INT. ALICE'S ROOM - NIGHT
NIGHT IN ALICE'S ROOM. A little bit of moonlight coming in
through the tiny window might make a highlight here and there
but that's about all. Words begin to crawl across the screen:
WRITTEN WORDS (CRAWL)
Of good family, albeit one of modest
means, she was a comely young woman
and not without prospects. Therefore
it was at once heartbreaking and
astonishing to her mother that she
would enter into marriage with William
Munny, a known thief and murderer, a
man of notoriously vicious and
We can HEAR STRAWBERRY ALICE and DAVEY BUNTING breathing
heavily and the bed creaking.
They were married in St. Louis in
1870 and they traveled North to Kansas
where he engaged in farming and swine
Davey and Alice are picking up speed now, breathing faster
and even snorting a little, and it's cold as Jesus in Nebraska
in the winter so when the blanket slips, Alice snarls and
The blanket, for chrissake, cowboy,
There are six of these little rooms... one for each whore...
behind Greely's Beer Garden and Billiards and the walls are
just boards so you can hear what's happening in the other
rooms and right now, from DELILAH'S room, you can hear a
high-pitched, merry little giggle and that's important.
She bore him two children in the
eight years of their marriage and
when she died, it was not at his
hands as her mother might have
expected, but of smallpox. That was
DELILAH'S VOICE (O.S.)
No, please... No, no goddamn you.
Alice and Davey have stopped fucking and started listening
but they don't move.
It wasn't until 1881... three years
later... that a cowboy named Mike
cut up a whore in Big Whiskey,
Nebraska in the Niobrara River
MIKE'S VOICE (O.S.)
Davey, come a runnin' lad an' hold
the thieving cunt...
A blur of action as Davey leaps from the bed and dashes out
of the room naked...
MIKE'S VOICE (O.S.)
...brand you like a damn steer,
And Alice is right behind him, wrapping herself in a blanket
as she goes.
INT. DELILAH'S ROOM - NIGHT
DELILAH is backed up against the wall, her face bleeding,
and she is throwing the contents of her chamber pot on MIKE
who is advancing on her with an open barlow knife and Davey
busts into the room naked and Alice follows him and people
are shouting in other rooms.
(wiping shit off
Hold the bitch, Davey, hold her.
The one coal oil lamp in the room gives off just enough light
that you can make all this out. Certainly you can see that
Mike, who is wearing leggings and no shirt, is a big tough
man, unshaven, eyes inflamed with whiskey...
HOLD HER, DAMMIT, DAVEY! If you don't
hold her I'll cut her tits off.
LITTLE SUE, a fifteen year old whore, is in the doorway,
eyes wide with terror and Alice screams at her.
Get Skinny, for God's sake! SKINNY!
Davey is reluctant about the whole thing but he is afraid of
Mike and he gets behind Delilah and grabs her.
Wh-what you gonna do, Mike?
Mike is doing it now and Delilah is screaming while he carves
her face with the barlow knife and blood is all over,
splashing on Davey and Davey, who is just a kid, after all,
nineteen with a big shock of unruly red hair and innocent
blue eyes, is horrified.
Thieving cunt, I'll...
Mike, don't, Jesus, don't...
SKINNY! Bring your gun.
Alice can't wait for Skinny and she jumps on Mike's back and
brings the big man down and she fights him though she's not
a big woman. Alice is twenty-five but she's been around some,
whored some tough cow-towns, and she has too much bone and
character in her face to be outright pretty but she attracts
men like flies. Sure she has some smallpox scars on her face,
but they're common and there are only a few of them, not
like on Skinny whose mean little face is eaten right up with