39 INT.CAVE– DAY 39
Ivan and Alex can't see a thing in the dark cave. A hand strikes a flint and the spark catches in a small pile of dry grass. The little fire illuminates the person's face.
It's a very pretty 20-year old girl with freckles on her nose, her shapely body covered in rags. She looks at Ivan and a strange expression crosses her face.
Alex, meanwhile, has fallen immediately in love. He has stopped breathing.
The girl points her finger at Ivan.
Have we met?
I don't think so.
This is really weird. Are you sure?
The girl shakes her head.
My name`s Bizzy.
He puts out his hand to shake. BIZZY just looks at his outstretched hand, which, after a second, he lowers.
Alex's brain snaps back to reality. He gulps.
She looks at Alex for a blank moment, then smiles.
Alex nearly faints. Lights are flashing in his eyes.
Thanks for saving our lives.
Did you just escape from the sawmill?
Why're you wearing such funny clothes?
He's from outer space.
Are you an alien? You don't look like
(shakes his head)
No. I'm from Earth. I'm a doctor.
Oh. What's a doctor?
You don't know what a doctor is?
(shakes her head)
I help people.
With her bare hand Bizzy puts out the little fire.
She leads Ivan and Alex further into the dark cave.
Never even heard of doctors, eh? I
could actually still become "The Great
Healer." This may be utopia, yet.
He shrugs and follows along.
40 EXT. CAVE/HIDDEN VALLEY – DAY 40
They come out of the cave into a hidden valley. There is a small village inside with a river running through it. There are about thirty people, men, women and children, milling about. The whole thing is kind of magical.
Who are all these people?
Just like you. Escaped slaves.
41 EXT.VILLAGE OF SLAVES – DAY 41
They enter the village and are stared at by everyone. They pass strange shrines. A guy in a white apron, the BAKER, calls out.
Hey, Bizzy, what'choo got there?
He's a doctor.
He looks like some kinda spaceman or
It just so happens I am a spaceman.
The Baker starts to laugh heartily. He turns to two women.
He says he's a spaceman.
The women look at Ivan and shake their heads. They make a comment to each other and laugh.
Ivan, Alex and Bizzy approach the men, all squatting by a big fire. Ten of them, in rags and skins.
The Baker trots up from behind taking off his apron.
This fella here says he's a spaceman.
A big man with strong arms and reddish hair stands up rather crookedly. He is ISAAC. Ivan steps up to him.
Second Lieutenant Ivan Hood, D.O.
I am Isaac. I am the leader of Freedom
Nice to meet you.
Ivan puts out his hand. Just like Bizzy, Isaac stares at it. Ivan reaches out and takes Isaac's hand and shakes it.
What are you doing?
It's a greeting.
Ah. So now are you really a spaceman?
As a matter of fact I am.
(he points at his uniform
where it is written . . .)
NASA, Probe Mission.
I just saw the Bounty Hunters carrying
away a woman dressed like you.
Was she all right?
She was knocked out, but breathing.
What does D.O. mean?
I'm a Doctor of Osteopathy.
This causes an internal conference among the top men.
Does that mean that mean you are
a doctor for animals or humans?
Osteopathy is the study of slugs and
their mating habits.
(eyes light up)
Really? I've always been interested in
slugs. How do they mate?
Very carefully. I was kidding. That was
a joke. An Osteopath is a doctor for
people. Turn around.
Isaac does as he’s told. Ivan gets him in a full-Nelson.
Breathe in . . . out . . . in . . . out.
Ivan lifts Isaac off the ground adjusting every vertebrae in his back. There is a ripple of cracks. Isaac stands up straight, much straighter than before. He holds his head high. A mild hush goes through the crowd.
Thank you. That feels fine.
Don't mention it. Anyone else has a
problem, come to me. In fact, you
can just think of me as "The Great
Everyone takes a step toward Ivan. Isaac holds up his hand. He speaks to everyone.
We here in Freedom Valley welcome
any human, no matter where he escaped
from. May you live here in peace for
the rest of your days.
Ivan holds up his hands and shakes his head.
Whoa! Wait a minute. I've got a friend
back at that sawmill that I've got to get
They all shake their heads.
We of Freedom Valley do not fight. We
live in peace with everything.
Except the Aliens and the Bounty Hunters.
They don't know we're here and we don't
So you just hide here in your little valley
and pray they don’t find you. That's very
Bravery is from another time.
That's for sure. Look, these aliens have
no right to our planet or our wood.
An OLD MAN speaks.
They took it. It's theirs.
This is one of the very few free settlements
of humans left on Earth. We're not looking
You don't have to look for it, it's here. What
about the President? What's his name?
A disturbance rumbles through the men.
You're trying to trick us. President Demsky
was after the Probe mission. You were in
Oh, knock it off, old man! I'm older than
you anyway. The slaves back at the sawmill
were all talking about him. Where is this
He's putting together a fighting force of
slaves in the Cascade Mountains.
He's a myth. He died with everyone else
in the capital.
He didn't. The President lives! I've spoken
with a guy who knew someone who saw
Alex speaks for the first time.
The President lives!
Bizzy is right beside Alex and smiles at his forthrightness. She touches his arm. Alex blushes.
The Cascade Mountains aren't far from
here. I'll go find him.
Everyone speaks at once.
No! You can't!
Give me one good reason why I shouldn't?
The Bounty Hunters will track you down
and kill you.
(waves his hand)
Ahh. Those Bounty Hunters are fags. I
can get past them.
You will be killed.
You're a real hopeful bunch. Well I
don't give a damn. What have I got to
lose. I'll find this President of yours, or
I'll prove he doesn't exist. If he does
we're coming back here with his fighting
force, take these aliens on, and free my
friend and all the other humans back at
the sawmill! You say your free here in
"FreedomValley"? Bullshit! You're just
prisoners in a bigger cage!
(they all look at
him in silent awe)
Now, who will join me on my quest?
Ivan scans the faces. None of them look very eager. Alex stands up.
Bizzy stands up, too.
Alex turns and smiles at her. She looks a bit unsure.
Good. At least there's two among you
Isaac frowns at Bizzy and shakes his head sadly.
But Bizzy, we were going to be married?
There's more important things to do
now. Don't you see, the Doctor was
sent here to lead us to the President.
I don’t think so. I think he'll lead you to
Bizzy looks at Isaac and the rest of the men for a long moment.
We'll let you know when we get back.
42 EXT. SAWMILL/COMPOUND - SUNSET 42
Two Bounty Hunters carry a pole between them with Kelly's bloodied, bruised and beaten body hanging by her wrists and feet.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
(shakes his head)
BOUNTY HUNTER #2
Yeah, too bad we had to beat her with
the damn ‘Mites watchin'. I'd a liked to've
done a spacegirl.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
She'll get better. Then we'll both do her.
They arrive at the bearded GUARD sitting beside the wooden trapdoor leading to the slave cellar.
Yosemite! You sure did her up royal.
The Guard stands, unlocks the bolt and swings open the door.
BOUNTY HUNTER #2
The 'Mites was watchin’.
The Bounty Hunter drops his end of the pole and Kelly's body slides off into the cellar. It's about an eight foot drop which doesn't do her the slightest bit of good.
Well, hell, she and the other spaceman
killed one of the 'Mites. I didn't know ya
could do that.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
Me, neither. They die just like us.
BOUNTY HUNTER #2
Except green shit comes out.
They all shake their heads in disgust. The Guard slams the door shut and relocks the bolt. The two Bounty Hunters walk away. They are both somewhat contemplative, which is unusual for them.
As they pass the turquoise sculpture they find the five remaining Aliens in the midst of a ceremony. The sculpture is pulsing and glowing. The Aliens sideways mouths are opening and closing and they are shrieking in unison. The Bounty Hunters see the dead Alien Guard laid out at the base of the statue on a bed of fresh kindling wood. The Alien is dead as a doornail, and covered with green shit.
The Bounty Hunters look at each other. Hmmm . . . ?
One of the Aliens turns it's bugeyes and sees the Bounty Hunters standing there watching. The Alien lets out a spine-chilling shriek and all the other Aliens turn and look.
The two Bounty Hunters get lost fast.
The Aliens turn back to their ceremony. The Alien Leader lights a kitchen match and ceremoniously tosses it on the kindling. The dead Alien goes up in flames.
END ACT FOUR:
43 INT. SLAVE CELLAR - NIGHT 43
The slaves have Kelly by the fire and are dressing her wounds with mud and sap. Kelly groans as she resurfaces to painful consciousness.
Where am I?
You're safe, you're with us.
Kelly looks around and realizes where she is and that doesn't seem safe at all. She groans again.
He got away. So did Alex.
A slight smiles plays across Kelly's swollen, pain racked face.
Ya know, no one's ever killed one of
the 'Mites before. It's got everyone thinkin’.
Kelly falls asleep.
A quiet hubub is going on among the slaves.
44 EXT.VILLAGE - DAWN 44
The sun shines on the little village in the hidden valley. Three solitary figures wearing backpacks walk away from the village, following the river. It is Ivan, Bizzy and Alex.
Their breath creates steam in the early morning chill. They head toward the mountains.
45 EXT.MOUNTAINS - DAY 45
The three figures make their way into the rolling foothills of the Cascade Mountains. The enormous snowcapped peaks loom in the distance.
The three travelers are marching along shouldering their packs when they hear shooting and screaming coming from over the next hill. They drop to their bellies and crawl the rest of the way up the hill. Cautiously peering over the edge they see . . .
46 EXT.VALLEY - DAY 46
Two Bounty Hunters on horses have a line of five muzzled humans chained at the ankle whom they are marching out of the hills. The area around them is littered with five bloody, inert human bodies.
A look of deep pain and sadness crosses Ivan's face. He shakes his head.
So much killing.
However, one of the bloody prostrate humans is not dead yet and is slowly
crawling up the hill toward them.
A Bounty Hunter spots the movement. He shoulders his carbine, sights in and fires. The bullet thumps into the dirt on the opposite side of the wounded man. He jerks visibly and slumps to the ground motionless. The Bounty Hunter lowers his weapon, nods and rides after the chain gang.
Once the Bounty Hunters and the slaves are out of sight, the wounded man continues to crawl up the hill.
Ivan and the others stand and run to him. The wounded guy sees them, moans and apathetically drops to his face.
Just make it quick, will ya?
Ivan turns him over and inspects the wound. The guy has a bullet in his side. Ivan turns to Bizzy.
Have you got a knife?
Bizzy reaches into her pack and pulls out a large Bowie Knife. She hands it to Ivan. The wounded guy shuts his eyes tightly expecting death any moment. Ivan looks at Alex and Bizzy.
I don't suppose we have anything
antiseptic with us, do we?
They both shrug. They don't know what he means.
Now they get it. Bizzy nods, reaches into her pack and removes a small clay jug. She offers it to Ivan.
(he takes a slug and winces)
(he holds it out to the patient)
Here. Drink this.
The wounded guy opens one eye.
Drink it. It'll kill the pain.
Why do you want me to drink if your gonna
stick me with a knife?
I'm a sadist. Now drink it.
The guy takes a big slug, coughs and blows out hot fumes through his lips.
That's pretty good.
(to Alex and Bizzy)
Hold him down.
Alex and Bizzy both look at Ivan quizzically.
What are you going to do?
I'm going to operate.
Just watch. Now hold him down.
Bizzy and Alex take hold of the guy.
I'll work in the mill. You can cut off
my finger. You can cut off all my fingers.
I'll do anything. Please . . .
Ivan pours liquor on his hands, on the Knife blade and on the wound. The guy howls in pain. Ivan quickly and deftly operates. In a moment he holds a bloody lead ball between his fingers. He pours more liquor on the wound and bandages it with a strip of rough cloth.
Good as new. Want this as a souvenir?
The Wounded Man takes the bullet.
Ain't you gonna kill me?
Bizzy cuts in.
He's a Doctor. He just healed you.
A Doctor? There ain't no Doctors no more.
Oh yes there is and I'm it.
I guess so. Are you some kinda spaceman,
Yeah, I am.
(to the others)
Everyone stands. Ivan turns to the patient.
Change the bandage occasionally and
you'll be fine.
They all start to leave.
Wait! Where're you going?
To find the President.
The President? He lives! He'll bring freedom
to us all!
That's what we hear. We're going to find
Can I come?
Sure. What's your name?
Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.
They all look at him blankly.
Ivan looks like he might explain, but doesn't know what it means, either.
Forget it. So, Tyler, think you can
Tyler jumps to his feet and walks ahead.
Sure. I feel great.
Everyone starts after him. About ten steps ahead Tyler's eyes roll into the back of his head and he passes out.
47 EXT. WOODED FOOTHILLS/STREAM - DAY 47
Ivan and Alex hold Tyler up as they walk into a pine forest in the foot hills of the mountains. Bizzy leads the way.
They come down a wooded slope that ends at a wide stream. As they follow the stream they see a guy standing in the water up to his knees fishing with a long stick. He is casting back and forth expertly, and in a moment has caught a fish. He takes it off the hook and tosses it to shore. It lands in a pile of other flopping fish.
The four weary travelers see all the fish and their stomachs begin to growl.
This is my kind of guy. Let's go make
The Fisherman is facing away from them. They approach him waving their arms.
Hi, how ya doin'?
The Fisherman spins around holding a big old German Luger. He aims it at them.
Nobody move or you're dead!
They all freeze with their hands up.
What do you want?
We want to make friends.
You want my fish!
Well, we wouldn't mind sharing them
He eyes Bizzy up and down in her scanty rags.
What’re you offering?
Friendship, huh? What're you doing
We're out looking for the President.
The President, huh? The President's dead.
Are you sure?
Uh . . . No. Are you sure he's alive?
No. But we're going to find out.
Tyler raises his clenched fist.
The President lives!
Everyone but Ivan and the Fisherman repeat loudly . . .
The President lives!!
Ivan turns to everyone.
Hey, look! Let's knock off this "President
lives" shit, okay? We're not slogan-repeating
slaves, were free men! Let's act like it.
All right, I'm with you. I like the way you
talk. Besides, I don't have any bullets
anyway. And you can have all the fish
you want as long as there's water around.
I just like catching 'em, I don't much like
eating 'em. My name’s Bob.
Nice to have you aboard, Bob.
(turns to the others)
Lets make a fire and eat some fish.
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