A Mighty Heart Script - Dialogue Transcript

Voila! Finally, the A Mighty Heart script is here for all you fans of the Angelina Jolie movie. This puppy is a transcript that was painstakingly transcribed using the screenplay and/or viewings of the movie to get the dialogue. I know, I know, I still need to get the cast names in there and all that jazz, so if you have any corrections, feel free to drop me a line. At least you'll have some A Mighty Heart quotes (or even a monologue or two) to annoy your coworkers with in the meantime, right?

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A Mighty Heart Script

The day after 9/11,
Danny and I flew to Pakistan.

He was the South Asia Bureau Chief
for the Wall Street Journal

and I was working
for French Public Radio.

Thousands of journalists from
all over the worId arrived in Islamabad

to cover the war
in neighbouring Afghanistan.

On the 7th October the bombing began.

The forces of the Taliban Government
were rapidly overwhelmed.

And with the end of the war,
many journalists moved on.

Danny and I stayed.

Reporting on nuclear weapons,
Al Qaeda, secret Jihadi training camps

and the million refugees
still living in Peshawar,

the birthplace of the Taliban.

As the hunt for Bin Laden
continued in the mountains of Tora Bora

many fighters slipped back
across the border into Pakistan,

looking for a safe place to regroup.

And many people in Pakistan
saw America as the enemy

and the Taliban
as their Muslim brothers.

By the end of January,
I was five months pregnant

and we were ready to go home.

But there was one more interview
that Danny wanted.

We flew to Karachi,
one of the largest cities in the world.

The main port of entry to
and departure from Pakistan.

A vast, sprawling, chaotic city
where there are so many people

nobody knows how to count them.

How do you find
one man amongst all this?

Okay, thank you.

-Hi. How's it going?

Yeah, it's okay.

-Where's Mariane?
-She's in bed, l think.

Do you know
where the headquarters of Cybernet is?

Cybernet? Yeah. Why?

-You know Richard Reid?

He sent an e-mail to his handler here,
it's a Cybernet address.

-You wanna go there?

Hey. How are you feeling?

Huge. Pregnant. l stink.

l'll show you stink. Make a lot of stink.

This time tomorrow we're gonna be
in an air-conditioned hotel in Dubai.

-How's my little embryo?




-l have a name for him.
-You do?



-Sheraton haven't got any cars today.

-Okay, khuda hafeez.
-l need one as well.

lt's not a problem.
l'll get Shabir to get you guys a taxi.

As long as it doesn't take too long.
l can't be late.

-Thank you.
-No problem.

All right, l gotta roll. l love you.

-l'll call you. Leave your phone on.

l'll see you at the supermarket, okay?

Take care of her.

-Do you have a boy?
-l have a daughter, one, sir.

-How old?
-Maybe eight and a half months.

Daughter good. No problem. Life.

-Boy too much problem, life.

Danny. Kaleem Yusuf.

-Danny Pearl.
-Nice to meet you.

Please, come through.
Would you care for some tea?

l want to ask your advice
about something.

l'm supposed to meet tonight
with Sheikh Gilani.

-Where are you supposed to meet him?
-At the Village Restaurant.

Provided you meet him at a public place
you should be all right.

-Just be careful.
-Okay, l will.


lt's not just religious fundamentalism
that we are fighting.

lt's a combination of tribalism,
retrogressive cultural values

and a totally decayed
criminal justice system.

So what is your focus, your solution?

-Tonight you go?
-Tomorrow, yeah.

Why, my friend?

-You know Dubai?
-l know, sir, Dubai.

-Have you been there?
-No, no. Only Karachi.

So l'm trying to find someone
who's using Cybernet as his lSP.

l have the e-mail account name

and l was wondering if you'd
be able to give me the lP number

or the name of the account holder?

lt is possible but l guess everything
here is very confidential

and we are not supposed to leak
any sort of information to anybody.

Asra? Yeah, l'll be there in 10 minutes.


Danny. How are you?
ls everything okay?

Yeah. No, l'm all right,
l'm on my way now.

Okay. ls Mariane going with you?

-No, she's not. She's gonna stay home.
-No? That's good.

-Why? ls there a problem?
-No, no, there's no problem.

As long as you meet in public,
there shouldn't be a problem.

All right.
l mean, it's what everybody tells me.

Yeah, because that's true.
Good luck for the meeting.

Yeah, thanks.

Hey. Hey, baby.

-Hey, where are you?
-I'm at the supermarket.

-What are you cooking?

Oh, yeah? Excellent.

How are you? How was your day?

It was all right.
They didn't tell me much.

-What time will you be back?
-l'm hoping 9:00.

l'm sitting in a parking lot right now
but hopefully we'll get moving

and l'm still hoping 9:00.

-Listen, I love you.
-Love you.


Pakistani and Indian troops

are still massing
on the disputed Kashmir border...

Asra, how much time do l have?

lt's okay. We've got lots of time.
Don't worry.

Glasses, glasses.

The number you have dialled is not
responding at the moment.

Please try later.

Excuse me. How far are we going?

-How's it going?

So, it's just helping.

-What is it that you're doing?
-lt's a cabin crew job. Qatar Airways.

-That is the toughest job in the world.
-lt is. Waking up at 4:00 in the morning.

-How much are they paying you?
-l love the way she says Urdu.

At least l can say ''water''
as opposed to ''water.''

No-one says ''water'' here. Okay?
We all say ''water.''

-Hey, this food is really good.
-Yes, it's very nice.

lt's a Cuban dish.


-ls that where you're from?
-No. My mother's Cuban. l'm from Paris.

-Where's that ClA agent, man?
-How do you mean?

All the American journalists
are ClA agents, aren't they?


l work for the Wall Street Journal,
so does that make me a ClA agent?

But what do the Americans
really know about Pakistan?

What do they know about Afghanistan?

Apart from bombing it all the time.

That's why l'm a journalist,
to let people know.

-That's a romantic idea of journalism.
-l don't think so.

Read the papers here,
you'll be definitely more cynical.

-Sweet lndian maiden.
-Yeah, whatever.

That sounds so wrong.

Please try later.

But that's how you guys say it, right?

-Thanks for dropping in, dude.
-See you soon, inshallah.

Say salaam to your dad, right?

l still can't get through to Danny.

Well, maybe they took him
to a madrasa out of town.

No, he would call me.
l'm going to check his computer.


Maybe his battery is low or something.

"Dear Mr Pearl,
thank you very much for your articles.

"I have passed the printout
to Shah saab.

"He has gone to Karachi for a few days.

"I will arrange an appointment
with the Sheikh in Karachi for you

"on Tuesday or Wednesday.

"Please give the Sheikh
my regards. Bashir.

"Sheikh saab is expecting you
at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday

"and hopefully
you will get at least half hour with him.

"Looking forward
to hearing from you. Bashir."

How's it going?

l found the e-mails
setting up Danny's meeting with Gilani.

His contact is lmtiaz Siddique, 01300...

-Yeah. Yeah.

There's another number, hold on.
His brother's mobile.


Okay. Where was it?

No, this line is disconnected as well.
lt's not working.

That e-mail address, ''Nobadmashi.''

ln Urdu it means, like, ''no wrongdoing.''

lt's a weird e-mail address.

The brother's number is bullshit
and Siddique's number is bullshit.

lt's bullshit.

''Jamaat Ul-Fuqra.''

-Fugra, Fuqra, who cares?

Community of the lmpoverished.

Their aim
is to purify lslam through violence.

''Ten unsolved assassinations.

''Seventeen firebombing cases
between 1979 and 1990.

''Possible link to Richard Reid,
the shoe bomber.

''They are suspected
to have connection to terrorists

''who bombed World Trade Center
in '93.''

l didn't know Gilani was that serious.

No, Sheikh Gilani is a peaceful man.
He's always upset when people die.

So he was upset that
the World Trade Centers were bombed?

Yes, because many of his followers
are American.

Do you know who's behind the attack
on the World Trade Center?

-The Jews.


Mossad are the only ones who
could have organised such an event.

Do you know that 4,000 Jews
who normally worked in the Towers

didn't turn up that day?

What are you? A Christian?

No, Jewish.

The American Consulate,
Corporal Bailey speaking

How can I help you?

Hello, my name is Mariane Pearl

and l'm calling
because my husband is missing.

He's a journalist. And he was...

Ma'am, I'm afraid the Consulate
is closed at the moment.

If you can call back in the morning

and ask for Randall Bennett,
he's Diplomatic Security.

He gets in pre

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