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                                  127 HOURS


                                  Written by
                        
                         Simon Beaufoy & Danny Boyle



         EXT. CROWD SCENES. VARIOUS.


         A massive crowd, it could be a sports stadium, a u2 farewell
         show or new year's eve on copacabana beach, but whatever it
         is there are thousands and thousands of us. A mexican wave
         erupts success, celebration, with so many involved it's
         impossible to pick out anyone individually. Critical mass
         cyclists, easter crowds at st. Peter's basilica, nyc
         marathon, 4,000 flash mobbers doing the silent disco at
         london's victoria station, india's kumbh mela, macy's
         thanksgiving day parade, raves, subway parties, the daytona
         500. . . . Gradually the screen splits into 2, and then 3,
         though at times there appears to be no division at all.                          


         EXT. FREEWAY. NIGHT.
         An overhead shot of a crammed freeway gives way to a single
         vehicle, a 98 Toyota Tacoma, red and white with a topper.
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         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.


         Cut inside as Aron Ralston, 27 cuts off the freeway.


         TRIPTYCH.                         


         OPENING TITLES ARE A SERIES OF TRIPTYCHS FEATURING ALL THE
         TITLE CARDS EXCEPT THE MAIN ONE. THEY BLEND, OVERLAP AND ARE
         INTERCUT WITH ADVERTS SOME FROM THE BILLBOARDS ARON'S VAN
         PASSES, SOME FROM TELEVISION AND SOME FROM THE RADIO. AND,
         OF COURSE, ALL THESE INTERCUT WITH ARON AND HIS TRUCK. AND
         THE LANDSCAPE.


         A TITLE CARD READS:
         'Utah. The Canyonlands. The slickrock desert. The red dust
         and the burnt cliffs and the lonely sky-all that which lies
         beyond the end of the roads.'


         Edward Abbey. Desert Solitaire.
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         EXT. ROAD. NIGHT.


         Eventually Aron's truck is now alone on an interstate road.
          2.



         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         At the southwest edge of Green River, Aron Ralston drives
         under the interstate into a landscape of obscurity. He looks
         to his right and left, not a single light perforates the
         absolute blackness of the San Rafael Desert.


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         EXT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         From high above, three quarters of the screen is black and we
         see his truck's lights running parallel with the blackness.
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         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         A sign flashes by: Next Service: 110 miles
         America's challengers for the Tour de France flash by in a
         pack of 15 or so neon spirits. Night training.
         10PM.


         A BLM sign indicates that Horseshoe Canyon Trailhead is 47
         miles ahead through the desert darkness.
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         EXT:. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         From even higher above again we see him turn left into this
         black void.


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         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         Bang inside the truck now on a dirt road. Music at ear bleed
         level.


         A yellow triangular sign cautioning ROADS MAY BE IMPASSABLE
         DUE TO STORMS flashes past.
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         INT/EXT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.


         Jackrabbits dart onto the road, racing him, darting left and
         right as he chases them down. They finish the game darting
         back into the darkness.
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         EXT. DESERT. DAY.


          3.



         Slowly, images from the Great Gallery materialise on
         different parts of the Triptych - petroglyphs and
         pictographs; dozens of 8-10 ft high Superhumans hovering over
         groups of indistinct animals, dominating beasts and onlookers
         alike with their long, dark bodies, broad shoulders, and
         haunting eyes.


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         EXT/INT. VARIOUS. COMMERCIALS FOOTAGE.
         Billboards, TV, cinema, www: commercial America sells
         everything to us through every means. As many brand names as
         we can get.


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         EXT. DESERT. NIGHT.
         Rushing across the desert grooves, pulling, snatching, hard
         left and right, the rear of the truck fishtails madly.
         Curves, swoops and sandy washes kick up dust clouds as
         everything in the truck flies all over the place. Except his
         bike, locked down and braced solid.


         Music blazes on.
         Another Rabbit. Another fence line. Another curve.
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         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         Suddenly a small brown sign flashes past. He kicks down on
         the brakes and reverses back. It's the sign pointing out the
         road spur to Horseshoe and Blue John Canyons.
                         ARON
          Nearly missed it!
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         EXT. HIGH ABOVE ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         The truck turns sharp left.
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         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.


         Now a really bumpy road approaching the dirt parking area.
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          4.



         EXT. PARKING AREA. NIGHT.
         Ghostly, but there are three other vehicles and two
         encampments at the Trailhead, despite signs prohibiting
         camping.
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         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         He turns off the music and waits for a head to pop out or a
         light to come on but they have all turned in. Ghostly.
         He glides to a flat spot near the sign board welcoming
         visitors to the Horseshoe Canyon quadrant of Canyonlands
         National Park.
         He whips into the back of the truck and flings everything out
         of the way of his sleeping bag and pad. Black.
         END OF TRIPTYCH TITLE SEQUENCE.


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         BLACK.


         But no rest.
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         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. DAY.
         The doors smash open to reveal a glorious day and Aron's
         bike careers into it.
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         EXT. DESERT. VARIOUS.
         It's still like a wild road movie, but now on a bicycle.
         Having parked his motorized transport he ploughs into the
         land like an ad for extreme sports. Past bikers, he vanishes
         temporarily in their dust cloud, he wears a bandana across
         his face as the bikers pass by... a final telephone box, past
         remnants of those who tried to settle or work this
         unforgiving land; Aborigines, frontier settlers, ranchers...
         all driven away from a heartland he ploughs into.......
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          5.



         EXT. DESERT. CU on ARON.
         Wearing a pair of beat-up running shoes and thick wool-blend
         socks, Lycra biking shorts and a Phish tee shirt he has a
         back pack with equipment but hydrates through a gallon of
         water stored in an insulated three litre CamelBak hydration
         pouch which he sucks on without stopping.


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         EXT. DESERT. DAY.
         His bike pummels the canyon landscape and you get a sense of
         the exhilaration this man gets from pitting himself alone
         against what nature can offer. He's clearly a fit and daring
         young man and these are his kicks.
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         EXT. DESERT. DAY.
         Even uphill he hammers his way up the sandstone. Gasping for
         oxygen, his legs screaming for rest, he pushes and pushes
         until the crest and then down, down, instant speed and he can
         suck on his water again. Part of a massive clan who define
         themselves not by what they are, but by what they do. In a
         way, he's an action movie personified and the opening should
         be shot and cut to provide adrenaline in spadefuls.


         Until...
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         EXT. DESERT. DAY.


         Suddenly, he hits a sand trap and hurtles forward over the
         handle bars, face first into the sand, his toe clips and
         momentum brings the bike with him. The bike has him trapped
         on the desert floor like a takedown in wrestling. He submits,
         landing nose deep in the sand. He sits up, looks around
         quickly to see if anyone saw. Pulls out his camera from his
         bag and takes a a self-portrait snap of the mess.
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         EXT. DESERT. DAY.
         At what seems like the only tree for miles he U-locks his
         bike in the shade, pockets the keys, scoffs a muffin and
         heads off into the desert.
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          6.



         EXT. GULLEY CREST. DAY.
         He approaches the crest of a sand gulley and sees below him,
         just 30 yards down the canyon, 2 fellow hikers. He looks
         around. All of them in the middle of nowhere it seems.
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         EXT. APPROACH TO BLUE JOHN CANYON. DAY.
         He can see now it's 2 girls passing a map back and forth
         between them. He rushes towards them, initially above them as
         he walks along side. They're aware of him before he arrives:
                         ARON
          Hey. Are you doing the east pike?
          Can I come along with you for a
          while?
         The girls don't reply, just look at each other.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I'm on my own. I'm Aron.
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         EXT. APPROACH TO BLUE JOHN CANYON. DAY. A VAST ARROYO.
         He slides/surfs down so he's on the same level as them,
         arriving in a haze of dust, holding out his hand for the
         shake. Big smile.
                         KRISTI
          (looking at Megan)
          Sure, I'm Kristi.
                         MEGAN
          Megan.
                         ARON
          Nice to meet you. What a day.
                         KRISTI
          It's beautiful.
                         ARON
          Did you bike or come straight from
          the trail head?
                         KRISTI
          We left the car there. Pretty
          quiet.
                         ARON
          I left mine at the Horseshoe Canyon
          and biked here.
          7.



                         MEGAN
          You biked from Horseshoe? That's
          20 miles or more.
                         ARON
          17 and windy.


         The girls exchange glances.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I do this a lot.
         They laugh. He's crazy, but harmless.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Wasn't expecting to see anyone in
          the canyon today.
                         MEGAN
          Yeah, you surprised us, sneaking up
          like that.


                         ARON
          Sorry.


                         MEGAN
          It's kind of nervy seeing a lone
          guy walking up to you in the middle
          of the desert.


                         ARON
          Yeah, I know, I mean there's no one
          around for 50 miles.


                         KRISTI
          ... and suddenly there's a guy
          right behind you and `wait a
          minute, why is he wearing a HOCKEY
          MASK!'
         They all laugh.
                         ARON
          Let me guess... You're here for
          the paintings or the Cathedral?
                         KRISTI
          The Cathedral? We've got a bit
          disorientated and the map isn't
          great. Where is it?
                         ARON
          The climb's a little tricky but
          it's worth it.
                         KRISTI / MEGAN
          We climb.
          8.



         They all laugh.
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         INT. CAVE. APPARENTLY SMOOTH DOME. DAY


         Towards us comes Aron, upside down, like a tiny, fast spider,
         talking all the time, his voice echoing.
                         ARON
          There's thousands of holds but you
          can't see them until you're almost
          upside down and then they just keep
          appearing... it's a bit of a act of
          faith so I'll go first... take off
          as much as you dare as there's a
          bit of a surprise at the other
          end...
          MEGAN (O.S.)
          You behave Aron Ralston or we'll
          tell your mother all about where
          you lure girls...


                         ARON
          I swear I won't look but I swear
          you won't care when you get out
          here...


         We've been moving towards him as he rushes towards us, spider
         style. He's stripped to his underwear. He's lithe to say
         the least. We can't see the girls or what's underneath us
         but there's a feeling of the vertiginous, as much from the
         weird echo and the sense of reflected light as from the scale
         of the dome.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          ... and the thing is, when you get
          to the middle...
         He lets go.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          ... there aren't any more.
         We spin and watch him fall into the most exquisite emerald
         pool 60 feet below.
                         KRISTI
          OMG!
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         INT. CAVE. DAY.


         They can't see him. They can only hear the explosive crack
         of man on water.
          9.



                         MEGAN
          Are you ok? ARON!
                         KRISTI
          Of course he's ok. Listen to him.
         Aron fills the cathedral dome with his version of a Phish
         song at the top of his voice. Kristi strips to her underwear
         and traverses away from Megan.
                         KRISTI (CONT'D)
          Got to be there, Meg.
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         INT. CAVE. DAY.
         From the pool below with Aron we see Kristi in her underwear
         heading out arachnid-style to the centre. Before she gets
         there Megan appears too. She's left everything on except her
         shoes.


         They crash into the pool one after the other. They bob
         together in the centre, the light seems to come from beneath
         them and ripple over the heavenly ceiling.


                         MEGAN
          We've got to go again. And film
          it!


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         EXT. OUTSIDE THE CAVE. DAY (LATER).


         Eating and drying in the powerful afternoon sun. A little
         self consciousness has returned but it's sweet-natured and
         fun still.....
                         MEGAN
          I really can't eat all this
          chocolate by myself... Never mind,
          yes I can!
                         KRISTI
          So have you got a girlfriend, Aron?
                         ARON
          Well, there's not really anyone
          special.
                         MEGAN
          Ah, so there's lots of girlfriends.
                         KRISTI
          There's always a girl, you just
          don't know it yet.
          10.



                         MEGAN
          Yeah, we meet lots of guys and
          there's always a girl.
                         ARON
          Long story.


                         KRISTI
          With lots of characters in it.
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         EXT. SNOWY MOUNTAINTOP. DAY. VIDEO FOOTAGE.


         Aron on top of a snowy peak. Self shot. Classic pose.
         Breathtaking backdrop.
          ARON (V.O.)
          I've done 46 of the 59 winter solo
          ascents.


                         MEGAN
          Wow, highest person in Colorado.


                         ARON
          Well I figure no one else is mad
          enough to climb in the winter.
                         KRISTI
          ... you can be the highest person
          on the continent!
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         EXT. STILL CAMERA. IMAGE OF `MOTEL 6'


         Megan shows the image to Aron.
                         MEGAN
          Didn't you see it?


                         ARON
          What? No.
                         MEGAN
          Yeah, it's an old cattle guardian's
          house - the roof's caved in and
          someone spray-painted MOTEL 6 on
          the side. Smelled weird though.
                         ARON
          Just like a MOTEL 6 then?
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          11.



         EXT. OUTSIDE THE CAVE.


                         KRISTI
          Why are you on your own?
                         ARON
          Solitude. Great tunes. Empty
          mind.
         He indicates the wilderness.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          And I can sing Phish songs as loud
          as I like.


                         MEGAN
          Phish?
                         KRISTI
          Not those guys from...


                         ARON
          Yeah, I know, I know.
                         (LAUGHS)
          See, that's why I'm on my own.
          Nobody likes me or my band.
         They laugh as he goofs for them. He gathers all their
         packaging and stuffs it in his backpack.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I'll get this. Leave no trace.
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         EXT. BLUE JOHN CANYON. DAY.
         They're walking again.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Hey, but I like a beer like the
          next man. You know, end of the day.


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         EXT. CANYON. GULLEY.
         They're negotiating a steep gulley. Aron is 1/2 way down,
         Megan at the top, Kristi on her way down to him.
                         ARON
          I'm not certified yet but that's
          what I want to do.
                         MEGAN
          An illegal instructor.
          12.



                         ARON
          It's hard to get the hours to
          qualify. Catch 22.
                         KRISTI
          Well, we'll sign your time-card
          today.


                         ARON
          Great. Now put your ass on my head.
                         KRISTI
          Okay but don't look and no grabbing
          now, if I do...


                         MEGAN
          Oh whatever, you love it.
                         KRISTI
          Shhh!


         Aron then quickly slips to the bottom. Megan is way high,
         Kristi half way.
                         ARON
          (at his most instructor-
          ish, talking all the time
          as he makes his way down)
          You'll have to chimney down a
          little ways - like here, watch -
          one foot on each wall then squat
          onto your right heel, now your
          butt's on the wall, so you can move
          your right foot across, now put
          your left foot under your butt
          lower down and scootch your butt
          down - watch that black part, it's
          slick, slime, try not to get it on
          your shoes - if you can get to
          these bomber handholds here it's
          like an elevator shaft and just
          think friction to control the
          slide. This is a keeper so always
          have someone at the bottom to boost
          you out.
         He looks up to them.
                         MEGAN
          I didn't understand any of that.


         EXT. CONJUNCTION OF BLUE JOHN CANYON, WEST FORK, EAST FORK.


         LATER IN THE DAY. 2PM-ISH
         They come to a clear fork in the paths. He watches them turn
         their map round and round.
          13.



                         MEGAN (CONT'D)
          Kristi, I think this is our way
          back.
                         ARON
          Why don't you come with me to the
          Big Drop Rappel? I can give you a
          lift back to your car.
                         KRISTI
          How far is it?
         He shows them on the map.
                         ARON
          About another 8 miles or so, I
          think.
                         MEGAN
          You'll never get out before dark.


                         ARON
          No, I really got to do this. Anyway
          I've my miner's lamp.


                         MEGAN
          You don't climb at night, do you?
                         ARON
          No, it's great for seeing snakes in
          hand holds. Can I get a picture
          then?
         They pose with raven feathers in their hair.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Listen, my friends are having a
          party tomorrow night. You should
          come.
                         KRISTI
          Yeah, we'd like that. What time?


                         MEGAN
          Where?
                         ARON
          Drive on the east road and about 40
          miles out there's a huge inflatable
          Scooby Doo. You can't miss it.
          Turn off and it's about 2 miles
          down that track. Starts late and
          it'll go right thru.
         Lots of cheek kissing and his last picture of them...
          14.



                         KRISTI
          Come on Aron, hike out with us -
          we'll go get your truck, hang out
          and have a beer.
                         ARON
          No, I really got to do this.


                         KRISTI
          Okay. Scooby Doo, yeah?
                         ARON
          That's the one. I'll have 3 cold
          beers waiting for us.


                         MEGAN
          12 cold beers!
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         EXT. CANYON FORK. DAY. POV VARIOUS.


         And they separate down 2 different canyons shouting to each
         other...'hot dogs!...'vegetarian hot dogs!'.... 'so that's 12
         cold beers and 9 vegetarian hotdogs!'...'.. I really can't
         eat all these vegetarian hotdogs by myself... never mind, yes
         I can!'... the last of the dialogue fading away as they lose
         earshot of each other and we pull up out high over the
         meandering slits of sandstone...


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         EXT. MAIN BLUE JOHN CANYON. DAY.


         Aron alone ... they are gone ... he picks up the pace as he
         checks his watch... he loved them but now he's behind
         schedule and he's ruthless about his schedule...
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         EXT. HIGH ABOVE ARON. BLUE JOHN CANYON. DAY.


         His sense of momentum is established again and it's clear
         he's moving downhill, into the fissure of the rock.
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         EXT. BLUE JOHN CANYON. DAY.
         Without warning his feet suddenly slide forward from under
         him and he skates/snap-kicks trying to keep his balance on a
         floor of scattering pebbles left there by a flood. There's a
         flash of the sky and dazzling sunlight.
          15.



         Only his arms and the proximity now of the walls prevent him
         landing hard on his ass.
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         EXT. C/U. DAY.


         A small snake slithers away from his giant feet.
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         EXT. BLUE JOHN CANYON. DAY.


                         ARON
          Easy Aron, easy now.
         He keeps moving, descending still, but a little more
         circumspect. He lets the change of pace allow him to whip
         round his pack and with the practice of thousands of times
         selects and plays a CD without stopping, slipping the
         headphones over his head.
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         INT. RUCKSACK. PORTABLE CD PLAYER.
         We see the CD begin to spin: the display tells us there's
         38:47 to play before 0:01 appears.


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         EXT. C/U ARON'S EARS. DAY.


         Suddenly, louder than loud, the sound of fanatical 5,000
         strong applause at the Phish live concert in Las Vegas, fills
         his head and ours.
         He's heard it many times as he alternatively
         anticipates/answers all the dialogue preamble mixed over the
         applause...


                         CD RECORDING
          Good evening Las Vegas... are you
          having a good time? Are you ready
          for PHISH!
         Whether we are or not, the first song begins on a wave of
         adoration from his fellow Phish fans. He sings along.
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          16.



         EXT. BLUE JOHN CANYON. SHORT SLOT ENTRY. DAY.
         Aron keeps descending, the canyon walls growing taller and
         closer, into the narrowing slot canyon.
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         EXT. BLUE JOHN CANYON. S-SHAPED LOG. DAY.
         A dry waterfall, many months since it's seen rain. A drop of
         maybe 12/15 ft with no obvious climb down. Way beyond his
         reach and jammed into the walls of the canyon is an enormous
         S-shaped log, sand bleached and wind dried it looks like a
         massive reptile making its way down the canyon. Beyond it,
         Aron can see his route down disappearing into narrowing
         darkness.
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         EXT. CANYON WALL. DAY.
         To reduce the drop he scrambles down clinging to the edge,
         pushes away and drops the final 6 feet or so landing in a
         fine cloud of sand. Nothing to it, second nature.
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         EXT. S-SHAPED LOG. DAY.



                        PHOTOTIME
         He snaps the log now arching above him well out of reach.


         TITLE.
         " 2:41pm. Sat April 26th. 2003 "
                         ARON
          Won't be coming back this way.
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         INT. SLOT CANYON. DAY (NOTE: FROM HERE ON CANYON SHOTS INT.)


         He spins and continues, seeing the first huge chockstones,
         the size of vans, their noses buried in the floor of the
         canyon like unexploded bombs. He easily scrambles over one
         and around another-tight fit but he's skinny.
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          17.



         INT. DEEPER INTO THE CANYON. DAY.
         The slot is now just 4ft wide and as he stops to look at
         massive tree logs jammed at strange angles high above him and
         silhouetted against the blue cloudless sky, he drinks deeply
         from his water bottle.


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         INT. CANYON RIM. LOOKING DOWN. DAY.
         On we go and so does the concert. He pumps the air unaware
         as we track above him - it's like the canyon in Star Wars and
         he's Anakin feeling the force. One set of chockstones leads
         to another and he rapidly negotiates them like an obstacle
         race - until there's one the size of a big refrigerator which
         has been stopped by the walls 18 inches from the floor.
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         INT. CANYON. CHOCKSTONES. DAY.
         Over or under? He drops to his belly and squeezes
         underneath, rucking the sandy floor in front of him. He's
         halfway, his chest rising out the far side when suddenly he
         can't move. The music jams and loops on 2 notes like bad
         techno. He pushes but nothing.


         He reaches back with his hand and releases a part of his
         rucksack strap that's snagged. And the music releases too.
         He squat-jumps out and brushes off the sand.


         No panic -a nothing moment.
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         INT. SLOT CANYON. DAY.
         Now it's steeper. We're already 60ft below ground level and
         it's falling away further in front of us. Another drink and
         the map is out.
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         INT/EXT. SILHOUETTE PROFILE. CROSS SECTION OF CANYON. DAY.


         We see a section of the canyon and the tiny figure of Aron
         moving within it. We track in and elide into a graphic view
         of him chimneying his way along the canyon now only 3 ft wide
         at most. It's a chance to see his skill and thirst for
         climbing. And to see how deep he's going.
          18.



         He uses his legs, back and natural body weight to body walk
         along and down the towering walls.
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         INT. SLOT CANYON. DAY.


         He's moving towards a final chockstone below him jammed in
         the gap. You can see the way he's thinking: it's about the
         size of a bus wheel and used as a platform will help him
         reduce the 10 foot drop and get quickly down into the next
         section.
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         INT. SLOT CANYON. DAY.
         He reaches it at the same time we do and kicks fiercely,
         automatically, to make sure it's solid.


                         ARON
          Yep.


         And across he steps onto it. It holds.
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         INT. CANYON FROM UNDERNEATH SILHOUETTED AGAINST SKY. DAY.
         As before he squats and clambers down the back side of the
         stone to reduce his drop down.


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         INT. CANYON. DAY. C/U TIGHT ON ARON.
         Just as he dangles there's a scraping sound, small but close,
         too close and the stone judders towards him, pulled by the
         torque of his weight on his side, rotating.
         Instantly and instinctively he lets go and drops. Like he's
         trying to detach a mine dragging him to the sea floor.


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         INT. CANYON. ON CHOCKSTONE. DAY.
         But it follows him down, somehow he's released its latent
         energy.
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          19.



         INT. CANYON. TIGHTER ON ARON. DAY.
         He watches the chockstone follow him - not looking where he's
         going.
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         INT. CANYON. ARON'S POV. DAY.
         The backlit chockstone falling towards him consuming the sky.
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         INT. SLOT CANYON. DAY.
         His arms rise to protect his head but his eyes remain open
         and through his fingers we see the next 3 seconds. The rock's
         face and his.


         It grabs his left hand and flings it against the left wall.
         He pulls it away as the rock ricochets against the canyon and
         careers towards his right arm which he raises, to compensate
         for withdrawing the left, and to protect his head.


         The rock smashes the right hand and wrist against the wall
         and drags it down the remaining distance. Like a cheese
         grater it tears the skin from the back of the hand and the
         forearm, decorating the wall. Aron is powerless to stop its
         force and he lands on his feet allowing the rock to jam in
         front of him with his hand held against the canyon wall by
         the stone.


         All this happens too quickly. We can hardly register what's
         happened as everything stops.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.
         Silence. He's standing behind the rock. Like he's in a line
         for a bus. Like he's shaking someone's hand. A hand shake
         with the canyon. Silence.
                         CUT TO:



                        TITLE:


                         127HOURS
                         CUT TO:
          20.



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.
         Adrenaline, searing, roaring pain and panic.
                         ARON
          FUCK, get your hand out of there!


         Pulls and pulls, yanks until his shoulder will dislocate, but
         nothing moves. Sweat, anxiety flaring, hot pain.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          SHIT, SHIT, SHIT, SHIT...
         Pushing with his left hand desperate to reverse the action;
         so simple to undo the moment, to reverse gravity for a split
         second and pull his hand out... nothing. Again and again
         thrusting up with knees, thighs, pelvis, left arm, head,
         neck... nothing.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.
         Then slam upwards, harder than ever as though he's run at it
         from a hundred yards and it's a door that will surely burst
         open.
                         ARON
          YEEARKGG... UNNNHHH


         Air exploding out of his lungs. And then a quiet hollow
         sound of the boulder shifting fractionally. A howl of
         phenomenal pain -


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          NO, NO, NO, NO, FUCK.


         He reverses the fraction and collapses in sweat and blood,
         knees bleeding, good fingers lacerated. But he remains
         upright, attached. Unable to physically collapse.
         Grabs his shirt and wipes sweat away and goes to drink. He
         hula-hoops out of his backpack to get access to the water,
         gulps down 3 full throatfulls - stops mid 4th and backwashes
         as much as he can into the bottle -


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          No, no... more water.


         He caps the lid tightly and drops it into his pack.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Relax. Stop. Come on.
         He breathes and breathes, taking stock for the 1st time.


                         CUT TO:
          21.



         C/U: WRISTWATCH
         Time Check. 3.14pm. Stares at it until it changes to 3.15pm
         - the watch is working.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.
         He examines the boulder at each point he can reach,
         stretching and contorting to see into his crushed and
         wretched hand where his thumb is visible above and his little
         finger below. No matter how much he touches them, there is
         no feeling. He prods up and down to see what feeling is left
         and where it stops. Comparing left hand to where the right
         hand is trapped to measure the width of his right wrist - now
         smaller than the width of his little finger on his right
         hand. He can barely get the little finger of his left hand in
         the gap. We reverse back on him at each contortion. He
                        REALIZES -


                         ARON
          FUCK! What the fuck? How the fuck
          did you get your hand trapped by a
          fucking boulder? Its crushed, it's
          fucking dying man!
         He reaches up and touches the trail of blood, hair and skin
         left on the canyon wall as the rock pushed him to where he
         is. Looks under boulder, no blood - check.
         [He hears the crowd cheering on his headphones. It's been
         playing throughout. He switches it off]


         He looks above for the first time.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          HELP! HELLO!
                         CUT TO:
         INT/EXT. PULL OUT OF CANYON. DAY.
         ... to see the slot canyon, back and back and back, nothing
         more than a dry crack in the surface of this massive land.
         Gradually his cries for help become inaudible.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.
         He unpacks everything with great energy, like a stocktake,
         and lays it all out on the surface of the rock;
          22.



         chocolate bar wrappers and bakery bag with crumbs of
         chocolate muffin inside that he volunteered to take away on
         behalf of the girls, 2 small bean burritos, cd player, cds ,
         extra AA batteries, mini digital video camcorder, small multi-
         use tool and 3 LED headlamp.
                         CUT TO:



         BIG C/U: VARIOUS.
         ... of all these elements - these are now his only companions
         and their POV of him reflects that as he tests each one for
         its potential, opening all the blades and laying them out to
         look at them; sunglasses - scratched, bike Ulok key, rock
         climbing harness, cloth goggles bag, rapelling equipment,
         water bottle, car keys, plastic grocery bag, empty de-
         hydration pack, money, credit cards, green and yellow
         climbing rope in black zippers bag, a stick, stones and sand.
         Everything.




         Pause. He stares at it all and it all stares back at him.


                         CUT TO:


         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS.


         3.28, changes to 3.29
          HARD ENERGY CUT
                         TO:



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.


         Inside the tiny gap we see... his headlamp flick on to let
         him assess the rock and the wall and his hand in between it.
         He picks a point and begins to chip away with the knife.
         He's back - energy, movement, purpose, action makes him
         happy. He occasionally stops to look at his left hand,
         swollen and puffy and constantly in need of flexing. He gets
         into a rhythm of 'tick,tick,tick', flex and back again,
         `tick,tick,tick'


                         CUT TO:


         TIGHTER C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS.
         4.19pm, changes to 4.20
                         CUT TO:
          23.



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.
         In a huge close up of this eye he can see in the foreground
         that there's a pile of steel filings from the knife itself,
         almost as big as the dust from the ground -
                         ARON
          Not good.
         He blows the whole lot into our face with a mighty gust.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          When in a hole....
         Alternative; he starts digging away at the wall instead, same
         result.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Fuck. It's hard as iron.
         Pause.


          You're gonna have to cut your arm
          off.


         As if to answer that idea we...
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.
         Tapping a rock in his hand onto the top of the knife as he
         balances it against the wall or with his mouth. Weird close
         angles as he almost taps the side of his eye socket.
         Suddenly, he hammers down with ten times more force onto the
         handle of the knife, the rock explodes in his hand, showering
         pick dust over everything, and bouncing the knife off the
         rock. Once again, gravity takes over. The knife hits his
         shorts and as he moves to grab it, he misses it and knocks it
         further round the back of his leg. He pivots and turns to try
         and catch it but gravity is quicker than his restricted twist
         and it falls into a hole between the rounded rocks near his
         left foot -
                         ARON
          NO, NO!
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON FLOOR. DAY.
         The knife is visible in the crack below and behind his right
         leg but he can't twist to get anywhere near it. He tries to
         pull the canyon wall off balance to get closer. No chance.
          24.



                         ARON
          Shit!



         He pulls off his right sock and shoe and tries to squeeze his
         foot into the hole. Too big. Size 10. He looks upward. He
         can't believe he's done it.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Shit!!!
                         CUT TO:



         INT. BENEATH CANYON FLOOR.
         We're on a level with the knife in the little hole beneath
         his feet. An enormous overhead light switches on (Aron's
         headlamp placed above to let him see). The stick enters from
         top of screen and nudges the knife in a semi circle. It's a
         bit Punch and Judy if it wasn't so fucking serious. Huge
         shadows. No success. The knife remains where it is. Maybe an
         ant races across it.


         Pause.
         The stick withdraws.




                        PAUSE:




         The stick re-enters with the top of it almost broken off,
         acting like a hook, we push in on the knife as the stick
         hooks through the little ring at the end of the knife. It
         lifts.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. ARON IN CANYON. DAY.
         Looking down onto the ground, around his leg, his toes
         holding the stick like a chopstick lift the knife out and up
         tremulously, breathlessly, towards his good arm. He picks it
         off the stick gently. Big smile. First one.


                         ARON
          Sweet.
                         CUT TO:
          25.



         TITLE OVER WIDE INT CANYON. NIGHT:
                        " SATURDAY NIGHT ":
         We pass through the transparent title on our way along the
         canyon. Half dark. We're on a wind blowing dust through the
         canyon walls, to find a miner in the distance digging into
         the rock. It's Aron of course, and his head-lamp is filled
         with the dust swirling through. He's using the shorter file
         from the multi tool and has tied a shoe lace to his wrist and
         looped through the ring at the end of the tool. He pulls his
         cap down, to keep most of the dust out of his eyes. His lips
         are caked but he keeps blowing on his arm, to keep it clear.
                         CUT TO:



         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS. NIGHT.
         The watch, now luminous, changes to 00.00.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. ARON IN CANYON. NIGHT.


         Midnight is celebrated with a tiny, careful, sip of the
         water. He holds it in his mouth. Puffing his cheeks,
         circulating the precious fluid around.


                         CUT TO:


         EXT. EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPE. DAZZLING DAYLIGHT. DAY.


         Daylight, a lunar landscape almost, though with patches of
         green and giant boulders, Aron whom we sense only by being
         around his shoulder is out walking with his friend, Mark Von
         Eeckhout through this field of boulders. They come upon one
         the size of a house buried nose deep in the field.




                         MARK
          Wow, look at the size of this one.
         There's no cliffs or mountains anywhere near. We look at
         Mark's pleasant, unremarkable face for far too long as he
         looks around -


                         MARK (CONT'D)
          How the fuck did this get there?
         It's like we're on the moon looking over Buzz Aldrin's
         shoulder at Neil Armstrong; it certainly sounds like that...


          HARD CUT TO:
          26.



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. NIGHT.
         Chip,chip,chip; stretches his arm, flexes his legs,
         tick,tick,tick. He changes the blade, prising suddenly at a
         section of the rock with his file. It bites and a dime size
         shred chip of rock arcs through the night light. He catches
         it perfectly on his right elbow.


                         ARON
          Cool.
         He picks it off his arm and places it on top of the rock next
         to where he's working. It's a grain of sand on the seashore
         but it's something.


         Boy, his arm and his legs are aching now.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. ABOVE ARON, LOOKING DOWN INTO CANYON. NIGHT.


         He's stepped into his harness and is throwing 30ft of rope up
         towards us. There's a tangle of knots and carabiners looking
         for purchase close to camera. Each time it falls back all
         the way. He persists, each time, varying his line of attack
         fractionally.
         Finally it catches.


         He pulls gently at first, then fiercely, it holds and we
         slide softly and slowly down the rope and as we reach him he
         gently takes the weight off his feet finally.


                         ARON
          Aahhhhh.



         Lovely relief for him, light off, his eyes close.
                         CUT TO:



         INT/EXT VARIOUS. DAY.
         A re-run of the accident. He can now witness it in detail as
         though it were planned and his role is to point us where to
         look. 3 seconds become 30... We fall with his face in high
         definition slow motion watching his future. We fall with the
         rock pitilessly chasing him down to the floor of the canyon.
         As he lands...
                         CUT TO:
          27.



         INT. CANYON. PRE DAWN.
         ... His eyes open and he stands unsteadily rubbing at his
         legs, the lack of circulation has forced him up. Doesn't
         think about the dream, starts chipping again.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. TIME-LAPSE. DAWN.
         Lit only by his lamp, the black shifts to grey and then
         there's light. He watches it arrive. A rush of wind.
         Something flaps and he looks up sharply -


                         RAVEN
          Caw-caw.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. SKY. DAY.
         A black raven flies symmetrically the length of the canyon
         slit above him. Blue, blue sky.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.



                         ARON
          Caw-caw.


         As he stretches his neck to follow the path of the only other
         living thing, he freezes stock still. The bird has gone.
         Nothing moves. Not him.... nothing. Time passes.


         He switches his light off.
                         CUT TO:


         EXT. NEVADA DESERT. BLACK ROCK CITY. PRE DAWN.
         On top of some 4 x 4 vehicles are 8-10 ft huge Easter Island-
         like masks, multi-coloured. Multiple bikes are strapped to
         the backs of the vehicles too. More of Aron's friends,
         including Mark V.E. mill around their 4 x 4s. There are
         multiple lights in the distance but it's unclear what it
         might be. The vehicles' own headlights illuminate Rana, a
         stunningly beautiful red-haired woman in her mid-20s,
         effortlessly organising the 15 or so group. As before, we
         remain behind Aron. By the camera's virtually complete
         concentration on Rana it's clear he's a fan.
          28.



                         RANA
          OK - lights off and line up
          alongside me.
         They turn off their vehicles' headlights as she draws a long
         line in the sand and they join her standing on one side of
         it.


                         RANA (CONT'D)
          On the other side of this line,
          everything will be different.
         As they all hold hands and together step cross the line
         (Aron's keen and ever so slightly ahead of everyone across
         the line) the sparkling lights of the crescent-shaped `town'
         of vehicles and camps that is Burning Man are replaced by an
         astonishing sunrise in the Nevada desert. They hoot and
         holler as Rana smiles beautifully at Aron.
                         RANA (CONT'D)
          And remember, stick together, the
          desert wants to kill you.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAWN.
         Aron is very still, looking at the rock and the open blade
         lying on top of it. Suddenly he looks over his shoulder to
         see...
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. MORNING.
         A dagger of sunlight appear behind him. His won sunrise.



         C.U. WATCH.
         9.30am
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAWN.
         He looks at ithe sunbeam as though it's his prey and it might
         run away. It makes it's way along the canyon walls towards
         him. He's very still. But it shifts across the floor and
         it's going to miss him. He whips off his left shoe and sock
         and pushes it towards the coming light. Slowly it climbs and
         caresses his ankle and lower calf. He pulls the other sock
         off and alternates the feet. He looks like he's doing yoga.
         As it leaves him passing overhead it suddenly bursts into the
         opening in front of him.
          29.



         It's a beautiful sight as the colors of the canyon reawaken
         but we can see from above that he appears to be behind a door
         with a room of life beyond him.
                         CUT TO:



                        TITLE:
                        " SUNDAY ":
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. VIDEO MESSAGE ONE.



                         ARON
          It's three-oh-five on Sunday. This
          marks my twenty-four-hour mark of
          being stuck in Blue John Canyon
          above the Big Drop. My name is
          Aron Ralston. My parents are Donna
          and Larry Ralston of Englewood,
          Colorado. Whoever finds this,
          please make an attempt to get this
          to them. Be sure of it. I would
          appreciate it.
         He takes long blinks and seems to avoid looking at himself
         though the screen is facing him. He looks alarmed and wide
         eyed, startled, in contrast to his slow slurred delivery.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          So... I was hiking Blue John Canyon
          yesterday... and this happened.
         He pulls the camera round to show where his forearm and wrist
         disappear into the horrifyingly skinny gap between the
         chockstone and the wall. As he does that we
                         INTERCUT WITH:
         INT/EXT. VARIOUS. CANYON. DAY.
         Flashes of the accident-almost in silhouette - like an
         animatic side view. It freezes just before the moment of
         entombment.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY. VIDEO FOOTAGE.


                         ARON
          What you're looking at there is my
          arm, going into the rock... and
          there it is, stuck. It's been
          without circulation for 24 hours.
                         (MORE)
          30.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          It's pretty well gone. If the
          colour doesn't come across on the
          video, it's grey and blue.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Unnhhhhh.......I'm in deep stuff.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          So I have very little water.
         He can't help look in the camera towards those who know what
         that means in this place.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Yeah, I have about a third of a
          litre left.
         He picks up the water bottle and shakes it for the camera.
                         INTERCUT WITH:



         INT/EXT. VARIOUS. CANYON. DAY.
         Different angle on the freeze-frame.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. VIDEO FOOTAGE.



                         ARON
          So the way I see it... there's kind
          of four things happening here... I
          tried to move it with some
          rigging... useless... and I tried
          chipping away at the rock... I
          think part of the problem is, is
          that my hand is actually supporting
          the rock. Which means every time I
          chip away the rock moves a bit and
          settles onto my hand again. I
          can't feel it happening but
          microscopically, it seems to be,
          because the little gap over there
          between the rock and the wall seems
          to be getting smaller. And this
          chockstone is the hardest thing
          here.


                         CUT TO:
          31.



         INT. WIDE. MOVING THROUGH CANYON. REALTIME.


         A breeze slides through the canyon and he shudders
         involuntarily for five seconds.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY. VIDEO FOOTAGE.


                         ARON
          So the third thing left was to cut
          my arm off.


                        PAUSE
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I don't know whether I could do
          that but it's pretty much suicide.
          It's four hours to my vehicle that
          way and with very difficult
          climbing with one hand and the bike
          is like two, two and a half hours,
          that way but the climbing... fourth
          class climbing... which I think
          will be probably impossible with
          one hand... between the blood loss
          and the dehydration I think I would
          die if I cut off my arm.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Which means I'm waiting for someone
          to come along.
         He summons up the guts to let the evidence out.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I didn't tell anyone where I was
          going and I didn't leave a note on
          the truck.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Dumb.
         The video whirrs on until he suddenly looks straight into the
         lens.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. REALTIME.
         He hears voices.
          32.





                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. VIDEO FOOTAGE.


         We see his reaction to this sound through the video message.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. REALTIME.
         He puts the camera down and listens. People descending at
         the S log! He can hear them. He screams and screams and
         screams and then he stops. He listens again.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY. ARON'S POV BACK UP THE CANYON.
         The noise is there still. Again he screams and screams.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.


         Breathing hard, heart racing he listens again. The noise is
         still there unchanged. He knows now it's not people. They
         would have heard him.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. ARON'S POV.
         He looks above and behind and sees a kangaroo rat
         disappearing, scuffling, behind a chockstone.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.


         He stops, staring at the camera still recording. He picks it
         up, rewinds and ...


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. VIDEO FOOTAGE.
         ... re-runs the sound of him screaming for help.
          33.



                         ARON
                         (SCREAMING)
          HELP!!! HELP!!!! OVER HERE!!!
          HEEELLLPP!!!
         Freaky. We just see an arbitrary view of the rock and sky on
         the video camera, maybe with a bit of elbow, but we hear his
         desperation, screaming at no one, distorting on the tiny
         speaker.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. REALTIME.


         He stops it. The sound of his absolute helplessness and need
         freaks him out and threatens absolute despair. Snorts.
                         ARON
          No one's coming Aron.


         He rewinds to the end of the message and erases his futile
         calls for help.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. ARON'S TRUCK. DAY.
         Aron's Truck. We sense him in the cab but we're not inside
         with him yet. Music loud and pulsing as we travel towards
         the inflatable Scooby Doo. It's 12ft tall, powered by a mini-
         generator.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. DAY.
         Aron swerves to affect the figure which buckles and flaps in
         his after-draft.
                         CUT TO:


         EXT. ROAD. DAY.


         We stay with the dancing figure as his truck drives away into
         the landscape. The generator fan rattles on as the booming
         bass of the truck fades.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.


         You can see him thinking. Will the girls go to the party?
          34.



         EXT. GOOGLE-EARTH SATELLITE SHOT OF WILDERNESS. DUSK.
         We're now high above the desert, and in the time-lapse we see
         the soft, grey, endless line of darkness cross right to left
                        BRINGING -
                         CUT TO:



                        TITLE:
                        " NIGHT TWO ":
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.
         A flashing, strobe-ing light - Aron's head-lamp bouncing back
         and forth off the canyon walls - but also, as he continues to
         chip away...


                         INTERCUT WITH:



         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.
         ...jump-cutting, strobe-lit as though by flash, of Aron madly
         dressing for the night.


                         INTERCUT WITH:


         C/U: WATCH


         We see the thermometer on his watch falling down and down
         from 70 => below 50.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.


         The whole thing is almost like stop-frame animation. He
         cannibalizes everything he can, using his knife, his teeth,
         he tears holes in a cloth camera bag, he's frantically paced
         to occupy himself, to pass time, to create heat from energy,
         but he has to be careful not to stab himself in the eye. He
         thrusts his left arm into the newly fashioned sleeve, pulling
         it up with his teeth.
         Purple webbing around his right arm, the insulated Camelbak
         protects his upper arm from the chilling canyon wall. Yellow
         webbing wraps a grocery bag (that held the burritos) round
         his upper right bicep.
          35.



         The dirty green and yellow ropes are curled round his legs
         like pythons. Finally he puts his head inside the rope bag.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. ROPE BAG. BLACK.


         It's plastic inside and although it's black the light from
         his head-lamp suddenly lights him up alarmingly as we go
         inside with him.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. ROPE BAG. NIGHT.
         He looks like a multi-coloured version of the Michelin Man,
         only much thinner.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. ROPE BAG. NIGHT.


         He laughs, as though he can see how ludicrous he looks.
         We return to normal speed as he turns the light off.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. ROPE BAG. NIGHT.


         BLACK - but we can hear his breathing close as in a space
         suit. LONG PAUSE.
                         ARON
          God, I am praying to you for
          guidance. I'm trapped in Blue John
          Canyon - you probably know that -
          and I don't know what I am supposed
          to do. I've tried everything I can
          think of. I need some new ideas.
          Please show me a sign.
         PAUSE - Just his breath.
         He switches on the head lamp and the inside of the bag
         explodes with light. There's enough light for any kind of
         heaven but it's just Aron in Blue John Canyon. He looks
         around his bag. He stops. Silence. Only his breathing to
         listen to. Heart rate... fast... too fast.
         Light off.


         PAUSE.
          36.



                         ARON (CONT'D)
          OK, then, God, since you're
          apparently busy: Devil, if you're
          listening, I need some help here.
          I'll trade you my arm, my soul,
          whatever you want. Just get me out
          of here. You want me never to
          climb again, I can give that up.
          Just show me the dotted line.
                        PAUSE:
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Ungg-gggu-ggga-gggngh!


         His throat uncontrollably shudders and splutters as his teeth
         rattle with cold suddenly. It does sound like a demonic fit
         from the multi-coloured headless man.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Yeah. Not very funny.


                         CUT TO:



         INT. ASPEN STORE. DAY.
         Aron leaves work: at no point do we see Aron. He's there,
         you sense him in reflective surfaces, his arms, particularly
         his right one and his feet occasionally come into shot. It's
         not a strict P.O.V, more like 'over the shoulder' but without
         much shoulder.
                         Q
          What you doin'?
                         ARON
          Still not sure. I'll see you
          Tuesday.
                         Q
          Have a good one.


                         ARON
          Always do.
                         CUT TO:



         BLACK.
                         CUT TO:
          37.



         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS
         11:59 => 00.00 in huge, luminous figures.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.
         He pulls his bag off and pulls his water bottle out of the
         ground where he has half-buried it. It won't open. He can't
         unscrew it. He mutters, cursing himself for tightening the
         lid too much. He puts it between his teeth and levers with
         his head, but nothing. Is his strength vanishing so quickly?


         He looks at his puffy left hand... there's a tremble in it.
         He shakes it to get rid of the tremble and jams the bottle
         between his legs. He uses a bit of cloth to give his hand
         better purchase on the top. We're tight on the neck of the
         bottle as it releases, finally and he lifts it, slowly,
         almost ceremonially. Controlling the tilt, a half-mouthful
         of water slides onto his tongue. He tilts the bottle back
         towards upright but not the whole way. He waits. Circulating
         the splash of water around his mouth.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. C/U: BOTTLE NECK


         The bottle neck stares at Aron.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. C/U: ARON
         ... his eyes staring at the bottle neck.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.
         He still holds the water in his mouth as he rewinds the top
         onto the bottle and reburies it in the sand to stop any
         evaporation. He moves to pop his contact lenses into his
         mouth and wash them in the moisture. First one then the other
         as we...


                         CUT TO:


         INT. ARON'S APARTMENT. DAY.
         The images shift with the lens change back to his apartment,
         daylight, we sense him though he's probably in the shower.
         His ansaphone clicks in.
          38.



                         ANSAPHONE (MOM)
          Aron, it's Mom. Hoping to catch
          you. Nothing urgent. Dad's in New
          York so it'll be a quiet weekend.
         Aron is clearly there but can't answer.


          ANSAPHONE (MOM) (CONT'D)
          Call me. Lots of love.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. ARON'S APARTMENT. DAY.


         In front of his bathroom mirror he's slipping his lenses in
         for the day. It looks like The Man Who Fell To Earth.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. C/U: VARIOUS. ARON & MIRROR. DAY.
         Huge close-ups that freak people out who've never worn
         lenses. Mirror shots and lots of short soft focus.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. ARON'S APARTMENT. DAY.


         We hear a girl and a guy somewhere in the apartment. He
         closes the door. GIRL SHOUTS:


                         GIRL
          That was your Mom! And your Dad
          called. Call him. We're going.
          See you next week. Oh, and Rana
          called.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON FLOOR. PRE DAWN.
         He is absolutely still. Almost absent. Flies buzz around
         him. Indeterminate time passes.
                         CUT TO:
          39.



         INT. CANYON FLOOR. PRE DAWN.
         Massive C/U of an ant. Huge, high-definition image, more
         like a JCB-digger than an insect, and then more of them, and
         all moving towards the mosquitoes which hover and land near
         the real giant, Aron.


                         CUT TO:


         EXT. CANYON. PRE DAWN.
         He watches them devour him and then he clears them away from
         his hand. Suddenly breaks and he's busy now well before
         sunrise. In the grey-white, soft morning he is involved in
         recycling his overnight insulation gear into a crude lift and
         pulley.
         Obsessive, inventive, analytical, he constantly adjusts and
         adds and subtracts, and cannibalizes. Undoing and tieing
         knots with his teeth and hand. Each time nothing happens to
         the rock. But each time he doesn't stop. He tries again and
         again and again; looping and re-looping throwing and catching
         ropes; creating footholds and bouncing in them with his foot,
         his knees, his ass.




         Finally he stops. He looks down. For a moment it's as though
         he will cry. He looks up to where he came from and


                         CUT TO:



         INT/EXT. VARIOUS. CANYON AND BEYOND. DAY.
         ... suddenly we're moving, retracing his journey at
         increasing and eventually staggering speed.
         Through the slot canyon, up and into the blazing light across
         the desert paths, past his chained-up bicycle and back to his
         truck waiting at the side of the road. But we don't stop...


          SLAM CUT TO:


         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. DAY.
         We crash into the back of the truck and there, lying on its
         side is an almost-full bottle of Gatorade, and then there's a
         grapefruit, and another one, and they've got sparkly
         condensation on them -like advertising spritzer mist - all
         over them. And a water bottle, and an orange. And high
         energy snack bars and another orange. The fruit seems to
         roll around the empty truck.
          40.



         The Gatorade lies on its side and the liquid slaps slowly
         backward and forward like a Lava lamp. The liquid literally
         bulges with wetness, moisture texture, and we...
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         ... snap back to Aron's face.
                         CUT TO:


                        TITLE:


                        " MONDAY ":
                         CUT TO:



         VIDEO MESSAGE TWO. INTERCUT WITH LIVE FOOTAGE.


         Aron trying not to look at himself:



                         ARON
         It's freaking me out looking at myself so I hope you guys are
         OK with this


                        PAUSE
                         CUT TO:



                        REALTIME:


         We can see 2 images of him when we go behind the balanced
         video on the rock, as he has deliberately turned the screen
         away from himself.
                         CUT TO:


                        VIDEO:


                         ARON
          It's Monday - all day - bummer. I
          spent the morning trying to create
          a 6:1 system ration and lift the
          boulder but friction between the
          rope and carabiners is dissipating
          every bit of force I apply.
                         (MORE)
          41.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          All it's good for is sitting in...


                         CUT TO:


                        REALTIME:


         We see a more objective view of his morning's activities as
         he describes them. We see him below us as the raven flies
         between us and him.
                         CUT TO:



                        VIDEO:
                         ARON
          There's a raven flies overhead, I
          clocked it at 8.15. I'll bet it's
          there tomorrow too. I'll film it
          for you tomorrow
                         CUT TO:



         REALTIME: EXT. SKY. DAY.
         We see the raven and we see him check his watch. Sure
         enough, 8.14 Slides to 8.15.


                         CUT TO:



                        VIDEO:
                         ARON
          I have about one hundred and fifty
          millilitres of water left. That's
          four ounces. I can't believe it
          but I peed twice today, within a
          few minutes of each other. How is
          this possible? It's two days since
          I peed, I'm dehydrated and I had to
          go so quickly I forgot to save the
          first. I saved the second in the
          CamelBak. Will I drink it? It
          smells foul, and hot but it'll
          settle. And I can chill it in the
          sand in the night. It's like Polar
          winter here for nine hours.
                         CUT TO:
          42.



                        REALTIME:
         We see his precious bottle of water. It looks back at him.
         Next to it is the Camelbak of his stored urine.
                         CUT TO:



                        VIDEO:
                         ARON
          No number twos. Which will
          disappoint my insect friends.
          They're gonna have to wait. The
          sunlight appears down here for a
          few hours. I get 15 minutes of it
          at 9.35... and apart from chipping
          away uselessly at this rock that's
          pretty much my morning routine.
                         CUT TO:



         REALTIME - TIME-LAPSE:


         Aron is deathly still as we travel towards him with the
         dagger of light. His leg is stretched out and the only
         movement is the change of leg halfway through. He stays in
         shot throughout getting bigger and then smaller as the light
         approaches and recedes; the sliver of light leaves the
         canyon.
                         CUT TO:



                        VIDEO:
                         ARON
          I keep chipping at the rock but
          just to generate warmth and give me
          something to do. I think it's
          making it worse. I know it's
          settling more on my arm as I remove
          material from it. The area where I
          chipped flakes off yesterday has
          already rotated down onto my arm.


          PAUSE. I can't feel anything.
          PAUSE. So I made a great
          tourniquet and I tried to cut it
          off.
                         CUT TO:
          43.



                        REALTIME:
         We see him pull the elastic neoprene tubing insulation from
         the CamelBak. It's stretchy, supple and strong and emerges
         like a thin snake. It's perfect. He wraps the black
         neoprene around his right forearm 2 inches below his elbow.
         Simple overhand knot tightened with his teeth. 2nd knot, 3rd
         knot, clips the neoprene with a carabiner and twists 6 times
         tight.



                         ARON
                         OWWWWW


         Now real pain in his right arm. Weird smile at the success.
         The skin colour separates; fish belly white below the
         tourniquet and bright red bunched up crushes of flesh between
         the elbow and the tourniquet.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Oh yeah. That aches.
         He takes out the multi-tool and switches to the long blade.
         looks at it. Then he presses the blade and draws it quickly
         across his forearm. Nothing. Repeats it harder. Nothing.
         No cut, no blood, nothing. He switches to the short knife
         and saws viciously at the same point.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Shit!
         He releases the tourniquet and as the blood flow returns a
         series of angry red lines establish themselves where he was
         sawing. He looks at them.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Pathetic, Aron, pathetic.
                         CUT TO:



                        VIDEO:
                         ARON
          The blades are too blunt even to
          break the skin. I guess that's the
          chipping. It's not even a proper
          Leatherman. It's a knock-off one
          we got free in a gift pack with a
          torch... Mom gave it to me.
          LONG PAUSE.
          Sis. Sonja, I'm very proud of you.
                         (MORE)
          44.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I didn't get to hear firsthand how
          your championships went, but I
          heard from Mom that you placed very
          well at the national competitions,
          that you were tenth overall in
          speech and debate in the nation.
          Hot damn, girl. I'm very proud of
          you. Not just for that but for who
          you are.
         He looks directly in the lens for the first time.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I can imagine you in your living
          room looking back at me.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.


         We see his sister on her living room sofa. The sofa sits in
         the open section of the canyon.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. VIDEO FOOTAGE.



                         ARON
          I've been thinking about what my
          friend Rob in Aspen says to me
          several... frequently.. Several times
          that, confusingly,
          'It's not what you do but who you
          are'.
          I kind of got hung up on that a
          lot, because I always thought who I
          was, was very much wrapped up with
          what I did. That I was happy
          because of the things that I did
          that made me happy. If things you
          do make you happy, then they can
          also make you unhappy. I think
          that's why I found myself being as
          ambitious and energetic -
         The wind interrupts him and he shivers.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          (mutters, bitterly)
          It's cold... this place is an ice-
          box at night... And killing winds.
          45.



                        PAUSE
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          (he struggles to complete
          the sense of the
                         SENTENCE)


          " - to do all the outings that I
          did". PAUSE.
         As he loses track of what he's saying and then catches up,
         the canyon has become noticeably darker. He's oblivious.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I did want to say, on the
          logistical side of things, I have
          some American Express insurance
          that should cover costs of the
          recovery operation when that does
          happen. Bank account balances
          should take care of my credit-card
          debts. You'll have to sell my
          house, Mom and Dad. Possession-
          wise, I don't know if Sonja can use
          my computer and video camera...


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.


         He's interrupted by a sudden realization as he looks first
         one way up the canyon and then the other. He looks up at the
         sky above.


                         CUT TO:



         EXT. SLOT CANYON. DAY. ARON'S POV.
         There's an angry looking black motherfucker of a cloud.
                         CUT TO:





         HUGE C/U OF:
         A massive crack of noise like the land has split. His eyes
         staring up, unblinking, the corridor of light above him
         reflected in is contact lenses like mirrors. Suddenly a drop
         of water hits his eye like an invisible bomb dropping from
         the sky.
                         CUT TO:
          46.



         EXT. DESERT. DAY.
         We're many miles away, the dust spits as though hit by silent
         bullet tracer fire. Raindrops gathering and multiplying,
         soaking and bouncing off the desert floor, they skim and slip
         into a groove and then another, the slit instantly fills and
         water drops crash on the new surface. The spillage spreads
         and fills everything near it. We tilt up, the sky is furious
         black, and murderous. Lightning arcs across hundreds of
         miles.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.


         Aron's sky darkens above him. Instantly plunging him into a
         dark, violet nether-light. He looks up the canyon as he
         pulls at his arm in panic and tries to gather his laid-out
         possessions into his backpack. Simultaneously he opens his
         mouth to gather any drops he can into his parched throat.


                         CUT TO:



         EXT. DESERT. DAY.
         A channel fills now as the grooves spill and multiply. The
         water poured from above appears everywhere, visibility is
         virtually gone, whether it's through mist or darkness it's
         impossible to tell.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. DESERT. DAY.
         Another channel explodes like a volcanic surging mass in
         every direction. The camera literally slips and slides as
         the water now seems to take a direction towards deeper
         gulleys, looking for something to fill, for somewhere to
         escape to.


         The floor of the desert becomes a river careering towards the
         slot canyons.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. DESERT. DAY.
         Now carrying debris with it the water cascades into the
         natural pipe-work of the desert.
                         CUT TO:
          47.



         EXT. BLUE JOHN CANYON S-LOG. DAY.
         We see the S log from below as someone seems to pour
         unimaginable tons of water over the lips of the canyon above
         it. The walls glisten with force as the canyon becomes a 6FT
         wall of churning mud, hurtling towards the chockstones. The
         smaller ones are picked up and tossed downstream, smashing
         and breaking on the bigger ones.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. WIDE.
         We can see Aron in the distance pulling at his arm. Without
         time to watch it's journey towards him, it seems to skip time
         and hit him like a tsunami under-surging the initial push of
         water on the floor.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY. CLOSER.
         In an instant it smashes into his chest, scattering all of
         his possessions as he still tries to grab them.



         He pushes and pulls, trying to gain height but is underwater
         almost immediately. He tries to take a huge suck of air
         before he's submerged but even that is compromised by water.
         We hear him choke and he disappears into the liquid wall of
         mud.


                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY. UNDERWATER FOOTAGE.
         We're with him underwater. He's trying to switch his light
         on. We can see almost nothing in this washing machine of
         churning slush and debris and malevolent water. The light
         flicks on. He can see his arm and the rock. Suddenly the
         water lifts the chockstone and his arm releases. He pulls it
         towards him, luminous deathly white in the mud, and flat, and
         too big.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY. UNDERWATER FOOTAGE.
         We're close on Aron's face, at last free but now suffocating
         in darkness.


                         CUT TO:
          48.



         INT: CANYON. NIGHT.
         Aron gasps and throws his night bag off his head and to the
         floor. He's sweating and gasping; thumped alert but...
                         CUT TO:



                        TITLE:
                        " NIGHT THREE ":
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.
         ... the canyon is dry as Mars. He tries to control his
         breathing. Head down, sweat drips onto his arm - he licks it
         off and lifts his head - a sudden shiver - looks at his
         watch.


                         CUT TO:



         C/U. WATCH:
         The display changes from 20.29 => 20.30
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.


         He can't believe so little time has passed. He's only just
         closed his eyes. It's going to be a long night.
         The two bottles stand looking at him. He goes back in the
         head bag and we go with him.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. ROPE BAG. NIGHT
         He holds the video camera at waist height and switches it to
         playback. He rewinds through his messages. Stops, switches
         off playback and rewinds the blue LCD screen to save battery.
         The light is surreal, soft LCD hell.


                         CUT TO:


         HUGE C/U OF:
         Battery time. Time rewinding, hurtling backwards.
          49.



         Stops. Plays back.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CATHEDRAL CAVE. DAY. VIDEO FOOTAGE.


         Megan and Kristi. The Cathedral. They clamber out in wet
         clothes - it's from after their first jumps. We see all
         three of them climb and fall and get out of the water and
         climb and fall, smashing into the azure water. Their faces
         are dripping wet, beaming mad, screaming and howling,
         completely natural, children really, on their first helter-
         skelter / Big Dipper.


         He rewinds this time in vision. Kristi's bra and pants are
         soaking. Megan's top cascades water as she rises out of the
         water.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. ROPE BAG. NIGHT
         For Aron the volume of his and their shouting is deafening
         and the first human sounds he has heard for days. He
         watches, staring, laughing; not laughing, staring, eyes
         tearing in self-pity.
                         CUT TO:



         C/U: VIDEO CAMERA


         HE STOPS IT IN VISION
         There's water, joy, 2 beautiful girls, happiness, sensuality,
         company, freedom...
                         CUT TO:



         INT. ROPE BAG. NIGHT.
         He looks at the picture and then into the bag. His breathing
         is hard, pronounced. He carefully tells himself..


                         ARON
          No. No. Don't.


         He sees the moisture on the inside of the bag, condensation.
         He licks it with his sticky tongue, twice, three times. He
         looks back at the LCD screen.
                         CUT TO:
          50.



         INT. ROPE BAG. NIGHT.
         The LCD looks back at him.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. ROPE BAG. NIGHT.
         He kills the image and snaps it shut.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.


         He emerges from the bag.
         21.05 and looks at the bottle. He takes the Camelbak and
         saying...


                         ARON
          See you later...
         ... swallows quickly 2 'spoons' of urine without disturbing
         the sediment. Tangy and bitter, the saltiness makes him
         wince.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. DUSK.
         We're in his truck again but this time over his shoulder and
         we can see the Scooby Doo Figure dancing in the distance.
         It's now lit up too, as night is falling, and we're coming at
         it from the other direction. As he gets to it he swerves and
         follows its guide to the party.
          JUMP CUT TO:



         EXT. DRIVEWAY. NIGHT
         Jump cut, pulling up at the party.
          JUMP CUT TO:



         INT. PARTY. NIGHT.
         Jump cut, inside it's nice, full of ordinary decent people,
         though no one acknowledges Aron as we stay attached to his
         shoulder. There's a mini-Scooby Doo dancing in the main room
         and there's a light, early party atmosphere. Aron searches
         for the girls, approaching any cluster to see which girls
         they contain. Rana is there but doesn't acknowledge him.
          51.



         There's no Megan or Kristi anywhere and we finally settle on
         the bar / drinks table where there is an ocean of all kinds
         of drink. And melting ice in huge buckets with bottles of
         beer floating around in them. And orange juice, and
         popsicles. And melon, and lemon and lime. And grapefruit
         and oranges for Margaritas are filling frosted glasses.
         During the ritual we...


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. NIGHT
         Aron ducks out of his head-bag and shakes his water bottle.
         Something he always does - to check the sound of real water.
         To make sure he hasn't drunk it all without knowing. He
         opens, tilts and holds as always and then ritualistically
         removes his contact lenses and washes them in his mouth.
         Suddenly a shiver tears across him like an attack dog. He
         coughs a lens out and as he tries to catch it before it goes
         into the sand he tips the bottle in his lap.
         He hasn't put the top on fully. It goes horizontal on his
         shorts and a leak of the sacred fluid darkens his tan shorts.
         He whips it upright.
                         ARON
          (furious at himself)
          Fuck a nut, Aron. Pay fucking
          attention - look what you did?
         He stares at the stain - with all the dirt on his shorts it's
         already paste. He screws the lid on slowly and can barely be
         bothered to lift his lens into his mouth.
                         CUT TO:


         HUGE C/U OF:
         With difficulty he puts the murky lens back in his bloody
         eye.
                         DISSOLVE TO:



         INT. UNKNOWN. NIGHT.
         The image shifts with the lens to night, everything short
         focus. Only one thing at a time clear, everything else
         diffuse. No idea where we are. We come over Aron's shoulder
         and he's clearly in the deep background of a vehicle. In
         front of him a half a dozen of his friends (boys and
         girls)... and Rana, excitedly chatting. Though we can hear
         nothing.
          52.



         Gradually it becomes clear it's night outside. They are all
         undressing in their seats until all are butt naked. The tone
         (we can't hear) is clearly more infantile than sexual. We're
         beginning to see there's a ferocious blizzard outside. And
         we appear to be badly exposed to it. Up a mountain, on the
         crest of a high road... Snow, hail, swirls savagely around
         all sides of the truck. We remain inside. It's warm, the
         heater blows.
         They prepare themselves for a mutual signal, press their
         window buttons. All the windows open and a BLIZZARD explodes
         inside the vehicle.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. MOUNTAIN. NIGHT.
         One shot outside - POVs naked arms out the windows shaking
         and saluting the storm. Their crazy, happy faces through the
         windscreen as the weather invades the vehicle.


                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. NIGHT.
         Aron very still, listens to their screams. He looks at his
         knife dangling from his wrist by the shoelace.


                         CUT TO:


         EXT. CANYON. SUNRISE.


         Hundreds of miles of canyon - sunrise. The inner canyons
         change from dark umbers and black shadows to immense bands of
         pastel yellow, white, green and a hundred shades of red, a
         hallucinogenic movement towards light.
          V.O.
          `Good morning America!' etc.


         There's a chorus of 'Good Mornings' from American TV & radio
         shows. Literally dozens of them from Texas to Oregon,
         Massachusetts to the Carolinas.


                         CUT TO:


                        TITLE:
                        " TUESDAY ":
                         CUT TO:
          53.



         INT. CANYON. MORNING. VIDEO FOOTAGE.
         Aron joins the morning chorus.
                         ARON
          Good morning everyone! It's 6:45
          Tuesday morning in BJ Canyon. The
          weather is great! I figure by now
          that Leona, my housemate - Hi
          Leona! - has missed me hopefully
          since I didn't show up last night.
          Another hour and a half they'll
          miss me for not showing up for
          work. Hi Brion at work! Best case
          scenario is they notify the police
          and after a 24 hour hold they file
          a report, a missing persons report.
          Which means noon tomorrow it's
          official that I'm gone. I do still
          have the tiniest bit of water left.
          Well, actually, I've resorted...I've
          had a couple pretty good gulps of
          urine that I saved in my Camelbak.
          I sorta let it distill...it tastes
          like hell. So it's 70 hours since
          I left on my bike from Horseshoe
          Trailhead during which time I have
          consumed 3 liters of water and a
          couple mouthfuls of piss.


         Pause.
          Did I say the weather is great?
          Well, it is. Though flash floods
          potential is still present. There's
          4-prong major canyons upstream from
          me that all converge in this 3 foot
          wide gap where I am. The rock I
          pulled down on top of me, it was
          put there by flood.
                         PAUSE
          Still, I'd get a drink.
         He shudders, it's ridiculous.
         Then composes himself during a long blink and looks straight
         at the camera.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Mom, Dad, I really love you guys.
          I wanted to take this time to say
          the times we've spent together have
          been awesome. I haven't appreciated
          you in my own heart the way I know
          I could. Mom, I love you. I wish
          I'd returned all of your calls,
          ever.
                         (MORE)
          54.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I really have lived this last year.
          I wish I had learned some lessons
          more astutely, more rapidly, than I
          did. I love you. I'll always be
          with you.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. MORNING.
         Switches off the camera.
         He charges into setting up the 6:1 haul system again. Much
         quicker this time. He clears the rope - the rock - of his
         possessions and puts his sunglasses on.
                         ARON
          Ready for lift-off.
         He bounces his full weight in the stirrups and pulls on the
         haul line. It looks a better set up.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Come on, move, dammit.


         Nothing. He stops. And stares directly at the knife below
         him. Absolute stillness. Nothing moves. Not him. Not even
         the insects.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. MORNING.


         The knife stares back.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. MORNING.
         Without warning he suddenly tourniquets his arm again . Twice
         around the fore arm, knotted twice and clipped with a
         carabiner that he twists 6 times. He secures the fix by
         attaching the purple webbing.


         Looks to his watch
                         CUT TO:


         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS
         7:58AM.


                         CUT TO:
          55.



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He folds open the knife, grasps it in his fist and picking a
         spot just above the rock's grip on his right wrist, he
         hesitates and then violently plunges the blade into his arm
         up to the hilt.


         He lets go leaving the knife embedded. He swoons and stares
         at it. He slowly grasps the tool more firmly and wriggles it
         slightly, the blade connects with something hard. He taps the
         knife down and feels it knocking on the radius of his upper
         forearm bone.
         He puts his ear close and we can hear the little thocking
         sound.


                         ARON
          Whoa, that's the bone.
         He pulls the knife out opening the wound more. There's barely
         any blood. He pokes at the gash with the tool.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Ouch!


         He can see the epidermis, thick and leathery rough. Yellow
         fatty tissue under the skin in a membrane layer around the
         muscle. He thocks, thocks again and some blood finally seeps
         out and blocks his view. He pulls the knife out and thinks.
         He's sweating and puts the tool on top of the chockstone.


         He immediately pulls up his water bottle and stares into it.
         With a little shake he opens it and drinks it all gulping
         open throated. He shakes any last drop down and runs his
         tongue up into the neck. He screws the lid back on and
         loosens the tourniquet. There's no discernible increase in
         blood loss.
         He picks up the video again.
                         CUT TO:




                        VIDEO FOOTAGE


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          This next part may not be for all
          viewers at home. It's a little
          after eight. At precisely eight
          o'clock I took my last sip of clean
          water... and... hide your eyes,
          Mom...
         He pans across the boulder and zooms in on the wound,
         smattered with bright red blood.
          56.



                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I made an attempt - a short career
          in surgery, as it turned out -
          those knives are just not anywhere
          close to the task. I've got about
          an inch-wide gash in my arm that
          goes about a half inch deep. I cut
          down through the skin and the fatty
          tissue, and through some of the
          muscle. I think I cut a tendon, but
          I'm not sure.
          I'll never saw through the bones
          with this knife. I tried, anyways.
          It really just didn't go well. The
          tourniquet is relaxed at this
          point. Which actually is a little
          bothersome, considering I'm not
          bleeding that bad, barely at all.
          It's so weird. You'd expect to
          definitely see more pulsing and
          bleeding, but oh well.
                         PAUSE


          I'm really fucked now. I'm out of
          water.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         Stops the video and rips a section of his t-shirt to make an
         impromptu bandage to cover the wound. As he ties it with his
         teeth there's a rush of someone else's noise: the swat of
         wings. He grabs the camera just in time to catch the very end
         of the raven's flight 70 ft above his head.
                         ARON
          Shit missed it. 8:31AM. He's late
          and I still missed it.


         We can hear his heart racing. He holds his left hand to it
         hoping to calm it down.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. STADIUM. CROWDS.
         Like the beginning there are thousands of fans filling the
         screen, people everywhere, maybe holding lighters. And again
         like the beginning the screen splits into 2...
          57.



                        TITLE:
         " NIGHT FOUR. WEDNESDAY. NIGHT FIVE "
                         CUT TO:



         INT/EXT. VARIOUS.
         The rest of Tuesday and night, and Wednesday and night play
         out through the triptych. Repetition is used to create a
         trippy sense of losing coherence- sometimes there's 3 Arons
         doing the same thing. It could be consecutive days or he's
         forgotten.


         At key moments it resolves to one image and then back again.
         Things seem to loop and his close-ups almost seem to watch
         the loops happening again and again. This is particularly
         true inside the head bag at night. When his light is switched
         on it's bleached and monstrously overlit, like cruel HD close-
         up - his disintegration is terrifying.


         When it's off we establish a night vision, of green, of blue,
         that allows us to witness him in hiding. The images,
         sometimes of himself also, play out on the interior surface
         of the bag. The effect is like wraparound Imax, multi-screen
         Technicolor.


         INT. CANYON. DAY. DIPTYCH.


         Aron has his headphones on EXT. STADIUM CROWD




         Listening to the live concert
         again.


         The laser in the CD The crowd smears,
         skips. dragged and distorted.
         It's been damaged by the time in The numbers skip on the
         the sand. display.



         As they stop...
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         Aron falls into the canyon.
          58.




         Beyond the foot 11.32 => 11.33
         in the sunlight Aron falls again into the HUGE figures.
         dagger. We don't canyon replayed in slower
         see above waist motion V.O: HERE he is
         height. Someone Aron lifts a
         carrying 2 huge huge rock onto
         office water his shoulder
         dispensers by and heaves it
         their necks walks to crash on
         into the canyon the chockstone
         He walks up to Aron It shatters
         And puts them down into dust.
         his side and leaves. It's like
         ARON: quarry mining.
         `Thanks' He finds a
                         BLACK SHOT-
          Adverts - 7UP, etc. Some putt sized
          televised, some billboard rock and
          some radio, pull tab cans begins
          split and spit, slurpees hammering with
          grapefruit juice, OJ that -
          popsicles. ARON:
          `owwww!'
          But he carries
          on.
                         SHUDDERING SO
                         VIOLENTLY WITH
         Temperature 57 - shivers, like
         56 - 55 (huge a fit teeth
         Figures) chattering,
                         RACKING HIS
          A figure starts body with a
          a small fire to furious
          comfort Aron. vengeance.
          Perfect for bacon
          and beans.
         He pisses again 02.02=>03.03=>04.04
         ARON: Huge luminous figures on There's the
         "I can't believe the inside of the black interior Scooby
         this..." bag. Doo waving at a
         decants the table in front
         sediment out of V.O: There you are of it piled to
         Camelbak. The creaking point
         stench of the with margaritas
         sediment makes the excess runs
         him retch and jerk down the table
         away. Where is all legs.
         This coming from?
                        ARON:
         `Fuck Aron 05.05 We see it reflected
         That shit stinks' on his eyeball the eyelid
          rustles back and forward.
         Finished he tucks
         back in but VIDEO FOOTAGE: During this we
         there's a small [ARON: RAMBLING ON VIDEO see pictures,
          59.



         bloom. ARON: ONLY SOMETIMES COHERENT] unremarkable
         `You can shake Tom, thanks for the lovely, natural
         and you can dance fire last night...
         but the last My friend Rob in Aspen ones of Erik +
         drop is in the says to me several... Jon + Kristi +
         pants'- of pee frequently... several Matt + Brent +
         on his shorts. times, confusingly, Gary + Judson +
                         BRYAN + MIKE +
          INT. ROB IN CANYON ON SOFA. Rachel + Angie
          ROB: `It's not what you do [SOME TAKE
          but who you are'. THEIR TURN ON
         + Erik + Rana + THE SOFA IN
         Sonja + Jean Marc THE CANYON]
                        + CHAD + KELLER
         + Soha + Craig + Aron falls
         Brandon + Chip + One of the things again - the
         Norm I'm learning here is that I accident
          didn't enjoy people's re-runs in
          company that I was with silhouette
          enough, or as much as I
          could have. A lot of really
          good people have spent time
          with me. Very often I tend
          to ignore or dismiss their
          presence in seeking the He eats the
          essence of their presence. last bite of
                         BURRITO WASHED
          Did that make sense? down with a
          swig of urine,
          He switches off and applies winces and
          lip balm. swallows
          somehow. ARON:
          He looks at it and bites a `That's it.
          bit off. Masticates it on I'm on the
          and on... Chewing. urine diet
          now. Well,
         The chockstone it's no
         waits and Aron's slurpee...'
         foot kicks and
         then lands and
         they fall together.


         The raven flies. => The accident runs in Aron watches
          reverse the raven
          INT. STORE ROOM. DAY.


          REFLECTED ON THE INSIDE
          OF THE NIGHT HEAD BAG.


                        ARON CHIPPING
         away desultory A slit of light in blackness
          reveals Jon in work clothes.
         Aron licks A light switch flicks on and
         moisture thin metal shelves full of
         condensation cleaning supplies appear He takes shots
         from inside the on 3 sides, industrial mop, of himself
         bag. His head- Aron in his canyon gear, with his still
          60.



         lamp blinks right arm out of focus. camera and of
         unreliably. Tries to knock on door with his hand and
          left arm. Jon stops him and of the light
          indicates it won't do any in the canyon.
         V.O: Where are good. He takes one
         You going? with the flash
          VIDEO FOOTAGE: at night in
          ARON: I'm holding on but the canyon.
          it's really slowing down, And one inside
          the time is going really the bag
          slow but my heart rate is blinding
         INT. GARAGE. DAY. going like crazy [WE HEAR himself. The
         We're in the IT POUNDING IN CONTRAST spots in his
         doorway of a TO HIS SLURRING DELIVERY] eyes bleed
         garage with I swear it's like 3 x what across into
         friends in the it should be... other shots
         background gathered and change
         around Rana who colour.
         is working on one Rewinded video -
         of the giant Megan and Kristi
         Easter Island masks and back through
         for Burning Man. his life in the
         She chats away, canyon and then
         carefree, some of him
         she's in baggy climbing in snow
         dungarees or that existed on
         overalls with her the tape - triumphant
         hair falling around pose on top of the icy
         her face out of its wonder. All ice picks
         hairband. She brushes and Gore-Tex.
         it back and flecks of
         Plaster of Paris dust
         her skin. She notices
         Aron. V.O: He's over here
         RANA: There you are.
         She shouts to someone:
         RANA: Here he is.
          Mum and Dad sitting on
          Sofa. Sofa sitting in canyon He imagines
          In front of him - flash-floods his head in
          Of light the dagger
          of sunlight.
                         HIS HEAD
                         TURNS ALWAYS
          Rana's face is remaining in
          huge on the inside the light.An
          of his head bag, smiling accelerating
          at him. Her face in huge carousel of
          scale compared to his head. yellow
          warmth.


                         CUT TO:



         ALL THE SCREENS GO BLACK.
          61.



         INT. ROPE BAG. BLACK.
         Breathing close but shallow and rasping.
                         ARON
          God, it's Aron again. I still need
          some help. It's getting bad here.
          I'm out of water and food.
          Listen. Give me the strength not to
          do anything against myself. I want
          to see this through, whatever.
         A rumbling thunderous sound grows and the inside of the bag
         begins to bear the image of the top of the canyon at dawn but
         crumpled like paper, creased like the bag [BUT STRETCHED
         ACROSS 2 SCREENS]. The noise grows and grows...
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. INT. CANYON. DAY.


         ARON'S UPWARD POV.
         When it can get no louder Obscuring the light on
         a horse leaps the 6 ft gap his face once they've
         at the top of the canyon. gone and only dust
         it's followed by dozens of falling lightly is
         horses stampeding across his evidence then...
         roof....




                         CUT TO:



         EXT. SKY. DAY.
         ...the raven beats its wings across the canyon.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY. SINGLE SCREEN.
         We tilt down the wall (still reflected on inside of bag) to
         see Aron completing his obit. Scratched on wall of canyon:
         Aron Oct 75 => APR 03 RIP.
         As we reverse back on Aron in the canyon there's a burst of
         light and color beyond him and on the sofa in the canyon a
         little boy sits. He's blond, about 3 and in a red polo shirt.
         He looks like Aron.
         Aron walks towards him, the sunlight hits his face like a
         train and Aron looks up to it but keeps moving towards the
         boy, walking downhill towards the sofa. The boy leaps off the
         sofa and comes running to Aron.
          62.



         He scoops the boy up with his left arm and balances him
         around his shoulders with his right handed stump. The boy
         holds Aron's arms in his little hands and they prance around
         the sofa, they giggle and shout playing bulls, giraffes,
         elephants, jousting knights, pretending to walk downhill
         behind the sofa. Like any father in any park. [A PERFECT POP
         SONG, BLONDIE MAYBE, PLAYS IN THE DISTANCE]. Like any father
         in any park.
         Aron watches the image begin to fade. He switches on the
         light but its low and feeble.
         As the images on the inside of the bag fade so too does
         Aron's lamp. He tries to warm it up but it fades to black. He
         holds his breath.


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.


         It's strangely still even by the canyon's standards. He peeks
         out from his head bag; his contacts are cloudy and sore to
         blink.


         You can hear him blink. Eye socket rasping against eyeball.
         The head lolls like he's lost control of the neck muscles.
         His tongue rasps as he flexes his mouth to prevent sealing.


                         CUT TO:


         TITLE.


         " THURSDAY MAY 1st ".
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He looks at his obituary on the wall. ARON. OCT 75 => APR 03.
         RIP.
                         ARON
          Out of date. May Day. Not dead.
         He smirks.


         8:15 Waits for the raven. No sign
                         INTERCUT WITH:


         C/U. DIGITAL NUMERALS.


         8:30. Nothing.
          63.



         8:45 No raven.
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY. VIDEO FOOTAGE.


         It's tough looking at him. So long without water. The
         dehydration is frightening.
                         ARON
          No raven today. Everything's
          fucked. Sonja... if you still want
          me to play at your wedding... there's
          a tape in a box in the basement of
          Mom and Dad's Lounge. It's me 1993
          or 1994.
         We hear the music. Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Chopin - he can
         hear it as he played it until...


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          There was a little boy,and he
          looked like my cousin Charlie but
          he was too young. And I don't want
          to die... But I really don't know
          what to do.
         Pause.


         Quietly, deadly:
                         VOICE
          I did this Aron. I created this.
          The boulder did what it was here to
          do. It was waiting for me but it
          did the only natural thing it could
          do. I chose to come here, I chose
          to do this descent by myself. I
          chose not to tell anyone where I
          was going. I chose to turn away
          from the women who were there to
          keep me from getting in this
          trouble. I wanted it to be like
          this. Look how far I came to find
          this spot.


          It's not that I'm getting what I
          deserve - I'm getting what I
          wanted.
         He's empty now. He clicks the camera shut and puts it away.
         That's over.
                         CUT TO:
          64.



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He looks at his 'good' hand. It's swollen and angry red like
         an inflated prosthetic on top and around of his real hand. He
         takes off his shoe and pulls the sock over his hand to
         cushion his palm and picks up the black rounded hammer rock
         again. Ignoring the pain he starts hammering at the rock
         surface. SMASH. MAD NOW.
                         ARON
          I hate this rock.
         The rage blooms purple in his mind.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I hate it.
         His face swells with anger, nostrils flaring.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I hate this fucking canyon.


         A small mushroom cloud of pulverized grit and dust erupts
         each time.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I hate this cold slab pressing me
          against this damp fucking wall.
         Smash, Smash, Smash.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I know there's water near coz of
          these fucking mosquitoes.




         The sock quickly disintegrates with friction as he hammers
         and hammers.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          I hate this fucking mess.


         Finally he stops but his fingers are paralyzed, fused rigid
         around the rock. He pulls them off with his teeth and the
         stone drops to his feet.


         There's a thick layer of dust across the top of the stone and
         his right arm. He tries to blow it away. He fails. Tired,
         it's too thick and he's too dehydrated. He picks up his knife
         and using this starts sweeping the grit off his thumb. As he
         cleans up he accidentally rips away a thin piece of decayed
         flesh. It peels back a long way like a skin of boiled milk.
         The insects start to gather.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Shit.
          65.



         He pokes the thumb with the stubbed point of the blade. On
         the second prod the blade punctures the epidermis like soft
         butter. There is a clear hiss as gases escape. The stench is
         death. He looks at the gangrene attached to him, poisoning
         him.
          ARON (QUIET, CLEAR) (CONT'D)
          Get rid of it Aron, it's dead, it's
          garbage.
         He drops to his haunches but the webbing stops him at his
         waist. He detaches it and drops down again, almost able to
         squat. His trapped arm is the only thing preventing that.
         His face is suddenly open.


         He pushes and pushes with his left hand under the boulder to
         create maximum downward force on his right arm. Hard, harder,
         HARDER. It looks insane, unnatural and painful, but he says
         nothing.


                        POW
         Like a gunshot in the canyon, the bone breaks. The sound
         ricochets. He rises and sees the bone pushing up violently
         against the skin. He feels it. It's a serrated, but clean,
         successful break.
         Still he says nothing.


         Now he humps his body up and over the chockstone, smearing
         his feet, one with a shoe, one without, against the wall, he
         pushes grabbing further and further round the dark side of
         the chockstone, pulling with a silent, furious intensity.
         Hard, then harder, and HARDER.




                        BANG
         A second gun shot smashes around the canyon. He's sweating
         heavily and yet euphoric, possessed. He checks the underneath
         of the arm. It's broken too. Around the same place.
         He can rotate his forearm like a shaft inside a housing.
         Giving himself no time to wake up he grabs the knife, looks
         at the watch-
                         CUT TO:


         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS.
                        10:32


                         CUT TO:
          66.



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He mutters...
                         ARON
          Ok Aron, here we go. You're in it
          now.


         He pushes the knife hard, to the hilt, in between 2 veins on
         his wrist.
         Fuck knows where the sweat is coming from but it's pouring
         out of him.
         Sawing downwards he makes as large a hole as he can without
         tearing any of the noodle like veins. He puts the knife in
         his teeth and pokes his left forefinger and thumb inside his
         right arm.
         Like a mechanic he looks to analyse and then he works by feel
         only.


         His sweat falls on his knife mixing with the blood.
         He pulls muscle nearer the surface allowing his knife to
         slice and pare away at a pinky 'finger-sized' fragment bit by
         bit. It takes a dozen actions, each time the knife goes back
         to his teeth.
         Sort. Pinch. Rotate. Slice.


         There's not a lot of blood. But he keeps working and working.
         Once the blood increases he puts the knife down on top of the
         rock and swiftly ties his tourniquet.


         He's silent, refusing to verbalize the pain.
                         CUT TO:



         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS.
         10.53
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He can't cut the tendon, no matter how hard he slices. But
         nothing will stop his addiction to surgery now. He folds in
         and swaps the blade for the pliers. He uses them to bite into
         an edge of the yellowy tendon. Then squeezing and twisting he
         tears away a fragment.




         Grip. Squeeze. Twist. Tear.
          67.



         Finally he finishes the tendon.
                         CUT TO:


         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS.


                        11:16
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He returns to the knife. Finally all that remains inside is a
         pale white strand. Like swollen angel hair pasta. The nerve.
         He touches it with the knife edge.
                         ARON
          AAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH!


         He explodes internally with vocal pain, through gritted
         teeth. The first time he has made any sound during the
         surgery. But it's like he's been taser-ed, he's stunned still
         for a minute
                         CUT TO:



         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS.
                        11:17


                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He looks at it... the nerve.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         ...and the thin, swollen wire of his own nerve looks back at
         him. For the final time, he asks himself, `Can you do this?'
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He puts the knife in and pulls it toward him, an inch, two
         inches, it lengthens like pulling a guitar string.
         Unimaginable pain builds in his whole body, like he's pushing
         his arm into a cauldron of magma...
          68.



         (It's difficult to tell because everything is so tight and
         claustrophobic but maybe the boy is there intermittently
         riding his shoulders slipping across and around him, or
         obstructed by the boulder and stopped from getting to Aron)
         ...until it breaks. He shudders in shock and drops everything
         for minutes. His head lolls forward dripping. His mind
         swarming with trauma.
         And then he's back on the last action stretching the skin of
         his outer wrist tight and sawing the blade into the wall.
         It's a piece of gristle on a cutting board.
         Everything now is forcing us towards the boulder, cramping us
         in with him impossibly close, he's sweating and heaving, his
         vision blurring with tears, his contacts failing, his breath
         impossibly dry and rasping and then, as simply as this all
         began, his shoulders open and he's free......
         He staggers back, one, two, three steps away from his arm...


         His head swarming with colours, swooning, overpowering. He
         stares at his obituary as he's born again. His feet stagger
         under him like a new foal, an involuntary dance, we see
         colours bleeding and blending in his P.O.V.s and the colours
         invade our shots of him.
                         ARON
          (spitting out this
          declaration at the rock)
          I AM NOT GOING TO DIE.... HERE.
                         CUT TO:



         C/U: DIGITAL NUMERALS.



         11.34 am
                         CUT TO:


         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         He's busy packaging his stump in the plastic grocery sack and
         then wrapping that with the yellow webbing he wore as a
         chocker to keep his neck warm in the night. He stuffs the
         repackaged arm into the empty Camelbak backpack and throws
         the straps over his neck to hold the arm in a makeshift
         sling.
         Packs his bag, water reservoir, full bottle of shiny urine,
         video, pocket knife. Grabs his climbing rope, messy and
         knotted from its use as insulation, and heads off down the
         canyon.


         Stops almost immediately and hesitates for a beat. He returns
          69.



         to take 2 photos on his still camera of the rock and his
         hand.
         Goodbye.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. CANYON. DAY.
         And now the motion and energy and life force of the action
         movie returns...
         It's like Ray Liotta's final day in Goodfellas; relentless,
         frustrating, pressure of life again now he's free from his
         tomb. Deeper and deeper, down and down into the swirling
         scoops of the sandstone. Couple of difficult manoeuvres, lots
         of slipping and bumping, despite his best effort occasionally
         his right shoulder takes the brunt and he stops, winces and
         grunts thru the pain.


         But on he goes, 100 ft of the rope trailing behind him. As
         we follow its progress snaking after him we see specs of
         blood on the lower walls.


         The canyon becomes a chute increasingly steep in which he
         ignores the shrinking daylight above because he has another
         target; the twists and turns of the curricles of sedimented
         sandstone lead to a soft glow, red, translucent, growing and
         growing in intensity. He pushes forward, the tail of rope
         whipping faster and faster along the walls and floor.


                         CUT TO:



         INT/EXT. ROCK SHELF. DAY.


         Finally, we burst into the dazzling midday sun on a rock
         shelf halfway up a sheer walled amphitheatre, 200ft high. The
         scale of the slated cliff face opposite is breathtaking, the
         dazzling sunlight poaches the air he sucks in and burns his
         dry eyes.
         He sees, for the first time in his new life, green. The deep
         green of a healthy 50ft tree below him and to his left, and
         he knows. He looks for the bolts drilled into the rock, and
         he knows. Now he can look down. Right to the edge of
         vertiginous drop and there below is a puddle of shallow
         turgid water. Life itself. He wanted it to be there and now
         he's mesmerized by it. A pair of swifts leave the tree and
         zig zag up and around him. He wobbles and has to stop himself
         lunging head first over the precipice. Instead he drops to
         the bolts and kisses them like the pope arriving in a foreign
         land.


         Unravelling the rope of its knots, he's baking in blazing
          70.



         light. He can't go yet, every knot must be undone pulled open
         between his teeth and his hand. But he'll die if he can't
         have moisture. He tips the saved urine over himself and
         licking and retching simultaneously he suddenly stops and
         listens. He can hear a shuffling, a zip-zip... The rope is
         uncoiling over the ledge. He put it down to drink. Picking up
         speed the more it falls, there's only a few feet left. He
         lunges across the ledge and catches it just in time. That was
         his future disappearing over the ledge.
                         CUT TO:


         EXT. CANYON. DAY



         We're far below - 6 storeys - and see him inch over the edge.
         Something's not right. It's a difficult overhang and he's
         awkward and vulnerable with only one useful arm. His bad arm
         catches horribly on the lip of the ledge. Suddenly he starts
         coming fast, faster and then hideously, much too fast,
         accelerating out of control and smashing into the water with
         deadly force.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. UNDERWATER. DAY.



         We're underneath, deep in the pool, and he crashes in an
         explosive cascade of air forced into the water.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. C/U: DAY.


         His feet gently touch the sandy floor, 10ft to the side of
         the pool...
                         CUT TO:


         EXT. POOL. DAY


         ... he's a great climber and even in his present condition
         has perfectly executed the descent. And the pool is a puddle,
         swimming with dead leaves and insects, 2 inches deep at most.
         He falls on it with his bottles, filling them and dipping his
         mouth into the water, He washes his head, drinks and fills,
         drinks and gargles, and drinks again-insects, leaves,
         tadpoles, everything. Blood splashes in beside him so out
         comes his map again as he plots his way out. He sees a great
         goose- necked avenue before him bending to the right.
          71.



         Checking the map... there's a long way to go and he's small,
         nothing in this landscape.
                         CUT TO:


         EXT. (VARIOUS)CANYON. DAY.


         He walks shedding any weight that might reduce how long he
         can keep going; his equipment, carabiners, headphones; his
         harness left like a spent snake skin behind him. He keeps to
         the shadows of the huge Monument Valley-like cliffs when he
         can.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. HORSESHOE CANYON. DAY.
         Finally, he comes to the great gallery that we saw in the
         opening titles. A 300ft huge wall with dozens of broad
         shouldered figures painted to enormous scale in all shades of
         tan and maroon. They seem to stare back at him. He salutes
         them in his own way and continues.


         He banks left beneath a colossal alcove high up in the cliff
         face and makes to the flattest ground - there's no shade to
         hide in here.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. HORSESHOE CANYON. DAY.


         70 yards ahead, 3 aliens are walking away from him. 2 tall,
         one shorter. All with elongated bodies and tiny heads,
         shimmering in the heat.




         He goes to shout but his voice catches. Then a feeble effort
         is lost in the vast scale of the canyon. The figures walk on
         bending and disappearing in the light. He digs deep.
                         ARON
          HELP!


         And the figures turn.
         There's a terrible pause of uncertainty on both sides and
         then he pushes out another heartbreaking -
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          HELP ME! I NEED HELP!
         The figures begin to run towards him. We watch his face in
         close up as they come. If tears come, then now they come at
         the sight of humans. He mutters to himself.
          72.



                         ARON (CONT'D)
          Hang in there Aron.
         At they get closer he summons a surge of energy from
         somewhere.
                         ARON (CONT'D)
          My name is Aron Ralston. I was
          trapped by a boulder on Saturday
          and I've been without food and
          water for 5 days. I cut my arm off
          this morning to get free and I've
          lost a lot of blood. I need medical
          attention.


         There's a pause as they look at this refugee from a low
         budget horror movie. He hungrily eyes the water bottles
         attached to their waist bands. This gives them a way in to
         his world. The moment is broken by their offering him their
         water. It pours down his throat bypassing the swallow
         mechanism.


                         CUT TO:



         INT. TV STUDIO. DAY. ERIK MEJER TESTIMONY


          (Erik's English is almost
          perfect, although
          accented and without
          humour. His family sit
          beside him on comfortable
          chairs in a TV studio.
          They are very pleased to
                         BE THERE)
                         ERIK
          We are the Mejers from Holland. At
          the start of the trailhead we
          talked to a ranger who told us
          about a car that was parked in the
          area already for several days and
          that the owner might be missing in
          the canyon. We joked that we would
          keep our eyes open and that we
          would try to find him.
          After a hike of 5.3 kilometres to
          the Great Gallery (Indian rock art)
          where we took some pictures, we
          returned and suddenly heard a noise
          behind us, and after that a voice
          that cried "Help, I need help".
          Monique and I immediately realized
          that this had to be the missing
          person.
                         (MORE)
          73.


                         ERIK (CONT'D)
          We didn't find him, he found us!
          We gave him our water and Oreos.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. HORSESHOE CANYON. DAY.
         Back now live as Aron wolfs down the cookies and organises
         the Mejers in a series of jump cuts pushing us through the
         final stages-he's brutally practical.
                         ERIK
          We are the Mejers from Holland.
          You should stop and rest.
                         ARON
          No, we need to keep hiking.
          We need a helicopter - who can run
          fastest?- You, go now fast. Take
          him.




         Monique runs ahead with Andy, her son.
                         ERIK
          They told us you were here.


                         ARON
          Who? Who told you?
                         ERIK
          The police at the parking lot
                         ARON
          Do you have a phone?
                         ERIK
          There's no signal for miles.
         Nobody for 6 days and then like London buses another couple
         appears. They too are confronted by:
                         ARON
          Do you have a cell phone?
                         WAYNE
          No. I'm Wayne. I have some medical
          training.
                         ARON
          Is it ok for me to drink so much
          water?
          74.



                         WAYNE
          Sure so long as it doesn't make you
          vomit.
         Aron drinks more and more, he overhears...
                         WAYNE (CONT'D)
                         (TO ERIK)
          Make sure he doesn't pass out.
                         ARON
          I gotta stop and empty my shoes.
          You'll have to tie my shoe lace.
         As he sits his head slumps forward. He's absolutely
         motionless. Wayne and Erik try to talk to him but he can
         barely hear them. A pop song spins round and round distantly.


         He strains to pull his head up, and, staring, drops forward
         to his knees. There it is. Filling his vision like a god.
         Whirling screaming in front of him, dust blasting him as he
         kneels. A HELICOPTER.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. HELICOPTER. DAY.
         A strange slightly formal man pops out of the helicopter. He
         almost looks like he's part of the Matrix.
                         PILOT
          Are you Aron?


                         ARON
          Yes I am. Can I get a lift?


                         CUT TO:


         EXT. HELICOPTER. DAY.


         Aron looks at the beautiful white leather seat before he gets
         in the back of the helicopter. Surreal. It's a startling
         contrast to his Frankenstein, and even now it's not lost on
         him.
                         ARON
          I'm gonna make a terrible mess of
          your seat.
                         PILOT
          Just get in buddy. We're all
          looking for you.


         The helicopter sucks upwards into the sky leaving Wayne,
         Monique, Andy and Erik far below.
          75.





                        _____________________________________________________________





                         1000 HOURS LATER
                         CUT TO:


         INT. UNDERWATER. DAY.


         Underwater. A figure dives in, pulling strong breast strokes
         down and towards us. Its Aron, fully recovered after surgery.
         Eyes open, he pulls and pulls down through crystal clear,
         oxygenated water.
                         INTERCUT WITH:



         EXT/INT. HOSPITAL ROOM. DAY.


         As the helicopter and gurney staff transfer him into the
         medic room he's surrounded by vertical giants as he lies
         horizontal for the first time in 6 days.
                         ARON
          Thank you for bringing me back.
         The most senior of the burly men says,


                         BURLY MAN
          That's all your miracle days used
          up kid. You need to rest. You can
          stand everyone a beer later.
         Aron is greeted by medics. Needles. Care. Machines. Tubes.
                         ARON
          Will you look after this for me
          please?


         He opens his fist and there is the small folded up knife.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. UNDERWATER. DAY.
         He pulls again releasing a huge chunk of air into a metallic
         bubble.


                         CUT TO:
          76.



         INT. HOSPITAL ROOM. DAY.
         A very soft voice reading.
                         VOICE (MOM)
          ...his love, the peace that passeth
          all understanding...


                         ARON
          Mom.
                         MOM
          My boy. My only one. There you are.
         She strokes his head so gently.


                         ARON
          Hey Mom.
                         MOM
          How are you feeling?


                         ARON
          OK. Are you okay...


                         MOM
          You've been asleep for 2 days. We
          are so lucky...
         She's a decent woman and a devoted mum. She looks weary, worn
         out with worry and love for her boy.
                         ARON
          Mom, I'm sorry I scared you.


         Very soft voice (again) - Aron hears the same words as he
         drifts back into drugged rest.


                         VOICE (MOM)
          ...his love, the peace that passeth
          all understanding...
                         CUT TO:


         INT. UNDERWATER. DAY.


         Face underwater. Pull and kick. Wanting oxygen now.
                         INTERCUT WITH:


         INT. PRESS CONFERENCE. DAY.
          (all of this without
                         SOUND)


         Flash of celebrity. His first press conference. And boy, is
         there a lot of press there!
          77.



         Aron, of course has his camera with him as he walks out and
         takes a snap of the noise and light. We see his still, it's
         floor to ceiling, wall to wall journalists.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. POOL. DAY.
         We can see him beneath, swimming along the floor of the pool,
         like a diver building lung capacity.
                         CUT TO:



         EXT. VAST CROWD. STADIUM. NIGHT.
         The vast crowd again, floodlit, ready to begin their evening.
                         CUT TO:



         INT. ARON'S TRUCK. NIGHT.
         In Aron's 4 x 4 somewhere in the endless parking lot outside
         the stadium. Rana is wearing glasses, reading an SMS she's
         just received.
                         RANA
          OK - he's got 3 vegetarian hotdogs
          and the tickets and he'll be
          outside Gate 6 in 5.
                         ARON
          So are you guys ok with me?
                         RANA
          Yeah. We split up a while back when
          you were in hospital.
                         ARON
          Christine told me.


                         RANA
          (always to the point)
          Is that what this is about?


                         ARON
          Yeah.


         She laughs at him.
                         RANA
          What about the climbing?
         Aron reaches in his bag and pulls out his scary looking
         prosthetic arm / axe. He clinks the points together. She
         doesn't laugh, maybe a smile.
          78.



                         RANA (CONT'D)
          Solo?
                         ARON
          I'm gonna finish the 49ers this
          winter or next.


                         RANA
          (to change it)
          Well, all I can't figure out is
          what took you so long to cut it off
          and get one of these.
         They both laugh. But he also answers.


                         ARON
          Rana, before I did it I was
          hallucinating, I saw this child, a
          little blond boy -
                         RANA
          (over her glasses)
          Not Jesus please...
                         ARON


          No, he looked like my cousin
          Charlie but way too young... and I
          didn't know why but I knew he was
          mine and that this was what lay in
          front of me.
         He looks at her.


         Pause.
         She doesn't say anything.


                         ARON (CONT'D)
          But it's not going to be you, is
          it?
                         RANA
          No Aron, it's not.
                         ARON
                         (HE KNOWS)
          OK.
         Rana leans over and tenderly kisses his cheek.
                         RANA
          You know, everyone who cares for
          you, a little bit of them dies each
          time you go back.


         Before he can work out how to answer she breaks the door
         open.
          79.



                         RANA (CONT'D)
          Let's go hero. If they do The Fly
          first and we miss it we'll never be
          forgiven.


         EXT. CONCERT. NIGHT.


         The concert explode into life.
         THE POP SONG PLAYS OVER:
         ` A man will rise, A man will fall...



         INT. UNDERWATER. DAY.
         His face pushing for the surface. He surges up and out of the
         water, to cling by his elbows on the side of the pool. No
         prosthetic.



         SONG CONTINUES OVER:
         ...From the sheer face of love


         Like a fly from a wall'




                         CUT TO:


         EXT. POOL. DAY.



         There in front of him on the grass by the pool is the same
         sofa as in the canyon. On it and around it, his friends and
         family, including Rana. There's so many of them they fill the
         screen. Tucked deep into the sofa, is his son giggling away.
         They smile, simple, silent support for him. He looks right
         back at them.



                                   THE END
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