The Fabulous Baker Boys script
Synopsis: Frank (Beau Bridges) and Jack Baker (Jeff Bridges) are brothers who have performed together in a small but successful piano act for years. However, their lack of ambition hurts them -- they begin losing gigs, and are soon relegated to run-down venues. Attempting to infuse new life into their act, the brothers audition singers and choose the stunning Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer). The new lineup brings success, but a growing attraction between Susie and Jack threatens the trio's stability.

FADE IN:

JACK BAKER:

is standing before a dirty window, looking

out at a dirty city street. He is wearing a tuxedo.

VOICE (O.S.)

Hey.

WIDEN ANGLE:

It's the GIRL from this afternoon.

JACK:

Hey.

Jack looks at the Girl, sleepy and warm under the

bedcovers, then at the rest of the apartment.

Not good.

GIRL:

Whatcha doin' over there?

JACK:

Gotta go.

GIRL:

How come?

JACK:

Job.

The Girl glances at the bedside clock.

GIRL:

Funny hours.

JACK:

Funny job.

GIRL:

Will I see you again?

Jack looks out at the dirty street again.

JACK:

No.

The Girl doesn't appear terribly unnerved by this.

GIRL:

(at the tux)

You weren't wearing that, were

you? Earlier.

Jack shakes his head, taps a brown paper bag on

the sill.

JACK:

Brought it.

GIRL:

Shit, thank God. You look like a creep.

JACK:

Thanks.

GIRL:

I mean, I'd hate to think I'd pick up someone

who wore that shit.

Jack smiles, grabs the paper bag, and moves to

the door.

GIRL:

(continuing)

Hey.

(as he stops)

You got great hands.

EXT. STREET - JACK

Jack ain't exactly Cary Grant, but any guy wearing

a tux on these streets doesn't exactly mesh with

the milieu. Pausing for a flask of whiskey at an

all-night liquor store, he breaks the seal before

he hits the sidewalk and moves on, drinking as he

goes. Finally, he comes to a nice downtown hotel.

Slipping the bottle in his coat, he squints up at

the glittering building as if sizing up an opponent.

DOORMAN:

Hey, Jackie!

JACK:

How goes it, Tommy?

TOMMY (DOORMAN)

(shrugging)

Ah, you know. Howsa pooch?

JACK:

Losing his teeth.

TOMMY:

No shit. It's the goddamn water. Kill an ox.

I buy bottled for my Danny. You can't trust

the taps.

JACK:

Yeah.

(standing back)

Jesus, you look like fucking

royalty, Tommy.

Tommy brushes at his new velvet coat.

TOMMY:

Yeah. The big boys sent it down

yesterday.

JACK:

Another five years, huh?

TOMMY:

Like clockwork. You got a good

memory, Jackie.

JACK:

It ain't always a blessing. My

brother here?

TOMMY:

(nodding)

He's got blood in his eye.

Jack glances at his watch, waves to Tommy, and

moves into the hotel.

INT. HOTEL - ANGLE ON FRANK

Jack's older brother, FRANK, is pacing outside the

lounge when he sees Jack approaching.

FRANK:

Great. Terrific. Glad you could

make it.

JACK:

How we doing?

FRANK:

How we ... ? What, are you kidding

me?

JACK:

Am I late?

FRANK:

That's not the point.

JACK:

(taking out a cigarette)

What's the point?

FRANK:

You cannot continue to walk in at

the last moment, Jack.

JACK:

You want me to show up late a few

nights?

FRANK:

Jack.

JACK:

Frank.

FRANK:

Jack.

JACK:

Frank. I'm here. I always get

here. Don't sweat it.

FRANK:

Christ, will you look at your hair?

ANOTHER ANGLE:

Jack turns to the wall, which is paneled in tiny

tinted mirrors shot through with veins of gold.

JACK:

What's wrong with it?

FRANK:

You look like you just crawled out

of bed.

JACK:

No one's gonna be looking at my

hair. Come on, we're on.

Frank just stands there, bottled up with

exasperation.

JACK:

(continuing)

Careful, Frank. When you get angry your

tie starts to spin.

Jack steps into the lounge and Frank, shaking his

head, follows. As they move away, a cardboard

stand-up is revealed. On it are two 8 X 10 glossies

of Frank and Jack, and below printed in bold letters,

this:
"Tonight! The Doubly Delightful Tones of the

Fabulous Baker Boys!"

BAKER BROTHERS:

as they make their way through the dimly-lit lounge

and settle behind matching pianos, it becomes apparent

that what the "Fabulous Baker Boys" are, in fact, is a

poor man's version of Ferrante and Teicher.

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Steve Kloves

Stephen Keith "Steve" Kloves (born March 18, 1960) is an American screenwriter mainly renowned for his adaptations of novels, especially for the Harry Potter film series and for Wonder Boys. He has also directed two motion pictures. more…

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