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
If you can't live without me, then why aren't you dead .•• ?
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.
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.
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.
..y 2 CONTINUED:
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.
"Camped out." Bill's heating up a can ot "beans and franks" over a can of Sterno.
I,.ATER THAT NIGHT
Like a 7-11. Stan and Bll1 drive up, park and enter.
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.
Here's some tor 31 cents.
BILL (looking harder) Here's some for 32.
They look more.
I think that's it.
STAN (still looking, disappointed)
Don't they have generics?
(points, 31 cent can)
(grabs 31 cent can) Nah ... you're paying for advertising.
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