This book utilizes excerpts or summaries from the following amazing screenplays (if you’re smart, you’ll buy them and read them in their entirety):


Written by Gary Ross and Anne Spielberg

Blue Velvet

Screenplay by David Lynch


Written by Robert Towne

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

Written by Melissa Mathison


Written by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

The Fugitive

Screenplay by Jeb Stuart and David Twohy; story by David Twohy; based on characters created by Roy Huggins

The Graduate

Screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry; based on the novel by Charles Webb

Harold and Maude

Written by Colin Higgins

Liar, Liar

Written by Paul Guay and Stephen Mazur

The Long Kiss Goodnight

Written by Shane Black

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