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Unbroken (2014)
Synopsis: As a boy, Louis "Louie" Zamperini is always in trouble, but with the help of his older brother, he turns his life around and channels his energy into running, later qualifying for the 1936 Olympics. When World War II breaks out, Louie enlists in the military. After his plane crashes in the Pacific, he survives an incredible 47 days adrift in a raft, until his capture by the Japanese navy. Sent to a POW camp, Louie becomes the favorite target of a particularly cruel prison commander.

1 EXT. OCEAN 1

We are panning, from high, a horizon that is water, all

water, a world of water. It is softly, warmly lit.

We are starting to hear the distant thrum of engines.

Our high sweep of the planet has brought into frame the sun,

big, red, rising, just at the horizon.

The engine noise approaches, louder, and is now

distinguishable as being many engines not one.

Our continuing pan brings into frame nine B-24’s in combat

wing assembly, speeding toward us.

2 INT. INSIDE THE LEAD AIRCRAFT 2

Close on the pilot, RUSSEL ALLEN PHILLIPS—“PHIL”.

Droning engines. Phil’s head bobs with the motion of the

plane.

The copilot:
HUGH CUPPERNELL. Scanning the sky for enemy

aircraft.

The top turret gunner: STANLEY PILLSBURY.

He looks out:
his view to one side, of the accompanying

planes on his wing, pans forward, over his own plane’s

cockpit and nose, to the ocean before us.

A point-of-view straight down at whitecaps racing underneath

us. The view is through the hatchmarks of a sight of some

kind.

Extremely close on a blinking eye.

Close on the bombardier, LOUIE ZAMPERINI. He raises his head

from his Norden bombsight, looks forward through the belly

bubble, squints at something dead ahead.

Above him, nose gunner ROBERT MITCHELL scans the sky.

3 Back to Phil, the pilot. He also reacts to something dead 3

ahead.

His view:
a small island in the middle of the vast ocean.

He speaks into his radio:

PHIL:

We. . . are. . . here.

Cup reacts, tensing after many soporific hours of flying.

1A

2

CUP:

At eight thousand feet; this is it

boys.

Stanley at the helm of his twin .50’s.

MAC, the tail gunner in firing position.

CLARENCE DOUGLAS and HARRY BROOKS, waist gunners, are ready.

HARRY:

You hit this one and drinks are on

me.

Louie:
His look drops back down into the bombsight.

Through the bombsight: the point-of-view starts straight

down, then tips slowly up to bring the oncoming island into

the crosshairs.

LOUIE:

I ain’t goin to a bar with you

“dame magnet”. You confuse all the

broads.

There is a landing strip on the island. Planes are parked to

the side of the landing strip. However nine zeros are

suddenly moving on the runway. Taking off one by one...

PHIL:

(radio voice)

Ya got it, Louie?

Louie is squinting down into the sight.

LOUIE:

Get your cameras boys, I’m gonna

light it up like Christmas!

PHIL:

Pilot to bombardier, your ship.

Phil flips a switch.

LOUIE:

Bombardier to pilot, roger.

The sky becomes a fury of color, sound and motion.

Louie keeps his focus below.

3

LOUIE (CONT’D)

Bombardier to crew, bomb bay doors

open.

We look down past racked bombs as the bay doors swing open,

showing ocean below.

HARRY:

Bay doors open.

4

WITHIN MOMENTS... 4

BANG! Superman is rocked by a flak explosion.

The sky fills with flak puffs and the plane rocks with shock

waves.

The CHUNK-CHUNK-CHUNK of holes being punched into the

fuselage.

Stanley gripping his machine guns, pivots his turret as the

plane bucks. He can see nothing except white puffs of flak

bursting close by.

Louie is being bounced around, he loses the target, he tries

to find it again, staying focused.

Dull BOOM—the bomber on his wing breaks apart in its midsection

and falls away trailing smoke.

Louie’s look follows the bomber as it falters, and disappear

under Superman's wing.

At last, Lou has his aim.

Louie releasing bombs. Looking down through the bay as the

bombs fall away.

A knot of planes and structures beside a runway EXPLODE.

The Superman passes over a set of red-roofed barracks and an

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Joel Coen

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child. more…

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