My Cousin Vinny script
Synopsis: New York lawyer Vinny has never won a case. When his teenage cousin Bill and his friend Stan are accused of murder in a backwater Alabama town, it's up to the nervous Vinny to save him from jail, even though he's only ever tried personal injury cases before, and none of them successfully.

They walk down the aisle, balancing the precarious ~load of cans.


(sees something that catches his eye) Tuna. Should we get tuna?

STAN (complaining)

Oh God, please -- no more tuna.


It's got protein. We need protein.

STAN (moving on) Beans have protein.

BILL Beans make you tart.


We got a convertible.


I'm gettin' it tor myself.

He reaches for it, almost dropping what he has - and there's little room for more. So he puts the can in his jacket pocket.

MICROWAVE - Stan is heating up a burrito.

The COUNTERMAN/CASHIER is a wiry, unfriendly guy. He serves Bill a slush drink -- about two thirds full, then adds up the grocery tab.


4 .



.~.and one burrito and one large slush.

(punches up total) $21.67.


Can you fill this up?

The Cashier looks at the drink, he sighs, then fills it back up and gives it back to Bill without comment. The Cashier then puts the groceries into a brown paper bag as stan and Bill dig in their pockets.



stan and Bill exit, get in their car and leave. Bill drives. Nearby are row houses - small, box-like houses with severely peeling paint on dusty-gray, old bare wood, meager-looking porches, windows covered with rusted screens and sagging, rusty metal roofs.



Driving along. Bill remembers about the tuna in his pocket. He reaches into his POCKET ••• and pulls out the can of tuna. He motions for Stan to look.


Look. I .•. forgot to pay for it.

STAN (thinks)

You could've gotten caught. (beat)

What if someone saw?

Bill shakes his head at the thought. It was a dumb thing.


The laws are medieval down here. You know what the minimum age for execution is in Alabama?

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Dale Launer

Dale Launer (born May 19, 1952) is an American comedy screenwriter. His films include Ruthless People, Blind Date, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and My Cousin Vinny. more…

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