Instinct Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Instinct Script





[Birds Twittering]



[ Growling ]



[Metal Clanging]



[Clanging Continues]



[Man Shouting In African Language]



[ Barking ]



[Barking Continues]



[ Panting ]



Dr Powell, I'm Tom Hanley,

U.S. State Department.



Take the chains off.

He's ours now.



- [Bell Tolling]

- [ Chattering ]



[Man] lf you have knowledge

of a crime, why don't you

go to the police, Annie ?



The police are probably

in on it.



You don't know anything

about politics, do you ?



You're just a psychiatrist.


You're not versed in this.



Well, l wanna learn.



l wanna know why someone

would wanna kidnap the pope.



[Annie] l don't want

to sit here and have you try

to tell me that this isn't true.



- l just--

- Does it scare you ?



-[ Scoffs ]

-The thought that it might not be true ?



No ! it doesn't scare me,

because it is true.



They took him

seven weeks ago.



They're keeping him

on Corsica.



They don't want people

to know that he's missing.



- And you're probably

gonna say, ''Why Corsica ?''

- No, Corsica makes sense.



- Good. Good.

- lt's a straight shot west of Rome,



about    miles.



- Have you ever been there ?

- No. But it's on my list.



He's made a partner of her.

You see ?



Now, Annie, l want to explore

every possibility.



Now, on the other side

Of this page, is it possible...



that this is a photo

of the pope ?



[ Chuckles ]

Well, it's possible, yeah.



l mean, is it ?



Well, I'm just saying,



is it possible that this is a photo

of the pope, taken only eight days ago,



- showing him safe in Rome ?

- No !



- Has anyone seen that magazine ?

- Catherine. Catherine.



We're just exploring here,




- We're just saying--

- it's not what you say.



L-Let me see.



[ Whispers ]

Oh, l--



Oh, l don't know.



Very good.



l-- l don't--



lf you're afraid, then at least

you're aware of the possibility

that you might be ill.



[ Sniffles ]



Shouldn't he hold her ?



Don't get motherly,




- [ Crying ]

- We'll discuss notes this afternoon.



[Door Opens]



- [Elevator Bell Dings]

- [ Chattering ]



- You're late.

- l was just--



l need you to take my    :   class

on Wednesday. Let me see that photo.



[ Chuckles ]

That's risky, Theo.



Very risky.



I've been asked to do the evaluation of

Ethan Powell. You remember who he is ?



He used to work here.




Disappeared in Africa.

Killed people.



Yeah, a year ago.

Two dead, three in the hospital.



Mad as a three-cornered hat,

but he's coming home.



We wouldn't want one ofour former

professors hanged in Rwanda--



bad press--

so he's coming home.



- And the evaluation begins

as soon as he arrives.

- Which is ?



Tomorrow. l need to know everything

about the case in    hours,



and l want the research done

by my very best resident.



Ben, that's three-day's work

packed in the next    hours.



Well, l guess l wasn't talking

about you. l must've meant Gilbert.



Have him call me at home.



Okay. All right.

Okay. All right, Ben.



Ben, l would be glad

to do the research.


                    - Only if you can handle it.

- l can handle it.



That was too easy, Theo.

All right.



This time tomorrow

in my office.



[ Chattering ]



[Chains Clinking]



- it's locked.

- Aw, come on !



- [Man] What ?

- Wait--



[Alarm Blaring]



Good. Good. You know, l told you

it was the one on the left.



- it's locked !

- it's supposed to be open.



Maxwell, do you copy us ?



- Come in, Maxwell.

- Come again.



- [Alarm Continues]

- Maxwell, come in. We're in

the corridor with the Doctor.



- Is it the door on the east

or the west side ?

- What was that ?



- Are you reading this ?

- Is something wrong ?

- No, l didn't copy.



- Is something wrong ?

- Mom. Shh.

- [Man] Foley!



-I'm goin' to check this out.

-[Two-Way Radio Continues, Indistinct]



-Just relax, all right ?

- [Knocking On Door]



- [Alarm Continues]

- [Foley] Maxwell,

you pickin' this up ?



- Max. Hey, Doc.

- [ Yells ]



Foley ! Stop !



- Foley.

- [Man] Get the family out!



- Uh, ladies, we need to get you

out of here.

- What ?



-Just come with me, please.

- What happened ?



You know as much as l know at

this point. Let's-- This way, please.



Ahh !

[ Grunting ]



[ Screaming ]



[ Crowd Gasping, Screaming ]



- [ Crowd Yelling, Screaming ]

- [ Screaming ]



[ Panicked Chattering ]



[ Yelling, Screaming Continue ]



[ Ethan Shouting ]



[Door Opens]



[Door Closes]



- it's what the Rwandan

papers called him.

- Theo.



it's not like

any other case, Ben. Ever.



- You're three hours early.

- it's an amazing opportunity.



- Amazing.

- l have a class in here

in     minutes, you know.



Oh, well, you're gonna

want to hear this, Ben.



Tell me.



He killed two Rwandan park rangers

and injured three others...



with a wooden club.



- He was studying the animals

there, right ?

- Not any more.



The party of foresters and rangers

said he walked among them--



part of the animal group.



it's just possible, Ben, that he was

living with the mountain gorillas...



for nearly two years.



With them.



''Noted anthropologist

and primatologist Ethan Powell...



was reported missing

in October      .''



Lost for nearly two years,



then found.



But when they tried to contact Ethan,

he turned on them.



Like an animal, they said.



They put him in an African

prison for a year. He hasn't

spoken a word since his arrest.



So, what do we have here ?



He lives with the animals,



takes on their behaviour.



Becomes one.



- How does that happen ?

- Exactly.



How ?



They want a   -day evaluation, followed

immediately by a hearing with a judge.



I'll give him a day to rest,

then I'll see him on Thursday.



Uh, Ben, there's something

l want to ask you for.



- What is it ?

- Ethan Powell.



The evaluation--

l want it.



You don't have nearly enough

experience for a case like this.



You know that, don't you ?

Why should l give it to you ?



- important issues here, Ben.

- Yes.



One of them is your career,

right ?



l mean, a case like this

is all about career, and you've

been thinking about that.



lt'd be a leap for you.



What if l can get him

to speak ?



Get Powell to speak ?



Ah. You mustn't confuse

a mute murderer...



with little Annie Belden

and her pope fantasy...



or Rondelli the flasher

or any of those.



What if l can ?



Well, then you write a best-seller

about it. Am l right ?



I'm ready for this, Ben.



Do you have a title yet ?



For the best-seller ?



- Maybe.

- [ Laughing ]



What is it ?

Tell me.



Is that a yes ?



- [Door Buzzing, Ringing]

- [inmates Chattering, Shouting]



[Door Closes]



[Chattering, Shouting Continue]



So, how come he doesn't talk ?



Well, they say...



that he used to live

with monkeys.



Where ?



''Where ?'' Michigan.









[ Scoffs ]

Peter. Peter, why ?



Look what you did.



Ex-Excuse me.



Our ball.

Excuse me.



- Excuse me !

- [Door Unlocks]



Can we have our ball back ?



- Peter.

- [Door Closes]



l hear you almost took out

a correctional at the airport.



l hope you try that

in here...






[ Whispering ]

Pete, what'd you get, buddy ?



Hey, Pete, what card

Did you get, man ?



Pete !



[ Chattering ]



[inmate] Let mesee the card!

Let mesee.



Let mesee. Show me your card.

That ain 't my ace.



l want my ace of diamonds

l want my ace of diamonds !



Give me the card!

Show me the card!



You got my ace ?

You got my ace ?



You got my ace.

You got my ace !



You got my ace!

You got my ace, don't you ?



You got my ace !

That ain't my ace !



[ Panting ]

l want my ace !



- [Pounding]

- [inmate Moaning]



[ Chattering Continues ]



Give me my card.

You got the ace of diamonds.



Show me the card.

Let me see the card ! The card !



[ Scoffs ]



Ace of diamonds !

Show it to me!



Show me the card!



Give me the card.

Card! Ace of diamonds !



You got my card ?

l want my card !



- Give me my card !

- [ Grunts ]



[ Laughing ]



l got it again !



Ace of diamonds !



[Laughing Continues]



Mr Dacks, it looks like

it's Bluto again.



[Bluto] l got it again !



The ace of diamonds !



- Bluto, you are one lucky son ofa gun.

- [ Chuckling ]



[Door Opens]



[Door Closes]



[ Chattering, Laughing ]



Just as long as you're confident

they're sticking to the schedule.



it's the same thing

every day, sir.




I'm Dr Theo Caulder.



l'm Jack Keefer.



- This is Dr John Murray,

in charge of our psychotics.

- How do you do ?



What do you think

of our anthill, Dr Caulder ?



- [Theo]ls Dr Powell down there ?

- No.



The psychotics are not

in the general population.



Uh, could we get you

one of these ?



- it's got vanilla bean in it

this morning.

- Uh, no, thank you.



I'd actually like

to get started.



l can give you Powell now in an unused

visitation room and again on Friday.



You and Dr Murray can work out

a schedule for your time

with the other inmates.



The ''other inmates'' ?



l was told you'd be on temporary

staff at our facility, Doctor.



That's the deal.



Well, l was kind of hoping to spend

most of every day with Powell.



This is Harmony Bay, Dr Caulder.

lt was out of date    years ago.



it's crumbling under our feet.

Two, three years, they're gonna

tear the old girl down.



Meanwhile, we have the toughest

correctional job in the state.



l'm gonna have to ask you to try

to fit in with our scheme of things...



and treat Powell

like every other inmate.



l hope that's okay

with you.



Watch the cup for me.



Well, here we are.



[ Clicks ]



Haldol,    milligrams,

four times a day ?



- How am l supposed to talk to him ?

- He doesn't talk, remember ?



- [Briefcase Closes]

- [ Sighs ]



[ Clicks On ]



Dr Theo Caulder.

First interview with Dr Ethan Powell.



Dr Powell,

I'm Dr Theo Caulder.



l know you've chosen not to speak,

and l respect your decision.



l want to offer to you the possibility,

for your consideration,



that you suspend your silence

just for these sessions,



that you see these sessions

as outside your normal life...



so that you may speak to me,

discussing whatever you like,



then remain silent

for the rest of the day.



These sessions can be

your opportunity--



before you go back

to your silence--



to say to me, to the world,

to your family, whatever you--



whatever you might want to say.



First, Doctor,

I'd like you to say your name.



- Or you can write it on--

- Hey !



Don't do that.



Couple of rules, Doctor:



Don't reach across;

don't touch the violent ones;



don't give 'em anything; and don't take

anything from 'em, all right ?



- [ Whispers ] Okay.

- That's what we're here for.






Or you can write it

on that piece of paper.



What is your name ?



Doctor, what is your name ?



Write it on that paper.



What is your name ?



[Pencil Scratching]



[Scratching Continues]



Can l see

what you've written there ?



- [Ethan Groans]

- Hey.



- Go !

- [ Electricity Crackling ]

- Hey !



- Get him up ! Stand up !

- That's enough.



Okay, okay. That's it, that's it.

That's it, I'm done.



I'm done.



[ Chattering ]



Hello, Dr Caulder.



How, uh--

How did it go ?



The patient is overmedicated

and brutalized.



Well, hell, Dr Caulder,

do you know where you are ?



We have room for     but we have

over   ,    of the worst--



And that's not counting

the psychotics, is it, Alan ?



- Forty-two highfliers, Warden.

- Do you know who Dr Powell was ?



- Is that a look, son ?

- l want the medication reduced.



- Hey! Come over here !

- Go ahead and do your best job

you can here, Doctor,



as long as it doesn't conflict

with our rules.



[Door Closes]



[ Chattering ]



Hey, ape man !



Just give him

what he wants, Ethan.



Hand it over !



Trade you for the ace.



Now !



Now !

[ Yells, Grunts ]



- [ Yelling ]

- [ Screaming ]



- [Whistle Blowing]

- [Screaming Continues]



[ Choking ]



[Guard] Come on, get him !



- [Bluto Gasping]

- Guys ! No ! Wait !



Please, please !

Just check his pocket, please !



Please, he's got the ace!

He's got it! And it's his ace!



it is his... ace !



[Bluto Sobbing]



- it's his ace.

- it's his ace.



[Sobbing Continues]



Enjoy, ape man !



Right over there.



[Door Closes, Locks]



- [Unlocks Door]

- Halfan hour.



[Door Closes]



[Birds Twittering]



- [Sets Parking Brake]

- [Dog Barking]



[Child Shouting]



[Shutter Clicking]



- Hi.

- Miss Powell, I'm Dr Caulder.



l need to find a way

to break through.



- We tried that.

- Well, l can do it.



We tried in Africa.

We visited the prison there.

He never even looked at us.



- Well, he looked at me.

- He did ?



He tried to give me a pencil.



Look, l saw him

at the airport. 



it destroyed my mother.

She's away, staying with her sister.



She needed a change

of scène and a lot of Xanax.



I'm only here to sell the house,

because she won't live here any more.



- Your father may be very ill.

- Really ?



l thought maybe

he was just in a bad mood.



Do you want your father back ?

Back the way he was ?



The way he was.

Um-- Hmm ?



Do you mean... distant,

obsessed with his work,



not concerned

with his family ?



Yes, l want him back.



What do you want ?



He can give me a look at man in his

primitive state-- ungoverned man.



Look, l don't want you showing him off

like some madman with a club.



I'm writing an evaluation,

not some grocery-store headline.



This evaluation will be good

for your career, won't it ?



Does it matter ?



lf l can open him up,

l might be able to help him.



Help him ?



You mean,

get him out of prison ?



Your father might belong

in prison. l don't know.



But l don't think anyone

belongs at Harmony Bay.



And l do need your help.



This is where he worked

when he was home.



- You were there.

- Yes. Once.



l was just travelling through.

Ls Howe up and surprised him.



Stayed a couple days.



He was very happy to see me

and very happy to see me go.



Who took these ?

Are there anymore ?



l set the timer for this one,

and l took the rest.



This is my work.



Okay. Why don't you, um, just take

what you need and then go.



- [ Sighs ]

- [ Clicks On ]



Dr Theo Caulder. Second interview

with patient, Dr Ethan Powell.



How are we today,

Dr Powell ?



Dr Powell is unresponsive.



l'm gonna ask you to identify

certain objects, Doctor.



You can speak

or write down your answer.



What is this a picture of,

Doctor ?



- The patient makes no sign

that he can understand.

- And this ?



And this ?



And this ?



What is this picture of,




Can you write it down ?



And this ?



And this ?

What is this picture of?



And this ?



- Hey, leave him alone !

Leave him alone !

- Goddamn it !



- l told you not to do that !

Keep your distance !

- Leave the patient !



- Do not cross this line !

- Back away from my patient.



Back away from the patient !



Okay, Doctor.



it's your ass.



Your silence says, ''Yes,

I'm still an animal--



''a wild,

dangerous animal.



''You can beat me,

you can cage me.


''I'm not human any more.



''l have nothing to say--



''not to some shrink across the table,

not to any guard,



not even to her.''



But she still wants her father.



She wants you back.



What do you say to that ?



What do you say to her ?






Have l made your fucking day ?



Do you wanna die ?

ls that what you want ?



- Uh, the patient is not responding.

- Quiet.



I'll take that as a no.



Do you want

to stay here forever ?



Or do you wanna go home ? 



Africa ? Here ?



You wanna go back here ?



lf l cut your medication,

will you take me there with you ?



- You can't cut the medication.

- Shut up !



- l will not be yelled at

by some yuppie res--

- DrMurray!



l don't know you very well, but l have

the feeling that you are a tired,



incompetent bag of shit

who has found a place to hide.



You overmedicate these men, and you

turn your back when they're tortured.



lf I'm wrong,

l deeply apologize.



lf l cut your medication,

help you remember,



will you take me with you ?



Can you follow me ?



Yes. Yes, I'll follow.



[Theo On Tape] But she still

wants her father.



She wants you back.



What do you say to that ?



What do you say to her ?



[ Ethan ] Goodbye.



How'd you do it ?



He chose to speak.



He chose you.






Why you ?



l don't know.



But l can get inside

Of him now.



l just need you to... help me

to understand who he was.



[Crying Softly]



[ Clears Throat ]



And if l do, you have to get me in

to see him, to talk to him.



I'll try.



l will. I'll try.




- [ Chattering ]






Ben. DrJosephson.



l was told you made a breakthrough

on the Powell case.



- Good work.

- Thank you.



You know, l read your paper on voluntary

mutism, so l had a slight advantage.



- Oh, you're the one who read it.

- [ Forced Laughter ]



[ Laughing Continues ]



I'll leave you two.

Breakfast on Wednesday.



I'll call your office.

His paper on voluntary mutism...



didn't have anything to do

with the Powell case, and you know it.



- How's it going ?

- Have you ever been to Harmony Bay ?



- Mmm.

- Thanks, Mike.



Tell me your war stories.



You never mentioned I'd have to

be on staff there, Ben.



Well, it was

a negotiation, Theo.



They're understaffed.




You want out ?






l want Powell.



He's leading me

into the jungle.



He's leading you ?


- Well, l--

- You're doing the evaluation, not him.



And there's more at stake here,

Theo, than your book.



l know. l know, Ben.



Now that the patient is speaking,

it's a different ball game,



different expectations.



The competency hearing will be scheduled

as soon as you present your evaluation.



And that report-- your report-- and your

testimony will be very carefully judged,



so you have to be prepared.



Keep focused.



Lead him to the questions

you want answered.



l will.



l will !



You just don't understand. it's not

the usual therapeutic environment.



Then don't be

the usual therapist.



Go on. Sit down.



Welcome, Doctor.



Will you excuse us,

gentlemen ?



[Door Opens]



[Door Closes]



Dr Theo Caulder.

Third interview with Dr Ethan Powell.



Doctor, do you know why

you've been sent here ?



What a brave lad you are.



You can call me ''Doctor.''

''Dr Caulder.''



Yes, bwana.



l will call you

''TabibuJuha Caulder.''



TabibuJuha. Swahili.



it'll help me remember.

That's what you want, isn't it ?



- it's my memories.

- That's what you want, isn't it ?



You attacked several officers

at the Miami airport.






ln Rwanda you were convicted of murder.

Are you a murderer ?



Ah, yes.



Tell me about that.



Tell me about Africa.



[ Sighs ]



l know you always

went alone.



Twenty-one trips...

over     years,



and you never took

a companion or a colleague.



Never with your wife,

who wanted to go.



Never with your daughter,

who you invited, then uninvited.



What are you up to ?

Therapy ? 



My job.

l wanna know why this is difficult.



Are you afraid

to go back there ?



Are you afraid to follow ?



Try me.



Describe what you see.



[ Sighs ]



Tell me.

Tell me what you see.



The Virunga volcanoes.



The great forests

Of Visoke.



- [Birds Twittering]

- So beautiful.



And there's some flatland,



and there's a river

beyond the trees.



- And in the middle is my base camp.

- [Monkey Calling]



it's a good camp.



My tent... is there.

it's right there.



- So you're off.

- Already now.



- Okay. l'll check the list.

- Again ?




your father's leaving.



- Willie !

- He will come. He will come.



[Ethan] Willie, come on ! Willie ?



There you are.

What are you doing ?



- Come on, your father's leaving.

- See ? For your wrist.



I've been looking for this.

Okay, off you go now.



The sooner you go, the sooner

I'll get my supplies. Go on.



[Car Engine Revving]



[Car Horn Honking]



Ethan ? Ethan ?

What are you looking at ?






[ Growling Continues ]



- [Ethan] There he was--

the silver back, their leader.

- [ Huffs ]



I'd been observing this group for months

but had never been this close.



So close,

so magnificent.



it was terrifying...

and wonderful.



[ Guttural Moan ]



[Shutter Clicking]



[ Playful Chittering ]



lt hought my presence

was making them nervous,



- [Shutter Clicking]

- but it wasn't that,

it was the machine--



- the camera-- that didn't belong.

- [ Guttural Moan ]



So l stopped using it, and it was then

L began to see them...



for the first time.






l wondered if they missed me

when l left for the night--



this man who watched them

outside their circle.



Did they think of me ?



lt hought of them,



and l missed them.



l liked them.

L even needed them.



Each day they seemed

to allow me to step closer.



l was excited

by my slow journey toward them.



l felt privileged.



l felt, in a way, a sifl was

coming back to something...



l had lost long ago

and was only now remembering.



Suddenly, just like that,

it happened.



l was no longer

outside the group.



For the first time,

l was among them.



l never missed a day.



l walked miles from my camp

to find them.



And stayed with them

Longer and longer...



before I'd pull my self away

to go back to camp every night.



[ Sniffing ]



ln there,

deep in those forests,



away from everything

you know,




you've ever been taught...



by school or book

or song or rhyme,



you find peace, Juha,




harmony, even safety.



You'll find more danger in one day

in any city in the world...



than you will ever find

in those forests.



Do you understand that ?



Ah, mixed up.

You're all mixed up.



l wanna go back

to my cell now.






Okay, okay.

Wait. Wait.




What's the playing card for ?






Control of you ?

By whom ?



- By you-- takers.

- ''Takers'' ? Explain that.



l wanna go to my cell now.



The session's not over.



Until you say so ?






The taker.



[ Sighs ]



You're free to go.



Am l ?



And you ?

Are you free ?



[inmates Chattering, Laughing]



Only in my head.

You ! You !



l know about

the ace of diamonds.



Every prisoner is supposed

to spend a halfan hour outside.



Every prisoner,

every day.



We can only afford the time and personnel to do a rotation--



one patient a day--

so we make it random, use the cards.



- it doesn't work.

- it keeps them focused on something.



- [Loud Shriek]

- The strong take it

from the weak every time.



And the rest of them focus

their anger on the ones who take it...



and not on the guards

or medical staff.



- it does work.

- For us. it works for us.



Here's charts

on ten of them.



You can start there.



- Do you ever see them alone ?

- There isn't time for that.



There's the consulting area.



We do what we can.



You do what you're told.



Go ahead.

Hit me again.



I'm easy. And you'll

feel so much better.



What was it

you called me ?



Tired, incompetent

bag of shit ?



Christ, you think l never

fought a battle in here ?



You want to know

what it was like before me ?



We do what we fucking can.



[Bell Rings]



- Hi.

- Hi.



- Peter Holden ?

- Uh-huh.



You gonna be

our shrink now ?



- For a while.

- You got a resume with you ?



- Any credentials or anything ?

- Let's go over here, please, Peter.



I'm Dr Caulder.



You've been charged with

one count of murder, and found

incompetent to stand trial.



She had a demon in her

for a while,



my neighbour Mrs Karsh.



- Mm-hmm.

- it would come and go.



Nobody saw it...

except me.



What did it look like,

the demon ?






Did you ever see Alien

with Sigourney Weaver ?



lt looked like

a giant insect ?






it looked like

Sigourney Weaver.



[Shouting, Loud Thud]



Hey, Dacks !

Why don't you stop this ?



Why ? They have to work out

their own problems. He won't kill him.



Oh, this is Phillip !



[Theo] All right.

All right, guys. Back up.



- Back up !

- Oh, my God !

You got to help him, Doc !



Get him off ! Somebody help me,

please ! Get him off me !



- Get him off me.

- Help him ! Please help him, Doctor.



Please. Please.



[ All Shouting ]



Come on.

Stop the bleeding.



- Hey, calm down !

- You got to stop the bleeding, Doc!



[Shouting Continues]



Come on, Doc!



Come on, Doc!

Stop the bleeding, Doc!



Dr Theo Caulder, continuing interview

with Dr Ethan Powell.



I've further reduced your Haldol.

Have you felt the effects of that ?



Yeah. Thank you.



ln our last session, we discovered why

you left your normal routine of study...



and began to travel with the gorillas,

staying with them even at night.



- Our next subject to cover

is the reason for--

- Hey, look.



- it fell off the chair.

- Mm. Great.



Our next subject to cover

is the reason for--



- Are these for me ?

- Yes.



- Oh.

- The reason for the attack

on the rangers--



- No pencils ?

- These are safer.



Oh, yeah.






No pencils.



- Are you coming back to

the gym today, TabibuJuha ?

- Yes.



Am l worth it ?

All the mess and blood ?



I'm here to do an evaluation.

That's what l do.



Am l so interesting ?



You lived as an animal

for nearly two years.



I'd say you were

interesting enough, sure.



l lived as a man

living with animals.



l lived as humans lived

       years ago.



Humans knew how to live

in the world then, before--



Before civilization ?



No, before you, Juha,



and all your kind.






Yeah. Yeah.



Yeah, l was one of you.

l believed in control.



- Some control is necessary.

- ls it ?



[ Sighs ]



The gorillas, they let you

stay with them, even at night.

You were becoming one of them.



- [Pounds Table]

- Are you listening ?

Are you listening to me ?






Not one of them.



Not a gorilla.



Don't you see ?



They accepted a man.



They reached across.



They took me in

as family.



They welcomed a human being

among them.



That's the miracle.



What about the family

you left behind ?



What about Lyn ?



We leave her

outside of this.



- Why ?

- And my wife. Leave them out.



You think l don't know. l know what

l was, what l lost, what l killed.



- She's not dead. She wants to see you.

- She saw me at the airport.



She saw what l am now.



You let me

be dead to her.



You change

the subject, Juha,



or walk away from this.



Which do you want ?



For now, l want the forest.

Take me there.



ln the forest

for all that time.



Did you ever miss

the contact with any humans ?



No. They were there.



l may not have seen them,

but l always knew they were there.



[ Flies Buzzing ]



[ Grunts ]



[Theo] lf you were

learning their ease--



Their peace.



Their peace.

Then why does this all end in murder ?



There were many murders.



- Many ?

- Yeah.



There's a zoo not far from here

where l studied--



and many years ago--



and, uh...



they needed

a male gorilla,



a wild capture.



And l did that.

l helped capture him.



l didn't even know what murder

was when l was you, Juha.



You know what murder

I'm talking about.



lf you don't talk to me about this,

l can't help you. 



- l don't want you to help me.

- What do you want ?



l want you to listen.



- And then what ?

- Share it.



- With ?

- Whoever you share with,

the people you're close to.



Are there any ?



Why don't you tell others ?



'Cause I'm not

for this world,



not any more.



What world, then ?



in your memories, locked away

in your mind for the rest of your life ?



- Is that all you want ?

- No, l want to finish this.



- Finish what ?

- Telling you what l know.



What makes you think

what you know is any different

than what other people know ?



l had different teachers.



[ Chuckles ]



Okay, okay.



So I'm supposed to...

pass on your work.



Yeah, for all it's worth.



- What made you pick me ?

- A look in your eye.



- You seemed to have half a brain.

- Thank you. What look ?



That look--



curious, searching,




slightly pissed off.



Why didn't you pick

your daughter ?



Leave it alone.



- Why do you refuse to talk about her ?

- Leave it.



She wants to see you.

l say we talk about it.






[Pen Clatters Onto Table]



l was wrong

about you, Juha.



- Explain that.

- Tell them to open this door.

You're not the one, Juha.



- I'm not the one ?

- No.



I'm not the one

who cut your medication ?



I'm not the one to say if

you're competent for a hearing,

a chance of getting outta here ?



- I'm the one, Ethan.

- Are you ?



I'm the one.



- The one in control, huh ?

- Yes.



- Who's in control ?

- [ Choking ]



[ Yelling ]



So who is in control, huh ?

Are you ?



Am l ?



The guards outside ?

The warden in his office ?



Yeah ?

Who's in control ?



Testing, testing, testing.

One, two, three, four.



Dr Ethan Powell,

interviewing Dr Theo Caulder.



Now, this will be a very simple test.

Pass or fail, life or death.



Ready, Juha ? Now, you write on

this paper what l have taken from you.



What have you lost ?

Write it ! Write it !



Wrong. You never had control.

You only thought you had it.



An illusion, TabibuJuha !



And what do you control

for sure, huh ?



The volume on your stereo, the air

conditioning in your car ? What else ?



What else ?

All right.



Another chance. You were nervous.

Too much pressure. Try again.



What have you lost ?

What did l take ?



Write it. Write it !



You're a fool, Juha.



- Ha !

- [ Grunts, Pants ]



Did you think

you were free ?



Where were you going at  :   today ?

into the gym, right ?



in the morning,

your wake-up call.



in the middle of the night when you wake

up sweating, with your heart pounding.



What is it that has you all tied up,

Juha, tied up in little knots ?



Is it ambition ?






You're no mystery

to me, boy.



l used to be you.



Okay. One last chance.



You think l won't do it ?



[ Chuckles ] What's one psychiatrist

less to the world ?



I'm already deep in the pit.

So what can they do to me ?



Last try.

Get it right.



What have you lost ?



What did l take from you ?



Write it.







You're a student,

after all.



And you've lost nothing

but your illusions...



and a little bit

of skin.



[Thunder Rumbling]



- Hi.

- Hi.



What happened

to your face ?



Gets a little rough

in there sometimes.



Well, what happened

to it ?



Duct tape.






- My father did this to you ?

- Yes.



- What did he do ?

- He was teaching me.



Looks like

a pretty tough class.



Are you gonna quit now ?



No. l never quit.



Even when I'm doing something

really stupid, l never quit.



- Are you like that ?

- No.



l once played solitaire for    games

straight until l won.



Solitaire, huh ?

That figures.



l don't have time

for a lot of people.



Do you have time

for one ?



Don't get nervous.

l didn't mean me.



Uh, want a drink ?



- Yes.

- Let's go out.



Two cars.

No date.



You know, it's all right ifyou need

to hold on to somebody for a minute.



lt's all right

ifyou don't.



[ Chattering, Shouting ]



- Doc, you won't believe this.

- What is it ?



Just see for yourself, Doc.

You got to see it for yourself.



[ Pete ] Doc, what you doing ?



[Nicko] Hey, Doc,

what do you make of it ?



What is this ?



Not finished.



- Ethan--

- Take your time, Doc.



- What are you making here ?

- The true history of mankind.



it's a true history.

No fiction, no lie.




two million years ago.



Humans. Then they moved.






Ten thousand years ago,

civilization. You.



This is me ?



Yeah, and me too. Us.



Takers. Who are

the blue people ?



They're tribal societies--

hunters, gatherers, planters.



They never killed more animals

than they could use.



They never ploughed more land

than they needed.



They fought, but they never waged war.

Never exterminated.



They had a place in the world.

And in the world, they were part of it.



And they shared it.


We changed all that.



Now, what, are we supposed to change it

back ? What are we supposed to do ?






- Move where ?

- Out of my way.



What, are we supposed to inbuilt

the cities, wander off into the jungle ?



A stupid, specious argument.

You figure it out.



- I'm busy.

- You're a pain in the neck, Ethan.



l know.

Now get out.






What ?



We have only one thing

to give up-- our dominion.



We don't own the world.



We're not kings here,

not gods.



Can we give that up ?


Too precious,

all that control ?



Too tempting,

being a god ?



[inmates Chattering, Shouting]



Where's my card ?

l still don't have my card.



Where's my card ?



My card ! Where--

Show me my-- That's not mine.



- l want my card. Do you have my card ?

- l got a box here !



l have a box here

with everybody's name in it !



lt is mine ! Give me that !

Show me the card !



l want to see

my ace of diamonds.



- Can you hit that ?

-Ace of diamonds! Show it to me!



- Bang that hard. Bang, bang, bang !

- [Loud Banging]



- [inmate # ] l didn't do it.

- [inmate #  Laughing]



l have a box here

with everyone's name in it !



All of you

are in this box.



l have picked one name.



This is the name of the person

that will go outside today.



We're not using the ace anymore.




We're not using the ace anymore.



Each day l will pick

one name from this box,



and that person

will go outside.



Then l will set his name aside,

and the next day I'll pick a new name.



Everybody will have

Their equal turn.



And today

it's Lester Rodman.



Where are you ?

Lester Rodman.



Lester Rodman ?



Lester Rodman,

where are you ?



- Lester Rodman, today

you get to go outside.

- [Dacks] All right!



Let's find that ace. Come on. Who's got that ace ?



- [Simultaneous Chatter]

- Who the hell's got it ?



- 'Cause l want it !

- We're not using the ace any more.



- Today Lester Rodman goes out--

- Come on. Let's see the cards.



[Guard] Let's see your card.

Come on.



You got the ace, Pete ?



How about you, Ethan ?

You got the ace ?



[Guard] Come on, now.

Let me see that card.



Don't be shy.

Let's see your card.



- Dacks.

- Let me see it.



What was that ?

Was that a look ?



Dacks, damn it, don't.



The cards are finished.



The cards are garbage.

Do you understand ?



You throw'em away.

We're not using the ace any more.



Everybody goes outside.

Everybody goes.



Everybody goes !

Everybody goes outside !



- Everybody goes !

- Everybody goes outside !



[All Shouting]



Everybody goes outside !

Everybody goes outside !



- Everybody goes.

- Outside, everybody !



[Shouting Continues]



Pick up those pieces !



[Theo] Everybody goes outside !



Dacks, damn it, you hit him again,

I'll have you up on charges.



Pick'em up.



Son of a bitch.



Lester Rodman goes today.



Maybe you go tomorrow.



No cards. No ace.



No fighting.



Let's go, Lester.



 [ Humming ]



- Haven't you learned anything yet ?

- l guess not.



That coffee's been burning

for nine hours.



After ten,

use the instant.



it's in the top cupboard.



[Bell Ringing]



Well, how's

the medical staff today ?



Fine, sir. Fine.






You fine, too,

Dr Caulder ?



Doing okay. Can l get you

some coffee, Warden ?



I'm not here for coffee.



- Okay.

- I'm here to talk about...



that little episode

in the gymnasium today.



We worked out

a different system.



You think you can walk into

my institution, start changing

rules and causing riots ?



- There was no riot.

- The prisoners refused orders,



and my guards had to use

force because of you.



The force wasn't necessary.

All the violence came from Mr Dacks.



He was trying

to provoke Powell.



Powell is dangerous, and he was

dealt with as a dangerous psychotic.



No, no, no.

He offered no danger, none.



Dr Murray, did Powell

behave in a threatening way...



at any time ?






- I'll have a talk with Mr Dacks.

- Splendid.



Meanwhile, your little game

compromised my authority...



and the authority

of my guards.



Do you know what that means

at a maximum security prison ?



You put everyone at risk.



The safety of every man here rests with

me, Caulder, and l can't trust you.



And l want you out.



You have ten days.

And I'm being generous.



l have     days left in my evaluation.

I'll leave when I'm finished.



Now you have seven days.



[Cup Clanks Onto Counter]



- How does he have the--

- Hang on a second.



How does he have the right

to cut my evaluation time ?



He doesn't,



but he has the power

to kick you out...



whenever he wants to

and bring in somebody else.



So write your conclusion.

Wrap it up.



lf l have more time, l think l can

get him out of there.



What are you

talking about ?



The hearing. l think

when the judge hears the man--



who he is, what he has to say--

l think he'll walk out of there.



You're not his defence attorney.



You're not his pal.

What are you after ?



- Big time ending for the book ?

- Not about a book.



- it's not about my career--

- it should be.



Theo, you walked

into this case...



under my guarantee,



with an opportunity

to further yourself.



Now, are you willing to put

all that at risk possibly,



damage your career




embarrass me ?



Sorry, yes.



Then stop complaining about the time

you have left and use it.



Push the man.

Shake him.



- Where does the violence come from ?

- I'm not sure--



- The gorillas ?

- I'm not sure of the connection.



Well, find it.



The only way he is ever going

to get out of that place...



is for you to make that judge

feel that Powell is sane and safe.



You show where the violence came from,



and you show

that the violence has gone.



- Can you do that ?

- Yes.




You're on your own.



[ Lyn ] Thanks.



- See you later.

- I'll call you later.







This is a surprise.



Sorry. l, uh--



- The message said you'd be home

after  :   so--

- So you came by to check ?



Were you hall monitor

in school ?



Yes, l was.



Funny, l never got a sense

of you in your parents' house.



- This is definitely more--

- Messy ?



More you.






what did he do to you

this time ?



l don't see

any cuts or bruises.



This time

it wasn't him.



l only have seven days left

with your father. That's it.



Are they going to take

the case away from you ?






[ Sighs ]

it's not a--



not a case any more.



it's not a book either.



He may break my neck tomorrow, but l

think I'm becoming a friend of his...



and bhis student.



His TabibuJuha.



He calls you that ?



l think ''Tabibu''

means ''doctor.''



Yes, it does.



What does ''Juha'' mean ?



''Juha'' means...









Well, l must be, because

l can't figure this one out.



He knows l can't bring

a gorilla into his cell and--



What ?



What ?



[Men Chattering]



- Where are we going ?

- Fresh air, a ride in the country.



You'll like it. it's wilderness

all the way. They're waiting for us.



Who ? What are you

planning, Juha ?



l'm not your idiot any more.



- You finally looked it up. - No.



Your daughter told me.



[Dispatcher Speaking Over Radio]



Watch your step.



[Dispatcher On Radio Continues]



[ Chittering ]



The gorillas are

in the cage room now.



- [ Bangs Cage ]

- Whoa !



[ Whispers ]

Jesus Christ.



[Door Closes]



[ Woman ] The old silverback's

been with us the longest.



You remember him, Dr Powell.

He's the one you--



I'm sorry. We need

to be alone in here.



The restraints ?



I'll put them back on him

before we leave.



[Keys Jingling]



You understand if he comes out of

that door without them on--



[ Breathes Deeply ]



l thought you'd feel safer here.



it hought if you were around them,

you'd talk to me.



Tell me about the violence,

about the killing.



These are shadows

of gorillas.



Born in cages.



Only the old male--

he was free once.



Still alive.






l named him that.

l brought him here.



This cage has broken him.



Broken his heart,

broken his mind.



Made him insane.



l did that.



l understand that, Ethan.

l do.



But l need to know

about the killing.



There's a female

just like that one.



Was there ever

any violence among them ?



Was there any violence

towards you ?



There were warnings.






[ Gurgles ]



[ Clicking Tongue ]



[ Growling ]



She was a good mother

And a good teacher.



The baby was always protected,

always instructed.



Always groomed,










She used to watch

over him,



the way the old silverback

used to watch over...



all of us,



even me.



it's an amazing...



feeling, Theo,

to be watched over.



l discovered

in that look of his...



more than watchfulness--









- in fact, he was--

- [ Gurgling ]



Ethan ?



Ethan, what is it ?



- [ Bangs Cage ]

- What is it ?



What's wrong ?



[Cricket Chirping]



[ Grunting ]



[ Blowing ]



[Baby Gorilla Chittering]



[ Ethan Chuckling ]



- [Gunshot]

- [Men Shouting]



[ Panting ]



[ Speaking in African Language ]



[ African Language ]



[Men Shouting, Banging Metal Drums]



[ Shouting Continues ]



- [ Chittering ]

- Shh. Shh.



- [ Chittering Continues ]

- Shh.



[ Moans ]



[ Shouting, Drumbeats Continue ]



[Man Speaking in African Language]



[ Yelling ]



[ Yelling ]



[ Yelling Continues ]



[ Groaning ]



[ Yelling Loudly ]



- [Gunshot]

- [ Groaning ]



[ Growling ]



[ Wailing ]



[Man Shouts]



[ Laboured Breathing ]



it was me.



They'd found my things.



[ Sobbing ]



Been tracking me.



So l brought them.



l brought the... takers...



and death.



Still he looks at me

without blame.



Because you're

not to blame,



not for any of it.



You were just defending

your family.



- Ethan, close it.

- He won't come out. 



You see ?

Even if he can.



Not far from here is a fence, and on

the other side of that fence is freedom,



and he can smell it.



He'll never try

to get there,



'cause he's given up.



By now he thinks freedom

is something he dreamed.



And you ?



Have you given up ?



Because we have a chance to get you

out of here now, a good chance.



This is all l need--

what you've told me.



it's not just something

you dreamed.



it's real.






- I'd like you to wear this

to the hearing today.

- Where'd you get that ?



Lyn brought it.



She's still here.



- Ethan, you can do this.

- Leave it alone.



What are you so afraid of?



[ Sighs ]

l don't want to hurt her.



You've already done that.



Remember the first thing you said

to me ? The first word ? Remember ?



You told me to tell

your daughter goodbye.



Tell her yourself.



l don't know what to say.



How are you ?



That sounds stupid,

l guess.



l miss you.



Your father is a fool.



lf you were just born, l would

pick you up and hold you...



and take you everywhere with me

and never walk away from you.



You're such

a treasure, Lyn.



You're so much better

Than your father. You don't hate.



You don't even hate me.



You know that

when l went away from you,



l always took you

with me, inside.



l would love

to believe that.



Well, this is all

l have left for you.



it's the only possession

l kept.



[inmates Chattering]



You'll wait in your cell

till l come and get you.



The van'll be here in    minutes.

The hearing starts at  :  . Understand ?



You'll change out of

That pretty blue suit...



and turn it over

for storage.



- Any questions ?

- [ inmate ] Sorry, Ethan.



[Chattering Continues]



[inmate # ] Ethan, there was

nothing we could do.






l said, ''inside'' !



Stop hitting him !

Stop hitting him !



- You think that's funny, Nicko ?

-Just stop hitting him !



Ow !

[ Grunts ]



- l got Dacks !

- Oh, you wanna play, Pete ?



- No, no ! Sorry, Mr Dacks.

- You think that's funny, Pete ?



- Huh ? You think that's funny ?

- lt was an accident.



- You want to play ? Come here.

- No, you can't come in here.



You can't come in, Mr Dacks.

You can't come in.


                    No, Mr Dacks.

No, don't be bad, Mr Dacks.



You wanna play ''Can't Come in'' ?

We'll play.



- No ! Mr Dacks !

- Let's play, Pete.



- No !

- You wanna play, Pete ?



- No !

- Well, let's play !



- Ow ! No ! Ow !

- [inmates Shouting]



You want to play ?

Think this is for fun ?



Huh ?



[Shouting Continues]



[ Groaning ]



- [Grunting]

- [Gagging]



[Alarm Ringing]



- [Electricity Buzzing]

- Aah !



[ Coughing ]

Damn it ! Lock this place down !



- l want this place locked down !

- [Guards Shouting]



Anderson, secure the block

And cuff that son of a bitch !



[Guard] Get back in there !

Settle down !



- [Alarm Continues]

- [Guard] Shut up ! Shut up !



l heard. You want

to stay for supper ?



- l blew it. l lost him.

He's silent again.

- [Pouring Drink]



lt's over.

Let it go.



He was protecting

his family... again.



l should have been with him

every minute.



Let it go.



And don't worry...

about anything.



I'll speak to Josephson,

smooth things over.



I'll help you cut

your losses.



And his losses ?



it's true, isn't it ?



He'll never get out

of there.



lt was never your job

to get him out of there.



Theo, there is nothing

to be done.



Know when to walk away.



You help the ones you can.



I'm sorry. I've let you down,

and l barged in here--






lf you don't let this end,

you'll do yourself damage.



You got involved...

emotionally. it happens.



Now you have to get

your focus back.



You're losing control.



Wouldn't that be nice ?



- [ Whistle Blowing ]

- [inmates Chattering]



Mealtime !

Line'em up !



- You heard him. Let's go.

- [Guard] Single file !



[inmates, Guards Chattering, Shouting]



[inmate] I'm ready,

I'm ready, I'm ready.



Dr Caulder,

what's wrong with him ?



- Nicko, backin line.

- Dr Caulder--


Any change ?



Not a word in three days.



- Sorry.

- [Dacks] Hey, ape man !



He said mealtime !



Can you leave him there,

Dacks ?



[Guard] Keep your hands

at your side !



- [Door Closes]

- [ Sighs ]



[ Sighs ]



I'm sorry, Ethan.



l don't know if you can hear me,

but this is my last day, so--



l put Dacks up on charges.



l still might be able to get you

that hearing, if you would just speak.



lf you would just come back.



Okay, Ethan.



You asked me a question once.



''What has you

all tied up in knots...



when you wake up sweating

in the middle of the night ?''



You still wanna know ?



I've been thinking about it.

I've been thinking about it a lot.



it's not the work.

l love the work.



I've always loved the work.


it's the game.



The game, Ethan.



And l was so good at it.



l made sure all

the right people liked me.



At night, I'd do

the checklist in my mind.



Am l cool with Ben Hillard ?



Am l cool with Dr Josephson ?



Am l cool with all the people

who can help me ?



Am l cool with all the people

who can hurt me ?



Nobody thought l was weak

or a loser.



There was nobody

l was offending,



nobody l loved.



That game, Ethan.



But guess what ?



You taught me how

to live outside of the game.



[Crying Softly]



You taught me how to live.



And you know what

scares me even more ?



That elm's going back in.



''Forgive me, Ben.

Put me back in the game.



''I'll make you like me again !

I'll do the work.



I'll do all the work,

just put me back in the game !''



And do you wanna know--



You wanna know the psychology

behind this ?



Now, pay attention,

because I'm good at this.



I'm trying not to say

goodbye to you.



I'm trying not to say

I'll miss you.



I'm trying to forget you.



[ Sniffling ]



Ethan Powell, case closed.



Case closed !



Look at me.



[Descending Stairs]



[Door Opens]



[Door Closes]



[ Clicks ]



- [inmates Chattering]

- [Guard] Come on !



Oh, come on !



- Take the bat

off your shoulders, you bum !

- Calm down, Dacks !



Hey, on a three-two count you gotta

protect the plate, you moron !



- [Guard] Three and one,

Dacks, not three and two.

- First base.



- l would protect the plate.

- We're on first base.



- You gotta protect the plate.

- Right, the plate.



- [Nicko] Protect the plate.

- [ Television, indistinct ]



- [ Men Cheering ]

- You see ? You see ? You see ?



You take the lumberoff

The shelf and you get a hit.



- [ Men Protesting, Groaning ]

- Peter ! Hey, come on !



- Pete, put it back in ! Pete, please !

- [ Protesting Continues ]



- Put it back in, Pete !

- Hey, Pete !



Give me the plug, Pete !

Give me the plug !



- Give me the plug now !

- Stop ! Stop it !



[Protesting Fades, Stops]



Peter, give Guard Anderson

the plug. it's his birthday.



[Anderson] That's right, Pete.

it's my birthday.



You wanna give me

a present ?



Come on, buddy.

Let me have it.



- That's it. Let go.

- [inmate] All right, all right.



- [Guard] Plug it in. Come on.

- There you go.



[ Sighs ]

Are you gonna leave it alone now ?



- [Men Chattering]

- [TV Resumes]



- For you.

- Okay. For me.



[ Chuckles ]



[ Sighs ]



Hey, Dr Caulder's here !

Glad to see you, Doc.



[inmate] Hey! Caulder's back!

Welcome back, Doctor!



Any thing he does out there

Is gonna come down on my head,



and I'm gonna come down

on yours !



Heard you were long gone

back to the city. l thought

you were all through here.



- l came back to talk to Powell.

- Well, your highflier's

gone out the window !



Went through a hole

in the fence.



We think he scaled the other one.

He must have had some help !



And he even wrote

a little note... to you!



Can you make heads or tails

of that ? l sure can't.



What ?



- You're never gonna find him.

- You know where he is ?



You're never

gonna find him.



- lf you got any idea where--

- lf you're holding out on me,

you could be aiding an escapee.



That is a felony, and l could

have you arrested for that !



I'm beginning

to like it here.



[Ethan] ''Dear Theo.



I'm sorry l'm not there

to say good bye.


You were right.

Freedom is not just a dream.



it's there on the other side of those

fences we build all by ourselves.



Thank you forgiving me hope and for

giving me back my daughter.



And l thank you, Theo, forsharing

this journey with me.



Your friend, Ethan. ''



[Monkeys Calling]


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