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116.

HUN

He’d better not be…

This war is certainly no joke!

Now Corporal… THAT’S ENOUGH!

Get out of that airplane!

WIND

(still squirming)

Ouuut! I can’t get ouuut!

PILOT 2

For god’s sake- let’s get him out then!

I think he’s really in a panic…

They unbuckle him and Wind bolts out of the plane

HUN

What on earth is the matter corporal?

You act as if you’ve never flown

in your life!

Wind now sees that the pilot is Hun

WIND

(stammers)

HUN- it is you! HUN!

HUN

HUN? (turns to others)

Has this lad gone daft?

WIND

HUN… you know me-

I am WIND!

HUN

Now see here Corporal …

I am Leftenent Peter Remington,

of the Royal Air Force, and

this best not be some kind of

joke you’re playing!

Another crew arrives and asks the other pilot already there

what all the commotion is about

PILOT 3

What’s going on here?

117.

PILOT 2

It seems the corporal has lost

his wits, and is calling

Remington a Hun!

CUT BACK TO WIND AND REMINGTON

HUN

What’s this nonsense about the wind?

You are Corporal John Maybury,

We’ve flown together countless times…

and now you accuse me of being a Hun?

PILOT 2

Young Corporal… have you forgotten

that the Hun is presently the enemy

of dear old England?

WIND

He is not ’the salt of the earth?

HUN

Salt of the Earth? Are you daft lad?

They’re bloody savages!

PILOT 2

Well Remington, perhaps we should

Escort our young corporal to the

infirmary- They can calm him

down there… Come along then Maybury-

EXT DRUID STONEHENGE CAMP DAY

The Stonehenge camp is complete to the point of resembling the monument- Sun and Dove have just finished making love by the altar with the harp- Sun’s friend runs in

FRIEND

Warriors have returned…

Come quickly…

SUN

Where are the priests?

FRIEND

They gather berries in forest-

You must talk to your brothers…

118.

The warriors arrive - AUDIO IS ‘COMMUNICATION’ DRUMBEAT-

Sun meets them by the camp entrance and tries to stop them

SUN

What you want here my brothers?

DOM

Our parents are dead.

Many warriors killed.

Our enemies come HERE soon.

SUN

No- we at PEACE here! You go way!

others come be cause of you!

Dom kills Sun with a spear and breaks YUDOC’S flute

DOM

You men stand guard here…

We get arpa’s strings

and find Dove girl…

Kill anyone who gets in way!

INT AIRFIELD INFIRMARY DAY

Wind awakens in a panic- A Doctor tries to calm him

DOCTOR

Nurse, more sedative- quickly!

NURSE

Yes Doctor…

DOCTOR

I’ve never seen one quite so

shook up from a training flight.

INT STONEHENGE ALTAR DAY

Meanwhile Dove plays the harp pensively, knowing the warriors are coming for the strings- Sun’s friend runs in

FRIEND

Run Dove! Get out! Warriors

are back! They kill Sun!

He runs out again- while Dove weeps as she plays. Both she

and the harp vanish as the hunters arrive

119.

EXT GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE- 1965 DAY

Dove is suddenly peering over the edge of the Golden Gate bridge at the ocean below- Her hands are on a huge cable like Harp strings

Disoriented and with cars speeding past, she panics and runs out into traffic- A car swerves to avoid her and touches off a chain reaction pileup

She runs off the end of the bridge and up the hillside

EXT STONEHENGE CAMP

Ahman is handed a spear and takes it with regret

AHMAN

I never take up spear against

other men. But now we must

go after hunters! My sons dead

but I will get Dove back from

those animals!

They depart looking for the warriors-

After they leave, a restless wind blows through the empty camp- There is a sudden lightning storm, and the wooden camp turns to stone piece by piece

INT AIRFIELD INFIRMARY DUSK

Wind finishes dinner, when Remington (Hun) comes for him

Wind drinks his soup right from the bowl in the background

HUN

Doctor, I have orders to

take Corporal Maybury

to a briefing-

DOCTOR

He hasn’t been awake long,

And I haven’t had a chance

to talk with him, He still

seems a bit… bewildered- Is this necessary?

HUN

They’re orders from

Major Warwick, Sir.

 

120.

INT PILOT’S READY ROOM NIGHT

Wind and the pilots assemble, to watch a film about the war-

He is fascinated by the electric lights

WIND

(thinking)

A room lit up by a fire

that no burns out!

How great their god!

Wind trys to fit in now as they are seated at the front-

PILOT 1

Maybury, Old chap!

Glad to see you’re

feeling better now.

WIND

I was be-wild-dered,

I fine now…

PILOT 1

(To the others)

My God. The poor fellow

still can’t seem to speak

proper English though, can he?

One officer introduces another:

CAPTAIN JACK

Right then men! Listen up!

Your flight training is almost complete

You’ll soon be in France, and

it won’t be training there…

They’ll be REAL Germans,

with live ammunition. Now to give you a better idea about

what’s happening there,

and for your general information…

Major Warwick will show us

a short moving picture about

modern warfare, and to further

explain why we fight- Major Warwick…

 

 

 

121.

MAJOR WARWICK

Thank you Captain Jack… Now men,

as you’ve all heard we are now

fighting The War to End All Wars:

Never before in history has one

one group of nations been so allied against another… the very

fate of the world hangs in the balance- The question is simple: Will it be a free world… or one enslaved by the Kaiser?

Now you’ve heard about the U-boat dangers, and that the war in France has become

a bloody battle in the trenches…

So we now have a lot of hope in

you fliers: That perhaps your new machines and skills can break the deadlock along the front!

I have here a moving picture that

demonstrates another new secret weapon being deployed at this very moment

Captain, the lights if you please….”

The lights go out and a projector lights up a screen.

A countdown flashes, and a primitive tank crosses the screen

WIND

(THINKING)

They have an eye that

sees other places!

WARWICK

To break the Hun’s hold, this mobile artillery has

been developed by England’s

finest engineers.

Packing awesome firepower, while protecting its’ crew with armor

on all sides… It is called simply:

a “tank”- And may God have mercy

on those who draw its’ ire!

The tank pivots and comes at the camera- Wind panics as it grows on the screen- He yells, and gets out of his seat to move out of the Tank’s way- Remington pulls him back

REMINGTON

(whispers)

My God man, get a hold of yourself..

122.

WARWICK

What’s going on? YOU THERE!

remain seated! Now then…

Here’s some animated drawings

of what the chaps in France are facing:

An animation depicts the Big Bertha canon

WARWICK

This is what weapon our boys

fear most: The Germans call it

“Big Bertha”- A cannon of such

proportion it hurls shells

thirty miles- with uncanny accuracy ..

You fliers are our best hope

against Bertha… We hope the bombs

you’ll be using can knock her out,

or at least slow her down-

The animation shows a bi-plane dropping small bombs.

The Big Bertha explodes- The men in the room cheer

WARWICK

This will not be easy-

The German’s have planes-

and airmen to repel you..

A German plane approaches- the British plane does a loop maneuver- gets behind the German plane- and shoots it down The men cheer again

REMINGTON

A classic loop maneuver!

Good show! Good show!

A voice in the back says: “At ‘em boys… Give ‘em the gun!

WARWICK

We hope it turns out so.

That is why your training has

been rigorous.. And thorough.

Now then, forever clever

in the ways of war, the Kaiser

has devised the most insidious

method of warfare ever known to mankind

On the screen are shots of men advancing wearing gas masks-

123.

WARWICK

Chemical warfare! Germ warfare!

Mustard gas! The Kaiser hopes

to suck the air out of every Allied lung!

And God forbid that these weapons

should ever reach dear England!

Now as you men are risking your lives

I want to show you why…

On the screen, a young schoolgirl is fitted with a gasmask

She pirouettes about like a model

WARWICK

This could be your young daughter-

or your mother, an Auntie, or uncle

At the mercy of the Kaiser’s gas-

And so the Royal Air Force has been

enlisted to keep the fight

far from our shores!

And so until we meet again…

Good Luck, and God speed!

They all sing “God Save the King” while saluting the flag

Wind pretends by mumbling some words

EXT AIRFIELD DAY

Wind and Remington are in the bi-plane- They fly over a target and Wind drops some small bombs on practice targets- He isn’t at all accurate- Remington is perturbed

REMINGTON

Come on man- more lead time!

We can only carry so many…

Make them count!

When the bombs are spent, they do more aerial maneuvers as Wind yells- When it straightens out Wind looks down and sees STONEHENGE CUT TO:

INT PASSENGER PLANE- WORLD WAR II ERA DAY

Wind is suddenly peering down through a glass window at the monument. It is quieter and there is no wind rushing past.

He is now on a commercial passenger plane- A priest seated next to him reads a Bible

 

124.

PRIEST

What’s so interesting down there

young man? You’ve been peering out

that window ever since we took off.

He leans over and looks down

PRIEST

Stonehenge eh? Interesting place.

Know one knows how or why

it’s there. I visited once-

Not much to see. It’s pretty

from up here though.

Wind, confused again by the sudden change stammers:

WIND

It my home- I want to go back,

back to my home…

PRIEST

Dear England is my home too,

my son. And I will miss her. (hesitates)

Yet we are FORTUNATE- to be

on this plane- leaving

the horrible war behind us.

Coincidentally- I just read

this Psalm

Wind recognizes that it is the apostle Peter, from the dungeon of the coliseum

WIND

You! … You are Peter!

PRIEST

What?… Oh, well, yes, yes.

We clergymen like to think

we are the cornerstone of

the Church- But listen to

the Psalm I was just reading…

“…and I said, Oh that I had

wings of a Dove! For then

would I fly away, and be at rest…”

WIND

A Dove?

 

125.

PRIEST

Yes young man- the Dove is

a symbol of peace.

WIND

Peese? That is my clan!

PRIEST

Eh? Your name is Peace?

Yes, well… Jesus is known as

”The Prince of Peace”

(continuing from the Bible again)

“Oh that I had wings of a Dove!

For then I would fly away

and be at rest… I would hasten

my escape- from the windy storm

and tempest…

He closes his Bible and says:

PRIEST

My advice to you young man is-

when you get to America- STAY THERE!

Stay as far from this war as you can

The Americans are in it now too…

But these are dark days for England.

And it’s not safe to be there now-

A female flight attendant comes up and says:

Is there anything I can get

you gentlemen? A pillow or

blanket?

PRIEST

Are their any facilities

where I might relieve myself?

FLIGHT ATTENDANT

Yes, there’s a locker in the back

The priest rises

PRIEST

Who would have ever thought

I’d be taking a pee thousands

of feet in the air? (he whispers)

And yes WIND- you are right.

I AM Peter!

126.

He leaves- Wind looks around in awe and then at the Bible

He picks it up and thumbs through the pages, turning it upside down and all around-

He puts it back down and peers out the window again

INT THE DOOR OF A TROOP TRANSPORT PLANE DAY

Wind is suddenly standing in an open door of a transport plane where a platoon of parachutists exit via a guide wire

It is noisy and windy- Wind hesitates screaming before being pushed out by the guy behind him- his chute opens and he floats toward the ground- a soldier near him shouts:

Shut up Buddy! You want

to alert the enemy?

As Wind nears the ground, thirty or forty feet up- CUT TO:

INT JEREMY CAPSTAN’S LIVING ROOM DAY

CLOSE UP OF TELEVISION as it plays a Hertz commercial-

A man descends into his rented automobile

While having lunch and speaking on the phone to his record company in London, Jeremy Capstan, (HUN again) a talent scout for Empire records, watches the television-

CAMERA DOLLIES BACK- revealing the apartment

JEREMY

Well yes, I hear you, but speak

up a little bit- Yes, it’s

certainly a modern world-

who could imagine that one day

we’d be talking to one another

half a world away? Yes, there are

still several acts I want to see

Yes- the British invasion is

bound to swing back the other way

Yes. Yes. Yes… I know the kids

in England are anxious to see

American groups… No, I haven’t

signed anyone yet… Right then-

I’ll let you know first thing

-Cheerio…

He hangs up and looks at the telly- where he sees a news report about a strange woman wandering near the Golden Gate

 

127.

TV NEWS REPORTER

This is Diane Lawyer-Trabajo

for 3 Eyewitness News- with an

unusual story of a disoriented

hippie woman who caused that

massive pileup on the Golden

Gate this morning…

She’s since been sighted several

Times- wandering the adjacent

hillsides- in this exclusive Channel 3

film footage, you can see the panicked

woman eluding police officers-

Later, the frustrated officers

only had this to say:

COP

This just shows that these

Hippies are a menace- and the

drugs they take need to be

controlled. Luckily, there

were no fatalities in that wreck

But this sure hasn’t made our day!

REPORTER

Are there any leads as to the

identity of this mysterious woman?

COP

No, but we’ll get her-

you can bet on that!

REPORTER

We’ll have more on this Mystery

Woman at five. For 3 Eyewitness news-

this is Diane Lawyer-Trabajo

at the Golden Gate Bridge-

Capstan turns the TV off

CAPSTAN

Crazy Yanks!

EXT OPEN FIELD DAY

On the ground, Wind struggles against his parachute

Another soldier running past stops to help him get free

Wind then runs in the other direction from all the others

128.

OTHER SOLDIER

Hey! Our rendezvous is this way!

Wind throws his helmet down and runs into a nearby woods

He comes upon a house with some laundry on a clothes line- He looks down at his military fatigues

CUT TO: Wind dressed in civilian clothes

EXT RAILROAD YARD NIGHT

Wind emerges at a rail yard where he meets a group of hobos

They huddle around a fifty gallon drum where a fire burns They drink soup from tin cans

BUM #1

Say fella, what you doing out here?

Don’t look like no hobo to me…

BUM #2

Say, is that a WOMAN’S sweater?

You one of them funny fellows?

WIND

Funny…fellows?

BUM#2

Yeah, you know…

(Holds up a limp wrist)

A sissy boy…

WIND

No.. I am be-wild-ered.

WOODY GUTHRIE

Now boys, don’t get particuler…

When yir cold on a night like this,

a ladies sweater keeps you warm

bout the same as a man’s… With the

war on, a fella can’t be worryin’

bout what he can git his hands on…

WIND

Then there still a war?!

WOODY

Why hell yes there’s a war on!

Where have you been hiding?

129.

WIND

Will soldiers come here… with guns?

WOODY

Well that could happen,

but now it’s mostly on the

other side of the world

WIND

Is that far?

The men laugh

WOODY

Say yir kinda slow ain’tcha?

Where bouts you from son?

WIND

I am from Druid tribe

WOODY

An Indian? Don’t look much like one-

Never heard of the Druid tribe-

They in Canada? Anyway, you hungry?

We got more soup in the pot.

Wind takes a tin can from one of the men

WOODY

My name’s Woody. This is Willy,

and this here’s Cowcatcher…

WIND

I am Wind…

WOODY

Wind eh? Well you are an

injun then ain’t cha?

A scruffy old man emerges, wearing a civil war cap.

He babbles as he approaches and stops in front of Wind

OLD MAN

This ain’t right! Ain’t right!

You men should be in formation!

WIND

(saluting)

Yes sir!

130.

The others laugh and hand the old man some soup

WOODY

Well, if it ain’t ole Johnny Reb!

Haven’t seen YOU since we caught

that rig out of Peoria last summer.

Howd’ja do?

OLD MAN

Still livin’- Where you guys goin?

WOODY

We’ll this train’s bound

for New Orleans in the morning…

Then goin west- To Californy.

You gonna be with us?

OLD MAN

Reckon so… winter’s coming on-

Californy good as anywhere

to stay warm.

COWCATCHER

Speakin o stayin warn-

Lemme sit down here by the fire-

WOODY

Cowcatcher’s right. We best

get some sleep- She’ll be

pullin out early I spect…

WILLY

Say there Woody. How’s about

a song afore we nod off?

WOODY

Well OK- a quick one-

Got jes the thing-

Call it the “Hobo’s Lullaby”

As the men lie down, Woody picks up his guitar and sings-“The Hobo’s Lullaby”

“Go to sleep you weary hobos, Let the towns drift slowly by

Listen to the steel rails hummin, That’s the hobos lullaby…

Do not think about tomorrow, Let tomorrow come and go…

Tonight you’ve got a nice warm boxcar

Safe from all the wind that blows…”

131.

Wind drifts off to asleep- CUT TO:

EXT RAILROAD YARD DAY

A large blast of steam whooshes from a steam locomotive-

The wheels slip over the track and then finally grab hold

The train cars clack together one after another down the line as they and begin to move- Wind awakens with a start

Woody yells at him to get a move on, as the other hobos grab their things and run for a boxcar with an open door

He reaches the boxcar and hesitates as Woody holds out a hand to him- He takes hold and jumps on with the others

WOODY

Say fella, you look like you’ve

never hopped a freight in your life!

WIND

I never see some thing so big

that move! Will this leave

the ground like a… a aeroplane?

WOODY

Leave the ground? Now that’s a hoot!

Say boy, you got quite

a sense of humor..

I like that in a man!

As they travel west together Woody sings songs, spins tales and talks with Wind about God, and current affairs.

WOODY

I’ve been in box cars with 60 men,

All trying to breathe the same

piece of air. Course, that was

before the war- Most a them

fellers got jobs now!

Wind asks Woody what he thinks about GOD

WIND

Woody, do you believe in a Great God?

WOODY

Well, like most folks,

I call myself Christian.

(MORE)

132.

They say God came to the world

long ago- just to see how

things was, I guess. Called

himself Jesus. The people back

then killed him. But he promised to

come back someday. In fact, I wrote

a song about him- wanna hear it?

WOODY then sings his song with just his guitar accompaniment

“Jesus Christ was a man that traveled through the land,

Hard working man and brave, He said to the rich give your goods to the poor, So they laid Jesus Christ in his grave..

Yes Jesus was a man, a carpenter by hand,

his followers true and brave

One dirty coward called Judas Iscariot has laid poor Jesus in his grave.

When Jesus came to town the working folks around, believed what he did say, The bankers and the

preachers they nailed him to a cross,

And they laid Jesus Christ in his grave

WIND

Woody, Can they really kill God?

WOODY

I don’t know Wind- They say he rose

Up and went to heaven. So HE’S

in a better place, while you

and me are still stuck here!

WIND

What is heaven like?

WOODY

Ya got me there friend. Sometimes

I think every person has their own

heaven and hell (That’s the other

Place- for bad people) But who

knows what happens when we die?

WIND

I think we still live-

Maybe the God just want

teach us things.

133.

WOODY

You know Wind, for being

slow, you’re kinda smart too-

In your own way…

WIND

You sing many songs, don‘t you?

WOODY

Hell- I can make up a song

about most anything, jest about

any old time. Let’s see now…

He starts to make up a song and sings a few snatches of

“Riding on the City of New Orleans”

Riding on the City of New Orleans,

Illinois Central, Monday morning rail..

Fifteen cars, fifteen restless riders,

three conductors, twenty-five sacks of mail..

Da- Dee- Da-Da, Da- Da Da …”

(He stops and says)

Well, guess I’m not really in the mood right now.

He stops and peers pensively out the door with Wind

AUDIO TRACK: “City of New Orleans” by Arlo Guthrie-

There is a visual collage to the music

Riding on the City of New Orleans,

Illinois Central, Monday morning rail

Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders,

Three conductors, twenty-five sacks of mail

The men play cards, pass a bottle and watch the scenery pass

All along the south bound odyssey,

the train pulls out of Kankakee,

Rolls along past houses, farms and fields,

Passing trains that have no name,

freight yards full of old black men

And the grave yards of the rusted automobiles

Good morning America how are ya?

Don’t cha know me I’m your native son

I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans,

I’ll be gone 500 miles when the day is done

134.

We see a club car where men in suits also gamble

Dealin card games with the old men in the club car,

Penny a point, ain’t no one keeping score

Pass the paper bag that holds the bottle,

Feel the wheels rumblin neath the floors

We see other passengers in cars further up

And the sons of Pullman Porters,

and the sons of engineers

Ride their fathers magic carpets made of steel

Mothers put their babes asleep,

rockin to the gentle beat

And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

Good morning America How are ya?

Don’tcha know me I’m your native son

I’m the train they call The City of New Orleans

I’ll be gone five hundred miles

when the day is done

Wind and Woody watch a sunset, while the others sleep

Night time on the city of New Orleans,

changing cars in Memphis Tennessee,

Half way home, we’ll be there by morning,

in the Mississippi darkness,

rollin down to the sea

Wind and Woody run beside another boxcar and get a hand up aboard from the others while a couple of cops try to catch them from behind- The cops yell at them over the music:

Hey, stop right there!

They smile and shake hands when they are safely away

CUT TO DAYLIGHT AGAIN

And all the towns and people seem,

to fade into a bad dream, and the

steel rails still ain’t heard the news

The boys wave at a family in an old pickup truck stopped at a railroad crossing. They resemble the Joads from “The Grapes of Wrath” A man doffs his Tom Joad cap, another toasts with a bottle, and the others wave back

135.

The conductor sings his songs again-

‘The passengers will please refrain’

This train’s got the disappearing railroad blues…

Good night America, How are ya?

Said don’t’cha know me,

I’m your native son,

I’m the train they call the city of New Orleans I’ll be gone 500 miles when the day is done….

As the music track fades, it is dusk again-

the train rolls away from the camera,

A conductor waves a lantern back and forth from the caboose

EXT HILLSIDE FOLIAGE DAY

POV Dove looks at the sun

Dove is in some bushes unsuccessfully searching for berries

She surveys some houses below her and sees some fruit trees in the fenced backyard of one of them

She starts down the hillside toward the house

EXT TRAIN YARD- LOS ANGELES CA DAY

The hobos arrive in L.A. and jump off the train before it stops moving

WOODY

OK, let’s get going before

the cops come along…

Woody and Wind depart from the others and go to a small café near the rail yard-They pass SMILEY who has a peg leg

WOODY

Why say there- It’s Smiley-

Ain’t seen you in some time-

My god! Ya lost a leg!

How’d that happen?

SMILEY

Slipped one night- hoppin a train

outta Dodge City. Got ran over!

WOODY

Ooohhh… Je- sus!

Smiley walks off

136.

WOODY

Well WIND, I got a little

dough-ray on me- Let’s

get some toast and coffee-

Wait here while I use the phone.

He goes to a phone booth in the back of the café- Wind is served a cup of coffee and burns his lip on it-

the waitress wipes it up

WOODY

(On the phone)

It’s me Woody. Jest got at L.A.

I’m at the Toot-Toot-Tootsie Café…

Say, there’s a friend with me-

Think he could spend a night

or two? Great! Well, see ya when

ya git here-

As Woody talks on the phone, a radio plays at the counter- Wind hears the music and looks all around it

(“Mighty Fine Music”) When Woody returns Wind asks:

WIND

Where music come from?

WOODY

Are you joking? You’re not are you.

Wow! You really ARE just off the

Reservation! That music comes

from somewhere far away.

It goes in a thing called a mike, then through a bunch ‘a tubes-

Then it shoots out a big ole metal tower (He strums his guitar)

‘And it comes out here.’

(ala Tommy Dorsey tune)

In fact- I’m here ta play my guitar

on the radio- thousands ‘a people

gonna hear it!

WIND

Is that a lot ‘a people?

WOODY

Well, you bet that’s a lot ‘a people!

They’re even gonna pay me money for it! Now go ahead and eat up. Someone‘s

comin ta pick us up….