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.

Jack lays in a few soft bass chords.

FRANK:

(continuing)

Why? Well, I guess you could just say it's

the ...

(pregnant moment)

... people.

At which point Frank's hands descend onto the keyboard

and give birth to the melody of -- what else? "People.'

JACK AND FRANK - LATER

They exit the stage to applause.

FRANK:

Thank you. Remember, room service is available

till one A.M. for you late-nighters.

INT. HOTEL KITCHEN

Jack and Frank pass through the steamy hotel kitchen.

FRANK:

Don't make trouble, all right?

JACK:

Who's gonna make trouble?

(spotting someone)

Hey, amigo!

JACK'S POV - MAN

in an apron, cutting meat off a huge soup bone,

looks up.

BACK TO SCENE:

MAN:

Jack!

(lower)

Frank.

FRANK:

(the feeling's mutual)

Yeah, hi, Hector.

HECTOR (MAN)

(re:
the soup bone)

For Eddie. I wrap.

JACK:

Gracias.

FRANK:

(as they exit)

I mean it, Jack. Behave.

JACK:

Like an angel.

INT. OFFICE

Frank stands across the desk from a YOUNG MAN who,

despite his youth, has an irritatingly paternal

attitude toward the two men in his office. Jack stays

in the doorway, smoking a cigarette, as if to venture

any further is to risk contracting some hideous

disease.

LLOYD (YOUNG MAN)

(preparing a cash envelope)

Terrific, boys. Really. Terrific.

FRANK:

Thanks, Lloyd.

LLOYD:

Yes, sir. You're just what we needed on a night

like this.

FRANK:

Uh ... thanks.

Frank glances at Jack and realizes he should have left

him in the kitchen with Hector and the soup bone.

LLOYD:

Only, Jack, do me a favor, will ya, pal? If you

wanna smoke, put on a pair of sunglasses and go

play with the niggers on State Street. These

blisters from the midwest don't wanna watch some

guy dripping ash all over himself while he's

playing 'The Sound of Music.'

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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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