EXTERIOR AFTERNOON – HORSE STABLE
Rocco Lampone: Corleone henchman
Tony: A black man, Jack Woltz’s horse groomer
(ROCCO walks up to stable hand TONY )
Rocco: Hi, my name’s Rocco Lampone, how you doing?
Tony: (suspicious) I’m doing fine. (looks down) What’s wrong with your leg?
Rocco: No kneecap on it, got it shot off in the war, North Africa.
Rocco: So, you been working here a long time?
Tony: Yes sir, going on five years.
Rocco: So Mr. Woltz treats you good?
Tony: Yes sir.
Rocco: Really? That’s not what I hear.
Tony: (says nothing)
Tony: He pays better than most.
Rocco: These are some nice horses you got here.
Tony: Yes sir, Mr. Woltz loves his horses. Treats them real nice.
Rocco: Better than he treats people sometimes, ay?
Tony: I wouldn’t know about that.
Rocco: He don’t like my friend Johnny Fontaine too much.
Tony: I noticed that. Everybody noticed that.
Rocco: He tried to make people think Johnny’s a communist.
Tony: He could do that, Mr. Woltz is friends with J Edgar Hoover.
(Rocco takes a large flask out of his coat pocket.)
Rocco: Do you mind if I…?
(TONY shakes his head, ROCCO takes a big swig and offers it to Tony. Tony hesitates, takes a quick glance around, and takes the flask.)
INTERIOR DUSK – HORSE STABLE.
Rocco Lampone and Tony have been joined by older stablehand Deacon.
Tony, Deacon, and Rocco Lampone sit, talking and smoking cigarettes. Tony has removed his hat.
Tony: Yeah, that mother fucker… He didn’t give a shit, he didn’t care about my sis. He got her strung out, and let her dangle.
He used her up. The cops know about all his dope, they didn’t do nothing.
Deacon: He left her ass in Beluthahatchie. Acts like he don’t deal in coal. Mr. Woltz likes ‘em young too. Real young.
Tony: He acted like he was dumb to the fact, but he’s the one that gave her that shit.
Rocco: Yeah nobody deserves that. Nobody. So what do you say? You guys wanna help? You take this (Holds out a thick envelope)
And all you gotta do is leave that barn door unlocked tonight.
(TONY takes a puff of his cigarette and takes the envelope.)
Tony: Stable door.
Rocco: Yeah, stable door.
(ROCCO stands up and leaves.)