Breakdown script
Breakdown (1997)
Synopsis: On their cross-country drive, a married couple, Jeff (Kurt Russell) and Amy Taylor (Kathleen Quinlan), experience car trouble after an accident. Stranded in the New Mexico desert, the two catch a break when a passing truck driver, Red Barr (J.T. Walsh), offers to drive Amy to a nearby café to call for help. Meanwhile, Jeff is able to fix the car and make his way to the café, only to find his wife missing and Barr claiming ignorance. Jeff then begins a frenzied search for Amy.

We hear a burst of automatic gunfire -

RUINED HIGH-RISE

In the window, the winking muzzle-flash of the sniper’s

AK-47.

STREET:

The woman’s body jolts from the impact of the bullets.

The books go flying from her hand. She spins to the

pavement, her hair billowing.

JEFF:

just stands there, a shattered expression. The camera

hangs at his side. He stares at the dead woman as a pool

of dark blood expands around her body.

CUT TO:

EXT. LOGAN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BOSTON) -RUNWAY NIGHT

A 747 touches down on the tarmac.

CUT TO:

EXT. INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL -NIGHT

A late-model Jeep Cherokee is parked at the arrival curb.

AMY TAYLOR, Jeff’s wife, peers out from behind the wheel,

scanning the crowd.

HER POV:

Jeff, carrying a single bag slung over his shoulder,

emerges from the terminal.

5.

BACK TO SCENE:

Amy gets out of the car, grinning. Jeff sees her and

hurries over. He drops his bag and they fall into each

other’s arms, kissing hungrily. These are two people

passionately in love with each other.

AMY:

God, I missed you.

JEFF:

Me too.

AMY:

Let’s get out of here. Where’s

your equipment? Don’t tell me you

checked it?

JEFF:

(holds up his bag)

This is it.

AMY:

No camera?

Jeff shakes his head no.

AMY:

No nothing?

Again Jeff shakes his head. Amy arches an eyebrow.

AMY:

Ah ha.

CUT TO:

INT. JEFF AND AMY’S APARTMENT -NIGHT

A modest apartment in the Back Bay neighborhood. Not

much furniture, but lots of books and CD’s. On the

walls, blow-ups of arty photographs --Amy in modeling

poses, plus many black-and-white scenery stills.

Jeff’s bag is unopened on the floor. We see two nearly

full wine glasses on a table. The CAMERA TRACKS DOWN a

hallway TO the open bedroom door.

INT. BEDROOM -NIGHT

More framed photographs.

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Jonathan Mostow

Jonathan Mostow (born November 28, 1961) is an American film and television director, writer and producer. more…

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