Xanadu (1980) Script


(PLAYING CLARINET)


What the hell? Guys like me shouldn't dream anyway.


(I'M ALIVE PLAYING)

I'm alive And the world shines for me today I'm alive Suddenly I am here today Seems like forever And a day Thought I could never Feel this way ls this really me?

I'm alive And the dawn breaks across the sky I'm alive And the sun rises up so high Lost in another world Far away Never another word Till today But what can I say?

I'm alive


Suddenly came the dawn From the night Suddenly I was born Into light How can it be real? I'm alive I'm alive And the world shines for me today I'm alive Suddenly I am here today Seems like forever And a day Thought I could never Feel this way ls this really me?

I'm alive


I'm alive


What the...

Hey, Sonny. Never thought we'd see you back here again.

Yeah. Well, I'm not exactly thrilled about it.

Yeah. You said this place made you crazy.

I decided I'd rather be crazy than hungry.

"The calculation is sensitive to the time you plan to own your house.

"The factor increases if you pay off your mortgage in five years."

JO: Five years?

He'd be lucky if he paid off the movers.

Who could pay off a house in only five years?

Hey, rock stars don't even need that long. They pay cash.

"A million dollars, man? See my manager. I'm busy, you know."

Last one in, first one home.

SANDRA: Hey, it's Sonny.

JO: It's Michelangelo Malone.

Michelangelo, glad you're here. The ceiling needs painting.

Uh-huh, all right, that's enough.

Well, the great Sonny Malone returns to AirFlo Records, welcomed by cheering throngs of thousands.

Art world fails to suffer. News at 11:00.

Cut it out.

You know I wouldn't come back to all this unless I had to.

You know, we were all really pulling for you.

Yeah, you know, like one of us breaking away.

Going out on his own. Really doing it.

Yeah, no paint by numbers, no assembly line art. So what happened?

It's what didn't happen. No bread.

I fought it, that's for sure.

Don't worry.

I spend my whole life painting what other people want.

I paint his van. I paint somebody else's mural.

I paint Simpson's album covers.

Then when I finally quit to freelance, not only do I almost starve to death, but I can't figure out what I wanna do.

Well, you can try it again.

You will, won't you?

(EXCLAIMING) Look who decided to drop in. Where's your white flag?

You have a way with words, Simpson. You know that?

Same old wise-ass attitude.

I thought we discussed this on the phone when I decided to take you back.

We did. But I have one question.

Why the hell did you take me back?

Simple. You're good, and you're the fastest painter around.

But this time no more artsy-craftsy Sonny Malone touches, huh?

Just enlarge the album cover the way I give it to you.

Am I coming in loud and clear?

Yeah. Good. Here.

You're on your way to your next masterpiece. Get started.

That's great, isn't it?

Picasso only gets to be called a genius.

I get to be called the fastest painter around.

Hey, Sonny, I have this terrific friend. You interested?

Not right now. Hey.

RICHIE: Mmm, she's great looking.

I think that's this crazy girl I just ran into.

Yeah? I was walking through the park.

She nearly ran over me, then she kissed me.

Okay, now, let's hear the X-rated version.

What did you do? Nothing. She took off.

She took off? Come on!

Is this the same Sonny Malone that drives women crazy?

I'm gonna go find out who she is.

You mean right now?

Hey, you're definitely gonna be a successful artist, Malone. You know why?

Because you're nuts! SANDRA: Simpson's gonna kill him.

Listen, Sonny, I told you. I don't know who she is.

She never filed a W-2 and she never got a check.

And if I never paid her, she just doesn't exist.

What do you mean, she doesn't exist?

I'm looking right at her. She's on the Nine Sisters album.

Not if I didn't pay her, she isn't!

PHOTOGRAPHER: Down here at me. Now look to your right.

Yeah, that's good.

Listen, Sonny, I don't know who she is.

How can you not know who she is? You took the picture.

Listen, this sounds strange, but there wasn't supposed to be a model on this cover.

I snapped maybe 100 shots.

In one of them, this girl just jumped into frame.

The next time I saw her was on the contact sheets.

I liked it, so I used it. That's the whole story.

She just appeared?

No, no, appeared then disappeared.

Now, don't you go spreading this around. This is one of my best covers.

Why do you want to know who she is, anyway?

I like her.

Hey, Lou. You seen her around here?

No. Pretty. Hey, you're single, right? Let me show you my daughters.

That's great, Lou. I'm gonna go look where I saw her this morning.

MAN: Come on, get your balloons.

(WOMAN LAUGHING)

MAN: Seventy-five cents.

MAN 2: I'll meet you later. MAN 3: All right.

MAN: Come on, come on over here.

Hi. Hi.

I'll take one, please.

There you go. See you.

MAN 4: All right, come on now.

(WAVES CRASHING)

(PEOPLE CHATTERING)

(CLARINET PLAYING)

Hey, mister. What are you doing up there?

Hope you don't mind a little noontime music, kid.

A little lunchtime serenade?

I don't mind. It's kind of nice.

But I was just wondering where they laid out the body.

I mean, you got something a little more upbeat?

Sure.

Better? (CHUCKLING) At least it's faster.

(LAUGHING)

Here, give me a hand, kid. Sure.

Boy, oh, boy, they sure don't make rocks like they used to.

Want some popcorn? Yeah, thanks.

You work around here, kid?

Pretty near. I'm over at AirFlo Records.

You in the music business?

What are you? Are you a record producer? A sound engineer?

No. I'm sort of a painter.

You, you paint at a record business?

Well, not exactly paint. What I do is, I duplicate record covers.

But why?

I make album covers bigger so you can hang them outside record stores.

Promotion. Sounds like an interesting job, huh?

Yeah. Sounds like you should take real long lunch hours.

You got it.

You know, I used to be in the music business, but now I'm what you might call retired.

It's a refined name for "bum."

SONNY: I don't believe it.

Hey! Hey, wait a minute!

Hey, kid. Hey, wait up! Where are you going?

Hey, you! Come on! Hold on!

Oh, hi. Listen, I gotta borrow this. I'll bring it back.

Sure. If you bring it back in person.

You got it.

(CHUCKLING)

Hey!

Hey, wait a minute! Where are you going?

MAN: Get that bike off the pier!

(SCREAMING)

Oh, shit!

Whoo!

You're a real Errol Flynn, kid.

What other stunts do you do?

Man, this whole thing is screwing me up.

What whole thing? Ah, nothing.

Come on, have a cup of coffee.

Sometimes the best person to tell something to is a stranger.

Go on. What's on your mind?

Okay.

I run into this girl this morning.

Never saw her before in my life.

She kisses me and disappears.

So what's so weird about that?

What's so weird about that is that 10 minutes later I see her picture on an album cover I'm supposed to paint.

I mean, that's crazy, right?

Well, if I said it sounded crazy, would you stop looking for her?

No. Then why ask?

So I'll keep looking for her.

Okay, kid, but take a tip from me.

What's that?

Don't look underwater anymore.

Thanks a lot.

Hey, Al, where you going?

Hey, Sonny. It's good to see you, man.

How you doing, Big Al?

How could I go wrong with the great paint job you did on my van?

Hey, and the chicks love it.

Yeah. It's one of the finer examples of my work.

It's beautiful, man. Where you headed?

East. Where you going? West.

Hang on. I'll give you a ride. No, that's cool.

Forget it. I owe you one. All right. Okay, hit it.

AL: Relax and enjoy it, man. We're taking the scenic route.

SONNY: Yeah, just don't forget I'm back here.

SONNY: Hey, that's the place on the album cover!

Slow down, I wanna get off here.

AL: Here? Thanks for the ride.

AL: Anytime, Sonny.


(WOMAN SINGING)

I've always been in your mind You know I will be kind I'll be guiding you Building your dream Has to start now There's no other road to take You won't make a mistake I'll be guiding you Wow.

We have to believe we are magic Nothing can stand in our way You have to believe we are magic Don't let your aim ever stray And if all your hopes survive Destiny will arrive Bring all your dreams alive For you Bring all your dreams alive For you

You.

Me.

Hey, I've been asking about you all day.

You may not believe this, but I'm painting an album cover and you're on it.

Why shouldn't I believe it?

Because before today, I never laid eyes on you.

Now I've seen you three times in one day.

That's a little too coincidental.

Sounds like you don't believe it.

Well, with all that's happened to me today, to tell you the truth, I don't believe it.

You're right. It's too coincidental. Someone must be setting us up.

What do you mean? Hey, wait a minute!

I didn't have anything to do with this!

Really?

Yeah, really, I didn't.

Hey!

(MUSIC CONTINUES PLAYING)

Who said I was talking about you?

You come here often?

Yes. I can practice my skating and no one bothers me.

You must live around here then.

Sometimes.

Say, you think we could... See each other again?

Yeah. Would you like that?

Why?

I don't know. I don't have a very good reason.

I'd just like to see you again.

Where are you?

I don't know where I'm supposed to look.

Bring all your dreams alive For you

We'll see each other again. Bye, Sonny.

How'd you know my name?

Hey, wait a minute! I don't know your name.

Kira.

Kira.

I was in big trouble.

So what did you do about it?

Nothing. Hi, Sonny.

What are you doing here? It's early.

Yeah, it's really early.

I'm working.

Well, that's wonderful.

RICHIE: Oh, hello there.

Why, do you know you bear a strong resemblance to a fellow by the name of Sonny?

Oh, yeah. He works here.

Always comes in late, though. Say, that's pretty damn good.

SIMPSON: It is. It's too good. That's what's wrong with it.

It is supposed to look exactly like the album cover I gave you.

Is that too difficult?

If you want me to work, I'll work.

If you want to stand there and argue, I can get into that, too.

Don't be a wise ass, Malone. That painting should be done.

What are you wasting all this time on the girl for?

Because that's how she really looks.

I don't give a damn how she really looks. Just get it finished.

Now, when are you gonna have it done?

Well, I'd say it probably will be done when it's done.

But that's only an approximate guess.

Five minutes, my office. If it's six, keep walking.

(DOOR SLAMMING)

Sonny, what did you do?

Nobody likes it, but we all say yes and then forget it.

It goes with the job. Four minutes.

What difference does it make?

I'll say it's Tuesday, he'll say it's Wednesday.

So, big deal. Tell him it's Wednesday. What does it cost?

Oh, nothing. Maybe just the truth.

Just go in there and agree with him. That's all he wants.

You want me to say that Tuesday's Wednesday, right?

Everyday of the week.

Three and a half minutes.

All right!

I'll be right back.

Sit down.

(CHUCKLING)

You think you're pretty special around here, don't you?

No. I never said I was special.

Well, you're not.

I mean, you didn't discover art, you know. Who do you think did that?

I did. Surprises you, doesn't it?

No, not really.

Now, I've got an office, I make a lot of money, and people respond when I call.

That's because I smartened up and I gave up art.

I think you made the right decision.

I want you to smarten up, too.

Start doing things the company way, not the way you want to do them.

But sometimes I see more in these covers than what's really there.

That's art.

Just paint what you're told to paint.

If you start making changes, then other people start making changes.

And before you know it, you got a lot of people running around, doing what they want to do.

That's not a company. That's chaos.

Now, I want you to hang some of your precious covers.

Pick up the van and hustle your butt over to the Platinum Palace.

Tuesday's Wednesday.


Hey, clarinet. How you doing?

Hey, what do you say, kid. What're you doing up there?

Trying to get down. Grab a hold of the ladder.

Sure.

Hey, if we keep meeting like this, we might as well introduce ourselves.

Sonny Malone. Danny McGuire.

Malone and McGuire. Sounds like a vaudeville team.

What you got there? Oh, this is a real gem.

I've been waiting months for it.

Ah, Glenn Miller.

You wouldn't know about him. He was before your time.

So was Beethoven, but I know who he is.

Do you like Glenn Miller?

Do you like rock and roll? I love rock and roll.

I love Glenn Miller.

(WHISTLES)

This place is incredible.

It belonged to a silent movie star.

(CHUCKLES) Obviously, they did things big in those days.

What do you do with all this space?

Nothing really.

But I love this room because it makes my records sound great.

Well, I've only got one thing to say.

Remember, I gave you some popcorn.

(LAUGHING) Okay. But you came here to listen to Glenn Miller.

So, all set up. There he goes.

Nothing like that sound, huh? That sound was a miracle.

Hey, Danny, that's you.

Yeah.

Hey, this girl... Danny, there's this girl...

Listen.

(PLAYING CLARINET)

That's me.

Hey, that's all right. You got any more surprises?

This is what I call my memorabilia room.

Sort of the story of Danny McGuire.

Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman. You really knew those guys?

Yeah. We used to all hang out together.

After I toured with Miller, I got my own band and my own club on West 51 st Street.

It was small and jam-packed, but everybody who was in town would drop by.

Sometimes they'd sit in for a set or two.

Well, now it's a parking lot.

Why did you give it up?

Oh, it was one of those turning points where you turn in the wrong direction.

It was a girl.

The girl on the album.

Yeah.

The singer with the band.

When she left, I figured she'd be back, and I wasn't about to run after her, right?

(CHUCKLES)

Boy, did I teach her a lesson.

Never saw her again.

After that, the heart went out of my music.

I went into the family construction business and became what they call comfortable.

Three cheers for comfort.

You ever think about going back into music?

No. Only about 20 or 30 times a day.

(LAUGHS)

So, you gonna do it?

Well, I can't play clarinet like I did in the old days.

But you know something, kid? I'd love to open up another joint again.

Why don't you?

I've had real estate agents looking for two years.

They can't find the right place.

Well, if it's just a place you want, that seems pretty easy.

No, it's not easy. It's kind of like falling in love.

You gotta feel a special attachment, a special...

Like you and your friend... Kira.

Kira.

Hey, why don't you help me look?

Maybe you can come up with something.

Me?

Sure. You've got a good eye.

Stranger things have happened.

Yeah, I guess they have.

(CHUCKLES)

Listen, I gotta go. I understand.

I'll let myself out? Sure.

So long. See you around.

(DOOR CLOSING)

Now how'd that kid figure out about us?

WOMAN: You made me feel so bad I guess it still shows on me.

You made me sigh for you I didn't wanna tell you You're getting old, boy.

I'm getting old, babe.

You wouldn't even know me now.

Yes, I do But I'd know you.

You know I do Give me, give me...

Yes, I'd certainly know you.

You know you've got the kind of kisses But I remember... everything.

That I'd die for Oh!

How I remember.

You made me Love you

(MUSIC PLAYING)

No other face could take you off my mind You're so refined You're much too kind I have to warn you I'm never gonna set you free

'Cause I was born to Love you for eternity

BOTH: Whenever you're away from me Wherever you go You're never far away from me I want you to know I only have to close my eyes dear And suddenly I'm where you are You better never stray

'Cause I'll never be far away

On every breeze I seem to hear your name My heart's aflame I feel the same I'd fall apart dear If you'd let the feeling end Don't break a heart dear Nobody else could mend Whenever you're away from me Wherever you go You're never far away from me I want you to know I only have to close my eyes dear And suddenly I'm where you are You better never stray

'Cause I'll never be far away

(TAPPING)

(WHISTLING)


You better never stray

'Cause I'll never be far Away


(POURING COFFEE)


KIRA: Hello. Hey!

Oh, I'm sorry.

You scared the hell out of me.

I'm sorry if I disturbed you. I tried to be quiet.

How long you been standing there?

Just a few seconds.

Should I go? Oh, no, stay.

You paint beautifully.

This is the first time I've cared about what I've painted in a long time.

That's a shame.

It must be frustrating to waste your talents on things that don't really matter to you.

Yeah.

I met a guy the other day. He told me I should take long lunch hours.

A guy?

Yeah. Someone I met at the beach.

He's got this crazy idea he wants to build a club, and he asked me if I'd help him find a place.

All the real estate agents in this town, he asks me, right.

That's not such a crazy idea. You've got a good eye.

That's what he said.

If it's a place you want, what about this one?

My place, where we met.

That? Forget it.

I think it has a very special aura about it.

It's a dump!

You're supposed to be an artist. Use your imagination.

Thanks a lot, I'm all out.

You know, I really think you believe that.

I've had enough for tonight.

Come on, let's get out of here.

Okay.

What's this? Shh, we gotta be quiet.

I thought we were going skating.

I wanna show you the special studio first.

Only the biggest groups get to record here.

It's really kind of magic. Mmm?

Yeah. They flash all sorts of pictures on screens.

Really? Can we see it?

Straight ahead.

(KIRA LAUGHING)

But pictures in a recording studio? Why?

For inspiration.

Oh, inspiration. Sounds perfect.

I've only watched them do this a couple of times before.

Let's see... Turn on that one. And this.

I don't know how to make the whole thing work.

Do everything. Go on. Press them all. I don't wanna break it.

Then press them carefully! What the hell.

I didn't like the job anyway.

Let's see...

Now will we see the magic?

Sure. Come on.

Careful.

(MUSIC PLAYING)

She walks in, and I'm suddenly a hero I'm taken in, my hopes begin to rise

KIRA: Look at me Can't you tell I'd be so thrilled to see The message in your eyes SONNY: You make it seem I'm so close to my dream And then suddenly it's all there BOTH: Suddenly the wheels are in motion And I I'm ready to sail any ocean Suddenly I don't need the answers

'Cause I I'm ready to take all my chances with you

And how can I Feel you're all that matters I'd rely on anything you say

KIRA: I'll take care That no illusions shatter If you dare to say what you should say You make it seem I'm so close to my dream And then suddenly it's all there Suddenly the wheels are in motion And I I'm ready to sail any ocean Suddenly I don't need the answers

'Cause I I'm ready to take all my chances with you

Why do I feel so alive When you're near There's no way any hurt Can get through Longing to spend every moment of the day With you Suddenly the wheels are in motion And I I'm ready to sail any ocean Suddenly I don't need the answers

'Cause I I'm ready to take all my chances with you

Hey! What the hell's going on in here?

Malone! ls that you?

No, it's not me. It's somebody else. Yes!

Do you have any idea how much this equipment costs? Huh?

Oh, shit!

KIRA: That was great. You were great.

Our first dance together.

(LAUGHS) Followed by our first being-kicked-out together.

(SIMPSON SHOUTING)

Now I want to go somewhere else. Where?

Find out more about you.

You know enough about me. I wanna know about you.

(CHUCKLES) I'm serious.

So am I.

Well, after all that, do you think you'd let your imagination roam a little?

Look, I won't even start in on that one.

SONNY: What are you doing?

What do you think you're doing? KIRA: Oh, nothing.

Oh. Well, well, well. Now, what a coincidence.

Look where we just happened to end up.

You think you're real clever, don't you?

Well, I just didn't want you to close your eyes to any possibilities.

You really think this could work out for Danny?

I think this place could be anything you want it to be.

See, it's simple. Your friend has a dream, and you want to be involved in something you really believe in.

Well, maybe his dream is big enough for the both of you.

So here we are. Someone who believes that dreams come easy, and...

Someone who doesn't know what they believe in.

So just think about it, okay? Just think about it.

DANNY: You gotta be kidding. This place?

They used to have wrestling here.

SONNY: So it's got a history of success.

It needs some fixing up. I think it could look terrific.

So could the Titanic.

Kid, you don't need a builder. You need a demolition team.

Look, I know it's a wreck now, but I can see it coming to life again.

Just check it out, Danny. That's all I'm asking.

DANNY: Well, what put you onto this?

SONNY: A girl.

DANNY: Oh, that explains everything.

Hey, Danny, don't you think there's a certain kind of aura about this place?

Well, if that's what you call it, it's got it all right.

Let's see the rest of it.

Of course, it's not small and intimate like my club in New York.

But then again, that was back in 1945 and things are bigger now.

(CHUCKLES) And this place... Whoo. Sure is big.

SONNY: Yeah, it is.

Yeah. Well, I don't know. I don't know.

Naturally, I can't take all this too seriously.

But if I were going to do something about it, and I can't say I am because, you see, I'm a builder, and a builder has to take his time deciding these things.

But if I were going to do something about it, just speaking hypothetically, it just might work.

You think so?

Might. If I planned it right.

Let's see... Stage over there.

Stairs there and there and back there.

Kid, can you imagine it? Imagine what?

A bandstand right over there in that corner.

DANNY: And a big band, like in the '40s.

(JAZZ MUSIC PLAYING)

No, no, no. Bandstands went out with running boards. Over there...

SONNY: A great rock and roll band. This is the '80s.

(ROCK MUSIC PLAYING)

Real smooth dancers. Wild trombone.

The band decked out in tuxedos.

(JAZZ MUSIC PLAYING)

Six guys wearing electric orange.

Synthesizer, heavy percussion, electric guitar.

(ROCK MUSIC PLAYING)

Lots of glamor. Everybody dressed in elegance and style.

(WOMAN LAUGHS)

(GIRLS EXCLAIMING)

(GLASS BREAKING)


MAN: Do it, Daddy, do it.

MAN: Yeah, man.

MAN: Yes!


(SHRIEKING)

Anybody blue Anybody needing someone, too Anyone feeling cold No one there you can hold Don't wait to get old and gray I'm gonna blow all the clouds away

'Cause there is nothing I would rather do

Forget about the blues tonight, sweet thing Forget about the rules tonight, sweet thing I want to dance with you Until the sun comes creeping through I want to dance with you I won't stop pleasing you

Honey, for a while Give a girl a chance to show some style If you've got no love to spare Tell me lies I don't care You better believe that I I know some moves that we've gotta try

'Cause there is nothing I would rather do

Forget about the blues tonight, sweet thing Forget about the rules tonight, sweet thing I want to dance with you Until the sun comes creeping through I want to dance with you I won't stop pleasing you

Lover, I wanna let you know I won't take a backseat Ain't willing to let you go I won't take a backseat Don't wanna hear what you want It's gotta be all my way And I'm making sure you stay to see

I'm really a selfish man I gotta get right to it Lover, tonight I'm thinking of me Lover, I won't take a backseat tonight Lover, getting on my two feet tonight Got some dancing to do

Can't let anyone dance with you I won't take a backseat Let me show you what I can do I won't take a backseat Ain't funny to fool with me I'll be a bad loser You're getting me mad, using me Tried putting a spell on me

'Cause I had a strange feeling You better get down to healing me Lover, I won't take a backseat tonight Lover, getting on my two feet tonight Got some dancing to do

Forget about the blues tonight, sweet thing Lover, I won't take a backseat tonight Forget about the rules tonight, sweet thing Lover, getting on my two feet tonight I want to dance with you Got some dancing to do Until the sun comes creeping through Got some dancing to do I want to dance with you Got some dancing to do I won't stop pleasing you Got some dancing to do Forget about the blues tonight, sweet thing Lover, I won't take a backseat tonight Forget about the rules tonight, sweet thing Lover, getting on my two feet tonight I want to dance with you Got some dancing to do Until the sun comes creeping through Got some dancing to do I want to dance with you Got some dancing to do I won't stop pleasing you Got some dancing to do

(ALL VOCALIZING)

I love it! I'll do it!

Maybe I'm crazy, but what the hell!

I haven't been crazy for over 35 years.

I'm gonna do it. And, kid, I'm giving you half the place.

You're gonna be my partner.

I can't do that, Danny. I can't take that.

Why?

I don't know the first thing about being a partner.

Well, it's easy. We share the responsibilities and we argue a lot.

It's like being married, without the good part.

Come on, kid. ls it a deal?

Okay. It's a deal.

(LAUGHING) What do you know!

I'm back in show business.

Now, I can't wait. I gotta look over every inch of this place.

I only wish we could see better.

I got a flashlight in the car.

Will you get it? Yeah.

It's our first collaboration as partners.

And, oh, partner? Partner, what'll we name the place?

Yeah. What the hell to call it?

"In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree..."

"Where Alph, the sacred river, ran

"Through caverns measureless to man

"Down to a sunless sea." "Down to a sunless sea."

Yes, Xanadu.

I'm Kira. Of course.

You're Kira.

But... But?

I mean... Don't I know you?

I don't think so.

Are you sure because...

Because?

Well, I mean... I don't know. I was thinking that I...

Oh, I'm sorry. Forget it.

So, you're gonna do it?

Yes, we're gonna do it.

Total insanity. Only if you think so.

Well, even if it is, it's worth a try.

Xanadu. How do you think that'll look on a marquee?

Hmm, wonderful. SONNY: Hey!

When did you get here? Just a minute ago.

What'd I tell you, Danny? One minute she's here, the next minute, who knows?

Guess what you own half of, partner.

What?

Xanadu.

Xanadu. Xanadu.

Hi, guys.

Hey, Picasso. Hey.

WOMAN: How you doing?

(WOMAN LAUGHING)

Let's see, what's first on the agenda?

Hey, who are you calling? RICHIE: Leave a dime on the counter.

(RINGING)

Hello, Simpson? Sonny Malone.

I wanna see you right away.

Hey, what's going on here?

Who cares what's going on. Just get out before he gets here.

Yeah. I'll fix everything up. I'll tell him it was a joke.

Hey, wait a minute. Relax. It's okay. Are you loaded?

Because, when you sober up, you're gonna be real sorry.

He should be coming in just about now.

Malone, what the hell is going on?

Simpson, I've worked like a dog trying to make Tuesday Wednesday.

I couldn't do it. I must be a failure.

Is he straight?

You told me if I didn't do things the right way, I'd be fired.

Well, you were right.

Huh?

I'm fired!

Malone, I want you out of here in five minutes.

That's five minutes, Malone, and if it's six, just keep walking. Got it?

I'm doing it. I'm doing it. I'm doing it!

You know that dream of mine to get out of here?

Well, it's happening, and you're all invited.

Opening night, whatever you want, it's on the house.

You know, I always wanted to say that line.

Shit.

(CORK POPS)

Okay.

To Xanadu. To dreams.

I couldn't have done it without you.

How is it?

Heavenly.

You're the one that's heavenly.

No, don't.

What's the matter? Did I do something?

No.

You know, I don't know anything about you.

Where you live, where you were born.

There's nothing to know.

Where do you live?

With my sisters.

Where? In an apartment.

Yeah, but where's the apartment?

On the second floor.

Look, I don't even know how to find you.

Yeah, but you always do. Okay.

That's a dead end.

What's your last name?

Same as my father's and mother's.

Yeah, but what is it? What? My father's or my mother's?

I don't care. Either one. Same as mine.

Okay, I get it. No questions.

No questions, no lies.

No questions, no truth either.

Listen, you know enough about me already.

Any more, you're gonna get a headache.

Are you living with somebody?

Yes.

I'm living with my sisters. I told you already.

Yeah, I know, in an apartment on the second floor.


Why do I say Don't walk away You'll be the way you were before When you don't want me anymore Don't turn around Don't ever leave A lonely room where empty days Are gathering to meet me When you're gone Gone How in the world will I go on?

Don't walk away All you gotta do is stay Don't walk away All you gotta do is stay Don't walk away Don't say goodbye Don't turn around Don't let it die When shadows fall When day is done All through the night All of my life

Don't walk away Don't say goodbye Don't turn around Don't let it die When shadows fall When day is done All through the night MAN: All right.

Come on, you guys, does anyone want some more?

Hey, hey. Give me a break. It's only the end of the first week.

So what? We're gonna celebrate at the end of every week.

All right. I won't argue with that. Cheers.

Two cheers. Two cheers.

You know, when you guys told me you were building a dream, I thought you were crazy. Yeah?

Most people want skyscrapers you put up in 20 minutes.

It's gonna be beautiful in there. Thank you.

All right. See you guys next week. You bet.

Hey, Sonny, I thought we should have one special toast, just the two of us.

I've never had a partner before.

I've never watched a dream come true.

Hey, there's not much left. But, still vintage.

Only the best.

To Sonny Malone. Danny McGuire.

And Glenn Miller.

KIRA: Hello.

How's it all going?

So far so good.

Kira, I want you to promise me one thing.

Anything.

On opening night, I get the first dance.

Okay. You're gonna dance?

Oh, I've been known to twinkle a toe or two.

Listen, if you're gonna dance, you have to wear something...

That looks special. You need some...

Glitz.

"Glitz"? Something sharp looking.

You know, something with a bit of pizzazz to it.

Hot. DANNY: Oh.

Well, if I need some... Glitz.

...glitz, then I gotta go get some. Where do you go to get it?

At a franchised glitz dealer. At a franchised glitz dealer.

Well, wherever it is you go, let's go.

(LAUGHING)

(MUSIC PLAYING)

Everybody all around the world Gotta tell you what I just heard That there's gonna be a party all over the world

I got a message on the radio But where it came from I don't really know And I heard these voices calling All over the world

All over the world Everybody got the word Everybody, everywhere is gonna feel it tonight Tonight

(GROWLING)

Everybody walking down the street Everybody moving to the beat

(WHISTLING)

They gonna get hot down in the USA New York, Detroit, LA We gonna take a trip across the sea Everybody come along with me We're gonna hit the nights down in gay Paris See the Duke Then we'll pick up the team All over the world Everybody got the word Everybody, everywhere is gonna feel it tonight

All over the world

(GROWLING)

London, Tampa, Hollywood New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo LA, New York, Amsterdam Monte Carlo, China, and then All over the world Everybody got the word Everybody, everywhere is gonna feel it tonight

Everybody all around the world Gotta tell you what I just heard Everybody walking down the street I know a place where we all can meet Everybody gonna have a good time Everybody will shine till the daylight All over the world Everybody got the word Everybody, everywhere is gonna feel it tonight

All over the world Everybody got the word All over the world Everybody got the word, word Word, word, word, word, word All over the world Everybody got the word

DANNY: Yeah, that's right. We're opening tomorrow night.

Well, you can bring your TV cameras if you like, but we're not gonna do any of that celebrity stuff.

No, no, just people.

Anybody who shows up.

Okay, we'll see you tomorrow. So long.

I wonder what would have happened if I got that album to paint?

Don't worry. Your turn will come.

Everyone gets at least one chance at feeling like that.

Yeah. That's what they say.

That's what I say.

All right, what's next, boss?

Well, we're down to little details. Fountains, yes.

The mirrors, yes. Next, we need those new parking signs.

Oh, the signs are here. We just haven't put them up yet.

Well, come on. Give me a hand. Let's get them up.

I'll be right back. I wanna talk to you about the sound system.

Sure.

You've made the place look beautiful.

Just did What the kid said.

Oh, I see a little Danny McGuire here and there.

Oh, just here and there. Don't tell anybody, but I'm nervous.

What about?

Well, I haven't had an opening night since 1945.

Wow! I guess I got the jitters.

Well, just pretend we're back in 1945 all over again.

I don't have to pretend.

It is 1945 all over again.

Well, that takes care of that.

Sonny, don't worry about that sound system.

I looked over it twice today and it's fine.

You kids go on home.

Bye, Danny. 1945.

You did it. Tomorrow's your big day. It's all gonna come true.

Tomorrow's gonna be the most beautiful day in the world.

Kira.

I love you.

I love you, Sonny.

What's the matter?

All of it, everything.

We can't go on pretending this is for real.

I know, it is hard to believe.

I can't have these kind of feelings.

It's beginning to hurt.

This part of it was never supposed to happen.

I don't understand.

What do you mean, "hurt"?

I know I shouldn't, but I do, and it's crazy.

Sonny, there's something I have to tell you about myself.

I know all I need to know.

No, I have to tell you. I have no choice.

All I was sent to do was to make Xanadu happen.

SONNY: I don't get it.

Sonny, you have to believe me when I tell you that I never wanted to hurt you.

That was the last thing I wanted to happen.

I'm not as I appear to you.

Have you ever heard the expression, "Kissed by a muse"?

That's what I am. I'm a muse.

I'm glad somebody's having a good time.

Please don't make a joke. I'm serious.

I come from Mount Helicon.

I'm the daughter of Zeus. I have eight sisters. My real name is...

Are you telling me that's not real?

I'm trying to tell you the truth. Why don't you believe me?

Look up the word "muse" in the dictionary. Go on.

Page 728. Read it.

Okay. All right, I'll read it.

"Muse. Any of the nine sister..."

Like the album cover?

Hmm.

"Any of the nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology

"presiding over song and poetry and the arts and sciences.

"And do you believe me now, Sonny?"

How'd you do that? What's going on?

The television.

NICK: Well, well, look who's here.

Who's chasing you this time, Vargas? The cops? Or the mob?

Don't get smart with me, Nick.

I told you to stay away from Brenda Trent.

Yes, you did tell me. What should I do, Sonny?

Dive at him or make a martini?

What'? VARGAS: Who you talking to?

Sonny Malone. He doesn't believe Kir♪s a muse.

How can you be talking to me? You're a movie.

I ain't got time for this, Malone.

Brend♪s the only one that saw me at the racetrack.

Now if the lady says she's a muse, she's a muse.

Who's that? Brenda!

Kira.

Sonny.

(GASPS)

NICK: I think he needs a drink.

It's okay. I'll take care of it. Thanks.

NICK: Good luck on the opening of your joint, kid.

Wish I could be there.

Oh, wow!

Oh, Sonny.

We've been painted by Michelangelo.

Shakespeare's written sonnets about us.

Beethoven's played music for us.

We're not supposed to feel emotion or show any feelings.

Muses are just supposed to inspire.

I fell in love.

You did?

Well, what do you think happened to me?

It was a mistake. I broke the rules.

Well, now what the hell do we do, huh?

Answer that, muse!

I don't know.

I'm sorry. lt just never should have happened.

Well, it did.

I love you, Sonny.

Kira.

I'll love you forever.

I Will.

I'll love you forever.

Kira! Wait!

I'll love you forever.

Hey, painter! I've been looking for you. Where you been?

Here.

Well, how do I look?

Aren't you gonna say anything about my new threads?

Hubba, hubba.

Well, we're gonna miss you tonight.

It won't be any fun without you.

I told you. I can't go.

Xanadu doesn't matter anymore.

What do you mean, it doesn't matter? How can it not matter?

This was our dream. Well, wasn't it?

There's no Xanadu 'cause there's no Kira.

She made it real.

So find her! Bring her back!

Dreams die.

No.

No, no, no. Not by themselves. We kill them.

Now, if you give up, you'll be sitting on that rock

30 years from now, just like I was.

I know how you feel, kid. I felt the same way once. I did.

I didn't know how important love is.

But let me tell you something.

Somehow, somewhere, there's a way to get her!

If she got here, there's a way to get there.

Believe me, kid, it's up to you.

It's up to you.

(MUSIC PLAYING)

I see the early glow I hear you say hello I watch the shadows fall I don't see you at all It's a lie I don't believe it's so It's a lie I see the autumn rain Falling on my window pane I hear you say goodbye I see a tear in your eye It's a lie I don't believe it's so It's a lie Our love couldn't go wrong How could I know I was only dreaming And now Now that you're gone I will go on really believing I take the fall

I take the fall I see you in a dream You turn and start to go I call to you once more Guess that I'm taking the fall It's a lie I don't believe it's so It's a lie Our love couldn't go wrong How could I know I was only dreaming And now Now that you're gone I will go on really believing

I take the fall


Kira.

Sonny. How did you get here?

You didn't think I'd let you get away from me, did you?

You'll have to go back.

Okay, I'm ready. Let's go.

I can't go with you, but you have to get out before it's too late.

Too late for what?

Oh, please, you took a big chance coming here.

What's going on here? I'm taking you back with me, Kira.

It can't be done. Nobody's ever taken anyone out of here.

Not in the whole history of... The whole history.

I'll make them let you go.

Hey, Zeus!

Zeus, you hear me? Oh, God.

I wanna talk to you.

ZEUS: We don't use those old-fashioned names anymore.

In any case, it's me you want to speak to.

I've come to get Kira.

She's not leaving! It's impossible!

That's what you think. That's what you think.

How'd you know I was gonna say that?

Put it this way. I'm a good guesser.

What else do you know?

Everything.

All right, then. You know this.

I'm sticking to this place till hell freezes over.

Sonny!

You'll leave now and you'll leave without Kira!

Why? Because other people have dreams.

So send another muse.

You got muses running around all over the place.

One dream, one muse.

Wait... Wait a minute. Just listen to me, okay?

Kira and I love each other.

Now I don't know how often that happens in this kind of place, but back on Earth, it's pretty rare.

We need to be together.

All right, that's enough.

You're leaving. Kir♪s staying. No more discussions.

Those are the rules and that's all there is to it.

WOMAN: On the other hand, dear, rules were made to be broken.

ZEUS: We'll talk about that later.

WOMAN: Which is later and which is earlier?

WOMAN: I keep forgetting. KIRA: Just a minute!

Isn't anyone interested in my feelings?

What do you mean, "feelings"?

Oh, you remember, pet.

We learnt about feelings in our mortal history class.

Yes, feelings.

I guess that's what you call them.

I've never really had them before.

I've never felt this way about anyone before.

And I've never asked to leave here. Not ever.

Not once in the whole time I've been here.

WOMAN: No, it's true, dear, she hasn't. Not in all these centuries.

Or is it minutes? I do keep mixing them up.

Please, can't we just have this one night? Just one night?

ZEUS: No, no, it's just not possible. Goodbye, Sonny Malone.

(He)', Kira?

Just one moment?

ZEUS: Goodbye, Sonny.

Kira!

A child and a fool in one So sure I could need no one My heart always on the run to nowhere

Now as you're holding me My heart is reminding me That now I could never be Without you

But how can our love succeed?

A miracle is what we need And so I appeal to you

To keep me suspended in time with you Don't let this moment die I get a feeling when I'm with you None of the rules apply But I know for certain Goodbye is a crime So, love, if you need me Suspend me in time

Wasted the time away Holding our love at bay Now I can't last a day Without you

Your smile is a thrill to see Your eyes hold me tenderly They'll shine in my memory forever

But how can our love succeed A miracle is what we need And so I appeal to you

To keep me suspended in time with you Don't let this moment die I get a feeling when I'm with you None of the rules apply But I know for certain Goodbye is a crime So, love, if you need me Suspend me in time

In time

WOMAN: Maybe just one moment, darling.

ZEUS: Well, maybe just one moment, or forever.

I keep getting them mixed up, too.

(DRUMS ROLLING)

All right, everybody, let's skate!

Let's skate!

Everybody! Come on!

(DANNY HOOTING)

DANNY: Go!

I don't know yet.

Up!

Hey!


Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!


ALL: Ho!

Ho!

Ho!

Ho!

Ho!

Ho!

Ho!

Ho!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Xanadu!

Ho!

Ho!

Ho!

A place Where nobody dared to go The love that we came to know They call it Xanadu BACKGROUND SINGERS: It takes your breath and it'll leave you blind And now Open your eyes and see What we have made is real We are in Xanadu A dream of it, we offer you A million lights are dancing And there you are A shooting star An everlasting world And you're here with me eternally Xanadu Xanadu BACKGROUND SINGERS: Now we are here In Xanadu Xanadu

Xanadu Xanadu Now we are here In Xanadu Xanadu Your neon lights will shine For you, Xanadu The love The echoes of long ago You needed the world to know They are in Xanadu With every breath you drift away The dream That came through a million years That lived on through all the tears It came to Xanadu The dream you dream Well, it will happen to you A million lights are dancing And there you are A shooting star An everlasting love And you're here with me eternally Xanadu Xanadu Now we are here In Xanadu Xanadu

Xanadu Xanadu Now we are here In Xanadu Xanadu, Xanadu Now that I'm here Now that you're near In Xanadu Now that I'm here Now that you're near In Xanadu


MAN: Way to go!

(CROWD CHEERING)

Fool Whatever you do you're reminded Fool Wherever you go you won't find it I'm really down on love So save all your smiles Ooh, I won't be needing any love for a while I'm really down on love So save all your smiles Ooh, I won't be needing any love for a while Fool, fool, fool

Wherever you go you're a loser Such a fool I want you to know you're a loser I'm really down on love So save all your smiles I won't be needing any love for a while I'm really down on love So save all your smiles Ooh, I won't be needing any love for a while Fool, fool I'm sure I should pass a law laid down

Declare you will never wear Your face in a frown Obey or be on your way Get on the first stage out of this town

There's me and my deputies So shake it down

If you don't grin We will take you in So spread some sunshine around Obey or be on your way Get on the first stage out of this town

(GUN FIRING)

Xanadu Xanadu Now we are here In Xanadu Xanadu

Xanadu Xanadu Now we are here In Xanadu Xanadu Now that I'm here Now that you're near In Xanadu Now that I'm here Now that you're near In Xanadu Xanadu

You have to believe we are magic Nothing can stand in our way You have to believe we are magic Don't let your aim ever stray And if all your hopes survive

(WOMAN LAUGHING)

Your destiny will arrive

I'll bring all your dreams alive You doing okay, kid?

Yeah, I'm all right, Danny.

Have a little something. It'll cheer you up.

Nah, no thanks.

Miss, would you bring my friend a drink?

Thanks.

Wait a minute.

Yes?

I mean, I'd just like to talk to you.

(MUSIC PLAYING)


A place Where nobody dared to go The love that we came to know They call it Xanadu It takes your breath And it'll leave you blind And now Open your eyes and see What we have made is real We are in Xanadu A dream of it we offer you A million lights are dancing And there you are A shooting star An everlasting love And you're here with me eternally Xanadu Xanadu Now we are here In Xanadu Xanadu

Xanadu Xanadu Now we are here In Xanadu Xanadu, Xanadu Now that I'm here Now that you're near In Xanadu Now that I'm here Now that you're near In Xanadu