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From the novel by Jerzy Kosinski "BEING THERE"
Screenplay by Jerzy Kosinski and Robert C. Jones
January 10, 1979 ----------------------------------------------------------------------FADE IN: 1 INT. CHANCE'S ROOM - DAWN A large-screen color TV dominates a room sparsely decorated with expensive furniture of the twenties. There are no books, magazines, newspapers to be seen. A man, CHANCE, is in bed, sleeping. His eyes slowly open, and, with no change of expression, he sits up and turns on the TV with a remote control. He reaches for a pocketwatch on the bedside table, and, as he looks at it, the watch chimes. He gets out of bed, crosses to the closet, his eyes never straying from the TV. Chance puts on a bathrobe and leaves the room. 2 INT. POTTING ROOM - DAWN The room is filled with the tools of a gardener. Chance enters and turns on a 1940's black and white TV that sits on a shelf. A wheel with colored gels spins in front of the set, giving an early form of color television. He waters a few of the plants in the potting room as he watches TV.
INT. GARAGE - DAWN Chance, with a dust rag and feather duster, cleans off a 1935 limousine, in perfect condition.
INT. CHANCE'S ROOM - DAWN Chance takes off his robe, hangs it in the closet, changes channels on the TV, then goes into the bathroom.
EXT. GARDEN - MORNING A light snow is falling in a garden between a three-story brick townhouse and a one-story rear building, guarded on either side by a high brick wall. The door to the rear building opens, Chance peeks out, then goes back inside. A moment passes and Chance reappears, this time with an umbrella. Smartly attired in suit and tie, Chance, with an eye on the garden, crosses to the townhouse.
INT. TOWN HOUSE - REAR ENTRANCE/HALLWAY - MORNING Chance enters, hangs his umbrella on a door knob, then crosses through the hall. As he goes, we reveal that the furniture in the house is covered with sheets.
INT. TOWN HOUSE - DINING ROOM - MORNING A large table, covered with a sheet except for two placesettings. A TV is on the table. Chance comes into the room, sits and turns on the television. He watches the screen for a moment, then turns, as if expecting someone. No one appears, so he turns back to the TV. After a time. footsteps are heard and Chance smiles. LOUISE, an elderly Black maid, hurries into the room, visibly distraught. CHANCE Good morning, Louise. LOUISE (out of breath) He's dead, Chance! The Old Man's dead! CHANCE (flatly, turns back to TV) ...I see.
LOUISE Must of happened durin' the night, I don't know...Lord, he wasn't breathin' and as cold as a fish. I touched him, just to see, and you believe me, Chance - that's doin' more than I get paid to do... Then I just cover him up, pulled the sheet over his head... CHANCE (nodding) I've seen that done.
LOUISE ...Then I get the hell out of that room and call the doctor and I think I woke him probably, he wasn't any too alert. He just said, 'Yeah, he's been expectin' it and said he'd send somebody over...' Lord, what a mornin'! CHANCE (watches news, flashes of season's first snowfall) ...Yes, Lousie, it's snowing in the garden today. Have you looked outside and seen the snow? It's very white. A beat of silence from Louise, then anger. LOUISE Gobbledegook! Dammit, Boy! Is that all you got to say? More gobbledegook? (Chance smiles, is silent) That Old Man's layin' up there dead as hell and it just don't make any difference to you! Lousie takes a long look at Chance, then softens, sits next to him. LOUISE (Cont'd) Oh, Lord, Chance - I don't know
no more stewin' those prunes every mornin'. Louise gives Chance another look.MORNING Chance comes out of the doorway adjoining the main staircase. then changes the channel on the TV.. then . I guess. looks upstairs) Well. No sir. (she starts out.. then turns to leave. stops by the door) . LOUISE (rises.I 'spose I'd better gather up some breakfast for you.. LOUISE (as she goes) . I just don't know what I was expectin'.4 what I was expectin' from you.. I'm sorry for yellin' like I did.. TOWN HOUSE . proceeds up the INT. 10 INT.I'll get you some eggs.... I'm very hungry. He moves off down the hall... 8 INT. TOWN HOUSE . TOWN HOUSE . watches TV) ..What are you goin' to do now. 9 Chance enters.MORNING An enclosed stairway. There is a knock a the door.SERVANT'S STAIRWAY ....OLD MAN'S ROOM . stairs.UPSTAIRS HALLWAY . that's somethin'. (Chance doesn't react. CHANCE (a turn to her) Yes.. Chance? CHANCE (gazing at TV) I'm going to work in the garden..MORNING The furniture in this room is not covered with sheets but the Old Man is. Chance nods in approval.
CHANCE (resumes working) Yes... (she smiles slightly. Chance sees her.. with caring) . Louise. and a gardening apron over his suit.. Then reaches down and pulls the sheet back from the Old Man's face.I'm gonna go now. (a pause) ... He stands by the bed for a moment. Chance moves to the the TV and turns it on..But I guess it oughta be an old lady. keeps working) . some one's gotta be around for you. puts a hand on his shoulder) . (he keeps working) ... The scene seems to have 'sunk into' his mind. tips his hat exactly like the man he saw on television.. 'cause you ain't gonna do a young one any good... ain't you the gentleman this morning. then replaces the sheet. Chance puts an arm out. GARDEN .. He becomes absorbed in a scene in which a gentleman tips his hat to a lady.Goodbye. dressed warmly.. Chance.. LOUISE ... LOUISE You're gonna need somebody. rests it on the Old Man's covered body. Chance..5 Chance enters the room..You oughta find yourself a lady.You're always gonna be a little boy ain't you? (he smiles. putters in the garden..Well. briefly. Chance.. Chance. wearing a hat. He touches the man's forehead..MORNING It has stoppped snowing. He sits in an easy chair next to the Old Man's bed and watches a movie from the early forties. .. not with that little thing of yours. (she reaches out.. 11 EXT. comes out of the main house.
picks up a couple of suitcases waiting by the door. 12. steps in front of them. then openes the front door. TOWN HOUSE . INT.. Louise Chance tips . The stretcher bearers move to the front door.. 13 EXT. TOWNHOUSE DINING ROOM. She stops as she sees TWO Men carrying a stretcher down the main staircase. a mortician.FRONT HALLWAY . Chance enters and sits at his place. LOUISE Wait up! I'm goin' out that door first. leaves.... Old Man.6 Lousie hugs and kisses Chance. and watches for a moment. then turns. Louise waves as she enters the townhouse. 14 INT. follows behind. (a beat .He used to be a big man. He turns on the TV. Louise takes one more look at the covered body. He removes his gardner's apron as he walks toward the townhouse. Louise. A THIRD MAN. CHANCE (as she goes) Goodbye..then she talks to the body of the Old Man) I guess I'll be goin' off to find me some folks. LOUISE . GARDEN .DAY Chance's pocketwatch chimes as he looks at it. then turns to go... 'Spose he wasted away to about nothin'..MORNING Louise enters the hallway. his hat once again as she disappears. looks for Louise.. I'm not batty enough to stay around this neighborhood any longer.
.... hand outstretched) . also an attorney.DAY Chance still watches TV as Franklin and Hayes appear in the doorway. has the look of a modern woman.. an attorney.. Suddenly.. the scene on TV seeming to have 'sunk into' his mind. Franklin. TOWNHOUSE . Fox hunting. Franklin puts a hand on Hayes' shoulder as they go toward the stairway.. Chance grips one hand with the other.. FRANKLIN (as they enter) He and my father used to ride together back in the thirties.. TOWNHOUSE DINING ROOM . views a wildly exciting game show. HAYES (looking around) Will you give me a tour? FRANKLIN Gladly..The safe is in Mr.I'm Thomas Franklin.. he again switches channels to news coverage of the President of the Unite States greeting foreign dignitaries at the White House. carries a large breifcase. Jenning's bedroom. FRANKLIN . At a peak in the excitement. They are surprised to see Chance.. Hayes is younger. they stop. listen to the offstage TV. The door opens and THOMAS FRANKLIN and SALLY HAYES enter. He changes channels. (moves to Chance.7 She does not appear so he resumes watching TV.Why...DAY A key is heard in the lock. attractive. 15 INT. CLOSE SHOTS on television reveal that the President uses a two-handed handshake when meeting his guests. She totes a briefcase.Hello.. is in his late thirties... Before I was born. (he smiles) .FRONT HALLWAY . 16 INT.. we thought we heard something. that'll be stop number one.
takes Franklin's hand warmly in both of his like the President did on TV.The gardener? (thinks it's a joke. FRANKLIN . Chance.I understand.8 Chance remains seated.I'm Chance.. Jennings and Roberts. Hayes. HAYES Mr. there is an uneasy pause.. Thomas. Hayes and Franklin exchange looks. laughs) . CHANCE (a smile. FRANKLIN (a beat) .Mr. of course... the gardener.. this is Ms... Chance turns back to the TV... CHANCE (doesn't rise. I'm very pleased to meet you.Are you waiting for someone? An appointment? CHANCE I'm waiting for my lunch. Chance. totally at ease) Yes.. Hayes moves to shake Chance's hand.Yes. again shakes with both hands) Yes. the law firm handling the estate. FRANKLIN We're with Franklin. Thomas . Your lunch? FRANKLIN You have a luncheon . CHANCE Hello.
(points to a small area) I planted a lot of tulips right . FRANKLIN (a beat) All kidding aside. Franklin stares at Chance as Hayes unzips her briefcase.AFTERNOON Chance talks to Franklin as Hayes quickly checks through some paperwork. the deceased. The maid?.. FRANKLIN Louise?. (a look to Hayes) But she should have left earlier today. He would read and rest here.. may I ask just what you are doing here? CHANCE I live here. Then he stopped visiting my garden..9 appointment here? CHANCE Louise will bring my lunch. Mr.. Chance... since he fractured his spine. Thomas. CHANCE (smiles at Hayes) I see.. GARDEN . (catches himself) Mr. FRANKLIN Come now. CHANCE The Old Man himself used to visit my garden. CHANCE Yes.... 17 EXT. Jennings was bedridden for at least the last thirty-five years.
I like to watch them
HAYES (looking up from papers) There is no mention of a gardener. In fact, according to our inventories, there hasn't been a man employed here since 1933...except for a Mr. Joe Saracini, a brick mason, who did some repairs to a wall. He was here for two-and-ahalf days in 1952. CHANCE Yes, I remember Joe. He was very fat and had short hair and showed me pictures from a funny little book. HAYES ...Some pictures? Yes. ...Oh. FRANKLIN Just how long have you been living here, Mr. Chance? CHANCE Ever since I can remember, since I was a child. I have always worked in the garden. HAYES ...The you really are a gardener? CHANCE Yes. (again points off) ...My roses... FRANKLIN ...We will need some proof of CHANCE Of men and women. HAYES
your having resided here, Mr. Chance. CHANCE You have me, I am here. What more proof do you need? (he starts toward rear building, points off) That's where Joe fixed the wall. FRANKLIN (starts after Chance) Are you related to the deceased, Mr. Chance? CHANCE No. I don't think so. (looks back to garden) In the springtime, you will be able to see my flowers. Chance goes into the garage. Hayes follow. 18 INT. GARAGE - AFTERNOON Chance enters, Franklin and Hayes close behind. FRANKLIN (looking at limo) That's a nice car. Do you drive it, Mr. Chance? CHANCE I've never been in an automobile. HAYES You've never been in a car? CHANCE Oh, no. I've never been allowed outside of the house. 19 INT. CHANCE'S ROOM - AFTERNOON Chance turns on the TV as Hayes and Franklin inspect the room. CHANCE A perplexed Franklin and
I used to listen to the radio, then the Old Man started giving me television sets, this one has a remote control...I like to watch... (motions to bed) You see? This is my bed... (to closet) ...This is my closet... (to bathroom) ...This is my bathroom... HAYES (goes to closet) You have a very handsome wardrobe, Mr. Chance. CHANCE Yes. I am allowed to go to the attic and use the Old Man's clothes. They all fit me very well. HAYES It is amazing how these clothes have come back into style. FRANKLIN Could you show us something with your address? A driver's license, a checkbook? Anything to show that you were employed here? CHANCE I don't have any of those things. HAYES How about a birth certificate? CHANCE Oh, no. FRANKLIN What are your plans now, Mr. Chance? CHANCE My plans are to work in my garden. HAYES
Thomas. If indeed. There is no need for a claim. CHANCE I don't know how to FRANKLIN Come now. you have no legal right to remain. sign. Thomas. You will have to move out. CHANCE (smiles) I have no claim. I would like to know what sort of claim you are planning to make against the deceased's estate. FRANKLIN I see. Would you be willing to sign a paper to that effect? No. FRANKLIN But you won't sign. . Move out? CHANCE I don't understand.. never needed money. thank you.Why nothing. correct? CHANCE Yes. Chance. FRANKLIN Very well. Thomas. Jennings pay you for your work? CHANCE Pay me?. Mr. Chance. Mr.13 How much money did Mr. I have no alternative but to inform you that this house is now closed. Chance. correct. The garden is a healthy one.. you have resided here. I've FRANKLIN Mr. CHANCE I'm fine.
This house is closed and you must leave .. .Well. CHANCE (returns smile) Good day. Sally. INT. HAYES (stops by the door) What about medical records? Could you gives us the name of your doctor? Or your dentist? CHANCE I have no need for a doctor or dentist. but it is too long for the suitcase.. then puts Franklin's card on a desk without ever looking at it and turns to stare at television. Chance enters. FRANKLIN I think you do.14 Thomas. (turns to Hayes) C'mon. CHANCE'S ROOM . takes a hand-made suit from a long rack. TOWNHOUSE . 21 INT.ATTIC . let's say . I have never been ill. Sally . As it plays.let's grab a bite. turns on an old black-and white TV with a magnifying lens attached to the front. He tries to fit in his umbrella.AFTERNOON A large attic filled with the Old Man's possessions of the past. he selects a fine leather suitcase from several.. 20. good day.AFTERNOON The TV is on as Chance packs his belongings. Mr. (he gives Chance his business card) Call me if you change your mind about signing. HAYES (a smile to Chance) I see.by. I will reiterate. Chance watches as they leave.. Mr. However. Chance. Chance.noon tomorrow.
LOLO What you growin'. man? CHANCE There is much to be done during After a moment. 23 INT. After some hesitation. closing the door behind him. but the door is locked. 26 EXT. CHANCE (friendly) . GARDEN . Windows are shattered or boarded up.AFTERNOON Chance walks along a ghetto sidewalk. Making a decision. D. TOWNHOUSE . He notices something. opens it and steps outside. he gathers up his courage.FRONT HALLWAY .WASHINGTON. . of the gang. he steps to the sidewalk and walks down the street to reveal a decaying ghetto.15 22 EXT. walls are smeared with grafitti. D.AFTERNOON Chance. He tries to return to the safety of inside. speaks. silent.. 25 EXT. stands in the middle of the garden looking around. Chance stays on the steps for a moment. ponders which way to go.Excuse me.AFTERNOON Chance is reluctant to open the front door. Chance nods politely to the the people.C. the front of the townhouse is run down and the yard filled with trash. very nicely dressed. GHETTO STREET . a fire burning between them for warmth. one . moves across the street toward a gang of eight to ten hard-core ghetto youths. no sign of friendship in their faces. FRONT OF TOWNHOUSE . they stare back.AFTERNOON Chance approaches the gang. would you please tell em where I could find a garden to work in? They turn to him as one.AFTERNOON Chance stops short on the steps. with his suitcase and umbrella. Chance passes a group of black people huddled together in threadbare stuffed furniture on the sidewalk.WASHINGTON. . GHETTO STREET ..C. LOLO. D. 24 EXT. .WASHINGTON.C.
I must work the soil. returns it to his pocket. honkie! Before I cut your white ass. The leader of the gang. He points the changer at Abbaz and clicks it three times. Chance reaches into his pocket. Abbaz. ABBAZ immediately pulls out a switchblade knife. if he got somethin' to tell me to get his ass down here himself! (edges closer to Chance) You got that boy? During this. tries to change the picture. Who sent you here. Lolo and the gang watch him go. I will tell him.. my ass! Now get this. holds it at Chance. then begin to buzz .you go tell Raphael that I ain't takin' no jive from no Western Union messenger! You tell that asshole. ABBAZ Now. Chance. disappointed that the changer did not work. he's dead now.. you know. ABBAZ.. ABBAZ Dead. boy? CHANCE No. boy? Did that chickenshit asshole Raphael send you here. as Abbaz becomes more hostile. (as he leaves) Good day.. CHANCE Yes. honkie . I must start the seeds for the spring. ABBAZ Bullshit. takes out his remote control TV changer. I understand.16 the winter. move. Thomas Franklin told me that I had to leave the Old Man's house. moves forward and interrupts. If I see Raphael.
with excitement: "Who the fuck died?" "Why'd he pull that changer on us, man?" "The Old Man died, must be Papa Joe!" "He's some weird honkie, man!" 27 EXT. PORNO AREA - WASHINGTON, D.C. - AFTERNOON A street lined with adult book stores, X-rated movies and strip joints. An elderly Black Woman approaches carrying a bag of groceries. Chance steps in front of the woman, stops her. CHANCE I'm very hungry now. Would you please bring my lunch? The woman looks up to Chance, becomes very frightened. She turns and half-runs into a sleazy bar for safety. Chances watches after her for a moment, then continues along. 28 EXT. PARK - WASHINGTON, D.C. - AFTERNOON Chance stands looking through a chain-link fence watching some teenage boys playing basketball. He bangs on the fence, calls to them. CHANCE I have seen your game! I have watched Elvin Hayes play it many times! They call him 'Big E!' The boys ignore him, Chance walks away. 29 EXT. - WASHINGTON, D.C. - LATE AFTERNOON Chance seems stumped on which way to walk. He looks one way, then the other, turns and looks behind him and sees a large statue of Benito Juarez pointing. Chance smiles and goes off in the direction that Benito points. 30 EXT. WASHINGTON, D.C. - LATE AFTERNOON Chance walks down the center meridian of a divided street. He seems oblivious to the automobiles passing on either side. In the background can be seen the Capitol Building. 31 EXT. REAR OF THE WHITE HOUSE - DUSK Chance is across the street from the White House, inspecting
the branches of a potted tree. standing nearby.
He moves to a POLICEMAN
CHANCE Excuse me... (points to tree) ...That tree is very sick. should be cared for.
The Policeman looks at the tree, then at Chance, figures a man dressed that well must be important. Yes sir. away. POLICEMAN I'll report it right
CHANCE Yes. That would be a good thing to do. Good day. POLICEMAN Good day. The Policeman takes out his walkie-talkie as Chance leaves. 32 EXT. BUSINESS DISTRICT - EVENING A fashionable area. Expensive shops, well-kept streets and sidewalks. Chance stands by the display window of a TV store, looks in at a dozen or so color TVs, all turned on, playing various channels. A video camera points outward and is focused on the sidewalk to allow passersby to see themselves live on TV. Chance is intrigued by his own image. He poses, then steps back off the curb, frowns as his likeness disappears from the frame. Standing between two parked cars, Chance takes out his remote control, clicks it at the store. Four or five other sets in the window change channels, but he does not reappear on the giant screen. As he does this, the car to his left, a large, American-made limousine, backs up. The limo bumps Chance, pins him against the car to his right. Chance cries out in pain, drops his suitcase, his umbrella, his changer, and bangs his hand on the trunk of the limo. The chauffer, DAVID, and the liveryman, JEFFREY, immediately jump from the car, run back to Chance. DAVID I'm very sorry, sir... I... David and Jeffrey reach out to help, but Chance is wedged solidly between the two cars.
CHANCE (in pain) ...I can't move... My leg... DAVID (rushes back to limo) ...My Lord... JEFFREY This is terrible, sir - I hope you're not badly injured... CHANCE No. I'm not badly injured. my leg is very sore. But
David pulls the car forward, freeing Chance. A few bystanders begin to gather as Jeffrey helps Chance to the sidewalk. JEFFREY Can you walk? It's not broken, is it? CHANCE (leans against limo, holds leg) I hope not. DAVID. (returning) Perhaps I should call an ambulance. A BYSTANDER interrupts. BYSTANDER Somebody ought to call the police! CHANCE (looks over, smiles) There's no need for police, it's just my leg. During this, the rear door of the limo opens and EVE RAND steps out. Eve is in her mid-thirties, and is rich. She is not pleased with this inconvenience JEFFREY
looks at the bruise. Eve moves closer. David.20 Let's have a look. Jeffrey holds the door open but Chance is hesitant about getting in the car. let us take you. Mrs. there certainly is. . David is a very careful driver. to hold the door. Rand. You must see a doctor.. Eve turns to get back in the limo. DAVID Thank you. EVE (to Chance) .Won't you let us do something for you? Your leg should be examined. ma'am. sir. I insist on it. do you mind? Of course. EVE Oh. A red-bluish swollen bruise is forming on his calf.. EVE Why. JEFFREY (a beat) I assure you. I don't think it was anyone's fault. I never saw the man. Chance bends. Please. CHANCE (smiles at Eve) There's no need for a hospital. CHANCE I would like to look. David goes with her DAVID I'm terribly sorry. we could take you to a hospital. CHANCE I've never ridden in an automobile. raises his trouser leg.
we "Rand 1. then decides) . LIMOUSINE MOVING THROUGH TOWN . Jeffrey closes the door.. police... EVE (not hearing him) . I am..the insurance.. Is your leg feeling any better? CHANCE No." INT.everybody seems to make such a todo over a simple little accident. CHANCE Yes. As Jeffrey puts Chance's see the personalized license plate 33 to pick up Chance's notice the remote bag into the trunk. You can take me. As they talk. JEFFREY (as Chance gets in) Very good. Chance is experiencing his first ride in a car..Yes..EVENING Chance and Eve are settled in the back seat. EVE These situations can be so trying . EVE I hope you're comfortable. CHANCE It looks very much like television but you can see further. goes back suitcase and umbrella but does not control. it isn't. EVE I see. Chance looks out the window at passing cars.21 CHANCE (looks at the car. (eyes Chance) . the news and all..
. CHANCE I agree.. Thank you... Jeffrey. As Eve pours cognac into a monogrammed crystal glass. then dials the limo telephone. we could take care of you there. Those hospitals can be so impersonal . presses a button. EVE Fine. Chance notices the limo's TV set. would you call and let them know? JEFFREY Yes ma'am. it might be hours before you are treated. a bit uncomfortable. we'll just go on home. (leans forward) David. Eve. The limo's bar moves out. CHANCE Your house? EVE Yes. it will save a lot of unnecessary fuss and it will be so much more pleasant for you.22 Say . My husband has been very ill. His doctor and nurses are staying with us. EVE Would you care for a drink? CHANCE Yes. There is a moment of silence. EVE .if you came to our house.why. I am very thirsty. CHANCE I would like to watch television. Jeffrey closes the glass between them. revealing a row of decanters and glasses.
You're not related to Basil and Perdita Gardiner are you? CHANCE No. Chance reaches out. turns on the TV. We visit their island quite often. we've been friends for years. EVE Oh. EVE Pardon me.. EVE Did you lose something? Yes. was that Mr.. they're just a wonderful couple.. searching.. Chance? CHANCE No.. .... Chance suddenly starts going through his pockets. Mr. CHANCE (with a slight cough) My name is Chance.. coughs. EVE Oh. I'm not related to Basil and Perdita. Mr. Well. EVE May I ask your name? Chance takes a sip of the cognac. Another pause... Oh. Gardiner. Chauncey Gardiner. changes channels on TV.. CHANCE I lost my remote control. I'm very sorry. EVE Well. is not accustomed to alcohol.. She hands Chance the cognac. I'm a gardener.23 Oh? (a bit surprised) Certainly..
24 34 EXT. EVE Is there anything special you like to watch? CHANCE I like to watch.. and LEWIS. salute as the car passes through. This is fine. EVE . GRETA.NIGHT At least three uniformed people.WOODED AREA . 37 INT. 35 INT. EVE (to Wilson) You take Mr. WILSON and PERKINS. the Doorman. help Chance into a wheelchair. are waiting at the front of the Rand Mansion as the limousine arrives. RAND MANSION . Two guards stand on either side of the open gate.FRONT HALLWAY . Wilson is wheeling Chance. 36 EXT.NIGHT As Eve speaks. switches channels to the news. A uniformed woman. Gardiner to the third floor guest suite.NIGHT As the group comes through the front doors. There is a general hubbub as the three of them. EVE I know it's very mportant to stay informed of all the latest events. but I find there is so much to assimilate that it can become quite muddling at times. Chance is glued to the TV. then turns into the entranceway of the Rand Estate. two valets. LIMOUSINE .NIGHT The limo approaches. is waiting to take Eve's coat. RAND MANSION . along with Jeffrey. watches a Mighty Mouse cartoon. Eve takes it for a small joke and smiles patronizingly.. Chance nods. HIGHWAY . changes the channel.
see what the doctor says. CHANCE Yes.I've never been in one of these. I think he should examine my leg. he's been ill. Rand does have one with an electric motor. Chance again checks out the elevator.PALM COURT . 39 INT.but Mr. Chance looks to Wilson.. RAND MANSION . WILSON It's one of Mr.25 (to Chance) I'll see you after Dr. CHANCE How long do we stay in here? WILSON How long? I don't know.. 38 INT.. ELEVATOR .NIGHT . Rand's. CHANCE . that way he can get around by himself. Allenby has a look at your leg..NIGHT As the door closes on them. Wilson thinks that Chance is talking about the wheelchair. Since CHANCE (looks around elevator) Does it have a television? WILSON (laughs) No . CHANCE I see... The elevator stops on the third floor. Eve heads off partially revealing a remarkable and large place to live in as Wilson wheels Chance into the elevator.
but I'd rather not . EVE Well. EVE (over her shoulder) I'll see him soon. Gardiner. CHANCE I understand.NIGHT An enormous bedroom.. 40 INT. especially with Benjamin being so ill. ALLENBY I'm sure you did. EVE I pray that I did the right thing.26 Eve is talking to ROBERT ALLENBY. He is in his late fifties and has been Benjamin Rand's doctor for years. looks to the television which is not turned on. But let's just hope he's not one of those opportunists that try and make a fortune out of every little bruise. Allenby watches after her for a beat. Chance stands with his pants to the floor. . filled with 18th Century antique furniture. Robert. I've seen it done before.find out what you can. I'm going to change. goes off in the other direction. ALLENBY This will ease the pain and swelling. prior to an injection. I didn't want to take the risk of any publicity. GUEST SUITE .. Allenby dabs Chance's ass with a piece of cotton soaked in alcohol. Mr. then turns. EVE. I'm sure we could make a settlement if we had to. ALLENBY (as she goes) Ben's been asking about you.
Allenby administers the injection. Chance spots a remote control for the TV on the bedside table. fine. Mr. ALLENBY There could be minor hemorrhaging. ALLENBY Just to take the proper precautions.27 ALLENBY Now. CHANCE I think so. which really isn't too serious at the time. Gardiner. you'll barely feel this. CHANCE You were wrong. CHANCE (turns on TV) I see. It won't hurt at all. now. CHANCE Oh. ALLENBY (a look to the TV. I'd recommend we take you down- .. too. it did hurt. As Allenby puts a band-aid on Chance's ass. ALLENBY (a chuckle) But not for long. then to Chance) You can pull your trousers up. Chance reacts from the pain. but can cause secondary problems if not looked after. He reaches out. Yes. ALLENBY It's good that there was no apparent damage to the bone. picks it up..
. the garden is a healthy one. Allenby takes a long look at him. ALLENBY (suddenly very cold) Then you wish to handle this matter through your attorneys? CHANCE There's no need for a claim.? .28 stairs and X-Ray your leg... I see. an attorney..... ALLENBY (gives Chance a look) Oh. that's what Thomas asked me. ALLENBY . Mr. Gardiner. I would like to ask you something straight out. CHANCE (doesn't understand) . Are you planning on making any sort of claim against the Rand's? CHANCE (after a beat) Claim.By the way.. (laughs) .. ALLENBY An attorney? CHANCE (turns to TV) Yes.Oh.. claim. Thomas? ALLENBY Who's Thomas? CHANCE Thomas Franklin. There is no reaction from Chance.Straight out? ALLENBY Yes.
. sits on bed) Thank you. heads for the door. it would be best if you could stay here for a day or two. Mr. You caught me off guard. Mr.. blows out smoke. then leaves. ALLENBY Good.. Eve . 41 INT. Gardiner. The scene seems to 'sink into' Chance's mind. yes . I will. CHANCE (changes channels. . In fact. and please let me know if you have any discomfort.. Allenby gives him a look.Well. I could stay here.. EVE'S BEDROOM/SITTING ROOM .Why.NIGHT Allenby enters to reveal Eve standing in front of large double windows that are wide open.you'll freeze. I must admit. Chance watches an old movie of a man lighting a cigar. CHANCE Yes. She is wearing different clothes.. ALLENBY Good God. ALLENBY I'll send Wilson up to take you for X-Rays. Does this house have a garden? ALLENBY . if that would be possible. Gardiner. The man enjoys the cigar... keep your weight off that leg. I can promise you the finest in care. then.29 . different hair. Feel free to use the telphone. CHANCE (clicking changer) Yes.many Allenby picks up his bag.
he is different. How is Mr. ALLENBY (a beat) Okay..... but there isn't any. though ..30 EVE I wanted some fresh air. looks out to the darkness. I found him to have quite a sense of humor. don't you think? ALLENBY Perhaps... Robert..he might be a breath of fresh air. I don't think he'll cause any trouble. . He's very intense. Stay here? EVE Is that necessary? ALLENBY Not necessary. EVE Thank God for that. It might be pleasant for a couple of days. but preferable. Gardiner? ALLENBY A rather large contusion. EVE (interrupts) That's not what I meant.. EVE Good.Yes..Well . Actually.. ALLENBY I'd like to keep an eye on him. Eve is silent for a moment.. Eve . Don't worry.. and internal.I suggested that he stay here for a couple of days... EVE (a beat) .he seemed to be a most reasonable man.
How are you feeling? RAND Tired. but I do not lack for news..Eve.I do miss you when I'm out. I'm doing very well. maintains an inner strength and dignity despite the sapping effects of his illness.. EVE I'm so glad. lies on a king-sized bed to one side of the room. Rand perks up as sees Eve crossing to him. He is in his sixties. 44 INT.. Eve leaves the room. EVE (with conviction) Oh. Ben . wearing a silk bathrobe. EVE .. from what I've been told.. No headaches? RAND No.31 EVE I guess I should go see Ben now. Eve kisses him.. (turns) I'll see you at dinner. holds his hand. And I'm getting tired of being tired.NIGHT Eve enters through heavy glass doors.. Other than that.. I'm sorry you had to go through all that. it's been a good day . BENJAMIN RAND...better that yours. RAND'S CONVERTED BEDROOM . RAND (with wekness) . EVE You heard? RAND I may be a shut-in.
Why don't you ask this Gardiner to join us for dinner? For dinner? for that? EVE Are you well enough RAND (smiles) Hah!. appears in a side doorway. Mr. EVE (after a beat) ran into Senator Jansen at today and he all but ignored And it's starting to happen lately. in a nurse's uniform. a lot sick. Rand pulls Eve's hand close. tell Robert I want new blood! (turns to Eve) . Gardiner turned out to be so reasonable. RAND Don't argue. there's no excuse for that. it wasn't all that bad darling. Eve if I wait until I feel better... Tell me the truth.. We were fortunate that Mr. Rand.32 Oh.. RAND Reasonable? Good. .Ask him to dinner. RAND Constance! I want new blood tonight.. I lunch me.. RAND Dammit. I'd like to meet a reasonable man. CONTANCE But. I'm getting up for dinner..... kisses it. will I ever meet the man? (Eve is silent) Constance! CONSTANCE.. since you've been ..
CONSTANCE and another nurse. Wilson takes this as another joke. where BILLINGS.. CHANCE (inhales deeply) I feel very good in here. WILSON (laughs) Yes sir. RAND Welcome to Rand Memorial Hospital. Gardiner. a Black technician helps him onto the table. darling. CHANCE (looks around room) . CHANCE (as Wilson wheels him out) . CHANCE (glancing around) It seems to be. RAND MANSION ..I see.. filled with the very latest in hospital emergency equipment.Thats is a very small room. RAND'S HOSPITAL ROOM .FIRST FLOOR HALLWAY . 43 INT.. 44 INT. EVE Thank you. Rand lifts his head as Wilson wheels Chance into the room.NIGHT A glass-enclosed room.33 I'll call him tomorrow. Wilson pushes Chance to the X-Ray machine. TERESA. . Mr. I guess that's true smallest room in the house. chuckles as he wheels Chance toward Rand's hospital room.NIGHT The elevator door opens to reveal Wilson with Chance in the wheelchair. stand by as Rand is being given a transfusion. next to Rand's bedroom. Yes.
Mr. CHANCE I am very hungry. Failure of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. Mr. that is. Chance is now flat on his back as Billings lines up the X-Ray camera. CHANCE You must be very sick. Gardiner.. Gardiner aplastic anemia.. they can make me comfortable.. Oh.. CHANCE (smiles at Rand) I've never seen anything like this on television.. RAND Aplastic anemia. hold still. you must stay quiet.. But what makes my blood boil. Rand... Mr. Mr. Gardiner . won't you. .. Mr.You will join us for dinner. keeps my spirits up. RAND (lays his head back) . CONSTANCE You too. BILLINGS Please. Here I am. Not a damn thing they can do about it. prolong my life with steroid therapy and transfusions. getting on in years and about to die of a young person's disease.is that it's generally a young person's disease. what little I have left.34 RAND That's the oxygen! When I first got sick I had it all glassed in so I could have a little extra oxygen pumped in. Gardiner? Yes.
Mr.. a 75-foot ceiling.. enter carrying trays of food. Eve. sir. Mr. EVE . CHANCE I have a message for him. BILLINGS Well. and MARIANNE. huge fireplaces. THURMAND. The Old Man died and Louise left. CHANCE A black man gave me the message. a waitress. Allenby. EVE . Gardiner? No.NIGHT The dining room is immense. Oh.Would you like us to notify anyone for you? CHANCE No. EVE I do hope your injury won't prevent you from attending to business.. CHANCE Do you know Raphael? BILLINGS No sir.so am I. I don't believe I do. Rand and Chance (both in wheelchairs) sit around the table. BILLINGS Yes.. So am I. Gardiner. reacts to him being black.35 RAND . 45 INT. Now. Eve turns to Chance. I still don't believe I know the man. my boy . please hold still. a waiter. Chance stares at Billings. RAND DINING ROOM . CHANCE It won't do that.
it's all happening too fast.. I'm afraid. . you mean to say that your business was shut down.. (sighs) What are your plans now.. CHANCE Yes.I know exactly what you mean. CHANCE Right out of existence.. Well. My house has been closed. RAND Oh. Mr. Shut down and locked by the attorneys. as we know it. The way things are going they'll probably legislate the Medical Profession. RAND And it's a damn shame . I'm very sorry. if you have a need for any of our facilities. thank you. RAND What'd I tell you? . Yes. Gardiner? Or may I call you Chauncey? Yes. All they want to do is regulate our natural growth! ALLENBY It's happening to everyone.36 Oh. RAND Do you need a secretary? CHANCE No. Today the businessman is at the mercy of kid-lawyers from the SEC. right out of existence. CHANCE Chauncey is fine. please don't hesitate to ask.
RAND So tell me.. my morning will be taken up by another one of those charity events. RAND Isn't that what a businessman is? A gardener? A person that makes flinty soil productive with the labor of his own hands.. ALLENBY (smiles to Chance) Robert. it'll have to wait until I get back from Boston. But..Eve. (to Chance) They're quite lovely. I know exactly what you mean.why don't you show Chauncey our gardens tomorrow. Unfortunately. such a pleasant way to forget one's troubles. EVE (also smiles) .. just what are your plans? CHANCE I would like to work in your garden. RAND I never had a feel for it myself.... Chauncey. Eve . I sometimes enjoy puttering around myself. CHANCE I am a very good gardener. EVE (laughs) Oh. EVE Well. who waters ..37 RAND And I'm Ben.
. RAND Now. Rand is offering Chance a cigar RAND Have one of these. RAND (laughs) Yes. I'm sure it is. from a humidor. indeed.' That's where I'm going soon. Chauncey . Another period of silence. Ben. a productive businessman is a laborer in his own vineyard. Rand. wait a minute. Chance looks up... Chauncey.you have your health.. (points to ceiling) ..NIGHT Allenby is shooting pool. anyway. That's what they say.All that's left for me now is the room upstairs. The garden that I left was such a place. The servants bustle around the room as Allenby studies Chance.. There is a long pause.38 it with sweat from his own brow. for God's sake don't give up on yourself! You have to fight! You can't let those bastards keep you down! I don't want to hear any more from you about the 'Room Upstairs. and who creates a place of value for his family and community? Yes. But I don't have that any more. Ben. Chauncey they're Cuban. then smiles at CHANCE It's a very pleasant room. CHANCE I know exactly what you mean. . 46 INT. RAND'S POOL ROOM .
they are our strongest defense against the pollutants that threaten our basic freedoms and the well-being of our middle class. RAND (cont'd) After all.. RAND ... So I've been thinking about beginning a financial assistance fund. I've been concerned with the situation for some time now. They've been harrassed long enough by inflation. unions. . then tries to light the unclipped cigar. Tell me. that share your plight. the flame from an ornate lighter catches his eye and Chance watches intently as Rand lights hiw own cigar. would you have any thoughts on such a program? CHANCE (puffing. (hands lighter to Chance) . As Chance tries to figure out the clipper.You know. does not see Rand clip the end off his own. trying to light cigar) No.... Chance examines the cigar.I'd like to offer the decent 'gardeners' of the community a helping hand. large and small. Rand turns the cigar clipper to Chance. Allenby watches Chance as he first tries to light the lighter. Ben.39 CHANCE Thank you. all sorts of indecencies. there are thousands of American businessmen. excessive taxation.. I've enjoyed a cigar as long as I can remember. Ben. RAND It's one thing Robert can't keep me from. Chauncey. Chauncey..
work with the idea.. Excuse me.. 47 INT.. I wanted to tell you how dreadful I feel about your leg.. MANSION .Hmmm..elevator! Wilson stops laughing as he notices Eve coming toward them. Wilson breaks out into laughter. Chauncey? Well..NIGHT Wilson stands behind Chance in the wheelchair. eh. sir. smiles at a most curious Allenby. Chance glances slowly around the elevator. WILSON .I like this . 48 INT. Chance puts the unlit cigar in the ashtray. The elevator stops. When a man loses everything.NIGHT Wilson wheels Chance out of the elevator. CHANCE Elevator. I thought you were going to come out with another one of your jests about the elevator.. I can understand that.... CHANCE Thank you.40 RAND (a smile) Reluctant to speak. anger has a tendacy to block out reason for a time. Just give it some thought.THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY . the door opens. sir.. Eve .. Suddenly.Sorry.ELEVATOR . MANSION . .. I'm sure you'll have plenty to say in a few days.. but how delighted I am that you are staying with us. EVE Chauncey.Yes sir . WILSON (laughs again) .
41 house very much. FRONT OF RAND MANSION .. it's just a real pleasure..I've seen that before. EVE Yes.... Eve . CHANCE I like Ben very much.. EVE . CHANCE Good night. I don't think so.. He reminds me of the Old Man. Chance smiles at Eve and there is a moment of silence before Eve moves away. Are you going to leave and close the house when he dies? Eve is not prepared for such a question.. Chauncey. your being here. 49 EXT. Well..it's just...Good night.. CHANCE Ben is very ill. Wilson wheels Chance toward the guest room..? CHANCE Yes.MORNING .. EVE ........ No.you've lifted his spirits so . I know Chauncey. EVE . EVE He does. CHANCE That's good..Why.And Ben is just mad about you . Eve.
Robert. he sits. (examines Chance's calf) .... that is coming along. LEWIS Did you want a car. sir. walking with a limp for his first view of the Rand grounds. LEWIS Yes. sit in the chair. Lewis goes to his post. the swelling has gone down considerably. ALLENBY Shame on you.you should let me be the judge of that. there you are... The attendant. What are you doing on that leg? CHANCE It's fine today. Wlison pushes a wheelchair to Chance. CHANCE I would like a car. ALLENBY (checks leg) I swear. I've got my hands full. Chauncey ..Say. Chauncey. come out of the house. waits for Chance. between you and Benjamin.42 Chance comes out of the front door. A limousine pulls up to the front of the mansion. ALLENBY Chauncey. ALLENBY (continues examining) . Please. Lewis. picks up a phone. hurries to Chance. As Chance looks at the surroundings. but .. Allenby and Wilson.Benjamin has been hounding me to allow him to address the annual convention of his Financial Institute today. with Chance's wheelchair. sir? Yes..
ALLENBY Why. interrupts. the attendant. I believe.. any soreness? CHANCE Hardly any.. LEWIS Your limousine.. that's terrific. Chauncey. Ben asked me to be in his room at ten o'clock.Oh. ALLENBY . He wants me to meet the President.43 obviously.Are you going somewhere? CHANCE No. ALLENBY He does.. quite a nice gesture. Chauncey. Anyway.. CHANCE Yes.. the President offered to sit in for Ben at the convention.. Robert. Ben called me. does he? CHANCE Yes. sir. He's due here soon. Robert. How about here. thank you. ALLENBY (mildly surprised) . Robert.. the strain would be impossible.. . I know about the President. ALLENBY (a beat) .Oh? You've heard? CHANCE Yes. Lewis.. CHANCE Oh.
CHANCE I like to walk. are you? Yes. . you'd best get on in there. CHANCE You're looking much better today. Wilson begins to push Chance.. a bit puzzled. aren't you? CHANCE (gets out of chair) Yes. The two nurses are nearby. watches as Wilson opens the front door for Chance. my boy. ALLENBY . I like to watch him on television. RAND Well. Allenby. RAND Chauncey. Rand smiles as Chance is shown into the room by Wilson. Ben.MORNING Rand is in an easy chair. CHANCE I would like to walk today. ALLENBY Hell yes . You're meeting the President.walk. then he looks at his watch.44 CHANCE How do I know when it's ten o'clock? A long reaction from Allenby. RAND'S ROOM . CHANCE Thank you.It's five of. Ben. up and around this morning.. Robert. that's good news. dressed for his meeting with the President. 50 INT.
Woltz. Mr. PERKINS Good morning.Nurse Teresa did a very good job. WOLTZ Good morning. But you're am exception. nice to see you again. WOLTZ.THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY . look at Chance.. your marvelous balance.MORNING Allenby gets off the elevator. RAND MANSION . . One of them. Chauncey that's what I admire in you. goes directly to Perkins. The nurses turn. All we know is the terror of it. I didn't want the President to think I was going to die during our talk. Chauncey. CHANCE Thank you. (looks at Rand closely) . RAND No one likes a dying man. I asked nurse Teresa to fix me up. stands and thinks for a moment.you're a truly peaceful man. 51 INT.. my boy because few know what death is.MORNING Perkins is at the head of eight servants lined up on the front steps. Ben.45 RAND Hah! It's all makeup. You don't stagger back and forth between fear and hope . then heads off down the hallway in the direction of Chance's room. Two black PLYMOUTH SEDANS pull up and EIGHT MEN in grey business suits get out. 52 EXT. Perkins. CHANCE I understand. FRONT RAND MANSION .. Ben..
but I've tried. that you don't allow yourself to become blinded to the needs of the country even when the tempations are strong. I've been labeled a 'kingmaker' by many. Chauncey. (hands Woltz paper) We have an additional guest with us today. It's extremely important. WOLTZ (reads list) I see. (turns to other men) Okay.I see. RAND'S ROOM .. not to misuse that power.46 Thank you... let's go to work.MORNING One of the servants accompanies Secret Service Agent RIFF .. believe me. But I found.. 53 INT. RAND MANSION . Ben. The eight servants pair up with the eight men in suits and go into the house.MORNING Chance watches television as Rand speaks. my wealth provided me with considerable influence. Mr.. Chauncey -. Of course. RAND Yes. Chauncey Gardiner. CHANCE (changing channels) ..... WOLTZ How have you been? PERKINS Fine.... thank you. 54 INT.. but I have tried to stay open to the voices of the people. when I was younger I had thoughts about public office. I have tried to remain honest to myself.A HALLWAY .that I was able to contribute more as a private citizen.
Aubrey? (listens) Fine. Lewis. very week) Not now. FRONT RAND MANSION . Teresa. Mrs. pushes another button.MORNING Lewis picks up his phone and dials as he sees the President's motorcade come through the far gate. RAND It's an old habit that goes along with power -. RAND'S ROOM . 56 INT. Mrs. I'm seeing the President on my own two feet. RAND MANSION . thank you. LEWIS (into phone) The President is arriving now. RAND He's here.keep them waiting. checks inside. (into phone) Yes. AUBREY is Rand's executive secretary. 57 INT.MORNING Rand smiles at Chance as the phone buzzes. Aubrey. Mrs. Show the President to the library.MRS. AUBREY'S OFFICE . then moves on. AUBREY (on phone) Very good.. Teresa brings Rand's wheelchair to him. . turns to Chance with a twinkle in his eyes..47 as he knocks on each door. but her office is the Nerve Center of Rand Enterprises. Aubrey clicks off. we'll be along in a few minutes. Rand hangs up the phone. MRS. 55 EXT. RAND (stands.MORNING MRS.
Both carry small metal detectors. WOLTZ Good morning. RAND (puts an arm around Chance for support) Shall we go. CHANCE That's a good idea. Ben. RAND Excellent. Rand. Ben.. (nods toward Chance) This is Mr.. Mrs. AUBREY Yes. CHANCE I agree. Rand. HALLWAY . sir. Mr. RAND Woltz. Gardiner. 58 EXT. Aubrey. . They shuffle off down the hallway and are met immediately by Woltz and and another agent.. Rand walks slowly. clings to the limping Chance tightly as they leave the room.. Aubrey's office. Chauncey? Yes. Barker.48 TERESA But. have you received the papers on the Caracas agreement? MRS.MORNING The President and his entourage are seen on their way to the library as Rand and Chance enter and stop in front of Mrs. (as they move away) A good woman. Aubrey. They're ready for you to sign. RAND Mrs. Mr.
your visit has raised my spirits. Mr. PRESIDENT Ben! RAND . you boys would have a devil of a time.. (guides Rand to chair) Here. Let me tell you. how good to see you.Mr. President.MORNING A somewhat nervous PRESIDENT waits for Rand and Chance. you look terrific! RAND (with a look to Chance) Thank you. President. When they enter.. sit down.. Mr. get off your feet. CHANCE (as Woltz finishes) Thank you very much. CHANCE . Gardiner. RAND Good thing we're not in our wheelchairs. Ben. I've missed you. PRESIDENT Well. 59 INT. As Rand sinks into the chair. RAND LIBRARY .49 WOLTZ (indicates detector) Just a formality. Chance approaches the President with both hands outstretched. PRESIDENT It's so good to see you too. Barker passes the detector over Rand as Woltz checks Chance. he goes to Rand with both hands outstretched. my friend..
Mr. Mr. CHANCE Yes? .Hello. The President reacts. then laughs... Gardiner.. really. I will. did you happen to get a chance to go over. President.I'm a man that appreciates a frank discussion. CHANCE You look much smaller on television. President.. Mr. that's just fine with me . Mr. President.. Be seated. Chauncey Gardiner. Mr.. please. Gardiner. Mr... RAND (smiling) You will find that Chauncey does not bandy words.. President. RAND Oh. PRESIDENT (a beat) . Ben.. Mr. Chance reacts to the mention of his name. PRESIDENT (also sits) Now.50 Good morning. PRESIDENT Well. CHANCE (sitting) Yes.Oh.. The President gives Chance a look. PRESIDENT (smiling) . I'd like you to meet my dear friend.. interrupts. Chance and the President exchange a two-handed handshake.
There is a knock at the door. RIFF (entering) Good morning. then he continues.. ALLENBY Of course. PRESIDENT . I.... President.. I think it's very dangerous to resort to temporary measures at this stage of the game. Bobby . I did. looks inside. ALLENBY Oh.Well? RAND Overall .. Hello. Ben. Mr.51 There is a beat as the President look at Chance quizzically. Secret Service. CHANCE'S ROOM . Allenby pulls back from the closet as Riff opens the door.. PRESIDENT . 60 INT. Ben.. RAND Yes..MORNING Allenby is searching through Chance's clothes looking for something. I'm Riff..I just wonder if you had gone over my speech.pretty good... I know how difficult it is to be straightforward.Yes.your position on this is going to cause more dissension that you want or might even be able to stand. But. RAND I sympathize with you and. PRESIDENT Well. . but I'm telling you right now. .
.52 Allenby spreads his arms as Riff passes the metal detector over him. There is spring and summer. President. PRESIDENT You don't think I should take that chance. dependence on foreign energy is at a point of crisis. the so-called Free Enterprise System could be at the breaking point. growth has its season. Mr.In the garden? CHANCE That is correct.MORNING The President paces. from where I see it. 61 INT. to Chance. turns. it has gone as far as it can. PRESIDENT Do you agree with Ben. LIBRARY . all is well and all will be well in the garden. And . PRESIDENT (a pause) .There is no longer any margin for inflation. Mr. RAND . Chance smiles through it all.. You've reached your limits on taxation. but there is also fall and winter.. is worried about what Rand is telling him.. but doesn't know what to say. The President sits. In a garden. and. huh? RAND Absolutely not. Gardiner? Or do you think we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives? CHANCE (a beat) As long as the roots are not severed. Chance has reacted to his name.
. PRESIDENT (staring at Chance) ... I must admit. PRESIDENT . That is correct.that is precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill.. that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I've heard in a very. (confused) Yes.Spring and summer. Gardiner .. Mr. (holds out hand to Chance) . yet we are upset by the seasons of our economy. very long time... CHANCE Yes. Mr. Gardiner.. won't you? . Yes.. is that we welcome the inevitable saesons of nature... PRESIDENT (pleased) . President.. solid sense. (smiles at Chance) Yes.I envy your good. (he rises) ..Well. RAND (interrupts) I think what my most insightfult friend is building up to..Fall and winter. CHANCE It has... indeed.53 then spring and summer again.. There will be growth in the spring.You will honor me and my family with a visit.. I see. (glances at watch) I must be going. Mr. Chance rises and shakes the President's hand. This visit has been most enlightening.
Mr. RAND No. Ben. we'll all look forward to seeing you. CHANCE I will. too. RAND You too. Why don't you listen to your good friend Chauncey this is a time to think of life! The President claps Rand's hand. PRESIDENT Now. Ben. Ben.54 Yes. RAND Nonsense. I won't have any any of that.I thank you for coming to spend time with a dying man. Nancy wanted me to send along her best to the two of you .and. I want to thank you for your time and thoughts. RAND You're right. PRESIDENT I'm sorry. a smile to Chance) . Mr. PRESIDENT Take care of yourself. She'll be sorry to have missed you. PRESIDENT (as he turns to go. she flew up to Boston for some charity event. President I don't like feeling sorry for myself. PRESIDENT Wonderful. Bobby. (turns to Rand) Is Eve around? I'd like to say hello. President . Well.
TAPESTRY ROOM . The President leaves the library and Chance turns to Rand.MORNING The President and his entourage are moving along toward the front door. RAND (very weak) . (they walk a .Chauncey. You don't play games with words to protect yourself. Ben. KAUFMAN No problem. You're direct. isn't he? CHANCE I'm glad he came. PRESIDENT Kaufman. sir......MORNING Rand has an arm around Chance as the two of them walk. the President. yes.. One aide.55 . It was nice talking to the President. walks next to the President. RAND MANSION .Bobby. RAND (as the door closes) He's a decent fellow..You know... RAND MANSION . Chief.. Behind them. KAUFMAN. Chauncey. CHANCE . 63 INT... KAUFMAN (makes note of name) Gardiner. PRESIDENT And I'd like it some time today.. Chauncey Gardiner's background. there's something about you. 62 INT. I'm going to need information on Mr. Wilson and Perkins push empty wheelchairs..HALLWAY .
(another beat) Well. I think you might be just the man to take charge of such an undertaking.. I'd like you to meet with the other members of the Board so you can discuss the matter at greater length with them. Ben. then his interest is taken by one of the large tapestries. CHANCE (as they go) I'm sorry that you are so sick. RAND MANSION .I'm very tired.56 few more feet in silence) You know what I was talking to you about last night? CHANCE (blankly) No. CHANCE I understand. RAND Oh.don't rush your decision. I'm afriad you must excuse me . Chauncey .DAY . the financial assistance program for the businessman. sure you do. RAND And now. please. Ben. Chauncey. I know you're not a man to act on the spur of the moment. Rand sits down in his wheelchair and Perkins starts off with him. Chance watches after them for a moment. Ben. CHANCE Thank you.. RAND And.MAIN GARDEN . 64 EXT.
57 Chance and Eve huge Victorian to it. EVE Well.We plant something different every year in that area. Chance looks off to the two story stone house. with smaller greenhouses next one side. work in one area. stands an attractive stone house. I think. . What do you think. At one end... (indicates stone house) That's the gardener's house over there. EVE There are over sixty thousand tulip bulbs planted here.DAY Chance and Eve are in the middle of a huge potting greenhouse where hundreds of young plants are tended by four workers. shovelling mulch. the roses are beautiful. give it some thought. It's quite a sight when they're blooming. We have. too. 65 INT. is a greenhouse. A GREENHOUSE . (gestures to men working) .. Chauncey? CHANCE I don't know. Of course. around twenty thousand bushes. Off to Five young men walk through the garden. CHANCE I like to watch the young plants grow. EVE It is wonderful. But I haven't decided what I would like this spring.. isn't it? CHANCE Young plants do much better if a person helps them.
CHANCE Yes. Was a relative? Or an intimate friend? CHANCE (looking at greenhouse) He was a very wealthy man. VICTORIAN GREENHOUSE ... continues inspecting the flowers.Mentor.Ben tells me the President was very taken with you this morning. She has decided to make a move. EVE . he looked after me since I was young..DAY Chance and Eve move through a large and an extra lush greenhouse until they reach a long room filled with cacti... EVE Forgive me.? Eve takes his uncertainty as a reluctance to discuss the Old Man. 66 INT.Last night you mentioned an old man. You must have been very close to him. EVE I'm sorry.. ..I don't mean to pry. that died. Chauncey . EVE (as they move) .Chauncey.... Your mentor. I see... Chance doesn't know what to say. CHANCE .. I was..58 Eve looks at Chance as he inspects some of the flowers. EVE Oh.
DAY Rand is in bed. And. RAND'S ROOM . 67 INT..59 (getting more to the point) . Eve edges slightly closer to Chance.And what about Louise? You mentioned that she had gone. the two nurses stand to one side... Were you close to her also? CHANCE Yes. She was his maid.I know that many of you believe that we are on the brink of the worst financial crisis in this nation's history. that's exactly what I was going to do until this moment. I liked Louise very much. CHANCE She brought me my meals. Stupid me. Chance and Allenby are seated around him. or maybe your sister. is fascinated by it. EVE (pleased) Of course. PRESIDENT'S VOICE . So I am going to rethink my position and find another solution.. Eve. But I have decided there are no temporary stop gaps. Well. They all watch the President's address to the Financial Institute on TV.. EVE (relieved) Oh. his maid!. Chance edges slightly closer to the cacti. I thought perhaps she was someone that you may have been romantically involved with.. you'll be very pleased to know that your . looking bad. And there are some of you who would like to see us put mandatory freezes on prices and wages. Oh no. and then call it a temporary measure.
Eve's . I found Mr. Rand's close friend and advisor. let us learn to accept and appreciate the times when the trees are bare as well as the times when we pick the fruit.. ALLENBY (motioning toward door) I think you should leave. 68 INT. a most intuitive man. RAND MANSION ... the economic prospects are undoubtedly sunny. let us not fear the inevitable chill and storms of autumn and winter. . (a beat) . Benjamin Turnbull Rand.. let us anticipate the rapid growth of springtime.' Rand starts coughing. Gardiner. was at our meeting this morning.To quote Mr. There is applause and laughter from the audience.60 founder and chairman-of-the-board. He likened us to a garden. Mr. breathing heavily.. 'As long as the roots of industry remain firmly planted in the national soil.. agrees with me on this..for once. Allenby and the nurses rush to his bedside.DAY Eve and Chance stand in silence near the palm court. Mr. Allenby shoots a quick look to Eve and Chance. instead. PRESIDENT'S VOICE (Cont'd) Gentlemen..HALLWAY . let us await the rewards of summer. PRESIDENT'S VOICE (Cont'd) (after applause) Chauncey Gardiner. Gardiner to have a feeling for this country that we need more of. Eve and an interested Chance leave the room as Allenby administers aid to Rand. As in a garden of the earth.
I have a telephone call for you.Telephone call? MRS.. Eve.. (pause) . Chance. touches his hand. AUBREY Yes.I'm.. Sidney Courtney.. MRS. his mood is serious. AUBREY Mr... There's no cause for alarm.. red. Sidney Courtney. Aubrey approaches. CHANCE So am I. He's resting comfortably now. Gardiner.. concern for herself.I'm very grateful that you're here. she has been crying.. the Financial Editor of the "Washington Post.. sir? CHANCE Yes. Chauncey.. Mrs. EVE (hesitates) ...With us.61 eyes are swollen. Chance still does not move.. CHANCE . ALLENBY . EVE Eve mistakes this for .. (pause) ..This has been an exhausting day for Ben... reaches out." Chance does not react... AUBREY (after a moment) Would you care to take it. She turns to Allenby comes out of Rand's room. MRS.
Aubrey. uncertain. Chauncey you go ahead with Mrs. wears a rumpled wool jacket. And so.. Aubrey. CHANCE You'll be all right. Eve watches Chance go.but we would like to have some facts.DAY Three television sets are on. Gardiner.MRS.. EVE .. Mr. then Chance follows Mrs. a man in his fifties. 71 INTERCUT . I'm sorry to disturb you. Eve. I enjoyed it very much. the President and yourself.. Mrs. AUBREY'S OFFICE ..62 I'll be all right. Rand. sir.COURTNEY'S OFFICE . COURTNEY Good..DAY SID COURTNEY. but I watched the President's speech at the Financial Institute today. CHANCE (after a moment. he looks at it.. Aubrey hands a phone to Chance. it seems. into phone) . turns to Allenby. Yes. uh. What exactly is the relationship between yourself and . such as. and I wondered if you have any comments on the meeting that took place between Mr. so considerate. COURTNEY Hello. MRS. smokes a pipe.. did the President .He's such a sensitive man.DAY CHANCE The President is a nice person.Hello. WASHINGTON POST . 69 INT. AUBREY'S OFFICE/COURTNEY'S OFFICE ... 70 INT.
that is correct. then puts the receiver down. Rand that. COURTNEY (to himself) No wonder he's so close to Rand. AUBREY'S OFFICE . MRS. speaks to Chance who is still intrigued by the three televisions. COURTNEY Of course. Rand that. I have the producer of the 'Gary Burns Show' on the line. MRS. COURTNEY I see. I have watched that on television. 72 INT. Gardiner. Then one more quick question.DAY Mrs.63 that of the First American Financial Corporation? CHANCE I think you should ask Mr.. Of course. watches the TVs. Courtney listens to the dial tone. I think you should ask Mr. Gardiner. But since he is ill I'm taking the liberty of asking you.. MRS. AUBREY Mr. Courtney doesn't understand but continues his questioning. Chance hangs up the phone. Aubrey puts a call on hold. CHANCE Yes. Mr. CHANCE (watching three TV sets) Yes. AUBREY They would like you .
shirt. but he had to cancel. Ben? Oh.EVENING Eve is on the phone while being attended to by a MANICURIST and a HAIRDRESSER. but he's to be there at seven.. No. you'll see what I mean. Hull. Mr.. AUBREY (into phone) Hello. sir. he's okay . Mrs.he's got his ups and downs. The show will be taped and then shown at ten o'clock. There is a KNOCK at the door.. but give me time. CHANCE'S ROOM . 74 INT... I haven't done that.but I'll get Ben to suggest it.. The Vice-President was scheduled.64 to appear on the show tonight. Eve talks to Sophie as if they weren't there as one wig is taken off. . Wilson and Perkins lay out a suit. MRS. EVE (into phone) . 73 INT. etc. Hands off. Yes. another is put on. I promise ...this one's mine. EVE'S BEDROOM .EVENING Chance wears a velvet bathrobe. CHANCE Yes.Are you kidding? Of course. be sure and watch the 'Burns' Show tonight. Mr... watches TV. and they asked if you would be interested. Yes. I'll bring him. PERKINS Excuse me. Gardiner has agreed to do the show... Chance turns back to the televisions. I would like to be on television... Aubrey talks MRS.. tie. to the producer. Sophie . AUBREY Fine.. I'll tell him.
That's good. Chauncey.. WASHINGTON POST . matterof-fact.NIGHT A woman. CHANCE (rising) Thank you. it is Eve. Eve returns the smile.. (a pause) . kisses Chance on the cheek. Eve impulsively steps forward. EVE I know you do .you and your television. Chance smiles at her. Chance sits back down.but he's going to watch you tonight. The scuttlebutt is . I wanted to wish you well.Good luck. COURTNEY (to Staffers) . then leaves the room.. She has a downcast expression as Sidney Courtney.Gardiner is laconic. 75 INT. Chauncey . enters the room. KINNEY. too.RESEARCH ROOM . CHANCE I like to watch. I know you'll be just smashing. EVE And Benjamin sends along his best wishes.65 Perkins answers the door. CHANCE How is Ben feeling? EVE He's tired. Eve. watches TV as Wilson and Perkins attend to his clothes with a whiskbroom. We'll both be watching.. sits behind a stack of paperwork. EVE (entering) Chauncey. followed by three staffers...
Skip the levity..I realize this sounds banal but there is no information of any sort on Gardiner. CHANCE I see.. The room is quiet.. Mr. TV STATION . COURTNEY ..NIGHT Chance is intrigued by the the surroundings as MORTON HULL guides him through the corridor. We have no material on him . Kinney what have you got? KINNEY (another pause) .Nothing..zilch. your position in the financial community carries a lot of weight..66 that he's a strong candidate for one of the seats on the Board of First American.. They walk a while through the corridor. HULL (making conversation) Do you realize that more people will be watching you tonight that all those who have seen theater plays in the last forty years? . (to Kinney) . HULL Of course. 76 INT. but what caught Gary's attention was your down-toearth philosophy.Kinney.CORRIDOR .. what did you come up with on his background? KINNEY (after pause) . Gardiner...
AIRPORT . no background? That's impossible. PRESIDENT (interrupts) He's an advisor and close personal friend of Rand's! For Christ sakes. PRESIDENT (again interrupts) I do not want Benjamin Rand disturbed! You have other ways of gathering information than to trouble a dying man. (he stands) Have it in my office at seven in the morning. Kaufman included.. alert Honeycutt.we are aware of all that. 78 INT. AIR FORCE 1 . (he starts for door) . they have volumes of data on Benjamin! KAUFMAN Yes. Use whatever agencies are necessary to put together a detailed history of Chauncey Gardiner. he's a very well known man! KAUFMAN Yes. I plan on contacting Mr.. we haven't been able to.. Hull takes Chance into the makeup room.NIGHT The President sits on a couch in one of the compartments on the jet.. 77 EXT. but still.NIGHT AIR FORCE 1 taxies to the ground.67 Yes. CHANCE It's a very good show. Mr. sir . Rand as soon as. President. if you run into problems. PRESIDENT What do you mean. With him are six of his STAFF.
KAUFMAN Right. On the TV. It gets real hot under these lights. works on Chance as he watches the guest preceding him on a TV monitor that is reflected in the mirror. if Gary wants to interrupt you. The Page leans against the door jamb. As the President goes to the Men's Room.NIGHT A PAGE comes through the corridor carrying a glass of water.68 I've got to take a leak. COLSON (laughs) Did she do a good job? Oh? CHANCE Yes. CHANCE I am very thirsty. TV STATION . He turns into the makeup room to reveal Hull sitting next to Chance in front of the mirror. smiles if anyone looks at him. Thank you. he'll raise his left forefinger to his left eyebrow. Mr. Gardiner. COLSON. .CORRIDOR/MAKEUP ROOM . or ask you a question. 79 INT. very good. chief. two of the aides reach for telephones. GARY BURNS finishes with his guest and the band goes into a hot instrumental number. HULL (briefing Chance) Now. The makeup man. PAGE (gives Chance water) I thought you might need this about now. CHANCE (to Colson) Nurse Teresa did Ben's makeup.
CHANCE (on TV) (doesn't understand) I hope so. 81 INT. carefully picks up Chance's water glass so as not to smear the fingerprints. BURNS (on TV) . RAND LIMOUSINE . CHANCE (on TV) Which view? Applause and laughter from the TV audience. I assume. BURNS (on TV) (a beat) .69 COLSON (a last minute dab) Okay.Well.NIGHT Allenby watches. then leaves the room. Well. The Page. Colson sits and watches the TV monitor. Gardiner. to find men like yourself.. his back to Colson. since the President quoted you. On the TV monitor. Mr. Gardiner. concerned as to which way it will go. who work so intimately with the President.. Yes. yet manage to remain relatively unknown. that you agree with his view of the economy. looks like you're up. CHANCE (on TV) That is surprising. the band plays.of course. the audience applauds as Burns introduces Chance. 80 INT. your anonymity will be a thing of the past from now on..NIGHT BURNS (on TV) I always find it surprising. Hull leads Chance out of the makeup room. BURNS (on TV) (a beat) Yes. Mr.. ALLENBY'S ROOM .
It is a good garden and a healthy one. Mr.NIGHT Rand is in bed. Eve sits in a chair next to the bed. 82 INT. . and stated that after a period of decline a time of growth would naturally follow. I have worked in it all my life. Gardiner.NIGHT The President and First Lady are in bed together watching the show.PRESIDENT'S BEDROOM . so to speak. and there is plenty of room in it for new trees and new flowers of all kinds. that this is just another season. BURNS (on TV) So you're saying.cont'd) its tress are healthy and so are its shrubs and flowers. squeezes Rand's hand in the excitement as they both watch Chance on television. The TV audience applauds Chance and Constance quietly leaves the room. RAND LIMOUSINE . the President compared the economy of this country to a garden. CHANCE (on TV . in the garden? The First Lady cuddles up to the President. CHANCE (on TV) Yes. if the Stock Market collapses. everything will grow strong. 83 INT. RAND'S ROOM . I do agree with the President. and unemployment keeps increasing. Teresa and Constance watch in the Background. I know the garden very well.NIGHT Chance continues to watch himself. The garden needs a lot of care. as long as they are trimmed and watered in the right seasons.70 Well. 84 INT. WHITE HOUSE .
that's very interesting. copies them in a notepad. what about the bad seasons? 86 INT.. THOMAS FRANKLIN'S BEDROOM .cont'd) . but I think he's brilliant.but first some things must wither.NIGHT Constance is in Chance's closet searching through his clothing. CHANCE'S ROOM . In a garden. Gardiner. BURNS (on TV) Well. 85 INT. she checks the labels on his suits. JOHANNA. More applause from the TV. comes out of the bathroom brushing his teeth... Chauncey Gardiner.. Finding nothing.And if you give your garden a lot of love. No! FRANKLIN He's a real gardener! Franklin leans closer to JOHANNA (laughs) He does talk like on. FRANKLIN (puzzled) It's that gardener! JOHANNA Yes.. the attorney that evicted Chance. Mr. in the proper season you will see it grow to be very beautiful. is in the bed absorbed in the show. and if you work very hard and have a lot of patience. . the set.. CHANCE (on TV . some trees lose their leaves before they grow new leaves. Franklin sits on the end of the bed.71 CHANCE (on TV) Yes. His wife.NIGHT Franklin. things grow . but.
. hurricanes? Doesn't a country need to have someone in charge that can see it through such crises? Don't we need a leader capable of guiding us through the bad seasons as well as the good? CHANCE (on TV) We need a very good gardner. PRESIDENT'S BEDROROM . and others grow better in the cool .72 BURNS (Cont'd) (on TV) Such as prolonged droughts that have wiped out crops. Yes.. disastrous winters. yes. Gardiner but there are a lot of us around the country that would like to hear your thoughts on the matter. BURNS (on TV) Do you feel that we have a 'very good gardener' in office at this time. Mr.NIGHT The President and First Lady are very attentive. and the other side to be dry. CHANCE (on TV) Oh. Constance continues her work in the closet.. Some plants do well in the sun. Mr. BURNS (on TV) I realize this might be a difficult question for you. CHANCE (on TV) I understand. Gardiner? PRESIDENT . It is possible for one side of the garden to be flooded.... 87 INT.That bastard.
cont'd) . I raised that boy since he was the size of a pissant an' I'll say right now he never learned to read an' write . CHANCE (on TV ..NIGHT Chance watches himself..no sir! Had no brains at all. RAND LIMOUSINE . 89 INT.It is the gardner's responsibility to take water from the flooded area and run it to the area that is dry.. The First Lady moves closer to the President. During the preceding speech.. the maid from the Old Man's house.all you gotta be is white in America an' you get whatever you want! Just listen to that boy gobbledegook! There is a chorus of "Amens" as she finishes.NIGHT A group of ELDERLY BLACK PEOPLE sit in the lobby. LOUISE Gobbledegook! All the time he talked gobbledegook! An' it's for sure a White man's world in America.cont'd) . Chance changes channels to a Game Show.It is the responsibility of the gardner to adjust to the bad seasons as well as enjoy the good ones. Louise. It is also the gardner's responsibility not to plant a sun-loving flower in the shade of a high wall. .. HOTEL LOBBY . 88 INT.73 of the shade. watching the show on an old black-and-white TV CHANCE (on TV . chatters. was stuffed with rice puddin' between the ears! Short-changed by the Lord and dumb as a jackass an' look at him now! Yes. sir . hell.
As a commercial comes on.. aren't you.NIGHT The commercial is on TV. puts a comforting hand on his shoulder. Jesus. 91 INT.... RAND That's good. the President rolls over in bed. (looks at camera) We'll be right back.NIGHT The President and First Lady still watch Chance. The First Lady reaches out.74 90 INT. remarkable. Audience applause is heard on TV. that's good. Mr... everything will be fine. I am.Yes. PRESIDENT Oh. RAND'S ROOM . What sort of gardner would you be? CHANCE (on TV) (with confidence) I am a very serious gardner. (to Eve) You're fond of him too. . RAND He's a remarkable man.. Gardiner..cont'd) If the gardner does his job. Eve? EVE (a beat) . PRESIDENT'S BEDROOM . Rand looks up as Constance comes back into the room. Ben. BURNS (on TV) Before we take a break. CHANCE (on TV .. BURNS (on TV) I'm sure you are..
FRANKLIN Look. I'll see you in twenty minutes. FRANKLIN Okay.75 RAND Constance! Where have you been? You missed the whole show . JOHANNA (turns over in bed) Good night. Gardiner? CHANCE . Franklin hangs up the phone.NIGHT Some of the household staff are lined up applauding Chance as he steps from the limousine.. is talking on the phone. Outstanding! PERKINS May I take your coat. Johanna. His wife.Chauncey was wonderful. Sally. WILSON Bravo. scurries around getting dressed.NIGHT Franklin shuts off the commercial on TV. sir! You were outstanding. Perkins and Wilson come forward. Mr. sits grimly in bed. 92 INT... RAND MANSION . I've just got to talk to her about this Gardiner. JOHANNA (cuts him off) I said good night! Franklin gives up. FRANKLIN'S BEDROOM . FRANKLIN (notices her look) I won't be long. Johanna.. hurries from the room. 93 EXT.
I just can't... the two of you should create quite a stir . finds nothing. The First Lady looks at him for a beat. and go in my place. After a moment. So.I can already hear the gossip. Eve stands nearby.. allows everyone to enter the house. Thank you. caresses his body.NIGHT The First Lady is snuggled up close to the President. PRESIDENT'S BEDROOM .. dearest.76 Yes. 95 INT. stripped to the waist. takes Chance's overcoat... Perkins nods. you would be doing me a great favor if you would escort Eve.. RAND Good. I just can't right now.. CHANCE I would like to escort Eve. enjoys the oxygen. then turns. FIRST LADY . I'm sorry. 94 INT.. RAND'S HOSPITAL ROOM . Together. it becomes clear to her that he is not up to the occasion.Darling. Chauncey.. Yes.. RAND (with some effort) Senator Rowley's widow is hosting a reception tomorrow night honoring the Soviet Ambasador and I think it's rather obvious that Robert won't allow me to attend. which Allenby administers to him during the scene.. . lies on her back and stares at the ceiling.NIGHT Rand is in his wheelchair.I can't. Perkins.. Chance breathes deeply. Allenby and the nurses prepare four separate injections for Rand. Once alone.. Perkins quickly searches through the coatpockets. What's wrong? PRESIDENT .
. I don't understand why he was in Jennings' house? What was up his sleeve when he pulled that stunt with us? What was he doing? And why? SALLY Who knows. Thomas Franklin and Sally Hayes sit at a table. I hope the entire country was watching . you were strong and brave and didn't moralize.. FRANKLIN You know. FRANKLIN .You possess a great gift.he made a fool out of me...It didn't make any sense to me at all. Chauncey. And that. He was very clever. D. FRANKLIN Yeah? Well. COCKTAIL LOUNGE . keeping it at a third grade level .tonight on television.. of being natural.. really.that's what they understand.and you know what that means... Tom .. .. . Allenby gives Rand the last injection..C. It means that any political future I had is right down the toilet! The CAMERA begins to slowly move away from the table.NIGHT An 'in' meeting place for the upper-middle Washington. RAND .Ben.. Sally .the entire country... don't you?. drinks in front of them..he was talking to the masses.? Maybe the government had something to do with it. I didn't know what the hell he was talking about. my boy.77 EVE . 96 INT. crowd. is a rare talent .. SALLY It wasn't meant for us..
RAND MANSION .try again.Sid.THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY .. KINNEY Sure.Jesus.. You try again. KINNEY Up yours. it's like Gardiner never existed! COURTNEY Try again. Sally. shoves her paperwork across the table.. And. Kinney stands. I almost forgot Johanna is starting to think something's going on between. that is really a downer. KINNEY . the thought of spending the rest of my life as an attorney. The voice of Kinney. ..NIGHT The elevator door opens revealing Eve and Chance inside. be reasonable . FRANKLIN (cont'd) . there's no place left to check! COURTNEY Try again.. Sid. the research assistant from the WASHINGTON POST is heard as the camera settles on a table occupied by Sidney Courtney and his staff. KINNEY It's useless! COURTNEY (coldly) I said .I've been everywhere.where? There's nothing.78 the sound of Franklin's voice continues.. 97 INT.. Franklin's voice fades into the background hubbub. I quit! Kinney takes her drink with her as she leaves the lounge. Christ. try again ..
Chance heads for his room as though nothing had happened. then kisses him on the lips. CHANCE I see. CHANCE Good night. Eve gives Chance a long look. EVE . The door opens. WHITE HOUSE . closes the door.. Chauncey. EVE (softly) ... Chauncey.. we can fix up one of Ben's for you tomorrow. And Benjamin's friends are all quite a bit older. thank you. then . Eve stops.79 EVE (as they come out) I'll bet you don't have a tuxedo with you. smiles.. PRESIDENT Good morning... 98 INT. sir. Chance. Eve. do you? CHANCE No.. Well.Good night. She steps back. Sophie insists on Black Tie.MORNING Kaufman and the five other Aides nervously await the President's arrival.OVAL OFFICE ANTE ROOM . AIDES (as one) Good morning.I have very few friends. the President briskly enters. They walk in silence for a moment.. gentlemen. Eve goes into her bedrom.. EVE .
? PRESIDENT Where the hell is it? KAUFMAN We. PRESIDENT What the hell are you talking about. we do have some data from the Bureau... Chief.. Gardiner appeared at the Rand's. Kaufman hands him a folder. PRESIDENT This information goes back a day and a half! I want the standard file. KAUFMAN No. OVAL OFFICE . 99 INT. KAUFMAN Yes...80 The President leads the way into the Oval Office. Kaufman? KAUFMAN Well.MORNING As the President goes to his desk. The President sits... you know that. but it isn't pertinent. Kaufman takes a clipboard from the man at his right. uh. So.uh. PRESIDENT (to Kaufman) This is not what I requested. have been unable to come up with any information before Mr. it is very brief. . sir. reads it quickly. PRESIDENT I'd like to hear that data Kaufman.. sir. and. KAUFMAN Right.
President. then speaks into his intercom.81 KAUFMAN (reading) . A pile of the morning's newspapers lie at the foot of the bed. .Fingerprint check proved negative. factory destroyed by fire in 1948.... it is impossible to determine his ethnic background. no wallet. The tailor went out of business in 1933.I'd like my eggs poached this morning.He carries one item along with him. . PRESIDENT Miss Davis .His shoes were hand-made in 1936. (a pause) . untouched.Suits hand-made by a tailor in Chicago in 1928. no identification possible... Mr.Computers have analyzed Gardiner's vocal characteristics. Chance watches as he eats. The man carries no indentification. CHANCE'S ROOM .MORNING Chance is in bed. then took his own life. The President stares at Kaufman for a beat. but there is no record of where or when it was purchased. 100 INT... There is a knock at the door. wearing a robe over her nightgown. . The cobbler has long since been dead. CHANCE (without turning from TV) Come in! Eve enters. eating breakfast.. . but they will not commit to that. no driver's license. a tray on his lap. all of the finest cloth... please. . Underwear. no credit cards. they feel his accent may be northeastern.. a fine Swiss Patek-Phillipe watch.That's it.. The TV is playing. made in 1887.
EVE Have you seen the CHANCE I don't read the EVE (moving to bed) Well. the tears flowing freely.Do you mind my being here. like this? CHANCE (a bite of toast) No. EVE . I want us to be. Chauncey. then losing control... moves a little closer to Chance. (with difficulty) I want us.... I want us to become very close. papers. CHANCE I know that... Chance watches TV) .. CHANCE I like the President. Eve... Eve..82 Chauncey! papers? No.. very nice man.So are you. Eve smiles.. close.. To .. I like you to be here.. sobbing quietly at first.....? Yes. You and I to become. Eve suddenly begins to cry. Chauncey. it seems you've been described as one of the architects of the President's speech. you know. Eve. He is a eve (sits on bed) I know... (another moment. And your own comments from the television show are quoted side by side with the President's. (a moment) .You know.
until. Roger's Neighborhood" on TV. confused... EVE (stopping by door) ... (Chance.. stops. I would have opened to you with a touch. There is a long moment. (a wait) . nearly tipping his breakfast tray. She begins to caress Chance. his ears. Eve.... And I appreciate why you've decided to wait. straightens her robe and moves toward the door.. EVE .until. regains her demeanor. and you know that. CHANCE Yes. C. searching through the Washington.. Chance does his best to avoid slipping his breakfast. his lips. ALLENBY (into phone) Mr.I do love you. She lies quietly beside Chance for a time. then Eve rises. RAND MANSION . He finds a number.. Chance eats his once-warm scrambled eggs and watches "Mr.ALLENBY'S ROOM . Thomas Franklin. draws closer. She kisses him. and Eve eventually catches hold of herself.83 comfort her.. keep an eye on the Tv.. 101 INT.. then speaks. Chauncey. his eyes.. telphone book. turns to her) EVE (cont'd) . Chance does not return the lovemaking. running her hand over his body.DAY Allenby is at his desk.. D..I can trust myself with you. please. holds Chance tightly. dials.I'm grateful to you. and to comfort Eve.. I'm very glad that you didn't open. Chauncey. Eve leaves.But you're so strong .. Chauncey. EVE I know you are. his neck. Eve responds to his touch. Chance puts his arm around her shoulder..
'Peculiar brand of optimism?' . REPORTER #1 Mr.DUSK Rand is in bed. this is Dr. how do you feel about that phrase.' what was your reaction to that? CHANCE (continues to pose for pictures) I did not read that either. the New York Times spoke of your 'Peculiar brand of optimism. Franklin that I would like to talk to him? It concerns Chauncey Gardiner. what did you think of the Posts' editorial on the President's speech? CHANCE (smiling for photogs) I didn't read it. deep in thought. Gardiner. No.you must have at least glanced at it. RAND'S ROOM . very still. SOPHIE'S . 5 photographers and a mini-cam crew from a local TV station. 102 INT. REPORTER #3 Well.NIGHT Chance wears Ben's tuxedo and Eve is done to the teeth as they emerge from the limousine and are met by the press: a couple of reporters. Gardiner. REPORTER #2 But sir . Constance work in the background. CHANCE I did not glance at it. Robert Allenby. 103 EXT.84 Is Thomas Franklin in? (a beat) Yes. Teresa and REPORTER #3 Mr. would you please tell Mr.
Gardiner. SOPHIE'S . The TV Reporter smiles. that is probably the most honest admission to come from a public figure in years. that you find television's coverage of the news superior to that of the newspapers? CHANCE (flatly) I like to watch TV.. have the guts to admit it. Mr.Do you mean. REPORTER #2 Sorry to persist. but it would be of great interest to me to know what newspapers you do read. Gardiner. that this reporter has met. TV REPORTER Well..EVENING Chance and Eve move through the hallway toward the Living . CHANCE I do not read any newspapers. There is a moment of silence as the reporters digest this. Mr. the TV Reporter turns to the TV camera. None. sir. I watch TV. TV REPORTER . Chance turns and goes toward the house.85 CHANCE I do not know what it means. Few men in public life have the courage not to read newspapers. TV REPORTER Thank you. 104 INT. Eve follows. CHANCE (thinks the interview is over) You're welcome. questions Chance.
EVE I've never seen anyone handle the press the way you do. comes rushing toward to greet them.86 Room. LYMAN STUART. WASHINGTON. COURTNEY . But we should start nosing around. I'd say. only this time with the editor of the Washington Post. Courtney puffs on his pipe as he speaks.NIGHT The same lounge as before.. They move on to reveal the Black Tie Reception in progress.It's strictly rumor at this stage. Lyman ..just something in the wind. CHANCE Thank you. the hostess. COCKTAIL LOUNGE . 105 INT.. So whose files were destroyed? The CIA's or the FBI's? COURTNEY I don't know.you're so cool and detatched.. Chauncey . SOPHIE ROWLEY. perhaps? . see if we can talk to some people. Eve.. STUART Something rather big in the wind. The CAMERA begins to slowly MOVE AWAY from their table. Sidney Courtney sits at the same table as earlier.C. STUART What is it about his past they are trying to cover up? (his volume fades) ...A criminal record? A membership in a subversive organization? Homosexual.. D. crowded with Ambassadors and other such dignitaries.
Allenby and Franklin sitting at a table nearby. FRANKLIN ..87 The SOUND of Stuart's voice dissolves into Thomas Franklin's as the CAMERA SETTLES on Dr. ALLENBY I see. leaves the bar. ALLENBY Hmmm. Franklin. but our firm has no record of any such transactions. I understand. (catches himself) Mr. . You say he showed you his garden? FRANKLIN Well.but why the act? He must have been involved on some major financial level with the deceased. where he said he stayed. I didn't really believe him.. and I. Allenby rises.And he told us that he had been living there since he was a child. Mr. he walked us through it. There's no telling what he was involved in. He showed us a room in the garage. and the matter may be extremely confidential. of course . working as a gardener. FRANKLIN Certainly. Jennings. I must ask you and Miss Hayes to keep this incident with Mr. Gardiner to yourselves... he said it was his. FRANKLIN Of course. Franklin. not a word. (leans close to Franklin) Mr. ALLENBY Thank you. Fine.. glad to be of help. Well.. Doctor. So please.
(a nod to Eve) Mrs. SKRAPINOV Delighted. my friends. Rand. delighted. His.. CHANCE I agree. EVE Mr.. His. SOPHIE (tugs at Eve) Come.. Chance smiles at Mrs. His Excellency Vladimar Skrapinov. let me introduce you to the guest of honor.88 106 INT.NIGHT Sophie pulls Eve and Chance to AMBASSADOR SKRAPINOV and his WIFE. Gardiner... CHANCE (stumbles over name) Hello.. (to Chance and Skrapinov) Would you two excuse us for a moment? SKRAPINOV Regretfully . SKRAPINOV (to Chance and Eve) You must sit with us.. Eve. we have much to discuss. Skrapinov as The Ambassador puts am arm around him. Ambassador of the Soviet Union.we shall yield the . let's let the men talk. Chauncey Gardiner. SOPHIE'S . As they arrive.. Mr. SOPHIE And this is Mrs. Chance warmly shakes Skrapinov's hand with both of his own. Eve steps in front of Sophie and makes the introduction. Skrapinov.
SOPHIE'S . Gardiner. Fine. Rand! How good to see you! EVE Well. Sophie follows. As they are met by the Senator. A smiling Senator Jensen comes out of the crowd. 107 INT. (looks back at Chance) He's very. it makes everything perfect. Yes. EVE I'm sure you would. very sexy . SENATOR JENSEN Mrs. EVE You two have a nice chat. SENATOR JENSEN I certainly would like to meet Mr.89 pleasure of your company to others. SKRAPINOV (moves chair close . we CUT. Eve. I'm so glad you brought him.don't let me alone with him for too long..NIGHT Chance is seated between Ambassador Skrapinov and his wife at their table. Eve turns away.. CHANCE I shall yield. Senator Jensen. Skrapinov leads his wife and Chance to their table as Eve and Sophie move through the crowd. too. EVE (with self-importance) You see? Didn't I tell you? SOPHIE Oh.
the other goes. what does an American know about diplomacy? So why not a coming together? An interchange of opinion? We may find. Mr. there is something Krylovian about you. do you agree? CHANCE I certainly do. correct? We don't want them snatched from under us. am I right? Because if one goes.. and you. shouldn't we.90 to Chance) Considering the gravity of your economic situation.our chairs almost touch. Boom! And we are both down before our time. Mr. my friend. Gardiner do you by any chance enjoy Krylov's fables? I ask this because there is something. (motions at nearness of their chairs) ... not so far! CHANCE (an engaging smile) We are not so far.. the diplomats.. that we are not so far from each other.. and then boom! Boom! And Boom. SKRAPINOV (laughs) Bravo! Bravo! Our chairs are indeed almost touching! And we want to remain seated on them. the businessmen . CHANCE Do you think so? Do you think so? . you see? And neither of us wants that.get together more often to exchange our thoughts? What does a Russian know about business? On the other hand. Tell me. SKRAPINOV Yes. Gardiner.
speaks softly in Russian. SKRAPINOV (amazed) So you know your Krylov in Russian.Chauncey Gardiner! (in Russian) How poetic! Chauncey. a suggestion of a stroll through the flowers! A beautiful name. a bit of French. FIRST LADY . The President and the First Lady are in bed. SKRAPINOV And yours. I like that name very much. WHITE HOUSE .91 SKRAPINOV So you know Krylov! Skrapinov pauses. a distance apart and are silent. my friend! 108 INT. raises his eyebrows and laughs. They each lie on their backs.NIGHT A light from the adjoining bathroom filters into the darkened bedroom. Mrs. sir . do you? Mr. then leans close to Chance. CHANCE (beat) Would you tell me your name again.PRESIDENT'S BEDROOM . please? SKRAPINOV (slaps Chance on the back) Ho! Ho! A dash of American humor! Vladimar Skrapinov! CHANCE Yes. I must confess I had suspected as much all along. Skrapinov remains impassive. a name of uncertain meaning! And Gardiner. Chance. Gardiner. having never heard this language.
Is it me? Is there something I've done? PRESIDENT Oh.what is it? KAUFMAN'S VOICE (over phone) Chief.92 (after some time) . PRESIDENT (into phone) Yeah. darling. PRESIDENT What? Why? KAUFMAN'S VOICE (over phone) I can't say at this time neither agency will admit to a thing.. no. we have a break in the case... The inter-White House phone buzzes.. Kaufman .it's not you...Maybe you should talk to somebody. FIRST LADY (another pause) . sweetheart . . that won't do any good. PRESIDENT No... the President reaches for it. It never happened when you were a senator... I just. PRESIDENT It's not that. FIRST LADY (another pause) It's your damn job. Our man at the Washington Post says they are working on a story that either the CIA or the FBI destroyed Gardiner's files before anyone could get to them.
SOPHIE'S . and you never told me you spoke Russian. 109 INT. I'm Ronald Stiegler. GAUFRIDI It's extremely useful to speak Russian these days. then turns away to select an hors d'oeuvre. a publisher. Ambassador Gaufridi. Chance smiles. Gardiner.NIGHT Eve and Chance are talking. Mr.93 PRESIDENT (getting out of bed) Okay. STIEGLER Mr. where he is approached by RONALD STIEGLER. Gardiner. Are you proficient in other languages. get Honeycutt and Baldwin over here. Ronald. AMBASSADOR GAUFRIDI of France EVE Chauncey. his knowledge is for himself. He doesn't advertise his acoomplishments. I'll be right down. Gardiner is a modest man. you had Ambassador Skrapinov eating out of your hand. The President hangs up the phone as the First Lady stares at the ceiling. of Harvard Books. Gardiner? EVE Mr. edges toward them. my editors and I have been wondering if you'd . STIEGLER Mr. That's incredible! Gaufridi joins in. CHANCE (a two-handed handshake) Hello.
we could give you a six figure advance. book publishing isn't exactly a bed of roses these days. CHANCE (mild interest) What sort of bed is it? 110 INT. SKRAPINOV I want to know everything about his relationship with Rand. And found out the real reason the President has singled him out. STIEGLER (smiles) Of course. (Karpatov takes notes) And I want this quote included in . What do you say? CHANCE I can't write. STIEGLER Of course not! No one has the time to read! One glances at things.. an aide... Yes. watches television. CHANCE I can't read.. CHANCE I like to watch.. STIEGLER Sure you do! No one reads! .Listen. provide you with the very best ghostwriters.94 consider writing a book for us? Something on your political philosophy. proof readers. SOPHIE'S ..NIGHT KARPATOV. who can nowadays? I have trouble writing a post card to my children! Look.. sits next to Skrapinov and his wife.. research assistants.
noted that 'unless the leaders of the opposing political systems move the chairs on which they sit closer to each other. 112 INT.NIGHT Eve is with SENATOR SLIPSHOD. Isn't that true. Very. RAND (into mike) Sell all 750.C. EVE Isn't he? DENNIS Yes.. but it wouldn't surprise me. all of their seats will be pulled from under them by rapid social and political changes. MRS. holds a degree in medicine as well as law. "Chauncy Gardiner. Eve? EVE Well. SENATOR I heard that he speaks eight languages.95 the TASS coverage..000 shares of C. SOPHIE'S .. with the other. SLIPSHOD He's very attractive. I really don't know. SLIPSHOD. in an intimate discussion with Ambassador Skrapinov.'" Karpatov writes out the quote. . and DENNIS WATSON of the State Department. 111 INT. Senator.NIGHT Allenby enters the room quietly and stands in the shadows watching Rand sitting up in bed with a large loose-leaf type book on his lap.T.. and on top of everything else. He has a dictaphone mike in one hand. MRS. he moves his finger down a page and stops. RAND'S ROOM .
113 INT. have 30. the thought of dying has been much easier for me. Allenby is silent and thoughtful.Ben.96 His finger continues down the page. and Mrs..NIGHT Dennis Watson is a homosexual and is coming on strong to Chance. That's for you..just sell a million shares of Inland Oil.there's something about him that I trust ..You're fascinating.. Robert .Ben. I was just cleaning up some loose ends . ALLENBY (a beat) .... RAND (looks up) Robert. DENNIS .. RAND (smiles) Oh.. SOPHIE'S HOUSE ... I want to talk to you about Chauncey. Mr.he makes me feel good. Gardiner I've never met anyone like you in . RAND (into mike) .you know..Chauncey . does the same to two more pages before stopping again.000 shares of Standard transferred into your name.Let's see . Aubrey. ALLENBY (steps out of shadows) . (takes a beat) Oh.getting rid of some of the dead wood so Eve won't have to put up with it. yes . Since he's been around.
the Director of the FBI. Kaufman stands to one side. tired. moves to Chance. I'll go get Warren.. CHANCE Yes. CHANCE I like to watch.OVAL OFFICE . WHITE HOUSE .. DENNIS You like to waaaaaatch? Well you wait right here. HONEYCUTT . No. Mr. All are red-eyed. Chauncey Let's go home. Dennis hurries off. Eve appears. DENNIS Really? Well. 114 INT. EVE Let's get out of here. where have you been all my life? (Chance smiles) Tell me. have you ever had sex with a man? CHANCE (a beat) I don't think so. DENNIS We could go upstairs right now.97 Washington before. his hair mussed. and CLIFFORD BALDWIN.NIGHT The President sits behind his desk in a bathrobe. I've been here all my life. Standing before him are GROVER HONEYCUTT. Gardiner. Eve takes Chance by the arm and they move off. CIA Chief. CHANCE Do they have a TV upstairs? A TV? DENNIS I'm sure they do. and frustrated.
I just want to explore the possibilities.I.. What about question three? Is it possible to erase all traces of a man? HONEYCUTT Highly unlikely. President.it would be out of the question. sir . but PRESIDNENT I see. PRESIDENT Gentlemen.98 I never gave such a directive. I have three questions: Is the man a foreign agent? Or. Grover. sir. In fact. the boys around the Bureau feel that the only person capable of pulling it off would be an exF. BALDWIN (a look to Honeycutt) I don't think that's entirely true..B. man. thirdly. there are now sixteen countries investigating the man. have we suddenly found that our methods of gathering data are grossly inefficient? Or. Mr. A couple of looks. have the man's files been destroyed? Now. I'd like some answers. PRESIDENT Very well. BALDWIN Nor I. Can we rule out inefficiency? There is silence in the room. We can rule that out.. I didn't call you here at such an hour to make accusations. BALDWIN Gardiner is not a forign agent. Now. silence. ..
It's difficult to say good night to you.3rd FLOOR HALLWAY .. more looks. Chauncey .. EVE ..Oh. Yes. CHANCE'S ROOM . and Benjamin understands that.. RAND LIMOUSINE . Eve sits beside him. 116 INT... Mr.99 PRESIDENT (to Baldwin) And what do the boys around Intelligence think? BALDWIN Well. her go.. He understands and accepts my feelings for you. too.NIGHT Chance watches TV. They don't know quite what to think.NIGHT Eve and Chance stand close together in the hallway.. thigh.. EVE .. CHANCE Ben is very wise.it's very hard for me to leave you. dearest.. Eve moves her hand up higher on Chance's thigh. RAND MANSION . 117 INT.NIGHT Chance watches . there is no reaction. her hand on his EVE I feel so close to you. Eve. CHANCE It's very hard for me. 115 INT. President. More silence. Eve turns and leaves. Chauncey.. Flustered at the thought. then moves off to his room. so safe with you.
. Chance. The scene seems to 'sink into' Chance's mind.I just don't excite you. Chauncey. She goes to the bed. Eve. Once done. watches an old movie on television. CHANCE I like to watch...100 Chance is propped up in bed. Chance neither resists nor responds... Chauncey . lets her head fall on Chance's chest. I don't know what you like.I just couldn't stand it any longer. Nothing at all...Is that all you want. starts to kiss him. CHANCE It's very good.You don't want me.. You don't feel anything for me. runs her hands over his body.. EVE (uncertain) ..? (a hesitation) ... EVE (not understanding) To watch. She holds him.. feeling her sadness.. I don't know what you want. EVE . The hero gives his lady a passionate kiss and embrace. EVE Oh...? To watch me.. kisses him..? Yes. robe over her nightgown.. he just watches television..To watch me. Eve. . Suddenly. CHANCE I like to watch.? Yes... comes into the room. takes Chance in her arms. Suddenly Eve stops.. EVE .... gently strokes her hair as he looks at TV. Chance's attention returns to the television while Eve is in a frenzy of passion. when he abruptly takes Eve into his arms and kisses her full on the mouth..
moves to Chance. Chance divides his attention between Eve and the TV...? When. She smiles. Eve reaches orgasm. RAND'S ROOM .. Eve.. drops to the floor. leans close to Chance..? Eve slowly gets up from the bed.MORNING There is a feeling of urgency as Allenby and the nurses attend to Rand. her body shaking violently.. She makes a decision... (another hesitation) . I do love you so much. darling I'm a little shy.101 EVE . then a delicate tremor. She does not undress any further. nervously paces the bedroom as Chance watches TV. When I do it?.. Chance changes the channel with the remote control. When I touch myself. kisses him... She steps back.. instead.. EVE One of those little things you don't know about me yet.. watching both with an equal detachment. turns over in bed. When. finding immense pleasure with her own body. Eve becomes more and more involved with herself. Chance turns off the TV with the remote. A low purr is heard from Eve.. RAND (very weakly) . CHANCE Good night. Then she is still. slips off her robe. ALLENBY (to nurses) Get set up for a transfusion right away. Chauncey. 118 INT...But I've never done. EVE (getting aroused) Oh..You mean.
.I'm sure you can feel it. Ben . Robert .PATIO ..MORNING A light snow is falling. He reaches out. pierce. You set me free. TERESA Mr... Mr. Yes. says nothing. presses the cold snowflakes to his face. I reveal myself to myself and I am drenched and purged..102 . ALLENBY It's not good. Until I met you. I always had the feeling that I was just a vessel for a man. Rand would like to see you. catches snowflakes as they fall. EVE . RAND I know. and when you watch me my passion dissolves it... I know.no more needles. 119 INT. desire flows within me.. Robert. RAND MANSION ... EVE You uncoil my wants. CHANCE I would like to see Ben. and pollute. I never felt so acknowledged by a man. Eve is in a fur coat. I was merely an aspect of somebody's lovemaking. Teresa appears in the doorway. . Chauncey. Do you know what I mean? Chance turns to her.. Chance stands near her next to the railing. something that he could take hold of.No more..And I feel so free now. Gardiner. holds a steaming cup of coffee.
. 120 INT... Chauncey.. Chauncey..... CHANCE Yes. Ben . CHANCE I see. with nothing more he can do to prolong Rand's life. that's good...MORNING Allenby.I hope that you'll stay with Eve. Chauncey.are you going to die now? Allenby winces.. there's much to be looked after. grips his hand tightly. watch over her. Chauncey ... Chauncey. CHANCE (smiling) A flower.. Let me feel your strength. I hope.. Chance. RAND She cares for you and she needs your help. CHANCE .. with a smile. my boy. RAND (a weak smile) .. Take care of her. RAND (reaches out to him) Let me feel the strength in your hand.I'm about to surrender the Horn of Plenty for the Horn of Gabriel.. Teresa shows Chance into the room and Allenby motions to the nurses to leave. RAND'S ROOM .. she's a delicate flower.. then follows Teresa into the house. goes to Rand's bedside. RAND (slowly) .. stands close to him..Chauncey.. (holds Chance's hand) Yes..103 Chance gives Eve a warm smile...
The house ALLENBY (a moment. to Chance... CHANCE I love Eve very much. (a beat) .. dead. I have seen it before.I've talked with them about you. Chance reaches out.. Allenby checks his pulse.. (trails off) . yes. Rand slumps down. Allenby eyes him as Chance stays with Rand for a moment....You've become quite a close friend of Eve's . will not be closed. turns ALLENBY .My associates.. Chauncey . Chauncey. uncovers Rand's face. a look) . very eager.. CHANCE Eve is going to stay. gently touches the man's forehead.104 Yes. then replaces the sheet. CHANCE Yes...... Robert..? Yes.. feels the coldness. Robert? ALLENBY In a day or two.. RAND ... I suppose that's true.He's gone. I would like to do that.. . CHANCE (turns to Allenby) Will you be leaving now.haven't you. They're eager to meet with you. It happens to old people. ALLENBY (covers Rand's face) Yes.Chance.Tell Eve.
The Rand mausoleum is fifty yards further up the hill. But if I am to be honest with . 'I have no use for those on welfare. aren't you? CHANCE (brightens) Yes. PRESIDENT (reading quotes) . then sits back in a chair. Chance leaves the bedroom. while our close friends carry Ben to his last resting place. Robert . Chance stands with Eve and Allenby... which feeds loudspeakers for the Rand servants lined up in front of the mansion. With this.105 ALLENBY I see.I am. his head spinning. Robert. RAND ESTATE .. It is hard work.. to read from his quotes. No eulogies. Allenby watches him go.And you really are a gardener... while the MOURNERS. Six distinguished-looking men stand near Rand's casket.DAY Rand's funeral services are being held on a hill overlooking the mansion. stand fifty yards down the hill from the pallbearers. But I thought it would be good.. (a smile at Allenby) I'll got tell Eve about Ben now.. They are the PALLBEARERS. which is placed on a concrete block. And I don't want to go against Ben's wishes.. (another beat) . 121 EXT. The President of the United States is before the microphone. the Pallbearers pick up the casket and begin the chore of taking it to the mausoleum. no fanfares.. PRESIDENT . no patience whatsoever.I know that Ben said keep it small and quiet.. all close friends and associates of Rand's.... which I'm sure will have special meaning to all of us who are gathered here today.
'I do not regret having political differences with men that I respect.' . Chance turns and walks away.. the people of this country need to be awakened. PRESIDENT (continues reading) .' The Pallbearers are enroute. 'Life is a state of mind. I must admit that they have no use for me. NELSON Correct.. SEWELL NELSON. another executive: CALDWELL What about Lawson? He's charismatic.. he would never take an election... speaks. exciting.' . DUDLEY Yes.but he's boring.106 myself... but I have spent many sleeples nights thinking about extreme poverty.. DUDLEY A bit too exciting.. a corporation Chairman. either. PETER CALDWELL. I agree. however. I was told that the Lord fashioned us from his own image. 'I was born into a position of extreme wealth. a powerful industrialist.. Maxwell would be an excellent man for the job . Eve and Allenby watch as he goes toward the trees surrounding the area. 'When I was a boy. that our philosophies kept us apart. JAMES DUDLEY.' . That's when I decided to manufacture mirrors.. . I do regret. they are all breathing heavily. speaks.' As the President speaks.. I'm afriad.
WOODS .. brushes some snow from a branch.. don't you agree? Security. EVE (quietly) I've got to find Chauncey.DAY The President is still reading Rand's quotes. tranquility. they are struggling. and that is not to know the feelings of the majority of people in this world. she turns to Allenby. RAND ESTATE . Time is running out.107 Once they start bringing things up about his background. PRESIDENT (reading) 'The world parts with Rand. The Pallbearers near the mausoleum. Railroad money: WEBB Well. we must come to a decision. and Rand parts with the world: A fair trade. She leaves the funeral. PRESIDENT (reading) . WEBB. For a man in my position. heads toward the trees.DAY Chance. gentlemen.' Eve is concerned about Chance. DUDLEY But what do we know of the man? Nothing! We have no inkling of . his umbrella under his arm. 122 EXT.'I do not know the feelings of being poor. a welldeserved rest: All the aims I have pursued will soon be realized. He stops by a tree. 123 EXT. walks through the woods. moves on. that is inexcusable.
bending it double. and. Chance glances up to the remaining limbs of the larger tree which could fall and threaten the emerging tree. hanging to the ground. A man's past can cripple him. mail and telephone response was the highest they ever had. his background turns into a swamp and invites scrutiny.. a Texas oil millionaire. BENNET Well.it would be sheer lunacy to support the President for another term. NELSON The response from his appearance on the 'Burns Show' was overwhelming. Chance pulls the limb away. WOODS . . and that is an asset. that our one and onlt chance is Chauncey Gardiner! 124 EXT.DAY Chance happens on a tree with a cracked limb. a banker. if we want to retain the Presidency.108 his past! NELSON Correct. MURRAY Exactly. He removes an expensive pair of suede gloves. then kneels beside the seedling. brushes the dirt and snow away from the seedling. LYMAN MURRAY. notices that an end of the limb has fallen on a seedling.. and it was ninety-five percent pro! CHARLIE BOB BENNET. I'm certainly open to the thought . inspects the break. runs his fingers along the split of the bark. and I firmly believe. That is why I agree with Ben's final wishes. He looks to the ground. CALDWELL .Up to this time. he hasn't said anything that could be used against him. with gentle fingers. He stops. gentlemen.
darling. EVE (holds him) Oh. EVE (breathless) Chauncey! Chauncey! CHANCE (looks) Hello. then leads him back from whence she came. I was scared. The President can still be heard reading quotes. Eve. and is putting his gloves on when Eve appears. places it over the seedling in a way to give it protection. running towards him. THE END . yet still allow it to receive light from the winter sun. Where were you? I've been looking for you.109 He unflods his umbrella. She hugs him one more time. Eve. Chance stands. Chauncey. PRESIDENT'S VOICE (in the distance) I've lived a lot. CHANCE Yes. I've been looking for you too. was surrounded by little men who forgot that we enter naked and exit naked and that no accountant can audit life in our favor. trembled a lot.