The Westing Game (Screenplay)

This is my adaptation of Ellen Raskin's "The Westing Game". I do not own the book, nor any characters or places mentioned in said book. The dialogue is almost always directly copied from the book. Original dialogue will be underlined.

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1. Westing Tower

[wide shot of the entrance to Sunset Towers; sun setting in the background]

 

[enter Otis Amber on bicycle, stage right, cross and exit stage left]

 

[bird's-eye-view shot of Otis Amber getting off his bicycle in front of a house, walking up the sidewalk, and pushing an envelope under the door]

 

[close-up of the envelope; as it slides under the door, the words "Barney Northrup" are revealed in the top left-hand corner]

 

 

 

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[close-up of the letter, now opened]

 

Barney Northrup (voice-over): Dear lucky one: Here it is- the apartment you've always dreamed of, at a rent you can afford, in the newest, most luxurious building on Lake Michigan. Sunset Towers- picture windows in every room; uniformed doorman, maid service; central air conditioning, hi-speed elevator; exclusive neighborhood, near excellent schools; etc., etc. You have to see it to believe it. But these unbelievably elegant apartments will be shown by appointment only. So hurry, there are only a few left! Call me now at 276-7474 for this once-in-a-lifetime offer. Your servant, Barney Northrup. P.S. I am also renting ideal space for: doctor's office in lobby; coffee shop with entrance from parking lot; hi-class restaurant on entire top floor.

 

 

 

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[medium shot of the front of Sunset Towers]

 

[enter Dr. and Mrs. Wexler & Northrup, stage right]

 

Northrup: Take a look at all that glass. One-way glass. You can see out, nobody can see in.

 

[camera tilt up toward tower, Wexlers & Northrup enter the building]

 

[medium shot of the lobby, Wexlers & Northrup enter]

 

Northrup: See those chandeliers? [gestures upward] Crystal! How about this carpeting? Three inches thick! [straightens tie in mirror]

 

G. Wexler: [clutching J. Wexler's arm for support] Gorgeous.

 

[elevator dings, Wexlers & Northrup exit into it]

 

[medium shot of inside the elevator]

 

Northrup: You're really in luck. There's only one apartment left, but you'll love it. [elevator stops, Wexlers & Northrup walk out] It was meant for you.

 

Northrup: [opens the door marked 3D] Now, is that breathtaking or is that breathtaking?

 

G. Wexler: [gasps] Ooh!

 

[Wexlers and Northrup walk through door]

 

[medium shot of Apt. 3D, Wexlers and Northrup enter]

 

Northrup: Amazing, right?

 

[Northrup opens door to kitchen, G. Wexler walks through]

 

Northrup: [winks at J. Wexler] Let me remind you, Dr. Wexler, the rent here is less than what your old house costs in upkeep. [walks through door]

 

J. Wexler: [shakes head] How-? [follows Northrup out]

 

[medium shot of bedroom with lights off]

 

J. Wexler: [opens door partway, walks inside, turns on lights] What's this, a bedroom or a closet?

 

G. Wexler: [steps into view] It's a bedroom, of course.

 

J. Wexler: It looks like a closet.

 

G. Wexler: [steps in fully] Oh, Jake, this apartment is perfect for us, just perfect. And think what it means having your office in the lobby, Jake; no more driving to and from work, no more mowing the lawn or shoveling snow.

 

J. Wexler: I guess it could work.

 

[both walk out]

 

[medium wide shot of view out windows]

 

G. Wexler: [in reflection] What's that? [points at a house on a nearby hill]

 

Northrup: Oh, that's just the old Westing place. Don't worry about it; nobody's lived there in 15 years.

 

G. Wexler: Oh. [shivers]

 

[all leave]

 

[medium shot of lobby; as Wexlers and Northrup leave, the door closes to reveal the mailboxes; "Wexler" is printed next to "3D" and "Dr. Wexler" next to "Office"]

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