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1 INT. CHURCH 1
We’re at the funeral of Dorothy Kowalski. In attendance
are mostly old folks, their offspring and several bored
WALT KOWALSKI stands towards the front of the church. He
speaks to an older MAN in a bulky, out-of-date suit.
I’m real sorry about Dorothy,
Walt. She was a real peach.
Thanks for coming, Al.
Walt Kowalski looks young for his age. He has slate blue
eyes, physically fit and has had the same buzz cut
hairstyle since getting out of the military in 1953.
Walt is also a perfectionist. Nothing escapes his
hawklike eyes, eyes that pierce and judge.
Walt looks around at how the young people have dressed at
his wife’s funeral. His eyes narrow at his
GRANDDAUGHTER’s belly button ring.
Walt’s two sons, MITCH and STEVE, watch their father from
across the pews.
Look at the Old Man glaring at
Ashley. He can’t even tone it
down at Mom’s funeral?
What do you expect? Dad’s still
living in the ‘50s. He expects
his granddaughter to dress a
little more modestly.
Yeah, well your kid’s wearing a
Timberwolves jersey. I’m sure Dad
My point is that there’s nothing
anyone can do that won’t
disappoint the Old Man.
It’s inevitable. That’s why we
stopped doing Thanksgivings; the
deal with the boat motor, the
broken bird bath, it’s always
What are we going to do with him?
Don’t you think he’ll get in
trouble by himself over in the old
Why don’t you have him move in
2 INT. CHURCH -LATER 2
The choir sings the Beatitudes.
Walt looks around disgustedly at the people gathered as
one woman looks through her day planner, an old guy dozes
and his Granddaughter Ashley applies nail polish.
FATHER JANOVICH, the very young parish priest, steps up
to the altar and delivers the eulogy for Walt’s wife.
Walt sits ramrod straight and listens to the thin, weak,
unconvincing words of Father Janovich.
Death... is often a bittersweet
occasion to us Catholics. Bitter
in the pain it causes the deceased
... and their families. Sweet to
those who know the salvation that
awaits them. And some may ask,
what is death. Is it the end? Or
is it the beginning? And what is
life? What is this thing we call
Walt coughs. He takes a handkerchief and wipes his lips.
He looks down and notices a speck of BLOOD on the white
3 INT. WALT’S HOUSE - SAME TIME 3
The house is crammed with people following the service.
Walt doesn’t know what to do with himself.
keep busy. Steve steps over to his father.
He has to
A lot of people showed up afterthe service.
Yeah, well, I s’pose they knewthere’d be plenty of ham. I think
I’ll go downstairs and get somemore chairs.
I’ll do it, Dad.
Naw, we need them now, not next
4 INT. CELLAR -SAME TIME 4
Grandsons JOSH, DANIEL and DAVID look through boxes inthe cellar. A box of old Korea War photos are pawedthrough.
Josh holds up a black-and-white PHOTO --a young WALTlooks utterly exhausted, behind him six bodies aresprawled dead on the ground.
Is that Dad?
No, it’s Grandpa Walt.
Josh turns the photo over and reads it...
‘Third Platoon, E company, Marchsecond, 1952, Korea.’
Hell if I know?
David holds up a MEDAL.
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