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SWORDFISH

by

SkipWoods

January2001
FinalProductionDraft

FOREDUCATIONAL
PURPOSESONLY

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BLACKNESS

WehearOVER...

FADEIN:

GABRIEL(V.O.)
Youknowtheproblemwith
Hollywood?Theymakeshit.
Unbelievable,unremarkableshit.
I'mnotsomegrungyfilmmaker-
wannabeesearchingfor
existentialismthroughahazeof
bong-smoke.It'seasytopick
apartbadacting,short-sighted
directing,orthepurelymoronic
stringingtogetherofwordsmany
ofthestudiostermasprose.No,
I'mtalkingthelackofrealism.
Realism.Notapervasiveelement
inthemodernAmericancinematic
vision.

INT.STARBUCKSCOFFEESHOP-MORNING

Threemensitatawindowboothdrinkingcoffeeand
talking.Twoofthemensitononesideofthetable;
STANLEYisintlyrthiisharelrae,STyGEAs,ieEROBRNT
forties.Bothwearsuits,theyounger'sisfairly
expensiveandwellcut,theother'sispolyester,enough
said.TheMANacross,however,isquitedifferent.He
iswhattheyusedtocalla"cool-cat."

GABRIEL(MAN)
TakeDogDayAfternoonfor
example.ArguablyPacino's
greatestperformance,excepting
TheGodfather,PartI,and
Scarface,ofcourse.A
masterpieceofdirecting,easily
Lumet'sbest.Theacting,the
script,cinematography,alltop
notch.But,theydidn'tpushthe
envelope.WhatifinDogDay,
Sonnyreallywantedtogetaway
withit?Whatif,andhere's
whereitgetstricky.Whatif
they'dstartedkillinghostages?
Nomercy,noquarter,meetour
demandsorthecuteblondeinthe
bellbottomsgetsoneintheback
ofthehead,bam,splatter.What?
Stillnobus?
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GABRIEL(CONT'D)
Howmanyinnocentvictimswould
theyletcadssorpsteyargethe
windowsbeforethecityreversed
itspolicyonhostagesituations?
And76.s19C.N.Nosawtih,.Non
C.N.B.C.,noM.T.V.NoInternet.
Fastforwardtothepresent,same
situation.Canyouimaginethe
feedingfrenzyofthemodern
media?Inhoursitwouldbethe
topstoryfromBostontoBudapest.
Allillimetein150mcuahgtozr,mo
computerenhanced,andcolor
corrected.Youwouldpractically
tastethebrainmatter.Six
hostagesdie.Ten.Twelve.
Twenty.Thirty.Relentless.One
afteranother.Alloverabus,a
plane,andacoupleofmillion
dollarsthatwerefederally
insured.

Hesits,lettingthepicturessinkin,then:

GABRIEL
Justathought.Imeanit'snot
reallywithintherealmof
conventionalcinema,butwhat
if...?

ROBERTS
Youknow,thismovieofyours,I
don'tthinkitwouldhaveworked.

GABRIEL
Really?Howcome?

ROBERTS
(shrugs)
Audienceslovehappyendings.

GABRIEL
Pacinoescapes.Withthemoney.
Boyfriendgetsthesexchange
operation.Theylivehappilyever
after.

Stanleyshakeshishead.

No?

GABRIEL

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No.

Homophobia?

Stanleyshakeshishead.

STANLEY

GABRIEL

STANLEY
Badguycan'twin.It'sa
moralitytale.Onewayorthe
other,he'sgottagodown.

GABRIEL
Oh,well.Lifedoestendtobe
strangerthanfiction.
(lookingatwatch)
Well,guys,gottajet.Thisplace
iskindadead.

CAMERAPANSAROUNDthecoffeeshop.Notasoulinthe
place.WeCONTINUETOPANAROUND270DEGREESTOthe
frontdoor,whichisopen.Outsidetheopendoorwayare
crouchedasquadofheavilybody-armoredSWATmembers,
packedtogether,andaimingautomaticweaponsinside.

ANGLEONGABRIEL

GABRIEL
Thanksforthecoffee.

Hegetsup.Inhislefthand,whichhasbeenhiddenby
thetableuntilnow,heisholdingastrange-looking
spring-loadedgrip.Gabrielislookingbackatthem.
Smiles.

GABRIEL
ReneDescartesissittinginsome
barinParis.Bartendersays,
'Hey,youwantanotherdrink?'
Descartessays,'Ithinknot.'
Anddisappears.

Hesmilesathisownjoke,thenturnsandwalksoverto
thefrontdoor.

Move.

Nooneeventwitches.

GABRIEL

GABRIEL
Iwon'taskagain.

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Heliftsupthedeviceinhislefthand.

ANGLEONROBERTS

whonodshishead.TheSWATteammovesback,letting
Gabrieloutofthecoffeeshop.

Thankyou.

GABRIEL

GabriellooksbackatStansittinginthebooth.

GABRIEL
Stanley...youcoming?

StanslidesfromtheboothasGabrielexitsthecoffee
shop--

EXT.STARBUCKSCOFFEESHOP-DAY

SILENCE--nosoundsontheSOUNDTRACK.

GabrielandStanleystopjustoutsidethedoorway.
Gabrieldonsapairofhiplittleshades,thencontinues
acrossthesidewalkandintothestreet.

Henonchalantlylooksup.SuddenlytheTHUMPof
HELICOPTERSandhtsetanimodSNEIRSofLAIWhete
soundtrack.

Pandemonium.HELICOPTERSRIPthesky,L.A.CountyPDand
abunchofnewsvultures.Squadcarsblockoffbothends
ofthestreetwhileSWATtrucks,newsvans,andlooky-
loosarepackedtogetherintothedistance.

Sharpshootersleanoutofwindowsandsnipersare
positionedoneveryopenrooftop.Hundredsofweapons
arepointedatthismanwhosauntersacrossthestreetas
ifhe'sonhiswaytoSundayservice,withoutacarein
theworld.

Slowly,StanleyfollowsGabrielintothestreet.

Gabrielstepsuponthefarsidewalk,ahugearmoredbus
blocksmostofthewindows.Hewalksbesidethebus,
underahuge"WORLDBANC"sign,andthroughtheglass
frontdoor,whichshutsINOURFACE.

INT.BANK-CLOSEUP-GABRIEL-DAY

HeturnsawayfromthewindowandweFOLLOWhim.

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TheinteriorofthebanklookslikeNewOrleansonFat
Tuesday.ThreeHummerssitinthemiddleofthefloor,
surroundedbybrokenglass.Betweenthemrestsabright
redFerrariF50(Gabriel's).

Allbutoneofthefrontwindowsofthebank,theone
withthedoorinit,hasbeenweldedoverwith3/4inch
platesteel.

Overtwodozenhostagesliefacedownonthefloor,arms
cable-tiedbehindtheirbacks.Somethinghasbeenduct-
tapedaroundtheirchestsandeachiswearingwhat
appearstobeadogcollar.

Theotheroccupantsoftheroomareninemen.Allof
whomwouldlookasiftheywereattendingthefashion
eventoftheyearwereitnotfortheautomaticweapons
eachonecarries.

GABRIEL
Howwedoin'?

OneoftheARMEDMENfinishesputtingacollarona
young,normallygood-looking-but-now-covered-in-mascara,
whimperingblondegirl.

Done.

MARCO(ARMEDMAN)

GABRIEL
Good.Takeherout.

SUPERIMPOSE:FRIDAY,OCTOBER188:41:22...

Thefrontdooropensandoneofthesuitedmendragsout
theprettyblondefromearlier.Sheissobbingandisin
suchgriefshecan'tevenwalk.

EXT.BANK-DAY

Onthesidewalk,thesuitedman,hisautomaticweapon
slung,holdsherupforeveryonetosee.

INT.BANK-DAY

Gabrielgrabshiscellanddials.

INT.STARBUCKSCOFFEESHOP-DAY

RobertssitsintheStarbuckswhichhasbeentransformed
intoahigh-techcommandcenterreadinganewspaper.

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Wecannotseetheheadlines.Federalandstateofficers
scramblearoundhandlingproblems.ThePHONERINGS.
AssistantDirectorBillJoy(A.D.JOY),anolder-looking
guywholooksmorelikeanaccountantthananassistant
directoroftheFBI,ishandedthephone.

A.D.JOY
Iseveryoneinposition?

SWATLEADER
Almost,sir.

ROBERTS
(looksupfrom
paper)
Whatareyoudoing?

WePANAROUND.

A.D.JOY
(toSWATLEADER)
Getheratyourfirstopportunity.

SWATLEADER
(intomike)
Highgroundoneandtwo.You
haveagreenlight.

ROBERTS
I'veseenwhatthismaniscapable
of--

A.D.JOY
TheF.B.I.doesnotnegotiatewith
terrorists.Iassumedyou'dbe
awareofthat.
(answeringphone)
Joy.

Robertspicksupanextension.

GABRIEL(V.O.)
Don'ttalk,listen...WhenImade
myDogDayAfternoonanalogy,I
wasnotspeakingmetaphorically.
Wehave22hostages.Eachhas
beenwrappedwith20poundsof
C-fourexplosives.

CUTTO:

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EXT.BANK

SWATguysmakingtheirwaytotheroofofthebank.

GABRIEL(V.O.)
Ontopofthatwehavetaped15
poundsofstainlesssteelball
bearings--

INT.BANK-ANGLEONGABRIEL

GABRIEL
--makingthemtheworld'slargest
walkingClaymoremines.

EXT.BANK-SHARPSHOOTERS

aimingdownatGabriel'smerc.

Themercisholdinguptheweepinggirlsoeveryonecan
seewhatGabrieliststwnnoeknbU.tuobagniklatoih,m
redlaseraimingdotsappearonGab'smerc'schest.

INT.BANK-DAY

Stanleyisbeingheldbytwoofthewell-dressedmen.

CLOSEUPONGABRIEL

GABRIEL
Aroundherneckisaradio-
frequencyelectronicdogcollar--

INT.STARBUCKS-DAY

Robertsstopsshortashehearsthis.HeandJoyboth
lookateachother.

INT.BANK-DAY

GABRIEL
Dogwalksoutofhisyard,hegets
theshitshockedoutofhim.

INT.STARBUCKS-DAY

Hearingthis,Robertsstandsbackup.

CUTTO:

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Stopthem--

ROBERTS

InSLOWMOTION,A.D.Joyjumpsforhisradio.

GABRIEL(V.O.)
Samething--

INT.BANK-CLOSEUP-GABRIEL-DAY

GABRIEL
--theiryardisthisbank.So,
don'tfuckwithme.

EXT.BANK-SAMETIME

SWATmembersmoveintopositionalongtheperipheral.
Themercturnstowardthem.Themomentumswingshis
shoulderedweaponupwardinSLOWMOTION.

INT.STARBUCKS-DAY

A.D.JOY
(intomike)
Holdyour--

EXT.BANK-SAMETIME

TheSWATsniperstakethisweaponmovementasan
aggressiveactandFIREintothemerc,theBULLETS
RIPPINGintohim.Hedrops.ASWAT-armoredvehicle
rushesin--oneoftheteamjumpsout,inanattemptto
rescuethewoman.

INT.BANK-DAY

No!Noooo!!

EXT.BANK-DAY

STANLEY

Hysterical,thehostagerunsbacktowardthebank,
confusingtheSWATguytryingtorescueher.Hereaches
forherbutshefightshim.Finally,hegrabsheraround
therestetreiuodlhtetnoeroeshsshnhiatsiawirracdn
asshescreamstowardthebankforhelp.

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CLOSEUP-HISFOOT(SLOWMOTION)

ashestepsoffthesidewalk.

ANGLEONGIRL(SLOWMOTION)

Sheisscreamingnooooo!

CLOSEUP-HISFOOT(SLOWMOTION)

asitcontinuesitsstride.

CLOSEUP-RADIODOGCOLLAR(SLOWMOTION)

Aroundherneck.Thegreenlightblinkstored.BEEP.

NORMALSPEED.

KABOOM!

BALLBEARINGSRICOCHETagainsttheplatesteelofthe
bank.

EXT.STARBUCKSCOFFEESHOP-DAY
Theballbearingsbounceacrossthestreetandtap
againstthecoffeeshop.

INT.STARBUCKSCOFFEESHOP-DAY(SLOWMOTION)

Everyoneinthecoffeeshoplooksateachotherlike,
"Whatjusthappened?"

EXT.STARBUCKSCOFFEESHOP-DAY

Asballbearingsrollbackintothestreet.

FADETOBLACK.

FADEIN:

TITLESEQUENCE:

INT.CUSTOMS(LAX)-CLOSEUPONAXLTORVALDS-DAY

SUPERIMPOSE:3DAYSEARLIER

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