EXT. AMPHITHEATRE - DAY
SHOT - HELICOPTER'S POV -
Moving through clouds. The clouds separate and, far below, we can
see a giant outdoor amphitheatre. There is no SOUND but the WIND.
As we move closer to the amphitheatre, we can hear SNATCHES OF WORDS
and PHRASES as though from a public address system.
2EXT. AMPHITHEATRE - PODIUM - DAY - SHOT OF BEN
in cap and gown, standing in front of a microphone. The WIND is
BLOWING. He has to hold on to the papers from which he is reading.
3EXT. AMPHITHEATRE - SHOT OF AUDIENCE - DAY
Thousands of expressionless STUDENTS are sitting there.
4EXT. AMPHITHEATRE - SHOT OF PODIUM - DAY
- and today it is right that we
should ask ourselves the one most
important question: What is the
purpose of these years, the purpose
for all this demanding work,
the purpose for the sacrifices
made those who love us? Were
there NOT a purpose, then all of
these past years of struggle, of
fierce competition and of uncom-
promising ambition would be mean-
ingless. But, of course, there
is a purpose and I must tell it
to you. I ask you to remember
this purpose always and I pledge
that I shall endeavor to carry it
with me forever.
5SHOT - AMPHITHEATRE AUDIENCE - DAY
staring at him impassively.
6INTERCUT BETWEEN SHOTS
of impassive students, seated, watching; of Ben standing
alone on the huge amphitheatre stage; of CLOSEUPS of Ben
speaking; of loudspeakers; of wind-blown papers on the
7EXT. PODIUM OF AMPHITHEATRE - DAY
The purpose, my fellow graduates -
the purpose is -
He stops, trying to think of the word.
8CLOSEUP - BEN
He begins to sweat.
9SHOT - AMPHITHEATRE AUDIENCE
10SHOT - PODIUM of AMPHITHEATRE
Ben's hands searching through the pages of his speech.
The pages begin to blow away in the wind.
11SHOT - AMPHITHEATRE AUDIENCE - DAY
12SHOT - PODIUM OF AMPHITHEATRE - DAY
- there is a reason, my friends,
and the reason is -
13CLOSEUP - BEN
He is in a panic. He looks up from his papers at the audience.
14SHOT - AMPHITHEATRE - DAY
The audience is gone.
15SHOT - PODIUM OF AMPHITHEATRE - DAY
- the reason is - the purpose is -
SOUND of the WIND becoming the ROAR of an AIRCRAFT coming at
us through the air.
16SHOT - AMPHITHEATRE - DAY
Huge and empty. SOUND of AIRCRAFT.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are about
to begin our descent into Los Angeles -
SOUND of a SONIC BOOM.
17INT. PLANE - CLOSEUP - BEN - NIGHT
His eyes open suddenly.
The sound you have just heard is the
landing gear locking into place. The
Los Angeles weather is clear and the
temperature is a pleasant 72. We do
not expect any traffic delay and will
make our four hour and eighteen minute
flight plan smack on the nose. We
enjoyed having you on board and look
forward to seeing you again in the near
PULL BACK SLOWLY from a CLOSEUP of a television screen with
snow on it to reveal a long row of television sets along the
ceiling of the aircraft. There is snow on all of them.
PULL BACK from the CLOSEUP of Ben to reveal a row of passengers
staring straight ahead, their headsets on. Ben turns and
looks out the window.
20EXT. LOS ANGELES - FROM THE AIR - NIGHT
Los Angeles, at night, its lights stretching endlessly in every
SOUND - MUZAC and the STEWARDESS' LANDING SPEECH.
START OF MAIN TITLES
Ladies and gentlemen please fasten your
seat belts in preparation for the landing
and observe the no smoking sign. After
we land, you will notice an increase in
the sound level as the thrust of the engines
is reversed to help reduce forward speed.