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Fortress Script








Tickets, please.



Is it far to Tucumcari?



Thank you. Tickets.



We should pass there

in about three or four minutes.






Excuse me, but you've

made a mistake, Reverend.



I couldn't help hearing

you're going to Tucumcari.



I peddle goods around here, and I better

tell you you're on the wrong train.



I think the nearest stop

to Tucumcari is Amarillo.



By getting off at Sante Fe

and returning by way of Amarillo...



you should be able to get

right where you're going.



You see, the train

doesn't stop at Tucumcari.



This train'll stop at Tucumcari.



Take it easy, everybody!



Why'd you stop?

Something gone wrong?



Somebody pulled the emergency cord.



Hey, mister, you just can't pull

the emergency cord and jump off.



Why'd you stop that train?

If you want to get off, you...



Well, the railroad company'd be mighty

pleased to make any arrangements...



for any passenger if you want

to get off here, sir.



I did get off. Thanks.



All right, let's go!

Go ahead!



Guy passed by here in person

and added on those two zeros.



He was spittin' mad when he saw what

they was offerin'. He wasn't flattered.



He said, A measly thousand bucks

for me is much too little.



I'm worth a lot more than that.



He said that, and then he added

the zeros on the thousand.



There isn't anyone got the guts

to face that killer, eh?



At least...



it's been that way till now.



Where is he?



Where is he?



I have no idea

where he'd be today.



- Hold still.

- But Guy...



- Hold still, I said.

- You hurt me with those hands of yours.



- Then do as I tell ya.

- Stop it!



Now see, you've made me drop the soap.



- Wait, I'll get it for ya.

- You're killing me.



Oh, look. What's that?



Pardon me, ma'am.



I'll kill you for this.



There you are.

A thousand dollars.



What do you know about Cavanagh?



About a week ago

he was seen at White Rocks.






If it's of any interest to ya...



somebody else dropped in

to see me about him.






I'd never seen him before.



His name is Monco.






You know Baby Cavanagh?



Now tell me,

you know where I can find him?



There, at that table.



He's got his back to ya.






Two cards.



Didn't hear what the bet was.



Your life.



Alive or dead...

it's your choice.



Let Red go.



Two thousand dollars.

It's a lot of money.



Takes me three years to earn it.



Tell me, isn't a sheriff

supposed to be courageous, loyal...



and above all, honest?



Yeah, that he is.



I think you people

need a new sheriff.






How are you, Nino?



Better when I see you.



Go on. Go ahead.



Open it.



- What's up? Who is it?

- Rodriguez, senor.



You. Come along.



I'm letting you live, hero.



That's so you can tell everybody

you've seen what takes place here.



For the lousy money.



You took money

to put me behind bars.



You should've killed me

when you could.



It would be better for you.



And for them.



How old's the boy?



How old is the boy, I asked?



He's    months now.



Just the time that I was in jail.



You used the reward that you got...



to start raising a family.



And that's why I feel

your family is partly mine.



I'll take my part now.






They're both innocent. Please let them

go! I was the one. You know that.



I know.

I'm sure you hate me just enough.



This time you'll have a chance

to shoot me, but not in the back.



Let go.



When you hear the music finish, begin.



Or do you think you can?



Let's start.






- Check those figures again.

- Yes, sir.



Good day, sir. Good afternoon.






- Douglas Mortimer.

- Mortimer. Virginia, isn't it?



- Carolina.

- That's right, Carolina.



Can I help in some way?



- I'm looking for a first-class bank.

- Oh, but exactly.






The largest and most secure bank

in the territory.



Well, Mr. Mortimer,

I want to assure you our bank here...



has everything...

all the safeguards you're looking for.



I don't doubt that, but I have

a large sum to deposit.



Now, suppose I'm a bandit.



A bandit?



A very dangerous bandit

with a gang of killers.



What would be the most

impossible bank for me to rob?



In your case, the one bank

I would suggest is the Bank of El Paso.



Not even Indio would dare

to attack that one.



It's not a bank.

It's a fortress there.



What time's the next train

for El Paso?



  :  . I'll telegraph

to my colleague...



in the Bank of El Paso

that you're going to arrive.






Hey, mister. Captain.

General. Welcome.



Do you need a stable or a room?

Do you want to take a bath?



My name is Fernando.

The stable is right here.



And that is your hotel.



Why this hotel

and not some other?



You probably wouldn't like

that other place as much, senor.



You'd have to spend half the night

shootin' cockroaches.



At this hotel, the rooms

will cost you so much less.



And there's a landlady

at this one, senor.



- Married?

- Yes, but she doesn't care.



That's the bank. As soon as I get

some money, I'll put it in.



Well, you're gonna have

to earn it first.



I have    cents here for you

if you'll let me know...



when anybody you've never seen before

here in El Paso comes to town.



At the hotel, senor.

A stranger just came outta there.



Where's he staying?



The hotel.



Let me know if you see

any more strangers.



Sure, senor.



- Help you, sir?

- I want the room right above.



I'm sorry, it's occupied.

It's too bad.



The hotel's filled to capacity.

I'm sorry.



The room you want is our best.

It's always occupied.



By who?



Check the register.






It's Senor Martinez.



- It's free now.

- That room is taken!



I'll see to it.



He's nothing but a wild,

vicious animal!



He's tall, isn't he?



You're just dirty!



Proprietor, quick! My bill!



I want my bill!



- Before he comes down, give me my bill.

- There's no need to check out.



Everything's gonna be all right.

I'll give you another room immediately.



It's the best in the whole hotel.

We'll let him have the bridal suite.



No, Mary, the bill.

I'd like to stay, only I can't.



- Don't go, Mr. Martinez.

- I have an appointment elsewhere.



Yes, senor, what do you want?



I don't wear 'em.



I'm honored that you thought of me.

Thank you.



Watch this.



Hello, my friends.



Hello, Indio.



You see, I didn't waste

a minute coming here.



Indio calls and Groggy

comes running right away.



And Sancho?



If you're waiting for Sancho, I'll go

and come back in about four years.



He's in prison for four years.



Bad for him.

Not so bad for the rest of us.



A man who gets caught

doesn't deserve respect, huh?



What's it all about, huh?



Now just listen.



A bank at El Paso.



Let's see.



We'll say this is the inside

of the bank. Nino is the safe.



Which weighs three tons

and can't be opened with dynamite.



There's the part with two cashiers.



This is the manager's desk.



Right in back is a fancy cabinet

containing bottles...



for offering drinks

to the rich depositors.



There's the main door, and opposite

they built a double wall.



What happens, Groggy?



Let's say you've already killed

the two cashiers and the manager.



For the next few minutes,

you're the boss of the bank.



Now what?



The time's been wasted.



Right, a waste of time.

Especially, Groggy, to blast open...



that damn iron safe, we'd have

to be using so much dynamite...



that the whole bank

would just disappear.



And you'd all go up with it.



Besides, the presence of a safe alone

doesn't always signify...



that there is money inside.



To help you understand what I mean...



I would like to relate

a nice little parable.



Once upon a time

there was a carpenter.



You don't think a carpenter

can make money, eh?



No? You're wrong.



This one did well because

he was a builder of safes.



There was a banker once...



who decided he must have

his iron safe disguised...



to look like a wood cabinet.



To get it made...



the banker goes to our carpenter

for the job, and one day...



as destiny has it...



the carpenter's in El Paso.



He happens to walk into the bank there,

and what does he find?



The cabinet.



Since he'd worked on the cabinet,

he spotted it right away.



From that day on,

he couldn't work anymore.



Pity, because...



there was something he had to do.



There was this crazy idea.



And it stayed...



to put his hands on the money inside.



Get in there and grab all the money.



Sure, you think that carpenter

was lucky the way things work out...



that he was lucky

to go in just that bank.



It wasn't true.



His good fortune stopped that day.



Because later...



as a prisoner...



he ran into me.



The carpenter told me the story,

and I tell you.



The money isn't in the safe.

It's right in this!



Almost a million dollars in it.



Your colleague in Tucumcari told me

that this bank...



has the largest deposits

in the whole state.



Yes, that's correct,

Mr. Mortimer.



Here at the bank at El Paso we have half

a million dollars in reserve on hand.



I see. You sure this bank

is secure enough to hold that much?



From the moment your money's

on deposit here...



you can sleep without any worries.






when the bank is closed,

an armed guard always remains here...



and a patrol

is on guard outside.



Even the Bank of San Francisco

isn't that well protected.



Exactly. The truth is...



to try robbing us

would be so futile...



that only a complete fool

would attempt it.






Or a complete madman.



Get out of the way!

Get out of here!



More news, amigo.



Another stranger in town?



Yes. And I know something else.



There was another stranger

I didn't tell you about.



Listen to me,

you sawed-off little runt!



I want to know how many men

there are all together.



Well, there were two.

Now there's two more.






In the saloon.






Listen, mister, why do you choose

my place to commit suicide?



I know that man.

It's a miracle you're alive.



Why should a man walk around with

a pistol and let himself be insulted?



It's mighty strange.



If the hunchback didn't shoot you...



he had a very important reason,

that's all.



I was thinking that myself.






  now   now  ...



























   and   .



All right, now.



I don't know him!



Come on, now, you know everybody.



I don't know anybody anymore!

I'm dead! Understand?



Well, there was a time

when I knew everybody.



That was a long time ago

when all this was prairie.



In these days everybody's in a hurry.

That's right...



with your damned

good-for-nothing trains!






One day, someone from the railroad

comes here to see me.



He says, Prophet, the railway's

gonna go right past your house.



Is that so? I said.



Yep, that right, he says.



All those trains

gonna go right past here.



The best thing for you, Prophet,

is sell your land to the company...



or else we'll buy Baker's.



He lives next to your place,

and I'll put the tracks here...



and that'll make you go crazy.



Will you sell out

to our company, Prophet?



Oh, is that so? Says I.



He was very anxious

for me to sell out.



You know what I told him

about the railroad?



You know what I told him

he could do with his railroad?



You know what my decision

about selling was?



Well, you said no.



You're right about that.

No to him and his damn trains!



I wouldn't! No!



Look, listen to me, old man.



You're supposed to be a prophet.



I didn't come here to listen to you

rattle on about trains.



I want to find out about this man.

It's obvious you don't know anything.



No need to be insulting.

If that's all you came here to do...



you can clear out of my house fast

before I lose my temper.






Hey! Where you goin'?



I guess I better leave before

you go and lose your temper.



What's the matter with you?

Why are you so dang stupid?



Hurry up,

give me that pistol there.



Yeah, right there behind ya.






Yes, that's the one.

Now, hand it over.



That's it. Give me that gun.

The man you asked about.



There's only one question:

How does he carry his gun?



He wears it here,

across his belly?



Well, why didn't you tell me that

in the first place, my boy.



Of course I know the man

you're trying to find out about.



Of course I know him.



He's Colonel Douglas Mortimer.



Mortimer... a brave man, a soldier.



He was known as the best shot

in the Carolinas.



A great soldier.



Now he's reduced to being

a bounty killer, same as you.



Because of trains!



Because of the damn trains!

Damn 'em!



Take it to the station.

The gentleman's leavin'.



Hold it.



Take it back.



Take it to the station.



- Go inside.

- The station!



Just like the games we know.



- He's picking it up.

- A trick, maybe.



How can somebody in my business

go around with a contraption like this?



That contraption...



almost sent you to your grave.



You're forgetting one thing, Colonel...

I was shooting at your hat.



Well, I was only shooting at yours.



But I recall firing first.






I've reached almost    years

of age with my system.



Not many men last long

in these parts.



How long do you expect to last?



Much longer than that.



When I get my hands on Indio

and that $     ...



I'm gonna buy myself a little place,

possibly retire.



Well, I don't believe we ought

to start another fight.



But you forget one small detail.



What's that?



I wanna get my hands on Indio too.



Sure, after me.



Or before you.



Or at the same time.



Is that a proposition?



An equal partnership.



Why? Why should I?



I can think of three reasons.



First is there's    of them.



Yeah, that's a lot.



A lot for me.



Yeah. No small number

even for two of us.



Second reason?



Second reason...



The second reason is

you could make it    to one.



Don't forget I wanna play

in this game too.



As you're aware, when two hunters

go after the same prey...



they usually end up shooting each other

in the back, and we don't want that.



Then the colonel dies, hmm?



All right, I'll be generous.



You can have the reward

for Indio...



and I'll take the reward

for the rest of the band.



All wrong.



Indio's worth $      dollars, but

the rest adds up to much more than that.



Blackie's worth four,

Wild's worth three, Nino two.



Nino's one.



Well, Frisco's worth two.



That's ten thousand.



Yeah, but...



there's a few more that'll

add up to more than that, I'm sure.



- How do you know that?

- I have my information.



When all's said and done...



I think I might just take you up

on your proposition.



Let's drink to this partnership.



To the partnership,

with no tricks, of course.



No tricks.



Now, then...



you realize we're gonna have to figure

out some way to get them in the middle.



One from the outside, one from

the inside. There's no other way.



One of us will have to

join Indio's band.



Why are you looking at me

when you say one of us?



Because they don't know you.



Wild sees me and his hump

will catch on fire.



Tell me...



how do you propose that I

join up with Indio?



Maybe bring him

a bunch of roses?



You could do that, but I'd suggest

you take him Sancho Perez.



Who's Sancho Perez?



A friend of Indio's.

Right now he's cooling off.



He's cooling off

in Alamogourdo jail.



How do you know all this?



I've got my information too.



Naturally, you'll have to arrange

for his, uh, release.






Tell me...



were you ever young?



And just as reckless as you.



Then one day something happened.



Made life very precious to me.



What's that?



Or is the question indiscreet?



The question isn't indiscreet.



But the answer could be.



They told me you were put away. You'd be

resting for four long years in prison.



No, Indio, for four weeks.

No more than four weeks.



Who is that with you?



He got me out.

The man's a friend of mine.



Why did he help you?

Did you ask him that?



Yeah. Amigo, why did you

help me out?



Well, there's such a big reward

being offered on all you gentlemen...



that I thought I might just tag along

on your next robbery.



I might just turn you

into the law.






that's the one answer

that would prove you're all right.



And you arrived just in time too.

The job is already set.



It's tomorrow.



The place is...



the bank in El Paso.



Not far from El Paso

there's a little town, Santa Cruz.



Tomorrow, Blackie, Chico,




and you, amigo...



will rob the bank in Santa Cruz.



Shoot, kill, get every gun

in the area after you...



especially those from El Paso.



Any others around,

we'll take care of them.



And then after the job,

we'll all meet again at Las Palmeras.



Where are you going?



Well, if there's gonna be

any shooting...



I gotta get my rest.



Hey, amigo, you know when you told

that story yesterday, I fell for it.



Big joke, wasn't it, amigo?



Who said I was jokin'?



I don't get that.

If it's true...



Too bad you have to die.



What is it?



By now they should be

at Santa Cruz.



Listen, shorty...



Indio and his band have just

robbed the bank here in town.



Now why don't you just sit down

and send out the alarm to El Paso...



and the rest of the towns around here

and warn 'em, right?



But, mister, I didn't hear any shots

at the bank, and I sure would have.



You might hear one.



The alarm.



Easy now.



They've robbed the bank

at Santa Cruz!



Follow me!



Groggy, the telegraph wires.



- Good day, gentlemen.

- Good day, sir.



- Sir.

- Good afternoon.



The other side.












Let's go!



What are you doin' here?

You're not runnin' away, are you?



No, I'm not running away.



I'm going after them and I'm going

alone. Our partnership is dissolved.



Boy, let's wait

and talk it over.



All we've done is talk.

I've been reasonable with no results.



Now take it easy. We only knew

the Santa Cruz part of this plan.



You were the one who had

their strategy all worked out.



- Now I'm gonna meet Indio.

- I see. I better go along.



I'm going alone... Me.



I have an appointment with Indio

and I'm not gonna let anyone interfere.



- You certain about that?

- That's right.



In that case I'm sorry.



That's not bad. Indio sent

four men to Santa Cruz.



And one man returns...

a new man without a scratch.



Mm-mm. Indio's no idiot.



When you ride up to him and show him

that little nick, he might believe you.



And don't forget,

that as of today...



the whole gang's worth

$      more.



That's the reward offered by the bank

to get the money back.



- Is the partnership operating again?

- Just how do you figure?



Try to convince Indio to go north,

and then go along the Rio Bravo.



It's a good spot for an ambush

and we can get him between two fires.



You on the outside,

me on the inside, right?












Wait a minute. We need time to open it

and this isn't the right place.



And the others?






After Santa Cruz, we headed for El Paso

and they hit us from all sides.



And you just saved your own skin,

isn't that right, you yellow...



You did your part of it.

Let's go.



Which way we headed?






North? Along Rio Bravo canyon?



Why not?



Seems like a good place

for an ambush to me.



You know a better way to go?



Yeah, south.



Ride to the border?



They'll never expect you to cross the

border now that the alarm's been sent.



Think we'll head east.



There's a place I know about,

Agua Caliente.



Here we are.

That's Agua Caliente.



Yes, I have many friends here.



It looks just like a morgue.



But look out.



It could be one so easily.



- They don't like strangers.

- No, they don't like anybody.



Wild, you never saw

our friend here shoot, right?



Did any of you?



We don't know how you'd be

in emergencies.



I was thinking,

this is the right place.



I got a way

you can show the men.



How's that?



Go into town alone, amigo.






Do you mind tellin' me

how you got here?



I just reasoned it out.



I figured you'd tell Indio...



to do just exactly the opposite

of what we agreed...



and he's suspicious enough

to figure out somethin' else.



Since El Paso was out of the question,

well, here I am.



Rum... a double.



Tequila for all of us.



If it isn't the smoker.



Remember me, amigo?



Of course you do. El Paso.



It's a small world.



Yes, and very, very bad.



Now, come on.

You light another match.



I generally smoke just after I eat.

Come back in ten minutes.



Ten minutes you'll be smoking

in hell. Get up!



Stay calm.



On your feet.






Count to three.












Stop it!



Who are you?



I'm the one who can open

the safe for you.



What safe, senor?



The one from El Paso.

You got there ahead of me.



- However...

- However?



Open that safe and you're gonna

destroy half the bank notes.



I can open it

without blowing it up.



What'll it cost?



Five thousand.



Two's all I'll pay you.






Keep your hands off it!



It's easy to steal.

The trouble is in keeping the loot.



Take it out.



Now every man in New Mexico

is after us.



If they catch one of us with money

we'll all end up the same way.



We're going to wait here for an

entire month if I think it's necessary.



Then everybody will get his share.



And you will wait a month

to get your money.






I'll be in the tavern.



The air around here stinks anyway,

just like the food.



But the month will go fast.



Right here.



Let's go.



I was worried about you.



All alone with, uh,

so many problems to solve.



It's all right here.



Go ahead.



You shouldn't have shot

the apples off that tree.



Put it on.



What's he doing now,

this sheriff of El Paso?



Right now? Lookin' for the cash

that was in the bank.






And suppose he finds the bodies

of these men just outside El Paso...



with lots of money on them?



What will the sheriff think?



Well, he...



That's right.






What is it, Nino?



A change of plans.



Indio wants you to...



It's not loaded.



I think you should

get out fast now.



Here's your guns without bullets.



Listen. Don't you let Indio

find you both around.



I know you don't like questions,

but why are you doing this?



How long have you known

that Monco's a bounty killer?



I found out tonight. Why?



I knew he was one from

the first moment he arrived.



The other one's also

a bounty killer.



So I have an idea.



They'll be useful to us.



We'll try it.



Those men are a lot better

than mine with a gun.



So we'll let all of them

get mixed up in a gun battle.



But that won't

really matter to me.



Or you.



Because we'll be far away, right?



And we'll have all the money.



Go on.



Go on and wake Cucillo.



Who did it?



Why don't you look

at the knife?



It's mine.



Then it shouldn't be there,

should it?



But I didn't kill him.

I didn't do it.



It's difficult to prove that.



I am innocent.



One of your horses is outside.



Let's see if you can get to it.



He just killed Slim.



And he... he helped those

two bounty killers get away.



I want them back...



right now.



What are you doing here?



Go and get them back!



Those two bounty killers are sitting on

our backs and must be killed right away.



We can't let 'em go free.



It's done now.



Prepare to get out of here.






Hold it.



Not a bad idea.



But I'm one thing

you forgot about.



Open it up now.



All right, come on now,

open it.



Leave Indio to me.



All right.



Where in hell is it?



I'll kill 'em, but I'll rip

out their guts first.



I have a plan.






Let's just wait.



They'll be back here.



And this way,

there'll be two of us.



Can they come back here?

Your men could've killed them.



Who? They?



Are you sure of that?

That they haven't?



I thought something different.



You made the boys ride on out to

make sure they're both killed, and fast.



I'm not as dumb

as the rest of them.



There was no help for it.



Go on.



That watch...



It's been a long time

that I wanted to ask.



I can see that it means

a lot to you.






Listen to me!



This is Colonel Mortimer!



Douglas Mortimer!



Does the name

mean anything to you?



When the chimes end,

pick up your gun.



Try and shoot me, Colonel.



Just try.



Very careless of you, old man.



Try this.



Now we start.






There seems to be

a family resemblance.






Naturally, between

brother and sister.



My gun.



My boy...



you've become rich.



You mean we've become rich,

old man.



No, it's all for you.

I think you deserve it.



What about our partnership?



Maybe next time.



Ten thousand, twelve thousand...


















Any trouble, boy?



No, old man.



Thought I was having trouble

with my adding.



It's all right now.


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