A TITLE SEQUENCE
Still photos of twenty-four principal actors.
1 CLOSE SHOT - SIGN
2 EXT. NASHVILLE AIRPORT - DAY
TRICYCLE MAN drives into parking lot and parks next to GREEN'S
old Chevy. TRICYCLE MAM: locks his machine and walks toward
coffee shop. GREEN gets out of his car, locks it, starts in the
same direction. NORMAN parks the limo, goes into main building.
3 INT. AIRPORT - DAY
NORMAN is attracted to large "CONNIE WHITE" display.
4 INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY
At the entrance is another "CONNIE WHITE" display and from the
jukebox we hear one of her songs.
The waitress, SUELEEN, drops a fork, then gets another from an
overflowing sink and hands it to her customer, TRICYCLE MAN.
There are several people at the counter with him, including
GREEN, who has just walked in. Another man enters, DELBERT
REESE. SUELEEN waits on all of them.
A small black man comes out of the kitchen, carrying a tray full
or dishes. This is WADE.
You want a ride into town?
REESE looks up, checking out SUELEEN, then WADE, then the
TRICYCLE MAN, then his breast pocket to see it his wallet and
checkbook are still there, then he buries himself in his
Got me an audition tonight.
Well, you just remember, if you
can't kick front, kick back, 'cause
at least you're kicking... Ten
She nods and talks to the TRICYCLE MAN. REESE keeps sneaking
looks at her.
I've just been waiting for the
right spot to sing in... I'm so
She laughs and starts to rinse the dishes in the sink.
I'm good, though. There ain't but
one Sueleen Gay -- I don't mean to
be conceited, but really it's true.
I've been taking special coaching
lessons from Zeke Willard -- he's
just wonderful. Teaches you how to
phrase; that's really important.
And breathing. Well, you know all
about that. Anyway, I wrote this
She looks down and then begins to half whisper, sing, and half do
all of the gestures for a song she has written as she wipes some
glasses. The jukebox continues to play CONNIE WHITE, and every
time someone walks by, Sueleen stops. She finally gets through
the song and discovers REESE has been watching, too. She looks
away from him to the TRICYCLE MAN, who smiles. Be has finished
Oh, listen, I really do go on.
Here's your check. Sure has been
nice talking to you.
As she removes her apron, a HAVEN HAMILTON song comes on the
jukebox, "Keep on a goin'." The TRICYCLE MAN leaves.
5 INT. CONTROL BOOTH - NASHVILLE STUDIO - DAY
We hear the last chorus or "Keep on a goin'" as sung by HAVEN,
who is recording.
He is always dressed in white. In the booth are BUD and LADY
PEARL. Also present are two engineers and a producer. HAVEN is
accompanied by a long haired piano player with a white sweater.
HAVEN is not too happy with him.
6 ANOTHER ANGLE
OPAL enters the booth, carrying a too-large English tape
recorder. HAVEN Stops singing, mad at OPAL'S interruption and
the piano player. Through the glass we see him pantomiming
instructions for her to leave. As she does, HAVEN starts over.
7 INT. HALLWAY - DAY
OPAL wanders to the next studio. BUD follows, apologizing.
Sorry. He sees a tape recorder and
She looks at him.
He's my father.
Haven Hamilton is your father? Can
you arrange an interview?
8 INT. SECOND RECORDING BOOTH - DAY
They have entered a different control tooth. In the recording
portion, LINNEA and an all-black, male CHOIR sings a gospel song.
OPAL asks BUD who this group is.