Sins of the Father by Tom Batt | Script Revolution

Sins of the Father

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A young man discovers he has long lost family in Sicily, but when he goes to visit them finds they are part of the Cosa Nostra.
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Influenced by crime films with a strong family element, SINS OF THE FATHER is a crime thriller in the style of THE GODFATHER and DOWN TERRACE.

Set in the criminal underworld of La Cosa Nostra on the beautiful island of Sicily, it is the story of a young man’s discovery of the true meaning of family.

When twenty-five year old Robert Agani learns of long lost family in Palermo, after the death of his estranged father, he is invited out to meet his Sicilian relatives. He meets his cousin, Stefano Calderone, who takes him under his wing, exposing him to a luxurious lifestyle of fast cars, gorgeous women and endless amounts of money.

As Robert starts to feel at home, he is introduced to the attractive Maria, who takes a liking to him. They spend time together, encouraging Robert to consider moving there permanently and starting a new life.

However, Robert re-evaluates his decision upon discovering his family are one of the most powerful members of La Cosa Nostra. Afraid to be caught up in their dangerous life, he makes the tough choice to return home, claiming he has loose ends to tie up. Stefano is disappointed by this, but understands.

As Robert packs and prepares to say goodbye, a news channel reports on the murder of Maria. Robert is shaken by this, Stefano promising to find those responsible. As her funeral comes and goes, Robert is again ready to leave, but Stefano refuses to let him go. He explains he killed Maria to keep him there, if he tries to leave the police receive a gun with Robert’s prints, proving he murdered her.

Confused by this dramatic change of heart, Robert dismisses the threat and tries to go home, but he is arrested and brought back to the house. Stefano warns him no to try running again and locks him in his room until he understands he is a part of the family now and he belongs there.

Unable to leave, Robert gains an unlikely ally in the form of the family Consigliere Aldo Lucia. He warns Robert, he must leave as soon as possible. It is not safe for him, as the Calderone family have endangered themselves risking a fragile truce with their rivals, the Tardelli’s. Is it only a matter of time before they discover this and dire consequences follow. Robert explains he cannot leave due to the gun with his prints. Aldo offers to help.

Aldo goes on to explain that the family are responsible for Robert’s father’s death. He betrayed the family and fled. He paints a sympathetic picture of his father, causing Robert to develop a new found respect for him.

With the family distracted, Aldo sends Robert to the docks to wait for him while he removes the prints for the gun. However, Aldo is caught by Stefano and beaten to death in order to find Robert’s whereabouts. Robert is quickly caught and faces death at the hands of a sorrowful Stefano, but he cannot go through with it.

Robert manages to escape, but with Aldo no longer around to help, he turns to the families rivals for help. He visits the head of the Tardelli family and exposes what his family had been doing. He exchanges this information for safe passage out of the country. As Robert boards a private jet, the Tardelli’s pay a deadly visit to the Calderone’s.

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Semi-Finalist - ReelWriters Screenplay Competition 2015

Submitted: May 31, 2018
Last Updated: August 2, 2019
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The Writer: Tom Batt

I have been writing for the last 10 years and in that time I have tried my hand at shorts, features and TV pilots. I have had several feature scripts and shorts optioned by various production companies and producers around the world. I have also found success in competitions placing as a Top Ten Runner Up in Scriptapalooza. Go to bio

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