1 CREDITS BEGIN OVER BLACK. 1
a man in his 70s, narrates nostalgically OVER a MONTAGEof related news photos.
1957 was a big year. The Russians
put that Sputnik into outer space,
the Dodgers played their last gameat Ebbets Field, 'that guy' shotFrank Costello in the head, and
missed, and the Gallo brothers
whacked Albert Anastasia in that
barber shop in the Park SheratonHotel. It was total chaos. With
Anastasia gone, Vito Genovesefigures he's king shit, but CarloGambino and 'Joe Bananas' both
want to be boss of all bosses. So
they call a meeting!-- a bigmeeting.
2 EXT. UPSTATE NEW YORK - DAY 2
CREDITS CONTINUE. In FADED 16mm documentary-style, wesee a country road winding through rolling hills. At the
top of the hill, a black '57 Cadillac appears and sweepsthrough the peaceful landscape.
It was the first time the whole
commission was ever gonna meetface to face. Bosses and wiseguyswere comin' in from all over the
country, and all the New Yorkfamilies, too!-- maybe sixtybosses, the whole wiseguy world!-all
headin' toward this little
town upstate to figure out what'swhat.
3 EXT. ROADSIDE - DAY 3
A sign reads, "Entering Apalachin!- pop. 342." The black
Cadillac speeds past the sign, then another black Caddy,
then a black Lincoln, then another Caddy, a Lincoln, etc.
Your father and me, we were goin'up with Tommy D., Fat Tommy.
He was running the family at thetime. Anyway, I don't know whatanybody was thinking, but someasshole thought it would be a goodidea to have this meeting at JoeBabara's farm in the country wherenobody would notice.
4 EXT. RURAL GAS STATION - DAY
A local state police deputy is gassing up his motorcyclewhen the parade of shiny black cars rolls by. He looks
up and scratches his head at the unusual sight.
Turns out the local cops werewatching Joe Babara like a hawk.
So now you got about fifty Caddiesand Lincolns pullin' into Apalachinand some deputy sheriff with cowshit on his shoes notices all the
traffic and calls the Feds.
5 EXT. JOE BABARA'S ESTATE - DAY
The Caddies and Lincolns are all parked around a rambling
country manor. Bosses and wiseguys are meeting andgreeting each other on the big front porch.
One WISEGUY is trying to shoo a cow away from his car.
You wanna be a ribeye? Get awayfrom the fuckin' car.
6 EXT. WOODS - SAME TIME
Federal agents start moving in quietly, heavily-armed,
wearing big FBI arm bands.
The meeting never even gotstarted. The Feds moved in!-6
7 EXT. HOUSE - DAY 7
Agents with weapons drawn charge the house and startbreaking down the front door.
8 EXT. BACK OF HOUSE - SAME TIME 8
-- and we moved out.
Gangsters in shiny suits are squeezing through windowsand leaping off balconies.
WIDE - WISEGUYS
fleeing into the surrounding woods and fields.
Your papa and me hid in a field
with hay or corn, some kinda
foliage, I don't know.
9 EXT. FARM FIELD - DAY 9
Two wiseguys in suits crouch in the tall grass.
Suddenly they see a John Deere harvester bearing down onthem.
Then along comes this farmer who
almost runs us over in a tractor,
so your father hauls out his piece,
this .44 cannon he used to carry,
and hijacks the goddamn tractor.
Funniest fuckin' thing I ever saw.
10 EXT. COUNTRY ROAD - DAY 10
The farmer goes flying off the harvester and the twowiseguys drive off on it.