A Most Violent Year (2014) Script

Good morning, everyone. Here's the 8:35 weather and the news.

Right now, it's 29 degrees and clear in midtown Manhattan.

Expect passing snow showers this morning, clearing by midday.

Highs in the lower 30s.

Three NYPD officers are being treated for gunshots this morning.

Ail three were shot in the span of an hour last night.

Two officers were shot on the subway.


You ready? Yeah.

You look very nice.

Thanks.

You sure about this? Yeah.

Morning. Morning.

Hey, handsome.

Thank you. All right.

Okay-

Don't do anything stupid.

We don't have any more money left.

What else could I possibly do?

Hey, stop.

Hey, hey, hey. Hey! Hey! Hey!

Get out!

Get the fuck out of the truck!

Let's go! Let's go!

Go, go, go! Come on!


I woke up this morning feeling very good about this.

Really?

You've been telling me not to do this for two years.

Now that we're all in, I'm loving it.

Yep. There we are.

My people have gone over your books.

I know this is a great deal of money for you.

So why are you on us so long for-for this- this polluted, dirty piece of earth?

I imagine I want it for the same reason you did.

I'm in the garment business, so I take that as a testament.

But I inherited this properly from my uncle.

Sadly, he had no children of his own.

He was the one that let them put these tanks up here.

So, you see, this place... can do nothing for me.

I offered to lease this site to you for a very fair price.

But you're not interested. No.

Why is that?

I like to own the things I use.

I can see that.

So?

Yes.

Mr. Walsh has reviewed the contract fully?

Of course.

You brought the money? Yes.

You know you have only 30 days to close the transaction?

No extensions. No contingencies whatsoever.

I understand.

You fulfill the terms of the contract, properly is yours.

If you cannot, we keep the money... and we sell the property to your competitor... who has been after us almost as badly as you have.

I like you, but you should know that the only reason we choose you... is because of the favorable conditions of the contract Yes.

And once you sign the- I understand.

Well, show us... the money, and, uh, then I'll sign the papers.

Here it is.

Another case exactly like it.

Right here.

Mazel Tov. Mazel Tov.

Congratulations. It's not ours yet.

Hey. It was a hell of a job getting them to this point.

This is a good day for us.

Why don't you take a walk around?

Enjoy it for a second.


They probably broke his jaw.

Are you all right?

Mm-hmm.

Shit.

Have the police been here yet?

Well, he was left on the side of the highway without a truck. They brought him here.

Can you speak?

Si,.

Can I talk to you outside? Yeah.

Did they sign the contract?

Yes. And took the deposit?

Oh, yeah.

So it's a go. It's a go.

Congratulations. Thank you. You too.

All right. We got 30 days.

These fucking guys.

This poor kid. He's been working his ass off.

You want me to talk to my brother about it?

No, no. Do not talk to your brother or your father about this.

All right? Okay.

But this can't continue. Well, it won't.

I'm gonna go speak with the DA tomorrow.

Oh, fuck the DA. He's not interested in helping us.

It's not fair to them.

You're at war here. No, we're not.

Really? Because they are. Well, I'm not.

You gonna check on the new house?

Yeah, I'll see you back home.

Do you need anything else?

Mm-mm-mmm.

Okay-

I'll be here to pick you up when you get out.

Thank you.

These men are cowards.

They're too weak to make a living or even fight with their own hands.

And too stupid to think of anything else to do.


So, you guys have done what you needed to?

Yeah. And what was that?

I'm sorry?

Well, you just said you've done what you needed to do.

So, what is it that you've done?

I'm not exactly sure, you know. I just got here at 4:00.

My shift's actually up, so-

Right.

So, you've done nothing?

Hey, why'd they want it?

They wanted the $6,000 worth of fuel that was in it.

Trucks 14 through 23 are on the road.

Thirty to 33 are just about ready to go.

Nick, the gasket's good. You should get over there and get going.


Andrew, sorry to keep you waiting.

Mr. Lawrence.

Thanks for seeing us at the last minute. Of course.

And Mr. Morales. I didn't realize you were coming as well.

Yes. So, what can I do for you?

We need your help. In what way?

Our trucks, they're being robbed.

As much as I'd like to be able to help you... you know this is a police issue- it's not what we do here.

But this is turning into an urgent problem for us.

Our drivers are scared to death.

I'm not sure I understand.

There were more murders and rapes in this city last year than there have ever been.

So if you've come to tell me that we have an urgent security issue here... trust me, I'm aware.

My people are at risk just driving around in this city.

Just trying to do their jobs.

And I-

I've done everything that you've asked of me.

It's been two years since you started investigating my company.

And since then, I've spent thousands of dollars hiring lawyers... to provide you with every piece of information that your office has requested.

And I expect that you've been asking the same of my competitors.

So with all this information that you've gained... we're just asking... do you have any idea who's been doing this to us?

I don't.

As you know, we've been investigating industry-wide corruption in your business... that seems to have been going on for years.

So you're right.

That means you're all stealing from each other... which as far as I can tell is just a refreshing new take... on what you've been doing to your customers and fellow taxpayers... for the last 15 years.

First, please know that we respect the work that you're doing... to try to help our business and the city.

But also know that I have never taken anything from anyone.

So when you say that we've-

We're on the same side here.

Well, yes and no.

You know...

Mr. Morales, you seem like a decent man.

And because of that, I don't really feel comfortable sitting here... pretending like the elephant perched on the corner of my desk isn't there.

So, you know, I can't go into specifics right now... but we believe that you and your company have broken the law... and that we have evidence to prove that.

So next week we will be bringing a case against you.

It's a little awkward, obviously... but, uh, I didn't want to have this happen next week... not having said something here in person.

You know, out of respect.

You have your job to do.

But know that you're wrong.

And we will take advantage of every opportunity to prove that.

Abel.

Abel!

Exactly.

Let's not overreact.

We don't even know what this is yet.

We haven't seen any charges. It could be bullshit.

His office might be toying with us. Right now ifs nothing.

I know.

Hey. How'd it go?

The DA says he's gonna bring down charges on us next week.

What? Why?

We don't know yet.

Look, it might be nothing.

But I need to know, where are we exposed?

We follow standard industry practice on every front.

What does that mean? You know what it means.

Anna.

I need to know what they're saying we did.

Murder in a Brooklyn school yard.

And the hunt is on tonight for a gunman who shut and killed a teenage student.

Well.

Look who's here. Arnold.

Just a touch off the side, Jimmy.

We can't all be as lucky as Mr. Morales here... in terms of keeping our hair.

You're a good-looking man. Thanks, Vinny.

I know I am.

So I hear congratulations are in order.

What's that?

You got yourself in contract over there.

Well, we're working on it.

Thirty-day close'? You better be.

We are. Thanks for your concern.

I saw a couple of your trucks over in Rego Park the other day.

Really?

When was that?

A couple times.

Hmm.

It's possible. Is it?

Yes.

It's a tough market. It is.

My father struggled for years before he broke in there.

Any new market is a tough one. See ya.


Babe.

Look. Everything all right?

It's done. It is.

I love it.

What do you think, girls?

It's really cool. It's amazing.

Huh? You like it? I love it. I really like the door.

You like? The color? You want that room?

Whoa. Really cool.

What's-What's he doing? I don't know.

Hey!

Shh!

It's okay. it's all right.


Hey! Hey!

Come back here!

Come here! Come here, you fuck!

Where did you go?

Abel?

It's okay. Come on. Oh, my God.

Lot of help you were.

Come on.

Ow. Who was it?

What do you mean, “Who was it”?

How am I supposed to know who it was?

I don't know.

It's probably some punk trying to rip us off.

QM.!

No. If you're not gonna be honest-

No, look. If he wanted to send a message or something... he could've-I don't know what- and he didn't.

To me, it seems like a message was sent, loud and clear.

Baby, please don't- please don't get going on this.

We're a big, new house.

He probably just wanted the TV.

Mm-hmm.

He didn't have anything on him.

Just some kid.

Alarm's gonna be in on... Wednesday.

I chased him away.

He's not coming back.

Okay?

Okay-

Now, you do this and only this.

You look down at the cloth.

You don't say a word.

You just stare down at the cloth... and very slowly just start shaking your head.

Then after sitting in silence way longer than feels comfortable... you turn... and you say...

“I would love to run a few numbers for you.

Is there somewhere more comfortable we could sit?” Now, they're almost always gonna take you to the dining room table.

And they're gonna offer you something.

Whatever it is, always take the fancy option.

Can I get you a coffee or a tea? I would like a tea, please.

We have some homemade lemonade or a soda.

I would love a lemonade, thank you.

Why?

Because we're never gonna be the cheapest option.

So we have to be the best.

And they want-No.

They need to feel that you want the best too.

That's why our trucks are the newest or the cleanest.

And our drivers are approachable.

Now, after you've done the math... and you've shown them how much they can save over the long haul... through proper maintenance... you need to get them to sign.

But the problem is, by hiring you... they need to fire someone else.

And that's never easy.

So after you show them the number... you look up at them and stare.

Stare longer than you should.

This is not a joke.

You will only keep this job if you close, and that's not funny to you.

I'm only interested in this company growing... and when it isn't, it's not very funny to me at all.

These people work very hard for their money.

And these other guys are ripping them off... treating them poorly because they don't know.

So when you look them in the eye... you have to believe that we are better.

And we are.

But you will never do anything as hard as staring someone straight in the eye... and telling the truth.

Well, it was great to meet you.

Welcome, and I wish you luck.

You ready? Sure.

If there's anything you need, anything at all... don't hesitate to call the office.

I'm sorry this happened to you.

See you soon.

Abel. Abel.

Do you think I'm ready to move into sales?

No, I don't.

I don't think I'll be able lo- You will.

Get some rest.

Catherine?

Catherine. Catherine! Katie!

Where did you get this? Catherine?

Tell me where you found this. Here in the yard.

Show me! Where?

Go on.

It was just sitting right here behind- Did you see this?

Well, yeah, she went under there to get that ball and came outwith it.

Maria! Is it real?

Are we in trouble? Maria!

Caused by the drift of soft silt from the sides of the-

Hey, Debbie. Can you give us a moment?

Sure.

What is that? It's a gun.

It's a fucking gun.

Where did you get that?

Your youngest daughter found it in the bushes outside our front door.

She was playing with it.

Look. It's loaded. With the safety off.

It wasn't some kid looking to take our TV.

It was a fucking goon with a loaded gun looking in our window.

I'll take care of it.

What does that mean when you say you'll take care of it?

It's not a brick through a car window... or another of the cute little warnings over the past few years.

This is your kid playing with a loaded gun.

I know what it is!

Let me deal with it.

Oh, you better.

You're not gonna like what'll happen once I get involved.

Don't do this.

I won't.

I, uh, need to talk to you both.

I found a gun outside our front door.

Somebody left it there last night.

Who? We don't know who.

Jesus.

So- it's not good. it's bad.

The DA's coming down with charges tomorrow.

Oh, my God. It's a 14-count indictment.

Three counts I would consider serious.

They know how the industry works... so they're gonna charge us with rigging scales and under reporting income.

We've just pushed it a little too far, that's all.

Let's look at it like a badge of honor.

Huh? We're big enough now they even give a shit about us.

You need to go home right away... and start going through our set of books.

How far back are they going?

I would imagine when you bought the business from Anna's father.

I'll get into it.

One other thing. The bank.

I need you two to sit down with them. I set up a dinner.

I want you both there. Just be up front. Be honest.

I don't anticipate a problem.

God knows they've given money to bigger crooks than us.

Jesus. All right.

How are you, Bill? I'm okay.

I can't say I'm used to making house calls like this anymore though.

Well, I would've come to see you.

That's all right. You got bigger things to worry about.

So, uh-

I can't have this situation with your guys continuing.

My guys. Your drivers.

Yes, yes. Well, good, good.

I would love for you to help with this, because I can't have it continue either.

So let them protect themselves. That would stop all this very quickly.

I respectfully disagree.

They're picking on your men because they're just sitting there weak.

They're taking shots at me because I'm growing, expanding.

I'm getting stronger, not weaker.

I can't have my drivers getting hit like this anymore.

It looks like I can't protect them.

Well, it appears that you can't.

You seem to be under a lot of pressure from all sides.

Which I understand.

Trust me. I understand that. So-

Lei me think this through.

But whatever decision I come to, it stands.

Those men show up every morning for you because I tell 'em to.

You have to realize... that these are dangerous times and we have to adapt.

It's not like when we was driving.

No. No, it's not.


So how did it go?

Not well.

He feels very strongly about it.

I can see that.

I don't think he fully understands.

What is there to understand?

Well-

Well, first of all, ifs illegal.

It's not illegal if I say it isn't.

My responsibility is to provide... safe and timely passage of goods and products... into and around this city.

And because of this situation... it is appearing to those whose opinions I care about... that I can't do my job.

That cannot and will not continue.

Well, I'm not even sure what you're suggesting.

Are you kidding me with this? No.

Every driver in your fleet gets a handgun.

And a permit. Mm-hmm.

When? By Friday.

Are the permits legit?

Well, it depends on what they do with it.

If they kill their wife with them, then no, then that is a very fake permit... and I'll walk away very quickly.

But they just need to show that they're defending themselves, and it'll stop.

Who is it? I don't know.

I don't fucking know.

Thank you.

Hey.

Check out this machine.

I was paying a guy five bucks an hour to do this with me last year.

Peter. Yeah?

I need to speak with you.

Oh, I see that.

Look, I know you've been dealing with a few of your rigs getting picked off as well.

But this has all gotten way out of control.

There was a guy with a gun at my house the other night.

My wife and children were home at the time.

Is everyone okay?

Yeah. I managed to chase him off.

What can I do?

I need to know who's doing this.

Abel- it-It's one thing to go after my trucks and my drivers... and to steal from me.

This is different.

Have you ever had to deal with anything like this?

A bunch of thugs invaded my home when I was a baby.

Nothing happened. They were trying to scare my father.

They ended up just leaving, and we never found out who it was.

But after that, we moved to a fortress just like this.

And those guys who let you in?

They're here to shoot anyone who isn't invited.

Yes, well, I refuse to live my life that way.

I won't do it.

I want more than this.

I know you do.

My fathers in jail, as you know.

And I always wanted to conduct myself differently than he did.

And you have.

Almost exclusively, yes.

I know why he did what he did.

'Cause at the time it's easier.

But it's not.

Yes, it is.

Where is he now?

I just dropped him off at the hospital.

He seems fine.

I think you should came on in.

Hey.

I'm on my way back.

They just got another truck.

I know.

Who was driving?

Leo.

Is he all right?

Yes.

You know, drivers' security aside... this shit is having a significant financial effect on this company.

It-it can't continue.

Oh, I know.

How was your talk? I spoke with him afterward.

I said I wouldn't do it.

I don't think we're in a position to say that.

What's that?

Why don't you take a walk with me? Come on.

Are you serious with this? Is this-Is this-This is what it's come to?

We have to walk around outside like we're fucking gangsters?

I am, and it is.

It looks like we must do this.

We must? Yeah. They'll shut us down.

The-These men, they work for me.

The trucks they drive, the customers they serve- it's all here because I built this.

That's true. Until it isn't.

The last guy in the world that we want problems with... is the head of the fucking Teamsters.

We're out of business in a month if they tell these guys to walk.

We don't have the cash.

It will be the end of everything that we have worked for.

If one of these guys shoots someone, they're gonna bring me down for it.

I'm not gonna do it.

I'll talk to him.

We need to close this deal.

We cannot stay like this any longer.

We have to close on that property.

We're so weak right now.

Why do you want this so badly?

Because I've got my entire savings at risk on this deposit.

No, no, no, no. I don't mean the deposit.

I mean... this. Why do you want it?

Have you ever thought about it?

Yes, I've thought about it. I've thought about it every day for the last five years.

That place has just been sitting right across that fence mocking me.

I'm not talking about that place.

I-I-I just meant... everything.

Why do you want it so much?

I have no idea what you mean.

Arthur. Anna.

You look as lovely as always. Thank you.

Gentlemen, do you know Ian Thompson? One of our new VPs.

Ian. Hello, Ian.

You're good? Good.

All right.

I'm hungry. Yeah.

What can I get you to drink?

A lot. Wine list, please.

I'll be right back.

So, how are you?

We've been better. But we're good.

Yes, I heard about that.

If you stay in business long enough, it's bound to happen eventually.

Well, that's exactly right, Arthur.

And that's why we wanted to sit down with you tonight... and be up front about everything that's going on... make sure you understand the nature of the complaints... and that, even in a worst-case scenario... we'll move forward with very comfortable capital on hand.

Yes, but you should know, Arthur... that this man has been digging through our industry... looking for anything he can find, for the last two years now.

And the thought that he would single us out-it's ridiculous.

Thank you.

I run a fair and clean business... and we follow every standard industry practice.

And I will fight to my last breath to prove that.

But don't think for a moment... that I'm gonna let this mess interfere with our plans to grow.

And we need to know that you're standing with us.

Yes.

What is it about this property that makes you feel it's so integral... that you can't put it off until after all these legal matters are settled?

That's a very good question.

This property gives us many things.

First, access to the river... so I can bring in my fuel directly from any provider in the world... straight to my tanks.

Second, it has over 10 million gallons of storage capacity... so I can buy in the summers when the price is low... and sell to my customers and, more importantly, my competitors... when the price is high.

I will no longer just drive trucks. I will control my fate.

But the real answer to your question... is that when it feels scary to jump, Ian... that is exactly when you jump.

Otherwise, you end up staying in the same place your whole life... and that I can't do.

We've always been there with you... and know... that we will continue to be.

Good. Thanks, Arthur.

That's great. I don't think we have to eat.

That went really good.

Arthur's a good man.

They're gonna close.

Of course.

Shit. Are you okay?

You all right? What the-

What the fuck was that?

It was a deer.

Ifs still alive. Shit.

You've got to put it out of its misery. Oh, Jesus.

I mean it. You can't leave it like that.

Goddamn it.

Shit.


Is it dead? No.

Well, you need to- I know.

What are you doing? I'm getting the tire iron.


Hi, Maria. So sorry we're late.

The girls okay? Oh, yes. All is good.

You can go home now. We'll see you in the morning.

Okay-


What? What?

Yeah? What?

Okay, Anna.

What's with the gun?

I told you I wasn't gonna continue to stand around... and lei these people come and get me and my children.

So unlike you... who seems to be completely comfortable just standing around like some fucking pussy...

I decided to do something about it.

Where did you get it?

You know where I got it.

And do you have a permit?

Not yet.

Then you must be a bigger fucking idiot than I even thought.

You wanna protect your children?

Protect them?

Do you have any idea what happens to you- Shh.

If they catch you using that thing?

You dress yourself up in these fancy clothes.

And look at you here in your mansion.

I've given you everything you could possibly ask for... and you still can't help acting... like this little Brooklyn corner-store gangster's daughter that you are.

Are you delusional?

Do you really understand how ridiculous that makes-

Abel. I wanna see this thing.

This? This?

You're gonna protect yourself with this?

You know who uses guns like these? Whores!

You're walking us right into a trap.

And you can't even see it.

This is not allowed in my fucking house.

Then you need to protect us.

That is what I'm doing.

No, no, no. Shh.

Can I help you? One at a time. Birthday girl first.

Please. In a minute.

Gracias, Maria. Mr. Morales.

Guys- We don't want any trouble.

Are you serious? We don't want any trouble here.

What'll we play? Here you go.

As you can see, I'm in the middle of my daughter's birthday party.

I understand and I apologize. I do.

But this is a warrant, and we need to gain complete access to the property.

What is this?

Let me check something.

Is he serious?

I'm gonna fucking kill this guy.

They got a birthday party going on.

Abel. He's saying it's a bad time.

Give me five minutes.

Maria. Keep the kids playing.

Mr. Lawrence, is it? Yes.

Anna Morales.

May I speak with you for a minute?

I understand you and your men have a job to do here... but we're in the middle of a 10-year-old's birthday party.

I understand, and I'm sorry, but we are coming in.

That's not a problem. We have nothing to hide from you. It's just-

Well, we-we just moved into the area... and... I have 20 guests inside my home.

Can you give me five minutes... so I can ask everyone to leave calmly... before you guys come into my house?

You can get them out of the house.

Thank you.

Where are you putting them?

Oh, shit.

Hand me those.

You have.. three minutes.

What's going on out there?

Our guests are leaving.

Jesus. Anna.

Why do we even have to be doing this? What are we hiding here?

I don't want them to go through these before I have a chance to.

Go. Get back in there.

Here you go. Here you go.

Thank you. One for you.

Thanks. Mm-hmm.

Here you go-

Come on, honey.

Excuse me, ma'am.

Here you go, sweetheart.

Can we get you something to drink?

No. I'm good.

This is probably one you're gonna regret.

Excuse me?

My husbands an honorable man.

We're not who you think we are.

I think I know your father.

Good for you.

My husband is not my father.

Not even close.

So if I were you...

I would start treating us with a little more respect... or I guarantee... he will make it his mission in life to ruin you.

This was very disrespectful.

And you're not gonna find a fucking thing.

Trucks 14 through 23 are on the road.

Thirty to 33 are just about ready to go.

Six, what are you doing back here?

Hey. How are you?

I'm... good.

I'm a little bit nervous. I'm heading on my first calls alone today.

You'll be great. Just hold the eye contact longer than you'd like.

You'll see what happens.

Good luck.

Hey- Hey-

Glad to see you back here.

You look good.

You ready to get back to work?

English.

I think so.

You are.

Where you heading?

Uh, bulk delivery to Chase.

Manhattan. It's a cakewalk.

I feel... vulnerable.

Good.

Because you are vulnerable.

We all are.

But to be successful and great... you must keep going back.

And I know what these guys wanna be doing.

But that doesn't make you any safer.

'Cause then they'll come back at us with everything they have.

So this is what we do.

We keep going back.

And the times will get better and get safer-They will.

So go.

You're strong just by going.

Stronger, in fact.

Thank you.

Mr. Rose?

I'm Alex, with Standard Heating Oil. Nice to meet you, kid.

I was just about to show your wife the results of my inspection.

Should we head upstairs, run through some numbers?

Sure. I just had one question about the exhaust chimney.

Would you be Willing to take a look?

Of course.

I'm gonna head up. Can I get you something to drink?

Coffee? Tea?

Tea would be great.

Awesome. I'm a coffee man myself.

Here you go. All right.

So, uh, what exactly was the problem?

Kathy. Kathy! Kathy!

On the 59th Street Bridge. Kathy!

Who is that? Kathy. Over.

They're coming again. Help!

Julian? Help!

Where are you? Help!

Julian!

Julian!

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Easy. 'Whoa, whoa.” Fuck you!

Relax. What are you doing? Relax? You fucking relax!

Put it down. What are you doing? Got a fucking gun!

Look, you wanna do this?

Look! What, you want me to fucking shoot?

You wanna kill someone? Think about it.

Go back, you piece of shit!

John, you all right? Yeah, I'm fine.

Did he hit you? No.

Where is he?

He's in front of the truck.

There's people out here! You're gonna kill somebody!

You should have thought about that before you came!

Jesus! What?

Cops! Cops!

Fuck. Fuck! Fuck!

Back in the car, John! They're coming from that direction.

Ah, fuck.

I'm running.

You better run, cuz.

Back in your car. Oh, shit.

Get back! Stay in the car.

Go, go, go!

Freeze!


Oh, there he is.

Got to be the hero, huh?

Oh, fuck you.

Couldn't just let us take the fucking truck.

Did they see you come in here?

Man, I don't think so.

Did they or not? Yes or no. No!

Look, there's a door down here about four more flights.

You come out under the bridge. It's a park.

Fuck you! You're welcome.


Where's the truck now?

It's still up an the budge.

How many shots were fired? I don '1 know.

Kathy, it's me. What are you talking about? What shots?

It's 16. Someone shot up his truck on the 59th Street Bridge.

It was Julian.

He's gone.

He ran away.

Abel?


I don't know about that.

Can you give us a minute, please?

Please- Do not-

I heard.

We had nothing to do with this.

This is not the way that I do business.

In fact, I've been warning my men against this very thing.

This is terrible for me.

It's not good... for either of us. I know.

In my job, we use whatever leverage we can gain... as I'm sure you do in your business.

This is an ongoing investigation... and this incident will just be one piece of many.

So, as much as I appreciate you coming here...

I got nothing I can tell you.

What a fucking mess this is.

You know where he is?

No.

When you do, bring him to us.

A situation like this happening in such a dangerous and public way... within an industry that I'm charged with cleaning up... is very bad for me.

I'll find him.

Right now ifs 24 degrees in midtown Manhattan.

Look for increasing cloudiness today... with a chance of light showers, with highs in the upper 20s.

A masked slasher is at large on the streets of midtown Manhattan.

No, no, no, no, no.

The killer has struck at least four times.

Three of his victims were black or Hispanic.

Witnesses to two of the stabbing deaths... describe a stocky white man wearing wire-rimmed glasses... who approached his victims-

Okay-

Abel. Arthur.

I wanted to come and talk to you in person.

We're not gonna be able to show up for you on Thursday.

We can't do the loan.

I wanted to lei you know as soon as possible... so you could try to put something else together.

Thank you for coming.

This is not right. I know.

And you are aware of the position that this is putting me in?

I am.

Arthur, I paid off my first loan to you 11 years ago.

I know. Do you remember the term on that loan?

I don't. I had five years to pay you back.

Do you know how long it took me to pay you off?

Seven months. Six and a half.

I'm sorry.

I put 40% down deposit on this property... because you said that you would be there.

You now have three serious separate pending legal cases against you... one with 16 counts of misconduct... ranging from fraud to tax evasion.

And then today, in the middle of our meeting...

I get a report saying you had armed your entire fleet of drivers... which led to a shoot-out on the 59th Street Bridge.

None of that is true. Thai may be.

"May"?

It doesn't matter.

It does matter.

It matters that you know we didn't do this.

I do. I do.

But it doesn't matter. I can't do anything.

I'm sorry.

I'll find it.

I know you will.


Come on.

It's horrible.

Yes.

Where is he?

We're looking for him.

Have they found the other guys yet?

No. Of course not.

You okay?

No, I'm not okay.

They're out.

Who?

The bank.

What does that mean?

We'll find the money somewhere else. That's what it means.

We have two days.


No.


No.


Julian. Julian, stop running!

Andrew, he's coming to you!

We got him!


He's turning me in?

Of course we're turning you in.

You put everything he's worked for for the last 20 years at risk.

If it was up to me, we'd be doing this in a very different way.

They said you fired off four shots.

Is that right?

I don't know. Where's the gun?

I, uh-I threw ii in the river.

Good.

When we did our background check, it said you'd never been arrested.

Is that true?

Why is this putting everything at risk?

I asked you if you've ever been arrested.

No.

Because no bank will touch us.

Because if he can't close on that piece of property... then your buddy here loses everything.

That's why.

Here.

This is an attorney that'll meet you at the station.

You no longer work for us. You've been fired.

Abel would like to pay for the lawyer.

Good luck.

I'm sorry.

I know. Uh-huh.

I was scared.

Yeah, I know. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.

And you don't get scared?

I've always been a lot more afraid of failure than of anything else.

It wasn't always like this.

I am sorry.

Good.

Okay-

Don't. Don't.

I'm not-I'm not strong.

Don't.

Well, that doesn't have to be true.

Listen to me. Trust me. Trust me.

I'm not- Julian. Julian.

That's-That's enough.


Hey.

I am sorry.

He's running! Hey!

Stop him!

Officers in pursuit! Suspect on foot!

Stop him!


Thank you for seeing me. Of course.

Actually, I think we have met before... but I didn't realize that you were Saul's granddaughter.

I am.

My grandfather didn't trust any of his children to run the business.

Yes.

I know that you tried to buy the company from my grandfather several times.

His goal was to stay healthy... long enough to be able to give the company to me... which he thankfully did.

So while I appreciate your visit... we are still not for sale.

I'm not here to offer to buy your company.

Oh.

But as you will soon learn... some years are good and others not so.

I am under contract with a significant hard deposit at risk... to purchase the old Bayfront terminal.

I see.

And...

due to circumstances out of my control...

my bank has left me at the altar.

So I'm here... hat in hand...

looking for a loan.

I certainly expect the terms to be in your favor.

But if your grandfather trusted you with his company... then I would be willing to trust you as my lien holder.

How much?

I need a million and a half dollars.

Would you give us a minute?

Yes?

Oh.

You can go back in.

We can offer you 500,000 at 20% for a year.

And we would need a five-year straight wholesale holding agreement... for 250,000 gallons a year at your new facility.

Okay-

Thank you.

Thank you.

So, uh, I should start by thanking you... for your assistance in attempting to bring in the driver.

Yeah, we didn't expect him to ream that way.

Yeah, well, the officers there didn't set it up very well on their end either.

I'm sorry.

Miss Lange.

It has been brought to our attention... that it might be beneficial on your end... to resolve this issue in a time-sensitive way.

It's a possibility.

So we have prepared an offer for you to review.

I'll present it to him.

It's good, Andrew.

Okay-


I need more time.

Hmm.

Of course you do.

I know our agreement doesn't allow for that.

Hmm.

But I need more time.

It is a difficult time to do business.

Yes. Yes, it is.

I, um-

I'll give you three days.

But then ifs over.

Thank you. Thank you, Joseph.

You're welcome.

Oh.

Abel. Please, sit down.

Andrew. Yes.

How are you? I'm well.

Abel.

Stop.

Um-

Abel, we had a chance to meet for a little bit before you got here.

And, of course, everyone in this room... is fully capable of lying to their own mothers on their deathbeds.

But the conclusion that we've come to- and I should say that we feel fairly certain... after a very frank conversation- that the guys who are doing this... that they're not actually working for anyone in this room.

As you know, there are plenty of other smaller providers in the area... that might have something to do with it who are not here tonight, so-

Peter, thank you.

Thank you. Thai may be true.

But over the last six months...

110,000 gallons of fuel have been stolen from me and my family.

Now, the reason we asked Bill to get you all here... is because the people at this table... are the only people within 200 miles of here... that have the ability to purchase and store that kind of quantity.

So-

No matter what bullshit you've been telling each other... one of you... or two... or three... have been allowing this to happen by buying it from these cowards... or worse yet, hiring them to do it.

So what I'm saying is stop.

Now.

Have some pride in what you do... and stop.


Hi.

Hi.

How's it coming?

I got to 1975.

1975. That was a good year.

No?

How is it? Oh, I'm not sure yet.

But I don't think ifs as bad as they're saying it is.

I guess I kind of knew what I was doing.

How'd you do?

Got us three more days.

That's great.

And I got a piece from Saul.

But we're still about a million short.

When are you gonna go see your little brother?

First thing.

And Peter?

Probably.

How are the girls?

Feel like I haven't seen them forever.

They're fine.

When I was putting them to bed tonight...

I told them that their dad was out there... taking care of us.

I said that whatever he wanted... he was gonna get...

and that there was no man-

No man would ever stand in his way.

This is all worth it.

Of course. Hey.

Look at us. It is.

I know.

I know.

Hut!

There you go! Yeah!

Hey, come on. Stop it. Get back. Get back.

Good job, Morales.

I'm gonna take a second.

I didn't mean to take you away. Oh, we're done.

I didn't know you were coming.

Yeah, I didn't either.

You've grown.

You saw me a month ago.

I know. I know. But you have.

Uh-Oh.

Jesus.

I don't know how you get any work done around here.

I don't.

So, I'm in a bit of a rough patch here.

Yeah? Yeah.

It happens.

I know.

Good.

I need your signature on this. Well, what is it?

It's a short-term mortgage... on the apartment building we own together.

That thing isn't worth more than 150 grand though.

Ifs 210.

Uh-huh.

Since when do you need to take out sucker mortgages for 200 grand?

I'm up against it here.

Thank you.

It's good to see your face.

I love you.

Fourteen. you gonna check that tank at D'Amico's?

Yeah.

- Oh, fuck. Get out of the fucking truck!

Who's that?

Eddy!

Kathy. Abel?

What's going on?

Ifs 17. Two guys are coming at me.

Where are you?

Uh, Hal! Street and Flushing Avenue.

I gotta get out of here. Motherfuckers!

I'm right here. I'll see if I can find you.

Eddy?

Eddy!

Abel.

Abel!

Hey!

Abel! Thai way!


Ah, shit.


Next stop, 50th Street.

This is the B train to the Bronx.


B train to the Bronx. Next stop, 50th Street.

Next stop, 50th Street. Doors open on the right.

Stand clear.

Who hired you?

Who do you work for?

Hey. Listen to me. Your friend is dead.

Who hired you?

Please. Please.

Please. Please.

Please. Please.

Go.

Get out of here.

Thank you.


I don't work for anybody!

But I sold a load of your fuel in Far Rockaway last week!


Hey.

Jimmy, could you give us a minute? Yeah. Sure.

Abel.

That was well said last night. Thank you.

What can I do for you?

I'm just here to collect that check that you owe me.

What check it that? The one for $213,000.

That funny?

A little. Why is that?

'Cause I don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

That's how much has been taken from me over the last six months.

I had nothing to do with that. No?

Your Far Rockaway facility bought a load of fuel... off of one of my stolen trucks last week.

That's not possible.

Arnold.

I was standing on one of my hijacked trucks a couple weeks ago... just thinking about the cowards that have done this... when I remembered... that load was purchased off a barge from Texas.

Now, as you know, Texas number four is marked.

Do you have any receipts over the last year... for incoming marked number four?

So I'm guessing there's at least, what...

4,600 gallons of marked fuel in your small tank right now.

How much?

I said... 213,000.

I need a day.

Okay-

But I was just buying the stuff off these guys.

I- I-l only bought a couple loads.

I don't know who they are. I would never do that.

This may ruin me.

My goal was to have you out of business by the end of next year.

But if you're this fucking desperate...

I imagine it won't even take that long.

Makes you miss having your dad around, doesn't it?

Abel. I wasn't the only person buying this shit.

All right, well, when you find out who else did it... you can have them pay the difference.

But I need the whole lot by tomorrow morning... or you're gonna have the feds at your doorstep by noon.


There he is.

The caped crusader.

Come on up.

You all right?

Yeah.

Thank you for seeing me.

Of course.

So what is it?

I need a loan.

You don't wanna do that. Yeah, no shit.

But I'm here.

What are we talking about?

$600,000.

Jesus, Abel.

Abel, that's a problem. Yeah.

But if I don't get it-

What's my collateral?

The terminal. Oh, yeah?

Me and how many other people are gonna be coming after it? No way.

Peter.

You'll get your money.

You know, Abel, I respect everything that you've done.

And because of it, we haven't come after you the way that I should have... for coming into my service area and poaching my customers.

You're good at what you do, probably better than us.

I accept that.

But this would be different.

I don't want you to be in this position.

We are not nice people to borrow three quarters of a million dollars from.

I know that.

You know, I'm-I'm gonna think about this.

You know, we should both think about this.

Yeah.


What a day.

Yeah.

You okay?

Yeah.

How's your brother?

He's good. He's good.

The girls up there though- Stop.

Oh!

They didn't have girls like that where I went to school.

Shut your mouth.

How'd it go?

I think we can pull it Off.

Yeah? Yeah.

Three different parties. It's a mess.

And the terms-

Peter finally showed me his true colors.

I'm sorry.

I spent my whole life trying not to become a gangster.

I know.

And now, on the biggest deal of my career, they're gonna own me.


What is this? Bank account.

Whose?

Ours.

Ours?

How much is in here? A lot.

This will help. You replace Peter's money, get him out of the deal.

Where did this come from?

Abel.

Where did this come from?

I've been skimming money from the company.

Anna.

How long?

From the beginning.

It was just in case times got tough.

But then it was because you were taking all these crazy chances.

I didn't know what else to do. I couldn't risk us being left with nothing.

What am I supposed to do with this?

Use it.

Is it clean? I don't know what that means.

It means that if I were to walk into the office... of the people that are trying to put us in jail right now... and if I slap the check from this account on their desk... would it push me deeper into hell?

Or would it help to pull me out? That's what it means.

It's as clean as every dollar we've ever made.

Well, that's a fucking bullshit answer. I can clear it in the books.

I don't want anything to do with this!

Fine.

You keep n exactly where n is, all right?

And you use it when they drag me off to jail.

So what's the plan here?

I'm gonna get this done... and ifs not gonna be as a cheat.

God, you're too much!

You've been walking around your whole life... like all this happened 'cause of your hard work... your good luck, your charm.

Mr. Fucking American Dream.

It wasn't your good luck helping you out all these years.

It was me doing the things you didn't wanna know about!

You stole from me!

Abel.

You've been so good in not letting your ego get in the way... when it comes to business.

Don't start now 'cause it's me.

This is 1010 WINS.

You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world.

Good morning. ifs 50 degrees.

Time is 7:15.

President Reagan spoke to the nation last night... concerning the stare of our country's economy.

He spoke about Republicans' proposed plans to cut government spending... trim back regulation on business... and reduce taxes over the next three years.

We'll use the money.

Your money.

It's the smart play.

It's our money.

I know.

Good morning.

You good? How are you?

Pen, please.

These fucking guys.

What's with the extra 11 thou?

There's some fuel left over in two of the tanks.

It was a fair price for it.


Mazel Tov.

Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you.

Shalom.

Congratulations.

Did you know?

About the money?

Yes.

You should have told me.

I know.

I'm sorry.

Take a look at this.

You know something? I never realized that we had this view from back here.

I did.

It's beautiful.

Abel!

Huh?

I thought you said you threw that in the river.

Well, I didn't.

Yeah, I can see that.

I have nowhere to go.

Nowhere easy.

Fuck you.

Fuck you.

I have nothing.

I have nothing.

And somehow you've ended up with everything you wanted.

It wasn't meant to be.

What is that supposed to mean?

I know what you wanted.

I know.

But you have to forget that now.

You gave me a good chance.

You gave me a good chance. Correct? Hmm?

Yes.

You gave me a better chance than I deserved.

Right?

No.

You're looking backwards.

Look forwards. That's the only thing you can control.

Julian.

Abel!

Please take care of my family.


Call the police.


Mr. Morales.

I'm very sorry.

You knew him well?

Yes, I did.

He must have been under a hell of a lot of pressure.

Yes, he was.

I'm sorry.

Well, thank you for coming.

I just wanted to make sure that all this was handled correctly.

Of course.

So-

You should know that I won't be taking that deal that you offered.

I would never accept felony charges for anything that we've done.

I know.

I'm not a felon.

That's probably true.

But I also can't have you digging around in my life for the next 10 years... hanging this around my neck.

Look, I love a good battle... but this is very bad for my business.

So we need to come to some sort of conclusion.

We can probably do that.

Good.

So I hear you closed on this terminal today.

Yeah, it looks that way.

I didn't realize this was what you had in the works.

Yeah. For a very long time.

This could put you in quite a powerful position.

I mean, you get this place up and running... it'll have significant influence... politically speaking.

We all have our ambitions, Abel.

And sometimes we need help to get there.

Yes.

You've come a very long way.

In a very short time.

Well, it doesn't feel that way.

But you should know that I have always taken the path that is most right.

Most right?

The result is never in question for me.

Just what path do you take to get there.

And there is always one that is most right... and that is what this is.

I hope so.