The Salton Sea script
Synopsis: After the murder of his beloved wife, a man (Val Kilmer) in search of redemption is set adrift in a world where nothing is as it seems. On his journey, he befriends slacker Jimmy "The Finn" (Peter Sarsgaard), becomes involved in rescuing his neighbor Colette (Deborah Kara Unger) from her own demons, and gets entangled in a web of deceit full of unexpected twists and turns.

FADE IN:

INT. RESIDENTIAL HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

A MAN recumbent on the bed, playing a TRUMPET, his white dress shirt

defaced by a flower of blood. The room is ON FIRE all around him.

He is playing Miles Davis' moody, Spanish-influenced SAETA, a haunting

and lonely piece.

DANNY (V.O.)

My name is Tom Van Allen ...

(beat)

or Danny Flynne ...

A DUFFLE BAG FULL OF MONEY ON THE BED. The money burning, tiny flaming

pieces floating around the room.

DANNY (cont'd)

... I don't know anymore.

(beat)

Maybe I'll let you decide. Maybe you

can help me, friend. As you can see,

I don't have a hell of a lot of time left.

A PHOTOGRAPH of a woman taped to the inside of a trumpet case. The

photo is on fire. Only her smile remains.

DANNY (cont'd)

Avenging angel ... Judas Iscariot ...

Loving husband ... Prodigal Son ...

The prince of Denmark ...?

A GREETING CARD on the floor, a teddy bear and the word,

CONGRATULATIONS! on the front. The wind from the fire blows the card

open. Inside, a BLACKENED BLOOD STAIN.

DANNY (cont'd)

All of these? None of these? You

decide, friend. You decide. Trumpet

player? Speed freak?

(beat)

Speed freak.

(beat)

That's as good a place as any.

(beat)

But first, a little background on the

mad world of the tweaker ..

FADE OUT.

FADE IN.

INT. LABORATORY - DAY

EXTREME CLOSE-UP of a glass pipette dripping a clear liquid into a

glass beaker.

DANNY (V.O.)

Methedrene was first distilled by a

Japanese scientist before WWII.

Hand it to the Japanese, they knew a

good thing when they saw it.

INT. JAPANESE ZERO - DAY

A wide-eyed, jaw-grinding KAMIKAZE PILOT with a death-grip on the

controls.

DANNY (V.O.)

This guy's so tweaked, he probably thinks

he can survive this without a scratch.

STOCK BATTLE FOOTAGE - a Japanese Zero crashes into a battleship,

bursting into a ball of flames.

DANNY (V.O.)

Maybe not.

(beat)

By some estimates, 2% of the Japanese

population had a meth problem after

the war:
factory workers, soldiers,

pilots. Maybe that's why it took two

bombs to get 'em to surrender. A

nuclear blast is just a minor

nuisance to a determined tweaker.

INT. HOUSE - DAY

A wide-eyed, June Cleaveresque housewife in a picture-perfect white

dress vacuums the floor of a picture-perfect house.

DANNY (V.O)

In the fifties, the housewives got

ahold of it. Dexedrine. Benzedrine.

Methedrene ...

She attacks the same spot over and over again, one hand clutching the

vacuum, the other stiffly holding a cigarette.

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Tony Gayton

Tony Gayton was born in 1959. He is a writer and producer, known for Faster (2010), Hell on Wheels (2011) and Murder by Numbers (2002). more…

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