Magnolia script
Magnolia (1999)
Synopsis: Magnolia is a 1999 American ensemble drama film written, co-produced and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. The film stars Jeremy Blackman, Tom Cruise, Melinda Dillon, Philip Baker Hall, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ricky Jay, William H. Macy, Alfred Molina, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Jason Robards and Melora Walters, and is a mosaic of interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.

NARRATOR:

-- well liked and well regarded as a

physical, recreational and sporting sort --

Delmer's true passion was for the lake --

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INT. LAKE TAHOE/UNDERWATER - DAY

Delmer SPLASHES in and comes down towards the CAMERA. SOUND drops out,

becomes very quiet...

CUT TO:

EXT. LAKE TAHOE - THAT MOMENT

The FIRE DEPARTMENT AIR TANKER comes flying in, heading towards

the lake, coming directly at CAMERA...

CUT TO:

INT. LAKE TAHOE/UNDERWATER - THAT MOMENT

Delmer dives. Silent and peaceful.

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EXT. LAKE TAHOE - THAT MOMENT

OVERHEAD ANGLE Looks down on the calm lake....beat, then:

THE MASSIVE AIR TANKER FILLS THE FRAME, TOUCHING DOWN ON THE WATER,

FULLING IT'S BODY FULL OF WATER FROM THE LAKE. It enters CAMERA RT.

and exits CAMERA LFT.

ANGLE, THE AIR TANKER. It heads off full of water towards the raging

forrest fire in the distance.

NARRATOR:

-- as reported by the coroner, Delmer

died of a heart attack somewhere between

the lake and the tree. But most curious

side note is the suicide the next day

of Craig Hansen --

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EXT. RENO MOTEL - DAY - FLASHBACK

Establishing shot. (x3)

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INT. MOTEL - THAT MOMENT

CAMERA PUSHES IN SUPER QUICK towards a MAN named CRAIG HANSEN (30s)

He shoves a RIFLE under his chin and pulls the trigger, blood and brains

splatter the ceiling.

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INT. AIR TANKER COCKPIT - FLASHBACK - DAY

HANSEN flying the plane. HOLD CU. as he moves towards the lake.

NARRATOR:

...volunteer firefighter, estranged

father of four and a poor tendency

to drink -- Mr. Hansen was the pilot

of the plane that quite accidentally

lifted Delmer Darion out of the water --

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EXT. LAKE TAHOE - SHOT REPLAYED.

Quick flashback to the footage of the PLANE lifting the water

from the lake, SOUND CARRIES OVER....

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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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