Eastside High

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1997
Jason C. Johansen
Del Mar Entertainment

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EASTSIDE HIGH


INT.  BLACK SCREEN                                          1

                    VOICE OVER
          I always knew I would tell this story,
          even if I didnÕt know how.  You see the
          beginning was like an end, and the end
          was like a beginning.  We were almost
          halfway through our senior year...

FADE IN:

                    SUPER:  DECEMBER, 1968

EXT. A HILL OVERLOOKING EAST L.A.  - DAY                    2

The CAMERA PANS, taking in a view of LA's Eastside: busy,
bustling, full of smog and La Mexicanada.  WE HEAR their
conversation as the CAMERA REVEALS five teenage boys.  PEDRO
PARRILLA, DAVID LOPEZ, SAL RAZO, RUDY MARIN & AUGGIE CAZARES
lie sprawled over, in and around a clean-looking '53 Chevy.

                    DAVID
          Next semester, its going to be me and
          Gloria, man.  I swear.

                    AUGGIE
               (reading Want Ads)
          That's what you said this semester.

                    SAL
               (chews gum)
          That's what David says every semester.  

                    DAVID 
          Forget you, guys!  This time I mean it!

                    AUGGIE
               (to Pedro)
          There're no jobs, Pedro.  

Auggie passes the newspaper to Pedro.

                    SAL
          I can't believe you mothers!  Except for
          Rudy, here we are, Senior A's next
          semester, and all you can talk about is
          some vieja that just shines you on.

                    DAVID
          Hey, man.  Gloria is not just SOME vieja. 
          She's fine.  

                    SAL
          She's stacked.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                      2.


CONTINUED:                                                  2

                    DAVID
          Your ass hurts!  She grew those chichotas
          over the summer.  I was watching!

                    SAL
          So what's her secret?  Does she water
          them?

                    AUGGIE
               (bites nails)
          Maybe she just massages them a lot.

                    DAVID
          Auggie thinks that things grow when you
          massage them, Ôcause we know what Auggie
          massages.

                    AUGGIE
          Que?  ....(dawns) ..La tuya guey!  You
          know you're sick, Mr. V-I-PEE-PEE.  How'd
          you ever get elected Student Body
          President?!

                    PEDRO
          Muscles and sweet talk.

                    DAVID
               (feigning)
          Afterall, I ain't got no ehgee-kay-shun,
          man!

                    SAL
          Who does?

                    RUDY
               (bites toothpick)
          Who does what, Sal?

                    SAL
          Who does have an education?

                    RUDY
          Shit.

                    SAL
          I'm going to school and I don't even know
          what I'm learning, you know?  When I was
          in the fifth grade, mi 'apa showed me how
          to tune-up the car.  In the seventh
          grade, mi Tio Enrique showed me how to
          make a table and a sofa...All this pinche
          time in high school, y que?  Vale madre!  

                    AUGGIE
          School sucks!  It really sucks.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                      3.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                             2

                    PEDRO
          Just six more months.

                    DAVID
               (overwhelmed)
          Graduation, heh-VEEEEE.  That's only six
          more months of sucking for Auggie!

                    AUGGIE
          Your old lady's chi-chitas, ese!

                    DAVID
          She doesn't have any.  She had them cut
          off.  Cancer.

                    AUGGIE
               (astounded)
          No bullshit?!

                    DAVID
          No, bullshit.  But maybe we can get some
          for you from a dog.

                    AUGGIE
          You're sicker than puke, David.  You
          belong in an institution.

                    SAL
          He is.  He's in school.

                    AUGGIE
          Well I'm breaking out in June, vatos, and
          then a little "vida loca." Right, Rudy?

                    RUDY
          Hey, loco.  Sometimes I think about going
          back.

                    AUGGIE
          Why?  You got a job, a carrucha and
          cruising money!

                    RUDY
          Puro pedo.  Like I really get kicks
          working for minimum wage at the gas
          station, ese...waiting on cars and
          waiting for my draft notice.  Que suave,
          you know.

                    DAVID     
          Hey, I hear if you stay in school or go
          to college or something, they won't draft
          you.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                      4.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                             2

                    SAL
          Simon, but how do you do that?  Have you
          ever known anybody that went to college?

                    DAVID
          Ni madre.  Maybe some of the teachers.

                    SAL
          So the question is: Which sucks more? 
          School or the draft?

                    AUGGIE
          The draft don't scare me, eh.  A lot of
          dudes get drafted.  They---

                    PEDRO
          Hijo de su madre!  
               (reads from newspaper)
          "Richard Madrid, Eastside High graduate,
          was reported killed in action while on
          maneuvers along the Ho Chi Minh Trail."
          Here's his picture.

                    DAVID
               (taking paper)
          Let me see that.

                    SAL
          Chingale!

                    RUDY
          The vato was in my class.

                    SAL
          I can't believe this.  

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

EXT.  CEMETERY  - DAY                                       3

PEDRO, SAL, DAVID, AUGGIE and a FEW OTHERS pay their respects
at the burial of their classmate.

                                        DISSOLVE TO: 

INT. RUDY'S BACKYARD SHACK - NIGHT                          4

Strewn with an old sofa, a mattress, a guitar, a collection of 
liquor bottles, car parts and junk, the smokey shed is lit
dimly by an old lamp.  A full liquor bottle adds to the
humanitarian aid THE BOYS (PEDRO, SAL, DAVID & AUGGIE)  bring
to RUDY in his time of need.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                      5.


CONTINUED:                                                  4

                    DAVID
          Hey, Rudy.  Maybe they'll send you to
          Germany, like Elvis.

                    SAL
          That was before Vietnam.

Auggie takes a swig from the bottle, passing it on to Pedro.

                    RUDY
          I hear there's a lot of smoke in 'Nam.

                    DAVID
          Most of it's napalm.

                    SAL
          Just stay away from the smack.

                    DAVID
          If the VC don't get you, the smack will.

                    AUGGIE
          Or the clap.

                    SAL
          Why don't you go to Mexico, carnal?  The
          paddies are splitting to Canada.

                    PEDRO
          I think I'd go to Mexico.

                    AUGGIE
          What a bunch of maricas!  Man, if they
          drafted me, I'd go.  This is our country,
          dudes.

                    PEDRO
          My grandfather says that war is a game
          played by politicos with the blood of
          poor people.

                    DAVID
          You know, we wouldn't have to worry about
          going to 'Nam if the paddies hadn't taken
          half of Mexico.

                    AUGGIE
          They took it?!  Where are they hiding it?

                    SAL
          Get serious, ese.

TIGHT ON AUGGIE - Befuddled.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                      6.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                             4

TIGHT ON RUDY - Crashed out.

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

                    SUPER: JANUARY

EXT. BUS STATION - MORNING                                  5

THE BOYS (PEDRO, DAVID, SAL & AUGGIE) see RUDY off to boot
camp.

                    AUGGIE                         
          Rubbers, ese.  The secret word is
          rubbers.

                    RUDY
          I hate going to the pharmacy for those
          chingaderas.  It's embarrassing.

                    DAVID
          They give them to you in the army for
          free, Rudy.

                    RUDY
          For free?

                    DAVID
          The rubbers are free, but the clap you
          pay for.

                    SAL
          That's because after they make you a
          lean, mean fighting machine, they would
          rather you died shooting bullets than
          shooting your wad.

                    PEDRO
          Maybe he won't even go to 'Nam.

                    SAL
          Everybody's going to 'Nam, except the
          rich paddies --- they go to college.

                    PEDRO
          What's in 'Nam?

                    AUGGIE
          Los Commies, ese.

                    RUDY
          Shit.

                    AUGGIE
          They look like martians, but they're
          yellow.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                      7.


CONTINUED:                                                  5

                    DAVID
          I heard they multiply by cell division. 
          That's why there're so many now.

                    SAL
          Pura madre.  Lately, I quit believing
          everything I hear about them.  I want to
          see them for myself.

                    AUGGIE
          You can't do that, ese.  They hypnotize
          you and make you torture yourself!

                    RUDY
          How could they make me torture myself?

                    AUGGIE
          When you're hypnotized, you don't feel
          any pain.  You could cut off the big one,
          and you wouldn't even know it for days!

                    PEDRO
          C'mon you guys.  We're scaring Rudy.

                    SAL
          Pedro's right, guys.  And Rudy's got to
          catch his bus.

                    AUGGIE
          So what are you going to do with your
          wheels, loco?

                    RUDY
          I've been thinking.  Of all you guys, I
          know Pedro isn't going to screw around
          with it.

                    AUGGIE
          Pedro!

                    RUDY
               (hands him keys)
          But you gotta take my jefita to the store
          twice a week.  All right?

                    PEDRO
               (surprised)
          OK, Rudy.  Gracias.

                    RUDY
          Now why don't you guys get going, so I
          can go, too.  I don't want my carnales
          watching me so much.  It don't make it
          easy, you know.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                      8.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                             5

                    SAL
          Don't give us no shit.  We're with you,
          carnal.

He gives Rudy a back-slapping bear-hug and stands off for an
elaborate 3-4 part handshake.  

                    RUDY
          Pinche Sal.

Then PEDRO, DAVID AND AUGGIE affectionately maul him.  CAMERA
favors Pedro.

                    PEDRO (V/O)
          So we sent Rudy off to boot camp and
          wondered how soon it would be our turn. 
          But at least I started the final semester
          with a car.

ANGLE ON CAR

                                        CUT TO:

                    SUPER:    FEBRUARY

EXT. EASTSIDE HIGH  -  DAY                                  6

ROLL CREDITS

The MUSIC of SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHARAOHS' "WOOLY BOOLY" runs 
over ESTABLISHING SHOTS of Eastside High as students arrive by 
car and on foot to school.  

SHOT OF P.A.  SPEAKER

                    PRINCIPAL MORTON (V/O)
          Welcome,  Eastside High students, to
          Spring Semester, 1969.  New students will
          meet in the auditorium for orientation.  

INT.  PRINCIPALÕS OFFICE                                    7

PRINCIPAL MORTON speaks into a mike on his desk.  

                    MORTON (CONT'D)
          Continuing students will proceed to their
          homerooms.  And, to all Senior A's, best
          of luck as you take on your final course
          load, and prepare to enter the job
          market.  I'm confident your educational
          careers here at Eastside High will be a
          source of pride, honor and satisfaction
          to all of you in the years to come.  

                                        CUT TO:





                                                      9.


EXT. A SERIES OF SHOTS:  ARRIVING STUDENTS - DAY            8

MUSIC RISES as the cars and variety of dress clearly reflect
East LA youth in the Late Sixties: tuck-n-roll; hydraulics;
longhairs in jeans; teased-hairs in mini-skirts; cholillos in
Pendeltons, T-shirts, khakis and hushpuppies; Jetters in Sir
Guys, sweater-vests & A-1s; footballers in t-shirts; girls in
lettermen's sweaters; bouncing pom-poms and swinging lunch
sacks.  

END CREDITS; MUSIC OVERLAPS AND ENDS THUNDEROUSLY.

                                        CUT TO:

INT.  COUNSELING OFFICE  - DAY                              9

On a bulletin board, TWO FLYERS are tacked side by side; one
announcing college entrance exams is obscured by the other,
Tio SamÕs invitation to join the army.  

Underneath, PEDRO PARRILLA waits first in a line of SEVERAL
STUDENTS to see the counselor, MRS. REDDICK, visible through
an open door at her desk with a STUDENT.  

PRINCIPAL MORTON enters, tacks a small flyer over the exam
announcement.  Morton's flyer reads: Principal Morton says
"Avoid the 3-D's...POOR ATTENDANCE =  Delinquency, Drugs,
Death.  You canÕt come to school when you're dead."

                    PRINCIPAL MORTON
          My dear students, I can not over-
          emphasize the importance of good
          attendance, because you know who benefits
          most from your good attendance?  You. 
          Never, ever forget that.  Have a good
          semester.

Morton leaves.  

NEW ANGLE

The counselor juggles some papers and her student leaves;.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          OK.  Who's next?

Pedro enters, sits and hands the counselor the paperwork.

                    MRS. REDDICK (CONT'D)
               (reads)
          Par--rilah,  Pay-dro.  One, two, three,
          four solids!  What are you trying to do,
          go to college or something?

                    PEDRO
          I never thought about it before.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     10.


CONTINUED:                                                  9

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Well, you're probably a little masochist,
          and I probably shouldn't, but here you
          are.  As for college, well, if your name
          were Jones, I'd probably encourage it. 
          But, I wouldn't want you to have to bear
          the pain of failing to meet unrealistic
          goals.  Now, if your name were San
          Pedro...ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.  

The counselor signs Pedro's program of courses.

TIGHT ON PEDRO - HeÕs not laughing.

                                        CUT TO:

INT.  TEACHERSÕ CAFETERIA  -  DAY                          10

ANGLE ON CESAR TORRES

CESAR stands in line, serving himself a cup of coffee.

NEW ANGLE

MANNY HERRERA, 47, and VP LUPE MOLINA sit at a table with
their coffees.

                    MANNY
          We looked at houses in Montebello, too,
          but we found one we really liked in
          Monterey Park.

                    MOLINA
          The lots are so much bigger in San
          Gabriel and we're getting San Marino
          schools.

Cesar comes into the shot.

                    MANNY
          Join us,  Cesar.

                    CESAR
          Thank you.  Con gusto.
               (to Molina)
          They still let you fraternize with labor?

                    MOLINA
          We're looking for a way to use student
          body funds to build an admnistrators'
          lounge.  Then I won't have to.

                    MANNY
          So when are you going to teach a Spanish
          class?  I know it's on your credential.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     11.


CONTINUED:                                                 10

                    CESAR
          I wouldn't mind teaching Spanish, but
          it's been three years since I've had a
          class that really turns me on like C.A.P.  

                    MOLINA
          'Turns me on.' Our students need basic
          skills, but Contemporary American
          Problems turns him on.

Cesar looks uncomfortable.

                    CESAR
          They also need to learn about themselves,
          their history, their present.  We need to
          show them how to think critically and
          develop their sense of self-worth.

Manny groans from stiffness.

                    MANNY
          They think fine.  But only about parties
          and dances on Friday and Saturday nights. 
          And I think I need to stretch the old war
          horse.

                    MOLINA
          The old war wounds acting up?

                    MANNY
          Thank God the weather's warming up.  IÕm
          hoping for a good hot semester; it helps
          the walking.

NEW ANGLE

As Manny and Molina leave,  JIM TAYLOR, an Anglo teacher, sits 
with Cesar.

                    TAYLOR
          Still trying to convert the old guard? 
          Could be a job for Superman.

Cesar can only smile and shrug his shoulders.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. COUNSELING OFFICE  -  DAY                             11

GLORIA RIVERA, good-looking, books-against-chest type, has her 
turn with MRS. REDDICK, the counselor.

                    GLORIA
          But I already know how to cook.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     12.


CONTINUED:                                                 11

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Oh?

                    GLORIA
          IÕve learned a few things from my mother.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Here take this to the clerk.

                    GLORIA
          But I don't need a class in cooking!

                    MRS.  REDDICK
          Oh, no?  And sweetheart,  I suppose that
          some day you'll be so rich, you'll just
          have your own personal cook!

                    GLORIA
          I can cook lots of things already.

The genuineness of her response prompts a pause, then Mrs.
Reddick's hearty laugh.  She guides Gloria out.  Bewildered,
BLANCA waits next in line.  Gloria moves on to the clerk.

                    GLORIA
          You donÕt care what I want, do you?

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Would you rather go somewhere else? 
          Next!

                                        CUT TO: 

MUSIC TRACK: CANNIBAL & THE HEADHUNTERS' LAND OF 1000 DANCES.

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY                                  12

ANGLE ON CHOLILLO  - A cool swagger with an even cooler spin.

EXT. SCHOOL GROUNDS - DAY                                  13

The school swarms with young CHICANO STUDENTS in a high school 
of 1000 faces, fronts, backs and twice as many legs.

INT. COUNSELING OFFICE - DAY   (MUSIC UNDER)               14

SAL's next;  AUGGIE sits inside with MRS. REDDICK.  Reading,
Sal seems fairly involved with a novel:  J.A.  Villarreal's
|POCHO|.  With inflated cheeks, Auggie exits, his mocking
undetected.  Sal enters, handing over paperwork.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          So, it looks like you could graduate this
          June, Sal-vah-dor.  You don't need much. 
          Let's see.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     13.


CONTINUED:                                                 14

                    SAL
          I don't want any more shop classes, Mrs.
          Reddick.  I think I've taken them all.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Well, there's C.A.P.  with Mr. Torres,
          and sewing...

                    SAL
               (incredulous)
          Sewing?  Sewing!  Cooking's closed, huh? 
          Look, do you have any classes where I
          could just read a few books, maybe like
          this one?

                    MRS. REDDICK
          What is that?

                    SAL
          It's about this man that crosses the
          border after fighting in the Revolution,
          moves to San Jose, and has pocho
          children.  It was like reading about my
          uncle and my cousins, and the police
          hassles...

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Given your reading level,  I can
          recommend more remedial reading.  But
          your folktales, like comic books and
          nudie magazines, have no place in an
          institution of learning.  

                    SAL
          If this is supposed to be a place of
          learning, how come I feel like I'm not
          learning anything?

                    MRS. REDDICK
          It's very simple.  You kids are too damn
          lazy.  We shouldn't have to be your
          mothers.

                    SAL
          Something is really wrong here, Mrs.
          Reddick.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Most certainly.  Look unto thyself,
          Salvador.

CLOSE ON SAL - He knows the problem is elsewhere.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     14.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            14

ÒLAND OF 1000 DANCES" FADES.  
                                        CUT TO:

EXT.  SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY                                 15

STUDENTS circulate between classes.

                    PEDRO (V/O)
          Mrs. Reddick probably believed all she
          said about us.  But at some point I know
          we stopped believing it ourselves.  

                                        CUT TO:

INT. CLASS - DAY                                           16

The BELL RINGS and CESAR TORRES, 35, teacher,  addresses a
class that includes PEDRO, DAVID, SAL, AUGGIE, GLORIA and
BLANCA.  

TIGHT ON DAVID  -  He can't keep his eyes off Gloria.

TIGHT ON GLORIA  -  She notices, but remains indifferent.

NEW ANGLE

                    CESAR
          It's nice to see some familiar faces
          among the new ones.  My name is Mr.
          Torres.  I teach History, I'm the faculty
          advisor to the student newspaper, and I'm
          very excited about teaching this
          particular class --- Contemporary
          American Problems.  Our Student Body
          President has a question.  David?  

                    DAVID
          What kinds of problems are we going to
          study?

                    CESAR
          What kinds of problems would be important
          for a class like this to study?

Auggie meekly motions.

                    AUGGIE
          You know my math isn't so good, Cesar. 
          You're not going to give us math
          problems, are you?

                    CESAR
          No favors, Auggie.  Here's a one just for
          you.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     15.


CONTINUED:                                                 16

                    AUGGIE
          Chale!

TIGHT ON BLANCA -  She can't keep her eyes off Pedro.

TIGHT ON PEDRO  -  When he notices, he gets very self-
conscious.

                    CESAR
          Fifty percent of East Los Angeles
          students drop out of high school.  Why? 
          What happens to them?  What happens to
          their lives?  

The students are left thinking.  Perhaps Pedro & Sal think
about it the most seriously.  Auggie calculates figures.

                    AUGGIE
          Cesar, is this a trick question?

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. STREET/ROCKY'S   -  DAY                               17

ANGLE ON RUDY'S '53 CHEVY (OVERLAP DIALOG)

With PEDRO at the wheel, DAVID, SAL & AUGGIE pack the weighed-
down Chevy, as it pulls into ROCKY'S, a drive-in hang-out on the 
boulevard.  SPARKS fly from scraping bottom.

INT.  ROCKY'S  - DAY                                       18

PEDRO, DAVID, SAL & AUGGIE sit squeezed in a booth passing
around some papers.

                    DAVID
          The dude said the school could even give
          me money.  Financial aid, I think he
          called it.  Some of it I don't have to
          pay back.  

                    AUGGIE
          They pay you to go to college?

                    SAL
          I gotta check this out, man.

                    PEDRO
          How did you find out about it?

                    DAVID
          Cesar gave me this number to call at the
          university.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     16.


CONTINUED:                                                 18

                    AUGGIE
               (mimicking)
          THEEEE university!  Que chingoneria!

                    SAL
          Shit, getting paid to go to school beats
          pumping gas, ese.

                    DAVID
          I'm not in yet.  I'm just applying.

                    SAL
          We need more applications, carnal.

                    DAVID
          Let's apply to more than one college!

SILVIA SEVILLA, a cheerful, chummy & shapely waitress arrives
with a loaded tray.

                    SILVIA
          Who gets the lemon-limes, you guys?

                    PEDRO
               (speechlessly)
          Aaaaaaaah, me!

                    AUGGIE
          I get one.

                    DAVID
          The hamburger is mine.

                    SILVIA
               (serving)
          ...And now 2-cokes and 4 fries.  I hope
          your mothers feed you at home better than
          this.
               (walks off)

                    AUGGIE
          I think I'm going to ask for cola,
          instead of lemon-lime, eh.

                    SAL
          C'mon you guys.  She's at least 21 and
          she's got a kid.  Show some respect.

                    DAVID
          How do you know?

                    SAL 
          My cousin's friend used to go around with
          her.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     17.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            18

Pedro's eyes haven't left Silvia; he's absolutely taken.  
Auggie motions to the others to take notice.

                    AUGGIE
          Pedro!  Wake up!

The guys laugh at an embarrassed Pedro.

                    DAVID
          Don't wolf on him, Auggie Doggie.

                    SAL
          Simon.  The little dude is falling in
          love.

                    DAVID
          Hey, Pedro.  Are you falling in love? 
          What's it like, carnal?

                    AUGGIE
          Do you feel holy?  

                    PEDRO
          Que gachos.
                                        CUT TO:

INT. TORRES LIVING ROOM  -  DAY                        18  19

CESAR arrives to find his pregnant wife, AURORA, painting;
furniture covered with a plastic tarp sits in the center.

                    CESAR
          I thought you weren't going to do any
          more strenuous work.

                    AURORA
          For one thing, it's not very strenuous. 
          For another, I thought you were going to
          paint this room before the new semester
          started.

                    CESAR
          I ran out of time.  But what's your
          hurry?  We've got four months before the
          baby's due.

                    AURORA
          And if they go by as quickly as the first
          four, May will be here tomorrow.

                    CESAR
          You're probably right.

                    AURORA
          How is the new semester shaping up?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     18.


CONTINUED:                                                 19

                    CESAR
          It's a little early to tell.  The C.A.P. 
          class has some bright kids.  But I've got
          so many sports writers in Journalism, I
          don't have enough assignments for all of
          them.  If I can redirect some and recruit
          a few more from the C.A.P.  class,  I
          might be able to cultivate a little more
          thoughtful expression.  

                    AURORA
          What do you mean "thoughtful expression?"

                    CESAR
          You know..a..

                    AURORA
          Yes, I know.  Auxilio, Padre Santo.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. JOURNALISM CLASS - DAY                                20

PEDRO has his nose in Pocho; DAVID & SAL read student
newspapers; AUGGIE goes through a photo file & CESAR attends
to OTHER STUDENTS in the b.g.

                    SAL
          You don't have to ask anyone.  

                    PEDRO
          I'm behind on my homework, anyway.

                    AUGGIE
          Don't be a bofo, Pedro!  The Red Satins
          are playing.  It's going to be BAD!  

                    DAVID
          How about Blanca?

                    PEDRO
          Not Blanca.  She's been bugging me since
          before Christmas.

                    AUGGIE
          Hey, check out our leading scorer.  He's
          so good, he plays with his eyes closed.

Auggie hands a still to Sal.

          INSERT STILL:  Eyes closed, David poses
          in his basketball uniform and a silly
          grin.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     19.


CONTINUED:                                                 20

NEW ANGLE

Cesar approaches.

                    CESAR
          So guys.  Who's going to join the class?

                    DAVID
          I've got baseball.

                    PEDRO
          You should help cover student government.

                    AUGGIE
          Can I take pictures?

                    CESAR
          We can show you what to do.

                    SAL
               (raises newspaper)
          You say Chicano high school students in
          Texas do this?

                                        CUT TO:

INT. KITCHEN - EVE                                         21

PEDRO enters the kitchen to find his mother (SRA.  PARRILLA)
filling plates for his father (SR.  PARRILLA) and 13 yr-old
sister (YOLANDA) seated at the table.  Pedro sits.  

                    SRA PARRILLA
          Y esto?  Tan arreglado?  You look so
          nice.

                    YOLANDA
          There's a dance at the high school
          tonight, 'ama.

                    PEDRO
          I'll need a couple of bucks, 'apa.

                    SRA.  PARRILLA
          Don't ask your father for money, Pedro. 
          Your father lost his job yesterday.

                    PEDRO
          Como!?

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          It's OK.  I'll give you a dollar, hijo.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     20.


CONTINUED:                                                 21

                    SRA PARRILLA
          Fifteen years at the factory, and now? 
          30 days notice!  Increible!

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          And it's just the Mexican workers being
          laid off, a lot of veteranos who were
          hoping to cash in on their pensions.

                    YOLANDA
          How chicken!

                    PEDRO
          So what will you do, 'apa?

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          I'll have to look for another job, hijo.  

                                        CUT TO:

INT. SCHOOL GYM  -  NIGHT                                  22

A Valentine's Dance swings to the sounds of CHRIS MONTES'
"LET'S DANCE."  PEDRO, DAVID and SAL weave through the crowd
of students to check out the action: Sal, cooly acknowledges
acquaintances and slaps a few hands; David, oozing charm and
smiles, shakes a few hands and slaps a few backs; and Pedro,
uncomfortable, awkward, but gracious.

ANGLE ON MRS. REDDICK

SAL approaches her.

                    SAL
          Mrs. Reddick!  I need to change a class!

                    MRS. REDDICK
          What do you want to drop?

                    SAL
          Cooking.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          What do you want to add?

                    SAL
          Journalism

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Get serious.  

                    SAL
          But the lady's not teaching me anything! 
          I'd rather learn a little journalism and
          get my cookies from a girl scout.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     21.


CONTINUED:                                                 22

                    MRS. REDDICK
          With your reading level, you should stay
          in Cooking.  IÕm sure Journalism doesnÕt
          want you.  Oh, but can you imagine if
          they ship you overseas next year and they
          assign you to the kitchens?  God save our
          soldiers.

ANGLE ON - A dancing BLANCA who spots PEDRO.

                    BLANCA (yells)
          Pedrito!

Pedro notices and timidly waves.

                    BLANCA
          Don't forget!  We're going to dance!

Pedro nods and gestures "in a little while" with his hand.  
Sal and David are amused.
                                        CUT TO:

INT. RESTROOM  - NIGHT                                     23

PEDRO, DAVID and SAL take leaks and "touch up." 

                    PEDRO
          Maybe if Blanca wasnÕt such a loca.

                    DAVID
          OK, camaradas, a la conquista like Aztec
          warriors, eh.

                    SAL
          But they lost, loco.

                    DAVID
          Lost what?

                    SAL
          Everything!

                    DAVID
          Oh... I knew that.  Pedro didn't.  

As the boys exit, Pedro still combs his hair.  Less than
satisfied with his looks, he sighs with resignation and goes
out.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. GYM/DANCE - NIGHT                                     24

The MUSIC of SONNY AND THE SUNLINERS' "TALK TO ME" brings
embracing couples to the dance floor.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     22.


CONTINUED:                                                 24

ANGLE ON ENTRANCE - as GLORIA arrives with an WELL-
PROPORTIONED DATE.

ANGLE ON DAVID   

Surprised at seeing Gloria with a date, he stops momentarily.  
PEDRO bumps into him from behind; seeing Gloria and her date,
Pedro can't help laugh --- until BLANCA taps his shoulder.

                    BLANCA
          Ay, Pedrito.  Where have you been?  I've
          been looking all over for you!

ANGLE ON SAL 

Visably affected by the counselor, he roams the gym.

ANGLE ON GLORIA & DATE

GLORIA'S DATE leaves to hang up her coat and get some punch.  
DAVID wastes no time moving in.

                    DAVID
          You know, this could be the last chance
          we'll ever have to dance!

                    GLORIA
               (unfazed)
          Could be.  When my date gets back it'll
          be your culito.

                    DAVID
          Well, that's better than being killed by
          a Vietnamese.

                    GLORIA
          What are you talking about?

                    DAVID
          I'm being drafted.

                    GLORIA
               (w/genuine concern)
          Oh, no!

ANGLE ON PEDRO AND BLANCA  -  In a bear-hug grip, she moves
his breathless body around the floor.

ANGLE ON GLORIA'S DATE  - as he checks in her coat.

ANGLE ON GLORIA & DAVID - They're dancing.

                    GLORIA
          You're taking this very well.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     23.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            24

                    DAVID
          Well, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta
          do!

                    GLORIA
          You're so brave.

David beams.

ANGLE ON GLORIA'S DATE  - He waits in the punch line.

ANGLE ON BLANCA AND PEDRO  -  Dancing.

                    BLANCA
          Ay, Pedrito.  You're just not like the
          other guys.

                    PEDRO
          I'm not?

                    BLANCA
          Ay, no!  Most guys are either mendigos,
          babosos or animales.  You?  You're nice. 
          You're polite.

                    PEDRO
          I am?

                    BLANCA
          You're cute.  A real chulo.

                    PEDRO
          Oh?

                    BLANCA
          Ay, Pedrito.  You know what I'm going to
          do?

                    PEDRO
          What?

                    BLANCA
          After this dance I'm going to pin you and
          make you my Valentine!

                    PEDRO
          You are?

ANGLE ON ENTRANCE - SAL 

He evaluates his in-coming prospects when he spots AUGGIE
outside approaching the door.  

He leans out and around a GOLIATH RENT-A-COP with lumberjack-
arms.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     24.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                            24

                    SAL
          Hey, Auggie!  Were you sleeping?  Nobody
          answered your door.

                    AUGGIE
          Hey, vato!  I'm awake now!  Where are the
          women?

ANGLE ON GLORIA AND DAVID  -  Still dancing.

                    GLORIA
          OK, OK, but not tonight.

                    DAVID
          Why not?  Tonight's a good night.

                    GLORIA
          I came with him and I think I should
          leave with him.  Besides, the "being
          drafted" was a good act, but nobody gets
          that lucky.

"TALK TO ME" ends and David politely leaves, seen by GLORIA'S
DATE returning with cups of punch in each hand.  David picks
up some bad vibes as THE BLENDELLS' HUGGIE'S BUNNIES increases 
the tempo.

ANGLE ON BLANCA AND PEDRO 

At the punch line Pedro pays his dimes, hands one cup to
Blanca and keeps one for himself.

                    BLANCA
               (displays Valentine)
Isn't it cute! IÕm thinking of 
taking the journalism class!

                    PEDRO
          It's a little heart.  You are?

                    BLANCA
          I have to find a pin.  Don't go away!

                    PEDRO
               (quesy)
Blanca, I donÕt think---I think I 
have to go---to the restroom.

                    BLANCA
          OK, but don't be long.  I'll meet you
          right here.  Are you OK?

                                        CUT TO:





                                                     25.


INT. BOY'S RESTROOM                                        25

PEDRO finishes heaving over a toilet in a stall, takes some
toilet paper and wipes his mouth.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. GYM DANCE FLOOR/ANGLE ON PEDRO                        26

He bumps into David    

                    PEDRO
          You gotta help me ditch Blanca, man.  If
          I let her pin me, I'm gonna be stuck with
          her all night!

                    DAVID
          Pinche Pedro!  

                    PEDRO
          You gotta help me, David!

                    DAVID
          All right!  All right!  It's time to
          split anyway.

They make for the door as the PULSATING BASS of "HUGGIE'S
BUNNIES" intensifies.

ANGLE ON GLORIA'S DATE - He surveys the crowd for David.

ANGLE BLANCA - with pin in hand, a love-smitten and determined 
stalker.

ANGLE ON ENTRANCE

SAL & AUGGIE argue with MRS. REDDICK, The Counselor and the
goliath RENT-A-COP.

                    AUGGIE
          Hey, man.  It's cool.  I really don't
          want to go in anyway.

                    SAL
          This is bullshit, man!  You know he's not
          going to start any hassles!  He's my
          neighbor.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          He can come in if he has his student I.D. 
          I don't make the rules.

DAVID & PEDRO emerge from inside.

                    DAVID
          Come on, you guys.  Let's split.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     26.


CONTINUED:                                                 26

                    SAL
          Wait a minute man!

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Are they friends of yours, David?

                    DAVID
          Yes, Mrs. Reddick.  They are.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Get'em out of here before I have them
          arrested.

                    SAL
          You know he's a student.  You're chicken
          shit, lady!

                    MRS. REDDICK
          What?

                    DAVID
          Hey, shut up!  We're going!  We're going!

                    AUGGIE
          Later, two-ton.  We're gonna go see your
          mama in the zoo.  Hey, who's got the
          peanuts?

David muffles Auggie, as the Mrs. Reddick moves quickly to
grab Auggie by the hair and lay a slap across his head that
sends him sprawling.  

ANGLE ON GLORIA'S DATE

He peers out the door, spots David and comes out.

NEW ANGLE 

                    SAL
          You didn't have to do that!

                    MRS. REDDICK
          You kids could learn a little respect.

                    SAL
          Respect goes two ways, lady.

At the counselor's side,  the Rent-a-Cop steps aside to
menacingly flex his massive arms.  He lands an elbow to the
nose of GLORIA'S DATE coming from behind to confront David.  
Gloria's Date struggles up and staggers off.  Sal, Pedro &
David back off.  A stunned Auggie rejoins the group.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     27.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            26

                    DAVID
          Hey, we're going alright?  We don't want
          hassles.  Right guys?

The guys back away cautiously.

NEW ANGLE

                    AUGGIE
          The ruca belongs on Roller Derby.

                    SAL
          Happy Valentines Day,  Mrs.Reddick.  We
          love you and we just love the way you
          treat us.

                    AUGGIE 
               (rubs ear/shakes head)
          What did you say, Sal?

Mrs. Reddick ignores Sal's last remark and goes inside.

                    PEDRO(V/O)
          Somehow things never seemed the same
          again.  Because the next day, Sal took us
          to a rally at the Union Hall...

                                        CUT TO:

INT. UNION HALL - NIGHT                                    27

The hall is packed with MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, GRANDPARENTS &
STUDENTS in a highly-charged atmosphere.  On stage, a skit
progresses.  In the style of guerrilla theater, a sign
establishes the group of exaggerating performers as TEATRO
ESTUDIANTIL and the set as "High School."  A placard and a
white mask identifies an abnoxious TEACHER, who stands before
SEVERAL STUDENTS taking roll.  PEDRO, AUGGIE, DAVID, and SAL
together.  In the audience we recognise GLORIA and BLANCA, who 
wonÕt look PedroÕs way.

INTERCUT AMONG AUDIENCE                                        

                    TEACHER
          Ramirez.

                    RAMIREZ
          Here.

                    TEACHER
          Your first name, Ramirez?

                    RAMIREZ
          Francisco.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     28.


CONTINUED:                                                 27

                    TEACHER
          We'll go with Frankie.

                    RAMIREZ
          It's Francisco, teacher.

                    TEACHER
          You'll get used to it, Frankie.  Unless
          you prefer "Cisco." Or "Sissy." Ha-ha-ha-
          ha!

NEW STUDENT enters.

                    TEACHER (CONT'D)
          You're late.  What's your name?

                    STUDENT
          De la Cruz.  Jesus de la Cruz.

                    TEACHER
          Gee-zus?  Gee-zus of the cross?  And I
          suppose your mother is the Virgin Mary?
               (laughs hysterically)
          And your father's a carpenter!

                    JESUS
          My mother's name is Maria Virginia de la
          Cruz, and my father's name is Jose, and
          he works in construction, teacher burlon
          tapado.

                    TEACHER
               (indignant)
          Are you serious?  I swear to God, nothing
          is sacred!  You Mexicans have no respect
          for religion.  I should name my kid, God.
               (beat)
          Take a seat, boy, there's one in back.

                    JESUS
          You can call me Chuy.

                    TEACHER
          Chewy?  Sounds like something one would
          say about a candy bar.  Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha. 
          Just take your seat.  This is Home Room
          Orientation.  I'm your your home room
          teacher, Mr. White, and on occasion I'll
          be your counselor, your mother and your
          babysitter.  Comprendy?  For most of you
          boys, we'll get to know each other real
          well, since I teach auto shop, too. 
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     29.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            27

                    TEACHER (Cont'd)
          That is, of course, unless you can't cut
          it, and you drop out, which about half
          of you will anyway.  In high school we
          don't have MR programs like you've been
          used to.   

                    MALE STUDENT
               (raising hand)
          Mr. Gabacho---I mean, Mr. White?

                    TEACHER
          Yes?

                    MALE STUDENT
          I really don't want to take auto shop.

                    TEACHER
          Oh, really?  A choosy beggar here! 
          That's why this country has welfare
          programs.  You'll have more time to make
          your babies and the government will pick
          up the tab.  What a wonderful country.  

                    DIFFERENT STUDENT
               (stands & salutes)
          El USA!  Red, blue and WHITE!

                    MR. WHITE
          Good, you've learned something already.

                    FEMALE STUDENT
          Mr. White, I'd like to take auto shop.

                    TEACHER 
               (laughs)
          Sweetheart, prepare yourself for the
          future.  This isn't kindergarten; you're
          almost an adult.  If you girls think
          you'll have time to work AND make babies,
          take advantage of the excellent
          homemaking classes this school has to
          offer, and you'll have a better chance of
          getting jobs as maids and cooks.  

                    DIFFERENT FEMALE STUDENT
          Gee, Teacher, I've always dreamed of
          making gabacho cochinadas.

                    TEACHER
               (reassuringly)
          Sounds a little exotic, but that's the
          spirit.

The BELL RINGS.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     30.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                            27

                    TEACHER (CONT'D)
          Before you leave, let me welcome you once
          again to Eastside High.  I know many of
          you won't last the year, so remember
          this: I still get paid whether or not you
          learn anything.  It's not my problem;
          it's YOURS.  Dismissed!

The hammy performers stand, take their bows and exit to an
applause that accelerates into a Chicano clap.  ONE sporting a 
beret, comes to the podium clapping.

                    ACTOR                  
          Que viva el Teatro Estudiantil!

                    CROWD
          Que viva!

                    ACTOR
          Chicano!

                    CROWD
          Power!

                    ACTOR
          Chicano!

                    CROWD
          Power!

                    ACTOR
          Que viva la raza!

                    CROWD
          Que viva!

SAl participates.  PEDRO, DAVID and AUGGIE look a little
overwhelmed.

                                        CUT TO:
EXT. ROCKY'S - DAY                                         28

DON & JUAN'S "WHAT'S YOUR NAME" runs under an establishing
shot of Rocky's.  The CAMERA MOVES IN revealing an
inconspicuous 'HELP WANTED' sign in the corner of a window.

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ROCKY'S - DAY                                         29

PEDRO, DAVID, SAL and AUGGIE sit at a table.

                    AUGGIE
          You know, I think that play had a
          message, man.  It was funny.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     31.


CONTINUED:                                                 29

                    SAL
          Like high school is real funny, eh.

                    DAVID
          SomethingÕs funny.

                    PEDRO
          Like the way they treat us.

                    SAL
          ThatÕs it!  ThatÕs the message!

                    DAVID
          How to keep a Mexican down without really
          trying?

                    SAL
          TheyÕre not going to change!

                    DAVID
          Of course theyÕre not going to change!

                    PEDRO
          We have to change.

                    SAL
          Simon!  TheyÕll do it to us until we stop
          letting them.  I could feel it!  It just
          hadnÕt reached my brain yet.IÕm going to
          write a letter for the student paper. 
          And I want you to help me.

                    PEDRO
          Me?  You're the one with all the
          complaints.  

                    DAVID
          You're the one that gets good grades in
          Composition, ese.

                    PEDRO
          But I've never written anything like
          that.

                    DAVID
          Nobody'll read it anyway.  The teachers
          don't care.

                    SAL
          Maybe.  Maybe not.  But how many students
          will read it?

Ideas and glances flash around the table.  SILVIA arrives with 
coffee.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     32.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            29

                    SILVIA
          Here you are guys.Four lemon-limes.

                    PEDRO
               (uncomfortably)
          Gracias.

                    AUGGIE
               (indicates tag)
          Another Silvia!

                    SILVIA
          Another Silvia.  It saves on name tags.

                    AUGGIE
               (turns on charm)
          Silvia, these are my camaradas, Pedro,
          David, Sal and my name is Auggie.

The guys nod.
                    PEDRO
               (weakly)
          Hi.

                    SILVIA
          Silvia Sevilla.  A sus ordenes.  

                    AUGGIE
          Silvia, Pedro's too shy to ask, but he
          wants to know if you can give him a job.

                    SILVIA
          He can talk to the boss tomorrow.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. ROCKY'S - DAY                                         30

Next day PEDRO stands before the "Help Wanted" sign in the
window.  He gathers his courage and goes in.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT.  VARIOUS - DAY                                        31

A SERIES OF STILLS of modern school facilities.

                    SAL (V/O)
          Everything's so new!  Even  a covered
          lunch area.  Nice.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     33.


CONTINUED:                                                 31

                    CESAR (V/O)
          Most of the schools outside black and
          Chicano areas get more money, not just
          for construction, but equipment,
          supplies, you name it.

                    PEDRO (V/O)
          Do they have as many students?

                    CESAR (V/O)
          They don't have the overcrowding problems
          that we do.

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

INT. TORRES LIVING ROOM - DAY                              32

PEDRO, DAVID, AUGGIE, CESAR sit around the living room.  SAL
sits on the floor at the coffee table with pen and paper.  
They share the snapshots.

                    SAL
          It's the pinche counselors, too.  If I
          want to take a class that's not sone
          Mickey Mouse chingaderas like shop, the
          vieja tells me, 'I don't think you'lldo
          very well in that class, afterall, you
          people work better with your hands.'

                    AUGGIE
          You should've showed her what you can do
          with your hands, eh!  I would've!

                    SAL
          No jodas!  You're the dude that thinks
          chi-chis grow bigger if you massage them.

                    AUGGIE
          I've seen books, ese.  I've seen books! 
          They use three fingers, like pinche
          boyscouts.

                    DAVID
          I told Old Lady Reddick I was going to
          take what I wanted and if I screwed up,
          it was my ass.

                    AUGGIE
          She's the one who told Rudy he couldn't
          learn anything if he tried, so why come
          back.  

                    PEDRO
          Is that when he dropped out?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     34.


CONTINUED:                                                 32

                    AUGGIE
          He didn't drop out!  It was fifteen
          months of Christmas Vacation, ese.

                    DAVID
          Hey, I gotta split.  I told my jefito I'd
          wash the car.

                    SAL
          Man, I'm never gonna finish this thing.

                    DAVID
          You can do it!  Cesar will help you;
          Pedro is staying.

                    AUGGIE
          I'll stay and help you, ese.  I know all
          about how school don't teach us nothing.

TIGHT ON SAL - Unimpressed,  but smiles.
                                        CUT TO:

INT. ROCKY'S  -  DAY  (OVERLAP DIALOG FROM NEXT SCENE)     33

Working as a busboy, PEDRO gracelessly hustles picking up
dishes, wiping tables and narrowly missing a customer.  

ANGLE ON SILVIA  -  She watches with amusement.

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

INT. ROCKY'S/KITCHEN - NIGHT                               34

School paper in hand, SILVIA finishes reading Sal's piece as
PEDRO skoots in with a tray of dirty dishes.

                    SILVIA
          'Ultimately, the faculty and administra-
          tion of Eastside High would rather see us
          drop out at the rate of 50% and go die in
          Vietnam, than teach us to read, write and
          improve the quality of life for
          ourselves.  Afterall, we're Mexican and
          expendable, and they're glad they're
          not.'
               (pauses)
          He tells it like it is.  I wish I had
          realized that before I dropped out.  I
          wouldn't be playing 'catch-up' now.  

                    PEDRO
          What do you mean?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     35.


CONTINUED:                                                 34

                    SILVIA
          It took me two years to get my diploma in
          night school!  I would have had more
          college credits by now.

                    PEDRO
          You're going to college?

                    SILVIA
          Just East L.A.J.C.  right now.  But in a
          couple of years I'll be able to transfer
          to State.

                    PEDRO
          Really?

ROCKY, the pot-bellied owner, passes through.

                    ROCKY
          We got customers.  That means money and
          that means I can pay you.  Get the
          picture everybody?

                    PEDRO
          Yes, sir.

                    SILVIA
               (aside to Pedro)
          You think I want to work here all my
          life?

The two exchange smiles and get back to work.

                                        CUT TO:

INT.  PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE  -  DAY                           35

The school principal, TOM MORTON, cooly drops a copy of the
student newspaper on his desk.  With the VP, LUPE MOLINA, as
witness, Morton has CESAR on the grill.

                    MORTON
          Freedom of Speech, my ass!  This is an
          offensive malignment of myself and this
          institution's faculty by some bean-brain
          student who's never had better than a "C"
          in any class he's ever taken!

                    CESAR
          I'm a little unclear, Mr. Morton.  Are
          you concerned about the academic
          credentials of the student or the
          legitimacy of the points he makes?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     36.


CONTINUED:                                                 35

                    MORTON
          Legitimacy!?  What legitimacy!?  Let's
          call a spade a spade, Mr. Torres.  This
          student has a serious case of sour
          grapes.  He can't cut it, so he blames
          the school.  Does the student really
          believe we'd rather have him die in some
          rice paddie?  Hell, these kids are
          killing themselves in their own streets
          every night!  

                    CESAR
          Mr. Morton, the community has some
          serious problems.  One is gang violence. 
          Another is a school capable of graduating
          only half of each freshman class coming
          through its doors.  But I don't suppose
          you see any relation.  

                    MORTON
          We have had high dropout rates among the
          schools with Mexicans and Negroes for
          more than the 20 years I've been with the
          district.  You draw your own conclusions,
          Mr. Torres, you're Mexican.

                    CESAR
          What are you trying to say, Mr. Morton?

                    MOLINA
          What he's trying to say Cesar, is
          something we both know.  Our students are
          not ah--- academically inclined.  They're--

                    CESAR
          Lazy?  Retarded?!  Why not?  They've been
          hearing it all their lives.  Thank God,
          they're not stupid, or they'd believe all
          of it.  

                    MORTON
          Look, enough said.  I don't want to see
          a repeat of this kind of thing.  It leads
          to bad feelings all the way around.  Your
          colleagues are outraged.

                    CESAR
          But Mr. Morton---

                    MORTON
               (calm but firm)
          MISTER Torres.  I don't think I need to
          remind you that I know you had some
          problems at the last school you were at. 
          I don't want any problems here.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     37.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            35

                    CESAR
          May I just say one thing?

                    MORTON
          There is nothing left to say, Mr. Torres. 
          Except maybe answering this question. 
          Are you a troublemaker?

                    CESAR
          No, sir.

                    MORTON
          Fine, let's keep it that way.  Now don't
          you have a class to attend to?

                    CESAR
          Yes, sir.

                    MORTON
          Then attend to it and let's put this
          unfortunate incident behind us.

                                        CUT TO:

INT.  SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY                                 36

SAL walks through the hallway, receiving back slaps, hand
shakes and head nods from congratulatory STUDENTS.  The
attention is new to him, but he manages a few smiles.  PEDRO,
DAVID & AUGGIE stand outside a class looking on.  As VP MOLINA 
comes by,

ANGLE ON MOLINA   -  An icy stare for Sal.

CLOSE ON SAL - Uncomfortable, but tries to ignore it.

ANGLES ON PEDRO, DAVID & AUGGIE  - exchanging glances.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. TEACHERS' CAFETERIA  -  DAY                           37

With a cup of coffee CESAR sits down with teacher JIM TAYLOR.  
ANOTHER TEACHER approaches, throwing a copy of the student
paper on the table in front of Cesar.

                    TEACHER #2
          Your rag reached new lows this week,
          Torres.  I'm placing a stack in all the
          toilets.  Such diatribe has to be good
          for something.

The teacher walks out with a couple of OTHER TEACHERS, all
generous with their icy stares.  Taylor looks embarrassed.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     38.


CONTINUED:                                                 37

                    TAYLOR
          So much for freedom of speech.

On his way in, MANNY HERERRA meets them at the door and
immediately senses a problem.  

                                        CUT TO:

INT. TORRES LIVING ROOM - DAY                              38

With a tray of punch in paper cups and CESAR'S help, the
pregnant AURORA circulates through a room packed with
STUDENTS, including PEDRO, AUGGIE, SAL, DAVID and GLORIA in
the middle of a meeting on a Saturday afternoon.  

                    STUDENT #1
          Sometimes I think the counselors and the
          teachers LIKE to make me feel stupid.

                    PEDRO
          And then they ask you why you don't come
          to class when they really don't want you
          there anyway.

                    GLORIA
          Cesar's is the only class I ever really
          want to go to.  How come we don't have
          more teachers like Cesar?

                    STUDENT #2
          Simon!  We need more teachers like Cesar.  

                    SEVERAL
          Yeah!  Simon!  Good question!

                    CESAR
          Well, the answer is simple, but the
          solution isn't.  There aren't enough of
          us going to college to become teachers.  

                    AUGGIE
          How come, eh?

                    SAL
          Because there aren't enough of us
          graduating from high school prepared to
          do anything besides work at a gas
          station.

                    AUGGIE
          And pumping ethel really sucks, man!

There's laughter from a few students.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     39.


CONTINUED:                                                 38

                    CESAR  
          Now that doesn't mean we have to wait
          until all of you graduate from college
          before we get more Mexicano teachers. 
          There are a few out there, but principals
          have to do some recruiting.

                    DAVID
          How do we get them to do that?

                    SAL
          I think we need a petition.  We can offer
          some solutions and present them to the
          administration.

                    DAVID
          How about the School Board?

                    AUGGIE
          Hit them both!  
               (thinks further)
          Shit, send it to the governor!  The
          pinche President!

                    SEVERAL
               (a few laughs)
          Simon!  Yeah, the President!

                    DAVID
          So who's going to write it?

                    SEVERAL
          Cesar!  Cesar should do it!

                    CESAR
          No, no, no.  This is YOUR petition. 
          These are YOUR demands.  Sal did a good
          job with the letter; may be he can handle
          it.  Sal?

                    PEDRO
          It was Sal's idea.

                    SAL
          Well, I ---

                    SEVERAL
          Do it, Sal!  Do it!

                    SAL
          I'm going to need some help.

                    CESAR
          You'll get help.  Right David?  Pedro?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     40.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            38

                    DAVID
          No problem.

                    PEDRO
          I guess so.  But what if they don't read
          it?  Or they ignore it?  Then what?  

                    CESAR
          You cross that bridge when you come to
          it.  Right now, I only agreed to help two
          or three of you with your college and
          financial aid applications.  The next
          thing I know, I've got a house full of
          students and there's nothing but this
          fuchi Fruity-Rooty-Tooty to drink!  

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. ROCKY'S  -  NIGHT                                     39

The light on the sign goes off; it's closing time.  MUSIC
TRACK: CHRIS MONTES' "CALL ME."

EXT. BACK ENTRANCE  - NIGHT                                40

Bundling up, SILVIA and PEDRO exit.  ROCKY follows, locking
the door and setting the alarm.

                    SILVIA
          G'night.

                    PEDRO
          G'night.

                    ROCKY
          G'night everybody.

                    SILVIA
          G'night, Pedro.

                    PEDRO
          G'night, Silvia.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. DOWN THE STREET  - NIGHT                              41

PEDRO walks with his hands stuffed in his pockets as a VW
pulls up beside him.  It's SILVIA.

                    SILVIA
          How far do you have to walk?

                    PEDRO
          Over by Lorena and the freeway.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     41.


CONTINUED:                                                 41

                    SILVIA
          Come on.  Get in.

                    PEDRO
          It's OK.  I don't mind walking.  It's not
          that far.

                    SILVIA
          But it IS late.  So get in!

Pedro gets in the car.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. SILVIA'S CAR  -  NIGHT                                42

Chris Montes plays on the radio.

                    SILVIA
          I thought you had a car!?

                    PEDRO
          It's my friend Rudy's and tonight I
          loaned it to my other friend, David.  But
          I'm used to walking anyway.  

                    SILVIA
          As long as you don't get jumped.  

                    PEDRO
          Sometimes I run.  

                    SILVIA
          That helps.

                    PEDRO
          I mean for the practice.  I've never been
          chased.

                    SILVIA
          Oh, I have.

                    PEDRO
          Y?  What happened?

                    SILVIA
          They sent him to Vietnam as a specialist.  
               (laughs)

                    PEDRO
          Why are you laughing?  Pura madre?

                    SILVIA
          No.  It's true.  I guess I just can't
          believe it myself sometimes.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     42.


CONTINUED:                                                 42

ÒCALL MEÓ FADES.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. PARRILLA LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                          43

The TV buzzes with a TEST PATTERN and WE HEAR a VW drive off.  
PEDRO walks through, his FATHER asleep in the arms of his
snoozing WIFE on the couch.

                                        CUT TO:

                    SUPER:  MARCH

INT. TORRES LIVING ROOM  -  DAY                            44

CESAR and AURORA stretch and do light exercise with some
effort.

                    AURORA
          Cesar, I think you should stop having
          your mass tutoring sessions here at the
          house.

                    CESAR
          I've been thinking of moving them to a
          park or a restaurant or something.

                    AURORA
          But you haven't been thinking of not
          having them for a while or maybe a LONG
          while.

                    CESAR
          Actually, I already have.  The last few
          weeks we've done less and less book
          learning.

                    AURORA
          You're the one that lets them turn into
          these strategizing bull sessions.  You
          can change them back.

                    CESAR
          I don't know if I can.  These students
          are different.  

                    AURORA
          A ver?  Explain.

                    CESAR
          I don't know.  But when have you ever
          known Mexican kids to circulate petitions
          and speak out for themselves like this?  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     43.


CONTINUED:                                                 44

                    AURORA
          Cesar, theyÕll transfer you again.

                    CESAR
          I won't let them meet here any more.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. WHITTIER BLVD/SIDEWALK  -  DAY                        45

ANGLE ON SAL & AUGGIE W/YOUNG MAN ON THE STREET

                    MAN
          Why should they care if we get a good
          education or not?

                    AUGGIE
          That's just it, ese.  They don't.

                    MAN
          So what do you want me to do about it? 
          I'm not a student anymore.

                    SAL
          You sign the petition as a community
          member.  If enough people sign, we can
          show them we have some power.

                    AUGGIE
          Student power.

                    MAN
          How about Chicano Power, eh?

                    SAL
               (agreeable)
          You got it.  Chicano Power.  That's all
          right, eh.

Enthusiastic and elaborate fraternal handshakes ensue.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. EASTSIDE HIGH/LUNCH AREA  -  DAY                      46

ANGLE ON SAL, DAVID, AUGGIE & OTHERS

A STUDENT PETITION circulates.

                    STUDENT #4
          Simon, ese.  I signed one of these
          before.

                    AUGGIE
          This one?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     44.


CONTINUED:                                                 46

                    DAVID 
          You can't sign more than once.

                    STUDENT #4
          The other one was in front of the store
          the other day.  Something about grapes.

                    SAL
          I heard some mexicano farmworkers are
          boycotting lettuce growers.

                    STUDENT #4
          So this isn't about a boycott?

                    DAVID
          You can't boycott a school!

                    STUDENT #5
          Simon!  I've been boycotting school since
          the seventh grade, loco!

                    DAVID
          How do you boycott a school?

                    STUDENT #5
          You go to the beach, menso!

REACTION SHOTS - David, Sal & Auggie.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES - DAY          47

An ESTABLISHING SHOT of "The Hill."

EXT. PARKING LOT/ ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES - DAY             48

PEDRO sits at the wheel of Rudy's Chevy, with AUGGIE & DAVID
in the back seats.  SAL comes along and gets into the front
seat of the car.

                    PEDRO
          Ya?

                    SAL
          That's it.

                    DAVID
          What did they say, Sal?

                    SAL
          Not too much.  The lady said it would go
          on the agenda at the next meeting.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     45.


CONTINUED:                                                 48

                    PEDRO
          Did she read it?

                    AUGGIE
          Was she surprised at all the signatures?

                    SAL
          She could barely lift the pinche thing.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. ROCKY'S/KITCHEN  -  NIGHT                             49

SILVIA handles orders, while PEDRO handles dishes.

                    SILVIA
          Two thousand signatures!  That's almost
          everybody in the school!

                    PEDRO
          Some regular people signed it, too.

                    SILVIA
          Regular people?

                    PEDRO
          You know, community members.

                    SILVIA
          Oh, I would've signed!  Why didn't you
          ask me?

                    PEDRO
          I don't know.  I guess I don't think of
          you as regular people.

                    SILVIA
          Just because I work here, go to college,
          study and I don't party a lot, doesn't
          mean I'm not a regular person!

                    PEDRO
          You know what I mean.  

                    SILVIA
          I go to movies, I exercise, I cook ---
          and pretty well, too!

                    PEDRO
          So how was I supposed to know?  Perdon.

                    SILVIA
          One of these days I'll show you.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     46.


CONTINUED:                                                 49

                    PEDRO
          Show me what?

                    SILVIA
          That I can cook.  I'll invite you over to
          have dinner with me and Vicky.

                    PEDRO
          You will?

                    SILVIA
          Sure.  Then you'll see.

                    PEDRO
          See what?

                    SILVIA
          That I'm a regular person, with a regular
          apartment and an exceptional child.  You
          will come over if I invite you, won't
          you?

                    PEDRO
          I-I guess.  

                    SILVIA
          OK.  It's settled.

                    PEDRO
          When?

                    SILVIA           
          I don't know!  Soon.  Ah...How's
          Saturday?  

                    PEDRO
          In the afternoon?

                    SILVIA
          When do regular people usually have
          dinner?

                    PEDRO
          In the evening.

                    SILVIA
               (exasperated)
          Good.  We'll have dinner at my apartment
          Saturday evening....Que batalla!..Why am
          I doing this?  I hope you like lasagna.

                    PEDRO
          Simon.  What is it?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     47.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            49

                    SILVIA
          Tenia que ser.

                                        CUT TO: 

INT. PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE  - DAY                             50

MORTON and MOLINA are having grilled TORRES.

                    MORTON
          What do you know about this, Torres?

Morton pushes the students' petition on his desk in front of
Torres, who leafs through it.

                    TORRES
          It looks like a petition with several
          hundred signatures.

                    MORTON
          Well, I am encouraged, Mr. Torres.  You
          obviously got something out of this
          educational system.  You can read.

                    TORRES
          Miracles do happen, sir.

                    MORTON
          Don't get smart with me, Torres!  I want
          to know why this came to me from the
          Hill!  Why the first name on the petition
          is one I was hoping to forget, Salvador
          Razo.  I want a explanation!

                    TORRES
          Apparently, the students have some
          complaints and would like a greater voice
          in decisions that affect their education.

                    MORTON
          The only decisions any student has to
          make is to come to class and when to do
          homework.  The rest falls into place. 
          Why didn't the students bring this to me
          before taking it to the Board?

                    TORRES
          I don't know; I'm sure they intended to.

                    MORTON
          You're sure!  You know Torres, I know
          you're not the innocent mouse you pretend
          to be.  Do you know how this makes me
          look on the Hill? 
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     48.


CONTINUED:                                                 50

                    MORTON (Cont'd)
          If I find you're behind any of this I'll
          bounce you out of here so fast you'll
          look like a jumping bean.  In fact, I'll
          see to it you don't get another teaching
          assignment in this district again!  Is
          that clear, Mr. Torres?  

                    TORRES
          Yes, sir.

                    MORTON
          Stick the 'sir' crap where the sun
          doesn't shine!  

                    TORRES
          Yes, s---.  As you wish, Mr. Morton.

                    MORTON
          That's two strikes now, Torres.  Three
          and you're out.  

                    TORRES
          Does this mean there'll be no response to
          the petition from the Board or yourself?

                    MORTON
          Response!  You want a response!  Here's
          your response.

Morton casually starts to shred the document and Cesar lunges
forward reaching over the desk.  Ripping more, Morton finally
drops it in the wastebasket.  Cesar straightens up.

                    MORTON (CONT'D)
          Do you really think the Board can be
          bothered with petty student grievances
          that question the ability and integrity
          of a faculty with 200 years of
          cummulative experience?  (softly) Get out
          of here!  

                                        CUT TO:

INT. SILVIA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                            51

The RADIO PLAYS THE PREMIERS' "FARMER JOHN."

ANGLE ON MANTEL 

A pair of FUZZY pictures come into FOCUS: one of VICKY,
Silvia's daughter, the other of a G.I.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     49.


CONTINUED:                                                 51

NEW ANGLE

PEDRO blinks and rubs his eyes trying to maintain his vision
despite the wine.  In the background SILVIA picks up the after-
dinner mess.

                    SILVIA
          That's Vicky's father.  I haven't heard
          from him for almost 2 years.

                    PEDRO
          Where is he?

                    SILVIA
          Vietnam 

                    PEDRO
               (spirited)
          This is the best wine I've ever had.

                    SILVIA
          I wish I had some more.

                    PEDRO
          The best lasagna, too!

                    SILVIA
          Chistoso.  I thought youÕd never had
          lasagna before.

Pedro is thinking slowly, but he hasn't gone under yet.

                    PEDRO
               (cautiously)
          Doesn't that make it incomparable?

                    SILVIA
          What kind of underpriveledged chicanillo
          are you?  Where do you learn words like
          "incomparable?"

                    PEDRO
          I watch Password.

VICKY enters from her bedroom with a book.

                    VICKY
          Pedro, read me another story.

                    PEDRO
          Another one?  
               (musters energy)
          OK.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     50.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            51

                    VICKY
          How else can I know if you're going to be
          a good papi?

                    SILVIA
          Victoria Sevilla!  Por favor!

                    VICKY
          Si, mami.  
                    (low)
          No hay nadie de quien escoger.

Pedro sits on the couch with Vicky on his lap.

CLOSE ON BOOK ILLUSTRATION - A red-hooded girl and a wolf in
sheep's clothing.

                    PEDRO 
          Little Red Riding Hood.  Is this the one
          where the wolf puts the viejita in the
          closet or eats her?  

                    VICKY 
          He eats her.  Fuchila.

                    PEDRO (OS)
          Orale.

ANGLE ON SILVIA  -  Washing dishes.

                    SILVIA
               (loudly)
          She's learning both languages easier than
          I did.  Maybe she'll do better when she
          starts school next year.  I figure the
          more bilingual she is, the better. 
          (beat) When I started school here, they
          wouldn't let me speak Spanish.  I hated
          the teachers for making me feel so ah---
          de menos --- inferior.  (painfully) It
          was years before I ever said anything in
          a class.  The Anglos have no memory of
          how hard it is to change countries.  De
          repente, Ingles, everywhere.  La radio. 
          La television.  (beat) Why do all the
          teachers have to be gabachos?  

She finishes the last of the dishes, wipes up, and grabs a
towel to dry her hands.  

NEW ANGLE

Entering the living room she finds Pedro with Vicky in his
arms, both asleep.  She carefully takes her daughter in her
arms, not waking her, but waking Pedro.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     51.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                            51

                    SILVIA
          Go back to sleep.

                    PEDRO
               (half-asleep)
          I gotta go.

                    SILVIA
          Sleep off the wine and go home later.

                    PEDRO
               (still dreaming)
          I gotta go.  I gotta get there before the
          wolf.

With one hand Silvia helps him up and he stumbles to the door.

                    SILVIA
          Pedro?  Are you sure you should go?

                    PEDRO
               (babbling)
          The old lady is by herself.

                    SILVIA
          Thank you for coming, Pedro.

                    PEDRO
          You're welcome...Lobo condenado, I'm
          gonna kick your butt.  Cabron puto.

Pedro stumbles out; Silvia closes the door behind him, shakes
her head and can't contain her chuckles.

                    SILVIA
          Ay, Parrilla.

                    PEDRO (V/O)
          Thinking back, I wasnÕt the only one
          looking for a fight at the time...

                                        CUT TO:

MONTAGE SEQUENCE:(MOS)

As THE SHAM & THE PHARAOHS' "LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD" comes up.  

EXT. BOARD OF EDUCATION PARKING LOT - DAY (MOS)            52

SAL slams his fist on the car hood, having learned the
petition is not on the agenda.  DAVID in the driverÕs seat
looks surprised.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     52.


CONTINUED:                                                 52

                    PEDRO(V/O)
          Sal could have fought the whole school
          board when we found out they wouldnÕt
          schedule time to discuss the petition and
          our grievances.  

INT. ROCKY'S - DAY                                         53

SAL and DAVID bring the news to AUGGIE, PEDRO, SILVIA, GLORIA, 
and a FEW OTHER STUDENTS.

EXT. PEDRO'S HOUSE/PORCH - DAY (MOS)                       54

PEDRO licks, seals an envelope, and sticks the letter in the
mailbox.  It's his college application.  

                    PEDRO (V/O) 
          But I did win one fight.  I deciphered
          the form and made the deadline for
          submitting by college application.  It
          was worse than saying a whole rosary for
          having bad thoughts about Monica Reyes in
          the third grade.  

SAM THE SHAM FADES WITH THE END OF THE MONTAGE SEQUENCE.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. CESAR'S CLASS  - DAY                                  55

As CESAR lectures to students, PEDRO now fights to stay awake
from working long hours.  We see DAVID, SAL, AUGGIE, GLORIA,
BLANCA and OTHERS.  On the board, a timeline from 1830 to 1850 
presents the major events in the U.S. annexation of its
present Southwest: From the first Anglo Texas settlers, to
California statehood.

INTERCUT AMONG STUDENTS AND BOARD AS NEEDED                      

                    CESAR
          ...Manifest Destiny, the idea that the
          U.S. had some God-given right to expand
          from the Atlantic to the Pacific, became
          the justification, the rationalization,
          if you will, for this period of hostile,
          aggressive, even racist expansion.  "Free
          the territory from the tyranny of
          Mexico," was John Fremont's cry when it
          became clear he wasn't in California just
          to explore and draw maps.  The Gold Rush
          brought an invasion of more greedy and
          unscrupulous anglos, or yankees, as they
          were called then, than the Californios
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     53.


CONTINUED:                                                 55

                    CESAR (Cont'd)
          had ever seen!  

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. LAGUNA PARK - DAY                                     56

STUDENTS meet, including the boys (PEDRO, DAVID, SAL, &
AUGGIE) and CESAR.

                    PEDRO
          We write letters and they get ignored. 
          We sign petitions and they get ignored.

                    SAL
          And lost!

                    PEDRO
          What else are we supposed to do?

                    CESAR
               (baitingly)
          How about giving up?

                    SEVERAL
          No!  Forget it, man!

Cesar smiles at the reaction.

                    SAL
          I don't know about you guys, man, but
          I've just begun to fight.

                    A FEW
          All right!  We'll kick some butt. 
          Chingasos.  En la madre!

                    DAVID
          But how do we fight them?  This isn't a
          street fight where we throw chingasos and
          bust heads.  They call the placa and then
          WE get busted.

                    SAL
          The dude's right, man.  They're the
          establishment.  They've got the power.

                    AUGGIE
          We got power, too.  We're chingones, no?

                    SAL
          As long as we organize ourselves, we'll
          have power in numbers, you know?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     54.


CONTINUED:                                                 56

                    PEDRO
          You mean like a union?

                    DAVID
          Maybe like an association.

                    SAL
          An association of students.

                    VARIOUS STUDENTS
          All right a club!  Do we get membership
          cards?  How about secret decoder rings? 
          Maybe we can sponsor dances like the
          Cruzzzers.

                    DAVID
          This won't be a club, locos.  There's
          going to be too much work to do.

                    GLORIA
          What are we going to call it?

                    AUGGIE
          How about "C/S"?

                    SAL
          Con safos?

                    AUGGIE
          No, guey.  Chicano Students.

                    PEDRO
          I thought it meant catholic schools.

                    DAVID
          I know!  Mexican American Student
          Association.

                    SAL
          M-A-S-A.  MASA.

                    DIFFERENT STUDENT
               (laughs)
          MASA!?  How about tamal?!

                    AUGGIE
               (indignant)
          How about mi tamalon, cabron!

                    ANOTHER STUDENT
          Tamalito!

                    AUGGIE
          La tuya, guey!  Pues orale!  Ponte!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     55.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            56

                    SAL
          Will you guys sit down and SHUT UP! 
          We're trying to be serious here.

                    AUGGIE
          I'm serious.

                    SAL
          A serious CASE!

                                        CUT TO:

                    SUPER:  APRIL

EXT. DRIVE-IN THEATER - NIGHT                              57

MUSIC TRACK comes up: RENE & RENE'S "ANGELITO."

INT. SILVIA'S CAR                                          58

With SILVIA behind the wheel, VICKY on PEDRO's lap, they munch 
popcorn and wash it down with soda pop.

INT. (ELSEWHERE AT THE DRIVE-IN) RUDY'S CHEVY              59

DAVID and GLORIA on a date, also watch the movie.  

EXT. DRIVE-IN KID'S PLAY AREA - NIGHT                      60

SILVIA stands by as PEDRO pushes a delighted VICKY in a swing. 
The lights blink indicating the start of the next feature. Pedro 
stops the swing, Vicky hops off, loses her balance,falls and 
scrapes a knee.  Crying, she opts for Pedro's comforting arms 
instead of her mother's.  

The threesome walk back to the car.  

EXT. RUDY'S CAR                                            61

The windows are fogged.

INT. SILVIA'S CAR                                          62

VICKY sleeps on the back seat, as SILVIA cuddles and rests her 
head on PEDRO's shoulder.  He's wide-eyed and stiff as a
board.

INT. SILVIA'S CAR                                          63

No one has moved, but SILVIA sleeps; PEDRO'S eyes are shutting 
and his head is tilting.

MUSIC TRACK: RENE & RENE'S "ANGELITO" ENDS.

                                        CUT TO:





                                                     56.


INT.  CLASS - DAY                                          64

Cesar shows a film in class:  Teatro Campesino's I AM JOAQUIN. 
The images on the screen and Luis Valdez' delivery of the Corky 
Gonzalez poem captivate the STUDENTS.

INTERCUT AS NEEDED                                               
                    NARRATOR VALDEZ
          ... I have made the Anglo rich, yet
          Equality is but a word, the Treaty of
          Hidalgo has been broken, and is but
          another treacherous promise....My land is
          lost and stolen, my culture has been
          raped, I lengthen the line at the welfare
          door, and fill the jails with
          crime...These then are the rewards this
          society has for sons of Chiefs and Kings
          and bloody Revolutionists....

                                        CUT TO:

INT. TEACHERSÕ CAFETERIA - DAY                             65

CESAR stands in the chow line with OTHER TEACHERS.  JIM TAYLOR 
stands behind Cesar.

                    TEACHER #3
          I don't think there's been a summer I've
          looked forward to more than this one.

                    TEACHER #4
          Three months away from this cess pool of
          an institution.

                    TEACHER #3
          You can't teach them if they don't want to
          learn.

                    TEACHER #4
          Yeah, I know.  I went to college for
          this?

Both teachers pipe down under Cesar's glare.

                    TAYLOR
          I went to college because I thought
          teachers were supposed to be committed to
          teaching all colors and all races.  So
          why do I feel like a minority?

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. LAGUNA PARK - DAY                                     66

With a number of students, GLORIA, PEDRO, DAVID, SAL & AUGGIE
attend a student meeting.  Brown Beret, RAFAEL GUEVARA
addresses the group.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     57.


CONTINUED:                                                 66

INTERCUT AS NEEDED                                                

                    GUEVARA
          ...As I've told students from Lincoln,
          Wilson, Garfield, Roosevelt and Belmont,
          the Brown Berets are here to help you. 
          We are coming together because we all
          want the same things: The right to
          bilingual-bicultural education and
          teachers; an end to police brutality;
          that our people be given the right to
          vote regardless of how much or how little
          they speak or write any language!

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

INT. TORRES LIVING ROOM -  NIGHT (LATE)                    67

A sleepy CESAR enters to find MRS. TORRES on the sofa nursing
a cup of Mexican chocolate.  He sits next to her, puts his
arms around her, kissing the back of her head and neck,
rubbing her bulging belly.  

                    CESAR
          Couldn't sleep?

                    AURORA
          No sabes.  It's getting so uncomfortable. 
          And then with a kick in the ribs that
          almost made me yell.  The truth is, I'm
          worried.

                    CESAR
          About?

                    AURORA
          Cesar, we can't afford to have you risk
          your job.  I'll need to spend time with
          the baby after she's born.

                    CESAR
          He.  And I'm not taking any risks.

                    AURORA
          I don't want to have to go back to work
          right away.  A baby needs HER mother.

                    CESAR
          His.

                    AURORA
          Her.  Now these are a bunch of kids,
          frustrated, angry and disillusioned with
          an educational system that's failed them. 
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     58.


CONTINUED:                                                 67

                    AURORA (Cont'd)
          If it spills over and flows out of
          control, YOU get burned.

                    CESAR
          I'm keeping my distance so I won't get
          burned.  What more do you want me to do? 
          Tell them their complaints aren't
          legitimate?  That they have no right to
          demand a better education?  That they
          should just sit back and take it?  You're
          talking to the son of a union man, mi
          amor.  And---

                    AURORA
          I know, I know.  And you were practically
          BORN on the picket line during the El
          Monte Berry Strike.

                    CESAR
          OK, OK.  I wasn't even going to mention
          it.

                    AURORA
          Like hell you weren't.

                    CESAR
          You think you know me, don't you?

                    AURORA
          Te conozco mosco.

                    CESAR
          So what do you want me to say?

                    AURORA
          I don't know, Cesar.  Tell me my baby's
          father will have a job when she's born. 
          Tell me anything.

                    CESAR
          My SON will have a father he can be proud
          of.  One who's dedicated to his students
          in class and out.

                    AURORA
          You're a great help.

                    CESAR
               (takes her hand)
          How about 'I love you.'

                    AURORA
          Wonderful.  That'll pay the bills.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     59.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            67

                    CESAR
          With you, I just can't win.

                    AURORA
          You've already won me.  That's the
          problem.

She exits, flicking the light switch off, leaving Cesar
sitting in the dark.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. PARRILLA LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                          68

Arriving home, PEDRO finds his FATHER laid out on the couch,
an empty bottle at his side; he's smashed.  The TV blares with 
"EMILIO ZARAGOZA and the News." Pedro picks up the bottle as his 
sleepy MOTHER enters and moves to pick up her husband.

                    PEDRO
          I'll take him, 'ama.

Pedro carries his father off to bed.

                                        CUT TO:

INT.  CLASS - DAY                                          69

CESAR shows his students SALT OF THE EARTH.  The STUDENTS'
eyes are fixed on the screen as they watch the story of
striking Chicano mine-workers unfold.

INTERCUT AMONG STUDENTS                                            

ON THE SCREEN we see the sequence of the moment the men
respond to discriminatory practices in general, and a work-
related accident in particular, with an on-the-job decision to 
stop work, walk-out and strike the company.  As the wheels of 
production halt, the scene ends with a shot of women picketing 
on a nearby hill.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. LAGUNA PARK  -  DAY                                   70

On a grassy knoll, PEDRO, AUGGIE, DAVID, GLORIA, AND A FEW
OTHERS huddle around SAL, like a team around its quarterback.

                    SAL
          Orale.  Aqui esta la onda.  I've been
          talking to brothers and sisters from
          other schools: Belmont, Lincoln,
          Roosevelt, Garfield, Wilson; all the
          Chicano high schools.  Everyone's talking
          about walking out and boycotting classes.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     60.


CONTINUED:                                                 70

                    AUGGIE
          Madre!

                    SAL
          You see when students don't show up, a
          school doesn't get as much money from the
          government.  They get money when we're
          here, but not when we're absent.  They
          can ignore letters and petitions, but
          they can't ignore students walking out of
          all the Chicano high schools.  

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. SILVIA'S APARTMENT/DOOR - LATE AFTERNOON              71

A red-eyed SILVIA opens the door to receive PEDRO.  She's been 
crying.

                    PEDRO
               (awkwardly)
          Aaaa---You didn't come to work, so I--

VICKY exits and jumps into his arms.  

                    VICKY
          Pedro!  Pedro llevame al parque, no?

                    SILVIA
          Pedro, take her for a while, please.

                    VICKY
          Si, al parque.  Al parque.

                    PEDRO
          OK.  OK.  To the park.
               (To Silvia)
          Is something wrong?

                    SILVIA
          Later.  I just need to be alone right
          now.  Thank you, Pedro.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. PARK  - DUSK                                          72

MUSIC TRACK, THEE MIDNITERS' SAD GIRL comes over BRIEF SHOTS
of PEDRO and VICKY: on the swings; down the slide; on the
merry-go-round & eating cotton candy against the setting sun.

INT. SILVIA'S APARTMENT - NIGHT                            73

ANGLE ON SILVIA - Lying in bed, crying.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     61.


CONTINUED:                                                 73

ANGLE ON DOOR - Still red-eyed, SILVIA opens her door to an
awaiting PEDRO, with VICKY asleep in his arms.  They enter.

TIGHT ON PEDRO as he carries VICKY off to her bedroom.  He
glances at the mantle to notice:

CLOSE ON MANTLE - VICKY's picture stands alone; the one of her 
G.I. father is missing.

ANGLE ON VICKY - As PEDRO tucks her into bed and kisses her
forehead.

CLOSE ON SILVIA'S NIGHTSTAND - The missing picture frame lies
face-up under the lamp.

ANGLE ON PEDRO & SILVIA  -  He gently hugs her and the pain of 
losing a former loved one tightens in her throat, quivers on her 
lip and shuts her eyes.

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

INT. TORRES BEDROOM - NIGHT                                74

CESAR lies awake, pensive.  He turns over, puts his arm around 
his WIFE's bulging belly and snuggles up.

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

INT. SILVIA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                              75

In bed, PEDRO & SILVIA sleep embraced.

"SAD GIRL" Fades.
                                        CUT TO:

INT. PARRILLA KITCHEN - MORNING                            76

The FAMILY is having breakfast: SR.  PARRILLA, ragged, hung-
over, nursing a cup of coffee; YOLANDA, eating and reading the 
funnies; SRA.  PARRILLA, spoons eggs on to a plate.  Yolanda 
bursts into hysteric laughter, startling her father, who spills 
his coffee and burns himself.

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          Ay, muchacha!

                    YOLANDA
          Sorry, papi.

Freshly showered, PEDRO enters, kisses his mother and sits.

                    PEDRO
          Buenos dias!  What a nice morning!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     62.


CONTINUED:                                                 76

                    YOLANDA
          Sure.  And you don't want to miss it by
          having to sleep.

                    PEDRO
          I slept.

YOLANDA feigns a coughing spell.

                    SRA.  PARRILLA
          Pedro, I brought your father to bed at 5,
          and your room was empty.

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          Maybe you think I don't notice.  Why do
          you come home so late almost every night? 
          And don't tell me you go to the library
          to study with David, or Sal or Auggie! 
          Those are good kids; their parents always
          know where they are.

                    YOLANDA (choking)
          Madre mia, I'm going to die.
                    (drinks)

                    PEDRO
               (spitefully)
          OK.  I stayed home last night 'til we
          finished your bottle.  Or don't you
          remember?

                    SRA.  PARRILLA
          Pedro!

                    YOLANDA
          Low blow.  Looking good.

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          I don't want to get angry and I don't
          want to say it twice.  Escuchame bien. 
          You won't be 18 until the summer and if
          you decide to still live here, I will
          still tell you what to do...I don't know
          who this putita de Silvia is, and I don't
          care.  On school nights I want you home
          by 9, and you don't see this, this
          Silvia, again.  Entendido?

                    PEDRO
               (stands)
          You don't even know her.  You don't have
          the right!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     63.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            76

                    SR.  PARRILLA (stands)
          I have the right.  And I do it for your
          own good.

                    PEDRO
          MY own good!?  Why don't you do something
          for the good of this family?

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          I always do.  What do you mean?

                    PEDRO
          Like get a job!

                    SRA.  PARRILLA
          Pedro!

Reaching slightly, the father sends the back of his hand
across Pedro's face with a reverberating whack.  Pedro falls,
gets up and his father leaves the room.  Pedro rubs an aching
jaw as his mother rests her head in her hands.

                    SRA.  PARRILLA 
          Ay, madre purisima!

                    YOLANDA
               (wipes mouth)
          There are times IÕm glad IÕm a girl.
               (exits)

                    PEDRO
          'Ama, when are you going to tell him I'm
          working?

                    SRA.  PARRILLA
          Pronto, mijo.  Muy pronto.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. TORRES' LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                           77

CESAR is up late correcting papers at the dining room table,
when AURORA walks in sleepy-eyed, with bathrobe and belly.

                    AURORA
          That's three nights this week you've
          spent correcting papers.

                    CESAR
          What can I do?  With the way things are
          going, I won't get an aide this year.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     64.


CONTINUED:                                                 77

                    AURORA
               (finds chair)
          Then you can either not assign so much
          work, or not make so many waves.

                    CESAR
          I haven't really done anything except
          informally advise the students.  

                    AURORA
          And you think the administration believes
          that?

                    CESAR
          They can't prove anything.

                    AURORA
          Not yet.

                    CESAR
          I haven't taken a leadership role,
          really.  I've allowed the students to act
          on their own ideas, to let their own
          leadership emerge.

                    AURORA
          Sal has certainly seized the opportunity.

                    CESAR
          He's developing quickly, isn't he?

                    AURORA
          May be too quickly.  Can you keep him in
          line?  'Cos whether you like it or not,
          you're being drawn into this thing way
          past your nalgotas.  You stand more to
          lose than anyone.  

                    CESAR
          The students stand to lose.

                    AURORA
          They'll get into another school more
          easily than we can find you another job.

                    CESAR
          Tell me something I don't know.

                    AURORA
          You can't sacrifice your family to change
          the world.

                    CESAR
          IÕm not trying to change the world.  Just
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     65.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            77

                    CESAR (Cont'd)
          a few Chicano lives.

                                        CUT TO:

                    SUPER:  MAY

MONTAGE SEQUENCE

EXT. EASTSIDE HIGH STREET - DAY                            78

The BELL RINGS, school is out.  Horn honks, 'Arriba-Arriba'
and a wild devil-may-care cackle bring on the sounds of THEE
MIDNITERS' "WHITTIER BLVD," bursting over shots of cruising
cars full of girls; cars full of guys; guys extending
invitations; girls accepting & cars exchanging passengers;
couples; singles; street strollers; bouncing hydraulics, a
little rubber peeling and a BA pressed against a back window.  

ANGLE ON a theater markee announcing "The Trip" & "Riot On The 
Strip."

As Thee Midniters continue...
                                        CUT TO:

INT. ROCKY'S (VARIOUS) - DAY (MOS)                         79

ANGLE ON AUGGIE  - He tries on a brown beret in a mirror.  
Satisfied that he looks good, he flashes a smile at SAL, who
already wears one.

ANGLE ON PEDRO - He reads a copy of La Raza, an independent
community newspaper, that features a front-page headline:
"Tijerina Fights for Return of New Mexico Land Grants."

ANGLE ON GLORIA - She puts finishing touches on a flyer
announcing a community forum at the Union Hall, May 1.  She
shows it to SAL & CESAR, who with OTHERS, nod their approval.

ANGLE ON DAVID - He reads a copy of Inside Eastside, another
independent community newspaper.  It carries a headline
announcing: "Chavez & UFW Look to ELA Barrios for Grape
Boycott Support." 

ANGLE ON SILVIA -  She brings a tray of drinks to the group.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. EAST LA/VARIOUS SHOTS - DAY (MOS)                     80

STUDENTS LEAFLET stores, parked cars, street corners, rec
centers and schools.

PEOPLE read the flyers: SOME with interest and approval;
OTHERS with neither.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     66.


CONTINUED:                                                 80

ANGLE ON PEDRO & SILVIA - He hands a flyer to a SHERIFF'S
DEPUTY, who reads it, crumbles it up, throws it in Pedro's
face, takes the rest of the flyers and dumps them in a nearby
trash can.  Silvia objects and receives a hard push that
quickly sits her on her butt.  Grabbing Pedro as if he were a
doll, the deputy throws him into the trash head first, legs
kicking.  Silvia helps Pedro tip out of the trash can.  

"WHITTIER BLVD" FADES.  

                                        CUT TO:

INT. UNION HALL - NIGHT                                    81

A COMMUNITY MEETING ensues,  A CHICANO CLAP segues to the next 
speaker.  The hall is packed with MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN,
GRANDPARENTS & STUDENTS in a highly-charged atmosphere.  In
the audience, PEDRO, AUGGIE, DAVID, and GLORIA together, SAL 
along the side.

ANGLE ON SAL 

Sporting his beret, he comes to the podium clapping.

                    SAL
          Chicano!

                    CROWD
          Power!

                    SAL
          Chicano!

                    CROWD
          Power!

                    SAL
          Que viva la raza!

                    CROWD
          Que viva!

The crowd quiets down.

                    SAL
          Raza querida, hijos, hijas, nietos y
          nietas de revolucionarios, perhaps too
          few teachers really care about Chicano
          students and their educational problems
          because there are too few Chicano
          teachers.  And the few that we do have,
          are tokens afraid to speak out for better
          education for all of us. 
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     67.


CONTINUED:                                                 81

                    SAL (Cont'd)
          But fortunately, Eastside High has one
          man who has helped us understand the
          problems and has given us hope to find
          solutions.  Ladies and gentlemen, damas
          y caballeros, companeros y companeras,
          Cesar Torres!  

An applause emerges as Cesar assumes the podium, subsiding at
his gestures to quiet down.  INTERCUT FOR AUDIENCE REACTION as 
Cesar builds momentum.

                    CESAR
          Sometimes, I wish I could just go to
          work, collect my pay, go home to my wife
          and wait for our new baby.  Certainly,
          with the threats by the administration to
          fire me for sympathizing with the
          students, that remains an attractive
          option.  But then I think about my baby,
          not only of the kind of world he or she
          will grow up in, but of the educational
          opportunities he or she will have.  Or
          not have.  Then I think about what
          Eastside High was like when I was a
          student,one thing has changed.  We have
          opened our eyes.  They say we drop out at
          a rate of 50%; we say they push us out at
          a rate of 50%!  For the sake of our
          children, our brothers and sisters, I
          suggest with a clear conscience that at
          the Cinco de mayo assembly, Eastside High
          School students consider a massive walk
          out to protest the failure of our schools
          to serve and educate the Chicano,
          Mexicano community!  Gracias.  

Furious applause and ecstatic shouts erupt as the crowd comes
to its feet.  Cesar and Sal exchange looks of surprise at the
overwhelmingly positive reception to Cesar's speech.  A chant
emerges.  Sal joins in.

                    CROWD
          Walk out!  Walk out!  Walk out!  Walk
          out!  Walk out!  Walk out!

ANGLE ON VP MOLINA - Almost unrecognizable in a shawl; a
recorder operates in her bag.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     68.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            81

TIGHT SHOTS ON DAVID & GLORIA, SILVIA, AUGGIE & PEDRO.  
Overwhelmed, but applauding.

                    PEDRO (V/O)
          We didnÕt know it then,  but we had
          reached a point of no return.  What had
          started as a simple letter, now seemed to
          have a life and fire of its own.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. PRINCIPAL MORTON'S OFFICE - DAY                       82

DAVID LOPEZ, ASB PRES, stands before MORTON and his VP,
MOLINA, listening to a recording.  The taped-up petition sits
atop his desk.

                    CROWD (V/O)
          Walk Out!  Walk Out!  Walk--

Morton stops the player, remaining silent for a moment.

                    MORTON
               (intense)
          What's your role in this?

                    DAVID
               (struggles)
          I'm---an observer, mostly.

                    MORTON
          I found your name on this petition.
               (looking)
          You're number 369.  I would guess that
          the drafters would be among the first,
          like Sal Razo, wouldn't you agree?  

                    DAVID
          I-I hadn't thought too much about it
          before.

                    MORTON
          Could this walk out come to pass on the
          mere SUGGESTION by Mr. Torres?

                    DAVID
          I-I don't know, sir.

                    MORTON
          Well, know this, mister!  This is no
          semester for you to be jacking around! 
          Not if you have any thoughts about
          graduating. 
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     69.


CONTINUED:                                                 82

                    MORTON (Cont'd)
          Now, just because you jocks get elected
          on beauty votes, doesn't mean you can't
          be good for something.  At the assembly
          I want you to condemn the walk outs. 
          You've got time to prepare a few words. 
          I'll even help you if you like. 
          Additionally, find out what this MECHA
          is.  This Movimiento estudiantil ---
          whatever.  It's gotta be a front.  I
          can't imagine what else.  Get involved
          if you have to.  Infiltrate.   

David stands wide-eyed, with his jaw ready to drop.

                    MORTON (CONT'D)
          Well, don't just stand there!  Go!

Shell-shocked, David heads for the door.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. OUTSIDE DOOR                                          83

Shutting the door behind him, DAVID regains his breath.

                                        CUT BACK TO:

INT. MORTON'S OFFICE                                       84

MORTON and MOLINA.

                    MORTON
          There's no reason not to suspend Salvador
          Razo.  But I need more on Torres.

                                        CUT TO:

MONTAGE SEQUENCE

INT. MORTON'S OUTER OFFICE - DAY (MOS)                     85

A version of VIOLETA PARRA'S "ME GUSTAN LOS ESTUDIANTES" runs
over.

ANGLE ON SAL - The SECRETARY instructs him to enter.  He cocks 
his beret and does.

NEW ANGLE - LATER

Suspended, SAL exits Morton's Office minus a beret and very
shaken.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     70.


CONTINUED:                                                 85

Parra's "Me gustan los estudiantes" ends.

                                        CUT TO:

INT.  RUDYÕS SHACK - DAY                                   86

PEDRO peeps through the open door to find AUGGIE, SAL & DAVID
sprawled around.

                    PEDRO
          Y Rudy?

                    AUGGIE
          His mom said he was getting ready.

                    PEDRO
          When did he get back?  He wasn't even
          gone that long.

                    SAL
          Two days ago.  She says he's been
          sleeping.  Something about the time
          difference.

                    PEDRO
          Give me the keys, David.

                    DAVID
          Auggie has them.

                    PEDRO
          Give me Rudy's keys, Auggie Doggie.

                    SAL
          Este Auggie has been a bad doggie.

                    DAVID
          The sucker's been a real dog, eh.

                    AUGGIE
          Ya, chivos.  I feel bad enough already
          with all the zurrada coming down.  

                    DAVID
          Rudy lucked out.  He missed all this
          shit.

                    AUGGIE
          Besides, Pedro's the one that's been
          playing Mr. Lover, but heÕs not talking!

                    SAL
          Maniaco Auggie can only think of one
          thing.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     71.


CONTINUED:                                                 86

                    DAVID
          She invites him to her apartment for
          dinner.

                    SAL
          De aquellas!

                    DAVID
          And they go to the drive-in.

                    PEDRO
          With her 4-year-old!

                    SAL
          So the little vato likes to play papi!

                    AUGGIE
          That's worse than PW, ese!  That's like
          marriage!

                    PEDRO
          Estos gueyes!  We're not even going
          around or anything.  Besides why would
          she want to marry me?

                    SAL
          Why not?  You got some kind of disease?

                    RUDY
               (at door)
          If you got VD, don't sweat it, bro. 
          Penicillin didn't save my ass, but it
          saved my pee-pee.

His duty in Vietnam prematurely over, RUDY has returned from
the service, a battle-victim, paralyzed below the waist and
confined to a wheelchair.  Shocked shitless, the boys are
hardly prepared for this.

                    RUDY (CONTÕD)
          They just kept sending us out, and
          sending us out.  They called us the Dog
          Squad.  The browns and the blacks trying
          to snuf the yellows 'cos the whites say
          they're red.  
               (beat)
          The dudes that weren't smoking their
          brains out, were shooting up.  How can
          you tell the red-yellows from the yellow-
          yellows when everybody's hallucinating,
          man?  
               (beat) 
          When I heard the whistling, I just hit
          the ground.  I woke up on the chopper,
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     72.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            86

                    RUDY (Cont'd)
          and I couldn't get up.  

                                        CUT TO:

INT. OFFICES/L.A.  METROPOLITAN DAILY - DAY                87

CESAR TORRES receives instructions from a SECRETARY who
directs him beyond a maze of desks occupied by NEWSWRITERS.  
Cesar makes his way across the room to a newswriter, BEN
FLORES, 37, pecking away at his typewriter.

                    CESAR
          Ben?

                    FLORES
               (shakes hand)
          Cesar!  How've you been?  How long has it
          been?

                    CESAR
          I've been hanging in there, and it's been
          about six years.

                    FLORES
          The Viva Kennedy Club, huh?

                    CESAR
          That was it.

                    FLORES
          Did you get your credential?

                    CESAR
          Yeah, I've been teaching about 4 years,
          now.

                    FLORES
          You don't sound too excited about it.

                    CESAR
          Well...Sometimes it's like trench
          warfare.

                    FLORES
          The kids aren't really that bad, are
          they?

                    CESAR
          Hell, the students are great.  They're
          willing to learn.  The problem is they
          know they're being cheated.  They're
          getting restless.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     73.


CONTINUED:                                                 87

                    FLORES
          Aren't they all?  Look at the students in
          Paris.  I've got cousins in Mexico City
          marching in the streets!  I've never seen
          anything like it!

                    CESAR
          I donÕt know if thereÕs a connection with
          the Mexican primos, but something is
          really happening to these students. 
          There's a spirit in the air.  A new
          attitude.  A new pride!

                    FLORES
          Would you call it Chicanismo?

                    CESAR
          So you know what I'm talking about.

                    FLORES
          My sister's kid is a senior at Garfield. 
          He doesn't want to be called "Mexican-
          American." He says it's a sissy name for
          agabachados.  He wants to be called a
          "Chicano."

                    CESAR
          Probably drives his mother up the wall.

                    FLORES
          His grandmother!  

                    CESAR
          Look, Ben.  The reason I'm here.  The
          students at Eastside High may walk out
          Friday, demanding a range of things: up-
          graded facilities, upgraded curriculum,
          bilingual-bicultural education and
          faculty, and, recognition of their
          organization, Movimiento Estudiantil
          Chicano de Aztlan, MECHA.

                    FLORES
          These are radical times for Eastside
          High.

                    CESAR
          The administration has tried to ignore
          them, hoping they'd go away.  I know
          they'll react, but I don't know how far
          they'll go.  They've suspended one of the
          key leaders already.  

                    FLORES
          Would they call in the police?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     74.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            87

                    CESAR
          I hope not.  

                    FLORES
          Then the media would descend like
          buzzards.

                    CESAR
          Quoting only 'official sources' and
          making the students look bad, which is
          why we need you to provide some balanced
          reporting.

                    FLORES
          If you only knew what token Latino
          reporters have to go through here.

                    CESAR
          What do you mean?

                    FLORES
          You know the editor makes the decisions
          on what gets covered.

                    CESAR
          Right.

                    FLORES
          If an anglo writer pitches a story on a
          Latino subject, the response is, 'Well
          OK, but don't take too much time on it,
          'cos nobody's going to read it.' If I
          pitch a story, it's like 'How can you be
          objective if you're Latino?  Let's have
          Joe Smith do it, or at least have him
          work with you.  Then they expect me to
          live on peanuts and prestige.  My
          salary's for the birds.  

                    CESAR
          But your by-line's for the people.

                    FLORES
               (reflective)
          Look, I'll do what I can.

                    CESAR
          Just be there at least.

                    FLORES
          I'll be there.  

CESAR rises to leave.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     75.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                            87

                    FLORES (CONT'D)
          Hey wait a minute!  What will they do to
          you?  

                    CESAR
          Transfer me.  Make it tough to get
          tenure.  The usual.  I don't think
          they'll bar me from the district, but I'm
          not giving'em too much rope to hang me.  

                    FLORES 
          Play it cool.

Cesar smiles.
                                        CUT TO:

INT. RESTAURANT - EVE                                      88

With a cup of coffee, SILVIA takes her break at one of the
tables.  She puts a coin in the juke box slot and makes a
selection.  THE BLENDELL'S "LA,LA,LA,LA,LA." plays under as
PEDRO clears a nearby table.

                    SILVIA
          You haven't said five words to me in two
          hours.

                    PEDRO (sits)
          It's been busy.

                    SILVIA
          Not that busy.

                    PEDRO
          I've been busy thinking.

                    SILVIA
          Your brain must be tired by now.

                    PEDRO
          I'm tired of worrying.

                    SILVIA
          You've been worrying, too, ah?

                    PEDRO
          The students will probably walk out
          Friday.  

                    SILVIA
          That's good!

                    PEDRO
          Principal Morton thinks I'm one of the
          leaders---so I could get suspended.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     76.


CONTINUED:                                                 88

                    SILVIA
          That's bad.

                    PEDRO
          My friend, Rudy, came back from 'Nam in
          a wheelchair, paralyzed.

                    SILVIA
          Madre santisima!

                    PEDRO
          And my dad doesn't want me to see you
          anymore.

                    SILVIA
          Oh.  
                    (beat)
          Does he think you can work with your eyes
          closed?

                    PEDRO
          He doesn't know I'm working.

                    SILVIA
          Ay, Parrilla.

                    PEDRO
          What should I do?

                    SILVIA
          Do like Oedipus and pluck your eyes out.

                    PEDRO
          Eddie Pus?  Sounds like an infection.

                    SILVIA
          Some Greek mother.  You'll probably run
          into him in college.

                    PEDRO
          He'll run into me.  If I pluck out my
          eyes, then I really wouldn't be able to
          see him OR you.

                    SILVIA
          So, you keep your eyes.  It makes driving
          easier.  Now there's not much you can do
          about Rudy, but you still have to decide
          whether or not to walk out and get
          suspended.

                    PEDRO
          What about you?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     77.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            88

                    SILVIA
          If I can get off work, I'll walk out; it
          sounds like fun.

                    PEDRO
          I mean what about my seeing you?

                    SILVIA
          That's a tough one.  Pretend I'm a
          figment of your imagination.

                    PEDRO
          And pretend I'm not in love with you?

                    SILVIA
          Just don't tell me and don't put any-
          thing in writing.

                    PEDRO
          But I've already told you.

                    SILVIA
          I know.  But I've already forgotten.  So
          don't tell anybody else and you've got
          nothing to worry about.

                    PEDRO
          I should tell Vicky?

                    SILVIA
          Oh, you play dirty, canijo.

                    PEDRO
          What do you mean dirty?

                    SILVIA
          Ay, Parrilla!

THE BLENDELL'S "LA,LA,LA,LA,LA." FADES.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. PARRILLA HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                    89

Newsreporter, EMILIO ZARAGOZA, and his SPANISH LANGUAGE TV
NEWS blare on the set, illuminating a sleeping SR.  PARRILLA,
as PEDRO unexpectedly peeps through the window.  

                    ZARAGOZA (in Spanish)
          "...in another day of confrontation
          between students and Paris police, that
          ultimately threatens to close the
          university....

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     78.


CONTINUED:                                                 89

Pedro enters carefully, kills off his dad's near-empty bottle
of tequila & creeps off to bed.

                    ZARAGOZA (CONT'D)
          Meanwhile, returning to the U.S., James
          Earl Ray, the accused assassin of civil
          rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.,
          continues to deny...   

                                        CUT TO:

INT. TV CONTROL ROOM - NIGHT                               90

Standing behind a couple of TV TECHS, CESAR TORRES watches the 
broadcast on a monitor and through a window to the set where 
ZARAGOZA wraps up the broadcast.

                    ZARAGOZA (CONT'D)
          ...any involvement in the assassination
          and no evidence has surfaced yet to
          support his allegations of being framed. 
          That concludes this evening's edition,
          please join us next time.  For Noticiero
          en Espanol, this is Emilio Zaragoza, muy
          buenas noches.  

Credits roll on a monitor to the newscast's CLOSING TUNE.  Off-
camera, Zaragoza unmikes himself, leaves the set and enters the 
Control Room.

                    ZARAGOZA
          Sr.  Torres, thank you for waiting.  Are
          you bored or intrigued by the
          broadcasting process?

                    CESAR
          I teach 30-40 students at a time.  From
          here, you can reach thousands!

                    ZARAGOZA
          Sr.  Torres,  the media is very powerful. 
          Unfortunately, in this country its main
          function is to sell products to
          consumers, not to educate or inform.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. HILLTOP - NIGHT                                       91

ANGLE ON CAR RADIO

OFF-SCREEN DAVID and GLORIA share the back seat of the Chevy
and some heaving breathing, but not much of the view.  A
version of "LA BAMBA CHICANA" blasts from the radio.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     79.


CONTINUED:                                                 91

                    SINGER (V/O)
          ...Para ganar la huelga, se necesita un
          poquito de boicot...Yo no sere vendido...

                    GLORIA (OS)
          Turn it down a little, David.  I've had
          enough.

WE SEE a hand reach over the front seat to the radio and lower 
the volume.

NEW ANGLE - Gloria combs her hair.

                    GLORIA 
          I want to talk.

                    DAVID 
          You want to talk?  Now?  About what?

                    GLORIA
          Things.

                    DAVID
          Like?

                    GLORIA 
          Like what would you do if I were
          pregnant?

                    DAVID 
          I would help you find the father.

                    GLORIA 
          Who's do you think it would be?!

                    DAVID 
          I don't know.  Could be anybody's.

                    GLORIA 
          ANYBODY'S!?  What kind of person do you
          think I am?!  

                    DAVID
               (seductively)
          Fine, esa.  Pero muy fine.

                    GLORIA
          Is that all you can say?

                    DAVID
          You're nice.  Pero MUY nice.

                    GLORIA
          How about insulted and bored?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     80.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            91

                    DAVID
          Bored?  We make out for 30 minutes
          straight and you're bored?

                    GLORIA
          David, you have to learn to kiss and
          breathe at the same time.  You're brain
          dead.

                    DAVID
          Don't worry about me, Gloria.  I can hold
          my breath for a pretty long time.  Watch.
               (holds breath)

                    GLORIA
          Do you know anybody that's better at
          conversation than sucking lips off?  Come
          on, David, we've got a walk-out coming
          down and you and I donÕt talk about it. 
          We never talk about anything really.  We
          donÕt communicate!  Thank God IÕm not
          pregnant.  

David exhales.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. EASTSIDE HIGH  - DAY                                  92

CESAR TORRES and another teacher, MANUEL (MANNY) HERRERA, walk 
from the office to the campus.

                    MANNY
          I'm not saying that there shouldn't be
          more of us teaching or that there
          shouldn't be bilingual education or
          bicultural studies.

                    CESAR
          It could mean more support for your
          Spanish classes.

                    MANNY
          That's true, but it's your tactics I
          can't support, Cesar.  The students will
          learn more by staying in class than by
          walking out tomorrow.

                    CESAR
          My tactics, nothing.  The students make
          their own decisions.

                    MANNY
          And I suppose you've had no influence?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     81.


CONTINUED:                                                 92

                    CESAR
          You underestimate the students, Manny.

                    MANNY
          There are some real radicals emerging,
          Cesar.  I'm even hearing talk of some
          international conspiracy.

                    CESAR
          Pura mierda.  Don't believe it.

                    MANNY
          One can never be too sure.

                    CESAR
          Now you're sounding like Molina.

                    MANNY
          I think Molina does the best job she
          knows how and I don't expect you to
          understand that.  If I don't give you my
          whole-hearted support on this matter,
          it's because you don't know the system
          yet; you're still too wet behind the ears
          to be rocking the boat like you are. 
          Things take time.  You want change now!

                    CESAR
          ItÕs only been about a hundred and twenty
          years.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. TEACHERSÕ LOUNGE - DAY                                93

CAMERA TRACKS around picking up bits and pieces of on-going
FACULTY conversation between bites.

                    TEACHER #1
          Now how many of us have never passed a
          student along just because we didnÕt want
          him back again?

CAMERA TRACKS ON.

                    TEACHER #2
          I donÕt understand this business of
          A.D.A.

                    TEACHER #3
          Student attendance generates money from
          the feds.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     82.


CONTINUED:                                                 93

                    TEACHER #4
          Average Daily Attendance pays your
          salary.

                    TEACHER #5
          No students, no class, no ADA, no job.

CAMERA TRACKS ON.

                    PRINCIPAL MORTON
          ThatÕs all we know.  We donÕt know how
          many will walk out, if any.

                    TEACHER #6
          You canÕt tell me Torres isnÕt behind all
          this.  Students donÕt do this on their
          own.

                    TEACHER #7
          God knows how hard I try.  This is
          terrible.  Such ingratitude.

                    MRS. REDDICK
          Anyone who thinks we donÕt try our best,
          has never been there to see the dedicated
          job our counseling staff does.  I donÕt
          understand how the students can write
          these things.

CAMERA TRACKS ON.

                    TEACHER #8
          Chicano Studies?  Why do they want to
          learn about that?  ThatÕs not not going
          to help them.  What is it anyway?

                    TEACHER #9
          All this boils down to having the
          students decide whatÕs important for them
          to learn.

                    TEACHER #10
          Are they going to do the teaching, too?

                    TEACHER #11
          Forget teaching.  The moneyÕs in
          aerospace.

CAMERA TRACKS ON.

                    TAYLOR
          ...and when the cops stepped on campus,
          the tension was so thick you could cut...

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     83.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            93

ANGLE ON DO0R

The ROOM GOES SILENT, as CESAR TORRES and MANNY HERRERA walk
in. Cesar looks around, turns and walks out.  Manny stands
alone feeling like heÕs conspired with the enemy.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. ROCKY'S - EVE                                         94

MUSIC TRACK: RENE & RENE "LO MUCHO QUE TE QUIERO" plays softly 
on the juke box as PEDRO and his father share coffee at a table.  
Dressed neatly for a job interview, SR.  PARRILLA enjoys the hot 
drink now that heÕs off the booze.  

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          Three months.  Que baboso.  Was I
          drinking so much I couldn't see that you
          were working?  Here I thought your mami
          was really stretching the unemployment
          checks.

                    PEDRO
          I guess we thought you'd find a job soon.

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          I found where the jobs are at, but they
          won't give me one.  

                    PEDRO
          Why, Papa?

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          Ay, mijo.  I'll be fifty next year and I
          didn't finish secundaria.  They want
          young men with high school diplomas. 
          Someday, they'll probably want college
          graduates, only.

                    PEDRO
          I want to go to college, 'Apa.

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          How mijo?  College costs money.

                    PEDRO
          I'm finding out about financial aid for
          minorities.  David and Sal are applying,
          too.
                    SR.  PARRILLA
          What do you want to study?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     84.


CONTINUED:                                                 94

                    PEDRO
          I don't know.  I just know that I have to
          go.  I guess I  want to feel educated,
          and if the Anglos can do it, I can do it.

SILVIA comes by with a pot of coffee.

                    SILVIA
          Mas cafe, senores?

                    PEDRO
          'Apa, this is Silvia.

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          Mucho gusto, Silvia.

                    SILVIA
          Encantada y un placer.  Will you be
          coming to the rally tomorrow, Sr. 
          Parrilla?

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          Rally?

                    SILVIA
          Tomorrow at Laguna Park after the
          students walk out.  

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          The students are walking out?

                    SILVIA
          Ay, Dios!

                    SR.  PARRILLA
          Pedro, are you walking out!?

                                        CUT TO:

INT. TORRES LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                            95

On the sofa,  AURRORA knits her first baby bootie as CESAR
leaves his paper correcting and approaches with a kiss.

                    CESAR
          I'm not walking out with the students.

AURORA, incredulous, canÕt help roll her eyes.

                    CESAR (CONTÕD)
          They don't need me to show them the way
          to the park and I have to be there for
          the students that don't walk out.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     85.


CONTINUED:                                                 95

                    AURORA
          Why are you changing your mind?

                    CESAR
          Walking off the job is a lot different
          than boycotting a class.  The students
          have to make the statement, not me. 
          Besides, I need a job to support a wife
          and a-a, child.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. RUDY'S BACKYARD SHACK - NIGHT                         96

PEDRO enters, finding the guys sprawled around (DAVID, SAL,
AUGGIE); RUDY in his chair.

                    PEDRO
          I hope I'm not too late, you guys.

                    AUGGIE
          Pedro would be late even if he only had
          to go to the bathroom.

                    SAL
          It's just us now.  We had representatives
          from Roosevelt, Garfield, Wilson,
          Lincoln, and Belmont.

                    DAVID
          It looks like there'll be students
          walking from almost all the Chicano high
          schools around.

                    PEDRO
          Chingale.  This is getting so big!

                    AUGGIE
          Could be over a thousand, huh?

                    SAL
          Maybe more.  

                    AUGGIE
          We're going to have a party de aquellas,
          vatos!

                    DAVID
          Everything's a party for Auggie Doggie.

                    AUGGIE
          Simon!  Getting out of school means party
          time.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     86.


CONTINUED:                                                 96

                    DAVID
          ThatÕs because the only decision you ever
          have to make is which finger to put up
          which nostril.

                    PEDRO
          It takes more than just fingers, eh.

                    AUGGIE
          Orale, Pedro, el chingon!

                    PEDRO
          And... I'm not walking out.

                    SAL
          You're what?

                    AUGGIE
          From chingon to coyon.

                    SAL
          You little chicken shit.

                    DAVID
          Hey, lighten up on the little dude.  I
          know how he feels.

                    SAL
          What are you turning chicken on me, too?

                    AUGGIE
          Que party poopers, estos!

                    DAVID
          I've got the principal coming down on my
          ass if I don't condemn the walk out and
          you guys if I do.

                    PEDRO
          I decided I want to go to college, so I
          can't risk not graduating.

                    AUGGIE
          You?  College?  

                    DAVID
          Simon!  Isn't this what it's all about? 
          Our getting educated?

                    SAL
          It's about educating ALL Chicanos.  You
          think I'm in this just for myself!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     87.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                            96

                    DAVID
          And I suppose YOU'RE going to get me into
          college!  

                    SAL
          Now tell it like it is.  Are you guys
          with us or against us?

                    DAVID
          Come on, Sal.  It's not that simple, man.

                    SAL
          It IS that simple, David!  United we can
          make some changes!  Divided we can't do
          jack!  Don't you believe in the cause?

                    AUGGIE
          Simon!  La causa!

                    DAVID
          You know I do!

                    SAL
          What about you, Pedro?

                    PEDRO
          Right now I don't know what to believe
          in, you guys.  There's too much
          happening.  The last few months,
          everybody's changed!  Sometimes I think
          Sal's right.  And othertimes I think it's
          just some power or glory trip!

                    SAL
          This is what I get for putting my ass on
          the line and getting suspended, huh?!

                    PEDRO
          All I know is that before this semester
          I never even thought about going to
          college!  Now I don't want to screw up. 
          What if they won't graduate us?  Then
          what!

                    AUGGIE
          The little dude is scared!

                    PEDRO
          All right!  So I'm scared!

                    AUGGIE
               (clucks)
          Puck-puck-puck-puck-PUCK!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     88.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                            96

                    DAVID
          So what if he's scared!  I'm scared, too!

                    SAL
          Me lleva!  All I see now is my carnales
          wimping out!

                    DAVID
          We're not wimping out!  This is not a
          street fight or a game, ese!

                    PEDRO
          I just don't know if walking out is the
          right thing to do.

                    AUGGIE
          It's too late now!

                    DAVID
          It's NOT too late!

                    SAL
          It IS too late.  This thing is bigger
          than all of us!  It's a student movement!  

                    AUGGIE
          A Chicano Student Movement!

                    SAL
          That's right!  And you maricas can't stop
          it.  Now I don't care if Pedro walks or
          not.  What I want to know is: 
               (to David)
          Are you going to turn vendido and condemn
          the walk out at the assembly tomorrow?  

                    DAVID
          I don't know.

                    SAL
          Carajo!  I can't even count on my
          friends!

Sal storms out.  Pedro and David have never felt more
pressure.

                                        CUT TO:

INT.  HOMES OF CESAR & SAL (ON THE PHONE) - NIGHT      95  97

INTERCUT

                    CESAR
          Morton isn't letting me address the
          students tomorrow.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     89.


CONTINUED:                                                 97

                    SAL
          Chingale!  What if pinche David condemns
          the walk-out?  Who's going to lead them
          out?  If I set foot on campus, Morton'll
          probably have me arrested.  What am I
          going to do, Cesar?  

                    CESAR
          You've done all you can do, Sal.

                    SAL
          What if nobody walks out?

                    CESAR
          You know that's not going to happen.

                    SAL
          You gotta lead them out, Cesar.

                    CESAR
          We've been through this already, Sal.

                    SAL
          You know a lot of students aren't walking
          'cos you're not going out with us.

                    CESAR
          That's enough, Sal.  Look, our work is
          done.  For the time being, anyway.  Now
          we just wait and see how big a statement
          the Chicano students of East LA can make.  

                                        CUT TO:

MUSICAL MONTAGE SEQUENCE (MOS):

VARIOUS - NIGHT                                                      

The music of EL CHICANO'S "VIVA TIRADO" underscores the
tension building in our characters, most of them having
trouble sleeping the eve before the storm.

INT. PARRILLA HOUSE / LIVING ROOM                          98

PEDRO watches TV with his FAMILY: his SISTER on the floor, he
and his PARENTS on the couch.  

Preoccupied, Pedro pays little attention to the tube; his mind 
is on something else, Silvia.  

INT. SILVIA'S APT / BEDROOM                                99

SILVIA & VICKY - sleeping together.





                                                     90.


INT. PARRILLA LIVING ROOM                                 100

PEDRO goes off to bed.

INT. AUGGIE'S BEDROOM                                     101

AUGGIE sleeps like a baby.  

INT. SAL'S BEDROOM                                        102

In bed, SAL reads John Womack Jr.'s ZAPATA AND THE MEXICAN
REVOLUTION.  He puts it down to reflect momentarily.

INT. DAVID'S BEDROOM                                      103

Wide awake, DAVID stares at the ceiling, lost in thought.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. TORRES BEDROOM                                       104

Restless, CESAR rises from his bed and sleeping wife, crossing 
to the baby crib, all prepared for the new arrival.  He runs his 
hand across the mattress and a toy strung from rail to rail.  
He's feeling the anticipation of fatherhood and the uncertainty 
of the next day.  

INT. RUDY'S SHACK                                         105

RUDY sits in his wheelchair, teary-eyed, staring out the door, 
holding his guitar.  He's been crying, but he's showing
strength.

INT. PEDRO'S ROOM                                         106

PEDRO picks up the phone to call Silvia; he hesitates, then
hangs up.

END OF MONTAGE SEQUENCE & EL CHICANO'S "VIVA TIRADO."

                                        CUT TO:

INT. EASTSIDE HIGH AUDITORIUM - DAY                       107

In a packed auditorium, bored STUDENTS sit through the
highlight of the school's Cinco de mayo celebration: VP
MOLINA's ethnographic slide presentation and patronizing
commentary of her vacation in Mexican provinces.  Molina
"lectures" from the podium on stage.  PEDRO, GLORIA & AUGGIE
sit among the students.  

EXT. IN FRONT OF SCHOOL - DAY                             108

SAL checks his watch and RUDY runs some licks on his guitar.





                                                     91.


INT. AUDITORIUM                                           109

ON THE SCREEN we see shots of small town plaza: a CHURCH,
GOVERNMENT PALACE, MARKET PLACE, STORES AND SHOPS, and a
BANDSTAND.

                    MOLINA (V/O)
          ... a church at one end, the government
          offices in a palace at the other, a
          mercado, stores and shops along the
          sides, were typical of all the little
          pueblos we saw.  And of course, a band-
          stand in the middle, where on Sunday
          afternoons the boys meet the girls.  

The LIGHTS go on, waking up the sleepy heads.

                    MOLINA (CONT'D)
          I know if I were a young girl growing up
          in a small pueblo like the one my
          grandparents did, I would want to be
               (MORE)

                    MOLINA (CONT'D)
          courted in the plaza with all the music
          and romance of ol' Mexico.  It's no
          wonder that they live just like they have
          for 1 or 2 hundred years.  Village life
          is so stable and just so romantic.  Thank
          you.  That concludes my presentation.  

A RASBERRY is heard over the WEAK APPLAUSE.  PRINCIPAL MORTON
approaches the podium with a proud grin, clapping with
conviction.

                    MORTON
          Thank you, Vice Principal Molina for a
          lovely presentation.  It was simply heart-
          warming and inspirational.  

                    VOICES IN AUDIENCE
          It sucked!  Que mamada!  Puro pedo! 
          Pinche pochada!  

Molina looks a little shaken.

                    MORTON
               (to Molina)
          Don't let it bother you, dear.  There are
          always the smart-ass malcontents.

On the verge of tears, Molina leaves the stage.

                    MORTON (CONT'D)
          Now I know you're all expecting to hear
          from Mr. Torres, but we're running over
          time and---

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     92.


CONTINUED:                                                109

                    AUDIENCE
               (resoundingly)
          Booooooooo!!!

                    MORTON (louder)
          ---But Mr. Torres is not....

                    AUDIENCE (louder)
          Booooooooooooooo!!!!  We want Cesar!!! 
          We want Cesar!!!  We want Cesar!!!

A little flustered, but not intimated, Morton steps to the
wings where David Lopez, ASB President, watches, as the
student body continues calling for Cesar.

                    MORTON
               (to David)
          I want you to get out there and quiet
          them down!  Maybe they'll listen to you.

                    DAVID
          What am I supposed to say?

                    MORTON
          I don't know.  Anything.  Tell 'em this
          assembly is over and they can go to their
          next class!

With his arms raised, David walks across stage to the podium.  
The crowd immediately quiets down.

                    DAVID
               (in mike)
          I have an announcement to make.

                    STUDENT #1
          Where's Cesar?!

                    DAVID
          I don't know.

                    STUDENT #2
          No seas vendido, David!

                    DAVID
          Principal Morton says the assembly is now
          over.  You can now go to your next class.

                    AUDIENCE
          Booooo!  We want Cesar!

                    STUDENT #3
          We get Cesar or we walk out now!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     93.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                           109

                    DAVID
          Wait!  Wait a minute!

                    SEVERAL
          Vendido!  Traitor!  Traidor!

David looks helplessly at Morton, who comes back on stage and
takes the mike.

                    MORTON
          This assembly is now over.  You may go on
          to your next class.

                    AUDIENCE
          Boooooo!  Where's Cesar?

                    MORTON
          Mr. Torres is unavailable at this time
          and the assembly is over.  Will someone
          ring the bell?

                    GLORIA
          Why won't you discuss our demands?!

                    MORTON
          This is not the time or place for the
          discussion of anything.  

                    SEVERAL
          Walk out!  Walk out!  Walk out!

                    MORTON
          Let's have some order!  There'll be no
          walk out!  That'll only get you into
          trouble.  The best thing you can do is
          just go on to your next class.  Right,
          David?  

David hesitates.  

                    MORTON (CONT'D) 
               (aside)
          David!  Tell them the most destructive
          thing they can do to their educational
          careers is to walk out!

David quiets the few walk-out chanters with the raise of an
arm.

                    DAVID
          My fellow students, you know the issues,
          you know the demands, you know what the
          response has been so far.  All I can
          say,...is to exercise your consciences.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     94.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                           109

                    SEVERAL
          All right, David!  Bravo.  Que huevotes! 
          Walk out!  Walk out!  Walk out!

AUGGIE & FEW STUDENTS rise, clapping hands and chanting.  
Morton shoves David aside, knocking him down.

                    MORTON
               (shouts)
          Anybody that walks out will be suspended!

                    STUDENT #3
          You can't suspend all of us, bofo
          principal!

With that MORE STUDENTS rise, clapping hands, and starting to
walk.  Then more.  And more.  PEDRO watches, scared.

                    MORTON
          I hereby order all of you to your classes
          imme---

A STUDENT pulls the plug from the podium to the floor,
disconnecting the PA, and cutting Morton off.

Morton scrambles off stage as David watches the developments
in amazement.  As MOST OF THE STUDENTS are walking out the
door, clapping and chanting, PEDRO, then DAVID, finally
follow.  The BELL RINGS.  

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. SCHOOL GROUNDS/GATE - DAY                            110

MORTON tries blocking the gate to the street.

                    MORTON
          Go back!  Go to your classes!  

The mob pushes him aside; he spots SAL wheeling guitar-toting
RUDY along the sidewalk clapping and encouraging students.

                    MORTON
          Outside agitators!

                                        CUT TO:

INT. CESAR'S CLASSROOM - DAY                              111

MORTON rushes in to find CESAR flinging darts at a target with a 
picture of Gov. Reagan and his top aide, Bonzo.

                    MORTON
          Torres!  Torres!  You've got to stop'em!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     95.


CONTINUED:                                                111

                    CESAR
          Stop who?  Stop how?

                    MORTON
          The students!  They're walking out!

                    CESAR
          Oh, yeah?

Cesar goes to the window.

                    CESAR (CONT'D)
          Well, what do you know about that?  

                    MORTON
          You're the only one that can stop'em!

                    CESAR
          Me?  I'm afraid they're walking out
          'cause of you, not me.

                    MORTON
          Now's not the time for it, Torres.

                    CESAR
          No, it never is.

A chant, "We want Cesar" precedes AUGGIE and a GROUP OF
STUDENTS, who storm into the room.  

                    AUGGIE
          Let's go Cesar!

                    MORTON
          Torres, if you walk, don't come back. 
          It's not a threat; it's a promise!

                    CESAR
          Sorry, guys.  I can't walk out.

                    AUGGIE
          A la chingada!

The students pick up Cesar, load him on their shoulders and
make for the door.

                    MORTON
          Torres!!

                    CESAR
               (helplessly)
          I'm not walking out!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     96.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                           111

                    MORTON
          You're on your way out of this
          institution, mister!

                    CESAR
          I guess that makes two of us, Mr. Morton!

                    STUDENTS
          All right!!!  Vamonos!

Morton is left standing in an empty classroom.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. EASTSIDE HIGH STREET - DAY                           112

STUDENTS SWARM out of Eastside High, clapping, shouting.  From 
the sidelines, PEDRO and DAVID watch, still uninvolved.

                    STUDENTS
          Education!  Not discrimination!  Educa-
          tion!  Not discrimination!  Education!...

Suddenly David erupts clapping and shouting.

                    DAVID
          BILINGUAL Education!  Not discrimination! 
          BILINGUAL Education!  Not discrimination!

Clearly, more students are walking than anyone ever
anticipated.  David gives Pedro a big smile and a nod.  No
longer afraid, Pedro enthusiastically joins in. The two make
for the head of the line, where SAL, RUDY, AUGGIE and CESAR
are coming together.  With Cesar still riding atop shoulders,
the group marches off.  

ANGLE ON RUDY W/GUITAR - He breaks into a rendition of "YO SOY 
CHICANO."

                    RUDY
          Yo soy Chicano, y tengo color.  Mexicano
          de puro honor.

ANGLE ON SCHOOL BLDG - Teachers look out their windows.

                    RUDY (CONT'D) (V/O)
          Cuando me dicen que hay revolucion
          defiendo a mi raza con mucho valor...

FULL SHOT - THE SCENE

                                        CUT TO:





                                                     97.


INT. PRINCIPAL MORTON'S OFFICE - DAY                      113

A disheveled MORTON talks to police on the phone.

                    MORTON
          What do you mean you can't do anything!? 
          We've got truancy laws!
                    (beat)
          I don't care what's happening at Lincoln!

MOLINA rushes in; Morton gestures her to wait.

                    MORTON (CONT'D)
          ...Garfield?  Roosevelt?  Wilson? 
          Belmont?
               (pause)
          Ten thousand!?  Get-get bigger jails!!!
               (pause) 
          What do you mean don't call you, you'll
          call me?!  Now listen here!  I --- I --
               (pause) 
          He hung up!  

                    MOLINA
          Some of the teachers want to know if they
          can go home.  All but 15 students have
          walked out.

                    MORTON
               (in schock)
          Ten thousand East LA high school students
          are walking out.

                    MOLINA
          Oh, my God.

She blesses herself.  Morton sighs deeply.

                    MORTON
          There goes our ADA.
                                        CUT TO:

INT. RESTAURANT/KITCHEN - DAY                             114

PEDRO bursts through the back door and into the kitchen, where a 
BUSBOY handles dirty dishes and SILVIA picks up an order.

                    PEDRO
               (breathless)
          Silvia!

                    SILVIA
          Pedro!

                    PEDRO
          I walked out!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     98.


CONTINUED:                                                114

                    SILVIA
          Looks more like you ran.

                    PEDRO
          I did, but I walked out first!

                    SILVIA
          Good!  How many walked?

                    PEDRO
          Everybody I think!

                    SILVIA
          Everybody?!

                    PEDRO
          Almost.  You should've seen it! 
          Everybody's marching down the boulevard
          to the park.  Do you want to come?

                    SILVIA
          I can't right now, Pedro.  But I'll try
          to get over there a little later.  

                    PEDRO
          Si,  no?

                    SILVIA
          Si.  Right now we're a little busy and
          Rocky won't be back for an hour.

                    PEDRO
          Will you marry me, too?

                    SILVIA
          What?!

                    PEDRO
          Will you marry me?  I love you, you know.

                    SILVIA
          I know.

                    PEDRO
          And I know you love me.

                    SILVIA
               (amused)
          You're pretty sure of yourself, aren't
          you?

                    PEDRO
          No.  But will you marry me anyway?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                     99.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                           114

                    SILVIA
          Well, not now!  I've got to work and
          you've got to go to the rally.  Maybe
          later.

                    PEDRO
          Maybe later?

                    SILVIA
          Maybe later.

                    PEDRO
          Are you sure?  

                    SILVIA
          No.  I'm not sure.  How am I supposed to
          be sure?!

                    PEDRO
          I don't know.

                    SILVIA
          Well, neither do I.  So get out of here
          a go to the pinche rally!

                    PEDRO
          Are you angry?

                    SILVIA
          No!!!  I'm not angry!!!

                    PEDRO
          OK, so I'll see you later?

                    SILVIA
          OK!  I'll see you later!!!

                    PEDRO
          Bye.

                    SILVIA
          BYE!!!!!!

Pedro runs out.

TIGHT ON BUSBOY - Rinses dishes; shakes his head.

                    BUSBOY
          Tocadiscos, hombre!

                                        CUT TO:

MUSIC TRACK: YO SOY CHICANO, resumes.





                                                    100.


EXT. WHITTIER BLVD - DAY                                  115

INTERCUT "SEAMLESSLY" FROM REQUIEM 29 (and other stock
footage): THOUSANDS of young Chicanos, including Brown Berets, 
march down the Blvd, many with raised fists, giving power 
salutes and yells.  Picket signs read: "Brown is Beautiful," 
"Unidos estamos."

                    RUDY V/O (CONT'D)
          Tengo todita mi gente, para la
          revolucion.  Voy a luchar con los pobres,
          Pa' que se acabe el borlon.

An array of various picket signs and banners read: "Bilingual
Education, Not Discrimination," "Stop Killing Chicanos in
Vietnam," "End Police Brutality and Gestapo Tactics,"
"Organizense Raza," "Chicano Power," "Bajo con la guerra
vietnamita," "End Cultural Genocide in Our Schools," "La Raza
Unida Jamas Sera Vencida," "El Pueblo Vencera"...

                    RUDY V/O (CONT'D)
          Tengo mi par de caballos, para la
          revolucion.  Uno se llama canario, Otro
          se llama gorrion.

INTERCUT FROM REQUEIM 29: WIDE SHOT OF LAGUNA PARK - Packed.  

                    RUDY V/O (CONT'D)
          Tengo mi orgullo, tengo mi fe.  Soy
          diferente, soy color cafe.  Tengo
          cultura, tengo corazon, Y no me lo quita
          ningun cabron.

FROM R-29: ANGLE ON FOLCLORICAS - Dancing.

FROM R-29: CLOSE UPS - Young Chicano faces.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. STREET - DAY                                         116

AN ENGLISH-LANGUAGE NEWSREPORTER interviews CESAR.

                    CESAR
          This is hardly a simple class-ditching
          exercise.  These are students that gen-
          uinely feel their schools can do a better
          job of educating them.

                    REPORTER
          And what has been the response of the
          school board and administration thusfar?

                    CESAR
          Instead of opening a dialog, they've
          chosen to ignore the students.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    101.


CONTINUED:                                                116

                    REPORTER
          How will they respond now?  

                    CESAR
          Hopefully, this peaceful demonstration
          will encourage them to listen and move
          toward resolving the problems.  

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. PARK/STAGE - DAY                                     117

A placard indentifies a group on stage: EL TEATRO CHINGONCITO
performing "EL PICKET SIGN."

                    SINGERS
          El picket sign, el picket sign, Lo llevo
          por todo el dia.  El picket sign, el
          picket sign, conmigo toda la vida.

ANGLE ON OUR GROUP 

AURORA TORRES sits on a blanket in front of the stage,
surrounded by PEDRO, DAVID, GLORIA, SAL & AUGGIE.  Gloria
curiously rubs Aurora's belly, as the guys engage in some
elaborate "Chicano" handshakes.  

                    SINGERS (V/O)
          Que vivan los estudiantes todos los que
          son Chicanos, ellos son la sal hermanos.

          El picket sign, el picket sign, lo llevo
          por todo el dia...

ANGLE ON BLANCA - She spots Pedro and turns her nose up,
prefering to concentrate on the music.

ANGLE ON PEDRO - Spots Blanca; he looks a little embarrased.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. STREET - DAY                                         118

                    REPORTER
          One last question, Mr. Torres.  There are
          unconfirmed reports that this is an
          international conspiracy directed by
          Moscow via Mexico.

                    CESAR
          Bullcaca.

                    REPORTER
          Pardon me?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    102.


CONTINUED:                                                118

                    CESAR
          Do you see any Russians around?

                    REPORTER
          No, but I do see a lot of Mexicans.

                    CESAR
               (amused)
          There have been Mexicans around here long
          before any of your ancesters started
          showing up.  And you have no idea of the
          trouble we've been having ever since.  

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. STAGE - DAY                                          119

As MC, SAL introduces RUDY on stage.

                    SAL
          I don't have to remind anybody that a
          disproportionate number of Chicanos are
          dying in Southeast Asia.  Our next
          speaker is a carnal who's lived on my
          block since we were little escuincles. 
          He's lucky to be back, and we're lucky to
          have him say a few words to us.  Un
          aplauso muy grande para nuestro
          companero, Rudy Marin!

Rudy rolls himself forward, as Sal lowers the mike.

ANGLE ON OUR GROUP - Applauding.

ANGLE ON BLANCA - Suddenly interested.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. SILVER DOLLAR BAR                                    120

CESAR greets Chicano reporters, FLORES & ZARAGOZA at the bar.

                    CESAR
          I hope I didn't keep you guys waiting too
          long.

                    FLORES
          No, we were just talking shop.

                    CESAR
          I was being interviewed by this tapado
          gringo reporter.

                    FLORES
          Aren't all reporters?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    103.


CONTINUED:                                                120

                    ZARAGOZA
          Que?  Tapado o gringo?

                    CESAR
          Present company excluded, both.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. STAGE/PARK - DAY                                     121

                    RUDY
          ...but I don't hate nobody no more. 
          Eventhough my Chicano brothers are dying
          over there, I know things are going to be
          different.  Mi raza is coming together;
          we're looking out for each other now.

TIGHT ON BLANCA -  Moved to tears.
                                        CUT TO:

INT. SILVER DOLLAR BAR                                    122

CESAR shares a beer with his reporter friends, FLORES &
ZARAGOZA.

                    CESAR
          It's in the questions they ask, and the
          conclusions they draw.  Frankly, they
          could care less.

                    FLORES
          They see the readership or audience only
          as White anglo saxon protestant, and they
          reinforce all the pre-existing
          assumptions and misperceptions they have
          about us.

                    ZARAGOZA
          Efectivamente.  The English language
          media cannot objectively cover issues and
          events relating to Latinos, at least not
          without more Latino reporters.

                    FLORES
          Tell that to my editor.

                    ZARAGOZA
          Cuando quieras.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. EASTSIDE HIGH STREET - DAY                           123

The ENGLISH LANGUAGE REPORTER interviews Eastside High
Principal, MORTON.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    104.


CONTINUED:                                                123

                    MORTON
          Dialog?!  You can't expect them to
          understand the complexities of the
          educational process.  They're being
          manipulated.  

                    REPORTER
          So what's to be done?

                    MORTON 
          If our law enforcement officials had any
          guts, they'd come in a put a stop to this
          outrageous insurrection.

                    REPORTER
          But it's a peaceful demonstration.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. SILVER DOLLAR BAR                                    124

CESAR guzzles his drink and gets up to leave.

                    CESAR
          It's time for me to get over to the
          rally.  I don't want to miss Corky
          Gonzalez, and I want to check on my wife. 
          With a baby in her panza she doesn't get
          around too easily.

                    ZARAGOZA
          We'll be over there en un tantito.

                    FLORES
          I don't want to miss Corky either, but I
          can't put away beer like that.

                    CESAR
          Well, we'll see you guys in a few
          minutes, then.

Cesar pats their shoulders and walks off.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. STAGE - DAY                                          125

A banner identifies the group on stage: EL TEATRO CHINGONSOTE
performing a corrido: "DESDE MEXICO HE VENIDO"

                    PERFORMERS
          ...En tiempo que hay eleccion es puro
          'alo' y 'hay mai fren,' ay, navaja, no te
                    (more)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    105.


CONTINUED:                                                125

                    PERFORMERS (Cont'd)
          amelles!  Ya viene llegando el tren...  

                                        CUT TO:

INTERCUT FROM R-29: SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES cross the street in
front of a market.  Others in the park move into position.  

                    PERFORMERS (V/O)
          ...Ya pasada la eleccion, ya no hay mas
          'alo' y 'hay mai fren.' Pongan cuidado,
          senores, que ese tiempo se acabo.

DEPUTIES RUSH FLEEING CHICANOS.

ANGLE ON OUR GROUP NEAR THE STAGE

CESAR returns to find his WIFE, PEDRO, AUGGIE, DAVID & GLORIA
enjoying the entertainment.

                    AURORA
          So you decided to come back to me.  What
          was her name?

                    CESAR
          Chamba.  Jale.  

                    GLORIA
          She almost sounds African.

                    DAVID
          Well, black is beautiful, too, no?

                    AURORA
               (to Cesar)
          But not black and blue, like when I get
          through with you.

Shouts and screams come from behind them.  Cesar cranes to
see.

                    CESAR
          What the hell?

>From on stage, SAL yells.

                    SAL 
          Ooo-que-la--!  There just had to be a
          fight.

                    AUGGIE
          Orale pues!  Chingasos!!

                    PEDRO
          Who?!  Who's fighting!!

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    106.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                           125

                    AUGGIE
               (pats fist)
          Who cares!  Les damos en la madre!

                                        CUT TO:

MUSIC TRACK: The pounding percussion and whailing guitar in
SANTANA'S JINGO underscore the pain and punishment of the
ensuing sequence, a stylized blend of stock and directed
footage.

INTERCUT REQUIEM 29 -  A sheriff's deputy blindsides a man
with a club to the head .

ANGLE ON DAVID & GLORIA -  David tries to protect his head
with one arm and Gloria with another.  A DEPUTY'S CLUB bashes
his arm and sends him to the ground.

INTERCUT REQUIEM 29 -  FOUR DEPUTIES carry off a MAN.

ANGLES ON CESAR & SAL -  They are carried off by a team of
EIGHT DEPUTIES.  

ANGLE ON PEDRO & AURORA TORRES - Pedro restrains Cesar's
frantic wife.

INTERCUT REQUIEM 29 -  A tear gas cannister lands in the
middle of a group; a youth throws it back.  

ANGLE ON STAGE - RUDY rolls off stage, falling out of his
chair.

INTERCUT REQUIEM 29: A DEPUTY beats a YOUTH, on the ground
kicking in self-defense.

ANGLE ON AUGGIE - A whack from a DEPUTY'S billy club leaves
him on the ground.

ANGLE ON PEDRO & AURORA TORRES -  She's gone into labor; Pedro 
helps find refuge under the stage, behind the skirts.

INTERCUT REQUIEM 29 - After she throws a bottle, a DEPUTY
blindsides A WOMAN, brutally hitting her in the back of the
head and in the ribs; then facing a barrage of rocks and
bottles, he charges forward.

ANGLE ON BLANCA & RUDY -  Tenderly helping Rudy off the
ground, she gets whacked by a PASSING DEPUTY.

UNDER THE STAGE - AURORA TORRES starts an anguishing delivery; 
we can read her husband's

ANGLE ON PADDY WAGON - DEPUTIES take some pleasure in roughing 
up CESAR and SAL.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    107.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                           125

ANGLE ON RUDY & BLANCA -  Recovering and showing mutual
concern.

UNDER THE STAGE -  PEDRO delivers the TORRES' BABY; he places
the baby wrapped in his shirt in AURORA's arms.

ANOTHER ANGLE ON PEDRO - He sticks his head out, from behind
the stage skirts.  Ducking a swipe by the first passing DEPUTY 
with a club, Pedro turns, looks the other way not seeing a 
SECOND DEPUTY, who passes, leaving Pedro knocked out cold from a 
brutal macanazo.

INTERCUT REQUIEM 29 -  Swarming and clearing out the park the
DEPUTIES continue to beat and drag away resentful and
resisting CHICANOS.

                                        CUT TO:

EXT. SILVER DOLLAR BAR - DAY  (FREEZE FRAME/STOCK STILL)  126

A DEPUTY stands in front of the Silver Dollar pointing a tear-
gas rifle into the saloon.

INT. SILVER DOLLAR BAR                                    127

Ready to leave, ZARAGOZA and FLORES stand up and down their
beers.

SFX: The deafening blast from the deputy's rifle reverberates, 
ending JINGO.

                                        CUT TO BLACK.

FADE IN:

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY                                  128

SILVIA stands by PEDRO'S bed, as the TV SOFTLY BROADCASTS news 
in English.  An unconscious PEDRO breathes deeply, his head 
bandaged.

                    NEWSCASTER
          ...Several community organizations have
          demanded an investigation into the
          actions of the County Sheriff's
          Department that left two Mexican-American
          journalists dead and a mile of
          destruction along East Los Angeles'
          Whittier Blvd, two days ago.
               (beat)
          While community spokespersons decry the
          Department's actions as unprovoked,
          excessive and racially motivated,
          official sources maintain that the
               (MORE)

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    108.


CONTINUED:                                                128

                    NEWSCASTER (CONTÕD)
          Department acted appropriately and
          justifiably to disperse rock and bottle
          throwing demonstrators before they could
          do damage to public property or loot
          local businesses...   

Pedro comes to.
                    PEDRO
               (groggy)
          The baby!...What happened?  Is the baby
          OK?  Where am I?  How did I get here?

                    SILVIA
          You're in the hospital.  You were hit in
          the head.  And you didn't have a baby.

                    PEDRO
          No baby?

                    SILVIA  
          I found you sleeping under the stage at
          Laguna Park like a wino.

She takes a letter from the dresser.

                    SILVIA
          Here.  Your mother left this for you a
          little while ago.

                    PEDRO
          My mother?

                    SILVIA
          Yes, your mother!  You must have been hit
          pretty hard!  No baby, but you do have a
          mother.

                    PEDRO
               (opens letter)
          It's all blurry.

                    SILVIA
          Here, let me.  (reads)  A caray!  

                    PEDRO
          Que?

                    SILVIA
          Contingent upon your graduation, you've
          been accepted to LA State!  

                    PEDRO
          Chingao!  I never thought I'd!  --- I
          gotta graduate, huh?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    109.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                           128

                    SILVIA
          You still might.  I don't think Eastside
          High wants you for another year.

                    PEDRO
          Did we get married yet?

                    SILVIA
          No.  You decided to have the baby first.

                    PEDRO
          Oh.  Well, shouldn't we get married,
          then?

                    SILVIA
          After.

                    PEDRO
          After?  After the next baby?

                    SILVIA
          After your graduation.

                    PEDRO
          After graduation!

                    SILVIA
          From college.

                    PEDRO
          Oh.

                                        CUT TO:

INT. ANOTHER HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY                          129

In bed with the baby at her side, AURORA reads EL GRITO DEL
PUEBLO, a local independent newspaper, with the headline: ELA
COMMUNITY DENOUNCES RACIST ATTACK AND MURDER OF FLORES &
ZARAGOZA;" and a subheadline: "TORRES AND 13 STUDENTS FACE
CONSPIRACY CHARGES IN ELA WALK-OUTS." A still of the Deputy
shooting into the Silver Dollar Bar is displayed front and
center.  With flowers in hand, CESAR pokes his head through
the door, enters and approaches his wife's bed.

                    AURORA
          Mira, mijita.  Tu papi, the jailbird.

                    CESAR 
               (taking baby)
          Que linda!

                    AURORA
          They're charging you with conspiracy.  Do
          they have a case?

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    110.


CONTINUED:                                                129

                    CESAR
          It depends on how much they have to make
          up.  I don't know why the hell the cops
          had to be there.  We weren't hurting
          anyone.  

                    AURORA
          They said in the paper that someone threw
          a rock or a bottle at them.

                    CESAR
          And that started the whole thing?

                    AURORA
          You know how they treat us.

                    CESAR
          Something has to be done about the deputy
          that shot Ben and Emilio.

                    AURORA
          It won't happen, Cesar.

                    CESAR
          But these are journalists!  Educated
          professionals!

                    AURORA
          Pero son Mexicanos.

                    CESAR
          I know....I'm suspended till June.  Then
          they'll decide what to do with me.

                    AURORA
          Ay, Cesar.  It's a good thing I have the
          savings.

                    CESAR
               (kisses her) 
          Can you believe some teachers say they're
          hurt 'cause they've tried so hard to do
          a good job.

                    AURORA
          Poor babies.  Did the cops bust their
          heads, too?

                    CESAR
          They'd be screaming bloody murder.

                    AURORA
          Over 10 thousand students, and their
          families.  I still can't believe it
          happened.  

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    111.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                           129

                    CESAR 
          We've got pictures and film.  They won't
          be able to write this one out of the
          history books....We have to name this
          hermosura.

                    AURORA
          She has a name.  Adelita.  Because she
          was born into the revolution.

                    CESAR
          Not bad.  I have a middle name for her.

                    AURORA
          Oh, no.  Well, at least she's not a boy. 
          That saves her from Cuauhtemoc or
          Moctezuma.

                    CESAR
          Tonantzin.

                    AURORA
          Ay, Dios.  Sounds like a pain reliever.  

                                        CUT TO:

                    SUPER: JUNE

EXT. MAN ON THE STREET - DAY                              130

He reads the DAILY METROPOLITAN with the headline: "District
to Consider Proposals for Bilingual-Bicultural Education;
Teacher Reassigned For Fall; Authorities Prepare for ELA
Graduation Disturbances."

EXT. HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM STEPS - DAY                   131

ANGLE ON DOORS - Bursting open with a flow of CAPPED & GOWNED
GRADUATES.

ANGLE ON PEDRO - His hand is taken and pulled by VICKY toward
SILVIA.

                    VICKY
          Andale, Pedro

                    PEDRO
          David!

ANGLE ON DAVID & GLORIA - He pulls her along with his casted
arm.

                    DAVID
          Come on.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    112.


CONTINUED:                                                131

ANGLE ON PEDRO'S FAMILY 

Pedro's MOTHER, SISTER, FATHER w/camera, waiting.  SAL &
AUGGIE stand off to the side.

ANGLE ON SAL & AUGGIE

                    SAL
          That's just the beginning!  The Plan de
          Aztlan will lay out a program of action
          to deal with all those issues! 
          Especially when cops get away with
          beating up women and children and blowing
          away journalists.

                    AUGGIE
          How can you talk about going to this
          chingon Southwest Chicano student
          conference, when you won't even be a
          student?

                    SAL
          If I make up my fifteen credits and get
          into the university next year, what does
          that make me?

                    AUGGIE
          A year behind David.

                    SAL
          Chale, a year to do some organizing and
          heavy-duty reading, brother!  Then we'll
          see who's behind!  

                    AUGGIE 
          And what if we get convicted of
          conspiracy charges and we go to jail?  

                    SAL
          O.K., so I don't go to the conference.

ANGLE ON RUDY & BLANCA - She holds the door open and awkwardly 
helps him out.

ANGLE ON GROUP - PEDRO arrives with SILVIA, VICKY, DAVID &
GLORIA right behind.  

                    DAVID
          Hey, you guys!  Guess what!  Gloria's
          going with me in September!

                    GLORIA
          He's not the only one who got admitted to
          the University of Aztlan, but he thinks
          I'm going with him.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    113.


CONTINUED:  (2)                                           131

                    YOLANDA
          Aztlan?

                    DAVID
          You know!  The home of the Aztecs before
          they went chasing the eagle and the
          snake.

                    PEDRO
          It's now the Southwest U.S.

                    YOLANDA
          Are the guys any good there?

                    DAVID
          Well, I'm going.  What does that tell
          you, chulita?

                    YOLANDA
          Maybe Gloria can do better.

                    DAVID
          What do you know, mocosa?  Besides boys
          can mess up your studies, right Gloria?

                    GLORIA
          Then your head, your body and your life!

                    AUGGIE
          Cold blooded!  That was from the North
          Pole, sister!

ANGLE ON BLANCA -  Looking disheveled and ragged as she
hustles bringing RUDY over to the GROUP.

                    RUDY
          OK, raza!  I'm here.  I even brushed my
          teeth because I'm going to smile, eh.

NEW ANGLE - THE GROUP 

                    SAL
          Wait a minute!  There's Cesar!  

ANGLE ON CESAR AND MANNY

They embrace; theyÕve reconciled.  Sal grabs CESAR and pulls
him over to the group.

                    DAVID
          Hey, man.  What's the news?

                    CESAR
          The talk is Chicano teachers, Chicano
          studies, and the district is listening.

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    114.


CONTINUED:  (3)                                           131

                    PEDRO
          Where are they sending you, Cesar?

                    CESAR
          The Valley.  Monroe High.

                    PEDRO
          IsnÕt Monroe the one...?

                    CESAR
          HeÕs the one.  You win some, you lose
          some.

                    PEDRO
          We haven't lost!  These are new
          beginnings.  La lucha continua.

Cesar smiles and extends his hand to a developing and now
former pupil.  

NEW ANGLE
                    PEDRO (V/O)
          I couldnÕt believe IÕd said that to him. 
          But after all that had happened,  we were
          all somehow different, stronger,
          unafraid.  

                    PEDRO (CONT'D)
          OK, you guys.  Let's get together.  'Apa,
          are you ready?  

                    PEDRO (V/O)
          Like I said when we started,  this is a
          story with an ending like a beginning. 
          Maybe itÕs like some continuing saga that
          wonÕt end because there are so many ways
          to wage our struggles.

Pedro & the GROUP, SR.  PARRILLA & OTHER PARENTS approach the
street to position themselves to take a group shot as
SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES in riot gear assemble across the street.

A tense SILENCE comes over STUDENTS AND FAMILIES on one side
of the street facing menacing deputies on the other.  

Suddenly, a hand removes Auggie's GRADUATION CAP and launches
it across the street, striking a deputy squarely in the chest.  
The sides face each other momentarily until the crowd backs 
away, expecting an attack.

AUGGIE breaks from the crowd, crosses the street, cautiously
picks up the cap, places it on his head and backs away.  
Slowly rejoining the group, he ceremoniously moves the tassle
from one side to the other.  SR.  PARRILLA steps in front of
the group to set up his shot and 

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    115.


CONTINUED:  (4)                                           131

WE SEE THE GROUP framed through the lens of a HANDHELD CAMERA.

                    AUGGIE
               (un grito)
          Ayyyyyyyyyy!  Ay!  Ay!  Ay!  Ayyy!

Auggie raises both arms, Sal gives a power salute, David
raises his cast, while Pedro and Cesar give peace signs.  Rudy 
bears his teeth and Blanca straightens up.  The  SHUTTER
CLICKS and we

                                        DISSOLVE TO:

The resulting IMAGE of the GROUP supered over a stylized
MONTAGE of STUDENTS & FAMILIES in orderly dispersement with
the DEPUTIES never moving.  A rousing version of "EL CORRIDO
DE AZTLAN" erupts:

                    SINGER (V/O)
          De los files a los campos, De los barrios
          a los pueblos, Donde quiera que haya
          raza, Declaramos nuestro plan.  Nuestra
          gente es la raza, Y nuestro pueblo es
          Aztlan Ay, ay, ay, ay.  Al grito de
          guerra.  A liberar a nuestra gente Y
          hasta morir por nuestras tierras....     

  SUPER:  After one year, conspiracy charges were
          dropped against Cesar and the students
          for lack of evidence.

          An investigation led to no action taken
          against the deputy that fired the deadly
          teargas projectile into the Silver Dollar
          Bar.

As the images of the dispersing STUDENTS & FAMILIES fade,
leaving the GROUP SHOT, the CAMERA PANS the following
principals and their SUPERIMPOSED biographical info:

          PEDRO PARRILLA           Newspaper
          Reporter DAVID LOPEZ Legal Aid Attorney
          SAL RAZO Ph.D., Professor of Political
          Science

          RUDY MARIN         Handicapped Therapist/
                                   Special Ed Teacher

          AUGGIE CAZARES     High School Spanish 
                              /Adult ESL Teacher
                              / Girls Softball Coach
          GLORIA RIVERA      Broadcast Journalist

                                        (CONTINUED)




                                                    116.


CONTINUED:  (5)                                           131

          SILVIA SEVILLA     After her graduation
                              she started a pre-
                              school, became a children's
                              rights activists and married Pedro
                              after his college graduation.

          CESAR TORRES        Ph.D.,
          Historiographer

          The energy and heighten consciousness of
          Chicanos in the late 60's and early 70's
          led to unprecedented achievements in
          bilingual-bicultural education and
          faculty development through the late
          70's.

          Unfortunately in the 1990's, due to a
          decade of budget cutting and program
          dismantling, drop-out rates as high as 40-
          50%, overcrowding, deteriorating
          buildings and few bilingual-bicultural
          teachers prevail at Los Angeles Latino
          high schools.  

          Equally unfortunate, many sectors of the
          Latino Community continue to suffer
          brutal and racially-motivated treatment
          at the hands of law enforcement.

CREDITS ROLL

                    THE END




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