EXT. CHICAGO - NIGHT TO DAWN
Thundering north through the glass canyons of the Loop, the
elevated train SCREECHES through the city awakening. As it
races north across the river past ancient factories giving
way to high rise splendor, lights glistening against the
dawn, we see the complex business of bringing a city to life
in the morning.
On the Near North Side an assortment of revelers are winding
up their night on the town.
The pressmen loiter outside the Tribune loading docks, and
fishing boats are outbound through the Chicago River locks.
A streetsweeping crew moves through the Fulton Market,
Chicago's central meat and produce distribution center.
At the Merchandise Mart platform the elevated train picks up
two old cleaning ladies wearing babushkas.
EXT. ALLEY - DAY
The el train RUMBLES north past the aging tenements of Uptown
into the Belmont Avenue Station.
And down below, a garbage truck is slowly working its way up
the alley. A garbage man in city overalls WHISTLES to the
driver and the truck stops. He rolls a can to the grinding
jaw as the driver sits, tense and alert, scanning the street.
There's something odd about this driver. And the garbage man
too, for that matter.
EXT. EL PLATFORM - DAY
SPIDER, a nervous looking black man, steps out onto the
platform. As the train pulls away we see him reach into his
shirt pocket and CLICKS his ball point pen a couple of times.
He WHISPERS into it. It is a concealed radio transmitter.
Say, hey, Cub fans, I hope to hell
y'all down there cause we got a big
He heads for the stairs and the street below.
INT. TRUCK CAB - DAY
The truck cab is equipped with a police radio. The driver,
RICH DONATO, adjusts the volume. Over the SPEAKER, HEAVY
WITH STATIC, we can hear the SOUND of the RECEDING EL TRAIN.
The school bus be waitin.
Donato motions for the garbage man.
EXT. ALLEY - DAY
EDDIE CUSACK jumps up on the truck's running board and sticks
his head in. On the seat beside Donato is a sledgehammer and
a sawed off automatic rifle. The two men stare at each other
as they concentrate on the CRACKLING RADIO.
Hey, I got it all right here, my
man. Jus be waitin on you.
We ain't got far to go.
EXT. EL STATION - DAY
DOC is at the wheel of a late model Cadillac. Spider gets in
and they pull slowly away from the curb.