American Sniper script
Synopsis: U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Bradley Cooper) takes his sole mission -- protect his comrades -- to heart and becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. His pinpoint accuracy not only saves countless lives but also makes him a prime target of insurgents. Despite grave danger and his struggle to be a good husband and father to his family back in the States, Kyle serves four tours of duty in Iraq. However, when he finally returns home, he finds that he cannot leave the war behind.

JEFF(6), his reedy little brother, watches Chris slip the

Bible in his pocket. Jeff laughs and gets smacked by-

DEBBIE, their mother. She wears big oval glasses and runs

a wayward-boys home with that same steady hand.

7 OMITTED 7

8 INT. CHRIS’ BEDROOM 8

Dust motes drift across a dresser, settling on a Pop-

Warner football, that BLUE BIBLE, and METALLIC TOY

SOLDIERS guarding the bullet casing from his first buck.

WAYNE KYLE (VO)

There are three types of people in this

world. Sheep, wolves and sheepdogs.

PUSH THROUGH the modest ranch house into-

9 INT. DINING ROOM 9

WAYNE lectures his boys over venison.

WAYNE KYLE:

Some people prefer to believe that evil

doesn’t exist in the world, and if it

ever darkened their doorstep they

wouldn’t know how to protect

themselves... those are the sheep.

Jeff bites back tears. Chris looks troubled.

10 EXT. SCHOOLYARD 10

FROM THE BACK, we watch a BIG BULLY pummel a KID ON THE

GROUND. His meaty fists coming down repeatedly as-

WAYNE KYLE (VO)

Then you got predators who use violence

to prey on the weak. They’re the wolves.

(03.18.14) 6.

KID ON THE GROUND is JEFF, his nose bloody. PUSH TOWARDthe fight--(ECU) blood flecks fly from the Bully’s fist.

WAYNE KYLE (VO)

Then there are those blessed with the

gift of aggression and an overpoweringneed to protect the flock.

A FIST CONNECTS with BIG BULLY’s temple. He goes down.

Chris stands over the bully, beating the tar out of him.

WAYNE KYLE (VO)

These men are the rare breed that live to

confront the wolf--

11 EXT. FIELD 11

CHRIS stands with his arms extended. Wind blows dirt off

his palms and it plumes out across the land.

WAYNE KYLE (VO)

They are the sheepdog.

12 INT. DINING ROOM 12

WAYNE removes his belt and lays it on the table. CHRISlooks at it, worried.

WAYNE KYLE:

Now we’re not raising any sheep in this

family and I will whoop your ass if youturn into a wolf-Wayne-

DEBBY:

WAYNE:

But we take care of our own. And if

someone picks a fight with you or bulliesyour brother, you have my permission tofinish it.

CHRIS:

The guy was picking on Jeff.

That true?

WAYNE KYLE:

JEFF:

(eye swollen)

Yes sir... Yes, he was...

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Jason Hall

Jason Dean Hall (born 1972) is an American screenwriter, film director and former actor. He played the recurring character of Devon MacLeish in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He had a guest starring role on Without a Trace as Jesse in Season Two. Hall attended Phillips Exeter Academy. Hall studied business, English and cinema at the University of Southern California. more…

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