Sleepless in Seattle

He's in his thirties. His neck is pinched into a crisp
dress shirt and tie. His expression is vacant, faraway.
A breeze blows but he doesn't react to it. In the
distance the architecture of the Chicago skyline.

SAM
Mommy got sick and it happened
just like that and there was
nothing anybody would do.


EXT. CHICAGO - A GRAVESITE - DAY

Next to Sam is his son Jonah, age 9. Sam's hand is on
his shoulder. As the mourners go past and each takes a
turn shoveling a clod of dirt into an open grave --

SAM
If we start asking why we'll go
crazy. So, rule number one.
We don't ask why.



CLOSE ON ANNIE REED

Pretty, blonde, animated. Jeans, a T-shirt, a Baltimore
Orioles hat.

ANNIE
Why? I just want to know why?
That's my first rule. I always
ask why. Come on. Tell me.
C'mon, c'mon, c'mon --


EXT. CHICAGO ALLEY - DAY

Annie is talking to her boyfriend, a good-looking guy
named SETH. They're carrying packing boxes into the
house they share in the Old Town section of Chicago.
The same stunning architecture in the b.g. They go up
the back wooden staircase to the house.

SETH
There's no why, Annie. I'm
just not up for it. I never
said I was.

ANNIE
Is there somebody else?

SETH
Nope.

ANNIE
You don't love me, is that it?

SETH
Nope.

Follow them into:

INT. KITCHEN - DUSK

As they set down the packing boxes and Seth starts to
assemble them.

ANNIE
How about ... you're too
narcissistic to commit to
another human being in a long-
term
way.

SETH
(agreeably)
That's good.

INT. SAM'S CHICAGO TOWN HOUSE - DAY

An attractive, thirtyish couple, SUZY and GREG are
stocking Sam's freezer with enough Ziploc meals for
months. A number of friends and relatives talk quietly
in the living room beyond. Sam stands alone by a window
that looks into the backyard. We can see a garden of
flowers -- clearly planted by Sam's wife.

SUZY
Five minutes in the microwave.
Any one of them, five minutes
and done. Ready to eat. Do
you know how to make juice?

SAM
Microwave. Five minutes.

ANNIE'S KITCHEN - SEVERAL DAYS LATER

Packing boxes. Seth is moving out.

ANNIE
You take the microwave?

SETH
What am I going to do with a
microwave?

ANNIE
You turn it on, you open it and
you stand in front of it for a
very long time.

SETH
So you're angry. Big deal.


SAM'S OFFICE - DAY

A large modern architectural firm in a Chicago high-
rise. Lake Michigan out the window. A large space with
several architects consulting, drafting, etc. Sam is at
his desk, working. An older colleague, ROB, comes over
to him. Rob has a mustache, smokes a pipe; he's kind
but a little stuffy.

ROB
Young man, it's none of my
business, but maybe you should
talk to someone. I myself
have consulted a professional.
I used to be uptight.

On Sam's face. It's hard to imagine Rob being any more
uptight than he is. Sam takes some business cards out
of his shirt pocket and reads them off.

SAM
Hypnotherapy...Shiatu Massage...
Loss of Spouse support groups...
Single parent discussion nights...
Parents without partners.
(starts riffling, angry)
Partners without parents.
People who need people. Guys
who go into the woods, beat
drums
and bond. Get a shrink.
Hug a friend. Hug yourself.

He stops, realizing that everyone in the room is staring
at him. Quickly they pretend they weren't paying
attention
. Someone whispers something to a client.

SAM

Don't mind him. He's the guy
who just lost his wife.

What I really think is we need
a change.

ROB
Good idea. Take a few weeks
off
, get some sun, take Jonah
fishing --

SAM
(shaking his head no)
A real change. New city.
Someplace where every time I go
around a corner I don't think
of Maggie.

EXT. WRIGLEY FIELD - DAY

Sam, Jonah and Maggie walking toward the field. It's a
gorgeous day for a game. They high-five each other.

ROB
Where you going to go?


INT. SAM'S OFFICE - DAY

As Sam snaps out of it.

SAM
I was thinking about Seattle.

VOCABULARY

animated - ożywiony
assemble - zbierać
beat - bić, uderzać
big deal - wielkie rzeczy (pot.)
bond - łączyć się, tworzyć więź
breeze - mały wiatr, bryza
business card - wizytówka
clod - gruda, grudka
commit - angażować się
crisp - świeży
draft - szkicować
drum- bęben
expression - wyraz twarzy
faraway - odległy
good-looking - przystojny
gorgeous - wspaniały, przepiękny
high-five - “przybijać piątkę”
hug - obejmować, uściskać
long-term - długoterminowy, długofalowy
loss - strata, utrata
mourner - żałobnik
narcissistic - narcystyczny
pay attention - zwracać uwagę
pinch - ściskać, uwierać
plant - sadzić, hodować (rośliny)
realize - zdawać sobie sprawę
riffle - przerzucać kartki, tasować (karty)
rule - zasada, reguła
shovel - wrzucać
shrink - (pot.) psychoanalityk
single parent - samotny rodzic
snap out of- otrząsać się, strząsać (coś z siebie)
spouse - małżonek
staircase - klatka schodowa
stare - gapić się, wpatrywać się
stock - napełniać
stuffy - staroświecki
stunning - oszałamiający
support group - grupa wsparcia
take a few weeks / some time/ a day off - wziąć kilka tygodni / trochę / dzień wolnego / wolny
thirtyish - po trzydziestce, około trzydziestki
uptight - spięty
vacant - nieprzytomny, nieobecny


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