Sam Was Here (2016) Script

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[faint metalic clang]

Is anyone there?


[blows out air]

[car alarm sounds]

[car alarm continues]


[radio] Eddy, he gives a voice to your words.

It's time to rant.

Come on everybody, just [static] for a little while.

Complain, scream, or blow off some steam.

It's free and it will do you a world of good.

[man] I tell you, Eddy, we're just not safe anymore.

Look at everything that's going on these days, the kind of people you see in the streets...

-Yeah, you can say that again.

-I'm telling you, the world just ain't a safe place anymore.

It ain't safe.

[Radio Host] I cannot express how much I agree with you.

This is time to rant, the...

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[Sam Corbitz] Here we go.

[TV sporting event]

[TV mutes]

[TV sound resumes]

Fucking rednecks.

[ring tone]

[answering machine] Hello, you have reached the voicemail of Richard Jones, sales manager at Global Tech California.

Please leave a message after the tone, and I'll call you back as soon as possible.


Hello, Mr. Jones?

Sam Corbitz calling.

I wanted to talk to you about this idea of yours.

I've been thinking, and the thing is, I just don't feel it's worthwhile operating in this area.

I haven't managed to meet a single person yet.

I was wondering if it was possible if maybe I could just come back to Los Angeles.

My daughter's birthday is coming up.

Okay, thank you.

[engine doesn't start]

Come on, come on, come on.


♪ atmospheric synth music ♪

[pulsing electronic music]

[radio jingle]

[radio] Eddy, he speaks for the community.

[announcer] We interrupt this program for a special announcement.

Little Cindy, who disappeared last week, is still missing. According to police, it's become increasingly clear that her disappearance is linked to the killer.

Her uncle, Jack Brandon's own cousin has decided to join the hunt with everyone else.

In his own words, I quote, "If we can't find Cindy, at least we can get the man who kidnapped her.

And if we do find him, boy oh boy, we'll show him what real pain feels like.

Now, some music.

[phone dial tone]



[man] Hello.

Hi, my name is Sam.

I'm just so happy to hear from someone.

[disconnect tone]



[dial tone]

[disconnect tone]


[radio] This is Eddy's time to rant.

Come on, everybody, just call up for a little laugh, complain, scream, or blow off some steam.

It's free, and it'll do you a world of good.

[woman] Hi, Eddy? My name's Rebecca Sexton.

You know, this killer you're talking about, he's murdering families, right? I mean, women and children?

I don't understand why the police aren't doing anything.

All they do is talk, talk, talk.

They say they've seen the killer.

They say this, they say that.

When it comes down to it, what are they actually doing?

-Tell them yourself, stupid.

[Eddy] Thank you, dear Rebecca... that will be so helpful...

[newspaper rustling] throughout the years, and he never let us down, ever.

Thank you so much.

I wish you a long, healthy, and happy life.

[ring tone]

[machine] Hello, you've reached Rita's voicemail.

Please leave a message, and I'll return your call as soon as possible.



Rita, pick up the phone, please.


I get it.

I just want to say that I'm sorry.

I know that this isn't an easy time for us.

But I want to try again.

Give the little one a kiss from me.

I'll call back tomorrow for her birthday.

[hangs up phone]


I'm not a thief, okay?

I left some money on the counter.

[atmospheric synth]

[pager beeps]

[swirling electronic music]



If you ever want to meet my daughter, cross your fingers.

[engine cranks without starting]

[engine starts]


[foreboding music]

[rattles chain]

[ring tone]

[female] Hello! You've got the right number, but unfortunately, the Andersens aren't here right now.

Probably for a good reason.

Leave us a message, and we'll call you back at the right time.

Thank you!



Is anyone there?

My name is Sam Corbitz.

Someone left me a message earlier.

I don't understand what's going on.

I don't know who you are or what you want.

So if you could just please tell me what this is all about...

It isn't funny, okay?

[eerie music]

[phone rings]



[otherwordly groans]

Who is this?

[otherwordly groans]

[disconnect tone]

[hangs up]

[faucet running]

[electronic cicada like sounds]

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[deep breathing]

[otherworldy music]

[phone ring tone]

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[machine] Hi, you've reached Rita's voicemail. Please leave a message, and I'll return your call as soon as possible.


Rita, I'm nearing Los Angeles.

I've had a little trouble along the way.

Sorry, I'll explain it to you later.

I hope you and the little one are doing okay.

I can't wait to see you.

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What the fuck is going on?

[car starts]

[radio plays pop music]

[Eddy] We are here with Thomas Payne, the officer in charge of the investigation.

Are you here?

[Thomas Payne] Hello Eddy, glad to be of help.

I've got some good news.

We now have a lead, but we gotta be absolutely sure so we don't get the wrong person, that's why we're taking our time.

The killer won't be enjoying his spree for much longer, our lead is a good one, real strong.

[Eddy] That was very interesting, thank you so much.

[woman caller] And one day, just you wait and see, even money will be more expensive, and I can't take it anymore.

You know what they all want, those people in [inaudible]

They want to ruin the world, and they won't stop until everyone and everything-

[ring tone]

[woman] Hello, if you're calling Eddy, it means you are a fan and eye witness Your testimony will help make the world a better place.

Unfortunately, all our lines are currently busy with other fans like you.

Press one to hold the line, or two to leave a message that can be aired later on the show.

[hold music]

Please leave a message after the tone and of course, Eddy says "Thank you."


Hi. This message is for Rita Corbitz.

This is Sam, your husband.

I've been trying to call you, but I haven't been able to get in touch.

There's no one around here and everything is...

Everything's closed.

The only thing that seems to be working is this crazy show, so I figured I'd give it a shot.


[male caller] My name's Michael River.

I'm calling because my wife's out on the road, and it's so dangerous out there.


So Sonya, if you're listening to this, come home please.

Come home, it's really not safe.

[crash] [Sam] Shit.

[Michael River] [inaudible]

[Sam] Fuck.


Oh no.


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[car pulls up]


[deep breathing]



[gun shot]

Oh. Oh. Oh. Ow.


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[man on radio] I mean, take a deep breath.

[Sam] Somebody here?

[man on radio] Stop doing what you're doing for a minute and look at the landscape.

Look at the road and the mountains in the distance.

Look at the colours of the sky.

Blue, red, black and white.

Every day they look different. Look at the beautiful bright yellow shining sun that gives light to the flowers and the...

oxygen, and enough!


Every day we live here is a miracle.

[Sam] Fuck.

-It's a kick.

[continues inaudibly]

[Sam] Oh, shit.

[radio]and defend it.

[Sam] Okay.

-We'll raise children in the wild and defend them.

That's the most beautiful thing.

[ring tone]

[Eddy] We leave you now for a special announcement.

We have some new elements concerning the killer.

Leo, you're here with us, do you hear me?

[phone] Thank you for continuing to hold-

-Come on, come on, come on.

[radio] I hear you, I hear you alright.

I like the sound of your voice.

So glad to be here on your show and be able to help a little.

[Sam] Oh, come on.

[radio] I'm a huge fan.

It sounds like it won't be long now.

I have a feeling the hunt will be over very soon.

I got a brother-in-law in the department who tells me the killer's name is Sam.

I repeat, Sam is the killer's name.

Good to know, right?

-What the...

[phone operator] 911, where is your emergency.

[radio] Well, thank you Leo, for your call.

Thanks to your brother-in-law, we surely appreciate it.


[radio] currently for those who just arrived, Leo's courageous brother-in-law.

[radio] Let's send our thoughta and prayers to the police now, as they take great risks to stop the killer from breaking into our beautiful homes and endangering the lives of our beloved children.

What would we do without them?

All our thoughts go to the brave agents who are on the road.

To them, we say good luck.

And now, some music.

The community has a voice and that voice has a name.

Grant for Eddy.

[music plays]


[Sam] Ah!!

[grunt, crack]



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[music plays]

[Rita] Hello, you've reached Rita's voicemail. Please leave a message and I'll return your call as soon as possible.


Rita, you're not going to believe this.


But a cop just tried to kill me.

A fucking cop.

It's insane. This whole place, it's insane.

I don't know, it's crazy.

It's like everything is broken, or something.

I don't know, but he's dead.


Oh. Ah.



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[radio] Trailers for rent and a happy trailer...

[panting] for only $5 a night. You can have a great holiday trailer... complete set of kitchen tools...[inaudible]

When you step outside, you'll find a bright yellow sun.

There's always something [inaudible].

Dream big.

...great fishing.

A place where you can go and wait your time.

Childhood with Grandma, [inaudible].

-Ah, oh, fuck.

[man] You heard the latest about the killer, right?

At first there was talk about burglaries, but now they know better.

Guy's a beast, that's what they say.

I know a guy who knows this other guy who saw some pictures of what he did, boy, he described them to me.

Oh man, did I feel dirty.

It made me feel real dirty, and not to brag, but I prayed for all mankind.

[Eddy] I cannot express how much I agree with you, this is time to rant, on the free rant show, where we need your rant and ranting is free.

Who says children can't rant.

Now we have a little girl here, Sophia, has been invited by her parents to rant for you.

Her parents are long time fans of the show, and they've asked her to say something.

Sophia, are you here with us?

[Sophia] Yup. Hi, Eddy.

[Eddy] Hello, Sophia, go on, and to our dear listeners, please be nice to Sophia, because she appears to be a little shy.

[Sophia] Thank you, Eddy.

Well, first I wanted to thank the good people in [inaudible] the bad man and my parents [inaudible].

They say it's dangerous.

[Eddy] And who is Emile, Sophia?

Your little brother?

[Sophia] No, he's my cat.

A very nice cat.

He's got nice white fur.

He's my best friend.

[Sam] What is this?



[Eddy] Well, Sophia, thank you for sharing with us today.

Don't worry about Emile, I promise nothing will happen to him. He'll be safe.

[Sophia] Can I rant a little more?

[Eddy] Of course, Sophia, you can rant as much as you want.

You have every right to be fed up.

I mean, who doesn't?

And this is Time to Rant, everybody.

Come on.

Get angry.

[man] Yeah, hi Eddy, how you doing?

Thanks for taking my call.

I heard about the killer and I don't want to talk about him.

No sir, I trust you, I know you guys are going to stop him in the end.

I just called to have a little rant with you, my man.

I just want to say I'm fed up with all these people, you know?

All these suits and the government and the bankers, you know, oil companies and Hollywood.

I am fed up and I want to rant, man.

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Oh, yes.


Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on.

[car doesn't start]

Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on.

[car doesn't start]

Come one, come on, fuck.



The fuck is this?



What the...?

[water boiling]

What the fuck?

[door opens with a clunk]

Hey, stop, stop. Stop, please, stop, no, stop.


No, no, come back, it's okay. I'm not going to hurt you.


Ah, ow ow. Listen to me, okay. Listen to me.

No, calm down, calm down. Okay, I'm not going to hurt you.

There's nothing to be scared off.

I'm not going to hurt you, understand?

Hey, no, no, no, calm down, okay.

Calm down, everything's fine. I'm not-


[loud screaming]

[Sam] Oh! No. Oh, god.

Oh I'm sorry. Sorry.

[woman] It's hurts. My god, it hurts.

-I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

-It hurts. Help. Oh, oh.


-Oh my god. Oh my god.

-It hurts so bad.

Oh, look what you've done to me.

[distant shouts]

My nephews will make you pay.

Oh. Oh.

You cocksucking motherfucker.

-I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry.


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-Hurt him. Hurt him.

Hurt him.

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Ah, ah.

Oh, oh.

Oh, shit, ow.

[gun shot]


[gun shot]

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[phone rings]


Yes, please help, please help. These guys--

[woman] Calm down, calm down.

We're going to rape you with your own cock.











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[woman] Help!







What did you do to my nephew you paedophile scum?

I'm going to cut you open!


This poor little girl, you saw her through the hole, right?

Yet, you let her rot in your own room.

Shame on you, shame on you.

You like to watch little girls suffer, do you?

Look at what you did to me.

You're a bad man.

Did you enjoy it?

Did you get pleasure from it?

Did you get off on it?

-He made me do it.

Where's Eddy?

Where is he?


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[car doesn't start]

[car starts]

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[man on radio] You know the funny thing?

I've known Sam for more than 20 years.

We used to be friends, back in the day, okay?

He was a very quiet guy, very quiet.

But now, after everything I've learned, I keep going back to those memories.

[pager] I see them in a different light.

Okay? Take his eyes, for example.

I used to think that he was so quiet and nice, but it's like, there was something below the surface, just waiting to come out. I can see it so...

[Sam] Rita?

It's me again.

I know that you don't want to talk to me.

I understand.


Anyway, I'm going to be home soon.

I promise that everything, it'll be right from now on.

But first, there's something that I have to do.

They say that I killed a little girl.

It's all lies.

And I'm going to prove it.

I just- I want you to know that I love you.

And I love the little one.


[phone] The mailbox is full and cannot accept any messages at this time. Goodbye.

[disconnect tone]

[hangs up]

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[door creaks open]


[phone rings]

[man] Come on, everybody, just call for a little laugh, complain, scream, or to blow off some steam.

It's free, and it'll do you a world of good.

[Sam] Hello?

-This is time to rant everybody, come on.

Who is this?

-Hello, Sam.

This is Eddy.

[woman] Sam-- [Eddy] you're here with us?

Do you hear me?

[Sam] What do you want from me?

[click] [woman] Thank you, Sam.

[man] I hear you're all right.

You know Eddy speaks for the community.

That isn't true.

What do you want?

[click] You have every right to be fed up.

I mean, who doesn't?

[multiple voices edited] Sam, we want to see you die.

Because we hate you. Murderer.

A fake.

[voices] We want to see you punished.

Sam, we want the world to be rid of Sam.

Killer, killer, killer.

I didn't kill anybody.

[girl] Please, don't hurt me, Mister.

No, please don't hurt me!

[Sam] Calm down, calm down. Everything's fine.

I'm not going to hurt you, okay?

[girl] Stop!


I have a family.

[woman] It hurts! It hurts so bad.

[Sam] A little girl.

I could never do anything like that.

You call.

You call them, and they'll tell you.

That can't be me.

[Eddy] Well, Sam, it was very interesting.

Thank you so much.

And now, time for a commercial break.


[Sam] This message is for Rita Corbitz.

This is Sam, your husband.

I've been trying to call you, but I haven't been able to get in touch.

There's no one around here, and everything's closed.

The only thing that seems to be working is this crazy show.

[Eddy] We interrupt this program for a special announcement. We now have Rita on the phone.

[Rita] Hello, Eddy?

First, I want to say, I'm a big fan, and I agree with everything you say.


I'm upset, because I don't know this man.

I don't know the man who just left a message on the air.

My husband passed away five years ago.

Let me repeat, I do not know this man, and he's frightening my daughter.

[Sam] I just want to say that I'm sorry.

I'm sorry that I haven't been here more often for you--

[Eddy] We understand, Rita. We understand.

The world is not a safe place, because of people like him.

But we're going to make it safe, for you and for your daughter.

Just wait.

You wait and see.

[disconnect tone]

[Sam] I don't want to lose you.

[ringing tone]

[woman] Welcome to Eddy's world.

Unfortunately, we can't take your call at the moment.

All of our fans and collaborators are on the road to kill Sam. [click] Kill Sam.

The road to- [tape rewinds]

... The road to kill Sam, the road to kill Sam, the road to kill Sam, kill Sam, the road to kill Sam.

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[fighting and punching]

[Sam] I'm not a killer!

Please, no!


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[screaming continues]

[sobbing continues]

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[Mexican music plays]

[droning sound]

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