Game of Death (1978) Movie Script

Ok, that's a print.
That was great, Billy.
Ok, everybody, get...
Eddie, get up there and see
what the hell's happening.
Billy, are you all right?
That thing crashed
exactly where you were.
I know. I know.
Watch it up there!
It was
an accident.
Ok, that's a wrap.
Great fight, Billy.
Really nice.
Be sure you get
tomorrow's call sheets.
And please
don't get lost
on the way
to location.
Time is money,
Time is money.
Time is money.
So, you got in here
We haven't heard from you.
You know, I once knew
a super rock group
in London.
Called themselves
the Flight Crew.
Had brilliant potential.
Yeah, but they
were very stubborn.
Their lead guitarist
lost a couple
offingers one night.
Just like that.
Hands and feet have
been known to disappear.
fall out ofthe sky.
All kinds
ofthings happen.
A man...
has got to have all
of his parts to make it.
Don't you agree
with that, Billy?
Get the hell
out of here.
Oh, well.
It's, uh, getting
a little late.
We'll be sitting
right there
bythe telephone,
just waiting
for you to call.
But patience-that's not
one of ourvirtues.
Don't be
a slow learner, Billy.
Oh, you shouldn't
have done that.
No, that was
a very big mistake.
Will this be the song
I'll be singing
Will the piper
be paid for the tunes
That he played
by and by?
Is this the best rhyme
Major, minor,
one-in-one time
Or will the tune
Fall from favor
A yesternight song
Of past times
Will this be the song
I'll be singing
I'm here
to take you to dinner.
Hey, Billy, can we
get spaghetti tonight?
We got
one more number
to get today,
Thanks a lot, Charlie.
You're messing around
with my love life.
Is the boss upstairs?
You're looking
a little pale.
What you need
is a good nourishing meal,
something that
will stickto your ribs.
Ha ha ha.
You beautiful bastard.
I'll get you another one.
Dr. Land?
We're all next door.
Yes? What?
Steiner is here.
Get right to it.
Good afternoon, Steiner.
Good afternoon, Doctor.
How was your trip
to New York?
Qite uneventful.
The heat was terrible.
Not much better here.
So much
for the weather report.
I'm not the only one
who just arrived.
How about yourtrip
to Berlin, Stick?
It went pretty much
as you figured.
Now that, uh,
he's the big star,
I couldn't
reason with him.
He said
he was pulling out.
Then he
threatened me.
Oh, my, my, my, my.
Ha ha.
The rest of it
was in the papers.
That's when
he committed suicide, huh?
Ha ha ha.
He just, uh, got up
and jumped
out the window.
Oh, my, my.
The merger
of S & S Records
with Globe
has been completed,
and construction has started
on the new record
pressing plant
in Buenos Aires.
But more important
and more immediate
is the oncoming
championship fight in Macau.
I know we're getting
worldwide press.
That and plenty more.
All the posters
have been approved
and the ad campaign.
The best one
we've ever had.
Looks good.
Looks great.
Besides the gate
and our TV rights,
it's generating the kind
of international betting
we'd hoped for.
We ought to turn over
about $30 million.
That was the computer's
readout as of today.
Yes, well, the fight
is only 3 weeks off..
I assume
your training
is going well, Carl.
You look fit.
I'll be ready.
We've got a little
problem in Detroit,
a couple of reluctant
ball players.
Hakim, think you can fly
to Detroit and handle that
and be back in time
forthe fight?
Figure. It's done, man.
Also, I'm afraid
we're going to have to do
something about Billy Lo.
I was wondering
about that.
I was going to ask
how that was going.
Well, he refuses to sign
our management contract,
but that's not
what bothers me now.
He's starting
to shoot off. his mouth.
He's holding out.
We've given him so many chances...
an amazing amount
of resistance.
And then there's
that girlfriend:
Ann Morris.
I went to talk
to her today.
Her last album
was on the charts
and is doing great
in Australia
and France.
She says she wants
to talk to Billy
about her contract
before she signs.
Doctor, I think we ought
to squeeze a little.
Yeah, let's just
squeeze a little,
wouldn't you say?
I had another visit today
from one
of those syndicate men.
Did he threaten you?
Well, not exactly.
I mean,
not in so many words,
but I knew
I was being threatened.
Billy, do you think
it's worth holding out?
I mean, I've heard
some pretty uglythings
about those guys,
ugly stories.
If we're stopped,
don't do anything
that will give them
an excuse
to hurt you.
Ann, I love you,
and I don't
want you hurt.
Trust me
to handle this.
I would like Miss Morris to leave.
I'm afraid we can't
do that, Billy.
We're all
in this together.
Now, would you mind
stepping out
of the car?
No matter what happens,
don't get out of the car.
You've got until
tomorrow morning
to call us.
It's the last time
we're going to ask,
Please stop it!
Please don't!
He hasn't
got too much time.
You tell him that.
We want
to hear from him
in the morning.
Billy, I've always
been straight with you.
You don't have
too many choices.
You and Ann
are nothing to them.
You're just
another piece of property,
just one
of a couple of thousand
of public personalities
that they own all of
or a piece of.
It seems like
a good thing at the moment.
They take care
of everything...
your booking,
your salary, your taxes.
If you need 5,000
in your pocket,
you've got it.
It's later
that you start to realize
what it's costing you.
I don't have to remind you
about Charlie Wang.
We know the pressure
they put on him,
and we know they
called him in for a "talk."
The next day,
he was fished
out of the harbor.
But going along with them
isn't much better.
You've come up
fast, Billy.
The pictures are grossing big
all over the world.
You're an international
and they smell
that money.
Thank you.
You can sign
with them
and live very well,
or you can defy them
and go
to the police,
which means you
won't live so well,
if at all.
Is it your advice
to let them own us?
No. I just
don't want to write
an obituary on you.
I like you too much,
which is my cue
to get my ass
down to the bureau.
I've got
a midnight deadline
for the States.
I can't allow it.
It is better to die
a broken piece of jade
than to live a life of clay.
Qit. You've got
enough money.
Tell them to go to hell.
I can leave this all behind.
I don't
need this
if you
don't need it.
There has
to be another answer.
I've got to find one.
The Chinese opera is in town.
Maybe see your uncle.
Yeah, he just got back.
I'll go to the theater tomorrow.
Good idea.
All three of them
are leaving the restaurant.
What should we do?
Don't lose them.
Alegandre, from now on,
I want you to coordinate
all your efforts with
the ad agency in New York.
And by the way, what are
the odds where you are now?
Well, then keep
the publicity going
about Carl's rumored
sprained ligament.
Don't give the impression
that the fight's
going to be canceled,
just that he's in pain
and might be
at a disadvantage.
You got that?
The odds are a little
too heavy on Carl,
especially in London.
Yes, a good idea
to even that up a bit.
Oh, by the way,
what about Billy Lo?
He was told to
call earlier today.
He has
the number to call.
Oh, do we know where
he is at this moment?
Well, we always know
where he is.
Well, then
a final warning,
Ok, Carl?
Yes, Pasqual.
You go with him.
Pasqual loves to fight, yes.
Ha ha.
Let me use your brush.
Billy, good to see you.
Hi, John. I'm glad you're back.
Your uncle
is in his room.
Billy. Come in, Billy.
Come in. Hey. Hey!
You go ahead.
It's good to see you, boy.
Sit down. Sit down.
We do not see you much
since you got to be
a big man.
Oh, yes, I know.
I've been running
for months.
Yeah, very busy, huh?
I heard that the syndicate
is after you.
You must be a big man.
How did you know that?
It's a small business.
I can't join them,
and I can't
be forced to join.
You have just
described a problem
as old as man.
You're not unique.
There is a solution
I do not think
you've considered.
When you get to the top,
you understand
how far it is to fall,
but if you think
very little of yourself,
then you can be pushed off.
and fall very easily.
What is your opinion
I believe I deserve
to be where I am.
I've worked
hard for it.
Then don't let them push.
They will never
let you rest.
You push.
You mean kill?
Integrity can be
an expensive thing.
What is the price
ofyour integrity?
What are you
willing to pay?
There is another
person as well,
a girl.
If I fight,
she may be hurt.
Send her away.
Do you need help?
I know some men
who can help you.
You're not allowed
back here.
Get out! Get out!
Another message, Billy.
The Chinese syndicate
wants to make sure
they're riding
with a winner,
so they're willing to
buy a little insurance.
A million and a half
dollars in cash
will be arriving
in Macau
just before the fight.
They're going to drop it
right on your doorstep.
Clean money?
Oh, yeah.
Yeah, very crisp
and very clean.
The cash started out
in Nassau.
It's going through
Tommy's bank in Mexico City
right now.
We're watching
its progress.
Fine. Fine.
Oh, Carl.
Yes, sir.
What about Billy Lo?
What's happened there?
Nothing. Not a word.
He's not going to call.
Rebellion is contagious,
Let's close the book.
What an
unfortunate waste,
casting aside
his life like that.
What a pity.
Hello, Ann. It's me.
Billy, where have you been?
I've been trying
to reach you all day.
I've been worried
about you.
I've been worried
about you, too,
Ann, listen
I want you
to meet me
on the 6:00 ferry.
You'll find me
in the passenger
Do you understand?
Ok. Billy,
are you all right?
Yes. To tell
the truth,
I feel
much better now.
Billy, you've
been hurt.
It doesn't matter.
Ann, I want you
to go back to
the States for a while.
Leave you here?
I have to work
this problem out by myself.
It would only
be for a while,
a couple of months.
No way, Billy.
I can't do that.
Look, you can't help me,
but if you stay,
I can hurt you.
Maybe you
should change your name
and disappear for a while.
I have only one scene
left in this film.
I'll be dropping
out of sight myself.
Billy, I can't
leave you.
What are you up to?
Not a thing.
We have to separate.
Ann, I'd like to live
with you a long time,
you know?
Grow old together.
It was very strange.
Not like him,
very secretive.
It sounds like he's
made a decision to run,
which would be smart.
No, I don't think
he's running at all.
I think it's
just the opposite.
There was
a determination
about him, like he
was going to fight.
Jim, I know
he has a call
at the studio
this afternoon.
Would you mind
meeting me there?
I'm really worried
about him.
Of course.
I'll be right over.
Stage 4.
Yeah. I got you.
Keep it together.
Print it.
Ok, turn around, guys.
Let's set up
for Billy's run.
Ok, move it along.
Get ready
for the reverse angle.
Let's go, fellas.
these are blanks.
Only aim upward.
There's a wad of paper
that comes out
and can injure someone.
We're ready for you, Billy.
Now, I want you
to come running out
ofthe building like hell.
I'll cue the guns
on your leap,
and you do the fall, ok?
Ok, let's
walkthrough it once.
Billy, over here.
What are you doing here?
Take her
to the airport, Jim.
Billy, something
isn't reading right.
Do you need help?
I'm going
to break it wide open.
The police
have got to get into it.
And when it explodes,
I don't want Ann here.
Get her on a plane.
Please, Jim.
Here we go.
Everybody settle down. Ready.
Ok, ready to roll.
Ok. This is a take.
Qiet, please.
Ok, roll sound.
Hey, Billy, what's the matter?
Hey, what's happening here?
What happened?
What's wrong?
My, God! He's hurt.
Somebody call a doctor!
Don't just stand there!
The bullet fragmented
as it passed through
at an upward angle,
literally smashing
the bone structure
of the face.
What are his chances
of having
a normal appearance?
There'll be
structural changes,
a great deal
of scar tissue.
He'll be permanently
altered, of course,
but presentable,
in any case.
Thankyou, Doctor.
Hey, Billy,
are you awake?
I've been talking
with your surgeon.
The surgery
will be tomorrow.
This is
a very private hospital.
No one will know.
Then you still want
to go through
with this?
The only reason I've
considered this,
Mr. Lo, is
the simple argument:
Should you walk
upon the street,
there will be
another attempt
upon your life.
Then you agree?
There'll have
to be a complete
of documents,
death certificate,
and somebody
will have
to inform the press
you've taken a turn
for the worse...
Relapse. Then
there's the question
of a change
of identity.
A new identification
has already
been taken care of.
We should tell Ann.
No one else must know.
If she knows,
she could be in danger.
A public funeral?
Open casket?
After all,
he is a celebrity.
Don't worry,John.
It'll be a very
believable funeral.
They have some
interesting people here.
It could be a story.
Miss Morris.
You're dead.
Come on, Ann.
Do you hear me?
You're dead.
Cool it.
Excuse us. Thank you.
Let us through. Easy.
No, Ann.
For $10, he could
have you killed.
Yes, I understand.
It's cheap.
I'm glad
you understand,
and I'm glad
you're pulling
Oh, no. I'm not
going to cry anymore.
God knows
the police would
like to nail them...
but there's
no wayto prove it.
Don't you understand
Everybody looked at them,
but not one person
could see anything!
The gentlemen
from the
Chinese syndicate
and the cash have
arrived in Macau.
Fine, fine. Now, you
sure it's a good idea,
our stopping
in the sanitarium
to see this Morris girl?
a very valuable
piece of
And ifwe can bring
her into the family,
it will show
all the other
would-be rebels
how complete
our control is.
You go ahead.
I'll see you later.
Hello, Mr. Marshall.
Hello, Doctor. How's Ann?
We're very pleased
with her recovery.
It's been, um...
a long haul.
3 weeks?
For a trauma
severe enough
to bring on
physical paralysis,
a 3-week recovery
is extremely good.
Oh, well, may
I go down to see her?
If you hadn't come out,
I would
have called you.
She's ready to see
a familiar face.
You must understand
she's still depressed.
Is it time to go in?
Hi, Annie.
Oh, I brought you
a little present.
I-It's beautiful.
I hear nothing
but good things about you.
No lies?
No lies.
a newspaperman lie?
Now I'm
getting worried.
But, Jim, actually,
I'm feeling
a lot better.
At least
I'm able to deal
with people now.
You know, maybe you
should get out of here,
go back to the States when
you're feeling better, hmm?
I've been thinking
about that, too,
but I don't want to yet.
Not just yet.
Yes, but more
important than that,
I think we ought
to try
to see for ourselves
what's going on
in her head,
what kind
of a threat
she could be to us.
I don't want to
leave that to Carl
or to anybody else.
We're here.
That's the newspaperman,
Jim Marshall.
You know, I've got
a hunch that
one of these days,
we're going
to have to cram
his typewriter
up his ass.
It's the blonde.
Good afternoon,
Miss Morris.
We haven't
officially met,
but my name is Steiner.
This is Dr. Land.
How do you do,
Miss Morris?
We were informed
ofyour improvement.
Oh, you
are so beautiful.
What do you want?
We were just passing by.
We wondered ifwe
could do anything for you.
Is there something
you might need?
There's nothing I need, ok?
Your album is doing
very well on the charts.
It's going
to make lots of money.
We know,
Miss Morris,
what has happened...
the terrible strain
that you
have been under.
We hope
that possibly
we can
assist somehow.
You know,
maybe get your
career moving again.
Get out!
There's nothing...
Get out!
It's Dr. Land's intention
to try to help you, Ann.
He could be...
You murderers!
Get out of here.
Get out!
Get out of here!
Rude bitch.
Well, one rebel
begets another.
It's the Billy Lo
A virulent disease,
often terminal.
Stick, she seemed to know you.
Your face did
something for her.
Never met her.
We have to go to Macau.
We'll see about her
when we return.
Grr. Bitch!
What are you up to, Billy?
I'm giving myself
a new face...
before and after.
Much better.
I've already
told you, Billy.
You're going to have
a normal appearance again.
You'll see.
Wait till tomorrow
when those bandages
come off...
Dr. Ferguson,
please report
to the nurses' station.
Well, excuse me.
Dr. Ferguson, please report
to the nurses' station.
The new Billy Lo.
Mister, can I hire you
to follow
that hydrofoil?
I won't
be able to stay with him
once they
get out of the harbor.
Those hydrofoils do 40 easy.
Where do you think
they're going?
I've seen that boat
in Macau a couple of times.
That's what I think.
Maybe we could get
a head start on them.
Well, it's only
an hour's ride in any case.
I know who killed Billy.
Yes. Jim,
I know who killed him.
I'm not sure
I heard you right.
What did you say?
They came to the hospital.
One of them
was at the shooting.
Look, Ann,
why don't you
come in,
and we'll take it
to the police?
Where are you?
Did you
leave the hospital?
Never mind. The police
aren't the answer.
Hey, mister,
is that the guy
you've been waiting for?
That's him.
I'll make it worth
yourwhile to wait for me.
You're not going
to rob a casino,
are you?
I don't want to run
a getaway boat.
No, no.
Will you be here,
no matter how late?
I got nothing better
Parade, parade.
Damn. What the hell?
Can't we get out
of here somehow?
Back this thing up
or something.
There's a taxi behind us.
It will
be ending soon,
and they will move
to another street.
Give them the horn.
Let's get out of here.
Run over 'em.
Chinese gold.
They've been waiting
for an hour.
We were held up
by a damn fool lion dance.
Oh, boy. Huh.
These characters.
Ah, well, well, well.
How do you do, Doctor?
Very nice seeing you.
And how are you? Sit down.
Well, maybe we don't
need to even count it.
Maybe we better.
See you both at ringside.
Dr. Land.
The money's all here,
every dollar.
I'd be surprised
if it weren't.
Where'd you come from?
How'd you get here?
Guards! Guards!
Get him!
Stay away from me,
you bastard.
Hoo... yah!
Carl, come! Come!
Get him!
Get him.
Carl, duck!
Somebody take care
of the doctor.
Carl, let him go!
Carl, you damn fool,
the fight's tonight!
Carl, come on back here,
you hear me?!.
You know, I don't understand it.
If some other organization
was trying to kill you,
they'd have just picked
you off with a rifle.
I can't place him,
but there
was something there
I recognized.
Stick is right.
There was something
different about that man.
He not only wanted to kill,
he wanted
to punish me as well.
To your corner. To your corner.
One. Get back.
Get back, Miller,
to your corner.
Back to your corner.
2. Get back, Miller.
Ha ha ha!
They are hurting bad,
as they have
through out the early...
Kill him, Carl!
All right. Back up.
Back up!
All right. Get back. Get back.
It's going to cost you
a round, Miller.
Let it go.
What must be done
is being done.
Ha ha ha!
He retained the crown
by knocking out Lo Chen
in 2 minutes, 8 seconds
in the seventh round.
The winner by knockout,
and still world's
heavyweight champion,
Carl Miller!
Carl, you won!
You won!
Tell me.
Carl, is there
going to be a rematch?
Carl, are you going to
fight this guy again?
Carl, did he hurt you in round 4?
Carl, how soon are you
going to have a rematch?
Turn this way, Carl!
Will there be
a rematch, Carl?
Ha ha ha!
Hey, hey, hey.
Ha ha ha!
All right. He didn't hurt you,
did he, tonight?
any complaints?
Hey! I'm just
going to get a shower.
I want to be
looking beautiful
for the rest
ofthese photographs.
There's plenty of champagne
for everybody.
You won't get lonely.
Who are you?
I'm June.
This is my new
I'd like you to take
plenty of pictures of her.
Over here, honey. Over here.
Look over here at
the camera, honey.
Where are you
from, honey?
Kansas City.
Who the hell are you?
Get going, fella.
Billy Lo.
Carl, you all right?
Something's wrong!
Carl, what's happening? Carl?
Carl, open the door!
What's the matter in there?
Open the door.
You lose, Carl Miller.
Carl! Carl!
Look at him.
He was killed
with a hundred people
outside the door.
They found a wig
and a face mask of an old man.
That's all.
Yes, sir.
And you and the rest
of the passive
bodyguards simply
stood around,
you and 100 other people.
Isn't that true?
Yes, sir.
You say the girl
is with
the newspaperman now?
You admitted
that you could have
killed someone
in that state
of mind.
You still think
you recognized
Billy's voice?
I told you before.
I wouldn't mistake
Billy's voice.
Can't you believe me?
That's one
of my weaknesses.
I'm one of
the world's
most gullible men.
I'll take you home.
No, no.
That's all right.
I have my car
right outside.
You're sure?
You can leave
this here, ok?
She's coming back.
Don't let her
out ofyour sight.
And put a couple
of fellows
following on
that newspaperman.
Yes, sir.
You two stay
with Marshall.
We'll follow the girl.
I'm now convinced that
the man who attacked me
was in disguise.
The way he moved.
You know something, Doctor?
If I wasn't
that Billy
was dead...
Did you look
in the casket
at the mortuary?
Of course I looked
in the casket.
He didn't look
exactly the same,
but what the hell?
They never look
exactly the same.
Where was he buried?
The Buddhist cemetery,
Hangzhou Road.
Have him dug up.
Yeah. Marshall.
Hi, Jim.
Billy, I've heard
all about it.
Ann is convinced
you're alive.
I had to risk it.
I thought she was
going to shoot Carl
or one
of the others.
Well, she still
may kill somebody.
I've got the gun,
but if she sits around
and thinks about it,
she might get
the crazies again.
Ok. I'll meet her
in the school
at Southampton.
What time?
In an hour.
Ok. If I can
find her.
I'll ring you up
again at 10:00
to let you know
how it went.
Thank you, gentlemen.
I wasn't going
to see you again.
I didn't want
you to see me.
it's all right.
You have to know that.
No. Not to me,
it isn't.
Maybe later,
but I have to
get used
to myself first.
The man she's talking to
has to be Billy Lo.
Yes. Well, we just had
word from the cemetery,
so I'm not
in the least surprised.
Now, we're sending you
some help.
They're close by,
and they should be there
very shortly.
Ann, you could have
been killed.
You would have been
just one more life
they ruined.
Go back to
the States, please.
Will you do that?
Billy, I can't.
Get in your car and go!
They're still
a few blocks away.
They split.
She's going to her car.
Where's he going?
To the other side
of the orphanage, I think.
Let a couple fellows
follow him
and take 2 more men
and pick her up.
We can use her
for bait.
Call him over.
Mr. Marshall!
Somebody wants
to talk to you.
A little closer, Mr. Marshall.
Miss Morris was
picked up tonight.
Billy's going to call you
at about 10:00.
You tapped my phone.
How clever.
Tell Billy to come
to the Tai Yun warehouse
in Kowloon at exactly
00 in the morning.
We'll let the girl go
when Billy comes in,
one for one.
Why should I believe
you'll do that?
Don't change
the equation, Mr. Marshall.
One for one.
Don't add any numbers.
Billy for the girl.
It's that simple.
Oh, and Mr. Marshall,
you should be very...
very careful.
You can learn a lot
in a job like yours,
but knowledge can become
a terrible burden.
Good evening.
Jim Marshall's desk.
Is Jim there?
No. He isn't.
Oh, hold on a second.
He just walked in.
- Hi,Jim.
- Billy...
My phone is tapped.
Ann is being held
bythe syndicate.
I couldn't get
her to leave.
Have you talked
to them?
Just now.
They want an exchange...
you for her,
even up,
or so they say.
You could go
to the police.
No. That would
just get her
What do they
want me to do?
You better go over there
and back them up.
You've got 6 men
over there already.
We had a pack of men
at Macau.
Here he comes.
He's inside.
Let's get him.
Let's go!
Billy, hurry.
We have to
move quickly.
Billy, quick, they're
across the street.
They're across the street.
Hurry. Hurry!
It's barricaded.
Try the windows.
Try to walk. Hurry!
Don't show yourself,
no matter what you hear.
Yeah, ok.
Let's go.
You two take the aisles.
Take the front.
Chewy, look for
the others.
Take the back.
You take the back.
Take off the helmet.
Chewy, Chewy!
Aah! Hyah!
Where's the doctor?
Red Pepper.
Red Pepper restaurant?
I'd better alert
Hakim and Pasqual.
in the warehouse?
That's impossible.
How do you like that?
Glad you could
finally make it, Billy.
Aah... ooh.
Goddamn it!
Son of a bitch!
Goddamn bastard!
Goddamn! Aah!
Will this be the song
I'll be singing
Will the notes
from some magical flute
Sail on into the sky?
Is this a glad song?
Makes my heart go
crazy mad song?
Or will the sound
turn to silence
And leave a surprising
theme disremembered
To grieve us?
Will this be the song
I'll be singing
Will the piper be paid
For the tunes
that he played by and by?
Is this the best rhyme?
Major, minor,
one-in-one time?
Or will the tune
fall from favor
A yesternight song
of past times
Will this be the song
I'll be singing