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.]
Remember Jimmy, he tries jerking us around you break his fingers. All of ’em. Got that?
Sure Joey. I got it.
[In the car, Menza uses the mirror to fix his hair.]
Uh..! When do we eat Joey?
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.
They got hamburger over there Joey?
Everybody’s got hamburgers Jimmy.
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.]
What the fuck did I say Jimmy? Look at me. Tell me what I said.
Ugh..! Break his fingers if he jerks us around!
Then why didn’t you?
[Jimmy is puzzled, not sure what to say.]
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]
Then the ones he got! You break ’em again, unless I say different. Got that?
[Jimmy moves towards the man, who recoils in terror.]
Jimmy! Not now.
[Menza stoops toward the man, grabs his face.]
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.]
I’m starving Jimmy. Let’s get those hamburgers.
Serenade Of Crime©2010 A.N Herbert