Concussion script
Concussion (2015)
Synopsis: While conducting an autopsy on former NFL football player Mike Webster (David Morse), forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Will Smith) discovers neurological deterioration that is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Omalu names the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy and publishes his findings in a medical journal. As other athletes face the same diagnosis, the crusading doctor embarks on a mission to raise public awareness about the dangers of football-related head trauma.

While in the b.g., DR. CYRIL WECHT, 60’s, in scrubs, steps

back from a slab to let a TECH finish up. Bennet and Wecht

meet in the middle of the room--

BENNET:

Good morning, Cyril-

As Wecht pats Bennet on the shoulder, moves to table to fill

out forms. Bennet checks the clipboard-

BENNET (CONT’D)

(checking the clipboard)

Rachel Green first, please.

GRACIE - early 20’s, blue ribbon (matching her uniform)

twisted through her hair - goes to what was a pretty WOMAN,

like her, early 20’s. Still dressed for last night’s party.

GRACIE:

Full or partial, Dr. Omalu?

Bennet reviewing the girl’s file. Police report. Holding up

her driver’s license. Roots around in her purse.

In b.g., prepping his own table, is DANIEL SULLIVAN, 50.

Chief Pathology Supervisor. Bald, dark pouches under his

eyes. Steelers stuff under lab gear. Countenance of an ill-

humored butcher.

SULLIVAN:

Open-shut O.D.-suicide. Full room

today. We need to cycle them

through.

Bennet, moving slow, ignoring him, over the girl’s face, as

if listening.

BENNET:

I need your help, Rachel. We’re in

this together. Tell me what

happened to you.

And a hand on the body’s forehead, another over the heart. He

opens her eyes. Stares into them. Connection.

SULLIVAN:

Oh here we go.

CHERRY PAGES 1.21.15 4A.

WECHT:

Danny, c’mon. Let him do this

thing. I hired him for a reason.

(to Bennet)

I need to talk to you. Come see me

in my office when you’re done-

BENNET:

Full autopsy. We’ll need the tissue

dissection station.

Sullivan stops. Glares from his table. As a TRAINEE TECH, 25,

rolls a trolley over.

CHERRY PAGES 1.21.15 5.

BENNET (CONT’D)

That’s not mine-

Gracie fetches a different trolley. Brand new knives still in

plastic. Scalpels. The instruments longer, more delicate.

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Peter Landesman

Peter Landesman is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, journalist, novelist and painter. He wrote a number of cover stories for the New York Times Magazine, New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly and others, including investigations into global arms trafficking, sex trafficking, refugee trafficking, the Rwandan genocide, and the creation and smuggling of forged and stolen art and antiquities. He also reported from the conflicts in Kosovo, Rwanda, and Pakistan and Afghanistan post-9/11. more…

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