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.


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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