Final Script - September 16, 1986
Includes Revisions - September 17, 1986
Written by Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz
October 28, 1986
Note: The following Final Script includes all revisions in the order they were attached. Just like the original script, (X) marks the spot of any changes or omissions made on September 17, 1986. All abbreviations will be (defined) immediately following the first appearance. And please remember that plagiarism or printing out copies to sell is not cool.
SIMON'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - MORNING
KITCHEN - DINING AREA - DAY/EVENING
INNER SANCTUM - DAY/EVENING
WORKSHOP - DAY/AFTERNOON
TAVERN - DAY & NIGHT
TENT/HOUSE - DAY & NIGHT
ANCIENT LAMASERY - DAY & NIGHT
LAMASERY ROOM - DAY
OUTSIDE LAMASERY ROOM - DAY
CLOISTER - DAY
POND - DAY
SKY - DAY (STOCK)
TIBET - DAY (VARIOUS STOCK SHOTS)
DIRT ROAD - DAY
FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD - LATER
HIMALAYAS - DAY & SUNRISE (STOCK)
MOUNTAINSIDE - DAY & LATER
SNOW-COVERED FLATLAND - DAY
ANOTHER AREA OF MOUNTAIN - DAY
MOUTAIN LEDGE - DAY
MOUTAIN PASS - DAY & LATER
LITTLE HOUSE - DAY
TENT/HOUSE - DAY & NIGHT
LAMASERY - DAY (STOCK)
WALL - DAWN
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EXT. POND - DAY - 1
Sunlight glistens on a beautiful pond. A face, at once not beautiful but truly beautiful, appears reflected in the still water. It is the face of serenity . . . of mystical grace. Gentle hands bring water up in cupped palms. ANTHEA kneels amongst flowers touching the shore, at peace. Wearing a flower sari with Oriental designs, she raises her hands.
A WHITE DOVE - 2
glowing against the sun lands on Anthea's fingers to drink the water in her palms. There is harmony in this world. But that harmony is disrupted.
ANOTHER ANGLE - 3
A cold shadow descends upon the place. Anthea looks up.
THE SKY (STOCK) - 4
Angry, black clouds swirl with surreal speed blotting out the sun! A frigid wind blows.
THE DOVE - 5
sensing danger, flies away!
THE FLOWERS - 6
around Anthea have died!
ANTHEA 'S SENSES - 7
are on the alert. She stands, turning.
ANTHEA'S P.O.V. (Point Of View) - 8
In the distance comes a menacing figure, his face a void beneath a black cowl.
watches the cloaked figure approach. She remains tranquil, a welcoming figure. Suddenly Simon's VOICE invades the tranquility.
SIMON (hollow; distant)
No, Anthea . . . Run . . . Be afraid, Anthea . . . Run . . .
ANOTHER ANGLE - 10
The evil figure is closer now. His footsteps BURN the ground!
Run, Anthea! RUN!!!
Still tranquil, she turns.
SHOCK CUT TO:
THE CLOAKED FIGURE - 11
suddenly right in front of her! Its black cloud engulfs Anthea!
SIMON'S VOICE (screaming)
INT. SIMON'S BEDROOM - MORNING - 12
Simon's face SURGES INTO FRAME, sweaty, out of breath.
THE BEDROOM DOOR - 13
opens. TILLIE comes in. She sees:
SIMON'S EYES - 14
still focused on the nightmare.
Simon's eyes shift focus to Tillie.
ANOTHER ANGLE - 15
Tillie . . . Good morning.
Good morning? I could hear you halfway down the hall.
Simon wonders what she heard.
Are you all right?
SIMON (clearly not)
I'm fine. I just had a dream. You know how vivid my dreams are.
SIMON (smiles warmly)
Thank you, Tillie. And thanks for caring, but I'm all right, really. I'll be down for breakfast in a few minutes.
Simon smiles, looking like everything is peachy. Tillie, not convinced, exits.
THE BATHROOM - 16
Simon turns on the faucet & splashes cold water on his face, then looks at himself in the mirror. It's clear that Simon isn't okay, & that his dream affected him deeply.
OUT 17 - 22
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INT. KITCHEN - MORNING - 22-A
Alex, wearing workout clothes after his morning workout, makes his specialty, walnut pancakes. Tillie puts dishes on the breakfast table. Alex holds a spatula with a trigger mechanism that flips the flat part over automatically.
I've never seen that kind of fear in Simon's eyes before.
I can just imagine what Simon's dreams must be like with his imagination.
(holds up spatula, triggers it)
Most people don't dream up flapjack flippers.
He was really scared.
Simon's good dreams are probably incredible, & his bad dreams scary.
I don't know. He wouldn't even talk about it.
Alex pus the spatula under a pancake & triggers the spatula. But instead of flipping over on the skillet, the pancake flies off toward Tillie, who holds up a plate in self defense! The pancake hits the plate & sticks.
Tillie, Simon's an open person. I'm sure he'll tell us about it.
Tell you about what?
How that flapjack flipper works.
About your bad dream.
I didn't have a bad dream.
TILLIE (with sensitivity)
Then who's Anthea?
Simon is surprised to hear the name coming from Tillie.
You screamed her name. Then you yelled for her to run.
Simon appears uncomfortable.
Tillie's just concerned, Simon.
So why won't you talk about what you dreamed.
I told you. Nothing.
All right, all right, you're entitled to your privacy.
No, Tillie, what I mean is that . . . it wasn't a dream.
What was it then?
SIMON (hesitates; then)
A call for help.
INT. KITCHEN - DINING AREA - DAY - 23
Simon, Tillie & Alex sit at the kitchen table eating breakfast. Simon isn't hungry.
If you're worried, call her, talk to her on the phone.
There are no phones where Anthea lives.
Where does she live?
Very far away.
There must be some way to ease your mind, find out if she's okay.
You don't understand. What's going to happen to Anthea hasn't happened yet. I have to stop it before it does.
How can you be sure it wasn't just a dream?
There's certain things you just know. Haven't you ever had a dream & then it happened?
Sure, but that doesn't mean it was anything more than coincidence.
There are no coincidences.
You think everything that happens in our lives is fate? Our destiny?
I think everything is cause & effect.
Like tipping one domino & all the rest fall in a line.
Except there isn't one line. There are infinite patters that can twist & turn, go up ramps, curve back, spread & narrows . . .
Who sets up the dominos?
Each of us for his own life. Every time we do something we make a cause that has an effect, for better or for worse. We change our destiny as we change ourselves.
Is that what Anthea taught you?
SIMON (smiles at Tillie's insight)
Anthea taught me a great many things, Tillie.
During your missing six years?
The flapjacks look great, Alex. Sorry I wasn't hungry.
Simon gets up from the table.
Where are you going?
ANGLE - SIMON'S BACK - 24
is turned away from Alex & Tillie. From the look in his eyes we know there is more going on than there is said.
Down to my workshop. I have some dominos to set up.
Simon exits. Alex & Tillie look at one another.
Do you believe everything is cause & effect?
Tillie hands him the dirty dishes.
Don't forget the pans on the stove.
That was the cause. Dirty dishes are the effect. It's your destiny.
Alex looks down at the dishes in his hands.
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INT. SIMON'S INNER SANCTUM - DAY - 25
Simon sits at his workbench, back to door, making an intricate adjustment on a small toy. Totally focused.
INT. WORKSHOP - DAY - 26
Alex comes down the stairs & crosses to the open inner sanctum door. He looks at Simon, whose back it to him.
Simon, why don't you take a break, come up for lunch?
SIMON (continuing his work)
Not right now. I've got to finish this. I'll be up later.
Alex goes back upstairs.
INT. WORKSHOP - CLOSEUP - AFTERNOON - 27
A gourmet frozen dessert on a plate. OPEN TO SEE Tillie carrying it through the workshop to the open inner sanctum door.
ANGLE - SIMON - 28
is still working on the small toy. He doesn't turn when Tillie enters.
Simon, it's 3:30. Stop for a minute. Give it a rest.
SIMON (continuing to work)
Not right now. I've got to finish this. I'll be up later.
I brought you your favorite dessert. (X)
I'll be up later.
Well, I'll just leave it right here for you. Eat soon. We're having fresh halibut for dinner at 5:30.
Tillie sets the dessert down & exits.
INT. KITCHEN - EVENING - 29
Alex & Tillie at the table. The food is there but Simon is not. Alex & Tillie look at one another.
INT. INNER SANCTUM - EVENING - 30
Simon is still at his workbench making adjustments on the same small toy as Tillie & Alex enter.
Simon McKay, you stop whatever you're doing right this minute & come upstairs for dinner.
SIMON (continuing to work)
Not right now. I've got to finish this. I'll be up later.
You've been saying that all day.
I'll be up later.
Tillie sees the dessert is untouched. She looks at Alex.
Simon, are you all --
He puts his hand on Simon's shoulder, but his hand passes right through Simon!
Oh my God.
Alex reaches through him again. Neither Simon nor the toy he's been working on are real. His image blinks on & off, triggered by Alex's hand passing through it. Simon's image turns, looking up to address Alex & Tillie, although not looking exactly where they are.
Well, obviously you've just found out this is a hologram. I apologize for leaving like this, but I had to go to Anthea. And I know, Alex, that you wouldn't have let me go alone. I've taken a flight to Chengdu, China, then a train to Lhasa in Tibet. I'll probably stay the night at the Si-tsang Tavern before crossing the Himalayas to reach Anthea.
(looks at Alex)
Tillie, please don't worry about me.
(looks at Tillie)
And Alex, whatever you do, don't follow me.
The image flickers, then goes off & "Simon" disappears.
Should a' known when he kept saying the same thing over & over.
Why would Simon say exactly where he was going, & then tell me not to follow him?
He didn't want us to worry.
ALEX (to himself)
Cause & effect . . .
If something happens to Simon & I'm not there to prevent it . . . I have to go after him, Tillie.
Alex, I know it's your job to protect Simon --
This is more than my job. You said you'd never seen fear in Simon's eyes before that dream.
And you said it was only a dream.
But Simon thinks it's more than that.
Alex & Tillie share an understanding. Tillie squeezes Alex's hand.
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EXT. TIBET - DAY (VARIOUS STOCK SHOTS) - 31
ESTABLISH the rugged beauty of Tibet: The jagged, snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas, the craggy foothills, the lush valleys.
EXT. DIRT ROAD - DAY - 32
FROM A HIGH ANGLE we SEE a small, solitary figure walking by himself. Simon carries his carpetbag as he makes his way down a remote, dirt road.
FATHER DOWN THE ROAD - LATER - 33
Simon keeps going despite fatigue. An ox cart approaches from behind. Simon stops & talks animatedly to the TIBETAN DRIVER, who offers a wonderful, toothless grin. Simon climbs into the back of the cart. CRANE UP as the cart moves off with Simon lying in back.
INT. INN - TAVERN - NIGHT - 34
To describe this place in a sentence. The women are even tougher-looking than the men. It's cold outside, hot in here, & steam is being blown off through drink & game. The disorderly crowd yells encouragement to the COMBATANT of their choice!
TWO COMBATANTS - 35
are tied wrist to wrist. They circle, stalking one another near the open, rock fireplace in the center of the tavern. COMBATANT #1 (TENZING) is strong, catlike, his reflexes quickened by his years as a Sherpa guide. His opponent, is known only as THE MONGOL, a muscular, frightening man with eyes that stab like knives.
Tenzing feigns right -- The Mongol pulls him off-balance by their tied wrists & lunges!
LOW ANGLE - 36
Each man has one spiked hiking boot & one bare foot. The Mongol's spikes just miss Tenzing's bare foot as the Sherpa slides it out of the way!
QUICK CUTS - 37
Tenzing stomps . . . misses! Money is boisterously bet! The Mongol spins the Sherpa around, but loses his balance! Tenzing thrusts his spiked boot down as hard has he can! The Mongol just manages to escape by a toenail! Tenzing's spikes become imbedded in the floor! He pulls but can't extricate them! The Mongol unveils the chilling grin of a killer & delivers (o.s.) (off screen) the winning blow. The CHEERS drown out the scream as bets are collected.
THE MONGOL - 38
cuts the wrist rope & Tenzing hobbles away, not as badly hurt as we might have thought. The Mongol eyes the others in the tavern.
Dargeen poon keen bay.
Nobody accepts his challenge.
ANGLE - THE DOOR - 39
opens & Simon enters carrying his carpetbag.
VARIOUS SHOTS - 40
People turn to stare at him, including The Mongol.
SIMON - 41
smiles, nodding to people as he makes his way toward the bar.
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 42
moving past burly legs, looking up at inhospitable faces. Suddenly The Mongol is right in front of him, standing on one spiked boot & one gnarled, bare foot.
SIMON - 43
Oach-la-rey. (Subtitle: Excuse me.)
He moves past The Mongol, who watches menacingly as Simon goes to the bar.
AT THE BAR - 44
People go back to what they were doing but Simon's presence is not ignored. The BARTENDER/INNKEEPER stares at Simon.
You want what.
Good evening. I'd like a bed for the night & these supplies ready at dawn.
(hands him a list)
I'd also like some yak jerky, rice & a large glass of tazba, please.
The Bartender looks at the list, pockets it, then goes to get Simon food & drink.
SIMON - 45
reaches in the bag & brings out a billfold with local currency. He counts off several bills, then puts the rest of the money back in the bag.
When the Bartender returns with the rice, jerky & drink, Simon pays him.
This should cover everything.
The Bartender starts counting the money.
LOW ANGLE - 46
Simon walks to a table & sets his food & drink down. He puts his bag on one of the other chairs. Simon is hungry & begins to eat. Suddenly The Mongol is towering over him again. Simon looks up at him. After a beat:
Ta suu. (Subtitle: Would you like to sit down?)
The Mongol picks up Simon's bag & walks off with it. Simon is quickly in front of him.
Me ni tunefig bu-sag eng. (Subtitle: I'll have my bag back.)
The Mongol pushes Simon aside.
Ton tava mock ink bon . . . doruv . . . guruv . . . (Subtitle: You have five seconds . . . four . . . three . . .)
The Mongol turns, starting at Simon, laughing that this little man would warn him. He comes back to Simon, who stands his ground. Others move aside.
Sog un-good-sun! (Subtitle: Time's up!)
The Mongol grabs Simon by the neck (or the collar if need be), lifts him in the air with one arm & carries Simon toward the open fireplace!
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END OF ACT ONE
INT. TAVERN - NIGHT - 47
The Mongol has Simon's bag in one hand & Simon in the other. He lifts Simon toward the open fireplace!
In tah-ne soo-lin bow-lum. (Subtitle: This is your last chance.)
The Mongol prepares to throw Simon into the fire! Simon yells toward his bag.
Ralph! Sic him!
ANOTHER ANGLE - 48
A long, dark green tentacle bursts out of the opening of Simon's bag & wraps itself tightly around The Mongol's arm!
THE MONGOL - 49
stares in horror at the tentacle tightening around his arm! He drops Simon & grabs the tentacle with his free hand, trying to pull it off!
SIMON - 50
lands on the floor & looks up at The Mongol.
I tried to warn you.
Ewe-nig nah-das za-luu!
The others in the tavern watch in awe & wonder as the tentacle appears to be pulling The Mongol's arm into the bag.
You wanted my bag, now you've got it.
Ewe-nig boot-saag ahv!
He holds the bag out toward Simon.
Let go, Ralph.
THE TENTACLE - 51
releases The Mongol's arm & retracts back into Simon's bag.
THE MONGOL - 52
pushes the bag into Simon's arms & runs out of the Tavern, to the delight of everyone there.
SIMON - 53
smiles to everyone, then yawns.
Well, it's been a long day. Time to get some rest. Good night.
Simon walks toward the door to the rooms. People step aside giving him plenty of space. He nods to them politely. He passes one woman wearing a bizarre, fur hat.
Before he reaches the door the Bartender comes to him.
Please. What is in there, it cannot be in the room.
SIMON (opening bag for Bartender to look in)
Just a little device to toy with people who try to steal my bag. Say good night, Ralph.
The tentacle "peeks" out, gives a little wave, then withdraws quickly back into the bag as Simon exits through the door, leaving the people to wonder about this little man in their midst.
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EXT. HIMALAYAS - SUNRISE (STOCK) - 54
The majesty of morning at the top of the world. The sun streaks across the mountains, gleaming off the ice & snow.
INT. TAVERN - MORNING - 55
Simon carefully packs supplies the Bartender has provided into a backpack. The Bartender holds up a pair of goggles.
No, thanks, I brought my own.
Will you need a Sherpa to guide you?
I know my way. What are the conditions on the pass beyond Mt. Gametta?
Very treacherous. Wait until Spring.
The Tavern door opens & Alex enters, looking the worse for wear, but buoyed by seeing Simon. Simon is overjoyed to see Alex. He rushes to him.
Alex! I was starting to worry that you wouldn't show up!
Alex is surprised by Simon's reaction.
Come on, we'll have to get your supplies. We need to leave right away.
Wait a second. You mean you're glad to see me?
More than glad. I'm overjoyed.
I thought you didn't want me to follow you.
I didn't. Oh, did you bring your gun?
You'll have to leave it here. We can pick it up on the way back.
Wait, slow down, Simon. I've had a long trip, I'm exhausted & at the moment a little confused.
Alex, I couldn't ask you to come with me, not . . . not where we're going. It had to be a choice you made for yourself, for your own reasons.
Where are we going?
Where destiny leads us, Alex.
Alex starts to ask another question. Simon lifts his hand.
The answers will come. I'm very happy you're with me.
A moment between Alex & Simon.
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EXT. HIMALAYAS - DAY (VARIOUS STOCK SHOTS) - 56
Majestic panoramas of the mountain range & snow-covered tundra below.
EXT. SNOW-COVERED FLATLAND - DAY - 57
(PRODUCTION NOTE: ALL SNOW/TREKKING SCENES TO BE SHOT ON STAGE) LOW ANGLE ON the snow.
Simon & Alex trek across the snow toward the foot of a mountain. Each wears a backpack. Simon carries his carpetbag. Simon wears traditional clothes for warmth, Alex clothes are more modern. (X)
OUT - 58
VARIOUS SHOTS - 59
as they make their way through the snow to the mountain. (PRODUCTION NOTE: IF AFFORDABLE, ONE OR POSSIBLY TWO SHOTS -- INTRAVISION OR SIMILAR TECHNIQUE -- TYING SIMON & ALEX INTO ACTUAL HIMALAYAN FOOTAGE WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARD SELLING THIS TREK.)
ALEX & SIMON'S P.O.V. (STOCK) - 60
gazing up from the base of a formidable mountain. Rugged, rockfaces jut out through the snow.
ALEX & SIMON - 61
stand at the base of the mountain, surveying the difficult climb ahead.
We have to scale the south face to reach the pass.
You sure you know where you're going.
SIMON (answering more than the question asked)
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EXT. MOUNTAINSIDE - NARROW PATH - DAY - 65-A
Alex & Simon, tied together by a hemp rope, hike along a narrow path winding up the side of the mountain.
ANOTHER ANGLE - 65-B
The path is steep & dangerous.
ON THE LEDGE - 66
Using the spiked toes of their boots on the treacherous ledge, & small outcroppings of icy rock for handholds, Alex & Simon make their way across. Alex looks down.
ALEX'S P.O.V. (STOCK) - 67
jagged rocks far below!
VARIOUS CLOSEUPS - 68
to build suspense: Hands gripping . . . Toe-spikes digging in . . . tension on faces . . . the drop to the jagged rocks!
A ROPE FOOTBRIDGE - 68-A
stretches across a deep ravine. The ropes are frayed, the footing worn & hazardous.
SIMON - 68-B
starts onto the footbridge, then Alex after him.
ON THEIR FEET - 68-C
stepping carefully on the rungs. Below, the long drop!
VARIOUS SHOTS - 68-D
building tension as Simon & Alex cross the bridge. Suddenly:
ONE OF THE RUNGS - 68-E
breaks & Simon plummets!
OUT - 69-70
ANGLE - 71
Simon FALLS THROUGH FRAME, the safety rope unfurling!
ALEX - 72
braces himself & grips the rope bridge tightly as:
SIMON'S BODY - 73
jerks to a stop!
ANGLE DOWN (BLUE SCREEN) - 74
Simon dangling over the precipice.
ALEX - 75
starts to pull Simon back up.
EXT. MOUTAINSIDE - DAY (LATER) - 76
Simon & Alex finally reach the ridge high on the side of the mountain. They stand triumphant, looking down to the other side.
THEIR P.O.V. (STOCK) - 77
A mountain pass stretches far below between the mountains. Clouds shroud the peaks & threaten the pass.
ALEX & SIMON - 78
catch their breath.
We're lucky. The avalanches haven't closed the pass yet.
Alex takes a drink from his canteen, then passes it to Simon, who dinks.
You know, I could have gotten Linden to air lift us in wherever we're going.
It's a very ancient place, Alex. We can't invade it by helicopter. We have to enter the way those who find it have entered for a thousand years.
The sky is closing in. We'd better get down there before the weather turns.
Simon hands Alex his canteen back & starts down. Alex goes with him.
EXT. HIMALAYAS - DAY (STOCK) - 79
Wind-whipped snow blows through the mountains.
EXT. MOUTAIN PASS - DAY - 80
The blowing snow lessens visibility. We can barely SEE the distant mountains as Simon & Alex trek TOWARD CAMERA.
CLOSE ON SIMON - 81
trudging through snow (X)
Best get into shelter for the night.
Can't get closer to the mountains in case of avalanche.
Simon opens his bag. He takes out a small, brightly-painted house.
We'll stay in here.
Alex looks at Simon like he's crazy.
Simon, we're people, not shrinky-dinks.
Alex, the last thing I want to do is shrink.
Simon puts the little house down in the snow.
We have to give it a few seconds to absorb the moisture.
CLOSE ON THE LITTLE HOUSE - 82
as it starts to grow before our eyes. (PRODUCTION NOTE: ONE WAY TO ACCOMPLISH THIS IS TO BLUE SCREEN THE LITTLE HOUSE, ZOOM IN ON IT, THEN PUT THIS AGAINST THE BACKGROUND, CREATING THE ILLUSION THAT THE HOUSE IS GROWING.)
ANOTHER ANGLE - 83
Alex watches in amazement as the house (BELOW FRAME) gets larger. The top of it suddenly appears in the f.g. (foreground), growing up in front of Alex.
SIMON - 84
watches in delight.
How do you think these things up?
If I knew I probably wouldn't be able to.
ANOTHER ANGLE - 85
The colorful house is as big as a tent now. Simon opens the door.
Alex takes a deep breath & has to duck to enter. Simon follows him & shuts the door. Snow falls on the roof.
INT. TENT/HOUSE - AFTERNOON - 86
The interior is painted to look like a cozy house with painted-on windows & art. Alex sits on the floor marveling at Simon's handiwork.
What, no furniture?
Sorry, afraid we'll have to rough it.
Simon takes a unique colorful container out of his bag. Two cups lift off. He hands one to Alex.
Simon, I like roughing it with you.
Simon pours steaming hot chocolate into each of their cups.
They toast & drink their hot chocolate.
EXT. TENT/HOUSE - NIGHT - 87
Wind whistles through the mountain pass. The little house can barely be SEEN through the snow.
INT. TENT/HOUSE - NIGHT - 88
Inside it's warm & cozy, light & heat come from a lantern. Simon & Alex sleep beneath lightweight, thermal blankets. CAMERA MOVES SLOWLY IN ON Simon, sleeping restlessly. As we MOVE IN ON Simon's eyes in REM:
INT. ANCIENT LAMASERY - CLOSE ON FLAMES - 89
An intense pyre, seething, consuming. As we MOVE TOWARD the inferno, we suddenly SEE Simon in the flames, enduring the agony.
SIMON - 90
tosses in his sleep, his face drenched with perspiration!
EXT. TENT/HOUSE - MORNING - 91
A light snow falls. Snow is piled on the roof of the little house & against the sides.
INT. TENT/HOUSE - MORNING - 92
Alex wakes up & stretches. He stops in mid-stretch staring at:
SIMON'S THERMAL BLANKET - 93
flat on the floor. Simon is nowhere to be seen.
EXT. TENT/HOUSE - MORNING - 94
Pulling on his parka, Alex rushes out looking for Simon. He scans the area.
ALEX'S P.O.V. - 95
Twenty yards away, a mound of snow, a patch of color!
ALEX - 96
sprints through the snow, then kneels at the mound, digging under it & lifting Simon's body in his arms! Simon is unconscious, rigid, his lips blue, his skin pale.
Simon doesn't respond.
INT. TENT/HOUSE - MORNING - 97
Alex has wrapped Simon in his thermal blanket. He rubs Simon's hands rapidly to warm them.
Come on, you've gotta wake up . . . You can do it . . . Open your eyes. Please open your eyes . . . (X)
Alex continues working on Simon. A moment later, Simon's eyes flicker open.
Thank God. (X)
My flesh was burning . . . had to put out the fire . . .
Don't talk. Just take it easy.
Must keep going, Alex . . . Get to Anthea . . .
You're in no condition to go anywhere right now.
Simon struggles to sit up. He looks deeply into Alex's eyes.
We must keep going . . .
Alex looks into Simon's eyes. There is a deep communication.
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EXT. MOUNTAIN PASS - DAY - 98
The sky is dark. The snow & wind are becoming more severe. Alex appears through the snow carrying Simon in his arms. Simon is wrapped up in the thermal blanket to keep him warm.
Alex, wearing Simon's bag tied to backpack, carries Simon off & o.s. (X)
EXT. MOUNTAIN PASS - LATER - 99
It's a blizzard now. Alex leans against the wind, clutching Simon to his chest, visibility a matter of feet in front of him. (X)
Which way, Simon?
SIMON - 100
barely conscious, his skin ashen gray, his voice weak.
. . . trust your instincts . . .
ALEX - 101
covers Simon tighter & forges ahead through the snow.
EXT. MOUTAIN PASS - LATER - 102
Alex struggles, then stumbles to his knees. He looks down at:
SIMON - 103
who's lost consciousness.
ALEX - 104
gets back to his feet & keeps going. Suddenly he sees:
THREE PEOPLE - 105
wearing skins turned with fur in, approaching through the snow. We will learn that one man, IVAN, in his fifties, is Russian. The other man, KOBI, in his thirties, is a black African, & the woman, MYA, in her twenties, is Oriental. The three rush up.
Thank God . . . Please, my friend . . . he needs help.
We know. Here, let us take him.
But Alex holds Simon protectively.
ALEX'S P.O.V. - 106
looking into all three faces. They are gentle . . . open.
BACK TO SCENE - 107
Alex still won't release Simon.
I've got him. Just show me the way.
The three support Alex & lead him off through the snowstorm with Simon in his arms.
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EXT. LAMASERY - DAY (STOCK) - 108
Preferably a mystical, ancient structure in a green valley surrounded by snow-covered mountains.
INT. LAMASERY - DAY - 109
A large, cloistered oval area is lit by torches mounted on the gallery above, & by a fire pit in the center -- the same firepit Simon was being consumed by in his dream.
Fourteen people (eight men & six women from all over the world) gather near the base of a stairway. They're ordinary people dressed to suit their personalities or their culture. (PRODUCTION NOTE: People should not be wearing traditional "costumes" of their country, but the clothes they might wear everyday in their country.)
They look toward the top of:
THE STAIRS - 110
Mya has started down the stairs ahead of Alex, who still carries Simon. Alex stops at the top of the stairs taking in the place & the people.
ALEX'S P.O.V. - 111
The place is mystical, but the people are not what Alex expected.
ALEX - 112
carries Simon's inert body down the stairs, followed by Ivan & Kobi.
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS - 113
The people greet Alex, each in his or her own language. They're solicitous about Simon.
Is there a doctor here?
Dr. Laycoe, an American in his fifties wearing glasses & a comfortable sweater, comes forward.
I'm a doctor.
He's gone into shock. His body temperature's dropped very low. (X)
The Doctor checks Simon as Alex holds him.
Hypothermia. He has severe frost bite. We'll take him.
Dr. Laycoe gestures to some others to take Simon from Alex. But Alex won't let him go.
Just tell me where to bring him.
CLOSE ON A LARGE STONE - 114
on top of the raised platform opposite the stairs. The bottom & sides of the stone are rough, natural. The top is flat, with a smooth indentation where people have lied upon it for a thousand years. OPEN TO REVEAL Alex holding Simon. Dr. Laycoe stands next to him. The others are gathered in a circle holding hands. When Alex looks at them, they smile encouragement. The circle is not ceremonial per se, it is a gathering of caring people offering their unified support.
Dr. Laycoe removes Simon's boots & socks, which are almost frozen. He nods to Alex, who gently lays Simon's body on the stone. The Doctor joins hands with the other people.
Is this all you're gonna do? Lay him on a rock & holds hands? Come on, you're a Doctor.
As a doctor, I'm afraid I'd have to amputate his frostbitten right foot to save his leg.
ALEX (very upset)
There must be something else, I mean, some other kind of treatment?
There is. But unfortunately, they don't teach it in medical school. That's one of the reasons I've come here.
Each of us is here for a different reason, just as you are.
Look, the only reason I'm here is because Simon had a dream about someone named Anthea. Do you know who that is?
WOMAN'S VOICE (friendly warm)
Alex turns to see:
ANTHEA - 115
descending from the opening behind the platform. She wears the same, colorful sari she wore in Simon's dream. She approaches Alex & offers her hand. Alex takes it. She lowers her other hand to enfold Alex's. Her eyes calm Alex, reassure him.
Thank you for helping Simon.
He said he had to come here to help you.
We're all here to help each other.
Anthea goes to Simon on the stone.
Can you do anything?
Simon's life condition is strong. But he needs all our energy. Especially yours.
Join the circle. Open your heart & let your love for Simon flow freely.
Anthea releases Alex's hand. Mya & Kobi separate & offer their hands. Alex joins hands with them.
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steps up next to the stone. She gazes at Simon with love.
I have missed you, old friend.
Anthea begins to rub her hands against the smooth stone next to Simon's body, slowly at first, then faster in circular patterns. A BLUE AURA begins to SLOWLY FORM around Anthea's hands, a glowing energy.
ALEX - 166-A
His eyes open wide as he watches:
ANTHEA'S HANDS - 116-B
touch Simon, one on his forehead, the other holding his left hand. The blue glow spreads to Simon.
ANTHEA - 116-C
Draw the healing light into you, Simon. Feel it spread through your being.
PAN THE FACES - 117
of the people gathered around Anthea & Simon. their faces reveal a positive serenity. The hint of a smile, hope. END ON Alex's face. He cannot rid himself of the tension. He watches Anthea, his hands tightly gripping Mya's & Kobi's.
ANTHEA - 118
focuses on her concentration.
CLOSE ON SIMON'S FACE - 119
Anthea moves her hand from Simon's forehead slowly down over his ashen face. As her glowing hand passes, the color returns to Simon's face.
As Anthea removes her hands, the glow fades & Simon's eyes flicker open.
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 120
COMING INTO FOCUS, Anthea's face, smiling warmly down at him.
SIMON - 121
gazes into Anthea's eyes. There is love -- not romantic love -- but true love between Simon & Anthea.
OUT - 122
ALEX - 123
watches in wonderment as Simon lifts his head.
ANGLE - SIMON & ANTHEA - 124
gaze at one another, silent communication more profound than words can say. Between them in the b.g. (background) is the fire ablaze in the center. Simon slowly turns from Anthea to look at the fire.
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 125
The orange & yellow flames that warm the room appear ominous -- as they appeared to Simon in his nightmare.
SIMON - 126
responds to the foreboding fire, then looks up into Anthea's eyes. She is sensitive to Simon's emotions, & helps ease his fear with the warmth in her eyes. Each seems to know why they have been brought together.
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EXT. POND - DAY - 127
This is the same tranquil, beautiful place where Anthea was in Simon's dream . . . blue sky, lush grass, a garden of colorful flowers.
ANTHEA & SIMON - 128
who's changed his clothes, walk down a gradual slope toward the water. Each is aware that there is a significance to their being together here, but for now that remains a subliminal undercurrent to the scene. Simon limps slightly on his right leg (a limp that will soon go away).
Hold my hand?
Simon takes her hand, not as a crutch, but definitely for support. He looks at Anthea's hand.
If only you could package the healing power here.
I am the package, Simon.
Simon nods, absorbing the joy & tranquility of this place.
I've missed this place. Sometimes I wish I'd stayed here.
But the point is for all people to leave here & take what they have learned back to share with others, as you have. How are your toys? Are they wonderful?
People seem to like them.
Toys are so important. There has to be playtime or the joys & wonders of childhood wither away & die.
I owe it all to you. You showed me the way.
I only showed you the way to find out who you already were. (X)
Anthea & Simon share a silent beat, then Anthea takes water in cupped hands. She holds it in front of her & looks at Simon.
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 129
Anthea appears exactly as she did in Simon's dream. She offers the water to him.
SIMON - 130
understands that this is a significant moment. He lowers his head & sips the water. As he drinks, an OMIINOUS SOUND begins, growling LOUDER & LOUDER. Simon looks into Anthea's eyes! Wind whips around them, tearing the flowers, blowing the petals away!
A dark shadow passes over them as it did in Simon's dream! Before Simon can say anything, Anthea takes both his hands in hers.
I can't run, Simon.
(to his reaction)
I heard you in my dream.
The wind whips harder. Simon looks up!
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 131
A helicopter descends toward them! (PRODUCTION NOTE: The helicopter need not tie into this location.)
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There's danger, Anthea, terrible evil. I feel it.
We're not immune, Simon. Evil exists.
Simon looks up.
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 133
The helicopter veers off, flying away from them. It lands unseen behind foliage. The engine stops. Silence returns.
SIMON - 134
takes hold of Anthea's hands.
Whatever it is, I'm here to face it with you.
Then it's a benefit. Because it's brought us back together.
Simon & Anthea hold each other's gaze then Simon looks behind her, drawing a deep breath!
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 135
coming toward them from behind the foliage is the nightmarish figure in black cowl & cloak from Simon's nightmare!
As he walks toward them:
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EXT. POND - AS BEFORE - 136
The menacing figure continues toward:
SIMON & ANTHEA - 137
hold their ground amidst the decimated flowers.
THEIR P.O.V. - 138
Out of the foliage charge FOUR GUNMEN with automatic weapons!
SIMON - 139
steps boldly in front of Anthea. She steps up next to him & holds his hand.
Together, Simon, remember?
The Gunmen stop twenty yards away, not aiming, but holding their weapons at the ready.
SIMON - 140
stares at the approaching figure from his nightmare.
THE CLOAKED FIGURE - 141
seems to react to Simon's presence as well. He stops in front of Simon. SHOT ZOOMS SLOWLY on the unseen face.
MATCHING ZOOM OF SIMON'S FACE - 142
As the two stare at one another. Suddenly Simon has a realization.
Troyan . . .
Fitting you should be here, McKay.
I should have known it was you.
You don't need weapons here. Everyone is welcome.
Being welcome doesn't matter to me. Being in control does.
Troyan gestures to his soldiers, who close in around Simon & Anthea.
INT. CLOISTER - DAY - 143
TRACKING IN FRONT OF Alex, Mya, Ivan & Kobi as they walk through the cloister. Alex has changed clothes. In the b.g. people are chanting, "Om Mani Padme hum." Over & over, one reason they didn't hear the helicopter.
People of all races & religions from around the world have been finding their way here for a thousand years. Some of us have come for physical healing, some for spiritual healing, all to raise our life condition.
But how does someone get here?
The same way as you. Our lives lead us here.
Nothing. So, you all come & go. What about Anthea?
She has been the light here for over a hundred years.
You're saying Anthea is over a hundred years old?
That's all she'll admit.
She's a woman. She has the right.
The group stops, realizing that the chanting has suddenly ceased.
THEIR P.O.V. - 144
out of the cloister. The others around the fire look up with concern.
ANGLE - THE SURROUNDING BALCONY - 145
Troyan's soldiers take up positions, their weapons aimed down.
AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS - 146
Troyan (still in cowl & cloak) stands looking down. Behind him, Simon & Anthea in front of Poole.
IN THE CLOISTER - 147
HER P.O.V. - 148
Ivan & Kobi are there, but Alex is gone.
BACK TO SCENE - 149
She looks for him as one of Troyan's men rushes up.
He herds them with his rifle into:
THE CENTER OF THE LAMASERY - 150
With the others by the fire pit. Mya keeps an alert eye open for Alex.
TROYAN - 151
descends the stairs in front of Simon & Anthea, who hold hands.
AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS - 152
Troyan "stares" out of his cowl at Simon's & Anthea's hands. Troyan takes off one glove revealing a hand scarred & brittle.
Hold my hand.
Anthea looks at Troyan's radiation-poisoned hand with pity & concern.
Don't, Anthea. He's living his fate. (X)
Which has brought him here to me.
He brought me to you! He did this! Cursed me to live the last nine years of my life in pain. Live without sunlight!
You've caused your own darkness Troyan. I've only tried to stop you from spreading it like the plague!
She gently but firmly stops him from sinking to Troyan's level.
ANTHEA (to Simon)
You came here many years ago, you said, because of him. Now he says that he is here because of you. Your lives are quite obviously intricately intertwined. You're here together for a reason.
IN THE CLOISTER - 153
Alex moves stealthily through the shadows.
BACK TO SCENE - 154
I'm here to be healed by you! Put an end to this torment! It has taken me a long time to find my way here. And I won't let him interfere!
You don't belong here, Troyan.
I belong here more than anyone!
He pulls off his cowl REVEALING:
TROYAN'S FACE - 155
has deteriorated since last we saw him. There are lesions & flaking skin.
ALEX - 156
his back to the side of the stairway, inches closer to Troyan & Poole, whose backs are to him.
BACK TO SCENE - 157
I've brought in every specialist, faith healer & hoax money could buy, & this was the result! So I became an expert on miracle cures. Had the recipients of some brought to me to find out how they were cured! Where! I was surprised at how long they were able to resist before revealing their secret to me. But one finally did (X)
What you want me to give you can't be taken by force. It must be given & received with a free & open heart.
His heart is malignant.
TROYAN (pushed to the brink)
You're the cancer in my life! You're the malignancy I need to be cured of!
Troyan grabs Poole's rifle! Before he can fire it at Simon, Alex bursts out from behind the stairway & knocks it up just as it fires! The GUNSHOT REVERBERATES through the Lamasery. Alex twists the rifle out of Troyan's hands & aims it back at him!
ABOVE ON THE BALCONY - 158
Troyan's men aim their rifles down at:
THE PEOPLE - 159
by the fire pit in the center of the room! Mya looks toward Alex! There is fear, but not panic! The GUNSHOT CONTINUES TO REVERBERATE.
Alex holds the rifle steady.
ALEX (forcefully to Troyan)
You'll be the first to die.
You'd be doing me a favor. But not these people. They probably cherish their lives.
Everyone beings to realize that this echoing GUNSHOT is not normal. Instead of fading, it's getting LOUDER.
ANTHEA - 161
her eyes are closed, her head tilted back.
SIMON - 162
gazes at Anthea, then turns to Alex. He has to speak loudly over the ECHOING GUNSHOT.
Alex, the gun, throw it down!
When they throw theirs down!
The reverberation gets louder! Simon walks over to Alex & reaches for the rifle. Alex holds it out of his reach.
A STONE FIGURE OF A DRAGON - 163
cracks off the ancient wall & breaks against the stone floor!
BACK TO SCENE - 164
Alex glances down at Simon, whose urging he can no longer resist. He reluctantly hands Simon the rifle. Simon walks toward the fire with it, opening the chamber & dropping out bullets in a trail behind him. The reverberation is becoming painful.
THE GUNMEN - 165
on the balcony follow Simon with their rifles.
MYA - 166
& the others step aside as Simon carries the unloaded rifle to the firepit.
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 167
furious flames . . . hypnotic . . the REVERVERATING GUNSHOT increasing it's intensity!
SIMON - 168
has to force his mind off the flames & throws the rifle into the fire!
THE FIRE - 169
surges briefly, then dies down. The REVERBERATION STOPS. The silence is loud.
ANTHEA - 170
opens her eyes.
ALEX'S P.O.V. - THE BALCONY - 171
Troyan's men aim their weapons. There is no longer any opposition.
ALEX - 172
lowers his gaze to watch Simon walking back, his footsteps the only sound save for the crackling fire. As Simon reaches Alex, there is the understanding that they are all now captives.
Why not their guns?
The gun you had fired the shot.
INT. LAMASARY ROOM - 173
Large, angular, made of large stone blocks fused together. A molding of bas-relief sculpture & dragon heads encircles the room near the ceiling. There are various levels across from a large, oak door, which suddenly opens in before the weight of people pushed against it into the room!
OUTSIDE THE ROOM - 174
Troyan's men force the people of the lamasery -- Alex among them -- into:
THE ROOM - 175
When everyone is inside, the door is closed &:
OUTSIDE THE DOOR - 176
Poole drops a large latch into place & secures it with an old iron padlock.
IN THE ROOM - 177
Some people lift themselves off the floor.
Is anyone hurt?
Dr. Laycoe helps a woman into a sitting position on one of the stone risers.
I think we have a broken ankle here.
Can you set it?
The doctor begins caring for the woman. Alex comes to Mya who is with Ivan, Kobi & others
Is there another way out of this room?
The walls are solid all the way around.
Nevertheless, Alex starts looking at their surroundings.
Who is that man? Why does he blame Simon for his fate.
They once worked together on a project that Troyan tried to sabotage. When Simon found out, Troyan attempted to kill him.
Alex reaches up to examine a sculpture on the molding.
He tried to lock Simon in a radioactive storage area, but got trapped himself & suffered radiation poisoning. He got what he deserved. (X)
Yes. In the end we all get what we deserve.
OUT - 178
CLOSE ON THE FIRE - 179
hot flames jumping.
CLOSE ON THE STONE - 180
cool . . . smooth.
CLOSE ON SIMON'S FACE - 181
intense firelight glistening off the perspiration on Simon's skin.
CLOSE ON TROYAN - 181-A
approaching the stone.
CLOSE ON ANTHEA - 182
next to Troyan.
If you truly desire to be healed, I must work on your entire being, not merely the outside.
ANGLE - 183
I don't desire to change what is inside me, I want to live without pain in order to enjoy it. Now either end this burning of my flesh, or his will begin:
Troyan points to:
SIMON - 184
now revealed to be suspended over the fire by a heavy chain cinched under his arms!
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INT. LAMASERY - AS BEFORE - 185
CRANE UP FROM the firepit TO Simon suspended above it, the heat almost unbearable. Simon tries to keep his mind off the flames, focused instead on:
TROYAN - 186
now lying on the stone. Anthea stands beside it.
For your own sake, before I heal your body , heal your soul by letting Simon go. (X)
I'll let him go straight down if you don't begin the treatment this moment.
Troyan grips Anthea's wrist.
Anthea looks at Troyan's scarred hand, than up at Simon suspended above the fire.
OUT - 187-188
INT. LAMASERY ROOM - 189
Alex reaches as high as he can, pulling, twisting, & trying to turn the dragon head sculptures among bas-relief ornamentation on the molding encircling the room. He's frustrated that nothing moves & no one is helping him.
There's a time to fight back, you know.
Alex our belief --
I know your beliefs! I live with a man who lives for your beliefs! And I've seen him risk his life to fight for people in trouble! Now he's in trouble! If you want your principles to survive, the people who believe in them have to survive!
Everyone stares at Alex. Then Kobi stands & reaches for the molding above him, turning & pulling on it. Soon others join him.
INT. LAMASERY - BALCONY - 190
PAN Troyan's men holding their weapons. poole, without his weapon, stands next to the chain that is anchored to the upper railing, angling up & over a ceiling beam to support Simon over the fire. Poole strikes a match on a stone carving, then lights a cigarette. As he exhales the smoke, SHIFT FOCUS TO the scene below:
ANTHEA - 191
focuses her concentration, her hands on Troyan's hand & forehead, bathing him in her blue, glowing aura.
OUT - 192
SIMON - 193
endures the heat, the perspiration on his face now evaporating as soon as it flows out of his pores.
SIMON'S P.O.V. - 197
down at the fire blazing directly below him!
OUT - 198-199
CLOSE ON A CARVED DRAGON'S HEAD - 200
A hand tries to turn it. It doesn't budge.
CLOSE ON ALEX - 201
straining, putting all his strength into it! Finally: The dragon's head rotates. Alex's eyes go wide! The others gather, looking at the dragon, & around the room to see if it has triggered anything. Alex rotates the dragon's head some more, then they see it!
OUT - 202-203
ONE OF THE LARGE STONES - 204
in the wall has begun to slide backwards!
Alex leads several people pushing on the heavy stone, forcing it open.
Push! Harder! Keep pushing!
IN THE LAMASERY - CLOSE ON ANTHEA'S HAND - 205
On Troyan's forehead. As she lowers her hand across his face, Troyan's skin appears healed. Anthea's blue aura fades away. Troyan opens his eyes, the feeling of new-found health spreading through him.
TROYAN - 206
gazes at his hand, witness to a miracle. The skin on them appears regenerated & healthy.
Now, let Simon go free.
Is it day or night?
There is only one way to erase all doubt.
OUT - 207
EXT. LAMASERY - DAWN (STOCK) - 208
The sun is just rising over the snow-covered mountains.
EXT. LAMASERY WALL - DAWN - 209
Troyan, wearing his black cloak, the cowl hanging down in the back, stands in front of the wall, eyes riveted upon the rising sun. Poole stands next to him with Anthea. The shadow on the wall above him slides downward as the sun comes up. Troyan waits for the moment of truth. Sunlight slides down his face. Troyan basks in its warmth, his smooth, regenerated skin absorbing sunlight after so many years.
Then suddenly in Troyan's eyes, the onset of burning, excruciating pain! His mouth opens & a tormented SCREAM ECHOES through the valley! Troyan's hands cover his face! They are covered with putrefied flesh again! Anthea watches, knowing that this would happen. Troyan lowers his hands as he chokes back a painful scream, REVEALING that the flesh on his face has also returned to the way it was before the treatment.
OUT - 210-211
INT. LAMASERY - 212
Suspended over the fire, Simon seems aware that whatever his fate is to be, it is about to happen. SHIFT FOCUS TO the balcony (opposite where the chain suspending him is anchored). Troyan's men are stationed at intervals. There is movement behind them.
ON THE BALCONY - 213
Alex appears in the shadows. He nods to:
KOBI & IVAN - 214
who are with some of the others. Kobi in turn nods to:
DR. LAYCOE - 215
who leads another group.
GUARD #1 - 216
is jumped by Alex! A fight begins!
THE OTHER TWO GUARDS - 217
aim their weapons toward Alex! From behind, Kobi's group & Dr. Laycoe's group jump the guards, pulling robes over their heads & using saris to wrap them up!
SIMON - 218
watches the battle taking place, then suddenly turns his attention toward the top of the stairs.
AREA NEAR THE TOP OF THE STAIRS - 219
Troyan, still in pain, has come back inside. Poole holds Anthea by one arm.
It's McKay's fault! It's because he's here! That's why it didn't work!
It's you. All I could do was treat the effect, not the cause. But your flesh mirrors your soul.
But Troyan has already rushed off!
AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS - 220
Troyan stops, his rage focused on Simon hanging over the fire! Troyan points at him shouting --
Now you'll feel the pain!
Troyan rushes around the balcony toward where the chain supporting Simon is anchored.
ALEX - 221
reacts to Troyan's threat with a surge of adrenalin! He throws the guard he's fighting with out of the way! The man topples over the balcony railing to the floor below!
But Alex is on the opposite side of the balcony! He has to sprint around after Troyan! He circles past the top of the stairs, but Poole is there with Anthea. Poole lets her go & grabs Alex! Alex fights to get past the larger man, but Poole is tough to get around!
OUT - 222-224
KOBI, IVAN, MYA - 225
& the others, who have subdued the other two guards, see:
TROYAN - 226
unhook the chain from its anchor!
Troyan lowers Simon toward the fire!
ANTHEA - 227
looks across the vast space between her & Simon, their eyes connecting.
SIMON - 228
gazes back at Anthea as the fate he dreamt about unfolds & flames begin to engulf him!
ALEX - 229
seeing this, throws Poole down the stairs & rushes toward where Troyan continues to unfurl: lower:
OUT - 230-231
SIMON - 232
into the fire! Simon doesn't scream as the flames surround him. He continues looking at Anthea while his nightmare becomes reality.
MYA - 233
& the others watch in muted horror as Simon is engulfed by the flames!
TROYAN - 234
stares down at the fire . . . at last his nemesis is gone from his life. Alex reaches Troyan, struggling with him for the chain to pull Simon out of the fire! But Troyan isn't about to let anyone save Simon!
OUT - 235-236
CLOSE ON ANTHEA - 237
walking down the stairs toward the fire, every ounce of her energy focused on Simon.
THE CHAIN - 238
Alex & Troyan fight over begins to be pulled upward! They don't notice it at first, then they do.
MYA - 239
& the others stare down at the fire, amazed by what they see!
SIMON - 240
The chain still around him, walks out of the fire, an aura of blue light surrounding him. Not even his clothes are burned. As he walks away from the fire, the blue aura subsides.
TROYAN - 241
stares down in disbelief! For a moment he & Alex are still. Then in a last ditch effort to kill Simon, Troyan grabs the chain to pull Simon back toward the fire! Alex lunges at Troyan to stop him! But Troyan is knocked over the balcony railing! But he's entangled in the chain, & instead of falling, Troyan swings across the open area
OUT - 242
SIMON - 243
The other end of the chain attached to him, braces himself!
THE CHAIN - 244
goes taut & Troyan winds up suspended upside-down over the fire, held there by Simon, leaning backwards, holding Troyan's weight with his own strength & possibly some other force.
ANGLE - TROYAN - 245
feeling the heat from below, yells down to Simon.
Put an end to it, McKay, once & for all! Drop me in the fire & we'll be rid of each other!
Simon stares up at Troyan, part of him tempted to let Troyan burn. Anthea is next to him. Alex comes rushing up.
Do it, McKay! End it now!
You hold his fate in your hands, Simon.
SIMON (starting to understand)
My own fate as well.
Yes. They're intertwined.
What are you waiting for, McKay?! Kill me now or one day I'll kill you, I swear it!
SEVERAL CUTS - 245-A
for tension, then --
SIMON (beat; then)
Alex, find something to pull him down safely.
He wouldn't do it for you, Simon.
As Alex moves off, SHOT GOES IN ON Simon & Anthea.
OUT - 246-247
EXT. SKY - DAY - 248
Troyan's helicopter flies away & o.s.
EXT. POND - DAY - 249
Simon, Anthea & Alex, watch it go.
We didn't have to let him go free, Simon.
He's not free.
Free enough to carry out his threat someday.
I'm sure he'll try.
Simon walks off by himself. Anthea takes Alex's hand.
There is not always harmony in nature. But there is balance. The day has the night. The desert has the ocean. And Simon, for now, has Troyan. And you. Care for him, Alex.
Alex looks at Anthea, then both turn to watch Simon walk toward the pond.
THEIR P.O.V. - 250
Simon's small figure stands at the water's edge, his back to us.
I don't understand how Simon survived the fire.
You don't need to understand the nature of water for it to quench your thirst, Alex. You only need to drink.
ON Simon drinking water from the pond, we:
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END OF ACT FOUR
SIMON'S HOUSE WITH TILLIE, ALEX & SIMON - 251
"TAG TO FOLLOW"
Script Property of Michael Berk & Douglas Schwartz
Script from The Michael Berk Collection
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