The Sterile Cuckoo Script

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Director:Alan J. Pakula
Written by:John Nichols (Novel), Alvin Sargent (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Two students from neighboring colleges in upstate New York are swept up in a tragic romantic interlude calling for a maturity of vision beyond their experience of capabilities. Pookie Adams - a kooky, lonely misfit with no family and no place to go, insists on calling all those who won't participate in her world, "weirdos," clings to a quiet studious Jerry, who has the ability to make a choice of living in Pookie's private little world or be accepted by the society that Pookie rejects. Unwittingly, it is through their awkward relationship that Pookie actually prepares Jerry for the world of "weirdos" that she doesn't fit into or wish to be apart of.

Bobby Deerfield Script

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Director:Sydney Pollack
Written by:Alvin Sargent (Screenplay), Erich Maria Remarque (Novel)

Script Synopsis:Bobby Deerfield, a famous American race car driver on the European circuit, falls in love with the enigmatic Lillian Morelli, who is terminally ill.

Effect Of Gamma Rays On Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds Script

Director:Paul Newman
Written by:Paul Zindel (Writer), Alvin Sargent (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:From the Pullizer Prize winning play by Paul Zindel, this is the story of Beatrice Hunsdorfer and her daughters, Ruth and Matilda. A middle-aged widowed eccentric, Beatrice is looking for her life in the classified ads while all about her is the rubble of an unkempt house. All she needs is the right opportunity, she says puffing on a cigarette. Poorly equipped to survive the vagaries of modern life, she has nonetheless always managed to muddle through. Ruth, epileptic and making her way through the rebellious phase of adolescence, seems doomed to make the same mistakes as her mother. Quiet Matilda, on the other hand, seeks refuge in her animals and her schoolwork. “Jesus, don’t you hate the world, Matilda?” Beatrice asks her youngest daughter. The title of the film is also the subject of Matilda’s science project at school and serves as a metaphor for the way life affects each of us differently…

Straight Time Script

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Director:Ulu Grosbard
Written by:Edward Bunker (Novel), Alvin Sargent (Screenplay), Edward Bunker (Screenplay), Jeffrey Boam (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:After being released on parole, a burglar attempts to go straight, get a regular job, and just go by the rules. He soon finds himself back in jail at the hands of a power-hungry parole officer.

White Palace Script

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Director:Luis Mandoki
Written by:Ted Tally (Screenplay), Alvin Sargent (Screenplay), Glenn Savan (Novel)

Script Synopsis:Max Baron is a Jewish advertising executive in his 20s who's still getting over the death of his wife. Nora Baker is a 40-something diner waitress who enjoys the wilder side of life. Mismatched or not, their attraction is instant and smoldering. With time, however, their class and age differences become an obstacle in their relationship, especially since Max can't keep Nora a secret from his Jewish friends and upper-crust associates forever.

Bogus Script

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Director:Norman Jewison
Written by:Alvin Sargent (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus.

Anywhere But Here Script

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Director:Wayne Wang
Written by:Mona Simpson (Writer), Alvin Sargent (Writer)

Script Synopsis:In this adaptation of the Mona Simpson novel, single mother Adele August is bad with money, and even worse when it comes to making decisions. Her straight-laced daughter, Ann, is a successful high school student with Ivy League aspirations. When Adele decides to pack up and move the two of them from the Midwest to Beverly Hills, Calif., to pursue her dreams of Hollywood success, Ann grows frustrated with her mother's irresponsible and impulsive ways.

Paper Moon

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Director:Peter Bogdanovich
Written by:Joe David Brown (Novel), Alvin Sargent (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:During the Great Depression, a con man finds himself saddled with a young girl—who may or may not be his daughter—and the two forge an unlikely partnership.


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Director:Fred Zinnemann
Written by:Alvin Sargent (Writer)

Script Synopsis:At the behest of an old and dear friend, playwright Lillian Hellman undertakes a dangerous mission to smuggle funds into Nazi Germany.

Ordinary People

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Director:Robert Redford
Written by:Judith Guest (Novel), Alvin Sargent (Screenplay)

Script Synopsis:Beth, Calvin, and their son Conrad are living in the aftermath of the death of the other son. Conrad is overcome by grief and misplaced guilt to the extent of a suicide attempt. He is in therapy. Beth had always preferred his brother and is having difficulty being supportive to Conrad. Calvin is trapped between the two trying to hold the family together.