Gold script
Gold (2016)
Synopsis: Gold is a 2016 American crime adventure film directed by Stephen Gaghan and written by Gaghan, Patrick Massett and John Zinman. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Édgar Ramírez, Bryce Dallas Howard, Corey Stoll, Toby Kebbell, Craig T. Nelson, Stacy Keach and Bruce Greenwood. The film is loosely based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X mining scandal, when a massive gold deposit was supposedly discovered in the jungles of Indonesia, however for legal reasons and to enhance the appeal of the film, character names and story details were changed.

EXT. THE JUNGLES OF INDONESIA - DAY

A NATIVE slashes through thick foliage, leading a patrol of

INDONESIAN MILITARY -- shouted commands and radio chatter.

The tribesmen hack through the perimeter of the brush and the

party emerges onto the wide silt bank of a muddy river.

Suddenly WILD BOAR let out a chorus of squeals and scatter

into the brush, and there, splayed on the river bank, we find-

A BODY.

One of the soldiers approaches -- the stench is palpable --

the body already decomposing.

The soldier finds a wallet, checks the ID -- we don’t see the

identity. The Soldier speaks into his radio.

SOLDIER:

(Indonesian)

We have the body...

While from the jungle the eyes of a wild pig can be seen

peering out, waiting to resume its meal.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. DIMLY LIT ROOM - DAY

A hand tosses ice into a low ball. Realizes there’s no booze.

Into the cabinet, finds a stashed bottle. The MAN pours a

healthy measure of whiskey. KENNY WELLS (40’s), unshaven,

takes a long drink, masking his nerves. He is a about an inch

from total collapse.

WELLS:

Sure I can’t pour you one?

VOICE (O.S.)

No, thanks. I’m working.

The VOICE is calm, in control, authoritarian.

WELLS:

All the more reason.

2.

VOICE (O.S.)

Wells, sit. We’ve got a lot to cover.

WELLS:

Here I am. Fire away.

Wells raises his glass in a mock toast. He will not be rushed.

He’s got an easy smile and sparkling eyes -- but his face

tells the story of a man acquainted with his whiskey.

VOICE (O.S.)

How did you meet Michael Acosta?

WELLS:

The first time or the second time?

VOICE (O.S.)

How did you meet him, Wells?

WELLS:

You sure you don’t want a drink?

You’re making me nervous.

Wells sits and faces us. Off the silence --

WELLS (CONT’D)

April of ‘88 -- I had three properties

crap out on me in six week period.

SIERRA NEVADA RANGE... TILT DOWN to find Reno against it...

EXT. RENO, NEVADA - DAY

SUPER:
Reno, Nevada... April, 1988

-- ROULETTE WHEEL SPINNING, reveal it’s in a grocery store.

-- COWS GRAZING scrubland on the edge of town.

-- OLD CASINOS. Dusty ranches. Tourists. Migrant workers.

-- A ONE-ARMED BANDIT, with a gun “arm,” pays out nickels.

...SLOWLY TIGHTENING as if a dry wind carries us to...

EXT. THE THREE GREENHORNS BAR - MORNING

A faded watering hole from the boomtown days.

WELLS (V.O)

I was on the balls of my ass,

scrambling. Not exactly uncharted

waters, but I was in pretty deep...

A beat up ‘79 Caddy Eldorado, covered in a layer of road

grime, it’s bumper held on with wire, pulls into a spot and

dies. For this hour there are already many cars in the lot.

3.

Through a smoky haze, Wells stares out, eyes like a Bukowski

poem. He’s got one lit cigarette as he lights another. Flicks

ashes at the ashtray, misses -- a constellation of burn marks.

WELLS (V.O.)

Ten AM. And I knew the board of

directors had already convened.

INT. THE THREE GREENHORNS BAR - CONTINUOUS

Wells enters like the cock of the walk, back slapping and

waving hellos, a well-liked regular. His suit looks like it

might have been slept in... more than once.

Middle-age men in bad suits with bad hair fill the tables,

working phone lines and yellow pads. These are modern-day

“prospectors,” promoting bottom-feeder mining stocks. Pass a

couple regulars -- CONRAD “CONNIE” WRIGHT (40’s) and SCOTTIE

NEVINS (50’s) -- doing more drinking than working.

A BARMAID concentrates on scratching a lotto ticket that looks

like the slots:
Cherry... Cherry... Cherry! The winning

amount:
$5.00 -

Wells approaches one of the traders, clamping down on his

shoulders with both hands, working out the knots. This is

BOBBY BURNS (50’s), balding, pouring a shot into his coffee.

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Patrick Massett

Patrick Massett (born March 6, 1962) is an American television actor, writer and producer. He played Duras in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes "Sins of the Father" and "Reunion". He has worked on both the NBC drama series Friday Night Lights and the Syfy series Caprica. He often works with writing partner John Zinman. He has been nominated for four Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards for his work on Friday Night Lights. more…

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