Thirty-Seven Dollars by Robert Bruinewoud | Script Revolution

Thirty-Seven Dollars

A grieving, middle-aged woman walking alone at night through a dark alleyway is confronted by a mugger with a gun.



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Clutching her handbag, JESSICA (Black, 50s) walks down an alley late at night. She is stopped by DONNIE (white, 30s) who demands she give him her handbag. He is surprised when she refuses.

Jessica questions his use of gun. The two argue, back and forth, with Donnie becoming increasingly frustrated and angry. In the end, he points his 9mm at her head and demands she hand over her bag. Sad, but determined, Jessica refuses.

The sound of a gun shot is heard. Moments later, Donnie sprints into view, clutching Jessica’s handbag.

In a loading bay, Donnie sets down the handbag and opens it. Inside is a framed photo of Jessica and TYRELL, a young Black man in military uniform. Attached by a purple ribbon to the frame, is a Gold Star Family lapel pin.

Donnie recognises Tyrell. In a brief flashback we see Donnie shoot and kill Tyrell in another alley.

Back in the loading bay, Donnie shrugs off the “coincidence” and pulls the framed picture from the handbag. He hears a CLICK and, to is horror, sees a grenade in the bag.

The sound of the explosion echoes through the streets and alleyways.


LOCATIONS at night
- various alleys and loading bays

- lead (woman, 50s)
- lead (man, 30s), and
- cameo, (man 20s)

- hand grenade explosion, off screen

urban thriller

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Submitted: May 18, 2022
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The Writer: Robert Bruinewoud

Melbourne, Australia 1982. I submit my first "screenplay" (and I use the term very loosely) to the BBC. It was a hugely expensive Doctor Who saga. Needless to say, it wasn't picked up. You can read all about it here . Now, I’ve been advised that the above is not the way to sell myself as serious writer. I’m not sure why. The fact that any screenwriters’ first screenplay doesn’t sell is, I would’ve thought, to be expected and so not something anyone should hide. Nor is the fact that I’ve been writing screenplays (off and on) for forty years, something to be shy about. During that time I had my paying job (graphic designer and advertising art director) distracting me, but over those years I... Go to bio

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