Runaway Bride script
Runaway Bride (1999)
Synopsis: Having already left three grooms at the altar, Maggie Carpenter (Julia Roberts) is branded "the runaway bride" by jaded city journalist Ike Graham (Richard Gere). But, after his facts are called into question, Ike races to Maggie's hometown to save his reputation and report on her upcoming fourth trip down the aisle -- during which he's convinced she'll run again. Though he's there on a muckraking mission, Ike can't help but fall for this breathtaking heartbreaker.

FADE IN:

EXT. AN IMPOSSIBLE EXPANSE OF MARYLAND FARMLAND - DAY

The wind rustles the endless field of corn, blows over the

freshly mown meadow of soybeans, and magically sways a copse of

trees.

It's a Fall after-noon. A SUDDEN POUNDING OF GALLOPING HOOVES

breaks the peace and... A HORSE and RIDER burst between the rows

of corn into the meadow. They are running for their lives.

CLOSE ON:

The rider is a bride -- a beautiful woman dressed in a

disheveled wedding gown, it's train tattered and flying like a

knight's banner out behind her. This is MAGGIE CARPENTER.

The horse is frothing and wild-eyed, like the bride, who turns

to look behind her in terror. The horse's labored breathing

mingles with Maggie's panicked gasps.

We see a WEDDING BOUQUET fly into a ditch as the horse thunders

on. Maggie clings to the reins. She looks as though she is

running from the devil himself.

FADE TO BLACK:

EXT. IKE'S APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY

Establishing.

CUT TO:

EXT. IKE'S APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY - ESTABLISHING SHOT

EXT. NEW YORK STREET - DAY

IKE (V.O.)

Hey, Fisher, pick up. I have some

column ideas I want to bounce off you.

Not there? Okay. Listen I'm thinking

of writing about those mind-numbing

informercials that are always on.

Ike walks out of his apartment building talking on cell phone.

IKE (cont'd)

What do you think? Good idea, right?

Boring, down to death, pointless -- It

sucks.

Ike yells at a CONSTRUCTION WORKER.

IKE (cont'd)

If you guys are here any longer,

they're gonna make you sign a lease.

CONSTRUCTION WORKER

Your column should be so funny.

Ike turns and walks down the street, talking into cell phone.

IKE:

Okay, I was also thinking I might write

about...

He spots a RICH LADY with tons of diamonds getting out of a

Limousine, talking to a CHAUFFEUR. He goes up to her.

IKE (cont'd)

Excuse me. I was thinking of doing an

article on limousines. What would you

say to people who never had a chance to

drive in a limo?

They walk up to her DOORMAN.

LADY:

I'm sorry, I don't know any people like

that.

Ike walks off. They stare at him as he goes.

EXT. ANOTHER NEW YORK STREET - DAY

Ike's talking on the phone to his friend's machine again.

IKE:

(into phone)

Fisher? Come on -- I know you're

sitting there laughing at me. Pick up.

I want to run an idea past you.

Ike continues walking now in the full panic of writer's block.

He pleads into his friend's answering machine as he walks.

IKE (cont'd)

(into phone)

I just could use someone to toss it

back and forth with for a few minutes,

get the juice flowing, help me. I have

an hour and twenty-seven minutes and

fifty-two seconds. Hello?

He walks away from the t-shirt table towards the bar. The

Vendor calls out to him.

T-SHIRT VENDOR

Hey, Ike, when are you going to put me

in an article?

IKE:

When your t-shirts stop shrinking.

Ike enters the bar. The Woman drops the shirt she was holding

and walks off with her children. The T-shirt Vendor goes back

to selling his shirts.

INT. NEW YORK BAR - LATE DAY

Ike sits at the bar speaking to an attractive Woman nearby, a

MAN puts is USA Today on the bar and addresses the BARTENDER.

MAN:

I see photos of a lot of dead writers

on these walls. Got any living ones?

I have a story to tell that could win

one of them a Pulitzer.

(then, with enthusiasm)

Picture this, if you will. A small

town in Maryland, a sleepy little

village, within that a hardware store...

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Josann McGibbon

Josann McGibbon is an American screenwriter working in partnership with Sara Parriott. The team's first major success as a screenwriter was the early Brad Pitt film, The Favor. Their biggest hits since then include Three Men and a Little Lady and Runaway Bride. In 2007, McGibbon and Parriott co-wrote and produced the hit Debra Messing miniseries, The Starter Wife. The Starter Wife received 10 Emmy nominations in 2007, including for best screenwriting, and won one Emmy Award. more…

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