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Poultice - Life... Has No Price

A prairie woman will do anything to keep her unborn child alive.

There is a period of time in American History - at least according to Hollywood - simply known as "The Old West." 

Here you will find stagecoach robberies,  gold in them thar hills,  gunfights at high noon, and lest we forget,  cowboys and Indians.  We all have our favorite Westerns such as "True Grit," "Gunfight at the OK Corral," or more recently, "Unforgiven," and "Pale Rider."  

It's a genre unique to The United States because it's a reflection of our nation's history.

"Poultice,"  written by Anthony Cawood, is that rare quiet Western.   An emotional drama that packs the same punch as a bar room brawl at the local saloon. 

Annie Knox is a prairie woman who desperately wants to have a baby.  She is a woman in her thirties, and after five still-born births, time and odds are running out.  Annie will do anything to keep her unborn child alive.

Annie risks everything for her baby when she ventures into Native American territory in search of a mythical poultice.

Upon arrival to the Indian village,  Annie finds herself face to face with Pauwau, an Indian woman who holds the secret of the poultice. 

But, there is bad blood between them.  Years before, Annie's father killed Pauwau's husband and stole their land.  Annie is eager to trade the land for the poultice, but Pauwau stands firm.  Such an insulting offer will do nothing to return her husband to her and her children.   Or, could it?

"Poultice" is a small drama packed with emotion.   Anthony Cawood's story and dialogue ring true, and feel just as much a part of our American history as Wyatt Earp. 

Directors who are searching for a Western without the big budget should definitely belly up to the bar .

Budget and Requirements:  Small.  Location is key for that "old West" look.   Costumes are equally important. And, of course, two serious dramatic actresses.

The Script


A desperate mother to be must trade with the Native American wise woman that her family wronged many years ago.

About The Reviewer

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Dave Troop began writing as soon as he could hold a No. 2 pencil. In 2012, he discovered the beauty and the challenge of the five page screenplay while writing short scripts for MoviePoet.com and Simplyscripts. Dave continues to write and review short scripts for Script Revolution and Shootin' The Shorts. He currently is working on a few features and a TV pilot, and plans to take Hollywood by storm. Well, not really storm. More like a light sprinkle. Dave was born on the mean streets of...Read more

About The Writer

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Award-winning screenwriter with one feature produced and a further four features optioned or in pre-production. In addition to features, over forty short scripts produced/sold/optioned - including ten filmed. Also occasionally pens screenwriting articles, interviews with writers and filmmakers, and even a short story or two. You can find out more at www.anthonycawood.co.ukRead more