The Fabulous Baker Boys script
Synopsis: Frank (Beau Bridges) and Jack Baker (Jeff Bridges) are brothers who have performed together in a small but successful piano act for years. However, their lack of ambition hurts them -- they begin losing gigs, and are soon relegated to run-down venues. Attempting to infuse new life into their act, the brothers audition singers and choose the stunning Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer). The new lineup brings success, but a growing attraction between Susie and Jack threatens the trio's stability.

WIDER ANGLE INCLUDING LOUNGE

As they begin to plink out their "theme song" tables

of middle-aged couples sipping enormous banana

daiquiries begin to tap their feet and bob their heads.

After a few bars, the boys finish with a flourish and

the couples applaud.

FRANK:

(Mr. Smile)

Thank you. Thank you. Good evening and welcome

to the Starfire lounge. My name is Frank Baker

and eighty-eight keys across from me is my

little brother, Jack.

Applause. Little brother Jack smiles, winks, and takes

a draw on his cigarette.

FRANK:

(continuing; could do this in his sleep)

You know, my brother and I have been playing

together, gosh, I don't know. How long has it

been, Jack?

JACK:

Twenty-eight years, Frank.

Applause.

FRANK:

That's a lot of water under the

bridge, eh, Jack?

JACK:

Lotta water.

FRANK:

Of course, back then, things were a little

different. I was eight, Jack was seven, just

about the only song we knew was 'My Bonnie

Lies Over the Ocean', and the only one who would

listen to us was the family cat, Cecil.

(to Jack)

We must have shaved three lives off that cat,

eh, Jack?

Laughter. Jack smiles like he's got a mouth full of

razor blades.

FRANK:

(continuing)

But seriously. It's been fifteen years since

Jack and I first stepped on the stage as

professionals. Three states, sixty-eight cities,

and more-grayhairs-then-we'd-like-to-admit later...

well, believe me, we've seen our share of this

crazy country of ours. But even though we've

played some of the finest venues in the world ...

At this point, Jack begins to mimic his brother's words.

FRANK:

(continuing)

... There's one place that's always been, for us,

a very special place, and that place is... this

place, the Starfire lounge.

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Steve Kloves

Stephen Keith "Steve" Kloves (born March 18, 1960) is an American screenwriter mainly renowned for his adaptations of novels, especially for the Harry Potter film series and for Wonder Boys. He has also directed two motion pictures. more…

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