Bare Knuckle script
Bare Knuckle (2016)
Synopsis: The Boxer, a quiet man with a history of losing fights, comes to Mickey McDonnell begging for a fight, but the only thing he can offer the failed pugilist is an impossible match with Bruiser, an unbeaten brute twice the boxer's size, and if he loses he owes Mickey twenty fights as payback.

BLACK FRAME - TEXT APPEARS

“Violence alone does not render bloodsports interesting.

Lovers of cockfighting take no pleasure in seeing livestock

butchered in slaughterhouses.

Only violence in the context of fair combat affords genuine

displays of fortitude and honor.

The ability to accept violence yet place limits on it, to

order mayhem with rules and a spirit of gallantry is the true

measure of a civilization and surest bulwark of freedom”

-R. Payne Knight, Eulogy of Boxing and Cock Fighting - 1806

--TEXT fades out.

From the black we hear two heavy axes chop into thick wood.

EXT. NORTHEASTERN FOREST - EVENING

Four feet off the ground, two men stand on planks notched in

a twenty-foot-wide American Chestnut, chopping with vigor.

Both Irish. One cut from steel, KIERAN. The other big and

burly, GRADY, who begins to tire.

GRADY:

I’ll be glad to put these damn

behemoth chestnuts behind me.

KIERAN:

You’re too good to be joining up

with the Chichesters. A bunch of

thievin’ cutthroats, they are.

GRADY:

I live in the slums of Manhattan,

same as you. How else do you ward

off all those bloody top hats?

KIERAN:

Trouble’s easy enough to avoid if

you don’t go looking for it.

Grady stops chopping, breathing heavy. Kieran’s pace is

relentless.

GRADY:

The states have been at war for

over a year now. The streets of New

York run lawless. Trouble finds ya

all on it’s own.

2.

KIERAN:

Keep that axe moving, Grady. My

girl’s got her first singing gig at

the Know Nothings tomorrow and I’m

not missing it on account of your

lazy hide.

GRADY:

Know Nothings? The saloon for Irish

hating bowery boys?

Grady resumes, wincing with every swing.

KIERAN:

Aye, but it’s good money. Destine

was handpicked by Bad Jack himself.

GRADY:

The bare knuckle champion? You’re

the one who needs a gang, lad.

KIERAN:

She’ll only be singing for Jack, I

assure you of that.

GRADY:

Destine has a grand fireside voice,

but don’t ya think maybe he picked

her for those full bubbies and that

round-

KIERAN:

You mind your tongue in the matters

of my bride to be.

GRADY:

Bride? You sly little lobcock. When

did you propose?

KIERAN:

I haven’t, but I aim to tomorrow,

if you got the bottom to finish

this job.

Grady smiles and heaves his axe into the massive trunk.

EXT. STREETS OF NEW YORK - DAY

Bloodied and maimed working-class laborers are scattered

about the streets. The sounds of livestock being slaughtered

in public markets and the rotten stench of open sewers fill

the air.

3.

SUPERED BELOW:
EAST BOWERY, NEW YORK CITY, 1862

Amongst the wretched street life is a cluster of innocent

children counting out loud, swinging a jump rope for DESTINE,

a beautiful French girl in a humble dress.

Destine freezes in awe of something and the rope hits her

feet. Kieran appears with his axe slung over his shoulder.

She runs into Kieran’s arms and they kiss as sweethearts. The

children giggle. Kieran grabs a little girl and playfully

swings her around as the other kids paw for his attention.

KIERAN:

You all minding your manners around

my beloved?

CHILDREN:

Yes.

KIERAN:

Don’t you be lettin’ me hear

otherwise.

DESTINE:

Alright children. Go play. I have

to talk to Kieran. Go on.

The children go back to jumping rope.

KIERAN:

What is it?

DESTINE:

Bad Jack wants me to attend his

fight today.

KIERAN:

Not a chance. It’s all crooks and

savages at those bouts.

DESTINE:

Surely a strong handsome lumberman

such as yourself can keep me safe.

KIERAN:

I got no desire in watching that

spectacle for rats.

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David Matillo

David Matillo was born on September 22, 1983 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is a writer and actor, known for Bangkok Hilton, Bare Knuckle and Fight Land. more…

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