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Filmmaking, Screenwriting, Writing

Below, you’ll see that I’ve changed the Martin / Perry restaurant scene. I needed to give Perry motivation to steal the money if provided the opportunity. I think this gives him that.

I’ve also changed Sherry’s (Dino’s girlfriend) name to Helen after Helen of Troy. This story won’t measure up to that one, but I like the parallel of Greeks kidnapping a beautiful young woman. The motivations are different though.

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INT. RESTAURANT – AFTERNOON

Martin is leaning on the booth near the register. At the register is a
pretty CASHIER.

When Martin isn’t doing Jimmy’s dirty, he, along with Perry, acts as manager of the restaurant. Tonight, it’s a slow night as he scans the first floor of the restaurant.

MARTIN
(to the cashier)
I’ll be upstairs.

Martin disengages himself from the booth and walks up the marble slab stairs.

Perry is sitting at one of the tables with reading a boat trader magazine. Martin sits across from him.

MARTIN
You get that boat yet?

PERRY
(in Greek)
Not yet. Still need the property to put it on. Land on the water is very expensive. This is the one I want.

Perry holds up the magazine to Martin showing him a photo of a house boat. The price is $335,500.

MARTIN
Nice.

PERRY
(in Greek)
I’ll have my boat anchored right in the Detroit river. Look across the river into Canada. It’ll be just like when I was a child in Psarades on lake Prespa.

MARTIN
The Detroit river is not Greece.

PERRY
(very thick accent)
I know.
(in Greek)
But this is the closest I’ll ever get to it here.
(beat)
Plus the women!

MARTIN
Oh yeah? Women like house boats?

PERRY
(in Greek)
Oh yeah, women love boats. There’s something about the water. The parties. It’s fun, happy all the time.

MARTIN
You going to invite me?

PERRY
Of course.
(in Greek)
You’ll be the first one I invite.
(beat)
Speaking of women. Did you pick up the girl?

MARTIN
Yeah.

PERRY
(in Greek)
Good looking?

MARTIN
(with emphasis)
Oh yeah.

PERRY
(in Greek)
Is she worth everything?

MARTIN
Is any woman?