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CRAZY EIGHTS

by

Kyle Travis Haupt

Student Number:214151255
kyletravishaupt2k@gmail.com
Cape Peninsula University of Cape Town
1. EXT. HIGH SCHOOL QUAD. AFTERNOON
A BOY, named DOMINIQUE HART, 17 years old wearing grey
school pants, white school shirt and school tie, with a red
hoody on top of it. He is sitting at a desk opposite
another STUDENT, named IMRAN STACKES, DOMINIQUE has just
beat him at a game of cards.
DOMINIQUE
That'll be 199 rand, 99 cents,
thank you very much, enjoy the
rest of your day.
IMRAN
(softly)
Why must you be a naai about it.
Note

TRANSLATION: Why must you be an asshole about it.

DOMINIQUE
(intimidatingly)
What you wys?
Note

TRANSLATION: What you say?

IMRAN walks away.

DOMINIQUE (CONT.)
(laughing)
Ja, that's what I thought...Line!
Note

TRANSLATION: "LINE" means "LEAVE"


DOMINIQUE then adds the money he won to a stack of bills
tied with a rubber band that DOMINIQUE pulls out of his
pocket, DOMINIQUE then puts the bills back into his pocket.
A man, named JACKAL STACKES, dressed in an expensive formal
suit, sit's down on the seat opposite DOMINIQUE.
DOMINIQUE
Name the game. How much you
playing for?
JACKAL STACKES sits there silently, staring at DOMINIQUE for a
few seconds. All of a sudden 3 men wearing expensive suits
grab DOMINIQUE, they are JACKAL STACKES henchmen. They hold
DOMINIQUE tightly, they then put a bag over DOMINIQUE'S head
and knock him out with a quick punch to the jaw and carry him
to a car that is parked outside the school grounds.

FADE TO BLACK

2. INT. JACKAL STACKES CAR. LATE AFTERNOON

FADE FROM BLACK

DOMINIQUE wakes up and is DUCT TAPED to the backseat of the


car with the bag over his head, one henchman is driving,
JACKAL in the passenger seat. The other henchmen are
sitting beside DOMINIQUE.
2.

JACKAL
Jy, Laaitie, Naaiertjie, Jy
dink sieker jy's slim, ne?
Note

TRANSLATION: You, child, fucker, you probably


think you're clever, right?
DOMINIQUE realises that a bag is over his head, he starts
to panic.
DOMINIQUE
(frantically)
WHAT THE FUCK! WHERE THE FUCK AM
I? ARE YOU JAS? HUH! HEEEEELP!!!
Note

TRANSLATION: "Are you jas" is the equivalent of asking


"Are you crazy"
JAKCAL
HOU JOU BEK, JY!!!
Note

TRANSLATION: SHUT YOUR MOUTH, YOU!


DOMINIQUE becomes more frantic, he starts kicking and
he starts trying to break the ductape by moving around
DOMINIQUE
JOU POES JY!!! HELP! HEEEELP!!!
HEEEEEELP!
JACKAL looks at one of his henchmen in the backseat.

JACKAL
(annoyed)
Laat hy weer gaan slaap, hy werk
op my poes!
Note

TRANSLATION: Let him go to sleep again, he's pissing


me off.
One of JACKAL'S HENCHMEN knocks DOMINIQUE out with a quick
strike to the jaw.
FADE TO BLACK

3. EXT. CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT. EARLY EVENING JUST BEFORE


SUNSET
FADE FROM BLACK
The car with JACKAL, DOMINIQUE and JACKAL's HENCHMEN pull
up to a very shabby and dirty looking venue. There's
graffiti everywhere, broken chairs, glass and trash that
lay outside of the venue. On the side of the building is
stairs which seem to lead to a room that is built
underground. DOMINIQUE wakes up and the bag is still over
his head, this time he's calmer.
3.

DOMINIQUE
(down beat tone)
Just dala what you's wanna dala, I
don't lis for this kak. Make quick.
Note

TRANSLATION: Do what you's want to do, I do not


have time for this. Make quick.
They all climb out of the car, JACKAL lights up a cigar,
the henchman pick up DOMINIQUE and drag him out of the car,
at this point DOMINIQUE isn't even resisting, the henchman
drag him into a building.
4. INT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT. NIGHT
As they pull the bag off of DOMINIQUE's head, DOMINIQUE has
tears running down his face with a very tough look on his
face, but as he see's the inside of the venue, he is
astonished to see that the inside of the underground
building looks amazing, it looks posh, it looks like an
expensive hotel dining room. DOMINIQUE's astonishment is
cut short by a commotion that happens in the centre of the
venue. Two men are playing a game of cards, PLAYER slams a
card down onto the table, the OTHER PLAYER moves backwards
pushing his seat back a little as well.

PLAYER
You lose!
OTHER PLAYER
(emotionally)
No!
The security guards then come and pick up the OTHER PLAYER
, the OTHER PLAYER is kicking and screaming as they drag
him to a corner in the building, shortly after another pair
of body guards brings ANOTHER PLAYER to that same corner.
DOMINIQUE watches them from the entrance of the venue.
JACKAL walks up to the OTHER PLAYER, OTHER PLAYER'S name is
RALF.
JACKAL
So I take it you need more money?
RALF starts crying

RALF
(while weeping)
I can't, I can't borrow anymore
money, I can't keep playing

JACKAL
Oh, you can play, you might not
win, but you can play those cards
RALF
No, I wanna go, I want out of this
place, I can't play anymore, I'm
(MORE)
4.

RALF (cont'd)
done, I'll pay you back some other
way
JACKAL
I'm not a patient man
RALF
I want out
JACKAL
No problem
JACKAL grabs a gun from one of the henchmen and shoots RALF
through his head. DOMINIQUE is utterly shocked by this and
panics, he tries to run out of the building but is halted
by the bouncers at the door. ANOTHER PLAYER stands up and
walks up to JACKAL.
ANOTHER
PLAYER (reluctantly
and nervously)
I...need another 300 thousand rand.
DOMINIQUE looks around frantically, he's heart beating
loudly, he's breathing heavier.
DOMINIQUE
(softly to himself)
What's going on here?
JACKAL raises his gun in the air, and starts pacing around
the venue.
JACKAL
ANYONE ELSE WANT TO LEAVE? That's
what I thought! We have some
newcomers today! Ja, we brought in
another naaiertjie that owes me
money, this one was stealing money
from my fucking laaitie!

JACKAL looks directly at DOMINIQUE.


JACKAL(CONT.D)
JA, YOU!!! Just a reminder about how
things work here, we are giving all
of you half a million rand, straight
kroon. You officially owe me that
money as well. You all will bet
money against eachother in a game of
Crazy Eights, untill you have enough
money to pay me back. The opening
wager is half a million rand, if you
have less than that, dan moet jy
saam met my kom praat, then Uncle
Jackal will just give you another
half a milli, verstaan
(MORE)
5.
JACKAL(CONT.D) (cont'd)
jy. Untill you have enough to pay me
back, en dan kan julle mah line, if
you don't lend more money.

JACKAL looks at the body of RALF, and starts laughing


hysterically and then walks away.
JACKAL
(laughing)
WELCOME TO THE HIGH STAKES CRAZY
EIGHTS TOURNAMENT. WHERE YOUR LIFE
IS THE MAXIMUM WAGER!
A GUARD walks to DOMINIQUE and puts his hand on DOMINIQUE's
shoulder, DOMINIQUE is then escorted to a table where he's
first match is to happen. DOMINIQUE looks up at the GUARD.
DOMINIQUE
(anxiously)
Sorry bru, can I use the
toilet quickly.
The guard picks DOMINIQUE up from his seat, put's him down
and escorts him to the bathroom.
5. INT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT. BATHROOM. NIGHT

DOMINIQUE rushes into a stall and starts vomiting, as he is


sitting there on his knees with his head in the pot, he
thinks back.
FLASHBACK TO: 1. EXT. HIGH SCHOOL QUAD. AFTERNOON

DOMINIQUE
That'll be 199 rand, 99 cents,
thank you very much, enjoy the
rest of your day.
IMRAN
(softly)
Why must you be a naai about it.
Note

TRANSLATION: Why must you be an asshole about it.

DOMINIQUE
(intimidatingly)
What you wys?
Note

TRANSLATION: What you say?


IMRAN walks away.

DOMINIQUE (CONT.)
(laughing)
Ja, that's what I thought...Line!
Note

TRANSLATION: "LINE" means "LEAVE"


6.

BACK TO PRESENT: 5. INT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT


. BATHROOM. NIGHT
DOMINIQUE vomits again, he looks up and thinks back again.

FLASHBACK TO: 4. INT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT.


NIGHT
JACKAL grabs a gun from one of the henchmen and shoots RALF
through his head. JACKAL looks at the body of RALF, and
starts laughing hysterically and then walks away.
BACK TO PRESENT: 5. INT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT
. BATHROOM. NIGHT
DOMINIQUE wipes his mouth with a very focused look on
his face and storms out of the bathroom. The GUARD
walking fastly after DOMINIQUE.
6. INT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT. NIGHT

DOMINIQUE walks to the centre of the venue, the GUARD tries


to stop DOMINIQUE but DOMINIQUE forces his way through.
DOMINIQUE
(shouting loudly,
it echoes through
the building)
WHO'S THE BEST PLAYER? FACE ME! IN
ALL OR NOTHING! I'LL BET ALL THE
MONEY THEY GAVE ME! WHO'S GOT THE
PLAK?
Note

TRANSLATION: "PLAK" means "COURAGE"

The whole tournament goes silent for 5 seconds. They


all look at a player in the venue called ALEZIA.
ALEZIA
(Aloof)
Let's do it.
The whole tournament goes into an uproar of
people conversating about this match.
DOMINIQUE then sits down at the table, the whole tournament
goes silent again. ALEZIA hands him the pack of cards.
ALEZIA
(Demanding tone)
SHUFFLE!
DOMINIQUE looks at ALEZIA for a while, then takes the cards
and smiles. As Dominique takes out the deck of cards, he
fumbles with it and the top and bottom of the deck fall out (3
cards) and turn over showing which cards they are. A Jack of
hearts, a Jack of spades and a Jack of clovers. ALEZIA laughs
out loud at DOMINIQUE fumbling with the deck. DOMINQUE picks
up the cards, and starts to shuffle the cards
7.

really "awkwardly".

ALEZIA
(smirking)
Lyk mah jy's net sterk gevriet.
Note

TRANSLATION: Seem's like you're all talk.

DOMINIQUE is concentrating on shuffling.

DOMINIQUE
(slightly annoyed)
What?
ALEZIA
Ek se, it looks like you're are
mah just strong face.
DOMINIQUE
Yeah, yeah, I know what
you're saying, oubrah
Note

TRANSLATION: "OUBRAH" means "OLD FRIEND" (Lit.)

DOMINIQUE (CONT.)
(softly)
23, 26, 29
ALEZIA
What you say? Maak kla jy!
DOMINIQUE continues to count softly , counting softer
and softer till he just counts in his head. He then
stops shuffling and deals out the cards.
ALEZIA
PLAY FIRST!...Wait, let me rather
explain this game to you first,
It's numbers on numbers, or suits
on suits, so you know a 3 of
hearts can go on a 3 of spades or
alternatively a King of Hearts can
go on a 3 of Hearts, 7 allows you
to play again and so does a Jack,
a 2 makes the opposing player draw
2 cards, an Eight, allows the
player to change which suit has to
be played, it can also be used as
a trump card, so it can basically
be played on anything, including a
2, the first one to "empty their
hand" wins.

DOMINIQUE
Okay, so let me see now.
DOMINIQUE plays a 2 of hearts. ALEZIA is shocked, but
smiles and then draws two cards.
8.

DOMINIQUE then plays a JACK of Spades.

DOMINIQUE
(sarcastically)
My turn again?
DOMINIQUE then plays a Jack of Clubs.

DOMINIQUE
(sarcastically)
AGAIN?
DOMINIQUE then plays a a JACK of Hearts.

DOMINIQUE
(sarcastically)
Don't talk kak? Again?
DOMINIQUE then plays a 7 of hearts and then a king of
hearts in quick succession.
DOMINIQUE
(sarcastically)
AGAIN? AGAI- Wait. I then
don't have anym-
DOMINIQUE smiles

DOMINIQUE
(smirking)
Ooooooh, I win.
The people in the venue all start cheering, the racket
echoes the entire venue. JACKAL hears this racket, he then
storms towards the centre of the venue with his gun and
fires a shot in the air, everyone stops cheering, everyone
ducks, including DOMINIQUE, the gun shot fades, there is an
awkward silence for 10 seconds.
JACKAL
Is julle dan jas? Wat gaan aan?
DOMINIQUE
I got your money.
JACKAL walks up to DOMINIQUE

JACKAL
Is that so?
DOMINIQUE
Ja, it's all here, at this table,
I beat the best player here.
JACKAL laughs
9.

JACKAL
The best player, jou naai, is me!
Verstaan jy. Take your kak money,
it's not enough.
JACKAL walks away, but DOMINIQUE stands up from his chair,
his chair falls over.
DOMINIQUE
(aggressively, demanding)
Then you play against me! Maak vir
my wys wie's jy.
JACKAL immediately turns around and rushes towards
DOMINIQUE puts his gun against DOMINIQUE's head and pulls
the trigger. The gun jams, he looks at the gun, then looks
at DOMINIQUE and pulls the trigger again, the gun jams
again, he pulls it again, it jams again.
JACKAL
(frustrated)
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!
JACKAL throws the gun away, then starts laughing
hysterically. DOMINIQUE stares at JACKAL aggressively.
JACKAL
It must be meant to be, lets play.
The people in the venue start cheering again.

JACKAL
HOU JOU BEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The venue quiets down again. JACKAL and DOMINIQUE sits
at the table.
JACKAL
So how much we playing
for, laaitie?
DOMINIQUE stares at JACKAL for a while, DOMINIQUE then
smirks.
DOMINIQUE
(smirking)
Let's make it the maximum wager.
How much is that again? Wait. What
was that you said earlier? Welcome
to High Stakes Crazy Eights, where
your life is the maximum wager.
The people in the venue all gasp. JACKAL starts laughing
hysterically, to the point where he falls off his chair.
DOMINIQUE remains serious. JACKAL catches his breath, he picks
up his chair, sits down, he see's DOMINIQUE's face and his
smile turns into a frown. JACKAL snaps his fingers and his
henchman rush towards him, JACKAL grabs a six shooter revolver
pistol from a henchman, he points it at DOMINIQUE,
10.

DOMINIQUE closes his eyes, as if he is bracing himself.


DOMINIQUE opens his eyes and see's that the gun is placed
in the middle of the table.
JACKAL
Any skip cards mean the one who
was skipped has to put the gun to
their head and pull the trigger.
Any draw twice card means you have
to pull the trigger twice, if it
is more than one double card, then
your trigger pulls are doubled,
there is only one bullet in this
gun, it's russian roullette.

JACKAL leans in closer towards DOMINIQUE

JACKAL
(softly)
I'm a mal naai, laaitie. You don't
know who the fuck you trying.
DOMINIQUE
(smiling, softly)
Kyk he.
DOMINIQUE pauses and looks around a little bit

DOMINIQUE (CONT.)
Jou poes.
JACKAL stands up, but DOMINIQUE reaches for a guards gun
and grabs it and holds it against JACKALS head, the other
guards point their guns at DOMINIQUE
JACKAL
Lower your weapons. I like
this boy's style.
JACKAL laughs

JACKAL
(laughing)
You a mal naai! You could've come
work for me! But ny, jy's mos kak
sterk gevriet. Nou wys my jy's
sterke bene.
DOMINIQUE puts the gun into his drawers, and then he picks
up the cards and starts dealing out the cards. They pick up
their cards and stare at their hand for about 30 seconds.
They then start playing cards at a very fast pace, all
while staring at eachother in the eye.
DOMINIQUE starts off playing a 3 of clubs, JACKAL plays a 3
of diamonds, DOMINIQUE plays a 10 of diamonds.
The people in the VENUE conversate about the match.
11.

ONLOOKER 1
Wow, they're not even looking
at their cards.
ONLOOKER 2
They know exactly which cards
they're going to play and
where they are in their hands.
ONLOOKER 3
They know exactly which card their
opponent is going to play.
ONLOOKER 4
They've read the game
perfectly, it's a stale mate.
JACKAL plays a King of clubs, DOMINIQUE plays a 5 of clubs,
JACKAL plays a Jack of clubs, the onlookers gasp, DOMINIQUE
is shocked as well, he looks down at the cards, DOMINIQUE
slowly takes the gun, he put's it to his head, he
hesitates, and hesitates, and then he pulls the trigger.
Click! There's no bullet. DOMINIQUE breathes a sigh of
relief. They continue playing. JACKAL plays a 10 of hearts,
DOMINIQUE smiles and plays a 2 of hearts, the onlookers
gasp, DOMINIQUE pushes the gun towards JACKAL, JACKAL
smiles and then plays a 2 of clubs, DOMINIQUE is shocked,
but then looks at his hand and see's a 2 of diamonds and
plays that, JACKAL then plays a 2 of spades, DOMINIQUE
gasps, he looks at his hand, all he see's is a, 5 of
spades, a 3 of hearts, and an 8 of hearts. DOMINIQUE then
realises something, his eyes open wide.

FLASHBACK TO: 6. INT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT.


NIGHT
ALEZIA
...an Eight, allows the player to
change which suit has to be played,
it can also be used as a trump card,
so it can basically be played on
anything, including a 2...

BACK TO PRESENT: 6. INT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS


TOURNAMENT. NIGHT
DOMINIQUE stands up and throws down his Eight Of Hearts card
really dramatically, then stares at JACKAL. JACKAL stares back
at DOMINIQUE, DOMINIQUE sits down. JACKAL grabs the gun,
JACKAL starts laughing hysterically while staring at DOMINIQUE
in the eyes, then JACKAL puts the gun to JACKAL's head and
starts pulling the trigger continuously untill the gun goes
off! DOMINIQUE see's this and starts to become dizzy, everyone
in the venue is screaming, DOMINIQUE is falling in and out of
consciousness, he catches glimpses of the events that follow
JACKAL shooting himself. He see's a riot take place, guards
getiing shot with their own guns, some of the players at the
tournament getting shot, he see's a man start throwing
gasoline all around the venue, some
12.

players pick DOMINIQUE up and carry him out of the arena.

7. EXT. HIGH STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT. NIGHT


DOMINIQUE regains conciousness as he arrives outside, he
looks around and everyone is running off with the money
that was at the tournament. DOMINIQUE dusts himself off,
and walks away from the building, as he walks away the HIGH
STAKES CRAZY EIGHTS TOURNAMENT building explodes.
ROLL CREDITS.