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Scene One Last edited by hinser, on 11/24/2008. 0 comments. More scene info.

INT. Interview Room at Police Station — Night

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A tight shot of a flourescent light - the hum of the light over powers the room.

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ROB WHITE (NARRATING)

Have you ever had one of those days where you just shoulda called out sick?

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Tight shot of Rob's eyes blinking - the hum of the flourescent light pulses for a half second as the light flickers

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ROB WHITE (NARRATING) (CONT'D)

Yeah - today is that day for me.

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Tight shot on Rob's feet cuffed to the floor

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ROB WHITE (NARRATING) (CONT'D)

You see - I wasn't even supposed to work today.

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Rob's fingers are interlocked on the table as he looks around the room and sets his stare into the obvious two way mirror of the investigation room. The pulse of the light still breaks in and out as Rob narrates.

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ROB WHITE (NARRATING) (CONT'D)

This place reminds me of 10th grade study hall. I hated 10th grade study hall.

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Rob's narration is broken by the opening of the interogation room door. In walk two men. The first one in the door is a tall, thin man in his late 30's with a half smiling face - Detective Vincent Kasey. He is balding but dressed immaculately. A half second behind him through the door is a short, squat, curly haired man - Detective Neal Ruggles. He is dressed haphazardly and has a short stub of a used cigar in his mouth.

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Detective Kasey

Mr. White? I'm Detective Kasey and this is Detective Ruggles.

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Rob looks at Kasey and then Ruggles. His eyes fall back to his hands before turning back to Kasey.

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Rob White

Gentlemen...Is this necessary?

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As the two detectives sit down Ruggles looks at Rob and gives an obvious "huhrumph" in disgust. Rob turns to Ruggles and flashes a look of disgust and then turns back to Kasey, checking his name again.

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Rob White (CONT'D)

Honestly, Detective Kasey, is it?

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Kasey nods as Rob continues.

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Rob white (CONT'D)

I have no idea why I am here - and WHY is it that I am cuffed?

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Rob looks into the eyes of the Detectives and then scans the room. He see the clock on the wall that reads three in the morning. He again looks into the two way mirror and studies his reflection.

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Rob white (narrating)

Actually - I know exactly why I'm here. But I don't know WHHYY I'm here. Three A.M. Damn, I can think of a lot better places to be at Three A.M.

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Kasey unbuttons his top button and loosens his tie.

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Detective Kasey

Mr. White we just got through taking a look at your tape. You shot all of it?

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Rob white

Yep. As I explained to the officers at the airport and to one of your guys outside...

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Rob is cut off by Detective Ruggles.

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Detective Ruggles

Let me guess, all you did was shoot the tape you don't know anything else?

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Rob, appalled, looks at Detective Ruggles.

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Rob White

Whoa Bowling Ball - don't get mad at me - I didn't dress you this morning.

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Kasey turns to Ruggles pats his hand on his shoulder and turns to Rob with a chuckle.

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Kasey

Easy Neal, easy.

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Kasey opens up a notebook and pulls a tape recorder out of his pocket. He places the recorder inbetween Rob and himself and pulls a pen out of his jacket. As he clicks the pen to start writing he asks:

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kasey (CONT'D)

Where do you live Mr. White?

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Rob adjusts his feet and hears the cuffs jingle. He turns serious.

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Rob white

Philly. Uh, Philadelphia.

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ruggles

City of Brotherly Love, Huh?

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Rob looks back at Ruggles and sensing a moment of possible common ground he smiles.

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rob white

Oh, yeah? What'd ya think?

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ruggles

Buncha assholes. Rude, ignorant assholes.

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Rob's smile turns to a frown. He looks back at Kasey with an incredulous look hoping for help and opens his palms to the sky as if to ask "What's this about"? Looking back at Ruggles...

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Rob white

You musta fit right in there, huh?

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Ruggles blows off the comment and as he looks Rob up and down Ruggles addresses Kasey.

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ruggles

Ever been to Philly, Vince?

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kasey

No Neal, I haven't...

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Cutting Kasey off, Ruggles looks directly at Rob trying to provoke a negetive reaction.

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ruggles

These guys they got up there - they all worship that movie "Rocky". Walking around puffing out their chest. Know it alls - a bunch of freaking know it alls. Smart asses - the whole lot of 'em.

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Rob white

Yeah, I guess you're right. That's all Philadelphia's got. It's not like our country was born there or anything.

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Ruggles gives Rob a confused look.

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Rob white (CONT'D)

You know - the Cradle of Democracy. Independence Hall, The Liberty Bell. (ROB NOW UNDER HIS BREATH) Dumbass.

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Ruggles slams his fist on the table and rises to his feet.

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ruggles

How 'bout I ring your bell?

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Rob stays seated but cocks his head as he says:

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rob white

Where are you from Ruggles?

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Ruggles puts both hands on the table and leans down almost over Rob.

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ruggles

Tallahassee...

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Rob inches up ever so slightly in he seat.

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rob white

Tallahassee? Tallahassee? And you wanna talk shit about Philadelphia?

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ruggles

Ain't nothing wrong with Tallahassee!

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Rob white

Nothing - if you're into fucking sheep.

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Ruggles stands up straight and starts to roll up his sleeves.

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ruggles

Vince tell this cheesesteak eating sonovabitch that he has the right to remain silent. Or I'll waive him his right and knock him the fuck out!

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Kasey rises to his feet and places his hand back on Ruggles shoulder to calm him and gentle push him back in his seat.

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Kasey

Easy, Rug, Easy now. C'mon.

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Rob white

Sheep fucker!

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Ruggles violently pushes his seat away from him and turns to go around the table.

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Ruggles

God damnit...

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Kasey now taking control of the situation interupts Ruggles and grabs him. Yelling at both Ruggles and Rob, Kasey directs his words intermitantly to both.

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Kasey

Enough - the both of you - Enough! Neal sit down! Mr. White, please.

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Rob, smiling that he had got under Ruggles skin turns to Kasey.

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rob white

Listen man...

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kasey

No! Mr White, you listen! I'm telling you right now. Shut up!

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Kasey turns to Ruggles and then to Rob.

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Kasey (CONT'D)

Rug, how about you getting us some coffee? Mr. White? Would you like something? Coffee? Water?

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Ruggles ignores the question to Rob and starts for the door. Rob adjusts himself in his chair. He looks at his hands again and replies...

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rob white

Uh yeah. Do you have Mountain Dew?

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Kasey's serious expression turns a 180 as he flashes a full smile. Laughing and amused he says...

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Kasey

A Mountain Dew, huh? Yeah I think we can do that.

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Before Ruggles walks out the door he takes Kasey's request.

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kasey (CONT'D)

And Rug, a Mountain Dew, please.

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Ruggles turns from the door, nods in acceptance and walks out. With Ruggles out of the room Kasey sits down and leans back in his chair.

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kasey (CONT'D)

I swear we don't operate on the good cop, bad cop kind of questioning.

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rob white

No? So what was that then? Good Cop, Fat Cop?

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Kasey

Rug's a good guy, he is, he's just a little sensitive towards this case.

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Rob pulls his hands from the table and places them in his lap.

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rob white

Mr. Kasey, Detective, I'm not the kind of guy who tries to piss off cops. But that guy's an asshole.

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Kasey leans forward putting all four legs of the chair back on the floor.

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kasey

I understand - but take a second to look at things from our perspective. We've got only two things here. A hour long tape, virtually a confession of a dozen open cases around the country and we've got you. Think about it. You aren't the picture of innocence, Mr. White.

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Rob now getting excited again, this time at Kasey.

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rob white

Innocence? I am innocent! What have I done? I'm cuffed here, at some police station in Tampa, with no explantation. You guys haven't told me shit - and for what?

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kasey

C'mon, don't act surprised that you're here!! You know what's on that tape - you were the one having the conversation!

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The hum of the flourescent light fades back in. Rob's eyes catch the two way mirror again.

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rob white

I'm not ever supposed to be down here to begin with.

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Kasey picks up his pen again.

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Kasey

I think the beginning would be a great place to start Mr. White.

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Calming down Rob's eyes turn back to his hands.

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Rob white

Rob, you can call me Rob.

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kasey

Ok Rob. Let's start at the beginning. Why are you here in Tampa?

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The scene fades to black.

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EXT. shots from the city of philadelphia fill the screen as the opening credits roll. we finally settle on a building in the middle of the city. it is darkened but lights from a TV screen can be seen from the street. — night

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