Two Deaths of Henry Baker (2020) Movie Script

Come on, son.
- Get in the car.
- Why can't Sam come?
Because I said so is why.
I'll be gone a while.
I done some thing...
- Where are you going?
- You never met my old man...
but he done some things, too.
Maybe set me in my ways...
This is what he left me.
And I'm supposed to give it to my son.
That's you.
That doesn't mean you gotta dig it up.
If you leave it where it is,
don't be regretful.
What about Sam?
You know he's your mother's son.
Oh my Lord, take this road
Lay me at the bottom of the river
Devil has come to carry me home
Lay me at the bottom
Bottom of the river
Oh my Lord, take this hand
Save me from the gallows
Hear this news, bear my gold
Lay me in the shallows
Evil comes if you call my name
The wicked they shall rise
The river sand's gonna wash me clean
The river don't run dry
Oh my Lord, take this soul
Lay me at the bottom of the river
The devil has come to carry me home
Lay me at the bottom Bottom of the river
Oh my Lord, hear my woe
There's blood upon the valley
Take this sword to kill I've done
Deliver me from worry
Devil's hands is gonna strike me down
Gut me to my grave
Hello, Henry. Put the rope on him.
- Wait!
- Shut him up.
Is this is it?
Do it again.
It's the end of the rainbow, boys.
You want me to book him, boss?
We ain't gonna book him.
That horse has rid.
The great Henry Baker's gonna
die in a fire fight.
It's intimate, isn't it?
You, me and a gun.
Makes me all tingly.
You went so easy, Henry.
After everything I heard, I'm
kind of disappointed.
Are you sure we got enough?
With just the three of us in here?
I'm getting a tight stomach
about this. A real tight stomach.
- What's wrong with you?
- You know what they say...
You've been listening to ghost stories?
I don't believe in ghost stories.
You know what I believe in?
I believe in the man holding the gun.
Gas is all done, sheriff.
Good boy.
You never should have tried to be so
much. Look how hard you made things.
And you did it to yourself.
You want to say something? What?
I'm not... Henry.
You're a pathetic little man
is what you are.
Who the fuck is that?
Let's just get out of here,
boss. Let's just go.
Go out the back door and take
a position 'round the side.
If you think you can spook me,
you've got the wrong guy.
Stay in the goddamn house,
keep the gun on him, okay?
Hey, someone's out here.
Rog, can you seem him?
Come out, you yellow fuckin' Sally.
Son of a... Goddammit!
Ron! You gotta help me, Ron.
- Rog!
- I'm hit!
Shit. I'm gonna be right with you.
You got to help me, Ron.
Fuck! You, you shot my fuckin' hair off!
- Boo.
- What...
What the fuck did you do to me?
Jesus Christ.
What the fuck...
Please, don't! Please, don't...
Please, don't, no, don't. No, no.
Please, no.
Don't. Please.
I've seen you on TV,
tellin' stories about me.
You makin' me famous.
Picture in the paper.
It's gettin' so I ain't even myself.
I want to ask you something.
Who you got there in my cabin?
You don't have to do me. I'm
finished. Really. I've got nothing left.
It's okay.
I'll do him!
I swear to God, don't come in here!
I swear to God, I'll do him!
You're not my dad.
Hi, Sam.
Oh my Lord, take this road
Lay me at the bottom of the river
Devil has come to carry me home
Lay me at the bottom
Bottom of the river
Yes, sir, I was glad to see you.
Things ain't been usual.
I got this situation with my
bail. And it ain't the first.
I go back this time, it won't
be a short stretch.
I didn't mean to do you like
that, it just ain't been usual.
I've seen your picture in the
papers, you made famous,
I thought I might get a chance
at a new start.
I wasn't gonna, maybe even
gonna take it all.
I swear, I wasn't.
Your boy got big.
Get out of the car, Sam.
Wait, Henry. Wait...
I wasn't gonna say nothin'.
You know I wouldn't.
I was gonna be gone anyhow.
I wasn't even maybe gonna...
I had no other chance!
Henry! Henry, listen!
Listen, you won't understand,
they was gonna lock me up. I had to do it.
- Enough!
- I had to do it, Henry.
I had to.
Are you saying I had to kill that cop?
Do something for me.
We got so much blood together,
you gotta do something for me, okay?
There's a girl, has my kid at
the end of the River Road.
He's just a little boy, he got
nothin' in the world,
like I had all my life.
I just wanted to give him some
coins or somethin' in case...
Even if...
I know you never thought much of me.
But I always looked up to you.
I always wanted to be just like you.
I know.
Slide over, son.
We're gonna drive, Hank. And
we ain't gonna stop.
But I gotta do something first.
I'm just gonna be a minute.
Well, if anything happens,
you remember what to do?
Gun's in the glove compartment.
I'm gonna be back in just a minute.
- Don't worry about it, okay?
- Okay.
I'll tell you what,
I'm gonna get you to carry this,
and you won't know.
Take real good care of it.
I'll be right back.
You can't come in, Sam, if
you're not gonna stay.
Are you Sam's girl?
I got somethin' for you.
Come on inside.
I can't leave my kid by himself.
Let me get you a drink.
My kid's in the car.
You're Henry, right?
This is Sam Jr.
Sammy. Say hi to your uncle.
Sam told you about me?
He told me.
You guys look like twins, don't you?
Let me get you that drink.
That which we are about to receive.
We thank thee, O Lord.
What's on?
Let me get you that drink.
These are for you.
- What's that for?
- Something I owe Sam.
- Take it.
- Why?
- I mean, it don't matter.
- He told me about those coins.
What did he tell you?
They're for the kid. It's got
nothing to do with you.
There's blood on your shirt.
It's a little to do with me.
- What'd you do?
- It's over.
- What'd you do?
- It's over!
Grab him.
Dark sun rose up In the
sadness of the night
The sky was swollen in the day
Was so lonely with no light
To show love only the day time knows
Father darkness 'Cause he claimed
He put me off when I tried to speak
Well when I stay from you
All right, that's enough, boys.
Brother weakness seen my chains
Speak to tears off my pain
My son
My son, you're a lonely soldier
My son, you're a lonely soldier
My son
My son, you're a lonely soldier
My son, you're a lonely soldier
My son
My son, you're a lonely soldier
My son, you're a lonely soldier
Goodnight, you're my sweet darling baby
You're my boy, my little boy
You're the angel that I love
You're my boy, my perfect boy
You're my sweet darling baby
You're my boy, my little boy
And I love you so much
Daddy's home.
Hi, baby.
He was asking for you again tonight.
I'll go say goodnight to him.
- I love you.
- Love you.
Hey, buddy.
I wanted to say goodnight.
Did your mommy sing you to sleep?
I don't believe you.
- Okay, goodnight, buddy.
- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
- Goodnight.
Goodnight. Goodnight.
Who the fuck is that?
Yeah, I'm comin', I'm comin'.
- Are you Hank?
- Yeah.
Is your father Henry Baker?
I'm with the sheriff's department.
Can I come in?
He's been asking about you.
Your address, specifically.
We have people inside who pay
attention to things like this.
I don't know. I don't know why
he'd want my address.
I guess he wants to pay you a visit.
Did you know that he was getting out?
- Hey, Marianne. This is...
- Ron Capman.
Why, you have a beautiful home.
- Thank you.
- I'll be right up.
You live here long?
Couple years.
You put a lot into it.
- What's your living?
- To sleep.
Well, it must pay better than I think.
It's not easy, what you had to live with.
It's a burden.
- What do you mean?
- You know what I'm talking about.
Things were taken from you.
Boy should have a father.
Things were left with
you too, weren't they?
You had to keep it all this time.
You kept it, right?
You know who I am?
No, I don't know who you are.
Let me help you.
Get the fuck out of my house.
I'm just trying to help.
If you dig up the dead...
it won't end well for you.
Don't fuck with ghosts.
They've got no substance.
I do like what you've done to this place.
My mother's a drunk. They
weren't hers to sell.
If they're hot, call the police.
You don't have to be a dick about
it. You know about dead fathers?
It ain't any of my concern.
What's a couple bucks? I'm
talkin' about family here.
We sell violins, too.
I'm sorry mommy took your toys
away, but it just ain't my concern.
They're not sold yet, all you
gotta do is pay for 'em.
- What time you open tomorrow?
- 10h.
Don't sell my coins. I'm
comin' back for 'em.
- She knows what those mean to me.
- Let's go drink something.
You all get paid today?
Don't go work the bar again, Sammy.
Come on.
Tell it to the opportunities.
I take 'em as they come.
You like that? It's nice, right?
Bye, baby.
- Bye, little man.
- Bye.
- How you doin'?
- Good.
See my friend there? He's cute, right?
That's for you.
Now that it's settled, so it's up to you.
Right, you got, like, no contest.
I knew it!
There you go.
Is he lookin' at me? Is he
fuckin' kidding me?
Fuck you.
Hey! You can't smoke that shit in here.
- What's it to you?
- I don't want the contact high.
Some of us still need the pop
in our peckers, right?
- Not like you.
- Fuck you, Neal.
I've ever seen someone smoke
so much goddamn reefer.
Hey, son, you ever get your dick wet?
Or just follow your buddy around
and lick all the leftovers off of his nuts?
Let me think about that.
I fucked your mother. She's
got a pussy like an old sock.
- You probably know that, don't you?
- You're fuckin' queer.
This kid, man, I swear to God.
- You know what I think?
- What's that?
- I think you're afraid of me.
- Yeah, you shake my boots.
- Get the fuck out of here.
- That's true though, isn't it?
I make your dick twitch.
You got all these ideas about
what I do for money.
And sometimes, on a day like this,
got your paycheck beggin'
out of your jeans.
All that loneliness.
You take a look over at me and think:
"Shit. Maybe I would".
- Makes you a little scared.
- Fuckin' cocksucker.
God knows I'm trying to be someone
My vision's failing me
I live like I'm dying tomorrow
God gave me one last chance
Take all the time that I've borrowed
And make a new man
They weren't lying There's no denying it
- All right.
- Hey, hey, take it easy.
Take it easy!
Come for me
Wait up.
- How'd you do?
- Those guys got two minds.
One for fuckin' and one for fightin'.
And what have you got?
I got one, but it's not made up yet.
But you wait.
When it does, it'll be the
belle of the ball.
You're Cinderella.
Wanna come back to the house?
Mom would like to see you.
Plus, she's not such a gash
when you're around.
She just worries about you.
- 'Cause I'm a bum?
- Shut up.
Hey, you'll never be a
princess talking like that.
- See you tomorrow.
- Yeah. See you tomorrow, Cinder-elli!
Is that you?
- Baby...
- Come on.
- Sam.
- Come on, come on, come on.
- Come on.
- I fell.
I know. Okay, come on.
Gotcha. Okay, come on.
- You were gone so long.
- I know. I'm sorry, okay?
Watch your step.
Okay. Okay.
Are you okay?
You went to the bar?
I was working.
- Mom, I...
- Sammy.
No, I was...
You know I wanted to use it for...
for dad's... coins, mom.
Don't tell me about those coins again.
It's more than two hundred.
You don't need your father.
What you need is act like a man.
Especially when people depending on you.
I know.
I know.
You're my man.
You're my big, strong man.
- What are you doing?
- Nothin', I'm just...
You surprised me. Nothin', it's just...
Well, sorry, it's nothing. Please.
Leave it!
Sorry, it's nothing. Please.
Come on.
- Let's go.
- Sam.
Bad dog, shit on the rug.
No, no, no!
- Hey!
- This look like a party to you?
Get in the car.
Well, go on.
They, they're mine. Okay.
- What'd you say?
- The coins are mine.
Somebody took 'em, they didn't
have the right.
Where'd they come from?
Maybe you don't understand.
This seem real official?
This is what you might call
"extra-Caligula" for me.
It's not often I get put in
these situations,
but they bring something out of me.
I get excited.
Don't test me for feelings, Sam.
That's it, right?
You're Sam Bird Jr.
Give me the coins.
Well, come on.
Come on.
- What do you know about 'em?
- My father gave them to me.
He's dead.
You know where they came from?
It's a family thing.
Have a seat.
I thought about you and how you were doing.
You came from the bitch side of the family.
It's not your fault.
Hey. All right.
Why, he looks like your old man?
- Your Uncle Henry.
- I've never seen him.
Not even a picture?
Now, that's heavy.
Here. You can keep that.
- You know I wanna help you.
- Can I have my coins back?
Tell me about your ambition.
That's what I mean.
It's hard to fix a goal in life
when you never had a manly figure.
And the world won't feel for you.
A little guilty maybe...
but that'll only make it look away.
No, son, you want to find your
way to life...
got to lean into your own intentions.
Can I have my coins back?
Get out.
Be careful, Sam.
What happened?
- What?
- I gotta do something.
You want me to come with?
I never told you about my daddy?
Mommy said it makes you sad.
She said that?
Would you ever wanna meet him?
It's okay, it's okay.
Do you want to go for a drive?
Yeah. Yeah, let's go for a drive.
So what'd that cop say to you?
He your Fairy Godmother?
Sammy, just 'cause you got a
hard-on to play this guy's princess,
doesn't make me your damn and fuck pumpkin.
All right.
Hey. You know, Cinderella
waited for the ball.
She didn't follow around her
prince like some pervert.
Got a free man here.
Lift the gate.
I got two guns
No woman, two hundred pounds of pain
You're free to go, Henry!
I got two guns, no woman
Two hundred pairs of pain
Bag full of bullets hit me
Last thing she'd take from me
I got 22 years, nowhere to go
No other place
I got 22 years, nowhere to go
No other place
Just a head full of blood
And a belly full of shame
Let me have a beer.
This is my man!
You look good. You look...
What you do in there?
No liquor.
- Goddamn.
- This your joint?
Yeah. Not bad, right?
The guy who owns it... You
want a drink? Yeah.
Put a couple. So, the guy who
owns it got some legality.
So, I'm running it while he's away.
Seems like everybody
whippin' inside but me.
Guess I was just born lucky.
Old friends and new money.
How's that taste?
Been the sole custodian.
The liquor's basic. But the
business upstairs...
- Women?
- I ain't talkin' about cattle.
But you can brand one if you want to.
Maybe work up to that one. You
might have forgot how it goes.
Come on.
Whole town been talkin' about
you again. Like it 20 years ago.
Yeah, it ain't that comfortable with me.
- You got plans?
- See my boy.
- I always...
- What?
People just wondered, that's all.
- Yeah?
- Not me. Just people.
What'd they wonder?
That your boy kept you a secret about it.
I only say it 'cause you mentioned.
You got a friend in me, Henry.
You can count on that.
How you doin'?
Lookin' for somethin' particular?
- Just gotta make a stop.
- Can I come?
- No, you wait here. Okay?
- Okay.
Be good.
- Yeah?
- Yup.
Now I ain't seen one in years,
plenty of 'em before.
Used to be one of most popular
guns amongst criminals,
bandits and the type. On
account it's got reliability.
- Think it'll shoot?
- Well, it's a gun, ain't it?
- It's pretty old.
- She'll shoot.
That's how come its popularity.
- Pretty, ain't she?
- It's been a long time.
You wanna take her out back?
Get a little practice?
No. Just give me some bullets.
I gotta piss.
You're cute.
Where you from?
What's wrong with you?
- What's your name?
- You're weird.
Dynamite stuff.
No, really. I mean, it was, it
was impressive.
I'll tell you, there's
a subtle abuse there.
Whiskey. Bottle.
Pray ye shall keep
Devil never sleeps
Devil never sleeps
Ain't that a reversal?
Give me a whiskey.
Listen, the guy with the
bottle who just went up...
he's a friend of mine.
Think you can tell me what room he's in?
That ain't my business, pal.
Lookin' for Henry?
- Maybe.
- What's your name?
No name. You know him?
Where you from, Mr. No Name?
- From around.
- That far?
Hey, hey, hey. Come on.
I'm just foolin' with you.
My name is Carlos.
I got a firm interest in
people what come through here,
on account of I run the place.
See, we're friends now, hey?
See, I like to make things easy for people.
This can be a... a harsh world.
What's your name?
- Sam.
- Sam what?
You wanna get a room, don't ya?
Well, I'm just trying to help.
So happens that I'm the one
guy who knows which room he's in.
Could put you right across the
hall if you wanna.
Just need a name to put on the register.
- Bird.
- Hallelujah. Bird.
Sam Bird.
That reminds me of somethin'.
Or it's just got a ring to it.
I don't know.
I don't know how you got here,
but you are my valued guest.
And me, I'll be your black concierge.
We got many conveniences, but
our chief attraction's
what I call "Pussy by the Pound".
Used to be "By the Penny", but
inflation went up.
No, I don't, I just want the room.
What about you?
Or you two more the masculine types?
My God. Yeah.
Where are the coins, little brother?
You dead yet, Henry?
'Cause I had something I wanna tell you.
I want you to know about it.
You quit?
Here I am takin' up the habit,
and now you quit.
That's poetry.
I should have known better than that.
I'm gonna get it.
You must have figured that.
Then there's extra considerations
that ain't quite been settled
yet. There's your boy.
I could. It'd be a poetry.
Like I said before.
I did see him kill that cop.
Truth is, I only half made up my mind.
I always wanted to be like you, Henry.
Isn't that funny?
Me? I'm Henry.
I'm Henry.
I'm Henry.
Henry Baker.
Yeah. That's me.
Cheers, brother.
To your health.
Wonder what mama would say right now.
She always liked me best.
You reap what you sow.
You reap what you sow.
I told you I got your back, Henry.
Told you.
Wish I had a friend like me.
Sam Bird, I know what you come to do.
Come on out, you fuckin' coward!
I'm gonna say numbers and I'm gonna...
Sam, what the fuck are you doing?
Get the fuck off me for a second.
I'm gonna spend my bullets.
You understand me?
Four, fifteen, seven, three...
- Okay, Bird.
- What the fuck are you doing?
Nine, four...
I'm gonna tell you when,
you open that door.
Yes? Hey, hey, hey. Door. Door.
Fuck it, fuck.
Sam Bird...
you hear that?
- Sam... don't be nuts.
- Okay.
Fuckin' hell. Fuck.
Do it.
- Sammy, I think he shot me.
- Hey, no.
- Shit! Fuck.
- Is it bad?
No, I, no, no, no, it's gonna be fine.
Look at me, we're gonna get you some help.
Get a doctor! Somebody,
somebody get a doctor!
A fuckin' doctor, please!
- Hey.
- Hey, hey, no, no, no.
It's fine, it's gonna be fine.
We're gonna, we're gonna get you some help.
You're gonna be fine. Get a doctor!
Go get the fuckin' doctor now!
We're gonna get you some help.
Okay? Come on, come on! We're gonna walk!
Come on! We're gonna get up, please!
Please, get up. Please, get up, come on.
Okay, I got you. Hey, it's gonna be okay.
Okay? Just hold on. Please hold on.
Come on, I got you, come on!
- Quickly, I got you!
- Okay.
Come on, no, it's okay.
I'm comin' to rescue you
When you're wanderin'
Through the wilderness
I'm comin' to give you hope
I got you.
I got you.
When you're walking through the hurricane
When you're dancing on the floor
You gotta keep the faith You
gotta keep the faith
You gotta keep the faith
Okay. That's good. Okay, okay, come on.
You gotta get your pants on, man, okay?
Put your pants on, man, okay? Hey.
- Brum...
- I'm gonna die, man.
No, you're not. No, you're not, okay?
No, you're not. Hey, hey, stay
with me, okay?
Don't do that. Fuckin' don't...
- Don't, don't, okay? I'm right here.
- It's okay.
I'm right here. Please!
Please! We have to go to the hospital!
Brum... Brum, please.
Help me.
What's happening? Please help me.
Sheriff's department!
Am I the first one here?
Hey, hey.
Was it Baker?
Did you see him?
Who did it?
Was it the kid? Somebody!
Tiger got your talk, you sorry
Easy now.
Up you go.
Go on.
That's it. Nice and slow.
Remember what you said back at the cabin?
When youse talkin' about ghosts.
- God.
- You 'member?
I believe in the man with the gun.
It went just like this.
I got something you should know.
Feels like it's all comin' back.
Like before when it happened.
Listen, I...
That's how I know I'm
doin' right sometimes.
Things, they just got a perfection to them.
- Sam...
- Don't call me that.
Sam's dead.
Wait. Wait.
You know, I went to see your boy.
Wait, wait. Okay, wait. Okay.
I got 'em, I got 'em. We get
more, we can get more. We can...
Things are repeating themselves.
This is nothing. It's nothing.
We can get more.
We can get more.
Call me Henry, like you did.
I used to hear it all the time
when we was kids.
Even from...
- Say it!
- Hen... Hen...
Henry. Henry.
That's an old feelin'.
Do it again.
You're Henry Baker.
Okay, come on, Jules, bed time.
- I wanna stay up.
- I know, baby. Come on.
- You Hank?
- Yeah.
Is that you?
You'd better come inside.
- Hank?
- Hey.
- What's going on?
- Nothing.
Just a little cut on his hand,
that's all, I can...
Marianne, this is my...
Henry. This is my dad. This is Henry.
Yeah, just...
Cut this for me?
Thank you.
- Are you crazy?
- What are you talking about?
No. You need to get him out of here.
- Stop it. Just don't.
- Julian is in the other room!
- There's blood all over the bathroom.
- Marianne, I'm serious.
- That's enough.
- Your father...
- Your father is a killer!
- Don't fuck...
Goddamn it! I'm trying to protect you.
Do you understand that? I'm
trying to protect my son!
My son!
Do you know what that means?
'Cause I'm a fuckin' man!
I'm a fuckin' man, and
that means something!
What happened to your hand?
You broke a glass?
Big mess, at the hotel.
Well, that's too bad. I
thought we could maybe play a little.
Maybe you think I don't remember a lot.
But I do. I remember everything.
I got your letter.
You did?
It ain't your fault.
No, I know.
We don't start from nothin' in life.
Things already movin'...
we get all caught up in 'em.
I really missed you.
I'm so glad to see you.
You got things of mine?
All right.
Don't do it.
You could let this all go.
I'm sorry.
Is that you?
I'm not Hank.
You know it's the old man that I want.
They're gone, but I don't know where.
I'll wait.
He won't come back here.
Maybe not.
Your husband will.
It's too late now.
It's okay. Sweetie, it's okay.
I'm coming up. Don't come down.
Who's that man, mommy?
Honey, go back upstairs.
Go back upstairs, Julian.
Just don't hurt Hank.
It's empty.
I didn't wanna tell you at the house.
I kept it a long time for you.
But I had to make a life.
I just didn't think you were coming back.
Henry Baker?
I'm Sam Bird.
You killed my father. And you
took my only friend.
- Wait.
- Don't.
- It's okay, dad, I got him.
- Put the gun down.
- It's okay, I got him.
- I said, put it down!
I'm not... Henry.
Got a letter
Got a letter from the Lord
Got a letter
I got a letter from the Lord
I was a baby
Made a mother of the moon
And she loved me like a lady
Feed the devil with a spoon
Got your letter Lord I'm coming Lord
I got your letter Lord I'm coming Lord
I got your letter Lord
I'm coming Lord I got your letter Lord
Well my daddy was a little ghost
He loved me like a host And he
left me like a stranger
I got your letter Lord
I'm coming Lord I got your letter Lord
I got your letter Lord
I got your letter Lord
I got your letter Lord
I'm coming Lord I got your letter Lord
I'm coming Lord I got your letter Lord