From the Screenplay
W. Peter Iliff
We are in the belly of a wave.
Light refracts in a constant collision of water.
SLOW MOTION, the hallucinatory prisms, like liquid
diamonds taking flight, dreamlike...
EXT. OCEAN - DUSK
Backlit against a flaming sun a solitary SURFER glides
across the green glassy peak. TIME IS STRETCHED until his
movements gain a grace and fluidity not of this world.
Total Zen concentration. Body weight centered, eyes
forward and on the next section.
EXT. URBAN STREET - DUSK
SLOW MOTION ON a black sedan.
Creeping along store fronts. Past a Winchell's.
PEOPLE splash steps down rain-washed sidewalks in DREAM
MOTION. The sedan turns past the FIRST VIRGINIA BANK and
into an alley.
INT. BLACK SEDAN
TWO MEN and ONE WOMAN in SUSPENDED TIME put on overcoats
and hats. Under their hats strips of Scotch tape stretch
taut from the base of their nose to their forehead,
hideously distorting their features. Makes them look like
SILVERY in this light, almost metallic, as if from some
future-scape. The lone surfer SHREDS a long, endless
ACCELERATING INTO REAL TIME -- as he stares into the pit,
digs in, drops into the sweet spot on the wave, hunkers
His moves becoming aggressive, frenzied--
INT. BLACK SEDAN
An M-16 clip is SMACKED into place and cocked with a
CACHACK! Ammo clips are SNICK-SNICKED into handgun butts
and a long clip is SSSNICKED into an UZI.
Watches are checked. The PIG NOSE people nod to each
Pig Nose #1, steals into position near the glass doors,
slams his back to the wall, weapon to cheek, breath fast.
FAST NOW -- the surfboard rips a brutal gash in the face
of the wave. The surfer TRIMS down the line, pivoting the
board and going straight down, CARVING the bottom. He
slashes viciously back toward the lip and--
In a radical INVERTED AIR ATTACK sails SIX feet above the
wave in an explosion of water--
Glass doors explode OPEN and Pig Nose #1 SPINS inside. He
fires a burst into the ceiling. BRRAAMM!!
PIG NOSE #1
EVERYBODY on the floor!
VERY FAST HERE--
Two bandits handle BANK EMPLOYEES and customers--
Another PIG NOSE watches the door--
Pig Nose #1 moves behind counter, Uzi and canvas sack in
INT. SURVEILLANCE VAN
Dark. Monitors SHOW SLOW SCANS of the bank INTERIOR.
Two MEN wear headphones and black windbreakers with FBI
stenciled on the back. One watches with binoculars.
Bingo. We're on. Let's go.
Where's the big college
quarterback?! Are you with us,
EXT. BANK WALL
A MAN in his twenties. His head spins revealing rain-
slicked hair and face, eyes wide, bright. An edgy
handsomeness to him.
He pops a stick of Wrigley's in his mouth, rests a shotgun
on one leg and leans against the wall. He wears a
headset... through which we hear the FBI guy yelling for
This is JOHNNY UTAH.
Utah, where the hell are ya!?
Utah takes his headset off...
Pig Nose #1 LEAPS over the counter, holds a canvas sack
filled with booty from tellers' drawers.
PIG NOSE #1
Fuckin' shake it!
Pig Nose #2 nods with his snubby nose, hurries toward the
EXT. FIRST VIRGINIA BANK
The bandits burst through the doors and sprint to the
alley where they jump into the SEDAN. THE DRIVER, the
WOMAN PIG NOSE, punches it and the TIRES WHIRRR on the
The sedan launches down the alley.
Utah running. Like a freight train. Splashing through a
cross-alley. He doesn't break stride as he slams his
shoulder into a large, steel GARBAGE DUMPSTER.
DRIVING it like a football training sled into the ALLEY
THE SEDAN LOCKS 'EM UP seconds too late as it SKIDS and
SLAMS into it, CRUNCHING into the brick wall and--
Still alive -- GRINDS into reverse back down the alley,
HEADLIGHTS SMASHED, it guns it backward as--
UTAH leaps over the dumpster and sprints after the car.
He has a brick in his right hand. He cocks it back.
Johnny HEAVES the brick thirty yards and--
SMASH! The brick EXPLODES into the windshield,
SPIDERWEBBING the glass.
Lady Pignose flinches from the glass fragments thrown into
Son of a bitch!
The car slews backward onto the street, slamming a parked
car. Lady Pignose slams the thing into DRIVE, cuts the
wheel hard, and punches it, skidding on wet pavement.
UTAH hurtles from the alley. He leaps, somehow TACKLES
the DRIVER'S door handle and is dragged along the street.
He pulls himself up, reaches inside the window, and whips
the steering wheel hard right.
The SEDAN fishtails into a parked Toyota. Utah bounces
forward, slamming into the asphalt. Glass shards and
crushed steel are strewn everywhere, as radiator steam
Pig Nose #2, riding shotgun, is trapped. Can't get his
crushed door open. The DRIVER pushes open her door.
Gropes for her pistol. Utah springs -- no respect for a
lady. He slams the door, pins her arm and slams again and
again until the gun drops. Utah kicks it away as the
woman collapses in pain.
Pig Nose #1 bails out and runs across parking lot. Utah
leaps up onto the crushed hood and draws down with the
Pig Nose #1 spins. We sense reckless anger. He raises
the UZI. Utah squeezes the trigger.
No death. No blood.
Just buzzers and flashing bulbs.
Pig Nose's flak vest lights up like a pinball machine.
Utah's laser weapon hit the "kill zone". Pig Nose rips
the tape off his face and the FBI CADET shakes his head in
OBSERVERS step forward. Bank customers. Bank tellers.
All FBI personnel. MEDICAL STAFF offer the woman driver
assistance. Pig Nose #1 heads for Johnny, but is subdued
by other agents.
PIG NOSE #1 (FBI CADET)
I wanna say just two words to you,
asshole, SIMU-LATION!!! Johnny-
fuckin' Utah. Guys like you will do
anything to win!
Utah stares back in defiance.
The SURVEILLANCE van pulls up nearby.
BINOCULARS runs out and pinches two fingers together,
right in Johnny's face.
This far, Utah! You're this far
from being the most overqualified
guy Burger King ever had. Get me?!
Yes sir. Sir?
Johnny gestures to the car.
I did stop the perpetrators.
Utah turns to go. As he passes he casually raises his
laser-shotgun and re-triggers Pig Nose's flak vest.
LIGHTS AND BUZZERS.
Pig Nose explodes. More agents restrain him.
Screams and shoving matches and pissed off guys.
Utah walks off, down the simulated street, past a sign
which bears the FBI SEAL and reads "Combat Village,
EXT. PACIFIC OCEAN - DAY
Red sky. A luminous Pacific. Five foot faces. Nice
curl. A lineup of SURFERS wait outside the break.
Silhouetted, bobbing like a pack of sea mammals.
INT./ EXT. TAXI
A flood of orange through the windshield as the cab crawls
down Ocean Park to the sea. CAMERA HANDHELD from the back
The driver turns to us.
Anywhere? You don't care?
Anywhere. I've just never seen the
EXT. VENICE BEACH
JOHNNY UTAH trudging across the sand, holding his shoes.
Garment bag and a big duffel over his shoulder.
He looks silly in his dark suit, tie loosened, wearing a
turned around baseball cap.
He wiggles his toes in the sand, looks around like a kid.
A pack of BOUNCING BEAUTIES jog through frame.
Utah grins, reaches up and turns his cap around.
It reads "I Love L.A."
EXT. FEDERAL BUILDING
Looking down the face of the concrete monolith at Wilshire
and Veteran. Ant-like, Johnny Utah's tiny figure moves
toward the entrance.
Day One in LA, special agent Utah.
You may have been top two percent of
your class at Quantico but you have
exactly zero hours in the field
here. You know nothing...
INT. FEDERAL BUILDING - FBI BULLPEN
Supervising Agent BEN HARP leads Utah across the bullpen.
Rows of desks. Agents sitting at computer terminals.
Data hell. Looks like he got a job at Xerox.
You know less than nothing. If you
even knew that you knew nothing, at
least that would be something, but
Utah is wearing a suit, carrying a briefcase. Harp is
mid-thirties, confident of stride, tanned of skin, perfect
of hair. GQ. Aggressive.
Eating solid breakfasts, Utah?
All the food groups? Avoiding
sugar? Caffeine? I see to it that
my people maintain cardiovascular
fitness. We stay off hard liquor,
I take the skin off chicken.
Harp glances at him, eyes narrowing. They reach a
glassed-in compound of small offices. Harp swings the
door open and the other agents look up as Utah enters.
This is us. Bank Robbery. And
you're in the bank-robbery capital
of the world--
1322 last year in LA county. Up 26
percent from the year before.
That's right. And we nailed over a
thousand of them. We did it by
crunching data. Good crime-scene
work, good lab work, good data-base
analysis. Nobody had to tackle a
car once. You getting the signal,
Zero distortion, sir.
He picks up a donut from someone's desk, a succulent
I love these things.
He looks right at Harp. Takes a big fuck-you bite.
You're a real blue-flame special,
aren't you, Utah? I don't know why
they sent you to LA. Must be an
Not so far.
A blue field with a pulsing network of rippling lines.
VOOM! A figure rockets down INTO FRAME in a curtain of
bubbles. A gawky AGENT, in less than stylish FBI trunks,
flails around blindfolded looking for bricks at the bottom
of a pool.
INT. GYMNASIUM POOL - DAY
The pool casts wavy distortions upon TWO DOZEN MEN, all
grumbling as they stand in line, wearing T-shirts with FBI
logos, sweats and sneakers. We hear a splash, and the men
The dolls love this baby. It brings
them luck when they rub it -- right
between their buttons.
CLOSE ON tape measure wrapped around a generous belly.
PULL BACK to reveal VETERAN AGENT COREY measuring the
ample waist of ANGELO PAPPAS. This 54 year old silver
haired Greek stands rubbing his belly like a Zulu chief.
Angelo, we need a bigger tape.
Just read the goddamn number.
Still a 46. Maybe we can cinch it
down, wear a girdle--
Screw you and this holistic fitness
crap! At least my arms don't flap
in the wind.
Corey secretly squeezes his bicep as...
A whistle blows. A broad shouldered MAN wearing an FBI
cap barks at the Greek.
Okay, Pappas, let's put on the
blindfold. Wanna see you retrieve
at least two bricks from the bottom.
JOHNNY UTAH enters the pool area in the distance. Says
something to one of the agents. Is pointed toward us as--
Corey ties the blindfold and guides Pappas to the edge of
I've been in the field 33 years,
fired my piece 23 times in the line
of duty, and I got no idea what a
blind man fetching bricks has gotta
do with being a Special Agent!
Johnny has walked up. Pappas, blindfolded, turns directly
to Utah as he continues, thinking it's Corey.
Added to which indignity, I got
three months left to retirement and
they saddle me with some blue-flamer
fresh out of Quantico for a partner.
Some quarterback punk, Johnny Unitas
The shit they pull, huh?
Pappas snorts agreement and cannonballs into the pool.
Huge backblast of water. The other agents hoot and
Corey swears and wipes off his clipboard.
Johnny steps to the edge, looks down.
We see the blindfolded Pappas groveling along the bottom.
The other agents cheer as Pappas heads for the surface.
Here he comes. Hold up a fish,
he'll take it right outta your hand.
Pappas surfaces in an explosion of spray as he sputters
for breath. He grabs the edge and angrily slaps two
bricks on the tiles. He rips off the blindfold looks up
A HAND ENTERS FRAME to help him up. Pappas takes it and
Johnny hauls him on deck.
Hey Shamu, this is your guy.
Pappas eyes the new agent warily. Extends his hand.
Pappas. Angelo Pappas.
Punk. Quarterback Punk.
Welcome to Sea World, kid.
INT. SEDAN - DAY
SERIES OF TIGHT SHOTS
ECU sweep hand of a dive watch clicks through the
Magnum shells are fed into a pump shotgun.
Velcro straps of Second Chance body armor are fastened.
White gloves are pulled snug over strong hands.
A silk tie is straightened. A shotgun slide is cocked.
The sweep hand approaches the twelve.
A LATEX MASK is pulled over the back of a man's head.
The little hand says...
The mask turns into FULL CLOSE-UP. It is RONALD REAGAN.
... let's rock and roll.
INT. BANK OF AMERICA
Business as usual. The scene so normal you know something
is about to happen. An exiting MAN stuffs bucks into his
wallet, reaching for the door which--
SLAMS INWARD. He is hit by a wall of EX-PRESIDENTS.
REAGAN charges in with his buddies RICHARD M. NIXON,
LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON and JOHN F. KENNEDY.
Reagan throws the poor guy skidding across the floor.
Nixon buttstrokes a guard, hard in the nuts, with his 12
The other guard goes for his holster -- finds himself
facing three shotguns and one very large handgun.
Reagan sights down the pistol.
Use a gun, go to heaven.
The guard freezes. White and sweaty.
Tricky Dick slips up to him and collects the pistol.
Kennedy covers the stunned customers.
Johnson backs up against the door jam, watching the
street, and the sedan idling at the curb.
EVERYBODY FREEZE!! That's right.
ALL TELLERS step back from the
counter! Hands on heads! MOVE!!
Nixon and Reagan move quickly to the counter as the
Everybody else on the floor! Do it!
On the floor, let's go.
SUCK LINOLEUM, BITCH!! You got
Nixon grabs a stunned woman by the arm and hurls her to
She lands hard. Everyone is on the deck by now.
The Presidents move fast.
Reagan leaps onto the counter. Stands up where he can see
Nixon hurdles to tellers' side and they start moving down
the line together. Reagan controlling the room as Nixon
quickly empties the tellers' cash drawers into the sack.
His hands move like lightning.
Just stay cool. Everybody stay
cool. Heads down. Eyes down. The
TIGHT ON -- MONEY flying into the sack.
-- it's not worth dying for.
Another 45 seconds of your time.
That's all. Then -- Whoa, Tricky
Nixon pulls a pack of twenties back out of the bag and
tosses it to the BANK MANAGER. Who reflexively catches
Then drops it like a hot-potato just before--
It EXPLODES into a cloud of blue ink. The manager is dyed
Burnt money showers on the terrified customers.
LBJ looks at his watch and WHISTLES.
The bandits sprint for the front doors.
Kennedy exits first, followed by Reagan.
LBJ pauses under the surveillance camera, drops his
trousers and MOONS. Thank you is written across his white
BLACK AND WHITE VIDEO MONITOR--
High angle, distorted wide shot. LBJ hoists his pants and
splits, followed out by Nixon, who exits backward with the
famous double peace-sign held high overhead.
IMAGE FREEZES. Victorious Nixon, grainy... something from
a time warp. The image SUDDENLY GOES INTO HIGH-SPEED
REVERSE. The bank robbery sequence zips backward.
Twenty-seven banks in three years.
In and out in 90 seconds. Nobody
ever gets shot. We're talking solid
WE ARE IN--
INT. BANK CRIME SCENE - LATER
UTAH & PAPPAS are watching a monitor in the glassed-in
office. The robbery REPLAYS on grainy BLACK & WHITE
The bandits barge in, raise shotguns and order everybody
to the floor.
Yeah, they control the room well.
Stick strictly to the cash drawers.
VIDEO TAPE -- Utah is reverse-scanning. The bandits walk
BACKWARD into the bank. The explosion of blue ink is
sucked back into the pack of money, then leaps back into
President Nixon's hand.
They don't go for the vault?
Never go for the vault. They never
Smart. You burn time in the vault.
Reagan usually drives. Stolen
switch car, they leave it running at
the curb, looks parked from a
distance. When they run, they dump
the vehicle and vanish. And I mean
Utah stops the video, now FAST-FORWARDING it, stopping
where President Nixon separates the exploding "dye pack"
planted with the money, before he tosses it aside.
Surgical. Look at them separate the
dye packs. Dick and Ronny know
The Ex-Presidents are the best I've
Outside the windowed partition POLICE OFFICERS interview
Hotshot agents MUNOZ and COLE enter from the main floor of
the bank. Think they're very slick.
Anytime you two are finished jerking
off watching MTV I need to get a
look at that tape.
Hey, Pappas, you tell the kid your
theory on the Presidents?
Just take the tape, Cole.
Now Munoz starts to smile.
Hang ten, Pappas, like totally
I gotta tell ya, the department
What's he talking about, Angelo?
Harp raps glass. Cole and Munoz look sharp.
Harp enters addressing Pappas and Utah.
They found the drop car up on
Mulholland. I want you two to go
What? Now I'm working the drop car?
Who's handling the scene here?
Cole and Munoz. I'm uh... letting
them run with the ball for a while.
Cole and Munoz gloat.
Cole and Munoz? I been on this case
for two years.
(zeroing in on
That's the point, isn't it?
Yeah, I get it. Time to play let's
dick the old guys, huh, Harp?
Supervising Special Agent, Harp.
Now I want you to go work the drop
car, okay, Angelo? Okay?
The Greek rises like a proud bull.
Sure. No problem. How about your
office? Your office need vacuuming?
We could do that too.
Pappas and Utah move toward the door. It's a tight
squeeze as they pass Cole and Munoz. Especially Pappas.
Read as fuck you.
EXT. MULHOLLAND SCENIC TURNOUT - NIGHT
The diamond field of LA glitters below. The small parking
area off Mulholland is filled with squad cars. Red and
A flock of UNIFORMS milling about a non-descript CHEVY.
INT. SEDAN FRONT SEAT
FLASHLIGHT BEAM prowls the interior, stopping on a small
printed card, folded like a pup tent, left upon the bench
seat. It reads "Sanitized For Your Protection."
Cute huh? They love to fuck with
UTAH & PAPPAS pull their heads out of the sedan. Forensic
expert, HALSEY, stands behind them.
Don't tell me, let me guess. The
switch-car was stolen this morning...
(Halsey is nodding
They vacuumed and 409'd the
interior, did the windows, emptied
Yeah, the usual drill.
Utah pulls on a rubber glove and lifts the card off the
seat. Studies it. Talks to Halsey like Halsey's the one
that just out of Quantico, not Utah.
Could've taken their gloves off
before setting that card. Laser it
for prints. Maybe held it to his
teeth -- check the edges for saliva.
Today was a scorcher. This Chevy
doesn't have air conditioning...
Sweat secretions in the seatbacks?
You through, Mr. Wizard? Let me
know if you find Jimmy Hoffa under
the seat while you're at it.
(looks at his watch)
Hell, it's only 7:30. The night's
still young... you can solve this
case and start on another one.
Well, what're your ideas on these
Forget about it, kid. They're
ghosts. Let the goddamn yuppie
Mormon affirmative action assholes
handle it. See I'm almost 55... so
I must be senile, right? They
better get me out before I start
pissing myself in public. Drooling.
It would look bad for the Bureau,
So you're gonna coast to retirement,
when you could nail these guys and
go out with come dignity.
You watch your fucking mouth!
(pounds his chest)
Mr. Hoover himself pinned the Seal
of Honor right here!
The two men glare at each other. Utah looks away.
Yeah. That was thirty years ago
(stares out at the
L.A.'s changed a lot since then.
The air got dirty and the sex got
(after a beat)
So you want to nail the Ex-
Presidents? Be a big hero?
Yeah. What's your theory?
The fucking punks are surfers.
GRAINY BLACK & WHITE VIDEO WITH TIME CODE
Ex-Presidents charge into bank, raise shotguns.
Image STOPS, then FAST-FORWARDS to the end.
WE ARE IN--
INT. FEDERAL BUILDING - BULLPEN - NIGHT
Dark, lit by the TV at the far end of the bullpen. PAPPAS
and UTAH sit in front of the flickering Sony in the big
empty room. Angelo punches a button on the VCR.
ON THE SCREEN--
LBJ turns his back to the fish-eye lens, drops trousers
and moons the camera. Thank you.
Angelo FREEZES on LBJ'S butt.
I'm tellin' ya, kid, it's in our
face. Lookit the tan on this guy.
The young agent looks forward.
Stares at the white inscribed butt bracketed by deep
bronze tan lines.
Oh well he must be a surfer.
Shutup, you might learn somethin'
you're not careful... So last year
Nixon scuffs a counter going over.
There was a soil sample. Non-
specific mud traces of asphalt,
oils, blah, blah... sand and...
carnuba wax. So I became a wax
expert. There's 80 some uses for
this stuff, something like five
He tosses Utah a ream of computer printout. Utah scans
lists of brand names.
Candle wax. Car wax. Mustache wax?
Could be anything. Guy's waxing his
mustache at the beach. Gets sand in
it. Wipes it off with a shoe. Shoe
scuffs the counter.
The lab made three possible matches,
this was one of 'em.
Pappas opens his desk drawer, takes something out and
throws it to Johnny. A pastel blue hockey puck wrapped in
A block of "Mr. Zog's Sex Wax".
Sex wax? You're not into kinky
shit, are you Angelo?
Surfers use it on their boards.
They rub sand into it for traction.
Thanks for the tip. I needed this
Pappas shoves a thick file folder toward Utah.
Now lookit the dates on the
robberies. This is strictly a
summer job for these guys.
Johnny leafs through it.
... Four months. June to October.
Mmmm...same the year before.
Another month and we don't see 'em
again 'til next summer.
Utah stares at Angelo as it dawns. Grins suddenly.
They're traveling the rest of the
year on the money, going where the
Pappas starts to smile. Suddenly, he jumps up onto his
desk, gets down in a speed-crouch, arms extended.
(to one and all)
The Ex-Presidents rip off banks to
finance their endless summer!
Johnny watches, grinning. The night security GUARD walks
in. Utah turns to the guard, shrugs.
I think he needs a vacation.
The guard nods understanding.
INT. SURFSHOP - MALIBU PIER - DAY
Long stack-up rack of gleaming SURFBOARDS.
A HAND reaches in, pulling out a board from the middle of
JOHNNY UTAH hefts it. Sights along it. Trying to look
familiar with alien equipment. Behind him is a whip-thin
15 YEAR OLD SALESMAN. Nut-brown with platinum hair,
jammed day-glo shorts, sleeveless T-shirt, unlaced Ug-
Highest performance, very kind. If
you want to get aggro, man, this
stick can handle your best rage.
Where you surf?
Whoa!! Back up! This's a 5'6" tri-
fin squash-tail thruster. You'd eat
major shit on this, dude.
ACROSS THE ROOM we see Pappas trying on purple wraparound
The salespunk pulls down a wide board with a garish
firebird paint scheme. Like a lowrider flame-job. The
logo reads "Dance with the Universe."
Here, you need a rhino chaser like
this one to learn on. Good board.
I mean for a pig board.
Utah hefts the board. Scowls. Hates anything he's not
PAPPAS sets his purchases on a counter: the glasses, some
plutonium-pink shorts, T-shirts, sun-block. The GIRL
behind the counter is sixteen, barely contained in a
macrame bikini-top and "Dolphin" shorts. Angelo picks up
a package of Sex Wax from a rack. Sniffs it.
(reading the label)
"Best for your stick", huh? This
might not be enough. I better get
The girl stifles a grin. Thinks he's cute. At the other
end of the counter, 15 is ringing up Utah's board.
Hey, man, guys your age learning to
surf, it's cool, there's nothing
wrong with it.
See that's what I'm saying, it's
never too late.
Utah picks up the board and moves to leave.
Hope you stay with it. Surfin's
the source. It'll change your life.
Swear to God.
EXT. MALIBU PIER - DAY
Utah and Pappas walking back to the car.
Two FBI agents in suits and ties walking with a day-glo
orange surfboard. Surreal image. The ocean shimmers in
Johnny, it's the only way.
Why can't I just walk around with
this thing under my arm and act
stoned? Ask a few questions.
Angelo stops at the railing, points toward the ocean.
Look. Look at them out there.
LONG LENS on packs of surfers sitting outside. Bobbing
slowly. Hunched like sea birds. Waiting for an unseen
sign. Disappearing and reappearing beyond the break.
They're like some kind of tribe.
Got their own language. You can't
just walk up to these guys. You've
got to get out there. Learn some
moves. Get into their head. Pick
up the speech.
Angelo, this stuff is for little
rubber people who don't shave yet.
It's all balance, right? And
coordination. How hard can it be?
EXT. SURFRIDER BEACH - DAY
WHAAAAAM! Johnny is CLOBBERED by a wave.
He's flipped off his board and hits the water face-first
as the wave crashes over him. Other surfers steer clear.
PAPPAS lounges in a beach chair in his plutonium pink
shorts, purple Vuarnet's and a T-shirt emblazoned with
"Surf This" across the chest. A picnic basket sits close
at hand. He winces at Utah's wipeout. Shouts from his
I think you gotta hit them straight
(out of breath)
UTAH holds the tip steady, gouges the face of a wave and
squirts out the other side. Another wave rises and Utah
glides up over the hump. He clears the swell and the
ocean suddenly smooths out like a giant lake. Triumphant
over having made the lineup, he sits up on the board, and
PAPPAS slices a green apple, some feta cheese and eats off
UTAH climbs back on his board. WHISTLES and HOOTS sound
as SURFERS spot a new swell. Utah watches as the regulars
start catching rides. Suddenly he feels like a lost dog
on a busy freeway.
A young LOCAL in a neon wetsuit slashes past him, inches
Outta the way, you dick!
Another, shredding viciously, is blasting toward him.
Move it, kook!
Johnny paddles rapidly, ducks under.
Sees another, bigger wave coming.
Pissed off... at himself, at the downy-cheeked hotshots,
at the frustration, he turns his board around and starts
He somehow gets the soles of his feet in contact with the
top of the board, then struggles up. He's standing --
Arms pinwheeling, he topples in a nasty crash...
Right in front of a SHAVED-HEAD SURFER on full
Johnny vanishes in an explosion of spray. His board
It SMASHES SIDEWAYS INTO RAZORHEAD.
The guy does an ugly endo.
Utah comes up GASPING for air, arms flailing.
His board, floating a few feet away, tugging at his ankle.
He drapes his torso across the board and pants for breath.
Razorhead, already back on his board, paddles over.
Points to a small dent in the fiberglass.
You dinged my board, kook!!
Utah looks up in apology as--
A CRUSHING RIGHT HOOK SMACKS HIS FACE!
Knocks him under.
Razorhead pulls a KNIFE from a sheath held by a thong
around his neck. As Johnny surfaces, Razorhead slashes in
a vicious arc--
Severing Utah's leash, close to the board.
His flame-job surfboard bobs away.
Politeness counts, ASSHOLE!
The surf punk plunges under a wave, disappearing.
Before Utah can finish, another wave engulfs him and he
tumbles to shore, Razorhead nowhere to be seen.
ON PAPPAS as Johnny's flame-job board washes in at his
feet. He calmly picks it up as Utah staggers INTO FRAME
out of the knee-deep whitewash. Johnny rubs his jaw.
Kid, maybe this ain't your sport.
Utah grabs the board out of Pappas' hands and stalks off
across the beach.
INT. UTAH'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Johnny dead asleep. Silence. Then BRRRRR!!
He jacknifes up like he just took 20,000 volts. His eyes
read panic. He rolls up, legs scissor against tangled
sheets and he collapses over empty boxes. He stumbles
like a blind man through the mess until he finds--
A tiny Indianapolis Colts FOOTBALL HELMET with a digital
clock for eyes. 5:00 a.m. Johnny emits a drawn out
EXT. OCEAN - DAWN
Deafening BOOM as a monster wave CRASHES below a sky the
color of slate. A distant Pacific storm has brought the
swell. 10 foot faces. Glassy, green walls the size of
houses beckoning from beyond the soup.
A lone FIGURE bobbing out beyond the break.
The surfer disappears behind the swell.
Then REAPPEARS, grinning across the smooth offshore
UTAH wearing a wetsuit stands beside his surfboard,
craning forward to get a better look.
The surfer is a WOMAN.
She moves with liquid grace, in perfect harmony with the
sea, long hair flying out behind her. She undulates like
Dipping, carving, slicing, making it look sooooo easy.
Johnny shakes his head. Oh man, if she can do it...
He stands, grabs his board and heads out into the icy
A horizon of whitecaps churn behind him.
He lies on his board, rising and dropping with the swell.
So far so good. He spots a wave. A fluid gray-green
house rising, forever rising. Utah turns. Paddles. The
house catching him, lifting him high upon its roof.
Utah is committed. He gets to his feet as his board
slices along the lip. He peers over the falls, down the
face -- holy shit! -- it looks like Niagara. He loses
balance and spirals airborne, falling bullseye into the
IMPACT ZONE. The entire force of the wave crashing upon
him, plunging him down into the--
WASHING MACHINE (UNDERWATER)
where he SPINS like a whirling dervish, LASHED to a
slamdancing surfboard at the mercy of God.
He is held prisoner in a grey-green churning nightmare,
like a six-ton pit bull has him by the neck, shaking him.
He looks around. Can't tell up from down.
WHAM! His head slams into the bottom -- rocks and sand.
Stunned, he struggles toward the light, finally bursting
SURFACE. Gasping for breath.
The good news is he's breathing, the bad news is he's
surfaced in the impact zone. Another wave crashes down,
stuffing him back into the washing machine. Leaving no
sign of life in the white froth. The orangeade surfboard
launches high into the sky, spinning like a misfiring
Trident missile, trailing its broken leash like a kite
IN THE WASHING MACHINE, Utah tumbles in a cold green hell.
His chest is convulsing, needing air now.
Suddenly a FIGURE lunges down INTO FRAME.
A hand snatches a fistful of his hair and yanks him
THE SURFACE. The WOMAN SURFER bursts through the foam.
Grabs her board for leverage. Hauls Utah's head above the
water with one strong arm.
He is choking, coughing, slapping fatigued arms against
the surf, panic registering in his movements.
(yelling above the
Swim, goddammit! Come on! Move
The woman gets her board under one of his arms for support
and sidekicks fiercely into the wave, holding him in a
With powerful strokes, she helps Utah make it to calmer
water outside the break. The big waves, just forming up,
lift them and drop them as they pass. Muted thunder when
the waves hit the beach. She drags him half onto her
Practically slamming his face into the board.
He's coughing out saltwater.
ON THE WOMAN, our first good look at her.
She is EXQUISITE. Hair slicked tight to her high-
cheekboned face, she looks sleek and feral, with eyes that
Especially when she's pissed.
Look crazy son of a bitch! You
wanna commit suicide, you do it
She undoes her leash and swims rapidly off, returning in a
few seconds with Johnny's board. He takes it from her and
flops over it, still coughing.
Wipes at the salt-snot running out of his nose.
There is a cut over his eye from when he re-arranged the
rocks on the bottom.
Look at this pig-board piece-a-shit.
It's still got the price tag on it,
for Chrissakes. What'd you do, buy
it yesterday? You've got no
business out here whatsoever.
Still gagging and gasping, Johnny manages a goofy grin.
Well, I saw you and--
Yeah, you saw me and you figured
that if a mere girl can do it, a big
strong stud like you shouldn't have
any problem. Right?! Well you
figured wrong, dork!
She yanks her board around and strokes powerfully away
Hey! Uh, how do I get back in?
Carefully, tough guy. Very
My name's Johnny Utah!
I'm telling you so when you look
back on this moment, you can
think... there was this guy named
Utah and he was pretty much a dork
but maybe not such a bad person and
I let him drown in conditions he had
no business being in whatsoever...
when I could have easily helped him.
Johnny calmly starts paddling toward shore.
Thundering white water pounding the rocks ahead of him.
He's stoic in the face of certain death.
(over his shoulder,
Wait! Jesus Christ!
(swimming back to
You're fucking crazy, you know that?
You go in there you're gonna eat it
on the rocks. Here, follow me.
The woman paddles parallel to the shore and Utah pumps
along behind her. She gets him away from the rocks, then
starts watching the incoming swell, timing it to the lull
Go when I say. But stay down. Just
lie on the board. Alright, let's
Utah paddles rapidly, following her, watching what she
He is borne up by a low glassy wall.
He bellyboards all the way into the mushy shorebreak.
Tumbles. Stands unsteadily, grabbing his board. Runs
clumsily out of the retreating foam as another wave comes,
sucking water out.
On terra firma he looks back to see the woman kick-out
gracefully and disappear beyond the wave.
He flops on the sand. Shivering. Miserable.
EXT. COAST HIGHWAY - LATER
LONG LENS... the woman is peeling off her wetsuit next to
a BATHTUB PORSCHE that needs a paint job. Her board is
propped in the passenger seat. Stereo is pumping.
UTAH WATCHES THROUGH BINOCULARS from 50 yards up the road.
THE WOMAN, in a bikini, towels off briskly.
Swimmer's shoulders. Long muscular legs. Lean and mean.
She jumps into the car without bothering to open the door.
Looks at her watch -- her manner is late, in a hurry.
Through the tiny windshield we watch her shimmy and shake
as she pulls her bottoms off and struggles into something
else, not too concerned about the morning traffic right
next to her.
She pulls on a T-shirt and them performs a Houdini act to
extract the bikini top out of one sleeve hole.
UTAH WATCHES IMPASSIVELY. He starts his car and pulls out
onto PCH to follow as the bathtub Porsche zooms past.
EXT. NEPTUNE'S NET
Utah cruises up slowly, pulls off the road.
Up ahead the Porsche turns into the parking lot of
NEPTUNE'S NET, a Coast Highway hangout that serves high-
grade steamed sea-critters and beer to low-grade road
trash, bikers and surfers.
Lean-and-Mean, wearing jeans and T-shirt, jumps out of the
Porsche. She hurries to the door of the Net, unlocking it
for a couple of Mexican cooks -- helpers wearing
expressions like they wait like this for her every day.
UTAH puts down his binoculars and jots the Porsche's
license number down on a Tastee-Freeze bag. 867CDH.
INT. COMPUTER ROOM - DAY
Green glow washes the intent faces of Utah and Pappas as
MISS DEER data specialist, enters 867 CDH into her
She is purebred American Indian, strong featured and
The screen freezes and the hard disk churns.
The DMV rap sheet scrolls down the screen.
This is your surfer contact?
Female. Blond hair. Green eyes.
5'6". 119 lbs?
Hmm, not bad, Utah.
Tyler Ann Endicott. Born 11-27-64.
The rap sheet scrolls and scrolls and scrolls. There is
something frightening about the length of this file.
(reading from the
... Exhibition of speed. Indecent
exposure inside moving vehicle...
Hot, very hot.
Felony arrest! "See adjoining
(he types quickly)
Pappas crowds over Johnny's shoulder, reading.
This is great. She ties some guy
up. Nude. Leaves the scene and
fails to return for 24 hours. No
Gotta avoid the rope tricks, Johnny.
Utah gives her a "very funny" look. More data scrolls
What else they got on her? I still
haven't found anything I can really
use. I gotta find an approach, a
way in -- here we go...
Both parents deceased. Plane crash.
San Diego, '84. Mmmm. Yeah,
EXT. NEPTUNE'S NET - DAY
A fat biker pulls out on a loud Harley (like there's any
other kind). The place is almost empty in the weekend
lull between lunch and dinner.
Utah's car pulls in off PCH.
INT. NEPTUNE'S NET
Tyler Endicott is working the counter. She jams an order
on the wheel and turns TO US.
Next! Oh, no.
REVERSE ON Johnny standing there. Her only customer.
What do you want?
Shrimp and fries.
I mean, what do you want? What are
you doing hanging around here.
I need you to teach me.
Gimme a break.
One shrimp and fries to go!
Anything to drink?
I can see that. But forget it.
Stick to tennis, or whatever you're
good at. Miniature golf. Here,
your number's 37.
Well, I'm just gonna go back out
there till I catch on to it or break
She's looking at him. This guy's nuts. She laughs.
What is it? You all of a sudden got
this bug you had to go surfing?
This is a line, right?
No, no. See, all my life I've done
things for other people. In high
school I played football because my
old man expected me to. Then my
parents always figured I'd go to law
school, so I did. Football
scholarship. Graduated Phi Beta
This gonna take long?
Wait, so I'm a big hero to my folks,
(he leans forward, a
But two years ago they got killed in
a car wreck and I just suddenly
realized all my goals had been their
goals. And I hadn't been living my
own life. So I wanted something for
myself. Something that maybe didn't
make any sense. You know what I
Tyler's smile has faded during this. He's managed to
touch her, break through the tough-waitress act. Now
she's looking him right in the eye.
I came out here from Ohio a month
ago. Never saw the ocean before. I
didn't think it would effect me so
much. Like I'm drawn to it, or
something. I want to do what you
do. It's the truth.
Tomorrow, 6 AM. Here. If you're a
minute late I'm gone.
And Stud... I didn't take you to
raise. I can show you a few things
but after that you're on your own.
That'll be four fifty.
He plunks down a ten and backs out the door, grinning.
Keep the change, Teach.
EXT. BEACH - DAWN
UTAH & TYLER walk across the sand.
Tyler drops her board.
(she turns to him)
Do you agree to do exactly what I
say when I say it?
UTAH pops INTO FRAME, arms extended, one leg in front of
the other, torso bent at the waist: classic surfing
Suddenly, he drops OUT OF FRAME.
WE PULL BACK -- Revealing Utah on his board, on the sand.
Do it again.
Tyler is making him "pop" up to his feet. Again and
again. GAWKERS stop to watch. Utah fights humiliation.
He pops again. And again. Quick cuts.
On the next pop we--
PULL BACK to reveal Utah on his board, in a wave. He is
For about three seconds. He flies off the deck, ass over
On the SPLASH we start--
A SEQUENCE OF TIME CUTS
Tyler and Utah straddle their boards outside the break.
She nods as the set comes, mellow right tubes. Utah digs
in, arms pumping.
He feels the bite as the wave picks up his board and
starts down the wall.
CLOUDY PLATINUM DAWN...
Tyler shouting at Utah as he fights for balance.
He flies off again.
BLINDING BRIGHT SUNRISE. TYLER NEXT TO UTAH in the
lineup, straddling boards. She moves her hands like a
fighter pilot explaining a dogfight maneuver. Utah
Utah, backlit in glorious slow motion, tries a little turn
and feels his feet slip out. He slams down butt-first on
the board, flips over, feet sticking straight up out of a
blast of diamond spray.
Tyler cringes, giving a look like it's hopeless.
TYLER AND UTAH, at their cars, skinning out of their
wetsuits. Utah looks exhausted, downcast. She snaps her
wet towel at his ass, cheering him up.
MALIBU PIER. RAIN. Tyler jumps out of her Porsche and
sees Utah sitting in his car. She goes to him, opens the
door and starts pulling him out. Come on you pussy.
UTAH and TYLER wait their turn in the lineup. Rain pelts
their faces. The waves are depressing inside mushers
under a gray sky.
Utah starts to paddle. Tyler shakes her head no. Utah is
committed to the I'face. Tyler stifles a laugh.
(to the other
I'm not with him.
Johnny gouges the lip, pops and begins the drop.
Suddenly, miraculously, he catches an edge and, still
standing, is carried along the tiny wall.
The wall begins to sag. Utah shoots along the mush
hooting and continues hooting madly as he thrashes all the
way to shore.
He turns and grins foolishly out to sea.
Tyler bursts out laughing.
EXT. MALIBU PIER - DUSK
Big surf. Rough conditions. Closeout set.
UTAH, board in arm, follows Tyler out of the whitewater
onto the beach.
It's closing out completely. Let's
Utah nods. His eyes track the unruly break.
A LONE SURFER slashing through the pilings of the pier. A
real kamikaze run as the whitewater walls thunder behind
SILHOUETTED against a crimson sky and backlit spray the
figure pumps among the pier pilings in a frenzy of motion
that is somehow balletic.
Laying out bottom turns, torquing his body and blasting
the lip a few times, moving so fast his long dark hair
stands straight back as if he were leaning out a car
window on the freeway.
That's Bodhi. They call his the
Utah watches as THE BODHISATTVA gets vertical with a snap,
trims down the volcanic wall, carves the bottom, pivots,
pumps to the top, gouging the lip, getting six feet of
Gawkers HOWL and shout praise at the manic surfer.
The modern savage. Guy's even
crazier than you, Johnny Utah.
They start to walk. The sky darkens as the sea finally
closes out completely. The Bodhisattva seems to levitate
through the shapeless mush to shore.
Suddenly a football whistles through the air above Utah's
He watches as--
The Bodhisattva, board under arm, walking out of the
whitewater, makes a one-handed chest catch.
A few yards away two teams of SURFERS play football.
Utah gazes down the beach at the Bodhisattva.
Almost 30 years old, his body lean and hard as a tree
trunk. Hardness in the face accented by long Comanche
She whirls. Bodhi pumps his arm. Tyler jogs back for the
catch. Bullseye. She shoots Bodhi a look. Something
crosses her face.
Bodhi smiles. Tyler doesn't. Then it passes.
She chucks the ball to Utah.
Who drops his board and makes the catch in one move.
He SPINS the football on his fingertip, drops it on his
foot, kicks it up into his hands. Razzle dazzle. He
EXT. BEACH - NIGHT
Rimmed by a dozen car HEADLIGHTS at the edge of the sand.
Utah crouches, waiting for the snap from NATHANIEL,
ponytailed and powerfully built. Facing them on defense
are Bodhi, Tyler and three others: ROACH, gonzo and
spiked-haired. GROMMET... 17 and thin as a stick, and
ROSIE, a biker with piggy eyes and arms blue with tattoos.
MONTAGE STYLE -- Utah tosses a flurry of mindboggling
passes. Every one picture perfect. Nathaniel scrambles
z-out left, turns and the ball is practically waiting for
him. Touchdowns galore. Endzone dancing. Bodhi stares
at him curiously.
Tyler rushes. Utah enjoys scrambling, ducking left and
right, twisting her into a pretzel. Play after play.
Utah tosses another touchdown, but Tyler keeps coming.
They lie together in a heap, laughing.
Bodhi quarterbacks. Utah rushes. Bodhi fakes a pass then
runs, ball tucked in his arm. Utah tears after him. Flat
out speed run.
Roach attempts a block. Utah hits him like a freight
Roach hits the sand face first.
Grommet and Rosie the biker in a squeeze play.
Utah, fierce now, blasts between them. No mercy.
Utah can't play for fun. We see his expression.
Something scary there. What we will call "juggernaut
Tyler just steps aside.
Bodhi running along wet sand as a wave sweeps up the
beach. Looks back. Sees a demon shooting up roostertails
of spray behind him, gaining. Pours it on. Both of them
pistoning through curtains of water. Not a game anymore.
Closing on the endzone. 5 yards. Utah is airborne.
SLAMS BODHI LIKE A SAM MISSILE. They crash and burn
together in the surf.
The other surfers run up. Who's this newcomer that just
centerpunched their main man? Industrial strength
The fuck you doin' man?! You
Bodhi flashes a million dollar smile.
Chill, brah. You know who this is?
Johnny Utah. Ohio State, all-
Rose Bowl three years ago. Right?
Johnny nods. Tyler looks at him -- no shit?
Johnny fuckin' Utah! Fuckin'-A!
Yeah, I remember that game, man.
You were on-fire. They could not
stop your ass.
Radical! Head-butt, dude!!
Johnny gestures "Please no".
Enthused by the concept, Grommet turns to Nathaniel.
They do. Their foreheads CRACK together. They stumble
backwards in giddy euphoria. Nathaniel laughs like Pee
Something happened. You got nuked
in the last quarter.
Yeah, my knee got folded about 90
degrees the wrong way.
And that's why you never went pro?
Two years of surgery. I missed my
window. Limped through law school
Mmm. A lawyer, huh?
(like it's a disease)
Too bad. But at least you're
surfing now. So your life's not
over yet, right?
INT. FEDERAL BUILDING - 16TH FLOOR - DAY
Utah, in shorts and T-shirt, carries his flame-job
surfboard past surveillance cameras and portraits of Bush,
Hoover and Webster. Special Agent Cole walks by. Eyes
the board. Speaks deadpan.
Like totally rad stick, dude.
Utah tries to act casual as he carries the board to his
desk on the other side of the room. He has to walk past
the entire gauntlet to get there.
Gnarly, man... hang ten...
cowabunga... surf patrol... rip it
Harp comes straight for him like a homing missile.
How was the beach?
Surf conditions okay?
A little mushy.
A little mushy! You think the
taxpayers would like it, Utah, if
they knew they were paying a federal
agent to surf and pick up girls?
The correct term is babes, sir. Uh,
this type of undercover operation is
entirely dependent on picking up the
idiom of the speech. Otherwise
penetration is not possible, sir.
Of the social infrastructure, I
Harp inhales through his nose. A bad sign.
Where is Pappas?
Utah points across the room. Harp turns.
PAPPAS, sitting behind his desk in his "Surf This" T-shirt
and pink shorts, lifts the purple Vuarnets like Tom Cruise
in Risky Business.
Looks directly at Harp. Smiles innocently.
INT. HARP'S OFFICE
Harp paces. Type-A suppressed rage.
Utah and Pappas endure Harp's wrath.
Special Agent Utah, this is not some
job flippin' burgers at the drive-in.
Yes, the surfboard bothers me. Yes,
your approach to this case bothers
me. And yes, you bother me. You
two have produced squat in the last
two weeks, during which time the Ex-
Presidents have robbed two more
banks!! Do you have anything even
remotely interesting to tell me?
Caught my first tube this morning.
Pappas signals, unseen by Harp, for Utah to shut the fuck
INT. CORRIDOR TO COMPUTER ROOM
Johnny and Angelo walking.
What, you couldn't have just left
the thing in your car?
It sticks out, so I can't lock it.
Look, Angelo, you think I joined the
FBI to learn to surf? This was your
lame-o idea in the first place. You
gotta back me up on this.
Johnny, all I can say is we better
come up with something real soon.
Johnny cocks an eyebrow and opens the door to the computer
room ceremonially, like a doorman at the Ritz-Carlton.
Miss Deer looks up as they enter.
INT. COMPUTER ROOM
TIGHT ON CRT as a lab report scrolls up the screen. Gas
chromatography and spectroanalysis. Columns of elements
and compounds, listed as percentage-of-sample.
MISS DEER (V.O.)
Encino Savings & Loan guard grabbed
LBJ's ponytail. We recovered one
WIDER, showing Utah and Pappas over her shoulder at the
Yeah, yeah, I remember, last year.
Guy got his jaw broken for it.
One four centimeter strand. Color
brown. Oily. Slight wave.
Hell, what're we waiting for, let's
go pick the guy up.
Angelo, pay attention. There's
gonna be a test afterward. Lab is
showing traces of toxins. PCBs.
Heavy elements... selenium, titanium
Guy's the Toxic Avenger.
Utah is excited as he fits the pieces together for his
The beaches are always being closed
because of waste spills, right? And
surfers are territorial. They stick
mostly to certain breaks. If we can
get some hair samples, and get a
match to a certain beach, we'd know
which break the Ex-Presidents surf.
You buyin' this?
No. But let's do it, anyway. It's
gonna bug the shit out of Harp.
EXT. LATIGO - DAY
Department of Health sign reads, "Beach Temporarily
Closed." Beyond it crashes a wasted northwest swell.
Two frustrated teenage SURFERS huddle underneath a towel.
Marijuana smoke seeps upward.
A sandaled FOOT enters frame and taps their leg. Angry
heads poke up from beneath the towel, nostrils and mouths
The two wear T-shirts which read "Passion for Slashin" and
PAPPAS smiles, standing there in his beach wear, trying to
blend in. He doesn't.
When you two are done makin' out, I
need to talk to you.
Hey, I ain't no butt-bouncer, dude.
We're from the valley. Mall babes
The kids proudly high-five.
I just want to know if you surf here
"PASSION FOR SLASHIN'" T-SHIRT
Shit yeah, like totally everyday
when it's jammin'. What is this,
fucking narco entrapment or what,
Pappas flashes his FBI star. He whips out a pair of
Brandishes them like some over-the-hill "Jason".
Not exactly, dudes.
EXT. COUNTY LINE - DAY
Row of SURFMOBILES parked along a cliff, facing the ocean,
doors open, stereos blasting, SURFERS hanging, sitting on
Utah moves along the cars, looking surfed-out.
He's tanned, relaxed. Hair starting to bleach out. One
of the tribe.
Whoa, brah, easy now... Don't move!
(Utah bends close,
reaching for Surf-
Got some huge sucker crawling into
(he plucks at a tuft
Got it! Uuuughhh.
Leave some fuckin' hair, man!
Utah squashes, then inspects the mysterious creepy-crawler
hidden in his palm. He wipes his hand on his towel, which
he keeps balled up in his other hand.
What was it?
Saved your butt, bro. Close one.
Utah shivers in disgust, then coyly turns and walks away.
The surf-rat desperately pats his ear for traces.
INT. FORENSICS LAB - NIGHT
A long series of ENVELOPES are displayed on a desk. Each
has the name of a Southern California beach and is
attached to a forensic printout.
HALSEY inspects each envelope.
Naw, this isn't it.
UTAH holds up an envelope with a skinny woven ponytail
Halsey picks up an envelope marked "Latigo Beach".
PCBs, selenium, titanium, arsenic.
The percentages look right. Here's
Pappas grabs the envelope, studies it, crooks his head.
Surf's up, ace.
EXT. LATIGO BEACH - DAY
EXTREME LONG LENS scans the beach from a height. A gray,
miserable day. Beach crowd thin except for diehards.
The image drifts across faces, BODIES. Surfers walking
Talking, sitting with pubescent girls.
The image settles on Johnny, astride his board, bobbing
beyond the break.
ON PAPPAS, scanning with powerful binoculars from his car.
CLOSE ON UTAH, out among the flock of hardcore surfers.
Ostensibly waiting for a wave, his eyes search the others
around him, clicking methodically from face to face.
Finally he swings his board around and awkwardly catches a
The modest wave carries him toward the beach as he
balances, tense and style-less.
He passes someone we've seen before. The RAZORHEAD from
the first day. In concentration, Johnny doesn't see the
But Razorhead definitely sees him.
JOHNNY reaches the beach and jogs up the sand. He picks
up a towel and talks into it as he dries his hair. A
glimpse of the walkie-talkie hidden beneath.
Big zippo so far. How about you?
Patience hotshot. Patience. It'll
be subtle, if it's here at all.
PAPPAS WATCHES as Johnny crosses toward the outside shower
next to the public restroom.
LONG LENS view of Utah passing OUT OF SIGHT behind the
AT THE SHOWER Johnny sets down his gear and opens his
wetsuit to the warm, salt-free jet of water. TRACKING
SLOWLY IN on him as he lets it pour over his face.
A HAND ENTERS FRAME, shutting off the water suddenly.
TIGHT ON UTAH, his eyes opening.
REVERSE, revealing RAZORHEAD and THREE OTHERS.
They are powerfully built SURF-NAZIS.
Scalps shaved on the sides. Hair military short on top,
lengthening into pigtails in the back. Tattoos. Wrist
TONE, ARCHBOLD and WARCHILD. The one who socked Utah
before is BUNKER. They spread out flanking him.
This the guy?
Okay, so this is where you tell me
all about how locals rule and yuppie
insects like me shouldn't be surfing
your break and all that, right?
Waste of time.
We're just going to fuck you up.
As they lunge, Utah grabs his board and swings it in a
whistling roundhouse. Its edge slams Warchild in the gut
and folds him double. The bad news is... Warchild gets an
arm around it and brings a pile-driver hammer-punch down.
The board splits into two pieces.
Utah drops his end as the others close. A flurry of
punches and kicks, most of which he blocks. But he's lost
Bunker takes him to his knees with a vicious karate-style
TIGHT ON Utah's towel, talking with Pappas' voice.
Johnny? You there?
ANGELO gets out of the car fast. He jogs twenty feet and
raises the binoculars. Catches a glimpse of the carnage
around the edge of the building. Breaks into a run,
massive legs pistoning.
JOHNNY HITS THE GROUND hard. He rolls and comes up fast.
The razorhead brothers are a little surprised.
The dude can fight!
Warchild grabs Utah from behind. Gets him in a headlock.
Archbold and Tone pin his arms. Bunker starts working him
like a practice bag. At this moment, Johnny is getting
the proverbial shit beat out of him.
SUDDENLY, a new figure blurs INTO FRAME.
BODHI seizes Bunker and flings him aside. He spins with
remarkable agility and drives his heel into Warchild's
Utah breaks free, staggering back on the sand. The fight
is still there in his eyes.
Bodhi is at his side -- holding the others at bay with a
raised hand and an evil look.
Back off! Now!! Just let it go!
Stay outta this, Bodhi!
He's with me. Now back off.
Seriously.Just do it!
(they relax slightly)
You alright Warchild?
(holding his bleeding
Everybody has backed off a bit, panting.
Utah steps toward Bunker. Like he's maybe going to shake
What's your name?
Well, listen, Bunker... I'm actually
kinda glad you found me.
Johnny answers with a LIGHTNING ROUNDHOUSE that hits with
a CRACK! They can hear it in Pomona.
BUNKER HITS THE GROUND. Flat out. Lights out.
Tone, Archbold and Warchild lunge like dogs.
Bodhi yanks Utah out of the line of fire.
Whoa! Whoa! Hold it, ladies. Give
it a rest.
He literally turns Utah around.
They begin to walk, stepping over the pieces of Johnny's
(under his breath)
Do me a favor, Johnny, just keep
Tone starts to go after them. Archbold grabs his arm.
They help Bunker up. Warchild holds he bleeding nose.
Utah and Bodhi start up the stairs, turn a corner and run
HEAD-ON into a huffing PAPPAS.
The big man clocks a battered but intact Utah.
We see him shift gears in his head in 2 tenths of a
(out of breath)
Uh, you guys seen a kid, maybe 10,
12, running with a car stereo?
Stole the fucking CD too, you
Utah is grateful for the cover.
No, but there are four guys back
there you might check out.
He shoves on.
EXT. PARKING LOT
Bodhi and Utah weave among the cars and motorcycles,
beach-types coming and going.
Friends of yours, huh?
The one you decked is Bunker Wiess.
The big one is his brother,
Warchild. The other two always
hang. They think they're some kinda
death squad around here.
What's their program?
They're punks. Nazis. Their brains
are wired wrong. They hurt surfing
because they give nothing back, and
they have no respect for the sea.
They just want to get radical. It's
mindless aggression. They'll never
get it, the spiritual side of it.
You always talk like this? You're
not gonna start chanting or anything
So I was up the beach. I saw it
going down. you didn't hesitate...
they never backed you up an inch.
That's rare in this world.
Thanks for stepping in.
Bodhi keeps on walking as Utah reaches his car and stops.
Five paces on, he stops and turns back. A moment of
Gonna be some people at my house
tonight. Maybe you can make it.
Come with Tyler. She knows.
Bodhi turns and saunters away. Utah considers his last
words, wondering how well Tyler and Bodhi know each other.
INT./ EXT. CAR - PCH - SANTA MONICA - DAY
Utah is struggling into a T-shirt as Pappas drives,
intently following a beat-to-shit JEEP. Paramilitary
olive-drab and full of surfboards. And razorhead.
Ten seconds you're out of sight.
Johnny is equipment-juggling now... cradling a cellular
phone at his ear while steadying Pappas' binoculars in
front of his eyes.
You're losin' them.
That's right. Two-denver-four-sam-
niner-five-niner. Late seventies
LONG LENS, JOHNNY'S POV through binoculars. Bunker's jeep
weaves aggressively through traffic ahead. Horns honk.
Tone flips off the driver of a Toyota.
Look, if you're gonna go leavin'
your piece and your shield in the
car, you can damn well stay in
EXT. VENICE STREET - DAY
Low rent street off Washington.
EXTREME LONG LENS on Jeep as it pulls onto the dead front
lawn of a brown stucco house with bars on the windows.
The razorheads get out, pulling boards and wetsuits from
the Jeep. They are dressed now in ripped jeans, GI boots,
sleeveless Megadeth T-shirts, etc.
Watching, we become aware that two of them have brown hair
in a radical style... shaved sides and a short ponytail.
The jeep is registered to a Bradley
Wiess. My buddy. Guy's got quite a
Yeah, yeah... skip all that. Gimme
the greatest hits. Misdemeanor
possession of cocaine. That's
INT./ EXT. CAR
Utah on the cellular, Pappas behind the wheel as they
slide to a stop half a block from the stucco house.
... Felony B and E, three months in
juvey. Better. Felony assault.
Postgraduate work at Chino.
Excellent. I'm lovin' it. What
about the brother?
(Utah is grinning)
Great! Another model citizen.
These guys really fit the profile.
Remember, all bank robbers are
losers, but not all losers are bank
LONG LENS POV of Razorheads house. Through the windows we
see the four moving inside. Tone throws Archbold and
Bunker a Coors from the fridge. Archbold shakes his and
opens it in Warchild's face. Warchild, in no mood, slams
him against the wall. We feel the revved-up, chaotic
energy of the group in silent pantomime.
Bunker is met by a GIRL coming from the back of the house.
She is wearing only panties and a black leather vest.
Short black hair and tattoos stark on her white skin.
Bunker puts one arm around her neck in a head lock embrace
and slides his other hand under her vest. Tone pulls the
These are the guys. I can feel it.
I say we lay it on Harp.
EXT. STREET NEAR HOUSE - NIGHT
TELEPHOTO VIEW of house.
Bunker and Archbold have partially disassembled the engine
of a Kawasaki 1100 parked in the living room. They are
drinking beer and arguing about the carburetors, lit by
the blue glow of the TV. Warchild is watching a living-
dead movie on tape.
He replays the gory parts. Not a happening night at the
REVERSE, as binoculars are lowered, revealing Cole.
WIDER, to show the dynamic team of Cole and Munoz
glowering in a plain sedan, Utah leaning in the side
This is bullshit. This is a
bullshit lead. This is totally
bullshit. Harp must be fucking
desperate if he's listening to you
See you bright and early, guys.
Pappas walks up with a grease-stained box. Jams it
through the window.
Cold pizza? It's great for
INT./ EXT. PAPPAS' CAR - NIGHT
Pappas pulls away from the curb, roaring past the other
agents sedan. Utah and Cole flip each other off
perfunctorily as they pass.
When did Harp say they'd have the
He's pushing it through first thing.
You better get some sleep tonight,
it could be an interesting morning.
EXT. BODHI'S HOUSE - NIGHT
A bunker-like structure built of stone and glass on a
cliff overlooking the Pacific. Surfmobiles and
motorcycles parked in front. A strong backbeat thumps
through the open front doors.
Tyler's Porsche pulls into the driveway. She and Johnny
get out and head for the entrance.
He rents it for the summer. Bodhi
always gets some slick place and
throws it open to every surf burnout
around. Most a these guys can't
keep a job. When the swell comes,
they're gone, they have to ride.
INT./ EXT. BODHI'S HOUSE
Tyler leads Utah through the steady flow of SURF-RATS and
other PCH NOMADS toward a large outdoor deck where a
barbecue is in progress. Moonlit waves pound the shore
eighty feet below.
They are immediately distracted by the small crowd
gathering around GROMMET who has his nose pressed flat
against the center of a dart board.
His eyes swivels back to ROACH, standing fifteen feet
away, dart in hand, getting ready to throw.
Do your worst, man!
Roach drains a beer in one gulp, spies the sharp needle
point of the dart, then squints at the target.
ROSIE moves through the small crowd collecting bets.
Suddenly Roaches arm snaps back. A collective hush...
In a blur of tattoos the small feathered missile is
TWAAAPPPPPP! Bulls-eye. Centimeters from flesh. Grommet
secretly exhales. Roach howls as Rosie rains money on his
The crowd goes wild.
BODHI stands nearby with his arm around a BEAUTIFUL WOMAN.
Pleased to see Utah, he motions him over.
Don't you gamble?
Only make bets I can't afford to
lose. Only way to be 100%
With that, Bodhi smiles, then he and the woman vanish into
the crowd. Utah watches them go, turns to Tyler.
Who's the girl?
Catch of the day.
Oh, oh. That sounds personal.
People are expendable to Bodhi.
Meaning you were expendable.
We went out for about five
minutes... which is four minutes
longer than most of them. But you
can't hold it against him, he's...
Sure, he's "the Bodhisattva".
Yeah, he thinks he's evolved to a
higher plane of existence, or
Maybe he has. You've seen him
surf... that frenzy. It seems like
anger. It's not. It's the energy
of lovemaking. The sea is the woman
in his life. She's his only true
Utah studies her a moment. He's caught the faintest hint
of regret in her voice. But also the straight-ahead
pragmatism. He looks down at the waves pounding
mercilessly against the rocks.
All she does is beat the shit out of
PARTY - LATER
Lingering surf-rats stoned and drunk.
Nathaniel stands on the railing of the deck, Corona in
hand, gazing out at the black water. He grins sloppily,
body wavering dangerously as he hunkers down into a
(beer soaked speech)
... Okay, so you're in the face,
it's twenty-five feet straight down,
your balls are about this big.
(like he's holding up
And the whole thing's moving, right,
roaring like you're stuck to the
front of a freight train. There
ain't nothin' like it, man. The
ultimate rush. Forget about sex, it
doesn't even come close.
You lose it right then, you're
history. The fish'll be pickin' you
outta the coral.
Nathaniel cackles that absurd Pee-Wee Herman laugh. He
starts to flail, arms pinwheeling.
Utah catches him by the back of the shorts and pulls him
back. Nathaniel spins and drops clumsily onto the deck.
(matter of factly)
Tyler sits next to Johnny, sipping a beer. Bodhi is not
See, it's all dynamic, it's all in
motion. You can't just stop and
walk on in to the beach if you don't
like the way things are going, y'
know what I mean? You gotta ride it
out man, all the way.
You ride the monsters, you gotta
know you're ridin' a line between
life and death. There ain't no
So what's the biggest? Waimea?
No, Bells Beach, Australia.
Bodhi glides into the group and sits, his expression dark
and enigmatic. The beautiful girl kneels behind him,
massaging his neck. He seems not to notice.
Shit, yeah! I remember that day...
gnarly fuckin' ass! Was your
The set was northwest. Jacking up
like a fucking mountain of gray
I made that one mistake you pray
you'll never make--
You shoulda fuckin' seen it... it
was like he fell for-ever. Then the
curl crashes down and he's gooone--
-- held down in the washing machine,
man... it was severe, we couldn't
see nothin' thought it was all over
Tyler watches Utah watching Bodhi. Notices how he is
mesmerized by these war stories. Bodhi smiles,
Not tragic to die doing what you
love. You want the ultimate thrill,
you gotta be willing to pay the
(draining a Corona)
Hell, I ain't gonna see 30.
He and Nathaniel slap a warm, brotherly handshake.
Utah notices that Tyler is giving him a dark look.
She gets up suddenly and walks away from the group.
(to the surfers,
Uh. I need another beer.
He heads out after Tyler.
INT. HALLWAY - DEN
Johnny moves through the house, looking for her. As he
passes the den, he sees Tyler standing inside, and goes
into the dark room.
It is the only personalized space we have seen in the
A kind of shrine to the Bodhisattva.
Shelves filled with books and artifacts from his travels.
Maori masks, a blowgun, a skeletal shark mouth two feet
across, a huge fossil ammonite... an unbelievable variety
of tribal artifacts and marine specimens.
The books include political literature, eastern religion,
philosophy. A strange hodgepodge of titles and authors:
Nietzsche, Marx, the Tao, "Steal this Book", "The Book of
Five Rings", Frederick Forsyth thrillers.
Tyler is looking at a wall of photographs and Johnny walks
up behind her. Shots of Bodhi surfing a monster wave,
mountain-biking, skydiving, flying an ultralight airplane,
bungee-cord jumping, cliff diving.
Every kamikaze activity in the book.
Bunch of goddamn adrenaline junkies.
I hope you're not buying into this
banzai-bullshit like the rest of
What are you talking about?
I've seen that kamikaze look,
Johnny. You've got it. And Bodhi
can smell it a mile away. He'll
take you to the edge... and past it.
(she looks past
Utah turns. Bodhi is in the doorway.
Johnny has his own demons, don't
Bodhi seems to stare into him.
Utah breaks the look. Turns back to the photo gallery.
Bodhi's eyes swivel. He ponders something. Looks at
Roach and some of the other surfers appear in the hallway,
wondering what happened to their leader. He turns to
Gentlemen, it's time.
HOOT AND CHEERS. Everyone bursts into motion. Yelling
and running through the house.
What's goin' on?
Swell's here, Johnny. Bodhi always
Bodhi returns from another room with... AN ALL-BLACK
SURFBOARD. It gleams like obsidian. Near the tip, in
small gray letters it says "Stealth Fighter". Bodhi
thrusts it into Johnny's hands.
The others WHOOP maniacally.
Johnny feels the challenge. The pull of the tribe.
Let's go, Utah. Time for a little
EXT. LATIGO BEACH - NIGHT
SIX DARK FIGURES walk toward us out of shafts of light...
the headlights of Bodhi's CHEVY 4WD and Tyler's Porsche.
The figures are Bodhi, Johnny, Tyler and the other
ROSIE hangs back with the idling vehicles, tattooed arms
crossed. He puffs on a cigarette.
A WIDE SHOT (MATTE) of the beach shows a pool of light
from the headlights, beyond it a vast silver ocean under a
black sky. The full moon casts the world in cold
monochrome. The little figures reach the sea.
(a voice in the
Gaping barrels! Way overhead, man!
CLOSER, as moonlit figures run into the water.
Utah stands on the beach, hoping his eyes will adjust.
I can barely do this in broad
Come on. At least no one's gonna
see how bad you are.
Johnny clenches his jaw and charges past her into the
He strokes powerfully out through the black swell.
UTAH'S EBONY BOARD pierces the wave and he slides down the
backside to where the others are waiting. Roach and
Nathaniel, silhouettes nearby, see one they like and take
Johnny turns as a figure glides up next to him.
I gotta be fucking crazy.
Yeah, but are you crazy enough?
Grommet gets a ride, slicing across in front of them.
A ghost moving off into the silvery distance.
Tyler waves jauntily and takes the next one. It's
Football's a man-made game. You
keep score with numbers. But in
this, there's no field, no rules, no
opponent. Just you and the wave.
I know that part. Tell me something
I can use, here.
I've watched you once or twice. You
surf like it's some kind of street
fight. You jerk along from moment
to moment, fighting everything that
comes at you. Always trying to win.
A flaw I'm working on.
The only way to win out here is to
surrender. You have to feel what
the wave is doing, accept its
energy, get in sync. Just feel it
all moving in the blackness... you
don't need to see.
Yeah, right, vision is highly over-
Bodhi is looking at the lights along the shoreline.
Without looking back, he senses the incoming swell.
This one's got your name on it,
Utah looks. Huge glassy face, perfectly formed. Black
Bodhi digs in with both hands, driving himself forward.
Johnny starts grabbing water right behind him. The wave
picks them up.
Shit, I'm gonna die. I'm gonna die
Johnny uses the patented Tyler-pop and makes it to his
feet. Suddenly he's going like a shot.
He moves back on the board, trims out, slowing down.
Maintains a fragile control.
On pure adrenalized instinct, heart pounding, he falls in
behind Bodhi, taking the same line along the roaring black
Bodhi is like the Silver Surfer, ahead of him in the
Not wanting to drop too far behind, Johnny walks a little
forward on the board. The nose dips, picking up speed.
Johnny starts letting the speed work for him, learning
that he can make long floating turns up and down the
Feeling the water under his feet, the tons of water piling
up behind him... feeling its awesome power and borrowing a
little of it.
The Silver Surfer and the quarterback rocket through the
Utah has a big feral grin plastered on his face.
Bodhi looks back. Gives him a thumbs up.
Then he cuts left and drops giddily down to the bottom,
slashing back and climbing.
Utah tries it, feels the drop like freefall... feels the
He makes his bottom turn, nearly falling.
The grin dropping off his face.
He falls in behind Bodhi again as the wave wraps over them
like a great black wing.
TYLER, paddling back out, watches them shoot past her.
Utah raises his arms above his head and HOWLS like a gonzo
wolf as they go by.
She grins to herself, watching him.
Knows he's gotten the ride that will make him a surfer for
EXT. BEACH PARKING LOT
Rosie sits on the sand next to a blazing fire in a cement
ANGLE THROUGH THE HEAT HAZE above the flames. Tyler
punches through, a few feet away. She paddles toward him,
You had enough?
Yeah. I just want to sit out here
for a minute.
He watches the lights along the shoreline as the gentle
swell between sets lifts and drops them. His face is
A slow grin spreads itself across his face.
Look at you.
Well, usually you have this sort of
intense scowl of concentration, like
you're doing this for a school
project or something... I don't
know, like something's driving you.
(she puts her
fingertip to his
See, it's gone. If I didn't know
better I'd say you looked almost
I... I don't know. I can't describe
what I'm feeling.
You don't have to.
Her face seems luminous in the moonlight. The ocean
silver. The shore a shimmering line of gold. The sky
Utah turns to Tyler, eyes exploring her, as in a dream.
Water beads on her dark skin like crawling diamonds.
He glides closer, holding her board like an uneasy horse
He runs his fingertips down her arm.
Goosebumps. Come here.
She leans closer and he rubs his hands up and down her
arms, warming her. His hands stop on her shoulders.
He pulls her to his mouth. Her tongue meets his.
She wants this.
He is surprised by the fierceness of her kiss, which
TIGHT ON THE ZIPPER of her shorty wetsuit as Johnny's
fingers draw it down. Slowly down, to where it ends
between her legs.
He spreads the front and slips his hands inside, along her
Those are cold.
Warm them up.
She moves his strong hand onto her breast.
His fingers massage her cold-stiffened nipple.
She moans and grabs his wet hair in her other hand,
pulling him into another intense kiss.
EXT. OCEAN - UNDERWATER
Looking up from the bottom, we see the silhouettes of two
boards surrounded by pulsing shafts of moonlight.
CAMERA TILTS DOWN to show the bottom.
The dreamlike blue light shimmering on the sand and rocks.
A big shark browses gracefully, ignoring the lovers.
Their moment of harmony with the sea will be honored.
EXT. BEACH - NIGHT
Tyler's Porsche stands alone in an empty lot.
Her surfboard sticks up in back, next to Utah's "stealth
Rosie's fire is burning low.
Tyler, half-wrapped in a blanket from the car, straddles
Johnny on the sand like she straddles her board. The
blanket slips down.
Naked silhouettes in the firelight.
She arches her back as they move together in prefect sync.
Grips his shoulders and stares into his face, her teeth
bared in a grimace of pleasure that looks like pain.
She makes love like she does everything... with honesty
Utah, surprisingly, is gentle and slow.
He strokes her hair after she collapses onto him.
EXT. BEACH - DAWN
ECU JOHNNY as he cracks one eye open, registering the dawn
He bolts up, looking around. Tyler is asleep beside him,
with the quilt from the car pulled up tight to her chin.
She looks radiant in sleep.
He grabs his watch out of the sand and looks at it.
EXT. ALLEY BEHIND RAZORHEAD HOUSE
LONG LENS on UTAH'S SEDAN fishtailing through the alley,
narrowly missing dumpsters and parked cars.
He pulls up next to several unmarked FBI sedans. No one
UTAH jumps out tucking in yesterday's shirt, stuffing his
Beretta into his waistband. He also shoves a small
leather case into his belt.
Utah pulls open the door to one of the unmarked cars and
rips a walkie-talkie out of the charging rack on the front
Running, he passes a gate. Goes back. Looks.
HIS POV -- FOUR MEN huddled behind a garage. COLE, MUNOZ,
AND TWO OTHER AGENTS. All with guns and walkie-talkies.
You guys need any help?
We hear Pappas' voice over the radio.
Did that worthless punk partner of
mine ever show up?
Right here, partner.
EXT. STREET - NEARBY
Pappas has his shirt hiked up as another agent, BABBIT,
tapes a microphone transmitter to his stomach. Pappas
talks into his top button.
Good of you to join us, hotshot.
Watch it. I told you, not on the
Babbit moves the transmitter, putting the tape on
I'm ready to rock, Angelo. Where
you want me?
Cole and Munoz are going in the back
door. Babbit is backing me. So I
want you at the side window by the
hedge. You're strictly backup, got
Awright. Get into position. I'm
Pappas pulls the loose Hawaiian shirt down over the radio-
mike gear and his stalwart .38 snub.
He steps out from behind a fence and walks along the
sidewalk toward Bunker's house, two doors down. He is
wearing polyester shorts and sandals, and carrying a DOG
Here Scooby! Where are you boy?
Here Scooby!! You furball piece of
COLE AND MUNOZ snap around the corner of the garage and
sprint low toward the rear of the brown stucco house.
UTAH circles back out through the alley. TRACKING WITH
HIM as he makes it to the neighbor's back hedge and crab-
walks toward Bunker's house. BABBIT and ANOTHER AGENT
make it to the front corner of the stucco house, staying
out of sight of the windows.
ANGELO is walking up to the falling-down porch of this
JOHNNY is elbow-crawling between the house and a tall
He slides quietly in below a bedroom window.
He pulls out the little leather kit he tucked in his
waistband. Removes something from it. A DENTAL MIRROR.
Moving slowly, he raises it above the window sill, angling
it where he can see inside.
TIGHT ON DENTAL MIRROR, Johnny's POV.
We see a bedroom through a gap in the venetian blind.
Tone is lying on the bed, wearing headphones. Cranked up
His eyes are screwed shut, and his fists pump to the beat
like karate on 40,000 volts.
The door to a bathroom is open, and the black-haired girl
can be made out behind rippled shower glass.
TIGHT ON DOORBELL as Pappas rings it.
UTAH JUMPS at an explosion of sound. He spins in a
microsecond, pistol aimed at... A LAWN MOWER.
Through the hedge we can just see THE NEIGHBOR, sixtyish
and polyester clad, as he adjusts the choke on the roaring
machine about two feet from Johnny's face. Utah exhales
and lowers the gun. Wipes sweat from his eyes.
TIGHT ON PAPPAS, smiling open-faced and goofily charming
THE DOOR opens, revealing a GIRL we haven't seen before.
She has hair like bleached fiberglass, black eye-makeup
and nails. Ramones-style wardrobe. She looks tense, and
won't open the door very far.
Have you seen a little dog? Kind of
a cockapoo lookin' thing. About
UTAH blinks at what he sees.
HIS POV, in the little mirror.
Like a silent pantomime under the ROAR OF THE MOWER, he
sees Bunker and Warchild come flying into the room.
They are hyper and manic. Eyes wild.
Bunker leaps clear over the bed.
Grabs a COMBAT SHOTGUN from the closet. Throws it to
Warchild. Tone is oblivious.
Bunker thumps him in the chest and Tone leaps up like an
overwound toy, gaping "What the fuck?!" we read his lips
Bunker grabs a STEYR ASSAULT RIFLE, white knuckled, while
Tone fumbles around and comes up with a .45 COLT AUTO.
(into his headset)
Babbit. Get Angelo out of there.
They're pulling out a fucking
arsenal! Babbit, you copy? Cole?
Don't let him pull his badge!
EXT. BACK YARD
Cole and Munoz push their earpieces in deeper. Scowl.
Utah, say again. What?
I can't hear jack shit over this
INT. RAZORHEAD'S HOUSE
In the bedroom, Bunker looks through a slit of door at
Fiberglass. We hear Pappas just outside.
... and the guy next door said he
saw it go into your backyard. My
wife'll kill me if I lose the little
bastard. Me, I could care less.
Whole house smells from it's liftin'
its leg all the time...
Bunker looks like he's on paranoia overdrive.
Something's goin' down, man. This
No, man, it's nothin'. It's
Will you shut the fuck up! Check
the windows. Do it!!
EXT. RAZORHEAD'S HOUSE
Utah sucks up against the wall as Warchild looks furtively
out the window. We see them both, but Warchild doesn't
see Johnny, plastered right below him.
Johnny closes his eyes and grits his teeth. Shiiiiittt!
PAPPAS, AT THE FRONT DOOR, is bobbing his head, trying to
You sure he isn't out back? You
mind if I go take a look?
Look, I don't know anything about
your dog, okay--
Well is there anyone else here that
might have seen him?
There's nobody else here...
Warchild slams into the wall next to Bunker.
There's two guys by the back door.
Oh, shit. Shit!! We're fucked,
That fat fuck comes through the door
I'm gonna pump him up. Swear to
Christ, man, I'm gonna blow the dude
Scared and vicious, like a cornered dog. We believe him.
Bunker jacks the bolt on the Steyr. Warchild cocks the
JOHNNY is pissing himself. He can see it all going down.
So fast he doesn't have time to think.
He goes into motion -- slipping rapidly along the wall to
the next window.
The bathroom window.
PAPPAS, AT THE FRONT DOOR, makes his move.
He pushes the door open, breaking the security chain, and
jams his FBI shield in the girl's face as he grabs her
FBI, gorgeous. Now let's take a
Bunker's eyes bug out as he sees Pappas coming through the
door. He snaps the assault rifle to his shoulder.
Suddenly Johnny is behind him -- half-in the bathroom
window, pistol gripped double-handed like they taught him
FBI!! DROP IT!
Bunker whips around. Squeezing off a wild burst! B-B-B-
It rips the plaster next to Johnny's shoulder.
Shatters the shower door behind him. The BLACK-HAIRED
Johnny flinches, FIRING RAPIDLY. Wild.
Bunker drops, hit.
Warchild lets go with the 12 gauge. KABOOM!
Takes a chunk like a shark bite out of the doorframe by
Deafening in the confined space.
Johnny flattens himself behind the doorframe.
Tone just splits. Down the hall like a greyhound.
PAPPAS is on one knee, his piece drawn fast, holding
Fiberglass in a neck-lock with one massive arm.
Bunker, wild-eyed and bleeding, is on his knees in the
He raises the Steyr. Mistake.
Angelo FIRES. 30 years in the field tends to show.
Three rounds. Chest. Chest. Head.
Bunker is off the planet.
MUNOZ KICKS THE BACKDOOR IN like they do in the movies.
He and Cole charge into the rancid kitchen. Badass FBI
JOHNNY, hotwired and hyperventilating, pops out for a shot
around the doorframe. He gets a glimpse of Warchild's
back disappearing into the hallway. FIRES. His shot is
wasted, punching plaster.
Suddenly a pink freight-train hits him.
He forgot about the girl in the shower.
Naked except for her tattoos, she bodyslams him face-first
into the wall.
As he tries to turn she grabs his hair in both hands and
hammers his head into the medicine-cabinet -- CRASH --
shattering the mirror.
Then she knees him in the balls as he ricochets off the
wall into her.
She drives her elbow into his back as he drops.
"FREIGHT TRAIN" lands knee-first on his gun hand, and
viciously kicks the pistol away with one bloody foot. It
skitters under the bed.
She's cut up from flying glass. Demon-eyed and wired, her
body lithe and muscular under white skin. She sprints
across the bedroom, leaving Utah slumped, heaving for
IN THE HALLWAY, Tone is hidden behind a doorway.
White-knuckling the forty-five. A wild-eyed kid with a
big gun and not the slightest idea how to use it.
He hears footsteps POUNDING behind him and spins.
It's Warchild, running with the shot-gun.
Move it, man. Let's get the fuck
out of here!
Off-guard, Tone is SLAMMED BY THE DOOR as Munoz drives
into it with his shoulder.
Pounded between the door and wall, Tone is wired so tight
he pulls the trigger and blows a hole through his own
He screams and drops to the floor.
Munoz sandwiches him with the door and draws down on
Warchild, who dives into a doorway.
Cole drives past Munoz, who has Tone pinned, and pounds
down the corridor.
Cole reaches the doorway and goes for the shot on
"Freight-train" appears behind him from another door.
She raises a pair of scissors and drives them into his
back up to the hilt.
Pulls them out, going for another stab, when--
Pappas spins her around and slams her face-first into the
UTAH, in the bedroom, sees Warchild blur across his field
On pure instinct, he kicks into overdrive. Johnny leaps
the bed and goes ballistic. His flying tackle catches
Warchild at the window.
The window EXPLODES OUTWARD in a spray of sunlit glass.
Utah and Warchild crash to the ground.
The razorhead, with 50 pounds on Johnny, rises like a
Bleeding from superficial lacerations, Warchild plows
through the hedge.
Johnny dives after him.
The Polyester Neighbor stands paralyzed as the two crazed
figures careen toward him. He is knocked flying, and the
ROARING LAWNMOWER is flipped onto its side.
Utah and Warchild are locked together.
The shotgun lies nearby, out of play.
Warchild jerks a 6 INCH KNIFE free from its sheath,
hanging from a thong around his neck. He trusts straight
at Johnny's throat.
Johnny deflects the thrust -- INTO THE WHIRLING LAWNMOWER.
KA-WHANGGG!!! The knife is hammered out of Warchild's
Whistles away, spinning.
Warchild grabs Johnny as they scramble, and heaves him
bodily toward the spinning blade. Utah catches the rim of
the mower with both hands, stopping himself inches from
Warchild puts all his weight on Johnny.
Pushing him face-first toward the blades.
Johnny feels the wind on his face.
The engine is roaring, full throttle.
PAPPAS APPEARS BEHIND THEM.
He aims the .38. FIRES TWICE.
The little Briggs & Stratton dies young, its casing
The rotor spins to a stop.
Warchild looks up into the black eye of Pappas' gun.
Two inched from his face.
Speak into the microphone.
The razorhead sags, the fight going out of him.
Babbit kicks him off Johnny, face down onto the lawn.
INT. BATHROOM - BEDROOM - LATER
UTAH dry heaves over the sink. Turns the faucet on full
blast and hoses his head. He lifts a dripping face, wipes
water out of his eyes, stops on the reflection in the
mirror. Pappas is there.
It's always been lasers and paper
targets until today, right?
Utah looks up at him and nods. He glances through the
doorway at Bunker, dead in a pool of blood. Tone is
wailing as paramedics work on his foot. Cole is being
taken out on a stretcher.
No difference, Utah. Just a little
more to clean up.
It's alright. You did good today.
Across the bedroom AGENT BABBIT rips the back off a big
speaker unit. Behind it, taped to the woofer, are two
large packets of a white substance.
Utah stares at the dope.
INT. POLICE HQ - OUTSIDE INTERROGATION ROOM - NIGHT
TIGHT ON WARCHILD manacled to the chair screaming his head
off. We cannot hear him through the glass. It looks like
UTAH and PAPPAS watch through the one way observation
THWAAAAAP!! The two taped packets slam the wall inches
from Utah's right ear. Johnny snaps his head around.
Stares into the face of DIETZ who looks like Warchild's
And he's pissed as hell...
You know what this is?! Two keys
uncut crystal meth!
What the hell's your problem?
Dietz manically grabs a clump of his stringy hair.
You think I like this haircut? My
wife wants me to stay at Ramada -- I
been working on these guys for THREE
MONTHS! Finally -- finally--
(nodding to Warchild)
-- I get dickwad in there wantin' to
play wheel of fortune so I can find
out their supplier!
HARP emerges from the interrogation room, we hear a sliver
of Warchild's battle cry. He spies Utah.
This is agent Dietz, DEA. He's got
a record of your suspect's movements
every day for the last three months.
(stabbing the air
with the packets)
All I wanna know is how are these
guys supposed to be holding up
Tarzana City National on August 2nd,
when they are in Fort-fucking-
Lauderdale August 2ND!!!
Not an easy thing to do, is it,
Nice tattoo, Dietz.
We hear a faint BUZZ, growing louder as we...
INT. BEDROOM - UTAH'S APARTMENT - DAWN
The doorbell BUZZ shrieks through the room. It stops.
Starts again. A ghostly dawn finds UTAH and TYLER
sleeping peacefully, limbs entwined like vines.
Johnny's eyes snap open. Spies the clock. 4:00 a.m.
Tyler stirs beside him, coming out of sleep.
Johnny wraps a blanket around his waist and staggers to
BODHI stands outside the door wearing a lunatic grin.
Behind him NATHANIEL, ROACH and GROMMET hoot from the
C'mon brah, there's a righteous
swell. Let's go! Let's go!
Tyler comes into the room, wrapped in a sheet.
Utah sees her knowing smile.
He does this.
EXT. BEACH - PREDAWN
Vampire morning. A misty predawn, bled of all color.
Steel gray tones. The ocean vanishes in the fog a few
feet from shore.
Tyler and Johnny, carrying their boards, walk toward the
Come on, Utah. Everybody's out
there catchin' all the good rides.
She realizes he has stopped ten feet behind her, like a
great weight has dragged him to a halt.
What's wrong Johnny?
(goes back to him)
You're like a different person.
He stares at her. His expression dark... wrestling with
I am a different person, Tyler.
He lets out a long breath and looks away, out to sea.
JOHNNY'S POV... the water receding into a backlit wall of
FIGURES APPEAR, faint silhouettes in the fog.
Shades of gray in the gray.
IN SLOW MOTION they weave hypnotically across the screen,
their shapes merging and unmerging as they cross each
STACKED UP BY THE EXTREME LONG LENS, Bodhi, Roach, Grommet
and Nathaniel crave and slash toward us with mystical
In SUSPENDED TIME we see them hooting and grinning at each
other as they cut aggressive moves close to each other.
Challenging each other in mock combat.
So good, their boards slash past each other with inches to
There is an incredible sense of freedom and exhilaration.
Bonding forged through mastery of this arcane art.
For the first time we see the core group of Bodhi's tribe,
by themselves. It dawns on us...
There are four of them.
And at that moment Nathaniel drops in front of Bodhi,
laughing at the near miss, and drops his pants in a nasty
TRACKING SLOWLY IN ON JOHNNY staring, mouth open.
Watching the four horsemen of the Apocalypse ride toward
IN SLOW MOTION, BODHI grins as he slashes past Nathaniel's
shining white butt.
ON JOHNNY, as he reacts to the dawning certainty.
He feels weak, dizzy... like the ground is moving under
Hey. You okay? You look like you
saw a ghost.
SHOCK CUT -- ANGELO TURNING TOWARD HIM, at the drop car
scene. Eons ago. The sound of his voice ringing...
Forget about it, kid, They're
BACK TO JOHNNY, as he backs away from Tyler. Still in
shock, recoiling from the situation.
I... I gotta go.
Johnny... what's going on? I don't
get it... did I do something?
No. I'm sorry. I have to go.
I'll, uh... I'll call you later.
He sets off running up the beach.
Tyler stares after him. Confused and hurt.
EXT. PAPPAS' HOUSE - NIGHT
Early evening. Utah pulls into the driveway. When he
kills the engine we hear Greek music from inside the
AT THE ENTRANCE Johnny finds the door ajar. He pushes it
open a little to reveal--
Pappas dancing alone in the living room with his shirt
off, holding a glass of ouzo. Facing away from the door
the ample Greek hears Utah's tentative knock. Without
breaking from his dance or turning he calls out--
Hey, babe. Get on over here so the
big dog can teach ya how to bark.
Pappas howls like a bloodhound, then twirls around.
We see the startled Pappas, at a loss for the first time.
Johnny! Uh, you, uh... should call
first, you know? Hey, where the
hell were you all day? You gotta at
least call in or something. You
Angelo, we gotta talk.
Pappas moves toward him, kind of subconsciously herding
Utah back out the door.
Listen, uh... if you're okay, can it
wait till tomorrow morning, kid,
Johnny hears footsteps and turns.
Miss Deer comes through the door like it's not the first
time, carrying a bag of groceries.
Angie, they didn't have the kind of
wine you like but I got... oh, hi
Her icy office persona obviously got left there. Her hair
is unbound and flows around her shoulders, and in halter
top and jeans she looks delectably off-duty.
Angelo looks at Utah like don't you say a fucking word.
A few minutes later. Utah and Pappas leaning on his car.
The younger agent seems to have regained his hunt-down
... so I started tailing him.
This Zen master surfer.
Bodhi, yeah. I'm on him all day,
right. He goes here, he goes there,
he goes to Tower Records and buys
come CDs, he has lunch at Patrick's
... he goes into the Assured Trust
Savings and Loan.
Did he rob it?
Cute. He was inside for about 20
minutes. The other guy, Roach,
waited in the truck. They were
scoping it out, right?!
Yeah, or cashing a check.
Wait, wait. Then these guys go back
to their beach house and box up all
their shit. Load it in Bodhi's
truck and take it to a public
storage unit. You see? Summer's
almost over. They're splitting.
They're gonna pick up a little
traveling money tomorrow. The next
day at the outside latest. I got a
Last time you got a feeling I had to
kill a man, which I always hate
because it looks bad on the report.
Angelo... I'm right this time. We
can still win this one.
Angelo looks at the conviction in the other agent's eyes.
Pappas sighs and puts a hand on Johnny's shoulder.
Alright, look... banks are closed.
Nothing's gonna go down tonight,
right? So we'll be on these guys
like white on rice... first thing
tomorrow morning. Okay? Tomorrow.
Utah nods. Then grins. Pappas starts backing up, like a
long rubber band which was stretched taut is pulling him
back into the house.
EXT. STREET NEAR BODHI'S HOUSE - DAY
LONG LENS POV scanning Bodhi's house. There is a "FOR
RENT" sign out front. The driveway and carpet are
empty... no vehicles in sight.
They're gone. Son of a bitch. We
UTAH LOWERS HIS BINOCULARS. He's standing next to the car
while Pappas sits on the hood, sipping coffee from a
They're on their way to Maui.
No way. Not yet. Come on.
Utah jumps in and starts the car. Pappas is screwing the
cap on the thermos. Johnny puts the car in gear, forcing
Angelo to scramble in as the car starts to roll.
Jesus Christ, kid! The banks don't
open 'till nine.
EXT. CITY STREET - TRAFFIC - DAY
Johnny weaves the sedan among the creeping commuters.
Long glittering lines and heat waves.
I say we call it in. Get some
backup. But you gotta do it. Harp
won't listen to me.
Sure. No problem. I'll just call
up and tell him his favorite agent
saw this one surfer moon another
surfer yesterday and it looked real
suspicious. Shit, he'll probably
call out the National Guard.
I say we don't call it in. Under no
circumstance are we to call this in.
Look, we handle it ourselves, for
right now, okay? We cover the bank,
whatever. You and me. That way if
nothing happens, or more accurately,
when nothing happens... I don't get
my tits any further into the wringer
than they already are.
EXT. ASSURED TRUST SAVING AND LOAN
SLOW PAN from the facade of the bank halfway up the block
to Utah's sedan in the TIGHT F.G. Head flopped back over
the seat, Angelo snoozes in the hot sun with a sports page
over his face. Johnny looks at his watch for the fiftieth
time. Whole lot of nothing going on.
Angelo slides the sports page down to his chin, without
Time for lunch.
Angelo, it's eleven thirty.
That place up the street has
meatball sandwiches. Get me two.
Utah slides out of the car. Feeling a little exposed he
pulls his Dodgers cap down a little tighter, and adjusts
He trudges off through the sidewalk crowd toward the FAST-
FOOD STAND nearby.
Pappas pulls the sports page back up to block the sun.
EXT. FAST FOOD PLACE
ON A LONG LENS, very stacked up, we see Johnny standing at
the grody pick-up window. He keeps looking at the bank,
The pick-up window opens and food appears, sliding out.
Utah turns, pulling out his wallet.
VOICE FROM INSIDE
Two meatball, one tuna on wheat,
two lemonades. Total's seven eighty
As Johnny is counting out the bills, a BURGUNDY
THUNDERBIRD pulls up in front of the bank. The doors fly
The Ex-Presidents jump out.
They sprint for the entrance. All this OUT OF FOCUS, B.G.
Johnny misses it as he picks up the food order.
The Presidents disappear inside.
Johnny looks toward the bank again. There is no movement.
REVERSE, as Utah walks back toward his car. Pappas is
still under the paper. He slides it down when he smells
Here, yours is the one that looks
like a road kill. Enjoy.
Utah throws a big stack of napkins through the window into
Pappas' lap. Still standing next to the car.
Here's your lemonade.
(he looks down the
Did you see that T-Bird pull up?
Pappas pulls a disgusting mass from the bag, unwrapping
Damn, I could eat the ass out of an
elephant. I shoulda had you get me
three a these. What T-Bird?
Pappas is about to take a huge bite when a meatball falls
out of the end of the sandwich. It lands on the seat next
He looks at it. Picks it up. Pops it into his mouth
Freezes, mouth open. Eyes focused on...
The Ex-Presidents, in living color, flashing through the
doors of the bank 80 feet away.
Johnny is so astounded he doesn't do anything for about
two seconds. Pappas coughs out his meatball, eyes
Jesus Christ!! It's them!
The Presidents are piling into the car.
Johnny reacts characteristically. He whips out the
Beretta and yells--
FBI!! Freeze!! Right now!
NIXON spins, raising his shotgun.
But Reagan knocks the muzzle down with his hand. Shoves
him into the car. Then Reagan jumps behind the wheel.
The back wheels light up, smoking, as the T-Bird launches.
BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!
He puts two into the trunk and blows the back window into
junk jewelry. The T-Bird peels out into traffic, clipping
a Subaru which locks them up and spins.
Come on, kid, get in the car!
INT./ EXT. SEDAN
Pappas reaches across, starting the engine as Johnny jumps
in the driver's side. Utah buries the throttle into the
firewall and charges aggressively through the medium
Their sedan slews around the back of an eighteen wheeler,
fishtailing. It straightens out. No T-Bird in sight.
The hell are they?!
They took a left at the next light!
Utah is totally wired. Totally concentrated. The
adrenalin is kicking in, flashing through his system. His
brain is on turbo boost, reacting a thousand times a
second as they hit sixty through the traffic, which seems
to be standing still.
I got 'em. I see 'em. I'm on it,
I'm on it.
High-speed slalom through cars and trucks.
The world passes by in a hysterical blur.
You even watching the road?
A car pulls out, straight ahead.
Utah swerves wildly, mostly gets around him. The guy's
bumper and front grille are removed. Utah does a smoking
skid-recovery. Doesn't even slow down.
The late model T-Bird is weaving manically. It makes a
sliding turn onto a cross street half a block ahead of the
Utah cuts the wheel into a huge Ralph's parking lot.
Pedestrians scatter. Utah center-punches a week's supply
of groceries in a cart.
INT./ EXT. T-BIRD
The Presidents hold on desperately as Reagan white-
knuckles it through civilian traffic. They're looking all
around, trying to see where Utah went.
Where are they, man? I don't see
'em. We lose 'em?
Not exactly... THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD we see an airborne
Utah hurtling from a Ralph's entrance. The sedan lands on
the street, tearing chunks out of the asphalt with the
An instant later it hammers into the side of the T-Bird.
The two cars spin out of control. Utah cuts the wheel,
slamming into them again. Side by side demolition derby.
WHAM!! Utah hits them again. The Presidents lose
control, jumping a curb, losing the right front tire in
Utah's car starts to swap ends. Hit the center island
The sedan flips onto its back in an explosion of glass.
SCREECH of steel on concrete as it comes to rest.
Hanging upside down, Pappas is mightily pissed off.
Nice fuckin' work, hotshot.
They can see the T-Bird still moving.
It slews drunkenly as the driver maintains speed on
Johnny shimmies out of the wreckage, sliding on his back
in broken glass. Pappas is packed in, upside down,
wriggling to get out through the side window. A tight
INT./ EXT. T-BIRD
The Presidents are hammered up and down by the flailing
Emergency sanitization! Here we go!
EXT. GAS STATION
The T-Bird vaults into the parking lot and slides to a
smoking stop at one of the pump islands. The Presidents
explode out of the car in a blur.
Reagan bodyslams a TEENAGER putting gas in his MUSTANG.
He flips his big pistol to LBJ as the other Presidents
charge past him. Nixon jumps behind the wheel of the
Mustang. LBJ and JFK pile in.
Reagan grabs the gas nozzle out of the car.
He pulls out a ZIPPO LIGHTER.
Reagan raises the gas nozzle like a gun and holds the
zippo below and slightly in front of it. He flicks the
Then pulls the trigger on the nozzle.
Like an impromptu flame thrower, the nozzle spews A TWENTY
FOOT JET OF FIRE which engulfs the T-Bird in an instant.
Any physical evidence in the car is rapidly incinerated.
Customers are running, screaming.
Nixon has the Mustang fired up.
Let's go! Move it, Ronny!
Ronny's eyes sparkle behind his mask as he paints the
scene with the jet of fire. You can see it getting good
to him. In a second he's going to blow up the whole
block. But he's getting his rocks off. He sets two other
cars on fire.
A FIGURE BLURS INTO FRAME.
In a flying tackle, Utah catapults Reagan off his pins.
They roll, skidding across the oily concrete.
Spraying wild, the fire swirls around the pump island.
Out of the black smoke, PAPPAS charges like an angry bull,
his snubnose held high. NIXON sees him and floors it.
The Mustang smokes out of the gas station as Pappas' shots
blow out the back window.
Utah and Reagan roll away from the blaze. Johnny's pants
are burning. He gets to his knees in time for Reagan's
kick to take him square in the solar plexus. He folds in
half. Drops to the cement.
Reagan kicks him again and takes off running.
The President is burning.
His suit jacket is ablaze. He shucks out of it as he
Gasping, Johnny rapidly slaps his jeans. Puts himself
out. He comes up running, pulling his Beretta. Sees the
back of Reagan's head disappearing into an alley behind
the gas station.
A non-descript L.A. alley... commercial buildings on one
side, walled suburb on the other. Two men running all
A recent President and a wild-eyed cop trailing smoke like
a crashing jet fighter.
Beyond the buildings behind them A FIREBALL EXPLODES
SKYWARD. We hear sirens and shouting, which recede as the
two pelt along the alley. It gets quieter. Just the
machine-gun slap of the shoes on pavement, and the hard
breathing of the two men, each in overdrive, going all out
in long blurring strides.
REAGAN looks back. Sees the demon cop behind him,
Utah has become an engine, a running machine... juggernaut
AHEAD OF THEM a BLACK AND WHITE swings into the alley.
Reagan hangs a hard left and blasts a wooden gate half off
its hinges. Utah whips through the gate a second later.
Diving into suburbia.
INT./ EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD - FOOTCHASE SEQUENCE
It becomes a blur. Pure kinetic energy. Two meteors
rocketing through a low-rent suburb. And God help anyone
who gets in the way.
Reagan crosses a cluttered backyard.
Broken field run through toys, swing set, stacks of god-
He runs through a Mr. Turtle Pool in an explosion of
Crashes through a hedge.
Through the narrow gap between houses.
Utah powers into the tight space behind him.
Blurring along between stucco walls.
They emerge into the front yard.
A WOMAN watering her lawn is so surprised she yelps and
Reagan and Utah both hurdle her.
AHEAD, KIDS ON BIKES, racing along the sidewalk.
Reagan dodges the first, Utah slams into the next two.
He crashes, rolling, tangled up in bikes and squawking
He comes out of a pile-up somehow still in high gear.
Reagan flashes across the sunlit street.
Dodges in front of a GARBAGE TRUCK which locks up the
It stops so fast, one of the guys falls off the back.
The GUY is getting up as Utah whips around the back of the
Knocks him sprawling.
Utah doesn't stop. Doesn't look back.
Like he doesn't see anything in the real world but the
figure running ahead of him. Like it's some kind of
hyperkinetic video game.
Everything is a blur. Suburbia smeared into staccato
The house across the street is blocked by fence on both
A MAN is picking up his mail.
Reagan pounds past him. Right through the front door of
Panting as he sprints down a dark hallway.
A WOMAN with a basket of washing SCREAMS as Reagan blasts
past her, knocking her flying.
Utah leaps over her sprawled legs.
Cats blur underfoot. Utah crunches down on a tail. A CAT
EXPLOSION. Screeching merges with the woman's shrill
shouts as Utah slams the back screen door off its hinges.
Across the back yard. Fence. Over it. Running on.
REAGAN looks back.
Sees Utah still behind him like in a bad dream.
He enters the next house. Sliding glass door.
Utah sees Reagan pull it closed. Locking it.
Without breaking stride Johnny grabs a potted plant off a
Heaves it ahead of him.
The glass BURST INTO A WALL OF DIAMONDS.
Utah blasts through a microsecond later.
Topples the kitchen table. Furniture and crockery
He sprints down a hallway after Reagan.
A FIERCE WOMAN in a housecoat shouting at them as they
pass, holding a vacuum cleaner like it's shot-gun.
Get the fuck out of this house!
What the fuck do you think you're
Around a corner. A VICIOUS SNARLING SOUND.
Utah sees something flying at him. Reflexively catches
Reagan has thrown a PIT-BULL.
The Fierce Woman's fierce dog.
UTAH'S POV -- the snarling little demon right in his face.
He drop-kicks it like a goddamn field-goal right through a
doorway and runs on.
Another door. Another explosion of sunlight. Another
Sprinklers this time. Reagan and Utah running through
sunlit walls of rain. They crash through another hedge.
The ground drops away. Slipping and sliding on iceplant,
they skid down a steep slope. Reagan reaches bottom.
A TEN FOOT RETAINING WALL, dropping off like a cliff to
Reagan falls, landing on his feet.
Panting now, feeling it, he stumbles up and runs on.
Utah rips down through the iceplant like a human
Slides over the edge. Falls -- lands hard.
TIGHT ON HIS KNEE and SLOW MOTION.
Taking the impact.
We HEAR something go.
Utah crashes to the pavement, his face contorted with
He grabs his tortured knee with both hands.
Not now. Not now!
Reagan runs on. They are in an enclosed storage yard of
some kind. Ten foot chainlink all around.
Utah struggles to get up and run.
He sprawls forward, biting back a howl of pain.
We see the incredible will driving him on.
He gets up and again, hobbling. Trying to run.
Reagan reaches the fence.
He is heaving for breath. Holding his side.
Utah stumbles, gets up, clutching his knee.
Hobbling forward. His eyes wild, the veins in his neck
Reagan starts to climb. Utah collapses to his knees. He
can't go on.
Reagan reaches the top of the fence. He looks back.
UTAH HAS THE BERETTA POINTED RIGHT AT HIM.
Twenty feet away. The muzzle rock-steady. He can't miss.
They both are frozen, panting. Locked into the moment.
You want me, there's only one way.
PAPPAS reaches the top of the hill, 200 feet away, panting
like he's about to collapse. He sees the tableau.
ECU -- UTAH'S FINGER on the trigger. Tightening.
RACK TO his eyes. Blinking, water running into them.
God, he wants to.
ECU -- REAGAN'S EYES, through the mask. Locked with
UTAH suddenly snaps his hand up and FIRES VERTICALLY.
HE HOWLS WITH RAGE, FRUSTRATION AND PAIN.
FIRES AGAIN. And AGAIN.
Slumping back, his shoulders slam down onto the concrete.
Straight-arming the Beretta he FIRES RAPIDLY...
Bulleting the blue sky.
HIGH ANGLE, looking straight down on the tableau.
Reagan leaps off the fence and runs OUT OF FRAME, as Utah
empties the magazine straight at us, the shots merging
with his agonized howl, echoing as we--
INT. FBI BUILDING - BULLPEN - NIGHT
UTAH sits next to the DISPATCHER waiting for news like a
sailor in a storm. His leg is popped up on a chair with
jeans split to the thigh and an ace bandage wrapped around
His face is a nasty patchwork of scratches and bruises.
He drains his coffee and gazes out at the empty bullpen.
PAPPAS comes through the doors, wiping the remains of
dinner off his mouth.
The Dispatcher talks into his headset, glances up at
Pappas, shakes his head.
Go home, kid. Get the hell outta
here. Get some sleep. You look
like shit. They get anything even
resembles your guy, I'm on your
beeper. Here. You like feta?
He smiles warmly, handing his younger partner a brown
Feta. My favorite.
Managing a weary smile. Lifts his body out of the chair,
turns to go.
Angelo ponders something.
Utah stops. Looks back at the man.
All I wanna know is one thing, why
didn't you just take the shot?
Johnny's gaze turns inward.
I don't know.
INT. BATHROOM - UTAH'S APARTMENT - NIGHT
UTAH sits on the bathroom floor as Tyler dabs Betadyne
antiseptic over his wounds. Utah cringes.
Betadyne doesn't hurt.
You're kneeling on my hand.
She laughs, shifts her weight and keeps tending him.
So what'd the other guy look like?
Never saw him, was your basic hit
But you look like you been in a
train wreck, how'd he just drive
Utah acts like he wants to say something but his mouth
won't quite form the words. Tyler dabs his face, touches
a finger to his forehead.
Johnny, what is it with you? You
have that look again, it's like
you're about to tell me something
and then you don't... or you can't.
What's going on?
Johnny searches her eyes.
She stares at him, becoming fragile suddenly.
What? What do you want to tell me?
Utah's brow unfurls. The thought has passed. He slowly
cups his hand over hers. Gently pulling her close.
I'm glad you pulled me out of the
water that day...
He presses his lips to the smooth curve of her forehead.
A kiss to each downcast eye. Searching out her mouth with
his own as his hands glide down the small of her back.
Their reflection in the mirror as Utah slowly lowers Tyler
to the bathroom floor. She clings tightly in a breathless
EXT. CLIFF - NIGHT
A Buddha in the moonlight, BODHI sits crosslegged upon the
cliff, staring at the ocean.
CAMERA CIRCLES AROUND HIM, focusing in upon his eyes.
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
UTAH asleep, flopped in a spread-eagled X.
WE HEAR the bedroom door opening, see a slash of light
fall across the bed.
Johnny doesn't stir.
A shadow appears on the wall, moving toward him.
An outstretched arm holding a gun.
Utah snores softly, sleeping like a baby.
CAMERA TRACKS IN on his peaceful face.
A single eyelid flutters. Total silence, until...
KABOOOOMMM! The Pillow beside him EXPLODES into a
blizzard of goosedown. Johnny rears up, eyes wide, mouth
TYLER stands above him, recovering from the kick of the
smoking 9mm Beretta in her hand.
A lawyer!? You lied to me!
She throws his FBI gold star at his face.
Look, Tyler, I can--
BOOM! Tyler SQUEEZES off another round.
Cascading goosefeathers falling like snow.
Utah flinches sideways.
Jesus Christ, Johnny -- you've been
using me! Your jacket's on the
floor in the bathroom -- this
goddamn thing's half out of the
pocket... Oh God, it's all part of
some case, isn't it?
Tyler, put the gun down.
You tell me the fucking truth
Johnny... did your parents really
die in a car crash? DID THEY?!
She waves the Beretta in his face.
No. They live in Columbus Ohio.
Tyler lowers the pistol slowly, the strength leaving her.
Her face begins to flood with tears.
I work bank robbery. Guys I'm after
are surfers. I needed you, at
first, but not--
Fuck you, Johnny Utah. Fuck you!!
Don't you have a soul? Goddamn you
She goes limp as the sobs rack her body. The gun flops
from her grip.
Utah sweeps it under the bed with his foot.
He moves to gently comfort her.
She bolts at his touch, running from the bedroom.
Utah is up and hopping into his pants to follow her. He
From the living room we hear a rattling of keys, the front
door opens and slams shut. He hobbles to the door,
favoring his knee. Opens it. We hear the Porsche
Utah sags, the breath coming out of him long and slow.
UTAH on the bed staring up at the ceiling. Phone cradled,
Hi, it's me. Leave a message.
BEEP! He rests the telephone on his chest, letting the
tape roll a moment before he speaks.
Tyler I... look, I fucked up, okay.
I know I fucked up. I wanted to
tell you, but I couldn't -- I was
afraid you'd leave... good guess,
Fuck, why can't I ever say what I
really mean? I lied to you. I'm an
asshole... but I need you, Tyler. I
want you to know that I've never
known anyone like you before in my
life... and I... I hope you change
He cradles the receiver, looks out the window. Black of
night. Dead still.
UTAH asleep, telephone still perched on his bare chest.
BUZZZZZZ! The rasp of the doorbell.
Johnny is airborne, phone flying across the floor.
Hunting for his pants, realizes they are already on, limps
in fast motion to the door.
Tyler! Wait, I--
Whips it open.
BODHI standing in the doorway, smiling like an excited
NATHANIEL, ROACH, and GROMMET are there behind him.
They look like sentry dogs. Johnny freezes.
Bodhi walks past Utah, into the room.
C'mon, get your gear on, we're
Cheerful, hardly able to contain his exuberance.
He moves through the room, grabbing Johnny's shirt from a
chair, a pair of sneakers on the floor.
Utah sees his FBI shield sitting on the dresser in plain
He palms it when Bodhi is turned away, and slips it into
his hip pocket to conceal it.
What going on, Bodhi?
Bodhi plucks a couple socks off the couch, hands them to
(spying Johnny's cut
Hey, what happened? Ya cut
Johnny meets Bodhi's cold stare.
I don't think I wanna surf right
Bodhi's face takes on a crazy glow.
Naw, this is different, Johnny.
This is something totally
different... you're gonna love this.
He winds an arm around Johnny's shoulders, guides him
toward the door.
C'mon, let's go, let's go. Time's
Bodhi claps Utah on the back, ushering him outside.
Nathaniel, Roach and Grommet fall into step beside them.
The door closes behind them.
CAMERA DRIFTS back through the apartment, coming to rest
on the 9mm Beretta, on the floor under the bed... useless.
EXT. BODHI'S PICKUP - PREDAWN
The pickup is a funnel of dust along the desert road.
Black mountains against a silver sky.
INT. BODHI'S PICKUP
The tapedeck blasts. BODHI and UTAH sit inside the cab.
Through the rear window, we see NATHANIEL, ROACH and
GROMMET in the flatbed.
Bodhi swivels his eyes to Johnny, lowers the volume.
Life's sure got a sick sense of
humor, don't you think so Johnny?
Face splitting into a shit-eating grin.
How you figure?
News, last night... those guys, the
Ex-Presidents... they robbed my bank
yesterday. And I was just there the
day before, cashing a check. See...
look. Assured Trust... same place.
He takes a beat up checkbook off the dash and flips it to
Utah opens the cover and looks.
Sure enough. Assured Trust Savings and Loan.
I was picking up some bucks cause
we're leaving town. Bizarre, huh?
If I'd waited a day I'd been right
in the middle of it. Kinda sorry I
missed it. I'd liked to've seen
A long pregnant pause. Utah breathes deeply, remaining
calm, his voice carrying a chilling bravado.
Takes guts to rob a bank. All that
adrenalin pumping, waving loaded
guns, taking out the guards, getting
everybody on the floor, never
knowin' who's gonna burst in...
(looks right at
... wondering what it's like to take
a bullet. Must be some ride.
Utah's smile is a personal challenge. Bodhi sits
perversely intrigued. The mental warfare escalates.
Banks are insured, brah. Long as
nobody gets shot, it's really a
victimless crime. Just gotta scare
'em a little, would be my guess.
Now if I was gonna rob a bank, with
all those guys wearin' body armor
these days, know what I'd carry?
Bodhi reaches his hand underneath the seat.
He pulls out a huge holstered handgun, rests it in his
lap, draws and holds the gun up against his cheek.
.454 Casull. Most powerful handgun
on the planet. Muzzle velocity of
2000 feet per second. Twice the
kinetic energy of a .44 Magnum.
Bodhi stares at Utah, then flashes his signature smile.
Utah says coldly.
One shot stopping.
'One shot stopping'... good, very
good. I like you, Johnny. I like
you because you'll sacrifice
anything to win. I respect that.
It elevates you a little above the
drones who have learned compromise.
Here, hold it. Check out the
He twirls the gun, grabs the barrel and extends the handle
Johnny takes it slowly. Now it's aimed at Bodhi.
Whoa. Careful. You got the muzzle
pointing right at me, brah.
He casually pushes the barrel away, looking back at the
Johnny swings a stiff arm out his window and pumps a ROUND
into open desert. KABOOOM!! The recoil blows Johnny's
arm back over the top of the truck. Practically breaks
Thunder rolls across the dark hills.
From the back of the pickup Nathaniel howls.
Grommet and Roach high five.
Johnny turns to Bodhi, breaking slowly into a feral grin.
He hands the smoking weapon back to him.
As if to say "two can play this game".
Bodhi stands challenged.
Each snared in the other's power...
Bodhi takes the weapon back, casually. Slips it under the
It's a special day, Johnny U. A
very special day...
Utah's gaze travels beyond the windshield.
Where tentacles of brand new morning light vein the sky.
EXT. DESERT AIRSTRIP
TIGHT ON A turbo-prop engine ROARING.
WIDER reveals a big Cessna twin. The PILOT, a weaselly
guy we haven't seen before, fires up the second engine.
The plane shudders eagerly in the metallic predawn light.
A desert airstrip near Palmdale. A couple of aluminum-
siding hangers and no tower. A few other planes around
but no activity besides Bodhi's rock-steady crew.
UTAH watches Grommet whip back a tarp in the bed of
Bodhi's truck and starts tossing out PARACHUTE PACKS.
Roach tosses one to Bodhi, who chucks it to Utah.
Ever done this before?
Pure adrenalin, right?! The
ultimate rush. Other guys snort for
it, jab a vein for it -- all you
gotta do is jump.
Sure, it's a blast, but listen, I
sorta screwed up my knee yesterday--
Yeah, I noticed you limping.
But don't worry about it, brah.
Don't worry at all. We're not gonna
land on land!
Bodhi grabs his sleeve, ushering him into the plane.
Oh, well, that's fine then. I feel
so much better.
Utah sits, wearing a day-glo jump suit, hugging the chute
in his lap. Next to him is the gaping door. Beyond... a
spectacular down sunburst at 10,000 feet. ROAR of wind
Utah watches Bodhi, Nathaniel, Grommet and Roach wriggling
into their colorful freefall suits. Nathaniel pulls on a
pair of purple shorts over his suit. Looks real dorky.
Grommet has on duck feet. Bodhi, apparently, is going to
Nobody has their chutes on yet.
Johnny hefts his, as if weighing it, somehow judging the
contents. His brain is racing. Bodhi shouts over the
It's a little ceremony we always
have at the end of summer. One last
So, who... uh, who packed my chute?
I did. What's the matter? Don't
You gotta earn trust.
Then we'll earn it together. Here,
Bodhi swaps chutes with Johnny.
Utah looks at the new chute uncertainly.
Is this a game? Poker moves?
Did Bodhi anticipate this step?
Hey... you don't want Bodhi's, man.
His pack-jobs suck... they only open
half the time. Take Grommet's, man.
Roach's grin is evil as he grabs Grommet's chute out of
his hands and switches it with Johnny's. Keeps that one
and gives his to Grommet.
Whoa, unfair, dude!
Grommet grabs his chute back and hands Johnny the one he
had, which was Roach's. I think.
Johnny looks at the pack in his hands. Then at the
Russian surfer freefall roulette. Shit.
Bodhi studying him. Some kind of test.
Fuck it. Utah starts putting the damn thing on.
We gonna jump or jerk off?
EXT. 10,000 FEET - DAWN
Multi-colored figures explode from the plane. Leaping
into freefall. Tumbling end over end.
WEARING HEADSETS, they hurtle downward.
Utah, you copy bruddah?
Whoooaaah! Shhiiittt! Whoooaaah!
I'll take that as a yes.
One by one they stabilize. Falling face down, knees bent,
they angle their hands and feet minutely to move
laterally. Utah flails, the last to trim out. But he's
holding his own.
Grommet, working his duckfeet, pitches himself into a wild
spin, rotating like a dervish in a head down dive. He
flares out and "flies" back to the others.
Rocketing through the void at 120 mph they seem to
paradoxically hang above the world, almost unmoving... on
a separate plane of existence.
A hurricane of wind. Wild HOOTING.
Despite his terror, Johnny has to grin at Nathaniel,
falling butt first like he's sitting on a big inner tube
in the pool.
Whip it out dudes! Cheap sex with
Ten thousand feet. Let's do it.
The group stabilizes, moving together.
First Bodhi and Roach link arms, trimming constantly.
Concentrating. Nathaniel flips over onto his stomach and
maneuvers toward them. He grabs Roach's arm.
Grommet works his way next to Nathaniel. Locks in.
They need Utah to complete the ring.
Four faces beckoning to him, distorted by the hurricane
Come on Johnny. Get in here!
Johnny moves his hands like flippers and glides clumsily
toward them. Bodhi and Grommet grab him. He's in.
A perfect five-man star.
Relax, brah. I got you, I got you.
Righteous-ass speedstar, dudes!
You diggin' this?
Johnny is exhilarated more than he could have thought.
Screaming down through the dawn sky at 130.
Locked into the ring. Part of something.
Connected to these guys far above the planet.
Less far every second... Bodhi's chest altimeter reads
Purty-thirty and we're meat waffles,
folks. See ya downtown!
He releases Roach's arm and the star disintegrates,
Bodhi stays with Utah, falling parallel to the horizon,
facing each other, holding hands. 4000 feet. Airspeed
Grommet pulls his ripcord. He seems to be jerked upward
by a great force. Suddenly he is far above, a brightly
colored disc of fabric.
Utah is suddenly aware of the earth rushing up at him.
Nathaniel pulls, then Roach. They shoot upward,
Bodhi and Utah fall on, alone.
You gonna pull?
After you, Alfonse. I insist!
Bodhi looks at Utah. A slow grin. The meter on his chest
harness reads 2000 ft. 150 mph. 12 seconds to Valhalla.
Don't screw around man, pull it!
You do it... you first!
One thousand feet. Pull the goddamn
Bodhi reaches out suddenly and pulls Utah's ripcord
He waves goodbye as Johnny's canopy deploys. Utah is
jerked upward. He feels his weight hanging brutally in
Johnny looks down.
Impossibly close to the ground. Bodhi's canopy BURSTS
OUT, an explosion of color. Below him is the shimmering
mirror of a LARGE RESERVOIR. Two seconds later the bright
yellow canopy meets its reflection and goes slack. An
explosion of white water marks Bodhi's impact.
LOW ANGLE AT WATER LEVEL as Utah hits.
IN SLOW MOTION a glorious wall of backlit spray shouts
Molten glass falling back in the bright desert dawn.
Utah surfaces, sputtering, and shucks out of the harness.
He floats like a jellyfish, gasping for breath.
Jesus Christ. I gotta be losin' it.
EXT. AIRFIELD - DAY
Bodhi walks toward us, dripping wet and grinning.
He wraps his arm around Utah's shoulders as the others
They're all soaked and stoked.
Ya see... I told you Johnny U was
gonna be just fine!
Roach and the others clap him on the back. A moment of
acceptance into the tribe. Utah isn't sure what it means
C'mere. There's something you need
Bodhi leads him toward a PLAIN UTILITY VAN parked nearby.
It was there earlier but Utah had no reason to notice it.
Bodhi opens the rear doors and motions Johnny inside.
Utah, puzzled and suddenly alert, steps in. Bodhi
INT. VAN - DAY
The interior is empty except for several canvas duffel
bags and a small portable VCR. It is one of the new sales
presentation models, with deck and monitor together in one
Insurance policy. Now this is going
to sting a bit, but it's for your
own growth, brah. Press play.
Utah hits the button and an image comes up on the tiny
TIGHT ON SCREEN. A night shot. Rosie the biker has Tyler
in a powerful grip. Her hands are cuffed behind her, and
her mouth is taped. He has his switchblade up to her
throat. Her eyes are wild, but with rage, not fear.
She's trying to struggle out of his grip, kicking at him
He controls her efficiently.
Bodhi stops the tape.
She's a wild one, isn't she...
Special Agent Utah?
Utah lunges, pinning Bodhi to the wall of the van... an
elbow across his throat.
You're a fucking dead man--
(gasping for breath)
Whoa, whoa!! Think it through! I'm
the only one knows where they are.
Just let me talk for a second.
Johnny pulls back. Barely in control.
She'll be fine, Rosie won't do
anything. At least not as long as I
meet him at a certain place and time,
about... let's see...
(he looks at his
... six hours from now.
Utah's voice sounds kind of strangled.
You call him... right now... and
tell him to let her go.
Sorry, can't do it, brah. He's on
the road. And where they're going
there's no phones. Damn, I hate
this Johnny, I really do. I hate
violence. See, that's why I need
Rosie. I could never make this
thing work, myself. No way I could
hold a knife to Tyler's throat, man!
She was my woman, once. We shared
time in this world. But Rosie, he's
kind of a... mechanism. Once you
set him in motion, he won't stop.
That's his gift, a kind of...
blankness. Noon comes, straight up,
he'll gut her like a pig and try not
to get any on his shoes. Nothing I
can do, unless I get there.
Utah blanches as he takes this in. Knows Bodhi well
enough now to know he means business.
So that makes us partners, doesn't
it? Because now we both have the
same goal... to get me where I need
to go. Right?
Utah's expression turns suddenly cold as an executioner's.
We're wasting time.
See! That's what I like about you,
man! You're just sharp as a razor
Bodhi jumps out of the van and approaches the others,
gathered nearby. He addresses the pilot first...
Get the plane down to Santa Monica
and top up the tanks.
(to the others)
Let's go. Let's saddle up!
EXT. L.A. STREETS - DAY
A STYLIZED LONG LENS SHOT stacks the cars into a dreamlike
mirage. The van weaves slowly among them with predatory
Okay. All I'm askin' for is ninety
seconds of your life, Johnny.
EXTREME CLOSEUP ON the velcro straps of Second Chance
armor. Tanned fingers cinch it tight. A SHELL slides
into the cylinder of the Casull. A SHOTGUN is cocked.
It's basic dog psychology, brah. If
you scare them, get them pissing
down their leg, they submit... you
control them. If you project
weakness, you draw aggression...
that's how people get hurt.
WIDER, revealing that Bodhi is in the back with Utah and
Nathaniel and Grommet sit up front.
The duffels contents are strewn around. Masks. Weapons.
They're all pulling on suit pants and jackets. Tying
ties. Slipping on white gloves. Snappy Oxfords.
Bodhi is pulling a suit jacket on over his BODY ARMOR.
Utah is fumbling with his armored vest. He works with
vicious, jerky moves. His jaw locked. Eyes down.
Fear causes hesitation, and
hesitation will cause your worst
fears to come true. You project
strength to avoid conflict.
Peace through superior firepower,
Bodhi conspicuously empties all the shells from a PUMP 12
Pockets the shells. Tosses the weapon to Utah.
Here, you need this. You can't be
comin' through that door with your
dick in your hands, right?
I can't do this.
Sure you can! You may even like
it... it's a killer rush. You'll
see. Hey, don't I show you things,
Bodhi, this is your wake up call,
man -- I... am... an... Eff...
Bee... Eye... Agent!!
Wild, ain't it?! See, we exist on a
higher plane, you and I. We make
our own rules. Why be a servant of
the law Johnny U... when you can be
Ninety seconds, man, door to door.
A small price to pay for someone who
(he looks up)
She does you know. It's not her
style to fall so hard... I don't
think she did with me.
He pulls the Ronald Reagan mask over his head smoothly.
Roach pulls his on. NIXON. Nathaniel becomes KENNEDY.
Grommet transforms into LBJ.
Bodhi looks in the bag -- no more masks.
Sorry, Johnny. Guess you don't get
to be president.
JOHNNY'S POV -- the back doors of the van. And the
promise of what is beyond. Bodhi enters FRAME. Looks
straight at us.
Rock and roll!
BOOM -- THE DOORS bang open, REVEALING--
EXT. STREET - BANK - DAY
STILL IN POV (HANDHELD) we hurl ourselves from the dark
van into blasting daylight. Bodhi is ahead of us in the
sprint for the bank doors. Dizzying forward momentum as
we hammer through the doors into--
THE HANDHELD POV CONTINUES as we follow Bodhi, a wolf
plunging among the sheep. A FAT GUARD inside the doors.
He turns to us just as Bodhi butt-strokes him hard in the
Everybody freeze!! Don't move!!
AHEAD of us GROMMET/LBJ covers the SECOND GUARD with his
Don't fucking do it, man!
The guy has his hand on the grip of his pistol but it's
like the thing suddenly weighs eight tons, he can't seem
to lift it from the holster. ROACH/NIXON slips up next to
him and helps him with it. The guy is visibly trembling.
A YOUNG JOCK makes a move to run.
'OUR' SHOTGUN comes up like a reflex, right in his face.
Roach/Nixon throws the guy to the floor by his hair.
AHEAD OF US, Bodhi is in action. Moving to the counter,
All Tellers back away from the
counter! Hands on your heads!
RIGHT NOW!! That's right. You know
It's like a replay of the robbery Utah saw on video. But
he's right in the middle of it, like in some kind of
WE'RE STILL IN POV, the image WHIPPING wildly from side to
side as Utah scans the room. We whirl dervish among the
statuary of the customers and bank employees. Our gaze
drifts across THE FLOOR MANAGER, a short guy in a brown
suit standing with his hands clasped behind his back.
All customers on the floor. Let's
go! Move it! Get down! On the
floor! Right now! Let's go.
Roach and Grommet are pushing them down.
Utah stands stiffly with the shotgun. He seems dazed.
He catches the eye of a CUSTOMER. In a tenth of a second
we see Johnny see the customer see his uncertainty. Fear
has them both hyper-aware.
Johnny gestures fiercely with the shotgun.
On the floor, asshole! What's your
problem?! I blow your fucking
kneecaps out, you'll be on the
The guy hits the deck like a sack of cement.
BODHI/REAGAN floats beside Johnny, scanning with the
Casull. He speaks without turning his head.
Kick in the ass, ain't it? Gonna be
kinda hard to explain though... when
they play the tapes back down at the
bureau. Could look bad on your
Johnny looks up at surveillance camera. He's quite
Can we just get the goddamn money
and get out of here?!
That's the spirit!!
(to the room)
Head's down! Eyes down! Just a
couple minutes of your life and
Bodhi leaps to the counter, commanding the room.
But at this point they diverge from their time-proven
Roach isn't going for the drawers... he's sprinting for
(reading a name-tag)
Miss Jennings... of New Accounts.
Be a dear and open the inner gate
for my associate. NOW!!
He -- he -- he has the keys. Mr.
Whatta say, Mr. Duggan? Wanna give
her the keys or do I pick through
the blood and chunks for them?
DUGGAN, the bank manager, is surprisingly calm as he takes
the keys from his pocket. Holds them out to the terrified
Do whatever they say, Terry.
MISS JENNINGS hurries to comply.
She unlocks the STEEL CAGE inside the big vault door.
Roach/Nixon and Grommet/LBJ take her inside with them.
A CUSTOMER, lying on the floor near the fat guard catches
The guard, face jammed against the linoleum, blanches as
he sees the customer lift a corner of his shirt to reveal
THE BUTT OF A PISTOL. The customer mouths the words "I'm
The guard is hyperventilating.
AT THE FRONT DOORS A WOMAN comes in out of the bright
JFK pulls her in fast and throws her to the floor. Then
goes back to watching the street.
JOHNNY is next to Bodhi/Reagan.
You're blowing it, man! You're
breaking your own rules... pulling
too much time!
JFK, how we doin'?
All clear, man!
INSIDE THE VAULT Grommet and Roach are pillaging rapidly.
Their hands blur as nice fat STACKS OF 20s and 100s are
dumped into canvas sacks.
ON THE MAIN FLOOR the OFF DUTY COP slips his hands slowly
around the butt of his pistol, concealing the move with
He signals with his eyes to the fat guard, glancing at the
TIGHT ON THE GUARD'S ANKLE where we can see a sliver of
BACK-UP GUN, a tiny .25 auto in an ankle holster.
The guard's eyes are pleading with the hard-on cop.
"Don't make me do this".
The guy is sweating, shaking. A yellow liquid spreads
across the tiles next to his quivering hips. He's
actually pissing himself, he's so scared.
TIGHT ON the off-duty cop. Watching like a ferret. He
cocks his .38.
ECU GUARD'S EYES, wide with terror.
It happens like lightning. The cop pops to his knees,
straight-arming the .38. The guard goes for his ankle
The cop FIRES. BLAM!
Reagan is catapulted backward off the counter by the
He crashes onto a desk on his back. Slides off,
A teller screams. The cop spins toward Utah.
Johnny throws down the shotgun. Shows his palms. He's
holding out his gold star.
Federal agent! Undercover!
The cop FIRES TWICE. Two in the chest. Utah is hurled
back. Slams into the tellers' counter.
NATHANIEL/LBJ lets go with the 12 gauge. BOOM!
The cop spins, hit by some 00 buck pellets.
The guard caps-off like a maniac. BLAM, BLAM, BLAM,
All of them wild, but serving to get Nathaniel pinned down
behind a check-writing island.
ROACH/NIXON LEAPS THE COUNTER and lands behind the guard.
The guard's shoulder explodes as Roach's 12 gauge
detonates. He pitches onto his face, screaming and
holding the wreckage of his upper arm.
Grommet/LBJ is coming over the counter behind Roach as the
off-duty cop spins and fires. BLAM! BLAM! Roach takes
it in the chest. Staggers back, firing into the floor.
Trips and drops his shotgun.
Grommet clutches his throat as blood streams over his
IN SLOW MOTION Reagan's face rises above the counter.
The mask is askew. In order to see, Bodhi pulls it off.
The Casull comes up in a slow, deliberate arc as--
THE COP turns, terrified now, whipping his gun around,
nightmarishly slow as--
BODHI COCKS THE CASULL in dream-time and--
KABOOOOM!!! The world's most powerful handgun proves its
claim at 2000 feet per second.
A gout of hamburger explodes out of the cop's chest.
He is lifted off his feet. Hits and slides across the
floor leaving a two-foot wide red smear.
Echoes slap the walls. Then all is still. Plaintive
whimpering and moaning. The air is blue with smoke.
Johnny is trying to catch his breath. He rips his shirt
open to see two deep indentations in the Second Chance
vest. Flattened .38 slugs caught in the Kevlar mesh. But
Bodhi drops over the counter near Utah.
The two men look at each other.
Bodhi's eyes seem lost. He stares around at the carnage
he has wrought, the bloody wreckage of his ego game.
His expression changes to something new -- truly crazed
now. We feel that the madness which has been held in
check so long has been let off its leash.
Don't anybody fucking move!
Roach, clutching his side, moves to Grommet, who is on his
Beneath LBJ's stony countenance a river of blood flows
down Grommet's chest. Roach pulls off the mask.
Revealing a terrified kid.
Grommet pulls his blood-drenched hand away from his
throat, stares at it bug-eyed.
Oh no, oh my god, oh god... it's all
comin' out man, gotta stop it...
it's all gonna come out... do
He's trying to hold it in with his hands. This doesn't
A paste-white frightened kid. Eighteen years old.
Suddenly realizing that this is not some video game. That
death is real.
He slumps back, losing the battle for consciousness.
WE HEAR SIRENS APPROACHING.
(freaking to Bodhi)
We gotta bug out, man! We're eatin'
it bad on this one. Let's go!
Bodhi reaches down and picks up Johnny's FBI shield off
He considers it for a long time. Then looks up at Johnny.
His eyes seem to ask for forgiveness...
A moment before he smashes the Casull into Johnny's skull.
JOHNNY'S POV, as he drops to his knees. Everything going
dark as we see Bodhi's face distantly, his mouth moving
The floor rushes up and smashes us in the face.
A view of shoes, running away from us, leaving bloody
footprints. Then total darkness.
INT./ EXT. FIRST SECURITY BANK - LATER
Ten minutes later the bank "crime scene" is in full swing.
UNIFORM COPS are everywhere, trying to get statements from
sobbing witnesses. HARP, MUNOZ, COLE AND PAPPAS represent
the FBI contingent. Cole has one arm strapped to his body
in a fairly elaborate sling, and he moves slowly.
Harp is barking orders to everyone in sight. Outside
(visible beyond the doors) it's total pandemonium, with
cops and ambulances, and of course a huge crowd of
rubberneckers. A MINICAM CREW shows up. Harp starts
shouting at them.
COLE, with evident pleasure, cinches down a pair of
handcuff's on Utah's wrists with his good hand. Johnny
has a deep cut on his forehead, and the blood is trickling
into his eyes, but he seems not to notice. Not to hear
MUNOZ speaking monotonously--
-- if you so desire, an attorney
will be provided for you free of
cost. Do you understand these
rights I have explained to you?
Pappas charges through the crowd, pushing Munoz aside.
He knows his goddamn rights!
(looks at Utah)
Jesus, kid. I knew you were getting
too close to these guys.
(turns to the other
Gimme the goddamn key to these
things, Cole. Christ!
He gestures to the cuffs still cutting into Johnny's
Cole hands him the key.
Harp storms toward them.
Don't take those off. Just leave
them on! Your partner's an
accessory to murder. You realize
Harp spins Johnny by the shoulder to look at--
Paramedics carrying the covered body of the off-duty cop.
Beyond, still on the floor, is Grommet, his eyes staring
He was right about not making thirty.
Three men dead. One of them a cop.
How's that sit in your gut, Utah?
(cold and scary)
Take your hand off my shoulder right
Harp pulls back instinctively. Utah's eyes burn into him.
Looks like Johnny's not in the FBI anymore.
Look, Harp. Don't turn him over to
the uniforms like some punk. Let me
ride him in.
Yeah, sure. Why not? You two
screw-ups deserve each other.
That's why I put you together in the
first place. Christ Pappas, you're
as bad as he is... talk about the
blind leading the blind--
Pappas steps close to the Supervising Agent.
Harp, let me tell you something. I
was an agent in this bureau when
your mommy was still wiping your
shinny pink ass, and you know one
thing I learned in all those years
that you still haven't?
Angelo steps in with a roundhouse that has all of his 280
pounds behind it.
Harp's head snaps back, and he flops in a heap.
Respect your elders.
(he takes Utah by
Let's go kid.
Harp struggles to sit up, rubbing his jaw, as Pappas
stuffs Utah into his car. Harp is so shocked he doesn't
say a word.
INT. PAPPAS' CAR
They drive for a couple of blocks in silence, side by
Utah in disgrace. Contrite. Stony. Finally...
I know where they're going.
Figured you did.
Angelo flips Johnny the key.
Johnny lets himself out of the cuffs. He sits rubbing his
Only problem is... we can't arrest
them or shoot them.
ON PAPPAS' "what the fuck?!" expression we--
EXT. SANTA MONICA AIRPORT
LONG LENS SHOT through a forest of small planes as Pappas'
sedan glides INTO FRAME. It moves sharklike among through
the Cessna forest. Slows to a stop.
Through the jungle of wings and fuselages we see Pappas
get out of the car and start working his way among the
Utah slides behind the wheel and drives on.
TIGHT ON TURBOPROP ENGINE roaring as it warms up.
The same aircraft as before.
Bodhi and Nathaniel are loading duffel bags into the open
back door as the pilot completes his pre-flight checks.
The Ex-President's suits have been removed, along with the
body armor, and no guns are in sight. Just a couple of
guys getting ready for a charter flight. Bodhi looks up
and stops his work as...
THE FBI SEDAN stops about 50 feet away.
Nathaniel pulls a shotgun out of one of the duffels.
Utah gets out. He holds his hands out from his body and
turns completely around. Without his jacket on, it is
evident that he is not carrying a gun.
He walks forward.
I'm not armed.
But you're not alone.
Good guess. There's a gun on you
Bodhi feigns casual interest. Looks around. He can't
PAPPAS nearby. Moving cat-like behind a row of service
vehicles. He gets his snubnose .38 propped on the bumper
of one, with a clear shot at Bodhi and Nathaniel.
Around somewhere. Listen, I'm in
kind of a hurry, Johnny U. What can
I do for you?
You gotta tell me where she is.
And let my policy expire? Sorry.
Look, Bodhi man. People are dead.
The ride is over.
I say when it's over!
The guy you killed was an off duty
cop! If you get out of here they'll
nail you wherever you land. They
have a new thing called radar.
Maybe you've heard of it.
Though he can't hear what's going on. THE PILOT has
clocked the tension between the two men. And the shotgun
in Nathaniel's hands. He blanches, and starts to shut
down the plane's power.
By his reaction we see that he's obviously not in on it.
ROACH comes out of the hangar building nearby. Neither
Utah nor Pappas see him. But he sees Pappas drawn down on
Bodhi. He drops quickly to one knee and opens the duffel
he was carrying.
TIGHT ON DUFFEL BAG, as it opens. The pistol grip of a 12
gauge riot-gun sticks out of lots and lots of money.
Roach's hand slides the gun out slowly.
UTAH IS VERY CLOSE to Bodhi.
I know you man, when they fall on
you, you won't back down. They'll
have to burn your ass to the ground.
And I can't stop them... I'm the
last person they're ready to listen
to right now. Thanks to you.
Shit may or may not happen.
Look, you got a death wish, you want
to ride to glory... fine! But don't
take her with you, man. I'm begging
you... tell me where she is. Then I
walk away. We've earned that much
trust, haven't we?
The pilot opens the door and is climbing out when
Nathaniel wheels on him. The pilot goes cross-eyed
staring down the muzzle of the 12 gauge, inches from his
(to the pilot)
Back in the hotseat, campadre.
BEHIND THE TRUCKS, Pappas senses something.
His head snaps around.
Roach is behind him with the 12 gauge. He FIRES.
Pappas hurls his weight sideways, as the buckshot punches
into the truck fender. Some of it catches Pappas in the
hip. He hits the ground hard and whips up the .38 BAM!
Roach flips onto his back.
The shotgun blows a hole in the sky as he hits the deck.
Pappas is on the ground, totally exposed, 20 feet from the
NATHANIEL fires once, wild. Terrified. His shot blows a
divot out of the asphalt next to Pappas.
He pumps the slide, chambering another round.
Then Pappas' fourth and fifth rounds drill into him.
He slams back against the Cessna's fuselage.
Slides down. Two red smears on the white aircraft.
Bodhi lunges for the fallen 12 gauge.
Pappas takes aim. One round left.
Utah sprints between them.
Angelo! Don't fire!
Kid, get outta the way!!
Utah is blocking Bodhi with his body.
Bodhi's fingers are poised, frozen, a few inches from the
He snaps the pistol up, aimed at the sky.
Pappas stands panting. Enraged and frustrated. Pain
searing his leg. Everything is tense and electrified.
BOOM!! Pappas' chest EXPLODES with a spray of blood!
BEHIND HIM, ROACH is lying on one elbow in a pool of
He cocks another round into the chamber and fires again.
Angelo drops to his knees, holding his ruined body like
he's hugging himself. Johnny lunges toward him, his face
distorted with shock.
Angelo's eyes meet his for a moment.
In his dilated pupils is the great question.
Then he slumps forward and lies very still.
The breath leaves his body and doesn't go back in.
Johnny moves toward his friend in a daze. Drops to one
knee beside him.
Roach aims the shotgun at him, coughing blood.
Utah doesn't notice. Or is beyond caring.
Bodhi holds his hand up in a gesture like a benediction.
Roach's finger relaxes on the trigger.
Utah puts his hand on Angelo's white crewcut hair.
He hears the scraping of steel on asphalt behind him as
Bodhi picks up the other twelve gauge.
Roach is working himself to his knees. His breath is
sucking through a bloody hole in his chest as well as the
customary breathing orifices. Bodhi crosses to him and
helps him up. He covers Utah with the shot gun as he
half-carries Roach to the plane. The pilot is white with
shock. He'd run if he could remember how.
I ain't flyin' you guys to San
Phillipe man, forget it. Not now--
Thanks for telling the nice FBI
agent where we're going.
Roach works his way up into the plane. He waves the
shotgun at the pilot, his face a vicious, blood-flecked
Get in the fucking plane.
Bodhi stands behind Johnny, the shotgun aimed at his head.
Their expressions are lethally cold.
We see that Utah hates this man who was his friend, his
teacher, more now than he dreamed it was possible to hate.
We're gonna ride this out, all the
way, Johnny. You and me. Let's go.
Johnny nods slowly, as if accepting that this was all
somehow pre-ordained, and that they both knew the game
would take them this far and beyond. He stands and walks
to the plane.
EXT. MEXICO - DAY
THE SCREEN EXPLODES WITH A BLUR OF MOTION.
POV of the ground racing below us at 180 mph.
REVERSE, preceding the plane as it rockets through barren
As close to the earth as the terrified pilot will take it.
Under the radar.
The aircraft bucks like a bull as the pilot jinks and
Bodhi has the Casull aimed at the base of his skull from
the jump seat just behind him.
Roach holds the shotgun on Utah, seated across from him in
the rear seats.
Roach is a pale, sweaty mask. He is propped against a
bulkhead, seemingly collapsed in on himself like a
His entire shirtfront and lap are slick with blood.
But his gaze is steady, and the shotgun is aimed into
No one talks or moves on this grim hell-ride.
Near noon. The sun blisters a landscape out of time.
The white Cessna rockets above the saguaros, its shadow
pumping up and down over the broken terrain like some
manic alter ego below it. It WOOSHES over us, raising
The pilot yells over his shoulder to Bodhi...
Look, we been in Mexico the last
half hour... can I quit mowing the
lawn here or what? I'm getting more
brush in the wheels than I usually
like, you know what I'm saying?!
Yeah, get some height. Take her up
to eight thousand on this heading.
The pilot pulls back on the yoke and the plane climbs.
Bodhi moves back next to Roach, who's fading.
We're gonna pop up on their screens.
Doesn't matter now. We're almost
there, man. Here, let me help you
get your gear on.
Bodhi drags a parachute pack up onto the seat next to
Roach and starts helping him into the harness. Roach
keeps the shot gun pointed at Johnny.
You're gonna be fine. Just fine.
Johnny, toss me that money bag will
you. Easy does it.
Utah hefts the duffel. Weighs its contents, and their
You're cold because all the blood is
running out of your body, Roach.
You're going to be dead soon.
(he tosses the bag)
I hope it was worth it.
Roach clutches the canvas sack to his chest like a Teddy
bear. Glares at Utah. He hooks the strap of the duffel
over one shoulder.
Hey, Johnny's just trying to psych
you man, forget it. Just keep
thinking about all those senoritas
nursin' you back to health. Come
on, amigo, let's get you set for the
Bodhi props Roach next to the open door and takes a
walkie-talkie from the seat, keying it.
Rosie, Rosie, this is Air Force One,
do you copy, over?
A burst of static is followed by a surprisingly clear
Copy you, Air Force One. We have a
visual on you. Lookin' fine.
Tell him to release Tyler.
Why should I?
What if your chute fails, Bodhi?
Rescind the order. Let her off the
hook, she's served her purpose. Do
it, man, you owe me that much. Let
me hear it before you check out.
Bodhi meets his eyes and considers for a couple of
seconds, then keys the walkie.
Rosie, listen carefully. Surgery
is canceled, is that clear? Repeat
it back to me.
Copy you. Surgery is canceled.
I'm lettin' the bitch go.
Bodhi looks out the doorway. Gauging distance, airspeed,
the geography below. He looks at Utah, aiming the Casull
Johnny stares back at him like a pit viper.
I know it's hard for you Johnny.
You want me so bad it's like acid in
your mouth. But not his time.
(he braces Roach at
Bodhi signals the pilot and Utah feels the plane drop as
the engines are cut back to an idle. Bodhi slaps Roach on
the shoulder and Roach slumps backward out of the plane.
Bodhi braces to jump, looking at Johnny for a last split-
You lose, campadre.
He chucks the Casull onto the seat beside the door and
Bodhi tumbles out into space. It's over.
Utah's knuckles are white, gripping the seat. There's a
dynamo, spinning out of control in his head. He leaps up
in an explosion of rage and drives his fists into a
bulkhead. Looks around like a rabid animal. TWO SECONDS.
THREE SECONDS. Then...
Utah grabs the Casull off the seat and dives out of the
UTAH, WITHOUT A PARACHUTE, but carrying a very large gun,
rockets downward. He presses his arms to his sides and
falls head-down, building speed.
Three hundred feet below him is Bodhi, freefalling in a
spread-eagle position. Utah moves his feet and hands,
angling toward him.
Bodhi doesn't see him. Falling flat, he tops out at
terminal velocity for that position. 130 mph.
Utah slashes downward at 160 mph. The gap between them
Utah is almost blinded by the windstream. His eyes burn.
His lips are peeled back by the blasting air.
Bodhi is eighty feet below him... 4000 feet to terra
Utah focuses all his incredible will and concentration.
He's only going to have one shot at this.
Bodhi is right below him.
Utah is closing like a SAM missile.
He trims a little, and...
WHAM! Slams into Bodhi in a mid-air tackle.
Bodhi's eyes are wide with amazement as they tumble
Utah has made the grab and locked his arms around Bodhi in
an iron grip.
He pulls the Casull's muzzle up to Bodhi's head and
screams in his face.
Pull the parachute!!
Bodhi looks at the gun. Looks at Utah. Grins wildly.
Pretty radical, Johnny. Even for
you. Why don't you pull it?
No games, Bodhi. Pull the cord!
Naw, you pull it!
Utah looks down. The earth is rushing at them. 2500
Go on, Johnny. Pull it. But you
gotta drop the gun, first! Right?!
You use your other hand what you
gonna hold on with?
Pull it right now or I'll blow your
fucking head off and pull it myself!
Well that's the only way it's gonna
happen, man. Do it! Come on, you
want to do it. You're gonna die,
Johnny. Five more seconds. Four...
1000 feet. The ground is close enough to see details.
Cactus, sagebrush. They rocket past the bright yellow
canopy of Roach's chute a hundred feet away.
You fucking crazy!? Pull it!!
They're right in each other's faces. Taking it way beyond
Bodhi's eyes are wild. A gleeful, adrenalized madness...
his pupils are the entrance to Hell.
Three seconds... two... one...
Utah flings the Casull away and pulls the rip-cord so hard
he almost loses his grip anyway. POOM! The canopy cracks
Full and round and bright red.
The ground roars at us.
WHAP! Utah and Bodhi hit. Hard.
They slide and tumble down the slope of an arroyo in a
cloud of dust.
Rocks and debris clatter into silence.
NEARBY Roach hits the ground limp as a rag doll.
He moves listlessly as his chute lines tug at him but his
eyes stare without blinking right at the sun. Next to him
the money satchel's contents are spilled right into the
sand. Roach's lifeless hands lie limp among the bills
that caper in the desert wind.
UTAH AND BODHI are both completely still as the dust
clears. Finally they groan and stir. Necks move, hands
move, legs move. Bodhi rolls to his knees. He is cut and
scraped, the blood running bright down his dust-covered
Utah looks around, blinking.
Surreal that he should be plopped down here in the red-hot
Bodhi staggers to his feet and grins at him.
Wild ride, huh?
Jesus Christ, Bodhi!
Utah tries to rise and -- grabs his knee in agony. We see
by his mask of pain that it's totaled inside.
That pesky knee, huh? Too bad.
He looks up at the sound of an engine.
BODHI'S POV of his big four-by roaring toward us with a
meteor tail of dust. It slides to a stop next to them.
Rosie gets out of the driver's side and stands calmly with
a sawed-off over his shoulder.
Utah blinks through his sweat and pain at--
TYLER running toward him out of the dust. She kneels next
to him and puts her arms around him. Bodhi limps to the
truck. Through the swirling dust we see him look back.
You had me worried there, for a
second, Johnny U.
He swings up into the four-by and guns the engine. Rosie
hops into the shotgun seat and the truck hurls up
roostertails as it tears out across the desert toward
Roach's billowing gravemarker.
Johnny touches Tyler's face tenderly, leaving a smear of
He gives her a wan version of the Johnny Utah grin.
HOLD ON the truck moving off in a heat-shimmered cloud of
dust, becoming a mirage, then a memory as we--
AN ENORMOUS WAVE which FILLS FRAME, seeming to rise
endlessly before thundering down in a holocaust of spray.
EXT. BEACH DAY - DAY
An unfamiliar beach laid waste by monster waves under a
Wind whips sand across the narrow beach-road, throwing it
against the front doors of the LIGHTHOUSE PUB.
TITLE OVER: ONE YEAR LATER...
INT. LIGHTHOUSE PUB - DAY
Dark. Almost empty. A snarling crocodile head is mounted
above a tapper of Guinness Stout. A Koala bear with
plastic eyes holds a Foster's. A BARTENDER with leathered
skin washes glasses.
At the bar, a single disheveled customer... human
GUST OF WIND blows open a shuttered window.
The bartender moves to close it.
Gonna close early today, mate, 'fore
the bloody storm hits.
JOHNNY UTAH swivels toward CAMERA. His tanned face is
barely recognizable, jaws hidden underneath a slight
beard, long bleach-out hair swept behind an ear. His
muscular shoulders pop from a sleeveless football jersey.
The man seems deadly focused.
Storm's already here... It's
bringing me the swell.
Johnny stares into his drink.
ANOTHER BLAST OF COLD as the front door opens.
Johnny turns at the sound.
TYLER takes a step inside. Her hair is different, more
bleached out, frazzled from the sun. Her eyes adjust to
the dark room.
John, they're here.
Utah downs the drink and slides off his stool. He has a
pronounced limps as he crosses to Tyler at the door.
They exit into daylight under an old wooden sign which
reads: LIGHTHOUSE PUB - BELL'S BEACH, AUSTRALIA
EXT. LIGHTHOUSE PUB - DAY
UTAH and TYLER walk out onto the roadway as several
Australian Police cars converge on them. A dozen
uniformed OFFICERS step out. The ranking officer, a
fortyish LIEUTENANT, walks up to Utah.
D'you see him, Mr. Utah?
No. But he's here.
Now, look, I know you used to be a
federal agent up in the states and
all that, but you're a citizen now,
so just find him and we'll handle it
No problem. Just give me a couple
minutes with him first.
Johnny limps out across the huge expanse of sand alone.
EXT. BELL'S BEACH - AUSTRALIA - DAY
WALL OF SOLID WATER FIVE STORIES HIGH CRASHES straight
down in a holocaust of spray...
Rising up from the ocean to meet a tormented sky, roll the
most terrifying waves any surfer has ever seen. They
close out, pummeling the ocean floor, casting a shockwave
up the shore.
SURFERS gather on the sand, gaze out to sea.
Jesus Almighty, the bloody sand's
The beach sounds like a MORTAR RANGE.
JOHNNY passes among the brahs.
Totally closed-out. It's fuckin'
death on a stick.
ON BODHI, sitting crosslegged in the sand, arms folded
around his knees. He stares pensively out at the waves.
His hand reaches out and absently strokes a surfboard
lying next to him.
I knew you wouldn't miss the fifty
year storm, Bodhi.
Bodhi smiles, the odd smile of a sportsman who appreciates
the cunning of his opponent. Utah sits beside his prey
and stares at the ocean. Bodhi stares with glittering
eyes at the heaving ocean before him, face splitting into
that feral, death's head grin.
And I always knew I could count on
you, Agent Utah.
I'm not FBI anymore.
You never were...
I asked them to give me a couple
Utah calmly glances over his shoulder.
Bodhi follows Johnny's gaze to the cops watching from the
It went bad, brah. Real bad.
I just felt it was time...
A BOOMING ROAR sounds from the ocean.
Bodhi just stares at the waves, with awe and perhaps fear.
Time to dance with the universe.
(he turns to Utah)
I could never handle a jail cell.
You'll do this for me, won't you
Johnny? Haven't I earned this
Utah doesn't move to stop him as he stands, hefting the
He half smiles, then turns toward the water, and starts
He stops. Turns around.
Bodhi doesn't wait for a reply. He walks to the water's
edge, and never looks back. He throws his board into the
foam and paddles, the riptide pulling him out. The
monsters dwarf his body as they quickly suck him into the
trough of the holocaust.
UTAH stands and solemnly waits for the universe to deliver
final justice. The cops are running clumsily across the
sand, too late to stop Bodhi. Tyler steps up behind
Johnny, and puts her hands on his shoulders.
BODHI is nothing more than a SPECK as he shoots across the
lip of the colossal wave, carving the board downward -- AN
UNTHINKABLE FOREHAND BLAST sends him into a 180 degree
slide straight down the enormous face, eyes wild, his
mouth opens in a soundless howl -- Bodhi and the outer-
limits wave are locked for one impossible yet glorious
moment in perfect harmony, perfect symmetry, perfect
union... There is no fear in his face, only awe as the
mountain of water closes out, burying the Bodhisattva in a
whitewater grave... Pieces of broken surfboard explode
upward, only to fall back into the raging whiteness and
UTAH remains pensive, eyes fixed on the riderless surf.
Tyler lowers her head. A fragment of surfboard washes up
onto wet sand. The wind gathers force.
Johnny finally turns to his woman, curls an arm around her
shoulder, gathering her close. Tears are streaming down
her face as she stares at the sea.
He rode it all the way.
CAMERA PULLS BACK AND UP, rising high above their heads as
the liquid vertical walls continue to hammer the
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