Synopsis: This English-language adaptation of the Swedish novel by Stieg Larsson follows a disgraced journalist, Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig), as he investigates the disappearance of a wealthy patriarch's niece from 40 years ago. He is aided by the pierced, tattooed, punk computer hacker named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara). As they work together in the investigation, Blomkvist and Salander uncover immense corruption beyond anything they have ever imagined.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Actors: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård
Production: Sony Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 90 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.8
Metacritic:
71
Rotten Tomatoes:
86%
R
Year:
2011
158 min
$102,515,793
Website
791 Views

EXT. SWEDEN - DAY

1

A Christmas card vista is spoiled by a black line of

railroad tracks stitched onto the snowy landscape like a

scar pointing north to icy desolation. A phone rings

EXT. CABIN - ESTABLISHING

A2

INT. CABIN - LAKE SILJAN - DAY

2

An elderly man who lives alone in this rustic cabin -

a retired policeman - regards the phone, both expecting

and dreading the call. He picks up the receiver.

MORELL:

What kind is it?

VANGER O/S

I don’t know. White.

MORELL:

And the frame?

VANGER O/S

Dark.

MORELL:

Postmark?

VANGER O/S

Same as last time.

MORELL:

No note.

VANGER O/S

No.

INT. VANGER’S STUDY - SAME TIME

3

Henrik Vanger - at 82, even older than Morell - listens

to the silence from his end of the line in a wood-paneled

room as baronial as the policeman’s was spartan.

VANGER:

I can’t take it anymore.

MORELL O/S

I know. I’m sorry, Henrik.

There’s nothing more to say. Vanger sets the receiver

down and regards a dried white flower in a 6” x 11” frame

resting on the brown paper it was wrapped and mailed in.

It’s somehow ominous, like the dark storm clouds that now

burst outside

Dragon Tattoo Final 9/1/11 SZ 2.2.

INT. COURTHOUSE - STOCKHOLM - DAY

4

Mikael Blomkvist - 40’s - regards the gauntlet of

reporters he’ll have to pass to get out of the building.

As he strides toward them, microphones and cameras swing

in his direction. Without stopping

BLOMKVIST:

What is this, the media event of the

year?

REPORTER 1

Don’t try to play it down, Mikael, it

won’t work.

BLOMKVIST:

Don’t try to play it up, that won’t

either.

EXT. COURTHOUSE - STOCKHOLM - DAY - CONTINUOUS

4A

Feeling a bit like he’s fleeing the scene of a crime,

which in a way he is, Blomkvist steps outside opening his

umbrella. A couple of the reporters come out after him

REPORTER 2

Will you appeal?

BLOMKVIST:

I’ll appeal to you, Viggo: Find a

real story to cover.

He hurries off in the rain.

NEWSCASTER V/O

Financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist

was found guilty today on 16 counts

of aggravated libel against financier

Hans-Erik Wennerstrom.

INT. CAFE - STOCKHOLM - DAY

5

At a table with a pre-made sandwich and cup of coffee,

and a long court judgement, Blomkvist watches himself

fleeing the reporters on the cafe’s TV. He’s the only

one there who watches it - no one else is interested -

which only makes it worse.

Dragon Tattoo Final 9/1/11 SZ 3.3.

TV NEWSCASTER:

In an article published earlier

this year, Blomkvist claimed

Wennerstrom - founder and president

of The Wennerstrom Group - used State

funds intended for industrial

development in Poland for an arms

deal with the right-wing Ustashe in

Croatia.

The report cuts to a shot of Wennerstrom outside the

courthouse in an Armani suit, surrounded by his legal

team, confidently addressing the reporters

WENNERSTROM ON TV

I have nothing against Mr.

Blomkvist. He’s a good journalist

who I don’t believe is guided by

malice. But what he wrote was

inaccurate, and inaccuracies can’t go

unanswered. He - all journalists -

have to accept like the rest of us,

actions have consequences.

Done with his sandwich, Blomkvist goes to the counter.

BLOMKVIST:

Marlboro Red ... and a lighter.

EXT. CAFE - MOMENTS LATER - DAY

6

He comes out tamping the pack. Extracts a cigarette.

Tosses the pack in a sidewalk trash bin. Flicks at the

lighter but can’t get it to fire in the wind and rain.

Hunches his body around it, coaxes it to life.

TV NEWSCASTER V/O

Blomkvist was ordered to pay 600

thousand SKE in damages and all court

costs, which could be significantly

more.

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Steven Zaillian

Steven Ernest Bernard Zaillian (born January 30, 1953) is an American screenwriter, director, film editor, and producer. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award for his screenplay Schindler's List (1993) and has also earned Oscar nominations for Awakenings, Gangs of New York and Moneyball. He was presented with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award at the 2009 Austin Film Festival and the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement from the Writers Guild of America in 2011. Zaillian is the founder of Film Rites, a film production company. more…

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