Today it’s Part 2 of our Great Scenes Mix. There is no bottom to the scenes you nominate could for this category so my criteria was: 1) Clips and scripts. (Find both so you can compare the written page with the movie.) 2) Don’t be freakin’ boring or predictable. (Speaks for itself).
The reason I do clips and scripts is make clear what needs to be obvious to even a break-in screenwriter: The thing is never done. Changes were made– sometimes significant changes– even to great scenes like these.
Hopefully, also, if you haven[t seen these, you’ll be inspired to check out the full movie. Vamos!
- HAPPINESS: I’M CHAMPAGNE AND YOU’RE SHIT
Check out the full script of Happiness for the full scene. Top of the movie, she’s breaking up with Jon Lovitz. He’s crushed but still hands her the gift he brought.
(hands her a gift)
Open it up.
(discovers a pewter ashtray)
Oh, but Stuart. This is�oh,
this is beautiful.
Thanks. It's a Gainsevoort
reproduction. Boston, late 1800's.
I sent away for it just after
we had our�first date.
Oh, I just love it. It's a�it's a
Yeah, it is pretty special.
It almost makes me want to start
Look at the bottom.
(examines more closely)
Forty karat gold-plate inlaid base.
Oh, Stuart. Thank you. This really
means something to me. I'll always
treasure it�as a token�
No, you won't.
(retrieves his gift;
a sudden shift in emotion:)
'Cause this is for the girl who
loves me. The girl who cares for me,
for who I am, not what I look like.
I wanted you to know what you'd be
missing. You think I don't appreciate
art. You think I don't understand
fashion. You think I'm not hip.
You think I'm pathetic, a nerd,
a lard-ass fatso. You think I'm shit.
Well, you're wrong. 'Cause I'm
champagne. And you're shit.
And till the day you die, you,
not me, will always be shit.
- ED WOOD: LUNCH WITH ORSON WELLS
Ed glances around. And then, suddenly -- his eyes widen.
Sitting at a table is ORSON WELLES! The portly, world-famous
filmmaker sits alone, eating lunch with one hand and drawing
STORYBOARDS with the other.
Ed is thunderstruck.
Oh my God. It's Orson Welles...
Ed nervously stands. He starts to step forward -- when he
catches his own reflection in a mirror. He's still in drag.
Ed rolls his eyes. He runs his hand through his hair, then
slowly approaches Orson Welles. Ed is terrified.
Excuse me, Sir...?
(he casually looks up)
Uh, uh, I'm a young filmmaker, and
a really big fan... and I just wanted
to meet you.
(he extends his hand)
My pleasure. I'm Orson Welles.
Oh. Um, I'm Ed Wood!
(he smiles anxiously)
So, what are you working on now?
Eh, the financing just fell through
for the third time on "Don Quixote."
So I'm trying to finish a promo for
something else. But I can't find the
I think I left it in Malta.
Ed is astonished.
I can't believe it. These sound like
It's the damn money men. You never
know who's a windbag, and who's got
the goods. And then they all think
they're a director...
Ain't that the truth! I've even bad
producers recut my movies --
Ugh, I hate when that happens.
(on a roll)
And they always want to cast their
buddies -- it doesn't even matter if
they're right for the part!
Tell me about it. I'm supposed to
do a thriller at Universal, and they
want Charlton Heston to play a
Ed shakes his head. He's discouraged.
Mr. Welles, is it all worth it?
It is when it works.
You know the one film of mine I can
stand to watch? "Kane." The studio
hated it... but they didn't get to
touch a frame.
(he smiles warmly)
Ed, visions are worth fighting for.
Why spend your life making someone
CLOSEUP - ED
He has seen God.
- CASTAWAY: I’M SORRY, WILSON!
EXT. OCEAN - DAY - LATER
The sky clears. The waves are still big. The fish are back.
And then come the sharks, cutting through the water. Chuck
can't get up to get his spear, he just has to watch as blood
darkens the water.
And then the sharks are gone.
Chuck comes to his knees slowly, then a big wave hits.
Wilson is swept into the ocean!
For a moment Chuck is uncomprehending. He watches as Wilson
slowly floats away.
Please, no sharks.
Then he dives in to the water! Swims frantically after
Wilson floats away from him. He swims, but he's so weak.
Finally he gets to Wilson. He reaches out, but only pushes
the ball farther away.
It bobs on the waves. Chuck treads water, exhausted.
Where is the raft?
Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.
Then he turns back the other way. The raft has drifted by
him. He can go after Wilson, or he can go after the raft.
He swims toward the raft, barely moving. No matter how hard
he swims, the raft seems to recede from him.
Finally he reaches it, hangs on the side, breathing hard,
He struggles to pull himself on board.
But he is weak, so weak. He can't do it.
Summoning some primitive reserve of strength, he tries again.
This time he slides on.
He lies on the raft, panting.
Then with all his strength he pulls himself to his feet,
holds on to the mast, scans the ocean for Wilson.
Nothing but waves.
This is too much. Chuck starts to cry.
- GANGS OF NEW YORK- FIVE POINTS BATTLE
Massive changes here, and look at the density of those action lines before the first dialogue. So much for giving white space! The great fighting scene that happens just after this, if you’re interested, can be found here.
7 EXT. STREET DAY (WINTER)
WINTER WIND blows across a scene as strange and bleak as an alien planet.
VALLON, carrying his cross high, steps through the doorway. The OTHERS
slowly follow VALLON out of the building, which is three stories high and
maybe a block long. A dilapidated sign identifies it as the 5 Paints
It is the tallest structure in the midst of low, squalid SHACKS, winding
ALLEYS as narrow as a snakels back, and DIRT STREETS filled with ruts, mud
and filthy snow. A few PIGS wander forlornly about, rooting for garbage.
WASH hangs stiff, in the middle of the square, from a peculiar monument
erected to some forgotten war hero.
The Brewery occupies one side of a SQUARE surrounded by some storefronts
and a couple of collapsed wooden sidewalks. If this place resembles
anything at all, it's a horrible hybrid of London's Limehouse and a
pioneer town in the American West whose best days have long passed--or
never came at all.
VALLON stands still, staring across the square past the monument. His
battalion of irregulars waits for his signal.
Now... very, very slowly...from around both sides of the monument comes
ANOTHER GANG, in size the same as VALLON's, men and women both, armed like
Visigoths with HOMEMADE WEAPONS: knives, pitchforks, building blocks and
bricks, boards with sharp nails protruding from the ends. Every member of
this second group is dressed in a long DUSTER which reaches to the ankles.
Several MEN in front of the group sport dusters made of leather.
Bill Poole! on whose challenge are we assembled?
A MAN in a leather duster (BILL THE BUTCHER) steps forward. He is young,
lean and fierce. And then there are his eyes. They do not match. One is
real. The other is a huge, bulging PEARL upon which has been engraved,
instead of a pupil, a full-color portrait of the AMERICAN EAGLE.
On the side of the square, arranged to get a good view of the impending
combat, is a group of STREET KIDS, girls and boys, none older than eight.
They talk and laugh excitedly among themselves, picking their own
favorites among the gangs as if the warriors were players on a team.
BILL THE BUTCHER
On the challenge of the Native Americans, to settle for good and all who