TWO HOUR VERSION
February 11, 1993
EXTREMELY CLOSE ON A GLOBE
The neat 3D kind you wanted when you were a kid, with the
mountain ranges that actually protrude. The globe turns,
starting on the North Atlantic and then finding Canada: Nova
Scotia, Labrador, Quebec... by the time we reach James Bay,
at the southern most tip or Hudson's Bay, we've pushed in
EXT. JAMES BAY REGION OF NORTH-EASTERN CANADA - EVENING
The sun lies low on the horizon, casting long shadows on the
bitter cold landscape. One of the long shadows is moving --
it's attached to the leather boots that step into frame. The
boots continue their slow march over the hard ground, passing
the stiff carcass of a dead caribou. Only a few feet further
the boots come upon another caribou body, then two more. The
boots pause briefly beside a doe, then continue along the
gulch. They stop at a small patch of ice. The man squats and
touches the ice, and we see his handsome, weather-worn face:
SGT. ROBERT PRESCOTT may be a man near the end of his career,
but his eyes are as sharp and clear as the eagle that circles
above him. At six foot three, he still carries the physique
of a twenty year old.
Prescott takes a hunting knife from his Sam Browne belt and
raps the icy patch with the butt -- the thin ice breaks
easily. He sticks his finger into the icy water and measures
the depth of the shallow puddle.
A faint but distinct sound of a rifle bolt chambering a bullet
makes Prescott jerk his head up: his eyes find the source.
He slowly stands, keeping his eyes fixed on:
HIS POV - THE EDGE OF THE FOREST
There's no trace of whatever made the sound.
ANGLE ON PRESCOTT
His eyes haven't moved. When he speaks he doesn't raise his
voice, the still night carries it for him.
You're going to shoot a Mountie?
They'll hunt you to the ends of the
EXTREME WIDE ANGLE
Taking in the full terrain. A shot echoes through the valley.
The small figure that was Sgt. Prescott Sr. stands for the
longest time, then falls to the earth.
leaves James Bay and continues to circle west, passing over
Northern Manitoba and the tip of Saskatchewan before finding
the North-West Territories, a thousand miles away, where the
camera closes in.
EXT. SOMEWHERE IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITORIES - NIGHT
Jagged rocks, howling wind, blinding snow and miles and miles
of more of the same. Not much goes on here. Which is why
were surprised when -- WHOOSH -- a team of dogs flies past
us, just inches from the camera, barking and snapping as
they pull their wooden sled. The driver CRACKS a whip in the
air. They're gone in a flash.
INT. RCMP OUTPOST - NIGHT
This cinder block building has the distinction of being the
northern-most district office of the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police. We know that because we are focused on the regal
looking emblem of the RCMP. As we move away from the seal
and across the ordinary metal desks and stacking file boxes,
we realize this is hardly the rugged outpost of yore. Still,
it is peopled by a small contingent of dedicated keepers-of-
the-peace. True, they no longer wear the bright-red uniforms,
and the only chiseled chin belongs to an officer named Louisa,
but they are nonetheless Mounties. Right now they're all
trying to figure out why the water cooler doesn't work.
I pressed the little red button,
Try the blue one.
I tried the blue one.
Did you shake it?
We follow TWO FEMALE OFFICERS headed for the teletype.
FEMALE OFFICER 4
I tell him the snow mobiles are frozen
dead. He says "I'll take a dog sled."
FEMALE OFFICER 5
A dog sled?? Is this guy living in
(as he passes)
I heard he was going over the pass.
FEMALE OFFICER 5
Don't be ridiculous!
(passing it on, in
Prescott went over the pass.
You gotta be kidding.
EXT. THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - NIGHT
The dog team struggles over a rise, straining at the weight
behind them: the large, well-bundled form of a man tied to
the sled looks like we weighs well over two hundred and fifty
pounds. The black boots of the driver dig into the snow as
he lifts the rear of the sled over the hill. The unseen driver
cracks the whip.
INT. RCMP OUTPOST - NIGHT
We're still following the female officers.
FEMALE OFFICER 5
He's never going to make it! It's
fifty below out there: I froze coming
in from my car.
The guy is certifiable.
FEMALE OFFICER 5
Who did he go after, anyway?
FEMALE OFFICER 4
You wouldn't believe me.
FEMALE OFFICER 5
EXT. THE FROZEN TUNDRA - NIGHT
The sled bounces over the frozen earth carrying its
encapsulated prisoner. The driver at the rear of the sled
doesn't notice the tip of a knife ease out of blankets. The
razor sharp blade slices through the rope that binds the
prisoner. With one lightening fast motion, a giant arm thrusts
out of the blankets and jams the deadly blade of the Bowie
knife hilt-deep into the frozen ground. The lead dog,
DIEFENBAKER, yelps as he's suddenly yanked back. Faster than
any human would react, the driver swings his knee-high black
boot in a high arc and kicks the prisoner's hand free of the
bone-handled knife, and the sled hurtles on into the darkness.
INT. RCMP OUTPOST - NIGHT
FEMALE OFFICER 5
And you didn't stop him?!
FEMALE OFFICER 4
Yeah, I threw my body in front of
his dog sled.
FEMALE OFFICER 5
Somebody's gotta tell the
That's the Sergeant's job.
FEMALE OFFICER 5
Then we gotta tell the Sergeant!
EXT: TUNDRA - NIGHT
The lead dog, his fur matted with ice and mud, leaps over a
giant snow drift and pulls hard to the right. The sled mounts
the drift and skids sideways to a halt. The driver reaches
down, yanks the last rope free and grabs the prisoner. Without
pausing for as much as a breath, he throws the hulking
prisoner over his shoulder.
INT. RCMP OUTPOST - NIGHT
Back over at the water cooler, Officer 1 has a battle plan
mapped out. He grabs hold of the water bottle:
Okay, when I lift, you jam your hand
down in there fast; ready and...
Female Officer 5 approaches.
FEMALE OFFICER 5
Just then the doors at the end of the corridor fly open and
a figure steps in, engulfed in a swirl of blowing snow. All
KNEE HIGH BLACK BOOTS
Covered in mud, tromp the pristine linoleum with an even
confident stride. Moving up the legs, the man's clothes are
so encrusted with dirt and ice you'd never know there was a
uniform under there. As we come up the man's back we see the
mammoth prisoner hanging over his shoulder, helpless as a
dressed deer. Finally we see the distinctive hat, and we
know this is a Mountie.
hang agape. The Sergeant has momentarily forgotten that he's
holding the water cooler bottle, water spilling out onto his
For the first time we see CONSTABLE BENTON PRESCOTT'S face.
Six foot two, chiseled features, clear blue eyes, he looks
like he just walked out of a postcard. A small smile crosses
his lips as he passes the cooler.
See you got that fixed, Sergeant.
Officer 1 (the Sergeant) realizes what's happening and hands
the gushing bottle to Officer 2.
ANGLE ON THE HOLDING CELL
In the corner of the room. Prescott swings open the cage
door and drops the prisoner down on the stool in the corner.
Anything you need?
No, I'm fine, thanks.
Prescott locks the door and turns to see Female Officer 5
That's the last time he'll fish over
As he walks away, she still hasn't closed her mouth.
A STYLIZED MIX OF ANCIENT BLACK AND WHITE ARCHIVE FOOTAGE
AND STILL PHOTOS OF THE REAL MEN OF THE North West Mounted
Police and RCMP, combined with Hollywood's comical and
stereotypical view of the mounties over the years: Sergeant
Preston and Yukon King blurting out some of their cornier
lines, Nelson Eddy and Jeannette McDonald singing their hearts
out, and the lesser known serial heroes bringing evil-doers
INT. RCMP OUTPOST - SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE - NIGHT
Constable Prescott stands as SUPERINTENDENT MEERS returns to
his desk, keeping his cool.
And you felt it necessary to go out
there and get him now, in the middle
of one of the worst storms we've had
He broke the law, sir.
Prescott, this motto -- "We always
get our man" - maybe no one mentioned
this, but it isn't really our motto --
some writer made it up. See, our
motto is "Maintain The Right". That
means... it doesn't matter what that
means, the point is, you just tracked
a man three hundred miles BECAUSE HE
CAUGHT TOO MANY FISH!!
He exceeded the limit by quite a
Do you know why they keep transferring
you further and further north,
(tossing him some
Here, write out the word
"embarrassment" for me, we'll pin it
to your hat, so whenever you look in
the mirror, you'll know. How much
could a man fish over the limit that
would justify you recklessly
endangering your life, and the
reputation of this police force?!
(referring to his pad)
Four and a half tons, sir.
(caught off guard)
...Tons of... fish.
He was dynamiting the rivers, then
scooping the salmon off the surface
with a backhoe. I destroyed the
plastic explosives, fragmentary mines
and nitroglycerine and then donated
the three truckloads of fish to a
local Inuit village. The tribal elder
said he'd call you with his thanks
as soon as their phone lines are
We can see that Prescott richly enjoys the pregnant pause
that follows. It's broken as Female Officer 4 raps on the
Superintendent's door and enters with a telex.
FEMALE OFFICER 4
Sir, there's a tribal elder on the
phone for you, and this just came in
over the wire.
She hands Meers the telex and throws a quick look to Prescott.
Something is very wrong. Meers looks up from reading the
telex. He is visibly shaken.
...It's your father.
EXT. JAMES BAY AREA - DAY
An area of vast wilderness, dotted with rivers and lakes. A
herd of caribou graze on a hillside. The only man-made sound
is a FAINT DULL ROAR which emanates from somewhere in the
distance. Then the roar is overtaken by the SOUND OF A PLANE
ENGINE APPROACHING. In the sky above, a six seater CESSNA
appears over a ridge.
INT. CESSNA - CONTINUOUS
Prescott stares out his window, lost in thought, as the pilot,
BERT JENKINS, pours a cup of coffee from a thermos.
Time was, you could look out that
window and see nothing but geese.
Thousands of 'em. And that river
down there -- beavers used to cover
it like a bunch of hairy little ants.
Not anymore though. The government
kinda put 'em out of business.
EXT. THE GROUND BELOW - THEIR POV - CONTINUOUS
A huge monolith of a dam under construction comes into view.
Behind it lays a water reservoir which stretches as far as
the eye can see.
RETURN TO SCENE
Yeah. Everything's changing.
Diefenbaker, his lead dog, looks up from his feet, as if
offering sympathy. Prescott gives him a small pat.
A small northern city comes into view.
INT. HOSPITAL MORGUE - DAY
A sheet is pulled back, revealing the lifeless face of Sgt.
Stares down at the body. For a second the shock registers,
but the stubborn face refuses to lose it's composure. Beside
him stands an imposing senior RCMP Officer in his fifties,
CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GERARD.
Still don't know what the hell he
was doing out there. Middle of
nowhere, ten below zero.
His log book...?
He closed his last case over a week
ago. Should've been catching up on
Prescott lowers the sheet and nods to the orderly to remove
But you know your Dad. He'd rather
freeze his rump off than hug a desk.
EXT. RCMP HEADQUARTERS - DAY - ESTABLISHING SHOT
A two story building, larger and more impressive than the
one Prescott hails from. The sign over the entrance reads
"RCMP East Bay Regional Headquarters".
INT. GERARD'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
Gerard sets a small plastic evidence bag on the desk in front
of Prescott. By the way he talks we can tell Gerard and
Prescott Sr. were close.
.303 calibre, standard hunting ammo.
It's the first week of the season --
every damned idiot up here suddenly
feels the need to kill something.
Near as we can tell, he must have
caught a stray bullet. Useless damn
way to die.
Prescott fingers the mangled remains of the bullet.
Son, every officer on this post spent
the last three days combing that
gulch. If there was evidence of foul
play, we would have found it.
When was the last time you talked to
Prescott tries to disguise his feelings of guilt and remorse.
Gerard covers for him.
I guess the more you know someone,
the less that needs to be said.
EXT. GULCH - DAY
Tattered yellow police tape snaps in the wind. Prescott kneels
over the spot where his father's body fell. The once virgin
snow is now trampled down in all directions, criss-crossed
by the ski-marks of snowmobiles and heavy tire tracks.
Prescott studies the ground. He turns over a clump of snow,
stained with dried blood. The clump falls apart in his
fingers. Diefenbaker moves into frame, sniffs the ground
beside him, then moves off. Prescott watches as the dog heads
down the gulch, then follows.
HUNDRED YARDS DOWN THE GULCH
a hawk pecks at something through the new fallen snow. It
catches the dog's scent and takes off. Diefenbaker lopes
into frame and sniffs the snowy mound, then moves off. A
moment later PRESCOTT kneels down beside the mound and brushes
away the snow. It's the frozen body of a dead caribou.
Prescott looks down the gulch -- a dozen more patches of
brown fur poke through the snow.
Suddenly, A KNIFE flies into frame, imbedding in the ground
by Prescott's knee. Prescott reacts instantly, rolling to
one side and drawing his Smith & Wesson service revolver.
The dog comes charging back and snarls. Prescott stills him
with a hand signal.
AN INUIT MAN stands at the edge of the gulch.
You want meat, Mountie? Try the
The Inuit turns away and ties another fallen caribou to the
sled attached to his ski mobile. Prescott approaches. He
hands the Inuit back his knife.
You kill them?
You see some hunters come through
Lots of them.
They kill them?
No one. They just drank too much.
The Inuit man kicks over the engine of his ski mobile and
tears off through the woods, bouncing off the trunks of trees.
(as he sideswipes
Damn, get outta my way!... Damn,
will ya watch it?!
(Warning the trees to
Comin' through, comin' through!...
Prescott watches after him quizzically, then continues up
the hill, the dog following.
Prescott follows a deer trail along the ridge. He notices
something and stops: Another set of tracks have appeared
along side. He kneels and picks something out of the snow --
a .303 shell casing.
CLEARING SOME DISTANCE OFF
The trail of footsteps joins several others. It looks like
half a dozen men stopped here briefly. Five of them went off
in one direction, the sixth is the trail he's been following.
Just a few feet away lie the rut marks of Jeep tires. Prescott
kneels and studies the boot prints. His dog noses up beside
Do you know six people up here who
can afford new boots?
EXT. AIR FIELD - DAY
A light plane dips down from the sky and lands on a narrow
air strip. As it passes we see parked in the background the
three or four other prop planes that make up the East Bay
commercial airfield. Prescott and Bert Jenkins appear from
behind one of these and head across the tarmac toward the
airfield's lone hangar barn.
We get a lot of weekend hunters up
here. Yuppies, mostly. Wouldn't know
a deer from a tree stump.
I'm looking for a party of six. Would
have come in about a week ago.
I've been flying supplies mostly.
Try Herb Lantrell.
INT. HANGAR - DAY
HERB LANTRELL, a chubby pilot in his forties, has a pocket
cellular phone pressed in his ear as he leafs through his
Betty, honey, you got milk. I brought
home a gallon yesterday. Look in the
Herb turns to Prescott who's waiting patiently.
(to Prescott, re:
Never shoulda bought the damn thing.
Now it's bring milk, bring butter,
I'm up ten thousand feet and she
wants me to stop at a 7 Eleven.
Prescott smiles. Herb runs a finger down a column in his log
A week ago you say? Brought some
nuns up on a retreat. That help?
Not unless they were carrying
From the look on some of them it
wouldn't have surprised me... Okay,
here you go -- bunch of dentists
from Chicago. Killed their limit and
went home early. Lot of latent
You have the passenger list?
(back to phone)
Foot Powder? I'd like to Betty, Betty
but I'm at three thousand feet and
heading for a cliff. I'll call you
if I pull out.
(hangs up, winks to
Has its advantages too.
INT. HOSPITAL MORGUE - DAY
Prescott hoists the body of a caribou from his shoulders and
lowers it onto a gurney. He looks up to see the somewhat
puzzled look on the face of the CORONER.
Pet, was it?
Think you can tell me what killed
Toss it in the freezer. It'll be a
EXT. CEMETERY - DAY
Outside the gates, the snowy roadway is lined with RCMP
vehicles, including several black sedans.
EXT. GRAVE SITE - DAY
RANKS OF RCMP OFFICERS, in full dress red serge, stand at
attention by the grave site. A casket, draped with the RCMP
Corp ensign, rests in the foreground. On the opposite side,
Prescott stands alone, also in his red serge. A few paces
behind him is a group of civilians and dignitaries, including
Chief Superintendent Gerard. ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER JOHN
UNDERHILL addresses them.
Twenty-two years ago I came to the
Northwest Territories as a Corporal.
Even then, the name Bob Prescott was
spoken with awe among the ranks of
new recruits. It was said that he
could track a ghost across sheer
ice, and that a young officer would
have to move fast and drive hard
just to catch his shadow. Many have
followed the spirit and tradition of
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A
few have embodied it. Sgt. Robert
Prescott's name will always be among
EXTREME WIDE ANGLE - CEMETERY
A ceremonial BLAST OF RIFLE FIRE flushes birds from the trees.
EXT. THE BLIND MOOSE INN - DAY
A backwoods kind of tavern, the kind you'd expect to find
but rarely do anymore in the great white north.
Yeah, we'd appreciate that...
INT. BLIND MOOSE INN - DAY
A wake is in progress. Trappers and construction workers mix
with Mounties and men in suits. A sizable pine bar runs the
length of the room, accompanied by a few rough hewn tables
and chairs, a couple of booths and a juke box. We find Sup.
Gerard on the ancient rotary pay phone.
...I'm afraid that's all we've got...
I will, thanks.
Gerard hangs up and joins Prescott at the bar. GEORGE the
affable BARTENDER offers Gerard another drink.
(re: pay phone)
I'm going to start charging you rent
on that thing. You driving or can I
pour you another?
Hell of a wake.
To your father, may he not give the
Angels a moments peace.
The three men drink. As George moves off, Prescott turns to
You father and I spent too many nights
in places like this.
(re: his glass)
I see you picked up his habit.
Straight gingerale, it that?
(re: phone call)
...What did they say?
I gave them your list of names,
they'll assign an officer to check
With respect, sir, the Chicago P.D.
is not going to make this a high
I understand there is an opening at
the Chicago Consulate.
And you're going to what -- go
charging across the border, frisking
sportsmen at random? Ben, man to
man, if this really was a murder, I
want to find whoever did it and show
him the view from the end of a rope.
But I can't do that, and neither can
you. There were a hundred hunters
out in the woods that day, most of
them from God-knows-where. You found
six. They will check them out. Let
them do their job.
I realize I wouldn't be allowed to
work the case, sir, but it I'm in
the same city I can at least check
Tell me, Constable, how long you
been on the force now?
And what's the biggest city you've
ever worked in?
Yeah, and you were transferred out
after five weeks because you couldn't
adapt to such an urban lifestyle.
You're like your father: up there in
no man's land, there isn't a better
cop in the world. But in Chicago,
they'd eat you alive within minutes.
Prescott takes something from his pocket and places it on
the bar in front of Gerard. It's his badge.
I also know you understand that
nothing is going to stop me from
finding my father's killer, and
bringing him to justice.
Prescott turns and exits. Gerard reaches over and picks up
CLOSE ON BADGE
Gerard hands it to someone. We widen to see we are in:
INT. OFFICE OF ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER UNDERHILL - NIGHT
Underhill thumbs the badge. He looks up to Gerard.
Give him the transfer.
Oh come on, Charlie, you think they're
going to let him do anything? He'll
have no jurisdiction...
Chicago P.D. are going to treat this
like any other request. The only way
they'll find this guy is if he's
picked up for a broken tail-light
and he blurts out a spontaneous
This was Bob Prescott. Give him the
He hands Gerard back the badge. Gerard finally smiles, as if
he knows in his guts this is the right thing to do.
God help Chicago.
Circles west from James Bay, but we cut a sharp south-westerly
angle, passing through Northern Ontario, through Sault Sainte
Marie and down the great lakes to Chicago. A wing tip of a
small model plane sweeps dramatically into frame:
MATCH CUT TO:
EXT. CHICAGO O'HARE AIRPORT - (STOCK SHOT) - DAY
CLOSE ON A PASSENGER AIRLINER swooping in for a landing.
INT. CHICAGO AIRPORT - DAY
A steady stream of passengers descend on the escalator. No
one takes the stairs. No one but Constable Prescott, of
course, his heavy nap sack and gear slung easily over his
shoulder. At the bottom of the stairs, everyone ignores the
two women in pseudo-nurse's garb that solicit donations.
Help feed the hungry. Food for the
Prescott stops, reaches into his inside jacket pocket, pulls
out what looks like a flat bar of beef-jerky, and puts it in
the Nurse's begging dish. The nurse picks it up with two
What is it?
Pemmican. If you're still hungry
when you finish it, drink water. It
expands in your stomach.
And he's off, not wishing to be thanked. The nurses just
stare after him, the Pemmican dangling there like a dead
INT. AIRPORT CONCOURSE - SECONDS LATER
In the crowd of deplaning passengers, a woman with a toddler
in one arm and two other children in a cart keeps pace with
Prescott, who carries her various and many bags along with
his -- the diaper bag pretty much obscuring his view.
Thing nothing of it, Ma'am. Whoooa!
That last sound was him striding onto the moving sidewalk
and zooming off ahead.
INT. AIRPORT CONCOURSE - MOMENTS LATER
Prescott has a new walking companion, an "OPERATOR" who is
stringing him his best tale.
And they won't operate on your little
girl unless you give them the money
Man, without seeing the cash, they
won't give you an aspirin.
And you'll pay me back within a week?
As God is my witness.
(taking out a bill)
I'm afraid all I can give you is a
(stunned to a dead
You're going to give a complete
stranger a hundred dollars?? You're
I'd never kid about a child's life.
EXT. O'HARE AIRPORT - MOMENTS LATER
Prescott waits in the queue for a taxi. When it's his turn
the cab pulls up, but Prescott notices an elderly lady behind
him. He holds open the cab door and offers it to her.
You take it, Ma'am
EXT. SAME AIRPORT CAB STAND - MOMENTS LATER
Another cab pulls up, Prescott opens the back door, but now
a young lady stands behind him and he offers it to her.
EXT. SAME AIRPORT CAB STAND - MOMENTS LATER
An elderly couple get the same consideration. He closes the
door after them.
No, you go right ahead.
EXT. AIRPORT CAB STAND - MOMENTS LATER
Prescott opens the door of this new cab for himself, but a
rude businessman pushes right in front and takes his cab.
Another cab pulls up right behind, Prescott opens the rear
door but sees a man in a wheelchair behind him. He motions
for him to take it.
EXT. INTERSTATE HIGHWAY - EVENING
Prescott walks along the shoulder, whistling as he heads for
the city. He passes the road sign that beams WELCOME TO
EXT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT
INT. POLICE STATION
At the front desk, SEVERAL UNIFORMED OFFICERS are lined up
bearing SUSPECTS in handcuffs. THE DESK SERGEANT hands the
cop at the head of the line his paperwork, and the cop moves
off with his suspect in tow.
Prescott steps up to the desk. The Sergeant is given
considerable pause by the sight of his wide-brimmed hat.
Look here, it's Nanook of the North.
Constable Prescott, Royal Canadian
(peeks over the counter)
I got a dog. Great Dane. Can't pull
nothin', though. Bad back.
I'm sorry to hear that. I'm looking
for the officer assigned to a
particular case. I was given this
Prescott hands him a piece of paper, the Sergeant punches
the numbers into his computer.
(finds it. Enjoys
Oh yeah, you'll like this fella.
Head down that hall, through the end
door, third holding cell on your
Oh you can't miss him, just look for
Prescott heads off.
INT. HOLDING AREA - CONTINUOUS
Prescott displays his visitor I.D. to a UNIFORMED GUARD at a
desk, who lets him enter. Prescott walks to the third holding
cell on his left and looks in.
We PAN ACROSS the dangerous-looking detainees; gang members,
transients, pimps... to a handsome Latino man in his early
thirties, well-coifed, perfectly manicured and dressed in a
top-of-the-line Armani suit, Armani silk shirt and hand-
painted Armani tie. His name is RAY HERNANDEZ. A HUGE, WELL-
DRESSED GUY next to him examines the label in his jacket.
Of course it's original merchandise;
friend of mine found a truck full
just sorta sitting on the side of
HUGE WELL DRESSED GUY
Isn't this kind of a strange place
to do business?
Hey, at least in here you know who
you're dealing with.
Ray and the perpetrators turn to look.
I'm looking for a Detective Armani?
The Huge Guy and his friends turn back to Ray, who tries to
(to huge guy and
What?... You mean... what?
INT. DETECTIVE'S BULLPEN - MOMENTS LATER
Hernandez fires through the doors, followed by Prescott.
Okay, who let the Mountie into the
Without looking, several detectives raise their hands.
I'm sorry. I believe it was an
unfortunate confusion about an
unfamiliar, idiomatic trade name.
What the confusion was: down here,
we don't bust in on some guy when
he's about to take down the biggest
operator in the garment district for
buying stolen merchandise!
So you were attempting to sell him a
truckload of illegally obtained men's
Isn't that entrapment?
(finds his desk)
What do you want from me?
(hands him paper)
I was told you were in charge of
The dead Mountie thing, like I
couldn't have guessed. Look, I got
the list of names, it's in my basket
there somewhere. The moment I get a
chance I'll run them through the
computer, pick up the phone, call
you with the information, and you
can get your Boy Scout points.
Yes. The dead Mountie was my father.
I'd appreciate it if you'd check the
names while there's till a chance of
catching the man who killed him.
Prescott turns and walks out, leaving Ray speechless. Prescott
hesitates at the door.
And he's not in the garment business.
Your operator. He had a hole in his
shoe. A big garment buyer wouldn't
be seen with a hole in his shoe. So,
like you, he's pretending to be
someone he's not.
Prescott turns and exits, leaving Ray to think about this.
EXT. LARGE MODERN DOWNTOWN HOTEL - NIGHT
Prescott enters the modern monolith, his rucksack slung our
INT. HOTEL ROOM - NIGHT
Prescott stares out the picture window at the foreign sight
below -- the lights of the city.
ANGLE ON THE BED - LATER
Prescott lies there trying to sleep. He takes a deep breath,
but can't seem to get any air in his lungs.
ANGLE ON HOTEL ROOM WINDOW
Prescott tries several ways to open the picture window but
the room is completely sealed.
ANGLE ON AIR CONDITIONS CONTROL
Prescott manages to turn on the air conditioning.
ANGLE ON THE BED
He lies there with the drone of the stale air being forced
into the sterile room.
EXT. ROOFTOP OF HOTEL - NIGHT
Prescott rolls out his sleeping bag. Once inside, he takes a
deep breath and stares up at the sky. He rolls over on his
side and pulls something from his breast pocket. It's an old
crumpled photo of his father as a young recruit. The first
real signs of emotions creep onto his face.
(in a whisper)
I'll bring him in, Dad. You can count
He puts the photo away and closes his eyes.
WIDE ANGLE - ROOFTOP AND SKYLINE - NIGHT
We pull way back to see what Prescott is up against -- one
man, out of place and alone amongst the thousands of strangers
in this city.
END ACT ONE
EXT. CANADIAN CONSULATE BUILDING (CHICAGO) - DAY
Over which we hear the voice of Prescott's new RCMP boss,
SUPERINTENDENT LEE ANNE MOFFAT.
I think you know I wasn't pleased
about your being transferred here.
INT. CONSULATE BUILDING - RCMP LIAISON OFFICE - DAY
This is the RECEPTION AREA of the small, nondescript office.
As Moffat continues to pontificate, CAROL, her assistant,
exits her boss's office and closes the door. From the
expression on her face we can tell she doesn't think much of
I'm sure you're really very good at
stomping your way through the ice
and snow, but this is a consulate
INT. SUPERINTENDENT MOFFAT'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
We finally see SUP. LEE ANNIE MOFFAT, a young woman of thirty,
sharp, dedicated, ultra-urban, every inch the new RCMP.
a cleft chin and a blue ribbon for
kayaking doesn't get you very far
down here. Do you even know what we
This is the Liaison Office, Ma'am.
As Chief Liaison Officer you work
closely with local law enforcement,
the various arms of the American
Criminal Justice Systems and
Intelligence Community on matters of
And you thought that sounded like an
exciting alternative to recovering
They said you needed an assistant.
Oh, they did. Well, before you get
too enthused, let me put things in
perspective for you. Agencies like
the FBI and the DEA don't just
automatically rush to cooperate with
foreign security services. First,
they have to take you seriously.
That means having a reputation --
being just as tough and ruthless as
they are. Scotland Yard, they take
seriously. The Mossad, they take
seriously. The Mounties? We're just
polite people in funny hats who have
problems pronouncing the vowels 'o-
u'. You're trying to discuss methods
of breaking the international heroin
trade -- they're trying to get you
to say "ooot" and "aboooot" into a
tape recorder. We're a stereotype,
Prescott: one that I've worked very
hard to change. And you tromping
around in your size twelve mukluks
won't do much to help that.
I'll do my best to adapt.
Don't bother. I have the perfect job
for you, Prescott. Just do me a favor --
while you're out there, try to avoid
the urge to burst into song.
EXT. CANADIAN CONSULATE - DAY
From the brass plaque that identifies the consulate, we PAN
ACROSS the pillared entrance to:
PRESCOTT, standing at attention, in full dress red serge, as
motionless and unblinking as a Buckingham Palace Guard. Across
from him stand several KIDS, making faces trying to crack
him up. One finally spits his gum out onto Prescott's shoe.
The kids see someone coming and scatter. The someone is Ray
Hernandez, on his way to the consulate. Ray walks past
Prescott and enters the building.
A beat later Ray returns, realizing it was Prescott.
It's you! I walked right past you, I
didn't recognize you standing there
Prescott continues staring ahead, as is his job. Ray doesn't
seem to clue into this. He leans up against the wall beside
him and taxes out a cigarette.
Okay, I acted like a jerk, I didn't
realize it was your father, I should
have checked into it earlier.
(offering him a
(takes silence for a
Anyway, you were right about the
goombah in the cell. I dig around,
find out he's Internal Affairs, trying
to nail my ass for illegal entrapment.
Can you believe that? The man is
trying to entrap me into entrapping
him. It's like my old man used to
say, "Never trust a cop." In any
case, I figured I owed you one, so I
came to say... thanks.
Ray offers his hand. Prescott, of course, can't take it.
I apologized, what else do you want
from me?... Prescott...? Prescott...?
Ray waves a hand in front of Prescott's face. He takes some
delight in this realization:
You're kidding me! This is your job??
This is like your real job? I don't
believe this! Son of a gun! Hey, no
offense, I have the greatest respect
for people who can do something and
do it well, or in this case, do
nothing and do it well.
Ray laughs at his own stupid joke, then lowers his voice to
speak in confidence.
Anyway, listen, I checked out that
list of names for you and I have
something that may be something, so
we should talk.
(waits, expecting a
You're putting me on, right? Okay,
okay, just tell me when you'll be
off and I'll come back.
(waits, no response)
You got a break coming up soon or
something?... would nodding your
head be some sort of Canadian
crime?... You sort of swayed forward
a bit there, was that a yes?... I'm
talkin' to a corpse.
The clock tower chimes twelve. Prescott shoulders his rifle,
turns with precision to stare at Ray, turns again and marches
You know you have gum on your shoe?
INT. SUBWAY STATION - DAY
It's getting close to rush hour as Ray and Prescott enter
through the front door.
So I called the American Dental
Association to check them out, and
every one on your list comes up as
members. Only one of them this Dr.
Lawrence Medley, isn't current with
his dues. I ask how delinquent the
guy is, they say twelve years.
INT. SUBWAY STATION PLATFORM - CONTINUOUS
They turn onto the platform and head for the waiting train.
I call his practice, the nurse says
he can't come to the phone, seeing
that he's been dead twelve years.
This then makes me curious.
Ray wonders why they are waiting at the open train door.
You gonna get on or what?
(holding open door)
It just takes a few seconds to be
(to woman with
After you, Ma'am...
(to elderly man)
No, after you, sir.
ANGLE FROM FAR SIDE OF PLATFORM
The train pulls out of the station. Prescott and Ray are the
only ones left standing on the platform.
My bet is there aren't a lot of high
speed chases in Canada.
INT. DENTIST'S RECEPTION AREA - DAY
Ray enters, still telling his story to Prescott.
So I say to myself, "How could this
Dr. Medley be on this hunting trip
last month, being as dead as he
appears to be?" I man, even with a
dentist, someone would have commented
(shows ID to
Detective Hernandez to see Dr.
INT. DENTIST'S OFFICE - A SHORT TIME LATER
The dentist, DR. WEINGARTEN, digs an envelope of snapshots
out of his desk drawer and turns to Ray and Prescott.
No, not personally. In fact, he called
me. He'd heard about our annual
hunting trip, asked if he could come
along. Harry Prentice, periodontist,
he usually comes with, but this year
he had that accident.
(finds a photo he's
been looking for)
Here, this is him, Larry Medley, the
one sleeping in the corner. I think
that's the only one I got of him.
For some reason he was never around
when we were taking pictures.
CLOSE ON PHOTO
In Ray's hand; a group snapshot of several guys on a small
plane, the one sleeping in the corner is apparently the
mystery dentist, Larry Medley.
BACK TO SCENE
Not much of a hunter, didn't shoot a
thing. I came back with that fella.
Dr. Weingarten proudly indicates the stuffed beaver posed on
his file cabinet.
INT. POLICE STATION - BULL PEN - NIGHT
THE NIGHT CROWD IS THINNER. PRESCOTT FOLLOWS Ray through the
How do you know him?
I don't, I never said I did. I just
have this feeling I've seen him
before. Not so much his face as his
It's like I have this ability.
Everyone's nose is distinctive, no
two people have exactly the same
nose. I just have this thing where I
never forget a nose. Call it a gift.
You know how to type?
A hundred words a minute, why?
OVER AT THE COMPUTER - A SHORT TIME LATER
Ray looks over Prescott's shoulder as Prescott types.
June '86, I'm walking a beat, and I
get a call on this domestic violence
case. Very, very messy; guy had his
wife's arm in a car door and kept
slamming it, this was not one of
your more tender romances. Anyway,
when I saw the guy in the photo I
flashed on this guy's nose.
Ray indicates one in a list of names on the screen.
This puppy, Frankie Kohl.
Prescott highlights it and presses Enter. An arrest record
and mug shots appear for FRANK KOHL. Ray holds the dentist's
snapshot up beside the computer screen.
What do you think?
It's exactly the same nose.
What'd I tell you?
CLOSE ON COMPUTER PRINTER - MOMENTS LATER
The dot matrix printer spits out the information as Ray and
It stuck in my mind 'cause homicide
had been trying to nail him for a
mob hit. The best we could get was
six months for assault and battery.
Eight weeks later he was out -- and
the Italian population has been
dwindling ever since.
He's a hired killer?
Well, I don't think he hunts for
relaxation. Someone wanted your dad
out of the way enough to import a
professional. Any idea why?
No. You have an address?
He rips the computer paper off, hands it to Prescott.
It's not worth the cab fare to check;
he'll have been long gone.
...But you have an idea.
One lead. I follow up one lead. I
don't have time to make a career of
EXT. POLICE STATION PARKING LOT - MOMENTS LATER
They head out into the huge parking lot in search of Ray's
It's not that I wouldn't like to see
this solved, but if I'm going to get
anywhere, make a name for myself, I
have to pick and choose my cases,
and having my name in the Yukon
Gazette is going to do bumpkus for
Where are we going?
There's a place I know, lot of heavy
weights hang out there, the kind of
people who could reach out and touch
someone like this. I've been working
it for months, hanging out, fitting
in, they think I'm complete scum.
Down here, your reputation is
Where the hell did I leave the car?
Prescott pulls out his compass and refers to it.
Thirty-two degrees south.
They walk away from us seeking thirty two degrees south.
What's your first name, anyway? I
can't keep calling you Prescott.
So what's your first name?
You have a first name?
Can we make a stop on the way?
EXT. CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE - NIGHT
Ray waits outside behind the wheel of his immaculate black
Mustang. He checks his watch, then thinks he sees a small
mark on the dash board. He wets his finger and rubs at it.
Finally the passenger door opens revealing Prescott. Prescott
snaps his fingers and his great white dog bounds into the
car and starts licking his face and sniffing various body
parts. Ray immediately freaks out.
Whoa-whoa-whoa! What are you doing?
He's sniffing me! He's licking me!
(with a hand motion)
Diefenbaker. Back seat.
The dog leaps the seat.
He's on my seats! He has footprints
on my seats! I have dog hair all
I'm sorry, he's usually better
behaved. He's just excited to be out
of that quarantine cage.
Ray brushes the dog hair off himself, regaining his composure.
No, it's okay, I'm just not real big
on dogs. To tell the truth, they
Actually, you can't really call
Diefenbaker a dog.
He's really more of a wolf.
Ray whips his head around to look. Diefenbaker returns his
stare. Ray forces a smile.
Ray turns, puts the car into drive and takes off.
EXT. STREETS - CONTINOUS
As they drive off:
Does he have to sit that close?
I think cars make him nervous.
He'll be fine. He's probably just
END OF ACT TWO
EXT. CITY STREETS - A SHORT WHILE LATER - NIGHT
Ray's convertible cruises through a seedy section of town.
Neon signs indicate cheap bars and all-night liquor stores.
Hookers and drug dealers beckon to passing cars.
You won't find this on most of your
INT. RAY'S MUSTANG - CONTINUOUS
Diefenbaker sleeps out of sight in the back seat as Ray points
out the areas of interest.
I wouldn't go walking around here by
Trust me on this. There's the place
They pass the bar and pull up around the corner, parking up
the block from a liquor store, where several gang members
hand out. Ray turns off the ignition and pushes a button --
the roof on the mustang raises automatically. Prescott watches
this with interest.
Just tell him to stay... and not to
eat my seats or anything.
What do you mean "try"? He's not
No, he's very well trained. He's
I have a deaf wolf in my car?
Two years ago he jumped off an ice
floe into Prince Rupert Sound and
pulled me out. His ear drums burst
from the cold.
I didn't know wolves saved lives.
Well, he doesn't always. I mean,
he'll save you if he sees you.
Ray reaches for the handle and opens the door a crack.
Immediately Diefenbaker hops over the seat and stands right
on top of Ray, wanting to get out.
He's on me. Tell him to get off.
I can't, he's facing the wrong way.
Tell him yourself. Just try to
Ray over-enunciates, very quietly.
Please get off me.
Diefenbaker immediately hops in the back seat.
He reads lips?
I've never been sure. If so, he's
Prescott opens his door.
EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS
The two men get out. Prescott looks back in the car.
(closes the door and
walks away with Ray)
Sometimes I think he just pretends
not to understand.
Round the corner, passing the young gang members who eye
Prescott with some curiosity.
(to gang members)
Prescott and Ray walk past the kids. Prescott pauses.
Prescott walks back to the gang members.
Excuse me, my friend here tells me
this isn't a very good neighborhood.
I wonder if you'd watch the car for
Prescott catches up with Ray, who just stares at him.
I just asked them to watch the car.
I think they were already watching
The moment Prescott and Ray are out of sight, the gang members
run to the car, fling open the door and run straight into
Diefenbaker. One snarl and they run for their lives.
EXT. BAR - CONTINUOUS
Ray and Prescott approach the bar. Prescott reaches out for
the door handle.
Whoa-whoa-whoa. We can't just go
marching in there. I have a history
with these people, they think I'm
one of them, understand?
So, you want me to blend into the
No, I want you to walk in wearing a
hat that says "I'm a Canadian, shoot
Prescott glances up at his Mountie hat.
He removes the hat and tries to tuck it under his bulky
jacket. Ray just stares at Prescott's forehead.
You know you have a hat line imbedded
in your forehead?
Ray gives him the once over; it's hopeless.
This is not going to work.
Perhaps if we identified ourselves
and questioned them directly, they'd
And what would make them do that?
Their basic respect for the law.
...I think we'll do this my way.
Just stay here and
(off his stature)
maybe squat down a little.
And if you get in trouble?
I'll do a moose call.
Ray opens the door and disappears into the dark bar. Prescott
turns back to the car and signals for Diefenbaker, but he's
not there. Prescott looks down, Diefenbaker sits waiting at
Don't think you're fooling me. Let's
Prescott starts off. Diefenbaker doesn't move. Prescott comes
back and enunciates clearly:
Diefenbaker follows him, they disappear around the side of
INT. BAR - NIGHT
Not exactly your friendly neighborhood hangout. The floor is
encrusted with years of beer and peanut shells. Through an
archway we see a pool room at the back. At the bar, almost
every seat is taken. CHUCK the bartender looks up as Ray
takes the stool in front of him.
Hey, Chuck. How's my main hombre?
The Bartender glowers at Ray in unpleasant recognition.
Do me a favor. I'm looking for a
You're in the wrong neighborhood,
Hernandez. You got no friends here.
Chuck moves down the bar. Ray moves with him.
Chuck, I have nothing but friends.
Everybody likes me, I do business
I'd like to do a little business
with Frankie Kohl. You seen him
Ray slides a twenty across the bar.
OVER AT A BOOTH
A guy looks up, having heard the name. The guy stands casually
and we follow him into the pool room. He whispers in the ear
of a guy who sits in the corner, shelling peanuts. The guy
turns and we see it's FRANKIE KOHL. Kohl nods to the informant
and moves to the wall where his coat hangs on a hook. He
pulls it back to reveal a sawed-off shotgun in its home-made
BACK AT THE BAR
Chuck fingers the twenty.
You know, Hernandez, it's the
strangest thing. Every time I
introduce you to someone, cops appear.
I had some unreliable people working
for me. It happens. What can I say?
Two BIG THUGS slams ray forward into the bar as the other
pulls the automatic out of Ray's belt-loop. Ray turns to
take the two on, but reconsiders when he sees half a dozen
other unlikable-looking patrons gathering, pulling knives
You've been made, man.
Hey, I carry a gun, does that make
me a cop? Look at yourselves. Wouldn't
you carry a gun if you had to talk
to people like you. Look at this guy
with the scar, you tell me that's
The guy with the scar breaks a bottle on the bar.
Okay, okay, I've offended some of
you. Let me make it up to you. I
know, I know, I'll give five hundred
dollars to anyone in this room who
knows what a moose sounds like.
They stare at him like he's from another planet. Suddenly
the back door bursts open, the result of a kick from size
twelve boots. All heads whip around to see the man silhouetted
against the street lights, Constable Benton Prescott, hands
on his hips, looking like a matinee hero.
Excuse me. May I have our attention,
please?... Thank you. Anyone carrying
illegal weapons, if you'd place them
on the bar, you're under arrest.
You a cop?
Yes sir, I am. Constable Prescott,
Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Simultaneously EVERY CUSTOMER IN THE BAR pulls out a weapon.
Guns and knives are everywhere.
That's good, now place them on the
Of course they don't do any such thing.
Grabs his knife by the blade and hurls it at Prescott.
Slips to the side and the knife embeds itself in the door
You realize I'm going to have to
The Felon just stares at him in disbelief.
Slowly inches his hand down toward his second gun, strapped
to his calf.
OVER IN THE CORNER
Frankie Kohl coolly finishes putting on his coat.
BACK WITH THE OTHERS
A YOUNG THUG decides to challenge Prescott.
Hey Dudley Dooright, you haven't got
any jurisdiction here.
That's true, son...
However, that gentleman does.
All eyes turn to:
Who almost had his gun out of it's holster.
Ray, want to show them your I.D.?
All eyes and weapons turn to Ray, who freezes.
Now if you'll step back, Detective
Hernandez and I will collect your
You haven't even got a gun.
Prescott reaches under his coat and pulls out his gun.
I carry a standard .38 calibre Smith
& Wesson service revolver.
Ray breathes a sigh of relief.
But without a local license I'm not
permitted to use it. That's why it's
(to Prescott, dying)
You know, when this is over you and
I should probably have a talk.
Prescott sets his gun on the bar.
I don't think force is going to be
necessary. These gentlemen don't
want any further trouble with the
law. Isn't that right, sir?
The Big Thug raises a bottle to whack Prescott in the head.
Something makes him freeze -- the sound of claws tapping on
wood. The Big Thug looks to his right: staring him in the
face is Diefenbaker, standing on the bar. One snarl is enough
to convince the thug to drop the bottle. Prescott catches it
Ray grabs his second gun and waves it wildly about in what
can best be described as a blind panic.
Okay! Okay! Weapons on the bar! You
heard the man! You, Ugly, knife on
the bar! Now!
As Prescott goes about politely taking the weapons from the
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you very
much. Thank you.
Ray notices a guy in a long flowing coat heading for the
The guy in the long coat stops. From a reverse angle we see
it's Kohl, his hand on his pump shotgun. He turns with a
smile, raises the gun and...
Slams into Ray, knocking him to the floor just before the
BLAST tears a hole in the bar.
Pumps again and fires repeatedly into the crowd.
Scatter and dive for cover as shotgun blasts explode around
them. Prescott and Ray split and roll for cover around them.
Who tipped off Kohl grabs a cue stick and swings it at Ray's
Flies off the bar and clamps his jaws onto the cue stick,
yanking it out of his hands, as
Brings a boot up into the informer's groin.
Ray takes a flying leap for the pool table, trying to get an
angle on Kohl.
Pumps his 12 gauge and blasts away at the pool table, until
it disintegrates into a pile of rubble.
Ducks out and looks to the back door. Two large guys try and
grab him, he simply bangs their heads together and they hit
the floor. Another swings a knife, Prescott neatly avoids
the lunge and decks the guy with one punch. He steps out of
the back door to see:
EXT. BACK ALLEY AND STREET
Kohl's car screeches around the corner and disappears.
BACK AT THE DOOR
Ray bounces a thug out into the alley and appears in the
doorway beside Prescott.
I think we're on the right track.
EXT. PHONE BOOTH - NIGHT
A young hustler is prying open the change box with a crowbar.
Behind him someone taps at the window. The hustler ignores
it. He hears the tap again, swears and looks up to see the
barrel of a shotgun staring back at him. The kid drops the
prybar and takes off. Kohl steps into the booth. One more
push on the prybar opens the box. As Kohl dials, he takes
the change from the box and feeds it into the slot. After
the second ring someone answers.
It's me. I thought you said there
weren't going to be any
complications... Yeah, a big one,
and it's wearing a hat... No, I'll
take care of him myself, but he's
going to cost you twice as much as
the last one.
Kohl hangs up and leaves the booth.
END OF ACT THREE
INT. POLICE STATION - CAPTAIN'S OFFICE - DAY
Ray and Prescott stand across from CAPTAIN WALSH's desk.
Capt. Walsh is a huge African-American man in his early
fifties with the patience of Job and a much feared dry wit.
He speaks as he casually refers to a letter of complaint.
...one solid oak bar, sixteen tables,
twelve chairs, one etched mirror --
six by nine -- one antique pool table,
two doors, thirty-three bottles of
liquor and a Miller Lite neon clock.
Does that sound like a fairly accurate
list of the damages, Detective
I don't believe the pool table was
an antique, sir.
Well, we'll never know, will we
Detective, because all that's left
is a bag of felt.
I sought refuge behind the item in
question when the suspect pointed
the shotgun in my direction and
repeatedly fired, sir.
The suspect; I'm glad we got around
to that, because I'd hate to think
we were responsible for all this
damage without a very good reason.
Now, you say you identified him by
(no sense fighting
Did you say something about his nose,
causing him to fire repeatedly into
No, sir, I never spoke to the suspect.
His nose was just so offensive that
you decided to pursue and arrest
Captain, the suspect is a known felon,
and I had this hunch that...
You had a hunch, you coupled that
with your positive identification of
his nose and this was the basis for
your investigation. An investigation
which resulted in injury to...
seven people: three with broken limbs,
two with gun shot wounds, one
hospitalized with a concussion and
one who claims to have been bitten
by a wolf.
The wolf was just trying to help,
They usually are.
If I could say something, sir.
Of course you could, young man. I'm
not exactly sure how a Mountie fits
into this case, but I like to keep
an open mind. You are?
Constable Benton Prescott, Assistant
Liaison Officer, attached to the
Canadian Consulate, sir. It was at
my urging that Detective Hernandez
went to the bar.
(turns to Ray)
Ahhh, so, it wasn't just a hunch
about a nose, you went there at the
urging of a Mountie.
(as if casually
Detective, how many open, unsolved
cases are on your desk right now?
Hm. And you, Sergeant Preston...
Prescott, sir. Constable Prescott.
My mistake. Constable Prescott, HOW
MANY OPEN, UNSOLVED CASES ARE YOU
WORKING AT THIS MOMENT?
One. See, now I find that interesting.
I guess that's because you pursue
one case to it's conclusion, then do
the same with the next and the next
in some sort of orderly, police-like
fashion. While Det. Hernandez has a
different approach to solving crimes.
He just sort of has hunches that
lead him here and lead him there and
whenever he thinks he has too many
unsolved cases on his desk, he gets
a hunch about someone else's nose.
Do you at least have a solid lead on
this suspect that might give a
superior officer the impression that
this case will soon be... I know we
hate to use this word... solved?
Then, as intrigued as I am about
this case, I suggest you return to
that desk, pick up any one of those
forty-one open files and keep your
nose in it until you have an epiphany.
Ray and Prescott share a look as they exit.
INT. BULLPEN - CONTINUOUS
Ray heads back to his desk with his tail barely showing
between his legs.
I'll write up a report. I'm sure
he'll see this was my responsibility.
(just wanting to be
rid of him)
(finding a note on
You leave this number for a Doctor
So it says.
Ray motions for him to help himself. Prescott dials.
INT. CORONER'S OFFICE - NORTHERN CANADA - NIGHT
The Coroner removes his rubber gloves to answer his ringing
Coroner's Office... I was just about
to put this thing in the mail to
you. I did that autopsy on that
caribou you dropped off for me, I
gotta tell you, I got a hernia hefting
that thing onto the table. I also
got a cause of death for you. It
Drowned. Lungs were full of water.
That do anything for you?
(recalling, to himself)
It drank too much.
Yeah, that's another way of looking
at it. I'll mail you the report.
BACK AT RAY'S DESK
Thank you, I'd appreciate that.
Prescott hangs up, puzzling at this non-sequitur. He digs
into his pocket for change.
How much do I owe you?
Just an explanation.
A hundred yards from where my father
died, I found the carcasses of several
dozen caribou. The coroner says they
And I thought they were such great
These didn't have to be. They drowned
on dry land.
Prescott hands Ray several dollars.
For the call. I appreciate you putting
yourself out for me.
Ray watches Prescott walk away and through the double doors.
EXT. CANADIAN CONSULATE (RECEPTION AREA) - EARLY EVENING
Prescott enters through the front door loaded with dry
cleaning and shopping bags. CAROL, Moffat's assistant, smiles
at him sympathetically.
She's been asking for you. See what
happens when you stop making them
get their own coffee?
I don't mind.
Well, better you than me.
He strides off down the hall.
INT. SUP. MOFFAT'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
As Prescott enters, Superintendent Moffat looks up from he
stack of paperwork.
There was a bit of a delay at the
I thought true-blue types like you
didn't believe in excuses, Prescott.
She takes the shopping bag from him and inspects the contents.
You're right, I'm sorry. Perhaps if
I'd noticed the smoke earlier...
It seems the pressing machine short-
circuited. By the time I got the
cashier out, racks A through E were
already in flames. I could only save
He hands her a pink sweater on hanger.
It's a little singed.
You ran into a burning building to
save a mohair sweater? Pardon me if
that sounds like sheer stupidity.
You don't agree?
(without cracking a
No. Stupidity would have been if I'd
gone back in for the ski jacket.
I'll make sure you get a medal.
Thank you, Ma'am. That won't be
Moffat has to smile and shake her head.
INT. PRESCOTT'S CUBICLE - LATER THAT NIGHT
Prescott sits at the desk in his nondescript cubicle, cradling
Thank you, I appreciate the
information... Yes, I will. Goodbye.
He sets down the receiver and looks up to see Moffat standing
in the doorway, holding a chinese take-out container.
The guest list?
(hands it to her)
(re: list, dryly)
Gee, twelve people for dinner and
not one of them is planning to
overthrow the government of Canada.
(with a smile)
Not that they would admit it.
Little bit different than you're
used to. No smugglers to catch, no
one trapped on an ice floe that needs
We had our quiet days up there too.
Somehow I doubt anywhere you are
stays quiet for long.
(looking at list in
A PhD in Criminology, and I'm asking
Wayne Gretzky if he's ever been a
member of a subversive organization.
He smiles. She returns it. The glacier starts to melt.
Thanks for staying. Not that I
would've given you much choice.
She heads out, turns in the doorway:
INT. MOFFAT'S OFFICE - LATER
Moffat pours the remnants of a bottle of wine into her glass
as Prescott tries to master the use of chop-sticks. No matter
how hard he tries, the slippery contents of the take-out
carton elude him.
...So, the guy declares bankruptcy,
moves to the states -- leaves his
creditors holding the bag for just
under a million. Happens all the
Prescott passes. As she carries on with her story, Prescott
gives up on the chopsticks. He takes out his pocket knife
and sharpens a point on one of them.
Except a few months later this
passport request crosses my desk.
Same guy, and he needs his papers
quick because he's planning a forty-
five day cruise. So, in between
escorting the Prime Minister's wife
on shopping trips, I do a little
Prescott uses his newly-sharpened chopstick to try and spear
the contents of the take-out carton -- only he punctures the
bottom and it springs a leak. Prescott notices with interest
the stream of liquid hitting his lap. He puts his finger
over the hole in the carton.
And low and behold, our guy just
bought himself a two hundred thousand
dollar house -- with cash. Not to
mention a dock on the lake, a boat...
Prescott makes a second attempt at spearing some food. He
comes up with something that he eyes with suspicion.
I can see that.
I thought you northern he-men ate
anything. Never had octopus?
No, mostly we just wrestle them.
(back to her story)
I could have arrest him right there
on the spot. But being a good little
Mountie, I notify the Commercial
Crime boys in Ottawa. It took them
all of five hours to get down here
and take the case out of my delicate
It was your case.
And headquarters was very grateful.
So grateful, in fact, that when they
redecorated, the boss sent me his
It's a very nice couch.
I'm thinking of having it framed.
(re: his food)
You finished, or would you like to
harpoon some wontons?
I'm pretty much full.
EXT. CANADIAN CONSULATE - NIGHT
Moffat locks the door after them and hails a cab.
The cab pulls to the curb. Prescott opens the door for her.
As if an afterthought:
You know, we even heard about him
down here. Your father was quite the
Yes. He was a great man.
She lingers a moment, then:
Prescott hands the driver a bill.
Walk her to her door.
(re: the bill)
This is Canadian.
So is she.
The cab pulls off. Prescott turns away and walks into the
night. He passes two homeless people sitting on a bus bench.
A beat later he doubles back.
...You eaten yet?
CLOSE ON AN ICE SAW - NIGHT
As it cuts into the frozen surface of LAKE MICHIGAN. We widen
to see Prescott sawing a hole in the ice, the two homeless
men watching. Prescott kicks the ice through the hole.
So that's how it's done.
Prescott hands each of them a fishing line and hook wound
round a stick.
(re: fishing hole)
You're welcome to share it. Or you
can cut your own.
The homeless man takes the ice saw and he and his friend
head off to find their own spot. Prescott drops his line in
the water, sits and looks out at:
Viewed from the lake.
BACK ON THE LAKE
Prescott digs into his vest pocket and pulls out a small
bound notebook. On the inside, in faded ink, is written the
name "Sgt. R. Prescott", in his father's cramped hand. It
takes a moment for him to get up the courage to read. When
he does, we hear his father's voice.
PRESCOTT SR. (V.O.)
I don't know what he must think of
me. He's barely tall enough to reach
my belt; at least he was last time I
saw him. If his mother was still
alive she could tell him the things
that I can't: how much I miss him,
how proud I am of him. When I said
good-buy last time he shook my hand.
Never a tear; not a complaint. Seven
years old and he's already a stronger
man than I'll ever be. Someday I'll
END OF ACT FOUR
EXT. LAKE MICHIGAN (JUST OUTSIDE THE CITY) - NIGHT
Prescott sits fishing as we last saw him. He turns when he
hears Ray's footsteps on the ice.
You know how easy it is to find you
in this city? I just look for anybody
doing something really strange, ask
them, and they tell me where you
are. If you doubt this theory, ask
the half dozen guys frying pickerel
on a manhole cover in the middle of
(re: his catch)
You know what kind of toxins are in
You solved all forty-one cases?
I got restless, I made a few calls...
Truth? I checked every snitch I ever
knew; no one's talking. No one knows
Kohl, no one wants to know me.
(picks up journal)
My father's journal. I was just
Looking for anything you missed?
(reading date on
1966. Going back aways. Find anything?
Look, I know how you feel, if it was
my old man...
Well, if it was my old man, I'd be
the last person he'd want on the
case. He didn't exactly have a lot
of faith in me. Funny, he's been
dead five years and I still feel
like I'm trying to prove myself to
Your father want you to be a cop?
I don't know.
All these years, I can't remember
his asking me to do anything for
him. Not one thing. This is the only
times he's ever needed my help.
Ray lets that sit.
...You have any other family?
Come on. I'll show you why you're a
As Ray rises, we:
INT. HERNANDEZ HOUSE - DINING ROOM - NIGHT
Ray and Prescott are seated at the table surrounded by Ray's
family. Surrounded is exactly how Prescott feels. There's
Ray's Two sisters, MARITA AND LUCIE; HUGHIE, Marita's husband,
and Ray's MOTHER, a commanding woman in her sixties who is
somehow managing to serve dinner while her FOUR GRANDCHILDREN
run in endless circles around the table. The youngest one is
wearing Prescott's hat.
Marita, you are not getting an
Mrs. Hernandez turns to Prescott, who is staring at his
burrito, not sure how to pick it up.
Don't be shy, Benny, use your fingers.
During the following exchange, Prescott looks for the best
way to pick up, attack or bury the huge burrito on his plate.
Each attempt leaves more on his plate than in his hands.
Mama, how can you say that"! -- the
man's a beast!
A man who buys his wife a leopard
print housecoat is not a beast.
For an anniversary present?! Three
years and all he can come up with is
a used housecoat!
It was not used! The guy just happens
to sell fine lingerie out of his
Make any sense out of the dead
If he were my husband, I'd divorce
(amazed that he can
carry on a
Um... No. No.
It is usually this... energetic?
Your husband already divorced you!
Lucie, you stay out of this!
It's okay, you're safe as long as
you stay close to me. They only attack
their loved ones.
Mama, we're out of tortillas.
Don't you call her Mama! And get
your own tortillas!
She's still my mother-in-law, I'll
call her what I like!
Don't touch those tortillas, Mom, he
can get his own!
Perhaps I could get the tortillas.
Bring a few for the table.
Ray watches with some amusement as Prescott takes the basket
and heads into the kitchen. Mrs. Hernandez leans in to Ray.
He's very nice, so polite.
He's Canadian, Mom.
Oh. I thought he was just sick or
Prescott returns with the empty basket.
The flat round things.
Prescott exits to the kitchen.
At least my husband never yelled at
the dinner table.
Of course not. He didn't hand around
long enough to have a full meal.
Ray suddenly stops eating, that familiar epiphany look on
He broke her arm.
Ray jumps to his feet and grabs Prescott as he returns to
We gotta go.
(any excuse to leave)
I'll get my hat.
Who broke whose arm?
Kohl. He broke his wife's arm.
He's a man, of course he did.
We find the ex-wife, we find Kohl.
This is a woman who'd love to see
him behind bars.
Prescott grabs his coat and hat.
Thanks for dinner, Ma'am.
You hardly ate a thing. Wait, I'll
wrap it up for you.
(getting his coat)
Ray closes the door behind them.
So what you saying? You don't like
EXT. URBAN RESIDENTIAL STREET - NIGHT
Ray's black Mustang glides slowly past a row of older style,
post-war bungalows. It pulls up at the curb near a grey,
DMV says she still lives here.
(re: bike on the walk)
Kids, mortgage. Somebody's got to be
paying for all this.
Maybe she's out.
They see the curtains in the front window move slightly,
Ray takes the lead as they climb out and head for the house.
Prescott spots something on the sidewalk and stoops.
Watch what you say to her, she could
What are you doing??
Prescott lifts a small clump off the sidewalk, inspects it,
sniffs it. Ray stares at him, incredulous.
Put that down! You don't know where
Prescott tastes the mud with the tip of his tongue.
No, no! Don't do that, it's
disgusting! No! Put that down!
Prescott drops it and they head for the front door. Ray is
so grossed-out he's shaking.
Oh God! that's disgusting! Can't I
take you anywhere?
(knocks on the door)
The front door opens a crack and MRS. KOHL, a woman in her
late thirties, looks out behind the security chain.
(Ray holds up his
Police, can we come in, thanks.
Ray just moves right in. Prescott waits until she's followed
Ray into the room to enter.
INT. MRS. KOHL'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
You have a warrant? My kid's sleeping
We're looking for your husband, Mrs.
We're divorced. He doesn't live here.
You want to get out?
But you know where he is.
Yeah, we exchange love letters. I
don't see him, I don't talk to him.
Now get out of my house.
Come on, you don't want us taking
you in, waking up your kid... Has he
seen his father?
Get out! Get out of my house!
Ray shoots Prescott a look. He ignores it and turns to Mrs.
Ma'am we're sorry to disturb you. We
won't keep you any longer.
Prescott starts to move away, then turns back.
Mrs. Kohl... when your husband was
here this afternoon, did he threaten
The woman reacts. Obviously Prescott has hit the mark.
I haven't seen him, okay?
We can protect you.
The woman is on the verge of tears.
She lifts up the bottom of her sweater, revealing the purple
bruise marks on her stomach.
It's a little late for that.
Ray looks to Prescott with begrudging admiration. Angered at
the tears that she has to wipe away, Mrs. Kohl moves to her
counter and scribbles something on a pad of paper. She jabs
the paper at Prescott.
Here. Just don't think you can arrest
him. Kill the son-of-a-bitch.
Prescott looks at the scribbled address on the paper.
INT. MUSTANG - MOMENTS LATER
Prescott closes the passenger door as Ray jams the Mustang
into gear and pulls away.
Okay, okay, it was the mud, right?
You knew it came off his shoe, because
when you sniffed it smelled like...
Mud, what else does mud smell like.
Perhaps something that was on the
floor of the bar?
Wood!... No, Beer! It smelled like
beer! And maybe peanut shells. Yes!
And when you tasted it -- I can't
believe you put that in your mouth --
you tasted... Salt! From the peanut
shells -- and you'd knew he's been
No... I guessed.
I guessed. It was a hunch.
You don't have hunches, I have
I had one of your hunches.
What was with the mud?! You put mud
in your mouth!!
She was looking out the window. I
made her think that I found something.
You made her think you were a mud
eater!! I can't believe I'm sitting
in the same car as you!
(re: piece of paper)
Where is this address?
Why?! What are you going to do, tell
him to surrender or you'll eat
something off the curb?!
EXT. STREET - CONTINUOUS
As the car rounds the corner and disappears, we pan back to
Mrs. Kohl's house. The drapes on the front window close.
INT. MRS. KOHL'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
The male hand lets the curtains fall back in place. When the
man turns we see it's Frankie Kohl. He smiles at his ex-wife,
who does her best to mask her fear.
Kohl looks down and we realize he has an arm around his young
Now let's get you and your mom to
Kohl looks back to his ex-wife, with a smile that would make
your skin crawl.
EXT. EAST SIDE STREETS - NIGHT
The car jerks to a stop outside a row of tenement buildings.
Ray stretches the cord on his radio so he can talk while he
gets out of the car.
One-two-seven-hundred Franlkin. One
officer on the scene, and tell them
not to shoot the guy in the hat.
Back up is on the way.
Ray lets the cord snap back into the car before the words
are out of her mouth. Drawing his weapon, Ray heads through
the front door with Prescott.
You really don't have any bullets?
INT. TENEMENT BUILDING - CONTINUOUS
Ray and Prescott mount the steps and find the apartment.
Ray puts his ear to the door to listen. A female NEIGHBOR
opens her door just down the hall.
What are you doing ?!
Ray puts his hands to his lips, she'll have none of it.
Don't you shush me! We've had enough
of your kind round here, selling
your crack, breaking into people's
houses, waving our guns around! You
get away from that door and get out...
As she rails on:
(re: Kohl's door)
I just heard him call "help".
I don't believe so.
(pretending to hear)
There it is again. "Help me, help
me, kick in the door."
Without a second's warning, Ray kicks in the door with one
INT. KOHL'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS
The dead bolt tear through the jam in a burst of splinters
and the door flies wide. Ray and Prescott split and hug the
opposite wall. Ray spins around in a crouch, his automatic
gripped in both hands
The small room is dark, the only light spilling from the
hallway, but you can see there's no one there.
Ray hits the wall beside the bedroom door. A quick glance
inside tells him no one's home. As he checks the bathroom,
Prescott inspects the living room. A cluttered desk beside
the large plate glass window catches his attention.
Now this is a man who doesn't know
how to spend his money.
Ray turns back into the living room and sees the trip wire --
fishing line filament stretched low across the room, attached
to a grenade that's taped to a table leg. He sees this in
the same second that Prescott's boot hooks the line. The pin
pops out of the grenade as Ray flies through the air, hitting
Prescott with the force of a linebacker. Prescott's hands go
to his face a split second before he is body-slammed into
the plate glass window.
EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING ALLEY - CONTINUOUS
Prescott crashes through the second floor window just as the
room behind him EXPLODES.
END OF ACT FIVE
INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY
Prescott waits, leaning against the wall. After a moment he
walks aimlessly down the hall to the window at the far end
and stares out at the city.
INT. ICU - LATER THAT DAY
An EKG machine registers a weak but steady pulse. PAN ACROSS
TO RAY, asleep in the hospital bed, hooked up intravenous
equipment. His arm is in a cast and his head and upper torso
are bandaged. Prescott sits in the chair beside him. Ray
opens his eyes and looks at Prescott. He seems to want to
say something. Prescott leans in to him.
You know, I can't help thinking...
this probably wouldn't have happened
if I'd gone to upholstery school.
Prescott smiles. So does Ray. Then he closes his eyes and
drifts off again.
INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - LATER THAT DAY
Prescott steps out of Ray's room. He looks back to his friend,
sleeping quietly, then softly closes the door behind him.
INT. HOSPITAL WAITING AREA - DAY
Prescott enters and sees Ray's family sitting quietly on the
sofas, waiting. It's an unsettling sight, knowing that silence
does not come naturally to this family. Mrs. Hernandez looks
up and catches Prescott's eye. He offers him a small smile.
Prescott nods, gratefully, then looks to the end of the hall.
CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT GERARD is standing a few paces away.
Behind him is Superintendent Moffat and Captain Walsh. Gerard
breaks away from them and walks slowly to Prescott. There's
no anger in his voice: he's saying what he has to say.
You were supposed to work through
the police. You had no right to be
in that apartment or working this
case. You'll have to come back with
me, there'll be a fitness board
(as a friend)
I did what I could do.
...I'll wait for you at your office.
Gerard turns and leaves him there.
INT. HOSPITAL HALLWAY - NIGHT
The DOCTOR comes out of ICU and approaches Prescott, who
He has some serious burns and he
picked up a few good sized pieces of
shrapnel. The man is going to hurt
for a long time, but he'll be okay.
INT. A DIFFERENT HOSPITAL ROOM - THE FOLLOWING MORNING
Ray has been transferred here from ICU. It's just before
dawn. Prescott watches Ray from the chair beside the bed.
Ray finally speaks through the haze of painkillers.
There was no phone.
Kohl's apartment -- he had no phone.
The jack was ripped out of the wall.
You want me to report this?
Ben, this might be my dying breath,
try and stay with me. How does a
hitman do business without a
Prescott considers for a moment, then looks at Ray, so
exhausted he can barely keep his eyes open.
Maybe you should sleep.
Ray closes eyes. Prescott shuts the blinds to keep the sun
INT. PRESCOTT'S CUBICLE AT THE CONSULATE - LATE MORNING
Prescott gathers up the few personal items on his desk and
drops them into his duffel bag. From his breast pocket he
removes his father's journal, runs his hand across the worn
cover, then tucks it into his bag.
Diefenbaker waits quietly by the door. Prescott snaps a leash
onto his collar.
Time to go home.
EXT. JAMES BAY AREA - DAY
The small town lies quiet under the overcast sky.
INT. JAMES BAY RCMP STATION - (HALLWAY) - DAY
Prescott sits on a bench outside a conference room door,
waiting. As the door opens, Prescott stands. Several SENIOR
RCMP OFFICERS, including Gerard, leave the conference room
and head down the hallway. Assistant Commissioner Underhill
is the last one out. He stops to answer Prescott's questioning
You really went over the hill on
this one, Constable.
Until the hearing is over, you're on
INT. RCMP STATION - (BULLPEN) - THE FOLLOWING DAY
Prescott files a huge stack of backlogged paperwork. A FEMALE
OFFICER calls to him from behind the front desk.
Chicago, line three.
Prescott picks up the phone.
No, this is the person you were
actually supposed to be working for.
INT. CHICAGO CONSULATE (RECEPTION AREA) - DAY
Moffat, at her desk, grins into the phone.
At ease, Prescott. I called the
hospital for you, but they took away
his phone privileges. Something about
trying to entrap an orderly. So I
guess he's fine.
I checked out that pay phone you
asked about, the one at the bar where
you saw Kohl.
Pulled the phone records going back
three months, came up with one call
to Canada -- a pay phone in your
area code: 555-7770.
BACK WITH PRESCOTT
He scribbles down the number.
Never mind, just catch the son-of-a-
bitch. Then get back here and wash
A CLICK as Moffat hangs up. Prescott stares at the number on
the pad, as if not wanting to know the answer to a question.
He finally picks up the phone and dials. It starts to ring.
CLOSE ON AN ANCIENT PAY PHONE
Ringing. We widen to see that we are in THE BLIND MOOSE INN.
A man's hand finally lifts it off the hook. It's Gerard.
...Yeah... Hello?... Hello?
CUT BACK TO:
INT. RCMP OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
Prescott listens at the other end. He puts a finger on the
button and disconnects the call, knowing what this means.
CUT BACK TO:
INT. BLIND MOOSE INN - CONTINUOUS
Gerard hangs up and lingers for a moment before returning to
his seat at the bar.
EXT. GULCH - DAY
Prescott stands in the dry gulch where his father's body was
found. He just stares off, trying to put it all together.
Diefenbaker ambles up and noses him. Prescott comes back
from wherever he was and gives him a small pat, then heads
off down the gulch... past the area where he found the
caribou...through several miles of rugged terrain...
eventually finding himself at
THE BANK OF A HUGE RESERVOIR
Up to his left lies the immense dam, its massive hydro-
electric turbines generating a deep roar.
EXT. BANK OF THE RESERVOIR - HOURS LATER
Prescott hasn't moved, but now someone stands beside him:
the Inuit man he met in the gulch weeks ago. Both of them
stare out at the roaring concrete giant.
This used to be a feeding ground for
thousands of caribou. They lived off
the forest. So did we, until the
water came. They said it wouldn't
change anything. But now, some nights,
the rivers run backward. The forest
becomes an ocean and the caribou
die. In the morning, the ocean is
gone. All back here, nice and neat.
Why haven't you told someone?
I told your father. He didn't do
anything. Neither will you.
The Inuit man walks away into the forest, leaving Prescott
EXT. GULCH - AN HOUR LATER - DAY
THE LIGHT IS DYING AS Prescott and Diefenbaker mount the
ridge, returning to their Jeep. A second Jeep waits for them,
too. Chief Superintendent Gerard stands beside it. Prescott
He knew what they were doing at the
Most people around here did. But
they earn their livings off it. People
want homes, jobs; you know how much
money this dam brought to this
community? How many people would be
hurt if they shut it down? Progress
has its price.
What was yours?
(Gerard doesn't respond)
They paid you to keep quiet. He was
going to turn you in. That's what
I'm going to do.
I wasn't the only one they paid.
Gerard removes a bank book from his pocket -- tosses it to
Prescott. Prescott opens the cover.
CLOSE ON THE BANK BOOK:
The name "Prescott, Robert J." is typed at the top, along
with an account number. Half a dozen deposits are shown in
the amount of 5,000 dollars each.
He gave his whole life to the people
up here, all he ended up with was
that shack of his. He wanted to buy
a little piece of land, up there
(smiles at the thought)
Can't blame him. Can you see your
dad in some government retirement
home? Not likely.
(as if saddened by
It wasn't easy to convince him to
take the money, but he finally did.
This is just a piece of paper. He
wouldn't do this.
It didn't start off as such a big
(almost has to laugh)
They built the damn thing wrong, it
can't hold that much water. So you
twist a valve here, press a button
there, you let out a little. Only it
turned out to be more than a little;
and they had to keep doing it. I
think when he saw what they were
doing to the land he just couldn't
live with it. He wanted out.
(even the memory causes
They wanted me to do it. I couldn't...
I made the call.
He was your friend, you son of a
Yes, he was. Your father was a great
man, hell of a lot better man than
me. Now he only has one thing left,
his reputation, and you have it right
there in our hands. You want to take
away the only thing he valued, it's
Gerard steps into his Jeep and turns the key.
Check the bank, it's all there...
Gerard drives off. Prescott doesn't move.
EXT. PRESCOTT SR.'S CABIN - DAY (EVENING)
A rusty mailbox sits atop a rotting post. The faded letters
on the side read "Prescott." Above it on the hillside is a
PRESCOTT watches the cabin from the road.
INT. CABIN - DAY (EVENING)
The door, frozen shut from the last ice storm, gives way
under Prescott's weight. He enters and drops his duffel bag
near the door. For a moment, he just stands there surveying
the cabin's sparse furnishings -- the wood piled neatly by
the fireplace, the single armchair, the cot tucked against
one wall. Diefenbaker brushes past Ben and noses around for
INT. CABIN - NIGHT
Prescott sits on the bed, staring out at a metal footlocker.
As he lifts the lid, we see the contents: various photos
keepsakes and memorabilia of his father's career. He stares
at a photo of his father at his age, standing with a group
of fellow mounties. They look young, sharp, ready for
anything. Prescott opens an old shoe box and expects to find
more of the same -- but instead he sees photos of himself as
a boy: catching his first fish, in high school, his team
picture, as a boy scout holding his hand-made bird feeder --
every triumphant moment of his life; and finally a picture
of a Mountie drawn by a child, and underneath it the printed
Finally, Prescott removes the bank book and journal from his
pocket. He places the bank book between the pages of his
father's journal, drops them into the locker and closes the
END OF ACT SIX
EXT. BLIND MOOSE INN - NIGHT
A truck pulls up in front, and several old boys in flannel
and mukluks empty out and head into the bar. Prescott pushes
through the heavy door.
INT. BLIND MOOSE INN - NIGHT
Most of the customers sit quietly, nursing their Molson Golden
watching the dart game in progress, which musters about all
the excitement you're going to see in these parts.
As a customer stumbles out the door, he holds it for any
other customer on his way in. It's Ray Hernandez, sporting a
cast on his left arm, looking half frozen in his unsuitably
light Armani raincoat, then approaches George the Bartender.
I'm looking for a friend.
George calls out to the customers.
Anyone here want a friend?
George turns away, leaving Ray with egg on his face. He looks
down the bar and spots Prescott near the end.
AT THE END OF THE BAR
Prescott nurses a glass of what looks suspiciously like ginger
ale. Ray slides onto the stool beside him.
Yeah, I can see why you missed this
You supposed to be out of the
After two weeks they sent me home...
which is like trying recuperate at a
spa in Beirut.
Thought I'd hear from you.
Not much to tell.
AN OLD CUSTOMER who looks like he's been in the woods too
long sidles up to Ray.
Bartender said you're looking for a
...I found him.
Oh. Then you might as well have these.
The customer hands Ray a box of dominoes and shuffles off.
So, I guess the majority of your
Vegas headliners kind of pass this
You came all the way up here just to
check out the nightlife?
I heard about your fitness board.
Thought I could put in a good word
They dropped the charges. Thanks for
Prescott stands and walks out of the bar.
EXT. BLIND MOOSE INN - NIGHT
Prescott steps out of the bar, Ray right behind him.
So what about the case?
They were right. It was a hunting
And Kohl. He just came up here to
The case is closed.
Prescott turns and walks away.
What the hell is wrong with you?
Okay, fine, don't tell me! I only
got my ass blown off for you, I don't
deserve any major consideration!...
Just... I'd tell you to go to hell,
but you look like you're already
I appreciate what you did.
Yeah, let's have lunch some time.
(turns and goes)
Nice knowing you.
Prescott watches him walk away. Then:
He was dirty.
Prescott takes a deep breath and lets it out.
Ray stands there, trying to take this in.
INT. BLIND MOOSE INN - SOME TIME LATER
Pay and Prescott sit at one of the back booths, deep into
their cups -- Ray's scotch, Prescott's ginger ale.
Did you check the bank?
I can't put it together. I guess I
only saw him the way I wanted to see
him. The way everybody saw him.
Ray sits there in silence for the longest time.
...Do you think he did it?
He's my father!
Yeah, and you owe him. Do you think
he did it? Forget the evidence, forget
what everyone will think and say,
just answer my question, in your gut
do you believe he did it?!
Prescott can hardly answer. Finally:
Then you do what you have to do. Do
what he would do. Take these suckers
down and to hell with the
It doesn't matter what everyone else
thinks of him. Only what you do.
Ray leaves Prescott to his decision. Prescott calls to him
as he's almost to the door.
(Ray walks back)
We'll need proof.
On Ray's growing smile, we:
EXT. THE DAM - DAY
PAN ACROSS the massive turbines, the endless reservoir, to a
two-story concrete administrative building. Various cars and
a couple of news vans are parked beside it.
...The enormous prosperity which
Phase One of our project has brought
to this region will be doubled by
INT. POWER PLANT ADMINISTRATION BUILDING (FOYER) - DAY
The foyer is standing room only. Journalists with TV cameras,
and microphones crowd the floor in front of the dais where a
group of local DIGNITARIES are gathered around a large table,
it's contents veiled from sight.
A dapper corporate type in his forties addresses the audience.
Just by his dress and smooth manner we can tell that he's
the dam project's C.E.O.
...a facility which will not only
boom the economy of this community,
but provide enough hydro-electric
power to light most of the eastern
seaboard. I give you Phase II.
The CEO signals to a couple of assistants and they unveil
what we've all come to see -- an elaborate model of a massive
dam and power plant.
The burst of applause from the crowd is accompanied by the
lights of tv cameras and the pop of flashbulbs. The CEO clasps
the Mayor's hand and moves off past a REPORTER.
Rumor runs that you had some problem
with your environmental impact report.
Our commitment to the environment
remains steadfast. Extensive efforts
have been made to preserve the beauty
and natural resources of the
surrounding wilderness. Did you get
something to eat?
The C.E.O. escapes into the hallway.
Gerard has been watching from the doorway. The door closes
behind the C.E.O. and Gerard falls in step with him.
Well, I think congratulations are in
They're reporters. Their coverage
will be as good as the buffet. Your
Mountie -- I'm not in for any
unpleasant surprises, am I?
He won't cause any trouble.
Good, because I'd hate to see a
perfectly good career go to waste.
(with a smile)
Yours or mine?
The C.E.O. pushes open the door to his office.
INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE
Two steps in, the C.E.O. stops dead. Whatever he sees turns
his face white as a sheet.
ON HIS DESK
Lies the body of a dead caribou.
On their stunned reactions, we:
INT. BLIND MOOSE INN - NIGHT
Gerard picks up the pay phone and dials
Pack a bag.
EXT. JAMES BAY AIRFIELD (PASSENGER GATE) - DAY
A small plane taxis to a stop. One of the ground crew opens
the passenger hatch and six unlikely looking hunters disembark
carrying rifle cases. We recognize one of them as the punk
who tipped Kohl off in the bar. The last one out is Kohl.
GROUND CREW GUY
Better hurry, season's almost over.
I just need one for my wall.
INT. PRESCOTT SR.'S CABIN - DAY (EVENING)
Prescott closes the trap door in the middle of the floor,
turns and takes an old pump action rifle from over the mantel.
He loads it as Ray toys with a fishing rod.
Okay, so we have a fishing rod and a
rifle last used by Chuck Conners. So
what's the plan?
We wait for them to come.
See, that's such a simple plan that
the American mind would automatically
tend to discount it. So, let me run
this back to you. We wait here; Kohl
and Gerard come, sometime we're not
sure when, wait for us out there,
and then, when we least expect it,
shoot us with automatic weapons. Is
that pretty much it?
They probably won't be alone. My
guess is they'll surround us, lay
down heavy fire and then storm the
So it's more of an Alamo scenario.
Yes, I need Kohl and Gerard alive to
testify. So we can't kill them.
Oh, I don't think we're in any danger
of doing that.
When I graduated the academy, my
father gave me one piece of advice.
He said, "Never chase a man over a
This means something in Canadian,
If you're going to take on a man,
you better know more than he does.
Our strength is, I know this area
better than anyone else. Their
weakness is, they think they have an
Under the following, Ray empties his pockets on the table:
Two revolvers, an automatic, two extra clips, three speed
loaders and a switch blade.
Being an American, I also know where
my strength lies, and that is in
being as heavily armed as possible
at all times.
For emphasis he takes a hand grenade from his pocket. Off
Prescott's stern look:
All completely legal, I swear to
Ray pulls on the end of the fishing line and smiles. Prescott
takes a pail of water from the sink and talks to Diefenbaker.
Come on, let's get you fed.
Prescott walks to the door, opens it and looks back:
Diefenbaker hasn't moved.
I know you understood that.
Diefenbaker just stares at him. Prescott finally nods his
head. Diefenbaker hops up and follows him out the door.
EXT. CABIN - DAY
Eight or ten dogs mill around lazily until they see Prescott
and know they're going to be fed. They follow Prescott to
the barn, which sits on a small hill a hundred yards away.
You're supposed to be lead dog, you
think they don't notice how you act?
Will you look at me when I'm talking?
Prescott opens the barn door and follows the yelping dogs
We hold on the clearing around the cabin with its blanket of
pure white snow. Suddenly SIX ALL-WHITE FIGURES with rifles
stand up out of the field of snow -- their winter camouflage
making them look surreal and even more frightening.
INT. BARN - CONTINUOUS
Prescott opens a barrel, scooping dry meal out for the yelping
dogs. He pours the water into a large dish, then notices
that Diefenbaker is not amongst them.
Prescott retraces his steps to the other side of his parked
Jeep, and spots Diefenbaker staring through a crack in the
barn wall. Prescott kneels to join him.
HIS POV - THE CABIN
Looking through the crack between the planks. The cabin and
surrounding area look quiet.
BACK IN THE BARN
Diefenbaker lets out a low growl.
Let's check it out.
Prescott stands and opens the barn door to see:
MAN IN WHIE
Standing right in front of him! The man FIRES his shotgun
point blank -- Prescott moves but still takes it in his right
arm. The impact blows him off his feet.
INT. CABIN - AT THAT MOMENT
Ray hears the shot.
INT. THE BARN - AT THAT MOMENT
The man in white pumps his shotgun. Prescott rolls under the
Jeep just as the weapon discharges. The man in white quickly
fires several rounds down into the Jeep, then kneels, points
his gun under the Jeep and lies on his side to see Prescott.
HIS POV - UNDER JEEP
Only it's not Prescott he sees -- it's Diefenbaker, charging
straight at his face from under the Jeep.
Grabs the man by the throat and makes short work of him.
Pulls himself up against the barn wall with some effort. We
can see his right shoulder and arm are badly damaged. He
turns and presses the side of his head to the boards so that
he can see through the slats:
HIS POV - THE CABIN
Four men in white stand facing the cabin. They open fire
with shotguns and automatic weapons.
INT. CABIN - CONTINUOUS
Ray hits the floor and crawls as the storm of bullets tear
the cabin and its contents to pieces.
EXT. CABIN - CONTINUOUS
Kohl pulls his white hood back, kicks open the cabin door
and signals for the punk on his right to enter.
INT. CABIN - CONTINUOUS
The punk throws his back against the door and lays down an
arc of bullets that cuts the room in two. When he's emptied
the chamber, he creeps into the room in search of Ray. Kohl
steps into the doorway behind him. The punk spots the open
trap door in the floor and heads for it. Kohl takes another
step before he sees:
Drawn taught across the punk's path, between a chair and
table leg -- Kohl's eyes shoot to the end of the line just
in time to see the pin pop out of the grenade.
Lunges for the doorway as
EXT. REAR OF CABIN - AT THAT SECOND
Ray rolls out from under the cabin and runs for the Woods.
Behind him the cabin EXPLODES.
THE FRONT OF THE CABIN
Kohl and the men he left outside dive for safety as the
building turns to shrapnel.
BACK WITH RAY
He catapults out of the clearing into the woods, hitting the
ground in a painful one-armed roll.
Ray leaps to his feet and looks back over his shoulder. Behind
him, what we assumed was snow on a tree suddenly pivots and
we see the man's face! The camouflaged goon raises his 45 to
Ray's head and...
PRESCOTT'S LEFT HAND
Cracks across the guy's jaw, knocking him cold. Ray turns to
see Prescott, his right arm red with blood.
Yeah, they knocked.
The goon suddenly springs to his feet. Ray and Prescott spin
and deck him with their good hands, the contact sending
shooting pains through their bad arms...
RAY / PRESCOTT
Ahh! / Ohh!
They have little time to complain; rifle bullets tear into
the tree by their heads. Ray lays down covering fire as he
and Prescott bolt off into the forest.
Steps into shot and kneels to inspect the snow. Of the group,
he's the only one not wearing the white camo's. As Kohl and
the others scramble up behind him, Gerard touches a spot of
Prescott's blood in the snow.
Just follow the bread crumbs.
Kohl gives the goon lying in the snow a vicious kick in the
EXT. ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST
Ray and Prescott tear through the woods. Prescott cuts a
quick right, heading back toward the clearing.
Ray takes the lead, scrambling up a small incline and running
And his pack of wild-looking dogs, waiting for them.
Jumps back with a start.
(suppressing a smile)
It's okay, they're on our side.
Diefenbaker turns and leads the way.
You couldn't have had cats?!
Ray and Prescott take off after them.
SOMEWHERE BEHIND THEM IN THE FOREST
Gerard follows Prescott's trail through the woods as:
KOHL AND THE THREE REMAINING THUGS
Find their snow mobiles where they left them.
RAY AND PRESCOTT
Break into the clearing and run for the barn, the dogs leading
INT. BARN - CONTINUOUS
Prescott makes it into the barn, Ray yanking the door closed
Prescott throws open the Jeep door as Ray pops a speed loader
into his revolver.
Prescott freezes when he sees:
THE LAST OF THE GASOLINE
Spurting out of the Jeep's tank through the many shotgun
Looks back up at Ray.
I have an alternate plan.
I can only hope it's as good as the
EXT. FOREST - AT THAT MOMENT
Kohl kicks the snow mobile to life and roars off, the other
INT. BARN - AT THAT MOMENT
Prescott snaps a halter over Diefenbaker, then moves to the
next dog in line.
EXT. WOODS - AT THAT MOMENT
Gerard follows their trail into the clearing and sees where
they've gone. He looks back when he hears the sound of the
INT. BARN - AT THAT MOMENT
Prescott slips the halter over the last dog.
OVER BY THE JEEP
The gasoline puddles on the barn floor. We follow its trail
to the wall, where it spills out between the boards.
The gasoline streams over the frozen ground, running down
the small hill. We follow it until a snow mobile cuts over
its path and skids to a stop. We tilt up to see Kohl.
Ray and Prescott drag a sled across the floor (although we
can't quite see what it is.)
Kohl dips a finger in the gasoline and smells it.
GERARD and another thug dig in to cover the barn door.
As the two other thugs spread out, Kohl lights a wooden match
and drops it on the trail of gasoline. The flame eats a path
straight for the barn.
Prescott snaps the sled onto the harness just as the flames
shoot through the barn wall and hit the Jeep.
The Jeeps explodes in a fireball as the dog sled shoots out
of the barn door into a hail of bullets. Lying on the sled,
Ray fires wildly to cover their escape into the forest.
And the others fly after them on their snowmobiles, Gerard
hopping on the back of the fourth machine.
Prescott kicks the sled up over a rise and through the thick
woods. Ray tries hard to reload as he bounces over the icy
ground. A speed loader falls out of his hands and down the
steep ravine to their right.
JUST BEHIND THEM
The first snowmobile appears on the ridge.
PRESCOTT yanks on the lead and Diefenbaker takes the command,
turning down the face of the ravine. Ray sucks in his breath
as the sled plummets down the hill, Prescott leaning hard to
keep the sled from toppling.
The first snowmobile takes the plunge down the embankment,
but the top-heavy machine rolls and the rider has to jump
for his life.
THE THREE OTHER MACHINES hesitate at the top. Kohl signals
them to follow him along the ridge of the ravine.
RAY tries to catch a glimpse of THEIR PURSUERS.
They flash by through the trees on the ridge above.
Skids the sled into an icy creek bed as Ray tosses away his
empty revolver and pulls out his automatic.
At that second, a snowmobile flies right over the sled,
followed by a second, landing on the other side of the creek
bed. They disappear into the forest as the third machine
leaps into the creek bed behind the sled.
BACK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE RAVINE the rider who toppled down
the hill rolls his snowmobile back over on it's skids, kicks
over the engine and races off to catch up.
AHEAD, GERARD AND THE THUG in the snowmobile right behind
the sled, open fire.
Shoots the sled through two trees so close together they
almost take the skin off Ray, the snowmobile tries to follow --
jamming between the trees and catapulting the riders into
the air -- the driver smacking his head on a rock.
Gerard grabs his rifle out of the snow and fires after the
Checks over his shoulder, looking forward again just in time
to see a tree branch
A TREE BRANCH
That's about to take his head off. He ducks under the branch,
leaving part of his scalp on the bark.
Slides in behind them.
Takes aim between Prescott's legs and empties his 9mm
automatic in their direction. The snowmobile backs off. Ray
shoves a clip into the gun; Prescott leans down:
When we go around that bend, roll
They'll follow me!
Yeah, because I'll die falling off
As they fly past a tree, a shotgun blast takes out a chunk
of the trunk where Ray's head would have been. Ray catches a
Driving beside them in the forest
Fires off several rounds. Two more shots come from behind,
Ray turns and fires between Prescott's legs, emptying the
Just get this guy off my tail! I can
take the other two!
Ray sees the bend in the creek bed right ahead.
As the sled skids around the bend, Ray holds his breath and
Ray hits the bank of the creek bed and rolls under the roots
of a large tree. He pops out the empty clip and grabs his
chest pocket for the last clip -- only it's not there. As he
frantically searches his other pockets he hears the snowmobile
coming around the bend. Ray sticks his head up from behind
the huge tree root and
comes right at him!
Ducks just as the treads roll right over him, the tree roots
saving him from a nasty decapitation. The snow mobile keeps
right on going after Prescott.
Heads for the bend.
Pulls himself up and stands dead in the middle of the creek
bed. The driver spots Ray as he takes the turn and aims right
for him. Ray pulls a grenade out of his pocket, yanks the
pin out with his teeth and lobs it right into the driver's
THE DRIVER leaps out of the machine: the snowmobile crashes
in to a rock: the grenade rolls right over to the guys head --
no explosion. The guy opens his eyes to see that it's a pine
cone. Ray's Italian shoe in his face is the last thing he
Grabs the unconscious man's machine pistol, then hesitates,
picks up his "grenade".
(looking at his shoes)
I knew I shoulda brought boots.
He hoofs it off after Prescott.
AHEAD WITH PRESCOTT
The last two snowmobiles are gaining on either side of him,
bullets taking out chunks of trees as he whizzes past them.
Prescott grabs a leather thong and ties his legs tight to
the upright poles of the sled.
THE THUG ON HIS LEFT
Drops down into the creek bed, slamming his snowmobile
broadside into the sled. Prescott grabs the guy with his
good hand, using the thug's motion against him to yank him
off the snowmobile and fling him head first into a tree trunk.
That leaves only
Who pumps his sawed-off 12 gauge and blasts at Prescott.
Kohl looks ahead and has to swerve hard to miss piling into
That comes up much too fast.
Looks around to get his bearing, then yanks the reigns hard
to the right.
EXT. A CLEARING - CONTINUOUS
Prescott bursts out of the forest and into the open field.
Literally flies out of the woods. His skids hit the snow-
covered ground and he cranks the throttle up full.
Looks back and sees Kohl gaining fast. It looks like he made
a fatal mistake coming into the open. Prescott looks around,
Diefenbaker! Where the hell are we?!
Then Prescott sees whatever he's looking for.
There it is!
Prescott pulls the leads to the right and the sled veers off
toward something we can't see. Coming up fast behind him...
Pumps his shotgun with one hand and fires, his pellets grazing
THE DOG SLED
Picks up speed going down hill, but it can't outrun the
snowmobile. Kohl pumps and fires again and
Yelps and tumbles to his side, hit.
Skids and turns over. Prescott yanks at the leather thong
that binds him to the sled. He frees himself and runs. His
foot twists in the snow and he falls.
Guns the snowmobile right for him. Prescott twists away at
the last second and the machine shoots past him. Kohl throws
a look back over his shoulder. He shouldn't have. Before he
can even look back his snowmobile is airborne.
LONG SHOT - CLIFF
Kohl and his snowmobile almost seem to glide through the
air. If it had wings it wouldn't plummet to the rocks far
below and explode into flames.
Steps to the edge of the cliff and sees Kohl's body beside
the burning wreckage.
Your father obviously never gave you
that piece of advice.
Prescott turns away from the cliff and moves to find
Diefenbaker. He kneels beside his wounded dog, freeing him
from the harness. A faint but distinct sound of a rifle bolt
chambering a bullet makes Prescott jerk his head up: his
eyes find the source. He slowly stands, keeping his eyes
HIS POV - THE EDGE OF THE FOREST
There's no trace of whatever made the sound.
ANGLE ON PRESCOTT
His eyes haven't moved. When he speaks he doesn't raise his
voice, the still air carries it for him.
It's over, Gerard. You can't cover
this one up. You shoot me and they
hunt you to the ends of the earth.
EXTREME WIDE ANGLE
Taking in the full terrain. A shot echoes through the valley.
The small figure that was Sup. Gerard crumples and falls out
from the tree line.
Lying there in the snow, clutching his chest. Prescott kneels
down beside the bleeding man. A pair of hand-made boots appear
beside him. Prescott looks up to see the Inuit man, hunting
rifle in hand.
Sorry, thought he was a caribou. Too
many hunting accidents up here.
The old man slings his rifle over his shoulder and walks off
into the forest.
BACK AT THE SLED - A SHORT TIME LATER
Ray lies Gerard down and turns the sled over onto its runners
as Prescott lifts Diefenbaker in his arms.
Hold on, old fellow, we'll get you
fixed up. Open your eyes, look at me
when I'm talking to you. I said,
(enunciating:) "Hold on"
You just don't listen.
Help me put him on the sled.
Prescott lays Diefenbaker on the sled and covers him with a
We'll come back for him.
Ray hops on as the dog sled takes off, leaving Gerard behind.
EXTREME LONG SHOT
As the sled pulls away
You know, we just took out seven
guys. One more and you qualify for
EXT. CRIMINAL COURT BUILDING - DAY
A media circus is in full swing as Gerard and the CEO of the
power project are escorted out to the waiting police cars.
On the way they pass one of many TV NEWS REPORTERS on the
front steps, talking into her camera.
TV NEWS REPORTER
...who pled guilty today and has
agreed to testify against his
codefendant in this case. A lot of
people are wondering what this means
for the East Bay Power Project, the
second phase of which was to begin
We follow Asst. Commissioner Underhill across the street, to
where Prescott, dressed in civilian clothes, stands quietly
You didn't make yourself a lot of
Prescott doesn't respond. The Asst. Commissioner motions for
him to walk with him.
There's no record of your father
making any withdrawals, none of the
deposits were made in person. People
will believe what they want to
believe. I know what I do.
I appreciate that.
I talked to the super at your old
job. He suggested transferring you
further north. But that'd put you in
Russia. Seems the only people who do
want you are in Chicago. It's not
exactly Lake Louise, but if I were
you, I'd make do until things quiet
How long will that be?
Underhill stops; this isn't easy.
You turned in one of your own. It's
not right, but...
Thanks for trying.
Underhill walks to his staff car, turns back.
Everyone says he was the last of a
breed. It's not true. You are.
Underhill gets in and the car disappears into traffic.
INT. RCMP STATION - NIGHT
Prescott scoops up the few contents of his desk drawer. Among
them is the small photo of his young father in uniform. He
studies it for a moment, then places it between the pages of
his father's worn journal. He buttons the journal into the
top pocket of his tunic and picks up his rucksack. Diefenbaker
sits in the desk chair, favoring his bandaged shoulder.
I'm not carrying you. I'm not.
Diefenbaker looks at him, with those big brown eyes.
He picks Diefenbaker up in his arms and carries him out.
Just don't get comfortable.
EXT. CANADIAN CONSULATE - CHICAGO - DAY
We pull back from the brass plaque to reveal Prescott, in
full dress uniform, standing silent guard. We continue to
pull back to reveal Ray.
I just want to know if you can really
smell what's in mud, because I've
been following this perp... Are you
listening to me?... Just nod if you
can hear me... I get my ass blown
off for you and you won't even nod?...
Okay, wink... Winking is against the
law?... One wink, yes, two winks,
no... My ex-wife was more responsive
The "operator" we met at the airport walks up and speaks to
Scuse me? When he gets off work,
would you give him this? It's the
hundred he lent me.
The operator moves off as Ray stares after him.
SUPER OVER BLACK:
In 1992, after construction of the James Bay Power Project,
10,000 caribou mysteriously drowned in the forests of Northern
Canada when the "rivers ran backwards". The government
maintains they died as a result of a series of freak natural
Phase II of the James Bay project, scheduled to begin this
year, will flood a wilderness area the size of Germany.
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