Capote script
Capote (2005)
Synopsis: Reading of the murder of a Kansas family, New York City novelist Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to cover the story himself, and travels to the small town with his childhood friend, aspiring novelist Harper Lee (Catherine Keener). When Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) are arrested and charged, Capote forms an emotional bond with Smith during his jailhouse interviews despite the young criminal's apparent guilt.

Lee), is reading. She looks up, deadpan -

NELLE:

I figured you'd missed it.

Nelle is a year younger than Truman, dowdy in dress, but

smart, tough, sensible. Truman smiles.

TRUMAN:

God I'm glad you agreed to come.

TRUMAN:

You're the only one I know with the

qualifications to be both a

research assistant and personal

bodyguard.

(then, noticing)

Oh, Nelle, you poor thing.

He tries to spruce up her limp silk scarf.

NELLE:

Off. Truman. Off.

(holds his hands)

I'm happy to see you too, but I can

still whip your behind.

TWO BLACK PORTERS enter, one with an enormous TRUNK

(Truman's), the other with a sensible SUITCASE (Nelle's).

PORTER #1

(reading tags)

Mr. Truman Capote, Miss '~elle

Harper Lee. Where would you like

these, sir?

TRUMAN:

That one up there and that one on

the floor.

He tips them.

NELLE:

What all did you bring?

PORTER #2

Thank you greatly, sir. It's an

honor to have you with us. If you

don't mind my saying, your last

book was even better than the firstTRUMAN

You're sweet.

PORTER #2

Just when you think they've gotten

as good as they can get.

TRUMAN:

Thank you. You're very kind.

PORTER #I

(to Nelle)

Ma'am.

The PORTERS leave. Nelle is stunned. Truman fiddles with

the trunk locks, his back to Nelle. Silence, then:

NELLE:

You're pathetic.

Truman doesn't answer.

Green

NELLE (cont ' d)

You're pathetic.

TRUMAN:

What?

NELLE:

You paid them to say that.

Truman won't look at her. She whacks him.

NELLE (cont ' d)

You paid them to say that!

TRUMAN:

(squealing)

How'd you know? How did you know?!

NELLE:

"Just when you think they've gotten

as good as they can get."

TRUMAN:

You think that was too much?

( laughter )

I thought that was a good line.

More laughter. More smacking of Truman. Then it is quiet.

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Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller is an American film director, known for directing the acclaimed films Capote, Moneyball, and Foxcatcher. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Director. more…

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