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                                           CARRIE



                                         Written by

                              Lawrence D. Cohen & Stephen King




   FADE IN:

   From an absolutely glistening WHITE  an image which first appears to be a
   brilliantly shining glass globe, and then gradually becomes more of a piece of solid
   matter, less of a mystery. It's the

   EXT. WHITE BUNGALOW (OR HOUSE)  DAY

1. FILLING THE FRAME like a picture postcard. Modest, old-fashioned,
   spotless  a vision of small town normalcy and virtue.

   This is the home of MARGARET WHITE and her daughter CARRIE. It seems
   to have been scrubbed from roof to porch; it is white. Even the lawn seems to
   have been washed and bleached. Antiseptic.

   We hear a woman's voice:

                                 MARGARET (o.s.)
                          Carrie! Carrie

   The voice is distant but insistent. It is heard, in perspective, through the following prologue,
   which initially involves:

2. STELLA HORAN  DAY

   An all-American sunbathing beauty of eighteen, getting the tan of her life with only a skimpy
   white bikini running interference between her skin and the sun.

   The CAMERA SLOWLY PANS OVER the expanse of her body  luxuriant, taking it in
   inch for inch as she dreamily rubs in suntan lotion and licks her lips. The MUSIC is coming
   from a transistor radio by her side; she's on a beach blanket in the Horan back yard.

3. DOWNWARDS ANGLE  STELLA

   As she senses someone standing over her, someone staring at her body through the half-
   grown hedge which separates the Horan back yard from the White house next door.

                                VOICE (O.S.)
                          What are those?
                                                                                                    2

4. STELLA'S POV  CARRIE WHITE

  A terribly appealing little girl, a child of indeterminable age. Pink cheeks, a halo of blonde-
  white hair which will darken in time. What sets her apart from other children, however, are a
  pair of bright button brown eyes; and it's these eyes that we notice as she peers at Stella
  through the hedge.

                                STELLA
                         Hiya, Carrie. Gee you gave me a fright.
                                (turning down the radio)
                         How long have you been there?

                               CARRIE
                               (not smiling; pointing with her finger)
                         What are those?

  Stella looks where Carrie is pointing; the top of her bikini has slipped, just barely revealing
  her breasts  white against the golden tan. Stella adjusts her suit  not out of any particular
  modesty of her own but as a reflex at being stared at so strangely.

                                STELLA
                         Those are my breasts, honey.

                                 CARRIE
                                 (a beat; then solemnly)
                         I wish I had some.

                                STELLA
                         You will. `Course you'll have to wait a
                         couple of years, but 

                               CARRIE
                               (a fact)
                         No I won't.

                               STELLA
                         Why, sure you will.

                                CARRIE
                                (emphatic)
                         No, I won't.
                                (glancing behind her)
                         Momma says no... Momma says good girls don't.
                                                                                                   3


                                  STELLA
                                  (at something of a loss)
                   Well, I'm a good girl. And besides, doesn't your mother have breasts?

5    CARRIE
    Glances anxiously at the mention of her mother at the White house next door.
    She swallows her words so that all Stella and we hear is:

                                      CARRIE
                   ...dirtypillows.

                                      STELLA
                   What?

                                 CARRIE
               Momma calls them dirtypillows. Says she's got them
               `cuz she was bad when she made me.

6   STELLA

    Incredulous. But she senses that Carrie is both perfectly serious and quite worried, and she
    too glances warily over at the White house just beyond the half-grown hedge.

    She kneels next to Carrie and tries to laugh it off.

                                   STELLA
                           Now, honey, that's just silly. Listen  you must be real
                           hot in that long dress. What do you say we go inside and
                           get us some lemonade, would you like that?

7   CARRIE

    Clearly torn  tempted but in the clutch of some weird terror  as if she expected the
    earth to open and swallow her up. She shakes her head.

                                      STELLA
                           C'mon.
                                    (offering her hand)
                           It'll be our secret.

    Carrie  now really scared  shakes her head and disappears farther into the hedge.
                                                                                                    4

                                    CARRIE
                         I can't!

                                STELLA
                         Sure you can. I make it nice and sweet, and 

  And just at that moment, a figure appears in the second-story window in the White house.
  Although Stella and we really can't distinctly see through the sun's glare, it's unmistakably
  MARGARET WHITE. The moment this big woman sees her daughter with Stella, she lets
  out a bloodcurdling scream:

                            MARGARET
                  CAARRIEETTAAA!!!

 8 CARRIE, STELLA
   Both frozen by this terrible sound

 9 STELLA'S POV  CLOSER ON CARRIE

  As she sucks in her breath, quivering with fright, looking as if she might faints. She looks
  quickly to Stella, then back at the White house, then back to Stella. For the merest flash, she
  seems to smile  or is she about to cry?

  And then, she's gone  running around the hedge and then up the porch stairs and into the
  White house as fast her legs can carry her.

10. STELLA

  Stands there, riveted. Not knowing what's happened, what to do. It's utterly silent for a
  moment.

  And then, an incredible CACOPHONY of strange sounds starts coming from the White
  house  an unearthly babble as Margaret White screams, rants, and screeches; as Carrie sobs
  that she's sorry, that she forgot.

                               STELLA
                         Mother!
                               (louder)
                         Mother!
                                                                                                     5

11. THE HORAN HOUSE

  As MRS. HORAN  in an old housedress with the hem falling down in the back  rushes out
  to answer to her daughter's call.

                                 MRS. HORAN
                          What in the name of God? What's the matter?

                                  STELLA
                                  (frantic)
                          I don't know... Carrie was just talking to me,
                          and Mrs. White started screaming and...

12. THE WHITE HOUSE

  The sun glistening brilliantly on it as in the opening shot. Again, it should appear like a huge
  glass globe over which we counterpoint one mother/daughter dialogue with the less distinct
  babble of another:

                                  MARGARET (v.o.)
                          I told you to stay away from there, I told you....

                                 CARRIE (v.o.)
                          I'm sorry, Momma.

                                   MARGARET (v.o.)
                          ...to stay away from that girl, that whore...

                                  CARRIE (v.o.)
                          Please, Momma!

                                  MARGARET (v.o.)
                          ... of Babylon!

  Which continues over:

13. TWO SHOT  STELLA AND MRS. HORAN

  Their eyes riveted on the house  trying, squinting to see through the sun's terrible glare.

                                 STELLA
                          Don't you yell at her like that! Stop that!

                                 MRS. HORAN
                          That poor sweet child...
                                                                                                    6

                               STELLA
                         Mother, we've got to do something!

                                 MRS. HORAN
                         What?

                                 STELLA
                         Call the police? Mother, call the police!

                                MRS. HORAN
                                (not about to interfere; hopeless)
                         The child...

  At this point, the hysteric babble reaches its crescendo; we should be able to pick out phrases
  in this cacophony as Margaret rants at Carrie to go into her closet and pray for forgiveness;
  as Carrie's frightened little voice proclaims that she forgot, that she's sorry. And then
  suddenly the screaming stops and it's quiet  dead quiet.

14 THE WHITE HOUSE

  As it becomes more distinct, visible. There's a low WHISTLING sound, and then what
  appears to be a stone the size of a small pebble lands on the roof.

  Another, slightly larger one appears a second or two later. And then another, and another,
  and...

15 TIGHTER TWO SHOT  STELLA AND MRS. HORAN

  squinting, blinking at the pebbles which are coming down like marbles.

16 THE WHITE HOUSE

  as it's pelted with what are now even larger stones  WHISTLING, SCREAMING in the air
  like miniature bombs.

  Stones from a perfectly blue summer day.

  Stones ranging in size from marbles to handballs.

  One of them hits a downspout, knocking it onto the lawn. CRASHING, CRACKING
  SOUNDS as these pieces of granite tear into the stucco roofing, leaving holes.

  The effect is that of a drum being bombarded.
                                                                                                 7


17. TWO SHOT  MRS. HORAN AND STELLA

  Frozen to the spot: Mrs. Horan with her hands over her ears, her screams blending with the
  SOUND of larger and larger stones as they pelt the house and we hear Margaret throughout
  screaming:

                                 MARGARET'S VOICE
                          Stop that! Stop that!

  Stella is clutching Mrs. Horan like a child terrified by the freakiest of summer storms  a
  healthy young woman as her figure in the bikini testifies, but a child nonetheless, this
  nightmarish moment.

18 THE HOUSE

  As still larger stones hail from the sky.

  And then just as suddenly and inexplicably as they started, they stop.

19 TWO SHOT  THE WOMEN

  Mrs. Horan with her hands still over her ears, her daughter standing next to her, transfixed on
  the lawn. Once again, it's quiet.

20 THE WHITE HOUSE

  As one final stone  this one the size of a mere pebble  falls from the roof and plops onto
  the lawn.

  The image grows lighter and lighter. All the color seems to bleach out, turning the screen
  once again into an incredible, silently blazing white.

  MAIN TITLES.

21 EXT. THE WHITE HOUSE  MORNING

  Now some years later  and no longer glistening so whitely or mysteriously. We see the
  front of the house as the door flies open. Carrie, now sixteen or seventeen, appears in the
  doorway, carrying school books. As she comes out on the porch, the screen door bangs
  behind her.
                                                                                                   8


  She is wearing a shapeless, drab dress  much too long, not so much out of style as utterly
  without style. What remains in this adolescent girl that links her with the pretty child we
  glimpsed in the prologue are those remarkable eyes.

  As she comes down the porch stairs, we hear:

                                   MARGARET'S VOICE
                         Carrie!

  Carrie stops, turns to reply into the house.

                               CARRIE
                         Yes, Momma.

                               MARGARET'S VOICE
                         You come straight home from school.

  A moment of hesitation on Carrie's part, a very slight hint of rebellion, but:

                                CARRIE
                                (sweetly)
                         I always do, Momma.

  Then she turns, walks to the street, gathering pace, quickening.

22. EXT WHITE HOUSE  ANOTHER ANGLE

  As Carrie walks down the path from the porch and turns at the sidewalk, in the course of
  which she passes by where the Horans used to live. Only the Horans no longer live here. No
  one does. It's a vacant lot with a FOR SALE sign out front, with overgrown weeds. From
  the looks of them, the house vanished a long time ago.

23 EXT. TOWN STREETS  DAY

  Carrie is walking to school, the sun shining brightly above her. The farther she gets from her
  house, the livelier she seems. We sense that underneath this drab dress is a girl pushing out,
  an altogether different creature than her appearance would suggest. And to help persuade us
  about this possibility, there is MUSIC.

24 BOBBY ERBETER

  About five, BOBBY bikes on the other side of one of the streets, keeping pace with Carrie on
  a twenty-inch Schwinn with training wheels.
                                                                                                    9


                                  BOBBY
                          Hey, fart-face! Hey, old praying Carrie! Praying, Carrie, praying
                          Carrie, praying Carrie!

   Carrie favors him with a sweet tolerant smile and goes on toward the high school, in the
   background:

   Bobby, frustrated, stops astride is bike and screams after her.

   Bobby's face 

                                                                                 DISSOLVE TO:

25 THE FACE OF AN ADOLESCENT

   Or as he is known in school, THE BEAK. He is pathetically thin, myopic, weak-chinned,
   beak-nosed, almost a caricature of an adolescent reject. Over his face, we HEAR:

                                FROMM'S VOICE
                          What are you going to leave for us,
                          You people in your big cars
                          Spewing pollution into the air?

   We PAN the faces of adolescents, listening with various degrees of attention, indifference, or
   reluctance, to:

                                 FROMM'S VOICE
                          You people with heavy feet
                          Trampling down the wilderness?
                          You people who peer into the back seats of our cars
                          Hours after you come out of the back doors of your motels.
                          Soon all we will have is each other, and that could be enough...

 26 INT. CLASSROOM  FROMM  DAY

   Or, as he is known to his pupils, BIG BELLY FROMM, at his desk in front of the class,
   reading from an assignment paper.

                                  FROMM
                          ...If you will let us have room enough
                          And air enough
                          And peace enough
                          To love each other
                          As you never could
                                                                                                10


  He sets down the paper, and looks at the class.

27 FROMM'S POV  THE CLASS

  We will see, among others, Carrie.

  We also see TOMMY ROSS  a mid-seventies version of the boy next door. Good-looking,
  clean-cut, intelligent, athletic.

28 FROMM

  He is nodding his head slowly, affecting a kind of puzzlement.

                                  FROMM
                         I must say  I must confess  this poem displays an extraordinary
                         talent...
                                  (the knife)
                         ...a talent extraordinary for you, Tommy Ross.

29 THE CLASS

  All eyes are on Tommy, who doesn't seem very abashed. In fact, he turns, clasps his hands
  over his head, to the delight of his classmates. But you don't get the feeling he is a goof-off;
  he is a kid aware of his own popularity and comfortable with it.

30 FROMM

                              FROMM
                       Tommy, this is slightly different from running for a
                       touchdown... Any criticisms?

31 THE CLASS

  The usual hesitation. Then Carrie's hand shoots up.

32 FROMM

  He appears surprised to see Carrie, ordinarily shy, volunteering.

                              FROMM
                       Carrie White?

33 THE CLASS  FEATURING CARRIE
                                                                                               11

   Her volunteering has surprised her as well. But she's stuck with it. The eyes of the class are
   on her. And she has to say something. So she does.

                                 CARRIE
                        It's... beautiful.

 34 FROMM

   He leaves his desk, moving into the class area, seeming to pounce on Carrie.

                        FROMM
                `Beautiful.' `Bee-t-ti-ful!' `Oh beautiful for spacious
                skies, for amber waves of grain.' Is that the beautiful you mean?

   The class is snickering. Carrie throws a despairing glance toward Tommy. Tommy looks at
   her, and away, embarrassed. Carrie looks down at her desk, almost burying herself.

                        FROMM
                That isn't exactly a criticism, Miss White.
                        (looking around)
                Anyone else?
                        (no one else)
                Well, at least we've finally gotten Carrie White
                          to say something!

   Tommy looks toward Carrie, with something suggesting compassion.
   Then he looks toward Fromm, and he is muttering something. Or to be specific:

                        TOMMY
                        (muttering)
                  You suck.

                       FROMM
                  Tommy? You said something?

                           TOMMY
                  Yes, sir.
                           (moment; "popular" grin)
                  I said... `shucks.'

   But everyone in the class knows.

                                                                                        CUT TO:

35 OMITTED
                                                                                                    12




36 EXT. VOLLEYBALL COURT  DAY

 Two teams of girls, among them NORMA WATSON, HELEN SHYRES, CORA and
 RHONDA WILSON (sisters although not identical twins), CHRIS HARGENSEN and SUE
 SNELL. Supervising the game is MISS COLLINS wearing a warm-up suit and holding a
 whistle awaiting the next point. Among the girls is CARRIE anxiously watching for the ball
 to come her way. It has apparently been a close game, the competition building steadily.
 When the shot begins, Miss Collins has just blown her whistle to announce:

                       COLLINS
                Okay, now. This is game point.

 This is the final point of the game and Rhonda Wilson is serving (she is on the opposite team
 as Carrie).

                      RHONDA
                      (giving the score)
                Twenty  Twenty.

 The ball is successfully served and remains in play for some time as the girls skillfully volley
 it back and forth over the net. And then, just when the tension is its greatest, the ball comes
 over the net toward Carrie. It's evident that the outcome of the game depends upon her
 success. The little boy who decided to put his finger in the dyke had it easier.

 The other girls are (AD LIB) shouting cautions and admonitions to Carrie. Carrie almost
 trembles with tension, about to bat the ball over the net, afraid to hit it.

 Carrie whacks the ball. She shacks it hard. And on a line  straight into the net.

 Another chorus of groans, with remarks like "Wouldn't you know!" and "Dumbo!"
 reinforcing them. Chris storms back toward Carrie.

                      CHRIS
                      (low, harsh)
                You eat shit!

 Miss Collins blows her WHISTLE.

                                                                                          CUT TO:
                                                                                                 13


37 INT SHOWER ROOM  DAY

  Steam partially obscures the girls as they whoop and holler and cavort under individual
  showers. They banter little barbed pleasantries, bits of sexual information, family plaints,
  talk of college  all of which we hear from separate stalls.

  One by one the showers are turned off, the girls stepping out, removing pastel bathing caps,
  toweling, spraying deodorant, bras hooked, underpants stepped into. Steam hangs in the air.
  So do words, running into one another, tumbling, drifting.

  `...Tommy says he hated it on me... My sister's husband picks his nose... So does your
  sister... too cheap to spend a penny... we'll go after school... I'm going with Billy, we'll
  meet you... Friday night...'

  We PICK UP Miss Collins as she steps among the girls, spies Carrie still standing under the
  shower. She claps her hands together once, smartly.

                          COLLINS
                 What are you waiting for, Carrie?
                          (as Carrie looks at her)
                 Bell in five minutes.

                          CARRIE
                 Oh uh?

  As Collins departs, and the other girls start to move toward their lockers, Carrie is left alone
  in her shower stall. She is soaping herself. In a virtual reverie, she begins at her shoulders,
  moving her hands over her breasts in small, regular, virtually erotic circles. Her hand goes
  out of frame, below her stomach. Slowly, it emerges back into frame  full of blood. And
  just as she and we see this, so do the girls.

                        CHRIS
                 Peer-iod! Peer-iod!

  Carrie stares at her dumbly.

  The other girls are quick to take up the chant. Chris leads them.

                        GIRLS
                 Peer-iod! Peer-iod! Peer-iod! Peer-iod!

  One voice chimes in:

                          NORMA
                                                                                             14

                Plug it up!

Others take up this new chant. For a while, like counterpoint, he chants overlap; then the
new chant emerges solely:

                        GIRLS
                Plug it up! Plug it up! Plug it up! Plug it up!

Dime-sized drops are striking the tile floor at Carrie's feet.

                       SUE
                For God's sakes, Carrie, you got your period.
                       (as Carrie turns toward her)
                Clean yourself up!

Carrie seems bewildered.

                       SUE
                       (furiously)
                You're bleeding! You dumb pudding, you're bleeding!

Carrie looks down and wails, the sound is very loud.

A tampon strikes Carrie's chest, plops to her feet. Carrie just stares at it.

                        NORMA
                She thinks they're for lipstick.

Behind her, another girl pretends to throw up.

Shrieks of laughter. Another tampon strikes Carrie. Another. The girls are bombarding her
with tampons and sanitary napkins, some from purses, some from the broken dispenser on
the wall. As they bombard Carrie:

                        GIRLS
                Plug it up, plug it up, plug it up, plug it up....

We isolate Sue Snell at the moment she joins in the chant, and watch her beginning to be
caught up in what can only be described as a fury.

Carrie howls and begins to back away, howling louder and louder.

The door is flung open by Collins.

                        COLLINS
                                                                                               15

                What is this?

And she takes it in. She jerks the whistle to her mouth, blows and blows! The sound is
louder than a shriek (which it resembles) or a howl (which it doesn't).

And there is sudden silence.



                       COLLINS
                       (to girls)
                Get out! Get out!

The girls retreat, Sue last.

                        SUE
                It must be her first...

                        COLLINS
                Out!

As the girls slip out, Collins turns to Carrie, who has backed up and is whimpering. Collins
slaps her face, not too hard at first, then with a flash of anger.

                      CARRIE
                M... M... Miss Collins...

                       COLLINS
                Stand up. Take care of yourself.

                       CARRIE
                I'm bleeding.

One blind searching hand comes up, clutches Collins' white shorts, leaving a bloody
handprint.

                      COLLINS
                Damn you!

She hurls Carrie part way across the room toward the broken sanitary napkin dispenser.

                       COLLINS
                Get over there! And take one!

                        CARRIE
                                                                                           16

                   I don't know...

                         COLLINS
                   Never mind the coin slot... It's broken.

                           CARRIE
                   It hurts... my stomach...


                          COLLINS
                          (grabbing her)
                   Do it! Now.

                           CARRIE
                   I can't. I don't know how!

   There's a bright flash as a light BULB POIPS, fizzling out. Collins is surprised.

                          COLLINS
                   What...?

   And she looks at Carrie. Her anger seems to seep away. Her voice softens.

                           COLLINS
                   Carrie, don't you know...?
                           (shakes her head, realizing and wondering)
                   You don't.
                           (reaches for Carrie)
                   I'll show you.

                                                                                 DISSOLVE TO:

38A INSERT INT WAITING ROOM  DAY CARRIE AND MISS FINCH

38 INT. PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE  DAY

   HENRY MORTON, the principal, a decent but somewhat plodding man in his mid-forties, is
   tapping out his pipe as he talks to Collins.

                           MORTON
                   Isn't she a bit old for her...

   Well, he can't quite say it.

                           COLLINS
                                                                                     17

              Her first period?

                     MORTON
              Ah, yes.

                     COLLINS
              Morty, until a half hour ago, I don't think she knew there
              was such a thing.

He hesitates a moment  noticing Carrie's bloody handprint on Collins' gym shorts.

                      MORTON
              It's hard to believe in this day and age a girl in high
              school wouldn't know... something... the facts.

                     COLLINS
              Well, knowing that mother of hers...

                      MORTON
                      (cutting her off)
              Miss Collins, if you'd been with us longer, you'd
              understand we cannot interfere with people's beliefs.
              As for the girls 

                      COLLINS
              Carrie's always been their scapegoat. So they...

                     MORTON
              You'll have to do something.

                      COLLINS
              I will. But I understood how those girls felt. The whole
              thing just made me want to take the girl and shake her.

                  MORTON
              Ummm.

                       COLLINS
              It's just her period, for God's sake.

                     MORTON
                     (cutting in; uncomfortable)
              We'll send her home.
                     (to intercom)
              Miss Finch, send in Cassie Wright.
                                                                                            18

                        COLLINS
                It's Carrie White.

                          MORTON
                          (fiddling with paper clips on his desk)
                Oh.

The door is opened. Carrie stands in the doorway.

                      MORTON
                Come in, Cassie.

Collins starts to correct him, but:

                        MORTON
                Close the door. No, wait.
                        (up)
                Miss Finch, bring in a dismissal slip.
                        (to Carrie)
                I think you might take the rest of the day and go home
                and, uh, well... take care of yourself, Cassie.

                          CARRIE
                          (hardly a murmur)
                Carrie.

                       MORTON
                We're all sorry about this incident.

MISS FINCH, elderly, spinsterish, goggles in with the yellow dismissal slip, brings it to
Morton who initials it.

                      MORTON
                      (to Finch, as she goes)
                Thank you.
                      (to Carrie)
                Would you like to go to the infirmary?...

Carrie is shaking her head.

                         MORTON
                ...lie down for a while...

                        COLLINS
                I think Carrie can go home.
                                                                                               19

                        MORTON
                  Would you like a ride?

   Again, Carrie is shaking her head.

                        MORTON
                  We could call you a cab.

                         COLLINS
                  I'm sure she can walk home. And Carrie, you're excused
                  from gym for a week. Take study hall instead.

   Morton picks up the dismissal slip, hands it to Carrie.

                         MORTON
                  We are sorry about this, Cassie.

                         CARRIE
                         (sudden fury)
                  That's not my name!

   Two things happen simultaneously; Morton recoils slightly and the ashtray quakes a little
   and then tumbles from the desk.

   Then Carrie goes out.

   Morton comes around the desk, stoops to pick up the ashtray, stares at it curiously for a
   moment, then looks at Collins.

                          COLLINS
                          (slowly)
                  That reminds me. A light blew out while I was
                  trying to calm her down.

                           MORTON
                  I'll send a janitor to fix it.

   Okay, that's reality. He puts the ashtray back on the desk decisively, dismissing any
   "peculiar" thought he may have had.

                                                                                 DISSOLVE TO:

39 A RED SCREEN

   PULL BACK QUICKLY to show red circles of a traffic light.
                                                                                             20

   Carrie is standing at an intersection, waiting for the light to change.

40 CARRIE'S POV  CHAMBERLAIN STREET

  Cars are flashing by; they seem to leave blurs of light.

41 FLASH CUT

  Carrie's tormentors.



42. FLASH CUT

  Carrie.

43. LONGER CUT

   The girls throwing tampons and sanitary napkins.

44. LONGER CUT

   Carrie, hatred showing.

45 THE GIRLS  FEATURING CHRIS

   Suddenly their motions are ARRESTED. Their images polarize; the girls disappear, except
  for Chris. Her image REMAINS.

46 CARRIE

   Concentrating her hatred

47 CHRIS' IMAGE

   It begins to shatter. And then explodes.

48 THE LIGHT

   Turns green

49 CARRIE

   She walks across the street.
                                                                                                21

50 EXT. ANOTHER STREET  DAY

  A quiet residential street in a lower middle-class neighborhood. Carrie is walking down the
 street, slowly.

51 ANOTHER ANGLE

  There comes Bobby Erbeter again on his bike, paralleling Carrie (as before)

                       BOBBY
                Hey, fart-face! Hey, old praying Carrie!


52 CARRIE

  She keeps on walking, ignoring him.

53 BOBBY

  Keeping pace with Carrie, shouting across the street.

                        BOBBY
                Fart-face, fart-face, fart-face...

54 CARRIE

  Turning toward him, her face contorted with rage.

55 CARRIE'S POV  ANGLE ON BOBBY

  The bike wobbles on its training wheels.

  And the bike topples over, on top of Bobby, who screams

56 OMITTED

57 CARRIE


  CLOSE now, featuring her eyes most prominently. Her face is uncertain, confused. What
 just happened? She thought (that's right, thought) something and it happened...

  And we HEAR another SCREAM, more of an angry shriek, and then the strange sight and
 SOUND of:
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58 FLASH CUT

  As the stones pelt the White bungalow years ago.

59 CLOSER

  The stones pelting the roof.

60 CARRIE

  She is staring across the street at:



61 BOBBY

  Screaming with anger (more than anything else) as he disentangles himself. He stands up,
 looks toward Carrie across the street, shakes his little fist.

                         BOBBY
                         (defiantly)
                 Fart-face!

62 CARRIE

  The boy's defiant chant can be heard as Carrie blinks, wondering. Then she opens her eyes,
 wider. She looks at the boy. She frowns for a moment.

63 FLASH CUTS

  The stones.

  The light bulb exploding.

  The ashtray falling.

  We hear:

                         BOBBY'S VOICE
                 Fart-face, fart-face, fart-face!

64 CARRIE

  A faint smile, partly of wonder, partly of a strange kind of joy. She knows.
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                                                                                 DISSOLVE TO:

65 INT. SNELL KITCHEN  ELEANOR SNELL  DAY

   Sue's mother. Out of a margarine commercial  a packaged, nice lady, neat, trim  a good
  mother, good wife. She is preparing dinner; in her line of sight, a television game show
  glitters.

  DOORBELL

  Eleanor frowns momentarily, leaves the kitchen.

66 INT. SNELL HOUSE  TRACKING ELEANOR  DAY

  Through the middleclass, rather tasteful home, to the front door.

  Eleanor opens the door.

67 ANGLE ON MARGARET WHITE

   Standing in the doorway. She is a large lady dressed in black, carrying a worn black leather
  sack, which we will discover is bulging with religious tracts.

68 ELEANOR WITH MARGARET

  Margaret White is not a welcome visitor, but Eleanor Snell is a polite lady.

                       ELEANOR
                 Oh, Mrs. White.

                       MARGARET
                 How have you been, Mrs. Snell?

                         ELEANOR
                 Fine.

                        MARGARET
                 And the doctor?

                         ELEANOR
                 Fine.

                       MARGARET
                 And your daughter?
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                        ELEANOR
               Sue is... fine.

 An impasse. Finally Eleanor feels constrained to open the door wider, put a smile on her
face, and:

                     ELEANOR
               Won't you come in, Mrs. White?

                     MARGARET
               Thank you.

She steps inside and Eleanor closes the door behind her, saying:

                       ELEANOR
               I think Carrie is in some of Sue's classes.

                      MARGARET
               Yes.

                      ELEANOR
               Perhaps some time Carrie might visit...

                      MARGARET
               I'm here on the Lord's work.

                      ELEANOR
               Yes, of course.

Margaret is fishing tracts out of her bag.

                      MARGARET
               These will interest the doctor and you.

Eleanor looks at the tracts with pretended interest

                      ELEANOR
               I'm sure they will.

                     MARGARET
               And your daughter.

                       ELEANOR
                       (a smile)
               Well, I don't think Sue would be 
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                        MARGARET
                        (cutting in)
                 Children are godless these days, Mrs. Snell.

   Margaret's voice is almost toneless  now and throughout.

                       ELEANOR
                 My Sue is a good girl.

                        MARGARET
                 These are Godless times.

                          ELEANOR
                 I'll drink to that!

   Humor  and she regrets it immediately.

                         ELEANOR
                         (continuing; quietly)
                 We'll all read... these.

   The telephone RINGS.

                         ELEANOR
                 Excuse me.
                         (retreating)
                 Please sit down.

   Margaret doesn't sit, and Eleanor flees into the kitchen.

69 INT KITCHEN  DAY

   As Eleanor reaches the phone.

                         ELEANOR
                 Hello... Betty, can I call you back? Margaret White is here...
                 Right... right... Let me get rid of her and I'll call you back.

   She hangs up, opens a drawer, takes out some hidden household money (a couple of bills),
  and drags herself back into the living room.

70 INT. SNELL LIVING ROOM  DAY

   Margaret is still where we left her.
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                       ELEANOR
                We'd like to contribute ten...
                       (a look at Margaret)
                ...twenty dollars.

                      MARGARET
                Thank you. I'll give you a receipt.

  Eleanor shifts from foot to foot while Margaret writes out the receipt, gives it to her.

                      ELEANOR
                Thank you, Mrs. White.

                         MARGARET
                I'll pray you find Jesus before it's too late.

   What can one say? Eleanor stands there, completely exasperated but retaining her politeness
 like a steel, middle-class glove. She accompanies Margaret to the door and the latter leaves.
 Eleanor is about to close the door, stops, seeing:

71 EXT SNELL HOUSE  FROM DOOR  DAY

  Sue is coming toward the door. She passes Margaret with a quick (inaudible) greeting and
 hurries to the front door where her mother is waiting.

                       SUE
                That's Carrie White's mother...

  As Eleanor nods and closes the door.

                      SUE
                      (apprehensively)
                What did she want?

                        ELEANOR
                        (indicating tracts)
                She gave us these 
                        (conspiratorial sigh)
                ...and I gave her a donation.

  Sue's face betrays relief, but Eleanor notices nothing.

                       ELEANOR
                       (brightly)
                Well, how was school today?
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                        SUE
                  Today? Like always.

    HOLD ON Sue, staring at the tracts on the table (or perhaps out the window as Margaret
   leaves). A long beat, then:

                                                                                   DISSOLVE TO:

72 CARRIE

    Who is sitting in an old Boston rocker by the window in her room which overlooks the street.
   She is wearing just a slip or perhaps an old terrycloth robe  her plain dress and school books
   on the narrow bed.

    She is leafing through a teenage magazine on the order of "Seventeen"  absorbed in the
   mundane fantasies of models in their pantyhose and underwear; long gowns and mystery men.
   An escape of sorts.

   And we reveal Carrie's bedroom in the low attic of the White house: tiny, plain, severe. It's
   decorated with just the fewest embellishments (i.e. high school pennant) that Margaret would
   allow in exchange for her own prices  a crucifix above Carrie's bed, a small bureau with an
   equally small mirror, a Bible and plastic glow-in-the-dark Madonna and child, and various
   religious prints and plaster quotations on the wall.

73 ANGLE  FEATURING CARRIE

   Caught up in the magazine, in the most normal of female fantasies courtesy of the slick
   Madison Avenue mind. And then, with that extra sense of perception apparatus that fears it's
   about to be caught doing something it shouldn't, Carrie glances out the window and down to
   see:

74 EXT THE STREET  MARGARET

   As this formidable vision of black strides down the walk. Another woman like this would be
   coming home from a funeral; Margaret actually seems to like black.

75 CLOSEUP  CARRIE

   Her heart pounding as we glimpse that look of terror we witnessed earlier  a scared little girl
   now encased in the body of an adolescent.

   As she hears Margaret close the front door and call out her name as she hangs up her coat,
   Carrie hastily stashes the magazine under the mattress. Then she begins to dress as we hear
   the SOUNDS of Margaret in the kitchen, starting her daily afternoon ritual of making tea.
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  And then the telephone RINGS  only to stop as Margaret picks up the receiver. It's just as
  Carrie dreaded  it's the school  and she stands by the door, trying desperately to overhear
  Margaret's muffled voice. And then Margaret hangs up, and in a deadly tone of voice  not
  yelling but enunciation with a terrible clarity  she calls up the stairs:

                        MARGARET'S VOICE
                 I know you're listening. Come downstairs.

  And defeated, Carrie braces herself and goes down the:

76 HALLWAY, STAIRS, LIVING ROOM, FOLLOWING CARRIE

  As she hurries down toward her mother and into:

77 INT WHITE KITCHEN  DAY

  Where Margaret is standing by the stove, her back to her in stony silence.

                        CARRIE
                 Hello, Momma.

  No response. The teakettle is just beginning to boil over the gas burner, and in this altogether
  strange little kitchen  a veritable arsenal of lace-tatted religious art  Margaret is a rock.
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  Carrie sits down at the kitchen table, bursting with shame and the need to talk. Yet she
  recognizes her mother's wall of silence, knowing she won't speak until she's ready. They've
  been through this dance a thousand times. Finally, Carrie breaks.

                       CARRIE
                 Who was it that called?
                       (no response)
                 What did they say?

78 MARGARET

  Point one and some grim satisfaction. Yet she doesn't respond immediately. Then she turns
  from the stove.

                        MARGARET
                        (softly)
                 You're a woman now.

                      CARRIE
                 Oh Momma, why didn't you tell me something? I was so scared...

  Margaret walks over to the table and sits next to Carrie. She puts on rimless glasses, then
  opens the Bible and starts to read with one of those strange Kathryn Kuhlman looks on her
  face:

                         MARGARET
                 `And God made Eve from the rib of Adam. And Eve was
                 weak and loosed the raven on the world, and the raven was
                 called Sin  `

  She pushes the Bible at Carrie, her finger on the place.

                         MARGARET
                 ...and the raven was called sin...

                       CARRIE
                 Why didn't you tell me? Oh, Momma 

                         MARGARET
                         (overriding)
                 ...and the raven was called Sin! ...and the first sin was intercourse.
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                      CARRIE
               I was so scared! And the other girls, they made fun of me
               and threw things and 

Margaret's hand flashes out, backhanding Carrie into the wall. It's a wallop of a slap, the
sting of it bringing tears to her eyes.

                   CARRIE
               Momma, please listen. It wasn't my fault.

Another backhanded blow knocks Carrie to the floor.

                   CARRIE
               Momma!

                     MARGARET
               And Eve was weak and... say it, woman!

Kick.

                   CARRIE
               Momma, please help me.

                     MARGARET
               And Eve was weak and loosed the raven on the world.

                      CARRIE
               They threw things...

                       MARGARET
                       (overriding)
               ...and the raven was called Sin... Sin! ...and the first sin
               was intercourse.

                   CARRIE
               Momma, please listen.

A kick.

                      MARGARET
               And the Lord visited Eve with a curse, and the curse
               was the Curse of Blood!
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The teakettle starts to WHISTLE.

                     CARRIE
               You should have told me!

Margaret clutches Carrie's wrist in a vise.

                     MARGARET
                     (heavenward)
               O Lord, help this sinning woman see the sin of her days and ways.
               Show her that if she had remained sinless 

                       CARRIE
               No!

                       MARGARET
               -- the Curse of Blood would never have come on her. She may have
               been tempted by the Antichrist. She may have committed the Sin of
               Lustful Thoughts.

The teakettle is WHISTLING louder  a high-pitched scream.

                     CARRIE
               No, Momma.

                      MARGARET
               Don't you lie to me, Carietta, don't you know by now I can see inside
               you? I can see your sin just as surely as God can.

                   CARRIE
               Momma, let me go.

Margaret flings open the door of the kitchen closet.

                      MARGARET
               We will pray. We will pray, woman, we will pray to Jesus for
               our woman-weak, wicked, sinning souls...

She switches on the light, and there is Jesus on the wall, rictus, crown of thorns, bathed in an
ominous blue light. A vision of a wrathful God. Throughout the following, Carrie struggles
desperately, but she's no match for her mother.
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                        MARGARET
                 And the Lord visited Eve with a Curse, and the Curse was the Curse
                 of Blood. And there was a Second Curse, and this was the Curse of
                 Childbearing, and Eve brought forth Cain in sweat and blood!

  She propels Carrie into the closet, slams the door behind her. Margaret's voice continues,
  overlapping onto:

79 INT. CLOSET  CARRIE  DAY

  Very much the little girl now as she sinks to the floor of the closet  crying, disheveled,
  beaten. The closet is just what every child ever dreaded about the night.

80 JESUS

  Looking down at Carrie.

81 CARRIE

  She looks away  and inwards. With her, we see:

82 SPLATS OF BLOOD

  Falling on the shower floor.

83 THE GIRLS  IN THE SHOWER ROOM

  Surrounding Carrie, jeering her, bombarding her.

84 JESUS

  Impassive, impersonal, unconcerned  or so it seems.

85 CHRIS  IN THE SHOWER ROOM

  In the forefront of the pack.

86 CARRIE  IN THE SHOWER ROOM

  As the girls would see her, cowering, the bloody napkins pelting her.

87 JESUS  CLOSER ANGLE

  The blood seems to be streaming down his face; it moves.
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88 CARRIE  IN THE CLOSET

  Tears are streaming down her face. She whispers:

                          CARRIE
                Please!

                                                                              DISSOLVE TO:

89 EXT. THE HILL  NIGHT

  MOVING IN SLOWLY on Tommy Ross' 1963 Ford, which is parked in the shadows on The
  Hill (something of a ridge which overlooks the town and is dedicated to Eros by high school
  students and occasional graduates). The MUSIC swells as we MOVE IN. And finally, we
  PEER into the car, where we see:

90 INT. TOMMY'S FORD  NIGHT

  Sue and Tommy have finished making love in the back seat. They are both putting their
  clothes in order, silently, slowly.

  Then they climb into the front seat. Sue takes out a cigarette. Tommy lights it with the
  dashboard lighter. They say nothing as Sue smokes for a few moments. Then Tommy looks
  at her closely.

                          TOMMY
                Hey.

  She turns away.

                      TOMMY
                Hey, what's the matter?

  He puts his arm around her clumsily.

                       SUE
                Nothing.

                      TOMMY
                What did I do?

                       SUE
                Nothing. It's not you.
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                      TOMMY
              Hey, everything's all right. I love you, honey.
                      (silence)
              Did I...?

                      SUE
                      (blurting)
              It's Carrie.

                     TOMMY
              Who?

                      SUE
              Carrie. Carrie White.

                     TOMMY
              Praying Carrie?

                     SUE
                     (sharply)
              Don't call her that.

                       TOMMY
                       (imitating Carrie)
              It's... beautiful.
                       (laughing)
              That's what she said when I read that poem you wrote for me.

                   SUE
              Tommy, please...

                      TOMMY
                      (going on)
              And Big Belly Fromm saying...
                      (imitating)
              That isn't exactly criticism, Miss White.
                      (exploding)
              Jesus!

Sue has turned away from him.

                     TOMMY
              Hey, honey, it was a beautiful poem. I wish I could have written it.
                     (silence)
              Honey?
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                      SUE
               Don't call me that.

                      TOMMY
               Don't call her that. Don't call me that. What the hell's the matter with you?

She is crying, that's what.

                      TOMMY
               Hey, are you crying?
                      (yes, stupid)
               Are you?

He tries to turn her toward him. She struggles. Manfully, he forces her around.

                       TOMMY
               Jesus, Sue, what is it?

                       SUE
                       (trying to turn away)
               I told you.

                     TOMMY
               Told me what?

                       SUE

               About Carrie.

                       TOMMY
               That thing in the shower?
                       (she's silent)
               Hey, it was a joke, wasn't it? I mean, everyone was doing it.

                      SUE
               I'm not everyone.

                      TOMMY
               You're special.

                      SUE
               I was one of them.

                      TOMMY
               So you were teasing Carrie White 
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      SUE
We were hurting her 

       TOMMY
She's used to it. Jesus, you remember how she'd get down on her
knees and say grace in the cafeteria... alone, for Christ's sake. And
the way she dresses... Hey, Sue, she's asking for it.

     SUE
     (vehemently)
How would you like to be Carrie White?

     TOMMY
How would I like to be Carrie White?

       SUE
How would you like to be Carrie White? How would you like to be
Carrie White instead of being Tommy Ross... big man, big jock, popular.

        TOMMY
What's the big deal about being popular? I mean, one day I'll wake up
and find myself working at my dad's car lot and out Friday nights and
Saturdays at Uncle Billy's or the Cavalier drinking beer and maybe
married with a bunch of kids...
        (stops)
What's that got to do with Carrie White? Or anything?

        SUE
I did something wrong and I feel bad about it.

        TOMMY
I can understand that. Hey, back in seventh grade, there was this kid...

       SUE
       (interrupting)
I've got to do something about it.

       TOMMY
Like what?

        SUE
I don't know yet. Apologize.

       TOMMY
Okay, you tell her you're sorry.
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                     SUE
              That's not enough. That's like something my mom would do.

                    TOMMY
              What are you going to do? Kiss her, for God's sake?

                     SUE
              God, I hate you sometimes!

                     TOMMY
              What the hell do you want me to do?

                     SUE
              I want you to help me. Or are you just interested in fucking me?

                     TOMMY
                     (angrily)
              Don't say that!

                     SUE
              Fucking me, fucking me...

                      TOMMY
              Cut it out!

                     SUE
              Then help me!

Tommy moves back from Sue. He is looking at her, trying to figure her out. He wants to do
something, he doesn't want an argument, but...

                     TOMMY
              Okay, what can I do?

                     SUE
              I want you to think about Carrie White.
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                      TOMMY
                      (incredulously)
               You want me to sit here and think about... Jesus!
                      (moment)
               Are you serious?
                      (moment)
               You're serious.
                      (moment)
               What's there to think about?

                      SUE
               Think about it.

                        TOMMY
               Jesus.

He stares off through the windshield. He is really puzzled. He steals a look at Sue. He starts
to put his arm around her; she moves a little, subtly but clearly. Tommy stares off into space
again.

                       TOMMY
               I never thought about her. I mean, she wasn't someone you had to
               think about.
                       (beat)
               She was always there  keeping to herself in that stupid dress  that
               weird mother.
                       (beat)
               You know what I mean?

Sue glances toward him. Of course she knows. And he is beginning to understand.

Tommy looks straight ahead again. He is starting to think. It's not all that easy.

                      TOMMY
                      (almost under his breath)
               Carrie White?

It does come out as a question.

                                                                                DISSOLVE TO:
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91 INT. WHITE LIVING ROOM  NIGHT

  Margaret is at the sewing machine. She is either listening to a reasonable facsimile of
  Kathryn Kuhlman preaching on the radio, or instead, to an old Victrola which plays
  Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Let the Lower Lights Be Burning." A Black Forest cuckoo clock,
  providing a sense of lapsed time.

  Suddenly the treadle on the sewing machine depresses itself. The needle begins to dip up and
  down; the bobbin whirs and jerks.

  Margaret turns around to see:

92 CARRIE

  She is standing in the entrance of the living room. Her demeanor seems more peaceful, calm,
  almost too calm.

93 MARGARET

  A touch of fear in her eyes. But:

                         MARGARET
                  Go to bed.

94 CARRIE

  She crosses over to her mother, kisses her lightly on the (unmoving) head.

                        CARRIE
                  Good night, Momma.

  Carrie goes to the stairs.

95 UP THE STAIRS

  With Carrie.

96 UPPER HALLWAY

  Carrie goes into her room.
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97 INT. CARRIE'S ROOM  NIGHT


  Carrie turns on a light. She undresses slowly, wearily. And then she stops and looks at
  herself in the mirror. A close, tired inspection. Her eyes seem hollow, haunted. Carrie
  doesn't like what she sees; she doesn't like herself.

  Flex. Slowly cracks appear in the mirror, spiderwebs.

  Flex. The mirror cracks wider.

  And flex: the mirror shatters, crashes to the dresser in pieces, loudly; some of the pieces fall
  on the floor.

                        MARGARET
                 Carrie! Carrie? Carrie!

  A moment of utter panic  now what?

98 HALLWAY STAIRS

  As Margaret strides up them, past the landing, and tries the knob on Carrie's door. It's
  locked. She rattles the knob. But to no avail. Then:

                         MARGARET
                 Carrie! Carrie, open this door!
                         (a beat; nothing)
                 Carrie!

  Another beat; then:

                         CARRIE'S VOICE
                         (sweetly)
                 It's open, Momma.

  Margaret tries the knob again, and it is, indeed, open.

99 INT CARRIE'S ROOM

  Where Carrie is kneeling by her bed, now in her flannel nightgown, praying.

                       MARGARET
                 What was that noise?

                         CARRIE
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                  Nothing, Momma.

   Margaret peers around the room; she did hear a mirror break, no mistake about it. But there it
   is  whole again as her reflection in it testifies. Margaret walks over to it, rearranges the
   plastic glow-in-the-dark Madonna and child on the dresser.

                         MARGARET
                  Go to bed.

   She leaves the doorway and we return to Carrie, who smiles sweetly. And then:

   Flex.

   The door slams closed.

100 INT. THE GYM  TRACKING SHOT  DAY

   Down the class of twenty-five or so girls, still in their street clothes, lined up against the gym
   wall under their class numbers as:

101 COLLINS

   Walks in front of them with a clipboard taking roll.

                         Collins
                  ...Shyres...

                            SHYRES (o.s.)
                  Present

                          COLLINS
                  ...Snell...

102 THE GIRLS

   STILL TRACKING, FEATURING Sue

                            SUE
                  Here.

                        COLLINS (o.s.)
                  Watson...

                         WATSON
                  Present.
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   The CAMERA COMES to an empty space  without being told, we can tell it's Carrie's.

103 COLLINS

   Hesitates, then moves right along.

                          COLLINS
                  ...and the Wilsons.

   Who're identical twins.

                            CORA
                  Here...

                         RHONDA
                  ...Miss Collins.

                         COLLINS
                         (small smile; then, closing her book)
                  Okay. Sit down.

   All the girls  except Chris  obey.

                        COLLINS
                  You too, Chris. And spit out that gum.

                        CHRIS
                        (overly sweet)
                  Where'll I put it, Miss Collins?

                        COLLINS
                  You can choke on it for all I care. Now sit down.

104 CHRIS

   Pausing for a second, then deciding it's better to go along without talking back. She sits
   down.

105 THE GIRLS

   Shifting nervously, unused to Collins' absolute no-nonsense tone.

106 COLLINS

   Taking a deep breath.
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                          COLLINS
                   Okay. I just want you all to know that you did a shitty thing
                   yesterday. A really shitty thing.

107 HELEN SHYRES

   the freckled, slightly pudgy girl sitting next to Sue  giggles nervously. But no one joins her,
   and she clasps her hand over her mouth, trying to stifle it.

108 COLLINS

   Glaring at Helen, silencing her.

                          COLLINS
                   Did any of you stop to think that Carrie White has feelings?
                   Do any of you ever stop to think? No, I guess you've got your
                   minds on your dates and the Prom. Chris, I imagine you can take
                   your pick, who's the lucky guy?

                          CHRIS
                          (mumbling)
                   Billy Nolan.

                         COLLINS
                         (loudly)
                   Who? Speak up! I can't hear you.

   Chris tries to control her anger  is barely able to.

                          CHRIS
                   Billy Nolan

   Collins  eye-to-eye with Chris now, smiles.

                           COLLINS
                   Well, isn't he the lucky one.

   She walks down the line, stopping in front of Sue.

                         COLLINS
                   And what about you, Sue? Who's taking you?

                        SUE
                   Tommy Ross.
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                          COLLINS
                  Right
                         (beat; then)
                  Okay. Now my idea for this little trick you pulled was three days'
                  suspension and refusal of your prom tickets.

109 THE GIRLS

   As Collins' words sink in  groans of disappointment.

110 SUE'S POV  COLLINS

   Almost seeming o single Sue out as she continues  at least that's the way it seems to Sue.

                         COLLINS
                  That would hit you where you live, now, wouldn't it? And you'd
                  deserve it  I don't think any of you have any idea of just how nasty
                  what you did was. The office has decided that you're to have one
                  week's detention.

   The girls sigh with relief. Chris has a particularly smug look. Collins takes in their reactions;
   then she reels in the line:

                         COLLINS
                  But. There's one little catch. It's to be my detention. Right here in
                  the gym. Fifty minutes every day. Get the picture?

111 THE GIRLS

   As they realize just how they've been had  indeed, getting the picture.

112 CHRIS

   Furious, defiant.

                         CHRIS
                  I won't come.

113 COLLINS

   No less determined, but cool.
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                          COLLINS
                   That's up to you, Chris. That's up to all of you. Punishment for
                   skipping detention is three days' suspension and the loss of your
                   prom tickets. Any other thoughts?

114 THE GIRLS

   Sober, slightly frightened.

115 INT. HALL OUTSIDE GYM  CARRIE  DAY

   She is standing in the hall, looking into the gym through the small glass window cut in the
   door.

116 INT. GYM

   Collins has finished with the girls, she stands in front of them, the victor.

                          COLLINS
                   Right. Now change up.

   The girls start to turn.

117 INT. HALL OUTSIDE GYM

   Carrie quickly pulls away from the door before she can be seen, hastens away.

118 INT. GYM

   Collins watches the girls filing into the locker room, a small triumphant smile on her face.

119 INT. HALL OUTSIDE GYM

   Carrie is now far down the hall, a small distant figure. Now she goes out of sight around a
   corner. The hall is empty and still; HOLD, then:

                                                                                           CUT TO:

120 INT. THE LOCKER ROOM

   As the girls change silently into their green gym outfits  quiet, subdued, most of them
   resigned to their punishment. Chris, however, is about to blow up; she tosses her skirt into
   her locker and slams the door shut.

                                                                                           CUT TO:
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 121 AN INDEX CARD  SCHOOL LIBRARY

    And then another, and another, and yet another flipping by us, one title following another as
    Carrie looms over the card catalog, searching. The title cards include POISON, POLITICS
    and POLTERGEISTS  on this latter card, it reads: "A ghost supposed to be responsible for
    table rappings and other mysterious, noisy disturbances." It also contains a cross-reference 
    see tele  and the rest of the word is blurred.

121A CARRIE

    Her face  curious, deciding to follow it up.

121B A FASTER MONTAGE

    As Carrie flips through the "T" card catalog  passing everything from Talmud to Tarantula
    until she gets to:

121C TELEKINESIS  A CLOSER SHOT

    On the word, and below it:

    `Thought to be the ability to move or to cause changes in objects by force of the mind,
    perhaps a genetic-recessive in origin.'

121D CARRIE  CLOSE

    Her mind struggling with the words on the card, pondering, thoughtful. Her heart starts to
    beat.

 122 INT. THE GYM  TRACKING SHOT

    On the girls, all of them in the green gym suits, being run ragged, just as Collins promised.
    She's pushing them extremely hard, barking orders at them, using her whistle like a drill
    instructor.

 123 ANGLE  ON CHRIS

    As she runs to position herself next to Sue.

                          CHRIS
                   She can't get away with this. I'm going to get her. That goddamn snerd 

                           SUE
                   Let it go, Chris.
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   And Sue runs on, leaving Chris  red in the face, breathless, furious  behind. Chris
   deliberately slows down and then just halts.

                         COLLINS
                  The period's not up, Hargensen.

                           CHRIS
                  It is for me.

                         COLLINS
                  There are ten minutes left.

                          CHRIS
                  Stick them up your ass.

   Chris starts to stalk past Collins who reaches out and firmly pushes her back. Chris becomes
   immediately hysterical.

                        CHRIS
                  You can't hit us! You'll get canned for this, you bitch! My father 

                           COLLINS
                  One more word from you and I'll throw you across the room. Want to
                  see if I'm telling the truth?

124 GROUP SHOT  FEATURING CHRIS

   Appealing to the others now; flailing, out of control.

                         CHRIS
                  She can't get away with this! Goddammit! If we all stick together, we can 

125 THE GIRLS

   As Chris looks to them for support, none of them quite knowing what to do.

                       CHRIS
                  Norma... Helen... Sue!
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126 ANOTHER ANGLE

   Featuring Chris and Sue

                         SUE
                         (lifeless)
                  Shut up, Chris. Just shut up.

127 CHRIS

   A mutineer without a single ally now. She realizes it and heads for the door leading to the
   locker room, and this time, Collins doesn't even try to stop her. At the door:

                          CHRIS
                  This isn't over. This isn't over by a long shot.

   The door slams shut, leaving the girls and Collins frozen by Chris's outburst. The BELL
   gives a shrill RING, and we:

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128 INT. THE CAVALIER  AFTERNOON

   The local after-school hangout. Clusters of students milling in and around booths. Pinball
   machines, a jukebox thumping "NO WHERE TO RUN" by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

   Sue is sitting, reading, alone in one of the booths as Chris enters, says hello to some of her
   clique, and spots her.

                         CHRIS
                  Hey, Sue! Just who I've been looking for!

   Sue looks up and tries to force her face into a smile. Chris slides into the booth across from
   her and thrusts her John F. Kennedy school yearbook across the table  an action which Sue
   involuntarily jerks away from out of nervousness.

                          CHRIS
                          (continuing)
                  I wanted you to sign my yearbook. Hey, where's you old man,
                  did he stand you up?

                           SUE
                           (busying herself with the yearbook)
                  Still at practice
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                        CHRIS
                Well, I guess you've heard I'm out of the prom. I bet that cocksucker
                Morton loses his job, though. Daddy's suing them. Hey, Billee! Billee!
                Come over and say hi to Sue.

Sue slides the yearbook back across the table to Chris, who examines it:

                        CHRIS
                        (continuing)
                Hey, is that it? Just Sue Snell?

Billy goons INTO FRAME next to Chris, glomming his arm around her neck.

                                BILLY
                Hey, Suze.

                               CHRIS
                I think we're going anyway, right, Billee?

                        BILLY
                Sure thing, Charlie.

Chris playfully jabs him in the ribs.

                      SUE
                You mean crash?

                        CHRIS
                Sure, why not? Hey, listen, I've got a good one. "Roses are red,
                violets are blue, sugar is sweet, but Carrie White eats shit."

Billy, goon that he is, cracks up.

Sue finds it not at all funny, but doesn't know exactly what to do about what she's feeling.

                        SUE
                Chris, I've got to go.

A new tune comes on the juke  Shirley and Company whooping it up on "SHAME, SHAME,
SHAME."

                        CHRIS
                        (oblivious, her laughter turning to fury)
                That goddamn Carrie! If only the rest of you had walked out with me...
                Jesus, Sue, why didn't you?
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                          SUE
                  I took the detention because I thought we  I  earned it. It was a shitty
                  thing to have done. End of statement.

                          CHRIS
                  Bullshit! That goddamn snerd and her batshit mother  saying we're all
                  going to hell.

                        SUE
                        (rising)
                  What'd she ever do to you, Chris? Or to any of us? Why do you hate her
                  so much?

                          CHRIS
                  Hey, hey... tell me if I'm wrong, but who was that n there pitching with
                  the rest of us?

                          SUE
                  Me.
                       (it comes out a pinched nerve)
                  Me. But I stopped.

                         CHRIS
                         (dawning on her; getting it finally)
                  Oh. Oh, aren't you just it? Oh, my, yes.
                         (imitating; prissy)
                  You stopped. Hey, Billee, she stopped.

   Sue is scared now  she hears it coming. There's no question about it, though; the rumbles
   have already begun, and there's no stopping what's coming.

                         CHRIS
                         (continuing)
                  God, I'm dumb sometimes. Billee, hey, Billee, do you want to know why
                  Suze here didn't walk out?

   Billy's over by the pinball machines with some of his goon squad. He boastfully struts
   around  much to their obvious delight  making the sound of a chicken in reply.

129 SUE  CLOSE

   Seeing this; feeling it all about to lurch out of control and turn against her. The bottom's
   falling out.
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                            SUE
                   I'll see you around, Chris.

130 TWO SHOT  SUE AND CHRIS

   FEATURING Chris prominently  a bloodhound now sure of the scent.

                         CHRIS
                   No. Wait. You stopped, remember? So just stop again.
                         (uglier)
                   Why didn't you walk out? Why didn't you walk out, Sue?

                          SUE
                   Okay, Chris. That's enough.

                          CHRIS
                   You didn't walk out, Sue... little Suze... little Suzy Creamcheese...
                   because you didn't want to miss a moment of your precious prom.

   Bulls-eye. Sue fights back the tears and fury, trembling now. But she tries to muster up some
   dignity.

                         SUE
                   And you don't?

                            CHRIS
                            (not about to be put off)
                   You're goddamn right, I don't. But we're on your case now.
                            (beat)
                   I'll bet you've got your dress all picked out, too. What color
                   is it? Yellowguts?

   She's about to break, holding it in as best she can. Chris just as quickly as she spots the
   weakness, shuts it off, bottling up all the rage into he cruelest stainless-steel smile she can
   muster.

                           CHRIS
                           (continuing)
                   Okay.
                          (dismissively)
                   See you around, Sue.

   And that's it  shut up, shut down, shut out.
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   Sue turns and starts to walk out of the Cavalier. In the background behind her, it's all out of
   focus, an incoherent babble of snickering and clucking laughter. She's crossed the line.

                                                                                   DISSOLVE TO:

131 EXT. ATHLETIC FIELD  DAY

   Sue sits in the bleachers overlooking the field. She is preoccupied, still shaken by the
   afternoon's confrontation with Chris. The track team is moving past the bleachers (a coach in
   the field clocking them and shouting orders). Tommy, in his track uniform, peels away from
   the group and comes running up to Sue.

                          TOMMY
                  Hi!

                          SUE
                  I want to talk to you.

                         TOMMY
                  Sure, what's up?

   To avoid the noise of the cheerleaders practicing down in front of them, and the other girls
   sitting in the bleachers half watching their boyfriends and half eyeing Tommy and Sue, Sue
   beckons Tommy to follow her away from the group behind the bleachers, and as they walk off
   together we hear the following:

                          SUE
                  If I asked you to do something for me  something special  would you?

                        TOMMY
                        (nodding)
                  Uh-huh.

                        SUE
                  No matter how crazy it sounded?

                        TOMMY
                  Sure. What?

   The sound is muffled, and we don't hear what she says. But we do hear:

                         TOMMY
                         (continuing; exploding)
                  Are you out of your mind?
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132 EXT. VAN NUYS BOULEVARD  NIGHT

   A big hangout-cruising night on the boulevard. Neon, convertibles, "Rebel Without a Cause"
   meets "American Graffiti" seventies-style. In other words, the works -- with MUSIC.

133 EXT. INTERSECTION  NIGHT

   As a '61 Chevy leaves a sizeable patch of rubber on the street as it GRINDS to a hard stop,
   just barely halting before it almost went through a red light and collided with the traffic
   already in the intersection.

134 INT. THE CHEVY

   which belongs to the aforementioned BILLY NOLAN  a character whose life and brains
   stopped around the time he saw "Rebel" on television. He's Chris's boyfriend, and a huge
   cross swings around his neck. Right now, he's utterly amused by his harrowing driving, and
   turns to Chris who ignores him, still brooding over her afternoon losses. Billy takes a huge
   toke from a joint and hands it to her; she ignores that too, and proceeds to busy herself
   applying makeup in the visor window. So Billy looks out his window and strikes up some
   banter with a fellow cruiser idling beside them at the light. The light changes, and Billy peels
   out  an action with throws Chris backwards onto the seat.

                        CHRIS
                   Goddamnit, Billy!

   He just laughs as he weaves through traffic.

                         CHRIS
                         (continuing)
                   Slow down!
                         (as he pays no heed)
                   Slow down, you stupid shit!

                          BILLY
                   Scared, Chuckie?

                        CHRIS
                   No. You'll kill us, you stupid shit!

   Billy lazily slaps her, speeds up.
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                         BILLY
                  Don't call me that.

                         CHRIS
                  Stupid shit.

   He slaps her again.

                         CHRIS
                         (continuing; under her breath)
                  Stupid shit.

                       BILLY
                       (disgustedly)
                  Oh wow!

   He slams on the brakes, and pulls into:

135 EXT. CARNEY'S (SUNSET BLVD.)  DOWNWARDS ANGLE  NIGHT

   LOOKING DOWN on a parking lot where cars are parked; a huge pullman's car which has
   been converted into a restaurant. This after-school hangout is called the Cavalier.

136 INT. CHEVY

   As Billy reaches over, very confidently, to draw Chris to him.

   She lets herself be kissed, then pulls away abruptly.

   He grabs at her, and she pulls away.

                         BILLY
                  What's wrong?

                         CHRIS
                  Can't you wait a minute?

                         BILLY
                  What for?

                         CHRIS
                  You're so ignorant.

                         BILLY
                  That's what you like.
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                        CHRIS
                Bullshit.

                       BILLY
                No? I'll show you what you like, Chuckie.

Grab.

                         CHRIS
                No.

                         BILLY
                Jesus.

Grab.

                         CHRIS
                No!

She pushes him away.

He grabs her. She pushes; he grabs. A struggle. Grabs at her tit. There goes the blouse; the
buttons are ripped off.

                      BILLY
                ...How you... gonna... explain that...

                      CHRIS
                Dumb shit!

He slaps her.

                      BILLY
                What'd I tell you?

Silence. Then, after some time, he leans over and kisses her. She lets him. He kisses her
again, and she responds. He goes at it. And she squirms away.

                         BILLY
                         (continuing)
                Hell is this?

                       CHRIS
                I want you to do something.
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                         BILLY|
                 What?
                        (eagerly)
                 Yeah, what?

                        CHRIS
                 I want you to do something for me. Something important.

                       BILLY
                       (warily)
                 Something important?

                          CHRIS
                 It will be very important to me. It will make me feel very good
                 if you do it.

   She moves closer to him. Her hand dips down out of FRAME. She blows in his ear. Billy is
   beginning to writhe; he moves in on her, but she holds him off, playing him like a puppet.

                          CHRIS
                          (continuing)
                 Billy, I hate Carrie White.

   CUT TO:

137 TELEVISION SCREEN

   On which we see the opening, helicopter-credit-sequence from "Duel at Diablo." The
   television is in:

138 INT. SNELL LIVING ROOM  NIGHT

   Where the movie's SOUND continues uninterrupted for a bit over an incredible silence
   between Tommy and Sue. They are sitting on a couch. The silence is finally broken by a
   reluctant:

                       TOMMY
                 Okay. I'll do it.

   And we:

                                                                                   DISSOLVE TO:
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139 INT. WHITE HALLWAY  NIGHT

  Margaret slowly opens the door to Carrie's room and enters. Light filters in from the street.
  Carrie is lying in bed, motionless, asleep.

  Margaret crosses the room quietly. She leans over the bed. On the table next to it is the
  glow-in-the-dark statue  not in its usual place on the dresser. Carrie's face, in the soft light,
  seems very innocent.

                         MARGARET
                         (low)
                 Carrie, did you pray?

  No answer.

  Margaret bends over Carrie. And with surprising tenderness, she kisses Carrie's forehead.

  The she straightens up quickly, as though she has violated herself, and leaves the room.

  Carrie opens her eyes. She pulls a book out from under the covers; then she stares at the
  Madonna-child figurine, it begins to glow brighter and brighter, illuminating the room. It's
  bright enough to read by now, and we leave Carrie expanding her education and:

                                                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

140 INT. SCHOOL LIBRARY  DAY

  As Carrie examines a shelf of books with titles like "Cosmic Consciousness" and R.D.
  Ogilve's "Hidden Powers of the Mind." She decides on the latter just as a voice startles her:

                           TOMMY'S VOICE
                 Carrie?

                           CARRIE
                 Ohuh?

  She stares at him and quickly covers the binding of the book with her hand, covering the title.
  He looks as startled as she does.

                       TOMMY
                 How're you doing?

                           CARRIE
                           (after a beat; almost inaudibly)
                 Okay.
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It's harder than he thought it would be; just trying to make small talk is agonizing. But try it,
he does:

                      TOMMY
               I thought you had gym this period.

All she can do is shake her head. And a young man not easily deterred, he tries again.

                     TOMMY
                     (continuing)
               What're you reading?

                       CARRIE
                       (trying to cover, and not very well)
               It's about... um.. sewing...

Right. Check and stalemate. Which brings him to:

                      TOMMY
               Umm... if you don't have a date for the Prom, would you want
               to go with me?

                       CARRIE
               What?

                      TOMMY
               The Prom...

Without saying a word, Carrie walks down the aisle of book shelves. He follows her into the
main room where students are reading, working.

                        TOMMY
                        (continuing)
               ...It's next Friday, and I know this is later notice, but they stop selling
               tickets soon, and 

The bell RINGS.

                       CARRIE
               I don't like to be tricked.

A couple of students stare at Tommy talking to Carrie as they start leaving the library.

                        TOMMY
               Carrie...
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But it's too late  she's gone, already out the door.

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141 INT. HALL  TRACKING  DAY

As Tommy weaves through the crowd after her. Gangly GEORGE DAWSON spots him:

                     GEORGE
               Hey, Ross!

But Tommy ignores him in his singular pursuit.

                     TOMMY
               Hey, Carrie! Wait!

A couple of other students watch this  is this their Tommy Ross actually trying to speak with
Carrie? But he's oblivious of any looks now, any snickering  all he wants is to catch up with
Carrie.

Which he does; he manages to touch her arm, and it's a weird moment, this contact. She turns
around, her head painfully ducked down.

                       TOMMY
                       (continuing)
               Hey, it's no big deal.

And she looks up and stares at him with that peculiar intensity that cuts through all the clamor
around them. Quiet, quietly:

                     CARRIE
               Do you people think you can just go on tricking me forever?

A beat. Tommy stands there helpless, sensing just how much of a big deal it is. Seeing that
she's on the verge of tears, he's feeling even worse, and all he can say is:

                        TOMMY
               Sorry.

But it's too little, and too late. She's crying. And what's more, she's gone  swallowed up
into the clamor of students rushing to beat the bell. Which RINGS as we:

                                                                                DISSOLVE TO:
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142 INT. GIRLS' LOCKER ROOM  AFTERNOON

  As Collins tidies up after one of the classes  throwing towels into huge cans, etc. Only to
  hear a mewing, whimpering sound and come upon Carrie who's huddled in one of the dark
  corners of the room, crying. It's almost as if she created her own closet of space.

                           COLLINS
                 Carrie?
                         (on no response)
                 Carrie, what's the matter?
                         (on still no response)
                 Was it one of the girls? Did one of the girls do something to you?
                 Do you want a Kleenex?

                           CARRIE
                 No.

                           COLLINS
                 It's all right. Just tell me, there's nothing to be afraid of.

                       CARRIE
                 Miss Collins...

                         COLLINS
                 That's it...

                       CARRIE
                 When can I come back to gym?

                        COLLINS
                 Not until Monday. Now what is it? Are you going to tell me?
                 Come on, Carrie, tell me.

                         CARRIE
                 I got asked to the prom.

                        COLLINS
                 That's great!

                      CARRIE
                 Tommy Ross asked me.

                      COLLINS
                 Tommy Ross  that's wonderful. He's cute.
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                          CARRIE
                   I know who he goes around with. They're trying to trick me
                   again. I know.

                          COLLINS
                   Maybe he really meant it. I mean, maybe he really did mean it.
                   Maybe you should think about it. It might be really fun. You
                   might have a really good time!

                          CARRIE
                   It would be a nightmare.

                            COLLINS
                   C'mon, Carrie. You should have a better image of yourself. You
                   just think you're unattractive, but look at your hair. It's really beautiful.
                   If you just fixed it up a little... here, I'll show you.

    CUT TO:

143 OMIT

144 INT. FACULTY LOUNGE  DAY

    where Collins and Morton are grabbing a quick cup of coffee.

                           COLLINS
                   Carrie's been asked to the prom.

                           MORTON
                   Who?

                          COLLINS
                   Carrie White.

                         MORTON
                   By whom? The Beak?

                         COLLINS
                   By Tommy Ross.

    Morton goes into a coughing fit, accidentally knocking over his coffee in the process. Collins
    watches, slightly amused by his reaction. When he recovers:

                         MORTON
                   What about his girlfriend? Doesn't he date the little Snell girl?
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                           COLLINS
                   I think she put him up to it.

145 INT. OFFICE  DAY

   Where Collins is grilling a very nervous Sue  just Sue so far.

                         COLLINS
                   Who's brainstorm was this?
                         (no response)
                   What are you trying to do?

                         SUE
                   You've got it wrong.

                           COLLINS
                   I hope so. I wouldn't have expected this from you, Sue. Not any
                   of it. Well?

                         SUE
                   What do you want to know?

                         COLLINS
                   Why Tommy asked her to the prom.
                         (after a beat)
                   Well?

                           SUE
                           (reluctant; able to go this far)
                   I asked him to.

                           COLLINS
                   Why?

                           SUE
                           (swallowing)
                   I asked him to.

                           COLLINS
                   But, in God's name, what for? What could you possibly have
                   in mind?

146 DIFFERENT ANGLE  FEATURING TOMMY

   Who's also in the office for this interrogation  ill at ease, trying to appear cool.
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                     SUE
               You mean what good would it do? Maybe it'll... bring her out of...
               make her a...

                       COLLINS
               A part of things? Oh, come on, Sue. None of us are that stupid. And
               neither is Carrie.

                     SUE
               Maybe not.

                       COLLINS
               And you're not going to go? You're going to stay home and miss your
               senior prom?

Just as this point, NORMA WATSON  a prissy little pleaser with a mouth whose verbal
discretion could make the telephone obsolete  enters the room with a sheaf of attendance
sheets for the next week. All conversation ceases.

                     COLLINS
                     (continuing)
               Yes, Norma? What is it?

                       NORMA
               Just the attendance sheets, Miss Collins.

                       COLLINS
               Just leave them on the desk.
                       (to Sue)
               You understand, you can't come without a date?

Sue understands perfectly well, but with Norma there, she's not about to say a word. And
Collins finally picks up on this:

                       COLLINS
                       (continuing)
               Is there something else, Norma?

                     NORMA
                     (butter could melt)
               No, Miss Collins.

And she exits as slowly as she can  trying to hear the last possible word. Then:
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      COLLINS
      (to Tommy)
Which brings us to you.

      TOMMY
Miss Collins, I have to get to practice.

        COLLINS
That's too bad.

       TOMMY
Look, this is between Sue and me. If you don't mind...

       COLLINS
Oh, but I do. Or would you rather we continue this discussion in
Mr. Morton's office?

       TOMMY
       (bluffed; then off-handedly  like we first saw him in Fromm's class)
What's the big deal?

      COLLINS
Because it's a very big deal for Carrie White. And you know it.

     TOMMY
Anyway, she's already said no.

      SUE
You can make her change her mind.

       TOMMY
Don't overrate me.

       COLLINS
Just don't try.

        TOMMY
Okay.

        SUE
It's not okay.
        (to Collins)
You can't order anyone not to take someone to the prom.

        COLLINS
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                  I can make sure you don't hurt Carrie.

                         SUE
                  We're not trying to hurt her. We're trying to help her.

                            COLLINS
                  How?

   Silence.

                          COLLINS
                          (continuing)
                  Tommy, when you come to the prom with Carrie White, don't you
                  think you'll look a little ridiculous?

                            TOMMY
                  Well...

                        SUE
                  We don't care how we look.

   Sue looks over at Tommy.

                        SUE
                        (continuing)
                  Do we?

   Tommy says nothing; he's caught between a rock and a hard place.

                                                                                  DISSOLVE TO:

147 EXT. WHITE HOUSE  DAY

   As Tommy's Volkswagen parks across the street, Tommy gets out and approaches the White
   house.

    Carrie is inside, watching him come up the stairs. She remains on the hall side of the screen
   door.

                          TOMMY
                  So this is where you live.

                         CARRIE
                  What... what're you doing here?
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                      TOMMY
                      (laughs)
               Aren't you going to ask me in?

She shakes her head; he laughs again, a little nervously. Throughout this scene in which he
remains on the porch side of the screen door, he catches glimpses of the weird house within.

                     TOMMY
                     (continuing)
               Why not?

                   CARRIE
               Momma's resting. What do you want?

                       TOMMY
               Right to the point, huh? Okay, about the prom.

                       CARRIE
               I already told you.

                        TOMMY
                        (a little charm)
               Nothing to stop you changing your mind. Girls do it
               all the time.

                     CARRIE
               Why are you doing this?

                      TOMMY
               Hey, I'm asking you because I want to.

                          CARRIE
               No.

                      TOMMY
               Look, I don't do anything I don't want to.

                          CARRIE
               I can't.

                      TOMMY
               Sure you can.

In the background  in the kitchen, perhaps  Margaret calls out Carrie's name.
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Carrie glances nervously behind her; then back at Tommy.

                     CARRIE
               You better go.

                      MARGARET'S VOICE
               Carrie! Who are you talking to?

                      TOMMY
               Don't you think you better answer?

                     CARRIE
               No one, Momma.

                      TOMMY
               You're going with me.

                          CARRIE
               I can't.

                      TOMMY
               You're going.

                       CARRIE
               They'll laugh.

                     TOMMY
               No one will laugh. We'll see to it.

                      CARRIE
               Please. Please go.

                       TOMMY
               Not `til you say yes.

Carrie swipes at her eyes with the back of her hand; helpless, honest, confused. She'd really
like to go at this point, but that extra sense in her is resisting.

                    CARRIE
               Why? Why is it so important to you?

                       TOMMY
               I don't know. Maybe it's because you liked my poem.
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                          MARGARET (o.s.)
                  Carietta!!!

   And in just these split seconds, she decides; had he not "liked" her poem, had Margaret not
   called, perhaps she could have held back.

                          CARRIE
                  Yes.
                          (beat)
                  Okay.

                           TOMMY
                  I'll pick you up at eight.

                          CARRIE
                          (whispering)
                  Fine.
                        (then)
                  Thank you.

   Tommy smiles at her and, turning to leave, touches her hand against the screen door. A
   goodbye, nothing more. He goes down the walk toward his car.

149 CARRIE

   Watching him. She takes the hand he "touched" and brushes the hair back from her face. A
   little beautiful? You bet.

                         MARGARET'S VOICE
                  Carrie? Did you hear me?

                        CARRIE
                  Coming, Momma. Coming.

   And as she turns away from the door, we:

                                                                                        CUT TO:

150 INT. GYM  AFTERNOON

                        SUE
                  Why not?

                        HELEN
                  Why did you do it? God, everyone's talking.
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  We PULL BACK to see the gym. The entire back wall has been devoted to a giant mural of
  stars and planets  it seems the prom is to have a celestial theme, and the gymnasium is in the
  process of being hung with a great deal of crepe paper, moons, etc.

                         SUE
                 I asked Tommy to take Carrie. I thought I owed her that much.

                       HELEN
                 Where does that put the rest of us?

                       SUE
                 You have to make up your own mind.

                       HELEN
                 And Tommy went along with it?

                         SUE
                 Uh-huh.
                         (pauses)
                 I guess the other kids think I'm stuck-up.

                         HELEN
                 Well... they're all talking about it. But most of them still
                 think you're okay.

151 HELEN'S POV  THE GYM  CHRIS AND NORMA WATSON

  as thick as thieves, off in the corner, whispering.

152 TWO SHOT  SUE AND HELEN

                        HELEN
                 There is...
                        (giggles)
                 ...a small dissenting faction.

                         SUE
                 I guess she's having a field day with this.

                         HELEN
                 Susie, she hates your guts.

  Sue nods  she knew it, now she hears it.
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153 EXT. WHITE HOUSE  EVENING

   FULL FRONTAL VIEW of thee bungalow IN the FRAME.

   The lights are on downstairs; there's a slight drizzle and haze. HOLD, then:

                                                                                     CUT TO:

154 INT. WHITE KITCHEN

   As Carrie and Margaret finish dinner. Silence  punctuated only by the slight DRIZZLE
   outside and occasional flashes of THUNDER and lightning. Then:

                        MARGARET
                  You haven't touched your pie, Carrie.

                         CARRIE
                  It makes me have pimples, Momma.

                         MARGARET
                  Your pimples are the Lord's way of chastising you.

                      CARRIE
                  Momma?

                          MARGARET
                  Yes?

                          CARRIE
                  Momma, please see that I have to start to get... to try and
                  get along with people.

                         MARGARET
                  Whatever are you going on about? Have you been showering
                  with the other girls again?

                           CARRIE
                  I... I've been invited to the prom.

                          MARGARET
                          (a foreign language)
                  Prom?

                          CARRIE
                  It's next Friday, and 
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                        MARGARET
               It's that teacher, the one that called. She'll be sorry.

                       CARRIE
               Momma, please see that I'm not like you. I'm funny, I mean,
               the kids think I'm funny. I don't want to be. I want to try and
               be a whole person before it's too late to 

Margaret throws her cup of tea in Carrie's face. It's cold, wet, sticky. But Carrie holds
herself in, she's going to be in charge this time. She takes a deep swallow and continues:

                      CARRIE
                      (continuing)
               His name is Tommy Ross, and he's a very nice boy. He's 

                       MARGARET
               No!

                      CARRIE
               -- promised to stop in and meet you before, and 

                        MARGARET
                        (overlapping)
               -- I said no!

                       CARRIE
               -- have me in by midnight. I've 

                      MARGARET
                      (shaking her head now; uncontrollable)
               No, no, no 

                       CARRIE
               -- accepted.

Pause.

Margaret's shaking with fury, trembling.

Carrie wipes the stringy wet hair from her forehead.

                       CARRIE
                       (continuing)
               I've accepted, Momma. I have accepted.
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                      MARGARET
               The closet.

                       CARRIE
               No.

                       MARGARET
               After all you've been taught 

                     CARRIE
               Everyone isn't bad, Momma, everything isn't sinful.

                      MARGARET
               Go to your closet and pray. Ask to be forgiven!

                       CARRIE
               You'll like this boy, he....

And Margaret at this word shifts gears and winds up  in the grip of a weird babble.

                      MARGARET
               Boys. Yes, boys come next. After the blood, the boys come.
               Like sniffing dogs...

                   CARRIE
               Momma 

                       MARGARET
               ...grinning and slobbering, trying to find out where the smell
               comes from, where the smell is. That... smell!

                       CARRIE
               Please stop...

                       MARGARET
               Yes, in cars. Yes. I know where they take you in their cars.
               Roadhouses. Music. Whiskey. I've seen it, all right. Oh, yes.

                   CARRIE
               Momma, you better stop.

                      MARGARET
               You're not going.
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                       CARRIE
               I've already said I would, Momma.

                      MARGARET
               Then say no. Say no. Or we'll move.

                      CARRIE
               No.

                      MARGARET
               We'll move from here and you'll never see that boy again.

A gust of wind causes the window to blow open. Margaret gets up and starts toward the
window. Carrie is silent, watching herself being shut out.

                      MARGARET
                      (continuing)
               The rain's coming in.

                   CARRIE
               Momma, sit down.

                      MARGARET
               I'm going to close the windows.

                        CARRIE
               I'll get them. Please sit and talk to me.

                      MARGARET
               No.

Margaret continues toward the kitchen window to close it.

Carrie knits her brow, and flex, the window closes.

Margaret whips around, facing Carrie.

                      CARRIE
               I'm going, Momma. And things are going to change around here.

Flex.

The SOUND of a window shutting in another room.
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                              MARGARET
                    Witch!

       Flex.

       Another window.

                            MARGARET
                            (continuing)
                    It's Satan's power. First he entered your father, carried him off...

                           CARRIE
                    He ran away, Momma. Everyone knows that.

       Flex.

       A couple of windows.

                           MARGARET
                    The devil tempted him.

                           CARRIE
                    He ran away with a woman, Momma.

                           MARGARET
                    All men are the same. That boy, he's like all the rest, he doesn't 

       Flex.

       The rest of the windows in the house THUNDER shut.

                            CARRIE
                    I don't care. He asked me to go. And I'm going. I'm going,
                    Momma. You can't stop me.

       HOLD 

       SLOW DISSOLVE TO:

155 & 156 OMITTED
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157 EXT. ROAD  NIGHT

   Leading to Henty's farm. A slight drizzle; or, the ground is still wet. A little more than a
   crescent moon silhouettes a group of five: Billy and Chris in front, and Billy's twitchy zoo  a
   completely wrecked KENNY GARSON, a very nervous FREDDY DE LOIS, and an
   occasionally giggling, goggled HENRY TRENNANT  trailing behind. De Lois is swinging
   a nine-pound sledge-hammer in the air; the other two goons are struggling with an ice-chest
   and steel pails. Henty's farmhouse and barn are in the distance.

                          DE LOIS
                  Hell of a risk for a joke.

   Trennant giggles inanely. Billy stops and glares at De Lois.

                        BILLY
                  You want out?

                          DE LOIS
                          (hastily)
                  No, uh-uh.
                          (then)
                  It's a good joke, Billy.

   Trennant giggles again.

   Garson is stoned silly  zonked, deadpan. He greedily sucks the last remnants of a joint into
   oblivion before our eyes.

   De Lois angrily snatches the roach out of Garson's fingers.

                         DE LOIS
                         (continuing)
                  Hey, piggie...

   Trennant just giggles inanely.

   Another long beat, then:

                        DE LOIS
                        (continuing)
                  You sure Old Man Henty won't be around?
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                          CHRIS
                  I told you. He's at a funeral.

   Trennant explodes into a fit of high-pitched laughter.

                         BILLY
                  Shut up, Henry.

                        DE LOIS
                  Whose funeral did he go to?

                        BILLY
                  His mother's.

                        DE LOIS
                  His mother's? Jesus Christ, she musta been older than God!

   Trennant lurches into another cackle. And in spite of themselves, Billy and Chris start
   laughing, too. Even De Lois starts laughing.

   The group passes a "No Trespassing" sign, prompting:

                         DE LOIS
                         (continuing)
                  The bastard is going to shit where he stands when he comes
                  back and gets a look.

   Garson drops one of the pails on the ground.

                         BILLY
                  Asshole.

   The sound of Trennant's high-pitched giggle.

                                                                                  DISSOLVE TO:

158 CHRIS'S POV  THE HOG PEN

   And OVERLAPS INTO the harmonic chanting of De Lois, Trennant and Garson:

                         THE BOYS
                  Soo-ee, soo-ee
                  Pig-pig-pig...
                  Soo-ee, soo-ee
                  Pig-pig-pig...
                                                                                          77

   And an old sleeping boar and two sows are GRADUALLY REVEALED.

159 FULL SHOT  PANNING

   The face of five  COMING TO REST on De Lois.

                          DE LOIS
                  Doan worry, piggies, doan worry. I'm gonna bash your fuckin'
                  heads in, and you woan have to worry `bout the bomb no more.

                         BILLY
                  Shut up and do it already.

                           DE LOIS
                  I will, I will. I'm not gonna give `em time to burp.

                         BILLY
                  The throat.

   But it's too late. De Lois has lost all conviction.

                          DE LOIS
                  I... can't.
                          (then)
                  You.

   He hands the sledge hammer to Billy.

   Chris, chilled to the bone, rubs herself to keep warm.

                          CHRIS
                  Do it, Billy.

   Billy touches the ball of his thumb to the edge of the sledge hammer.

                         CHRIS
                         (continuing)
                  Do it quick.

   And Billy smiles. Yes, he actually smiles. As he raises the sledge hammer, we GO TO:

                                                                                      BLACK

   FADE IN:
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 160 EXT. THE WHITE HOUSE  AFTERNOON

    The sun is shining  perhaps the next day, a day later. The house is a picture postcard  under
    it, we hear the sweet, muffled sound of "Amazing Grace." It's just loud enough for us to hear
    it  joyous, triumphant.

                                                                                   DISSOLVE TO:

160A. INT. WHITE LIVING ROOM  AFTERNOON

    Margaret sits beneath the plaster crucifix.

    The sampler, however, sits in her lap  unfinished, unminded. She's virtually catatonic.

    "Amazing Grace"  a sweet, contemporary rendition  is on the Webcor. A pleasure after
    Kathryn Kuhlman.

    Carrie sits at the sewing machine, finishing work on the pattern for her prom dress. She
    removes the material from the sewing machine, which we now see is a lush crushed velvet.

                          MARGARET
                   Red. I might have known it would be red.

    The cuckoo clock is TICKING, TICKING.

    Carrie stares at Margaret, then turns the sewing machine off. She looks back at Margaret,
    then turns her attention to the machine, her eyes sparkling.

    Courtesy of Carrie, the treadle on the machine depresses itself.

    The needle starts to bob up and down, up and down, up and down... WHIRRING, jerking.

    The side wheel spins. And then stops.

                          CARRIE
                          (softly)
                   Only clearing the thread, Momma.

    She smiles. Then rises and goes to start up the stairs to her room.

    Margaret looks after her. Hate. And fear.

                           MARGARET
                           (abruptly)
                   It's Satan.
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Carrie pauses.

                       CARRIE
                       (wearily; pitying)
                 Oh, momma.

                        MARGARET
                 He has given you a power.

                        CARRIE
                 Momma, it doesn't have anything to do with Satan. It's me. If
                 I concentrate hard enough, I can make things move.

                         MARGARET
                 Satan is clever.

                     CARRIE
                 Momma, there are other people... people with the power... It's a part of me.

                         MARGARET
                 Satan...

                         CARRIE
                 If it were, I'd know it.

                       MARGARET
                 You poor child. He doesn't let you know he's working through you.

                     CARRIE
                 Momma, I'd know.

                       MARGARET
                 You are to renounce this power. You must give it up. You must never use it.

                        CARRIE
                 I'm going to do my homework, Momma.

Another step up the stairs, stopping as Margaret hurls after her.

                        MARGARET
                 There's going to be a judgement!

There's nothing more to say. Carrie walks up to the stairs, and we:

                                                                               DISSOLVE TO:
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161 INT. GYMNASIUM  NIGHT

   Very dark, shadowy, deserted. The night before the prom. Silence, then a SCRAPING sound
   of a:

162 WINDOW

   Being jimmied open. Behind the thick glass, we see a face  just whose isn't clear yet. The
   slip-lock comes free, the sill is being pushed up, and Billy's head appears. Chris is right
   behind him.

163 LONG SHOT  THE GYM

   As a flashlight is shined upwards  at the criss-crossing girders sheathed in crepe paper; at
   banks of lights which will later be used to shine down and highlight two areas in particular 
   the huge wall mural and the chalked-in spot where the King and Queen of the Prom will be
   crowned.

 164 TWO SHOT  BILLY AND CHRIS

   DOLLYING right behind them as they proceed toward the stage area  past the numerous
   tables set up for the prom-goers, past the twin bandstands. Billy is carrying the ice chest,
   Chris the flashlight.

 165 ANOTHER ANGLE

   As they arrive behind the stage. Billy puts the chest down and takes out a pair of Playtex
   rubber gloves, snaps them on. Then he takes out two small pulleys and a coil of twine.

166 CHRIS' POV  BILLY

   Looking somewhat like a bizarre mountaineer, climbing a ladder which takes him up to a
   narrow platform overlooking the stage area.

167 CLOSEUP  CHRIS

   Shining the flashlight to guide Billy, her face flushed with excitement.

168 BILLY

   As he disappears behind a short draw curtain which obscures the girders over the stage.

169 CHRIS
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unable to see him, suddenly feeling very alone.

                       CHRIS
               What's it like up there?
                       (no response)
               Billee?
                       (no answer; genuinely scared)
               Billy!

And just at that moment, a piece of crepe paper floats into the FRAME and lands in Chris's
hair. She jumps, utterly unnerved. She looks up to see Billy staring down at her from the
platform, grinning.

                      BILLY
               Boo.

                      CHRIS
               You stupid shit.

                       BILLY
                       (still in good humor)
               Nice talk.

                      CHRIS
               Hurry up. Do you hear me, just hurry up.

                     BILLY
                     (blackface)
               Yes'um. Yes'um. Weeze doing the best we can.

                       CHRIS
               I want to go home.

                       BILLY
               Just keep your tits on and I'll let you pull it when the time comes.

                       CHRIS
               I plan to.

                                                                                DISSOLVE TO:
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170 A SERIES OF SCENES  LEADING TO THE PROM

  CUTTING between the final arrangements for the prom itself and Carrie's preparations as the
  night approaches. The emphasis is on these two paralleling elements, although this montage 
  scored throughout with happier and happier MUSIC  will also feature some of our lesser
  characters.

  Among other things, we will see:

             A) THE GYM  as last-minute arrangements are made  more crepe paper hung,
         party favors put on tables, etc.;

             B) CARRIE  in a town store as she shops for makeup;

            C) NORMA WATSON  under a hair dryer, her mouth going a mile a minute as a
         manicurist does her nails and looks utterly exhausted;

             D) TOMMY  picking out Carrie's corsage at the florist;

             E) CARRIE  at the sewing machine, finishing her dress (which we still don't
         see), a happy look on her face;

            F) THE GYM  as a bank of lights suddenly illuminate the mural on the stage
         wall;

             G) SUE  having dinner with her parents

            H) THE TWINS  in front of their dressing tables; both of them putting on
         enormous fake eyelashes simultaneously;

            I) ERNEST  the class president  making sure the microphone on the stage
         works;

             J) THE BAND  among them, The Beak, setting up;

             K) SANDRA STENCHFELD, practicing her fabulous twirling baton act;

            L) A DOOR  which opens to reveal the twins in their high heels, both of them
         several inches taller than their depressed-looking dates;

             M) GEORGE AND FRIEDA  he in his tuxedo, she in her prom dress; a flash as
         Freida's parents take a Polaroid of this night to remember;

            N) THE GYM  with the adult chaperones  teachers, administrators  standing
         around, looking for something to do.
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  It is now the night of the Prom  just minutes before it officially begins, we end this montage
  and:

                                                                                    DISSOLVE TO:


171 INT. CARRIE'S ROOM  NIGHT

  Carrie sits in front of that same mirror, but this time, there's a different attitude. And a
  different girl, which pleases her. She looks different, very different, from before. She's
  dressed in her lush red crushed velvet prom dress, but the SHOT is ANGLED in such a way
  that we don't see it. In any case, it is not prim. She is wearing some makeup. She looks...
  well, there has been a transformation.

  In the background, the door is opened by Margaret.

                       CARRIE
                 Come in, Momma.

  Margaret advances into the room.

  Carrie opens a florist box and takes out a lovely corsage of tiny tea roses.

                       CARRIE
                 Do you want to pin it on, Momma?

                         MARGARET
                 I can see your dirtypillows. Everyone will.

                        CARRIE
                 Breasts, Momma, breasts. Every woman has them.

  Carrie's voice is calm; nothing, not even Margaret, will spoil tonight, and ever so slightly, this
  scene  and all that follow for a considerable period of time  has an edge of unreality to it.
  It's all been diffused a bit  a fairy tale through Carrie's eyes. What would look bad or tacky
  looks acceptable; what looked good before now looks spectacular.

                        MARGARET
                 Take off that dress.

                         CARRIE
                 No.
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                      MARGARET
               We'll burn it together, we'll pray for forgiveness.

                     CARRIE
               No, Momma.

The Black Forest CUCKOO CLOCK sings out downstairs. It's eight o'clock.

                      MARGARET
               He's not coming.

                       CARRIE
               Stop it, Momma. I'm nervous enough.

Margaret reaches up and pinches her cheek hard, leaving a red mark. She looks toward
Carrie.

Carrie is pinning the tea roses on herself.

Margaret hooks her right hand into a claw, rips at her cheek, leaving a thin line of blood.

                      CARRIE
               Stop hurting yourself, Momma. That's not going to stop me either.

Margaret strikes herself in the mouth with her fist.

                     CARRIE
               Go away, Momma.

                     MARGARET
               You know I'm right. He'll laugh at you. They'll all laugh at you.

                      CARRIE
               No. It'll be okay.

Bur she's rattled, and nervously starts moving around a series of objects in the room.
Cosmetics on the bureau, the florist box, the glow-in-the-dark statue. But it's sheer will at
this point. It's after eight, and there's no sign of Tommy.

                       MARGARET
               It's not too late. You can stay here with me.

                       CARRIE
               No.
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                         MARGARET
                 I'll answer the door and say you're sick, I'll say 

                     CARRIE
                 Momma, sit on the bed.

  Flex.

  Margaret is pushed back on the bed. Horrified, she rises again.

                          MARGARET
                 I'll say that you changed your mind, I'll say 

  Flex.

  Margaret is thrust back on the bed.

                        MARGARET
                 `Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.'

  The words stop. But Margaret's eyes are fixed on Carrie, as Carrie leans toward her. Carrie's
  voice is soft and compassionate.

                         CARRIE
                 You'll say nothing, Momma. You are going to have to learn that
                 I'm not like you, not anymore.

  The BUZZER downstairs sounds. Carrie goes to her window and sees:

172 CARRIE'S POV  TOMMY

  at the front door, the overhead light shining on his hair, making it glisten. He looks very
  handsome.

173 CARRIE

  She goes back to the bed and picks up her wrap; then, to Margaret:

                          CARRIE
                 I'll be home early, Momma.

  The BUZZER downstairs sounds again.

                        MARGARET
                 There's going to be a judgement!
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                         CARRIE
                 Momma, you will be quiet until I'm gone.
                         (beat; then, at the door)
                 I love you, Momma.

  And she's gone, down the

174 STAIRS, LIVING ROOM, TO THE FRONT DOOR  TRACKING

  Carrie who opens the door.

175 ANGLE ON TOMMY

  Well, we know he's beautiful. And he's looking at Carrie. He didn't know:

176 CARRIE  TOMMY'S POV

  He didn't know she could be beautiful. And she is.

177 TOMMY AND CARRIE

  He reaches out his hand.

                           TOMMY
                 Hi.

  Carrie takes his hand.

178 EXT. WHITE HOUSE  NIGHT

  Hand in hand, Carrie and Tommy walk down the path toward his car.

  They are observed by:

179 MARGARET

  at the window of Carrie's room.

180 INT. CARRIE'S ROOM  NIGHT

  Margaret leaves the window as we HEAR Tommy's car drive off.

  She goes out of the room.
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181 TRACKING MARGARET

   Down the stairs, through the dining room, into the kitchen. Almost the same path that Carrie
   trod, but trod so differently. While Carrie's pace had been light, nervously expectant,
   Margaret's is slow and heavy.

182 INT. WHITE KITCHEN  NIGHT

   Margaret crosses to one of the drawers.

   She reaches in and takes out a long carving knife; it gleams in the light.

                                                                                           CUT TO:

183 EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT  NIGHT

   The school gymnasium is lit up brightly for the Prom; cars are pulling in, among them,
   Tommy's Ford.

184 INT. TOMMY'S CAR

   as Tommy turns off the ignition. Carrie's staring at the other couples getting out of their cars.
   Tommy watches her taking it all in.

                           CARRIE
                  It's like a dream.

                        TOMMY
                  You can still change your mind, you know.

   She turns to him and realizes he's teasing her.

                          CARRIE
                  Easier said than done.

                           TOMMY
                           (grinning)
                  C'mon.

                        CARRIE
                  No. Please  not yet.

                         TOMMY
                  Scared?
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                          CARRIE
                  Yes.
                        (beat)
                  Can we sit here another minute?

   Tommy laughs and nods. A moment of silence. Carrie is miserable  she's happy to be with
   Tommy, she's trying to have a good time, but it's hard. It's like getting up to dance the first
   time. Perhaps it would be better to sit this one out.

                       CARRIE
                  Tommy...
                       (and then out it comes)
                  Maybe... maybe this was a mistake.

                          TOMMY
                  Hey, it won't be so bad.

   She tries to smile at him. It's not very persuasive.

                          TOMMY
                  Really, I mean it. They're okay, you'll see.
                          (beat; she's trying to believe him)
                  Don't be nervous. Besides...
                          (a little self-mocking)
                  I'd look awfully silly dancing by myself.

   And that's just enough  he's taken her mind off her own fear just enough to make her laugh.

                                                                                          CUT TO:

185 INT. GYM

   where the prom is already under way, the band PLAYING an energetic version of "Harlem
   Nocturne." From Carrie's POV it's all magic  explosions of pastel color, everyone looking
   like they stepped out of an advertisement for happiness.

   Carrie just stands at the double-doors which are the main entrance to the gym, taking it all in
   as Tommy hands their tickets to ushers at the door. As Carrie stares at the giant mural on the
   stage wall  full of celestial moon, stars and rockets  a VOICE bellows out behind her.

                        VOICE
                  Hey, Ross. Gawd, you look queer.
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186 GEORGE DAWSON

  The source of the salutation and Tommy's best friend. He bounds INTO FRAME, wearing a
  T-shirt with a painted black tie under his dinner jacket. His girlfriend, Frieda Jason, tags
  behind.

                        TOMMY
                  When did you come out of the treetops, Bomba?

                          GEORGE
                  Ross, if I'd known you were going to look this good, I'd have
                  asked you instead of Frieda.

  The two boys immediately go into a mock fight. Frieda comes up to Carrie.

                         FRIEDA
                  Don't let it bother you. If they destroy each other, I'll dance with you.

  Carrie smiles back at her nervously; there's an awkward silence.

                        FRIEDA
                  Hey, where'd you buy your dress? I love it.

                         CARRIE
                         (shyly)
                  I made it.

                         FRIEDA
                         (unaffected surprise)
                  Made it? No shit.

  Carrie hesitates; realizes Frieda is quite sincere.

                         CARRIE
                  No shit.

  Frieda laughs; so does Carrie, and the tension eases up. Behind them, Tommy keeps one eye
  on Carrie. He shrugs  it's working, goddammit  and he stuffs his hands into his dinner
  jacket.

187 ANOTHER ANGLE  THE GYM

  Carrie and Frieda, Tommy and George right behind them, head for their tables.
                                                                                     90

                    FRIEDA
              The mural's nice.

                        CARRIE
              Yes.
                      (confiding)
              I'm really nervous.

                     FRIEDA
              S'okay. We're sitting together.

And she takes Carrie's arm.

Norma Watson rushes over to them  all breathy taffeta and green chiffon.

                        NORMA
              Carrie!
                     (looking her up and down)
              That's a lovely dress, Carrie. Wherever did you get it?

                     CARRIE
              I made it.

                     NORMA
              Well, of course you did. I can't get over it, you look so different.
              You're positively glowing. What's your secret?

                    CARRIE
              I'm Don MacLean's secret lover.

                    NORMA
                    (a half-beat late, getting it, tittering)
              Don MacLean's secret... How funny you are.
                    (cutting her)
              Why, hello Tommy. Aren't you excited?

                     TOMMY
              Cold sweat is running down my thighs in rivers.

                      NORMA
                      (smile slipping a full notch now)
              Well, I have to hurry back. Stan'll think I got lost.
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                       GEORGE
                       (King Kong; right on top of her)
                 Bom-ba!

                        NORMA
                        (tittering, moving away smack into Frieda)
                 And, Frieda, don't you look nice.

                        FRIEDA
                        (toothpaste smile)
                 Get douched, Norma.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

188 MONTAGE

   As the prom gets underway:

              A) JOSIE AND THE MOONGLOWS  THE BAND  make like Lawrence Welk
          and launch into an oldie-but-goodie. On drums  The Beak himself.
              B) THE TWINS  CORA AND RHONDA  dressed identically, dancing with
              C) ERNEST PETERSON, the black class president, is wonderfully officious as he
          gets the evening's first entertainment organized. It (or she) is 
              D) SANDRA STENCHFIELD and her fabulous twirling baton act, a phenomenon
          to the lilting STRAINS of "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head."
              E) NORMA is off in a corner, bending another girl's ear; STAN is standing idly
          by, pretending to be invisible.
              F) MORTON, FROMM and the other chaperones including MISS FISH look for
          something to do, for someone who's stepping out of line. And find it. In the person of
          FREDDY DE LOIS, who's guzzling the punch.
              G) TOMMY and CARRIE sit at their table next to GEORGE and FRIEDA.
          Tommy lights a candle.

189 ANGLE  TOMMY AND CARRIE'S TABLE

   As Josie and the Moonglows launch into a new NUMBER. George suddenly comes to life.

                         GEORGE
                 Viiibes!

   He grabs Frieda, and they make their way out onto the dance floor, Frieda shrugging
   helplessly at Carrie.

                        CARRIE
                 They're nice. George is funny.
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                       TOMMY
               He's a good guy.
                       (beat)
               See, didn't I tell you?
                       (beat)
               Sure you don't want to dance?

                     CARRIE
               Could we just sit here for a minute?

Tommy nods  it's okay with him.

                         VOICE
               Carrie?

Carrie turns around and finds herself facing Collins  dressed up, looking more like one of the
students than a teacher.

                     CARRIE
               You look very pretty, Miss Collins.

                     COLLINS
               Thank you
                     (beat)
               You too. Beautiful.

                       CARRIE
               It's awfully nice of you to say so. I know I'm not... not really...
               but thank you anyway.

Tommy  feeling like a fifth wheel  clears his throat and stands up.

                      TOMMY
               `scuse me.
                      (to Carrie)
               Be right back, okay?

He goes off into the crowd.

                         COLLINS
                         (gesturing to his seat)
               May I?

Carrie nods, and she sits down, pulling the chair next to her. They're virtually alone at this
moment; everyone else is dancing or occupied.
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                       COLLINS
               Carrie, anything that happened before... well, it's all forgotten.
               I want you to know that.

                        CARRIE
               I can't forget it.
                        (beat)
               But it's over with. It's over.

Collins smiles; she looks at the dance floor and Carrie's eyes follow hers. At this particular
moment, the band is PLAYING a quiet number  slow, romantic.

                      COLLINS
               I remember my own prom. I was two inches taller than the boy I
               went with when I was in my heels. He gave me a corsage that clashed
               with my gown. But it was magic. I don't know why. But I've never
               had a date like it, ever since. Is it like that for you?

                       CARRIE
               It's very... nice.

                       COLLINS
                       (smiling)
               Just nice?

                         CARRIE
               No. There's more. I don't know...
                         (hesitating; then)
               ...it's like being on Mars.

                      COLLINS
               You'll never forget it.

                       CARRIE
               I think you're right.

And then, on sheer impulse, Carrie reaches out and hugs her, hugs her tightly.

                     CARRIE
               Thank you.

                      COLLINS
               Have a lovely time, Carrie.
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                     TOMMY (o.s.)
               Hey, what's going on here?

There is Tommy, looking "stern."

                     TOMMY
                     (to Collins)
               What are you doing with my date?

                       COLLINS
               Girl secrets.

A smile at Carrie, and she goes off.

                      TOMMY
               Don't let me catch you hugging any guys.

                     CARRIE
               You won't.

                       TOMMY
               Better not. Hey, listen, do you really have to be back so early?

                      CARRIE
               I promised.

                     TOMMY
               Okay. I understand.

                      CARRIE
               I'm sorry.

                       TOMMY
               No, it's okay. Listen, the other kids are going over to Lewiston
               after the Prom 

                      CARRIE
                      (breaking in)
               That's okay.

                      TOMMY
               What is?

                     CARRIE
               You want to go with your friends. I don't want to spoil anything...
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                         TOMMY
                 Hey, let me finish. What I was going to say, I mean if it'd be alright
                 with you, what do you say we go to the Cavalier?

                        CARRIE
                        (surprised; she'd love to)
                 I've never been there.

                         TOMMY
                 Hey, great. We'll have the place all to ourselves. Great!
                         (he means it)
                 Then it's settled.

  He takes her arm, turns her toward the dance floor.

                      CARRIE
                      (holding back)
                 Tommy...

                      TOMMY
                 C'mon...

                        CARRIE
                 I don't... I can't... I...

                       TOMMY
                 You can.

  He has his arms around her and half-spins, half tugs her out onto the floor. He is a young man
  of considerable confidence  the best part of his popularity  and it's a contagious trait.
  Gradually, Carrie gets caught up in the slow dancing, begins to follow him less and less
  awkwardly, begins to get less and less self-conscious, and, in short, starts to glide into her
  freedom.

190 A CORNER OF THE GYM

  Tommy and Carrie dance into this corner; Carrie is a bit breathless and very happy. For some
  moments, Tommy keeps his arms around Carrie, looking at her. And then he leans forward,
  about to kiss her, impulsively. And impulsively and instinctively, she draws back. And is
  immediately embarrassed.

                          TOMMY
                 Hey...
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                      CARRIE
               I'm sorry.

                       TOMMY
               I...

                        CARRIE
               It's just...

                     TOMMY
               No harm, no foul.

They stand there for a couple of seconds.

And suddenly and swiftly, Carrie kisses Tommy. It's a quick, awkward, frightened kiss. A
bird peck.

And again they stand there, until:

                       CARRIE
               I don't know... anything. I can't dance...

                     TOMMY
               You danced.

                       CARRIE
               I don't even know how to...

                       TOMMY
               It's easy.

And he kisses her. She breaks, looking up at him.

                    CARRIE
               Tommy... why?

                    TOMMY
               Why what?

                     CARRIE
               Why am I here?

                        TOMMY
               It's the prom.
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                      CARRIE
               With you.

                     TOMMY
               Because I asked you. And...

                    CARRIE
               Why? Why did you?

                     TOMMY
               Because I wanted to.

                        CARRIE
               Why?

                     TOMMY
               Because...

He pauses; he's on the edge. And steps back.

                       TOMMY
               ...you liked my poem. Only I didn't write it. Someone else did.

                        CARRIE
               Oh.

She's puzzled. And she's about to ask something else.

                      TOMMY
                      (quickly)
               Look, Carrie, we're here, we're together... and I like it, you know...
               I mean, I...

                        CARRIE
               But...

A commotion from the floor.

Tommy turns.

                      TOMMY
               Hey, look!

Carrie looks off, following his glance, at:
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191 STAGE AREA  POV

   As the head Custodian supervises the sliding of two thrones from the wings onto pre-set
   marks on the stage apron. They're sheathed in white  strewn with crepe papers and flowers
   to match the prom's celestial theme.

192 CARRIE AND TOMMY

                           CARRIE
                           (uneasily)
                  It's a fairy tale.

                           TOMMY
                           (beaming; taking her arm)
                  C'mon.

   He starts to lead her towards their table while:

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193 EXT. SCHOOL  STREET  NIGHT

   Sue Snell  unable to contain her curiosity about how all this has worked out  pulls up in one
   of her parents' cars, parks, and deliberates coming in. The lights of the gymnasium are
   glowing. While inside:

194 INT. GYM  STAGE AREA

   Class president Ernest Peterson makes his way to the microphone. He takes all this quite
   seriously.

                          ERNEST
                  All right, ladies and gentlemen. Take your seats, please  it's
                  time for the voting.

                         NORMA
                  This contest is an insult to women!

   A couple of CHEERS, scattered APPLAUSE.

                           GEORGE
                  It insults men, too!

   Louder CLAPPING, foot STOMPING, WHISTLES.
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                          ERNEST
                          (over the noise)
                  Please take your seats. It's time to vote for the King and Queen.

   Several ushers go up and down the aisles, passing out ballots.

195 ANGLE  TOMMY AND CARRIE'S TABLE

   as Norma Watson haughtily drops a ballot on their table in front of Tommy, another in front
   of George.

   Carrie examines the paper.

                         CARRIE
                  Tommy...
                         (looking up to see him smiling at her)
                  ...we're on here!

                         TOMMY
                  I know.
                         (seeing her concern)
                  Want to decline?

                        CARRIE
                  Do you want to?

                          TOMMY
                  Hell, no. If you win, all you do is sit up there for the school song
                  and one dance. And they put your picture in the yearbook so everyone
                  can see we looked like idiots. Besides, it's the last year.

   Carrie looks up at the stage  at the massive thrones all in white.

                         CARRIE
                  They're beautiful.

                         TOMMY
                  You're beautiful.

   Carrie meets his eyes and blushes; it's all overwhelming her, and she has to look away  at the
   tiny party favor boat on the table in front of her, at the tiny pencil next to it.

                        CARRIE
                  Who do we vote for? They're more your crowd than mine.
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                       TOMMY
                 Whatever you like.

                          CARRIE
                 In fact, I don't really have a crowd.

                        TOMMY
                 Let's vote for ourselves. To the devil with false modesty.

  She laughs aloud  the sound of her own laughter is so foreign to her that she claps a hand
  over her mouth, at her own daring. She takes the pencil and quickly circles their names  so
  quickly that the pencil breaks, bringing a small drop of blood to her finger. She gasps.

                        TOMMY
                 Hurt yourself?

                        CARRIE
                 No.
                         (trying to smile)
                 But I broke it and it was a souvenir.

                        TOMMY
                 There's still your boat.
                        (he pushes it gently toward her)
                 Toot, toot.

196 INT. SCHOOL  NIGHT

  as Sue  hardly in formal attire  stares through the same small window in the gym door that
  Carrie stared through earlier  she stares inside as:

197 INT. GYM  STAGE AREA

  The ballots are being counted, Morton and Fish helping Ernest separate them into piles. We
  ought to notice either De Lois or Trennant hanging around the voting tables  perhaps Norma
  Watson as well.

198 ANGLE  TOMMY AND CARRIE'S TABLE

  Carrie is holding Tommy's hand tightly  too tightly.

                        TOMMY
                 Hey, hey.

                        CARRIE
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                  Sorry.

                         TOMMY
                  Don't know your own strength. Whew.

   He sees she's taking him seriously. Sensitive to her reaction, he smiles at her.

                          TOMMY
                  Hey, it's okay.

   In the background Josie and the Moonglows provide a flourish of drums.

199 THE STAGE

   as Ernest walks up to the microphone and almost drops the ballots in the process.

                          ERNEST
                  We've sort of hit a snag. Mr. Morton says this is the first time
                  in the history of the Spring Prom that 

                        VOICE
                  How far does he go back? 1800?

   LAUGHTER, CATCALLS.

                        ERNEST
                  We've got a tie.

                         GEORGE
                  Polka-dot or striped?

                          ERNEST
                  Sixty-three votes for Frank Grier and Cora Wilson, and sixty-three
                  votes for Tommy Ross and Carrie White.

   Silence, then the APPLAUSE begins and starts to swell as we...

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200 TOMMY's POV  CARRIE

   An island in the APPLAUSE around her, her head lowered...

201 TOMMY
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  Watching her intently, his mouth slightly open...

202 THE STAGE  ERNEST

  Vainly trying to speak over the APPLAUSE.

                        ERNEST
                 Attention! If I could have your attention, please...

203 TOMMY AND CARRIE

  Tommy still staring at her.

                         ERNEST (o.s.)
                 We're going to have a run-off ballot. When you get yours, please
                 write the couple you favor on it.

204 CARRIE

  Slowly looking up, seeing Tommy.

                        CARRIE
                 They're not applauding for us. It can't be for us.

                       TOMMY
                 Maybe it's for you.

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205 CHRIS AND BILLY

  Just exactly where they are isn't clear yet, nor should it be. But we do hear the Prom noises.

                        BILLY
                 I thought you said they'd win.

                       CHRIS
                 They will. They will. Won't even be close.

                         BILLY
                 If you screwed up...

                        CHRIS
                 Don't worry. I called in a few favors.
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206 INT. WHITE HOUSE  NIGHT

   The black cuckoo clock  STRIKING TEN

207 INT. WHITE KITCHEN

   as Margaret, mumbling to herself, with the fixated attention of the damned, continues to scrub
   a sliver of whetstone along the gleaming edge of the knife's blade.

                                                                                          CUT TO:

208 INT. GYM  CARRIE AND TOMMY'S TABLE

   as new ballots arrive courtesy of Norma, who leans over them and whispers breathily:

                        NORMA
                  Good luck!

   As Tommy picks up the pencil, Carrie puts her hand on his.

                           CARRIE
                  Don't.

                           TOMMY
                  What?

                         CARRIE
                  Don't vote for us.

                          TOMMY
                  In for a penny, in for a pound. That's what my grandmother used to say.

                         CARRIE
                         (swallowing)
                  Don't. Please.

   Tommy hesitates for a second, seeing her face so full of premonition. Then he overcomes it,
   and scrawls their names on the slip of paper, folding it.

                         TOMMY
                  For you.

   He hands it to Norma Watson, and it's off  spirited away, gone.
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                         TOMMY
                  Tonight you go first-class.

   Carrie stares at the receding figure of Norma as if she were the messenger of doom.

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209 INT. GYM  VOTING TABLES

   Where we get a sense of exactly what Chris meant by favors as De Lois, Trennant, and a once
   again completely wrecked Kenny Garson plus Norma bring over more ballots. It's not
   exactly what one would call an honest ballot.

210 GYM DOOR  POV

   as Sue manages to slip by Fromm, who's still lazily monitoring the door. She starts heading
   for the backstage area, trying to be as unobtrusive as possible.

211 NORMA

   At the voting table, she spies Sue coming in, and finding it irresistible, blurts out the news,
   whispering to:

212 MORTON

   Who's just finishing the ballot counting. He looks in the direction that Norma's pointing in,
   seeing:

213 SUE

   Going backstage, heading into the wings to watch:

214 INT. GYM  THE STAGE

   as Ernest returns to the microphone.

   The BAND plays another FANFARE OF DRUMS. Ernest sees this as his big moment; he
   almost drops the ballots. He pauses for a moment, surveying the gym floor and the anxious
   prom-goers. An actors savoring the tension. Then he smiles, white teeth grinning:

                       ERNEST
                  Tommy and Carrie win. By one vote.

   Begin SLOW MOTION
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   Silence. Everything a half-beat exaggerated, slowed.

   Carrie gasps inwardly; the candle in front of her blows out.

   Tommy grins, amused. He shrugs his shoulders at Carrie.

   And the applause begins  some of it, most of it, genuine, but some of it mocking too.

   The band launches into a rock version of "Pomp and Circumstance."

   Ushers appear at Tommy and Carrie's table. George is pounding Tommy's back. An
   aluminum foil scepter is thrust into Tommy's hand; a robe with a fur collar is thrust over
   Carrie's shoulders.

215 SUE  STAGE WINGS

   Peering out farther to get a good look. Unseen at first by her, there's a cord on the edge of the
   FRAME.

216 MORTON

   Blocked by the clamor of the students, he's unable to make a straight bee-line for Sue in the
   wings. So he takes the long way around  back behind the stage...

217 TOMMY AND CARRIE

   Dollying as they're led down the center aisle; past a blur of smiling faces, the APPLAUSE
   SWELLING. They're being led toward the stage area  the thrones waiting for them. The
   lights get brighter; the MUSIC gets louder.

218 THE BANDSTAND

   As they pass by. The Beak winds conspiratorially at Carrie.

219 THE STAGE

   as Tommy gives Carrie his hand, helping her up the steps, over tangles of black power cables.

220 BENEATH THE STAGE

   Where we finally reveal just where Chris and Billy have been hiding all this time. Chris
   listens to the footsteps (of Carrie and Tommy) coming overhead; grasping the cord that Billy
   has hooked up, holding it very tightly...
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221 CARRIE AND TOMMY

   as they're helped into the massive thrones; behind them is the huge mural of stars and ships.

222 ERNEST

   the showman now, P.T. Barnum in all of his expansiveness.

223 SUE

   In the wings, watching this action. In the corner of the FRAME, the cord we glimpsed earlier
    the same one which Chris clutched beneath the stage  jiggles, and Sue notices it move.
   She traces its path with her eyes, seeing that it goes up to:

224 A BANK OF LIGHTS

   Concealing a single silver bucket; meanwhile:

225 CARRIE

   Staring down at the gym floor; the lights are searing  so hot and bright that it's impossible to
   see clearly, and a new set of spotlights being shone on Tommy and her only makes it harder.

226 ANOTHER ANGLE  CARRIE

   as a piece of crepe paper lands in her hair...

227 THE STUDENTS

   A sea of faces, the spectrum of reactions.

228 ERNEST

   spreading his arms; a politician.

                         ERNEST
                  Ladies and gentlemen, I give you he King and Queen of the Spring
                  Prom  TOMMY ROSS AND CARRIE WHITE!

   The Band starts playing the school SONG, and we...

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229 SUE IN THE WINGS

   The implications of the cord and bucket positioned over the throne just starting to dawn on
   her as everyone begins singing the school song:

                           ALL (o.s.)
                  All rise for the John F. Kennedy Hiyyyyh...

   And a hand comes into FRAME, clutching Sue's wrist. It belongs to:

                        MORTON
                  What're you doing here, young lady?

                        SUE
                        (trying to head for cord under stage)
                  Something's wrong!

                          ALL (o.s.)
                  We'll raise your banner to the skyyyyh...

   But Morton has no interest in what Sue is trying to tell him:

                           MORTON
                  I'll say there is.

230 ANOTHER ANGLE  CARRIE'S POV

   From the throne, she sees Sue  and Morton and he pulls her toward the back exit.

231 BENEATH STAGE

   Chris is almost hyperventilating as the school song continues.

                         BILLY
                  What's the matter with you? Pull it!

   Chris is frozen  immobilized, terrified.

232 CARRIE'S POV  SUE

   As Morton firmly pushes Sue out the rear gym door. The door shuts, and as it closes:

233 CARRIE

   Confused, wondering what's happening in the glare of lights and noise...
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234 EXT. BACK OF GYM  SUE

   locked out by Morton, trying to get back in. The door won't open. She debates going to try
   another door.

235 UNDER STAGE  CHRIS AND BILLY

   as the song reaches its crescendo:

                         ALL (o.s.)
                  With pride we wear the red and whyyyte...

                          BILLY
                          (leering)
                  It can stay there until hell freezes over, Chuckie.

   Chris shudders involuntarily at the mention of this nickname. She violently jerks the cord
   with both hands, yanking it. A sound  half-scream, half-moan  comes from her mouth,
   overlapping into:

237 THE STEEL BUCKET

   high above the stage, slowly tipping over, the blood pouring from it.

238 LONG SHOT  THE STAGE

   almost proscenium-like in this FRAMING, from all the way in the back of the gym.

   Carrie and Tommy sit on their huge thrones as the buckets above them deposit their contents
   on top of them.

239 CLOSER

   The blood splashing down...

240 THE MURAL

   Some of it splattering on the celestial cyclorama, running downward, streaking...

241 THE BAND

   As more blood splatters them in their white dinner jackets, the MUSIC halting.
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242 THE STAGE

   End SLOW MOTION.

   Tommy and Carrie, drenched with blood.

243 CHRIS AND BILLY  UNDER THE STAGE

   Preparing to leave now that their mission has been accomplished, just about to crawl out as
   they spot:

244 MORTON  CHRIS AND BILLY'S POV

   realizing they'll have to stay put  trapped now.

                          CHRIS
                          (panicky)
                  Billee!!!

                         BILLY
                         (nervous too, hissing)
                  Shut up!

   They crawl back under the stage, out of sight.

245 INT. GYM  THE STUDENTS

   As the singing stops, the students staring at the stage.

246 CARRIE

   Her eyes tightly clenched shut, looking as if she's been dipped in a bucket of red paint. She's
   gotten the worst of it.

247 THE BUCKET

   dangling on the pulleys over the throne, clanging back and forth. A high-pitched GIRL'S
   VOICE SCREAMS.

248 TOMMY

   Splattered with blood. Below them, the sounds of hysteria begin ("My God, that's blood!")
   Tommy starts toward Carrie just as:
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 249 ANOTHER ANGLE  STAGE  FEATURING TOMMY

    As the bucket falls and hits Tommy on the head; it knocks him unconscious, and he slumps to
    the floor.

 250 THE STUDENTS  FEATURING HELEN SHYRES

    Watching this in pure horror. She starts to giggle uncontrollably, the kind of hysterical laugh
    that comes out of pure terror. It overlaps onto:

 251 STUDENTS  ANOTHER ANGLE (S)  SWISH PANS

    As the hysteria begins to spread.

 252 CARRIE

    as she starts toward the unconscious Tommy.

 253 THE STUDENTS

    as more of them start laughing... the sound of it becoming contagious.

 254 CARRIE

    hearing the dreaded laughter.

 255 CARRIE'S POV  THE STUDENTS

    Through the harsh glare of the lights  laughing, pointing (see Norma Watson), doubling up in
    hysteria, utterly out of control.

 256 FACES, FACES, FACES

    Laughing...

256A BILLY AND CHRIS

    reacting to their "success."

 257 CARRIE

    Putting her hands to her blood-covered face, slowly getting to her feet.

 258 THE STAGE
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   As Carrie makes her way to the stairs, tripping over the black power cords. A horrified
   Collins is on her way up the stairs.

                          COLLINS
                   Oh, Carrie  let me help you.

   Carrie hesitates at the sight of the teacher. But it's too late for help, and in the fastest flex
   we've seen to date, she jerks her head and Collins bounces backward  down the stairs,
   slamming into a wall.

259 THE STUDENTS

   Laughing harder now, unable to stop.

260 THE GYM  ANOTHER ANGLE

   Where all is pandemonium.

   Morton makes his way to Collins, giving her his handkerchief; she has a bloody nose.

                           COLLINS
                           (to Morton)
                   Call the police!

261 CARRIE

   Tears streaming down her face, the blood streaking, as she takes in the sight of her
   tormentors.

262 THE GYM  YET ANOTHER ANGLE

   Helen Shyres is still laughing so hard that she's about to throw up or go into shock.

   George Dawson has climbed on the stage and is hunched over the slumped figure of Tommy
   Ross, examining him.

                           GEORGE
                   Call a doctor! Hey, call a doctor, quick!

   He tries to pick Tommy up, and in the process the throne topples over on the stage.

263 INT. HALL CORRIDORS  SUE

   Frantic, rushing back into the school and down the hall toward the prom doors.
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264 CARRIE

   Takes a deep breath, mustering her energy. She closes her eyes and sees:

265 THE GYM DOORS  THREE SETS OF DOUBLE DOORS

   All of them open, a few students milling around them as...

266 CARRIE

   Closes her eyes even tighter and flexes. And  in SWISH PANS:

267 THE DOORS

   slam shut. In the process, several things are accomplished at once. The prom-goers are
   trapped inside, and one or two of them get their hands or legs caught in the doors as they
   close, screaming with surprise and pain.

268 INT. HALL  SUE

   who once again was just a little late, arriving just as the DOORS SLAMMED SHUT; she sees
   the screaming prom-goers unlucky enough to have been caught in the doors.

269 INT. GYM

   Utter pandemonium as students rush toward the doors.

270 THE BEAK

   Near the bandstand area, looking up at the stage and realizing that it's Carrie who's
   responsible for closing the doors.

                          THE BEAK
                  It's Carrie! It's Carrie!

   Fromm starts heading toward the stage to get control of the microphone, to stop the panic.

   The kids continue rushing toward the closed doors.

271 CARRIE

   A small smile at being recognized by the Beak as the one responsible, the one with the power
   now. It's not what she wanted, but it no longer matters. They're going to know her now and
   never forget her.
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 272 CARRIE'S POV  GYM WALL

    Between two sets of double-doors, FEATURING a huge firehouse installed in case of an
    emergency.

 273 CARRIE

    Seeing the hose, getting the idea... NOTE: SPLIT SCREENS begin here.

 274 CLOSER

    as her eyes narrow and focus on the hose, zeroing on it.

 275 THE HOSE

    As it starts to unwind, to unspiral into the air, starting to spray a burst of water.

 276 THE HOSE  ANOTHER ANGLE

    As it becomes snake-like, water springing from the nozzle.

 277 THE STUDENTS

    Cries of surprise as it begins to spray water on them, ruining their clothes.

 278 THE HOSE

    As the velocity of the water increases, stronger and stronger.

 279 CARRIE

    Eyes gleaming, a glimmer of triumph as she concentrates and surveys 

 280 THE STUDENTS

    Like rats in a maze  a slapstick chaos as they try to get away from the animated hose. The
    water forces the students back from the doors, backwards toward the stage.

280A CHRIS AND BILLY  UNDER THE STAGE

    As they see students propelled toward them by the hose.
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281 CARRIE

   A smile of satisfaction. For the first time, she's showing them  they're the ones being made
   to look foolish. She's standing on one side of the stage.

283 ERNEST

   Level-headed to the end, making his way through the pandemonium toward the stage area and
   the bandstand as fast as he can...

284 CARRIE

   Still controlling the hose, she spots Ernest, seeing him move toward the stage area.

285 TRACKING  ERNEST

   knowing somehow  with some sixth sense  that Carrie's watching him. He feverishly
   hurries toward the area where the band equipment is plugged in... where the high voltage
   cables are hooked up to the electrical current.

   Behind him, Fromm has reached the microphone and is trying to be heard, telling everyone to
   remain calm.

286 CARRIE

   Realizing just what Ernest plans to do:

                          CARRIE
                          (gently; determined)
                  No.

   And she mentally fixes on him, jerking her head just so... so 

287 ERNEST

   Is flung invisibly and forcibly away from the area by Carrie's will.

288 FROMM

   Big belly and all, trying to steady the mike. He puts his hand on it. The water, however, has
   reached him, and just as he touches the mic, he's electrocuted  his arm bursting into flame,
   unable to let go as his body goes into an electric dance, his mouth gaping open like a fish on
   land.
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289 CARRIE

   Watching this; another flex, and:

290 FROMM

   Is propelled backwards from the microphone; he falls backward into the cyc, his flaming arm
   igniting it. A celestial fantasy immediately bursts into flames. It prevents any of the students
   from using the back exit.

291 THE STUDENTS

   Watching, riveted with horror, some of them screaming, others frozen to the spot as the cyc
   CRACKLES. Utter pandemonium.

292 CARRIE

   Her face flushed, a vein in her forehead throbs, her heart pounding. She spots:

293 THE LIGHTING T-BAR

   hanging over the bandstand.

294 THE DOORS

   as the prom-goers press against the opaque glass, straining to get out. Fish in an aquarium.

295 COLLINS

   moving toward the dazed Ernest, who's recuperating from his bout with Carrie.

296 CARRIE

   her heart pounding like an anvil. She's staring at:

297 THE LIGHTING BAR

298 CARRIE

   She flexes.
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299 CEILING POV

   Collins and Ernest directly below the path of the lighting bar. We see the flaming cyc on the
   stage collapse forward. The light bar begins to shake. Plaster drops, and the light bar DROPS
    just short of Collins' head  as far as its wires carry it.

300 CARRIE

   Watching all this  a giggle (or is it a sob?) emerging from deep within her.

   Another flex.

301 THE LIGHT BAR

   starts to swing recklessly around the gym. Back and forth, back and forth  it hits the ceiling,
   igniting it and the decorations. Flaming stars and planets begin dropping from the ceiling.

302 BENEATH THE STAGE  CHRIS AND BILLY

   seeing their chance to escape while Carrie is busy with the light bar.

   The back door (which Sue couldn't enter from the outside, and which the cyc flames
   prevented any of the students on the gym floor to get to) is now free, and Billy and Chris see
   their chance to escape. They burst out from under the stage as:

303 CARRIE

   Spots them. In the instant it takes her to wonder what they're doing there, it's too late.
   They're out the door, and there's absolutely nothing she can do.

304 THE GYM  FEATURING THE LIGHT BAR

   As it swings, catching Norma Watson in its path, casually whipping this screaming girl in her
   green chiffon dress back into a wall.

   Helen Shyres is backed into a corner, giggling with horror, in shock, utterly hysterical.

   Students have climbed onto the back of the bleachers, trying in vain to pry off the screens on
   the windows so they can escape.

   Morton has grabbed a chair and is trying to smash it through another of the windows. All this
   to no avail. End SPLIT SCREEN.
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305 CARRIE

   As she makes her way down the stage stairs and out onto the floor. She spots the cord going
   under the stage first, and realizes just how the trick was engineered... that Billy and Chris did
   it.

306 THE STUDENTS

   Moving aside as Carrie walks through them  an endless series of blurred, hysterical faces.

307 WIDE SHOT  THE GYM

   As Carrie makes it to one set of double doors, flexes them open, and exits.

308 EXT. GYM  HALLWAY

   As Carrie exits, the doors swinging shut. Behind her, through the windows, we see a wall of
   fire collapse behind her.

   She passes Sue in the hall who's sobbing hysterically. And as Carrie exits, Sue runs into this
   inferno of fire to find Tommy. And then the town WHISTLE BLOWS... and BLOWS. It
   overlaps onto:

                                                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

309 EXT. TOWN STREETS  NIGHT

   Carrie's on her way home. At this point, she looks less like a girl that the survivor of a grisly
   car accident; wet, caked with blood, eyes glistening madly, almost shapeless. She goes down
   a hill, and then, from:

310 ANOTHER ANGLE  THE HILL  NIGHT

   as a fire truck rushes toward the school, past Carrie. And then shortly afterward, out of
   nowhere, Billy's Chevy  it's headlights gleaming, lurches forward; it's headed right for her.

311 CARRIE

   Turns around and sees it coming toward her.

312 INT. THE CHEVY

   Chris screaming "Get her! Get her!" at the top of her lungs, Billy grinning madly behind the
   wheel.
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313 CARRIE

   As the Chevy heads right for her, standing in the headlights in its path, bloated, swaying back
   and forth, her arms thrown out.

314 THE CHEVY

   Almost right on top of her...

315 CARRIE

   Flexing, averting the car just as it almost smacks into her. It just misses her.

316 INT. THE CHEVY

   Billy is livid, turning around to see Carrie in the back window.

                       BILLY
                  Goddamnit!

                             CHRIS
                  Billy!!!

                         BILLY
                  Shut up! Just shut up!

   But the car is headed for an embankment. Billy realizes this and starts pumping the brakes.
   But the car's accelerating, not responding to Billy's efforts to slow it down.

317 CARRIE

   Her head pounding, flexing.

318 INT. CHEVY

   As Billy attempts to turn the wheel; it, too, has turned traitor  it won't turn.

   They're heading right for the embankment. Billy's eyes are bugging out, Chris is screaming
   as:

319 THE CHEVY

   Plows smack into the embankment and rolls over several times. It then bursts into a sheet of
   flames.
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320 CARRIE

   Watching this explosion turn into a conflagration. We see the fire reflected in her puffy,
   exhausted face  brighter and brighter as we HEAR the sound of the WHISTLE merging with
   SOUND OF SIRENS, and:

                                                                                 DISSOLVE TO:

321 EXT WHITE HOUSE  NIGHT

   The house is totally dark. Not even a porch light. In the distance, perhaps, the glow from the
   burning gymnasium.

   A figure is moving toward the house.

   It is Carrie.

322 AT DOOR

   Carrie tries the front door. It is unlocked. She opens it partially.

                       CARRIE
                       (small voice)
                   Momma? Momma?

   She opens the door wider.

                       CARRIE
                       (louder)
                   Momma?

   Silence. Carrie steps inside.

                       CARRIE
                       (louder)
                   Momma, I'm home.

   Silence.

   Carrie closes the front door.

323 INT. WHITE HOUSE  NIGHT

   With the closing of the door, Carrie turns on a light. She looks around. The house is
   ominously empty, ominously still.
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                       CARRIE
                   MOMMA!

   Silence floods back in.

   Carrie moves to the foot of the stairs, turning on lights as she goes. She mounts the stairs,
   goes along the narrow hallway to her room.

324 INT. CARRIE'S ROOM  NIGHT

   Carrie turns on the lights, closes the door.

   She stares at the Madonna-child figurine on the bureau.

   Then, slowly, she removes her blood-stained clothing, letting it lie in a heap.

   Clutching a robe, she goes into the bathroom.

325 INT. BATHROOM  NIGHT

   Carrie turns on the shower, waits for it to get hot. It is almost steaming as she steps in.

   Very carefully, Carrie scrubs herself clean.

   Then she steps out of the shower, dries herself off briefly, puts on her robe, and turns off the
   bathroom light. What's important here is this gives us time to breathe, to focus on Carrie.

326 INT. CARRIE'S ROOM  NIGHT

   Carrie returns to her room. She is clean now; her wet hair hangs. A feeling of despair about
   her or perhaps she is emptied out.

   Carrie almost mouths:

                       CARRIE
                   Momma...

   It is a little child's voice and there is no answer.

   She goes out into the hallway.

327 INT. HALLWAY  NIGHT

   Carrie goes to the head of the stairs. Once again, she mouths the words:
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                      CARRIE
                  Momma...

   Something  a movement? An instinct? -- makes her turn. She sees:

328 MARGARET

   Coming toward her.

329 CARRIE

   She flings out her arms and cries out:

                        CARRIE
                  Oh, Momma!

   And throws herself against her mother, holds her. A movement from Margaret, a quick
   movement, hard to define. And Carrie recoils, her hands clutching her stomach.

   Briefly we see the knife in Margaret's hand.

   Then Carrie tumbles down the stairs.

330 ANGLE DOWN STAIRS

   On Carrie, lying like a broken doll, huddled at the foot of the stairs.

331 MARGARET

   Carrying the knife, she stares down the stairs.

   MARGARET
   It says in the Lord's Book: `Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.'

332 CARRIE

   Dazed, she sees her mother coming, dimly, everything distorted. She begins to crawl
   backwards, her eyes always on her mother, who is slowly but inexorably coming down the
   stairs.

                        MARGARET
                  And now the devil has come home.
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                      CARRIE
                      (whimpering)
                  Momma, it's not right.

   Carrie starts crawling to the kitchen.

333 INT. KITCHEN  NIGHT

   Carrie crawls farther and farther from the door, until she reaches the far end of the kitchen,
   just as Margaret, the knife gleaming in her hand, pointed toward Carrie, reaches the bottom of
   the stairs and turns toward the kitchen, mumbling all the while.

   Carrie flexes: the kitchen door swings shut.

   Margaret is coming toward the kitchen.

   Carrie flexes again  to hold the door shut.

   But it's no use  Margaret is relentless now, and the door opens. She raises the knife and
   starts toward Carrie, the door swinging behind her.

                          MARGARET
                  I should have killed you when you were born.

                      CARRIE
                  Momma, I love you. Please help me!

                         MARGARET
                  Sin never dies.

   There's nothing else to be done. Carrie flexes, and a serving fork  dangling from a hook on
   the way  suddenly hurtles through the air, piercing Margaret. It is followed by another and
   another as a rain of instruments strikes Margaret.

   Margaret collapses.

   Carrie, horrified by what she's done, starts toward her mother.

   And then she and we see Sue standing in the doorway, clasping her hand to her mouth, stifling
   her screams.

                        CARRIE
                  You. You tricked me.
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                        SUE
                 No.

                        CARRIE
                 Get out.

                       SUE
                 We were just trying to...

                        CARRIE
                 Get out.

And then something hits the roof, rattling. A small sound. A stone.

Then another.

Then a third.

                        CARRIE
                 Get out! Get out!

The stones are beginning to rain on the roof, like hail.

Sue is rooted to the spot, terrified.

                        CARRIE
                 Get out, get out, get out!

The stones are coming down harder. All sound as one or two of them break through the roof,
rattle on the floor below.

                      CARRIE
                 GET OUT!

A stone of fairly small size crashes through into the kitchen.

Carrie flexes.

And Sue stumbles backwards toward the door.

Flex.

Sue is whipped around, as though by a great wind.
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333A EXT. WHITE HOUSE  NIGHT

     Stones are crashing on the house.

     Sue is hurtled out of the house.

  334 INT. KITCHEN

     As a couple of larger stones crash into the room, Carrie heads for the closet.

  335 EXT. WHITE HOUSE  NIGHT

     Sue, rising from the ground, see stones crashing into the house.

     She begins to run away.

  336 INT. WHITE HOUSE  NIGHT

     Carrie walks toward the closet; the figure of Jesus is illuminated  welcoming her? She goes
     into the closet.

     She closes the door.

     Stones crash down, obliterating the scene.

  337 EXT. WHITE HOUSE  NIGHT

     Sue stops running. She turns to look at the White house.

  338 WHITE HOUSE  SUE'S POV

     The stones are flattening the house. The house is being pounded into the ground.

  339 SUE

     Terror and disbelief. Nightmare.

  340 THE WHITE HOUSE

     The rain of stones stops.

     Silence.

     Then the house begins to sink  slowly, slowly, slowly  into the ground.
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   And the ground is swallowing up the house.

   And covering it until  nothing remains. Not a trace.

                                                                                   DISSOLVE TO:

341 EXT. SNELL HOUSE  DAY

   Some time later  a week, perhaps two weeks after the nightmares of Prom Night.

342 INT. SNELL HOUSE

   A home in the course of losing its family. White sheets cover furniture. Boxes in the midst of
   being packed.

   Eleanor Snell, looking incredibly tired, is attending to the last-minute details of moving. She
   sorts through magazines and books, discarding some, putting others into cartons. And she
   comes across the religious tracts left behind by Margaret White, forgotten until now. They
   have a momentary hypnotic effect on her.

   The phone RINGS, startling her. She rushes to answer it in the kitchen, catching it on the first
   or second ring.

                          ELEANOR
                          (hushed voice)
                  Hello? Oh, thank God it's you, Betty. I don't think I could have
                  handled one more reporter.
                          (she appears to hear a noise upstairs)
                  Just a sec, dear.
                          (she comes into the living room and looks toward the upstairs)
                  Sue?
                          (a little louder)
                  Sue?
                          (no answer, she returns to the phone)
                  Sorry, Betty, I just wanted to make sure the phone didn't wake her.
                  We're all a bit edgy.
                          (beat)
                  Better. Sleeping too much, I guess, but Schneider says that's to be
                  expected after what she's gone through. He says she's young enough
                  to forget it in time. Knock wood.

   As Eleanor's side of the conversation continues, the camera conveys her tension. Half of her
   is listening and talking to Betty; the rest of her mind is on Sue upstairs. With good reason.
   Because:
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343 EXT. EMPTY LOT  DAY

   Where the Horan house used to stand, now vacant. Strewn with beer cans, overgrown with
   grass and weeds and wildflowers. And a FOR SALE sign.

   We PAN over next door where the White house used to stand. It, too, is vacant but utterly
   bald  there's been no time for anything to grow here. There is another FOR SALE sign put
   up by Born Realty.

344 SUE SNELL

   looking utterly haggard and perhaps a bit on the loony side from a lack of sleep stands staring
   at the lot. She's standing there in her white nightgown, barefoot.

345 THE WHITE LOT  SUE'S POV

   as she slowly walks toward it. Underwater, almost floating. We come closer on the sign
   which now starts appearing a bit odder  less like a simple FOR SALE sign and more like a
   grave marker.

   And when we get close enough, we see that some graffiti has been hastily scrawled in chalk
   on the sign:

                    CARRIE WHITE IS BURNING IN HELL FOR HER SINS

   And below it, in a second vandal's handwriting, some idiot's notion of one final joke:

                                       JESUS NEVER FAILS

346 SUE

   as she kneels down, putting the wreath she's carrying next to the marker. She proceeds to try
   to wipe off the red chalk with the palm of her hand; it smudges badly.

   She stares at her hand, fixating on it, remembering Carrie in the shower. Suddenly, a second
   hand thrusts into frame, onto her nightgown.

   A bloody hand.

   A hand from the Earth itself.

   Carrie's hand

   It clutches a horrified Sue by the wrist. Tightly. A vice.
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   Sue begins screaming uncontrollably. The hand is trying to pull her into the ground. Her
   screams turn into howling.

                                                                                         CUT TO:

347 SUE

   Still screaming. But now in her room, waking from what is, indeed, a bad nightmare.
   Upright in bed, screaming her head off, her face covered with perspiration.

   Eleanor Snell rushes into the room to the bed, embraces her hysterical daughter.

                            ELEANOR
                  It's all right, it's all right, darling.

                        SUE
                  Mother?

   And we come in close on Sue's stricken face as her mother holds her, calming her, cradling
   her. Closer still on Sue's eyes. She closes them, and we go to:

                                                                                          BLACK

Carrie



Writers :   Lawrence D. Cohen  Stephen King
Genres :   Horror  Thriller


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