City of Angels script
Synopsis: This is the story of Seth (Nicolas Cage), an angel who wanders the Los Angeles area invisible to humans. As the demise of an individual approaches, he spends time near them and becomes visible while acting as their traveling companion during their trip to the great hereafter. His discovery of distraught heart surgeon Maggie (Meg Ryan) inspires him to forego his immortality and exist on earth with her as a feeling and mortal entity.

FADE IN:

EXT. LIMBO - DAY/NIGHT

A heavy mist hangs before us - endless and impenetrable. And

out of that primordial fog a CROW materializes, flying toward

the camera in slow motion.

SARAH (O.S.)

I believe there's a place where the restless souls wander. Burdened

by the weight of their own sadness, they cannot enter Heaven...

Presently a second shape materializes - a FIGURE ON HORSEBACK.

A warrior whose baleful eyes shine behind the familiar irony

mask war paint.

SARAH (O.S.)

And so they wait, trapped between our world and the next, endlessly

searching for a way to rid themselves of their pain - in the

hopes that somehow, some day...

The figure on horseback sweeps past us, disappearing once again

into the mists of time.

SARAH (V.O.)

... they will be reunited with the ones they love.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. DOCS, COMMERCIAL WATERFRONT - NIGHT

Present day. The Crow settles on a shipping container, tilts

its head, watching...

SUPER TITLE:

"CITY OF ANGELS - OCTOBER 29TH - LA NOCHE DE SAN LUCAS"

CLOSE ON A PAIR OF HANDS tearing open a tiny glassine envelope

filled with powder - our drug du jour - Trinity. The face of

the envelope has been stamped with an image - a cartoon imp with

a shit-eating gring giving us the thumbs-up sign.

A MAN lowers his face to the envelope, snorts up the powder.

The man discards the glassine envelope...

FOLLOWING THE ENVELOPE

as it flutters to the ground, landing "imp-side" up. Let the

rush begin.

PULL BACK TO REVEAL

Garbage-poisoned waters wreathed in fog. Although once part of

a thriving shipping industry, decades of decline have seen these

docks become a hellish dumping ground. Case in point:

A FATHER AND HIS YOUNG SON

are kneeling next to one another at the end of a pier, their

arms linked together, then tied behind their backs. DANNY CORVEN

(8) is quietly sobbing. ASHE (late 20s), tries to calm the frightened

boy.

DANNY:

I'm sorry, Dad...I'm sorry... I didn't mean to look...

ASHE:

It's okay, Danny. It's okay...

NEMO (O.S.)

Lights...

A bright light comes on. Ashe and Danny turn their heads to avoid

the glare.

NEMO (O.S.)

...camera...

CLOSE ON:

A camcorder lens as it auto-focuses, bringing Danny's distorted

face into view via the lens' reflection.

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Dana Stevens

Dana Stevens (born in Whittier, California) is a screenwriter and television writer/producer. more…

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