Capote script
Capote (2005)
Synopsis: Reading of the murder of a Kansas family, New York City novelist Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman) decides to cover the story himself, and travels to the small town with his childhood friend, aspiring novelist Harper Lee (Catherine Keener). When Perry Smith (Clifton Collins Jr.) and Dick Hickock (Mark Pellegrino) are arrested and charged, Capote forms an emotional bond with Smith during his jailhouse interviews despite the young criminal's apparent guilt.

TITLE UP:
"Western Kansas, 1959"

EXT. FARMHOUSE - MORNING 1 *

The CAMERA follows a SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL, long hair, pretty

Sunday church dress, walking toward a peaceful farmhouse. At

the door she lifts the knocker. The door opens slightly.

The girl turns and looks past the camera at her MOTHER,

sitting in an old Plymouth idling in the driveway. Her

mother shrugs, motions for her to go inside.

INT. FARMHOUSE - CONTINUOUS 2 *

The girl walks through the downstairs rooms. In the kitchen,

the PHONE is OFF the hook. The girl looks back toward the

open front door. She turns toward the stairs, climbs them.

INT. FARMHOUSE, UPSTAIRS HALL - CONTINUOUS 3 *

She walks down the hall to a BEDROOM DOOR at the end. The

door is slightly ajar. She knocks, then enters the room.

INT. FARMHOUSE, BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS 4 *

The girl's POV:
the CAMERA pans across the bedroom of a high

school coed. We see the desk, the bureau, the bed. On the

bed lies NANCY CLUTTER, her wrists and legs bound in rope,

SHOT in the head. There is blood on the wall. The sixteen

year-old girl stands immobile. Before she starts to scream,

CUT TO:

EXT. KANSAS LANDSCAPE - DAY

Trees ring the edge of a field.

CUT TO:

EXT. N. Y . CITYSCAPE , ESTABLISHING - NIGHT 5 *

Buildings lit against the night sky. *

INT. NEW YORK APARTMENT BUILDING/STAIRS - NIGHT 6 *

Camera follows group of partygoers as they mount the stairs: *

Truman Capote, Barbara (very tall), Rose, Christopher, *

Williams. x

Green

The friends are standing in the crowded kitchen - people are *

coming in and out - talking and drinking and laughing. *

TRUMAN:

So Jimmy Baldwin tells me the plot

of his book, and he says to me: the

writing's going well, but I just

want to make sure it's not one of

those problem novels. I said:

Jimmy, your novel's about a Negro

homosexual who's in love with a Jew

- wouldn't you call that a problem?

Laughter. *

CHRISTOPHER:

Susan's father had a minor heart

attack, so she's writing more

erotic poems about death and sex.

BARBARA:

It's so tiresome.

WILLIAMS:

Hmm. What rhymes with angina?

Laughter. We see Truman watching everyone laugh. GRAYSON *

notices, leans i n t o him. As the rest of the group continues *

talking, we come closer, hear their conversation. *

GRAYS ON:

How's your writing?

TRUMAN:

Oh, I've got a million ideas of

what to write next - I just have to

choose one.

GRAYS ON:

Really?

TRUMAN:

No.

Their attention is pulled back into the group as: *

BARBARA:

Who would I want to play me?

Natalie Wood.

Green

ROSE:

Too fat.

BARBARA:

Audrey Hepburn?

ROSE:

Not bad. Sort of middle-class.

TRUMAN:

When a movie is made of my life I

know exactly who 1 want as me.. . (beat)

Marilyn Monroe.

Barbara cracks up, chokes on her drink.

6 EXT. TRUMAN AND JACK'S HOUSE/BACK PATIO - MORNING 6 *

Truman sits with his coffee, reading the New York Times. An *

article catches his eye. He sits up straight, folds the *

paper over, reads it. *

6 INT. TRUMAN AND JACK'S HOUSE, STUDY - DAY 6 *

C/U of article being snipped out of PAGE 39 of the Times,

November 16, 1959. As the page gets turned around with each

snip, we see a small PHOTO of a middle-aged man wearing

glasses, with the caption: "FOUND DEAD: Herbert W. Clutter, a

wealthy Kansas farmer . . . . " We read the headline : "WEALTHY

FARMER, 3 OF FAMILY SLAIN. Parts of the story: "HOLCOMB,

Kan., Nov. 15 (UPI) - ... wheat farmer, his wife ... two young

children found shot today. . . ." *

INT. TRUMAN AND JACK'S HOUSE, STUDY - MOMZNTS LATER

Truman on the phone.

Green

FEMALE VOICE OVER THE PHONE

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Bennett Miller

Bennett Miller is an American film director, known for directing the acclaimed films Capote, Moneyball, and Foxcatcher. He has been nominated twice for the Academy Award for Best Director. more…

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