No Man's Land

Synopsis: After various skirmishes, two wounded soldiers, one Bosnian and one Serb, confront each other in a trench in the no man's land between their lines. They wait for dark, trading insults and even finding some common ground; sometimes one has the gun, sometimes the other, sometimes both. Things get complicated when another wounded Bosnian comes to, but can't move because a bouncing mine is beneath him. The two men cooperate to wave white flags, their lines call the UN (whose high command tries not to help), an English reporter shows up, a French sergeant shows courage, and the three men in no man's land may or may not find a way to all get along.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Danis Tanovic
Production: United Artists Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 27 wins & 20 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
98 min

We're all waiting for you.

- Hand me that ratchet, will you, uncle Mike? | - Yeah.

Your mother wants you to cut the turkey.

Have Jimbo do it.

She wants you. You know how she is.

You got your hands full with this one.

That's for sure.

Had my eye on one of these, | a long time ago.

- Yeah? | - Yeah.

Did some plumbing work for a guy | who couldn't pay.

No kidding.

Yeah, he wanted to trade me | his burgundy Porsche.

Should have done it.

Come on, you give me a ride | when you get this thing running.

Gotta get yourself cleaned up.


Yeah, I got me a f***in' | Oldsmobile instead.

- Rhea, where are the cranberries? | - I put 'em on the table, Bea.

Somebody make sure the cat | doesn't get into them.

Mary Jean, will you keep an eye on Prowler?

- Where is Benjy? | - He's taking a shower.

- Listen, we're gonna eat without you. | - No, you wouldnt.

- Nice gravy, Mom. | - Hotshot!

- Peggy! How you doing? | - Good!

- Gonna give me a nephew? | - Hope so, I'll name it after Dad.


- Who's that? | - Colleen.

Colleen, what happened?

- Somebody swiped your tooth. | - I lost 'em.

No. You know what? | Tooth Fairy asked me to give this to you.

- Thanks. | - You got it.

How you doing? | Come on. I want to talk to you.

Benjy, will you put this on the table, please? | Watch the cat.

- How's business? | - Good.

They keeping you busy?

City full of criminals. | A lot of tickets to write.

- So you like it? | - It's okay.

If you change your mind, | there's a lot of money to be made in poultry.

Your brother-in-law loves it.

Yeah, but he loves Peggy. | What does that prove?

That's my wife you're talking about, there.

It may not be cops and robbers, | but it's a good business.

People always gonna be eating chicken.

It's not cops and robbers. It's just a job. | Uncle Mike, will you help me out?

- Why don't you leave Benjy alone. | - I'm talking to Benjy, all right?

What does he need with chicken?

- Who's going to say grace? Benjy? | - How about Mary Jean?

Bless us, lord, and these, they gifts...

which we are about to receive | from thy bounty.

Through Christ, our lord, amen.

- Amen. | - All right. Good job. Okay, let's eat.

You made me look bad.

That's what I'm saying, okay?

I didn't mean to. | I thought he was going to hurt her.

You want to get your butt sawed off, | that's your business.

But if I'm standing there, | I gotta do something.

And I don't want to do nothin.

How are you, Ace?

- I get half the money on that. | - No, you dont.

What do I do with this?

Put it up here.


- Lock these up for us, will you? | - You got it.

I'll have the usual.

Bring the shooters in here, will you, Ben?


- What took you guys so long? | - We're driving down the street.

The kid sees this guy | kicking his ladys butt in the parking lot.

He wants me to pull over. We're off duty!

What? Them two on Washington?

- Yeah, you know 'em? | - Thems two at it all the time.

Beats the sh*t out of her once a week.

How was I supposed to know that?

So the kid, here, | he makes me pull over to a stop...

and he jumps right in the middle of it.

Here. Now, I got to do something.

Kid, you're off duty. | You see something, call a cop.

I am a cop.

Here it comes.

No, that's Bracey. Hey, man.


You're a long way from home, Lieutenant.

I'm looking for a guy named | Benjamin Taylor.

- That's me. | - That's me, sir.

That's me, sir.

Want to step over here?

I hear you're pretty good | with German cars, Porsches?

I'm okay.

You hear about Nick Grazziola?

- He's the detective that was killed last week. | - Yeah.

Rate this script:1.0 / 1 vote

Danis Tanovic

All Danis Tanovic scripts | Danis Tanovic Scripts

0 fans

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:

1 Comment
  • kellyk.40970
    This is not the script from the Tanovic film.
    LikeReply10 months ago


Translate and read this script in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)


Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


"No Man's Land" STANDS4 LLC, 2023. Web. 26 Sep. 2023. <'s_land_14873>.

We need you!

Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

Watch the movie trailer

No Man's Land


The Studio:

ScreenWriting Tool

Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.