48 EXT.MOUNTAINS - DAY 48
Ivan comes climbing up a steep grade through thick undergrowth. Everyone follows behind, climbing further up the mountain, only now instead of five there are eight of them.
49 EXT. CAMPSITE - NIGHT 49
The band of escaped slaves sit around a small campfire preparing for sleep. Ivan has the clay jug of potato liquor and takes a slug. He's already pretty drunk, but not happily so. He stares into the fires and laments.
Man, there were so many things in
the world I used to just take for
granted and now that they're gone
I miss 'em.
Well . . . There used to be little restaurants
all over the place and people called ‘em
greasy spoons. You could get eggs, toast,
bacon, and coffee for $2.99 and the waitress
would ask four times during the meal if
everything was OK then forget to bring you
more coffee, and scanning up and down the
radio dial for a good song, but only getting
songs you don't like, and basketball, and
dumb TV shows and . . . I don't know.
Ivan lowers his head into his hands.
Are you sorry you're here?
I don't know. It's just, nothin' ever goes
the way you think it's gonna. I mean, I
finally fall in love, or, at least I think I
have, I get away and she gets caught . . .
Alex looks at Bizzy who is paying close attention to Ivan's words. Alex cautiously reaches out and takes her hand. She holds his hand, but continues to listen to Ivan.
. . . Ever since I was a kid I wanted to
be a doctor. I'd watch "E.R." and "Marcus
Welby" reruns on TV and think, "I wanna
be like that . . . "
None of your business. But my grades
weren't good enough, so I joined the
Air Force, figured I'd fly jets, or helicopters,
or something . . . But no . . . My grades
weren't good enough for that, either. Luckily,
they put me through Osteopathic school, but
all the M.D.s treated D.O.s like they were
quacks. And then I ended up on that stupid
space mission ‘cause no real doctors wanted to
go away for twenty years. I figured I'd come
back to a better world a hero, but no . . .
Sometimes I just think fate or God or
whatever is just cruel. No matter what you
want, that's not what you get . . .
Ivan sighs deeply, drops over backward and passes out.
Bizzy stares at Ivan. Alex holds Bizzy's hand and stares at the back of her neck. He's got his courage pumped up and goes to make his move just as Bizzy stands and goes over to Ivan. Alex is left with nothing but empty air.
Bizzy covers Ivan and puts a pack under his head, then sits beside him and watches him sleep.
Alex curls up in a ball by himself.
50 EXT.RIVER'S EDGE - DAY 50
Moving along the bank of a fast flowing river are two mounted Bounty Hunters. They look nervously around. One turns to the other.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
We can't go back empty-handed. We'll
get in trouble.
BOUNTY HUNTER #2
I don't want to hang around this area, there's
hostiles here. A Bounty Hunter got killed
around here just a few weeks ago.
The first Bounty Hunter scans the treeline on the hill above them.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
You're just chicken. I ain’t afraid a no
He sees some kind of movement among the trees.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
There somethin' movin' up there. I'm goin'
to check it out.
BOUNTY HUNTER #2
Don't do it, I'm tellin' ya.
The first Bounty Hunter doesn't listen. He spurs his horse and rides up the hill.
The other Bounty Hunter shakes his head and keeps moving.
51 EXT. TOP OF HILL – DAY 51
Ivan and his small army trudge up a wooded hill. They all hear the thumping of the horse coming up the hill at the same time and dash into the underbrush. Ivan takes a bow and arrow from one of the men, loads it, pulls the arrow back and waits.
The Bounty Hunter reaches the top of the hill and slows to a trot. He looks directly toward where they are hiding and readies his carbine.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
I know you're in there, get your butts
out before I blow ya away.
He cocks his weapon for effect.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
I ain’t kiddin'.
He raises his rifle and aims into the brush.
END ACT FIVE:
52 EXT. TOP OF HILL – DAY 52
The Bounty Hunter aims into the bushes where the slaves are hiding.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
I said come outta there!
Ivan lets the arrow in his crossbow go. It flies straight into the Bounty Hunter’s shoulder throwing him backward off his mount. He hollers loud as he hits the ground. The horse gallops quickly down the hill.
53 EXT.RIVER`S EDGE – DAY 53
The riderless horse runs right past the other Bounty Hunter who obviously heard the yell. He spurs his horse and rides quickly away.
54 EXT. TOP OF HILL – DAY 54
Ivan and the others step out of the brush and surround the wounded, moaning Bounty Hunter.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
Ya killed me. Ya gone and killed me.
Ivan inspects the wound.
You're not dead and I won't let you die,
even though you deserve it, you traitor.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
Traitor? Traitor to what?
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
I don't get it.
Yeah, and that's the problem. Look, I'll
make you a deal—I'll save your life if
you stop working for the Aliens and join
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
How can ya save my life?
I just can. Is it a deal?
The Bounty Hunter reaches up and feels the arrow embedded in his shoulder and winces.
BOUNTY HUNTER #1
Yeah, sure. It's a deal.
Ivan takes hold of the arrow with both hands, grits his teeth and yanks it out with all his might. The Bounty Hunter gasps and passes out.
The others look to Ivan.
Why're you bothering with him? He's a
stinkin' Bounty Hunter.
He's a human. Human's have the ability
to change. Now someone hand me a
Bizzy hands Ivan her knife. The rest look at each other skeptically. They shake their heads and mutter, "I don't know." Bizzy looks angry.
If the Doctor says so then it's true.
Several people shrug conceding the point, but many others still look skeptical.
55 EXT. FOOT OF THE PEAK - DAY 55
The band of ragged ex-slaves has increased in size again, there are now eleven, two other women beside Bizzy, and the Bounty Hunter. They top the rise before a giant imposing snow-capped peak. They all look up. Ivan shakes his head.
We're not prepared to climb that.
Anyone have an idea as to what our
next step ought to be?
A loud booming gunshot rings out, the projectile whizzing through the leaves above their heads.
Everyone hits the dirt. People ready their various weapons: knives, bows, sticks, Bob aims his empty Luger and raises his fishing rod. A voice is heard. A deep male voice.
Friends! And fellow humans!
There is a low rasping laugh. There is a rustling in the woods and before them steps a mountain man garbed in bear skins, a long beard and a longer rifle—only he's a hunchbacked dwarf! He is BILL, the Mountain Man.
Everyone, except Ivan, gasps at the sight of this man and retreats a half step.
You see, I ain't hardly human and
you're not my friends.
We could be.
Bill takes the barrel of his rifle and shoves it into Ivan's face.
What if I blow your head off? Would
ya still be my friend?
Everyone gasps and raises their weapons. Ivan pushes the gun barrel away from his face with his finger. Bill lowers the weapon so that it's aiming at Ivan's chest.
You're not going to shoot me.
I'm not, huh? How do ya know?
I just know.
Ain’t you just a little scared?
Not even a little.
(holds out his hand)
My name's Ivan. I'm a doctor.
A doctor? What's that?
I heal people.
Bill lowers his rifle.
Oh yeah. I got taken t' folks like you
when I was little. Didn't do me no good
You got taken to doctors, or to healers?
Folks who said God healed through
(looks Bill over)
Just as I suspected.
So what're you all doin' up here?
We've come to the mountains to find
The President. Why?
He's putting together a fighting force
to overtake the aliens and make the
Earth free for all humans.
A number of people mumble, "The President lives." Ivan turns frowning and they all quickly shut up. Bill chuckles.
You wouldn't happen to know anything
about the President, would you?
That depends on which President you
mean? I may know a different one.
Demsky is who they're talking about.
Sure, I know where he is.
Everyone gasps, even Ivan.
Sure. I'll take you there. Then we can
all join the fighting force together.
Bill chuckles, turns and walks into the woods heading toward the looming peak. Ivan follows closely, watching Bill walk in his contorted way. Everyone else follows along.
56 EXT. SKI LODGE - DAY 56
The Sunny Slope Ski Lodge looks like a faded Swiss chalet on stilts and is afixed to the side of a mountain. It appears abandoned. Above the lodge rusty broken chair-lifts dangle in the wind.
Bill leads the others up the overgrown road to the ski lodge. Everyone looks around with a growing sense of dread.
All the tanks and Howitzers are hidden
Everyone turns and looks. Bill chuckles.
Bill goes right up to the front door and opens it without knocking. Ivan follows right after. The others hesitate. They mumble, "The President really does live."
57 INT. SKI LODGE – DAY 57
All the old furnishings are there, shredded and broken.
Hey! Demsky! Get out here! You got
“Hey, Demsky”? Are you two on the
same bowling team?
Bill breaks up laughing. He laughs pretty hard and starts to cough.
That’s great. You're a funny guy. By the
way, what's bowling?
An old man comes scurrying up. He has white hair, is withered and wearing a ragged three piece suit, a ripped ski cap and torn mittens. He is the SENATOR. He is very upset.
Who have you betrayed us to now?
Who? Answer you deformed dwarf!
Up yours you old fart! Go get Demsky.
Don't tell me what to do, I'm the Senior
Senator from New York.
(looks at Ivan)
You're nothin' now, so move! Get
Bill and Ivan follow the Senator deeper into the ski lodge. One by one the others follow in awed silence.
The Senator leads them past doorways from which frightened rat-like old men and women peer out. Bill turns to Ivan.
This is the whole Washington D.C.
bunch. All that made it. Senators,
Congressmen, Judges, look at 'em.
Rats with beady little pink eyes. They
come to me begging for meat. Please,
please, please. Whose in charge now,
Shut up, dwarf!
58 INT. DEMSKY'S ROOM - DAY 58
They all arrive at the doorway to a room. An old man with a buzz cut sits on a wooden chair, hunched over and staring out the cracked, rag-stuffed window to the mountains and the setting sun. Beside him sits an easel with a partially completed painting of the landscape out the window.
Mr. President, this disgusting creature
has brought outsiders here. Intruders.
PRESIDENT DEMSKY slowly turns around. He was obviously once a big strapping, square-jawed guy, but now he's all bent over, shriveled and drawn, his eyes dull and lifeless. Demsky slowly looks Ivan up and down. He sees what's written on Ivan's shirt. Light comes into the President's eyes and a look of awe crosses his face.
You were on the Probe Mission?
Yes, I was.
Old ragged Washingtonians gather in the doorway, pushing themselves between Alex, Bizzy and the others. Mention of the Probe causes a gasp among the Washingtonians. "The Probe Mission" they repeat over and over.
It's because of the Probe that we're
alive. Its warning allowed a few of us
to seek shelter.
Well, it's nice to know it wasn't wasted
effort. So look, Mr. President, I'm here
leading a group of escaped slaves that
want to join your fighting force.
Yeah, the one that's going to battle the
Aliens in the upcoming rebellion.
Rebellion? What rebellion?
The one you're leading. The one plenty
of slaves I've met believe in.
(looks at the faces)
. . . I'm not leading a rebellion. I'm not
But these people believe in you.
Well what am I supposed to do about it?
Lead them to victory!
There can be no victory against these . . .
these . . . Disgusting vermin. They cannot
The escaped slaves in the doorway aren't taking this very well.
Have you tried?
What'dya mean? I killed one of 'em.
They die just like anything else, just
a little louder, and green shit comes out.
A hush goes through the crowd. Bizzy and the others look at Ivan in true wonder.
You didn't tell us that you killed an
Yeah, so what? It wasn't hard. An arrow
or a rock is enough. I used a drill bit.
Mr. President, the time is now.
The President shakes his head sadly, turns and looks back out the window. The last golden rays of sunlight beam in.
No, it won't be me. I gave all that I
have to give. I have nothing left. I'm
There is a moment of seriously oppressive silence. Everyone looks at Ivan. His jaws clench and a look of firm resolve transforms his face into granite.
My friend—the woman I love—is being
held captive at the sawmill. I've got to
get her out. If no one is even thinking of
fighting back then you’ve given up. Well
I haven't given up! I'm fighting back and
anyone that wants to fight with me is
welcome. Someone's got to lead this
rebellion and if it's not going to be you,
then I guess it's going to be me! Freedom
for humans! Freedom! Freedom!
Several people join in but most don't. They look like they want to, but he told them not to.
I changed my mind. Come on. Freedom!
Everyone raises their hands and their weapons and yells.
Freedom!!! Freedom!!! Freedom!!!
END ACT SIX:
**58A** INT. COMPOUND/SAWMILL – DAY **58A**
Outside the sawmill, the slaves stack wood on train cars. We see that Kelly is now well enough to be back stacking wood beside Jeff. They both wear muzzles and gloves.
Down at the end of the line of slaves is one CRAZY-LOOKING GUY who just stands there staring out through the wire, not working.
Kelly and Jeff see the guy just standing there, and the two of them exchange a look. They both quickly glance around to see if any of the Millhands has noticed.
The Crazy-Looking Guy drops the board he’s holding, then begins stumbling toward the wire. The closer to the wire enclosure the guy gets, the more slaves stop working and watch.
Finally, two Millhands notice the guy just as he arrives at the wire and attempts to begin climbing it. The Millhands dash over with their bats in their hands.
They get to the guy on the wire and begin whacking him on the back with their baseball bats. The guy drops off the wire and the two Millhands grab him and drag him back into the compound.
Suddenly, an Alien Guard steps out from behind a building directly in front of the captive Crazy-looking Guy. The Alien leans forward, engulfs the guy’s head in it’s mouth and bites it off.
The Millhands and all the slaves wince and turn away. Kelly covers her face.
The Alien chews up the head, swallows, then turns and walks away.
59 EXT. SKI LODGE - SUNRISE 59
The small ragged army of slaves march away from the ski lodge as the sun rises majestically over the mountains.
President Demsky's sad, beaten face watches from his window.
60 EXT. FOOT OF THE PEAK – DAY 60
The band of rebels, led by Ivan and Bill, make their way out of the mountains away from the huge peaks. Bill stops.
Well, doctor, I wish ya the best of
luck in your rebellion and I’ll catch
Ivan looks a little sad.
I thought you'd joined us.
Nope. I just took ya where I said I'd
That you did. Thank you. Uh . . .
Before you go. Would you let me try
to help you? I don't have any medical
equipment but I still think I can do you
It's been tried.
Let me try.
Bill shrugs his hunched shoulders.
60A EXT. FOOT OF THE PEAK – LATER THAT DAY 60A
Ivan has a mattress made of packs and skins, then has the dwarf lie on his side facing him. Alex holds Bill's hands above his head. Bizzy holds one of Bill's feet. The other leg is pulled up so that his knee is sticking out. Ivan takes hold of Bills shoulder with both hands and rests his weight on Bill's knee.
Just relax. Breathe in . . . out . . . in . . .
out . . .
Bill looks a bit nervous, but breathes deeply, in, out, in, out . . . Ivan glances at Alex, then at Bizzy.
In . . . out . . .
Suddenly Ivan leans forward onto Bill's outstretched knee with all of his weight while simultaneously pushing hard on Bill's shoulder. Alex pulls hard on Bill's arms while Bizzy pulls on his foot. There is crack after crack after crack running up Bill's spine until it crescendos in one big giant crack in his neck, which Ivan twists.
Bill hollers in extreme pain.
Everyone quickly backs away. They all turn and look at Ivan like he's a murderer. Ivan stares down at Bill.
Bill twists up into fetal position, gasping for air, his face twisted into a knot of pain. When his lungs are full he blows out a long, wheezing, agonized breath and drops limp onto his back—flat on his back! No longer hunched forward.
All of the people's eyes widen in amazement. They turn and look at each other for verification that what they're seeing is real.
Bill opens his eyes. The pain has subsided. He breathes deeply. He slowly realizes he's flat on his back. He looks downright frightened. Very cautiously, he sits up straight.
Oh my God!
In awed silence everyone watches him stand up—straight. Ivan smiles. Bill steps up to Ivan, beaming. Ivan examines him, feels his spine and neck. Checks his handy work.
You know, you're not even that short.
I don't think you qualify as a dwarf or
It's true. He's probably 5'1". He takes Ivan's hand in both of his and shakes it vigorously, tears in his eyes.
Thank you, Doctor, thank you, thank
you . . .
Ivan takes back his hand.
Forget it. It was nice meeting you.
Catch you on the flip-flop.
Ivan turns and starts to walk away.
(sad and stricken)
Wait! Can't I go with you?
But you said—
Hop aboard, Chief, we're glad to
61 EXT. HIDDEN VALLEY - DAY 61
The rebels, lead by Ivan and the ramrod straight Bill, troop into the slaves' hidden encampment. The residents of Freedom Valley run out to meet them and crowd around eager for news. Ivan is met by a dour Isaac.
I have some news for you.
Bizzy grabs his arm.
But their hopes . . . their belief . . . their
–Is misplaced and they should know it.
Everyone, gather ‘round. We have news
of the President.
An excited buzz courses through the crowd. Many exclamations of "The President lives" are heard.
The President in fact does live.
There is a great communal gasp, followed by cheers and clapping. The rebels all look at each other frowning. Ivan holds up his hand for silence.
He lives, but there is no fighting force,
and no rebellion.
But the President will led us to freedom!
No, he won't! As he said himself, he
The crowd goes depressingly quiet.
The President is just an old man who
stares out his window. Yes, he does
live, but he may as well be dead.
But what about freedom?
There will only be freedom for humans
if humans fight for their freedom! You
have no President to pin your hopes on,
only yourselves. The only rebel army that
exists you see standing in front of you.
We will fight for freedom and any of you
who care to join us, join now!
But there's not enough of us.
If one of you is willing to stand up for
what's right and fight, that's enough!
As long as you hide in your valley and
wait for someone to bring you freedom,
you are still slaves. Freedom only comes
to those willing to fight for it! Now, who
will join us?
Everyone looks at him blankly. No one moves. Bizzy is ashamed.
Please, you're my people. We need
you. You must join us.
They must but they don’t. They slowly begin to disperse. Soon the crowd is gone. Isaac remains to the last, but then he turns and leaves too.
The twelve rebels stand alone.
This is stupid. There's not enough of
us to do anything. I'm going fishing.
Then go! I'll be the whole rebel army
myself if I have to! I've returned to a
world of cowards! I'd rather die fighting
then be any part of this! Adios!
Ivan goes stomping away. Bizzy and Alex quickly run after him. A moment later Bill and Tyler follow. Bob and the others look at each other, shrug, then they follow, too.
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