Down the Devil's Road by Liam McCann | Script Revolution

Down the Devil's Road

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Ex-con Jack is forced to rob a bank to clear an old debt but he discovers something unexpected in the vault. Now he has the police on his tail and the mob after his family.
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It’s the 1980s on the west coast of America. Jack is a washed-up ex-con who leaves rehab to find that his daughter has brought forward her wedding because she’s pregnant and his son has a gambling debt with the mob. His ex-partner-in-crime, Sam, tries to convince Jack that he can help his family financially by hitting another bank, but Jack is a changed man: he’s clean and straight and wants to win his wife back so he refuses.

When Sam is arrested after an opportunist robbery at a grocery store, Jack learns he was also in debt to a local crime boss. And now the mob have Jack and his family in their sights. Backed into a corner, Jack is forced to hit the bank.

When the team break into the vault, Jack discovers a haul of diamonds. He suddenly realizes he’s been set up as the heist was never about the money. Jack escapes with the loot but the mob dispatches a psychopath called Butch to hunt him down. Butch pursues the diamonds relentlessly, eliminating anyone in Jack’s team who comes into contact with them.

As the police close in on the gang, Jack lures Butch to a train station in the hope that they will arrest him with the diamonds, but Butch is too smart to walk into the trap and kidnaps Jack’s girlfriend, Sal. When Jack discovers that the mob have also captured his son, his world spirals out of control. He manages to rescue his son, but he’s captured by Butch when he tries to free Sal.

Jack eventually escapes from the trunk of Butch’s car, rescues Sal and serves justice on his nemesis. He then returns the money to the bank and uses the reward to clear his son’s gambling debt. As he’s also managed to procure two of the diamonds from the heist, they find their way into the ring at his daughter’s wedding.

Having spent so much time trying to win his wife back, Jack accepts the relationship was not going to work and settles down to a new life with Sal.

Audience: This is a psychological thriller about a middle-aged man trying to do the best for his family, even if it means returning to his old ways and breaking the law. With its twists, turns and claustrophobic tension, the movie will appeal to a broad adult audience.

Submitted: July 29, 2020
Last Updated: July 29, 2020

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The Writer: Liam McCann

I am a professional screenwriter with six optioned/commissioned scripts in my portfolio, two of which are now in pre-production. I am also a bestselling non-fiction author with more than 60 books to my name, several of which have reached the top spot on Amazon by category. The script for my animated adventure, The Battle of Boxhill , reached the quarterfinal of the 2016 Austin Film Festival screenwriting competition and was optioned by the producers of the Oscar-nominated movie Mongol (2008). I’ve just adapted the award-winning historical novel Lost Paradise into a feature for First Cut Films. The script received great reviews from Peter Heslop (producer of The King's Speech ) and Emmy-... Go to bio

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