Seraphim Falls

Synopsis: In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls?
Director(s): David Von Ancken
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Well, we definitely got him.

It's a gut shot, but we got him pretty good.

He didn't even take his rifle.

His horse run off, though.

Cleared up some.

We ought to get a move on.

Let him bleed.

If he keeps going down,

he's going to get some distance on us.

He ain't going nowhere.

We let him bleed.

Well, let's just get paid up

and be done with it.

- He went in.

- Yep.

There's no tracks on the other side.

He done gone over them falls.

Ain't no body.

Well, he went in that there water...

There ain't no body.

There ain't gonna be no body.

- There's always a body.

- You expect us just to conjure him?

I expect you to find him.

That's what I'm paying you for.

Stay, stay.


Oh, God.

Oh, God. Oh, God.

Y'all smell that?

Oh, f***.

Don't touch it.

He's doubled back on his tracks.

Hayes, you and the kid follow those two.

Pope, you take that one.

Mr. Parsons, you wait here.

I'll take this one. He's not far.

So watch yourselves. I got his gun.

He ain't bleeding no more.

Yes, he is.

Where's Pope?

The intervals are 10 feet.

Be ready. He's here.

Remember, if you kill this son of a b*tch,

you will not be paid.

Extremities only.

God damn it. Oh, hell.

Lord almighty.

What did he do to Pope?

Mister, who the hell is this man?

Get the horses. We have him now.

He must be part Indian or wolf.

- Eat a man like that.

- He didn't eat him. Go.


Just what in the hell

do you think you're doing?

I guess it makes sense.

- Finished off by a young'un.

- I ain't no young'un.

And I don't care to hear you say

another goddamn thing.

Now, come on out of there

and put your hands out in front of you.

Come on.

You been shot.

Trying to steal somebody else's horse,

I reckon.

I'd say you need a new line of work, mister.


Nathaniel! Come on.

Come on, now.

Thank you, thank you. Thank you.

- Who is he?

- Horse thief.

But he's hurt.

I'll pay for the horse.

You best rest yourself.

Pa'll be home after a while,

and he'll decide what to do with you.

No more tracks, Carver.

The trail's gone cold up there.

Your sister...

She don't take kindly to thieving.

There's plenty of time for that

when you grow up.

See that.

Yeah, he's still bleeding.

There's something else down here.

- Take a look.

- Yeah.

What'd you see?


We caught him trying to steal Red.

He's hurt. Shot.

Who are you, mister?

I do some trapping a bit north of here.

Must be quite a bit north of here.

Quite a bit.

I don't expect you shot yourself.

No. No.

Somebody after your hides?

Fringing on your territory?

I couldn't say.

You come down out of that pass

without a horse?

Up here, a man without a horse

is generally a dead man.

That I can solve.

So I don't take kindly to a man

trying to steal mine.

Like I told your girl, I'll pay for the horse.

It's only about six days' walk

from here to town,

as I recall.

I'll pay you twice what you paid for her.

If you can pay,

why don't you just walk yourself

down there?

I'd rather not.

- Nothing there.

- Not a goddamn thing.

- I'll go down there and take a look.

- No.

We're done here. We'll follow the ridge.

That's 16 days. Seventeen out Mount Olive,

- at $1 a day.

- You'll get your money when we find him.

Not before.

What do you mean? You saw.

That trail ends down

at the end of that ravine.

'Cause he never went down the ravine.

We follow the ridge.

Come here.

I'm Gideon.

You don't talk much, do you, boy?

You know, it's not considered polite

to shoot a man

who's sleeping in your house.


get on back to bed.

Where is he?

- Who the hell...

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

David Von Ancken

David Von Ancken is an American film, television director and screenwriter. His feature film directorial debut was the 2007 Western film Seraphim Falls. He also directed the 2015 miniseries Tut. Some of Von Ancken's credits as a television director include Oz, Without a Trace, Numb3rs, The Shield, Heroes, Gossip Girl, CSI: NY, Cold Case, Californication, Tut, Ghost Wars, Hell on Wheels and The Vampire Diaries. more…

All David Von Ancken scripts | David Von Ancken Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    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:


    "Seraphim Falls" STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 30 Jun 2022. <>.

    We need you!

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

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!


    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

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