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the pudgy director, who sports a mustache and wide '70's sideburns. He wears a bush jacket and lots of Indian turquoise jewelry. Rick reeks "low-budget", and drives his crew to work as quickly as possible.
Beautiful, babe, loved it. Okay,
next shot, over here. Let's go,
let's go. We're an hour behind.
ANGLE ON RAY, SAM AND CHRIS
Ray pulls Sam's jacket off. We see broken blood packs and exposed blasting caps strapped across Sam's chest. Ray unlatches the cable attached to a vest on Sam's body. Sam looks around in amazement.
I'm a stuntman?
Ray looks at Sam like his brain has been scrambled by the stunt.
Almost a dead one.
(turning on Chris)
I told you to check that safety pad!
Then how come it was moved?!
I don't know. I double-checked it.
You almost got your brother's head
Sam looks relieved and rubs the back of his head.
ANGLE ON SHANNON (19)
She's an extra who stands with other extras and dancers. Shannon is naturally pretty, with a little makeup and a Farrah Fawcett haircut. She watches sympathetically as Ray yells at Chris.
He steps in front of Chris and reassures Ray.
Don't stand up for him.
Somebody must've moved it while I
was working the nitrogen ratchet.
ANGLE ON RICK
The director looks frantic as he comes up to Ray, Chris, and Sam.
C'mon, guys, out of the way. I've
got shots to get.
Not until I find out who moved my
Not my problem, babe.
Ray looks like he's going to deck Rick.
Someone gets killed on your set, it
(to Sam and Chris)
You! You're worried more about your
shots than people getting hurt.
Ray limps off
Wait, you can't quit. I need you
for Friday's fire stunt.
Get someone else. I'm off the
Chris appears shocked by his father's decision.
But I already paid you.
I'll pay you back.
Rick looks desperately for a quick solution.
Wait, how about you two?
You quit. Not them.
(to Sam and Chris)
How about it guys?
I'm the stunt coordinator. My boys
are with me. I don't work, they
Why don't you let them decide?
Rick looks at Sam, who shakes his head.
What about you, kid? That was your
big stunt, wasn't it?
Chris, hurt and betrayed, looks at his father. After a long, tense moment, Chris shakes his head, "no". Ray smiles fiercely at Rick, then limps off. Rick turns to see all the dancers and extras who have been watching the argument.
Alright, people, quit gawking.
Line up for rehearsal!
The dancers reassemble on the dance floor. The camera and lighting crews begin setting up for the next shot. ON CHRIS AND SAM
They move back from the dance floor. Chris unbuckles the jerk-off vest from Sam's body.
Chad, I swear I double checked it.
Dad won't let me.
Why'd he have to quit now? Two days
away from my big stunt. It would
have gotten me my union card.
Talk to him, Chad. Maybe you could
change his mind.
Yeah, if you talked to him, you
could get that stunt back for me.
ANGLE ON TRACI
She's a voluptuous, aggressive woman in a tight spandex dress and spiked high heels who struts over to Sam. Traci is the queen of sexual innuendo (which, in case anyone forgot, was big in the seventies).
Are you okay?
Sam nods, still slightly dazed.
You're crazy...I like that in a guy.
He's done stunts you couldn't even
I don't know, I've got a pretty
(gazes at Sam)
Traci Duvore'. Boogie Town
Records. We're handling all the
music on this movie.
She hands Sam her business card.
You're Chad Stone.
(they shake hands)
...I guess so.
I knew it. You've got 'king of
beasts' written all over you.
Traci completely ignores Chris, who seems used to being the invisible man whenever his big brother is around. Traci's eyes widen as a wardrobe man towels the fake blood off Sam's bare chest. The wardrobe man hands Sam a flower print rayon shirt.
Ever break anything vital?
Are you kidding? He's broken every
bone in his body.
Sam refuses to touch that line and excuses himself.
I need some water.
Traci takes his arm and leads him away. Chris marvels at his brother's prowess with women.
MOVING WITH SAM AND TRACI
Female dancers and extras smile at Sam as he clomps past the dance floor in his platform boots. In the b.g., we see Rick haranguing a "gofer".
We see all the extras and dancers smiling right at the camera from Sam's point of view. Even the male choreographer throws Sam an inviting look. ON SAM
He approaches the craft service table set up next to a bar in the corner of the room. An attractive female extra sitting on a bar stool smiles anxiously at Sam.
The woman and Traci eye each other like alley cats.
Aren't you gonna introduce me to
your new 'friend'.
Ah, sure. This is Traci. Traci,
I'm sorry, I'm blanking on your....
You didn't 'blank' on me in your
trailer last night!
The woman slaps Sam's face. She starts to move away, then stops.
And you promised me a few lines!
She throws a drink in his face for good measure, then storms off. Sam takes a napkin off the craft service table and wipes off his face. He reacts to the reflection in the tacky gold-veined mirror behind the bar.
ANGLE ON SAM AND THE BAR MIRROR
He looks up to see Chad's reflection. Chad looks like a '70's disco sex mahcine (sort of a young Engelbert Humperdink) with black hair, blue eyes, wide sideburns, and a hunk's body.
BACK ON SAM AND TRACI
She catches Sam staring at himself in the mirror.
'You're so vain, you probably think
this song is about you...'bout you
Sam smiles uncomfortably at himself in the mirror. The playback machine kicks in, playing Van McCoy's song "Do it...Do it...Do it....Do the Hustle".
VAN MC COY RECORDING
'Do it...Do it...Do it...Do the
Sam's attention is drawn past Traci to the dance floor.
SAM'S POV - AL
He's moving with the other dancers rehearsing the next number for the movie. Al is lost rehearsing the hustle and doesn't seem to notice Sam.
BACK TO SAM
He looks shocked.
Traci notices something on Sam's neck and touches it.
Sam turns and looks into the mirror.
ANGLE ON SAM'S REFLECTION IN THE BAR MIRROR
He sees that Chad has a hickie on his neck.
BACK ON SAM
He's shocked and embarrassed.
I've got a hickie?!
Well, it's not a monkey bump.
Listen, Traci, I'll see you in a
Traci smiles coyly, then takes Sam's hand.
What are you doing?
Giving you my mood ring.
As Traci forces the ring on his finger, he winces.
Great...a mood ring, from the self-
obsessed '70's...when everyone was
'getting in touch with their
It's for getting in touch with your
Jade green means you're ultra
intense. Blue means you're feeling
ecstasy. And reddish brown means
you should chug some sangria.
Ooo, it's turned black. That means
you're tense, disoriented, harassed.
Maybe these damned things worked
Call me and I'll turn it blue.
Sam smiles uncomfortably and walks off. Traci's eyes move down Sam's body and watch him move.... ON SAM
Female extras smile and give Sam the eye as he passes. Sam signals to Al on the dance floor.
He ignores Sam and continues rehearsing the hustle. The female dancers next to Al wave back at Sam.
He fakes a smile, then glares at Al
Psst. Al. Al, get over here!
He waves at Sam, then turns away with a fancy dance spin.
He clomps on his platform boots around the side of the dance floor.
VAN MC COY RECORDING
'Do it...do it...Do the Hustle'.
C'mon, Sam, do it...do the hustle!
Sam fires Al a furious look that says, "get your butt over here right now"!
ANGLE ON CHRIS
He's busy loading up the gear. Shannon moves up to the edge of the dance floor so he can see her. Chris looks up from his work. Shannon pretends not to be aware of him. She smiles at something. Chris follows her gaze to see what she's smiling at.
CHRIS POV - ON SAM
He stands next to dance rehearsal.
He looks disappointed.
He's a real killer, huh?
His clothes are the killer. And
those gold chains are ridiculous.
That's my brother.
Shannon looks at Chris's boots, jeans and work shirt.
I guess bad taste isn't genetic.
Does he usually talk to himself?
SHANNON AND CHRIS'S POV - ON SAM
He appears to be arguing with thin air.
ON CHRIS AND SHANNON
He's just goofing.
Every girl I've ever met goes crazy
I'm not every girl.
What kind of guy do you like?
Shannon looks Chris up and down.
More natural. You know, jeans,
cowboy boots, a blue work shirt
(looks at his
Really?..well...I might know the
perfect guy for you.
I'd love to meet him. UPSTAIRS LOFT - ON SAM AND AL
They look down at the camera crew and the dance rehearsal.
Al, this is worse than anything
Al excitedly watches the dancers rehearse.
Are you kidding? You're on the set
of a low-budget disaster movie
...'Disco Inferno'! With lights,
cameras, and plenty of action!
But I'm back in the '70's.
The happiest time in my life...
disco, swinging singles, hot tubs,
EST, mantras, Farrah Fawcett, edible
The 'Me Decade,' when people had all
the morality of two dogs in the
Sam yanks on the mood ring that's stuck on his finger.
My mood ring's stuck.
Looks like you're in a bad mood,
Sam fires Al a look.
Where am I?
Burbank, California. April 1st,
Great, I'm the butt of a cosmic
April fools joke. What's Ziggy say
I'm here to fix?
Al is mesmerized by the dance rehearsal.
Al gets startled from his daydream. He hits the side of his hand computer.
Ziggy crashed on us last night.
He's been doing real screwball stuff
ever since. Like putting extra
zeros on all our paychecks. Half
the staff rushed out on vacation.
...Why didn't you?
I can't go. I'm always on standby
for you. Besides this is like a
vacation. I always wanted to be
in the movies.
Great, you're star struck.
Al, what am I doing here?
Al's face suddenly darkens.
...We were able to come up with one
(off Sam's look)
Somehow, in the next two days, Chris
is going to die.
SAM'S POV - ON CHRIS
Chris manages a smile.
Look it, Chris, that director in
there he's dangerous. He takes too
many chances. You've got to trust
me on this one. You'll get your
Ray thinks about it, then turns to Sam.
What do you say, Chad? We've got
that stunt on 'Earthquake' tomorrow.
You think the kid's up to it?
Chad, c'mon. I can do it. I can do
Ray senses that Sam is reluctant.
Up to you. It's your stunt.
Sam thinks about it for a frantic beat. Chris smiles expectantly. Sam hates to do it, but he has no choice.
No?! Chad, c'mon. I'm ready!
Not this one.
It's just a little fall.
It's a piece of cake.
I can't give it to you. Sorry.
Chris looks to Ray for support.
Chris looks like he's been betrayed and walks off.
It's not that tough a gag, Chad.
I have my reasons, okay?
He turns and follows Chris to the parking lot.
Five-thirty call tomorrow...don't be
He catches up to Chris as they walk to the car.
I could've goten my card with that
You can have one next week.
I've been hearing that for nine
Chris jumps into the driver's side of Chad's covertible maroon '76 Corvette. Sam gets in the other side. He picks up a tape box on his seat.
Look at all these old 8-track
'Old'? You just bought 'em.
Yeah, well they get old pretty
Donna Summer, Barry White, Neil
Sedaka, The Village People....
Kung Fu Fighting?
Your favorite song, dude.
Sam suddenly remembers Al's instructions.
Wait, I have to drive.
Chris punches it and peels out. Sam's head snaps back.
SMASH CUT TO EXT. CORVETTE - DAY
The car winds around a tight mountain road.
INT. CORVETTE - DAY - ON SAM
He nervously watches Chris.
I didn't mind playing big brother to
Chris...for in some strange way, it
brought back the memory of my own
But when I try to remember more
about him, there's this...fear.
I don't know if I'm more afraid of
what might happen to Chris or
finding out about my own brother....
Chris's words jog Sam's memory. A faraway look glazes over Sam's
Sometimes big brothers do things
little brothers don't understand.
Yeah, like what?
...I had a friend...great athlete.
Best in his high school. All State
in basketball, track, football.
He had a little brother who tried
to be just like him...in fact, the
little brother was even offered a
basketball scholarship to Indiana
But his gift was in something
else...physics...and his big brother
made him follow it. The kid went to
Won a Nobel Prize.
Chris can't believe this is his brother Chad talking.
Well, I'm not winning any Grammy
How do you know until you try?
Sam looks at the original songs and sheet music stacked on Chris's desk. Chris looks over the music too. We see that this is what Chris secretly wants. The doorbell rings.
She showed up! I can't believe it!
(off Sam's look)
Shannon. I met her on the set
Chris jumps up, grabs a brush and quickly combs his hair.
Chad, do me a favor. Don't hit on
her, okay? Please
Why would I hit on her?
'Cause you hit on everybody.
(off Sam's look)
Okay. I promise. I won't hit on
Chris looks at him like, "I don't know if I believe you".
Cross my heart.
CUT TOINT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT - ANGLE ON TV
We see "Saturday Night Live" playing on the T.V.
WIDER TO REVEAL - SAM, CHRIS AND SHANNON
They die laughing. Chris and Shannon sit on the couch together. She's dressed in earthly clothes and Birkenstock sandals. Sam is laughing and having a ball.
Oh, yeah, this next bit is great.
Chevy Chase imitates President Ford.
Chris looks curiously at Sam like, "how would you know"?
This show is live.
...Yeah, but it's three hour tape
delayed. A friend back EAst called
and told me about it.
Chad, you don't know anyone East of
ANGLE ON THE TELEVISION
The "Conehead" sketch ends. Chevy Chase appears as Gerald Ford and does a pratfall off the stage. The audience howls.
ON CHRIS, SHANNON AND SAM
They all die laughing.
If Ford falls one more time, there's
no way he's going to beat Carter.
What makes you so sure Carter will
will the Democratic nomination?
He won Illinois by forty-eight
percent. And he's pulling ahead of
Wallace, Jackson and Udall with the
Sam smiles, knowing that Shannon's prediction will come true.
You may be right
Chris jealously watches Shannon smiling at Sam. He ssupects that Chad (Sam) is up to his old tricks again.
You're really up on this election.
I work for the League of Women
Voters at school. President Ford is
speaking on campus this week. If
you guys want to come, I"ll get you
That would be great.
Sam notices someone standing on the balcony. The holographic cigar smoke gives his identity away.
ANGLE ON BALCONY - AL
He wears a blinding white three-piece leisure suit with a satin scarf tied around his neck.
BACK ON SAM
He gets up.
I need to get some air.
Chris smiles, glad to be rid of Sam.
Take your time out there, pal.
EXT. BALCONY - NIGHT - ON SAM
He comes outside to find Al rehearsing a new dance step. Sam closes the sliding glass window, then motions Al to follow him so Chris and Shannon won't hear their conversation.
Where'd you dig up the costume?
This old thing. I've been waiting
years for polyester to make a
Sam notices Al holding a clutch bag.
Al, is that a purse?
It's not a purse...It's a man bag,
You owned a man bag?
All my pants were too tight to carry
Women loved it.
Is Ziggy fixed yet? Al unzips his "man bag" and pulls out his hand computer. He smacks the side of the computer, then punches in some data.
We're still having trouble with him.
Right now he's....
Ziggy is Japanese?!
No, he's spitting everything out in
Japanese. Must be from those
foreign microchips we fed him.
Al, how was he killed?
Al is suddenly uneasy and nervous.
What do you mean, who? Chris!
Chris, yeah, well, we're still
checking. We know it happens
sometime in the next two days.
He's a good kid, Al. He's got a
future, and from what I just heard,
it's in music. I've got to make
sure he gets that chance.
You're really getting attached to
him, aren't you?
I see a lot of myself in him. That
same drive he has to prove himself,
it's jsut like I was with my own
I remembered, Al. My brother Tom
was the one who talked me into going
He changed my life. I just wish I
could shake this fear I have and
Al watches Sam compassionately. He seems to watn to help his friend, but can't.
Hey, you're on the set of
'Earthquake' tomorrow. Chuck
Heston, Ava Gardner, Victoria
Principal. Pretty exciting, huh?
Exciting? I'm supposed to do a
stunt and I don't know what it is.
How tough can it be?
SMASH CUT TO
He hits the fake glass, which shatters and sprays around him. The air bag beneath catches his fall. The bag billows around him.
ANGLE ON - RAY
He hobbles up to the air bag.
Chad! You okay, boy?
Sam groans and crawls out of the air bag. Ray helps Sam out.
The stuntwoman crosses to Sam as the entire crew erupts in applause.
Once a screamer, always a screamer.
She gives him a big phoney hug. Sam shoots her a look. She turns and sees Chris walking away.
He just looks back at him. This could have been his big shot.
INT. CHAD AND CHRIS'S APARTMENT - DAY
Chris enters, pissed. Sam follows a short distance behind.
I could've done it. I could've had
my card. I could've been a stuntman
Chris, is that what you want to be?
Why not? It's what Dad wants me to
be. It's what you want me to be.
Chris, I'm asking you...what do you
want to be?
Chris silently thinks about it.
I don't know anymore.
What about your music?
Oh, yeah, c'mon, can you see me
telling Dad, 'I'm going to be a
It's what you really want, isn't
I want to make Dad proud of me.
And for that, you're willing to
risk your life?
Chris can't believe this is Chad talking.
You've been risking your life every
day for the past ten years.
Yeah, and what have you been doing
every day for the past ten years?
Chris thinks about it.
Well, what have you been doing?
You want to make Dad proud....do
what you do best.
Chris considers this. He's tempted by the idea.
You've just got to go for it. And
it'll take as much courage as any
stunt I can think of.
But I don't know anything about the
Leave that to your big brother.
We hear a woman's sweet country voice singing "Lying Eyes" as we....
INT. PALOMINO CLUB -
NIGHT - ON A COUNTRY SINGER
He's playing on stage.
ON SAM AND RAY
They come in together.
His fingers rip up and down the strings, reeling off hot rockabilly guitar locks. (NOTE: In this sequence, Chris plays GUITAR and HARMONICA. He sings an original song -- to be determined later. His style is similar to the music of "Bruce Hornsby and The Range.") Chris finishes the song, holding the last wailing cord. The crowd goes wild, amazed by Chris's voice and guitar ability. Even the back-up band applauds Chris's performance. As Chris takes a bow, he sees his fatehr standing at the back of the audience.
ANGLE ON SAM AND RAY
Sam hoots and applauds. Without a word, Ray turns and walks back into the other bar room.
His smile falls. He comes down from the stage. He hands his guitar to Shannon, then follows Ray.
INT. BAR ROOM - ON CHRIS
He approaches Ray, who sits at the bar.
...What did you think?
Sam and Shannon come up behind Chris.
I think you're wasting your time.
Chris is crushed by his father's words.
He was good, Dad. Everybody loved
him. He got more applause tonight
than I got on my stunt this morning.
Forget it, Chad. He doesn't care.
Hey, c'mon, kiddo. I didn't hurt
your feelings again, did I?
He playfully pops Chris with a light jab.
C'mon, put 'em up.
Chris shakes his head, no.
Don't you want to box with your old
(pops him again)
Afraid I'll whip ya?
Ray fakes low, then pops him with a right. Chris turns to walk away. Sam comes up behind Ray.
Leave him alone, Dad.
See, if I'd a raised you instead of
your mom, you'd be able to take me
Ray pops Chris on the back of the head.
Dad, lay off.
Sam holds Ray's arms back just as Chris spins around and blasts Ray's jaw with a blinding hook. He knocks both Ray and Sam down.
He takes the guitar from Shannon and strides out of the club with her.
He lies on the ground. Sam helps him up. Ray feels his bruised jaw.
Kid knows how to throw a punch.
Lucky for him you were holding me.
Lucky for you, he only threw one.
AND CHRIS'S APARTMENT - NIGHT - ON SAM
EXT. RAY'S HOUSE - MORNING - SAM AND RAY - CONTINUOUS
What makes you so sure he'll want to
What the hell else is he gonna do?
Be a musician?
Chad, we went through this last
But we didn't settle it. Chris was
Okay, he was good.
And he needed to hear that from you.
That doesn't mean I want him to go
ruin his life.
But don't you see. That's exactly
what you're doing by forcing him to
be a stuntman.
After a long beat....
...I don't know...Sometimes I find
myself doing the same things to
Chris that my father did to me.
It's like I can't stop myself....
My old man was a stuntman, so I
became a stuntman. I had to prove
to him I could do it...And I did.
Sam is suddenly overcome by a sick feeling.
You don't think Chris is crazy
enough to do that fire stunt on his
own, do you?
Sam and Ray exchange a look as we....
INT. "DISCO INFERNO" SET - DAY - ON CHRIS
He stands on the upper loft of the disco set.
He uses a megaphone to talk to Chris.
...Okay, babe, when you hear your
cue, start running across the loft.
You'll hit your mark, the charge
will go off behind you. You'll come
flying down into the air bag here.
Okay, everybody, let's go, we're an
Rick, shouldn't we get a rehearsal
The hell with it. We'll shoot the
ANGLE ON THE CREW
They hesitate, knowing this is a bad idea.
His temper flares.
I said we're shooting the rehearsal!
Let's go, people.
He nervously studies his mark.
INT. "DISCO INFERNO" SET - ON CHRIS
He appears tense waiting....
Alright, everyone, positions....
ANGLE ON TRACI
She stands next to the Special Effects Coordinator, who works a control board of detonators.
INT. CORVETTE - ON
He materializes out of the fire.
BACK ON SAM
he can barely make out Al's figure.
Right here, Sam.
Dad. Go back.
I'll find Chris. I swear.
Ray tries to stay, but he's too old to go any further. Ray hacks and nods his head. He turns and limps back down the stairs to the exit.
Al, I can't see you. I can't see
Follow me...I'll be your eyes.
Trust me, Sam...this way.
MOVING WITH SAM AND AL
They walk down the hallway.
Follow my voice...okay turn right
Sam turns down another hallway. His hands blindly search ahead of him.
Down this hallway, then to your
Hurry. We're losing time.
They walk down the corridor. Al hears a crack and looks up.
Sam, jump back!
ANGLE ON A BEAM
It crashes right through Al's holographic image.
Sometimes it pays to be a hologram.
Sam, step over the beam. It's right
in front of you.
NEW ANGLE - AL
He turns a corner with Sam following.
He's right here.
Sam gets down on his knees. His hands blindly feels the carpet until he finds Chris lying unconscious. Sam hefts Chris in his arms.
C'mon, Al, hurry. I'm dying in
MOVING WITH SAM
He staggers down the hallway.
INT. SET - DAY
It's literally a disco inferno. Firemen douse the set. Rick yells at various crew members, who recoil from the blaze.
CLOSE ANGLE - DOORWAY - ON SAM
blackened with soot, holding Chris in his arms.
ANGLE ON SHANNON
She smiles through her tears.
ANGLE ON THE CREW
They cheer as Sam carries Chris out of the burning structure.
ANGLE ON RAY
He tears up at the sight of his two sons coming out alive.
ANGLE ON RICK
He comes up to Ray.
Ray, babe, that was close, damn
close. Thank God you showed up
Ray suddenly swings and decks Rick. Ray towers over him.
Pay you back, babe.
EXT. PARAMEDIC TRUCK - DAY - ON SAM
Traci holds Sam's hand. He looks at Chris, who lies unconscious on a stretcher. Paramedics tend to him. Shannon and Ray sit beside Chris. Chris's eyes flutter open. He looks dazed for a moment, then focuses on Sam.
They say I'm crazy, but that was
Chris nods slightly. As the paramedics lift him, a harmonica drops out of Chris's pocket and clatters on the ground. Ray picks it up.
I think you're going to need this.
Ray sticks the harmonica in Chris's pocket. Chris smiles and reaches out for his father's hand, gripping it tightly.
ANGLE ON SAM
Traci notices the mood ring on Sam's finger.
Wow, look...you were exposed to all
that heat, but your mood ring's
bright blue. You know what that
Guess I'm in a real good mood.
ANGLE ON THE MOOD RING
It glows bright blue on his finger as we....
SLOW DISSOLVE TO
EXT. COLLEGE CAMPUS -
FORD RALLY - DAY