Those Hamburgers

Excerpt from the screenplay ‘Serenade of Crime’

EXTERNAL – DOMINICK’S HOUSE – DAY

[JOEY MENZA(42), a hard man, comes through the front door with JIMMY, a big man, and walks to one of TWO CARS parked next to a LIMOUSINE. He takes the cigarette from his mouth, flicks it away.]

JOEY MENZA

Remember Jimmy, he tries jerking us around you break his fingers. All of ’em. Got that?

JIMMY

Sure Joey. I got it.

[In the car, Menza uses the mirror to fix his hair.]

JIMMY

Uh..! When do we eat Joey?

JOEY MENZA

First we collect, then we eat. Capiche! How bout something exotic, huh! Let’s check out that new Indian place on the south side. Ranji! Randy! Run.. Run Deep! Whatever. We check it out.

JIMMY

They got hamburger over there Joey?

JOEY MENZA

Everybody’s got hamburgers Jimmy.

CUT TO: 

30min later…

INTERNAL – ROOM

[A MAN sits on the floor against the wall, clutching his bleeding nose with a HAND IN PLASTER of Paris and METAL STABILIZERS between the fingers.]

JOEY MENZA

What the fuck did I say Jimmy? Look at me. Tell me what I said.

JIMMY

Ugh..! Break his fingers if he jerks us around!

JOEY MENZA

Then why didn’t you?

[Jimmy is puzzled, not sure what to say.]

JIMMY

Because they already broken Joey, and he ain’t got no fingers on the other hand.

[Close up on other hand: A STUMP without fingers]

JOEY MENZA

Then the ones he got! You break ’em again, unless I say different. Got that?

JIMMY

Okay Joey.

[Jimmy moves towards the man, who recoils in terror.]

JOEY MENZA

Jimmy! Not now.

[Menza stoops toward the man, grabs his face.]

JOEY MENZA

Next time..! I’ll break you into little pieces.

[The Man whimpers in pain. Menza straightens up, takes a STUFFED ENVELOPE from off the desk and puts it in his jacket pocket.]

JOEY MENZA

I’m starving Jimmy. Let’s get those hamburgers.

CUT:

Serenade Of Crime©2010 A.N Herbert

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2 Responses to “Those Hamburgers”
  1. makagutu says:

    By the time they finish with his fingers, I fear the fellow will be dead from terror

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