The Last Samurai script
Synopsis: The Last Samurai is a 2003 American epic historical war film directed and co-produced by Edward Zwick, who also co-wrote the screenplay with John Logan and Marshall Herskovitz. The film stars Tom Cruise, who also co-produced, with Timothy Spall, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Hiroyuki Sanada, Koyuki, and Shin Koyamada in supporting roles.

BACK TO THE CONVENTION HALL:

ALGREN:

"Hip-hip hurray." We shouted, for we

had spirit in us yet --

MORE FLASHES:

Algren slices right and left with his saber. He is a truly

gifted swordsman.

A tree branch knocks Davey from his horse. He sits, dazed,

on the ground.

Algren kills a rebel soldier just as be is about to fire on

him.

Single-handedly, be rallies his men, screaming orders, then

lifts his wounded brother onto the saddle beside him.

He leads them downhill toward safely, Davey clinging to him

for dear life.

BACK TO THE CONVENTION HALL:

ALGREN:

Before they knew what hit them, we

had broken through into the rear of

the rebel army.

ON SUTTER'S HILL:

Algren and his men gather in a copse of trees. They are giddy

with the exhilaration of having survived.

DAVEY:

We did it, bro', WE DID IT!

Whoeeeee!!

Algren's smile is shortlived, though.

SUDDENLY, the woods ERUPT with gunfire. Trees are shredded.

Algren's men are literally cut to pieces --

Davey is riddled with bullets, his dead body shielding Algren

from harm until he slides, lifeless, to the mud.

ALGREN:

Davey--!!!!

Men and horses are torn apart -- they contort and writhe in

agony. Jerking grotesquely as the bullets rip into them.

Algren frantically tries to locate the source of this

firepower. Then he sees:

A Gatling Gun.

Six barrels glisten like steel teeth. This early machine gun

is the pinnacle of current military might -- 60 rounds a

second -- a triumph in engineering.

ALGREN:

AHHHHHHH--!!!!!

With insane courage, he wheels and charges the gun.

Bullets rip into horse and rider alike. Algren falls,

lifeless, into the mud.

BACK TO THE CONVENTION HALL:

ALGREN:

And the 23rd rode on to glory.

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John Logan

John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer. more…

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