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Drive to the Overlook


EXT. COLORADO MOUNTAIN (U.S.A.) - DAY - L.S.

Lake and Mountains.  CAMERA TRACKS FORWARD past island in
lake.

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EXT. ROAD - DAY - L.S.

High Angle V.W. Car moving along road - CAMERA TILTS UP with
it.

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EXT. COLORADO MOUNTAINS & ROAD - DAY - L.S.

Mountains and Road - V.W. Car moves away along road - CAMERA
TRACKS after it.

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L.S.  V.W. Car moving away along road - CAMERA TRACKS after
it and passes car - TRACKING FORWARD to Mountains in b.g.

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M.L.S. High Angle V.W. Car moves away along road - CAMERA
TILTS UP with it.  Car goes into tunnel and comes out other
side.  CAMERA TRACKS after car.

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L.S.  V.W. Car moves along road.  CAMERA TRACKS after it.
Mountains in b.g.

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L.S. High Angle V.W. Car moving away along road.  Mountain
in b.g.  CAMERA TRACKS after car.

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L.S. Mountain - CAMERA TRACKS IN on Hotel.

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BLACK FRAMES.

                       THE INTERVIEW.

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INT. OVERLOOK HOTEL/LOBBY - DAY - M.L.S.

Jack walks L-R across Lobby.  CAMERA TRACKS BACK & PANS with
him to RECEPTIONIST behind desk.

                         JACK
            Hi, I've got an appointment with Mr.
            Ullman.  My name is Jack Torrance.

                         RECEPTIONIST
            His office is the first door on the
            left.

                         JACK
            Thank you.

JACK moves away R-L.  CAMERA PANS with him and TRACKS IN
after him through Secretary's office to open door of ULLMAN's
office - revealing ULLMAN seated at desk with SECRETARY
standing beside him.

                         JACK
            Mr. Ullman?

                         ULLMAN
            Yes?

                         JACK
            I'm Jack Torrance.

                         ULLMAN
            Oh, well - come on in Jack.

ULLMAN stands up and hands book to SECRETARY, walking round
side of desk.  JACK moves into office.  CAMERA TRACKS IN
after him.  He shakes hands with ULLMAN.

                         ULLMAN
            Very nice to meet you.

                         JACK
            Nice to meet you, Mr. Ullman.

ULLMAN points to SECRETARY.

                         ULLMAN
            This is my secretary, Susie.

                         SECRETARY
            Hallo.

                         JACK
            Susie, how do you do?

                         ULLMAN
            Have any trouble finding us?

                         JACK
            Oh, no problem at all.  I made the
            trip in three and a half hours.

                         ULLMAN
            Well, that's very good time, very
            good.  Please sit down a minute.

ULLMAN points to chair cam.R.  JACK sits cam.R.f.g.  ULLMAN
walks behind desk.

                         ULLMAN
            JAck, just make yourself at home.
            Would you like some coffee?

                         JACK
            Well, if you are going to have
            some, I wouldn't mind.  Thanks.

                         ULLMAN
            Susie.

                         SECRETARY
            Sure.

                         ULLMAN
            Oh, and would you ask Bill Watson
            to join us?

                         SECRETARY
            Yes, I will.

ULLMAN sits behind desk.  SUSIE walks forward to R.f.g.

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Colorado
(Shorter)


EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING/BOULDER - DAY - L.S.

Apartment Building - cars parked in front of it.  Mountain
in b.g.  CAMERA TRACKS IN on Apartment Building.

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INT. JACK & WENDY'S APARTMENT IN BOULDER (USA) / LIVING
ROOM - DAY - M.L.S.

DANNY is sitting at table eating a sandwich.  WENDY sitting
cam.R reading book.

                         DANNY
            Mom...

                         WENDY
            Yeah.

                         DANNY
            Do you really want to go and live
            in that hotel for the winter?

                         WENDY
            Sure, Danny, it will be lots of fun.

                         DANNY
            Yeah, I guess so.  Anyway, there's
            hardly anybody to play with around
            here.

                         WENDY
            Yeah, I know.  It always takes a
            little time to make new friends.

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M.S. DANNY eating sandwich.

                         DANNY
            Yeah, I guess so.

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M.S. WENDY

                         WENDY
            What about Tony?  He's looking
            forward to the hotel, I bet.

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M.S. DANNY while eating sandwich wiggles forefinger of his
L.hand and speaks with different voice.

                         TONY
            NO, I ain't Mrs. Torrance.

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M.S. WENDY

                         WENDY
            Oh come on, Tony.  Don't be silly.

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M.S. DANNY wiggles forefinger of L.hand and speaks with
different voice.

                         TONY
            I don't want to go there, Mrs.
            Torrance.

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M.S. WENDY

                         WENDY
            Well, how come you don't want to go?

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M.S. DANNY wiggles forefinger of L.hand and speaks with
different voice.

                         TONY
            I just don't.

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M.S. WENDY.

                         WENDY
            Well, let's just wait and see.
            We're all gonna have a real good
            time.

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Quite a story
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INT. OVERLOOK HOTEL/ULLMAN'S OFFICE - DAY - M.L.S.

JACK over ULLMAN seated at desk.  BILL WATSON enter office.
JACK rises and shakes hands with him.

                         ULLMAN
            Bill, I'd like you to meet Jack
            Torrance.

                         WATSON
            How do you do?

                         JACK
            Bill, how do you do?

                         WATSON
            Pleased to meet you.

                         JACK
            Pleasure to meet you.

                         ULLMAN
            Grab a chair Bill, and join in.

WATSON & JACK sit down.

                         ULLMAN
            Jack is going to take care of the
            Overlook for this winter.  I would
            like you to take him around the
            place as soon as we are through.

                         WATSON
            Fine.

                         ULLMAN
            Jack is a schoolteacher.

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M.C.S. JACK.

                         JACK
            Eh - formerly a school-teacher.

                         WATSON (OFF)
            What line of work are you in now?

                         JACK
            I'm a writer um... Teaching has
            been more or less a way of making
            ends meet.

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M.C.S. WATSON.

                         WATSON
            Well this ought to be quite a
            change for you.

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M.C.S. JACK

                         JACK
            Well, I'm looking for a change.

                         ULLMAN (OFF)
            Our people in Denver recommended
            Jack very highly, and, for once, I
            agree with them.

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M.S. ULLMAN

                         ULLMAN
            Let's see, where were we?  Yes.  I
            was about to explain that eh... our
            season here runs from oh May 15th
            to October 30th and then we close
            down completely until the following
            May.

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M.C.S. JACK

                         JACK
            Do you mind if I ask why you do
            that?  It seems to me that the
            skiing up here would be fantastic.

                         ULLMAN (OFF)
            Oh, it sure would be

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M.S. ULLMAN

                         ULLMAN (CONT'D)
            but the problem is the enormous
            cost it would be to keep the road
            to the Sidewinder open.  It's a...
            It's a 25 mile stretch of road -
            gets an average of 20 feet of snow
            during the winter, and there's just
            no way to make it economically
            feasible to keep it clear.  When
            the place was built in 1907, there
            was very little interest in winter
            sports, and this site was chosen
            for its seclusion and scenic beauty.

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M.L.S. ULLMAN over WATSON & JACK.

                         JACK
            Well, it's certainly got plenty of
            that.

JACK laughs.

                         ULLMAN
            That's right.
            And did they give
            you any idea in Denver about what
            the job entails?

                         JACK
            Only in a very general way.

                         ULLMAN
            Well...

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M.S. ULLMAN

                         ULLMAN (CONT'D)
            ...the winters can be fantastically
            cruel, and the basic idea is
            to...to cope with the very costly
            damage and depreciation which can
            occur.  And this consists mainly of
            running the boiler, heating
            different parts of the hotel on a
            daily rotating basis, repairing
            damage as it occurs and doing
            repairs, so that the elements can't
            get a foothold.

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M.C.S. JACK

                         JACK
            Well, that sounds fine to me.

ULLMAN grunts off.

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M.S. ULLMAN

                         ULLMAN
            Physically, it's not a very
            demanding job.  The only thing that
            can get a bit trying up here during
            the winter is eh... the tremendous
            sense of isolation.

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M.C.S. JACK

                         JACK
            Well, that just happens to be
            exactly what I'm looking for.  I'm
            eh... I'm outlining a new writing
            project, and eh...
            five months of peace is just what I
            want.

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M.S. ULLMAN

                         ULLMAN
            That's very good Jack, because eh...
            for some people eh solitude and
            isolation...

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M.C.S. JACK.

                         ULLMAN (OFF) (CONT'D)
            can of itself be a problem.

                         JACK
            Not for me.

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M.S. ULLMAN.

                         ULLMAN
            How about your wife and son?  How
            do you think they'll take to it?

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M.C.S. JACK.

                         JACK
            They'll love it.

                         ULLMAN (OFF)
            Great...

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M.S. ULLMAN

                         ULLMAN
            Well, before I turn you over to
            Bill, there is one other thing I
            think we should talk about.  I
            don't want to sound melodramatic,
            but it is something that's...
            been known to give a few people
            second thoughts about the job.

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M.C.S. JACK

                         JACK
            I'm intrigued.

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M.S. ULLMAN.

                         ULLMAN
            I don't suppose they eh told you
            anything in Denver about the
            tragedy we had up here during the
            winter of 1970?

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M.C.S. JACK shakes his head.

                         JACK
            I don't believe they did.

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M.S. BILL WATSON.

                         ULLMAN (OFF)
            Well, my predecessor in this job

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M.S. ULLMAN.

                         ULLMAN (CONT'D)
            hired a man named Charles Grady, as
            the winter caretaker.  He came up
            here with his wife and two little
            girls of about eight or ten.  And
            he had a good employment record,
            good references and from what I've
            been told, I mean, he seemed like a
            completely normal individual.  But
            at some point during the winter, he
            must have suffered some kind of a
            complete mental breakdown.
            He ran amok and eh... killed his
            family with an axe,

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M.C.S. JACK

                         ULLMAN (OFF) (CONT'D)
            stacked them neatly in one of the
            rooms in the West Wing, and then he
            um... then he put eh both barrels
            of his shotgun in his mouth.

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M.S. ULLMAN sitting behind desk.

                         ULLMAN (CONT'D)
            The police eh... they thought that
            it was what the old-timers used to
            call cabin-fever, a kind of
            claustrophobic reaction which can
            occur when people are

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M.C.S. JACK

                         ULLMAN (OFF) (CONT'D)
            shut in together over long periods
            of time.

                         JACK
            Well, that is eh quite a story.

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M.S. ULLMAN laughs.

                         ULLMAN
            Yes, it is.  Oh, it's still hard
            for me to believe that it actually
            happened here, but it did and eh...
            I think you can appreciate why I
            wanted to tell you about it.

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M.C.S. JACK.

                         JACK
            Ah, I certainly can, and eh... I
            also understand why your people in
            Denver left it for you to tell me.

JACK laughs.

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M.S. ULLMAN laughing.

                         ULLMAN
            Well, obviously some people can be

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M.C.S. JACK.

                         ULLMAN (OFF) (CONT'D)
            put off by the idea of staying
            alone in a place where something
            like that actually happened.

                         JACK
            Well, you can rest assured Mr.
            Ullman, that's not going to happen
            with me, and eg as far as my wife
            is concerned, I am sure she'll be
            absolutely fascinated when I tell
            her about it.  She's a confirmed
            ghost story and horror film addict.

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