The Crying Game script
Synopsis: Irish Republican Army member Fergus (Stephen Rea) forms an unexpected bond with Jody (Forest Whitaker), a kidnapped British soldier in his custody, despite the warnings of fellow IRA members Jude (Miranda Richardson) and Maguire (Adrian Dunbar). Jody makes Fergus promise he'll visit his girlfriend, Dil (Jaye Davidson), in London, and when Fergus flees to the city, he seeks her out. Hounded by his former IRA colleagues, he finds himself increasingly drawn to the enigmatic, and surprising, Dil.

FADE IN:

EXT. CARNIVAL - DAY

A loudspeaker playing Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a

Woman," as we see a carnival in the distance - with a Ferris

Wheel turning round and round.

A black man is by a stall. On his arm is an Irish girl with

blond hair. The black man is drunk, and is tossing rings

around a bowling pin.

JODY:

And that's cricket, hon.

An attendant hands him the teddy bear. It looks ridiculous in

his huge hands. He gives it to the girl.

JODY:

You want it?

GIRL:

Sure.

JODY:

Doesn't matter if you don't.

He puts his arm around her and drags her on.

JODY:

Jody won't be offended. Jody's never

offended. What'd you say your name was?

GIRL:

Jude.

JODY:

Jude. Suits you, Jude.

JUDE:

The teddy bear?

JODY:

No, fuck the bear. The name. Jude. And

it's June. Jude in June.

He comes to a small canvas tent with a sign on it - TOILET.

2.

JODY:

Gotta piss, Jude.

He holds her hand.

JODY:

Don't run off, Jude.

JUDE:

You don't know me, do you?

Jody walks inside the canvas flap and vanishes from sight. We

can still see his hand, holding Jude's. She leans against the

canvas, looking bored.

JODY:

(inside)

What if I did?

JUDE:

You'd know I wouldn't run off.

She stands there, listening to the sound of him urinate. Her

eyes flick around the carnival. They settle on a tall dark-

haired man in a dark jacket. He nods.

JODY:

Never pissed holding a girl's hand, Jude.

JUDE:

You didn't?

JODY:

And you know what?

JUDE:

Tell me, Jody

He staggers out, buttoning up.

JODY:

It's nice.

He goes to kiss her. She turns her head away.

JUDE:

Not here.

JODY:

Who gives a fuck.

JUDE:

You never know.

3.

She pulls him over toward the water.

JODY:

I never know nothing.

JUDE:

People. They could be looking.

Jody follows her, as she walks backward, drawing him on. He

moves his hips to a song as Jude leads him over the beach,

under a train trestle.

JUDE:

Come and get me, soldier --

JODY:

Whatever you say, Jude...

He sinks down on his knees toward her. She wraps her arms

around his neck and kisses him. Jody writhes on top of her,

fumbling with his belt. Jude cocks one eye upward. A shadow

falls across them.

CLOSE ON JODY, kissing her. A gun is put to his head. He

turns around, drunkenly.

JODY:

What the fuck --

The gun whacks him across the cheek and he falls sideways.

Jude scrambles to her feet and darts like an animal through a

field.

Jody feels his cheek. He can see her blond head vanishing

among the fields. He looks up and sees a group of men around

him. The tallest of them, Fergus, cocks the gun.

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Neil Jordan

Neil Patrick Jordan is an Irish film director, screenwriter and novelist. He won an Academy Award for The Crying Game. He also won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival for The Butcher Boy. more…

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