Smokin' Aces script
Smokin' Aces (2006)
Synopsis: Sleazy entertainer Buddy "Aces" Israel (Jeremy Piven) incurs the wrath of crime boss Primo Sparazza when he agrees to testify against the Las Vegas mob. Two FBI agents (Ray Liotta, Ryan Reynolds) have the difficult task of protecting him from a motley assortment of bounty hunters, hit men and nefarious vixens who are converging on his Lake Tahoe encampment to rub him out and collect a hefty reward.



A narration accompanies this passage: "The events depicted

herein were believed have taken place in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

All manner of record as they might pertain to these events

have been seized by the Department of Justice"


Wall-to-wall surveillance set-up. Two FBI AGENTS: DONALD

CARRUTHERS 30's and RICHARD MESSNER 30's, man the post,

staring at video monitors. Both hold telephoto images; shaky,

long lens shots of a mansion some distance away. Messner

tacks photographs to a corkboard on the van wall. One is

labeled "Subject SIDNEY K. SERNA: UNDERBOSS/Sparazza Family."

The other is labeled "Subject VICTOR "BABY BUZZ" PADICHE

LIEUTENANT/Sparazza Family." Voices begin emitting over the

van's speakers.


Buzzy... Buzz...?


Yeah... Sid?


You got clicks, anything?


Nah, nuthin' on my end --


-- Okay... hang on, I gotta move --

Messner rides a digital console, tweaks frequency.


(keying mic)

Zoom and pan please. Stay tight.

The image pans, follows a figure moving

behind the mansion's windows, entering a back bedroom.


Alright, now Buzzy -- this is, this

is it, here, okay, so listen to me

careful and wait till I'm finished

'cuz we got no room for slop.


I'm here.

Messner adjusts the record level, V-U meters spike, modulate.

The figure on the monitors paces the room. WE SEE it's Serna.


Okay, he's gonna clip Israel, I just

gotta outta there --


-- he's doing it then, huh --


-- yeah, now lemme finish, I was

eavesdroppin', so give me sec, lay

this thing out, since the information

might be a little loose --


-- okay, g'head --


So what I heard downstairs there is

that they got a guy, some Swede,

real badass, supposedly a "specialist"

and they're bringing him over. Now

he ain't coming cheap -- so, I'm

thinkin' we jump, do this in the

next day or so, get to Israel before

the Swede can, we got chits, y'see?

We're in a power position. Grab him,

ransom him back, pick up that nut,

we're that much closer to having our

own thing.

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Joe Carnahan

Joseph Aaron "Joe" Carnahan is an American independent film director, screenwriter, producer and actor best known for his films Blood, Guts, Bullets and Octane, Narc, Smokin' Aces, The A-Team, and The Grey. more…

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