Pleasantville script
Pleasantville (1998)
Synopsis: Impressed by high school student David's (Tobey Maguire) devotion to a 1950s family TV show, a mysterious television repairman (Don Knotts) provides him with a means to escape into the black-and-white program with his sister, Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon). While David initially takes to the simplistic, corny world of the show, Jennifer sets about jolting the characters with doses of reality that unexpectedly bring a little color into their drab existence.

DAVID:

(quietly)

What's a mother to do?

BETTY(OS)

(on T.V.)

Oh--what's a mother to do?

CLOSE UP. DAVID.

He grabs another handful of Doritos staring at the T.V ...

CUT TO:

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL. (SERIES OF SHOTS) DAY.

A cacophony of modem life. Beepers and nose rings--blue hair

and tattoos. Dissonant boom boxes compete with one another.

The hormones are running crazy.

SCHOOL COURTYARD.

lt is a large open area, alive at lunchtime. Groups of kids

hang out together, divided by their various cliques. The

music pounds in the background.

CLOSE UP. DAVID.

He stands at one end of the courtyard beside a chain link

fence. Beads of sweat form on David's forehead as he speaks

to someone in front of him.

DAVID:

Hi. I mean ...

(pause)

... Hi.

REVERSE ANGLE.

A very pretty blonde girl smiles back at him. It's a warm,

welcoming smile.

CLOSE UP. DAVID.

DAVID:

Look. You probably don't think I should

be asking you this. I mean--not knowing

you well and all ...

REVERSE ANGLE. GIRL.

She smiles wider at him, inviting him to continue.

CLOSE UP. DAVID.

DAVID:

(pause ...)

I mean I know you--everybody knows you

... I just don't know you ...

technically.

REVERSE ANGLE. GIRL.

She nods at him ...

CLOSE UP. DAVID.

DAVID:

Well--I was just wondering--'cause I see

you all the time in Algebra and I heard

you humming that Van Halen song and I

really like that song too ...

(pause)

Anyhow, I don't know what you're doing

this weekend but my Mom's leaving town

and she said I could use her car so ...

REVERSE ANGLE. GIRL.

She positively beams. The girl flicks her blonde hair and

stares back at him adoringly.

CLOSE UP. DAVID.

Instead of smiling back, David just stares, then looks at the

ground.

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Gary Ross

Gary Ross is an American film director, writer, and author. He directed the film The Hunger Games, as well as Pleasantville and the Best Picture nominated Seabiscuit. more…

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