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From Dusk Till Dawn Transcript

KATE
I can’t believe he’s stopping here.
This place looks totally cruddy.

Jacob walks out of the office. Kate yells from the motor
home.

KATE
Dad, why are we stopping here?

He opens the meter home door and climbs in.

JACOB
There’s nothing wrong with this
place.

KATE
It’s a flop house.

JACOB
It’s not a flop house. It’s basic
and simple. That doesn’t make it a
flop house.

KATE
If it doesn’t have a pool, we’re
looking for a new place.

Starting the huge car and slowly maneuvering it through the
courtyard.

JACOB
It has a bed. That’s all I care about.

KATE
Other places have beds, they also have
cable TV, a gym, room service…

EXT. COURTYARD – NIGHT

Seth walks out of room #9 with a beer in his hand. He’s
thinking about how he’s going to get over the border
tonight. Lost in thought, he steps out in the path of the
Fuller’s motor home.

Jacob slams on the brakes. Seth jumps back, startled. Both
Kate and Scott are TOSSED out of their seats onto the floor.
THUD… THUD…

KATE
Owww, my head.

Jacob (pissed) honks his horn at Seth and yells out the
window.

JACOB
Watch where you’re going!

THROUGH WINDSHIELD

Seth just stands right in their way without moving, gazing
up at the giant motor home.

JACOB BEHIND THE WHEEL

Kate and Scott join him up front looking at this weirdo.

SCOTT
What’s this guy’s problem?

JACOB
I have no idea.

Seth continues standing in their way, making no attempt to
move. Not threatening, just looking at them.

HONK!

JACOB
Anytime, man.

The horn snaps Seth back to this world. A smile breaks out
on the escaped fugitive’s face and he politely steps to one
side to let them pass.

Pass they do!

KATE
Creepy guy.

SETH

The Sword of Damocles is lifted from above Seth’s head. He’s
just solved a problem that a mere thirty seconds ago seemed
unsolvable. He knows exactly how he’s going to cross the
border. Whistling a happy tune, he turns and walks back into
room #9.

INT. FULLERS’ MOTEL ROOM – NIGHT

The Fullers are in room #12. It’s identical to the one that
the Gecko boys are in, except that the paintings above the
beds are different. Jacob has fallen asleep in his clothes
on the bed.

Scott sits in a chair, headphones on, playing an unplugged
electric guitar. Kate is nowhere in sight.

KNOCK… KNOCK… KNOCK… on the door. Scott doesn’t hear
shit but his music. Jacob stirs a bit, but doesn’t wake up.
POUND… POUND… POUND… on the door. Jacob SPRINGS UP.
He looks over at Scott, who, lost in guitar heaven, is
oblivious of the knocker, then to the door.

JACOB
(yelling)
What?

From the other side of the door comes a friendly voice.

VOICE (O.S.)
I’m your neighbor in room 9, I hate to
disturb you, but I’d like to ask a favor.

Jacob swings his feet to the floor, stands up and walks to
the door. As he passes Scott, he says, in his direction —

JACOB
I hope none of this is disturbing you.

Scott can’t hear him, but when he sees his dad look at him,
he smiles.

Jacob opens the door and sees…

… Richard Gecko standing in the doorway, looking like the
nicest guy in the entire world.

RICHARD
Hi there, I’m from room 9, my name is
Don Cornelius. No, not the Don
Cornelius from Soul Train. Me and my
lady friend need some ice and we don’t
seem to have an ice bucket. Could we
possibly borrow yours? I’ll bring it
right back.

JACOB
(still partially asleep)
Sure.

We follow Jacob as he turns to the dresser to get the motel
ice bucket. He grabs it, turns back to the door, takes a
couple of steps towards it, then stops: in his tracks.

He sees Richard and Seth both inside the room with the door
closed, both with .45’s in their hands, both aimed at him.

JACOB
What is this?

Seth SLUGS Jacob in the mouth, KNOCKING him to the ground.

SETH
It’s called a punch.

Scott suddenly becomes aware of what’s going on around him
and instinctively stands. Richard shoves his .45 in Scott’s
mouth.

RICHARD
Sit down.

Scott lowers himself back down onto his seat.

RICHARD
Good boy.

Jacob lifts his head off the floor and wipes blood away from
his lip. He looks at his opponent who stands over him.

SETH
(to Jacob)
What’s your name?

JACOB
Jacob.

SETH
Okay, Jacob, get up and sit your ass
down on the bed. Make a wrong move and
I’ll shoot you in the face.

Jacob rises and sits on the edge of the bed.

SETH
(to Richard)
Okay, move the Jap over there.

Keeping the gun in Scott’s mouth, Richard makes Scott rise…

RICHARD
Upsy daisy.

…guiding him over to the bed by his father.

Richard removes the gun from Scott’s mouth and stands next
to his brother, looking down at their two hostages.

SETH
(to his hostages)
What’s the story with you two? You a
couple of fags?

JACOB
He’s my son.

SETH
How does that happen? You don’t look
Japanese.

JACOB
Neither does he. He looks Vietnamese.

SETH
Oh, well, excuse me all to hell.

JACOB
What’s this about, money?

SETH
It’s about money, all right, but not
yours. You see, me and my brother here
are in a little hot water and we need
your assistance.

The door to room #12 opens and a dripping wet, bikini clad
Kate walks in.

The brothers spin their guns in her direction.

Kate, startled, screams. Jacob and Scott get on their feet
and move forward. Seth spins back towards the two men, gun
ready to spit.

SETH
(to Scott and Jacob)
Stop!

Jacob and Scott freeze.

Richard moves like quicksilver, shutting the door and
positioning himself behind the terrified Kate.

KATE
What’s going on?

RICHARD
We’re having a wet bikini contest,
and you just won.

JACOB
(to Kate)
It’s okay, honey. Everything’s going
to be all right.

SETH
Just listen to daddy, sugar, and don’t
do nothin’ stupid.
(he turns to Jacob and Scott,
who are still standing)
You two, Simon says sit the fuck down!

They slowly sit.

Richard can’t take his eyes off the dripping wet Kate.

Both Jacob and Seth see this and neither men like it. Both
for their own reasons.

SETH
(to Jacob)
Where are the keys to the motor home?

JACOB
On the dresser.

SETH
Richie, take the keys. Start that big
bastard up, and drive it up front.

Richard doesn’t move from his position behind Kate. Kate
feels his eyes on her. She slowly turns and looks at him.

He looks in her face.

CLOSE-UP KATE

She smiles at him.

KATE
Richie, will you do me a favor and eat
my pussy?

CLOSE-UP RICHARD

RICHARD
Sure.

SETH (O.S.)
Richard!

Richard’s eyes go to Seth.

Everybody is where they were. Kate never turned around.

SETH
Not when you get around to it, now.

Without saying a word, he takes the keys and leaves the
room.

SETH
(pointing at Kate)
You, Gidget, go in the bathroom and
put on some clothes.

She grabs some clothes from the floor and moves towards the
bathroom.

Seth GRABS her wrist.

SETH
You got three minutes. One second
longer, I shoot your father in the
face. Do you understand what I just
said?

KATE
Yes.

SETH
Do you believe me?

KATE
Yes.

SETH
You damn well better. Go.

She goes into the bathroom.

JACOB
Look, if you want the motor home, just
take it and get out.

Seth grabs a chair and slides it up to his two male
hostages.

SETH
Sorry, Pops, it ain’t gonna be that
easy.

We hear the motor home “HONK” twice outside.

SETH
Get ready to move out, we’re all going
on a little ride.

Jacob shakes his head “no.”

JACOB
Not a chance.

SETH
Come again?

JACOB
If you’re taking people, take me. But
my kids aren’t going anywhere with
you.

SETH
Sorry, I need everybody.

JACOB
My children are not going with you,
and that’s that.

SETH
(angry)
That’s not fuckin’ that…
(holds up his gun)
this is fuckin’ this.
(he calms down and looks
at Scott)
Go sit over there.

Scott gets up and walks to the other side of the room,
leaving the two men alone. Seth speaks in a quiet,
conversational tone.

SETH
I ain’t got time to fuck around with
you, so I’ll make this simple. Take
your kids and get in the car, or I’ll
execute all three of you right now.
(he cocks the gun and puts
it right in Jacob’s face)
What’s it gonna be, yes or no answer?

Jacob looks at him.

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
Good.
(to Scott)
Your old man’s all right, he just
saved your life.

Seth BANGS on the bathroom door.

SETH
Times up, Princess.

The bathroom door opens. Kate stands there, wearing a
T-shirt, jeans and bare feet.

SETH
Okay, ramblers, let’s get to rambling.

CUT TO:

EXT. HIGHWAY – NIGHT

The motor home with the powder-keg interior drives through
the Lone Star night.

INT. MOTOR HOME NIGHT

Richard’s in the back bed area with a gun trained on Kate
and Scott. The two scared siblings hold hands.

KATE
Excuse me.

Richard zeros in on her.

RICHARD
What?

KATE
Where are you taking us?

RICHARD
Mexico.

KATE
What’s in Mexico?

RICHARD
Mexicans.

He doesn’t smile.

In the front part of the motor home, Jacob sits behind the
wheel, driving into the night. Seth sits in the passenger
seat, going through Jacob’s wallet and talking to him
calmly.

SETH
(reading his driver’s license)
Jacob Fuller. Jacob, that’s biblical,
ain’t it? What am I askin’ for, of
course it is.
(motioning behind him)
What are their names?

JACOB
Scott and Kate.

Seth repeats the names as he thumbs through the wallet.

SETH
Scott and Kate… Kate and Scott…
Scott Fuller… Kate Fuller…

Seth comes to a snapshot of Jacob and his wife.

SETH
Who’s this?

JACOB
My wife.

SETH
Where is the little lady?

JACOB
In heaven.

SETH
She’s dead?

JACOB
Yes, she is.

SETH
How’d she die?

JACOB
Auto wreck.

SETH
Come on, gimme some more details.
How’d it happen? Some fuckin’ drunk
kill her?

JACOB
No. It was a rainy night, the brakes
on the car weren’t great. She had to
stop suddenly. She slid on the road,
she crashed, she died.

SETH
Died instantly?

JACOB
Not quite. She was trapped in the
wreck for about six hours before she
passed on.

SETH
Whewww! Those acts of God really stick
it in and break it off, don’t they?

JACOB
Yes, they do.

Seth looks back at the wallet. He sees Jacob’s minister’s
license.

SETH
Is this real?

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
I’ve seen one of these before. A
friend of mine had himself declared
a minister of his own religion. Away
to fuck the IRS. Is that what you’re
doing, or are you the real McCoy?

JACOB
Real McCoy.

SETH
You’re a preacher?

JACOB
I was a minister.

SETH
Was? As in not anymore?

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
Why’d ya quit?

JACOB
I think I’ve gotten about as up close
and personal with you as I’m gonna
get. Now if you need me like I think
you need me, you’re not gonna kill me
’cause I won’t answer your stupid,
prying questions. So, with all due
respect, mind your own business.

SETH
I seem to have touched a nerve. Don’t
be so sensitive, Pops, let’s keep this
friendly. But you’re right, enough
with the getting to know you shit.
Now, there’s two ways we can play this
hand. One way is me and you go round
an’ round all fuckin’ night. The other
way, is we reach some sort of an
understanding. Now, if we go down that
first path at the end of the day, I’ll
win. But we go down the second, we’ll
both win. Now, I don’t give a rat’s
ass about you or your fuckin’ family.
Y’all can live forever or die this
second and I don’t care which. The
only things I do care about are me
that son-of-a-bitch in the back, and
our money. And right now I need to get
those three things into Mexico. Now,
stop me if I’m wrong, but I take it
you don’t give a shit about seeing me
and my brother receiving justice, or
the bank getting its money back. Right
now all you care about is the safety
of your daughter, your son and
possibly yourself. Am I correct?

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
I thought so. You help us get across
the border without incident, stay with
us the rest of the night without
trying anything funny, and in the
morning we’ll let you and your family
go. That way everybody gets what they
want. You and your kids get out of
this alive and we get into Mexico.
Everybody’s happy.

JACOB
How do I know you’ll keep your word?

SETH
Jesus Christ, Pops, don’t start with
this shit.

JACOB
You want me to sit here and be
passive. The only way being passive in
this situation makes sense is if I
believe you’ll let us go. I’m not
there yet. You have to convince me
you’re telling the truth.

SETH
Look, dickhead, the only thing you
need to be convinced about is that
you’re stuck in a situation with a
coupla real mean motor scooters. I
don’t wanna hafta worry about you all
fuckin’ night. And I don’t think you
wanna be worrying about my brother’s
intentions toward your daughter all
night. You notice the way he looked
at her, didn’t ya?

JACOB
Yes.

SETH
Didn’t like it, did ya?

JACOB
No, I didn’t.

SETH
Didn’t think so. So, as I was saying,
I’m willing to make a deal. You
behave, get us into Mexico, and don’t
try to escape. I’ll keep my brother
off your daughter and let you all
loose in the morning.

JACOB
You won’t let him touch her?

SETH
I can handle Richie, don’t worry.

The two men look at each other for some measure of trust.
Seth sticks out his hand.

SETH
I give you my word.

Seth can’t help but think about the last time he gave his
word.

SETH
(hand sticks out)
My words, my law. Better you not take
it, and that’s just where we are,
then take it and not mean it.

Jacob takes his hand, but looks right into Seth.

JACOB
If he touches her, I’ll kill him. I
don’t give a fuck how many guns you
have, nothing will stop me from
killing him.

SETH
Fair enough. You break your word, I’ll
kill all of you.
(calling to the back)
Kate, honey!

KATE
Yeah.

SETH
You must have a bible in here, don’t
cha?

KATE
Yeah, we got a bible.

SETH
Get it and bring it up here, will
ya, please?

Kate goes into a drawer, pulls out a bible and brings it up
front.

SETH
Hold it right there, sweetie pie.
(to Jacob)
Put your hand on it.

Jacob does.

SETH
Swear to God, on the Bible, you won’t
try to escape and you’ll get us across
the border.

JACOB
I swear to God I won’t try to escape
and I’ll do my best to get you into
Mexico.

SETH
You best better get it done, Pops.

Seth places his hand on the Bible.

SETH
I swear to God I’ll let you loose in the
morning. And your daughter will be safe. And I
also swear if you do anything to fuck me up,
I’ll slit all your throats.

TIME CUT TO:

INT. MOTOR HOME – NIGHT

Richard’s in the back with Kate and Scott. Richard,
expressionless, looks at Kate’s bare feet.

SLOW ZOOM KATE’S BARE FEET

EX CLOSE-UP KATE’S TOES. They wiggle.

His eyes go to her hands.

SLOW ZOOM KATE’S HANDS

EX CLOSE-UP KATE’S FINGERS

His eyes go to her neck.

SLOW ZOOM NAPE OF KATE’S NECK

EX CLOSE-UP KATE’S ADAM’S APPLE. She swallows.

His eyes move up.

SIDE PROFILE OF KATE, SLOW ZOOM TO KATE’S LIPS

Back to Richard.

RICHARD
Did ya mean what you said back there?

Kate turns to him.

KATE
What?

RICHARD
In the room. Were you serious, or were
you just foolin’ around? I’m just
bringing it up, ’cause if you really
want me to do that for you, I will.

KATE
Do what?

RICHARD
(in a whisper)
What you said to me in the room.

KATE
(whispers back)
What did I say?

RICHARD
(whisper)
You asked me if I would —

SETH (O.S.)
Richard!

RICHARD
(to Seth)
What?

Seth and Jacob.

SETH
I told you to watch those kids, I didn’t say
talk to ‘em. You guys ain’t got nothin’ to say
to one another. So cut the chatter.

Richard turns to Kate.

RICHARD
(quiet)
We’ll talk later.

Kate still hasn’t a clue what he means.

CUT TO:

EXT. THE MEXICAN BORDER – NIGHT

Automobiles are lined up, waiting one by one to go into
Mexico. Cop cars with their red and blue lights flashing
are all over the place. Border Patrol men and Police are
stopping all cars. Pulling up to the end of the line is the
Fuller’s mobile home.

INT. MOBILE HOME – NIGHT

Jacob at the wheel, Seth in the passenger seat. Seth jumps
up and goes into action.

SETH
Okay everybody, it’s show time.
Richie, take Kate in the bathroom.

Richard grabs the terrified Kate and drags her in the bathroom,

SETH
Scott, you come up front with your
daddy.

Scott does. Seth, keeping low, gets behind Jacob.

JACOB
I’m telling you, don’t hurt her.

SETH
As long as you’re cool, she’ll be
cool. What’re ya gonna say?

JACOB
I don’t have the slightest idea.

SETH
Well, you just keep thinkin’ of that
gun next to Kate’s temple.

Seth disappears into the bathroom with Kate and Richard,
closing the door behind him.

Father and son are alone for the first time since this whole
thing began.

SCOTT
What are you gonna do?

JACOB
I’m gonna try and get us across the
border.

SCOTT
No, dad, you gotta tell ‘em that
they’re back there.

Jacob is surprised to hear Scott say this.

INT. BATHROOM – MOBILE HOME – NIGHT

The bathroom, which consists of a shower, a toilet and a
small sink, is a tight fit with three people in it.

Richard has his back against the wall, with his arm around
Kate, holding her in front of him. One hand is over her
mouth, the other holds a .45 against her head.

Kate’s eyes are wide with fear.

Seth stands, .45 in hand, ready to fire if the wrong person
should open the door.

Everybody talks low and quiet.

RICHARD
This isn’t gonna work.

SETH
Shut up. It’s gonna work just fine,

RICHARD
I just want to go on record as saying
this is a bad idea.

SETH
Duly noted. Now, shut up.

Everyone’s quiet for a second, till Richard breaks it.

RICHARD
(to himself)
They’re gonna search the van.

SETH
(offhand)
As long as you don’t act like a
fuckin’ nut, we’ll be just fine.

RICHARD
What does that mean?

SETH
(distracted)
What?

Richard lets Kate go, she quickly moves to the side.

RICHARD
You just called me a fuckin’ nut.

SETH
No, I didn’t.

RICHARD
Yes, you did. You said as long as I
don’t act like a fuckin’ nut, implying
that I’ve been acting like a fuckin’
nut.

SETH
Take a pill, kid. I just meant stay
cool.

RICHARD
You meant that, but you meant the
other, too.

Kate can’t believe what she’s watching. Neither can Seth.

SETH
(serious as a heart attack)
This ain’t the time, Richard.

RICHARD
(his voice rising)
Fuck those spic pigs! You called me a
fuckin’ nut, and where I come from,
that stops the train on its tracks.

SETH
(real quiet and violent)
Keep your voice down.

RICHARD
(quiet back)
Or what?

BACK TO JACOB AND SCOTT

JACOB
Have you forgotten about your sister?

SCOTT
They’re gonna kill us. They get us
across the border, they’re gonna take
us out in the desert and shoot us.

JACOB
If they get over the border, they’re
gonna let us go.

SCOTT
Dad, I watch those reality shows.
They never let anybody go. Any cop
will tell you, in a situation like
this, you get a chance, you go for it.
This is our chance.

JACOB
What about Kate?

SCOTT
They’re gonna kill her anyway. At
least now with all these cops we’ve
got a fighting chance.

JACOB
Son, I have this situation under
control. I know exactly what I’m
doing. You’re going to have to trust
me on this.

SCOTT
If trusting you means trusting those
fuckin’ killers, I can’t do that. If
you don’t tell the cops, I will.

Jacob grabs Scott by the front of his shirt, and yanks him
to him.

JACOB
Now, you listen to me. You ain’t gonna
do a goddamn fucking thing, you hear
me! Nobody cares what you think, I’m
running this show, I make the
decisions.

SCOTT
He’s running the show.

JACOB
I’m running the show. I make the
plays, and you back the plays I
make. Stop thinking with your fucking
balls. Kate in a room with a couple of
desperate men with nothing to fucking
lose ain’t the time to “go for it.”
I need your cover. Cover my ass.

There’s a HONK behind them.

They both look out the window. It’s their turn with the
BORDER PATROL GUARDS. JACOB takes the wheel and drives up.

A stern BORDER GUARD approaches JACOB’S window.

BORDER GUARD
How many with you?

JACOB
Just my son and I.

BORDER GUARD
What is your purpose in Mexico?

JACOB
Vacation. I’m taking him to see his
first bullfight.

BACK TO BATHROOM

RICHARD
I’m curious. What was the nuttiest
thing I did?

SETH
This ain’t the time.

RICHARD
Oh, I know, was it possibly when your
ass was rotting in jail and I broke it
out? Yeah, you’re right, that was
pretty fuckin’ nutty. Not to mention
stupid. But you know what? I can fix
that right now.

SETH HAULS off and PUNCHES Richard smack in the head.
Richard HITS the floor, Guard, Jacob, and Scott hear
Richard fall in the bathroom.

BORDER GUARD
What was that?

JACOB
Oh, that’s just my daughter in the
bathroom.

BORDER GUARD
You said it was just you and your son.

JACOB
I meant me, my son and my daughter.

CLOSE-UP BORDER GUARD

BORDER GUARD
Open the door. I’m coming aboard.

BACK TO BATHROOM

CLOSE-UP KATE

We can only see Kate’s face. It’s scared. We hear rustling
around the bathroom, but we don’t know what it is.

Then it’s quiet. Then we hear talking outside the door, but
we can’t make it out. Then we hear a knock.

KATE
I’m in the bathroom.

BORDER GUARD (O.S.)
It’s the Border Patrol. Open up.

KATE
It’s open.

We hear the door open and see the light change on Kate’s
face. She’s looking up.

BORDER GUARD in the doorway looking in.

HE SEES: Kate by herself, pants around her ankles, sitting
on the toilet.

KATE
Do you mind? Shut the fucking door.

BORDER GUARD
Excuse me.

He closes the door. Kate lets out a breath. We wait a beat,
Seth pulls back the curtain in the shower, we see Richie on
the floor of the shower knocked out.

Seth and Kate meet eyes.

He gives her the O.K. signal.

CUT TO:

BACK WINDOW MOTOR HOME

We see through the back window of the motor home, the border
getting smaller as we drive away from it.

Scott knocks on the bathroom door.

SCOTT
It’s clear.

Seth BURSTS out of the bathroom.

SETH
Goddamn, that was. intense!

Seth goes to the back window. He sees the border getting
farther and farther away. No cars following.

SETH
(to himself)
We did it.
(pause)
We’re in Mexico.

Seth throws his head back and SCREAMS for joy.

Kate, emerging from the bathroom, reacts to Seth’s scream,
along with Scott.

Seth is so happy that he does a little jig in the back of
the van.

Everybody else is still tense as shit. But Seth lets go of
all his tension, and becomes a new man before our eyes. He
turns to Kate.

SETH
(loud and happy)
Come here, Kate!

Kate, nervous, takes a step back.

He charges for her. GRABS her, hugs her around her waist,
and spins her around. When he lets her go, she stumbles
dizzily onto the bed.

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