Tucker's Cry by E W Helmick | Script Revolution

Tucker's Cry

A hot shot reporter chases a trucker across the country as he broadcasts conversations over the CB radio to his dead daughter only to find out she may be alive and on her father's trail.

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“A good story gives a man hope, a woman affection, and a child a future.” These are the words
cynical reporter, Natasha McKinlay, 30, must abide by if she’s to keep her job at C. B. R News,
Los Angeles.

In a desperate effort to keep her job, she takes a less-than-worthy story about a
trucker who tells stories to his kid over the CB radio nightly. She’d rather report on the wildfire
that is consuming hundreds of acres in the Canadian forest as it sweeps towards the US border,
but her editor, George Ryan, 70, does not give her the option.

Following every lead she can acquire she comes across Gina, 38, a truck stop waitress who not
only knows of the trucker, but his story. Billy Black, otherwise known as Tucker, has been on
the road for as long as Gina can remember. She recaps the day twelve years ago that Tucker was
talking on the radio with his daughter, Amber, when an explosion interrupted their
communication and lives. Amber was with her mother in Anaheim, CA. when the connection
went dead, caused by a gas explosion in their hotel. Amber and Tucker’s wife were killed
instantly in the very place they were all to be reunited the next day. It was never to be.

Natasha asks, “If Tucker’s daughter is dead, then why all of a sudden the stories on the radio?”
Gina’s not sure, but joins Natasha as the two follow Tucker’s voice across country. They’re not
the only ones interested in Tucker. The FBI has been following him too because of his sudden
association with a multi million dollar businessman known as Jeffrey Banks, the man Natasha
almost lost her job over when she reported on his seemingly dirty deals with toxic environmental
endangering chemicals.

In a Diner, Natasha and Gina put together pieces of the puzzle, when a young waitress offers to
take their order. Her face has been badly burned, leaving her smile crooked, and eyes dim. But
when the radio crackles and Tucker’s voice begins telling stories to his little girl, they realize it’s
more than a coincidence. The waitress is Amber, 17, Tucker’s little girl, who’s body was
mistaken in the fire and who has been in an orphanage for the past twelve years. She too is
searching for her father, following his voice across the country.

Befriending the two oddball characters, Amber joins Natasha and Gina and they set out to find
the only person who may know where Tucker is, Pops, Tucker’s father. Once he realizes that
Amber is alive, he’s not going to miss out on the adventure as he joins “Thelma and Louise,” and
Amber on a trek across country.

It’s a race against the clock as the FBI moves in on Tucker and Banks in an effort to uncover the
contents of his rig…followed by a convertible of mishaps as our four heroes plan out how
they’re going to reveal that his daughter is still alive.

Everyone in pursuit, it’s only a matter of time before Tucker crosses the Canadian border and
drives his rig into the heart of the blazing wildfires. Natasha, Gina, Amber and Pops follow, but
are diverted by the fact that they just crossed the border illegally and are now being pursued by
Canadian troopers. They make their way to the top of a nearby mountain where emergency
crews and reporters watch the devastation unfold. It’s there, that Natasha sees Banks and his
entourage of investors who watch the fires with great anticipation.

Tucker’s voice breaks over the radio, as he tells one last story to his little girl, and we realize that
this was a one-way trip and the end of the grief he has carried for the past twelve years.

Natasha approaches Banks, and we learn the truth about the tanker’s load. Loaded with an
experimental substance, when the flames reach the tanker it will explode, acting as a retardant
and extinguish the flames…but killing Tucker in the process.

Suddenly, Amber’s voice breaks over the airwaves and is heard on every radio on the mountain.
She tells her father that she is alive and that she loves him. Tucker stops and listens, but can’t
believe his ears.

Everyone races to the edge of the mountain as she pleads with Tucker to come back to her.
Tucker’s Cry is a heart pounding road trip with spinning heart and humor that takes its viewers
to the very last second in a blaze of anticipation…will father and daughter be reunited?!

Submitted: June 2, 2021
Last Updated: June 2, 2021

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The Writer: E W Helmick

7 time award winning screenwriter, filmmaker, endurance swimmer and chef - Producer & Director of the award winning film Take Your Dream on Amazon Prime which received ( https://www.amazon.com/Take-Your-Dream-Takoda-Shane/dp/B08XQTSCFT ) best documentary best inspirational film best editor Australian Continental award among numerous others world wide Helps aspiring writers learn the craft of screenwriting through his online course, Paramount Screenwriting ( www.paramountscreenwriting.com ) Principal & author of Movie Reviews at Way Out West Media Entertainment Group ( www.wayoutwestgroup.com ) Lover of caviar, black stout and an 1845 Partagas maduro cigar - preferably all at the... Go to bio
Agent: Dora Whitaker
Law Firm: Donaldson and Califf
Lawyer: Michael Donaldson
Manager: Whitaker Entertainment

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