Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind a screenplay by Charlie Kaufman Goldenrod Revision February 4 th , 2003 Green Revision January 20 th , 2003 Yellow Revision January 13 th , 2003 Pink Revision January 10 th , 2003 Blue Revision December 17 th , 2002 Shooting Draft November 6 th , 2002
1 EXT. COMMUTER TRAIN STATION - DAY 1 It’s gray. The platform is packed with business commuters: suits, overcoats. There is such a lack of color it almost seems as if it’s a black and white shot, except one commuter holds a bright red heart-shaped box of candy under his arm. The platform across the tracks is empty. As an almost empty train pulls up to that platform, one of the suited men breaks out of the crowd, lurches up the stairs two at a time, hurries across the overpass and down the stairs to the other side, just at the empty train stops. The doors open and the man gets on that train. As the empty train pulls from the station, the man watches the crowd of commuters through the train’s dirty window. We see his face for the first time. This is Joel Barish. He is in his 30’s, sallow, a bit puffy. His hair is a little messy, his suit is either vintage or just old and dirty and sort of threadbare. His bright tie has a photograph of a rodeo printed on it. 2 EXT. MONTAUK TRAIN STATION - DAY 2 Joel talks on a payphone. The wind howls around him. He tries to shield the mouthpiece as he talks. His speech is a self-conscious mumble, especially difficult to hear over the elements. JOEL Hi, Cindy. It’s Joel. Joel. I’m not feeling well this morning. No, food poisoning, I think. I had clams. Clams! I’m sorry it took me so long to call in, but I’ve been vomiting a lot. I’ve been vomiting! Yes, that’s right, a lot! 3 EXT. BEACH - DAY 3 Joel wanders the windy, empty beach, with his briefcase. He passes an old man with a metal detector. They nod at each other. 4 EXT. BEACH - DAY 4 Later: Joel looks out at the ocean. 5 EXT. BEACH - DAY 5 Later: Joel sits on a rock and pulls a big, tattered notebook from his briefcase. He opens it and reads his last entry. JOEL (V.O.) January 6, 2001. Nothing much. Naomi and I coexisting. Roommates. Nothing. Will it go on like this forever? My best guess? Yes. (CONTINUED)
2. 5 CONTINUED: 5 Under the entry is a detailed drawing of a paranoid, wild- eyed man huddled in the corner of a damp basement lit by a bare bulb on a cord. Joel notices something odd: a great many pages have been torn out after the last entry. He ponders it for a moment, then writes on the next page: JOEL (V.O.) (CONT’D) Valentine’s Day 2003. First entry in two years. Where did those years go? If you’re not careful it gets away from you. And then it’s over and you’re dead. And within a few years who even remembers you were here? (thinks) Called in sick today. Took the train out to Montauk. (thinks) Cold.
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