INT. UNION STATION - DAY - 12:06PM
Union Station, that gorgeous fifty-year-old monument to Art
Deco/California Mission architecture. Still beautiful. Still
A sign at one of the departure/arrival gates in the main
concourse-says the "San Diegan", number 2 64, is due at 12:00.
Set above the gates, a big clock - six feet in diameter.
THE TIME -
We see the big hand slam into "7".
A loudspeaker - you can just about understand this guy.
Amtrack 2 64, the San Diegan, from
San Diego, Del Mar...
EXT. UNION STATION PLATFORM - DAY - 12:06PM
The "San Diegan" pulls into the terminal and comes to a slow,
...San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano,
and Irvine is now arriving at Gate
Doors are opened. Steps set down. Passengers pour out.
Amtrack 264 will be departing in
fifteen minutes from Gate Nine for
INT. UNION STATION - DAY - 12:07PM
A MAN and A WOMAN stand with a view of the arrival doors.
He's a blue-collar tough guy, dressed for church. She's his
...Santa Barbara, Lompoc...
THE GUY (MR. SMITH) checks his watch.
...Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo...
Then he looks up to the big clock.
The minute hand slams into the "8".
...and points north.
He resets his watch as DISEMBARKING PASSENGERS pour out of
the gate. PEOPLE run forward with kisses and hugs.
They stand like a couple of rocks, their eyes scanning the
Nah. Hates his wife.
They're talking about a couple in their forties. She
motormouths her way across the terminal and the husband
follows with the suitcases.
WHOOSH! A couple of TEENAGE BOYS on rollerblades zip by.
I hate rollerblades.
EXT. UNION STATION - PLATFORM - DAY - 12:08PM
The train.. A PRETTY SIX-YEAR-OLD GIRL (LYNN) , who is holding
a stuffed animal almost as large as she is, climbs down the
steps. She reaches the platform, looks around. From within
GENE WATSON, thirtyish, a regular Joe in appearance and
inclination, appears above, carrying a couple small suitcases.
He takes a relieved breath when he sees her.