The Replacements script
Synopsis: It's late in the season; the playoffs are fast approaching; and the Washington Sentinels have just gone on strike. Scrambling for a solution, the Sentinels' owner Edward O'Neil hatches a plan to bring in legendary coach Jimmy McGinty to recruit a team of replacement players in exactly one week. For fans and owners alike, the strike is a disaster. But for Shane Falco and a mismatched crew of outsiders, it is the second chance they've waited their whole lives for.

FADE IN:

1 EXT. MARINA - DAY

The water around the moored boats looks dirty and cold.

ROLL CREDITS as we PICK UP a sad excuse for a boat

sitting in an end slip -- a seagull-shit-covered, thirty-

foot cabin cruiser that hasn't cruised in a long, longtime. An unpainted plywood addition has been nailed tothe top of the cabin, partially covered with a blueplastic tarp.

SUPERIMPOSE:
ANACOSTIA MARINA - WASHINGTON D.C. - FALL

The tarp moves and SHANE FALCO's half-naked torso emergesfrom under it. Shane is late twenties, golden boyhandsome, but quickly going to seed. He looks hung over.

MUSIC UP:
"My Own Worst Enemy" by LIT.

Shane glances up at the clouds. He pulls on the top partof an old patched wet suit and zips it up, shivering.

1

2 EXT. MARINA - ON SHANE

in an old Zodiac inflatable dinghy. He's pulled up theattached rubber hood to his wet suit so that only thewhite of his face is visible. He pulls up to the yachtacross the way from his boat, ties the dinghy to the rearrail and clips a bill for services rendered on the sternline.

He slips on a weight belt, puts on a pair of old gaffer-

taped goggles, jams the end of an air hose in his mouth,

and falls backward into the water.

2

3 EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY

It's dark and murky as Shane descends dreamlike INTOFRAME. All that we hear is the shooting sound of hisAIR HOSE echoing across the river bottom as we -SMASH

CUT TO:

3

3A QUARTERBACK

getting decimated by a defensive lineman. The lineman

drives the quarterback to the turf in an ugly and violentcollision.

BACK TO:

3A

3B

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EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY

Shane uses a long spatula to slowly and methodicallyattack the underside of the sailboat. The spatulascrapes away the green algae muck revealing the purewhite underside of the boat as we -SMASH

CUT TO:

3B

3C QUARTERBACK

getting hit high and low in a vicious pass rush as theair is blasted from his lungs.

BACK TO:

3C

3D EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY

Amidst the beer cans and other trash something golden issitting on the river bottom. Shane takes a deep pull onhis hose and drifts down...

A shaft of sunlight penetrates the murky water andreveals a broken trophy half-buried in the mud. Shane

kneels over and picks it up. The trophy is almost afull-sized football rendered in bronze and attached to a

broken base. He wipes away mud from the plate with histhumb.

3D

CLOSEUP - INSCRIPTION

SHANE FALCO - 1995 ALL-AMERICAN TEAM.

SMASH CUT TO:

3E QUARTERBACK

getting speared by a lineman's helmet. The CRACK of his

RIBS is all that we hear as he turns his head to us,

revealing the anguished face of Shane Falco five yearsearlier.

BACK TO:

3E

3F EXT. UNDERWATER - DAY

Shane bends down as if behind an imaginary center. He

barks garbled signals as he cocks his left leg, takesthe snap, and drops back. But there's a blitz! He stepsup in the pocket, bobbing and weaving in a kind ofdelicate ballet.

(CONTINUED)

3F

3F

THE REPLACEMENTS - Rev. 9/30/99

CONTINUED:

2A.

3F

Suddenly he points down field, pulls up and cocks his

arm. The trophy comes behind his ear and snaps forwardin a perfect release.

The football spins OUT OF FRAME, but we HOLD ON Shane ashe watches his pass. Suddenly, he throws both arms up ina touchdown signal.

We STAY ON Shane in this victory pose, fifteen feetunderwater on the muddy bottom of the Potomac River, as

we -END

CREDITS.

CUT TO:

4 EXT. NEXTEL STADIUM - FIELD - DAY 4

Bam! A Miami Barracuda linebacker crushes a WashingtonSentinel running back and lands on his throat, elbowfirst.

MADDEN (V.O.)

Boom! You could feel that one all

the way up here in the booth, Pat!

(CONTINUED)

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Vince McKewin

Vince was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Journalism. He worked at a New York ad agency before coming to LA to act. He was also an award winning playwright and had a world premier of his play AD WARS at the Williamstown Theater Festival. more…

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