3AEXT. TWA PLANE IN FLIGHT OVER LOS ANGELES - NIGHT
With the myriad lights of the city beneath it. As the plane lands:
3BEXT. HUGE HANGAR
Troop carriers filled with ARMED SOLDIERS are lined up before the
hangar; several official cars filled with SECRET SERVICE MEN, four
MOTORCYCLE POLICEMEN, and a caravan of three limousines complete the
waiting entourage. The CHIEF of the SECRET SERVICE looks toward the
airfield as the plane is heard taxiing in. He turns and gets into one
of the limousines, followed by the others.
3CLONG SHOT - VEHICLES ON AIRFIELD
Coming toward camera. The plane looms in the f.g. A motorized stairway
is on the way toward the door of the plane. The vehicles come to a
halt before the camera.
3DHIGH ANGLE SHOT - PLANE
The Armed Soldiers leap out of the troop carriers and form a cordon
around the plane. The Secret Service Men get out within the circle of
guards, wait for the door to open.
4EXT. JET DOOR
It opens. GRANT steps out: in middle thirties, with the air of a man
who takes nothing seriously -- his coverup for involvement. He turns
to help JAN BENES out of the plane. Benes is Mittel European in dress
and manner. Physically, he is Schweitzer at forty: the leonine head,
the shock of hair. He carries a battered suitcase. In response to
Grant's gesture, he precedes him down the stairs.
5ON THE FIELD
As Benes reaches the last step, he is greeted by the Chief of the
Secret Service, who shakes his hand, introduces him to several of his
subordinates, and leads him to a limousine. Their words are lost in
the din of jets. About to get into the car, Benes turns and moves back
quickly to Grant, who is near the bottom of the stairs. Benes extends
his hand. They shake warmly. Benes moves back toward the limousine.
6GRANT - ON PLATFORM STAIRS
He watches as Benes gets into the limousine and the caravan takes off
with the Motorcycle Escort. The Soldiers are climbing back into the
troop carriers. Grant starts down the stairs, is lost to view in the
8AEXT. PICO BOULEVARD
Down which the cavalcade speeds.
8BEXT. WAREHOUSE DISTRICT OF STUDIO (BACK LOT)
The cavalcade races through an area of dark warehouses.
8CEXT. DESERTED STREET (BACK LOT)
A rundown area. The cavalcade starts down the street. In the second
floor of an otherwise dark house, a light is turned on and off, an
evident signal. PAN DOWN to a heavy car, waiting in a narrow alley
which opens into the street. Its headlights are off, the sound of its
engine completely drowned by the concerted roar of the oncoming cars
and motorcycles. As the cavalcade nears the entrance to the alley, one
of the motorcyles comes speeding up from the rear of the escort. The
car in the alleyway starts toward the entrance to the alley.
The car starts hurtling forward at full speed. The front of the
limousine is now visible. A broadside impact seems inevitable.
The motorcycle from the rear reaches the limousine as the kamikaze car
comes hurtling out like a motorized projectile. It hits the motorcycle
-- a totally unexpected obstruction -- and sends the Policeman flying
out of scene. It is sufficient to deflect the kamikaze car from its
deadly aim. The car hits the rear of the limousine, sends it spinning
out of control. The suicide car, also out of control, careens toward
the opposite side of the street. The limousine smashes into a
telephone pole, which brings it to a jolting stop.
The impact throws Benes to the side. His head hits the door handle
with stunning force, almost knocking him out.