Witness
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Text from the original screenplay taped by myself ;-) 

Lois Lane
Clark Kent / Superman
Perry White
Jimmy Olsen
Cat Grant
Inspector Henderson
Vincent Winninger
Sebastian Finn / Mr. Makeup
Barbara Trevino
Dr. Hubert
Mr. Tracewski
Teacher
Kids
others

 

Part 1
 
 

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Nice!
Thank you.
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Not your game, huh.
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I'm going to get another bucket. Be right back.
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Okay.
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You're bending your elbow.  Don't bend your elbow.
Thanks.
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And watch your temp.  Smooth, smooth.
I appreciate this.
Sure.  But don't be afraid to hit it hard.  It can't hit back.
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Got it.
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How was that?
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Better.
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.
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How did you get this interview?
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He called me.
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What a coup.
Vincent Winninger. The mad scientist...
He's not 'mad.'  He's eccentric.
You're going to interview Vincent Winninger?
Yes.
That explains the vain attempt to look sexy.
Watch out, Lois--Vincent Winninger is a notorious...
...Womanizer.
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Maybe I should go with you.
Or maybe you shouldn't.
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Wait a minute.
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Are you planning to exploit your femininity...
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...to get the story of one of the strangest and most reclusive scientists of our time?
You bet.
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Scientists, philosophers, historians, hippies.
Elimont Center. The 'intellectual' commune.
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Named after... I don't remember who we named it after, do you?
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Whoever he was, you can bet he was obscure.
And these theatrical photos?
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The commune had a theater group.
Isn't that ... ?
Marlon Brando?  ... Uh, no.  That's Sebastian Finn.  Mr. Make-up, we called his.
He could make himself look like just about anyone. His Bette Davis was remarkable.
What happened to him?
I don't know, he sort of disappeared. His make-up was a whole lot better than his acting.
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Isn't this ... ?
Yes, Barbara Trevino.  She's come a long way.  From radical hippie to...
... to chairperson of the Rain Forest Consortium.
Well, not until Tuesday.  But we're going to change all that.
We?
Yes, you and me.  That's why you're here, Ms. Lane.
Did you know that I spent several years living with an Amazonian tribe?
"The Life and Times of Vincent Winninger". In this play, Barbara Trevino has a leading role. Shells the fame fatale.
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You're a very good looking woman.
Thank you.
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How do you feel about increased male potency?
What!!?
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Look, Dr. Winninger.  I know your reputation with women is only exceeded by your scientific one,
but I think it's best if we keep this meeting professional.
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Precisely.
What an I missing here?
Barbara Trevino is going to sell all of us and the Ozone Layer straight down the river,
and destroy our chances for increased male potency.
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I guess
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the sixties were pretty good to you.
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Hear me out.  It will all become clear.
Some iced tea?
No, thank you - aah!
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Oh, I'm so sorry...
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That's okay.  I'll got it.
You're back early.
No!
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Oh Superman, where are you when I need you?
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I don't know.
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It's like I can sense when someone is in trouble.
It goes beyond my super powers, it's almost psychic.
Especially if it's someone I know well or I'm close to.
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One at a time, please.
Superman, how far can you see really?
Pretty far.  I can usually see trouble coming.
Maybe you could make a deal with nine-one-one.
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Or you could have a signal in the sky that they shine when you're needed.
That's really stupid.
Don't any of you have some questions for our other guests?
Yes. Superman, do you have a girl friend?
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This is Lois Lane.
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I want to report a murder.
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'Only minutes before his death, Dr. Winninger produced diaries which, he claimed,
contained evidence that would abort the impending induction of Barbara Trevino into the Rain Forest Consortium.'
Trevino is en route to Metropolis now.  Has a meeting at the Trade Center tomorrow.
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She doesn't want to write this.
Why doesn't she want to write it, Chief?
Because I can't print it.
You can't?
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No. She doesn't have the diaries.
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She may not have the diaries
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but he told her what's in the diaries.
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And I do have the one notebook... But it looks like Greek to me.
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That's because it is Greek. - Check it out, son.
Now, look Lois, a verbal statement ain't worth the paper it's printed on.
See what I'm saying? Without the diaries, you've got nothing to check out.
I hope one of the parts you trim back is this.
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...where it says the killer took the diaries.
He did take them!
How would you know that unless you were there?
I was there.
The killer doesn't know that - unless you tell him.
I'm not telling his.
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Not exactly.
And here... (touches the screen) Change 'minutes before his death' to 'earlier that day.' Just to be safe.
How about the part that says the man is dead?  Can I leave that?  Is that okay?
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Where are you going?
Back to Dr Winninger's house.  If I stay here any longer, I'll have no story left.
I'll go with you.
This is my story, Clark.
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Forget the story.  I want to make sure you're going to be all right.
Clark, I just spent five hours with the police.  They never mentioned my needing a bodyguard.
And if I did need one, and I mean this in the nicest way,
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you  wouldn't be my first choice.
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Thank you, Lois.
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I appreciate that.
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He's right about one thing. Until I get that diary translated, I don't have a story.
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Ups...
Sorry.
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What are you doing?
Going with you.
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Och, Clark...
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Aaaaaaah!!!
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Au!
All right, who sent you?
Chill, dude.
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Who sent you?
Sent me to do what?
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Clark!  Let him go!  How could anybody have sent him?  My story's not even out yet!
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Right, her story's not even out yet.
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Like, what story? - (sorry, don't understand this part ;-( - in germany he says "don't eat so much concentrated feedingstuffs")
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Come on...
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Did I mention don't touch anything, Lois?
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Moi?
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...
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That's him!
Who? What?
This is the killer, Inspector! Don't let him go!
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What?
The man who killed Dr Winninger! I saw you! I was in the powder room.
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This is Dr Hubert, Dr Winninger's, associate.
I don't care who he is.  I saw him kill Dr Winninger this morning.
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I was in Washington, D. C. this morning.
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Anybody see you there?
The thirty or forty men and women who attended the National Science Council meeting... and heard my presentation.
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Including the Vice President of the United States.
I'd call that an alibi, wouldn't you, Lois?
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Come on, Doc, let's go.
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So, you made a mistake.  It happens.
I didn't make a mistake.  He looked just like him.
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I asked Jimmy to track Dr. Hubert down, but he's disappeared without a trace.
Let's start over.  Why would someone kill Winninger, then go into the bathroom and clean up?
Who knows?  Maybe he wanted to wash the blood off,
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or maybe he was just compulsive about germs, like Howard Hughes.
Well, here we are.  Thanks, Clark.
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We're not there yet. When I take somebody home, she gets door-to-door service.
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Unnecessary.  Like I told you...
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Lois!
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Clark!
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Stay back!
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That hurt!
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Lois! You don't sneak up on somebody at a time like this.
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A time like what?
Somebody tried to kill you!
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Yes, you!
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No!
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What's in your hand?
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What?
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What are you hiding?
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Nothing.
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Let me see the other hand.
See, nothing.
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You see?
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Maybe I'd better stay with you tonight.
Nice try, Kent.
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Somebody took a shot at you!
Clark, first of all, what you heard was a motorcycle backfiring.
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Second, why would anyone want to kill me?
Obviously the killer thinks you can identify him.
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But, I barely got a glimpse of him. And the man I did thought did it, didn't.
The killer doesn't know that.
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And third, the only danger to me out there was caused by guess who?
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Someone who saved your life today.
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That was earlier.
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But I did save it.  You admit that.
Yes, but you were wrong about somebody trying to kill me.  You admit that.
Yes.
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But this time somebody was trying to kill you.
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If you were wrong this afternoon, why should I believe that you're right now?
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Because -
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I am.
So what you're saying is
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that you saved my life twice today.
Yes.
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Do you know the odds against that?
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Who cares about the odds.
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Clark?
Was?
Good-bye.
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