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Movies You Will Never See/Coney Island Bluefish/Part 3

Hi all,
After weeks of updating, switching servers, hosts, moving data bases, we are back with Coney Island Bluefish.
Enjoy.
Best,
Heywood

*For Introduction with submission guidelines go to April 4.

*Heywood Gould is the author of 9 screenplays including “Rolling Thunder,”Fort Apache, The Bronx,”Boys From Brazil”and “Cocktail.”

CONEY ISLAND BLUEFISH

By Heywood Gould

ACT ONE (Con’t)

INT.SQUAD.DAY.

A SESAME BAGEL pops out of a toaster on the desk of DETECTIVE SEYMOUR (BAGELS) EICHORN, thick neck, thick arms, late thirties. He passes a half to a young, black SUSPECT, who has one hand cuffed to the chair. .

        BAGELS
You see the sesame seeds
keep you regular, they
lower your blood pressure.

        SUSPECT
I like this smoked salmon
spread.

Next to him his partner JERRY (PUTTS) CORBETT, black, wiry, mid forties—the senior man—is putting a golf ball into an electric putting machine.

        PUTTS
Problem with sesame is
that it can replicate the
chemical profile of marijuana.

        SUSPECT
You mean if you gave me a
urine test I could come
up positive for grass?

        BAGELS
Add another charge to the
list, babe.

        SUSPECT
Yo, what’s your name,
brother?

        PUTTS
Putts, man. They call me
Putts ‘cause I’m always
practicin’. See I’m not
gonna spend the prime of
my life poppin’ mutts
you. I’m goin’ on the
PGA tour…

        SUSPECT
Just like Tiger Woods.

        PUTTS
No, man he’s a Johnny come
lately. I’m talkin’ about
Charley Sifford, Lee Elder.
They were the real
trailblazers, but you never
heard of them, did you?
(menaces the Suspect with
his putter)
You got no sense of history…

ACROSS THE ROOM

Conti and Sloan sit at facing desks.

        SLOAN
(on the phone)
It’s your son’s decision.
Every day he remains a
fugitive is another day
that’ll be held against him.

        CONTI
(whispers)
The sister in North Carolina.

        SLOAN
And if he’s hidin’ with his
sister she’s gonna be charged
with harboring a fugitive.
Your little grandbabies will
be in foster care while their
mama’s in jail…I’ll be
waitin’. Thank you…
(hangs up)
Poor woman. Scrubs floors
to take care of this kid
and he rips her off to buy
a load. You break your ass
for these kids and this is
how they thank you.
(as Keats walks in)
Hey Loo, how’s your back.

        KEATS
Achin’. This all I got
today, four guys?

        CONTI
Squires and Foster are
in court all day. Battle,
Kress and Novak had to
escort those two Crips
out to Corona…

        KEATS
‘Cause some new cases came
in during the night.
(calling)
Putts…Bagel…

Putts sinks a putt.. Bagels takes the bagel gently away from the suspect’ and cuffs his hands behind his back.

        BAGELS
Sorry pal, brunch is over.

IN BLACK…FIRE ENGINES, POLICE SIRENS…

        RADIO
Forty-one to Central…We’re
at the vehicle fire scene…

EXT. PROJECTS. DAY.

FIRE APPARATUS, AMBULANCE, RADIO CARS have responded. On the street ADULTS are taking the fascinated children away. A COP on a radio squints into the flames and sees the BODY of a MAN behind the wheel.

INT. KEAT’S OFFICE. DAY.

Keats and the four detectives going over the day’s work.

        KEATS
Vulvani TV was hit again last
night.

        PUTTS
It’s a scam.This Indian guy
who owns the store sells the
stuff, then bangs a hole in
his wall and says he was
ripped off.

        KEATS
Bring him in. Give him a
bagel.

        BAGELS
They got a great curry cream
cheese spread. He’ll love it.

        KEATS
I need a sensitive guy for
this one.

Everybody points to Sloan.

        SLOAN
Very funny.

        KEATS
This is a family matter.
IAD’s got film on Jerry
Burke and a fellow officer.

        CONTI
Male or female?

        KEATS
It’s a violation either way.
I need somebody to talk sense
to this kid. Unofficially.
Tell him the snitches are on
his case and he’s gotta
behave.

        CONTI
Who’s the girl?

        KEATS
I’m gonna protect her
identity. No need to smear
her name all over the place.

        SLOAN
I’ll talk to Jerry. He’s a
stand up kid.

        KEATS
Okay Sloan. Tell him to cover
his butt in more ways than
one. Who’s up?
(looks through the reports)
Female attacked, under the
boardwalk last night. Russian
girl, comes from Uzbekistan.

        SLOAN
Uzbekis aren’t ethnic Russian.
They’re predominantly Muslim.

        KEATS
Since you’re so up on your
geography. Mr. Sloan, you
take the case.

Conti glares at Sloan as Keats shuffles papers.

        KEATS (cont’d)
They found a black Lincoln
Navigator burning in front
of the projects. Body of a
man inside. .

        SLOAN
Barry Weiner has a black
Navigator,Bobby.

        CONTI
There’s a thousand black
Navigators around here.

        KEATS
Who’s Barry Weiner?
SLOAN
He’s got a fabric store on
Brighton First. Books bets
in the back. Right Bobby?

        CONTI
There’s a million Barry
Weiners in Brooklyn.

        KEATS
You know the guy,you got a
leg up on the case…

Conti rises glaring at Sloan.

CONTI
You’re Mr.Know-it-all today

        SLOAN
What’s the matter with you?

Conti walks out without answering. And Sloan turns to the others, who can barely conceal their laughter.

        SLOAN (cont’d)
What’s the matter with him?

END ACT ONE
12pt;”>Next: Act 1 (cont):

CONEY ISLAND BLUEFISH By Heywood Gould

I pitched a show about how cops deal with the new ethnically diverse New York.

The executives looked up from their blackberries…

Thought Coney Island–home to refugees from the former Soviet Empire a burgeoning Mexican population, Indians, Pakistanis, Hasidim, not to mention retired garment workers, Mafia holdouts, yuppies, hipsters and health nuts who want to be by the sea–would be a good arena.

The executives leaned forward in their chairs—a good sign.

Police precincts field sports teams that play other city departments and go to a state championship every year.

The executives had never heard of that.
“Great hook,” someone said.

I wrote the script. Joy was unconfined. We were on our way.

Then it was bounced down from the “upstairs.”

The verdict:
“Is he kidding?”

Enjoy
Best,
Heywood

Our first script was EMPIRES OF CRIME. Seven years in development was a six part mini-series commissioned by a broadcast network and later reacquired by a cable station.

Click on EMPRIES OF CRIME link below for the entire script.

EMPIRES OF CRIME

The story is about the founders of Organized Crime, Meyer Lansky, and “Lucky” Luciano, their fifty year partnership and the empire they created. Their friendships and families, lives and loves. It is also about their implacable enemy Thomas Dewey, a young Republican attorney who built a political career prosecuting the Mob that propelled him to the NY Governor’s Mansion and almost to the White House.

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