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Meet Joe Black Movie Script. Click below to add the Meet Joe Black movie script to your cart. Meet Joe Black Movie Script. $ PAGES. BO GOLDMAN. The question. [Moves from behind the glass into shadowy area] The question. William Parrish: 'Am I going to die?' Joe Black: [Steps. Meet Joe Black Novie Script by Bo Goldman Ron Osborn Jeff Reno Kevin Wade - Screenplay and Movie Scripts.
What the hell is this? Just think of millenniums, multiplied by eons, compounded by time without end. I've been around that long. But it's only recently your affairs here have piqued my interest. The natural curiosity of me, the most lasting and significant element in existence has come to see you. I want to have a look around before I take you.
It requires competence wisdom and experience, all those things they say about you in testimonials. The one to do what? Show me around, be my guide. And in return you get Minutes, days, weeks, let's not get encumbered by detail, what matters is that I stay interested.
Oh Bill, come on. The question you've been asking yourself with increased regularity, at odd moments, panting through the extra game of handball, when you ran for the plane in Delhi, when you sat up in bed last night and hit the floor in the office this morning.
The question that is in the back of your throat, choking the blood to your brain, ringing in your ears over and over as you put it to yourself. You want me to be your guide? You fit the bill, Bill. I want to be friends. I have many friends. With you here and seemingly occupied, how's your work going, I mean, elsewhere? While you were shaving this morning, you weren't just shaving.
What do you mean? You were hatching ideas, making plans, arriving at decisions, right? Yeah, I guess so Joe Black: So you get the concept. While part of you is doing one thing, another part of you is doing another, perhaps even attending to the problems of your work.
Of course Joe Black: So you understand the idea. Now multiply that by infinity, take that to the depth of forever, and you still will barely have a glimpse of what I'm talking about.
What an odd pairing. You know about money, don't you? It can't buy happiness? I not evil, woman. And what you is then?
I from that next place. You waitin' here to take us? Like you is the bus driver to there? No, man, I on 'oliday. Some spot you pick.
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Pain is bad, bad. I don't have nothin' to do with these things, you know. Make it go away. Doctor Lady make it alright. This pain go through and through me. Take me to that next place.
It's not your time now. You can't fool with the way things got to be. And who would've thought Tell me you love me now. I love you now. I love you always. I don't care, Bill. How perfect for you - to take whatever you want because it pleases you. Then what is it? Some aimless infatuation which, for the moment, you feel like indulging - it's missing everything that matters.
Trust, responsibility, taking the weight for your choices and feelings, and spending the rest of your life living up to them. And above all, not hurting the object of your love. So that's what love is, according to William Parrish? Multiply it by infinity, and take it to the depth of forever, and you will still have barely a glimpse of what I'm talking about.
Those were my words. You're at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong woman! Are you threatening me? Yeah, I certainly hope so. It's hard to let go, isn't it? Yes it is, Bill. What can I tell you? What will we do now? The Man from the Coffee Shop: Ambrose takes a sip, swishes the wine in his mouth, spits it in a bucket. Where I come from, the sun's over the yardarm, m'boy, and the cocktail lamp is lit. Quince drains his wine, presents it for a refill, when he is hailed by Allison.
Quince downs this glass too, runs for the helicopter as DREW, 34, a young man going places, emerges from it, approaches Parrish and Susan. Drew kisses her, over her shoulder he glances at Parrish. Thanks for coming out. DREW Well, it's a big day. Wanted to line up a few ducks before kickoff.
Last minute refine- ments or variations? Not a one -- but I did hear a voice last night. DREW What'd it say? DREW 'Yes' to the deal? You know how voices are. Quince comes running up now. Going to close with Big John -- Look at you, Bill, all cool as a cat and over at Bontecou's, I'll bet he's shitting in his pants.
All aboard - New York, New York!
Now could we go? Let's get this day started.
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Drew ushers everybody on, first Parrish, then Susan and Quince, Drew the last to climb on, shuts the door behind him As Allison hurries away from the whirling rotors. Just as Drew removes color-coded folders from his attache case and spreads them out for Parrish on his tray table, the pilot waves to Drew, indicating 'phone call'.
Drew gets up and heads for the cockpit, Parrish scans the folders, glances over at Susan who is making some notes on a file of her own. He motions to her to please come sit beside him, she checks that Drew is still busy in the cockpit, tucks her papers into her carryall, and crosses over to Parrish who folds away the work that Drew set before him into his tray table, locks it.
He peers up ahead at Drew, on the telephone and gesticulat- ing intensely, right at home in the cockpit despite the CHOP of the blades and the pilot pressed up against him. There's a start for a meeting. I'm talking about you. It's not so much what you say about Drew, it's what you don't say. Not an ounce of excitement, not a whisper of a thrill, this relationship has all the passion of a pair of titmice. I want you to get swept away. I want you to levitate.
I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish. Or at least leave yourself open to be. I'm going to do my upmost -- He smiles. If you don't start with that, what are you going to end up with?
I say fall head over heels. Find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. And how do you find him? Forget your head and listen to your heart.
I'm not hearing any heart. Because, the truth is there is no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love -- well, you haven't lived a life at all. You have to try. Because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived. But give it to me again. And when I tell Drew about it, he won't either.
But I'm the only father you've got. She kisses him on the cheek. The passengers, Parrish paired with Quince, Drew with Susan, file off the rooftop through a door which opens into an elevator. So what do you think, is it -- indicates Drew and Parrish -- just the 'Executive Committee' or could you guys use me? Gum up the works. Parrish is about to make some reassuring comment to Quince when the Voice suddenly intrudes: I know, it's none of my business.
A respectful silence, the elevator continues downwards, suddenly the Voice intrudes again: Parrish's eyes dart about, confirming no one has heard a thing but him.Meet Joe Black (1998) - Lightning Could Strike Scene (1/10) - Movieclips
You know me -- The elevator door opens. Got my gloves on, my ears pricked. I'm ready for action. Parrish, followed by Drew, steps into a waiting limousine, Quince looks longingly after them.
Susan, blowing a kiss goodbye to her father, steps out into the street to hustle a cab. Tomorrow we sign off -- photo opportunity, you and Big John, it'll lead network news. DREW Bill, after this deal, you'll be able to afford one. Parrish smiles, they step into the elevator. I came up with something, but then it occurred to me, why don't I ask Bill?
What do you think? A moment, Parrish shrugs. PARRISH Our first annual report, must be thirty-five years ago now, I owned two stations, I wrote down a state- ment of purpose, that one day you would wake up to a Parrish radio station, read a Parrish paper at breakfast, catch our news on tele- vision during the day, and go to bed with one of our books or magazines and you would always be told the truth and in the bargain, have a good time.
Wait 'til I show it to Bontecou. Glad to hear it. Parrish, I could never buy Parrish Communications. I could pay for it, of course, but it would always have your imprint. Parrish looks around at the circle of 'suits', Bontecou holding away. Susan has squeezed into a seat in the corner. A counterman, with a smile and a greeting, places a cup of coffee in front of her. A sense this is a daily ritual, arming herself for the day; immediately she becomes aware of a man behind her speaking into the pay phone.
Honey, you've got to go on The Young Man hangs up, turns around and sits down to an overflowing plate of eggs and meat, potatoes and toast, the counterman refills his cup and the Young Man ties into the breakfast, eating it with such relish that Susan can't take her eyes off him.
He senses her eyes, glances over, his cheeks filled with a mouthful of food, swallows embarrassedly. What was 'fascinating' about it? She just broke up with her boyfriend and she's thinking about dropping out of law school. That's the way with men and women, isn't it?
He was fooling around and Honey caught him at it. One girlfriend wasn't enough for him. Looking for her right now. You might be her. I just arrived in town, got a new job -- I'm trying to get into this apartment. This apartment house is all green pajamas and slippers. The guy I'm waiting for to vacate is a doctor.
What kind of doctor? The Young Man smiles. I arrive in this big bad city and I not only find a doctor, a beautiful woman as well. Susan looks into her coffee. Please, what do you say, another cup of coffee? Two pots are warming behind the counter, he reaches over and refills her cup and his. Pushes a container and pitcher to- wards her. They smile at each other, fix up their coffee. DREW You have a way with words. They stride to the main bank of elevators.
Neither looking right or left, somehow Parrish man- ages to acknowledge their bright smiles and deferential nods despite his swift entrance. Drew is still at Parrish's heels, but now Parrish stops at the open door, turns back to him, reminding Drew that this is as far as he goes without being invited.
Board convenes tomorrow, you'll recommend, we close and it's a deal, right? Parrish disappears into his office. Drew, on his way out, glides past Jennifer's desk.
DREW cont'd This is our lucky day. Jennifer acknowledges Drew with a smile, rises and moves to Parrish's doorway, waiting for the day's instructions, but Parrish only nods to the door and Jennifer quickly closes it, returns to her desk.
Leaning against the back of the couch, he stares out through floor-to-ceiling windows, surveying the Manhattan skyline: He takes a seat on the couch, opens a folder, suddenly he flinches with a spasm of pain in his shoulder.
It is sharp but brief, he notices it but what it does not continue, he ignores it. Parrish resumes looking at the folder when suddenly the pain comes again. He reaches for his shoulder, tries to massage the pain, it does not subside. Parrish stands, trying to shake it off, but it refuses to go away, some- thing is unmistakably wrong. Frozen with surprise, Parrish's eyes search the room for the source of the SOUND, it comes from no particular direction, yet surrounds him. Suddenly Parrish's symptoms sharply intensify, he is sinking to the floor but somehow grabs a corner of the desk, holds on with one hand, with the other clutches at his shoulder and arm, the pain has violently seized the upper part of his body.
He breaks out in a sweat, his pallor now waxen as the Voice repeats itself: Parrish grips the edge of the desk, the pain assaulting him on the one hand, the Voice coming at him from the outer, each aberration feeds on the other, he is beside himself, consumed with pain and bewildered by what seems to be a hallucination but which he is certain is not.
He angles his face in every direction, arbi- trarily chooses one and now embarrassedly, unconsciously, enrage, responds to the Voice. Parrish is absolutely confounded, seized up with pain and consternation at this unseen Voice which has such presence and reality.
Because 'if you haven't tried, you haven't lived'. Who is this fucking guy? He holds on tight to the corner of the desk, sweat dripping, his skin ashen. Now he addresses the Voice again, searching for it in another direction: You're trying to 'handle' the situation but this is the one situation you knew you never could handle.
A spasm, the worst one yet, finally it subsides and there is an eerie silence in the room, a VOID, almost more disturbing than the voice that has filled it. Parrish searches the corner, but the room has lost the quality it had when it was inhabited by the VOICE, it is now just Parrish's office.
Parrish straightens himself up, adjusts his tie, runs his fingers through his hair, blinks as he addresses the door. Are you all right? Parrish is within himself, doesn't answer.
Parrish still doesn't answer, however Jennifer is satisfied, correctly hearing his silence as an affirmative. She has her hand on the door, 'Open' or 'Closed'? He nods and she closes it. Parrish's eyes search the room, nothing there. It's kind of a pro bono job. That means doing good -- Going to be doing good all your life? Doesn't pay very well. Depends on the woman I marry. Maybe she'd like a bigger house, a better car, lotsa kids, college doesn't come cheap -- SUSAN You'd give up what you want for the woman you marry?
Susan rises now, the Young Man with her, leaving money for their checks they head for the door. She takes care of you. Susan at the door now, pauses abruptly, her eyes on the Young Man. Susan is staring at him now, he smiles, all open and vulnerable. I don't want you to be my doctor.
Because I don't want you to examine me. If I came by, could you give me the name of a doctor? And I don't want to examine you.
Now I've got to go. She hurries away down the sidewalk, the Young Man watching her. Now he turns and starts off in the opposite direction. She turns the corner and continues on. The hour is before dinner: Music, I know how you love music, Daddy, and I want to have music that pleases you -- and of course doesn't put a thousand other people to sleep -- I've agonized over this and finally settled on Sidney Brown, twenty-four men, very eclectic, plus I'm feathering in a Latin sextet on their breaks - Tito Puente, Trini Lopez-zy, I forget their names -- Parrish has tuned Allison out, he tried to stay with it, but his mind has wandered, the event of the day too much with him.
I keep talking and all you do is nod like Mr. Himmelfass in The Nutcracker. Parrish still doesn't answer. I can' tell you how much I appreciate it and how I'm looking forward to it. What songs should Sidney -- Pancho and his six men we can forget about -- what songs do you think he should play? A stab of pain, Parrish discreetly grabs his upper arm but manages to keep his attention on Allison. Suddenly, the Voice cuts in: Parrish reacts once more, aware again he is the only one who has heard the Voice, as an oblivious Allison continues: Leave it to me.
Parrish ignores her, his attention has been taken by the Voice. His eyelids flutter, nonplused, edgy and fearful. Parrish, dinner is served. Blindly and disconcerted, he follows Allison and Drew and Quince. What are you looking so provoked about? But what do I get back?
Parrish is on the edge of his seat, struggling to hide his panic. The conversation swirls on around Parrish, he is deaf to it: I sat between them at the Bronx Zoo benefit -- it was better than Seconal. Won't someone come to the door? Parrish is in shock, still striving to gain control of himself. As Coyle serves him, Parrish turns to Luisa: DREW Good, maybe they'll drown him out.
Parrish is still not hearing a word, preoccupied with the return of Luisa. A twenty-game winner or a Masters champion? Someone I could talk to. Luisa returns to Parrish as the others' conversation drones on: There was a gentleman at the door. He's waiting for you in the foyer. Parrish, spinning with anxiety, tries to summon up his courage to go as Allison continues: Finally Parrish rises from the table, starts out. Do they seem that way to you, Daddy? No - uh - I don't Allison is about to press the point, but then drifts into disappointed silence as Parrish leaves the room.
The door is open. He hesitates before he crosses the threshold, taking in as much as his eye can see, now tentatively, he enters. Parrish, poised in the doorway, looks around, nothing in sight. Parrish is startled, he shrinks backward for a moment, his eyes searching the room for the Voice, the timbre and pitch of which is exactly what he has heard before. There is the sense that someone is there but Parrish cannot see him, and he does not dare look. Now a flicker of a shadow from behind a corner of the obscured glass, the section of the room most distant from Parrish, there is a shape.
Some kind of elaborate practical joke? He takes a step backwards. Although still diffused by the glass, the shape has definition, a person, a man, his features are not yet distinguishable, but he is there all right. The man from whose lips fall 'rapture' and 'passion' and 'obses- sion' VOICE Just think of millenniums multiplied by aeons compounded by infinity, I've been around that long, but it's only recently that your affairs here have piqued my interest.
Call it boredom, the natural curiosity of me, the most lasting and significant element in existence has come to see you. Parrish struggles to make sense of what he is hearing. VOICE It requires competence, wisdom, experience -- all those things they say about you in testimonials -- and you're the one.
And in return, you get Parrish squints, trying to make sense of what is happening. The question you've been asking yourself with increased regularity, at odd moments, panting through the extra game of handball, when you ran for the plane in Delhi, when you sat up in bed last night and hit the floor in the office this morning. Am I going to die? The figure who is the Voice takes a step forward now, no longer obscured by the glass he comes into the light, re- vealing himself to be the Young Man seen previously in the coffee shop, but there is a change; he seems odd, off- center, not handsome but terrifyingly beautiful.
A moment, Parrish beside himself. He cannot bring himself to speak, finally: Another moment Are you a dream? Who the hell are you? The Young Man steps closer to Parrish, his face is inches from a shaking, sweating Parrish's face, the Young Man daring Parrish to identify him: Yes --' Parrish turns away.
But the Young Man, spectacularly, is in front of him again. Parrish is shocked, stunned, terrified at the word, by what he has comprehended.
He surveys the Young Man who, at this moment, actually seems bewildered by his effect. You're just a kid in a jacket and a pair of pants. Let me ask your opinion. Do I blend in? A hopelessly confused Parrish does not respond for a moment. The Young Man nods, gently. Parrish and the Young Man take each other in, the sense that now they understand each other.
Parrish does not hear her for the moment, Luisa steps inside the Library. Parrish ignores her at first, finally he looks at Luisa then at the Young Man, then once more at both of them as if to verify the Young Man's presence has been acknowledged by Luisa.
The Young Man interjects: Luisa nods perfunctorily and exits. Parrish is frozen, dumbfounded. Parrish does not answer at first. And that's what we're doing. It's not open for discussion. Parrish is frightened by the response. Now lead the way. Parrish hesitates, then obediently leads the Young Man out of the library, down a long hallway and across the foyer.
Could I say something? Well, here's another possibility. It's a little last minute, but how does this strike you? Some German firm went kerplunkt, Tiffany's picked these things up, they're perfect party favors, however they're not personal, they're winter scene or something, snow-flakes and dachshunds Parrish and the Young Man appear at the table, an awkward pause ensues, the unannounced guest's presence at a family dinner being noted, and the guest himself carefully survey- ed.
Finally, Allison breaks the ice: Parrish is horribly uncomfortable as the Young Man looks at each person as if he were discovering a face of the first time. PARRISH Uh -- sorry -- to have stepped away for so long -- uh -- this is a friend of mine I asked to drop by -- we got to talking and stuff -- uh -- he's going to join us for dinner -- um -- Parrish drifts into another awkward pause. And wouldn't it be nicer if my father would introduce you?
How nice to meet you. This is my daughter, Allison, and her husband, Quince, Drew, my number one, works with me Parrish drifts off as the Young Man awkwardly shakes hands with each person.
Does your friend have a name? Come on, a name. This is - uh - uh The group waits patiently. Parrish once more drifts into silence. Joe, turned on by Quince's broad smile, reacts to it as Drew squints observingly at Joe. DREW Is there any more to it? Parrish's brow darkens and a name tumbles from his lips: Nice to meet you, Mr.
Won fifteen and lost two for the Brooklyn Dodgers in I'm kind of my Rotisserie League. Let's sit down -- Luisa has set a plate in front of Joe, and Parrish's, which was taken to the kitchen to be warmed, has been returned. Joe looks over at the other guests, then picks up his uten- sils gingerly, strives to copy the others, stops, staring at his foot. JOE As long as it takes. Drew is provoked by the response, but remains polite: JOE We have an arrangement now.
DREW What side of the industry did you say you were on? JOE I didn't say. I have the feeling you guys got the broad strokes already.
Need any help with the details? Parrish falls silent again, looking for an answer. DREW cont'd I'm sorry -- business at dinner The doors to the dining room open, Susan appears. I'm here, aren't I? Wouldn't miss a loose end meeting. What's on the table for discussion? Party favors, flowers -- hi Dad, hi Drew -- She kisses Drew in some light, humorous way they have ob- viously done before, their heads bobbing like plastic water toys and their lips meeting mid-air.
At the kiss's conclusion Susan suddenly notices Joe is present and has been watching. She is shocked, embarrassed, pleased, conflicted, an instant and wide spectrum of emotions. The Corinth Coffee Shop. He was looking for a doctor. DREW Joe, you do get around. Joe is happily confounded by all the interaction. So sturdy, so straight -- Joe has heard Susan's question but, as he studies her, doesn't answer.
Parrish pushes his plate away. Parrish tenses, but Joe doesn't answer. You weren't so silent this morning. Drew reacts to this allusion of intimacy. Parrish stands, motions for Joe to rise. JOE It's so very nice to see you again.
Maybe it's because you found out I'm Bill Parrish's daughter. Big day tomorrow, everybody. Joe rises, follows Parrish to the door, stops: JOE to Susan Susan. He makes an awkward little bow, then heads for the nearest door.
Joe pivots, and he follows Parrish out the proper door. Susan's eyes are still on the door where Joe exited, her face reflecting her irritation and bewilderment, as well as a tinge of excitement. I'm sorry, I'm a little discon- certed, that stuff between you and Susan -- uh -- threw me. I mean that you knew her and everything -- JOE I didn't know her.
The body I took knew her. The man she met in the coffee shop this morning. I - uh - took him. I was just having such a wonderful time -- Besides, isn't this what I'm here for?
Parrish suddenly looks very anxious, Joe stops. JOE cont'd You seem uncomfortable, Bill. So -- He opens a door. Chair, lamp, bed -- Parrish is in a stunned state, chatters on unconsciously: Had to stay in a station manager's house there unexpectedly - best night's sleep I ever had. Ordered twenty, they filled a con- tainer and shipped them right over, I've put one in every bedroom here and in the country.
Joe tests the springs. JOE What a good idea. Would you like the man's name? Parrish glances around, a room in which the occupant could not want for anything. JOE You're putting me on the spot, Bill. JOE cont'd Let's put it this way. When I go, you go. JOE That's the best I can do. I just saw my doctor, he told me everything was fine. Did he mention an irreparab- ly weak vein in the further reaches of your famous brain? Were they any prognostications about the possibil- ilites of a fatal collision on a golf cart of suffocating in an avalanche on a skin vacation in Gstaad?
Parrish keeps still, trying to cool the heat of Joe's temper. But meanwhile, you are still here. Call it gravy, frosting on the cake, whatever it is you say. JOE Not at all. JOE Good night to you, Bill. Parrish gently closes the door. Joe looks around, checks out his surroundings: Miss Allison asked if you would like to have your dinner kept warm?
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Black's luggage was misplaced by the airlines. Would you mind get- ting a few things together for him? A couple of suits, some shirts, ties, underwear, shoes. Have Coyle take his measurements off what he is wearing tonight. Luisa nods, and heads back downstairs. Parrish enters his den, takes a seat in his chair, stares into the middle distance, ruminates.
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In the process he opens this door, steps out into the hallway. Coyle, the butler, has his back to Joe and does not see him for a moment.
In front of Coyle, an open jar of peanut but- ter which he is spreading in generous hunks of Wonder Bread. Joe is fascinated by the process. Coyle suddenly hears the silence, looks up and see Joe, standing up embarrassedly. Nice to meet you. The staff all mumble expansive "Good evening, sir"s to Joe. He motions to them to sit, they do but Coyle does not. Coyle shifts from foot-to-foot, the staff is not used to having Parrish family or guests in this part of the house.
JOE to Coyle What are you eating. Coyle regards his peanut butter sheepishly. But miles ahead of Peter Pan. Joe nods, Coyle fashions a spoonful, offers it to Joe. But he has not yet found a comfortable way of masticating, his mouth and tongue go every which way, the staff observes him, fascinated.
JOE Yes, I am. I thoroughly enjoyed this - uh - peanut butter. Joe raises the spoonful of peanut butter in a kind of toast to the staff. JOE cont'd I'll be moseying on. He heads out, with the spoonful of peanut butter, to cheer- ful "Goodnight, Mr. Black"'s, his tongue again licking the edges of the spoon. Susan is swimming laps, looking very professional in a black Speedo suit, Joe wanders in, still licking his peanut butter. He observes her, but she is unaware of him, however now, as she makes a barrel turn, his shadow falls over a reflection from a window, she aborts her lap, looks up to see who it is.
Susan climbs out of the pool, gets halfway up the ladder, points to a stack of towels. Joe turns to the towels, but one hand is occupied with the spoonful of peanut butter, he shifts it to the other hand, can't manage the huge Turkish towel one-handed, now implants the spoon in his mouth, lifts the towel with both hands and presents it to Susan. SUSAN You appear at his side out-of-the- blue, stay at his house, eat dinner with his family, it's practically a first.
You're in the red-hot center of big business and I thought you were a regular Joe. JOE I am Joe. SUSAN Not the one I met this morning, hit- ting on me in as nice a way as I've been hit on in a long time, but the moment you find out I'm my Dad's daughter, you act like a stranger. JOE That is not my intention.