BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
"The Beast Within"
July 17, 1987
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
"The Beast within"
INT. D.A.'S OFFICE - OUTER - DAY
Through the morning swirl, we PICK UP CATHY pouring herself coffee from the machine, sipping its bitter brew. She carries her cup and an armload of files to her cubicle, passing JOE coming out of the D.A.'s office.
What's going on in there?
Looks serious. Marino says
to stick around until they're
Why do I get the feeling I
better cancel lunch with my
Be happy to make it up to you
with dinner... ?
I'm sure dad would love to
have dinner with you sometime.
Joe gives her one of his looks... as EDIE passes with a newspaper.
Hey, Cathy, congratulations. "That
Catlady Reinstated" case? A real
See how good we are
to you, Radcliffe?
You get the headline cases.
Behind them, the D.A.'s door opens. MARINO shakes hands with a delegation of weary-looking tough men in dark suits -- officials of a waterfront local.
Damn right. No corporation
has the right to fire an employee
just because she feeds stray
cats in their parking lot.
One small case for Cathy Chandler...
Edie spots Marino heading their way with a dour expression.
-- One giant meow for the Rum Tum Tugger.
Edie makes her escape as:
Looks like you're going to be
spending a few days in the port
of New York, Chandler.
Anything to get off cat patrol.
The mob's trying to get back into
one of the longshoreman's locals.
(gestures after his visitors)
Those union guys are scared stiff.
It isn't just any mob. It's Mitch
Denton? Didn't you put him away
five years ago?
Extortion and violence. He beat
the murder rap.
And now he's out?
Marino hands Cathy a bulging folder.
The Waterfront Commission files.
Read 'em and weep. Then call De
Corsia at the union. He'll take
you down to the docks. See if
you can't get a few leads
on what Denton's up to.
Wait a sec. The guy Denton was
supposed to have beaten to death
with his own hands five years ago...
wasn't he a federal investigator
doing the same thing?
Better than the Rum Tum
On Cathy's apprehensive reaction:
EXT. THE PORT OF NEW YORK - ESTABLISHING - DAY
The energy of the waterfront. The rumble of trucks and trains and forklifts, the clatter of cargo, the grumble of tugs, the counterpoint of ships' whistles. Giant cranes heave containers, some as large as boxcars, loaded and sealed in faraway lands, from the decks of ships to the backs of 18-wheelers. Hundreds of longshoremen. There's a movement and force to the waterfront as awesome as the sea itself.
EXT. PIER DAY
We PAN from the open hatch of a cargo ship as the crane lifts a giant turbine generator... to a car pulling up on the dock.
gets out of the car. Recently released from prison, his face is worn and lined, but he's charismatic, good-looking in a cruel way, a man given to sudden volcanic violences that come and go in a breath, often replaced by a sardonic laugh. He has a need to dominate that is truly dangerous.
A muscular hiring boss, NAT, comes over.
Six hundred and twenty-three guys
at five bucks a head. Not a bad
slice from these piers.
It's a start. Any trouble?
You've been off the docks a few years.
Everybody don't know
you're back. Some of the
importers figure --
Tell them I'm doing the figuring
from now on. Next time I'll pull
a walkout. See how they like
their Nip cars sitting on the
docks for a month.
Don't worry about it --
I'm not worried.
What about Fraser?
He's working in the hatch. I hear
he hasn't changed his mind about
talking to the union.
Nat understands, nods... turns back to the ship and jumps down on the deck.
INT. FREIGHTER HATCH - DAY
Longshoremen are unloading another generator. CHARLIE FRASER steps away as the empty pallet descends. He's tough, good, natured, something of a leader among the men.
Nat catches the eye of the crane operator high above.
as a wordless message passes between them.
EXT. PIER - DAY
Cathy approaches the ship with union official DE CORSIA, a beefy no-nonsense longshoreman who graduated up to a white collar.
They say the waterfront spits poison,
breaks the backs of its workers, and
harbors the scum of the world.
That's all true, Miss Chandler --
-- but God help me, I love this
place, stink and all.
Cathy gazes around, awed by the power of the docks.
It's pretty overwhelming. I'm afraid
my waterfront education began and
ended with Marlon Brando.
Some things never change.
Long as there's piers and 'shoremen,
there's bloodsuckers to prey on them.
You're the union. You must know
things we could use against people
We know lots of things -- But prove them ... ?
This is the waterfront. Nobody talks.
They start to board the cargo ship.
But I've managed to line up
a longshoreman who might know
a thing or two. A guy with real
guts who's sick and tired of having
a mob noose around his neck.
Name of Charlie Fraser.
as Nat yells down into the hatch.
Fraser! Move it up!
IN THE HATCH
Fraser gives him a rude sign, finishes hitching the generator to the pallet.
(yells to crane)
Okay, take it away.
THE TURBINE GENERATOR
rises out of the hatch, watched by longshoremen. One of them, a mean looking jock called CUJO, inches closer to Fraser.
watches from his car... waiting.
glances up at the generator as De Corsia gets a worker to point out where Fraser is.
THE CRANE OPERATOR
suddenly appears to lose control.
in the middle of the hatch... He jerks his head up as the generator hustles back towards him. Cujo pushes him forward.
A longshoreman tries to yank Fraser out of danger. Too late. The generator crashes down on him.
CATHY - ON DECK
rushes to stare down into the hatch.
motions his driver with a sour smile.
Now everybody knows I'm back.
As the car pulls away:
joins De Corsia and the others around Fraser's crushed and broken body.
Welcome to the waterfront.
On Cathy's stricken face:
EXT. WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD - ESTABLISHING - NIGHT
Burned out piers, tenement streets lit by dim lamps. A BOAT WHISTLE cries in the night. Some of the buildings are terrible, others are okay. We MOVE IN on one tenement that has its share of garbage, graffiti and grit, but doesn't have any windows broken out. It's like an old person trying to hold itself together -- doesn't look great but still trying.
We HEAR VINCENT'S VOICE reading:
"The deck was deserted, and
he crawled to the extreme end
of it, near the flagpole. There
he doubled up in limp agony. His
head swelled; sparks of fire
danced before his eyes; his body
seemed to lose weight, while his
heels wavered in the breeze."
INT. SAM'S TENEMENT - NIGHT
CAMERA PANS across this ancient and cracking place to pick up VINCENT reading from an old leather-bound first edition of Kipling's "Captains Courageous" to an arthritic older man with failing eyesight, SAM DENTON, propped up in bed on several pillows. Sam's a gaunt, rawboned man with a face that looks as if it were carved in granite... as if infinite suffering has been met with dogged, unyielding spiritual strength.
A young boy from the underworld, LUKE, 14, sits with them. Tough, intelligent good looks with the blood of several races mixed in with a defiant but vulnerable nature.
"He was fainting from seasickness,
and a roll of the ship tilted him
over the rail on to the smooth
lip of the turtle-back. Then a
low, gray mother-wave swung out
of the fog, tucked Harvey under
one arm, so to speak, and pulled
him off and away to leeward; the
great green closed over him "
Vincent stops. Sam's eyes are closed in reverie.
He gently puts his hand on Sam's arm. The old man coughs, opens his eyes.
Sam? Are you all right?
Gave you a scare, did I?
What were you dreaming about?
A great adventure... Being washed
overboard from a luxury liner...
being rescued from the waves by
the crew of an Atlantic fishing schooner...
It's late. You're tired.
I should get Luke home.
You just take it easy, Mr. D.
I'll be back tomorrow.
Bring your medicine, too.
Sam smiles his appreciation.
Thank you, Luke.
We'll read some more tomorrow night.
Vincent and Luke prepare to leave.
"Captains Courageous." I like
this book. Never did get around
to reading Kipling.
Never to read Kipling is almost
as bad as never being young ...
or never dreaming of sailing your
own boat across uncharted seas
to mysterious lands.
Vincent ... ?
Vincent motions Luke to wait, leans over the old man.
What's wrong, Sam?
Maybe you shouldn't come
again, not for a while.
You're thinking about your son –
He'll come back and hurt you –
Try not to worry.
Don't you want to hear how the
fishing schooner sails to the Great Banks?
Don't care so much, Vincent.
Not about people --
People always let you down.
Vincent covers him up to let him sleep, turns off the light.
You never let us down.
I'll always be here for you.
Vincent leaves quietly with Luke.
INT. TUNNELS - NIGHT
Vincent and Luke return home.
The book's okay, I guess.
But who wants
to read about sailing
to mysterious lands... ?
I want to do it.
You will. Someday.
Thank you for coming tonight.
I know Sam appreciates your help.
Helping Sam or punishment chores
building walls? Easy choice.
This way, I get to skip a few
You've skipped too many lessons
lately. What have you been up to?
Nothing. Other kids've done lots
worse than play hookey –
I know that. Why are you so
I'm not really angry. I just
haven't been feeling so great.
What have you been feeling? Can
you tell me?
I don't know. I'm fourteen years
old and everybody but you treats
me like a kid. I want to get out
of the tunnels for a while... have
some fun... do something
Maybe you'd like to come up to
the Brooklyn Bridge with me one
The Brooklyn Bridge? Not exactly
my idea of a big night out. Now
if you said a ride in a Corvette --
There are ways. That might be possible.
But we have to make a deal. Sam
helped us for a lot of years,
didn't he? Where do you think
we got so much of our food from?
Helping him isn't much to ask in return,
I guess not.
He needs our help, so we help him.
That's our way.
They're interrupted by KIPPER running to meet them.
Got a message for you, Vincent.
He hands Vincent the written message. He reads it quickly.
I have to go. We'll talk later, Luke.
Remember ... a Corvette!
Vincent gives Luke an affectionate touch... hurries away.
One day I'm gonna go up top
as often as Vincent.
Nobody tells Vincent, «Stay off
the streets.» No one pushes him
around. No one tells him who to
hang around with or what to do.
That's for me –
Luke stares down the tunnel after Vincent.
EXT. CATHY'S TERRACE× NIGHT
CLOSE on photos, clippings and police records on Mitch Denton ... WIDENING to Cathy trying to absorb them. She sighs in frustration. There's a SOUND She turns as Vincent appears behind her.
It's been too long, Catherine.
They almost embrace... hold back.
I'm glad you sent word. There
are many things I need to
I need you, too. I feel so
angry... helpless. A brave man
was murdered today because
he wanted to talk to me.
She throws the Denton files down bitterly, stares out across the city.
I used to love the breeze from
the river. Now I can only think
of the death that comes with it.
Not always death. Sometimes I
go out to the harbor to see the
ships and I can sense the life
and feelings of men and women
in faraway lands. Their energies
and passions --
Of course, it's not true. Feelings
are not the same for everyone.
How could they be?
Vincent... what's troubling you?
I don't know how to say it...
There are certain feelings that confuse me.
Can you describe them?
The feelings that come from caring
about a child... a child like Luke.
The boy you told me about last
time? You said he's been in and
out of trouble for years.
Not so much anymore. He's scared
and lonely. He hides his feelings
behind a protective wall.
Catherine... I don't know how it
happened... Luke's slipped into
my life, day by day. I've started
to feel as if he's my own flesh
That’s wonderful. I don't believe
any of us are given feelings of
love simply to hide them.
You know what I am. You and
Father are the only family I have.
Luke's changed that. He was
abandoned as I was... needing
someone to guide him as I needed
Father to guide me. I want him
to have a chance for a decent life --
He looks at her, eyes filled with longing.
Did you mean what you said? About
not hiding feelings of love... ?
Do you need to ask?
They are suddenly very still, very aware of each other. Vincent moves to touch her hair ... then withdraws his hand.
I found something in my father's
library. It's from the Greek.
I wanted to give it to you –
Cathy picks up a sheet of paper with a poem written on it.
«Thus every race on earth of men
and beasts, And the creatures of
the sea, The herds and birds of
brilliant hue, Are swept with
passion. Love is the same for
Love is the same for all –
His hand closes over hers with deep love.
EXT. WATERFRONT NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY
Early morning. Luke whistles, carries a sack of groceries down the street to Sam's building... slows at the sight of a big car pulling up opposite.
LUKE'S POV - MITCH DENTON
gesturing his driver to stay... crossing the street.
BACK TO LUKE
watching curiously as Denton enters Sam's building.
INT. TENEMENT LANDING - day
Denton climbs the rickety stairs, stepping over loose boards. He knocks on Sam's door. The old man opens it, supporting himself on crutches.
C'mon in, Luke. I was just --
He stops, stares at Denton's crooked grin.
Hello, Sam. How are you?
What're you doing here?
Aren't you glad to see me? After
five years –
I didn't ask you to come back.
What do you want now?
What kind of talk is that? I
heard the old ticker gave out on
you while I was in the cage. I
was worried. Can't I come in?
I don't want you here.
Easy, old man. The last guy who
talked to me like this --
You're a killer, all right.
Underneath that fancy suit –
Come on, Sam. You're my old man.
We've had enough wasted years
between us. Let me give you this
He pulls out a roll of bills.
Keep your blood money.
Have it your way. But I'm setting
myself up again in the old
neighborhood. I just thought we
could make up.
How do you make up for all the
innocent people you've hurt and
killed? They should've kept you
locked up in prison.
The way you kept me locked up for years?
ANGLE TOP OF STAIRS
where Luke has crept up to listen. He's startled by this confrontation.
BACK TO SAM AND DENTON
I tried to do the best I could for you.
Sticking me down in
those tunnels like a rat?
That's not the way it was!
The city was going to take you away
–- put you in some foster home
Denton looks at him with a hard expression.
At least I would've breathed
fresh air every day.
He storms away downstairs, past Luke pressed against the shadows. Sam hobbles out after Denton on his crutches.
I did my best for you --
There are tears in Sam's eyes. A pain and longing behind the rage that he cannot express. Luke stares at him in confusion as Sam's voice breaks:
My son --
INT. TENEMENT LOBBY - DAY
Denton comes downstairs, angrily slams his fist against the stairwell, gains control of himself. He starts out into the street... has a thought... looks down the stairs into the basement. A bitter smile plays on his face. He decides to go down another flight.
INT. BASEMENT - DAY
Denton pushes open the door against piled rubble and old boxes. He knows what he's looking for as he pulls a rotting old furnace aside to reveal a hidden area of crumbling brick. He pulls several bricks away, uncovers a tunnel entrance.
ANGLE - LUKE
watching from the basement door, stunned by Denton's knowledge of the tunnel.
INT. TUNNEL - DAY
Denton climbs through, clicks his lighter on to illuminate the way. He carefully heads down the tunnel, stops to cock his head at the distant CLANGING PIPES... nods to himself in recognition at the sound... moves on.
far behind in the tunnel ... quickly finds a pipe, and a stone, taps out a message of warning to the underground.
INT. FATHER'S CHAMBER -×DAY
Vincent and FATHER are studying some plants and flowers.
I've always loved flowers. Except
for Aphrodite, there's nothing
lovelier in the world than a flower.
You really believe they have feelings... ?
Of course. We only think they
lack feelings because we don't take
the time to watch and learn from them –
Kipper bursts in.
Intruder! Luke just sent a warning.
There's an intruder in the tunnels –
On their alarm:
INT. STEAM TUNNELS - DAY
Denton's feet echo as he moves along the pipes... reaches an ancient heavy iron door. He hesitates, opens it, goes through. We SEE Luke following at a distance, deeply curious.
INT. SUBTERRANEAN CAVERN - DAY
Denton climbs down a rusty ladder set in the old brick. He looks around... frowns. This is unfamiliar. There's an old red-brown arch, filthy with decay... a deep black well. From the other side of the walls, there is a RUMBLE of drainage water. Denton gropes along the side of the well, looks down unhappily... decides to retrace his steps. As he reaches for the ladder again, there's a sudden GROWL from the darkness around him. He jumps back in fear.
looks down from the top of the ladder, trying to see what's happening.
stares at the shadow coming closer... looming over him.
Then suddenly... he laughs.
Jesus! You scared the life outta me!
emerges into the dim light. He's a powerful, intimidating figure. But Denton gets to his feet, unafraid, grinning.
Hello, Vincent. Don't you recognize me?
I've come home, old friend. I've come home --
Why are you here? You're not welcome.
Don't get so excited. I couldn't
resist. Came back to see the old
man, thought I'd check out the
So you could find me?
Why would I want to do that, old
Just because you refused me
sanctuary down here five years
ago? Because you chained me to
a pipe in the cellar of a police
precinct house? Those are old
What do you want?
Denton shrugs, looks around at the cracks and ledges and round black mouths of passages.
Told you. I was curious... You
changed the tunnel entrances.
I got lost.
We change them all the time...
to keep out scavengers.
Now you've hurt my feelings. Me,
a scavenger? Hey, remember how
afraid you were of the drainage
water going out to the harbor --
What I remember is that you
murdered a man... that you chose
to live by violence. I remember
that you ceased to be one of us
What are you trying to do? Tell
me off? Why, you lousy freak --
Leave the underground. Now. If
you come again, I can only
believe you intend us harm.
Come back here? You think I'd
want to hang around this hole?
Eight years I lived down here
and what did it get me -- ?
You were a fool. You had a
chance for a better life -- if
you'd had the sense to see it.
Living like a rat? I got a chance
at a better life -- but I took it!
After I ran away from here, I had
to sweat blood to get work in the
stinking hold of a cargo ship.
Taking over the docks took a little
doing, you know. Some pretty
mean guys were in the way--
And you had them killed
If you believe that... kill me.
You're a dangerous animal,
aren't you? Kill me now.
Vincent's fangs draw back. But he turns away, opens a grill doorway.
I'll show you the way out.
Don't ever come back.
I knew you couldn't hurt me.
Same old noble Vincent. The
animal who thinks he can walk
like a man.
Denton saunters out. On Vincent's barely restrained rage
END OF ACT ONE
INT. TUNNEL - DAY
CLOSE on bricks and mortar being used to block up a tunnel entrance... WIDENING to Vincent directing Kipper and several other kids at work.
Block off all the entrances around
here. He mustn't be allowed to find
his way back down.
Be done in a couple of hours.
As Kipper moves off to direct the building crew, Luke appears at Vincent’s side, carrying the leather-bound "Captains courageous."
Thought I'd go up top and see
Mr. D. Maybe read to him a bit.
What's this? You're volunteering?
I like old Sam.
He'll be happy to see you again.
Luke turns, hesitates.
I used to hear some of the older
kids talk about Mitch Denton.
How he really made it big on
He didn't make anything,
Luke. He broke and
destroyed human beings.
I guess he must've done a lot
of rotten things. But he sure
showed everybody he was
something special and could
do what he wanted.
You don't know anything
about him. Denton was like
a cancer in our community –
I heard what he said to you.
I know what he meant.
He was sick of being nothing.
Listen to me, Luke. If you'd
seen the things Denton has done --
I've seen enough things.
I've seen my moma bleed
to death like a pig 'cas some
junkies slit her. She was
falling and trying to stay
on her feet... I watched her
die. I was crying.
Well, I ain't never gonna cry again!
Moist-eyed, he hurries away before Vincent can stop him.
But the boy's gone. On Vincent's concern:
EXT. THE WATERFRONT - ESTABLISHING - DAY
INT. UNION OFFICE - DAY
Cathy's pleading with the union official, De Corsia, and several longshoremen, whom we should recognize from the cargo hatch earlier. JACK SWEENEY is the young longshoreman who tried to push Fraser to safety. McQUADE is a hard little bantam of a man. SHANKS a good-natured, hulking longshoreman.
If you could just give me one
piece of evidence linking Denton
to your friend's murder, we'd have
Come on, guys. We can't help you
unless you help us. I know each
one of you puts in a few bucks
every day to Denton to keep
Big help the union's been --
I told Fraser there'd be no use
talking to you. Keep quiet, we'll
all live longer.
Denton killed Fraser and I don't
aim to be next.
Then why did you agree to meet
Because Fraser was our friend.
He thought the union and the D.A.
Our union investigators confirmed
the crane operator's story.
Mechanical malfunction, my ass!
Who paid off those investigators?
I saw Cujo push Charlie Fraser
right under that generator.
Then give me a sworn statement --
And risk my family's lives? Sorry, lady.
We live, work and die on the waterfront.
No matter how much we hate Denton,
we can't stand up in court and testify
That's exactly what you have to do.
You've got to fight back.
You and the union -- you're
supposed to do the fighting, not us.
We already took a big chance
coming here. I guess we were
dumb to expect you to do anything.
They turn to leave.
Mr. Sweeney, please --
I'm sorry. We've done all we can.
Cathy and De Corsia sadly watch the men file out.
He's right. Took a lot of guts
to show their faces here.
I feel so helpless. If they'd
just stand up for themselves.
Difficult to stand up for yourself
when Denton's thugs are coming
at your family with steel pipes and
On Cathy's helplessness:
INT. TENEMENT LANDING - DAY
Luke comes up the stairs, carrying «Captains Courageous.» He’s surprised to find Sam's door ajar ... pushes it wider.
INT. SAM'S TENEMENT - CONTINUOUS - DAY
Luke enters, tentative, sensing something wrong.
It's me, Luke. I got your
groceries. Hey --
A hand suddenly lifts him bodily by the scruff of his neck.
A SCAVENGER THIEF -- grungy, scarred, doped out of his mind.
The SECOND SCAVENGER has Sam trembling at knifepoint, crutches kicked out from under him.
Get in here, kid.
Let me go!
The scavenger backhands him across the room.
Leave the boy alone!
Stay down, you old buzzard!
The second Scavenger presses the point of his knife against Sam.
Start talking, grandpa. You gotta
have something around here
that's worth more than ten cents.
Take whatever you want --
for God's sake, don't hurt the boy
Old man's wasting our time.
The second scavenger's breathing hard, eyes lit up in orgasmic bliss as he fondles his knife. But he doesn't get any further. Mitch Denton bursts into the apartment, heaves the knife-wielder off his feet with maximum force... cannons him into the wall. The first scavenger throws the bedside lamp. Denton ducks. The lamp smashes. Luke scrambles to pull Sam free of the melee as Denton brings his knee into the scavenger's groin. SHOUTS of anguish. The scavengers run for their lives.
Sam -- you okay?
Denton helps Luke get Sam upright in a chair.
I'm fine -- fine --
What the hell happened?
Scavengers! Lousy scavengers!
I was asleep when they broke in.
Lucky I came back.
Why the hell did you?
Is it so terrible to want
to see my old man? I've
been having a yen to mend
our fences. You complaining?
Can't complain about your timing.
I guess a small part of you's
still the old Mitch.
That's more like it, Sam.
Who's the kid?
He helps me. Brings me stuff.
My name's Luke.
Luke, any friend of my old
man's a friend of mine.
Denton curiously picks up the fallen copy of «Captains Courageous» as Luke reaches for it.
(examines the book)
I used to know another kid
who liked Kipling --
Let the boy go, okay?
What're you getting so excited about?
I'll be damned -
You're one of Vincent's kids --
Luke senses danger. He backs off, raises his fists, body tense.
Don't come near me, man.
I wasn't going to.
Like hell you wasn't.
I've seen that look before.
I know what it means.
You think so?
Regular sack of snakes, aren't you?
Just don't mess with me, okay?
Whaddaya know? One of Vincent's
He gazes curiously at Luke.
INT. FATHER'S CHAMBER - DAY
Father paces restlessly, deeply disturbed by Vincent's report.
This is bad news. Denton is a
force of evil. Pure.
Intelligent. Vicious. At war
with the world and himself.
What am I to do if he comes again?
He's a danger to us all. I tried
to reason with him --
Reason with that man? For
centuries, we've struggled to
break the chains that bind us to
evil. Buddha in India...
Confucious in China... Plato and
Aristotle in Greece... they lit
the beacon fires, gave us the dawn
of hope and knowledge and
reason... yet still, still we
confront the eternal evil. No,
Vincent. Don't try to reason with
a man like Mitchell Denton.
Kipper enters, disturbed.
It's all right, Kipper. What is it?
I'm not sure, Father. One of the
runners just saw Luke near the
east steam tunnels.
He's' got exactly five minutes to
get back in time for his lesson.
I don't think he's coming back
for his lesson. The runner saw
him with Mitch Denton.
That's what he said. Luke's
brought Denton back into the
On Vincent's shock:
INT. TUNNELS - DAY
CLOSE on the initials "M.D." inscribed in old brick...
WIDENING to Denton showing them to Luke.
You're "M.D?" And I thought this
was my special place.
My special place, too. Had to
bloody a lot of noses to keep it
just for me.
You still fight pretty good. The
way you handled those scavengers
-- that was great.
Maybe I'll teach you a few tricks
when you come up top again. How'd
you end up down here, anyway?
Run away from home?
I didn't run away from home. Home
ran away from me when my mom
became a dopey. Our place was
a real shooting gallery.
Tough. What happened to your old
I never knew him. How come Mr.D
sent you down here for Father to raise?
Sam was too ill to raise me
himself -- after mom died.
I used to hate him for that... until
a few years in the can gave
me time to think things over.
I don't hate him any more --
But I hated every day I was
down here. The tunnels were
meant for freaks like Vincent --
Hey, don't call Vincent a freak.
He's my friend.
He's not a man -- not like you and me --
Something hard and ominously sharp grips Denton's neck. He freezes... as Vincent emerges from the shadows, holding Denton with his claw, able to rip his throat in a single movement.
Luke? Are you all right?
It's not what you think. I wasn't--
Father's waiting for you,
Luke. Go to him.
Luke takes off at a run. Denton swallows with difficulty, sweat breaking out all across his face.
I told you what would happen
if you came back.
Vincent -- Please!
That boy is like a son to me.
Vincent's claws dig into Denton's neck. Denton finds himself lifted almost off the ground.
Leave the boy alone.
He drops Denton free. Denton scrambles away, clutching his throat, hissing resentfully.
That's a good one. Like a son to
you? That kid's like me, not you.
Dream about it all you want,
Vincent -- but a freak can't be
a father to anyone.
He scuttles away down the tunnel, leaving Vincent stricken with pain and rage.
EXT. ALLEY -- TUNNEL EXIT× DAY
Denton bursts through a coal chute to an alley in the outside world. He's startled to find Luke waiting.
I'm not a kid. Vincent shouldn't
push me around.
Denton smiles with cynical pleasure.
That's right, Luke. You're not
a kid any more.
He puts a fatherly arm around the boy. And as they head off together:
END OF ACT TWO
EXT. D.A.'S OFFICE AND STREET - DAY
Cathy returns to the office. Kipper dashes up and drops a message into her hand, quickly zips away. Cathy reads the message... understands, hurries away from the office.
EXT. CENTRAL PARK - NEAR DRAINAGE DUCT - DAY
Cathy glances around... enters the duct.
INT. DRAINAGE DUCT - DAY
She finds Vincent waiting in the darkness.
Vincent... ? What's wrong?
You've never called me here
during the day --
Catherine, I need your help.
Luke's run away. He's gone with
Why would he go with Denton?
There's a side to Luke that's
tough and hard. Denton is
drawing it out to get back at me.
Can you help ?
Of course. But it'll be tough.
I'll need a search warrant for
Denton's office and home ...
all the waterfront holes he might
be keeping Luke. God, I don't
know if I can get one --
I've got to find Luke.
If Denton harms him --
He has no reason to harm him.
I should have torn his throat out
when I had him in the tunnels.
Do I shock, you, Catherine? You
know there's something inside me
that waits for my anger... feeds
on my rage... and strikes without
No! You've only harmed others
when there's been danger --
When I feel pain... emotional
pain. I feel that for Luke. If
Denton were here now, something
evil inside me would make me
destroy him --
You're wrong, Vincent. There's
no evil in you, not the smallest
trace. The emotion you feel for
Luke is the love any father feels
for a child he cares about.
The more I feel for Luke, the more
I sense this terrible rage. How
can I hold it back? The only way
is to love Luke less --
You could never do that.
It's the price we pay for love.
You feel, you need, you hurt --
Therefore I must live with this thing
inside me -- this thing I cannot control --
that makes me want to kill --
She sees the depths of Vincent's pain. As tears fill Cathy's eyes.
EXT. BRIDGE - ESTABLISHING - DAY
An old rusty bridge spanning a less travelled part of the river.
EXT. RIVER'S EDGE - BASE OF BRIDGE - DAY
Luke gazes with fascination at the barge tethered under the bridge as several muscular men unload cargo crates and carry them into a couple of old shacks, once used to house equipment for the bridge. We PICK UP Denton wheeling and dealing with a few associates, including the hiring boss, Nat, and the longshoreman, Cujo (both seen earlier during Charlie Fraser's murder.) Luke goes over to him, concerned.
Get away with those video units last night?
I faked the bills of lading.
Customs won't even know
What I like to hear. Give me
a tally on this, will you, Luke?
He hands Luke the bills of lading.
You want me to count these?
When I was your age, I used
to count the boss' cut every day.
Well, sure --
But... is all this stuff stolen?
I did some favors for a few guys,
that's all. How'd you like this
boat? Maybe we'll take a trip
on it later, okay?
Denton ruffles Luke's hair... moves off with Nat.
Taking a chance, aren't you, with
He's okay. He's got brains and
he'll never tell what he sees.
I know this kid like I know
I also know an old friend who's
not going to like Luke being with
me one little bit. And that's
the best reason of all to have
Luke brings the bills back over.
Mitch? I count four thousand,
three hundred and sixty dollars
Good work, Luke. How'd you like
to do a little more work for me?
Make yourself some pocket money?
(getting into it)
Sure. Help me get that Corvette!
You know, thinking about what you
want is a lot of fun. But it's
just a lot of daydreaming unless
you get down to a few cold hard
facts of life. I could help you.
How do you mean?
Denton looks at him ... shakes his head as if having second thoughts.
I don't know. I need a kid I can
trust. If you're chicken --
I'm not chicken! You can trust me.
Everybody who works with me's got
to have pride in themselves. You
got that kind of pride, Luke?
Just try me. I can do anything
you want, Mitch.
How'd you like to help me with
a little job tonight... ?
He's got Luke hooked.
INT. D.A.'S OFFICE - OUTER AREA - DAY
Cathy hustles to keep up with the D.A. as he heads out to the elevators.
Don't want much, do you?!
Intensive surveillance for at
least twenty-four hours.
Including phone taps.
Excuse me, Miss Chandler. It’s
the end of the day and I've got
the Mayor's reception on my mind.
But did I miss something? Like
reasonable cause... ?
So forget phone taps. But if we
pull out all the stops... put
as many people on Denton as we
That's crazy. I'm already
understaffed. Until you get
something I can take to a judge
Joe crosses their path in time to hear:
I've already got a longshoreman
who saw the guy who pushed Charlie
Fraser under the generator.
Where is he? Where's his statement?
He won't come forward yet.
You give me that longshoreman --
then you get your surveillance
We can't wait. For God's sake --
She catches herself. Marino and Joe are staring at her.
Tell me, Chandler, why did you
want to work in the D.A.'s office?
Because I wanted to make a
difference. What's that got to do--
That's fine and dandy. But if
you don't mind my saying so,
you've had kind of a rarefied
upbringing. This isn't Camelot.
I don't send knights into battle
against dragons. We're down and
dirty. That means a lot of sweat
and legwork so that we can
prosecute according to the law.
Evidence, Chandler. Evidence!
Marino steps into the elevator. Discussion's over. As the doors close on him, Joe gives Cathy a sympathetic look.
Better learn how to grow
an extra layer of skin.
You mean pretend I don't care?
Low blow, Radcliffe.
I'm sorry, Joe
We all know you care, Cathy.
Sometimes that just isn't enough.
On Cathy'S frustration:
EXT. WATERFRONT WAREHOUSE DISTRICT NIGHT
We PAN from a dark warehouse to a couple of trucks parked in shadows... tough guys assembling... to Denton's car further back. Nat and Cujo leave the car to join the other men. Denton holds back, pointing out a high window in the warehouse to Luke... who's increasingly uneasy.
When you get through the window,
keep to the stairs and come down
to the first level. You know how
to unlock a fire exit?
That window? You're kidding.
I'm kidding? Do I look like I'm kidding?
I didn't figure on something like this,
Mitch. I mean, I want to work with you --
(at the trucks)
But this is a heavy duty heist.
A few high tech micro-computers...
Nobody's even going to know
I don't want to mess with it, okay?
Denton grabs him by the arm, twisting. Luke grimaces in pain.
What's the matter with you? I
thought you knew something. I
thought you learned something from me.
I don't want to go up there. It's stupid --
You're stupid, kid. I'm going
to give you two seconds to get
hold of yourself. Then you're
going through that window. You're
not going to make me look bad in
front of these guys.
And if you screw up, I'm gonna
bust you. I can do a whole lot
of wicked stuff to you --
And as Luke writhes in terror:
INT. WATERFRONT BAR - NIGHT
Cathy enters, finds Jack Sweeney in a back booth, brooding over a drink. She goes over.
Buy you a drink?
Don't give up, do you?
She slips into the booth.
I need a sworn statement that you
saw Denton's man push your friend
under the generator.
You're crazy. Only way to smash
Denton is with a steel pipe in
a dark alley. Maybe one night
I'll do just that.
Denton will kill you and plead
self-defense. Help me fight him
in court with the D.A. and the
union behind you.
You know what you're asking?
You're asking me to --
Please, Mr. Sweeney. What if I
tell you a young boy's life is
at risk ?
My family's lives are already at
risk. In God's name, what do you
want from me?
Wrong question, Mr. Sweeney. What
do you want from yourself... ?
On Cathy's appeal and Sweeney's anguish:
EXT. WAREHOUSE ROOF - NIGHT
Luke peers over the edge. A long way down. Nat finishes unrolling a rope ladder down past the window. Cujo hands Luke a canvas bag. The boy shoulders it, swings over the edge of the roof onto the ladder. The rope sways dangerously. But there's no escape for Luke. He grits his teeth... moves down until he reaches:
Luke pulls out a chisel and crowbar from his bag. A precarious moment. He jimmies the window open, heaves himself inside.
ANGLE - MITCH DENTON
down below, seeing Luke vanish from sight.
INT. WAREHOUSE STAIRS - NIGHT
Luke uses a flashlight from his bag... creeps down past a door. The light and sounds of a security guard's TV.
Luke snaps off his light... freezes.
Hey, down there!
FOOTSTEPS from above. Luke races down the stairs. The guard FIRES. CRACK! The bullet whacks into a wall. Luke gasps as slivers of brick cut the side of his face.
EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE WATERFRONT - NIGHT
Vincent is brooding across the dark waters... jerks his head up at the sound of ALARMS.
EXT. DENTON'S CAR - NIGHT
Denton rages as ALARMS sound. He yells to the trucks.
Take off! Take off!
He dashes back to his car.
EXT. WATERFRONT - NIGHT
Vincent throws caution to the wind... races with the speed of a lion.
EXT. WAREHOUSE AREA - NIGHT
Luke breaks free of the fire exit... runs like crazy for Denton's car.
Over here! Kid! Over here!
Denton's driver squeals the car towards Luke to pick him up. Denton holds his door open.
is suddenly transfixed in an overwhelming glare -- the headlights of one of the trucks careening around to escape.
arrives... sees what's going to happen... his horror.
spins around... the truck is upon him. There's a sickening crunch. His body hits the ground.
sees Vincent... slams his door shut.
Get outta here!
rushes to Luke's unconscious body. Behind him, guards and lights and alarms. They haven't spotted him yet.
A sob breaks from him. He tenderly cradles Luke in his arms. The boy seems dead. And as Vincent's grief erupts in a terrible bone-chilling CRY of pain and despair and rage...
END OF ACT THREE
INT. D.A.'S OFFICE - CUBICLES - NIGHT
Late. Edie looks in on Cathy, brooding at her desk.
Penny for them?
What... ? Oh. I don't know.
Nothing. Everything. My job.
The waterfront. A friend in
trouble. Sometimes, I feel as
if I'm no use to anybody.
Easy, girl. All part of life's
Come on. Buy me a drink.
She reaches for her coat... stops at the sight of Jack Sweeney. He smiles awkwardly.
I talked to my wife. Kids, too.
We all figure the same. It's time
to stop letting Mitch Denton walk
all over us.
Mr. Sweeney, I could kiss you.
In fact, I think I will!
She hugs him joyfully... as the phone rings. Edie picks up.
D.A.'s office... She's right here.
The hospital -- ?
(takes phone, puzzled)
Hello... ? Yes... What... ?
... I don't understand...
... oh, God, no... of course...
I'll be there right away...
Edie and Sweeney stare at the shock on Cathy's face:
INT. HOSPITAL - CRITICAL CARE AREA - NIGHT
The distraught Cathy rushes in. A NURSE moves to stop her.
You'll have to stay outside --
Cathy runs to where the DOCTORS are working full-speed on Luke. She stops short, devastated by the sight of him. His head is bandaged. Plastic tubes feed oxygen into his nose. Needles feed a colorless potion into his arm. White discs like suction cups on his smashed and bloody chest. The rhythms of his heart blipping on a screen.
Please... The doctor has to give
his full attention to the boy.
How bad is it... ?
He's in critical condition. His
right lung isn't exiting air.
Either it's full of blood or its collapsed --
Is that his name? We didn't know.
Somebody carried him here. There
was just a note with your name on it.
If I could see him for a moment --
That's impossible. There's been
brain injury. A ruptured artery.
If you'll just wait --
Cathy stares back at Luke as the nurse tugs her away.
INT. TUNNEL ENTRANCE - NIGHT
CLOSE on Vincent as a CRY of pain bursts from him...
WIDENING to Cathy, sadly gazing at him.
They'll be operating all night.
He's dying --
We don't know that. You got him
to the hospital in time. Luke
could pull through.
I let him down. I should have
Don't blame yourself. You did
everything you could. When the
police find Denton –
Vincent's eyes glitter with hatred.
I know where Denton is. I sent
I can't tell you. Forgive me,
Catherine. I have to do this
What are you talking about? I've
got a witness. We can move against
Denton now --
It's too late. This time he has
That won't help Luke. You're in
pain. Don't let your feelings
take over –-
I loved Luke. If I were truly
his father, wouldn't I have the
same need -- ?
The need to punish ... not to kill.
Do I repel you now, Catherine?
You find me very ugly -- like a beast?
I love you, Vincent. Nothing can
change that. But what you're
doing is wrong. Very wrong.
I keep seeing Luke broken in my arms --
You said it yourself. "Love is the same for all --"
He turns into the darkness... and the full horror of what he intends to do hits Cathy.
ON VINCENT - MOVING SHOTS
as he travels through the shadows... different kinds of tunnels... moving faster... until he is hurtling at incredible speed. Steam begins to swirl around him. A warrior in the mists.
EXT. DENTON'S BRIDGE - NIGHT
The sweep of steel, arching across the sky... the movements
of armed men on guard.
INT. BRIDGE TOWER - GENERATOR ROOM - NIGHT
Denton stares from the open door at the darkness and the glow of the city beyond the river. Behind him: old machinery in what might have been a generator room to provide electricity to light the bridge. Nat joins him.
You scared of this guy? How do
you even know he'll come after
The kid must be dead. He'll come.
I still don't get it. Who is he?
What's he look like?
When he comes... you'll know him.
On Denton's bleak look:
INT. SUBWAY TUNNEL - NIGHT
Vincent lies on his stomach, gripping the roof of a subway car as it hurtles through the darkness.
INT. UNDERGROUND CHAMBER - NIGHT
Cathy paces anxiously ... turns quickly as Father appears.
Thank God you came. Do you know
what he's gone to do?
I know. I tried to stop him, too.
There's a fire in Vincent that
has to burn itself out.
Do you know where he is? We have
to stop him.
You can't stop him. I've always
been afraid a time like this would
come. When that instinct to kill
would rise up from deep within
We have to stop him! One half
of Vincent is struggling against
If that instinct triumphs over
the man --
He will never allow himself to
go on living.
Tell me where he's gone!
To a bridge --
EXT. RIVER - NIGHT
Vincent explodes through brick and wood of a walled up old duct. He scrambles to the surface, stares breathlessly out at the river. Turns... and sees the bridge.
EXT. BRIDGE - NIGHT
CLOSE ON an armed guard looking out over the river. Vincent's arm reaches INTO FRAME and hooks him around the neck, pulling him down into the shallows. A GURGLING sound... silence.
Vincent leaps up the bank towards the huts at the base of the bridge. He scans the land with feral instinct... He senses Denton's presence behind a high lighted window. His fangs draw back. A low growl.
There's the ratchet-click of an automatic weapon being recocked. Another guard, searching for his partner. He turns... sees Vincent charging down upon him with terrifying force. Vincent rips the guard apart. Bullets spew wildly.
THE TOWER DOOR slams open. The gunfire brings YELLS inside. Glaring light frames a shadow with an automatic weapon. Vincent lets go a blood-curdling snarl... and again life leaves a guard. Vincent slips inside the tower.
INT. BRIDGE TOWER - UPPER LEVEL - NIGHT
On a high balcony overlooking a chamber filled with rusting equipment, Denton stands holding a pistol as Nat and Cujo run out of another chamber with guns.
Get down there!
Nat and Cujo clatter downstairs.
INT. GENERATOR ROOM - NIGHT
Vincent's cloak vanishes behind machinery, into the shadows as Nat and Cujo burst inside... crisscross the room with bullets. They stop firing. Silence--
INT. UPPER BALCONY - NIGHT
Denton nervously moves away from the stairs. He can just about see the door Nat and Cujo ran through. He hears a SCREAM. Then a SHOT. SNARLS. The SOUND of something human being ripped to shreds. And silence.
Nat... ? Cujo... ?
Denton backs into:
INT. UPPER CHAMBER - NIGHT
A kind of old office. Cramped. Broken furniture. A window overlooking the river. Denton nervously waits. He HEARS a SOUND from outside. Somebody coming up the stairs. He stands rigid, off to the side by the window, waiting, gun extended.
EXT. BRIDGE ROAD - NIGHT
Cathy's car careens to a halt. She runs out... sees the fallen guards. Fearing the worst, she runs to the tower.
INT. UPPER CHAMBER - NIGHT
CAMERA FRAMES the open door. Suddenly the FRAME is filled by the sweaty, distorted face of Denton as he readies to fire. The SOUND comes closer. Nat staggers inside, ripped and bleeding, steps into Denton's arms. Denton pushes him away in horror as:
explodes through the window, shattering glass, thrusting his gloved hand through to grab Denton. He's climbed up the outside wall. Denton SCREAMS as Vincent draws him out backwards through the window.
EXT. BRIDGE - ANGLE ON GIRDERS - NIGHT
Vincent hurls Denton out onto a high girder. Denton scrambles away in terror, almost falling. Vincent's a fierce, dramatic figure, fangs bared, cloak billowing as he's raked by high winds.
Mother of God! Please!
He crawls out to a dangerous exposed point on the girders, clings to it.
I didn't hurt the kid --
it was an accident --
Vincent growls. His ferocity is frightening and awesome. He starts forward to finish Denton off.
Vincent turns to see Cathy at the shattered window.
You shouldn't have Come here.
I had to come. Don't do this terrible thing.
He doesn't deserve to live.
But you can choose to let him live.
In your heart, you know that's right.
In my heart I feel only pain.
Your pain is for Luke.
For his life... for his love.
You know what I am --
You're you -- my Vincent.
My kind and gentle love. Don't give in
to that other instinct inside you.
In your world, people give in to this instinct --
Frightened, bitter lonely people. Like him --
She points to Denton.
Come home, Vincent.
Come back to us --
And on Cathy's appeal... and Vincent staring down at Denton:
INT. HOSPITAL ROOM . NIGHT
CLOSE on Luke hooked up to the machines, head and body swathed in bandages. He could be dead. There's the sound of the curtains being drawn... then Vincent's hand ENTERS FRAME... hovers over Luke's face. We WIDEN to REVEAL Vincent. It's late, the ward is silent and dark.
Luke's eyes flutter. He stares up at Vincent with a kind of wonder.
Don't say anything. You're going
to be all right.
I'm sorry --
You fought for life, the doctors said.
I'm proud of you.
I never meant to hurt you...
I didn't want to be a nobody...
You could never be that, Luke.
I guess I made a big mistake.
Still gonna get that Corvette.
Vincent sees the slightest hint of a smile on Luke's sleeping face ... looks down. The boy's hand has taken his own. And as we PULL BACK SLOWLY from Vincent keeping a silent vigil:
EXT. CATHY'S TERRACE - DAWN
Cathy has fallen asleep in her chair as light begins to streak the night sky. She suddenly blinks, sits up. Vincent is there.
Luke's strong. He's going to make
a wonderful recovery.
Things will be better when he
comes back home.
(shakes his head)
Luke was never meant to live in
the underworld. I'll find him
a good home in your world.
My world... ? I feel so sad every
time you say that. My world...
your world. Can't they ever be
I don't know, Catherine. I wanted
a man's life last night. Wanted
to kill --
Don't... it's over...
Is it? Denton called me a beast
pretending to be a man... and
I found another beast within
There are many men who are more
beasts than you... but they hide
it. You have the finest heart
of any man.
You're crying... for me...
...and for myself. I feel your
pain... and your love.
They're both choked with emotion.
Even with two worlds between us...?
"Love is the same for all -- "
And as they move to a tender embrace...