The Identical (2014) Script

Now every time You hit one more bump in the road Feel the burden Of another heavy load Hit by the curves Life's unexpected twists and turns You feel your world is upside down And you're tumblin', tumblin, tumblin'

So take a hold from deep within And find your life once again You better go down easy You got a lot to learn You better count your blessings Or you're gonna crash and burn

It was another world, Alabama in 1935.

A harder world for sure.

Middle of the Depression.

Not a job to be found for 100 miles once the cotton was in.

William and Helen Hemsley would have been better advised to wait before marrying and starting a family.

But as they usually do, love and passion got in front of logic and patience.

And in obedience with the scripture, the Hemsleys set about the business of being fruitful and multiplying and starting a whole new life in the big city of Decatur.


Say, I was wondering if maybe you got any more work a fellow could do around here...

No, we're done till seeding.

Sir, please.

We got a baby coming due and there ain't no...

Son, I don't have anything.

There's nothing I can do for you.

William, honey. Meet your sons.

They're perfect, just like you.

Mr. William, y'all got two fine looking boys here.

Tent revivals were a common occurrence in the rural South in the Depression.

People needing healing, prayer, and just some hope in a poor and frightening time.

For William Hemsley, all of these applied.

What should've been the happiest day of his life was quickly becoming the most troublesome.

...we first begun Reverend Reece Wade was a traveling evangelist out of middle Tennessee.

And his message this cold October night would reach right into William's troubled soul.

And it is here that our story truly begins.

Blacks and whites, Jews and Gentiles, all equal in the eyes of the Lord.

All equal in the eyes of the Lord!


And let us never forget.

Let us never forget the words of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, who says it is truly more blessed to give than to receive.


It is truly more blessed to give than to receive.

That's my precious wife Louise, sitting right over here.

We miscarried again over Thanksgiving.

The doctor over in Birmingham told us to stop trying, or it might be her that goes.

And all the gifts He's given us, that's the one we wanted most.

All of our dreams were of having a baby.

Family of our own... love...

to take care of.

Maybe... maybe y'all could pray for us tonight.

For our own miracle.


Now, I know this sounds...

Crazy? Absolutely insane?

Just listen to me. No, William.

Just listen! We can't do it.

We can't even feed ourselves. Now we got two more?

I'm not giving away my babies!

I'll work two jobs. I'll work three!

Having a job is my job! And there ain't none!

There ain't no work anywhere.

We're drowning.

We got nothing and no way to get along.

They'll take them away from us if we can't feed them.

What if they get sick or something happens to me?

You're going to raise two babies mending dresses?

So you just give them both up?


Now, we can make it with just one.

No, William Hemsley.

Nobody is taking my babies from me.


They're here.

All right.

Well, I'm sure you're all wondering why I asked you out here so urgent and all.

I heard you at the revival, reverend, and...

it made me think.

And I was talking it over here with my wife and we want to ask you something.

Let me see if I can make this a little easier.

The Bible says we're all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Our job is to love and look out for one another.

Now Louise and I prayed and talked over this and we want you to have a love offering given to us.

Oh no. Thank you but...

Please take it. Take it.

No, thank you, but that's not why we wanted to see you.

You see, Helen and I have been praying ourselves and we think God's give us both some answers.

Now, we can give everything we got to raise one child and that is it.

Maybe someone else, like a man and woman of God, could give the other a life we never could.

No, no.

You're beautiful and blessed people to even consider such a thing.

But you're just tired, honey, and scared and emotional.

Times is hard for everybody.

No, we prayed on it like you say to do.

No, William. We can't.

You preached it, reverend.

It's better to give than receive.

You don't know this ain't God answering your prayers.

Maybe He's got something special in mind for one of our boys.

You see... it's God we're really giving him to.

That's what the Lord wants.

We both know it.

And you both know it too.

The Lord will choose for you.

I'll love him good for both of us.

Thank you.

And God be with you, sister.

Dexter Ryan is not to know until Helen and I pass.

Give me your word on that, pastor?

Yeah, you have my word.

I don't know what to say.

There's nothing to say.

He's God's now anyway.

Now, go.

It was not uncommon in the 1930s to lose a baby.

There was a funeral for the child they gave away the next day.

All William and Helen could afford was a shoe box to bury him in.

Of course, only they knew the box was empty.

And somewhere, on the road to their new life as a family, the Reverend Reece Wade stole away with his new son and dedicated him to the creator of life itself, the king of the universe.


Ryan Reece Wade, welcome to your new life.

Christ the Lord is ris'n today Alleluia!

Raise your joys and triumphs high Alleluia!

You'd almost say little Ryan Wade was like any boy in the 1940s, except for one thing.

When he sang a song, he could bring the roof down.

Nehemiah, Esther, Psalms...


Job. Yeah, Job, Psalms...

Proverbs? Proverbs...

How many books of the Bible are there, Daddy?

You tell me. Sixty...

66. 66.

How many in the Old Testament?

39. 39.

You're on number 20 with Proverbs.

Now, come on.

And do not be conformed to this world, but transformed by the renewing of your mind.

That you may prove what is good and acceptable, the perfect will of God.

Jeremiah 29.

For I know the plans...

I have for you.

Declares the Lord. Declares the Lord.

But when memorizing proved to be a challenge, Ryan knew instinctively what every grade school teacher knows.

Turn it into a song.

Well I know the plans I have for you Declares the Lord

Plans to prosper and not to harm you And then shall call and pray to me And I will listen to ya And ye shall seek and ye shall find When you seek with all of your heart

Louise was smitten with the boy's gift.

Reece accepted it, but, in his view, Ryan was set aside to follow in his footsteps as a man of God.

...price to pay She walks right in, she walks right out She sing and dance, she jump and shout Whoa, baby, don't you just walk by me...

Am I the master of the fake ID or what?

Oh, no thank you.

Come on, man. You can't be a PK forever.


PK. Preacher's Kid. That's you.

"Please Lord, never let me have any fun."

That's what I am, Dino. Besides...

I don't like beer.

More for me.

I like beer a lot.

Man! Are you listening to this?



I ain't never heard anything like it before.

How come we can't do music like this back home?

In Tennessee, in your daddy's church?

Cat, you crazy.

I ain't talking about church, Dino.

I'm just talking about music.

She walk right in, she walk right out A PK is always the wildest at heart.

Baby baby Don't you just walk by me

it's 1:45 in the morning.

You been drinking, son?

No, sir.

Don't lie to me.

I ain't lying, Daddy.

You smell like smoke.

I wasn't smoking either.

Where you been?

At Dino's place.

Is that so?

I drove by Dino's when I was out looking for you.

Must've just missed you.

I was at a roadhouse across County Line.


Daddy, it ain't what you think.

A honky-tonk?

Well, I knew if I told you, you'd never let me go.

You're underage!

And you're going into the ministry.

I went to listen to some music, Daddy.

What did I do that's so wrong?

You didn't tell me the truth, that's what.

Dance, dance, dance, everybody now Dance, dance, dance Everybody's doing it It's boogie-woogie rock and roll Yeah

Yeah, that's a good song, cuz.

Yeah, man. We need more guys though.

Well, we need more everything.

Man, we get some guys in here.

I'll sing the songs, write the songs.

You play the drums. It's all I want to do.

Hey, you call the tune, I'll play it.

Let's do it. Yeah, let's do it, oh!

Forty years.

Forty years wandering the desert.

Looking for a sign.

Praying for an answer, a direction.

But sometimes...

God's answer to His children...

is wait.

Hey, what's the rush?

You're sure your daddy's okay with this?

Oh, yeah, man, I take his car all the time.

Hey! What do you think you're doing?

Oh no, he looks mad!

Get out! Get back here!

Get back here! Get back here!

You gotta get up, come on You gotta get up, come on Put on your dancin' feet You gotta get up, come on I've never seen anyone move like that.

He just don't care.

Now I grant you, it was a tad odd on a first date to visit a honky-tonk across the tracks.

But Ryan was unlike any boy I had ever met.

Sweet and gentle, a gentleman through and through.

When that music started, it was like a fire erupted in that heart of his.

You're so pretty in your face.

I was wondering if you'd ever ask me out.

What took you so long, anyway?

I was afraid you'd say no.

Well, I didn't, did I?

No, you didn't.

Hey, girl, you can really do this.

Well, I should say the same thing of you.

Where did a preacher's kid learn to dance the way that you do?

Oh, well I don't know.

Something just happens to me when I hear music.

You know, whatever it is, it's a good thing, Ryan Wade.

Hey. You better keep them pipes warm.

This party's just getting started.

That was nice.

Maybe we can do this again sometime.

I would like that, Ryan Wade.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention.

For our next number, we'd like to bring up a very special guest.

Now it appears we have a very talented young man in our midst tonight.

And the rumor is dude can really bring it on home.

Well, let's just see.

Please welcome the man with all those dance moves, Mr. Ryan Wade.

There are many accounts of how, when, and where rock n' roll was actually born.

Now I'm not saying they're wrong or anything, But I believe part of that birth happened on this very night in little old Lebanon, Tennessee.

Is this you?

We've got the tune from Little Drummer Boy.

You lead, we'll follow.

Give me a song, Mr. Music Man Want to hear your rockin' band Play it loud, don't you play it sweet I got a feelin' in my feet Boogie-woogie rock 'n roll Guitar picking with a lot of soul Everybody's doing it It's boogie-woogie rock 'n roll Boogie-woogie rock 'n roll Guitar picking with a lot of soul Call it whatever you like It's boogie-woogie rock 'n roll Dance, dance, dance, everybody now Dance, dance, dance Dance, dance, dance, everybody now Dance, dance, dance Everybody's doing it It's boogie-woogie rock 'n roll Yeah

Boogie-woogie rock n' roll Guitar pickin' with a lot of soul Well, well, well, well. Look at what we have here.

Wesley, I thought you said this was just a grand theft auto call.

Son, you can either go to jail or go home.

After talking to your daddy, I'd choose jail.

Get that, punk.

This place is starting to match my mood.

Dark and stinky.

You smell that, Wesley?

That's hootie weed. They're reefers.

Serving alcohol to minors... and a preacher's boy, bringing the devil music.

Get down off that stage, boy. Get down off that stage!

Boy, you know we don't go for that kind of music.

You understand me?

Do you understand me?

There ain't nothing wrong with this music.

There ain't nothing wrong with these people.

There seems to be a little misunderstanding of the law around here.

Are we clear?

Wesley, shut this place down!

Get out of here!


I had to give him the taste of the back of my hand.

Did you now? Yeah, I did.

He didn't like it too much either.

He almost came after me.

He did what? He almost came after me.

Sir, this will be taken care of, I promise you.

I don't know what he thinks about bringing minors into a honky-tonk.

Just make sure it don't happen again.

I am truly sorry.

Sorry, buddy.

Get out of the car.

I said get out of the car.

Thank you, sheriff. Y'all take care.

What do you think I should preach on tomorrow?

Turn the other cheek? Eye for an eye?

Why don't you preach the sermon for me?

Maybe sing a little song.

I didn't do anything...

You're lucky he didn't throw you in jail, boy.

I didn't do anything wrong, Daddy.

Come on. You didn't do anything right!

I told you never to step foot in that place again.

How's that for starters?

And you're dragging two underage girls with you?

Mouthing off to the sheriff?

He's a redneck. And he's picking on these people, Daddy.

I do know that! But that's not your fight.

Not yet.

This little musical tour of yours, it's over.

It's time for an apology tour, starting with your mother who's worried sick.

And tomorrow, you're apologizing to the church, most of whom have called the house already tonight.

And on Monday, you and I are driving to Nashville and you're joining the army, boy.

You are my son, Ryan Wade, and I love you more than you will ever know.

But it's time for you to grow up and be a man.

I wasn't sure if I would ever see Ryan Wade again.

His daddy thought it was time for Ryan to grow up and be a man.

And Uncle Sam set about the task of turning Ryan Wade into that man.

She's lookin' so fine in her high heel shoes You better look out, she'll give you the blues You better think twice when she walks your way To be with her there's a price to pay


I don't believe what I'm seeing!

I have five vehicles down, one trailer that needs an axle, and a jeep that needs an oil change, and you knuckleheads decide to do a private concert in my motor pool!

Lock it up.

Private Wade, this is your new job, serenading my motor pool?

Sir, no, sir.

Well, while we're on the subject, I got a question for you.

Where'd you learn to sing like that, boy?

Let's hear another one.

As you were!

Only fate, DNA, or the good Lord Himself seemed to have other plans for Private Ryan Wade.

All right boys, let's do it.

Ryan sang his way through two years in the army, developing his raw talents into a world class singing voice, having not a clue that over in Nashville, a young man by the name of Drexel Hemsley was on a similar, if less structured, path.

Beboppin' baby, you know she can go, go, go Beboppin' baby, shake, a rock 'n roll You can ask her to dance, but she don't wanna dance slow Beboppin' baby, girl, you got me in a spin...

Ryan, Ryan, Ryan.

This is Dr. Ralph Jennings, president of the Southeastern Bible College.

Your father tells me you got a mind to follow in his footsteps someday.

And if you perceive the same call that he did, there's always a spot for you there.

See, what did I tell you, son?

And the Lord told Jonah to go to Nineveh and warn them of impending judgment.

The problem is, Jonah wasn't listening, and a certain fish was waiting when he decided to run away from God.

Honey, what is it?

It's a good thing you're sitting down.

Okay, so?

Beboppin' baby, you know she can go, go, go Drexel Hemsley. Drexel Hemsley!

Oh, Ryan cannot hear this.

I don't think that's possible.

Why? It's in every storefront in town.

How it do?

Girl, slow down, I want to get to know ya I know that I can show ya Who is this?

Beboppin' baby, you know she can go, go, go Beboppin' baby, shake, rock 'n roll How many times can that boy play the same song?

Apparently as many times as Jesus taught Peter we are to forgive.

It's a fad.

These things never last.

Oh my Lord!

What's that?

That there is the carb, Daddy.

A what? A carb?

A valve shot.

On the carb?

Yeah, you need... you need a new one.


It ain't the first time.

What's it do?

Feeds fuel to the engine.

You got some bad jets.

You learned about cars in the army?

No, sir, always messed with 'em. You know that.

I've never seen you take one of these thingies out.

That's something new.

How you doing, son?

I'm okay.

Figuring it out, I guess.

I don't think we ever really do figure it out.

That's God's job.

Our job is to be who He made us to be and to do what He calls us to do.

That's the preacher talking.

Your dad here, I'm mighty proud of you, son.

For hearing the calling and staying obedient to it.

Come on, let's get something to eat.

Hello there!

Hello. Can you hold on a sec? I just got this bolt.

Oh, boy.

Does that boy have 24 carat pipes or what!

Oh, man!

You're a fan, I see.

Oh yeah.

Are you guys related or something?

You're a dead ringer for him.

I know. I hear it all the time but no.

Not related, nothing.

Avi Hirshberg of the Brooklyn Hirshbergs.

Don't let the cowboy accent fool you.

It's just good for business.

Gotcha. Ryan Wade.

Well, how do you do, Mr. Wade.

How can I help you?

Valve shot on this carb.


I think it's past rebuilding.

Oh no, I'm gonna have to order a new one, I think.

Where... where'd you pull this out of?

Flat Head Six.

All right. Sounds like you know your way around cars.

I know enough to know when I need to go to a real mechanic.

Want a job?

No, thanks. No, really.

I got one. I go to school too.

Oh come on, work with me.

We'll be hanging around fixing carburetors, singing along with Drexel.

I even do barbecue Fridays.

I'll tell you what, I'll give you $10 a week and all you can eat.

That sounds tempting but no, thanks.

All right, it's too bad.

All right, tell you what, you come around Wednesday, I should have it done.


Yeah. All right.

I'll see you then. Thank you.

I can't get over how much you look like him.

Good morning, Mrs. Carter.

Good morning.

There you go. Sign here for me.


Thank you.

Your love's keeping me tonight Even when we're far away Your love's keeping me tonight Until the morning brings another day

Ladies and gentlemen, I just want everyone to know this is a fine young man, and that song he just sang, that's his mother's favorite.

Yes sir, it is.

How about that everybody?

That was nice.

That's our show. We'll see you next week.

You know, I can see right inside of him.

I know what he's thinking.

I know what he's going to say.

I even know what his next dance move is going to be.

I may just be crazy.

Mama, I can't do this anymore.

Do what?

I don't hear this call Daddy wants me to hear.

It ain't there.

Took you long enough to figure that out.

So, Mama, what's the point of me going to school for a call I don't hear?

I still go out to Nashville, places y'all wouldn't approve of.

Just to hear real music getting played.

I hurt so bad Mama because... it's the only call I hear.

When do you plan to tell your daddy?

Maybe you can tell him for me.


Reece Ryan Wade, no chance.

It's a man's job learning to stand in his truth.

I hope if we have taught you anything it's that the love of God seeks us in every situation and desires our good.

If He is in your dreams, nothing can stand against 'em.


This ain't the call for me.

But you got the gift.

Everyone, your teacher says so.

But not me, Daddy.

Ryan, the worst mistakes we make are the decisions that are made in haste, you understand?

Let's just slow it down here and finish the school year...

Daddy, Daddy. I've already withdrawn.

Ryan, you dropped out of school?

I dropped out yesterday.

Daddy, I...


I don't know what to say.


Well, this is your life.

You're a man now, I guess.

What... what's your plan?

What are you going to do?

Want to live for a while, be me for once.

And you haven't been yourself, is that what you're saying?

I'm not going to subsidize this.

You understand that, right?

I didn't expect you to.

I found an apartment off the square.

Okay, I guess you got it all figured out.

I'm sorry.

I'm just trying to be what He made me to be, not something else.

You're breaking my heart, boy.

Sign here please.



Anybody ever tell you you look just like Drexel Hemsley?

Yes, Miss.

I have heard that before.

I thought you was him. His mama right upstairs...

Cheryl! You didn't hear that, okay?

It's supposed to be a secret, for obvious reasons.

Hello, Ryan.

So you're a nurse.

Yeah, I am.

How was the army?

It was fine.

Hey... would you maybe want to get together sometime, grab a cup of coffee or something?

Oh I...

Sorry, I'm kind of seeing somebody.

Well, it's okay.

It's good to see you, Ryan.

It's really good to see you, Jenny.

You look great.


Father... bless this dear lady.


Your son, his music means a lot to me, and I just wanted to see you, say a little prayer.

I'll just go. It's okay.

I can see your picture in my mind A vision that seems so very real I miss you every night in my dreams Time and space never keep us apart Your love's keeping me tonight Even when we're far away Dexter.

I didn't know then. But I know now.

That something inside of Ryan died that day.

I can see your picture in my mind A vision that seems so very real I miss you every night in my dreams

You still hiring?

I thought you had a job?

I think I'd rather work here.

Well, thinking is what got you here.

Why don't you go in the car and start her up.

You started five minutes ago.

They're beautiful, Ryan. Thank you.

It was great to see you too.

But like I said, I'm seeing someone.

I mean, I'm... sorry.

You take care though, okay?

Yeah. Bye.

Okay, bye.

The boy that sent you the flowers?


The one who looked as good as Drexel Hemsley himself just asked you out?

And he's your old boyfriend?

Well, we went out once.

Six years ago, but it was a doozy.

How you going to get to know him again if you don't go out on a date?

Well, who says I want to get to know him again?

Your eyes, girl, that's who.

Oh, why so verklempt, man?

She said no.

Man. You sent her flowers, right?

Just like you told me.

And the card. What'd the card say?

From me.

No man. You got to say stuff like, "I miss you.

"Give me a second chance. Roses are red. I love you.

I long to be with you."

She's got a boyfriend.

It don't matter. You need to make her laugh, make her smile.

Girls don't get the attention they deserve.

You've got to pump up the volume, or walk away.

It's not time to lower your standards.

It's time to up them.

What am I supposed to do?

Angel of my life My loving angel You're all I need You came into my life when I was alone Made me believe I wasn't low I wasn't low Made me believe Angel of my life My loving angel You're like a dream Just like a dream But here you are, and you are real I'm loving you Loving you Loving me How did you find me?

Your friend... Cheryl helped a little bit.

I'm going to kill her.

Coffee. Just a cup of coffee.

Look. I know a lot of songs, and I'll sing every one of them, until you say yes.

Kid the jig's up. Here comes the heat.

Might this be the disturbing the peace call?

You called the cops on me?

Oh, I didn't call them.

And why are there always police involved with you and me?

Officer, look. I ain't going anywhere, until this girl agrees to go out on a date with me or you arrest me.

I have a boyfriend!

Then where is he? Because he ain't here, and he ain't the one singing you love songs tonight.

Miss, just a cup of joe with the boy.

What would it hurt?

Sorry, pal, let's go!

Okay! Coffee. One cup.

But only if your backup singer agrees to go with us.

Son, kiss the bride!

Well, let's just say that was one good cup of coffee.

In August of 1960, our lives began as Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Wade.

And time marched on.

Ryan and I settled into a nice, little small town routine, and built our life together.

Ryan fixing cars with Avi, pretending he'd found his calling.

Fun, fun, fun in the sun Good vibrations everywhere Dance, dance, dance in the sand Sun's reflections, ocean tan

Girls and boys are everywhere Sunrise surfin'

Love is floating in the air Sunrise surfin'

It's 8:55 and 70 degrees.

The weather after the news.

The big news? War broke out in the Middle East this morning.

It has spread now through the Israeli port city of Haifa on the Mediterranean.

Syria sent its planes to bomb the Haifa oil refinery, leaving it in flames.

Three Israeli planes were shot down in a dogfight with Jordanian jets.

Three Syrian MiGs attacked the city of Magneto.

In other news...

What does that have to do with the Christian church in the state of Tennessee?


It has to do with everything!

We are commanded by the word of God, to give him no rest from our prayers.

For who? Today, for Israel.

Our precious Lord and savior was himself a Jew!

If we love God, we must love what God loves.

And God loves his chosen people!

I've symbolically lit the eight candles of the Hanukkah menorah.

God's people need that Hanukkah miracle again.

Israel won the war. A modern day miracle.

But our miracle, to have a family of our own, apparently wasn't meant to be.

The doctors said Ryan and I would never have one of these precious gifts.

He just seems so directionless.

He needs something beyond just making a living.

A calling perhaps?

It's time.

It's time to tell him the truth.

Every night, I see that man's face, making me give my word not to say anything until they're both gone.

It's been a thorn in my side for 31 years, mother.

I think about it. Every day.

The truth shall set you free.

He has a right to know who he is.

Girls and boys are everywhere Sunrise surfin'

Love is floating in the air

- Sunrise surfin' Are you sure about this?

I have never been so sure in my life.

I got a great, big love for you You're one of a kind, You're gonna be mine It's the last thing I'm ever gonna do


I don't believe this.



Ryan, my main man! Pots and pans!

What is shakin' bacon? Man, how are you?

I'm good man! And Jenny.

Aw man, if I only had me a Jenny, I wouldn't be spending so much money on alimony, huh?

How you been man?

Man I'm fine. I'm fine. Is this your gig now?

Oh no. I just play where they pay.

I've been all over. Florida, New Orleans. California.

Psychedelic sound's where it's at.

This is cool.

You're going to be backing me up in a minute.

Son, that's going to be like shooting fish in a barrel.

You serious? Just for fun man.

You know it's all her idea.

I'll lay you down a beat, right?

You just do what you do. Just like old times.

Beboppin' baby, you know she can go, go, go Beboppin' baby, shake, a rock 'n roll

You can ask her to dance, but she don't wanna dance slow Beboppin' baby, girl, you got me in a spin Beboppin' baby, let the party begin

She's movin' so fast You're gonna think that she's a twin Hey, girl, slow down I want to get to know ya I know that I can show ya You're the girl for me, yeah, yeah, yeah Beboppin' baby, you know she can go, go, go So let's not do "Bee-bopping Baby."

That's what the Georgia guy's going to do.

You know what, everybody's talking about him.

He's like really good.

Oh but he's not as good as you.

Now they'll probably go in alphabetical order.

And that puts Ryan Wade last, which is perfect!

I get the feeling, you think that I can actually win this thing.

I do, and you will.

Hey Ho!

Come on!


Hello, Nashville!


Are you ready to rock?

I said are you ready to rock?

Well, grab onto your britches, boys and girls. Ha!

We're going to rock this place like a hurricane. Come on!

Come on!

Hey. Hey, man. Can I get a bourbon?

In a...

You know what, why don't you throw me down a Shirley Temple instead.

How much is ginger ale? 15 cents ma'am.

Thank you. We'll share one.

I'll have what he was going to have, but make it a double.

A gypsy man, I'll always be It is just a part of me They say that I should settle down There's only once place...

Oh, yeah

I was born for a reason, not just breathing air Born for a reason, got something to share I'll make no bones about it, sure as I'm sittin' here I was born for a reason


That was... out of Mobile, bringing everything with the Drexel smash.

Slap the dog and spit in the fire, that boy looks like our child.

Beboppin' baby, you know she can go, go, go

Beboppin' baby, shake, a rock 'n roll

You can ask her to dance But she don't want to dance slow Beboppin' baby, girl you got me in a spin

Beboppin' baby, let the party begin

Who are you?

The Volunteer state of Tennessee put your hands and screams together for Mr. Ryan Wade!


I can see your picture in my mind A vision that seems so very real I miss you every night in my dreams Time and space never keep us apart Ahh Your love's keeping me tonight Ahh Even when we're far away Ahh Your love's keeping me tonight Ahh Until the morning brings another day Brings another day

Ooh, it's a brand new day

I can feel your touch like you are here A perfect love will cast away my fears I can hear your voice blowin' in the wind Your love will turn the darkness into light

Your love's keeping me tonight

Even when we're far away

Your love's keeping me tonight

Until the morning brings another day


That's your winner.

I'm going to go talk to Mama okay? All right!

All right. Have fun. I'll stay here.


I've never seen so much money in my whole life.

Much less at once.

Oh man, that was great. Wasn't that great?

That was so great. You did it.

You did great.

Mr. Wade.

Great show tonight, sir.

Thank you, sir. "Mr. Tony Nash, Management."

I can have you play in every major state fair in the region next month if you're interested.

Oh, he's interested!

Good. Look, Ryan, why don't you come by my office Monday, okay?

Thank you, sir. Monday? Monday.

All right, I'll see you there.

I've never seen anything like that tonight.

It was absolutely incredible.

Be good. Have a nice night.

Thank you.

What just happened?

I think he got a job.

Look, it's not rocket science.

I get you booked.

Get you paid. You give me 15%.

You can fire me any time you like.

Has anyone ever? Fired you.

It's kind of an occupational hazard, ma'am.

Yeah, well, I'm just trying to get my head wrapped around people paying good money to see someone act like somebody else.

Well, they do. People love this guy.

They can't get enough of him.

And you're about as close to the real thing as I've ever seen.

So you can get me booked places?

Tennessee state fair is already holding a spot for you.

Arkansas and Texas after that.

I haven't heard back yet from Kansas City but it'll be a yes.

Just like that. Just like that.

You will not believe your eyes or your ears when I tell you who this isn't, but you are going to love him anyway.

Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for The identical!

Well, thank you very much, Nashville!

Right now we'd like to do a song I think ya'll might know.

It goes like this.

It's a long way to Nashville To the Vegas neon lights I had to give my heart and soul You know, it's been an uphill fight Headed to dreamland...

Oh, come on people, don't be stupid.

We got a job to do here.

Hey, what's going on?

It's closing weekend.

Final judging of the livestock.


Looks like either that or Wayne Newton, right?



Oh, man. I think this boy's a star.

To Nashville tonight To Nashville tonight Ooh, to Nashville tonight To Nashville tonight To Nashville tonight Ooh, Nashville tonight

A gypsy man, that's who I am I do things my own way I might be here for a little while But I know that I won't stay I'm a gypsy man A gypsy man, I'll always be It is just a part of me They say that I should settle down But there are so many places, so many towns, yeah Ooh

Something 'bout ya that I feel It makes me want to stay Girl, when you put your love on me I just got to stay, I'm a gypsy man Yes, I am A gypsy man, I'll always be It is just a part of me They say that I should settle down But there are so many places, so many towns Oh, I got a lot of places to see Yeah!


I want you to be proud of me, Daddy.

I am proud of you, Ryan.

I am proud of you.

Was this what you really wanted, really?

I don't know.

Ryan took his act as far as it could go.

Doing 200 dates a year was beginning to feel like a man running on a hamster wheel.

But still, it wasn't without its rewards.

I feel I know you I wish that I could show you There's something that I'm feeling

That it's real, I feel like I know you I wish that I could show you Wow.

That was great. That was great.



You know you missed three cues tonight.

You'll leave one off the set list entirely, but we've got time to rehearse other songs.

So what was that anyway?

It's one of mine. It's an original.

Oh, an original. Cool!

I want to work it into one of our sets.

Forget it.

Forget that?

That's right, forget it.

These people are paying to hear Drexel "The Dream," not Ryan the Dream.

Oh, I see, creative discretion.

No, it's we're booked two years out doing Drexel and Drexel only.

I mean, you're printing money.

You're making enough money to support five of Dino's ex-wives on top of the two he's already got.

And all of you, you just want to walk off a cliff and kill this golden goose.

You know, it ain't always about the money, Tony.

Grow up, Ryan. You know what, this is what you guys have been doing instead of rehearsing the show?

You know what, it shows.

What are you talking about?

I'm talking about you all getting fat and lazy, that's what I'm talking about. You're not hungry anymore.

Look, Tony, I'm sick and tired of doing the same songs the same way 200 shows a year.

Being somebody I'm not.

Well, unfortunately that's what you signed on for, and that's what you are.

What is the big deal?

I just want to work some of my songs in.

Nobody wants to hear your songs, Ryan!

You don't know that.

All right.

Shall I spell it out for you, Ryan?

Yeah. Okay.

I didn't sign Ryan Wade the artist.

I signed Ryan Wade "The identical."

The best Drexel impersonator I'd ever heard or seen.

And I've worked too hard to let you destroy it.

You want to work on your own songs on your own time, that's your business.

This right here, this is my business, son.

You can't talk to me like that.

You were a rich turner singing in the church choir when I found you.

Back off, Tony.

Hey, I made you, Ryan Wade, and don't you ever forget it.

You didn't make anything.

It's over, Tony.

I quit.

You quit?

Well, go on and quit.

Ryan, there's only one Elvis.

There's one Drexel and there's one Beatles, and you're a pretender, buddy. You're a nothing!

Nobody's ever going to sign you.

I'm home.


It was like starting all over again and falling in love for the first time.

For just a little while, we were both living our dream, together.

City lights keep on shining Reminds me of the love we knew City lights keep on shining I see your smilin' eyes a'blue City lights keep on shining Reminds me of a love we knew City lights keep on shining I see your smilin' eyes a'blue Country boy, city girl We were like night and day I took her to the country But she just wouldn't stay

Yes, sir.

Yeah, absolutely, I'll be there.

Thank you, sir. Bye.

City of Peace Records wants to meet with me tomorrow.


We believe City Lights is a smash hit.

Now, Ryan, I want you to hear me, brother.

I'm prepared to give you $25,000 right now for your song.

Take it in the studio and cut it on The Dream himself.

Drexel Hemsley.

Now how does that sound to you.

It's a mighty generous offer, but I just want to record my own music.

It's not about the money.

It never was.

Okay, $50,000!

Some dreams maybe just aren't meant to be.

But dreams take a backseat to just plain health.

It all came to a head one September morning.

Actually, everything came to a head that day.

I'm here, Dexter. I'm here.

Why you and not me?

I don't get it, man.

Listen, I don't care what they say, you're still the greatest singer I ever heard.




Two months after Drexel Hemsley's untimely death, the investigation of the cause of the fatal crash continues.

Thousands still gather outside the gates of his former home, Dreamland.

Letters and cards overrun the Nashville residence on a daily basis.

You rain down from heaven above

Now I'm clear to see what's happened to me


Oh, it's so good to have you kids here.

That is the sweetest dress on you.

Why, thank you.

And, honey, you look better.

Thank you, Mama.

Are you back work yet?

Not yet, Mama. Not yet.

Brother Wade, what's new at church?

Not much, really.

Except the board asked me to resign on Monday.

Forty years.

Forty years. Practically built that place with my own two hands.

He used to go in his short pants and start the coal fire at five o'clock in the morning before worship.

That's right.

Now I can't even change the light bulb without getting dizzy.

Heh. Jenny, last month I preached the best sermon of my whole career.

Oh, it was outstanding.

And Ed Nichols reminds me, I preached the same one a year ago.

And I said, "Brother Nichols, what's wrong with that?

You just got blessed twice."

Oh yeah. It's time.

You ready for him to be home all the time?

Oh, I been waiting many a year.

But I finished the race.

Wasn't always pretty, sometimes it wasn't much fun.

But I got there.

There isn't a better feeling this side of heaven.

Congratulations, Daddy. Really.

I want you to have that same feeling, son.

It's not too late.

Oh, Daddy! This isn't the time.

Let's just have a calm family supper without any...

No, now is the time!

He may be all grown up, but we're his parents.

What are you going to do, Ryan?

You going to sit inside the house and mourn for the rest of your life?

You know what, y'all?

You will honor your father by listening.

Whether you want to hear this or not.

I have heard it, Daddy. A hundred times.


Why do you keep running from this, son?

God set you apart, son.

No, He didn't!

Oh, I know the story, Daddy.

I know it real well.

You dedicated me to God.

I know you have a vision for my life.

Well, you know what? It's not my vision, Daddy.

The call you heard was for your life, not mine, not for me.

I'm trying to help you, son.

Please, will you, contain yourself!

I'm trying to help the boy.

Daddy, what's wrong?

Daddy? What is it, honey?

Oh dear!

Oh, Jenny!

Okay, I'm coming. Daddy, what's wrong?

I think he's having a heart attack.

Mom, you call an ambulance. Call an ambulance, Mom.

My pills!

I'll get them, Daddy, I'll get them.

It's all right. Get my pills.

It's all right.

We're gettin' you help, honey.

We'll ride with y'all.

We're right here, honey. We're right here.

I'll follow, Mama. I'm right behind you.

In the name of God Almighty and Jesus Christ, I command the Holy Spirit...

I'm sorry, Daddy. I'm sorry.

Our dear son.

If you are reading these words it means your mother and I have passed from this life.

Time has come for you to know who you are and where you come from.

You were born to a mama and daddy who love you but can't give you the life we want.

We believe God has put you here for something special and we asked a man of God to raise you up proper like.

You have an identical twin brother who is reading a letter just like yours right now.

So forgive us and understand this is what we had to do.

We love you and will see you in heaven.

Your daddy, your momma, William and Helen Hemsley.


It was a mild heart attack.

He's going to be okay.

Think of coming down?

No. Not right now.

Ryan, your father wants to see you.


Tell him I'm glad he's all right.

Tell Mama... tell her I know now, and I understand.

Understand what?

She'll know.

Now, what can I get for you?


How about a whiskey?

That will cure your ills, my friend.

Ryan? Ryan Wade?

Down here.

I can't believe this.

Darling, darling, do you know who this is?

No, baby.

I told you I knew people.

Maybe now you'll be nicer to me.

This is none other than The identical.

What are you doing here?

You wouldn't believe me if I told you.

Name's Damon.

I saw you once in Atlanta.

Man, I about died. I thought you was The Dream himself.

How did you get so dang good anyway?

Born to it I guess.

Miss, if you don't mind I'm going to trade this in for something else.

A Dr. Pepper or something. Oh, yeah.

Put it on my tab, darling.

Gave it up, huh?

Man, that's a shame.

How did you get into this?

I was pouring drinks at his hotel once.

He stopped and talked to me.

Treated me like a real human being.

Like he cared what I had to say.

First average size person ever did that.

Changed my life.

I see you've still got your chai though, just like his.

Yeah, why did he wear one?

He was Jewish. What?

On his mother's side. Look it up.


A Christian and a Jew. Same guy. Heh.

He used to say he was covering his bases.

You believe that? Isn't that great?


You're looking for something, aren't you?


Let me give you a little hint, Ryan Wade.

It ain't here, but keep looking.

You'll find it eventually. Well, I'm up next.

Stick around. You might learn something, identical.

Got to go.

I got a great, big love for you I never been small, I've always been tall I got a great, big love for you Yeah, yeah, yeah, baby Come on now!

Give it to me

Oh, the hands are tied

Oh, I cannot see what's right in front of me

Where in the world will I be with my next step I take Time, it keeps playing its tricks on me As I move along, feel me get closer

'Cause I know this there's something about ya I can take a trip to see all there is to see I can be in jail then set free Getting trashed by a queen, laid out at her feet But in the end, there's something about ya

I'm sorry, baby.

I just thought it was some kind of answer to prayer.

We'll figure something out.


Willie, I'll pray too.

William Hemsley's health deteriorated after Helen died.

Now with the passing of Drexel he was a frail and broken man well beyond his years.

I'm sorry, sir. We're closing.

He had a brother.

Dexter Ryan?

He only made it one day.

Where is he buried?

Out back, up the hill.

Thank you, ma'am.

Ryan knew the car instantly that was parked by the private Hemsley cemetery and there's only one person that would possibly take that limo to visit those graves on this day.

I'm sorry for your loss.

Nobody really know'd him.

All the papers talk about his mistakes, his weaknesses.

Hell, like we ain't all got them.

Most people don't know this.

He was born with an identical twin.

It was... it was a hard day.

It was a hard day.

My boy.

My perfect boy.

My sweet boy.

Forgive me.

You're already forgiven. You know that.

No. No, I ain't forgiven. I ain't forgiven.

I ain't forgiven.

Mr. Hemsley...

I know it was a hard day.


I was there.

It's me, Daddy.

Dexter Ryan Hemsley.

My son.

My son.

My son.

Angel of my life You're all I need You came into my life When I was alone Made me believe, I was alone Made me believe

You, working on the car?

Oh, praise Jesus.

It's supposed to be good for me.

It's supposed to keep my... to keep my mind active, but... I think it's just a complete waste of time.

I mean, you know me with this...

I'll do it, Daddy.

I always told you I'd wrestle you to the ground before I let you ride one of them things.

You're too big for that now.

I wanted to tell you so many times, Ryan... I...

I know, Daddy.

I just...

I know.

There's something I've got to tell you.


Thank you.

And I mean thank you... for everything.

And I mean everything, Daddy.



You are my son.

And you are more than I ever dared pray for.

I want you to follow your dream, your calling, not mine.

Because you blessed me boy.

You blessed me, Ryan.

And I'm sorry, son. I'm sorry, son.

Ryan never let on to anyone but his family who he really was and came to walk the path of singing both his and his brother's songs.

City lights keep on shining Reminds me of the love we knew City lights keep on shining I see your smilin' eyes a'blue City lights keep on shining Reminds me of the love we knew City lights keep on shining I see your smilin' eyes a'blue Country boy, city girl We were like night and day I took her to the country But she just wouldn't stay City lights keep on shining She was a dancer on the stage of life City lights keep on shining All I wanted was a wife Shining, shining Shining on you and me Shining, shining Shining like it used to be I guess it's true.

If He is in our dreams, no one can stand against them.

It don't come easy You know it don't come easy It don't come easy You know it don't come easy Got to pay your dues if you wanna sing the blues You know it don't come easy You don't have to shout or leap about You can even play them easy Forget about the past and all your sorrows

The future won't last It will soon be over tomorrow It don't come easy You know it don't come easy It don't come easy You know it don't come easy I don't ask for much I only want trust And you know it don't come easy And this love of mine keeps growing all the time And you know it just ain't easy Open up your heart, let's come together Use a little love And we will make it work out better

Ooh, easy Yeah Ooh It don't come easy You know it don't come easy Ooh It don't come easy You know it don't come easy It don't come easy You know it don't come easy Peace, remember peace Is how we make it Here within your reach If you're big enough to take it It don't come easy You know it don't come easy

I wanted to let you know What you mean to me So I wrote a little song

What I'm trying to say to you, darling Is that I miss you Now that you are gone I know I let love slip away It's like trying to hold onto a runaway train

Seems like I've been walking down lonely road Like a blind man, I can't find my way back home Everybody knows it Everybody wants it Everybody needs to know they have somebody to love Everybody feels it Everybody sees it Everybody needs to know they have somebody to love

The clock upon the wall Reads 2:00 am And I'm still hoping that you'll call The minutes turn to hours And hours in to days Oh!

Slow down, I'm gonna ride that pony And put the music back in our song

I want you to know I'm feeling...

Now we can...

Ooh Everybody knows it Everybody wants it Everybody needs to know they have somebody to love Everybody feels it Everybody sees it Everybody needs to know they have somebody to love Everybody knows it Everybody wants it Everybody needs to know...