On the Ropes (2018) Script

Now, we know who's stronger.

Why don't you take a seat?

Be with you in a minute.

Damn, I missed that booty.


It missed you.

So what will it be tonight?

I got a new pair of handcuffs.

Are those handcuffs for you?

Or for me?

Whatever you like.



Nobody move.

Don't move.

What the fuck?

You got a hearing problem, Biggs?

My brother said don't fucking move.


Get dressed.

What about my money?

You will get it later.

Fuck that.

I want it now.

Shut up and get dressed.

This is fucking bullshit.


What the fuck, Jon?

You better have a good reason for this.

We do.

Half our product is in federal lockup.

And five of our boys are in custody.


And you think I had something to do with that?


You don't have the balls.

But someone in Bruno's family does.

And I bet you know who.

Go fuck yourself, Lee.

Bruno's boys have a real respect.

I wouldn't be surprised if your old man was talking to the feds himself.

Watch it, Biggs.

Look at you guys.

His family is so dysfunctional.

He has got two of you believing you're actually brothers.

You going to keep talking shit?

Or do I have to make sure you can't?

All right.

All right.

Listen, word is that someone been tipping off the feds from inside your family.


How the fuck would I know?

Maybe it's that weasel Ricky.

He looks like a rat.

OK, Jon, I've had enough of this fucking shit.

I don't fucking know, all right?

But it's not us.

Don't fucking move.

Guns on the bed, or I swear to god, I'll blow this guy's fucking head off.

Sorry, sweetheart, you too.

That a girl.

Now, your wallets.

Put your fucking wallets on the bed now.

Fucking crack whore.

Sure can pick them, huh, B?

Thank you.

Now, back the fuck up.

I said back up.

Nice piece.


See ya.


Fuck yeah.

That's what you get when you mess with Bruno's boy.

You want some more, Jon?


That's what you get for messing with us.

Now, tell me what I want to know.

You want to know?

Talk to your daddy, you fucking pussy.

You idiot, what's Bruno gonna do if he finds out you killed one of his men?

Fuck Bruno.

Our boys were picked up at the exchange.

There's nothing we could do.

Did I ever tell you that you two are the toughest fighters I ever raised?

Every time I sent you in the ring, I was afraid that neither of you would come out.

But every time you fought, you... you came out stronger.

Are you listening?

There's a rat in the family.

And Bruno.

You're the one who started trouble with Bruno.

They made trouble with us.

I just thought the family needs to show strength.

You don't know what this family needs.

So I'm supposed to let these assholes disrespect us?

You're supposed to do as I say.

The FBI, a rat in the family, and now this.

What's gonna happen when I'm gone?

The men will follow who they respect.

And who do you think they respect?


That's respect.

I've decided to formally make Jon successor.

I'm gonna make an announcement tomorrow.



He's respected.

I've been building this business.

That's enough.


I've done it.

And for what?

To be second in command?

You will do as you're told.

Whatever you say, Father.


He's always been a prick.

He's strong, but... but dangerous.

Punching will only get you so far.

You need good footwork, good balance.

I'm relying on you, Jon.

Lee is family.

He's gonna need you to guide him, carry him.

Otherwise, everything I've built, this life I provided will all be for nothing.

Make a... an old man proud.

And get this family back on track.

Now, get the fuck out of here.

Well, that's one way to go.

Detective Stern.

Could you give us a moment?

Bersetti, it's been a while.

How's your son doing?

He's an asshole.

Well, like father, like son.

Holy shit.

Is that Mark Biggs under there?

It sure is, Paul.

No forced entry.

No shell casings.

No bullet holes.

Listen, I didn't ask you here to investigate my crime scene, OK?

So what's the point?

Well, the point is the manager showed me some surveillance footage.

And guess who was caught fleeing the scene?

What the fuck?


That's not their style.

Just look into it.

If there's some infighting going on between Bruno and the old men, that would be some big news.


I'll look into it.

I'm telling you, Lee.

I'm not a fucking rat.

That's exactly what a fucking rat would say.

String him up.

You know he wouldn't approve of this.

Come on, Jon.

What do you want me to do?

Ask him nicely?

Teach him a lesson in the ring?

There's only one way to get the truth.

And you know that.

We all know the rules.

Never, under any circumstances, rat on your family.

Lee, please, it's not me, man.

I fucking swear to you.

It could be anybody.

Why me?

You gotta listen, man.

Why the fuck would I do this?

Jon, tell him.

Not like this.

Back off, Jon.

He's either the rat or he knows who the rat is.

Holy shit.

Just get me down from this...

Shut the fuck up, Ricky.

Like I said, not look like this.

We got a problem.

You motherfucking, cocksucking, backstabbing pieces of shit.

Which one of you two rat fucks is gonna explain to me how the fucking feds crushed our fucking party?

Your guess is as good as ours.

For all we know, you tipped them off.


And why the fuck is that asshole tied up?

Are you two fucks into some sick bondage shit or something like that?

Don't answer that.

You owe me a shipment of guns.

You owe me retribution for the men I lost.

You know what?

Fuck this.

I want to speak to the old man, now.

He doesn't want to see you.

What my brother means to say is, if you have a problem, deal with us.

Jon, Jon.

Jon, Jon, go fuck yourself.

Then, go fuck your brother.


Drop them.

Tell them.

Didn't I told you to go fuck yourself?

Tell them.

Drop them.


You'll get your shipment at next week's exchange.

But this wasn't us.

In the meantime, I suggest you show a bit more respect.

You can go now.

Motherfucker, cocksuckers.

Let's fucking go.

I was expecting at least a phone call.

It's been a busy day.


Your boys got picked up by the feds.

Any idea how?


Do you?

I'm looking into it.

Nothing you want to talk about?

Not with you.

Watch your back, Jon.


Eyes on the back of my head.

Hey, Jon.

Hey, Jon, a four letter word for something bad to be thrown at you? A book?

Is there a problem, Chloe?

No ma'am.

Let's take it again from the top, ladies.



See you tomorrow, Chloe.


Here comes trouble.

You look like shit.

That bad, huh?

Listen, I'm just going to go to bed now.

No. Come on.

You have to practice.

I'm really not in the mood tonight.

That's when you need to do it the most.

Now, where did we leave off?

Oh, right.



We'll start here.

Move to here like so.


And then arabesque.

Come on.

You were getting really good.


1, 2, 3.

We might need to work on your balance.

My balance is just fine.

The floor is slippery.

Take your socks and shoes off.

Or it could get you a pair of these.

Starting in fifth position.

Tummy tight.

Shoulders down.

Chin up.

Long neck.

And lift.

Much better.

You know, you're pretty cute when you dance.

You should see me boxing.



Watch out for this guy.

He's a southpaw.

He has a mean right hook.

You know, Bruno isn't happy about today.

That's the least of our problems right now.

The Old Man is turning the family over to Jon.

So what now?

I'm handling it.


This is the guy?

Hey, don't fuck around with this guy.

Come on.

Let's go.

As tough as bricks, huh?

Not tough enough.

Set up a meeting with Bruno tonight.

We'll keep it between us.

You want to learn about the business?

I'll teach you about the business.

But for tonight, I want you to wait outside.

Because I got to talk business with these mooks and I don't trust them.

You think you could do that for me?

You already have bodyguards, Bruno.

When are you gonna let me sit-in on this?

You know, learn the business?

When you stop being a little fucking shit.

Where were you when this happened?


Stop fucking around and just do what you're told.

You understand?

You want to learn about the business.

Why am I explaining myself to you, Angelo?

This is unacceptable.


What do you expect me to do?

Hand over that rat fuck Lee, so I can poke his eye out.

Come on, Bruno.

It's not that bad.

Please, sit down.

It's not easy, being strong for them, my boys.

They see me as a father.

You know what that's like, Bruno.

How old is your nephew now?

Old enough to stop fucking around so much.

Come on. He's... he's young still.

It's up to the fathers to keep their sons in check.

We got to stay strong, keep them from falling apart.

They're already falling apart, Angelo.

They have no respect.


We have kept the peace.

But those boys of yours... no, Angelo.


I admit, Lee's a bit of a hothead.

But I can't give up on him now.

You got to give these boys some time to learn the ropes.

Time, Angelo?

One of my best men is dead, because of them.

You have five of yours going to the big house.

I have no product to move.

You have a rat talking to the feds.

And that fuck Lee, that loose cannon of yours, tried to take my fucking eye out.

It's a good look on you, the... the eye patch.

Good, huh?

It's making you laugh?

You think this is funny?

Why don't I just buy myself a fucking parrot?

All I'm saying is, a loose cannon, once tamed, is a valuable weapon.

You can't let him get away with this.




He won't.

I'll see to it.

I'll make sure you're fairly compensated for the loss of product... and your... and your man, Biggs.

He was a good kid.

You're a fair man, Angelo.

But if you leave the family to Lee, I don't see how I can keep the peace.

Bruno, my family's going to Jon.

The fucking lughead?

He can't even speak?

Does he speak?

Can he handle this?

Are you trying to tell me that he can handle all of this?

Jon is stronger than you think.

He'll keep Lee in check.


No, Angelo.

No. No.


Would you get off the fucking thing?

It's time to go.

It's for you.

Who the fuck is this?

Hey, Bruno.

How's the eye?

Give me a reason not to shoot you right here, right now.

Watch it, Curly.

I've got nothing to discuss with you, you rat prick fuck.

I should be talking with your brother Jon.

I hear he's got a better shot at being the new top dog than you.

And where did you hear that?

A little bird told me.

Convince me not to blow your fucking head off.

Go ahead.

You're going to regret it in the morning.

I think you broke my finger.


I didn't know you were so fragile.

Where did you learn to punch like that?

There's a lot you don't know about me.

You know, we still haven't talked about you moving in.

I don't know why you're still living in this dump.

I like it here.

So you tell me what's running through that big head of yours?

I don't have a big head.

I was offered something today.

What do you mean offered?

Jesus, Jon, I thought we talked about this.

Just relax.


I'm not going to do it?

Did you tell him that?

Not yet.

But I will.

Right. Look.

I just need to figure out the right way to tell him.


How about, no, sorry, Dad?

I'm not gonna become a criminal overlord for you.

You promised me you were gonna move on from this.

You had a way out.

We had a plan.

Look, I am. I have.

It's... it's complicated. he's my father.

He's not your father.

He's a criminal.

I should probably go.

Come on.


We've talked about this 100 times, Jon.

You can make your own decisions.

See you later, OK?


Hey, it's Ricky.

I don't know how to put this, but...


It's the old man.

He's... he's dead, Jon.

He would've wanted you to have it.

Still can't believe he's gone.

He was right, you know? About me.

I never listen.

Truth is, if it weren't for him...

at least I still have you, brother.

Or should I say boss?

Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?

It's going to take some getting used to.

Jon, this is a good opportunity for us, right?

It's time for a change.

Right now, we just need to lay low.

Hey, you're the boss.

Save your speech for tonight.

We have to celebrate.

What's going on?

Father, he stole a necklace and then pushed me.

He's lying.

Shut up.

That's enough.

Get in the ring, both of you.

It's turning out to be quite the week.

You have my condolences.

Have you given any more thought to our discussion?

Or are you enjoying being the big boss now?

It's not like that.

I know.

I get it.

But pretty soon, you're gonna have to make the tough decisions.

I can only hold out for so long.

I know.

You ever think about doing something else?

What do you mean doing something else?

Like what?

Driving a taxi?

Are you fucking kidding me?

You're already driving a taxi.

Shut the fuck up.


That's the best you can come up with?

Don't worry.

I have a special night planned for you.


I have something to say to you.

This is a special day.

My brother deserves a special welcome.

To the man I could never be.

To Jon. To Jon.





Speech, speech, speech.

Jon, speech.

Speech, come on.

Right after I take a piss.



Hey, get up.

Let's go.

Fuck, you're drunk.



Jon, where are you?

I've been trying to reach you all day.

I'm at this...

I'm at this party.

Are you at the club?

There were these drugs.

Don't let me keep you from your party.

No. Wait.


It's Jon.

Come on.

Bruno, what a fucking piece of shit.

We need to get out of here.

What are you doing?


Sorry, Jon.

It wasn't supposed to happen this way.

You mother fucker.

after Everything I did, he picks you.

For fuck's sake, give it up.

Ms. Pereira Yes?

Detective Bersetti.

I was hoping we could have a conversation.



Do you have like a warrant or something?

I want to talk to you about Jon.


You're awake.

You've been out for almost a day now.

The bullets missed all vital organs.

But you lost a lot of blood.

Look, I've given you some morphine for the pain.

But if you feel like you need more, just call the nurse there on the back of the bed.

There's a few police officers here who want to speak when you you feel up to it.

Can you give me a minute?

I'll see what I can do.

So is he dead?

I don't know.

I don't think so.

Ms. Pereira I need to know if you've spoken to Jon in the last 48 hours.

Detective Bersetti, can you just tell me what this is about?

There was a shooting last night, at a nightclub.

Gang related.

We have reason to believe Jon was one of the shooters.

We don't know exactly what happened.

And the facts are still thin, but...

That can't be true.

Jon's not a killer.

I need you to understand...

I'd like you to leave.

I'm sorry?

I can't help you.

And if you don't have a warrant, then, please, just leave me alone.

You don't remember your name?

You think we're stupid, don't you?

All you guys end up in here say the same shit.

Come on, buddy.

Give us something to work with here.

I told you everything already.

The nerve of this asshole.

Look, can you call the doctor for me?

I feel really dizzy.



We'll be back.

See if you can remember anything.

And you're sure he's dead?

What about the men loyal to Jon?

They're gonna want revenge on Bruno.

Then, we'll let them try.

It's time to clean house.

Bruno can do that for us.



I'll call you back.

Oh, shit.

That's it.

That's it.

He's done.

So I was looking at your chart and... holy shit.

You said Jon wouldn't go down without a fight, but you didn't say he knows kung fu.

Listen, smartass, you need to clean this up fast.

He's not the type of person that stays down.

Then, you should've shot him in the fucking head.


Just because we have an arrangement, it doesn't mean I have to do all your dirty work.

No, Bruno.

If you don't do my dirty work, then we don't have an arrangement.


You, you, clean this up.

I'm fucking hungry.

I got to go eat something.

Bruno, wait.

You don't have to do this.

I don't?

When Lee finds out what you're about to do...

Ricky, you pathetic rat fuck, who do you think was on the phone?


Your new boss is cleaning house, making way for a joint venture.

Jon won't let that happen.

Jon's dead before your body's cold.

Lee might've fucked up, but we're gonna find him.

And we're gonna kill them.

Make sure you give him my regards.



I can help you find him.

I know where he's gonna go.

Just don't kill me.

You fucking rat.

Selling out your own brother, huh?

Go ahead.

I'm listening.

There was a girl.

She's a dancer.

You want to learn about the business?

Come with me.

Let's go.

Ricky, I got to thank you.

You've been a big help.

Good boy.

All you had to do was rat out your family.

So you're not gonna kill me?

I won't.

Tony will.

I fucking hate rats.




Now, let's finish this fucking thing.





What are you doing here?

I'll explain later.

I'm sorry.

You're sorry?

Is everything all right back there?

Mind your own fucking business.

This is all your fault.

All you can say is your fucking sorry?

Who am I kidding?

I did this to myself.

We both know what you are.

Look, I can fix this.


You're gonna kill people?

I'm done with all this.

No, Jon.

I'm done with all of this.

You can let me out here.


It's over.

And don't come looking for me.

Where to?

Just drive.

Hey, listen, I usually last longer than that.

It's OK.

I'll take it as a compliment.

Besides, I charged you for the full hour anyway.

Fuck off.

Wrong room.

Oh, shit.



First Biggs, now Tony?

Any of Bruno's guys you haven't fucked?

I think this was mine.

You gonna kill all my clients?

Get out.

And don't come back this time.

Good luck.

Hope you last longer with this guy.

My fucking nose.

Hey, Tony.

Let's talk about your Uncle Bruno.

I'm starving.

I haven't eaten all night.

One bag of money.

All this shit for one bag of money.

Go get the money.


Back in your father's time, back in my father's time, carloads, truckloads full of money.

Money for everyone.

And we used to eat well back then.

Steak and lobster for everybody, not these ham and cheese sandwiches we eat in this shithole in this fucking place.

What the fuck's the problem?

Bag's fucking heavy.

Are you fucking kidding me?

Hurry the fuck up.

We got to go.

Give him a hand.

Let's go.

The bag's heavy.

My balls are heavy.

There's two of you.

Let's go.

Unbelievable. Unbelievable.

Who the fuck is this now?

I can't even eat my fucking sandwich in peace.

God dammit.

Just a bunch of fucking idiots.

Everyone's a fucking idiot around here.

How long are these cocksuckers gonna make me wait?


All this time you make me wait, I could've finished my fucking sandwich.

Lee, what the fuck is going on?

Lee, what the fuck?


You're supposed to be dead, mother fucker.

I'm sorry to disappoint you.

I knew your brother couldn't get the job done.

Where is he?

I don't know.

And I don't give a fuck.

Last chance.

Fuck you.

Show me what you got.

You fucking...

Nice night.

You look like shit.

Did you bring what I asked for?

You know, I can still help you, if you help me.

I'm not a rat.

Someone will eventually crack.

They always do.

You don't understand.

You don't rat on family.

You sure about that?

The old man's been giving up family members for years to protect himself.

You want to follow his teachings, do the same.

Save yourself.


It doesn't matter.

His life's over.

Yours isn't.

You want to end up like him?

Or you want a chance to start over?

What's it gonna be, Jon?

Is it finished?

It's finished.


It's over.

Cops are on their way.

I gave them everything.

You didn't give me any choice.

You had a choice.

You could have died, like you were supposed to.

And now, you give up the family?

You filthy rat.



You killed him, didn't you, the Old Man?

You tried to kill me.

For what?

To have the family for yourself.

It didn't belong to you.

It wasn't yours to take.

It's time to settle this.

Just the two of us.


Just the two of us.

You know where I'll be.

Now, we know who's stronger.

True victory means never staying down.

Look at you.

Always ready for a fight.

How does it feel to betray your own family?

It's too bad you can't ask the Old Man.

Did your cop friend give you this?

It's all bullshit, Lee.

He lied to us.

We were kids.

He used us.

I'm done with this bullshit.

You can't turn your back on this.

I already have.

You should too.

Get in the fucking ring.

We're not kids anymore.


No, we are.

You should have let me leave.

Be a sport, Jon.

Didn't see that coming.

That's good.


I'm going to teach you how to stay down, like I taught our father.

Stay the fuck down.

Stay down.

Fuck you.

Never take what isn't yours.

Always do what is best for the family.

Never, under any circumstances, rat on your own.

It's all bullshit.

You can keep it.


Still breathing, I see.

I saw you on the news.


Just a little promotion.

It was one of the biggest busts in the city's history.

Did you find her?

She really doesn't want to be found.

And frankly, she's tied to just about every crime committed.

We'll look the other way, only if you're done.