Monday, October 01, 2007

Deleted Scene: Boogie Nights, Becky & Mr. Brown

A nice elderly man befriends Becky after Dirk fails to show up.


               INT. BAKERSFIELD DENNY'S - NIGHT (LATER)

               Becky is sitting at the counter.  A few seats over from her 
               is an OLDER MAN (late 60s).  He dressed in an old grey suit 
               and tie.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         Are you alright, ma'am?

                                     BECKY
                         What?

                                     OLDER MAN
                         Are you going to be alright?  You 
                         seem....you've been sitting there.  
                         A while now.  And I want to know if 
                         you're going to be alright.

                                     BECKY
                         Yes.

               HOLD.  Becky looks down.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         Do you want to order something?  A 
                         bowl of soup?

                                     BECKY
                         My friend was supposed to come here 
                         and get me, but he hasn't come.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         Yes.  Well why don't you let me buy 
                         you some soup while you wait for 
                         your friend?

                                     BECKY
                         No.  No.  I'm not hungry.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         You seem hurt and lost.  I'm an old 
                         man so I see this, and, knowing that 
                         I don't have much time left to live 
                         on this earth, it hurts my heart to 
                         see people in pain -- more than it 
                         did when I was young, because then I 
                         didn't care.  I was a cold young 
                         man, But now, in age, I have a desire 
                         to help -- because I'd like to think 
                         that I've done good things in my 
                         life.                  

                                     BECKY
                         Why?

                                     OLDER MAN
                         To be good.  To do good deeds.  Maybe; 
                         Well.  To make up for things that I 
                         have done in the past.  Maybe I've 
                         done things that weren't good...so 
                         now I try to do the opposite.  Do 
                         you see?

                                     BECKY
                         Yes.

               The Older Man reaches into his pockets, takes out a quarter 
               and places it on the counter in front of Becky.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         Why don't you try calling your friend?
                              (beat)
                         You should call your friend, to see 
                         where he is and when he'll be here 
                         for you. 

                                     BECKY
                         I don't think he cares.  I think he 
                         might have lied to me.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         Maybe not.  Maybe something happened 
                         that was beyond his control.

                                     BECKY
                         Maybe.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         Use the quarter, young lady.

                                     BECKY
                         Thank you.

               Becky takes the quarter and walks to the pay phone.  


               INT.  DIRK'S APARTMENT - THAT MOMENT

               Dirk is sitting in the kitchen, smoking his coke pipe.

               The PHONE RINGS.  CAMERA DOLLIES IN ON DIRK.  He watches the 
               phone ring and ring and ring.  Finally, it stops.

               Dirk stands up, walks to the front window in the apartment.  
               He pushes the curtains to the side, and looks out.  HOLD.  
               He puts his ear to the window, then closes the curtains and 
               walks back to the kitchen area.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. DENNY'S - MOMENTS LATER

               Becky is sitting in a booth across from the Older Man.  She's 
               crying.

                                     BECKY
                         I don't know where to go.  I don't 
                         have anywhere to go, I can't get 
                         anywhere.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         It's alright.  It's alright, young 
                         lady.

                                     BECKY
                         I'm so sorry to make you hear this.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         I want to help you.

                                     BECKY
                         No, I can't.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         You need help.  You need someplace 
                         to sleep and to wash.  You can't 
                         stay here.  I want to help you.

                                     BECKY
                         You're a nice man.

                                     OLDER MAN
                         Listen to me a moment, please.  
                         Please.  Look up at me; I'm trying 
                         to do things.  Like I told you before.  
                         Let me help you.

               He stands and holds a hand out to her.  She reaches for his 
               hand. 
                 

               EXT.  BAKERSFIELD RETIREMENT HOME - NIGHT

               Becky and the Older Man walk a path up to a small retirement 
               home on a small, suburban street.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. RETIREMENT HOME - THAT MOMENT

               They enter, make a beeline for some stairs.  A NURSE spots 
               them;

                                     NURSE
                         Mr. Brown...Mr.  Brown you can't 
                         bring visitors in here.. Mr. Brown.

               Becky and Mr. Brown walk past the Nurse and up the stairs.

                                                                    CUT TO:

               INT. MR BROWN'S ROOM - LATER

               Mr. Brown sets Becky up in a chair near a window.  He brings 
               her a blanket and tucks her in like a child, then climbs 
               into his own bed.

                                     BECKY
                         Thank you.

                                     MR. BROWN
                         You'd do the same for me.

               CAMERA DOES A SLOW DOLLY IN ON MR. BROWN as he falls asleep.

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