Conspiracy Theory script
Synopsis: New York City cabbie Jerry Fletcher (Mel Gibson) is an expert on paranoid conspiracy theories. He is also infatuated with government lawyer Alice Sutton (Julia Roberts), who permits his attention because he once rescued her from a mugging. However, when Jerry is captured and put through psychotic tests by Dr. Jonas (Patrick Stewart), he realizes there is an actual conspiracy. After escaping, Jerry enlists Alice's help, but she wonders whether he has uncovered a real threat or is just insane.

CYNIC:

Just drop me off.

ANOTHER ANGLE:

Jerry pulls to the curb. The meter at $3.60. The Cynic

slides a twenty through the slot and is out the door.

Jerry watches over his shoulder as the Cynic disappears

down the street. Jerry rubs his eyes, tries to regroup.

JERRY:

Love street...

EXT. FIFTH AVENUE (MANHATTAN) - NIGHT

Late. The cab rolls, this time the right way. Ahead, a

well-dressed man steps off the curb, flags Jerry down.

CAB:

Jerry slows, stops. As the well-dressed man starts over,

Jerry sizes him up. The man seems suddenly sinister.

As he reaches for the door, LOCKS CLICK DOWN. Jerry GUNS

the CAB away. The confused man stumbles back, shouts,

apparently not a threat at all.

EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING (UPTOWN) - NIGHT

Headlights out, the cab pulls up to the curb.

INT. CAB - NIGHT

Jerry glances at a lit 2nd floor apartment window, then

settles in with a bologna sandwich. About to take a

bite, he pauses, removes a slice of bologna. He regards

it a beat, then carefully peels off the edge. Jerry

holds the narrow casing up against the glow of a

streetlight, like it was encoded. Then something catches

his eye. He trades the sandwich for binoculars, focuses

on the window.

BINOCULAR POV - WINDOW

LIZA SUTTON. In a Yale sweatshirt, stretching, earphones

on. She forces her head past her kneecap and holds it

there. Driven is the word to describe Liza. When she

sleeps, she tries to do it better than anyone else does.

We can't hear her, but as she finishes stretching, she

sings along with the music on her headset.

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Brian Helgeland

Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Helgeland also wrote and directed 42 (2013), a biopic of Jackie Robinson, and Legend (2015), about the rise and fall of the Kray twins. more…

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