The Book of Eli

Synopsis: In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book,
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  3 wins & 16 nominations.
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118 min

"The Book of Eli"

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anreith [inSanos]

You hungry?

You know you've

got to come get it,

don't play hard to get.

You will like it.

It's cat...

There you go.

Leave room

for breakfast.

I can think of

younger days

when living for my life

Was everything a man

could want to do

I could never

see tomorrow

I was never told

about the sorrow

How can you mend

a broken heart?

How can you

stop the rain

from falling down?

How can you stop

the sun from shining?

What makes the

world go round?




don't hurt me.

Here, take anything

you want.

Frozen food.

Take it.

- I'm not gonna hurt you.

- Yeah?

That's what the

last guys said.

Could you help me?

The wheel came off.

I can't fix it.

Maybe if I...

if I could...

but I can't.

The only good thing

about no soap

Is that you can smell

hijackers a mile off.

I am impressed!

This lad...

smelled us...

from thirty feet away!

What does that say

about our hygiene?

What you got there

in that pack?

What pack?

He's got a gun.

Well sh*t, it

ain't loaded.

They never are.

Ain't that right,

old man?

Open the pack and

tip it out on the road,

nice and slow.

Can't do that.

Take off the

f***ing pack...

and put it on

the ground...

or die!

Are you listening to me?

- I am now.

- Good.

- Are you listening to me?

- Yeah.


Put that hand

on me again,

and you wont

get it back.

Can you believe

this f***ing guy?

Alright, we will do

it the hard way.

Why did you do that?

Did you cut my

hand off?

What are you standing

around for?

Kiss him!

What did he say?

He's in shock.

I think he meant

"Kill him".

I told you you weren't

gonna get that back.

Yeah, you did.

Who are you?

Where's your water?

They have none, they

were gonna take you up,

and then eat you.

It's true.

It's in the cart.

You gonna take any?

- Where are you going?

- West.

- Can I come with you?

- No.


Woah, woah, woah...

Where are you going?

Stay on the path.


Stay on the path,

it's not your concern.

Stay on the path,

it's not your concern.

- I don't know you.

- I'm not from around here.

No sh*t. Who are you?

I don't want any trouble.


- Just a customer, okay?

- Okay.

I'm sorry I gotta

see the hands.

I'm not one of them.


I'm gonna take something

out of my pack.

Take your finger

off the trigger.

Oh, sweet. That's

a Phantom 900, man.

Is it?

I haven't seen one of

those since the 90's.

Yeah, I got it

back east.

- Does it still work?

- Yeah, just need a charge,

can you do that

for me? A charge.

I got cables.

I don't need cables,

I can charge it for you,

if you got the coin.

Yes I do.

- It's American.

- Oh yeah.

I got a whole

bunch of these.

How about Chapstick,

got any Chapstick?

No Chapstick.

I got cat oil.

- Fresh cat oil.

- No, no.

It's good, it's good for...

works the same way.

What about toys,

got any toys?

No, I don't play.

Oh, I got...

Oh yeah.

Yeah yeah.

Okay, alright.

I'll have this,

with these.

Oh, absolutely,

those are yours.

Okay, give me a

couple of hours.

- I'll charge it up for you

- Thank you.

You can wait over there,

across the street.

- No, I'm good.

- Bar is about to open.

I'll wait here.

You dont trust

me, do you?

- I'll wait here.

- Alright.

Carnie, one of the road

crews just pulled into town.

They got something

for you.

- Books?

- A whole pack of them.

Tell them I wanna

see them. Right now.

We did good.

The one you want.

It ain't there?


I just dont understand.

That's a shitload of books.

You don't have

to understand.

I understand.

Leave that to me and

we can be friends.

I have faith in you,

you will find it.

Ah, wait!

I got this too.

Oh, now this is a treat.

It's a schampoo.

Go get slammed.

Get some p*ssy.

On me as much as you

and your boys can stand.

Then go back

on the road.

Then we'll get

you your book!

Of that I have no doubt.

You're sending guys out

that can't even read

to look for one book.

No wonder they

never find anything.

unless you'd like

to go with them.

- What about these?

- Burn them.

The place across the street.

They got any water?

They have if you

can pay for it.

Here. Smell this.

One of the road

crews found it.

Who knows...

Might be the last

schampoo on the planet.

And it's all yours.

Did they find your book?



Let me see.

- Alright, what will it be?

- Water.

That's the good stuff.

I gotta eat into my

own rations to sell,

so it don't

come cheap.

That will get you

maybe half way.


Get this and

get it filled.

Wait. You need this.

Can you please move?

Thank you.

That was my cat.

Fine specimen.

I saw you knock

him off the bar.

No, I kinda shoo'd it,

I didnt really knock it.

You raised your

hand at him.

Won't happen again,

I promise you.

Hey Martz, how about

another drink?

That cat's been coming

in here for 2 years.

It's got more right to

be here than you.

I don't want any trouble.

That's too bad,

cause you...

I know who you are.

Murderer of innocent

travelers on the road.

You are going to be

held in account

for the things you've

done, do you know that?

It's okay.

I'm gonna grab my things,

and walk out of here.

- Alright, brother?

- Yeah.

Cursed be the ground,

for our sake.

Of thorns and thistles, it

shall bring forth, for us.

For out of the ground

we were taken

for the dust we are.

And to the dust

we shall return.





- And who are you?

- Nobody.

Oh, I doubt that.

The men you

killed in my bar.

They were nobody.

- But you now...

- He ain't got the shakes.

He ain't one of them.

Good. This is a

civilized town.

We don't eat humans.

We don't see too many

people from before.

Not anymore.

- Do you read?

- Every day.

How good for you.

Me too.

You know whats funny?

As old as we are,

people like you and me,

we're the future.

What do you

want with me?

Straight to the point.

I like that.

You're not just educated.

I never saw anyone handle

themselves the way you did

I dont know where

you learned it,

but I sure as hell

could use it.

It's a little town,

just the beginning.

Im about to expand,

I need expert help,

I could use

someone like you.

Thank you. But I'm

really not interested.

People who work for

me live better than

any worker dreamed.

Ask Redrige, here.

Ask the boys, anyone.

Real beds, hot food,


Clean water.

You could do a lot

worse, my friend.

Thank you.

But I got somewhere

I need to be.



There is nothing west.

I've been told


By who?

Tell you what.

Stay the night.

Try a little of

our hospitality,

see how you like it.

We'll talk again

in the morning.

Word of advice, Walker.

It's not a choice.

There's always

a choice.

There'll be someone

outside your room all night.

- If you need anything.

- I dont need anything.

You never know.

This is for you. It's

water for washing

and some food, some

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Gary Whitta

Gary Leslie Whitta (born 21 July 1972) is an English-born American screenwriter, author, game designer, and video game journalist. He is known as the former editor-in-chief of both the UK and US editions of PC Gamer magazine and contributor to gaming magazine ACE. Whitta was the screenwriter of The Book of Eli (2010), co-wrote After Earth (2013) with M. Night Shayamalan, and co-developed the story for Rogue One (2016). more…

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