My Cousin Vinny script
Synopsis: New York lawyer Vinny has never won a case. When his teenage cousin Bill and his friend Stan are accused of murder in a backwater Alabama town, it's up to the nervous Vinny to save him from jail, even though he's only ever tried personal injury cases before, and none of them successfully.

EXT. ALABAMA BACK ROAD - DAY

It's a sunny, winter day on a paved country in south/western Alabama. In the distance, peaking over a loping hill we see a faded metallic green, 1964 Buick Skylark with a white convertible top and New York plates. As it approaches, we see two young men in the car, both with dark hair and sunglasses. They look cool.

CLOSE SHOT - RADIO

A hand turns the dial in search of something contemporary -finding nothing but country music •..

RADIO (singing)

If you can't live without me, then why aren't you dead .•• ?

••. and local ads with southern accents, farm reports, evangelists, gospel singers, and a woman with marital problems seeks guidance from a radio preacher.

ON THE ROAD:

The two-lane paved country road passes through huge fields of cotton plants - little shrubs with little, fluffy tufts of white. On the side of the road, every 100 yards or so, we see 8' X 8' X 20' trussed-up, squared-off bales ot cotton covered with plastic tarps - waiting to be picked up and trucked off.

Up ahead they approach a long bed truck filled with logs on the way to a sawmill -- this is also lumber country. They overtake the truck.

They also pass a lot of things you see in the deep south that you don't see up north -- little, ramshackle fruit stands with weather-beaten signs saying IIWe accept food stamps," crude hand-lettered signs offering Vidalia onions, pecans, propane, bulla for sale, a cattle crossing sign -- a black silhouette of a cow on a round yellow background with a black border, grain silo. -- big and small.

INT. CAR BACK SEAT

A Rolling stone magazine, a People magazine, and a variety of textbooks: The Rhetoric of No, Introduction to Physics, Introduction to Political Science, and a WELCOME TO UCLA pamphlet -- these are college kids. Also in the back seat is al old (broken) "ghetto blaster" with a tape coming out of it, sow empty soda cans, junk food wrappers, empty Sterno cans, an empt' cooler, a map to the south (and a line drawn for the route),

a variety of socks, sweaters, etc. etc.

2 .

..y 2 CONTINUED:

FRONT SEAT:

Driving the car is BILL GAMBINO, 21, Italian-American descent, from New York, optimistic and carefree. The passenger is STAN ROTHSTEIN, also 21, Jewish, pessimistic, analytical and precise. They're bright, college kids in need of a shower and a Shave, but they could be confused for derelicts.

J(3 EXT. OFF THE ROAD - WOODS - STAN AND BILL - NIGHT

"Camped out." Bill's heating up a can ot "beans and franks" over a can of Sterno.

I,.ATER THAT NIGHT

Tucked into sleeping bags. WE HEAR BUGS IN THE AIR. stan slaps at the bugs. Bill is fast asleep. TITLES END.

V( 4 EXT. SAC-O-SUDS CONVENIENCE STORE - MORNING

Like a 7-11. Stan and Bll1 drive up, park and enter.

INT. SAC-a-SUDS - CAMERA PANS OVER BEANS

CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL~Bill and Stan in the canned vegetable section, looking over the beans. They're holding cans of beans, Sterno, tortillas -- anything cheap, all cradled in one arm, using their free hands to pick things off the shelves.

STAN (points)

Here's some tor 31 cents.

BILL (looking harder) Here's some for 32.

STAN (victorious)

31.

They look more.

BILL:

I think that's it.

STAN (still looking, disappointed)

Don't they have generics?

:1 ,

5 CONTINUED!

STAN:

I think this is their generic.

BILL:

(points, 31 cent can)

I've never heard of this brand ... (points, 32 cent can)

••. maybe we should get this

one ... maybe it's worth the penny.

STAN:

(grabs 31 cent can) Nah ... you're paying for advertising.

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Dale Launer

Dale Launer (born May 19, 1952) is an American comedy screenwriter. His films include Ruthless People, Blind Date, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and My Cousin Vinny. more…

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