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Dances With Wolves
Written by Michael Blake
Based on a novel by Michael Blake

Civil War hero Lt. John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) requests a transfer to the western frontier "before it's gone." When Dunbar arrives at the far South Dakota outpost of Fort Sedgewick he discovers it ramshackled and deserted. Dunbar mans the post alone and is soon discovered by Kicking Bird (Graham Greene), a medicine man in a local Sioux tribe. Gradually, Dunbar finds himself involved with the well-being of the tribe and discovers not what type of people the Indians are, but what type of person he himself is.

NOTE: Nominated for 12 Academy Awards and Winner of 7 including Best Picture, Best Director (Kevin Costner), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Michael Blake).

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Dark Star
Written by John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon

Four astronauts, Lt. Doolittle (Brian Narelle), Boiler (Cal Kuniholm), Talby (Dre Pahich), and Pinback (Dan O'Bannon), are on a mission to destroy unstable planets in solar systems that the earth wishes to colonize. When "smart bomb" #20 does not detach from the ship, the crew tries to use logic to protect the ship from destruction.
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The Day The Clown Cried
Well, this is it. The holy grail of movie scripts! "The Day The Clown Cried" has been shrouded in mystery for years. This never released film, produced in 1972, has been the subject of much discussion, but almost no one has seen it. (just a few Hollywood insiders). Why so much talk? It's all because of a widely published and somewhat misleading description regarding the subject matter. "...Jerry Lewis plays the role of a Nazi clown who works at Auschwitz, entertaining jewish children just before they are to be gassed..."

Before you say, "No way anyone would make a movie like that," let me assure you that someone did. But that is not the whole, nor completely accurate, story.

"...In 1971, producer Nate Waschberger asked Jerry to direct and star in "The Day the Clown Cried", based on Joan O’Brien’s book by the same name, about a German clown [named Helmut Doork] who was arrested by the Gestapo, interred in a concentration camp, and used to march Jewish children into the ovens. Jerry lost close to 40 pounds to play the role. The shooting began in Stockholm, but Waschberger not only ran out of money to complete the film, but he failed to pay Joan O’Brien the money she was owed for the rights to the story. Jerry was forced to finish the picture with his own money. The film has been tied up in litigation ever since, and all of the parties involved have never been able to reach an agreeable settlement..." [from the Official Jerry Lewis Comedy Museum website]

After all these years Mr. Lewis seems to have lost his sense of humor about the movie. At a recent public appearance he was asked by an audience member about the film. "...Yeah, what about it?” he said. “I’ve heard that it might come out,” the man called back. Jerry Lewis took a breath. “Well, let me tell you something,” he said gingerly, “and this is only because sometimes we recognize an attitude that might be different than people you care about.” “Exactly,” the man said. “Right,” Jerry Lewis said, fixing the man with a heavy-lidded, increasingly lethal stare. There was a moment of silence. “None of your goddamned business!” he shouted..."

Can the movie be as bad as it sounds? While you may never get to see the finished film, you can be one of the few to read the script.
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The Day The Earth Stood Still
Written by Edmund H. North
Based on the story "Farewell To The Master" by Harry Bates

A Cold War era Earth is stunned when a flying saucer lands on the Mall in Washington D.C. An alien humanoid named Klaatu (Michael Rennie) emerges and announces that he comes in peace and wishes to deliver a message to all nations.

"Klaatu barada nikto."
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Dead Poets Society
Written by Tom Schulman

Pedantic Vermont prep school, Welton Academy, is turned upside down when free-thinking alumni John Keating (Robin Williams) returns to teach poetry appreciation.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner for best original screenplay 1989.

NOTE: Some of the copies of this screenplay on the 'net are missing pages from a critical scene. This is a complete copy.
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Deep Cover
Written by Michael Tolkin and Henry Bean
Story by Michael Tolkin

Police Officer, Russell Stevens Jr. (Laurence Fishburn) is recruited to go undercover and infiltrate the cartel of a cocaine kingpin with the help of drug middleman, lawyer, David Jason (Jeff Goldblum).

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Detroit Rock City
Written by Carl V. Dupré

The year is 1978 and four Cleveland teenagers, Hawk (Edward Furlong), Jam (Sam Huntington), Lex (Giuseppe Andrews) and Trip (James DeBello) are prepared to do anything to be able to travel to Detroit and see their rock-and-roll heroes KISS perform in concert.

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Dog Day Afternoon
Written by Frank Pierson

"The robbery should have taken 10 minutes. 4 hours later, the bank was like a circus sideshow. 8 hours later, it was the hottest thing on live T.V. 12 hours later, it was all history. And it's all true."

Sonny (Al Pacino) and Sal (John Cazale) become besieged in a bank after a failed robbery attempt.

SCRIPT NOTE: Winner of best original screenplay 1975.
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Donnie Brasco
Written by Paul Attanasio
Based on the book "Donnie Brasco" by Joseph D. Pistone and Richard Woodley

Based on a true story. FBI agent Joe Pistone (Johnny Depp) goes deep undercover and infiltrates the New York City mob. Joe, alias "Donnie Brasco", is befriended by Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggerio (Al Pacino) who introduces Donnie to the Mafia hierarchy.
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Donnie Darko
Written by Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a High School student with mental problems. When a 6 foot tall bunny rabbit named Frank (that only Donnie can see) tells Donnie that the world will end in 28 days, he begins a series of increasingly destructive acts of vandalism that leads Donnie, and the small Virginia town in which he lives, toward an "inevitable" result.
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The Doors
Written by Randall Jahnson and Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone's biopic of the classic rock band The Doors featuring Val Kilmer as Jim Morrison, Kyle MacLachlan as Ray Manzarek, Kevin Dillon as John Densmore, Frank Whaley as Robby Krieger, and Meg Ryan as Morrison's common law wife, Pamela Courson.
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Double Indemnity
Written by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler
Based on a novel by James M. Cain

Insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) visits the home of Mr. Dietrichson (Tom Powers) to sell him a car insurance policy. But Neff meets his wife Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) instead and she convinces Neff to help her kill her inattentive husband to collect double indemnity on a $50,000 life insurance policy.

SCRIPT NOTE: Nominated for 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Screenplay.
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Written by Hal Barwood and Matthew Robbins

Sorcerer's apprentice Galen (Peter MacNicol), after the death of his mentor Ulrich (Ralph Richardson), travels to a faraway kingdom to kill a dragon that holds the countryside in a state of terror.

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Drop Dead Gorgeous
Written by Lona Williams

Every year the small town of Mt. Rose, Minnesota is the site of the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Miss Mt. Rose beauty pageant. This year's front runners are Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst), a trailer park girl who aspires to be Diane Sawyer and Becky Leeman (Denise Richards) a spoiled rich girl and member of the Lutheran Gun Club. This year, someone is attempting to fix the contest -- even if they have to kill to do it.
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Duck Soup
Rufus T. Firefly (Groucho Marx) is named president / dictator of bankrupt Freedonia and declares war on neighboring Sylvania over the love of wealthy Mrs. Teasdale.

I'll give you seven years in Leavenworth, or eleven years in Sevenworth.

I'll take 5 & 10 at Woolworth's.

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Dumb And Dumber
Written by Peter Farrelly, Bennett Yellin and Bobby Farrelly

Idiots Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) set out on a cross-country road trip to return a "lost" briefcase belonging to Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly).

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