Wild Things (1998)
      
Directed by
John McNaughton
      
Writing credits
Stephen Peters    
                                                       
   
Kevin Bacon.............................. Ray Duquette 
Matt Dillon.............................. Sam Lombardo 
Neve Campbell............................ Suzie Toller 
Theresa Russell....................... Sandra Van Ryan 
Denise Richards........................ Kelly Van Ryan 
Daphne Rubin-Vega........................ Gloria Perez 
Robert Wagner.............................. Tom Baxter 
Bill Murray................................ Ken Bowden 
Carrie Snodgress................................. Ruby 
Jeff Perry............................... Bryce Hunter 
Cory Pendergast........................... Jimmy Leach 
Marc Macaulay.................................. Walter 
Toi Svane...................................... Nicole 
Dennis Neal................................ Art Maddox 
Diane Adams.......................... School Secretary
   
   
                             WILD THINGS

     FADE IN:

     MAIN TITLE SEQUENCE -- BLACK INTERCUT -- QUICK FLASH-FORWARDS

     INSIDE A STEAMY SHOWER -- A wet naked woman and man wrapped 
     around each other in ecstasy -- legs, arms, hair, mouths.

     BLACK -- MORE TITLES -- then Moonlight reflects on a vehicle's 
     shiny surface.  FISTS THUD into flesh.  O.S. -- a man slams 
     of the hood, rebounds away.

     BLACK -- MORE TITLES -- then LOVERS -- caught in FREEZE-FRAMES 
     of green neon -- off, on, off, on -- like a strobe's instant-
     images -- of gasping, tough sex.

     BLACK -- MORE TITLES -- then ON A GLEAMING POOL DECK of black-
     and-white tile -- two women in soaked, clinging clothes -- 
     fight -- hands squeeze a throat.

     BLACK -- MORE TITLES -- then A SCREAM -- a sickening hollow 
     THWACK -- an arc of blood, two teeth fall on dark stone.

     BLACK -- MORE TITLES -- THEN

     GUNSHOTS -- Blood sprays across the glass of a picture frame -- 
     obscures the photo inside.

     BLACK -- MORE TITLES -- then THE SURFACE OF A SPARKLING SEA -- 
     a distant emerald island.  A

     40-foot sloop APPEARS -- shapes on deck -- we are about to 
     SEE --

     BLACK -- MORE TITLES -- then SHARKS -- underwater -- rip 
     something into a bloody cloud.

     END MAIN TITLES.

                                                         FADE TO:

 1   EXT. BLUE BAY SCHOOL - DAY                                     1   

     A place of money and privilege.  White coral buildings 
     surround an open yard.  Tile roofs rise among banyan trees 
     and banana palms, shimmering before a blue blaze of sky.

     Beyond the yard is the school's playing field and beyond 
     that the waters of Biscayne Bay, dappled in sunlight where 
     the sloops of the school's sailing class bob at their 
     moorings.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     For a moment all is quiet.  Then, faintly, the HUM of many 
     VOICES, rising and falling, LAUGHTER.

     The CAMERA PANS to the open windows of a building somewhat 
     larger than the others.  The SOUNDS grow louder.

 2   INT. BLUE BAY AUDITORIUM - DAY                                 2   

     A hundred high school kids sit before a raised, hardwood 
     stage.

     The students are not unlike the campus, radiant, well-tended -- 
     a veritable sea of adolescent sexuality -- bronze boys who 
     seem to have just come from the boats or tennis courts -- 
     girls in tight shorts riding high up shapely thighs, as...

     SAM LOMBARDO strolls out onto the stage.  The man is 
     thirtyish, drop-dead handsome.  Dressed not that differently 
     from the kids, in an Izod polo shirt, khakis and boat shoes.

     His entrance has an effect upon the audience, particularly 
     upon the girls.

     KAREN and JANELLE, 16, pretty blondes, whisper then giggle.

     NICOLE, a dark-eyed beauty, 17 but going on 25, watches Sam's 
     walk, then turns to the girl at her side...

     KELLY VAN RYAN, 17, a fully-developed knockout.

                           NICOLE
               When we graduate the only thing I'm 
               going to miss is...
                    (with a nod to the 
                    stage)
               Know what I mean?

     Kelly's eyes are locked on Sam.  Nicole has to nudge her.

                           NICOLE (CONT'D)
               Kelly?

                           KELLY
                    (still staring)
               Oh yeah.

     Sam is at the podium.  He looks out across the audience.  
     There are a couple of flirtatious whistles, laughter.  Sam 
     smiles, silencing them with a wave of his hand.

                           SAM
               We've come to the halfway point in 
               my senior seminars...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Cheers, applause.  Sam waits for the kids to settle.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Come on.  Beats study hall, doesn't 
               it?

                           JIMMY (O.S.)
               No!

     Boos as we FIND...

     JIMMY LEACH, 18, grunge look, long hair.  He sits with a 
     clique of white trashy types, or at least what passes for 
     such at Blue Bay School.  Jimmy appears a bit more genuine, 
     as does...

     SUZlE TOLLER, a boyish brunette, seated nearby, but with 
     just enough space between her and everyone else to mark her 
     as a loner.  She studies Sam Lombardo with a dark, sullen 
     stare.

                           SAM
               Thank you, Jimmy.

                           JIMMY
               Hey, man, at least in study hail I 
               could meditate.

                           KIRK (O.S.)
               He means masturbate...

     This remark is greeted by a chorus of laughter as we FIND...

     KIRK, one of the golden boys, seated with Kelly and Nicole.

                           SAM
               Something Kirk with which I'm sure 
               you have hands-on experience.

     Loud laughter.  Sam quiets them again, then turns to the 
     blackboard, where he begins to write, in big letters -- S-E-
     X.

     The kids start to cheer.

     Sam writes another word -- C-R-I-M-E-S.

     The cheering fades into silence.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               We've all heard the words, date rape, 
               sexual harassment.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SAM (CONT'D)
               We've talked about some of these 
               things in this room.
                    (beat)
               Our speakers today head up the Blue 
               Bay Police Sex Crimes Unit -- 
               Detectives Ray Duquette and Gloria 
               Perez.
                    (beat)
               They're here to give you what we 
               hope will be a fresh perspective on 
               these subjects, and to answer any 
               questions you night have.

     Sam turns to the wings, his hand out to welcome the 
     visitors...

     RAY DUQUETTE, mid-thirties, with the lanky build of a light 
     heavyweight, walks out onto the stage.  He's dressed in a 
     dark suit, dark hair combed straight back above steel-rimmed 
     glasses.

     GLORIA PEREZ walks at his side.  She's a good six inches 
     shorter than Ray, with a sweet face.  Attractive but no 
     stunner.

     About five kids applaud.  Ray takes the podium.

                           RAY
               Thank you for having us.  We'll each 
               talk for ten or fifteen minutes, 
               then open it up to your questions...

     IN THE AUDIENCE

     Suzie Toller suddenly gets to her feet.  As she passes behind 
     Jimmy, we HEAR her VOICE, beneath her breath.

                           SUZIE
               I'm not going to listen to this jack-
               off.

     She marches down the aisle and bangs out the rear door..

     Ray pauses, a dark look on his face, then goes on...

                           RAY
               Let's begin with a question.  What 
               is a sex crime?

     A moment.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           JIMMY
               Not getting any.

     This draws a few laughs from the kids, a couple of thin smiles 
     from Sam and Gloria.  And none at all from Ray Duquette.

 3   EXT. AUDITORIUM - DAY                                          3   

     The kids change classes.  Sam, Ray and Gloria CROSS the grass.

     The kids swarm past.  A pair of girls flash by.

                           CAROLE
               Have a nice weekend, Mr. Lombardo.

                           SAM
               Hey, Carole, you too.  And be good.

                           CAROLE
                    (beneath a pouty look)
               I hate to be good.

     The three adults ENTER an old wooden building.

 4   INT. BUILDING - DAY                                            4   

                           SAM
               This is one of the original buildings.  
               We have the offices here now.

     The walls are paneled in wood, decorated with framed 
     photographs.

     Gloria stops before one of the photos.

     ANGLE ON PHOTOGRAPH

     An old black-and-white, with that sepia caste harkening back 
     to another age.

     A handsome young man of perhaps 14 stands at the helm of a 
     boat under sail.  His hair is swept back, his eyes fixed 
     upon an unseen horizon.  There is something in this boy's 
     pose, in the line of his jaw, in the clarity of his gaze, as 
     if what he has fixed upon is the future itself.

                           GLORIA
               Anybody in particular?

     When no one answers, she turns to find Sam at her side.  He 
     stares at the picture, then looks at Gloria.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SAM
               Sam Lombardo.  The first.  Class of 
               'Forty-Two
                    (beat)
               My father.

     Gloria does a slow double-take, looking from Sam to the photo 
     and back again.

                           VOICE (O.S.)
               Can't seem to get rid of the Lombardos 
               around here.

     Sam and the detectives turn as a professorial-looking guy in 
     a baggy brown suit (ART MADDOX) arrives on the scene.

                           SAM
               Art.  Say hello to Detectives Perez 
               and Duquette.
                    (to the cops)
               Art Maddox. A fellow guidance 
               counselor.

     Art and the detectives shake hands.

                           ART
               So, did you set 'em all straight on 
               the ugly facts of life?

                           SAM
               I have the feeling, they got it down 
               already.  They're a step ahead of 
               us, Artie.

     Gloria seems to find this amusing.  Ray stands at her side, 
     looks at Sam.  Sam feels it, makes eye contact with Ray -- a 
     beat -- at which point, Ray puts a hand on Gloria's back.

                           RAY
               I've got that two o'clock in town.

                           GLORIA
                    (nodding)
               Back to the land of grownups.

     The detectives shake hands once more with San and Art.

                           SAM
                    (to Gloria)
               If old pictures interest you, come 
               back some time, there's quite a 
               collection down in the pagoda.  I'll 
               see you get a proper tour.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GLORIA
                    (smiling)
               I'd like that.

     Ray opens a door for her.  The detectives pass through it.

     Art claps Sam on the shoulder, then walks off down the 
     hallway.

     Sam remains near the doors, watching as...

     ANGLE ON THE DRIVE LEADING TO THE SCHOOL

     Ray and Gloria walk past half a dozen expensive cars -- Range 
     Rovers, Beamers and Mercedes, to a plain, white Ford Taurus, 
     which they get into and drive away.

 5   EXT. BLUE BAY SCHOOL - LATER                                   5   

     Cheerleaders perform a sensual dance on the porch of a wooden 
     pagoda.  A rugby team runs drills on the grass, as out on 
     the bay, six tiny racing sloops tack toward the docks.

     ANGLE ON DOCKS

     As the sloops enter the narrow channel between the slips one 
     student from each boat jumps onto the dock where he or she 
     sets about tying off the boat.

     Sam is on one of the boats.  Jimmy Leach is at the rudder.

                           SAM
                    (loud enough to be 
                    heard by his class)
               Okay, you guys.  Good work.  Now 
               coil those dock lines and I'll see 
               you all on Monday.

     He watches his class clamber up the docks.  His eye falls 
     upon the pagoda, the dancing cheerleaders -- Kelly Van Ryan 
     in work-out tights -- bare arms reaching for the sky.

 6   EXT. SCHOOL DOCKS - SAM & JIMMY - LATER                        6   

     hosing down boats, stowing sails.  They look up as...

     A HUGE POWER BOAT glides past.  The docks rock in its wake.

                           JIMMY
               All right.  I could party on that.

     Sam just laughs at him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SAM
               That's about all it's good for.
                    (beat)
               That's the one to have.

     He points to a beautiful triple-masted schooner headed out 
     of the bay, under sail.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               The Windward Passage.  I crewed on 
               that one summer.
                    (beat)
               Long time ago.

     He pulls his eyes from the boat, sets about coiling a line.

                           JIMMY
               You know, I want to thank you for 
               getting me into this class...  No 
               way was my old man going to spring 
               for the fees...

                           SAM
               Hey, you're working for it.
                    (beneath a laugh)
               Least you're supposed to be.

     He tosses Jimmy the coiled line.  Jimmy's caught off-guard, 
     but catches it at the last second, then shares the laugh 
     with Sam.

                           VOICE (O.S.)
               Can I play too?  Or is it just for 
               boys?

     Sam and Jimmy turn to find Kelly Van Ryan at the far end of 
     the dock.  She's fresh from cheerleader practice, in a white 
     blouse knotted at the bottom to REVEAL a flat, tanned stomach; 
     open at the top to REVEAL the swelling of her breasts.  She 
     favors Sam with a coy smile.

                           KELLY
               So who's washing your car this 
               weekend, Mr. Lombardo?
                    (off Sam's blank look)
               The senior car wash, remember?
                    (beat)
               Tamara's making a schedule.  She 
               said you bought a coupon but you're 
               not on anybody's list.

     Sam smiles, remembering.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SAM
               Well, you know.  Figured I'd buy a 
               Washing ticket, support the effort.  
               That old Jeep of mine's kind of a 
               waste of time, don't you think?

     Sam places the coiled hose on top of a locker then starts up 
     the dock, Jimmy at his side.  Kelly falls in with then.

                           KELLY
               Not at all.  How about if Nicole and 
               I do it?  We're working as a team.

     Sam just looks at her.  She looks back -- big, pleading eyes.

                           SAM
               Okay, try me on Sunday.  I'm going 
               out to the Everglades on Saturday.  
               You guys can wash the mud off.

                           KELLY
               Deal.
                    (beat)
               You know, I just looked out front.  
               My ride wasn't there.  You suppose 
               you could give me one?

     Sam doesn't answer right away.  He looks toward the school.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               You wouldn't want me to walk, would 
               you?  I mean like, something bad 
               might happen.

     Sam hesitates, momentarily at a loss, then turns to Jimmy, 
     who seems to regard Kelly with something akin to physical 
     pain.

                           SAM
               What about you, Jimbo, you need a 
               ride?

                           JIMMY
                    (still looking at 
                    Kelly)
               What?

                           SAM
               A ride.  You want one?

                           JIMMY
               Yeah.  But I got my bike.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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 7   EXT. BLUE BAY SCHOOL - DAY                                     7   

     Sam's Jeep rolls out of the drive, Jimmy's bike in back, 
     meaning that Jimmy and Kelly are squeezed into the passenger 
     seat, which is fine with Jimmy.  Kelly's thigh is pressed 
     against his.  His arm pushes against her breast.  Kelly is 
     not so happy.

     As they near the school's entrance, they come upon a beat-to-
     shit VW bug -- stalled at a stop sign.

     A John Deere tractor mower sits nearby.  A groundsman -- a 
     tall black guy with a shaved head, waits at the wheel of the 
     bug as...

     Suzie Toller -- in black platform shoes, a T-shirt and cutoff 
     jeans, leans over the engine, fiddling with the car's linkage.

     Sam pulls up next to the bug and stops.

                           SAM
               We got room for one more, Suzie.  
               You need a ride?

     Kelly rolls her eyes as Suzie turns to look at them.

                           KELLY
               Jesus.  Where'd she get those shoes?  
               Whores-4-Less?

     Suzie's eyes go cold.  She signals the groundsman, who turns 
     the key.  The CAR SPLUTTERS to life.  Suzie flashes a smile, 
     then sticks out her tongue -- which has been pierced by a 
     silver stud.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               That's cute.

     Suzie gives her the finger.  Sam makes eye contact with Suzie, 
     offers a sad smile, while putting the Jeep in gear.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
                    (to Suzie)
               I hope you swallow it.

     Jimmy turns, waving to Suzie as the Jeep pulls away.

 8   EXT. UPSCALE NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY                                8   

     Magnificent old mansions occupy five-acre bay-front parcels 
     amid lush, tropical settings.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Sam's Jeep stops before a pair of gates with the words "VAN 
     RYAN" woven into their wrought-iron design.  Beyond the gates 
     a long drive leads toward a huge stone house.  Kelly jumps 
     out, punches in a code.  The gates swing open.

                           KELLY
               Don't forget the car wash.

                           SAM
               I won't.

     SANDRA VAN RYAN, Kelly's mom, big, sexy, aggressive, a young 
     42 in a string bikini, comes out from the side of the house.  
     When she sees the Jeep, she starts down the drive.

     Kelly waves to Sam, then walks up the drive.  When she sees 
     her mother coming toward her, her face hardens.

                           SANDRA
               Is that Sam Lombardo?

                           KELLY
                    (sarcastic)
               Hi, Mom.

                           SANDRA
               Sam!  Hi!

     Sam has already hung a U.

     Sandra comes through the gate and up to the Jeep.

     Jimmy is checking her out.  All eyes.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
                    (to Sam; as if Jimmy 
                    wasn't even there)
               What?  You're going to drive off 
               without even saying hi?

                           SAM
               Hi, Sandy.

                           SANDRA
               Why don't you come in, have a drink?

                           SAM
               Can't.  Got a passenger.

     Sandra looks down her nose at Jimmy.

                           SANDRA
               He can wait.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Sam glances past her, to Kelly, who stands languidly at the 
     front of the house, watching.

                           SAM
               I can't, Sandy.  I've got to run.

                           SANDRA
               I'll bet.
                    (then, softening)
               Look, Sam.  Why don't you come by 
               this weekend.  We'll take the boat 
               out...

                           SAM
                    (cutting her off)
               Sorry, Sandy.  I've got plans.

                           SANDRA
               What?  Running over alligators with 
               that silly swamp jalopy when you 
               could be sailing a real boat...

                           SAM
               Swamp's where it's at, Sandy.  Gives 
               you a look into the muck we all 
               crawled out of.  You ought to try it 
               some time.

     Sandra gives him a hard stare, then marches off toward the 
     house.

                           CLOSE ON KELLY
               still at the door, a cold smile on 
               her face.

                                                         FADE TO:

 9   EXT. SUBURBAN CUL-DE-SAC - DAY                                 9   

     Neat little stucco houses -- some not so neat -- simmer in 
     tropical heat.

     A BMW Z-3 Roadster stops at the head of the cul-de-sac.  
     Nicole is driving.  Kelly sits beside her.

                           NICOLE
               This is it?

     Kelly looks at a pad of paper, nods.

                           KELLY
               Four-thirty-seven.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     They pass a couple of teenagers playing basketball in a 
     driveway, a guy mowing his yard.

                           NICOLE
               Nice.

                           KELLY
               What do you want, he's a teacher for 
               Christ's sake.
                    (beat)
               It's here.  Pull over.

     Nicole does, before one of the not-so-neat houses.  Sam's 
     muddy Jeep Wrangler is parked in the drive.  Behind that is 
     a red Mercedes convertible.

10   INT. SAM'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - SAME                             10   

     Sam and BARBARA, 28, a lean, beautiful country-clubber roll 
     on the bed.  Barbara is dressed for tennis.  Sam wears a 
     baggy pair of khaki shorts.  Barbara struggles to escape.  
     Sam grabs a leg, kisses the back of her knee.

     He pushes up the little white skirt, kissing her between her 
     thighs.

                           BARBARA
                    (getting just a little 
                    breathless)
               Sam, come on... I'm gonna be late 
               for my game...

     Sam keeps at it.  She's starting to weaken.

                           BARBARA (CONT'D)
               Not that I'm going to be much good 
               after last night...

                           SAM
               Eat a power bar.

     Barbara starts to giggle.  He's just about got her when...

     The DOORBELL RINGS.  Sam lets go.  Barbara sighs.

11   INT. LIVING ROOM - SAME                                       11   

     Sam goes to the front door, opens it, to find...

     Kelly and Nicole, holding plastic pails full of rags.  The 
     girls are dressed in Blue Bay High T-shirts, cropped to REVEAL 
     flat tummies, shorts and running shoes.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GIRLS
               Hi, Mr. Lombardo.

     Sam looks over the girls -- a small, exasperated smile.

                           KELLY
               Look, he forgot.  I knew it.

                           SAM
               No I didn't.  Check out the Jeep.  
               It's nice and dirty for you.
                    (beat)
               But you might want to wait a minute.  
               The Mercedes is leaving.

                           NICOLE
               You mean that isn't yours too?

     The girls giggle.  Sam smiles.

                           KELLY
               Where's the hose?  We can set up.

                           SAM
               In back of the garage.

     As they walk away, he is joined by Barbara.  She watches the 
     girls with an appraising eye.

                           BARBARA
               Is that Sandra Van Ryan's kid?

                           SAM
               Kelly.

                           BARBARA
               She's going to wash your Jeep?

                           SAM
               Senior class fund-raising gig.  I 
               told 'em they could hose down the 
               Jeep.
                    (off Barbara's look)
               Hey, come on.  It's for a good cause.

     Barbara laughs at him.

                           BARBARA
               Sam the philanthropist.
                    (a beat)
               Tomorrow, right?

     Sam nods.  Another kiss.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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12   EXT. SAM'S DRIVEWAY - SAME                                    12   

     As Barbara goes to her car she sees the girls coming from 
     behind the garage.  She looks at Sam, standing in his doorway, 
     watching the girls.  When he sees Barbara looking at him, he 
     shrugs, then waves.

13   EXT. FRONT DOOR - SAM'S HOUSE - LATER                         13   

     Kelly and Nicole, looking very much like the finalists in a 
     wet T-shirt derby, ring the bell.

     Sam answers.  He looks them over.  A couple of houses down 
     he can see the guy with the mower, dumping grass into a can, 
     watching the girls, then turning to walk back to his house.

                           SAM
               So, where you off to now?

                           KELLY
               Aren't  you forgetting something?
                    (off Sam's look)
               Your coupon.  We gotta have it.

                           SAM
               Jeez, that thing... Can't you...

                           KELLY
                    (smiling)
               Rules are rules, Mr. Lombardo.

     Nicole laughs.

                           SAM
               All right.  I'll have to look for 
               it.

                           KELLY
                    (as he starts to go)
               Mr. Lombardo.
                    (as he stops)
               We're running kind of late.  How 
               about if Nicole goes on to the 
               Mansons?  You could give me a ride 
               when you find the ticket.

     Sam looks at her, as does Nicole.

                           SAM
               Give me a minute.

     He hurries from the room.  Kelly turns to Nicole, giving her 
     the eye, pointing toward the drive.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           NICOLE
                    (mouthing the words)
               Are you sure?

     Kelly nods, a mischievous smile on her face.

14   INT. SAM'S BEDROOM - SAME                                     14   

     Sam is rummaging through drawers.  He stops when he hears 
     the SOUND of a CAR.  He goes to the window in time to see 
     Nicole's BMW headed down his street.

15   INT. SAM'S LIVING ROOM - SAME                                 15   

     Sam ENTERS the room to find Kelly just inside the doorway, 
     where the water from her wet clothing has formed little pools 
     on the linoleum.

     Sam looks at the water.  He looks at Kelly.  She moves a 
     step closer, allowing the door to SWING shut behind her.

16   EXT. SAM'S NEIGHBORHOOD                                       16   

     A long, slow, Antonioni PAN -- time passes -- the cul-de-sac --

     the sparkling lawns -- the kids with the basketball -- a 
     jogger passing by...

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

17   EXT. SAM'S PORCH - LATER                                      17   

     The front door.  The door opens.  Kelly comes out, fast, 
     slamming the door behind her.  She walks down the drive.

     There are tears on her face.  As she hits the street, she 
     begins to run.

     The man with the mower is now seated on his parch, drinking 
     beer.

     He watches as the girl runs by.

     The teenagers are still playing hoops.  They stop as Kelly 
     jogs past, sobbing.  They watch as she hits the end of the 
     cul-de-sac and DISAPPEARS around a corner.

18   EXT. THE EVERGLADES - DAY                                     18   

     Sam, perched in the pilot's seat of a beat-to-shit old air 
     boat, rips through the Florida swamp land.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 17
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     He glides across channels of water, then turns into the tall 
     grass which whips at the hull of his boat.  Bits and pieces 
     of debris fly through the air.  Sam smiles, swinging the 
     boat through a series of wide, sliding turns.

     Suddenly he spots something.  He throttles down gliding into 
     a shallow pool where... A HUGE ALLIGATOR, aware it has been 
     found out, whips about, stirring up mud, then scuttling OUT 
     OF SIGHT

                           SAM
               Sly old fucker.  How you got so big, 
               wasn't it?

     Sam sits for a moment in the silence.  He pulls a pair of 
     binoculars from beneath his seat and looks through them.

     ANGLE ON HORIZON

     All we SEE is a shabby collection of whitewashed buildings 
     shimmering in the last long light of afternoon.

     Sam watches for some time.  At last he lowers the binoculars, 
     revs up his engine and leaves.

     ANGLE ON SAM'S BOAT

     as it moves away, as SEEN from water level where...

     The old gator has risen once more -- just the eyes -- a cold 
     primordial intelligence, gazing out, unblinking across the 
     murky waters of the swamp.

19   EXT. SAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT                                      19   

     Sam's Wrangler pulls in next to Barbara's Mercedes.  The 
     Jeep is muddy once more.  So is Sam.  He gets out.

20   INT. SAM'S HOUSE - SAME                                       20   

     Sam ENTERS.  The house is dark.

                           SAM
               Barbara?

     Nothing.  Me CROSSES the living room and starts down the 
     hallway, where a faint light issues from beneath the bedroom 
     door.

21   INT. BEDROOM - SAME                                           21   

     Sam opens the door.  He hears the SOUND of RUNNING WATER.  
     He walks across the room and into the bathroom.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 18
     10-9-00                                                               


22   INT. BATHROOM - SAME                                          22   

     Clouded mirrors, a shower stall full of. steam.  Behind the 
     glass door we SEE an indistinct shape, moving about in the 
     hot water.

     Sam opens the shower door.  The steam clears to REVEAL 
     Barbara's gorgeous athletic body.

                           BARBARA
               It's hot in here, just the way you 
               like it.

     She grabs his shirt, pulling him into the shower's flow.  
     They kiss.  She pulls his shirt open, loosens his pants.  
     His clothes fall away.  Sam pushes her up against the tile 
     wall, hard.  She holds to his shoulders, nails sinking into 
     his flesh, wrapping her legs around his hips as...

     The water, dark with swamp mud, spirals down the drain.

23   EXT. VAN RYAN ESTATE - NIGHT                                  23   

     Kelly Van Ryan sits on the dock, looking back toward the 
     huge stone house, where...

     A YELLOW LIGHT burns in one of the upstairs windows.

     Kelly has a shotgun laid across her knees.  Slowly, she raises 
     the gun, pointing at the yellow window.

     She holds it there for some time, then, softly, to herself...

                           KELLY
               Bang...

24   INT. MASTER BEDROOM - VAN RYAN ESTATE - NEXT DAY              24   

     Sunlight streams through open windows, mingling with loud 
     sighs of pleasure... Sandra Van Ryan on top of FRANKIE CONDO, 
     a big, buffed-out Cuban.  They're making love on the bed.  
     She throws her head back -- an explosion of hair -- gasps -- 
     an orgasm is near, as...

     A cordless PHONE RINGS on the night table.  They try to ignore 
     it.  No dice.  Sandra groans, finally pulling away.

                           SANDRA
               Goddamnit!
                    (she answers)
               Hello.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 19
     10-9-00                                                               


                           COMPUTER VOICE (V.O.)
               Hello, this is the attendance office 
               at Blue Bay School.  Your son or 
               daughter is absent today, Monday...

                           SANDRA
               Jesus H. Christ!

     She hangs up hard.  Sits on the edge of the bed.

                           FRANKIE
               What?

     Sandra waves him off.  She pulls on a T-shirt, then grabs up 
     the phone once more, punching in a number.

25   INT. SAM'S OFFICE - BLUE BAY SCHOOL - DAY                     25   

     Desk, files, a terrarium full of swamp lizards, above which 
     a photo of the Windward Passage decorates the wall.  There's 
     a Waterford bowl on the desk -- etched with "Sam Lombardo -- 
     Blue Bay Educator of the Year."

     Sam is working on the computer.  The PHONE RINGS.  He answers.

                           SAM
               Counseling.

     INTERCUT - SANDRA/SAM PHONE CONVERSATION

     Sandra seated on the bed, one long leg tucked beneath her.

                           SANDRA
               Sam, Sandy Van Ryan.

     Frankie's eyes go cold when he hears the word "Sam."

     In his office, Sam pushes himself away from the computer, 
     stiffening noticeably.

                           SAM
               Sandy... What's up?

                           SANDRA
               Listen, Kelly skipped school.  Have 
               you talked to her?

                           SAM
               No.

                           SANDRA
               Shit. Here we go again.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 20
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SAM
               Didn't you see her this morning?

                           SANDRA
               To tell you the truth, I haven't 
               seen her since Friday.

     BOOM -- A SHOTGUN BLASTS outside Sandra's window.  She jumps.

     BOOM, BOOM -- more BLASTS.  She jumps up to look outside.

     SANDRA'S POV - KELLY stands at the edge of the bay, launching 
     skeet then blasting them high above the water.

     BACK TO SCENE

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               Never mind.  I found her.
                    (a long beat)
               Listen, Sam.  It was good seeing you 
               the other day.
                    (beat)
               I haven't found anyone else can handle 
               the Jonathan like you can.

     She glances at Frankie -- who has heard enough.  He gives 
     her a long hard look, then rolls from the bed to walk from 
     the room.

     Sam remains silent, watching the lizards with their blank, 
     unblinking eyes.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               Look.  I know you're seeing Barbara 
               Baxter.  So what?

                           SAM
               So maybe I'm a one-woman man.

     Sandra laughs.

                           SANDRA
               Right.
                    (beat)
               You really think you're gonna get 
               one of these Blue Bay women to marry 
               you?

     Sandra pauses to laugh once more.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               Grab a clue, Sam.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 21
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               You're a hired hand around here.  
               Enjoy it while it lasts.

                           SAM
               Goodbye, Sandra.

     Sam puts down the phone, looks at it -- a long moment as -- 
     the barest hint of a smile plays upon his face.

     Sandra slams down her phone.  She looks to the bay, to the 
     sleek racing sloop floating beyond the private dock.

                           SANDRA
               The nerve of some people.

26   EXT. VAN RYAN ESTATE - DAY                                    26   

     The SHOTGUN BLASTS away.  Kelly pauses to reload.  She catches 
     sight of...

     Sandra, approaching from the main house.

                           SANDRA
               You seem to find guns therapeutic.  
               Maybe I oughta try it.

     Kelly lets the gun's barrel drift over Sandra, then turns to 
     walk away.  She moves toward the guest house.  A used-brick 
     cottage tucked among the gnarled branches and roots of a 
     huge banyan tree.  Sandra follows.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               Let me guess, some boy didn't call 
               and screwed up the weekend.  So you're 
               taking the day off.

     Kelly looks toward the main house, in time to see...

     Frankie walk from the bedroom and dive into the pool.

                           KELLY
               Which one of your "bodyguards" is 
               that?

                           SANDRA
               Whichever one I want.

     Kelly turns away, starts for the guest house once more.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 22
     10-9-00                                                               


27   INT. GUEST HOUSE - DAY                                        27   

     PAN to REVEAL room -- the gun case, the animal trophies, the 
     photos -- One of a stately old gentleman in an elaborate 
     wicker chair, a cane at his side, a bowler on his knee.  
     Others of Kelly and a handsome middle-aged man in safari 
     gear, posing with their rifles above slain wildebeests and 
     bison.

     Sandra and Kelly ENTER.  Kelly puts down the shotgun, turns, 
     tears in her eyes.

                           SANDRA
               Okay, what's the matter?

                           KELLY
               You notice my new jumper?

     Kelly does a three-sixty, like a model on a runway.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               My friends buy me clothes, so I don't 
               look like trash.

                           SANDRA
               I would hardly say you look like 
               trash.

                           KELLY
               No thanks to you.

     She sits on the bed.  Sandra moves to stand over her, angry 
     now.

                           SANDRA
               Come off of it.
                    (a beat)
               You run with all these little trust 
               fund brats... They think money grows 
               on trees.  It doesn't.  Believe me.  
               And a lot of your little friends are 
               gonna learn that one the hard way.
                    (beat)
               I'm trying to spare you that.

     Kelly goes to one shoulder on the bed, sobbing now.  Her 
     mother continues to stand over her, suddenly more perplexed 
     than angry.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               Kelly.  What is it?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 23
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KELLY
               I miss Dad.

                           SANDRA
               Jesus.
                    (a long beat)
               Well, I do too, sometimes...

                           KELLY
               No you don't.

                           SANDRA
               He didn't have to kill himself, Kelly.  
               He could have gone out and gotten a 
               job.  Christ, he could've found 
               another rich woman... He never had a 
               problem fucking my friends when we 
               were married.

     She pauses as Kelly cries all the harder.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               I don't know why he did it.  I really 
               don't...

     Her voice trails away, as meanwhile Kelly has drawn herself 
     up into a fetal position on the bed.  The sobbing has stopped 
     but her shoulders continue to shake.  Sandra sits on the 
     edge of the bed, reaches over to rub Kelly's back.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               Can I get you anything?

     Kelly shakes her head, no.

     Her mother looks at her, clearly at a loss.  At last she 
     stands.

     She is headed out of the room when Kelly says something, but 
     the words are indistinct, as her fists are pressed against 
     her mouth.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               What, honey?  I can't hear you.

     There is a long beat as Kelly collects herself.  She stares 
     at the wall, her eyes filled with tears, but when she speaks 
     she enunciates each word.

                           KELLY
               I said.  I was raped.

     Sandra looks as if she has been struck.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 24
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SANDRA
               What?

                           KELLY
               I was raped.
                    (a long beat)
               By Sam Lombardo.

     Sandra moves over to the bed, sits once more.

                           SANDRA
               He... Sam Lombardo?

                           KELLY
               Yes.  God, Mom...

     Kelly begins to cry.  Sandra pulls her upright, cradling her 
     in her arms, eyes on fire.

28   EXT. BLUE BAY POLICE STATION - DAY                            28   

     An old Spanish-style building sits before a neat square of 
     grass.

                           SANDRA (V.O.)
               My daughter does not get raped in 
               Blue Bay!

29   INT. STATION HOUSE - INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY                     29   

     Sandra slams a fist on the conference table.

     Kelly is seated between her mother and her mother's attorney, 
     TOM BAXTER.  Baxter sports an Italian suit and a lethal 
     Alexander Haig look.

     Seated across from these three are Ray, Gloria and BRYCE 
     HUNTER, the local D.A.

     Silence follows Sandra's outburst.  Baxter reaches to squeeze 
     Sandra's shoulder.  Kelly puts her face in her hands.

                           RAY
                    (in a quiet voice)
               You're saying that Kelly was raped 
               by Sam Lombardo.

                           SANDRA
               That's right.

     Ray and Gloria exchange looks.  Gloria in particular looks 
     slightly stunned.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 25
     10-9-00                                                               


                           GLORIA
               The guidance counselor at Blue Bay?

                           SANDRA
                    (sarcastically)
               The guidance counselor at Blue Bay.

                           GLORIA
               We understand your feelings, Ms. Van 
               Ryan.  But please, we'd like some 
               time with Kelly.  We'd like to take 
               her statement alone.

     Baxter nods, yes.  Sandra looks at Kelly.

                           SANDRA
               Are you okay for this?

     Kelly nods.

                           SANDRA (CONT'D)
               The man must be insane to think he 
               can do this to me...

     Tom Baxter takes her by the arm as Ray CROSSES the room to 
     open the door.  Bryce Hunter walks out with then.

     Gloria takes a seat closer to Kelly.  When she speaks, she 
     is very calm and quiet.

                           GLORIA
               How are you, Kelly? Would you like 
               to take a break for a minute?

                           KELLY
                    (shaking her head)
               I just want to get it over with.  My 
               mom's making me do this. I just want 
               to forget it.

                           GLORIA
               I know you do.

     She waits as Ray sets up a camera on a tripod.

                           GLORIA (CCNT'D) (CONT'D)
               We'd like to videotape the statement 
               if that's all right with you.

     Kelly shrugs.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 26
     10-9-00                                                               


                           GLORIA (CONT'D)
               I know this is not pleasant, Kelly.  
               But these are serious charges and we 
               need to know everything that happened 
               between you and Mr. Lombardo.
                    (beat)
               Are you ready?

     Kelly nods.

     CLOSE ON VIDEO MONITOR - KELLY'S STATEMENT

                           KELLY
               He started rubbing my shoulders.  
               Said must be sore after washing cars.  
               I...  let him  I mean he's a nice 
               guy.
                    (beat)
               I don't know... It was so fast.  I 
               closed my eyes.  I remember his hands 
               moved to my breasts.  I mean just 
               for a second it was nice... I forgot 
               whore I was.  I mean he's so 
               gorgeous...

     PULL BACK to REVEAL...

30   INT. STATION HOUSE - DAY                                      30   

     Ray, Gloria and Bryce Hunter stand at one end of the long 
     conference table, watching the playback of Kelly's tape.

     BACK TO VIDEOTAPE

                           KELLY
               The next thing... his hand was in my 
               shorts... you know, from behind.  
               His fingers... his fingers...

                           GLORIA (O.S.)
               Take your time.

                           KELLY
               They were in me.  Both places... you 
               know.

                           GLORIA (O.S.)
               I understand.

                           KELLY
               He said something like, "Do you want 
               it dirty?"  Or something.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 27
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KELLY (CONT'D)
                    (beat)
               I tried to turn away, but he pushed 
               me to the floor.

                           GLORIA (O.S.)
               Was there penetration?  Did he put 
               himself inside you?

                           KELLY
               Yes.  I said stop.  I screamed.  I 
               mean that's how it sounded in my 
               head.  He hurt me...

                           GLORIA (O.S.)
                    (as Kelly breaks into 
                    tears)
               That's okay, Kelly.  You're doing 
               fine.
                    (beat)
               But I have to ask you something here.
               When you say it hurt.  Was this the 
               first time a man was inside you?

                           KELLY
               No.  I've done it a couple of times, 
               I mean with guys I dated.  But this 
               hurt... like, he was built... you 
               know...

                           GLORIA (O.S.)
               He was large?

     Kelly nods, starts to break down again, then holds it off.

                           GLORIA (O.S., CONT'D) (CONT'D)
               Did you try to fight him?

                           KELLY
               I... he had my wrists pinned behind 
               me.  I remember my hands were cold.

                           GLORIA (O.S.)
               Then what?

                           KELLY
               He kept saying, "Let it happen, let 
               it happen."  Then he just stopped.

                           GLORIA (O.S.)
               You mean he withdrew...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 28
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KELLY
               Not at first.  He was still inside 
               but he wasn't moving or anything...  
               He said we had this secret.  And 
               that now he'd be able to help me... 
               because we were close... Something 
               like that.  I don't know.  It's hard 
               to remember, exactly.

                           GLORIA (O.S.)
               Try, Kelly.

                           KELLY
               I know one thing he said.  It was 
               when... when he took himself out and 
               was standing up.
                    (beat)
               He said, "Don't worry, I didn't come."
               I can't forget that.  He said, "No 
               little girl can ever make me come."

     The tape is paused -- FREEZES on Kelly's face ON SCREEN.

     BACK TO RAY, GLORIA & HUNTER

                           HUNTER
               "No little girl can ever make me 
               come."  Jesus.  Too bad.  We might 
               have some physical evidence.

     Ray and Gloria stare at the screen.

                           GLORIA
               I don't know.  It feels wrong.

     Ray and Hunter look at her.

                           HUNTER
               Why?

                           GLORIA
               I think she's acting.  I think she 
               set it up to be alone with him because 
               she wanted him to come on to her.
                    (beat)
               I think maybe she's upset that he 
               didn't...

                           RAY
               Or maybe she thought that was what 
               she wanted and she got a little more 
               than she bargained for...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 29
     10-9-00                                                               


                           HUNTER
               The line I get on this guy, is that 
               he's done half the women in Blue 
               Bay.

                           GLORIA
               That doesn't make him a child rapist.
                    (beat)
               There's something else.  This girl's 
               had some problems.  Wrecked a couple 
               of her mom's cars.  Ran away...

                           HUNTER
               Where's this coming from?

                           GLORIA
               I worked Juvenile in Dade County for 
               three years.  We had a missing persons 
               on Kelly Van Ryan for two weeks... 
               Maybe a year ago... The family kept 
               it out of the papers.

                           RAY
               That would make it about the time of 
               her old man's suicide.  You don't 
               think that could explain some erratic 
               behavior?

                           GLORIA
               All I'm saying is, I think we should 
               go slow here.

     Hunter puts his hands together, thinking.  He looks from Ray 
     to Gloria, than back to Ray.

                           HUNTER
               I want a full-scale investigation.

                           GLORIA
               You know what that will mean for 
               Lombardo.

                           HUNTER
               I don't care.  You heard that girl's 
               statement.  I think he's dirty.  Get 
               me a case.

     Gloria and Ray watch as Hunter gets up and leaves the room.

                           GLORIA
               Well you were a big help.  You know 
               what's going to happen if we go full-
               bore on this.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 30
     10-9-00                                                               


     Ray looks at the screen.

                           RAY
               It's our job, Gloria.

                           GLORIA
               Hunter's making it our job because 
               Sandra Van Ryan's got a bug up his 
               ass.  You know that as well as I do.
                    (beat)
               We're gonna trash this guy's life 
               and I keep asking myself if it's 
               really necessary.

     Ray thinks this over.  He continues to study the screen.

     CLOSE ON SCREEN - KELLY'S FACE

                           RAY (O.S.)
               Yeah, well, maybe you're wrong about 
               him.  Maybe he's got it coming.

     BEGIN MONTAGE - INVESTIGATION

31   EXT. CUL-DE-SAC - DAY                                         31   

     Ray takes notes, talks with neighbors, kids, lawn mower man.

32   EXT. BLUE BAY SCHOOL - DRIVEWAY - DAY                         32   

     Gloria talks with students -- Jimmy, Nicole, others.

33   INT. SAM'S OFFICE - DAY                                       33   

     Sam sits at his desk, toying with a pencil.  He watches 
     students pass -- no smiles, no waves, an occasional dark 
     look.

     Through the press of students Sam sees Art at the door of 
     his office.  The two men look at one another.  At which 
     point...

     Gloria, followed by Ray, steps INTO SCENE.  The detectives 
     shake hands with Art.  As Art turns to close the door, Sam 
     falls within his line of vision.  Art looks away.  The door 
     swings shut.

34   EXT. BLUE BAY SCHOOL DOCKS - LATER                            34   

     The sky has begun to color.  Art Maddox stands on the grass 
     at the end of the channel separating the slips, watching 
     as...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 31
     10-9-00                                                               


     A lone sailboat tacks toward the school.

     ANGLE ON BOAT - SAM & JIMMY

     Sam drops his sail, leaving himself just enough momentum to 
     cruise expertly into the little channel then into the slip.

     Art watches as Jimmy jumps from the boat, ties it off.

                           SAM
               That's good, Jimbo.  I'll see you on 
               Monday.

     Jimmy hesitates, he wants to say something.  Sam waves him 
     off.

     Jimmy gives Art a hard look and heads for the grass.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
                    (to Art, nodding after 
                    Jimmy)
               What's left of my sailing class.

     Art studies the dock between his feet.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Talk to me Artie.

                           ART
               Kelly Van Ryan...

                           SAM
               ... is accusing me of rape.  Jimmy 
               told me.  Apparently I'm the last to 
               know...

                           ART
               Sam... I...
                    (a long beat)
               Sandra Van Ryan's been on the horn 
               with every member of the school board 
               all day long.  She's pushing for 
               suspension...

                           SAM
               This is insane.

     Art shakes his head.

                           ART
               All I can tell you Sam, is hang in 
               there.  They clear you of this mess, 
               you get reinstated, with back pay...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 32
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SAM
               That's great.  I'll just tell my 
               creditors I'm not a rapist.  No 
               problem... Shit.
                    (beat)
               I can't believe the board's going to 
               act without even hearing my side of 
               it.

                           ART
               The Van Ryan family created Blue 
               Bay.  They built the school... Sandra 
               Van Ryan calls up the board and says 
               kiss my ass, they say, left, right, 
               or in the middle.
                    (beat)
               You're gonna need some help on this 
               one, Sam.  You're gonna need a lawyer, 
               and he'd better be a good one.

35   EXT. STRIP MALL - DAY                                         35   

     Typical of its kind -- a Blockbuster Video, a 7-Eleven, half 
     a dozen small businesses, one of which, sandwiched between a 
     donut shop and the Mongolian Beef Bowl, bears the sign:  
     "KEN BOWDEN -- ATTORNEY AT LAW."

36   INT. WAITING ROOM - DAY                                       36   

     Sam sits in a cramped waiting room, leafing through a 
     magazine.

     An attractive young SECRETARY sits a few feet away, behind 
     her desk.  Her PHONE RINGS.  She picks it up, then turns to 
     Sam, favoring him with a flirtatious smile.

                           SECRETARY
               Mr. Bowden will see you now.

37   INT. OFFICE - DAY                                             37   

     Ken Bowden, a slightly oily-looking young man in a nice suit 
     and a large, padded neck brace, rises to shake Sam's hand.

                           KEN
               Sam, hey, it's been a while.
                    (beat)
               Looked for you at the ten year 
               reunion.  You missed out.  Three 
               days at the Disneyworld Hotel... 
               Partied ourselves silly.

     Sam nods.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 33
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KEN (CONT'D)
               Couple of your old flames were there.  
               You remember Jill, with the knockers.

     Ken holds his hands out in front of his chest.

                           KEN (CONT'D)
               Blew up like the Goodyear blimp.

     Sam forces a smile.

                           KEN (CONT'D)
               But check this...

                           SAM
                    (interrupting)
               Ken.  I'm in some trouble.  I need 
               an attorney and you're the only one 
               I know.  So I figured I'd start here.

     Ken stops, puts on a serious face.

                           KEN
               Well, I'm glad you did.  And I'm 
               sorry.
                    (folding his hands 
                    before him)
               Why don't you tell me about it.

     Sam looks at him.  He starts to speak, then checks himself.

                           SAM
               What did you do to your neck?

     Ken puts a hand to his throat, as if aware of the brace for 
     the first time.

                           KEN
               Oh this... chiropractor did a number 
               on me.

     He takes the brace off, tossing it on his desk.

                           KEN (CONT'D)
               I don't really have to wear the thing 
               all the time.
                    (beat)
               A guy from the insurance was here.

     Ken smiles.  Sam looks slightly ill.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 34
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KEN (CONT'D)
               Go ahead, Sam.  Shoot.  Let's see 
               what we've got here.

38   EXT. A BLUE HAY RESTAURANT - NIGHT                            38   

     Trendy nouveau.  A valet parks Sam's Jeep.

39   INT. RESTAURLNT - SAME                                        39   

     Sam walks across a tiled entry.  He looks tired, but smiles 
     at the maitre d'.

                           SAM
               Georgie, hey.  I'm meeting Barbara.  
               She here yet?

     GEORGE looks stiff, maybe a little nervous.  Sam picks up on 
     it.

     He scans the room...

     ANGLE ON ROOM

     Dimly-lit, crowded, but we PICK OUT Barbara, stunning in a 
     delicate white sun dress, tanned arms resting upon a table.

     Sam starts toward her.  George reaches out to touch his arm.

                           GEORGE
               Mr. Lombardo.

     Sam ignores him, threading his way among the people at a 
     lavish bar, then stopping short as he sees who Barbara is 
     with -- her father, Tom Baxter.

     Tom Baxter sees Sam, gets to his feet.

                           BAXTER
               This is not appropriate Lombardo.

     Sam steps to one side, makes eye contact with Barbara.

     Barbara has tears in her eyes.  She looks at Sam, then shakes 
     her head, looking away.

                           SAM
               Barbara...

                           BAZTER
               You're finished in Blue Bay, Lombardo.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     10-9-00                                                               


                           BAZTER (CONT'D)
               You've been scratching at the door 
               long enough...
                    (as Sam faces him)
               I ever see you around my daughter, 
               you're going to be finished, period.

     The two men square off, but already we can SEE Georgie, 
     trailed by a pair of beefy characters in blue blazers making 
     their way across the room.

     Sam sees them too.  He takes a final look at Barbara.  When 
     she refuses to meet his eye, he pushes past Baxter, through 
     the crowd and out of the restaurant.

40   EXT. AN EVERGLADES ROADHOUSE - NIGHT                          40   

     Red neon identifies it as Jim's Recovery Room.  A handful of 
     trucks sit in a dirt parking lot, Sam's Jeep among them.

41   INT. ROADHOUSE - NIGHT                                        41   

     The air is thick with smoke.  Locals shoot pool.  The walls 
     are decorated with dusty fishing nets and inflated blowfish.

     An aging BARMAID -- good-looking -- once, runs a rag around 
     a pitcher, looks down the bar, smiles, finding...

     Sam, alone, awaiting service.

                           BARMAID
               Sam, honey... Haven't seen you in a 
               while.  How's life treatin' you?
                    (off Sam's look)
               That bad, huh?  Well, you came to 
               the right place.

42   EXT. ROADHOUSE - LATER                                        42   

     Sam walks outside.  He stands in the red glow of neon light, 
     looking toward the road... On the opposite side of which...

     ... sits a sorry little collection of whitewashed stucco 
     bungalows, identified by a green neon sign as the Glades 
     Motel.

     Beyond the motel are the Everglades, a great expanse of 
     darkness.

     Sam stares at the motel.  At last he gets in his Jeep.  As 
     he EXITS the lot, a second pair of headlights flashes on.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     10-9-00                                                               


43   EXT. EVERGLADES - NIGHT                                       43   

     A deserted two-lane road cuts through the swamp.  Trees 
     bearded with moss appear as ghostly shapes in the lights of 
     Sam's Jeep.

44   INT./EXT. SAM'S JEEP - MOVING - SAME                          44   

     San drives -- a tired face.  Soft MUSIC on the RADIO.

     Something APPEARS in the road, caught for a moment in the 
     headlights.  Sam swerves, whirls his head around, sees...

     A GATOR sliding of the shoulder and into the murky water.

     Sam lets out some air, relaxing a bit, then catches sight of 
     something else -- Headlights finding reflection in his 
     rearview mirror, coming fast.  Sam watches as the lights get 
     closer.  He looks back to the road -- an approaching curve...

     Sam is into the curve when the lights catch him.  A black 
     Range Rover moves out to pass, then turns suddenly into Sam's 
     lane, cutting him off.

     It happens quickly.  Sam swerves to avoid hitting the larger 
     car, but the road affords little margin for error.

     The JEEP slides across a narrow shoulder, then plummets down 
     a steep embankment, CRASHING through cattails, rolling over 
     to SLAM BACK DOWN on its tires in a swampy gulch.

     Sam slumps back from the steering wheel.  Somewhere over his 
     head he can see headlights shining into the trees.

     He hears a CAR DOOR SLAM, the SOUNDS of someone scrambling 
     down the embankment.

     Sam tries to get out of his seat harness.  Someone is 
     approaching, splashing through the muck.  Suddenly a hand 
     reaches through the broken driver's window, helping him.

                           MAN'S VOICE
               Are you all right?

     The hands get him loose.  Sam stumbles from the car.

                           SAM
               Yeah, I'm okay.

     He looks up to find -- Frankie Condo, looming over him.

                           FRANKIE
               That's too bad.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     10-9-00                                                               


     He grabs Sam, pulling him OUT OF FRAME.  What we are left 
     with is the SOUND of FISTS THUDDING INTO FLESH -- then Sam, 
     hitting the hood of his Jeep, slumping down into the muck.

     Frankie is breathing hard.  We HEAR him SLOGGING back up the 
     embankment.  We HEAR a DOOR SLAM, the RANGE ROVER driving 
     away, leaving only darkness, and the EERIE SOUNDS of the 
     swamp.

45   EXT. THE STRIP MALL - DAY                                     45   

     Dazzling light.  Sam's smashed-up Jeep is parked before Ken 
     Bowden's office, next door to the Mongolian Beef Bowl.

46   INT. BEEF BOWL - SAME                                         46   

     Sam and Ken eye one another over a green plastic table -- 
     Ken with his neck brace, Sam with a bruised face.

                           KEN
               I figured, you know, it would be 
               darker in here.

     He moves a hand to his face.

                           SAM
               Good thinking.

                           KEN
               You can tie whoever did it to Sandra 
               Van Ryan...

                           SAM
               Forget it.

                           KEN
               Lady has some deep pockets.  That's 
               all I'm saying.

                           SAM
               I know how deep her pockets are, 
               Ken.  I thought I might be able to 
               save my fucking house with an equity 
               loan.  Guess who's on the board of 
               directors at the bank?

     He pauses to look at Ken Bowden.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Can't you take that stupid thing 
               off?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 38
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KEN
               Not in here.  Chiropractor comes in 
               here for lunch sometimes.

     San sighs, slumps back in his plastic seat.

                           KEN (CONT'D)
               You're not in bad shape, really.  I 
               know you think you are, but you're 
               not.  Let me tell you why.
                    (beat)
               Sandra Van Ryan.

                           SAM
               What's that supposed to mean?

                           KEN
               For you to be getting this kind of 
               heat, for what they have on you... 
               It doesn't add up.  Sandra Van Ryan's 
               got 'em running scared.
                    (beat)
               And I'll tell you something else, 
               you rush, you get careless.

     Ken reaches into his briefcase.  He pulls out some papers, 
     tosses them on the table.  Sam picks one up, starts to read.

                           SAM
               Nellie Gail Ranch...

                           KEN
               Sound nice?  It's a fucking drug 
               rehab farm.  It's where Kelly Van 
               Ryan went when her morn fished her 
               out of the swamp.
                    (beat)
               Meanwhile, you get educator of the 
               year I mean there's no way they can 
               put this thing in front of a jury.
                    (beat)
               Shit, they haven't even taken your 
               statement yet.  Reason?  They're 
               still shoveling dirt and my guess 
               is, they're coming up empty.  Now 
               tell me I'm right.

                           SAM
               There's nothing for them to get.

                           KEN
               Good.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 39
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KEN (CONT'D)
               So what we're going to do is march 
               right to Hunter's doorstep.  We're 
               going to insist they take a statement.  
               We're going to tell them to charge 
               your ass or get off your back.
                    (beat)
               They're walking a fine line here.  
               Defamation of character, malicious 
               prosecution...

                           SAM
               I just want my life back...

                           KEN
               Fair enough.  Let's go make a 
               statement.

47   INT. POLICE INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY                              47   

     Everyone's looking a little tired, with the possible exception 
     of Ray.  At this moment he sits back in his chair, staring 
     at Sam.

                           RAY
               Why don't you tell us one more time, 
               how Kelly came to be with you, alone 
               in your house.

                           SAM
                    (with growing 
                    impatience)
               Story's the same, Detective...

     Ken pats him on the arm.  When Sam speaks again, it is in a 
     calmer voice, calm but tired.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               I had to go look for this coupon.

                           RAY
               The one you bought at school.

                           SAM
                    (nodding)
               Like I said, I hadn't really expected 
               to use it.
                    (beat)
               Anyway, I'm going through a drawer.  
               I hear a car.  I look out the window.  
               I see Nicole driving away.  I leave 
               my room, and there's Kelly.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 40
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY
               In cutoffs, a wet T-shirt.

                           SAM
               Yes.

                           RAY
               And she wanted to talk.

                           SAM
               Yes.

                           RAY
               But you can't tell us what she wanted 
               to talk about.

                           SAM
               I could, but it's confidential.  
               Look, the point is, we didn't talk.  
               I told her this was not an appropriate 
               time or place.

                           RAY
               And she began to cry.  And you put 
               an arm around her.

                           SAM
               Yes.  Mainly to turn her toward the 
               door.  I told her we would talk on 
               Monday, in the office.

                           GLORIA
               And when you turned her toward the 
               door, where did you expect her to 
               go, without a car?

                           SAM
               Again.  I think we covered this.  I 
               told her I was going to call a cab.

                           RAY
               But she ran away.

                           SAM
               That's right.

                           GLORIA
               Did you call anyone?  Did you call 
               her house to see if she got home?  
               Did you call the Masons?

                           SAM
               No.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 41
     10-9-00                                                               


                           GLORIA
               Weren't you a little worried about 
               her...?

                           SAM
               There's a strip mall not half a mile 
               from my house.  There's phones there.  
               I cruised the place, but I didn't 
               see her.  I figured she was probably 
               there but that she was angry and 
               didn't want to be found.  I don't 
               know... Maybe I should have called.  
               But it's not like Kelly can't take 
               care of herself.  I figured we'd 
               just take it up on Monday, in the 
               office.

     There is a moment of silence in the room.

                           RAY
               But you do admit to touching her, to 
               putting your arm around her.  Isn't 
               that against the rules?

                           SAM
               It is and I don't.  Ordinarily...
                    (beat)
               But, I mean... there's this kid 
               standing in front of you crying...

                           RAY
               With a thirty-five inch bustline in 
               a wet T-shirt with no bra...

     He is cut short as Sam shoves his chair back from the table.

                           SAM
               Fuck you.  This is bullshit.  I'm 
               outta here.

                           RAY
               Sit down, Lombardo.

     Sam and Ray stare at one another.  Ken puts a hand on his 
     client's arm.

                           KEN
               All right, all right... Enough.

     Ken stands up.  He walks to the two-way mirror set in one 
     wall, rapping on the glass with his knuckles.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 42
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KEN (CONT'D)
               We came down here to make a statement.  
               We've made it.
                    (beat)
               If you're going to charge my client, 
               do it now.

48   INT. OPPOSITE SIDE MIRROR ROOM - HUNTER                       48   

     stares at Ken's face, about a foot away.  Ken of course can't 
     see him.  Hunter gives him the finger.

49   INT. INTERVIEW ROOM - KEN                                     49   

     stares into the mirror, waiting.

                           KEN
               I didn't think so.
                    (to Sam)
               Let's go.

     Ken opens the door.  Sam turns back to Ray and Gloria.

                           SAM
               I've spent the last ten years of my 
               life working with kids.  I love what 
               I do, and I think I'm good at it.
                    (beat)
               These kids trust me, and there is no 
               way.  No way in hell I would ever 
               betray that trust.

     As Ken and Sam leave, Ray and Gloria are joined by Bryce 
     Hunter.

                           HUNTER
               Nice speech.  Either of you buying?

     Ray shrugs.

                           RAY
               Not that stuff about her running 
               away, him trying to find her.  That's 
               bullshit.

                           HUNTER
               What about witnesses?

                           RAY
               We've got three.  Guy mowing his 
               yard, couple of kids playing hoops.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 43
     10-9-00                                                               


                           HUNTER
               And what do they say?

                           GLORIA
               Same as him.  They saw her come.  
               They saw her go.  They saw him follow.

                           RAY
               Still doesn't explain why he couldn't 
               catch up with her.  I mean how long 
               does it take to put on a shirt?

     At which point, a COP APPEARS in the doorway.

                           COP
               Phone, Bryce.  It's Sandra Van Ryan.

                           HUNTER
               Christ Almighty.  That woman's calling 
               me six times a day.

     He starts away, then stops.

                           HUNTER (CONT'D)
               I think you're onto something, Ray.
               Stay with it.

     Hunter bangs out of the room.  Gloria slumps in a chair, 
     tired, disgusted.

                           GLORIA
               We failed to mention the mower guy's 
               a drunk, that he was after more beer 
               and never really saw Kelly go into 
               the house, so he can't say how long 
               she was in there.  Same with the 
               kids.  They saw her running down the 
               street, but that's it.
                    (beat)
               With no physical evidence, what do 
               we have?  Her word against his.

                           RAY
               You're telling me you believe the 
               guy?

                           GLORIA
               All I'm saying is, we let Sandra Van 
               Ryan push us too hard, we're going 
               to wind up looking stupid.

     Ray is paged by his BEEPER.  He pulls it off his belt, looks 
     at the number.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 44
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY
               I'd better return this.

     Ray leaves.  Gloria pulls a cigarette from her purse and 
     lights up, rests her head back in the chair, blowing smoke 
     at the ceiling.

50   INT. INTERVIEW ROOM - LATER                                   50   

     Gloria is grinding out the butt as Ray walks back in.  There 
     is something in the way he carries himself, some sense of 
     urgency.

                           RAY
                    (off Gloria's look)
               Seen any good gator wrestling lately?

51   EXT./INT. DETECTIVES' CAR - MOVING - DAY                      51   

     Ray and Gloria drive through the Everglades, past marshlands 
     punctuated by thick stands of melaluca trees.

                           GLORIA
               They say it was old man Van Ryan 
               planted the melalucas to dry up the 
               swamp.

     Ray nods.

                           GLORIA (CONT'D)
               You can go up to one of those trees 
               and peel the bark.  You know what 
               you get?  More bark.  And more bark.  
               There's no core.  Tree's not good 
               tar anything but sucking up water.  
               And now they can't get rid of them.  
               They've tried poisons.  Nothing works.  
               They don't die.

                           RAY
               Yeah, well, Van Ryan got his.  I 
               don't imagine he gives a shit now.

     Gloria just looks at him.  Ray stares into the dusty light 
     of an approaching sunset.  At last he slows, turning off the 
     highway and onto a narrow dirt road.

     A sign pokes out from the tall grass -- "SMILIN' JACK'S FISH 
     CAMP."

     The Taurus bounces along the washboard road.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 45
     10-9-00                                                               


                           GLORIA
               You're sure we're not lost?

     They are driving now at the edge of a canal.

                           RAY
               You remember that little girl walked 
               out of our talk at Blue Bay?

                           GLORIA
               The skinny brunette.

                           RAY
               This is where she lives.  She wants 
               to talk.
                    (beat)
               Beats the shit out of me why she 
               would call me at all.  I busted her 
               once for possession.  she wound up 
               doing about six months at Camp Nine.

                           GLORIA
               You mean Camp Sixty-Nine.

     Ray gives her a look.  Gloria shrugs.

                           GLORIA (CONT'D)
               That's what they called it when I 
               was in Juvenile.  It's a pretty dismal 
               place.

                           RAY
               It's a shithole.  But she was dirty, 
               what was I gonna do?

     They pass a sagging chain-link fence, entering a quarter-
     mile run of shabby trailers and cheap shacks.

     The squalor of the buildings is seat in contrast to the beauty 
     of the Glades where the waters have gone to the color of 
     polished brass beneath an immense, darkening sky.

     Ray parks before a ramshackle building covered in vines and 
     peeling paint.  A sign reads:  "NIGHT CRAWLERS $1 A BUCKET."  
     The jawbones of numerous gators hang beneath the eaves.

     As they get out of the car, something catches Gloria's eye -- 
     along the bank of the canal...

     ANGLE ON BANK

     where a tall man (WALTER) with long white hair and tattooed 
     arms kneels inside a pen, slapping a huge gator on its snout.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 46
     10-9-00                                                               


     The reptile lifts its upper body, hissing, opening its jaws.

     Walter takes a stick from his hip pocket, passing it through 
     the gator's mouth.  The jaws snap shut, incredibly fast, 
     with a hollow snapping sound.

     Gloria jumps instinctively, then watches, aghast, as Walter 
     slaps the creature once more.  This time moving round to the 
     front of the gator, sticking halt his arm inside its mouth.

                           VOICE (0.5.)
               He's just showin' off for you now.

     Gloria starts, then turns to find a woman (RUBY) has walked 
     up beside her.  The woman is in her sixties.  She's dressed 
     in polyester.  Her hair is piled on top of her head -- too 
     dark to be anything but a dye job.  A cigarette bobs from 
     her lips.

     Before Gloria can respond, Ray steps up behind than.

                           RAY
               Evening Ruby.
                    (beat)
               I see you still got Walter.  I was 
               sort of hoping something had eaten 
               him by now.

                           RUBY
                    (a long beat)
               Can I help you with something?

     Ray and the old lady look at each other.

                           RAY
               Suzie called.  You know where we can 
               find her?

     Ruby looks toward the store.

                           RUBY
               You know the way.

     She watches as the detectives CROSS the road, then calls to 
     them as they start up the steps.

                           RUBY (CONT'D)
               You won't shoot her will you?  I 
               don't believe she's armed.

     Gloria turns, surprised.  Ray gives the woman a long, cold 
     stare, then opens the door for Gloria.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 47
     10-9-00                                                               


52   INT. CAMP STORE - SAME                                        52   

     It's dark inside.  The main light source is a tiny, beat-up 
     black-and-white TV.

     Two elderly women in colored bouffant hairdos sit on a ratty 
     old couch watching reruns of "Family Feud."  They look up as 
     Ray and Gloria ENTER then EXIT through a door in the back.

53   INT. SUZIE'S ROOM - SAME                                      53   

     Black walls.  Cheap bookshelves, filled to overflowing.  A 
     wire strung with dismembered doll parts runs the length of 
     the room.

     Suzie is propped on a ratty futon, an open book on her 
     stomach, her thin, white arms crossed behind her head.

                           SUZIE
               Jesus.  It took you long enough.  
               What if somebody was trying to 
               strangle me?  Or fuck me in the ass, 
               even?
                    (beat)
               I mean, you guys are Sex Crimes.

     Ray manages a thin smile.

                           RAY
               Meet my partner, Gloria Perez.

                           SUZIE
               I did.  At Blue Balls.

                           GLORIA
               Seems to me you left early, before 
               we could meet.  But hi, Suzie.

     Gloria puts out a hand.  Suzie looks at it, puts out a hand 
     of her own.

     As the women shake, Gloria looks at the book on Suzie's 
     stomach, turning her head as if to read the title.

                           SUZIE
               It's Celine.  He's okay.  He had a 
               pretty good line on what cheap fucks 
               people are.

                           RAY
               So Suzie, you called us, remember?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 48
     10-9-00                                                               


     Suzie takes a cigarette from a pack at her side, lights up, 
     blows smoke at the ceiling.

                           SUZIE
               Did they arrest Mr. Lombardo?

     Ray and Gloria exchange looks.

                           RAY
               No.

                           SUZIE
               Will they?

                           RAY
               It doesn't look like it.

                           SUZIE
               Then he'll be back at Blue Balls?

     Ray shrugs.

                           GLORIA
               That bothers you?

                           SUZIE
                    (a long beat)
               Yeah, maybe, a little.

                           GLORIA
               Why is that?

     Suzie lets out her breath.  She rests her head against the 
     wall.

                           GLORIA (CONT'D)
               You can talk to us, Suzie.  That's 
               why we're here...

54   INT. POLICE INTERVIEW ROOM - DAY                              54   

     Suzie, Gloria and Hunter sit at the conference table.  Ray 
     operates the video cam.

                           GLORIA
               Okay, Suzie.  We want you to tell us 
               about the day Mr. Lombardo gave you 
               and Jimmy a ride.

     Suzie stares at the three cops around her, then at the camera.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 49
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SUZIE
               You didn't tell me you were gonna 
               put me on the fucking news.

                           GLORIA
               We need to tape the interview, Suzie.  
               No one will see it but us.
                    (beat)
               Now when was this, that Mr. Lombardo 
               gave you the ride?

     Suzie stares at the camera.  She's lost the cockiness she 
     had on her own turf.  She looks small, white and frail in 
     the sterile room, surrounded by the detectives.

                           SUZIE
               About a year ago.

                           GLORIA
               He dropped Jimmy off first?

                           SUZIE
               Yeah.

                           GLORIA
               And when he arrived at your house, 
               was anyone there?

                           SUZIE
               No.

                           GLORIA
               So you were alone.

                           SUZIE
               Yes.

                           GLORIA
               Did he come in with you?

                           SUZIE
               I guess.

                           HUNTER
               You guess?  Did he or didn't he?

                           SUZIE
               Yeah... okay... he did

                           HUNTER
               And then what... he touched you?  
               Did you maybe flirt a little...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 50
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SUZIE
               I wanna go home now.

     Gloria glares at Hunter, shakes her head.

                           GLORIA
               Suzie, look, I know you feel bad.  I 
               know it's harder to talk here than 
               in your room, but we need to get it 
               on tape.
                    (beat)
               Just tell us what you told us before.  
               Tell us the truth.

     Suzie huddles in her skinny arms, studying the detectives.

                           SUZIE
               I didn't say a thing to him.  He 
               just put his arm around me.  Told me 
               I was pretty... I could be really 
               pretty, he said.

     Another moment -- she looks at Ray, then at Hunter.

                           HUNTER
               What did you do then?

                           SUZIE
                    (a long beat)
               Shit, what difference does it make... 
               Nobody's gonna believe me anyway...

                           HUNTER
               Suzie!  Did this man rape you?

                           SUZIE
               Okay!  He did.  He pushed me to the 
               floor and he did it to me.  Now, can 
               I go home?

     She stands up.

                           GLORIA
               At that point were you able to fight 
               him off?

                           SUZIE
               No.  He stopped by himself.  Okay?  
               That's all.  Let me go.

     Gloria gets to her feet as well; she tries to put an arm 
     around Suzie.  The girl jumps back as if she has been shocked.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 51
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               Don't touch me.

     Gloria's hands fall to her sides.

     Suzie heads for the door.

     The detectives exchange looks.

     At which point, Suzie stops, turns to face the room.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               He did say something.

                           GLORIA
               What was that?

                           SUZIE
               He said, "No little bitch can ever 
               make me come."

     THE SLIDING BAR DOOR

     of a jail SLAMS shut on Sam Lombardo.  He turns to...

     TWO menacing PRISONERS.

                           PRISONER
               So you're the new chicken licker.

                                                          CUT TO:

     COURT TV IMAGE

     The graphic -- "Prime Time Justice" -- then the anchor -- 
     CYNTHIA.

                           CYNTHIA (TV)
               Today from Superior Court in Miami, 
               Florida -- Dade County versus Samuel 
               J. Lombardo.

     PULL BACK to REVEAL...

55   INT. ART'S OFFICE, BLUE BAY HIGH - DAY                        55   

     Art, students, faculty members huddle around the TV.

                           CYNTHIA (TV, CONT'D)
               The Lombardo rape case has galvanized 
               the upscale town of Blue Bay...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 52
     10-9-00                                                               


56   EXT. COURTHOUSE - DAY                                         56   

     Video crews surround a limo as Sandra and Kelly EMERGE.

                           CYNTHIA (V.0., CONT'D)
               ... with its tabloid appeal -- Sandra 
               Van Ryan -- jet-set real estate 
               heiress...

     Tom Baxter and Barbara jostle up the steps.

                           CYNTHIA (CONT'D)
               The powerful Blue Bay elite...

     Suzie, in the company of Ruby and Walter, pushes past the 
     video crews.

                           CYNTHIA (CONT'D)
               ... the girl from the wrong side of 
               the tracks...

57   INT. COURTROOM - DAY                                          57   

     Bryce Hunter confers with his team.

     Ken in his neck brace, ENTERS with Sam and a bailiff.  Sam 
     wears a suit.  He's clean-shaven, recovered from the car 
     wreck and beating.  Still, there is a weariness about him we 
     have not seen before.  He makes eye contact with Sandra -- a 
     cold stare.

                           CYNTHIA
               In the end, the prosecution's case 
               will come down to...

58   INT. COURTROOM - DAY                                          58   

     Hunter in front of the jury.

                           HUNTER
               ... what happened to Kelly Lanier 
               Van Ryan and Susan Marie Toller that 
               will forever change the lives of 
               these two young women?  What happened 
               in those fifteen minutes alone with 
               Samuel Lombardo?

     CLOSE ON SAM

     The dark, seductive eyes.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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59   INT. COURTHOUSE - WITNESS WAITING ROOM - DAY                  59   

     Suzie, nervous, paces the floor, stops, lights a cigarette.

     The other witnesses sit in chairs along the wail -- the lawn 
     mower man, cul-de-sac kids, Barbara, Nicole, as...

     IN THE COURTROOM

     Kelly Van Ryan sits in the witness box, dabbing her eyes 
     with a handkerchief while Bryce Hunter stands before her.  
     The room is silent, the spectators riveted on the scene.

                           HUNTER
               Do you need more time?

     Kelly shakes her head, no.

                           HUNTER (CONT'D)
               I know this is hard, Kelly, but I 
               have just one more question and even 
               though its something we've been over, 
               I want us all to be very clear about 
               it.
                    (a long beat)
               When you made the decision to stay 
               at Mr. Lombardo's house, after he 
               had offered you a ride.  When you 
               saw that he intended to have sex 
               with you, what were your exact words?  
               What did you say?

                           KELLY
               I told him, no.  I said stop, Mr. 
               Lombardo, please... I screamed for 
               him to stop...

                           HUNTER
               And did he?

     Kelly looks defiantly at the courtroom.

                           KELLY
               No.  He raped me on the floor of his 
               shitty house.

                                                          CUT TO:

60   WITNESS WAITING ROOM - SAME - SUZIE                           60   

     still pacing, as Ray and Gloria ENTER the room.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 54
     10-9-00                                                               


     Suzie shoots them a nervous glance, drops her cigarette, 
     bends to pick it up, burns her fingers, drops it again.  She 
     curses beneath her breath, wrapping her fingers about her 
     shoulders.

     Ray and Gloria watch her, exchange glances.  Gloria picks up 
     Suzie's cigarette for her, puts it out in an ashtray.

                           GLORIA
               You've got nothing to be scared of, 
               Suzie, just take a deep breath.

61   INT. COURTROOM - LATER                                        61   

     PANNING the spectators, we SEE Sandra, Baxter, Ray, Gloria.

     Hunter is on the witness stand.

     Suzie is in the box.  She looks pale, even more nervous.

                           SUZIE
               He pushed into me... I couldn't stop 
               him... it hurt.

                           HUNTER
               I'm sorry... you said it hurt?  Why?

                           SUZIE
               Because... it was the biggest I've 
               ever seen.  And I've seen a lot on 
               their way through Jack's Fish Camp.

     Chuckling in the courtroom.  The JUDGE glares, silencing it.

                           HUNTER
               Ms. Toller, did Samuel Lombardo rape 
               you in your family's home on the 
               23rd of April last year?

     Suzie glances at Sam, hesitates.

                           HUNTER (CONT'D)
               Ms. Toller?

                           SUZIE
               I said he did.

                           HUNTER
               Ms. Toller.  I'm asking you now, 
               under oath, did Samuel Lombardo rape 
               you?

     Suzie looks around, as if for help.  The spectators stir.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Ray rubs his eyes.  Gloria's are closed.

                           SUZIE
               This wasn't my idea.

                           HUNTER
               I'm sorry?

     Suzie looks at Sam once more.

                           SUZIE
               Look.  I just don't want to get into 
               any more trouble...

     Tom Baxter rises to his feet.  The Judge raises a hand, 
     motioning him to sit back down.

                           JUDGE
                    (to Baxter)
               The Court would like to hear what 
               Miss Toller has to say.
                    (to Suzie)
               Miss Toller.

                           SUZIE
               Mr. Lombardo didn't rape me.  He 
               didn't rape Kelly either.  He didn't 
               do anything.

     QUICK CUTS

     Hunter slumps back against the prosecution table.

     Sandra's hand covers her mouth.  Baxter mumbles a curse.

     Sam hangs his head in relief.  Ken grins above his neck brace.

     COURTROOM LOBBY

     The press corps scrambles for cameras.

     BLUE BAY HIGH

     Teachers, students, Art, Jimmy -- crammed around the TV.

                           JIMMY
               I don't believe it...

                           IN THE COURTROOM
               Bryce Hunter and Tom Baxter are both 
               on their feet, trying to make 
               themselves heard above the din.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     10-9-00                                                               


                           HUNTER
               Your Honor... I must object...

                           JUDGE
                    (hammering for order)
               I think I made it plain that the 
               Court intends to near Miss Toller's 
               story.

     The Judge turns a cold eye on Suzie.

                           SUZIE
               I'm sorry.

                           JUDGE
               Sorry?  Just how far did you intend 
               to let this go?

                           SUZIE
               I don't know.  I just wanted to hurt 
               Mr. Lombardo.

     Sam looks up, confused.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               He was my friend at first.  Then I 
               got busted... he didn't even stick 
               up for me.  I had to go away to that 
               hellhole.  It's like, you're his 
               favorite, then who cares?  You wanna 
               know something?  When Kelly said we 
               should do this, I thought cool, all 
               these big shots screwing me over, 
               like that cop, Duquette.  Now they're 
               gonna get screwed.

                           HUNTER
               Your Honor... Please...

                           JUDGE
               Any more interruptions Mr. Hunter, 
               and the Court will hold you in 
               contempt.
                    (to Suzie)
               What you are telling me, Ms. Toller, 
               is that Kelly Van Ryan is responsible 
               for conceiving this entire charade...

                           SUZIE
               Kelly's pissed at Mr. Lombardo, too.  
               She's in love with him.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               I mean her whole fantasy is him since 
               her old man died.  Then she found 
               out that Mr. Lombardo was doing her 
               mom.  I mean that was it...

     Gasps in the court as --

     Kelly BURSTS from the witness waiting room, trailed by a 
     bailiff.

                           KELLY
               You stupid little bitch...

     She grabs the first thing she can get her hands on -- a glass 
     of water from one of the tables and hurls it toward the 
     witness stand before the bailiff can pin her arms against 
     her sides.

62   INT. COURTHOUSE LOBBY - LATER                                 62   

     A mob scene.  Video crews are herded to one side by bailiffs 
     as Sandra and Baxter, with Kelly in tow, move toward a side 
     door.

     Sam and Ken round a corner, followed by Ray and Gloria who 
     walk on either side of Suzie.

     Kelly sees them.  She makes a run at Suzie.  For a moment 
     the girls shove and kick but Ray and Gloria are between them 
     in a hurry, pulling then apart as Baxter arrives to take 
     charge of Kelly, pulling her toward the door.

     Ruby and Walter arrive now too.  Suzie runs to them and they 
     lead her through the crowd, Walter pushing people aside with 
     his long, tattooed arms.

     Gloria heaves a sigh.  Ray pushes a hand through his hair, 
     then turns to find Sam looking at him.  Most of the press 
     have run off to follow the girls -- looking for more action.  
     It is a quiet moment.  The two men lock eyes.

                           SAM
               I've found that adolescents make the 
               best liars.  They're old enough to 
               be good at it, but you want like 
               hell to believe them, because they're 
               still children.

     Ray just looks at him -- a hard stare.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 58
     10-9-00                                                               


63   EXT./INT. KEN'S T-BIRD - DAY                                  63   

     top down, speeds on a highway, banana palms on one side, the 
     blue Atlantic on the other.

     Wind buffets Ken and Sam -- who has a dazed look.

                           KEN
                    (hyped)
               Come on, let loose!

                           SAM
               I was just thinking about where I'm 
               gonna stay.  I lost the house.  It's 
               like waking up from a goddamn 
               nightmare.

                           KEN
               You'll get over it. We've got a 
               knockdown, airtight, motherfucker of 
               a lawsuit against Sandra Van Ryan.

                           SAM
               Just like that?

                           KEN
               Just like that?  These people ruined 
               your life, bro.

     Ken pauses to thump the wheel with the butt of his hand.

                           KEN (CONT'D)
               I told you they were going overboard 
               and they did... They'll settle.  
               Believe me.  They'll be begging to 
               settle...

     At which point Ken spots something up ahead.  His smile 
     broadens.

     He swerves into the other lane, tooting his horn, waving, 
     as...

     The T-bird draws even with a sleek black limo.

                           SAM
               You don't think you're overdoing it?

     He pulls off his neck brace, dangles it in front of Sam's 
     face, then tosses it out the window.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 59
     10-9-00                                                               


64   INT. LIMO - MOVING - SAME                                     64   

     Tom Baxter watches as the T-bird rockets off into the 
     distance, a white piece of foam rubber bouncing across the 
     road in its wake.

     A console TV is on -- news of the courthouse chaos.

     Sandra is next to Baxter.  Kelly is on the opposite bench 
     seat.

                           SANDRA
               I hope you're going to nail his 
               scrotum to the nearest wall.

                           BAXTER
               That might have been a possibility, 
               if little miss not-so-bright here 
               hadn't started throwing things.

                           KELLY
               Fuck off.

     Sandra lunges to slap Kelly.  Baxter stops it in midair.

                           BAXTER
               See what I mean...

                           SANDRA
               You're going to let them get away 
               with this... this shit?  On the word 
               of one little white trash bitch...

                           BAXTER
               You like seeing your name in the 
               papers?

     Sandra glares at him.

                           BAXTER (CONT'D)
               Leave town, Sandy.  Go to your place 
               in St. Barts.  Let things cool down.

     Sandra concentrates on the TV.

                           BAXTER (CONT'D)
               They'll try for twenty million.  The 
               cheaper the lawyer, the higher the 
               demand.

                           SANDRA
               You've got to be kidding.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 60
     10-9-00                                                               


                           BAXTER
               The man's life has been destroyed.  
               There will always be doubters, no 
               matter what happened in court.

                           SANDRA
               I'm not paying any idiot twenty 
               million dollars.

                           BAXTER
               I said that's what they'd ask for.

     Sandra stares from the window.  At last she turns to Kelly.

                           SANDRA
               I hope you're happy.

     Kelly seems to give this a moment's thought, then, smiling.

                           KELLY
               Ecstatic.

65   EXT. EVERGLADES - DAY                                         65   

     Sam cruises slowly across the water in his junked-out air 
     boat.

     He kills the engine, allowing the craft to glide to a stop.

     He's close to where he found the big gator -- the same shabby 
     collection of whitewashed buildings we now RECOGNIZE as the 
     Glades Motel, shimmers in the distance.

     Sam leans back, enjoying the silence.  He reaches into a 
     cooler, takes out a beer, opens it, takes a drink, then pulls 
     something else from the cooler --

     a bundle of white butcher's paper.  Sam opens the paper, 
     takes out raw meat -- something disgusting to look at -- big 
     red turkey necks, maybe, which he tosses into the water.

     ANGLE ON WATER

     as the meat drifts down -- then, a sudden boiling, as -- 
     quick as the strike of a snake -- the huge gator EMERGES, 
     jaws wide, to snap up the morsel before slipping beneath the 
     surface once mare.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

66   INT. LAW OFFICE - DAY                                         66   

     Ken's Secretary opens the inner office door for Baxter.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 61
     10-9-00                                                               


     Ken rises from a desk to greet him.

                           KEN
               Tom Baxter.  Good to see you again.

                           BAXTER
               Let's cut the crap.  What does your 
               client want?

                           KEN
               Besides an apology?

                           BAXTER
               Unless you're planning on leaving 
               Blue Bay, there's gonna be other 
               cases, other days... You might want 
               to keep that in mind.

                           KEN
               Okay Tom.  My client wants your client 
               to saddle up... so we can ride her 
               ass all the way to the bank.

67   EXT. BLUE BAY SCHOOL - DAY                                    67   

     A hot morning in June.  Shadows angle across the campus.

     Students line up at the old wooden pagoda, picking up caps 
     and gowns.  A few turn, surprised to see...

     SAM LOMBARDO cross the parking lot, ENTERS a building.

68   INT. ART'S OFFICE - ART                                       68   

     working at his desk.  Sam's terrarium is behind him, his 
     "Educator of the Year" Waterford bowl, a storage box of files.

     Art looks up at a KNOCK on the DOOR.  Sam walks into the 
     room.

     It is a slightly awkward moment.

                           SAM
               Lizards don't seem to miss me.

     The two men smile, breaking the tension.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               How you doing, Artie?

                           ART
               I... You know... I...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 62
     10-9-00                                                               


     Sam waves him off.

                           SAM
               Take care of my lizards, Art.

     Art stands up.  The two men shake hands.

     OUTSIDE GUIDANCE OFFICE

     Sam comes out, then stops suddenly.

     Kelly waits for him.  Kirk and Nicole are with her.  A long 
     moment.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Kelly...

                           KELLY
               Drop dead... You know where my mom 
               is trying to get the money to pay 
               you off?  She's trying to break my 
               trust.  How do you like that?  I 
               can't touch it until she's dead and 
               she won't give me a dime and now 
               she's trying to break it to pay you...

                           SAM
               Look, Kelly... I'm sorry... I know 
               what you've been through... I 
               should've seen something like this 
               coning.

     Art APPEARS in the door behind Sam.  Kelly cones closer.

                           KELLY
               Why don't you start fucking her again.  
               You can spend it together.

     Kirk tries to take Kelly's arm.  She jerks away, swings at 
     Sam.

     He ducks, dropping the Waterford BOWL, which SHATTERS upon 
     the floor.

     Kirk bear-hugs Kelly.  She throws a notebook at Sam.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               I hate you!

     She starts crying.  Kirk and Nicole drag her away as a crowd 
     gathers.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 63
     10-9-00                                                               


     Sam, shaken, kneels over the broken crystal.  Art bends to 
     help him pick up the pieces.

                           SAM
               You see.  I couldn't stay, even if I 
               wanted to.

69   EXT. STRIP MALL - NIGHT                                       69   

     Sam's Jeep is parked next to the T-bird and Jaguar.

70   INT. KEN'S OFFICE - SAME                                      70   

     Baxter, Ken, Sandra, Frankie stand watching, as Sam signs 
     papers.

     At last Sam looks up, faces Sandra -- not a happy moment.

     Sandra gives him a long, hard stare, then walks from the 
     room.

     Frankie prepares to follow her, then stops, looks at Sam.

                           FRANKIE
               I'll be seeing you.

     Sam just looks at him.  The big man leaves.  Baxter closes 
     his briefcase.

                           KEN
               So long, Tom.  Come by sometime.  
               We'll have lunch at the Beef Bowl.

     Baxter stops, gives him a cold look, then a surprising smile.

                           BAXTER
               I don't think you're gonna be eating 
               at the Beef Bowl anymore, kid.

     He EXITS.  Ken goes apeshit -- whoops, dances around the 
     desk, drops into his chair, holds up the documents.

     Sam watches, smiling, finally.

                           SAM
               Thanks Ken, you did okay.

     Both men stand, they shake hands.  Ken claps him on the arm.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 64
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KEN
                    (no clowning now)
               Look, I know there's a part of you 
               wishes none of this had happened.  
               But it did.  Now take the money and 
               get out of here.  Find a happy place.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

71   EXT. EVERGLADES - NIGHT                                       71   

     Moonlit fog -- the vast swamp.

72   EXT. GLADES MOTEL - NIGHT                                     72   

     It's late.  A neon palm tree flashes across an empty lot 
     as...

     Sam's Jeep pulls in out of the night, parks before its 
     bungalow.

     Sam gets out, lifts his storage box of files from the rear.

73   INT. BUNGALOW - NIGHT                                         73   

     The neon's green light slashes across the dark walls through 
     old Venetian blinds.

     Sam ENTERS, puts the file box on the floor.  Arches a sore 
     back.

     He reaches for a bedside lamp, stops, listens, decides it's 
     nothing, reaches again for the lamp, stops again, listening...

     BZZZZZ -- the high-pitched WHINE of a MOSQUITO.  Then more -- 
     a flurry of BZZZZZZZZS Sam frowns, sees...

     A cloud of mosquitoes circling him.

     He checks the front windows -- closed.  He goes around the 
     bed.

     The slightly ajar bathroom door with full-length mirror comes 
     up on his right.  Ahead is a rear window -- wide open.

     Sam stops fast.

     Thinks.  Lets out a breath.

                           SAM
               Damn maid.

     He steps to the window.  He looks down --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 65
     10-9-00                                                               


     Muddy footprints.

     Sam freezes.  He whirls around --

     A sudden green FACE APPEARS in the big mirror -- like a 
     nightmare image -- lit by the neon flash, then DISAPPEARS.

     Sam jumps back.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Ahhhh!

     The neon green face flashes again in the mirror -- DISAPPEARS.

     Now the bathroom door slowly opens all the way.

     Sam backs up, hits the wall.

     Kelly Van Ryan steps out of the bathroom, a long object held 
     at her side, wrapped in a towel.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Jesus Christ, what are you doing?

                           KELLY
               So you got my mom's money.

     Sam tries to breathe, manages a nod.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               How much?

     Kelly prods him with the concealed object.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               How much?

                           SAM
               About six and a half million dollars.

     Kelly raises the object covered by the towel, aims it at 
     Sam.

                           KELLY
               Your turn to pay.

     A moment -- then she yanks the towel away to REVEAL --

     a two-foot-long novelty penis with giant balls.  Her hand 
     grips the acrylic scrotum like the butt of a gun.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               King Dong!  That's you, Sam!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 66
     10-9-00                                                               


     She screams with joy, vaults into his arms, wraps those 
     perfect thighs around him.  The dildo goes flying.  They 
     fall on the bed.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               It worked!  We screwed the bitch!

     She's all over him now -- tongue kisses.

                           KELLY CCONT'D)
               It worked just like you said it would.

     He kisses her, finally gets her to sit, straddling him.

                           SAM
               God, you scared the shit out of me.  
               You must be crazy coming here.

                           KELLY
               Of course I'm crazy.  Ask my mom.

     She kisses him again, more passionately now.  He gets into 
     it, tears her blouse open, putting his tongue to her breasts.

     A SHADOW moves on the wall, looming above them.  Sam sees 
     it, his eyes widen.  He tries to sit up, as...

     BANG! -- an EXPLOSION.  Sam jumps, knocks Kelly to his side.

     A champagne cork hits the ceiling.

     Suzie Toller stands over the bed with a foaming champagne 
     bottle.

                           SUZIE
               How much is about six and a half 
               million divided by three?

                           SAM
               Jesus.  Two million one hundred thirty-
               three thousand three hundred thirty-
               three and change.

     Kelly screams in joy again.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Now calm down.  Both of you.

     The girls put on mock serious expressions.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 67
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SAM (CONT'D)
               From now on, if we're seen together, 
               it's got to be accidental.  I thought 
               that was understood...

                           KELLY
               Hey, come on... We've got to have at 
               least one victory party.

     Kelly grabs the champagne, takes a long gulp, pours some on 
     her breasts as she straddles Sam once more, inviting him to 
     lick them clean.

                           SAM
               Kelly, for christ's sake...

     She has begun to move like a lap dancer, inviting him to 
     take her breasts in his mouth, putting a hand to his crotch...

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               The only way we're gonna blow this 
               now, is if we do it ourselves...

                           KELLY
                    (her hand in his crotch)
               Do it to ourselves?

                           SAM
                    (weakening)
               We have to stick with the plan.

                           KELLY
               Stick?

     Sam gives up, lays back as Kelly undoes his pants, then moves 
     to get him inside her.

     Suzie watches.  She takes another drink, then tosses the 
     bottle, pulling off her top, REVEALING her small, white 
     breasts, a couple of tattoos, a pierced nipple.  She slips 
     behind Kelly, fondling Kelly's breasts as Sam arches beneath 
     them both -- all of them totally into it now, losing 
     themselves in the sex...

                                                         FADE TO:

74   INT. DETECTIVES' ROOM, BLUE BAY POLICE STATION - NIGHT        74   

     The room is dark and empty, with the exception of a single 
     desk lamp, by which halo we find...

     Ray Duquette, in an aloha shirt, waiting as his computer's 
     printer finishes a job, as suddenly...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 68
     10-9-00                                                               


     ... a new light rushes into the room.  Ray turns to find 
     Gloria standing in the doorway.  He stops as his printer 
     finishes the job.  He pulls out the paper, looks at it, 
     smiles.  Gloria walks to his desk.

                           RAY
               You saw the news today?

                           GLORIA
               Lombardo's settlement?

     Ray nods.

                           GLORIA (CONT'D)
               Yeah, well, I told you they were 
               gonna make us look stupid.

     Ray gives her a long look.  Gloria waits a moment, shrugs.

                           RAY
               Hey, don't back away from it, you 
               were right.  We did look stupid.
                    (beat)
               What you were wrong about, is who 
               made us look that way.

     Gloria just looks at him, puzzled.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               Think back, before the suit was filed, 
               before the trial.  Lombardo had an 
               affair with Sandra, right?
                    (Gloria nods)
               So why not tell us about the affair?  
               I mean it could be a hell of a motive 
               for Kelly to fabricate her charge in 
               the first place.

                           GLORIA
               Maybe Lombardo's attorney was saving 
               the affair for the trial.

                           RAY
               I thought of that.  Then I said, 
               come on, you're Lombardo.  Your 
               reputation is getting trashed.  You 
               want to stop the bleeding.  You don't 
               want to sit in jail for three months.  
               Unless...

                           GLORIA
               Unless what?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 69
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY
               Unless you're setting up Sandra Van 
               Ryan for the big payday.

     It is quiet in the office, save for the soft BUZZ of Ray's 
     COMPUTER.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               They chumped us, Gloria, right from 
               the start.

                           GLORIA
               Why?  You ask me, Lombardo had it 
               pretty good already, nice job in a 
               beautiful setting, popular, an active 
               social life.
                    (beat)
               He's gonna put this all on the line 
               for some dicey play like what you're 
               describing...

                           RAY
                    (interrupting)
               The job looks okay to us.  But look 
               at it from his point of view.  The 
               man's surrounded by wealth and 
               privilege.  But for him... it's just 
               a reminder of what should have been 
               his.

     Gloria gives this a moment's thought.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               Your old man graduates from Blue Bay 
               School, you're not supposed to wind 
               up there.  Board of Directors maybe, 
               but not in the lousy guidance office.  
               Now.  Point number two.
                    (he taps at the 
                    printout on his desk)
               I've run a financial on Lombardo.  
               Guy was eyeball-deep in debt before 
               this all happened -- trying to keep 
               up with pricey trim like Barbara 
               Baxter.

     He passes the printout to Gloria.  She looks at it, thinking.

                           GLORIA
               So what about the girls?  Suzie's 
               poor, but why would Kelly have to 
               steal from her own mother?  Surely 
               her father...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 70
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY
                    (interrupting)
               Her father didn't leave her squat.  
               The kid's got money in trust from 
               her grandfather, but she can't touch 
               that till her mother dies and Sandra 
               seems to have the idea that Kelly 
               ought to learn the value of a buck.

     Gloria looks over Lombardo's financial once more, tosses it 
     on the desk, then studies Ray -- long beat.

                           GLORIA
               This one's got you working overtime, 
               hasn't it?

                           RAY
               I flat don't like the guy, Glory.  
               He's dirty.  And I'll tell you 
               something else.  You want to know 
               how old man Lombardo lost his money?
                    (beat)
               He was fucked out of it by old man 
               Van Ryan, on a little item known as 
               the Salt Creek Land Deal.
                    (beat)
               It was after the war.  Van Ryan set 
               up a corporation to develop swamp 
               land, got investors like Lombardo to 
               put up money, then turned around and 
               got the state to declare the area an 
               ecological preserve, on the sly, of 
               course, but everyone knew it was 
               him.  The freeway went to the coast, 
               right where Van Ryan wanted it.

                           GLORIA
               Eliminate the competition.

                           RAY
               You got it.  The rich got richer.  
               While the saps like Lombardo went 
               belly-up in the swamp.

     Gloria looks at him a long moment.

                           GLORIA
               Where'd you come up with this stuff, 
               anyway?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 71
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY
                    (a long beat; then 
                    beneath a smile)
               I met a guy in a bar.

75   EXT. A BANK, BLUE BAY - DAY                                   75   

     Sam walks down the steps, gets into his Jeep, and drives 
     away.

     Across the street -- the white Taurus -- Ray and Gloria watch.

76   EXT. YACHT BROKERAGE - DAY                                    76   

     Sam comes out, rounds a corner and is gone.

     Ray Duquette steps INTO FRAME, turns into the brokerage.  
     The door swings shut behind him.

77   INT. SWIMMING POOL, BLUE BAY SCHOOL - DAY                     77   

     Girls in tank suits finish laps, towel off.  As the girls 
     begin to walk toward the lockers, they encounter...

     Ray Duquette, threading his way among the girls, his eye 
     on...

     Kelly, alone on the deck, still dripping -- a Botticelli 
     vision.

                           RAY (O.S.)
               Nice stroke.

     Kelly, startled, turns to find Ray walking toward her across 
     the deck.  She snatches a towel from one of the racing 
     platforms and begins to dry herself, wrapping the towel around 
     her.

                           KELLY
               Is there some reason why you're here?

                           RAY
               Curiosity, I guess.

                           KELLY
               About what?  How to improve your 
               breast stroke?

     Ray gives her a cold smile.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 72
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY
               Actually, I was curious about how 
               you see things working out, for you, 
               Sam and Suzie.

     This appears to give her pause, a moment of hesitation.

                           KELLY
               Excuse me?

                           RAY
               You all gonna go down to the Caribbean 
               together?

     Kelly looks around the pool area.  A number of girls are 
     watching from a corner of the deck, but no one is close enough 
     to hear.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               The thing about it is, threesomes so 
               rarely work out.

                           KELLY
               You're out of your mind.

                           RAY
               I've been a cop for a while, Kelly.
                    (beat)
               It's hard enough for one person to 
               keep a secret, let alone three.  And 
               then there's the love angle.  I mean 
               do you and Sam really want that little 
               pill-head around, now that you have 
               the money?

     Kelly starts to walk away.  Ray cuts her off.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               Am I right, did Sam sell you on the 
               idea right up front, of whacking 
               Suzie?  That's murder, Kelly.

                           KELLY
               Police -- God -- get a life.

     She moves around him and walks calmly away.

                           RAY
                    (loud enough to make 
                    himself heard)
               You're good.  But you don't think 
               that little ditz Suzie's gonna hold 
               together, do you?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 73
     10-9-00                                                               


     Kelly continues to walk, her face giving nothing away, as 
     Ray's WORDS ECHO over the pool.

78   EXT. BLUE BAY SCHOOL PARKING LOT - LONG SHOT - LATER          78   

     Only a few cars left -- one of them Suzie's old VW bug, at 
     the side of which Kelly and Suzie engage in heated 
     conversation.

     CLOSER - SUZIE

     paces around Kelly.

                           SUZIE
               You don't know Duquette.  I'm the 
               one he busted... He's a fucker, man... 
               He'll fuck us both over...

     Kelly tries to take her by the arm.  Suzie jerks away.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               I'm not going back to that prison.
               That's what it was... a fucking hell 
               hole...

     Kelly looks around the lot.  She takes Suzie by the arm once 
     more, this time more firmly, pulling Suzie to her.

                           KELLY
               Will you calm down.  Duquette's gonna 
               come to you just like he did to me.  
               You're gonna have to be ready for 
               him.

                           SUZIE
               Yeah, but he can't push you around 
               like he can me.  You've got family 
               and they've got clout.  With me it's 
               different... with me...

                           KELLY
                    (circling her with 
                    her arm)
               Yeah, I've got family and they've 
               got clout and now you have me.  Right?  
               And Sam.  Believe me, Suzie, this 
               dickhead's not going to send you 
               anywhere.  He's gonna try and rattle 
               your cage, and that's it.  Stay strong 
               and he can't do shit.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 74
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SUZIE
                    (a long beat)
               Man, I wanna smoke a joint.

     PULL BACK to REVEAL -- in the distance -- the white Ford 
     Taurus at the side of the road leading to the school.

     The car is pulled just far enough off the road to be mostly 
     hidden among pampas grass and oleander, but angled in such a 
     way as to afford a view of the two girls now hugging in the 
     lot.

79   EXT. SMILIN' JACK'S FISH CAMP - NIGHT                         79   

     Suzie wanders along the canal, smoking a joint.  At her back 
     a few faint lights flicker here and there in the windows of 
     trailers.  She walks down to the little dock, sits on a rail, 
     takes another hit.

                           VOICE (O.S.)
               'Evening, Suzie.  How was school 
               today?

     Suzie freezes, holds back her exhale, looking around...

     A shadow stirs in one of the skiffs tied to the dock.  A man 
     stands, walks up the couple of wooden stairs.  The light 
     from a trailer across the road glances off steel-rimmed 
     glasses as Ray Duquette steps onto the dock.

     Suzie gags on the smoke in her lungs, coughs.  She squeezes 
     the lit roach into her palm, then tosses it into the canal.

                           RAY
               You ought to watch it with that shit, 
               Suzie.  You get busted again, you go 
               back in a two-time loser.

                           SUZIE
               You got something against cigarettes?

     Ray just laughs at her.

                           RAY
               Yeah, they're bad for your health.
                    (beat)
               I'm tryin' to look out for you...

                           SUZIE
               That's cop bullshit.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 75
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY
               Well, you're half right.  Best thing 
               you could do for yourself right now 
               would be to talk to me.

                           SUZIE
               About what?

                           RAY
               Every triangle I've ever seen never 
               lasts.  Somebody's got to go.

                           SUZIE
               Is this supposed to mean something 
               to me?  What triangle?

                           RAY
               You, Kelly, Sam.

                           SUZIE
               I don't have to listen to this.  And 
               you can't shove me around.  I have 
               friends now...

     She catches herself, falters.

     Ray laughs once more.

                           RAY
               Is that what you think?  You have 
               friends?  Is that what they told 
               you?

                           SUZIE
               I don't mean who you're thinking.  I 
               have other friends...

                           RAY
               Suzie, Suzie... This is me, Ray, 
               you're talking to.  We both know you 
               don't have shit, never have had shit, 
               never will have shit...

     He takes a sheet of paper from his coat.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               Here, Suzie.  I want you :o look 
               this over.  Know what it is?
                    (as Suzie takes it)
               Sam deposited his check, transferred 
               the funds to an offshore bank, a 
               numbered account.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 76
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY (CONT'D)
               Not even the cops can find out whose 
               names are on it.  Think one of them's 
               yours?

     Suzie looks over the paper.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               He also put a down on some island 
               property, and a lease-to-buy on a 
               forty-foot sailboat.  You're into 
               sailing, aren't you, Suzie?

     Suzie thrusts the paper back at Ray.

                           SUZIE
               Get away from me.

                           RAY
               Don't you see what this means?  You 
               really think Sam and Kelly are gonna 
               give you a third of the money?  You, 
               the pill-head with the rap sheet?

                           SUZIE
               Shut up.

     Ray smiles at her.  He moves up close.

                           RAY
               You know, I don't think I ever told 
               you I was sorry about your little 
               friend...  What was his name?

     Suzie tries to back away.  She bumps against the rail.  Ray 
     reaches out, takes her hand in both of his.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               Come on, Suzie, help me out here.  
               You know his name.

     Suzie looks scared, in a way she hasn't before.  When she 
     speaks her voice is scarcely above a whisper.

                           SUZIE
               Davy.

                           RAY
                    (nodding, a scary 
                    smile)
               That's right.  That was his name.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 77
     10-9-00                                                               


     The smile fades, as if he's thinking about something, still 
     holding her hand, rubbing it with his fingers.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               Sometimes I wonder if you're really 
               as dumb as you pretend to be.

     He looks into Suzie's eyes, slowly opening her hand to REVEAL 
     the burn mark on her palm.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               But you know what?  I'd be keeping a 
               clear mind right now if I were you.
                    (beat)
               I'd hate to see you come to a bad 
               end.  Like Davy did.

     He holds her hand a moment longer, then drops it.  He goes 
     back down he steps to the little skiff.  An outboard MOTOR 
     STARTS in the night.

80   INT. SUZIE'S ROOM - NIGHT                                     80   

     Suzie comes in fast, grabs the phone, punches out a number.

                           SAM (V.O.)
                    (answering machine)
               This is Sam.  I'm not in right now...

81   EXT./INT. RAY'S PICKUP - NIGHT                                81   

     parked behind some cottonwoods in a small launch area where 
     the highway crosses both the canal and the road to the fish 
     camp.

     The skiff has been shoved into the bed.  Ray sits at the 
     wheel.

     He removes his glasses, wipes his face with a handkerchief, 
     then starts at the uneven 50UNDS of a tired ENGINE, looks up 
     to see...

     HEADLIGHTS

     Suzie's VW bouncing along the dirt road, turning onto the 
     highway.

     RAY'S TRUCK - RAY

     watching, then starting his truck and pulling out onto the 
     highway, following the tiny red lights of Suzie's bug.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 78
     10-9-00                                                               


82   SXT. VAN RYAN ESTATE - MAIN GATE - NIGHT                      82   

     Suzie's VW idles.  She leans out the window, talks to the 
     intercom, the gate opens.  The VW ENTERS.  The gate closes.

     Ray's pickup drives past.  He drives to a big lot where one 
     of the mansions has been torn down.  He drives up onto the 
     dirt, keeps going, right down to the water's edge where he 
     pulls his little skiff out of the back once more.

     He walks back to the truck, pulls off his sport coat, hangs 
     a Hi-8 video camera over his shoulder and wades out into the 
     calm waters of the bay, pushing the skiff, then climbing in.

83   EXT. VAN RYAN ESTATE, REAR OF MAIN HOUSE - NIGHT              83   

     Suzie follows Kelly past the pool, which is all litup, and 
     on toward the jacuzzi.  The whole deck is tiled in black-and-
     white.

     Kelly's in a bikini -- the killer body.  Suzie, the contrast --  
     pale, skinny, boyish, in a T-shirt and cutoff jeans.  They 
     argue -- we CANNOT HEAR.

84   EXT. THE BAY - SAME                                           84   

     Ray has arrived near the docks.  He has killed his engine, 
     maneuvering here with a single oar.  He ties the skiff off 
     behind the Jonathan, then climbs to the dock, moving around 
     the guest house and coming close to the pool.  He takes a 
     position behind the cabanas, readies his camera.

85   EXT. POOL AREA - SAME                                         85   

     Kelly and Suzie continue their argument in front of the 
     jacuzzi.

                           KELLY
               I can't believe you called Sam.  
               What's the matter with you?

                           SUZIE
               I'm scared, that's what.  I'm scared 
               there's no one to trust.

                           KELLY
               You can trust me.

     A cordless PHONE RINGS on the patio chair.  Kelly and Suzie 
     are startled by it.  Kelly answers.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 79
     10-9-00                                                               


86   INT. SAM'S BUNGALOW - NIGHT                                   86   

     The bedside lamp is on.  Sam is on the phone.

                           SAM
               Kelly.  Is Suzie there?

                           KELLY (V.O.)
               Yes.

                           SAM
               Shit.  I was afraid of that.  She 
               left this garbled message on my 
               machine.
                    (beat)
               Can you calm her down?

                           KELLY (V.O.)
               Why can't you come...

                           SAM
               No!  Christ.  Listen, Kelly, I'm 
               counting on you.  You calm her down.  
               I mean do whatever you have to, 
               whatever it takes...

                           KELLY (V.O.)
               You know what it takes.

                           SAM
               Then do it.  I need you on this Kelly.  
               Do it tonight.  We'll figure something 
               out... Okay?

87   EXT. JACUZZI - NIGHT                                          87   

     Kelly glances across the steamy water at Suzie.

                           KELLY
               Yeah, right.  Can you at least talk 
               to her, on the phone?

88   INT. SAM'S BUNGALOW - SAME                                    88   

     Sam lies on his bed, waits for Suzie's voice on the line.

                           SUZIE (V.O.)
               Sam...

                           SAM
               Put Kelly on too.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 80
     10-9-00                                                               


89   EXT. JACUZZI - SAME                                           89   

     The girls stand cheek-to-cheek, the phone between them.

                           KELLY
               I'm here.

90   INT. SAM'S BUNGALOW - SAME                                    90   

                           SAM
               Okay.  I want you to hear this too.  
               We've got to be cool.  All of us.  
               People think I'm rich, for Christ's 
               sake.   I'm doing what rich guys do.
                    (beat)
               I'm spending my money.  It's more 
               suspicious if I sit around doing 
               nothing.  Now don't let this cop 
               fuck with your minds.

91   EXT. CABANAS - NIGHT                                          91   

     Ray tapes the scene.

     The girls still hold the phone.

                           SUZIE
               But I..

                           SAM (V.O.)
               Shut up.  Don't fall apart.  The 
               only people who can blow this is us.  
               Remember?

                           KELLY
               Right.

     Suzie says nothing.  Kelly nudges her.

                           SUZIE
               Yeah, right.

                           SAM (V.O.)
               Good.  Just keep telling yourselves 
               that, the only people who can fuck 
               this up is us.

     The line goes dead.  Kelly hangs up.  Suzie stares into the 
     jacuzzi.

                           SUZIE
               You're gonna fuck me over, aren't 
               you?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 81
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KELLY
               Oh, for Christ's sake.

                           SUZIE
               You are.

                           KELLY
               Are you retarded, or just brain dead 
               from whiffin' fumes out there in the 
               swamp...

     Suzie's face goes hard.

                           SUZIE
               That's what I am to you, isn't it?  
               Swamp trash.  It's what I am to 
               everybody, just like my mom...

     Kelly tries to put an arm around her.  Suzie slaps her -- a 
     mistake -- Kelly's bigger, faster.  She slaps the side of 
     Suzie's head, then grabs her legs, dumping her on the tile 
     deck.

     ON RAY

     focusing the camera.

     Suzie tries to kick Kelly.

     Something changes in Kelly, a scary, calm rage.

                           KELLY
               Stupid bitch.

     She very methodically grabs Suzie's hair, dragging her into 
     the jacuzzi, holding her under the hot water.

     Suzie thrashes, breaks free, gags, arches out of the water, 
     the wet T-shirt clinging to her small breasts.

     Kelly is on her again, slaps her, puts her hands to Suzie's 
     throat -- violently sexual in her wet bikini.

     Kelly slams Suzie back onto the black-and-white tile, gets 
     on top of her, knees between Suzie's legs, her hands on her 
     throat.

     Suzie's skinny shape writhes underneath Kelly on the gleaming 
     tile.  She gasps for air.  Kelly finally lets go, but remains 
     on her knees between Suzie's legs, breathing hard.  A moment.  
     Kelly touches Suzie's face.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 82
     10-9-00                                                               


                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               Why do you make me hurt you?  It's 
               like you want it or something.

     Suzie sobs, takes Kelly's hand.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               God, you are scared, aren't you?

     Suzie runs her lips over Kelly's fingers, then pushes her T-
     shirt up, pushing Kelly's hand onto her breast.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               And this is going to make you feel 
               better, make you trust me...

     Suzie nods, tearing her T-shirt, getting both of Kelly's 
     hands onto her breasts, then pushing at Kelly's wrists, 
     getting her to pull at her nipples, hard... Kelly obliges...

     Suzie cries out in pain.  Kelly's hands move down to pull 
     off Suzie's bottoms...

     ON RAY

     still at it with the video, his face impassive, watching.

     As Kelly pulls Suzie back into the jacuzzi, as the girls' 
     hands slide round the curves of each other's hips, pulling 
     themselves to each other, as the layers of steam rise to 
     envelope them...

                                                          CUT TO:

     VIDEOTAPE

     Kelly and Suzie making love in the jacuzzi.

     PULL BACK to REVEAL --

92   INT. POLICE ROOM - DAY                                        92   

     Gloria, Ray, Hunter watch the tape.  Hunter's seen enough.  
     He slams the stop/tape.

                           HUNTER
               Are you crazy, Ray?

                           RAY
               You heard Kelly say "Sam."  That was 
               Lombardo on the phone.  And you saw 
               the girls...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 83
     10-9-00                                                               


                           HUNTER
               Ray.  The conversation on this tape 
               is totally unintelligible.
                    (beat)
               What we have here, is you on the Van 
               Ryan property, without a proper 
               warrant, shooting a porn flick...

                           RAY
               I don't believe I'm hearing this.  A 
               month ago you were pulling these two 
               apart at the courthouse.
                    (beat)
               They were acting.  They were all 
               acting, from the beginning.  And we 
               bought it, hook, line and sinker... 
               And now they're home free with six 
               million of Sandra Van Ryan's money.

                           GLORIA
               Which she might have saved, if she 
               hadn't set out to destroy the man's 
               life.

                           RAY
                    (turning now on Gloria)
               What?  You wouldn't go after some 
               guy you thought raped your daughter?
                    (beat)
               Cone on.  She bought the same story 
               we did...

     Ray stops as Hunter brings the palm of his hand down on the 
     table a loud SLAP.

                           HUNTER
               Listen, both of you.  You're not on 
               a case.  There is no fucking case.
                    (beat)
               I've had it up to here with Sandra 
               Van Ryan.  Ray, you keep mucking 
               around like this and you are going 
               to have her suing us for invasion of 
               privacy.  Get out of these people's 
               lives.
                    (beat)
               Am I getting through on this?

     Ray walks to the door, jerks it open --

93   INT. CORRIDOR - DAY                                           93   

     Sam, angry, sits in the corridor with a uniformed officer.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 84
     10-9-00                                                               


     Hunter sees Sam, rolls his eyes.

                           HUNTER
               Oh, Ray... no...

                           RAY
               You think this is just about money, 
               about us looking foolish?  Question 
               him.  You're gonna find a stone cold 
               manipulative psychopath.  And those 
               girls are going to wind up dead...

     Sam lunges at Ray.  The officer and Hunter restrain him.  
     Gloria looks on, taken aback by Ray's accusations, Sam's 
     response.

                           HUNTER
               Mr. Lombardo, please.  I'm sorry 
               about this.

                           SAM
               Give this idiot something to do.  
               Let him look into the Kennedy 
               assassination.

     Ray flares, grabs Sam, shoves him against the wall, before 
     they can be separated once again.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
                    (to Hunter)
               Next time this guy drags me down 
               here, I'll sue you.  You're goddamn 
               lucky I didn't sue you the first 
               time!

     Sam storms from the room, followed by Hunter.  Ray stares 
     after them, finally he turns, looks at Gloria, collecting 
     himself.

                           RAY
               Guess I kind of lost it there.

                           GLORIA
               You could say that.

                           RAY
               Were you ever in a situation where 
               you could see a thing coming and you 
               didn't do what you could to stop it?

     Gloria studies Ray, clearly concerned.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 85
     10-9-00                                                               


                           GLORIA
               We all have...

                           RAY
               I mean something bad, Gloria, 
               something bad you saw coning, and 
               you didn't do anything, and then it 
               happened.
                    (off Gloria's silence)
               I did that once.  I don't want to do 
               it again.

94   EXT. MALL ENTRANCE - LATE AFTERNOON                           94   

     Sam EXITS a building, a large package of wrapped goods beneath 
     his arm.  He looks toward the parking lot where --

     Barbara Baxter stands beside the red Mercedes.  She tips a 
     valet then starts toward the mall.  She sees San.  Their 
     eyes meet.  A moment of hesitation, as neither is quite sure 
     what to say.

                           SAM
               You look pretty.

                           BARBARA
               Thanks.

     Sam smiles.  She points to the stuff beneath his arm.

                           BARBARA (CONT'D)
               Quite a shopping spree...

     She's kidding, then seems to consider how Sam might take it.

                           BARBARA (CONT'D)
               I didn't mean...

     Sam laughs it off.

                           SAM
               Hey, I've got it, I may as well spend 
               it, right?  I've always wanted to 
               live where I could dive for my dinner.

                           BARBARA
               And where might that be?

                           SAM
               I was thinking, Antigua, maybe.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 86
     10-9-00                                                               


                           BARBARA
               I love Antigua.
                    (beat)
               Maybe I'll come visit you.

                           SAM
               I'd like that.

     A moment, she touches his face.  Sam raises a hand to cover 
     hers, as...

     ... in b.g., a BLACK RANGE ROVER -- just the roof VISIBLE 
     above the tops of the other cars, cruises the lot.

95   INT. RANGE ROVER - KELLY VAN RYAN                             95   

     seated at the wheel, parks, stares toward the mall entrance.

     ANGLE ON ENTRANCE - KELLY'S POV

     Sam and Barbara stand in the orange light, hand-in-hand.  
     Barbara leans forward, kisses Sam on the lips.

     CLOSE ON KELLY

     lost in thought, when she is startled by a sudden CACOPHONY 
     of ENGINE NOISE.  She turns to find...

     Suzie's BUG, SPLUTTERING and BELCHING smoke, parks next to 
     her.

     Suzie opens the door of the Rover, jumps in.  She's wearing 
     a black ball cap, armed with a huge straw bag.  As she settles 
     in the seat, she lets out a long breath.

     Kelly makes a face, fans the air.

                           KELLY
               Jesus.  What are you drinking?

     Suzie laughs, pulls a bottle of Mad Dog 20/20 from the bag.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
                    (looking at the bottle)
               Anybody ever tell you that stuff 
               will rot your brain?

                           SUZIE
               What brain?

     Suzie takes a big drink.  Kelly shakes her head, looks back 
     toward the entrance.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 87
     10-9-00                                                               


     ANGLE ON ENTRANCE - KELLY'S POV

     empty.  Sam and Barbara are gone.

     Kelly continues to stare.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               What are you looking at?

                           KELLY
                    (starting the car)
               Nothing.

96   EXT. THE BEACH - NIGHT                                        96   

     The Atlantic rolls before a long stretch of empty sand as 
     the last red light drains from the sky.

     The Range Rover comes down onto the sand, parks.

97   INT./EXT. RANGE ROVER - SAME                                  97   

     Kelly turns off the engine.  Suzie tokes on a joint, swills 
     the MD 20/20.  She gazes upon the sea, eyes at half-mast.

                           SUZIE
               I thought we were goin' to a movie.

                           KELLY
               I think we just need to get wasted.

     Suzie shrugs, gets out.  Kelly gets out with her.  Suzie 
     staggers.  Kelly circles her with an arm, looks nervously 
     around, begins leading her down the beach.

                           SUZIE
               I wanna live at the beach someday.

                           KELLY
               Shit.

     She stops walking.  Suzie takes a few more steps then turns 
     to look at her.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               I left the keys.  I'll get 'em.

     Suzie plops down on the sand, drinks from the bottle.  She 
     watches Kelly fading into the darkness, mumbles something 
     beneath her breath, then lies on her back.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     SUZIE'S POV - THE NIGHT SKY

     The SOUND of CRASHING WAVES.  She rolls to one side, looking 
     down the beach Murky blackness.

     She tries to focus, sits up.

                           SUZIE
               Kelly?

     She stands -- wobbly -- peers down the beach.

     A shape EMERGES in the blackness, moving toward her.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               Kelly?

     The shape gets closer and closer, until...

     Sam Lombardo steps up to loom over Suzie.

     She takes a step back.

     Sam puts a hand on her shoulder.  He carries something in 
     his other hand -- hard to see on the dark beach.

                           SAM
               Suzie, it's okay.  It's me.

     Suzie steadies herself.  A face APPEARS behind Sam -- Kelly.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               I was worried about you, Suzie.  I 
               decided we should all get together, 
               one more time, before we split up.

                           SUZIE
               Are you mad at me?

                           SAM
               No, no.  Look, I probably should 
               have told you a little more, about 
               the part I intended to play.
                    (beat)
               We'll go through it all again tonight.

     Sam takes the bottle from Suzie, looks at it.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               This is a celebration Suzie, not a 
               suicide pact.

     He lifts the object in his other hand -- a champagne bottle.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SAM (CONT'D)
               We'll chill out first, have a drink, 
               watch the stars.

     Suzie nods.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Kelly, there's a beach blanket in 
               the Jeep.  Could you get it for us?

     Kelly nods, starts back, looks once over her shoulder as...

     Sam leads Suzie toward a huge rock formation.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Let me tell you about this boat I 
               picked out for us...

     They move OUT OF SIGHT.  Kelly continues to walk, back along 
     the sand toward the cars.

     INSERT - A SCREAM

     A sickening hollow THWACK -- an arc of blood and two teeth 
     fall silently on dark stone.

     Kelly begins to run, stumbling through the sand to Sam's 
     Jeep, where she pulls a big roll of clear plastic from behind 
     the seats.  She stuffs it under her arm, then runs back along 
     the beach.  As she runs, she can hear them -- more THWACKS, 
     MOANS --

     it seems like forever Sam APP£ARS before her on the sand.  
     The champagne bottle swings loosely at the end of one arm.  
     it looks shiny now, dripping with Suzie's blood.

     Kelly goes to him.  She looks at the bottle, then throws 
     herself against him -- a hard kiss.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               I'm sorry, Kelly.  I'm sorry it had 
               to happen like this.  She was losing 
               it...

                           KELLY
                    (breathless)
               There was no way.  That cop would've 
               gotten her to tell him... everything.  
               She was weak and dumb...

     She kisses him again, her hands moving over his body.  Sam 
     takes a step back, looks into Kelly's face -- the parted 
     lips, sultry eyes -- as if seeing her for the first time --a

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     long beat -- at which point he turns, heaving the champagne 
     bottle as far as he can into the black waves.

98   EXT. RANGE ROVER ON THE SAUD - LATER                          98   

     Rear hatch open -- overhead light on.

     Sam and Kelly drag Suzie's body -- wrapped in the plastic -- 
     to the rear hatch.  As they heft her inside, the light catches --

     SUZIE'S FACE

     A mask of blood.

     Kelly turns away in disgust.  She goes to the passenger side 
     door, gets in.

     Sam gets in behind the wheel.  For a moment the two of them 
     just sit there, in the darkness, with the SOUND of the SEA, 
     and their own BREATHING.  Sam looks at Kelly.

     She is focused on the dark Atlantic.

                           SAM
               Are you okay?

     Kelly turns to him -- an anxious face.

                           KELLY
                    (a long beat)
               My mom would kill me if she knew I 
               took the Rover.

99   EXT. EVERGLADES - NIGHT                                       99   

     Kelly waits by the Rover, swatting mosquitoes.

     SLOSHING SOUNDS -- a shape approaches in the dark -- Sam in 
     waders, muddy, tired, carrying a shovel.

100   EXT. GALLERIA PARKING LOT - NIGHT                           100   

     Almost empty of cars.  The Range Rover cruises past Suzie's 
     VW, circles, comes back.  Sam jumps out, pulls on latex 
     gloves, gets into the VW and backs it out.

101   EXT. BUS TERMINAL (MIAMI) - DAY                             101   

     Almost dawn.  A long parking lot fronts the terminal.  Suzie's 
     VW arrives, parks, Sam gets out.  He goes to the waiting 
     Range Rover, gets in and drives away.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 91
     10-9-00                                                               


102   EXT. FRONT GATE - VAN RYAN ESTATE - DAY                     102   

     THIN STREAM OF MUDDY WATER

     flows beneath the gate, down the drive, toward the street.

     A HAND touches the water.

     PULL BACK to REVEAL the hand as that of Ray Duquette.

103   EXT. VAN RYAN DRIVEWAY - SAME                               103   

     Ray kneels, fingers wriggling in the water, then straightens, 
     looking toward the house where...

     On the other side of the gate, Kelly, in a tube-top and tight 
     shorts, washes mud from the Range Rover.  She looks up, 
     sees...

     Ray, drying his hand on a handkerchief, walking up the drive, 
     arriving at the wrought-iron gates.

                           RAY
               Been four-wheelin'?

     Kelly freezes -- not so cool this time.

                           KELLY
               Get off my property.

                           RAY
               I'm not on your property!

     He grabs the wrought-iron gate -- rattles it -- harder and 
     harder.

     Kelly backs away, frightened.

104   EXT. SMILIN' JACK'S FISH CAMP - DAY                         104   

     Gloria and Ray stand in front of the ramshackle wooden 
     building, talking to Ruby.  Walter sits nearby, sharpening a 
     knife.

                           RAY
               You say she didn't come back last 
               night.

                           RUBY
               She's been sayin' she was going to 
               go to L.A.  But I don't know.  I 
               mean all her clothes are still here.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 92
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RUBY (CONT'D)
               An' she's missin' her graduation.
                    (a long beat)
               She should graduate.  She's a smart 
               girl...

     Ray nods.  He makes a note in his pad.

                           RAY
               May have been she just partied too 
               much... But we'll look into it.  We 
               find something, you'll be the first 
               to know.

     Ray turns and walks to the car.  Gloria follows.

105   INT. CAR - SAME                                             105   

     Ray sits for a moment behind the wheel.

                           RAY
               It's starting, Gloria.  This is how 
               it begins...

                           GLORIA
               Ray.  We don't know anything yet.  
               She could be anywhere...

     Ray silences her with a look.

                           RAY
               I'm gonna take you back to the office.  
               Will you put out a call on Suzie's 
               car for me?

                           GLORIA
               You have someplace to be?

     Ray starts the car, doesn't answer.

                           GLORIA (CONT'D)
               If you want company...

                           RAY
               Just check out the car.

     Gloria nods.  She looks toward the camp store where the old 
     lady can still be SEEN standing on the porch, beneath the 
     jawbones.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     10-9-00                                                               


106   EXT. BLUE BAY SCHOOL - DAY                                  106   

     Caps and gowns -- kids and parents on the lawn -- taking 
     photos.

     Kelly poses with Sandra.  Tom Baxter aims the camera.

                           BAXTER
               Smile.

     Kelly and Sandra force miserable smiles.  CLICK.

                           BAXTER (CONT'D)
               That's one for the scrapbook.

     Baxter moves away, greets Nicole and her parents.

     Kelly puts some room between her and Sandra.

                           KELLY
               You didn't have to fly back -- from -- 
               wherever, for me...

                           SANDRA
               I'm here to congratulate my friends 
               and their children.  I'm leaving 
               again tonight.

                           KELLY
               Don't bother.  I'm taking a trip.

                           SANDRA
               Where, the mall?

                           KELLY
               A friend of mine bought a boat.

     Sandra shakes her head, walks off.

     Kelly turns away, freezes, as she catches sight of --

     Ray talking with Jimmy.

107   EXT. THE BEACH - DAY                                        107   

     Ray and Jimmy walk along the sand, moving in the direction 
     of the big rocks.  Jimmy wears sagger shorts, a surfer T-
     shirt.  Ray wears a suit.  He carries the coat over his 
     shoulder.

                           JIMMY
               It's those rocks, up there.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 94
     10-9-00                                                               


                           RAY
               You and Suzie used to come out here 
               together?

                           JIMMY
               Yeah, sometimes.  Lots of the kids 
               hang out here.
                    (beat)
               You really think something bad 
               happened to Suzie?

                           RAY
                    (ignoring the question)
               Lombardo ever come out here?

     Jimmy looks at him, surprised, sees that Ray is serious.  
     Still, the idea generates a laugh.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               I say something funny?

                           JIMMY
               No.  But I mean... just the idea 
               that Mr. Lombardo would...

                           RAY
               Way I hear it, he was pretty tight 
               with the kids, one of the guys...

                           JIMMY
               Yeah, but...

     He breaks off as Ray kneels over a big flat rock.  Ray brushes 
     away some sand, drapes the sport coat over his arm, taking 
     tweezers and latex gloves from the pockets.

     Jimmy moves closer, curious, seeing what Ray sees.

     CLOSE ON GLOVED HANDS

     as tweezers pick up two teeth from a crevice in the stone.

     Ray straightens, holding the teeth in the palm of his hand.

     Jimmy stares at the teeth.

     Ray takes a couple of bills from his pocket, hands them to 
     Jimmy.

                           RAY
               I'm going to be staying here, Jimmy.  
               You can catch a bus up there at the 
               lot, okay?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 95
     10-9-00                                                               


     Jimmy looks a little sick, but he takes the money.  He starts 
     toward the lot.

     Ray watches for a moment.  Then calls out to him.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               People aren't always what they appear 
               to be, kid.  Remember it.

     Jimmy looks at him, trying to make sense of what Ray is 
     saying, clearly disturbed by the implications.  But he asks 
     no more questions.  He turns, trudging alone back through 
     the sand.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

108   EXT. OCEAN COVE - LATER                                     108   

     THE TEETH go into a plastic bag.

     PULL BACK TO REVEAL

     Black-and-whites, county cars -- police tape across the site.

     Ray, Gloria and Hunter watch as DAVE MERRITT, a forensic 
     expert bags the teeth.  He passes the bag to Ray, then bends 
     to the rocks where he begins to take a blood sample.

                           RAY
               Lonbardo and Kelly killed her here.

     Hunter and Gloria exchange a look.

                           GLORIA
               Two kids could've gotten into a fight, 
               lost a couple of teeth.

                           RAY
               Those are Suzie Toller's teeth.

                           GLORIA
               Where's the body?

                           RAY
               The swamp, most likely... Lombardo's 
               a swamp rat, knows the body will 
               never be found there.  But he's made 
               a mistake.

     He holds up the evidence bag containing the teeth.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 96
     10-9-00                                                               


                           GLORIA
               Her grandmother said she'd been 
               threatening to run away.  And I found 
               the car at the Miami bus terminal.

                           RAY
               You don't think Sam could've put it 
               there?

                           HUNTER
               Dust it for prints.  My guess is, if 
               anybody murdered Suzie it was probably 
               that little sociopath Kelly Van Ryan.

     Ray shakes his head; he turns to Dave, still working.

                           RAY
               How soon can we get something?

                           DAVE
               We can get blood type right away.  
               Dental records will take longer.  
               You want DNA, that can take weeks.

     Ray nods, looks out to sea.

                           RAY
               Poor dumb Suzie, she never had a 
               chance.

                           GLORIA
               We don't know that, Ray...

     Ray turns to her -- an intense look.

                           RAY
               Kelly's next, Gloria.

                           HUNTER
                    (ice cold)
               Get off this Ray, now.
                    (beat)
               If there is any evidence here, it's 
               for Homicide.
                    (turning to Dave)
               You get an ID, you call me.

     Dave nods.  Hunter stalks off toward his car.  Ray turns to 
     Gloria.

                           RAY
               Will you do me one favor?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GLORIA
               Ray, you heard him...

                           RAY
               What if I'm right, Gloria?  What if 
               I'm right and Hunter's wrong?
                    (beat)
               What do you do if you see a bad thing 
               coming?

     Gloria looks toward the highway, trying to decide.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               Stick with me on this Gloria.  I 
               need you...

                           GLORIA
               And if the teeth aren't Suzie's?  
               You'll give this up?

                           RAY
               If I'm wrong about those teeth -- 
               it's a promise.

109   EXT. GLADES MOTEL - SUNSET                                  109   

     Sam's Jeep -- a "FOR SALE" sign in the window -- sits in the 
     lot.

     Across the road -- Gloria sits in the white Taurus.

110   EXT. VAN RYAN ESTATE, MAIN GATE - SUNSET                    110   

     Ray sits in his truck, picks up his cellular, punches in a 
     number.

                           DAVE (V.O.)
                    (speaker)
               Merritt, Forensics.

                           RAY
               The teeth doin' any talkin'?

                           DAVE (V.O.)
               Ray.  Stop calling.  I told you the 
               dental records will take time...

                           RAY
               What about the blood?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 98
     10-9-00                                                               


                           DAVE (V.O.)
                    (a beat)
               Could be hers.  Types match.  Could 
               be a lot of other people's too...

                           RAY
                    (cutting him off)
               Second you get something on those 
               teeth, I want it. 

     Ray hangs up without waiting for a reply.  He turns to the 
     Van Ryan house, an orange light slanting across its facade.

111   EXT. GLADES MOTEL - NIGHT                                   111   

     Gloria waits in her car.  She looks toward the motel.

     Sam's Jeep is parked before one of the bungalows.  There is 
     a light on in the room.  We can SEE inside.

     Gloria sighs, picks up a pair of binoculars and trains them 
     on the room.

     ANGLE ON ROOM - GLORIA'S POV

     Suitcases and boxes are stacked everywhere.  Sam, bare-
     chested, in khaki slacks, moves about the room.

     CLOSE ON GLORIA

     watching Sam, as...

     IN THE ROOM

     The PHONE has begun to RING.  Sam looks at it until it stops, 
     then picks it up and dials a number.  Kelly answers.

                           KELLY (V.O.)
               Hello?

                           SAM
               Hello.

                           KELLY (V.O.)
               God, I've been calling you.

     INTERCUT - KELLY/SAM PHONE CONVERSATION

     Kelly is in the guest house, pacing in front of the gun case.

                           KELLY (CONT'D)
               I'm really serious.  That cop, he 
               keeps watching me.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                      p. 99
     10-9-00                                                               


                           SAM
               Duquette.  Forget him...

                           KELLY
               I can't help it.  He gives me the 
               creeps... I mean why was Suzie so 
               scared of him?  She's not that way.  
               I think he did something...

                           SAM
               Yeah, he got her busted for 
               possession...

                           KELLY
               I don't know... I think it was 
               something else... Suzie says the 
               bust was bullshit...

                           SAM
               And you believe her?

                           KELLY
                    (a long beat -- a 
                    sigh)
               I don't know.
                    (beat)
               I want to see you...

                           SAM
               Kelly... Relax.  Take one of your 
               mom's valium or something.  In another 
               week you get on the plane.  It's 
               over.  We're rich.

                           KELLY
               But what if they find out... God, 
               they'd put you in the gas chamber...

     Sam is about to respond, then looks out the window, sees...

     ACROSS THE STREET, the white Taurus.

                           SAM
               So if they're tapping your phone, 
               we're dead.  Stay in the guest house.  
               Skip the graduation parties.  You'll 
               never see Duquette.  Okay?  I love 
               you.

                           KELLY
                    (beat)
               Okay.  I love you too.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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112   INT. TAURUS - SAME - GLORIA                                 112   

     sees the light go out in Sam's room, lowers her binoculars, 
     sits for a moment, then begins to write something on a pad.

     She's still at it when something KNOCKS at a FENDER.  She 
     looks up, startled, to find...

     Sam in the street, still shirtless, his arms and shoulders 
     back-lit by the neon light of the Glades Motel.

                           SAM
               Isn't that against the law, peeking 
               into windows?

                           GLORIA
                    (a long beat)
               Suzie Toller is missing.

     Sam lets out his breath, shakes his head.

                           SAM
               How long?

                           GLORIA
               She didn't cone home last night.  We 
               found her car at the bus terminal, 
               but nothing to suggest she bought a 
               ticket.

                           SAM
               Maybe she used another name.

                           GLORIA
               Ray thinks she was murdered.

     Sam shakes his head once more.

                           SAM
               I don't know what to say...

                           GLORIA
               You could tell me where you were 
               last night.

     Sam stares at her.

                           SAM
               Goddannit... I don't have to...

     He stops himself, calms down.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                     p. 101
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                           SAM (CONT'D)
               Come here.  I want you to see 
               something.

     Gloria hesitates, looks up at Sam, then puts down the phone 
     and opens her door.

113   INT. GLADES MOTEL - SAME                                    113   

     Sam and Gloria walk among the boxes and suitcases.

                           GLORIA
               Looks like goodbye.

     Sam nods.  He goes to one of his cardboard filing boxes, 
     pulls out a file, hands it to Gloria.  As she takes it, he 
     goes to the closet, takes a shirt from a hanger.

                           SAM
               Kelly's file.  Read it.  You're going 
               to find an angry, sexually confused 
               girl who's made threats on her 
               mother's life and a female lover 
               she'd never identify.

                           GLORIA
               Suzie?

     Sam shrugs.

                           SAM
               You're telling me Ray thinks Suzie 
               was killed.  I don't have to ask you 
               who he thinks did it, do I?
                    (beat)
               All I'm saying is, read that, you'll 
               have a new perspective on things.

     Gloria sits on the bed, the file in her hand.  She watches 
     as Sam pulls on the shirt.

                           GLORIA
               Why didn't you tell us about this 
               before the trial?

     Sam holds her eyes.

                           SAM
               Then -- I still had ethical standards 
               to protect.  They meant a lot to me.  
               Now, I don't care.  And no amount of 
               money can buy that back.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                     p. 102
     10-9-00                                                               


     Sam is interrupted by the HONKING of a HORN.  He looks 
     outside.

     ANGLE ON LOT - SAM'S POV

     A taxi waits in the glow of the green neon.

     Sam looks down on Gloria, seated on his bed, her skirt short 
     enough to REVEAL shapely legs.  For a moment the two hold 
     one another's eyes.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               My ride.  If you're not planning on 
               arresting me, that is.

114   INT. RAY'S TRUCK - NIGHT - LATER                            114   

     The PHONE RINGS.  Ray picks it up.

                           RAY
               Ray.  What's happening?

     INTERCUT - RAY/GLORIA PHONE CONVERSATION

     She's still in Sam's room, the file spread across the bed.

                           GLORIA
               I'm tired, Ray.  I'm going home.

                           RAY
               Where's Lombardo?

                           GLORIA
               He's leaving the country.  And I 
               don't give a shit.

                           RAY
               The blood type on the rocks matches 
               Suzie's.

                           GLORIA
               It's Homicide's job now, Ray, let 
               'em do it.  I'll tell you something 
               else, there's more to this story 
               than you know, Ray... If Suzie is 
               dead, I think Hunter may be on the 
               right track...

     Ray clicks off his phone.

                           GLORIA (CONT'D)
               Ray?
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                     p. 103
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                           GLORIA (CONT'D)
                    (nothing but dial 
                    tone)
               Shit.  Ray.

115   EXT. VAN RYAN ESTATE, FRONT GATE - NIGHT                    115   

     Ray gets out of his car, presses the intercom.

                           SANDRA (V.O.)
                    (intercom)
               Who is it?

                           RAY
                    (into intercom)
               Detective Duquette, Ms. Van Ryan.  
               Let me in.  Now.

116   EXT. POOL & JACUZZI - NIGHT                                 116   

     Ray CROSSES the deck, Sandra at his heels.

                           RAY
               Where is she?

                           SANDRA
               Where she lives.  In the guest house.  
               Now will you tell me what this is 
               about?

                           RAY
               I'm placing your daughter under 
               arrest. 

                           SANDRA
               You can't...

                           RAY
                    (turning, cutting her 
                    off)
               Suzie Toller is dead.  You don't 
               want Kelly to be next, then take my 
               advice.  Stay out of my way.

117   INT. GUEST HOUSE - SAME                                     117   

     A cap and gown lay strewn on the sofa.

     Kelly wears jeans and a bra.  She looks up to see Ray moving 
     across the tile.  Her eyes go wide, then move to the gun 
     case.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                     p. 104
     10-9-00                                                               


118   EXT. GUEST HOUSE - SAME                                     118   

     Sandra stands near the jacuzzi, not exactly sure what to do, 
     watching as...

     ANGLE ON GUEST HOUSE - SANDRA'S POV

     Ray knocks at the French door.  It swings open.  He steps 
     inside.

     A long moment, then VOICES, the SOUND of things being knocked 
     about, BREAKING GLASS.

     Sandra starts toward the house then stops at the SOUND of a 
     single GUNSHOT.

     A SECOND GUNSHOT follows, then a THIRD.

     The guest house door opens.  Ray stumbles out, his shoulder 
     bloody, a .357 in his hand.

                                                         FADE TO:

     VIDEOTAPE - RAY'S STATEMENT

     We SEE him from the waist up -- a white T-shirt, his shoulder 
     bandaged, his arm in a sling.  There are red scratch marks 
     on his face.  His eyes look blankly into the camera.

                           RAY
               I fucked up.  I lost control of the 
               situation, the one thing they train 
               you for... God, what did I do?

                           HUNTER (O.S.)
               Just tell us what happened.

                           RAY
               I told Kelly Van Ryan she was under 
               arrest for conspiracy and murder.  I 
               did her rights.

     INTERCUT --

119   EXT. CARIBBEAN BEACH RESORT - LONG SHOT - DAY               119   

     Perfect crescent of sand.  A man in white shorts reclines in 
     a beach chair, beneath a gaily-colored umbrella, sipping a 
     drink.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Wild Things                                                     p. 105
     10-9-00                                                               


     VIDEOTAPE - RAY

                           RAY
               Kelly went crazy, started screaming.  
               I grabbed her, put her on the floor.

120   EXT. BEACH RESORT - CLOSER SHOT - DAY                       120   

     Sam, in white shorts, looking good, watches a beautiful island 
     girl in a thong bikini frolic in the surf.

     She seems to sense Sam watching, turns toward the beach.  
     Her eyes meet Sam's.  She breaks into a beautiful smile.

     VIDEOTAPE - RAY

                           HUNTER (O.S.)
               She bit you?

                           RAY
               Bit, scratched.  But I had her pinned.

     She calmed down.  I was going to cuff her... She said she 
     thought she was going to be sick.  She asked to use the 
     bathroom.

121   EXT. BEACH RESORT - DAY                                     121   

     Sam and the island girl sit at an outdoor table.  The girl 
     wears a short, terry cloth robe, Sam the white shorts and a 
     flowered shirt.  They sip drinks.  Their eyes meet.  Their 
     fingers touch.

     VIDEOTAPE - RAY

                           RAY
               I told her I was coming with her.  
               She nodded, like she understood.  We 
               stood up together.

                           HUNTER (O.S.)
               You didn't cuff her?

                           RAY
               She looked shaky, but lucid.  I 
               thought, I would just go with her, 
               stand at the door...
                    (shaking his head)
               I think I looked away.  A split 
               second.  Then, bingo.  Just like 
               that.  She puts a knee into my groin.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           RAY (CONT'D)
                    (beat)
               There was this coffee table between 
               us and the wall.  She got one foot 
               on that thing and launched herself 
               at the gun case.  Thing had a glass 
               door.  I could hear it breaking.
                    (beat)
               I didn't go down, but she slowed me 
               up, just enough.  Before I could get 
               to her, she'd turned on me with this 
               small caliber handgun.  I yelled at 
               her to put it down.  She got off a 
               shot.  I took it in the shoulder.  
               I... I had no choice.  I returned 
               fire.  Two rounds, I think.  In the 
               chest.

122   INT. POLICE ROOM - SAME                                     122   

     A moment of silence, save for the BUZZING of the MACHINE.  A 
     number of plainclothes police, Hunter and Gloria among them, 
     watch the tape.

                           RAY
               I went there to protect her...

     He hangs his head, then looks up, his eyes focusing.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               The teeth, were they...

                           HUNTER (O.S.)
               Suzie Toller's.  And that's the only 
               thing saving your sorry ass.

123   EXT. BOAT HARBOR (CARIBBEAN ISLAND) - DAY                   123   

     Brilliant sun on turquoise water.  A few boats anchored in a 
     lagoon.  A quiet place.

     Heading out -- a forty-foot sloop, Sam at the helm.

124   INT. HEARING ROOM - DAY                                     124   

     Gloria, Baxter, a tearful Sandra, sit in seats, watch as --

     Ray stands before a panel, A SUIT, A CHIEF in uniform, Hunter.

     Ray wears a suit, his hair neatly trimmed.  His arm is no 
     longer in a sling, but one of his hands is still bandaged.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           CHIEF
               Detective Duquette; our investigation 
               concludes that this was a good 
               shooting.  But that's irrelevant.  
               You were not assigned to this case -- 
               whatever you imagined this case to 
               be.  And now two young women are 
               dead.  You are terminated with 
               forfeiture of pension and benefits.

     Ray looks at the floor.

     Hunter coughs.  His hands rest on a file -- we SEE the video 
     cassette inside -- labeled "TOLLER/VAN RYAN -- CONFIDENTIAL."

                           HUNTER
               Suzie Toller's teeth and blood were 
               found near the area known as Stoner 
               Rocks.  Suzie's blood was found in 
               the Van Ryan Range Rover.  This, in 
               conjunction with evidence obtained 
               by Detectives Duquette and Perez has 
               led this office to the conclusion 
               that Susan Marie Toller was murdered 
               by Kelly Lanier Van Ryan...

     Sandra chokes back a sob.  She gets to her feet, to be led 
     from the room by Tom Baxter.

     Gloria Perez watches, a sad look in her eye, then turns to 
     look at Ray.  His back is to her -- the broad shoulders, 
     expensive suit.  His hands are clasped behind his back.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

125   EXT. BLUE BAY CEMETERY - KELLY'S FUNERAL - DAY              125   

     Gloria stands among a considerable number of mourners.  She 
     is just back from Sandra and Tom Baxter, who, in turn, are 
     just back from the open grave.

     As Gloria watches, Sandra looks off to the side, where 
     something catches her eye.  Gloria sees her start, then 
     follows her gaze.

     ANGLE ON CEMETERY - GLORIA'S POV

     On a rise some fifty yards from the Van Ryan plot, two people 
     stand near an old oak -- Ruby and Walter.

     When Gloria looks back at Sandra, it seems to her as if the 
     woman has slumped against Tom Baxter, who now stares at the

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     two people on the rise as if, by doing so with sufficient 
     intensity, he might make them disappear.

     Gloria turns to the grave site, her eye lingers on the open 
     grave, then moves to the huge marker which dominates the Van 
     Ryan family plot and, in fact, the entire scene.

     ANGLE CN MARKER

     The angel Gabriel, trumpet in hand, carved in relief upon a 
     huge obelisk of black marble.  Beneath the angel is a carved 
     scroll and upon it the words:

     "I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE," and below that:  
     "WILLIAM TECUMSEH VAN RYAN.  MAY HE REST IN PEACE."

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

126   EXT. A BEACH - NIGHT                                        126   

     Sam Lombardo walks along a moonlit lagoon, headed toward a 
     lone bungalow.

     The bungalow is simple, picturesque -- whitewashed walls, a 
     thatched roof.  A patio opens onto the beach.

127   EXT. PATIO - SAME                                           127   

     As Sam steps in off the sand, he sees something and stops 
     short.

     Wet spots lead toward the bungalow.

     Sam listens.  Everything is quiet.

128   INT. BUNGALOW - SAME                                        128   

     Sam ENTERS in a room lit only by the blue light of a large 
     aquarium.  He listens once more, hears it -- RUNNING WATER.

     He moves down a short hallway, observes the light which spills 
     from beneath a bedroom door.  He pushes it open, goes inside.

129   INT. BEDROOM - SAME                                         129   

     He CROSSES the room.

     The bathroom door is ajar, the room leaking steam.

130   INT. BATHROOM - SAME                                        130   

     Sam steps inside, looks at the shower stall -- an indistinct 
     shape moves there in the steam.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     San watches, then jerks open the shower door.  The steam

     clears -- REVEALING a tall, athletic body, and now the face --

     Ray Duquette, grinning at Sam out of the swirling steam.

                           RAY
               Buy you a drink?

     San takes a step back.

                           SAM
               Jesus.  I wasn't expecting you 'til 
               tomorrow.

     Ray turns off the water, steps out of the stall, wrapping 
     himself in a towel.  There's a fresh, raised scar across one 
     shoulder and Ray winces a little as he tucks the towel about 
     his waist.  He looks at himself in the mirror, touching the 
     scar.

                           RAY
               Nice girlfriend you had there.

     Sam just looks at him.

                           SAM
               Yeah, well, you fixed that.
                    (beat)
               What the hell happened, anyway?

                           RAY
               The bitch shot me, is what happened.

     Sam shakes his head, walks back into the bedroom.  Ray 
     follows.

                           RAY (CCNT'D) (CONT'D)
               Hey, what did you want me to do, 
               die?

                           SAM
               Well, shit, you're the cop, they 
               don't teach you to disarm people, 
               shoot them in the leg or something?  
               You weren't supposed to kill her for 
               Christ's sake.

     Now Ray just looks at Sam, his eyes narrowing.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           RAY
               Did you become squeamish about these 
               things before or after you bludgeoned 
               little Suzie Toller to death with a 
               wine bottle?
                    (off Sam's silence)
               Jesus, man.  It couldn't have worked 
               out better.  They're convinced Kelly 
               whacked Suzie.  I can't talk 'em out 
               of it.
                    (beat)
               We should be celebrating.  This thing 
               worked out just like you said, only 
               better.

                           SAM
               Kelly was supposed to be framed, not 
               killed.
                    (beat)
               What I'm telling you is, I don't 
               like surprises.

     Ray walks to a dresser where a bottle of champagne sits in a 
     bucket of ice.  He opens the bottle, fills two glasses.  He 
     hands one of the glasses to Sam.

                           RAY
               Every cloud has a silver lining, 
               partner.  Here's to no loose ends.

     He raises his glass in a toast.

     Sam looks at it, then raises his glass as well.  Ray smiles.  
     Sam doesn't.

                           SAM
               Here's to no more surprises.

     Ray shrugs.  The two men's eyes meet.  They touch glasses 
     and drink.

131   EXT. SMALL BOAT HARBOR (ISLAND) - DAY                       131   

     Sam and Ray work on the deck of Sam's sloop, stowing gear, 
     loading supplies.

     The boat's mast shines in the sunlight before a brilliant 
     sky.

     Palms sway.  The men work in silence.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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132   EXT. SMILIN' JACK'S FISH CAMP - DAY                         132   

     Gloria drives up in the white Taurus.  She parks before the 
     ramshackle old building and the gator pen.

     Walter is in the pen.  Ruby stands just outside of it.  She 
     looks toward the road as Gloria gets out, then back to the 
     pen.

     Gloria comes down the bank to stand beside Ruby.  She's just 
     in time to see the huge old reptile raise itself, hissing, 
     on its front legs, jaws sprung wide.  The women watch as 
     Walter sticks his arm into the gator's mouth.

                           RUBY
               Gator can't see what's in front of 
               it for shit.  They see out the sides.
                    (beat)
               That one don't even know Walter's 
               arm's in his mouth.

                           GLORIA
               What if something distracts it and 
               it snaps anyway?

                           RUBY
               Then I guess Walter can kiss that 
               arm of his goodbye.
                    (loud enough for Walter 
                    to hear)
               He don't use it for no good deeds 
               anyway.

     Walter looks at the ladies, picks up the stick and sweeps it 
     between the gaping jaws, which snap in its wake.

                           RUBY (CONT'D)
               You come all the way out here to 
               watch Walter?

                           GLORIA
               I was wondering if I could ask you a 
               few questions.

                           RUBY
               About Suzie?

                           GLORIA
               Actually, I was wondering if I might 
               ask you about Ray Duquette.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           RUBY
                    (a long beat)
               He used to come around here.  He had 
               a thing going with one of the girls 
               over at the Glades.

     Ruby nods toward the motel, a bitter smile on her face.

                           RUBY (CONT'D)
               Got sort of hung up on her, from 
               what hear.

                           GLORIA
               She still work there?

                           RUBY
               No.  Not after that night.
                    (a long beat)
               I don't know what happened.  Maybe 
               he caught her with some john...  All 
               I know is, the next morning the girl 
               was gone and there was a dead boy... 
               Indian kid named Davy.  Used to live 
               down the road there in a wrecked 
               car.  Him and Suzie were at the Glades 
               that night.
                    (beat)
               It was right after that, Ray got 
               Suzie busted and sent her away.  
               That's what there is to say about 
               Ray Duquette.

                           GLORIA
               Was there ever any kind of 
               investigation...

     Ruby cuts her off with a short laugh.

                           RUBY
               Duquette always claimed the kid was 
               dusted, came after him with a knife.  
               But it was Jack's Fish Camp... This 
               could be the moon for all most people 
               care.
                    (a long beat)
               Wasn't supposed to be like that 
               though.  This place was supposed to 
               be something once.  There were going 
               to be roads and houses.  There was 
               going to be a town.  They were going 
               to call it Salt Creek.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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133   EXT. OCEAN - DAY                                            133   

     From the surface of the sea -- the emerald island in the 
     distance.  The bow of the sloop comes INTO FRAME.

     On board -- Sam stands in the cockpit, at the helm.  Ray 
     lounges on the deck.  The boat sails easily before the wind.

                           SAM
               Ray... you see that winch by your 
               head?  Take a couple of turns on it 
               for me, she's luffing.

     Ray cranes his neck to look at the winch.

                           RAY
               You mean this thing?

                           SAM
               Yes, we call it a winch.
                    (pointing at pieces 
                    of the rigging)
               And these are shrouds, and these are 
               stays.

                           RAY
               I thought this was supposed to be a 
               vacation.  Why didn't you buy a nice 
               big power boat?

                           SAM
               Come on, man.  I'll make a sailor 
               out of you yet.

                           RAY
               Yeah, or get me drowned.

     Ray kneels.  He begins to tighten the winch.

     Sam watches him for a moment, then reaches around behind his 
     back to unhook the short line which holds the boom.

     The mainsail catches wind, swinging the boom in a wide arc, 
     directly at Ray.

     Ray looks up, sees it coming just in time to catch it on his 
     arm.

     The blow is enough to send him sprawling through the 
     lifelines, where he just manages to grab one of the nylon 
     cords.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Sam ducks as the boon continues to swing erratically above 
     the deck, watching as Ray hauls himself on board.

     The boat no longer driven by the wind, bobs up and down on a 
     small ground swell.

     The two men face each other.

                           SAM
               Jesus, man... You okay?

                           RAY
               That how you planned it?  You take 
               cut Suzie, get me to hang it on Kelly, 
               then dump me in the ocean...

                           SAM
               Come off it, man... It was an 
               accident.

     Ray nods, then reaches down, pulls off the winch handle and 
     starts with it toward Sam.

     Sam looks around.  He jerks open a storage compartment.  A 
     diver's weight belt tumbles out.  Sam grabs it, swings it 
     over his head in circles, letting the weight pick up momentum, 
     preparing to throw.

     Ray crouches, still brandishing the winch handle.  The boom 
     sweeps the deck.

     Sam throws the belt.

     Ray grabs a shroud, dances out of the way, then steadies 
     himself, a mean grin spreading across his face.

     There's no tine for Sam to look for anything else.

     Ray moves quickly across the deck -- a menacing sight -- 
     tall, well-muscled, the handle gleaming in his hand.

     Sam pulls himself out of the cockpit.  Ray jumps in.  But 
     that's as far as he gets.

     WHOOSH -- A spear pierces Ray's thigh.  He screams, goes 
     down, the handle skittering across the deck.

     Ray follows it with his eyes, reaching out, then freezing as 
     he sees something else.  He draws in his hand as if bitten.

                           RAY
               You... You're...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     He scuttles backward, pulling himself onto the deck, clutching 
     at his leg which squirts blood as if an artery has been 
     severed.

     But his eyes never leave the hatchway leading belowdecks.

                           RAY (CONT'D)
               You're dead... for godsake...

     The boat heels over.  The spear in Ray's thigh bangs against 
     the edge of the cockpit.  He grimaces in pain as...

     Suzie Toller steps up from belowdecks.  She's wearing a bikini 
     and showing a nice tan.  She's carrying Sam's new spear gun, 
     a fresh spear at the ready.

                           SUZIE
               Rumors of my demise have been greatly 
               exaggerated.
                    (to Sam)
               Nice move.  Good thing I was here to 
               save your incompetent ass.

     Sam secures the boom.  Ray stares at Suzie, his face twisted 
     with some combination of pain, rage and fear.

                           RAY
               You... I should've killed you myself.  
               should never have left it up to him...

                           SUZIE
               Shoulda, coulda, woulda...
                    (to Sam)
               Get him in the water.

     San starts for Ray.

                           RAY
               Sam, for Christ's sake...

     Sam's feet slide in the bloody smear.  He stops.

     Ray clings to a safety line.

                           SAM
               I can't.

     WHOOSH -- A second spear penetrates Ray's shoulder.  He loses 
     his grip.  The boat heels over, dumping Ray into the water.

     Suzie puts down her spear gun.  She goes to a storage locker, 
     takes out a bait bucket.  She steps up on the deck.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Ray is floating not far from the boat, the water going red 
     around him.  He calls out...

                           RAY
               Sam, for godsake.

                           SUZIE
               Hey, Ray.  Guess whose name is on 
               the numbered bank account besides 
               yours and Sam's?

     She raises the bucket, heaves bloody chum into the water.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               I like these joint survivorship 
               accounts.  Something unfortunate 
               happens to one of the signatories, 
               the others don't have to worry.  Are 
               you worrying, Ray?

     She heaves more chum -- a big red slurp across Ray's face.

     Ray gasps, goes under, thrashing around in the red slick.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               Men, use 'em abuse 'em lose 'em.

     INSERT - SHARKS

     from underwater, in a frenzy, rip a human body into a bloody 
     cloud.

134   EXT. SAILBOAT - LATER                                       134   

     Suzie comes up from below with a champagne bottle and glasses, 
     already filled.

                           SUZIE
               Feeling better?

     Sam gazes out to sea.

                           SAM
               That was about as grim as it gets.

                           SUZIE
               The guy was history when he killed 
               Kelly.  You knew that.

                           SAM
               But then you knew what he was like 
               all along... Maybe his killing Kelly 
               was a thing you had counted on...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SUZIE
               But then it is better this way, don't 
               you think?  No loose ends.

     Sam just looks at her.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               What?

                           SAM
               That was the same thing Ray said.

     Suzie smiles -- showing the big gap where her two front teeth 
     used to be.

                           SUZIE
               Poor Ray.
                    (a beat)
               Come on Sam, we did it.  We put the 
               screws to the Van Ryans.  We won.

     She hands a glass to Sam, takes the other.  He puts it to 
     his lips, suddenly hesitates, thinks, sniffs the glass.

     A moment.  Suzie shakes her head.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               Talk about paranoid.  Now are you 
               gonna teach me to sail this big old 
               boat or not?

     Sam downs his drink.

                           SAM
               Okay.  Grab that winch there.

     Suzie gives him a pouty look.

                           SAM (CONT'D)
               What's wrong?

                           SUZIE
               Fuck the winch.  I wanna drive.

     Sam sighs.

                           SAM
               Okay.  Come here and take the helm.  
               I'll get the winch.

     Suzie gives him her best, gap-toothed smile, then comes 
     forward to take the gleaming chrome wheel, as Sam scrambles

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     up on deck, kneeling where Ray had kneeled before him to set 
     the jib.

     Suzie watches -- a long beat, then, slowly reaches behind 
     her, unhooking the line which holds the boom...

     ANGLE ON BOOM

     sweeping the deck -- coming right at us, blotting out the 
     sky.

135   EXT. SMILING JACK'S - SUZIE'S ROOM - DAY                    135   

     Gloria sits on Suzie's bed, books spread out around her.  
     Ruby stands beside her.

                           RUBY
               You asked if Suzie knew about the 
               Salt Creek land deal?  Girl read 
               every book she could find on it, the 
               Van Ryans too.

     Ruby takes a photo album from among the books, opens it, 
     tosses a photograph on the bed.  It is one we have seen 
     before.

     ANGLE ON PHOTO

     A stately old gentleman in a three-piece suit.  White hair, 
     a white handlebar mustache.  A derby on his knee, a walking 
     stick at his side.  He stares out at the world from a high-
     backed wicker chair, flanked by potted palms and two small 
     terriers.

     Across the bottom of the picture is the name -- "WILLIAM 
     TECUMSEH VAN RYAN."  And beside that, in another hand -- 
     "Dear old Dad."

                           RUBY (CONT'D)
               Wasn't enough Van Ryan had to destroy 
               the people who invested here.  He 
               got to be old, he and his rich cronies 
               would come down here, hunt and whore, 
               act like assholes.  One trip he showed 
               up with this young girl he'd picked 
               up somewhere, gotten her pregnant 
               then dumped her in the swamp.
                    (indicating the photo)
               That came with her.

                           GLORIA
               And the child...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           RUBY
               She had it, before she drank herself 
               to death.  Wasn't exactly a love 
               child...

                           GLORIA
               Suzie.
                    (beat)
               Then you're not her grandmother...

                           RUBY
               Raised her like she was, but no, 
               Walter's my only child.
                    (beat)
               He was a good boy, till the army 
               took him.

     Gloria looks once more at the old photograph.

                           GLORIA
               So Suzie and Sandra Van Ryan were 
               half- sisters.

                           RUBY
               And the other girl, Kelly.  Suzie's 
               niece.

     Gloria stands, a little weary.  Ruby walks her from the room.

                           GLORIA
               Thank you for talking to me, Ruby.  
               I am sorry about Suzie, she...

     They have gotten to the main room and Gloria stops short, 
     noticing for the first time that the beat-up old black-and-
     white TV has been replaced by a high-tech, giant-screen 
     television.

                           RUBY
               You okay?

                           GLORIA
               I'm fine.  Nice TV.

     The old lady nods, walks her outside.

136   EXT. SMILIN' JACK'S FISH CAMP - DAY                         136   

     The dusty road, the little dock, the gator pen.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           RUBY
               There's an old saying from the 
               Everglades -- virtue may be missed 
               but sin can't hide.
                    (a long beat)
               Folks pay in the end.

     Gloria nods.  She is distracted by a movement in the gator 
     pen.

     CLOSE ON PEN

     For a moment there is nothing more than a few ripples across 
     the surface of the pond which lies inside the pen, then, 
     slowly, the GATOR'S EYES -- cold, reptilian, unblinking, 
     rising up to gaze across the oily waters.

     HARD CUT TO:

     BLACK.  CREDITS...

     for about ten seconds, enough to fool the audience, then...

     INTERCUT - LIKE OUTTAKES...

     ... PIECES OF SCENES WE COULDN'T SEE, or SCENES WE DIDN'T 
     SEE AT ALL, in reverse chronological order.

137   INT. GUEST HOUSE - NIGHT                                    137   

     Kelly is frantically trying to unlock the gun case as Ray 
     comes through the French doors.  She can't get it done.  
     He's there in an instant.

     She screams, backs away, then watches as Ray stops, wraps a 
     hanky around his hand and breaks the glass.

     He takes out a small caliber handgun, checks the clip, aims 
     the gun at his own shoulder and fires.

     BLACK -- MORE CREDITS -- THEN

138   EXT. EVERGLADES - DAY                                       138   

     A Jeep and a truck parked in the mud.  Sam and Ray meet under 
     heavy, moss-draped cypress.  Sam hands Ray a plastic bag -- 
     the teeth.

                           SAM
               You know the place I'm talking about -- 
               the big rocks?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     BLACK -- MORE CREDITS -- THEN

139   EXT. BEACH - NIGHT                                          139   

     SAM & SUZIE

     behind the big rocks.  He's got vise-grip pliers jammed in 
     her mouth.  Suzie moans, for real.  He loosens his grip.

                           SUZIE
               You've got the pressure too tight.  
               You'll crush the fucking evidence.

     Sam takes a breath, prepares to try again.  Suzie pops a 
     couple of pills with gulps of wine.  Sam goes to it once 
     more.

     BLACK -- MORE CREDITS -- THEN

140   INT. SAM'S HOUSE - DAY                                      140   

     Kelly and Sam on the floor, naked.  He's on her from the 
     rear.

     It's getting wild.  He suddenly stops, rolls to the floor.

                           SAM
               We gotta stop.  I'm gonna come.

     Kelly laughs, straddles him.

                           KELLY
               That never seemed to worry you at 
               the Glades.

                           SAM
               That's not your line.

                           KELLY
               Say you love me.

                           SAM
                    (a beat)
               I love you.  Now give me the line.

                           KELLY
                    (a whiny voice)
               No little girl can ever make me come.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     BLACK -- MORE CREDITS -- THEN

141   EXT. THE GLADES MOTEL - NIGHT                               141   

     Suzie's VW is parked across the street, in the shadows of 
     tall trees.  She and Sam sit inside, watching as...

     Ray Duquette EXITS a bungalow, a sport coat over his arm.  
     He heads for Jim's Recovery Room.  In another moment, a young 
     hooker in a leather miniskirt walks out of the same bungalow.

                           SUZIE
               Seems to like some of the same places 
               you do.  Funny you never met.

                           SAM
               Yeah, real funny.  You're wrong about 
               this, I could get busted on the spot.

                           SUZIE
               Trust me, the guy's dirty.  He'll 
               like it.  Especially the part about 
               offing me.
                    (beat)
               Now get out of here.  Go make yourself 
               a new friend.

142   INT. JIM'S RECOVERY ROOM - NIGHT                            142   

     Ray is at the bar.  Sam sits down next to him.  A moment of 
     silence, the twang of a country JUKE BOX -- then...

                           SAM
               Buy you a drink?

     BLACK -- MORE CREDITS -- THEN

143   INT. SAM'S OFFICE - BLUE BAY SCHOOL                         143   

     Suzie Toller framed in the doorway.  She walks in.

                           SUZIE
               You like bein' a caddy for rich kids' 
               problems?

     Sam just looks at her.

                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
               I've seen you out there in your old 
               air boat, thinking about what might 
               have been, old man Van Ryan hadn't 
               fucked you out of it.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SUZIE (CONT'D)
                    (beat)
               What if I told you I had a way we 
               could get a big piece of it back?

                           SAM
               We?

                           SUZIE
               Well, I'd need the famous Lombardo 
               charm, not that you'd have to do 
               anything you haven't done already.

     She takes an envelope from her notebook, tosses it in front 
     of Sam.  Pictures slide onto his desk -- Sam and Kelly -- in 
     various poses of coked-out debauchery at the Glades Motel.

                           SAM
                    (white-faced)
               How...

                           SUZIE
               Walter.  He's been aimin' that Brownie 
               through knotholes for years.  I saw 
               these, I knew he'd finally struck 
               gold.
                    (beat)
               I can't decide which came out better, 
               that little straw Kelly's got up her 
               nose, or that vibrator you've got up 
               her ass.  What do you think, Mr. 
               Lombardo?

                           SAM
                    (a long beat)
               I think there's some things you do, 
               you don't want to see yourself doing 
               them.

     BLACK -- MORE CREDITS -- THEN

144   INT. JIM'S RECOVERY ROOM - DAY                              144   

     Sam lounges in a booth.  He looks hot, bored.  He stirs a 
     drink.

     Kelly walks in out of the light.  She is looking a little 
     strung out, a big straw bag slung over one shoulder, but oh, 
     so sexy in skimpy cutoffs and cowboy boots -- long legs 
     flashing as she nears Sam's booth.  Sam looks up, as...

                           KELLY
               I'm running away.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           SAM
                    (a beat)
               You think that's wise?

                           KELLY
                    (sitting next to him)
               Um-huh.  And guess what else?
                    (reaching into her 
                    bag)
               I have toys.

     She takes out a small bag of white powder, taps out a line 
     on the table top.

     Sam looks at it.  He looks at Kelly.  He's had a few drinks.

                           SAM
                    (a long beat)
               Well, I guess one taste wouldn't 
               hurt.

     END CREDITS.

     The seal comes up.  It's over.  They head for the lobby -- 
     but --

145   EXT. SMILIN' JACK'S FISH CAMP - LATE AFTERNOON              145   

     Gloria stands beneath the jawbones, looking toward the channel 
     as the shadows lengthen across the dirt road.

     ANGLE ON CHANNEL

     Walter hangs a "FOR SALE" sign on a small, shabby sloop.

     Gloria CROSSES the road.

                           GLORIA
               Selling your boat?

     Walter shoots her a look.

                           WALTER
               This was Suzie's boat.  Guess she 
               won't be needin' it.

                           GLORIA
               I wouldn't have guessed Suzie was a 
               sailor.

     Walter finishes with the sign.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           WALTER
               Old lady had her tested once.  They 
               said her IQ was way up there, round 
               two hundred or some such shit.
                    (beat)
               That girl could do just about 
               anything, she put her mind to it.

     Gloria has nothing to say.  She stares at the little sloop 
     bobbing in the muddy water of the swamp.

146   EXT. THE CARIBBEAN - WIDE ANGLE - SEA LEVEL - DAY           146   

     A head bobs among the groundswells.

     CLOSE - SAM LOMBARDO

     sucking wind through a smashed face, struggling to stay 
     afloat, as...

     ... in the distance, the sloop races toward a far horizon.

     ANGLE ON SLOOP - HELICOPTER SHOT

     Suzie, at the helm, looking good, face to the wind.

                                 END

                               (Really)