Manchester By The Sea script
Synopsis: After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised.

EXT. MANCHESTER HARBOR -- SEA. DAY.

A small commercial fishing boat heads out of Manchester,

Massachusetts, toward the open sea. JOE CHANDLER, late 30s,

is in the wheelhouse. In the stern are LEE CHANDLER, Joe’s

younger brother by five years, and Joe’s son PATRICK, about 9

years old. Lee and Patrick are kidding around in a friendly

way while Joe steers.

SEVEN YEARS LATER -- THE PRESENT

EXT. BOSTON -- QUINCY -- APARTMENT HOUSE. DAY.

It’s a cold winter day on a narrow street.

In front of a small apartment building, LEE sweeps away the

old snow on the pavement, then sprinkles salt in front of the

building. He is 40 now, wearing janitor’s coveralls under his

weatherbeaten winter jacket.

INT. BATHROOM. DAY.

Lee works on a leaky toilet while MR MARTINEZ, 50s, a big man

in an undershirt and glasses, stands by watching.

MR MARTINEZ:

I don’t know why the hell it keeps

dripping. All night long, drip,

drip. I’ve had the fucking thing

repaired ten times.

LEE:

You need a new stopper.

MR MARTINEZ:

Oh is that it?

LEE:

See how it’s rotted around the

edges? It doesn’t make a seal, so

the water drips into the bowl. I

can bring you a new one tomorrow,

or you might want to consider

replacing the whole apparatus.

MARTINEZ:

What do you recommend?

Lee starts putting away his tools and cleaning up.

2.

LEE:

Well, I could replace the stopper

first, and if that doesn’t work,

then I would come back and replace

the whole apparatus.

MARTINEZ:

But you don’t have a professional

recommendation?

LEE:

It’s really up to you.

MARTINEZ:

Well, tomorrow I got my sister-inlaw

coming over with my nephews

...and I gotta take my car in...

Lee waits while Mr Martinez works out his schedule.

INT. BASEMENT. DAY.

He organizes the trash cans and recycling in the basement.

INT. APARTMENT BUILDING HALLWAY. DAY.

He vacuums the hall with an industrial vacuum cleaner on a

fifty foot yellow extension cord.

EXT. QUINCY -- ANOTHER BUILDING. DAY.

A different apartment building on a similar street.

INT. MRS GROOM’S APARTMENT. DAY.

Standing on a ladder in a small grandmotherly apartment, Lee

changes a light bulb in the very small bathroom. MRS GROOM,

70s, is on the phone outside the open bathroom door.

MRS GROOM:

(On the phone)

No, it’s my sister Janine’s oldest

girl’s bat mitzvah...No, I look

forward to being bored to death...

No, the girl doesn’t want it, the

father doesn’t want it. I don’t

ask. Seven hours in the car, I

could really slit my throat...Oh,

well, the little girls are

charming.

3.

EXT. QUINCY -- A SLIGHTLY MORE UPSCALE STREET. DUSK.

A marginally more upscale building.

INT. BATHROOM. DUSK.

Lee looks down at a stopped-up toilet. Behind him is

MARIANNE, slender, 30s, attractive, wearing everyday around-

the-house clothes.

MARIANNE:

I am so sorry. This is so gross.

LEE:

It’s all right.

He plunges her toilet carefully and methodically.

LATER -- He wipes up the floor. Marianne comes in.

MARIANNE:

Oh Lee, you don’t have to do that,

honestly.

LEE:

That’s OK.

MARIANNE:

Well -- God. Thank you so much, I

am so sorry.

LATER -- He is washing his hands in her bathroom sink. He

hears Marianne talking on the phone O.C.

MARIANNE (CONT’D)

No, tell him to come! ... Okay,

yeah ... But Cindy, I have to tell

you something. I'm like, in love

with my handyman. Is that sick? ...

Have you ever had a sexual fantasy

about your handyman? ... Well, it's

awkward because he is literally

like, cleaning the shit out of my

toilet bowl right now. And I don't

think I'm at my most alluring ...

Yeah, maybe you're right. It's not

like I met him socially ... Okay

thank you Cindy. You’re a really

good friend ... OK like twenty

minutes. ‘Bye!

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Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan is an American film director, playwright, and screenwriter. He is best known for co-writing Gangs of New York, and for writing and directing You Can Count On Me, Margaret, and Manchester by the Sea. more…

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