Days of Heaven script
Synopsis: Days of Heaven is a 1978 American romantic drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick and starring Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard, and Linda Manz. Set in 1916, it tells the story of Bill and Abby, lovers who travel to the Texas Panhandle to harvest crops for a wealthy farmer. Bill encourages Abby to claim the fortune of the dying farmer by tricking him into a false marriage.

SETTING:

The story is set in Texas just before the First World War.

CAST OF CHARACTERS

BILL:
A young man from Chicago following the harvest.

ABBY:
The beautiful young woman he loves.

CHUCK:
The owner of a vast wheat ranch ("bonanza") in the

Texas Panhandle.

URSULA:
Abby's younger sister, a reckless child of14.

BENSON:
The bonanza foreman, an enemy of the newcomers.

MISS CARTER:
Chief domestic at the Belvedere, Chuck's home.

McLEAN:
Chuck's accountant.

GEORGE:
A young pilot who interests Ursula.

A PREACHER, A DOCTOR, AN ORGANIST, VARIOUS HARVEST HANDS,

LAWMEN, VAUDEVILLIANS, etc.

"Troops of nomads swept over the country at harvest time

like a visitation of locusts, reckless young fellows,

handsome, profane, licentious, given to drink, powerful but

inconstant workmen, quarrelsome and difficult to manage at

all times. They came in the season when work was plenty and

wages high. They dressed well, in their own peculiar

fashion, and made much of their freedom to come and go."

"They told of the city, and sinister and poisonous

jungles all cities seemed in their stories. They were

scarred with battles. They came from the far-away and

unknown, and passed on to the north, mysterious as the

flight of locusts, leaving the people of Sun Prairie quite

as ignorant of their real names and characters as upon the

first day of their coming."

Hamlin Garland, Boy Life on the Prairie (1899)

1INT. CHICAGO MILL - SERIES OF ANGLES

WORKERS in a dark Chicago mill pound molten iron

out in flaming sheets. The year is 1916.

2EXT. MILL

BILL, a handsome young man from the slums, and

his brother

STEVE sit outside on their lunch break talking with an

older man named BLACKIE. By the look of his flashy clothes

Blackie is not a worker.

BLACKIE:

Listen, if I ever seen a tit, this here's a tit.

You understand? Candy. My kid sister could do this one. Pure

fucking candy'd melt in your hand. Don't take brains. Just a

set of rocks. I told you this already.

STEVE:

Blackie, you told me it was going to snow in the

winter, I'd go out and bet against it. You know?

(to Bill)

There is nothing, nothing in the world, dumber

than a dumb guinea.

BLACKIE:

Okay, all right, fine. Why should I be doing

favors for a guy that isn't doing me any favors? I must be

losing my grip.

(pause)

I got to give it to you, though. Couple of guys

look like you just rolled in on a wagonload of chickens. You

ever get laid?

STEVE:

Sure.

BLACKIE:

Without a lot of talk, I mean? 'Cause I'm

beginning to understand these guys, go down the hotel, pick

something up for a couple of bucks. It's clean, and you know

what you're in for.

3EXT. ALLEY

Sam the Collector's GANG swaggers around in the

alley behind a textile plant. ONE of them has filed his

teeth down to points and stuck diamonds in between them.

ANOTHER wears big suspenders.

Sam and Bill appear to know one another.

SAM:

Hey, Billy, you made a mistake. You made

somebody mad. Nothing personal, okay? It's just gotta be

done. You made a mistake. Happens in the best of families.

BILL:

I paid you everything I have. Search me. The

rest he gets next week.

SAM:

Listen, what happens if I don't do this?

I gotta leave town?

BILL:

I could do something, you know. You guys wanta

do something to me, I know who to tell about it. You guys

ought to think about that.

SAM:

You maybe already did something. Maybe that's

why you're here, on account of you already done something.

BILL:

I haven't done anything.

SAM:

Then you're all right, Billy.

RAZOR TEETH:

You got nothing to worry about.

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Terrence Malick

Terrence Frederick Malick is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He began his career as part of the New Hollywood film-making wave with the critically acclaimed films Badlands and Days of Heaven, before a lengthy hiatus. more…

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