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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
TOWN HOUSE . I guess. (Chance doesn't react. (she starts out.UPSTAIRS HALLWAY . no more stewin' those prunes every mornin'.What are you goin' to do now.... then changes the channel on the TV. then . TOWN HOUSE .. Chance nods in approval. looks upstairs) Well.MORNING The furniture in this room is not covered with sheets but the Old Man is. TOWN HOUSE . No sir.... I'm very hungry. CHANCE (a turn to her) Yes....MORNING An enclosed stairway. stops by the door) .. I'm sorry for yellin' like I did.4 what I was expectin' from you. 8 INT. Chance? CHANCE (gazing at TV) I'm going to work in the garden.MORNING Chance comes out of the doorway adjoining the main staircase. Louise gives Chance another look.I 'spose I'd better gather up some breakfast for you. LOUISE (as she goes) . LOUISE (rises. then turns to leave.. 9 Chance enters. proceeds up the INT. 10 INT. There is a knock a the door. I just don't know what I was expectin'..OLD MAN'S ROOM . that's somethin'.. stairs. He moves off down the hall. watches TV) ...I'll get you some eggs.SERVANT'S STAIRWAY .
11 EXT.. not with that little thing of yours. Chance sees her.. dressed warmly. and a gardening apron over his suit. The scene seems to have 'sunk into' his mind. Chance. Chance. Chance moves to the the TV and turns it on. (she smiles slightly... 'cause you ain't gonna do a young one any good. Then reaches down and pulls the sheet back from the Old Man's face.. (she reaches out. with caring) . He touches the man's forehead.. He becomes absorbed in a scene in which a gentleman tips his hat to a lady.5 Chance enters the room. LOUISE You're gonna need somebody. LOUISE . ain't you the gentleman this morning...MORNING It has stoppped snowing.. puts a hand on his shoulder) . some one's gotta be around for you... keeps working) ..... (a pause) .. .Goodbye..But I guess it oughta be an old lady.I'm gonna go now.You oughta find yourself a lady. then replaces the sheet. briefly... rests it on the Old Man's covered body. Chance. Louise. wearing a hat. Chance. tips his hat exactly like the man he saw on television. putters in the garden. Chance puts an arm out. comes out of the main house. He stands by the bed for a moment.Well.. (he keeps working) . He sits in an easy chair next to the Old Man's bed and watches a movie from the early forties... CHANCE (resumes working) Yes..You're always gonna be a little boy ain't you? (he smiles.. GARDEN .
6 Lousie hugs and kisses Chance.. a mortician.He used to be a big man. then turns. LOUISE Wait up! I'm goin' out that door first. CHANCE (as she goes) Goodbye. LOUISE . Chance enters and sits at his place. Old Man. Louise Chance tips . She stops as she sees TWO Men carrying a stretcher down the main staircase.. INT. follows behind. looks for Louise. TOWNHOUSE DINING ROOM. then openes the front door. TOWN HOUSE . He removes his gardner's apron as he walks toward the townhouse. leaves. Louise waves as she enters the townhouse. 14 INT.. A THIRD MAN.... Louise takes one more look at the covered body. 'Spose he wasted away to about nothin'.MORNING Louise enters the hallway.then she talks to the body of the Old Man) I guess I'll be goin' off to find me some folks. his hat once again as she disappears.DAY Chance's pocketwatch chimes as he looks at it. Louise.FRONT HALLWAY . 13 EXT. He turns on the TV... then turns to go.. picks up a couple of suitcases waiting by the door. I'm not batty enough to stay around this neighborhood any longer. 12. and watches for a moment. The stretcher bearers move to the front door. GARDEN . steps in front of them. (a beat ..
Before I was born.Hello.DAY Chance still watches TV as Franklin and Hayes appear in the doorway. She totes a briefcase.. they stop. has the look of a modern woman.Why. attractive.. is in his late thirties.. CLOSE SHOTS on television reveal that the President uses a two-handed handshake when meeting his guests. They are surprised to see Chance. Franklin. At a peak in the excitement.DAY A key is heard in the lock.. the scene on TV seeming to have 'sunk into' his mind. He changes channels...I'm Thomas Franklin.The safe is in Mr. we thought we heard something. FRANKLIN ... Hayes is younger.. Suddenly.. HAYES (looking around) Will you give me a tour? FRANKLIN Gladly. hand outstretched) . FRANKLIN (as they enter) He and my father used to ride together back in the thirties. TOWNHOUSE . an attorney.FRONT HALLWAY . Chance grips one hand with the other. The door opens and THOMAS FRANKLIN and SALLY HAYES enter. that'll be stop number one. listen to the offstage TV. 15 INT.. TOWNHOUSE DINING ROOM .. Franklin puts a hand on Hayes' shoulder as they go toward the stairway. (he smiles) .. carries a large breifcase. 16 INT.. .7 She does not appear so he resumes watching TV. views a wildly exciting game show. Fox hunting.. he again switches channels to news coverage of the President of the Unite States greeting foreign dignitaries at the White House.. Jenning's bedroom. (moves to Chance. also an attorney...
FRANKLIN .I understand. CHANCE (doesn't rise.The gardener? (thinks it's a joke. of course..Mr. Hayes. totally at ease) Yes.. Your lunch? FRANKLIN You have a luncheon . Thomas . the law firm handling the estate. Chance. the gardener. this is Ms. Chance.. FRANKLIN We're with Franklin. takes Franklin's hand warmly in both of his like the President did on TV. FRANKLIN (a beat) . Hayes and Franklin exchange looks.. Chance turns back to the TV... Thomas. Jennings and Roberts. HAYES Mr.. CHANCE (a smile. Hayes moves to shake Chance's hand.I'm Chance.Are you waiting for someone? An appointment? CHANCE I'm waiting for my lunch. laughs) . CHANCE Hello... I'm very pleased to meet you.Yes.8 Chance remains seated.. again shakes with both hands) Yes. there is an uneasy pause.
...AFTERNOON Chance talks to Franklin as Hayes quickly checks through some paperwork. CHANCE (smiles at Hayes) I see. Chance.. CHANCE Yes. FRANKLIN (a beat) All kidding aside. The maid?. Franklin stares at Chance as Hayes unzips her briefcase... Jennings was bedridden for at least the last thirty-five years.. Mr.. He would read and rest here. may I ask just what you are doing here? CHANCE I live here. CHANCE The Old Man himself used to visit my garden. Thomas.. since he fractured his spine. FRANKLIN Louise?. the deceased. 17 EXT.9 appointment here? CHANCE Louise will bring my lunch. FRANKLIN Come now. (catches himself) Mr. Then he stopped visiting my garden. GARDEN . (points to a small area) I planted a lot of tulips right .. (a look to Hayes) But she should have left earlier today.
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
CHANCE (smiles) I have no claim. Chance. Mr.. Would you be willing to sign a paper to that effect? No. CHANCE I'm fine.. Chance. Thomas. You will have to move out. CHANCE I don't know how to FRANKLIN Come now. FRANKLIN But you won't sign. sign. FRANKLIN Very well. Mr. you have no legal right to remain.Why nothing. . thank you. Move out? CHANCE I don't understand. I have no alternative but to inform you that this house is now closed. never needed money. Jennings pay you for your work? CHANCE Pay me?. Chance. correct? CHANCE Yes. The garden is a healthy one. correct. FRANKLIN I see. There is no need for a claim. you have resided here. If indeed. I would like to know what sort of claim you are planning to make against the deceased's estate.13 How much money did Mr. Thomas. I've FRANKLIN Mr. Thomas.
He tries to fit in his umbrella..14 Thomas. CHANCE (returns smile) Good day.let's grab a bite. he selects a fine leather suitcase from several. Chance. turns on an old black-and white TV with a magnifying lens attached to the front. 21 INT. This house is closed and you must leave .AFTERNOON The TV is on as Chance packs his belongings.AFTERNOON A large attic filled with the Old Man's possessions of the past. Mr. Sally . HAYES (a smile to Chance) I see. FRANKLIN I think you do. I will reiterate. As it plays. (turns to Hayes) C'mon. I have never been ill. good day. takes a hand-made suit from a long rack. 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.Well. let's say . INT. Mr.. However.ATTIC . Chance. TOWNHOUSE . but it is too long for the suitcase.by. then puts Franklin's card on a desk without ever looking at it and turns to stare at television. .noon tomorrow. Sally. CHANCE'S ROOM . (he gives Chance his business card) Call me if you change your mind about signing. Chance watches as they leave... 20. Chance enters.
walls are smeared with grafitti. Chance nods politely to the the people. 26 EXT. speaks.AFTERNOON Chance approaches the gang..WASHINGTON. closing the door behind him. FRONT OF TOWNHOUSE . 23 INT. ponders which way to go. . of the gang. D. TOWNHOUSE . opens it and steps outside. CHANCE (friendly) .AFTERNOON Chance walks along a ghetto sidewalk. they stare back. Making a decision. LOLO.C. GHETTO STREET . After some hesitation. he gathers up his courage. but the door is locked. He tries to return to the safety of inside. one . no sign of friendship in their faces.FRONT HALLWAY . he steps to the sidewalk and walks down the street to reveal a decaying ghetto.WASHINGTON.C..WASHINGTON.15 22 EXT. with his suitcase and umbrella.Excuse me. Chance stays on the steps for a moment. a fire burning between them for warmth. Windows are shattered or boarded up. moves across the street toward a gang of eight to ten hard-core ghetto youths. LOLO What you growin'. man? CHANCE There is much to be done during After a moment. stands in the middle of the garden looking around.AFTERNOON Chance. Chance passes a group of black people huddled together in threadbare stuffed furniture on the sidewalk.AFTERNOON Chance stops short on the steps. . . would you please tell em where I could find a garden to work in? They turn to him as one. 24 EXT. D.AFTERNOON Chance is reluctant to open the front door. He notices something. silent.C. GHETTO STREET . very nicely dressed. D. 25 EXT. the front of the townhouse is run down and the yard filled with trash. GARDEN .
disappointed that the changer did not work. boy? Did that chickenshit asshole Raphael send you here. The leader of the gang. takes out his remote control TV changer. ABBAZ Now. He points the changer at Abbaz and clicks it three times. move. holds it at Chance. if he got somethin' to tell me to get his ass down here himself! (edges closer to Chance) You got that boy? During this. boy? CHANCE No. Chance. ABBAZ immediately pulls out a switchblade knife. as Abbaz becomes more hostile. you know.you go tell Raphael that I ain't takin' no jive from no Western Union messenger! You tell that asshole. Thomas Franklin told me that I had to leave the Old Man's house. returns it to his pocket. I must work the soil. moves forward and interrupts. then begin to buzz . I understand. Who sent you here. I must start the seeds for the spring. tries to change the picture.. my ass! Now get this.. honkie . Lolo and the gang watch him go. honkie! Before I cut your white ass. ABBAZ Bullshit. (as he leaves) Good day. ABBAZ Dead.16 the winter. CHANCE Yes. I will tell him. he's dead now. If I see Raphael. Abbaz.. ABBAZ. Chance reaches into his pocket..
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
I insist on it. looks at the bruise. EVE (to Chance) . . Rand. JEFFREY (a beat) I assure you. ma'am. to hold the door. EVE Oh. David. CHANCE I would like to look.Won't you let us do something for you? Your leg should be examined. we could take you to a hospital. raises his trouser leg. You must see a doctor.. I never saw the man. A red-bluish swollen bruise is forming on his calf. DAVID Thank you. let us take you. I don't think it was anyone's fault. CHANCE (smiles at Eve) There's no need for a hospital. David goes with her DAVID I'm terribly sorry. CHANCE I've never ridden in an automobile. EVE Why. David is a very careful driver. Please.20 Let's have a look. do you mind? Of course.. sir. Eve moves closer. there certainly is. Chance bends. Mrs. Eve turns to get back in the limo. Jeffrey holds the door open but Chance is hesitant about getting in the car.
the news and all. Chance is experiencing his first ride in a car. CHANCE It looks very much like television but you can see further. (eyes Chance) ... EVE I see. it isn't. You can take me.. EVE These situations can be so trying . Is your leg feeling any better? CHANCE No.21 CHANCE (looks at the car.. we "Rand 1. LIMOUSINE MOVING THROUGH TOWN . CHANCE Yes.the insurance. JEFFREY (as Chance gets in) Very good. Jeffrey closes the door.EVENING Chance and Eve are settled in the back seat. EVE (not hearing him) .. I am.everybody seems to make such a todo over a simple little accident. goes back suitcase and umbrella but does not control. Chance looks out the window at passing cars. As Jeffrey puts Chance's see the personalized license plate 33 to pick up Chance's notice the remote bag into the trunk." INT.. As they talk..Yes. EVE I hope you're comfortable.. then decides) . police.
Those hospitals can be so impersonal . Jeffrey. a bit uncomfortable. EVE Fine. My husband has been very ill. There is a moment of silence.if you came to our house. we'll just go on home. revealing a row of decanters and glasses. would you call and let them know? JEFFREY Yes ma'am.. Jeffrey closes the glass between them. CHANCE Your house? EVE Yes. we could take care of you there. then dials the limo telephone. Chance notices the limo's TV set. EVE . (leans forward) David. EVE Would you care for a drink? CHANCE Yes.. it might be hours before you are treated. The limo's bar moves out. it will save a lot of unnecessary fuss and it will be so much more pleasant for you. Thank you..why. CHANCE I would like to watch television. I am very thirsty. As Eve pours cognac into a monogrammed crystal glass.22 Say .. Eve. presses a button. His doctor and nurses are staying with us. CHANCE I agree.
Chance? CHANCE No. searching. EVE Oh..23 Oh? (a bit surprised) Certainly.. CHANCE (with a slight cough) My name is Chance. EVE Oh.. EVE Did you lose something? Yes. EVE May I ask your name? Chance takes a sip of the cognac. is not accustomed to alcohol.. Well.. You're not related to Basil and Perdita Gardiner are you? CHANCE No. Chance suddenly starts going through his pockets.. changes channels on TV.. We visit their island quite often. we've been friends for years.. . Mr. Gardiner. Another pause. turns on the TV. they're just a wonderful couple. Chauncey Gardiner... I'm very sorry. I'm a gardener... Mr. EVE Pardon me.. Chance reaches out. Oh. She hands Chance the cognac. was that Mr. CHANCE I lost my remote control. EVE Well.. coughs. I'm not related to Basil and Perdita.
along with Jeffrey. is waiting to take Eve's coat. Chance is glued to the TV. 36 EXT. A uniformed woman. Eve takes it for a small joke and smiles patronizingly. EVE (to Wilson) You take Mr. EVE I know it's very mportant to stay informed of all the latest events.. EVE Is there anything special you like to watch? CHANCE I like to watch. RAND MANSION .NIGHT At least three uniformed people.24 34 EXT. 35 INT. RAND MANSION . HIGHWAY . are waiting at the front of the Rand Mansion as the limousine arrives. but I find there is so much to assimilate that it can become quite muddling at times.WOODED AREA . GRETA. Chance nods.NIGHT The limo approaches. This is fine. then turns into the entranceway of the Rand Estate. 37 INT.NIGHT As Eve speaks. two valets. changes the channel. the Doorman. WILSON and PERKINS.NIGHT As the group comes through the front doors. and LEWIS. Gardiner to the third floor guest suite. watches a Mighty Mouse cartoon. There is a general hubbub as the three of them.. Two guards stand on either side of the open gate. switches channels to the news. help Chance into a wheelchair. salute as the car passes through. Wilson is wheeling Chance. EVE . LIMOUSINE .FRONT HALLWAY .
The elevator stops on the third floor. 39 INT.NIGHT As the door closes on them. Since CHANCE (looks around elevator) Does it have a television? WILSON (laughs) No . Eve heads off partially revealing a remarkable and large place to live in as Wilson wheels Chance into the elevator. RAND MANSION .. he's been ill. 38 INT. Chance looks to Wilson. ELEVATOR . Chance again checks out the elevator.. WILSON It's one of Mr. Allenby has a look at your leg.but Mr. see what the doctor says.. Wilson thinks that Chance is talking about the wheelchair.PALM COURT .I've never been in one of these.NIGHT . that way he can get around by himself. CHANCE Yes. CHANCE I see... Rand does have one with an electric motor. Rand's..25 (to Chance) I'll see you after Dr. I think he should examine my leg. CHANCE . CHANCE How long do we stay in here? WILSON How long? I don't know.
Allenby watches after her for a beat.find out what you can.. EVE (over her shoulder) I'll see him soon. Gardiner. but I'd rather not . Mr.26 Eve is talking to ROBERT ALLENBY. then turns. GUEST SUITE . I've seen it done before. prior to an injection. CHANCE I understand. EVE I pray that I did the right thing. I'm going to change. ALLENBY This will ease the pain and swelling. EVE Well. EVE. I didn't want to take the risk of any publicity. especially with Benjamin being so ill. Chance stands with his pants to the floor. 40 INT. . goes off in the other direction. He is in his late fifties and has been Benjamin Rand's doctor for years. ALLENBY (as she goes) Ben's been asking about you. Robert. looks to the television which is not turned on. I'm sure we could make a settlement if we had to.. But let's just hope he's not one of those opportunists that try and make a fortune out of every little bruise. filled with 18th Century antique furniture.NIGHT An enormous bedroom. Allenby dabs Chance's ass with a piece of cotton soaked in alcohol. ALLENBY I'm sure you did.
it did hurt.. As Allenby puts a band-aid on Chance's ass. then to Chance) You can pull your trousers up. He reaches out. ALLENBY There could be minor hemorrhaging. Gardiner. fine. you'll barely feel this.27 ALLENBY Now. Chance spots a remote control for the TV on the bedside table. which really isn't too serious at the time. I'd recommend we take you down- . ALLENBY Just to take the proper precautions. now. It won't hurt at all. Yes. ALLENBY It's good that there was no apparent damage to the bone. too. CHANCE You were wrong. CHANCE Oh. but can cause secondary problems if not looked after. CHANCE (turns on TV) I see. Mr. CHANCE I think so. picks it up.. ALLENBY (a look to the TV. Allenby administers the injection. Chance reacts from the pain. ALLENBY (a chuckle) But not for long.
ALLENBY . Mr. I would like to ask you something straight out. ALLENBY (gives Chance a look) Oh.28 stairs and X-Ray your leg. ALLENBY An attorney? CHANCE (turns to TV) Yes.By the way. There is no reaction from Chance.? .. Allenby takes a long look at him. Gardiner.. ALLENBY (suddenly very cold) Then you wish to handle this matter through your attorneys? CHANCE There's no need for a claim.. CHANCE (doesn't understand) . (laughs) . that's what Thomas asked me... an attorney. I see. Thomas? ALLENBY Who's Thomas? CHANCE Thomas Franklin. the garden is a healthy one.Straight out? ALLENBY Yes..Oh.. Are you planning on making any sort of claim against the Rand's? CHANCE (after a beat) Claim. claim....
I must admit. ALLENBY I'll send Wilson up to take you for X-Rays. Does this house have a garden? ALLENBY . CHANCE (clicking changer) Yes. I could stay here. She is wearing different clothes. Eve .. if that would be possible. heads for the door. ALLENBY Good God. then.. CHANCE (changes channels. different hair. Mr. and please let me know if you have any discomfort. sits on bed) Thank you. Gardiner.. CHANCE Yes. .. I will.Why. 41 INT. EVE'S BEDROOM/SITTING ROOM . The man enjoys the cigar. Allenby gives him a look. it would be best if you could stay here for a day or two.29 . The scene seems to 'sink into' Chance's mind.Well. blows out smoke. In fact. yes .. Chance watches an old movie of a man lighting a cigar.. then leaves.you'll freeze. Mr. Gardiner.NIGHT Allenby enters to reveal Eve standing in front of large double windows that are wide open.. ALLENBY Good.. I can promise you the finest in care. You caught me off guard.many Allenby picks up his bag. keep your weight off that leg. Feel free to use the telphone.
. Actually.I suggested that he stay here for a couple of days.Yes. It might be pleasant for a couple of days. looks out to the darkness. but preferable... EVE Good. EVE (a beat) . Gardiner? ALLENBY A rather large contusion. I found him to have quite a sense of humor.. Don't worry. ALLENBY I'd like to keep an eye on him. Robert.. but there isn't any.30 EVE I wanted some fresh air. ALLENBY (a beat) Okay.. I don't think he'll cause any trouble. He's very intense. . EVE Thank God for that... EVE (interrupts) That's not what I meant.. and internal. though . How is Mr..Well .. Eve . he is different..he seemed to be a most reasonable man. Eve is silent for a moment. Stay here? EVE Is that necessary? ALLENBY Not necessary.he might be a breath of fresh air.... don't you think? ALLENBY Perhaps.
And I'm getting tired of being tired. BENJAMIN RAND. EVE You heard? RAND I may be a shut-in. I'm doing very well. RAND'S CONVERTED BEDROOM .31 EVE I guess I should go see Ben now. it's been a good day . RAND (with wekness) ... EVE .. Ben . 44 INT. EVE I'm so glad. No headaches? RAND No. How are you feeling? RAND Tired. Eve kisses him. He is in his sixties. maintains an inner strength and dignity despite the sapping effects of his illness..NIGHT Eve enters through heavy glass doors. Other than that.. lies on a king-sized bed to one side of the room.. EVE (with conviction) Oh. from what I've been told. Eve leaves the room..Eve.. holds his hand..I do miss you when I'm out. wearing a silk bathrobe. (turns) I'll see you at dinner. I'm sorry you had to go through all that. Rand perks up as sees Eve crossing to him.better that yours. but I do not lack for news..
. I'm getting up for dinner. Eve if I wait until I feel better. tell Robert I want new blood! (turns to Eve) .. Rand.. EVE (after a beat) ran into Senator Jansen at today and he all but ignored And it's starting to happen lately. RAND Constance! I want new blood tonight. in a nurse's uniform. Gardiner turned out to be so reasonable. Why don't you ask this Gardiner to join us for dinner? For dinner? for that? EVE Are you well enough RAND (smiles) Hah!. RAND Reasonable? Good. RAND Don't argue.. will I ever meet the man? (Eve is silent) Constance! CONSTANCE.32 Oh.. there's no excuse for that.... a lot sick. I'd like to meet a reasonable man. since you've been . We were fortunate that Mr... it wasn't all that bad darling. Rand pulls Eve's hand close. I lunch me. . kisses it. Tell me the truth...Ask him to dinner. Mr. CONTANCE But. appears in a side doorway. RAND Dammit.
where BILLINGS. RAND Welcome to Rand Memorial Hospital. CHANCE (glancing around) It seems to be. TERESA.. filled with the very latest in hospital emergency equipment. CHANCE (looks around room) . 44 INT. Wilson takes this as another joke.FIRST FLOOR HALLWAY .I see.. next to Rand's bedroom.33 I'll call him tomorrow.Thats is a very small room. I guess that's true smallest room in the house. . Gardiner. CONSTANCE and another nurse. a Black technician helps him onto the table. chuckles as he wheels Chance toward Rand's hospital room. RAND MANSION . Mr.NIGHT A glass-enclosed room.. EVE Thank you.NIGHT The elevator door opens to reveal Wilson with Chance in the wheelchair. CHANCE (as Wilson wheels him out) . darling.. CHANCE (inhales deeply) I feel very good in here. Wilson pushes Chance to the X-Ray machine. Yes. RAND'S HOSPITAL ROOM . 43 INT. stand by as Rand is being given a transfusion. Rand lifts his head as Wilson wheels Chance into the room. WILSON (laughs) Yes sir.
You will join us for dinner. Gardiner? Yes. CHANCE (smiles at Rand) I've never seen anything like this on television. BILLINGS Please. Mr.. RAND (lays his head back) . hold still..is that it's generally a young person's disease.. what little I have left.. prolong my life with steroid therapy and transfusions. Gardiner . getting on in years and about to die of a young person's disease. that is. Mr. Mr.. CHANCE You must be very sick.. Here I am.. But what makes my blood boil. Gardiner aplastic anemia. Mr. keeps my spirits up. Rand. Chance is now flat on his back as Billings lines up the X-Ray camera. Gardiner. they can make me comfortable... RAND Aplastic anemia. Oh.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. Mr. CONSTANCE You too. Not a damn thing they can do about it. you must stay quiet. Failure of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells. won't you. CHANCE I am very hungry. .
and MARIANNE.. Now. CHANCE Do you know Raphael? BILLINGS No sir. EVE . Eve. a waitress. CHANCE A black man gave me the message.. EVE I do hope your injury won't prevent you from attending to business. reacts to him being black. a 75-foot ceiling. BILLINGS Yes. 45 INT. please hold still. Gardiner? No. I don't believe I do. So am I. CHANCE It won't do that. I still don't believe I know the man.so am I. BILLINGS Well. CHANCE I have a message for him. Gardiner. Eve turns to Chance. Allenby. a waiter. Rand and Chance (both in wheelchairs) sit around the table. Chance stares at Billings.35 RAND . huge fireplaces. my boy . EVE .. The Old Man died and Louise left. RAND DINING ROOM . Mr. THURMAND.NIGHT The dining room is immense. sir. Oh..Would you like us to notify anyone for you? CHANCE No. enter carrying trays of food. Mr.
Well. you mean to say that your business was shut down. My house has been closed. The way things are going they'll probably legislate the Medical Profession. Gardiner? Or may I call you Chauncey? Yes.36 Oh. . CHANCE Right out of existence. (sighs) What are your plans now.it's all happening too fast. RAND Do you need a secretary? CHANCE No.. thank you. Shut down and locked by the attorneys.. CHANCE Yes. RAND What'd I tell you? . All they want to do is regulate our natural growth! ALLENBY It's happening to everyone. RAND And it's a damn shame .I know exactly what you mean. Today the businessman is at the mercy of kid-lawyers from the SEC. right out of existence. I'm very sorry. if you have a need for any of our facilities.. RAND Oh. CHANCE Chauncey is fine. Yes. Mr.. I'm afraid. as we know it. please don't hesitate to ask.
it'll have to wait until I get back from Boston..why don't you show Chauncey our gardens tomorrow.... Eve . ALLENBY (smiles to Chance) Robert. RAND I never had a feel for it myself. such a pleasant way to forget one's troubles.37 RAND And I'm Ben.. EVE (also smiles) .. EVE (laughs) Oh. my morning will be taken up by another one of those charity events. I sometimes enjoy puttering around myself. Unfortunately. Chauncey. I know exactly what you mean. just what are your plans? CHANCE I would like to work in your garden.. CHANCE I am a very good gardener. who waters . But. (to Chance) They're quite lovely. RAND Isn't that what a businessman is? A gardener? A person that makes flinty soil productive with the labor of his own hands. RAND So tell me.Eve. EVE Well..
and who creates a place of value for his family and community? Yes.. Rand. RAND'S POOL ROOM .All that's left for me now is the room upstairs. Ben. Chauncey .. 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.. The servants bustle around the room as Allenby studies Chance. There is a long pause.. Another period of silence. RAND (laughs) Yes. The garden that I left was such a place. Chauncey. I'm sure it is. then smiles at CHANCE It's a very pleasant room. Ben.38 it with sweat from his own brow. Chauncey they're Cuban. 46 INT. Rand is offering Chance a cigar RAND Have one of these. . from a humidor. RAND Now.NIGHT Allenby is shooting pool. anyway.. But I don't have that any more. indeed. Chance looks up. CHANCE I know exactly what you mean. wait a minute.you have your health. That's what they say. a productive businessman is a laborer in his own vineyard. (points to ceiling) .' That's where I'm going soon..
Ben. Ben..39 CHANCE Thank you. they are our strongest defense against the pollutants that threaten our basic freedoms and the well-being of our middle class. that share your plight. .. Chance examines the cigar. all sorts of indecencies. (hands lighter to Chance) .. would you have any thoughts on such a program? CHANCE (puffing. I've enjoyed a cigar as long as I can remember. Allenby watches Chance as he first tries to light the lighter.You know. large and small. As Chance tries to figure out the clipper. Chauncey.. unions. RAND (cont'd) After all. the flame from an ornate lighter catches his eye and Chance watches intently as Rand lights hiw own cigar. They've been harrassed long enough by inflation. does not see Rand clip the end off his own. So I've been thinking about beginning a financial assistance fund. trying to light cigar) No... Rand turns the cigar clipper to Chance. Chauncey.. RAND It's one thing Robert can't keep me from.I'd like to offer the decent 'gardeners' of the community a helping hand.. there are thousands of American businessmen. excessive taxation. RAND . I've been concerned with the situation for some time now. then tries to light the unclipped cigar. Tell me.
Suddenly. Wilson breaks out into laughter. but how delighted I am that you are staying with us.40 RAND (a smile) Reluctant to speak. sir. Excuse me. The elevator stops.. I can understand that. 47 INT. smiles at a most curious Allenby... When a man loses everything. Chance puts the unlit cigar in the ashtray..Hmmm.I like this . I wanted to tell you how dreadful I feel about your leg.NIGHT Wilson stands behind Chance in the wheelchair.Yes sir . anger has a tendacy to block out reason for a time..elevator! Wilson stops laughing as he notices Eve coming toward them. the door opens... . eh. CHANCE Thank you.THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY . Just give it some thought.NIGHT Wilson wheels Chance out of the elevator..ELEVATOR . Chance glances slowly around the elevator. sir.. WILSON . CHANCE Elevator. I thought you were going to come out with another one of your jests about the elevator. Chauncey? Well.. 48 INT. MANSION ..Sorry.. EVE Chauncey.. WILSON (laughs again) . MANSION . I'm sure you'll have plenty to say in a few days. work with the idea. Eve ..
And Ben is just mad about you ...it's just.. FRONT OF RAND MANSION .41 house very much. CHANCE Good night. EVE He does. Are you going to leave and close the house when he dies? Eve is not prepared for such a question. your being here.... EVE .? CHANCE Yes.I've seen that before.... Eve ... CHANCE Ben is very ill... it's just a real pleasure.. He reminds me of the Old Man. No.MORNING .. EVE . EVE Yes. Chance smiles at Eve and there is a moment of silence before Eve moves away. I don't think so. CHANCE I like Ben very much... Chauncey. 49 EXT... EVE . Well. Eve. I know Chauncey.. Wilson wheels Chance toward the guest room.you've lifted his spirits so .Why..Good night. CHANCE That's good..
come out of the house.. Wlison pushes a wheelchair to Chance. LEWIS Yes. I've got my hands full. sit in the chair.. Robert. with Chance's wheelchair. ALLENBY (continues examining) . ALLENBY (checks leg) I swear. The attendant. that is coming along. walking with a limp for his first view of the Rand grounds.42 Chance comes out of the front door..Say. picks up a phone. sir. Chauncey .you should let me be the judge of that. A limousine pulls up to the front of the mansion. he sits. the swelling has gone down considerably. Chauncey. Please. ALLENBY Chauncey. CHANCE I would like a car. LEWIS Did you want a car. there you are. Allenby and Wilson.. ALLENBY Shame on you. Lewis goes to his post.. hurries to Chance. waits for Chance. between you and Benjamin. What are you doing on that leg? CHANCE It's fine today.. but ...Benjamin has been hounding me to allow him to address the annual convention of his Financial Institute today. (examines Chance's calf) . Lewis. As Chance looks at the surroundings. sir? Yes.
Ben called me.. sir... the President offered to sit in for Ben at the convention.. He wants me to meet the President..Oh? You've heard? CHANCE Yes. Robert. ALLENBY He does. CHANCE Yes. Chauncey. Ben asked me to be in his room at ten o'clock. . How about here. LEWIS Your limousine. Robert. Chauncey. does he? CHANCE Yes. that's terrific. Anyway. I believe. ALLENBY (a beat) ..Oh. the strain would be impossible.43 obviously. ALLENBY . I know about the President. ALLENBY (mildly surprised) . He's due here soon..Are you going somewhere? CHANCE No. interrupts. Lewis.. any soreness? CHANCE Hardly any. the attendant. thank you. ALLENBY Why.. quite a nice gesture.. Robert. CHANCE Oh.
CHANCE I like to walk. ALLENBY Hell yes .MORNING Rand is in an easy chair. up and around this morning... You're meeting the President. Ben. ALLENBY . my boy. I like to watch him on television. are you? Yes. The two nurses are nearby. . Ben.44 CHANCE How do I know when it's ten o'clock? A long reaction from Allenby. that's good news. a bit puzzled.It's five of. dressed for his meeting with the President. RAND'S ROOM . CHANCE I would like to walk today. Rand smiles as Chance is shown into the room by Wilson. Robert. Wilson begins to push Chance. RAND Well. you'd best get on in there. aren't you? CHANCE (gets out of chair) Yes. 50 INT. CHANCE You're looking much better today. Allenby.walk. then he looks at his watch. RAND Chauncey. CHANCE Thank you. watches as Wilson opens the front door for Chance.
. look at Chance. RAND MANSION . your marvelous balance. Chauncey.THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY . PERKINS Good morning. Ben. Perkins. nice to see you again. Woltz.45 RAND Hah! It's all makeup. (looks at Rand closely) . One of them. Mr.. RAND No one likes a dying man.MORNING Allenby gets off the elevator. FRONT RAND MANSION . Two black PLYMOUTH SEDANS pull up and EIGHT MEN in grey business suits get out. 52 EXT. You don't stagger back and forth between fear and hope . Ben.. All we know is the terror of it. But you're am exception.Nurse Teresa did a very good job.you're a truly peaceful man. stands and thinks for a moment. The nurses turn.MORNING Perkins is at the head of eight servants lined up on the front steps.. CHANCE Thank you. . Chauncey that's what I admire in you. CHANCE I understand. then heads off down the hallway in the direction of Chance's room. I asked nurse Teresa to fix me up. 51 INT. I didn't want the President to think I was going to die during our talk. goes directly to Perkins. WOLTZ Good morning. WOLTZ. my boy because few know what death is.
but I've tried.. Of course. Mr. 54 INT.I see.. let's go to work. when I was younger I had thoughts about public office. It's extremely important. I've been labeled a 'kingmaker' by many. thank you. not to misuse that power. believe me. Ben. Chauncey. that you don't allow yourself to become blinded to the needs of the country even when the tempations are strong.. my wealth provided me with considerable influence.MORNING Chance watches television as Rand speaks....MORNING One of the servants accompanies Secret Service Agent RIFF . RAND MANSION . 53 INT..A HALLWAY . I have tried to remain honest to myself. Chauncey Gardiner. RAND'S ROOM .. WOLTZ How have you been? PERKINS Fine.. The eight servants pair up with the eight men in suits and go into the house.that I was able to contribute more as a private citizen. (turns to other men) Okay. Chauncey -. but I have tried to stay open to the voices of the people.46 Thank you. But I found. CHANCE (changing channels) . WOLTZ (reads list) I see.. RAND Yes... (hands Woltz paper) We have an additional guest with us today...
AUBREY'S OFFICE . 57 INT. Lewis.47 as he knocks on each door. AUBREY is Rand's executive secretary. then moves on.. Mrs. Mrs. 55 EXT. RAND MANSION . thank you.MORNING Rand smiles at Chance as the phone buzzes. I'm seeing the President on my own two feet. RAND He's here. but her office is the Nerve Center of Rand Enterprises. RAND (stands.. (into phone) Yes. FRONT RAND MANSION . Aubrey. Mrs.keep them waiting.MRS. 56 INT.MORNING Lewis picks up his phone and dials as he sees the President's motorcade come through the far gate. pushes another button. . very week) Not now. Rand hangs up the phone. Teresa. we'll be along in a few minutes. LEWIS (into phone) The President is arriving now. checks inside. RAND'S ROOM . MRS. Aubrey? (listens) Fine. Teresa brings Rand's wheelchair to him. Show the President to the library. AUBREY (on phone) Very good.MORNING MRS. Aubrey clicks off. RAND It's an old habit that goes along with power -. turns to Chance with a twinkle in his eyes.
They shuffle off down the hallway and are met immediately by Woltz and and another agent. WOLTZ Good morning. Aubrey.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. Ben. Both carry small metal detectors. Mr. AUBREY Yes... CHANCE I agree. Chauncey? Yes.. have you received the papers on the Caracas agreement? MRS. Mr. (nods toward Chance) This is Mr. HALLWAY . CHANCE That's a good idea. RAND Woltz. Rand. Rand. They're ready for you to sign. Aubrey.48 TERESA But. (as they move away) A good woman. Gardiner. Barker. .. RAND (puts an arm around Chance for support) Shall we go. Ben. Aubrey's office. 58 EXT. RAND Excellent. Mrs. clings to the limping Chance tightly as they leave the room. sir. RAND Mrs. Rand walks slowly.
PRESIDENT Ben! RAND . CHANCE (as Woltz finishes) Thank you very much. Barker passes the detector over Rand as Woltz checks Chance. how good to see you. your visit has raised my spirits. (guides Rand to chair) Here. President. I've missed you. Mr. RAND LIBRARY ..49 WOLTZ (indicates detector) Just a formality. you look terrific! RAND (with a look to Chance) Thank you.MORNING A somewhat nervous PRESIDENT waits for Rand and Chance. When they enter.. As Rand sinks into the chair. 59 INT. he goes to Rand with both hands outstretched. you boys would have a devil of a time.Mr. PRESIDENT Well. Chance approaches the President with both hands outstretched.. RAND Good thing we're not in our wheelchairs. sit down. President. CHANCE . Let me tell you. PRESIDENT It's so good to see you too.. Mr. Ben. get off your feet. Gardiner. my friend.
PRESIDENT (smiling) . RAND Oh... Mr. President.. CHANCE You look much smaller on television. The President reacts.. PRESIDENT (also sits) Now.50 Good morning.. then laughs.I'm a man that appreciates a frank discussion. Mr.. President. CHANCE Yes? . that's just fine with me . Ben. PRESIDENT Well. please. Mr. Chance and the President exchange a two-handed handshake. RAND (smiling) You will find that Chauncey does not bandy words.. interrupts. Mr. Mr. Mr.. Chance reacts to the mention of his name. I will.. Chauncey Gardiner. did you happen to get a chance to go over.. I'd like you to meet my dear friend. Gardiner.. Gardiner. Be seated. President.Hello.. PRESIDENT (a beat) . really. President. CHANCE (sitting) Yes. The President gives Chance a look. Mr.Oh.
looks inside. I'm Riff. Ben. Secret Service. PRESIDENT .your position on this is going to cause more dissension that you want or might even be able to stand. .. PRESIDENT . ALLENBY Oh... . Bobby .. I think it's very dangerous to resort to temporary measures at this stage of the game. President..I just wonder if you had gone over my speech. then he continues..Yes.. RAND Yes. PRESIDENT Well.. RAND I sympathize with you and. Hello.Well? RAND Overall . RIFF (entering) Good morning. But.51 There is a beat as the President look at Chance quizzically. There is a knock at the door. I..MORNING Allenby is searching through Chance's clothes looking for something.. Mr. I did. I know how difficult it is to be straightforward. 60 INT.pretty good.. but I'm telling you right now. Allenby pulls back from the closet as Riff opens the door. CHANCE'S ROOM . Ben.. ALLENBY Of course.
but doesn't know what to say. Chance has reacted to his name. from where I see it. RAND . dependence on foreign energy is at a point of crisis. is worried about what Rand is telling him.. growth has its season. huh? RAND Absolutely not.. And . Gardiner? Or do you think we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives? CHANCE (a beat) As long as the roots are not severed. the so-called Free Enterprise System could be at the breaking point. Mr. LIBRARY . Chance smiles through it all. There is spring and summer. it has gone as far as it can. President. You've reached your limits on taxation.In the garden? CHANCE That is correct.There is no longer any margin for inflation. to Chance. 61 INT. PRESIDENT (a pause) . The President sits. PRESIDENT You don't think I should take that chance. but there is also fall and winter..MORNING The President paces. PRESIDENT Do you agree with Ben.. all is well and all will be well in the garden. and. In a garden.52 Allenby spreads his arms as Riff passes the metal detector over him. Mr. turns.
PRESIDENT (staring at Chance) . PRESIDENT (pleased) . (smiles at Chance) Yes... (confused) Yes. That is correct.. RAND (interrupts) I think what my most insightfult friend is building up to. There will be growth in the spring. CHANCE Yes. is that we welcome the inevitable saesons of nature. yet we are upset by the seasons of our economy. CHANCE It has.Well...... Chance rises and shakes the President's hand. I must admit. Gardiner . (he rises) ..that is precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill. President. I see. Gardiner. (glances at watch) I must be going..I envy your good. This visit has been most enlightening....Fall and winter. that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I've heard in a very... Mr.. Yes. (holds out hand to Chance) . won't you? . indeed.Spring and summer.You will honor me and my family with a visit.53 then spring and summer again... very long time. Mr. solid sense. PRESIDENT . Mr.
PRESIDENT Wonderful. RAND Nonsense. RAND You too. PRESIDENT I'm sorry. PRESIDENT Now. CHANCE I will. Mr.I thank you for coming to spend time with a dying man. President . Nancy wanted me to send along her best to the two of you . too. Ben. Ben. Why don't you listen to your good friend Chauncey this is a time to think of life! The President claps Rand's hand. She'll be sorry to have missed you. PRESIDENT (as he turns to go. RAND You're right. (turns to Rand) Is Eve around? I'd like to say hello. Ben. RAND No. I won't have any any of that. I want to thank you for your time and thoughts. PRESIDENT Take care of yourself.54 Yes. she flew up to Boston for some charity event. we'll all look forward to seeing you. Well. President I don't like feeling sorry for myself.and. Bobby. a smile to Chance) . Mr.
Ben....Chauncey.. One aide.. It was nice talking to the President. isn't he? CHANCE I'm glad he came. Chauncey. KAUFMAN No problem. You don't play games with words to protect yourself.You know.MORNING The President and his entourage are moving along toward the front door. Chief.. KAUFMAN (makes note of name) Gardiner. Wilson and Perkins push empty wheelchairs. Behind them. CHANCE .Bobby. 62 INT.. there's something about you...55 . The President leaves the library and Chance turns to Rand. I'm going to need information on Mr. RAND MANSION .MORNING Rand has an arm around Chance as the two of them walk... RAND (very weak) . 63 INT. Chauncey Gardiner's background. PRESIDENT Kaufman... sir. PRESIDENT And I'd like it some time today. walks next to the President. RAND (as the door closes) He's a decent fellow.HALLWAY . the President. (they walk a . RAND MANSION . KAUFMAN.. You're direct.TAPESTRY ROOM . yes.
56 few more feet in silence) You know what I was talking to you about last night? CHANCE (blankly) No. CHANCE I understand.don't rush your decision.MAIN GARDEN . Chauncey. RAND Oh. RAND MANSION . I'm afriad you must excuse me . please. I know you're not a man to act on the spur of the moment.. sure you do. (another beat) Well. then his interest is taken by one of the large tapestries. Ben.I'm very tired. CHANCE Thank you. Chauncey . Ben. Ben. CHANCE (as they go) I'm sorry that you are so sick. RAND And now. I'd like you to meet with the other members of the Board so you can discuss the matter at greater length with them.DAY . 64 EXT. Chance watches after them for a moment. the financial assistance program for the businessman. RAND And.. I think you might be just the man to take charge of such an undertaking. Rand sits down in his wheelchair and Perkins starts off with him.
What do you think.. the roses are beautiful. A GREENHOUSE . too. with smaller greenhouses next one side..DAY Chance and Eve are in the middle of a huge potting greenhouse where hundreds of young plants are tended by four workers. around twenty thousand bushes.. At one end. EVE Well. EVE It is wonderful. work in one area. We have. Chauncey? CHANCE I don't know. stands an attractive stone house. give it some thought. But I haven't decided what I would like this spring. CHANCE I like to watch the young plants grow. (indicates stone house) That's the gardener's house over there. .We plant something different every year in that area.. is a greenhouse. Of course. Off to Five young men walk through the garden. EVE There are over sixty thousand tulip bulbs planted here. isn't it? CHANCE Young plants do much better if a person helps them. I think.57 Chance and Eve huge Victorian to it. (gestures to men working) . It's quite a sight when they're blooming. 65 INT. Chance looks off to the two story stone house. shovelling mulch.
. VICTORIAN GREENHOUSE . EVE (as they move) ..? Eve takes his uncertainty as a reluctance to discuss the Old Man.Chauncey.... EVE Forgive me.. I was... EVE Oh.. You must have been very close to him. Chauncey . CHANCE Yes. She has decided to make a move.I don't mean to pry. Was a relative? Or an intimate friend? CHANCE (looking at greenhouse) He was a very wealthy man...Ben tells me the President was very taken with you this morning. EVE I'm sorry. he looked after me since I was young. I see. 66 INT.58 Eve looks at Chance as he inspects some of the flowers. Chance doesn't know what to say. Your mentor.. continues inspecting the flowers.. that died..Last night you mentioned an old man.. EVE . CHANCE .Mentor.DAY Chance and Eve move through a large and an extra lush greenhouse until they reach a long room filled with cacti.
Were you close to her also? CHANCE Yes. I thought perhaps she was someone that you may have been romantically involved with. PRESIDENT'S VOICE . So I am going to rethink my position and find another solution.And what about Louise? You mentioned that she had gone. Eve edges slightly closer to Chance. Chance and Allenby are seated around him.. you'll be very pleased to know that your . And.59 (getting more to the point) . is fascinated by it. or maybe your sister..I know that many of you believe that we are on the brink of the worst financial crisis in this nation's history. RAND'S ROOM ... Eve. They all watch the President's address to the Financial Institute on TV. But I have decided there are no temporary stop gaps. EVE (pleased) Of course. Stupid me. Oh no. EVE (relieved) Oh.. Well. that's exactly what I was going to do until this moment. the two nurses stand to one side. looking bad. 67 INT. his maid!.DAY Rand is in bed. I liked Louise very much. And there are some of you who would like to see us put mandatory freezes on prices and wages. Chance edges slightly closer to the cacti. CHANCE She brought me my meals. and then call it a temporary measure. She was his maid..
'As long as the roots of industry remain firmly planted in the national soil. (a beat) . Benjamin Turnbull Rand. ALLENBY (motioning toward door) I think you should leave. Mr...DAY Eve and Chance stand in silence near the palm court. was at our meeting this morning...To quote Mr. PRESIDENT'S VOICE (Cont'd) (after applause) Chauncey Gardiner.. As in a garden of the earth.HALLWAY .for once.. 68 INT. let us await the rewards of summer. Gardiner to have a feeling for this country that we need more of. . breathing heavily. Eve and an interested Chance leave the room as Allenby administers aid to Rand. Allenby shoots a quick look to Eve and Chance. He likened us to a garden. There is applause and laughter from the audience.60 founder and chairman-of-the-board. agrees with me on this.' Rand starts coughing. Rand's close friend and advisor. Eve's . Allenby and the nurses rush to his bedside. Mr.. let us not fear the inevitable chill and storms of autumn and winter. a most intuitive man.. instead. let us learn to accept and appreciate the times when the trees are bare as well as the times when we pick the fruit. PRESIDENT'S VOICE (Cont'd) Gentlemen. RAND MANSION . Gardiner. let us anticipate the rapid growth of springtime. the economic prospects are undoubtedly sunny. I found Mr.
Sidney Courtney. concern for herself.. AUBREY (after a moment) Would you care to take it.I'm... Mrs. Chance still does not move. ALLENBY ..With us. Chauncey. MRS. She turns to Allenby comes out of Rand's room.. (pause) . his mood is serious...61 eyes are swollen. AUBREY Yes. sir? CHANCE Yes.. EVE Eve mistakes this for . Aubrey approaches.. EVE (hesitates) . Eve. There's no cause for alarm.Telephone call? MRS. she has been crying.. CHANCE So am I. the Financial Editor of the "Washington Post...I'm very grateful that you're here.. Sidney Courtney... Gardiner. MRS... touches his hand. (pause) .. red. I have a telephone call for you.. AUBREY Mr.This has been an exhausting day for Ben.. reaches out." Chance does not react. He's resting comfortably now. CHANCE . Chance.
COURTNEY Good. AUBREY'S OFFICE .DAY Three television sets are on. CHANCE You'll be all right. MRS. wears a rumpled wool jacket. Aubrey. Aubrey hands a phone to Chance. Yes. EVE . CHANCE (after a moment.DAY CHANCE The President is a nice person. sir.62 I'll be all right. Rand. 71 INTERCUT . did the President . into phone) . then Chance follows Mrs.MRS. and I wondered if you have any comments on the meeting that took place between Mr. he looks at it. Gardiner.but we would like to have some facts. 70 INT. 69 INT. I enjoyed it very much.He's such a sensitive man. so considerate.... Chauncey you go ahead with Mrs. AUBREY'S OFFICE/COURTNEY'S OFFICE .. uh. COURTNEY Hello.COURTNEY'S OFFICE . I'm sorry to disturb you. Eve.DAY SID COURTNEY.Hello... but I watched the President's speech at the Financial Institute today... smokes a pipe. uncertain. WASHINGTON POST . Mrs. What exactly is the relationship between yourself and . And so.. Aubrey. turns to Allenby. it seems. such as. the President and yourself. a man in his fifties. Mr.. Eve watches Chance go.
72 INT. Aubrey puts a call on hold.. AUBREY Mr. MRS. Of course. AUBREY'S OFFICE . COURTNEY I see. then puts the receiver down. Gardiner. that is correct. speaks to Chance who is still intrigued by the three televisions. I think you should ask Mr. watches the TVs. I have watched that on television. AUBREY They would like you . Then one more quick question. Chance hangs up the phone. I have the producer of the 'Gary Burns Show' on the line. Rand that. COURTNEY (to himself) No wonder he's so close to Rand. MRS. Courtney doesn't understand but continues his questioning.DAY Mrs. But since he is ill I'm taking the liberty of asking you. CHANCE (watching three TV sets) Yes. Rand that. CHANCE Yes. MRS..63 that of the First American Financial Corporation? CHANCE I think you should ask Mr. COURTNEY Of course. Mr. Gardiner. Courtney listens to the dial tone.
Aubrey talks MRS.. There is a KNOCK at the door. MRS. Hull. another is put on.. watches TV.. Mrs..this one's mine. AUBREY (into phone) Hello. Eve talks to Sophie as if they weren't there as one wig is taken off.EVENING Chance wears a velvet bathrobe.. AUBREY Fine.. I'll tell him. PERKINS Excuse me. and they asked if you would be interested. you'll see what I mean. Mr. Sophie . I would like to be on television.. be sure and watch the 'Burns' Show tonight.. but he's to be there at seven. he's okay .. Yes. Mr.he's got his ups and downs. I haven't done that. Chance turns back to the televisions.EVENING Eve is on the phone while being attended to by a MANICURIST and a HAIRDRESSER.Are you kidding? Of course. tie. EVE (into phone) .. 74 INT. I'll bring him.. No. The Vice-President was scheduled. but give me time. EVE'S BEDROOM . to the producer. Hands off..64 to appear on the show tonight.. Ben? Oh.. CHANCE'S ROOM . The show will be taped and then shown at ten o'clock. shirt. sir.but I'll get Ben to suggest it.. but he had to cancel. Yes. Gardiner has agreed to do the show. I promise . .. Wilson and Perkins lay out a suit. CHANCE Yes. 73 INT. etc.
We'll both be watching.Gardiner is laconic.NIGHT A woman. sits behind a stack of paperwork. matterof-fact. WASHINGTON POST . 75 INT. kisses Chance on the cheek..you and your television. Chance smiles at her. Chauncey. CHANCE I like to watch.. I wanted to wish you well. Eve returns the smile. EVE I know you do . too. CHANCE (rising) Thank you. watches TV as Wilson and Perkins attend to his clothes with a whiskbroom. enters the room. EVE And Benjamin sends along his best wishes. Eve impulsively steps forward. (a pause) .. I know you'll be just smashing. CHANCE How is Ben feeling? EVE He's tired. KINNEY. Chance sits back down.. COURTNEY (to Staffers) ... Eve.but he's going to watch you tonight.65 Perkins answers the door. it is Eve. Chauncey .Good luck.RESEARCH ROOM . She has a downcast expression as Sidney Courtney. The scuttlebutt is . then leaves the room. EVE (entering) Chauncey. That's good. followed by three staffers.
CORRIDOR . They walk a while through the corridor.. but what caught Gary's attention was your down-toearth philosophy.. Kinney what have you got? KINNEY (another pause) .zilch. Mr.Kinney.Skip the levity.... your position in the financial community carries a lot of weight. HULL Of course.66 that he's a strong candidate for one of the seats on the Board of First American. We have no material on him ..I realize this sounds banal but there is no information of any sort on Gardiner.NIGHT Chance is intrigued by the the surroundings as MORTON HULL guides him through the corridor.. The room is quiet.Nothing. 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? . COURTNEY . (to Kinney) .. 76 INT.. Gardiner. what did you come up with on his background? KINNEY (after pause) . CHANCE I see. TV STATION ..
Rand as soon as.we are aware of all that. I plan on contacting Mr. PRESIDENT (again interrupts) I do not want Benjamin Rand disturbed! You have other ways of gathering information than to trouble a dying man.. Kaufman included. 77 EXT. AIR FORCE 1 . President. they have volumes of data on Benjamin! KAUFMAN Yes. alert Honeycutt.67 Yes. but still. 78 INT. Mr. if you run into problems. Use whatever agencies are necessary to put together a detailed history of Chauncey Gardiner. no background? That's impossible.. we haven't been able to. PRESIDENT (interrupts) He's an advisor and close personal friend of Rand's! For Christ sakes. (he starts for door) .NIGHT The President sits on a couch in one of the compartments on the jet. sir . CHANCE It's a very good show.. AIRPORT . (he stands) Have it in my office at seven in the morning.. Hull takes Chance into the makeup room.NIGHT AIR FORCE 1 taxies to the ground. PRESIDENT What do you mean. With him are six of his STAFF. he's a very well known man! KAUFMAN Yes.
On the TV. CHANCE (to Colson) Nurse Teresa did Ben's makeup. .CORRIDOR/MAKEUP ROOM . It gets real hot under these lights. Mr. or ask you a question. chief. The makeup man. He turns into the makeup room to reveal Hull sitting next to Chance in front of the mirror. works on Chance as he watches the guest preceding him on a TV monitor that is reflected in the mirror. As the President goes to the Men's Room. GARY BURNS finishes with his guest and the band goes into a hot instrumental number. Thank you. if Gary wants to interrupt you. two of the aides reach for telephones.68 I've got to take a leak. HULL (briefing Chance) Now. 79 INT. PAGE (gives Chance water) I thought you might need this about now.NIGHT A PAGE comes through the corridor carrying a glass of water. smiles if anyone looks at him. he'll raise his left forefinger to his left eyebrow. TV STATION . CHANCE I am very thirsty. COLSON (laughs) Did she do a good job? Oh? CHANCE Yes. very good. COLSON. The Page leans against the door jamb. KAUFMAN Right. Gardiner.
then leaves the room. I assume.NIGHT Allenby watches. Yes.Well.69 COLSON (a last minute dab) Okay. Mr. 81 INT. Well. BURNS (on TV) (a beat) . RAND LIMOUSINE . your anonymity will be a thing of the past from now on. Hull leads Chance out of the makeup room. CHANCE (on TV) That is surprising.. The Page.. the audience applauds as Burns introduces Chance.. the band plays. to find men like yourself. concerned as to which way it will go. looks like you're up. yet manage to remain relatively unknown. 80 INT. BURNS (on TV) . his back to Colson.of course. CHANCE (on TV) Which view? Applause and laughter from the TV audience. BURNS (on TV) (a beat) Yes. Mr. Gardiner.NIGHT BURNS (on TV) I always find it surprising. ALLENBY'S ROOM . that you agree with his view of the economy. carefully picks up Chance's water glass so as not to smear the fingerprints. Gardiner. who work so intimately with the President. since the President quoted you. Colson sits and watches the TV monitor.. CHANCE (on TV) (doesn't understand) I hope so. On the TV monitor.
I know the garden very well. .NIGHT The President and First Lady are in bed together watching the show.NIGHT Rand is in bed.70 Well.cont'd) its tress are healthy and so are its shrubs and flowers. 83 INT. I have worked in it all my life. RAND'S ROOM . squeezes Rand's hand in the excitement as they both watch Chance on television. and stated that after a period of decline a time of growth would naturally follow. BURNS (on TV) So you're saying. 84 INT. that this is just another season. CHANCE (on TV . in the garden? The First Lady cuddles up to the President. Gardiner.NIGHT Chance continues to watch himself. It is a good garden and a healthy one.PRESIDENT'S BEDROOM . Teresa and Constance watch in the Background. Mr. so to speak. 82 INT. CHANCE (on TV) Yes. The garden needs a lot of care. WHITE HOUSE . everything will grow strong. Eve sits in a chair next to the bed. and unemployment keeps increasing. and there is plenty of room in it for new trees and new flowers of all kinds. if the Stock Market collapses. RAND LIMOUSINE . as long as they are trimmed and watered in the right seasons. the President compared the economy of this country to a garden. The TV audience applauds Chance and Constance quietly leaves the room. I do agree with the President.
. BURNS (on TV) Well. JOHANNA. CHANCE'S ROOM . His wife. copies them in a notepad. Finding nothing. some trees lose their leaves before they grow new leaves. In a garden. but I think he's brilliant. things grow . she checks the labels on his suits. what about the bad seasons? 86 INT. .. No! FRANKLIN He's a real gardener! Franklin leans closer to JOHANNA (laughs) He does talk like on.And if you give your garden a lot of love. FRANKLIN (puzzled) It's that gardener! JOHANNA Yes. but. in the proper season you will see it grow to be very beautiful. More applause from the TV. CHANCE (on TV .NIGHT Franklin. Gardiner.but first some things must wither. the set. the attorney that evicted Chance. 85 INT. THOMAS FRANKLIN'S BEDROOM ..71 CHANCE (on TV) Yes. and if you work very hard and have a lot of patience. Mr.cont'd) . Chauncey Gardiner. comes out of the bathroom brushing his teeth.. is in the bed absorbed in the show..NIGHT Constance is in Chance's closet searching through his clothing.. Franklin sits on the end of the bed. that's very interesting.
BURNS (on TV) I realize this might be a difficult question for you.. Mr. PRESIDENT'S BEDROROM . and others grow better in the cool . BURNS (on TV) Do you feel that we have a 'very good gardener' in office at this time.. Some plants do well in the sun. yes. It is possible for one side of the garden to be flooded.. disastrous winters. CHANCE (on TV) I understand.. Mr. Gardiner? PRESIDENT . Yes. Gardiner but there are a lot of us around the country that would like to hear your thoughts on the matter.72 BURNS (Cont'd) (on TV) Such as prolonged droughts that have wiped out crops. Constance continues her work in the closet.NIGHT The President and First Lady are very attentive.. 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..That bastard. CHANCE (on TV) Oh. and the other side to be dry. 87 INT.
LOUISE Gobbledegook! All the time he talked gobbledegook! An' it's for sure a White man's world in America..NIGHT A group of ELDERLY BLACK PEOPLE sit in the lobby.It is the responsibility of the gardner to adjust to the bad seasons as well as enjoy the good ones. chatters.. . Chance changes channels to a Game Show. RAND LIMOUSINE ..no sir! Had no brains at all. watching the show on an old black-and-white TV CHANCE (on TV . 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 .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 Chance watches himself.It is the gardner's responsibility to take water from the flooded area and run it to the area that is dry.. hell. The First Lady moves closer to the President. CHANCE (on TV . 88 INT.cont'd) .cont'd) . sir . was stuffed with rice puddin' between the ears! Short-changed by the Lord and dumb as a jackass an' look at him now! Yes. HOTEL LOBBY .73 of the shade. Louise. During the preceding speech. It is also the gardner's responsibility not to plant a sun-loving flower in the shade of a high wall. 89 INT. the maid from the Old Man's house..
Jesus. the President rolls over in bed. puts a comforting hand on his shoulder.. remarkable. Mr. that's good.74 90 INT. CHANCE (on TV .cont'd) If the gardner does his job.NIGHT The President and First Lady still watch Chance. RAND That's good... RAND He's a remarkable man..... Eve? EVE (a beat) . (looks at camera) We'll be right back. PRESIDENT Oh. What sort of gardner would you be? CHANCE (on TV) (with confidence) I am a very serious gardner. Ben. I am. BURNS (on TV) Before we take a break. (to Eve) You're fond of him too. everything will be fine. Rand looks up as Constance comes back into the room. The First Lady reaches out. . Gardiner. As a commercial comes on.Yes. RAND'S ROOM . PRESIDENT'S BEDROOM .. 91 INT. aren't you.NIGHT The commercial is on TV.. BURNS (on TV) I'm sure you are. Audience applause is heard on TV..
. FRANKLIN Look. Perkins and Wilson come forward. scurries around getting dressed.. 92 INT.NIGHT Franklin shuts off the commercial on TV. Mr. hurries from the room. RAND MANSION .75 RAND Constance! Where have you been? You missed the whole show . sits grimly in bed. I'll see you in twenty minutes. Johanna. Franklin hangs up the phone. 93 EXT.. I've just got to talk to her about this Gardiner. Johanna. Gardiner? CHANCE . FRANKLIN (notices her look) I won't be long. Sally. WILSON Bravo.Chauncey was wonderful. sir! You were outstanding. JOHANNA (turns over in bed) Good night. is talking on the phone. His wife. JOHANNA (cuts him off) I said good night! Franklin gives up.NIGHT Some of the household staff are lined up applauding Chance as he steps from the limousine. FRANKLIN Okay. FRANKLIN'S BEDROOM .. Outstanding! PERKINS May I take your coat.
Eve stands nearby. takes Chance's overcoat..Darling. and go in my place. I'm sorry. Chance breathes deeply. Perkins nods. allows everyone to enter the house. FIRST LADY . Yes. RAND'S HOSPITAL ROOM . you would be doing me a great favor if you would escort Eve.. Together. After a moment. Perkins quickly searches through the coatpockets.. I just can't. .I can already hear the gossip....NIGHT Rand is in his wheelchair. 95 INT. finds nothing. stripped to the waist. What's wrong? PRESIDENT . then turns. which Allenby administers to him during the scene. Chauncey.. 94 INT. Allenby and the nurses prepare four separate injections for Rand. PRESIDENT'S BEDROOM .. So. RAND Good.76 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. Perkins. Once alone. Thank you. it becomes clear to her that he is not up to the occasion. enjoys the oxygen.NIGHT The First Lady is snuggled up close to the President. The First Lady looks at him for a beat. dearest. lies on her back and stares at the ceiling. caresses his body. I just can't right now.... the two of you should create quite a stir ..I can't. CHANCE I would like to escort Eve.
I didn't know what the hell he was talking about. And that.Ben. 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.that's what they understand. really. keeping it at a third grade level ..he made a fool out of me. my boy.and you know what that means.NIGHT An 'in' meeting place for the upper-middle Washington. D... FRANKLIN .. of being natural.. Allenby gives Rand the last injection..You possess a great gift.It didn't make any sense to me at all.77 EVE . crowd.... Sally . 96 INT.? Maybe the government had something to do with it. He was very clever... Thomas Franklin and Sally Hayes sit at a table.. . Tom .tonight on television. . SALLY It wasn't meant for us. FRANKLIN You know. RAND ..C... is a rare talent .he was talking to the masses. COCKTAIL LOUNGE .the entire country. I hope the entire country was watching . It means that any political future I had is right down the toilet! The CAMERA begins to slowly move away from the table. FRANKLIN Yeah? Well. drinks in front of them... Chauncey. you were strong and brave and didn't moralize. don't you?.
KINNEY Up yours. I quit! Kinney takes her drink with her as she leaves the lounge. And. shoves her paperwork across the table.. Sid. RAND MANSION .. .where? There's nothing. try again . The voice of Kinney.. KINNEY It's useless! COURTNEY (coldly) I said . the research assistant from the WASHINGTON POST is heard as the camera settles on a table occupied by Sidney Courtney and his staff... be reasonable . Sally. that is really a downer.Jesus.. the thought of spending the rest of my life as an attorney.NIGHT The elevator door opens revealing Eve and Chance inside. FRANKLIN (cont'd) . Christ.78 the sound of Franklin's voice continues.Sid. 97 INT.. there's no place left to check! COURTNEY Try again. KINNEY Sure. KINNEY . You try again. Kinney stands. it's like Gardiner never existed! COURTNEY Try again.I've been everywhere.try again. I almost forgot Johanna is starting to think something's going on between.. Franklin's voice fades into the background hubbub.THIRD FLOOR HALLWAY .
98 INT. Eve. smiles. EVE . CHANCE I see. closes the door. Sophie insists on Black Tie. Chance.. gentlemen. then kisses him on the lips.. EVE (softly) . then . sir..MORNING Kaufman and the five other Aides nervously await the President's arrival. PRESIDENT Good morning. AIDES (as one) Good morning.. Chance heads for his room as though nothing had happened.OVAL OFFICE ANTE ROOM ... Eve gives Chance a long look.. EVE .. They walk in silence for a moment. WHITE HOUSE . And Benjamin's friends are all quite a bit older. we can fix up one of Ben's for you tomorrow. thank you. Chauncey. Eve stops. do you? CHANCE No. the President briskly enters.. Eve goes into her bedrom.Good night. CHANCE Good night. She steps back.79 EVE (as they come out) I'll bet you don't have a tuxedo with you. The door opens.. Chauncey. Well.I have very few friends.
. KAUFMAN Right. Kaufman? KAUFMAN Well. KAUFMAN No. PRESIDENT This information goes back a day and a half! I want the standard file. but it isn't pertinent...80 The President leads the way into the Oval Office.MORNING As the President goes to his desk. Gardiner appeared at the Rand's.. 99 INT. PRESIDENT I'd like to hear that data Kaufman. PRESIDENT (to Kaufman) This is not what I requested. So. you know that. Chief. we do have some data from the Bureau. PRESIDENT What the hell are you talking about.. and. have been unable to come up with any information before Mr. The President sits.. sir.? PRESIDENT Where the hell is it? KAUFMAN We.. KAUFMAN Yes.uh. it is very brief. Kaufman hands him a folder. OVAL OFFICE .. . sir. reads it quickly. uh. Kaufman takes a clipboard from the man at his right.
Mr.His shoes were hand-made in 1936. made in 1887.. no identification possible.. .. please.Suits hand-made by a tailor in Chicago in 1928.He carries one item along with him... factory destroyed by fire in 1948. . PRESIDENT Miss Davis . 100 INT. all of the finest cloth.. The TV is playing...MORNING Chance is in bed. no wallet. but they will not commit to that. (a pause) . A pile of the morning's newspapers lie at the foot of the bed. ..That's it. it is impossible to determine his ethnic background.I'd like my eggs poached this morning. a fine Swiss Patek-Phillipe watch. The President stares at Kaufman for a beat. The cobbler has long since been dead.Computers have analyzed Gardiner's vocal characteristics.. untouched. then took his own life.Fingerprint check proved negative. Underwear.81 KAUFMAN (reading) . no credit cards. then speaks into his intercom. The man carries no indentification. Chance watches as he eats. they feel his accent may be northeastern. . CHANCE (without turning from TV) Come in! Eve enters. CHANCE'S ROOM . eating breakfast. President. There is a knock at the door. . no driver's license. The tailor went out of business in 1933.. a tray on his lap.. but there is no record of where or when it was purchased. wearing a robe over her nightgown.
Eve suddenly begins to cry... CHANCE I like the President. moves a little closer to Chance. close. EVE Have you seen the CHANCE I don't read the EVE (moving to bed) Well. (with difficulty) I want us..Do you mind my being here...You know..... (another moment.... Chauncey. you know. Eve. CHANCE I know that.. EVE . I want us to be..82 Chauncey! papers? No. Eve. papers. Eve smiles.? Yes.. (a moment) . sobbing quietly at first... And your own comments from the television show are quoted side by side with the President's. He is a eve (sits on bed) I know. very nice man. I like you to be here. the tears flowing freely. I want us to become very close.. then losing control. like this? CHANCE (a bite of toast) No. You and I to become. Eve.... Chance watches TV) .So are you. Chauncey. it seems you've been described as one of the architects of the President's speech. To ..
I'm grateful to you. stops. then speaks. keep an eye on the Tv. EVE I know you are. regains her demeanor... Roger's Neighborhood" on TV. Chauncey. Chance eats his once-warm scrambled eggs and watches "Mr... straightens her robe and moves toward the door. turns to her) EVE (cont'd) .until.. and to comfort Eve..ALLENBY'S ROOM . (Chance.... RAND MANSION ..I do love you. And I appreciate why you've decided to wait.. (a wait) . his eyes. his ears.until.. She begins to caress Chance. She lies quietly beside Chance for a time. ALLENBY (into phone) Mr. searching through the Washington.DAY Allenby is at his desk. 101 INT.83 comfort her. CHANCE Yes.I can trust myself with you. There is a long moment.. Chance does his best to avoid slipping his breakfast.... Chance puts his arm around her shoulder. I would have opened to you with a touch. running her hand over his body.. Eve. then Eve rises. nearly tipping his breakfast tray. She kisses him. holds Chance tightly... Chauncey.. Eve responds to his touch. C. telphone book. Chance does not return the lovemaking. D. Eve leaves. draws closer. He finds a number. dials. and Eve eventually catches hold of herself. EVE (stopping by door) . please. EVE .But you're so strong . his neck. his lips. Thomas Franklin. Chauncey. confused. and you know that. I'm very glad that you didn't open.
84 Is Thomas Franklin in? (a beat) Yes. REPORTER #2 But sir . Gardiner. 'Peculiar brand of optimism?' . 5 photographers and a mini-cam crew from a local TV station. Franklin that I would like to talk to him? It concerns Chauncey Gardiner.you must have at least glanced at it. SOPHIE'S . CHANCE I did not glance at it. Robert Allenby. RAND'S ROOM . No. 102 INT.' what was your reaction to that? CHANCE (continues to pose for pictures) I did not read that either. would you please tell Mr. how do you feel about that phrase. very still. REPORTER #1 Mr.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.DUSK Rand is in bed. Constance work in the background. Teresa and REPORTER #3 Mr. REPORTER #3 Well. deep in thought. 103 EXT. this is Dr. what did you think of the Posts' editorial on the President's speech? CHANCE (smiling for photogs) I didn't read it. the New York Times spoke of your 'Peculiar brand of optimism. Gardiner.
CHANCE I do not read any newspapers. Gardiner. Gardiner. TV REPORTER Thank you. TV REPORTER . the TV Reporter turns to the TV camera. CHANCE (thinks the interview is over) You're welcome. sir. Mr... Few men in public life have the courage not to read newspapers. that is probably the most honest admission to come from a public figure in years. None.EVENING Chance and Eve move through the hallway toward the Living . have the guts to admit it. I watch TV. Eve follows. that this reporter has met.Do you mean. 104 INT. Chance turns and goes toward the house. Mr. but it would be of great interest to me to know what newspapers you do read. The TV Reporter smiles. questions Chance. TV REPORTER Well. SOPHIE'S .85 CHANCE I do not know what it means. that you find television's coverage of the news superior to that of the newspapers? CHANCE (flatly) I like to watch TV. REPORTER #2 Sorry to persist. There is a moment of silence as the reporters digest this.
Chauncey . LYMAN STUART. Lyman .NIGHT The same lounge as before. Courtney puffs on his pipe as he speaks. But we should start nosing around. I'd say.C. WASHINGTON. They move on to reveal the Black Tie Reception in progress.you're so cool and detatched.It's strictly rumor at this stage. crowded with Ambassadors and other such dignitaries.. Eve.. see if we can talk to some people. So whose files were destroyed? The CIA's or the FBI's? COURTNEY I don't know. SOPHIE ROWLEY. the hostess. COCKTAIL LOUNGE . comes rushing toward to greet them.A criminal record? A membership in a subversive organization? Homosexual. COURTNEY . The CAMERA begins to slowly MOVE AWAY from their table.. STUART What is it about his past they are trying to cover up? (his volume fades) . CHANCE Thank you... EVE I've never seen anyone handle the press the way you do. D.86 Room.just something in the wind.. Sidney Courtney sits at the same table as earlier.. only this time with the editor of the Washington Post. perhaps? .. 105 INT. STUART Something rather big in the wind.
and the matter may be extremely confidential. (catches himself) Mr. not a word.. FRANKLIN Of course. Franklin. Allenby rises. ALLENBY Thank you.. glad to be of help. he walked us through it. where he said he stayed. I understand. Allenby and Franklin sitting at a table nearby.87 The SOUND of Stuart's voice dissolves into Thomas Franklin's as the CAMERA SETTLES on Dr. Mr. but our firm has no record of any such transactions. FRANKLIN . So please. Jennings. Fine. of course . I must ask you and Miss Hayes to keep this incident with Mr. he said it was his... He showed us a room in the garage.. Well. leaves the bar. You say he showed you his garden? FRANKLIN Well.And he told us that he had been living there since he was a child. (leans close to Franklin) Mr.but why the act? He must have been involved on some major financial level with the deceased.. There's no telling what he was involved in. Gardiner to yourselves. Doctor. ALLENBY Hmmm. and I. FRANKLIN Certainly. working as a gardener. ALLENBY I see. I didn't really believe him. . Franklin.
let's let the men talk.. SKRAPINOV (to Chance and Eve) You must sit with us. Rand. His.NIGHT Sophie pulls Eve and Chance to AMBASSADOR SKRAPINOV and his WIFE. Gardiner. let me introduce you to the guest of honor. As they arrive. Eve.. (a nod to Eve) Mrs. (to Chance and Skrapinov) Would you two excuse us for a moment? SKRAPINOV Regretfully . CHANCE (stumbles over name) Hello.. we have much to discuss. SKRAPINOV Delighted. Skrapinov as The Ambassador puts am arm around him. my friends. SOPHIE'S . His. EVE Mr. Ambassador of the Soviet Union. His Excellency Vladimar Skrapinov. Chance smiles at Mrs.... Skrapinov. Mr. CHANCE I agree. Chance warmly shakes Skrapinov's hand with both of his own. SOPHIE (tugs at Eve) Come.88 106 INT.we shall yield the . Eve steps in front of Sophie and makes the introduction.. SOPHIE And this is Mrs. Chauncey Gardiner.. delighted.
too. Skrapinov leads his wife and Chance to their table as Eve and Sophie move through the crowd. SKRAPINOV (moves chair close . 107 INT. As they are met by the Senator.don't let me alone with him for too long.. SENATOR JENSEN Mrs. Eve. Eve turns away. I'm so glad you brought him. Rand! How good to see you! EVE Well.89 pleasure of your company to others. Senator Jensen. we CUT. EVE I'm sure you would. Yes.. Fine. EVE (with self-importance) You see? Didn't I tell you? SOPHIE Oh.NIGHT Chance is seated between Ambassador Skrapinov and his wife at their table. (looks back at Chance) He's very. Gardiner. SENATOR JENSEN I certainly would like to meet Mr. EVE You two have a nice chat. SOPHIE'S . A smiling Senator Jensen comes out of the crowd. CHANCE I shall yield. very sexy . it makes everything perfect. Sophie follows.
CHANCE Do you think so? Do you think so? . that we are not so far from each other. Mr. Tell me. Gardiner do you by any chance enjoy Krylov's fables? I ask this because there is something.90 to Chance) Considering the gravity of your economic situation. shouldn't we. and you. the businessmen .. Mr.. the diplomats. not so far! CHANCE (an engaging smile) We are not so far. do you agree? CHANCE I certainly do. the other goes. am I right? Because if one goes. (motions at nearness of their chairs) . there is something Krylovian about you. you see? And neither of us wants that... Gardiner.. and then boom! Boom! And Boom. what does an American know about diplomacy? So why not a coming together? An interchange of opinion? We may find..get together more often to exchange our thoughts? What does a Russian know about business? On the other hand. Boom! And we are both down before our time. SKRAPINOV Yes.our chairs almost touch. my friend. correct? We don't want them snatched from under us. SKRAPINOV (laughs) Bravo! Bravo! Our chairs are indeed almost touching! And we want to remain seated on them.
raises his eyebrows and laughs. FIRST LADY . I like that name very much. SKRAPINOV (amazed) So you know your Krylov in Russian. They each lie on their backs. The President and the First Lady are in bed. SKRAPINOV And yours. then leans close to Chance. my friend! 108 INT.PRESIDENT'S BEDROOM . CHANCE (beat) Would you tell me your name again.NIGHT A light from the adjoining bathroom filters into the darkened bedroom. I must confess I had suspected as much all along. Mrs. Skrapinov remains impassive. please? SKRAPINOV (slaps Chance on the back) Ho! Ho! A dash of American humor! Vladimar Skrapinov! CHANCE Yes. a bit of French. sir . Chance. having never heard this language. a suggestion of a stroll through the flowers! A beautiful name.Chauncey Gardiner! (in Russian) How poetic! Chauncey. WHITE HOUSE . a name of uncertain meaning! And Gardiner. do you? Mr. Gardiner. speaks softly in Russian.91 SKRAPINOV So you know Krylov! Skrapinov pauses. a distance apart and are silent.
FIRST LADY (another pause) It's your damn job. FIRST LADY (another pause) .it's not you. sweetheart . PRESIDENT It's not that...Is it me? Is there something I've done? PRESIDENT Oh. PRESIDENT No.. darling. PRESIDENT What? Why? KAUFMAN'S VOICE (over phone) I can't say at this time neither agency will admit to a thing.. 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.Maybe you should talk to somebody.. PRESIDENT (into phone) Yeah. the President reaches for it. we have a break in the case... . no. Kaufman .. that won't do any good.92 (after some time) .. The inter-White House phone buzzes.what is it? KAUFMAN'S VOICE (over phone) Chief. I just. It never happened when you were a senator..
He doesn't advertise his acoomplishments. then turns away to select an hors d'oeuvre. where he is approached by RONALD STIEGLER. my editors and I have been wondering if you'd . Chance smiles. AMBASSADOR GAUFRIDI of France EVE Chauncey. Mr. That's incredible! Gaufridi joins in. Are you proficient in other languages. his knowledge is for himself. Gardiner. Gardiner. GAUFRIDI It's extremely useful to speak Russian these days.NIGHT Eve and Chance are talking. Gardiner? EVE Mr. 109 INT. a publisher.93 PRESIDENT (getting out of bed) Okay. get Honeycutt and Baldwin over here. I'll be right down. Ronald. CHANCE (a two-handed handshake) Hello. you had Ambassador Skrapinov eating out of your hand. edges toward them. STIEGLER Mr. Ambassador Gaufridi. The President hangs up the phone as the First Lady stares at the ceiling. of Harvard Books. Gardiner is a modest man. I'm Ronald Stiegler. and you never told me you spoke Russian. STIEGLER Mr. SOPHIE'S .
CHANCE I can't read... And found out the real reason the President has singled him out.Listen..NIGHT KARPATOV.94 consider writing a book for us? Something on your political philosophy. watches television. Yes. sits next to Skrapinov and his wife.. SKRAPINOV I want to know everything about his relationship with Rand. STIEGLER Sure you do! No one reads! . STIEGLER Of course not! No one has the time to read! One glances at things. proof readers. provide you with the very best ghostwriters. CHANCE I like to watch. an aide.. (Karpatov takes notes) And I want this quote included in . we could give you a six figure advance. who can nowadays? I have trouble writing a post card to my children! Look. book publishing isn't exactly a bed of roses these days. What do you say? CHANCE I can't write. STIEGLER (smiles) Of course.... CHANCE (mild interest) What sort of bed is it? 110 INT. SOPHIE'S . research assistants.
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. "Chauncy Gardiner. RAND'S ROOM . all of their seats will be pulled from under them by rapid social and political changes.. SOPHIE'S . MRS. he moves his finger down a page and stops. I really don't know. 111 INT. . Senator. EVE Isn't he? DENNIS Yes. holds a degree in medicine as well as law. with the other. Isn't that true. 112 INT. SENATOR I heard that he speaks eight languages.. SLIPSHOD He's very attractive. but it wouldn't surprise me.. He has a dictaphone mike in one hand. and on top of everything else.95 the TASS coverage.C.'" Karpatov writes out the quote. SLIPSHOD. and DENNIS WATSON of the State Department. Eve? EVE Well. MRS. RAND (into mike) Sell all 750.000 shares of C. in an intimate discussion with Ambassador Skrapinov..T.NIGHT Eve is with SENATOR SLIPSHOD. noted that 'unless the leaders of the opposing political systems move the chairs on which they sit closer to each other. Very.
. and Mrs. RAND (smiles) Oh. Since he's been around.. have 30.you know. RAND (into mike) .You're fascinating. DENNIS ...96 His finger continues down the page. Robert .just sell a million shares of Inland Oil... yes .there's something about him that I trust .000 shares of Standard transferred into your name..he makes me feel good. Allenby is silent and thoughtful. ALLENBY (steps out of shadows) .. ALLENBY (a beat) .Chauncey . (takes a beat) Oh. I was just cleaning up some loose ends . SOPHIE'S HOUSE .Ben. That's for you.. 113 INT.Let's see . I want to talk to you about Chauncey.Ben.. Aubrey.. Mr. the thought of dying has been much easier for me.. does the same to two more pages before stopping again.getting rid of some of the dead wood so Eve won't have to put up with it. Gardiner I've never met anyone like you in . RAND (looks up) Robert.NIGHT Dennis Watson is a homosexual and is coming on strong to Chance.
moves to Chance. WHITE HOUSE . CIA Chief.. Eve appears. and frustrated. No. I'll go get Warren. Mr. Chauncey Let's go home. Dennis hurries off. DENNIS Really? Well. Standing before him are GROVER HONEYCUTT.OVAL OFFICE . HONEYCUTT . Eve takes Chance by the arm and they move off.97 Washington before. where have you been all my life? (Chance smiles) Tell me. I've been here all my life. CHANCE Yes. Kaufman stands to one side. DENNIS You like to waaaaaatch? Well you wait right here. CHANCE Do they have a TV upstairs? A TV? DENNIS I'm sure they do. DENNIS We could go upstairs right now. have you ever had sex with a man? CHANCE (a beat) I don't think so. Gardiner. tired. EVE Let's get out of here. 114 INT. and CLIFFORD BALDWIN.. CHANCE I like to watch.NIGHT The President sits behind his desk in a bathrobe. the Director of the FBI. All are red-eyed. his hair mussed.
I didn't call you here at such an hour to make accusations.. PRESIDENT Very well.98 I never gave such a directive. Now.. A couple of looks. sir. I just want to explore the possibilities. PRESIDENT Gentlemen. . What about question three? Is it possible to erase all traces of a man? HONEYCUTT Highly unlikely. BALDWIN Gardiner is not a forign agent. but PRESIDNENT I see. silence. there are now sixteen countries investigating the man. BALDWIN (a look to Honeycutt) I don't think that's entirely true. We can rule that out. Mr. I have three questions: Is the man a foreign agent? Or.. thirdly.B.it would be out of the question. President. sir . Can we rule out inefficiency? There is silence in the room. I'd like some answers.I. man. In fact. have the man's files been destroyed? Now. the boys around the Bureau feel that the only person capable of pulling it off would be an exF. Grover. have we suddenly found that our methods of gathering data are grossly inefficient? Or. BALDWIN Nor I..
too. 116 INT.. more looks. thigh.it's very hard for me to leave you. CHANCE'S ROOM .. Mr. More silence. Flustered at the thought. Chauncey. Chauncey . her go. so safe with you.... Eve.. Eve turns and leaves. Yes..It's difficult to say good night to you. and Benjamin understands that. dearest.NIGHT Chance watches TV..Oh. there is no reaction. RAND MANSION . He understands and accepts my feelings for you. CHANCE Ben is very wise.NIGHT Chance watches .NIGHT Eve and Chance stand close together in the hallway.. EVE . Eve sits beside him.. then moves off to his room.3rd FLOOR HALLWAY . Eve moves her hand up higher on Chance's thigh. President.. They don't know quite what to think. 117 INT. CHANCE It's very hard for me. 115 INT. EVE .99 PRESIDENT (to Baldwin) And what do the boys around Intelligence think? BALDWIN Well. RAND LIMOUSINE .. her hand on his EVE I feel so close to you.
? Yes... EVE . Eve. comes into the room. Suddenly. robe over her nightgown. he just watches television.. The hero gives his lady a passionate kiss and embrace. watches an old movie on television..To watch me.I just don't excite you..? Yes... . Suddenly Eve stops... EVE (uncertain) . when he abruptly takes Eve into his arms and kisses her full on the mouth...? (a hesitation) .. EVE .Is that all you want..I just couldn't stand it any longer.100 Chance is propped up in bed. Eve. Once done. The scene seems to 'sink into' Chance's mind. Chauncey. CHANCE I like to watch. Chance. starts to kiss him. She goes to the bed.. I don't know what you like..? To watch me.You don't want me. EVE (not understanding) To watch. EVE Oh. I don't know what you want. kisses him.... Chauncey . gently strokes her hair as he looks at TV.. Chance's attention returns to the television while Eve is in a frenzy of passion. Nothing at all.. She holds him... CHANCE I like to watch.. CHANCE It's very good. Chance neither resists nor responds. You don't feel anything for me. runs her hands over his body. takes Chance in her arms. feeling her sadness..... lets her head fall on Chance's chest.
leans close to Chance.. ALLENBY (to nurses) Get set up for a transfusion right away.. moves to Chance. finding immense pleasure with her own body... darling I'm a little shy. When I touch myself.. slips off her robe. turns over in bed.. She does not undress any further. Chance changes the channel with the remote control. I do love you so much. She makes a decision. drops to the floor. When I do it?.MORNING There is a feeling of urgency as Allenby and the nurses attend to Rand. nervously paces the bedroom as Chance watches TV. Eve becomes more and more involved with herself.. When. EVE (getting aroused) Oh. 118 INT. RAND'S ROOM .. kisses him. (another hesitation) . Chance turns off the TV with the remote. watching both with an equal detachment. Eve.. She smiles. Eve reaches orgasm. Chauncey.. Chance divides his attention between Eve and the TV..You mean...101 EVE .. RAND (very weakly) .. her body shaking violently.? When..But I've never done. She steps back. CHANCE Good night.? Eve slowly gets up from the bed. Then she is still.. A low purr is heard from Eve. then a delicate tremor. EVE One of those little things you don't know about me yet. instead..
Gardiner. Teresa appears in the doorway. presses the cold snowflakes to his face. says nothing. TERESA Mr. Robert.. catches snowflakes as they fall. Yes. pierce..No more. CHANCE I would like to see Ben. Eve is in a fur coat.102 . Rand would like to see you. . RAND I know. I know..I'm sure you can feel it.no more needles..PATIO .. I never felt so acknowledged by a man. desire flows within me.And I feel so free now. Ben .. I reveal myself to myself and I am drenched and purged.. I was merely an aspect of somebody's lovemaking. I always had the feeling that I was just a vessel for a man. Mr.. ALLENBY It's not good.MORNING A light snow is falling. holds a steaming cup of coffee. EVE . and when you watch me my passion dissolves it. 119 INT. EVE You uncoil my wants.. Do you know what I mean? Chance turns to her. and pollute.. something that he could take hold of. Until I met you. Chauncey. RAND MANSION . Chance stands near her next to the railing.. You set me free. He reaches out. Robert ..
.. CHANCE Yes. I hope. CHANCE I see.. goes to Rand's bedside. 120 INT.. stands close to him. RAND (reaches out to him) Let me feel the strength in your hand. that's good. there's much to be looked after. RAND (a weak smile) .are you going to die now? Allenby winces... RAND (slowly) .... Chauncey.I hope that you'll stay with Eve.. watch over her. Take care of her.... with a smile.. she's a delicate flower. Teresa shows Chance into the room and Allenby motions to the nurses to leave. my boy. RAND She cares for you and she needs your help. then follows Teresa into the house.MORNING Allenby. Chauncey. grips his hand tightly..103 Chance gives Eve a warm smile.... Chauncey.. RAND'S ROOM . CHANCE (smiling) A flower. CHANCE . Chauncey .. Chauncey. Let me feel your strength. (holds Chance's hand) Yes...Chauncey.I'm about to surrender the Horn of Plenty for the Horn of Gabriel..... with nothing more he can do to prolong Rand's life. Ben . Chance.
RAND ..haven't you. Chauncey. I have seen it before.. very eager..He's gone..104 Yes.. gently touches the man's forehead..I've talked with them about you.. uncovers Rand's face... yes...Chance. I would like to do that. It happens to old people. will not be closed. Rand slumps down.. Robert. to Chance. CHANCE (turns to Allenby) Will you be leaving now. feels the coldness.Tell Eve. then replaces the sheet.You've become quite a close friend of Eve's . CHANCE Yes.. a look) .. dead. Chauncey ... (a beat) . The house ALLENBY (a moment. Allenby checks his pulse.. Robert? ALLENBY In a day or two. CHANCE Eve is going to stay.. They're eager to meet with you.. ALLENBY (covers Rand's face) Yes. .. CHANCE I love Eve very much.. I suppose that's true.? Yes.My associates. (trails off) . Allenby eyes him as Chance stays with Rand for a moment. Chance reaches out. turns ALLENBY .
all close friends and associates of Rand's.. 121 EXT.DAY Rand's funeral services are being held on a hill overlooking the mansion. It is hard work.. RAND ESTATE . PRESIDENT . And I don't want to go against Ben's wishes. (a smile at Allenby) I'll got tell Eve about Ben now. while the MOURNERS. aren't you? CHANCE (brightens) Yes. (another beat) .....105 ALLENBY I see. But I thought it would be good. Chance stands with Eve and Allenby. while our close friends carry Ben to his last resting place. stand fifty yards down the hill from the pallbearers. PRESIDENT (reading quotes) . Six distinguished-looking men stand near Rand's casket. The President of the United States is before the microphone. The Rand mausoleum is fifty yards further up the hill. which is placed on a concrete block. With this.And you really are a gardener. which feeds loudspeakers for the Rand servants lined up in front of the mansion. They are the PALLBEARERS. to read from his quotes... Allenby watches him go. Robert. no fanfares. which I'm sure will have special meaning to all of us who are gathered here today.. 'I have no use for those on welfare. Robert .. the Pallbearers pick up the casket and begin the chore of taking it to the mausoleum... no patience whatsoever. But if I am to be honest with . then sits back in a chair.I know that Ben said keep it small and quiet. No eulogies. Chance leaves the bedroom..I am. his head spinning..
but he's boring. 'When I was a boy. Maxwell would be an excellent man for the job .. another executive: CALDWELL What about Lawson? He's charismatic.. speaks. speaks. either. 'I do not regret having political differences with men that I respect..' .. SEWELL NELSON. he would never take an election. Eve and Allenby watch as he goes toward the trees surrounding the area. DUDLEY A bit too exciting.. a corporation Chairman. 'Life is a state of mind. I'm afriad. PRESIDENT (continues reading) . . JAMES DUDLEY. I must admit that they have no use for me..' .106 myself. however. they are all breathing heavily. NELSON Correct. I do regret. but I have spent many sleeples nights thinking about extreme poverty.. the people of this country need to be awakened.. 'I was born into a position of extreme wealth. That's when I decided to manufacture mirrors. PETER CALDWELL. a powerful industrialist..' .. that our philosophies kept us apart. exciting. I agree.' The Pallbearers are enroute.' As the President speaks.. I was told that the Lord fashioned us from his own image.. Chance turns and walks away. DUDLEY Yes.
He stops by a tree. EVE (quietly) I've got to find Chauncey. RAND ESTATE . PRESIDENT (reading) 'The world parts with Rand.DAY The President is still reading Rand's quotes. WOODS . For a man in my position. walks through the woods. She leaves the funeral. his umbrella under his arm. PRESIDENT (reading) . she turns to Allenby. moves on. DUDLEY But what do we know of the man? Nothing! We have no inkling of .DAY Chance.. that is inexcusable. don't you agree? Security. a welldeserved rest: All the aims I have pursued will soon be realized. 123 EXT. Time is running out.107 Once they start bringing things up about his background.'I do not know the feelings of being poor. tranquility. they are struggling. brushes some snow from a branch.' Eve is concerned about Chance. 122 EXT. and that is not to know the feelings of the majority of people in this world. Railroad money: WEBB Well.. and Rand parts with the world: A fair trade. gentlemen. heads toward the trees. WEBB. The Pallbearers near the mausoleum. we must come to a decision.
He stops. . his background turns into a swamp and invites scrutiny. That is why I agree with Ben's final wishes. CALDWELL . then kneels beside the seedling. if we want to retain the Presidency.. LYMAN MURRAY. WOODS . gentlemen. MURRAY Exactly. a banker. mail and telephone response was the highest they ever had. He removes an expensive pair of suede gloves. he hasn't said anything that could be used against him. hanging to the ground..it would be sheer lunacy to support the President for another term. with gentle fingers. He looks to the ground. and. notices that an end of the limb has fallen on a seedling. inspects the break.Up to this time. that our one and onlt chance is Chauncey Gardiner! 124 EXT. Chance pulls the limb away. runs his fingers along the split of the bark.DAY Chance happens on a tree with a cracked limb. I'm certainly open to the thought . a Texas oil millionaire. NELSON The response from his appearance on the 'Burns Show' was overwhelming. and it was ninety-five percent pro! CHARLIE BOB BENNET. and I firmly believe. A man's past can cripple him. BENNET Well. brushes the dirt and snow away from the seedling. bending it double. Chance glances up to the remaining limbs of the larger tree which could fall and threaten the emerging tree. and that is an asset.108 his past! NELSON Correct.
EVE (holds him) Oh. I was scared. places it over the seedling in a way to give it protection. She hugs him one more time. PRESIDENT'S VOICE (in the distance) I've lived a lot. CHANCE Yes. was surrounded by little men who forgot that we enter naked and exit naked and that no accountant can audit life in our favor. Eve.109 He unflods his umbrella. Eve. darling. running towards him. and is putting his gloves on when Eve appears. trembled a lot. I've been looking for you too. The President can still be heard reading quotes. yet still allow it to receive light from the winter sun. then leads him back from whence she came. EVE (breathless) Chauncey! Chauncey! CHANCE (looks) Hello. Chauncey. Where were you? I've been looking for you. Chance stands. THE END .
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