                            
                       MARLON
Sometimes I need it. Just to get
square. Everyone needs something.
You got your wife. Terry's into
cards now. I need this. Just a
little.
                                                            
                       RAY
You do that on your own time. That
is if you don't give a shit about
your life.
                                                            

72.

                       MARLON
You could use it Ray. You really
could. I'll leave it in the glove
box for you when I don't use it.
It'll solve your problems too.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm the only one who can solve my
problems. No high will do it for
you. Just cause more.
                                                            
 
INT. BAPTIST CHURCH - LAS VEGAS - DAY
                                                            
LAS VEGAS 1979
                                                            
A large church in Vegas. Around four hundred people are
dressed in black and mourning for a funeral. A casket sits
in front of the podium. Ray approaches the podium in a black
suit.
                                                            
                       RAY
Seven years ago, we laid my father
to rest. I thought it was too
soon. Now we're burying my mother
and I still think it's too soon.
She loved her grandson more than
anything in the world. She was
such a strong woman. The strongest
I've ever known.
                                                            
 
INT. GARAGE OF GORDON MANSION - DAY
                                                            
Ray sits in his truck with a bottle of whiskey. Still in his
suit, his tie is pulled down, his shirt isn't tucked in
anymore.
                                                            
Tears roll down his cheeks. He begins to weep and pauses to
take a gulp of whiskey. He rubs his face and looks in the
rear view mirror.
                                                            
Again he begins to weep, covers his eyes and then takes
another swallow of whiskey. He reaches over and opens the
glove box. He sees the bag and closes the glove box.
                                                            
He rubs his face again, still weeping. He pauses and then
quickly opens the glove box, takes a snort of cocaine and
the tears disperse.
                                                            
 

73.

INT. ROGERS TRAILER - DAY
                                                            
Bud sits out on the porch drinking a beer. Rhett and Terry
sit beside him also each drinking a beer.
                                                            
Ray and Carolyn drive up in their Cadillac with Charlie in
the back seat. They get out of the car and walk up to the
house. Carolyn carries a plate of food in her arm.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Welcome to the poor side of town.
                                                            
                       RAY
Don't start with me Terry.
                                                            
                       BUD
There's my grandson!
                                                            
Charlie runs up to Bud and gives him a hug.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I'm going to set this stuff in the
kitchen. Ray why don't you help
me?
                                                            
                       RAY
Will do.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Ray, Bud, Terry and Rhett sit on the front porch drinking
beer.
                                                            
                       RHETT
I'm just grateful to have a day
off.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Yeah those come rare now days.
                                                            
                       BUD
I'm grateful for a job.
                                                            
                       RAY
Thank you Bud, means a lot.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Bud if you were my Father in law,
I would of bought you a house
years ago.
                                                            

74.

                       RAY
Terry? What the hell's the matter
with you?
                                                            
                       TERRY
I don't like the fact that you
think you're better than us.
                                                            
                       RAY
I never said that.
                                                            
                       TERRY
Thinking it's worse.
                                                            
                       BUD
Terry calm down. Ray offered to
buy me a house but I turned him
down.
                                                            
                       TERRY
You don't have to lie for him Bud.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Terry I wouldn't push any more.
                                                            
                       TERRY
He's got you fooled too, huh?
                                                            
                       RAY
Terry enough of this shit. If I
didn't give you a damn job, you'd
still be in Boulder City making
five bucks an hour. Maybe you just
were never meant to handle
success.
                                                            
                       TERRY
You're the disappointment you son
of a bitch. Your Father wasn't
half as arrogant as you. Now I
wonder if these boys know, or your
wife for that matter, how much
you've lost at black jack.
                                                            
                       RAY
You're drunk. Now shut the hell
up.
                                                            
                       TERRY
I bet they'd also like to know
what you and Marlon do all day?
Probably always on Fremont street
getting high.
                                                            

75.

Ray punches Terry in the face, causing him to fall to the
ground.
                                                            
                       BUD
You didn't have to go and do that
Ray.
                                                            
                       RAY
Sometimes people just don't get
the message. Terry, you're fired.
                                                            
Terry stumbles away from the yard. Ray walks into the
trailer.
                                                            
                       RHETT
Well looks like all this money
causes more problems than we
thought.
                                                            
                       BUD
Don't surprise me. It all has to
end some time. In the grave or
above the ground, but you can't
loose it, till you get it.
                                                            
                       RHETT
And it's a hell of a hard time
hanging onto it.
                                                            
                       BUD
Damn right.
                                                            
 
EXT. SPRING VALLEY SUBDIVISION - DAY
                                                            
A lot of homes are under construction. Ed stands in front of
one as Ray and Marlon approach him from a parked truck.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Ray we got a problem.
                                                            
                       RAY
Don't give me shit for firing
Terry. I've heard enough.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
No that might of helped us.
Problem is we couldn't afford him.
Hell we can't afford anyone now.
                                                            

76.

                       RAY
What do you mean? We're the
biggest construction company in
Clark County.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Were. Not anymore. Not since the
mob took our contracts out from
under us.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Sons of bitches.
                                                            
                       RAY
We're making a killing on these
houses.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
We don't have any capital. And
nobody's buying anymore. Atlantic
City legalized gambling and now
we're going broke. The airlines
pulling out to. All we have is
empty houses that won't sell.
                                                            
                       RAY
They'll sell someday.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
We don't have someday. We need
money now.
                                                            
                       RAY
What are you saying?
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
I'm saying you're about to go
broke. Dead broke.
                                                            
                       RAY
Fix it.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
I can't just snap my fingers.
                                                            
                       RAY
Do something dammit. We're going
to the bank.
                                                            
Ray and Marlon hurry toward the truck while Ed shakes his
head.
                                                            
 

77.

INT. SILVER STATE BANK - DAY
                                                            
Beck sits in his office as Ray and Marlon storm into the
room.
                                                            
                       BECK
Ray? What the hell's going on?
                                                            
                       RAY
I need an advance and fast.
                                                            
                       BECK
Well, that could take a while.
                                                            
                       RAY
Why? I've got the best damn credit
in this town.
                                                            
                       BECK
You do Ray, but in this financial
climate, credit doesn't mean shit.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Well what are we supposed to do?
                                                            
                       BECK
How much you need?
                                                            
                       RAY
A hundred grand should last us
ninety days or so. Just till we
get some things figured out.
                                                            
                       BECK
Absolutely no way. Just not
possible.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What the hell do you mean? This is
a bank ain't it?
                                                            
                       BECK
I can do twenty five grand. But
that's pushing it.
                                                            
                       RAY
We'll take what we can get.
                                                            
 
INT. GORDON MANSION - DAY
                                                            
Ray walks into the Mansion. Carolyn makes dinner while
Charlie watches some cartoons.
                                                            

78.

                       RAY
Carolyn, I'm home.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
      (loudly)
I'm in the kitchen.
                                                            
Ray walks in the kitchen.
                                                            
                       RAY
We got a problem.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
      (worried)
What's the matter?
                                                            
                       RAY
We can't spend very much money for
a while. Just till I figure some
things out.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Okay that's fine. I guess we
should cancel the trip to Hawaii
next month.
                                                            
                       RAY
I knew you'd throw a fit.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
No, I'm not upset. I'm just making
a suggestion.
                                                            
                       RAY
Don't give me that shit. Your mad.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
No, I'm a little worried now. But
it's just money.
                                                            
                       RAY
This fake side of you sure gets on
my nerves.
                                                            
Carolyn fights the tears back.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Where in the hell is this coming
from?
                                                            
                       RAY
I can see through it Carolyn.
You've been rubbing elbows with
important people and living in
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79.

                       RAY (cont'd)
this mansion. You're afraid your
gonna loose it all. That maybe all
I've given you will go away. That
you'll have to go back to where I
found you.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
And you know what you've become
Ray? An asshole.
                                                            
                       RAY
And you're a spoiled brat. But I'm
the one to blame for that.
                                                            
Carolyn throws a wooden spoon full of sauce at him.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Leave my house.
                                                            
                       RAY
The hell with you.
                                                            
Ray storms out of the kitchen and out the front door,
slamming it hard behind him. He then gets in his Corvette
and speeds off.
                                                            
 
EXT. SUBDIVISION - SPRING VALLEY - DAY
                                                            
A Construction trailer sits in the middle of the half built
subdivision. The trailer has been converted to Marlon's
living quarters.
                                                            
Inside the trailer, a couch has a rolled up blanket and a
pillow. Some dirty dishes on the floor and a desk with
chairs.
                                                            
Marlon sits on the couch as Ray speeds up in his Corvette.
                                                            
The phone rings and Marlon answers it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
This is Gordon Construction. What
can I do for you?
                                                            
                       BECK (V.O)
This is Beck, Brian Beck. The
Banker. Is Ray there?
                                                            
Ray jumps out of the car and rushes into the trailer.
                                                            

80.

                       MARLON
Yeah he just got here.
                                                            
Marlon hands Ray the phone.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Here Ray, it's Beck.
                                                            
                       RAY
This is Ray. Did you get my money?
                                                            
                       BECK (V.O)
Well there's been a problem.
                                                            
                       RAY
What the hell? Did you get the
money?
                                                            
                       BECK (V.O)
No Ray, I can't. The IRS has a tag
on it. Your accounts are frozen
and your credit has been shut off.
I have a guy, we're gonna look
this over in the morning. Don't
worry about it too much.
                                                            
Ray throws the phone across the room.
                                                            
                       RAY
I've got one question Marlon?
                                                            
                       MARLON
What?
                                                            
                       RAY
Where do you get the coke?
                                                            
                       MARLON
You got cash?
                                                            
                       RAY
Damn right I do.
                                                            
                       MARLON
You driving? Or me?
                                                            
 
EXT. DESERT OUTSIDE OF LAS VEGAS - NIGHT
                                                            
Ray drives his 1979 Chevy Corvette down a long empty desert
road. The song "Spirit in the Sky" by Norman Greenbaum,
blasts through the radio.
                                                            

81.

Marlon sits in the passenger seat. They both have whiskey
bottles between their legs. They drink whiskey and snort
coke.
                                                            
Ray speeds faster and faster. The motor sounds wild and loud
like the beast it is. The tires flow perfectly as they pass
cars at extremely high speeds.
                                                            
Ray sees the Corvette's speedometer read 110 mph. He takes a
swig of whiskey, a snort of coke and glances at the
speedometer again. This time it clocks in at 127 mph.
                                                            
Ray then sees flashing red and blue lights in his rear view
mirror.
                                                            
                       RAY
Shit. Shit. Dammit.
                                                            
Marlon turns his head and sees the cop.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Don't know how we're gonna get out
of this one brother.
                                                            
Ray slows down and pulls over to the side of the road.
                                                            
                       RAY
Reach in the glove box Marlon.
                                                            
A highway patrolman on a motorcycle pulls up behind Ray's
Corvette.
                                                            
Marlon opens the glove box, revealing a pistol and an
envelope. He stares at it with wide eyes for a few seconds.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I ain't going there Ray. That's
too deep even for me.
                                                            
                       RAY
I want the envelope you dumb shit.
                                                            
Marlon hands the envelope to Ray.
                                                            
The Highway Patrolman reaches the car and taps on the
window. Ray rolls down the window.
                                                            
                       RAY
Officer?
                                                            
                       HIGHWAY PATROLMAN
Do you know how fast you were
going?
                                                            

82.

                       RAY
At least 120.
                                                            
                       HIGHWAY PATROLMAN
I could tow this car and lock you
up for years, kid.
                                                            
Ray opens the envelope revealing several hundred dollar
bills.
                                                            
                       RAY
Need I say more?
                                                            
                       HIGHWAY PATROLMAN
Is there cocaine in this car?
                                                            
                       RAY
Officer I can't lie. There's some
in the car and some up our noses.
                                                            
                       HIGHWAY PATROLMAN
I'll need to take that in for
evidence along with the cash.
                                                            
                       RAY
You got it.
                                                            
Ray hands the envelope and a bag full of cocaine to the
officer.
                                                            
                       HIGHWAY PATROLMAN
Drive careful. This is a family
highway.
                                                            
                       RAY
You got it.
                                                            
Ray drives away.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I hate cops.
                                                            
                       RAY
I love em.
                                                            
 
INT. TRAILER AT SILVER SPRING SUBDIVISION. - DAY
                                                            
Ray sits on the couch barely awake. Val sits across from him
in a chair. Marlon leans up against the desk.
                                                            
                       RAY
So what do we know?
                                                            

83.

                       VAL
Well it appears that you're being
audited. If there are any
improprieties, you're gonna have
the Feds on your ass.
                                                            
                       RAY
What could of caused this?
                                                            
                       VAL
There's no telling. You could have
pissed off the wrong person and
now you have a target on your
head. It could be because of your
casino construction, there's mob
ties there.
                                                            
                       MARLON
We weren't involved with the mob.
That's why our business is
slipping.
                                                            
                       RAY
Well Val, what's your advice?
                                                            
                       VAL
Deal with any issues presented.
Start selling assets. You'll most
likely end up paying out of
pocket. And you'll need money to
come in. Put your company in the
closet. Hold off on any
investments or contracts for at
least a few months.
                                                            
                       RAY
So what you're saying is that our
life is over?
                                                            
                       VAL
As you knew it before, yes. But
that doesn't mean it can't come
back. It doesn't mean you can't
come back.
                                                            
                       RAY
We'll see how it goes. Thanks for
coming all the way out here.
                                                            
                       VAL
No problem. I'll call you as soon
as I get anything else.
                                                            

84.

Val exits the trailer.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What now?
                                                            
                       RAY
Well it isn't gonna be good. We
gotta lay some people off. Damn.
                                                            
                       MARLON
You going home?
                                                            
                       RAY
I don't know.
                                                            
                       MARLON
You need to talk to her.
                                                            
                       RAY
Yeah.
                                                            
 
INT. GORDON MANSION - DAY
                                                            
Ray drives his car up to the Mansion, he gets out and walks
to door. He rings the doorbell. The door opens revealing
Carolyn.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
      (irritated)
What can I do for you?
                                                            
                       RAY
I've never rang the doorbell
before. It felt kind of strange.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Are you trying to say something?
Or are you just making small talk?
                                                            
                       RAY
Carolyn my mother passed away. My
business is completely falling
apart. Terry and I will probably
never speak to each other again.
My life is crumbling before me.
Give me a chance.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
A chance for what?
                                                            

85.

                       RAY
To treat you right. To treat you
the way I promised I would. I have
nothing left, but I have the
desire the need, the hunger to
never let you go.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
Ray, you've changed. I don't know
if it's the money or the power.
Maybe too much pressure. The old
you, I would welcome. But I just
don't know about you anymore.
                                                            
                       RAY
Carolyn. I love you. That will
never change, old me or not. Let
me back in. Let's save what really
matters.
                                                            
                       CAROLYN
I need you too Ray. But I need you
to fight for us, not just you.
                                                            
                       RAY
You got it. We'll do this
together. We'll make it together.
                                                            
Carolyn hugs Ray. The two kiss.
                                                            
                       RAY
I'm sorry.
                                                            
Ray walks in the house and sees Charlie.
                                                            
                       RAY
Come here buddy.
                                                            
Ray hugs Charlie and carries him into the living room.
                                                            
 
EXT. SPRING VALLEY SUBDIVISION - DAY
                                                            
Around thirty construction workers stand facing Ray and
Marlon. Rhett and Bud stand among the thirty. JERRY, an
older man in his fifties with blond hair and a mustache,
also stands among the workers.
                                                            
                       RAY
I need to say something to all of
you. It's not something I'm
looking forward to saying. We're
downsizing, a lot. Hopefully it's
just temporary. If you need
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86.

                       RAY (cont'd)
anything, just ask. A reference, a
meal or just a friend to talk to.
                                                            
                       JERRY
So now you want to be our friend.
Now that you've gone and fired us.
                                                            
                       RAY
Jerry, you've been with us for
almost ten years. I've considered
you a friend for along time. I
hope you see me that way.
                                                            
                       JERRY
You mean we're friends the way you
and Terry were friends.
                                                            
                       RAY
That doesn't have anything to do
with this. If I ever have enough
work. I'll hire you all back.
There's nothing I want more.
                                                            
                       JERRY
I knew it was all going to hell
the second you fired him.
                                                            
                       RAY
If that's the way you wanna see
it, then I guess that's the way
you will see it.
                                                            
                       JERRY
Nope, that's the way it is.
                                                            
                       RAY
      (to Marlon)
The hell with him. I tried.
                                                            
Ray kicks some dirt and walks away.
                                                            
All the construction workers walk away. Ed approaches
Marlon.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
      (to Marlon)
So that's it?
                                                            

87.

                       MARLON
Yeah Ed. We got some small
projects in the works. You, Rhett
and Bud are all on the short list.
We'll keep you busy.
                                                            
                       ED DUVALL
Back to remodels. It was fun being
on top while it lasted.
                                                            
 
INT. GORDON MANSION/ EXT TRAILER AT SPRING VALLEY - NIGHT
                                                            
INSIDE GORDON MANSION
                                                            
Ray snuggles with Carolyn on the couch as they watch the
movie Rio Bravo on their television. She sleeps as he runs
his fingers through her head. "Degeullo" plays as he drinks
some milk.
                                                            
EXT TRAILER AT SPRING VALLEY
                                                            
The song continues to play as Marlon walks out of the
trailer holding a beer. He climbs down a couple steps while
off balance.
                                                            
He tosses the beer aside. He stumbles around the corner of
the trailer.
                                                            
He unzips his pants and prepares to pee.
                                                            
He sees the shadow of a man holding a gun. He quickly turns
around and decks the man in the face. The two struggle.
                                                            
They both hold the gun. They twist each others arms and
hands. The gun is pointed at the mans stomach.
                                                            
The pistol fires. The man falls backwards into a pit. Marlon
stares at the man. He looks closer and notices it is Marc.
                                                            
INSIDE GORDON MANSION
                                                            
The phone suddenly rings. Carolyn wakes up as Ray answers
it.
                                                            
                       RAY
Hello?
Okay?
I'll be there in five minutes.
                                                            
Ray hangs up the phone.
                                                            

88.

                       CAROLYN
What is it?
                                                            
                       RAY
Marlon's having car trouble. I'll
be back soon.
                                                            
Ray rushes out the door.
                                                            
EXT OF SPRING VALLEY TRAILER
                                                            
Marlon and Ray stand next to the pit, starring at Marc's
body.
                                                            
                       RAY
Did anybody hear it?
                                                            
                       MARLON
No?
                                                            
                       RAY
It was self defense?
                                                            
                       MARLON
I'd swear on your mother's grave.
                                                            
                       RAY
Bury him. We can't afford this
shit right now. Besides, he's mob.
No one will miss him anyways.
                                                            
Ray starts to walk away.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Don't you want to know why?
                                                            
                       RAY
We have no money left Marlon. Of
course the dealer was gonna come
after the addict. They're always
too concerned about the R-O-I.
                                                            
                       MARLON
      (to himself)
Return on investment. This is one
investment that won't be returning
for spaghetti night.
                                                            
 
INT. TRAILER SPRING VALLEY - DAY
                                                            

89.

1980 LAS VEGAS
                                                            
Ray and Marlon sit on the couch while Ed sits in one of the
chairs.
                                                            
Suddenly the door viciously swings open. FBI and IRS agents
rush into the trailer. One of them searches Marlon and
handcuffs him.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What the hell?
                                                            
                       FBI AGENT
You're being arrested for Tax
Evasion, embezzlement and money
laundering.
                                                            
                       RAY
Marlon, don't say a thing. I'll
get you a lawyer. This will all be
settled.
                                                            
The agents escort Marlon out of the trailer.
                                                            
 
INT. INTERROGATION ROOM CLARK COUNTY COURTHOUSE - DAY
                                                            
A small dark room with a steel table and three steel chairs.
Ray and Val sit facing Marlon, who is in a prison jump suit.
                                                            
                       VAL
The prosecutor says that they have
all they need to send you away for
good. But I can beat them.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I don't understand what the big
idea is. Ray paid me in cash
sometimes and I gambled some of it
away among other things.
                                                            
                       VAL
It's the among other things, they
have a problem with. All that cash
was traced back to the mob. Marlon
you've had lots of dealings with
the mob.
                                                            
                       MARLON
I've had a few. But they were the
providers, go after them.
                                                            

90.

                       RAY
That's what I don't understand.
Spilotro goes free and Marlon gets
the book thrown at him.
                                                            
                       VAL
He has a good attorney.
                                                            
                       MARLON
Lefty too? He got off completely.
                                                            
                       VAL
He had a better one.
                                                            
                       RAY
So what caused this? Why go after
us.
                                                            
                       VAL
They probably wanna send a message
to the others. Also the
prosecutor's Father belongs to a
union. You guys were independent.
There's no doubt he has a grudge.
                                                            
                       MARLON
That pisses me off.
                                                            
                       RAY
Son of a bitch.
                                                            
                       VAL
The best thing we can do is get a
settlement. You may serve a few
years. But that's it.
                                                            
                       MARLON
What's worse than that?
                                                            
                       VAL
In this town? A bullet or maybe a
car explosion.
                                                            
 
INT. CLARK COUNTY COURTHOUSE - DAY
                                                            
The large courtroom is full of people. Val sits next to
Marlon at the defendant's table. Ray and Carolyn sit behind
Marlon and Ray. The prosecution eagerly awaits the verdict.
                                                            
The JUDGE, in his seat, is an older man. In his late
sixties, white and angry looking.
                                                            

91.