Film: Student Films

'A Mom and Pop Operation'

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Company

NYU Tisch School of the Arts
Michael Ren

Production Description

Casting "A Mom and Pop Operation," a scene adaptation of Sidney Lumet’s film "Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead." The scene involves two brothers, Andy and Hanson. Andy has planned a robbery, and is disclosing the details to his younger brother in the hopes of persuading him to join. However this is no ordinary robbery, as the place they plan to rob is their parents’ store. They are both in desperate need of money, and everything about it seems perfect and harmless. Will they have what it takes to pull off the job? And will everything really go smoothly?

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearses Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and Nov. 3-4 (2 hours, flex schedule); shoots Nov. 6 in NYC.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

This is a non-paying job, but actors will be provided with a copy of the film.

Auditions

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Script Sides

HANK

(to the point)

I'm in. What are we doing? And when?

ANDY

It's a jewelry store. Does this ring a bell?

Andy pulls out a notepad, and begins to draw a floor plan.

HANK

No.

ANDY

What if I tell you it's got a Foot Locker on one side and a Claire's Accessories on the other?

Hank seems to understand something.

Andy acknowledges Hank's reaction.

Andy

Yeah, that's right. You got it.

Hank is speechless, shocked. Andy ignores this and becomes absorbed in giving Hank the details.

ANDY (CONT'D)

Now, Listen. We don't want Tiffany's. We want a Mom and Pop operation, in a busy place, on a Saturday when the week's takes go in the safe. We both worked there. We know the safe combination's. We know the burglar alarm signals. We know where everything is. I figure, between the week's take, the jewelry and the cases, the vault, there's a $500,000 haul. I figure probably six. That old dumb old lady that works there, she's alone till noon. She's not going to be a problem.

HANK

Andy.

Andy averts Hank's gaze.

Andy spits out his gum once more.

ANDY

Yeah?

HANK

That's Mom and Dad's store.

ANDY

(tries to shrug it off)

That's what I said. A Mom and Pop operation.

Hank's earlier enthusiasm has dissapeared.

Andy gets out of his chair and moves around to the window.

HANK

You can't do that.

ANDY

Yeah, we can. Think about it. It's perfect. It's perfect. In and out in a minute. Insurance takes care of Mom and Dad, so they're not hurt. Right? No one's going to give a shit. After a week the cops will put it in the back of the filing cabinet.

HANK

(disbelief)

Jesus, Andy. I... Why did you even want me in on this?

ANDY

I don't know, solve everything for both of us.