Truman Show

Original Screenplay by
Andrew Niccol

Transcript by
Dana Franklin
and
Kevin Simpson

v2.1

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The Lunar Room

                        CHRISTOF
           We've become bored with watching actors
           give us phony emotions.  We're tired of
           pyrotechnics and special effects. While
           the world he inhabits is in some
           respects counterfeit, there's nothing
           fake about Truman himself.  No
           scripts, no cue cards...It isn't always
           Shakespeare but it's genuine.  It's a
           life.

Truman's Bathroom

                        TRUMAN
                 (to mirror cam)
           I'm not going to make it. You're going
           to have to go on without me.  No way,
           mister, you're going to the top of this
           mountain...Broken legs and all.

The Lunar Room

                        CHRISTOF
           We find many viewers leave him on all
           night for comfort.

Truman's Bathroom

                        TRUMAN
                 (to mirror cam)
           You're crazy, you know that?

Interview

                        MERYL
           Well, I mean, there is no--there is no
           difference between a private life and a
           public life.  My--my life is my life, is
           The Truman Show.  The Truman Show is...a
           lifestyle.  It's a noble life.  It is...a
           truly blessed life.

Truman's Bathroom

                        TRUMAN
                 (to mirror cam)
           I'm not going to get to the top. All
           right, promise me one thing though: If
           I die before I reach the summit, you will
           use me as an alternative source of food.
           Eeeewwww, gross.

Interview

                        MARLON
           It's all true.  It's all real.  Nothing here
           is fake.  Nothing you see on this show
           is fake.  It's merely controlled.

Truman's Bathroom

                        TRUMAN
           Eat me, dammit.  That's an order.
           Maybe just my love handles.
           I have love handles.....little ones.

                        MERYL (O.S)
           Truman!  You're going to be late!

                        TRUMAN
           Okay!!
                 (sighs)

On Truman's Porch

                        TRUMAN
           Good Morning!

                        MRS. WASHINGTON
           Good Morning!

                        WASHINGTON KID
           Good Morning!

                        TRUMAN
           Oh!  And in case I don't see ya'!  Good
           Afternoon, Good Evening, and Goodnight!
                 (laughs jovially)
           Yeah...yeah...

                        SPENCER
           Good morning Truman!

                        TRUMAN
           Good mornin', Spencer!

                        PLUTO (the dog)
                 (barks at Truman)

                        TRUMAN
           Hey Pluto.  Hey Pluto!  Hey Pluto!

                        SPENCER
           Hey...c'mon, buddy.  Get back here.

                        TRUMAN
           Get down!  'at a girl...I know... It's just me..

                        SPENCER
           C'mon, Pluto!

                        TRUMAN
                 (re: light from sky)
           Oh my God!

Truman's Car

                        RADIO
           Here's a news flash just in: an aircraft in
           trouble began shedding parts as it flew over
           Seahaven just a few moments ago.

                        TRUMAN
           Nnnnnnn...

                        RADIO
           Wow.  Luckily no one was hurt.  But hey!  How
           do you feel today?

                        TRUMAN
           Mmm-mmm. (okay)

                        RADIO
           That's good.  You thinking of flying anywhere?

                        TRUMAN
           Nope.

                        RADIO
           O-o-oh, good.  (The weather?)Sit back and let
           this music calm you down.

Newspaper Stand

                        CUSTOMER
           Dog Fancy please...Why thank you.  Thank you
           very much.

                        TRUMAN
           Ohhh.  Get a paper there, will you, Harold?
           Oh, and uh...one of these - for the wife.
           Loves her fashion mags.

                        HAROLD
           Will that be all for you, Truman?

                        TRUMAN
           That's the whole kit 'n' caboodle.

                        HAROLD
           Catch ya' later.

                        TRUMAN
           Of course.  Yeah...

In Front of Chicken Ad

                        TRUMAN
           Good morning.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Hey!  Good morning, Truman.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Good morning, Truman.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Good morning, Truman!

                        TRUMAN
           Hey!  How are you guys?

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Beautiful day, in't it?

                        TRUMAN
           Ah...always.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Ah. And how's your lovely wife?

                        TRUMAN
           s'Good.  Good.  How about yours'?

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Ohhh...Couldn't be better!

                        TRUMAN
           Ahhhh...

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Uh..nice talkin' to ya', Truman.

                        TRUMAN
           You too, you too.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           But we must go now.

                        TRUMAN
           Hey, think about that policy!

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Yes, we'll think about it.

                        TRUMAN
           Okay, that's two for one, that's a good deal.
           Doppelganger Special.

At the Revolving Door, Truman's Office

                        TRUMAN
           Hey, fella's, going in?  Go ahead....
           Hey, whoa....I'm not that anxious to get
           there.

Truman's Office

                        TRUMAN
                 (on phone)
           Uh, could I have directory assistance for
           Fiji, please?  Fiji Islands...

                        OFFICE NEIGHBOR
                 (re: Newspaper article
                  "Seahaven Best Place to Live")
           Truman, did you see this?

                        TRUMAN
                 (on phone)
           All right, sure ma'am, if--if uh..he's in a
           coma he's probably uninsurable!
                 (whispering)
           Yes, uh..Fiji please.  Do you have a listing
           for a Lauren Garland?....unlisted....okay..
           Do you have a Sylvia Garland?  S for Sylvia.
           None...okay, thank you.
                 (hangs up phone)

                        OFFICE NEIGHBOR
           Let's see, Burbank, got a prospect in Wells
           Park for you to close.

                        TRUMAN
           Wel-Wells Park?  On uh...Harbor Island?

                        OFFICE NEIGHBOR
           You...know another one?

                        TRUMAN
           Well, I can't do it.  I uh...have an
           appointment.  Dentist.

                        OFFICE NEIGHBOR
           Really?

                        TRUMAN
           Yeah.
                 (Toothy grin)

                        OFFICE NEIGHBOR
           You're going to lose a lot more than your teeth
           if you don't meet your quota.  Truman.  They're
           making cutbacks in here this month.

                        TRUMAN
           Cutbacks?

                        OFFICE NEIGHBOR
           Yeah.  You need this.  'sides, half hour across
           the bay, a little sea air..do you good.

                        TRUMAN
           Hey, thanks.

At the Docks

                        TRUMAN
           Hello!  Ferry's still here, huh?  Well, I'm
           headin' to sea.

                        TICKETPERSON
           One way or return?

                        TRUMAN
                 (like duh)
           Return.

                        TICKETPERSON
           Here you go, sir.

                        FERRY STAFF
                 (re: Truman's faint condition)
           Do you need any help, sir?

                        TRUMAN
           You go ahead, I'll-I'll be fine.

Truman's Lawn

                        MERYL
           I'm home, Truman!  Look what I got for you
           at the checkout.  It's a Chef's Pal.  It's a
           dicer, grater, peeler all in one.  Never
           needs sharpening.  Dishwasher safe.

                        TRUMAN
           Wow.  That's amazing!

                        MERYL
           Truman.  Missed a spot.

Unfinished Bridge

                        MARLON
           Mm.  THAT is a beer.

                        TRUMAN
           You know, I've been thinking about gettin'
           out, Marlon.

                        MARLON
           Yeah?  Out of what?

                        TRUMAN
           Out of my job.  Out of this city.  Off this
           island.  Out.

                        MARLON
           Out of your job?  What the hell is wrong
           with your job?  You have a great job,
           Truman.  You have a desk job.  I'd kill
           for a desk job.
                 (re: beer)
           Here ya' go.
                 (continuing)
           You should try stocking vending machines
           for a living.

                        TRUMAN
           No thanks.

                        MARLON
           Now there's excitement.

                        TRUMAN
           Don't you ever get restless? Itchy feet?

                        MARLON
           Where is there to go?

                        TRUMAN
           Fiji.

                        MARLON
           Where the hell is Fiji?  Near Florida?

                        TRUMAN
                 (using golf ball as Earth)
           See here?

                        MARLON
           Mmmhm..

                        TRUMAN
                 (finger on one point of ball)
           This is us...and all the way around here..
                 (finger slides around to
                 opposite point)
           Fiji.

                        MARLON
           Mmmm... (Oh...)

                        TRUMAN
           can't get any further away before you start
           coming back.....You know, there are still
           islands in Fiji where no human being has ever
           set foot?

(question to Andrew Niccol:  is Fiji a reference to Lister's, a
character on the British Sci-fi comedy "Red Dwarf," dream of building
a farm in Fiji?)

                        MARLON
           hoo..So, when're you gonna go?

                        TRUMAN
           It's not that simple.  It takes money.
           Planning.  Can't just..up and go.

                        MARLON
           Right.

                        TRUMAN
           I'm gonna' do it.  Don't worry about that.
           You know, bonus time's just around the corner.

                        MARLON
           Hmmm.  Hey, you comin' for a drink?

                        TRUMAN
           No.  Can't..

Flashback to Ocean

                        KIRK
           I don't like the look of that weather, son.
           I think we should head back.

                        YOUNG TRUMAN
           Oh no, Dad.

                        KIRK
           No..we should go back.

                        YOUNG TRUMAN
           Just a little further.  Please.

                        KIRK
           Okay.

                        YOUNG TRUMAN
           Yeah.

                        THUNDER
                 (boom)

                        YOUNG TRUMAN
           Daddy!

Beach

                        TRUMAN
           Ugh.  Ha ha ha ha ha!  Ahhhhhhhh!

Truman Home

                        MERYL
           You're soaked!  Where have you been?

                        TRUMAN
           I figured we could scrape together eight
           thousand dollars--

                        MERYL
           Every time you and Marlon get together something--

                        TRUMAN
           We could bum around the world for a year
           on that.

                        MERYL
           And then what, Truman?  We'd be where we were
           five years ago.  You're talking like a
           teenager.

                        TRUMAN
           Maybe I feel like a teenager.

                        MERYL
           We have mortgage payments, Truman.  We have
           car payments.  What?  We're just going to
           walk away from our financial obligations?

                        TRUMAN
           We need adventure..

                        MERYL
           I thought we were going to try for a baby.
           Isn't that enough of an adventure?

                        TRUMAN
           That can wait.  I need to get away.  See
           some of the world.  Explore!  

                        MERYL
           You want to be an explorer...This'll pass.
           We all think like this now and again.
           Let's get you out of these wet clothes,
           huh?  And into bed.

Security Garage

                        SECURITY GUARD
           You never see anything anyway.  They always
           uh..turn the camera, and..play music and...you
           know, the wind blows and then the curtain moves.
           You don't see anything.

Newspaper Stand

                        TRUMAN
           Ooohhhhh...and I'll pick one of these up
           while I'm at it.

                        HAROLD
           For the wife.

                        TRUMAN
           She's gotta' have 'em.

                        HAROLD
           Anything else?

                        TRUMAN
           That's the whole ball o' wax.

                        HAROLD
           See ya' later Truman.

On the Street

                        TRUMAN
           Dad?........Hey.  What're you doing?  Hey!
           Oh!  Oof!  Ah!  Move out of the way!  Stop
           them!  Oh!  Oh.  Oof.  No no wait!  Stop!  Stop!
           Hey!  Open the doors!  Open the...!  Somebody
           stop the bus!  Stop the bus!  Somebody stop it!

Truman's Mother's House

                        MOTHER
           It doesn't sound insane at all, Truman.
           I see him ten times a week, in a hundred
           different faces.  You know I almost hugged a
           perfect stranger in the salon last Thursday.

                        TRUMAN
           It was dad.  I swear!  Dressed like a homeless
           man!  And you know what else was strange?  A
           business man and a woman with a little dog came
           out of nowhere and forced him onto a bus.

                        MOTHER
           Well!  It's about time they cleaned up the trash
           downtown before we become just like the rest
           of the country.

                        TRUMAN
           They never found Dad's body.  Maybe somehow...

                        MOTHER
           Oh no...!

                        TRUMAN
           I'm telling you, if it wasn't him, it was
           his twin.  Did dad have a bother?

                        MOTHER
           Truman, you know perfectly well that your
           father was an only child, just like you.
           No sweetie, you're just feeling bad because
           of what happened.  You, sailing off into
           that storm....But I never blamed you, Truman.
           And I don't blame you now.

Truman's Basement

                        MERYL
           What're you doing down here?

                        TRUMAN
           Fixin' the mower....I saw my father today.

                        MERYL
           I know....
                 (in response to Truman's
                  paranoid look)
           Your mother called.  You REALLY shouldn't upset
           her like that.

                        TRUMAN
           Did you want--?  What did you want?

                        MERYL
                 (super happy)
           I made macaroni!

                        TRUMAN
           I'm not hungry.

                        MERYL
           You know..you really oughta' throw out that
           mower.  Get one of those new Elk Rotaries.

The Truman Bar

                        WAITRESS
                 (re: Truman holding red
                  sweater)
           What's he doing?

                        WAITRESS
           See, they got rid of her, but they couldn't
           erase the memory.

                        WAITRESS
           The memory of who?

                        WAITRESS
           shh shh shh shh shh shh...

Flashback: In Front of Truman's College (Go Seahorses)

                        CHEERLEADERS (O.S.)
           S!  E!  A!  H!  O!  R!  S!  E!  S!

                        MERYL
                 (stumbling into Truman)
           Ow!  Ouch!

                        TRUMAN
           Oh!  Ohhhh!

                        MERYL
           Ouch!

                        TRUMAN
           You okay?

                        MERYL
           Excuse me!  Hi!

                        TRUMAN
           Hi!

                        MERYL
           Oh..I'm so sorry I fell on you.

                        TRUMAN
           It's okay.

                        MERYL
           I'm just--I've just..been a klutz all day.

                        TRUMAN
           It's all right.

                        MERYL
           I think I...sprained my ankle.  I could be...
           sorry...I'm so sorry for falling on you like
           that.

                        TRUMAN
           It's all right.

                        MERYL
           I--I'm Meryl.

                        TRUMAN
           Hi.  It's... Truman.

                        MERYL
           Hey, nice to meet you...

College Dance

Twentieth Century Boy plays here.

Library

                        MERYL
           Let's go.

                        TRUMAN
           Shh.

                        MERYL
           You can study later. C'mon.

                        TRUMAN
           No.  I gotta' commit this to memory.

                        MARLON
           C'mon, Truman.  Let's go for a brewski.
           C'mon.  C'mon.

                        TRUMAN
           You're going to hafta' copy off me so be
           careful.

                        MERYL
           No..?  ...Better person than I am.  I'll
           see you later, kay?  Bye.

                        TRUMAN
           Bye.

                        MARLON
           See ya' later, loser.

                        TRUMAN
           Ow!  Shhhh! *sigh*....... Hi...Konichiwa?

                        LAUREN
           What?

                        TRUMAN
           You take Japanese.

                        LAUREN
           Oh!  Yes.  Yes..

                        TRUMAN
           Lauren, right?....It's on your book.

                        LAUREN
           Lauren.  Right.  Right.

                        TRUMAN
           Well, I'm Truman.

                        LAUREN
           Yeah.  I know.  Look, Truman, I'm not allowed
           to talk to you.  You know.

                        TRUMAN
           Yeah, well, I can understand, I'm a pretty
           dangerous character.

                        LAUREN
           I'm sorry.  It's not like that.

                        TRUMAN
           A girl's gotta' be careful.....It's a boyfriend,
           right?

                        LAUREN
           No, it's not like--

                        TRUMAN
           Of course not.  Is it--was it Meryl, the girl I was
           with?  We're not--we don't--we're--we're--we're just--
           we're friends.  It's how I look.  Not your type.

                        LAUREN
           No.  (that's not it)

                        TRUMAN
           I like your pin.  Was wondering that myself.

                        LAUREN
           Mm.

                        TRUMAN
           Would you wanna maybe, possibly..sometime
           go out for some pizza or something?  Friday?
           Saturday?  Sunday?  Coming Tuesday?....
                 (re: Lauren's note "NOW")
           We have finals tomorrow...

                        LAUREN
           Yeah, I know.  If we don't go now, we won't have
           the chance.  Do you understand? So what are you
           gonna do.

Beach

                        TRUMAN
           Woohoo!  Please keep your hands inside the
           caaaaaaaaaaaaaaar!...This is my favorite pizza
           place.  Tony!  I wanna large, extra plankton.

                        LAUREN
           We have so little time.  They're going to
           be here any minute.

                        TRUMAN
           Who are they?

                        LAUREN
           They don't want me talking to you.

                        TRUMAN
           Then don't talk.

They kiss.

                        LAUREN
           Truman.

                        TRUMAN
           What do they want?

                        LAUREN
           Listen to me.  Everyone knows about--
           everyone knows everything you do.  'Cause they're
           pretending, Truman.  Do you--Do you understand?
           Everybody's pretending.

                        TRUMAN
           __?__.

                        LAUREN
           No no no, ah, my name's not Lauren.  No no.
           My name's Sylvia.

                        TRUMAN
           Sylvia?

                        LAUREN
           Yeah.

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           Lauren, sweetheart.  Out again?

                        TRUMAN
           Hey, wait a minute.  Who are you?

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           I'm her father!

                        LAUREN
           What?  I've never even seen you before today.

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           C'mon, sweetie.  Please, honey.

                        LAUREN
           He's lying!  Truman, please!  Don't listen to him!
           Everything I've told you is the truth!

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           Please...

                        LAUREN
           This..it--it's fake.  It's all for you.

                        TRUMAN
           I don't understand.

                        LAUREN
           An--and the sky and the sea, everything.  It's a set.
           It's a show.

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           Please.  It'll be all right.

                        LAUREN
           Please don't listen!  He's going to lie to you!

Everyone's arguing at once.

                        TRUMAN
           I really would like to know what's going on!

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           Schizophrenia.  It's episodes.

                        TRUMAN
           It's what?  (?)

                        LAUREN
           Please!  No!

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           You forget it, forget everything.

                        LAUREN
           Don't do it!  Don't Truman!

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           Don't worry.  Don't worry!  You're not the first.
           You're not the first.

                        LAUREN
           Truman!

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           She brings all her boyfriends down here.

                        LAUREN
           What's he saying?  Truman, he's lying!
           Get out of here.  Come and find me.

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           Don't worry.  We're going to Fiji.

                        TRUMAN
           See you in school!

                        LAUREN'S FATHER
           Fiji.  We're moving to Fiji.

                        TRUMAN
           Fiji?.....
                 (re: Sylvia's sweater)
           Sylvia!  Hey!

Truman Bar

                        WAITRESS
           Well, why didn't he just follow her to Fiji?

                        WAITRESS
           His mother got sick.  Really sick.  He couldn't
           leave her.  He's kind.  Maybe he's too kind.

                        WAITRESS
           I can't believe he married Meryl on the rebound.

                        BARTENDER
           Excuse me....It's sad, we've already got this on
           the greatest hits tape.

                        WAITRESS
           Can I borrow that?

Truman's Basement

                        TRUMAN
           __?__.

Truman's Car

                        RADIO
           And it's another beautiful day in paradise, 
           folks, but don't forget to buckle up out there
           in radio land. remember...a good driver....go
           go go go go go go driver good driver really good
           good good good good driver good driver goo
           driver goo goo goo...
                 (TRUMAN plays with knob)
           Wait for the cue __?__ wait for the cue. Standby one.
           Stand by to watch him. Stand by
                 (static...)
           He's heading west on Stewart. Stand by all extras. Lynn,
           he'll be on you in about 90 seconds, props make sure
           the copies out. Okay, he's making his turn onto
           Lancaster Square...
                 (screams)
           Oh my God!  He knew we were following, something's wrong,
           uh, change frequencies!
                 (Feed back, everyone on the 
                  street reacts)
           Ouch! Huh, sorry about that, folks, I guess we picked
           up a police frequency or something. It sometimes
           happens and it can drive you crazy. Okay, it's
           classical climb, back on the air, and we've still
           got some great music up ahead. But hey! Don't forget
           to buckle up. Remember safety. A good driver is a
           safe driver. A safe driver is what? Yes! Haha!
           *click*

Omnicom Building

                        SECURITY GUARD
           Uh, do you need help?

                        TRUMAN
           Uh, yeah, um, I have an appointment at uh...Huh?...
           What's that stuff he's...?  Just tell me what's...

                        SECURITY GUARD
           It's nothing.  We're remodeling.

                        TRUMAN
           Those people...

                        SECURITY GUARD
           It's none of your business, sir.

                        TRUMAN
           If you don't tell me what's happening I'll report
           you!

Mini-market

                        TRUMAN
           Marlon!

                        MARLON
           Truman?  What're you doing here?

                        TRUMAN
           I gotta' talk to you.

                        MARLON
           It's a bad time, okay?  I'm way behind on--

                        TRUMAN
           I'm on to something, Marlon.  Something big.

                        MARLON
           You okay?  You look like shit.

                        TRUMAN
           I've gotten mixed up in something.

                        MARLON
           Mixed up in what?

                        TRUMAN
           There's no point in trying to explain it, but
           a lot of strange things have been happening.
           Like, like.. at your company.  There were people
           getting on the elevator, there was no--there was
           no backing on it.

                        MARLON
           Heh.

                        TRUMAN
           I looked out, there was people there.  And the--
           on the radio, on the way to work, it started to,
           like, follow me around!  Kept talking about
           everything that I'm doing!  You know what I mean?

                        MARLON
           Now, Truman, if this is one of your fantasies, I've
           got no time to--

                        TRUMAN
           I think this is about my dad.

                        MARLON
           Your dad?

                        TRUMAN
           I think he's alive.  Yeah.  I'll tell you about it
           later.  I think I'm being followed.

                        MARLON
           By who?

                        TRUMAN
           It's hard to tell.  They look just like regular
           people.

                        MARLON
           How about those two?

                        TRUMAN
           I dunno.

                        MARLON
           mm-hmm...

                        TRUMAN
           Watch, it's those unpredictable actions...
           (or they can't follow unpredictable actions...)

Truman claps twice.

                        TRUMAN
           Anything happen?

                        MARLON
           No.

                        TRUMAN
           Mm-hmm.  We gotta' get out of here.  You ready to go?

                        MARLON
           No, I just can't--...I told you I can't.

                        TRUMAN
                 (makes a disgusted noise)

                        MARLON
           You're going to get both our asses fired, you
           know that.

                        TRUMAN
           Okay, then!  Let's do it!

                        MARLON
           What?

                        TRUMAN
           Whatever you say!  I'm game!

                        MARLON
           What?  What're you talking about?

                        TRUMAN
           Yessirree!  Birthday comes but once a year! Hah hah...

Beach at Sunset

                        TRUMAN
           Maybe I'm being set up for something.  You ever
           think about that, Marlon?  That your whole life
           has been building towards something?

                        MARLON
           Nnnnn-no.

                        TRUMAN
           When you would haul chickens in the summer for
           Kaiser, what was the furthest you ever got off
           the island?

                        MARLON
           We went all over.  Never found a place like this,
           though.  Look at that sunset, Truman.

                        TRUMAN
           Hmm?

                        MARLON
           That's the Big Guy.  What a paintbrush he's got.

                        TRUMAN
           Just between you and me, Marlon--I'm going away
           for awhile.

                        MARLON
           You are? Really.

                        TRUMAN
           Yeah.

Truman's Living Room

                        MOTHER
                 (re: photo album)
           *sigh*  Little angel....Ohhh..my little clown.
           'N carrot top, remember this?  Awww...

                        TRUMAN
           We should be getting you home, mother.

                        MOTHER
           Oh, hold on a minute, here's us at Mount Rushmore.
           Remember, Truman, when dad was still with us?  It

           was quite a drive.  You slept all the way there!

                        TRUMAN
           (re:Mount Rushmore) It's so small.

                        MOTHER
           Things always do dear, when you look back on them...

                        MERYL
           Look, Truman.  The happiest day of our lives.

                        TRUMAN
           Mmmm...

                        MERYL
           Look!  Jean, Joey, Joanne...

                        MOTHER
           Doesn't she look beautiful, Truman?  Well, she
           still does!  And there's lots of pages left over
           for baby photos.  I would like to hold a grandchild
           in my arms before I go.  And you know I really
           should be getting Truman to--

                        MERYL
           No no no no no, you stay, relax, enjoy yourself.
           Your favorite show will be coming on.

                        TRUMAN
           You sure?

                        MERYL
           Besides, we have something to discuss...

                        MOTHER
           A certain person's birthday...

                        TRUMAN
           Oohhh...I see.

                        T.V.
           And there'll be another episode of I Love Lucy
           same time tomorrow, but right now, it's time for
           Film Classics.  Tonight we present the endearing, much-
           loved classic, "Show me the Way to go Home."
           A hymn of praise to small town life where we learn
           that you don't have to leave home to discover what
           the world's all about.  And that no one's poor who
           has friends.  Full of laughter and love, pain and
           sadness, but ultimately redemption.  We share the
           trials and tribulations of the Abbot family.  Note
           the touching performance of Ronald Griereed (?) as
           Uncle Buddy.  And that scene with the bowl of
           cherries is going to have you splitting your sides
           with laughter all over again.  And there'll be
           tears, too, when David and Jennifer are reunited.
           But enough from me, let's join the Abbots in __?__
           Village.

At this point, Truman notices Meryl crossing her fingers in one of their
wedding photos...Happiest Day?

Truman's Home

                        MERYL
           Thank you, sweetie.

                        TRUMAN
           I need to talk to you.

                        MERYL
           I'd love to, but, I'm really late.

                        TRUMAN
           What's your rush?

                        MERYL
           Surgery.  There was that--that elevator disaster
           downtown.  It was on the news, last night.  This--
           this cable just snapped.  This elevator ju--it just
           plummeted down ten flights with nonunion workers.
           Just monstrous.  You know, that..that building..
           it's right next door to where you work.  Can you
           imagine if you had been in there?  It's not even
           worth thinking about.  Anyway, I have an amputation
           on one of the young women who was..in that elevator
           She's very young.  It's very..sad.  Anyway, um..wish
           me luck.

                        TRUMAN
                 (slyly)
           I'll cross my fingers for you.

Hospital

                        RECEPTIONIST
           Ah, excuse me!  Excuse me.  May uh...May I
           help you?

                        TRUMAN
           Well, uh....yes.  I'm looking for..my wife.
           Nurse Burbank.  It's very important.

                        RECEPTIONIST
           You know what, I'm afraid that that's um...
           that's not possible.  She's in pre-op.

                        TRUMAN
           Okay, fine.  Can you pass along a message?

                        RECEPTIONIST
           I'll try.
                 (giggles nervously)

                        TRUMAN
           Can you tell her: I had to go to Fiji, and that
           I'll call her when I get there.

                        RECEPTIONIST
           When you...when you get to Fiji?

                        TRUMAN
           You got it.

                        RECEPTIONIST
           Okay..um...I'll tell her.

                        TRUMAN
           Thank you so much........
                 (re: man in the way
                  with a large cart)
           Oh!  Sorry!  Here, let me help you with that.

                        DOCTOR
           He's here.

                        NURSE
           What do we...?

                        DOCTOR
           Shh shh shh...scalpel...I'm now making my primary
           incision just... above the right... knee.

                        NURSE
           Oh! Er...

                        SECURITY
           This isn't going to be pretty.  Unless you're family...

                        TRUMAN
           Excuse me...

                        NURSE
           Good job.

                        DOCTOR
           I'll just let someone else clean up here.

Travel Agent's Office

                        AGENT
           I'm sorry to keep you.

                        TRUMAN
           That's okay.

                        AGENT
           How can I help?

                        TRUMAN
           I would like to book a flight to Fiji.

                        AGENT
           When would you like to leave?

                        TRUMAN
           Today.

                        AGENT
           I'm sorry.  I don't have anything for at least
           a month.

                        TRUMAN
           A month?!

                        AGENT
           It's the busy season.  You want to book the flight?

                        TRUMAN
           It..doesn't matter.  I'll..make other arrangements.
           Okay.

Bus Station

                        ENGINEER
           Last call for Chicagoooo!  All abooooard!

                        TRUMAN
           Thank you.  Windy city, here we come!

On the Bus

                        TRUMAN
           Hi, how you doin'?...hello...sisters...

                        LITTLE GIRL
           Mom, isn't that...?

                        GIRL'S MOTHER
           Shh...

                        LITTLE GIRL
           ...Truman...?

                        GIRL'S MOTHER
           ...face the front.

                        ENGINEER
           Everybody off.  We've got a problem.

                        BUS DRIVER
                 (too sincerely)
           'm sorry, son.

Truman Bar

                        BARTENDER
           Well, his father was from Chicago, wasn't he?

                        WAITRESS
           No no no no no no.  His dentist was from Pensacola.
           His father was from Des Moines.

                        BARTENDER
           But, how come he wants to go to Chicago?

                        WAITRESS
           He's not going to Chicago.  He's not going anywhere.
           He has to have it out with Meryl.

Truman's Car

                        MERYL
           Truman?  Honey, are you okay?

                        TRUMAN
           Yeah.

                        MERYL
           Truman.
                 (starts to say something)

                        TRUMAN
           Eh!  Shhh....In just a moment, we'll see a lady
           on a red bike, a man with flowers, and a Volkswagen
           beetle with a dented fender.

                        MERYL
           Truman.

                        TRUMAN
           Look!.......Lady...Flowers!...

                        TRUMAN AND MERYL
           ...And...

                        MERYL
           Truman, this is silly.

                        TRUMAN
           There it is!  There it is!  There's that dented beetle!
           Yes!  Whooooooooooo!  Ha-ha! Ha.......Do you wanna
           know how I did that?  I'll tell ya'.  They're on a loop.
           They go around the block.  They come back.  They go
           around again.  They just go 'round and 'round!
                 (almost singing)
           Round and round!

                        MERYL
           You know, I invited Rita and Marlon for a barbecue
           on Sunday.  I'm gonna make my potato salad and--

                        TRUMAN
           I won't be here Sunday.

                        MERYL
           --I need to remind you that we need more charcoal.

                        TRUMAN
           Are you listening to a word I'm saying?

                        MERYL
           You're upset because you want to go to Fiji, is that
           it?  Okay.  Okay.  Go.  I think we should save for a
           few months, and then, go.  There!  You happy now?  I'm
           gonna take a shower.

                        TRUMAN
           Let's go now.  I'm ready to go now, why wait?

                        MERYL
           What?

                        TRUMAN
           Early bird gathers no moss, rolling stone catches the
           worm, right?  Ha ha ha!

Driving in Circles

                        MERYL
           Truman!

                        TRUMAN
           Where shall we go?  Where. Shall. We. Go?

                        MERYL
           Truman, where are we going?

                        TRUMAN
           I don't know.  I guess we're being spontaneous.

                        MERYL
           Oh!
                 (giggles nervously)

                        TRUMAN
           Somebody help me!  I'm being spontaneous!  Forget
           Fiji!  We can't very well drive to Fiji, can we?

                        MERYL
                 (nervous laughter, quick glances
                  directly into the camera)
           No...

                        TRUMAN
           What about Atlantic City!?

                        MERYL
           Oh, no, you hate to gamble.

                        TRUMAN
           That's right, I do, don't I?

                        MERYL
           So, why would you want to go there?

                        TRUMAN
           'Cause I never have!  That's why people go places.
           Isn't it?

                        MERYL
           Truman.  Truman I think I'm going to throw up.

                        TRUMAN
           Me too!

Suddenly Jammed Street

                        TRUMAN
           Blocked at every turn.  Beautifully synchronized,
           don't you agree?

                        MERYL
           You're blaming me for the traffic?

                        TRUMAN
           Should I?

                        MERYL
           Truman, let's go home.

                        TRUMAN
           You're right.  We could be stuck here for hours.
           It could be like this all the way to Atlantic
           City.  Let's go back.  I'm sorry.  I don't know
           what got into me.

                        MERYL
           Truman, can you slow down?

                        TRUMAN
           Yes, I can.

                        MERYL
           Truman.  Truman, that's our turnoff.

                        TRUMAN
           I changed my mind.  What's New Orleans like this
           time of year?  Mardi Gras, woooooo!  Ha ha ha ha ha!
           Hoo hoo hoo!  Whoooohoo!  Look, Meryl!  Same road, no
           cars.  It's magic!  Hahaha!

                        MERYL
           You let me out, Truman.  You're not right in the head.
           You want to destroy yourself you do it on your own.

                        TRUMAN
           I think I'd like a little company.

At the Bridge Out of Seahaven

                        MERYL
           Oh, Truman.  You knew this would happen.  You know
           you can't drive over water.  Let's go home where
           you'll feel safe.

                        TRUMAN
                 (placing Meryl's hand on the
                  wheel)
           Keep your hand here, sweetie.  Drive.

                        MERYL
           Truman!  Tru--Truman!  You shouldn't be doing this,
           Truman, we're breaking the law.  Oh God!  Please don't
           __?__.  Ahh!  Truman!  Ah!  Hahahaha!  We made it.
           Truman, we made it.  We're over the bridge.

                        TRUMAN
           What?

                        MERYL
           We're over the bridge.

                        TRUMAN
           Ahhh!

                        MERYL
           We're over the bridge!

                        TRUMAN
           Ahhhhh, hahahahahahaaaa!

On the Road

                        MERYL
                 (re: "danger: fire hazard" sign)
           Uh, uh what about that sign?

                        TRUMAN
           I'm sure they're exaggerating.  We'll be fine.

                        MERYL
           What about that there?  Would you believe that?

They drive through a 20 foot wall of fire.

                        MERYL
           Oh.  Oh boy.  Oh boy.  Truman, we're on fire.

                        TRUMAN
           It's okay.

                        MERYL
           We're on fire.

                        TRUMAN
           It's okay.  It's just smoke!  Just smoke.  You
           okay?

                        MERYL
           Yes.

                        TRUMAN
           You wanna do it again?

                        MERYL
           Noo!

                        TRUMAN
           Hahahahahaha...!

                        MERYL
           Truman, stop!

Later, Down the Road

                        MERYL
           So, what're we going to do for money, when
           we get to New Orleans?

                        TRUMAN
           I have my Seahaven bank card.

                        MERYL
           So, what?  We're just gonna eat into our
           savings, is that it?  You know, we're gonna
           hafta' call your mother when we get there.
           She's gonna be worried sick!  I dunno how she's
           gunna take this.

Nuclear Power Plant Emergency

                        TRUMAN
           What now?

                        EMERGENCY CREWS
                 (scream through a bullhorn)

                        MERYL
           Truman, looks like a leak at the plant.

                        POLICE
           Back up, back up!  Leak at the plant.  We had to
           shut 'er down.

                        TRUMAN
           Is there any way around?

                        POLICE
           Whole area's been evacuated.

                        MERYL
           Is there anything I can do?

                        POLICE
           No, ma'am.

                        TRUMAN
           Thank you for your help.

                        POLICE
           You're welcome, Truman.

                        TRUMAN
                 (whispering slowly)
           Truman...

                        MERYL
           Truman!?  Truman!?  Truman, come back!
           Truman!?  Truman!?  Stop him!  Truman!?

In the Forest

                        TRUMAN
           Stay away!........Ugh!  No!  No!

Men in radiation suits come out of the forest and capture Truman.

Truman's Home - Later

                        MERYL
           Thank you both so much for your help.  I
           really appreciate it.

                        POLICE 1
           He's lucky to be alive, ma'am.

                        POLICE 2
           Next time we're going to hafta' file charges.

                        MERYL
           I understand.  Thanks again.  Good night....Let me
           get you some help, Truman.  You're not well.

                        TRUMAN
           Why do you want to have a baby with me?  You can't
           stand me.

                        MERYL
           That's not true!  Why don't you let me fix you some
           of this new Mococoa drink.  All natural cocoa beans
           from the upper slopes of Mount Nicuragua, no artificial
           sweeteners.

                        TRUMAN
           What the hell are you talkin' about?...Who you talkin'
           to?

                        MERYL
                 (super happy)
           I've tasted other cocoas.  This is the best.

                        TRUMAN
           What does this hafta' do, with anything?  Tell me
           what's happening!

                        MERYL
           Well, you're having a nervous breakdown, that's what's
           happening.

                        TRUMAN
           You're part of this, aren't you?

                        MERYL
           Truman.  You are scaring me!

                        TRUMAN
           You're scaring me, Meryl.  What're you going to do?
           Dice me?  Slice me?  SO many CHOICES!

                        MERYL
           DO SOMETHING!!

                        TRUMAN
           What?  What'd you say?  Who are you talking to?

                        MERYL
           Nothing.  I didn't say anything.  I didn't say
           anything.

                        TRUMAN
           You said "do something."

                        MERYL
           No, I didn't.

                        TRUMAN
           Talk.

                        MERYL
           I wasn't talking to anyone.

                        TRUMAN
           Tell me.

                        MERYL
           Truman!

                        TRUMAN
           Tell me!

                        MERYL
           I wasn't talking to anyone! No! Please stop!

                        TRUMAN
                 (re: knock at the door)
           Stay where you are.

                        MARLON
           Truman?....Truman.

                        MERYL
                 (crying)
           Oh my God...How can anyone expect me to carry on
           under these conditions?  It's unprofessional!

                        MARLON
           Everything will be okay.  It's all over now.

Unfinished Bridge

                        TRUMAN
           Well, I don't know what to think, Marlon.  Maybe
           I'm losing my mind, but..it's like the whole world
           revolves around me somehow.

                        MARLON
           That's a lot of world for one man, Truman.  You
           sure that's not wishful thinking?  You wishing
           you'd made more out of yourself?  C'mon, Truman,
           who hasn't sat on the john and had an imaginary
           interview on "Seahaven Tonight"?  Who hasn't
           wanted to be somebody?

                        TRUMAN
           This is different.  Everybody seems to be in on it.

                        MARLON
           I've been your best friend since we were seven
           years old, Truman.  The only way you and I ever
           made it through school was by cheatin' off each
           other's test papers.  Jesus, they were identical.
           I always felt safe knowing that.  'Cause whatever
           the answer was--

                        TRUMAN AND MARLON
           --We were right together and we were wrong together.

                        MARLON
           Remember that time I stayed up with you all night
           in your tent, 'cause you wanted to play North Pole,
           and I got pneumonia?

                        TRUMAN
                 (laughs)

                        MARLON
           You remember that?

                        TRUMAN
           You were out of school for about a month.

                        MARLON
           You're the closest thing I've ever had to a
           brother, Truman.  I know things..haven't really worked
           out for either of us like we used to dream they would.
           I know that feeling once the good things just slipped
           away.  You don't wanna believe it, so you..you look
           for answers somewhere else, but...
Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Well, the point is, I'd gladly walk in front of traffic
           for you.

Unfinished Bridge

                        MARLON
           The point is I would gladly step in front of traffic for you,
           Truman.

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           And the last thing I'd ever do is lie to you.

Unfinished Bridge

                        MARLON
           And the last thing I would ever do..is lie to you.
           I mean, think about it, Truman.  If everybody's in on
           it, I'd hafta' be in on it, too.  I'm not in on it,
           because...there is no "it."  You were right about one
           thing, though...The thing that started all this.
                 (re: man standing in the mist
                  behind Truman and Marlon)
           Yeah, we found him for ya', Truman.  That's why
           I came by, tonight.  I'm sure he's got quite a story
           to tell....Go to him.

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Easy on the fog.  Standby crane cam.  Crane cam.....
           And switch.

Unfinished Bridge

                        TRUMAN
           I never stopped believing.

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Wide angle..Curb cam eight.

Unfinished Bridge

                        KIRK
           I'm sorry.  Ahh!

Control Room

                        SIMEON
           You want a close up of them? Should I--

                        CHRISTOF
           No...hold back...Fade up the music...and now, a
           close up.

Unfinished Bridge

                        KIRK
           Years wasted.  I'll make it up to you, son, I
           swear.

                        TRUMAN
           Dad.

Control Room

                        SIMEON
           Yes!

                        CHLOE
           Bravo!

                        CHRISTOF
           That should rewrite the papers, yeah. Okay, everybody,
           right uh, I hafta' say great television.

                        SOMEONE
           Congratulations!

                        SOMEONE
           Let's get some champagne up here!

                        MOSES (a net exec)
           Christof.

                        NET EXEC
           That scene just broke my heart!  Well done, everyone!
           Congratulations!

The T.V.

                        ANNOUNCER
           One point seven billion were there for his birth.
           Two-hundred-twenty countries tuned in for his
           first step.  The world stood still for that stolen
           kiss.  And as he grew, so did the technology.  An
           entire human life recorded on an intricate network
           of hidden cameras.  And broadcast live and unedited
           twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to an
           audience around the globe.  Coming to you now from
           Seahaven island, enclosed in the largest studio ever
           constructed, and along with the Great Wall of China,
           one of only two man made structures visible from space,
           now in it's thirtieth great year, it's The Truman Show!

                        INTERVIEWER
           What a week it's been!  I don't know about you, but
           I've been on pins and needles the entire time.  Hello.
           And good evening.  I'm your host, Mike Michaelson, and
           welcome to TruTalk, our forum for issues growing out of
           the show.  But tonight, something very special, a rare
           exclusive interview with the show's conceiver and
           creator.  So, come with us now as we go live to the
           Lunar Room on the 221st floor of the OmniCam atmosphere.
           That's where we'll find the world's greatest
           televisionary, the designer and architect of the world
           within a world that is Seahaven Island, Christof.
                 (to Christof)
           Before we begin, I'd like to thank you on behalf of our
           audience granting this exclusive interview.  We know
           how demanding your schedule is and we all know how
           jealously you guard your privacy.  This, sir, is..indeed
           an honor.

Lunar Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Don't mention it.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Well, the catalyst for the recent dramatic events
           on the show has been, of course, Truman's father,
           Kirk, and his attempts to infiltrate the show, but
           before we get into that, I think it's worth knowing
           that this is not the first time that someone from
           the outside has attempted to reach Truman, is it?

                        CHRISTOF
           We have had our close calls in the past.

Flashback: A Childhood Christmas

                        MAN FROM A GIFT BOX
           Truman!  It's television!  Yes!
           Yeah!  I did it!  I'm on the Truman Show!

Lunar Room

                        INTERVIEWER
           But there's never been a, uh, as in the most recent
           breach of security the..the first intruder to be a
           former cast member.

                        CHRISTOF
           A dead one at that.

                        INTERVIEWER
           I gotta' say, writing Kirk back in--master stroke.

                        CHRISTOF
           Since Kirk started this whole crisis in Truman's
           life, I came to the conclusion that he was the
           only one who could end it.

Flashback: Truman at the Beach

                        KIRK
           Truman!  Truman, no!  That's off limits.

                        YOUNG TRUMAN
           Why?  What's up there?

                        KIRK
           Nothing.  It's dangerous, that's all.  You've gotta'
           know your limitations, Truman.

Lunar Room

                        INTERVIEWER
           But let's remind viewers of exactly why dad was written
           out in the first place.

                        CHRISTOF
           As Truman grew up, we were forced to manufacture ways
           to keep him on the island.

Flashback: Truman at School

                        YOUNG TRUMAN
           I'd like to be an explorer.  Like the great
           Magellan.

                        TEACHER
                 (a bit too quickly and
                  pulling down a map of the
                  world)
           Oh, you're too late.  There's really nothing left to
           explore.

Lunar Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Finally, I came up with the concept of Kirk's drowning.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Most effective.  Truman's been terrified of water
           ever since.

                        CHRISTOF
           When Kirk read the synopsis for the death at sea
           episode he was..disappointed, to say the least.
           Uh..I'm sure that's what caused him to break back
           onto the set.

                        INTERVIEWER
           But, how do you intend to explain his 22 year absence?

                        CHRISTOF
           Amnesia.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Heh.  Brilliant.  Let's take some of those viewer
           phone calls.  Charlotte, North Carolina.  You're on
           with Christof.

                        MALE VIEWER
                 (over the phone)
           Um..yeah..uh..Hi, Christof..uh, I was just wondering
           how many cameras you got there in that town.

                        CHRISTOF
           Somewhere in the vicinity of five thousand.

                        MALE VIEWER
           Oh..Now that's a lot of cameras.

                        CHRISTOF
           Remember, we started with just one.  He was uh..curious
           from birth.  Premature by two weeks, it was almost as
           if he couldn't wait to get started.

                        INTERVIEWER
           And of course his eagerness to leave his mother's womb
           uh..was the very reason he was the one who was selected.

                        CHRISTOF
           In competition with five other unwanted pregnancies, the
           casting of the show, determined by an air date, Truman
           was the one who arrived on cue.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Incidentally, uh, I believe Truman is the first child to
           have been legally adopted by a corporation?

                        CHRISTOF
           That's correct.

                        INTERVIEWER
           The show uh, has generated uh, enormous revenues now
           equivalent to the gross national product of a small
           country.

                        CHRISTOF
           People forget it takes the population of an entire
           country to keep the show running.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Mmm-hmmm.  Sicne the show is on twenty-four hours a
           day without commercial interruption uh..all those
           staggering revenues are generated by product placement.

                        CHRISTOF
           That's true.  Everything on the show is for sale.  Actors
           wardrobes, food products, to the very homes they live in.

                        INTERVIEWER
           And of course all of it available in the "Truman Catalog."
           Operators are standing by.  Christof, may I ask you, why
           do you think that uh, Truman has never come close to
           discovering the true nature of his world until now?

                        CHRISTOF
           We accept the reality of the world with which we're
           presented.  It's as simple as that.

                        INTERVIEWER
           The Hague, for Christof, Hello.  The Hague.
                 (it's a bad connection)
           All right, we've lost that call, let's go to
           Hollywood, California, you're on TruTalk.

                        SYLVIA
           Hi, Christof, I'd just like to say one thing:
           You're a liar and a manipulator and what you've done
           to Truman is sick.

                        CHRISTOF
           Well, we remember this voice, don't we?  How could we
           forget?

                        INTERVIEWER
           Uh...let's go to another call with--

                        CHRISTOF
           No.  No no no no no.  It--I--It's fine.  Okay?  I love
           to remenice with former members of the cast.  Sylvia,
           you announced so melodramatically to the world...do you
           think because you batted your eyes at Truman once,
           flirted with him, stole a few minutes of air time to
           thrust yourself and your politics into the limelight,
           that you know him, that you know what's right for him?
           You really think you're in a position to judge him? Do you--

                        SYLVIA
           What right do you have to take a baby an-an-and turn
           his life into some kind of mockery?  Don't you ever
           feel guilty?

                        CHRISTOF
           I have given Truman a chance to live a normal life.
           The world.  The place you live in..is the sick
           place.  Seahaven is the way the world should be.

                        SYLVIA
           He's not a performer, he's a prisoner.  Look at
           him.  Look at what you've done to him.

                        CHRISTOF
           He can leave at any time.  If it was more than
           just a vague ambition, if he was absolutely
           determined to discover the truth, there's no way we
           could prevent him from leaving.  What distresses
           you, really, caller, is that ultimately, Truman
           prefers his "cell," as you call it.

                        SYLVIA
           That's where you're wrong.  You're so wrong.  And
           he'll prove you wrong.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Well, aside from uh..heated comments from a very small
           minority, it's been an overwhelmingly positive experience.

                        CHRISTOF
           Yes, for Truman and for the viewing public.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Well, Christof, I can't thank you enough for giving
           so generously your time tonight.  I think it's safe
           to say that now that this crisis is behind us and
           that Truman is back to his old self we can look
           forward to some exciting new developments.

                        CHRISTOF
           Well, Mike, the big news is that Meryl will be
           leaving Truman in an upcoming episode, and a new
           romantic interest will be introduced.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Aha!

                        CHRISTOF
           I'm determined that television's first on-air conception
           will still take place.

                        INTERVIEWER
           Well, another television milestone straight ahead on the show.
           It has been a singular honor and pleasure, sir. Great.
           Thank you.

                        CHRISTOF
           Thank you, Mike.

Control Room

                        SWITCHER
           Simeon.

                        SIMEON
           What?

                        SWITCHER
           Is he looking at us?

                        SIMEON
           Jesus, d'ya think he knows?

                        TRUMAN
                 (on the giant tv screen)
           Hello.

                        SWITCHER
           Better call Christof.

                        TRUMAN
                 (on giant screen)
           Hello.  Come in Major Burbank.
                 (starts making corny whistling
                  sounds)

                        SWITCHER
           That's an unusual cat, my man.

                        TRUMAN
           I hereby..proclaim this planet..Trumania of the
           Burbank galaxy.  That one's for free.

                        SIMEON ?
           Keep up with him, he's going to move fast.

                        SWITCHER ?
           Okay, stand by all house cameras.

Truman's Front Porch

                        TRUMAN
           Good Morning!

                        MR. WASHINGTON
           Good Morning!

                        MRS. WASHINGTON
           Good Morning!

                        WASHINGTON KID
           Good Morning!

                        TRUMAN
           Oh, and in case I don't see you--

                        TRUMAN AND THE WASHINGTONS
           Good Afternoon, Good Evening, and Goodnight!

Japanese Home

                        JAPANESE MAN
           Good Aftahnoon.

                        JAPANESE WOMAN
           Good Morning.

                        JAPANESE MAN
           Good Evening.  And Goodnight.

Truman's Driveway

                        SPENCER
           Good morning, Truman!

                        TRUMAN
           Good morning, Spencer

                        SPENCER
           How's it going?

                        TRUMAN
           Hmm, lemme check.  Vital signs are good.

                        SPENCER
                 (laughs)

                        PLUTO
                 (barks)

                        TRUMAN
           Oh, hey, Pluto!

In Front of House Ad

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Beautiful day, isn't it?

                        TRUMAN
           Every single day.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Your policy

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           we thought about it

                        BOTH OF THE TWINS
           and we're going to take it.

                        TRUMAN
           You're kidding.

                        BOTH OF THE TWINS
           No!

                        TRUMAN
           Great!  Why don't we go up to my office right now.
           We'll sign the papers.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Uh..next week would be much better.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Next week, would be better.

                        TRUMAN
           Okay!  See you two!  Gives me something to look
           forward to.

Truman's Office

                        TRUMAN
           See, this isn't about insurance.  This is about the
           great variable--when will death occur?  Could be a
           week, a month, a year..Could be today...A sunbather
           minding his own business, stabbed in the heart by
           the tip of a runaway beach umbrella.  No way to guard
           against that kinda' thing.  Sorry..excuse me.

                        OFFICE NEIGHBOR
           Uh..Truman.  This is Vivian.  Vivian, this is Truman.
           Two of you are going to be neighbors.

                        TRUMAN
           Guess what I'm--what I'm saying is that, uh..life
           is..fragile.

                        OFFICE NEIGHBOR
           Vivian, your office...

                        TRUMAN
           Okay?  Oh!  I'm sorry..uh...you do?  Oh..great, uh...
           lemme, uh..lemme get your information.

Control Room

                        SIMEON
           Ready two, go to two.  And back to medium...and wide...
                 (when Christof comes in)
           I was just tryin' to train the kid.

                        CHRISTOF
           What's he doing in his basement?

                        SIMEON
           He moved down there after Meryl packed up and left.

                        CHRISTOF
           Why wasn't I told?  Any unpredictable behavior has
           to be reported.

                        SIMEON
           He's just sleeping.  I thought--

                        CHRISTOF
           Is this the best shot we've got?

                        SIMEON
           What's to see?

                        CHRISTOF
           What's on the ClockCam?

                        SIMEON
           It's a..an obstruction.  Obsruction.

                        CHRISTOF
           What happened down there?

                        SIMEON
           He was just tidying up his garbage.  I was gunna call
           you, but half way through he gave up and he fell asleep.

                        CHRISTOF
           I want to check on the set ups for the insurance--

                        SIMEON
           Insurance convention tomorrow.  Yeah.

                        CHRISTOF
           Isolate the audio.  Give me a close-up on his torso.

                        SIMEON
           He's still breathing.

                        CHRISTOF
           Hey uh, Chloe, call him.

                        CHLOE
           What do I--

                        CHRISTOF
           Tell him it's a wrong number.  What took you so long.

                        SIMEON
           Just had to wait for it.

                        CHRISTOF
           You okay? Good?

                        SIMEON
           Yeah...

Security Garage

                        GUARD
           What's goin' on?

                        GUARD
           Hey, I dunno, he...he came down to the room he did
           nothing but stand around for awhile.

                        GUARD
           Shut up and watch it.

Control Room

                        SIMEON
           He's asleep.

                        CHRISTOF
           See!?  Right there, there.  Zoom in.

                        SIMEON
           On what? I don't--

                        CHRISTOF
           Under the chair!

                        SIMEON
           Mmmhmmm.  Enhancing.  Is it what I think it...I..if..he
           c-couldn't have gone upstairs--I--got--he-he must still
           be in the room.

                        CHRISTOF
           Get Marlon.

Truman's House

                        MARLON
           Truman!  Truman buddy, basement party!  Com'on, buddy!  I got a
           six pack of cold brewskis with our name on 'em.  Come on, pal.
           Come on, buddy.

                        CHRISTOF
                 (over radio)
           Marlon, find him, he's still in the room.

                        MARLON
           Come out, come out whereever you are.

                        CHRISTOF
                 (over radio)
           That's good.  Keep it light.

                        MARLON
           I know you're in here.  I'm gunna find ya'.

                        CHRISTOF
                 (over radio)
           Check under the table.  Closet.  Behind you.

                        MARLON
           Hmm.  Gee..  I wonder where he could possibly be.

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           The lawn cam.  Get me the lawn cam.

Truman's Lawn

                        CHRISTOF
                 (over radio)
           Don't look into the camera.  Say something.  Keep
           it going.  Keep it going.

                        MARLON
           He's gone.

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Cut transmission!

                        SIMEON
           Cut transmission?

                        CHRISTOF
           CUT IT!

Truman Bar

                        VIEWERS
           Jesus Christ...Heavens...

                        BARTENDER
           Give me the remote.

                        WAITRESS
           But boss I-- It's--

                        BARTENDER
           Give me the remote!

Control Room

It's entropy.  Everyone's screaming something at someone in various
languages.

                        SIMEON
           All right, we have every available extra looking for him,
           uh...principles are helping out too...

                        CHRISTOF
           What about prop cars?

                        SIMEON ?
           Check...

                        CHRISTOF ?
           He has the world's most recognizable face, he can't
           disappear.

Around the Town

                        SPENCER
           Go. Go girl.  Come on, come on.  Yeah.  Go find him,
           Pluto.  Go find him.  Good girl.

                        MOTHER
           This is silly. If he could just hear my voice.  Truman!
           Truman!

                        KIRK
           Let me try.  Truman!  It's me!  Dad!
                 (searching for words)
           Let's talk!

                        MARLON
                 (talking into headset radio)
           Yeah, I know.  Just about done with the square.

Control Room

                        SIMEON
           Gotta' go back to __?__, check the interiors.  __?__

                        CHRISTOF ?
           __?__

                        SIMEON ?
           Uh-huh (?)

                        CHRISTOF ?
           All right well, what about the college, who's
           watching that?

                        SIMEON ?
           I dunno.

                        CHRISTOF ?
           Yeah, well, send somebody over there, okay?

                        SIMEON ?
           All right.

At River Bridge - Blockaded

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           There's no need to panic.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           I don't care, just find the sonofabitch.

                        ONE OF THE TWINS
           Well, get some flashlights.  This guy's not gonna glow in
           the dark.  Let's get some down here.

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           We need more light.  We'll never find him this way....
           What time is it?

                        CHLOE
           It's...way to early for that.

                        CHRISTOF
           Cue the sun.

Seahaven

                        THE POPULATION
                 (checking their watches)
           Whoa!  Whoa!

                        ACTOR
           Geez!

                        ACTRESS
           What time is it?

Control Room

                        NET EXEC
           Christof.  What's going on?

                        MOSES
           I've heard there're rumors circulating that he's dead. Dead.
           The media is having a feeding frenzy with this.  All the
           phone lines are jammed.  And every network has a pirated
           shot of Marlon making an ass of himself in front of the
           camera.

                        NET EXEC
           The sponsers are threatening to rip up their contracts.

                        CHRISTOF
           Why?  We're getting higher ratings for this graphic than
           we've ever had on this show....I'll find him.

                        SIMEON
           Okay, Marlon, why don't you cut back to town and join
           the others.  Everyone else is at first positions, okay?
           Thank you.

???

                        ???
           First positions, right?

Control Room

                        SIMEON
           He's gotta' be here somewhere, right?

                        CHRISTOF
           We aren't watching the sea.

                        SIMEON
           Why would we watch the sea?

                        CHRISTOF
           Sweep the harbor.  Bring up the harbor cameras.

                        SIMEON
           Okay, shift all harbor cameras to the computer, please.
           Some of those are out of sync.  Okay, we've got four
           of them down or lost but the lighthouse camera is up.

                        CHRISTOF
           BuoyCams, please.

                        NET EXEC
           What's happening?

                        SIMEON ?
           Okay.

                        CHRISTOF
           Long lens, short range.

                        NET EXEC
           Why would he be on the water?

                        CHRISTOF
           All right, good.

                        SIMEON
           I've got something...

                        CHRISTOF
                 (whispering)
           Truman..where are you going?

                        NET EXEC
           How can he sail?  He's in insurance!  Isn't he
           terrified of the water?

                        CHRISTOF
           Resume transmission.

                        SIMEON
           Resuming transmission.

Truman Bar

                        BARTENDER
           I got two to one he doesn't make it.

                        CUSTOMERS
                 (scream bets)

                        BARTENDER
           Two to one he doesn't make it!

???

                        ???
           __?__.

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Let's get off this mast shot--can't see his face.
           Go to the CabinCam.

                        SWITCHER ?
           CabinCam.

                        CHRISTOF
           There.  That's our hero shot.  Let's get another boat
           out there.

                        CHLOE
           Okay.  Listen guys, I need you to talk to the guys on
           the ferry.

Seahaven Ferry

                        PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
           Come on!  Get it movin'!  Get it out of here!
           Come on!

                        ACTOR
           I'm the bus driver!

Control Room

                        PRODUCTION ASSISTANT ?
           Bottom line is they can't drive the boat....They're
           actors!

                        NET EXEC
           How do we stop him?

                        SIMEON ?
           Okay.  Uh..we're going to be accessing the weather
           program now.  So, hold on to your hats.  You got that?  
           No.  I think we're going to want to localize the storm
           over the boat.  Entering in the coordinates now.

                        CHLOE
           There's no risk your boy will panic and won't know what to do?

                        CHRISTOF
           He'll turn back.  He'll be too afraid.

                        SIMEON
           Thar she blows.

The Santa Maria (Truman's Boat)

                        TRUMAN
           Come on!  Ahh!  Ugh!  Ahh!

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Give me some lightning...Again!  Hit 'im again!

                        MOSES
           For God's sake, Chris!  The whole world is watching!
           We can't let him die in front of a live audience!

                        CHRISTOF
           He was born in front of a live audience!

The Santa Maria (Truman's Boat)

                        TRUMAN
           Ahh!

Man in Bathtub

                        MAN IN BATHTUB
           You can do it!  Hold on!

The Santa Maria (Truman's Boat)

                        TRUMAN
           Ugh!
                 (after braving the first wave)
           Is that the best you can do!?  You're gunna hafta'..
           KILL ME!
                 (sings)
           What should we do with a drunken sailor?  What should
           we do with a drunken sailor?  What should we do with
           a drunken sailor, early in the morning?....

Control Room

                        NET EXEC ?
           __?__.

                        CHRISTOF ?
           __?__.  Increase the wind.  Increase the wind!

                        NET EXEC
           I'm telling you for the las--

                        CHRISTOF
           How close is he?

                        SIMEON
           Very close.

                        CHRISTOF
           Capsize him.  Tip him over.

                        NET EXEC
           Damn you, Christof!!!

                        CHLOE
           No!  You can't!  He's tied to the boat!

                        CHRISTOF
           Shut up!  (?)

                        SIMEON
           He's gunna drown and he doesn't even care.

                        CHRISTOF
           Do it.  DO IT!
                 (after a series of waves
                  knocks Truman's boat over)
           That's enough.

The Santa Maria (Truman's Boat)

                        TRUMAN
                 (coughs as he climbs back
                  into his boat)

                        SANTA MARIA
                 (crunches in the wall)

                        TRUMAN
           Ahh..ahww.

Control Room and Exit Door

                        CHRISTOF
           I wanna talk to him.
                 (to Truman)
           Truman.

                        TRUMAN
                 (gasps in shock)

                        CHRISTOF
           You can speak.  I can hear you.

                        TRUMAN
           Who are you?

                        CHRISTOF
           I am the creator..of a television show that gives
           hope and joy and inspiration to millions.

                        TRUMAN
           And who am I?

                        CHRISTOF
           You're the star.

                        TRUMAN
           Was nothing real?

                        CHRISTOF
           YOU were real.  That's what made you so good to watch.
           Listen to me, Truman.  There's no more truth out there
           than there is in the world I created for you.  Same lies.
           The same deceit.  But in my world, you have nothing to
           fear.  I know you better than you know yourself.

                        TRUMAN
           You never had a camera in my head!

                        CHRISTOF
           You're afraid.  That's why you can't leave.  It's okay,
           Truman.  I understand.  I have been watching you your
           whole life.  I was watching when you were born.  I was
           watching when you took your first step.  I watched you
           on your first day of school.  heh heh.  The episode
           when you lost your first tooth.  heh heh heh.  You can't
           leave, Truman.  You belong here...With me.  Talk to me.
           Say something.  'ell, say something, goddamnit!  You're
           on television!  You're live to the whole world!

                        TRUMAN
           In case I don't see ya', good afternoon, good evening
           and goodnight.  Hahaha!  Yeah!

Truman Bar/Bathtub/Old Lady's Living Room/etc.

                        VIEWERS
                 (cheering)

                        OLD LADY
           He made it!  Yeah!  Go Truman!

Control Room

                        CHRISTOF
           Cease transmission.

                        SIMEON
           Ceasing transmission.

Security Garage

                        GUARD
           You want another slice?

                        GUARD
           No, I'm okay.

                        GUARD
           What else is on?

                        GUARD
           Yeah, let's see.  Where's the T.V. Guide?





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