Apt Pupil script
Apt Pupil (1998)
Synopsis: A high-school student (Brad Renfro) forms an unhealthy relationship with a former Nazi death-camp officer (Ian McKellen).

FADE IN:

Through the window of a moving vehicle, we see a series of

small, middle-class houses. This could be any suburban street

in America.

INT. CITY BUS - DAY

A boy is seated near the back of a moving bus. This is TODD

BOWDEN, 15, as All-American as they come. He stares out at the

other passengers indifferently. Then something catches his eye.

EXT. RESIDENTIAL STREET - SANTO DONATO - DAY

TITLE:
SANTO DONATO, CA FEBRUARY 1984

Todd pedals his bike down a quiet street and pulls up to an

unassuming bungalow set far back on its lot. This is the kind

of house one would hardly notice driving through the peaceful

suburban community of Santo Donato. Todd gets off his bike and

heads up the front steps. On the way, he bends down to pick up

the L.A. Times.

Two signs, in laminated plastic, are secured neatly above the

door bell. The first reads: "ARTHUR DENKER". The second reads:

"NO SOLICITORS, NO PEDDLERS, NO SALESMEN".

Todd RINGS the bell. Nothing. He looks at his watch. It is

twelve past ten. He RINGS again, this time longer. Still

nothing. Finally, Todd leans on the tiny button, staring at his

watch as he does so. After more than a minute of SOLID RINGING,

a voice is heard from within.

DUSSANDER (O.S.)

All right. All right. I'm coming. Let it

go!

Todd lets go as a chain behind the heavy door starts to rattle.

Then it opens. An old man stands behind the screen. He is KURT

DUSSANDER, a.k.a. Arthur Denker. Mid-seventies. Standing there

in his bathrobe and slippers, a cigarette smashed in his mouth,

he looks like a cross between Boris Karloff and Albert Einstein.

Dussander stares at Todd, who tries to speak, but suddenly

cannot.

DUSSANDER:

(continuing)

A boy. I don't need anything, boy. Can't

you read? I thought all American boys could

read. Don't be a nuisance, now. Good day.

The door begins to close. Todd waits till the last moment

before speaking.

TODD:

Don't forget your paper, Mr. Dussander.

The door stops. Dussander opens it slowly. He unlatches the

screen and slips his fingers around the paper. Todd does not

let go.

DUSSANDER:

Give me my newspaper.

TODD:

Sure thing, Mr. Dussander.

Dussander snatches the paper away and closes the screen door.

Quickly, almost imperceptibly, the old man's eyes survey the

area:
across the street, up and down the sidewalk, the boy's

bicycle.

DUSSANDER:

My name is Denker. See?

(pointing)

Denker. Perhaps you cannot read after all.

What a pity. Good day.

As the front door closes, Todd speaks rapidly into the narrowing gap.

TODD:

Bergen-Belsen, January '43 to June '43.

Auschwitz, June '43 to June '44. Then you

went to Patin.

The door stops, still partly open.

TODD (CONT'D)

After the war, you escaped to Buenos Aires.

From 1950 to '52 you were in Cuba, and

then... From 1952 to '58... I don't know. No

one does. But in 1965, you popped up in West

Berlin, where they almost got you.

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Brandon Boyce

Brandon Boyce was born on November 23, 1970 in the USA. He is an actor and writer, known for Apt Pupil (1998), Wicker Park (2004) and Milk (2008). more…

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