Assassins script
Assassins (1995)
Synopsis: Assassins is a 1995 American action thriller film directed and produced by Richard Donner, written by Andy and Larry Wachowski and also rewritten by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Sylvester Stallone, Antonio Banderas and Julianne Moore. The Wachowskis stated that their script was "totally rewritten" by Helgeland, and that they tried to remove their names from the film but failed.[

FADE IN:

EXT. PLAZA COLON/INT. BANK - DAY (1980)

BLACK and WHITE. The past was so clear-cut. Or was it?

Tiled roofs, the stark white stucco of a colonial town

square. Black iron bars at a bank. A briefcase carried

in a man's hand. A sniper's rifle being assembled. Thick

blocks of hundred dollar bills. Placed in the briefcase.

A man's teeth as he smiles grimly at the sight.

Sounds over a SUBJECTIVE VIEW. The BRIEFCASE SNAPS SHUT.

A VAULT DOOR SLAMS. RUBBER SOLES WALK a tiled floor.

Ahead, brilliant, white light suffuses the exit. Like

the way people describe near-death eperiences. We're

either going outdoors or over to the other side.

A long rifle silencer juts from a window. We see the

shooter FROM BEHIND, a view OVER his shoulder.

In the bank, the man crushes out a cigarette. A pause

and a DEEP EXHALE as we step outside into a flood of light.

In answer, the LOW PUFF of a SILENCER.

Only the plaza pigeons notice. As they take flight...

A man lies dead on the cobblestones. And as we look UP

TOWARD the window, there's nothing there. The pigeons

wheel above the plaza. We FOLLOW, finally losing them

to the sky. SLOWLY that sky BLEEDS from gray to blue.

And as we PAN BACK DOWN...

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. MARSH - SUNSET

We're no longer in a plaza, but in a vast marshland. Not

in the past, but in the present. The sun sparkles over

the water. Two silhouetted figures move past in the dis-

tance. One walks a little behind the other.

The man in front is KETCHAM. He wears an expensive suit

and Gucci loafers. He swats at flies nearly too small to

see, curses under his breath at the calf-deep mud.

The man behind is RATH. He moves easier; the flies don't

seem to bother him at all. His jeans are tucked into

rubber boots. He holds a silenced .22 at his side. Like

it was part of him.

They continue until one of Ketcham's shoes is sucked off

by the mud.

KETCHAM:

Aw-shit...

Ketcham balances on one leg, holding his silk-socked

foot in the air. The shoe disappears, filled with mud.

KETCHAM:

When I first saw you I wasn't

scared. I was just wondering why

you were dressed like that.

(re:
mud)

Now I know.

Ketcham pulls off his sock, sticks his foot in the mud.

He smiles. It feels good. He pulls off the other shoe,

tosses it. Grabbing for the other sock, he loses his

balance and sits down in the mud.

Rath waits patiently as Ketcham laughs at the absurdity

of it all. Ketcham finally pulls the sock off, then

stands, digs his toes into the dark, wet earth.

KETCHAM:

This feels good.

They move on, Rath still a little behind. Ketcham enjoys

the new sensation, but after a bit, the pleasure fades.

KETCHAM:

It's twisted, but I'm honored.

You're the best. It means at

least they're still afraid of me.

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Brian Helgeland

Brian Thomas Helgeland (born January 17, 1961) is an American screenwriter, film producer and director. He is most known for writing the screenplays for L.A. Confidential (for which he received the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay), Mystic River, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Helgeland also wrote and directed 42 (2013), a biopic of Jackie Robinson, and Legend (2015), about the rise and fall of the Kray twins. more…

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