1 EXT. INTERNATIONAL SEAWAY BRIDGE - DAY 1
A sign reads "Bridge to Canada."
A steep 1940's era customs bridge arches over the St.
Cars and trucks line up in different lanes. Customs
officials inspect and question impatient drivers.
Beyond them a smaller sign: "THANK YOU FOR VISITING
MASSENA NEW YORK, IT WORKS, for business, for family, for
2 EXT. BELOW THE BRIDGE - DAY 2
The river stretches for miles in either direction,
frozen, and still with trees on either side.
3 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER YARD, MASSENA NEW YORK - DAY 3
RAY EDDY, 38, a bit worn for her years, with a long red
ponytail, wearing an old bathrobe, sits in the passenger
seat of her RED PLYMOUTH HORIZON with the door open,
smoking a cigarette, thinking. Her breath is visible in
the cold morning air.
Her bare feet rest on the cold ground.
Her 1970's rusted out TRAILER HOME SITS in front of her
on CINDER BLOCKS AT A SLIGHT TILT. Beside it, a small
SHED and behind it the CONCRETE FOUNDATION FOR A HOUSE.
Around her, the yard is littered with junk: a rusted ski
lift chair, the front end of a Plymouth Duster and a
SMILING DUCK Kiddie Ride.
Beyond the yard, flat, winterbare land.
After a moment, a lanky boy of 15, her son, TROY, JR.,
leans out the trailer door.
We're out of Capt'n Crunch.
His breath is visible in the cold.
Just give him toast.
We got no butter, we got no jelly.
Ray is out of ideas. He expects her to move, but she
stays still. He looks around the yard.
What are you doing?
Listening for the trucks.
Are they really coming?
She is silent.
(says it slow)
She looks at him.
I don't know how he found it, T.J.
Ray takes a drag off her cigarette. T.J. walks over to
I locked it in my glove compartment.
T.J. looks in at the OPEN AND EMPTY GLOVE COMPARTMENT.
That was stupid.
Yeah, I see that now, but the trucks were
coming before the bank opened.
Did you tell him you had it?
Duh? No, I guess he just sniffed it out.
Jesus Christ! The glove compartment!?
That's the stupidest place you could have
He hasn't bought a scratch card in almost
thirty two months. I thought it would be
Did he leave anything?
She shakes her head.
What are you gonna do?
You could look for him?
He could be anywhere.
We should look for him.
With more than four thousand dollars,
he's probably in Atlantic City by now.
So let's go, let's find him before he
blows it all.
What do you mean?
I just can't do it anymore.
But he'll lose it all.
T.J., we can't make him stop.
He stole our money. Call the Troopers.
It's not stealing if you take it from
your family. Anyway, he made some of it,
So you're just gonna sit there?
In the distance the RUMBLE OF TRUCKS. Ray hears it. It
Another Christmas in the tin crapper.
T.J. goes into the shed and slams the door.
Ray throws down her cigarette and goes into the trailer.
4 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - DAY 4
She looks around the cramped trailer at the oversized
RENTAWORLD furniture including a big screen TV.
An enlarged wall photograph of the family catches her
eye. In it, her husband, TROY, SR., 40, wearing a forced
smile, his long, shaggy hair combed flat for the picture.
Ray hurries down the hall to her bedroom and takes off
her bathrobe -- she has several tatoos -- and slides into
a pair or jeans and a t-shirt.
A sleepy-eyed, toe-headed boy, RICKY, 5, walks in,
shirtless in pajama bottoms, eyes shining.
Is it here?
Ray stops what she's doing when she sees him and kneels
Hey, little sleepy head.
Is it here yet? `Cause I'm ready.
He drags a suitcase full of plastic dinosaurs around the
The RUMBLE OUTSIDE GROWS LOUDER. Ricky BOLTS out of the
bedroom and down the hall to the trailer door.
Wait a sec-
He bursts into the yard where:
5 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER - DAY 5
A PICK-UP TRUCK DRAPED WITH A "WIDE LOAD" banner leads
TWO SEMIS hauling halves of a DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME
wrapped in plastic, rippling in the wind.
Ricky stops at the massive sight, twisting at his fly,
trying not to pee himself.
T.J. comes out of the shed.
The Doubles come to a stop and idle in the yard.
GUY VERSAILLES, pot-bellied, in a green velour running
suit, squeezes out of his truck. On the door: "MASSENA
MODULAR AND MOBILE HOMES, NEW AND RECONDITIONED."
Ricky grabs a rope hanging off one of the doubles and
tries to climb the side of it. The TRUCK DRIVER looks
down from his cab.
Ray peeks out the kitchen curtain.
After a moment she comes out of the trailer, with a
We're all ready for ya'.
She points to the new concrete foundation. He consults a
We'll need the balloon payment to unload.
T.J. looks at Ray.
We have it, it's just that they called
Troy from Titus last night. That's where
Troy works. The ski place? And anyway-
Have you got the $4,372 dollars or not?
It was some emergency with the lifts. So
he took off without thinking with the
money. Completely forgot you were coming.
So as soon as he gets back-
When's he gonna be back?
As soon as he can get here, I'll just run
it down to you.
T.J. could crawl out of his skin.
This is the second time you've dragged me
out here. If you don't come up with it by
Christmas, you've lost your fifteen
hundred dollar deposit.
He walks toward his car. She follows him.
Look, Mr. Versales, I have a good job at
ALL FOR A DOLLAR. They're probably gonna
make me a manager after Christmas so I
can handle the payments if you just leave
He gets in the car.
Call me when you have the balloon
He makes a circle in the air with his hand and the semi's
rev their engines and grind into reverse.
I'll call you...
Her voice is DROWNED OUT by REVVING engines.
Ricky rushes to her.
Wait, where are they going?
She takes his face in her hands.
Listen to me. We'll get them back.
But why are they leaving?
Ricky, I'll get them back. I promise,
That's our house!
He BREAKS AWAY from her and RUNS down the road chasing
after the semis. Ray chases after Ricky until he runs out
of steam and stops, panting.
She catches up to him and tries to hug him. He pushes her
away. She gets down on her knees and takes his face in
We're gonna get it back.
She picks him up and walks back to the trailer. Ricky
looks out mournfully at the trailers disappearing down
You better hurry or you're going to miss
the bus. Let's get your clothes on,
T.J. just stares at her.
I can get a job you know.
You're 15, T.J.
They won't ask any questions.
You're finishing school.
Come on, you don't think we can live on
what you make at All for a Dollar do you?
You're going to school.
She goes inside. T.J. follows.
I bet I could make more than you do.
She ignores him.
6 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - DAY 6
Ray helps Ricky into his clothes and puts his backpack on
Ray and T.J. look at each other.
He'll be back.
Aren't we even gonna look for him?
No! I'm going to work and you're going to
The only thing that changed is that your
dad started gambling again. Everything
else is the same.
Where did he go?
He had to take a business trip.
T.J. rolls his eyes.
Aren't you even gonna look for him?
And miss a day of work? No. Not again.
We just have to live our lives. Now go
get your backpack.
T.J. stares, sullen.
When is daddy coming home?
I don't know, Ricky.
I can't believe you're not even gonna
look for him.
Where? Where do I look? (He can't answer)
I told you, he could be in Atlantic City
She helps Ricky get his backpack on and gives him a kiss.
(shakes his head)
The glove compartment. That's so stupid.
You're going to school.
He follows Ricky out the door to catch the school bus
rolling up out front.
Suddenly, Ray remembers:
They turn around. She digs in her pockets.
Here. Lunch money.
They take it and keep running for the bus.
Ray looks after them and reaches for her cigarettes. She
takes out her second to last one. She lights it and takes
out her mascara.
She tries to put it on the bathroom mirror, but her tears
keep getting in the way.
7 INT. ALL FOR A DOLLAR STORE - DAY 7
RAY stacks shelves with a knock-off version of plastic
"My Little Pony" in a messy aisle of boxes.
MATT, 22, her boss, bone thin with bad skin walks by.
Matt. Could I talk to you?
He looks at her.
I need to come on full-time.
Matt blinks with a blank expression then:
I see you as a short timer.
What is that?
A short timer. Not here for long, not
Ray follows him to the stock room.
When I started you said it would be six
months before I could come on full-time.
And that was two years ago.
He opens a can of RED BULL and takes a sip.
It's my opinion.
Well, I mean, you know, I do show up.
Pat's late everyday. She's late now.
She's always late.
He stares blankly at her. She can think of nothing else
to say. He walks out.
Ray resumes unpacking ponies.
A moment later PAT, 22, rushes in, looking sorry. As Pat
hangs up her coat, Ray glimpses a tatoo just above her
low riding pants with the words "How You Doin'?".
Ray takes the last of her cigarettes out of the pack and
heads out the back door.
See ya' tomorrow.
8 INT./EXT HORIZON, ROUTE 37 - DAY 8
Ray drives down a two-lane highway. It is empty flat land
but for a few trailer homes and barns.
She passes a lonely sign: "BRIDGE TO CANADA."
Up ahead another sign: "AKWESASNE LAND OF THE MOHAWK."
From the car, the Reservation consists of shabby houses
with no siding, tax-free gas stations and dive bars with
homemade signs. Ray slows a little to check out the
parking lots scanning for her husband's car.
Up ahead she sees a sign: "WOLF MART TAX FREE GAS AND
9 EXT. WOLF MART GAS STATION - DAY 9
Ray pulls in to the combo gas station, restaurant and
A MOHAWK TEENAGER wearing a bandana RUNS out to the CAR
without a coat, rubbing his hands together to ward off
Fill it up?
She rolls down the window, digging for change under the
seat of her car. She counts it out.
Just three...uh, no...two seventy one,
two, three, four.
Two seventy four.
He nods and goes to the pump. She finds a wadded up five
(yells out window)
Make that seven seventy four.
She spots a sign for "TRAILWAYS" bus in the window.
Did you see a Blue Acclaim come in here
Blue Acclaim...no, but I only worked
until 9 PM. You can ask inside.
Ray glances inside at the mostly empty restaurant but for
a few older Mohawk women.
No, that's okay.
Did you want to support our Mosquito
Lacrosse League. It teaches basic
Lacrosse skills to the kids three to
Ray shakes her head.
MOHAWK TEENAGER (CONT'D)
Thanks, anyway. Have a good day.
10 INT./EXT. ROUTE 37 INDIAN RESERVATION - DAY 10
Ray continues down the highway through the reservation.
She comes to a huge warehouse, the "MOHAWK BINGO PALACE."
She glances over at the sea of cars surrounding it. At
the end of a row she spots it: a BLUE ACCLAIM.
Ray abruptly turns in.
11 EXT. MOHAWK BINGO PALACE PARKING LOT - DAY 11
Ray pulls up alongside the Acclaim and recognizes it by
the "EASY DOES IT" bumper sticker.
She gets out and looks inside. There is a small plastic T-
Rex on the floor of the backseat.
She leans against the car for a moment.
Thank you. Oh God, thank you, thank you
After a moment Ray looks up at the Bingo Palace and heads
for the entrance.
You son of a bitch!
12 INT. BINGO PALACE ENTRANCE - DAY 12
A SHORT, CHUBBY MOHAWK TICKET TAKER in her 60s, with
piercing blue eyes and missing teeth sits perched on a
metal chair beside a velvet rope.
Sunrise session is almost over. Next
session starts at 10:30.
I just need to look inside.
Ray starts to walks toward the door and the ticket taker
sticks out her foot.
It's $5 dollars for admission.
I don't want to play, I just need to look
around for a second.
I'm gonna need the five.
I'll stand right here at the door. I
won't even go inside. I just need to see
if my husband's in there.
You still gotta pay admission.
He's gambling away the money for our
What does he look like?
Long brown hair. Tall. Skinny. Ponytail.
He's not in there.
Can I just look?
I told you, lady, he's not in there.
Ray walks away. The ticket taker watches her.
13 EXT. MOHAWK BINGO PALACE, PARKING LOT - DAY 13
Ray walks out of the front entrance back across the
parking lot toward the Horizon through rows of cars...
Across the parking lot, LILA LITTLEWOLF, 20, a Mohawk
girl with long black hair bursts out of the "Employees
Entrance" and hurries across the parking lot pulling off
her scratch card apron as she walks.
Ray catches sight of her, but before Ray reaches the
Horizon, Lila reaches the ACCLAIM, GETS IN IT AND BACKS
But Lila drives off.
Ray JUMPS back in the Horizon and TAKES OFF AFTER HER.
14 EXT. RESERVATION ROADS - DAY 14
Ray follows the Acclaim down Route 37 and catches sight
of it turning off on a dirt road.
Ray makes the corner just in time to catch sight of the
Acclaim bouncing off on a path through the woods.
Ray follows it through the woods to a clearing: the
Acclaim stops in front of a rusted out BUBBLE CAMPER.
Lila gets out. Ray pulls up behind her and rolls down her
That's my car.
Lila SPINS around.
(points to the Acclaim)
What are you doing with my car?
Lila fingers the keys in her hand.
That? I found it.
You stole it.
The keys were in it.
So you just took it...?
Lila goes in the bubble camper and shuts the door behind
Ray gets out of the Horizon and walks up to the camper
door and takes out her cell phone.
We'll just see what the troopers say
(From inside camper)
Go ahead, they got no jurisdiction here.
This is Mohawk territory.
Ray stops dialing closes up her phone, then goes to her
car and takes the gun and goes back to the camper.
(knocks with the gun)
You can cut the bullshit and give me my
There is no reponse. Ray waits for a moment and then:
Troy, are you in there?
There is no response.
If you're in there you better come out.
15 INT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 15
Lila sits on an army cot in the dingy camper next to a
lamp on the floor. Her clothes are scattered among empty
Troy? Versales says as long as we get the
money in by Christmas we won't lose the
deposit. (pause) I think we need to talk
about this, so come on out.(Pause) Troy?
16 EXT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 16
Ray aims the gun and FIRES into the camper door.
17 INT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 17
The shock of the blast throws Lila off the cot. She looks
at the SMOKING HOLE.
I'm not kidding, honey, come on out.
18 EXT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 18
Keeping behind the door for cover, Lila opens it. Ray
looks inside: there is no sign of Troy.
(from behind the door)
The Tribal police don't like people
shooting holes in other people's houses.
Ray looks at her.
This is New York State so quit the
bullshit and give me my damn keys!
Lila throws the keys out the door. Ray picks them up off
the ground. Lila shuts the door with her foot.
19 EXT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 19
Ray gets in the Horizon and pulls it in behind the
Acclaim then digs in the trunk, pulling out a rope.
She ties one end to the Acclaim's back fender and the
other to the Horizon's front fender.
Lila watches out the camper window.
Ray gets in the Acclaim and starts it up slowly TOWING
the Horizon a few feet before the rope SNAPS.
Ray gets out and looks at the broken rope. She begins
digging in the trunk for more rope.
Lila opens the camper door and looks at the bullet hole.
This camper belongs to my brother in law.
He won't like this.
(over her shoulder)
Then you should quit stealing cars.
I thought it was abandoned, the guy
driving it got on a bus.
Did you see where the bus was headed?
New York or Buffalo, I'm not sure.
Ray RE-TIES the tow line with the remaining rope.
This time the Horizon goes an inch or two before the rope
SNAPS. Ray gets out.
(under her breath)
Ray RIFLES through the trunk for more rope.
"Home on the Range" plays on the cell phone in Ray's back
Lila touches the bullet hole in the camper and listens to
Ray's conversation from the doorway.
Ray puts the phone back in her pocket and takes an old
belt of her husbands and tries to attach the fenders of
Ray gets back in the Acclaim and tries TOWING the Horizon
This time the right side of the front fender SNAPS OFF
and droops to one side.
Ray gets out and looks at Lila.
I'm not leaving this here.
(points at the Acclaim)
I got a friend who might buy that.
It's not for sale.
He'll pay more than it's worth.
Ray ignores her.
Maybe two thousand.
He's always looking for cars with button-
Ray thinks about it.
He don't need papers or anything.
Does he use them to rob banks or
All I know is he pays good for a car like
Where does he live?
Through the woods. Not far.
What's in it for you?
He'll give me something for finding it.
If you try anything, I'm not afraid to
20 INT. ACCLAIM IN RESERVATION WOODS - DAY 20
Ray drives with one hand and holds the gun with the
other. It is pointed at Lila in the passenger seat.
Turn up there.
Where that stump is.
Ray makes the turn with one hand and the car bounces
through an overgrown path in the woods. Ray reaches the
There's no road.
There's a path.
It's not far.
Ray turns and drives into deeper woods. The gun jiggles
around in Ray's hand as they bounce along between the
Lila tries to ignore it.
21 EXT. ACCLAIM AT BOAT RAMP - DAY 21
The car emerges from the woods at a BOAT RAMP leading to
a mile-wide section of the FROZEN ST. LAWRENCE RIVER.
22 INT. ACCLAIM AT BOAT RAMP - DAY 22
Ray looks out at the ice. Tire tracks make a path across
the snow-covered surface between carefully set out CUT
Not too fast. There's ruts.
I'm not crossing that!
Don't worry they already put out the
Christmas trees. There's no black ice.
No, it's Mohawk land. The Rez is on both
sides of the river.
What about the border patrol?
There's no border.
I'm still not crossing that.
Don't worry, it'll hold a Plymouth. I've
seen semis cross it.
Ray looks at Lila suspiciously.
The only other way is the Cornwall bridge
and they won't let you take that. (points
at the gun).
Suddenly, A TRUCK driven by a MOHAWK TEENAGER ROARS out
of the woods and SWERVES around the Acclaim FISHTAILING
then SPEEDING out across the ice.
They plow it and everything.
Cautiously, Ray lets off the brake and rolls down the
boat ramp towards the smooth surface of the river.
(under her breath)
This is so fuckin' stupid.
Not too fast, there are ruts.
23 EXT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - DAY 23
The Acclaim moves across the smooth surface of the river.
24 INT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - DAY 24
Ray stares straight ahead clutching the wheel, barely
breathing. Lila glances at the gun in Ray's hand, then
out at the river, unfazed.
They reach the midpoint of the river and pass it
You gotta pick up some speed to get up
Ray speeds up. The Acclaim bounces up the steep bank.
It's just on the other side of those
25 EXT./INT. ACCLAIM AT JIMMY'S GARAGE LOT- DAY 25
Ray and Lila pull into a used-car lot surrounded by a
chain link fence. There is no sign of life. Ray stops.
Honk the horn.
Suddenly, from under a gutted truck, A HUGE BLACK DOG,
part wolf, SPRINGS onto the hood of the Acclaim.
Ray is pinned against her seat at the sight of the dog.
Lila GRABS the gun out of her hand and points it at Ray.
Just keep your mouth shut.
Ray stares at the snarling dog.
Just keep it shut. Okay?
Ray nods never taking her eyes off the dog.
Lila honks the horn again and keeps the gun low and out
Out of the garage comes JIMMY, 33, a stocky Mohawk,
eating a sandwich.
Jimmy looks suspiciously at Ray before he sees Lila.
Thunder! SHUT UP!.
The dog GROWLS ferociously at Ray.
Get back under there!
Thunder jumps off the hood and disappears back under the
Jimmy walks around to the passenger side of the car. Lila
rolls down her window.
Jimmy glances at Ray.
He don't like whites, Lila.
And your late.
I shouldn't even be dealing with you.
I know. Sorry.
He hands her a paper bag.
Jimmy goes back to the garage and opens the door. TWO
YOUNG CHINESE MEN in cheap jogging suits follow him out,
26 INT. ACCLAIM JIMMY'S GARAGE LOT - DAY 26
Lila hands the paper bag to Ray and points the gun at
her, keeping it low and out of sight.
What's going on here?
Just count it.
Ray opens the bag. It's full of cash. All fifties and
hundreds. Ray counts it.
How much is there?
Lila opens the glove compartment and presses the trunk
Jimmy motions to the Chinese men to get in the trunk.
Jimmy shuts it.
He taps twice on the hood of the car and walks back to
Wait, who the fuck are they?
Just back up.
I'm not moving until those people get out
of my trunk.
I'll give you half. Now let's go.
Jimmy turns around, sees the two women arguing and gets
I'm not taking them over the border.
That's a crime.
There's no border here. This is free
trade between nations.
This isn't a nation.
Lila jams the gun into Ray's side.
(under her breath)
Jimmy starts back toward the car. Ray puts the car in
REVERSE and backs up.
27 EXT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - DAY 27
The Acclaim drives down the bank onto the frozen river
and starts across.
28 INT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - DAY 28
Ray drives. Lila sits angled toward Ray with the gun
trained on her.
Why'd your husband leave you?
Maybe he wanted a younger women.
Ray stares out at the ice.
That's what usually happens.
Ray says nothing.
I never have to worry about that. My
husband is dead. Went down in the river
on a run. They never found him. Probably
tangled in river weeds.
She gives Ray a spooky look.
You better slow down there are ruts out
here. You could get stuck in one.
Ray speeds up and roars up the boat ramp off the ice
skidding a little.
29 EXT. ACCLAIM IN RESERVATION WOODS - DAY 29
Ray and Lila bounce through the woods with Lila holding
the gun, this time.
They come to a dirt road then to an intersection with
State Route 37.
A SIGN READS: "YOU ARE LEAVING AKWESASNE, LAND OF THE
30 INT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - DAY 30
Ray slows down at the sign.
What if the troopers stop us.
They won't stop you. You're white.
Ray keeps going.
31 EXT. ROUTE 37, THE RESERVATION LINE - DAY 31
Just beyond the Reservation line, partly hidden behind a
barn, a NEW YORK STATE TROOPER VEHICLE sits parked.
32 EXT. BOB'S MOTEL, MASSENA, NEW YORK - DAY 32
Ray pulls into a 1950s strip motel. A Pakistani man, the
DEALER, looks out from the motel office.
33 INT. ACCLAIM AT BOB'S MOTEL - DAY 33
Ray sees the Dealer hurrying towards them.
Pull around back then wait for him to
come to the window.
Lila keeps the gun low.
The Dealer approaches cautiously.
Roll down your window.
He walks up slowly and hands her a brown paper bag.
Ray opens the bag and counts out the cash, as before.
Lila takes the cash from Ray and pops the trunk release.
The two Chinese men hurry out. The Dealer ushers them
into a Garage.
34 INT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - DAY 34
Ray and Lila return down Route 37 past the sign
"AKWESASNE, LAND OF THE MOHAWK"
Lila keeps the gun on Ray.
Turn down there.
Ray looks at the dirt road leading into the woods.
Now open the door.
Ray hesitates. Lila jams the gun in her side.
Open the door.
Ray opens the door.
Now get out.
Ray doesn't move.
You can't have my car.
You can't have my car.
Lila tries to push Ray out the driver's door with her
Ray clings to the steering wheel.
Suddenly, Ray grabs Lila by the hair and pulls her head
down to the car seat. Lila hits Ray in the head with the
Bleeding and holding Lila's hair, Ray pries the gun out
of Lila's hand. Lila grabs the sack of money, jumps out
of the passenger side of the car and takes off into the
Ray chases her, but Lila is faster and gets ahead, then
disappears into the woods. Ray stops, panting, and wipes
the blood from her forehead.
(calls after her)
Ray stares after her for a long moment then gets back in
35 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER YARD - DAY 35
Ray drives up in the Acclaim.
T.J., wearing PROTECTIVE GOGGLES, works on the broken
Duck Kiddie ride with a BLOW TORCH. He doesn't notice
Ray covers over the cut with her hair and gets out and
walks up behind him and taps him on the shoulder. He
jumps and cuts the flame.
I told you not to use that thing when I'm
If I get it working I can sell it.
She looks at the rusted pieces of it.
I don't care. Don't use that thing when
I'm not here!
Rentaworld called. They're coming to get
the TV if you don't pay by four tomorrow.
He notices the car.
Did you find him?
Where was the car?
At the bus stop on the Rez.
I bet he went to Atlantic City.
You don't know that.
Yeah, but you could figure it out. Just
find out what buses came through last-
And then what? Chase him across the
country. Miss work. No.
What happened to your face?
What, did you get in a fight with
It was no big deal.
You got in a fight, for real?
Some Indian chick tried to steal your
No way. I say we go back there and kick
some Mohawk ass.
It doesn't matter.
Where's your car?
I'll get it tomorrow.
You left it on the rez? That's so stupid.
I didn't have a tow rope.
I still say we go back there and kick
some Mohawk ass.
Forget it T.J. Did you and Ricky eat?
That would be kinda miraculous since
there's no food in the house.
Popcorn and Tang.
Ray goes towards the trailer.
36 EXT. MOHAWK USED CAR LOT - NIGHT 36
Lila walks in off the road. MIKE, the owner, plays a
handheld video game.
She looks around the lot.
She glances at a row of beat used cars.
How's life at the Bingo Palace.
Good. How's business?
Oh, you know, okay.
She eyes a Malibu.
How much for that one?
Come on, Lila.
What?! I've been saving up.
You know what.
Does Bernie Littlewolf run your whole
No, but he said not to sell you a car.
I gotta walk down 37 with the semis
kickin' up snow and mud in my hair just
to get to the work.
For you, all I got are two Chevettes,a
Horizon and a Civic.
I don't like Chevettes.
She holds out a wad of cash.
I'll give you a thousand for the Malibu.
On the windshield of the Malibu in huge white letters:
Nothing with a trunk.
That thing has been sittin' here for six
I don't want Bernie in my face. Okay?
He doesn't have to know.
Mike rolls his eyes.
37 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - DAY 37
Ray wakes up with Ricky staring at her.
Mommy, I was thinking. What's gonna
happen to the tin crapper when we get our
They're gonna flatten it out and send it
They're gonna melt it down and make
little toys out if it.
They'll send them back here so I can sell
them at All for a Dollar.
And you can buy me some?
38 INT. RAY'S TRAILER, KITCHEN - DAY 38
Ray puts out a breakfast spread of Microwave popcorn and
I'm not eatin' that again for dinner.
We just have to make it to my paycheck on
What about Rentacenter?
She searches through the couch cushions.
What about them?
They said they're coming to get the
furniture if they don't get a payment by
You told me that already.
She finds change and hands it to him.
Here, lunch money.
She gives the rest to Ricky.
Look I don't see why you won't just let
me get a job with Mitch.
He's got like this whole business he
He sells pot to kids?
No, it's computers. He works on
You're fifteen, it's not gonna happen so
That's so stupid. We're gonna lose the TV
while I'm sitting in some Christmas
assembly when I could be-
Your job is looking after your brother.
Who's gonna take care of him?
(going out the door)
I still say we should go back to the rez,
get the Horizon and kick some serious
T.J. goes out the door behind Ricky and slams it in Ray's
Ray slips into her jeans and goes to the bathroom mirror
to put on her mascara. She cakes it on trying to ignore
the cut over her eye but keeps looking at it. Finally she
stops and stares at herself.
39 EXT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 39
Ray pulls up in front of the camper and stops.
The Horizon is still there and all is quiet.
Ray gets out holding the gun and a long rope goes to the
bumper and begins to tie it to the other bumper, looking
over her shoulder every once in while at the camper.
Once she has tied the cars together she gets back into
the Acclaim, but instead of driving off, she just sits
After a moment, she gets out with the gun and walks up to
The bullet hole in the door has a sock stuffed in it.
I want my part.
40 INT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 40
Lila is asleep next to a rattling propane heater.
(knocks with the gun)
You hear me!
Lila's eyes pop open but she stays perfectly still. Ray
shakes the door handle.
I want my part.
Lila sits up on her cot and puts on her jacket.
I want my part.
I'll give you the money if you give me
The money's gone.
Then I wanna get some more of those
The door opens. Ray steps back holding the gun. They look
at each other.
It's gonna cost me to get that hole
fixed. I froze last night.
Ray holds up her hair revealing the cut over her eye.
I just need enough for the balloon
payment on my doublewide then I'm out of
this. I'm no criminal.
It's not a crime.
You people can call it what you want to.
I just want my double.
They stand staring at each other for a long moment, then
Ray walks over and unties the rope around the bumpers of
the Acclaim and the Horizon.
I don't usually work with whites.
Ray gets in the driver's side of the Acclaim and starts
it. After a moment, Lila gets in the passenger side.
41 EXT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - DAY 41
Ray and Lila drive across the smooth surface of the
river. Ray smokes with one hand and holds the gun with
How many bedrooms?
Three. I got kids.
Five and Fifteen.
I got a boy. Almost one.
Ray looks at her.
He lives with my mother-in-law. (after a
moment) She stole him from me.
Yeah. Right out of the hospital.
Tribal police don't get involved in stuff
Lila looks out across the river at dusk with no
expression. The ice looks clean and still.
Ray picks up speed to climb the river bank.
42 EXT. JIMMY'S GARAGE - DAY 42
Ray and Lila drive up in the Acclaim. Thunder SPRINGS out
again, caught by his CHAIN just short of the car. Ray
flinches but keeps hold of the gun.
Jimmy walks out to meet them. Lila rolls down her window.
Bernie was askin' if I'd seen you. I told
I don't want any trouble with him, Lila.
Don't worry about it.
Jimmy's cell phone rings.
This guy's been calling all morning. He's
got two up at the Old Casino.
Jimmy takes the call.
43 INT. ACCLAIM AT JIMMY'S GARAGE - DAY 43
Lila rolls up the window.
What's going on?
We gotta pick them up.
An old casino through the woods. They
used to have gambling there in the
44 EXT. CORNWALL ISLAND WOODS, OLD CASINO - NIGHT 44
Ray and Lila bounce through the woods to a collapsed
building. An old BLACK SUV pulls up from the opposite
direction, FACING THEM.
Two MIDDLE-AGED CHINESE MEN, get out of the back. One
carries an envelope. At the sight of Ray and Lila, he
stops and says something to the other one.
Both turn around and head back to the SUV.
The DRIVER JACQUES BRUNO, a large Quebecois man, wearing
a full-length fur coat gets out. They argue. He pulls out
a LONG PISTOL and motions the men to the Acclaim.
What the hell is he doing?
Ray reaches for her gun.
Keep that thing down.
Bruno walks towards the Acclaim.
Roll down the window and see what he
What the hell is going on here?
Just roll it down.
Bruno stands at Ray's window.
Ray slides the gun under her leg and rolls down the
window. Bruno hands her a Tim Horton's bag. She takes it.
D'ey don't like de women driver.
He hands Ray the envelope of cash.
Ray nervously COUNTS the money as the Chinese men shiver
Lila pops the trunk. Bruno and the Chinese men disappear
around the back of the Acclaim. They hear the trunk
Bruno comes back to Ray's window and taps on it.
Ray looks at Lila.
Ray rolls down the window again.
D'is will keep d'em from running.
He hands her men's shoes and dirty socks.
Ray takes the belongings and ROLLS up the window and
45 INT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - DAY 45
Ray drives across the river. The socks and shoes are
Why would they want to run?
To get away from the snakeheads.
The snakeheads pay to get them here and
then they gotta work off what they owe .
How much does it cost?
Forty, fifty thousand. Depends where
they're coming from.
To get here?
Sometimes they gotta work for years to
pay it off.
To get here? No fuckin' way.
She gets a whiff of the socks.
God those are ripe.
She throws them into the backseat.
They always stink.
Two more cars are seen coming toward them on the river.
They swerve wide to avoid the Acclaim.
She speeds up to make it up the boat launch.
46 INT. RAY'S TRAILER, KITCHEN - DAY 46
Ricky watches cartoons on the big screen TV. T.J. flips
through the telephone book to the back section: AKWESASNE
and scans columns of names mostly either "BONAPARTE"
"LITTLEWOLF" or "THREERIVERS". He chooses a name and
dials the number.
-Hello (in a grown-up voice) Is this Mrs.
-Mrs. Bonaparte, I have good news.
-I'm the business manager of Mr. E.F.
ThreeRivers and I have been authorized to
inform you that you have inherited money.
-Are you still there?
-Wait, I don't WANT any money, I want to
GIVE you money.
-That's right. You have inherited money
from his computer fortune.
-He was the second richest man next to
-He left you Twenty-six thousand seven
hundred and fifty dollars.(pause)
-TWENTY-SIX THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND
-Oh no, you have no obligation
whatsoever, Mrs. ThreeRivers, just a
small processing fee of 29.00 dollars
will authorize me to send out your first
payment of thirteen-thousand three
hundred and seventy five dollars.
-You can put it on any major credit card.
(pause) Of course, you can always refuse
-Sure, I can hold.
T.J. holds his pen poised to write and looks at Ricky
watching TV, then at the clock. It reads 3:40 PM.
47 EXT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - DAY 47
The Acclaim emerges from a dirt road onto State Route 37.
Up ahead a sign reads: "YOU ARE NOW LEAVING AKWESASNE,
LAND OF THE MOHAWK". The Acclaim drives past.
48 EXT. ROUTE 37, THE RESERVATION LINE - DAY 48
Sitting in his New York State Trooper Vehicle, partly
hidden behind a billboard, TROOPER MIKE NAPOLI, mid 40s,
olive-skinned, watches the Acclaim drive by without
49 INT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - DAY 49
Ray notices the vehicle.
Are they always there?
Yeah, but they can't stop you unless you
give them a reason.
Have you ever gotten caught?
They gave me the choice of paying a fine
or spending three months in jail.
What did you do?
I paid the fine. I made the money back in
two nights of smuggling. But back then it
was cigarettes and everybody did it. Some
of the troopers were into it, too.
Yeah. But when they lowered the tax on
cigarettes in Canada most people got out
of it and the rest switched over to
50 EXT. BOB'S MOTEL - NIGHT 50
The Acclaim pulls around back. The Pakistani Dealer
approaches the car and hands Ray a paper bag full of
51 INT. ACCLAIM AT BOB'S MOTEL - NIGHT 51
Ray takes the money.
Right, I know.
Well, be sure it's right. I don't wanna
Then why don't you count it?
I got bad eyes.
She counts it and nods at Lila. Lila POPS the trunk and
the barefoot Chinese men get out. Ray and Lila look at
them, they look back, blank and ungrateful.
Ray rolls down the window and tosses out their shoes and
Ray swerves back out onto Route 37.
52 EXT. ROUTE 37 INDIAN RESERVATION - SAME 52
They continue down the road to the reservation line.
After they pass the sign: YOU ARE ENTERING THE LAND OF
THE MOHAWK, Ray pulls over and stops.
Ray takes the money and consolidates it into one paper
What about mine?
We're even now.
They stare at each other for a second or two, but Ray
does not take out the gun. Lila reaches for the door
Lila gets out. Ray drives away.
53 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER YARD - DAY 53
The kitchen clock reads 3:55.
A RENTAWORLD truck is parked outside. Two large
RENTAWORLD MEN sit in it. T.J. sees them from inside the
trailer. He comes outside.
He walks up to the trunk. One of the men rolls down the
My mom told me to give you her credit
We only take cash or money orders.
Well, my Mom might be late.
She's got three minutes.
T.J. goes back inside.
54 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - DAY 54
Ricky is glued to a cartoon. T.J. watches him, checking
out the window every few seconds for Ray.
A long moment passes with only the sounds from the
55 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER YARD - DAY 55
The RENTAWORLD men get out of the car and start toward
From down the road the Acclaim comes roaring along,
kicking up dust.
Ray swerves in and jumps out and runs up to the men.
It's okay. I got it right here. (she
waves a wad of fifties and twenties). Two
fifty five, right?
The men nod, relieved. Ray counts out the money.
Ricky bursts out the door and runs towards Ray.
She catches him in her arms and hugs him. T.J. stands at
the trailer door, watching as the men drive away.
Who wants to go the Price Chopper and get
some Cap'n Crunch?
Wanna to go to the Price Chopper?
T.J. walks out, looking at the money suspiciously.
Where'd you get that?
Matt made me an assistant manager.
Is that so hard to believe?
It's been like two years.
Exactly, and that's why he gave me a
He isn't convinced.
Do you wanna go to the Price Chopper or
T.J. gets in the car.
56 EXT. HOUSE ON POINT - NIGHT 56
Near the river, smoke curls from the chimney of a modest
Lila perches in a tree nearby with a can of Pringles
potato chips dropping every other one on the ground below
where a huge WHITE DOG, part wolf, takes his share.
From the tree Lila looks inside the window of the house
A baby boy, "LITTLE JAKE," about a year old, bangs his
spoon on his high chair tray then throws it down.
EVELYN LITTLEWOLF, 48, a tall thin Mohawk woman with long
hair pulled back, picks it up and gives it back to him.
He throws it again. She knows the game. She gives it
back, but the third time she holds it just out of his
reach and laughs at him. He bangs his fists on the tray.
Lila drinks in the sight.
Abruptly, the DOOR OPENS and EVELYN leans out.
Chance! Chance, get in here before you
freeze your ass off.
The White Dog looks up at Lila who shakes the Pringles
can upside down to show it's empty.
Chance goes inside. The door SHUTS behind him.
Lila stuffs a wad of cash in the can and jumps down from
the tree. She leaves it near the front door and hurries
into the woods.
57 INT. T.J. AND RICKY'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 57
Ray tucks Ricky into the bottom bunk. The wind whines in
the loose siding. Ray stuffs a blanket around the window
to block the draft.
58 INT. RAY'S TRAILER, LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 58
Ray walks through the kitchen now full of groceries and
opens a can of Adirondack Cola. The remains of two
Hungry Man dinners sit on the table.
She sits down in the living room. T.J. watches the local
WEATHER MAN (O.S.)
Temps will dip tonight and tomorrow.
Expect a Clipper from Northern Ontario to
bring 8 to 12 inches of snow and winds
gusting 25-45 miles an hour making it
feel like minus 30. Area farmers are
advised to bring in livestock. More on
this after a message.
A blaring TV commercial for the "HOT WHEELS TECH TRAX AIR
STUNT CHALLENGE SET" comes on.
That's what he wants.
He points at the TV.
What is it, again?
(recites it quick)
Hot Wheels Tech Trax Air Stunt Challenge
-Hot Wheels Tech Trax, what?
I got something even better than that.
The double wide. But don't mention it to
Ricky, just in case.
Yeah, "just in case."
This time is for real.
Is that why you bought Calgon Bath Stuff?
Yes it is. We're getting a tub, T.J. It's
If you keep that attitude I'll never let
you use it.
Be afraid. Be very afraid. (a moment)
What about Dad?
What about him?
What are you gonna do?
Why, did he call broke yet?
No, but maybe he would call if you
weren't so bitter.
Oh, here we go again with Saint Dad.
That's what I mean. You're always on him.
"Where's your paycheck, do you need a
meeting, give me your receipts."
He's an addict, T.J.
You're still bitter.
You gotta help Ricky get the tree up
tomorrow after school okay?
Where are you going?
59 INT. RAY'S TRAILER, BEDROOM - NIGHT 59
Ray lays down her bed and checks her cell phone for new
messages: a little zero blinks at her.
She listens to her own cell phone message,
Hi, it's me. leave a message, and maybe
I'll call ya back.
It is harsh. She erases it and tries again.
Hi....it's me...leave a message and I'll
call ya' back.
She plays it back. It sounds fake. She tries again.
(less cheerful, forced)
Hey, leave me a message and I'll call ya'
back. (under her breath) You son of a
She plays it back. "You son of a..." was recorded.
She tries again.
Hi, it's me. I can't take the call right
now, but if it's you, Troy, please at
least tell me you are alive, because the
boys are worried about you.
She brings up OLD MESSAGES on her cell phone and listens
Hey, I just got done here. I made two
hours overtime fixing one of the snow-
making machines. Pretty cool, huh? I'll
be home late. I'm gonna catch that
meeting at 7:30. Love you, bye.
Ray stares across the room at a pile of Troy's dirty
flannel shirts. She gets up and picks up the pile to move
it to the closet, but feels something hard. From a shirt
pocket she pulls out a stack of used scratch cards.
She throws the shirts in the closet and reaches for her
She takes out a glossy picture of her double wide dream
home, "The Commodore" a gleaming pre-fab structure with
a landscaped yard and a family with paid-for smiles.
After a moment she takes the wad of cash out of her
pocket and begins making stacks of fifties and twenties.
60 EXT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 60
The camper is buried in snow. A shiny SUV pulls up out
front. BERNIE LITTLEWOLF, 35, burly, well-dressed, Mohawk
man gets out.
He yells across the yard
Lila. Get up. I got a job for you!
61 INT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 61
Lila is sound asleep on her cot under three blankets next
to the propane heater.
Bernie's snow balls THUMP against the side of the camper.
Lila! Get up.
Lila opens her eyes and looks out the window, squinting
at the snow glare.
They got two people out sick today, so if
you get down there you got the job.
Get dressed, I got coffee. Let's go!
He holds up a paper cup.
She slips on her jeans with a sweatshirt...
62 EXT. LILA'S CAMPER - DAY 62
Lila forces the door open against the heavy snow and
Where is it?
Get in, I'll tell you on the way.
She grabs her coat and trudges across the yard.
63 INT. BERNIE'S SUV - DAY 63
Bernie hands her a paper cup of coffee.
Rita said you quit.
She fired me.
That's not what she said.
Well, she should have. I can't see to
count the money. I told you that. I come
up short half the time.
Then get some glasses.
They make me carsick.
Gimme a break.
She sips the coffee.
So where are we going?
The Tribal Council needs someone to
She reaches for the door handle.
Why not? You can answer a phone, can't
Not there! Not with them.
She starts to get out. He notices the Horizon, buried
under the snow, near the camper.
I bought it.
Some white lady.
He says nothing. Taps his thumbs on the steering wheel,
suspicious. A long moment passes.
What do you need a car for?
To get to work. So I don't have to walk
in the breakdown lane. Last week I almost
got hit by the plow.
You'll live. And you know what I'm
It doesn't have a trunk.
He stares at straight ahead.
All right, all right! I'll go.
64 INT. ALL FOR A DOLLAR STORE - DAY 64
Ray rings up a counter full of merchandise for a heavyset
CUSTOMER in her 20s.
The customer hands her a credit card.
Ray processes the credit card. It is declined.
Sorry. Didn't go through.
The customer looks up with exaggerated annoyance.
(in a low voice)
I can try to put it though again.
The customer grabs her purse from the basket, and walks
out the door, leaving the merchandise.
(yells back at Ray)
You got a problem with your machine,
Ray moves the merchandise aside for the next customer.
It is Trooper Napoli.
Ray is startled to see him. He puts down some shaving
cream and a diet Pepsi.
(rings him up)
That'll be three seventy six.
He digs in his pocket.
I got exact.
He counts it out. She hands him his bag and watches him
65 INT. MOHAWK TRIBAL COUNCIL, RECEPTION AREA - DAY 65
Mohawk paintings and a huge wolf carved out of wood
decorate the waiting area.
Nearby is an office marked "GRAND CHIEF"
A MOHAWK WOMAN walks by the desk and recognizes Lila,
then looks away, quickly.
A tall, middle-aged woman, GRAND CHIEF ROSALIE comes out
of the office and walks up to Lila.
Do I have any messages?
Lila hands her a stack. She takes them and walks away,
I can't read this.
She holds the message out to Lila. Lila tries to read it,
I think it's a "T.".
No, I can't read any of it.
I told Bernie I couldn't see.
Lila grabs her jean jacket.
Nevermind. I'll go.
She walks out.
66 INT. ACCLAIM AT BUBBLE CAMPER - NIGHT 66
Ray pulls up in heavy snow. Lila gets in with a gallon of
windshield wiper fluid.
We gotta get extra fluid.
I gotta get back before KMART closes.
I got nothing for under the tree.
67 INT. WOLF MART GAS STATION RESTAURANT - NIGHT 67
Ray fills the car with gas.
Lila goes inside to get some Pringles. Looking into the
small restaurant she sees Evelyn Littlewolf, her mother -
in-law and Little Jake sitting at a table with Grand
She stops dead in her tracks at the sight. They do not
Slowly, she walks up to the table.
Little Jake notices her first.
ANGLE: Through the window Ray catches sight of Lila
standing at the table perfectly still.
The other women glance up at her then turn away. No one
Lila walks off with Little Jake still watching her.
68 EXT. FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 68
Ray and Lila drive across the smooth river surface. Snow
falls steadily. The windshield wipers SNAP back and
They barely avoid the oncoming headlights of another
smuggler's car crossing the ice.
Don't you people even take Christmas Eve
Mohawks don't celebrate Christmas.
You could fool me the way they were all
lined up at All for a Dollar today.
Those are Christians. The converted.
From the Longhouse ways.
That's awful not to have Santa Claus--
for the kids, I mean.
69 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER - DAY 69
T.J. dumps the contents of a box containing the pieces of
an artificial Christmas tree. Branches cover the floor.
The boys begin putting it together like a puzzle.
The TV is on. A commercial for the HOT WHEELS TECH TRACK
AIR STUNT CHALLENGE SET comes on.
Ricky trains in on it, flinching and jerking his body
with sound effects at the sight of the flying Hot Wheels
cars and the booming voice of the announcer.
Daddy is gettin' me that for Christmas.
What about Santa Claus?
He's bringing the new house.
70 INT. ACCLAIM JIMMY'S GARAGE LOT - NIGHT 70
Ray and Lila drive up. Jimmy runs out with his jacket
pulled over his head. He sees Lila and signals to the
Two figures start toward the car. As they get closer, Ray
sees a man and a woman. Both Pakistani.
Wait. They're not Chinese.
What does that mean?
They're from Pakistan.
Well where's that?
I don't know. What difference does it
A big difference.
The Pakistani couple stand outside the car, shivering and
holding out the cash. The man carries a heavy duffle bag.
Ray rolls down the car window. The man holds out money to
Ray but she doesn't take it.
If we wait much longer we won't be able
to get back across the river.
Look, I'm not driving just anybody across
Do you want the money or not?
I wanna know what's in the bag.
Ray looks out the car window and points to the bag
What's in there?
The man looks at the woman.
They don't understand you.
Well, if they want to come over here so
bad, they ought'a take the time to learn
Lila pops open the trunk.
Just hold on a second.
Ray gets out.
71 EXT. ACCLAIM, JIMMY'S GARAGE LOT - NIGHT 71
The Pakistani woman crawls into the trunk and the man
picks up the duffle bag to put it in but Ray takes hold
I'll take that.
Ray motions him into the trunk and shuts it. Then she
opens the bag and starts to rifle through it but Lila
What are you doing?! Just count the money
and let's go.
Ray looks down at the bag. Nothing is visible but
If we keeps snowing like this we won't be
able to get across the river.
I just hope these aren't the ones that
blow up themselves and everybody with
Ray zips the bag up and Lila helps her slide it in the
72 INT. ACCLAIM AT JIMMY'S GARAGE LOT - NIGHT 72
Ray and Lila get back in the car. Ray starts to count the
money. Lila takes it back.
We don't have time.
73 EXT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 73
The Acclaim creeps along in heavy snow.
74 INT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - SAME 74
Lila struggles to count the money by the light of the
Is that a two or a five?
Ray creeps along straining to see out the windshield. The
windshield fluid peters out.
Lila looks up. Outside is a wall of white.
You gotta stop so I can fill up the wiper
I'm not stoppin'.
It's a hundred feet deep out here if we
get on black ice
Ray sticks her head out the window but the snow and the
wind are too strong. She stops.
Lila gets out with the wiper fluid. Ray pops the hood.
Ray looks in the backseat at the duffel bag. She
hesitates a moment then reaches into the back and opens
the back passenger door and slides the bag out of the
Lila gets back inside.
What are you doing?
Nuclear power, poison gas,...you can't
tell what they might have in there. I'm
not gonna be responsible for that.
Ray tries the windshield wipers. Fluid clears the
Ray dials her cell phone with one hand.
-Hi, I'm gonna be a little late.(pause)
-I have to work. Is Ricky asleep?
-Put him on. (pause)
-Ricky listen to me, he's not coming
until you go to sleep. (pause)
-No. Not yet. He's still flyin' over
Canada okay? He's not even done with
Canada yet, so he's not coming until you
get to sleep. Now put your brother on.
-I'll be home in a little while, okay?
-No, I haven't got it,yet. What's it
-Hot Wheels Tech Trax Air Stunt whatever,
right, right, I'll get it if I can!
-I can't promise T.J.
-There are more important things to get
for Christmas this year. Be home in a
little while. Okay, bye.
You'd think a new house would be enough.
Ray guns it up the boat launch to the shore.
75 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 75
In the living room, the artificial Christmas tree is up.
The TV is on and Ricky is untangling a ball of red
(dials the phone)
-Hi, is Mitch there? (a long pause)
The microwave dings. Holding the phone, T.J. takes out
two Hungry Man dinners and sets them on the table.
-Hi Mitch. It's T.J. No, T.J. from
school. Yeah, man. Right. Uh, I was
wondering if you still needed those
numbers we were talking about `cause I
-Cool, but the thing is I don't really
have any wheels at the moment.
-On Moira road off 37.
-Yeah, but there's one more thing...(he
whispers into the phone inaudibly)...no
the air stunt challenge set.
-Yeah, exactly. Yeah, man. Thanks a lot.
He hangs up and puts the dinners on the table.
Ricky, time to eat.
T.J. turns around. Ricky has wrapped himself in Christmas
lights from head to toe, by slowly revolving while
holding the strings.
Hey T.J., watch this!
He plugs in the lights and they turn on.
Yeah, that's pretty cool. But it's gonna
hurt when you sit down.
Now unwrap yourself, it's dinner time.
76 EXT. BOB'S MOTEL - NIGHT 76
Ray and Lila drive to the back of Bob's. The Dealer
hurries out to meet them.
77 INT. ACCLAIM AT BOB'S MOTEL - NIGHT 77
He hands Ray a wad of cash. She counts it, then nods to
Lila who pops the trunk.
78 EXT. ACCLAIM AT BOB'S MOTEL - NIGHT 78
The Pakistani man and woman hurry out of the trunk,
looking around, and rush to the passenger door of the
Acclaim, speaking frantically to each other.
The Dealer tries to hustle them to the garage, but they
won't be moved.
Ray starts to back out, but the Dealer knocks on their
window. Ray rolls it down.
They say there's a bag.
It was too heavy. We had to unload it.
The Dealer tells the woman in Urdu. She becomes
HYSTERICAL. She grabs Ray through the window and the
dealer pulls her off.
What's the matter with her!?
She had something in the bag.
The woman continues screaming in Urdu.
What is she saying!?
He speaks to her in Urdu.
She says her baby. Her baby was in the
The Dealer and the man hurry the wailing Pakistani woman
into the garage.
79 INT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - NIGHT 79
Lila and Ray pull back onto Route 37 and drive along in
It didn't feel like there was anything in
We gotta go back.
I can't believe they put their baby in a
I can't believe you left it out there.
If you'd let me search it I would never
have taken it-
We gotta go back.
I know! I know that.
Ray speeds along.
80 INT. ROUTE 37, THE RESERVATION LINE - NIGHT 80
Partly hidden, behind a barn, Trooper Mike Napoli watches
the cars pass on Route 37, leaving the Reservation. The
81 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 81
The trailer is aglow in Christmas lights. Ricky has
fallen asleep on the couch.
A car horn blows outside. T.J. runs outside.
82 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER - SAME 82
A beat up car is there. Inside a teenager, MITCH, a few
years older than T.J., hands him out a Hot Wheels Tech
Track Air Stunt Challenge Set.
That's what you wanted, right?
T.J. gives Mitch a piece of paper with a list of names
and credit card numbers including that of Irene
Thanks Man, Have a Merry One.
T.J turns to go back inside. He sees SMOKE RISING through
the cracks in the siding and goes to the back.
BLACK SMOKE POURS from under the trailer where old
insulation is smoldering. T.J. runs to the shed, takes a
fire extinguisher and sprays under the trailer. Steam
rises. The fire appears to be out.
83 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 83
T.J. comes back in. Smoke filters up though the cracks in
the linoleum floor. He covers Ricky with extra blankets
and opens the windows.
84 EXT. FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 84
Ray and Lila drive down the boat launch to the river. The
storm has stopped and the river is an endless white
85 INT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 85
Ray and Lila creep along.
Look, there. Tracks.
Ray speeds up. Faint tire tracks appear in the distance.
Slow down, I don't want to run over it.
Stop. I think it was here.
Ray stops the car. Lila gets out. Ray puts her jacket
over her head and follows.
Ray's cell phone plays "Old MacDonald" on the seat of the
86 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 86
Wearing his coat in the trailer, with the windows and
door open, T.J. dials the phone. He gets Ray's cell
(faintly heard though the
Hi, it's me. I can't take the call right
now, but if it's you, Troy, please at
least tell me you're alive, because the
boys are worried about you.
He doesn't leave a message.
Ricky snores on the couch covered in a pile of blankets.
87 EXT. FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 87
Lila runs ahead. Ray struggles to keep Lila in sight.
Ray comes up behind Lila, rifling through THE UNZIPPED
DUFFEL BAG. She suddenly jumps back at the sight of the
tiny face of an infant, wrapped in blankets, eyes closed,
Ray looks at the baby. Instinctively, she swoops down and
gathers it up.
Ray heads for the car.
Lila follows her.
88 INT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 88
Ray gets in the car and sets the bundle down on the seat,
unwraps it from layers of swaddling and begins taking off
it's clothes. It is a boy.
She tries to resuscitate him, but there is no response.
Ray keeps giving it air. There is no response but she
keeps at it. Then, between breaths:
Tap the bottom of his feet.
That's what they did to get Ricky
breathing when he was born.
Ray puts the baby on Lila's lap. She pulls away.
I don't want to touch it.
Well, I can't hold it and drive.
Ray cranks the heater and aims the vents at the baby.
Lila stares down at the baby in her lap, not touching it.
I don't think it matters.
At least put him next to your body. That
will warm him up.
But it's too late.
Just do it! We can't give it back to her
89 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 89
T.J. closes the windows and puts a package of microwave
popcorn in the microwave and turns it on. He watches it
begin to smoke, then pops open the microwave and takes
the smoking bag from room to room to hide the smell of
burnt insulation with burnt popcorn.
90 EXT. ROUTE 37, THE RESERVATION LINE - NIGHT 90
Ray pulls out onto Route 37 and passes the reservation
line: "You are now leaving the land of the Mohawk"
Trooper Napoli watches the Acclaim pass again. This time
he pulls out behind it.
91 INT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - NIGHT 91
Ray notices the cruiser following her.
Lila looks back.
Lila quickly pulls the baby near and wraps him inside her
coat hiding him from sight.
The DOME LIGHTS START FLASHING.
Oh shit. What do I do?
Calm down. Just pull over.
What if he saw us go by before. To Bob's.
He's got no reason to stop us, unless you
give him one, so keep your mouth shut.
What if he searches the car. What do we
He won't, just remember you're white.
Ray pushes the blankets onto the floor and kicks them
under the seat.
92 EXT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - NIGHT 92
Ray pulls into the breakdown lane and the trooper pulls
in behind her.
93 INT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - NIGHT 93
In Ray's rear view mirror, Trooper Napoli gets out of the
cruiser. He puts on his hat and walks toward the car.
Ray rolls down her window.
License and registration?
Ray hands them over. He examines them, then leans down to
TROOPER NAPOLI (CONT'D)
Could you step out of the vehicle, ma'am.
I wasn't speeding, was I?
Just step out of the car.
Did I do something?
Ma'am I'm just directing you to step out
of the vehicle?
She gets out of the car reluctantly. He looks in at Lila,
she keeps her head down.
Step around to the back of the vehicle.
He follows Ray to the back of the Acclaim.
94 EXT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37, BREAKDOWN LANE - NIGHT 94
He points at the trunk. Ray stares at it, afraid to
Ray stares at the back of the car, afraid to speak.
TROOPER NAPOLI (CONT'D)
Your left rear parking light is not
Ray notices the light.
Oh, I didn't know.
He takes out his pad and pen.
TROOPER NAPOLI (CONT'D)
I'm gonna give you a provisional
citation. Get this repaired in the next
48 hours and you'll have no problem.
(he looks into the car)
Who's your friend?
She looks after my kids when I have to
Ray gets back in the car. He shuts the door behind her
and gives Lila a friendly nod.
Have an enjoyable Holiday.
Yeah, you, too.
She rolls up her window.
95 INT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37, BREAKDOWN LANE - NIGHT 95
In her rear view, Ray watches him get in his vehicle, u-
turn and drive out of sight in the opposite direction.
What did he want?
Just a blown out tail light.
96 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 96
T.J. looks at the clock. It's after midnight. He leads
Ricky, half asleep into his room and tucks him in bed.
Then he takes out the Hot Wheels Box and puts it under
97 INT./EXT. ACCLAIM AT BOB'S MOTEL - NIGHT 97
Ray and Lila pull in to the motel but there is no sign of
Ray gathers up the blankets. Lila sits motionless.
We gotta take it in.
Lila sits absolutely still.
What is it?
What? Are you sure?
Lila slowly takes the baby from inside her jacket. His
eyes open. He blinks. Ray and Lila stare at him.
Hello little baby.
The baby looks back at them.
He was just cold.
Ray and Lila wrap him up in the blankets and get out with
Lila carrying the bundle and walk into the motel office.
98 INT. BOB'S MOTEL - SAME 98
Ray and Lila look around the shabby motel office circa
1950s with a few threadbare chairs. No one is at the
Ray ventures behind the desk and knocks on a small door.
She carefully opens it to a small office with a desk,
cluttered with papers and, beyond it, another door. Ray
knocks and opens it to:
A living room hung with heavy red Pakistani fabrics and
lights. The dealer and the Pakistani man study a map of
New York State spread out on the table.
Behind them the Pakistani woman sits on the couch.
Ray comes in, followed by Lila carrying the baby.
We found him.
The Pakistani woman looks up, sees the bundle and hurries
across the room to Lila. Lila holds out the baby with a
little smile and the Pakistani woman snatches it out of
The Pakistani women pulls back the blanket and sees the
baby -- alive. She sinks to her knees letting out a
Lila's eyes fill with tears. Ray chokes back her own.
Come on. Let's go.
Lila follows Ray out, looking over her shoulder at the
99 INT. ACCLAIM ON ROUTE 37 - NIGHT 99
Lila and Ray drive away.
He was dead.
He was just cold.
He was dead.
Okay, whatever, you brought him back to
That was the Great Spirit, not me.
All I know is Kmart is closed and I got
nothing for under the tree.
Lila looks at Ray.
Lila says nothing.
Look, I don't have time for that. I can't
get deep about every little thing. I just
have to keep on going. I only need one
more run to have enough for my double.
100 INT. ACCLAIM AT LILA'S CAMPER - NIGHT 100
Ray and Lila pull up in front of Lila's camper and stop.
Ray divides the money.
Lila takes the money and starts to get out.
Merry Christmas or whatever.
Lila gets out and goes inside.
101 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 101
Ray drives up. The trailer is covered in Christmas
102 INT. RAY'S TRAILER, KITCHEN - NIGHT 102
Ray comes in. The box containing the Hot Wheels Tech
Track Air Stunt Challenge set is under the tree.
She is suspicious.
Where'd you get it?
I called a friend.
Mitch? Is that the friend you called?
It's probably stolen, you know.
No, its not.
Well, I don't want you hanging around
him. That kid is bad news.
It's not like you were gonna get it.
Look , Mister, I got more important
things to worry about than toys. I'm
trying to get our doublewide.
Oh, yeah. I forgot.
Hey, you can lose the attitude. Anyway,
Kmart was closed by the time I got off
He gives her a sideways glance.
What's that smell?
I told you to be careful with the
microwave, didn't I?
103 INT./EXT. LILA'S CAMPER - NIGHT 103
A heavy THUD as something hits the side of Lila's camper.
She opens the door, but no one is there. At her feet she
sees a Pringles can. In it: the cash she left at her
mother-in-law's house for her son.
She looks towards the woods but there is no sign of
anyone. She shuts the door.
Inside she digs through an old box of junk and pulls out
a 2 foot long oval shaped wooden board, an infant board,
and a blanket. She wraps her pillow in the blanket around
the board in the Mohawk tradition and picks it up.
She tries it on her back, then leans it against the wall,
then hangs it on a hook on the wall.
104 INT. RAY'S TRAILER, KITCHEN - DAY 104
Christmas Morning. Ray stands at the stove in her
bathrobe making pancakes. T.J. helps Ricky set up his new
Hot Wheels Set.
A Knock at the door.
Ricky runs to the door and opens it, then backs away.
Trooper Napoli is there.
Is there a Ray Eddy here?
Ray comes to the door.
Can I speak to you outside for a minute.
I haven't gotten the light fixed-
It's not about that. I just have a few
105 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER YARD - DAY 105
Ray slips on her boots, grabs her jacket around her and
steps outside the trailer door.
This is about the woman who was with you.
How long have you known her?
Not too long. She looks after my kids.
She's a smuggler.
Wow. That's a shock.
Yes, well, there is that element on the
Reservation I'm sure you know.
Yeah, I've heard about it but I didn't
know she was involved.
How did you happen to meet her?
Uh, I think there was a sign for a baby
sitter at the Wolf Mart. That's where I
get my gas.
I just thought you should be aware of
that. She's known to have smuggled
illegal immigrants into the country.
Oh my God.
He nods his head.
If I were you I'd find a new baby sitter.
You don't want her around young kids.
He eyes the side of the trailer where smoke stained
siding is visible.
Well, you have an enjoyable Holiday.
Thanks. You, too.
Ray stands and watches the trooper drive away. She feels
in the pocket of her bathrobe for her cigarettes and
fumbles to light one, sucking on it, unaware of the cold.
When she turns around she looks at the trailer and
notices the smoke-stained siding on one end of it.
106 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - DAY 106
T.J. listens at the door. Ricky looks up.
Why is the police man here?
From outside the door:
T.J. could you come out here for a
T.J. goes outside.
107 EXT. TRAILER YARD - DAY 107
Ray stands staring at T.J. at the trailer's burnt end.
What did he want? Did something happen to
Then what did he want?
She points to the blackened siding on the trailer.
Did you have a fire last night?
The pipes froze so I fixed `um.
You fixed um?
Did you happen to use the blow torch?
She walks around back and looks underneath the trailer: a
mass of charred and melted insulation.
Look at this. We can't live here anymore!
It's just a tin crapper.
No, it was our house.
So, we're gettin' a new one, right?
Jesus, you could have killed yourself and
She grabs the blowtorch and slams it to the ground, but
it is indestructible.
It's not yours, he gave it to me.
She goes to the car, takes out her gun then puts the blow
torch on the ground and aims at it -- but T.J. grabs it.
Put it down.
Put it down.
Are you gonna shoot me now, too?
Put that thing down!
He ignites the blow torch to spite her.
Maybe he didn't like gettin' shot in his
own house. Maybe that's why he left.
That was an accident.
Some accident you shot him in the foot.
He spent the food money on scratch cards,
So, he'd done it before.
He aims it at her. She walks towards him. He increases
Gimme that thing.
She tries to grab it out of his hand, but he is too
T.J. come on now.
You can't have it. It's mine.
His eyes fill with tears, but his face stays tight.
She grabs at it again, but he jerks it away. She pauses
and stares at him.
He was clean for 23 months.
They look at one another.
(chokes back tears)
I didn't know how else to keep us
together. I mean...he's a good dad when
he's not gamblin'.
He cuts off the blow torch.
Yeah, awesome dad. Robs us and takes off
a week before Christmas.
She walks up to him and wipes a tear from the side of his
face. He shakes it off.
They stand in the cold air for a long moment their breath
visible. She touches his hair.
108 EXT. BUBBLE CAMPER - NIGHT 108
Ray drives up in the Acclaim. Lila and the Horizon are
Ray gets out and looks around but there is no sign of
109 EXT. PARKING LOT, MOHAWK BINGO PALACE - 109
Ray slowly cruises the lot looking for the Horizon.
She spots it in the distance behind the Bingo palace next
to a dumpster.
Ray parks and goes inside.
110 EXT. MOHAWK BINGO PALACE ENTRANCE - NIGHT 110
The short chubby toothless Mohawk ticket taker perched on
a metal stool beside a velvet rope.
Ray sees her and begins to dig in her jeans for a five.
The ticket taker looks her up and down, expressionless.
Ray hands over the money. The ticket taker just looks at
The game's over. They're verifying the
That's okay. I still wanna buy a ticket.
I can't sell you one.
I got money.
I just want to buy some scratch cards.
Go to Wolf Mart, they sell `um there.
Ray walks away. The ticket taker watches her.
111 EXT. MOHAWK BINGO PALACE, PARKING LOT - DAY 111
Ray slumps down in the driver's seat of the Acclaim
waiting for Lila to come out. She is parked a few cars
away from the Horizon.
Other bingo players come out and get in cars surrounding
Mohawks employees, including Lila come out of the
"Employees Entrance". She starts toward Horizon. She
wears new glasses.
Catching sight of Ray in the Acclaim, she abruptly turns
and starts walking in the opposite direction.
Ray pulls out and drives over following her in the
I quit smuggling.
(rolls down the window)
T.J. set the trailer on fire.
Lila keeps walking. Ray drives along beside her.
He didn't mean to, but the pipes froze
and he got that damn torch out -- which I
told him not to do touch when I wasn't
there -- and he tried to thaw them out-
I got glasses and now I can see up close.
There's a hole in my bedroom floor. We
Lila keeps walking.
I just need one more run to get the
Lila keeps walking.
Look you can have the Acclaim. Okay?
Lila keeps walking.
I don't want it.
What is it then?!
Lila keeps walking.
Are you still mad about that baby? `Cause
it wasn't all my fault, ya' know. I mean
who puts their kid in a duffle bag?
Lila keeps walking. Ray follows trying to figure her out.
You're gonna need a lot of money to take
care of a one year old baby.
I got enough.
Yeah, but you gotta get him first.
Lila stops dead in her tracks and looks at Ray.
I'll help you. You can even borrow my
Lila looks around to see if anyone is watching and gets
in the Acclaim with Ray.
ANGLE FROM BINGO PALACE ENTRANCE: The Ticket Taker
watches the Acclaim drive away.
112 EXT. ACCLAIM, VERSAILLES MOBILE HOME LOT - NIGHT 112
Ray and Lila pull up outside the model double wide home.
113 INT. ACCLAIM. VERSAILLES MOBILE HOME LOT - SAME 113
Ray and Lila look at it.
You should see the inside.
How many bedrooms?
Three. And it's got a jacuzzi tub in the
Wall to wall carpet?
Oh yeah. But the best thing is the
insulation. The pipes can never freeze.
Ray gets out.
I'll be back.
She disappears into the Office.
Lila looks at the house.
114 INT. OFFICE, VERSAILLES MOBILE HOME LOT - NIGHT 114
Ray comes in on Guy Versailles giving a young couple the
...what I think you'll find with the
Commodore -- and you'll be the judge --
is that the vinyl wall covering is
perfect for small children. There is
never a need to repaint or even touch up-
I wanna schedule a delivery.
Versailles looks up, annoyed. He plasters on a smile.
(to the couple)
Give me just a second.
He tries to take Ray aside.
What do you want?
She pulls a huge wad of cash from her jacket pocket.
Is this all of it?
It's three thousand but I want it
I told you all or nothing.
She holds out the cash. The couple tries not to watch.
Take it as a deposit. All you have to do
is show up. If I don't have the rest you
Can't argue with that. You'll have to
sign something, though.
He takes out a contract and writes in the deposit amount
as thirteen hundred seventy two dollars owing.
Ray signs the paper.
115 INT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 115
Ray drives down the boat launch and starts across. The
sky is clear and the moon shines down on the white river
Downstream patches of the river have thawed and water
flows is visible.
There is only the sound of the wheels on the smooth ice
116 EXT. JIMMY'S GARAGE, RIVER'S EDGE - NIGHT 116
Jimmy's is dark. Ray and Lila sit a minute. Then:
Blow the horn.
Ray honks the horn.
A light comes on. Jimmy runs outside in a t-shirt. Lila
rolls down the window.
You got a run for us, Jimmy?
(shakes his head)
It's pretty slow after Christmas. Unless
you wanna to go off the Rez, there's a
guy up in Montreal who's usually got
Twenty miles or so. But...you gotta watch
out for the Mounties and the Surete.
and...this guy deals in ya' know girls.
117 EXT./INT. ACCLAIM, QUEBEC HIGHWAY - SAME 117
Ray and Lila drive down a Quebec highway. The road signs
are in French.
The skyline of Montreal is an orange glow in the far
Have you ever been there?
A few times. Have you?
No, Troy didn't like to travel. He liked
to work in his shed, mostly.
Ray and Lila drive down a commercial strip of shopping
centers, fast food joints and strip clubs, with French
Up there. That's it.
Can't miss that.
118 EXT. LE CLUB SUPER SEXE - SAME 118
Ray pulls in at a giant neon silhouette of a naked woman.
They drive around back and get out. THROBBING DISCO music
is heard from inside a door marked "Prive."
119 INT. CLUB SUPER SEXE - NIGHT 119
They walk in. The place is mostly empty. There is a
scantily dressed BARTENDER and JACQUES BRUNO sitting at
She points to Bruno. Lila and Ray approach him. He is on
his cell phone speaking in French.
He looks them over, then closes up his telephone.
You looking for a job.
No, Jimmy called-
Oh yeah, Jimmy. Okay.
He calls over the Bartender. She comes over. He points to
Ray and Lila.
She walks over to them.
Put your hands up.
Ray and Lila put up their hands. The Bartender pat frisks
them for body wires. When she is finished:
Okay we go.
He picks up his full-length fur coat.
They follow him out the back of the club. The Bartender
120 EXT. PARKING LOT, CLUB SUPER SEXE - SAME 120
D'at your car?
He points to the Acclaim parked a few feet away. They
nod. He walks out to a shed and unlocks the door. Two
very young CHINESE GIRLS, sickly and pale, wearing jean
jackets look vacantly out.
Bruno signals them to get out.
Open the trunk.
We need to get paid, first.
He pulls a wad of cash from inside his coat and hands it
to Lila. She counts it out.
You only got six hundred here.
You get the rest at drop off.
It's six hundred apiece.
The girls stand shivering by the trunk.
That's the deal I make with Jimmy, now
you want to change?
Lila and Ray look at each other.
It's twelve hundred.
You want to make a problem?
Bruno glances at the Bartender watching from the back
door of the club.
(annoyed by Ray)
...because you're not making a problem
for me. And you're making a problem for
them. Let me show you something.
He approaches the two girls.
He grabs one of the girls by the hair, kicks her in the
back of the knees forcing her to the ground.
Lila looks at Ray. The girl tries to get on her feet, but
each time she does he kicks her in the back of the knees
Let's just go.
Held up by her hair, the girl slides around helplessly.
Lila winces at the sight. Ray stares at Bruno.
Okay. We'll take them.
Lila looks at Ray.
Bruno drops the girl who scrambles to her feet.
Just open the trunk.
Lila leans into the passenger side of the Acclaim and
pops the trunk. Bruno looks at Ray:
You must be the brains of the operation.
He motions the girls into the trunk and shuts it after
Lila get in the passenger side and Bruno starts for the
back door of the club.
Ray pulls her gun out of her jacket and aims it at Bruno.
Bruno stops and turns around.
I want the rest.
He opens his fur coat.
I don't have any more.
In the shiny coat lining only the handle of a long pistol
(to the Bartender)
Go get it.
Bruno looks around and nods at the bartender. The
bartender panics not knowing what to do and begins
speaking in French to Bruno.
Ray shoots at the pavement beside Bruno.
(to the bartender)
Give it to her.
The Bartender disappears into the club. Ray waits with
the gun on Bruno.
(from inside the Acclaim)
Let's get out of here. I'll give you the
rest of the money.
No. But thanks.
You're gonna get us all killed.
A moment later the Bartender comes back, shaking and
Put it there.
She indicates the trunk.
(to the bartender)
You aren't so smart as you look.
Ray grabs the money and still pointing at Bruno, backs
into the car.
Bruno reaches for his pistol and aims at them as the
Acclaim squeals away.
Bruno FIRES shattering the driver's side window, grazing
Ray falls back, dazed for a moment. Lila steers. Then Ray
takes the wheel as they swerve out onto the main road.
He shot me.
Ray wipes the blood from her forehead.
You should'a just taken the money from
(blood streams down her face)
I'm tired of people stealing from me. Is
it all there?
We gotta get outta here, first.
Just COUNT IT and make sure it's all
Ray hands her the wad of money. Lila struggles to put on
her glasses and counts out the money.
Is it there?
It's all there.
Slow down a little. We gotta keep it
under the speed limit.
Ray smiles and wipes away the blood.
They drive a short distance. Ray checks the rear-view
We gotta get off this road.
Lila looks in the rear view. Headlights appear behing
Ray speeds up approaching an intersection: the sign reads
Lila looks back in the rear view mirror. The headlights
are gaining on them.
She SPEEDS through it.
A local SURETE DE QUEBEC police cruiser parked out of
sight TAKES OFF after her, LIGHTS FLASHING.
121 INT. ACCLAIM ON QUEBEC ROADS - NIGHT 121
We gotta get off this road!
122 EXT. ACCLAIM ON DIRT ROAD - NIGHT 122
Ray swerves off the main road to a DIRT ROAD. The Québec
Ray swerves off the road and across a field into the
WOODS and kills the HEADLIGHTS.
The Quebec Cruiser CHASES them.
123 INT. ACCLAIM ON DIRT ROAD - NIGHT 123
Ray speeds down the road.
How much farther to the reservation?
Just up at the tree line.
Ray speeds towards it, but the Quebec cruiser still
What the hell? We're on the reservation.
They can't arrest us but if they catch us
they'll take the money.
Ray bounces into the woods through the trees.
124 EXT. ACCLAIM ON RIVER BANK - NIGHT 124
The Acclaim emerges from the woods at the edge of the
river. The International Seaway Bridge looms above the
ice surface of the river.
125 INT. ACCLAIM ON RIVER BANK - NIGHT 125
Behind them the flashing lights close in.
That ice is black out here.
Will it hold us?
I don't know.
Ray looks at her for a moment then drives toward the ice.
126 EXT. RIVER BANK - NIGHT 126
Behind them, the Quebec cruiser BRAKES at the edge of the
The Québec officer GETS OUT TO WATCH the Acclaim drive
out across the ice. He radios to:
127 EXT. INTERNATIONAL SEAWAY BRIDGE - NIGHT 127
A BORDER GUARD picks up the phone. He nods, then hangs up
and makes a call to...
128 INT. NEW YORK STATE CRUISER - NIGHT 128
Trooper Napoli hears the call on the police radio.
...the Quebec Surete in pursuit of a
vehicle with New York State plates,
identified as a blue Plymouth Acclaim and
the suspects are two women, suspected to
be carrying illegals...
He recognizes the car and u-turns.
129 INT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 129
Ray and Lila hold their breath as they cross the river.
They make it over the midpoint and Ray accelerates toward
Two hundred feet from the bank, the BACK RIGHT TIRE HITS
A CRACK in the ice. The TIRE DROPS and the UNDER BELLY of
the car SCRAPES THE ICE. SPARKS FLY.
The RIGHT REAR END of the car DROPS DOWN and the FRONT
LEFT TIRE LIFTS off the ice. The car TEETERS BACK AND
Ray and Lila sit perfectly still.
We gotta crawl out the window.
Lila rolls down her window. The car shifts. The wad of
cash SLIDES toward the edge of the dashboard. Ray grabs
Lila pops the trunk. The two Chinese girls scramble out.
The four begin RUNNING FOR THE SHORE.
ANGLE FROM THE UNDER THE BRIDGE:
Trooper Napoli watches the action on the ice.
130 EXT. ACCLAIM ON FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 130
The CAR SINKS DEEPER INTO THE WATER on one side.
131 EXT. FROZEN RIVER - NIGHT 131
Ray, Lila and the Chinese girls keep running, slipping
and sliding, falling. Lila and Ray stop and go back to
help one of the Chinese girls who keeps falling.
When they get to the shore, they climb up the bank and
collapse on the snow, gasping.
ANGLE: Trooper Napoli gets in his cruiser and heads down
the bank toward the women, lights flashing.
132 EXT. RIVER BANK - NIGHT 132
Two headlights are seen in the distance coming toward
them. A PICKUP TRUCK approaches along the shore.
Jimmy drives it. He gets out, gathers Ray, Lila and the
two Chinese girls into the back of the truck and drives
Ray looks back as the Acclaim SLIPS THROUGH THE ICE AND
Trooper Napoli reaches the scene, too late. No one is
133 INT. VILLAGE BAKERY - NIGHT 133
A small house on the river's edge with a hand painted
sign:"Bakery" Jimmy drives up. He helps Ray, Lila and the
Chinese girls to the door.
The Ticket Taker, "VELMA" opens the door, wearing an
Jimmy, I told you not to bring no more
half frozen people in here off the river.
We just need to borrow your oven, Mom.
He leads them, wet and freezing, to the bakery kitchen.
As they go by Velma and Ray recognize each other.
134 INT. VILLAGE BAKERY, KITCHEN - NIGHT 134
An industrial oven sits beside an old couch. Lila, Ray
and the teenage girls stand near it shivering.
Velma looks them over, frowning and shakes her head.
I don't see how I can get any baking
done. I'm supposed to be baking 200
doughnuts for pee wee Lacrosse and now I
have people bleeding and dripping all
over my kitchen.
She opens a closet filled with Indian medicine plants and
takes out several kinds.
Sit down, I can't reach up that high.
Ray sits down. Velma reaches up and dabs Ray's grazed and
Looks like somebody tried to blow your
Ray winces in pain.
Get outta here, Jimmy. They gotta strip
down. (to girls) Gimme those jackets.
Velma motions to the Chinese girls to take off their
coats. They stare at her shivering.
She gently goes to one of the girls and helps her out of
her jean jacket. Under it she wears a short sleeved shirt
showing her bruised arms.
Velma sees the bruises.
Somebody's been beatin' up on you.
Lila and Ray see the girl's black and blue arms.
Velma hangs the girl's jacket on the big oven to dry and
gives her an old blanket to keep warm.
Then Velma turns to Lila.
135 INT. MOHAWK TRIBAL POLICE STATION - NIGHT 135
MOHAWK CHIEF OF POLICE, BILLY THREE RIVERS, a stressed-
looking man in his 40's talks on the phone.
-Good, good Mike. What can I do for you? -
-You say non-native smugglers?
-A white woman? On the Rez?
-I'll look into it and give you a call
back. Sure thing. (pause)
-I'll take your request to the Tribal
Council and give you a call back.
-No problem, Mike. You bet.
136 INT. MOHAWK TRIBAL COUNCIL - NIGHT 136
Billy Three Rivers sits down at a long conference table.
A middle-aged Mohawk woman, "BARBARA" sits behind a name
plate reading "CHIEF". At the end of the table Bernie
sits behind another name plate: "SUB-CHIEF."
Rosalie comes in wearing her coat over her bathrobe and
takes her place behind the "GRAND CHIEF" name plate.
(puts on her glasses)
We have a situation with a couple
smugglers. They got chased by the Quebec
police and crossed the river but their
car went in and now the troopers know
they're on the Rez.
Who is it?
Lila Littlewolf and some white woman.
What do the troopers want?
A surrender of the two illegals and the
Non-Native smuggler. They need an example
Do you know where they are?
Probably over at Velma's.
(to the other Chiefs)
What do you think?
Turn them in.
What about Lila Littlewolf?
We got our own court system.
We don't charge people with smuggling.
Maybe we should.
If we did, we'd have to arrest half the
people on the Rez.
Rosalie and Barbara shoot him an ANGRY STARE. He shrugs.
We can expel her.
You can't start throwin' Mohawks off the
Rez, Rosalie. There's only, what, six
thousand of us as it is.
She makes the Mohawk people look bad.
But she has a Mohawk son.
She cost us a Mohawk son.
Jake was a big boy. He knew what he was
She'll never be anything but a smuggler.
We've had smuggling on the Rez since Al
Then we'll take a vote.
137 EXT. ROUTE 37, THE RESERVATION LINE - NIGHT 137
Two New York State Cruisers block the road, lights
138 INT. VILLAGE BAKERY, KITCHEN - NIGHT 138
The bell on the bakery door RINGS. Billy Three Rivers
walks in looking very official. Jimmy opens the door.
He comes in and Velma walks in from the kitchen closing
the door behind her.
Velma, seen any smugglers tonight?
Velma says nothing.
Come on, Billy, you never bothered with
Rosalie is worried people are gonna think
the Mohawks let in terrorists. Plus, I
got the Troopers on my back. They want
the illegals and they say there's some
white lady with them too. Is that true,
Jimmy looks away.
THREE RIVERS (CONT'D)
You got white women doing it now? Jesus.
(after a moment) Well, if you see any,
let me know.
Three Rivers leaves.
139 INT. VILLAGE BAKERY, KITCHEN - NIGHT 139
Lila and Ray LISTEN from the kitchen. Ray eyes the back
Ray grabs her jacket off the oven and takes half the cash
out of the pocket and hands it to Lila.
I gotta go.
Lila takes the money. The Chinese girls look on confused.
One gets up and grabs her jacket, but Ray motions her
No. You stay here.
Ray hurries to the back door, opens it, but Bernie
Littlewolf is there. At the sight of him, Ray backs up.
He walks in.
You're in a lot of trouble.
Lila looks at him, unfazed.
The council voted to expel you.
For five years. You can appeal, but
you'll never be able to change Rosalie's
They can't do that.
They'll make your life miserable if you
try to stay.
They've already done that.
Believe me, it could get even worse.
I thought this was all legal on the
Bernie ignores her.
Look, I gotta get home.
She moves for the door, but Bernie blocks her.
If she leaves, they'll turn you in Lila.
The troopers want somebody.
But, she's a Mohawk.
The Chiefs want her out, so there's
nothing standing between her and the
Listen, my kids got no one but me.
If you leave she won't see her son again.
Ray and Bernie stare at each other.
Let her go.
Lila, you're giving up on him and he's
only one year old.
Ray goes to the door, but turns around...
At least you got family to take care of
him, ya' know?
140 EXT. RESERVATION WOODS - NIGHT 140
Ray shuts the door behind her and starts toward the
river. She turns and runs along the bank...a long
way...then slows down. Breathing hard, she stops. Snow
melts on her face. A long moment passes.
The sound of the river ice pushing against the bank
releases a long, deep moan all around her.
141 INT. VILLAGE BAKERY, KITCHEN -NIGHT 141
Lila and Bernie sit on the old sofa by the big oven.
He might be better off.
Jake wouldn't agree with that.
It was all for a new crib. I wanted the
baby to have a pretty new crib, not some
handmedown. And he wouldn't let me go
alone. (laughs) I was too fat to get
behind the steering wheel.
He wanted to keep you and little Jake
The back door opens. Ray is there.
It's just a few months, right?
Bernie and Lila turn around. Ray walks in.
I got baby stuff in the shed.
She takes the folded double-wide contract out of her
pocket and holds it out to Lila.
Get a good used single wide with
insulation. Insulation is the key thing.
Versailles will give you a hard time, but
that will leave enough for you and the
boys to live on for a couple of months.
Ricky's allergic to penicillin.(a moment)
And you can't feed `em Pringles all the
Lila isn't sure.
Lila nods her head.
But you gotta get there quick, before the
police, `cause T.J. will get scared. I
don't want him to get scared, you know.
Ray chokes back her own tears.
Lila takes the contract from Ray.
And don't let him jerk you around.
Versailles, I mean. (to Bernie) Go with
142 INT. RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 142
T.J. and Ricky eat supper to the glow of the TV in the
Can I have more corn?
T.J. dumps his own corn onto Ricky's plate.
143 EXT. ROUTE 37, THE RESERVATION LINE - NIGHT 143
Flashing dome lights of New York State troopers are seen
just beyond the sign "YOU ARE NOW LEAVING THE LAND OF THE
MOHAWK." Trooper Napoli waits in his cruiser with other
Billy drives Ray and the Chinese girls slowly toward them
in the Mohawk Tribal Police Cruiser.
Billy stops and the three get out of the car, handcuffed.
144 EXT. HOUSE ON POINT - NIGHT 144
Bernie waits in the car. Lila walks to the front door.
Thunder looks up from beside the front step.
(shows her empty hands)
Sorry, Thunder, I got nothing for you.
Evelyn opens the door. Seeing Lila she tries to close it,
but Lila WEDGES herself inside.
145 INT. HOUSE ON POINT - NIGHT 145
Evelyn tires to push her out, but Lila walks in the
What do you want?
Lila walks up to the Little Jake sitting in his high
chair, his face covered in carrots.
She reaches out to touch him, but Evelyn pushes her hand
I need his coat.
Lila picks up the baby, and looks around.
Where's his coat?
You can't have him.
She grabs Lila's arm, but Lila shakes her arm free and
wraps Little Jake in her own jacket.
Say goodbye to your Dudah.
Evelyn stands in front of the door, blocking Lila. Lila
stops and they stand for a moment looking at each other.
There is anger and sadness. Evelyn moves aside.
Lila walks out with the baby.
146 EXT. HOUSE ON POINT - NIGHT 146
Bernie stands by the car holding a CAR SEAT.
She's gonna kill me for taking this out
of her car.
147 INT. NEW YORK STATE TROOPER CRUISER - NIGHT 147
Ray sits in the backseat. The two Chinese girls beside
How long is it for me. You know if I
As long as they're not on a watch list.
He glances around at them.
TROOPER NAPOLI (CONT'D)
I don't think you have much to worry
about judging from the look of them,
probably brought here to work in the sex
Ray looks at the two girls.
Will they get sent back?
Not necessarily. They can apply for
Can I have a cigarette?
He lights one for her. She takes it, shaking.
Is there somebody I can call for you? To
take care of your children.
I got somebody.
He looks back at her.
Trooper Napoli looks at her.
But I need to call my kid.
148 INT RAY'S TRAILER - NIGHT 148
The phone rings. T.J. picks it up.
Hello. Hi, Mom.
She hears his voice and can't speak.
-Mom are you there? What's wrong?
-What kinda trouble?
-What did you do?
-A smuggler!? Holy shit!
-Are you in jail?
-But are you're going to jail!?
There is a long silence. He wipes a tear away with his
Ricky plays with his Hot Wheels on the floor.
-Yeah, okay. What does that mean? But
why? I can take care of him, I do it all
the time. But I don't see why we need-?
-Who? (pause) A baby? No way.
-Yeah I know where the stuff is. It's in
the shed, but that's so stupid!.
A KNOCK at the door. T.J. looks at it, unsure what to do.
-Yeah, I'm here. Somebody's at the door.
He walks to it and opens it holding the phone. Lila is
standing there holding Little Jake, wrapped in her jean
T.J. and Lila look at each other. She walks in.
He hangs up.
Little Jake sees Ricky playing with the Hot Wheels Set
and reaches to get down.
Lila puts him on the floor. He crawls toward the
Christmas tree and the Hot Wheels set.
(to Ricky )
You're gonna have to get the little
pieces up high -- or he'll eat them.
149 INT. NEW YORK STATE TROOPER CRUISER - NIGHT 149
Ray rides in the back of the Cruiser. They pass by
trailer homes decorated for Christmas.
150 EXT. ROUTE 37 - DAY 150
A Semi ROARS down the road with "WIDE LOAD" banner
hauling a single wide mobile home through the bright
morning light, plastic covering rippling in the wind.
151 EXT. RAY'S TRAILER - DAY 151
Using the blow torch, T.J. works on the smiling duck
Ricky plays with Little Jake, dressed in a snow suit.
Lila comes outside with a plate of peanut butter
sandwiches, badly made.
T.J. signals Ricky who brings Little Jake over and puts
him on the Kiddie ride. Ricky holds him on the seat and
T.J. flips a switch. The ride JERKS a few times then
starts to move back and fourth. Little Jake smiles.
Behind T.J. a Mohawk Tribal Police Cruiser drives up.
Billy Two Rivers gets out and walks up to T.J.
He speaks sternly to T.J., pointing at the cruiser where
an elderly and frail Mohawk women in her eighties, Mrs.
ThreeRivers, looks out the window.
T.J. walks over to the cruiser. She rolls down the
window. He says something to her, looking at the ground
as he speaks.
Ricky and Lila holding Little Jake look on.
Billy Two Rivers drives away.
SUDDENLY T.J. and Ricky LOOK UP. A RUMBLE is heard in the
distance. From down the road the SEMI is seen
T.J. smiles and Ricky watches not sure whether to believe
it or not. He takes T.J.'s hand.
152 INT. NEW SINGLE-WIDE MOBILE HOME - NIGHT 152
Ray is asleep in her new bedroom with wall-to-wall carpet
and a big window.
Her cell phone RINGS. She doesn't move.
(her voice message plays)
Hi, (happy) You've reached Ray. Leave me
a message and I'll get back to you just
as soon as I can.
The tone is heard.
(sad sack voice)
Ray, are you gonna pick up or not?
TROY (O.S.) (CONT'D)
(pause) I need you to send me some money
so I can get home. I'm stuck here. I
could already be back at work by
now.(pause) Please Ray, I'm at the YMCA
in Tampa. I love you. I miss you. Please
call me here. Seriously. And tell the
The message cuts off with a "BEEP."
ClOSE ON: the cell phone screen. "12 NEW MESSAGES"
changes to "13 NEW MESSAGES."
153 EXT. INTERNATIONAL SEAWAY BRIDGE - DAY 153
A sign reads "Bridge to Canada."
A steep 1940's era customs bridge arches over the St.
Cars and trucks line up in different lanes. Customs
officials man booths at the center of the bridge,
inspecting and questioning impatient drivers.
Beyond them, a smaller sign: "THANK YOU FOR VISITING
MASSENA NEW YORK, IT WORKS, for business, for family, for
154 EXT. BELOW THE BRIDGE - SAME 154
The river stretches miles in either direction, no longer
frozen and still with trees on either side.