No Room for Debate: This Is the Best Scene in ‘Joe Vs. the Volcano’

January 21, 2010

INT. SMALL EXCLUSIVE LUGGAGE STORE (J. RUSS) - DAY	   42.

It's as quiet as a church.  A few pieces of extremely
high quality leather luggage are on display.  The
SALESMAN, a small neat man in a quiet suit, is the
store's representative.  He's talking with Joe.  He's a
very serious, understated man.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	Have you thought much about
	luggage, Mr. Banks?

			  JOE
	No, I never really have.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	It's the central preoccupation
	of my life.  You travel the
	world, you're away from home,
	perhaps away from your family,
	all you have to depend on is
	yourself and your luggage.

			  JOE
	I guess that's true.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	Are you traveling light or heavy?

			  JOE
	Heavy.

							    (CONTINUED)
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			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	Flying?

			  JOE
	Flying.  And by ship.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	An ocean voyage?

			  JOE
	Yes.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	Ah.  Yes.  So.  A real
	journey.

			  JOE
	And then I'll be staying on
	this island, I don't even
	really know if I'll be living
	in a hut or what.

			 LUGGAGE SALESMEN
	Very exciting.

			  JOE
	Yeah.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	As a luggage problem.  I
	believe I have just the thing.

The Luggage Salesman rolls out an absolutely gorgeous
steamer trunk of dark, wine-colored leather and brass
fittings.

			  JOE
	Wow.

The Luggage Salesman opens it. It has hangers, drawers, a
mirror, the works.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	This is our premier steamer
	trunk.  All handmade, only the
	finest materials.  It's even
	water-tight, tight as a drum.
	If I had the need and the
	wherewithal, Mr. Banks, this
	would be my trunk of choice. I
	could face the world with a
	trunk like this by my side.

Joe is moved.

							    (CONTINUED)
JOE VERSUS THE VOLCANO - Rev. 6/2/89			  40.

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			  JOE
	I'll take four of them.

This is the classiest thing the Luggage Salesman's ever
heard.

			  LUGGAGE SALESMAN
	May you live to be a thousand
	years old, sir.

[Thanks.]<br><br>


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