Kalifornia (1993) Script

(pouring rain)

(thunder rumbles)


Is it OK if I smoke? Sure.

My matches are all wet. You got a lighter?

Yeah. It's here somewhere. It's my wife's car.

Ah, there we are.

(woman screams)

(man) I remember going on a school trip to the top of the Empire State Building.

When I looked down at the people on the street, they looked like ants.

I pulled out a penny. Some of us started talking about what would happen...

...if I dropped it from up there and it landed on somebody's head.

Of course I never crossed that line and actually dropped the penny.

I don't think Early Grayce even knew there was a line to cross.

I mean the mind of a serial killer as it relates to culpability.

Someone who can't distinguish between right and wrong is like a child.

In law, he should be treated like a child. He should not be in prison, or executed.

There you go again.

Next comes the part where you blame misfiring synapses...

...amok biochemicals and horrendous childhoods.

It's a fact. Most of these people have severe chemical brain imbalances.

Think I put enough tequila in? The answer is research and treatment...

...under hospital conditions. Not the electric chair.

That's great, Brian. Unless it's your mother's head they find in the refrigerator.

But executing the killer would not bring my mother back.

Thank God. Oh, everybody's a joker.

But it'd sure make you feel a lot better.

No, actually it wouldn't make me feel any better.

Brian, the bottom line is these people are evil, plain and simple.

(# "No One Said It Would Be Easy" by Sheryl Crow)

How 'bout a bowl of chili? A hot one.

Be right there!

Antichrist would be a woman...

...in a man's body, with seven heads and seven tails.

Make that to go.

Antichrist would be a woman...

...in a man's body.

Seven heads and seven tails.

Antichrist would be a woman...

...in a man's body.

Seven heads and seven tails.


(thunder rumbles)

(Brian) I always knew I'd be a writer...

...but there's a big difference between writing a magazine article and a book.

I know. I wrote a magazine article.

Everything I ever wanted to know about serial killers fit nicely on the four pages.

Brian, what are we doing here?

Research. Come on, look at this place. You'll get some great photos in here.

This is where her nightmares began.

Her father worked the night shift here. Most nights, he'd take her with him.

She was 11 years old.

Of course, the bastard knew that nobody could hear her screams...

...over the noise of the machines.

The article got me a book deal. A little cash up front.

But, between the rent and the convertible, the advance was gone.

I owed a book and I was stuck.

What little I knew about serial killers I'd learned in a university library.

The only thing I knew for certain was that people didn't kill each other in libraries.

She murdered her first victim over here.

They found him stuffed in the corner.

They found her second victim over there.

Can you imagine the rage and pain she must have felt returning to this place?

The victim returns to the scene of the crime...

...and becomes the criminal.

Where did everybody go?

I didn't take that long.

# No one said it would be easy Size seven.

That's right, ain't it? Super size seven.

Oh, Early, you're a specialist.

Happy birthday, Adele. Thank you, honey! These are beautiful.

This reminds me of Cinderella when the prince gave her his glass slipper.

Except these ones are red and they ain't see-through.

And there's two of 'em. Is that my chili?

Oh, honey.

Happy birthday to me. Thank you.

Tonight turned out to be interesting, uh?

Those fascinating friends of yours and their stimulating conversation (?) Oh!

No, the warehouse. I'm not that stoned.

Oh, the warehouse. Actually, yeah, it was pretty interesting.

It was definitely the highlight of the evening.

You know, just bein' there where it all really happened. I could almost...

Take your shirt off.

Yes, ma'am.

Come here.

(dogs bark)


Early! What?

I'll be waitin' for you when you get back.

Put your titty back up, Adele. (Adele giggles)

Oh, wait, I forgot. Mr. Diebold stopped by yesterday.

He said if we don't pay him by the end of the month...

...he's gonna kick us the F-U-C-K outta here.

He said that to you? Cussed at you? Mm.

You gonna talk to him? Well...

Shut up!

If he comes back here, don't you open that door.

Suppose he hears me inside?

I picked up some Chinese. Did you hear from the gallery?

Have you got your slides back?

What'd they say?

Oh, well, you know. Same story, different day.

They're idiots.

Too graphic. Too overt.

Not suitable for mass consumption. I forget what...

You don't wanna be suitable for mass consumption.

I know.

It's just...

Who cares anyway, right?

Not me.

Christ, I'm dying here, Brian.

Why can't we get out of here? Why can't we just get the hell out of here?

Why can't we just go to California? Why not?

Just like that? Yeah. Just like that.


What the hell did I know about California?

For some people, it was still a place of hopes and dreams.

A chance to start over.

The idea was, if you could just get there, everything would be OK.

And if it wasn't OK there, well, then it probably wasn't gonna be OK anywhere.

(# loud rock music on car radio)

(Early) Adele! Whose car is that out front?

She's not here.


Well, look who stopped by.

And I ain't supposed to be at the parole office till tomorrow. Two o'clock.

You know, Early, you're supposed to notify me when you lose your job.


I stopped by the mirror factory today.


You left quite a mess behind there. That wasn't my fault.

It's dangerous there and they treat me like shit.


Nobody ever has treated you right, have they, Early?

Your daddy was pickin' on you when he threw you outta the house...

...for stealin' the tires off his truck.

The police were way outta line when they...

...kept you from beatin' that bartender half to death.

You know, Early, I bet the Lord's gonna be pickin' on you come Judgment Day.

Now, hold on there. I ain't got nothin' against God, see?

It's just the people he let get in there.

What you lookin' for?

That girlfriend of yours. Not much for housekeepin', is she?

(Early belches)

Well, we's thinkin' about movin', anyhows.

Maybe down to Texas. Get me a job in one of them offshore rigs.

What are you talkin' about?


You know you can't leave the state. Yeah, it's just...

What you can do... is get a job.

You be at this address. Three o'clock sharp.

What is it?

Janitor's job. (wheezing laugh)

Well, don't wanna be no janitor.

I don't give two shits what you want and what you don't want.

I'm tellin' you to be there. Or you gonna be havin' dinner with the sheriff.


You understand me, boy?

You oughta try puttin' a bag over your head for that cough.

Works every time. (hacks)

Peg-armed piece of shit.

(Brian on tape) She came back to the warehouse her father molested her in.

Why? Because this place is the catalyst.

She needed to relive her own nightmares before she could kill those men.

How are you, Sleeping Beauty?

I didn't have the heart to wake you. Thanks.

Oof, my head. Mmm...

What are you doin'? I sat down with your photos...

...which are wonderful... Thank you.

...and my tapes, and I started writing.

How's it goin'? It's the best stuff I've ever done.

And I think I know why. Why?

Because, for the first time, I understood that woman as a human being.

I was walking where she walked, where she killed.

I was in her skin, looking through her eyes.

I think we got a book here, with your pictures and my writing.

It's a book. A book on the warehouse murders?

No, on some of the most infamous murders in American history.

I wanna go to where they lived and where they killed.

I want you to take the pictures. I'll write the text.

What are you talking about? I'm talking about this!

We can go through Tennessee.

We could drop through Arkansas... wherever the hell Arkansas is.

There it is. Then we can drop down into Texas...

...and from there it's a straight shot right into...

California! California.

We don't stop till we hit the fucking ocean.

(woman) Thank you!

(Brian) We don't have enough money, but we'll figure something out, right?

(car fails to start)

Hold on a minute there, boy! Shit!

Goddammit, you're gonna settle that rent here and now!

(engine starts)

I'm tired of your bullshit, boy! I want my money!

(Early) Dipshit.

Son of a bitch! Come back here! (Adele giggles)

That's it! Tell him I want you both the fuck outta here by Sunday or I'll call the police!

Elvis, get the fuck off of him!

(Adele laughs)

The ride share was my idea.

I thought if we found somebody who wanted to go to California...

...they'd help pay for the gas.

Carrie wasn't crazy about the idea...

...but the Lincoln only got eight miles a gallon.

They say one day the whole thing... Is gonna slide right in the ocean.

"Need somebody to share turns at the wheel and expenses...

...on a week-long, cross-country tour of historic murder sites"?

You've gotta be kidding.

Who in their right mind is gonna want to do that?

I would. Like I said...

Hey, good luck on that thesis.

Hey, uh... don't know where personal office is at, do you?

Personnel office is, um... first door on the left.

What, down there?

Stinking bitch.




How ya doin', momma? Fine.

Boy, I'm tired. Dinner ready yet?


Well, let me know.

Early. Yeah?

Will you tell me more about California? Yeah, I guess so.

Let's see.

One thing, people think faster out there on account of all that warm weather.

Cold weather make people stupid, that's a fact.

That explains why there's so many stupid people round here.

It sure does! You know what else?

You never have to buy no fruit on account it's all on the trees.

And they ain't got no speed limits.

I hear your first month's rent is free - state law.

So till we get settled, we'll just move around from month to month.

How'd that be with you, momma?


What are we gonna do out there, Early?

The first thing is get us a couple of six-packs of Lucky Lager...

...and climb up to that famous Hollywood sign. We're gonna howl at the moon!


Yeah, just like that!

I heard once that there ain't nothin' on that ol' moon...

...except some little golf balls the astronauts left behind.

Nah, that ain't right. That's bullshit.

The government be sendin' people there all the time. Just don't want us to know.

Now, git!

Well, let me know when you're finished.


So what'd he sound like over the phone?

He was real polite. He kept calling me "sir".

(Carrie laughs)

I like that. Yeah, I'll bet you do.

You should try it once in a while.

I don't know. This is really weird. We should have at least met them first.

Beggars can't be choosers. They were the only ones to answer the ride-share note.

Oh, God. Please don't let them be as boring as Brian's friends.

Anything but that.

(Adele) Early, we shouldn't be doin' this.

You know you ain't even allowed to be leaving the state.

And these people are strangers.

What kind of people would stop at places where other people got murdered?

What if these people are dangerous, Early?

They ain't dangerous, they're writers. Honey... Early Grayce!

Did you settle things with Mr. Diebold? Yeah, I did.

I left him with the car.

We're all straight now.

What is that? That's Lucy.

Huh? That's mine.

What kind of cuckoo-brain carries a cactus in her purse? Huh?

I don't know.

Straighten up.

Oh, Brian. You've got to be kidding me. They look like Okies!

Oh, Jesus, they look kinda weird.

They can't have $5 between them. Smile. Let me do the talkin'.

Let's keep goin'. Lighten up!

How many times you gonna say that? As many times as it takes.

Lighten up.

Early? Mr. Kessler?

Hi, I'm Brian Kessler. Nice to meet you.

You must be Adele. Yeah.

That's Adele. Nice to meet you.


Can I help you with your luggage? Oh, yeah.

I'll get these. OK.

Hi, I'm Adele. Hi, I'm Carrie.

Oh, I like your hair. Oh. Thanks. Thanks.

Cos it... it's short.

Oh, yeah. Well... Thanks.

(Adele laughs)

Carrie was right. If you looked in the dictionary under "poor white trash"...

...a picture of Early and Adele would have been there.

But I knew if I was gonna be a good writer...

...I'd have to ignore the clichÚs...

...and look at life through my own eyes.

So, Early. Yep.

What do you do? Well, I... do some work at the, uh...

Well, I did some work at the mirror factory.

Know what, Brian? One night when we was stayin' up late...

...we was talkin' about how much bad luck...

...he must have coming from all those mirrors he broke.

And I swear we came to 449 years that it would take for him to work it all off.

And he'd have to - after he died...

...he's gonna have to keep comin' back to earth over and over and over again.


What? (Carrie) Karma.

You know, when you do something bad to someone...

...and fate pays you back by something bad happening to you?

Is that French?

(Brian) We could stop somewhere if you haven't had breakfast.

(Early) It's like this, Brian. I don't eat breakfast.

(Adele) It's because of what he read in this book once, Brian.

That, um... folks needin' breakfast is a myth or somethin'...

...and it was put out by the cereal people.

(dogs barking)


Jesus Christ! Who are you?

His parole officer.

Oh, right. Talked to you on the phone.


What the hell happened? They say it's a torch job.

That sound like your boy? Yeah, could be.

Where would I find him? I don't know. Crazy son of a bitch...

...was talkin' about movin' down to Texas.

Without his car?

What about the owner of the house, this, um... Mr. John Diebold?

You know where he might be at? I don't know.

I tell you what. He's not gonna be too happy when he sees this.

(officer) Jesus Christ!

Early seemed harmless. Primitive, but harmless.

The fact was that he'd killed his landlord less than an hour before we met him.

He was even wearing the guy's ring.

Who knows what he did with the finger?

Here you go, momma.

Oh, thank you, honey. Yeah.

Look what I got! I got a camera.

Who gets... Who gets the water?

Here you go, Bri. I got chips and some jerky here.

If you want 'em, just holler.

Just in case.

From the moment I began working on the book...

...I found myself asking one question over and over.

What's the difference between a killer and any one of us?

What was it they had... or didn't have...

...that separated them from us?

The Novaks are long gone.

But the white picket fence they hired Michael Zeruba to put up...

...is still here.

(Brian) The Novaks... Hey, you two.

Come on, show your love!

The Novaks embraced the young drifter as one of their own.

The neighbors said he was a quiet young man...

...who was often seen pushing the children on the swing set.

Everything was fine until the day the Novaks ran out of work for Michael...

...and had to ask him to leave.

How does a man get to the point where he can kill a human being in cold blood?

Early, could you move out of the way, please?

The first to die was the nine-year-old daughter.

Hi, I'm Brian Kessler. What's your name?


Pa, where are you?

Pa! There's somebody at the door who wants to see you.

(man) What? Who is it? (girl) I don't know.

Afternoon, sir. I'm sorry to wake you. Uh...

My name is Brian Kessler.

I'm a writer.

I'm workin' on a book on some of the famous murders in American history.

I'm sure you're aware that this is the Novak farm.

I was wondering if my girlfriend Carrie could come in and take a few pictures?

I'll walk around, tape some notes and we'll be out of your hair in five minutes.

I'd like to maybe just walk around the house and get a feel for it.

Goddamn ghouls.

We drove all day to get here, sir. I'd be out of your hair in five minutes, sir.

Five minutes!

Brian, come on.

Let's forget about it. Come on.

At the time, I was angry that Mr. Baxter slammed the door in my face.

But it was just his way of forgetting...

...of pretending that nothing terrible had ever happened there.

I guess it's only natural to try and forget the bad things that happen.

You never really do, though.

We've come 480 miles so far.

Not bad for a day's haul, huh? Pretty good.

You got any family or friends in California, Early?

No. Do you? You do? No, I don't.

Do you have any friends or family in California, Carrie?

What? Um, no.


Well, that's OK. At least we all got each other, right?

I mean, that's somethin'.

My momma used to say that when you have people around you...

...it's better that you're not by yourself, because when you're alone...

...it's hard to develop your personality.

With more people around you, it helps, cos friends are really important and...

Thank you. Thanks, bro.

We'll get the next one. We gotta hit the sack.

Let's go, momma.

Have sweet dreams. Night, Adele.

Night, Early.

That's funny. I didn't know you were so prejudiced.

Because I object to having somebody take off their shoe...

...and scratch their foot while I'm eating... I'm prejudiced?

He can't help the way he was raised. I kinda feel sorry for him.

You feel sorry for him. That's so sweet.

Obviously you didn't get a whiff of that sock!

Bitch, bitch, bitch.

30 bucks for a motel. For what?

A lumpy mattress, a crummy TV and a crapper? Don't think so!

Honey, sing me a song. I'm busy, momma. Just stay put.


OK, if you don't sing it, I'm gonna sing it myself.

# Do

# Do your balls hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?

# Can you tie 'em in a knot? Can you tie 'em in a bow?

# And put 'em over your shoulder Like a continental soldier?

# Do your balls hang low? Do your balls hang low?

Honey... when we get to California, will you take me to that Chinese restaurant...

...where all them footprints are out in front?

Only if they let me put mine down, too.

Pretty smooth how they stiffed us on dinner, though.

He didn't stiff us. He paid for the gas, remember?

Brian, I am telling you... I am telling you they're almost broke...

...and we are gonna end up paying for the two of them.


Don't change the subject.


It is my favorite subject, though.

(Carrie and Brian pant and moan)

Morning. Morning, Early.

Breakfast? No, I don't eat breakfast. Never do.

Um, sir? We don't have a liquor license, so I'm afraid you're gonna have to...

That's OK. I got plenty more where this 'un come from.

Morning. Morning, Adele.

You... You cut your hair.

Early cut it. He said it makes me look more pretty.

And... I think he's right...

...cos... he's right.

Nice job, Early. (belches)

You like to order some breakfast?

No, I won't be having breakfast this mornin', thank you.

(waitress sighs)

Want some of this?

Finish. Thanks.

What you readin'?

Sex, Art, and American Culture. No, I never read that.

I can't wait to get on the road. I love that convertible.

Yeah, it's great. Cos...

...I like wind, Brian.

So do I.


You want me to get your stuff? No. Thanks, Early, I can manage.

I meant to say luggage. Ma'am.

(gasps) I got 'em.

Hi, honey. Momma.

When you dream, there are no rules.

People can fly. Anything can happen.

Sometimes there's a moment as you're waking...

...and you become aware of the real world around you...

...but you're still dreaming.

You may think you can fly, but you better not try it.

Serial killers live their whole lives in that place...

...somewhere between dreams and reality.

Guess it's your turn to pay, Early.

(honks horn)

Hey, move it.

Stupid son of a bitch.

You know, I used to smoke before I met Early.

But he broke me of that.

Broke you? Oh. Yeah.

Cos Early, he don't think that women should smoke or drink or cuss.

So you know what I do?

I spell all my cuss words.

S... Ouch.

S-H... Ouch! Owie.


But you don't do any of those other things?

No. I mean, I better not.

(Early cries out)

He whips you? No, no, no. Only when I deserve it!

(hums a jaunty tune)


You were in there a long time. Yeah, I took a dump.

You don't wanna go in there. Wall-to-wall stink.

Just goin' in to wash my hands. Ain't got no sink.

No sink? No. Damnedest thing I ever seen.

Let's go.

How 'bout I drive, bud?

No, momma. Get in the back. $28.35, sir.

How much? $28.35.

There. Hope I got that.

Make it an even 30.

Thank you, sir. Yeah.

When you first meet people, all you notice is the differences between you and them.

But, as time passes, you start noticing the similarities.

I guess that's how all friendships begin.

(Adele) OK, so you first. You put down a card, and then I put down a card.

Then when they match up, um... and it's the same card...

...then you go "snap" and I take it.

And I take the cards that's there and... like that.


I thought you said you never played this before!

I haven't. I really haven't. I'm a fast learner, I guess.

I was reading in your deal there how they never caught that Black Dolly killer.

Black Dahlia. Yeah.

They didn't. Well, I was wonderin' how come.

See what I'm gettin' at? It's like "Hmm."

Well, some people think he just stopped killing and disappeared back into society.

That's fine and dandy, but I wanna know what a smart fella like yourself thinks.

I always thought it was the work of a serial killer.

Anybody who took that much care bisecting another human being...

Bisecting? He cut 'em in two.

He hacked 'em up? In two pieces, yeah. In half.

Anybody who did that must have enjoyed it.

He would have done it again and again and again until somebody stopped him.

That's good. That's a good theory, Bri.

You wanna hear mine?

Sure. OK.

Ain't you gonna record it?


Early Grayce's Black Dahlia theory.

June 23rd.

OK. Now... I'm bettin' he's still alive.

Real old, livin' in a trailer park or somethin', somewheres.

But he's alive, see.

Now, he's thinkin' about what he done...

...goin' over it and over it and over it in his head, every night...

...thinkin' how smart he is for gettin' away with it.

(Brian) That's possible. (Early) You shoot pool?

(horn honks) (Early) Hey!

(horn honks) (Early) Hey!

Come on, bud.

Designated driver.

Minnesota Fats.

Don't forget your key. Why'd I open my big mouth?

(Carrie) Please come home soon.

(Early) Let's go!

(Early) Jesus, bud, you damn near swallowed her!

So why didn't you go with them, Adele?


Cos, you know how, um... Early feels about women drinkin'.

So how did you and Early meet, anyways?

Oh, um...

I was hitchhikin' this one day.

And, um... Early stopped.

And I walked up to look in the window.

And I looked in, and Early's face, he was down like that cos he was serious.

And then he said "You gettin' in?"

And, um...

(Adele giggles)

And, um... And then he looked up and that's when I saw his eyes.

And I swear, Carrie, he has the eyes of an angel.

And then, I just... I ended up movin' in his trailer with him...

...cos I thought it'd be kinda neat.

But, um...

Know what? I was thinkin' that what if me, you and Brian and Early...

...all moved into a house together in California?

Wouldn't that be fun?

Well, I mean...

Well, we'll see what happens.

You never know. OK.

Do you want me to fix your hair for you?


Cos, um... I don't really like it... that much.

Come on, then.

OK. It doesn't look that bad, but...

...I think we should fix it.

(Early) I'm bettin' we gonna find us some doors round here.

Yeah, the door's out front, on the street. Not doors.

Not doors, bud.

Uh... Openings to other dimensions.


See... I read, bud. Uh-huh.

And I'm tellin' you, if a man knows what he's doin'...

...he can transport himself to anywhere in this goddamn universe.

Didn't know that, did you? (giggles)

No, I didn't. Think I should tell you I'm not much of a pool player.

Oh, it ain't hard. I can teach you.

Really? Yeah.

I'll spot you a few balls.

You're not gonna hustle me, are you? How much money you got?

What's that?

That's a portfolio of my work. That's what that is.

Your pictures? Can I look at 'em?

Yup, go right ahead.

Oh, my Lord!

Did you take this one? I took all of those.

That one's me. No, it isn't!

Mm-hm. Hold still, you!

Oh, I'm sorry.

My God, Carrie.

If Early ever saw me in a picture like that, I'd be black-and-blue for a week.

(Adele clears throat)

You shouldn't let him do that to you.

You think Early's mean to me?

Well, he's not.

He may punish me once in a while, but...

...he's not mean.


When I was 13, um...

...there were these three boys...

...and, um, they raped me in the back of this truck.


(police siren)

And, um...

...they hurt me so bad that...

...I was in the hospital for, like, four months.

And I feel safe with Early cos...

...most of the time he treats me really nice.

And, um...

...I know that he'd never...

He would never let anything like that ever happen to me again.

I like my hair. You did a really good job, Carrie.

It's, um... really professional.

(# rock)

Hey, Marlene! Come here, baby.

Why don't you and me get together tonight and sweat it up some?

Fuck off, TJ.

There you go. That'll be five bucks.

Wait. Wait a minute, wait. These aren't Lucky Lager.

We ordered Lucky Lager. Take a look around you.

If you see somethin' lucky around here, you let me know.

Why don't you tell me what you think is so funny?

What? Do you think I'm funny?


What would a jizz-garglin', cum-drunk fairy like you...

...do with a pretty girl like that, anyway?

What are you talkin' about, man? Relax. Hit him, Bri, cos it's comin'.

What was that? Is this your boyfriend? No, he's not my boyfriend. Just cool it!

Hey, asshole! This ain't Lucky Lager!

(man) Break it up!

It wasn't that guy's fault. TJ started it.


Rack 'em up.

(Adele) # Cos your pink replaces your red.

(both laugh)

My mom was a beautician. Really?

Yeah. She likes pink a lot.

You should have seen her face.

She was mad when she first found out I was with Early...

...on account of him just gettin' out of jail an' all.


She hasn't talked to me in over a year now.

I wish she'd call me, Carrie.

Early's been in jail?


What for?

For carryin' a gun.

And resistin' arrest.

It's a really interesting story, actually.

He put up a fight with the policeman...

...and they struggled because he didn't wanna be arrested.

I'd have done the same thing.

Why aren't you laughin' now?

I don't know. I just don't think that...

...carrying guns and resisting arrest is very funny.


Well... I'm gonna go back to my hotel room now, Carrie.

I had a really great time with you.


I just think I had too many beers.

And I wasn't even supposed to be drinkin' in the first place!

Adele, you don't have to go. I didn't mean...

(door closes)


Look at this dipshit.

Hey, watch it, asshole!

Get him, Bri! Tear him up! (Brian laughs)

Oh, I gotta see a man about a mule.


Take a piss.

Hey, see if there's any reebs in the back seat!

(Brian) What? Reebs. Beers.

It's what we used to call 'em when we were kids.

It's beer spelt backwards.

Shit! Think I chipped the concrete, Bri.

The last one. I want you to have it...

...for saving my ass. Don't want it. Take it.

It ain't nothin'. I picked that big Yankee mother years ago.

But I'm not a mother and you are!


Come on!

Thank you.

How long you had your woman, bud?

Three years. Yeah? She's a good one.

She's a breeder, you dog!

I'll tell her you said she's a breeder. She'll like that. I'll tell her you said that.

Can I get that, bud?

Do you remember them doors? Them doors I was talkin' about, Bri?

(# sings)

I got me a couple. I found me a couple of 'em in Kentucky.

Hell, I wasn't even lookin' for the first 'un.

I was on the side of the road swingin' my sickle.

I turn around and there's this door. This big ol' door.

And light's comin' out, blinding me, real gold.

And I'm thinkin', this can't be.

So, I close my eyes.

And I count one, I count two, I count three...

...I count four, five.

And I open my eyes.

It wasn't there.


(Early) Come on.

Am I late?


Early and me, we... we got into a fight in this bar.

I'm fine, though.

It was just... It was me and him against like, 30 guys.

You and I, we gotta talk about your good buddy Early.

Who said he's my good buddy?

You sure been actin' like you were.

Out whoopin' it up and drinkin'. You been drinkin', too. Come on.

Oh yeah, right.

You should have seen how scared she was that he was gonna find out.

He beats her, you know. How do you know that?

Because she told me. That's how I know that.

I gotta see a man about a mule.

But only when she deserves it (!)

Do you happen to know that he was in jail?

Yeah. Yeah, for stealing a car.

(Carrie laughs)

Really? Is that what he told you?

He told her it was for carrying a gun.

Brian, it could be for murder for all we know.

Will you stop being so fucking melodramatic?


If it was murder... he'd still be in jail.

Or he'd be on parole.

In which case, he wouldn't be allowed to leave the state.

Maybe he wasn't allowed to leave the state. Ever stop to think about that?

Oh. OK, we'll get the keys, we'll get the car and sneak out. Is that what you want?

(Carrie) What is the matter with you? Can we talk about this in the morning?

So how are you feelin' now, Brian? (grunts)

Does your stomach feel kinda like it's... in these knots and it's twisty...

...and you could just explode at any given moment?

Well, um...

My daddy, he used to make this great drink for hangovers.

And he'd make a blend of sauerkraut juice and Tabasco sauce...

Goddamn! You see that woman?

She's butt ugly.

And he'd put in... a little bit of lemon. For the tartness.

And then the last ingredient - this is the best one - was an egg...

...so that he could have breakfast and get rid of his hangover all in the same time.

Shave that dog and teach it to hunt!

Early lived in the moment.

He did whatever he wanted, whenever he wanted.

It was that simple.

I don't know if I was fascinated or frightened by him.

Probably both.

OK. What shall I call you?

I can't call you Lucy. Lucy's gone.

I'll call you Shelly.

Hi, Shelly. I know you're thirsty.

(tires screech)

(passengers cry out)

What? What's goin' on?

Look. What?



(gunshots, glass shattering)

Only thing my ol' man ever gimme was this goddamn .45.

Ha ha!

Japanese, but it's pretty good.

Go on, shoot it. No, I never did this.

I don't know how to do it. Yeah, you can do it.

I haven't... Point and shoot the damn thing.

(Brian cries out)

No, bud, you're jerkin' it. You're all like this.

You gotta hold it soft - like your pecker. OK?

Boys'll be boys.

You know any tricks, Carrie? No.

Now hold on. Hold on.

(Adele) You wanna learn some? (Carrie) No.

OK, loosen up. Loosen your elbow.

Breathe. You gotta breathe, bud. Hold it.


Whoo! Hey, Carrie... Good one.

You look good with a gun, Brian. Good one, bud! Super. Good one.

You like that gun? I'm gonna give it to you. I want you to have it.

I don't need a gun. No, go on. Take it.

I'll get me another one.

You never know out in California - all them cuckoo-heads. You best hold onto it.

Now, give it another shot, you mean boy! Go on!

Shoot that damn thing.

Ha ha!

That's super. That's some super shootin'. Look at that.

(# "Get Your Kicks on Route 66" by Asleep at the Wheel)

(Early growls playfully)

(Early chuckles)

Lewiston Abattoir Mt. Juliet, Texas

Think we're gonna sit this one out, bud, if that's to your satisfication.


(Early growls)

Early! Early...

You need some help, bud, just holler. I'll be there.

(Early) Ha ha!


What is that? A copy of the tape they found.

He recorded everything.

(girl on tape pants)

(girl) Mister, c-can you help me?

His mother had him workin' in here before he was eight years old.

Killing animals with a sledgehammer that was bigger than he was.

Look. Can you... Can you... Can you get me out of here, please?

Look. Look, I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want with me, but...

...please, just let me go, OK?

When she was pissed at him...

What are you doing?

...she'd beat the shit out of him...

...then lock him in here overnight.

My parents, they have money. I can give you money if that's what you want.

Please! Please let me go. One morning...

...the little boy wakes up...

...picks up his sledgehammer...

What are you gonna do with those? ...starts hurting back.

No. No, no.

(girl cries out)

(girl whimpers)

How does he get from...

What are you doing? I'm finished.

(girl cries out)

I know you're upset about the gun. I am not upset about the gun!

Yeah, I'm upset about the gun, but that is not it. It's...

(girl screams)

God, can we please turn this off!

Goddammit, what is going on here?

A week ago you would never have picked up that gun. Never!

And this afternoon you're wielding it like you're Clyde fucking Barrow!

What is going on with you? Please talk to me.

It was stupid. It was a cheap thrill. I admit it, it was stupid.

It was just bang bang, like kids.


But I need you to take these photos. We need them. I don't wanna blow it.

Oh, the pictures. The book. God, that really is all that matters to you, isn't it?

That really is all you care about, isn't it?

God, I cannot believe I agreed to do this!

That is such crap.

You know you wanted to take these photos just as much as I wanted you to.


Wrong. I was willing to do whatever it took to get you off of your ass...

...and us on our way to California, and there's a big difference!


Early... What?

(Adele) Ow! Ow!

Early... wait!


Jesus Christ. Sorry. Sorry.

I want him out of our car.

Why? What happened? I want him out of our car.

What happened? Next gas station it's either him or me.


(TV)...and forced 70 people to evacuate their homes...

...was originally thought to have been arson.

Can I get a carton of Victory Kings and $20 worth of gas in the car. Thanks.

Here's your change.

Looks like a bad one's coming in. Y'all better be careful.

Where you headed?


California. I hear it never rains out there, huh? Must be nice.

Hi, Carrie. I have to go to the bathroom.

(TV)...fatal stabbing and robbery of Joseph Davies Robbins...

...at this east Texas gas station.

He is armed and dangerous. If you see this man, please notif...

...with a history of arrests, is still at large.

Grayce is 25 years old, 5'11", with long brown hair.

He has a tattoo on his left arm. He was last seen in east Texas at a gas station...

(gasps) I ain't ridin' no bus, bitch.

He is believed to be responsible for the murder of his landlord, John Diebold.

The murder occurred last Tuesday. We would like to repeat:

...a nationwide manhunt is on for Grayce. Siddown!

I knew that boy would have a hog leg here somewhere.

Not a word.

Hello. Get over here, skinny. Sit your ass in that corner.

Come on!

Honey, what are you doing? They gave us the boot, momma.

Keep Brian busy. I don't want him comin' in.

You're scaring... Not now! Git!

Hi. Hi.

I'm-I'm just gettin' my things and then I'm gonna leave, Brian.

What's your name, boy? Walter L-Livesy.

Well, I think I gotta kill you, Walter. How you feel about that?

Not so good.

Are you sure you have to? Don't know. Wish I did.

Early, please be... Shut up!

Goddammit! I'm trying to have a conversation with Walter!


Sorry about that, Walter.

Hey, don't forget your yo-yo.

Adele, you leaving has nothing to do with you guys. It's between Carrie and me.

Where you from?

Vernon. Florida. Don't know it. Any huntin'?

Turkeys sometimes. Huh.

Yeah, turkeys are real smart. Smarter than most people think.

Tell you what, Walter. I want you down on your belly.

Get on your belly!

I want you to stay there for a long time after we leave.

We got a deal, son? Yeah. Yes, sir.


You mind if I hold onto that Bible over there?

What do you want with a Bible, Walter? Huh?

He thinks I'm gonna kill him.

Now that'd make me a liar, wouldn't it? No, sir.



There you go, Walter.



I wonder if Adele might want it. Ahh!

(Carrie screams)

What was that? Oh, my God.

Nothin', Brian. Just the thunder.

(Carrie screams)

Hey, Early! What the fuck are you doing? You're gonna like this one, Brian.

Get in there. Get over there. Adele, you're drivin'.

What are you doin'? Come on. Let's go.

You all right? What happened? Get us out of here, momma.

What happened? He shot him in the head. He shot him.

No, no. No, he didn't!

Hey, hey, hey! Hey! Everybody just shut up.

Goddamn squawkin' hen. Nothin's changed.

I'm gonna get you there, safe, to California...

...if Adele don't kill us with her drivin' first! (laughs)


Early! What'd you get us?

I got Chinese food.

What is it?

The guy, he didn't speak too good English, Early, so I just got what they had.

Smells like butt. Did you get the beer?

What is it, Chink beer?

Goddammit, Adele.

Well... give this one to whatshername.

Come over here, bud. Get you some grub.

What the hell's a Chinaman doin' in the middle of an American desert anyhow?

Adele, where are the forks and spoons?

Is it just me, or has this trip gone downhill since we ran out of Lucky Lager?

Wish I had me some chili beans.


How many people have you killed, Early?

Well, now, how many people you seen me kill, Bri?

None. That's how many I killed.

If you say so. Damn right I do!

Shut up! Eat your food.

You ain't never killed no one, have you, Bri?

No. No. Ain't seen nobody killed, have you?

No, I haven't. No.

Tell me somethin'. How you gonna write a book...

...about somethin' you don't know nothin' about?

Momma, sing us a song or... somethin'.

(Adele) Oh. Um...


# I

# Wish

# Carrie was happy

# I

# Wish

# She would smile

You guys want your picture taken?

Come on, Carrie, smile.

He was breathin' when I walked out of there.

See, Carrie, it's OK. He was breathin'.

Ain't we gettin' near the next murder site, Bri?

Forget it. It doesn't matter any more. Hell if it don't!

Gimme that map.

Someday, me and Adele, we'll be walkin' along...

...see your book in some store window.

We're gonna buy it and put it on our coffee table, ain't that right, momma?

Davidson Mine Dew Cove, Nevada

OK, let's go have us a look, people.

Early, I'm just gonna stay here. You don't wanna go, momma?


All right, you watch Carrie. I'll take the pictures, Bri.

You run and Bri gets it. Karma.

Lead the way, bud.

So, um, uh... what happened here?

Two brothers, prospectors, lived here in the '70s.

Yeah, so?

They picked up hitchhikers, young men, and brought 'em back here.

Hey, Bri. This ain't gonna give me nightmares, now, is it?

Wait. Get out of the way.

This one's called "Walk the Dog".


My favorite one is "Rock the Cradle".

They were asked just before they were executed why they did it.

And they said "To be famous."

Why did you do it, Early? (Early grunts)

Do what, Bri?

You didn't have to kill the gas station attendant.

Move a little to the left.

You wanted to. Why?

Help me out, Early. You're right. I don't know shit about killing.

You gotta tell me. (Early sniggers)

Does it make you feel good? Huh?

Powerful? Huh?

Superior? Huh?

What? Who are you angry with?

Your mother? Your father?

You wanna know about my daddy? Do you?

Yeah. Oh, yeah. I'll tell ya about my daddy.

(car radio plays)

Adele, you gotta help us out of here. You gotta talk to Early because he's sick.

He needs some sort of help... Carrie, you're messin' up my trick.

Adele, listen to me, please!

(turns volume up)

Adele! The police are after him. He killed a man back there!

No, Carrie, that ain't true.

I saw him kill a man!

No, Carrie, that ain't true.

Adele, come on. I'm your friend. Why would I lie about this?

Why the hell would I lie about this? I know you know!

Why are you saying these things? Why would I lie?!

He said he didn't do it, and you ain't my friend!

You're on private property, ladies. I'd like to see some identification.

No, I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Carrie. Please don't say anything.

We got a match. I'll call for backup. Please, please don't say anything.

All right, ladies, I'd like both of you to step slowly away from the car.

(gunshot) (Carrie screams)

(Adele screams) Noooooo!


(Adele) Early!

(police radio) Confirm your location, over.

(Adele whines) No, Early...

(gunshot) (Adele wails)

(Carrie) Brian! Whoo!

Got 'em both on the dead run.

Oh, no, no, no, Early!

Early! Come on, momma.

(officer moans)

Tell me that don't hurt.

Here. What?

Gotta put that crippled dog out of his misery.

You wanna know about it, you gotta do it, son.

Shoot him. Come on, lay it on in there.

Come on, mean boy.

Come on, mean boy! Do it! (Adele) Early!

Shoot him! Shoot the dog! Shoot the dog! Shoot him.

Time to live, boy. Shoot him!

Come on! Go! Go, mean boy.

You faggot. Look at his face! It's not your father.

Look at him! I know that, you idiot!

That's police in a world of hurtin'. This here's a mercy killin'.

Let's hit the road.

(# "Accelerator" by Therapy? on radio)

You've not even said thank you.

Thank you.

Thank you for what, Adele?

I don't know, Early.

Well, Adele, it's for saving your fuckin' life back there!

Goddamn! You were this close from spending the night in the county...

You murdering son of a bitch! Stop it, Carrie!

Are you fucking insane? Shut up!

He's a monster! Shut up, Carrie!

(Early screeches)

(Early) Goddamn! Bunch of loons.

# I've lost control!

(Early) Look, momma. There's a pretty house.

Maybe they got some beer.

(Adele) Look at all the cactuses.

They're beautiful.

You know what makes cactuses so strong?

You could just leave 'em and forget about 'em forever and they'd still live.

They keep growin' and...

We gotta do somethin' before Early kills somebody else.

And they breathe. Adele! Will you listen to me?

You can't do nothin', Brian. Just sit still.


You have beautiful cactuses, ma'am.

I just love them.

My momma had a garden.

And, um... I had this little baby cactus.

I was gonna take it and plant it... You gotta talk to Adele.

She looks up to you. She'll listen to you.

I tried talking to her at the mine. It didn't work.

Try again. Hey, Bri. Did you ever stop... (belches)

...stop and think if you switched two letters in your name...

...it'd spell "brain"?

Huh? (Adele laughs)

Boy, you got a problem.

Goddammit. What's wrong with Grandma?

Where's your husband?

I'm a widow.

(# distant classical music) Yeah?

(# volume increases)

(man) That you, Peaches?

Sweetheart, hey. Come on over here.

It's so clear you can't believe it.

It's just amazing.

Come on over and look. Take a look, honey.

I want you to see this, Peaches.

(rattling) Peaches?

Early! Early.

Um... Um...


Guess what, Early? Um...

Miss Musgrave, she has this guesthouse in the back...

...and it's really beautiful.

And it's empty, hon. She said if me and you wanted to, honey...


(screams) Hank!

Well... you're a widow now, Peaches.

(Early) Boring.



That don't leave much to the imagination, now, does it?



I know him. That's my daddy.


(snorts) Boring.

You're not gonna die.

That's you, ain't it?

Yeah, that's me. Do you like it? What do you think?


(blows raspberry)


You can go now.

Call me!

You ought to control your woman, boy.

Stinking. Stinking.

Lucky for you they take all kinds in California.

That's where we'll be tomorrow.




Don't be stupid.


Goddammit! (Adele whimpers)

Peaches! Peaches!

Peaches! Stop! Stop it, Early!

Stop it!

What are you doing? I'm gonna get the piano up.

Try and slide your hands under.

Momma? What are you...? What are...?

What are you cryin' for? I'm the one who got hit.


Cos I decided, Early...

...I'm not gonna climb up that Hollywood sign with you.

And why not? You're mean, Early.

No, I'm not. You hurt those people, Early.

I don't wanna do it with you.

I loved you, Early.

You just be quiet. You are mean.

(Adele weeps)


Run! Go! (gunshot)

No! I'm not leaving you here. Wait!

Go! Go!

Adele! Shut up!

(screams) Adele! Shut up!

Shut up!

(yells wildly)

Looks like I need me a new woman.

No! Not him! Shut up.

Jesus! No!

Oh, God, Early, I'll do anything. I'll go with you. Please!

Please don't kill him. Oh, God, I'll do anything.

Please don't kill him!


Oh, momma, we gotta find us a door. Save us some time.

Goddamn, that's a super dress.

Yeah, that's just super.



Oh. I didn't think he left anyone alive.

Where's Carrie? They took off down the road.

Watch your head.

Grab that chair.

I'm gonna lift the piano. Slide it under.

He pulled out all the phone lines. The nearest one is 21 miles away.

He took the fire road west. Take your car and get to that phone.

Call the police.

Well, how y'all doin'?

I'm Early. This is my woman, Carrie.

Sorry to inconvenience y'all like this, but looks like we'll be stayin' the night.

Don't you move! You Pinocchio-lookin' knuckleheads.


No! No, no, no!

(Early sniggers)

Dreamland Nuclear Test Range California-Nevada Border

(glass smashes)

Door. Who would it be?




Carrie! Carrie!


Bri came back.

Hey, Bri. You wanna ask me some questions?


Ask me some questions. Come on.

Do I feel powerful? Do I feel superior? No.


I feel good.

Bri, you're bleedin'.

Bri. You're bleedin'!

# Cos I'm as free as a bird Skynyrd, man!

Lynyrd Skynyrd! I like that one.

Bri. Bri!

(Early yells)

(Carrie) The keys.

They're around his neck.


Ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha!

Ha ha ha ha ha!



I'll never know why Early Grayce became a killer.

I don't know why any of them do.

When I looked into his eyes...

...I felt nothing.


That day I learned that any one of us is capable of taking another human life.

But I also learned that there is a difference between us and them.

It's in feeling remorse.

Dealing with guilt.

And confronting your conscience.

Early never did.

(Brian on tape) June 22nd. The Novak farm.

Mr. Baxter slammed the door in my face today, calling me a goddamn ghoul.

(Early) I'm bettin' he's still alive.

Real old, livin' in a trailer park or somethin', somewheres.

But he's alive, see.

Now, he's thinkin' about what he done...

...goin' over it and over it and over it in his head, every night...

...thinkin' how smart he is for gettin' away with it.


Hey, how's it goin'?

Not bad. How was your swim?

It's freezing. It's November.

I know.

There's, um... this gallery in Venice...

...and I showed them my work, the icon series.

I think they're interested. That's great.

Well, it's not definite, but it's encouraging.

Well, let's celebrate. I'll take you to lunch.


So what happens next? Well, I have a meeting at the gallery...

...and they want to see some more of my work. So...

(Brian) I'm sure they're gonna love it as much as I do.

(Adele) Hi!

Guess who this is?

It's me, it's Adele. Um...

I know I'm probably not supposed to be talkin' on the tape recorder, but...

...I just wanted to say thank you...

...for takin' me and Early with you on your trip...

...cos me and Early's havin' a really good time.


And, um... I just hope that when we get to California...

...that you guys don't forget all about us.

Cos friends are important and...

...well, you're the only friends we got.

(giggles) Bye.

(# "Look up to the Sky" by The Indians)

# If I believed that destiny

# Changes to fate

# I'd believe for ever

# Was a lonely place to play

# I can see inside your eyes

# A mirror soul cannot tell lies

# I believe that I believe

# Miracles and destiny

# You make your own reality

# I know

# When I

# Look up to the sky

# There's angels in the clouds

# And that you can see their eyes

# See the stars lookin' down

# I feel like the thought of you

# Leaves me with

# Nothin' to hide

# Cos when I'm there next to you

# Naked with my pride

# I can see inside your eyes

# A mirror soul cannot tell lies

# I believe

# That I believe

# Miracles and destiny

# You make your own reality

# And I know

# When I

# Look up to the sky

# There's angels in the clouds

# And that you can see their eyes

# See the stars lookin' down

# Lookin' down

# Lookin' down, down

# Lookin' down