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Sister may I be excused SISTER IMMACULATA Christine CHRISTINE Its an emergency Real bad Sister Immaculata nods pursing her lips Christine stands and heads for the door CUT TO INT GIRLS ROOM Christine is now in the deserted St Annes girls room She is standing on tiptoes looking in the mirror She has taken her hair out of its neat barrettes she is combing it out She applies lipstick Christine reaches into her schoolbag she pulls out a stack of glittery bracelets and slips them on She unbuttons the top few buttons of her stiff white blouse She sprays herself with dime store cologne CUT TO EXT HALLWAY Christine opens the girls room door she looks both ways No one is around she saunters down the hall Page 2 ANGLE ON A DOOR MARKED BROOM CLOSET Christine opens this door She looks into the closet There is a very nervous thirteenyearold BOY waiting for her inside CHRISTINE Hi Jimmy Christine slips inside the closet and closes the door behind her ANGLE ON SISTER IMMACULATA Striding down the hall with a bloodthirsty look in her eye and a nastylooking wooden ruler in her hand She flings open the broom closet door ANGLE ON CHRISTINE AND JIMMY in the broom closet Jimmys face is covered with lipstick Christines hair is awry The couple has clearly been making out SISTER IMMACULATA outraged Miss Christine Carter Again Dont you know what happens to girls like you Dont you know what they become INT CHRISTYS APARTMENT ANGLE ON A LARGE TATTERED POSTERNIGHT TODAY Taped over a crack on a wall The poster shows a glittering CHRISTY VAN CARTIER singing star of a fifth rate Vegas lounge Christy wears tight spangles and a major wig on the poster She has clearly lived up or down to all of Sister Immaculatas expectations The CAMERA PANS through the dark bedroom in which the poster hangs a neon sign flashes outside the window casting a red and blue haze over the premises A dressing room table is cluttered with dozens of bottles of nail polish and makeup and garish clothing and flashy jewelry are scattered everywhere We hear the movement of BED SPRINGS as someone sits up in the dark CHRISTYS VOICE Come on Vince hold me a minute VINCES VOICE Id love to babe but Ive got to go It was great Like usual CHRISTYS VOICE It was twenty minutes Like usual Page 3 VINCES VOICE The best VINCE LAROCCA stands at the mirror adjusting his clothing and checking his hair Vince is a powerful charismatic man who rules an organized crime empire with personal magnetism and threat Vinces hold over Christy is obvious if unfortunate he can seem expansive and generous one minute ruthless and dangerous the next VINCE half to Christy half to the mirror You are something else Christy turns on a lamp and lights a cigarette CHRISTY Come on stay Just a little We can talk Ill get a pizza Pizza in bed well have fun And you still havent told me what happened What did she say VINCE What did who say CHRISTY Who The other woman Your wife Vince turns to face Christy turning on the charm VINCE You are so damn sexy CHRISTY Vince VINCE How did I get so lucky What is it now five years weve been together Who do I thank CHRISTY not buying it Today was the deadline Vince Vince sits on the bed He takes Christys hand and kisses it VINCE I want us to be together Like people Honest decent people In the eyes of God Babe today I went to confession CHRISTY You did what Page 4 VINCE For the first time in I dont know how long I wanted everything done right Open and above board I told Father Antonelli I was in love I told him it was a special love for all the ages CHRISTY starting to fall for it You said that And what did he say Did he say you could leave her Did he say wed be happy VINCE looking deep into her eyes He said that if I got a divorce Id burn in Hell For all eternity Vince kisses Christys hands again and drops turns away and starts putting on his shoes CHRISTY What outraged VINCE You want me to go against a priest Get excommunicated You think Im nuts CHRISTY You bastard VINCE trying to calm her We can still see each other Just like always Its a different kind of sin Smaller CHRISTY You pig Vince backs off and starts searching for his jacket VINCE Babe its not me I love you Its God CHRISTY You lying sleazeball The best years of my life What am I garbage Am I lint Vince ducks as Christy throws an ashtray at him and it smashes against the wall VINCE Youre upset I understand I should go I hate to Page 5 A CLOCKRADIO hits the wall beside Vinces head CHRISTY Get out of here And never come back A LAMP hits the wall as Vince dodges it He makes a phone gesture with his hand VINCE Ill call Vince kisses two fingers and blows the kiss to Christy He leaves Christy is left standing on the bed holding a particularly garish stuffed animal she was about to hurl With Vince gone she slumps to the bed cradling the stuffed animal She is caught between tears and rage CUT TO EXT LAS VEGAS NIGHT ANGLE on various neon Vegas landmarks the Golden Nugget Caesars Palace Ballys etc Scrunched in between two larger hotels and casinos is the MOONLIGHT HOTEL AND CASINO The Moonlight isnt all that small its just seen better days INT LOUNGE NIGHT A spotlight hits a solitary figure on a small stage The man is caped and dramatic but not especially talented an Elvis impersonator whos just a shade off in voice looks and style ELVIS Good evening ladies and gentlemen Are you lonesome tonight Welcome to the Moonlight Hotel and Casinos incredible Platinum Oldies Spectacular Backstage theres still a look of resolve in Christys eye as she waits to go on with MICHELLE and TINA her back up singers MICHELLE But you cant quit Whatll happen to us to Tina Tell her she cant quit TINA I told her She stuck pantyhose in my mouth Onstage Elvis glances into the wings to be sure the Ronelles are ready Page 6 ELVIS Please welcome our own girl group extraordinaire our beehives of beauty the fabulous Ronelles Elvis disappears The spotlight hits Christy who wears a high beehive wig and a sequinned early Supremesstyle gown Michelle and Tina wear matching gowns and wigs The band begins a doowop vamp CHRISTY Oh girls RONELLES Yes Betty CHRISTY This prom is a real drag RONELLES Ohhuh CHRISTY Oh my gasping RONELLES What is it Betty CHRISTY Look at that Get a gander RONELLES Oh my sighing CHRISTY Hes so dreamy Hes like a Greek god Hes the cutest guy here Hes boss Hes fab Hes RONELLES Yes Betty CHRISTY singing HES SO FINE RONELLES D00LANG DOOLANG D00LANG CHRISTY WISH HE WAS MINE THAT HANDSOME BOY OVER THERE THE ONE WITH THE WAVY HAIR As they sing their moves and gestures are carefully choreographed in vintage girl group style Page 7 A lot of talent and hard work has clearly gone into the number While Christy does her best her singing voice is not on a par with those of the other Ronelles The lounge itself is practically empty except for a few drunken Shriners and a couple of college kids POLICE LIEUTENANT EDDIE MULCAHY sits at a ringside table with his eyes locked on Christy An easygoing charmer Eddie gives her a wink but she responds with an upyours look and a turn to the other half of the room as the song continues INT DRESSING ROOM LATER A small cramped room with cracked plaster walls and a sputtering fan for ventilation Christy has her own dressing table and mirror and the Ronelles share a table a few feet away Clothing and costumes hang on nails or are draped over chairs as the girls change into street wear CHRISTY Screw this dump Its a roach motel with sequins Every guy I meet is either married a cop or a lush from Des Moines MICHELLE But what about us TINA You taught us the act The songs all the moves CHRISTY And where did it get me Im stuck in this rathole Youre holding me back just like Vince I should be headlining A pockfaced weasel of a man named JOEY opens the door and leans into the room CHRISTY What do you want This is a private area Get lost JOEY You aint got nothin I aint seen CHRISTY Then stop trying to memorize it Hit the road Joey takes a step into the room and sets a box on the chair near Christy JOEY From Vince Page 8 CHRISTY His ashes JOEY With love Joey leaves Michelle and Tina hover around the box very excited They pick it up trying to tempt Christy MICHELLE From Vince With love TINA Michelle and Tina cant restrain themselves they open the box Inside is a rather gaudy fur coat Michelle and Tina are impressed MICHELLE Its a fur TINA Its new CHRISTY Its a bribe Five years of my goddamned life MICHELLE So you earned it TINA Vince owns the casino Cash in CHRISTY I should throw this in his facet Theres a KNOCK on the door and Tina opens it Lieutenant Eddie Mulcahy enters Christy is not pleased CHRISTY Oh Jesus What is going on here to heaven Why me Whose dog did I kill MICHELLE Hi Lieutenant TINA Hello Eddie Eddie picks up the coat EDDIE From Vince What a guy Doolang doo lang CHRISTY At least hes not a cop At least he can afford a decent gift EDDIE I used to buy you stuff On your birthday When we were seeing each other CHRISTY Yeah like what Quilted coat hangers that your mother picked out Lottery tickets A travel iron EDDIE So I dont shop CHRISTY Cause youre always out arresting people Making trouble I dont know why I went out with you in the first place it was embarrassing I couldnt hold my head up I used to tell people you were a security guard EDDIE Oh yeah Well how do you think I felt You were singing in bowling alleys back then I told people you were a hooker MICHELLE Calm down you two Its always like this EDDIE Yeah well now she goes out with a better class of people Vince Laflocca CHRISTY Hes a businessman EDDIE A what When are you qonna wake up CHRISTY When are you gonna get off my case Have you got a search warrant What do you want cheap thrills EDDIE Information baby I thought maybe somebody around here might have a conscience CHRISTY Think again And get out of here Page 10 EDDIE Im going My regards to Vince And the Mrs Christy hurls a jar of cold cream at Eddies head He ducks and the jar hits the door EDDIE Ladies Eddie leaves Christy is standing absolutely furious CHRISTY Thats it Im not taking it from him and Im not taking it from Vince From now on its all about me And if I cant spend it drink it or sleep with it its gone Like Sister Immaculata used to say Life is short and then you fry So long girls see you in church Christy grabs the mink and heads out the door INT VINCES OFFICE NIGHT ERNIE SCHMIDT sits across the enormous mahogany desk from Vince The young mans throat is dry hes sweating bullets The presence of Joey the weasel and WILLY a brutal thug increases Ernies tension VINCE Ernie Schmidt How long you been with us Ernie Schmidt ERNIE Three years Mr LaRocca One behind the bar two as croupier Vince gestures to the lush office and its furnishings VINCE Ernie you know whats important to me What counts Its not all this This is what Frosting Loyalty Thats me Ernie Thats home Vince gestures to Joey who takes out a revolver and points it at Ernies head VINCE You aint been loyal Ernie What did you tell the cops Ernies eyes open wide with denial as the gun comes closer to his temple Page 11 INT HOTEL LOBBY Holding the coat Christy waits by the elevator It arrives she gets in INT VINCES OFFICE The interrogation continues ERNIE I didnt tell the cops anything I swear VINCE Joey Joey slams Ernie on the side of the head with the gun INT CORRIDOR Christy steps out of the elevator and faces a maze of office cubicles with halfwall partitions The floor is deserted and dark as she makes her way through the cubicles INT VINCES OFFICE Vince is standing over Ernie holding his head up by the hair VINCE Who else Ernie Who else was in on it ERNIE moaning No one VINCE dropping Ernies head in disgust Why am I wasting my time INT EXECUTIVE CORRIDOR Beyond the cubicles Christy strides down a lush corridor to an executive suite She tries the knob but finds the door locked Pulling a key from her purse she unlocks the door to the suite and enters a large outer office with a reception area and doors to several inner offices She tosses the key onto the receptionists desk CHRISTY Wont need that anymore Tata Crossing to Vinces office Christy squares her shoulders and narrows her eyes with anger as she reaches for the doorknob She pauses for a second and then doubles her resolve Page 12 INT VINCES OFFICE VINCE Do it to Joey ANGLE on the door to the office which opens Christy appears with the mink coat in her arms CHRISTY Stuff this up your A GUNSHOT is heard 0 S Christys eyes widen and her jaw drops at what she has just witnessed ANGLE on the office Ernie is slumped in the chair dead Joey stands over him holding the revolver Joey Willy and Vince stare at Christy VINCE Babe icy calm Christy tries to speak she cant VINCE Christy Is there a problem With the coat Christy glances around the room she doesnt move She quickly sizes up the situation She tries to appear matteroffact unaffected by what shes just seen CHRISTY No its fine VINCE Yes CHRISTY Thanks A lot VINCE Is that why you came up here Christy To thank me CHRISTY Sure VINCE And to say youre sorry About this afternoon And the things you said Forgotten Completely Do you understand Forgotten CHRISTY catching the subtext Right Yeah Forgotten Page 13 Vince crosses the room to Christy He takes her hands in his and kisses them VINCE Thats my girl My girl in mink Will you be home Soon Christy kisses Vince quickly CHRISTY Right Ill be at the apartment Call me Thanks Again Christy reaches for the doorknob without looking at the door She fumbles a bit She finds the door CHRISTY Mink Wow Christy walks backwards out the door She turns she is gone JOEY Vince is she okay VINCE Maybe considering this WILLY I mean wont she talk She seemed kind of upset VINCE She did making a decision Bring her back Now For a talk JOEY And if she runs VINCE icy Take care of it With guns drawn Willy and Joey run after Christy INT RECEPTION AREA Christy clearly terrified is walking quickly away from Vinces office She passes through a glass door which leads to the cubicle area LONG SHOT of the cubicle area which resembles a darkened maze Christy hears Joey approaching she runs into the cubicle area JOEY Christy He only wants to talk to you Page 14 ANGLE on Christy crouched behind a halfwall She is clutching the coat WILLY Christy There is a stuffed toy a Garfield the Cat attached to the wall near Christy with suction cups Christy tries to pull the cats feet off the wall very quietly JOEY Christy Christy finally just yanks the cat off the wall She hurls it as high and as far as she can to the opposite end of the room ANGLE on the flying stuffed cat Joey sees the blur of the cat he SHOOTS it and the cat explodes JOEY Come on Christy Theres no place to go Christy steadies herself against a Xerox machine She accidentally activates the machine which lights up and starts HUMMING ANGLE on Willy as he hears the Xerox machine He quickly moves toward the SOUND Willy reaches the Xerox machine the area is deserted He starts moving quickly down the aisle A chair the kind on casters comes rolling out of one of the cubicle doorways the chair hits Willy and he falls Christy runs out of the cubicle Willy is on the floor struggling to get up As Christy sprints away Willy SHOOTS at her He misses but a glass partition SHATTERS Christy runs for an open elevator but it has been summoned from another floor and the doors are beginning to close She runs even faster A BULLET whistles past her ear and hits the back wall of the elevator She reaches for the doors a moment too late and the elevator is gone Christy scrambles to the door beside the elevator and runs into a stairwell as two more BULLETS bite pieces out of the door INT STAIRWELL Taking the stairs three at a time Christy is flying still clutching the mink The thugs are gaining on her A BULLET hits metal and RICOCHETS off several walls and steps Page 15 At the next landing Christy opens the door and ducks into a corridor INT CORRIDOR Exhausted but powered by adrenaline Christy sprints past doors to the end of the hall still with the mink Joey appears from the stairwell just as Christy ducks into a supply room INT SUPPLY ROOM Christy shoves a cleaning cart aside and wades through a pile of dirty linen Joey opens the door just as Christy dives head first into the laundry chute INT LAUNDRY CHUTE Christy lying atop the mink flies through the chute like a subway train through a tunnel INT BASEMENT The chute spits Christy out like a bullet into a huge bin of dirty linen Two workers glance around as they load large washing machines with laundry Christy climbs out of the bin and dashes for a door Working in a hotel the workers have seen everything INT LAUNDRY CHUTE Joey flies through the chute INT BASEMENT Joey suddenly flies into the bin He climbs out with his gun in sight JOEY Which way The workers point to the door and Joey rushes across the room One of the workers is now wearing the mink coat EXT STREET NIGHT Joey comes out of the hotel and finds an empty street He looks in every direction but the nearby streets have swallowed Christy into safety for the moment EXT POLICE STATION NIGHT The central offices of the Las Vegas Police Department INT MULCAHYS OFFICE Eddies office is a glassedin area set in the middle of the stations main floor Page 16 Christy is huddled in a chair surrounded by Eddie and two other detectives CLARKSON and TATE CHRISTY Right between the eyes Down and out The guy was gone I I couldnt believe it EDDIE You couldnt believe it Vince the Prince CHRISTY I never said he was an altar boy okay But he sent his goons after me They tried to kill me Im not kidding CLARKSON Tough break Whoa EDDIE What did you expect Vince is as dirty as they come Weve been finding bodies around here for years CHRISTY I dont know anything about bodies I mean he didnt bring it home He was good to me sometimes He was sweet He took care of me Who am I supposed to go out with He owns a casino He let me sing EDDIE He didnt do you a favor CHRISTY Screw you TATE Come on shell sing great When she sings for us CHRISTY Sing like testify Are you nuts I just want you to protect me Youre cops TATE Busy cops We dont have time to be bodyguards for anyone who comes in here with some cockamamie story Mink coats and laundry chutes CLARKSON Unless of course youre willing to testify Page 17 CHRISTY What is this some squeeze play Cant you just protect me without any strings The three detectives move in closer now and really apply the pressure EDDIE We could put you into our witness protection program TATE A hiding place CLARKSON A new identity EDDIE But youd have to agree to testify The whole nine yards CHRISTY And if I dont EDDIE Thenyou run TATE You wait CLARKSON You listen for the footsteps EDDIE Then one day they find you TATE They open a window CLARKSON Its ten flights up TATE Ten flights down CHRISTY Ten flights EDDIE Youd lose Youd die All over the sidewalk And into the street CHRISTY All right I get the picture Ill do it Ill testify EDDIE to Tate Get a stenographer Page 18 Tate leaves Christy looks to Eddie for a bargain now CHRISTY Okay heres what I want I know about this stuff A fivestar hotel With room service EDDIE Maybe Hawaii CLARKSON Diamond Head CHRISTY Yeah And Ill need a new look Like a disguise EDDIE Maybe Armani CLARKSON No Calvin Klein CHRISTY For sportswear And a limo And my hair up CLARKSON It could work EDDIE Jesus what do you think this is Wheel of Fortune Let me spell it out for you You have to hide like you dont even exist You have to get so far hidden away that you never see sunlight CHRISTY confused Okay no limo EDDIE No nothing CHRISTY Whatre you gonna do put me in a bag and bury me EDDIE Im gonna put you in the last place on Earth that Vince would ever look for you Eddie smiles Christy doesnt like the sound of this at all a Page 19 INT STAINED CLASS WINDOW DAY Jesus delivers the Sermon on the Mount in vibrant red blue and green stained glass An ORGAN plays a hymn badly Notes are missed skipped over and mutilated PAN DOWN to a procession of nuns who march into a chapel at the ancient St Katherines Convent The organ isnt getting any better and we see it is being played by SISTER ALMA a seventyyearold nun with arthritis and a hearing aid Apparently the hearing aid is malfunctioning because Sister Alma doesnt seem to realize how badly shes playing As the last nun in the procession enters the chapel she closes the door behind her Across the lobby the front door opens and Eddie enters with a very reluctant Christy CHRISTY to Eddie I hate you I totally hate you EDDIE Safest place in the world You think Vince would look for you here As Christy looks around the lobby various religious artifacts loom at her we see them from her terrified P0V ANGLE on a crucifix casting an ominous shadow a stack of hymnals and a large framed Sunday Schoolstyle portrait of St Katherine Christy shudders CHRISTY Nuns Eddie There are nuns here Everywhere Its crawling with em EDDIE Its a convent All you have to do is shut up behave yourself and get along CHRISTY With nuns With rulers No way Im gonna go back work things out with Vince Christy turns to head back to the entrance but Eddie catches her arm EDDIE Vince has put out a contract on you A hundred grand Youve seen him in action Christy searches his eyes for a lie but realizes hes telling the truth CHRISTY But but Vince loves me How could he I mean five years Page 20 EDDIE And one bullet Thats all its gonna take CHRISTY suddenly scared But Vince has contacts all over the place This is San Francisco Theyll be looking for me EDDIE Everywhere but this little holeinthe wall convent Nobody knows youre here but me Were trying to get a quick court date A month maybe two tops Ill spring you as soon as I can CHRISTY panicking I cant stay here Ill crack up Eddie what am I gonna do EDDIE Pray smiling From inside the chapel the CHOIR begins to sing a hymn horribly The voices dont blend and individual notes are real migraine material Christy looks aghast Eddie urges her into a corridor and she follows INT MOTHER SUPERIORS OFFICE The office is bare and austere MOTHER SUPERIOR sits at her desk with her hands folded Like all the nuns at the convent she wears the traditional fulllength habit and wimple Mother Superior is in total command of all she surveys and she seldom raises her voice or her blood pressure as she rules Control is her passion within the walls of the convent she has created a world she can trust because its a world she controls But Mother Superior is not in control at this particular moment BISHOP GEORGE OHARA stands before her with a majestic presence and some bad news MOTHER SUPERIOR Absolutely not I am very sorry but no OHARA We can save this young womans life and imprison a parasite all in one gesture Page 21 MOTHER SUPERIOR But shes been exposed to the underside of life She is the underside of life OHARA And therefore an ideal prospect for rehabilitation MOTHER SUPERIOR Were a small convent Bishop Surely there are more appropriate shelters OHARA Your small convent is in danger of closing Reverend Mother The Las Vegas Police Department has offered to make a generous financial donation MOTHER SUPERIOR But Bishop OHARA St Katherines is a Benedictine Order You have taken a Vow of Hospitality To all in need MOTHER SUPERIOR I lied OHARA I know smiling Mother Superiors jaw locks She realizes she is stuck with the situation and will have to control it as best she can There is a KNOCK at the door and Eddie and Christy enter OHARA Welcome Lieutenant Everything is in order EDDIE Aces Bishop maybe a cup of coffee down at the corner The thought of being left alone with Mother Superior panics Christy like a child left in the principals office CHRISTY Hey youre not leaving me alone OHARA reassuringly Youre never alone in this house my child Eddie touches her gently on the arm Page 22 EDDIE One month two tops Behave yourself MOTHER SUPERIOR Bishop a lastditch attempt OHARA opening the door to leave Lieutenant CUT TO EXT THE CONVENT A FEW SECONDS LATER Eddie and Bishop 0Hara are leaving by the convents front door As they exit they hear the CHOIR singing horribly They both wince at the sound and then chuckle INT MOTHER SUPERIORS OFFICE Christy is pacing outraged at her new situation CHRISTY A convent They put me in a convent Whats the problem Wasnt there any more room in Hell MOTHER SUPERIOR very calm What is your full name Your Christian name CHRISTY Mother Theresa Gandhi Dont you understand This is all a mistake Im the good guy Im the witness And Im being punished MOTHER SUPERIOR Your name CHRISTY Christy Christy Van Cartier MOTHER SUPERIOR Enough joking CHRISTY Thats my real name Currently Im a singer Sort of MOTHER SUPERIOR Very well CHRISTY Oh my God This isnt happening tell me this isnt happening Its a nightmare Im back at St Annes Page 23 MOTHER SUPERIOR St Annes CHRISTY Parochial school Akron St Androids MOTHER SUPERIOR You were unhappy CHRISTY I was expelled When I was fifteen MOTHER SUPERIOR The reason CHRISTY Beats me What do you think Smoking Heavy petting without a chaperone Heavy petting with the chaperone And wearing a black bra under my uniform The demon bra MOTHER SUPERIOR I see CHRISTY You see You see I have to get out of here I have to make a phone call Dont you get it Im in a convent Youre a nun MOTHER SUPERIOR very stern Sit down CHRISTY What Mother Superior rises She is an extremely imposing woman MOTHER SUPERIOR Sit Christy sits in a wooden chair across from Mother Superior MOTHER SUPERIOR Miss Van Cartier CHRISTY What belligerent MOTHER SUPERIOR Your cigarette out Christy inspects her cigarette Page 24 MOTHER SUPERIOR ruefully It has come to pass CHRISTY What MOTHER SUPERIOR I joined this convent some thirty years ago At that time the world knew some measure of peace And hope Our order was a beacon of hospitality to families to children to a neighborhood filled with promise And as the years have passed I have watched that promise destroyed Drugs Gangs staring at Christys outfit Spandex And so I have made this convent an oasis a retreat from horror And now that horror has invaded these sacred walls CHRISTY Are you talking about me MOTHER SUPERIOR And all those like you CHRISTY You mean black people MOTHER SUPERIOR Absolutely not I mean the wicked The heedless And their Las Vegas concubines CHRISTY very suspicious Whats a concubine MOTHER SUPERIOR Check your drivers license Christy stands facing off with Mother Superior CHRISTY Fine Got it Look the way I see it Im stuck here right I mean Im here or Im target practice So heres the deal I dont bug you you dont bug me Ill catch up on some sleep watch some tube lay back and lay low So just get me a key and show me to my room and do not disturb Capisce MOTHER SUPERIOR suspiciously gracious Of course But its almost lunch Page 25 CHRISTY Cool Is there a menu Or buffet MOTHER SUPERIOR Before we do you might like to freshen up And youll certainly want to change CHRISTY sniffing her clothes the same outfit shes had on since the night at Vinces office Deal INT CONVENT CHANGING ROOM A small room with a sewing machine some bolts of fabric and several wooden cabinets There is a wooden screen in a corner marking a changing area Christy is behind the screen we hear her but do not see her Mother Superior stands beside the screen catching the various items of clothing which Christy tosses to her CHRISTY O S How about a robe One of those big terry cloth jobs with like embroidery on the pocket Guest of St Katherines MOTHER SUPERIOR Would you like that Mother Superior takes Christys skirt and blouse and tosses them down a chute marked INCINERATOR CHRISTY O S You should handwash that blouse and send somebody out for some things I look good in reds purples hot pink and shoes Fiveinch heels Fuckme pumps Oh man sorry Scuse my mouth Mother Superior carries Christys lacy bra at the end of a ruler it goes down the incinerator MOTHER SUPERIOR Excused Open the cabinet to your left You will find appropriate attire CHRISTY O S Can do INT CHAPEL A group of nuns are praying their heads bowed They hear a muffled SCREAM from elsewhere in the convent They look up puzzled Page 26 INT CONVENT CHANGING ROOM Christy is standing before a fulllength mirror staring at herself in complete shock She now wears a habit and wimple Mother Superior is doing final adjustments on the wimple CHRISTY almost unable to speak No No I cant do this MOTHER SUPERIOR Normally dressed you are a sore thumb and you endanger us all While you are here you will conduct yourself as a nun Only I shall know who and what you truly are You will not disrupt the convent You will not influence the Sisters with your colorful street talk You will draw no attention to yourself in any way CHRISTY furious in disbelief But look at rites Look at this Im a nun Im invisible Im a penguin MOTHER SUPERIOR As of now and until you leave you are Sister Mary Clarence CHRISTY outraged Mary Clarence Like a guy Like a dumb guy INT CONVENT HALLWAY A MINUTE LATER Mother Superior is striding down the hall Christy is beside her trying to get the hang of her new outfit MOTHER SUPERIOR The Mary is in deference to the Holy Mother the Clarence in honor of Saint Clarence Loyola There are three vows that every nun must accept The vow of poverty CHRISTY pulling out her pockets No problem MOTHER SUPERIOR The vow of obedience CHRISTY Like to who Page 27 MOTHER SUPERIOR And the vow of chastity CHRISTY Im outta here Christy starts to leave Mother Superior grabs her by the wimple INT CONVENT DINING HALL A large whitewashed gothic room with oak beams and a crude iron chandelier There is a long central wooden table with rough wooden benches The convents population is standing around the table in silence There are about thirty nuns in all Mother Superior moves to the head of the table with Christy following her She motions for Christy to stand at her right MOTHER SUPERIOR Good afternoon Sisters I apologize for my tardiness I would like you to welcome a new member of our order Sister Mary Clarence ANGLE on SISTER MARY ROBERT the nun standing beside Christy Sister Mary Robert is naive and mouse like but very sweet She has only been at the convent a few years she wears the simpler habit of a novice She sneaks a look at Christy Her eyes widen and then she resumes staring at her hands MOTHER SUPERIOR Mary Clarence comes to us from a somewhat more progressive convent She is eager for a more disciplined life and will make every effort to conform to our ways Everyone sits including Christy SISTER MARY PATRICK a nun seated at the middle of the table waves her hand Mary Patrick is extremely cheerful a truly upbeat person MOTHER SUPERIOR Yes Mary Patrick MARY PATRICK Reverend Mother on behalf of the sisters Id like to welcome Mary Clarence to St Katherines ANGLE on Christy looking thoroughly disgusted Page 28 MARY PATRICK As part of our welcome Ive had a little thought just for fun Could we have our new friend offer todays blessing ANGLE on the nuns watching Christy MOTHER SUPERIOR reluctantly Very well Mary Clarence rise please Christy stands up slowly aghast CHRISTY A blessing Like for lunch ANGLE on Mary Patrick beaming She and the other nuns bow their heads CHRISTY trying to recall a blessing For what we are about to receive So far so good Mother Superior has one eye open CHRISTY may the Lord prepare us and watch us and walk through the valley and be our shepherd and to the republic for which it stands God bless us every one hallowed be thy name Hallelujah Ave Maria Boyardee Amen ANGLE on the nuns staring at Christy Mother Superior rises very quickly MOTHER SUPERIOR Sisters for the rest of the day we shall declare a Vow of Silence CHRISTY A what MOTHER SUPERIOR Surely you are familiar with this practice Mary Clarence Only when our lips are silent can our prayers truly be heard CHRISTY Silence No talking All day MOTHER SUPERIOR Until sundown Page 29 CHRISTY mouthing the words without speaking aloud Oh my God Christy reaches for a piece of bread MOTHER SUPERIOR And Mary Clarence Christy looks up MOTHER SUPERIOR As a new member of our order I think you might also enjoy a ritual fast CHRISTY mouthing the words A what MOTHER SUPERIOR A fast To remind us of the poor of those who must endure without enough to eat CHRISTY mouthing No food MOTHER SUPERIOR taking away Christys plate No food Not until sundown ANGLE on Christy clutching her fork hungrily watching the other nuns eat EXT POLICE STATION DAY Vince leaves the police station with his henchmen Joey and Willy and LARRY NARREN an attorney Vince is steaming as they walk through the parking lot VINCE They grilled me for six hours in there And my hotshot lawyer where the hell were you LARRY It takes time Vince Slow and steady Weve been through this before Vince reaches his car As Joey opens the door for him another car drives by and stops Eddie is driving he leans out the window EDDIE So long Vince See you soon Page 30 Vince lurches toward Eddie Larry restrains him Eddie drives off chuckling VINCE Hes so damn cocky This is different JOEY Its a bluff Vince VINCE You know so much Theyve got Christy and weve got to find her Get her 8x10 from in front of the lounge Fax it to every contact we got Larry covers his ears with both hands LARRY I cant hear this Im an attorney Vince and youre just an honest casino owner Object of a witch hunt Innocent victim VINCE Keep the message vague but let em know The price has gone up Christy Van Cartier a quarter of a million Dead or nearby Vince looks grim and vindictive as he gets into the car EXT CONVENT VEGETABLE GARDEN DAY The vegetable patch is located behind the convent on a patch of land surrounded by high walls Various sections have been partitioned with string and then furrowed Several nuns are working in the patch weeding and raking They wear large ungainly straw hats over their wimples Christy has been given a hoe and a straw hat She is hacking at the dirt with great disinterest She picks up a carrot from the vegetable patch she looks around to see if anyone is watching She starts to gnaw on the carrot She becomes aware that someone is watching her She looks up Sister Mary Robert is watching Christy eat the carrot breaking her fast Christy drops the carrot on the ground as if it burned her Mary Robert resumes hoeing in the next furrow over Christy stares at Mary Robert narrowing her eyes Christy looks around all the other nuns are busy at their tasks Christy decides that she will try and make Sister Mary Robert talk She picks up the carrot and tosses it at Mary Robert Mary Robert jumps She waggles a finger at Christy scolding her Mary Robert resumes hoeing Page 31 Christy is now determined She takes her hoe and tiptoes nearer to Mary Robert Very gently she uses the handle of the floe to lift Mary Roberts skirt and gooses her Mary Robert vips very loudly All the other nuns turn and stare at Mary Robert scolding her Christy waggles her finger at Mary Robert scolding her Christy giggling to herself resumes hoeing She sees Mother Superior standing at the end of the furrow Mother Superior looks extremely grim she has not missed anything EXT SUNSET THAT NIGHT LONG SHOT of the sun going down ending the nuns Vow of Silence We hear Christy SCREAM O S INT CONVENT HALLWAY THAT NIGHT This hallway is marked by a series of heavy wooden doors with tiny grilled windows These are the cells where the nuns sleep Nuns are entering their cells and closing their doors for the night Mother Superior glides down the hall followed by a dusty bedraggled Christy Christy is devouring a slice of brown bread CHRISTY Is this all the food I get MOTHER SUPERIOR Yes Until breakfast CHRISTY Thats tomorrow Dont you have any snacks Machines They stop by a door MOTHER SUPERIOR This shall be your cell Mary Clarence CHRISTY My what MOTHER SUPERIOR Your cell Your room INT CHRISTYS CELL The door swings open and Mother Superior and Christy enter The room is tiny with bare plaster walls There is a narrow wooden bed with a thin muslincovered mattress There is a small nightstand and a wooden stool Page 32 CHRISTY looking around You were right the first time Is this like solitary The cooler Wheres the furniture MOTHER SUPERIOR Our lives are simple We have little need for material possessions CHRISTY Right sure thing But what about like appliances Like a little color portable Boom box MOTHER SUPERIOR Useless distractions CHRISTY sinking to the bed Its like the Stone Age The room time forgot What about a phone MOTHER SUPERIOR And whom would you call CHRISTY Oh I dont know Satan MOTHER SUPERIOR not amused Your cell is more than adequate CHRISTY Right So what do we do now Ping Pong Row over to the monastery MOTHER SUPERIOR It is nine p m Pleasant dreams CHRISTY Wait No Youre kidding Lights out At nine My days just starting MOTHER SUPERIOR Im sure If I were you I would use this time to think about my life And its direction Or lack thereof CHRISTY indignant Whats wrong with my life MOTHER SUPERIOR From all Ive heard just about everything Your singing career seems all but nonexistent and your married lover wants you dead MORE Page 33 MOTHER SUPERIOR CONTD If youre fooling anyone its only yourself God has brought you here Take the hint Mother Superior leaves After the door shuts Christy stands and looks out the one small window in her cell She leans her head against the wall She is trying not to think about what Mother Superior has said Still the mess her life has become overwhelms her She fights back tears EXT CONVENT DAY The sun is just barely rising as the convent BELL tolls INT CHRISTYS CELL Christy is fast asleep There is a RAPPING at the door MARY ROBERT 0 S Sister Mary Clarence EXT CONVENT HALLWAY All the nuns are proceeding in their simple robes and nightshirts down the hallway Christys door opens she is still in her nightshirt and her hair is a mess CHRISTY What Mary Robert in her nightshirt stands outside MARY ROBERT Come on were late CHRISTY What What time is it MARY ROBERT Its after five We have to bathe CHRISTY groaning Five a m INT HALLWAY OUTSIDE BATHING ROOM A FEW MINUTES LATER Christy is standing on line in the hall along with several other nuns they are waiting to take showers They carry soap and towels Page 34 MARY PATRICK sincerely Isnt it a glorious morning Good morning Mary Clarence sleep well CHRISTY Right MARY ROBERT Is this like your old convent MARY PATRICK Which convent was that Sister CHRISTY Which convent It was um the Little Sisters of the Moonlight In Vegas Everybody used to come to Mass Frank Dean Sammy Right at ringside MARY LAZARUS Enough jabber MARY LAZARUS is a much older nun she is very nononsense a hardliner CHRISTY What MARY LAZARUS Progressive convents Vanity It sounds awful It sounds just like this place CHRISTY Like this place MARY LAZARUS I like my old convent in Vancouver Out in the woods It wasnt all modern like here No electricity Cold water Bare feet Those were nuns It was Hell on earth but I loved it This place is a Hilton INT BATHING ROOM A stone room that is very medievallooking One wall is divided into stalls by wooden partitions In each stall is a nun standing beneath a crude shower head that releases a thin stream of lukewarm water We see only the nuns heads and shoulders Still sleepy Christy leans against the wall of her stall her eyes closed Lost in thought she begins singing softly to herself Page 35 CHRISTY MY BOYFRIENDS BACK AND YOURE GONNA BE IN TROUBLE A FEW OTHER NUNS very softly HEYLA HEYLA Christy looks up from her reverie she looks around The other nuns are bathing their eyes down There is no sign of singing Christy decides to try a test CHRISTY MY BOYFRIENDS BACK HES GONNA SAVE MY REPUTATION A FEW OF THE NUNS still very softly HEYLA HEYLA CHRISTY IF I WERE YOU ID TAKE A PERMANENT VACATION A FEW OF THE NUNS HEYLA HEYLA MY BOYFRIENDS BACK The nuns giggle CHRISTY Where did that come from MARY PATRICK I havent heard that song in ages The Ronettes MARY LAZARUS very grouchy Shirelles CHRISTY You know that song MARY PATRICK 1961 62 Mary Clarence thats when many of us took final vows Its the last secular music we recall CHRISTY No HEY HE KNOWS THAT YOU BEEN CREATING NOW YOURE GONNA GET A BEATING ALL THE NUNS HEYLA HEY LA Page 36 MARY LAZARUS cutting off the song Thats enough Weve got to get to chapel Mary Lazarus leaves the bathing room and the other nuns resume scrubbing themselves Christy looks around CHRISTY Anybody got conditioner INT CHAPEL A FEW MINUTES LATER Bishop OHara is leading the Sunday mass He stands in the pulpit The choir nuns stand in a fencedin area to his left The remaining nuns including Christy and Mother Superior sit in the first few pews OHARA We are a small congregation this morning Too many mornings Something has gone terribly wrong Where is faith Where is celebration Where is everyone Still rather than regret the absence of our neighbors let us rejoice in the fellowship of those present Our choirmistress Sister Mary Lazarus has informed me that our choir while always superior has been toiling especially hard on this weeks selection Sister Mary Lazarus raises her hand and the choir begins singing They sing a traditional hymn Let Thy Thoughts Be Guided As always their singing is dreadful they have no tempo or pitch and the hymn becomes an offkey drone As the hymn continues the CAMERA PANS OVER the chapel Aside from the nuns it is almost empty only a few elderly people are in attendance ANGLE ON CHRISTY sitting with the other nuns She is clearly about to fall asleep Then the choir hits a particularly horrendous note and Christy jerks awake She immediately tries to assume a pious expression tilting her head and folding her hands in prayer she looks like a somewhat demented Sunday School calendar EXT LAS VEGAS POLICE DEPARTMENT Detective Clarkson gets out of his car and hurries into the police station INT POLICE STATION Clarkson crosses the busy room to Eddies glasswalled office Along the way he signals Detective Tate to follow him Page 37 INT MULCAHYS OFFICE Eddie looks up from his desk as the two detectives enter CLARKSON There was a raid on a pawnshop in L A this morning The place was fencing stolen property They found this Clarkson gives Eddie a fax sheet showing a publicity photograph of Christy EDDIE Jesus Database hoods Its a wonderful world reading the fax sheet Beloved daughter missing Reward of two hundred and fifty thousand dollars Please find our adored angel we miss her so Dead or alive TATE Vince is getting desperate Where is she Eddie Whered you stash her EDDIE Wheres who TATE You wont even tell us EDDIE I wouldnt even tell the Pope INT CONVENT SCHOOLROOM AN HOUR LATER A plain whitewashed classroom with battered studentstyle desks A group of about eight local TEENAGE GIRLS has gathered The girls wear extremes of hair makeup and clothing they are bored and scruffy clearly the local bad Girls Sister Mary Patrick is leading the class in her usual perky manner MARY PATRICK Good afternoon young ladies And welcome to our Christian Youth Group The Girls make grunting noises MARY PATRICK Hi I hope well have some fun and maybe learn a little something too Now todays topic is something very upto date Teenage Promiscuity My Now can anyone tell me just what is promiscuity ANGLE on the Girls exchanging glances and rolling their eyes Page 38 MARY PATRICK Anyone Yes Mary Patrick points to a Girl in bicycle pants a bustier and a leather baseball cap Her name is Lawanda LAWANDA Uh its like you know doin it A whole lot Till your head falls off MARY PATRICK blushing Well yes That is one way to put it Mother Superior enters the classroom accompanied by Christy MOTHER SUPERIOR Sister Mary Patrick MARY PATRICK Yes MOTHER SUPERIOR I need to see you at once Girls please excuse Sister Mary Patrick for a few moments Mary Clarence CHRISTY Yeah MOTHER SUPERIOR Girls this is Sister Mary Clarence Shell be minding you until Sister Mary Patricks return Mary Clarence please assign a biblical passage Do not attempt discussion Am I understood CHRISTY I got it MOTHER SUPERIOR to Mary Patrick Come Sister Mother Superior and Mary Patrick leave the classroom Christy now stands at the front of the room She is visibly uncomfortable CHRISTY So hi there Im Sister Mary Clarence And youre young Christians I guess I should assign you this passage Whats good What were you talking about LAWANDA We were talking about the wild thing Teen promiscuity Page 39 CHRISTY after a beat Really CHARLENE Yeah Sister Mary Pat was discussing it You know she thinks its a sin CHRISTY trying to behave Well yes Yes it is LAWANDA goading Christy How come Sister CHRISTY still trying to behave Well because its in the Bible Thou shalt not Thou shalt not The Girls all laugh and make jeering noises CHRISTY Excuse me just what are you all doing here At Sunday School LAWANDA Cause we love it so damn much And cause we gotta come here Probation CHRISTY Probation CHARLENE Yeah We all got caught Shoplifting Cuttin school Cuttin up some bitch with a blade So we gotta come here So well be good in the future So well learn valuable lessons And I learned mine I will be incredibly good I will never rip out nobodys nosering by accident ever again Can I go now CHRISTY getting fed up Yeah you learned a whole lot I can tell LAWANDA Well what would you know about it anyway What do any of you nunheads know about anything About doin the nasty or gettin high CONCHITA Leave her alone Lawanda shes just some ol nun Dont pick on no nun its bad luck Page 40 CHRISTY fed up Shut up All the Girls look up stunned by Christys language CHRISTY Okay so maybe Im a nun so you want to ask me something You want to listen for once in your little lives You want to pay some attention CHARLENE What about crack You a user CHRISTY I said I was a nun not an asshole All the girls jeer at Charlene KESHIA Got you Charlene CONCHITA Dunked by the nun LAWANDA more sincerely Well what about the sex stuff What if some dude is after you and hes always saying stuff commin on sweet and mellow Like oh baby you know youll love it Oh baby if you loved me youd stay CHRISTY And you listen to that LAWANDA No but I dont know sometimes CHRISTY Hey I know its hard But do what I do LAWANDA puzzled What you do CHRISTY Just tell him I do love you but I cant Im a nun The girls all laugh they are really beginning to like Christy Page 41 CHARLENE But like what if you are doin it What about protection Whos responsible CONCHITA What about them things you know for the guy Arent they like a mess to put on Dont they kinda mess up the mood CHRISTY Deal with it sweet thing Its important nowadays You just practice at home with a balloon and a banana MOTHER SUPERIOR 0 S Mary Clarence Mother Superior has returned with Mary Patrick Everyone has been so wrapped up in the discussion that no one has noticed their entrance CHRISTY thinking on her feet Because a banana is part of a balanced breakfast And dont forget fiber INT MOTHER SUPERIORS OFFICE LATER THAT DAY Mother Superior is seated behind her desk she is very angry Christy sits across from her MOTHER SUPERIOR A balloon and a banana Tell me Mary Clarence what were you thinking CHRISTY Those girls were asking questions Theyve got it rough I wish somebody had talked to me about that stuff when was their age I wish somebody would talk to me about it now MOTHER SUPERIOR This is a convent not a clinic We offer moral guidance not hardware CHRISTY Have you been out in those streets Do you know what those kids are up against You should help them MOTHER SUPERIOR We are nuns We seek solutions through prayer Page 42 CHRISTY Sometimes its not enough MOTHER SUPERIOR You are correct Sometimes prayer alone cannot help a situation Such as your own for example How do you feel about physical labor CHRISTY It never solves anything MOTHER SUPERIOR Do your recall the words of Saint Peter in Ecciesiastes 127 He spoke unto a wastrel youth He said Take up thy task and know ye the path of contentment CHRISTY In English MOTHER SUPERIOR How to put it ah Of course Mary Clarence No pain no gain Mother Superior smiles in a rather evil manner INT VINCES OFFICE DAY Vince is on the telephone in his office at the Moonlight Hotel and Casino He clearly has a new mistress or two VINCE very seductive Baby you know I do of course I feel it too Im blushing can you hold A second telephone RINGS and Willy answers it Vince meanwhile has pushed a button on his phone and is involved in a second romantic call VINCE Soon you gorgeous thing tell me how lonely WILLY Its that call you were expecting Vince VINCE Can you hold Can you try Willy passes the phone to Vince t Page 43 VINCE Have you found out where Christy is yet Hey bozo you re on my payroll You want to try making it on a cops salary Find her and find her now Vince passes the phone back to Willy VINCE Raise the ante to three hundred grand Willy heads for the fax machine Vince regains his composure and picks up his own phone he pushes a button VINCE Sorry baby you are Totally Not a stitch Yeah Im naked too inside INT CONVENT CRAFTS ROOM This is a large open room where the nuns create various gift items which the convent sells to support itself Several nuns sit at a table diligently handpainting Christmas cards and making Christmas tree ornaments On the other side of the room is a large freestanding loom which resembles a grand piano The loom is wooden a tapestry is halfcompleted Mary Patrick is seated at the loom which is a complicated mechanism Christy stands beside her MARY PATRICK The minute I saw you I said to myself shes a weaver Have you ever used a loom CHRISTY Not in years MARY PATRICK Well it all comes back in just a jiffy Im working on a wallhanging of the convent CHRISTY Why MARY PATRICK To sell of course I hate to say it but were in terrible trouble here at St Katherines We need a new roof the furnace is going and theres no money CHRISTY But dont you get money From the Vatican Page 44 MARY PATRICK Mary Clarence Goose Were completely selfsupporting Like all convents Like yours CHRISTY Oh right At my old place we used to wash cars Groom dogs So nice loom MARY PATRICK Isnt it lovely Now Ill demonstrate and then you can hop right in as she deftly works the loom You just draw your beater in keep it pressed against the pick and open the shed Then pass your shuttle beat and open the next shed Shuttle beat beat shuttle beat shed Keep tension on the warp Is that clear CHRISTY pretending to be fascinated Just about Show me again MARY PATRICK You betcha CRAFTS ROOM AN HOUR LATER ANGLE on the wall hanging which has progressed considerably ANGLE on Christy leaning against the wall thumbing through a magazine ANGLE on Mary Patrick hard at work at the loom MARY PATRICK Shuttle beat shed And watch your heddles CHRISTY I love my heddles Show me again Mother Superior appears MOTHER SUPERIOR Mary Clarence how is your weaving progressing MARY PATRICK Oh shes doing just fine Reverend Mother Page 45 CHRISTY Really catching on MOTHER SUPERIOR Good Mary Patrick I need you in the office Mary Clarence carry on Mother Superior gestures to the loom Christy sits at the loom and waves as Mother Superior and Mary Patrick exit Christy stares at the loom a look of horror crosses her face She has not been paying attention to Mary Patricks instructions She cracks her knuckles as if she were about to play the piano She grabs two parts of the loom at random She moves these parts ANGLE on the loom As a result of Christys movements the loom collapses piece by piece The tapestry unravels the many skeins of wool snap and the mechanical apparatus disintegrates until finally the entire loom shudders and falls to the floor as Christy watches aghast INT CORRIDOR Mother Superior is striding down the hall she is livid Christy trails behind her trying to keep up CHRISTY Im sorry Im not a weaver MOTHER SUPERIOR Months of work and the loom absolutely ruined CHRISTY Look this isnt my kind of thing I wasnt cut out to make little tapestries or knit little sweaters I dont do that Im a star Mother Superior stops dead in her tracks she turns and stares at Christy Then she smiles in a rather frightening manner MONTAGE CHRISTY Aon her hands and knees scrubbing the stone floor of a convent hallway Bcrawling along between the pews in the chapel oiling every inch of wood with a bottle of polish and a rag Ccrawling along the convent roof cleaning out gutters with a trowel She discovers a dead rat in one of the gutters Page 46 Dsewing she is repairing a hole in a habit The CAMERA PULLS BACK Christy is sitting in a small stone room surrounded by piles of torn habits linen and other mending INT MOTHER SUPERIORS OFFICE Christy is on the phone in the darkened office She keeps checking the door to make sure no one is listening CHRISTY into phone Let me talk to Detective Eddie Mulcahy Its an emergency Real bad EDDIES VOICE Mulcahy Christy cups her hand around the phone and speaks quietly and frantically INTERCUT between Christy and Eddie CHRISTY Eddie youve got to get me out of here EDDIE Not again You cant keep calling Somebodys going to catch on to where you are CHRISTY But Im going insane All these people do is pray and work work and pray I dont get it whens the weekend They have gruel Eddie thats what they call food Gruel its like Alpo for nuns I sleep in a cell on a board and I pray five times a days Do you know what I pray for Eddie do you have any idea Check your crotch Eddie anything fall off yet Get me outta her EDDIE Calm down Look I didnt want to tell you this but weve had some problems with our protection program lately CHRISTY Like what EDDIE Keeping our witnesses alive We hide them but theres a leak in the department and they end up dead CHRISTY You sonofabitch Page 47 EDDIE I just need a few more weeks CHRISTY But its a nightmare Mother Superior is out to get me She hates my guts She keeps thinking up new kinds of torture In the distance Christy hears the CHOIR practicing they sound even worse than usual CHRISTY holding the phone out Do you hear that That choir Eddie in here thats what they call music EDDIE Dont call again Its not safe Ill be in touch As the line goes dead Mother Superior enters Christy takes her dust rag and pretends to polish the receiver She sings as she works CHRISTY THE HILLS ARE ALIVE WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC Still singing Christy breezes out of the room Mother Superior looks mystified INT CHRISTYS CELL MIDNIGHT Christy is lying flat out on her bed in her habit utterly exhausted by the weeks hard labor There is a meek SCRATCHING at her door CHRISTY without moving Yeah Sister Mary Robert enters very shyly She barely looks up CHRISTY What What does she want now I did the dishes I oiled the pews I dusted the hymnals Two hundred hymnals Why cant people share MARY ROBERT not speaking above a whisper I I Page 48 CHRISTY What MARY ROBERT I I brought you something CHRISTY A cigarette MARY ROBERT An extra heel of bread Please take it you need your strength Youve been working so hard Mary Robert holds out a rather rugged crust of brown bread Christy takes it CHRISTY Thanks So which one are you Sister Bruce Sister Doug MARY ROBERT until almost whispering Mary Robert Im Mary Robert CHRISTY Right Okay Bob Nice to know you Mary Robert nods and resumes looking at her hands She doesnt 1eave but shes still tonguetied Christy is at a loss CHRISTY So Bob how long have you been in St Ks MARY ROBERT Three years Sister CHRISTY Three years A rookie MARY ROBERT A novice CHRISTY Yeah like a learners permit right When do you hit the big time You know when do you take the final vows Mary Robert bursts into tears CHRISTY Whoa Bob Whats going on here Whatd I say Page 49 MARY ROBERT still sobbing You have to help me CHRISTY Right sure but whats the problem Are they keeping you a prisoner here Do they drug you Did Reverend Mother like kidnap your parents We can call the Enquirer MARY ROBERT No you dont understand I dont want to get out I want to get in CHRISTY Excuse me MARY ROBERT Oh Mary Clarence Im so unworthy I want to take my final vows I would do it tomorrow but Reverend Mother wont let me CHRISTY She wont Why not MARY ROBERT She says I should wait She says that no one should become a nun as an escape from life She says that Im not experienced enough to make the decision yet In a mature manner CHRISTY She said that Reverend Mother Mary Robert nods solemnly Suddenly from the streets outside the convent we hear a BLAST OF hot dance MUSIC and the SOUND of laughter and carefree conversation CHRISTY Well then theres only one thing to do MARY ROBERT What CHRISTY Reverend Mother says you need experience right in life In order to make a responsible decision This is going to be very painful for me You know how much I love this little room This whole convent Wait Christy stands and goes to the crucifix hanging on the wall She speaks to the crucifix and listens as if Jesus is advising her Page 50 CHRISTY to Jesus Must I do this thing 0 Lord Please help me yes I know I must put my selfish cares aside I must think of others yes shes here she gestures to Mary Robert He says hi yes I understand let thy will be done Amen You too Christy turns to Mary Robert having received a holy message CHRISTY We must do this sacred thing Mary Robert MARY ROBERT desperate Of course We must do it Its the will of God What is it CHRISTY shutting her eyes for the full spiritual effect We must get you some experience We must leave this place MARY ROBERT Are you sure Another BLAST OF MUSIC from the street Christy turns to the crucifix She gets confirmation CHRISTY to Jesus We hear you EXT STREET The outer wall of the convent A door swings open and Christy sticks her head out She looks both ways and steps outside She beckons to Mary Robert who appears from behind her Mary Robert looks very wary Christy pulls her along EXT A STREET NEARBY Christy and Mary Robert walk along a street a few blocks from the convent MARY ROBERT looking around cautiously Are you sure this is what Reverend Mother had in mind Page 51 CHRISTY I know it is Its life Experience Take a deep breath Christy breathes deep and then lets out a whoop She spins letting her habit billow around her MARY ROBERT shocked Mary Clarence CHRISTY Now you Mary Roberts eyes widen She points to herself Me Christy nods Mary Robert lets out a tiny little whoop and does a little timid hop CHRISTY Its a start EXT SOCIAL CLUB A neighborhood hangout the windows bright with neon beer signs The exterior is colorfully painted the club all but explodes with good times A group of teenagers lounge on the steps sipping beers and smoking Among the teenagers are the girls from Christys Christian Youth group Christy and Mary Robert approach and the group falls silent CHRISTY How are you doing LAWANDA puzzled Hey Sisters Are you going in there CHRISTY You know it MARY ROBERT We need experience CHRISTY remembering shes a nun Its part of St Katherines new community outreach program How old are you You shouldnt be smoking Have you ever seen a diseased lung Hand em over Lawanda reluctantly hands over her cigarettes Christy turns to a TEENAGE BOY whos drinking beer Page 52 CHRISTY And you with the devils brew passing through your lips holding out her hand A mind is a terrible thing to waste The boy hands over the beer Christy and Mary Robert enter the club INT SOCIAL CLUB Christy enters the club and grins She takes a drag on the cigarette Mary Robert grabs the beer from Christys hand and takes a swig CHRISTY shocked Bobs MARY ROBERT Experience Right CHRISTY Right The club is alive with activity the bar is crowded couples are making out at small tables and the dance floor is packed The atmosphere is a combination of hazy darkness and colored lights the club should have the feeling of a hot neighborhood party with people of all ages and races The MUSIC percolates and Christy starts to move to it She and Mary Robert find a table in the corner and signal a nearby waitress CHRISTY A couple of bowls of chili holding up the beer And another round of these The waitress looks at the two women strangely the club has never hosted nuns before MARY ROBERT to the waitress confidentially I have to do this So I can become a nun CHRISTY to the waitress Initiation You understand Later on we make her wear her underwear on her head MARY ROBERT Really Page 53 CHRISTY to the waitress And she wants to be a nun The waitress leaves shaking her head Christy and Mary Robert watch the action at the club Across the room MIKE the bartender stares at the nuns especially Christy he tries to place her MARY ROBERT Who are all these people CHRISTY This is your neighborhood Your turf You should get to know em From across the room Mike the bartender continues to study Christys face He takes out a copy of Vinces fax photo and stares at it He covers Christys hair in the photo with his hands creating a wimple There is no question in his mind the two are the same Mike has a dangerous look in his eyes as he takes a gun from the drawer and slips it into his pocket beneath his apron There is a LIVE BAND on a small stage at one end of the club They start playing a hot dance number and the club really begins to cook as the dance floor fills Christy and Mary Robert both still seated start to move with the music A very goodlooking LOCAL DUDE comes over to the nuns table He is clearly amused at their presence DUDE Hey Sisters how you doin CHRISTY flirting Better now DUDE How come they let you out Out of that convent place CHRISTY Time off For bad behavior DUDE Oww A nun havin fun I dont believe it Its good to have you ladies in this fine establishment So anybody on the move MARY ROBERT standing up I am Page 54 CHRISTY Bob Whatre you doing Mary Robert leads the Dude out onto the dance floor MARY ROBERT Im getting experience CHRISTY to the Dude You watch yourself Christy decides shed better keep an eye on Mary Robert she grabs another DUDE and heads for the dance floor As the music percolates Christy and Mary Robert dance Christy is very hot and Mary Robert picks up on her moves The CLUB PATRONS are delighted and cheer as the nuns start to get down CLUB PATRON 1 Do it Sisters CLUB PATRON 2 Sway and pray As the song and the nuns exuberant dancing peak the Club Patrons cheer shouting Hallelujah and Amen EXT STREET NIGHT Christy and Mary Robert are walking back to the convent They are both in very good spirits MARY ROBERT Those people are wonderful Why dont we ever see them in church CHRISTY Good point Especially that dude you were with Id like to see him down front MARY ROBERT giggling Mary Clarence Youre so different from the other sisters Sometimes well sometimes you sound more like a layperson CHRISTY Honey As the two women laugh together they dont notice the car that begins to follow them creeping slowly forward with its headlights out Page 55 MARY ROBERT I cant wait to tell Reverend Mother about all my experiences Ive learned so much CHRISTY Well you know you dont have to tell her everything I mean nothing really happened We just took a walk The cars bright lights suddenly switch on and the nuns turn startled The car hurtles toward them They scream and Christy grabs Mary Robert and throws her out of the cars path the two women land on a pile of garbage bags Struggling to her feet Christy sees the car go into reverse and then pull forward again She sees a glint of light reflect off a gun as the cars driver Mike the bartender leans out the window CHRISTY to Mary Robert Run Christy shoves Mary Robert towards an alley As she does so the gun GOES OFF with a red flash The shot misses the two women and SHATTERS a plate glass window of the store behind them EXT ALLEY Running up the alley Christy and Mary Robert hear Mikes FOOTSTEPS chasing them growing louder as he gains on them MARY ROBERT Mary Clarence CHRISTY Keep moving Christy grabs the ladder of a fire escape and shoves Mary Robert up the ladder ahead of her CHRISTY Climb Now As Christy and Mary Robert climb the fire escape another GUNSHOT ECHOES in the alley ricocheting off the fire escape The nuns climb higher up the building Mike pursues looking for a shot between the steps and the landings but not finding any openings He takes the steps two at a time and begins to gain ground At the fourth floor landing Christys heel gets stuck in the grating She pulls frantically at the laces Page 56 CHRISTY Goddamn it MARY ROBERT Mary Clarence Mike arrives at the landing just as Christy twists her toot out of the shoe and surprises him with a lunge for the gun Mikes hand is knocked back against the metal frame of the fire escape and the gun flies loose RATTLING down the metal steps to the landing below Christy shoves Mary Robert into the open window of an apartment and follows her in INT TENEMENT APARTMENT Christy and Mary Robert leap into the bedroom of an Hispanic couple their arms wrapped around each other in bed At the womens entrance the couple looks up stunned to see two nuns in their bedroom MARY ROBERT Oh my Lord CHRISTY pushing Mary Robert forward Experience The couple continues to look stunned as the nuns race out of the room EXT CONVENT NIGHT Christy and Mary Robert run up to the side door of the convent they catch their breath MARY ROBERT What was all that Who was that man Why would he shoot at us CHRISTY I dont know some people just dont like nuns I wish I had a ruler MARY ROBERT We could have been killed But you saved me throwing her arms around Christy Thank you Mary Clarence The door to the convent swings open Mother Superior is waiting MOTHER SUPERIOR Yes thank you so much Page 57 INT CONVENT CORRIDOR DAY Christy sits alone outside Mother Superiors office listening to the loud TICKING of the clock on the wall She seems small and vulnerable like a child sent to the principals office The door opens and Eddie emerges from the office CHRISTY Whatd she say EDDIE You blew it big time She doesnt want you back CHRISTY Does she know people are trying to kill me out there EDDIE Shes counting on it Shes concerned for your safety but she wants me to try and find another convent that will take you Or a carnival CHRISTY So what am I supposed to do in the meantime EDDIE Go in and talk to her It cant hurt urging her Go Reluctantly Christy rises and approaches the door She looks at Eddie who motions her to go in She finally does INT MOTHER SUPERIORS OFFICE Mother Superior is working on some papers at her desk as Christy enters Christy is trying to figure out a strategy CHRISTY So hi there MOTHER SUPERIOR not amused and not looking up I dont believe we have anything to say to each other CHRISTY Look I know I shouldnt have Im incredibly sorry about Mary Robert I wasnt thinking I didnt know that would happen Page 58 Feel Christy Chung Mother Superior glances up from her work She is justifiably outraged MOTHER SUPERIOR Mary Roberts life was in danger Your behavior was inexcusable CHRISTY I know Im sorry I didnt mean for it to happen And I was the one they were shooting at MOTHER SUPERIOR Mary Clarence I have given you every opportunity To change To make a decent life for yourself CHRISTY A decent life Excuse me As what A janitor MOTHER SUPERIOR Clearly you have learned nothing And you present an ongoing threat both to this convent and to yourself CHRISTY But you cant kick me out Guys want to kill me Youre a nun A big nun Arent you supposed to have compassion For the wayward sheep I mean Im a major sinner Alltime great Hall of Fame Arent I like your dream come true Your Olympic event Mother Superior stares at Christy MOTHER SUPERIOR Mary Clarence perhaps you are correct CHRISTY surprised I am MOTHER SUPERIOR You may stay But I shall restrict your activities to but a single task CHRISTY with great dread What MOTHER SUPERIOR You have I believe some minimal background in music Therefore you are to join our choir MORE Page 59 MOTHER SUPERIOR CONTD You will sing and you will sleep that is your schedule until you depart As almost no one attends Mass you will be unable to cause further damage CHRISTY No No MOTHER SUPERIOR smiling Youre my Olympic event CHRISTY Not the choir please anything but that The choir I mean have you heard them Ill do anything scrub floors toilets you name it but not that I MOTHER SUPERIOR in triumph The choir Mary Clarence Go for the gold INT CHOIR REHEARSAL ROOM THAT DAY There are twelve nuns in the room going over sheet music Mary Lazarus is the groups leader Mary Patrick and Mary Robert are also in the choir Christy appears at the door grimacing CHRISTY Is this choir practice MARY PATRICK Sure is Come on in and sing a spell Christy spots Mary Robert CHRISTY Mary Robert I am so sorry about last night MARY ROBERT Now stop that You didnt shoot at me You were only trying to help to give me experience I tried to explain that to Reverend Mother but I dont know if she understood Mary Lazarus cuts off this chitchat thrusting a hymnal at Christy MARY LAZARUS Soprano or alto CHRISTY very gloomy Whatever Page 60 Mary Lazarus hands Christy a hymnal and raps her baton The choir begins to sing Christy doesnt even bother trying She is horrified the choir is the worstsounding group in history They seem to be singing in several random keys and they even have trouble with the words No one looks up from their hymnals Sister Alma the organist with the hearing aid is plodding along INT BLUE COLLAR BAR DAY Mike the bartender is taking chairs off tables and setting them on the floor as Joey and Willy enter JOEY Were looking for Mike MIKE You found him but were not open yet Willy grabs Mikes arms and bends them behind his back MIKE Hey the tills empty Willy slams Mikes face into the wall stunning him Joey lifts Mikes groggy face and offers sympathy JOEY Im sorry I dont know what gets into him MIKE Who are you guys JOEY Were the guys from Vegas You had Christy last night but you let her get away Its upsetting Willy hammers Mikes face into the wall again MIKE But you didnt tell me JOEY We didnt tell you what MIKE That shes a nun That chick youre looking for shes a nun WILLY What Christy Page 61 JOEY A nun MIKE Im telling you Willy and Joey look at each other and consider this Then they burst out laughing They refuse to believe Mikes story WILLY Gimme a hand here Willy and Joey pick Mike up and hurl him over the bar Then they exit still laughing JOEY A nun INT CHOIR REHEARSAL ROOM DAY The choir continues its dreadful rendition of the hymn Let Thy Thoughts He Guided Christy is not singing she is clearly in pain Mary Lazarus stops the song One of the nuns has to nudge Sister Alma to stop her playing MARY LAZARUS Mary Clarence are you with us CHRISTY Um I dont really know this one MARY ROBERT Mary Clarence has a background in music Thats what Reverend Mother said MARY PATRICK eagerly Really Mary Clarence Were you a choirmistress CHRISTY Sure Kind of freelance MARY LAZARUS circling Christy Freelance Oh really You think I dont see You think I took vows yesterday I know what youre up to You and Reverend Mother CHRISTY What MARY LAZARUS Youre a ringer She brought you in to replace me Out with the old Page 62 CHRISTY Hold on MARY PATRICK Mary Clarence could you Mary Lazarus youre terrific but to Christy Could you help us ANOTHER NUN Please ANOTHER NUN Youve heard us MARY LAZARUS Well Everyone falls silent Mary Lazarus walks across the room eyeballing each member of the choir MARY LAZARUS Theres a word for this mutiny to Christy So Mary Clarence you think you can do better I believe Id like to see that she hands Christy her pitchpipe and baton Im out to pasture Dry dock The glue factory Go ahead Sister make em sing Everyone watches Christy CHRISTY Well to Nary Lazarus With all due respect lets have a look at this Christy goes over to the piano She examines the sheet music for Let They Thoughts He Guided She sits at the piano beside Sister Alma Christy picks out the hymn on the piano accompanying herself CHRISTY LET THY THOUGHTS BE GUIDED LET THY SOUL BE HEALED Christys singing voice is as usual not very good She stops singing For perhaps the first time in her life she has really heard herself CHRISTY Man I sound like you guys Page 63 MARY LAZARUS victorious Very nice Sisters have we learned our lesson I wont hold this little episode against anyone Ill try not to CHRISTY standing Mary Robert Mary Robert jumps startled by the attention MARY ROBERT What CHRISTY Mary Robert Ive watched you You never really sing You whisper Nothing comes out MARY ROBERT I dont want to mess anyone up CHRISTY to Sister Alma Give me a C because Sister Alma is hard of hearing A C Sister Alma plays the note Christy points the baton at Mary Robert Mary Robert whispers the note CHRISTY Louder Like youre onstage Mary Robert sings a little louder CHRISTY Like people are eating and theres silverware and you want them to hear you Mary Robert sings louder still CHRISTY Think about that guy you were dancing with Mary Robert finally lets out her full voice which is huge and glorious After singing a single perfect note she stops abruptly she has scared herself MARY ROBERT Oh my Page 64 CHRISTY You see Weve got the voices Theyre just allover the place Ive heard all of you in the shower youre decent Better than me We just need charts harmony chops MARY PATRICK puzzled Chops CHRISTY The goods The sound The sale Lets rearrange a few things Mary Patrick you re not a natural soprano youre an alto Get over here Mary Robert with the sopranos The two nuns trade places CHRISTY Sister Alma a C Sister Alma plays the note and the nuns try to duplicate it but the results arent much better than before Christy uses her pitchpipe she circulates among the nuns giving each her note urging them closer to pitch CHRISTY Middle section hold that note for dear life Sopranos an A Sister Alma Sister Alma hits the note Christy shuffles a couple of more nuns to other sections then gets a third note going with the altos using her pitchpipe For one moment the nuns all realize they are singing a perfect chord They are elated MARY PATRICK We did it We actually sang a chord MARY ROBERT thrilled and disconcerted That was exciting CHRISTY Yeah for one second That was the blend youve got to listen to each other Be a group MARY LAZARUS under her breath I knew that CHRISTY Mary Lazarus I get the feeling that you like discipline Hard work Page 65 MARY LAZARUS Of course Im a nun Four Popes now The Lord hates a loafer CHRISTY I hear you How many days a week do you rehearse MARY PATRICK Two days An hour or so CHRISTY No way Were a choir right Headliners The big room Two days a week wont cut it Every day MARY LAZARUS impressed Shes good MARY ROBERT to Christy Do you really think we could do it Get better CHRISTY I dont know Mary Lazarus what do you think Theyre pretty raw MARY LAZARUS Wet behind the ears CHRISTY A bunch of real mamas girls MARY PATRICK Oh please Cant we try Christy and Mary Lazarus look at each other as real comrades Christy leans on Mary Lazarus shoulder CHRISTY Itll be hell MARY LAZARUS Tell me about it Christy and Mary Lazarus shake hands firmly Christy turns to the choir very businesslike CHRISTY Tenhut INT CONVENT LAUNDRY ROOM DAY This is a basement utility room A large industrial washerdryer stands along one wall the machine makes a repetitive CHUNGCHUNG sound Page 66 The choir nuns are busily doing laundry some iron others fold sheets others stack towels and garments on a long table Christy is helping Mary Patrick fold a sheet Everyone is working rhythmically to the drone of the washerdryer CHRISTY That machine MARY PATRICK I know Its ancient CHRISTY Its a rhythm section The beat Christy starts clapping her hands to the sound of the washerdryer gradually the other nuns join her CHRISTY Mary Patrick do you remember the Dixie Cups MARY PATRICK The Dixie Cups Oh my I was just a girl Of course singing SPRING IS HERE THE SUN WILL SHINE CHRISTY stopping the beat Hold it Mary Patrick youre a pretty cheerful person arent you MARY PATRICK Am I There is a murmur from all the other nuns Oh yes MARY PATRICK as a confession All right I am I know it All my life Ive just been upbeat Optimistic Perky I cant help it Even when I was little I remember my mother used to say That child is pure sunshine Shell either be a nun or a stewardess CHRISTY So use it When we sing hymns theyre usually about rejoicing right Celebration Most music is So dont hold back Let all that joy go right into your voice Make me happy Let me hear it Perk out Perk down Page 67 MARY PATRICK with real joy SPRING IS HERE THE SUN WILL SHINE ILL BE HIS AND HELL BE MINE WELL LOVE UNTIL THE END OF TIME AND WELL NEVER BE LONELY ANYMORE CHRISTY Because were ALL THE NUNS GOING TO THE CHAPEL AND WERE GONNA GET MARRIED GOING TO THE CHAPEL AND WERE GONNA GET MARRIED GOING TO THE CHAPEL AND WERE GONNA GET MARRIED MARY PATRICK GOING TO THE CHAPEL OF LOVE The nuns have really gotten into the song with Christy encouraging them verbally They are sounding better and better SISTER MARY FREDERICK a member of the choir steps into the laundry room and lets loose with a sudden piercing whistle The nuns immediately stop singing and a moment later Mother Superior enters The room is quiet except for the sound of the washer dryer The nuns all get very busy at their laundry tasks NUNS in unison Good morning Reverend Mother MOTHER SUPERIOR Good morning Sisters Mother Superior takes one more glance around then leaves Now that the coast is clear the singing begins again quietly to the rhythm of the machine NUNS GOING TO THE CHAPEL INT CHAPEL Bishop OHara is leading the Sunday Mass BISHOP OHARA Welcome this Sunday morning 0 ye few and faithful Page 68 As usual the chapel is almost empty except for the nuns The choir is in place behind the pulpit BISHOP OHARA The choir I am told has elected a new director Sister Mary Clarence who will lead them in Hymn 127 Christy nods to the Bishop and signals to Sister Alma who begins the accompaniment CHOIR LET THY THOUGHTS BE GUIDED LET THY SOUL BE HEALED They sound fantastic Their voices blend with a heavenly harmony as they sing the slow melodic hymn Mother Superior is startled by this new sound EXT STREET Lawanda and her friends glance at the convent with curiosity as the beautiful MUSIC drifts out to the street A few other heads turn but with only mild reactions INT CHAPEL At the end of the first verse Christy signals the choir to stop Theres a hush in the chapel as Christy glances at the vacant pews Then she turns to Sister Alma and nods Sister Alma strikes a bold stirring chord Several of the nuns blink Bishop OHara glances at the organ with surprise Mother Superior sits up with a stiffened back and a severe expression As the chord grows in force Christy gives the choir a beat CHRISTY One two three The choir begins a radically new version of the same hymn Christy strides up and down in front of the choir transforming the song into a rousing gospel anthem with a passionate callandresponse format CHOIR LET THY THOUGHTS BE GUIDED CHRISTY What you say CHOIR LET THY SOUL BE HEALED Page 69 CHRISTY But how CHOIR BY A VOICE YOU HEAR FROM ON HIGH CHRISTY I think I hear it CHOIR LET THY THOUGHTS BE GUIDED CHRISTY You know I just might CHOIR LET THY SOUL BE HEALED CHRISTY AND CHOIR LET THY SPIRIT TAKE WING AND FLY Spontaneous reactions from everyone in the church EXT STREET The gorgeous exciting MUSIC pours into the street Everyone turns to look Windows open and people glance out The street takes on a new movement INT CHAPEL The choir really lets loose flow CHRISTY AND CHOIR LET THY THOUGHTS BE STRENGTHENED LET THY PRAYERS BE HEARD LET OUR LORD REJOICE IN YOUR PRAISE LET HIS GOODNESS LIFT YOU TO A HIGHER PLACE AND LET LOVE AND PEACE FILL YOUR DAYS Lawanda and her friends peer in at the back door of the chapel Bishop OHara sees them and beckons them to come in CHRISTY Sister Alma Sister Alma inspired by Christy and the choir burns up the organ with a solo More people from the street begin to enter tentative curious drawn by the music At the end of the solo Christy makes a gesture to the choir and each member produces a tambourine The chapel is full of energy music and life CHRISTY Mary Robert Page 70 Mary Robert sings really letting the power of her voice ring out She is astonishingly good MARY ROBERT LET THY THOUGHTS BE GUIDED LET THY SOUL BE HEALED BY A VOICE YOU HEAR FROM ON HIGH LET THY THOUGHTS BE GUIDED LET THY SOUL BE HEALED LET THY SOUL TAKE WING AND FLY The new visitors to the church begin to clap in rhythm to the music and after a few beats the nuns join in Mother Superior is aghast The choir builds to a huge gospel finish all keeping their eyes on Christy CHOIR LET THY SPIRIT CHRISTY You know what were saying CHOIR LET THY SPIRIT CHRISTY I think they hear you MARY LAZARUS LET THY SPIRIT CHRISTY AND CHOIR LET THY SPIRIT TAKE WING AND FLYI After the final note everyone in the chapel is exhilarated everyone except Mother Superior Christy looks out at the congregation that has increased by a dozen or more including Lawanda and her friends Christy looks happier than she has in years INT CORRIDOR DAY The members of the choir are all gathered outside Mother Superiors office leaning close to the door and listening to her harangue Christy They are surprised to find themselves joined suddenly by Bishop OHara and part to let him through He leans down to the keyhole and listens INT OFFICE Mother Superior is livid MOTHER SUPERIOR Gospel A jazz solo on the organ What next Jesus goes to Rio Good Fridaya gogo What were you thinking Page 71 CHRISTY I was thinking Las Vegas Get some butts in those seats MOTHER SUPERIOR And what next Popcorn Curtain calls This is not a theater or a casino CHRISTY sincerely Exactly People like going to theaters and casinos But they think church is for Grandma we could change that Pack the joint MOTHER SUPERIOR Through blasphemy You have corrupted the entire choir CHRISTY Hold on Thats not fair I worked hard with them They gave up their free time and they loved it Those women are happy And we can get even better We can wake this place up MOTHER SUPERIOR Out of the question CHRISTY Please let me try Im begging you MOTHER SUPERIOR And I am refusing As of tomorrow Mary Lazarus will resume her leadership of the choir Christy is crestfallen There is a KNOCK on the door and OHara enters The other members of the choir are in behind him like sardines BISHOP OHARA Reverend Mother I just wanted to congratulate you MOTHER SUPERIOR Oh BISHOP OHARA I havent enjoyed Mass this much in years What a marvelous program Innovative Inspiring You are to be commended MOTHER SUPERIOR Well thank you Page 72 BISHOP OHARA I cant wait until next Sunday when the choir performs again Did you see the people walk right in from the street That music that heavenly music it called to them MOTHER SUPERIOR Perhaps BISHOP OHARA I must tell the Cardinal I 11 send him a personal letter describing your efforts your bold new fight to keep your little convent alive MOTHER SUPERIOR Really Christy has just been eating this up with a spoon CHRISTY Excuse me Bishop Reverend Mother has some other ideas too Shes too modest to talk about it but she thinks we should get out of the convent and into the neighborhood more putting her hands on Mother Superiors shoulders This woman Mary Patrick jumps forward MARY PATRICK Bless her There are so many problems in this neighborhood that we could help solve Thats why many of us became nuns Its marvelous Reverend Mother MOTHER SUPERIOR confused by the turn things have taken Really CHRISTY with regard to Mother Superior You know Reverend Mother Hides her light under a bushel She has plans for us to move right onto the streets Get to know people Work with em BISHOP OHARA to Mother Superior Youre a pioneer Page 73 MOTHER SUPERIOR But Bishop surely you realize this is a most dangerous neighborhood OHARA And youll face that danger headon As if I could stop you And you have my complete support in this matter Anything you can do to revitalize this neighborhood would be a blessing CHRISTY hugging Mother Superior from behind Dont you love her EXT CONVENT DAY The nuns are out in force painting the walls of the convent mostly with rainbows and flowers and bright shining suns The CAMERA PANS to Christy who is adding her own original touch to the mural using cans of spray paint Christys section includes an image of a nun in a miniskirt and spike heels accompanied by neon letters that read St Kate People gather in the street watching the nuns activities The convent begins to crackle with energy and life A drug deal is going on in a house up the street but the DEALERS give only a curious glance to the action at the convent INT MOTHER SUPERIORS WINDOW From the window of her office Mother Superior watches the painters and feels her control slipping away EXT STREET LATER Christy leads the members of the choir down the middle of the street They get lots of attention each step of the way As each nun raps the other nuns make rhythmic boom box noises CHRISTY rapping WERE THE SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART WE DO OUR BIT NOW DO YOUR PART MARY ROBERT rapping HONOR THY MOTHER AND THY FATHER TOO DONT KILL DONT STEAL ITS BAD FOR YOU MARY PATRICK rapping BELIEVE IN THE LORD HIS WILL BE DONE COME TO CHURCH ITS TONS OF FUN Page 74 MARY LAZARUS rapping DIG DOWN DEEP GIVE ALL YOU CAN TRUST ME CHILDREN THERES A HEAVENLY PLAN The parade goes on the crowd gathers and a general air of jubilance prevails INT REHEARSAL ROOM DAY The rehearsal room is filled with high energy as the choir is separated into several groups Christy has got the whole thing running like a disciplined Broadway cast Mary Patrick leads one group in the corner as they practice synchronized movements with tambourines Colorful streamers are tied to the tambourines and they make colorful patterns in the air Sister Alma pounds the piano with newfound energy as Mary Robert and the sopranos reach higher and higher for notes theyve only dreamed of in the past Christy and Mary Lazarus have corralled the rest of the nuns into a practice of intricate dance steps somewhat like the Temptations in skirts Mary Lazarus keeps the beat with a yardstick CHRISTY Dont look at your feet and I dont want to see anybody counting Make it look easy Again MARY LAZARUS Right right cross with the left spin and turn CHRISTY Hopeless I MARY LAZARUS Amateurs 2 CHRISTY Babies MARY LAZARUS Again EXT CRACK HOUSE NIGHT One of the drug dealers stands outside the crack house as a car suddenly pulls up to the curb He starts toward the car as the DRIVER rolls down the window but before he gets there Christy and several nuns surround the car Page 75 CHRISTY Were here to pray for you brother DEALER What Get the hell out of here CHRISTY We know you dont want to sell drugs You just had an unhappy childhood and maybe a learning disability You just need someone to pray for you MARY PATRICK We know you dont want to bring pain and misery to your friends and neighbors Well pray to find you some honest work CHRISTY And we know that even though most people would call you a leech and a parasite the lowest slug of humanity We know that deep down inside youre probably even worse And so you truly need our prayers DRIVER What is this Outta my way The nuns give him room and the Driver zips off down the street A small crowd has begun to gather and it is growing by the moment murmuring encouragement for the nuns Christy turns to the Dealer as other cars drive slowly past CHRISTY Yes prayer is the answer and prayers free Were going to give free prayers to everyone who drives up to this house MARY ROBERT to the Dealer Were nuns MARY PATRICK to cruising cars Free prayers right over here Drive up and get your prayers DEALER Youre hassling my customers Thats not legal I know my rights This is restriction of trade CHRISTY You wanna call a cop Page 76 The Dealers eyes turn ugly as he takes a gun from his pocket Mary Patrick steps forward MARY PATRICK Are you going to shoot us all tough guy MARY LAZARUS Is it worth it A lot of witnesses here CHRISTY to the crowd Can I get a witness The Dealer glances at the surly crowd then gives the nuns a disgusted look He puts the gun away DEALER So Ill find another neighborhood to do my business You can t stop me CHRISTY If we can stop you here they can stop you there The Dealer turns and walks back to his house with anger The crowd APPLAUDS and CHEERS The picture suddenly becomes GRAINY and we hear the voice of a NEWS REPORTER NEWS REPORTER V 0 It was a truly remarkable scene as the nuns from St Katherines literally drove the crack dealers from the neighborhood led by the feisty Sister Mary Clarence CAMERA PULLS BACK and we see a TV screen with an image of the nuns and neighbors still celebrating On top of the TV are several framed photographs of Vince Laflocca his wife and children INT VINCE LaROCCAS LIVING ROOM NIGHT CONNIE LaROCCA Vinces wife watches the TV NEWS STORY and calls to Vince in the kitchen CONNIE Vinnie get in here You gotta see this Carrying a roast beef sandwich and a can of beer Vince appears from the kitchen and glances at the TV screen to see a shot of the convent He looks at Connie and makes a sour face Page 77 VINCE What Nuns You got me in here to see nuns Isnt there a ball game on or something Vince turns away from the TV just as a closeup of Christy appears on the screen CONNIE Look shes adorable Vince leaves the room and we see Christy again as she leads the choir INT EDDIES APARTMENT NIGHT Eddie is cooking spaghetti in his efficiency apartment and watching the NEWS on TV at the same time He pours himself a glass of wine and stirs the spaghetti sauce NEWS REPORTER This tiny convent has experienced an amazing turnaround The sisters have revitalized and taken back their neighborhood all due to the energy and talent of the convent choir a group led by this gifted young nun Tell us Mary Clarence1 what makes you so special CHRISTY trying to appear modest and nunlike Oh Im not special Bob Its just hard work and prayer Eddie all but spits out his wine His eyes are wide as he watches Christy being interviewed In one stride he grabs his hat and coat and is out the door on the run EXT CONVENT DAY The Sunday morning bell is CHIMING as crowds of people stream into the convent The entire neighborhood looks cleaner and the people walk with a spring in their step Three local TV stations have remote news crews on the scene doing followups on the story INT CHAPEL HALLWAY Last in line Christy follows the other choir members down a hallway toward the chapel Suddenly a hand reaches out and grabs her and a second hand covers her mouth as she is pulled into an empty cell INT CELL Shocked and terrified Christy struggles to free herself but is suddenly relieved to see that her abductor is Eddie Page 78 Eddie releases her and she falls onto the bed CHRISTY Eddie You scared the hell out of me EDDIE What if I was Vince Youd be dead right now What are you doing giving interviews on TV CHRISTY It wasnt my fault They just showed up Its helping the convent EDDIE Youre supposed to be hiding out CHRISTY I really cant talk about it now The place is packed SRO Ive got a show to do EDDIE Listen to yourself This isnt a career opportunity CHRISTY I know that This isnt about me Its about the choir You should hear them Theyre good Really good And I taught them EDDIE Jesus look at you Youre glowing CHRISTY I am EDDIE Yeah You look great I mean it CHRISTY flirting Really Lieutenant EDDIE Ive been worried about you Eddie sits on the bed beside Christy CHRISTY You mean worried about my testimony EDDIE No worried about you Personally Page 79 CHRISTY Well thanks Ive been thinking about you sometimes I mean there arent a lot of guys around here I mean sometimes I feel like a nun EDDIE Me too CHRISTY Youre not seeing anybody EDDIE No Most of the time Im thinking about you And now youve really changed CHRISTY I have EDDIE You re sort of radiant your eyes are shining Youre rea1ly different Eddie and Christy are gazing into each others eyes they are just about to kiss Their lips are less than an inch apart EDDIE Youre youre a nun Eddie and Christy jump apart their intimacy has frightened them both particularly given Christys outfit and their location CHRISTY Were in a convent Christy goes to the door CHRISTY Ive got to go EDDIE Just remember youre a target Dont you think Vince has a T V CHRISTY trying to think straight I know I know Ill be careful Ill try Christy begins to leave and then she turns filled with a performers excitement CHRISTY Magic time Page 80 Christy hurries toward the chapel leaving Eddie to shake his head and wonder INT CHAPEL Sister Alma plays the organ and the choir hums quietly as Christy addresses the congregation Cameras from several TV stations are focussed on her from various places in the chapel CHRISTY This Sundays hymn is inspired by the lesson of Mary Magdalene You know the one Mary Magdalene was a young lady with a past She was no stranger to sin She was no stranger to practically everybody Many condemned her The whole neighborhood But one man refused to do so One man said hey now wait a minute Listen to the story Sister Alma starts playing a doowop vamp Mary Patrick and Mary Robert step forward from the choir standing beside Christy the way the Ronelles used to do CHRISTY Hey girls MARY PATRICK AND ROBERT Hail Mary CHRISTY Jerusalem is a real drag Everybody hates me MARY PATRICK AND ROBERT Ohhuh CHRISTY People throw stones They call me names I mean really MARY PATRICK AND ROBERT Really CHRISTY But wait MARY PATRICK What is it Mary CHRISTY That man who is he MARY ROBERT Hes a carpenter Page 81 MARY PATRICK Hes not like other guys MARY ROBERT Hes decent MARY PATRICK Hes kind CHRISTY Hes dreamy Hes CHOIR Yes Mary CHRISTY HES SO FINE The full choir sings backup while Christy Mary Patrick and Mary Robert perform intricate girl group choreography CHOIR DOO LANG DOOLANG DOO LANG CHRISTYMARY ROBERT MARY PATRICK WISH HE WAS MINE THAT HANDSOME GUY OVER THERE THE ONE WITH THE WAVY HAIR Sister Alma is surrounded by several STREET KIDS who play guitar bass and drums to accompany the organ and choir Lawanda and her friends sit in a pew moving joyously to the music Eddie stands in the back of the chapel watching a Christy he has never seen before Christy is now glowing with happiness and confidence As the song continues we see the chapel is packed to the rafters A tin bucket is passed around as a collection plate and it overflows with money EXT CONVENT Church services are over and happy people stream out of the convent but they dont hurry home Standing in groups they talk pleasantly and make plans for the day There is a real sense of neighborhood up and down the block Eddie comes down the steps glances back at the convent smiles to himself then crosses the street to his car Page 82 INT CHAPEL Christy and the choir stare at the collection plate that is filled with money CHRISTY Jackpot Two buckets MARY PATRICK This is so exhilarating All week long I cant wait till Sunday when we sing MARY ROBERT Id rather sing than do anything MARY PATRICK Its better than ice cream MARY ROBERT Its better than springtime CHRISTY Its better than sex Everyone looks at Christy with astonishment CHRISTY catching herself I imagine Everyones attention suddenly turns to Bishop OHara as he approaches OHARA Better and better Sisters you are truly an inspiration And I bear gladsome tidings The choir gathers around OHara with curiosity OHARA Ive kept the Cardinal informed of your progress in the neighborhood He has been most impressed And he has invited you to attend a special evening Mass at St Matthews Cathedral on Sunday night1 to sing for the Council of Cardinals The choir reacts with an excited buzz The Council of Cardinals What shall we sing etc Mother Superior appears from the center aisle MOTHER SUPERIOR That is indeed glorious news Bishop We will be honored to appear MORE Page 83 MOTHER SUPERIOR CONTD And on such an occasion I feel a completely traditional program will be best CHRISTY What do you mean MOTHER SUPERIOR The council of Cardinals is perhaps the most esteemed body in the entire Catholic church They command the utmost respect Your more secular entertainment would be wholly out of place MARY PATRICK But Reverend Mother everyone loves our new style MARY ROBERT Its brought people back to the church CHRISTY Isnt that why we were asked to sing for those Cardinals MOTHER SUPERIOR I believe this can be settled by a simple vote CHRISTY A vote MOTHER SUPERIOR Of course Mary Clarence a convent is not a totalitarian state Most major decisions are made by the membership as a whole A membership that I am certain will vote in a rational and pious manner All those in favor of allowing Mary Clarence to select a program All the nuns look at one another Then slowly one by one they all raise their hands Mother Superior is pure steel at this moment her expression betrays no emotion Christy on the other hand is quite confused CHRISTY But wait a minute MOTHER SUPERIOR The majority has spoken Page 84 BISHOP OHARA Reverend Mother as always you are a true leader Gracious and understanding MARY ROBERT It will be wonderful Reverend Mother Youll see MARY LAZARUS gesturing to Christy Shes a pro CHRISTY What MOTHER SUPERIOR I am certain the presentation will be a great success Congratulations Mary Clarence And congratulations to you all The nuns cheer and cluster around Christy chattering about the upcoming concert as Mother Superior strides off INT MOTHER SUPERIORS OFFICE DAY Seated at her desk Mother Superior glances up as Christy enters CHRISTY You sent for me MOTHER SUPERIOR You have a phone call Mother Superior continues with her paperwork as Christy picks up the phone CHRISTY Hello EDDIES VOICE Good news kid I pulled a few strings the judge has agreed to move the trial up Well be in court in a couple of days With mixed emotions Christy speaks softly CHRISTY That soon Mother Superior is a very interested eavesdropper EDDIES VOICE Fortyeight hours and youll be a free woman Page 85 CHRISTY Great Thats good to hear EDDIES VOICE Hey dont thank me or anything CHRISTY Right right thanks Christy hangs up the phone She looks at Mother Superior CHRISTY Hey your prayers have been answered Im leaving In just a couple of days MOTHER SUPERIOR Really Well that makes two of us CHRISTY What MOTHER SUPERIOR I have submitted my resignation to Bishop OHara Privately I have asked to be relocated as soon as possible CHRISTY But why MOTHER SUPERIOR I must go where I can be of use CHRISTY But theres so much more to do right here And look if its about me I mean Im gone MOTHER SUPERIOR Indeed After how long A few weeks I have been here thirty years And yet it would seem I know nothing CHRISTY But everything thats happening is good You can be a part of it MOTHER SUPERIOR A part of what Mary Clarence it is one thing to rabble rouse to sweep into town and declare a holiday You have raised the Sisters expectations you have excited and confused them They imagine this neighborhood to be some sort of delightful ongoing block party MORE Page 86 MOTHER SUPERIOR CONTD You and I know that life is not so simple There will be disappointments Rude shocks And you will have vanished How fortunate CHRISTY Okay so I just got things started But you could build on that You could keep it going MOTHER SUPERIOR I am sorry Mary Clarence I seem to have misplaced my tambourine Good day Mary Clarence CHRISTY But MOTHER SUPERIOR Good day Christy frustrated leaves the room Mother Superior looks up she is truly torn a proud woman unsure of her choices EXT CONVENT NIGHT The moon casts shafts of silver light down to the courtyard of the convent Most of the lights in the neighborhood are out at this late hour CHRISTYS VOICE whispering Come on Ive got a surprise INT CONVENT KITCHEN NIGHT The kitchen is dark lit only by a flickering candle carried by Christy Three more candles appear carried by Mary Robert Mary Patrick and Mary Lazarus The door to the freezer opens and light spills out Christy removes several pints of ice cream and distributes them to the nuns MARY ROBERT delighted Ice cream MARY PATRICK Mary Clarence you shouldnt have Where did you get this MARY LAZARUS Its a sin Its a wicked indulgence Is this butter almond Page 87 Christy and the nuns sit on stools enjoying their ice cream by candlelight CHRISTY Its contraband Dont ask But I wanted to give you a treat A sort of thankyou gift MARY ROBERT A thankyou For what Youre the one we should be thanking MARY LAZARUS Is there any syrup CHRISTY Well see at my old convent I wasnt always real popular I was sort of selfish and not real helpful Okay Ill say it I wasnt much of a nun But now thanks to all of you maybe Im shaping up MARY ROBERT Mary Clarence dont be silly Youre an example to us all Youve taught us so much Were singing for the Cardinals and then who knows Maybe the choir can travel to schools and nursing homes MARY PATRICK Maybe we can get some of the local kids to sing with us MARY LAZARUS We could cut a demo Look for a label CHRISTY knowing she has to leave Thats true wouldnt that be great Of course we never know when things are going to change Any one of us could be transferred to another convent tomorrow MARY ROBERT worried Are you leaving us CHRISTY sincerely Oh no Well always be together MARY LAZARUS Thats what Diana Ross said Page 88 Christy and the nuns qiggle and continue eating their ice cream in a spirit of true friendship Mother Superior watches this scene hidden in the shadows by the door to the kitchen She has begun to see Christy in a new light She looks thoughtful and walks off INT LAS VEGAS POLICE DEPARTMENT DAY Tate sits at his desk in the detective room reading the sports section HENRY PARKER the accountant for the police department looks stressful as he enters the room and heads for Eddies glassedin office Tate glances up as Parker passes his desk TATE Youre too late Mulcahy just left PARKER I need his signature on some things They cant be processed without it TATE Leave em Hell sign em later Parker looks annoyed he doesnt like deviations from procedure but after a moment of indecision he sets the file folder on Tates desk and walks away Tate finishes the newspaper and shoves it aside Bored looks at his watch then flips the file folder open and glances at its contents routine money vouchers for equipment supplies etc Tate is about to close the folder and shove it aside when something catches his eye TATE What the hell is this He examines a money voucher for a generous donation to St Katherines Convent in San Francisco It only takes a moment to put two and two together and Tate scrambles for his phone and dials a number INT CORRIDOR Henry Parker waits for the elevator When it opens hes surprised to see Eddie step out PARKER Tate said you were gone EDDIE I get all the way down to my car and of course where are the keys Page 89 PARKER I left the money vouchers with him He said youd sign them in the morning Eddie nods and moves on as Parker enters the elevator After a few steps Eddie suddenly looks disturbed He picks up his pace A little panicky he begins to jog toward the squad room INT VINCES OFFICE Vince is on the telephone He signals Joey and Willy and they move quickly toward him VINCE This is it Get ready to move No mistakes Grab her get her to the Moonlight We meet there and we take care of her into phone Were on it Give me the address Vince begins to write down the address INT SQUAD ROOM Tate is hunched over the telephone talking quietly with his back to the rest of the room The voucher for St Katherines is in his hand as Eddie moves quickly toward him TATE St Katherines Convent on East Barton Its gotta be the place Tate hangs up the phone and BOOM Eddie hits him from behind like a linebacker drilling him to the floor Other detectives look up from their desks with confusion and alarm Eddie pins Tate to the wall and snatches the voucher from his hand EDDIE Youre the leak you sonofabitch Clarkson and another detective restrain Eddie before he can hit Tate EDDIE Get him out of here Downstairs in the cell I want his ass locked up now Nobody dares even question Eddie at this moment and two detectives drag Tate away Eddie grabs Tates phone and dials long distance EDDIE Clarkson get on the other line Call Frisco Central Tell em to get two squad cars outside St Katherines convent and stop anybody with an outof state license plate from getting near the place Clarkson dials quickly Eddie listens to Tates telephone as it RINGS and RINGS and RINGS INT CONVENT DAY All the nuns are in the chapel as the choir rehearses a hymn along with Gina and her girlfriends Those who are not in the choir clap their hands in rhythm War in the background we can hear the telephone RINGING EXT HIGHWAY DAY Eddies police car streaks past an entrance ramp with the SIREN screaming It blazes through traffic weaving in and out at breakneck speeds A moment later Joey and Willy pull onto the highway at a fast rate The race is on with Eddie securely in the lead INT CONVENT DAY In the rehearsal room the choir members are putting on their robes Christy and several nuns are all trying to primp in front of one small mirror MARY ROBERT The Council of Cardinals Im so nervous What if I forget the words CHRISTY Right to Hell Just kidding Where is that bus MARY PATRICK It should be here any minute MARY LAZARUS with a clipboard Dress rehearsal at four performance at 830 Sharp Christy looks out the window but sees no bus EXT HIGHWAY DAY Eddies police car streaks toward L A Page 91 EXT CONVENT DAY The neighborhood has turned out to see the choir off Banners hang from the fire escapes of the building across the street ST KATES THE GREATEST GOOD LUCK TONIGHT A Catholic school bus pulls up to the convent and parks in front Several nuns in choir robes come outside and hurry onto the bus A moment later Eddies police car streaks up to the side entrance of the convent parking around the corner from the bus INT CONVENT Eddie runs into the convent and finds Mother Superior at the bottom of the stairs EDDIE Reverend Mother Quick Wheres Christy MOTHER SUPERIOR Whats wrong EDDIE They know shes here Theyre on their way Mother Superior points up the stairs MOTHER SUPERIOR The rehearsal room Mother Superior looks alarmed as Eddie takes the stairs two at a time INT REHEARSAL ROOM Looking out the window Mary Robert sees the bus MARY ROBERT Its here Lets go Everyone makes a final check of their appearance and then the group leaves the room to head for the bus Mary Robert and Mary Patrick are the last to leave except for Christy MARY PATRICK Hurry Sister CHRISTY Get moving Im right behind you Christy primps in the mirror one last time then leaves the room She is puzzled to suddenly see Eddie running toward her from a side staircase Page 92 CHRISTY Eddie Eddie grabs her hand and pulls her toward the side staircase EDDIE Vince knows youre here CHRISTY shocked and scared How EDDIE Long story His goons will be here any minute Weve got to get you out of here now Christy and Eddie hurry down the steps to the side entrance and she almost trips on her choral robes Eddie opens the door and starts outside but Christy stops in her tracks CHRISTY I cant go with you EDDIE What CHRISTY Ive got a show at St Matthews Cathedral Were singing for the Cardinals EDDIE Youre gonna be singing for St Peter if you dont get your ass out of here Eddie jerks her hand and Christy follows him reluctantly to the car INT EDDIES CAR Eddie takes off at a fast clip up the street As the car cruises through an intersection Christy looks back at the bus with confusion and sadness She sees the other nuns rushing back into the convent to look for her INT REHEARSAL ROOM Several members of the choir rush into the room with panic in their eyes MARY PATRICK Mary Clarence Sister MARY ROBERT Its no use She just isnt here Page 93 MARY PATRICK It doesnt make any sense She was right behind me The HORN on the school bus blows loudly down in the street MARY ROBERT We cant sing without her What should we do MARY PATRICK calming herself Well pray and shell be there The nuns are calmed by the tone of Mary Patricks voice They leave the room to join the others on the bus EXT STREET DAY Eddies police car streaks through crowded streets INT EDDIES CAR Christy still looks unsettled CHRISTY Eddie Ive got to go back They wont sing without me Im deserting them EDDIE I think theyd understand CHRISTY Thats not the point They need me Eddie glances at her impressed by the influence the convent has had EDDIE They need you A bunch of nuns For what Moral guidance Makeup tips CHRISTY You dont get it Its a big thing for them its like Caesars Palace Primetime Theyre singing for the Cardinals Its like Star Search If first prize was a trip to the Vatican Theyve worked really hard they deserve this EDDIE goading her Nuns Page 94 CHRISTY Theyre not nuns Theyre like people With one outfit EXT CONVENT DAY Joey and Willy park their car in front of the convent get out quickly and climb the steps to the front door They ring the bell JOEY So that guy in the bar was right Shes like some kind of nun WILLY Yeah right when I see it Lawanda and her friends watch Joey and Willy pounding on the convent door LAWANDA You dudes looking for nuns They all went to St Matthews JOEY St Matthews Thanks LAWANDA Praise the Lord Joey and Willy run past the girls get into their car and take off INT EDDIES CAR DAY Eddie glances at the dashboard and sees that the fuel gauge is close to empty He wheels into a gas station and pulls up to the tanks Christy starts to open the door but he stops her EDDIE Whatre you doing CHRISTY Even nuns have to pee He lets her go then gets out to pump gas INT WOMENS ROOM Christy enters the bathroom it is deserted She fondles her rosary beads and sinks to her knees This position doesnt work for her she stands She looks around her she glances up toward heaven She decides to do things simply and speaks in a matteroffact tone Page 95 CHRISTY Okay its me Mary Clarence Christy Its Chris Carter I need some help here I cant believe Im doing this Okay look I know I should just get back in the car and get the hell out of here Save my skin I mean its not wrong Vince really wants to kill me Why do you make guys like Vince But if I dont sing at St Matthews Mary Robert Mary Patrick It means so much to them Theyre counting on me and I like that Maybe Reverend Mother is right maybe I am a bad influence maybe Im just some Vegas slut but can we cut a deal here I mean I still dont believe in like most of the Commandments and stuff in church still gives me the willies but if I go back and sing if I do a good deed will you promise I wont get killed All I want is a sign Lightning Thunder Anything Suddenly Christy hears the toilet FLUSH in the next bathroom CHRISTY in disbelief No No Doesnt count Suddenly Christy hears AVE MARIA coming from a radio or TV outside the bathroom She looks up a ray of sunlight illuminates a grimy dimestore Christmas tree ornament hanging from a room deodorizer The ornament is a glittery angel it sparkles in the light Christy leaves the bathroom still not quite sure EXT GAS STATION Christy looks through the grimy window of the gas station office A bored Mechanic is watching a small portable TV On the TV is an episode of THE FLYING NUN Sally Field in full habit is soaring along Suddenly Christy hears the loud ROAR of a motorcycle starting up over by one of the gas pumps The BIKER turns and looks at Christy he has long hair and a beard and moustache and he looks well a bit like Jesus CHRISTY Oh my God Christy runs up to the Biker CHRISTY Im late for church Can I get a lift Page 96 Christy swings onto the back seat the Biker puts his Harley in gear and flies down the street Eddie is shocked as he drops some money on the ground and jumps into his car to follow EXT ST MATTHEWS CATHEDRAL DAY We see a network truck parked in front of the landmark cathedral INT CHAPEL There is a sense of chaos in the chapel as TECHNICIANS set up television equipment and Mother Superior leads the choir as it rehearses Near the back of the chapel Bishop OHara looks concerned over the performance of the choir A CARDINAL walks up to Bishop OHara CARDINAL Is this the choir youve been speaking so highly of Bishop OHARA Theyre just a bit nervous Theyll be fine The choir seems very demoralized as they finish the hymn Mary Patrick is close to tears MARY PATRICK We sound terrible We need Mary Clarence MARY LAZARUS Were losing it MARY ROBERT I dont understand Where is she MOTHER SUPERIOR Her whereabouts are unknown and we must proceed without her Pull yourselves together Clapping his hands briskly the FLOOR DIRECTOR suddenly steps forward from behind the TV cameras and hustles the choir away from the altar FLOOR DIRECTOR Okay Sisters we have to move on now That was great just great Charlie throw a spot on the pulpit Lets get a balance Dispirited the choir leaves the altar and walks toward the back of the church Page 97 EXT LOS ANGELES STREET The motorcycle flies through the streets breaking every traffic law on the books Christys robe flaps behind her in the wind and she has a wide smile as she rides As passersby stare at her she holds out two fingers and blesses them EXT ST MATTHEWS CATHEDRAL Mary Robert stands alone in front of the cathedral wringing her hands with worry Suddenly her face brightens like the dawn as she sees Christy ride up MARY ROBERT Youre here Thank goodness INT CATHEDRAL Christy and Mary Robert rush down a side corridor turn a corner and see two TV Technicians standing near some cables with the letters of the network embroidered on the backs of their jackets Christy rushes up to them and taps them on the shoulders CHRISTY Excuse me wheres the rehearsal room The two Technicians turn toward her and she is horrified to see they are Joey and Willy Christy gasps as Willy sticks a gun in her ribs Joey smiles at her JOEY The rehearsal room is right this way Joey opens a door that leads to an alley behind the cathedral Mary Robert looks confused MARY ROBERT Wait this isnt the way Who are you CHRISTY Theyre from my old convent Christy suddenly lifts her knee into Willys groin and he buckles over She scrambles for the gun but Joey beats her to it Christy looks frantically at Mary Robert CHRISTY Run Take off MARY ROBERT Again Revived Willy lunges for Mary Robert and grabs her The two men hustle the two struggling nuns out the door to the alley Page 98 EXT ALLEY DAY Joey and Willy wrestle the two nuns to the open door of their car They shove Christy and Mary Robert into the back seat and Willy climbs in next to them WILLY Go Joey starts the car and it takes off with SQUEALING tires Willy has his gun pointed at Christy who sits beside Mary Robert MARY ROBERT But what do they want Where are we going CHRISTY to Joey and Willy Shes got nothing to do with this Let her go JOEY Yeah right to the cops No way CHRISTY Mary Robert dont panic Remember what we talked about Experience JOEY What CHRISTY quickly to Mary Robert You can handle this The car comes to a stop at an intersection Christy reaches across Mary Robert and opens the car door She shoves Mary Robert into the street CHRISTY Go Mary Robert executes a perfect somersault onto the sidewalk She looks to heaven crosses herself and runs back to the cathedral Willy grabs Christy before she can escape JOEY Shes gettin away WILLY Forget her We got the one we need Step on it Joey takes off again Page 99 EXT STREET Eddies car is tied up in traffic but he turns on his blinker lights and peels over to the opposite lane Cars stop to let him through INT ST MATTHEWS CATHEDRAL DAY In the rehearsal room Mary Robert has just finished telling the nuns what happened to Christy MARY PATRICK You mean they kidnapped her MARY ROBERT Yes two men and they had guns MOTHER SUPERIOR She shouldnt have come back She knew she was in danger MARY PATRICK But why would anyone kidnap a nun MARY LAZARUS Were they Catholics Mother Superior suddenly steps forward MOTHER SUPERIOR She isnt a nun Her real name is Christy Van Cartier and she is a professional entertainer She witnessed a vicious crime and has been hiding in our convent The nuns all react with shock and emotion MARY ROBERT An entertainer MARY PATRICK She wasnt a nun ANOTHER NUN She lied to us MARY ROBERT But but she was such a wonderful nun MARY PATRICK Look what she did with the choir She made us sing beautifully MARY LAZARUS That should have tipped us Page 100 MARY ROBERT Well I dont care who she is We cant sing without her MARY PATRICK Shes our inspiration MARY LAZARUS Shes the act MARY ROBERT Reverend Mother I know that you and Mary Clarence didnt always agree but weve got to help her MARY PATRICK Weve got to save her MARY LAZARUS We cant leave it up to the Feds The nuns all look to Mother Superior for an answer MOTHER SUPERIOR Calm down Think clearly Mary Robert do you have any idea who those men were MARY ROBERT She said they were from her old convent MOTHER SUPERIOR But she was a showgirl She didnt have an old convent MARY PATRICK She told us about one The Little Sisters of the Moonlight In Las Vegas MOTHER SUPERIOR All right Its a beginning Las Vegas Nevada All the nuns hurriedly cross themselves MOTHER SUPERIOR Mary Lazarus find the Bishop and tell him the situation Everyone else follow me Mother Superior leads the way out the door EXT STREET NIGHT The Driver sits at the wheel of the school bus reading a sleazy novel He looks up as the nuns all converge on the door Page 101 MOTHER SUPERIOR Emergency Open up The Driver opens the door MOTHER SUPERIOR The San Francisco airport Immediately The nuns are all zooming past the Driver onto the bus MARY LAZARUS to the Driver Step on it Mary Lazarus grabs the Drivers sleazy novel confiscating it The Driver starts the engine As the bus drives off Eddies car streaks INTO THE SCENE and parks in front of the cathedral INT ST MATTHEWS CATHEDRAL Eddie rushes into the lobby and sees Bishop OHara EDDIE Where is she OHARA There was a kidnapping We think Las Vegas Eddie turns and races back toward the car EXT SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT NIGHT Several small planes are parked on the tarmac Mother Superior and the nuns are arguing with the MANAGER of the airport a grouchy guy in greasestained overalls MANAGER Fifteen hundred for the run to Vegas Rockbottom MARY PATRICK But we dont have fifteen hundred MARY ROBERT Were nuns The Manager starts back toward his office MANAGER Cant help you No exceptions MOTHER SUPERIOR Young man Page 102 The voice has a powerful ring of authority to it and the Manager looks around MANAGER What MOTHER SUPERIOR We are nuns We pray MANAGER So MOTHER SUPERIOR We pray for good things Food for the hungry MARY PATRICK Peace on Earth MOTHER SUPERIOR However we can also pray for other things MARY PATRICK Measles MARY ROBERT Lawsuits MARY LAZARUS Tax audits There is a pause as the Manager stares at the nuns in horror MOTHER SUPERIOR Come Sisters Lets go to chapel Bring your beads The nuns begin to leave MANAGER Wait EXT NIGHT SKY LATER A plane sweeps through the desert sky headed for Las Vegas Through the windows of the plane we see nuns staring out at the glittering city in the distance INT MOONLIGHT CASINO NIGHT Packed with gamblers the room is a flurry of activity Joey works his way through the crowd then spots Vince near the money cage JOEY We got her Page 103 Vince follows Joey out of the casino with a grim expression INT STORAGE ROOM Vince and Joey enter a storage room that is cluttered with boxes Christy is tied to a chair in the back of the room with Willy standing guard over her Christy sits very calmly despite the anger she is in She seems distinctly nunlike in her radiant serenity VINCE turning on the charm Babe Christy does not reply VINCE Babe what happened here Look at you CHRISTY Good evening Vincent VINCE What Vincent This is me doll I know you What did you think you were doing Running to the cops Hiding out No no Youre sorry now arent you CHRISTY I am sorry for all my sins And yours Vince Willy and Joey all look at each other perplexed WILLY Shes a nun Vince VINCE kneeling by Christy I love you Chris I always will I gave you so much My time My affection A bigtime career And how do you repay me Whats the thanks I get Wheres the loyalty huh Wheres the love CHRISTY You will be judged Vincent We all will Vince stands the charm hasnt worked Hes getting angry VINCE What do you mean judged I dont get judged baby MORE Page 104 VINCE CONTD And who are you to talk You were nothing You couldnt even sing I must have been out of my mind WILLY Shes acting weird Vince Ever since we picked her up JOEY Its spooky Its like she aint even afraid or nothing Vince grabs the front of Christys habit and squeezes it tightly around her throat VINCE Shes afraid Come on tell the boys youre afraid CHRISTY calmly I feel sorry for you Vincent And I forgive you This really throws Vince and angers him further He glares at Christy and then releases her He turns to Joey and Willy VINCE Who gives a damn Waste her Joey and Willy look a little unsure as Vince storms out of the room INT PLANE The nuns are mesmerized by the bright skyline with its colorful flashes of neon MARY PATRICK Its so beautiful MARY ROBERT And what a lovely name Las Vegas MOTHER SUPERIOR And Gommorah The plane sets down at the Vegas airport Mother Superior and the nuns climb out INT BAR AREA Joey and Willy find Vince near the bar Page 105 VINCE Its done JOEY Not totally VINCE disturbed Whats the problem WILLY Shes shes a nun VINCE Are you nuts Shes not a nun Its Christy Shes a babe JOEY But Vince how do you know she didnt like join up and become a nun when she was in that convent VINCE It didnt happen WILLY She was real quiet and peaceful all the way back in the car JOEY No smartass remarks or nothing VINCE I cant believe this Okay I want both you guys to go back there and both of you shoot her at the same time JOEY Yeah WILLY Right That way wed never know which bullet got to her brain and killed her first It could always be the other guy They all look happy with this solution as Joey and Willy leave INT STOREROOM Christy still shows no signs of fear as Joey and Willy take out their guns JOEY Okay we got onetwothree and on three we both shoot Got it Page 106 WILLY Got it Joey points his gun at Christys left temple and Willy points his gun at her right temple JOEY One two Christy closes her eyes JOEY Three Neither man shoots They look at each other with anger Christy opens her eyes JOEY You didnt shoot WILLY Neither did you JOEY I figured if you were gonna then I wouldnt have to WILLY Thats what I figured too EXT LAS VEGAS HELIPORT The nuns leave the terminal and stand on the sidewalk out front MARY ROBERT Las Vegas shes here somewhere MOTHER SUPERIOR But where MARY PATRICK Look There she is Mary Patrick is pointing to a group of billboards that feature huge ads for the local hotels and casinos The center billboard has a splashy picture of a roulette wheel the Elvis impersonator and Christy and the Ronelles The bottom part of the billboard shows the name of the Moonlight Casino and Lounge MARY ROBERT The Little Sisters of the Moonlight MARY PATRICK But how do we get there Page 107 MOTHER SUPERIOR Stand back she strides into the road Taxi INT CASINO Once again Joey and Willy find Vince VINCE Well JOEY It didnt work Vince VINCE You were both supposed to put your guns to her head and shoot WILLY We both missed VINCE Okay so the problem is still the nun outfit right JOEY Right VINCE So take it off WILLY shocked Strip down a nun You want us to fry JOEY For like twelve zillion eternities VINCE Im telling you shes not a nun Get her out of the nun outfit and put her in some clothes JOEY Maybe pants WILLY A sweater JOEY And then we can ice her No nun no evil eye Joey and Willy are very confident about this solution They strut off pleased with themselves Page 108 EXT LAS VEGAS AIRPORT NIGHT Eddie strides out of the airport he took a later flight than the nuns A squad car is waiting Clarkson beckons him CLARKSON Lieutenant Eddie jumps in the car Clarkson turns on the red bubble light and the SIREN and the car zooms off INT STORAGE ROOM NIGHT Joey and Willy return to the storage room looking confident of their mission this time Christy glances up at them as they enter and Willy begins to untie her WILLY We got it all worked out He works the ropes free and Christy rubs her wrists to get circulation back again JOEY Okay Christy strip CHRISTY What JOEY That thing That nun thing Take it off Christy suddenly drops to her knees and begins to pray WILLY Whats she doing JOEY Shes praying CHRISTY And God bless Joey and Willy who are only trying to do their jobs faking Latin Pox fibula tibia vobiscum Et marcus dominos pizza Have mercy Amen she looks up at the guys Im finished now Help me up As Joey and Willy bend down to help her up Christy suddenly grabs their neckties in each hand With a fierce jerk she pulls the neckties with all her might smashing Joeys head against Willys Page 109 Stunned Joey and Willy stagger backward holding their heads Christy scrambles out the door while the two men groan in pain INT CORRIDOR Joey and Willy burst out of the room with guns drawn At the far end of the corridor they spot a glimpse of black clothing as Christy starts down the stairs JOEY There she goes shes taking the stairs I They run quickly after her INT STAIRWAY Christy runs down the stairs as a SHOT rings out Christy screams and runs even faster INT CASINO A door swings open into the casino and Christy appears looking frantic A MUFFLED SHOT is heard behind her and she sprints into the casino Seconds later Joey and Willy appear JOEY Find Vince and tell him what happened Ill take this side of the room Willy hurries away to find Vince and Joey starts searching the crowd EXT THE MOONLIGHT HOTEL AND CASINO Three cabs ROAR up in front of the building and nuns tumble out INT CASINO ENTRANCE The nuns enter the casino and stop dead in their tracks Before them is a large room filled with glitter and sin the SOUND of jackpots and crap tables MOTHER SUPERIOR Brace yourselves Sisters In unison the nuns all cross themselves MOTHER SUPERIOR Spread out and look for Mary Clarence Try to blend in The nuns spread to every part of the room looking for Christy Page 110 INT CASINO A blackjack table a game is in progress with several players Mary Patrick rushes up to the table MARY PATRICK Excuse me has anyone seen a nun MARY ROBERT A Benedictine The CROUPIER and the players stare at the two nuns INT CASINO Christy is making her way past a roulette table Suddenly she sees Joey coming toward her making his way through the crowd Christy grabs the arm of a SALESMAN playing roulette CROUPIER Place your bets CHRISTY to the Salesman Red 21 SALESMAN You sure How do you know Christy looks up to heaven SALESMAN to the Croupier Red 21 Joey stands at the opposite side of the roulette table glaring at Christy The crowd around the table watches Christy for a moment then they all put their chips down on Red 21 Joey starts working his way around the table toward Christy as the Croupier spins the wheel The ball falls into a slot CROUPIER Black 14 Everyone at the table turns toward Christy outraged She gives them a reprimanding look CHRISTY Did you learn something Christy suddenly realizes that Joey is almost at her side She shoves the Salesman against him and runs away Page 111 INT CASINO We see two long rows of slot machines with gamblers working every machine Willy appears at one end of the row scanning the area for Christy He sees a nun crossing at the far end of the row and she moves out of sight Willy heads in that direction Someone hits a JACKPOT behind him and he turns toward the sound As he does he sees another nun crossing at the opposite end of the row of machines Willy turns again now he sees three nuns crossing at the opposite end He looks confused and doesnt know which way to turn EXT PARKING LOT NIGHT Eddie drives up in the squad car and parks near the back door EDDIE to Clarkson Close off the block but dont move in till I tell you Eddie jumps out of the car and hurries inside INT BLACKJACK AREA As Christy moves past a blackjack game she suddenly sees Vince moving toward her Turning quickly she moves away from Vince but suddenly sees Joey coming toward her from the opposite direction Trapped for a moment she has panic in her eyes Suddenly she is flanked by Mother Superior and Mary Patrick CHRISTY What are you doing here MOTHER SUPERIOR Saving you Move The nuns surround Christy and head through the crowd in a cluster Joey and Vince pursue them from different directions Just before they catch them Mother Superior barks an order MOTHER SUPERIOR Break The nuns split up each taking a different direction Vince and Joey look bewildered VINCE Get her JOEY Which one Page 112 VINCE The nun Vince Joey and Willy each pick a nun and follow her Vince catches up to a nun whom we only see from the rear He grabs her shoulder VINCE Babe The nun spins around it is Mother Superior MOTHER SUPERIOR Sweetheart Vince releases her and frantically searches the crowd again Joey catches up with his nun only to find it is Mary Patrick The shell game has worked Christy has escaped for the moment INT SLOT MACHINE AREA We FIND Eddie scanning the floor and seeing nuns spread out everywhere He talks quietly into his walkietalkie EDDIE Move in Seal off the exits but dont come inside till I tell you INT CASINO Vince Joey and Willy run into each other in the center of the casino WILLY Theres nuns everywhere Hundreds of em All the nuns suddenly come together and see that the exits are blocked by Vince and his hoods Vince spots Christy in the center of the group VINCE There she is JOEY Which one Christy sees Vince pointing at her CHRISTY Quick theres another way out of here Follow me Page 113 Christy runs toward a set of glass doors set off to one side The other nuns follow her VINCE Shes heading for the lounge Go Vince Joey and Willy head for the lounge Across the room Eddie sees Christy and the cluster of nuns head through the glass doors He barks into his walkietalkie EDDIE Move in now INT LOUNGE The lounge is deserted between shows and all the lights are out The mobsters enter with guns drawn JOEY I cant see anything in here VINCE Willy hit the lights WILLY Where VINCE Find em Willy moves off to find the light switch There is a flash of black and white fabric behind some chairs JOEY There Before he can shoot there is another flash of fabric on the opposite side of the room VINCE aiming No there And a third flash of fabric near the stage JOEY Over there Willy has found the lights and the lounge is suddenly brightly lit The mobsters blink for a moment then find all the nuns bunched together in a corner trying to find an exit VINCE Freeze Everybody Page 114 The nuns turn and face the mobsters shielding Christy VINCE Joey JOEY Where is she Christy steps forward to the front of the stage CHRISTY Right here Let the others go they have nothing to do with this VINCE Joey do it JOEY But boss shes still you know a nun VINCE Shes a broad Got it Just some broad Mother Superior steps forward MOTHER SUPERIOR with authority I guarantee you she is no broad She is Sister Mary Clarence of St Katherines Convent She is a model of generosity virtue and love You have my word gentlemen She is a nun WILLY Hear that Now arent you glad we didnt shoot her Vince has had enough Facing Christy he raises the gun and points it right between Christys eyes only inches away The nuns all recoil with horror BLAM The gun goes off but Christy isnt hit She blinks her eyes open shocked to be alive Instead its Vince who falls crumpling to the floor and clutching his shoulder Across the room Eddie holds a smoking police revolver The nuns all swarm around Christy joyously MARY ROBERT Mary Clarence youre alive MARY PATRICK smiling Christy Page 115 MARY LAZARUS also smiling Van Cartier CHRISTY You know About me About everything Christy breaks away from the jubilant nuns She faces Mother Superior CHRISTY Reverend Mother Thankyou MOTHER SUPERIOR Oh CHRISTY You saved my life MOTHER SUPERIOR Im a Christian Police pour into the room and gather up Joey Willy and Vince Eddie walks over to Christy and Mother Superior EDDIE Dont you have a concert to go to CHRISTY That depends Sisters you dont know this but Reverend Mothers been making all sorts of noises about resigning Thats bad news I dont know if we could sing if we thought that was true MARY ROBERT Not a note MARY PATRICK Impossible Mary Lazarus coughs and points to her throat as if she has laryngitis All the other nuns imitate her CHRISTY to Mother Superior Then I guess youre stuck Life sentence No parole MOTHER SUPERIOR Very well she turns to Eddie I hold you responsible for all of this For introducing a lounge act into my convent For utterly disrupting our way of life And for placing all of us in mortal danger sincerely with a smile Thankyou Page 116 ANGLE on Christy watching this She grins CHRISTY Yeah Eddie thanks a whole bunch Thanks for sticking me in a convent So you think after all this maybe I really am a nun EDDIE I dont know Theres only one way to be absolutely sure CHRISTY Yeah like what Eddie takes Christy in his arms and they begin a kiss As they do so Vince struggles toward Christy as two cops hold him back He is furious VINCE I was good to you You re nothing but notalent garbage Youre a twobit Tramp CHRISTY staring at Vince seeing him for the scum that he is That used to be true Vince I was with you But something happened And Im different now Realdifferent Ive had well you might call it a religious experience And Ive got just two words for you And those two words are MARY ROBERT afraid Christy will curse Mary Clarence CHRISTY grinning to Vince Bless you EXT ST MATTHEWS CATHEDRAL People are pouring into the cathedral Among them we see many Cardinals in their red uniforms INT ST MATTHEWS CATHEDRAL The choir has gathered together in a small room off the main chapel They are putting finishing touches on their choral robes and are waiting nervously to go on MARY PATRICK to Christy I just realized this is the last time well all be together Were going to miss you so much Page 117 Christy and Mary Patrick embrace Mary Patrick is tearful CHRISTY Hey you re supposed to be the cheerful one Why do I suddenly feel like Snow White MARY LAZARUS to Christy with humor You re okay for a civilian Christy and Mary Lazarus embrace MARY ROBERT Reverend Mother MOTHER SUPERIOR Yes MARY ROBERT Since Mary Clarence came to St Katherines Ive been shot at kidnapped by Mafia hit men and Ive tasted beer Is that enough experience yet For final vows CHRISTY I dont think so What about skydiving A crank call to Billy Graham MOTHER SUPERIOR You have evidenced great maturity Mary Robert We shall have a serious discussion CHRISTY What about me Reverend Mother I think you were right Im just a bad influence Sister show biz MOTHER SUPERIOR Perhaps not Perhaps we can all use a little Spandex CHRISTY Really And maybe shorter habits and women priests and sleeping late MOTHER SUPERIOR Dont push it Christy and Mother Superior embrace INT CHAPEL The chapel is packed to the rafters The first few rows of pews are occupied by Cardinals Television cameras glide up and down the aisles angling for shots of the altar Page 118 The Choir stands together on the altar with Christy in front Behind them stands a much larger allcity choir Christy gives the nod to Sister Alma and the organ vamp begins MARY ROBERT I WAS DOWNHEARTED CHRISTY Its true MARY ROBERT I WAS HELLBOUND YES THATS WHAT THEY SAY SATAN WAS WAITING CHRISTY Dont you know it MARY ROBERT BUT THE LORD CAME TO ME CHRISTY What did He say MARY ROBERT HE SAID SING THE DEVIL AWAY MARY PATRICK MY SOUL WAS IN DANGER ID FALLEN FROM GRACE CHRISTY Its true I know her MARY PATRICK DAMNATION WAS ALL I COULD SEE CHRISTY What a shame MARY PATRICK BUT THEN CAME AN ANGEL WHO WHISPERED THESE WORDS CHRISTY Pay attention MARY PATRICK SING AND THE DEVIL WILL FLEE CHRISTY Were you wicked CHOIR SING CHRISTY Were you tempted CHOIR SING SING AND YOUR SPIRIT WILL SOAR Page 119 In the front row Mother Superior is trying to resist the music She gives in and starts bobbing her head to the beat Beside her Eddie looks very proud as his eyes meet Christys CHRISTY But Im fearful CHOIR SING CHRISTY And Im tearful CHOIR SING CHRISTY YES ILL SING AND KNOW JOY EVERMORE CHRISTYCHOIR DO YOUR TROUBLES BIND YOU IF YOORE DEEP IN WOE YOU CAN BANISH GLOOM IF YOU TRY FIND A SONG WITHIN YOU LET IT FILL YOUR DAYS JUST SING MARY ROBERT SING CHOIR JUST SING MARY PATRICK SING MARY LAZARUS JUST SING CHRISTY Sing CHRISTYCHOIR SING AND SAY DEVIL GOODBYE The entire congregation is ecstatic as the song concludes with a glorious final flourish FADE OUT THE END Writers Paul RudnickGenres Comedy Crime Musical User Comments