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 6.

19

MARCO:

Shaw! Sniper with an RPG!

EXT. HUMMER - CONTINUOUS

DON’T STOP!

19

20

-- Marco is firing before his feet touch the ground.

NIGHT VISION GOGGLES: THE DESERT 20

21

Rocket Launcher man does a face-plant in the sand.

THE BRADLEY -- its rear door HEAVES OPEN and our guys spill

out, coughing, hacking, guns ready.

21

22 THE HUMMER - SAME TIME -- careens suddenly away, exposing a

surprised Marco -- Raymond has lost control, fishtails into

a deep trough -- the Hummer lurches onto its side, engineracing -- wheels spinning uselessly in air -- stalling --

MARCO:

Oh shit, Shaw --

22

23 ANOTHER ENEMY WITH A ROCKET LAUNCHER -- slides around an

overturned trailer and FIRES:

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24 OMITTED 24

25 THE ROCKET hits the Bradley Fighting Vehicle at a slant into

its exposed belly, and the truck EXPLODES -- Marco’s team

scattering, pressing themselves into the sand, covering

their heads --

25

A BOY’S VOICE

(amplified)

Were you scared?

THICK DARK SMOKE momentarily blankets the road. Silence.

26 FLASH FORWARD: A YOUNG BOY SCOUT - DAY 26

waiting for an answer, stares earnestly upward at:

FLASH FORWARD:
MAJOR BEN MARCO - DAY

behind a podium, in his crisp dress uniform.

self:
older, tired. Lost for a moment.

His current

MARCO:

Scared?

(long beat)

You don’t really have time to be scared.

Uneasy rustling of an o.s. audience. Somebody coughs.

air-conditioner KICKS IN, rumbling, becoming --

An

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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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