The Manchurian Candidate script
Synopsis: Years after his squad was ambushed during the Gulf War, Major Ben Marco (Denzel Washington) finds himself having terrible nightmares. He begins to doubt that his fellow squad-mate Sergeant Raymond Shaw (Liev Schreiber), now a vice-presidential candidate, is the hero he remembers him being. As Marco's doubts deepen, Shaw's political power grows, and, when Marco finds a mysterious implant embedded in his back, the memory of what really happened begins to return.

8/18/03 5.

11 IN THE MIRROR - ON THE ROAD BEHIND THEM: 11

Two dark trucks converge suddenly out of the darkness, on

either side of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle --

They SLAM together in a pincer-wedge just in front of it,

and the Bradley CRASHES into them -- climbs over them, off-

balance, and SMASHES DOWN onto the roof of one of the trucks

and is effectively low-bridged -- tracks spinning, unable to

move -- DARK FIGURES scurry from the trucks.

12 THE HUMMER -- skids around in a tight 180, stops, facing

back at the helpless Bradley. Automatic weapons fire in

bursts, bright, and ricochet harmlessly away --

12

IN THE HUMMER -- MARCO scrambles up out of his seat, pops

the roof hatch and screams at Raymond --

MARCO:

Take the wheel, Sergeant!

13 EXT. HUMMER - NIGHT 13

-- as Marco emerges to take the handles of the roof-mounted

machine gun -- drops his NVGs back over his eyes and FIRES

at the dispersing enemy figures around the Bradley --

14 INT. BRADLEY FIGHTING VEHICLE - NIGHT 14

Marco’s cover fire RATTLES insanely off the armor --

MAVOLE:

(screaming)

LOCK AND LOAD! LOCK AND

LOAD!

BAKER:

(overlapping)

I CAN’T GET US OFF THIS

TRUCK!

MELVIN:

Quarter million dollars of U.S. Army

hardware rat-fucked by a coupla used

Toyotas.

He grabs a fire extinguisher and aims it at flames flaring

from a console of instruments.

15 OMITTED 15

16 OMITTED 16

17 EXT. MARCO’S NIGHT VISION GOGGLES: THE DESERT 17

TRACER BULLETS. A lone enemy SOLDIER runs forward lugging a

personal rocket launcher -- disappears behind a dune --

18 MARCO -- coming off the machine gun, grabbing Raymond’s

rifle and rolling toward the back of the Hummer -- as he

kicks out of the rear door -18

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Daniel Pyne

Daniel Pyne is a writer and producer, known for Fracture (2007), Any Given Sunday (1999) and The Sum of All Fears (2002). more…

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