Inherent Vice (2014)
Synopsis: In a California beach community, private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc's help; it seems that Shasta's current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.

SHASTA:

It’s Mickey Wolfmann.

DOC:

Mickey Wolfmann who’s always in

the paper? The real estate big

shot?

SHASTA:

You can’t tell anybody about this,

Doc.

5.

DOC:

I won’t. Deaf and dumb. That’s

part of my job. You have any

phone numbers you wanna share?

She gets a pencil, writes a number down, he watches

her...

SHASTA:

Try to never use it.

DOC:

How do I reach you?

SHASTA:

You don’t. I moved out of my old

place. Staying where I can

anymore...

DOC:

You could stay here...

CUT TO:

3 EXT. DOC’S - STREET - EVENING 3

He walks her down to her car, ‘59 CADILLAC EL DORADO

BIARITZZ --

SHASTA:

Don’t come any further, somebody

might be watching by now.

DOC:

Well, call me or something...

SHASTA:

You never did let me down, Doc.

DOC:

Don’t worry, I’ll...

SHASTA:

No, I mean really ever.

DOC:

Oh, sure I did.

SHASTA:

No... you were always true...

She backs away, gets in the CADILLAC and drives off into

the night. MUSIC STARTS. He watches her go... HOLD WITH

DOC. DENIS (rhymes with penis) walks up, says hi, they

walk up towards town, away from the beach...

DOC:

Hey, Denis, you hungry?

6.

DENIS:

Like Godzilla sez to Mothra, man,

‘let’s go eat someplace.’

SORTILEGE (V.O.)

When Doc came in that night, it

wasn’t just the usual hungry-doper

thing -- it was something else --

and with Neptune moving at last

out of the Scorpio death-trip and

rising into the Sagitarrian light

of the higher mind -- it was bound

to be something love-related and I

thought I knew what it was...

CUT TO:

4 INT. PIPELINE PIZZA - NIGHT 4

DOC and DENIS and a bunch of locals, eating pizza.

Sitting here are some SURFERS, a friend named ENSENADA

SLIM and a lovely young girl, our narrator: SORTILEGE

(20s); she speaks in the flesh...

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Paul Thomas Anderson

Paul Thomas Anderson (born June 26, 1970) also known as P.T. Anderson, is an American filmmaker. Interested in film-making since a young age, Anderson was encouraged by his father to become a filmmaker. more…

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