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The Teenage Bodyguard (1974 era ver.)

Based on the true story of a remarkable seventeen-year-old young man who sheltered and protected a waitress and witness to a mob murder. Listen:



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Biopic of Gordie H. \ True Crimes of the 1970s Tacoma italian Mafia

What were you doing at seventeen? Producer Robert Mitas is attached to this project, a lookbook is going around now. GORDIE is a typical young guy, newly living on his own in 1974 Tacoma, Washington. A recent high school grad who at seventeen has one guiding light... stay out of trouble and join the US Air Force, in a year when he becomes of age. If only his parents would sign his early enlistment, he'd already be there.

SARA is a twenty-something cocktail waitress going day by day, just trying to make ends meet working at a local strip club. Until one fateful day, her life is turned upside down because the mafia family she works for murders Danny, one of her coworker friends and the venue's young bodyguard.

As fate would have it, Gordie and Sara meet. It starts with him just giving her a ride to her new friends' house where she can lay low. But before he knows it, he's protecting this attractive woman he barely knows because of a bad "work situation with her ex-boss/boyfriend". When in reality the mob is hunting her, along with a Sheriff's department who are in their pocket.

Over a week in each others' company, Gordie and Sara almost forget what's threatening them. Not that Gordie really knows exactly what she's gotten him into. And that is when they both realize that they've been found...

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Producer Robert Mitas.

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This is all from the original screenplay which I've since redrafted with help from producer Robert Mitas. We have taken this current draft discussed below to one more YA action oriented rather than adult-oriented. From BlueCat Screenplay Contest:

All this makes Gordie quite the exciting character to follow given his astounding complexity. His nonchalant approach to life is intoxicating mainly because it’s like watching fire: although dangerous, it’s still alluring.

Overall, Teenage Bodyguard is one heck of a life story that I’m surprised isn’t on the big screens already—a well-done thriller that knows how to lure you into a story about two unlikely people, Gordie and Sara, and how they took a turn for the unexpected.

From The Blacklist Coverage:

The premise of a coming of age crime drama, where a seventeen year old protects a witness fleeing the mafia, could have solid commercial appeal, particularly as it is based on a true story. The narrative's period setting is rendered with a strong degree of authenticity and a specificity... that makes the film's backdrop of the Pacific Northwest feel grittily alive and real.
Gordie is an intriguing teenage protagonist, who is well-characterized, particularly on a physical level. His courage in protecting Sara from the Tacoma mafia is credibly rendered. The dialogue is well characterized as each member of the core cast possesses a clear, identifiable voice.

THE TEENAGE BODYGUARD has a viable premise and core concept that could have commercial potential, likely in the indie space and is overall a solidly written script.

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Submitted: November 30, 2017
Last Updated: November 15, 2020

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JZ Murdock is a writer, screenwriter, and author living in Bremerton, WA and is now working with a known producer on this project. If you're interested in being a part of the other end of this project, your contact info can be passed along. THE TEENAGE BODYGUARD, a true crime story from a week in 1974 when he was asked to protect a murder witness from the Tacoma mafia (yes, that was a real thing). This screenplay is starting to get attention. THE TEENAGE BODYGUARD. Coverages (The Blacklist, Bluecat Screenplay Contest) say things like, "This should be pursued into production", and "Why isn't this on screen already?".From entertainment attorney Michael Donaldson, "What an interesting story... Go to bio
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