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The Madness of King George: The Complete & Unabridged Screenplay
by Alan Bennett
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Magnolia: The Shooting Script
by Paul Thomas Anderson
Amazon.com: At three hours long, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia qualifies as an epic, with a broad scope of characters whose lives become entwined over the course of a day in the San Fernando Valley.Despite its vast canvas, though, this is probably one of the most intimate epics you’ll ever experience, because Anderson and his cast of actors delve into their characters so deeply that you feel you instantly know them.
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Man on the Moon: The Shooting Script
by Scott Alexander, Larry Karaszewski, Milos Forman
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Margot at the Wedding: The Shooting Script
by Noah Baumbach, Patricia Bosworth (Introduction)
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The Matrix: The Shooting Script
by Larry Wachowski, Andy Wachowski
For the first time in the acclaimed Newmarket Shooting Script® series format, the screenplay for one of the most successful films in history. A surprise box-office hit when it opened in theaters in the spring of 1999, The Matrix has proven to be nothing short of a phenomenon, setting records for DVD sales, winning four Oscars®–Best Visual Effects, Best Film Editing, Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing–and spawning two sequels for release in 2002 and 2003. The extraordinary vision of writers/directors Larry and Andy Wachowski is captured in its purest form with the film’s shooting script. 
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Memento & Following
by Christopher Nolan
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Michael Clayton: The Shooting Script
by Tony Gilroy, William Goldman (Foreword)
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Michael Collins: Screenplay and Film Diary
by Neil Jordan
From the screenwriter and director of “The Crying Game”.
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Mike Figgis: Collected Screenplays 1: Stormy Monday, Liebestraum, Leaving Las Vegas
by Mike Figgis
Mike Figgis is known for his iconoclastic portrayals of outsiders. Stormy Monday depicts a janitor turned jazz club partner, while in Liebestraum two affairs shed light on a thirty-year-old murder-suicide. But it was with Leaving Las Vegas that Figgis became a household name. The heartbreaking story of the friendship between a prostitute and a man drinking himself to death, the film garnered numerous accolades and awards, including Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Director, and has since become a contemporary classic.
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Moonstruck/Joe Versus the Volcano/Five Corners: Screenplays
by John Patrick Shanley
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My Son the Fanatic
by Hanif Kureishi
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Naked and Other Screenplays
by Mike Leigh
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Napoleon Dynamite: Final Shooting Script
by Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess
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Natural Born Killers: The Original Screenplay
by Quentin Tarantino
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Nixon: An Oliver Stone Film
by Oliver Stone (Editor), Eric Hamburg (Editor)
Amazon.com Books: Richard Nixon left behind a complicated legacy. In this companion to the film, which includes the complete screenplay with full annotation, an interview with Oliver Stone, essays by prominent Watergate figures, previously classified memos and documents from the Nixon White House, and other documentation, Nixon emerges as a political leader governed by personal demons.
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Notes on a Scandal
by Patrick Marber
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Notting Hill
by Richard Curtis
Amazon.com: Who hasn’t ever dreamed of meeting a movie star, falling in love, and discovering the feelings are mutual? Richard Curtis’s Notting Hill is a funny, enchanting, lighthearted take on just such a fairy-tale premise. In addition to the finished script, the book includes scenes that didn’t make the final cut (great ones, too–it’s too bad they won’t be seen); loads of color stills from the movie; an engaging introduction by Curtis detailing the genesis of the film; and an affable if offbeat afterword from Hugh Grant himself.
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Nurse Betty: The Shooting Script
by John C. Richards, Neil Labute (Introduction), James Flamberg
Winner of the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival 2000. A darkly comic story about one woman’s incredible determination to make her dreams come true against numerous odds, fantasy collides with reality as the main character, Betty Sizemore (Renee Zellweger) inspires herself and everyone she meets to find at least a piece of their real selves. The Newmarket Shooting Script book includes the complete shooting script (including scenes that were cut during editing), an introduction and notes by the director written exclusively for this edition, stills, and full credits.
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O Brother, Where Art Thou?
by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
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Orlando
by Sally Potter, Virginia Woolf
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Paul Schrader Collected Screenplays: Taxi Driver/American Gigolo/Light Sleeper
by Paul Schrader
Since the seventies, Paul Schrader has been hailed as one of America’s most gifted screenwriters. From his work with Martin Scorsese, such as The Last Temptation of Christ and Raging Bull, to the films of his own direction, such as Mishima and Affliction, Schrader has created a dark and affecting body of work that has had a profound effect on cinematic storytelling. The works in this volume represent some of his key moments as a writer and a director, including the script for what is perhaps his crowning achievement: Taxi Driver — one of the most influential films of the seventies and an American classic.
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Persona and Shame: The Screenplays of Ingmar Bergman
by Ingmar Bergman, Keith Bradfield (Translator), Alan Blair (Translator)
Bergman brings together in one volume two of his searing film scripts, both of them studies in human decay and erosion. Persona follows the gradual degeneration of two distinct personalities: Alma, an apparently well balanced and extrovert nurse and Elisabeth, an actress in the throes of a nervous breakdown. Shame charts the collapse of humane social values in a war-ravaged country.
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Pink Flamingoes and Other Filth: Three Screenplays by John Waters
by John Waters
In Pink Flamingos, Waters’s muse and leading lady, Divine, a 300-pound cross-dresser who could turn your stomach in one scene and break your heart in the next, competes with her family for the title of “filthiest people alive”–as readers will see, it’s really anyone’s game. Desperate Living is a perverse fairy tale featuring gun-toting lesbians, leather-clad castle guards, and a repulsive queen who has her own daughter gang-raped among other atrocities. Flamingos Forever is the unproduced sequel to Pink Flamingos, set fifteen years after the original, when the rivalry for “filthiest people alive” is revived; it was never filmed, Waters tells us, because by the time it was written, too many of the original cast had died–this book is the only chance for Water’s fans to read it.
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The Player, The Rapture, The New Age: Three Screenplays
by Michael Tolkin
Tolkin’s takes on Hollywood (basis of Altman’s comeback film), religion and spirituality on the skids add up to one of the savviest overviews of ’90s America in any medium.
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A Prairie Home Companion: The Screenplay of the Major Motion Picture
by Garrison Keillor, Robert Altman (Foreword)
The dread day has come to the old Fitzgerald Theater on Exchange Street in St. Paul. The show is closing. Radio station WLT (With Lettuce and Tomato) has been sold to a broadcasting conglomerate in Texas. The Friendly Neighbor station, home of “A Prairie Home Companion,” and the owner of the theater, is passing from the scene–the wrecking ball is on the crane parked in the alley–and the show’s regulars arrive for the broadcast in a state of suspension, hoping that somehow life will go on.
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The Prestige
by Jonathan Nolan, Christopher Nolan
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The Proust Screenplay
by Harold Pinter, Joseph Losey, Barbara Bray
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Punch-Drunk Love: The Shooting Script
by Paul Thomas Anderson
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The Queen
by Peter Morgan
In the days following the death of Princess Diana, Great Britain exploded in a paroxysm of public grief that shocked the tightly contained, tradition-bound world of the Queen of England. The grieving nation was desperate for comfort from its beloved queen, and for many days it did not come. Elizabeth II, stunned by the unexpected depth of the public emotion at Diana’s passing and the vitriol of the British media toward her for not joining in, was forced to realize that her people felt abandoned and were in danger of abandoning her.
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Raising Arizona
by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
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Red Dragon: The Shooting Script
by Ted Tally, Thomas Harris
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Reservoir Dogs
by Quentin Tarantino
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Romance & Cigarettes: The Shooting Script
by John Turturro
Romance & Cigarettes is a down-and-dirty musical love story. Nick (Gandolfini), a New York ironworker is married to Kitty (Sarandon), a strong but gentle woman with whom he has three grown daughters. He is secretly carrying on a torrid affair with the flame-haired Tula (Winslet). When his wife catches him and Tula wants a commitment, Nick finds himself a prisoner of his primal urges. A good man at heart, he must find his way back to his family before he runs out of chances.
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The Royal Tenenbaums
by Wes Anderson, Owen Wilson
There were three extraordinary children in the Tenenbaum family; Chas Tenenbaum (Ben Stiller) was a financial expert and started buying real estate in his early teens; Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow) was an acclaimed playwright and won a Pulitzer Prize in the 9th grade; Richie Tenenbaum (Luke Wilson) was a champion tennis player ranked 2nd in the world by the age 17. They were brilliant. They were famous. They were unlucky enough to be the children of a man named Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman). Now for the first time in 25 years, they’re all living together under the same roof. After having largely gone their separate ways they’re looking to mend fences – and themselves in the process. 27 B&W Photographs
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Saving Private Ryan: A Film by Steven Spielberg
by Steven Spielberg, David James
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Scream: A Screenplay
by Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson
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Screenwriters Award-Winner Gift Set: The Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty, and Adaptation
The Newmarket Shooting Script® Sets offer a value-priced opportunity for screenplay lovers to build their collection. Each book within the set includes a facsimile of the film’s actual shooting script, as chosen by the writer and/or director, notes on the film’s production and history, selected movie stills, and complete cast and crew credits.
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Screenwriters Award-Winner Set, Collection 2: Sideways, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and American Beauty
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Screenwriters Award-Winner Set, Collection 3: The Shawshank Redemption, Adaptation, and A Beautiful Mind
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Screenwriters Award-Winner Set, Collection 4: Capote, The Squid and the Whale, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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Screenwriters Award-Winner Set, Collection 5: The Shawshank Redemption, Cinderella Man, and The Constant Gardener
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Screenwriters Award-Winner Set, Collection 6: Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, and Sideways
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Screenwriters Award-Winner Set, Collection 7: Slumdog Millionaire, Juno, and Little Miss Sunshine
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Screenwriters Award-Winner Set, Collection 8: The King’s Speech, The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire
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Screen Writings: Scripts and Texts by Independent Filmmakers
by Scott MacDonald (Editor)
The blueprints of highly experimental films by, among others, Yoko Ono.
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Screenplays of the African American Experience (Blacks in the Diaspora)
by Phyllis Rauch Klotman (Editor)
Six independent African American filmmakers, including Charles Burnett, director of the film To Sleep with Anger, are represented in this collection by screenplays produced from 1973 to 1989. They speak in their own voice, a black voice which has resisted the cultural dominance of Hollywood.
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Seabiscuit: The Screenplay
by Gary Ross
An American epic of triumph and perseverance set during the Great Depression, this stunning adaptation brilliantly dramatizes the story of the three men and the down-and-out racehorse that took them and the entire nation on the ride of a lifetime.
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Secretary: A Screenplay
by Erin Cressida Wilson, Steven Shainberg, Molly Haskell
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The Seinfeld Scripts: The First and Second Seasons
by Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David
Featuring the first 17 episodes ever aired, The Seinfeld Scripts contains all the great lines that have kept us laughing for years: the pilot episode, “The Seinfeld Chronicles,” where it all began; George introduces his importer/exporter altar ego Art Vanderlay in “The Stakeout”; Kramer becomesobsessed with cantaloupe in “The Ex-Girlfriend”; Jerry and George meet Elaine’s dad in “The Jacket”; is Jerry responsible for a poor Polish woman’s death when he makes “The Pony Remark”?; Jerry and Elaine decide to become intimate again in “The Deal”; what will George do when he is banned from the executive bathroom in “The Revenge”?; and Jerry, George, and Elaine wait for a table in “The Chinese Restaurant.”
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Seven & 8mm
by Andrew Kevin Walker
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Shakespeare in Love: A Screenplay
by Marc Norman, Tom Stoppard
Amazon.com: Tom Stoppard has always had an ear for the Bard, stretching back to his surreal and hilarious early plays Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Dogg’s Hamlet, and Cahoots Macbeth. For those who have already seen the film Shakespeare in Love, this screenplay offers a chance to savor Stoppard’s exuberant collaboration with the renowned screenwriter Marc Norman. The result gives us, among many other things, a dog, Hamlet, Kit Marlowe, Elizabeth I, and probably one of the best screenplays in modern cinema based on Shakespeare.
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The Shawshank Redemption: The Shooting Script
by Stephen King (Introduction), Frank Darabont
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Shine
by Jan Sardi
The extraordinary Australian film about music’s triumph over madness.
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Shipping News: A Screenplay
by Robert Nelson Jacobs
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Shooting the Past
by Stephen Poliakoff
Stephen Poliakoff’s facinating series of linked television plays take us on a mysterious journey back in time.
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Sideways: The Shooting Script
by Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor
Based on Rex Pickett’s acclaimed first novel, Sideways tells the story of Miles (Paul Giamatti), a failed novelist, and his soon-to-be married friend Jack (Wings’ Thomas Haden Church), a washedup actor. To salute the remains of their youth, the two men take one last road trip in the week before Jack’s wedding. A serious wine enthusiast, Miles is determined to educate his friend on the region’s beloved Pinot Noir wines before the week is out. Jack indulges his best friend’s passion for the grape but is mainly interested in living his last week of bachelorhood to the hilt. Trouble ensues with wine and women and the duo comes to some profound realizations as they come to terms with maturity.
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Slacker
by Richard Linklater
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Sling Blade: A Screenplay
by Billy Bob Thornton
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Slumdog Millionaire: The Shooting Script
By Simon Beaufoy
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Smoke Signals
by Sherman Alexie
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Snatch: The Shooting Script
by Guy Ritchie
Ritchie’s follow-up to Lock, Stock is an even more craftily concocted underworld entertainment.
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The Sopranos: Selected Scripts from Three Seasons
by David Chase
For rabid Sopranos fans and would-be screenwriters, this is a no-brainer — but even for the rest of the mildly interested public, these scripts make worthwhile reading. Series creator Chase’s introduction describes the writing process and illuminates some of the themes present in each season. The pilot episode (which opens in Dr. Melfi’s waiting room); “College,” in which Tony and Meadow visit Bates College and mayhem ensues; “The Happy Wanderer”in which “Parvati” (Janice) sows seeds of serious family discontent; “The Knight in White Satin Armor” which has Richie getting offed in an unexpected manner; and “Pine Barrens,” in which a “package” awaiting burial hits Christopher with a shovel and disappears, are all featured within.
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Spanglish: The Shooting Script
by James L. Brooks
Flor (Sex and Lucia’s Paz Vega) emigrates to Los Angeles from Mexico in hopes of finding a better life for her and her daughter. Hired by John and Deborah Clasky (Punch-Drunk Love’s Adam Sandler and Flirting with Disaster’s Tsa Leoni) as their housekeeper, Flor contends with the language barrier, her daughter’s budding femininity, and the eccentric Clasky’s way of life.
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The Spanish Prisoner and The Winslow Boy: Two Screenplays
by David Mamet
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The Squid and the Whale: The Shooting Script
by Noah Baumbach
Set in Brooklyn in 1986, The Squid and the Whale captures with extraordinary immediacy the inner workings of the Berkman family. Bernard (Jeff Daniels), a once successful novelist, and his wife Joan (Laura Linney), an up-and-coming writer, have given up on their marriage. Their two sons Walt (Jesse Eisenberg), 16, and Frank (Owen Kline), 12, are left to grapple with their confusing and conflicted feelings.The experience is a tender, funny, and ultimately moving coming-of-age for Walt and a tortuously premature one for Frank. The emotional tensions and strains that emerge during this difficult period for the Berkmans are given a remarkably subtle and nuanced portrayal. This is a film that deftly presents the realties of a family in transition learning to redefine itself.
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Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace Script Facsimile
by George Lucas
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State and Main: The Shooting Script
by David Mamet
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The Straight Story: A Screenplay
by Mary Sweeny, John Roach
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Strange Days
by James Cameron
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Stranger Than Fiction: The Shooting Script
by Zach Helm (Author), Marc Forster (Foreword), Lindsay Doran (Introduction)
In this inventive comedy, a novelist struggles to complete her latest, and potentially finest, book-she only has to find a way to kill off her main character, IRS agent Harold Crick, and she’ll be done. Little does she know that Harold Crick is inexplicably alive and well in the real world and suddenly aware of her words. Fiction and reality collide when the bewildered and hilariously resistant Harold hears what she has in mind and realizes he must find a way to change her (and his) ending.
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The Substance of Fire: A Screenplay
by Jon Robin Baitz
Based on the stage play; a good example of adaptation to film.
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Superman Returns: The Complete Shooting Script
by Bryan Singer
Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. And an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all. Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
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The Talented Mr. Ripley
by Anthony Minghella
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Thelma & Louise/Something to Talk About
by Callie Khouri
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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
by Martin McDonagh
After months pass without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes pays for three signs challenging the authority of William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon, a mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement threatens to engulf the town.
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Three Screenplays by Edward Burns: The Brothers McMullen, She’s the One and Long Time, Nothing New
by Edward Burns
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Titanic: James Cameron’s Illustrated Screenplay
by James Cameron, Randall Frakes (Introduction)
Contains the shooting script of the most popular film of all time. An invaluable reference for film students and fans, this book details the evolution of the epic romance from script to screen, including scenes and dialogue cut from the final film, as well as annotations explaining footage seen in the final cut, yet not contained in the screenplay.
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Topsy-Turvy
by Mike Leigh
W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan were the most astonishing partnership in the history of musical entertainment, and in Mike Leigh’s first historical film – as well as his first film to use famous characters from an earlier era – their lives and times are fully, richly explored. Known not only for his acclaimed films, including Secrets and Lies, Naked, and High Hopes, but also for his unusual working method whereby his films are created through improvisation with the actors, Leigh has extended his considerable range still further in this
extraordinarily vibrant new work. 20 Black-and-White Photographs

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Traffic: The Shooting Script
by Stephen Gaghan
Karen Durbin, Elle: “A classic American-issues movie, in the tradition of Gentleman’s Agreement or Bad Day at Black Rock.” Winner of the 2001 Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay.
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Trainspotting: A Screenplay
by Irvine Trainspotting Welsh, John Hodge
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Transamerica: The Shooting Script
by Duncan Tucker
A transsexual woman takes an unexpected cross-country journey after learning that she once fathered a son.
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Trash Trio: Three Screenplays: Pink Flamingos/Desperate Living/Flamingos Forever
by John Waters
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True Romance
by Quentin Tarantino
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The Truman Show: The Shooting Script
by Andrew Niccol, Peter Weir (Introduction)
Amazon.com: This screenplay (by Gattaca author Andrew Niccol) is required reading, and the 35 good-quality color stills from the film in the photo album at the center of the book are nicely laid out with helpful, intelligent captions. But The Truman Show: The Shooting Script also offers something not found in theaters: the back-story to the script, written by director Weir, who has never been weirder. It’s a trip–and it just might provide a peek into certain dark crannies of the mind of Oscar-winning director Peter Weir. Just because you’ve seen The Truman Show, you don’t know everything in this book.
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Twister: The Original Screenplay
by Anne-Marie Martin, Michael Crichton
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The Ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer
by Fox
Buffy’s 100th episode as you’ve never seen it before — filled with behind-the-scenes photos, director and actor commentary, excerpts from the uncut script, and intricately designed stunts. In this chilling Cine-Manga adaptation of “The Gift,” one of the most unforgettable and shocking episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the apocalypse is at hand in Sunnydale! Buffy must square off against a true god when Glory prepares to use Dawn to unleash all Hell on Earth. The only way to save the day is to kill Dawn — but Buffy refuses to harm her little sister, and the gang heads into battle knowing that some of them may not survive.
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Vanilla Sky
by Cameron Crowe
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Waking Ned Devine
by Kirk Jones, Danny Boyle, Andrew MacDonald
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War of the Worlds: The Shooting Script
by Josh Friedman, David Koepp
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We Were Soldiers: The Screenplay
by Randall Wallace
From Randall Wallace, the Academy Award® nominated screenwriter of “Braveheart”, comes this unique companion book to the recent Paramount Pictures blockbuster film “We Were Soldiers” starring Mel Gibson, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Greg Kinnear, Chris Klein, Keri Russell, and Barry Pepper. This book offers a facsimile of the film’s shooting script, its cuts and changes, scene notes, never-before-seen photos, storyboards, correspondence, and an exclusive interview with director/screenwriter Randall Wallace.
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We’re No Angels: A Screenplay
by David Mamet
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“The West Wing” Scriptbook
by Aaron Sorkin
Contains six full scripts selected from the best episodes of series one and two, featuring an introduction by Aaron Sorkin, series creator. The scripts are complete with scene-setting as well as errors that give the sense of a real working document. Readers can follow President Bartlet and his team as they deal with the politics of the country as well as their own emotional worlds.
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When Harry Met Sally
by Nora Ephron
One of the wittiest, most popular romantic comedies ever, and a good illustration that, sometimes, it’s the dialogue that makes the screenplay.
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William Goldman: Four Screenplays With Essays: Marathon Man, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, the Princess Bride, Misery
by William Goldman
“Nobody Knows Anything” is Goldman’s famous maxim about Hollywood, but his own reflections on screenwriting prove him happily wrong.
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William Goldman: Five Screenplays With Essays
by William Goldman
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Yes: Screenplay and Notes
by Sally Potter, John Berger, Pankaj Mishra
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You Can Count on Me: A Screenplay
by Kenneth Lonergan (Introduction)
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Your Friends & Neighbors
by Neil Labute
Rolling Stone: “A brutally funny sex comedy.”
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Zero Dark Thirty: The Shooting Script
by Mark Boal
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