Vellowstone Volcano Screenplay 5
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Out of Yellowstone, a screenplay, continued


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               EXT.  NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               Rex brings the bag over to Robin who is standing by she
               smashed window.  She pulls out the bag's only contents, a big
               bag of potato chips and another of puffed cheese balls.

                                   ROBIN
                         Doesn't anyone believe in
                         nutrition?

                                   REX
                         I could put it back.

               Robin hurriedly pops open the chips.

                                   ROBIN
                         No you don't.

               Stuffing their faces, they approach a 12 foot travel trailer
               that is hooked behind an SUV.  Rex turns the handle.  To
               their relief and delight, it opens.



               INT.  TRAVEL TRAILER - DAY

               Rex is in the trailer farther than Robin.  His eyes quickly
               peruse the thick comforter and rolled up sleeping bag on the
               bed.

               Robin greedily opens the small refrigerator.  Grabbing a half
               gallon jar of orange juice, she thrusts it onto the table and
               reaches in for more.

                                   ROBIN
                         Jackpot!  Yes!

               The refrigerator is well stocked.  As Robin thumps sandwich
               meat, pickles and mustard on the table, Rex opens cupboards
               and gets down plates and glasses.

               A LITTLE LATER

               The pair munch contentedly on thick sandwiches that have yet
               only a couple bites eaten out of them.  On the table are
               Tupperwear bowls of several kinds of salads, pickles, sliced
               cheese and deli meats, etc.

                                   REX
                         Oh my God.  I'll never take food
                         for granted again...  If we do have
                         to spend the night, we are well
                         set.  I like camping, but if you
                         don't have equipment it's just
                         plain miserable...

                                   ROBIN
                         Shut up.

                                   REX
                         What's with you?  All I was saying
                         was...

                                   ROBIN
                         Quiet!  Choppers!

               She bolts for the door.



               EXT.  THE NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               Looking straight up, Robin desperately waves her arms.  Three
               military helicopters fly overhead.

               Robin frantically tries to remove the passenger side mirror
               from the SUV.

               The helicopters fly farther away.

               Robin still tugs at the mirror.  Rex, standing close to her,
               gently places a hand on her shoulder.  He sticks his signal
               mirror in front of her face.

                                   REX
                         Here, try this.

               Grabbing his mirror, she frantically signals.

                                   REX
                         Becoming quite a vandal, aren't
                         you?

               The helicopters fade off into the distance.  Robin slumps her
               shoulders and trudges back to the travel trailer.

               INT.  TRAVEL TRAILER - DAY

               Back at the table, they eat where they left off.  Robin calms
               down.

                                   ROBIN
                         At least we won't starve to death.

               Rex tries to look cheerful.

                                   REX
                         We've even got birthday cake for
                         desert.

               Grabbing a bite from his sandwich, he gets up and pulls a
               store-bought cake in a box from a cupboard.  Part of the lid
               is see-through cellophane.  He opens the lid to show her the
               well decorated, double layer chocolate cake with white
               frosting.  More than half of it remains.

               Rex places the cake box in the empty sink well.

               Returning to his place at the table, he dishes salad onto his
               plate.

               The trailer rocks violently.  Everything on the table either
               tips over or slides.  From the opened cupboards canned goods,
               breakfast cereal, doughnuts, open boxes of pancake mix,
               dishes, etcetera, hurl about.

               Robin and Rex, also tousled, try to protect their heads from
               flying objects.

               The walls behind the stove and above the heater WHOOSH into
               flames.

               The fire spreads rapidly throughout the shaking trailer as
               the two struggle toward the door.



               EXT.  NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               A little farther down the road Robin sits dejectedly on the
               edge of the pavement.  Her elbows rest on her bent knees,
               fists against her face.  She stares blankly at the ground.

               Rex sits down beside her and smiles compassionately.

                                   REX
                         I saved the birthday cake.

               He holds the box between them and opens the lid.  Robin looks
               at him with a weak smile.  His smile broadens.

               Her hand dives in to break off a piece of cake.  Suddenly her
               eyes pop wide and she holds her breath in suspense.  Rex
               takes the cue from her expression.  They slowly look behind
               them.

               A large BLACK BEAR looms only a few feet away.

               With wide-eyed fear, Rex maneuvers the cake box to the ground
               behind them.  As the bear wolfs into the cake,

               Robin and Rex ease themselves to their feet and slowly back
               away.

               The bear remains engrossed with the box.

               Keeping an eye on the bear, the two cautiously walk forward
               down the road.  They grab the door handles of the next car. 
               Locked.

               They move on to the last vehicle, a low-to-the-ground red
               sports car.  They open the doors and pile in, Robin on the
               driver's side.

               A deep, twenty foot wide crevice blocks the way in front of
               the red car.  The crevice is wider southward and tapers to
               the north.



               I/E.  RED SPORTS CAR - DAY

               Robin sobs but tries not to.  Rex gently puts his arm around
               her as best as he can in the sports car.

                                   REX
                         It's Okay.

                                   ROBIN
                         No, it's not Okay...I'm not
                         supposed to cry.

                                   REX
                         Whoever told you that?

                                   ROBIN
                         It's weak.

                                   REX
                         It's human.  You don't always have
                         to be that tougher than nails
                         superwoman ranger.  Let yourself
                         go.

                                   ROBIN
                         You don't cry in front of your
                         boss.

                                   REX
                         Your boss?  Of what, a park that's
                         trying to destroy itself.  I'm not
                         your boss.  We're two people
                         fighting for our lives.
                             (trying for humor)
                         Besides, you've been bossing me
                         around ever since we left Jackson.
                             (beat)
                         Almost made me feel like I was
                         married again.

               Not exactly consoled, at least she quits sobbing.  He studies
               her face, wanting to kiss her.  As he bends toward her, she
               suddenly she sits bolt upright with a fierce expression, eyes
               riveted out the windshield.

                                   ROBIN
                         Shit!

               Taken aback, Rex follows her gaze through the windshield. 
               His mouth drops open as he stares.

               Seen through the windshield, in the distance plumes of ash
               and steam billow.  Sparks fountain up.

                                   REX
                         Is that lava or fire?

               Robin is back in ranger mode.

                                   ROBIN
                         That's lava.  It's a good bet
                         there's fire too.

                                   REX
                         This car has keys.  Maybe we could
                         get out through Tower Junction.

               Robin shakes her head.

                                   ROBIN
                         If that was open they'd have sent
                         the cars that way.  Besides, that
                         road always seems ready to slide in
                         the best of times.  I doubt if it
                         would have stood these quakes.

               She opens the door.



               EXT.  THE CREVICE, NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               Robin contemplates the crevice.  She strides to the right,
               along it's edge.  Rex follows curiously.  

               He wryly tries to dissuade her from whatever it is she has in
               mind.

                                   REX
                         You know this is actually a very
                         good place to be.  We'd be safe
                         from bears in the car.  We're on
                         the road where we'd be visible. 
                         There's horns and lights for
                         signaling.  All the mirrors you'd
                         ever want.  Probably some of those
                         cars have food.  Maybe jackets and
                         sleeping bags. 
                         Why you could smash windows and rip
                         open trunks to your heart's
                         content.  There's even a burning
                         trailer to keep us warm.

               Robin ignores him.  She reaches a spot where the pit is about
               three feet across and about four feet deep.  Beyond that, the
               forest is thick.

               Between the forest and road is rough clearing.

                                   ROBIN
                         We might be able to fill that in
                         enough to drive across.

               Rex stares at her in disbelief.

                                   REX
                         In that thing?  It would bottom out
                         before it even got here.

                                   ROBIN
                         There were some nice four by fours
                         back there.

                                   REX
                         Yeah, all locked.

               Robin throws a chunky rock into the pit.

                                   ROBIN
                         One of them has to have a hidden
                         key.

                                   REX
                         What's the point?  If we do get
                         through here, there's that spittin'
                         barbecue ahead of us.

                                   ROBIN
                         Well maybe, just maybe, we can
                         drive around it.  One of those two
                         roads up there just might be open
                         enough to get out of here.

               Rex looks at her incredulously.

                                   REX
                         You really think there haven't been
                         slides in the Madison Canyon or on
                         the way to Mammoth?

                                   ROBIN
                         No, but all I know is I just can't
                         sit here and do nothing.  I've got
                         to try something, even if it
                         doesn't work... Help me with this
                         log, will ya.

               He helps her heave the log in.

                                   REX
                         You are out of your mind.

               He chucks in another stone.

                                   REX
                         This could take hours.

                                   ROBIN
                         Geez, you got a board meeting or
                         somethin'?

               Rex shrugs with resignation.

                                   REX
                         Go rob some cars.  I'll do this for
                         awhile.
                             (with second thoughts)
                         Oh, that bear might still be
                         around.

               Robin lashes out with undue grizzle.

                                   ROBIN
                         There's not a damn bear in this
                         damn park that would dare tangle
                         with me right now.

               Rex is taken aback but amused.

                                   REX
                         I know I wouldn't.
                             (fatherly)
                         Take the car.

               Robin gives him a dirty look.

                                   REX
                         If you find food, you'll have a
                         safe place to put it.

               She goes off.  He shakes his head and stoops down for another
               rock.  The car ENGINE starts.



               EXT.  NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               The red sports car zooms along the line of vehicles and keeps
               on going.

               FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD

               An empty stretch of road leads into a hot water lake.  The
               red sports car stops near the water's edge.



               I/E.  SPORTS CAR - DAY

               Robin blankly studies the boiling water.  Through the
               windshield, she watches the water bubble and steam.

               The car jerks and sinks a little.  Robin slams into reverse. 
               The tires WHINE.  The car sinks lower.

                                   ROBIN
                         Oh Lord!

               The car sinks some more.  Steaming water laps around the car.

               She climbs out the window and sprawls over the roof.  The car
               drops more.

               Scrambling up she leaps off the trunk almost clearing the
               water.  Her feet splash briefly.

               A crumpled Robin staggers down the lonely road.  

               Water covers the hood and trunk of the red sorts car.



               EXT. THE CREVICE, NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               Rex's portion of the pit is now about two feet deep.  He
               throws in another stone and wipes his brow.

               LATER

               The pit is fuller.  Another rock tumbles into it.  Rex looks
               off at the distant lava fountain.

               Even from this distance, the lava fountains impressively,
               bigger than before.

               He shakes his head wearily.

                                   REX
                         It's a hell of an ending.

               He discouragingly scans the view to the south.  Smoke billows
               from numerous distant fires.  Clouds of ashy steam billow far
               away.

               LATER

               The pit is now almost full.  Rex quite wearily drops in
               another stone.  Hearing an ENGINE he turns to watch Robin's
               approach.

                                   REX
                         Where on earth has she been?

               She pulls up in the extended cab pickup with oversize tires.

               Tired and annoyed, he approaches the driver's side window. 
               Before he can say anything, she thrusts out her hand with a
               beer.  She is overly cheerful.

                                   ROBIN
                         Miller time, Rex.  Go for the
                         gusto.  You only go around once.

               He takes the beer, shakes his head and gives her a weary
               grin.

                                   REX
                         I see you've already hit the beer.

               Robin innocently holds up an index finger.

                                   ROBIN
                         Just one.

                                   REX
                         Not much more to go here.

                                   ROBIN
                         Stand back.

               Rex gives her a puzzled look.

                                   ROBIN
                         I said stand back.

               She guns the machine into reverse.  Maneuvering forward, it
               bounces in and out of the hole.

               Rex gets in and they bump along on the short distance to the
               road.

               The truck roars down the pavement.

                                   ROBIN (O.S.)
                         Yee haw!

               FURTHER DOWN THE ROAD the pickup travels toward the distant
               red of the lava fountain.

               I/E.  PICKUP - DAY

               Robin opens another beer.  She nods toward the grocery bag
               between them.

                                   ROBIN
                         I got all kinds of stuff.  Hand me
                         some cookies, would you.  Ooh,
                         cheese!  That's what I want, Swiss
                         cheese...

               She downs a long, long guzzle of beer.  Rex watches with
               stunned amazement.  With just the tiniest hint of a slur in
               her voice, Robin philosophizes.

                                   ROBIN
                         This park is going to blow,
                         destroying everything around it. An
                         explosive inferno like mankind has
                         never seen.  Those cars back                                                
                         there will be molten blobs,
                         blending in with molten rhyolite...

               Rex checks out the back seat.  There are two coolers, a box
               full of food, sleeping bags, a camp stove, etc.

                                   ROBIN (CONTINUING)
                         They'll become quirks in the rocks
                         to baffle some geologist some six
                         hundred thousand years from now, 
                         when she examines some eroded
                         canyon wall.

               She downs the rest of the can of beer.

                                   ROBIN
                         One big volcanic burst and this
                         will all be gone.  Hot ash being
                         launched to Billings. One gigantic
                         inferno.  And you know what?  I
                         still can't bring myself to throw a
                         beer can out the window.

               EXT.  FARTHER DOWN THE ROAD THE NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               The pickup continues down the road.

                                   ROBIN
                         What the hell.

               She flips the beer can out.  The can rattles down the
               pavement.

                                   REX
                         You'd make a mean drunk.

               LATER

               The road ahead is strewn with ash and volcanic rocks, up to
               softball size.

               The pickup slowly rumbles over them for a couple hundred
               feet, then stops.



               I/E.  PICKUP - SAME

               Seen through the windshield, the lava activity is about a
               quarter mile away.  The main portion is left of center.  The
               red flare-ups can be seen above the trees.  

               Robin clutches the steering wheel squeezing her eyes and all
               her muscles tight.  She opens her eyes.  Her face and body
               droop.

                                   ROBIN
                         I don't think I want to be here.

               Sitting there wilted, another idea strikes, and she
               brightens.

                                   ROBIN
                         Bicycles!  Some of those cars had
                         mountain bikes.

               Rex glares at her in disbelief.  Then he looks up as if
               imploring heaven for help.

                                   REX
                         Oh boy!

                                   ROBIN
                         I'm serious.  The road's submerged
                         behind us, but we could ride around 
                         that.  I'm sure there's other
                         obstacles, but...

               Seeing something outside the windshield, he excitedly points.

                                   REX
                         Look!

               Puzzled, Robin tries to figure out what he sees.  Before she
               can ask, he's out of the pickup.



               EXT.  ROCK STREWN ROAD, NORRIS TO CANYON ROAD - DAY

               Rex signals with his mirror.  

               In the distance, to the right of the hot area but beyond it,
               fly two non-military helicopters.  They are angled away,
               heading from left to right.  One helicopter flares off and
               heads toward them.  In the direction of the helicopter,
               there's about 50 yards of meadow between the road and the
               forest beyond.

               Robin leaps for joy

                                   ROBIN
                         They see us.

               The one helicopter heads for them, remaining just visible
               above the trees.

               Flares of lava gush to triple their previous heights.

               In a shower of hot, fiery rocks, Rex and Robin seek refuge
               behind the pickup.

                                   REX
                         Chicken Little was right.

               Their heads peer out to the side in order to keep track of
               the helicopter.  

               The helicopter, though much closer, is still above the trees. 
               In the shower of red glowing rocks, a larger volcanic bomb
               smashes into the helicopter's side, knocking it down through
               the trees.

               Horror strikes Rex and Robin.

                                   ROBIN
                             (screaming)
                         No!

               They look at each other.  Hoping to be of help, they race
               towards where the machine went down.  Fiery missiles WHISTLE
               around them.  

               Some start the grass and brush on fire.  Fortunately, things
               are either pretty green or cinder covered and don't burn
               well.  

               Frightened ELK flee through the woods.

               Rex and Robin continue on toward the woods.  Hot rocks pound
               around them.



               EXT.  CHARRED WOODS - LATE DAY

               They are perhaps a hundred yards into woods that were charred
               by the 1988 fire.

               Somewhere through the trees ahead of them, the downed
               helicopter EXPLODES.  The fiery blast ignites numbers of
               small fires.

               Rex and Robin run back toward the pickup.  The rocks have
               quit flying.  Ash descends like heavy snow.

               Robin is well behind Rex.  Another major earthquake strikes. 
               Rex staggers but keeps going on.

               Robin falls to the ground.

               SLOW MOTION, as the earth rumbles, a tall dead pine begins to
               topple.

               Lying on the shaking ground, Robin looks up to see the
               falling tree headed for her.  She scrambles on all fours but
               the jostling impedes her.

               SLOW MOTION the tree falls.

               Robin winces and covers her head with her arms as the tree
               crashes across her calves.  

               She grimaces in considerable pain.  The quaking subsides.

                                   ROBIN
                         Rex!  Help!

               Rex recovers his stride.

                                   ROBIN (O.S.)
                         Help!

               SLIGHTLY LATER.

               Rex kneels beside Robin.  She looks up at him in a mixture of
               fear, pain, and relief to see him.

                                   ROBIN
                         Ahhh.  I could feel my leg break.

               A wall of smoldering lava oozes toward them.  Near Robin
               ignited brush touches off a pile of deadfall.

               Rex strains to lift the tree, but can't budge it.

               The lava churns closer.  The fire grows.

               Rex makes a lever using a rock as a fulcrum and a stick about
               two inches in diameter.

               He pulls, the stick breaks and he falls backwards.

               Robin watches with helpless anxiety.  The flames intensify.

               Desperately he searches for something sturdier.

               The ominous red wall crawls forward, knocking down and
               consuming trees that burst into flame before its path.

               Rex has a much stouter branch.  He strains.  The tree lifts
               an inch or two.

                                   REX
                         Pull yourself out.

               Robin shinnies out.  The tree thumps back down.  Rex rushes
               to her and lifts her into his arms.

               Carrying her, he hurries as fast as he can.

               Lava engulfs the downed tree that pinned Robin.



               EXT.  THE ROCK STREWN ROAD - LATE DAY

               The ash fall has essentially stopped.  Rex carries Robin
               through the open meadow, toward the road.  They look up and
               wave arms at a helicopter.

               A Jet Ranger civilian helicopter approaches.  The PILOT looks
               down at Rex and Robin.

               The lava flow approaches the pickup.

               The helicopter lands on the road.  The COPILOT gets out to
               meet them.  He shouts loudly over the noise.

                                   COPILOT
                         Put her down.  Give us a hand.

               Rex looks confused.  The copilot impatiently lifts Robin out
               of Rex's arms and places her on the ground.  He signals for
               Rex to follow him.

               The pilot heaves a large tom-tom out of the back of the
               helicopter.

               The tom-tom joins a mounted owl and a chief's headdress on
               the ground.

                                   COPILOT
                             (loudly to Rex)
                         Got to make room.

               The Pilot passes a buffalo head to Rex and the copilot.

               The lava reaches the front of the pickup.  The front tires
               blow.

               At the helicopter, the pilot and copilot furiously struggle
               to remove a mounted small black bear.  Its shape and size
               make it awkward.  The three manage to expel it.

               Lava laps onto the pickup.  It explodes.

               The pilot nods to Rex.  Rex rushes to Robin and picks her up.

               The collection of removed items on the ground now also
               includes a carved eagle, a mounted cougar, and three very
               nice pieces of bronze wildlife art.

               The lava engulfs the pickup's remains and continues toward
               the helicopter.

               The chopper takes off.



               INT.  PRIVATE HELICOPTER - LATE DAY

               Robin sits behind the pilot.  A few art objects, Indian
               artifacts, and small taxidermic animals remain.  Rex and
               Robin scan their surroundings.

               Rex reassuringly squeezes her hand.  The two hold hands.

               The copilot rummages through the First Aid box and hands a
               package back to Rex.  The package reads, "Inflatable Splint -
               Full Leg".

               Robin looks out the window.



               EXT.  MODIFIED LANDSCAPE, HELICOPTER VIEW - LATE DAY

               The land is viewed from above, as from the helicopter
               circling clockwise then heading south-southwest:

               A small cinder cone volcano covers the Norris area.  It
               sparks and fumes.  Fire rages to the north and east of
               Norris.  

               There are scattered fires and the land is full of cracks and
               crevices, some spewing ash and steam.  One fissure instantly
               turns red.  Smoke and ash haze obscure everything in the
               distance to the east and southeast.



               INT.  PRIVATE HELICOPTER - LATE DAY

               Rex and Robin each have a can of Coke.  The copilot hands
               back two apples and a candy bar.  The conversation is spoken
               loudly over the engine noise.

                                   COPILOT
                         Afraid we ate everything else.

               Rex leans forward to introduce himself.

                                   REX
                         Rex Montgomery.  This is Robin
                         Taylor.

                                   PILOT
                         Rex Montgomery?  They thought you
                         were dead.

                                   REX
                         We were starting to think the same
                         thing.  



               EXT.  MORE MODIFIED LANDSCAPE, HELICOPTER VIEW - LATE DAY

               A steam blast erupts from the Old Faithful area straight
               ahead.  The Helicopter changes course. 

                                   PILOT (O.C.)
                         If we can't outrun the ash it will
                         choke the engine.

               The flight path leaves the active area, traveling over
               forest.



               INT.  PRIVATE HELICOPTER - LATE DAY

               Robin turns her attention to inside the craft and the
               remaining artifacts.  The inflatable splint is on her leg.

                                   ROBIN
                         What's all this stuff.

                                   PILOT
                         Salvaged.  Last run.  Earthquakes
                         breaking everything apart.

                                   CO-PILOT
                         We flew over to see the fireworks. 
                         That's when Owen and Craig got it. 
                         When we first saw you, we thought
                         you were them.

               Robin pets one of the mounted animals and resumes looking out
               the window.

               Rex fixes his eyes on Robin, studying her.

               Holding hands again, he gives hers another squeeze.  She
               squeezes back.



               EXT.  SOUTHWEST OF YELLOWSTONE - ALMOST SUNSET

               The helicopter flies over forest toward farmland in an area
               near Ashton, Idaho.

                                   PILOT
                         How you holding up?  We'll get you
                         to the hospital in Idaho Falls. 
                         But we have to get fuel first.
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