Meet Joe Black script
Synopsis: Bill Parrish (Anthony Hopkins), businessman and devoted family man, is about to celebrate his 65th birthday. However, before he reaches that landmark, he is visited by Death (Brad Pitt), who has taken human form as Joe Black, a young man who recently died. Joe and Bill make a deal: Bill will be given a few extra days of his life, and Joe will spend the same time getting to know what it's like to be human. It seems like a perfect arrangement, until Joe falls in love -- with Bill's daughter.

EXT. ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. - 4:00 AM

A patch of water. PULL BACK TO REVEAL more water. BACK

FARTHER TO REVEAL an expanse of river, up the bank to

massive lawn running up to a great, classic Hudson River

manor house; the country estate of William Parrish.

INT. PARRISH COUNTRY ESTATE - 4:00 AM

MOVE THROUGH French doors that lead from a wide terrace into

an expansive living room, DOWN wide corridors lined with

Bierstadt and Cole paintings, the Hudson River School, mists

and trees and small boats and distant humans.

INT. PARRISH BEDROOM - 4:00 AM

MOVE THROUGH the doorway to reveal a master bedroom furnish-

ed with exquisite simplicity, revelatory of its sleeping

occupant, WILLIAM PARRISH, 64, a warm but commanding face, a

man of maturity yet who exudes a glow of enthusiasm.

Although asleep, there is an uncommon restlessness to him.

Parrish grips his upper arm as if in pain. Now the severity

of the pain wakes him, he squeezes his arm. The wind comes

up, through the wind a VOICE is heard distantly, or is it the

wind itself:

VOICE (V.O.)

... Yes.

Parrish blinks, has he heard something, has he not, he is

not sure, he releases his arm, his grimace of pain fades,

the discomfort seems momentarily to have subsided.

He rises now, crosses to the bathroom. As he pees, a breeze

outside the window, the wind again, but then the Voice comes

up:

VOICE (V.O.)

Yes...

It is unmistakably a Voice, it is not the wind, Parrish has

heard something, he looks around, but no one is there. He

can't finish peeing, turns back to his bedroom. All beweild-

ered, Parrish looks around once more, climbs back into bed,

trying to trace the source of what he has heard or hasn't

heard; he is not sure.

He pulls the covers up now, not a SOUND, tries to close his

eyes.

VOICE (V.O.)

Yes.

Parrish sits up again, frightened, but still there is no one

there, he seems fraught with indecision, should he get up,

should he not, what is happening? He looks out: absolute

stillness and silence, CRICKETS chirp down by the river, a

light FLICKERS from a shadboat, Parrish closes his eyes but

then they flutter open, he glances up at the ceiling and

finally, exhausted, falls back asleep.

EXT. REAR TERRACE, PARRISH COUNTRY ESTATE - NEXT MORNING

The great lawn infested with workmen, planting stakes, un-

rolling a huge canvas tent, gardeners fashioning topiary and

adding landscaping of their own, crews setting up platforms,

speakers, lights. Ubiquitous is ALLISON, 35, Parrish's

older daughter, foremen competing for her attention and she

relishing every moment.

A Painter approaches.

PAINTER:

The big tent, Miss Allison --

ALLISON:

Paint is rust and moss green.

Medieval colors -- Daddy's like

an old knight.

A Florist stops her.

FLORIST:

The head table --?

ALLISON:

What about it?

FLORIST:

The flowers, ma'am--?

ALLISON:

Freesia, freesia, everywhere. Daddy

loves freesia -- and you, over there,

lights. Not too bright. I'm looking

for a saffron glow -- sort of tea-

dance twenties.

EXT. GREAT HALL, COUNTRY ESTATE - MORNING

Parrish, groomed for the day, trots down the stairs, observ-

ing the activity outside through the windows. He checks his

watch, strides down the hall, encounters MAY, 50, a family

retainer who is opening the doors to the terrace as Parrish

passes.

PARRISH:

What do you think of all this, May?

MAY:

It's going to be beautiful. And

Miss Allison says the President may

come.

PARRISH:

Oh, the President's got better

things to do than come to my

birthday party.

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Bo Goldman

Robert "Bo" Goldman (born September 10, 1932) is an American writer, Broadway playwright and screenwriter. To date, he has received two Academy Awards out of three nominations. more…

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