Story by Robert Brent
Screenplay by Deborah Greenspan and Robert Brent
INT. BACKROOM - NIGHT Jacob leads the boys to a small lounge area where a door marked "Ladies" is tucked around the corner. Jacob goes up to the door and knocks. Aaron and David are confused but don't say anything. A small peephole opens and an eyeball appears. The door opens. INT. VESTIBULE - NIGHT A large man, looking out of place with his huge hands and rough face, shows them to the stairway. The boys follow their father down the stairs and stop in front of heavy velvet draperies. After a pause, Jacob holds back the drapes like the introduction to an entertainment. It looks like the land of Oz as seen from Kansas. The boys step inside the Casino. INT. CASINO - NIGHT While the restaurant had been elegant, this is another level altogether. Crystal chandeliers break the light into millions of shards of brilliance, all reflecting off the jewels of the women, the glass, the mirrors. The men are dressed in tuxedos and black ties, the women in expensive evening gowns and furs. Cigarette smoke lazily curls through the air, and the sounds of clicking dice, steel balls spinning off roulette wheels, cards being shuffled, and chips being moved across felt table tops, mix with jazz music and the yells of players, into a pleasing cacophony that sets Aaron's pulse to racing. At the end of the aisle, the baccarat tables look like twin tabernacles, and everywhere he looks he sees money--money on the tables being exchanged for chips, money in hands, money being placed in drawers, money being handed to the cocktail waitresses and chip girls. David observes a man reaching into his jacket for a cigarette and catches a glimpse of his gun and holster. Looking up, Lenny sees the mirrors on the ceiling and nearly trips over his father's feet. They approach the money cage in the far corner and watch three men handling bags and drawers of cash, while Jacob talks to a man. People come up to the window and exchange chips and cash through the opening. They are standing next to a blackjack table and Jacob is talking to one of the pitbosses. The dealer signals the pitboss, who walks over to the table. He exchanges words with the dealer, and with a man at the table, takes a card file from under the table and looks through it. Then he goes over to the money cage and returns with ten thousand in cash, which he takes over to the man at the blackjack table. The man signs a marker which the pitboss turns in at the money cage. After this, the boys look at Jacob, who leans over to speak to them. JACOB I have an added surprise for you boys. But, you all have to promise me that it will be a secret between us men. Not even your mother can know. Aaron and David look at each other. JACOB I know I have your word that you won't tell anyone about this casino, but what you will see now is even more important to keep a secret about. That is why I am excluding your mother. She would not be happy with me if she found out. Well? Do I have your word? AARON, DAVID, LENNY Yes, Papa. Jacob looks down on their faces. JACOB You swear? ALL Yes, Papa. JACOB This is special. Special permission we have. No one is allowed. No one. Do you all understand how special we are? ALL Yes, Papa. JACOB That means we must be very strong in keeping this secret between us. You'll disappoint me very much if any of you ever say anything. I am very serious about this. Now, do you want to go upstairs with me? The boys, eyes wide, nod their heads solemnly. JACOB Good. Stay close and do not wander at any time. Now follow me and be very quiet. No talking. Jacob signals and the cage door buzzes and he pushes it open. They step inside and the door closes behind them with a solid click. They are facing another door. This inner door buzzes and they follow their father through it. INT. STAIRWAY - NIGHT The boys stay close to their father as he climbs the stairs and reaches another door with a peephole. Jacob knocks on the door and the peephole opens. His father speaks softly with the man on the other side. The peephole slams shut and then the door opens. INT. UPSTAIRS ROOM - NIGHT They are in a room the same size as the casino. It is dark and quiet. People are frozen in place looking through the windows on the floor between their feet. These are one way mirrors on the ceiling of the casino through which they can observe everything that happens. The light from below casts a grim glow on the faces of the watchers. Each man is wearing a headset in order to hear the conversations taking place at the bugged gaming table which he is observing. Each man is wearing a shoulder holster and gun. Leaning against the walls and chairs are rifles, shotguns and automatic weapons--an arsenal. Jacob signals the boys and they follow him. He puts his finger to his lips to remind them to be quiet. Finding a good window to view the action, Jacob motions for the boys to gather around. They peer down through the floor as if looking through the floor of a glass bottom boat at some lighted underworld of the deep. The boys watch, fascinated, as the cards on the blackjack table are turned over, and chips and cash are moved on the table. A chip is placed in front of one particular dealer and he takes it between two fingers, and turns it in the air slightly before placing it in his pocket. JACOB He's showing the man up here that someone has given him a tip. The same dealer now places his hands together as if in prayer, rotates them back and forth, shows the back of his hands and turns them palms up, then leaves the table JACOB He's showing that he has nothing in his hands and that he is taking a break. See? Right away, a new dealer comes in and takes over. And it's the same up here. A man is coming from the rest area over there to replace this man who has been watching over here. AARON (whispering) They don't lose any money that way. DAVID Look at all that money. It's like you could reach down and grab it. Wouldn't you like to have some string and sticky gum right now? AARON String...everyone's on strings... The WATCHER at their window suddenly calls an upstairs pit boss to come over and observe, and the boys watch excitedly, trying to understand what is happening below. The DEALER sweeps the cards and as his hand passes the WOMAN sitting on the end, he pauses for an instant, barely noticeable, and touches her fingers. The watcher and pit boss observe something between the dealer and the woman--eye contact, a certain smile. They don't know what is going on, only that something is. The woman reaches for her drink at the end of the table and drops something. It sparkles as it hits the carpeting and bounces toward the dealer's feet. The dealer reaches down and retrieves it. WATCHER He's asking if she's dropped something. He presses his earphones against his head in order to hear better. WATCHER She's telling him, "Thank you, yes, my ring must have slipped off when I picked up my drink." The dealer returns the woman's ring to her hands and begins shuffling the cards. UPSTAIRS PITBOSS Bullshit! Who the fuck do they think they're kidding? Son of a bitch. I knew he was a punk! He picks up the house phone and gives some instructions, accentuating each word with the stab of his first finger downward into the air. UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS Table 5...bring that bum up here...and the woman on the end. Through the window, we can see two bouncers gently taking hold of the dealer's arms and escorting him away. A PIT BOSS, down below, approaches the woman and speaks to her. She shrugs her shoulders. There is a loud banging at the door to the upstairs room, and when it's opened, the two bouncers drag the dealer in, much more roughly than they'd treated him downstairs, and take him into the owner's office. That door closes and the entry door opens once again, this time to let the owner in. OWNER (shouting) Who is he? UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS He's in your office. OWNER Bring the woman up here. You know what to do. He goes into his office and slams the door behind him. Down below, the woman is gone, and the game has gone on as if nothing has happened. There is another knock at the upstairs door and the woman, escorted by the downstairs pit boss, is brought in to face her accusers. UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS We got you dead-bang. WOMAN Will someone please explain to me what this is all about? UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS Was he going to make a big winner outta ya? WOMAN Who? UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS Come on, lady. The dealer. WOMAN Did I do something wrong? UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS We saw what was going on between you two. We even have it on film. WOMAN (wincing) Film? UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS (friendly) Look, you're not in any real trouble, not yet. But if you lie to these men, I won't be able to help you. WOMAN I swear! I didn't do anything wrong! UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS I'll repeat what I said. We saw what was going on between you two. The woman turns to the downstairs pit boss. WOMAN Tell him. You were down there. Did you see anything going on? DOWNSTAIRS PIT BOSS Answer the man. UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS I'm losing my patience. One of the bodyguards comes out of the owner's office and hands something to the upstairs pit boss. He comes over to the woman with a smirk on his face. UPSTAIRS PIT BOSS We got the ring. It was in the dealer's shoe. The woman breaks down and cries, covering her face with her hands. DOWNSTAIRS PIT BOSS You're barred from here, forever, and from every gambling joint in the states. Take your hands away from your face so we can take a picture of you. You fucking whore. We're sending a picture of your cheap puss to everyone so they'll know. And forget the ring, it's ours. Now get the fuck outta here before I lose my temper and give you a beatin'! The two men finish with her and lead her out of the room and down the stairs. From the owner's office come the sounds of the dreadful beating being meted out to the guilty dealer. As if coming out of a trance, Jacob takes his sons by their hands and makes his way toward the door. The watchers have never taken their eyes from their appointed tables. The bodyguards drag the bloody mess that was the dealer out of the office. The boys watch as the battered man is taken down the stairs. DISSOLVE TO: INT. THE CAR - NIGHT The boys are sitting in the car, waiting for Jacob to get in. DAVID Well, I guess someone'd have to pretty stupid to steal from this place! AARON Guess your string and sticky gum isn't such a good idea, huh? DAVID Nah. You know, if it was me, I would've shot the guy. AARON I wonder how much money he was trying to steal? How much money could be worth the risk? DAVID Who cares. It wasn't his. They should've shot him. AARON That's no good for business. DAVID Why not? AARON It's better if he lives to tell what happened. Jacob gets in the car, shuts the door and turns on the engine. JACOB So boys, what do you think of my world? FADE OUT
A comedy about a good girl trying to be bad.
This fantasy-adventure really takes off when a special boy arrives in our time to save the future.