Circle of Treason script
Synopsis: A pair of CIA agents help bring down one of the agency's biggest moles, Aldrich Ames, in the 1990s.

BLACK:

We hear the clink of cutlery, convivial noise, then...

FADE IN:

INT. MAYFLOWER HOTEL - DAY

...on ALDRICH HAZEN AMES, watchful eyes behind thick glasses.

He’s at the bar, smoking and nursing a vodka, several empties

in front of him. The busy restaurant is reflected in a wall-

length mirror.

At forty-four, Ames is a contradiction: a sloppy dresser with

a meticulous intellect; cold, arrogant, introverted - yet a

beguiling talker, a loyal and generous friend... a student of

secrets who is his own greatest mystery.

He studies his reflection under the hum of lunchtime

conversation. Then, checking his watch, he makes a decision:

he drains his glass, picks up his briefcase, and walks out.

EXT. MAYFLOWER HOTEL - WASHINGTON D.C. - DAY

Emerging into the din of traffic and heat of the day, Rick

hesitates, as if unsure of his direction. Then heads north

up Connecticut Ave., vanishing among the anonymous crowds...

TITLES BEGIN -

INT. SAFE HOUSE - MOSCOW - NIGHT

PAUL STOMBAUGH, a CIA case officer in his late 30s, fits

decks of Russian currency into a gym bag. Subminiature

cameras and operational materials are already packed inside.

He checks a miniature tape recorder and slips it in his

pocket, glancing at a cheap Russian-made TV set. On screen,

Gorbachev reviews the troops and ICBMs in Red Square during a

recent victory parade. It’s June 1985.

EXT. RESTON - VIRGINIA - DAWN

CLOSE ON SANDY GRIMES

...as she runs through a Virginia suburb at first light.

Sandy is thirty-nine. Trim, striking, feminine. An

expressive face, a cool and steely intelligence in the eyes.

2.

She arrives, breathing hard, outside her own modest home and

checks her time. Not bad. Better than yesterday.

EXT/INT. VOLKSWAGEN - MOSCOW STREETS - NIGHT

A V.W. van drives through light Moscow traffic. Stombaugh is

at the wheel, checking the road behind him. He drives

carefully, letting cars pass. Makes a turn at random.

INT. GRIMES KITCHEN - EARLY MORNING

Reagan on TV. Addressing Soviet aggression in Afghanistan.

GARY (O.S.)

Girls, let’s hustle. I’m late.

GARY GRIMES, 40s, is drinking coffee and packing a briefcase

at the kitchen table. His daughters, KELLY, 13, and TRACY,

9, are eating breakfast. Sandy comes through, showered and

dressed for work.

TRACY:

I thought mom was taking us?

GARY:

Mom’s got a big meeting today.

SANDY:

(checks her watch)

I can take ‘em.

GARY:

You sure?

SANDY:

Yeah, I got it.

They kiss in passing. Sandy steals a piece of toast off

Kelly’s plate. Kelly lifts chunky Walkman headphones to

complain:

KELLY:

I was eating that.

SANDY:

(grins)

You snooze you lose, kiddo.

3.

INT/EXT. VOLKSWAGEN - MOSCOW ALLEY - NIGHT

The volkswagen pulls up in a deserted side street. Stombaugh

hops out of the van with the gym bag.

EXT. JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL - MORNING

Sandy calls Tracy back to hand her the bag she’d forgotten

and sends her inside. She then hurries back to her car.

EXT. MOSCOW SUBURBS - NIGHT

Stombaugh carries his bag along a wooded path toward a row of

Stalinist apartment blocks. Passing a WOMAN on a payphone,

he barely glances at her - but clocks her as suspicious.

Ahead, a YELLLOW ZHIGULI, a Soviet Fiat clone, is parked on

the street. A MAN sits in the car, silhouetted against the

streetlight outside.

As Stombaugh approaches the car, he glances back to see the

woman hang up the phone and walk away. Relieved, he

continues towards the car... when the night suddenly comes

alive around him.

FLOODLIGHTS CRANK ON, SHOUTS IN RUSSIAN, the door of a

trailer rattles up and a KGB ALPHA SECURITY TEAM spring down.

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Joe Shrapnel & Anna Waterhouse

Joe Shrapnel was born in 1976 as Joe Sebastian Shrapnel. He is known for his work on Race (2016), Frankie & Alice (2010) and The Tonto Woman (2008). Anna Waterhouse works primarily as a script consultant. more…

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