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Monteggia Fracture is
the story of a New Jersey detective who is hired by a rich businessman to find
his hard-drinking wife, Julia Hunter, who has disappeared. Once the detective
finds the woman, he discovers that almost everything he has been told about the
case is a lie; the woman must then figure out how to persuade the detective not
to give her away – or how to turn the detective to her advantage. Along the way
Julia finds herself helping more and more women who are in the same sort of
trouble, all while trying to keep herself from falling apart.
Script length: 99 pages
Julia waiting, hung over. Sarah enters.
Sarah! Christ, what are you doing in Jersey?
I’m here to bail you out of a jam, again. Ray – the
bartender? Told me to give you this
I know Ray’s a rotten old bastard, tossed you out of
Sarah, I adore Ray. Even in that crappy strip club,
he made sure that everybody there treated the girls with respect, and if you
broke the rules you were out on your can. I wish Ray could run the whole
country that way.
President Ray! Half-price Bud for Happy Hour!
Please, God, don’t even talk about beer. I have a
hangover that could kill you and three more like you.
REID, lawyer, enters.
Mrs Hunter, Judge King will be here any minute. We need
to talk afterward. Remember, cool and calm.
KING enters, all rise.
Everybody sit. I’m going to try to handle this case
informally, otherwise we’ll be here forever. First problem, custody for...
Lily Hunter. Mrs Hunter has witnesses on her behalf....
Witnesses – what the hell happened?
I’m not sure. Somebody put in some sort of half-ass amicus
maybe. It sounds like they’re on your side, but I have no idea who it is.
Ms Reid, could you go find these witnesses of yours?
Your Honor, I don’t know who these people –
I’ve got a list, I’ll reel them off. Sarah McIntosh
… she’s the stripper, right?
My apologies....Andrea Jackson, Emily Duncan, Adam
Turner, Molly Kincaid, and...Lily Hunter.
witnesses enter, Turner suffering in a shirt and tie; Emily accompanied by Zoe.
Molly comes last, escorting LILY HUNTER and planting her in a chair in the
witness box; Lily, 10, has a coat over her shoulders. Lily looks at her mom and
wears a wise, Mona Lisa smile.
Could I have that police
Don’t talk to any of the witnesses. Your husband’s
lawyer has already been making noises about witness tampering. These guys know
a lot about witness tampering.
I can’t even talk to Lily?
Especially not Lily....There’s been a development.
Now don’t panic....
takes off Lily’s coat to reveal a cast on Lily’s arm.
[frees herself from Reid and points]
What happened to your arm,
Is. That. Bastard. Where is he!
panic”?? Have you lost your mind?
Calm down, the judge is already wondering whether
you really are insane. Your husband’s not here.
He might be in criminal court downstairs, getting
So, is this one the humerus bone or the radius?
Duh. That’s the ulna bone. And that is a Monteggia
Fracture. First he broke the bone, and then it twisted. I have got the coolest
shows Lily her phone. Tara sees them, smiles, and looks over at Julia who nods,
still in shock.
Officer, I’d like to see Miss Hunter in my office.
Kincaid exit. Lily steps toward Julia, stops, gives Julia an intense stare for
five seconds, closes her eyes and opens them again.
What in God’s name happened
Word got out that you were coming back. Lily
insisted that your husband let her see you. Your husband went berserk. Total
Lily doesn’t put up with any crap. She went straight
to her teacher...
And the school called the
Yep. None of this “I fell off the swing” bullshit.
Lily’s heart is as big as all outdoors, just like yours, but she inherited her
ruthlessness from her father, tough luck for him....Lily gave a two-hour
statement to the police, she spoke in complete, organized paragraphs, she never
repeated herself, she never made a factual error. She’s the most amazing
witness I’ve ever seen. And she never cried.
Wow, you said you didn’t have any friends in this
Turner rounded up the witnesses, didn’t he. I don’t
need him to fight my battles --
I think he got tired of watching you fight the whole
world by yourself. I do know the stripper took a bus all the way from Milwaukee
-- Turner used the Hunter money.
I think those guys are going to ask for their
[Julia watches Turner take off his tie and exit.]
Oh, I met Turner in the hall, he told me to tell you
– look in your bag.
[Julia does, finds a package, and a note which she
Oh my God, I can’t right
That’s what you have a
“Julia. It was pretty sloppy, leaving your bag out
in the open again. The witnesses weren’t really for the judge. They were for
you. To show you, you are not alone.....PS You stopped wearing necklaces
because of him. In the little box...”
opens the box to find a necklace.
“A pendant with the letter J. Because there’s
nothing wrong with being plain old Julia. And it’s time to put it on, because
you’re a beautiful woman, and nobody’s going to hurt you anymore. You can stop
hiding and looking over your shoulder. You’re free. You can let it all go. You
don’t need that armor anymore. Turner”... This is the guy who hunted you down?
Mrs Hunter, your husband is being arraigned. That
daughter of yours -– Jesus! -– she talked the judge into giving you temporary
If you cross the state line with Lily, let me know.
The judge didn’t even need to talk to the other
witnesses – your daughter made the sale all by herself.
Lily really, really wants to talk to you.
boss said get everybody back to the brewery....Hey, nobody said to call off the
hunt. We know she was in Jersey at court, then she bugged out again. I think
she’s back in Milwaukee. Just a hunch – get everybody on a plane.
INT. MILWAUKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY -- DAY.
LIBRARIAN, Lily, Julia and Jane in an internet café. A table
with a globe.
the RINGING PHONE]
thanks for those books. You’re the best friend I’ve had, next to your mom.
still trying to score a copy of Half-Blood Prince.
the new foster family is a little better?
was better than the last family.
going to see if I can do something for you. Wait here for a bit, okay? I have
to get on the internet, help somebody out.
help out with this network that finds people like you and puts them somewhere
[Julia types on a computer]
Come on, message me…..Oh thank God.
So how crazy is it tonight?
[these speeches are separated by pauses as she reads
Has he let you out of the
And he’s still taking all
And you can’t call out on
So how come you’re still in
He hasn’t figured out you can message me on your
phone? What does he think you’re doing with that thing?
Playing a game? What is he,
How long do you think he’s gonna stay stupid?
He threatened to take your phone? Baby, that’s a big
red flag. You lose the phone, you’re totally cut off, I can’t help you.
Baby, he’s threatening you more and more. I mean,
describing how he’s gonna kill you...We’ve been at this for a month, I think
this could go south real fast.
You never told me about the tattoos. Teardrops?
They’re teardrop tattoos?
California, right? Holy
I know he told you he went to prison for drugs. Kid,
in Cali, the teardrop tattoo -- he wasn’t in there fifteen years for drugs. He
was in for murder.
What do you mean, you want to wait until he’s not there?
When is he leaving the
You never know? Is there one thing he always does at
the same time?
Okay, so he’s a psychotic
Baby, not pushing you here, but how many clues do
you need? This guy isn’t some garden-variety wife-beater, this guy would freak
out Quentin Tarantino.
When is his next trip to the
Friday at ten? Will he take you with him?
He can’t? Perfect. Okay, how fast can you get your
stuff together? Not everything, just the stuff you really need?
You got some trash bags
You have a pet turtle? Baby, don’t worry, he’s tough –
[looks around warily at the other library customers,
Worry about yourself first.
Okay, I already talked to the sheriff’s deputies
about you once, they’ll be there 1030. Are you ready to give me your address?
You really gotta trust somebody
Baby, I really think it’s time. We’ve been at this a
month, I haven’t pushed you. But now,
Last time, you went off the grid for a week, I
thought that was the ballgame. How many more chances you think we have?
Okay, 1030 Friday, think all this through. Don’t
change anything, the way you act, don’t give him any clues, don’t even pack
until he’s gone. If you want to text me again, do it in the bathroom. Don’t do
anything to set him off – we’re so close!
The sheriff will take you straight to the shelter,
and then we’ll figure out, you know, the rest of your life.
This nimrod already promised to hunt you down if you
leave, so the shelter will only work for a few days, we need to find a new city
for you. A new state. Think about that.
Okay, last chance. Once I call the sheriff, they’re
coming, ready or not.
Okay see ya. Get off the phone, don’t even let him
see the phone anymore.
[sighs; goes to a corner, switches to the phone]
Hello, is Deputy Ramirez on duty? Come on come on....
Yeah, it’s Julia, she’s finally ready. 1303 Van
Buren, 1030, day after tomorrow.
Yeah, like you said, near the Taco Bell, she says the
whole place is like a mall for drugs. This guy is usually wired on speed. He
was in Salinas for murder, I know he has knives, but God knows what else. And
he has lots of friends in the neighborhood, guns and more guns.
Only good news, he’s the only dope dealer in the
world who has no freakin’ clue how to use a smartphone. Not exactly Caltech
material. Total Neanderthal.
No, no way she’ll press charges. The minute we get
her out, she’s gonna run to Siberia and never look back. She’s terrified. Just
get her out.
Yeah, so you know the drill, right? Vest up, guns
out, be safe. She says he won’t be there, but...
Tell the boys and girls, the beer’s on me Friday
night. Regardless, win or lose, but let’s win this one! Oh by the way, this
girl has a pet turtle.
No, I’m serious, a turtle. Hey, this girl, she is
what she is.
Yeah, the turtle might escape, “News at 11, city police,
high-speed chase with a turtle”. Thanks kid, I really needed a laugh. See ya.
just need a nap for about two months. Do me a favor, forget you ever heard that
have had some fun together, haven’t we?
we have…What’s going on?
Turner meets Julia, they look at each other for a minute.
Jane. I’ve been working on her case all year.
catching up. Long as Lily is in the next room, I sleep like a baby.
talked to Molly in Jersey. Your husband’s going to get off with probation and
rehab. He could even fight for custody of Lily.
checked around, and your husband brought in a new detective, he worked
narcotics in New York and then quit the force. Actually he’s more of a
legbreaker than a detective. He’s got a whole team. They’re playing hardball
now. Desperate people do stupid things. And they know you used to live here in
they didn’t catch me the first time, they won’t catch me now...
the guy who fractured your sister-in-law’s skull? I think this is the guy.
Turner goes to the globe and reaches to the far side.
I’m reaching to the other side of the world here – I don’t know what country my
finger is on, but go there. Seriously. Some place where you don’t get bars on
your phone. If not for yourself – do you
want this gorilla within a thousand miles of Lily?
looking for Harry Potter....See the big Ford in the parking lot? The guy behind
the wheel is just sitting there.
I think they’re already here.
Having you been using credit cards? When you rented the car in Chicago?
They’re not hunting me, now they’re hunting you, to find me. This is my
husband’s way of telling you, you’re fired. What, are you back to trying to get
me killed again?
I’m sorry. Seriously, I’m sorry.
it’s time to use the judge’s cards.
cards?...I keep telling you. There’s one more thing I need to do here in
Milwaukee. Before we go.... Can you find Lily?
know, you go to the movies and they scare you with zombies, terrorists, drug
dealers, serial killers...And all the time, the scariest guys are all around
us, guys like your husband.
you convinced me, I’m scared. Go find Lily....Now!
know the women’s shelter downtown?
the safe house we used to have?
I heard about that.
there a back door to this place?
up the ringing phone]
library....Officer Hunter, what can I do for you?....Julia Hunter?
shakes her head violently]
not sure I ever met her, I couldn’t tell you, could you describe her to me?...Sorry,
it doesn’t ring a bell, I see a hundred people a day.... But good luck, Officer....I
hope she’s safe.
up, thinks, grabs keys]
me back by the bathrooms.
Librarian goes to the back; Turner and Lily enter.
Lily, let’s see how smart you are. I got a package from Judge King. Gotta love
a crooked judge.
Security, all three of us have the same last name now! Can you tell me why?
I was kinda hoping for that. That’s the first smart idea I’ve heard all day.
Turner and Julia take a long look at each other.
get carried away, just because I’m the first guy in years who didn’t treat you
like dirt. I don’t want to see anybody run you through the grinder again, not
Christ. Those bastards beat me like a freakin’ piñata for seven years and then
hunted me like an animal. And you think you’re going to jack me up more than
better call for backup, Mister Five-O. You’re not afraid you’re going to hurt
me, you’re afraid you’re going to hurt me and then I’m going to kick your ass....I
know you think you’re so big and tough, but I’ve seen you in action, remember?
You’re a cream puff.
his shoulder; serious]
only way you can hurt me is by losing my daughter. I don’t need to give you the
big speech, do I? About keeping her safe? My sister in law, Kathy, last month I
went to her gravesite. You understand me?...
She had a closed casket funeral.
out of time. Pick a city.
a city that isn’t right around the corner from my husband!
you find me there before the legbreakers do?
never even say the words “San Francisco” out loud. Not to anyone, not even our
friends. No hotel reservations, no tickets, nothing online, no credit cards,
phone calls ....Nobody can figure out our plan, if there is no plan.
Lily, think it through again. Why do we all have the same last name now?
am I stupid. You didn’t want to have the same name as Mom. You wanted to have
the same name as me.
if something happens to your mom, you come with me. You don’t have to go back
to your dad. He might break your arm all over again, just to find out where
your mom is.
at Turner for a long time, then nods]
have to tell you, I’m pretty strict, about bedtime, about dating...
and wrapping you around my little finger will take me...how long?
question. I’m taking two of the IDs. Why?...Your father’s men are coming. Now.
They’re looking for all three of us, or else you and your mom together, a mom
and a daughter. What’s the one thing they aren’t looking for?
tonight, you and Adam are getting in a car and heading south. I’m getting on a
bus heading west.
what are you talking about –
we don’t have time. They’re coming now. We’re taking different routes to San
Francisco. That way they can’t get us both all in one shot.
remember, this is your idea, not mine. I think you’re nuts.
already the two of you think alike!...Turner, you were a cop, right?
you still pack a gun, right?
that’s why you’re the one to protect Lily. Anybody with Jersey plates gets
within a mile of Lily, you pump em full of bullets til they die, then reload
and blast em again.
looks at them both, smiles because she’s figured out the real reason for Julia’s
I stayed alive all those years, just trust me....And Adam? It wasn’t just that
you didn’t treat me like dirt. You dragged your feet, looking for me. You had a
million chances to throw us to the lions...If you couldn’t even give me away,
you could never give away Lily.
make me sound like your guardian angel. You never needed me for all this. You
saved yourself. Just like Lily did. I gave you a “get out of jail free” card,
you should have run all the way to China. Instead you went back to Jersey, right
into the lion’s den. And all by yourself, you got your girl.
I’m coming to get you again....
need you to hang tough and do your job.
need you to help Adam find me out there before those other guys do. Okay?...Turner,
swear to God, if you mess this up...
I’m not afraid of what you’re going to do, I’m more afraid of Lily. Look what
she did to her own father in that police station...Seriously. I don’t know why
you did it this way, you don’t need me for this trip.
anyway....You said you wanted to see what happens next...?...
is there some line you can’t cross?....We’re splitting up tonight. After we go
know all about Ray’s! It’s too dangerous!
have to do something. At Rays. Something...incredible....
The three of them leave, leaving Jane to follow them,
INT. RAY’S BAR, MILWAUKEE – DAY.
[Emily and Tara follow her]
the hell is going on? We close in ten minutes.
told us to be here at closing time.
Julia enters with Turner, Lily,
go easy on my beer supply, for once.
Adam Turner. This is Lily.
Zoe and Jane play with a Nintendo or
a smartphone, Jane with her back to the door.
How can you tell?...Never mind.
on me. If you’re taking care of Julia you need it.
Ray, can we shut down the....oh my God!
[They hug Julia who groans]
So why are you back in Milwaukee?
You’ll see. It’s a surprise.
on, I’m almost done with my homework.
So you didn’t get on that bus, then?
So you’re Turner, the great white bounty hunter?
I’ve been trying to figure out whose side you’re on.
Well, in the last three days, three different guys
came nosing around our headquarters.
Looking for Julia. Bringing Julia to Ray’s was just
plain crazy, get her out of town tonight.
I told her, she insisted on coming here tonight.
Okay, something we need to do real quick.
[enters with Chinese food]
Just ain’t a party without General
Anna and Julia look at each other
and then hug.
[holding physics textbook]
You’re using the wrong formula! This is centrifugal force.
That trick you do with those tassels of yours? Centrifugal force....At least
you have tassels.
worry, kid. Your tassels are coming soon. And then things are gonna get really
today would be a good day for you to play the lottery. Your luck is ungodly.
time. And your timing is perfect.
says I can’t help with the railroad?
no. It’s a surprise. I was working on this thing for months.
I have the meanest mom ever.
[points to Turner’s envelope]
You know what blood money is?
behalf of the Hunter family, I want you to have this...
onto it, in case we get separated ...or something....
Bailey and Mrs. WHEELER enter,
behind Jane; Wheeler stands behind Jane’s chair.
not going to leave me all alone?...Where are you going?
best get yourself out of that chair, Texas, I got the drop on ya.
Green! You are ab-so-lute bomb!
Well, you did all the grunt work.
in a while, I manage to bring one home alive.
I have the Coolest. Mom. Ever!
[laughs, hands her a hankie]
Another girl who can’t stop crying.
I was right. Deep down, you’re total mush, like a country love song.
I love raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. You wanted to know the real
me? Total girly girl....Might as well warn you now.
How big is San Francisco?
under the Golden Gate, baby!...Time to go now.
hugs Lily, Julia groans].
out front window]
of cars rolling into the parking lot.
alley’s clear. Let’s make this quick.
look at each other]
know I’m trusting you with...
know I can’t keep breathing if I don’t get her back –
oxygen....Try to get some sleep on the bus.
Lily and Turner run out the back with Bailey.
Julia stands with her duffel bag and takes a deep breath.
She pulls out her Packers cap, and puts it on.
She looks at the others in the bar, who wave goodbye; Mrs.
Wheeler, holding her daughter, mouths a thank you. Julia leaves with Green.
NO-DIALOGUE TRAVEL MONTAGE – DAY.
and Lily crossing the country in a car.
makes it safely to the bus station, looking over her shoulder as she goes.
in the car watches warily as Turner turns on the turn signal to take the exit
sprawled in the back of the bus, apparently asleep, only to reach onto the
floor and pull up a beer, which she drinks.
falls asleep under Turner’s arm in the car.
shot of San Francisco.
shot of Portsmouth Square in Chinatown.
looks into Portsmouth Square until she sees two Packers caps. She runs down
into the square and hugs Lily. Then she looks at Turner and busts out laughing.
She hugs him and then, as in the Milwaukee scene, grimaces in pain. She steps
back, clutches her ribs with one arm, and leans on his shoulder with the other.
Julia looks at him
with a tired smile, holds up a finger, breathes deeply. She holds up her arms
and gestures twice with her fingers, as though she’s signaling someone to back
up a car: she wants him to hold her again. She puts her arms around his neck
and he holds her, more gently.
and nurses stumble out of an operating room after a long, bloody procedure.
Three of them sit side by side in chairs. The two medics on either end pull off
their gloves and then their masks. Then the one in the middle does the same,
revealing Julia. She pulls her cap off; her hair is a sweaty disgusting mess.
Julia takes a deep breath, and breaks into a million-dollar smile. She’s so
happy to be where she is, that she begins to laugh, and her two colleagues look
at her as though she’s lost her mind.