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Synopsis: During a special operations training mission in Panama, four U.S. soldiers are killed mysteriously, and their leader, Sgt. Nathan West (Samuel L. Jackson), goes missing. A military investigator, Capt. Julia Osborne (Connie Nielsen), has trouble convincing the two survivors to talk about what happened that night. A more experienced investigator, Tom Hardy (John Travolta), is brought in to crack the case. However, when the survivors do start talking, their stories differ from one another.

BARTENDER:

You know the law - no liquor before

noon. Could lose my license.

HARDY:

Don't you mean "don't need no liquor

license not taken away from me"?

The Bartender smiles.

BARTENDER:

Hurricane kept you up, too?

HARDY:

Yeah, and I could’ve used the sleep.

I’m supposed to meet people here

tonight, try and get some work going.

He stops, his attention suddenly on the TV. A NEWSCASTER:

NEWSCASTER:

...is expected to announce the grand

jury indictments in the Guissepe

Torres police corruption case as

early as tomorrow afternoon.

Speculations abound that up to ten

former homicide detectives could be

named in the proceedings

4.

The Bartender turns the TV off hastily. Embarrassed:

BARTENDER:

Sorry.

Hardy just looks away. The Bartender puts an empty glass

down and fills it to the lip with bourbon.

Hardy nods a "thank you" and reaches for the glass when the

PAGER on his hip goes off. He checks the number.

HARDY:

Bill Styles...

BARTENDER:

Who?

HARDY:

Old friend. Haven't talked to him

in- 911. Can I use your phone?

The Bartender hands him a cordless and Hardy dials.

HARDY:

Hey, Bill, it's Tom. Long time no.

. . whoa, whoa, slow down. Yeah...

yeah, of course I'll come. An hour.

He hangs up and hands the phone back to the Bartender.

BARTENDER:

What was that?

Hardy, obviously shaken by the call.

HARDY:

I gotta go out to McKinley.

EXT. FORT MCKINLEY -- MORNING

Establishing. A sprawling five square mile compound nestled

in the Louisiana backwoods. Also damaged by the Hurricane.

HELICOPTERS loaded with emergency supplies land and take

off, REPAIR CREWS work feverishly on damaged buildings, all

while CADET PLATOONS complete morning drills around them.

This is still a boot camp after all.

SUPERIMPOSE:
1130 HOURS - FORT MCKINLEY BASIC TRAINING CENTER

EXT. FORT MCKINLEY -- MAIN GATE -- MORNING

Styles stands waiting nervously just beyond the CHECKPOINT

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James Vanderbilt

James Platten Vanderbilt is an American screenwriter. He is best known for the films Zodiac, White House Down, The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. more…

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