Captain Fantastic script
Synopsis: Ben Cash (Viggo Mortensen), his wife Leslie and their six children live deep in the wilderness of Washington state. Isolated from society, Ben and Leslie devote their existence to raising their kids -- educating them to think critically, training them to be physically fit and athletic, guiding them in the wild without technology and demonstrating the beauty of co-existing with nature. When Leslie dies suddenly, Ben must take his sheltered offspring into the outside world for the first time.

BEN:

If you don't stab to kill. Reallystab. For the liver. Or the kidneys.

She'll never learn.

ZAJA:

Shouldn't we aim here? A knife in

the lungs creates pneumothorax. Ornext to the sternum, to penetratethe heart? That would be instant

death.

Ben looks over at his 8-year old, standing next to Nai.

BEN:

If it makes you happy, Zaj. Sure.

Aim for the heart.

Vespyr eyes her sister, but is still hesitating.

BEN (CONT’D)

The stick will break before it hurts

her.

Vespyr attacks again, but this time she overcompensates,

Kielyr's parry is ineffectual, and Vespyr's stick hits hersister in the stomach. The stick breaks and Kielyr YELPS inpain.

BEN (CONT’D)

Good.

(CONTINUED)

GREEN (9.2.2014) 5.

5 CONTINUED:
5

KIELYR:

What?! How is that good? She stabbed

me! She fucking stabbed me!

BEN:

Then you better learn to defend

yourself.

Ben hands Vespyr another stick.

6 EXT. TIPI. NIGHT. 6

Flames illuminate the faces of the family, as they eat roast

venison, sitting on the ground in a circle around the fire.

By the light of candles and kerosene lamps, the kids are allreading books way beyond their years: Nai is reading theEncyclopedia Brittanica, he's on letter "J"; Kielyr is

reading "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of HumanSocieties" by Jared Diamond; Rellian reads Dostoyevsky's "The

Brothers Karamazov;" Bo is reading a college Calculus

textbook.

BEN:

Zaj. Page.

Zaja holds "Middlemarch" by George Eliot. She glances at the

page number.

ZAJA:

398.

Ben records this in a notebook.

BEN:

You still liking it?

Zaja nods.

BEN (CONT’D)

I thought you would. To stay on

schedule for the test you need to be

finished in 8 days. Vesp?

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Matt Ross

Matt Ross is an American actor, director and screenwriter. Ross wrote and directed the feature film Captain Fantastic, starring Viggo Mortensen. more…

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