Deja Vu

Synopsis: A ferry filled with crewmen from the USS Nimitz and their families was blown up in New Orleans on Mardi Gras. BATF Doug Carlin is brought in to assist in the massive investigation, and gets attached to an experimental FBI surveillance unit, one that uses spacefolding technology to directly look back a little over four days into the past. While tracking down the bomber, Carlin gets an idea in his head: could they use the device to actually travel back in time and not only prevent the bombing but also the murder of a local woman whose truck was used in the bombing?
Genre: Action, Crime, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Tony Scott
Production: Buena Vista
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

Can't believe it. They're right on time.

Let's get these boys to their party.


It's 10:

on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras.

Now let's go back in time to 1964.

The Beach Boys on 105.3 FM,

the heart of New Orleans.

Okay. Take it out wide.

Give the pig some room.

My daughter's on that ferry.

Please. Please.

Oh, God, my daughter!

Do the other side?

ATF New Orleans, Agent Donnelly.

Listen, call New Orleans PD.

I want all surveillance

from the Algiers dock.

Then call City Transit.

I want

the Crescent City Bridge surveillance,

westbound between 10:00 and 11:00.

All right, got it.

Hey. Seen an ATF agent around here?

Yeah, he went down below.

How do I get there?

The south side of the bridge.

You Agent Minuti?

Larry Minuti, ATF?

No, Larry's my partner.

I'm Doug Carlin.

Paul Pryzwarra, FBI.

- How you doing?

- Where's Minuti?

On vacation.

Not anymore. We're calling in

half the region on this one.

You can reach him?

I tried.

He's not picking up his phone.

Well, try harder. It's important.


What are you looking for?

Anything that doesn't belong.

You want to give me a spot?



Ammonium nitrate, water-soluble.

Fuel oil would have burned off

during the blast.

Between the river and the rain,

if ANFO was used,

the only place you'd find it would be...

Underneath this bridge.

That's right.

We can't rule out an accident

at this point.

- It's not officially a crime scene yet.

- Here's a thought.

Why don't we double the perimeter

so we don't have wall-to-wall trailers

down there?

No, we're gonna need

all our manpower

for evidence control

and witness processing.

Now, we need to keep it tight

until we can determine

that it is a crime investigation.

It is a crime investigation.

Got a piece of electric blasting cap

and a strand

of what appears to be leg wire.

About a million of those blue particles

washed up on the Algiers side.

It's probably from

a plastic container or a barrel.


Most likely.

There was post-blast residue

under the Crescent City Bridge.

The insulation on the leg wire

will inform us

of who the manufacturer

of the blasting cap is.

Then we go after

the switching mechanism

and the bomb's power source.

We probably don't need to wait for

the lab to tell us what we already know,

that this is an explosive and a trigger.

And you are?

Oh, I'm sorry. I'm Doug Carlin, ATF.

- Who's in charge?

- We're working on that now.

Gentlemen, please.

Ed Elkins. I'm in charge.

- Oh, good, good, good.

- Yeah.

You're in charge, then? Okay.

First things first.

Where's the coffeepot?


Come on, this is a police investigation,

right? Operation.

We gotta have a coffeepot.

Yeah, you'll find it in the back.

- Back there?

- Yeah.

He is in charge.

Thank you, gentlemen.

See anything?


Hit rewind for me.

Hey, did Larry call?

Still not answering his cell.

We left another message.

All right.

- Say, that girl ever get ahold of you?

- What girl?

You know, sexy voice, asked if

you were tall, dark and handsome.

I gave her two out of three.

Two out of three. That's very good.

Hit play.

Thank you.

Hey, Larry, this is Doug.

How you doing?

Listen, I know you're maybe still

pissed off at me,

but you need to

get your behind down here, all right?

- Doug.

- Yeah?

Doug, Orleans Parish on line one.

It's Sheriff Reed.

They pulled a body out of the water,

and they want a profile.

All right,

tell him they don't need a profile.

- Just tell him to bag it. I'll call him back.

- Okay, got it.

Put this on a candy wrapper?

It's all I had.

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Bill Marsilii

Bill Marsilii (born 1962) is an American screenwriter. Marsilii was born in Wilmington, Delaware. After graduating with a degree in drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he attended Circle in the Square Theatre School, he founded a theater company called Bad Neighbor and performed solo comedy in Manhattan.His spec script for Déjà Vu, written with Terry Rossio, sold for $3 million against $5 million, setting a record at the time for the highest price ever paid for a screenplay. Since then, he has been credited as a screenwriter on such projects as the upcoming adaptation of The Wind in the Willows and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo. more…

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