EXT. LE VALLON
Opening shot - High angle on Lincoln along small bay with
Ext. Bar - Waist to full figure Pan Right to Left. Detective
comes out eating pizza, looking around. He crosses street
and stops against wall of impasse Michael.
He looks O.S. left,
His POV - L.S. of Lincoln behind fishing nets.
Waist shot of Detective looking and eating.
M.S. of Lincoln.
C.S. of Detective looking O.S. Left.
Pan Right to Left with Charnier coming out from Fonfon with
three friends and they walk to the Lincoln.
Pan Left to Right with Lincoln passing in front of the
EXT. CAFE LA SAMARITAINE
High angle from balcony. Zoom on Detective seated at the
cafe, reading a newspaper.
Cut on Lincoln along sidewalk of the cafe, then zoom back to
discover Detective seated.
EXT. MARSEILLE STREETS
Low angle from stairs Rue des Repenties and Pan Left to
Right to Rue Sainte Francoise following the Detective.
Pan Left to Right with Detective from Rue des Repenties to
Low angle between Rue des Moulins and Rue des Accoules with
Detective passing by.
Ext. Rue du Panier - The Detective comes out from the bakery
camera Right and starts to climb up Rue des Moulins with his
High angle - on No. 50 Rue des Moulins. Pan Left to Right
with Detective coming up the street with his bread and going
inside his house, starting to open his letter-box.
High angle - complete reverse. As the Detective starts to
open his letter-box in B.G. a hand pointing a gun moves in
foreground and blows off half of the French Detective's head
with the first shot.
Cut to Nicoli C.S. who just fired.
EXT. A BAR IN BED-STUY - DAY
A large man in a Santa Claus suit and white beard is
entertaining a group of black children. He leads them in
the singing of a Christmas Carol (Hark the Herald Angels
Sing). The man is DETECTIVE FIRST GRADE JIMMY DOYLE. His
attention is split between the children and the activity
inside the bar.
INT. THE BAR - DOYLE'S POV - DAY
The place is crowded with mid-day drinkers. Dimly outlined
at the far end of the bar are TWO BLACK MEN involved in some
kind of transaction in which a package is exchanged for
money. As the transaction seems to be completed, cut to
EXT. THE BAR - DAY
Santa Claus (DOYLE) starts to ring his big Christmas bell,
above the singing. The bell is a signal to DETECTIVE SECOND
GRADE BUDDY RUSSO. At this moment RUSSO is in the clothes
of a hot dog vendor and is in fact working behind a hot dog
wagon. At the ringing of DOYLE's bell he takes off his
apron, leaves the wagon, and runs toward the bar.
(as RUSSO passes him)
The guy in the brown coat.
INT. THE BAR - DAY
RUSSO enter the bar on the run. He stops and looks over the
There are TWENTY or THIRTY MEN at the bar, at least TEN are
wearing brown coats! The TWO MEN involved in the deal see
RUSSO and start to run. One (THE BUYER) takes off out of
the back door. The other (THE PUSHER) jumps over the bar
and heads for the front entrance.
EXT. THE BAR - DAY
THE PUSHER dashes out past Santa Claus (DOYLE). RUSSO
follows him and all three give chase.
EXT. BED-STUY TENEMENT ALLEY - DAY
THREE FIGURES running down a New York tenement alley, the
first in flight, the others in pursuit. We pick up the
incredible clutter of such an alley, mounts of rusting beer
cans, paper bags of garbage bulging and ripping open, old
bed springs, burned out mattresses, etc.