Barney's Version script
Synopsis: Toward the end of his life, Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) looks back on his triumphs and tragedies, beginning with an ill-fated relationship with Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), whom he marries when she becomes pregnant. When that falls apart, he moves back home to Montreal and gets married twice more, finally finding contentment with Miriam (Rosamund Pike), his third wife. Through it all, Barney is sustained by his work in television, raising children and the advice of his father (Dustin Hoffman).

WHITE 10-23-09 4.

That triggers a distant alcohol fogged memory. DING. The

elevator arrives. He steps in.

BARNEY:

I'll call you back. I'm stepping inthe elevator.

KATE:

You better.

Barney grins from ear to ear, filled with glee at this news.

On the elevator doors closing we...

CUT TO:

INT. CAR - DRIVING - MORNING

Barney driving his Mercedes, back on the phone with Kate whois approaching the school she teaches at.

BARNEY:

I may have accidentally dialed theirnumber.

KATE:

Sure, dad. But you do have an out it

seems that Blair was already havingchest pains when you called but hedidn't want to bother mom with it.

It was your call that woke her, andshe then insisted on taking him tothe hospital.

BARNEY:

So I saved his life.

KATE:

My hero.

BARNEY:

Did you see the paper today?

KATE:

I did. Are you okay?

BARNEY:

Yeah, I'm fine.

(beat)

I'll call you later.

KATE:

Okay. Love you.

BARNEY:

Love you too.

WHITE 10-23-09 5.

EXT. TOTALLY UNNECESSARY PRODUCTIONS - DAY

Barney drives up to the offices of TOTALLY UNNECESSARYPRODUCTIONS and pulls into his personal parking spot.

CUT TO:

INT. TV SOUNDSTAGE - DAY

We drop right into a scene of Barney's TV show, the longrunning soap - "O'MALLEY OF THE NORTH".

The CONSTABLE, O'MALLEY, mid-50's and still handsome, isbeing tended to by a female NURSE played by SOLANGE (52),

making a "house call" to the local bar.

SOLANGE:

(wrapping a bandage)

How does that feel, O'Malley?

O'MALLEY

Warm and tight.

SOLANGE, originally cast as the "sexpot" of the show, heruniform is inappropriately low cut and tight for a woman herage, but she works it like she's still the cat's meow.

Barney quietly walks onto the sound stage, and sits in hisproducers chair. The scene is painful for him watch. He

pulls over a WARDROBE GIRL.

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Michael Konyves

Michael Konyves is a Canadian film and television screenwriter. Best known for his Genie Award-nominated screenplay for the 2010 film Barney's Version, his past credits include the television films ... more…

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