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by Robert Getchell based on the book by Tobias Wolff

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THISBOY’SLIFE

Writtnby
ROBeRT eTCHeLL

Basdonthbookby
TOBIASWOLFF

March192Draft

FOReDCATIONAL
PRPOSeSONLY

FADeIN:

eXT.HI HWAY-DAY

THISBOY'SLIFe

Itis7591,.hatthsdsrtofnirawdanTONY
BeNNeTTsings"RagstoRichs"onthSONDTRACK.
Brath-takingyrncsahtrnifosditchstrtoso
highway.

ThCAMeRAMOVeStorvalaNashAmbassadorasitlabors
pacrarscalvwT.llih-milrty-thithihdntbahg
pr-horpac.Twocarsdcidtoignorsaftyand
crossthsolidyllowlintopassthpokycar.

INT.NASHAMBASSADOR-PARALLeLTIMe

Twopoplarinthstrainingcar-awomanandhr
son.ThwomanisCAROLINeWOLFF.Somwhrinhr30s,
shisasififlworksholnacotabkoyttrpwhnmawo
atit.(Jstnow,thogh,hrprttinssismarrdbya
fadingbrisonhrrightchkbon).Shisbrightand
nrgticandlivly.evnmorimportantthanths
qalitis,thogh,ishrhmor.Andmostimportantof
allisasnsalqalityshxds.Hrsnsalityis
ffortlss-asnatraltohrasthcolorofhrys
andhair.Mntrnonthstrttostarathr.

ThboyisTOBYWOLFF.Asanaplcdt-fawithboy-now
drflys,his-13ttringonthbrinkof
adolscnc,sothatonmomnthsmslikaslf-
assrdtnagr,andthvrynxtlikatn-yar-old
kid.

Jstnowthtn-yar-oldkidhasthpprhand:bord
andwarywiththlongtrip,Tobyhasbnargingwith
Carolin,whoisignoringhim.

TOBY
.Wll,Imanit.I'msrios
-Ido.Yopromisandpromis,
andthnyochangyormind,
jstlikthat.

.h-hh.

CAROLINe
(totallyoblivios)

TOBY
Yowait'tilyoaskmfor
somthing.Jstwait.Sifyo
gtit.

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

CAROLINe
(asabov)
Toby,hsh.Ltmjst.

Soconcntratdonhrdrivingshdosn'tvnfinish
hrsntnc,shnrssthcarpward.Finallythcar
crststhhillandstartsdown.Carolinsighswith
rlif.ShtrnstoTobywithasmil.

CAROLINe
What'dyosay?

TOBY
Isaid-forthtwntithtim
-ydropsmisosbomifapsrno
somthing,thycan'tjsttrn
arondandtakitback.

CAROLINe
Oh,hony,Jss.Don'tstart
withthatagain.

Whynot?

TOBY

CAROLINe
BcasI'mthmothr,andI
gttotllyowhattodovry
mintofyorlif'tilyo'r
ightn.Sriosly,w'vgotno
mony.Ican'tbyyoth
moccasins.

TOBY
Ibtifyo'dpromisdRoysom
moccasinsh'dofgot'm.

CAROLINe
NotalkabotRoyokay?Andditto
thmoccasins.W,can't,afford,
thm.

TOBY
Yah,btyodidpromis.

CAROLINe
Sm.Takmtocort.Oh,
Toby,Iknowyo'rdisappointd,
bt.

TOBY
Jack.CallmJack.

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD)2(:

CAROLINe
Yo'rgoingtodrivmtoan
arlygrav:I'mnvrgoingto
makSaltLakCity.
TOBY
Sriosly.Ifaprsoncan'tgt
astinkingmisrablpairof
moccasins,atlasthoghttob
abltochooshisownnam.
(lod)
.andIwannabcalldJack!

CAROLINe
Fin.Andyocancallm.
(shthinks)
.Jantt.JanttMari.
TOBY
Oh,yo'rsostpidsomtims,
I.

ThBAWLIN ofanAIRHORNintrrptshim.Bothofthm
lookthroghthbackwindowandsahgrtcator-
trailrtrck,otofcontrol,baringdownonthm.
Carolinbraksandstrsahardright,SKIDDIN th
NASHsaflyontothsidofthroad.

Thtrck,itsHORNBLASTIN stadily,shimmisand
slidspastthm,andthn,hidosly,failstomakth
nxtcrvgardrailsansahshtorghhti:smtdinto
mptyspac,itsHORNstillBLARIN .

CarolinandTobylookatachothr,thnscramblot
ofthcar.

eXT.BROKeN ARDRAIL-DAY

Othrdrivrshavstoppdtolook:hndrdsofft
blow,htckrtonlisbackitsbgnoma.srdlo
Carolinglancs,thntrnsaway.ShpllsToby
away,onarmarondhissholdr.

eXT.NASHAMBASSADOR-MINTeSLATeR

CarolinfillsthNash'sstamingradiatorwithacanof
watr.

CAROLINe
(notmchhat)
oddamnthing.

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

Shglancsbacktowhralargrcrowdofpoplstar
avidlydownatthtrck.Shbitshrlip.

CAROLINe
Oh,thatpoorman.

Thrisapas.ThnTobyspaks:

TOBY
Ihoptohllthisisn'tsom
kindofomn.

CarolintrnstoToby,hrfacworrid.Thnshss
thlookinToby'sys-h'sragginghr.Shgrins
andlvg.isroahafnatfttchoi,shigivoldssh

INT.NASHAMBASSADOR-NI HT

Toby(ftponthdashboardwaringabrand-nwpair
ofIndianmoccasins)andCarolinsing"MoodIndigo"
togthr.Tobyholdsacomplicatd-looking,blackcon-
traptionwhichlooks.thgilhsamsointhligaknanqitlf

TOBY
How'sthisthingwork,anyway?

CAROLINe
(notconfidnt)
Itmaksablacklightthat,h,
cassranimtracstoglow.

TOBY
Andwjstwalkalongthstrt
andfindthisglowingranim?

CAROLINe
Wll,itwasvrywhrinMoab,
thysay-jstlikgoldinth
gold-rshdays.

TOBY
BtwwrtoolatinMoab,and
thatgyatthofficsaid
nobody'dfondanyraniminSalt
LakCity.

CAROLINe
Wll,thatmansw'llhavth
placprttymchtoorslvs,
hh?Hony,thiscoldbabig
brakfors.Ifthisworksot,
oh,jstthink:w'llgtsa
hos,gtridofthisdamnNash
Ambassador-nomonyworris.
It'llblikhavnonaJnday.

INT.CAR-DAWN

Whar"MOODINDI O"onthcarRADIOandsthata
waryCarolinhasdrivnthroghthnightandTobyis
slmpdagainstthpassngrdoor.Tobystirs,thn
opnshisys.

CAROLINe
AskmhowfarwarfromSalt
LakCity.

Tobyisinstantlyawak,xcitd.Carolinpointstoa
smallhighwaysignandbothshandTobyyllot.

CAROLINe/TOBY
Forty-svnmilstogo!

Bothofthmarlaghingwithxcitmnt.Tobyclaps
hishandstogthronc,vryhard,andCarolinylls-

eXT.HI HWAY-MORNIN

Wllhll.NashAmbThybstisrodassathfodsith
road,itshoodp,itsradiatorstaming.Carolinand
Tobysitinapatchofshadbythcar.

CAROLINe
IfIcoldhavonwishright
now-onlyonwish-yoknow
whatI'dlik?I'dliktobrn
thisdamnNashAmbassadortoa
crisp.
(asTobylaghs)
I'msrios.Ihatit.Ihat
thfactorythatprodcdit,and
Ihatthmanwhoinvntdit.

TOBY
ItalmostmaksmwanttosRoy
-hwasthonlyoncoldmak
ththingstopovrhating.
(abat)
My od,hwasboring.Boringand
man:yosrgotcrappytastin
boyfrinds.

AtthmntionofRoy'snam,Carolinlightlytochs
thbrisonhrhcbok.notNjnniyohtgatlkgithr
abotRoy,shporsthwatrintothradiator,and
spaksdirctlytothcar.

CAROLINe
I'dliktobrnyotothgrond.
(toToby;bigsmil)
Lt'sgogtrichinSaltLak
City!

eXT.SALTLAKeCITY(DOWNTOWN)-DAY
TobywaitsbsidthNashAmbassador,lookingtowarda
thr-storyconcrtbilding.Hholdsaportabl
RADIO,whichPLAYSDeloragV"."ARTIANMnginNsi

INT.BILDIN -PARALLeLTIMe
Carolin,holdingthimitation igrcontr,stands
acrossthcontrfromaMANwhoislookingathr
vrystrangly.
MAN
Yo'rpllingmylg,right?
CAROLINe
No,Icamhrtolookfor
ranim.
MAN
My od,lady.Ifyo'rlooking
forranim,whydidn'tyogoto
Moab?
CAROLINe
Wwntthr,btvrybody'd
batnsthr.Wwrtoolat.
MAN
Soyocamhrjstonth
chancyo'dfindranim?
Listn,yomindmsaying
somthingtoyomightsondrd?
Lady,yogotmorcoragthan
yogotcommonsns.

eXT.NASHAMBASSADOR-DAY

Carolinxitsthbilding,dmpsth igrcontrin
atrashcanandstridstothcar.Shgtsin,and
saystwowords:
CAROLINe
Don'task.

INT.NASHAMBASSADOR-DAY
Carolintrnsthkyinthignitionandgtsonlya
maddningReR-ReR-ReR-ReRnoisfromtheN INe:
warily,shrstshrforhadonthstringwhl.

eXT.NASHAMBASSADOR-TWeNTYMINTeSLATeR

CarolinandTobyhavthhoodpandarpringinto
thngin.

TOBY
ThatmchanicinColoradosaidit
nddpoints.

CAROLINe
Iknow.Don'ttllmwhatI
alradyknow.Thisthing'sa
bottomlsspit.Idon'tknowwhat
todo.NomattrhowmchmonyI
porintoit.

SddnlyaWOMANinpdal-pshrsandathin,inxpnsiv
swatrstops.Sh'svaglylow-class,btfrindlyand
sympathtic.

WOMAN
I'drathrbwhippdwithablt
thanhavcartrobl.'Cors
thsdaysIdon'thavtoworry
abotthat.Myhsbandgotlaid
offatthmill,andthy
rpossssdthcar,sowhrvr
Iwannago,Ijsthavtohoof
it,yoknow?

Carolinsmils,thnhrfacchangs.

CAROLINe
Yodon'thavacar?
(asthWoman
shakshrhad)
Yowantthison?

Shockd,thWomansays-

I.h.I.

WOMAN

TOBY
Yo'rgonnagivorcaraway?

CAROLINe
(tothWoman)
Sriosly.Itndspoints,and
itovrhatsconstantly,btyo
canhavitifyowantit,
bcasmyhandto od,Ican't
lookatitonmormint.
WOMAN
Wll,sr.

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

CAROLINe
tthbagsot. tthownr's
slipotofthglovcompartmnt.
W'rridofthisson-of-a-bitch
pinkandwhitalbatross.Yo
don'tmindtakingacarwithabig
dntinthpassngrdoor?

WOMAN
Hll,no.
(shlooks)
Thr'snodntthr.

Carolindrawsbackhrlganddlivrsatrrific,
flat-footdkicktothdoor,lavingadntthsiz
ofadish-pan.

CAROLINe
Oh,ysthris!

TobyhandsthWomanthownr'sslip,Carolingivshr
thkys.

WOMAN
.gstjyllarosihtmgniviy
car?

CAROLINe
It'sdon.It'syors.Yogot
yorslfaNashAmbassador!
(toToby)
Lt'sgo!

Bothofthmpickptwobagsapic-allthyhavin
thworld-andoffthygo,flinggood.

eXT.CITYSTReeT-DAY(FeWMINTeSLATeR)

1597isallaronds:gasis29.cntsagallon;brad
is91cntsaloaf;carscraravhyildvdanorhc;dm
poploccasionallynodandsmilatstrangrs;childrn
carryhlahoops.Inall,agntlrtim.Carolinand
Tobystridalongbriskly,asifthyknwwhrthy
wrgoing.

CAROLINe
.findorslvsachaproom
somplac,w'llgtyointo
school,I'llbrshponmytyping
andgtajob,andthings'llstart
lookingp.Iflit:thgood
timsarcoming.Andatlast
w'rridofthatdamnNash
Ambassador!

(CONTINeD)

CONTINeD:

TOBY
Yah,andlikDadsdtosay,
'Wmaybbrokbtw'rnvr
poor.'Andlatr,ifwgta
hoswithabigyard,Icold
gtacolli,yoknow?Onlik
Lador ryDawn.Andsomday
maybapalomino.AndI'mgoing
totryhardrinschool,too.

Thtwoofthmwalkon-abitfoolish,bt,inan
oddway,bravashll.

INT.VICePRINCIPAL'SOFFICe-DAY

AsbddTobysitsinfrontofthVICePRINCIPAL.

VICePRINCIPAL
.liktogivnwboysth
bnfitofthdobt,btthis
isthscondtimintwowks
thatyovbninfrontofm,
andIdon'tlikthat.
(pickspatlphon)
NowIthinkyobttrjstcall
yormothrandtllhrtocom
downhr.

TOBY
Shworks.Sh'sworking.

Silnt,thmancontinstoholdotthtlphonto
Toby.Finallyhtaksitanddials.

eXT.SCHOOL-AFTeRNOON

CarolinandTobyxit.Tobyslln;Carolinangry.

TOBY
Itwasn'tmbrokthirstpid
windows.

Liar.

CAROLINe

TOBY
,thanksalot,Mom-bliv
thminstadofm.

CAROLINe
Ifyocaranythingabotmat
all,yo'llshtp.

(CONTINeD)