The Power of One script
Synopsis: The Power of One is a 1992 American drama film based on Bryce Courtenay's 1989 novel of the same name. Set in South Africa during World War II, the film centers on the life of Peter Philip 'Peekay or PK' Kenneth-Keith, an English boy raised under apartheid, and his conflicted relationships with a German pianist, a Coloured boxing coach and an Afrikaner romantic interest. Directed and edited by John G. Avildsen, the film stars Stephen Dorff, John Gielgud, Morgan Freeman, Armin Mueller-Stahl and featured (a then-unknown) Daniel Craig in his film debut.

YOUNG MAN (V.O.)

The medicine man instructed me to

jump off the falls and climb along

the ten stepping stones, counting

as I went until I reached dry

land.

The Boy jumps, cascading down the falls and into the pond

below. He clambers up the first rock. It is slippery.

He falls off and climbs back on, buffeted by the spraying

water. He makes his way stone by stone toward the other

side.

YOUNG MAN (V.O.)

Even though it was only a dream,

I felt as if my struggle to reach

dry land was terrifyingly real.

The water was like ice, bone-

chilling, cold, and as I made my

way from one stone to the next I

could feel my strength desert me.

The progress from one step to the next gets progressively

harder as the Boy keeps slipping into the swirling water,

coughing and sputtering.

YOUNG MAN (V.O.)

I was three rocks in when I ran

out of gas. I couldn't pull myself

any further. No matter how hard I

5.

tried, the current tried harder.

I felt myself going under for thelast time.

The Boy's grip slips off the rock.

under.

He starts to go

CUT TO:

6 EXT. FARMYARD - DAWN 6

The fire has gone out. The Boy is still sitting in thecircle, the chicken still in his lap. His eyes snap

open. The first thing he sees is Inkosi Inkosikazisitting across from him with a big smile.

CUT TO:

7 EXT. YARD - DAY 7

Inkosi Inkosikazi enters the Buick. The Boy and hissmiling nanny watch. They Boy still holds the chicken.

YOUNG MAN (V.O.)

Inkosi Inkosikazi said the spiritof the great Zulu warriors livedin me. He told me that whenever

trouble arose I should return to

the waterfall and keep steppingacross the rocks until the trouble

passed. He said three rocks were

enough to conquer my problem withthe night water; that I was verybrave. He said I was a man for

all Africa, bound to her by myspirit, bound by my dreams.

(beat)

And he let me keep the chicken.

The Boy and his nanny watch the car go off in a cloud ofdust.

CUT TO:

8 EXT. VELDT - DAY 8

The Boy sits on a train looking out the window at theveldt and the wildlife moving across in the distance.

A sack on his lap moves. The chicken's head pops out.

The Boy gives him some kernels of corn and scratchesbehind his scraggly comb.

YOUNG MAN (V.O.)

Although I was bound by spirit

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Robert Mark Kamen

Robert Mark Kamen is an American screenwriter who has been writing major motion pictures for over twenty-five years. He is best known as creator and co-creator of the Karate Kid and Transporter franchises, as well as the 2008 action thriller Taken. more…

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