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Just One Night Script
Prologue Scene 5 - A Whole New World
Scene 1 - Who's Tom Boyle Scene 6 - For Better or Worse
Scene 2 - Accidents Will Happen Scene 7 - The End?
Scene 3 - Family Matters Epilogue
Scene 4- The Letter of the Law

Scene 5 - A Whole New World

INT. ENTRYWAY TO PRISON RECEPTION AREA. The camera is facing a large metal door. The door slides open to reveal Tom and his prison escort. Tom begins ... 

So I'm in prison, and I've got some big adjustments to make.  You know,  my  attorneys give me my Converse all-star sneakers, because Gucci shoes - you  can't wear those in prison.  No Cartier watches, no Armani suits.  They just don't  go with the place.  So anyway, I go to the prison and you go through one big  gate, then through another big gate, then through this metal door. [The door  clangs shut behind him and the officer proceeds to unlock another door that  leads to the shower area.] - you know, everything you know and love in the  world, everything you can control, everything you've looked to for help is on the  other side of that door - and you're in a foreign land. I was scared.  So was  every other guy who came in when I came in.  Scared. No matter how big or  how tough they were on the outside.  Forget that.  It's a time to be afraid. 

The officer opens the door and escorts Tom though to ... 

INT. SHOWER AREA. The camera is framed on a medium wide shot in front of the shower area. Tom walks into frame ... 

What do you think is the first thing they do with you when you go into prison?   They give you a little green bottle. [Tom holds one up as an example.] And they  disinfect you. Imagine that. They disinfect you so that you don't pollute the  prison population. [He walks into the shower area and the camera follows ... ]
They put you in this big shower area - there's people moving around, coming  and going, and you're over there with nothing on, scrubbing up. And then they  fingerprint you and then they give you a nice outfit like this. Not quite Armani but  I'm looking pretty good in it, right?  They give you a number [He points to the  number on his shirt.] - Tom Boyle, 22466.  That's who I am.  Tom Boyle, 22466. 

Tom walks past camera out of shower area - camera swivels to follow - shoots next scene with Tom on other side of bars in corridor. 


 Now I'm not going to give you a big story on prison life - the stuff you always see.   It's not like the movies.  Prison is about misery and loneliness. (camera widens  to show real Tom)   Misery and loneliness every day of your life.   And you do  what you're told. They tell you when to get up, they tell you when to eat, they tell  you what to eat, they tell you who to live with.  They give you a job, you do the  job - if that's cleaning toilets, you do it.   Because you want to do what you're  told, because if you don't, they put you someplace worse than where you already  are. And you can't even imagine being someplace worse than where you already  are.  So I do what I'm told.  I'm not a tough guy. 

Tom walks out of frame ... 

INT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE CLASSROOM.  Tom is standing in doorway to classroom, leaning against the doorjamb.  We can see other inmates through the glass window facing the blackboard.  Note:  This is a new scene and may or may not be used in the final cut, depending on time. 

After a while, I got lucky - I got a good job in education, teaching other inmates.   You know the average  age of my class?   18, 19 years old.  Young guys who  didn't finish high school because they got themselves in some kind of jam.  And  my classes are full.  So I started to see that maybe I could help some people.   And other people have helped me.   I ended up living in a place where most of  these guys are doing time like: life, 10-20, 20-40 - huge numbers, and this is their  home.  And fortunately for me, and I mean that, I'm grateful to these men -  they've taken me in and showed me how to handle myself and how to get by.   And through that, I've been able to be safe and make it.  They took care of me. 

Fade to black and then up on ... Scene 6 - For Better or Worse