"Western Kansas, 1959"
EXT. FARMHOUSE - MORNING 1 *
The CAMERA follows a SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL, long hair, pretty
Sunday church dress, walking toward a peaceful farmhouse. At
the door she lifts the knocker. The door opens slightly.
The girl turns and looks past the camera at her MOTHER,
sitting in an old Plymouth idling in the driveway. Her
mother shrugs, motions for her to go inside.
INT. FARMHOUSE - CONTINUOUS 2 *
The girl walks through the downstairs rooms. In the kitchen,
the PHONE is OFF the hook. The girl looks back toward the
open front door. She turns toward the stairs, climbs them.
INT. FARMHOUSE, UPSTAIRS HALL - CONTINUOUS 3 *
She walks down the hall to a BEDROOM DOOR at the end. The
door is slightly ajar. She knocks, then enters the room.
INT. FARMHOUSE, BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS 4 *
The girl's POV:
the CAMERA pans across the bedroom of a high
school coed. We see the desk, the bureau, the bed. On the
bed lies NANCY CLUTTER, her wrists and legs bound in rope,
SHOT in the head. There is blood on the wall. The sixteen
year-old girl stands immobile. Before she starts to scream,
EXT. KANSAS LANDSCAPE - DAY
Trees ring the edge of a field.
EXT. N. Y . CITYSCAPE , ESTABLISHING - NIGHT 5 *
Buildings lit against the night sky. *
INT. NEW YORK APARTMENT BUILDING/STAIRS - NIGHT 6 *
Camera follows group of partygoers as they mount the stairs: *
Truman Capote, Barbara (very tall), Rose, Christopher, *
The friends are standing in the crowded kitchen - people are *
coming in and out - talking and drinking and laughing. *
So Jimmy Baldwin tells me the plot
of his book, and he says to me: the
writing's going well, but I just
want to make sure it's not one of
those problem novels. I said:
Jimmy, your novel's about a Negro
homosexual who's in love with a Jew
- wouldn't you call that a problem?
Susan's father had a minor heart
attack, so she's writing more
erotic poems about death and sex.
It's so tiresome.
Hmm. What rhymes with angina?
Laughter. We see Truman watching everyone laugh. GRAYSON *
notices, leans i n t o him. As the rest of the group continues *
talking, we come closer, hear their conversation. *
How's your writing?
Oh, I've got a million ideas of
what to write next - I just have to
Their attention is pulled back into the group as: *
Who would I want to play me?
Not bad. Sort of middle-class.
When a movie is made of my life I
know exactly who 1 want as me.. . (beat)
Barbara cracks up, chokes on her drink.
6 EXT. TRUMAN AND JACK'S HOUSE/BACK PATIO - MORNING 6 *
Truman sits with his coffee, reading the New York Times. An *
article catches his eye. He sits up straight, folds the *
paper over, reads it. *
6 INT. TRUMAN AND JACK'S HOUSE, STUDY - DAY 6 *
C/U of article being snipped out of PAGE 39 of the Times,
November 16, 1959. As the page gets turned around with each
snip, we see a small PHOTO of a middle-aged man wearing
glasses, with the caption: "FOUND DEAD: Herbert W. Clutter, a
wealthy Kansas farmer . . . . " We read the headline : "WEALTHY
FARMER, 3 OF FAMILY SLAIN. Parts of the story: "HOLCOMB,
Kan., Nov. 15 (UPI) - ... wheat farmer, his wife ... two young
children found shot today. . . ." *
INT. TRUMAN AND JACK'S HOUSE, STUDY - MOMZNTS LATER
Truman on the phone.
FEMALE VOICE OVER THE PHONE