ACT FOUR:

 

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.

 

                                                                 GIRL

                                                           (amazed)

                                Have we met?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                I don't think so.

 

                                                                 GIRL

                                This is really weird. Are you sure?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Pretty sure.

 

The girl shakes her head.

 

                                                                 GIRL

                                My name`s Bizzy.

      

                                                                 IVAN

                                Im Ivan.

 

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.

 

                                                                 ALEX

                                I'm Alex.

 

She looks at Alex for a blank moment, then smiles.


                                                                 BIZZY

                                Hi.

 

Alex nearly faints. Lights are flashing in his eyes.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Thanks for saving our lives.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                Did you just escape from the sawmill?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Yes.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                Why're you wearing such funny clothes?

 

                                                                 ALEX

                                He's from outer space.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                                           (confused)

                                Are you an alien? You don't look like

                                one.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                                           (shakes his head)

                                No. I'm from Earth. I'm a doctor.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                                           (nods again)

                                Oh. What's a doctor?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                You don't know what a doctor is?

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                                           (shakes her head)

                                Uh-uh.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                I help people.


                                                                 BIZZY

                                                           (nods)

                                How sweet.

 

With her bare hand Bizzy puts out the little fire.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                Follow me.

 

She leads Ivan and Alex further into the dark cave.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                                           (to himself)

                                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.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Who are all these people?

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                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.

 

                                                                 BAKER

                                Hey, Bizzy, what'choo got there?

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                He's a doctor.

                                                                 BAKER

                                                           (grinning)

                                He looks like some kinda spaceman or

                                something.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                It just so happens I am a spaceman.

 

The Baker starts to laugh heartily. He turns to two women.

 

                                                                 BAKER

                                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.

 

                                                                 BAKER

                                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.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Second Lieutenant Ivan Hood, D.O.

                                Who're you?

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                I am Isaac. I am the leader of Freedom

                                Valley.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                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.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                What are you doing?

 

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                It's a greeting.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                Ah. So now are you really a spaceman?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                As a matter of fact I am.

                                                           (he points at his uniform

                                                           where it is written . . .)

                                NASA, Probe Mission.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                I just saw the Bounty Hunters carrying

                                away a woman dressed like you.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                                           (very concerned)

                                Was she all right?

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                She was knocked out, but breathing.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                                           (relieved)

                                Thank goodness.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                What does D.O. mean?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                I'm a Doctor of Osteopathy.

 

This causes an internal conference among the top men.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                Does that mean that mean you are

                                a doctor for animals or humans?

 

                                                                 IVAN                                                            (sarcastically)

                                Osteopathy is the study of slugs and

                                their mating habits.  


                                                                 ISAAC

                                                           (eyes light up)

                                Really? I've always been interested in

                                slugs. How do they mate?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Very carefully. I was kidding. That was

                                a joke. An Osteopath is a doctor for

                                people. Turn around.

 

Isaac does as hes told. Ivan gets him in a full-Nelson.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                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.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                Thank you. That feels fine.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Don't mention it. Anyone else has a

                                problem, come to me. In fact, you

                                can just think of me as "The Great

                                Healer."

 

Everyone takes a step toward Ivan. Isaac holds up his hand. He speaks to everyone.

  

                                                                 ISAAC

                                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.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Whoa! Wait a minute. I've got a friend

                                back at that sawmill that I've got to get
                                out of there. I need your help.

 

They all shake their heads.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                We of Freedom Valley do not fight. We

                                live in peace with everything.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Except the Aliens and the Bounty Hunters.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                They don't know we're here and we don't

                                bother them.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                So you just hide here in your little valley

                                and pray they dont find you. That's very

                                brave.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                Bravery is from another time.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                That's for sure. Look, these aliens have

                                no right to our planet or our wood.

 

An OLD MAN speaks.
 

                                                                 OLD MAN

                                They took it. It's theirs.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                This is one of the very few free settlements

                                of humans left on Earth. We're not looking

                                for trouble.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                You don't have to look for it, it's here. What

                                about the President? What's his name?

                                Kemsky?

 

A disturbance rumbles through the men.

 

                                                                 OLD MAN

                                You're trying to trick us. President Demsky

                                was after the Probe mission. You were in
                                deep space when he was elected.


                                                                 IVAN

                                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

                                President Demsky?

 

                                                                 OLD MAN

                                He's putting together a fighting force of

                                slaves in the Cascade Mountains.

 

                                                                 BAKER

                                He's a myth. He died with everyone else

                                in the capital.

 

                                                                 OLD MAN

                                He didn't. The President lives! I've spoken

                                with a guy who knew someone who saw
                                him. He lives!

 

Alex speaks for the first time.

 

                                                                 ALEX

                                The President lives!

 

Bizzy is right beside Alex and smiles at his forthrightness. She touches his arm. Alex blushes.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                The Cascade Mountains aren't far from

                                here. I'll go find him.

 

Everyone speaks at once.

 

                                                                 EVERYONE

                                No! You can't!

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Give me one good reason why I shouldn't?

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                The Bounty Hunters will track you down

                                and kill you.

                                                                 IVAN

                                                           (nods)

                                Not bad.

                                                           (waves his hand)

                                Ahh. Those Bounty Hunters are fags. I

                                can get past them.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                You will be killed.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                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.

 

                                                                 ALEX

                                I'm going.

 

Bizzy stands up, too.

                                                                 BIZZY

                                Me, too.

 

Alex turns and smiles at her. She looks a bit unsure.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                                           (smiles)

                                Good. At least there's two among you

                                with courage.

 

Isaac frowns at Bizzy and shakes his head sadly.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                But Bizzy, we were going to be married?


 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                There's more important things to do

                                now. Don't you see, the Doctor was

                                sent here to lead us to the President.

 

                                                                 ISAAC

                                                           (sadly)

                                I dont think so. I think he'll lead you to

                                your doom.

 

Bizzy looks at Isaac and the rest of the men for a long moment.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                We'll let you know when we get back.

 

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

 

 

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)
                                This one wasn't bad lookin' before we

                                started.

 

                                                                 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.

 

                                                                 GUARD

                                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.

 

                                                                 GUARD

                                                           (seriously)

                                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:

   

ACT FIVE:

 

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.

 

                                                                 KELLY

                                Where am I?

 

                                                                 JEFF

                                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.

 

                                                                 KELLY

                                Where's Ivan?

 

                                                                 JEFF

                                He got away. So did Alex.

 

A slight smiles plays across Kelly's swollen, pain racked face.

 

                                                                 KELLY

                                                           (whispers)

                                Thank God.  

 

                                                                 JEFF

                                Ya know, no one's ever killed one of

                                the 'Mites before. It's got everyone thinkin.

 

                                                                 KELLY

                                Good.

 

Kelly falls asleep.

 

A quiet hubub is going on among the slaves.

 

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

 

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.

 

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

 

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.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                                           (whispers)

                                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.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                                           (groaning)

                                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.


                                                                 IVAN

                                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.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                I don't suppose we have anything

                                antiseptic with us, do we?

 

They both shrug. They don't know what he means.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Alcohol?

 

Now they get it. Bizzy nods, reaches into her pack and removes a small clay jug. She offers it to Ivan.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                Potato liquor.  

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                That'll do.

                                                           (he takes a slug and winces)

                                Smooth.

                                                           (he holds it out to the patient)

                                Here. Drink this.

 

The wounded guy opens one eye.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                Huh?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Drink it. It'll kill the pain.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                Why do you want me to drink if your gonna

                                stick me with a knife?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                I'm a sadist. Now drink it.

 

The guy takes a big slug, coughs and blows out hot fumes through his lips.


                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                That's pretty good.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                                           (to Alex and Bizzy)

                                Hold him down.

 

Alex and Bizzy both look at Ivan quizzically.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                What are you going to do?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                I'm going to operate.

 

                                                                 BIZZY

                                What's that?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Just watch. Now hold him down.

 

Bizzy and Alex take hold of the guy.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                                           (pleading)

                                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.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Good as new. Want this as a souvenir?

 

The Wounded Man takes the bullet.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                Ain't you gonna kill me?

 

Bizzy cuts in.  


                                                                 BIZZY

                                He's a Doctor. He just healed you.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                                           (amazed)

                                A Doctor? There ain't no Doctors no more.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Oh yes there is and I'm it.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                I guess so. Are you some kinda spaceman,

                                too?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Yeah, I am.

                                                           (to the others)

                                Let's go.
 

Everyone stands. Ivan turns to the patient.  

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Change the bandage occasionally and

                                you'll be fine.

 

They all start to leave.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                Wait! Where're you going?

 

                                                                 ALEX

                                To find the President.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                The President? He lives! He'll bring freedom

                                to us all!

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                That's what we hear. We're going to find

                                him.

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                Can I come?  


                                                                 IVAN

                                Sure. What's your name?

 

                                                                 WOUNDED MAN

                                Tyler.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.

 

They all look at him blankly.

 

                                                                 TYLER

                                Huh?

 

Ivan looks like he might explain, but doesn't know what it means, either.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Forget it. So, Tyler, think you can

                                walk?

 

                                Tyler jumps to his feet and walks ahead.

 

                                                                 TYLER

                                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.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

 

 

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.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                This is my kind of guy. Let's go make

                                friends.

 

The Fisherman is facing away from them. They approach him waving their arms.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Hi, how ya doin'?

 

The Fisherman spins around holding a big old German Luger. He aims it at them.

 

                                                                 FISHERMAN

                                Nobody move or you're dead!

 

They all freeze with their hands up.

 

                                                                 FISHERMAN

                                What do you want?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                We want to make friends.

 

                                                                 FISHERMAN

                                You want my fish!

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Well, we wouldn't mind sharing them

                                with you.

 

He eyes Bizzy up and down in her scanty rags.

 

                                                                 FISHERMAN

                                Whatre you offering?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Friendship.

 

                                                                 FISHERMAN

                                Friendship, huh? What're you doing

                                here?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                We're out looking for the President.

 

                                                                 FISHERMAN

                                                           (eyes widen)

                                The President, huh? The President's dead.  


                                                                 IVAN

                                Are you sure?

 

                                                                 FISHERMAN

                                Uh . . . No. Are you sure he's alive?

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                No. But we're going to find out.

 

Tyler raises his clenched fist.

 

                                                                 TYLER

                                The President lives!

 

Everyone but Ivan and the Fisherman repeat loudly . . .

 

                                                                 EVERYONE

                                The President lives!!

 

Ivan turns to everyone.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                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.

 

                                                                 FISHERMAN

                                                           (lowers gun)

                                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 names Bob.

 

                                                                 IVAN

                                Nice to have you aboard, Bob.

                                                           (turns to the others)

                                Lets make a fire and eat some fish.

 

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

 

 

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