The Grifters (1990) Script

Around the country, the bookies pay off winners at track odds It's dangerous when a long shot comes in, unless you have somebody at the tracks to lower those odds

Heartbreak Highway, fast lane to the blues

Each turn I take leads me back to you And there's nothing I can do

Bet you can't do that with a quarter Are you kidding? Sure, I can I'll give you a dime for every quarter you can lay on end It's a bet Hey, you got any quarters?


How you doin'?

All right Can I get a, uh, Miller, please?

You got it

Heartbreak Highway, fast lane to the blues

Each turn I take Out of 20

3, 4, 5

5 is 10, 10 is 20 Thanks, sir Next Okay, Ace

10 in a row Yep, You're right That's a dollar I owe you Hey!

That was the deal a dime for every quarter

Running time for the six furlong, 1 minute, 10 and 1/5 seconds In the winner's circle, Number 1, "Magical Flight," owned by Frank and Melanie McDonald, trained by Melanie McDonald, ridden to victory by Orlando Guerrino Number 7, "Telescope," second, number 5, "Free To Go," third, number 3, "Just Be Kind," fourth Winning quinella combination

$5,000 on the 3 horse to win, please

4, 5, 10, that's 20

$3720 winning quinella combination

2, 3, 4, and 5 Thanks Thank you

Winning exacta combination, 9 and 7, returns $118.80

$118.80 the 9-7 exacta combination Winning quinella combination, 7 and 9, $54

$54 even, the 7-9 quinella combination Post time in three minutes In the winner's circleNumber 1, "Magical Flight," owned and trained by Anthony Martinez

$2,000 on the 3 horse to win

Running time for the six furlong, 1 minute, 11 and 1/5 seconds

They're in the gate They're off

"Full Force" from the outside racing right out for the lead with "Vital Contact" moving up Mmm, Mrs Langtry, I'm sorry Why? What's wrong?

You are a valued customer, as you know But what's wrong?

I can't understand this It's something you almost never see What is?

This is some of the finest filigree platinum I've ever seen Mm-hmm But the stones, no They're not diamonds, Mrs Langtry But they must be They They cut glass Glass will cut glass, Mrs Langtry Almost anything will Come with me

Let me show you a positive test for diamonds

Yeah Take this

Do you see how the water splashes over them?

How it slides off in a sheet?

With real diamonds, it won't do that It clings to the surface in tiny droplets

I see it

I hope you're not too badly disappointed with us, Mrs Langtry It's not your fault You'll give us an opportunity to serve you again, I hope, if there's anything you think we might be interested in Well, I have only one thing now

Are you interested?

Well, I would have to see it, of course

You are seeing it

You're looking right at it Mrs Langtry Something like this very rarely happens The fine setting and workmanship usually means precious stones It always hurts me when I find they're not I always hope I'm mistaken

Can I get a Miller, please?

One too many, mister? What?

Step away from the car

Never mind Let's see your driver's license

You seem pretty sick, Mr Dillon Well, it's a bad shrimp, I think Didn't quite taste right when I was eating it I'm getting over it, though Want us to take you to the doctor?

No, I'm fine now Thanks I've still got a lot of clients to see You take it easy, now I will, Thank you

Have a good day, now Quinella wagering on all 12 races...

Hi, Lilly Irv? Irv, I'm done here Do I come back to Baltimore?

No, no Bobo wants you to go on to La Jolla La Jolla?

I never go to California That's 1,000 miles from here Come on, Lilly You don't argue with Bobo He needs somebody to handle playback there Maybe I'll swing around Los Angeles on the way Take two or three days Call when you get there Yeah, Okay

Put it this way say I rent to a woman Well, she has to have a room with a bath, because otherwise she's got the hall bath tied up all the time, washing her goddamn hair and her clothes and everything she can think of I had my first hotel 37 years ago in Wichita Falls, Texas, and that's when I learned about women They don't make the money, see, for a place like this Not regular, they don't There's only one way they can get it by sellin'their self tappin'them cute little piggy banks they all got Mr Dillon Mr Simms Here's a potential neighbor of yours Mrs Langtry may drop by I'll send her right up That's the fine type of person I have in mind for here, like yourself, I'm sure Well, don't you want to see me?

Of course, honey I'll meet you at the bar Oh, honey, I can't go there Well, what do you have in mind?

Come on You could be here in 20 minutes Oh, I don't know, Roy I've got to get the train from downtown, and that's about an hour from your place In a minute



Smack Tails

What do you want, kid?

Show me how you did that other one Scram, Go home I can't I just left home You're too young You ought to be in school

I am in school

5 of spades

5 of spades

Where's the 5?

In your other hand

Good You learned something Goodbye

I want to learn everything You want to be a grifter?

A grifter, Yes Not partners That's your first lesson Cuts your score in half right down the middle Worse than that, you take a partner, you put an apple on your head and hand the other guy a shotgun

Grifters, huh?

You're one, all right Grifters got an irresistible urge to beat a guy who's wise There's nothing to whipping a fool Hell, fools are made to be whipped But to take another pro, even your partner, who knows you and has his eye on you that's a score No matter what happens So, you want to learn a few tricks, I'll teach you a few tricks But your hand does not get into my pocket It's a deal Roy Mm-hmm All right Forget the long con If the fool tips, you're caught You'll do time Never do time And don't go dressing like that Why? It's showing off Showing off!

Any blind man could spot you Yeah Give me $20

Come around tomorrow, I'll take you again

Well, that's fine Two months we know each other, you're already so bored you fall asleep before I get here When you're not here, all I can do is dream about you, Myra You stink, and I hate you Hmm The twins seem to be very restless Maybe we ought to put'em to bed, huh?

You know what I'm gonna do?

I'm gonna smother you Death, where is thy sting?


You smell good, Myra, like a bitch in a hothouse Ooh, darling What a beautiful thing to say!

Maybe you don't smell so good I do, too You just said so It could be your clothes It's me Do I have to prove it?



Simms, Mr Dillon

Sure, Mr Simms What can I do for you?

A visitor, Mr Dillon a very attractive young lady She says she's your mother

Send her up

Come on in, Lilly

Hi, Lilly


Long time no see

Eight years

I'm just making some coffee You want some?

Just instant It'd be nice

Here we are Come on Sit down, Lilly

So, what are we up to these days?

Still handling playback money at the track I'll be going back to Baltimore as soon as the races at La Jolla are finished So you're working for that same bookmaker?

Yeah An easy life Usually

Got a great view, Roy I guess you've been getting my Christmas cards You always did have a sense of humor Glad to see you, Lilly I'd have been hurt if you hadn't have dropped by I'm glad to see you, too, Roy

I'm not sure what you're up to Up to? I'm not up to anything, Lilly Come on, Roy You can't kid me You got so much more on the ball than I ever did, and you know what it does to a person Lilly, why don't you mind your own goddamned business?

Roy, what is it?

It's no sweat

God, you're ice cold Don't laugh at me Laugh? I'm not laughing at you, honey Did somebody hurt you, Roy?

Got hit in the stomach a couple days ago Let me see No Let me see No!

Dr Mitchell?

It's Lilly Dillon, doctor I work for Just us Amusement Company out of Baltimore, and What?

Don't you brush me off, buster Do I have to get Bobo Justus to call you?

Mrs Dillon, I'm sorry about our little disagreement on the phone And I'm really sorry about your son Well, it's hard to believe that such a strapping young man is is your son Never mind that Just take care of him Yeah, well, he's had he's had an internal hemorrhage He's bleeding to death Well, make it stop His blood pressure's under 100 I don't think he's gonna make it to You know who I work for Yeah, but there's just so much I can do My son is gonna be all right If not, I'll have you killed

No, really You're Roy's mother?

Mm-hmm That's impossible Not quite But I'm not sure who you are, Mrs, uh, Langtry, was it?

I'm Roy's friend Yes I imagine you're lots of people's friend Oh Oh, of course Now that I see you in the light, you're plenty old enough to be Roy's mother Aren't we all?

Play nice Don't fight Darling!

Roy You're gonna be all right Sure, I am What am I doing here?

You were bleeding inside, honey Remember that bruise you had?

You called the doctor, huh?

Wellno, Roy Your mother did Oh, yeah?

Thanks How long did they say till I can get out of here?

Roy, your mom saved your life Yeah

Second time I gave it to you

I was kind of inconvenient for Lilly You know, she was only 14 when I came along In fact, I used to be her kid brother Well, or so she'd say Well, you're all right now, I guess It's a two-hour drive I'm late I have to go down to the track Thanks, uh, Lilly Don't mention it I guess I owe you my life You always did

Down to the track?

La Jolla Her job I want to know everything about you

Number 7, "Troubadour," rank outsider, stays unchanged at 70 to 1

70 to 1 Now at the start, "Blue Bay," 5 to 2

"Celadon Star," the favorite, moves in at 2 to 1 Now "Troubadour" goes into the gate, still running high odds at 70 to 1 And they're off!

From the start, it's "Fertile Crescent, " "Troubadour, "

"Otis Blue," "Buckmeister," "Uncle Louie"

Down the backstretch, "Celadon Star" has the lead by two lengths with "Call Me Hap" second

"Six Dreams" goes along in third, now "Troubadour" now moving stoutly on the outside Not Troubadour No Rounding the far turn, "Celadon Star" in front, "Call Me Hap" second

"Blues Bay" now begins to drop back a little bit as "Six Dreams" moves up Now "Troubadour" making a bold move on the outside They round the turn into the homestretch, and it's "Celadon Star" in front On the outside, "Troubadour" now coming strong, with "Call Me Hap" along the rail Those two vying for second position, but it's "Celadon Star" in front Now "Troubadour" begins to pick up the pace

"Celadon Star" holding the lead, "Troubadour" coming on It's "Celadon Star" "Troubadour" grinding onto the outside with a strong finish

"Celadon Star", "Troubadour"

It's "Troubadour" on the outside now, going by to get the lead

"Troubadour" winning it by half a length Finishing odds were as follows Today's amazing success story, "Troubadour," outsider, at 70 to 1, in first place, second place Roy? Mm-hmm?

Roy? Mm-hmm?

What happens when you get out of here?

A ticker-tape parade, a key to the city, sex with my baby Ah, the usual, I guess And that's it?

What else?

Well, that's what I want to know Is Is this all we have, Roy

"sex with my baby"?

Not that I'm knocking it, but is that all?

What are you driving at, Myra, marriage?

I didn't say that Ah But, well, that's what I asked I don't think so Ha I'm a very practical little girl, and I don't believe in giving any more than I get And that might be pretty awkward for a matchbook salesman or whatever you are Everybody needs matches What do you sell, anyway?

Self-confidence God knows you have it to spare I'll see you tomorrow Hey No kiss?

Hello, Mrs Langtry Hi Time to rest Well, I'll leave you in Carol's good hands Hmm You're looking much better today But you're not You're looking very bad today I am?

You belong in bed, Miss Flynn Here I'll give you part of mine You will not But you must I've seen girls with this look before Bed is the only thing that will cure them Bed without dinner might cure you You'd better behave, or I won't kiss you good night, and then you'll be sorry You'd better behave, or I'll tell your mother

Well, we wouldn't want that, now, would we?

Oh Hi, Myra I didn't recognize you No, I'm sure you didn't

Myra's been here

And what's your objection to Myra?

The same as anybody's I stopped by your place, picked up your mail Just bills I'll take care of them I can take care of my own bills, Lilly Whatever you say

The manager at your place said your boss called Really pulled the wool over everyone's eyes, huh?

What are you talking about?

So I've got a job So what?

Stop kidding me Four years in a town like Los Angeles and a peanut-selling job's the best you can do?

You expect me to believe that?

Well, it's there The boss called You said so yourself That dump you live in?

Those clown pictures on the walls?

I like those You do not Roy Dillon, cornball clown pictures, commission salesman it's all a front You're working some angle, and don't tell me you're not, because I wrote the book You're one to talk You still running playback money for the mob?

That's me That's who I am You were never cut out for the rackets, Roy, and if you How come?

You aren't tough enough

Not as tough as you, huh?

How'd you get that punch in the stomach, Roy?

I tripped on a chair Get off the grift, Roy Why?

You haven't got the stomach for it

Oh, good, Carol, come in

Dr Mitchell says you can get out of here Friday, but that you should have someone to look in on you, so I hired Carol You hired?

Well, you'll pay me back I know that Lilly, I make my own decisions for a long time now Roy, you couldn't possibly object to a pretty, young lady coming to visit you Carol

Do you know why my mother hired you?

Why, yes I'll come in every afternoon and make sure She hired you for me to fuck Uh To keep me away from bad influences

Isn't that right, Lilly?

It is not

Uh, Mrs Dillon, perhaps I Go wait in the hall Don't go away

You didn't have to do that I thought I did So you won't take a thing from me, is that it?


I'm not offering you sex, you little punk That's not what I meant For Christ's sake, Lilly, you're just throwing that wallflower at me

'cause you don't like Myra Myra's nothing She's less than nothing

Then why does she bug you?

You jealous?

Of what?

You want to lie down with dogs?

And I'll pick the dog Go ahead, Roy

Thanks, Mom

That's right, I just give you your life What you do with it is up to you That's right!

Myra here Sorry you missed me Tell me how to reach you, and I will Baby, I'm getting out of here today That's it Listen, let's go down to La Jolla this afternoon We'll hit the beach Have some fun, huh?

Take some time off, forget all this other stuff


Don't tell me You're Addison Simms of Seattle, and we had lunch together in the Fall of 1902 Myra, listen Myra, damn it!

Listen, Myra Joe How's your wiry zone?

Are hidden germs lurking in your nooks and crannies?

All right, this is your final warning You've got to settle your bill today Now, Joe, don't I always pay my bills, huh, one way or another?

Yeah, well, this time there's just one way Stop getting up nights, man You, too, could learn to dance All you need is a magic step, simple as one, two, three

Here's your bill

It's a lot of money, Joe You wouldn't have padded it You owe every damn cent of that Maybe I could get the dough from your wife Do you suppose?

Maybe your kids'd crack their piggy banks You take one step towards my family, and I promise you Oh, oh! Don't wet your pants, for Christ's sake!

Come in, Joe

The money There it is The automatic clutch, Joe It comes with the deluxe upholstery and the high-speed wiry zone

Myra, please I've let you I've been very good to you I've let you stay here month after month Can't be done, Joe All passengers must pay as they enter No free passes or rebates That's a strict rule of the Intercourse Commerce Commission Oh, God Only one choice to a customer, the lady or the loot What's it gonna be?

Your difference between your folded towel and your clean towel is a trip to the laundry When you're cleaning those bathrooms, what you do is you pick up the towel, and you give it a good shake and a good look, and you say to yourself, "Would I dry myself on this towel?"

If the answer is yes, you fold it What if it's wet?

Mr Dillon, welcome back You're looking fine, just fine Thank you, Mr Simms I'm feeling fine I'm glad you're better Sickness comes to us all, Mr Dillon That's true, Mr Simms We never know when, we never know why, we never know how The only blessed thing we know is it'll come at the most inconvenient, unexpected time, just when you've got tickets to the World Series, and that's the way the permanent waves Well

That fella could be a congressman If it's wet, you don't fold it You shake it and hang it neatly on the rod provided Yes, sir What are you laughing at?

Oh, nothing Nothing, nothing No, never mind, Joe

It's just, I was remembering at lunch, on the menu, it said

"Today's special

"Broiled hothouse tomato under generous slice of ripe cheese"!

Hi, Bobo Did I buy you that dress, you piece of shit?

Well, I guess so You're the guy I work for I'm the guy you work for, huh? Yeah Then in that case, I may just flush you down the toilet Take me to my hotel

Troubadour How'd you figure you were gonna get away with that?

I'm not getting away with anything, Bobo You're fucking right, you're not How much did your pals cut you in for on that nag?

Or are they giving you the same kind of screwing you gave me?

I was down on that horse, Bobo, maybe not as much as I should've been But there was a lot of action One question do you want to stick to that story or do you want to keep your teeth?

I want to keep my teeth All right, I'll ask you another You think I got no contacts out here?

That nag paid off on almost the opening price There wasn't hardly a flutter on the tote board from the time the first odds were posted There ain't enough action to tickle the tote board, and you claim a 10 grand win You send me $10,000 like I'm a fucking mark you can rip off No, Bobo, I didn't You want to talk to me straight up?!

My son Your what?

My son was in the hospital What the fuck are you doing with a son?

He left home a long time ago He was in the hospital up in Los Angeles He was real sick

Motherhood I never fucked up before, Bobo You got any kind of long coat in the car, something you could wear home over your dress?

No I'll loan you a raincoat

You guys take a walk


Will you go in the bathroom and bring me a towel?

You ever hear about the oranges, Lilly?

You mean the insurance framers

Tell me about the oranges, Lilly while you put those in the towel

You hit a person with the oranges wrapped in a towel They get big, ugly-Iooking bruises, but they don't really get hurt, not if you do it right It's for working scams against insurance companies

And if you do it wrong?

It can louse up your insides You can get p-p-p-p-p-p-p-p What?!

P-p-permanent damage You never shit right again

Bring me the towel

Whaaa! Aaah!



Oh, no!

Oh, no! Oh, no! No!


Oh, no!

Come on, get up You go clean yourself up The coat's on the bed

Oh, I almost forgot

10 grand it's yours Troubadour, huh?

You want a drink?

Gee, uh, I better not, if that's okay I still got to drive up to Los Angeles See your son, huh?

That's nice, Lilly a side of you I never knew Yeah, he's a good kid, a salesman On the square, huh? Yeah

How you making out these days?

Stealing much?

From you?

My folks didn't raise no stupid kids You're not skimming a thing, Lilly?

Oh, well, you know, clip a buck here and a buck there, not enough to notice That's right take a little, leave a little A person who don't look out for himself is too dumb to look out for anybody else He's a liability, right, Bobo?

That's 1,000% right, Lilly Or else he's working an angle If he's not stealing a little, he's stealing a lot You know it, Lilly

You know, I I like that suit, Bobo I don't know what there is about it, but somehow it makes you look taller Yeah?

Yeah You You really think so?

Yeah A lot of people have been telling me that Well You can tell them for me they're right

Well, I best be going Roy will wonder where I am Worries about his mother, does he? Yeah You give him a hug for me I will Thanks, Bobo So long, Bobo

I don't see I don't see why we have to take the train What if we want to drive somewhere while we're there?

Well, we will rent a car Big spender You ain't seen nothing yet Hey, why so many people?

Race season at La Jolla Where your mother is?

And you don't want to see her, do you?

Nope Hit the beach, eat well that's good enough for me

I'm gonna stretch my legs You want to come along?

No You want a drink?

No See you in a minute

A drink for you, a drink for Gunderson's dead grandmother, but the junior, he gets milk Milk I'd like one milk, please

In a minute

Check it out, check it out, check it out This is a good time to tell you boys that, um, I was Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!

Shit! Ugh! Oh, I'm sorry You okay, fella? Yeah Look, I spilled all your drinks Don't worry about it Are you sure you're okay?

What are those, beers? Don't worry about it Watch this I'll be right back

Four Millers

He jumped right in! He jumped right in!

"Don't worry about it, sarge, I'll drive him!

He's too distraught!"

You said, "distraught"!

Hey, you guys could've got into a lot of trouble No way! Are you kidding?!

You remember that? I couldn't believe that Hey, one of you guys drop this?

No, no No, it's not mine I don't know, I wouldn't have taken a chance like that

To us! To us! Here we go!

Another round I'm buying No, come on, guy, you can't buy every round It's, like, our turn Come on, we got plenty of cash Give us a shot Tell you what we'll roll for it All right Low number buys Very good You roll first Let's go, junior Let's go, junior Another round of drinks That's a four All right, we're in I told you I'd buy It just doesn't seem fair, Tom Give me a chance to get even when I get back You got it Make sure they're cold

Let's go! Let's go!

Let's go!

He's got $20! Come on!

Here we go! Here we go!

All right!

All right Jesus!

Take it away, my friend Yep You're getting better at this, man Want to go one more time?

One more time I got 4 I got 3 Spot me Spot me on this one Spot me!

I'm not spotting you Come on, you guys!

Four bucks!

You shut up! Come on, let's go! Let's go!

One or a two One or a two One or a two One or a two Come on! Pow!

A game of chances It's getting worse and worse, man I'll tell you what, I'll tell you what take that away Take it Here, it's yours

It's great to get away, isn't it, take some time off?

Next week, I'll be back to work You already went back to work What?

I watched you, working the tat on those sailor boys Working the what?

Oh, come on, Roy, the tat, what you do for a living I'm a salesman You're on the grift, same as me Myra, I'm not following this Roy, you're a short-con operator and a good one, I think Don't talk to me like I'm another square

You talk the lingo What's your pitch?

The long end, big con Nobody does that single "o"

I was teamed 10 years with the best in the business, Cole Langley I've heard the name It was beautiful and getting better all the time Is that right?

It is, Roy It's where you should be What do you bring in, $300, $400 a week?

We used money like that for tips Wow And now, right now, it's the perfect time, the best time since I been in the game

All over the Southwest, you got these businessmen They were making money when everybody was making money They think that means they're smart And now they're hurting When the price of oil fell, so did they They still got money, but they need more money Good morning You may head right in When the oil money was good, they put up all these office buildings Now they're half empty Good morning They'll give you anything to move in, first two months free, redecoration, whatever you want They help you set up the store

I'm the roper I go out and find them and bring'em in Morning, gentlemen

Gloucester Hebbing, may I present my fine stockbroker, Henry Fellowes?

Gloucester What we have here today, Mary Beth, is strictly between Oh, I told Mr Hebbing all about it, how brilliant you are at making money for your special clients Well, I certainly hope that you're not spreading the news a little too widely Are you?

Well, of course not, but I'd trust Mr Hebbing with anything wouldn't I, darling?

Well, I guess I'll just have to take your word for that won't I?

Here's the money


Please, let me help you

Once they saw that money, they were hooked, and I made sure they saw it Well, isn't that just beautiful?

Then all Cole had to do was tell the story Gloucester We are talking about breaking the law here I just want to make sure you understand that No one is gonna get hurt, but the law is going to be broken Laws are made to be broken, aren't they?

Loose talk is the thing I worry most about I can keep my mouth shut

Gloucester, come on over here and sit down Now Tokyo exchange is nine hours behind us The New York exchange is one hour ahead of us There is never one hour in which both exchanges are open Information moves, but it has to wait Now, I have a fellow working for me Do you know what a hacker is, uh?

Yeah, sure, that's, like, a computer expert or genius Very good, and what this boy's been able to do is tap into that main link between Tokyo and New York, and when we really need it, he's been able to give us a 7-second delay in the transfer of that information Do you know what that means?

Well, I can see that you get your information ahead of New York Every once in a while, a major change happens, and we have a 7-second advantage to put a buy order, a sell order into that computer in New York just before that data from Tokyo comes pulling in right behind it Not much time No, we have to be ready, we have to have the money, we have to know what that information means, and we have to be able to move like greased lightning, but, boy, when it works, it is beautiful!

Seven seconds, huh?

I don't see how you can do it Machines!

Machines, Gloucester!

I have got a whole room full of machines back here You want to see'em? Come here

Oh, Henry, no Come on, take a look!

I got a whole suite full of mainframe computers back here!

We're not really interested, Henry Oh, they are so beautiful No, Henry!

Oh, you've got a minute Come on, Gloucester Listen to'em hum Henry, don't try Mr Hebbing's patience You sure?

Wellokay, then Cole liked to take risks, huh?

He didn't think they were risks He was so good, Roy, he could just play with a mark He was so crooked, he could eat soup with a corkscrew And when he got serious?

He'd explain that he had to have cash so there wouldn't be any paper trail for the SEC, and a lot of cash or it wasn't worthwhile

The least we ever took was $40, 000, and the most was $185, 000 from one sucker I thought these people were broke No, no, Roy, just cash poor They had savings accounts, stocks to sell Houses to mortgage, sell their wife's jewelry Oh, they had plenty of money when they put their minds to it or when I put their minds to it And a month later, the sucker calls the cops, and you're on the run No, no He never calls the cops, not after we give him the blow off This is it The money Whoo, I think you're gonna be pleased Hoo, yeah!

Come on, let me have one! Let me have one!

FBI everybody hold what you got!

No, I don't have anything to do with this!

The evidence is right here!

It's you, isn't it? You No, I swear to God!

You and your goddamn big mouth?!

Pipe down! Hey! Hold it!

Let me go! No! No!


You don't move! Get back there!

You don't nobody moves!

Stay there Oh, God Come on with me now! No!

Nobody move! Nobody! No!

Come on, get him! Let's go! Go, go, go!

Ugh! Ugh!

They never came back Do ya, do ya love me Even though I make you cry?

And can you feel the heartbeat?

The breaking heart in every sigh?

Do ya, do ya need me?

Always one to let you down Can you feel the rhythm?

The beat of your heart makes me pound We were rolling in dough, lived wherever we wanted Only pulled two or three scams a year It was great Great Great What happened to Cole?

He retired Retired?


Upstate Upstate where?


It's all hollow Ha Aaaaaah No, baby Not again It's all hollow I can't move It's all hollow I can't move Cole?

All hollow It's all holl I can't move I can't move I can't move I can't move I can't move It'll be all right, honey It's just the stress again We'll take a vacation I can't move I can't move Cole I can't move Cole, you scare me when this happens Please I can't move No! You demon! Demon!!

Oh, Cole, please! Please! Ahhhhh!

That's where they keep the criminally insane, isn't it?

He retired, and that's it

But I didn't I'm still the best long-con roper you'll ever see I bet you are, too

And now you're trying to rope me Join up with you All right Here we go Strike three

Oh! A beautiful woman like you You shouldn't eat alone Go away What do you want to eat alone for?

Could I have some more coffee, please?

Coming up All right We could have coffee together Uh My name's Kenny Your pal wants you Let him find his own pretty woman This fellow bothering you, Miss?

Yes Why don't you go back there and just go sit down?

I'll sit here Oh!


Oh Now you've done it You all right?

You didn't need to do that I thought I did You should take better care of your friend Get out of here Okay I'm sorry a lady can't eat in here without being bothered It'll never happen again, Miss

See ya later Why do we have to have separate rooms?

Do you expect your father to come through?

Separate bathrooms, darling I will not lay out all my cosmetics for you to knock over Things a man isn't supposed to know Well, you don't mind really, do you, Roy?

It's been such a wonderful evening I guess I just wore myself out Sure I'm pretty tired myself

Forget the long con

'Cause I'm the one who's being conned Screw this noise

Yeah Open your door What for?


I hope you don't mind, sir I just washed my clothes, and I couldn't do a thing with them

If you could have seen the look on your face when when I told you good night You looked so mm


Roy Can I come in?


What are you doing in La Jolla?

Me and Myra came down yesterday We're leaving tonight If you come out to the track, don't know me We won't hit the track

What's that?

4 grand It's for the hospital Is it enough?

Roy, I don't want your money I pay my debts Oh, you do?


Expecting somebody?

No That was the point

Where'd you get that? An accident Roy, take that money back I don't want it No

I thought I was hoping we could play it straight with one another I guess not I guess you won't be getting a straight job either Not this week Not ever It's up to me

I'm strictly short con It's nothing but small-time stuff I can walk away from it anytime I want Where have I heard that before?

Yeah, but I'm in control Sure You're only 25 years old Already you can lay down 4 grand without even turning your head The grift's like anything else, Roy You don't stand still You either go up or down Usually down sooner or later

Well, I'll let it be a surprise then

You gonna head east from here?

After the meet Back to Baltimore It's nice to see you again

You little prick


No, I see him Just wait Hold it That's the guy we're following Just wait


Excuse me Could I borrow your binoculars?

Thanks Got a race to the wire

"Telescope" on the outside Excuse me

That race pays the big one Winning exacta combination, 9 and 7, returns $11880

$11880 the 9-7 exacta combination Winning quinella combination, 7 and 9, $54 $54 even The 7-9 quinella combination

What'd you do with yourself all afternoon?

I went out to the track What were you doing at the track?

Did you run into my mother?

No How could I? I was in the clubhouse Lilly wouldn't be in the clubhouse, would she?

How did you know that?

Okay I saw her She didn't see you, in other words?

I saw her out there, and I was curious You know, she's always so nasty to me And I know she's knocking me to you every chance she gets So, I called a friend of mine in Baltimore, so now I know who she is You must have some very knowledgeable friends I'm well-connected, Roy Cole introduced me to a lot of people very valuable valuable for us Running your broker scam, you mean?

What a team we'll make You won't regret this, Roy Regret what? I didn't say I was coming aboard But why not?

I thought it was settled Nothing was ever settled Uh-huh It's your mother talking against me, isn't it?

She's got nothing to do with this I make my own decisions That's not what Lilly thinks Who cares what she thinks?

I don't care what she thinks I left home when I was 17 with nothing but stuff I bought and paid for myself, nothing from Lilly

Darling, guess what?

I had to tell you right away I called a fellow I know in Tulsa the the one who plays my chauffeur He says that there's a sucker there that's made for us and a broker that just shut down We can use their office, not change a thing Now I can scrape up 10 grand if I try I got a couple of aces in the hole, some markers I could call on for something real That leaves $15,000 or $20,000 for your end We can start this weekend Get the sucker into position Hold it You're talking some pretty tall figures What makes you think I got that kind of money?

Well, you must have Now, you know you do, Roy

Maybe I like it where I am Well, maybe I don't I had 10 good years with Cole, and I want'em back I gotta have a partner I looked and I looked, and believe me, brother, I kissed a lot of fuckin'frogs And you're my prince Do I get any say in this?

No Because That's what I say What I say is no We don't do partners What is it?

What's going on? Why don't you want to team up?

The best reason I can think of is that you scare the hell out of me I have seen women like you before, baby You're double-tough, and you are sharp as a razor and you get what you want or else, but you don't make it work forever Sooner or later, the lightning hits And I'm not gonna be around when it hits you

My God It's your mother It's Lilly What?

Sure it is That's why you act so funny around each other What's that?

Oh, don't act so goddamned innocent You and your own mother?


You like to go back where you've been, huh?

Watch your mouth Yeah Yeah, I'm wise to you I should've seen it before, you rotten son of a bitch How is it, huh? How do you like it?



Stop Stop Stop Stop Stop!

That's not like me I don't do this That's why we wouldn't work together You're disgusting Your mind is so filthy, it's hard to look at you


And you don't even know it

Mama Mama She's the one And you'll get yours, mama Oh, yes


Lilly, it's Roy Lilly, I was wondering if, um, I was wondering if we could just talk You know, like, have a conversation?

Maybe we've both grown up Maybe we could just talk

Well, sure, Roy You want me to drive up?

No Okay I'll come there tonight Fine Come on down

It won't be a home-cooked meal, you know Well, that's good news

Well, who's a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?

Don't worry I'll look after her


Lilly, listen, it's Irv You've always been decent with me I'm taking a hell of a chance here Somebody blew you out with Bobo The car full of money he's Lilly? Lilly!

Lilly, come on Lilly!

Bobo knows about all the money in the car, the money you stole from him

A black and gold Cadillac


Hi Hi Welcome to Phoenix I'd like a single room for tonight Everything's the same size, same price I'm a very light sleeper Traffic noise keeps me wide awake all night The trucks I know what you mean Do you have something around back, facing away from the road?

I could put you in room 19 Very quiet Faces the desert Sounds perfect Could I park my car back there?

Right in front of the room


Oh I'm sorry I thought you were the other lady No, I'm me

I'll give you number 6 very nice room, very handy In the front, right by the pool Oh Don't you have something around back, where it's quieter?

Everybody wants the back tonight I guess everybody wants privacy

Roy Dillon?

Lieutenant Pierson, Phoenix police I have a car here

There was a bunch of money hidden in your mother's car Yeah?

A lot of money Would you know anything about that? No I realize this is a shock Mostly, I don't believe it Well, that's natural No I mean, I don't believe it I know my mother Lilly is not a suicide Nothing would make her check out I'm sorry It was her, all right It was her gun even Her gun?


There is one thing I have to caution you Normally we don't do a next-of-kin I D, unless there's no other choice In this case, there's no fingerprints on file The dental records don't help because of the location of the wound She ate the gun I'm sorry This is going to be a shock

Not many laughs in this room, huh?

Not many

Remove that We'll want a full identification

Jesus No question, huh?


Well that's that then Yeahthat's that

Ohh Mom

The last modern thing I liked was the miniskirt Your technology now nobody understands it That's the simple fact of the situation Good evening, Miss, uh, Langtry

Hello, Lilly Oh Roy You scared me

You going somewhere?

Somewhere else, that's for sure I just came back from Phoenix Oh, yeah? Is the frame holding?

It looks very solid, Lilly Take a minute Tell me about it I've really got to go You're dead, Lilly It worked Yeah, but not for long Cops may buy it, but Bobo will spend money to make sure Even so Relax a minute Sit down Just for a minute

Put that down

Myra followed you, huh?

Yeah I guess she must have been the one that blew me off with Bobo, to get me running Did you tell her about my stash?

No That's what she was after, though What happened in Phoenix?

Oh, Roy It was terrible

You read about people killing people and all that But when it happens my God

She was in her nightgown, you know The old grifter's Dodge nightgown and the ice bucket, and she just got in the wrong room by mistake



I sat in there with her I thought, "What do I do now?"

Run, I've got Bobo and the law after me Stay, how do I explain?

This was perfect It is, isn't it?

I've wanted out of the rackets for years And now I'm out I can make a clean break You've already made a break I don't know how clean it is I'm sorry, Roy I hated to take your money You're not taking it Roy! I need this money!

I can't run without money!

And if I can't run, I'm dead!

You must have some money Just a few bucks Myra's stuff?

Her credit cards How far am I gonna get with that?

Far enough San Francisco, St Louis, someplace new start over At what?

You're smart, you're good-Iooking You won't have any trouble finding a job A job? I've never had a legit job in my life Well, you're gonna start if you want to live through this You're gonna get a square job, and you're gonna lead a quiet life You start showing up at the tracks or any of the hot spots, Bobo's boys are gonna be all over you Roy, don't tell me what to do with myself It's a big world out there Not anymore Lilly, listen to me It's good advice I'm following it myself What?

You want me out of the rackets, you want me off the grift, I think I'm gonna get out Roy, that's fine, but I don't have time for this!

Bobo's after my ass I thought you'd be happy for me!

After all, you're the one who's telling me what to do all my goddamn life!

Bobo's not after you! Bobo's after me, and he's goddamn good, but so am I What makes you think I'm a survivor, Roy I survive I'm gonna let you get out of here And to survive my way, I need money with my goddamn money?

And that leaves this


Want a drink?

No You probably shouldn't have one either No, but I'm goddamn thirsty Ice water?

Sure That sounds nice I'll get it

Take whichever one you want You wouldn't do that You don't know what I'd do You have no idea To live You'll live, Lilly

I know what's bugging you, of course Oh, I didn't know anything was I wasn't a very good mother to you when you were a kid It was pretty lousy of me, I guess to be a child at the same time you were Oh, for God's sake, Lilly I gave you your life twice I'm asking you to give me mine once I need the money, Roy No

So, you're getting off the grift, huh?

I might That's good You don't really belong on this side of the fence, you know?

I don't?

If you stayed a crook, you think you'd live to be my ripe age?

Well, I don't see why not Hmm I guess I got it wrong, then Seems to me I heard about a guy just your age who got hit so hard in the guts it almost killed him Well Oh, that's different That doesn't count It doesn't really matter, does it, if I'm getting out?

You're getting out?

You're on the level?

You don't need the money!

So why the hell can't I take it?!

Lilly, my money wouldn't last forever And then what?

You'd be stuck in some other part of the rackets with another Bobo Justus to slap you around and burn holes in your hand If you can't change your life now while you're still relatively young, how could you do it when you were, say, crowning 50?

This way, you gotta go the square route

Send me a card when you get settled I could maybe help you out sometime Roy What if I told you that I wasn't really your mother?

That we weren't related?


You'd like that, wouldn't you?

Sure, you would You don't have to tell me Now, why would you like that, Roy?

What are you talking about?

Of course you're my mother Of course you are Roy Roy There's nothing more to talk about I want that money, Roy I need it Now, what do I have to do to get it?

You mean you won't give it to me, Roy?

Will you or won't you?

What can I do to get it?

Is there nothing I can do?

Lilly, Jesus, what are you doing?

Nothing at all Nothing at all



No, no, no, no