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The Last Sand Granules
by Rick McCormick (rickmick_99@yahoo.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review:
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When his dying mother pleads with him to change his ways so they can meet in the afterlife in Heaven, a man in prison for murder struggles with his faith because he believes he is already beyond redemption.


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FADE IN:

INT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: NEWPORT BEACH, CALIFORNIA, 1965
                                                            
A giant hourglass rests on a coffee table. A crucifix and a
religious poster entitled "Footprints In The Sand" are on
the family room wall.
                                                            
BRIAN MCCLEAN (8), clean cut, unsure, sensitive, reserved,
sits on a sofa frozen in time. A dozen wilting floral
arrangements surround him.
                                                            
Brian stares past the hourglass at the front door. A lone
tear exits his red eye.
                                                            
MARY MCCLEAN (35), diligent, old-fashioned, reassuring,
well-intentioned, catches her son out of the corner of her
eye. She makes the sign of the cross, wipes away a tear,
and gathers herself. She sits down next to Brian.
                                                            
                       MARY
He's never coming through that
door again.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I know. I was just hoping.
                                                            
She gives him a tight hug.
                                                            
                       MARY
C'mon, I'll make you a big
breakfast.
                                                            
Mary heads to the kitchen.
                                                            
Brian picks up the hourglass and gazes closely at the sand.
The sand runs out. He turns the hourglass over and places
it back on the table. He watches the sand fall.
                                                            
KITCHEN
                                                            
The blinding sunlight blasts through a window onto a wooden
crucifix, a prayer entitled "AN OLD IRISH BLESSING", and a
motto entitled "The Broken Chain."
                                                            
Plates of steaming eggs, bacon, and sausage are before Brian
and Mary as they say grace.
                                                            

2.

                       MARY
...ever this day be at our side to
light, to guard, to rule and
guide. Amen.
                                                            
Brian looks at a family portrait which includes his father
in decorated military fatigues.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
And please take care of Dad in
Heaven.
                                                            
 
EXT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
The sun glistens off the ranch-style home with neatly
manicured landscape. Brian receives a long hug from his mom
on the front porch.
                                                            
                       MARY
Have a nice day at school, son.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Thanks, Mom.
                                                            
She watches Brian bounce down the front steps and onto the
sidewalk in his salt and pepper corduroy pants and white
dress shirt.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
A homeless border collie begs for food. Brian removes his
backpack and pulls out his lunch box. He tears a piece of
lunch meat from his sandwich and feeds the dog. He pets the
dog and continues on.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Brian tries to scurry unnoticed past the public schoolkids
waiting for the school bus.
                                                            
Four of the schoolkids, MORGAN EHLERS (12), smart,
analytical, leader, JOHN ANTON (12), even-tempered,
coherent, BILL NEWCOMB (11), cool-headed, confident, and
OLIVER (OLLIE) GRUNDY (11), scrawny, nervous, cowardly,
block his path.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
It's the Our Lady Queen of Angels
kid.
                                                            

3.

                       BILL
Hi, Queenie.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Same clothes, different day.
                                                            
Bill takes Brian's backpack and tosses it to Morgan who
tosses it to John. The game of keep away goes on until
Brian finally intercepts his backpack and runs off.
                                                            
                       JOHN
See you tomorrow, Mean Queen!
                                                            
They laugh.
                                                            
 
INT. CATHOLIC SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Brian and several students listen to SISTER FRANCIS
BERNADETTE (28), stern, teach religion. The Ten Commandments
are listed on the chalkboard.
                                                            
                       SISTER FRANCIS BERNADETTE
The next commandment is Thou Shall
Not Kill. Someone who kills
another is like killing the Lord,
because the Lord is inside every
one of us.
                                                            
Brian nods in agreement.
                                                            
                       SISTER FRANCIS BERNADETTE
There's a camera filming each of
you throughout your life. At the
end of your life, you'll watch
your life's film with God. He'll
then decide if you make it to
Heaven, or not.
                                                            
 
INT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - NIGHT
                                                            
Steaming plates of chicken and corn on-the-cob are on the
table. Mary and Brian fold their hands and close their eyes.
                                                            
                       MARY
Bless us 'O Lord and these our
gifts which we are about to
receive from thy bounty through
Christ our Lord, amen.
                                                            
Brian reaches for an ear of corn.
                                                            

4.

                       MARY
Angel of God...
                                                            
Brian folds his hands again, peeks through one eye at his
mother, and closes the eyelid.
                                                            
                       MARY (O.S.)
...our guardian dear to whom his
love commits us here, ever this
night be at our side to light, to
guard, to rule and guide, amen.
                                                            
Mary watches Brian fidget with the skin on his chicken as
she butters her corn on-the-cob.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why are public schoolkids so mean?
                                                            
                       MARY
Maybe they haven't learned about
God, yet.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Can't they go to a Catholic
school?
                                                            
                       MARY
It's not that easy. Catholic
schools are expensive and people
have different beliefs.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Will they go to hell if they don't
believe in God?
                                                            
                       MARY
Only if they do something bad.
Even then they could still change.
                                                            
Brian looks at the family picture on the wall.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Did Dad kill people?
                                                            
                       MARY
Well--
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Sister Francis Bernadette says if
people kill, they can't go to
Heaven.
                                                            

5.

                       MARY
Well, I'm sure he prayed for
forgiveness. God is forgiving, no
matter how bad our sins.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Do you really think he's in
Heaven?
                                                            
                       MARY
I do. And we'll both be there
with him someday.
                                                            
Brian digs in to the chicken.
                                                            
BRIAN'S BEDROOM
                                                            
Mary helps Brian do his homework.
                                                            
Brian lies in bed as Mary stands nearby. A wooden crucifix
hangs on the wall. On the nightstand is a framed photo of
his father. Brian reads from a worn memorial card.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You left us peaceful memories,
your love is still our guide,
and though we cannot see you,
you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one
the chain will link again.
                                                            
Brian tucks the card into the picture frame.
                                                            
                       MARY
Say your prayers.
                                                            
Mary kisses Brian on the forehead, turns off the light, and
exits.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Lord, please let my Dad be in
Heaven.
                                                            
 
EXT. BEACH - DAY
                                                            
A ROLLER SKATER(25), hippie, skates past Brian and Mary
holding a sign which reads: JOHN 3:16.
                                                            

6.

                       ROLLER SKATER
Jesus Christ is your savior!
                                                            
MONTAGE - MARY AND BRIAN AT THE BEACH
                                                            
-- Mary and Brian build sandcastles.

-- Mary buries Brian up to his neck in sand.

-- Mary and Brian fly a kite.

-- Mary teaches Brian how to body surf.

-- Mary teaches Brian how to swing a baseball bat.
                                                            
Brian and Mary play catch with a football. Mary gets
distracted. The football hits Mary in the stomach. She
doubles over in pain. Brian races over to her.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Are you okay?
                                                            
                       MARY
I don't know.
                                                            
She sits on the sand. Brian holds her.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Mary and Brian towel sand off their feet. They shake sand
from their beach towels.
                                                            
 
INT. CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
Brian and Mary sing in the cavernous church.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (singing)
Shepherd me oh God, beyond my
wants, beyond my fears, from death
into life.
                                                            
Brian sees Ollie with his family. Brian looks up at the
giant crucifix behind the altar.
                                                            
Mary touches her stomach. She grimaces.
                                                            
 

7.

INT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Mary uses a towel to dry the dishes. She grabs her
abdominal area and grimaces. She lifts her shirt to show a
baseball size bruise.
                                                            
 
INT. DOCTOR SIZEMORE'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
DOCTOR SIZEMORE (60), diligent, serious, examines Mary's
bruised stomach.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR SIZEMORE
When did this happen?
                                                            
                       MARY
About a week ago.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR SIZEMORE
We better run some tests.
                                                            
ONE WEEK LATER
                                                            
Mary and Doctor Sizemore look at X-rays on a lighted X-ray
board.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR SIZEMORE
I'm afraid it's not what we hoped
for. You have a tumor in a very
tricky spot.
                                                            
Doctor Sizemore points at an X-ray.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR SIZEMORE
I don't know if we'll be able to
surgically remove it.
                                                            
                       MARY
Oh, no.
                                                            
                       DOCTOR SIZEMORE
If we can't remove it, we'll hit
it hard with chemotherapy.
                                                            
 
EXT. CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
A school bell SOUNDS. Hundreds of joyful children in school
uniforms spill out from their classrooms. Brian rides his
bike next door to the church.
                                                            
 

8.

INT. CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
Brian kneels in the front pew of the empty church. He makes
the sign of the cross and looks up at the giant crucifix
behind the altar.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Lord, please make my mom better.
                                                            
SUPER: SIX YEARS LATER
                                                            
Brian (14), prays in the same front pew as he looks up at
the giant crucifix.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why aren't you making her better?
                                                            
 
INT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
There are several bills on the kitchen table. Brian sees
Mary (41), fight back tears as she looks at an Our Lady
Queen of Angels tuition bill stamped "PAST DUE."
                                                            
                       MARY
You'll have to go to the public
school.
                                                            
Brian is petrified.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Will I still be able to go to
Heaven if I go to the public
school?
                                                            
                       MARY
Sure. You can go to CCD classes.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Brian marches to school in casual clothes and carrying a
backpack. He spots Bill.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Please help me, Lord.
                                                            
                       BILL
Where's your uniform, Queenie?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Don't need it.
                                                            

9.

Bill catches up to Brian.
                                                            
                       BILL
You're going to the public school?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yup.
                                                            
Bill sees Morgan.
                                                            
                       BILL
Morgan! Look who's going to our
school!
                                                            
Morgan strolls over.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Father O'Brian! Didn't know you
had any other clothes.
                                                            
Bill mouths something to Morgan. The two sandwich Brian
with hard shoulders to his body. Brian grimaces.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
You know anyone else who goes to
our school?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Nope.
                                                            
Morgan mouths the signal to Bill. They smash hard off Brian
again. Brian fights through the pain.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Think you're good enough to join
us?
                                                            
                       BILL
What do we need him for?
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Shut up, Bill. Let's see what
he's got.
                                                            
Brian sees Morgan mouth the signal to Bill. Brian stops
abruptly. Morgan and Bill crash into each other.
                                                            
 
INT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian and Mary eat.
                                                            

10.

                       MARY
What time's CCD class?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Seven.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Brian hustles toward the door with his Bible.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Bye, Mom!
                                                            
                       MARY (O.S.)
Bye!
                                                            
Brian pulls a rosary from his pocket and sets it on the
coffee table. The giant hourglass is nearly full. He exits.
                                                            
 
EXT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian hides his Bible on the front porch. He dashes down
the front steps.
                                                            
 
INT. MORGAN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Bill, Morgan, John, and Ollie crumple newspapers into balls
and toss them at Brian. Brian stuffs the newspaper balls
into a shirt and pants laying on the bed.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Pack 'em tight.
                                                            
Morgan secures a wig onto a Styrofoam head. He positions
the head so that it sticks out of the top of the shirt.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, John, Bill, and Ollie ride bikes. The dummy
rides on the back of Brian's bike. Brian glances nervously
over at the church as they pass.
                                                            
The five arrive at the bottom of a hill.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Face down in the gutter.
                                                            
Brian sets the dummy face down in the gutter. John lays a
bike next to it. A car's headlights beam around a corner.
                                                            

11.

                       BILL
Spin it!
                                                            
Brian spins a bike tire. The five run for cover in nearby
bushes.
                                                            
The car SCREECHES to a halt. MAN (40), and WOMAN (40), jump
out.
                                                            
                       MAN
Get back in the car!
                                                            
                       WOMAN
I used to be a nurse!
                                                            
Man quickly approaches the dummy. The five cover their
mouths to keep from laughing.
                                                            
                       MAN
Are you okay? I think we're too
late.
                                                            
Man nudges the dummy. The head rolls off. Man SCREAMS,
jumps in the car, and BURNS rubber. The five LAUGH.
                                                            
 
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian throws a rope end down a building. He climbs down
from the building. He ties the rope to a doorknob. He runs
to the others who lie on their stomachs in a field.
                                                            
Keys JINGLE. A CUSTODIAN walks around the building and sees
the rope attached to the doorknob. The custodian looks up,
tugs on the rope, and yanks hard. A bucket of water
cascades down on him.
                                                            
The custodian slams the bucket down. The five LAUGH.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - NIGHT
                                                            
Morgan hands Brian a roll of wide masking tape. He hides in
nearby bushes with John, Bill, and Ollie.
                                                            
Brian tapes one end of the masking tape to the street sticky
side up. He unrolls the tape across the street and tapes
the end down. He sprints to the others.
                                                            
The five look both ways down the street.
                                                            
                       BILL
Uh, oh.
                                                            

12.

                       JOHN
Oh, no.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Shoot.
                                                            
The five try to contain their SNICKERS.
                                                            
A police car runs over the tape which sticks to the tires
and makes a flat tire KA POO KA POO sound. The police car
stops. The OFFICER gets out and sees the tape wound around
his tires. The five take off LAUGHING.
                                                            
 
INT. SUPERMARKET - DAY
                                                            
Bill and Ollie act as lookouts at each end of the cookie
aisle. Brian trembles between Morgan and John. Brian
checks side to side like a windshield wiper for customers.
Bill signals to hurry up.
                                                            
Brian loosens his belt and carefully places a bag of Oreos
down his pants. Morgan and John grab more bags and shove
them down Brian's pants and into his jacket.
                                                            
Brian waddles out like a bloated astronaut with the others.
                                                            
SUPER: THIRTEEN YEARS LATER
                                                            
Brian (27), sports a couple tattoos, earrings, and long
hair. He sits at a desk across from SUPERMARKET MANAGER
(40).
                                                            
                       SUPERMARKET MANAGER
We need someone who shows up once
in a while, Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I had to take care of my mom.
                                                            
                       SUPERMARKET MANAGER
That's not my problem.
                                                            
 
INT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Brian enters with the mail. The house is unkempt. The worn
furniture should have been replaced years ago.
                                                            
The mail is on the coffee table next to the hourglass which
is about two-thirds filled. Brian scans through the
envelopes which are mostly stamped "BILL ENCLOSED" and
"FINAL NOTICE." He hears COUGHING.
                                                            

13.

MARY'S BEDROOM
                                                            
A frail Mary lies in bed. She has lost a lot of weight.
                                                            
                       MARY
Have you been to church?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No.
                                                            
                       MARY
You wanna go to Heaven? Where
have you been?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Running errands.
                                                            
                       MARY
I need my prescriptions filled.
                                                            
Brian leaves.
                                                            
                       MARY
And you better go to church!
                                                            
HALLWAY
                                                            
Brian rears back to punch the wall, but stops himself.
                                                            
IN THE KITCHEN
                                                            
Brian has bills spread out on the table and a telephone to
his ear.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
She needs it for her chemo. She
could die if she doesn't get it!
                                                            
He SLAMS the phone down.
                                                            
 
INT. PHARMACY - DAY
                                                            
The cashier rings up several prescriptions. Brian winces
when he sees the total on the register.
                                                            
 
EXT. CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
Brian passes the church without looking at it. Ollie exits
the church. He spots Brian.
                                                            

14.

                       OLLIE
Brian!
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hey, Ollie. How's it going? You
still hanging with Morgan, Bill,
and John?
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I live with them...and kind of
work with them.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You do? Doing what?
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I can't really...come over and
I'll let them tell you.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Come on, Ollie.
                                                            
Ollie moves in close to Brian.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
You can't tell anyone.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I won't.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
We kind of relieve banks of paper.
                                                            
Ollie sees that Brian doesn't understand.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Green paper.
                                                            
Brian still doesn't get it.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
With dead Presidents.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No way! You're kidding?
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I wish I were. Don't tell anyone.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I won't.
                                                            

15.

                       OLLIE
How's it with you?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm between jobs.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Maybe Morgan will let you in on
some jobs.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Are you crazy? I can't do that.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Why not?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I gotta look after my mom.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
How's she doing?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Not good.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
Morgan sits behind the wheel as Brian rides shotgun. Bill,
John, and Ollie are in the back seat. Morgan pulls to the
curb near an expensive bike chained to a pole.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
You're good to go.
                                                            
Brian hesitates with his hand on the door handle. He sees
his church in the distance.
                                                            
                       BILL
What are you waiting for?
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Shut up, Bill! You've gotta do
this for your mom.
                                                            
Brian takes a DEEP BREATH and exits.
                                                            
                       BILL
How many bikes did we just slide
the lock over the pole?
                                                            
                       JOHN
What? Ten percent, Morg?
                                                            

16.

                       MORGAN
More like a quarter of 'em.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Don't ever underestimate the
stupidity of Americans.
                                                            
Morgan and the others watch as Brian takes giant bolt
cutters out of his knapsack and cuts the bike chain. Brian
rides off on the bike.
                                                            
 
INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Brian rolls the stolen bike into a back room. FENCE (50),
sleazeball, examines the bike and hands Brian a bill.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARKING STRUCTURE - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian uses a screwdriver to pop out the keyhole on a car. He
jumps into the car and uses the screwdriver to pop out the
ignition. The car starts. He drives off.
                                                            
 
EXT. PHARMACY - DAY
                                                            
Brian exits with a shopping bag. He examines the receipt
and slams it into the bag.
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian, dressed all in black and wearing gloves, quietly
places silverware into a bag.
                                                            
BEDROOM
                                                            
A lady wakes up, hears a SOUND, and dials the phone.
                                                            
KITCHEN
                                                            
Brian HEARS a car door shut. He sees a police car in the
street and a POLICE OFFICER creeping toward the house.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian runs out the back with the loot bag. The policeman
gives chase. Brian jumps over a fence narrowly escaping the
officer who struggles to get over the fence.
                                                            
 

17.

INT. WAREHOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Brian hands Fence the bag. In the background, men use a
power saw to slice apart a Porsche. Fence pours the
contents of the bag onto a table. Silverware falls out.
Fence examines the items.
                                                            
                       FENCE
A hundred.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Come on! I almost got busted!
                                                            
                       FENCE
I need the good stuff. Take it or
leave it.
                                                            
Fence pulls out a thick wad of bills. He tosses a bill on
the table. Brian snatches the bill and storms out.
                                                            
 
INT. MORGAN'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, Bill, John, and Ollie watch TV and drink
beer. There are ski masks and guns next to a pizza box on
the coffee table. Morgan counts large stacks of bills.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I still can't get over the teller.
Here's a gun in her face and she
asks if small bills are okay.
                                                            
                       BILL
Like we're gonna turn down fives
and tens.
                                                            
                       JOHN
And Morgan's face! He looks
around to see if he's on Candid
Camera!
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Usually, they're shaking and just
shove the money into the bag.
                                                            
                       JOHN
And then as we're leaving, she
tells us to have a nice day!
                                                            
                       BILL
Talk about a creature of habit.
                                                            

18.

                       BRIAN
What are you doing with all your
money?
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Investing it.
                                                            
Brian examines one of the guns.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Ever had to use one of these?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Never. How's your mom doing?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Not so hot.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Just a matter of time before you
get busted, Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
And you won't? At least if I get
busted I won't spend as much time
in prison.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Hasn't happened yet.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
And we only work once a month.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Only need a couple big jobs with
us, Brian.
                                                            
                       BILL
We already got four guys, Morg.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I can't. Thanks anyway.
                                                            
Brian leaves.
                                                            
 
EXT. SEARS - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian pulls around the back of a Sears store in his mom's
station wagon. He sees an eighteen wheeler backed in to a
loading dock.
                                                            

19.

Brian sees a video surveillance camera on the building. He
puts on a pair of sunglasses and a baseball cap.
                                                            
Brian hops out of the station wagon and jumps onto the
loading dock. He peeks into the building.
                                                            
Brian grabs a TV box out of the truck and slides it to the
back of his car. He lifts it into the back of the car.
                                                            
He runs back and grabs another TV box from the truck. SEARS
MAN (30), obese, clumsy, sees Brian.
                                                            
                       SEARS MAN
Hey!
                                                            
Brian slides the box across the ground. Sears Man gives
chase for a short distance, then dials a phone. Brian
shoves the box into the wagon. He hops in and rockets from
the area.
                                                            
 
INT. STATION WAGON - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian HEARS SIRENS as he GASPS for breath. He rolls the
window up to deaden the sound.
                                                            
A police car with flashing lights passes in the opposite
direction. Brian checks his side and rear view mirrors. The
police car continues on.
                                                            
 
INT. BANK - DAY
                                                            
Brian observes the tellers, cameras, and bank layout as he
fills out a deposit slip. He discards the bank slip into a
trash can and exits.
                                                            
 
EXT. BEACH - DAY
                                                            
The wind BLOWS clouds of sand. Brian eats a sandwich on a
lifeguard tower as he looks out over the ocean. The wind
RIPS his sandwich wrapper off the tower. Brian watches the
paper skip across the sand.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Brian washes sand off his feet at an outdoor shower. The
sand goes down a drain.
                                                            
 

20.

INT. MCCLEAN RESIDENCE - DAY
                                                            
Brian enters with lots of mail marked "FINAL NOTICE." Brian
hears COUGHING.
                                                            
KITCHEN
                                                            
Brian pulls a beer out of the refrigerator. He stares at
the pile of bills while he chugs the beer.
                                                            
MARY'S BEDROOM
                                                            
Brian tends to pale and frail Mary who lies in bed coughing.
A crucifix is on the wall above her.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
When's your next chemo?
                                                            
                       MARY
Tomorrow, if I'm strong enough.
                                                            
He kisses her forehead. She sees that he's perspiring.
                                                            
                       MARY
What are you up to, Brian?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Nothing.
                                                            
                       MARY
Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Get your rest, Mom.
                                                            
BRIAN'S BEDROOM
                                                            
Brian stares at the rosary next to the car keys on the
dresser. He makes the sign of the cross. He takes the car
keys and exits.
                                                            
 
EXT. MORGAN'S APARTMENT - DAY
                                                            
Morgan, John, Bill, and Ollie wait with several duffel bags.
Brian pulls up in the beat up station wagon. Morgan sees a
bumper sticker that reads: "JESUS CHRIST IS MY SAVIOR." He
peels it off.
                                                            
 

21.

INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
A rosary hangs from the rear view mirror. Brian takes down
the rosary and tosses it into the glove box which overflows
with junk.
                                                            
The four hop in. Morgan sticks the bumper sticker on the
glove box door.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
No identifying marks.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I really appreciate you guys
wanting to help.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's Bank of America that's gonna
help you.
                                                            
Nervous LAUGHTER.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
There can't be any shooting.
                                                            
                       BILL
You're either banks or not banks.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm serious. No shooting.
                                                            
                       BILL
Banks or not banks.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm banks.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Just do what we showed you and
everything will be crisp.
                                                            
 
EXT. BANK - DAY
                                                            
The street is nearly empty. The station wagon pulls to the
curb. An armed guard stands just inside the front door.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
Brian shakes. Ollie switches seats with Brian behind the
wheel.
                                                            

22.

                       BRIAN
Why do you get to drive?
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I don't want to kill anyone.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I don't want to kill anyone!
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Calm down. He always drives.
                                                            
Morgan, Brian, John, and Bill put on ski masks.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No shooting.
                                                            
Morgan checks the passenger side view mirror. A black and
white border collie BARKS repeatedly at Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Damn it!
                                                            
Brian takes off his mask. He springs outside.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Brian. Damn it!
                                                            
                       BILL
What's he doing?
                                                            
They anxiously look at the armed guard.
                                                            
 
EXT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
Brian chases the dog away.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
Brian gets in.
                                                            
                       BILL
What the hell are you doing? We
gotta abandon this, Morg.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Shut up, Bill. Don't do anything
like that again.
                                                            

23.

                       OLLIE
This bank's got so much paper,
it's a fire hazard.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Let's be good citizens and remove
that hazard.
                                                            
John cocks his shotgun.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Ollie, keep the car running.
                                                            
Brian makes the sign of the cross and closes his eyes.
                                                            
 
EXT. BANK - DAY
                                                            
The two curbside doors open and the four men bounce out.
                                                            
 
INT. BANK - DAY
                                                            
Bill opens the door for the other three who sprint past the
armed guard. Bill points his shotgun at the guard before he
can react.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Everyone lick the floor!
                                                            
Customers SCREAM. The customers lie on their stomachs.
                                                            
                       BILL
Close the drapes.
                                                            
The guard closes the drapes over the front doors. Morgan
points his gun at a teller.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Don't do anything stupid!
                                                            
John and Brian hurry to the tellers' windows and toss the
tellers the bags.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Come on! Move it!
                                                            
He strikes a slow female teller's arm with his shotgun. She
speeds up. The tellers throw money into the bags. John
passes the filled bags over the counter to Morgan and Brian
who set them on a table.
                                                            

24.

Sirens WAIL in the distance. John jumps over the counter as
the other three grab the bags and make their way toward the
door.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
An uneasy Ollie prays.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Please help me, Lord.
                                                            
Ollie leans over and opens the two curbside doors. The
sirens get louder. Ollie sees a police car turn onto his
street and race toward him.
                                                            
 
EXT. BANK - DAY
                                                            
The police car skids to a stop in front of the station
wagon. OFFICER GARNER (32), assertive, stern, flings his
door open to act as a shield. He aims his gun at Ollie.
                                                            
                       OFFICER GARNER
Show me your hands!
                                                            
Bill holds open the door as the others race by. John FIRES
at the officer who returns FIRE. Bullets ricochet off the
bank building and BLAST out the front doors.
                                                            
Bill shoots. Brian watches Officer Garner drop his gun and
clutch his chest.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No!
                                                            
Brian pushes Bill's gun away as Officer Garner writhes in
pain on the ground. Ollie is stunned. He gets out of the
car.
                                                            
The four gunmen dash toward the getaway car and dive through
the open doors.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
The four are surprised that Ollie is gone.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Where the hell's Ollie?
                                                            
They see Ollie tend to Officer Garner.
                                                            

25.

                       BILL
Damn it!
                                                            
                       MORGAN
C'mon, Ollie!
                                                            
Morgan slides over and puts the car in gear.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I said no shooting!
                                                            
                       BILL
I had to!
                                                            
                       BRIAN
He better live!
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Get in now, Ollie! Damn it!
                                                            
 
EXT. BANK - DAY
                                                            
SIRENS WAIL. Officer Garner chokes up blood and bleeds
profusely from the chest area. Ollie takes off his shirt
and presses it into the gaping hole.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Leave him!
                                                            
John opens his door and takes a few steps towards Ollie. He
sees an approaching police car and jumps back in.
                                                            
The station wagon's tires SQUEAL as the car fishtails around
Officer Garner's patrol car.
                                                            
Police cars skid to stops. Officers jump out with guns
drawn at Ollie.
                                                            
An officer tackles Ollie. Ollie tries to go back to Officer
Garner. Officers wrestle with him on the ground.
                                                            
 
INT. HIGHWAY - DAY
                                                            
The station wagon races down the highway. Police cars with
flashing lights chase in the distance.
                                                            
 

26.

INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
The police cars quickly gain ground on the station wagon.
Morgan checks his rear and side view mirrors. Bill and John
ready their weapons while Brian sits in a daze.
                                                            
 
EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY
                                                            
The station wagon moves too fast to negotiate a turn. It
caroms off a guardrail, rolls over several times, and lands
upside down in the middle of the road.
                                                            
The SOUND of SIRENS.
                                                            
 
INT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
Brian tries to flee, but is trapped by his seatbelt. He
sees the "JESUS CHRIST IS MY SAVIOR" sticker on the glove
box. The glove box opens and the rosary hangs out.
                                                            
Brian sees several sets of upside down shoes racing towards
him. Police officers point their weapons and bark orders at
Brian and the others.
                                                            
 
EXT. CAR - DAY
                                                            
The rear bumper shows glue residue from the bumper sticker.
                                                            
 
INT. COURTROOM - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: TWO YEARS LATER
                                                            
Mary prays with her rosary. The five defendants sit at a
long table with their lawyers. The PROSECUTOR (50),
addresses the attentive jury.
                                                            
                       PROSECUTOR
Oliver Grundy didn't want any
witnesses. He wasn't trying to
stop the bleeding. He was trying
to strangle Officer Garner with
his bare hands.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, John, Bill, and Ollie anxiously watch the
jury file into the courtroom.
                                                            
The JUDGE (55), eyes the JURY FOREMAN (60).
                                                            

27.

                       JUDGE
Has the jury reached a decision?
                                                            
                       JURY FOREMAN
We have your honor. In count one,
bank robbery, we find the
defendants guilty.
                                                            
                       MARY
No!
                                                            
Brian shakes uncontrollably.
                                                            
                       JURY FOREMAN
Count two, murder of a peace
officer. We find the defendants
guilty.
                                                            
                       MARY
No, Lord!
                                                            
Brian collapses onto the table. He sees Mary BLUBBERING as
he's lead out by bailiffs.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON - DAY
                                                            
Armed guards stand on each side of BERNIE (40), skinhead,
flaky, unsophisticated, who wears khaki pants, a white
t-shirt, and holds a cardboard box.
                                                            
The guards and Bernie watch as giant gates open. A bus
enters. The gates close. The bus stops near a building.
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, Bill, John, and Ollie get off the bus heavily
shackled. Brian and Bernie make eye contact as they pass.
                                                            
Brian watches Bernie get onto the bus without guards. A
guard JABS a rifle butt into Brian's kidney. Brian winces.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON - DAY
                                                            
The five new prisoners exit a room with a San Quentin logo.
A sign on the door reads "PROCESSING." They walk single
file in light blue jumpsuits. Each carries a stack of
sheets, towels, and a bar of soap.
                                                            
GUARD BAKER (35), reassuring, and two other guards escort
the five down a corridor lined with cells on each side.
                                                            

28.

                       GUARD BAKER
We don't want any problems from
you guys, you hear?
                                                            
The five nod.
                                                            
Black prisoners JOE (30), a mountain of a man, fiery, and
JESSE (28), cynical, taunt the five from their cells while
DON (25), extremely obese, cowardly, looks on.
                                                            
                       JESSE
Welcome to hell! You boys scared?
                                                            
Joe chews gum and blows bubbles.
                                                            
                       JOE
Which one of you's the cop killer?
                                                            
                       JESSE
I'm tagging the short one, Joe.
                                                            
                       JOE
Bet you don't make it to sunset.
                                                            
Prisoner SYD (30), a lanky black man with a shiner,
religious, honest, stands outside his open cell. He looks
up at WARDEN JOHNSON (57), who nods at him. Syd approaches
the five with Bibles.
                                                            
Syd extends a Bible to Morgan who walks by. Bill and Ollie
accept Bibles.
                                                            
Syd offers a Bible to Brian who SLAPS it out of his hand.
Syd picks up the Bible and carefully dusts it off.
                                                            
                       SYD
May God be with you.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
A bell RINGS. Cell doors open, the prisoners stand at
attention outside their cells. Prison guards write on
clipboards as they do a headcount.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
The prisoners are in self-segregated groups throughout the
bland yard.
                                                            
Brian, John, Bill, and Ollie survey all the sketchy
characters. Several prisoners, including Joe, Jesse, and
Don, stare down the convicted bank robbers.
                                                            

29.

                       MORGAN
Don't stare.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
      (To Bill)
Forty to life, because you had to
kill a cop.
                                                            
Brian grabs a fistful of Ollie's shirt.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
And all you had to do was drive
the damn car.
                                                            
A tower guard snaps to life and keeps an eye on Brian.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Don't cause waves. I don't want
forty years of problems.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'll cause all the problems I
want! I'm not hanging in this
hellhole with these lowlifes.
                                                            
Morgan covers Brian's mouth with his hand.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
What are you gonna do? Walk on out
of here?
                                                            
Guard Baker approaches the five.
                                                            
                       GUARD BAKER
I strongly recommend you keep to
your own kind. Except Syd. He
can be a big help to you.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I won't be going outside my kind.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
How do we find this Syd?
                                                            
                       GUARD BAKER
You already have.
                                                            
Guard Baker points to the man who tried to give them Bibles
preaching to a group in the center of the yard.
                                                            
                       BILL
What's he in for?
                                                            

30.

                       GUARD BAKER
Don't ever ask him. Only the
warden knows.
                                                            
Guard Baker strolls off.
                                                            
                       BILL
Let's check it out.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why? To thank God for putting us
here? I have no use for Him
anymore.
                                                            
Brian leaves.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
I wouldn't go far. I'm staying
right here.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Me, too.
                                                            
                       BILL
I don't mind the protection.
                                                            
Bill keeps a look out as he wanders over to Syd's group.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
I don't know if that's protection
or makes him a target. We
shouldn't be splittin' up.
                                                            
Joe, Jesse, and Don lift weights. Joe spots Bill.
                                                            
                       JOE
Cop killer.
                                                            
They eye Bill.
                                                            
                       JESSE
Gotta be worth a lot of
cigarettes. How much the Orange
County cops pay'n?
                                                            
                       JOE
One year supply. Any brand you
want.
                                                            
 
INT. BRIAN'S CELL - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian writes a letter addressed to his mom.
                                                            

31.

                       PRISON GUARD ONE
Lights out!
                                                            
The cell lights go out. A cockroach scoots across the
floor.
                                                            
Brian takes a spoon and knife out of his pillow case. He
uses the spoon to scrape at the cement between the bricks.
It bends in half. He chisels with the knife. It snaps.
                                                            
Brian slides under his blanket and fights back tears.
BLUBBERING CRIES ECHO off the cell walls.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Brian scopes out the guard towers. Some black prisoners walk
toward him. He moves in a different direction.
                                                            
Brian surveys the strong perimeter wall topped with ample
barb wire. Morgan, John, Bill, and Ollie head over.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Don't even think about it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Every guy who's stepped foot in
here has thought of escaping.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm not staying.
                                                            
                       BILL
You're wasting your time.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Time's all I got, thanks to you!
                                                            
                       JOHN
Relax.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You relax! Who's gonna take care
of my mom?
                                                            
Brian storms off.
                                                            
                       BILL
Should've thought of that ahead of
time!
                                                            

32.

                       MORGAN
Everyone's gotta be responsible
for their actions.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Think we're gonna make it, Morg?
                                                            
They scan the sleazy inmates.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Forty years is a long time. I'd
say no.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON MESS HALL - DAY
                                                            
The five new prisoners slide their trays along the steel
flashing. Servers slap slop into bowls. The five make
disgusting faces at the sight of the food.
                                                            
Joe, Jesse, and Don stand behind them. Joe SMACKS his gum.
                                                            
                       JOE
Ain't no way you guys make forty
years.
                                                            
Jesse slaps Ollie on the rear.
                                                            
                       JESSE
I'll help you enjoy the forty.
                                                            
John looks back at Joe and Jesse. Joe blows a bubble. Jesse
blows an imaginary kiss.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Great. Now we gotta deal with
Gumby and Pokey.
                                                            
                       JESSE
      (Sings to the
       Humble Pie tune)
Forty years in the hole! Forty
years in the hole!
                                                            
Brian wheels around, but Morgan turns him back.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Low profile.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
This isn't happening.
                                                            

33.

                       BILL
Yeah, it is. Get used to it.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You probably wanna shoot the food.
                                                            
                       BILL
Or you.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Bet now you wish you had floored
it instead of helping the cop.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I couldn't go to Heaven if he
died.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Well, he died, so we're not going
to Heaven!
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Knock it off!
                                                            
Syd watches Brian take the long way around the black
prisoner section to get to the white section. Brian sits
down at a long table with the others. He examines his food.
                                                            
Brian dips his spoon into his soup.
                                                            
                       BILL
Say goodbye to home cooking.
                                                            
Brian sips the soup and makes a disgusting face.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
You'll acquire a taste for it.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Syd walks to the center with Bill at his side. Syd's group
follows.
                                                            
Jesse and Don lift weights. Joe pops a stick of gum into
his mouth as he studies Syd's group.
                                                            
                       JOE
The cop killer's getting too cozy
with Syd.
                                                            
Guards watch Joe, Jesse, and Don get up and approach Syd's
group. The guards turn and walk away.
                                                            

34.

                       SYD
There will always be those who
spit on you, but your ultimate
goal is eternal life.
                                                            
Some followers spot Joe, Jesse, and Don, and quickly move
away. Joe pushes his way through the group. He wallops Syd
on the cheekbone sending him to one knee.
                                                            
                       JOE
He's sending you down a wrong
road.
                                                            
The frightened followers watch as Syd struggles to stand.
Don watches with a concerned look.
                                                            
                       JOE
You're supposed to turn the other
cheek.
                                                            
Joe punches Syd's other cheek sending him to the ground.
                                                            
                       JOE
      (To the followers)
You're wasting your time. You
can't change. We're criminals and
we're all going to hell.
                                                            
Joe, Jesse, and Don walk off. A concerned Don looks back at
Syd.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
Brian sits at a long table with several open books and a
legal pad. A puffy-faced Syd walks over with a Bible.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You've got a lot of guts, or no
brains.
                                                            
                       SYD
Don't let evil get the best of
you, but conquer evil by doing
good. Romans, Twelve, twenty-one.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Take a hike. Brian, Four,
twenty-three.
                                                            
                       SYD
I'd like to read you a passage
from Matthew.
                                                            

35.

                       BRIAN
Get lost, Syd.
                                                            
                       SYD
Change is a bad word because we
have to leave our comfortable
world behind.
                                                            
Syd sets the Bible down. Brian shoves the Bible, which zips
across the table and onto the floor. Syd picks up the Bible
and dusts it off with his shirt.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Armed guards watch the prisoners from their towers.
                                                            
Brian and the other four stand in the white prisoner section
keeping a lookout for ambushers. The Hispanic and black
groups do the same. Bernie walks over.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Didn't you just leave this place?
                                                            
                       BERNIE
Yeah, but I always end up doing
something stupid. Name's Bernie.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Name's Brian. The preacher took
quite a beating the other day.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
Syd? He gets beat up all the
time. Won't hit back...something
about God inside each of us.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Why beat him up?
                                                            
                       BERNIE
He keeps the prisoners in line.
That's their job.
                                                            
Bernie points at Joe, Jesse, and Don.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
Guards give 'em treats for keeping
us in line...makes their job
easier.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Can't they just kill him?
                                                            

36.

                       BRIAN
Yeah, Bill will do it.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
No one wants to stay here longer
than they have to.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
A lifer's got nothing to lose.
                                                            
                       BERNIE
They don't hate Syd. That'd be
cutting off their meal ticket.
                                                            
Syd walks by with his followers. Bill follows. Brian heads
toward the library.
                                                            
 
INT. BRIAN'S CELL - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian reads a letter from his mom. He looks at a photo of
his mom. He gets out a pen and paper.
                                                            
                       GUARD BAKER
Lights out!
                                                            
The lights go out. Brian slides into bed with the picture.
A mouse scurries across the floor. He CRIES. Other CRIES
ECHO throughout the prison.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Brian plays poker for cigarettes with Morgan, John, and
Ollie. Brian is low on cigarettes while Morgan has lots of
cigarettes in front of him.
                                                            
Morgan deals the cards. Brian looks at his cards, makes a
disgusted face, and SLAMS his cards down on the table.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Fold!
                                                            
                       MORGAN
You give up way too easily.
                                                            
                       JOHN
At least take some cards.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm out.
                                                            

37.

Brian leaves the table. He watches Syd and Bill walk to the
center of the yard with Bibles. Very few followers gather.
Prisoners keep a watch on Joe, Jesse, and Don.
                                                            
                       JESSE
Wanna growl 'em?
                                                            
Joe rubs his knuckles.
                                                            
                       JOE
Nah. Syd's head must be made of
concrete.
                                                            
More prisoners gather around Syd and Bill when they see the
three lift weights.
                                                            
                       SYD
We've all sinned. It's never too
late to ask for forgiveness.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
Syd watches Bill stride over to Brian seated at his usual
table.
                                                            
                       BILL
Wanna do some preaching with Syd
and me?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
So I can get worked over? No,
thanks.
                                                            
                       BILL
You're not gonna get worked over.
Then at least join us.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No thanks.
                                                            
Syd marches over.
                                                            
                       SYD
I'd like to read you that passage
from Matthew.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm busy.
                                                            
                       SYD
Too busy for God?
                                                            

38.

                       BRIAN
He did a lot of good having me
sent here.
                                                            
                       BILL
Maybe you sent yourself. You
can't stay angry at God forever.
                                                            
Syd and Bill walk over to other prisoners at another table.
Prison Guard Baker strides over to Brian.
                                                            
                       GUARD BAKER
Your mom's waiting for you in the
visitor's box.
                                                            
Brian darts off.
                                                            
 
INT. VISITOR'S BOX - DAY
                                                            
A large, Plexiglas partition separates Brian from a gaunt
Mary. Each puts a palm against the glass in the hopes of
touching the other. They each pick up a telephone.
                                                            
                       MARY
How are they treating you?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Lousy. I have to plug my nose to
eat the food.
                                                            
                       MARY
Why, Brian?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
What else could I do? We were
strapped.
                                                            
                       MARY
So you'd rather rot in hell for
killing a police officer.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Mom--
                                                            
                       MARY
It's true!
                                                            
                       BRIAN
If God exists, he wouldn't have
let me get caught...or given you
cancer...or taken Dad! If he
really exists, why does he let
            (MORE)

39.

                       BRIAN (cont'd)
anything bad happen?
                                                            
                       MARY
We don't know his overall plan.
You have to have faith, Brian.
                                                            
Mary pulls out the worn memorial card and holds it against
the glass.
                                                            
                       MARY
I pray that somehow you'll be with
me and Dad. Please, Brian. Our
family chain must link again.
                                                            
The guard escorts Mary away. Brian and Mary lock eyes until
she leaves the room.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
A hand reaches into a mailbox and pulls out letters. In his
uniform, PRISON GUARD DONALDSON (50), dishonest, thumbs
through the letters on the way to the front door.
                                                            
Prison Guard Donaldson flips over a letter which has no
return address. He rips open the letter. Inside are
several large bills.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Syd and Bill preach to their followers in the center of the
yard. Joe, Jesse, and Don lift weights.
                                                            
Joe, Jesse, and Don get up from the weight benches. They
conceal shanks in their hands. The three march toward Syd's
group. Don stops, tosses his shank, and goes back.
                                                            
Joe and Jesse close in on Syd's group. Some of the
followers spot the two men and hurry off.
                                                            
Joe stabs Bill in the side. He drops to the ground gasping
for air. Joe and Jesse stab Bill repeatedly. Bill tries to
block the rapid strikes with his hands, but is overpowered.
                                                            
EAR-SPLITTING ALARMS BLARE. Don drops his head.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
A guard races past Brian. Brian looks out a window. He
rushes out the door.
                                                            
 

40.

EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Tear gas canisters bounce off the ground sending out plumes
of white smoke.
                                                            
Prisoners lie down on their stomachs. A large CROWD CHEERS.
                                                            
                       CROWD
Kill him! Kill him!
                                                            
Brian races to the crowd. He gets a glimpse of Bill
bleeding profusely.
                                                            
Brian pushes his way to Bill who looks up at Brian. Bill
lies in a pool of blood with his arms straight out from his
body and bloody palms facing up.
                                                            
                       BILL
Sorry for changing your life,
Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
It's alright. I forgive you.
                                                            
                       BILL
I'm going to meet my maker.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Don't talk, Bill.
                                                            
                       BILL
You can still change, Brian.
                                                            
Bill's face gets white. His eyes glass over.
                                                            
Guards in gas masks restore order.
                                                            
Guards haul away Joe and Jesse.
                                                            
 
INT. DON'S CELL - NIGHT
                                                            
The cell door opens. Don enters. Several cartons of
cigarettes are on his bed. He rips apart the cartons.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
Brian walks over to his usual table carrying several law
books. He sees a Bible on the table. He tosses the Bible
onto another table.
                                                            
A bruised Syd limps over to Brian.
                                                            

41.

                       SYD
Still too busy for God?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
How do I get a knife?
                                                            
                       SYD
Why do you want--
                                                            
                       BRIAN
How do I get a knife?
                                                            
Syd points at Brian's chair.
                                                            
                       SYD
You're sitting on about twenty
knives, but if you kill someone
don't expect to go to Heaven.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm not going to Heaven.
                                                            
                       SYD
You don't know that! You don't
know what God's got in store for
us!
                                                            
Brian ponders this.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
How long are they gonna be in
solitary?
                                                            
                       SYD
A long time.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Can't believe he's gone.
                                                            
                       SYD
I've seen men have their throats
slashed right in front of me. When
you see a man lose his life, it
changes your life forever.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Brian sits alone at a table. The workout area is empty.
Morgan, John, and Ollie listen to Syd preach. Don listens
to Syd from the back of the group. He walks over to Brian.
                                                            

42.

                       BRIAN
What do you want? Fat piece of...
                                                            
                       DON
I didn't know they were going to
kill him.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Don't give me that! You could've
stopped it!
                                                            
                       DON
And have them do the same to me?
I'd be dead a long time ago if I
wasn't hang'n with them.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You let a guy die for some lousy
cigarettes.
                                                            
                       DON
You let a cop die for a few bucks.
                                                            
Syd's group breaks up. Morgan, John, and Ollie hustle over
to Brian and Don.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Syd says you got a shot at Heaven!
                                                            
Morgan gets in Don's face.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Get out of here you fat tub of
goo.
                                                            
Don leaves.
                                                            
                       JOHN
He says you'll probably have to
spend some time in Purgatory.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Maybe we all have a shot.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
We can't get to Heaven.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Why not?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You went to church. Thou shall
not kill.
                                                            

43.

                       JOHN
Is that what you think?
                                                            
                       MORGAN
I always thought if you did more
good than bad you went to Heaven.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Bein' golden.
                                                            
Some have confused looks.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Live by The Golden Rule.
                                                            
                       JOHN
There's gotta be more to it than
that.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Obey the Ten Commandments.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
No one in here has.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
No one outside has.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You say'n nobody's going to
Heaven? I'm not buying it.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
If that's the case, why have a
Heaven?
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I thought God wants us all with
him.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Not murderers.
                                                            
Syd strolls over.
                                                            
                       SYD
Maybe not, but he forgives those
who believe.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Face it. We're damaged goods.
                                                            

44.

                       JOHN
Isn't it worth the chance to be
with your mom and dad, Brian?
                                                            
                       SYD
Maybe prison's Purgatory on Earth
and then we go straight to Heaven
when we die.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Dream on.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Doesn't anyone know how to get to
Heaven?
                                                            
They look at each other.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Guess we'll know in the end.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
Several prisoners, including Brian, Morgan, John, Ollie, and
Syd watch CLERGYMAN (30), well-intentioned, use an
aspergillum to sprinkle holy water on Bill's coffin.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Brian meets with Clergyman at the back of the church.
                                                            
                       CLERGYMAN
Bill's in Heaven with his maker.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
He can't be. He killed a police
officer.
                                                            
                       CLERGYMAN
He repented his sins and preached
the word of God.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yeah, but--
                                                            
                       CLERGYMAN
Who are we to say who God keeps
out of His kingdom?
                                                            
 

45.

INT. PRISON LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
Brian uses a large book to conceal the Bible hidden inside.
The Bible is opened to Exodus 20, The Ten Commandments.
                                                            
Brian runs his finger down The Ten Commandments. He pauses
at number six: Thou Shalt Not Kill. He runs his finger
down to number eight: Thou Shalt Not Steal.
                                                            
Brian slams the Bible shut.
                                                            
 
INT. BRIAN'S CELL - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian enters. The steel door SLAMS shut. An envelope is on
his bed. He opens it and takes out the worn motto card he
kept on his nightstand as a youngster. He reads the
enclosed letter.
                                                            
INSERT THE LETTER
                                                            
Dear Brian McClean,

You have our deepest sympathy as we regret to inform you
that your mother, Mary Geraldine McClean, passed away
Friday, November 26 due to a heart attack.

Sincerely,
Gerald Johnson, Warden
                                                            
He falls on his bed and clenches his fist around the letter.
A rat runs across the floor.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, John, and Ollie sit at a table with their
backs to each other as they watch for ambushers.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Sorry about your mom.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Sorry.
                                                            
Brian wheels around.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why couldn't we just get jobs like
everyone else?
                                                            
                       JOHN
You can't change that now.
                                                            

46.

He looks around at all the questionable characters.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Now my parents are in Heaven and
I'm here with this scum.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Way to love one another, Brian.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
We have to be rehabilitated.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Prison isn't for rehabilitating!
It's to punish you! People don't
change.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
People in here change.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Bullcrap.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What? Ten percent, Morg?
                                                            
                       MORGAN
More.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Maybe even make it to Heaven.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Bull!
                                                            
                       MORGAN
You don't know.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
This is hell on Earth before we go
through hell in hell.
                                                            
 
EXT. CEMETERY - DAY
                                                            
A hearse leads a small caravan.
                                                            
A prison bus with steel bars across the windows parks. Guard
Baker and ANOTHER GUARD, both in black suits, help Brian
exit the bus. Guard Baker removes Brian's ankle shackles,
but keeps him in handcuffs.
                                                            

47.

LATER
                                                            
Brian and the small group of people watch Mary's casket get
lowered into the ground.
                                                            
Guard Baker sees Brian constantly looking around.
                                                            
                       GUARD BAKER
Don't even think about it...unless
you want to join her.
                                                            
People leave. The guards escort Brian away. Brian looks
back at his mother's final resting spot.
                                                            
 
INT. BRIAN'S CELL - EVENING
                                                            
Brian enters. The steel door CLANGS shut. He notices a
Bible on his bed. He slides the Bible between the steel
bars and sets it on the ground outside his cell.
                                                            
Brian stares at the Bible. He turns to the cell next door.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hey, Bernie.
                                                            
                       BERNIE (O.S.)
Yeah.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
How well does Syd know the Bible?
                                                            
                       BERNIE (O.S.)
Knows it better than most priests.
Why?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Just wondering.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
Brian reaches for a law book on a book shelf. He notices
several Bibles mixed in with the law books.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
There are several piles of legal books on Brian's table. Syd
watches an agitated Brian write on a legal pad and quickly
erase what he just wrote.
                                                            

48.

Brian frustratingly scratches over what he just wrote, tears
the sheet off the pad, crumples it into a ball, and heaves
it across the room. Syd approaches Brian.
                                                            
                       SYD
Face the fact. You're gonna be
here awhile.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I could just end it all.
                                                            
Syd is surprised.
                                                            
                       SYD
If you do, you can't go to Heaven.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
If I breathe, I can't go to
Heaven.
                                                            
                       SYD
God isn't for bailing you out when
times are tough and ignored when
times are good.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why me?
                                                            
                       SYD
No one said life was gonna be
easy. All these books, but you're
missing the most important one.
                                                            
He taps his Bible.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I was involved in a murder. I
can't go to--
                                                            
                       SYD
I know!
                                                            
Prisoners look over.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
God's not gonna like what He sees
when He watches my life's film.
                                                            
                       SYD
He already knows what you've done.
He doesn't have to wait till your
life's over. Who knows what he'll
decide?
                                                            

49.

                       BRIAN
Hell. That's what.
                                                            
                       SYD
You think because you sinned you
might as well give up? We're all
sinners, Brian. That's why he died
on the cross for us.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yeah, but--
                                                            
                       SYD
Don't you want your film to show
you in the best light from this
point forward?
                                                            
Brian places his hand on the top of the chair next to him.
He rests his hand there for what seems like an eternity.
                                                            
                       SYD
Look, if you don't think you've
got a chance, at least help the
others.
                                                            
Syd watches Brian slowly pull the chair out. Syd sits down.
He slides the law books away.
                                                            
Brian reads the Bible. Prisoners SNICKER at him. He slides
a large book back and hides the Bible inside the large book.
                                                            
 
INT. BRIAN'S CELL - DAY
                                                            
Brian lies in bed. A prisoner pushes a book cart outside
his cell. Brian points at the cart. The prisoner passes him
a Bible between the steel bars.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
Brian and Syd read their Bibles. Syd notices Brian's Bible
hidden inside a larger book.
                                                            
                       SYD
Does God embarrass you?
                                                            
Brian sets the larger book down exposing the Bible. He gets
antsy in his chair.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
This is too hard.
                                                            

50.

Syd slides Brian's legal pad toward Brian. He tears off
Brian's law notes and crumples them up.
                                                            
                       SYD
Take your time. Make some notes.
                                                            
Brian looks blankly past his Bible. His eyes get moist.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Are any of us going to Heaven,
Syd?
                                                            
Syd slips a tasseled bookmark into his Bible.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I mean, if we're His children and
He loves us, why can't we all go
to Heaven?
                                                            
                       SYD
I don't know, Brian. Maybe we're
examples to others to not make our
mistakes.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Are we going to Heaven?
                                                            
                       SYD
Almost all of us can if we have
faith.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Almost all? God doesn't take
murderers, does he?
                                                            
Syd shifts in his chair.
                                                            
                       SYD
Maybe not the actual killer.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Bill's not in Heaven, is he?
                                                            
                       SYD
I've prayed for him every day
since he got here.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Is he?
                                                            
                       SYD
He changed his ways...had faith at
the end. It's up to God now.
                                                            

51.

Brian places a tasseled bookmark in his Bible and closes it.
                                                            
                       SYD
We're only spinning through space
on this blue and white marble for
a short time. What you do on
Earth for seventy, eighty years is
nothing compared to what awaits
you in Heaven for eternity.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
A much slimmer Don jogs alongside the perimeter wall.
                                                            
Morgan, John, and Ollie watch for ambushers as Brian and Syd
read their Bibles.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You really think there's a God?
                                                            
                       SYD
Guy, Brian. You sure you were
raised Catholic? Come here.
                                                            
Syd and Brian march across the yard and up several concrete
steps.
                                                            
                       SYD
We've all had strange miracles
happen to us, so there's a God.
                                                            
The two reach the top. Brian tries to catch his breath.
They observe an extraordinary, red sunset over the harbor.
                                                            
                       SYD
Who do you think made that? It
sure wasn't man.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON - DAY
                                                            
Guards escort four prisoners out of the room marked
"PROCESSING." They carry blankets, sheets, and soap as they
approach Brian. Brian looks up at Warden Johnson who nods.
                                                            
Brian offers a Bible to each of the four prisoners as they
walk by. The first three decline the Bibles. The last
prisoner accepts a Bible.
                                                            
 

52.

EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
Syd and Brian preach to several prisoners including Don.
                                                            
Don's eyes fill with fear when he sees Joe and Jesse exit a
building. He immediately heads for the weight benches.
Other followers see Joe and Jesse and quickly leave.
                                                            
Joe and Jesse glare at Syd and Brian. Brian abruptly leaves
for his usual table.
                                                            
Syd marches over to Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I can't do it Syd.
                                                            
                       SYD
Not even for God?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I don't want to get killed.
                                                            
                       SYD
You promised you'd help the others
get to Heaven.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Sorry, Syd.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Syd and Brian preach to a tiny group far away from Joe,
Jesse, and Don. Brian anxiously keeps an eye on the three.
                                                            
Brian and Guard Donaldson see Joe, Jesse, and Don head
toward the group. Brian zips toward his table. Guard
Donaldson turns and walks away.
                                                            
Joe and Jesse push their way through the group while Don
acts as a lookout. They knock Syd to the ground and kick
him. Don spots a guard. He WHISTLES. The three leave.
                                                            
Brian hustles to Syd. He pauses when he hears him mumbling.
                                                            
                       SYD
Lord, please forgive them, for
they know not what they do. Help
me show them your truth and light.
                                                            
 
INT. PRISON LIBRARY - DAY
                                                            
Brian and bruised Syd read their Bibles.
                                                            

53.

                       BRIAN
Why'd you get into preaching?
                                                            
                       SYD
Guys would get out, and end up
right back in here. I wanted them
to make a real change...to find
God.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Any of 'em change?
                                                            
                       SYD
Some.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why are you here, Syd?
                                                            
Syd swallows hard.
                                                            
                       SYD
I looked and looked for a job.
Nobody would hire me. We were
desperate. No food. Nothing. I
offered to work for food.
                                                            
Syd's eyes get moist.
                                                            
                       SYD
I went to mass to pray. I watched
as the collection basket got
passed around. People putting
money in. After mass, I prayed
some more, until everyone was
gone. I got up and went to the
back of the church. I found the
basket of money. Father McCarthy
startled me. There was a struggle.
He slipped and hit his head.
                                                            
Brian is stunned.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You killed him?
                                                            
                       SYD
I promised God I'd try to be like
Father McCarthy and change every
man that walked in here.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You can't go to Heaven?
                                                            

54.

                       SYD
It's in His hands now. I pray
He'll show mercy on me when it's
my time.
                                                            
LATER
                                                            
Syd and Brian preach to a group. Joe, Jesse, and Don burst
through a door. Brian tries to leave, but Joe throws him
against a wall. Joe and Jesse punch and kick Brian and Syd
while Don acts as a lookout.
                                                            
ALARMS BLARE. Guards rush in. They haul off Joe and Jesse.
Morgan, Bill, and Ollie tend to Brian and Syd.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
SUPER: THIRTY-THREE YEARS LATER
                                                            
Brian (61), has a scowl expression etched on his face that
looks like it's been there for decades. He, Morgan (64),
John (64), and Ollie (63), watch for ambushers.
                                                            
A large, mixed group assists frail Syd (64), to the center
of the yard.
                                                            
Morgan, John, and Ollie head toward Syd's group. Brian
stays.
                                                            
Joe, Jesse, and Don (58), show the wear and tear of long
prison lives. Ollie approaches.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Come on, Joe.
                                                            
                       JOE
No thanks, Ollie.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Jesse?
                                                            
                       JESSE
Nope.
                                                            
Ollie and Don head over to Syd's group.
                                                            
PRISON GUARD ONE (40), cautious, notices a large group of
Hispanics studying Syd's group. He passes Syd.
                                                            
                       PRISON GUARD ONE
Hispanics are planning something.
                                                            

55.

Syd scans the Hispanic group.
                                                            
Armed tower guards, sensing something, keep a keen watch
over the yard.
                                                            
The large Hispanic group eyes Joe and Jesse. Several of the
Hispanics walk in one direction while others walk in the
opposite direction.
                                                            
The remaining Hispanics speed walk straight toward Joe and
Jesse who show panic for the first time. All three groups
pick up speed as they converge on Joe and Jesse like killer
bees. The Hispanics kick and thrust shanks into the men.
                                                            
ALARMS BLARE. Tear gas canisters bounce on the asphalt
sending out contrails of white smoke. Joe tries to run, but
is quickly kicked, beaten, and stabbed.
                                                            
Prisoners lie on their stomachs as an army of guards regains
control. Joe's and Jesse's battered bodies lie
unrecognizable in pools of blood.
                                                            
Don watches as Joe's and Jesse's blood snake downhill
towards Brian. Brian does a push-up to let the blood run
under him. He fights to hold the push-up. He collapses
into the blood. The blood soaks into his clothes.
                                                            
 
INT. WARDEN'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Syd and WARDEN SEGERSTROM (55), blissful, look out a window
at the active prison yard.
                                                            
                       WARDEN SEGERSTROM
We've always appreciated your help
in keeping a peaceful prison, Syd.
                                                            
                       SYD
Morgan's group wouldn't hurt an
ant.
                                                            
                       WARDEN SEGERSTROM
I'll see what I can do.
                                                            
                       SYD
Thank you, sir.
                                                            
                       WARDEN SEGERSTROM
You sure you don't want a hearing
for yourself? I could set up--
                                                            

56.

                       SYD
My work's not done here. Never
will be.
                                                            
Warden Segerstrom watches Syd head for the door.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRISON HEARING BOARDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Morgan, John, and Ollie pace anxiously. An ecstatic Brian
bounces out and hugs the three.
                                                            
 
INT. MESS HALL - DAY
                                                            
Syd and the four are jovial.
                                                            
PRISON GUARD SNIDER (25), condescending, heads over.
                                                            
                       PRISON GUARD SNIDER
You're only being let out because
we don't have space for you.
You'll never contribute anything
to society.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Better hope we don't find out
where you live.
                                                            
Prison Guard Snider stares Brian down before leaving.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
You didn't need to do that.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I don't care.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm not going to miss this place
one bit.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I'll be the first one out. Where
are we going?
                                                            
                       MORGAN
We can pool the money they're
gonna give us.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Where are we going to stay?
                                                            

57.

                       MORGAN
We'll grab a cheap place. Our
moving expenses shouldn't be much.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's called jump on a bus and go.
                                                            
They laugh.
                                                            
                       SYD
Either that or hitchhike.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Nobody hitchhikes anymore.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Too many bad guys.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We just spent thirty-seven years
in the big house. We are the bad
guys.
                                                            
                       SYD
There's going to be a lot of
people racing to work, getting the
kids to school. Don't let 'em
forget about God. Where you
headed?
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Back to Orange County, I guess.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Don't know anywhere else.
                                                            
 
INT. BRIAN'S CELL - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian lies in bed reading the worn memorial card. He looks
at the photo of his mother.
                                                            
                       PRISON GUARD SNIDER
Lights out!
                                                            
The lights go out.
                                                            
SNIFFLES grow into BLUBBERING CRIES echoing off the walls.
                                                            
 

58.

EXT. PRISON YARD - DAY
                                                            
The four grinning prisoners are dressed in white t-shirts
and khaki pants. Each holds a cardboard box.
                                                            
Morgan, John, and Ollie have a dirt, cross shape on their
foreheads. Syd bends down and rubs his thumb in the dirt.
He makes the sign of the cross on Brian's forehead.
                                                            
                       SYD
Remember that you are dust and to
dust you shall return.
                                                            
Brian and Syd shake hands.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Thanks for everything, Syd. I'll
never forget you.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Don't ever change, Syd.
                                                            
Brian and the others hug Syd.
                                                            
                       SYD
Get to confession and receive the
Eucharist right away.
                                                            
                       PRISON GUARD SNIDER
Let's go.
                                                            
Prison Guard Snider escorts the four prisoners toward the
giant gates.
                                                            
                       PRISON GUARD SNIDER
      (To Brian)
You'll never make it to Heaven.
                                                            
The inmates have their eyes fixed on the threshold.
                                                            
                       JOHN
This is unbelievable.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
What's the world gonna look like
after so long?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
My dad used to take me camping
every summer. Home always seemed
so different after only being gone
a week.
                                                            

59.

Their pace slows. The gates open and the four walk through.
                                                            
                       PRISON GUARD SNIDER
See you soon, ladies.
                                                            
Brian waves goodbye to Syd, who makes the sign of the cross.
Prison Guard Snider goes back inside the compound as the
giant gates close behind him.
                                                            
Morgan barely touches the massive wall.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
The last time I saw this side was
when they brought us here.
                                                            
A prison bus approaches. It waits for the gates to open.
Brian sees Bernie on the bus. Bernie looks at Brian. The
bus enters. The gates close.
                                                            
The four creep down the street into their new world.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, John, and Ollie scan their new surroundings
as they ramble along a storefront sidewalk. Passersby and
store owners eyeball the four. John looks inside his box.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We got enough old stuff to open an
antique shop.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Let's pool the eight hundred bucks
they gave us and try our luck in
Vegas?
                                                            
The other three give him "You idiot" looks.
                                                            
A lady walking a dog approaches. The four find it difficult
to make eye contact.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STATION - DAY
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, John, and Ollie climb aboard a bus with a
destination sign which reads: LOS ANGELES.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
The four gaze out at the bland, agricultural landscape.
                                                            
 

60.

EXT. BUS STATION - DAY
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, John, and Ollie step off the bus.
                                                            
SUPER: COSTA MESA, CA
                                                            
Well-dressed people with sleek cell phones and I-Pods
rubberneck at the four.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
The four spot a sports bar.
                                                            
                       JOHN
We haven't had hops in four
decades.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Let's hoist one for Bill.
                                                            
 
INT. SPORTS BAR - DAY
                                                            
The four enter and immediately receive funny looks from the
patrons. Like scared rabbits, they head straight to the
men's restroom.
                                                            
MEN'S RESTROOM
                                                            
The four do their business.
                                                            
They look around for the flush handles.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
How do you flush this thing?
                                                            
They step away and the toilets flush automatically.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Wow.
                                                            
They squirt soap on their hands. They look for faucet
handles. They watch a man swipe his hands under a faucet and
see water pour out. The man puts his hands up to a paper
towel dispenser and paper towels spring out.
                                                            
AT THE BAR
                                                            
The four sit at the long bar on bar stools. Dozens of TVs
play.
                                                            

61.

                       OLLIE
Look at all the TVs.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Look how clear the pictures are.
                                                            
BARTENDER (40), impatient, peers at the four.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Four Falstaffs.
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Falstaff? What's that?
                                                            
                       MORGAN
How 'bout four Lucky beers?
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Never heard of it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Pabst?
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Brew 102?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Look, bud--
                                                            
                       BARTENDER
Got Bud.
                                                            
Bartender reaches into a small refrigerator, opens, and
disperses four Budweiser beers. The four raise their
bottles.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
To Bill.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Here, here.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I hope you're in Heaven with your
family.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
I'm glad I'm on the right side of
dirt.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
When I go, I don't want you guys
spending a lot on my funeral.
                                                            

62.

                       JOHN
We'll just throw a sheet over ya.
                                                            
They laugh. John looks over a menu and almost spits out his
beer.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Five bucks for a beer! We used to
get a case for that!
                                                            
Morgan grabs the menu from him.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
We gotta watch every dime from
here on out.
                                                            
 
EXT. SPORTS BAR - DAY
                                                            
The four exit. Three kids, including RICARDO (12), tattoos,
carry spray paint cans as they're chased by HARDWARE STORE
OWNER (50).
                                                            
                       HARDWARE STORE OWNER
Damn kids! You're gonna end up in
prison!
                                                            
Morgan spots a Wells Fargo bank across the street.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Wells Fargo!
                                                            
Morgan runs across the street. A car HONKS and narrowly
misses him. The others follow.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I hope we're not gonna rob it.
Cause I don't have another
thirty-seven years.
                                                            
 
INT. BANK - DAY
                                                            
The four sit at BANKER'S (30) desk. Ollie points at the
monitor on his desk.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
That's a computer!
                                                            
Banker looks at Ollie funny.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
He doesn't get out much.
                                                            

63.

A secretary delivers a check to Banker who hands the check
to Morgan.
                                                            
                       BANKER
Here you are, Mr. Ehlers. We
always wondered what happened to
you.
                                                            
The four grin at the check with wide eyes.
                                                            
 
INT. PRIMERICA OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
The four sit across from PRIMERICA EXECUTIVE (50).
                                                            
                       PRIMERICA EXECUTIVE
American Express bought E.F.
Hutton and then we bought it from
them.
                                                            
A secretary hands a check to Primerica Executive who looks
it over before she hands it over to Morgan.
                                                            
                       PRIMERICA EXECUTIVE
You're an excellent example of buy
and hold investing, Mr. Ehlers. A
long-term investor today is
someone who holds a stock for an
hour.
                                                            
Morgan and the others gasp at the check.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
I thought Chevron and Exxon would
do well.
                                                            
 
EXT. PRIMERICA OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
The four exit.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Now we can get a place!
                                                            
                       OLLIE
And have all the women and booze
we want!
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Wait a minute. This is Morgan's
money.
                                                            
They stare at Morgan.
                                                            

64.

                       MORGAN
I've lived with you guys for so
long. I'm not going to leave you
now.
                                                            
 
EXT. CEMETERY - DAY
                                                            
Brian kneels at his mother's and father's graves.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Sorry, I'll never be with you.
                                                            
 
EXT. MCCLEAN HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Brian stares at his old house from the sidewalk.
                                                            
Brian KNOCKS on the front door. AUNT ELIZABETH (85),
quarrelsome, opens the door.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hi, Aunt Elizabeth. It's me,
Brian.
                                                            
                       AUNT ELIZABETH
I know who you are. What do you
want?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I just wanted to stop by and see
how you're doing.
                                                            
                       AUNT ELIZABETH
I'm fine. Please, don't ever come
back here.
                                                            
She SLAMS the door. Brian walks slowly down the front
steps.
                                                            
 
EXT. GARNER HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Brian stares at a house with an American flag out front. He
slowly walks off without taking his eyes off the house.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Brian saunters along the sidewalk. A car waits at a red
light. A young girl in the back of the car smiles at Brian
who forces a smile back.
                                                            

65.

Brian watches several well-dressed people hustle past his
old church with sparse, bland landscape. The dirty sign out
front reads: OUR LADY QUEEN OF ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH. Brian
continues on.
                                                            
 
INT. MORGAN'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
John, Brian, and Ollie move a sofa into place against a
wall.
                                                            
They flop down on the sofa with LOUD EXHALES.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Here.
                                                            
Morgan hands each of them an envelope. They open the
envelopes to expose large bills.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Holy cow, Morgan!
                                                            
                       MORGAN
We were ordered around for so
long, I want you to enjoy the time
you have left.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
A little girl in a car smiled at
me today. It made me think how I
missed out having a wife and kids.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
I'm afraid we all missed out on
that.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Maybe we're lucky...seeing how
snooty people are.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
We hurt our families.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
How many times were they asked
where we were? How come we don't
see Morgan anymore?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
What'd they tell 'em?
                                                            

66.

                       MORGAN
My family said I was an
international banker...always out
of the country.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I was overseas in the military, or
something.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
I was a pitcher for the Baltimore
Orioles.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You?
                                                            
                       OLLIE
That didn't last long, cuz they
couldn't find my name on the team
roster.
                                                            
They laugh.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
An HISPANIC GARDENER (50), smiles at Brian who walks along a
store-lined street. Graffiti is spray painted on buildings.
Some windows are broken.
                                                            
Brian spots a fruit stand owner, WENDY (40), glum, in front
of her store.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Good morning.
                                                            
Wendy glances at his clothes and looks away. Brian looks at
his clothes and moves on.
                                                            
A lady, JUDY (35), and her daughter SARAH (10), approach
from the opposite direction.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hello.
                                                            
Judy and Sarah look at Brian's unkempt hair and look away.
                                                            
Brian rambles sullenly along a sidewalk. He looks over at
his old church. He continues on.
                                                            
 

67.

INT. PRODUCE STORE OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Wendy stews at a desk with several envelopes marked "FINAL
NOTICE." With one swoop of her hand she flings the
envelopes off the desk.
                                                            
 
EXT. THRIFT STORE - DAY
                                                            
Brian exits wearing nicer clothes.
                                                            
 
EXT. BARBER SHOP - DAY
                                                            
Brian exits sporting a new haircut.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Brian sees a schoolgirl, CAMI (10), waiting on the bench.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hi.
                                                            
Cami glances at Brian's tattoos and looks away. Brian looks
over the bus schedule.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Do you know how to read this
thing?
                                                            
Bus Twenty-three approaches.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I guess I'll take this one.
                                                            
The bus pulls to the curb.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
JESUS (8), Hispanic, needy, warmhearted, sees well-dressed
kids JOSH (10), unfriendly, and CORY (11), cruel, get on and
approach down the center aisle. Jesus pulls out a red,
heart-shaped box from his backpack. He rubs the box.
                                                            
Cory smacks Jesus on the head.
                                                            
                       CORY
Illegal alien.
                                                            

68.

                       JOSH
Nice clothes.
                                                            
Brian gets on. He scans the packed, quiet bus. A notice at
the front of the bus reads: PASSENGERS MUST BE SEATED AT ALL
TIMES.
                                                            
Brian pulls a bill from his wallet and tries to give it to
the driver, DAVID (30), fat, short-tempered, uptight.
                                                            
                       DAVID
I don't take it! Put it in there!
                                                            
He points at the bill acceptor. Brian tries to figure out
where to put the money into the machine. In the side view
mirror, David sees an old lady jogging toward his bus. David
snatches the bill from Brian and feeds it into the machine.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Sit down!
                                                            
Passengers SNICKER. Brian sits in the front row next to
DELORES (50), heavy makeup, guarded.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hello, I'm Brian.
                                                            
Delores looks out the window. The old lady catches up to
the bus. David floors it leaving a plume of black smoke in
her face.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Brian steps off the bus. He gapes at all the trees,
buildings, and people. A man approaches.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Good morning.
                                                            
The man walks past. Brian sees CINDY (40), with her
daughter KENDRA (7).
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Nice day, isn't it?
                                                            
Cindy notices Brian's arm tattoos. She pulls Kendra in
close to her side as they walk by. Another lady approaches.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Morning.
                                                            
The lady sees his tattoos and looks away.
                                                            
 

69.

EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Pedestrians give Brian plenty of room on the sidewalk.
There's more graffiti and broken store windows.
                                                            
Hardware Store Owner surveys the vandalism.
                                                            
                       HARDWARE STORE OWNER
Damn kids!
                                                            
Brian observes busy people hustling past the church. He
sees a sign which reads: CONFESSIONS THURSDAY 6:00 P.M.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Brian stands on the sidewalk staring at a house.
                                                            
Brian knocks on the front door. His UNCLE BILL (85),
reluctant, uncooperative, answers the door.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hi, Uncle Bill. It's Brian. I
just wanted to say--
                                                            
                       UNCLE BILL
Do you realize all the
embarrassment you caused? Don't
come around here anymore. You
hear me?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yes, sir.
                                                            
Uncle Bill closes the door. Brian glumly turns and leaves.
                                                            
 
EXT. GARNER HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Brian gawks at the house with the American flag.
                                                            
 
EXT. BEACH - DAY
                                                            
JOGGER (25), cases beachfront houses. He notices a home
with the drapes closed and a heavy dusting of sand on the
patio furniture.
                                                            
 
INT. CHURCH - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian enters the dim, cavernous building.
                                                            

70.

He sees short lines of people outside of confessional boxes.
He walks over and fidgets in one of the lines.
                                                            
The door opens and a young girl exits. The girl stares at
Brian's tattoos. Brian looks at his arms.
                                                            
CONFESSIONAL BOX ONE
                                                            
Brian kneels down. FATHER O' MALLEY (70), old-fashioned,
intolerant, slides open an opaque window revealing another
opaque window with several small holes.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Bless me father for I have sinned.
The last time I went to confession
was over forty years ago.
                                                            
                       FATHER O' MALLEY
Forty years! Don't you love the
Lord?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yes, Father.
                                                            
                       FATHER O' MALLEY
Don't you ever read the Bible?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
When I get a chance.
                                                            
                       FATHER O' MALLEY
What do you do for work?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm not working.
                                                            
                       FATHER O' MALLEY
Then you have plenty of time to
read the Bible. Do you have a
family?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No, father.
                                                            
                       FATHER O' MALLEY
So you have no wife, no kids, and
no job? What have you been doing
the last forty years? Sitting in
prison?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No.
                                                            

71.

Brian drops his head. He leaves the confessional.
                                                            
OUTSIDE CONFESSIONAL BOX ONE
                                                            
Brian sees another confessional box.
                                                            
CONFESSIONAL BOX TWO
                                                            
Brian kneels down. FATHER KEN (40), black, thoughtful,
analytical, slides open an opaque window revealing another
opaque window with small holes.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Bless me father for I have sinned.
The last time I went to confession
was thirty seconds ago.
                                                            
OUTSIDE CONFESSIONAL BOX TWO
                                                            
Brian waits as Father Ken exits. Father Ken puts his arm
around Brian. The two sit in a pew.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I used to go to this school. I
never thought I'd have the life
I've had.
                                                            
                       FATHER KEN
I commend you for wanting to
change your ways. To love others
is to love God.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Father Ken, how can I love others
if they won't even say hello?
                                                            
                       FATHER KEN
If you wait long enough, people
will show you their good side.
                                                            
 
INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
An hourglass, with over half the sand in the bottom half,
rests on a table. Brian lies on a doctor's lounge chair with
a bright light on each arm. A doctor uses lasers to remove
Brian's tattoos.
                                                            
 
INT. MORGAN'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
John enters with pizza boxes. He sits next to the others on
the couch watching TV. He looks at Brian's arms.
                                                            

72.

                       JOHN
Hurt, didn't it?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Like getting splattered with hot
grease. You gonna do it?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm thinking about it.
                                                            
They dig in to the pizza. The TV NEWSCASTER reports.
                                                            
                       TV NEWSCASTER (V.O.)
A ten year-old girl was the victim
of a drive-by shooting today...
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Let's kill the TV and eat together
at the table.
                                                            
They turn off the TV and bring the pizza to the kitchen
table.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'd like to say grace.
                                                            
The three stare at Brian. They set their pizza down. They
watch Brian make the sign of the cross, fold his hands and
bow his head. They do the same.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Bless us O Lord and these our
gifts which we are about to
receive from thy bounty through
Christ our Lord, amen.
                                                            
The other three raise their heads and reach for their pizza.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Angel of God our guardian dear...
                                                            
The three fold their hands again.
                                                            
 
EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Brian looks at the church. He continues on.
                                                            
Two boys approach tattoo-less Brian from the opposite
direction.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hi.
                                                            

73.

The boys look away. Brian crosses the street to the produce
store. Wendy arranges apples out front.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Everything looks so fresh.
                                                            
                       WENDY
We get this stuff all the time.
                                                            
Brian chooses an apple and hands Wendy some change. She
watches Brian cross the street.
                                                            
Brian walks spiritlessly through an alley. He looks up at
the sky with moist eyes.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why, God?
                                                            
Brian KICKS a commercial trash can. He hears WHIMPERING. He
looks behind the trash can. He sees a dirty, bloody border
collie tied to a chain link fence with barbed wire.
                                                            
Brian carefully frees the dog from the barbed wire. The dog
licks Brian.
                                                            
Brian carries the blood-soaked dog to a nearby house. He
hoses it down. The skinny dog drinks a lot of water and
shakes water off its body. Brian takes off his shirt and
pat-dries the dog.
                                                            
Brian shakes out his shirt and puts it back on. He walks
away. The dog follows.
                                                            
Brian notices the dog following him.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Cami is on the bench. Brian reads the bus schedule.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Do you have the time?
                                                            
Cami looks at Brian's bloody shirt and the somewhat bloody
dog. She looks away. Brian pets the dog. Bus Twenty-three
pulls up.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Stay away from your owner.
                                                            
The dog watches Brian get on the bus.
                                                            
 

74.

INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
The bus is packed, yet quiet. Jesus looks at the dog and
then Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Good morning.
                                                            
David looks out the window and honks the horn at a car
blocking the road.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Come on! Move!
                                                            
Brian slides a bill into the bill acceptor. He sits down in
the first row next to Delores.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
The dog watches the bus leave until it's out of sight. It
lies down.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
Delores looks out the window.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Good morning.
                                                            
                       DELORES
You wanna meet for dinner tonight?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yeah.
                                                            
                       DELORES
Where do you wanna meet?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm new around here. You tell me.
                                                            
Delores turns to Brian wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.
                                                            
                       DELORES
Did you say something?
                                                            
A smile disappears from Brian's face.
                                                            
The bus stops and Delores gets up.
                                                            

75.

                       DELORES
Have a nice day.
                                                            
A hint of a smile appears on her face.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS DEPOT - DAY
                                                            
Brian hops on a bus which reads: CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
The bus kicks up a cloud of dust along a rural road.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
Brian enjoys the scenery. The bus slows down. A flock of
sheep blocks the road. The bus stops.
                                                            
Brian watches a border collie corner a lone, black sheep in
the distance. A shepherd catches the black sheep and carries
it back to the flock.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Bus Twenty-three pulls to the curb. Brian exits. The dog
he rescued rushes over.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You gotta be kidding.
                                                            
The dog licks him wildly. Brian pets the dog.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Have you been here all day?
                                                            
 
INT. MORGAN'S HOME - DAY
                                                            
Brian gets a bowl out of the cupboard. He opens the
refrigerator and puts leftover sausage and ham in the bowl.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Here you go.
                                                            
He places the bowl on the floor. The dog gulps down the
meal in no time. Brian gets more food out of the
refrigerator and places it in the bowl. The dog eats.
                                                            

76.

BATHROOM
                                                            
Brian gives the dog a bath.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why would anyone tie you to a
fence with barbed wire?
                                                            
John and Ollie poke their heads in. Brian dries the dog
with a towel.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Why would anyone rob a bank and
pop a cop?
                                                            
                       OLLIE
People do stupid things.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Are you going to keep him?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
If it's okay with you guys.
                                                            
The dog slides out from the towel and licks John and Ollie.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
She's trying to talk her way in to
it.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Cami waits at the bus stop. Her face lights up when she
sees the newly-bathed dog.
                                                            
                       CAMI
Your dogs looks
terrific...compared to before.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I rescued her. Isn't she
beautiful?
                                                            
                       CAMI
She sure is.
                                                            
Bus Twenty-three arrives. From their windows, Jesus and
Delores see the dog and smile.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
See you later, Blacky.
                                                            

77.

The doors open. Brian gets on. The doors close.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
The bus is packed with the usual people and quiet.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Good morning.
                                                            
Brian puts a bill in the machine.
                                                            
                       DAVID
      (mumbles)
Morn'n.
                                                            
Brian sits down in the front row next to Delores.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hi.
                                                            
                       DELORES
Hello.
                                                            
Jesus gets out of his seat and sits across the aisle from
Brian.
                                                            
                       JESUS
Hi.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Hi. I'm Brian.
                                                            
                       JESUS
I'm Jesus. Do you think I can
play with your dog when I get back
from school?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Sure. Did you see Blacky
yesterday?
                                                            
                       JESUS
Yeah. I wanted to play with her,
but she just waited for buses.
                                                            
Brian pulls a dog biscuit out of his pocket and hands it to
Jesus.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Give her this so she knows you're
a friend of mine.
                                                            

78.

The bus stops. Brian gets off. The passengers observe
Jesus wave goodbye to Brian.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Blacky waits. Bus Twenty-three approaches. Blacky perks
up. The doors open and Jesus gets off.
                                                            
                       JESUS
Hi, Blacky!
                                                            
Blacky watches the doors until they close. The bus leaves.
Blacky lies down and waits.
                                                            
Jesus takes the dog biscuit out of his pocket. Blacky wags
her tail. Jesus gives her the treat. Blacky picks up an
old tennis ball and drops it in front of Jesus. Jesus throws
the ball, and Blacky blazes after it.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
Brian looks out the window.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Oh my God.
                                                            
A crowd gathers to watch as Blacky leaps high and catches
the tennis ball.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Blacky and Jesus run over to the bus stop. Brian gets off
Bus Twenty-three. Blacky leaps into Brian's arms and licks
him wildly.
                                                            
                       JESUS
Blacky can do a lot of tricks
Brian! Watch!
                                                            
Jesus gets down on all fours, taps his back and
simultaneously throws the tennis ball up in the air. Blacky
runs at Jesus, jumps off his back like a springboard, and
catches the ball. More passersby stop to watch.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
That's terrific!
                                                            
                       JESUS
That's nothing. Watch this.
                                                            

79.

Jesus pulls a Frisbee out of his backpack. The red,
heart-shaped box falls out. Jesus carefully brushes it off
and places it back into his backpack.
                                                            
Jesus flings the Frisbee. Blacky takes off after it, tracks
it down, and makes a leaping catch.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Unbelievable!
                                                            
                       JESUS
She gets every one I throw!
                                                            
Brian notices other passersby, including Josh and Cory, stop
to watch. A BUTCHER (40), turns to Wendy.
                                                            
                       BUTCHER
Aren't you the produce lady?
                                                            
                       WENDY
Yes, I'm Wendy.
                                                            
The two shake hands.
                                                            
Others converse and point at Blacky. Josh and Cory walk over
to Jesus.
                                                            
                       CORY
Can we play with her?
                                                            
                       JESUS
Sure.
                                                            
Jesus hands the Frisbee to Josh. Josh throws the Frisbee.
Blacky retrieves it. Brian observes all the smiling faces.
                                                            
 
INT. MORGAN'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Ollie enters with the mail.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Hey, a letter from San Quentin.
                                                            
                       JOHN
If they made a mistake, I'm not
going back.
                                                            
Ollie hands the letter to Morgan who opens it. Brian, John,
and Ollie gather around Morgan who reads the letter.
                                                            
                       MORGAN
Shoot.
                                                            

80.

                       BRIAN
What?
                                                            
Morgan hands Brian the letter. Brian reads the letter. His
eyes could burn the house down as he HYPERVENTILATES.
                                                            
Morgan puts a bear hug on Brian who thrashes about trying to
escape.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Let go of me!
                                                            
John reads the letter.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Let me go, Morgan!
                                                            
Morgan releases Brian.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Syd's in a better place now.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
No, he's not! He killed a priest!
                                                            
Brian storms out.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
What happened?
                                                            
                       JOHN
The young Hispanics killed Syd.
                                                            
 
EXT. BEACH PARKING LOT - DAY
                                                            
Brian walks with a sandwich bag across the large, asphalt
lot. He closes in on the empty beach.
                                                            
Brian holds the bag with his teeth, bends down, and uses
both hands to scoop up a large heap of sand. He lets the
sand cascade between his fingers. He heads toward a
lifeguard tower.
                                                            
 
EXT. BEACH - NIGHT
                                                            
The full moon and abundant stars cast light on beachfront
homes.
                                                            
From atop a lifeguard tower, Brian watches waves crash
against a jetty.
                                                            

81.

Brian wipes tears from his eyes. He steps down from the
tower. He crumples the sandwich bag and tosses it into a
trash can. He heads for the houses.
                                                            
 
INT. BEACHFRONT HOME - NIGHT
                                                            
There are large trash bags, TVs, and stereo equipment just
inside the front door. Jogger hustles to the front door
with trash bags swung over his shoulder.
                                                            
Jogger quietly opens the front door.
                                                            
 
EXT. BEACHFRONT HOME - NIGHT
                                                            
Jogger pokes his head out and checks to see if the coast is
clear. He exits and tosses the trash bags into the back of
a van. He dashes back into the house.
                                                            
Jogger pokes his head out. He doesn't see Brian approach
from the beach. He dashes out with the TV. He places the
TV inside the van and darts back to the house.
                                                            
Brian sees the van with the back doors open. He checks it
out.
                                                            
A stereo CRASHES into the back of Brian's skull. Brian
drops to his knees. Jogger kicks Brian hard in the stomach.
Brian rolls onto his back.
                                                            
Jogger holds the stereo over his head. Brian rolls out of
the way. The stereo SMASHES onto the pavement. Brian grabs
a sharp, broken piece of the stereo.
                                                            
ELDERLY MAN walks his dog. He sees Brian stab Jogger in the
torso. Elderly Man quickly punches three numbers on his cell
phone.
                                                            
Brian GASPS for air next to motionless Jogger.
                                                            
Fear fills Brian's eyes. He quickly presses his hands onto
Joggers wounds to stop the bleeding. He checks Joggers
pulse. He performs CPR on Jogger as SIRENS WAIL.
                                                            
Police cars SKID to stops. Police officers draw their guns
at bloody Brian.
                                                            
Elderly Man points at Brian. Officers handcuff Brian at
gunpoint. They place him in the back seat of a patrol car.
                                                            
 

82.

INT. POLICE CAR - NIGHT
                                                            
An ambulance SCREECHES to a halt. Brian watches with great
concern as PARAMEDIC checks Jogger's pulse. He sees
Paramedic shake his head. Brian kicks the steel caging.
                                                            
 
INT. POLICE STATION - DAY
                                                            
A bruised Brian paces the small jail cell. He lies down on
the bed. He looks at the photo of his mom and the worn
memorial card with moist eyes.
                                                            
                       MARY (V.O.)
Please, Brian. Our family chain
must link again.
                                                            
POLICE OFFICER (35), unlocks his cell. Brian pops up.
                                                            
                       POLICE OFFICER
We got ahold of a neighbor's
surveillance video. Your story
checks out.
                                                            
Brian exits the jail cell.
                                                            
 
INT. CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
Brian kneels in a pew. Father Ken walks over. They sit in
the pew.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Someone finally said hi to me.
                                                            
                       FATHER KEN
Good, Brian! Hey, I was wondering
if you'd like to be our sexton.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm not that kind of guy.
                                                            
                       FATHER KEN
You'd take care of the church and
school.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Oh.
                                                            
 

83.

EXT. STREET - DAY
                                                            
Brian, Jesus, and Blacky walk down a street. Jesus tosses
the tennis ball into the air and Blacky catches it. An
Hispanic WINDOW CLEANER (22), smiles at Brian.
                                                            
                       WINDOW CLEANER
Love your dog.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Thanks. I'm Brian.
                                                            
The two shake hands.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm going to be working at the
Catholic church. You're welcome
there anytime.
                                                            
Brian and Blacky continue on. WILBUR (40), black, a
mountain of a man, races up to them.
                                                            
                       WILBUR
That's my dog!
                                                            
Blacky jumps into Brian's arms and snarls at the gigantic
figure.
                                                            
                       WILBUR
You stole my dog!
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I didn't steal her! I rescued
her.
                                                            
Wilbur lunges for Blacky who barks and snaps at his hands.
Wilbur backs away.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Why'd you tie her up?
                                                            
                       WILBUR
Because she stopped doing tricks.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
So you tied her up with barbed
wire?
                                                            
                       WILBUR
That's my dog!
                                                            
Blacky barks at Wilbur.
                                                            

84.

                       BRIAN
It doesn't look like she wants
you.
                                                            
Brian turns and takes a couple steps.
                                                            
                       WILBUR
I want five hundred bucks for
Killer!
                                                            
Brian turns around.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Killer? I'll get your money. And
her name's Blacky.
                                                            
Brian strides off. Blacky gets in one last snarl before
licking Brian's face.
                                                            
 
INT. MORGAN'S HOME - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian, Morgan, John, and Ollie eat pizza at the table. Brian
gives Blacky a piece of pepperoni.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I'm moving to the church tomorrow.
They hired me to watch over it and
the school in exchange for room
and board.
                                                            
                       OLLIE
Good for you, Brian.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Will they let you take Blacky?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Yup.
                                                            
 
INT. CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
Brian takes several dying plants and flowers off the altar
steps.
                                                            
 
EXT. CHURCH - DAY
                                                            
Brian plants the dying plants and flowers in the garden by
the front steps.
                                                            
Brian fertilizes and waters the garden.
                                                            

85.

Blacky spots Wilbur. She walks up to him. He pets her.
                                                            
                       WILBUR
Please forgive me.
                                                            
Blacky looks up at the church. Wilbur looks up at the
church. He walks up the church steps.
                                                            
Several uniformed students watch Brian clean the "OUR LADY
QUEEN OF ANGELS" sign as they walk to school.
                                                            
Brian polishes the giant steel cross. The blinding sunlight
blasts off the cross and catches Wendy's attention. Wendy
walks up the steps and enters the church.
                                                            
Wilbur exits the church. He spots Brian.
                                                            
                       WILBUR
You wouldn't let me have her back,
would you?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
She likes being with me.
                                                            
                       WILBUR
I know.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
There's no excuse for abuse.
                                                            
                       WILBUR
I know.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Schoolkids play. The church is in the background. Brian
washes classroom windows. He sees a MOTHER (40), walk out
of the principal's office with her MISCHIEVOUS SON (8).
                                                            
                       MOTHER
How do you ever expect to get to
Heaven?
                                                            
                       MISCHIEVIOUS SON
I'll just keep running in and out
and slamming the door until Saint
Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake,
come in or stay out.'
                                                            
Several schoolkids, including STUDENT (10), approach Brian.
                                                            

86.

                       BRIAN
Hi. How are you?
                                                            
The schoolkids pass Brian. SISTER ROSEMARY (30), meddlesome,
observes the schoolkids snub Brian.
                                                            
 
INT. CLASSROOM - DAY
                                                            
Sister Rosemary sits at her desk while the students take an
exam. Student approaches Sister Rosemary with her test.
Student points at her test. Sister Rosemary shrugs her
shoulders.
                                                            
Sister Rosemary watches Student return to her desk with a
perplexed look. Sister Rosemary smiles at Student who
smiles back. Student gets up from her desk and races out of
the classroom.
                                                            
 
EXT. SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Student runs across campus to a shed filled with mops and
cleaning supplies. Brian is startled to see Student.
                                                            
                       STUDENT
What's your name?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Brian.
                                                            
                       STUDENT
Nice to meet you, Brian.
                                                            
Student takes off. Another student runs past Student in the
opposite direction toward Brian's shed. Several students
run toward Brian's shed.
                                                            
                       STUDENTS
What's your name?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Brian.
                                                            
                       STUDENTS
Hi, Brian! Nice to meet you!
                                                            
More students run up to Brian.
                                                            
                       STUDENTS
What's your name?
                                                            
 

87.

INT. RECTORY - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian and the priests are at the dining room table with
hands folded and heads bowed. Salad, fish, bread, and wine
are on the table.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
...ever this night be at our side
to light, to guard, to rule, and
guide, amen.
                                                            
Brian and the priests make the sign of the cross.
                                                            
                       FATHER KEN
How's it going so far?
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Okay, I guess.
                                                            
They dig into the food.
                                                            
                       FATHER KEN
If you love one another as
yourself, you'll have no problems.
                                                            
                       FATHER O' MALLEY
The ultimate measure of a human is
their love.
                                                            
                       FATHER KEN
You were put here for a reason,
Brian. We're all part of His
master plan.
                                                            
                       FATHER O' MALLEY
He gives each of us a special
purpose.
                                                            
                       FATHER KEN
If we don't seek it, it's like
spitting in God's eye.
                                                            
                       FATHER O' MALLEY
Our lives are God's gift to us and
what we do with our lives is our
gift back to God.
                                                            
 
INT. CHURCH - NIGHT
                                                            
Brian dusts the altar in the dim church. A candle flickers
in a red vase. He mops using a back and forth motion.
                                                            

88.

Brian kneels and looks up at the crucifix.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
I hope I'm serving you the way you
want. Please help me get to
Heaven, Lord.
                                                            
He hears one of the rear doors open and close. Brian hides
in an area just off from the altar. He watches a small
figure enter and warm himself against the radiator.
                                                            
The giant crucifix attracts the attention of the small
figure who moves up to the front of the church. Brian sees
that it is Jesus. Jesus kneels in the front pew and folds
his hands.
                                                            
                       JESUS
Lord, please have my brother leave
the gang so he doesn't get in
trouble.
                                                            
Jesus makes the sign of the cross and gets up. He kneels
back down.
                                                            
                       JESUS
Just so I know you've heard me,
please leave me a toy car. I'll
pick it up tomorrow. And could you
please put a man in it? Thanks.
                                                            
He makes the sign of the cross and leaves.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                                                            
Bus Twenty-three pulls to the curb. Brian pets Blacky.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Be a good girl.
                                                            
                       CAMI
Have a nice day, Brian.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
You too, Cami. Make someone smile
today.
                                                            
Brian gets on the bus.
                                                            
 
INT. BUS - DAY
                                                            
The people are more talkative.
                                                            

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89.

                       BRIAN
Good morning.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Good morning.
                                                            
Brian puts his bill in the bill acceptor and sits in his
usual front seat.
                                                            
                       BRIAN
Good morning.
                                                            
                       DELORES
Good morning.
                                                            
Jesus sits across from Brian.
                                                            
                       JESUS
Hi, Brian. How's Blacky?