Lone Star script
Lone Star (1966)
Synopsis: Lone Star is a 1996 American mystery film written and directed by John Sayles and set in a small town in Texas. The ensemble cast features Chris Cooper, Kris Kristofferson, Matthew McConaughey and Elizabeth Peña and deals with a sheriff's investigation into the murder of one of his predecessors.

EXT. TEXAS SCRUB -- DAY

Two men in shorts and Hawaiian shirts are poking around a

sandy section in the middle of scrub flats.

SERGEANT CLIFF POTTS is in the f.g., a plant-and-tree

guidebook in hand, as SERGEANT "MIKEY" HOGAN works a metal

detector over a large, sandy bank in the b.g. Both are Army

career men with a morning off to pursue their hobbies.

CLIFF:

We got ocotillo, devil's walking

stick--what's this stuff--it's

that whattayoucallit--horse-

crippler.

Mikey bends to scoop something out of the sand, putting it

in a canvas bag slung on his bip

MIKEY:

This place is a gold mine.

CLIFF:

Lead mine.

MIKEY sees that Cliff is talking, pulls his headset off.

MIKEY:

What?

CLIFF:

It's a lead mine.

MIKEY:

Right.

CLIFF:

I don't know why I'm talking to

you, you've got that thing on

your head.

MIKEY:

You finding lots of cactus and

shit?

CLIFF:

It's not just cactus. There's

the nopals, the yuccas--

MIKEY:

(Puts headset on)

Looks like a lot of cactus to me.

CLIFF:

(Grumbles)

Man knows a hundred-fifty varieties

of beer, he can't tell a poinsettia

from a prickly pear.

MIKEY:

(Troubled)

Cliff--

CLIFF:

You live in a place, you should

know something about it. Explore--

MIKEY:

Cliff--

CU MIKEY:

MIKEY in the f.g. now, looking down at something as he pulls

his headset off again --

MIKEY:

Cliff, you gotta look at this--

Cliff wearily turns and approaches from the b.g.

CLIFF:

Don't tell me--Spanish treasure,

right? Pieces of eight from the

Coronado expedition--

He stops by Mikey and looks down, his expression changing

CLIFF:

Jesus--

GROUND -- CU BONES

Sticking out from the sand bank are the SKELETAL BONES of a

MAN'S HAND. There is a ring on one finger.

MIKEY (O.S.)

Was Coronado in the Masons?

EXT. ROAD -- DAY

A distant cloud of DUST appears on the horizon MUSIC

underscores that we are in Texas, and we SUPERIMPOSE the

OPENING CREDITS as the dust takes form around an APPROACHING

CAR. The car comes close enough to see it has a County

Sheriff's insignia on the side.

INT. CAR

We see SAM DEEDS, the Sheriff, driving. Sam is 40, quietly

competent to the point of seeming a bit moody.

He sees something up ahead. MUSIC, CREDITS END as Sam pulls

off the road and we see the sergeants standing in the scrub

EXT. SCRUB -- DAY -- BONES

The hand and forearm down to the elbow of the skeleton are

visible now.

WIDER:

Cliff stands looking at the arm with Sam. MIKEY is a few

yards behind them, playing with his metal detector. Beyond

him we see the Sheriff's car parked.

SAM:

I was driving back from Apache

Wells when they got me on the

radio.

CLIFF:

This was a rifle range way back

when. But we figured it isn't

Army land anymore, it's your

jurisdiction.

SAM:

(Nods)

I've got the forensics fella coming

down from the Rangers. No way to

know how old the body is without

some lab work.

CLIFF:

That ring--

SAM:

Masons been around a long while.

Mikey has come up to them, still sweeping with the metal

detector.

SAM:

Treasure hunter?

CLIFF:

(Apologetic)

Old bullets. He uhm--makes art

with them.

Sam just nods. Mikey frowns, goes down on one knee and

scratches something out of the dirt at their feet--

CLIFF:

The Sheriff says we shouldn't

touch anything,

MIKEY:

(To Sam)

He can't hear with that rig on--

Mikey!

Mikey comes up with something, holds it before them. An

encrusted piece of metal--

MIKEY:

What've we got here?

Sam takes the thing, lays it back down where Mikey found it.

SAM:

S'posed to leave everything right

where we found it. They're real

particular about that.

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John Sayles

John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and novelist. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion Fish (1992) and Lone Star (1996). His film Men with Guns (1997) has been nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film. His directorial debut, Return of the Secaucus 7 (1980), has been added to the National Film Registry. more…

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