Crime Spree script
Crime Spree (2003)
Synopsis: Would-be thieves of the French underworld, Marcel (Johnny Hallyday) and Zero (Renaud) have a knack for doing everything wrong. But even their most ardent doubters could not have seen the latest disaster coming. After being handed a seemingly easy score -- robbing a Chicago house said to be full of jewels -- the crew rips off mob boss Frankie Zammeti's (Harvey Keitel) home instead. They then steal a street gang's car for their getaway, which gets them into even more hot water.

FADE IN:

INT. DARK ROOM - NIGHT

Pitch dark. We hear two men speaking FRENCH in hushed voices.

NOTE:
All dialogue is in French until otherwise noted.

DANIEL:

(whispering)

Turn on the flashlight.

JULIEN:

I'm trying. It doesn't work.

DANIEL:

It has to work. You just bought it this

afternoon.

A beat.

JULIEN:

Do they come with batteries?

DANIEL:

You didn't buy batteries?

JULIEN:

I thought they came with batteries.

DANIEL:

I can't believe you didn't check.

JULIEN:

I bought everything you put on the list.

Gloves. Pen knives. Flashlight.

Batteries were not on the list.

DANIEL:

Why should I have to put it on the list?

It's like saying to buy a car with tires.

EXT. HOUSE -- NIGHT

A wealthy neighborhood of Paris off the Champs Elysees. Large

homes line the secluded street. We see the silhouette of a man in

a Peugeot. We MOVE IN closer to see RAYMOND GAYET, 30's, waits

nervously.

INT. DARK ROOM -- NIGHT

Dark. DANIEL FORAY lights his Zippo lighter. He is late 30's,

tall, handsome with eyes that seem to twinkle in the glow of the

flame. Beside him is JULIEN LABESSE, 30's, hyper. Daniel places

the LIGHTER on a small table and moves over to a PAINTING on the

wall. Daniel stops at one, removes a pen knife and starts to cut

the canvas from the frame.

Daniel rolls up the canvas.

DANIEL:

Let's go.

Julien starts to pick up the ZIPPO.

DANIEL:

Be careful it's...

Too Late! Julien has already picked it up. It burns his hand ans

he flicks it away. It flies through the air and lands in the corner

of the room. The CURTAINS catch on fire.

DANIEL:

... hot!

Julien panics! He grabs the canvas out of Daniel's hand and begins

beating the flames with it. Daniel looks at him with disbelief.

Julien flails his arms wildly as he beats back the flames. He

turns to Daniel pleased that his efforts have extinguished the

fire, but unaware that the canvas has now caught on fire. A beat.

Julien sees the flames and puts them out. Daniel just stares at

him. He opens the canvas. The painting is ruined.

EXT. STREET -- NIGHT

A Mercedes parks in front of the Peugeot, boxing it in between it

and a car behind it. The DRIVER gets out and walks away.

INT. HOUSE FOYER -- NIGHT

Daniel and Julien move through the darkness.

DANIEL:

Light your lighter. I can't see

anything... and try not to burn down

the house!

Julien remove a lighter and presses it. The entire room fills

with light. Julien stares at the flame amazed.

OLD MAN'S VOICE

Don't move!

They turn to see an old man standing at the top of the stairs in

his bathrobe. He is frail, his face pasty white. He is holding a

very long, double-barrel shotgun.

Julien looks to Daniel with a 'what now' expression. The old man

slowly moves down the stairs. He loses his balance and falls down

the stairs, tumbling head over heals until he reaches the bottom.

Daniel and Julien stare at the old man who is sprawled out on the

floor, motionless.

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Brad Mirman

Born June 28, 1953 in Hollywood, California. Went to Beverly Hills High school. First big break came with the sale of a spec script "Partners in Crime" to Paramount in 1989 after a bidding war. He Lived in Paris from 1999 to 2005 and currently resides in Paris and Los Angeles. Married to Delphine Wilhelem in 1996. more…

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