Entrapment script
Entrapment (1999)
Synopsis: Insurance investigator Virginia "Gin" Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones), looking into a stolen Rembrandt painting, suspects that accomplished thief Robert "Mac" MacDougal (Sean Connery) is responsible. She decides to go undercover and help Mac steal an ancient artifact. When a suspicious Mac confronts Gin about her real intentions, she claims that she is, in fact, a thief and that the insurance job is a cover. To prove it, she proposes a new target that could net them $8 billion.

FADE IN:

EXT. NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1999 - LATE NIGHT

We are moving through a thicket of skyscrapers. In the dim

light we see one building, then its reflection against

another building. We swoop past the Empire State Building lit

in Christmas red and green, catch a glimpse of the Christmas

tree in Rockefeller Center.

On screen we see: NEW YORK CITY DECEMBER 15 1999. High atop a

tall glass building we find another Christmas tree.

We close on the Thief whose face is concealed behind a sleek

black-visored helmet with night-vision goggles. From a pack,

the Thief takes a climbing rope, clamps it with a carabiner

around a post, then dials a distance into the special ratchet

mechanism.

The Thief steps to the edge and LEAPS over, plunging past the

glass windows. After a terrifying free fall, suddenly the

rope gears down smoothly, bringing the Thief to a stop at a

window pane, a dizzying sixty floors above the street.

Through the glass, we see a CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS.

The Thief drills out bolts holding the window in place. Then

one is stuck! In a heartstopping move the Thief turns upside

down, torques on the recalcitrant bolt! Uhnnn! It comes free!

The Thief replaces the existing bolts with custom bolts

buffered with rollers, pries at the window corners and pops

the pane free. Then the Thief rolls the pane onto the

rollers, leaving just enough room to slip into...

INT. PETROTEX CORP - LATE NIGHT

The Board of Directors Suite of a large multinational

corporation, dominated by an obsidian table ringed with

leather chairs. An Alarm Box softly pulses.

The Thief points a Remote at the alarm. The Remote runs

possible codes at speed on display panel, until the right one

stops. The Thief clicks the Remote. Off.

The kind of art that gilds greed with taste lines the walls.

Ignoring it, the Thief picks up a VASE OF LILIES and carries

it across the room to a side table by the window. The Thief

carefully tilts the stems so that the lilies hang over the

lip of the vase, away from the window, then exits the Board

Room.

INT. RECEPTION AREA - LATE NIGHT

A Lichtenstein, some plants, a large map of the world with

tiny red lights indicating branch offices around the world. A

Christmas tree with some uniformly wrapped presents carefully

arranged beneath it. Keeping an eye on a set of double glass

entry doors, the Thief pauses behind a Henry Moore sculpture.

Through the doors we see a desk where sits a SECURITY GUARD,

his back to us.

INT. HALL/ INT. RECEPTION ROOM - INTERCUT

The Security Guard reads and half-watches the Monitors. On

one we see the Reception Area and the vaguest shadow of the

Thief. The Guard looks at his book, the Thief begins to move.

The Guard glances back at the Monitor, the Thief jumps back.

Then the Guard returns to the book. On the Monitor the Thief

darts across the room and into a door.

INT. BATHROOM - SAME

Which is a bathroom. Hmmm. But that is exactly where the

Thief wants to be. Out of the backpack the Thief takes a

small drill and begins to make a hole high on the wall.

INT. HALLWAY - SAME

Above the Security Guard, the drill pierces the wall, leaving

just a dusting of sheetrock on the floor.

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Ronald Bass

Ronald Bass (born March 26, 1942), sometimes credited as Ron Bass, is an American screenwriter. Also a film producer, Bass's work is characterized as being highly in demand, and he is thought to be among the most highly paid writers in Hollywood. He is often called the "King of the Pitches".[citation needed] In 1988, he received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Rain Man, and films that Bass is associated with are regularly nominated for multiple motion picture awards. more…

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