Passenger 57 script
Passenger 57 (1992)
Synopsis: Passenger 57 is a 1992 American action film directed by Kevin Hooks. The film stars Wesley Snipes and Bruce Payne. The film's success made Snipes a popular action hero icon. It also introduced Snipes' famous line: "Always bet on black."

NOTE:
Charles Rane was originally named Wolfgang.

FADE IN:

1A CLOSEUP - MAN'S FACE 1A

Handsome. Capable-looking. Sharp, chiseled features. But it's the eyes that grab you. They're the coldest, crudest eyes you've ever seen and they belong to CHARLES RANE, known in the terrorism trade as "Wolfgang." On the Interpol Hit Parade, Wolfgang is number one with a bullet.

DR. BAUMAN (O.S.)

Close, please.

Wolfgang closes his eyes. A felt-tip pen ENTERS FRAME and begins to make precise marks on Wolfgang's features. These are the marks of a skilled plastic surgeon, mapping out the operation he intends to perform. Everything about Wolfgang's face will change.

DR. BAUMAN (O.S.)

Open.

Wolfgang opens his eyes. No amount of surgery can change them. They remain cold, cruel and penetrating.

DR. BAUMAN (O.S.)

Well?

A mirror ENTERS FRAME. Wolfgang smiles at his marked-up image, eyes gleaming with wicked pleasure. This is one scary guy.

WOLFGANG:

I think I'm going to like the new me.

CUT TO:

2 INT. SURGERY 2

Darkness. Then -- BOOM! --a big overhead light comes on, illuminating Wolfgang who reclines in a custom operating chair surrounded by gleaming high-tech equipment and a surgical team headed by DR. MICHAEL BAUMAN, the Florida Gulf coast's foremost plastic surgeon.

Dr. Bauman looks at the wall clock. Two minutes 'til noon. Bauman wipes some sweat from his lip and adjusts his surgical mask.

BAUMAN:

Sedate the patient.

An enter TANK HISSES to life.

3 EXT. CLINIC GROUNDS - DAY 3

Bauman's beautiful hacienda-style hospital is located high in the Palisades overlooking the ocean. Without noise or fanfare, three SWAT vans arrive ON the SCENE.

4 SURGERY 4

A nurse prepares to place the ether mask over Wolfgang's nose and mouth. But the patient has other ideas. Wolfgang reaches up and catches the nurse by the wrist.

WOLFGANG:

(politely)

That won't be necessary. I intend to stay awake.

The surgical team reacts with shocked surprise.

5 INT. CORRIDOR 5

SWAT commandos are on their way, moving with swift, military precision -- each commando armed with the latest in high-tech weaponry.

6 SURGERY 6

Bauman is flustered by Wolfgang's refusal to be sedated.

BAUMAN:

You don't understand. The work I have to do -- the pain involved --

Pain is Wolfgang's favorite word. He smiles his Death's Head smile.

WOLFGANG:

Pain is something I've learned to live with.

It's all there in Wolfgang's eyes. Not just pain but the pleasure of pain. Wolfgang can't wait for Bauman to cut into him! Bauman realizes he's dealing with one weird motherfucker and wisely decides to humor him.

BAUMAN:

All right. Let's proceed.

A scrub nurse presents an operating tray to Bauman. On it are an assortment of strange scalpels and instruments. Bauman shoots a nervous look at the clock -- thirty seconds 'til noon -- and selects a wicked-looking scalpel.

7 CORRIDOR 7

SWAT commandos converge on the door marked "Surgery."

8 SURGERY 8

Bauman bends over Wolfgang. He brings up the scalpel, his hand shaking ever so slightly. A drop of sweat falls from Bauman's forehead and lands on Wolfgang's lower lip. Wolfgang's tongue darts out and licks it away.

Bauman and Wolfgang lock eyes. Wolfgang knows that Bauman has set him up.

WOLFGANG:

The patient lived. But I'm afraid we lost the doctor.

Wolfgang's hand darts up like a cobra, grabs the scalpel and thrusts it into Bauman's neck. Bauman screams and staggers back, spraying blood. The surgical team recoils in horror.

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David Loughery

David Loughery is an American screenwriter and producer. Born in Chicago, Loughery attended Ball State University and the University of Iowa where he was a member of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. His first produced screenplay was Dreamscape in 1984. Loughery often works with director Joseph Ruben for whom he has written or rewritten several films including The Stepfather, The Good Son, and Penthouse North. Five of Loughery's films (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Passenger 57, The Three Musketeers, Lakeview Terrace, and Obsessed) have opened Number One at the box office. more…

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