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From Dusk Till Dawn Transcript

JACOB
I didn’t say fuck him. I’m just not
connected anymore.

KATE
That happens, you’ll get it back.

JACOB
Kate, give your old man a little
credit. Every person who chooses the
service of God as their life’s work
has something in common. I don’t care
if you’re a preacher, a priest, a nun,
a rabbi or a Buddhist monk. Many,
many times during your life you’ll
look at your reflection in the mirror
and ask yourself, am I a fool? We’ve
all done it. I’m not going through a
lapse. What I’ve experienced is closer
to awakening. I’m not trying to shake
your faith. I’ve just decided not to
devote my life to God anymore.

KATE
What do you think Mom would say?

JACOB
Mom’s got nothing to say, she’s dead.

CUT TO:

CLOSE UP: COUNTER BELL. A hand slams down on it. RING.

INT. LOBBY – DEW DROP INN – DAY

Seth stands at the front desk of the Dew Drop Inn. A
standard issue Texas motel. Richard sits outside in the car.
Nobody responds to the bell. Seth BANGS it impatiently five

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TEXAS VOICE (O.S.)
Hold your horses!

An OLD-TIMER walks through a curtain behind the counter.
He’s eating a BBQ rib.

OLD-TIMER
(rough)
Whatcha want?

SETH
Whatcha think I want, ya mean old
bastard? I wanna room.

EXT. COURTYARD – DEW DROP INN – DAY

Richard sits in the car listening to Merle Haggard on the
radio. He watches from his perspective, Seth taking the
walking outside and getting in the car. Seth starts it up,
and drives them to their room.

RICHARD
Do they have cable?

SETH
No.

RICHARD
Do they have an X-rated channel?

SETH
No.

RICHARD
Do they have a waterbed?

SETH
They don’t have anything except four
walls and a roof, and that’s all we
need.

Their car drives up to room #9, but they park backing up the
trunk close to the door.

The two brothers get out of the car.

SETH
(tossing Richie the motel keys)
Open the door. We gotta do this fast.

Richie opens the door.

Seth goes to the trunk, looks around the court yard. It’s
empty.

CLOSE UP: KEY going into the trunk lock, turning.

TRUNK POV: Seth looking into the camera.

SETH’S POV: A WOMAN in her late forties is lying scrunched
up in the trunk.

She is the HOSTAGE BANK TELLER from Abilene. She’s stiff,
scared and looks an absolute mess.

SETH
Don’t say a word.

The two brothers, quick as lightening, yank the woman out of
the trunk and whisk her into the motel room. SETH closes the
trunk, looks around for any Johnny eye-witnesses, doesn’t
see any, slams the door.

INT. SETH AND RICHARD’S ROOM – DAY

Seth turns from the door, sees the hostage woman standing.

SETH
You. Plant yourself in that chair.

She sits down in the chair.

HOSTAGE
What are you planning on doing with —

SETH
— I said plant yourself. Plants don’t
talk. You wanna get on my good side?
Just sit still and don’t make a peep.

She shuts up.

Richard slowly takes off his jacket. He winces from his
wound.

SETH
Let me help you.

He helps him get his jacket off.

SETH
How’s it feel?

RICHARD
How ya think, it hurts like a
son-of-a-bitch.

Richie goes over to the bed and lies down on it. Seth takes
the pillow and stacks them for Richie to prop his back up
against.

SETH
I got both rooms on either side of us,
so we don’t gotta worry about
eavesdropping assholes. How’s that
feel? You okay?

RICHARD
Feels good.

SETH
I’m gonna go get the money.

He heads for the door.

EXT. COURTYARD – MOTEL – DAY

Seth goes into the car, takes out a big suitcase. He scans
the perimeter with his eyes, goes back inside.

INT. MOTEL ROOM #9 – DAY

Seth comes back in, lays the suitcase on the bed. Richie has
the TV remote control in his hand and he’s flipping
stations. Seth looks at his watch.

SETH
It’s about five o’clock.
(to hostage)
What time does it get dark around
here?

HOSTAGE
About seven.

SETH
Good. I’m going towards the border to
check things out while it’s still
daylight. Call Carlos and arrange the
rendezvous.

RICHARD
Hey, when you talk to him, see if you
can arrange a better deal than thirty
percent.

SETH
That’s their standard deal, brother.
They ain’t about to change it for us.

RICHARD
Did you even to try to negotiate?

SETH
These guys ain’t spic fire cracker
salesman from Tijuana. They don’t even
know the meaning of the word “barter”.
You wanna stay in El Ray? You give
them thirty percent of your loot. It’s
scripture. So it is written, so shall
it be done. You want sanctuary, you
pay the price, and the price is thirty
percent.

RICHARD
All I’m saying —

SETH
— This conversation is over.

Richie shrugs and turns back to TV, Seth turns to the
hostage, grabs a chair and slides it up in front of her.

SETH
Now, we need to have a talk. What’s
your name?

HOSTAGE
Gloria.

He shakes her hand.

SETH
Hello, Gloria, I’m Seth and that’s my
brother Richie. Let’s cut to the
chase. I’m gonna ask you a question
and all I want is a yes or no answer.
Do you want to live through this?

GLORIA
Yes.

SETH
Good. Then let me explain the house
rules. Follow the rules, we’ll get
along like a house on fire. Rule number
one: No noise, no question. You make a
noise…
(he holds up his .45)
…Mr. 45 makes a noise. You ask a
question, Mr. 45 answers it. Now are
you absolutely, positively clear about
rule number one?

GLORIA
Yes.

SETH
Rule number two: You do what we say,
when we say it. If you don’t, see rule
number one.

Seth takes the .45, places the barrel next to the woman’s
cheek. She squirms and shuts her eyes. He pulls back the
hammer.

SETH
Rule number three: Don’t you ever try
and fuckin’ run on us. ‘Cause I got
five little friends, and they all run
faster ‘n you can. Got it?

She nods her head yes.

He takes the gun away and replaces the hammer.

SETH
Open your eyes.

She does.

SETH
Gloria, you hang in there, follow the
rules, and don’t fuck with us, you’ll
get out of this alive. I give you my
word. Okay?

She nods her head yes.

Seth rises.

SETH
I’ll be back in a bit.

He exits.

Richard looks to the TV, then looks to Gloria sitting
across the room in the chair.

RICHARD
Wanna come up here on the bed and
watch TV with me?

You can tell she doesn’t want to.

He pats the empty space next to him.

RICHARD
Come on.

She gets out of her chair, walks across the bed, and sits
next to him.

EXT. PHONE BOOTH – DAY

A phone booth outside of a gas station. Seth is in the
middle of a conversation with the party on the other end.

SETH
Things are real hot here. Crossing’s
gonna be a bitch.
(pause)
Don’t worry, we’ll get across. But
when we do, where do we go?
(pause)
Can we make it as close to the border
as possible? Texas wants our balls.
The quicker we’re in your protection,
the better I’ll feel.
(pause)
Okay, where?
(pause)
The Titty Twister?
(he laughs)
I love it already. Okay, Carlos, I’ll
see you and your men at the “Titty
Twister” tomorrow morning.
(pause)
Bye, my friend.

Seth hangs up the phone, lights up a cigarette with his
Zippo lighter and exits frame. After Seth exits, leaving
the frame empty, a subtitle appears:

EL PASO
5 MILES FROM THE MEXICAN BORDER
CUT TO:

INT. SETH AND RICHARD’S MOTEL ROOM – NIGHT

Richard lies on the bed by himself, propped up by pillows,
watching TV, taking on hits from a water bong in the
shape of a wizard.

ON TV

A local newscaster named KELLY HOUGE is reporting a story
about the brothers.

KELLY HOUGE
(talking to camera)
This bloody crime spree started just a
week ago today. The oldest of the two
brothers…

MUG SHOT OF SETH

KELLY HOUGE (V.O)
…Seth Gecko was serving time in
Rolling’s Kansas State Penitentiary
for his part in the 1988 Scott City
bank robbery in which two law
enforcement officers lost their lives.

BACK TO KELLY

KELLY HOUGE
Having served eight years of his
twenty-two year sentence, Seth Gecko
was brought to Wichita Municipal court
house for his first parole hearing. It
was while at the court house that this
man…

MUG SHOT OF RICHARD GECKO

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
… his younger brother Richard Gecko,
a known armed robber and sex offender,
pulled off a daring daylight escape…

BACK TO KELLY

KELLY HOUGE
…resulting in the death of four
Wichita law enforcement officers, and
this woman…

PHOTO OF WOMAN SMILING

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
…Heide Vogel, sixth grade teacher
who was run over by the Geckos during
a high speed pursuit through downtown
Wichita.

MAP OF AMERICA

A red line travels from Wichita to Oklahoma.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
From there the brothers traveled
from Kansas through Oklahoma…

The red line enters Texas and the camera moves into Texas.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
…into the great state of Texas, and
then finally…

WE ZOOM in on a red-circled Abilene.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
…into Abilene.

We hear GUNFIRE and SCREAMS.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE CRIMINAL COURT BUILDING – DAY

Kelly Houge walks down the courthouse steps of the criminal
courts building of Abilene. She talks to the camera. Cops,
lawyers and citizens bustle in the background.

KELLY HOUGE
The list of the dead climbed up three
more notches since our last telecast.

CUT TO:

PHOTO: OFFICER SHERMAN GOODELL in full police uniform.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
Officer Sherman Goodell, who was in
intensive care following the gun
battle outside of the Valley Federal
bank building…

CUT TO:

EXT. COURTHOUSE – DAY

Kelly Houge standing on the court house steps talking into
the camera.

KELLY HOUGE
…died about forty-five minutes ago
at Hopkins General hospital. And about
six hours ago, during a daylight
liquor store robbery in Big Springs,
The Gecko Brothers killed another
Texas Ranger…

CUT TO:

PHOTO: EARL MCGRAW in uniform.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
…Earl McGraw…

CUT TO:

PHOTO: PETE in a Hawaiian shirt holding up a big fish.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
…and liquor store clerk Pet
Bottoms.

CUT TO:

VIDEO FOOTAGE: Of Benny’s World of Liquor burning down.

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
Then they proceeded to burn the store
down to the ground.

CUT TO:

VIDEO GRAPHIC: Picture of The Gecko Brothers with a tally underneath:

THE GECKO BROTHERS

WICHITA JAIL BREAK
VALLEY FEDERAL BANK ROBBERY
BIG SPRINGS CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

DEATH TOLL
13

TEXAS RANGERS – POLICE OFFICERS – CIVILIANS
4 7 2

KELLY HOUGE
That changes the death toll to fifteen.
(It changes under “Death toll”)
Five Texas Rangers…
(it changes)
Eight police officers
(it changes)
Three civilians.
(it changes)

CUT TO:

BACK TO KELLY

KELLY HOUGE
And one hostage…

CUT TO:

PHOTO: GLORIA HILL

KELLY HOUGE (V.O.)
… bank teller and mother of four,
Gloria Hill.

KELLY TO CAMERA

KELLY HOUGE
Heading the case to bring these
fugitives to justice is FBI agent
Stanley Chase. We talked with agent
Chase earlier this afternoon.

CUT TO:

VIDEO INTERVIEW

Kelly Houge interviewing STANLEY CHASE of the FBI.

STANLEY CHASE
For the time being we are very
confident we will apprehend the
fugitives in the next forty-eight
hours. The Bureau, local law
enforcement and the Texas Rangers
have all joined forces in forming a
dragnet to snare Seth and Richard
Gecko.

KELLY HOUGE
Agent Chase, does it appear that they
are heading for Mexico.

STANLEY CHASE
Yes, it does, Kelly. We have already
alerted the Mexican authorities. They
intend to cooperate every way possible
in bringing these fugitives to
justice.

KELLY HOUGE
Are you optimistic about the safety of
the hostage they took in Abilene,
Gloria Hill?

STANLEY CHASE
We’ve received no news one way or the
other. We can only hope for the best.

KELLY HOUGE
What about the report from an
eyewitness at the liquor store who
said one of the brothers was shot?

STANLEY CHASE
This can’t be confirmed at this time,
but we do believe it to be true. We
have reason to believe it was the
youngest brother Richard, and he was
shot in the vicinity of his neck and
shoulders by the store’s clerk.

KELLY HOUGE
Is it safe to assume that because the
death count involved and the loss of
life of law enforcement officers, that
the Bureau, the Rangers and the police
force are taking this manhunt
personally?

STANLEY CHASE
I would say that’s a very safe
assumption.

CUT TO:

RICHARD SMILES.

RICHARD
(Newscaster’s voice)
Is it safe to assume since the law
enforcement authorities in the great
state of Texas are homosexuals of a
sick and deviate nature, that they
will be too busy fucking each other
up the ass to actually catch The
Gecko Brothers?
(in an FBI voice)
I would say that’s a very safe
assumption.

He changes a channel on the television. We see a Casper the
Friendly Ghost cartoon on the screen.

CASPER
Would you play with me?

A big burly COP turns around.

COP
Sure, little boy… A GHOST!!!

The cop heads for the hills. Casper cries.

Seth enters the room carrying a six pack of beer and two
take-out bags of Big Kahuna burgers.

RICHARD
Shit, I started to get worried. Where
the fuck ya been?

SETH
Sight seein’.

RICHARD
What’d ya see?

SETH
Cops.

RICHARD
Didya look at the border?

Seth dumps the burgers on the bed. Both men pop open beers
and Richard goes to town on a hamburger. Seth flips off
the TV

SETH
Yeah, I saw the border. Through
binoculars from on top of a high
building. That’s about as close as I
risked getting. What’s the TV say?

RICHARD
They’re going to apprehend us in
forty-eight hours.

Seth sits down and takes a hit off his beer.

SETH
(to himself)
I gotta figure a way to get across
that goddamn border. Longer we fuck
around El Paso our lives ain’t worth
a shit.

RICHARD
Look, fuck the border. Let’s just dig
in and wait for things to cool down.

SETH
Richie, it’s gonna get a lot fuckin’
worse before it gets any fuckin’
better. We showed our ass in Texas. We
killed Texas fuckin’ Rangers. They
ain’t gonna stop lookin’ till they
find us, and when they find us,
they’re gonna kill us. Texans take it
very personal when ya kill their law
enforcement officers. The El Paso
police have already started a motel
and hotel search for us.

RICHARD
How do you know?

SETH
I heard it on the radio. We gotta get
our asses into Mexico tonight. Carlos
is gonna meet us tomorrow morning at a
rendezvous on the other side, then
Carlos and his boys will escort us to
El Ray and —

Seth stops talking and looks around.

SETH
Where’s the woman?

RICHARD
What?

Seth’s out of his chair.

SETH
What’d ya mean, what? The fuckin’
woman, the hostage. Where the fuck
is she, Richard!?

RICHARD
She’s in the other room.

SETH
What the fuck is she doin’ there?!

He goes to the door of the adjoining room.

RICHARD
Seth, before you open the door, let
me explain what happened.

Seth stops and looks at his brother. He knows what he means.
He can’t say anything, only point at his younger sibling.
Then he BURSTS open the door.

The dead, naked body of Gloria Hill lies on the bed. It’s
obvious Richard raped her and killed her.

Seth covers his eyes with his hands. He slowly enters the
room with the dead body.

SETH
(to himself)
Oh, Richard, what’s wrong with you?

Richard rises from the bed.

RICHARD
Now, Seth, before you flip out, let me
just explain what happened.

Seth slowly turns to his brother, then walks toward him.

Richard backs up.

SETH
Yeah, explain it to me. I need an
explanation. What’s the matter with
you?

RICHARD
(low and calm)
There’s nothing wrong with me,
brother. That woman tried to escape
and I did what I had to do.

SETH
No.
(pause)
That woman wouldn’t of said shit if
she had a mouthful.

RICHARD
Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong,
wrong, wrong! Once you left, she
became a whole different person.

SETH
(slowly approaching)
Is it me? Is it my fault?

RICHARD
It’s not your fault, it’s her fault!

Seth grabs Richard and THROWS him in the corner of the room,
holding tightly to his wrist.

SETH
Is this my fault? Do you think this
is what I am?

RICHARD
What?

SETH
This is not me! I am a professional
fucking thief. I steal money. You try
to stop me, god help you. But I don’t
kill people I don’t have to, and I
don’t rape women. What you doin’ ain’t
how it’s done. Do you understand?

RICHARD
Seth, if you were me —

SETH
Just say yes! Nothing else, just say
yes.

RICHARD
Yes.

SETH
Yes, Seth, I understand.

RICHARD
Yes, Seth, I understand.

Seth hugs his little brother. Tight.

SETH
(whispers in Richie’s ear)
We get into Mexico, it’s gonna be
sweet Rosemary, hundred-proof liquor,
and rice and beans. None of this
shit’s gonna matter.

INT. MOTOR HOME – NIGHT

Scott and Kate are in the front seat of their parked motor
home. The motor home’s parked in front of the Dew Drop
Inn’s front office. We see Jacob inside getting a room from
the Old-Timer.

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