15 Minutes (2001)
      
Directed by John Herzfeld
      
Written by John Herzfeld

Robert De Niro ......................... Eddie Fleming
Edward Burns ............................ Jordy Warsaw
Kelsey Grammer ........................ Robert Hawkins
Avery Brooks ............................ Leon Jackson
Melina Kanakaredes ................... Nicolette Karas
Karel Roden .............................. Emil Slovak
Oleg Taktarov ............................ Oleg Razgul
Vera Farmiga ......................... Daphne Handlova
John DiResta ............................ Bobby Korfin
James Handy ............................ Captain Duffy
Darius McCrary .......................... Tommy Cullen
Bruce Cutler ................................. Himself
Kim Cattrall ............................... Cassandra
David Alan Grier .............................. Mugger
Vladimir Mashkov ............................... Milos
   
       
     FADE IN

     on the words CZECH AIRLINE.  We are panning across the words 
     on the side of the plane.

     INT. AIRPLANE

     ANGLE DOWN

     on a tray table.  Crumpled Czech bills and coins are on it.

     Hands are counting the money.  The airline hostess announces 
     the arrival at JFK - in CZECH.  A hand reaches into a breast 
     pocket - pulling out two passports.  One is opened.  Belongs 
     to EMIL SLOVAK.  The next passport belongs to OLEG RAZGUL.

     The hand passes the Oleg Razgul passport to the man next to 
     him.  We notice several empty airline bottles of vodka and a 
     small disposable camera on Oleg's tray table.  The passport 
     is set down.  Oleg picks it up.  We hear Emil's voice in 
     CZECH.  The scene is subtitled in ENGLISH.

                           EMIL (V.O.)
               Just do what I do.  Say the same 
               thing I say.  Don't open your mouth.

                           OLEG (V.O.)
               Okay.

     INT. PASSPORT CONTROL - KENNEDY AIRPORT - DAY

     CAMERA DOLLIES down a long line of passengers.  They are 
     split into two lines - one for Americans, the other for 
     visitors.  CAMERA finally arrives at EMIL SLOVAK.  An unshaven 
     Czech in his mid-30's.  Tall, scraggly beard.  Piercing blue 
     eyes.  He's dressed in an outdated suit.  His eyes are alert, 
     cunning and smart.

     OLEG RAZGUL, stands in line behind Emil.  Oleg is big.  Not 
     tall - but wide.  A wrestler's body.  Emil looks at Oleg.

     (The following is in CZECH and subtitled in ENGLISH.)

                           EMIL
               Don't fool around.

                           OLEG
               Okay.

     Oleg holds up his disposable camera - at arms length - to 
     take a picture of himself.

                           EMIL
               Did you hear what I said?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           OLEG
               I want to document my trip to America.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               Next.
                    (Emil steps up)
               Could I see your documents, please?

                           EMIL
               Yes sir.

     He hands the passport to the officer who runs it through an 
     image swipe.  Emil glances furtively back to Oleg.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               What is your intended purpose of 
               your visit to the United States?

                           EMIL
               Two weeks holiday.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               How much money are you carrying with 
               you?

                           EMIL
               I have five-hundred dollars.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               Can you show me?  Sir, no cameras in 
               the FIS area!

     Oleg was about to take a picture of Emil and the Immigration

     Officer.  Oleg puts the camera away.  Smiles sheepishly.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER (CONT'D)
                    (to Emil)
               Is he with you?  Are you traveling 
               together?

                           EMIL
               Yes.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               Please join us.
                    (to Oleg)
               Come on forward.

                           EMIL
               Is there a problem?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                             p. 3


                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               No, you're traveling together.  I 
               want to talk to you together.  Hi, 
               how are you?  Can I take a look at 
               your documents?
                    (takes Oleg's passport)
               Are you related?

                           OLEG
               Yes...he's my friend.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               Okay.  You're a Czech national and 
               you're a Russian national.  How do 
               you know one another?

     Oleg starts to speak, but Emil cuts him off.

                           EMIL
               We are both from Prague.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
                    (to Oleg)
               How long are you planning to stay?

                           EMIL
               Two weeks.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               I'd like to speak for himself, okay?

                           EMIL
               He doesn't speak English.

                           OLEG
               I speak English.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
                    (to Oleg)
               Then answer my questions.  Where 
               were you planning to stay during the 
               two weeks that you're here?

                           OLEG
               New York.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               Yes, we're in New York now.  But 
               where are you planning to stay in 
               New York?

                           OLEG
               A cheap hotel.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                             p. 4


                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               What are you coming here to do?

                           OLEG
               I'm here for movies.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               Movies...to be in the movies or to 
               see movies?

                           OLEG
               Yes.  No.  Both.  When I was a boy, 
               I see movie at school called "It's a 
               Wonderful Life" directed by Frank 
               Capra.  Ever since I want to come to 
               America.  Land of the free.  Home of 
               the brave.  A land where anyone can 
               be anything.  As long as they are 
               white.

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               Excuse me?

                           EMIL
               He made joke, bad joke.  First time 
               on airplane...

     The SUPERVISOR comes over to see what the problem is:

                           IMMIGRATION OFFICER
               Well, they've got valid visas, but 
               they don't have much money.  Uh... 
               and I'm not...uh, I think there's a 
               possibility they may be coming to 
               live and reside.

                           SUPERVISOR
               Look how long the line is.  We gotta 
               move 'em out.  I'll take them down 
               to secondary.

     Emil looks at Oleg, pissed.

     INT. P.B. HERMAN'S RESTAURANT - DAY

     The place is empty except for one table at the end of the 
     bar.  EDDIE FLEMMING, Manhattan's most famous detective, and 
     his savvy, black partner, LEON JACKSON are having cocktails.

     Eddie is smoothly handsome, tough, smart and tired.  Not 
     only is he the best homicide detective Manhattan has ever 
     seen, he's continually mentioned in New York columns and has 
     been the subject of several magazine articles.  There's even 
     been a TV movie about one of his biggest cases.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                             p. 5


     Leon has been with Eddie a long time and was also featured 
     in the TV movie.

     Sitting with Eddie and Leon is ROBERT HAWKINS, host and star 
     eporter for the tabloid show, "Top Story."  Hawkins is also 
     the best in the business and has dealt with them all: Joey 
     Buttafuco and Amy Fisher, Lorena Bobbit and OJ.

     Wait staff bustles in the b.g. doing the morning set up.

     Hawkins listens as Eddie, cigar in hand, finishes a "war 
     story" and a vodka tonic at the same time.

                           EDDIE
               So we're waitin' to hit this warrant - 
               we got Emergency Service with the 
               heavy weapons standin' by - ready to 
               go.  I say, lemme get a cigar outta 
               the car.  I go to get the cigar and 
               BOOM!  All the sudden I turn around 
               and a kid with a shotgun let one go.  
               Right where I was standin'.  That 
               coulda been it.  I coulda had my 
               head blown off and for what?  Some 
               stupid kid got panicky, takes the 
               safety off and it's over.  If I hadn't 
               gone back for that cigar - for a bad 
               habit - I would've had my head blown 
               off.

                           HAWKINS
               Jesus Christ.

     PAULIE, the owner, walks up.

                           PAULIE
               Speakin' of bad habits, everybody 
               okay?

                           HAWKINS
               Another martini.

                           LEON
               Coffee for me, I gotta slow down.

                           EDDIE
               Vodka tonic.

                           LEON
                    (rethinks it)
               Maybe you could just put in a shot 
               of Martell?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                             p. 6


     Paulie takes the drinks off the table and an empty bottle of 
     vodka.

                           LEON (CONT'D)
                    (of Eddie's story)
               It was freaky, I'll tell you.  Stupid 
               kid.

                           EDDIE
               What's the kid gonna say - sorry?  
               Meanwhile I'm not here anymore.  
               Like last week - we were at the morgue 
               and this guy was all chopped up - 
               spleen here - liver there - his heart 
               in a pan.  Six hours ago this guy 
               was walkin' his dog or buyin' a quart 
               of milk.  Who knows?  But some kid's 
               robbed him for $3 or some shit and 
               shot him and now you can't tell if 
               he's a piece of beef or a human being 
               and I'm thinkin' that's me.  Sooner 
               or later.  That's me.

                           HAWKINS
               Sooner or later that's everybody.

                           EDDIE
               Not chopped up.  Not chopped up  
               like that.  I mean, what do I got 
               left?  Copula articles.  A medal or 
               two.  Plaque here and there and in a 
               coupla years no one remembers me 
               anymore.

                           HAWKINS
               I think you're getting a little moody 
               there, Eddie.

                           EDDIE
               I'm not moody.

     Hawkins and Leon share a look.

                           HAWKINS
               Isn't he a little moody?

                           LEON
               Of course he's moody.  He thinks 
               he's in love.

                           HAWKINS
               In love?  With who?

     Paulie delivers the drinks and sets some cigars on the table.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                             p. 7


     Takes a seat next to Eddie.  Eddie asks Hawkins.

                           EDDIE
               How old are your kids?

                           HAWKINS
               My kids?  Let's see...Susan's 15.
               Andrea's 9.  Don't tell me you're 
               thinking about having a kid!  How 
               old are you?  Never mind.  Let me 
               just tell you this: Every stupid 
               cliche you hear about kids - they 
               change your life, they make you a 
               better person, they make you whole...
                    (beat)
               It's all true!  Before I had kids 
               when friends talked about their kids, 
               I wanted to vomit.  Now -- I get it.  
               Am I right, Leon?

                           LEON
               Absomotherfuckin'lutely.  You can 
               have all three of my ex-wives.  But 
               somebody so much as looks sideways 
               at my four girls -- I'd kill 'em.
                    (takes out his wallet)
               You haven't seen my youngest have 
               you?

     As he hands pictures to Hawkins his cell phone rings.

                           LEON (CONT'D)
               Yeah?

                           HAWKINS
               Paulie, you've got kids, right?

                           PAULIE
               My kids don't talk to me anymore but 
               they were great when they were young.

                           LEON
                    (into the phone)
               Sure it's him?  Great!
                    (collapses the phone)
               Unique's home.

     They all rise from the table.

                           EDDIE
               Paulie, I need the cure.

                           PAULIE
               Step into my office.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                             p. 8


     Leon and Hawkins sit back down as Eddie and Paulie leave.

                           HAWKINS
               So you got your kids listening to 
               Opera?  You still singing in the 
               church on the weekends?

     INT. SECONDARY IMMIGRATION OFFICE - DAY

     Now other officers are questioning Emil and Oleg.  They've 
     been there a while.  The SECONDARY OFFICER is looking Oleg.

                           SECONDARY OFFICER
               Okay.  You work in a vodka factory.  
               I understand that.
                    (to Emil)
               And what kind of work do you do?

                           EMIL
               I am butcher.

                           SECONDARY OFFICER
               You're a butcher?  What do you use 
               pig intestines for?

                           EMIL
               You stuff sausage in it.

                           SECONDARY OFFICER
               And what do you do with the bones?

                           EMIL
               Dog food.

     Emil looks at Oleg.  Blaming his stupid responses at Passport 
     Control for their detainment.

                           SECONDARY OFFICER
               Are you married?

                           EMIL
               No.  Are you proposing?

     ANGLE UP

     through a thousand ICE CUBES.  A face plunges towards us...

     INT. MENS ROOM

     Eddie has his back to us as he dunks his face into a sink 
     full of ice.  He dries his face, looks into his bloodshot 
     eyes.  Presents a small black ring box to the mirror.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                             p. 9


                           EDDIE
               Will you marry me?  Wanna get married?  
               What are you doin' Saturday?

     Leon enters.  Eddie turns.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               I'm gonna propose.

                           LEON
               When?

                           EDDIE
               Tomorrow.  At lunch.

                           LEON
               You ready?

     Eddie leans back and drops some Visine in his eyes.  Turns.

                           EDDIE
               The thrill of the hunt.  I love it.

     EXT. TIMES SQUARE - DAY

     Oleg and Emil stare at the bright lights - all the nonstop 
     action.  Each stands with an old suitcase.

                           OLEG
                    (in Russian)
               Look.  Times Square.  Just like in 
               the movies!

                           EMIL
                    (in Czech)
               Don't speak Russian!

                           OLEG
                    (in Russian)
               Why?  Why do I always have to speak 
               to you in Czech?

                           EMIL
                    (in Czech)
               Because I don't like your ugly 
               language.  I heard enough of it in 
               school!  Now speak Czech or English.  
               And don't fool around anymore.  You 
               almost got us thrown out!

     Emil pulls out an envelope with Milos' address on it.  This 
     is who they came to see.  Emil hails a CAB.  Oleg is staring 
     inside a camera store - at himself on a monitor.  A 
     videocamera's pointed out in the street.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           OLEG
               Look.  New videocameras. Color 
               viewfinder.  Image stabilization.  
               Solarization.  Night vision.

                           EMIL
               We have no money.  Come on.

     Oleg stares at the videocamera - dying to have one like this.

     Emil slides into the cab.

                           CABBIE
               Where you wanna go, buddy?

     Emil pulls out the post-marked envelope.  Points to the return 
     address on it and passes it through the slot to the Cabbie.

                           EMIL
               Here.

     Emil looks out the window - no sign of Oleg.  Then, Oleg 
     hurries out the camera store, gripping something inside his 
     coat.  He flings both suitcases in the trunk, SLAMS it shut 
     and jumps in the back seat.  He opens his jacket - pulling 
     out the VIDEOCAMERA he just stole.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Go!

     Oleg smiles sheepishly at Emil.

     EXT. SPANISH HARLEM - DAY

     Eddie's car pulls up.  Eddie, Leon and Hawkins get out.

                           HAWKINS
               So what's unique?

                           EDDIE
               Not what.  Who.

     Eddie passes Hawkins a Polaroid - of a woman on a bed - 
     covered in blood.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               He's from Antigua.  His girlfriend 
               was taking too long to put her make-
               up on.  they were late for a party.  
               Stabbed her with a beer bottle.

                           HAWKINS
               That's unique.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           EDDIE
               Yeah.  And he still went to the party.

     Leon moves to a LOOKOUT - gives him a twenty.

                           LOOKOUT
               Top floor.  Back room.

                           EDDIE
               Yeah.  I make big cases, they make 
               the news and I look good.  But the 
               problem with becoming a star is 
               downtown.  They shoot at stars.  Now 
               be quiet.  Shhh.

     As they reach the doorway - Eddie surprises two crackheads.

     Waves them off.  They hurry away.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               I hope this prick doesn't run.  My 
               knees are killing me.  Stay behind 
               me.

                           HAWKINS
               You're worried for my safety.  I'm 
               touched.

     Eddie flattens against the building - watches Unique descend 
     the fire escape.

                           HAWKINS (CONT'D)
               Ready?

                           EDDIE
               Keep them out of my way.

                           HAWKINS
               Okay.  You ready?

                           EDDIE
               Yeah, yeah.  Jesus.

     Eddie closes in.

                           HAWKINS
                    (into his cell phone)
               COME ON!  COME ON!  YOU FUCKING GUYS, 
               LET'S MOVE IT!

     Unique is climbing down the fire escape - before he gets to 
     the bottom, Leon bursts through a door behind him and kicks 
     the fire escape, sending Unique flying into the alley.  Where 
     he lands dropping his gun.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Eddie pulls him off the ground as Leon scoops the gun up.

                           EDDIE
               What's your rush?  Going to a party?

                           UNIQUE
               Why you chasin' me, man?

                           EDDIE
               I don't know.  You always come outta 
               your house that way?

                           UNIQUE
               It's not my house, man.  I don't 
               live here.

                           EDDIE
               Well, sounds like burglary to me.

     Leon cuffs Unique who recognizes Eddie.

                           UNIQUE
               I know you man.

     An unmarked van comes tearing into the scene.  Disgorges a 
     mini-cam team that starts filming but they missed the bust.

                           HAWKINS
                    (to Eddie)
               Any chance we can do that again?

                           EDDIE
               Again?  I didn't wanna do it the 
               first time.

     EXT. EAST SIDE - LATE DAY

     The cab is in front of an old five-story brownstone.  Oleg 
     gets the bags out of the trunk as Emil tucks the envelope 
     into his jacket, then steps up to the old building.  He looks 
     back at Oleg - who's VIDEOTAPING him.

                           EMIL
               Turn that off!  Get the bags.

                           OLEG
               Why should I carry your bag?  I am 
               not a dog.

                           EMIL
               For five years I paid for your 
               stupidness - you'll carry my bag for 
               the rest of my life if I say so.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           EMIL (CONT'D)
                    (challenging)
               Unless you refuse, Oleg.

     Oleg looks at Emil.  Even though Oleg is stronger than Emil, 
     he fears him.  He picks up both bags.  Emil searches the 
     occupant list over the buzzers to the apartment building.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               There.  5RW.

     Emil pushes ten of the buzzers except 5RW.  A BUZZER clicks 
     and Emil pushes it open.

     INT. MILOS' APARTMENT BUILDING - STAIRWELL - DAY

     The brownstone has no elevator so Emil and Oleg climb the 
     stairs... Oleg cradling his camera.  Emil notices a crack 
     pipe on the floor and picks it up.  Smells the bowl.

                           OLEG
               What?

                           EMIL
               Smell like chemicals...for smoking  
               drugs.

     Emil pockets the pipe and climbs to the top floor, moving 
     down the dirty hallway to a corner door.

     INT. MILOS' APARTMENT BUILDING - HALLWAY - DAY

     He KNOCKS...FOOTSTEPS approach.  The door is opened by MILOS -
     a 40-year-old Czech, dressed in stained plumbers overalls.  
     He  is surprised to see Emil and Oleg in his doorway.  Oleg 
     films him...

                           MILOS
               Emil???!

                           EMIL
               Surprise!  Surprise!

     Milos shoots a look across the tiny kitchen to TAMINA, his 
     comely wife.

     INT. MILOS' APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

     Emil pushes his way inside.  Oleg follows.  Milos wears 
     plumbers overalls but Emil notices he sports a Rolex.  Tamina 
     has on a faded dress but despite their cheaply furnished 
     apartment she wears an expensive brushed gold necklace, 
     bracelet and big pearl earrings.  The room is furnished with 
     kitsch from Disney World and Las Vegas.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 14


     The only anomaly is a HUGE SONY TRINITRON HOME ENTERTAINMENT 
     CENTER.  (The following is in Czech and subtitled in English.)

                           EMIL
               Your sister said she didn't know 
               where you were so you shouldn't write 
               to her with return address if you're 
               hiding.

                           MILOS
               Did you hurt her?

                           EMIL
               You know me...I never hurt anybody.  
               Where's the money?

                           OLEG
               Hello, Tamina.

     Oleg is looking Tamina over.  Milos - though scared - barks 
     at Oleg.

                           MILOS
               Take your eyes off her, Oleg!
                    (to Emil)
               Look.  It wasn't my fault you two 
               were caught.
                    (of Oleg)
               It's his fault.  Trying to get the 
               bank clerk's phone number?!  I wasn't 
               going to wait!!!

                           EMIL
               Milos.  Get my money!

     Oleg videotapes the scene.

     CLOSE ON AN AJAR DOOR

     All we see behind it is a WOMAN'S FACE and her wet hair - 
     she obviously came from the shower and we see the towel 
     wrapped around her.

                           MILOS
                    (nervously)
               We spent it!

                           EMIL
               Ha. Ha.

                           MILOS
               Look at the way we live.  I'm a 
               plumber.  You think I'd be working 
               if I had money?!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Emil, pissed, moves to a wood block and pulls out a KITCHEN 
     KNIFE.  He grabs Tamina roughly, putting the blade to her 
     throat.

                           MILOS (CONT'D)
               Emil.  Put down the knife.

     Milos looks at his wife - who is terrified.

                           MILOS (CONT'D)
               Emil.  I'll help you.

     Milos closes the gap between him and Emil - trying to calm 
     him by talking softly.

                           MILOS (CONT'D)
               I can get you a job.

                           EMIL
               A job?

                           MILOS
               Yes, the money is good.

                           EMIL
               As a plumber?!

                           MILOS
               It's easy to learn.

                           EMIL
               A job??  As a plumber???  You think 
               I come to America to work!

                           MILOS
               We started over, you can too.

                           EMIL
                    (furious)
               You spent all the money while I was 
               in prison?  Now you tell me to get a 
               job fixing toilets?!?

     Emil pulls the knife away from Tamina - then angrily PLUNGES 
     it toward Milos' chest!

     Oleg videotapes it.  Then lowers the camera - shocked that 
     Emil killed Milos.

     Blood sprays Tamina's face.  She tries to run but Oleg grabs 
     her, not noticing her brushed gold bracelet falls to the 
     floor.  He covers her mouth as he points the videocamera at 
     Emil who STABS Tamina - absolutely enraged!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 16


     THE WOMAN BEHIND THE DOOR

     flees...Emil hears NOISE in the bedroom - a window opening.

     Emil kicks the bedroom door open.  Sees the window leading 
     to the fire escape.  He dashes to it.  Sees four flights 
     down - the WOMAN, wearing a summer dress.  Barefoot.  Her 
     hair still wet.

     She looks up.  She is beautiful and terrified.  She runs 
     down the alley.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               She saw!

     Emil hurries toward the bathroom.  She just got out of the 
     shower.  Her underwear and purse are draped over a chair.

     Emil grabs the purse.  Finds a CZECHOSLOVAKIAN PASSPORT.  He 
     opens the cover, stares at her photo and name.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Daphne Hanlova.

     There's one stamp in txhe passport - from the U.S. when she 
     arrived - June 16, 1998.  Underneath is written - 6 MONTH 
     STAY.  Emil flips through the rest of the passport - all 
     blank pages.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Six month visa.  Still here two years 
               later.  They'll deport her if she 
               goes to Police.

     Emil pockets Daphne's passport and wallet, scoops up her 
     shoes and jacket - enters the kitchen and dumps them on the 
     floor.  He tears through the kitchen cabinets, throwing cans 
     and bottles aside.

                           OLEG
               What are you looking for?

     Emil finds nail polish remover - looks at the bodies.

                           EMIL
               I'm going to make a bohemian barbecue.

     Emil draws the kitchen curtains plunging the room into 
     darkness.

     EXT. CENTRAL PARK - NIGHT

     A face comes from the darkness.  It's an athletically handsome 
     man, jogging out of a tunnel towards us.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 17


     He's in a tie and jacket in Central Park at NIGHT.

     He is JORDAN (JORDY) WARSAW.  A sensitive man of rugged 
     honesty.  He runs down the hill in a hurry.  A MUGGER steps 
     in his path.

                           MUGGER
               Got any spare change?  How 'bout a 
               spare twenty?

                           JORDY
               Look, I don't have time for you, get 
               out of my way!!

                           MUGGER
               Alright, how 'bout all your fuckin' 
               money?

     The Mugger pulls a knife - and in a whirl of movement, Jordy 
     grabs his wrist and disarms him in a deadly, professional 
     manner - hurling him down to the pavement, twisting his arm 
     behind his back.  With his other hand, Jordy whips out a 
     BROWNING 9MM from his shoulder holster and places it behind 
     the mugger's head.  Jordy displays his shield.

                           JORDY
               Okay, you're under arrest!  Now you 
               happy?

                           MUGGER
               Fire Department?  Firemen don't carry 
               guns.

                           JORDY
               Oh yeah?  Guess again.

     Jordy handcuffs the Mugger and searches the Mugger's coat 
     pockets - pulling out a handful of driver's licenses and 
     credit cards.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Nice - how many people you ripped 
               off tonight?!  Get up!

     As Jordy yanks the Mugger to his feet, his BEEPER goes off.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               You couldn't listen to me, could 
               you?

     Jordy drags the Mugger to a tree.  Cuffs him so his face is 
     pressed up against the bark.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 18


                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               I'll send a cop back for you.

                           MUGGER
               Hey.  C'mon, you can't leave me like 
               this.  Some freak'll come by and 
               stab me!

     Jordy jogs off across the park.

                           MUGGER (CONT'D)
               Wait!  Come back!!

     EXT. MILOS' APARTMENT - NIGHT

     FIRE TRUCKS from three battalions.  Radios CRACKLE.  There's 
     a crowd growing.  Jordy pushes his way through.  The top

     floor of the brownstone where Milos and Tamina lived has 
     been reduced to smoking ruins.  The trees are covered in 
     debris and soot.  Jordy moves to LOUIE - Battalion Chief.

                           LOUIE
               Lieutenant - take up your line and 
               relieve Ladder Company 60 on the top 
               floor.

                           JORDY
               Hey, Louie, were you first due?

                           LOUIE
               Yeah, I radioed you guys right away 
               'cause you got two roasts on the top 
               floor but you don't hafta investigate 
               cause homicide is up there.

                           JORDY
               Homicide?  Who let them up?  I didn't 
               make it a crime scene yet.

                           LOUIE
               Hey, it's Eddie Flemming.

                           KORFIN (O.S.)
               Yo, Jordy!

     BOBBY KORFIN - an overweight arson investigator with a quick 
     wit and good sense of humor - comes over, pulling on a turnout 
     coat.

                           KORFIN (CONT'D)
               Where you been, man?  We got a 
               celebrity!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 19


                           JORDY
               I heard.  Who the hell let them up 
               there?

                           KORFIN
               I don't know, you think Eddie will 
               give me his autograph?

                           JORDY
               You see anything in the crowd?  
               Anybody suspicious?

                           KORFIN
               Naw - I'm sure the suspect's not 
               here.

                           JORDY
               Oh yeah, why?

                           KORFIN
               'Cause Eddie woulda locked him up by 
               now!

     INT. MILOS' APARTMENT - NIGHT

     The roof is gone.  The sky is exposed.  It's charred ruins, 
     smoked beams and watery muck.  Eddie and Leon are standing 
     by what's left of the mattress, looking at Milos and Tamina's 
     charred bodies.  Eddie grips a half-smoked Cuban cigar, 
     listening to Leon.

                           LEON
               So, it looks to me - from the sixty-
               nine position - that they were doin' 
               each other but were so whacked out 
               of their heads they set the pipe on 
               the mattress, lit it up, and they 
               got fried.  What do you think, Eddie?

     Jordy enters - with Korfin who's carrying a paint can.

                           EDDIE
               I don't know.  We got the experts 
               here.  Show them what you found - I 
               hope you don't mind, we came over to 
               see if we could help.

     Korfin makes a beeline for Eddie - wanting to meet the 
     celebrity.

                           KORFIN
               Nah, not at all.  Detective Flemming -
               Bobby Korfin.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 20


                           KORFIN (CONT'D)
               My Uncle Tony worked with you at 2-1 
               back when you were a rookie.

                           JORDY
               Could you put out the cigar?  Part 
               of the job is picking up scents.

                           EDDIE
               Oh, sure.

     Eddie puts his cigar out.  Carefully slides it into a cigar 
     holder and pockets it to finish later.

                           LEON
               Well, I found - check it out - crack 
               pipe.  Looks like they got careless.

     Leon displays the pipe Emil found on the stairs.  Korfin 
     shines the flashlight on Leon to look at the pipe.

                           LEON (CONT'D)
               Mind not shining that light in my 
               eyes?

                           KORFIN
               Sorry, bro.

                           JORDY
               Hey, that's great you guys got it 
               all wrapped up, but you don't mind 
               if we go through the routine?  It 
               gives us somethin' to do.

                           EDDIE
               No, we don't mind.  You mind Leon?

                           LEON
               No.  Go ahead.

                           JORDY
               Thanks.  Appreciate it.

     Jordy throws a look at Korfin.  Homicide detectives have no 
     respect for fire marshals' investigative skills.  Eddie 
     rummages through the apartment - moving into the kitchen and 
     living room... Leon watches as Korfin sticks a pencil in a 
     charred beam, measuring how deep in it goes.

                           KORFIN
               Okay, Jordy - it was a fast fire, we 
               got good patterns - about thirty 
               minutes old.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 21


     Jordy moves to one of the corpses.  He pulls on a white rubber 
     glove.  Inserts his finger in the corpses mouth.  The glove 
     comes out white.

                           JORDY
               Mouth's clean, too.

                           KORFIN
               Clean?

                           JORDY
               Don't blow your nose!

     Jordy's looking at Leon, who was just about to blow his nose.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               The smoke'll permeate your nostrils - 
               Burn 'em out.  let it run.

                           KORFIN
               But you knew that, right?

     Leon looks at Jordy, then lowers the handkerchief.  Jordy 
     turns back to the corpses on the bed.  Eddie - in the other 
     room - has found Tamina's brushed gold bracelet on the floor.

                           JORDY
               So the way you see it, two crack 
               heads burned themselves up?

                           LEON
               That's what it looks like to me.

                           JORDY
               And while they're burning up, they're 
               still goin' down on each other?  You 
               got to hand it to them.

                           LEON
                    (realizes he's wrong - 
                    blows it off)
               Yeah, well, some people got their 
               priorities straight.

     Leon watches Jordy, quietly.  With a pair of tweezers, Jordy 
     pulls a small unburned piece of cloth from behind one of the 
     heads.  Korfin supplies the paint can.  Jordy drops the cloth 
     inside.

                           LEON (CONT'D)
               What was that?

                           JORDY
               Evidence.  Of a homicide.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 22


     That got Eddie's attention and he comes back to the bedroom.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               You know what that is, right?

                           EDDIE
               No, what is it?

                           JORDY
               Why don't you explain it, Bobby.
                    (to a fireman joking 
                    a wall)
               Hey Camello!  You mind punching a 
               hole in the floor?

                           CAMELLO
               No problem.
                    (to Eddie and Leon)
               Excuse me, gentlemen.  You might 
               wanna back up a little more.  Don't 
               wanna get your pants wet.

     Leon and Eddie move to higher ground - on top of a burnt TV 
     set.  Eddie hands the brushed bracelet to Leon.  As Camello 
     hacks at the floor with an ax, Jordy continues to examine 
     the bodies and Korfin explains:

                           KORFIN
               They have no soot in their mouths, 
               which means they weren't breathin' 
               before the fire and that usually 
               means they were deceased - and this 
               piece of cloth that my partner found 
               means they were wrapped up in 
               something, probably doused with a 
               flammable liquid and positioned like 
               this on the bed.  To the untrained 
               eye, it looks like an accident.

     Jordy kicks around the draining floor, reaches down for 
     something.

                           LEON
               What's he looking for?

                           EDDIE
               A timer.

     Jordy finds some wires attached to an outlet, pulls them up - 
     on the other end is a timer.  Korfin takes the timer from 
     Jordy and moves to Eddie.

                           KORFIN
               Here you go.  A big double homicide.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 23


     EXT. MILOS' APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT

     As Jordy and Korfin exit the brownstone, a CAMERA CREW is 
     arriving.  Jumps out.

     Korfin and Jordy cross toward Korfin's car.  They open the 
     trunk.  Take off their muddy boots throwing them in.

                           KORFIN
               You see Eddie's face when I gave him 
               the timer?  Wish I had a picture of 
               it.

                           JORDY
               He knew all along.

                           KORFIN
               What??

                           JORDY
               That's why he was so quiet.  He was 
               testing us.

     Eddie and Leon exit - Eddie carrying a baggie with a timer 
     inside.  NICOLETTE KARAS, young and attractive, pushes her 
     microphone at Eddie.  She's smart, aggressive and respected 
     y her peers.

                           NICOLETTE
               Detective, does it look like a murder?

                           EDDIE
               We don't know that yet.  It's much 
               too early.  There's a lot to be done.

                           NICOLETTE
               How many victims are up there?

                           EDDIE
               There are two bodies found at this 
               point.

                           NICOLETTE
               Can we go up to the crime scene?

                           EDDIE
               You know you can't do that.  C'mon.

                           NICOLETTE
               Is it drug related?

                           EDDIE
               We don't know.  When I have more 
               I'll let you know.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 24


     Nicolette signals for her camera man, MIKE, to zoom in on

     Eddie's hand.  She barrels on...

                           NICOLETTE
               Detective...what's that you're holding 
               in your hand?  Evidence?

     Mike pans up to Eddie's face.  Other reporters arrive, hurling 
     questions which Eddie easily answers.  Cameras flash as we 
     PAN BACK TO Korfin and Jordy.  Jordy is about to get in the 
     car as he notices, back behind some construction - DAPHNE 
     HANDLOVA.  She's still wearing the crumpled summer dress.

     She tentatively steps out to signal Jordy.  He only catches 
     a glimpse of her.  He starts toward her -- knifes through 
     the crowd - but Daphne is gone.

                           KORFIN
               What?

                           JORDY
               There was a woman - I think she wanted 
               to talk to us.  She looked scared.  
               Oh shit!  Oh no!

     EXT. CENTRAL PARK - LATER

     Korfin's car SCREECHES to a stop.  Jordy leaps out.

     Suddenly, Jordy stops...the Mugger handcuffed to the tree is 
     now NAKED!

                           MUGGER
               You motherfuckin' bastard!  She 
               stripped me!  It was a bag lady!  
               She touched me all over, it was 
               disgusting.

     Jordy unlocks the handcuffs.

                           JORDY
               I'm sorry.  I'm really sorry.

     Korfin delivers a blanket.  Jordy covers him.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               You okay?

                           MUGGER
               A dog pissed on me!!  I'm gonna sue 
               you for this!  You violated my civil 
               rights!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 25


                           JORDY
               Your civil rights?!  You tried to 
               rob me!  I could arrest you right 
               now!  You're lucky you're walking 
               away from this.  Now get outta here.

     Jordy gives him a push.  The Mugger wraps the blanket around 
     himself cursing - hurrying away.

     EXT. 8TH AVENUE - NIGHT

     Exhausted HOOKERS who have worked all night loiter outside a 
     sleazy hotel.  CAMERA PANS up to a blinking hotel sign.

     INT. KING EDWARD HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT

     The light is blinking an eerie green and yellow light into 
     the room.  Emil is at the window pulling the blind down trying 
     to shut out the blinking light.  He pulls it down twice and 
     it pops back up both times.  The third time he angrily pulls 
     it so hard, it comes off the window completely.

     He sits down in a chair in frustration - adjusting a pillow

     behind his back.  THE ROSEANNE SHOW is on TV.  Roseanne has 
     been talking to a FATHER.

                           ROSEANNE (ON T.V.)
               So you slept with your son's wife!  
               What's that all about?

                           FATHER (ON T.V.)
               I take full responsibility for 
               sleepin' with my daughter in law.  I 
               had low self esteem, I thought I had 
               to compete with him.

     Emil reaches for his dictionary.

                           EMIL
                    (mutters)
               Self-esteem?  Self-esteem??

     He flips through his dictionary to find the meaning of self 
     esteem.

                           FATHER
               Losin' my job and everything, caused 
               my behavioral disorder.
                    (turns to his son)
               Forgive me, Kirk.  Let me hug you?

     The audience boos.  Roseanne mediates...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 26


     Oleg - fresh from the shower with wet hair - sits on the bed 
     in his skivvies - staring into the videocamera's LCD screen - 
     rewinding Milos' murder.  We see it now for the first time -
     as he rewinds it.  Oleg watches - a bottle of cheap vodka 
     between his legs.  Emil, looks up from his dictionary.  He's 
     wearing Milos' Rolex.  Tamina's jewelry - her brushed gold 
     necklace and pearl earrings - are in front of him with 
     Daphne's wallet.  Emil looks up - Oleg is holding his 
     videocamera.

                           EMIL
                    (Czech)
               Turn that fucking thing off!

                           OLEG
                    (Czech)
               I'm not filming.  I'm watching Milos 
               die.  It's just like a move but 
               realer.

     Emil grabs the videocamera.

                           OLEG (CONT'D)
                    (Czech)
               Don't break it!  Don't break it!

                           EMIL
               Speak English!

                           OLEG
                    (English)
               You said speak Czech!

                           EMIL
               How you erase this?

                           OLEG
               I'll do it.  Don't hurt my camera!

     Emil tosses the camera back to Oleg who drops his vodka bottle 
     in order to catch the camera.  Oleg, holding the camera like 
     it's gold, goes to the dresser and puts it away.

     Emil starts to go through Daphne's wallet.

                           EMIL
               Stupid, Milos.  I didn't want to 
               kill him.
                    (noticing)
               What's this?

     Emil found the last card in the wallet.  It's pink with a 
     picture of a busty globe.  Printed in the middle is - WORLDLY 
     ESCORTS - and a number.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 27


                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Worldly escorts?

     Emil picks up his dictionary and begins to flip the pages - 
     finding the meaning of worldly.  He gets up and dials the 
     number.  A soft, SEXY VOICE answers.  Soft music in the 
     background.

                           SEXY VOICE
               Hi?

                           EMIL
               Hello?

                           SEXY VOICE
               Are you looking for companionship?

     Oleg, who's listening, moves to Emil.

                           OLEG
               Whore?

                           EMIL
               I'm homesick.  You have Eastern 
               European girl?  A Czech girl?

                           SEXY VOICE
               Matter of fact, I have a lovely Czech 
               girl.

                           EMIL
               I take her.  Send her!

     EXT. FIRE STATION 91 - NIGHT

     Korfin's car pulls up to the station - as a fire engine is 
     returning.

                           JORDY
               Now that you know him, maybe you can 
               get extra work in the next movie 
               they make about him.

                           KORFIN
               Yeah?

                           JORDY
               Maybe you can be his stand-in.

     INT. FIRE STATION 91 - NIGHT

     The men are pulling off their equipment - coming down from 
     the high of fighting a fire.  Korfin and Jordy walk toward 
     the TV room.  The TV is on in the background.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 28


     We can see Nicolette interviewing Eddie.  He holds up the 
     paint can.

                           CHIEF DUFFY (O.S.)
               What the hell is that??  You gave 
               Eddie Flemming the evidence?!

     They turn.  DEPUTY CHIEF FIRE MARSHAL DECLAN DUFFY - the 
     head of the arson squad - comes over.  Duffy's tough, Irish 
     and very political.

                           DUFFY
                    (pointing to the TV)
               Who did cause and origin?

                           JORDY
               Who do you think, Chief?!

                           DUFFY
               Then why didn't you talk to the 
               reporter?

                           JORDY
               'Cause we got more important things 
               to do, like finding out who did it.

     They walk to the back of the station and start up the stairs.

                           DUFFY
               Don't you guys understand?  It's all 
               about image.  The better we look the 
               more money I get to pay you guys 
               overtime.

                           KORFIN
               Yeah, right.

                           DUFFY
               What was that, Korfin?

                           KORFIN
               I said, yeah, you're right, Chief.  
               As soon as we get somethin' we'll 
               let you alert the media.

                           DUFFY
               You do that, wiseguy.  Now let's 
               solve this thing before Eddie Flemming 
               does.

     They all head upstairs.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 29


     INT. ARSON SQUAD ROOM - DAY

     The Chief, Jordy and Korfin enter.  There are posters of

     pyros, arsonists and terrorists on the walls.  GARCIA - a 
     Puerto Rican investigator - looks up from his desk.

                           GARCIA
               Hey guys, I got your torch.  He just 
               gave a full confession.

     A scruffy, unshaven white man sitting across from Garcia, 
     turns.  He is MAX, a pyromaniac in his 40's with a freshly 
     scratched cross etched in his forehead.  He craves attention.

                           MAX
               It's my fire!  Screw homicide.  I'll 
               tell you guys everything!

     Jordy moves to his desk with Korfin.  They sit across from 
     each other.  Duffy keeps going to his office, not even 
     bothering to stop.

                           JORDY
               What's that on your forehead, Max?  
               D That's a nice attention getter.

                           MAX
               Yeah, I'm religious.  I'm not an 
               Atheist like you!  Now, are you guys 
               gonna arrest me, or not?

                           JORDY
               How did you start the fire this time?

                           MAX
               I used an accelerant.

                           JORDY
               Yeah?  What kind?

                           MAX
                    (to Jordy)
               Hey, by the way, I'm really sorry 
               about your wife leavin' you.

                           KORFIN
               Max.

                           MAX
                    (continuing)
               ...Yeah, and with your old man dying 
               last year you - what's it?  Just you 
               and the dog now?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 30


                           KORFIN
               Max!

                           MAX
               Does it feel bad - I mean the new 
               guy your ex-wife's seeing - I hear 
               he's a big shot downtown.

     Jordy pops out of his seat.

                           JORDY
               That's it!  You're outta here.

     Jordy pulls Max by the collar - pushes him down the aisle.

                           MAX
               That's it.  I'm suing.

                           KORFIN
               Get in line.

     Korfin takes over - throwing him out.  Jordy turns to Garcia 
     who is laughing.

                           JORDY
               What's so funny.  How does he know 
               so much about me?  Who tells him my 
               life story?

                           GARCIA
               He hangs around downstairs.  The 
               guys talk to him.  He's a joke...

                           JORDY
               He's no joke!  One day he's gonna 
               graduate from trash can fires and do 
               something big.

                           GARCIA
               Okay.  Okay.  We'll ban him from the 
               station.

     INT. KING EDWARD HOTEL ROOM - TV SET - NIGHT

     As the "Top Story" logo is splashed across the screen, 
     accompanied by a catchy TV THEME, Robert Hawkins introduces 
     America's highest rated 'news magazine' show.

                           ROBERT HAWKINS
               Good evening, I'm Robert Hawkins and 
               this is Top Story.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 31


                           ROBERT HAWKINS (CONT'D)
               Tonight we bring you an exclusive 
               interview with Stephen Geller - who 
               horrified the nation two years ago 
               when he went berserk and murdered 
               three clerks in a Manhattan shoe 
               store.  But now, Mr. Geller's claim, 
               spoken softly and articulately, is 
               that he is the victim.  According to 
               Mr. Geller, the events of that fateful 
               day were not his fault but were the 
               fault of his psychiatrist.  Hard to 
               believe...watch.

                           EMIL (O.S.)
               Louder.

     VIDEOCAMERA SLOWLY ZOOMS OUT and PANS over to Emil, sitting 
     on the hotel bed watching the TV.  He looks at us.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Louder.

     Oleg's hand reaches in front of the lens - turning up the 
     volume.  The scene cuts back to Stephen Geller being 
     interviewed by Robert Hawkins and his camera crew.  He's 
     sitting on the front lawn of a mental institution in a paint 
     stained shirt.  A showing of his artwork is displayed in the 
     background.  Patients peruse the paintings of weird 
     dysfunctional faces that avoid eye contact.  One of the 
     paintings depicts Eddie Flemming and Leon Jackson.

                           STEPHEN GELLER
               This had nothing to do with shoes 
               that didn't fit or my relationship 
               with my father who, as you know, 
               made a fortune selling penny loafers 
               in the fifties.  These people died 
               because of the criminal actions of 
               my doctor.

                           ROBERT HAWKINS
               Your doctor?

                           STEPHEN GELLER
               Yes.  My psychiatrist didn't insist 
               that I stay on my medication.

                           ROBERT HAWKINS
               ...so you feel absolutely no 
               responsibility for killing these 
               people?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 32


                           STEPHEN GELLER
               It was my finger that pulled the 
               trigger, but I'm not morally 
               responsible.  My psychiatrist knew 
               what I was capable of.  How could I 
               know.  I'm not a doctor.

                           ROBERT HAWKINS
               You seem very savvy for a man who's 
               been found mentally incompetent to 
               stand trial.

                           STEPHEN GELLER
               Look, I'm a victim here, too.  I was 
               a year away from getting my masters 
               in Art, now I'll never graduate.  My 
               life has been permanently disrupted.

                           ROBERT HAWKINS
               Permanently disrupted?  Aren't you 
               selling paintings now for quite a 
               lot of money?  Hasn't this 'incident' 
               as you call it, jump started your 
               career as an artist?

                           STEPHEN GELLER
               Look, I'm in here.  You call this a 
               career move?

                           ROBERT HAWKINS
               And isn't there a movie in the works 
               about you?

                           STEPHEN GELLER
               We're in negotiations, that's correct.

                           ROBERT HAWKINS
               But doesn't the Son of Sam Law prevent 
               criminals from profiting from their 
               crimes?

                           STEPHEN GELLER
               That doesn't apply to me because I'm 
               not a criminal.  I'm not a criminal!  
               I wasn't convicted.

     Emil leans forward - listening.  Fascinated.

                           EMIL
               I love America.  No one is responsible 
               for what they do.

     There's a KNOCK on the door.  Our VIDEOCAMERA POV swings 
     over to it.  Then WHIPS back to Emil.  Emil looks at us.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 33


                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Get in the bathroom!

                           OLEG (O.S.)
               Whatever we do - we fuck her, right?

                           EMIL
               Oleg, get in bathroom, stay there 
               and shut up!

     Emil turns off the TV.  Our POV backs into the bathroom, 
     closing the door but leaving it open a crack.  Emil looks 
     down at his shoe.  The POV PANS down to the kitchen knife 
     sticking out of Emil's BOOT.  Emil's hands pull his pants 
     cuff over it.  POV PANS up to Emil as he moves to the door 
     and opens it.  It's not Daphne and she's not world class.

                           HONEY
               Hi, I'm Honey.

                           EMIL
               Where's Czech girl?

                           HONEY
               Baby, I'm anybody you want me to be.  
               I'm a little schoolgirl, I'm mommy, 
               I'm a Czech girl.

     She enters.  Closes the door behind her.

                           HONEY (CONT'D)
               Now I like to get business out of 
               the way before we get down to 
               pleasure.  Why don'tchya put my money 
               on the dresser.

                           EMIL
               I ordered a Czech girl.  Daphne, you 
               know her?

     Oleg ZOOMS in for a CLOSE UP of Honey.  During the rest of 
     the scene Oleg films her.  Honey begins to undress.

                           HONEY
               It's an outcall service run out of 
               an apartment.  I don't meet the other 
               girls.  Aren't you gonna get 
               undressed?

                           EMIL
               Where is escort service?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 34


                           HONEY
               That's confidential.  Could you put 
               the money on the dresser?

                           EMIL
               I like to talk to the person who 
               runs the service.  Can you give me 
               address?

                           HONEY
               Look.  Do we have a problem here?  
               There's no reason to have a problem.  
               I'm gonna make you feel real good.  
               You wanna Czech girl?  After I'm 
               done with you, you won't miss her.  
               Now why don't you pay me?

     She starts to unfasten Emil's belt.

                           EMIL
                    (stopping her)
               Listen to me.  I don't want sex.  
               Just give me the address and then 
               you go.

                           HONEY
                    (suddenly hard as 
                    nails)
               Look, man, I don't give a shit if 
               you want sex or not, but you're payin' 
               for my time.

     Emil pulls the knife out of his boot and SHOVES her against 
     the door, PUSHING the blade against her throat - suddenly 
     furious like he was before killing Milos and Tamina.

                           EMIL
               Give me the address!!

                           HONEY
               Alright, alright - don't hurt me!  
               Please, it's in my book, in my purse!

     Emil backs off as she reaches for her purse, and comes out 
     with a can of mace, SPRAYING Emil's face!  Emil stumbles 
     backwards - Oleg holding him in the frame.  He WHIP PANS 
     back to Honey as she grabs her clothes, unlocking the door 
     but Emil's HAND SLAMS it shut!  Emil turns blindly, rubbing 
     his burning eyes - guarding the door.  Honey darts toward 
     the bathroom - she pushes open the door and runs into Oleg 
     who is VIDEOTAPING HER.  Horrified, she turns around as Emil 
     SMASHES her in the face so hard she topples backwards, 
     tripping into the bathtub, pulling the shower curtain down 
     on her!  Like a panther out for the kill, Emil POUNCES.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 35


     Oleg films as Emil lifts his hand, gripping...

     THE KITCHEN KNIFE

     As Emil's hand comes FLYING DOWN - then RISES UP, BLOODIED.

     Her screams are muffled by the shower curtain wrapped around 
     her face.  Oleg films the scene as the knife plunges DOWN

     INTO:

     INT. FIRE STATION 91 - ARSON SQUAD ROOM - NIGHT

     DAPHNE, a sketch of her face.

                           JORDY (O.S.)
               Her lips are fuller than that.  You 
               can see 'em a mile away.

     WIDER

     Food containers are scattered all over the place.  The female 
     COMPOSITE ARTIST looks at Jordy.  Stacks of failed sketches 
     sit beside her.

                           COMPOSITE ARTIST
               What about her cheek bones?

                           JORDY
               Her cheek bones are prominent and 
               her eyes were huge.  Big, blue eyes 
               and when I saw her, she looked scared.  
               Like she was looking to get away.  
               But she was absolutely beautiful.

     The composite artist looks at Jordy.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               I gotta good look at her.

     Korfin has his chair turned around from his desk and is 
     watching the sketch evolve as he speaks on the phone to the 
     landlord of the 7th Street brownstone.  Garcia is also on 
     the phone.  The other investigators are gone.  Working late 
     into the night.  Everybody's exhausted.  It's almost dawn.

                           KORFIN
               -- From Czechoslovakia?  And how 
               long have they been livin' in your 
               building?
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 36


                           KORFIN (CONT'D)
                    (writes 4 YEARS on 
                    his pad)
               Alright, I'll be in touch when we 
               know somethin'.
                    (to Jordy)
               Milos and Tamina Karlova.  They were 
               quiet and kept to themselves.  
               Landlord don't know who your girl 
               is.

                           JORDY
               How long they been livin' here?

                           KORFIN
               You hear that question, Garcia?

                           GARCIA
               Yeah, I got Immigration on the phone - 
               they've been here illegally.

                           KORFIN
               Well, they're definitely permanent 
               residents now.

                           GARCIA
               I got the owner of the plumbing 
               company Milos worked for.

                           KORFIN
               Why don't we get some sleep and we'll 
               go see him in the morning.

                           JORDY
               You go home.  I'm takin' your car 
               and goin' back to the crime scene.

                           KORFIN
               Aren't you tired?

                           JORDY
               If I go home I won't be able to fall 
               asleep anyway.

     Jordy takes the sketch of Daphne which isn't a bad likeness 
     and heads for the door.  Korfin falls in behind him.  As 
     they pass Garcia he hands Jordy the address.

                           KORFIN
                    (of the picture)
               She keepin' you up?  Like to meet 
               her, huh?  She'd make you forget 
               your ex wife.  Cure your insomnia.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 37


     INT. MILOS' APARTMENT - DAWN

     CAMERA DESCENDS FROM THE SKY picking up Jordy as he enters 
     what is left of Milos and Tamina's apartment.  The roof has 
     been burned off. He moves into the next room, trying to see 
     through the darkness - looking through the muck and char.

                           EDDIE
               Okay to smoke?

     Jordy turns, surprised.  Eddie sits on a singed chair.  He 
     pours from a half-pint bottle of vodka into his 'won ton 
     soup' container, smoking a cigar.  On the arm of the armchair 
     is a brown legal folder and stacks of photographs of the 
     crime scene and the burned bodies.

                           JORDY
               It's your crime scene now.  You can 
               do what you want.

                           EDDIE
               Watch the news?

                           JORDY
               Nah, I musta missed it.

                           EDDIE
               Well, just so you know.  I gave you 
               guys the credit.

                           JORDY
               Well, just so you know, I don't care 
               about that stuff.

                           EDDIE
               Nah, why should you?

                           JORDY
               I don't even watch TV.

                           EDDIE
               Good.  Good.  Commendable.

     Eddie knocks his 'won ton soup' back.

                           JORDY
               Did you get a report from the M.E.?

                           EDDIE
               Sure.  But I would like to ask you 
               something.  You got a problem with 
               me?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 38


                           JORDY
               If you found me steppin' on your 
               crime scene - it might piss you off, 
               too.
                    (then)
               What about the report?

                           EDDIE
               You were right, they were both dead 
               before the fire.  The male was stabbed 
               so hard the killer broke off the tip 
               of the knife in his spine.  That's 
               usually an indicator of something 
               personal.

     Jordy pulls out a sketch of Daphne.  Hands it to Eddie.

                           JORDY
               The Super said he'd seen her before 
               but she didn't live here.

                           EDDIE
               Pretty.

                           JORDY
                    (acts as if he didn't 
                    notice)
               Hmmmm.

                           EDDIE
               Maybe you don't care about that 
               either.
                    (beat)
               Prettiest suspect I've had in awhile.

                           JORDY
               Who says she's a suspect?

     Jordy tries to take the sketch back.  Eddie holds on.

                           EDDIE
               What would you call her?

                           JORDY
               Look, I'm not even sure she has 
               anything to do with this.  I saw her 
               outside after the fire - thought it 
               was a lead.  Maybe she saw something.  
               Maybe she was visiting somebody here.  
               Who knows?

     Eddie walks up to the burnt mattress - where the bodies were.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 39


                           EDDIE
               Obviously they weren't having sex.  
               As you pointed out.  So why go through 
               all the trouble of putting 'em like 
               that?

     Eddie passes a crime scene photo of the bodies to Jordy.

                           JORDY
               Maybe it's a ritual thing or someone 
               trying to send a message.  Burial 
               rites are taken very seriously in 
               Eastern Europe.  It could be to 
               humiliate them.  Just burning them 
               up, no proper funeral, it's like 
               condemning them to hell.

                           EDDIE
               Eastern Europe.  Like what?  Romania?  
               Hungary?

                           JORDY
               Or Czechoslovakia.  The Slavs have 
               been fighting the Germans and the 
               Russians for a thousand years.  These 
               are very intense people and they 
               take things personally.

     Eddie's cellular rings - he grabs it.

                           EDDIE
               Yeah?  Where?  You sure it was a 
               knife?  Uh-huh.  Really?  Okay.
                    (to Jordy)
               We've got another murder - in a hotel 
               on Eighth Avenue.  A stabbing.  Clerk 
               said the room was rented by a 
               Russian...

     Eddie's moving with Daphne's sketch.

                           JORDY
               I'll come with you.

                           EDDIE
               There wasn't a fire.  There'll be 
               nothing for you to do.

                           JORDY
               I can watch you, Eddie.  Maybe I'll 
               learn something.

                           EDDIE
               This isn't homicide school.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 40


                           JORDY
               My parents are from Poland.  I can 
               help with the Eastern European angle.

                           EDDIE
               You're Polish?

                           JORDY
               My folks are.

                           EDDIE
               Stay here.

     EXT. TIMES SQUARE - NEWS STAND - DAY

     Video POV of the news stand as a hand reaches into frame and 
     picks up a copy of THE NEW YORK POST.  Eddie's photo is on 
     the front page - holding the kitchen timer by the wires.  
     Underneath his picture the caption reads, "DOUBLE HOMICIDE...  
     FLEMMING'S ON IT."  The videocamera widens out revealing 
     Emil standing in front of a Times Square news stand, reading 
     the front page.  The videocamera turns around - until focusing 
     on Oleg himself.

                           OLEG
               This is second day in America.  First 
               day was very exciting.  Full of 
               thrills and chills.  Over there, is 
               co-star of my new movie, Emil!

     He turns the camera around - FILMING EMIL.

                           EMIL
                    (to vendor)
               Who is he?

                           VENDOR
               New York's finest.  This is his case.

     The VENDOR - picks up People.  Stephen Geller is on the cover.

                           VENDOR (CONT'D)
               This all you want?

                           EMIL
               Do you know how much killer gets for 
               movie rights?

                           VENDOR
                    (People)
               In here, says he wants a million.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 41


                           EMIL
               Million?!  The killer gets one million 
               dollars for a television interview?

                           VENDOR
               Hey, tabloids paid Ted Bundy - famous 
               serial killer - half a million for 
               his interview.  And how much you 
               think Monica got for writing book 
               about the President coming on to 
               her?  It pays to be a killer or a 
               whore in this country.  Look, you 
               want magazine or not?

                           EMIL
               Yes.  Both.

                           OLEG
               And these.

     Oleg picks up FILM COMMENT, MOVIELINE and PREMIERE magazine.

     Emil pays for everything.

                           EMIL
                    (to Oleg)
               Get a taxi.

     Oleg tucks the magazines in his coat, picks up the suitcases 
     and hails a taxi.  As Emil collects his change he sees an 
     old BLIND WOMAN waiting at the crosswalk.  The light's 
     blinking WALK.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Let me help.

     Emil gently takes her arm and crosses her to the other side.

                           BLIND WOMAN
               Thank you, son.

     Emil watches her walk on.

     INT. KING EDWARD HOTEL ROOM - DAY

     The hotel room is a hive of activity.  GIL is dusting the 
     dresser for prints.  Another officer is stripping the bed 
     and putting the bedding into a big, clear plastic bag.  As 
     Eddie enters the crime scene, a POLICE PHOTOGRAPHER is 
     standing in the doorway taking pictures.

                           EDDIE
               Where is she?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 42


                           LEON
               Takin' a bath.

                           EDDIE
               Any I.D.?

                           LEON
               Still unknown but we're running 
               prints.  Kid over there caught the 
               case.

     Jordy enters.  Leon steps in his way.

                           LEON (CONT'D)
               Sorry...PD only.

                           EDDIE
               It's okay.

     Eddie walks over to a young detective.  TOMMY CULLEN, only 
     26, is excited to meet Eddie.

                           TOMMY
               Tommy Cullen.  Heard a lot about 
               you.  Nice to meet you.  Here's what 
               we got.  A girl in there, figure her 
               to be a prostitute, looks like she 
               was fighting for her life.  She's 
               got defene wounds on her hands.  
               Right this way - in the bathroom.

                           EDDIE
               After you.

     Eddie follows Tommy into the bathroom.  There's blood 
     splattered all over the walls and the floor.  Honey's topless 
     body lies in the tub tangled in the bloody shower curtain.

     MURPHY, an Irish medical examiner (M.E.), is examining the 
     body.

                           TOMMY
               Room was registered to a Francis 
               Capra.

                           JORDY
               Capra?  That's not Czech or Russian.  
               Who said he sounded Russian?

                           TOMMY
               The clerk?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 43


                           EDDIE
               Check the switchboard, see what phone 
               calls were made from this room.

                           TOMMY
               I'll do it.

     Tommy heads out.  Eddie takes out his cigar holder.  Slides 
     out what's left of his cigar.  Re-lights it.  Looks down at 
     Honey's body in the bathtub.  Gil's dusting the tub for 
     prints.

                           MURPHY
               Clothes were off in the other room.  
               Tub is dry except for the blood.

                           EDDIE
               Any of you guys take a piss lately?

     Gil looks confused.  Eddie points to the toilet.  Seat is 
     up.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Do the seat for me.

     Gil crosses to the toilet and starts to dust it.  Eddie stands 
     in the bathroom - studying the scene.  Holding the unlit 
     cigar.  Looking around at the blood splattered walls.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Only one guys checked in?

                           LEON
               Yeah.

                           EDDIE
               C'mere.  You wanna go to homicide 
               school?  Here - make yourself useful.

     Eddie positions Jordy behind the tub next to the wall.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Our killer...our killer's standing 
               here slashing at her.  She's fightin' 
               him.  The blood is splattering this 
               way.  It's on this wall...
                    (pointing to the right 
                    of Jordy)
               And there's some specks over here.
                    (to the left of Jordy)
               There's nothing here because someone 
               was standing right here.  Someone 
               big.  And he's got blood on him.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 44


                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Lots of blood.  He wouldn't walk out 
               of here like that.
                    (turning to Murphy)
               Murphy, what kind of knife you think 
               we're talking about here?

     Murphy pulls out a clear plastic ruler and walks over to the 
     blood-splattered wall.

                           MURPHY
               If you look here where he missed and 
               hit the wall you see that the marks 
               aren't deep but they're kinda wide... 
               not your everyday kitchen or pocket 
               knife.

                           EDDIE
               What if the tip was broken off?

                           MURPHY
               Could be.  Then we should find it 
               here somewhere.

                           EDDIE
               I think we've already found it.

     Eddie exchanges a look with Jordy as Tommy, the young 
     detective, returns.

                           TOMMY
               There was only one call from this 
               room last night.  I dialed it.  It's 
               an escort service.

                           LEON
               Did you identify yourself?

                           TOMMY
               Hey, I'm new but I'm not stupid.

                           EDDIE
               Call communications and get an address 
               on that number.

     Tommy holds up a slip of paper with the outcall service 
     address on it.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Good work.

     INT. KING EDWARD HOTEL ROOM - STAIRS - DAY

     Jordy hurries out - catches up with Eddie.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 45


                           JORDY
               You goin' to the escort service?

                           EDDIE
               You got any better ideas?

                           JORDY
               Mind if I ride along with you?

                           EDDIE
               This has nothing to do with your 
               fire.

                           JORDY
               But what if it does?  You might need 
               my help.

     As Eddie exits the hotel, a MAN approaches.

                           MAN
               Hey, Eddie, can I get your autograph 
               for my son?

     EXT. KING EDWARD HOTEL - DAY

     Jordy catches up.  Eddie finishes signing the autograph using 
     the man's back.

                           EDDIE
               I'll let you know what happens.

                           JORDY
               This is ridiculous.  I'm not gonna 
               be in your way - we can talk the 
               case over.

                           EDDIE
               Tell you what - I'll flip you a coin.  
               If you win you can come with me.  If 
               you don't win, you don't come.

                           JORDY
               I'll call it... tails.

     Eddie pulls out a coin and hands it to Jordy.

                           EDDIE
               Okay.  I'll call it.  Heads.

     Jordy flips the coin and it's heads.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Heads.  See, you lost twice.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 46


                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
                    (beat)
               Okay.  Get in.

     Jordy goes for the passenger side of the car.  Before Jordy 
     can get in, Eddie starts to pull away.  Jordy stands on the 
     sidewalk - dejected.  Eddie stops the car again and this 
     time lets Jordy get in.

     WHIP PAN TO:

     INT. UPPER EASTSIDE HALLWAY - DAY

     Eddie and Jordy arrive in front of Rose's door.  Eddie knocks 
     and flips a coin to Jordy.

                           EDDIE
               Oh here.  A souvenir.

     Jordy takes the quarter.  Not understanding what Eddie means.  
     He looks at the quarter.

                           JORDY
               Two heads.

                           EDDIE
               Better than one.

     Eddie suckered him with the coin toss.  Jordy reacts.  Eddie 
     laughs - squirts Binaca in his mouth.  Knocks again.  We 
     hear ROSE HELLER.

                           ROSE (O.S.)
               Who's there?

                           EDDIE
               Police.  We'd like to ask you a few 
               questions.

                           ROSE (O.S.)
               I have nothin' to say.  If you wanna 
               contact my attorney...

                           EDDIE
                    (commands)
               Homicide, Miss Hearn.  It's Detective 
               Eddie Flemming.  Open up.

     Rose reacts.  Immediately UNLOCKS, UNCHAINS and opens the 
     door!

                           ROSE
               You!  I've seen you on TV!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 47


     Eddie glances self-consciously at Jordy.

                           ROSE (CONT'D)
               C'mon in.  C'mon in!

     INT. ROSE'S APARTMENT - DAY

     They enter.

                           ROSE
               Just a minute.  Shit.  And I don't 
               have a camera.  Hold on a second.

     Rose moves back to the phone - finishes up her conversation 
     in Afrikaner.  We hold on Eddie and Jordy at the door.  Eddie 
     looks around - taking in the place.  FOUR GIRLS are on phones.  
     Two girls take orders for customers.  The other two work the 
     phone sex lines.  Rose hangs up the phone - turns to Eddie 
     and Jordy:

                           ROSE (CONT'D)
               What's wrong?

                           EDDIE
               We don't have her I.D. yet, but one 
               of your girls was killed last night 
               at the King Edward Hotel.

                           ROSE
               Oh my G-d.  Honey!  Honey's dead?

                           JORDY
               Do you remember the man who called?

     Though Rose answers Jordy, she directs her response to Eddie.

                           ROSE
               Yeah.  He wanted a girl from 
               Czechoslovakia, but I sent him Honey 
               'cause once they get there, you know, 
               it doesn't really matter - Honey was 
               killed...?  Poor girl...

                           EDDIE
               Do you have any Czech girls working 
               for you?

                           ROSE
               No.

                           EDDIE
               Did you tell him you did?

     A BUTCH GIRL enters.  Rose speaks to her in Afrikaner.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 48


                           ROSE
                    (Afrikaner)
               Boy, she's so popular all the sudden.

                           EDDIE
               What are you saying?

                           ROSE
               Daphne.  Another guy came in asking 
               me about her, too.

     Jordy pulls out the sketch, unfolds it.

                           JORDY
               This her?

                           ROSE
               Yeah.  Sort of.  I tried to recruit 
               her, gave her my card.  She said 
               she'd think about it but I never 
               heard from her.

                           BUTCH GIRL
                    (Afrikaner)
               Beautiful eyes.

                           EDDIE
               Who came by looking for her?

                           ROSE
               He said he was her cousin.  I told 
               him where she works.  They were just 
               here.

                           EDDIE
               Describe him.

                           ROSE
               Tall, short-haired, scary eyes.  
               Second guy with him was...shorter, 
               with a wrestler's build.  And he 
               wouldn't turn his videocamera off 
               me.

                           EDDIE
               He had a videocamera?  Where is she?  
               Quickly!

                           ROSE
               She washes hair up at Ludwig's - a 
               salon on 63rd and Madison.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 49


     EXT. EDDIE'S CAR - DAY

     As Eddie speeds through the street, SIREN BLARING.

     INT. EDDIE'S CAR - DAY

     Jordy holds on as Eddie darts in and out of cars with 
     astonishing dexterity.  This man can drive.  Eddie picks up 
     his phone - dials.  Jordy is on his cell phone as well.

                           EDDIE
               Leon - meet us at 63rd and Madison.  
               Hair salon.  Ludwig's.

                           JORDY
                    (overlapping)
               I'm on my way with Eddie.  Ludwig's.  
               63rd and Madison.  The suspects might 
               be there already.

     Eddie looks over as Jordy disconnects.  Eddie picks up a 
     beer he was holding between his legs - finishes it.

                           EDDIE
               You thirsty?

                           JORDY
               I'm on duty.

                           EDDIE
                    (drinking)
               So am I.  Alright, I'll go inside 
               and you cover the back.

                           JORDY
               Of course.

                           EDDIE
               Hey!  I always wanted to be a cop 
               when I was a kid.  I dreamed of 
               running up to a door, kicking it in, 
               pulling my gun and yelling 'Freeze!' 
               at the bad guy!  What'd you dream 
               about?

                           JORDY
               I wanted to run up to a building on 
               fire, kick in the door, rush into 
               the smoke and save a kid.

                           EDDIE
               Then I guess we're doin' this the 
               right way, aren't we?
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 50


                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               If we pull up to a burning building 
               I'll gladly let you go first.

     Jordy looks at Eddie - can't deny he's right.

     INT. LUDWIG'S SALON - DAY

     We're in a moving video POV of Ludwig's, the hair salon - 
     it's big and spacious.  The lens finds THE RECEPTIONIST.

                           OLEG (O.S.)
               Daphne Handlova?

                           RECEPTIONIST
               Daphne?  In the back.  Probably 
               shampooing a customer's hair.

     Oleg approaches Daphne who is mixing hair dye.  LUDWIG, the 
     owner, is with her.

                           LUDWIG
               Why are you messing with your hair 
               color again?  You're going to kill 
               your hair.  You won't look good with 
               black hair.

                           DAPHNE
               I want to do it, alright?

                           LUDWIG
               Well, then do it after work.  A 
               customer's waiting.

     He leaves, a customer approaches.  She smiles at him - turns 
     on the water in the sink then sees - Oleg filming her.  She 
     backs up...suddenly moves to the emergency door!

     TO THE BACKYARD

     There's a garden out there.  Daphne runs toward the alley.  
     Oleg follows her - still videotaping.  As she rounds the 
     corner she bumps into...Emil!  He pulls out his kitchen knife, 
     shoving her against the wall, pushing the blade with the 
     broken tip against her throat.

                           EMIL
               I...I have a temper.

     She looks at him, not understanding.  Oleg films the scene.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               When I lose it, I lose control.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 51


                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               I didn't intend to kill Milos but he 
               stole from me.  Cheated me!  When I 
               went to prison, they beat me.  I 
               still didn't tell he was my partner.  
               I loved Milos like a brother...

     The tone in Emil's voice - there's an uncharacteristic 
     softness to it.  He wants to reconcile his behavior to her.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
                    (in English)
               I'm not a killer.

     The back door opens.  He shoves the knife in his pocket as 
     Ludwig peers around the alleyway.  What he sees is Emil 
     leaning close to Daphne, kissing her.

                           LUDWIG
               Daphne, will you be coming back to 
               work?

                           DAPHNE
               In a minute, Ludwig.

     Ludwig leaves.

                           EMIL
               Smart girl.  I'm glad you're not a 
               whore.  But washing hair?  This is 
               no job for a woman as beautiful as 
               you.  They should be washing your 
               hair.

     Emil reaches into his pocket and pulls out SOMETHING, sticks 
     it in the palm of her hand, closing her fingers around it.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               I don't want to kill you.  But if 
               you talk, I will.
                    (whispers)
               I thought you'd want these.

     He taps her hand...he turns and goes out the rear exit.  
     Oleg follows.  Jordy arrives.

                           JORDY
               ...Daphne?

     She says nothing.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               I'm a fire marshal.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 52


                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               You remember me from the other night?  
               You are Daphne, right?

     She says nothing.  Eddie arrives.  Daphne turns.  Recognizing 
     Eddie.

                           EDDIE
               You don't have to be afraid.  We're 
               here to protect you.  Come with me.  
               We want to talk to you.  You speak 
               English alright?

     Eddie looks at Jordy.  Takes Daphne by the arm.

     EXT. LUDWIG'S SALON - CONTINUOUS

     As they come out, Eddie notices Daphne clutching something 
     in her hand.  He reaches for her hand.  Opens it.  It's a 
     brushed gold necklace.

                           EDDIE
               Did he give you these?  Was he just 
               here?

     Eddie searches the streets.  Notices Oleg and Emil on the 
     far corner.  Oleg is videotaping him.  Leon and Tommy pull 
     up.  Korfin behind.  They all pop out.  Eddie grabs Leon - 
     squeezes his arm - quietly.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               The other side of the street.  The 
               guy with the videocamera.
                    (back to Jordy)
               Don't look - put her in the car.
                    (to Leon)
               Stay this side.

                           LEON
                    (back to Tommy)
               Stay with her.

     They start heading down the curb - trying not to attract the 
     attention of Oleg and Emil.

     A VIDEO CLOSE-UP

     of the scene from across the corner.

                           EMIL
                    (Czech)
               Put the fuckin' camera down!  Let's 
               go!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 53


     Emil starts to flee.

     EXT. NYC STREETS - CONTINUOUS

     What follows next is an incredible foot chase with Eddie, 
     Jordy, Korfin and Leon running through traffic - chasing

     Emil.  Eddie tries to stay in the lead but is running out of 
     breath.

                           EDDIE
               Split up!

     Jordy runs down one side of Madison - Eddie, the other.  
     Korfin continues down 62nd and Leon covers the other side.  
     They search for Emil, grabbing people, turning them around, 
     missing him.  Emil seems to have disappeared.

     Leon, gun raised, approaches the cafe.  As he rounds the 
     corner, Emil darts out, cracking Leon across the face!  Leon 
     crashes into a table, dropping his gun.  Emil scoops up the 
     gun and PISTOL-WHIPS Leon.  BEATING the detective to a pulp.  
     People are running from the scene.  Emil takes Leon's wallet.  
     He is distracted by LAUGHTER.  Oleg is VIDEOTAPING the scene.

                           OLEG
               Emil, look!

     Oleg swivels with the videocamera.  Korfin is running toward 
     them - pushing through the crowd.  Emil FIRES!  Korfin is 
     blown backwards.

                           OLEG (CONT'D)
               Perfect!  Cut.  Print!

     Eddie arrives.  Bends down to Leon, whose face is red with 
     blood.  Jordy runs to Korfin, who's laying in the street, 
     shot in the side.  Jordy cradles his partner.

                           EDDIE
               Are you hit?

                           LEON
               No.  I'm okay.

                           JORDY
                    (to Korfin)
               Bobby, Bobby!  Where're you hit?!

                           KORFIN
               It hurts.  Aw, Jesus!

                           JORDY
               Lay down.  Stay down, Bobby.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 54


     Jordy looks up as Eddie steps into the center of the street.  
     Cars screech out of the way!  Eddie crouches, taking aim at 
     Emil, who is almost two blocks away.  It's an impossible 
     shot, out of range.

     But Eddie closes an eye, aims and squeezes off one SHOT.  
     Two blocks away, Emil topples.  Korfin and Jordy look at 
     Eddie, astonished he made the shot.  Emil scrambles to his 
     feet.  Runs.  Eddie holsters his weapon.  Pulls out a 
     handkerchief.  Dabs Leon's wounds.

                           LEON
               He got my gun!  Motherfucker was 
               filming the whole time!

                           EDDIE
               I know.  Relax.  Take it easy.  Don't 
               worry, we'll get those fuckers.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     EMS VEHICLE

     Eddie and Jordy watch as Korfin on a stretcher, is loaded in 
     an EMS VEHICLE and in b.g., an EMS DOCTOR attends to Leon's 
     bloody face.  Eddie and Jordy turn to go back into the 
     restaurant, now cleared out - as Nicolette Karas arrives 
     with her cameraman.

                           NICOLETTE
               Detective - can you tell us what 
               happened here?

                           EDDIE
               I can't talk right now.  We have 
               some things to take care of.

     Jordy moves off, he doesn't want to get pulled in front of 
     Nicolette.

     Daphne can be seen waiting in the back of the restaurant, 
     maybe twenty feet away.  Tommy stands next to her.  This is 
     where Eddie and Jordy are headed.

                           NICOLETTE
               I understand, but I noticed that the 
               Fire Marshall is here with you.  Is 
               this somehow related to the fire 
               department?

                           EDDIE
               I really can't give out any 
               information right now at this point.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 55


                           NICOLETTE
               Okay.  But I do understand that your 
               partner, Leon Jackson's been injured.  
               Is that correct?

                           EDDIE
               He was hurt, but not seriously.  
               He'll be fine.

                           NICOLETTE
               Do you have the suspect in custody?

                           EDDIE
               Um...now is not a good time, okay.  
               Detective Jackson's hurt.  He's fine.  
               I've got a Fire Marshall shot, 
               Detective Jackson is hurt but not 
               seriously.

                           NICOLETTE
                    (to cameraman)
               Alright, cut, cut, cut.

     Mike the cameraman cuts the cameraman - lowers it from his 
     shoulder.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
                    (to Eddie)
               Eddie, are you okay?

                           EDDIE
               Yeah.  Now's not a good time.

                           NICOLETTE
               Alright.

                           EDDIE
               Alright?

                           NICOLETTE
               Alright.

                           EDDIE
               Alright.

                           NICOLETTE
               Okay.

     Eddie walks into the restaurant.  Throws a look back at her, 
     then enters.

     INT. ARMAND RESTAURANT - DAY

     Jordy talks to Daphne.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 56


                           DAPHNE
               I told your partner, I can't help.  
               I didn't see anything.

                           EDDIE
               C'mon, start at the beginning.  You 
               know these people?

                           DAPHNE
               Tamina was a friend of mine.  My 
               shower was broken, she let me use 
               theirs.

                           EDDIE
               Go on.

     She says nothing.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Whether you tell us or not, we'll 
               find out.  Better if it comes from 
               you.

                           DAPHNE
               If I tell you, will you arrest me?

                           EDDIE
               Arrest you for what?  Why would we 
               arrest you?

     She still hesitates.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               What are you hiding?  Why are you 
               afraid

                           JORDY
               She just saw two of her friends 
               killed!  They probably threatened 
               her.

                           EDDIE
               Is that all there is?

     She looks at Eddie.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Are you here illegally?  Don't worry 
               about that.  We'll talk to 
               Immigration.  They won't deport you.

                           DAPHNE
               No, no, don't talk to Immigration!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 57


     She clams up.

                           JORDY
               Why not?

                           EDDIE
               Something back home?

     Jordy leads Daphne to a table - she sits.  Eddie sits across 
     from her.  Jordy crouches down next to her.

                           DAPHNE
               my little sister and I shared a flat - 
               I came home one night and a man was 
               raping her.  His gun was on the 
               chair... He came at me and I shot 
               him.

                           JORDY
                    (optimistic)
               Alright.  That's a justifiable 
               homicide.

                           DAPHNE
               Yes, but he was a cop.

                           EDDIE
               A cop?

                           DAPHNE
                    (beat)
               I'm from a small town in Slovakia.  
               Like the South here.  The Police is 
               right, a civilian is wrong.  So I 
               fled.

                           EDDIE
               Look, we can help you but right now 
               we have to deal with what's happening 
               here.  Tell us the truth...is that 
               the truth?

                           DAPHNE
               You're a cop - you'll never believe 
               me.

                           JORDY
                    (to Eddie)
               Can I talk to you?

     Eddie steps away with Jordy.  Keeping his eyes on Daphne.  
     She tries to listen.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 58


                           EDDIE
               She's fucked.  Even if that story is 
               true.

                           JORDY
               Raw deal.

     Eddie tilts his head.  Measures Jordy.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Look - let me talk to her.  Any leads 
               I get, they're all yours.  Just let 
               me have a first crack at her.

                           EDDIE
               You wanna talk to her alone?

                           JORDY
               Yeah.

                           EDDIE
               What would your girlfriend think of 
               that?

                           JORDY
               I don't have a girlfriend.

                           EDDIE
               My point exactly.

                           JORDY
               I'm serious here.

                           EDDIE
               So am I.

                           JORDY
               C'mon.  You intimidate her 'cause 
               you're a celebrity.  She sees me 
               differently.

                           EDDIE
               You're her Savior?  Is she the kid 
               you're gonna save from the burning 
               building?

                           JORDY
               You know what I'm saying here.

     Eddie looks at his watch.  Thinks it over.  Measures Jordy.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 59


                           EDDIE
               Okay, tell you what, I'll give you a 
               head start.  You take her to the 
               station house.  Don't let her out of 
               your sight.  She's the only warm 
               body we got left.

                           JORDY
               Hey.  I'm a professional.

                           EDDIE
               Women like that have a way of turning 
               professionals into amateurs.

     He gives Jordy a look and heads for the door.

     INT. A SEEDY BATHROOM - DAY

     Emil pulls off his sock and shoe, lifts his foot into a 
     stained sink and washes the blood away, exposing the chunk 
     of pink flesh taken out of his ankle.  Emil grabs some toilet 
     paper, plugs the wound, then cuts the towel off the dispenser 
     with his kitchen knife and wraps his ankle.  He grits teeth 
     in pain.  The lights go out.  Then Oleg adjusts the 
     fluorescent light above the sink.

                           OLEG
               Gotta light the scene better.  Now 
               it's more moody... like a scene from 
               THE THIRD MAN.

                           EMIL
               Shut up.

                           OLEG
               Does it hurt?

     Emil lifts his foot out of the sink.

                           EMIL
               This is nothing.

     Emil lifts his shirt, exposing his back.

                           OLEG
               Oh, shit.  I hate looking at that!

                           EMIL
               Don't want to film this?

     We don't see what Oleg sees - not yet - but from his 
     expression, it's horrible.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 60


     INT. JORDY'S CAR - DAY

     Daphne rides in the backseat.  Jordy's watching her in the 
     rearview.

                           DAPHNE
               Now I become custody of police 
               department?

                           JORDY
               If you cooperate with the DA - maybe 
               they'll help you with your situation.

                           DAPHNE
               I will if they don't send me back.

                           JORDY
               They won't until this is over.

     She looks away.  Out the window.  Jordy sees emotion filling 
     her eyes.  She looks back at him - her eyes have teared up.

                           DAPHNE
               Are you married?

                           JORDY
               Divorced.

                           DAPHNE
               Do you live alone?
                    (beat)
               I've been in these clothes since...the 
               killings.  Could we stop at your 
               place?  I could take a shower...before 
               I go into custody?

     Jordy looks at her.  Can't quite tell if she's trying to 
     manipulate him or really just wants to get cleaned up before 
     all the shit starts.

                           JORDY
               I can't take you to my place.

                           DAPHNE
               Somewhere else?

     Jordy looks at her...

                                                          CUT TO:

     EDDIE

     Staring right at us.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 61


                           EDDIE
               I want to talk to you about something 
               serious.

     He holds up the diamond engagement ring.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               I want to live the rest of my life 
               with you...I don't know you've been 
               married before and I've never been 
               married, but I do love you, and...

     Eddie is standing in front of a mirror - rehearsing the 
     proposal.  He notices a small dab of blood on his shirtcuff.

     Leon's blood.  Paulie enters carrying a towel and a vodka 
     tonic.

                           PAULIE
               She's here.

     Paulie sets down the drink and begins their silent ritual.

     He hands Eddie the towel.  Eddie wipes off his face and hands, 
     then hands the towel back to Paulie.  Paulie helps Eddie on 
     with his coat.  Eddie takes some Visine out of his coat 
     pocket.  Drops a few in each eye.  HE straightens himself 
     and looks in the mirror, taking a big gulp of the drink.  
     Eddie sets the glass down and starts out.  Paulie hands him 
     a Binaca.  Eddie gives himself a squirt as he exits.  Paulie 
     follows.

     INT. P.B. HERMAN'S RESTAURANT - DAY

     It's lunchtime...it's crowded.  Eddie takes a seat at a table.  
     He takes the ring out of his pocket - holds it under the 
     table.  Nicolette Karas walks up to Eddie from behind.  Gives 
     him a kiss on the cheek.

                           NICOLETTE
               Hey, honey.

                           EDDIE
               Hey.

     She orders a drink in Greek from the Greek waiter, then sits 
     down across the table.  There's a long pause - they just 
     look at each other.

                           NICOLETTE
               What is your problem?  Why'd you 
               snap at me?  I just wanted a 
               statement.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 62


                           EDDIE
               I can't...I can't answer you just 
               because you want me to answer you!

                           NICOLETTE
               You didn't have to embarrass me in 
               front of my colleagues.  You could 
               give me something.

                           EDDIE
               Oh, I'm sorry.  Did I embarrass you, 
               sweetheart?  Oh...

                           NICOLETTE
               Stop it.

                           EDDIE
               Maybe I should just, ya know...turn 
               to the cameras and say, do you mind 
               if we just work something out?

                           NICOLETTE
               Alright, alright, Eddie.  Don't 
               patronize me.

                           EDDIE
               I'm not.

                           NICOLETTE
               Yes you are.  I'm not just some 
               reporter.  I don't just stick a 
               microphone in your face.  You could 
               give me something.

                           EDDIE
               Yeah, well you took the camera and 
               put it right down on the evidence.  
               That was...

                           NICOLETTE
               That was good.  You were holding the 
               evidence.

                           EDDIE
               You were merciless.  You didn't give 
               a shit if you got me or not.

                           NICOLETTE
               Well, who was it that taught me how 
               to do that?  Huh?

                           EDDIE
               You're ruthless.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 63


                           NICOLETTE
               You're not so bad yourself.

     They look at each other.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               C'mere.

     They kiss.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               Look at this.  You have blood on 
               your shirt.  Whose is it?

                           EDDIE
               Could be Leon's.

                           NICOLETTE
               Jesus.  And last week you came over 
               with blood on your shoes.  What am I 
               going to do with you?

     Eddie takes her hand.

                           EDDIE
               You know, I been thinkin'...these 
               shoes might look nice with another 
               pair of shoes next to them in the 
               closet.

     She looks at him.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               You know, Nicky, I've been married 
               twice before.  My first wife was a 
               professional woman, didn't have time 
               for children.  My second wife...I 
               never wanted to go home to her.

     Nicolette's phone rings.  Eddie stops - looks at the ringing 
     phone.

                           NICOLETTE
               What are you doing?  What are you 
               saying?

     Nicolette's phone keeps ringing.  Eddie stares at it.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               Eddie?

     Nicolette's phone keeps ringing.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 64


                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               Don't worry about the damn phone.  I 
               won't answer it.

                           EDDIE
               Answer the phone.

                           NICOLETTE
               No.  Tell me what you want to say.

                           EDDIE
               Answer it.

                           NICOLETTE
               Okay.  Okay.  Hold that thought just 
               for a second.  They only call me 
               when it's an emergency.  Just hold 
               that thought.
                    (into the phone)
               Can you call back?

                           PHONE VOICE (O.S.)
               We need you here in twenty minutes.  
               Get in a cab.

                           NICOLETTE
               What're you talking about?

                           PHONE VOICE (O.S.)
               Katie.  We don't know where she is.  
               We can't find her.  You gotta anchor 
               the 5:00.  This is your shot.  Come 
               now.

                           NICOLETTE
               What?  Oh.  Okay.  Yeah.

     The line disconnects.  She collapses the phone.  Turns to 
     Eddie.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               Oh my G-d, they want me to anchor.  
               They want me to anchor tonight!

                           EDDIE
               That's good.

                           NICOLETTE
               Yeah.

                           EDDIE
               Well, that's great.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 65


                           NICOLETTE
               Okay.  That is great.  But I can't 
               go now, we're in the middle of 
               something here.

                           EDDIE
               No.  Go ahead.  You're gonna be great.

                           NICOLETTE
               No.  No, listen to me here.  I want 
               to know what you're talking about.  
               You know, the shoe thing and the 
               marriages and...

                           EDDIE
               I'll tell you tonight.  Let's do it 
               tonight.  As soon as you get back 
               we'll talk.  We'll talk.

                           NICOLETTE
               Promise?

                           EDDIE
               I promise.  We'll talk.  You'll be 
               great.  You'll be fine.  Go ahead, 
               just imagine that, uh... Just look 
               into the lens and imagine you're 
               talking to me.

                           NICOLETTE
               Yeah.  I'll do that.  As long as 
               you're not patronizing me.

                           EDDIE
               Patronizing you... Nay, I love you.

                           NICOLETTE
               I love you.

     They kiss.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               Okay, til tonight.

                           EDDIE
               Tonight.

                           NICOLETTE
               You promise?

                           EDDIE
               Yeah.  I promise.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 66


                           NICOLETTE
               Okay.  And you know what, I'll swing 
               by my place, grab a couple pairs of 
               shoes and maybe just test them out 
               next to yours...How's that... Would 
               that be a good thing.

                           EDDIE
               Yeah, yeah.  Good thing.

                           NICOLETTE
               Okay.

                           EDDIE
               See you later.  Good luck.

                           NICOLETTE
               Thank you.

                           EDDIE
               Don't be late.

     She walks out.

     INT. FIRE STATION 91 - DAY

     Jordy unlocks the door.  Enters with Daphne.  The fire station 
     is empty.

                           JORDY
               The men are out of quarters - 
               practicing putting out fires.

                           DAPHNE
               So...the station is empty?

                           JORDY
               Yeah.  This way.

     He gestures toward the stairs.

     INT. FIRE STATION LOCKER ROOM - CONTINUOUS

     Jordy and Daphne walk through the locker room.  Her eyes 
     never leaving Jordy's.

                           JORDY
               You considered becoming a prostitute?

                           DAPHNE
               Yes, I considered it.

                           JORDY
               Did you ever turn tricks before?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 67


                           DAPHNE
               No.

                           JORDY
               What about back home?

                           DAPHNE
               No.

     Daphne stops.  Looks at him.  Stands very close.

                           DAPHNE (CONT'D)
               I came here.  I had no money.  I 
               knew no one.  I couldn't get a job 
               because you have to have a green 
               card to get work.  They approached 
               me - I could've made a lot of money.  
               I considered it, but...  it's not 
               who I am.  They pay me below the 
               table at Ludwig's.

                           JORDY
               So you were never a prostitute?

                           DAPHNE
               What are you asking me?

                           JORDY
               I'm just trying to find out who you 
               are.

     She looks up into his eyes.  Searching.  Thinking he's 
     hinting.

                           DAPHNE
               Can you let me go?

     She leans in close to him - giving him the opportunity to 
     kiss her.  Jordy is tempted but... remembers Eddie's warning 
     and backs up slightly.

                           JORDY
               Showers are this way.

     Desperate now, willing to do anything, Daphne moves in even 
     closer.

                           DAPHNE
               You could shower with me.

     Jordy is locked in her eyes.  Almost giving in.  Then breaks 
     away.  Gestures towards the showers.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 68


     Daphne looks away form him - crestfallen.  She heads to the 
     showers.  Jordy follows her into the bathroom.  The walls 
     are lined with shower stalls.

                           JORDY
               I'll uh, I'll get you a towel.

     He leaves her there.  Alone.  She quickly moves to the window.  
     Opens it.  Looks down.  It's a two-story drop to the street.

     JORDY

     gets a towel from the locker room.  His beeper goes off.  He 
     checks the number but decides not to return the call.  We 
     follow him back into the bathroom.  The shower is on but he 
     notices the window.  It's open.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Shit!

     He rushes over.  He looks out.  No sign of her.  He turns  - 
     looks back at the shower.  It's on but he can't see through 
     the curtain.  Can't tell if she's there.  He walks over - 
     quickly - fearing that she's left.  He pulls the curtain 
     aside.  She's crouched in the corner shower stall.  Holding 
     herself.  She looks up at him - her eyes filled with tears.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Are you alright?

     Jordy sits on the bench next to the shower.

                           DAPHNE
               I'm not a whore.  I'm not a whore.

                           JORDY
               I know.

                           DAPHNE
               You don't know.  I'm sorry.  I was 
               desperate.  That's not me.  I shot a 
               cop.  Can you imagine what they'll 
               do to me when I got to prison?

                           JORDY
               They're not gonna send you right 
               back.

                           DAPHNE
               I'm sorry.  I didn't mean to...I'm 
               glad.  Actually I'm glad it's over.  
               All this time.  Hiding.  Never being 
               able to look anyone in the eyes.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 69


                           DAPHNE (CONT'D)
               Always afraid that someone would 
               find out who I was.  Never trusting 
               anyone...

     He covers her with the towel, pulling her up.

                           JORDY
               You can trust me.

     She embraces him.  Trusting him.  He stands there for a 
     moment.  Then awkwardly holds her.  Comforting her.

     NYC RESTAURANT - DAY

     CLOSE UP

     on a steak.  Male hands cut a piece.  Another male hand sets 
     down a huge bottle of Extra Strength Excedrin.  The hands 
     abandon the steak and rip open the bottle.  The CAMERA pulls 
     back to include the LCD screen of Oleg's videocamera.  He is 
     taping Emil as he rips open the safety plastic with his teeth.  
     Emil is sweating with fever and his eyes are glazed over in 
     pain.  He 'drinks' pills from the bottle and chews them up.  
     Wincing in pain.  Emil washes them down with a beer.

     Emil looks down and the camera follows his gaze to the 
     "People" magazine article he's reading on Stephen Geller.  
     Emil laughs.  Shaking his head at the article as the 
     videocamera tilts back up to his face.

                           OLEG
               What is it?

                           EMIL
               The video of Milos and Tamina - I 
               told you to erase it.

                           OLEG
               I did.

                           EMIL
               And the whore's murder?  You didn't 
               erase that either, did you?  Don't 
               lie, I won't be angry.

                           OLEG
               Why not?

                           EMIL
               Put the camera down, Oleg.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 70


     Oleg closes the LCD screen and puts the camera down.  Emil 
     removes a small address book -- from Leon's wallet - he looks 
     up Eddie Flemming's name.

                           OLEG
               What is that?

                           EMIL
               What does it look like?  It's an 
               address book!

     Oleg jumps up with the camera to tape the book.

                           OLEG
               Let me get a shot of it.

                           EMIL
               Sit down!

                           OLEG
               This way.  Hold it this way.  Good.

     Oleg gets a shot and quickly sits back down.

                           OLEG (CONT'D)
               Why won't you be angry at me for 
               keeping my movie?

     Emil takes a gulp of beer - drops cash on the table and limps 
     away.  Oleg follows.

     INT. PRECINCT - DAY

     It's quiet - Chief Duffy paces in front of the Sergeant's 
     desk.  Looking at his watch.  Growing more and more aggravated 
     as every second ticks by.  Jordy enters escorting Daphne.  
     Sees Duffy and tires to go past him.  Duffy turns and sees 
     Jordy and Daphne.

                           DUFFY
               Hey.  Warsaw.

     Jordy stops and comes back.  Sitting Daphne down on a bench.

                           JORDY
               Hey, Chief, what are you doing here?

                           DUFFY
               I came to see how the investigation 
               was going.
                    (looks at Daphne)
               I called and you're not here.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           DUFFY (CONT'D)
               I wait up at the station and you 
               don't even show up!!!  I beep you - 
               you don't return my call.  Where the 
               hell have you been?!

     Jordy takes a few steps away from Daphne.

                           JORDY
               Ladder 20 was on the Rock for 
               training.  We stopped there... so 
               she could get cleaned up.

                           DUFFY
               What do you mean, 'cleaned up?'

                           JORDY
               I let her take a shower.

                           DUFFY
               A shower!?  Did you take one, too?

                           JORDY
               No!  Nothing happened.

                           DUFFY
               Oh really.  That's nice.  You took a 
               homicide witness to take a shower 
               after your partner was shot?  Are 
               you out of your fucking mind??  Are 
               you having that much trouble gettin' 
               dates?!

                           EDDIE (O.S.)
               I told him to take her there.

     Jordy and Duffy turn.  Eddie walks out.  Eddie turns - Tommy - 
     the young detective who caught the case in the King Edward 
     Hotel - is coming out of the back office.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Tommy, get her outta here.

     Tommy takes Daphne into the precinct.

                           TOMMY
               This way, ma'am.

                           EDDIE
               There was too much press hangin' 
               around there.  I didn't want her 
               face on the news.  So I told him to 
               take her to a quiet area until things 
               settled down.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 72


                           DUFFY
               Oh.

                           EDDIE
               It was my decision, not his.

                           DUFFY
               Well, I'm the Deputy Chief Fire 
               Marshall and every now and then I'd 
               like to be included in decisions.

                           EDDIE
               Look, after Jordy briefs me, you can 
               do the press conference.  How about 
               that?  The case is all yours.

                           DUFFY
               Oh yeah...?  Alright.

                           EDDIE
                    (to Jordy)
               I'm ready to be briefed.
                    (to Duffy)
               Excuse us.

                           DUFFY
                    (to Eddie)
               Yeah, sure.
                    (to Jordy)
               Beep me when you're ready for the 
               press conference.

                           JORDY
               Will do, Chief.

     Eddie leads the way, walking past the Sergeant's desk - toward 
     the back and to his office.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Eddie, I...

     Eddie holds up his hand - silencing Jordy.

                           EDDIE
               Wait.

     INT. POLICE PRECINCT - DETECTIVE ROOM'S SQUAD - DAY

     A handful of detectives talk about work over burned coffee.  
     Eddie enters with Jordy.

                           EDDIE
               Guys...give me a few minutes?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 73


     They empty out.

                           JORDY
               Look, Eddie, I'm tellin' you - I 
               didn't touch her.

                           EDDIE
               Well, you shoulda because nobody's 
               gonna believe you didn't...including 
               me.

                           JORDY
               I took her there for a shower and 
               that's it.

                           EDDIE
               Just a shower?

     Eddie gives Jordy a questioning look.

                           JORDY
               Yeah, just her in the shower.  Nothing 
               happened.  Look, I'm sure you probably 
               think I'm a fool and I fucked up, 
               but...

                           EDDIE
               No, I don't think you were a fool, I 
               just think you were stupid about it.  
               I mean, to say the least, you outta 
               know better.  You don't know her 
               well enough.  She's got the potential 
               to fucking hang you even if she 
               suggests that you made a pass at 
               her, it's fuckin' over.  You can 
               deny it all you want, but it will 
               not make one fucking bit of 
               difference.  You're dead.

                           JORDY
               I told you, you know, I thought I 
               was doing the right thing, you know, 
               I think she's innocent.

                           EDDIE
               Well, it's not up to you to decide 
               whether she's innocent or not.  Don't 
               you understand, that's why you're a 
               professional.

                           JORDY
               But, I mean, didn't you ever go out 
               on a limb for somebody?
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 74


                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               I mean, you shoulda heard her there.  
               Tellin' her whole story...I believed 
               her.

                           EDDIE
               How you go out on a limb for somebody 
               is by giving her a number of an 
               Immigration lawyer.  Here, here's a 
               number of an Immigration lawyer.  
               That's how you help her.  But you 
               can't get involved in her like that.  
               You're gonna jeopardize your career, 
               your life and you're gonna jeopardize 
               my case.  And lemme give you another 
               piece of advice.  Maybe you don't 
               watch TV but I'll let you in on a 
               little secret - the whole fuckin' 
               world watches television.  And when 
               you get out there, they know your 
               face.  And the little fame, the little 
               fuckin' itty bitty fame that I get 
               in this city makes it a lot easier 
               for my job.  And I get more done 
               because of it.

     Jordy studies Eddie for a quiet beat.

                           JORDY
               Why'd you help me back there with 
               the Chief?  Why'd you stand up for 
               me like that?

                           EDDIE
               You know, I don't know.  I like you.  
               You remind me of a puppy I used to 
               have.  He pissed on the rug all the 
               time, but I still kept him.

     Eddie picks up his cigar that's going out.  He sticks it in 
     his mouth.  A match is lit.  He looks up.  Jordy holds the 
     match.  Eddie dips the end of the cigar and puffs.  The 
     homicide detective and the fire marshal hold a look.

     INT. EDDIE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

     Eddie walks in - carrying flowers.  He closes and locks the 
     door behind him.  He grabs the phone.  Dials.

                           EDDIE
               It's Flemming...anything turn up?  
               Did they check the hospitals?  
               Airports?  Yeah, I hit him!
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 75


                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               I fuckin' hit him!  We should be all 
               over everywhere - with dogs, choppers, 
               everything!  These guys are from 
               fuckin' Czechoslovakia...

     He looks at the flowers.  Decides to put the case behind him 
     for a moment.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               I'll call you later.

     He HANGS up.  Arranges the flowers in a vase.  So they look 
     perfect.  Sets them on the coffee table.  Fills out a card, 
     writes, "Nicky, I love you.  Will you marry me?"  He sticks 
     the card in the flowers - turns the lights down low.  Puts a 
     romantic Sinatra song on the stereo.  Moves to the liquor 
     cabinet.  Pours himself a drink.  He sets the ringbox on the 
     coffee table - next to the flowers.  There's a knock at the 
     door.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Coming!

     Eddie smooths his hair, unlocks the door.  But the hallway 
     is empty.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Nicky!?!?

     No answer.  Eddie steps out in the hallway with the drink in 
     his hand.  Walks toward the elevator.  Doesn't notice the 
     shadow that passes behind him - entering his apartment.

     Eddie turns.  No sign of anyone.

                           EDDIE (CONT'D)
               Nicky?!

     He walks back toward his apartment.  Turns and locks the 
     door.  A BLUR jumps out of the shadows SLAMMING him on the 
     head with a gun.  Eddie tumbles to the floor!  OUT COLD!

     BLURRED VIDEO IMAGE

     as it's focused - on Eddie - handcuffed and upper body taped 
     to a chair - 20 minutes later - sobered up.  Emil is sitting 
     in front of him.  On the coffee table alongside him are the 
     flowers in a vase.  They've ransacked the place.  Emil has 
     Eddie's watch, his gold shield and his money.  He's smoking 
     one of Eddie's cigars and in Emil's hand...is the diamond 
     engagement ring and card.  Oleg, 60 MINUTES-style, is 
     positioned behind Emil videotaping Eddie.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 76


     He moves to the corner of the room - bringing a light back 
     over to illuminate Eddie's face.

                           EMIL
               So...who's Nicky?

                           EDDIE
               What do you want?

                           EMIL
               Your opinion.
                    (leaning forward)
               You see, they going to make a movie 
               about me, too, Eddie.  And write 
               books.

                           EDDIE
                    (sarcastic)
               What's your accomplishment.

                           EMIL
               I kill someone famous.

                           EDDIE
               Then do it, asshole.

                           EMIL
               Good - be tough to the end.  Actor 
               who plays you will want to die like 
               hero.

     Eddie looks at the videocamera.  Emil answers Eddie's look.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               So tabloids don't have to do re 
               enactments.  They going to have real 
               movie this time.

                           EDDIE
               If you kill me and film it you're 
               putting a noose around your neck.

     Emil turns to Oleg.

                           EMIL
               Turn it off.

     Oleg obeys.  Emil turns to Eddie.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               No.  We are insane.  Who else but 
               crazy men would film their murders?
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 77


                           EMIL (CONT'D)
                    (gestures to Eddie)
               So we kill someone famous and if we 
               are caught, we are sent to mental 
               hospital.  But what good is money 
               there?  Because once in hospital I 
               say I not crazy.  Just pretended to 
               be acquitted.  We see psychiatrists.  
               They must certify we are sane and 
               because of your - what is law called?
                    (Eddie says nothing)
               Oh - I got it.  Because of your Double 
               Jeopardy law, we can't be tried for 
               same crime twice.  We come out free, 
               rich and famous!

                           OLEG
               Good idea!

                           EDDIE
               You really think you'll be able to 
               fool a jury with this bullshit?  How 
               fuckin' stupid are you?

                           EMIL
               Smarter than Americans.  You're fed 
               cry baby talk shows all day long.  
               Not only will Americans believe me, 
               they'll cry for me.
                    (laughs)
               So...Detective Eddie Flemming, would 
               you like to say goodbye to your 
               Nicolette?  Maybe you can propose to 
               her now?

     Eddie says nothing.  Just stares at Emil.  Emil puffs on 
     Eddie's cigar.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Okay.  He has nothing to say.
                    (signaling Oleg)
               Start the camera!

                           OLEG
               Cut!

     Emil looks at Oleg.

                           OLEG (CONT'D)
               This is my project.  I say 'action.'  
               I am the director!  You are the 
               talent.  You wait for me to say 
               'action!'

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 78


     Emil looks at Eddie as if to say, "See what I have to put up 
     with."  Oleg gestures from behind the videocamera.

                           OLEG (CONT'D)
               And...action!

     Oleg FILMS as Emil raises Eddie's service revolver.  Eddie 
     suddenly KICKS at Emil's hand, but Emil pulls it away, backing 
     out of Eddie's reach.

                           EMIL
               Bad last moment - I cut that out.

     Emil raises the pistol again - pointing the gun at Eddie's 
     left temple.  Emil cocks the hammer, but Eddie avoids the 
     gun, ducking his head to the side of Emil's arm.  Standing 
     and following his head up Emil's arm and pushing him over 
     into the desk.  Eddie then knocks Emil with the chair and 
     Emil falls off the desk and onto the floor.

     Oleg still grips the videocamera.  Eddie continues around 
     with the chair and drives Oleg back across the room - pinning 
     him to the wall.

     Eddie comes back from Oleg to the gun at the same time as 
     Emil is limping for it.  Eddie knocks Emil out of the way 
     with the chair and then stabs him with the legs of the chair 
     repeatedly.

     Eddie comes up and around again at Oleg who is coming at him 
     from the wall.  Eddie knocks Oleg over the coffee table and 
     onto the sofa.  Falling on top of him, rolling over and 
     leaving Oleg on the sofa.

     Eddie manages to get up from the sofa and position the chair 
     in such a way that he can fall over backward and grab the 
     gun.  Emil limps toward the gun at the same time and it is 
     not clear in the darkness who has the gun.

     Oleg gets up from the sofa and goes over to get the 
     videocamera.  Eddie has managed to get the gun and comes up 
     as Oleg is moving in with the camera and starts shooting 
     toward Oleg - managing to shoot one of the blinds off the 
     window and one of the lampshades off the lamp.

     Oleg crouches down with the camera and Eddie starts to turn 
     toward Emil who comes at him with the knife and stabs him in 
     the stomach.

     Emil steps back, revealing the knife is BURIED IN EDDIE'S 
     STOMACH.

     Eddie stumbles backward, falling over but still attached to 
     the chair - holding the gun.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 79


     Eddie can't believe he got stabbed.  Blood swells around his 
     stomach.  He can't be dying.  This can't be happening.  He 
     looks at Emil.  The pain is terrible.  Oleg has knelt down 
     next to Eddie - getting a close up.

     Emil looks at Eddie.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Die.  Die.

     Emil looks around.  Grabs a black pillow and finishes Eddie 
     off, suffocating him.

     BLACKNESS

     We are moving through a tunnel - pitch black, so dark all 
     you feel is the motion.  We are traveling very fast.  Finally, 
     in the distance, a speck of light which fills the frame.

     We slowly pull back from the white light to discover it is a 
     tiny pixel on a TV screen.

     WIDENING

     further out we see Eddie's funeral on the evening news.  
     It's an enormous gathering - a sea of blue uniforms and 
     dignitaries.  In the upper right hand corner, superimposed 
     over the funeral, is a picture of Eddie from his ID and in 
     his NYPD uniform.  We see Oleg's reflection on the set with 
     the videocamera.  He is filming the TV.  We hear the audio 
     from Eddie's funeral.

                           NEWSCASTER (ON T.V.)
               ..Detective Flemming was one of the 
               most decorated NYPD detectives in 
               the history of New York.  He made 
               several thousand arrests during his 
               career, including the famed Stephen 
               Geller case.  Beloved by the community 
               in which he served.  His partner 
               eulogized him...

     Leon is at the mic.

                           LEON (ON T.V.)
               ...Eddie was my mentor, my best friend 
               and my partner...he taught me the 
               meaning of the word 'cop.'  He was a 
               man in every sense of the word.  
               I'll miss him...
                    (choking on tears)
               Sleep well, brother.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 80


     Leon begins to sing "Amazing Grace."  Oleg PANS from the TV 
     and focuses it on a lightbulb.  Hands enter the frame -
     carefully pouring clear liquid into an ashtray.  A long 
     hypodermic needle slides into the ashtray - the plunger is 
     pulled back and the needle quickly fills with liquid.  
     Gingerly, the needle is inserted into the lightbulb.  Again, 
     the plunger moves and the lightbulb is filled and placed on 
     a table...next to a CAN OF GASOLINE.  VIDEOCAMERA ZOOMS OUT 
     revealing...Emil sitting at a hotel desk doing this.

     INT. P.B. HERMAN'S RESTAURANT - DAY

     It's packed with COPS drinking.  Prosecutors...lawyers...many 
     who were at the funeral, including Leon.  All wear the black 
     ribbon on their badges.  There's a quality of an Irish wake - 
     boisterous, guys cursing...many cops in uniform.  A buffet 
     has been laid out.

     Hawkins enters in a black suit, wearing a black ribbon.  He 
     greets people, shaking hands, embracing Leon.

                           HAWKINS
               Awful...what an awful day.  He was 
               New York City.

     Hawkins notices a young man by the window.  Teary-eyed.  
     It's Tommy.  Hawkins nods to him.

                           TOMMY
               I never got to tell him how much I 
               admired him.

                           HAWKINS
               I know, son, I know.  We all loved 
               him.

     Hawkins moves on...greeting others.  He notices at the end 
     of the bar - sitting alone on a stool - is Nicolette.  He 
     moves to her.  Pulls up a stool alongside her.  She turns, 
     looks at him.  Just stares at him for a long beat.  She is 
     bombed.  Definitely drunk.  She's had many.  She turns to 
     Hawkins.

                           NICOLETTE
               You know...you know he was gonna 
               propose to me.  The crime guys found 
               a card he'd written out to me.  And 
               a ring box...these fuckers that killed 
               him - have my ring.  They have my 
               diamond engagement ring...

     Hawkins touches her shoulder with compassion.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 81


                           HAWKINS
               I know.

                           NICOLETTE
               What do you mean you know?  He told 
               you he was gonna propose to me?

                           HAWKINS
               Well, he...

                           NICOLETTE
                    (overriding)
               I want to hear everything he said.

                           HAWKINS
               I'm trying to tell you.

                           NICOLETTE
               Alright.  Go ahead.

                           HAWKINS
               That morning.  He was talking to me 
               and Leon about marriage.

                           NICOLETTE
               Oh my G-d.  We were having lunch 
               here.  He started making overtures - 
               talking about little shoes next to 
               his in his closet but I got a call 
               to anchor - and I walked out on him.  
               I walked out on him when he was trying 
               to ask me to marry him!!

     Nicolette is crying now.  She angrily wipes away a tear.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               I'd never had a great relationship 
               before.  I'd never made great choices
               with men.  And he wasn't easy to get 
               to know.  He was older, my parents 
               told me I was nuts to get involved 
               with him.  But he was so great to 
               me.  Always encouraging, telling me 
               I could do anything...
                    (beat)
               He was the one.  You know, I'd give 
               up everything - everything - for 
               just a little more time.  I would've 
               spent fifteen minutes with him if 
               that's all I knew I had.

     She's lost it.  Hawkins consoles her.  Nicolette shrugs him 
     off - turns back to her drink.  Downs the rest of it.  A 
     woman arrives, MAGGIE, Hawkins' producer - assistant in tow.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 82


                           MAGGIE
               Robert...?

                           HAWKINS
               What are you doing here?

                           MAGGIE
                    (holding a cellular)
               You've got a call.

                           HAWKINS
               I can't talk to anybody right now, 
               can't you see I'm busy!  I can't 
               talk business.  Hang up.  Have a 
               drink.
                    (to Paulie)
               Get her a whiskey.

                           MAGGIE
               Trust me, you'll want to take this 
               call.

     Robert steps off the stool.  Takes the phone.

                           HAWKINS
               Hello?  Who is this?
                    (listens)
               How do I know this is you?

     Hawkins gives Nicolette a comforting squeeze on her shoulder.

     Backs away from the bar.  Now out of hearing distance, he 
     looks back at Nicolette and lowers his voice.

                           HAWKINS (CONT'D)
               Where?

     We INTERCUT Emil on a public phone in the lobby of a movie 
     theater.  Oleg videotapes Emil on the phone, as he throws 
     glances into the theater.

                           EMIL
               Come to 45 Broadway.  Don't bring 
               the Police.  Come alone or you'll be 
               in my next film.

                           HAWKINS
                    (low)
               Look asshole.  I've been threatened 
               by better than you.

                           EMIL
               No.  I'm the best that's ever 
               threatened you.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 83


                           HAWKINS
               I'll meet you on one condition - I 
               get exclusivity and you surrender to 
               me.

                           EMIL
               We'll talk about that.  Four o'clock 
               gives you time to go to bank.  Three 
               hundred thousand dollars.

                           HAWKINS
               What?  It doesn't work that way.

                           EMIL
                    (incensed)
               If you don't want my film - I'll 
               call another show.  And they will 
               show it.

                           HAWKINS
               Wait a minute.  Wait a minute.

                           EMIL
               Come alone.  Bring cash.  And we'll 
               talk about surrendering.

     CLICK.  The line goes dead.  Hawkins disconnects.  Hands the 
     phone back to Maggie.  She's looking at him.  Excited.

     Hawkins looks at Nicolette.  His mind whirls.

     INT. FIRE STATION 91 - KITCHEN - DAY

     Daphne and Korfin are sitting at a table.  Korfin's arm is 
     in a sling, his side bandaged.  Duffy and Jordy enter in 
     their dress uniforms.  Korfin walks over to them.

                           KORFIN
               How was it?

                           JORDY
                    (numb)
               Not good.

     Jordy's quiet.  Dazed.  Nobody can believe Eddie's gone.

                           DUFFY
                    (nods to Daphne)
               Did the D.A. videotape her deposition?

                           KORFIN
               Yeah.  He finished awhile ago.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 84


                           DUFFY
                    (to Korfin)
               Alright.  Swing by her apartment.  
               Let her pick up her clothes and take 
               her straight to Hoover Street.  You 
               got that?

                           KORFIN
               Yeah.

     Jordy looks at her.  Duffy sees them hold each other's look.

                           JORDY
               Chief - mind if I take her?

                           DUFFY
               Okay.  But no water sports.

     Duffy walks out.  Jordy leads Daphne out of the station.

     Korfin follows.  A MAN IN A CHEAP SUIT is talking to Camello 
     who points as Jordy walks by.  The man chases after Jordy.

                           MAN
               Excuse me - Jordan Warsaw?

                           JORDY
               Yeah.

                           MAN
                    (shoving papers in 
                    Jordy's hand)
               Consider yourself served.

     Jordy opens the papers.  Korfin puts Daphne in the car.

     Walks back over to Jordy and reads over his shoulder.

                           KORFIN
               Zwangendaba??? Is suing you, the 
               department and the city of New York 
               for 10 million?  Who is Zwangendaba?

     Jordy remembers...and gets more depressed.

                           JORDY
               The mugger.

     EXT. DAPHNE'S APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT

     It's an old brownstone - in poor condition.  Jordy pulls up.

     Opens the door for Daphne - takes her by the elbow - steering 
     her to the door.  He is edgy.  Jumpy.  Looking around.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 85


                           DAPHNE
               Are you alright?

                           JORDY
               I still can't believe Eddie's gone.

                           DAPHNE
               I'm sorry.

     He looks at her.  Nods.  They walk up to the stairs as the 
     front door opens.  A NEIGHBOR exits, shocked.  Jordy pulls 
     Daphne out of the way.

                           DAPHNE (CONT'D)
                    (in Czech to the man)
               Hello.  How are you?

     INT. DAPHNE'S APARTMENT BUILDING - HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS

     Jordy and Daphne make their way up the stairs.  A bouquet of 
     flowers are outside Daphne's apartment.

                           JORDY
               What's this?

     She takes the card.  Jordy looks over her shoulder.  Daphne 
     reads: "Good luck with all your troubles.  I'm here if you 
     need me...Ludwig."

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Is he your boyfriend?

                           DAPHNE
               Ludwig?  He's gay - are you jealous?

                           JORDY
               If I was your boyfriend, I might be.

                           DAPHNE
               If you were my boyfriend, I'd suggest 
               you find another girlfriend that 
               isn't going to jail ten-thousand 
               miles away.

     They're staring in each other's eyes.  The sexual tension 
     strong.

                           JORDY
               A good Immigration lawyer could stall 
               the process.  Eddie recommended one.

                           DAPHNE
               No matter what happens...I'm glad I 
               met you.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 86


                           JORDY
               I'm glad I met you.

     They hold each other's eyes...then suddenly they kiss.  
     Urgently.  Passionately.  Somebody is coming up the stairs.  
     They part quickly.  A tenant enters his apartment down the 
     hall.  Jordy clears his throat.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Let's get your stuff.

     He opens the door.  Peers inside - checking it out.  Turns 
     to her.  Gestures that it's okay to enter.

     INT. DAPHNE'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

     It's very small.  Almost no furniture.  The bare minimum.  
     The apartment is a hole.  She looks at Jordy.  Both thinking 
     the same thought.  Another kiss.

                           JORDY
               You better get packed.

                           DAPHNE
               Right.

     She holds his look.

                           JORDY
               Do you have coffee?

                           DAPHNE
               In the kitchen.

                           JORDY
               I'll make some for us.

                           DAPHNE
               I'll get my clothes.

     She heads down the hall.  Jordy enters the small kitchen.  
     He flips on the kitchen light and the LIGHTBULB EXPLODES - 
     SETTING THE CEILING ON FIRE AND RELEASING A RAIN OF FIRE 
     INTO THE ROOM.  Jordy JUMPS BACK.

                           DAPHNE (CONT'D)
               Jordy!!!

                           JORDY
               No!  Get back!  GET BACK!!!

     Jordy's more surprised than shaken.  It's a fire - he knows 
     the drill.  He pushes her into the living room.  Then notices 
     a FIRE EXTINGUISHER hanging on the wall.  Grabs it.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 87


     Aims it at the FIRE spreading in the kitchen.  He SPRAYS as 
     Daphne SCREAMS!

                           DAPHNE
               That's not mine!

     WHOOOOOOOOOSH!  The fire extinguisher FEEDS THE FIRE!  Flames 
     leap up from the fire - shooting toward the extinguisher 
     because it's filled with gasoline.  The handle LOCKS!  Jordy 
     CAN'T TURN IT OFF.  Flames engulf the extinguisher and JORDY'S 
     HAND.  He flings the extinguisher - BACKS OUT OF THE KITCHEN.  
     Closes the door.  Jordy takes off his jacket.  Stuffs it 
     under the bottom of the door.  Blocking the smoke.  He hurries 
     into the living room.  Knowing it's moments before the 
     extinguisher will explode.  Jordy pulls out his cellular.  
     Hits the speed dial as he notices Daphne about to throw a 
     chair through the window.

                           JORDY
               Don't!  It'll suck the flames toward 
               us!

     Too late.  She SMASHES the window.  There's an EXPLOSION in 
     the kitchen.  Smoke and fire rush down the hallway and along 
     the ceiling.  Jordy yells into the phone:

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               This is Jordan Warsaw!  We got a 
               1075, make it quick, we're trapped!  
               8th Avenue and 44th Street.

     He pulls Daphne toward the bedroom.  It's locked.  Jordy 
     kicks it open.  Grabs the comforter off the bed.  Shoves 
     that under the door jam.  He pulls Daphne into the bathroom.

     Shuts the door.  Runs his severely burned hand under the 
     cold water.  Daphne looks out the window - hearing the sirens.

     She notices someone has nailed the window shut.  And on top 
     of one nail...is Eddie's gold shield.

                           DAPHNE
               Oh my G-d!  Oh my G-d!

     Jordy turns - sees Eddie's shield.

                           DAPHNE (CONT'D)
               They were here!

     This freaks her out.  They were in her home.  She starts to 
     panic.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 88


                           JORDY
               Calm down.  Get a hold of yourself!  
               Get down!

     He pulls aside the curtain to the bathtub.  In it is a CAN 
     OF GASOLINE.  A virtual bomb.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Oh Jesus!

     Daphne reaches for the can of gasoline.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               What are you doing?

                           DAPHNE
               Pouring it out!

     She grabs the can of gasoline - pours it down the drain.  
     The FIRE is raging outside the bathroom.  The bathroom door 
     is beginning to smoke and burn.  They are trapped.  Jordy 
     turns - grabs an exposed water pipe that runs up the wall to 
     the ceiling.  He throws his feet against the wall for 
     leverage.  Pulls with all his might to break it loose.  It's 
     creaking - but he's having a hard time with it.

                           DAPHNE (CONT'D)
               Oh shit!

     Jordy looks over.  The gasoline she's pouring out - is not 
     going down the drain.  It's stopped up.  As soon as the fire 
     gets in the bathroom, everything will explode!  Jordy begins 
     pulling at the rusty pipe with all his might.  Daphne comes 
     over - helps him.  Both of them trying to break it off.  
     Suddenly it snaps and water POURS into the room.

     SOAKING THE WALLS.  They point the pipe toward the door, 
     soaking some of the flames which are consuming the door.  
     Trying to stop the fire from coming in.  He and Daphne are 
     drenched.  And trapped.  Jordy grabs a broken piece of pipe.  
     Starts SMASHING the wall behind them.  The wall to the 
     adjacent apartment.

     VIDEO POV

     Jordy and Daphne in the bathroom - surrounded by fire.  CAMERA 
     WHIP PANS down the street as FIRE ENGINES arrive.

     OLEG

     is VIDEOTAPING them from the opposite rooftop.  Tenants from 
     Daphne's building are fleeing down the fire escape.  Emil 
     stands in back of Oleg - who is very excited.  He turns the 
     camera on himself.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 89


                           OLEG
               This is great film!  You can see 
               fire right now - Daphne is in fire - 
               Fire Marshal is here.  Everything is 
               so messy.  Everything is so crazy 
               right here!  Look at this fire!  We 
               made it!  90% of people who die in 
               fire die from eating smoke.  So most 
               likely they all die from eating smoke.

     The CAMERA PANS to Emil.

                           OLEG (CONT'D)
               And this is the man who started the 
               fire.  Say something to your fans, 
               Emil!

     Emil waits a beat and then blows a kiss to the lens.

     DAPHNE'S BATHROOM

     Filled with smoke.  You can barely see Jordy or Daphne.

     Jordy SMASHES a hole in the wall - which reveals the bathroom 
     in the apartment next door.  The smoke has a place to escape.  
     There's a 7-year old KID in there.  Standing in the bathroom.  
     Terrified.

                           JORDY
               Get back!  Get out of the bathroom!  
               Run!

                           7-YEAR OLD KID
               The hallway is on fire!

                           JORDY
               It's okay.  I'm a fireman.  I'm going 
               to help you.  Get back!  Now!

     Jordy pushes Daphne through the wall - turns as the bathroom 
     door catches fire.  It's seconds before the whole room will 
     blow up.

                           OLEG
               Across the roof is videotaping the 
               bathroom as it EXPLODES!

     EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS

     Fire engines have arrived.  The street is filled with gawkers.  
     Garcia and Korfin pull up just as Jordy runs from the building - 
     holding the kid in one arm and pulling Daphne with the other.  
     Carefully guarding his bandaged hand.  A fireman grabs the 
     kid.  Another grabs Daphne.  Garcia and Korfin run to Jordy.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 90


                           GARCIA
               Jordy!  What the hell happened?!

                           KORFIN
               Are you alright, man?  Lemme see the 
               hand!

                           JORDY
               Where's Daphne?  Daphne?

     He spots Daphne on the corner as a familiar voice pushes 
     through the crowd.

                           VOICE
               Isn't she a beauty?  She's my fire, 
               look at that loom-up on her!

     Jordy turns - it's Max.  The attention pyromaniac who Jordy 
     threw out of his office.  As a news crew arrives, Max turns 
     to the cameras.

                           MAX
               I did this!  I did this!  Take my 
               picture!  I'm Max!  Max Gornick!

     Jordy grabs Max - pushes him away.

                           JORDY
               Get outta here!

                           KORFIN
               What the hell happened?

                           JORDY
               They were inside.  They booby trapped 
               her apartment!

     Korfin scans the crowd.  Looking for Emil and Oleg.  In the 
     b.g., Duffy is SCREAMING.

                           DUFFY
               What the hell are you talking about???  
               They're gonna do what?

     Jordy and Korfin turn.  The Chief has a phone to his ear and 
     is freaked.

     INT. LOBBY OF CHANNEL 12 BROADCASTING - NIGHT

     JORDY'S POV

     as he enters the TV station.  His clothes burnt and still 
     wet.  The lobby's full of ANGRY COPS.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 91


     Tommy and Leon, still in his funeral suit, SCREAMING above 
     them all at Maggie the producer and her ASSISTANT, who are 
     standing behind the desk.

                           TOMMY
               Where is he?!  Where is Hawkins?!

                           MAGGIE
               He's not on the premises!

                           LEON
               I want the tape.  Go get it and bring 
               it here this minute.

                           MAGGIE
               Any request for the video must be 
               directed to "Top Story's" attorney -
               Bruce Cutler.  I'll be happy to give 
               you his number.

     Leon jumps over the desk where Maggie stands.  Tommy pushes 
     past the security guard to follow Leon.  They continue toward 
     Maggie, pushing her further back into the office.  She tries 
     to protect herself with an office door which Leon slams open.

                           LEON
               Lady, if you put Eddie's murder on 
               TV, I'll get a warrant for your arrest 
               and shove it so far up your ass it'll 
               come outta your mouth!

                           MAGGIE
               I want your shield number!

                           HAWKINS (O.S.)
               Viewer discretion advised!

                           MAGGIE
                    (pointing at the TV)
               You want the tape?  There it is!

     Leon, Tommy, all the cops and Jordy - turn toward a TV set 
     which is mounted in the lobby.  The "Top Story" logo flashes 
     on the screen, then Robert Hawkins is seen behind his desk.

                           HAWKINS
               What we are about to broadcast is 
               very graphic footage...

     Everyone is riveted.  But Jordy notices outside...a "Top 
     Story" NEWS VAN is waiting in the alley.  Robert Hawkins 
     jumps from a doorway and into the van.  Jordy backs out.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 92


     INT. PLANET HOLLWYOOD - NIGHT

     POP...a video POV of a bottle of Crystal as the cork is 
     popped.  The videocamera pans up to Emil sitting at the table.  
     He nods at the waiter who leaves.  Emil raises the glass - 
     looking into the lens.

                           EMIL
               America!  Who says you can't be 
               success in America?  I arrived with 
               nothing, knowing nobody - now look - 
               I am a success story!

     The videocamera is lowered.  Oleg turns it off.  Asks 
     suspiciously.

                           OLEG
               You are success story?  I am success 
               story!  Why do you say I and not we?

                           EMIL
               Oleg, don't be paranoid.  You got a 
               hundred-fifty thousand dollars, didn't 
               you?  I gave you half of what they 
               gave me.  Look - here we are!

     Emil gestures toward the big television set.  We are in Planet 
     Hollywood - where diners and those by the bar can watch a 
     huge screen hanging from the ceiling.  Robert Hawkins is 
     introducing his show.

                           HAWKINS (ON T.V.)
               Good evening.  Welcome to "Top Story".  
               Tonight, I present to you material 
               of a graphic and violent nature never 
               before seen on television.  And I do 
               so with a heavy heart.  You will be 
               first-hand witness to the slaying of 
               celebrated New York City Homicide 
               Detective, Eddie Flemming.  It would 
               be only normal to ask, why?  Why are 
               we showing something so graphic?  As 
               a journalist, I must show it.  A 
               democracy survives through the freedom 
               of its media, and if we cannot see 
               what is happening then we don't 
               deserve our democracy, or our freedom.  
               Eddie Flemming was my friend.  I 
               cried when I watched this footage 
               and vowed to fight this violence 
               with every molecule of my being from 
               this day onward.  Hopefully, this 
               will have a similar effect on you.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 93


                           HAWKINS (ON T.V.) (CONT'D)
               One final word, this material is 
               absolutely not appropriate for 
               children.

     The restaurant BUZZES.  Emil checks his watch.

                           OLEG
               In movie they make of us, who do you 
               think would act me?

                           EMIL
               The one who got caught in the 
               bathroom.
                    (beat)
               George Michael.

     Emil laughs.  Oleg doesn't.

                           OLEG
               I'm serious.

                           EMIL
               Shut up.  Look!

     Emil points towards the TV.  "Top Story" is continuing.  The 
     scene cuts to Emil's video footage.  Eddie is handcuffed to 
     the chair.  The light illuminating his face.

                           OLEG (O.S.)
               This is my project.  I say 'action.'  
               I am the director!  You are the 
               talent.  You wait for me to say 
               'action.'
                    (beat)
               And 'action!'

                           EMIL
               Bad last moment - I cut it out.

     Emil looks at Oleg - furious.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               I told you to cut that out before we 
               handed in the tape!

                           OLEG
               Be quiet.  Watch.

     Oleg watches the big-screen TV as Emil raises the pistol to 
     Eddie's temple.  Eddie pushes him over the desk.  Eddie then 
     knocks Emil with the chair and Emil falls off the desk onto 
     the floor.  Eddie continues around with the chair and drives 
     Oleg back across the room - pinning him to the wall.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 94


     Eddie and Emil both go for the gun.  Eddie knocks him out of 
     the way.  Stabs him with the legs of the chair repeatedly.

     Leaves him in a ball on the floor.  Oleg comes at Eddie and 
     he knocks Oleg over the coffee table and onto the sofa.  The 
     blinds and lamp shade are shot - bathing the room with more 
     light.  Emil stabs Eddie in the stomach.  Oleg kneels down 
     for a CLOSE-UP.

                           EMIL
               Die.  Die.

     EXT. TIMES SQUARE - CONTINUOUS

     Hawkins' van drives across Times Square.  Jordy's car 
     following.  We WIDEN OUT... Eddie's murder is being broadcast 
     on the JUMBOTRON in Times Square.  People stare up - stunned.

     INT. PLANET HOLLWYOOD - CONTINUOUS

     The dinner patrons are watching TV.  Shocked.  Emil glares 
     at Oleg.

                           EMIL
               Why did you leave that stuff in about 
               you being the director?

                           OLEG
               Because I am the director.  Don't 
               you realize, if it wasn't for my 
               film, for my talent, my idea to do 
               this - no way would we be sitting 
               here right now.

                           EMIL
               Your idea?  I thought it was my idea.

     Oleg tenses.  Emil laughs.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Aren't you just the cameraman?

     Oleg doesn't laugh.

                           OLEG
               I'm serious...this - this is a great 
               American film.  Full of violence and 
               sex.  And I want my credit.

                           EMIL
               Credit?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 95


                           OLEG
               Yes.  Before we hand in the next 
               video - I put titles on it and my 
               credit is going to read - Directed 
               by Oleg Razgul.

                           EMIL
               Yes.  But there's only one problem - 
               you want credit but the problem is - 
               I don't share credit.

     Oleg is pissed.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               You got that?

                           OLEG
               No, I don't get that!

                           EMIL
               You think you are a director?  You 
               are a fucking little, small Russian 
               piece of shit.  And I hate you.  I 
               fucking hate you.

     Emil slaps Oleg across the face.  Oleg stands up.  Emil 
     suddenly pulls out Eddie's gun but before he can pull the 
     trigger, Oleg STABS Emil in the arm!  Emil squeezes off a 
     shot through the crowded restaurant.  Patrons SCREAM - Oleg 
     runs through the restaurant, escaping.  It's chaos.

     Hawkins arrives with a crew and with BRUCE CUTLER, a 
     confident, tough criminal attorney.  Emil pulls the steak 
     knife out of his arm, picks up a napkin - pressing it to his 
     wound.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Oh, hello.

     Cutler accesses the situation.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Are you my attorney?
                    (extends his hand to 
                    Cutler)
               I'm Emil.  I'm insane.

                           CUTLER
               I'm not your lawyer until I see the 
               money.

                           EMIL
               Here.  I have your money.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 96


     Emil picks up a briefcase and hands it to Cutler.  Cutler 
     opens it - inside is the cash Emil got from Robert Hawkins.

     Emil looks at the table, pushing the plates and silverware 
     aside.  Emil looks under the table, throwing the chair aside, 
     freaking.  He's lost the most important thing in his life.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               Oh no!  No!  Shit!

                           CUTLER
                    (follows Emil - 
                    reaching out to him)
               Emil.  Take it easy.  Stay with me.  
               Sit down.  What do you need?  What 
               are you looking for?

                           EMIL
               He has the camera!  He took the movie!

     Jordy comes in, gun raised.

                           JORDY
               Don't move!  Don't move!  Get your 
               hands up!  Drop it!

     Emil puts his hands in the air.  Immediately drops the gun!

                           EMIL
               I give up!

     Jordy is disappointed!  He didn't want to take Emil alive.

     Hawkins signals to his camera man, who swings his camera at 
     Jordy as he approaches Emil, his gun aimed at Emil's head.

                           CUTLER
               This man is unarmed, officer.  He's 
               surrendered.

     Jordy cracks Emil across the face - knocking him down.

                           CUTLER (CONT'D)
               What are you hitting him for?

                           JORDY
               Turn that camera off!

     Jordy handcuffs him.  Emil turns to the camera for sympathy, 
     appearing more hurt than he is.

                           EMIL
               No.  Keep filming...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 97


     Jordy realizes how media savvy Emil is and understands in 
     that moment why he's surrendering.  Jordy yanks Emil up - 
     dragging him across the restaurant floor - Emil still favoring 
     his ankle.

                           CUTLER
                    (to Emil)
               Don't say anything.

                           EMIL
               Where are we going?

                           CUTLER
               I'm coming with you.

                           EMIL
               Yes.  Yes, come with me!

                           CUTLER
                    (to Jordy)
               I'm invoking rights - this man is 
               represented by counsel.  I'm coming 
               with him.

     The "Top Story" crew is all over them, filming everything.  
     Cutler stays close to Emil.  Making sure he's in the video 
     footage.

                           JORDY
               Turn that camera off!

     EXT. PLANET HOLLWYOOD - CONTINUOUS

     As Jordy comes out with a limping Emil, police are arriving.  
     Tommy, Leon and Murphy run over as Jordy opens the back door 
     to his car.  Leon grabs Emil.

                           LEON
               I'll take him.

                           JORDY
               No way!  He's mine!

                           LEON
                    (holding on to Emil, 
                    squeezing his arm 
                    hard)
               We're takin' him.  Don't argue!

                           JORDY
               He's my collar!

                           LEON
               Well, he killed my partner!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 98


                           JORDY
               He's yours but I take him in!  I'll 
               drive him to the precinct, you can 
               have him but I'm walkin' him in.

     Leon realizes Jordy wants to be seen on TV taking Emil into 
     custody.

                           LEON
               Okay, kid, have your 15-minutes.  
               I'll follow you.  Tommy, you ride 
               with him!

     Leon stares hatefully into Emil's eyes.

                           LEON (CONT'D)
               You're goin' down, motherfucker, you 
               are goin' down.  I'll be there with 
               a smile when they put you down!

     Cutler hurries to Emil's side.

                           CUTLER
               Don't say a word.  Don't respond to 
               his taunting!
                    (to Leon)
               He's represented by counsel.  You 
               want to speak to someone - you speak 
               to me!

                           TOMMY
               Out of the way, counselor.

     Tommy shoves Cutler aside.

                           CUTLER
               Don't you put your hands on me, 
               Detective.

     Jordy pushes Emil in the back seat and slams the door.  Leon 
     turns to Hawkins, whose cameras are filming everything.

                           LEON
               And you, you'll pay for what you 
               did!

                           HAWKINS
                    (low)
               This footage will work in your favor.
               When the jury sees this - no matter 
               what Cutler tries, they'll convict 
               him.

     Leon looks at him. This man used to be his friend.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                            p. 99


                           LEON
               You outta be ashamed.  Ashamed of 
               yourself.

                           HAWKINS
               If I didn't put it on somebody else 
               would!  I was his friend!

                           LEON
               Don't give me that fucking shit.

     The cameras are rolling.

                           MURPHY
               Don't get into it on TV.

                           LEON
                    (yells to other cop 
                    cars)
               Alright, let's get going!

     Leon and the other cops rush to their cars.  Jordy is already 
     behind the wheel.  As soon as Tommy jumps in the passenger 
     seat, Jordy takes off.  The cameras film him driving away.

     INT. JORDY'S CAR - NIGHT

     Jordy takes a left turn, racing away.  Running all the lights.

                           TOMMY
               What are you doin'?  You're gonna 
               lose everybody!

     Jordy rips through another turn, heading toward the West 
     Side Highway.  The car speeds up the ramp and races up the 
     left lane - having lost the police.

                           TOMMY (CONT'D)
               Where are you goin'??  This ain't 
               the way to the station!

     Jordy looks up at Emil in the rear view mirror.

     EXT. WEST SIDE HIGHWAY EXIT - CONTINUOUS

     Jordy pulls off on 130th Street.  They are way uptown in the 
     middle of nowhere.  The car drives down a dark street.  
     Crumbled, vacant buildings dominate the streets and there 
     are no people around.

     EXT. DESERTED STREET - CONTINUOUS

     The car slows down.  Tommy watches Jordy, realizes what's 
     going on.  Jordy stops at a dead end.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 100


     Pulls open the back door, yanks Emil out and starts to drag 
     him up into the deserted tunnel.

                           TOMMY
               Jordy...??? Listen to me.  You can't 
               do this.  This isn't the way to do 
               things.

     Jordy ignores Tommy, slamming him up against the tunnel wall.

                           JORDY
               Were you a fireman?  That how you 
               knew how to rig the apartment?

                           EMIL
               My father was.  He gave me many 
               lessons about fire.  Now it's my 
               friend.

                           JORDY
               Tommy, take a walk.

                           TOMMY
               What are you gonna do?

                           JORDY
               Don't you get it?  He knew he was 
               gonna get caught!  That's why he 
               videotaped Eddie's murder - he thinks 
               he's gonna get off.

                           TOMMY
               Don't stoop to his level!

     Jordy tosses the car keys to Tommy.

                           JORDY
               Take the car.  Get outta here, Tommy.

                           TOMMY
               Look, you can't shoot him in cold 
               blood.

                           JORDY
                    (erupting)
               GET OUTTA HERE NOW!!  GET IN THAT 
               CAR AND DRIVE AWAY!!!  DO WHAT I SAY 
               OR I'LL KILL YOU, TOO!!!

     Tommy nervously backs up toward Jordy's car.  Climbs behind 
     the wheel and drives away, leaving Jordy and Emil alone in 
     the darkness.  Jordy takes out Eddie's pistol.  The one Emil 
     took from Eddie.  Jordy opens the cylinder - two bullets 
     left.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 101


     Jordy snaps the cylinder shut, tucks Eddie's gun in Emil's 
     belt.  He drags Emil away from the wall, into the center of 
     the empty space - unlocks Emil's handcuffs and throws them 
     aside.  Still holding the gun on Emil, he circles around to 
     face him.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Get your hands up!  Get your hands 
               up!

     Now facing Emil, he sticks his gun in his waistband - the 
     same place he put Emil's.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               You wanna be a real American?  Go 
               for your gun.

     Emil holds his arms out - making it clear he's not going for 
     the gun.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Pull the gun!  You want to be famous?  
               Shoot me, you'll get more headlines 
               and make more money.

     Emil watches Jordy...a slow grin spreads across his face.

                           EMIL
               You can't kill me.  You're not a 
               cop. Just fireman with a gun.  I bet 
               you never shot anybody in your life.

                           JORDY
               You'll be my first.

     Jordy pulls out his 9mm and pushes the barrel right between 
     Emil's eyes.

                           EMIL
               C'mon.  Pull the trigger.  Do it.  
               Oh, look, you're sweating.  You don't 
               have the balls.

                           JORDY
               Get down on your knees.

     Emil gets on his knees and starts to sing in Czech.  SIRENS 
     fill the air.  Police cars come flying down the street.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Where's your partner?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 102


                           EMIL
               The Sheraton!  On Broadway!  Room 
               210.  Go get Oleg.  He'll kill you.

     Leon runs up.  Tommy's relieved to see Jordy didn't kill 
     Emil.

                           LEON
               Gimme your gun, Jordy.  We all want 
               him dead but you can't do it this 
               way.

     Emil is still smiling.  Jordy suddenly slams Emil in the 
     face.  Knocking him to the floor.  He jumps in his car and 
     speeds away.

     INT. BROADWAY SHERATON - 2ND FLOOR HALLWAY - NIGHT

     A room service WAITER wheels a tray with a magnum bottle of 
     Crystal, with three glasses, toward Oleg's room.  Jordy 
     follows behind him - gun aimed at his back.

                           WAITER
               Do you really need me?

                           JORDY
               Keep your mouth shut.  Don't mess 
               this up.

     They reach the room.  Jordy flattens himself against the 
     wall.  The waiter KNOCKS.

                           HOOKER'S VOICE
               Who's there?

                           WAITER
                    (nervous)
               R-room service.

     A HOOKER, wrapped in a towel, opens the door a crack, looking 
     out at the waiter.

                           HOOKER
               Come in.

     Jordy whips around the corner - pointing his gun and pushing 
     the hooker back out of the room.  Jordy moves to the bedroom 
     door.  Peers through the crack.  Oleg sits on the edge of 
     the bed in his skivvies with two naked prostitutes.  He's 
     hooked up his videocamera to the TV set and is showing them 
     his footage of the fire.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 103


                           OLEG
               Look at that.  See that shot!  
               Seamless.  No cuts.
                    (excited)
               And look.  Look at that transition.  
               That's filmmaking!!  Isn't it great?!

     Jordy KICKS in the door - gun raised.

                           JORDY
               Don't move!

     Oleg grabs the videocamera.  Has on hooker in a head lock 
     and picks up the other one.  He rushes at Jordy - using one 
     of the hookers for protection.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Drop the girl!  Drop her!!

     Oleg pushes the hookers at Jordy - knocking Jordy back into 
     the living room and over the back of the sofa.  Oleg rushes 
     OUT INTO THE HOTEL HALLWAY 

     Oleg runs to the fire exit - Jordy follows, chasing Oleg 
     down the stairwell.

     EXT. BROADWAY - NIGHT

     Oleg bursts out a door which opens onto Broadway.  He runs 
     through the crowd - knocking pedestrians aside!  Jordy chases 
     him, gun in hand!  Oleg runs into the street, darting in and 
     out of traffic, cars braking to a stop.  One SLAMS into 
     another.  Jordy leaps over a car, closing in on Oleg.  People 
     gawk.  Even in New York, it's odd to see a man being chased 
     in his underwear.  Oleg runs, knocking people aside.  He's 
     holding the camera in his hand.  It's on.

                           JORDY
               STOP!  STOP THAT MAN!

     A UNIFORMED COP turns as Oleg runs right into him.  Knocking 
     him down.  Oleg beats him, takes his gun and runs into:

     INT. MOVIE THEATER LOBBY - CONTINUOUS

     Oleg, gun in hand, runs past the TICKET TAKER at the door.

                           TICKET TAKER
               Hey, come back here!

     The ticket taker runs after Oleg who continues past the candy 
     counter.  Jordy rushes in the door.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 104


                           JORDY
               Where is he?  Where'd he go?

                           TICKET TAKER
               Middle door.

     Jordy continues running through the lobby - past the middle 
     door - and enters the theater through the far door.

     INT. MOVIE THEATER - NIGHT

     Jordy enters the theater, crouches down in the aisle.  It's 
     a night scene, the theater is dark.  Jordy tries to see faces.

     He cuts through a row of seats to the middle aisle.

                           DRUNK'S VOICE
               Kill him!  Kill the bastard!

     Jordy spins toward the voice - it's a DRUNK.  Others start 
     YELLING for blood!

                           AUDIENCE
               Shoot him!  SHOOT!

     A GUNSHOT!  Jordy ducks!  Another GUNSHOT!  Jordy realizes 
     the shots are coming from the screen.

                           OLEG
               Look!  Over here!

     Jordy turns.  Oleg stands up and FIRES at him - trying to 
     film Jordy's death with a videocamera.

     Jordy ducks, then rises up with his gun as Oleg vaults over 
     the seats, leaping from one to the other, mashing shoulders 
     and heads, bounding for the screen.

                           JORDY
               Everybody down!  Stay DOWN!

     Jordy FIRES as the screen villain blasts away.  Some in the 
     audience don't realize the real thing is happening.  Oleg 
     leaps on the stage in front of the screen, illuminated by 
     it.  Jordy runs down the aisle.  Oleg FIRES at Jordy.  Jordy 
     FIRES back.  People panic - scurrying away - Jordy can't get 
     a clear shot.  Oleg FIRES again, wounding a moviegoer.  Jordy 
     raises up as the theater lights go on...and Oleg is gone!

     Jordy jumps on the stage - runs backstage - Oleg has 
     disappeared.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Shit!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 105


     SIRENS are heard from outside.  VOICES of cops are heard as 
     they enter.

     CLOSE ON TV

     A REPORTER is in Times Square, reports from outside the movie 
     theater.

                           REPORTER (ON T.V.)
               ...and the wild chase through Times 
               Square ended with the suspect, Oleg 
               Razgul, escaping.  The fire department 
               has identified the fire marshal 
               involved in the failed pursuit as 
               Jordy Warsaw.

     The channel is changed.  PETER ARNETT is reporting the same 
     story.

                           PETER ARNETT (ON T.V.)
               In a related matter, Mr. Slovak's 
               attorney, Bruce Cutler - famous for 
               handling sensational cases - claims 
               his client is unfit to stand trial.

     INT. JAIL CELL - WIDER - DAY

     Daphne sitting on a bench in a jail cell.  Watching TV through 
     the bars.  She is in the fire department's holding cell in 
     Brooklyn.

                           PETER ARNETT (ON T.V.)
               In fact, Cutler claimed Mr. Slovak 
               was not the alleged mastermind behind 
               the murders.  According to Cutler, 
               Mr. Slovak was being directed by his 
               partner, who threatened to kill him 
               if he didn't follow Mr. Razgul's 
               orders.  Cutler told reporters today 
               that Mr. Razgul did in fact stab his 
               client.

     The scene CUTS TO Cutler's press conference.

                           CUTLER
               My client, Mr. Slovak, is a victim.  
               What's happened is not his fault.  
               Emil was under the influence of his 
               partner.  At the trial, you'll see 
               that my client will be vindicated...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 106


     INT. BELLEVUE - MENTAL OBSERVATION UNIT - DAY

     The CAMERA WIDENS from the TV set.  We are now in an interview 
     room, a guard is posted outside the room.  Emil sits at a 
     small table - with Cutler.  Emil is dressed in Bellevue 
     clothes.  He's handcuffed and his ankle is bandaged.  Emil 
     gives a complimentary nod toward Cutler.

                           CUTLER
               I brought you some letters.  It's 
               really fan mail.  Women mostly.  One 
               wants to buy you clothes, another 
               sent a check.  Another wants a check.

                           EMIL
               You bring the cigarettes?

                           CUTLER
               Oh, sure.

     Cutler shakes a cigarette out of the pack, stuffs it in Emil's 
     mouth and lights it for him.  Emil has never smoked before.

                           CUTLER (CONT'D)
               How're they treating you, alright
                    (Emil is nonresponsive)
               I want to get the cuffs off... but 
               there's a little bit of a problem.  
               Things out there are very negative 
               right now for us.  We gotta change 
               that around.  Perception is very, 
               very important.  Perception is 
               reality.  I know you're not fuckin' 
               crazy.  But it's important that I 
               get that message out.  Cause that's 
               our only defense in this case.

     Emil leans forward.  Cutler retrieves the cigarette from 
     between his lips.

                           CUTLER (CONT'D)
               I want you to focus on three things: 
               fear...

     He puts the cigarette back in Emil's mouth.

                           CUTLER (CONT'D)
               ...delusions and paranoia.

                           EMIL
               I was all of these.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 107


                           CUTLER
               Well, you didn't appreciate the 
               severity of it until recently.  No 
               question about that.

                           EMIL
               What about Oleg?

                           CUTLER
               Disappeared.  They're looking 
               everywhere.  Maybe he went back to 
               Czechoslovakia.

                           EMIL
               No, he is here.  Shit...

                           CUTLER
               Don't worry about him.  Think about 
               yourself.

                           EMIL
               What about my movie rights?  Book 
               rights?

                           CUTLER
               Look, I haven't really focused on 
               that kind of thing.

                           EMIL
               What's your cut?  How much?

                           CUTLER
               I would say...half.  Half is fair.

                           EMIL
                    (laughs)
               No.  No way.

                           CUTLER
               But it's...

                           EMIL
               Thirty-percent.  No more.  Or I call 
               another lawyer.  This is the biggest 
               case of your life.  Don't try to 
               negotiate.  Thirty percent.  Say yes 
               or no.

                           CUTLER
               This is not about money, Emil.  I 
               need your trust in me.

                           EMIL
               What else do you need?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 108


                           CUTLER
               I need to know about your background.  
               I need to know about your upbringing.  
               Why you're here.

                           EMIL
                    (indicating cigarette)
               Give me another one, please.

     Cutler stuffs another cigarette in Emil's mouth.  Lights it.

                           CUTLER
               Tell me about yourself.  What you 
               did as a young boy... what your 
               parents were like.

                           EMIL
               My father always degraded me.  Killed 
               my self-esteem.  And my mother was 
               blind.

                           CUTLER
               Your mother was blind?

                           EMIL
               Yeah, she went blind giving birth to 
               me.  She went to fucking black market 
               doctor to induce me.

                           CUTLER
               Back in the Czech Republic?

                           EMIL
               Yeah, yeah...bad doctor gave her bad 
               drugs which made her go blind.  And 
               my father blamed me for her 
               blindness...

                           CUTLER
               Your father blamed you for your 
               mother's blindness?

                           EMIL
               Yeah, he hated me from day when I 
               was born.  Put it out.  Can you put 
               the cigarette out?

     Cutler takes the cigarette from Emil's lips and extinguishes 
     it.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               That's what he did to me.  He put 
               cigarettes out on me.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 109


                           CUTLER
               Your father put cigarettes out on 
               you?

                           EMIL
               Out on my back when I was a small 
               boy.

                           CUTLER
               Can I see your back?

     Emil rises.  Cutler comes around and pulls his shirt up.  
     HIS ENTIRE BACK IS COVERED WITH DISGUSTING PURPLISH WELTS 
     FROM CIGARETTE BURNS.  Cutler recoils - horrified.

                           CUTLER (CONT'D)
               Oh, Jesus.

                           EMIL
               I'm abused.  Don't you think?

                           CUTLER
               I don't think it's abuse, I think 
               it's torture.

     INT. FIRE STATION 91 - DUFFY'S OFFICE - DAY

     Inside the Arson Squad, Duffy sits behind his desk.  Jordy 
     stands across the table from his Chief.  Behind Jordy we can 
     see Garcia and Korfin outside, listening.  Duffy has a 
     subpoena in his hand.

                           DUFFY
               The public doesn't have any idea 
               what we do and now you're going to 
               define our image!  This is going to 
               be our Rodney King!

                           JORDY
               What was I supposed to do?  The guy 
               tried to mug me.  I was gonna send a 
               cop back - I just forgot.

                           DUFFY
               Forgot?  You handcuffed a civilian 
               to a tree?!

                           JORDY
               Chief - I know I screwed up - but 
               this guy was no innocent civilian.

                           DUFFY
               Well this is gonna end your career 
               and probably mine.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 110


                           JORDY
               End my career?

                           DUFFY
               How are you going to fight this?  
               Maybe if Oleg hadn't gotten away and 
               you'd been on the front page, as a 
               hero, this thing would be easier to 
               fight.  You'd have the good to weight 
               against the bad!  It's unfortunate 
               that I have to make decisions based 
               upon your press coverage but there's 
               nothing I can do!  Gimme your shield.

                           JORDY
               But Chief?  Over this??

                           DUFFY
               There's nothing to talk about.  Get 
               a good lawyer.  You're suspended 
               until your trial.

     Jordy sighs.  Dying inside.  He surrenders his shield.  Drops 
     his handcuffs, his pager and his gun.  Duffy picks up the 
     gun - looks at it.

                           DUFFY (CONT'D)
                    (pats Jordy's shoulder)
               I know you got backup at home.  Drop 
               it off.

     Jordy sighs and exits.

     INT. IMMIGRATION & NATURALIZATION OFFICE - DAY

     Jordy is talking to BILL STERN, a senior special agent.  In 
     another office we see Daphne with two 25-year old ASSISTANT 
     U.S. ATTORNEYS.

                           STERN
                    (to Jordy)
               Look, what don't you understand?  
               We've got a good relationship with 
               the Czech's and the State Department 
               doesn't want to cause an incident.

                           JORDY
               But the D.A. needs her as an 
               eyewitness!

                           STERN
               They've got her testimony on 
               videotape.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 111


                           STERN (CONT'D)
               And even if they do take her to court 
               immediately after she'll be 
               extradited.  The Czechs want her 
               back.  She shot a cop!  I mean, 
               Christ, man, what if Emil Slovak and 
               Oleg Razgul fled to the Czech 
               Republic?  How would you feel if the 
               Czechs wouldn't give them back to 
               us?!

     Stern looks over at Daphne sitting in another office.  Lowers 
     his voice.

                           STERN (CONT'D)
               And just between us...I was married 
               to a redhead.  They're a jinx.  
               Redheads are like cross-eyed priests.  
               Stay away from both.

     Jordy gives him a look.

                           STERN (CONT'D)
               You want to see her - go ahead.

     Jordy enters the other office.  Sits next to Daphne.  The 
     assistant U.S. Attorneys leave.

                           JORDY
               We're gonna fight the extradition.

     Daphne takes Jordy's bandaged hand in hers.

                           DAPHNE
               Forget about me.  You have enough 
               problems of your own.

                           JORDY
               ...Do you really want me to forget 
               about you?

                           DAPHNE
               I don't want to drag you down with 
               me.

                           JORDY
               Daphne, I...

     Daphne touches her finger to his lips.

                           DAPHNE
               Shhhh.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 112


     She leans in and kisses him.  Then looks into his eyes, trying 
     to find a smile.

     EXT. FEDERAL COURT HOUSE STEPS - DAY

     It's weeks later.  Nicolette is looking worn, tired, frazzled.  
     She's trying to go through her stand up.  But she's 
     unraveling.  Not recovered from the loss of Eddie.

                           NICOLETTE
               ...and today with his partner who he 
               blamed for the crimes still at large, 
               Emil Slovak will appear in court.  
               His lawyer will argue that he is 
               mentally unfit to stand trial.  
               Eyewitness News has also learned 
               that later this month, Jordy Warsaw 
               will himself be appearing in court.  
               He will be arraigned on charges of 
               violating the civil rights 
               of...Zwangen...Zwagen...

                           MIKE
               Zwangendaba.

                           NICOLETTE
               Goddamn assholes everywhere.  
               Zwangenbobby..Zwangendaba.  I got 
               it.  I'll do it.  Shit.  Let's start 
               again.  5-4-3-2-1...

     She starts over.

     INT. JORDY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

     Jordy's on the couch.  A drink in his hand, watching TV with 
     his dog, ZACK.  Jordy's eyes are glazed.  He's drunk, his 
     eyes are as bloodshot as Eddie's were...without his job or 
     Daphne.  His mind miles away - the dog and drink are his 
     only comfort.  As Nicolette reports (she got the name right), 
     her anger seeps through her broadcast.

                           NICOLETTE (ON T.V.)
               Mr. Zwangendaba claims to be a direct 
               descendent of the African King from 
               whom he takes his name...

     Jordy's face is flashed on screen.  The phone RINGS.  Jordy 
     picks up.

                           JORDY
               Hello?
                    (listens)
               No comment.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 113


     He hangs up.  The phone RINGS AGAIN.

                           JORDY (CONT'D)
               Hello?
                    (listens)
               No!

     Jordy hangs up.  Changes the channel.  He stops as Robert 
     Hawkins' face fills the screen.  He is standing across from 
     someone - in a park - interviewing him.

                           HAWKINS
               He robbed you?

     The ANGLE CUTS to Zwangendaba, the mugger, now dressed in a 
     suit and tie.  Clean shaven and with a fresh haircut.  He 
     stands in the same spot where Jordy handcuffed him to the 
     tree.  He's appearing on "Top Story".

                           ZWANGENDABA (ON T.V.)
               That's right, I encountered him right 
               here.  I was just askin' for change 
               an' he whips out his big gun an' 
               pushes me up against that tree, 
               whereupon he takes my money and 
               handcuffs me to it, leavin' me there 
               all exposed...

     The phone RINGS again.  Jordy suddenly pulls the phone off 
     the table and throws it through the window:

     BACK TO TV

     as the channel is changed.  A REPORTER is on TV.  Behind him 
     is a picture of Emil.  Emil is smiling, in a shirt and tie.  
     The reporter stands in front of the jail.

                           REPORTER
               ...and WBAI has learned that Mr. 
               Slovak won't have to worry about how 
               he is going to pay for his defense.  
               He has received movie offers and 
               been in conversations with numerous 
               publishers concerning the rights to 
               his life story.

     REVERSE ANGLE

     Oleg is at a bar watching TV.  Poisoned with envy.

     INT. JORDY'S BEDROOM - NEXT MORNING

     Jordy stands in front of the mirror over the dresser.  We 
     see the TV overturned in the b.g.  His back up gun is on it.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 114


     He stares at it.  Dark thoughts dancing in his head.

     EXT. BATTERY PARK - DAY

     Jordy sits in a taxi, wearing sunglasses.  Looking inside 
     the park where a POLICE BARRICADE surrounds a POLICE TUGBOAT.

     Cutler and Emil are arriving - Emil is being transferred to 
     Rykers Island.  Jordy pulls his .38 out of his ankle holster 
     and sticks it in his pocket.

     CLOSE ON METER

     to $42.00.  The TAXI DRIVER looks in the rearview mirror.

                           TAXI DRIVER
               I can't believe this guy got off.  
               Unbelievable.

     Jordy takes out money.  All he's got is fifty bucks and he 
     crams it into the slot.

                           JORDY
               Whatever's leftover, keep.

     Jordy exits the cab.  The anger rising inside his body is 
     coming to a boiling point.  He walks into the park.  Leon is 
     sitting on a bench.  Just sitting there.  Also filled with 
     rage and frustration.  Jordy meets his eyes.  Leon gets up 
     and walks away.  Disgusted by it all.  Jordy's right hand 
     grips the gun inside his pocket as he walks on.

     HIGH WIDE SHOT

     Many policemen are trying to control a swarm of reporters.  
     All are waiting for Emil.  WE SEE:

     HAWKINS

     and his camera crew, and, not far from him - frustrated and

     frazzled, waits Nicolette.  Still grieving her loss, she 
     looks over at Hawkins and his crew.  She shoots him a 
     disgusted look - Hawkins shrugs it off.  He checks his watch -
     anxious - looks at his cameraman.

                           HAWKINS
               He said he'd be here.  Pick him up 
               as he comes through the crowd.  Do 
               you hear me?  For Chrissakes don't 
               miss this.

     THE POLICE VAN PULLS UP

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 115


     Cutler's car behind it.  Emil - handcuffed - is unloaded 
     from the van.  Reporters swarm forward - Cutler gets out of 
     his car, hurrying up, taking his place alongside Emil and 
     the POLICE ESCORTS.  The swarm follows - firing questions at 
     Cutler.  He answers the barrage of questions with:

                           CUTLER
               ...my client was suffering from a 
               major illness of schizophrenic nature 
               wherein during times of intense 
               stress, as a result of paranoid and 
               psychotic delusions - there was 
               impairment of his ability to 
               appreciate wrongfullness...  This is 
               a victory for the mentally ill!

     Jordy walks alongside the moving mass.  His eyes focused on 
     Emil - his hand in his pocket.  We notice in the crowd Max, 
     the celebrity-crazed pyromaniac.  What's he doing here?

     Max's hand is also stuck deeply in his pocket.  A weird gleam 
     in his eye.  We see Korfin in the group, speaking to other 
     cops.  Nicolette and her camera crew are vying for their 
     place in the mass.  She watches Emil with quiet rage.  Cutler 
     continues:

                           CUTLER (CONT'D)
               ...before Emil boards the police 
               boat and heads for Rykers Island 
               where he will be checked into the 
               psyche ward, I want to say one last 
               word to you all...  As you know, 
               Emil was coerced by Oleg Razgul into 
               committing these murders, yet Oleg 
               is still out in the street, a free 
               man, filming gruesome murders... My 
               client and I hope he is brought to 
               justice in the near future.

     They are through the monuments, approaching the steps when 
     Jordy passes a distracted Hawkins - who's checking his watch 
     obsessively.

                           HAWKINS
               Where the hell is he?  Goddamn it?!

     Jordy glares at Emil.  Emil looks back at Jordy, gloating.  
     Smiles.  He won.  He beat the system.  Jordy suddenly erupts.

                           JORDY
               You think this is funny??  What the 
               hell are you laughing at?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 116


     Emil stares down Jordy.  Jordy grips the gun inside the 
     jacket.

                           CUTLER
                    (to a nearby escort)
               Officer, keep this man back, he's 
               assaulted my client on previous 
               occasions.

     A PATROLMAN blocks Jordy from Emil.

                           JORDY
               This is it?  This bastard kills the 
               best cop this city ever had and we 
               do nothing?

                           CUTLER
               You may not like it marshal, but 
               that's the law.

                           JORDY
               And what about the other victims??  
               What about their families?  He'll 
               end up in some country club nuthouse 
               while his lawyer sells his rights to 
               the movies and we just stand here 
               and do nothing?  We let this scumbag 
               walk?

     Jordy moves past the officer.  Emil breaks away from Cutler.  
     Gets in Jordy's face.  Laughs quietly.

                           EMIL
               Be careful.  I can kill you.  I'm 
               insane.

     Jordy shoves Emil into Cutler.  A scuffle breaks out as the 
     cops separate the two - pulling Jordy back as we cut to:

     VIDEO POV

     as it approaches Hawkins from behind.  A hand dips into frame 
     tapping Hawkins on the shoulder.  Hawkins turns - sees who 
     he's been waiting for.  His face lights up.

                           HAWKINS
               I thought you wouldn't show up.  
               Where is it?  Where is the tape?

     IT'S OLEG

     In disguise - sunglasses and a hat.  Holding his videocamera.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 117


                           OLEG
               It's all in here.  All in here.

     MEANWHILE JORDY

     has been separated from Cutler and Emil as Hawkins' voice 
     cuts above the din of the crowd, announcing excitedly:

                           HAWKINS
               Wait a minute, Bruce!  We've got 
               some interesting evidence, something 
               you should look at!

     Reporters turn as Hawkins speaks.  His crew is taping as he 
     continues introducing his broadcast:

                           HAWKINS (CONT'D)
               I have exclusive rights to the 
               ORIGINAL UNCUT videotape shot by 
               Oleg Razgul, proving Emil Slovak was 
               not insane!  Hard to believe...watch!

     Reporters swing their cameras over as Oleg holds his 
     videocamera up in the air.

                           OLEG (ON VIDEO)
               He knew exactly what he was doing - 
               all of this was planned!  It's all 
               here  in my movie.  Emil is not 
               insane.  Look.  Look!

     Oleg PLAYS his videocamera as lenses focus, we see excerpts 
     of the moment where Emil explains to Eddie:

                           EMIL (ON VIDEO)
               ...so we kill someone famous and if 
               we are caught, we are sent to mental 
               hospital...

                           CUTLER
                    (points to Oleg)
               Officers, there's your killer, do 
               your duty, arrest him!

     The police are attempting to get to Oleg, but a sea of 
     reporters separate them.  We hear the staccato calls from 
     the press corps.  Nicolette looks on in amazed outrage.  
     Jordy notices and starts moving towards her.  Before the 
     POLICE CAPTAIN in charge of the detail can react, the rage 
     which killed Milos, Tamina and Honey wells up inside Emil.  
     He yells at Oleg!

                           EMIL
               Traitor!!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 118


                           OLEG
               No.  You are the traitor.  You are 
               murderer.  I am director.  Action!

     Oleg pulls his gun.  Emil pulls Cutler in front of him as: 
     BANG!  Oleg FIRES!  Cutler is SHOT and goes down.  Hawkins 
     swings his camera over to Oleg - filming the would-be 
     assassin.  Oleg FIRES off another SHOT - hitting the COURT 
     OFFICER escorting Emil.  Emil grabs the down officer's gun.  
     He swivels - rapid fires at Oleg.  Oleg topples.  People are 
     screaming.  It's CHAOS.

     Emil darts forward - grabbing Nicolette who is closes to 
     him.  He puts his handcuffed arms over her head - points the 
     gun at her head.

                           CAPTAIN
               Drop the gun!  DON'T SHOOT!

                           EMIL
               I'll kill her!  Back off!  Everyone 
               back away from me!

     We hear Jordy's voice above Emil.

                           JORDY
               Let her go.  Let her fucking go!!

     The captain is screaming at all his men.

                           CAPTAIN
               No one shoot!  Lower your weapons!  
               Do not fire!  No officer will fire 
               his weapon unless I say so!
                    (to Emil)
               Let the woman go!

     Cops reluctantly lower their weapons.  But Jordy is still 
     aiming his gun at Emil.  He is the only one who hasn't lowered 
     his gun.  The captain is yelling at him.

                           CAPTAIN (CONT'D)
               Holster your weapons!  Back away.  
               That is an order!  No officers will 
               fire!

     Emil is screaming back at the captain as Jordy screams at 
     Emil.

                           EMIL
               Tell him to put his gun down!

                           JORDY
               Let her go!  Let her go!!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           EMIL
               If he doesn't lower his gun I'll 
               fucking kill her.

     Jordy doesn't lower his gun.  Emil tries to back away.  The 
     reporters - who have ducked and covered - are still keeping 
     their lenses pointed at the scene.  This is great film!  
     Jordy follows after Emil - his gun raised.

                           JORDY
               Let her go.

                           NICOLETTE
               Shoot!  Shoot him!!

                           EMIL
               Shut up!

     Meanwhile, the captain is still yelling:

                           CAPTAIN
               No one shoot!  No one shoot!!  No 
               officer will follow.  No officer 
               will shoot!

     Nicolette is still encouraging Jordy.

                           NICOLETTE
               Shoot!  Shoot!  Shoot him!!

                           EMIL
               Shut up!

     Everyone is screaming at once.  It's mass chaos.  The captain 
     is trying to keep everyone calm.  Cops following along with 
     their weapons lowered.  All except Jordy - his gun still 
     pointed at Emil.

     Hawkins can't believe what footage he's getting.  He's pushing 
     his cameraman to the front of the pack.  Trying to get the 
     best coverage.

                           EMIL (CONT'D)
               I'll surrender!! I'll surrender if 
               he lowers his gun.

     He's pointing at Jordy but he's continuing to back away 
     towards the police boat.

                           NICOLETTE
               Don't.  Don't let him surrender.  
               Shoot him!

     Jordy won't take his gun off him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 120


                           JORDY
               Let her go.  Let her go.

     The captain is yelling at Jordy.

                           CAPTAIN
               Lower your weapon.  I told you - 
               lower your weapon!

     Jordy struggles to get a clean shot at Emil.  He can't.  His 
     heart pounding.  Adrenaline pumping.  He suddenly lowers his 
     weapon.  Turns away.  The captain visibly relaxes.  Emil 
     laughs.  Jordy suddenly turns back.  Quickly raises his 
     weapon.

     JORDY SHOOTS

     Emil takes a shot in the leg.  Nicolette ducks under the 
     handcuffs and scurries away.  Emil looks at Jordy - surprised 
     he shot him.  Jordy FIRES AGAIN.  Emil is hit in the shoulder.  
     Jordy marches forward, EMPTYING HIS CLIP in Emil's chest.  
     Abdomen.  Head.  Gun fire echoes in the humid air as Emil 
     stumbles back.  Does a funny dance and drops to the ground.  
     Dead.  The captain yells.

                           CAPTAIN (CONT'D)
               I told you not to shoot!  No officers 
               should shoot.

     JORDY QUIETLY ANSWERS:

                           JORDY
               I'm not a cop.  I'm a fire marshal.

                           HAWKINS
               He's still alive.

     Hawkins looks down at Oleg.  He is sprawled on the ground.  
     His videocamera in hand - he's still making the movie.

     OLEG'S VIDEO POV

     as it ZOOMS from the Statue of Liberty and PANS to Oleg.  He 
     looks in the lens with his dying eyes, gasps:

                           OLEG
               A film...by Oleg Razgul.

     And Oleg dies but suddenly his eyes pop WIDE OPEN.  Hawkins 
     jumps back, Oleg smiles, coughing in pain.

                           OLEG (CONT'D)
               How was that?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 121


     Oleg's head rolls to one side.  Now dead.  Nicolette runs 
     over to Jordy.  Composing herself.  Coming together.  Glad 
     Emil is dead.  Jordy starts to walk away.

                           NICOLETTE
               Wait a minute.  Where are you going?  
               Learn from Eddie.  Talk to the court 
               of public opinion.  Take the credit, 
               you need it.

     She turns him around.  Straightens his tie.  Starts to push 
     the hair out of his face but he stops her hand.

                           JORDY
               No thanks.

     Jordy puts something in her hand.  She looks down.  It's 
     EDDIE'S BADGE.  The one Jordy took out of Daphne's bathroom.

     She looks up at him.  Her cameraman rolling.  The lens pointed 
     at Jordy.  Jordy looks at Nicolette.  Meets her eyes.

     He doesn't want to make a statement.  He still doesn't want 
     the fame.  He did learn from Eddie.  Eddie was killed because 
     he was a celebrity.  Jordy wants no part of it.

                           NICOLETTE
               Cut.

     Her cameraman lowers his leans.  Jordy smiles.  She nods.  
     Jordy turns and walks away.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               Get a shot of him leaving.  Then pan 
               to me.

     Jordy disappears into the sea of people.  The camera PANS 
     back to Nicolette.

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               Well, he wouldn't talk to us, but 
               you saw it.

     The CAMERA PULLS BACK from Nicolette's face and the video is 
     now on: THE JUMBOTRON IN TIMES SQUARE

     We PULL BACK FURTHER and FURTHER.  Nicolette finishing her 
     stand up:

                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               New York City has a new hero, Fire 
               Marshal Jordan Warsaw.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                                                           p. 122


                           NICOLETTE (CONT'D)
               I hope that Fire Marshal Warsaw's 
               heroic actions this afternoon will 
               help with his other legal problems.  
               WB11 has also learned that the fire 
               Marshal has retained an immigration 
               lawyer to help Daphne Handlova with 
               her case.  We wish her well.  This 
               is Nicolette Karas, live at Battery 
               Park, WB11 New York.  Good night.

     THE SCREEN

     FADES TO BLACK.

                               THE END