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.

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INT. CASINO - NIGHT - FLASHBACK

The Blackjack table where DELMER Is dealing. DOLLY AROUND to reveal

a drunk and obnoxious CRAIG HANSEN, screaming about the cards he's

been dealt and taunting Delmer

NARRATOR:

-- added to this, Mr. Hansen's

tortured life met before with

Delmer Darion just two nights previous --

Hansen SPITS and PUNCHES at Delmer Darion's FACE for dealing the

cards he's been dealt. SECURITY GUARDS attack and pull him to the ground.

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INT. MOTEL ROOM - DAY - BACK TO SCENE

CRAIG HANSEN reading the paper, looking at the cover story,

that has a photo of DELMER DARION. He's crying and

mumbling to himself:

CRAIG HANSEN:

...oh God...fuck...I'm sorry...I'm sorry...

NARRATOR:

The weight of the guilt and the

measure of coincidence so large,

Craig Hansen took his life.

Replay of Craig Hansen's suicide, except this time, right before he

blows his head off we hear him say, through tears:

CRAIG HANSEN:

...forgive me...

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INT. CASINO - NIGHT - BACK TO SCENE

Back to the fight DELMER and CRAIG HANSEN are having: CAMERA DOLLIES

IN QUICK TOWARDS Delmer on the ground with blood coming from his nose.

FREEZE FRAME.

NARRATOR:

And I Am Trying To Think This Was All

Only A Matter Of Chance.

QUICK DISSOLVE TO:

INSERT, CLOSE UP - HOTEL EVENTS BOARD.

It reads:
Welcome! AAFS Awards Dinner and Reception

Walnut Room

8pm

INT. HOTEL BANQUET ROOM - NIGHT (1961)

CAMERA pushes in following two GUESTS through some double

doors and reveals the DINNER RECEPTION.

ANGLE, MAN BEHIND PODIUM.

CAMERA pushes in quick then blends to 60fps on a man in glasses:

DONALD HARPER, forensic scientist as he speaks into the microphone.

NARRATOR:

The tale told at a 1961 awards dinner

for the American Association Of Forensic

Science by Dr. Donald Harper, president

of the association, began with a simple

suicide attempt --

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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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