OPEN ON:A hand blindly searches under a car seat as the opening barsof William De Vaughn’s ’
Be Thankful for What You Got
’ beginsto play.Straining past fast food wrappers and plastic cassette tapecases, the hand then grasps a black snub-nose revolver.RADIO
Though you may not drive, a greatbig Cadillac.
1 INT. LUCAS’ CAR - EVENINGSheltered from the evening wind, LUCAS DEFOE, a whitehaired, red faced man at the end of his working life, sitsbehind the wheel of a tired sedan.RADIO
Gangster white walls, TV antenna inthe back.
Fumbling with a crumpled parking ticket, Lucas then attemptsto scratch out the printed time using a quarter.RADIO
You may not have a car at all.
Pausing in his task for a moment, Lucas checks his watch.RADIO
But remember brothers and sisters,you can still stand tall.
Throwing the doctored ticket onto the dash, Lucas turns offthe radio and snatches a copy of the New York Post from theback seat before stepping out into the street and slammingthe car door shut.2 EXT. 59TH STREET - CONTINUOUSLooking up to the sky, Lucas opens his palm.Rain.Turning back to the car, he tries the door. Locked.While patting down his pants and checking his pockets, Lucaswalks around to the passenger side.Grasping the door handle, he closes his eyes. Tries it-(CONTINUED)