Layla by Frankie Gaddo | Script Revolution


Two craft store co-workers must retrieve a toy duck connected to a monetary windfall for a crime boss before sundown to avoid being whacked.



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An ordinary morning of work at their craft store jobs (resembling Michael's Craft Store), MARCUS, mid 30's, an overweight delinquent, asks his co-worker TAYLOR, late 20's, tall and lanky goodie two shoes, to help him out on their lunch break. Taylor realizes after the fact he's been asked to be a getaway driver for an assassination Marcus has to do to clear a debt he owes to BALDRICK, early 40's, tough strip club owner. When Baldrick finds out the assassination was a failure, he orders Marcus and Taylor to be killed, making Taylor equally responsible. To save their necks, Marcus convinces Baldrick they can retrieve a toy stuffed duck for him that recently went missing. (The duck was given to Baldrick as a child from his mother before she died, and it not being in his possession causes him to cry and not function properly.) Baldrick gives them until sundown to retrieve it in return for their lives.

Baldrick's henchman brings Marcus and Taylor to a hair salon, that is a front for a crime syndicate owned by Baldrick's younger sister SARA, late 30's, shrewd, where the duck's alleged to be. After infiltrating her crime syndicate, they retrieve the duck but fearfully put it back after witnessing Sara break Baldrick's henchman's neck. When another chance arises to grab the duck, Marcus convinces Taylor to stand down, saying he's fallen in love with Sara and needs more time to win her heart. Taylor at his boiling point breaks away from Marcus. To make things right, Marcus decides to use his craft skills to construct a fake duck to swap with the real one, which wins Taylor back over. Marcus swaps the phony duck for the real one, while Sara and Baldrick's father tries to settle a financial inheritance dispute between them, which is why Sara took the duck, to gain negotiating leverage. While he does this, to everyone's surprise, Sara and Baldrick's mother LAYLA returns, who's believed to be dead for the past thirty years.

After using her mother to find out where the inheritance is stored, Sara reveals she's been having a rendezvous with Baldrick's right-hand man, planning to use the inheritance with him to move to a hot exotic location, which breaks Marcus' heart. Sara shoots and kills her mother Layla by accident, and is pursued to a storage unit where the money is. At the unit things escalate to a final showdown, ending in Sara and Baldrick's right-hand man being arrested by a special task force who's been tracking them. As the sun falls below the horizon, Marcus gives Baldrick his duck. In return, Baldrick gives Marcus and Taylor a small portion each of the inheritance.

Submitted: March 28, 2019
Last Updated: March 28, 2019

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The Writer: Frankie Gaddo

Frankie is a screenwriter and filmmaker who to date has written eleven feature length screenplays, mostly comedies. Recently he shot his first feature titled Orangutan. It's been selected for numerous festivals and can be streamed on ChiTV via Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire devices in the U.S. and its available territories. His recent short "Oliver's Bowl" had its world premiere at tiff Bell Lightbox in June 2016 for icff as well as played in other theaters. His shorts have been covered in Hollywood North Magazine and been praised for carrying a high level of cinematic value and narrative storytelling, produced on micro budgets. Frankie is also an avid classic movie fan, dslr camera... Go to bio

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