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                                      THE INFORMANT



                                       Written by

                                     Scott Z. Burns



                                   Based on the book by

                                     Kurt Eichenwald






                                                                1/15/03   
                         



          A SERIES OF GREEN/GOLD VERTICAL STREAKS
          Moving across the screen from right to left. We hear a happy
          and informative man's voice.. .We will come to know this voice
          as MARK WHITACRE'S...

          WHITACRE (V-0-)
          You know that orange juice you have
          every morning? You know what's in
          that?
          FREEZE on one of the green/gold streaks as it racks into to
          focus. We have been dollying through...

          1 EXTERIOR CORN FIELD 1
           Hold on a single stalk of corn in the center of frame.

           WHITACRE (V.0.)
           Corn.
           And we are off again, dollying past the green/gold streaks of

           HARVEST HIGH SEPTEMBER CORN.

           WHITACRE (V.0.)
          r And you know what's in the maple
          syrup you put on your pancakes?
          You know what makes it taste so
          good?

          FREEZE AGAIN ON A SINGLE STALK OF CORN

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Corn.
          Again, the dolly is on the move-- the corn plants strobe
          past.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          When you get grass stains on your
          good pants, you know why the
          detergent mom uses can get them
          clean again?

          FREEZE ON CORN STALK

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          That's right. C2rn.
          A HUGE COMBINE enters frame and turns down a row. The camera
          follows it. We are in the middle of a massive corn field in
          SOUTHERN ILLINOIS. The wind creates swells in the corn like
          a great green and gold sea. The farm equipment accelerates as
          does Whitacre...

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 2.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          There's corn syrup in the capsules
          you takes for your allergies, com
          starch in my beer, even corn oil in
          the paint we're putting on the
          barn...
          Corn flies through the air and into the collecting bin.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          .Bacon and eggs is really just
          corn and corn when you think about
          what they feed the chickens and the
          pigs. And when you're good and
          help with the trash, you know what
          makes the big green bags
          biodegradeable?
          We reach the end of a row. The combine turns to harvest
          another row REVEALING...
          A PORSCHE 911 speeding down US HIGHWAY 36...

          2 INTERIOR PORSCHE 911- CONTINUOUS 2
          WHITACRE, 33, drives his young son ALEXANDER, 6, to school.
          Whitacre is as happy as God makes creatures. Alexander sips
          his half-pint carton of ORANGE JUICE.

                         WHITACRE
          Do you?
          Alexander hazards a guess.

                         ALEXANDER
          Uh-huh. Corn.

                         WHITACRE
          Corn starch. But, Daddy's company
          didn't come up with that one--
          DuPont did...
          Whitacre tussles his hair. They drive by a GAS STATION in the
          middle of the cornfields. He continues his ode to corn in
          his head...

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Ethanol is made of corn; that's
          ADM. Car corn. Like gasoline. But
          they also use it for scotch, gin
          and vodka ...Corn and tonic... corn
          gimlet...corn on the rocks.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 3.
          The car accelerates to pass a tanker truck with ADM:
          SUPERMARKET TO THE WORLD emblazoned on the side. The 911 is
          warped in the reflection...

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Porsche or Porsh-a. I've heard it
          both ways. Three years in Germany,
          I should know that. What's the
          German word for corn? The word I
          really like saying is
          "kugelschreiber." That's "pen"--
          all those syllables just for "pen."

          A PEN SIGNS A LEDGER
          Whitacre signs in with the security gate at ARCHER DANIELS
          MIDLAND headquarters in Decatur. A sprawling industrial
          facility that makes most of what America eats. Grain
          elevators, cooling towers, processing plants, loading docks
          and a six story concrete bunker of an office building. He
          parks his car in a monogrammed space.

          3 INTERIOR ADM HEADQUARTERS-CONTINUOUS 3
          Whitacre walks across the open trading floor where soy and
          corn futures from around the world are displayed on a tote
          board and into his glass walled office.
          He has a kind word for everyone. Smile flashing like a
          casino sign. He sees his pal Kirk Schmidt from accounting...

                         WHITACRE
          Hey there, howdy. Hey, Kirk, we
          got to get out and hit some
          balls ...Morning...Guten Tag...
          Whitacre scans the room full of busy co-workers. His
          secretary, LIZ TAYLOR, 35, wears earrings that are EARS OF
          CORN made of gold.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          What do they pay Kirk. . .What does a
          guy like that get...100K...I bet he
          gets a 100. He's just going to sit
          behind that desk and ride it into
          the future...

                         LIZ TAYLOR
          Morning Mark...They have lysine
          results...
          She hands him a folder. He opens it and scans the data. He
          nods.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 4.

                         L

          4 INTERIOR LYSINE PLANT- A FEW MINUTES LATER 4
          Whitacre walks among the giant fermenters-- he's joined by a
          DISCOURAGED FOREMAN. They check various gauges and dials
          showing proof of failure.

                         DISCOURAGED FOREMAN
          We adjusted the dextrose again, but
          the vrus keeps showing
          up-Thought we had it surrounded
          this time. We're starting a new set
          of cultures...

                         WHITACRE
          We'll Vet it. We just gotta stay
          after it. The things eat sugar and
          that's what we're giving them-- a
          warm place filled with sugar.
          They walk into a clean room full of flasks mechanically
          shaken like paint cans-- it's too loud to speak. Each flask
          is connected to a feed tube-- the cultures are administered
          to by a HALF DOZEN BIO TECH WORKERS. Whitacre watches. He
          focuses on one worker-- she's ASIAN. She adds some nutrients
          to the feed line.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          A positive mental attitude is a
          real important thing. They've done
          studies where heart patients who
          have people praying for them
          actually do better than ones who
          don't. There's science for you.
          The cheerleaders might make a
          difference in the game after
          all...How do you know what the
          electrical energy of a thought
          actually does when it's out there
          in the world? It's gotta go
          somewhere...so you might as well
          smile. Takes less muscles than
          frowning...
          Whitacre closes the door on the very loud room.

          5 INTERIOR ADM BOARDROOM- LATER 5
           Whitacre sits with MICK ANDREAS, Vice Chairman, 45, and TERRY
          WILSON, 55, President. An overhead projector displays the
           desultory performance of Whitacre's division.

                          AN DREAS
          The fucking thing is supposed to
          produce 113 thousand tons annually.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 5.

                         ANDREAS (CONT'D)
          We're not gonna get anywhere near
          that. We got 150 million dollars in
          costs over there guys. I can see
          the fucking thing from my swimming
          pool and it makes me want to drown
          myself every morning.

                         WILSON
          Did the Japanese have these kind of
          problems with lysine?

                         AN DREAS

                         (TO WHITACRE)
          I don't give a shit about the
          Japanese. You just gotta get the
          Goddamn lysine bugs to eat the
          dextrose and shit us out some
          money.

                         WHITACRE
          We're still having problems with
          this virus.

                         ANDREAS
          I don't want to hear about the damn
          virus anymore. Terry, what are we
          losing a month?

                         WILSON
          We're off like seven million per.

                         ANDREAS
          That's not gonna fly much longer.
          You want to go in there next
          quarter and tell the board that
          we're sucking hind tit on
          this...cuz' I sure don't.
          He gives Whitacre a cold, hard, we're--done-fucking-around-
          glare.

                         ANDREAS
          Fix the Goddamn plant, or we're
          gonna shut it down.
          The last light goes out.

          AN EAR OF CORN ON A DINNER PLATE
          A pad of butter melts.

          6 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION KITCHEN- EVENING 6
           Whitacre stares at the EAR. His wife GINGER, 33, and
          Alexander dine with him.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 6.
          Ginger and Mark have known each other since High School. She
          was Homecoming Queen then. Either would be hard pressed to
          envision a life without each other.

                         GINGER
          You're not hungry, Corky.
          Whitacre is distracted. Ginger cuts up Alexander's food.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          The pilgrims loved the corn-- they
          came for the religious freedom but
          they stayed for the corn-- but its
          missing three of your eight
          essential amino acids-- especially
          lysine. That's why the Indians ate
          it with beans or lime. You feed a
          chicken corn and it gets sick. Yo
          feed it corn and lysine and it goes
          from egg to supermarket fryer in
          six months instead of eight...
          Whitacre gazes over at a plate of fried chicken, and then at
          his wife. She has gotten dressed up for dinner. She looks
          pretty.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Breasts and thighs in six months...

                         WHITACRE
          You look great.

                         GINGER
          They got the first wall of the
          stables up today. You see that?

                         WHITACRE
          They're doing this thing in
          hydroponics where they're feeding
          lysine to jumbo shrimp... Imagine
          you're a sh rimp and one day some
          corn goes floating by, what do you
          think about that?
          Alexander smiles.

                         GINGER
          I don't know what I'd think about
          that.

                         WHITACRE
          There's an opening in Mexico-- they
          might need me to go down there and
          get things set up...Alex, what do
          you think about Mexico?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 7.

                         ALEXANDER
          I thought we were getting horses.

          7 INTERIOR ADM- WEEKS LATER- EVENING 7
          Whitacre is working late-- pouring over the failing lysine
          numbers.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          I would rather take a lot of pain
          killers in a. hotel room than jump
          off a bridge...Or use a gun. A gun
          on your temple-- why do that? what
          does that say? Pain killers,
          definitely... Lie down in a great
          big hotel bed-What's, that place
          in Hong Kong on the Kowloon side?
          The Regent? What a bed! If you
          think about it, that doesn't mean
          anything-- it's normal to think
          thoughts...
          His secretary, LIZ TAYLOR, buzzes him on the intercom.

                         WHITACRE
          r-- Yeah?

                         LIZ TAYLOR
          (on the intercom)
          There's a call, I can't pronounce
          his name, he said he works for
          Ajinomoto Corporation.
          Whitacre picks up.

                         WHITACRE
          Mark Whitacre.

          FUJIWARA (O.S.)
          Hello, Dr. Whitacre? My name is
          Fujiwara from Ajinomoto Corp...I
          want to discuss with you lysine if
          you have a moment.
          Liz pokes her head into the office and mouths the words "Good
          Night" to her boss and leaves him alone with Fujiwara.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, sure. . .How you guys making out
          over there?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 8.

          8 EXTERIOR GAS STATION OUTSIDE OF DECATUR, ILLINOIS- NIGHT 8
          Whitacre on his way home from work, this time in a JEEP
          CHEROKEE, fills up the tank. A SERVICE STATION EMPLOYEE is
          changing the price of gasoline. ANOTHER CUSTOMER gives a
          SUCKER to her TEETHING BRAT to pacify her.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Sixth grade. Marty Blocker used to
          sell us Charm's Blow Pops for three
          cents, which was a great deal cuz
          at Valley Drug they cost a nickel.
          He said his Dad worked for Charms--
          said he invented the Blow Pop and
          got a special deal-- like a life
          time supply. Then they opened his
          locker..cuz of all the ants... In a
          line.. .His Dad worked for the post
          office, he came down to the school
          in his uniform. Nothing ever
          happened to Marty-- just ants ...He
          blew off part of his thumb on the
          4th of July with an M-80...

          9 INTERIOR MICK ANDREAS' OFFICE ADM- MORNING 9
          At 6:30 the next morning Whitacre walks across the ADM
          trading floor and straight into Mick Andreas' office looking
          flustered.

                         WHITACRE
          Mick you're not going to believe
          what the hell's happened. I think
          I know the reason why we've been
          having all these problems at the
          plant.

                         ANDREAS
          Well, I've only been asking you to
          come up with one for the past eight
          weeks. I'm all ears.
          Whitacre paces. His story comes out in a rush of words.
          Andreas listens silently.

                         WHITACRE
          It's not start-up problems like we
          thought. It's the Japanese. This
          guy Fujiwara from Ajinomoto, he's
          been calling me-- sometimes at
          work, sometimes at home cuz of the
          time difference-- you met him, he
          was here a couple of weeks ago.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 9.

                          WHITACRE (CONT'D)
           Well last night he calls me at home
          just after 8, and Mick, he knew
           everything. He says to me, `You
          remember the total nightmare you
          had during May, June and July?'
          And before I can ask him what he
          means he says, `Those months when
          ADM was losing about seven million
          dollars a month in the lysine
          business?'
          Whitacre stares at Andreas in shock-- no one outside the
          company should know that. Andreas is still stone faced.

                         WHITACRE
          I couldn't believe it. But, Mick
          before I can even ask him how he
          got those numbers, he starts making
          little comments about us having
          microbe problems. Jokes, like he's
          toying with me.
          Whitacre is fuming now-- his voice unnaturally high.

                         WHITACRE
          And then he tells me that one of
          our highest paid employees is
          actually an employee of Ajinomoto
          and is sabotaging the plant.
          They're injecting some kind of
          virus into the dextrose and
          contaminating the whole deal.
          That's the problem. I'll tell you
          Mick, it's like Rising Sun, that
          Crichton book, it's just like it.
          Fujiwara even said that his boss,
          Ikeda, would have him killed if he
          knew he was calling. So I asked
          him why he was talking to me and he
          said-- he said-- he wants 10
          million dollars. 10 million and
          he'll tell us who the saboteur is
          and give us a new lysine bug that's
          immune to the virus. We could be
          up and running in three days...
          Andreas pauses, takes it all in, and then...

                         ANDREAS
          How well do you know this guy?

                         WHITACRE
          Uh, um, well I met him a few weeks
          ago when he came over. And then,
          he called a couple of times...

                         ANDREAS
          So, not very well?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 10.

                         R

                         WHITACRE
          Very well? No, I can't really say
          that.
          Andreas ponders the situation.

                         ANDREAS
          Okay, if you hear from him again--
          talk him down on the price. I want
          you to find out the least amount of
          money he'd settle for. If we can
          get a bug that's resistant to the
          virus, it might be worth it...But,
          I want you to keep this quiet, if
          there is a mole, we don't want him
          to know we're onto him.

          10 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- EVENING 10
          Whitacre stands with a cocktail in the fading light, looking
          at the foundation for the NEW HORSE STABLES being built
          across the road from the main house. There is not another
          home anywhere nearby.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)

                         R
          This'd be a great place for some
          outlet stores... People would come
          from all over Southern Illinois and
          probably Missouri, too. Famous
          name brand labels and appliances at
          savings of up to fifty per cent
          every day. Maybe a food court with
          a Mexican place. . .After the
          stables, maybe a tennis court or a
          little pitch and putt by the pool--
          that adds to resale value like
          nobody's business...
          Whitacre looks at the swarm of insects around a street
          light...

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          The birds eat the bugs, the cars
          eat the birds, the rust eats the
          cars and the new construction eats
          the rust...
          Ginger interrupts Whitacre's grand plan from across the
          street...

                         GINGER
          Corky, Alexander says there's a bat
          in his room.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 11.

                         L

          11 INTERIOR ADM- MICK ANDREAS' OFFICE 11
          Whitacre shakes his head in disbelief. He paces nervously.
          Stunned by the news.

                         WHITACRE
          The FBI! God, no.
          Andreas and MARK CHEVIRON, 38, tell Whitacre of his upcoming
          FBI interview. Cheviron is a barrel chested, linebacker of a
          man. A former Decatur cop who is now Private Industry's
          version of a bouncer.

                         WHITACRE
          I thought I was supposed to be
          getting him down on the price.
          That's what you told me to do and I
          was doing it.

                         ANDREAS
          We're not gonna sit back and let
          the Japs fuck us sideways.

                         WHITACRE

                         (OFF CHEVIRON)
          I just don't understand, we weren't
          going to mention it and now he's in
          on it?

                         ANDREAS
          Of course he's in. If we got a mole
          then it's a security issue...

                         CHEVIRON
          I'll be sitting in with the FBI.

                         WHITACRE
          But, I already told you guys
          everything I know. What's the
          point?
          Cheviron is annoyed by Whitacre's histrionics.

                         CHEVIRON
          We don't like the idea of talking
          to the FBI anymore than you do.
          Look, they're just going to tape
          the guy's calls-- and ask you a few
          questions. No big deal.
          Whitacre shakes his head, even more upset.

                         WHITACRE
          Questions, Jesus.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 12.

                         ANDREAS
          We know how the FBI works.. .We can
          control this.
          Whitacre has his doubts.

          12 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- DAY 12
          GINGER is putting away groceries when the phone rings.

                         GINGER

                         (ANSWERING PHONE)
          Hello, Whitacres.

          13 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S OFFICE 13
          Whitacre is on the phone-- pacing like a caged animal.

                         WHITACRE
          Now, they've got the FBI in on it.
          First they tell me they're going to
          pay and be done with it, now they
          want me to talk to the FBI.

                         14 INTERIOR KITCHEN-CONTINUOUS 14
          She sits down-- uneasy. This isn't like him to be so upset.

                         GINGER
          The FBI? Why do you need to talk to
          the FBI? It's their factory. Let
          them talk to the FBI.

          WHITACRE (O.S.)
          I'm really uncomfortable about
          this, baby. There are a lot of
          things going on here.

                         GINGER
          What does that mean, "things?"

                         WHITACRE
          I just mean we have to be careful.

                         GINGER
          Whatever you do, Corky, no matter
          what's going on, just be honest
          with them and tell the truth. Tell
          the truth no matter what the truth
          is.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 13.
          He considers her advice and hangs up the phone. Whitacre
          looks out the window at the cold, gray Autumn day and weighs
          his options. Leaves blow across the ADM parking lot.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          (he seems angry)
          It's spring time in Nigeria-- you
          can bet they're loving that.
          Sitting around watching the days
          get longer; watching the afternoon
          go by on their Rolexes and
          Cartiers. Everyone's just waiting
          on the mailman... while the poachers
          make the elephants extinct.

          ANGLE ON FBI FORM 302
          The name "Mark Whitacre" is written across the top.

          15 INTERIOR ADM CONFERENCE ROOM- EVENING 15
           SPECIAL AGENT BRIAN SHEPARD, 43, sits with Cheviron and a
          very anxious Mark Whitacre. Shepard wears a rumpled dark
          suit and tie from the day Jay Edgar Hoover set a dress code.
          He has been stationed in Decatur where the odd dead body in a
          river and a convenience store robbery that traversed state
          lines have made up the last fifteen years of his life.
          Whitacre shifts restlessly in his seat. Cheviron on the other
          hand is an old hand at this. He watches Whitacre and says
          nothing. Shepard writes down everything.

                         WHITACRE
          He told me he wanted his payments
          deposited by wire transfer to
          numbered bank accounts in
          Switzerland and the Caribbean.

                         SHEPARD
          And when was your last contact with
          him?

                         WHITACRE
          Two days ago. But I think he's
          getting suspicious. I've dragged
          this out as long as I can. If we
          don't get back to him soon he may
          back out?

                         SHEPARD
          And these calls, they've been
          coming in on your home line?
          Whitacre looks at Cheviron-- there's clearly a right and
          wrong answer here.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 14.

                         WHITACRE
          I have an ADM line at my house-- a
          business line-- they've been coming
          in on that.

                         WHITACRE'S POV
          Drifting from Shepard's face to his ADAM'S APPLE. The knot
          of his BLACK FBI TIE bobs up and down as he speaks.

           SHEPARD WHITACRE (V.O.)

                         (UNDER) (OVER)
          Well, we need to start by There's a sale at Bacarach's--
          putting a recording device on they get those Oscar De La
          your phone. We should make Renta ties that nobody buys--
          arrangements to do that as except maybe Wilson-- what
          soon as possible. We also are they two for one for
          need a list of everyone in another week... They never put
          the bioproducts division to the Brioni ties on sale... .I
          see if we can see who's should just get all the ties
          operating on the inside, in Paris, wear them once or
          we'll want phone records, twice. Shove them in a duty
          employment histories and any free bag.
          other background checks that
          ADM may have...

                         CHEVIRON
          I can help with that.

                         WHITACRE
          So, that's it then. I can go?
          Shepard hands Whitacre his card. They shake hands.

                         SHEPARD
          I'd like to come out tomorrow and
          get on that phone.

                         WHITACRE
          No problem. Thanks for your time.

                         16

          16 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION ENTRY WAY- NIGHT
          Whitacre comes in from a long day at work. Ginger walks in
          from the kitchen. She gives him a welcome home hug-- but he
          doesn't let go-- holding on like a man caught in the current.

                         GINGER
          You told them the truth, Mark.
          That's all you can do.

                         A-

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 15.

                         WHITACRE
          They we're watching me the whole
          time. Cheviron was in the room.
          She slips from his arms-- disappointed.

                         WHITACRE
          I never even got a chance.
          She doesn't accept his excuse and heads upstairs to bed.

                         GINGER
          Tanya called from school-- she has
          homework questions for you.
          Whitacre stands in the vestibule alone. He walks through the
          big house shutting off lights-- he sits in a chair in the
          huge living room and leafs through an issue of NATIONAL

          GEOGRAPHIC.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          I go to Cornell and get a Ph. D.
          and then to Northwestern and get an
          MBA-- Mick Andreas gets born with
          the vice president of the United
          States as his Godfather. He goes-
          to the Nixon's for Thanksgiving--
          my parents died in a car accident
          when I was three. I wound up in an
          orphanage. That was my
          Thanksgiving ...These photographers
          must wait forever to get these
          shots... Although I heard a story
          that sometimes they'll throw a
          sandwich on the ground to get the
          panther to come down out of the
          tree.. .They're just trying to do
          their jobs.. .Where's the harm-- the
          panther gets to eat.

          17 INTERIOR CHEVIRON HOUSE- NIGHT 17
          Cheviron sits in bed with his wife watching TV. The phone

                         RINGS

                         CHEVIRON
          Jesus, it's late.. .Hello?

          18 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION LIVING ROOM- SIMULTANEOUSLY 18
          Whitacre paces while on the phone-- frantic and rambling.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 16.

                         WHITACRE
          Now my family's being threatened, I
          can't put up with this.

          CHEVIRON (O.S.)
          What?

                         WHITACRE
          They're threatening my daughter.
          She got a call at school. She's
          fourteen!

          CHEVIRON (O.S.)
          Slow down, Mark.

                         WHITACRE
          She said the guy sounded Asian.
          They told her Fujiwara couldn't
          wait.

          CHEVIRON (O.S.)
          Did you call the FBI?

                         WHITACRE
          It just happened. He wants an
          answer. Or, he said she's in
          trouble.

          CHEVIRON (O.S.)
          We'll talk about it in the morning.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm thinking about quitting. Moving
          my family out of here. I can't do
          this.

          CHEVIRON (O.S.)
          We'll talk in the morning.
          Whitacre puts down the phone and walks through the large,
          dark house. He opens the bedroom door and the wedge of light
          finds Ginger already half-asleep. He lies down next to her
          in bed fully clothed.

          19 INTERIOR ADM- MICK ANDREAS' OFFICE 19
          Cheviron, Whitacre and Mick Andreas. Whitacre is still
          agitated.

                         ANDREAS
          You ever mention to Fujiwara where
          your daughter went to school?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 17.

                         CHEVIRON
          If the guy wants to threaten you--
          why not just call you?

                         WHITACRE
          He told her to write down the
          message.

                         ANDREAS
          I want her to tell the FBI what
          they said.
          Andreas moves toward the phone.

                         WHITACRE
          I don't want her talking to the
          FBI, definitely not.

                         CHEVIRON
          Why not, Mark? Come on, if she's
          really in danger.

                         ANDREAS
          Then I'll talk to her.
          Andreas picks up the phone. Whitacre doesn't want that
          either.

                         WHITACRE
          She's scared enough.

                         ANDREAS
          If someone's threatening her...
          A beat. Whitacre collapses-- there's more to this.

                         WHITACRE
          Don't call her...No one's
          threatening. I, uh...
          A long painful beat.

                         WHITACRE
          I made it up. I lied. There wasn't
          any threat.
          Cheviron shakes his head in disgust.

                         CHEVIRON
          Christ, what a waste of time.
          Andreas lowers his gaze at Whitacre-- he wants an
          explanation.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 18.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm no good at this. The FBI guy
          really got to me last night.
          He's twisting in the wind.

                         WHITACRE
          I figured if you guys thought my
          daughter was in danger you'd just
          pay Fujiwara and all this FBI stuff
          would go away. It was a stupid
          move on my part.
          Whitacre's ashamed.

                          WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          I'm sorry. Stupid, stupid move.
          He gets up and leaves in humiliation. He wanders through the
          lobby of ADM in a daze.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          What am I supposed to do? I didn't
          get the FBI involved-- I was told
          we were paying the money. It's
          like, `Whitacre go out for a long
          pass,' and then we run the ball.
          Look, I admitted I made a mistake,
          that's more than I can say for most
          people. Hey, when they found out
          that Mick's Dad, Dwayne, wrote a
          check to the Watergate Burglars--
          did he admit it? Besides these guys
          probably own the FBI with the money
          they have. They probably wanted me
          to move into Dwayne's old house--
          because they've got it wired like
          in a Crichton novel...
          He wanders into his office.

                         LIZ TAYLOR
          Sid Hulse wants to know if you can
          have dinner at seven instead of
          seven-thirty and Marty Allison
          called...

          ANGLE ON A SHRIMP COCKTAIL
          Jump shrimp on shaved ice.

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 19.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          We're into shrimp now, fish, too.
          Tilapia, it's like Orange Roughie
          but lighter-they're growing out
          there next to the corn...

          20 INTERIOR COUNTRY CLUB OF DECATUR- NIGHT 20
           Whitacre and a very done-up Ginger dine with SID HULSE, 35,
          the used car version of a lysine salesman at the Club. Mauve
          draped tables, botanical drawings of the state flower on the
          wall. Bow-tied wait staff patrol the diners with pitchers of
          ice water. Sid and Ginger chit-chat-- Mark is distracted.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Someone told me they bugged the
          dining room-- the John, too. Might
          be paying off the waitresses here
          at the club. That's how business
          get done. Clients go to relieve
          themselves. ADM knows...

                         GINGER
          (off her earrings)
          Mark got them abroad.

                         SID HULSE
          Nigeria?
          Whitacre shoots him a look.

                         WHITACRE
          Not funny, Sid.

                         SID HULSE
          You're telling me.
          Sid laughs. Ginger doesn't get the joke.

                         GINGER
          Mark's never been to Nigeria.

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE'S HAND UNDER THE TALE
          He covertly slides a business card into Ginger's hand.

          WHITACRE (O.S.)
          So, where are you off to tomorrow?

          GINGER'S POV OF THE CARD
          On the back is scribbled, "The FBI is coming at 10 PM."

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 20.

                         SID HULSE
          West coast swing-- I gotta get out
          there and kick some Japanese butt.

                         WHITACRE
          So, I'll see you in a couple of
          weeks.
          She's still digesting what's on the card-- trying to act
          natural.

                         GINGER
          Then you guys can maybe have a
          chance to play some golf.
          Whitacre throws an arm around her.

          21 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S LINCOLN TOWN CAR- LATER 21
          Ginger and Mark drive home in silence.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          There should be a TV show about a
          guy who calls home one day-- and
          he's there. He answers-- he's
          talking to himself only it's
          someone else. He's somehow divided
          into two and the second one of him
          drives away and the rest of the
          show is about him trying to find
          the guy...

                         GINGER
          Should I get Alexander out of the
          house?

                         WHITACRE
          It's not like that-- it'll be OK.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          What do they do in school to the
          kids who can't keep a secret-- no
          BMW for those boys.

          22 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION LIVING ROOM- LATER 22
          Ginger and Whitacre. Whitacre tries to plead his position to
          his wife-- it's not as black and white as she assumes.

                         GINGER
          Just tell them everything. We'll
          leave. I don't like what this
          company is doing to you.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 21.

                         R-

                         GINGER (CONT'D)
          This is a chance to go somewhere
          else. You said Mexico...

                         WHITACRE
          I may tell them at some point, but
          not now. Right now I'm going to
          follow the company line.

                         GINGER
          Mark, ADM is not more powerful than
          the FBI. You can't tell me that.

                         WHITACRE
          It's more complicated than that.
          Her face is a mask of determination.

                         GINGER
          Mark, if you don't tell them I
          will.
          Behind him the drapes are illuminated by headlights in the
          drive. He is desperate-- he softly repeats.

                         WHITACRE
          I can't, not now.
          The door bell rings. She opens the door.

                         WHITACRE
          Good evening, Agent Shepard, this
          is my wife Ginger.
          Whitacre knows he has to keep the two of them apart.

                         SHEPARD
          I know it's late. I'll be out of
          your hair in a minute, just show me
          where the, uh...The line in
          question...

                         WHITACRE
          Right, the office line is upstairs.
          Shepard and Whitacre head upstairs leaving Ginger behind.

                         SHEPARD
          Any calls since yesterday...

          ANGLE ON GINGER
          She stays on the ground floor and strains to hear if her
          husband is opening up.

                         I

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 22.

          WHITACRE (O.S.)
          It's tomorrow there. When it's ten
          at night here, it's three in the
          afternoon in Tokyo...

                         23

          23 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S STUDY- CONTINUOUS
           Shepard has completed his work. A small TAPE RECORDER sits
           on the desk next to a fax machine. Whitacre wants him gone.

           SHEPARD WHITACRE (V.O.)
           Simple device here, just make Go ahead open up to your
           sure you hit the record wife, see what it gets you.
           button and the play button Spend the rest of your life
           when he calls and you'll see explaining why your career
           a red light come on-- don't went out the window, followed
           hit rewind or you'll record by your wife after the golf
           over it. pro. And your kids after some
          angle dust and the police are
          right back here.

                         WHITACRE
          Hit the record button, right.

                         24

          24 EXTERIOR WHITACRE PORCH- NIGHT
          Whitacre walks Shepard to the door where Ginger is waiting.

                         SHEPARD
          I'll give you a call tomorrow and
          we can test it out.

                         WHITACRE
          Great. Hey, thanks for coming by,
          Brian. Have a good night.

                         SHEPARD
          Good night. Good night, Mrs.
          Whitacre.
          Shepard walks toward his car. Ginger and Mark linger.

                         GINGER
          (to her husband)
          Are you going to say something or
          am I?
          Ginger pushes past him.

                         GINGER
          Brian?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 23.

                         L
          Shepard stops. Whitacre has no choice-- he finishes her
          sentence.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          You gotta minute.
          Whitacre walks past his wife toward the car. Ginger squeezes
          his hand as he passes her on the steps.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Most of what we do is to impress
          girls-- I bet there are guys-- like
          circus guys who fall off the tight
          rope and on the way down all they
          think about are girls until they
          hit the ground-- not even about
          growing wings real fast-- just
          girls going by-They were going to
          find out anyway cuz' of Mick... Who
          knows what Mick and Dwayne have
          been telling them about me already.

          25 INTERIOR SHEPARD'S CAR- NIGHT 25
          The two men speak in the dome light of Shepard's Dodge
          r Dynasty.

                         SHEPARD
          You want to go back inside?

                         WHITACRE
          I think they might have it bugged.
          We're safer out here.
          Shepard is confused.

                         SHEPARD
          Bugged? What?
          Whitacre takes a moment-- but decides to go on.

                         WHITACRE
          This used to be Dwayne Andreas'
          house, you know that?

                         SHEPARD
          I'm aware of that.

                         WHITACRE
          There are things I know, but if I
          decide to tell you what's going on,
          could I be prosecuted for it?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 24.

                         SHEPARD
          I can't provide you with immunity,
          but any information you tell me
          about your involvement in criminal
          activity would be discussed with
          the US attorney's office in a
          favorable light.
          Whitacre stares forward-- a beat. Shepard gets out his
          notebook.

                         WHITACRE
          Everything I told you yesterday
          about Fujiwara was true-- except
          one thing. I never received a call
          from him on the office line.
          Shepard looks at Whitacre-- he's confused.

                         SHEPARD
          Why did you tell me that you did?

                         WHITACRE
          Before I spoke with you, Mick
          Andreas and Mark Cheviron coached
          me on what to say. They told me to
          tell you that the calls came in on
          my business line, instead of my
          home line.

                         SHEPARD
          Why?
          Whitacre pauses again. It's too late to turn back.

                         WHITACRE
          What I'm about to tell you involves
          something very large. This
          extortion attempt by Fujiwara is
          nothing compared to it.
          Shepard says nothing.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          It involves price fixing in the
          lysine business. I've been in
          several meetings with our Japanese
          and Korean competitors in the past
          few months where the sole purpose
          has been to fix prices. ADM made me
          go to these meetings.
          Shepard writes furiously, struggling to see in the dark.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 25.

                         WHITACRE
          That's why they wanted me to lie.
          Fujiwara's calling on my home line.
          But, so are the people we fix
          prices with. They didn't want you
          to hear those conversations so they
          told me to say the Fujiwara calls
          came in on the ADM line. But, I
          knew if you guys ever started
          looking at the records you'd see
          all these calls I have to Japan.
          And that's what scared me. Nobody
          has more calls than me. If you ever
          figured out about the price fixing,
          I'd be the fall guy.
          Shepard considers the explanation.

                         SHEPARD
          Who told you to participate in
          these price fixing talks?
          Whitacre pauses, summons his conviction.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm operating under the direction
          of Mick and Dwayne Andreas.

                         26

          26 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- ALEXANDER'S ROOM
          Ginger checks on her son.

                         ALEXANDER
          Who's Dad talking to?

                         GINGER
          A friend who needs his help.
          She walks down the hall pausing by a window. She can see the
          two men talking in the car. She turns off the light and gets
          into bed-- staring at the ceiling.

                         27

          27 INTERIOR SHEPARD'S CAR- LATER
          Shepard writes down everything.

                         WHITACRE
          Mick and Cheviron had me call
          Fujiwara today and tell him to stop
          calling until things cool off.

                         SHEPARD
          They told you to tell him to stop
          calling?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 26.

                         R-

                         WHITACRE
          They're afraid of what you guys
          might find out. Can you give me a
          tape recorder? I can prove this if
          you give me a tape recorder. I'll
          take a polygraph if that helps.
          Shepard is out of pages in his notebook.

                         SHEPARD
          I want to thank you for being
          honest with me tonight.

                         WHITACRE
          You're not going to ask questions
          at ADM about all this? It'd be my
          job for sure.

                         SHEPARD
          No, what was said here was
          confidential. I'm going to speak
          to my superiors Mark, and then
          we'll be in touch.
          Whitacre goes back inside his dark house and heads upstairs--
          he seems unburdened.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          He seems like a real good guy...I
          mean just a straight shooter. I
          think we really got along-- I bet
          he wouldn't mind if I called him
          "Brian" instead of "Agent Shepard."
          "Bri." "Hey, Bri..." This must be
          very different for him. Talking to
          a guy like me instead of a bank
          robber or a drug dealer...

          ANGLE ON SHEPARD
          Struggling to read his notes in the car.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I could see us fishing or whatever.
          What a good listener-- you don't
          meet one of those everyday.
          Shepard takes out his cell phone. We hear ringing on the
          other end. A sleepy voice answers.

          PAISLEY (O.S.)
          Yeah, hello. Paisley.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 27.

                         I

                         SHEPARD
          It's Brian. I just got done talking
          to Whitacre, there's something much
          bigger going on here.

          28 INTERIOR ADM- THE NEXT MORNING 28
          Whitacre tries to look natural as he walks to his office, his
          first day as a whistle blower. No sooner does he take his
          seat, than Cheviron appears baring down on him though his
          glass walled office.
          Cheviron enters.

                         CHEVIRON
          What happened last night?

                         WHITACRE
          They put a recorder on my line.

                         CHEVIRON
          And that's it?

                         WHITACRE
          Yeah, and I was instructed that
          when Fujiwara calls, I'm to record
          the conversation.
          Whitacre gets buzzed by his secretary.

                         LIZ TAYLOR
          Your wife on two.

                         CHEVIRON
          Well, make sure you do it because
          they have ways of checking to see
          if you're going to or not.
          Whitacre picks up the call and the big bully goes away. We
          hear Ginger very excited on the other end of the phone...

                         WHITACRE
          OK...0K...slow down... tell me what
          happened...
          Whitacre listens, leafs through his mail.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Does anyone win that Publisher's
          Clearing House thing? Someone
          must, right? Otherwise it's against
          the law...Someone gets a million
          dollars or someone goes to jail...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 28.

          29 INTERIOR FBI SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS- MORNING 29
          A small conference room with bad green wall paper and a view
          of the Illinois Capital Building. Shepard briefs AGENT DEAN
          PAISLEY and AGENT IN CHARGE KATE MEDFORD. He searches
          through his large pile of notes for the most shocking of last
          night's revelations. Medford eats her morning yogurt.

           WHITACRE (V.0.)
          60 minutes or someone would come
          after Ed MacMahon. You can't use
          the US mail that way...And a guy
          like Ed MacMahon would never get
          involved...

                         SHEPARD
          .a pound of bacon, a peanut
          butter sandwich, some vitamins-
          anything that ADM has a hand in--
          it's all fixed, that's what he's
          telling me. Basically, everyone in
          this country is the victim of
          corporate crime by the time they
          finish breakfast...
          Medford studies the ingredients of her yogurt.

                         PAISLEY
          So, what do we have? Anti-trust
          violations, providing false
          information...

          30 INTERIOR ADM WHITACRE'S OFFICE- CONTINUOUS 30
          Whitacre is still on the phone-- pacing-- the person at the
          other end of the line is doing most of the talking.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Who can you trust? Your
          government? Your employer? Your
          wife? You trust your wife ...OK, but
          what's the divorce rate?

          31 INTERIOR FBI SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS- CONTINUOUS 31

                         SHEPARD
          He told me that the motto at ADM
          is..."The competitors are our
          friends, and the customers are our
          enemies."

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 29.

                         L

                         MEDFORD
          Did you discuss with him the notion
          of wearing a wire? Is he willing
          to...

          32 INTERIOR ADM HALLWAY- CONTINUOUS 32
          Whitacre is headed down the hall with a full head of steam.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          You think the automobile companies
          can't make a car tomorrow that gets
          a hundred miles to the gallon... You
          think the TV networks don't know
          who's going to win the World Series
          before the season starts...

          33 INTERIOR FBI SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS- CONTINUOUS 33

                         SHEPARD
          One potential problem I see going
          forward with ADM is this guy
          Cheviron. He wants to be kept in
          the loop on everything we're doing.

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE
          Pissed off. He storms down the corridors of ADM.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          "Paranoid" is what people who are
          trying to take advantage call you
          in an effort to get you to drop
          your guard-- I read that the other
          day in an in-flight magazine...

          34 INTERIOR ADM- CHEVIRON'S OFFICE- DAY 34
          About a third the size of Whitacre's office with a view of
          the loading dock. Whitacre BURSTS in.

                         WHITACRE
          You told me they were only going to
          tap one line!

                         CHEVIRON
          They are only monitoring one line.

                         I

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 30.

                         WHITACRE
          That's not true. Not true. I just
          talked to my wife and some woman
          named Regina from the phone company
          called saying both our lines are
          tapped. My home phone!
          Cheviron is sick of Whitacre's antics. He doesn't believe a
          word. It gets a bit heated.

                         CHEVIRON
          Come on, the phone company doesn't
          call people and say, `hello just
          thought we'd let you know, the FBI
          is tapping your phone lines.'

                         WHITACRE
          Then why would Regina say that?

                         CHEVIRON
          She didn't say it, you're saying
          it.

                         WHITACRE
          Call my wife. Call Regina.
          Cheviron's tone becomes condescending-- like he's talking to
          a sick person.

                         CHEVIRON
          Fine, Mark. I will.
          Whitacre storms out.

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE
          Walking away-- satisfied-- he passes A SECRETARY making
          copies. She tugs on her WOOL TURTLENECK.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I don't like wool on skin. Not even
          that merino wool they have at
          Field's in Chicago. Ginger likes
          it, cuz it's form fitting, but she
          likes avocados and who wants that
          texture in their mouth?

          ANGLE ON CHEVIRON
          Cheviron stares at his phone-- and then relents. He picks up
          the phone, but not to call Regina.

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 31.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Who would make up someone named
          Regina?

          35 INTERIOR FBI DECATUR- DAY 35
          On the third floor of some mid-70's default architecture in
          the heart of downtown Decatur, Brian Shepard sits in an
          office big enough for himself, a small evidence safe, a
          picture of his family and the flag. Out the window the
          stacks of ADM send up great white plumes. Shepard is boning
          up on anti-trust law when the phone rings.

                         SHEPARD
          FBI. Shepard.

          CHEVIRON (O.S.)
          Brian, it's Mark Cheviron at ADM.

                         SHEPARD
          Yeah, Mark.

          CHEVIRON (O.S.)
          Hey, I asked you guys a couple of
          days ago which lines at Mark
          Whitacre's house you were going to
          be monitoring and we agreed it
          would just be the business line.
          So, that's all you did right?
          Beat.

                         SHEPARD
          I really can't answer that.

          36 INTERIOR ADM WHITACRE'S OFFICE- LATER 36
          Whitacre stares out through the glass walls drinking a COKE.
          Mick Andreas and Cheviron are making a bee-line for him.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          (off the Coke Can)
          It doesn't taste the same-- when
          Dwayne Andreas got the government
          to subsidize corn farmers-- it all
          changed. Corn syrup got to be
          cheaper than sugar-- so they went
          with the high fructose corn syrup
          from ADM.. .They said you couldn't
          tell the difference, but that's
          just a lie-Like when they
          replaced butter with topping at the
          movies.. .and you know who was
          behind that...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 32.
          Mick Andreas and Cheviron march into Whitacre's office on a
          mission.

                         ANDREAS
          We've decided that we're not going
          to be cooperating with any further
          FBI requests.
          Whitacre puts it all together. He is outraged. He turns on
          Cheviron.

                         WHITACRE
          I knew it! I knew it! I knew we
          should never have done this. I
          told you, but you wouldn't listen.
          They said just the office line...
          Cheviron has to eat shit here in front of Andreas.

                         CHEVIRON
          Evidently, they were lying to us,
          too.

                         WHITACRE
          Sounds to me like you can't keep
          track of what the FBI is doing.
          The phone buzzes.

                         LIZ TAYLOR

                         (ON INTERCOM)
          The call you were expecting, Mark.
          Whitacre pauses-- then picks up.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm working on this deal in Sweden,
          I have to take this.
          Whitacre picks up the phone. Andreas and Cheviron continue.

                         CHEVIRON
          I told Shepard we're done working
          with them as of now.

                         ANDREAS
          Damn right.
          Whitacre picks up the phone. It's not Sweden.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          Mark, it's Brian can you talk?
          Whitacre shifts uncomfortably and tries to cover in front of
          Mick and Cheviron-- he puts on a phony cheerful voice.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 33.

                         WHITACRE
          (over the phone)
          Yeah, hey it's good to hear from
          you.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          I'd like to bring my Supervisor by
          later, around six.

                         WHITACRE
          Great. Hey, I got Mr. Andreas in
          here right now. OK, I'll talk to
          you soon.
          He hangs up the phone and turns back to Mick and Terry.
          Whitacre smiles warmly, and then lies through his teeth.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          So, what do I do if this Shepard
          guy calls?

                         ANDREAS
          You let me know and I'll pass it on
          to my Dad. But, you're done
          talking to them...

          37 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S BARN- EVENING 37
          Whitacre sits with FBI agents Shepard and Paisley in the
          converted barn. A large open room looking more like a theme
          restaurant than anything that might have once involved
          agriculture. Outside, RUSTY the gardener, fishes leaves from
          the pool. Shepard explains the misunderstanding with the
          phones.

                         PAISLEY
          The only listening device was the
          recorder, Mark.

                         SHEPARD
          We had a trap and trace device on
          the home line-- but we can't listen
          in with that.

                         PAISLEY
          However, the phone company calling
          people and telling them about our
          Intel gathering is, well, our face
          is red on that one.

                         SHEPARD
          Did you bring the expense reports
          we talked about?
          Whitacre gives them a folder of paperwork.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 34.

                         WHITACRE
          It's all there-- Tokyo, Hong Kong,
          Paris and Mexico City.
          And under...Whitacre thinks about one thing while discussing
          another with the agents. He is a gifted man in this
          capacity. His thoughts take precedence here.

           WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Just last week Mick and Terry I read in the Geographic that
          were in Florida with the Corn the skin in ears grows from
          Refiner's Association. They the inside out-- conveyor
          would have their regular belt style. That's how they
          meetings during the day and stay clean. You could make a
          then at night they'd get dot with a felt tip inside
          together and work out the and watch it move down your
          price fixing... neck.

                         WHITACRE
          .Six months later a liter of
          Pepsi costs five cents more.

                         SHEPARD
          When's the next meeting?

                         WHITACRE
          January-- somewhere in Asia.
          Paisley takes it all in. He cozies up to Whitacre.

                         AGENT PAISLEY
          Mark, I gotta ask you, why are you
          doing this? We know you lied to us
          about the phone line and you're
          afraid of that. But, now you're
          telling us all this other stuff out
          of the blue. I gotta ask you why?
          The light disappears from Whitacre's eyes.

                         WHITACRE
          Things are going on I don't approve
          of. I mean, I'm a biochemist-- But,
          they pulled me into the business
          side and they're doing things that
          are illegal. They said...

          ANGLE ON RUSTY
          He takes the net for cleaning the pool and walks around the
          barn to the attached six car garage filled with a Range
          Rover, Ferrari, Mercedes Coupe, BMW, and a Lincoln Town Car.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 35.

           WHITACRE (V.0.) (CONT'D)
           . if I was going to grow with ADM
           I had to be a part of the business
           side of things.
           Rusty pulls the garage down on the cars.

                          38

          38 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S BARN- CONTINUOUS

                         WHITACRE
          When they told me to lie, I had to
          lie. I lied to you guys and I feel
          real bad about it.
          This explains the bind Whitacre finds himself in.

                         SHEPARD
          You look at yourself as wearing a
          white hat and they're wearing black
          hats.

                         WHITACRE
          That's a good way to put it. You
          know, when I was a kid my folks
          died in an automobile accident. I
          was maybe six at the time and this
          wealthy man in Ohio adopted me. He
          owned amusement parks and he did
          real well for himself, real well. I
          got a big break-- went to a good
          school and all-- I adopted two kids
          of my own. I just want to do the
          right thing.

                         PAISLEY
          Well, Mark, do you think you'd be
          willing to go a few steps further
          in helping us?

                         WHITACRE
          What do you mean?

                         SHEPARD
          Would you be willing to wear a
          wire? We don't have any other
          sources at this time. We need your
          help.
          Whitacre considers the request-- a chance to be a hero.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 36.

                         PAISLEY
          Now you realize that by doing this,
          sometime down the line you could
          be the guy who has to testify
          against your fellow executives,
          people you've worked with now for
          years. That won't be easy.
          He looks around at the good life Whitacre has amassed.

                         SHEPARD
          I'll use my beeper to signal you
          when it's time to set up a meeting.
          Shepard gets out his beeper and hits a button- "BEEEEP."

                         SHEPARD
          When you hear this-- you call me.
          Then Shepard pulls a tape recorder out of his jacket-- a
          simple little Radio Shack Dictaphone model. He gives it to
          Whitacre.

                         PAISLEY
          You'll be risking a lot.
          Whitacre picks up the recorder. The idea of being a White
          Knight only becomes real when they hand you a sword.

          39 EXTERIOR COORS BREWERY- GOLDEN, COLORADO 39
          Whitacre, Wilson and Andreas get out of a Town Car in front
          of Coors Corporate headquarters. The Rockies loom in the
          background. The men walk toward the doors.

                         WHITACRE
          I was up in Wisconsin last week--
          and the guy who is running for
          Governor...

                         AN DREAS
          Tommy Thompson.

                         WILSON
          The Republican guy.

                         WHITACRE
          I was told they want funds-- a
          campaign contribution, but I told
          them we're already at out limit.

                         ANDREAS
          You can go over the limit-- it's
          just a small fine.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 37.

                         WILSON
          That's what I was saying. If they
          want a thousand dollars-- you give
          a thousand. So what if it ends up
          costing us nine thousand after the
          fine.

                         WHITACRE
          Twelve thousand after taxes.
          The men laugh.

                         ANDREAS
          If the guy's asking you for money,
          try not giving it to him and see
          what happens. Just make sure Dad is
          behind it... Is Dad asking for them?

                         WILSON
          Yeah.

                         ANDREAS
          Okay then.

                         WHITACRE
          I'll let Howard know.
          He gets out his cell phone and begins dialing. A FEDEX
          EMPLOYEE walks by with a BUTTERFLY BANDAGE on his nose.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          There are these butterflies in
          Central America-- they have poison
          in their wings. Just enough poison
          to stop a bird heart. But, the
          birds know this somehow so they
          don't eat them...
          Through the phone we hear...

          WHITACRE (O.S.)
          Hi, you've reached Mark Whitacre in
          ADM's Bioproducts division. Leave a
          message.
          Whitacre punches in his code...

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          They're like blue, orange and
          yellow. . .real pretty-But,
          poisonous to birds.
          Over the phone we hear a message.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 38.

          MESSAGE VOICE (O.S.)
          Mark, it's Marty Allison calling
          from London, we need to...
          Whitacre hits a button.

                         COMPUTER VOICE
          Message deleted.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          But, there are other ones--
          butterflies-- they're orange, blue
          and yellow, too. But, no poison...
          Over the phone we hear the next message.

                         CELL PHONE
          Beeeeep.
          Whitacre deletes it and hangs up.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          They're just flying around looking
          dangerous-- getting by on their
          looks.
          Wilson and Andreas DISCUSS SOME FEMALE EMPLOYEE IN A MOST
          UNTOWARD WAY. They laugh and wait for Whitacre by the doors.

                         TERRY WILSON
          Jesus, Mark this is important
          bioproduct stuff were discussing.
          The men enter the building and head for a bank of elevators.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm sorry guys I gotta return a
          call. The plant. I'll meet you.
          Andreas and Wilson hit the elevator button. Whitacre paces
          across the lobby and talks on the phone.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)

          FBI.

                         WHITACRE

                         (INTO PHONE)
          Hey, it's Mark. I told you I was
          out on business this week.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          The case is getting some attention
          from the bureau, Mark. There's
          another agent working with me now.
          We need to meet.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 39.

                         WHITACRE
          Yeah, but I'm away now.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          Any word from Fujiwara?

                         WHITACRE
          I think he's out of the picture.

          SHEPARD (O . S . )
          Based on what? Is Andreas telling
          you to say that?

                         WHITACRE
          I'll let you guys know if I hear
          anything. I can't talk now. I gotta
          meeting.
          Whitacre hangs up. And jogs toward the elevators. Wilson and
          Andreas hold the door.

          40 INTERIOR FBI DECATUR ILLINOIS 40
          Shepard sits in the small office with his new partner-- BOB
          HERNDON, 33, and squeaky clean. If Shepard looks like he
          stepped out of Dragnet, then Herndon looks like he stepped
          out of GQ.

                         SHEPARD
          The guy is on a plane half his
          life, and in meetings for the rest.

                         HERNDON
          Any tapes of these meetings?

                         SHEPARD
          Not yet, Mr. Whitacre believes his
          life may be in danger...

          41 EXTERIOR HIGHWAY- DAY 41
          Whitacre's life is in danger.. .He's taking a new BMW for a
          ferocious test drive. A big shit-eating eighty-mile-an-hour
          spread across his face.

          SHEPARD (V.O.)
          .He's closely watched at work and
          there's reason to believe that ADM
          has bugged his home. He's under a
          great deal of pressure.
          Whitacre looks at the CUP HOLDERS in the Beemer.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 40.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          The German word for "cup" is tasse,
          and saucer-- that's untertasse--
          the "undercup." What do we have--
          "cup" and "saucer." Where does that
          get you?
          Whitacre pulls into the dealership and screeches to a halt in
          front of the BMW SALESMAN. Whitacre smiles and nods.

                         WHITACRE
          We had a good day at work, Tom. A
          real good day...

                         42

          42 INTERIOR FBI, DECATUR- CONTINUOUS
          Shepard and Herndon.

                         SHEPARD
          You should probably take your gun
          off when you meet him-- weapons
          make him pretty nervous.

          43 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- EVENING 43
          The Whitacre family checks out the new car.

          SHEPARD (V.O.)
          You gotta feel for the guy, he
          tells us the truth one day and
          wakes up the next with two lives
          instead of one.

          44 INTERIOR MEXICO CITY AIRPORT- DAY 44
          Whitacre checks his messages from a pay phone in the
          Admiral's Club in the International Terminal.

          MARTY ALLISON (O.S.)
          Hey, Mark it's Marty calling again
          and...

                         COMPUTER VOICE
          Message deleted. . .Next message.

          BEEEEEP.
          Whitacre punches a button.

          COMPUTER VOICE (CONT'D)
          Message deleted.
          Whitacre punches the buttons on his cell phone angrily.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 41.

                         L

          SHEPARD (O.S.)

          FBI.

                         WHITACRE
          It's Mark, Brian. It's been hard
          for me to return a page. I'm out of
          the country.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          We need to know if you had any
          further contact from Fujiwara?

                         WHITACRE
          I told you, the guy has stopped
          calling.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          What about the price fixing? Have
          you been able to make any tapes.

                         WHITACRE
          I think you guys hanging around has
          really scared ADM straight, too--
          word is we're going to do things by
          the book. Mick said it's over. No
          more price fixing.
          A pause. Shepard is confused.

          SHEPARD (0.S.)
          What? When did this happen? This
          conversation.

                         WHITACRE
          Mick sat me down and said 'Mark,
          we're going to start doing things
          your way.'

          SHEPARD (0. S. )
          Mark, the FBI knows about these
          crimes-- we're gonna investigate
          either way. You told us yourself.

                         WHITACRE
          Either way? What does "either way"
          mean?

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          We really need to get together.
          Both Shepard and Whitacre are losing their patience.

                         WHITACRE
          I told you, it's a different
          attitude now, a different approach.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 42.
          Whitacre hangs up-- frustrated. He walks over to a table in
          the club where a middle aged German man is waiting-- REINHART
          RICHTER, 40. There are papers spread out in piles around the
          men-- stacks of loss, gain and opportunity.

                         RICHTER
          Everything OK?

                         WHITACRE
          Yeah, fine. Kids. Where we're we?
          Whitacre reaches underneath his suit coat into his shirt
          pocket and pulls out his pen.

                         RICHTER
          Uh, Mark...
          Whitacre's FOUNTAIN PEN has exploded in his shirt-- leaving a
          Rorschach across his chest. Richter gestures toward the
          stain. Whitacre stares at the STAIN.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          One of the Japanese guys told me a
          story-- this lysine salesman is in
          a meeting with someone from Conagra
          or some other company, I don't
          know-and the client leans forward
          and says, `I have the same tie as
          you... only the pattern is
          reversed."-- and then he drops
          dead. Face down on the

                         TABLE-ALIVE AND
          then... Dead... Brain aneurism...

          45 INTERIOR HAMPTON INN, DECATUR- EVENING 45
          Shepard and Herndon are waiting in the most generic of hotel
          rooms for Whitacre. They check their watches and peak out
          the drapes at a sparsely populated parking lot. They've been
          there awhile. Herndon eats a Granola bar and reads the side
          of the package.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          .Maybe everyone has a sentence
          like that; a little time bomb..."I
          have the same tie as you... only the
          patterns reversed."

                         HERNDON
          There it is, "High Fructose Corn
          Syrup."
          Shepard isn't giving up on Whitacre, yet.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 43.

                         SHEPARD
          He said Andreas called him into a
          marketing meeting.

                         HERNDON
          The government ought to charge him
          for the room.
          Shepard's cell phone rings. Herndon sighs--

                         HERNDON
          Here it comes.

                         SHEPARD
          FBI... .Uh...huh. You're being
          honest with me, here... It's been
          months Mark-- we need some tapes.

          46 INTERIOR WHITACRE BMW- NIGHT 46
          Whitacre sits alone in the Hampton Hotel parking lot next to
          the mall, staring up at at a the lights of a room.

                         WHITACRE
          I gotta go Bri, Andreas is coming.
          Whitacre opens his brief case and takes out the micro
          cassette recorder. He looks at it like it's a murder weapon.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          (over the phone)
          Mark, we could be tracing this
          phone call...

                         WHITACRE
          I can't live two lives. They just
          gave me a hundred thousand dollar
          raise. I can't risk my job for you
          guys. I've got a family. I'm
          building stables across the road.

                         SHEPARD
          But, you told us...

                         WHITACRE
          The price fixing is over. - .the
          price of lysine is down to...
          And then remembering his lie. Feebly.

                         WHITACRE
          Just a minute, Mick...
          The windows of the BMW are fogging up.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 44.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          Mark, listen to me, the only
          logical thing for you to do is
          cooperate.

                         WHITACRE
          And what if I don't?

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          Then somebody else will and you'll
          end up being a defendant.

                         WHITACRE
          For how long, Brian? How long does
          this go on for?
          Whitacre pushes the buttons on the recorder. He hits eject.
          There's no tape in the cradle.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          I wish I could answer that.
          Sometimes years. We'll need a lot
          of tapes-- maybe hundreds.

                         WHITACRE
          But, the tapes won't say anything.
          It's over. Mick said.. .New policy.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          Fine, if that's what he said, then
          I want to hear the tape. We need
          tapes, Mark.
          A beat-- he finally admits it. The windows are completely
          fogged.

                         WHITACRE
          I didn't make any, OK? I didn't
          make any because it's over. How can
          I prove it to you?

                         47

          47 INTERIOR HOLIDAY INN HOTEL ROOM- NIGHT
          Whitacre sits shirtless on the bed with the straps of a
          polygraph across his torso. Herndon fits him with a blood
          pressure cuff and puts electrical clips on his fingers.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I like my hands. I think they're
          probably my favorite part of my
          body. I think that can be used to
          my advantage in social situations--
          if I can get people focused on my
          hands then I can get a good result
          in the meeting.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 45.
          WHITACRE (V.0.) (cont'd)
          Eye contact is real important, too.
          I'll use the lotion in the hotel
          room on my hands-- the little
          bottles. Single serving
          portions.. .Bob has good hands, too.
          Herndon takes out a list of questions and watches Whitacre
          closely. Shepard watches the needle on the polygraph.

          SHEPARD WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Now, Bob's going to ask you What do we lose-- a liter of
          questions, Mark. And you perspiration while we sleep?
          just need to answer them with That all goes into the
          a "yes" or "no." That's all mattress? Incredible.
          you have to say.

                         HERNDON
          Are you married?

                         WHITACRE
          Yes.

                         HERNDON
          Have you ever lied to better your
          position?

                         WHITACRE
          No.

                         HERNDON
          We're you born in 1957?

                         WHITACRE
          Yes.

                         HERNDON
          Did Fujiwara ever telephone you at
          home and tell you there was a mole
          at ADM?

                         WHITACRE
          Yes.

                         HERNDON
          Before this year did you ever lie
          to someone you really trusted?

                         WHITACRE
          No.
          Whitacre strains to see the read-out to see how he's doing.

                         HERNDON
          Did Fujiwara say he would tell you
          who the mole was for 10 million
          dollars?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 46.

                         WHITACRE'S POV
          The needle traces a reassuringly straight line across the
          grid.

                         WHITACRE
          Yes.
          And under...

          HERNDON WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Is there currently any price In Tokyo they sell little
          fixing activity in the girl underwear in the vending
          Bioproducts division of ADM? machines right on the main
          drag-the Ginza...or
          whatever. Guys in suits
          buying used girl panties, how
          is that OK?

                         WHITACRE
          No.

                         HERNDON
          Now, I'm going to ask you the same
          questions again to make sure the
          results are consistent.
          Whitacre nods and smiles. Watches the needle- rock steady.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I wonder where Bob carries his gun.
          FBI agents have to wear them at all
          times-- even when they're off duty.

                         HERNDON
          Are you married?

                         WHITACRE
          Yes.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I'd like to see Dwayne Andreas
          hooked up to one of these.

                         HERNDON
          Have you ever lied to better your
          position?

           WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.O.)
          No. Once I told the stewardess I
          was claustrophobic so I could
          get an aisle seat...
          And under...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 47.

          48 INTERIOR HOLIDAY INN- HALLWAY 48
          Shepard and Herndon step out of the room. Herndon speaks to
          Whitacre over his shoulder.

                         HERNDON
          You can get dressed, Mark.
          The door closes and the agents look at each other.

          49 INTERIOR HOLIDAY INN HOTEL ROOM- CONTINUOUS 49
          Whitacre buttons his shirt and puts his tie back on. He looks
          out the hotel room window at the snow. In the parking lot a
          high school kid drinks a beer while trying to write his name
          in urine in the snowbank.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          They're all different. Every flake
          is it's own one-of-a-kind version
          of itself. And some people still
          don't believe in God. I mean what
          more proof do you need than that--
          Herndon and Shepard re-enter.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, how'd I do?

                         SHEPARD
          Mark, we have some problems...

                         WHITACRE
          Wait a minute, I watched the
          machine, I didn't see any
          changes...

                         SHEPARD
          Mark, you don't know how to read a
          polygraph.

                         WHITACRE
          I've heard these things, they're
          not always 100 per cent accurate.
          I've been telling the truth.
          Definitely.
          Herndon plays the bad cop.

                         HERNDON
          Mark, you splattered the walls with
          ink. Come on now, extortionists
          don't just leave their name and
          number then go away.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft; 1/15/03 48.

                         1
          Whitacre nods-- his eyes water, He sighs.

                         SHEPARD (CONT'D)
          I know it's tough keeping it all
          bottled up inside, keeping it a
          secret. But, there's only one good
          choice for you. That's all there's
          ever been. There's something
          you're hiding, something you're
          keeping from us. But, the only way
          to protect yourself is to be
          completely honest.

                         WHITACRE
          Okay.
          Shepard gets another form out of his brief-case. Not a basic
          302 this time-- it's A CONFESSION.

                         SHEPARD
          You realize this document can be
          used against you in a court of law.
          Whitacre nods grimly.

                         HERNDON
          What happened with Fujiwara and the
          saboteur?
          A beat.

                         WHITACRE
          I made it up. I had to...
          Shepard and Herndon cringe on his behalf. The floodgates
          open. Shepard transcribes the confession.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          .We've had problems at the plant
          with viruses, we're way behind
          projections. Dwayne was thinking
          about shutting us down and everyone
          was on me to fix it. 'Let's just
          blame it all on Whitacre.' That's
          how it is there. It was my job they
          were talking about. We just moved
          here from Europe-they made me VP.

                         SHEPARD
          And the reason you agreed to help
          ADM purchase a new bug?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 49.

                         WHITACRE
          I wanted to be part of the team. I
          thought it would help my
          relationship with Mick if he
          thought I would do something like
          that.

                         HERNDON
          And what about the price fixing? It
          isn't over is it? There's no "new
          attitude."

                         WHITACRE

                         (DEFEATED)
          There's been meetings all along--
          in the past three weeks even.
          Nothing's changed...
          Again, Whitacre's mind allows him to be two places at once...

           WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.O.)

                         (UNDER) (OVER)
          .and not just in Lysine-- Mick Andreas or his Dad?
          citric acid, gluconate. One They'd never lie for me. They
          guy, he was forced to leave say we're in it together.
          the company because he What a joke. Team building
          wouldn't do it-- the off-site meetings at the some
          gluconate guy...he's out of a lake in Wisconsin-- I can't
          job now. They had me go to protect these guys if they're
          Chicago and meet with the breaking the law. Hey, I
          guys from Ajinomoto to try tried. Anybody could see the
          and set volume levels for choices I had. I did my best
          lysine production. It's a for ADM. You don't see them
          matter of dividing up the here in the electric chair.
          market between the producers It's all "Make us lysine,
          and then setting a workable Mark." "Handle the FBI,
          price. There's another Mark." "Crap us out some
          meeting in about a month. money, Mark."

                         SHEPARD
          If there's anything else you want
          to add, now's the time. You need to
          tell us.

                         WHITACRE
          No, that's the full story.

                         HERNDON
          We want tapes, mark.
          He slides the confession across to Whitacre who nods and
          signs. He gives both agents Christmas cards and smiles.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 50.

                         WHITACRE
          I'll give you all the tapes you
          want. Merry Christmas you guys.

          50 INTERIOR PARKING GARAGE ADM- MORNING 50
          Whitacre aims the FERRARI into his designated parking space
          and gets out of the car.

          STEADICAM FOLLOWING WHITACRE
          He walks toward the building. As the camera arcs around to
          lead him we see that he is actually speaking out loud-- NOT
          IN VO. To nobody...

                         WHITACRE
          Seven thirty A.M., Wednesday, March
          seventeenth, 1994. I have just
          parked my car and am now entering
          the office...
          Whitacre gets on the elevator with Terry Wilson. Whitacre's
          a little off this morning...
          s-- WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          Terrance Wilson, President of our
          corn businesses, did you speak with
          our friends in Japan?

                         TERRY WILSON
          He wasn't in.

                         WHITACRE
          I heard from Mimoto last night-- he
          is pissed. He said there's not
          going to be any peace in lysine
          until we bring production down like
          we promised.
          Theelevator doors opens.

                         TERRY WILSON
          In 92 we did exactly what we told
          them we would do in terms of
          volume. Exactly. Right now, there's
          no promise.

                         WHITACRE
          He said he'd like to talk to you at
          some point...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 51.

                         L

                         TERRY WILSON
          Be right there lookin' at him. Say,
          "listen here you little mousy
          motherfucker."
          Wilson peels off into his office. Whitacre continues on
          across the open trading floor toward his office. He speaks
          under his breath to nobody-- smiling at the world.

                         WHITACRE
          That was Terry Wilson talking about
          setting volume and price levels
          with our Japanese competitor--
          Ajinomoto Corporation.
          Whitacre enters his own office--- talking to himself.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          By the way, there was no discussion
          with Mimoto last night. That was
          all for illustration purposes only.
          I wanna make that clear- no
          discussion with Mimoto last night.
          He turns off the tape recorder.

          51 INTERIOR HAMPTON INN- EVENING 51
          Whitacre paces while Herndon and Shepard listen to a tape.
          He's got three more recordings in his briefcase.

                         SHEPARD
          Hey, Mark you don't really need to
          narrate the tapes for us when
          you're making them.

                         WHITACRE
          Right. Absolutely. Not a problem.

                         HERNDON
          And you can talk less.

                         WHITACRE
          I think I did on this one.
          Whitacre gives Herndon another tape and a small box.

                         SHEPARD
          Don't force the conversation.

                         WHITACRE
          But, they're good right? I mean,
          you guys wouldn't believe what goes
          on at these meetings.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 52.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I've got well over two million
          frequent flier miles.. .maybe more.
          The equivalent of two trips to the
          moon. I'm pretty much platinum
          across the board. Free
          upgrades... sometimes they'll move
          me from business to first just cuz
          the computer tells them I'm
          there...

                         52

          52 EXTERIOR RITZ HOTEL- PARIS, FRANCE- DAY
          Whitacre emerges from the hotel and gets in a cab.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          And you can redeem them for
          anything now...A Movado watch or a
          fly-fishing vacation in Montana...
          Whitacre tells the driver...

                         WHITACRE
          American Embassy please.

           WHITACRE (V.O.)
          It's like 5000 miles every time I
          go to Zurich, Paris, Munich...1
          don't even know how many miles are
          in the Delta account...I just give
          Ginger the statements... I'm
          probably one of the youngest guys
          ever to go over a million miles...I
          get a letter from the CEO every
          year thanking me...it's a form
          letter, but it looks like he's
          really signing it...They probably
          walk in one day and he signs like a
          hundred while he's on the phone...
          Whitacre gets out of the car and walks into the embassy.
          Shepard meets him an ushers him into a room where a phone is
          hooked up to a recorder.

                         SHEPARD
          You should probably use your ADM
          credit card...
          Whitacre dials the phone.

                         WHITACRE
          Sure, great. You make it some
          place good for dinner last night?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 53.

                         SHEPARD
          I just ate in the hotel...

                         WHITACRE
          The hotel...What'd you have?
          The call rings through.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, it's Mark Whitacre calling
          from Paris for Mick Andreas...Hey,
          it's Mark. I just got out of the
          lysine meeting... It went great...I
          think we can keep it at around a
          buck and a quarter no problem...
          Andunder... Shepard sneezes.

                         WHITACRE'S POV
          He follows Shepard's hands from Kleenex, to coffee cup, to
          pen, to a tug on his ear...

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Now what happens? Something you
          breathe in on an airplane. Some
          little bacteria and now it's on his
          hands, the cup, the
          phone... Probably got it from his
          kids and now I'll spend the weekend
          with it in bed...And I'll miss a
          few days next week, or Alexander'11
          run a fever and who pays for that?
          Where does the FBI weigh in on that-
          - as a cooperating witness-- what
          does it say about exposure to
          airborne contaminants...I3 ADM
          compensated for me missing work?

                         53

          53 INTERIOR O'HARE AIRPORT- DAY
          Whitacre walks down the concourse carrying a BLACK FOLDER
          with ADM emblazoned on it. He turns into the bathroom and
          stares at himself in the mirror. He checks his HAIR and then
          opens the FOLDER. He removes the legal pad to reveal a
          secret compartment holding a small TAPE RECORDER.

                         WHITACRE
          (into tape recorder)
          This is tape seven, side
          two.. .Chicago, O'hare airport...
          He looks at himself in the mirror. And then down at his feet.
          A BLACK CHUCKLE'S CANDY lies on the floor swarmed by ants.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 54.

                         WHITACRE POV
          The black chuckle being carted away by ants inches from his
          wing tips.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          That's a big break, right there--
          definitely. There's no choices to
          be made. No debate. It's there--
          you're an ant-- you eat it-- you
          bring it back for the other
          ants.. .They don't say they'd rather
          have the cherry flavored one... Real-
          simple to live like that.

          54 INTERIOR GASLIGHT LOUNGE, O'HARE AIRPORT 54
          Wilson sits at a table with two FRENCH EXECUTIVES-- ROLLIER
          AND CROUY. Wilson wields the FOUNTAIN PEN. The lounge did
          well in the 70's and has decided to stay there-- most
          everything is covered in red velvet, except for the
          waitresses-- they're covered in sequined body suits and
          fishnets.
          Whitacre returns from the bathroom. He puts the TAPE
          RECORDER/FOLDER on the table. Wilson rests his cocktail ON

          IT.

                         WILSON
          We cannot have one section of the
          world where it works and the rest
          of the world where it doesn't. It
          will not last...

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Debate and discussion. They just
          keep the black one from making it
          home...

                         ROLLIER
          We would obviously play the game.
          But, the Koreans and the
          Japanese...

                         CROUY
          .They'll cheat.

                         TERRY WILSON
          It'll never work then.
          A TRAY OF DRINKS attached to a WALKING CENTERFOLD goes by.
          Wilson leers...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 55.

          TERRY WILSON (CONT'D) WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Look, everyone has to share Terry doesn't like me very
          numbers. It's so goddamn much ...He's got blotchy
          simple. How the hell else skin... What causes that
          would you do it? blotchiness?? It must mean
          It's what we do in the citric something medical... He'll
          acid business and look at the have a stroke and someone
          price of vitamins. will say-- `he was
          blotchy... it happens.'

                         CROUY
          Let's not forget that if prices
          went up in Europe it's because we
          talked in Mexico first.

                         TERRY WILSON
          That's right, you made it happen.

          55 INTERIOR HAMPTON INN DECATUR- EVENING 55
          Shepherd has headphones on-- he's excited by what he hears.
          Whitacre excitedly diagrams the world's Lysine market on a
          dry erase board for Herndon illustrating the relationships--
          a primer in corporate greed.

                         SHEPARD
          (loud because of the

                         HEADPHONES)
          Mark, these are just the kind of
          tapes we need.

          TERRY WILSON (O.S.)
          (over the headphones)
          It didn't just go up like that--
          you made it happen.

                         WHITACRE
          And we're getting our marching
          orders from Andreas-it goes all
          the way up.

                         SHEPARD
          (loud because of the

                         HEADPHONES)
          We need to improve the quality of
          the recordings...

                         WHITACRE
          Why don't you guys just bug the
          building?

                         SHEPARD
          It's not that easy, Mark. There're
          a lot legal issues...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 56.
          A beat. Herndon thinks. He has an idea.

                         HERNDON
          Give me your pants.
          Whitacre undoes the pants of his SAGE GREEN SUIT.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Being able to do two things at once
          is a big part of success. I try
          and do abdominal
          exercises... isometrics... even when
          I'm at a meeting. Tensing.
          Holding. And then releasing. And
          there are leg ones I do in the car.
          I'll even floss in the shower while
          the conditioner is in my hair.
          During the part where you're just
          supposed to leave it in. Those
          things can really add up to a
          significant time savings.

          56 EXTERIOR WHITACRE DRIVEWAY- MORNING 56
          Rusty the Gardener blows leaves off the driveway. Whitacre
          pulls out of the six car garage in a Lincoln Town Car. He
          yells at Rusty over the leaf blower.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, Rusty, check this out.
          Whitacre gets out of the car and places his briefcase on the
          hood.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          What do you think?

          RUSTY THE GARDENER
          It's a nice briefcase.

                         WHITACRE
          But, wait.
          Whitacre opens the briefcase and pulls a secret panel to
          reveal a TAPE RECORDER. He couldn't be more proud.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          That's a Nagra model number 34-A,
          right there. The bureau had that
          custom made for me-- Mark Whitacre
          secret agent double 0, fourteen.

          RUSTY THE GARDENER
          Why double 0 fourteen?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 57.

                         WHITACRE
          Cuz I'm twice as smart as double 0
          seven.

          57 INTERIOR ADM CORPORATE JET- DAY 57
          Whitacre, wearing the SAGE COLORED SUIT he gave Herndon, sits
          with Andreas and some ADM SUITS on the COMPANY PLANE. Andreas
          chats with one CO-WORKER and then turns to Whitacre.

                         ANDREAS
          Whatever happened to that girl who
          was working for us-- didn't she
          move to California? What's her
          name, Tina?

                         WHITACRE
          She's getting married.

                         ANDREAS
          My Tina is getting married?

                         WHITACRE
          Two or three weekends from now.

                         ANDREAS
          That won't last for very long.
          She's kind of a do-do head, you
          know? She'll be back. I just hope
          she doesn't get pregnant. Fuck up
          her body.

                         WHITACRE
          Uh.

                         ANDREAS
          Nice body. It'd ruin her tits.
          She's got the greatest tits in the
          world...
          He leans in to Whitacre.

                         ANDREAS
          In the world.
          Whitacre looks out the window at white billowing clouds.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          When polar bears hunt, they crouch
          down by a hole in the ice and wait
          for a seal to pop up. They keep
          one paw over their nose so that
          they blend in. Cuz' they've got
          those black noses. They'd blend in
          perfectly if not for the nose...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 58.

          58 EXTERIOR JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT, ORANGE COUNTY- DAY 58
          Whitacre descends the steps of the jet followed by Andreas
          and some other SUITS. Whitacre peels off the group.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm just gonna hit the head here.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          So the question is. How do they
          know their noses are black? From
          looking at other polar bears? Do
          they see their reflections in the
          water? And think, "I'd be invisible
          if not for that." That seems like
          a lot of thinking for a bear.

          59 INTERIOR AIRPORT MEN'S ROOM- CONTINUOUS 59
          An AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN, 30's, stands at the sink. Other than
          that the room is empty.

          AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN
          Mr. Whitacre, could you follow me?

          ? P -
          The two men enter a stall.

          AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN
          Can I ask you to remove your shirt?
          Whitacre obliges.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          There's something great about
          walking into a conference room when
          there's a pad of paper and a pencil
          in front of every chair. . .Most guys
          with a science background don't get
          to see what goes on...

          60 INTERIOR MARRIOTT HOTEL CONFERENCE ROOM 60
          A UNIFORMED HOTEL WORKER arranges the orange juice, coffee,
          croissants, melon plate. A pen and pad of paper is put in
          front of every seat. A FLIP CHART stands ready in the corner.
          The meticulous worker makes everything perfect, pausing for a
          moment to adjust A LAMP.

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 59.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Usually the hotel's name is
          embossed on the pencils and they
          have someone who sharpens them to
          perfect points like collie dog
          noses-- that's what they remind me
          of. Maybe they come from the
          factory that way. And there's
          always a plate of
          danish...danishes?-- an almond
          thing-- or a cheese danish with a
          big cherry blob in the middle...

          61 INTERIOR MEN'S ROOM- CONTINUOUS 61
          The AFRICAN AMERICAN AGENT finishes shaving Whitacre's chest.
          He takes out a roll of surgical tape and attaches a small
          NAGRA RECORDER to WHITACRE. Small wires attach to switches
          sewn into Whitacre's pants pockets.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          The almond thing makes a lot of
          crumbs and I usually use my pencil
          to sweep them away like one of
          those tools professional waiters
          use at the Decatur Club...

          AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN
          You want to try it?
          Whitacre flips the pocket switch.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, neat.

          62 EXTERIOR JOHN WAYNE AIRPORT- CONTINUOUS 62
          Whitacre and Andreas duck into a limo. One of the ADM SUITS
          who flew in on the jet, slaps Andreas on the back.

                         ADM SUIT
          Good luck with the Japs. And as
          your lawyer I'd advise you to pat
          `em down for wires.
          Andreas laughs at the suit, but Whitacre's not laughing. The
          limo pulls away.

                         WHITACRE
          Uh, should we really pat them down?

                         ANDREAS
          They don't have the balls to mess
          with ADM.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 60.
          Whitacre sighs.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          When it's over the board of
          directors at ADM is gonna
          understand. They're gonna see the
          position I was in and that I acted
          in everyone's best interest, I
          think that's the only conclusion
          they can reach...

          63 INTERIOR MARRIOTT HOTEL LOBBY- MOMENTS LATER 63
          Whitacre, Andreas, Yamada and Ikeda get on the elevator. A
          sign says, "THE MARRIOTT WELCOMES AJINOMOTO CORPORATION AND

          ADM."

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I mean I'm the youngest division
          President they've ever had and I
          speak a number of languages
          fluently...

          64 VIDEO IMAGE OF CONFERENCE ROOM 64
          The same room we saw being prepared, now from the POV of a
          hidden camera. The four executives enter the room and move
          toward the table. Everything is perfect. Whitacre notices the
          LAMP and walks right toward it-- curious. The LAMP is the

          CAMERA.

          SHEPARD (V.0.)
          Look away, Mark, look away...
          Whitacre's face fills the wide angle lens. Shepard and
          Herndon huddle around the video monitor. HERNDON IS DRESSED
          LIKE A UNIFORMED HOTEL WORKER. SHEPARD is still dressed like
          a G-man from the 50's.

                         HERNDON
          I told him it was in the lamp.

          65 INTERIOR CONFERENCE ROOM- A LITTLE LATER 65
          Whitacre turns from the lamp. The EXECS sit around the table
          eating the BAKED GOODS and discussing business.

                         YAMADA
          We already spent more than one
          year, uh, to get better market
          situation in lysine.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 61.

                         WHITACRE
          We talked a little bit about it in
          Paris, but we need to have an
          understanding on volume.

          VIDEO IMAGE OF ANDREAS
          It's off center-- just the top of his head and then tilts
          down and zooms into his TIE.

          66 INTERIOR SURVEILLANCE ROOM- CONTINUOUS 66
          Shepard struggles with the joystick that controls the
          lipstick camera in the lamp-- his framing is way off.

                         HERNDON
          Widen out, Bri, we need a wide shot
          of these guys working together.
          Still struggling with the joystick.

          67 INTERIOR CONFERENCE ROOM- MARRIOTT HOTEL- CONTINUOUS 67

                         ANDREAS
          We have a big board of directors.
          We have public shareholders. Like
          you, we've suffered. Prices are
          nowhere near where we hoped they
          would be. Now the question is, if
          the market grows, who gets it?
          Ikeda goes over to the easel and makes a PIE CHART as a
          visual aid for Andreas' proposal.

                         I ANDREAS
          .If Kyowa Hakko, Miwon and Cheil
          Corporation each get two thousand
          tons, then we can divide up the
          rest. If we're going to have any
          stability at all...
          And under...

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I think some of these ADM guys lie
          about their golf scores. It
          doesn't even matter and they still
          lie about it and that says
          something about character.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 62.
          WHITACRE (V.0.) (cont'd)
          I mean I've seen guys putt three
          times and say they got a par... Or
          they'll go off into the woods to
          find their ball and they'll move it
          from behind a tree or from under a
          leaf. I admit I've done it a
          couple of times-but I don't tell
          people I'm a really good golfer
          when I'm not...I'm sure if I worked
          at it... took lessons...
          Whitacre is distracted by a CLICKING SOUND. He shifts
          uncomfortably. Andreas notices the sound and pauses.

                         WHITACRE'S POV
          His briefcase seems to be the source of the clicking. Ikeda
          gets Andreas' attention.

                         IKEDA
          We need some specific number.

                         AN DREAS
          What would you be willing to
          accept? Isn't that the question?
          More CLICKING. Whitacre nudges his briefcase.

          68 INTERIOR SURVEILLANCE ROOM-CONTINUED 68
          Shepard and Herndon.

                          SHEPARD
          What's Mark doing?
          They pan over to Whitacre. He's OPENING the briefcase with
          the hidden tape recorder.

                         HERNDON
          What an idiot!

          69 INTERIOR CONFERENCE ROOM- MARRIOTT HOTEL- CONTINUOUS 69
          As YAMADA approaches the easel with Andreas, Whitacre has
          opened his brief case. The clicking is coming from INSIDE.

                         YAMADA
          The others will say that ADM has
          already eaten all the growth.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 63.

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE
          He removes the panel concealing the tape recorder, fiddles
          with a pieces of the lining caught in the apparatus.

          ANDREAS (V.0.)
          You gotta remember we have a lot
          more capacity than we're using. We
          could be growing twenty thousand
          tons, isn't that right, Mark?
          Whitacre is still fiddling with the case.

                         ANDREAS
          Mark? What're you doing?
          Andreas crosses the room and, without looking inside at the
          recorder that is ruining his life, shuts the case.

                         ANDREAS
          I need your input here.

          VIDEO TAPE OF THE MEETING
          Ikeda is standing at the easel making calculations next to
          the pie chart.

                         IKEDA
          (on the tape)
          ADM will be allocated it's recent
          production plus a number we will
          call alpha.

                         70

          70 INTERIOR DEPT. OF JUSTICE CONFERENCE ROOM- CHICAGO
          Pull back to reveal Herndon and Shepard presenting their
          prized tape to ROBIN MANN ESQ, early 40's-- humorless and
          contrary. The tape plays...

                         ROBIN MANN
          What did he say-- I can't
          understand him.

                         ANDREAS
          (on the tape)
          I don't care what you call it, just
          as long as we get what we want.
          The men on the tape all laugh. Andreas walksaway.Whitacre
          and Ikeda shake hands. And then Whitacre ripsoffthe sheet
          of paper from the easel with the PIE CHART onit.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 64.

                         WHITACRE
          (on the tape)
          I guess I should probably keep
          this, huh?
          Shepard freezes the tape triumphantly.

                         ROBIN MANN
          Where's the agreement? There's just
          a discussion.

                         HERNDON
          If this isn't an agreement, then
          what are they doing there?

                         SHEPARD
          Don't get bogged down in the words,
          look at the actions.

                         ROBIN MANN
          I've looked. I see a chart with a
          bunch of numbers. But, I can't
          pinpoint any agreement per se.

                         HERN DON
          What do you want? The guy is
          standing there dividing up the
          market plain as day.
          Herndon opens up the evidence bag and shows her the flip-
          chart page that Whitacre took at the end of the meeting-- a
          smoking gun.

                         ROBIN MANN
          It could just be a proposal. All
          the other companies weren't there.
          Nobody used the word "agreement."
          I'm just telling you-- as a lawyer--
          what their lawyers are going to
          say.
          Herndon and Shepard look at Whitacre FROZEN ON THE MONITOR.
          They are discouraged.

                         HERNDON
          I don't know how much more we can
          ask of the guy.

                         ROBIN MANN
          I'm not going to move for
          indictments with this. I need more.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 65.

          71 INTERIOR DECATUR CLUB- DAY 71
          Whitacre sits with MARTY ALLISON, 35, who's voice we've heard
          on Whitacre's voice mail many times.. The two are old friends
          and co-workers-- Marty's been trying to get Mark's ear for
          some time now. They've got some business together.

                         MARTY ALLISON
          I feel like a real jerk here, but I
          need the dough.

                         WHITACRE
          Nah, we'll figure something out.

                         MARTY ALLISON
          I hope it's not a big deal, but
          I've been looking at a house and I
          need the cash back.

                         WHITACRE
          Marty, when I hired you, what did
          you want?

                         MARTY ALLISON
          Fifty grand.

                         WHITACRE
          But, I went to Wilson and told him
          you wouldn't work here for less
          than seventy-five-- and I got it.
          You were the first guy I hired.

                         MARTY ALLISON
          Mark, you've always been real
          generous with me and...
          Whitacre waves off the flattery.

                         WHITACRE
          I gotta leave town for a couple of
          days, but when I get back, here's
          what I want you to do...
          And under...

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          I like to think of myself as a good
          gift-giver. It shows that you're
          thinking about the other person
          even when they're not right in
          front of you.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 66.
          WHITACRE (V.0.) (cont'd)
          I know that Ginger likes jewelry
          and that the kids like stuff from
          other countries... Even if you just
          pick it up at the duty free at the
          airport with whatever money you
          have left over.

          72 INTERIOR HAMPTON INN HOTEL- NIGHT 72
          Whitacre drops off more tapes for Shepard and Herndon.

                         SHEPARD
          We got a problem, Mark. You can't
          take our equipment to Japan. We
          have no jurisdiction.

                         WHITACRE
          So I'll take notes like in
          Vancouver.
          Whitacre takes out his Dictaphone and puts it on the bed.

                         SHEPARD
          Well, sure, but there's something
          else I'd like you to think about.

                         WHITACRE
          Okay.

                         SHEPARD
          Like I said, we can't give you any
          recording equipment.

                         HERNDON
          But, if you taped the meeting on
          your own and than gave us the
          tapes...

                         WHITACRE
          So you want me to make a tape.

                         HERNDON
          We're not allowed to say that. But,
          the sooner we get enough evidence,
          the sooner you can stop the taping.

                         WHITACRE
          What if I get caught there?

                         SHEPARD
          I don't know anything about
          Japanese laws, but if you're
          arrested, we may not be able to
          provide much help.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 67.

                         HERNDON
          That's why we need these lysine
          association meetings on US
          soil.. .Make it easier to wrap this
          up.
          Shepard picks up the recorder.

                         SHEPARD
          You can't use any of our equipment.

          73 INTERIOR HICKORY POINT MALL- LATER 73
          Whitacre walks out of the RADIO SHACK with a small bag.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          I wonder if Brian and Bob are
          really allowed to do that-- it
          seems kind of shady...I probably
          should've gotten them to sign
          something just in case. Turned the
          tables on them seeing how I'm the
          one going above and beyond the call
          of duty...
          He heads out of the mall.

          74 INTERIOR CONFERENCE ROOM IMPERIAL PALACE HOTEL- JAPAN 74
           Whitacre, Wilson and a collection of ASIAN LYSINE EXECS
           discuss prices and customers.

           WILSON WHITACRE (V.0.)
           Do we want to talk about Guys tape meetings all the
          Latin America? time-- let's say a guy is
          dyslexic and he needs to take
          notes.. .What's he gonna do?
          Mimoto and Ikeda enter.

                         IKEDA
          Good morning, we are late.

                         WHITACRE
          No problem, no problem, you lost
          twenty- thousand tons, but, hey...
          The group laughs at the WACKY PRICE FIXING JOKE. Whitacre
          checks his watch.

                         WHITACRE
          Excuse me...I gotta take a moment.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 68.
          Whitacre walks down the hall toward the rest room.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I read this thing about moustaches
          on the flight back from
          Zurich...What facial hair says to
          women about a man's level of
          honesty. I think maybe it was in
          Esquire Magazine... Some
          psychological theory...

          75 INTERIOR BATHROOM- CONTINUOUS 75
          Whitacre reaches into his suit jacket and takes out the
          recorder. He studies himself in the bathroom mirror and then
          flips the tape.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I should ask Brian and Bob about it-
          - get the FBI's point of view...

                         WHITACRE
          Imperial Palace Hotel, side two
          tape one...
          Just as he is putting the tape back into his jacket-- the
          door opens. ONE OF THE LYSINE EXECS enters.

                         LYSINE EXEC
          Things are going well.
          Whitacre conceals the recorder.

                         WHITACRE
          Want to get back in there.

          76 INTERIOR MOVIE THEATER- NIGHT 76
          Whitacre sits alone fully engrossed by the movie.

          ANGLE ON THE MOVIE SCREEN
          "The Firm." TOM CRUISE, as Mitch McDeere talks with FBI agent
          Wayne Tarrance, played by ED HARRIS at a DOGTRACK.

                         MCDEERE
          Doesn't the dog ever get the bone?

                         TARRANCE
          Yeah, I hear it happens every once
          in awhile. It's a disaster, they
          can never get that dog to run
          again.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 69.

                         TARRANCE (CONT'D)
          Listen, Mitch, Mr. Boyles wants me
          to tell you how much the bureau
          appreciates...

                         MCDEERE
          A million dollars.

                         TARRAANCE
          What?

                         MC DEERE
          A million dollars in a numbered
          account in Switzerland. IBG Bank
          International in Zurich.

                         TARRANCE
          You sure as hell turned greedy
          overnight.

                         MCDEERE
          .And my brother out now.

                         TARRANCE
          Your brother is a convicted felon,
          Mitch.

                         MCDEERE
          Then get yourself another snitch.
          Tarrance responds with a string of expletives and threats to
          knock McDeere's teeth down his throat. His verbal assault is
          put to a halt when his phone rings. It's Holly Hunter
          calling from the nearby parking lot. She plays Tarrance an
          incriminating tape of what he has just said. McDeere is
          wearing a wire. McDeere has him now.

                         MCDEERE
          You want to reconsider?

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Most of the guys the government
          gets to do the tough stuff are
          probably drug dealers and mafia
          guys. I'm probably the only guy
          like me they've ever met--

          77 EXTERIOR RURAL HIGHWAY- NIGHT 77
          Whitacre drives his new RANGE ROVER through the darkness.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 70.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Maybe there's some guy who spied on
          the Russians and they had to put
          him in that witness protection
          unit... It's just me and some
          Russian guy who's now a girl's
          soccer coach in New Mexico or
          something...

          78 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION BEDROOM- NIGHT 78
          Whitacre tries to creep into the dark room without waking his
          wife. He starts to get undressed. Her voice in the darkness
          surprises him.

                         GINGER
          Were you with Brian and Bob all
          this time?

                         WHITACRE
          Yeah, we had to go over some tapes
          and...

                         GINGER
          Mark, Brian called-- I know you
          weren't with him.
          Busted.

                         GINGER
          Did you go again?

                         WHITACRE
          I needed to unwind.

                         GINGER
          You've seen that picture like five
          times now...
          She turns on the light to discuss her concerns. Mark is
          standing there without his shirt on-- A LARGE PATCH OF HAIR
          is missing from the middle of his chest.

                         WHITACRE
          What's wrong with that?

                         GINGER
          What's wrong? Why is your chest
          shaved, Mark? Why are there holes
          cut in your suit clothes? Why
          aren't you a part of this family
          anymore?
          Whitacre tries to laugh off her concern. He sits down on the
          bed and puts her hand on his smooth chest.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 71.

                         WHITACRE
          You know they needed to shave me
          for the tape recorder. They needed
          to... I'm a part...

                         GINGER
          I need you at home, the kids need
          you to be their father.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm doing all this for you and the
          kids. I didn't ask for this-- but
          I want to give this family
          everything. That's why I'm working
          so much.

                         GINGER
          I don't know who you work for
          anymore, Mark. Do you?
          A beat. He smiles warmly at her.

          79 INTERIOR FBI DECATUR- DAY 79
          Warm summer day-- out the window the smoke stacks of ADM send
          plumes of white smoke into the blue sky. Shepard and Herndon
          sit in their SHIRTSLEEVES transcribing tapes in the tiny
          office. There's a knock on the door. Shepard checks to see
          who it is through the eye-hole. Whitacre enters wearing the
          SAGE COLORED SUIT- full of confidence.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey guys, I was in the
          neighborhood. I got some more
          tapes.

                         SHEPARD
          Thanks, Mark. Come on in.

                         WHITACRE
          And I've learned some important
          things recently. I've been told I'm
          probably going to be the next
          President of ADM.
          He glows.

                         HERNDON
          Really?

                         SHEPARD
          Who told you that?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 72.

                         R

                         WHITACRE
          And that's not all. I'd say that
          ten of the products produced by ADM
          are price fixed.

                         SHEPARD
          Ten?

                         WHITACRE
          I would estimate that for all the
          companies involved, the total extra
          profit is in the range of 800
          million to one billion dollars.
          That's just from the price-fixing.

                         SHEPARD
          Can you tell us what products?
          Whitacre smiles-- he's got something else on his mind.

                         WHITACRE
          You know, Brian, if all these
          companies are charged, they're
          going to be paying an awful lot in
          fines. Don't you think?

                         SHEPARD
          I don't know, they might end up
          paying. But, nobody knows for sure
          how this will turn out.

                         HERNDON
          We still need to get everyone
          together making an actual agreement
          before we have a case.

                         WHITACRE
          Sure, sure I know that. But, I've
          taken a lot of risks and I need to
          think about my family.

                         SHEPARD
          What do you mean?

                         WHITACRE
          Well, I'd like it if, in their
          fine, ADM was ordered to pay me ten
          year's salary.

                         SHEPARD
          Well, Mark...

                         WHITACRE
          It's only fair. Also, one other
          thing.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 73.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          I never expected this investigation
          would go on as long as it has. It's
          been almost two years and I think I
          should get total immunity if I
          agree to cooperate through the end.

                         SHEPARD
          I can't grant you immunity Mark,
          you know that.
          Whitacre smiles wishfully like a big kid. Herndon senses that
          something's up.

                         HERNDON
          Hey, Mark, it's kind of warm in
          here-- why don't you take off your
          jacket, sit down and we can talk
          about this.

                         WHITACRE
          Oh, no, Bob, that's okay. Let me
          know if you want to reconsider.
          Whitacre leaves. Herndon looks at Shepard.

                         SHEPARD
          What was that about?

          80 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- MARK'S OFFICE- EVENING 80
          Whitacre labels the tape of the FBI agents and tosses it in a
          box-- with other tapes.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          These floods out on the
          Mississippi, you have to think
          about these. It just looks like
          some boy scouts and sand bags on
          the news-right until you have
          your stock plummet because of crop
          losses... Then it looks like
          someone's knee deep in your kids
          college education looking for their
          photo albums.. .Brian doesn't
          understand stock options. He
          doesn't see what can happen if they
          take those away from me.

          $1 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- MASTER BEDROOM- NIGHT 81
          Ginger alone in bed at 3 AM during a rain storm. The regular
          patter of rain is punctuated by the sound of a SMALL ENGINE.
          She gets out of bed and goes to the window.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 74.
          Whitacre stands in his bathrobe in the rain with the LEAF
          BLOWER. There's one wet leaf stuck to the pavement and he's
          focussed the full power of the blower on it but it's not
          going anywhere. Three deer stand like statues in the yard,
          oblivious to the rain.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          We got a deer problem here.
          They're in the corn, they're eating
          the small trees, they charge into
          the road. Too many deer. Take
          away all the predators and that's
          going to happen.. .No bears, no
          coyotes...So now you have all these
          deer-- weak and desperate.

          ANGLE ON THE DEER
          Close enough to hear the rain on their METAL BODIES. They
          are YARD STATUES.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          And then one gets sick and they all
          get sick. Because they're broke and
          hungry and they make mistakes.
          Who's fault is that? You can't
          blame the deer for not having
          predators...

          82 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION DRIVEWAY- NIGHT/RAIN 82
          Ginger approaches in her night gown under an umbrella.

                         GINGER
          Mark, what are you doing?
          Whitacre can't tear himself away from the lone leaf.

                         GINGER
          Come inside Mark, what's happening
          to you?
          She takes his arm and tries to lead him toward the house, but
          he turns on her. His eyes are filled with terror. She turns
          off the blower.

                         WHITACRE
          You want to be someone living in
          some small house? You want to be
          like those people who can't afford
          cars for their kids?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 75.

                         GINGER
          You're not better than somebody
          else because you have more cars or
          a bigger salary. Or some stables
          across the road. You used to know
          that, you used to know what
          mattered. You need to find that out
          again-- you need to turn to God.
          Whitacre stares at the leaf, trying to move it with his will.

                         WHITACRE
          (softly so God won't hear)
          I don't need God.

          83 INTERIOR ADM WHITACRE'S OFFICE- DAY 83
           Whitacre flags down KIRK SCHMIDT, 40, a co-worker and a
           friend who is passing by.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, Kirk, I'm gonna be heading off
          to Europe and I was thinking I'd
          deliver the check for the ABP deal
          in person.

                         SCHMIDT
          Remind me, ABP deal?

                         WHITACRE
          Threonine microbe, they've made
          some substantial improvements and
          we need to get it into the market.
          I got the invoice somewhere...
          He fishes it out of a pile of papers and slides it across the
          desk.

                         SCHMIDT
          We can overnight it.

                         WHITACRE
          Nah, I'm gonna see this
          Thorstensson guy. I'll just hand it
          to him.

                         SCHMIDT
          Then I'll get it over. Lysine's
          going great guns Mark, price is up
          to one-twenty.
          Out the window of the office Andreas looks at the tote board
          and smiles broadly-- he gives Whitacre a big thumbs up.
          Whitacre smiles and flashes a thumbs up back.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 76.

                         L

          84 EXTERIOR SAVOY BAUR EN VILLE, ZURICH- DAY 84
          Whitacre emerges from the elegant hotel and heads down the
          crowded Bahnhofstrasse.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          ADM: Supermarket to the
          world.. .We'll have to change that.
          When it all comes out-- maybe the
          board'11 want to change the name of
          the company altogether. Like when
          all those companies became Beatrice
          in the 80's. There was that woman,
          `We're Beatrice...' They made light
          bulbs and corn and everything...
          Whitacre enters the SWISS BANK CORPORATION. He approaches A

          UNIFORMED PORTER.

                         WHITACRE
          Guten Morgen, Ich mochte Herr Brief
          finden, bitte?
          The porter points toward a desk.

                         WHITACRE
          Danke schon.
          Whitacre approaches a SECRETARY. Behind him another woman
          shrieks and falls down. The heel has broken on her shoe.
          Her papers scatter everywhere-- the secretary smirks at the

          FALLEN WOMAN.

          WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Guten Tag...Wie gehts es They have a word for laughing
          Ihnen? Ich suche Herr Briel, at the misfortune of others.
          bitte. A word for that.
          Schadenfreude ... We don't have
          any words for that kind of
          thing. In a way, it's not
          really funny.
          The secretary buzzes and moments later a wooden door opens.
          DANIEL BRIEL emerges smiling.

                         BRIEL
          Mr. Whitacre ...Wie gehts? Gut dass
          wir uns eben getroffen haben.
          The two men vanish behind a door.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Brian and Bob always ask me if I do
          much sightseeing on business
          trips-They don't understand.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 77.
          WHITACRE (V.0.) (cont'd)
          You fly in, go to the meeting, go
          to the hotel, go to another meeting
          and get back on the plane. It's
          not that glamorous.

                         85

          85 INTERIOR HAMPTON INN- AFTERNOON
          Whitacre hands another small stack of tapes to Shepard and
          Herndon-- The agents are very excited, Whitacre has good
          news.

                         WHITACRE
          We're having another association
          meeting to work out some issues in
          lysine-- dividing up volume,
          setting prices for some markets.

                         SHEPARD
          Europe again?

                         WHITACRE
          There's a price fixing
          investigation into cement
          manufacturing there-- it has
          everybody spooked. Europe's out.

                         Y` HERNDON
          We can't video tape in Japan--
          that's not gonna help us.

                         WHITACRE
          Hawaii.

                         SHEPARD
          Hawaii?

                         HERNDON
          What's his name, Mimoto, we have
          him saying on tape-- last fall
          that...
          He checks a three ring note-book full of transcriptions.

                         HERNDON
          .they were "concerned about
          severe penalties for anti-trust in
          the US."
          Whitacre smiles, very impressed with himself.

                         SHEPARD
          So, why are they coming to the US?

                         WHITACRE
          I got the association past their
          fears.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 78.

                         L

          ANGLE ON A GOLF BALL
          Crushed by a driver-- the grass and tee fly.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          The state bird of Hawaii is the Nay
          Nay-- it's a kind of land based
          goose and the state motto is va mau
          ke ea o ka aina i ka pono-- the
          customer is the enemy and the
          competitor is your friend.

          86 EXTERIOR SHERATON MAKAHA GOLF COURSE- OAHU 86
          Mimoto, Ikeda, Whitacre, Wilson and ANOTHER FOURSOME OF ASIAN
          LYSINE EXECS crowd around a tee box in their golf clothes.
          Mimoto watches his drive split the palm lined fairway and
          head toward the Pacific. Wilson tees up his ball.

                         TERRY WILSON
          What should we play for?

                         MIMOTO
          If we win, we get Tyson Foods.
          All the execs laugh at the thought of dividing up the world's
          lysine market through golf. An EXEC IN A VISOR chimes in.

                         VISOR
          Or, we could play a thousand tons a
          stroke.

                         IKEDA
          We already know Whitacre's score--
          sixty seven plus alpha.
          More laughter.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I got a hole-in-one once-- back in
          Ohio when I was about eighteen.
          There was a little blurb in the
          paper and I won a windbreaker from
          the country club...I still have the
          news clipping somewhere stashed
          away for safe keeping...

          THE T-BOX THROUGH A CROSS-HAIRS
          A series of photographs are snapped of the golfers.

                         F

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 79.

                         87

          87 A NEARBY HILLSIDE
          Herndon and Shepard snap photographs with a very long lens
          from a golf cart parked on hillside.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          But, mainly I was active in the
          local 4-H Club. I think 4-H is a
          real good thing for kids...I got a
          lot of recognition from them and
          it's not just some local thing.
          It's a federal program-- part of
          the Department of Agriculture.
          OTHER FBI AGENTS dressed for the links shadow the lysine
          execs using LONG RANGE RECORDING EQUIPMENT.

          88 INTERIOR SHERATON MAKAHA- ANOTHER HOTEL ROOM 88
          Herndon and Whitacre-- like a boxer and his corner man.

                         HERNDON
          Just remember-- I want you to poll
          the room and get them to use the
          word "agreement."

                         WHITACRE
          Okay, Bob. It's gonna be a great
          meeting.

                         HERNDON
          Let the action come to you.

                         WHITACRE
          I gotta talk, Bob.

                         HERNDON
          I know that...

                         WHITACRE
          I mean, I'm representing ADM.
          Otherwise, everybody would be
          suspicious.

                         HERNDON
          You can talk. Just don't dominate.
          We want to see others involvement.

          OK?

                         WHITACRE
          Definitely.

                         HERNDON
          It's that time again.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 80.

                         WHITACRE
          Oh, sure no problem.
          Whitacre takes off his shirt as the two men face each other
          in the hotel room-- an uncomfortable moment. Herndon starts
          spreading shave cream across Whitacre's chest.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          When it's over I think we'll be
          friends, all of us. Good friends.
          I'll have Bob over and Brian and
          we'll bar-b-que. Maybe not so much
          with some of the guys over at ADM--
          probably not Mick and Terry...But
          guys like Sid and Marty and
          Rheinhard we've been through a lot
          together...

          89 EXTERIOR POOL SIDE- SHERATON RESORT 89
          Wilson, Mimoto, Ikeda and Visor sip umbrella drinks

                         TERRY WILSON
          We can't be manipulated by these
          Goddamn buyers. Thank God we have
          them, but they are not my friends.
          The men all nod. Whitacre appears pool side and begins to
          unbutton his Hawaiian shirt. Wilson turns to Ikeda.

                         TERRY WILSON
          You're my friend. I want to be
          closer to you than I am to any
          customer, cause you can make it so
          I can make money or I can't make
          money. And all I want...
          Nobody is listening to him. They all stare at Whitacre. A

          LARGE PATCH OF HIS CHEST HAIR IS SHAVED.

                         WHITACRE
          What?
          Whitacre looks down at his chest-- so does everyone else.
          Whitacre's got some explaining to do.

                         WHITACRE
          Oh, that. Nah, I had to take this
          physical for some life insurance
          the wife wanted. They shaved me
          for the heart thing. Itches...
          Whitacre smiles shyly and settles into the pool.

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 81.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          It's not really lying when you're
          doing it to serve some greater
          purpose...I think that's what God
          would say-- it's not all cut and
          dry-- like that and you can't
          really send a lie out into the
          world on its own, you wouldn't do
          that with a child per se...A lie
          needs the company of other lies--
          and so it may look like a lot of
          lies in the end, but it's really
          just the first one that counts...

          90 INTERIOR SHERATON MAKAHA- MEETING SUITE 90
          A medium sized room overlooking the grounds. Orange Juice and
          fruit trays and an easel in the corner. The room seems a
          little cramped for the number of men assembling-- Whitacre,
          Wilson, Mimoto, Ikeda and a number of others from Asia and
          Europe. Whitacre searches for SOMETHING.

                         TERRY WILSON
          Damn Mark, can't you call and get
          us a bigger room. This is crazy.

                         WHITACRE
          Anyone seen my briefcase?

                         MIMOTO
          We move to bigger room.
          They start to pack up their stuff. Whitacre panics.

                         WHITACRE
          No, no. I don't think they have
          one... . Is my brief case behind the
          flip-chart?

          91 INTERIOR SURVEILLANCE ROOM- TWO ROOMS AWAY 91
          Herndon enters with the BRIEF CASE-- Shepard is watching
          Whitacre on a monitor with other JUNIOR AGENTS.

                         HERNDON
          He left it in his room.

          92 INTERIOR SHERATON MAKAHA- MEETING SUITE 92
          I• Whitacre on the phone.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 62.

                         WHITACRE
          Yeah, it's just there's more of us
          than we expected. Nothing larger?
          Really? Can you check again...

          CU ON THE PHONE BASE
          Whitacre's finger holds down the receiver switch. He's
          talking to no one. Mimoto picks up his chair and moves it
          right in front of THE LAMP/CAMERA. Another problem.

                         WHITACRE
          Call us if anything opens up. It's
          Whitacre, Mark Whitacre.
          He hangs up and crosses toward Mimoto.

                         WHITACRE
          Uh, Mr. Mimoto, I think you might
          be able to see the easel better...

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          You think Mimoto would be any
          different in my position? They
          have guys filing expense reports
          for sex trips to Bangkok at
          Ajinomoto Corporation...Any of
          these guys who have kids and found
          themselves in a bind with the
          authorities...

          93 INTERIOR SHERATON MAKAHA- SURVEILLANCE ROOM 93
          A suite down the hall. Shepard stares at the back of Mimoto's
          chair on the monitor. Helpless. They've come a long way to
          go back empty handed.
          Suddenly the room comes into view as Whitacre moves the chair
          from in front of THE LAMP/CAMERA.

                         WHITACRE
          (on the monitor)
          What if we just move your chair
          over here.

                         SHEPARD
          Thatta boy, Mark.

          94 INTERIOR SHERATON MAKAHA- MEETING SUITE 94
          Terry Wilson starts the meeting.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft; 1/15/03 83.

                         I

                         TERRY WILSON
          I'd like to welcome everybody here,
          glad everyone could make it and
          sorry for those who can't play golf
          tomorrow-- we're gonna have a good
          time.
          Whitacre's POV-- he scans the room.

          TERRY WILSON WHITACRE (V.0.)
          We have an old saying at ADM It's like that game on TV
          that applies here. It's where one guy knows a word
          better to have the elephants and tries to make the other
          inside the tent pissin' out, one say it... another word for
          than outside pissin' in. "deal"...how about
          "consensus," or
          "understanding." Maybe they'd
          take "deal"-- that's like
          "agreement."..

                         MIMOTO
          Outside piss?
          Language problem again.

                         TERRY WILSON
          It's better to be part of the
          group.

                         WHITACRE
          Competitors are our friends,
          remember? Customers the enemy.
          The group nods in agreement with Whitacre's translation. JM
          SUH of Cheil Corporation takes issue with this. The two
          argue... Whitacre looks at SUH, who is LOSING HIS HAIR...

          SUH WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I want to know why Cheil Male pattern hair loss can be
          Corporation has been excluded a real set back...I mean a
          from association in the past. lot of women, their father's
          are bald so they're kind of
          used to it...But, still
          seeing it in the drain every
          morning in your thirties,
          that's not fair at all and
          this Minoxidil thing-- it's
          not really, a cure...

                         MIMOTO
          I explain it to you on the phone
          many times...
          Suh is kind of a baby-- Mimoto doesn't like him. Wilson
          steps in.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 84.

                         J--

                         TERRY WILSON
          If the market is what we think it
          is...
          There's a KNOCK ON THE DOOR. Conversation ceases.

                         WHITACRE
          We have a couple other people
          joining us I think?
          MR. CHAUDRET from EUROLYSINE is making himself a fruit plate.

          MR. CHAUDRET
          From Sewon in Korea.

                         MIMOTO
          And one from the FBI?
          Whitacre freezes. He's caught. He looks at the business
          men... DO THEY ALL KNOW?

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          That's why there can't be any
          leaves on the walk. They give it
          away-Like the ants-- they can see
          a trail of ants...
          Mimoto smiles right at Whitacre-- the walls close in, and
          then, the room bursts into laughter. Whitacre gets it. He
          smiles back.

                         WHITACRE
          And seven from the Federal Trade
          Commission.
          IT'S ALL A JOKE. More laughter and more knocks. Whitacre
          goes to the door. Mimoto calls out.

                         MIMOTO
          Yes? FTC?
          Whitacre opens the door to find HERNDON DRESSED LIKE A HOTEL
          EMPLOYEE-- he hands Whitacre the brief case.

                         HERNDON
          This was left in the lobby. The
          concierge thought it might belong
          to one of you gentleman.

                         WHITACRE
          Okay. Hey, thanks.
          Herndon closes the door.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 85.

          MR. CHAUDRET
          You forgot your briefcase in the
          lobby?

                         WHITACRE
          When I was signing for the food-- I
          must've left it.

          MR. CHAUDRET
          In Paris it would have already been
          sold.
          More laughter.

                         VIDEO MONITOR

                         SUH
          How can we know ADM will stay at
          agreed upon levels?

                         TERRY WILSON
          Our preference is to trust each
          other. If we find someone lyin'--
          then we hire some mafia figure and
          rub you out.
          The group laughs.

                         TERRY WILSON
          If we can't trust each other in the
          end, it ain't gonna work.

                         MIMOTO
          You are okay for that?
          A beat.

                         SUH
          Yeah, I'm all right.

                         WHITACRE
          So what are we saying then?
          Wilson looks at Whitacre like he's an idiot.

                         TERRY WILSON
          What, is there a language problem
          here?

                         WHITACRE
          So, everyone is, uh...
          They just said so. It's like Whitacre is playing Password.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 86.

                         MIMOTO
          Agreed. Uh, five companies agree on
          quantity for the first time.
          The men all smile at each other-- hand shakes and high fives.

          95 INTERIOR DEPT OF JUSTICE CONFERENCE ROOM- CHICAGO 95
          Shepard and Herndon have been playing the new tape for Robin
          Mann and US ANTITRUST ATTORNEY JAMES MUTCHNIK. Shepard and
          Herndon beam with pride.

                         SHEPARD
          Agreement... you heard it.
          He hits rewind and plays it again.

          MUTCHNIK ROBIN MANN
          A jury's gonna love that. Congratulations.

                         MUTCHNIK
          Christ, how about this guy
          Whitacre? What's his story?

                         SHEPARD
          What do you mean?

                         MUTCHNIK
          What's his agenda? The guy's making
          350 grand a year, he's moving up
          the ladder and he turns informer.
          When does that happen? Is the
          money going up his nose? Some woman
          somewhere with a kid that he's
          seeing on one of these business
          trips? What's his story?
          Shepard and Herndon are offended on behalf of Mark. Herndon
          reaches into his briefcase and pulls out a GREETING CARD.

                         HERNDON
          I wanted everyone to see this.
          This is Mark Whitacre and his
          family.
          The group passes it around. A photo of Whitacre Family
          smiling in front of their Christmas Tree.

                         HERNDON
          I carry this picture with me all
          the time as a constant reminder
          that he is a real person with a
          real family depending on him.
          The only reason we have these tapes
          is because of this man.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 87.

                         HERNDON (CONT'D)
          We want to know that when the time
          comes, if he loses his job, the
          government is going to stand behind
          him.

                         ROBIN MANN
          What's he looking for?

                         SHEPARD
          About eighteen grand a month.
          He hands her a folder of Whitacre's expenses.

          96 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- NIGHT 96
          Whitacre rides down the shoulder of the two lane, past the
          towers of the grain elevators-- to a railroad crossing and
          rumbling out of the darkness, comes another 100 box cars of
          what America needs for tomorrow and each one of those cars
          says: ADM.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          We took the kids one year to the
          Renaissance festival in
          Indiana.. .You get to be the White
          Knight.. .The kids get to ride in
          the joust against the forces of
          darkness with a helmet on. And the
          White Knight always wins, the
          forces of darkness fall onto an old
          mattress...It was maybe ninety
          degrees out and the heat and
          humidity index-- I can't even
          remember what the radio said.

          97 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- MASTER BEDROOM- NIGHT 97
           Ginger lies alone in bed, eyes open, train whistles in the
           night. It's 4 a.m.

           WHITACRE (V.0.)
          We were next in line and the mare
          collapsed-- went down in a heap.
          Ginger was eating ye olde drumstick
          and she dropped it in the dirt.
          The kids were crying and I remember
          this farmer saying he had a gun in
          his truck... Just like that. From
          the White Knight to a gun in the
          truck-How do you get that back?
          How does that get to be fair?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 88.

          98 EXTERIOR ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL- DECATUR 98
          Whitacre pulls into the parking lot in a brand new PORSCHE
          911. Shepard gets out of a black sedan and crosses the lot.
          He climbs into the shiny red car.

                         WHITACRE
          (off the Porsche)
          Hey, Brian, how do you like it?
          Shepard takes in the car.

                         SHEPARD
          It's a beauty. How was Hong Kong?

                         WHITACRE
          Real good-- we're going to be
          taking the lysine prices up again.
          He hands Shepard an envelope.

                         SHEPARD
          We're gonna wanna hear how the
          company responds when we move in.
          Shepard hands him some tapes and batteries. He grabs the
          BRIEF CASE off the backseat.

                         SHEPARD
          You want me to load you up right
          now?

                         WHITACRE
          That's okay, Brian. It's kind of
          packed with work anyway.
          Whitacre stops Shepard from opening the case-- he takes the
          tapes and puts them in his lap.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          I'll see you at the briefing.
          Whitacre watches Shepard walk away then opens the briefcase.

          ANGLE ON THE BRIEFCASE
          It's filled with TENS OF THOUSANDS IN CASH.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Marty Allison, Sid Hulse, and the
          other guys will understand--
          they've worked with me.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 89.
          WHITACRE (V.0.) (cont'd)
          They saw what I was trying to do
          for everyone... Those guys know
          me-They'd back me up all the way--
          family and friends are the most
          important thing. That's the
          lesson.

          99 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- MASTER BEDROOM- MORNING 99
          Whitacre picks a tie to go with his TAPE RECORDER SUIT. He
          sees good things on the horizon. But, Ginger's got another
          point of view.

                         GINGER
          Mark, are you an idiot?

                         WHITACRE
          I'm gonna be the only one left.
          Dwayne will be gone. Mick will be
          gone. Terry will be gone. I'm
          going to be the only one who can
          run ADM.

                         GINGER
          That's totally illogical. How can
          you possibly stay there when you've
          dust taken down the company? You
          think they're going to pat you on
          the back?

                         WHITACRE
          I'm next in line.

                         GINGER
          It's the FBI, right? They're
          brainwashing you. Brian Shepard
          put these ideas in your head to
          keep you working for him.
          She storms out-- Whitacre checks his hair in the mirror.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm telling you, they're gonna make
          me president.

                         SHEPARD

                         (PRE-LAP)
          How's your family doing?

          100 INTERIOR HAMPTON INN- EVENING 100
          Shepard, Herndon, Whitacre, Mann, Mutchnik and A HOST OF
          OTHER AGENTS prepare for the raid. The cheap hotel room has
          been transformed into a COMMAND CENTER.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 90.
          There's a MAP OF DECATUR on the wall with push-pins at
          various locations and A CHART of which agent will contact
          which ADM executive.

                         WHITACRE
          They're good. They'll be at an
          amusement park when you guys make
          your move.

                         ROBIN MANN
          Whatever happens tomorrow, it may
          be in your best interest to get an
          attorney who represents your
          interests alone.
          Whitacre is confused.

                         WHITACRE
          You want me to go and hire an
          attorney now?

                         HERNDON
          No, not now...

                         MUTCHNIK
          The first thing that's going to
          happen is the company lawyers are
          going to come to all the executives
          with a list of attorneys for you to
          pick from. You gotta understand,
          these attorneys are being paid by
          ADM. They don't represent you. Do
          not take one of these attorneys,
          that's when you say to them that
          you have your own attorney.

                         SHEPARD
          Tell them you've decided to
          cooperate with the government.

                         MUTCHNIK
          It's perfectly reasonable for you
          to cooperate. It happens all the
          time.

                         WHITACRE
          Well, I know a lawyer in Decatur...

                         SHEPARD
          No, Mark. The town's too small.

                         MUTCHNIK
          I'm sure you've met lawyers in your
          business dealings who can handle
          this.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 91.

                         WHITACRE
          Oh, definitely.
          He searches his mind for who that might be.

                         SHEPARD
          Now, Mark once this thing starts
          it's going to be intense.
          They're going to know that somebody
          was on the inside working with us.
          They're going to do almost anything
          to find out who it is.

                         WHITACRE
          You guys still think everything
          will work out okay for me at the
          company? They'll take out the bad
          guys, but I'll be okay?

          101 INTERIOR DECATUR CLUB DINING ROOM-CONTINUOUS 101
           Mauve covered tables patrolled by bow-tied wait staff. Wood
           paneling, botanical drawings of the Illinois state flowers on
           the wall, serrated steak knives on the table.
           Whitacre and Wilson dine with a VISITING CLIENT, 35. They're
           a couple of cocktails into the swagger of American Business.

                          TERRY WILSON
          Come on Mark, you're making that
          up.

                         WHITACRE
          No, it's true. Archer, The "A" in
          ADM, choked to death on a chicken
          bone in 1947.

                         TERRY WILSON
          There you have it from Mark
          Whitacre, Ph.D. You know what the
          Ph.D. is for? Piled Higher and
          Deeper.

                         VISITING CLIENT
          And let me guess, Daniels was
          killed by a pig and the cows got
          Midland?
          Booze soaked laughter all around.

          ANGLE ON HERNDON AND SHEPARD
          At the hostess stand whispering-- the hostess drops her
          menus.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 92.

                         TERRY WILSON
          So, a chicken got Archer-- but
          fifty years later when you look at
          our deals with Tyson, Foster Farms--
          what's the body count?
          More laughter. The agents walk up to the table.

                         HERNDON
          Excuse me. Mr. Wilson, Mr.
          Whitacre-- I'm Bob Herndon and I'm
          an FBI agent. This is Special
          Agent Shepherd.

          WHITACRE TERRY WILSON
          Jesus, what is it? What's What's this about?

                         SHEPARD
          Why don't we step over there.
          Wilson is baffled. Whitacre feigns surprise-- they both look
          to their client.

                         TERRY WILSON
          I have no idea what this is.
          Wilson gets up from the table. Whitacre is shaken.

          TERRY WILSON (CONT'D)
          Do I need an attorney.

                         WHITACRE
          Attorney? Christ.

                         HERNDON
          Mr. Whitacre, if I can ask you to
          step outside with Agent Shepard and
          Mr. Wilson, if you could have a
          seat.
          The men move away from the table leaving the Visiting Client
          baffled and all alone-- a STUNNED WAITRESS approaches him.

                         STUNNED WAITRESS
          Would you like to see the dessert
          menu?

          102 EXTERIOR DECATUR CLUB- EVENING 102
          Shepard and Whitacre descend the steps of the club and head
          for the FBI cruiser.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 93.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          I saved a guy once at a restaurant
          in Hong Kong. He was choking on a
          bone and I got him to throw himself
          over the back of his chair. He
          sends me cards on holidays... Just
          to say thanks...tells me what his
          kids are studying. He remembers me.

          103 INTERIOR DECATUR CLUB VESTIBULE- CONTINUOUS 103
          Herndon and Wilson.

                         TERRY WILSON
          You have a reason for embarrassing
          my colleague and I in front of a
          business prospect?

                         HERNDON
          Mr. Wilson you're president over at
          Archer Daniels Midland Corporation,
          correct?

                         TERRY WILSON
          I run the corn business.

                         HERNDON
          This is a serious matter. It
          involves an international
          investigation into price fixing...

                         104

          104 EXTERIOR DECATUR CLUB- SIMULTANEOUSLY
          Shepard and Whitacre.

                         SHEPARD
          Why don't we talk in the car.

                         105

          105 INTERIOR DECATUR CLUB-CONTINUOUS
          Herndon and Wilson.

                         HERNDON
          We've seen you and your boss, Mick
          Andreas, conspire with your
          competitors to fix prices. We've
          seen you tell others to do it.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 94.

                         L

          106 INTERIOR ARCHER, DANIELS HEADQUARTERS- NIGHT 106
          FBI agents flash badges and warrants to a night security
          guard and fan out down the corridors-- entering offices,
          seizing documents.

          HERNDON (V.0.)
          There are going to be indictments.
          Search warrants have been issued...

          107 EXTERIOR NICE NEIGHBORHOOD DECATUR, ILLINOIS- NIGHT 107
          FBI agents roll up the drive way and approach A MIDDLE AGED
          MAN watering his plants.

          HERNDON (V.0.)
          and some people, people you know
          and work with will be going to
          jail.
          The MIDDLE AGED MAN drops the hose and goes inside with the
          FBI agent. Pull back to reveal TWO OTHER HOUSES on the
          street have FBI CRUISERS parked in their driveways.

          HERNDON (V.0.) (CONT'D)
          We're giving you a chance...

          108 INTERIOR DECATUR CLUB-CONTINUOUS 108
          Wilson sits motionless cradling his High Ball. Out the
          window, Whitacre and Shepard are just shapes in the Dodge.

                         HERNDON
          A chance to be able to look your
          grandchildren in the eye someday
          and tell them you did the right
          thing...

                         WILSON'S POV
          Wilson looks out the window and sees Whitacre in the FBI
          cruiser.

          109 INTERIOR SHEPARD'S CAR- NIGHT 109
          Whitacre and Shepard watch Herndon and Wilson in the foyer.
          Whitacre is in the middle of an adrenaline rush two-and-a-
          half years in the making.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 95.

                         WHITACRE
          Look at that, look at Bob and
          Terry. Man, I'd love to be a fly on
          the wall for that one. I was good
          wasn't I? I seemed scared.
          Shepard tries to calm him down, get him to focus.

                         SHEPARD
          Remember what we told you, Mark:
          tell them that you're cooperating
          first thing and whatever you do, do
          not take one of their lawyers.

                         110

          110 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S MERCEDES BENZ COUPE- NIGHT
          Whitacre and Wilson. Whitacre is in a feigned panic.

                         WHITACRE
          What did you say to your guy?

                         TERRY WILSON
          Nothing. I told him nothing. Slow
          down.

                         WHITACRE
          Me, too.

                         TERRY WILSON
          He said he had tapes-- that he'd
          heard price fixing tapes. . .What the
          fuck is that? I can't believe they
          would pull this shit on Dwayne
          Andreas...
          The car skids into a turn up a very long drive toward the
          kind of mansion that comes from price fixing.

                         WHITACRE
          I bet they tapped the phones-- I
          always said that about them. I bet
          it's phone calls.

                         TERRY WILSON
          Maybe, but what's that?

                         WHITACRE
          You know, I get phone calls from
          time to time, Terry.

                         TERRY WILSON
          I know, I know.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 96.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Terry never liked me...He's a
          dinosaur. A fossil. The Andreas'
          bully, is all he ever was. He was
          never going to run the place. Those
          guys never do, they just use them
          to find the land mines...
          MICK ANDREAS, Mid 40's appears in the headlights-- shirt un-
          tucked, holding a drink.

                         111

          111 EXTERIOR ANDREAS MANSION DRIVEWAY- CONTINUOUS
          Gnats swarm around the yard lights-- crickets chirp out the
          temperature.

                         ANDREAS
          We're going to the lawyers-- I
          don't want to use the phones.

                         WHITACRE
          See, the phones.

                         ANDREAS
          They hit everyone-- my Dad,
          Schmidt, Randall...

                         WILSON
          Fuck me.

                         ANDREAS
          They played me a tape-- of me--
          some meeting with the fucking japs.
          I called the lawyers.. .They want us
          to go there.

                         TERRY WILSON
          They played a fucking tape!

                         ANDREAS
          I really don't think they've got
          that much and when you factor in
          everything we've ever done for them
          .It'll be a ten year thing for
          the lawyers then there'll be some
          deal, maybe a fine.. .That's all
          it'll ever be.
          Wilson and Andreas get in one car-- Whitacre gets in another.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Mick should've been more of a
          friend to me.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 97.
          WHITACRE (V.O.) (cont'd)
          Taken me into his confidence more
          just about different kinds of
          things...I could've kept some of
          the tapes out of it...The ones
          about girls or whatever-- those are
          gonna be tough to hear on the
          nightly news...

          112 INTERIOR FBI OFFICE, DECATUR- LATER 112
          The small room is abuzz with agents reporting in. A
          successful raid.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          .I could've turned the tape
          recorder off and told Brian and Bob
          I ran out of batteries...

                         SHEPARD
          Do you think it went well?

                         HERNDON
          I don't think I would change a
          thing.
          A phone rings somewhere-- an agent answers.

                         PHONE AGENT
          I got Agent Temples for Attorney
          Mutchnik.
          Mutchnik-- sharing in the joy of the success takes the phone.

           WHITACRE (V.0.)
           They would've believed me. Brian
           and Bob really trusted me...

                          113

          113 EXTERIOR KIRK SCHMIDT'S HOUSE- NIGHT
          AGENT TEMPLES sits in his car outside the house on his cell
          phone.

                         AGENT TEMPLES
          I just interviewed an ADM employee,
          Kirk Schmidt...

          MUTCHNIK (O.S.)
          Yeah...

                         AGENT TEMPLES
          Schmidt knew we were coming. He
          said Whitacre told him about the
          raid days ago.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 98.

          114 INTERIOR FBI OFFICE, DECATUR- CONTINUOUS 114
          Mutchnik hangs up the phone. One unhappy guy in the midst of
          a lot of law enforcement back-patting. He turns to Shepard
          and Herndon.

                         MUTCHNIK
          Bob, Brian-- can I talk to you guys
          for a second...

          115 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S MERCEDES BENZ SEDAN- LATER 115
          Whitacre listens to the farm report on WSOY as he heads down
          Highway 36. He turns into the HOLIDAY INN and parks next to
          the tennis courts behind the hotel-- A LITER BOTTLE OF COKE
          rolls around in the wind.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          The metric system never panned out.
          We all had rulers with inches on
          one edge and centimeters on the
          other-- I pronounced it centimiters
          instead of centimeeters-- and
          nobody ever corrected me. They

                         IT -
          just let me walk around stupid so
          I'm not really upset we never
          crossed over, although it's helpful
          in Europe. The liter bottle is the
          only thing that ever caught on,
          because it's a nicer word--liter--
          than quart.
          A sedan pulls up next to him. Herndon and Shepard climb in.

                         WHITACRE
          You guys were great. I mean you
          scared the hell out of Terry and
          you should've seen Mick and the
          lawyers.

                         SHEPARD
          That's super, Mark.

                         WHITACRE
          And the best part is, they think
          you gave me the once over.

                         HERNDON
          Did you make a tape?
          Whitacre again reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small
          tape recorder.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 99.

                         L

                         WHITACRE
          Yeah, and it's good stuff. It's
          real good.
          He hands the agents the tape.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          So, it's pretty much over now.
          Whitacre nods-- a moment to savor, until...

                         SHEPARD
          Mark, who did you tell?

                         WHITACRE
          What? What do you mean?

                         SHEPARD
          Who did you tell about the raid.
          Shepard is furious, he glares at Whitacre.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, I had to tell my secretary. I
          told her a long time ago. I just
          said, "look I'm working with the
          FBI on some things, I may be out of
          touch for a while. That's all...
          Shepard still glares.

                         WHITACRE
          And, uh, I've probably mentioned
          Kathy Dougherty, in my division.
          She's a dear friend and a trusted
          ally. I didn't want her to be
          scared.

                         SHEPARD
          Why did you do that, Mark? Why did
          you tell Dougherty?

                         WHITACRE
          Like I said, I didn't want her to
          be scared. And I can trust her.
          Guys, I can trust her.
          Shepard glares in harder, his voice cracking.

                         SHEPARD
          Who else?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 100.

                         WHITACRE
          Mmm...Kirk Schmidt. I wanted to let
          him know it was okay to talk with
          you `cuz he might not on account of
          he's loyal to me.
          Shepard explodes.

                         SHEPARD
          You could have ruined this entire
          operation. Two and a half years...
          Herndon intervenes.

                         HERNDON
          Time out. Mark, you know what you
          did was wrong in our eyes...
          Whitacre starts to speak.

                         HERNDON
          Don't...Don't. Look, we can get
          past this. But is there anything
          else we need to know? Anything?
          A beat. Whitacre regains his composure.

                         WHITACRE
          No, I can't think of anything, Bob.

          116 INTERIOR ADM LOBBY- THE NEXT MORNING 116
          Whitacre strolls through the lobby amazed at the mayhem he's
          created. Documents are being carted away by the arm load.
          Secretary's make frantic phone calls to lawyers.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Selenium deficiency in chicks
          causes reduced growth and
          pancreatic atrophy and increased
          mortality. But, does anyone here
          know that? It's in my Ph. D.
          Thesis.. .You can solve it with
          vitamin E. Mick and Terry-most
          of the people-- they don't even
          have Ph. D.'s. They wouldn't have
          the slightest idea about what
          selenium deficiency can do to a
          chick. But, I know it, I did the
          research.

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE
          A small smile of accomplishment.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 101.

                         G
          Whitacre sits in his office. From his POV he can see the
          GREAT AND POWERFUL DWAYNE ANDREAS, 70, Mick and Terry cross
          the chaotic trading area toward his office-- with them are
          two STARCHED AND SUITED OLDER MEN who can only be a LAWYERS--
          AUBREY DANIEL and JOHN DOWD.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Dwayne Andreas, hey, how ya doin'?
          Sorry about the FBI arresting your
          son and investigating your
          company... Maybe you all should've
          listened to me.
          The smile vanishes. Is he found out?

                         DWAYNE ANDREAS
          Mark Whitacre, this is Aubrey
          Daniel.

                         AUBREY DANIEL
          Pleasure meeting you. I'm
          representing ADM in this matter.
          And this is a colleague of mine
          John Dowd. Dwayne's told me about
          your responsibilities here...

                         1 W -
          They shake hands.

                         DWAYNE ANDREAS
          Aubrey defended Lt. Calley after
          the My Lai massacre in Viet
          Nam... So this ought to be a cake
          walk for him.

                         AUBREY DANIEL
          We thought you might take some time
          and talk to John here.

                         MICK ANDREAS
          ADM's going to stand behind you on
          this, Mark. Dad and I want the key
          people to know we'll be paying
          their legal fees.

                         WHITACRE
          Great, that's great.

                         DWAYNE ANDREAS
          Then we'll let you fellas get
          acquainted.
          Everyone leaves except for Dowd and Whitacre. Dowd gives
          Whitacre a warm, knowing look.

                         JOHN DOWD
          How you holding up, Mark?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 102.

                         WHITACRE
          Uh, can I ask you something?

                         JOHN DOWD
          Sure. Anything.

                         WHITACRE
          If I tell you something are you
          allowed to say anything to Mick or
          Dwayne?

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE'S OFFICE
          From the trading floor. Dowd gets up and pulls the curtains
          shut. Through a crack in the drapes we see Whitacre and Dowd
          talk.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          It feels good to talk, to clear the
          air-- you get to be like a balloon
          after a while. A balloon looking
          for a pin to bump into and relieve
          the pressure. You could get sick
          from keeping it inside and get a
          tumor or something..I didn't ask
          for that. Why should I pay for my
          own legal fees when I'm not the one
          who started the price fixing.

          117 INTERIOR FBI OFFICE DECATUR- EVENING 117
          Herndon and Shepard stand over a similar sea of documents--
          exhausted.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          People get their live's earnings
          wiped out by these legal
          entanglements ... I'm gonna pay for
          that? That's not right, I have kids
          and Ginger and horses...

          118 EXTERIOR ADM- LATER 118
          Twilight. From the parking lot you can see two men still
          talking in the fluorescent light of Whitacre's office.

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 103.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I have a friend from school who has
          a law practice and he's always
          telling me how they can't talk
          about their cases-Like in The
          Firm... You can tell them anything
          and they have to keep to themselves
          or they get in a lot of
          trouble-They're boxed. That's
          what they say, "boxed."

          119 INTERIOR ADM TRADING FLOOR- LATER 119
          A GROUP OF LAWYERS sit among boxes of pizza and beer. The
          drapes finally open in Whitacre's office. Dowd and Whitacre
          emerge. Dowd looks stunned, Whitacre solemn. Wilson, Daniel,
          Mick and the other lawyers stop what their doing and look up.

                         WHITACRE
          I need to tell you that I'm
          cooperating with the government.
          The FBI has hundreds of tapes. They
          know all about lysine. John here
          agrees I should be getting another
          lawyer.

                         JOHN DOWD
          No question about it.
          Dowd and Daniel share a knowing look. An uncomfortable
          silence follows.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm sorry for what's happened.

                         ANDREAS
          Sorry? What's that?
          Whitacre shakes Mick Andreas' hand and walks away. The men
          are all stunned, they watch him leave.

                         AUBREY DANIEL
          John, I bet that SOB was wearing a
          wire on you tonight, too.

          120 INTERIOR ADM- THE NEXT MORNING 120
          Whitacre crosses the room; the object of cold stares and hard
          silence.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey. . .Good morning.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 104.
          To nobody in particular and nobody responds. He enters his
          office and closes the drapes.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)

                         (NERVOUS)
          There are perfectly good ties on
          sale and nobody is buying them.
          Paisleys and yellow and red Rep
          ones with little crests and what
          have you. Two for one. You just
          have to take the time and look,
          there are plenty of good ones...
          But, when he looks up AUBREY DANIEL is standing there--- all
          arrogance and anger concentrated into a very intense beam of
          language.

                         AUBREY DANIEL
          Mark, we'd like you off the
          premises.

                         WHITACRE
          Uh, Mr. Daniel, can't we...

                         AUBREY DANIEL
          Management wants you out...

                         WHITACRE
          But, I'm a VP here...
          And with that MARK CHEVIRON picks up his briefcase and car
          keys.

                         CHEVIRON
          Let's go.

          ANGLE ON BRIAN SHEPARD AND HIS ADOPTED SON
          Seen through the front window of a car baring down on them as
          they work on an OLD FORD MUSTANG MACH ONE. Shepard reacts to
          the camera-- he can't believe what he sees.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          (bitter little boy rant)
          How would Brian Shepard like it if
          he was thrown out of his job? If he
          was humiliated in front of his
          secretary? If he even had a
          secretary. Not very much I'm
          willing to wager.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 105.
          WHITACRE (V.0.) (cont'd)
          It's like, "Hey, Mark we'll lead
          the parade in these bright red
          suits while you walk behind the
          elephants with a shovel and some
          rubber gloves in case it gets
           messy... ."

          121 EXTERIOR BRIAN SHEPARD'S HOME- DAY 121
          A modest Midwestern home on a tree lined street. Whitacre
          brings his TOWN CAR to a screeching halt in front of Shepard.

                         SHEPARD
          Mark, you can't be here.

                         WHITACRE
          They threw me out, Brian.

                         SHEPARD
          You're jeopardizing everything.

                         WHITACRE
          Tossed me out of ADM. I'm out.
          Shepard backs away from Whitacre like he's a leper.

                         SHEPARD
          Not here, Mark-- on the phone we
          can set something up.

                         WHITACRE
          You gotta help me.
          Whitacre looks around-- all the houses have eyes. A LITTLE
          NEIGHBOR BOY has stopped playing catch with his MOTHER and
          both are now staring at Whitacre and Shepard-- as are a group
          of CITY WORKERS fixing a telephone wire.

                         SHEPARD
          If you need to talk, call me.
          Whitacre gets back in his car. Shepard watches him drive
          away-- over his shoulder we hear the phone ringing.
           Whitacre parks at the far end of the street.

                          122

          122 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S TOWN CAR- CONTINUOUS
          Whitacre is freaked out.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          Mark, you can't show up at my
          house. How can you know me if this
          is a secret investigation?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 106.

                         WHITACRE
          They know. They know it's me, my
          lawyer told them.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          What? What lawyer?

                         WHITACRE
          I fired him right away, but he told
          Mick and Dwayne.

          123 INTERIOR SHEPARD'S HOUSE- CONTINUOUS 123
          Shepard paces the kitchen, staring out the window at Whitacre
          who is parked down the street.

                         SHEPARD
          A lawyer can't do that, Mark.

          WHITACRE (O.S.)
          I thought that, I did. Mick and
          Dwayne introduced me to this guy
          and I told him...

                         SHEPARD
          Who introduced you?

          WHITACRE (O.S.)
          Mick and Dwayne said they were
          going to take care of me.
          Shepard can't believe Whitacre gave himself away.

                         SHEPARD
          Mark, we told you not to talk to an
          ADM lawyer. We went over that more
          than once. I think we made it very
          clear.

          124 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S PARKED CAR- CONTINUOUS 124

                         WHITACRE
          I know, I know I do. I just don't
          know one. No ideas.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          Let me make a call.

                         WHITACRE
          You're not mad at me for coming
          over are you, Bri?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 107.

          125 INTERIOR LAW OFFICES OF EPSTEIN, ZAIDEMAN- DAY 125
          JIM EPSTEIN, 43, and BOB ZAIDEMAN, 50, sit with Mark Whitacre
          in their offices in the Loop. Whitacre recounts his life as a
          mole in a rambling fashion-- leaping tangent to tangent.

                         EPSTEIN
          So, there wasn't a saboteur in the
          beginning at all? You made that up?

                         WHITACRE
          Maybe there was, there could've
          been-- ADM steals technology from
          the Japanese-- so I wouldn't put it
          past the Japanese to do the same
          thing. But after I told them that
          I made it up the FBI said I didn't
          have much of a choice.

                         EPSTEIN
          And you began making tapes...How
          many tapes did you make?
          Whitacre again displays his gift to move his lips and mind in
          different directions. The interior monologue takes
          precedence-- the on-camera story we've heard before.

           WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.0.)
          There are over 200 tapes. I There are so many really nice
          carried a tape recorder people in the world. People
          almost everyday to work once who want to help out. Good
          I signed a cooperating neighbors. Good listeners.
          witness agreement, and then Like when they have these
          they gave me a special brief floods out on the Mississippi
          case that I took to meetings and people lose everything
          that had a hidden recorder in and are sleeping in a school
          it-- they even sewed a small gym, someone always shows up
          one they just developed into with a warm coat for the old
          my suit and I'd ride around people and a home made pot
          on the plane and tape Mick roast. That's why Ginger and
          and the guys talking about I bought that girl in town a
          price fixing or stealing special computer after she
          technology and illegal had the spine injury. That
          campaign contributions, just kind of thing really makes a
          whatever we'd talk about. We difference. Jim here strikes
          made over a hundred tapes-- me as that kind of guy, you
          and Brian and Bob and I would can tell he's the one-in-a-
          get together a couple times a hundred guy who when you come
          week and work on the into the emergency room, you
          investigation until we thank your lucky stars that
          briefed the lawyers at the it's his watch.
          Department of Justice and
          they raided the place.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 108.
          Epstein can't believe it.

                         EPSTEIN
          For how long did you do this? Work
          as an informant?

                         WHITACRE
          Uh, two and a half years. I was a
          VP and a cooperating witness.
          A moment of reflection and then...

                         WHITACRE
          I've always thought when this was
          over there'd still be a place for
          me at ADM. I still got a lot of
          friends there.
          The lawyers look at each other.

                         EPSTEIN
          Mark, it's very important to your
          case that you not discuss it with
          anyone else. These people you work
          with, your friends, they could end
          up being witnesses. So Bob and I
          are the only people I want you to
          talk to about this from now on and
          I want you to know you can tell us
          anything.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, thanks for taking the time. I
          really appreciate it. I feel a
          whole lot better.
          Whitacre leaves. Epstein and Zaideman try and absorb what
          they've just heard.
           Then they burst into hysterical laughter.

                          126

          126 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- DAY
          As seen from across the street. A stranger-- SCOTT KILMAN--
          is standing on the steps.

                         GINGER
          He's out of town.

                         KILMAN
          My name is Scott Kilman and I'm a
          reporter from the Wall Street
          1 Journal...
          Kilman gives her a business card.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 109.

                         L

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE
          Hiding in the corn. He inspects an ear.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Any kind of corn will pop-- but not
          every kind turns itself inside out
          and gets white and fluffy...

                         KILMAN
          I know this is a difficult time for
          your family. But, I've seen how
          these things go before-- these
          companies really go after the
          whistle blowers.
          Kilman lays out what he knows for Ginger. She listens
          briefly and then walks Kilman back to his car.

          KILMAN (CONT'D) WHITACRE (V.0.)
          They've got a whole PR There's a starch-protein
          department putting out their matrix. Certain ratios prove
          side. It's just the nature of advantageous ... How do you
          the beast. If he wants his explain that? Who would
          side coming out he's gonna really take the time to
          have to do it. listen when the other guys
           have an agenda. When they
           can get Ronald Reagan on the
           phone because they're
           building a statue of him...

                          GINGER
          Uh, well I don't really know about
          all that-- like I said, Mark's away
          just now-But, I'll let him know
          you stopped by.
          Ginger watches Kilman drive away and then turns and walks
          toward the stables.

                         GINGER
          Mark? He left. You can come back.
          Whitacre emerges from among the tall stalks of corn where
          he's been watching.

          127 INTERIOR BLUE BIRD DINER- EARLY MORNING 127
          Whitacre is strung out on martyrdom and insomnia. He stares
          at his coffee.

                         LIZ TAYLOR
          They turned the place upside down.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 110.
          His loyal secretary gives him a pile of mail.

                         LIZ TAYLOR
          They went though all of this, too.

                         WHITACRE
          I'm sorry you got dragged into
          this.

                         LIZ TAYLOR
          And then they started asking me for
          the access code to your voice mail.
          Whitacre panics.

                         WHITACRE
          Did you tell them? I don't think
          you have to tell them that.

                         LIZ TAYLOR
          well, according to them I do-- but
          I didn't. And about two hours
          later Peterson told me to clean out
          my desk. He said I've been
          transferred out of Bioproducts.

                         WHITACRE
          But, you didn't tell them?

          128 EXTERIOR ADM PLANT- DAY 128
          Whitacre is parked in his MERCEDES across the road staring
          through the chain link fence. Trucks rumble by.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Abe Lincoln was born 45 minutes
          from here and I've never been to
          his log cabin. I've seen post
          cards and I sent the kids there on
          a field trip. But, I've never
          gone. I'm sure it's very well
          preserved. Original beds and
          dining room tables and the doorways
          are probably smaller from when
          people were shorter...It's only 45
          minutes away...
          CU on Whitacre as a sound builds in the car...A small
          outboard motor we've heard before. Getting LOUDER...And then
          a voice competes.

          COMPETING VOICE (PRE-LAP)

          I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET IN TOUCH

          WITH YOU FOR DAYS...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 111.

                         I

          129 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- DAY 129
          Whitacre stands with the leaf blower-- but the driveway is
          spotless. He shuts it off. Behind him is SCOTT KILMAN.

                         KILMAN
          I'd like to talk to you about
          what's been going on at ADM.
          A beat. He hands Whitacre a card.

                         KILMAN
          I'm interested in hearing your side
          of things.
          Whitacre takes a paranoid look around.

                         WHITACRE
          We better go inside. We can't talk
          out here.

          130 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- MORNING 130
          Whitacre makes himself a bowl of cereal and talks on the
          phone. He's fully caffeinated and ready to go.

                         WHITACRE
          They kept coming back Brian, and
          they only had ADM's side of things.

          SHEPARD (O.S.)
          Did you talk to them, Mark?
          What did you say? It's real
          important that you not talk to the
          press.

                         WHITACRE
          Me? I told him I had no comment.
          But, they already had the story.
          A beat. On the counter is a NEWSPAPER. Whitacre hangs up the
          phone.

          ANGLE ON WSJ
          Headline: SEEDS OF DOUBT: AN EXECUTIVE BECOMES INFORMANT FOR

          THE FBI, STUNNING GIANT ADM.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I don't owe Brian Shepard the
          truth.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 112.
          WHITACRE (V.0.) (cont'd)
          I mean, I gave Brian Shepard two
          C and a half years of my life and now
          I have legal bills to show for
          it...And I'm the good guy in all
          this-- the guy who took on ADM...

          131 INTERIOR CTA COMMUTER TRAIN- MORNING 131
          Jim Epstein reads the Journal. Pull back to reveal it's in
          the hands of almost EVERY OTHER EXECUTIVE on the train.

                         EPSTEIN
          Shit.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          .Is Brian Shepard gonna lose his
          job for that? His standard of
          living? I've gone to the local
          junior high school on career day
          and talked to kids about
          biochemistry and the kind of career
          opportunities available...

          132 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION KITCHEN- CONTINUOUS 132
          Whitacre's son, Alexander, runs, screaming into the kitchen.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Can Brian Shepard and Bob Herndon
          say that, I'm the white hat...

                         ALEXANDER
          Dad, Dad, you're on TV!
          Whitacre turns on the TV. A strange light blows out the
          windows of the kitchen. On the TV screen appears the image
          of: WHITACRE'S HOUSE.

                         TV ANNCR:
          A Vice President in the Bio-
          products division of Fortune Five
          Hundred ADM, Whitacre was working
          as a spy for the FBI for over two
          years...

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I did enough for Brain Shepard.
          Who's gonna take care of me?

                         WHITACRE
          Baby, you gotta come see this we're
          on TV.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 113.

          133 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- MORNING 133
          A crowd of reporters and ENG CREWS have sprouted up among the
          corn fields. They press in on the gates. America has
          questions for Mark Whitacre.
          The door opens and Whitacre emerges. Expecting rock star
          exaltation-- he gets something else.

                         REPORTER
          Any comment on the effect your
          actions have had on the decline in
          ADM's stock prices?
          Whitacre cringes.

                         REPORTER 2
          What has been the reaction of your
          friends and co-workers to having
          been taped without their knowledge?
          Whitacre picks up speed toward the garage.

                         REPORTER 3
          Do you believe you and your family
          can safely stay in Decatur, or has
          the government made arrangements to
          move you?
          Whitacre cowers in the garage.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Who picks the kids up for swimming
          lessons. . .Who has a plaque in the
          high school for the Mark Whitacre
          Environmental Award... Where are
          your friends when it's dump on Mark
          Whitacre, where's the pot roast and
          the warm coat?

          134 INTERIOR WHITACRE LIVING ROOM- DAY 134
          Ginger with Shepard and Herndon.

                         GINGER
          We're still getting the threatening
          phone calls and I know for a fact
          that Dwayne and Terry have been
          telling people he wasn't a good
          worker. That he can't be trusted.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 114.

                         SHEPARD
          We told Mark that he had to expect
          the unexpected-- that he might be
          attacked-- that he wasn't going to
          win any popularity contests for
          this.

                         GINGER
          He just mopes around here watching
          the news looking for a glimpse of
          himself. Or, he calls someone from
          ADM looking for the latest gossip.

          135 EXTERIOR ROADSIDE MOTEL BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS- DAY 135
          Whitacre gets out of the car with a brief case and heads into
          the hotel.

          136 INTERIOR WHITACRE LIVING ROOM- CONTINUOUS 136

                         SHEPARD
          Maybe you guys should get out of
          town until the hearings start.

                         HERNDON
          He's got to stop talking to people
          that can really come back to bite
          him...

                         GINGER
          He's very proud, you know...

          137 INTERIOR ROADSIDE MOTEL ROOM- DAY 137
          Whitacre fixes his hair and smiles. A CAMERA FLASHES.

          GINGER (V.0.)
          .I just feel that after
          everything he's done he should be
          taken better care of...

          138 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION-CONTINUOUS 138

                         HERNDON
          Where is he now?
          Beat.

                         GINGER
          He said he was going to see you.

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 115.

                         I

           139 INTERIOR HOTEL ROOM- CONTINUOUS 139
           A camera flash punctuates his words as Whitacre's story pours
           itself into RONALD HENKOFF'S, 38, tape recorder.

                          WHITACRE
          They had warned me that I would
          need an attorney and told me not to
          get one tied to ADM, but they
          didn't stress it...I spent from six
          to ten that night talking to John
          Dowd the attorney from ADM. Dowd
          promised me he wouldn't tell anyone
          my role. But, the next day someone
          at ADM called me and said, "Hey,
          Dwayne told me you're the mole.
          You're the one who caused all
          this..."

                         HENKOFF
          And then what happened?
          Whitacre's story comes out-- in both directions.

           WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.0.)
          It's been pure hell ever A lot of people didn't
          since. I really believed I believe I'd ever go to an Ivy
          was doing a good deed. I league school-- but I did.
          still think that. I won't They didn't believe I'd get a
          ever regret that part. I Ph. D.-- but I did that, too.
          still think I did a good Maybe Cornell isn't Harvard,
          thing...Just a few weeks ago but they play each other in
          I was potentially the next sports. When I was twenty-
          president of the company. I eight I wanted to be making
          have that on tape, and now twice my age-- and I did.
          it's pure character Then the goal was three times
          assasination. Here's what's my age by the time I was
          being said about me at ADM: 30.. . I'm 38 and I'm making
          that I wasn't a good manager, well over ten times my age,
          that I wasn't good with and I'll be on the cover of
          people. That the feds caught Fortune Magazine for cleaning
          me at price-fixing. up one of the biggest
          companies in America...And I
          was just an average student
          in high school.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          I never dreamed of being a whistle
          blower. And I would tell other
          people in this kind of situation to
          take a stand. Try to solve the
          problem internally. Go to the top.

                         (MORE)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 116.

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          If that doesn't work go to the
          authorities...

          140 INTERIOR ADM BOOKEEPING DEPT 140
          SCOTT ROBERTS, an ADM attorney, thumbs through records. He's
          examining a file entitled: ABP INTERNATIONAL.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          The bottom line is that I know my
          story will eventually be confirmed
          by the FBI. There's no reason for
          me to put out a story they're not
          going to confirm... It would be
          crazy.

          ANGLE ON THE PAPERWORK
          Contracts citing various sums of money and photo-copies of
          checks.

          ROBERTS HOLDS TWO PAGES UP TO THE LIGHT. AND THEN RUNS DOWN

          THE HALL WITH THE PAGES.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          It's all on tape, everything that
          happened.

          141 INTERIOR ADM- MICK ANDREAS OFFICE- EVENING 141
          Mick, Dwayne, Roberts and Aubrey Daniel stand before the
          window. The pages are taped to the window.

          ANGLE ON THE PAGES
          The two signatures eclipse each other perfectly.

                         ROBERTS
          You can see where he pasted it.
          Aubrey Daniel picks up the phone barely able to contain his
          glee.

          142 INTERIOR WHITACRE'S CAR- SIMULTANEOULSY 142
          Whitacre races the Ferrari down a two-lane in the middle of
          the farm fields of South Central Illinois. The phone rings
          and he answers cheerfully.

                         WHITACRE
          Mark Whitacre.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 117.

                         I

          AUBREY DANIEL (O.S.)
          Hello, Mark? It's Aubrey Daniel.
          I think you forgot something?
          Whitacre pulls over onto the shoulder. He looks at the cell
          phone in dismay and stares at a Polaroid of himself from the
          Fortune Magazine photo shoot-- he's smiling in the picture.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          One of the things I've learned in
          business is that you should always
          use a person's name in conversation
          if you want them to feel
          important... Sid Hulse and Marty
          Allison think that and they're very
          successful salesman...

          143 EXTERIOR CHINESE RESTAURANT, TAYLORVILLE- DAY 143
          Whitacre gets out of an FBI cruiser with Herndon and Shepard
          and the three men walk toward the restaurant in rural
          Illinois.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          It makes people feel like they're
          definitely being told something
          they can use...
          They enter and the HOSTESS gives them a table up front.

                         WHITACRE
          You got anything open in the back?

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Just by putting their name in there
          at the beginning or the end.
          The men sit at a table in the back.
          A beat.

                         WHITACRE
          Brian, Bob, my attorney's telling
          me not to say anything, but there's
          something I've wanted to talk about
          for awhile.

                         HERNDON
          Don't tell us anything. You have an
          attorney now. This isn't like
          before. Let's just talk.
          Shepard tries to change the subject.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 118.

                         SHEPARD
          You been playing any golf?
          Whitacre doesn't want to "just talk."

                         WHITACRE
          They want to talk to me at ADM.

                         HERNDON
          Mark, you understand your lawyer
          has advised you not to discuss this
          matter?

                         SHEPARD
          We're not asking you.

                         WHITACRE
          Let me throw out some
          "hypotheticals." I'll talk about
          some financial situations and you
          tell me if they're wrong or how
          serious they might be, OK? For
          instance, suppose a company gave an
          executive a car, you know, a
          corporate car. But instead of
          driving it to work he drove his
          personal car and gave the company
          car to his daughter. Would that be
          a problem?

                         HERNDON
          That's it? That's the hypothetical?
          The agents try not to laugh. After what Whitacre has given
          the government-- a little undeclared perk is nothing.

                         SHEPARD
          That shouldn't be a problem.

                         WHITACRE
          What about if an executive used a
          corporate plane for personal use?

                         HERNDON
          Basically, it's the same thing.

                         SHEPARD
          There may be some IRS issues but...

                         WHITACRE
          What if, hypothetically, the
          activity involved kickbacks by
          corporate executives?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 119.

                         I

                         HERNDON
          There are plenty of ways companies
          try and attract business. Dinners
          for clients, tickets for sporting
          events...

                         SHEPARD
          It's not ethical but it's done.
          A beat. Then Whitacre goes on.

                         WHITACRE
          Uh, is this conversation on or off
          the record?

                         SHEPARD
          On. Definitely.
          Whitacre exhales.

                         WHITACRE
          What if the company regularly
          accepted kickbacks to executives in
          the form of cash?
          Shepard drops his fork. Hold on Shepard.

                         SHEPARD
          How much money are we talking about
          Mark?
          Whitacre pauses, clears his throat.

                         WHITACRE
          Five hundred thousand.

                         HERNDON
          How much???
          Whitacre shrinks from the admission like a puppy who just
          crapped on the rug.

                         WHITACRE
          It's how things were done there.

                         SHEPARD
          When did this start, Mark?

                         WHITACRE
          December of 1991.
          Shepard can't believe it.

                         SHEPARD
          You, You... And how were you paid?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 120.

                         E

                         WHITACRE
          By check. They we're deposited in
          various accounts. And always under
          10,000 dollars.

                         SHEPARD
          And did any of these checks come in
          after we met?
          Whitacre pauses.

                         WHITACRE
          Maybe a couple.
          The agents try and control their anger.

                         SHEPARD
          Who else knows about this?

                         WHITACRE
          Nobody.
          Herndon loses it.

                         HERNDON
          Come on, Mark-- you just said it's
          how things were done at ADM. Now,
          is there anything else you're
          involved in? Anything else you need
          to tell us?

                         WHITACRE
          Just what I told you.

                         HERNDON
          I'm asking you one more time.

                         WHITACRE
          The 500 and that's it. Definitely.
          Whitacre nods. He asks hopefully...

                         WHITACRE
          This isn't going to affect the
          price-fixing case, is it?
          The three men get up to leave.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I feel good about that. Hey, I
          don't see what the big deal is.
          They said help us with the price
          fixing and I did-- the two things
          are totally unrelated...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 121.

          144 EXTERIOR DEPT OF JUSTICE, WASHINGTON, DC- DAY 144
          Aubrey Daniel and a PHALANX OF A LAWYERS ascend the steps of

          DOJ.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Besides, Mick knew about it,
          definitely... He's the one who
          taught me to do it in the first
          place.

          145 INTERIOR DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, WASHINGTON DC- DAY 145
          Aubrey Daniel and a cadre of CORPORATE ATTORNEYS sit at a
          conference table with Mann, Mutchnik and U.S. ASST. ATTORNEY
          GENERAL GARY SPRATLING. An overhead projector displays the
          forged contracts on the wall.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          When you look at what went on with
          all the price fixing they did or
          the Federal Building being bombed
          in Oklahoma City, why are we
          focusing on me getting a half-
          million in kick-backs along with
          everyone else?

                         AUBREY DANIEL
          Two point five million dollars.
          Deposited in a bank in Switzerland
          while Mark Whitacre was on ADM
          business. We have sworn testimony
          from Mr. Lennart Thorstensson of
          the ABP Corporation that he's never
          seen this contract before and that
          his signature has been forged. He
          and his company never received this
          check...
          As Daniel speaks one of the younger lawyers passes out a
          folder of affidavits and other documents supporting his
          claims.

                         AUBREY DANIEL
          It is clear to us that Mark
          Whitacre, driven by his own
          boundless ambition to take over
          ADM, has attempted to frame his
          superiors in a price fixing
          conspiracy of his own invention so
          that he could seize control of the
          company...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 122.
          Mann and Mutchnik can't believe what they're seeing in the
          black folders.

                         AUBREY DANIEL
          His cooperation with the government
          is merely a smokescreen for his
          lying and stealing. We have
          additional information that we are
          prepared to share with Attorney
          General Reno that the money has
          been moved to an account in Grand
          Cayman with the full knowledge and
          complicity of Whitacre's FBI
          partners...
          And under...
          The DOJ lawyers stare at the table-- searching for the rest
          of their careers.

                         WHITACRE (PRE-LAP)
          The moon and the sun are up at the
          same time...

          146 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- MORNING 146
          Whitacre is out with the leaf blower-- the driveway is
          spotless. The MOON is up during the day.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          I wonder if there's a name for
          that. We don't have very many
          moons compared to other planets.
          What does Jupiter have? Eleven.
          They aren't scientists-- Mick and
          Dwayne-- they don't have Ph. D.'s.,
          but I'm the one having to pull my
          kids out of school for doing the
          right thing...

          147 INTERIOR FBI SPRINGFIELD- DAY 147
          Shepard and Herndon appear before their bosses-- Paisley and
          Medford. Shepard is irate, Herndon is a little more
          circumspect.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          They need to dig deep, then they'll
          find out how high it goes-- it's
          there they just need to look and
          they'll see...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 123.

                         SHEPARD
          What are they accusing me of?
          I want the specifics? Are they
          saying I'm in cahoots with the guy?
          Medford and Paisley don't want to answer this.

                         MEDFORD
          Paragraph eight in our agreement
          with Whitacre states that his
          actions are directly attributable
          to the FBI and the US...

                         SHEPARD
          But, how could we know what he was
          doing? He came to us...

                         PAISLEY
          The question they're asking isn't
          `how could we know?' It's `why
          didn't we know?'

                         HERNDON
          The question is `were they fixing
          prices?'
          Medford and Paisley share a look.

                         MEDFORD
          The investigation has shifted from
          ADM to Whitacre.

                         SHEPARD
          Of course, ADM decides Whitacre's a
          thief as soon as they find out he's
          working for us.

                         HERNDON
          Who's counting the money over there
          if they can just lose 2.5 Million
          dollars for a few years and then
          find it in a few hours?

                         SHEPARD
          We gotta call Mark.

                         PAISLEY
          I don't want you doing that.
          Shepard and Herndon are confused.

                         MEDFORD
          We're taking you off.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 124.

                         SHEPARD
          That's it. We're done? I thought
          the FBI never hung a witness out to
          dry.

                         MEDFORD
          He's not a witness anymore--- he's a
          target.

          148 INTERIOR LAW OFFICES OF EPSTEIN, ZAIDEMAN- DAY 148
          A Sunday afternoon. Epstein and Zaideman try and get a hand
          on the scope of Whitacre's fraud. Whitacre has shoe boxes of
          receipts and bank statements.

                         WHITACRE
          I only kept a million and a half--
          and Mick knew about it, he knew
          these things went on. They taught
          me how to do it.
          Zaideman and Epstein shake their heads.

                         EPSTEIN
          You can't bullshit these people
          tomorrow. Who knows what they know?
          If we're going in there we got to
          go in with the whole story. Because
          the way it gets bad for you is if
          you tell them you're confessing and
          you don't. Then you are sorely
          screwed.
          Whitacre looks at his shoe box. He nods.

                         WHITACRE
          This is everything Jim, what I'm
          telling you here. I looked
          everywhere for the bank statements
          and the records. This is every
          penny-- I'm not gonna hide anything
          from you guys.

          149 EXTERIOR DEPT. OF JUSTICE- CHICAGO 149
          Whitacre enters the building with Epstein and Zaideman.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I was never really that good at
          chemistry in high school. So I
          kept taking it-- just to get good
          and wound up with so many chemistry
          credits I ended up going into Bio-
          Chem.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 125.

          150 INTERIOR DEPT. OF JUSTICE ELEVATOR- CHICAGO 150
          Whitacre, Epstein and Zaideman- on the way into battle.
          Whitacre is strangely placid.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          That's really the truth about that--
          I wanted to be a veterinarian when
          I was kid-- I raised chickens and
          rabbits ...Biochem was my advisor's
          idea...

                         WHITACRE
          Listen, I haven't been telling you
          the whole truth. I'll clear it up
          in there today.

                         ZAIDEMAN
          What?
          OH, SHIT. Epstein starts desperately hitting elevator buttons
          to stop the approaching doom.

                         EPSTEIN
          We got to get you out of here.
          But, it's too late the doors open. Whitacre steps out.

                         WHITACRE
          No. I want to tell them.
          Hold on Epstein.

          151 INTERIOR DEPT. OF JUSTICE CONFERENCE ROOM- CHICAGO 151
          Whitacre surrounded by Epstein and Zaideman who can only
          imagine which way their loose cannon will roll. Across from
          the DOJ lawyers as far as the eye can see.

                         ROBIN MANN
          Mr. Whitacre's conduct constitutes
          a breach of his agreement with the
          US government. He is no longer a
          cooperating witness.

                         EPSTEIN
          My client has given you years of
          his life, clearly he made mistakes,
          but he made your case.

                         ROBIN MANN
          We're not here to discuss the case
          against ADM.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         A
          Draft: 1/15/03 126.

                         I
          ED HERBST, early 50's, and MARY SPEARING, 40's, take over--
          they take no prisoners.

                         HERBST
          Mr. Whitacre, my name is Ed Herbst
          and I'm with the FBI Economic
          Crimes Unit. I'd like you to tell
          me when your criminal conduct at
          ADM began.

                         WHITACRE
          In early 1992. I learned how
          things were done there from Mick
          Andreas. He's the one who taught
          me how to use embezzlement and
          kickbacks to make money tax free.
          Epstein tries to do some damage control.

                         EPSTEIN
          My client is...

                         WHITACRE
          I know the frauds I committed are
          wrong, and I accept responsibility
          for them.

                         HERBST
          How did you receive the money?

                         WHITACRE
          Primarily by check. I deposited
          them in my bank account in Decatur.
          This seems unlikely. Spearing gets angry--

                         MARY SPEARING
          They paid kickbacks in checks?
          What company would pay kickbacks in
          checks? Come on...
          No one from the government has ever been aggressive toward
          Whitacre before-- he's thrown.

                         WHITACRE
          I don't really remember the exact
          name... something like
          AgriConsulting and Trading,
          something like that...

                         MARY SPEARING
          You don't remember the name of the
          company that paid you checks?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 127.

                         WHITACRE
          I. .I've got a lot going on in my
          life. It's hard to remember.

                         EPSTEIN
          Hey, we're coming to you guys.
          We're cooperating here and we're
          going to get the money back.
          Epstein looks at Whitacre-- this last part might be hard.

                         HERBST
          This might help your memory.
          He slides the forged ABP documents toward Whitacre.

                         WHITACRE
          Where did you get that?

                         HERBST
          These are ADM records showing the
          forging of signatures.
          Whitacre smiles and shakes his head. He sees the conspiracy
          plainly.

          WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.0.)
          See, that's how they keep Didn't these people see The
          people in the fold-- they Firm-- or read the book.
          tell you to take the money It's all there. Everything
          and then they use it against they did to me they did to
          you if you talk. It's how Tom Cruise... I'm not the one
          they control us. You gotta they should be mad at...
          realize who these people
          are...

                         MARY SPEARING
          Is there anything else you have a
          hard time remembering?
          Whitacre looks at Epstein. Epstein shakes his head "no" but
          Whitacre has other plans.

                         WHITACRE
          Umm...I have a few other things to
          tell you about.
          Epstein sighs.

                         WHITACRE
          There were some things I did in
          Mexico...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 128.

          PULL BACK FROM CONFERENCE ROOM
          As Whitacre spills his guts the lawyers look on in
          bewilderment ... The man is unhinged.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I raised white mice, too. Chickens
          and goats and white mice in little
          cages. They couldn't come in the
          house. I took care of them-- that
          was my job outside. One got in one
          time, I don't know how, and he was
          found dead by my Mother. This had
          nothing to do with anything I had
          done-- he just had died and it was
          up to me to bring him back to life.
          I wanted to do the right thing and
          wear the white hat and that's why I
          tried to make it all right so he
          wouldn't have to be dead. All the
          things I did were for that-- but I
          couldn't.

          152 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION LIVING ROOM- NIGHT 152
          Shepard, Herndon, Ginger and Whitacre. Mark looks used up--
          his hair seems to be graying around the edges. In front of
          him are a pile of newspapers-- Washington Post, WSJ, Chicago
          Tribune, etc. Each with a banner announcement of his sins.

                         HERNDON
          We can't see you anymore and if you
          call us and start to talk about it,
          we'll have to hang up...

                         SHEPARD
          You can talk to us about your
          feelings, but that's it.
          Shepard puts his coffee cup down near the newspapers.

          ANGLE ON WSJ
          7/13/95 Headline reads: YOU DIRTY RAT, SAYS DECATUR ILLINOIS-

          PEOPLE THINK MARK WHITACRE BETRAYED THEM AND ASR WHY HE

          TURNED TO THE FBI.
          Whitacre nods-- he can't play with his friends any more.

                         SHEPARD
          Mark, please understand. This
          isn't what we want. We've got no
          choice here.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 129.

                         WHITACRE
          I'll tell you what, my frustration
          and anger is all coming from my
          work with you guys. I mean, this
          stuff in the papers, my kids read
          that. It's all, "Dump on Mark
          Whitacre." It's not right. I'm
          harassed by the media and Mick and
          Terry are still going to work in
          the morning.

                         SHEPARD
          Remember, Mark, we told you it was
          impossible to predict what would
          happen when the case went overt.

                         HERNDON
          And you never told us about the
          Five Million Dollars you took...
          Ginger has heard this before and can't hear it again.

                         GINGER
          He worked for you for two and a
          half years, he risked his career,
          his home.. .And now you turn your
          back on him and leave us out here.

                         WHITACRE
          Ginger...
          But the damn has burst. She sobs.

                         SHEPARD
          The reason we came today is because
          we are concerned about your and
          Mark's well being.

                         HERNDON
          It's important that you tell the
          people in Washington everything
          tomorrow-- one hundred per cent.
          Whitacre nods. Ginger seethes.

                         GINGER
          You'd have nothing without him and
          you know it. He's just been used
          by the government and then thrown
          away cuz' it's a lot easier to go
          after Mark Whitacre than anyone
          named Andreas.
          Whitacre stares at the newspapers.

                         

                         

                         

                         
           Draft: 1/15/03 130.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I think a lot of people would come--
          a lot of friends... and people would
          be surprised by just how many there
          are. Even folks from ADM... The news
          media would be there for sure...

          153 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- MASTER BEDROOM- DAWN 153
          Whitacre is sitting on the bed up and dressed when the alarm
          goes off. He lies across his wife on the bed-- more like a
          child than a husband.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          .Everything would come out.
          Brian and Bob would come and I bet
          one of them would say something
          about me. Rheinhard would come up
          from Mexico. Sid or Marty would
          tell people what kind of boss I was
          and how I always brought back
          presents...

                         WHITACRE
          You'll be OK here with your mom?
          Ginger nods groggily. Whitacre leaves the room-- grabbing a
          PICTURE OF HIS FAMILY from a bedside table.

          154 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION GARAGE- MORNING 154
          Whitacre opens the garage door and we see the entire fleet of
          cars he has amassed-- 5 Million dollars buys a lot of
          steering wheels. Ferrari, Range Rover, Jeep, etc. Whitacre
          selects the BMW convertible. He gets in the car and puts his
          brief case in the seat next to him. He opens it and we see
          the contents: HUNDREDS OF ARTICLES ABOUT WHITACRE. A
          scrapbook from a roller coaster ride. He starts the car and
          guns the engine.

          ANGLE ON THE GARAGE
          The Beemer does not back up-- THE GARAGE DOOR COMES DOWN.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          Jesus died on a cross to save
          others from their sins. Jesus was
          a hero. I know selfish suicide is
          forbidden in the bible.

          155 MONTAGE- THE PEOPLE WAITING FOR WHITACRE ARE TOLD HE'S 155

          NOT COMING...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 131.

          DEPT. OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON, DC- DAY
          A group of lawyers sit at a table _._A note is passed to ROBIN
          MANN. She reads it...

                         ROBIN MANN
          Mr. Whitacre will not be appearing
          today...

          O'HARE AIRPORT- DAY
          Agent D'Angelo gets a call on his cell phone at a departure
          gate. He turns to his partner, Agent Basset.

                         D' ANGELO
          Whitacre's not coming.

          INTERIOR BRIAN SHEPARD'S HOUSE- MORNING
          The phone rings-- Shepard answers.

                         SHEPARD
          This morning?

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          However, the bible makes it clear
          that you sacrifice yourself...

          156 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- A FEW MINUTES LATER 156
          RUSTY the gardener shows up for work. He gets out of his
          Pick-Up and kicks a few leaves off the driveway, he adds some
          chemicals to the pool and then walks toward the garage-- as
          he's fishing some keys out of his pocket he notices the sound
          of a car engine.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          If it's the only way to save your
          loved ones.

          157 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION GARAGE- CONTINUOUS 157
          The air is thick with smoke. Whitacre is motionless sprawled
          in the backseat-- drenched in sweat clutching the PICTURE OF

          HIS FAMILY.

                         RUSTY
          Jesus, no. Somebody help.
          Rusty throws the car in reverse and pulls out.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 132.

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE
          He opens an eye, but as Rusty looks down at him again he
          closes it-- plays dead.
          The car is outside now. Rusty turns off the engine.
          Whitacre sighs heavily.

                         WHITACRE
          Bud, pull the car back into the
          garage. Pull back in before
          somebody sees me.
          Rusty pulls the car back in and turns it off. The smoke is
          still clearing.

                         RUSTY
          Jesus, Mark, what are you doing?
          Whitacre still stretched out in the backseat stares up at the
          ceiling-- explodes.

                         WHITACRE
          You...You fucking God. You owe me.
          You fucking God. After everything
          I did.
          Rusty is shocked by the outburst-- this is not the guy he
          knows at all. He backs away from the car and picks up the
          garage phone.

                         RUSTY
          Ginger, can you come to the garage?

          GINGER (O.S.)
          Why? Rusty, what's wrong?

                         RUSTY
          I just need to talk to you.

                         GINGER
          I'm not coming down there unless
          you tell me what's wrong.

                         RUSTY
          Mark just tried to kill himself
          and...
          Ginger's piercing scream comes down the phone line. Whitacre
          is fetal in the backseat-- moaning.
          Ginger and HER MOTHER come flying out of the house screaming.
          They pull Mark out of the car toward the open air as he
          stumbles, coughing, the family picture clatters across the
          garage floor. Whitacre jumps on it like a grenade.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 133.
          Whitacre's kids come out of the house and stand clustered at
          a distance confused and terrified. Helpless in the face of a
          fallen parent.

                         ALEXANDER
          Dad?
          Ginger turns to her MOTHER.

                         GINGER
          That Goddam Dwayne Andreas did this
          to him, Mom. He ought to be
          killed.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)

                         (PRE-LAP)
          Sometimes I'd leave the country
          with a big suitcase full of cash.
          Walk right through customs...

          158 INTERIOR PSYCHIATRISTS OFFICE, CHICAGO- THE NEXT DAY 158
           Whitacre lies on the couch talking to DOCTOR MILLER, 60's,
          genial, soft-spoken. This is not internal, it's therapy.

                         WHITACRE
          .Walk back in with a bag full of
          jewelry.

                         MILLER
          You never thought you'd get caught?

                         WHITACRE
          That never occurred to me. I mean,
          I look respectable. Why would they
          search me? And now they're saying I
          stole 5 Million dollars. That's
          what I've been accused of.

                         MILLER
          Did you?

                         WHITACRE
          Yeah. They were paying me 500
          grand, but it wasn't enough, I was
          spending more like eight. So, I
          took kickbacks. Like I said, it's
          just what you did if you wanted to
          be part of the gang at ADM.

                         MILLER
          Is that how it was when you were a
          kid; you wanted to be part of the
          gang?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 134.
          Whitacre nods.

                         WHITACRE
          One time I got a brand new, top of
          the line bicycle. And I bragged to
          everyone about it. I told
          everybody how much it cost.
          A beat. Then proudly.

                         WHITACRE
          It cost ninety dollars.

                         MILLER
          How did you come to work for the

          FBI?

                         WHITACRE
          They approached me.
          This doesn't make much sense to Miller.

                         MILLER
          How is it that they came to you?
          Did they know about the price
          fixing?

                         WHITACRE
          This agent, Brian Shepard came to a
          number of junior executives at
          ADM... That's why they approached
          me. The price fixing hadn't even
          started yet...
          Miller is confused by this.

                         MILLER
          But, uh, if no crime was,
          then-Mark, I'd like to have you
          checked into the hospital.
          Whitacre looks over at a file cabinet.

                         WHITACRE
          Is thatwhereyou keep your files?
          Is thatsafe?I'm the main witness
          againstthesepeople. You don't
          know whoyou're dealing with--
          they'lldo anything to win.

          159 INTERIOR CAT SCAN FACILITY 159
          Whitacre-- in his hospital gown-- vanishes slowly, head first
          into the MRI tube.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 135.

          GINGER (V.0.)
          Over the last few years he's really
          changed.

          MILLER (V.0.)
          How's that?

                         160

          160 INTERIOR HOSPITAL CAFETERIA- DAY
          Ginger and Miller have a cup of coffee.

                         GINGER
          He just kept buying things. We
          have eight cars-- three of them we
          never even use.

                         MILLER
          Anything else?

                         GINGER
          I was always the one with the
          temper and Corky was the happy one--
          but that's changed too. Since he
          said he'd cooperate with the FBI--
          he's become so intolerant of
          everyone...

                         MILLER
          Why do you call him Corky?

                         GINGER
          He's had that name since high
          school. He was like a champagne
          cork always flying off somewhere.

                         161

          161 INTERIOR DOCTOR MILLER'S OFFICE- ANOTHER DAY
          Whitacre looks beaten. His voice is cracking-- he's
          distracted. Not very "Corky" right now.

                         WHITACRE
          There's one in Hong Kong. And then
          there's the bank accounts in
          Switzerland and Grand
          Cayman...Other things-There's a
          lawyer in New York who has a
          million dollars of mine.

                         MILLER
          And have you told your attorney the
          truth about all of these accounts?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 136.

                         WHITACRE
          No, but I don't need to. The other
          assets are legal-- definitely.

                         MILLER
          You need to tell your attorney...

                         WHITACRE
          I don't know if I can trust him.

                         MILLER
          Mark, has anybody in your family
          ever been diagnosed as bipolar or
          manic-depressive?
          Whitacre nods and leans in.

                         WHITACRE
          I had an Aunt who they said that
          about, my real parents died when I
          was pretty young and I was
          adopted...

                         162

          162 INTERIOR LAWYER'S OFFICE- DAY
          A woman we've NEVER SEEN BEFORE is giving a deposition to a

          ROOM FULL OF LAWYERS.

                         LAWYER
          Have you ever heard that Mark told
          people he was adopted?

          NEVER SEEN BEFORE
          It was in the paper that he was
          adopted.

                         LAWYER
          Mark is your natural born son;
          isn't that correct?
          MRS. EVELYN WHITACRE isn't dead after all-- she's being
          deposed.

                         WHITACRE'S MOM
          Right.

                         LAWYER
          According to the adoption story
          Mark told, his parents we're killed
          in a car accident. Is there any
          truth in that?

                         WHITACRE'S MOM
          No. Mark knows he's not adopted.
          He grew up in our house.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 137.

                         LAWYER
          Another aspect of the story is that
          his parents are wealthy. Do you
          consider yourself wealthy?

                         WHITACRE'S MOM
          No.

                         LAWYER
          And when did Mark first send you a
          check from the account in
          Switzerland?

          163 INTERIOR CONFERENCE ROOM- EPSTEIN, ZAIDEMAN- CONTINUOUS 163
          Whitacre appears again with Epstein before another herd of

          LAWYERS.

                         EPSTEIN
          My client is here to cooperate
          fully, so Agent D'Angelo, if you
          have any questions.
          AGENT TONY D'ANGELO, 35, relaxed-- more like Herndon than
          Shepard.

                         D' ANGELO
          This is your chance to put
          everything on the table. This is
          the chance to redeem yourself, but
          if you're not going to be
          completely honest you should stop
          talking now.

                         WHITACRE
          I understand that. And I want to
          tell you I feel bad. I'm so sorry,
          and I feel worst about letting down
          Brian Shepard and Bob Herndon.
          Last time we talked I was under a
          great deal of stress and I said
          some things that weren't true. I'd
          like to clear that up.
          Whitacre is more earnest than ever before-- he begins.

          WHITACRE (CONT' D)
          The first kickback was in 1992,
          Mick knew all about it, he told me
          there'd be plenty of opportunities
          to take kick backs on Asian and
          European contracts at ADM.

                         D' ANGELO
          Was anyone else involved?

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 138.

                         WHITACRE
          Uh, Sid Hulse...

          164 INTERIOR DOJ, WASHINGTON- CONFERENCE ROOM 164
          SID HULSE testifies with his lawyer, SHELDON ZENNER and FBI
          AGENT GRANT and a bunch of DOJ lawyers.

                         ZENNER
          Before Sid says anything, you know
          about these schemes with the
          Nigerian letters?

                         AGENT GRANT
          The 419 Fraud? We see it every day.

                         ZENNER
          You ever wonder who was dumb enough
          to fall for something like that?
          Hulse is flushed.

                         HULSE
          This is really embarrassing. But,
          that's how Mark and I first got
          involved financially...

          165 INTERIOR EPSTEIN, ZAIDEMAN CONFERENCE ROOM- CONTINUOUS 165

                          WHITACRE
           Then there was Rheinhard Richter
           who I worked with in Mexico. We had
           some deal that involved...

          166 INTERIOR AMERCIAN EMBASSY- MEXICO CITY- DAY 166
          RICHTER, the guy from the Admiral's Club in Mexico city, is
          questioned by FBI AGENT BASSET. Richter's entire financial
          history is spread out on the table in front of them.

                         AGENT BASSET
          So we have money leaving your
          account here and here and here and
          it's going to Whitacre's
          account...His wife Ginger's
          account. This one is going to
          Whitacre's parents account.

                         RICHTER
          Like I said, those are loans.
          Agent Basset isn't buying it.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 139.

                         AGENT BASSET
          Look we know you're sticking up for
          Mark here, but your story doesn't
          seem true. Mark is cooperating
          now.
          Richter folds.

                         RICHTER
          You're right. It's not true.
          All the money went to Mark.

                         AGENT BASSET
          When did it start?

                         RICHTER
          Mark told me about this Nigerian
          thing he got in the mail.

          167 INTERIOR EPSTEIN, ZAIDEMAN CONFERENCE ROOM- CONTINUOUS 167

                          WHITACRE
           And then there was Marty Allison.
           Marty's a good friend.

          168 INTERIOR US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE CHICAGO- DAY 168
           MARTY ALLISON, 40 and his lawyer, MICHAEL MONICO,appear
          before a host of FBI AGENTS and LAWYERS.

                         MARTY ALLISON
          Mark told you guys about Nigeria,
          right?
          Nobody says anything.

                         MARTY ALLISON
          When I started at ADM, uh in 1990,
          Mark got a letter from Nigeria.

          169 FLASHBACK- ADM, 1990- DAY 169
          The office as we've seen it-- bustling with business. Allison
          walks down the hall and is stopped by Whitacre.

                         WHITACRE
          Hey, Marty, got a minute.
          He takes a seat across the desk from Whitacre. Whitacre
          shows him THE NIGERIAN LETTER.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 140.

          ALLISON (V.0.)
          He told me he'd been in touch with
          certain parties in Nigeria.
          Businessmen who had overbilled the
          government there for millions-- but
          now needed bogus invoices from
          legitimate US business men to make
          it all look above board. You put in
          ten grand you get a hundred back.

                         WHITACRE
          I know people who have made
          millions on this. My step-father
          cleaned up.

          170 INTERIOR US ATTORNEY'S OFFICE CHICAGO- CONTINUOUS 170
          Basset and Allison.

                         AGENT BASSET
          He'd never heard of the Nigerian
          scam?

                         MARTY ALLISON
          Not until a couple years later when
          sixty minutes ran a piece on it
          showing how people had lost a
          fortune on the con.

                         AGENT BASSET
          And the kickbacks?

                         MARTY ALLISON
          He had me set up a company in
          Germany and send fake invoices.
          I'd get a check for like 200 grand
          and most of it would go back to
          Mark.

                         AGENT BASSET
          You kept the rest.

                         MARTY ALLISON
          He told me management knew about
          it. But, it seemed to me that he
          was doing the same thing to ADM,
          that the Nigerians had done to us.

          171 INTERIOR EPSTEIN, ZAIDEMAN CONFERENCE ROOM- LATER 171
          Whitacre has laid out an amazing litany of theft and
          deception.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 141.

                         D' ANGELO
          How much money did you receive
          through all your illegal
          activities?
          Whitacre takes a moment-- does the math in his head, mouthing
          to himself the various sources of his massive fraud.

                         WHITACRE
          Uh...7.7 Million dollars. But,
          Mick knew. Like I said, he
          endorsed these things.

                         D' ANGELO
          He endorsed you stealing 7.7
          Million dollars?

                         WHITACRE
          He might have though that was a bit
          much.

                         D' ANGELO
          Is there anything else you want to
          tell us?

                         WHITACRE
          Well, I think you did a real good
          job today-- I do know that ADM has
          been stealing microbes from the
          Japanese for years and that they
          use prostitutes to get information
          from the competition's facility in
          Iowa. I know that Mick Andreas
          uses cocaine and I have that on
          tape-- and there are illegal
          campaign contributions to both
          American and foreign politicians...
          And under...

          172 EXTERIOR GRANT PARK, CHICAGO- DAY 172
          An empty band shell by Lake Michigan. Whitacre sits by
          himself wearing dark glasses holding an envelope. Waiting...

          EPSTEIN (V.0.)
          When agents go under cover for the
          FBI, they get trained for the
          stresses of living a secret life...

          173 INTERIOR DOJ CHAMBERS- DAY 173
          Epstein addresses the standard assortment of lawyers-- Mann,
          Mutchnik, Spearing, Spratling, etc.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 142.

                         EPSTEIN
          We hear this all the time from you
          guys, how easy it is for trained
          agents to crack. And here is
          Mark...A civilian with no training.

                         174

          174 EXTERIOR GRANT PARK- CONTINUOUS
          Whitacre gets up and walks toward a black sedan. He looks
          around, paranoid. He wouldn't make a good spy.

          EPSTEIN (V.O.)
          But, you guys shove him in there,
          you tell him 'go for it,' without
          anything to make sure he doesn't
          crack under pressure. You have to
          ask yourself, was the US government
          taken in by Mark Whitacre, or did
          it help create him?
          Whitacre leans into the car and hands off the envelope. He
          speaks to some HOODLUM we can't see.

                         WHITACRE
          Tomorrow, 3 O'clock... where we
          talked about.

                         175

          175 INTERIOR DOJ CHAMBERS- CONTINUOUS
          Epstein's plea is moving-- he's reaching these people.

                         EPSTEIN
          Mark committed a crime. He stole
          nine million dollars. It's
          indefensible. But these guys from
          ADM stole hundreds of millions of
          dollars from innocent people all
          over the world. Mark showed you
          that four white guys in suits
          getting together in the middle of
          the day, isn't a business meeting.
          It's a crime scene. And not only
          did he tell you about it, he got
          you the evidence to prove it. Now,
          we're not looking for the moon and
          stars. We're looking for something
          in the area of three years.. .Or we
          can take it to trial. And in that
          trial I'll lay out everything Mark
          Whitacre did-- good and bad...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 143.

          176 EXTERIOR SHOPPING MALL- DECATUR 176
          Whitacre stands in the parking lot reading the paper on a
          cool autumn day. No black sedan. The big clock outside the
          bank in the mall says: 4:25. Whitacre walks over to a trash
          can and removes a BOTTLE OF MEDICATION from his pocket.
          He empties it into the trash.

          EPSTEIN (V.O.)
          And somewhere a future whistle
          blower is going to pick up the New
          York Times and the Wall Street
          Journal and read what Mark's life
          has become because he decided to
          cooperate.
          Whitacre gives up, gets in his car and drives away.

          177 INTERIOR DOJ CHAMBERS- CONTINUOUS 177
          He drives his point home. A brilliant performance.

                         EPSTEIN
          Because he decided to take on a
          powerful company-And then, you'll
          never have one of these white
          collar guys pick up a phone and
          call you ever again.

          178 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- A LITTLE LATER 178
          Whitacre comes flying through the door-- his jacket is now
          ripped, his glasses are bent, he's holding his arm. He looks
          like he's been through hell ...he's frantic.

                         WHITACRE
          Baby. . .Ginger. They grabbed me.
          There were two of them.
          Ginger rushes through the house to the aid of her husband.

                         GINGER
          Oh my God...

                         WHITACRE
          They wouldn't let me out of the
          car.

                         GINGER
          Look at your shirt.. .what happened?
          As she embraces him we are close on Whitacre...

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 144.

          179 INTERIOR WAND-TV STUDIOS, DECATUR- DAY 179
          Whitacre and Ginger are interviewed by the LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR
          against the "WAND" backdrop. Whitacre is calm-- convincing.

                         WHITACRE
          I was abducted. They took me for a
          twenty-minute joy ride and told me
          that I basically better forget
          everything that's not on tape.

          LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR
          Did the men identify themselves?
          Whitacre smiles.

                         WHITACRE
          I think we know who sent them.

                         GINGER
          And they sawed the locks off the
          door like, like mafia thugs.

          LOCAL NEWS ANCHOR
          And where is the FBI in all this?

          180 INTERIOR BLUE BIRD DINER- AFTERNOON 180
          Shepard watches the interview on the TV in the corner in the
          crowded diner.

                         GINGER

                         (ON TV)
          What people have to realize is--
          the FBI did the same thing. They
          locked my husband in an
          investigation and drove our family
          around for three years threatening
          him. You tell me, where are they
          now?
          He is stung by her words.

                         WHITACRE

                         (ON TV)
          I had a lot of faith in the guys at
          the FBI-- they always said they'd
          take care of me.
          Shepard throws some money down on the lunch counter and
          leaves.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 145.

          181 INTERIOR LAW OFFICES EPSTEIN, ZAIDEMAN- EVENING 181
          Epstein brings a deal to Mark and Ginger. He believes he has
          saved his client, but the Whitacre's feel differently.

                         WHITACRE
          Three to five years? But, ADM's
          the bad guys.

                         EPSTEIN
          You've got to focus here. You
          stole nine million dollars. And
          then you lied about it. Maybe in
          your head you're one of the good
          guys but to them your a guy who
          stole a lot of money and lied about
          it.

                         WHITACRE
          Ginger and I have been talking and
          we'd like to file a law suit
          against Brian Shepard and the IJS
          government.

                         EPSTEIN
          Jesus Christ, for what, Mark?

                         WHITACRE
          He hit me with a brief case.
          This is news to Ginger, but she believes it. Epstein doesn't.

                         EPSTEIN
          Mark. . .Come on.

                         WHITACRE
          And he told me to destroy certain
          tapes that didn't help the case.
          Epstein throws up his hands.

                         EPSTEIN
          Mark, I'm telling you-- take the
          plea.
          Whitacre smiles and looks at Ginger.

                         WHITACRE
          Thanks, Jim. But, we're going to
          go a different way.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 146.

          182 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION--DAY 182
          Mark sits in his office staring at a letter from Doctor
          Miller.

          WHITACRE (V.O.)
          I read this study in Time magazine
          when I was at Cornell-- which is an
          Ivy league school-- and there were
          a lot of people who never believed,
          including my mother, that I would
          make it to an Ivy league school
          maybe just Ginger who I met in
          Marching Band in the 8th grade...

          ANGLE ON THE LETTER
          Fragments of the contents "This is to inform you of your
          lithium levels"..."Exacerbated by stress"..."A strict drug
          regimen..."

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          .and the study said that people
          had nice, sympathetic feelings
          about people who were adopted and
          treated them better. So I made up
          this adoption story-- and people
          did treat me better-- and when I
          got a job one of my professors told
          the people at Ralston Purina that I
          was this amazing guy that had
          accomplished all of this in spite
          of being adopted--
          Whitacre takes out a pair of SCISSORS and goes to work on the
          letter.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          .and so it was really other
          people who spread the story not me--
          although I admit it was wrong to
          start it and everything, it was
          other people who kept it going.
          Even the people at ADM.
          My new lawyer sees that.

          183 INTERIOR CHAMBERS DOJ- DAY 183
          BILL WALKER, 50, fat and ruled by fantasy is Whitacre's new
          lawyer. He sits in a golf shirt and tennis shoes facing a
          squad of amazed DOJ PROSECUTORS.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 147.

                         WALKER
          This all goes back many years,
          before most of us were born...
          It's bigger than any of us, and
          it's ongoing. I know you're
          skeptical, but I've seen it. My
          client Mark Whitacre has shown it
          to me. Maybe I'm just a personal
          injury lawyer from Taylorville-
          nowhere-Illinois, but I tell you I
          know the identity of the master
          puppeteer.
          The DOJ lawyers try not to laugh.

                         MARY SPEARING
          The who?

                         WALKER
          Master puppeteer, and it's not who
          you're thinking.

          184 INTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- EVENING 184
          Mark sits splicing tapes of Brian Shepard from one tape
          recorder to another-- trying to piece together an
          incriminating tape to frame Shepard.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Grandiosity and embellishment--
          what they call it when you
          embellish things-- those are the
          major symptoms of bipolar disorder.
          And the other, the second major
          symptom is poor judgement. And
          that's something Brian Shepard
          should have known ; The bipolar
          disorder is what made me believe
          I'd be President when it was
          over... Although there was a time
          when Mick told me, on a trip to
          Nebraska, that I could be headed
          for the top.

          WALKER (V.O.)
          Mark has tapes-- tapes the
          government doesn't want us to hear.

          185 INTERIOR CHAMBERS DOJ- CONTIUOUS 185
          Walker is in full rant. He holds a letter up for all to see.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 148.

                         1

                         WALKER
          Tapes that outline the actions of
          Brian Shepard, who hit Mark
          Whitacre with a brief case when
          Mark was cooperating with the
          government.
          And he has a letter from his
          psychiatrist outlining and
          confirming the cruelty perpetrated
          on him by Agent Shepard. A letter
          from his psychiatrist, clearly
          exonerating him from all
          wrongdoing.
          Walker hands the letter over to Spearing.

          186 INTERIOR WHITACRE BARN- DUSK 186
          Winter. Gray snow on fields of dirt and broken corn stalks.
          An empty swimming pool and a FOR SALE sign in the yard.
          Inside Shepard sits with Whitacre and Ginger. Shepard holds

                         THE LETTER

                         SHEPARD
          I read the letter from Doctor
          Miller, Mark. It's not true.

                         WHITACRE
          It's true. Definitely-- it's on
          his letterhead, he signed it...

                         SHEPARD
          The area code ...Mark...
          He puts the letter in the middle of the table.

                          SHEPARD (CONT'D)
          .Area code 847. It says the
           letter was written in November 1995-
          - that area code didn't exist then.

                         WHITACRE
          Well, everybody knew the area code
          change was coming. Lot's of people
          ordered new stationery early.

                         SHEPARD
          I thought about that. So I asked
          the phone company. This is the
          press release announcing the 847
          area code...
          He puts the release on the table.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 149.

                         SHEPARD
          It's dated six days after your
          letter was written-- Doctor Miller
          couldn't have known about it.
          Whitacre stares at it-- then looks up.

          THE MACHINE IN HIS HEAD THAT RECONSTITUTES REALITY GRINDS AND

          SEIZES. HE'S FINALLY TRAPPED. THE INTERIOR MONOLOGUE IS THE

          SAME AS THE DIALOGUE IN THE SCENE-- BUT PRECEDES WHAT

          WHITACRE IS SAYING OUT LOUD BY AN INSTANT. THERE IS AN ECHO

          ONLY WHITACRE CAN HEAR.

          WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.0.)
          Ron Henkoff from Fortune Ron Henkoff from Fortune
          called Doctor Miller and called Doctor Miller and
          Miller confirmed the Miller confirmed the
          letter... letter...

                         SHEPARD
          I called Miller, Mark.
          Ginger quietly starts to cry-- picks up the letter.

          WHITACRE WHITACRE (V.0.)
          He can't talk to you.-That's He can't talk to you... That's
          a violation of doctor patient a violation of doctor patient
          confidentiality... confidentiality...

                         SHEPARD
          Doctor patient confidentiality
          doesn't apply to forgeries.
          Ginger cries harder. Whitacre tries again.

          WHITACRE (V.0.) WHITACRE
           Then why did Fortune Magazine Then why did Fortune Magazine
          run the story... run the story...
           Ginger has had it, she breaks down.

                          GINGER
           Stop it...

                          WHITACRE SHEPARD
          Call Henkoff... He never wrote the letter.

                         GINGER
          Stop it, Mark. You have to stop
          doing this to yourself, please
          stop.
          Whitacre is done.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 150.

                         F

                         WHITACRE
          I think maybe I should go back to
          the hospital.

          187 INTERIOR FEDERAL COURT, URBANA ILLINOIS 187
          Whitacre looks like shit. He sits with Walker in JUDGE
          HAROLD BAKER'S courtroom.

          SUPER: OCTOBER, 10TH, 1997

                          CLERK
          Case 97-2001 United states of
           America versus Mark Whitacre.

                          JUDGE BAKER
          You have the right to make a
          statement if you wish?
          Whitacre nods and stands.

                         WHITACRE
          I appreciate the opportunity to say
          a few words, it's been a long five
          years. I apologize to a lot of
          people in this room...

          ANGLE ON SHEPARD AND HERNDON
          They sit together in the back row.

                         WHITACRE
          And to a lot of them who are not in
          this room for my actions. I
          realize I hurt a lot of people and
          I apologize greatly...I am here to
          accept my punishment. That's all.

                         JUDGE BAKER
          To observe that Mr. Whitacre is the
          usual felon is a gross
          understatement. He is well
          educated, has a loving wife and
          family, is respected in the
          community. It is not inconceivable
          that in due course he may have
          become CEO of Archer Daniels
          Midland...

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE
          He smiles. He knew he could be CEO someday. . .We hear
          Whitacre in a calmer time.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 151.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          I like jail. I think it's been good
          for me...
          But, the judge isn't done with him.

                         JUDGE BAKER
          However, the court can find no
          clear connection between Mr.
          Whitacre's bipolar disorder and the
          45 counts of criminal misconduct he
          has been charged with-- just garden
          variety greed. It is very
          difficult to tell when Mr. Whitacre
          is telling the truth...

          188 INTERIOR ANOTHER COURTROOM- DAY 188
          A larger courtroom. Mick and Terry stand for sentencing,
          surrounded by Aubrey Daniel and others.

          WHITACRE (V.0.)
          But, I don't think what happened is
          fair when you look at what happened
          to me compared to Mick and Terry. I
          mean, if you go and hold up your
          local grocery store you might get
          five years...

          SUPER: FIVE YEARS LATER

          ANGLE ON WHITACRE

          FULL SCREEN VIDEO

                         WHITACRE
          Mick and Terry held up every
          grocery store in the world and they
          only got three... So you tell me how
          it makes sense that I get nine. I
          think that's something you should
          consider, Mr. President, when
          reviewing my request for pardon.

          189 INTERIOR FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, SC- DAY 189
          Whitacre is in his green prison jumpsuit-- BALD-- his toupee,
          another deception, also gone. He sits in front of a video
          camera in the beam of ONE LIGHT. A CAMERAMAN records his

          PARDON APPEAL.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 152,

                         I

                         WHITACRE (CONT'D)
          I'd also like to take this
          opportunity to apologize to Special
          Agent Brian Shepard on behalf of
          myself and my wife Ginger, he never
          hit me with a brief case or told me
          to destroy tapes. The idea to sue
          him wasn't mine-- it came from
          someone at ADM and I shouldn't have
          listened. I can't remember who.
          when I was at ADM, I lived so many
          lives, I wasn't sure who I was.
          Today, I know more who I am and
          what I really want out of life.
          I've completed three post-graduate
          degrees while in detention. A J.D.
          which is, of course, a law degree
          and another advanced degree in the
          psychology of jury selection. I
          sleep better in prison than I have
          in years. My wife has forgiven me
          and believes that the ordeal with
          ADM has brought us closer together
          in a marriage of over 20 years. I
          hope you will allow me to leave
          here, so that I can re-join my life
          with my family and three kids. . .Two
          of whom are adopted... Especially
          when you consider that thanks in
          large part to my testimony the US
          government has been able to collect
          over a billion dollars in price-
          fixing fines from big business.
          That's it. Thanks.
          He smiles. The light goes out. The Cameraman starts packing
          up the equipment. Out of the shadows steps Bob Herndon.

                         HERNDON
          Good luck with the appeal, Mark.

                         WHITACRE
          Thanks for helping me remember
          everything Bob. I sure appreciate
          it. I wish Brian could've come.

                         HERNDON
          He still pretty angry.

                         WHITACRE
          You tell him, I'm real sorry. Can
          you do that for me? The funny part
          is if I'd never gone undercover I
          would have never stolen 11 million.
          It was my way out. My severance.
          What else could I do-- I wrote my
          own severance.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 153.
          Before Herndon can respond a CORRECTIONAL OFFICER approaches.

                         CORRECTIONAL OFFICER
          Work detail.

                         WHITACRE
          I gotta go, Bob.
          Herndon does some math.

                         HERNDON
          11 million? I thought it came out
          to nine.

                         WHITACRE
          Did I say eleven? Boy, it was only
          nine. Definitely. The eleven is
          with interest.

                         HERNDON
          Mark, are you still taking your
          medication?

                         WHITACRE
          The doctor here says I don't need
          it anymore. I can manage without
          it now that there's less stress. It
          was just the stress of the FBI.
          Herndon turns to leave-- and then he pauses.

                         HERNDON
          Mark, was it eleven? I mean there
          isn't something else we need to...

                         WHITACRE
          I don't know Bob, you tell me.
          He smiles and turns his back on the agent and walks down the
          hall toward work detail.
          SFX: A drum roll explodes into the roar of the CLASH'S cover
          of "I FOUGHT THE LAW (AND THE LAW WON)." As Joe Strummer
          sings "Breaking rocks in the hot sun..."

          190 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- DAY 190
          Parked in the driveway is a truck with an ADM logo on it--
          TWO ADM WORKERS have set up some SEISMIC EQUIPMENT on the
          lawn. One works the gear, the other talks to the NEW OWNER.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 154.

                         I

                         N

                         NEW OWNER
          Mrs. Whitacre never told me
          anything about any hidden rooms and
          tunnels and neither did the
          realtor.

          191 INTERIOR SUPERMARKET- DAY 191
          Ginger Whitacre checks out of the grocery store. As each item
          is scanned by the cashier we FREEZE on the side of the
          package... Instead of the INGREDIENTS panel of the package we

                         SEE:

          SUPER: MICK ANDREAS AND TERRY WILSON WERE SENTENCED TO THREE

          YEARS AT THE FEDERAL PRISON CAMP IN DULUTH, MINNESOTA FOR

          PRICE FIXING. THEY WERE RELEASED IN 1999. NEITHER RETURNED

          TO ADM.
          Another item...

          SUPER: DWAYNE ANDREAS WAS NEVER INDICTED. HE RETIRED FROM

          ADM AND REMAINS POLITICALLY ACTIVE. HIS NEPHEW ALLAN ANDREAS

          IS NOW CEO OF ADM.
          Another item...

          SUPER: AJINOMOTO CORPORATION PLEAD GUILTY AND PAID $10

          MILLION IN FINES. MR. YAMADA REMAINS UNDER INDICTMENT AND

          WILL BE ARRESTED IF HE ATTEMPTS TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES.
          Another item...

          SUPER: BOB HERNDON IS AN FBI AGENT IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.

          HE WAS AWARDED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S MEDAL BY JANET RENO FOR

          HIS WORK IN THE ADM CASE.
          Another item...

          SUPER: BRIAN SHEPARD WAS CLEARED OF ANY WRONGDOING AND WAS

          ALSO AWARDED THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S MEDAL IN 1999. HE IS

          STILL THE RESIDENT FBI AGENT IN DECATUR, ILLINOIS.

                         GROCERY CASHIER
          How would you like to pay for this?
          Ginger opens her checkbook.

          SUPER: GINGER WHITACRE MOVED HER CHILDREN TO AKIN, SOUTH

          CAROLINA TO BE NEAR HER HUSBAND. SHE IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

          TEACHER.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Draft: 1/15/03 155.

          192 EXTERIOR WHITACRE MANSION- A LITTLE LATER 192
          The ADM workers have dug a hole in the yard. The NEW OWNER
          looks on shaking her head.

          SUPER: NO HIDDEN ROOM WAS EVER FOUND AT THE WHITACRE

          RESIDENCE. ADM REFUSES TO DISCLOSE IF ALL OF THE MONEY MARK

          WHITACRE STOLE HAS BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR.

          193 EXTERIOR CORRECTIONAL FACILITY- EVENING 193
          Whitacre drives a COMBINE in a corn field behind a barbed
          wire fence-- he wears an orange jumpsuit and a white hat.
          GREEN/GOLD stalks of corn flash by...

          HOLD ON ONE HUSK OF CORN AS THE SUPER CRAWLS...

          SUPER: MARK WHITACRE IS SERVING NINE YEARS FOR FRAUD AND

          PRICE FIXING IN EDGEFIELD FEDERAL PRISON. HE HAS SOUGHT

          PARDONS FROM BILL CLINTON AND GEORGE W. BUSH. BUT, HAS NOT

          BEEN RELEASED. OVER 30 GRAND JURIES HAVE INVESTIGATED PRICE

          FIXING IN THE FOOD AND VITAMIN INDUSTRIES SINCE MARK WHITACRE

          STEPPED FORWARD. AS A RESULT, BY 1999, THE US GOVERNMENT HAD

          COLLECTED OVER $1 BILLION IN FINES.
          The combine harvests the husk we have been holding on--
          clearing the frame. Leaving only BLUE SKIES.

                         THE END



Informant, The



Writers :   Scott Z. Burns  Kurt Eichenwald
Genres :   Comedy  Drama  Thriller


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