Come See the Paradise script
Synopsis: In this drama from director Alan Parker, on-the-lam Jack McGurn (Dennis Quaid) flees to Los Angeles and takes a job as a projectionist at a movie theater owned by a Japanese-American man (Sab Shimono). Jack falls for the owner's daughter, Lily (Tamlyn Tomita), but they are forced to elope to Seattle when her father forbids the relationship. The couple marry and have a daughter, but when World War II breaks out, Jack is powerless to stop his new family's forced internment.

GERRY:

It's got everything to do with it!

JACK:

Gerry.

GERRY:

I tell you, I'm glad to be workin.'

JACK:

You don't know what you're talking about.

GERRY:

We should all be lucky we're workin.' Every time I go through

those gates I look up at that big sign and say God bless you.

'Cause some poor sucker who ain't got a pot to piss in is out

there begging for a cup of coffee.

JACK:

Gerry.

GERRY:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph! You people just mess things up for

everybody!

JACK:

Gerry, you're missing my point! Sure it's good that you're in

work. But what I'm sayin' is that someone has got to look out

for the interests of the working man.

MARGE:

You better believe it. If he could get out of workin' he would,

the lazy son of a bitch.

GERRY:

I work hard. I work damn hard!

MARGE:

If the union people say he don't have to work so hard for the

same money, he's the first to put his dirty hand up!

GERRY:

You don't know what you're talking about. Your kids aren't

exactly starving, are they?

MARGE:

Only 'cause I work, too, pal. The money you hand over don't

exactly pay for no fancy eating.

GERRY:

I'm telling you. If you're going to stay here, you better not go

causin' any trouble.

JACK:

I'm not going to cause any trouble.

GERRY:

Because if you're gonna stay here, I ain't gonna stay here under

the same roof with no red. Brother or no brother!

JACK:

Jesus, I am not a red! For Christ's sakes Gerry, I'm agreeing

with you! I'm gonna get a regular job like everyone else!

GERRY:

You never had a regular job! Look, this is a great country.

Best country in the world...and if you fucking reds...excuse the

language...

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Alan Parker

Sir Alan William Parker, CBE is an English film director, producer and screenwriter. Parker's early career, beginning in his late teens, was spent as a copywriter and director of television advertisements. more…

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