Azazel’s ‘Fallen’ Narrative

Fallen (1998)

– iMDB Rating: 7.0/10

Denzel Washington John Hobbes
John Goodman Jonesy
Donald Sutherland Lt. Stanton
Embeth Davidtz Gretta Milano

Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Written by: Nicholas Kazan (written by)
Full PDF Screenplay: Courtesy of


I was seeking a film that had skipped my radar at the time of it’s heyday that I could count on to be a decent read. Well, everybody loves Denzel, right? Okay, so I chose this quite irrationally, but I hadn’t seen it & the IMDb score made it a safe bet.

I read it and it is truly gripping. There isn’t a single page in it that doesn’t leave you with a need to know what happens next, the way a thriller should be. That’s the one main issue I discover on un-produced films and drafts that need a good re-write. If I got paid for every unnecessary monologue I have read where folks are sitting around and go into long driveling sentences, where a one-liner would suffice, I’d be filthy rich. Back on point Fallen has a big fat ‘zero’.

Here’s a scene that I think says plenty about good writing. There’s a clear distinction in characters, it shows friendly office banter, while staying on point with an ongoing investigation, moving it forward to the next clue, the next scene. Three quarters of page 46, just under a minute of footage, zero wastage.


Any more on Muskavich?


Only his pizza.


(passing by)

Hitting your area of expertise, huh, Jonesy?


(turns on Lou)

Look man. Pizza is the staff of life. Without pizza and other fine Italian foods, there is no happiness, okay?

(turns back to Hobbes)

There was one slice left. Deep dish: Garlic, Linguisa and pineapple. An unusual combo, but Gina’s over in Oak Park has it as a #17. Plus there was nothing in Muskavich’s stomach, so it was the killers eats.


You’re saying the killer might be from Oak Park?

I did after my read watch the film too and it translates pretty much as it is on the page. The only small departures were unimportant. How does one decide what is unimportant? Hmmm.

Disclaimer: If you haven’t either seen the film or read the screenplay, and want to avoid spoilers you should probably stop right here. Below I’m about to outline practically everything that happens in the film.

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Oscar Nominated Screenplays

Update: Jan 2017 — Added the full nominations for the 89th Oscars.

Update: Feb 2016 — Updated Winners: Big Short, Spotlight

Update: Jan 2016 — Added the full 2015 nominations.

Update: Nov 2015 — Found: American Sniper, Inherent Vice

oscarNow that we’ve had this years academy award winners have been announced, I thought it might be an opportune time to share the nominated PDF screenplays I’ve managed to procure while trawling the internets.

Obviously I own not any of them, rights or anything, most of these screenplays were shared openly by the studios, others a simple google search away. All I’ve done is collate them & share on my dropbox.


Included Screenplays:

// 2016 – 89th Academy Awards //

/ Adapted /
Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Fences – August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Lion – Luke Davies
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

/ Original /
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Lobster, The – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou
Manchester by the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

// 2015 //

/ Adapted /
Big Short, The – Adam McKay, Charles Randolph – (Winner)
Brooklyn – Nick Hornby
Carol – Phyllis Nagy
Martian, The – Drew Goddard
Room – Emma Donoghue

/ Original /
Bridge of Spies – Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Matt Charman
Ex Machina – Alex Garland
Inside Out – Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen, Josh Cooley, Meg LeFauve
Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh SInger – (Winner)
Straight Outta Compton – Jonathan Herman, Andrea Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, Alan Wenkus


// 2014 //

/ Adapted /
American Sniper – Jason Dean Hall
Imitation Game, The – Graham Moore – (Winner)
Inherent Vice – Paul Thomas Anderson
Theory of Everything, The – Anthony McCarten
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

/ Original /
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., Armando Bo – (Winner)
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher – E Max Frye, Dan Futterman
Grand Budapest Hotel, The – Wes Anderson
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy


// 2013 //

/ Adapted /
12 Years A Slave – John Ridley (Winner)
Before Midnight – Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke
Philomena – Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
Wolf of Wall Street, The – Terence Winter

/ Original /
American Hustle – Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Dallas Buyers Club – Craig Norten, Melisa Wallack
Her – Spilke Jonze (Winner)
Nebraska – Robert W. Nelson

Missing: Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips

// 2012 //

/ Adapted /
Argo – Chris Terrio (Winner)
Beasts of the Southern Wild – Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin
Life of Pi – David Magee
Lincoln – Tony Kushner
Silver Linings Playbook – David O. Russell

/ Original /
Amour – Michael Haneke
Django Unchained – Quentin Tarantino (Winner)
Flight – John Gatins
Moonrise Kingdom – Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola
Zero Dark Thirty – Mark Boal


// 2011 //

/ Adapted /
Descendants, The – Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (Winner)
Hugo – John Logan
Ides of March – George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Moneyball – Steven Zaillian, Steven Soderbergh
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan

/ Original /
A Separation – Asghar Farhadi
Artist, The – Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids – Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig
Margin Call – J. C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris – Woody Allen (Winner)


// 2010 //

/ Adapted /
127 Hours – Danny Boyle, Simon Beauty
Social Network, The – Aaron Sorkin (Winner)
Toy Story 3 – Michael Arndt, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
True Grit – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Winter’s Bone – Debra Granik, Anne Rosellini

/ Original /
Another Year – Mike Leigh
Fighter, The – Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Lewis Colick, Paul Attanasio
Inception – Christopher Nolan
Kids Are All Right, The – Lisa Cholodenko, Stuart Blumberg
King’s Speech, The – David Seidler (Winner)


// 2009 //

/ Adapted /
An Education – Nick Hornby
In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche
Precious – Geoffrey Fletcher (Winner)
Up In The Air – Jason Reitman

/ Original /
A Serious Man – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Hurt Locker, The – Mark Boal (Winner)
Inglourious Basterds – Quentin Tarantino
Messenger, The – Alessandro Camon, Oren Overman
Up – Bob Peterson, Pete Doctor

Missing: District 9.

// 2008 //

/ Adapted /
Slumdog Millionaire – Simon Beaufoy (Winner)

/ Original /
Frozen River – Courtney Hunt
Milk – Dustin Lance Black (Winner)
Wall-E – Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Pete Docter

Will add the missing ones as & when I find them, if you find them before I do, please do share.