Days of Heaven script
Synopsis: Days of Heaven is a 1978 American romantic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, and Linda Manz. Set in 1916, it tells the story of Bill and Abby, lovers who travel to the Texas Panhandle to harvest crops for a wealthy farmer. Bill encourages Abby to claim the fortune of the dying farmer by tricking him into a false marriage.

URSULA, a reckless girl of 14, stands watch.

BILL:

(weeping)

They shot the shit out of him. My brother. I

couldn't believe what I was seeing.

ABBY:

Hold still, or I can't do anything.

BILL:

I love you, Abby. You're so good to me. Remember

how much fun we had, on the roof...

8EXT. ROOF - MATTE SHOT

Bill and Abby flirt on the root of a tenement,

happily in love. The city stretches out behind them.

9INT. BED - QUICK CUT

Abby lies shivering with fever. Bill spoons hot

soup into her mouth. Ursula rolls paper flowers for extra

change.

BILL (o.s.)

(continuing)

... even when you were sick and I was in the mill.

10INT. MILL - QUICK CUT (VARIOUS ANGLES OF OTHER WORKERS)

Bill works in the glow of a blast furnace. He

does not seem quite in place with the rest of the workers. A

pencil moustache lends a desired gentlemanliness to his

appearance. He looks fallen on hard times, without ever

having known any better--like Chaplin, an immigrant lost in

the heartless city, with dim hopes for a better way of life.

BILL (o.s.)

I won't let you go back in the mill. People die

in there. I'm a man, and I can look out for you.

11EXT. SIDING OUTSIDE MILL

Along a railroad spur outside the mill, Abby and

Ursula glean bits of coal that have fallen from the tenders.

BILL (o.s.)

We're going west. Things gotta be better out

there.

12EXT. TENEMENT

A POLICEMAN, looking for Bill, roughs Abby up

behind the tenement where they live. Suddenly Bill runs out

from a doorway and slams him over the head with a clay

pitcher full of water.

POLICEMAN:

What'd you do?

Bill shrugs, then hits him again, knocking him

unconscious, when he reaches for a gun. Abby calls Ursula

and they take off running, Bill stopping only to collect

some of their laundry off a clothesline.

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Terrence Malick

Terrence Frederick Malick is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career as part of the New Hollywood film-making wave with the critically acclaimed films Badlands and Days of Heaven, before a lengthy hiatus. more…

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