Almost Famous by Cameron Crowe

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She speaks the word. PENNY Leslie. Russell nods. The name is out in the open. Leslie. Leslie. Leslie. Leslie. PENNY (cont'd) Leslie. Leslie. Leslie. Leslie. RUSSELL (somehow satisfied) Alright - now we're talking. But she continues, saying the name in a multitude of different ways, in different accents, and with different degrees of indifference and passion and lust and play-acting and mockdrama. PUSH IN ON HIS FACE As he listens and studies this ethereal creature for meaning. Is she mocking him?

Everybody is free and anonymous in the dark. They sing at full-volume. William looks out the window in wonder. ZEPPELIN/ALL "Way down inside... (woman) woman... you need... " The ten-ton guitar chord of Jimmy Page. ZEPPELIN/ALL (cont'd) "Loooooooooooooooooooooooovvve... " John Bonham's drums thunder through the bus, everybody still singing as they dip down into the city ahead, Phoenix. William watches the living documentary around him. He writes furiously in the green notebook, scribbling in the dark, trying to steady his writing on the bumpy bus.

Privately) Marc Bolan. Please. Other band members pass, adjusting clothes for show time, waiting in the hallway... " RUSSELL Come on, let's go. (noting kid's shyness) Both of you. 30 INT. BACKSTAGE -- NIGHT 30 House lights go down. Cheers rise. Dick's flashlight dances on the ground just in front of them, guiding their way in the dark to the stage steps. RUSSELL - get in the huddle. Russell pulls William into the band's huddle. SHOT LOOKING UP AT THEM Their band ritual, psyching together, arms on each other's shoulders in a circle.

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