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The Pinch (Thriller / Crime)

Log Line

When a low level mobster is nearly rubbed out by the boss, he decides to take the bonus he was promised by force, so he kidnaps the boss and demands a hefty ransom. Its a limited location mob action thriller: Think Goodfellas meets Misery.

Script Info

Script Type: Feature
Genre: Thriller / Crime
Length: 90 pages
Est. Budget: Micro Budget (less then $100K)

Screenplay Synopsis

Log line: When a low level mobster is nearly rubbed out by the boss, he decides to take the bonus he was promised by force, so he kidnaps the boss and demands a hefty ransom. Its a limited location mob action thriller: Think Goodfellas meets Misery.

Synopsis:

Rob Carobrese is a courier for a small time mobster, Kain Lawton. Robs having an identity crisis. Hes on the verge of turning forty and he knows his life isnt going anyhere. Hes always wanted to be in the life and while Kain has always promised to promote him, Kains promises have never come to fruition.

Rob delivers money to a hitman. Unfortunately for Rob, the police are waiting. They offer Rob a deal: help them get evidence against Kain and he can go live in the witness protection program.

Rob refuses to flip. Hes not a rat.

Out on bail, Rob goes home where his loving wife, Gina, surprises him with a nice birthday cake for his fortieth birthday. Gina thinks Rob should take the deal from the police.

The next day Rob goes to meet Kain. Kain tells Rob that hes going to give him five-hundred thousand dollars so that he and Gina can slip away to a nice little third world country and live happily ever after. Rob accepts Kains proposal.

Rob races home to collect a few things but before he can get out of his apartment Kains two henchmen show up with the money only they dont have the money and theyve been sent to kill Rob and make it look like he fled the country.

Rob escapes and goes straight to Kain and takes him prisoner.

Rob takes Kain to his dead aunts empty house and tells Kain to call his henchmen and get them to bring him the money. Even tied up, Kain isnt afraid of Rob. He flatly refuses and begins a barrage of verbal abuse.

Kain tells Rob that he doesnt have what it takes to be a gangster. Kain is the one tied up but Rob is the one whos being pushed around.

Enough! Finally Rob gets a drill and drills holes into Kain. Kain relents, calls his men and tells them to bring the money.

Meanwhile, the police have tracked Rob to his dead aunts house.

The next morning, Kains men show up with the money.

Suddenly, the police are outside knocking on the front door.

Guns fire and bullets find flesh. The only two people left alive are Kain and Rob.

Rob gets the jump on Kain and Kain taunts him. Rob realizes that Kain is right, hes not a killer and never really had what it takes to be successful in the life.

Rob and Gina drive off towards South America to live a quiet life off the grid.

WGA Registration Number: 1787321