[from Brazil: the screenplay of the Terry Gilliam movie. I was thinking about the plumber, Tuttle, played by Robert De Niro, as a heroic corporate figure.]
INT. SAM'S FLAT - NIGHT Sam is grabbing the walls of the fridge. Water from the defrosted freezer compartment drips on his head. He wakes up. Before he can really take in where he is the phone rings. He staggers over to it. SAM Hello... hello... PHONE VOICE Hello. Mr. Lowry? SAM Who's that? (pause) A sound at the kitchen door turns Sam's head and ours just in time to half see a quick blurred movement, but then a rapid voice in his ear-piece brings his head back. PHONE VOICE Put the phone down and your hands up. SAM (into the phone) What? Who is this? Sam realises that the voice is also in the room behind him. He turns round and sees TUTTLE. Tuttle is middle-aged, a short tough figure dressed in dark clothes suggesting a cross between a cat burglar and a night-raid commando. In one hand he holds a gun pointed at Sam. The other hand is holding a telephone receiver which Tuttle is in the act of placing in the large capacious bag at his feet. Sam puts down his phone, and his hands up. TUTTLE Nice and easy now. Keep your hands where I can see them. SAM What is this? (indignantly) Who the hell are you? Tuttle, keeping the gun on Sam, goes to different doors, leaning backwards into bedroom, bathroom and closet. Tuttle suddenly relaxes and pockets his gun. TUTTLE Harry Tuttle. Heating engineer. At your service. SAM Tuttle! Are you from Central Services? TUTTLE Ha!! SAM But... I called Central Services. TUTTLE They're a bit overworked these days. Luckily I intercepted your call. SAM What? By now, both are pouring with sweat. Tuttle heads across the room and swiftly begins to undo a wall panel. SAM Wait a minute, what was that business with the gun? Tuttle hands Sam the panel and plunges his arm into the space behind it. TUTTLE A little precaution, sir. I've had traps set for me before now. There are people in Central Services who'd love to get their hands on Harry Tuttle. SAM Are you saying this is illegal? By now Tuttle has managed to pull out some sections of flexible ducting from the welter of mechanical offal behind the removed panel. It is all very complicated and greasy and it looks as though there is a lot more where that came from. Tuttle is amazingly neat and deft as he works. A real pro. As he works he hums a wee tune... yes... "BRAZIL"!! TUTTLE Well, yes... and no. Officially, only Central Service operatives are supposed to touch this stuff... Could you hold these. (he hands Sam a bunch of wires that he has detached) ... but, with all the new rules and regulations... unncgh, c'mon, c'mon... they can't get decent staff any more... so... they tend to turn a blind eye... as long as I'm careful. (he hands Sam a torch) ... Mind you, if ever they could prove I'd been working on their equipment... well, that's a different matter... up a bit with the torch, sir. SAM Sorry. wouldn't it be easier just to work for Central Services? TUTTLE Couldn't stand the pa.. Ah, we're getting warm SAM The pace? TUTTLE The paperwork, couldn't stand the paperwork. (indicating the torch) Over to the left please, if you don't mind sir. Hold it there. Yes, there's more bits of paper in Central Services than bits of pipe read this, fill in that, hand in the other listen, this old system of yours could be on fire and I couldn't even turn on the kitchen tap without filling in a 27B/6... Bloody paperwork. SAM (mildly) Well I suppose one has to expect a certain amount TUTTLE Why? I came into this game for adventure go anywhere, travel light, get in, get out, wherever there's trouble, a man alone. Now they've got the whole country sectioned of and you can't move without a form. I'm the last of a breed. Ah ha! Found it! (he holds up a small charred gadget) There's your problem. SAM Can you fix it? TUTTLE No. But I can bypass it with one of these. He pulls another gadget from his bag. SAM Fine. The door bell. Tuttle grabs for his gun. TUTTLE Are you expecting anyone? SAM No. Wait here. He goes out closing the immediate door and goes to the front door which he opens. He is confronted by two officious little men in boiler suits who are standing outside his door. Their names are SPOOR and DOWSER. Dowser is Spoor's echo. SAM Yes? SPOOR Central Services. DOWSER ... ervices. SAM Uh what? I... SPOOR You telephone, sir. DOWSER ... elephoned sir. SPOOR Trouble with your air-conditioning. DOWSER ... ditioning. SAM (gulps) No, not at all. I mean, it's all right. It's fixed. SPOOR Fixed? DOWSER Fixed? They don't like that. SAM I mean it fixed itself. SPOOR Fixed itself. DOWSER ... ixed itself. SPOOR Machines don't fix themselves. DOWSER ... fix themselves. SPOOR He's tampered with it, Dowser. DOWSER ... ampered. with it, Spoor. SAM Look, I'm sorry about your wasted journey. Sam tries to close the door but Spoor prevents this. SPOOR (to Dowser) I think we'd better have a look. DOWSER ... have a look. SAM No you can't. He is pushed aside. Spoor followed by Dowser, heads for the door behind which is Mr. Tuttle. Sam is paralysed. Spoor approaches the door as if it is dangerous. He turns the handle quietly and gives the door a little nudge. The door begins to swing slowly open. Sam suddenly finds inspiration. SAM Just a minute! Spoor and Dowser turn round as the door continues to swing open. When the door is open, behind their backs Tuttle is seen holding his pistol in a two-handed grip, his knees slightly bent. Tuttle freezes like that, pointing his pistol through the open door. SAM Have you got a 27B/6? Dowser looks very angry. Veins stand out on his forehead and he goes into what looks like some sort of fit. Spoor knocks him to the ground. SPOOR (to Sam) Now look what you've done to him. SAM Have you got one or haven't you? SPOOR Not... as such... Dowser moans and begins to get back on his feet. SPOOR But we can get one. (worried about Dowser) It's all right, Terry, it's all right, everything's all right. SAM (ushering them to the door) I'm sorry, but I'm a bit of a stickler for paper work. Where would we be if we didn't follow the correct procedures? SPOOR We'll be back. DOWSER ... Be back. SAM (closing the door on them) Thank you. Sam turns back to Tuttle who is coming forward pocketing his gun. TUTTLE Thanks, Lowry, you're a good man in a tight corner. Tuttle returns to work, fitting in the new by-pass gadget and tightening the nuts, and happily humming "BRAZIL". SAM Listen... um... I don't want to get involved in any of this. But I work at the Ministry of Information, and I happen to know that Information Retrieval have been looking for an Archibald Tuttle, Heating Engineer. You wouldn't by any chance be.. TUTTLE (pleased) My friends call me Harry. Information Retrieval, eh? Interesting! SAM What do they want you or? TUTTLE Time to go. Tuttle finishes the job and throws his tools into the bag. SAM Thank you very much. How much will it...? TUTTLE On the house. You did me a favor. Check the corridor. Sam goes to the front door, opens it and looks out. SAM All clear. Tuttle slips out and heads off down the balcony corridor. SAM Hey that's a dead end. But Tuttle merely undoes a pre-arranged rope and swings Tarzan-like off the end of the balcony and across a multi- story void to a neighboring block. Sam is amazed not to say stunned.
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Harry Tuttle, Spirit Animal. (via underpaidgenius) SAM All clear. Tuttle slips out and heads off down the balcony...
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