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PROLOGUE BLACK SCREEN - SUPERIMPOSE:
THE FOLLOWING IS BASED ON A TRUE STORY.
IT OCTOBER 6, 1970 ISTANBUL,
SOUND UNDER, SHARP: CRACKLE - RIP - SNIP...
A SET OF CLOTHES ON A HOTEL ROOM BED -- trenchcoat, bulky
white turtle-neck sweater, T-shirt, jeans, Western style
boots. SOUNDS continue, Accentuated. MOVE Across open
TRAVEL BAGS On The bed. Clothes, possessions. CONTINUE
Across FURNITURE, WASHBASIN, TOILET...A large room, high
old ceilings And windows suggesting Ancient Europe & design,
A haunting greenish AFTERNOON light.
We MOVE to HANDS, TIGHT - drawing out a strip of adhesive
SCISSORS move in TIGHT...SNIP!
UNDERARM, TIGHT. Tape being laid over it.
BACK OF SHOULDER. TIGHT. Tape going on.
BELLYBUTTON, TIGHT. TAPE going Then: a harsh RIP! SOUND
and the tape comes off the bellybutton.
HANDS with new strip of tape. Moving to:
HASHISH PLAQUE. Four of them, thinly pressed. One on top
of the other. The HAND wrapping a portion of the TAPE around
BELLY, TIGHT. SOUNDS of BREATHING stop. The belly is sucked
in. The TAPE is pulled HARD across, then CLINCHED. We
hear F.X. of HEART BEAT--
BILLY HAYES - 21, baby-face, attractive, medium build an
aura of innocence. His eyes moving off his belly to:
MIRROR. FULL SHOT. Climax. A creature in a bondage of
his own devise, he is naked in his underpants, his body
criss-crossed by a network of TAPE and 40 tightly pressed
plaques of HASHISH in every conceivable crevice of his
body. The eyes are hard.
NIX THROUGH HEART BEAT, SOUNDS OF AIRPORT.
ISTANBUL AIR TERMINAL dirty, crowded, wooden benches,
peddlers. Turkish flight instructions on LOUDSPEAKER,
followed by mediocre English translations. NOTE: ALL
DIALOGUE IN TURKISH TO FOLLOW WILL BE MARKED OFF BY
PARENTHESIS. A CERTAIN WILL BE SUBTITLED, BUT SOME NOT.
Pan American Flight 1 to Frankfurt,
London, and New York has arrived
and will be ready for boarding at
Gate 7 in 20 minutes.
BILL walking down a long CORRIDOR. He moves somewhat stuffly
in the clothes we saw laid out on the bed; his face
complicated by dark, rather ridiculous aviator sunglasses
and an increasing edge of nervousness to his actions. With
SUSAN 23, healthy outdoor looks, dressed casually colorful
like an American student abroad.
APPROACHING P.O.V. - a group of TURKISH SECURITY GUARDS,
in rumpled green uniforms, at a security CHECKPOINT inspect
the carry-on bags of several PASSENGERS.
BILLY tensely contemplating the guards as he walks.Rate this script:0.0 / 0 votes
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