Sanctuary by Art D'Alessandro | Script Revolution

Sanctuary

Type:

Status:

Page Count: 
102pp

Genre:

Budget:

Age Rating:

Logline: 
An attorney who's given up on society and God finds a new reason to believe when a mysterious, homeless man inherits $2 million and changes the fortunes off all those around him.
Synopsis/Details: 

MONROE LATAMOR, late 40s, homeless, driven by a storm from his nightly sleep against an old headstone in the St. Pelagius cemetery, into the old church, appears to have timed things just right. He’s the only person in attendance at the funeral service for a Mr. Oliva, whose will stipulates that his inheritance be divided up equally by those who show up to pay their respects.

When NICK CAPALDI, 40, Oliva’s dour, small-time attorney, finds out from FATHER AGUILERA that the one attendee is most likely an unfortunate homeless, he offers, "2 million bucks has a way of changing people’s fortunes." Aguilera calls it a miracle, but Capaldi has long ago abandoned his religion and belief in miracles.
Monroe, oblivious to his good fortune, returns to his normal life and breakfast at the Soup Kitchen run by MARY, 35, who’s writing a book on the plight of the homeless. Monroe is different -- he rarely speaks, and when he does, it’s usually a raspy, one-word reply.

Capaldi must execute the will within thirty days, or the money goes to the state. Using a sketch artist, Aguilera and his altar boy, he comes up with a likeness of Monroe and sets off to find him, posting fliers all over town, only to have all of them torn down by big JERSEY, Monroe’s friend and protector.

But it’s Father Aguilera who finds Monroe, sitting before the portrait of the church’s patron saint, young martyr Pelagius. Capaldi isn’t sure Monroe understands the impact of this news -- he’s now a millionaire. Mary becomes Monroe’s financial mentor and also becomes an attraction for Capaldi, who left a long-term relationship that “dried up and blew away.” In the one moment where Monroe speaks in a sentence, he admits to Aguilera that he has killed. The priest feels compelled to go to the police.
Monroe decides to buy the All American Motel, a dump near the freeway, and convert it into lodging for all the local homeless folks. The motel is quickly converted into more than adequate living space. The cops show up, asking questions. Oliva’s estranged daughter, tough businesswoman MARCELA, arrives, wanting to quash the will. She’s turned around after a night in Monroe's room at the new Pelagius House -- the same night Monroe disappears. The homeless, now more unified and dedicated than ever, join Mary, Capaldi and Aguilera in an all-out effort to find Monroe... to no avail. He's gone.

Monroe’s impact survives -- lives have changed, the old church has been revived, the rift between Marcela and her deceased father seems repaired, and Capaldi and Mary are now a team in every way. Months later, a woman visits Father Aguilera with some very strange news about Monroe Latamor and leads him to a marker in his own parish cemetery. As noted on the marker, her father Monroe Latamor... died some 50 years prior in a botched prison escape. Capaldi, a man who had lost his religion, now believes in miracles.

All Accolades & Coverage: 

"Recommend" by Screenwriting Staffing

Want to read this script? You must join the revolution first. Don't worry, it's free, easy, everyone's welcome, and you can start reading right away.

Open For Feedback

The writer of this script is currently soliciting feedback on it. Have you read this script? Do you have something to say about it?

Art D'Alessandro's picture
Gold Star

The Writer: Art D'Alessandro

Art D'Alessandro was graduated summa cum laude from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where he was the recipient of both top prose and poetry writing awards. He co-founded and ran The Maile School, one of the southeast’s most highly regarded talent training facilities for over 20 years before its sale in 2004. The school's alumni include Mandy Moore, Spencer Locke, Norm Lewis, Arielle Kebbel and two Miss Americas.

 

His love of film has led to over forty screenplays bearing his name as writer, including “THE FINAL SEASON” starring Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, Tom Arnold and Rachael Leigh Cook. Directed by David Mickey Evans, “The Sandlot,” TFS premiered at the Tribeca... Go to bio

Lawyer: Bonnie Berry Lamon

Art Is A Rockstar Member Of Script Revolution

That means Art helps keep the site running by contributing at least $5 a month via our Patreon Campaign. The site you are using right now is here partly because of their kind generosity.

More Scripts From Art

Down with Dad!
A 3-time Man of the Year tries to teach his son a life lesson -- “do good things, good things happen.” But bad things happen... very bad things.
Feature Comedy, Drama For sale 113pp
3 readers love this script
Last Train Home
A man put to death in Florida's electric chair in 1999 is sent across time to 1973 with a chance to change his dire destiny.
Feature Adventure, Drama, Thriller For sale 103pp
3 readers love this script
A Happy Life
A slightly slow but lovable, hardworking man who communicates with pelicans and smiley-face balloons takes drastic measures to shake loose his houseful of freeloaders to pursue his dream.
Feature Comedy, Drama For sale 107pp
1 reader loves this script
ELECTRIC
After being electrocuted, the county's only female lineman, Geri Meyers, is left with something of a "super" power: the ability to make everyone around her fall in love... everyone except the man of her dreams.
Feature Comedy For sale 99pp
1 reader loves this script
In Connection
Bobby Gentile, #3 in the 1969 draft lottery, faces the prospect of going to Vietnam or heading for Canada and must decide quickly when he gets caught up in an FBI sting.
Feature Drama, War For sale 108pp
1 reader loves this script
A MAN'S MAN
Jake is a typical late bloomer. Finally, his day has come. First date. While his parents ponder his future, Jake motor scooters out to meet Sasha, the girl, um, guy of his dreams.
Short Comedy, Drama For sale 12pp
1 reader loves this script
OVERPASS
When a cement truck driver avoids slamming into a Lexus, only to lose his own life, he haunts the Lexus driver and teaches him a powerful life lesson in the process.
Feature Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy For sale 105pp
1 reader loves this script
Whirlabout
Danny returns home to care for his father who’s riding a downward Alzheimer’s spiral, but dark, ugly secrets revealed about the old man’s past shock him to the core and change everything.
Feature Drama, Family For sale 102pp
1 reader loves this script
The Healing
Once inseparable, twins Jimmy and Jenny are torn apart by Jimmy’s rise to fame as a flamboyant, unorthodox preacher, considered by some to be the second coming, and Jenny’s sexual escapades & near death experiences.
Feature Drama For sale 113pp
Taken Away
Two 16 year-olds, one a mouthy cutter, the other a church boy, become unlikely allies when they're snatched from separate states and taken to a remote hideaway by an inexperienced kidnapper and his terminal mother.
Feature Drama, Thriller For sale 108pp
PeeP
Two teen boys peep in a beautiful neighbor’s bathroom window and witness her murder, then must deal with her murderer.
Feature Action, Crime, Drama, Family, Thriller For sale 105pp
The Test
Debbie sets up husband Jim to test his fidelity, but things spin out wildly when Jim fails a test of his own making and falls into a trap set by a team of dangerous con-artists.
Feature Crime, Drama, Thriller For sale 100pp
Armed:Stay
When a hunted intruder takes over the home of a grieving widow for a day he somehow changes the lives of everyone in the family before he's gone.
Feature Crime, Drama, Thriller For sale 93pp
sendnudes