NASHVILLE - by Joan Tewksbury
June 8, 1974
1. TRICYCLE MAN
2. MR. GREEN
4. CONNIE WHITE (Photo)
13. BARBARA JEAN (Name on Plane)
17. L.A. JOAN
22. TOMMY BROWN
1. TRICYCLE MAN
2. MR. GREEN & L.A. JOAN
3. NORMAN - BILL & MARY
4. BARBARA JEAN & BARNETT (Ambulance)
5. HAVEN & BUD & PEARL
6. SUELEEN & WADE
7. TOM & STEWARDII
8. DELBERT & TRIPLETTE
9. GLENN (Bus - Connie White Poster)
10. TOMMY BROWN
11. OPAL & LINNEA
13. STAR & ALBUQUREQUE
A TITLE SEQUENCE
Still photos of twenty-four principal actors.
1 CLOSE SHOT - SIGN
2 EXT. NASHVILLE AIRPORT - DAY
TRICYCLE MAN drives into parking lot and parks next to GREEN'S
old Chevy. TRICYCLE MAM: locks his machine and walks toward
coffee shop. GREEN gets out of his car, locks it, starts in the
same direction. NORMAN parks the limo, goes into main building.
3 INT. AIRPORT - DAY
NORMAN is attracted to large “CONNIE WHITE” display.
4 INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY
At the entrance is another "CONNIE WHITE" display and from the
jukebox we hear one of her songs.
The waitress, SUELEEN, drops a fork, then gets another from an
overflowing sink and hands it to her customer, TRICYCLE MAN.
There are several people at the counter with him, including
GREEN, who has just walked in. Another man enters, DELBERT
REESE. SUELEEN waits on all of them.
A small black man comes out of the kitchen, carrying a tray full
or dishes. This is WADE.
You want a ride into town?
REESE looks up, checking out SUELEEN, then WADE, then the
TRICYCLE MAN, then his breast pocket to see it his wallet and
checkbook are still there, then he buries himself in his
Got me an audition tonight.
Well, you just remember, if you
can't kick front, kick back, 'cause
at least you're kicking... Ten
She nods and talks to the TRICYCLE MAN. REESE keeps sneaking
looks at her.
I've just been waiting for the
right spot to sing in... I'm so
She laughs and starts to rinse the dishes in the sink.
I'm good, though. There ain't but
one Sueleen Gay -- I don't mean to
be conceited, but really it's true.
I've been taking special coaching
lessons from Zeke Willard -- he's
just wonderful. Teaches you how to
phrase; that's really important.
And breathing. Well, you know all
about that. Anyway, I wrote this
She looks down and then begins to half whisper, sing, and half do
all of the gestures for a song she has written as she wipes some
glasses. The jukebox continues to play CONNIE WHITE, and every
time someone walks by, Sueleen stops. She finally gets through
the song and discovers REESE has been watching, too. She looks
away from him to the TRICYCLE MAN, who smiles. Be has finished
Oh, listen, I really do go on.
Here's your check. Sure has been
nice talking to you.
As she removes her apron, a HAVEN HAMILTON song comes on the
jukebox, "Keep on a goin'." The TRICYCLE MAN leaves.
5 INT. CONTROL BOOTH - NASHVILLE STUDIO - DAY
We hear the last chorus or "Keep on a goin'" as sung by HAVEN,
who is recording.
He is always dressed in white. In the booth are BUD and LADY
PEARL. Also present are two engineers and a producer. HAVEN is
accompanied by a long haired piano player with a white sweater.
HAVEN is not too happy with him.
6 ANOTHER ANGLE
OPAL enters the booth, carrying a too-large English tape
recorder. HAVEN Stops singing, mad at OPAL'S interruption and
the piano player. Through the glass we see him pantomiming
instructions for her to leave. As she does, HAVEN starts over.
7 INT. HALLWAY - DAY
OPAL wanders to the next studio. BUD follows, apologizing.
Sorry. He sees a tape recorder and
She looks at him.
He's my father.
Haven Hamilton is your father? Can
you arrange an interview?
8 INT. SECOND RECORDING BOOTH - DAY
They have entered a different control tooth. In the recording
portion, LINNEA and an all-black, male CHOIR sings a gospel song.
OPAL asks BUD who this group is.
9 INT. FIRST CONTROL BOOTH - DAY
BUD returns. HAVEN has just exploded at the piano player and
starts to leave, yelling at the producer.
Who the hell is playing piano? Get
that hippie out of here... He's got
a tin ear. I asked for Pig, dammit.
I'm moving on 'cause I gotta get to
the airport. When you get my
backups straight, then we'll talk
about cutting this tune here.
He heads for the hallway.
10 INT. HALLWAY - DAY
It is jammed with black singers from the CHOIR. HAVEN hates
being crushed and moves through the congestion like a white
knight. OPAL moves near.
Excuse me, sir. I'm here putting
together a film. I would like to
ask some questions.
She has to fumble with the bulky tape machine and transformer.
I'm from BBC television.
Where the hell is that?
HAVEN nod a politely and leaves the crowded hallway with BUD and
PEARL. He spots LINNEA.
How you doing, Haven?
oh, fine. Couldn't be better.
11 ANGLE T0WARD OUTSIDE
They all say goodbye and HAVEN'S group gets into a new white jeep
12 EXT. AIRPORT - DAY
Barbara Jean's plane taxis to a halt.
13 INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY
REESE leaves a tip and exits the coffee shop to greet the plane.
TOM spots stews and goes to them
You ladies got room for a spare?
14B NEW ANGLE
L.A. JOAN is left in the dust.
'Bye... nice talking to you.
GREEN sees his niece and walks over.
Did you see who that was?
Glad to see you. Ester'll be glad,
He is just wonderful.
I'1l get your bag.
15 EXT. LANDING AREA - AIRPORT - DAY
GLENN has just deposited a postcard in a mailbox and approaches a
gathering cluster of people. NORMAN and TRICYCLE MAN are nearby.
Everybody is waiting for BARBARA JEAN to appear. GLENN steps
close to NORMAN.
Am I late?
Late! Oh, Jesus!
He runs off.
16 ANOTHER ANGLE
As NORMAN runs toward passenger loading, we see HAVEN'S jeep
arrive with HAVEN, BUD and PEARL. It parks and all climb out.
REESE and TRIPLETTE approach the 'Barbara Jean' plane. BARNETT
is already on the runway, making arrangements. HAVEN'S group all
Delbert, how are you?
I'm fine. This here is John
Triplette. Triplette, like you to
meet the Honorary Mayor, Haven
Good to meet you.
(turns to BUD)
Bud, have them move the horses.
Where is she?
Still inside the plane posing for
pictures and signing autographs.
She's got a new album cut again.
She'll be down in a minute. But
she'll be late for the Opera if she
doesn't hurry. Bud, get the plane on
BUD fumbles on his walkie-talkie telephone, but can't seem to get
They don't seem to be answering.
The ambulance boys are here, though.
Barnett always expects them to get
there like a shot. That thing only
goes a hundred fall bore with the
Thank you, Bud.
BUD nods like he has been complimented.
17 ANGLE TOWARD PLANE
A wave of noise begins from the fans. The band and majorettes
and horses and ropers go into a rendition of one of her hit tunes
as BARBARA JEAN appears. Everyone is breaking their neck to see,
especially GLENN. HAVEN and REESE give her the first round of
applause, then go back to talking. TRIPLETTE has never been
exposed to anything quite like this before and stands a little in
awe of the situation.
When the twirling and tricking and music stop, BARBARA JEAN
descends the stairs.
Bud, tell them to move the horses.
Promised this strip would be spic
He smiles and winks.
Listen, we'll go get the car and
come back. This'l1 be going on for
You bet. She's probably talking to
somebody about their sick child. You
know how she is.
They wave goodbye and head in the direction of the loading zone.
Behind them, the horse people disperse and get into their cars
and horse trailers, preparing to return to Nashville.
18 ANOTHER ANGLE
BARNETT comes over to REESE, TRIPLETTE, HAVEN, BUD and PEARL
while BARBARA JEAN continues to greet fans.
19 EXT. AIRPORT NEAR PARKING LOT - DAY
While the BARBARA JEAN arrival takes place on the runway NORMAN
finds BILL and MARY. NORMAN speaks softly and out of breath,
trying to pretend he's on time.
BILL slaps him on the back and engulfs him.
NORMAN looks relieved. BILL and MARY have been arguing.
Sure is nice to see you all again.
I never thought I'd see you again
after the last time.
Oh, Norman, you worry too much.
MARY takes NORMAN'S hand.
Norman, how are you?
She kisses him and he blushes. BILL and MARY are glad to talk to
Fine. Just fine.
As they walk to the limo, we see a car with loudspeakers on top
of it and clearly written door signs that read: "Replacement
Party" in red, white and blue. REESE and TILIPLETTE are walking
toward it, shaking hands with several people.
Sure have missed you all, though.
Oh, where's Tom? Isn't he with you?
Don't worry about old Tom.
20 ANOTHER ANGLE
TOM and the stews walk to a VW with a sun roof.
Nearby REESE and TRIPLETTE get into their Cadillac, behind it the
Replacement Party car. Coming from the loudspeakers a tape-
Have you thought about your future
and what America needs to examine...
Behind the Replacement Party car is an airport bus with "Connie
White" posters on the side. GLENN is one or the passengers. He
cranes his neck to continue watching the runway and BARBARA JEAN.
21 EXT. PARKING LOT
NORMAN'S limo, with BILL and MARY, follows traffic as the
TRICYCLE MAN fires up his machine. WADE'S car with SUELEEN also
joins the procession.
22 ANGLE TOWARD RUNWAY
The orange ambulance has moved into the area near the plane and
there seems to be a great deal at activity.
REESE and TRIPLETTE'S car stops, and they rush out and run into
HAVEN, who is shouting for people to get the hell out of the way.
23 NEW ANGLE
Two ambulance ATTENDANTS cut through the crowd. HAVEN, TRIPLETTE
and REESE rush near. BARNETT is on his knees over BARBARA JEAN,
who has collapsed. The ATTENDANTS lean over her with ammonia.
They test her reflexes, etc..
How long was she out?
Not too long. But she keeps
She comes to and looks at them all.
Just give your manna that vitamin
E. Makes a world of difference.
Here she is again.
She resists the ammonia, looks around and passes out again.
Okay, let's get her to the wagon.
A stretcher is brought in and she is placed under oxygen. BARNETT
climbs into the ambulance with BARBARA JEAN, slamming the door on
DELBERT and TRIPLETTE. HAVEN stands there, yelling at people.
DELBERT and TRIPLETTE rush back to their car as the ambulance
speeds off, siren wailing.
24 EXT. FREEVAY TO NASHVILLE - DAY
25 TRICYCLE MAN
leads the procession.
26 INT. GREEN'S CAR
Eater's been asking for you.
L.A. JOAN is trying to find a station she likes on her transistor
She's been in the hospital two
L.A. JOAN can't find anything she likes.
You know anything about the
It's hard to say. Doctors thought
she'd come home a week ago. All it
was was appendix.
All they got is advertisements.
Just like L.A.
Did an exploratory and according to
them, she needed an overhaul.
He chuckles at his prepared joke.
Well, I could use one, especially
if I'm pregnant.
What did you say?
I said, maybe I'll change my name
I see... Well, those doctors are
real miracle workers.
But not unless Nashville really
Maybe you can look after me a
That Tom sure is cute.
speeding by each vehicle. BARBARA JEAN and BARNETT are alone.
28 REPLACEMENT CAR
being very piggish in its driving habits.
29 INT. HAVEN'S JEEP
We had these two city boys come in
last week. One or them said his
Ford truck had cut off his foot.
The other one said that wasn't true.
Then the first said he looked just
like Eddie Black when he said
Bud, would you be sure to get the
Ya... where do you want me to take
Do you remember Eddie Black? He had
those blue eyes.
Where you always take it. There's
nothing special about this time.
And they started pounding on each
other. But the one without the foot
Bud, you're going to have to show
up at the hospital tar me I gotta
get back to that session.
Okay. Anything you want me to say?
Say I had to get back to the
session. ~ God -- All school did
for you, you can put in a thimble.
The cops came through and broke it
up. I finally just had to call Chet
and say, 'Chet, get over here. There
are two old bays here breaking up
30 INT. WADE'S CAR-TRUCK
SUELEEN in doing some vocal exercising. WADE listens for awhile.
Is that what you're going to sing?
No -- That's exercises. My coach
says you have to do exercise because
the vocal chords are muscle and need
to be stretched. Every time you
stretch them, the middle part sets
stronger. That's the place where I
You think I got any kind of a
He breaks into a scale.
You sure do it loud.
Is that good?
It's not bad.
You think I should take lessons?
If you're serious. Being serious
is real important.
Wade -- I've been working toward
this audition for years.
Well, honey, I sure hope it comes
your way then.
You think it will?
31 INT. STEWS' CAR
I just knew that was you when you
You did, huh?
Ya - I even recognized them.
How long have you been together?
Is your rather really an actor?
All his life.
They all laugh. STEW #4 has been driving over-cautiously because
of the cargo. TOM leans over and kisses her ear.
You having any fun?
She shrieks and practically drives off the road. They all laugh.
That's the most important thing --
to have -- fun
How long are you going to be here?
Long enough to have fun.
32 INT. CADILLAC
What do you think of him?
Hal? Well, Hal and I have been
friends for a long time.
You go to school together?
No, we never did that
We're connected by a relative. One
time, one of his aunts married one
of my uncles. That was a long time
ago, though. How'd you come to work
Well, I really think he's got a
Oh yea -- There has never been a
better time for something new.
He ain't really new.
He is to a lot of people.
He was a good Judge, but that was a
long time ago.
You know, I'll bet you he makes it
with a majority.
Where are you from?
You always live there?
Spent time in Arizona. Why?
Well, I admire your optimism, and I
just wondered if it was regional.
You ever see any movie stars?
I know a couple.
No kidding -- Wait till I tell
Ah... Peter Finch.
Peter Finch -- he's English.
I never heard of him. Name
You really do? ~ God -- How come
you know them?
Oh, you meet them at parties and
I'll be damned. Boy, if you could
get Ryan to say something about Hal
Phillip Walker, wouldn't that be
Well -- maybe. Let's see what
I'll be dammed.
33 AIRPORT BUS
GLENN is at the window. "Connie White" ads are present.
34 MOBILE HOME
Part of normal traffic. It belongs to TOMMY BROWN, who lounges
with four very black associates, playing serious poker.
35 INT. LINNEA'S CAR
Joining the procession from an auxiliary route. With her is
OPAL, who interviews LINNEA.
Have your children been deaf since
Yes -- yes, they have. It was a
real shock at first, especially
since my daddy's a preacher, but
Delbert and I have been blessed by
their being here.
When did you start singing?
When I was little, in church.
Isn't it unusual for you to be
working with a black choir?
Yes, it is --
Well, can you tell me why?
It just is.
(not getting the
answer she wants)
How long have you been with them?
About three years.
Just my church and my boys. We all
had to go to school and learn hand
talking. I just thank the Lord they
Do you ever do any writing?
No, I don't.
Are you a close friend of Haven's?
No, mostly his wife's. She's in
Paris, France, right now. My
husband Delbert is real friendly
with him. Delbert's in law. Does
work for him.
Do you like him?
He's a member of our congregation.
36 KENNY'S NASH
KENNY is caught up in the crowd entering Nashville.
37 EXT. STAR'S PICKUP TRUCK
You got the money?
Well, don't lose it. Last time I
gave you twenty-five dollars, you
Well, that just happened that time.
Well, it better not happen again.
ALBUQUERQUE turns and looks out the window. They ride in
You lost twenty-five dollars once
before that, too, near Christmas
time -- I remember that real well
now. December 9th, to be exact.
You got a real good memory, Star.
I remember when I just saw you.
Skinny Winnifred. Jesus, you were
What do you have to buy?
Feed, mostly. Thought we'd get
something for the kids.
Okay by me - I'd sure like to see
Grand Old Opera --
I hate that music.
I know that, Star.
38 EXT. FREEWAY
Near a bridge, a huge diesel truck almost collides with the
Replacement car, which has just made a greedy move.
To avoid collision, the diesel jackknifes, blocking all traffic
behind it, except for one narrow lane.
39 INT. LIMO
MARY sits erect.
Oh, my God!
BILL climbs out.
Norman, just sit there and don't
He runs toward the truck. At this point, the TRICYCLE MAN
appears through all the cars.
40 ANGLE AT BRIDGE
The TRICYCLE MAN works his way through traffic. STAR has climbed
from his truck and goes to help. ALBUQUESQUE takes advantage and
41 ANGLE NEAR KENNY'S CAR
It overheats and explodes. KENNY gets out, carrying his violin
case and starts to walk. ALBUQUERQUE spots him and steps near.
Hey, mind if I walk with ya?
She looks at his violin case.
You a musician?
Do you have people in Nashville?
No -- Just coming to Nashville,
42 INT. AMBULANCE
BARNETT is in a rage. The ATTENDANTS administer oxygen to
I don't care. I pay you people
twenty-five bucks an hour and keep
you working steady. Now either go on
or turn around. But move.
43 EXT. HIGHWAY
The ambulance passes all the vehicles, including the horse rigs.
As he passes NORMAN'S limo:
Don't worry, Norman. There's no
blood. Nobody's hurt.
She climbs out of the car and moves to the freeway rail and yells
for some workmen below to call the police.
44 ANGLE AT DIESEL
The driver is hurt badly. TRICYCLE MAN and STAR are there. STAR
looks up, relieved an ambulance is coming. His face drops as the
ambulance speeds past and toward the city.
45 ANGLE FURTHER BACK IN TRAFFIC
ALBUQUERQUE is walking with KENNY. She sees STAR returning to
his truck. She ducks into the ivy.
Hurt my foot...
STAR approaches his truck, sees ALBUQUERQUE is gone and spots
Have you seen a woman about so
She had on high heels?
Need a ride?
KENNY nods "yes" and climbs in the pickup.
46 ANGLE AT BRIDGE
People are helping the injured driver. TRICYCLE MAN climbs on
his machine and leaves, heading toward Nashville.
47 INT. BAPTIST HOSPITAL - AFTERNOON
BARBARA JEAN is in bed. A DOCTOR is there, along with a crowd of
publicity people and well-wishers, including: TRIPLETTE, REESE,
BUD. BARNETT hovers over BARBARA JEAN. The atmosphere is
Barbara, I'd like to talk to you
and Barnett alone.
Anything you say.
He turns to the visitors.
Doctor says you'll have to go on
There are tones of disappointment, most of them are very involved
in their own conversations. TRIPLETTE walks toward the bed, but
can't really get close enough. He finally captures BARNETT as
the people start to leave.
Excuse me, Barnett, how's she
BARNETT turns and studies him for a moment as though he remembers
who he is. He doesn't.
I'm sorry. I feel as if I know you.
I'm John Triplette... a friend of
Del Reese... I was at the airport.
I just wanted to introduce myself.
I'm a great fan of hers. If there's
anything you need, just give me a
call. I'm at the Sheraton South.
She's going to rest now.
Okay, I just wanted to see if I
could help out at all.
The crowd is almost out of the room now. We see GLENN there as he
steps into the hallway.
I appreciate your concern, but she
has to rest, so you can go on home.
He stands there too long.
What do you really want?
Not a thing, Barnett, really. I
need a little information. But, ah,
it can wait.
BARNETT says "you bet" again and closes the door after TRIPLETTE.
BARNETT returns to the bed with BARBARA JEAN and the DOCTOR.
Well, it's exhaustion, pure and
simple, and you're going to have to
take a rest or you're going to be in
She has to be at the opera tomorrow
night and then she can go home.
She's not going anywhere, Barnett.
This is precisely what I'm talking
about. She is collapsing. She
cannot go on without a rest or she
will have to stop altogether for a
Well, I have to go: It's too late
to be replaced, and, besides, I just
can't do that. Those people get
disappointed. They've come in from
all over, you know, and this Miss
Foxy who's been writing to me for
years is going to be there from
You cannot leave this bed until I
say so. The two of you have to
understand that. Barnett, you've
got to stop this dovetailing and
give her some rest. You don't need
to make that much more money.
It's not the money. The friends
and neighbors love her and they want
to see her. We got a debt to the
Well, they are not going to see her
tomorrow night, and I suggest you
get on the phone and make the
48 INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR
A few of the people still remain, among them GLENN, who has just
finished another postcard. Near BARBARA JEANS' hospital room in
MRS. GREEN'S. GREEN is visiting her now and LA. JOAN waits in
the hall, smoking a cigarette. BUD is talking with a few people.
L.A. JOAN brings out a new cigarette and asks GLENN for a 1ight.
He doesn't have one, so she moves to BUD. She scares him, but he
lights her fresh cigarette anyway. She asks him for a ride, and
they leave together as GREEN comes out. GREEN begins to look for
49 EXT. DEMON'S DEN - NIGHT
TRICYCLE MAN parks in front. He enters.
50 INT. DEMON'S DEN - NIGHT
SUELEEN is auditioning. The TRICYCLE MAN goes to the bar and
listens. He is one of the few people who do. SUELEEN directs
her performance to him.
Also at the bar is TOM, being interviewed by OPAL.
We just got a gold record.
Do they have a show to give it to
No Hell, some secretary in New
York just hands it to you. Only
this one kept dropping it out of the
Did it break?
Dent it a little. Boy -- just she
couldn1t even find it. She had a
hamburger on her desk that looked
three weeks old.
How long have you been together?
Probably a little too long.
Do you study at all?
Depends on what I'm studying.
STAR is down at the end, drinking alone and looking for
ALBUQUERQUE. The phone rings and the MANAGER answers it.
51 INT. LINNEA'S HOUSE - NIGHT
Establish the REESES' relationship with their children. DELBERT
speaks to TRIPLETTE
When do you need her?
You want her to sing, too?
Sueleen has finished her song and eavesdrops blatantly.
I can do benefits
Twenty dollars for her and ten for
The MANAGER keeps looking at SUELEEN
Well, do you want a blonde?
How does she look?
You know... blonde.
Okay, I'll get you your money.
Both hang up the telephones.
52 INT. DEMON'S DEN
The MANAGER carefully looks at SUELEEM.
I can only give you fifty a week
here and ten bucks for the benefit.
Money's no object.
She kisses his cheek. He hates it. He writes on a piece of
You go here Monday night and be
there at eight sharp and look flashy
you know what I mean?
She nods "yes" and takes the paper.
Are you sure you know what you're
Hundreds of times.
Well, there's a couple of girls in
Printers Alley if you got any
questions. I know I've seen that G-
string stuff for sale someplace
Don't you worry about Sueleen Gay.
She isn't convincing.
That's for sure. At the airport -
that's where it was. At the
airport, there in one of those gift
shops... Anyway, you better take a
Thanks. You are just a wonderful
53 ANOTHER ANGLE
ALBUQUERQUE enters. STAR sees her and chases her outside.
54 EXT. DEMON'S DEN
STAR hits the pavement, but there is no sign or ALBUQUERQUE. He
stands there as BUD and L.A. JOAN enter.
55 INT. DEMON'S DEN - NIGHT
BUD and L.A. JOAN go to the bar as SUELEEN sings another song.
TOM has moved away from OPAL to the telephone.
56 INT. LINNEA'S HOUSE - NIGHT
DELBERT, TRIPLETTE, LINNEA and the kids are eating. The phone
rings. LINNEA answers it.
Yes. Who's this?
Who is this?
Tom. You remember?
I'm not sure. Where?
Remember, about a month ago, your
church choir cut a record?
Well, I met you that afternoon in
the control room and we...
Oh, Tom, of course. What are you
doing in Nashville?
Cutting a record.
I'd really like to see you.
Or course. You should come over to
the house. The boys would love to
That's not quite what I had in
She tries not to hear what he's saying.
Well...How have you been?
Well, they removed my heart last
week, but I'm doing fine except my
nose fell off. Looks a little
Look, I find you attractive and I
want to see you, so I'll call you
when I get to my place.
He hangs up the phone. LINNEA looks at the dinner table and
DELBERT and the kids.
57 INT. DEMON'S DEN - NIGHT
TOM moves back to the bar and OPAL. L.A. JOAN has found the
TRICYCLE MAN more interesting than BUD and slides close to him.
BUD takes the opportunity to sneak out.
58 INT. NASHVILLE LOUNGE - NIGHT
NORMAN is on stage doing his routine, a series of imitations and
jokes, with help from Bluegrass pickers, who introduce him to the
audience. BILL and MARY are in the audience, watching NORMAN.
At another table sit BARNETT, TOMMY BROWN, PEARL, HAVEN
negotiating a deal and watching NORMAN as a potential warm-up
act. They think he stinks
59 ANOTHER ANGLE
KENNY enters with his violin case and sits. Near the back WADE
is drunk, leaning against the wall. ALBUQUERQUE enters from the
back door. She hangs around the kitchen, stealing food. WADE
notices her and starts to talk to her.
Hey, what are you doing?
ALBUQUERQUE pretends she's fixing her purse.
Just fixing this strap here
I know what you're doing. I've
done it too long not to know. But if
you're going to hunt down food, get
enough so you won't have to do it
again right away. Peanut butter's
good. Man can last a long time on
ALBURQUERQUE can't find any, so she grabs whatever she can that
will fit into her purse.
60 ANOTHER ANGLE
NORMAN caters his material to TOMMY BROWN, hoping to get the Job.
(quite drunk and
Tommy Brown, you are the whitest
nigger I have ever seen.
TOMMY turns in his chair and looks at WADE. BARNETT leans into
Let's go --
I don't think Norman's done yet.
We've heard enough. Come on.
Hell, you're whiter than that old
boy up there.
TOMMY and BARNETT leave.
Where the hell are you going, Oreo
The Bluegrass players pick up the tempo by playing music. KENNY
tries to calm WADE down, but WADE belts him. NORMAN sings the
National Anthem. PEARL gets mad and tosses WADE out the back
door. ALBUQUERQUE goes after WADE to soothe him. BILL, MARY and
NORMAN leave together out the front. ALBUQUERQUE watches from the
61 EXT. NASHVILLE LOUNGE - NIGHT
MARY mothers NORMAN. BILL, MARY and NORMAN enter the limo,
leaving KENNY behind. STAR drives up. He recognizes KENNY from
Hey, there - You seen my Winifred?
You got a place to stay?
No. Probably stay at a motel
You in music?
KENNY climbs in.
62 EXT. BAPTIST HOSPITAL - NIGHT
TRICYCLE MAN drives L.A. JOAN to the hospital. She climbs off
I hope he's still here. I don't
know where he lives.
GREEN comes out of the hospital and walks over. He is hurt
You should have stayed. Ester's
been wanting to see you.
They walk off to GREEN'S car. TRICYCLE MAN drives oft.
63 EXT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
GLENN is in the middle of the rose garden gathering a bouquet of
flowers. When he finishes, he enters the building.
64 INT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT
GLENN walks past the desk, holding the bouquet so no one will see
it. He enters the elevator.
71 INT. GAS STATION BATHROOM - MORNING
in the most despicable kind of condition. ALBUQUERQUE wades
through the waste, uses the John, then discovers it won't flush.
She goes to wash her hands but there is only a trickle. She
takes some Kleenex from her purse and dries her face and hands,
exiting the bathroom with the key still in the door.
72 INT. BARBARA JEAN'S HOSPITAL ROOM - MORNING
GLENN eases out of the chair where he has been sitting all night.
He has been writing a letter and puts it near the glass of
flowers. He looks at BARBARA JEAN for the last time, puts the
chair back, and leaves, bumping into an entering NURSE.
Who are you?
GLENN is too scared to say anything and takes off down the hall.
The NURSE checks BARBARA JEAN and lets it go at that.
73 INT. TOM'S MOTEL ROOM - MORNING
TOM is in bed with OPAL. He gets up and goes to the window. We
see the TRICYCLE MAN'S machine parked outside.
Come on back to bed.
Yeah, you bet. You're really
terrific. You know what I mean?
Just a minute.
He goes to his Jacket and pulls out a phone number, then starts
Hiya. Listen, is Linnea there?
There is a long pause.
Another long pause.
Listen, 1'm sorry I didn't call a
little sooner. I sorta got tied up.
OPAL is getting dressed and gathering her things.
Who is thin?
Who is this? It's Tom.
I don't know who you are.
What do you mean? You said you
wanted to see me.
OPAL is almost ready to leave. She sees the tricycle parked
outside. LINNEA has hung up on TOM and he dials again.
What the hell is going on?
What is this?
I would like to talk to...
You call again and I'm calling the
The phone is hung up in TOM'S ear. TOM studies the phone number
for an instant, then tosses it in the ashtray. OPAL has left and
perhaps we even HEAR the ROAR of the tricycle.
74 EXT. ROOMING HOUSE - MORNING
KENNY stands on the front porch or one of the many rooming houses
near Music Row. GREEN opens the front door. He is with his dog.
We HEAR L.A. JOAN SINGING from another room.
Can I help you?
Yes, sir. I need a room
I think we can do that. Come in.
75 INT. GREEN HOUSE - MORNING
KENNY follows GREEN down the hall.
Green's the name.
They shake hands.
Kenneth Fraser. Glad to meet
L.A. JOAN'S VOICE gets louder.
My wire's been in the hospital so
things might be a little dusty, but
the sheets are clean and the bath's
down the hall.
(looks at Kenny's
You're in music, I guess, aren't
you? 'Cause my niece sings most of
the day. That won't bother you,
KENNY starts to answer.
I didn't think it would. She's
calling herself L.A. Joan this-
week. Last week it was Dakota.
Guess if you have to change your
name a state's as good as anything.
She sure sings nice.
My wife and I think so, but we're
family. Your family's always good
or bad depending on how you look at
your family. What do you do, pick or
Oh... a little of both. Just
thought I'd look around at Nashville
for a while.
GREEN doesn't hear him. L.A. JOAN wanders in and out, catching
When you run out or money, 'cause
you will here, you can go sing at
Bishop's Pub. They let you pass the
hat. All these kids do that. Most
every place doesn't want to bother
I'm not really a musician.
Well, don't be shy. I got the
address here. Anytime you need it.
Room's twenty-five dollar! a week
and you can have breakfast with me
if you like.
He hands over the money.
Listen, do you know anything about
A little. What do you need?
76 ANOTHER ANGLE
As KENNY starts to explain, L.A. JOAN appears.
Get ready. We're going to the
JOAN eyes KENNY and moans that she doesn't want to go. GREEN gets
77 INT. VARSITY RECORDING STUDIO - DAY
We are inside a recording studio LOOKING INTO the glass booth.
There is an ENGINEER in the booth.
You'll have to stand closer to the
ALBUQUERQUS stands with some papers.
You've only got time for one more
take, unless you've got another
she shakes her head, "No" and moves closer to the mike.
Oh, don't you worry. You sure done
your best. It'll be fine. I just
Okay, you're on.
She smiles at the backup trio: bass violin, piano, violin.
Hi... This here is Albuquerque
speaking. You don't know me yet but
ya will after I sing you this song
that I've wrote called...
We HEAR the intro and she begins.
After the song finishes, the trio ends and the red light goes
out. The PLAYBACK BLARES.
Okay, come in the booth. You'll
have to wait for the disc.
78 EXT. BAPTIST HOSPITAL
STAR drives past, looking for ALBUQUERQUE as GREEN'S car parks
and he and JOAN enter the hospital.
79 INT. HOSPITAL - DAY
GLENN is there writing yet another post card. GREEN and JOAN
enter. JOAN eyes GLENN. GREEN talks to the NURSE. He carries
HI. Look at those flowers. Did
you grow those.
Ester and me did; My niece picked
then. She's just here from
That's good, I've never seen
anything so healthy.
He hands one to her.
You sit there for a moment and let
me see if she's sleeping.
GREEN goes over and joins GLENN and JOAN in the waiting area.
80 ANOTHER ANGLE
JOAN is coaxing GLENN into going to the Opera.
Excuse me. Are you in music?
Well, neither am I. But my niece
81 BARBARA JEAN'S ROOM - DAY
BARNETT enters with a basket of fruit.
Wake up. You'll sleep the day
BARBARA JEAN rolls over and opens her eyes. She sees GLENN'S
flowers and the note that says, "When I die I want you to come
along and be an angel with me."
I called Connie and she said not to
worry, She'll fill in for you.
She gets out of bed and goes to the bathroom.
82 INT. BATHROOM - DAY
BARBARA JEAN suddenly starts to cry loudly. She covers the SOUND
by FLUSHING the TOILET. When that cycle fades, she FLUSHES
83 EXT. KING OF THE ROAD - AFTERNOON
NORMAN drives up and enters.
84 INT. KING OF THE ROAD - AFTERNOON
NORMAN picks up the house phone, then sees MARY.
Sorry I'm late.
Where are you going?
She exits without stopping.
85 EXT. HAVEN'S HOUSE - AFTERNOON
OPAL is driven up to the house by the TRICYCLE MAN.
86 INT. HAVEN'S HOUSE - AFTERNOON
BUD gives OPAL a tour of the house. She carries her big
He got killed at a turkey shoot.
Yes. I was in my Sophomore year at
Business School so I can run
What is a turkey shoot.
You go out in the woods and shoot
targets -- Whoever shoots the most
wins a live turkey
How in the world did he get shot?
Some guy was drunk and hit him.
Accident. Haven almost killed him.
DELBERT enters after having had a meeting with HAVEN in another
Sorry to bother you, Bud.
Yes, sir. Like you to meet Opal.
Need to have you check these out
before he goes on that Walker
Sure thing. Put them here... I'll
Thanks... I'll... go say hello to
She's in Paris.
Oh... Well... Have you heard from
Let me know when you do, all right?
REESE starts for another room.
I'll just be in here.
He catches OPAL'S eye and doesn't leave.
Do you know Barbara Jean?
Sure do. Good friend of Haven's.
Haven's not going to talk to me.
Sure he will.
REESE looks at OPAL.
87 INT. TOM'S MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
We SEE TOM and MARY make love. Not a word is spoken.
88 EXT. OPERA-LAND - NIGHT
TRICYCLE MAN arrives. So do REESE and OPAL. She records
everything he says, more for him than her. He talks about being
counsel for all the Western stars and WALKER, too -
89 INT. OPERA-LAND - NIGHT
L.A. JOAN and GLENN are in the audience. KENNY sits near them.
STAR is present also.
90 INT. OPERA - BACKSTAGE - NIGHT
ALBUQUERQUE sneaks in as the guards check TRIPLETTE'S ID. TOMMY
BROWN is backstage, next to perform. An ANNOUNCER introduces the
91 NEW ANGLE - TOWARD AUDIENCE
ALBUQUERQUE looks to see who is present.
92 ANGLE BACKSTAGE
CONNIE WHITE and her entourage are gathered. HAVEN, BUD and
PEARL talk. OPAL and REESE arrive. As TOMMY BROWN performs,
TRIPLETTE makes the rounds. OPAL comes near. They are handed
pieces of anniversary cake.
Oh yes, I'm John Triplette.
I'm gathering information about the
characteristics of music people. I
just finished a documentary on
He looks puzzled.
The architect His buildings are
drippy. You know, like sand and
castles. Then I got this
assignment. They want to start in
What? Oh. A film.
At this point, HAVEN walks up.
Where'd you get the cake?
They are taken quite off guard.
Someone gave it... Here, you want
Somebody walks by and asks HAVEN how the PRESIDENT is.
A little worried. Fine, though.
TRIPLETTE clears his throat and turns his back to HAVEN and
continues to talk to OPAL. HAVEN walks off.
Ladies and gentlemen, Haven
93 NEW ANGLE
HAVEN grabs the mike and bursts into one of his more famous
songs, then overlaps it with another. At the finish, he accepts
applause and begins to speak about BARBARA JEAN.
We want to send special wishes to
Barbara Jean who is in the Baptist
Hospital. She collapsed yesterday
morning at the plane christening.
Send your prayers and letters to
Baptist Hospital, Nashville,
Tennessee. Barnett said she wept
because she couldn't be here with
you friends and neighbors. But your
faith in the great Almighty will
bring her back here just to be what
you want her to be... And her good
friend, Connie White, has given up
some time with her own mother, who
is sick with a kidney disorder, to
fill in and send her warmth to you
wonderful friends and neighbors so
you won't be too disappointed after
this message from teeth-sticken,
good, gooey clusters.
94 ANGLE TOWARD GLENN
GLENN politely leaves when CONNIE WHITE is announced. The
TRICYCLE MAN takes his seat, next to L.A. JOAN.
95 INT. OPERA - ANGLE BACKSTAGE - NIGHT
ALBUQUERQUE talks to two POLICEMEN.
I know it's here somewhere. I had
it when I walked in, but you weren't
here. My name's Albuquerque, and
I'm here cutting a record. My
people said it would be all right.
Sorry, miss. No pass, no entrance. Your people should have given
you a pass.
They did. I know I'll find it
We HEAR HAVEN'S VOICE from the stage.
96 NEW ANGLE
CONNIE WHITE passes ALBUQUERQUE and the POLICEMEN on her way to
the bathroom. ALBUQUERQUE rushes up.
Sister Connie... Connie. Hi, I saw
you out there. I just think you're
so beautiful. What do you think? I
can't find my pass. I'm here
cutting a record, you know, and
these policemen here...
The POLICEMEN standing right behind her. They all know she is
I'm so glad you come for a little
while, and thank you.
I could just sit where I was. I
wasn't bothering anybody. That guy
asking everybody questions made more
noise than I ever did. You saw me
there. You signed this program.
A MAN walks into the group.
Miss Connie, you're next.
CONNIE smiles and squeezes ALBUQUERQUE'S hand.
Oh, honey, I gotta go. Thanks for
coming. You read what I wrote you
I did. You said, 'your friend,
CONNIE has disappeared and the POLICE start to usher out
ALBUQUERQUE. She tries to see and hear as:
97 INT. OPERA - STAGE AREA - NIGHT
Connie White starts to sing. She does a few of her tunes.
98 EXT. OPERA - NIGHT
TRICYCLE MAN is the first to leave. He's with L.A. JOAN. After
they drive away, there is an exodus.
99 INT. OPERA - NIGHT
After everyone else has gone, KENNY sits alone in the audience.
SEQUENCE IN OPERA:
100 INT. SUELEEN'S MOTEL APARTMENT - NIGHT
SUELEEN is in her mirror applying a whole face based upon the
stars of the forties. She is listening to the OPERA ON the RADIO
and eating pork and beans and tuna from cans. Her room is tilled
with photographs of herself and Catholic symbols. She goes to
the closet and selects a gown. She is preparing an outfit and
face for the benefit.
101 INT. BAPTIST HOSPITAL - BAAHARA JEAN'S ROOM
We HEAR the tail end of CONNIE WHITE'S SONG on the radio. BARNETT
is intently listening.
Would you turn that off
He continues to listen until the end.
Barnett, please -
What's wrong honey.
I don't want to listen to her sing
Don't feel that way, honey.
Then why are you listening to her -
Well, I have to go thank her for
filling in and it's nice to know the
tune she sang.
You have to what?
Go to the King Of the Road and
BARBARA JEAN gets up out of bed.
Well here, why don't you take her
some of these flowers while you're
She begins pulling flowers from various vases.
Maybe you'd like to work out
something with her, too... Split us
up... Her on the road and me in town
or in the hospital --
She sits down on the floor at the foot of the bed and begins to
cry. BARNETT backs off. If she was hoping for understanding,
she is not about to receive it.
What the hell is wrong with you?
He bends down and looks at her with the eyes of a race horse
owner whose investment Just collapsed in the stretch.
Wait a minute. You're not going
nutsey on me, are you? Huh...?
You're not going to have one of
those nervous breakdowns or
anything, are you?
Afraid she has gone too far, BARBARA JEAN stops crying and tries
to make everything all right. But she is still choking in her
own panic of being left.
A... No... No, I'm just... I'm
really fine... I just.
(she gets up)
don't want you to think I'm giving
up or anything like that...
BARNETT looks at her as if from now on he will suspect her of
secretly being crazy. He begins to pick up the flowers from the
I'll just take these on over to
her. Show her your appreciation.
BARBARA JEAN crawls numbly back into her bed, nodding
Sure... you go on and do that.
She begins to shiver. BARNETT looks at her, but he makes no
attempt to come any closer.
He leans in and pats her arm gingerly.
I'll tell her thank you, for you.
BARBARA JEAN nods affirmatively, still shivering.
(please hold me
She senses he can't go any further.
He looks at her again and leaves.
He is not out the door before the tears begin again and she turns
into her pillow so he won't hear her.
102 INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR
GREEN has come from his wife's room. He sees BARNETT walk down
the hall. After a moment's deliberation, GREEN enters BARBARA
103 INT. BARBARA JEAN'S ROOM
We SEE GREEN come in the door. BARBARA JEAN is sti1l trying to
control herself, but is not having much luck with it.
(to the pillow)
I just get so afraid sometimes.
Then I get more afraid. : Just want
you to hold me.
MR. GREEN can't bear what she's saying. He hesitates for a
minute and then figures what the hell.
She freezes, thinking BARNETT has come back and she will be
discounted as totally insane.
Am I disturbing you?
I'm really all right, Barnett.
Don't you worry really... I just
don't want you to leave me that's
She turns and screams at GREEN.
Oh, my God.
She scares GREEN, too, but he recovers better.
Oh, honey, I didn't mean to scare
How did you come in here?
Well, my wife, Ester's down the
hall. I saw Barnett leaving and I
was just talking to Ester about your
being here. She loves you so much,
I just had to come down and say
hello. We've been following you
since you were a girl. Well, I just
scared you to death. I didn't mean
to do that.
She listens to him. The words somehow comfort her and she begins
Well, I guess you caught me at a
You'll have to speak up.
Realizing he can't hear too well makes her feel a little more
I said, I've been real tired.
Eater says she doesn't see how you
What's wrong with her.
Oh just about everything, I guess.
Those doctors started on an overhaul
and don't want to quit. They keep
taking things out. She's going to
come home an egg shell. Tough,
though.. She's tough.
What did you say your name was?
BARBARA JEAN Well, Mr. Green, you tell those doctors to stop that
whittling and get her some Vitamin E. Have her take that three
times a day, along with some good meals. If I could cook for
her, she'd be well in a minute.
A NURSE enters.
Well, Mr. Green.
How'd you get in here.
It's fine. We were just talking
about Vitamin S.
I'll go on. Ester'1l be very glad.
You remember what I said about the
She watches as he leaves, sorry to see him go.
104 INT. LINNEA'S HOUSE - NIGHT
LINNEA is getting ready for bed. She wishes TOM would call. The
You sound different. Is that
It's me. What is it?
Can you make a rehearsal in the
morning...? Courtland wants to...
Eight-thirty in the chapel.
I'll be there.
She hangs up and sighs.
105 INT. KING OF THE ROAD LOUNGE - NIGHT
NORMAN and BILL are there. An ENTERTAINER is singing the CONNIE
WHITE song that CONNIE is doing at the Opera. BILL is eager to
know where MARY is.
Maybe she's at the Opera.
Why the hell would she be there?
106 NEW ANGLE
You know goddamn well where she is.
BARNETT, with the flowers, enters and sits in the lounge.
107 ANOTHER ANGLE
It is getting crowded by people returning from the Opera.
OPAL is on one of the house phones, talking to Paris. We can also
HEAR the HOUSE PHONE OPERATOR behind the switchboard desk. OPAL
speaks in a combination of English and French. She isn't saying
much in one language and she might just be talking to the
OPERATOR, but is sounds impressive.
108 NEW ANGLE
CONNIE WHITE and her group step into the lobby. The MC in the
lounge, spots her and coaxes her into taking the stage and
singing one of her hits. When she finishes, BARNETT walks up and
thanks her, handing her the flowers. Meanwhile, HAVEN, who is
there with BUD and PEARL, tells TRIPLETTE that CONNIE and BARBARA
JEAN will replace each other, but never appear on the same bill.
After BARNETT exits, CONNIE leaves with HAVEN, BUD, PEARL and
TRIPLETTE. OPAL is still on the phone, now speaking in Ita1ian.
109 NEW ANGLE
As CONNIE and group step out of the lounge, MARY enters. BILL and
NORMAN see her. BILL reacts.
END OF TUESDAY.
110 VARIOUS SHOTS - MORNING
CHURCH BELLS RINGING.
111 EXT. STREETS - MORNING
TRICYCLE MAN drives past the different churches.
112 EXT. BAPTIST CHURCH - MORNING
DELBERT enters with his two kids. ALBUQUERQUE watches.
113 INT. BAPTIST CHURCH - MORNING
DELBERT sits. HAVEN and BUD are among those in attendance.
114 EXT. BLACK CHURCH - MORNING
TRICYCLE MAN drives by as TOMMY BROWN enters.
115 INT. BLACK CHURCH - MORNING
TOMMY sits. LINNEA sings in the all-black choir. OPAL is there
with her tape recorder doing research.
116 INT. CATHOLIC CHURCH - MORNING
We SEE the TRICYCLE MAN outside. Present inside are SUELEEN,
STAR, PEARL and WADE.
117 INT. BAPTIST HOSPITAL - MORNING
A small chapel service for patients and families. FEATURED are
BARBARA JEAN, BARNETT, GREEN and GLENN.
118 INT. KING OF THE ROAD MOTEL ROOM - MORNING
BILL and MARY are having a violent fight, broken dishes and all.
BILL throws something else.
She spins him around, but he tosses her onto the bed. He calls
her all kinds of things. The PHONE RINGS. BILL wants it to be
TOM, so he can yell at him, too.
No, ah, Bill?
I'm with ABC-TV. Like to come up
and talk to you for a minute if I
BILL starts to laugh. TRIPLETTE starts to laugh. BILL stops
He hangs up the phone and goes to the mirror, yelling at MARY.
Momentarily, there is a KNOCK on the door.
119 NEW ANGLE
BILL walks to the door and opens it on TRIPLETTE'S sincere smile
and extended hand.
Hi. I'm John Triplette.
Hi. Come on in. Mary!
TRIPLETTE enters the room and starts to take it in. MARY comes
from the bathroom, her face swollen. BILL and MARY act as if
nothing has happened.
Hello. John Triplette.
Glad to meet you.
You want anything? A drink?
Oh, no, listen, I don't want to
take up too much of your time.
Don't you worry. We're just having
a quiet Sunday at home.
TRIPLETTE laughs nervously.
Well, I'm here putting together a
show. It's a benefit really.
Hal Phillip Walker.
He's pretty well known down here.
He's pretty well known all over.
TRIPLETTE laughs again. BILL and MARY will be tough to convince.
I was wondering if you'd like to be
in it. It's going to be televised
BILL lights a cigarette and takes a shot of tequilla out of the
bottle on the floor.
What's he running for?
When is it?
Wednesday at the park. We've got a
lot of names coming in...
Well, we can't. We're registered
BILL ignores her.
MARY looks at BILL.
We can't support him We're
BILL begins the fight again.
It's an appearance. It has nothing
to do with support. I don't even
Bill, he's a crazy man.
TRIPLETTE moves in fast.
Well, he- expressed a particular
wish to have you on.
They stop and look at him suspiciously.
You're real favorites of his.
They seem to change viewpoints in a moment.
TRIPLETTE settles in like they were old friends.
First you have to understand how
much he admires you.
MARY and BILL get caught up in the sincerity.
You sing for people and that's what
he's about. He wants to help
people. Especially now, you know.
BILL bypasses all the talk about WALKER.
Where'd he ever see us?
D.C.? Tammany Hall? He came
What National TV...?
You're doing some recording here,
Might be good for you.
BILL takes another shot of tequilla.
TRIPLETTE shakes his hand.
You don't know how pleased he'll
BILL ignores her.
120 INT. TOM'S MOTEL ROOM - DAY
TOM is having a serious attack of too much of everything. He
takes a handful of vitamins, some aspirin and follows it with a
couple of uppers. Then he looks for LINNEA'S phone number.
There is a KNOCK on the door.
Come on in.
NORMAN enters and they shake.
How's your stomach?
Pretty good. Sure was surprised to
hear from you. You talk to Bill?
Not yet. Listen, Norman, I want...
They're looking all over for you.
Do you have a copy of the album.
TOM hands over a copy of their last album.
You know Bill is really mad at you.
TOM looks NORMAN down. NORMAN cheerfully changes the subject.
You know, I've got my own act now.
I'm going on tour.
TOM has found the phone number and dials.
121 INT. LINNEA'S HOUSE - DAY
The PHONE RINGS but no one answers.
122 INT. TOM'S ROOM - DAY
Listen, Tom, I have a tour to
123 INT. KENNY'S ROOM - DAY
We HEAR JOAN singing from her room. GREEN'S dog is on the bed.
KENNY finds a dime, then steps into the hallway.
124 INT. HALLWAY
KENNY calls his MOTHER collect in Indiana. After the rundown
with the operator, they finally speak.
I've been so worried, dear. where
The car broke down.
Oh, well, I knew that before you-
even left. I told you, 'Kenny, that
old Nash won't make it down the
road.' But you had to go.
Well, I got to Nashville. That's
Next you'll be sick.
I feel really good.
How are you going to pay when you
I'm in a rooming house with Mr.
Green? Not Owen Green. Owen Green
embezzled money from your
I don't know his first name.
Bet the sheets are grey.
No. No, they're white. He's got a
Worst time at year for dogs is when
they get fungus.
He doesn1t have fungus, does he?
I don't think so.
Well, you'll get it, skin as
sensitive as yours.
How do you know if they do?
He looks suspiciously at the dog in his room.
Weather's been awful. All those
bombs dropping. It changes our
weather. Sure not like the good old
(still looking at
Does their hair fall out?
Your hair fell out? Just like your
father. Weak hair.
KENNY signals the dog to get off the bed. He's getting worried.
L.A. JOAN will have wandered in and out during this phone call.
Listen. Maybe I should go...
I've been a Little dyspeptic.
I want to get the dog off my bed.
But, I'll take some of that
Nyquil... you know it puts you right
to sleep no matter what's wrong, you
go right off...
KENNY is really impatient to get the dog oft his bed.
Okay. I'll be talking to you.
Keep warm, dear. Let me hear from
125 NEW ANGLE
KENNY hangs up the receiver and starts for his room and the dog.
L.A. JOAN comes from her room and interrupts. She asks him where
I have to try to get my car
I'll go with you.
126 EXT. BAPTIST CHURCH - DAY
LINNEA has come to join DELBERT and the kids. They enter an ante
room where coffee and snacks are served.
127 INT. ANTE ROOM - DAY
ALBUQUERQUE is eating everything in sight. LINNEA approaches.
This your first time?
ALBUQUERQUE'S mouth is full and she nods, "yes."
You're from out of town?
Yes. I'm cutting a record.
We have a Bible study meeting
tonight if you'd like to come.
Is there food?
Well, I just wondered 'cause being
from out or town I wouldn't be able
to make anything.
No, those are socials you're
thinking of... Saturday's usually.
The MINISTER is nearby.
This is your first time, isn't it?
Yes sir. I'm from Tallahassee.
And I want you to know I round
Jesus today, right here.
Bless you. I hope we see you
He walks to the next person. ALBUQUERQUE passes LINNEA and
DELBERT and goes to the street.
128 INT. LIMO - afternoon
NORMAN is giving TRIPLETTE a tour.
Now in the cemetery Roy already has
his stone, it's a fiddle... right as
you drive in you can see it in front
Lot of them do. Fans start
chipping at them, though.... Johnny
cash has a $100,000 fence around his
house. Well, the fans are stealing
the rocks right out of it. Haven
Hamilton has a $700,000 fence. It
129 NEW ANGLE
They pass a house with a red pickup truck in the driveway.
That house over there is where I
live. The one with the red truck.
My aunt drives the school bus. 600
kids a day.
TRIPLETTE cranes to look as a car with "Just Married" and "We've
only just begun" painted on it drives by them. Norman looks at
Some black folks wanted to paint
this car once. I didn't let them.
They also wanted me to kiss the
bride. I declined.
130 NEW ANGLE
He makes another turn on to a street that looks like a series of
parks strung together. He slows down.
In the city of Nashville, there are
a total of hundred and twenty
millionaires some of them inhabit
these beautiful home sites to make
Nashville known as the Athens of the
South. Here on the right you see
the home of Haven Hamilton's mother.
He built it for her after his Daddy
passed away three years ago of lung
cancer. Haven contributes time and
money to the cancer foundation, now.
You can see some of his records
handing there in the living room.
TRIPLETTE struggles to see. NORMAN pulls up a little further and
Look, now you can see it.
Sure enough you can.
He got that one in 1962. Song
called 'Smokey Heart.'
131 ANOTHER SECTION 0F ROAD - DAY
The limo passes OPAL and continues down the road.
132 INT. STAR'S TRUCK - INTERSTATE 40 - AFTERNOON
We SEE OPAL hitching a ride. He starts past, but she yells,
forcing him to stop.
133 NEW ANGLE
OPAL opens the door and gets in.
You weren't really going to drive
STAR just looks at her. She smiles back.
My name's Opal. What's yours?
STAR drives off.
You going to Nashville?
Good. I came out here to meet some
underground singer. They say she
only writes in those trees over
There is a long pause. STAR doesn't respond, so OPAL continues.
She never came. I'm trying to
gather some information about the
characteristics of music people for
English television. I started in
San Francisco. Some friends were
making an anti-war film about 'Nam,
you know, and I just love marine
movies. It is really the consummate
art form, all those parts of the
puzzle to make the whole. All that
energy being collective, you know
what I mean?
She removes same of her clothes because or the heat
I've been all over the United
States now except for Maine and
STAR looks at her body and changes lanes.
What did you say your name was?
Star - oh! that's a fantastic name.
Almost as good as Opal. I changed
my name in Taos. This man that was
really into low budget movies said
my eyes were opalistic.
She reaches over and turns on the RADIO. He reaches over and
turns it off.
I'm going to make the consummate
documentary as soon as I finish
gathering information. You know
it's so nice not to feel oppressed
in a society that is male oriented.
Are you in music?
No, I told you that.
134 EXT. HIGHWAY/STAR'S TRUCK The truck accelerates.
Just living and then after that
making the total documentary that
will encompass everything.
We SEE them pass KENNY'S Nash. KEMNY and L.A. JOAN are there.
135 ANGLE AT NASH
All the door handles have been stolen from the car. So has the
radio and the steering wheel. There is a raw egg and a note that
says, "ha-ha." KENNY is dumbfounded.
What the hell?
He opens the trunk. There are several political posters and
politically motivated materials for WALKER.
A guy named Walker. Amazing
person. He's developed a huge
How do you know?
Well I've been following him around
Just listening to him --He says he
can really win -- I bet he can too -
You must really like him.
Well, he's really amazing.
I haven't gotten into politics yet.
I'm still into music --except for
you. You're into politics.
KENNY looks at her for a minute.
136 ANGLE ON HIGHWAY - SUNSET
The TRICYCLE MAN passes by the car.
END OF SUNDAY.
137 TNT. GREEN'S BOARDING HOUSE - MORNING
KENNY is on the hall phone. Outside we HEAR the tricycle. KENNY
has a stack of dimes and in calling wrecking yard people,
Ah, hello. My name is Kenneth
Fraser... And I'm here from Terre
Haute, Indiana. Ah, listen ...
somebody stole my handles.
We don't mess with accessories.
Oh, well, thanks. Ah, oh, maybe
you know where...
The MAN has hung up. KENNY draws a line through his name and
138 INT. L.A. JOAN'S ROOM - DAY
During KENNY'S calls, JOAN is dressing in a hurry.
Do you carry door handles?
Suddenly there is another person's VOICE on the line.
Excuse me. I have an emergency
phone call for 228-5128 from the
Nashville Baptist hospital.
Sure. Ill take it. I'll call back
on the handles.
The MAN hangs up. Nothing else happens.
Hey, when do they come on?
You have to hang up.
He does and the PHONE RINGS. Hello?
I'm sorry to break in, but is Mr.
No, but I can give him a message.
I see... Well, his wife just died.
Oh my God!
We're very sorry. Thanks.
As he hangs up, JOAN appears with her transistor. She is quite
in a hurry.
I thought you were at the hospital
with your uncle!
She ignores him.
Listen, your Aunt Ester just died.
I'm... sorry... Listen, I really
Feel bad now about last night...We
I'm in a hurry, gonna see this
great group record at Woodland.
I mean, Mr. Green was so nice to
me. He took me in and...
I don't really know what you're
And she is gone.
I've got to get a hold of Mr.
140 INT. WOODLAND STUDIOS -- STUDIO A - DAY
TOM is singing alone. L.A. JOAN enters the studio and begins
talking to one of the engineers. when TOM finishes she enters
Hope you don't mind me coming. I
just love your music.
141 INT. HALLWAY
NORMAN, BILL and MARY enter the studio.
142 INT. STUDIO A
The studio door is burst open on TOM who is singing. BILL is
forced to stand still. TOM doesn't look up until he in finished.
Where the hell have you been?
TOM and MARY bounce a look, her face is a little discolored.
You guys been having any fun?
He gets up and starts out the door. BILL is very anxious.
Where are you going?
To the bathroom.
He goes through the swinging door.
143 INT. HALLWAY
TOM is on the phone. MARY makes her way toward his back. There
is no answer to his call, so he hangs up and faces her.
You look terrific.
Another pause. BILL sticks his head out from the studio room.
It's the den mother.
MARY walks pant TOM into the studio room. TOM holds up a finger
to indicate he'll be a minute and walks toward the bathroom.
MARY reaches BILL.
Come on, dammit. They want to
L.A. JOAN goes and waits outside the bathroom. When TOM comes out
they exit together.
144 INT. STUDIO A
MARY is at her mike with her instrument. The engineer asks for a
level so BILL and MARY sing their hit song. When they finish,
Where is he!
145 INT. BAPTIST HOSPITAL - BARBARA JEAN'S ROOM - DAY
BARBARA JEAN is sitting at the foot of the bed. A NURSE in there
talking to BARNETT.
The doctor is out of town.
I know that and don't you worry,
I'm going to get her right into bed.
She must rest.
I have this release form signed by
the floor doctor.
The PHONE RINGS.
Barnett, John Triplette. How's she
Well, I just thought I'd call.
Well, you did and she's fine.
He hangs up. The NURSE is reading the forms. BARBARA JEAN is
going through the flowers... She finds GLENN'S and reads the
Well, I don't know.
I have a nurse waiting for her in
Who brought these?
I don't remember seeing those.
Somebody brought them. Come on,
honey, let's go.
She puts them on the gurney with the others.
Well, thank you all so much. You
tell the other ladies thank you.
Well all right.
As they start out, DELBERT enters.
How is she?
A little slow, but she'll be fine.
Have you talked to Triplette?
Who the hell is he?
He's lining up talent for Hal
Who the hell is he?
He's going to run for president.
He has that sign with the tree.
What does he want?
That's what he wants.
You know better than that.
It's on National television,
I don't care. She's always been
neutral in politics and that's not
going to change.
There is a pause. BARNETT and REESE have been talking away from
Well, how about the shopping
Yes. She's pretty rested up.
Okay, then we'll see you there.
REESE leaves. BARNETT returns to BARBARA JEAN and the NURSE.
Okay, come on, honey. How are you
146 INT. Hospital RECEPTION ROOM - DAY
BARNETT and BARBARA JEAN come from the elevator. GLENN is there
writing. He sees her, As BARRETT and BARBARA JEAN leave, GREEN
arrives with flowers for his wife. He sees BARBRA JEAN and hands
her a flower.
You going today?
Thank you-- Yes, I am.
I'll tell Ester, she'll be thrilled
I saw you again.
You get her those Vitamin E right
(shows her the
I got them right here.
BARBARA JEAN feels BARNETT'S impatience to go.
Well, Bye, Bye now. We have to go.
She goes on out the door as he walks to the desk.
146A NEW ANGLE
Where have you got her hidden
He hands the NURSE a flower. She looks up in disbelief.
Yes, ma'am. How are you today?
Didn't you get?... How are you?
I'm fine. Can I go up?
Let me see if I can get the doctor
hold on one second.
She makes several phone calls and can't locate anyone. She sighs
and hangs up.
You want me to wait?
No. Mr. Green, I don't know how to
tell you this -- your wire passed
away -- I thought they'd called you
GREEN has and hasn't heard.
Your wire Ester - she passed away.
He is stunned.
If you'll wait Just a minute I'll
get everything from the business
146B ANOTHER ANGLE
He wanders to the waiting area. GLENN has been looking out the
window at BARBARA JEAN getting into the bus. He comes back and
begins to talk to GREEN so caught up in her he doesn't register
My mamma used to know her... They
lived next door to each other... she
said she was always nursing the sick
GREEN looks at him and nods. He's still got the vitamins in his
I really learned all about her from
my Momma -- She's been saving this
scrap book about her since she got
to be famous.
The one thing she said to me when I
joined was "When you're doing your
travels you be sure you see Barbara
Jean. You don't have to say
anything about me but you be sure
you see her." So that's what I've
been doing. Now I'm going to hitch
a ride so I can see her in Memphis.
You give my test to your wife1
GREEN nods and puts the vitamins in his pocket as the NURSE calls
from the desk.
Mr. Green, the doctor is on his way
and the business office has your
147 INT. LINNEA'S HOUSE - AFTERNOON
The PHONE RINGS SEVERAL TIMES before LINNEA answers it.
148 INT. PHONE BOOTH
Who is this, right? I called you
I've got a gig tonight.
End of Church Street. Next to a
Doesn't it have a name?
I can't remember. In out/out in,
something like that. Around eight.
149 INT. LINNEA'S HOUSE
Again she is left with a dead receiver.
150 INT. PHONE BOOTH
TOM exits. Behind him is Percy Warner Park and the Parthenon.
L.A. JOAN is with TOM.
151 INT. HALL - NIGHT
SUELEEN works her way through a crowd of men trying to get into
the banquet hall. There is a sign that says "Benefit Banquet."
SUELEEN finally makes it through the crowd and enters the room.
152 INT. BANQUET EALL - MIGHT
She walks past the tables and steps on the stage. She checks the
curtain to find that there is no backstage. She enters the
153 INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
SUELEEN almost trips over REESE and TRIPLETTE and another man who
Hi, I'm Sueleen Gay.
I'm John Triplette. Excuse me. I
got all caught up in looking at you.
You'll be fine.
Oh, why thank you.
May I see your costume?
She removes her coat and exposes a costume that looks like a
picture of a frosty glass or gin and tonic on a hot day.
TIRIPLETTE stares blatantly and REESE can hardly keep his hands
off her. SUELEEN starts into her routine as a matter of
You like it? Listen, where is the
pianist? I need to go over this
She hands over a stack of music.
You all didn't say what you wanted
Someday I'm gonna be a star like
TRIPLETTE puts his arm around her and walks off.
154 NEW ANGLE
Sueleen, you're prettier and
probably sing better. Besides, she
is unusually sick. And tonight you
have the opportunity to work in
front of some grateful gentlemen.
They continue to walk past the many places.
Have you ever done this before?
She shakes her head, "no" quite caught up in air.
Well, it's not too hard. You'll
sing whatever it is you want to
sing. They'll applaud like crazy
'cause I can tell them that you're
really something and then the piano
and drum will give you a little
fanfare and you can sing and take
off your clothes or not sing. It
really doesn't make much difference,
really. But since you've never done
this before, singing might help.
They are near three enormous beef legs waiting to go into the
Now this is to raise funds for
someone who can help people who are
less fortunate than yourself. The
more you take off, you see, more
money we can raise.
(like a robot)
I know that you are an artist and I
am sure you are very religious.
She nods "yes."
Well, this is for people who have a
kind of religious belief in the way
155 NEW ANGLE
The waiters come in to serve the salad and the rolls and the chef
starts to carve the meat. We FOLLOW one of the waiters into the
156 INT. BANQUET HALL - NIGHT
It is almost full. The pianist and the drummer are on the non-
stage. At the far end of the roam, we SEE someone enter from the
street, go to the sign and read it.
157 NEW ANGLE - DOORWAY AND CORRIDOR
It is ALBUQUERQUE reading "banquet." The door to the room closes
and she goes down another corridor and disappears.
158 INT. BANQUET ROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
The men have finished their dinner and SUELEEN finishes her song.
The applause is thunderous. SUELEEN looks to the kitchen door.
159 ANGLE AT KITCHEN DOOR
TRIPLETTE is applauding like crazy. REESE in beside him.
160 ANGLE AT SUELEEN
She blows kisses then runs to TRIPLETTE.
Don't you think they'd just love
another song instead?
Now, Sueleen, you know that's not
what we talked about right here in
this very room.
It's too late. The ANNOUNCER speaks.
We're ready to striiippppp... for
cash, gentlemen. The time has come
to dig deep. Our little Sueleen in
going to dig deep for you.
There are a few chortles. Suddenly she freezes. TRIPLETTE holds
her and kisses her hair.
165 NEW ANGLE
TRIPLETTE encases her in her coat. TRIPLETTE yells something
about bringing her clothes as the audience goes crazy.
166 NEW ANGLE
ALBUQUERQUE is totally fascinated and delighted, applauding to
the point of almost giving herself away. She picks up SUELEEN'S
167 INT. CAR - NEAR DEMOW'S DEN - NIGHT
REESE drives SUSLEEN home. He is drunk. He double-parks.
Here we are, Sueleen.
She looks out the window and nods. He gets out and opens the
door as LADY PEARL walks past them on her way to the lounge.
STAR drives up behind REESE'S double-parked ear and has to move
around it. SUELEEN starts for her room, but REESE follows very
close. Finally, he turns her around.
Sueleen... Sueleen Gay.
His look says what he wants. She is terrified.
She starts to walk quickly, but he grabs her arm.
Wait a minute! I want to look at
Oh, please, Oh, God.
He pushes her against one or the storefronts.
C'mon! I Just wanna look...
He squeezes her arm and she screams.
Good. I wanna look really good.
You know what I mean? Do you? Huh?
She is about to pass out from terror, when all or a sudden he
168 NEW ANGLE
The TRICYCLE MAN stands and watches a few feet away. SUELEEN'S
terror now is divided between the two men. REESE can't handle
the way the TRICYCLE MAN looks at all.
He releases SUELEEN, turns and runs up the street. She slides
down and hugs herself. The TRICYCLE MAN doesn't move.
It'll be okay... It'll be okay... I
know it'll be fine...
After a while, she pulls herself up and starts up the stairs to
her room. The TRICYCLE MAN watches until she is gone, then walks
across the street.
((THE FOLLOWING IS INTERCUT WITH BANQUET)
169 INT. EXIT INN - NIGHT
TOM enters with L.A. JOAN. The place in crowded. WADE sits at a
table with LINNEA. She hasn't seen TOM.
I was in prison for twenty-eight
Just got out. Had me thirteen
lawyers. Missed the electric chair
twice. .. Been out three months.
Are you heavy?
I'm not sure...
I'm forty-six. Do you like to go
up or down?
High? Do you ever get high? A walk
on the wild side. Ever do dust?
Before TOM can sit down he is called on stage by the MC. Also
present are BILL, MARY and NORMAN, talking about NORMAN'S act and
OPAL, who interviews them. LINNEA sees TOM.
All I need is fifteen minutes a
Sleep. That's all I need. Don't
want to waste no time sleeping. You
What...? 0h, yes.
Not me. Ain't never loved anybody.
Ain't never been married. Won't
170 ANGLE TOWARD STAGE
TOM stands at the mike.
Good evening. Thanks. I used to
be part of a group. You remember?
Well, they're here, Bill and Mary. We're cutting a record here.
So far, they've done all the work. It's an accident they're here.
I've been hiding from them for days now, right?
You bet your sweet ass.
171 ANGLE - LINNEA AND WADE
She in lost in the sound of his voice.
You know who that is?
172 ANGLE - STAGE
TOM calls BILL and MARY to the stage. The three of them burst
into: "Since You've Gone." When they finish, BILL and MARY sit
I'd like to sing a new song for
you. I threw away a good one I wrote
yesterday. maybe it was the day
before -- anyway.. Let's go here,
173 NEW ANGLE
TOM seems to know where LINNEA is sitting and directs the song to
her. After he finishes, he gives the guitar back to its owner
and Joins L.-A. JOAN to walk out.
174 NEW ANGLE
WADE starts in again.
Love, that's a word that's been
overused. I'll say I sure like you.
LINNEA is wiping her eyes with a hanky.
A large group of people starts out the door, among them TOM and
L.A. JOAN. TOM steers himself and JOAN to LINNEA'S table. BILL
and MARY catch him there. All the while he is talking to them,
he writes a note and places it in LINNEA'S lap. OPAL walks past
TOM. They look at each other.
Listen, we're suppose to sing on TV
day after tomorrow. At the park...
Yes. Percy Warner Park'.
Where are you staying?
Is that for that Walker guy?
Yes, but we're just singing.
Sue was trying to get hold of you.
Come on. He's a crook.
I'm a Roman Catholic. You're
Baptist, I bet. Catholic means
universal, everything, know what I
She nods again. She can't make out the writing with out her
glasses and she doesn't want to put them now.
I'm a scholar of the Bible as well
and we're all going to answer to
God. Have you read the book of
She nods 'yes.'
You ever read the 'Apocalypse
She is too curious. She takes out her glasses and looks through
them lorgnette style as WADE continues to talk.
I'm not coming anywhere near that
place. He's a rotten guy.
That's not true.
He's a politician.
He saw us at Tammany Hall.
The Hell he did. Look, I'll see
you in the morning.
You bet. Nine, right? But count
me out of that other thing.
175 NEW ANGLE
TOM takes L.A. JOAN and leaves. LINNEA panics, BILL burns, OPAL
and MARY watch after TOM, NORMAN keeps silent.
My mother. died in '72. They told
me after. They said they couldn't
find me before, so they told us
They said go see the chaplain.
I'm sorry but I have to go.
She gets up quickly and leaves. Everybody is gone, too.
I'm a hundred years old and when
I'm two hundred, I'll die.
176 EXT. EXIT INN -
As LINNEA hurries off, we SEE STAR sitting in his pickup truck,
watching and waiting for ALBUQUERQUE.
END OF MONDAY.
177 EXT. HIGHWAY - AT KENNY'S CAFE - MORNING
The TRICYCLE MAN is helping KENNY fix the car, changing tires,
etc. KENNY is under the hood. When he comes out, KENNY tells
the TRICYCLE MAN how grateful he is and that he wouldn't know
what to do if he hadn't shown up. The TRICYCLE MAN just finishes
178 EXT SHOPPING CENTER PARKING LOT - DAY
A platform has been erected in the center of the parking lot.
BARBARA JEAN'S bus is parked nearby. There is a large crowd, and
several people gathered around the platform. GLENN is among them
so is TRIPLETTE, REESE and OPAL. Radio station personnel and
musicians prepare for the show. Finally, the bus door opens and
BARNETT leads BARBARA JEAN to the platform. The musicians start
and she sings. The sound comes from many huge speakers and
people come from stores and shops to hear.
BARBARA JEAN segues from one song to another.
179 NEW ANGLE
BARNETT stands to the side, talking to various people TRIPLETTE
pulls his sleeve.
Well, for heaven's sake. You're
just about everywhere, aren't you?
I came out to see how you all were doing.
I think I should tell you I know
why you're here. The answer is no
... we don't get involved in
Well, that's not entirely true,
Barnett. At least not according to
Haven? Hell,' we've been playing
poker together since we were
I guess that's why he thought you
right want to help out.
He knows better.
Well, it's probably because it
would help him.
How is that?
Everybody likes to be as good as
His word? Are you telling me Haven
promised you something?
That's pretty close. He's going to
be on the bill. Why not put Barbara
Jean on with him?
TRIPLETTE'S last sentence is caught in silence as BARBARA JEAN
has stopped singing in the middle of a phrase.
180 NEW ANGLE
She holds the mike and looks at Barnett.
She faints. There in a moment of confusion, then GLENN is on the
stage protectively as the musicians clear the people out
181 NEW ANGLE
BARNETT vaults through the crowd pushing TRIPLETTE aside.
Get her feet up.
He pulls himself on the stage. She is coming to and sees GLENN'S
face looking at her and rubbing her hands.
He carries her to the bus. TRIPLETTE is forced to watch from a
182 INT. BUS - DAY
BARBARA JEAN has come to and she and BARNETT are alone in the
back of the bus. He studies her carefully for a minute and then
decides she'll be all right.
Oh, Barnett, I'm so sorry.
Honey, it's okay... How do you feel
All those people...
She fights back the tears.
Don't worry, I'll take care or it
You're so good.
He blows her a kiss and steps from the bus.
183 EXT. BUS - DAY
BARNETT sends the nurses inside. GLENN has pushed to front of
the crowd. BARHETT grabs a hand mike.
She's fine now, folks. Just too
soon after the hospital, I guess.
She won't be able to continue and
she's in the bus crying her eyes
out, because she doesn't want to
disappoint the people who love her
There is a group groan. BARNETT looks for some under-standing
but there is none. There are several catcalls and GLENN, who in
near BARNETT, becomes so enraged, he tries to find the caller.
There is almost a fight, but TRIPLETTE intervenes. He glances to
Come on, come on. You don't want
to waste your energy on that fool.
184 NEW ANGLE
Catcalls continue from other parts of the audience. TRIPLETTE
shouts against GLENN, who has turned his intensity to the crowd
She's frail. You never saw anybody
so frail. I've seen her breathe hard
just standing still, dammit. You're
selfish. Worst selfish I've ever
heard. What if she died? Would you
like that? You'd probably say she
faked it so they could make money.
Well, you're just dumb.
185 NEW ANGLE
We could invite them to the park.
They can come to the concert in the
I said 'no!'
BARNETT studies the angry crowd then TRIPLETTE, who is holding
back GLENN against them. The crowd is even more angry
We're very Sorry... Please... If
(he makes the
You can see her tomorrow at Percy
GLENN has disengaged from TRIPLETTE'S hold and pushed his way to
Triplette, I want to talk to you.
I got trapped and you know it, so
let's have some rules.
Absolutely. Listen, Barnett, I
understand your position.
No, you don't, so don't say you do.
Bunch of damn liars. What do you
get out or this?
Nothing; Barnett. It's my job.
Your job, huh.
He removes a pen and paper and writes down the following as he
She will not appear on the stage or
support that Walker guy and you
can't have any of his signs up while
she sings. She'll be on first and
out of the park before he shows up.
There will be no pictures, no
questions, no answers or tying her
name up with his now or in the
future to come. Any money she makes
will go to the President of the
He calls over his secretary and makes TRIPLETTE sign the
statement. Then the secretary signs.
We'll see you tomorrow. I'll send
her three songs over this afternoon.
She'll be done about ten minutes
after she starts and Walker better
not show up till she's through. Now,
get out of here.
TRIPLETTE extends his hand expecting friendship. BARRETT ignores
it. As TRIPLETTE leaves, a MAN who has been after BARNETT'S
attention steps up. BARNETT turns to his secretary.
Well, Barnett, I have this terrific
song I've been working on. It would
be a natural for Barbara Jean. Like
you to take a look at it.
BARNETT looks at him suspiciously.
I'm very busy right now.
Get me Haven.
It'll just take a minute. Here,
I'll even hold it for you.
BABNETT sighs and skims over the paper. Song stealing is the
same as horse stealing to BARNETT. He becomes enraged.
I don't know where you got this,
but something tells me you stole it
and I hate thieves.
The MAN takes the paper back and tries to walk away from him --
BARNETT yells after him.
Aren't you an engineer...? I know
you -- Don't you work at one of
those cut a record places...?
Twenty-five bucks a shot, isn't it?
Usually their last twenty-five...
The MAN backs up and BARNETT follows him. They have entered the
crowd. The MAB starts to run. BARNETT runs after him. When the
MAN gets into the car. BARNETT picks up a rock, throws it and
hits the windshield with it. The car MISFIRES but finally
starts.. As the MAN drives off, BARNETT stands watching until
he's out of sight.
((THE FOLLOWING Is INTERCUT WITH THE SHOPPING CENTER)
186 EXT. FAIRGROUND - DAY
We SEE a fairground, then a roller rink, and a wrestling ring,
and finally a small portable stage in the center of a circular
track. The grandstands are partially ruled and stock cars roar
from another part or the field;
Around the stage -we SEE a sign that says, "Talent Show Tonight"
and we see the contestants and the MC, and NORMAN doing a routine
with an accordion player. After NORMAN finishes, the NC takes
Thank you, Mr. Berguan. And now we
bring you, 'Albuquerque.'
187 NEW ANGLE
ALBUQUERQUE walks to the mike.
Hello, everybody. My name is
There are-a few nasty remarks.
I'm going to sing a wonderful tune.
She starts to sing, "You're an Old Smoothie," and as she does the
stock cars leave the pit and drive to the entrance of the track.
ALEBUQUERQUE, disturbed at first, sings louder. The cars are
waiting for the talent show to set off the track.
188 NEW ANGLE
Albuquerque starts to take off her clothes. The MC hasn't
noticed, but the grandstand has. People shout, "Take it off..."
ALBUQUERQUE loves it. Before ALBUQUERQUE can remove the last two
garments, the MC rushes over and grabs the mike.
We'd 1ike~to announce the winner of
tonight's contest. Albuquerque, How
about some applause for a darling
Oh, I'm not through.
That's all, folks.
The stands are calling to have her take it all off and her fellow
contestants are furious. RAVEN, BUD and PEARL are there and they
discuss her act.
Here is the twenty dollars first
prize money and a seat in the
grandstands and now let's turn the
show over to Al Allen in the race
He shuts oft the mike.
189 NEW ANGLE - TRACK
The stock cars start around the track and stop in front or the
Congratulations to Albuquerque and
welcome, everyone, to the Memorial
Race for Billy Apple, who died a
week ago in a wreck at this very
track, and we want you to know his
last words were, 'Are the other
fellows all right?'
A wave of applause and we SEE the talent show make its way across
the rack. The platform is already torn down and the MC is
helping ALBUQUERQUE dress. As she passes the drivers, they cheer
and she blows them a kiss and loses her first garment as she
does. More cheers.
190 NEW ANGLE
The cars are dented. On the side of one car it says, "Haven
Hamilton," and now we see him, BUD and PEARL in the stands. On
the side of another car it says, "Connie White."
Want you all to save a dime every day and next Saturday we'll
take up a collection and give it all to Billy Apple's wife.
Share. Their four kids will sure miss their daddy. Want to
announce Bob Trilltree is out of the hospital now. Hope you'll
be back with us soon. All right, would you stand, please?
The people stand to a scratchy record of the National Anthem. A
'74 Pontiac circles the track with a man holding a medium-sized
American flag which flaps as the convertible drive.. At the end
of the song the Pontiac drives off the track.
This is for Billy Apple. Okay, ladies and gentlemen, let's pick
ourselves a winner.
191 NEW ANGLE
The drivers get into their cars and start up. The track man
waves a flag which starts them around the track in pairs. We
notice the TRICYCLE MAN, who has been there all the time. The
race starts and the SOUND is deafening. ALBUQUERQUE is thrilled
to death. Suddenly, STAR sneaks up on her as she whistles with
her fingers in her mouth.
Winifred, the kids want you home
and so do I.
I won first prize.
She has no choice but to follow him out. Several people
compliment her as she leaves the grandstand. She buys a bag of
peanuts on the way out.
192 INT. TOM'S MOTEL ROOM
There is some lovemaking going on in Tom's bed.
You're really terrific, you know
what I mean --LINNEA rolls over and
I have to go.
I have to go. He sighs.
She makes a more to leave.
She laughs and eases out of the bed.
When did you think it would happen?
I'm not sure.
I knew when I first met you.
She starts to go into the bathroom.
How old are you?
Older than thirty?
Terrific! Who was that black guy?
A friend of yours?
Come on, you ever been attracted to
a black guy?
She looks at him close, then goes into the bathroom and shuts the
193 INT. MOTEL BATHROOM - AFTERNOON
We HEAR TOM making a phone call. LINNEA grabs a towel and wraps
it around her head and throws back the shower curtain, only to
find a huge black cockroach in the tub. TOM laughs as she shuts
the curtain in horror, then she proceeds to take a sponge bath.
She leaves the bathroom quickly.
194 INT. MOTEL ROOM - AFTERNOON
TOM is still on the phone. LINNEA dresses, but can't find her
slip. She finishes and heads for the door.
Just a minute.
He steps to LINNEA and puts his arms around her.
I'll talk to you tomorrow.
That's what you said before.
I know. Goodbye.
He kisses her and walks back to the bed. As she gets to the
door, she is hit with something, It is her slip.
Maybe you better keep that.
He smiles and she walks out the door.
195 EXT. TOM'S MOTEL ROOM - AFTERNOON
Outside, LINNEA hangs the slip on the doorknob and leaves.
196 INT. GREEN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
GREEN is in bed. KENNY takes away a tray of cookies and hot
Sure... you're a fine boy, Ken, you
Okay... you get to sleep. I'll see
you in the morning. Good night.
KENNY turns out the light and calls the dog. GREEN settles into
END OF TUESDAY.
197 EXT. CEMETERY - MORNING
A small, empty last rite for MRS. GREEN. KENNY and GREEN are at
the grave. In the distance, the TRICYCLE MAN watches.
I guess she's not coming...
198 EXT. PATHENON - MORNING
Preparation for the big televised rally.
199 EXT. PERCY WARNER PARK - DAY
Outside the Parthenon, KENNY, with his violin case, waits for
some food at the barbecue. ALBUQUERQUE'S who has fled STAR
again, waits near him. BARNETT is talking to REESE.
200 ANOTHER ANGLE
TRIPLETTE is at the stairs. GLENN is trying to get past a guard
and finally TRIPLETTE recognizing him from the shopping center,
helps him in. They enter the stair area, near all the TV cables
201 NEW ANGLE
They approach BARBARA JEAN, who is talking to musicians. BILL and
MARY are there with NORMAN, and LINNEA is singing on stage with
the black choir. TOMMY now steps up to talk to BARBARA JEAN.
202 NEW ANGLE
GLENN is lost in BARBARA JEAN'S magic. She smiles at him, but in
talking to HAVEN, BUD and PEARL and looking for BARNETT.
TRIPLETTE walks by GLENN.
Listen, could you give her this for
TRIPLETTE takes a note from GLENN.
TRIPLETTE hands her the note as BARRETT angrily steps up.
Someone calls "places."
They screwed up. You go on after
TOMMY BROWN joins LINNEA and the choir on stage. We SEE TOM
wandering and avoiding BILL, but catching MARY'S eye. OPAL is
near as is LA JOAN. BARBARA JEAN reads GLENN'S note: "If I die
tomorrow, I lived today."
203 NEW ANGLE
The applause builds.
Ladies and gentlemen, Miss Barbara
The audience is swept away.
204 NEW ANGLE
In the audience we see KENNY and the TRICYCLE MAN and WADE.
SUELEEN is there, too.
205 ANOTHER ANGLE -- STAGE AREA
As BARBARA JEAN sings, GLENN stands next to BARNETT. She finishes
the song and looks in GLENN'S direction.
206 ANGLE - BARBARA JEAN
She is leaning on a stool.
I want to thank you for all your
good wishes. You are so important
to Barnett and me. Now I want to
sing a special song for all our
The orchestra starts. She calls for HAVEN to come out. The
applause swells and, they start a song together.
207 EXT. FRONT OF PARK - DAY
A long black limo is parked near two ambulances, the attendants
sitting on the ambulance fenders and joking.
208 ANGLE - STAGE
BARBARA JEAN and HAVEN have finished the soldier song. The choir
comes out to back her now. The audience picks up the song they
sing. After the song everyone claps loudly, and a large bouquet
of flowers gets handed up to BARBARA JEAN. They hug as someone
begins to unfurl a "HAL PHILIP WALKER" banner behind them.
Photographers crowd in. Suddenly there is a sharp jolt in
HAVEN'S body and BARBARA JEAN is down. There is brief confusion,
but the choir continues to sing and everyone thinks BARBARA JEAN
has fainted again.
209 NEW ANGLE
The confusion mounts as both HAVEN and BARBARA JEAN are down and
there are flowers lying all over the place
Barnett! My God, Barnett I'm
TRIPLETTE runs up the stairs and the choir continues. BARNETT
yells for them to stop. He and BARNETT are over BARRARA JEAN,
while guards and BUD attend to HAVEN.
She's... oh, my God... there's
Ladies and gentlemen, I don't know
what to say.
210 ANGLE - AUDIENCE
There is a VOICE among the noise that shouts:
I could have got that Walker bastard before. I've been closer,
closer than this, but my Nash broke down and somebody kept
stealing my things. I wanted to get him the day before, then Mr.
Green's wire died, so this was the right time. I love the
President of the United States. I love him.
Guards grab the speaker, KENNY, in an instant. He shoots a
policeman's foot by accident. Men swallow him up. Someone
211 ANGLE - STAGE
The choir has no direction to go in. ALRUQUERQUE suddenly is
with microphone.. She starts to do "It Don't Worry Me." The rest
of the singers join in.
212 EXT. PERCY WALKER PARK - DAY
BARNETT leads the stretcher to one or the ambulances. He doesn't
allow HAVEN to enter.
Have your friend Triplette take you
to the hospital.
A man walks up from the limo. It is WALKER. TRIPLETTE is near.
What'd she do, faint again? I'm getting tired of waiting in the
TRIPLETTE turns and belts him.
213 INT. AMBULANCE - DAY
As it speeds to the hospital. BARNETT is calm. He knows none of
it matters anyway.
214 EXT. STREETS - DAY
The TRICYCLE MAN follows the ambulance, then heads off onto the
highway to Memphis. We SEE STAR'S truck going toward the
215 EXT. PARTHENON
We SEE STAR'S truck arrive and park. He gets out, as the music
and chaos swell.