The Power of One
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by Robert Mark Kamen Based on the novel by Bryce Courtenay

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THE

POWER

OF

ONE

WrittenbyROBERTMARKKAMEN

BasedontheNovelbyBRYCECOURTENAY

February1990Draft

FOREDUCATIONAL
PURPOSESONLY

Copyright©1990WarnerBros.

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FADEIN:

ENOFOOWERHEPT

Whatifthepowerofonebecomesthe
powerofmanyandehtpowerofmany
becomesthepowerofone?

EXT.SOUTHAFRICANFARM-DAY(1939)

Awhitecarsitsintheyardofthefarmhouse.Onthe
door,adecal:enmwoT".MUIROTINASNWOT"CAPEdressed
intheohreiusoafnittrmsmnifoetuwihittexra-mehf
house;onegentlyguidinga,troubledhtarliarfre
womantowardthecar;theothertoteshersuitcase.

TheV.O.ofayoungmannarrates:

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
Therecomesatimeineveryone's
lifewhentheydiscoverthatthe
onlypersonyoucantrulydepend
onisyourself.Thattheonly
realreapwoeahynnotosget
anythingdoneisthepowerofone.
Withanyluckyoucanmakeit
throughalotbesaryefoyuoofer
everhaveereethfactotilayof
thatfact.
(beat)
ItwasaluxuryIneverhad.I
discoveredityearmythemtoehr
hadhernervousbreakdown.

Oneattendantholdsthereardoorofthecaropenfor
the,ng.mawoniretneerofeBsehtrusnoenlasttime
towardthefarmhouse.

HERPOV

AyoungBOYlookingonepartscared,onepartsad,and
onepartloststaresbackather,hishandheldbya
large,amiableblackwomanwithrehnwodginllrosarte
roundcheeks.

Iwasallofsix.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)

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BACKTOSCENE

Thewomanentersthecar.tehdownoffvesdriracehT
road.ehBTihebadnppasraeiesditwoychatplumeof
swirlingdust.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
MyfatherdiedbeforeIwasborn,
andeventhoughIwasraisedby
myZulunanny,withmymother,
dependingonherhealth,in
nominalattendance,itwas
decided,withherdeparture,that
I,too,woulddepart...
(beat)
...forboardingschool.

ThedusttheBoyhasbeenwatchingreversesitself.
Anunseenvehiclecomesuptheroad.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
ButbeforeIcouldbesentout
intotheworldoneveryserious
matterhadtobedealtwith.
(beat)
Iwasachronicbedwetter.Since
mynannywastheoneresponsible
formywell-being,shedidwhat
anyresponsibleZulumotherwould
do.Shecalledonthegreatest
medicinemanofhertribe--
InkosiInkosikazi.

OutofthedustalargeblackBuickROADMASTERROARSup
therchgkeicansndyra,dsacttrenioadandintothe
geese,stoppingnidlo-yearsix-yedde-eeiwfhttnofor
andhisAy.nnnasouulmertuujpmsuhegZluoutofthe
frontpassengerseatandopens.heotredaorrAmoment
passes,andthenosptwd,clayedefarkcedcseetdenomfr
thecarandsettleintothedust.INKOSINIOKISAKIZ,
100ebranadiar,dhdlams,dlosraeynezewi,cklabl,
whiterthancotton,aapoesdrloedrvenkiapdrhis
shoulders,abeadedturssdelyhasnwdi,tcahinonfe
chickenintheother,exitsthecar.

EXT.YARD-NIGHT

CUTTO:

AfireburnsbrightintheblackAfricannight.TheBoy
sitsholdingthechicken,closebythefire,whileInkosi
Inkosikazishufflesaroundhim,drawingacircleinthe
dustwithastick.

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YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
LegendhaditthatInkosi
Inkosikaziwasthelastsonof
thegreatZuluking,Dingaan,
whofoughtboththeBoersand
theBritishtoastandstill
nearly100yearsbefore,andthe
nightInkosiInkosikaziwas
conceivedstarsfellfromthe
skyuntilthesunrose.

Thecirclecomplete,theoldmansitsdownoppositethe
Boy.ehropcuhroFamatleheproducesen.sseveralboHe
throwsthebonesonuorgadnsdniduttesmherfoathe
moment.Hebeginstowavetheflyswitchbackandforth
infrontoftheBoy'stlofy.eyes,gol,wscahtnniThe
Boy'seyess;hihwoyvaerglidsdroop.

DREAM-EXT.WATERFALL

TheBoyandtheoldmanarestandingaboveagreat
waterfall.Intheirlingpoolfarwolebwsareten
steppingstoneslinkingonebanktotheother.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
Themedicinemaninstructedmeto
jumpoffthefallsandclimbalong
thetensteppingstones,counting
asIhlcidIeruatenewtndyr
land.

TheBoyjumps,cascadingdownthefallsandintothepond
below.ehtHeclambersupfirstrock.Itisslippery.
Hefallsoffandclimbsbackon,buffetedbythespraying
water.Hemakeshiswaystonebyhetthotoerdwatsnore
side.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
Eventhoughitwasonlyadream,
Ifeltasifmystruggletoreach
drylandaswertfyriglinyerla.
Thewaslikeice,bwet-aorne
chilling,cold,andasImademy
wayfromonestonetothenextI
couldfeelmystrengthdesertme.

Theprogressfromonesteptothenextgetsprogressively
harderastheBoykeepsslippingintoilgnwsrihteer,wat
coughingandsputtering.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
IwasthreerocksinwhenIran
outofgas.fIouc'ndluptmlllesy
anyfurther.NomatterhowhardI

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tried,thecurrenttriedharder.
Ifeltmyselfgoingunderforthe
lasttime.

TheBoy'sgripslipsofftherock.ogotsttsraHe
under.

EXT.FARMYARD-DAWN

Thefirehasgoneout.ehttsililtinginoyisstTheB
circle,thepa.silhcnstickeinhillHiseyessnap
open.rifttsgnihehheTknsokizaiseesisInkosiI
sittingacrossfromhimwithabigsmile.

EXT.YARD-DAY

CUTTO:

CUTTO:

InkosiInkosikazienterstheBuick.TayoBehsihdn
smilingnannywatch.TheyBoytehcihllhlosdstienck.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
InkosiInkosikazisaidthespirit
ofthegreatZuluwarriorslived
inme.elHotemdahthwtevener
troublearoseIhsuodlrteurnto
thewaterfalldnaetspeekginpp
acrosstherocksuntilthetrouble
passed.Herethroesdaiskcerew
enoughtoconquermyproblemwith
thenightwater;thatIwasvery
brave.HeasaIwsaidfromna
allAfrica,boundtoherbymy
spirit,boundbymydreams.
(beat)
Andheletmekeepthechicken.

TheBoyandhisnannywatchthecargooffinacloudof
dust.

EXT.VELDT-DAY

CUTTO:

TheBoysitsonatrainlookingoutthewindowatthe
veldtandthewildlifemovingacrossnisidehte.ncta

Asackonhislapmoves.pdaspo.tuochicThesheken'
TheBoygiveshimsomekernelsofcornandscratches
behindagcrsish.bmocylg

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
AlthoughIwasboundbyspirit

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anddreamtoAfrica,Iwasbound
byheritageandlanguagetothe
birthplaceofmygrandparents--
England--averdnenuocahIyrt
seen,butonethatwastocause
meeminentlymorelemsprobnaht
bedwettingeverdid.

EXT.ROADTOSCHOOL

Amotorcardrivingalongtheroadtotheschool.

INT.SCHOOL

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
TheschoolIwassenttowas
attendedandstaffedentirelyby
Afrikaaners,theoldestofthetwo
whitetribesofAfrica.

CUTTO:

CUTTO:

Thesix-year-oldwalkstimorouslythroughthehalls,
filledwithbiggerboys--brash,noisy,hostile.They
onlyspeakthe"Taal"--Afrikaans.Overandoverthey
jostleorverballyderidethesix-year-old,knockinghis
booksdownsothatwhenhebendstopickthemupheis
kickedinthebutt.rOginllpusihshirtoutfromunder
hisjacketandmakingvom.erahotdti

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
IspokeonlyEnglish.Thehated
tongue.Theugnalmyneehetofeag
whohadusurpedpowerandstolen
theguhopilitaclcountrythro
chicaneryandmilitarybrutality.

Amobofboys,ledbyabigbully,JAAPIEBOTHA,runs
thesix-year-oldthroughthebathroomandintothe
showers,fullyclothed.Henoursettirout.Jaapie
Bothagrabshimandthrowshimbackin,holdinghimwith
oneham-fistedhandundertherehhswonadaedrntugineth
showeronwiththeother.Thesix-yerao-dlsatdns
miserableasthestingingwaterpeltshim.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
DuringtheBoerWarof1896,
26,000moneadnBowerchildren
wereherdedsptainoindtecamment
bytheBritish,wheretheydied
likefliesfromdysentery,

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malariaandblackwaterfever.
AnditseemedIwasdestinedto
shouldertherofibisytilreonsp
eachandeveryoneofthose
deaths.

Thesix-year-oldinhisfirstsoccergamereceivesthe
ball.Hetrd,elutbehseimotevoifpuiskickedand
pushed,theballkentamihmorf.Hegaputsotlymeeg
followthechase,onlytobeflattened,sidelindbdyb
JaapieBotha.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
Andnoonemadethismoreevident
tomethanJaapieBotha,awheat
farmer'shteormvsaarTnal.fons

INT.DORMITORY

CUTTO:

Thesix-year-old,asleep,hischickenperchedalertly
atopthebed.

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
TheonlytimeIwasatpeacewas
whenIslept.Inkosikiza'isIknso
chickenprovedtobe,likehis
previousowner,asalvation.

EXT.REAROFDORMITORY-DAY

TheBoybuildsasmallshelterfortheCHICKEN,who
CLUCKS.yanfodgeracosenntdlte

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
Duringthedayhewouldlive
outsidethedorm,happilyscarfing
downbugsandgrubs,secureina
littlehouseIbuiltforhim.

INT.DORM-NIGHT

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
Andatnighthewouldhopthrough
thengovermyrchi,peandndowiw
bed,squawkingtrinerudsifnay
camenear.

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Severalboyssneakupinthedark.ENbHICKheCTniges
toCHATTER.in,ahseodlwkaseyex--oarThsiehand
readytothrow.shaThesacodsw.ttregoyBhehetesivT
chickenainsofcornrgwefacrschatandanfaeftcoianet
behindtheear,andgoesbacktosleep.

INT.SCHOOL

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
Hewasmybestandonlyfriend.

CUTTO:

Boysandfacultyrunningthroughthehallsexcitedly,
showingsrehtiwwenpapspicturesofHitlerand
Chamberlainonthefront.lsdnasretsoPthswiogan
swastikasareslappeduponwalls.bmesoymimicoS
"heiling"ther.toaehco

YOUNGMAN(V.O.)
I'msureintimeastatusquo
wouldhavebeenhievaceentweedb
meandmyschoeweritloametstno
forthecataclysmicevents
occurringinthatfarawayplace
noneofushadeverseen.
(beat)
TwomontjhsafterIarrivedat
theschloolroWaWdIIrrobokeut
inEurope.iHhdaltreedtvowo
crushtheBritishEmpire.The
Boersnisdrwosirhehtaedsenrp
anticipation.

Thesix-year-oldcomesbacktohisbedinthedormto
findaswastikacarvedintoit.

INT.DORMITORY-NIGHT

CUTTO:

Thesix-year-oldsleepsfitfully.hereTsiUMaELFFD
SQUAWK.Hewakes.rownoverAbalknteishthishead.

INT.DARKENEDBASEMENTROOM

CUTTO:

TheBoyisdumpedonthefloor,theblanketremoved.His
eyesopeninhorror.ehTmooriltisrohcybtes.
Shadowsdancefearfullyofftwodozenboyswithswastika
armbandsandleatherpistolrsgihtiwtoustpisolrastdepp
totheirsides.hmionanIonfroftlptaofrmJaapie
Bothastands,hissveeesltrihsehsohtre,uodltedllro

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asanotherstudentpainfullytattoo-scarshisarmwith
aswastika,usingagineeS.yedue-xisehtknifeandbl
year-old,Jaapienshturitnottnesiatohimand
addressess.irfAnaakmihni

JAAPIE
GodhassentHitlertodeliverus
fromtheEnglishbastardswhostole
ourcountryandkilledourpeople.
HeilHitler!

Theotherboyschorusin.

HeilHitler!

ALL

JAAPIE
Wewillswearabloodoath.When
Hitlercomeswe'llriseupand
killtheVerdomdeRooineks.

ALL
Abloodoath!Abloodoath!

Jaapiebendsdownandgrabsthesix-year-oldbythe
shirtfront,yankinghimup.

JAAPIE
Withyourblood.

JaapieslapstheBoyacrossthemouththreetimes.
Bloodflowsfromhismouhtadnnso.eipdieapshisaJ
fingerinthebloodandsmearsitacrosshisnewtattoo.
Heholdsuphisbloodiedfingers.

JAAPIE
WeswearallegiancetoAdolf
Hitler.HeilHitler!

ALL
WeswearallegiancetoAdolf
Hitler.HeilHitler!

JAAPIE
DeathtoallEnglishmeninSouth
Africa.HeilHitler!

Thechorusrepeats.

JAAPIE
Godblessthefatherland.Heil
Hitler!

Thevoicescomebacktohimstronger.

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HeilHitler!

ALL

Jaapiegrabsthesix-year-oldagain.

JAAPIE
Seewhatwehaveinstorefor
youwhenHitlermose,oRioen.kc
Hoy!

Hegivesacommand.thfTebehsyottafeheraodn
roompart.d'seyesopenTehsxiy-ae-rlointerror.

HISPOV

20feetawayInkosiInkosikazi'schicken,hischicken,
ishungwn,psidedotfarureorfampaipgnselsylfhapl
againsthisbonds.

BACKTOSCENE

No!

BOY

Butbeforehegetstwostepstowardsthechickenheis
gang-tackledandheld.spuaaJepickpiaslinganda
rock.

JAAPIE
Forcrimescommittedagainstthe
wholeBoerpeople.I,Jaapie
Botha,theageUndudj,rfreberhu
sentenceyouandyourRooinek
kaffirchickentodeath.Heil
Hiter.!

HeilHitler!

ALL

Jaapiestartstoswingtheslingaroundandaround.The
six-year-oldrustleggtosetgfer.e

ALL
HeilHitler!HeilHitler!

TheSLINGWHISTLESthroughtheair,fasterandfaster.

No!

BOY

Jaapiereleasesthestone.Itfliestrue,catching
theSQUAWKING,strugglingCHICKEN.tsehcflusthehin
Thedoppalfopstginlobasssaosktrhuohgfeathers.

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