201-“The Predators”

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Writtem Harry Julian Fink.

RICHARD JAECKEL as John Tyree
ELEN WILLARD as Girl
JAMES GRIFFITH as Marauder
LESTER MAXWELL as Tommy

ELEN WILLARD also appeared in: (The Walking Years, 1963) as Mollie Dean.
JAMES GRIFFITH also appeared in: (The Savages, 1963) as Elliott Spencer,
(The Waiting Room, 1962) as Dave Wilder.

EXT. SANDSTORM – DAY

PALADIN
Now, you may not be the man I want, but don’t make me kill you. Turn around slow.
You John Tyree?

JOHN TYREE
I am.

PALADIN
You and this country have already cost me a good horse. Which one?

JOHN TYREE
You got your mind set on it, we’d better find out. One more thing, though. I didn’t kill the marshal. Know that! I didn’t kill him.

PALADIN
I won’t try to prove it. Only the man in Texas.

PALADIN
All right, where?

JOHN TYREE
Nowhere at all, gunfighter. You done killed yourself a set of perfectly good saddlebags that cost me eight Yankee dollars in gold. And if you didn’t kill my last pint of… of water between me and the angels. Where did you ever learn to shoot?

PALADIN
In a better school than you did, fortunately.

JOHN TYREE
I don’t usually miss, friend.

PALADIN
Neither do I, and I better straighten you out on one thing. I am no friend of yours.

EXT. DESERT

PALADIN
Here. Just here.

JOHN TYREE
That’ll be dry, too. Worth one, but it’s gonna be dry, too. I gotta admire you for finding them at all. You must have some Apache blood in you. That Silmser, he was from my own part of west Texas. I liked the man.

PALADIN
I’ll bet you did. I bet you cried when you staked him out on the ground. Here. Well, Tyree…I just don’t have the inclination or the breath to offer you the water a second time.

JOHN TYREE
Friend, I could say I don’t want any. I could say that I don’t want any because if I’d have shot straight, I wouldn’t have these…these chains on my wrist. Or your company. Just my own pleasant solitude to die in, huh? I could say that. Or I could say that…that I don’t want it, because I’m too proud to be given something that, in reality, I’m gonna take!

PALADIN
You have a bad disposition… and a big mouth. Like I told you, I am no friend of yours.

JOHN TYREE
Well, I’m not beat, you understand? I’m just a little more respectful. But I am thirsty. Thanks a lot, anyway.

JOHN TYREE
Now wait a minute! You know, I saw a man do that one time down in Mexico. He come on a great big water hole about an hour later. All that sweet water, he didn’t have nothing to carry it away in. Like to see a man with a nice even disposition.

PALADIN
Come on. I’ve tracked you for six weeks through this country.
You know it just like the back of your own hand. Where are we gonna find water?

JOHN TYREE
Maybe the, maybe the Times’ place. They never have run dry there.
Or so I’m told. But you’re gonna give out before we get there.

PALADIN
Tyree.

JOHN TYREE
You don’t figure I did this.

PALADIN
Possible. Hasn’t been dead half a day.

JOHN TYREE
Well, what about Silmser? You don’t think I stabbed him in the back and did this to him.

PALADIN
Let’s bury him. I asked you a question! Did you murder a man in Texas?

JOHN TYREE
I did kill a man, but that was long ago and far away and he had a gun in his hand.
Now, will you take these chains off?

PALADIN
Yeah, there was a girl here, too. She’s gone. They probably took her.

JOHN TYREE
They?
Who are “they,” friend?

PALADIN
Marauders, maybe. I don’t know.

JOHN TYREE
The same ones that killed Silmser, huh?

PALADIN
Maybe.

JOHN TYREE
Now will you take
these chains off?

PALADIN
Not yet.

PALADIN
That’s Times’ place?

JOHN TYREE
That’s right.

PALADIN
And it never runs dry?

JOHN TYREE
So they say.

PALADIN
Get away from the rifle.
You are getting hasty.
You’ll get yourself killed.

JOHN TYREE
I could die of thirst
while you was being
too careful, too.

PALADIN
Anything in it?

JOHN TYREE
In what?

PALADIN
In the bucket!

JOHN TYREE
Well, it sure is heavy.

JOHN TYREE
That was my shot foot you dragged me in here with!

PALADIN
You gonna die on me?

JOHN TYREE
No.

PALADIN
– You still shoot?

JOHN TYREE
– Yes!

PALADIN
Friend, you wouldn’t shoot me in the back?

JOHN TYREE
Friend, if I was gonna shoot you, it wouldn’t be in the back.

PALADIN
Cover, please.

PALADIN
Just tell him to put that down
on the floor.
That weapon gives him
adult status.

GIRL
Tommy…
put it down.
Please.

TOMMY
You hurt my sister,
I’ll kill you.

PALADIN
Son, I got a man outside with a bullet in his leg.
Do you want to help me with him?

JOHN TYREE
I’m not outside, friend. I’m right behind you.

PALADIN
That’s a safe place to be,
if you’re not a liar.

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Have any water?

GIRL
No. No, I don’t.

JOHN TYREE
We’re some thirsty, ma’am.

PALADIN
If you could just spare us
a half a cup apiece.

GIRL
We got less than a gallon. It’s for the boy. Tommy.

JOHN TYREE
Mmm. Oh, that sure is good, ma’am.

GIRL
Haven’t you got any manners?

JOHN TYREE
Excuse me, ma’am.

GIRL
It’s miss, not ma’am.

PALADIN
Where’s your family, menfolk?

TOMMY
Well, yesterday, some men…

GIRL
Tommy!

PALADIN
They dead?

GIRL
They’re away, that’s all. The storm’s keeping ’em away.

PALADIN
And the Apaches?

GIRL
No, the Mongoles and the Chiricahuas water here. We live at peace with them.

PALADIN
Oh? You live at peace with the marauders, too? They water here, too?

GIRL
Not until you drank.

PALADIN
You better get off that leg.

JOHN TYREE
I’ll take the key now, friend.

PALADIN
You are a liar and a cheat and a coward.

JOHN TYREE
Just the key.

PALADIN
Not in the back.

JOHN TYREE
You can turn around, if you want to. I’m just trying to save your life, that’s all.

PALADIN
You kill me, you’re gonna protect this half girl, half woman? and that boy? You with a shot-up leg like that?

JOHN TYREE
Well…It looks to me like she’s doing all right by herself, so far.

PALADIN
I will turn around.

JOHN TYREE
Protect ’em? From what?

GIRL
Don’t you know?

JOHN TYREE
No, ma’am…uh, miss… I don’t.

GIRL
Marauders.

JOHN TYREE
Is this yours?

PALADIN
What happened?

GIRL
The well went dry. We got as much water two barrels. And we started for Fort Apache. There’s wells there…that never run dry. We couldn’t see a dozen yards ahead of us.
Then these men came out of nowhere. And some were on horses, and…and some was on foot. And they shot Tommy’s pa. I turned around and came back. I didn’t know the way
to Fort Apache. Tommy and me came back here. When they find us, or if they make Tommy’s pa…tell where we are, and they find no water…they’re going to break in here. They won’t believe we have none. Even if we let them search, they won’t believe. And they’ll kill Tommy. And me.

PALADIN
How many were there?

GIRL
Ten. Maybe 12. Bullet still in the leg?

JOHN TYREE
Yes, miss.

GIRL
Get him over to the bed and I’ll see to taking it out.

JOHN TYREE
Well, now, wait a minute, are you as good a doctor as you are a shot?

GIRL
I’m not a good shot.

JOHN TYREE
You’re not?
You almost shot my foot off.

GIRL
That’s no great shakes, considering I was aiming for your head.

PALADIN
Miss, do you have any dynamite?

GIRL
In the shed. First, get him over on the bed and shuck his pants off.

JOHN TYREE
Oh…Oh, look, miss, it’s…it’s just my foot. You don’t have to take my pants off for that. Ow.

PALADIN
Steady, friend. Here.

GIRL
Come on.

JOHN TYREE
Mm…

GIRL
I won’t hurt you no more than I have to. Take his chains off.

PALADIN
No, ma’am.

INT.

PALADIN
What time is it?

GIRL
The sun’s been up two hours.

PALADIN
I can’t hear the wind.

GIRL
It’s soft today. I think it’s the end of it. I thought they’d come last night.

PALADIN
What’ll you do? Will you stay here?

GIRL
It’s our land. Tommy’s and mine. What will we do? Where will we go? Him to an orphanage, me to what? Mister…I’ve been an orphan. Now I want to sink my roots, and raise a family, and nourish them, and them nourish me. Among the Apache, I was called Nitocuche, which means “daughter of a brave warrior.” Because my father died well defending my mother and myself. Since I was ten, and taken from the Apache, I have scrubbed floors, and made beds, and done many things which I have not had to do since coming here. And I will not do any more. I will send Tommy to the fort, and go live with the Apaches, if I can find no one with which to share my life.

P
They have come.

JOHN TYREE
Somebody… help me up. Ah. Will you take these off?

P
Not just yet.

JOHN TYREE
Just take them off! There’s six of ’em, there. Did you think I just gave her that rifle just… just so she’d be killed?

P
Here. Here. If you shoot me, friend, I’ll never forgive myself, even if it’s an accident.

JOHN TYREE
If I do shoot you, it won’t be no accident.

P
I’m going outside.

P
And you…were you really aiming at his head?

GIRL
No.
Hm!

P
Where are the others?
Dead.
We want water. Allow us our fill, and we’ll go on our way without harming you. Or yours.

P
I’m gonna ask you
three questions.
You tell me the truth
and I’ll know it.
You can haul that bucket up,
take your fill,
and go on your way.
You lie to me,
I’ll know that, too.
And I’ll kill you.
No matter what happens to them,
no matter what happens
to the men in the house
with those rifles on you,
no matter what happens to me,
I’ll kill you.

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Three questions.

P
Did you kill the man that owns this place? That’d be yesterday.

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Yes.

P
You torture him?

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Yes.

P
Did you torture and kill a Texas Ranger named Silmser?

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How long ago?

P
Six weeks. Man about 50, gray-haired, brown eyes.

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I remember him.

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Yes.

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Go ahead.

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Uh.

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There any in the house?

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Yes.

SHOOTOUT

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I’ve brought you some water.
Friend…
I don’t make many mistakes.

JOHN TYREE
You go to the devil.
Friend.

GIRL
Mister…
Send for the preacher.

P
He’s got a bad nature.

GIRL
I know.

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Then I’ll send for him.

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Ah…