February 15, 2017 at 11:27 pm #1171
Hey; man — don’t worry about
I’m warning you…
But Prince ignores him, cuts into the
(40) INT. DRESSING ROOM — NIGHT
–then stops suddenly, surprised. He’s
muzzle to muzzle with a cuddly DOG, held
up lovingly by Jill–
OOHS! and AAHS! by the entire group.
Jill hesitates, then kisses Prince’s
cheek compulsively. He’s surprised,
Hey — wait till we’re
She fidgets, her face blushes red.
Wendy is studying the dog–
Oh, my God — look at this!
Everyone looks — Jill grins like the
It looks like you!
She thrusts the dog into his arms — the
Band laughs uproariously. Jill is
beaming–February 15, 2017 at 11:28 pm #1172
His hair …
Prince gazes into the mirror — and sure
enough the dog’s hair has been groomed
to match his. He can’t help smiling–
I wanted to cheer you up.
I’m hungry — where’s the
He grabs the dog, ‘a la The Werewolf,
starts chomping on it’s neck. The Group
busts up, starts fooling around.
Prince glances into the mirror — Vanity
is there. He whirls around to the door
— nothing. A huge smile sweeps his
face instead. The Band continues
fooling around, and Prince joins in with
(41) EXT. ALLEYWAY #2, REAR CLUB — NIGHT
Vanity leans against a brick wall,
hiding in the shadows. Suddenly
FOOTSTEPS approach. Prince appears,
gets on his Motorcycle–
He doesn’t look up–
We have to go to your place.February 15, 2017 at 11:28 pm #1173
I want to show you something.
She’s embarrassed by her apartment–
No…no, we can’t.
Why — is there someone there?
Why do you always think
there’s somebody else?
He averts his eyes — kick STARTS his
Yeah — but we’re not going to
He remains silent, snaps the bike into
gear, blasts down the ally into the
(42) PRINCE’S HOUSE AND STREET — NIGHT
Prince and Vanity whip down a
residential street. As he approaches
his house he slows, moves past it
He makes a deft U-turn, crosses his
house again — seems to be listening
After a moment, he cuts down a narrow
path, turns up a back alley. He rides
to a wooden gate, detaches a hidden
lever. The wood slats rotate like aFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:29 pm #1174
garage door — Prince coaxes his bike
Vanity’s mesmerized. They ride down a
narrow sidewalk, cut through a garden,
and emerge from the back of a garage.
He leans his bike against it–
That was a grand entrance.
Where am I?
He silences her with a look, moves
quickly across the grass, comes to a
window. He stands on a pipe, looks in–
(43) PRINCE’S POV — INT. LIVING ROOM — NIGHT
His Mother and Father in the living
room. His Mother is sprawled out on the
sofa, obviously drunk, her dress hiked
along her thighs. Her head rests in his
(44) EXT. BACKYARD — NIGHT
Prince hops from the pipe, leans coolly
against the house. Intrigued. Vanity
(45) VANITY’S POV — INT. LIVING ROOM — NIGHT
The mother and father kissing
tentatively, then violently, finally
pulling away. The Mother seems to be
taunting the Father, coaxing him into a
trap. He kisses her mouth lustily —
she pulls back snarling–.
(46) EXT. BACKYARD — NIGHT
Vanity’s scared — tries to be cool–
So — friends of yours?February 15, 2017 at 11:29 pm #1175
Yeah — the freak show.
He walks off. She jumps off the pipe,
SIDE OF HOUSE
as they emerge around the corner.
Prince squats by a basement window,
adjusts an old coal chute, then slides
She hesitates a moment, then slides down
(47) INT. BASEMENT, PRINCE’S HOME — NIGHT
He turns on a LIGHT, disappears into an
ADJOINING ROOM. Vanity looks around
amazed. She stands in a small ANTE-
CHAMBER whose walls are covered with
thick pads and foam.
Colorful MOBILES hang suspended from the
ceilings — various INSTRUMENTS lie
about: a drumset, an electric guitar,
and a small upright piano. A stereo and
cassette player. are perched on a shelf,
and two speakers are recessed into the
walls. The entire room looks hand-
built, the wood carefully painted, or
She peers through the doorway into the
adjoining room. BLUE MOONLIGHT filters
in through the casement windows.
Various MURALS are painted on the walls,
MOBILES are suspended from the ceiling.
A bed sits in the middle of the floor, a
vanity table and mirror nearby.February 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm #1176
She stands idly a moment, then moves
around the antechamber. Various
KNICKNACKS catch her attention. Small
wind-up TOYS lie about: a soldier, a
bear banging on a drum, a tractor and
car. A small MUSIC BOX sits on a shelf.
She turns the handle, a little TUNE
fills the room…
A cassette sits in the player. She
snaps it shut, hits the play button. A
DRUM BEAT fills the room, followed by a
WOMAN’S VOICE, seemingly speaking in a
foreign tongue. The combination is
hypnotic and sensual — she finds
herself drawn in …
Suddenly Prince grabs her by the waist,
lets out a SHRIEK. She draws a out
If you think you scared me,
Oh, yeah …
He puts his index finger directly in
front of her nose, moves it back and
forth hypnotically. She follows it
earnestly with her eyes. Suddenly, he
pulls his hand away, stretches it to the
ceiling like an escaping bird. They
both smile, lock eyes. Passion rings in
The Woman’s VOICE begins to moan deeply,
Who’s the lucky girl? Sounds
like she was having a good
She’s crying — it’s
backwards. It makes me sadFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:35 pm #1177
when I hear it. It sorta
sounds like she’s laughing,
So what did you do to her? Do
you always treat your women
I don’t have anybody right
Heat floods into her womb like soft fire-
You look pretty…
She touches his chest delicately, fluffs
up his hair–
She hesitates — but he reaches out
tentatively, touches her breast–
But their mutual desire is too strong.
Their lips seek one another out timidly,
almost deferentially…then fervently.
(48) INT. BEDROOM — LATER — NIGHT
Vanity sits at the foot of the bed,
Prince stands before her. Her dress is
hiked along her thighs, her stockings
attached to garters. Their hands search
delicately across the contours of their
bodies, drawing quick breaths from theirFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:37 pm #1178
lips. They kiss one another ardently,
then quickly, like sparrows pecking
seed. She goes to remove her dress, but
Prince stays her with a gesture, moving
his hands along her thighs, touching
delicately that spot between her legs.
A low, whispery moan escapes from her
Vanity lies back, drawing Prince toward
her. His lips move across her mouth,
her neck, her breasts. She moans
softly, pulls her dress above her
thighs, goes to remove it. Once again
he stops her, slowly turns her onto her
She stands on her knees, her head
resting on a pillow. His hands move up
along the back of her thighs, past the
garters to her panties. He tugs at them
gently, then rubs his hand firmly
between her legs. She moans suddenly,
the shudder moving through her like a
(49) INT. BEDROOM — LATER — NIGHT
MOONLIGHT glows through the casement
windows. MOBILES stir gently in the
Prince and Vanity are asleep. He rests
on his side, his hands gently supporting
his face. She lies behind him, one leg
dangling off the bed, one shoe discarded
on the floor
Suddenly a distant MOAN…QUICK
FOOTSTEPS — A DOOR SLAMS. Vanity SNAPS
awake! Fear sweeps her like a shadow
from a passing cloud. She listens
— Another DOOR SLAM, QUICK FOOTSTEPS,
and Prince’s MotherFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:37 pm #1179
CRYING in the dark–
A bottle CRASHES to the floor. Then
…deep silence like snow in the room…
Vanity’s racked with fear. She sits up
slowly, her eyes searching out Prince —
Suddenly more FOOTSTEPS, a DOOR SLAMS and the
WHACK! Something heavy CRASHES to the
Vanity rises from the bed in a panic!
She smoothes down her dress, searches
for her other shoe. She shoots another
look to Prince, but he sleeps
peacefully. Casting a glance upstairs,
she climbs through the casement window,
disappears into the night.
PRINCE is resting on his side, his eyes
(50) EXT. PRINCE’S HOUSE AND STREET — NIGHT
Vanity moves quickly along the side of
the house, trying desperately to find
her wav. Suddenly a HAND reaches out of
the darkness, GRABS her by the throat.
She SCREAMS, swings her bag desperately
— something CRASHES, into the bushes–
Damn, baby, hold it! HoldFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:38 pm #1180
Oh, God — God! You broke my
She sees it’s Morris — she’s beside
herself with fear and rage–
You shit! What the hell are
you doing here?
He struggles in the bushes — DOGS start
Shh! Shh! Shh! oh, Lord help
me outta here.
Hee, hee — I know you
wouldn’t want to spend the
whole night with ol’ pencil
Your nose alright?
My nose is fine, I’m just
wondering if I fucked my shoes
They cut across the yard, head to the
street. The CADDY is parked at the
curb. Jerome leans against it, reading
Hi, Jerome. Wow! Nice
He grins proudly from ear to ear — the
Caddy sports new chrome wire wheels–
You like them, huh?February 15, 2017 at 11:39 pm #1181
Morris MOANS dismally–
Jerome…you think these can
His shoes are badly scuffed, the leather
torn across the top–
I think they’re dead, man.
God, I’m sorry.
Shit — it’s so rough out
Just then a PATROL CAR cruises by. The
COP regards them suspiciously. Morris
and Jerome snap to attention–
You lock the door, baby?
They pile into the Caddy, pull out.
(51) EXT. HIGHWAY — NIGHT
The CADDY blazes by in the night. The
CITY LIGHTS glimmer spectacularly in the
(52) INT./EXT. CADDY — NIGHT
Jerome drives. Morris and Vanity sit in
the backseat. He gazes at her ardently–
Jerome snaps a look in the rear-view —February 15, 2017 at 11:39 pm #1182
Morris gives him a deft nod. Jerome
opens the glove compartment, searches
through the cassette tapes. He finds the
one he wants, snaps it into the player.
RESTAURANT AMBIANCE fills the car…
Note: The restaurant ambiance will grow
in volume, and will be followed by
exaggerated dinner music, punctuated
with strings and delicate cymbals. The
MUSIC plays throughout this scene — and
Morris times his words to the ebb and
flow of the piece to insure the proper
…dinner MUSIC begins–
Cocktails before dinner?
Yes — two piña coladas.
Uh…make mine a virgin.
Jerome braces his knees against the
wheel, pours two premixed coladas into
Will you be having a virgin as
Ye-es! For dessert!!
Jerome stifles a laugh, pours a rum
miniature into Morris’ glass. He hands
Thank you. Here you are,February 15, 2017 at 11:40 pm #1183
They savor their drinks — Morris’
fervor grows by leaps and bounds–
Jerome, uh, get your pad and
pencil, I think it’s gonna be
kinda right. If my judge of
character is correct, it’s
going to be about loving
Stop me when I get to
Jerome places a pad by his side, pencil
at the ready. He settles the Caddy to a
cruising 55 — Morris looks deeply into
Excuse me, baby…I bet you
didn’t know I had a piece of
this restaurant, did you?
May I taste that?
He takes Vanity’s drink, slurps a
Huh, excuse me, that’s kind of
weak…here, try mine.
She does, and begins coughing violently-
Y’know…they say that saliva
is an aphrodisiac.
You look so lovely tonight.
VANITYFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm #1184
Probably you’d look better
I wish you could see my home.
It’s…it’s so exciting.
He leans close to her, speaks in a soft,
In my bedroom, I have a brass
I have an Italian cook, Gino
Izogochograchi, or something
She giggles, looks at him deeply–
It’s funny…your eyes — when
you stare at me like that, it
causes my stomach to qui-
quiver. Oh, Lord…
An idea flashes across his mind–
Do you like diamonds?
MORRISFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:41 pm #1185
I know it’s rather masculine,
but — try this one on.
He slides a large glass diamond on her
My God, darling it fits.
He studies her hands closely–
You must have strong hands,
but — they’re so soft…like
oils in my bubble bath.
He leans close to her–
I’m not usually so forward,
but — would you like to make
love to me? I can make it so
She giggles freely, looks at him with
Do you know what is meant by
the words, huh, I hate to use
them, they’re so harsh, so
American…I mean, and yet on
the other hand, they’re
exciting words. The words…
…chili sauce. Oh, Lord.
(a beat)February 15, 2017 at 11:42 pm #1186
You know, I haven’t made love
in so long, but with you I
know it would be just like
riding a bike. I’d remember
everything I’ve ever learned.
Baby, if the kid can’t make
you come, nobody can.
Jerome checks off his pad–
Morris fixes Vanity with his half-
lidded, pouty-lip look–
Huh, what’s it gonna to be
She’s on the spot, thinks fast–
PULL OVER THERE!
Over there — that’s where I
Jerome SKIDS the car to a stop. They’re
directly in front of a slick, hi-rise
apartment building–February 15, 2017 at 11:43 pm #1187
Uh, what one is it?
That one, right there, see?
On the 14th floor.
It’s nice, huh?
Oh, it’s great. Real pretty.
Big open rooms, balconies,
fireplace — the works.
He smiles lovingly–
Jerome puts the Caddy into
gear, pulls off into the night-
Hey, wait! C’mon!
Okay — where are you taking
You and me are a lot alike. – I
like that. So, I’d like to
help you out. I think I have
something you may be
Oh yeah — what?February 15, 2017 at 11:44 pm #1188
Jerome hands Morris a cassette — Morris
waves it in front of her nose–
A little song and dance. That
is, if you can sing and dance.
Prince is going to help me.
Jerome and Morris suppress their laughter-
Motherfucker needs a haircut.
Hee, hee, uh, excuse me. No
he won’t. He’s never done
anything in his whole life for
anybody but himself.
Guys better than you have
promised me things before.
I know that’s right, but–
Jerome hands him a card with an address
on it. Morris hands the card to her–
— not Morris Day.
Jerome pulls up in front of her motel.
Vanity reads the card–
Come by any time.
(53) EXT. MOTEL/INT. CADDY — TWILIGHT
She gets out of the car, stands on theFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm #1189
sidewalk. Morris pushes the window
button — nothing happens–
Jerome leans over, taps the glass — the
window glides down–
One more thing …
Jerome snaps the glove compartment,
hands Morris a neatly folded camisole.
Morris presents it to her–
Here’s a little something for
you. If you get cold when you
wear it, call me.
He snaps his fingers — Jerome pulls the
Caddy away with a screech.
(54) EXT. VANITY’S MOTEL — TWILIGHT
Vanity stands on the sidewalk a moment,
slightly bewildered and very amused.
She watches the Cadillac screech around
the bend. She turns, goes into the
PRINCE stands in the alleyway across the
street, his motorcycle parked nearby.
He watches as Vanity cuts inside.
(55) INT. HALLWAY/VANITY’S MOTEL — DAWN
She comes down the HALLWAY, opens her
door with a key.
(55A) INT. VANITY’S ROOM — DAWN
She goes inside, drops the tape and card
in her bureau. unfolding the camisole,
she holds it against her, gazes into the
mirror. It looks beautiful. Suddenly aFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:45 pm #1190
KNOCK at the door–
Another two KNOCKS, something like a
confirmation. She smiles, cuts to the
door, flings it open — but Prince is
there. She’s shocked, but recovers
I had a feeling it was you —
I knew it! It’s amazing — I
could tell it was you.
His face remains placid as he puts on
How’d you get home?
Took a cab.
Oh yeah? Where’d you get
She stares at the camisole in her hands-
I adore camisoles.
He nods dispassionately, walks into the
room, gives the place the once over,
(56) EXT. HIGHWAY — DAWN
Prince and Vanity on his motorcycle
whipping down the highway. The DAWN
LIGHT breaks over the horizon.February 15, 2017 at 11:46 pm #1191
(57) EXT. ANOTHER HIGHWAY — DAWN
A SERIES OF SHOTS
Streaking down a two-lane blacktop
obviously exhilarated by the velocity of
their ride. The landscape becomes lush,
the trees a riot of autumn splendor.
(58) EXT. COUNTRY ROAD — DAWN
as Prince and Vanity whip up to the top
of a small hill, skid to a stop. He
scans the area quickly, gets his
bearings. He pops the clutch, skids off
to the valley below.
(59) EXT. WOODS AND STREAM — DAWN
PRINCE AND VANITY ride cautiously
through a series of hiking paths, then
twist down a small embankment. A STREAM
flows before them. They climb off the
bike, look around quietly–
God, this is beautiful. It
reminds me of where I grew up.
My father used to …
He waits for an answer, it’s not
Your father used to what…?
You must like places like
He goes to the stream, balances on
several rocks, moves to the other side.
The stream flows between them–
VANITYFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm #1192
So, have you reconsidered my
What we talked about last
You can’t be serious.
She starts a little dance step, climaxes
it with spins and twirls–
Oh, come on — you know you
really want to. You’ve been
waiting for this opportunity
He can’t help laughing — she freezes,
looks at him coldly–
I’m sorry — excuse me.
God — so why do you come
around? You don’t want to
help me, not that you have to.
You don’t want to sleep with
me, not that you have to do
that either. So why am I
He smiles, walks off–
There’s a lot of things you
don’t know about me. You’d be
surprised how many things I
He disappears around some trees–
VANITYFebruary 15, 2017 at 11:47 pm #1193
Take me home immediately! I
want to go home. I can’t
stand this! I can’t take this
PRINCE moves through the trees smiling,
I don’t need this! I was
doing alright before I met
you. Motherfucker, you need a
He comes to a tree, leans against it
contentedly, studies the foliage.
VANITY paces back and forth frantically
along the stream–
I don’t get this.
Prince! Who do you think you
are?! You don’t care. You
don’t care about anything! I
never wanted you to help me
PRINCE rests by the tree, observes TWO
HIKERS walking down the path toward him-
You think you’re a good
musician?! You’re nothing!
Morris is better. I never
wanted to make it with you
The Hikers pass him startled–
PRINCE, I HATE YOU!February 15, 2017 at 11:49 pm #1194
Good morning, sir.
And they walk down the path, disappear around the bend.
VANITY is standing by his side, a
wildflower in her hands–
I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have
said those things. Will you
He takes the flower, slips it into his
jacket, kisses her forehead.
(60) EXT. GLADE AND BARN — DAWN
as they ride down a leaf-strewn path and
pull to a stop near an old, weathered,
dilapidated BARN. It stands large and
silent like a painting. A low THUNDER
rolls across the land…
(61) INT. BARN — DAWN
DAWN LIGHT burns through the wooden
slats… STEAM rises from the wet hay
scattered throughout. The air is thick
and damp. It begins to RAIN.
Vanity stands in the middle of the barn,
gazing at the storm. Beads of
perspiration glisten on her forehead.
She turns slowly, watches as Prince
retrieves old blankets from a nearby
stall. Their eyes search one another
out, their breathing becomes short,
expectant. She hesitates a moment, then
pulls off her blouse, discards it to the
moist, dusty floor.February 15, 2017 at 11:52 pm #1195
(62) INT. BARN — DAY
RAIN patters strongly against the barn.
A deep THUNDER rolls. She’s on top of
him, moving deliciously, her body
glowing in the purple, dawn light.
Moist, purple water shadows streak and
course her skin as she moves slowly,
then deliberately against him. He
watches her avidly, his hands firmly on
her thighs, and thrusts into her again
and again…and again.
(62A) EXT. BARN — DAY
Leaves scatter as the bike whips thru
the wet path.
(63) EXT. STREETS, VANITY’S MOTEL — MORNING
The STREETS glisten with the rain.
Prince and Vanity pull up in front of
her motel. She hugs him fiercely, steps
off the bike, her face alive and fresh
as a flower. His eyes sparkle–
See you later?
‘Cause I have to do something
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