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Halloween
Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill

Halloween 1963. Six-year old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) returns from an evening of trick-or-treating and brutally murders his teenage sister. 15 years later Michael (Tony Moran) escapes from an asylum for the criminally insane and returns to his home town of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween.
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Hannah And Her Sisters
Written by Woody Allen

During a Thanksgiving holiday family get-together we meet three sisters. Hannah (Mia Farrow) is an accomplished actress, beautiful, intelligent and a good wife to her husband Elliot (Michael Caine). Lee (Barbara Hershey) is a free spirit and currently living with disgruntled artist Frederick (Max von Sydow). Holly (Dianne Wiest) dreams of becoming everything her other sisters are (or seem to be). The "perfect family" facade begins to crumble when Elliot falls in love with Lee.

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner of best original screenplay 1986.
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Hannibal
The producers of "Hannibal" approached David Mamet (The Untouchables, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wag The Dog, State And Main...) to write the screenplay. His first draft was rejected because it was too different from the book and too many liberties were taken with the established characters. Steven Zaillian (The Falcon And The Snowman, Awakenings, Schindler's List, Mission: Impossible, A Civil Action...) was called in to try his hand and after a few polishes, his script was the one finally produced. The WGA (Writers Guild of America) awarded screenplay credit to David Mamet and Steven Zaillian because Mamet was "the originator of the characters in script form". However, Zaillian did not rewrite Mamet's draft. Which is the better screenplay? Judge for yourself. This week's update includes both Mamet's & Zaillian's scripts.
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A Hard Day's Night
Written by Alun Owen

It's hard to believe it's been over 43 years since the Beatles bust on the music scene. It's even harder to believe it's been over 34 years since the "Fab Four" officially broke up. The 1964 movie "A Hard Day's Night" captures the Beatles at the free spirit, fun-loving point in their career before they became cynical and started to dislike one another.
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Hard Rain
Written by Graham Yost

The town of Huntingburg, Indiana is flooding. Torrential rains and an overworked dam threaten to destroy the entire town. Armored truck drivers, Tom (Christian Slater) and Charlie (Ed Asner), are stranded in the rising waters when a gang of would be robbers, lead by Jim (Morgan Freeman), attempt to steal 3 million dollars from the truck. When Tom escapes from the robbers and hides the money in the flooding town, the chase is on.
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Hardcore
Written by Paul Schrader

Strictly religious Calvinist Jake Van Dorn (George C. Scott) is distraught when his teenaged daughter Kristen Van Dorn (Ilah Davis) disappears while on a church sponsored trip to California. Jake hires private investigator Andy Mast (Peter Boyle) to find his daughter but what Andy finds is worse than Jake could ever imagine.
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Hellboy
Written by Guillermo del Toro
Based on a comic book series by Mike Mignola

1944. A team of Nazi scientists attempt to recruit the forces of hell to help Hitler with his conquest of world domination. The Nazis are defeated by an allied attack but not before a baby demon passes through a potal opened between this world and the "otherworld." Raised by American scientist Professor Bruttenholm (John Hurt), the demon, Hellboy (Ron Perlman) grows up to become an agent for the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense.
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Hellraiser
Written by Clive Barker
Based on a novel by Clive Barker

Hedonistic explorer Frank Cotton (Sean Chapman) buys a strange puzzle box in a Far East bazaar. Upon returning to London, Frank discovers how to open the box but in the process unleashes the "Cenobites" -- sort of emissaries from hell -- who introduce Frank to unspeakable pleasures and unbearable pain. And as a payment for this service, the Cenobites take Frank's soul to hell leaving behind his rotting husk of a corpse. Newlyweds Larry Cotton (Andrew Robinson) -- Frank's brother -- and Julia (Claire Higgins) move back into Larry's family's old house with Larry's daughter Kirsty (Ashley Laurence). When Larry accidently cuts his hand, his blood splattering on the attic floor resurrects the flash-flayed corpse of Frank.
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Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Written by Peter Atkins
Based on a novel by Clive Barker

Kirsty Cotton (Ashley Laurence) awakens from her horrifying experience in "Hellraiser" to find herself committed to a psychiatric hospital in the care of Dr. Philip Channard (Kenneth Cranham) who doesn't believe a word of Kirsty's encounter with the "Cenobites". But when Dr. Channard's sympathetic assistant Kyle MacRae (William Hope) finds the doctor is collecting bloody items from the Cotton home he discovers the doctor believes Kirsty more than he lets on.

SCRIPT NOTE: This is an early version of the script, and in it, the character of Dr. Philip Channard is known as Dr. Malahide.
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High Fidelity
Written by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack and Scott Rosenberg
Based on the book "High Fidelity" by Nick Hornby

Record store owner Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is obsessed with his failed romantic history. The breakup of his latest relationship with Laura (Iben Hjejle) distresses him the most because she may have been "the one." With the help of his "employees", Barry (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Louiso), Rob tries to keep his business and his life from total breakdown.
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His Girl Friday
Written by Charles Lederer
Based on the play "The Front Page" by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur

Ace newspaper reporter, Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), is about to leave her career behind and marry insurance agent, Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy). Hildy's ex-husband, newspaper editor, Walter Burns (Cary Grant), attemps to get her to stay by tricking her into covering one last story.

SCRIPT NOTE: To give you an idea just how fast-paced this movie is... By normal standards, one page of a properly formatted screenplay equals about one minute of screen time. For example, a 120 page sceenplay will make a 2 hour (120 minute) movie. The running time for "His Girl Friday" is 92 minutes but the screenplay weighs in at whopping 181 pages! This means the dialog and action for this 3 hours+ script takes just a little more than 1 1/2 hours.

GOOD NEWS: Since "His Girl Friday" is now in the public domain, you can download and watch the entire movie here!

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Hope And Glory
Written by John Boorman

Loosely based on writer/director John Boorman's experiences as a boy in London during the second World War. When nine-year-old Billy Rohan's (Sebastian Rice-Edwards), father, Clive (David Hayman), enlists in the war against Germany, Billy's mother, Grace (Sarah Miles), is left to take care of Billy and his two sisters during the infamous London Blitz.
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The Horse Whisperer
Written by Eric Roth and Richard LaGravenese
Based on a novel by Nick Evans

Annie MacLean (Kristin Scott Thomas) hires unique horse trainer, Tom Booker (Robert Redford), to heal her daughter's injured horse, Pilgrim. The daughter, Grace (Scarlett Johansson), who was also severely injured in the accident with Pilgrim, needs more than time to recuperate from her loss.
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The Hospital
Written by Paddy Chayefsky

Depressed and suicidal, Dr. Herbert Bock's (George C. Scott) day goes from bad to worse when Dr. Schaefer (Lenny Baker) is found dead in a hospital bed with an IV in his arm. As more and more bodies are discovered, Dr. Bock wonders is it gross incompetence or something more sinister?

SCRIPT NOTE: Academy Award winner for Best Screenplay!

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House Of 1000 Corpses
Written by Rob Zombie

A group of teens -- Bill Hudley (Rainn Wilson), Jerry Goldsmith (Chris Hardwick), Mary Knowles (Jennifer Jostyn) and Denise Willis (Erin Daniels) -- on a trip through the psychopathic-redneck underbelly of America, stop at a roadside museum of "Monsters and Madmen" run by deranged crackpot clown Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig). After they hear of the local legend of the murderous Dr. Satan, the kids decide to set off and investigate the good Doctor on their own.
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The Hudsucker Proxy
Written by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen and Sam Raimi

Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) is a bumpkin from Muncie Indiana who arrives in the big city with a degree in business and idea for a children's toy. His job search leads him to Hudsucker Industries, coincidentally, just as the president of the company, Waring Hudsucker (Charles Durning) leaps to his death from the fourty-fourth floor of the Hudsucker building. Hudsucker's death sets off a panic in the board room. Since Waring left no will, his majority share of the business must be sold on the open market. In an effort to make the stock worthless so it can be easily bought by the board members, Chief Executive Officer Sidney J. Mussberger (Paul Newman) decides to put a complete idiot in the President's office. In walks Norville Barnes...
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Human Nature
Written by Charlie Kaufman

Nature writer Lila Jute (Patricia Arquette) withdraws from "civilization" and retreats to the protection of the woods when hair begins to grow and cover her entire body. Puff (Rhys Ifans) is a man who has been raised by apes for most of his life. And Nathan Bronfman (Tim Robbins) is a primatologist who, with the help of Lila, tries to re-train the "Ape Man" Puff to be a cultured gentleman.
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The Hustler
Written by Sidney Carroll and Robert Rossen
Based on a novel by Walter S. Tevis

Pool shark Fast Eddie Felson (Paul Newman) is tired of playing suckers and making a few dollars here and there. He wants to play the best. Eddie finally gets his chance when he meets the legendary Minnesota Fats (Jackie Gleason).
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