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The time is 1959. HOLLY SARGIS, the 15-year-old heroine,
sits on her bed, petting her dog. The CAMERA DOLLIES BACK as
she talks on VOICE OVER.
My mother died of pneumonia when I
was just a kid. My father had kept
their wedding cake in the freezer
for ten whole years. After the funeral
he gave it to the yardman... He tried
to act cheerful, but he could never
be consoled by the little stranger
he found in his house. Then, one
day, hoping to begin a new life away
from the scene of all his memories,
he moved us from Texas to Ft. Dupree,
HOLD on FULL SHOT of bedroom.
EXT. ALLEYS AND STREETS – SERIES OF ANGLES – DAWN
The streets and alleys of Ft. Dupree at dawn. On sound we
hear the clucking of DOVES. A garbage truck appears. Details
of the mechanisms at the back of the truck.
KIT CARRUTHERS, the hero, a 25-year-old garbageman, kneels
beside a dead dog. He inspects it briefly, then looks back
at his friend and co-worker, CATO, a stocky man in his
I'll give you a dollar to eat this
Cato inspects the dog.
I'm not going to eat him for a
dollar... I don't think he's a collie,
either. Some kind of dog.
They drive off.
Watch your heads.
The truck comes to a stop. Kit bangs on the driver's door.
Hey. Woody. Gimme a cigarette.
WOODY waves him off. Kit shrugs to Cato.
Woody wouldn't give me a cigarette.
Ever notice he don't talk much?
Cato agrees with this. They make a terrible racket, with no
regard for the sleep of the neighbors.
Holly, whispering some rhyme to herself, twirls a baton in
the middle of an empty street.
Little did I realize that what began
in the alleys and back ways of this
quiet town would end in the Badlands
Kit tries to sell a passing BUM a pair of shoes.
Nah. They wouldn't fit.
How do you know? You hadn't tried
them on yet.
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