INT. EMBASSY COURTYARD - DAY

The rebels burst through the embassy gate, right into a volley of gunfire from the Gurkhas.  Three fire, three cock, three fire, three cock and the rebels are stopped dead.  The mob retreats.

Gueng sees the chance, motions and all the Ghurkas jump into the Jeep.

EXT. EMBASSY REAR - DAY

A crowd is chasing the escaping Rolls and Land Rover.  The mob is firing single shot and automatic weapons at them.  The mercenaries all fire back.  They hang from the windows of the Rolls firing their automatic weapons.

EXT. LAND ROVER - DAY

Mike fires his M-16 for the first time and shoots a rebel.  The guy falls dead.  And then the mercenary next to him, Miura, gets shot and falls off the Land Rover.

One of the mercenaries hanging out of the Rolls, Kracauer, buys it, too.

Mike is freaked out.  He swings around and empties his whole clip, then slams in another.

EXT. EMBASSY REAR - DAY

The Gurkhas drive the Jeep through the hole in the wall right into the angry mob.  The Gurkhas fire and fire in every direction, but are finally overrun.

As the crowd surges in on them, they drop their carbines and pull out their curved, foot-long Kookri knives and go in for hand to hand combat.  The Gurkhas are the greatest hand to hand fighters in the world and take down ten opponents before one Gurkha goes down.

The angry rebels keep coming like ants as the remaining Gurkhas, now only three left, covered with blood, blades flashing, try to make it to the edge of the jungle.  Now it's just Gueng and Tenzing, back to back, fighting to the death.

INT. ROLLS ROYCE - DAY

Sir Robert throws a look over his shoulder.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Sekou, are you conscious?

On the floor in the back, Sekou is indeed awake.

                                                                 NYERERE
                                Yes, Robert?

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                How far is this airstrip?


                                                                 NYERERE
                                Very soon, at the turn off to Tsevie, you will turn
                                right onto a dirt road.  It's not much more than a
                                kilometer or two down the road.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Right-O.  How are the legs, then?

                                                                 NYERERE
                                My legs have felt better, Robert.  However, I have
                                never been in a nicer automobile.

Sir Ian smiles.

                                                                 SIR IAN
                                Well, thanks so much.  I rather like it myself.
                                It's a 1956 Silver Cloud.

EXT. TURN OFF - DAY

The turn off to Tsevie comes up and Sir Robert honks and pulls over.  The Land Rover backs up.  Sir Robert leans out the window and points at the rutted dirt road running off to the right.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                This way.  Bring me the radio.

INT. LAND ROVER - DAY

Werner slugs Mike in the arm.

                                                                 WERNER
                                That's you.

Mike shakes his head and comes out of his daze.

                                                                 MIKE
                                Oh, yeah.

EXT. ROLLS ROYCE - DAY

Mike runs over and hands Sir Robert the handset.  He keys it, but it is not on.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                It's not working.  Do you know how to operate
                                this?

                                                                 MIKE
                                Actually . . . no.

Luckily Cyril Franks does and he radios Krasker.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                                           (O.S.)
                                It's about bloody time.  I'll fire up the engines.

Cyril hands back the handset and Sir Robert turns to Mike.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                How did you become the radio man?

                                                                 MIKE
                                Well . . .

Sir Robert doesn't bother to wait for the answer.  He leans out the window and motions to Randall in the Land Rover.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                You go first!

EXT. TURN OFF - DAY

The Land Rover goes down a gully and turns onto the rutted road into the jungle.

INT. ROLLS ROYCE - DAY

Sir Robert guns the car.

                                                                 SIR ROBERT
                                Hold on.

EXT. TURN OFF - DAY

The Rolls Royce bounces down the incline and goes bombing into the jungle.  Moments later, a group of trucks, Jeeps and cars drive up, filled with twenty-five shouting revolutionaries led by Koudougou Boroma.  They almost go past the turn off when someone spots birds flying from the trees where the rutted road goes into the jungle.  The caravan goes back and follows.


EXT. JUNGLE ROAD - DAY

About a half mile down, the road becomes so thin that the Rolls Royce won't go any further.  Everyone climbs out and Sekou is carried to the back of the Land Rover.  His Wife gets in with him.  The Ambassador and his Wife also get in.  Sir Ian looks back sadly at his abandoned Rolls Royce.  His wife pats his shoulder.

They drive ahead and everyone else walks quickly.  Shots can be heard behind them and the sound of vehicles approaching.  They are really humping through the jungle and in no time, Mike has dropped to the rear.

EXT. LAND ROVER - DAY

The Land Rover gets caught in a deep mud puddle and is abandoned as well.

Sir Robert and Cyril Franks carry Nyerere on his stretcher.  Everyone else walks.

                                                                 NYERERE
                                                           (gritting his teeth)
                                It's very close now.

EXT. ABANDONED ROLLS ROYCE - DAY

Koudougou Boroma is in the cab of the truck that pulls up behind the Rolls Royce.  Many vehicles pull up behind him.

The truck pushes the Rolls, but it is stuck too deep to get pushed out of the way.  Koudougou jumps out of the truck and runs around the Rolls in pursuit.  At least FIFTY REVOLUTIONARIES follow him.

EXT. JUNGLE ROAD - DAY

Randall and Werner lead the way, followed by Wolfitt, Thornsby, with Sir Robert and Cyril carrying Sekou.  The other two mercenaries are helping Mrs. Nyerere, Sir Ian and his Wife.

Mike brings up the rear.  The radio is breaking his stinking back.  A gunshot rings out in the jungle behind.  Mike looks back, then hurriedly yells ahead.

                                                                 MIKE
                                                           (yelling)
                                Hey!  They're gettin' pretty close back here.  I can
                                here 'em.

But no one can hear Mike because he's so far back.


EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Everyone arrives at the airstrip.  All except Mike, that is.

INT. JET - DAY

Krasker sits in the cockpit and sees the people at the opposite end of the airfield.  He begins taxiing down the landing strip.

EXT. JUNGLE ROAD - DAY

Mike is running as fast as he can with the stupid radio weighing him down.  He can hear the revolutionaries screams and gunshots behind him getting closer.  He's starting to panic badly.

                                                                 MIKE
                                                           (yelling)
                                Hey!  Wait for me!

But no one can hear him.

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Mike leaves the jungle, arriving at the landing strip.  He sees everyone running toward the jet which is coming toward them.  He is way behind everyone except one straggler who seems to be losing ground - it is Julius Thornsby struggling with the heavy canvas deposit bag he's carrying.

Suddenly the air all around him is split open by bullets whizzing past.  Mike glances back over his shoulder and sees twenty revolutionaries coming out of the jungle with their weapons blazing.

EXT. JET - DAY

The jet is two-thirds of the way down the field and is beginning to turn back around and stops.  Randall arrives at the open door and turns back to yell.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                Come on!  Move!

Sir Robert and Cyril arrive with Sekou and they hustle the stretcher into the jet.  Next, the other two mercenaries arrive nearly carrying the Ambassador and his Wife.  They put these folks on the jet, then help in Mrs. Nyerere.

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Mike is still quite a ways from the jet and is catching up with Thornsby.  There are ten of the faster revolutionaries coming up behind them, all firing their weapons, led by Koudougou.

Several bullets hit Thornsby in the back and he falls to the ground, the heavy deposit bag still clutched in his hands.  Several more bullets hit the radio in Mike's back.  It begins sparking and burning.  Mike screams as he runs, trying to get the burning radio off of him.

                                                                 MIKE
                                Oh, shit!

The radio drops off as Mike is coming up on Thornsby who is holding up the deposit bag, blood oozing from his mouth.

                                                                 THORNSBY
                                                           (gasping)
                                Take this.

He dies.  Mike never stops running and takes the bag like a hand-off in a football game.

EXT. JET - DAY

The jet is beginning to taxi away down the airstrip.  Everybody on board is watching from the open doorway.

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Mike is twenty yards from the jet and the revolutionaries are thirty yards behind him.  Mike is weaving and ducking, the deposit bag wedged in his arms like a football.  Bullets whiz past him on all sides.

INT. JET - DAY

Randall and the others crowd the doorway watching.

                                                                 RANDALL
                                Move it!  Move it!  Move it!

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Koudougou Boroma is way ahead of the other revolutionaries and is really hauling up behind Mike.  As he is almost within reach of Mike, Koudougou aims his Uzi at Mike's back.

Mike suddenly swirls around with the heavy deposit bag out in front of him.  He knocks the weapon right out of Koudougou's hands.

INT. JET - DAY

Everyone starts screaming.

                                                                 EVERYONE
                                Come on!/ Keep running!/ Don't slow down!

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Mike keeps running, but so does Koudougou.  He comes right up behind Mike and throws himself on Mike's back, knocking him down.

EXT. JET - DAY

A giant groan is emitted by everyone watching from the jet doorway.

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Koudougou is on top of Mike pounding on the back of his head.

INT. JET - DAY

Werner turns to Randall, his M-16 in his hands.


                                                                 WERNER
                                I'm gonna drop him!

Randall grabs the barrel of the M-16 and yanks it down.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                You'll hit the kid!

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

The rest of the revolutionaries are 25 yards behind Mike and Koudougou and are gaining on them.  They have stopped firing so as not to hit Koudougou.

Mike's face is smashed into the ground.  Koudougou's fists are pounding on him.

                                                                 MIKE
                                                           (growling)
                                All right, you Motherfucker!  You've had it!

Mike reaches back, hooks his arm through Koudougou's and flips him onto his back.  Mike climbs on top of him and brings his knee down hard on Koudougouls throat, momentarily incapacitating him.  Mike slugs him as hard as he can in the nose, then rolls off.


INT. JET - DAY

Everyone is cheering wildly.

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Mike picks up the Uzi, rolls behind the abandoned truck and begins spraying bullets at the revolutionaries from a prone position.  Many revolutionaries go down.

INT. JET - DAY

Randall screams to Krasker.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                Come back around!

                                                                 KRASKER
                                There's no time.

                                                                 WERNER
                                Forget him.  He's dead.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                I said come back around!

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Do it!

Krasker begins turning the jet back around.

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Mike has a crazed look on his face as he keeps firing at the approaching mob.  And then he's out of bullets.  Mike crawls over to Koudougou's moaning body.  He punches him again in the face, pulls another clip of bullets from his belt and reloads.  He turns and keeps firing.

Suddenly - BOOM!! - an explosion occurs right in the midst of the revolutionaries, sending several of them sailing through the air and causing them all to turn around.

EXT. JUNGLE - DAY

Coming out of the jungle behind them is Tenzing, covered with blood, screaming with fury and firing an automatic weapon.  He stops firing long enough to throw another grenade.

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

Mike jumps to his feet, screams a wild war cry and attacks.  He and Tenzing are now catching the confused revolutionaries in a crossfire.

INT. JET - DAY

Randall turns to Sir Robert.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                This kid is great!  He reminds me of me.

EXT. AIRSTRIP - DAY

The revolutionaries scatter to the right and left.  Mike and Tenzing meet in the middle, then turn back toward the approaching jet.  They both run as fast as they can, Tenzing quickly moving ahead.

As Mike passes Koudougou, who is sitting up, he scoops up the deposit bag and smacks Koudougou in the face with it for good measure.  Tenzing is now covering him.

INT. JET - DAY

Sir Robert, in the cockpit, sees the bag in Mike's hand.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Good Boy!

EXT. JET - DAY

Tenzing gets to the door of the jet and Randall and Werner reach down and hoist him in.

The revolutionaries are regrouping and firing at the jet.

INT. JET - DAY

Krasker turns back from the cockpit.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                I've got to turn it around and get out of here!

EXT. JET - DAY

The craft begins to swing around.  Mike is running for all he's worth, the deposit bag in his hands.  Bullets whiz all around him.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                C'mon, Kid!  You can make it!

                                                                 WERNER
                                Schnell!  Schnell!

                                                                 TENZING
                                Faster!

Mike is beside the jet running at about the same speed that the jet is taxiing.  He tosses the deposit bag up and Randall catches it.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                C'mon, kid!  Faster!

                                                                 MIKE
                                                           (wheezing)
                                I can't go any faster!

Randall, Werner and Tenzing are all hanging out the door, their hands outstretched.  Mike raises his hand and is several feet away.

                                                                 MIKE
                                I can't make it!

                                                                 GRUBB
                                Yes you can!

                                                                 TENZING
                                                           (to Randall and Werner)
                                Hold my legs.

They take hold of his legs and he hangs out the door, upside down.  He swings out and grabs one of Mike's hands with both of his.  Mike is yanked off his feet and dragged.  One of his combat boots goes bouncing off.

Randall, Werner and the two other mercenaries pull on Tenzing's legs, dragging him back into the jet.  The jet is building speed and leaving the revolutionaries behind.

Mike is dangling in the air by one arm, but Tenzing won't let go.

                                                                 MIKE
                                                           (screaming)
                                My arm is breaking!

They get Tenzing back in and Randall and Werner reach down and take hold of Mike's shirt.  With a mighty pull, Mike is yanked into the jet.

                                                                 LADY ANNE
                                Thank God!  He's in!

Krasker slams the throttle to full and the jet lurches forward.  He shakes his head as he eases back the stick.  The jungle is zooming at them.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                We'll never make it!

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Oh yes we will!

The jungle is coming at them way too fast and the jet is still on the ground.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                Come on, you son of a whore!  Come on . . .

EXT. JET - DAY

The wheels leave the ground.

INT. JET - DAY

Krasker yanks the stick all the way back.  The tops of the trees come at them at 200 miles per hour.

EXT. JET - DAY

The jet bursts through the foliage unscathed and shoots into the air. in one second, the revolutionaries on the airfield are the size of ants, the muzzle flashes from their weapons still visible.  In another second, the airstrip is gone.

INT. JET - DAY

Everybody cheers and applauds.  Krasker pulls a wad of colorful money out of his pocket.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                When we land, the drinks are on me.

Randall sits Mike up against the bulkhead.  He is wheezing and gasping, sweat pouring off of him.  Everyone crowds around to congratulate him.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                Well, kid, you done good.  Flat feet and all.

Mike looks at all of them, smiles weakly, then his eyes roll into the back of his skull and he passes out.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

EXT. HEATHROW AIRPORT DAY

A limousine pulls up outside the terminals at Heathrow Airport. Out of it steps Sir Robert, Krasker and Mrs. Nyerere.  The chauffeur takes a wheelchair out of the trunk and unfolds it.  Densmore and Krasker help Sekou out of the car and into the wheelchair.  Both of his legs are in casts.

                                                                 NYERERE
                                I can never thank you enough, Robert.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                No need, my friend.

                                                                 KYERERE
                                Oh yes there is.  You saved my wife's life.  We will
                                both always be grateful.

Mrs. Nyerere kisses Densmore on the cheek.  Krasker looks on.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                What about me?  I saved both of your lives.

Mrs. Nyerere smiles and kisses him, too.  Densmore turns to Sekou.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                And once you're fit, Sekou, let me know.  Your
                                job is always waiting.

                                                                 NYERERE
                                Thank you, Robert.  Goodbye.

Mrs. Nyerere pushes Sekou in the wheelchair into the terminal.

A moment later another limousine pulls up.  Out of it steps Randall, Werner, Kaarl, Mike and Tenzing.  Mike's arm is in a cast and sling.  Randall hands both Mike and Tenzing business cards.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                As General Patton said, "I'd be proud to lead
                                you two into battle anytime, anywhere," just
                                give me a call.  These ops come through a couple
                                of times a year.

                                                                  MIKE
                                                           (shakes his head)
                                No thanks.  Not me.  That's as much action as I
                                ever care to see in my whole life.

                                                                 TENZING
                                Me as well.  I've just left the army.  I'm finished
                                with military life.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                Well, you never know which way the winds of fate'll
                                blow.  If you lose the cards and you end up in El
                                Paso, just ask anyone where the Big 'G' ranch is?
                                They'll tell you.

                                                                 MIKE
                                Right.  And thanks for the chance.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                Anytime, kid.  See ya 'round.

                                                                 MIKE
                                See ya.

They all shake hands.  Densmore and Krasker step up.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                                           (to Randall)
                                Damn fine job, Tex.  You delivered everything that
                                you said you would.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                Keep that in mind when the bill for the final payment
                                comes.  All bonuses'll be gratefully accepted.

Krasker hands Randall several colorful bills of foreign currency.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                Here's a hundred thousand Lire.  Go have a
                                good time.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                How much, is this worth in American money?

                                                                 KRASKER
                                I don't know exactly.  Ten American dollars.  Maybe
                                less.

Randall puts the money in his pocket.

                                                                 GRUBB
                                My motto is - never turn down anything.  Catch
                                ya on the flip-flop, good buddies.

Randall Grubb departs.  Densmore and Krasker look at each other, confused.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Flip-flop?

                                                                 KRASKER
                                It must be some mercenary expression.

Densmore turns to Mike and Tenzing.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Well, gentlemen.  I hope you'll both consider my
                                offer of employment.  Commonwealth Mineral
                                needs bright, daring young men like you two.

                                                                 TENZING
                                I will consider it, Sir Robert.  And thank you.

                                                                 MIKE
                                I will, too.  Thanks.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                                           (to Mike)
                                And you are still undecided as to where you're
                                going?
                                                           (Mike nods)
                                You don't have to go anywhere.  You can stay
                                here.

                                                                 MIKE
                                No.  I'm going somewhere.  I'll have to check out
                                my choices on the flight board.


                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Good luck, gentlemen.  Wherever you decide to
                                go, just charge your ticket to Commonwealth
                                Mineral.

They all shake hands.  Densmore and Krasker get back into the limousine and drive away.

INT. LIMOUSINE - DAY

Krasker turns to Densmore.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                Well, Bobby.  Tell me that show wasn't worth the
                                price of admission?

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                A lot of people lost their lives.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                But not you and me.  And we saved a few lives,
                                too.

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Yes, we did.  And I feel ten years younger, too.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                Feel like dropping ten more?

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                What do you mean?

                                                                 KRASKER
                                I've got an equipment evac coming up in Kuwait.
                                It could get a bit dicey.  What say you, grand and
                                glorious leader?

                                                                 DENSMORE
                                Call me before you leave.  I'll let you know.

                                                                 KRASKER
                                Indeed I will, Bobby-boy.  Indeed I will.

INT. AIRPORT TERMINAL - DAY

Mike and Tenzing walk through the airport.

                                                                 MIKE
                                So, where do you live in Nepal?

                                                                 TENZING
                                My family lives fifty kilometers from Katmandu.
                                That's the capitol.

                                                                 MIKE
                                Really?  I've heard the song and never knew where
                                it was.  What's Nepal like?

                                                                 TENZING
                                It's the most beautiful place on Earth, Michael.  The
                                Himalayas are the home of the Gods.  You've never
                                seen anything like it.  It's truly magical.  You ought
                                to see it.

                                                                 MIKE
                                It sounds great.

                                                                 TENZING
                                You are more than welcome to stay with me and my
                                family.  You'll have to listen to my father tell war
                                stories, but at least we have our own stories to tell
                                back now.

                                                                 MIKE
                                We sure do.
                                                           (he thinks)
                                Yeah.  I'd like to go to Nepal.  If you're really serious
                                about this invitation, I'll take you up on it.

                                                                 TENZING
                                                           (smiles)
                                I'm so glad.  We'll have a very good time.

                                                                 MIKE
                                Terrific!  I'll go get a ticket.

INT. AIR INDIA DESK - DAY

Mike and Tenzing step up to the desk.  Tenzing checks in and Mike purchases a ticket.  The CLERK behind the desk asks . . .

                                                                 CLERK
                                Your passport, please?

Mike grimaces and starts to sweat.  He hands over his bogus passport.  The clerk looks through it, stops and looks closer.  Mike is panicked.

                                                                 CLERK
                                What's this?

                                                                 MIKE
                                What's what?

                                                                 CLERK
                                It's a visa from Ghana.  I've never seen one.
                                What is it like?

                                                                 MIKE
                                                           (sighs)
                                It's no place to sightsee that's for sure.

He gets his ticket and passport back.  He and Tenzing proceed toward the gate.

                                                                 MIKE
                                                           (shakes his head)
                                I've got to get a new passport.  A real one.  So,
                                now that you're not in the army anymore, what're
                                you going to do after you visit your family?

                                                                 TENZING
                                I don't know.  I really haven't any idea at all.  What
                                about you?

                                                                 MIKE
                                I don't have any idea, either.  None.  You like
                                cameras?

                                                                 TENZING
                                                           (lighting up)
                                Oh, yes.  I have an old Hasselblad in Nepal but
                                it's broken.

                                                                 MIKE
                                I used to work in a camera store.  I took some
                                camera repair courses.  Maybe I can fix it.

                                                                 TENZING
                                Oh, I hope so.  It used to take very fine pictures.

They step into line to get on the plane.

                                                                 MIKE
                                Do you play chess?

                                                                 TENZING
                                Why yes, I do.

Mike takes out his little wooden chessboard.

                                                                  MIKE
                                Good.  It makes the flight go by a lot faster.

They disappear into the boarding chute.

                                                                                                       FADE OUT:

THE END

 

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