Beckett (2021) – Transcript

Following a tragic car accident in Greece, Beckett, an American tourist, finds himself at the center of a dangerous political conspiracy and on the run for his life.
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John David Washington in BECKETT (2021)

While vacationing in Greece, American tourist Beckett (John David Washington) becomes the target of a manhunt after a devastating accident. Forced to run for his life and desperate to get across the country to the American embassy to clear his name, tensions escalate as the authorities close in, political unrest mounts, and Beckett falls even deeper into a dangerous web of conspiracy.

* * *

[“Born to Be” by Blood Orange plays]

♪ Even if a part of me has taken it away ♪

♪ Even if the blue subsides to gray ♪

♪ Start to claim a muscle And I feel it ebb away ♪

♪ Not a soul will take my place ♪

♪ Hide it all away ♪

♪ Is it face, what it take? ♪

♪ I got demons in my face ♪

♪ Not a soul will take my ♪

♪ Honeydew my memories are blessed ♪

♪ Just like I was in need ♪

♪ Honeydew my memories are blessed ♪

♪ Blue subsides to gray ♪

♪ What else can help you breathe? ♪

♪ Not a soul will take my place… ♪

Sorry, baby. I wasn’t thinking.

[sighs] You’ve never heard me shout before.

[sighs]

You scared me.

[laughs, sighs]

Even when we fight, we’re together, all right?

[sighs]

Let’s make it a rule. We’re together in this. All of it.

[man] In case I forget? Your finest work.


This is why we need to get on a beach. We need to be at the beach right now.

[shutter clicks]

Oh, oh! Lady in blue.

[man sighs]

Tell me how she got here.

We’re really going to do this?

[woman] Yeah.

[man] The one with the cap?

[woman] Um… She’s an adult spelling bee champion.

Spelling?

Yeah! Yeah, she won this trip at the Cedar Rapids Adult Spell-Off.

And what was her last word?

Festoon.

[both laugh]

Festoon!

Come on. It’s one of America’s easier bees.

Festoon.

Okay, uh… Your turn now. Mm-hmm… The couple over there. See?

Right there? She’s hanging on, uh… George.

George!

[man] He’s George. The guy. Not her.

[woman] Yeah?

[man] He wanted to go to a travel agent.

Okay. Yeah, wh… what was… what was the agency called?

[both] Mmm…

Ideal Travel?

Ideal Travel? That’s a great job, baby. That’s why you’re the best. Ideal Travel!

Oh, yeah, and halfway through arranging a trip for him and his wife, he started a sex affair with the agent. And when his wife found out and moved out, the agent exchanged those tickets for this trip.

A sex affair? [sighs, laughs] Have you ever noticed that all of yours end up kind of sleazy?

If you’re not gonna play, you can’t criticize how my people got here.

I mean, it’s… it’s a style. You’re just sleazy. Like, it’s just how sleazy…

[woman laughs]

[atmospheric music plays]

Wow! You can’t… you can’t go down there.

It’s fine.

Baby!

[man scoffs]

[shutter clicks]


[man speaking Greek on TV]

[man] Oh, there’s our square.

[woman] Yeah.

[crowd cheers on TV]

[man] There’s the hotel in Athens. What are they saying?

You were right. Crowds on Friday are expected to be twice as big.

I’m glad we got out of there then.

[crowd cheers on TV]

I mean, we could’ve watched the speeches from our balcony with little bottles of tsipouro.

Oh, no, thanks. That stuff tastes like you clean your floor with it.

I’m kidding.

Right.

Hey, I’m very glad we came up here. Thanks for rolling with it. I know that for every plan discarded, you think an angel loses its wings.

Well, you did make all these plans, so I can’t complain.

Thank you. I appreciate you said that. [chuckles]

I’m learning. [laughs]

[woman] We’re not supposed to be here. I mean, like, no one knows where we are, and it’s…

[Greek folk music plays]

It’s really just the two of us. Figures in a landscape. And Zeus had his oracle up here.

I didn’t know it was gonna be like this.

[woman laughs]

[man] Oh my God.

What?

I’m having a love attack. Currently.

[both laughing]

Save me from this love attack, please.

[woman] Sorry. I talk too much.

[both laughing]

Oh my God.

I think we should find one.

One what?

Oracle.

[door opens]

Maybe she can listen to the wind in the leaves and tell us where we’re heading.

I don’t need an oracle for that.

Oh, you know? You know where we’re heading?

[man sighs]

Is there anything you want to say? Hmm? Now you’re shy.

[kissing]

[door opens, closes]

Are you finished? With the food, I mean.

[laughs] I want to try a couple of the sweet things too.

Well, you just… [laughs]

Yeah, I… [laughs]

[woman clears throat]

I’ll be back in a minute. We need to get some gas as well. So… We’re running low.

[snaps fingers]

Venzini.

Venzini.

Venzini.

Oh, I got it! Venzini. Venzini.

Wait.

What?

Nothing.

Now you’re shy.


[“Orlando” by Blood Orange plays]

That rosewater thing was fantastic.

[both laugh]

You managed to find every bakery in North Greece.

Did you know Greek coffee is better for your heart than other coffee?

Yeah, I knew that. Everybody knows that.

[woman groans, laughs] It has more antioxidants. Yeah, the waitress explained it to me. I think that’s what she was saying.

Yeah.

[both laugh]

You call about tonight? We’re all set?

Beckett.

No…

You didn’t call them.

Uh, well, I… I meant to.

I texted you the number.

No, wait, wait, wa… Wait. No. Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.

[groans] Me, me, me, me. Oh, look, look! It’s… [gasps] It’s right here.

What is that? I can’t see that.

The number!

I don’t see any number.

There.

[scoffs]

[splutters] I just… I forgot to do it, and by the time we were done eating… [sighs] …I saw how late it was, so I…

It’s not that late.

I didn’t want to bother them, April.

The confused American calling is probably a lot better for them than unconfirmed guests showing up in the middle of the night.

[phone dials]

We paid. Why should we have to confirm? Isn’t that their job? [laughs] I mean, it’s the low part of the low season. They should be happy…

Hi. Do you speak English?

[woman speaking indistinctly on phone]

Yes. That’s us.

Well, then let me talk to her. She…

We’re driving to you right now. We just passed…

[splutters]

Uh… Nor…

Egnatia. Do you know where that is?

E… e… eggnog!

[woman speaking indistinctly on phone]

Of course. Thank you. See you as soon as we can. Bye.

Yassas!

[shushing]

[man laughs, coughs]

It’s fine. See? Yeah. Her daughter’s gonna wait up.

[“I’ll Be Around” by Otis Gayle playing]

Thank you. I’m not that bad.

With me? No. You’ve got no problem bothering me when you don’t like what we’re watching or what I make for dinner.

[laughs] Here we go.

Hmm. That’s your mental trick, okay? You just pretend other people are me. Just pretend it’s me, and you won’t hold back.

[seat belt clicking]

[laughs]

[April yawns]

Uh-oh, uh-oh, copilot.

[chuckles, groans]

You all right over there?

You’re okay to drive?

[squealing, laughing]

Yeah, I got it. I got it.

[“I’ll Be Around” continues playing]

[Beckett sighs]

[“Plastic Fantastic Lover” by Jefferson Airplane playing]

[tires thump]

[Beckett sighs, clears throat]

[“Plastic Fantastic Lover” continues playing]

[sighing]

[tires screech]

[Beckett sighs]

[rattling]

[crunching]

[Beckett grunting]

[glass shatters]

[glass shattering]

[crumbling]

[engine hissing]

[groans, gasps]

[panting]

[woman speaking Greek]

[Beckett] Hey! Help!

[breathing heavily]

[soft clattering]

[Beckett] April?

[crunching]

[grunting]

[rustling]

[seat belt clicks]

[groans]

[glass crunching]

[grunting, panting]

[continues grunting, panting]

[groans]

[panting]

April?

[tense music playing]

April?

[groans]

[groans]

[groans]

[metal screeches, crashes]

[footsteps approach]

[woman speaking Greek]

My girlfriend, Ap… April. April? Please.

[woman speaks Greek]

[Beckett breathing rapidly]

[groans]

[woman speaks Greek in distance]

[both speaking Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[in English] Bed. Bed. Come.

My girlfriend, April? Where’s my girlfriend?

[speaks Greek]

[Beckett] Please.

[speaks Greek]

[woman in English] Um, the car… How you say? Atihima. I’m very sorry.

[Beckett gasps]

[woman] You took medicine. Rest now. Talk after.

[Beckett gasps]

[Beckett sighs]

[man speaks Greek]

[woman] Um, he says, uh, he’s, uh, making, uh, arrangements. They, uh… they bring your, uh, wife to Ioannina, a bigger town near here. Um, you have to, uh, sign this to say it’s okay.

I want to see her. At the hospital, he said I had to wait.

[woman speaks Greek]

[man speaks Greek]

He says, uh… uh, you can, uh, see her when they get her ready for Ioannina.

Why not now?

[woman speaks Greek]

[speaks Greek]

Um, the, mmm, coroner has gone home, and he has the key.

[man speaks Greek]

[phone ringing]

Is there anyone you need to call to tell in America what happened?

Her parents.

[woman] Sorry?

Her parents.

[speaks Greek]

[phone line ringing]

[man 2] Hello?

Bob, it’s Beckett. Sorry I woke you up.

[Bob] Oh, hi, Beckett.

There was an accident with the car.

[Bob] A what? Are you… are you both okay? Is she right there, or…

[Beckett] No. I’m with the police right now.

[Bob] Beckett, what happened? Did someone hit you? Or you…

[Beckett splutters]

I sli… We slid off a road.

[Bob] Beckett, oh my God. Jesus. Are you… That’s…

[Beckett] I know.

[Bob] But you’re… you’re… you’re not in Athens? Where… where… where should we come to?

I… I don’t know.

That’s what I’m trying to figure out.

[Bob] Give them our number so they can call us. Stay with her. Is she… she… she unconscious or…

I will.

[Bob] Um, just tell us where we should come!

As soon as I know.

[Bob] Oh my God.

I promise.

[Bob] Stay with her. She’ll pull through this. She’s tough. She’s been through all her life. You know that. Have you… have you called her mother?

[Beckett] No. Not yet.

[Bob] I’ll… I’ll… I’ll do that as soon as we hang up, all right?

Yes.

[Bob] Tell her we’re… we’re on our way. I… I, uh… I can’t think straight. Um…

I’m sorry.

[Bob] No, it’s all right. I’ll, uh… I’ll start arranging with, um… Just, uh… Find out what…

[phone clicks into cradle]

[officer] Here.

Thank you.

I’m sorry for your loss, sir.

[Beckett] Thank you.

Is there anyone else you need to call?

Not right now.

[officer] Unbelievable. The accident, I mean. The house. I saw the damage. I went with the truck to pull out your car.

Where did we crash?

Down by the turnoff. Four kilometers away. At least there was no one in the house. Could have been worse.

[Beckett splutters]

There were people in the house.

[officer] No. Nobody has, uh, lived there for years.

I saw someone. Two people. A woman and a boy. Teenager, maybe. Uh…

Probably immigrants. Can you describe them?

Um… a boy, um… [clears throat] …red hair, maybe, or something.

[officer] Right. [sighs] Well, if there is… if there was anyone there, we should, uh, try to find them and make sure that they’re not hurt.

[Beckett] Yes, please do.

[officer] Yeah.

The boy was a redhead. I remember, he was a redhead.

Right.

[both speaking Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[both speaking Greek]

So, I think you should get some rest, and if we can be of any assistance, you let us know, all right?


[groans]

[inhales deeply]

[mysterious music plays quietly]

[birds chirping]

[indistinct chattering]

[speaking Greek]

[eerie music plays softly]

[music builds]

[breathes heavily]

[music builds]

[ground crunches, slides]

[debris ricochets]

[music intensifies]

[creaking]

[Beckett breathes heavily]

[eerie music crescendos]

[broken glass tinkling]

[stones scraping]

[sighs]

[gasps]

I can’t help.

[sinister music playing]

[gun firing]

[grunts]

[gunfire continues]

[music building]

[Beckett grunting]

[vehicle approaching]

[tires screech]

[both speaking Greek]

[woman speaks Greek]

[Beckett panting]

[officer] My friend! My friend, come out. It’s okay. There’s been a… a misunderstanding. Come out. It’s okay. It’s me.

[panting]

It’s okay. You’re gonna be…

[shot fires]

[Beckett screaming]

[gun firing]

[Beckett screaming, panting]

[shot fires]

[shouting in Greek]

[tense music plays]

[grunts, pants]

[dramatic chords playing]

[grunting]

[officer] There’s nowhere to go, Beckett!

[shouting in Greek]

Stop!

[grunting]

[officer shouts indistinctly]

[shouting indistinctly]

[both speaking Greek]

[rocks clattering]

[woman shouts in Greek]

[dramatic music crescendos]

[Beckett panting]

[officer] Beckett!

[music intensifies]

[grunts, panting]

[stones falling]

[officer shouts in Greek]

[twigs snapping]

[grunting]

[stones clatter]

[gasps]

[woman shouts in Greek]

[music builds]

[music crescendos]

[screams, groans]

[grunting]

[groans]

[grunts]

[sighs, pants]

[gasping, panting]

[grunts]

[gasps]

[dog barks, pants]

[man speaks Greek]

[dog barks]

[door creaking]

[men speaking Greek]

[door creaks open]

[Beckett screams]

[speaking Greek]

[speaking Greek]

[speaking Greek]

[speaking Greek]

I need… I need help. Phone?

[man speaking Greek]

[dog barks]

Is this your house?

Uh-huh.

[gasps, coughs]

[door unlocks, creaks open]

[man speaks Greek]

[door shuts]

Wait here.

[clattering]

[creaking]

[snaps fingers]

Come. Come.

[footsteps recede]

[man] Come. Sit. Show me.

Oh, okay. Okay.

Ah. Car… [continues in Greek]

[speaks Greek]

I just need a phone.

Yes, but I look first, okay?

[groans softly]

[man] Hey. This is… Oplo.

I don’t know what’s happening. People, they’ve been shooting at… [winces] They’ve been shooting at me. [groans] A policeman. Bad policeman.

A bad policeman?

[winces] An officer. He had a… a beard. [groans]

[man speaks Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[speaks Greek]

That you need.

[Beckett coughs]

[speaks Greek]

Help.

[coughs]

[dog barking]

Food. You want food?

I really just need a telephone, please.

Yes. Yes, okay.

[dog continues barking]

[vehicle approaching]

[grunts]

[dog barks]

[men speaking Greek outside]

[speaks Greek]

Three persons. Maybe my friends call police.

[knocking on door]

[man] Irema. You are not here. I make them go.

[pounding on door]

[dog barks]

[tense music plays]

[dog barking]

[pounding continues]

[music intensifies]

[dog continues barking]

[door unlocks, creaks open]

[man speaks Greek]

[man 2 shouts in Greek]

[man speaks haltingly in Greek]

[dog barking]

[man 2 shouts in Greek]

[slapping]

[man screams in pain]

[dog barks wildly]

[screaming]

[crashing]

[gun fires]

[dog yelps]

[man screaming]

[man 2 shouts in Greek]

[dog yelping]

[muffled shouting continues]

[music intensifies]

[panting]

[vehicle approaching]

[music building]

[music crescendos]

[Beckett] Hey.

[bees buzzing]

Excuse me, do you speak English?

Do you speak English?

Yes.

I need your help. I need to get a call through to the embassy or the consulate…

Look, hey.

[grunting]

Don’t… don’t do this, because they will sting you. Careful.

US Embassy. The US Embassy. Please.

You can have my phone. Wait. Yeah.

Thank you.

Shit. I don’t know how to call the embassy.

I’ll find out.

Please. Thank you.

[woman] Yes.

[woman, man speaking Greek]

[coughs]

[panting]

It’s ringing.

[vehicle approaching]

[horn honks]

[Beckett] Hello. Yes, yeah, I… I need… I need help. Yeah.

[man on phone] How may I help?

I’m up in the mountains outside of Ioannina. There’s a local police officer… No, there’s two… there’s two local police officers and a woman. Okay? They’re trying to kill me. I don’t know why.

[man on phone] Okay, just explain what happened.

I’m… I’m… I’m a US citizen. I was vacationing with my girlfriend. We got in a car accident. She died. Then I was attacked by a stranger.

[man on phone] I’m sorry, sir. Where are you?

[Beckett] I’m… Where is this place? What is the place called?

We’re close to Metsovo.

[Beckett] I’m close to Metsovo. Please, can you… can you just come and get me? Send somebody to come and get me and bring me in safely. Can you do that, please?

[man on phone] It’d take time to get to you.

[Beckett] How long?

[man on phone] A day at least.

A day?

[man on phone] Do you have anywhere you can go you would feel safe until we can get someone to you?

[Beckett] Can I come to you?

[man on phone] If you are…

[Beckett] What’s your name? Who do I ask for when I get to the embassy?

[man on phone] Officer Majessy.

Officer Majessy, I’ll see you soon.

What’s the fastest way to Athens?

By car. It’s about five hours.

Five hours.

[Beckett] By car?

Yes.

Five hours.

Look, don’t get this wrong way, we just can’t…

[Beckett] No, I understand, not by car. I understand.

Then, with train from Kalambaka.

[Beckett] From where?

[woman] Kalambaka.

How far is the train station? Kalambaka?

It’s far.

It’s far.

It’s at the bottom of the valley.

The road by the river?

This road. Follow the river, yes.

It’s too far to walk there.

I’ll figure something out. Here. Thank you so much. Don’t tell anybody that you helped me! Okay? All right? It’ll help my chances.

Take care.

Okay.

[gasps]

[tense music playing]

[man speaks Greek]

You speak English?

[man] Yes.

Are you with this bus?

Yes.

Please, I need to get to Kalambaka or any train station that can get me to Athens.

[men arguing in Greek]

[melancholy music plays]

[sighs]

[eerie music plays]

[man speaking Greek over PA]

[cat meows]

[cat meows]

[cat meows]

[meows]

[meows]

[train whistles]

[brakes squeaking]

[indistinct chattering in Greek]

[sighs]

[sighs]

[tense music playing]

[brakes hissing]

[man speaking Greek]

[both speaking Greek]

[Beckett grunts]

[breathing heavily]

[speaks Greek]

The man with the bees told us you called the embassy. Now, what did you say in that phone call?

Did you hurt those people?

Mmm, yeah.

Who’d you talk to?

I was… I wasn’t on the phone very long, okay? I wasn’t given a name.

Mm-hmm. And what’d you say about us?

I said I’d explain everything to them when I got there.

Okay.

[Beckett groans]

Look, I’m not the person you want, all right? There’s been a mistake. You don’t want me.

Now if you make a scene, I will tase you. Have you ever been tased? It’s horrible. You piss yourself. You shit your pants…

[officer grunts]

This man’s trying to kill me!

[both screaming]

[Beckett groaning]

[officer speaking Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[officer shouts in Greek]

[officer speaking Greek]

[Beckett screaming]

[grunts]

[screams]

[officer grunts]

[Beckett groans]

[conductor speaks Greek]

[officer speaks Greek]

[both speaking Greek]

He’s harmless.

[door opens]

[Beckett grunts]

[alarm blares]

[brakes screech]

[Beckett, officer grunting]

[officer strains]

[Beckett grunts]

[both shouting]

[gun fires]

[officer screaming]

[Beckett gasping]

[groaning]

[officer screaming]

[man shouts in Greek]

[men shouting indistinctly in distance]

[Beckett] I didn’t pull the trigger. I was just trying to protect myself.

[Majessy] You have to turn yourself in to the local police now.

If I do that, I’ll be dead in 30 minutes or less. You know I can’t do that.

[Majessy] Whatever legal assistance you require, we can provide it to you. We can answer any questions.

How about this? How about this question? How the hell did I get into this situation?

[Greek folk music plays]

[indistinct chattering in Greek]

[Beckett] I have things I have to do. I… I… I can’t…

[chattering in Greek over police radio]

[Majessy] Listen, you just admitted to shooting a police officer.

I need help.

[Majessy] The best thing you can do is go to the local authorities.

I need help.

[Majessy] We can only help you after you’ve turned yourself in.

I can’t stay here. I can’t stay here.

[Greek folk music continues playing]

[speaking Greek]

[eerie music playing]

[woman speaks Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[woman, man speaking Greek]

[man, woman arguing]

Hey, Eleni! This is pointless.

Come on, let’s go.

[speaks Greek]

Bye-bye.

[speaks Greek]

Goodbye.

Excuse me. Excuse me. Hello. Hi. Excuse me. Do you speak English? Do you speak English? Yes? What are these posters?

That’s for the Karras rally today in Athens.

[Beckett] No, I mean… Okay. This boy. Who is this boy?

That’s Dimos, Karras’ nephew.

[Beckett] Well, I… I’m a tourist. I don’t understand. What does that mean?

This boy was kidnapped, and he’s the nephew of a famous politician, all right?

People need to understand what’s happening to try and bring Karras down.

What is it?

[Beckett] I’ve seen him.

[woman 2] What?

I’ve seen this boy.

You’ve seen Dimos Karras?

In the mountains. There’re cops involved.

Is that why your hands are cuffed?

I’ve been running. My girlfriend and I were in a car accident, and we hit a house. That’s where I saw the boy, in that house. There’s been a woman and a cop trying to kill me ever since.

And you think these people have the boy?

They must. I need your help. I need a ride to Athens. That’s where the US Embassy is. You understand? They can help me. The US Embassy in Athens.

[woman 2] If he’s saying the truth…

[Eleni] That’s a big if.

[woman 2] Yes, but this could change everything, even save the boy.

[Beckett] Please.

You could be full of shit.

[man speaking Greek]

[dramatic music plays]

[woman speaking Greek]

The woman who’s after you, is she blond?

[grunts]

Okay. Get in the trunk of the car.

[music intensifies]

[Beckett grunts]

[woman 2] Fuck.

[Beckett panting]

What the hell are you doing?

[Beckett] Wa… wa…

[woman 2] Did you pee?

I hope you did, ’cause I’m not going to stop every 20 minutes again.

[speaks Greek]

We don’t speak Greek.

[speaks Greek]

We’re searching for a black guy. He’s under arrest. He shot a police officer. Have you seen him?

Oh, that guy!

[woman speaks Greek]

[man] Where did you see him?

[Eleni speaks Greek]

[woman shouts in Greek]

We’re going to drive a little out of town, and then we let you out. If you hear me, knock once.

[knocks]

[breathing heavily]

[car doors close]

[Eleni] What are we supposed to do now?

[woman 2] Start it.

[Eleni] I don’t like this at all. I’m scared.

[woman 2] Just drive. Okay?

[engine starts, revs]

[Eleni] Okay, okay.

[woman 2] Everything’s all right now. It’s fine.

[Eleni speaking Greek]

[mouthing]

Was she angry?

She’ll understand when we tell her everything later. She said to meet at Alex’s shop.

Alex’s shop? I don’t remember where that is.

On Pireos Street, by the hands. The praying hands.

I can take that off if you like.

Thank you.

[rustling, zipping]

Okay. Hold still.

[grunts]

You better not be lying to us about any of this.

I’m not that creative. Believe me.

Well, you left out the part about shooting a cop.

No. No, no, I didn’t shoot him. Okay, well, I didn’t mean to shoot him. He was drawing his gun on me. I was just trying to get away from him. It was only his foot.

What a relief.

The woman you were talking to, is she… is she police too?

No. I had to deal with enough police in my life to know that she was something else. But she was armed. Okay. Hold it.

[Beckett gasps]

This will help.

[Beckett groans]

Are we in danger?

Are we?

They know where I’m trying to go. They’ll be waiting. So, we have to be very, very careful.

[man speaking Greek over radio]

[woman speaking Greek over radio]

[Eleni] They’re discussing the kidnapping. The possible political motivations. Nothing new.

It has to be them, right?

Maybe. We don’t know.

[Eleni] She was armed. He said they have cop connections. She certainly looked like a fascist, and they have Dimos.

Do you know who these people could possibly be?

Well, there’s a group called Sunrise. They’re far-right, ultranationalist Greeks. They have the police in their pocket. They get away with everything. So far, no one has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping, but it’s very likely to be them.

The boy’s uncle understands people’s anger. He’s building a coalition to reverse the austerity measures imposed on Greece by the European Union and bring us out of the current bullshit.

That’s if he gets elected. And that’s why we’re going to Athens, because there’s a rally for Karras for the upcoming elections.

Wait, where’s the rally?

Syntagma Square. Why?

[Eleni] A lot of people think they’re trying to scare him into stepping down, and the police, I hope they do what they have to and protect him.

[breathing heavily]

Are you okay?

[Beckett hyperventilating]

Beckett, breathe.

[Eleni] Should I pull over?

No. No, no. Go on.

[Beckett continues hyperventilating]

It’s okay, you’re in the car. You’re safe. Okay? Breathe.

[breathes deeply]

Breathe.

[breathing slows]

[melancholy music playing]

[woman 2] What happened to your girlfriend?

[Beckett gasps] We weren’t supposed to be on that road. We were staying at Syntagma Square. Our balcony overlooked it. Somebody told us that there was a protest coming. Then they… they told us it was gonna be very loud, so, you know, we… we… We left.

[woman 2] You should lie down.

[breathing heavily]

Lie down. We still have some way to go.

[exhales deeply]

[woman 2] It’s okay. It’s okay.

[woman 2] We need to remember where that is, Alex’s shop.

[continues speaking indistinctly]

Oh! Are you okay? Here, take this.

[Eleni] What’s this?

What’s going on? Is there an accident?

[Eleni] I don’t know. There’s police on the road.

[men shouting]

[Eleni] They’re checking cars. What do we do now? You don’t think it has something to do with him?

Thank you.

[people shouting in Greek]

[horns honking]

[horn honks]

[people speaking Greek]

[horn continues honking]

[people continue speaking Greek]

[honking continues in distance]

[Beckett screams]

[motorbike approaches]

[Beckett sniffs, coughs]

[Greek music playing in background]

Hi. Hi.

[man] Can I help you?

Yes, the US Embassy, please.

[man] Omonia Station.

No, the US Embassy.

[man] Omonia Station. You want a 90-minute ticket or a 24-hour ticket?

Ninety.

[man] One euro and 20.

[woman speaking Greek over PA]

[train approaches]

[brakes hiss]

[door beeps]

[dramatic music playing]

[sighs]

[brakes squeaking]

[sighs]

[woman speaking Greek over PA]

[speaks Greek, laughs]

[eerie music playing]

[man continues speaking Greek]

[laughs]

[continues speaking Greek]

[dramatic chords play]

[Beckett screams]

[Beckett groans, screams]

[continues screaming]

[man grunting]

[both grunting]

[Beckett screams]

[man growls]

[Beckett groans]

[groans]

[man screams]

[knife clatters]

[Beckett grunting]

Help! Help me! He’s got a knife!

[woman] What happened?

Help!

[people speaking Greek]

[shouting, screaming]

Help me!

[all speaking Greek]

[Beckett grunting]

[man 2] Somebody, call the police!

[speaking Greek]

I need the US… US Embass… No, please, I just…

[train brakes squeaking]

[footsteps scraping]

[sighing]

One minute, sir.

[soft music plays]

[Beckett] Can you please not cover that?

[woman] I’m so sorry.

Thank you. Thank you.

[woman] I’m sorry.

[sighs]

[Majessy] Beckett. I’m Steve Majessy. We spoke on the phone. … Oh. … We’re gonna get you cleaned up. We’re gonna get you better. Don’t worry about it.

Thank you.

[sighs]

[man] You know he doesn’t know about that yet. Poor guy.

Yes. I gotta go. I will. Bye.

[footsteps approaching]

Beckett. Stephen Tynan.

[Beckett groans] Hi.

I hear you’ve been through hell. First things first… April Hanson. We located her. Apparently, the office in Ioannina refused the body. When they found out she was a US citizen, contacted us. So, she was brought to the embassy. She got here about an hour before you did.

She’s here? She’s here in this building?

[Tynan] Yes.

We’ll help arrange everything to get her back home. We’ve already been in contact with her parents, which is legal for us to do in a complicated case like this.

[clears throat]

Um, I need to see her.

[Tynan] Absolutely.

Would you come with me?

[Beckett inhales deeply]

I wanna bring her home.

[Tynan] Of course. Uh, as soon as that’s possible, given what’s happening. I’m so sorry for your loss, Beckett. [sighs] Let’s just talk, get all this straight. Now, the sooner we do that, the sooner we can get you both back on your way.

[somber music playing]

[gasps]

[whimpers]

[music building]

[crying]

[mumbling]

[mumbling]


So… you were saying?

Um… then, uh, I crawled out of the car, and that’s when I saw the redheaded boy. A couple days later, I… I went back there.

You went back there? Why?

To see.

[Tynan] To see what?

I didn’t know what I had to do. I went back there… because that was the place… where I… [gasps] It was my fault. The accident, it was, uh… It was my fault. And… and then, um… [sniffs] …uh, that’s where they found me. A woman and a cop, they… they started shooting at me. And I… on sight, and I just… I just ran. And they followed me, and they… they forced their way into a house that I was hiding in. And God only knows what… what they did to the man there that was taking care of me at the time. Uh… And they found me on a train.

Where you shot the cop?

[Beckett] They were waiting for me, there at the station. And, uh, near the embassy here.

Well… [clears throat] How did you get to Athens?

Uh, I got a ride, uh, a couple of activists. They were headed to the, uh… the Karras rally. That’s the reason I found out who the boy was. They said that the… the people that were chasing me were part of a group, uh, called, uh, uh, Sunrise. Or… or Pro-Sunrise.

Were you able to get their names?

Lena and Eleni.

[Tynan] Hmm. And do you think Lena and Eleni would go to the police on their own or the press?

I… I don’t know.

[Tynan] Well, if I wanted to find them, could I? I’d like to get statements from them anyway. [inhales] Anyone who can go on record that will vouch for you will help speed this up, Beckett.

Okay. All right. Um… They said, um… they said they were going to meet at a shop, uh, near the praying hands. “Praying hands,” do you know what that means?

Um… maybe.

[inhales] Okay, so… [clears throat] [inhales] It’s not Sunrise that’s after you. The activists think that because it suits their political narrative. They also think they can wave a magic crisis wand called Karras, and Greece’s austerity measures will just go away. They are… [clicks tongue] They don’t have the whole picture.

Then, who’s after me?

[Tynan] Can you identify the cop?

Yes, I sa… I said I can.

[Tynan] Okay.

[sighs] Here’s what we’re going to do. I know plenty of Greek cops who won’t try to kill you. I’ll take you to one of them. You’ll fill her in on everything. I’ll vouch for you.

[scoffs]

[Tynan] Since you’re not a diplomat, we can’t override whatever alerts the Greek police have out on you, but she can.

A… all right, but can this cop come here?

[Tynan] Uh… You know, it doesn’t work that way.

[Beckett] Well, I really don’t want to leave the embassy.

Look, I know you’re scared. I get it. I’m gonna be with you the whole way. To… to the end of this.

No alcohol. I’m on medication. Nurse’s orders.

Smart. I like that. We’ll take my car. It’s unmarked. Tinted windows.

Well, can we at least have an escort with us?

It’s not my personal car. It’s a civilian car. But it belongs to the embassy. It’s prepped, level six. It’s bulletproof.

Are they gonna be able to help the boy? Dimos?

Unlikely. Shall we?


[man on radio] … and breathing. Doing exercise early also ensures a healthy propulsion of all the body systems.

[“Pain” by Ohio Players playing]

♪ Pain is in my heart ♪

♪ Tearing me apart, yeah ♪

♪ Oh yeah ♪

♪ You know what I mean… ♪

[Tynan] You’ll be back in Ohio selling software again in no time. What you do there, right?

No, business systems integration.

[Tynan] Look at you.

[muffled chanting]

[Tynan] Uh, it must nearly be time.

[chanting grows louder]

[Tynan groans] Karras’ rally. They’re out here in full force, huh? Okay, I see you. Yeah. Don’t worry. Doors are locked.

[horn honks]

[thudding]

[horn honks]

Fuck. Goddamn it.

[engine revs]

[Tynan] Jesus fucking Christ. Sorry. Just wanna make sure we get there safe.

[tires squealing]

So, you said you’ve been out here four months, yeah?

[Tynan] Four? No, eight.

Really?

[Tynan] Yeah.

[Beckett] Well, how much further is she?

Huh?

Your… your contact, uh, how much… Where… She works out here?

Oh, yeah, yeah. She’s an honest cop, so they gave her a shit post. You know how it goes. The good guys get screwed, right?

[Beckett scoffs]

[woman on radio] Breaking news from Greece on the Karras kidnapping case.

Oh, listen.

[woman] A call was received claiming credit for the abduction. The caller, who was described as having a foreign accent, stated he was a spokesman for the extreme leftist organization known as the Communist Brigade. He announced that demands would follow soon. This casts a bad light on Karras, as he had declared the group’s separation from his coalition to be a peaceful and strategic one, painting a false picture of unity among the diverse elements of his party.

That sounds like Karras’ leftist coalition isn’t as coalesced as he’d hoped.

[woman] …sentiment among Karras supporters…

[tires squealing]

So, the Communists, they’re the ones trying to kill me?

Shortcut. Little faster this way.

[road crunching]

The station’s at the other end of this road. … Really sorry about this.

[both grunting]

[Taser crackles]

[Tynan grunts]

[Beckett gasping]

[Taser crackles]

[Tynan screams]

[engine revving]

[eerie music playing]

[Beckett gasping]

[grunts]

[door chiming]

[grunts]

[panting]

[eerie music builds]

[Tynan grunts, gasps]

[dogs barking]

[sirens wailing in distance]

[man shouting in Greek]

[Beckett grunting, gasping]

[panting]

[horn honks]

[“Vampire” by Sinead O’Connor playing]

[woman speaking Greek]

[keyboard clicking]

[mysterious music playing]

[horns honking]

[music building]

[indistinct chattering]

[music intensifies]

Yes, but you’re German. Why come at all?

Because I am German. I want my government to see that I stand with the Greek and not with the financial establishment and excessive austerity measures. You know what I mean?

Hey! What are you doing here?

[Lena] Beckett?

I’ll explain, but right now, we gotta get away from here.

Did you go to the embassy?

It’s all fucked up. I barely escaped. We gotta go.

[Lena] What? They’re also part of this?

[woman] Someone at an embassy threatened you? I don’t understand.

Gimme the phone.

The American Embassy?

What? Why didn’t they help you?

Listen to me. They know you’re here. They probably know I’m coming to warn you. We have to get out of here. We all gotta go.

[banging, knocking]

Shit. There’s a door at the back.

What about you?

[Lena] We have the press. See you at the rally!

[knocking continues]

[people shouting in Greek]

Okay, we’re safe, okay? We have the press. It’s fine.

[man shouting in Greek]

[door creaks open]

[people shouting in Greek]

Who are you?

Oh, you don’t wanna know.

[grunting]

[Tynan] Beckett!

[people arguing in Greek]

[clattering]

[footsteps approaching]

[inhales sharply]

[both grunting]

[panting]

[tense jazz drums playing]

[Tynan] Come on! Let’s go!

[grunting]

[screams]

Fuck! Goddamn it.

[man speaking Greek]

[tires screech]

[people shouting indistinctly]

[panting]

[woman] Hey!

Fuck.

[crowd shouting indistinctly]

[crashing]

[motorbike approaching]

[tires screech]

[shouting in Greek]

I… I need the bike! I need…

[shouts in Greek]

[crowd chanting in distance]

[crowd chanting in Greek]

[man speaks Greek over PA]

[crowd chants louder, whistles]

[cheering]

[crowd chanting] Karras! Karras! Karras! Karras!

[crowd applauding]

[Karras speaking Greek over PA]

[melancholy music plays]

[eerie music playing]

[gun firing]

[crowd screaming]

[gunfire continues]

[crowd screaming]

[man speaks Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[shouting in Greek]

[speaking Greek]

Have you seen, um…

Have you see the man with the cast?

[speaks Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[speaks Greek]

[panting]

[Beckett sighs]

Appreciate you moving us out of public view. You fucked up my face, man.

You don’t deserve a face like… like that.

You don’t deserve to get shot in the cellar of a mall. Hold it right there.

Maybe I do.

[phone ringing]

Oh, that’s the red phone ring. I gotta get that one.

Yeah. You’re shitting me. I’m right under it. It just happened? Shit.

[panting]

[Tynan] Okay. Okay, uh, what do you want me to do about, uh, tragedy boy here? Sounds about right to me. Okay. Over and out.

[Beckett grunting]

[Tynan screams]

[Tynan screams, groans]

[Beckett grunts]

[Tynan screams]

Whoa! Hold up! Hold up!

[Beckett grunts]

Hold up! Beckett, stop! I’m not gonna fucking do anything to you. Calm down. Karras is dead. He’s dead. That’s what that call was. He was just shot during his speech. Just happened.

Wait, who… who did it?

Apparently, the people who took your boy.

[Beckett panting]

Tell me what you know.

What do you care? Google it. You can figure out most of it. [groans] Karras’ family’s got a ton of shipping money. He wanted more, got involved with crooks, and he owes them. They want their money back. The rest is classified.

Taking Dimos wasn’t political then? Just criminals Karras owed, that’s what you’re telling me?

Yeah. Classified.

[Beckett] So, this is all just Mafia bullshit?

[gasping]

So, who called and said they were the Communist Front? You?

That’s classified.

Of course it is! What did you want with me?

Hey, fucking asshole! You were going to uncover the real crooks and fuck with our plan, okay? We needed someone else to take the blame, but we’re good now. His coalition can’t survive. [chuckling] You want me to tell you you were expendable? The wrong man? The wrong place? Yeah, sure. All of it. But we’re good now. You keep this part between us, you got nothing to worry about from me. And don’t fucking test that. It would be my word against yours. I got the cleanest fucking record you’ve ever seen. It’s over, all right? It’s over, Beckett.

What about the boy?

What about him?

Are they gonna kill him?

How should I know? Maybe they have. Maybe they are right fucking now. You know what? Go up there and ask them. But Beckett, at this point, just get on a fucking plane.

[both grunting]

[gasping]

[silencer clatters]

[gasping]

[crowd shouting in distance]

[bottle rattling]

[glass breaking]

[shouting grows louder]

[man speaking indistinctly over PA]

[men shouting in Greek]

[glass shatters]

[crowd shouting angrily]

[ominous music playing]

[music intensifies]

[explosions booming]

[explosions continue booming]

[crowd chanting in Greek]

[gun fires]

[explosions continue booming]

[clattering]

[crowd booing]

[whistle blowing]

[explosion booming]

[man shouting in Greek]

[explosion booming]

[people coughing]

[guns firing]

[dog barking]

[dramatic music playing]

[people shouting in Greek]

[siren wailing]

[mysterious music playing]

[people coughing]

[groans]

[panting]

[grunts]

[panting]

[woman, man speaking Greek]

[car doors slam shut]

[gun cocks]

[music rising]

[Beckett grunts]

[muffled screaming, crying]

[sound muffles]

[screams]

[screams]

[gasps]

[screams]

[muffled screaming]

[banging]

[groans]

[gun fires]

[groans]

[gasps, screams]

[woman screaming in Greek]

[Beckett grunting]

[woman screaming]

[both grunting]

[growls]

Beckett? What happened? Wait.

[crashing]

[horn honking]

[tires squealing]

[speaks Greek]

[Beckett panting]

[tires squealing]

[panting]

[grunts]

[tires squealing]

[grunting]

Ah!

[tires squealing]

[engine revving]

[tires squealing]

[music crescendos]

[tires screech]

[engine revs]

[Beckett grunting]

[both grunting]

[Beckett groaning]

[horn honking]

[whimpers, grunts]

[people shouting in distance]

[gasps, groans]

[winces, splutters]

[gasping]

[grunts]

[officer grunts]

[grunting]

[both grunting]

[grunting]

[officer groaning]

[speaking Greek]

Hey! No! It’s okay. Stop.

[Beckett grunting]

I know him. It’s fine. It’s fine.

[Beckett grunting]

[banging]

[muffled shouting]

Okay.

[muffled shouting continues]

The trunk.

What?

The trunk.

The trunk?

[man speaking Greek]

[woman grunts, speaks Greek]

[people speaking Greek]

[Lena] Oh, fuck.

[woman, man speaking Greek]

[woman shushes] Dimos Karras.

Okay.

[melancholy music plays]

[Beckett sobs]

I should have died. I should have died.

[sighs]

[music building]

[breathing heavily]

[music fades out]

[dramatic music playing]

[“Born to Be” by Blood Orange plays]

♪ Even if a part of me has taken it away ♪

♪ Even if the blue subsides to gray ♪

♪ Start to claim a muscle And I feel it ebb away ♪

♪ Not a soul will take my place ♪

♪ Hide it all away ♪

♪ Is it face, what it take? ♪

♪ I got demons in my face ♪

♪ Not a soul will take my place ♪

♪ Honeydew my memories are blessed ♪

♪ What else could help you breathe? ♪

♪ Honeydew my memories are blessed ♪

♪ What else could help you breathe? ♪

♪ All I know is you were broken ♪

♪ Just like I was in need ♪

♪ Honeydew my memories are blessed ♪

♪ What else could help you breathe? ♪

♪ Not a soul will take my place ♪

♪ All I know is you were broken ♪

♪ Just like I was in need ♪

♪ Honeydew my memories are blessed ♪

♪ What else could help you breathe? ♪

♪ All I know is you were broken ♪

♪ Just like I was in need ♪

[eerie music plays]

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