The Ace of Spades script
Synopsis: A captured Saddam Hussein and Kyle, a seasoned American interrogator must come to grips with the extraordinarily brutal events that force the question, was the monster Saddam born or created by circumstance? Based on a true events.

FADE IN:

BLACK SCREEN:

"Saddam - One who confronts...One who frequently

causes collisions."

INT. WOMAN’S WOMB

A heartbeat quickens as a fetus grimaces. It’s utterly

vulnerable, trapped, and helpless...

INT. IRAQ - SADDAM HUSSEIN HOME - MORNING

SUBHA, 20's, serious, nine months pregnant stands four feet

from a drab wall. Arms sway slightly to her side as her head

droops. A tear slides down her cheek.

NOTE:
THE DIALOGUE IN EACH SCENE WITH AN ARABIC CHARACTER IS

SPOKEN WITH A MODERATE ARABIC ACCENT.

SUPER:
aD-Dawr, Iraq - April, 1937. Subha, Mother of Saddam

Hussein or otherwise known as the “Mother of Monsters”

SUBHA:

No. No...No.

(yells)

Nooo!

SUBHA:

La. La...La.

(in Arabic. yells)

La-aaa!

She arches her back. Her stomach forced out. She raises her

head. CHARGES the wall. Her stomach COLLIDES with a full

impact. She falls, hurt, but still determined.

SUBHA (CONT’D)

(cries)

No!

SUBHA (CONT’D)

(cries)

La!

She struggles to her feet. Wobbles to take three steps back.

RUSHES the wall. Full of RAGE. Her unborn, protected only

by her stomach-lining, SLAMS into the wall.

SERIES OF IMAGES - DECK OF CARDS

The infamous IRAQ MOST WANTED DECK OF CARDS flutter down and

land softly on a black table. The last card falls...

TITLE:
THE ACE OF SPADES

INT. AD-DAWR - SPIDER HOLE - AFTERNOON

Dust passes through a sliver of light in a confined space.

SUPER:
aD-Dawr, Iraq. 13 December 2003. 62 Years Later.

Labored breathing comes from an ELDERLY MAN.

The wood floor creaks from soldier’s footsteps above.

SOLDIER (O.S)

(excited)

Over here! Over here!

The hatch is RIPPED off.

SPIDER HOLE - SAME

Sunlight ILLUMINATES halfway down the steps into the

cavernous, musty-smelling dungeon.

Something. Someone is holed up.

SOLDIER (O.S)

Don't move. Don't you fuckin'

move!

The TRANSLATOR wrangles himself next to the soldier.

SOLDIER (CONT’D)

(to translator)

Come and talk to him. Tell him to

come out before he gets killed.

The SOLDIER waves his hand over to SIX FULLY ARMED SOLDIERS.

They make a bee-line to the hole and circle it.

TRANSLATOR:

Who are you?

TRANSLATOR:

(Arabic)

Min ‘ant?

RUSTLING seeps out from the darkest part of the cavern.

ELDERLY MAN (O.C)

I am Saddam Hussein...the duly

elected President of Iraq.

The TEAMS hearts pound. This is the moment of a lifetime.

ELDERLY MAN (O.C) (CONT’D)

I am willing to negotiate.

2

SOLDIER:

Well, President Bush sends his

regards.

(to Translator)

Tell him to put his hands up and

come out.

TRANSLATOR:

Come out slowly. Very

slowly.

TRANSLATOR:

(Arabic)

Yakhruj bbt'. Bati' jiddaan.

Guns drawn. They're dialed in, barrels fixed on the hole.

EXT. BAGHDAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - DAY

Jet noise screams from the TARMAC while Humvee's grind down

roads and military men crowd the unpleasant landscape.

SUPER - Baghdad International Airport (BIAP) - February 2003

INT. CAMP CROPPER - ENTRY CONTROL POINT - SAME

Kyle holds a handful of manila folders in one hand and an

access card in the other while he approaches the GUARD DESK.

SUPER:
Camp Cropper - Coalition Interrogation Hub

The GUARD looks up and nods.

Kyle swipes his card and punches his code into the key pad.

INTERROGATION ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

Long yellow fluorescent tube lights decorate the cold lonely

room. One metal table. Two uncomfortable metallic chairs.

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