1 A FLASH OF LIGHT 1
A radiant shiny something dazzling in EXTREME CLOSEUP.
CAMERA very slowly PULLS BACK. The sparkling surfaceturns out to be a lot of carats. WE SEE the stone, then
the ring, then suddenly, in b.g., something HUGE SWEEPSby. REVEAL a mechanical claw above the ring, hangingfrom a crane. The ring sits in a sea of tiny dolls,
joke eyeballs, and other carnival junk.
The claw descends on the ring again and again, sometimescatching it for a moment then tragically dropping it -accompanied
by OOHS and AAHS (O.S.) of hope and disappointment.
INTERCUT with the HANDS of a young black manworking the controls. The EYES of a young black womanwatching him work. Another guy's HANDS digging in hispocket for change. QUARTERS going into the slot.
MAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
This'll never work, Tommy.
Be positive, Armando. Course it will.
The claw inadvertently snags a rabbit's foot.
Look. See what a lucky fuck I am?
WOMAN'S VOICE (O.S.)
He don't mean the ring, hon, he
means the whole plan.
So do I.
The claw catches the ring and closes on it. QUICK CUTS
of their FACES as the crane rises. A very pretty lady.
A beefy Latino with a two-day beard. Their apprehension.
Tommy's confidence. Then his exceptional smile. He getsthe ring.
2 INT. PENNY ARCADE - DAY 2
Okay -- one down, one to go.
(returning to theclaw)
You got quarters, Loretta?
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3 EXT. FLORIDA LUXURY HOTEL - DAY 3
Palm trees. The smell of money. Valets in ForeignLegion khakis greeting arriving luxury cars.
4 INT. HOTEL FUNCTION ROOM - DAY 4
A big crowd of GUESTS at a cocktail reception. A lot
of lime jackets, cherry trousers, and blue hair. People
wear name tags.
ON Tommy, in pastel bow tie and full waiter drag, confirming
orders for a group of guests. He speaks in aPRISSY, OVER-SOLICITIOUS VOICE:
That's a diet ginger ale, an extra-
spicy virgin mary no salt, a club
soda -- good choice -- a lime
rickey, and a bourbon and a
planter's punch. Five people,
five drinks... it's Kismet!
Tommy turns away, looking toward the entrance to the
5 INT. LOBBY - DAY - CLOSE SHOT - THE RING 5
glittering on Loretta's finger. LORETTA, stunning indesigner clothing and accessories, enters. Her looks
6 INT. FUNCTION ROOM - DAY 6
Tommy, maintaining his vantage point, repeats anotherorder, this time in a heavy CARRIBEAN ACCENT:
That's a vodka tonic, a Pellegrino,
lime and no ice, a gin Gibson
straight up with ex-tra onions
-- I am also fond of de onions --
and a Chardonnary spritzer...also
with extra onions -- no, no, do
not worry, that is just a little
joke. There will be no onions
whatsoever in your spritzer!
He LAUGHS HUGELY, rather amused with himself. The guestsaren't.
You don't need to write it down?
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Mr. Memory? Do not make me laugh!
He LAUGHS HUGELY, turns, takes two steps away and makesabsolutely no effort to get their drinks. He looks
toward the door.
7 INT. HALLWAY/ENTRANCE TO FUNCTION ROOM - DAY 7
Loretta approaches the function room, where pert DEBBIE,
wearing a JOHNSON FOR CONGRESS button, staffs a felt-
covered table. On a nearby easel, a photo of a silver-
haired Man with a legend in blue and gold: JEFF JOHNSON.
THE NAME YOU KNOW.
I'm not too late, am I, dear?
(extending a hand)
Hello, darling, Alma Preston,
how are you today?