Chinatown: Last Scene

Towne's Script: Last Scene

EXT. CHINATOWN STREET-- NIGHT

GITTES, CROSS, MULVIHILL meet WALSH AND DUFFY. ESCOBAR and LOACH ENTER.

GITTES

You remember "Night Train" Claude Mulvihill, don't you boys? Mr. Cross meet my associates, Mr. Walsh and Mr.---

ESCOBAR

You're under arrest, Jake.

GITTES Good news.

ESCOBAR

Withholding evidence, extorsion, acessory after the fact.

GITTES

I didn't extort nothing from nobody. This is Noah Cross, if you don't already know--Evelyn's father. He's the bird you're after. I can explain everything--Lieutenant. Give me five minutes. He's rich, do you understand?

ESCOBAR

Shut up!

GITTES

Thinks he'll get away with anything!

ESCOBAR

I'll lock you into the wheel of that car.

CROSS

Lieutenant, I am rich. I am Noah Cross. Evelyn Mulwray is my ---.

GITTES

He's crazy, Lou! He killed Mulwray because of the water thing! ESCOBAR Water?

GITTES Listen to me for five minutes!

ESCOBAR

Lock him to the wheel of that car.

GITTES

Lou, you don't know what's going on.

CROSS, EVELYN AND KATERINE.

CROSS

I am your grandfather.

KAHN TO KATHERINE

Come, Miss.

CROSS

My dear, I'm your grandfather.

EVELYN

Katherine, get in the car. To Curly and others: Go on, go on. No. No. Just go on. I'll follow.

EVELYN AND CROSS STRUGGLE OVER KATHERINE.

EVELYN

Get away from her! Get away!

CROSS

Evelyn. Please, please be reasonable. (turns to Katherine) Come to my...

EVELYN

Get away from her!

CROSS

Evelyn! How many years have I got? She's mine too.

EVEYLN

She's never going to know that! (Evelyn pulls a gun on Cross)

CROSS

Evelyn, you're a disturbed woman. You cannot hope to provide.

GITTES--(OFF SCREEN)

Evelyn, put that gun away! Let the police handle this.

EVELYN

He owns the police! Get away from her!

CROSS

You'll have to kill me first.

EVELYN

Get away! Get... (shoots Cross in the shoulder.) Katherine, close the door.

EVELYN DRIVES AWAY.

ESCOBAR

Halt! (As the car drives away, he shoots at the car. Jake grabs him to stop him shooting again. Loach steps forward and shoots.)

THE CAR HORN BEGINS TO SOUND. THE CAR SLOWLY STOPS. THE HORN SOUND PERSISTS. THE COPS BEGIN TO RUN TOWARD THE CAR. SCREAMS BEGIN.

ESCOBAR, GITTES AND CROSS AT THE CAR.

Evelyn shot through the left eye.

ESCOBAR

Call the Captain. Get an ambulance. Turn him loose. Turn them all loose.

GITTES

REACTION SHOT

CROSS

Lord! ( He comforts the hysterical Katherine.) Don't look.

(ESCOBAR LIFTS EVELYN'S HEAD TO THE BACKREST OF THE CAR. Shows her bloody left eye socket.)

GITTES

(REACTION SHOT). As little as possible.

ESCOBAR

What's that? What's that? You want to do your partner a big favor? Take him home. Take him home! Just get him the hell out of here!

DUFFY

Come on, Jake.

ESCOBAR

Go home, Jake. I'm doing you a favor.

DUFFY

Come on Jake.

WALSH

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.